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26th April 2003
British Invasion as Pippa Funnell Overtakes the Lead at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented By Bayer, April 24–27
Lexington, KY—April 25, 2003—A change in the leader board saw three new faces at the top of the standings at the 2003 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Bayer, held at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
Following the conclusion of the opening phase of dressage, two-time European Champion Pippa Funnell and her mount, Primmore’s Pride, topped the 55-horse starting field with a score of 38.6 penalty points. Funnell has developed the 10-year-old English thoroughbred gelding since his owners, Roger and Denise Lincoln, purchased him as a yearling.
“I think this horse is a good example of a British eventing horse,” noted Funnell, 33. “He’s only going to get stronger and improve physically over time.”
William Fox-Pitt, who finished fourth at the 2002 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event riding Stunning, is currently in second position with the Irish-bred Moon Man following a dressage score of 42.6 penalty points.
“I am very uncomfortable being in this position, I wish I was 10 or 15 points ahead of William!” joked Funnell.
Fellow British competitor Polly Stockton, 29, was leading following the opening phase of dressage on Thursday but fell to fourth position with her score of 43.4 penalty points earned aboard Tangleman.
Breaking up the British domination was Amy Tryon of Redmond, WA, who moved into third position with a score of 43 penalty points riding My Beau, a 13-year-old Canadian thoroughbred gelding. 2003 marks the pair’s fourth time competing at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.
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26th April 2003
Survival Campaign for the Cleveland Bay
AS the breeding season gets underway, concerns over the future of the Cleveland Bay have prompted an appeal by its Society to encourage all pure bred mare owners to breed only to pure-bred stallions.
The Cleveland Bay features on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust's 'Critical' list. In 2001, only 39 foals were registered with only 14 of these being fillies.Numbers prior to 2000 had been approaching 80 per year on average but the sudden decline has been a major cause for concern.
Registrations in 2002 were again well below the average. Some of this may be attributable to the F&M epidemic when mares were not travelled to stallions.
Worldwide there are only 400 pure-bred mares of breeding age but over half of these have never bred a pure Cleveland Bay foal.
The owners of all pure bred mares are the target of the Cleveland Society's campaign. "We do not face the future with optimism," says President Charles Medforth. "I would like to see every member with a mare trying to breed a pure bred foal.
To encourage the breeding and registering of pure bred foals the CBHS in conjunction with the Horse Race Betting Levy Board have increased the premium to £200 for each pure bred foal registered.
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26th April 2003
An Alternative Approach To Intestinal Parasite (Worm) Control In Your Horse
How do you know my horse has worms? How are you sure that the deworming medication got rid of the worms my horse had? These were the 2 most often asked questions by owners when I routinely dewormed their horses. The answer to these 2 questions was always the same, the company that manufactures the deworming medication says they do and also assures us that their medication got rid of them. Horsemen's Laboratory was created to give horse owners a much more convenient, accurate and reliable answer to these 2 questions than was previously available.
Have you ever wondered if your horse is really harboring those dreaded enemies the worms? After 18 years of routinely deworming horses and answering the above 2 questions over and over I rediscovered something that has changed the way I look at the routine deworming schedule. As an equine veterinarian, I started checking the stool of all the horses I was treating on the every 2-month routine deworming schedule. This research revealed that less than 1 out of 10 of the horses in my practice was passing worm eggs, the best indication that they were not infected with adult worms.
Therefore, after consulting with veterinarians that specialize in equine intestinal parasitology, I decided to do something revolutionary. Horsemen's Laboratory was started to give horse owners an alternative to the routine deworming schedule. Our goal is to take the guesswork out of deworming programs. Horsemen's Laboratory provides horse owners with postage paid kits to mail their horse's fecal samples to the laboratory. When Horsemen's Laboratory receives these samples, a microscopic examination is performed on each of them and the results are mailed, emailed, or faxed to the owners.
Horsemen's Laboratory has a program where by our clients, whose horses are negative for evidence of worms, are mailed a reminder and kits to recheck their horses every 3 months. When a horse's fecal sample contains worm eggs, the results identifying the type of worm are sent with a recommendation to deworm the horse. A new kit is included with the results so the owner can recheck the horse 3 weeks after deworming to insure that the treatment was effective. Treatment is considered successful when there is a 90% drop in the number of eggs per gram of feces following treatment.
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26th April 2003

USA Equestrian 2002 Horse of the Year Awards
Forty Arabians, Half-Arabians and Anglo-Arabians earned USA Equestrian 2002 awards, including 34 Horse of the Year Awards, five Grand Champion Awards and an Arabian Leading Sire Award. Included in this year’s championship roster was the Grand Champion Half-Arabian MS Scarlette+//, Grand Champion Arabian Vivacious Leigh+/, Leading Arabian Sire Desperado V and Grand Champion Arabian Gelding MFA Maverick+//.
It was a year marked with triumph, not just for the USA Equestrian award, but for the fact that Brianne Walker Parsons and her Half-Arabian mare MS Scarlette+// (Red Tape+// x Countess Vanessa) were able to show together again.
In the spring of 2001, 19-year-old Parsons was diagnosed with a rare pituitary tumor that threatened not only her ability to continue showing but her life. The tumor that severely impaired her eyesight and left her sleeping 18 hours a day forced her to stop riding and leave college. An operation in June of 2001 found two distinct tumors, one of which contained cancerous cells.
“Scarlette+// was the one thing that kept me going throughout my treatments. Each day I could handle it, my parents drove me up to the barn to see her against doctors’ orders specifying that I should not travel more than 30 minutes from a hospital. My parents knew how important it was for me to see her,” recollects Parsons.
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26th April 2003

A Fitting Tribute to Helen
Fifteen year old horselover Helen Wilkinson tragically died last November in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary shortly after collapsing outside Alford Academy.
Pupils and staff at the Academy, wanting to find a fitting memorial for Helen, approached the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) as she was passionate about horses and had supported them in the past.
Morag Edwards, Helen's registration teacher said, "We discussed with the ILPH our wish for a lasting memory for Helen and it has been decided that a stable at Belwade Farm, their equine recovery and rehabilitation centre at Aboyne, should be dedicated in memory of Helen."

Comments Eileen Gillen, Manager at Belwade Farm, "We are extremely happy to be able to provide such a fitting tribute to a talented young lady who tragically died at such a young age. Our heartfelt thanks go to all those who have so generously made donations towards the running of the box."
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26th April 2003

Ashley Young Named AHA Youth of the Year
Ashley Young, of Elk Grove, California, was named the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) 2002 Youth of the Year for her contributions to AHA, personal achievements and community involvement. As Youth of the Year, 17-year-old Young will have the opportunity to represent the Arabian Horse Youth Association (AHYA) as an ambassador of the Arabian breed, making appearances at the 2003 AHYA Convention and Youth Nationals. Youth of the Year award recipients are selected from AHA youth members across the U.S. and Canada.
“I was very surprised to win the award because I knew how many talented youth were nominated this year. It was wonderful to win and such an honor,” says Young.
An active member of her local club, AHA of Northern California, Young is serving her second term as the youth president. In this position she works tirelessly on the club’s schooling shows hiring judges, ordering ribbons and volunteering her time. One of her main objectives as the club’s youth president is to get more youth participating in horse show administration.
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26th April 2003
CSIJYR Moorsele (18 - 20 April 2003)
Accenture Young Rider International Squad Members travelled to CSIPJY Moorsele in Belgium last weekend with the team Chef d'Equipe, Mike Florence and Team Trainer, Rowland Fernyhough.
Sixteen year old, Zara Phillips from Pentre, Mid Glamorgan was the winner of a strong Junior Accumulator class on Mr Palmer's, Ashroe Clover. Chelmsford's Lisa Phillips finished in 2nd place on Corrado II and Zara also collected 7th place with her father's Mylegoman. Tim Gredley was the highest British placed rider in the Junior Grand Prix. The 17 year old from Newmarket, Suffolk jumped a double clear to finish in 4th place on his father's Medrano. Portia Howard finished in 5th place on Uptons Jilburga. Lancashire's Anton Owens finished in 5th position in the Young Rider Grand Prix on his own Bentley Master. This was a very creditable position for Anton who was attending his first International show abroad in Young Riders.
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26th April 2003
Eclipse Press Author Julia McEvoy Wins Peabody Award For Radio Series
LEXINGTON, KY - Julia McEvoy, co-author of Women in Racing, published by Eclipse Press, has received a prestigious Peabody Award for the Chicago Public Radio series "Stories of Home," which aired last spring. The eleven first-person stories sought to examine the unusual ways people think about home through intimate looks at the lives of Chicagoans. McEvoy was executive producer of the series. McEvoy previously has won an Eclipse Award for outstanding radio coverage of Thoroughbred racing.
In Women in Racing, McEvoy and her father, racing journalist John McEvoy, interviewed women in all facets of the sport. Well-known sports commentator Charlsie Cantey, top trainer Jenine Sahadi, and retired jockey Donna Barton are among the women profiled. Women in Racing is available through Exclusively Equine at and is available through other fine book sellers.
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26th April 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI**** Sheffield Great Britain 24-27 April 2003
Class 3: The Grandstand Classic
Class Number 5 - The Squibb & Davies Speed Classic
1) Karina; Robert Whitaker (GBR), 2) Lady Carthago; Angelique Hoorn (NED), 3) Lactic Two; John Whitaker (GBR)
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25th April 2003
Great Britain’s Polly Stockton Takes Early Lead at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented By Bayer, April 24–27
Lexington, KY—April 24, 2003—Polly Stockton of Great Britain took the early lead following the opening day of dressage on Thursday, April 24, at the 2003 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Bayer, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
Riding the English-bred Tangleman, Stockton rose to the top of the field with a score of 43.40 penalty points.
“I have been riding Tangleman for almost two years, I took over the ride when he was an eight-year-old,” said Stockton, 29, who traveled from England to participate in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event for the first time in her career. “I think this event is amazing! Back home, we are always told how incredible it is, but you can’t believe it until you see it for yourself!”
American riders Heidi White and Marcia Kulak finished the dressage portion in second and third positions. White of Chadds Ford, PA, riding her 10-year-old English thoroughbred gelding, Northern Spy, earned a penalty score of 45.80 in her first visit to the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Kulak, who contested the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2000 with another mount, is in third position with a score of 49.80 penalty points riding Horton Who, a 10-year-old American thoroughbred gelding.
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25th April 2003
Newmarket Racecourses On The Lookout For Tour Guides
As the racing season gets off to another very successful start, Newmarket Racecourses is looking for additional Tour Guides to help out on racing days.
'We have a lot of new visitors to Newmarket each year', explained Gaynor Haxby, Marketing Manager, 'and we need knowledgeable people with a good understanding of racing, and Newmarket to help show visitors around and explain what happens where, how to place bets and to generally make people feel welcome and at ease.'
Whilst Newmarket Racecourses is looking for volunteers, successful candidates will be paid, issued with a uniform and will take part in a day's induction which will involve a tour of the facilities.
Rose Todd, pictured, has been an Official Guide for more than a year, and has built up an incredible wealth of knowledge and is full of interesting stories about the racecourse. 'I thoroughly enjoy race days', said Rose, 'and new visitors to the racecourse certainly appreciate a bit of guidance, it makes the whole experience more enjoyable if you know what to do and where you're going'.
Rose and other guides can be approached or contacted and found very quickly by any steward or members of raceday staff on race days, should assistance or information be required.
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25th April 2003
The Open College of Equine Studies
Learn how to produce the ultimate equine athlete
If you have always wanted to learn how to fine-tune your horse for a winning competition season, The Open College of Equine Studies has the answer with their popular ‘Equine Athlete – Production and Therapies’ study week running from 1st- 6th June 2003. A limited number of places are still available.
When training horses for any competitive discipline, whether the sport is racing, showjumping, dressage or eventing, injury and imbalance can affect performance.
The course covers the production of athletic horses for both the Thoroughbred and non-Thoroughbred sectors and explores the range of ‘traditional’ and complementary therapies that are available to promote and regain normal function. Experts in the fields will give practical talks and demonstrations.
Subjects covered will include equine physiotherapy, shiatsu, chiropractic techniques, laser and magnetic therapy, drugs and the performance horse, sport horse production, advanced equine nutrition, foot balance in the performance horse, equine biomechanics and the Thoroughbred and racing industry.
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25th April 2003
New Motor Sponsor For Show Jumping
SY UK Cars Ltd have joined the team of successful British Show Jumping Association sponsors by supporting a brand new series of qualifiers that culminate at Horse of the Year Show.
The qualifiers known as the Rexton Speed and Power competitions consist of 8 jumps in a speed section before turning to a six bar flight of show jumps built to ever increasing heights.
On sale from June the high quality, luxurious Italian styled Rexton 4 x 4 makes an intelligent choice for those with busy twenty first century life styles. Offering a unique combination of functionality and comfort the Rexton, with versatile 5 or 7 seat configurations and a massive 3.5 tonne towing capability is equally suited to school runs or crossing continents.
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25th April 2003
British Riding Clubs to Launch Membership Incentive Scheme
British Riding Clubs (BRC) are to launch an advertising campaign in a bid to top their all time membership high of 2002. In the year following the Foot & Mouth disease outbreak, membership of affiliated Riding Clubs recovered and then exceeded all previous records to reach 36,000.
The campaign for 2003 will feature a prize of a brand new computer for the affiliated club which increases its 2003 membership by the highest percentage. The winning club will be announced at the BRC Conference on November 16th. The membership drive will be supported by advertisements in the equestrian press, provision of posters to affiliated clubs for use in their areas, and the production and distribution of 'Join A Riding Club' leaflets around the UK. British Riding Clubs' general merchandise will also be launched during 2003, and will be available to purchase via the internet or directly from the office at Stoneleigh.
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25th April 2003
Burghley Appoints New Director
Burghley Horse Trials has today confirmed that it has appointed Andrew Tulloch to the position of Event Director of the Burghley Horse Trials. Tulloch (37) will take on the post from Bill Henson who retires after this year’s event.
Andrew Tulloch is no stranger to Eventing having himself competed or officiated at a wide range of Three Day Events from Osberton to the Atlanta Olympics where he was an FEI Steward. Mr. Tulloch also knows Burghley from an owner’s perspective as co-owner, with his wife Jancis (nee Lane), of the international Eventer Bally Free who was 4th at Burghley in 1998 and was shortlisted for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Andrew Tulloch said of his appointment “Burghley is not only one of the best Three Day Events in the world but is also a great British sporting and social occasion. Its tremendous growth over the last 10 years is in no small part down to the current Director, Bill Henson, and I look forward, with a great deal of enthusiasm, to working with the team at Burghley and to helping the event grow still further.”
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25th April 2003
National Equestrian Productions & Hammond Equine Form Strategic Alliance
National Equestrian Productions (NEP), a division of National Equestrian Communications, and Hammond Equine, a division of Hammond Communications Group, Inc. (HCG) announced today that they have formed a strategic alliance. This alliance combines unequaled expertise of the horse world and state-of-the-art technical capabilities that will enable the two companies to produce the highest quality equestrian media productions.
National Equestrian Productions has over 25 years experience in all aspects of equestrian media from video, radio and TV to script writing, narration and journalism. Among its credits this year, NEP has produced TV programs of international equestrian events including Red Hills Horse Trials and Wellington Children’s International Jumping. NEP is delighted to bring its extensive knowledge of the horse world and equestrian media to this alliance, which will complement the excellent production capabilities of HCG.
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25th April 2003
Joe Fargis And Diams III Win The $50,000 EMO Grand Prix
Culpeper, VA (April 23, 2003)—Two-time Olympic Medalist, Joe Fargis and his mount Diams III, owned by Mary B. Schwab & Oeji Farms LLC, delivered an exciting finish to Sunday's $50,000 EMO Grand Prix at HITS Culpeper Commonwealth Park. Out of a starting field of thirty horses, seven advanced to the jump-off. The Sunday crowd enjoyed a fine display of horsemanship by each successive rider, with Fargis going last and providing the final flourish. Fargis took top honors in a very fast time of 45.91 seconds, edging out Laura Linback and Remember Me 9 by 1.11 seconds and putting them in second place. Callan Solem and Allison took third place in a time of 48.83 seconds.
The $50,000 EMO Grand Prix ended a very successful opening week at HITS Culpeper. The circuit will offer a $50,000 Grand Prix each week. The final week, September 24-28, will include the King Shavings USGPL invitational finals featuring: $100,000 Invitational Grand Prix, $15,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Low Invitational, $25,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner High Invitational, and $25,000 Pre-Green Hunter Invitational Classic, sponsored by Stillwell-Hansen and Four Winds Farm. The New Marshall & Sterling League National Standings will be used to determine the top 30 to qualify in each category.
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25th April 2003
CSI-W Las Vegas World Cup Final
17th - 20th April 2003
FINAL RESULT :World Cup Final
1. Marcus Ehning Anka 191 GER, 2. Rodrigo Pessoa Baloubet Du Rouet BRA, 3. Malin Baryard H&M Butterfly Flip SWE, 4. Lars Nieberg Fighting Alpha 3 GER, 5. Laura Kraut Anthem USA, 6. Markus Fuchs Tinka's Boy SUI
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25th April 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI**** Sheffield Great Britain 24-27 April 2003
Class Number 1 - Thomas Bates & Son Welcome Stakes
1) ROYAL CHARMER; Marcus Fuchs (Sui), 2) HADDON HOUSE CARLSON; Michael Whitaker (Gbr), 3) PHIN PHIN; Roelof Bril (Ned)
Class Number 2 - Yorkshire Post Stakes
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25th April 2003
CSI*** Cervia (Ita)
9 - 11May 2003
Robert Maguire From Wigan, LANCS, Anna Rees Based in Novara, ITALY, Nick Skelton From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE, Lisa Hales From Shifnal, SHROPSHIRE, Robert Bevis From Wrexham, CLWYD have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
25th April 2003
CSI* Fontainbleau (Fra) 1 - 4 May 2003
Scott Smith From York, NORTH YORKSHIRE has been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show. Please click here for further details
24th April 2003
Stourbridge Horse and Owner Benefit From Physiotherapy System
A PHYSIOTHERAPY system developed for horses has also proved a huge success for the owner of a Holstein stallion.
The Equissage pad has both helped to ease Joan Mundy of her eczema as well as improving the soundness of Feroree a 17.3hh Holstein breeding stallion.
Said Joan of Kinver, Stourbridge: "When I bought Feroree, a 13-year-old old former Grade B showjumper, 18 months ago I knew that he had damaged both his stifles - one used to completely lock - in an accident. He was also suffering from muscle wastage.
"Three months after starting treatment he is not yet 100 per cent but is looking a lot stronger and is nearly there. You can tell he is feeling better. I started off using the pad everyday, then dropped to twice a week.
"We are expecting Feroree, who has fantastic action, to be sound enough to compete in the summer. He will be ridden by my son, Timothy, an elite under 21 dressage rider who is currently training with Ferdi Eilberg.
"One of our other horses a German 17.1hh four-year-old jarred his shoulder while playing in the paddock. We used the pad and the Equissage hand unit which did a super job of getting him right again."
Joan, a lupus sufferer, decided to use the pad on herself after being taken off medication at the end of last October which resulted in severe eczema on both legs.
"I used it once for five minutes and the eczema disappeared. It has never returned. At the time I thought 'in for a penny, in for a pound'. I am over joyed."
The Equissage pad gives a deep cycloidal massage to the whole horse and due to the unique action of the therapy, the pad actively improves circulation, eases and tones muscles, and promotes lymphatic drainage.
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24th April 2003
The British Horse Society BHS South & South West - out and about at the Royal Windsor ShowThe new British Horse Society South/South West show unit will be making it's first outing in 2003 at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, 14-18 May.
Joining the BHS throughout the show will be two of the famous 'Mini Marvels'. Owned by top horsewoman, Tanya Larrigan, the 'Mini Marvels' are six miniature horses that have been trained to the art of long reining and will soon be appearing on the ITV children's programme 'Brilliant Creatures'.
The 'Mini Marvels' are made up of Hercules, Warrior, Samson, Comanche, Goliath and Gladiator and they received additional fame last October when a set of toys were modelled on them. These toy 'Mini Marvels' come complete with their own passports and set of long reins, and will be available to buy on the stand.
The stand will also offer books, gifts and videos, and provides and ideal opportunity for people to come and visit the BHS and find out what the Society has been up to in 2003.
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24th April 2003
Exciting Management Changes At Derby House
DERBY House is pleased to announce the appointment of two new directors to the board to assist in the continued expansion of the group.
Norman Finnigan has been appointed non-executive Chairman and Dara O'Malley becomes Managing Director with effect from April 22, 2003 with Paul Dickson becoming Commercial Director for the Group.
Norman Finnigan is an executive director of Otto UK/Grattan/Freemans where he is responsible for Human Resources and all customer facing activities including Call Centres.
Dara O'Malley has joined Derby House from Littlewoods Retail where he was head of mature market business. He has spent 25 years in the Home Shopping and retail sectors with N Brown Group and Oldhams Leisure after starting his career with Littlewoods. Dara has a broad base of experience to bring to the ongoing development of Derby House.

Paul Dickson, well known throughout the equestrian sector as a key figure at Derby House, now takes on the role of commercial director.
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24th April 2003

"Hydro Fodder Farm"
Increasing land values and unsettled climatic conditions have made once abundant forage-growing acreage very valuable yet highly unpredictable. GREENFIELD has developed world's first Solar Photo Voltaic and 110/220 volt Powered Hydroponics Greenhouse "Hydro Fodder Farm", a breakthrough that will allow economical fodder production in even the driest, most remote, or valuable locations.
This "Hydro Fodder Farm" is constructed of prefabricated steel or fiberglass insulating panels, making up to the one-ton (per day) unit portable. The "Hydro Fodder Farm" controls the temperature and maintains a 24-hour a day growing environment and by powering fluorescent lights that allow photosynthesis to take place. Watering is provided by either sprinkler or drip irrigation and requires approximately 200 US gallons or 800 liters of water daily for fodder production.
Completely self-contained and self-regulating, the greenhouse unit automatically controls the water pump, temperature system and photosynthetic lighting for optimum efficiency.
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24th April 2003
Arezzo (Italy) and Las Vegas (USA) Grand Prix find Irish Sport Horses in the Top Ten again!
The Arezzo (Ita) CSI A last weekend (April 18-20) finished with Sundays Arezzo Grand Prix in which Two Mills Showtime (ISH) and Robert Maguire (GBR) took sixth place. Saturdays 1m35 at Arezzo saw another Irish Sport Horse, Highland Sky, take second place ridden by Mirco Casadei (Ita).
Easter weekend in Las Vegas brought success for Ado Annie (ISH) and her rider Will Simpson (USA). In the Las Vegas Grand Prix $50,000 class on Saturday they took fifth place, with the second fastest time and an unfortunate four faults in the second round.
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23rd April 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
On 20 April 2003, Marcus Ehning of Germany emerged as the 25th Show Jumping World Cup Champion with a faultless performance on Sunday, riding his Oldenburg mare Anka to victory at the World Cup Final organised at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Three-time World Cup Champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil had to settle for the runner-up position this time aboard Baloubet du Rouet. Young Swedish rider Malin Baryard riding H& M Butterfly Flip finished third. The best US rider was Laura Kraut, who tied for fifth on Anthem.

Following the conclusion of successful discussions with both sponsors and the FEI, the International Sport Horse Show has now confirmed that they will indeed be organising this year’s FEI Open European Endurance Championships which will be held at Punchestown (Ireland) in conjunction with the European Eventing Championship. It will be the first time that the Europeans of the disciplines of Endurance and Eventing are organised together.
The Endurance Championship will take place on Sunday 21 September 2003 and, subject to agreement from the FEI Bureau and Endurance Committee, it will be run as a one day event run over a 160 kilometres course in the picturesque Wicklow Hills.
The ATHENS 2004 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games will host the official equestrian test event in the form of a CIC**, from Friday, 15 August to Sunday, 17 August at the Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre. The format of this Eventing competition aimed at testing the infrastructure and organisation of the 2004 Games will be a CIC and the level of difficulty will be two stars (**).
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23rd April 2003
KL Grand Prix, Another First For Malaysia
PM Patron, Dato' Dr. JJ Organising Chairman
Kuala Lumpur, April 21, 2003 - Malaysia scores another first in bringing international showjumping to the region. The world-class KL Grand Prix will make its debut at the Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil from October 2 to 5, 2003 where the world's top-ranked and Malaysia's best riders will meet for the first time to compete in a major showjumping event.
YAB Dato Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is the patron of the KL Grand Prix and the Chairman of the KL Grand Prix Organising Committee is YB Dato' Dr. Jamaludin Jarjis, President of the Equestrian Association of Malaysia and Second Finance Minister.
"Having such an important event here will undoubtedly help bring this sport to the larger public, promote equestrian tourism in Malaysia, and accord greater recognition to the sport and the country. Indeed this world-class event, with the best riders and horses from around the globe, will put Malaysia on the equestrian map, reinforce Malaysia's reputation as a host of great international sporting events and provide unparalleled impetus and inspiration to our accomplished riders and young aspiring riders to reach the top," said YB Dato' Hishamuddin Tun Hussein, Minister of Youth and Sports.
"As the only major international equestrian event in Asia, I look forward to the KL Grand Prix becoming a vital part of the yearly international circuit," he added
The KL Grand Prix creates another milestone for the country in international sporting events - from Formula 1 Racing and Tour de Langkawi to international showjumping.
Bringing top league showjumping to Asia has been one of the aims of the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). This objective is now realised in the KL Grand Prix - with its five-star CSI rating, its status similar to that of Spruce Meadows, Canada; Olympia and Hickstead in the UK; Paris, France; and Aachen and Dortmund in Germany.
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23rd April 2003
Kate Hoey Criticizes BBC at European Dressage Launch
Kate Hoey MP, the former Minister for Sport, has criticized the BBC for their lack of coverage of equestrian sports during a reception to launch the 2003 European Dressage Championships, to be held at Hickstead in August. Commenting on the refusal of the BBC to cover the event, she said "There are millions of follows and participants in all branches of equestrian sport who have a right to expect a public broadcast service to pay more attention to minority sporting activities. Britain has succeeded in getting this major event for the UK and it would be very short sighted for the BBC to let the opportunity pass of showing and supporting sport at this world class level".
Show Director, Dane Rawlins, confirmed that arrangements were in place for broadcasting from the Championships. "Satellite up-links and facilities for overseas broadcasters are already attracting European television companies and it is a huge disappointment that the BBC have declined to cover the event," he said.
However, support has been forthcoming from UK Sport. "The £180,000 of Lottery funding that UK Sport is investing in the Championships is a significant contribution," said John Scott, Director of Major Events at UK Sport. "This is the second major event that we have supported the British Equestrian Federation with following the success of the European Show Jumping Championships in 1999. UK Sport is keen to see Olympic sports showcased on home soil and we are determined to use this opportunity to stimulate the development of dressage in this country."
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23rd April 2003

Budweiser World Cup Final in Las Vegas Excites the Show Jumping World
German Marcus Ehning Emerges as Champion
Las Vegas, NV—April 22, 2003—Marcus Ehning of Germany won the 25th annual FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final when the world’s best show jumping horses and riders met to do battle at Budweiser World Cup 2003, April 16-20 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The international event featured 41 riders from around the world who competed for the prestigious title of World Cup Champion. Spectacular presentation of the sport with laser light shows, Las Vegas show acts, and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales made the World Cup a hit with everyone.
Ehning put in a faultess performance in the final round of Budweiser World Cup competition on Sunday, April 20, riding his Oldenburg mare Anka to victory. Three-time World Cup Champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil had to settle for the runner-up position this time aboard Baloubet du Rouet, owned by Diago Pereira Coutinho. Third went to Malin Baryard of Sweden riding Christina Larsson’s H&M Butterfly Flip. The top U.S. rider was Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI, who tied for fifth aboard Anthem, owned by the Summit Syndicate.
Ehning received a wonderful birthday present a day late, as he had celebrated his 29th birthday on Saturday. “I can’t believe it,” he said. “I never thought I would win. If you think too much about it, it can hurt you, you need to go day to day.”
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23rd April 2003
USA Equestrian
Chiacchia Wins National Championship Of Eventing
Darren Chiacchia of Springville, NY, and the Timothy Holekamp owned Windfall (Trakehner: Habicht x Wundermaedel), finished as the top placed U.S. rider and second over-all to capture the USAE National Championship of Eventing held at the Foxhall Farm in Douglasville, GA, April 17 – 20.
Phillip Dutton and Nova Top (Thoroughbred: Ra Nova x Expo Topie) were in 3rd place entering the stadium jumping phase but with only 4 jumping faults moved up to finish in the top spot to win the Foxhall CCI***. Nathalie Bouckaert and West Farthing (British Sport Horse: Triple Sweet x April Folly), owned by Carl Bouckaert, the leaders throughout dressage and cross country phases, had 8 jumping and 3 time faults to finish in 3rd.
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23rd April 2003

Darren Chiacchia Wins USET Three Star Spring Championship at Foxhall Cup
Gladstone, NJ—April 22, 2003—As the top finishing U.S. rider at the fourth annual Foxhall Cup, Darren Chiacchia won the 2003 U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Three Star Spring Championship on April 17-20 at Foxhall Farm near Atlanta.
Chiacchia, of Ocala, FL, and Windfall, the black Trakhener stallion owned by Dr. Timothy Holekamp, actually finished second overall to Australian rider Phillip Dutton and Nova Top. Chiacchia, who was in second place after the dressage phase of competition, picked up 5.2 time faults on the cross-country phase to sit third as he went into the jumping phase on Sunday. Chiacchia picked up eight jumping and three time faults in jumping, putting him just behind Dutton, the two-time Olympic team Gold Medalist who had moved up after placing 11th in dressage.
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22nd April 2003

Marcus Ehning of Germany Wins Budweiser Show Jumping World Cup Final
Las Vegas, NV—April 20, 2003— Marcus Ehning of Germany emerged as the 25th Show Jumping World Cup Champion with a faultess performance on Sunday, riding his Oldenburg mare Anka to victory at the Budweiser World Cup 2003 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Three-time World Cup Champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil had to settle for the runner-up position this time aboard Baloubet du Rouet, owned by Diago Pereira Coutinho. Third went to Malin Baryard of Sweden riding H& M Butterfly Flip, owned by Christina Larsson. The top US rider was Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI who tied for fifth aboard Anthem, owned by the Summit Syndicate.
Ehning received a wonderful birthday present a day late, as he celebrated his 29th birthday on Saturday.
“I can’t believe it,” said Ehning. “I never thought I would win. If you think too much about it, it can hurt you, you need to go day to day.”
There was much to think about on the final day, as competition was extremely fierce. The top three were less than a rail apart in placings with Ehning and Pessoa tied for second place with two faults and Baryard in the lead with a perfect score of zero. Ehning was the first of the top three to go as they were riding in the reverse order of merit. Ehning, a Sydney Olympic team Gold Medalist, went clear putting the pressure on the top two. Pessoa did not have the same luck as he did three years ago when he won in Las Vegas and he had a rail down in the first round giving him a score of six faults with only Baryard to go.
“I had a silly fault,” said Pessoa. “But it caught a lot of horses.”
That included Baryard who also had a rail, which moved her down to second for the final round with a score of four faults.
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22nd April 2003
Show Jumping - Coyle Fails In Brave Bid For World Cup Success
IT'S NOT EVERY show jumper who gets a chance to better a second place in the World Cup, but Trevor Coyle's brave bid to take the crown in 2003 came to a disappointing finish at Las Vegas today (Sunday), with a 21st place in the final leg of the three-part Final, and a 22nd place overall.
But for a man written off by many as a has-been in 2000, the comeback trail to Las Vegas has been nothing less than spectacular. Since losing the ride on the Irish-bred <Cruising> shortly after the so-close 1999 World Cup bid, Coyle languished in the lower ranks of international show jumping, until six months ago, when the wealthy Sapersteins of California gave him the former ride of American Ray Texel, the 12 yr old bay mare, <Fleur>. But half-way into the World Cup season, it seemed preposterous that the Armagh-born rider could make the cut for qualification. Only 18 riders from Western Europe would reach Las Vegas in April, but Coyle, with a late, and determined, campaign, made sure he was one of them.
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22nd April 2003
Final Results for the 2003 Foxhall Cup
Douglasville, Georgia, April 21, 2003 -Congratulations to Phillip Dutton of Australia and horse Nova Top for winning the 2003 Foxhall Cup, the National Championship of Eventing. The competition took place in conjunction with the Foxhall Flower Show at Foxhall Farm in Douglasville, Georgia on Thursday, April 17 through Sunday, April 20, 2003. It was a close competition as Nathalie Bouckaert of Chatsworth, Georgia entered the Show Jumping and final portion of the competition in first place. After knocking down four rails during Show Jumping, Nathalie and Westfarthing ended up in third place, with Darren Chiacchia (USA) and Windfall moving up to second place.
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22nd April 2003
Equestrian Barbara Grassmyer Awarded Women’s Sports Foundation Grant
Kingston, RI—April 18, 2003—Equestrian Barbara Grassmyer, a National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) champion from Placerville, CA, has been awarded a $1,000 Travel & Training grant from the Women’s Sports Foundation®.
Grassmyer, who won the NDSA Championship at the Bayer/U.S. Equestrian Team Festival of Champions, Presented by State Line Tack, for the second consecutive year in 2002, was one of 18 individuals and six teams to receive the grant, which helps to relieve some of the financial burdens placed on athletes, allowing them to better focus on training. In addition to covering the costs of traveling to competitions, the grants are used to purchase specialized equipment or to pay for coaching or other training expenses.
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22nd April 2003
USA Equestrian
Huffman Victorious At 2003 USAE Reining Seat Medal Finals
Kelsey Huffman of Norco, CA, and her mount Top Hickory, won the 2003 USAE Reining Seat Medal Finals presented by EMO Agency, Inc., held April 17-18, in Del Mar, CA.
Kelsey was awarded the “Lauren Bailey” trophy for having the highest cumulative equitation score along with the “My Midnight Special” trophy for having the highest cumulative reining pattern in the finals. As the high scoring junior exhibitor her name will be engraved on the Adrian Van Sinderen trophy, named for the AHSA President who founded the equitation medal program in 1937.
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22nd April 2003

Dressage Result - Stadl Paura CDI*** Austria - 21st April 2003
International Dressage Competition, Klasse 11 - Grand Prix Kur (Freestyle to Music)
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22nd April 2003
Show Jumping - Irish Complete French Whitewash At Fontainebleau
After dominating the French international at Fontainebleau for its first two days, the Irish pony contingent tonight (Sunday) completed the whitewash with a win and numerous Top Ten places in the Grand Prix, and a similar showing in the previous class, the Small Grand Prix.
Vicki Hayes was tonight's champion, scoring the only clear round in the hotly-contested Grand Prix, with Nicola Fitzgibbon, Heather Purcell, and Mark Flynn also finishing high in the leaderboard.
Earlier, Nicola Fitzgibbon, a consistent scorer all weekend on <Forever Reunited>, won the Small Grand Prix, with team-mate Sarah Curran coming second, and Irish riders taking a total of five places in the Top Ten. Please click here for further details
21st April 2003

Richard Spooner Shines in the Grand Prix of Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV- April 19, 2003 – Richard Spooner of Glendale, CA riding Robinson, owned by the Half Moon Investment Group, won the Grand Prix of Las Vegas at the Budweiser World Cup in an exciting jump-off on Saturday afternoon. The United States swept the top three in this International competition at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas with Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, coming in second on Judgement, owned by Iron Spring Farm, and Peter Wylde, who currently resides Maastricht, Holland, finished third riding Mania Jolly owned by Double H. Farm.
Wylde was first in the jump-off and went clear in a time of 30.04, putting the pressure on the rest of the nine riders the jump-off.
“Going first in the jump-off, I went as fast as I thought I could”, said Wylde. “I have only had this horse since October and we have only been in six shows together.”
The crowd went wild as Spooner made incredibly tight turns to beat the clock without fault in the fast time of 29.43 seconds. In addition to the $15,000 prize, Spooner won a lot more horsepower when he was awarded the use of a 2002 Pontiac Trans Am convertible for one year, courtesy of Pat Clark Pontiac GMC of Las Vegas. He also received a pair of Der Dau riding boots.
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21st April 2003

BETA Represents Industry At The Royal Show
BETA has been invited to represent the equestrian trade at this year's Royal Show.
The show takes place from June 29 to July 2 and brings together all aspects of the equestrian and agricultural world.
BETA will exhibit in the International Pavilion providing a wealth of information on the industry in the UK and for companies wanting to break into the export market.

"Export is a vital ingredient in ensuring the expansion and development of the industry and BETA is keen to see businesses exporting their products and services," says BETA Chief Executive and Secretary Claire Williams.
"We have been putting a lot of time and effort into pulling together information on what businesses need to know about such avenues, and this will all be available at the show."
As part of their mission to get more British businesses exporting, BETA has also secured funding from Trade Partners UK to assist in meeting the costs of attending trade shows abroad
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21st April 2003
Army Takes Honours In 2003 Kerrygold Grand Prix League
Capt Gerry Flynn, riding the Minister for Defence's <Cruise Hill>, snatched victory by just under one second at the inaugural Grand Prix of the Kerrygold National Show Jumping League at Coilog, Co. Kildare today (Sunday April 20).
The competition was switched from grass to sand, due to the hardness of the ground, but winner Capt. Flynn said the organisation and the presentation of the Coilog event should be <a signature for all future Grands Prix this season>. He added: <The final round was very competitive indeed. It was a close-run thing.>
Flynn, with a classic double clear round, beat Michael Kearins on <Polanski> by less than a second on time, and also saw his Army Equitation School colleague Lt. Shane Carey take Sixth Place with a fast round, but one fence down.
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20th April 2003

Markus Merschformann of Germany Wins Second Round of the Budweiser World Cup Malin Baryard of Sweden on Top Overall
Las Vegas, NV- April 18, 2003 – Malin Baryard of Sweden riding H&M Butterfly Flip owned by Christina Larsson was the runner-up in the second round of Budweiser World Cup 2003 on Friday evening, but is the overall leader going into the Final competition at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The 28-year-old had a double clear, but could not beat the impressive time of Markus Merschformann of Germany. Riding Camirez, owned by Gutsverwalltung Berl, Merschformann won the class with a faultless performance in the time of 31.60. Marcus Ehning of Germany on Anka finished in third place also without fault, but a slower time of 34.04.
Merschformann vastly improved over his placing of 31 in Thursday’s competition. As the first rider in the jump-off of nine, strategy was key, but the thirty year old was only hoping to make the top three.
“I didn’t think I would win, but I thought I would finish in the top three,” said Merschformann. “Last night I thought if I could repeat yesterday’s performance, I would do it differently.”
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20th April 2003
World Cup Show Jumping - Coyle 21st In Rankings For Final
HE MAY HAVE made it by the narrowest if margins, and he may only have an outside chance of finishing anywhere near the top, but 44 yr old Trevor Coyle from Armagh last night in Las Vegas managed to rack up just five faults on his American-owned mare <Fleur>, to leave him 21st of the 28 international riders who qualify for Sunday's third and final leg of the FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final.
Unlike some other competitions, qualifying riders in the final do not start on a scratch score, but carry their faults with them, so Trevor Coyle is entering the World Cup arena on Sunday carrying a substantial 18 penalties. Scoreboard leader, Swede Malin Baryard, by comparison, has zero penalties so far, and joint second-place holders Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Marcus Ehning (GER) have just two penalties apiece.
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20th April 2003
Pony Show Jumping Results: CSIP Fontainebleau, France, 18-20 April 2003
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