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9th Feb 2002
Celebrities At Equus 2002
Celebrity riders will join horse experts for four days of entertainment and enlightenment at Equus 2002 - The Horse Event, which takes place on 4th - 7th April at the ExCel exhibition centre in London's Docklands.
Top riders Lucinda Green, Tim Stockdale, Richard Davison and World Champion eventer Blyth Tait, will hold clinics on eventing, show jumping and dressage in the main arena.
Famous faces may be spotted curing a celebrity polo match and visitors will have a chance to try their hand on Ascot Park Polo Club's special polo simulator.
New for 2002 is the Evening Extravaganza, an exhilarating and amusing 2 hour performance with action packed equestrian displays.
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9th Feb 2002

Bent Jensen and Anne Kursinski Win the $25,000 Windsome Dressage/Jumper Spectacular At Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, FL—February 6, 2002—For the tenth consecutive year, Windsome Farm sponsored the Dressage/Jumper Spectacular at the Wellington Dressage show, held in conjunction with the Bayer/USET Gold Coast Jumper Classic, at the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
In this special $25,000 class, jumper and dressage riders change places. This year eleven teams competed. The jumper riders were required to ride Third Level Test 3, and dressage riders were required to jump a course of nine fences with heights not exceeding 3’ 6" in a "Hit and Hurry" course in the Grand Prix field. Bent Jensen and Anne Kursinski won for the fourth time. They have teamed up five times, and only once missed the win, and that year they placed second.
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9th Feb 2002

Susan Dutta Dominates FEI Freestyles at Wellington Dressage At Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival
WELLINGTON, FL—February 6, 2002—Dressage competition at the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival kicked off with the Wellington Dressage Show January 31- February 3 at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida. Held over four days, the four-ring show hosted more than 200 exhibitors and over 400 rides were judged.
Susan Dutta of Bedford Hills, NY, and Wellington, FL, dominated the FEI freestyle classes. On Sunday, February 3, Dutta won the Intermediaire 1 Freestyle with her West Side Lady, scoring 70.458%. Dutta also won the Grand Prix Freestyle riding her Gumshoes-DC, earning a 68.833%. "I like the freestyle," said Dutta. "It’s a lot of fun and I look forward to it, but it’s also nerve-wracking because you have to stay with the music."
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9th Feb 2002

Show Jumping Result: CSI-W Bordeaux 8 - 10 February 2002
Prix LECLERC ST MEDARD, Qualifying Comp. for the FEI World Cup preliminary comp 1m50
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8th Feb 2002

Used Blankets? - Donate To A Worthy Cause & Get A "Tack" Deduction!
Can't bring yourself to buy new horse blankets because the old ones are still in good condition? Need more tax deductions for your return?, the online home of the Hug® Closure system, lists some valuable resources for you. Our Blanket Recycling webpage links you to a continuously updated list of horse rescue and rehab programs. These helpful people provide much needed TLC for abused and neglected horses. Most of these charitable organizations are incorporated under 501 (c) (3) non-profits; meaning, your generous donation is tax deductible. These programs have wish lists and are frequently in need of horse blankets in good condition.
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8th Feb 2002

Foxhall Events LLS Announces Two Spectacular Events In April:
The MBNA Foxhall Cup and The Foxhall Flower Show

One ticket, two exciting events, one great price

ATLANTA, GA—(February 6, 2002 )—Foxhall Events, LLC is proud to announce two exquisite shows, MBNA Foxhall Cup, the Three-Day National Championship of Eventing, and the Foxhall Flower Show, the first outdoor flower show in the eastern United States, coming this spring. The two events are held from April 18th through 21st at Foxhall Farms, located on a 1,200-acre facility in Douglas County, Georgia, owned by Jim Richards. Tickets have recently gone on sale for both the MBNA Foxhall Cup and Foxhall Flower Show and can be ordered online.
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7th Feb 2002
The FEI Federation Equestre Internationale News
6 February 2002
FEI/GandiniWorld Jumping Riders Rankings
The first ranking list of 2002 remains unchanged for the first 17 riders. The results of Zurich CSI-A were taken into account for this new list, as the event started on 31 January. Ludger Beerbaum (GER), unbeatable in Zurich, leads the rankings for the 13th consecutive month with 3359 points.
FEI/BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings
Ulla Salzgeber is still firmly on top of the rankings with 79.645 points following a quite month with no change in the Top 10. Beatriz Ferrer-Salat (ESP), winner of San Patrignano’s (ITA) first CDI-W, goes up one place and is now 13th.
First CRIO In Austria
The 11th "Austrian Classic", held in Weikersdorf near Vienna from 24 to 28 April 2002 (AUT) will organise for the first time a FEI Reining Nations Cup. Weikersdorf is the first of four Reining Nations Cups to be held worldwide in 2002. The CRIO in Austria will be followed by an event
in Reggio Emilia (ITA) from 16 to 19 May, Gladstone (USA) from 20-23 June and Offenburg (GER) from 26 to 28 July.
In Memoriam
Gladys Ceballos (VEN), former Secretary General and Treasurer of the Venezuelan Equestrian Federation passed away on 30 December in Madrid. She attended several FEI General Assemblies as Delegate of the NF and other countries of the area.
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7th Feb 2002

BETA Support Safety Forum at Horse and Country Fair
'SURVIVING To Ride' is the title of a Safety Forum supported by the British Equestrian Trade Association at the new Horse and Country Fair.
The forum will allow visitors to learn more about the important issues of safety and the many steps that can be taken to prevent accidents.

Speaking at the forum will be Roy Burek of Charles Owen who will present the 'Facts of Life' an entertaining and informative talk about surviving to ride. Roger Cooper of KC Equestrian will follow up with tips on what to look for when buying a body protector and what they can (and can't do) to prevent injury. Finally David Dyer and Kate Ballard, both of Frogpool Manor Saddlery will explain the importance of checking and maintaining tack to safe riding.
The theme of the talks will be preparing for the competition season with a thorough look at safety and the many aspects that should be covered.
A brand new equine event, The Horse and Country Fair takes place at Sandown Park Exhibition Centre, Esher, Surrey on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April 2002.
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7th Feb 2002

Condios Goes to the Ivy League
Morningside Stud has announced that Cornell University, one of the world's preeminent universities, has been appointed the exclusive distributor of frozen semen from Condios in the USA and Canada. The appointment begins on 1 September 2002, allowing all the parties sufficient time to comply with the strict American and Canadian quarantine and testing requirements.
Cornell University is ranked as having the #1 vet school in the USA and arguably has the finest college of veterinary medicine in the world.
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7th Feb 2002
Robert C. Standish Resigns As USET Executive Director
Gladstone, NJ—February 6, 2002—Robert C. Standish has announced his resignation as Executive Director of the United States Equestrian Team (USET). Standish, who has held the position since April 1989, announced that his resignation is effective immediately.
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7th Feb 2002

Garden State Horse Show Welcomes Barbara Lang On Staff
AUGUSTA, NJ—Feb 6, 2002—The Garden State Horse Show is pleased to welcome Barbara Lang to its staff. Lang will be in charge of the Grand Prix tent and will also be the sponsor party hostess.
The Garden State Horse Show will begin its second half-century when it hosts its 51st annual edition, May 1-5, 2002 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ.
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7th Feb 2002

Coriano Top-Ranked Sire in Sleswig-Holstein
According to a new study, CORIANO (Corrado I x Lord), the sire of Morningside Stud's jumping sensation CONDIO (Coriano x Landgraf I), is the #1-ranked sire in the German state of Sleswig-Holstein.
This result is based on an analysis by the state's agriculture department of thousands of offspring sired by 95 stallions servicing mares in Sleswig-Holstein (source: Coriano and the dressage stallion Carpaccio (Caretino x Lantaan) both received overall breeding value (bv) scores of 145, placing them at the pinnacle and above well-known but older sires such as Acord II (bv 125), Caretino (bv 130), Contender (bv 137), and Quidam de Revel (bv 111). A breeding value score of 145, for example, means that the stallion's breeding value is 45% above the value of the average sire in the analysis. .
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6th Feb 2002
Hunter’s Fly Off Band
It’ll soon be that time of year when flies, midges, ticks and all sorts of other horrid things start to make your horse’s life itchy and miserable throughout the summer months, so this brand new product from Hunter Horsecare is really welcome.
Hunter’s Fly Off Band is a splendidly simple idea to bring relief during the warmer months: it fits neatly onto the existing head collar or bridle and is fully adjustable to be as comfy and as non-snag as possible. Quick-release Velcro fastening ensures that it fits easily and snugly, offering welcome protection to those vulnerable areas around the mouth, nose, ears and eyes, which get really irritated.
The Fly Off Band brings relief for more than a few short weeks, too, as it’s refillable. This makes it very effective and affordable, because you only use as much repellent solution as you need at any one time, so it’s ideal for any climate. Hunter’s fly repellent solution has a slow release action, is clean and effective, and helps to deter all disease carrying flies and insects while soothing the discomfort of minor skin irritations and bites. Its long lasting action means that it is also very effective around stables and in horse boxes.
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6th Feb 2002
National Disability Sports Alliance Seeks Horses To Prepare For 2004 Paralympic Gamers In Athens
KINGSTON, RI—February 4, 2002—The National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) invites horse-owners to make their competitive horses available for use by the country’s top riders who have a disability, with an eye towards competing in the next Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece in
Many of the nation’s leading riders with a disability do not have a quality dressage horse to ride consistently, limiting their ability to succeed at the highest levels of international competition. Just as horse-owners develop partnerships with the nation’s best able-bodied riders, and then see their horses ride for medals in the Olympic Games, owners can do the same for our nation’s top riders who have a disability.
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6th Feb 2002
USA Equestrian Dressage Freestyle Championship Announced
The United States Dressage Freestyle Championship and Dressage World Cup U.S. League Final will take place February 23-24, 2002 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank, California, during the Mid-Winter Dressage Fair, CDI-W Los Angeles. Please click here for further details
6th Feb 2002

Chris Kappler Wins $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup At Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, Florida—February 5, 2002—Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ won the $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup, presented by Fleet Financial during week two of the 2002 Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival.

This was the first major victory for the 34-year-old Kappler aboard Royal Kaliber, a 10-year-old Dutch-bred stallion who finished second overall in last season’s American Grandprix Association (AGA) Horse of the Year standings. Royal Kaliber is owned by Kappler and Kathy Kamine.
“He’s been an amazing horse for me,” said Kappler. “He’s my kind of horse. He’s very big, very light and jumps with such ease. I knew when I sat on him the first time that he was perfectly suited for me.”
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6th Feb 2002

Chris Kappler Wins $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup, presented by Fleet Financial
Gladstone, NJ—February 4, 2002—Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ rode Royal Kaliber to victory in the $50,000 Bayer/USET Wellington Cup presented by Fleet Financial at the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.

Kappler, who gained his first major win on the 10-year-old Dutch-bred stallion he owns with Kathy Kamine, topped a field of 63 entries. Nine entries qualified for the jump-off by riding penalty-free over the first-round course designed by Guilherme Nogueira-Jorge of Brazil. Kappler completed the eight-obstacle jump-off course fault-free in 47.57 seconds to earn the winner’s share of $15,000.
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6th Feb 2002
USA Equestrian Host Communications & USA Equestrian, Inc. Form Alliance
30-Year Sports Marketing Leader Further Expands Equine Properties
Host Communications, Inc. (HOST) enters 2002 celebrating its 30th anniversary, as well as a brand-new alliance with USA Equestrian, allowing the lifestyle, sports and affinity marketing leader the opportunity to further expand its equine properties.
USA Equestrian, Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. HOSTwill work closely with USA Equestrian, also based in Lexington, Ky., to
leverage its national presence among Corporate America.
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6th Feb 2002

NFU Welcomes Easing Of Some Livestock Movement Controls
The NFU today welcomed DEFRA's announcement that some of the strict foot and mouth controls on animal movements still in place across the country can be further relaxed from 11 February.
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6th Feb 2002
Saddletude :: Saddletude This Week ::
Saddletude's Rider of the Year Announced : By a landslide margin, this 3-Day Event rider was the most popular Saddletude finalist to take the Year End Award.
Check out Results and Highlights from Indio this week.
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5th Feb 2002 Are There Bugs In Your Customer Service?
Did you know that according to studies by the US Consumer Affairs Department, TARP, and General Electric:
~ It costs fives times as much to get a new customer as it does to bring back an existing customer.
~ The longer you keep a customer, the more money you will make.
~ Only 2-4% of dissatisfied customers ever complain about a bad experience, they just leave and most likely do business with your competitors.
~ Word-of-mouth has a large role in consumer decisions, two times more than advertising. Negative word-of-mouth is very damaging since dissatisfied customers are usually more vocal than satisfied customers. Bad experiences are relayed to 10-20 others, three times more than good experiences.
Sit and think for a few minutes. I'll bet that you can come up with a list of places that you'll "never go back there again because." Think some more and list the places that you can say, "They went above and beyond when." You're well on your way to discovering what's behind winning and losing customer service strategies.
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5th Feb 2002
USA Equestrian 2002 Junior Dressage Team Championship Announced
The 2002 Junior Dressage Team Championship, presented by Cosequin, will be held at Dressage at Devonwood, August 15-18, 2002. This event is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as a USA Junior Olympic - Equestrian Event and continues to thrive with the help of long time sponsor Cosequin.
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5th Feb 2002
Dressage To Be Represented At Salt Lake Winter Olympics
Gladstone, NJ—February 4, 2002—Equestrian sports will have its moment in the spotlight at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games when U.S.
Equestrian Team (USET) dressage champion Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA teams with Utah’s Margo Gogan in two Pas-de-Deux performances on February 9 and 10.
Ebeling, who won the USET Intermediaire Championship in 2000, will ride the Dutch Warmblood Gucci on whom he was USET Intermediaire Reserve Champion in 1998. Gogan, the Utah-based rider and trainer, will perform on Barron.
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4th Feb 2002

Protective toe cap compartment.
Safety riding boots explained by Nico Katan.
As the manufacturer of Equitector safety riding boots, I am frequently questioned by fellow riders about the safety aspects of steel toe capped riding boots and when I ask their about their opinion, their first reaction mostly is;
" Oh no, I have heard so many rumours about accidents with that type of boot. They chop your toes off". Unfortunately there is truth in these rumours.
Few footwear designers are involved in equestrian activities and therefore are unlikely to familiar with the type of exposure to risk we riders are likely to encounter.
Under safety legislation all safety footwear including steel toe capped riding boots must be CE marked and licensed. In order to achieve such status boots need to pass about 30 rigorous tests. But most riding boot manufacturers who produced safety products in the past, are unfamiliar with safety matters and did not feel the need for compliance with the regulations. For that reason several safety riding boots which were substandard by design, entered the market.
Most designers felt, incorrectly so, that by simply inserting a steel toe cap in their conventional riding boot was sufficient to give the rider adequate foot protection.
It is for that reason that in the past so many accidents have taken place with safety riding boots. In comparison, the Equitector product has been designed to withstand this type of accident and their products have enjoyed a 10 year unblemished safety record.
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4th Feb 2002

Indio Ray Texel And Fleur Are Only Clear In $50,000 Cosequin Grand Prix
"I don't like to have 'free' fences in many courses," explained course designer Leopoldo Palacios (Caracas, Venezuela) of the challenging track he built for the HITS Indio Desert Circuit $50,000 Cosequin Grand Prix. Ray Texel (Beverly Hills, CA) rose to the challenge and logged the only clear round of the 31-horse field aboard Beverly Hills Equestrian Park's Fleur. In addition to the prize money of $15,000, Texel's win placed him securely at the top of the standings for the World Cup West Coast League.
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4th Feb 2002
Rein-Aid Productions
Rein-Aid Productions has increased its product line to include cotton web and braided reins to the list of Elasto-Reins available. The patented design keeps the contact soft between the rider's hand and the horse's mouth, while a leather loop limits the stretch of elastic for control and safety. With recommendations and unpaid endorsements from such Olympic Stars as Hilda Gurney, David & Karen O'Connor and James Wofford, it's clear that Rein-Aid is of great benefit to horse and rider.
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4th Feb 2002

Indio Desert Circuit Wraps Up Week 2 With Lots Of Sun And Lots Of Fun!
Everyone at HITS Indio Desert Circuit enjoyed beautiful, sunny weather during the second week of competition for hunters, jumpers, and equitation riders. In the hunter division, Christa Endicott (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) and Evita captured two show championships in the Low Hunter and Pre-Green Hunter sections. "She is so honest," said Endicott of the ten-year old Belgian Warmblood. "She is a good mover and has a great mind. She will be a great junior or amateur horse," predicted Endicott.
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3rd Feb 2002 Animal Health 4Life Products from 4Life Research
“There is virtually no scenario in which the veterinary patient will not benefit from the use of Transfer Factor Plus* found in the Animal Health 4Life* products.”
Dr. Bill DeWitt, DVM
Auburn University of Veterinary Medicine, 1999 Alabama Veterinarian of the Year
These new products from 4Life Research* provide one step nutrition for improved joint health and flexibility, more energy, healthier coats, stronger bones and superior immune strength. They consist of a premix nutritional product that contains a combination of over 100 vitamins, minerals, trace elements, essential fatty acids, amino acids, probiotics and other nutrients. These products will address an animal’s nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that exist, regardless of the diet being fed or the environmental situation.
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3rd Feb 2002
“Extraordinary opportunity” unites industry for the health of all horses"
More than 30 delegates from Ontario’s horse industry met in November to discuss a vision for improved horse care and advancement in equine medicine. A round table discussion was lead by the Honorable John Snobelen, Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources, past Minister of Education, and avid cutting horse breeder and trainer.
The meeting was organized to unveil the plans and progress of the University of Guelph’s equine collaboration. The strategy encompasses research, communications, education and training, and health service.
A vision of a dedicated equine performance-testing centre was also unveiled. The Equine Performance Centre would provide state-of-the-art technologies not currently
available, enhancing the diagnostic capabilities of the University’s Large Animal Clinic. The plan encompasses a large indoor arena for lameness evaluation, separate housing
for equine patients, and one-on-one communication and service to clients.
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3rd Feb 2002

Indio Nicole Shahinian-Simpson Jumps Into First Place In First Grand Prix Back In The Saddle
Nicole Shahinian-Simpson, Westlake Village, CA, won her first grand prix back in the saddle since the birth of her son, Ty, who is now three months old. Fifty-seven horses contested the $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix, and seven managed clear rounds over Leopoldo Palacios' course. Simpson garnered clear rounds with her two veterans, El Campeon's Jo Jo and El Campeon's Cirka Z. "The horses haven't shown since Spruce Meadows last summer, but I've had them for awhile so I know them well." Because of her pregnancy, Simpson hung up her boots after Spruce Meadows until returning to the Grand Prix ring this week at the Indio Desert Circuit.
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3rd Feb 2002

Show Jumping Result: CSI-A Zurich 31 January - 3 February 2002
Dannemann Prize, International Jumping Compeition Without Joker
1) Figaro's Boy; Ludger Beerbaum (GER) ; 2) Centaure du Murier; Hansueli Sprunger (SUI) ;
3) Anthem; Dermott Lennon (IRL)
<FORBO Knock-out> Competition
1) Quinten; John Whitaker (GBR) ; 2) Verelst Lambada; Marc van Dijck (BEL) ; =3) Kasting Horses Silas; Helena Weinberg (GER), =3) Ravenna; Paul Freimüller (SUI)
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