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A snapshot of some famous faces at Equus 2003

A huge list of celebrities, of the two-legged and four-legged variety, can be seen at Equus 2003. It really is a showcase for the exciting world of horses; - leading riders will be demonstrating a wide variety of disciplines; including show jumping, dressage, showing, western riding, polo, vaulting and side-saddle. In addition there are specialist horse trainers, displays to music and even stunt riding.

Silke from Germany will be participating with Parelli Natural Horsemanship at Equus for the second time. She is one of their great success stories with her pair of magnificent black Fresian horses. Silke has always loved horses, however, when Silke was only 18, a motorbike accident left her in a wheelchair although that hasn't stopped her achieving incredible things. Now, she can do many things, that few able horse owners ever achieve, such as making her horses lie down on command, amongst a host of other games she plays with them.

Kelly Marks is a former European Champion Lady Jockey and show jumper. Since being discovered by the world famous 'Horse Whisperer' Monty Roberts, she has made
helping horses and people understand one another her full-time occupation. At Equus she will be demonstrating her talent by starting the young stallion Antics as well as bringing her popular horse, Pie, along to do some advanced Trec.

Ascot Park Polo Club, with its friendly atmosphere is home to the unique team of Grace sisters. The team at Ascot Park are pioneers of making polo accessible to a wider audience and in this vein they will be offering 'Have a go' sessions at Equus 2003. Victoria Grace one of the leading women's polo players will be on hand to offer expert advice.

Di Lampard has produced lots of young horses through to international level and is the perfect candidate to host a show jumping clinic. Producing the International Showjumper & Rider sponsored by Horseware Ireland, will take place on Thursday 3rd April at 10.30am. One of her horses, William's Spirit has been injured and out of action for nearly 18 months but is now back on track and they are hoping to re-introduce him to international competition next Summer, but first, you can see him at Equus!

The Quarter Horse, one of the most amazing breeds of horse, will be at Equus with David Deptford from Sovereign Quarter Horses. Apart from its aptitude for sprint races, the Quarter horse is also used in a variety of other equestrian disciplines. 'They have an exceptional temperament, docile but lively and energetic' says David. Some of his horses will be available for members of the audience to 'Have a go' and experience western riding at Equus 2003.

Team Balanced English Vaulting Squad includes four members who represented GB in the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. Bowler, their horse is famous in his own right - voted best Individual horse in the 2002 British Championships for the fourth year - the 16 year old, 17.1hh chestnut Hanoverian Gelding by Brentano is one of the most experienced vaulting horses in GB.

World-class displays and demonstrations, seminars, shopping, lots of excitement and celebrities can all be enjoyed at Equus 2003. A trio of specialist clinics with Olympic riders will be held in the evenings at 7.30pm with Pippa Funnell, Geoff Billington and Anky van Grunsven. Tickets can be booked for specific daytime or evening performances from £10 adults and £7.50 children. Open Thursday 3rd April-Saturday 5th April 10am-9pm and Sunday 6th April 10am-5pm. For full details of the programme or to book tickets visit or call 0870 842 2231 (24 hour ticket hotline).



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