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21st September 2002
A hamper full of shopping at Olympia
The brand new shopping village to be launched at Olympia International Show Jumping Championships this year is already being heralded as one of London’s leading pre-Christmas late night shopping extravaganzas.
More than 150 of Britain’s finest shops will be open all day, every day, providing flexible, imaginative and late night shopping – all under cover, easily accessible and with an unbeatable Christmas atmosphere, including Olympia’s very own Father Christmas.
With over thirty brand new stands to complement the traditional favourites, Olympia really does have something to suit the needs of every sort of shopper, male or female, young or old. High street fashion emporiums will rub shoulders with saddlery shops, exclusive jewellery specialists and the finest delicatessens. Visitors can shop for holidays, fine art, books and children’s toys without walking more than 100 metres. Dedicated shoppers might even need to book up two separate visits to make sure they don’t miss any of the spectacular performance or any of the shops!
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21st September 2002
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21st September 2002

United States Drivers in Second Place Following Marathon at World Equestrian Games 2002
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – September 20, 2002 – The United States is in second place at the conclusion of Friday’s Marathon Phase of the Four-In-Hand Driving World Championship at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
The U.S. team has a two-phase score of 286.52 penalties. The Netherlands is in the lead with 275.01 and Germany is third with 290.54.
Individually, Ijsbrand Chardon of The Netherlands leads with 134.30, Christoph Sandmann of Germany is second with 135.57 and Tomas Eriksson of Sweden, the reigning World Champion, is third with 135.67.

Two U.S. drivers are next. Five-time U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Four-In-Hand champion Tucker Johnson of Hobe Sound, FL, driving a team he co-owns with Mr. and Mrs. James L. Johnson, is in fourth place with a score of 143.19. Chester Weber of Ocala, FL, driving his team, is slightly behind in fifth, with 143.33. The other U.S. driver, reigning USET Four-In-Hand champion James Fairclough of Newton, NJ, driving a team owned by Jane Forbes Clark, is in twenty sixth position with a score of 187.20.
The Marathon course was at the same location as the eventing cross country with the jumps converted to obstacles for driving. The “Island” obstacle with all its “splash” was a crowd pleaser, as was the obstacle appropriately called the “Bull Ring”. One was almost surprised to see a four-in-hand team come through instead of a bull.
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21st September 2002
World Equestrian Games 2002
Winner
H.E. Sh. Ahmed bin Mohd Al Maktoum
United Arab Emirates
Endurance Ride - Garrapilos - September 16th 2002
Individual Ride Results, 148 Starters - 64 Finishers
A Report by Worldwide Rankings Data Office
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21st September 2002
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Executive Committe Meeting Available Via Webcast
The USA Equestrian Executive Committee meeting conference call being held on Wednesday, September 25, at 4:00 PM ET, will be available via live audio webcast. The webcast can be reached by visiting the USA Equestrian web site at www.equestrian.org and clicking on the link.
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21st September 2002

Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI-A HARAS DE JARDY FRANCE 27-29 SEPTEMBER 2002, CSIO-W ZAGREB CROATIA 26-29 SEPTEMBER 2002, CEI*** RED DRAGON ENGLAND 28-29 SEPTEMBER 2002, CSIO ATHENS GREECE 3-6 OCTOBER 2002, CSI-A MAUREN LIECHTENSTEIN 3-6 OCTOBER 2002
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21st September 2002
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Takes Legal Action To Ensure Its Rights As Governing Body Of Horse Sports
Group Asks that U.S. Olympic Committee Observe Federal Law on Sports Governance
USA Equestrian, the national governing body for equestrian sports in the United States, filed papers today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky to ensure that its authority as national governing body is not illegally interfered with by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).
USA Equestrian asked for a preliminary injunction or a temporary restraining order that would require the U.S. Olympic Committee to observe the provisions of the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. USA Equestrian is asking that the USOC be prohibited from taking any steps to interfere with a binding arbitration process that is under way, as required by the Stevens Act.
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20th September 2002

Anniversary Ball Tickets Selling Like 'Hot Cakes'
Friday 22 November, in the Great Room, Le Meridien Grosvenor House Hotel, in Park Lane, London
Ball goers, party revellers, horse lovers, charity supporters and socialites are all being urged to buy their tickets for the Equine Jubilee Celebration Ball, the pinnacle of the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) 75th Anniversary Celebrations. It promises to be the charity Ball of the Year.
Says Roly Owers, ILPH Director of Support, "We are lucky to have engaged to entertainers, Rory Bremner, our guest speaker, and Dillie Keane, who are proving to be a big attraction - added to the pull of major items to be auctioned by Clive Stewart-Lockhart (from the BBC's Antiques Roadshow), the tickets are starting to sell like hot cakes!"

Auction items include a Safari in Botswana for 2, an exclusive Stevenson Brothers ILPH Bob the Cob rocking horse, an 'In the Saddle' riding holiday in Portugal for 2, various unique racing packages and many, many more.
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20th September 2002

United States Drivers Lead Following Completion of Dressage Phase at World Equestrian Games 2002
Individually Two U.S. Drivers Remain Tied for Third
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–September 19, 2002 – The United States is in first place following Thursday’s completion of the Dressage phase of the Four-In-Hand Driving World Championship at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

The U.S. team has a combined score of 78.72 penalties. The Netherlands is second with 79.04 and Germany is third with 83.36.
Individually, the results stayed the same as yesterday with Tucker Johnson of Hobe Sound, FL, driving a team he co-owns with Mr. and Mrs. James L. Johnson, and Chester Weber of Ocala, FL, driving his team, remaining in a tie for third place. The two U.S. drivers received an impressive score of 39.36 penalties on Wednesday, during the first day of Dressage. Ijsbrand Chardon of The Netherlands is still in first with a score of 34.08 and Belgian driver Felix-Marie Brasseur sits second with a score of 36.32.
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20th September 2002

United States Show Jumping Team Finishes Sixth at the 2002 World Equestrian Games
U.S Rider Peter Wylde Leads the Individual Standings
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–September 19, 2002– The United States came extremely close to winning a medal in the Show Jumping World Championship at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, on Thursday, but unfortunately ended up in sixth with a score of 29.75 faults. Individually, U.S. rider Peter Wylde still leads the standings.

At the conclusion of the first round of the Nations’ Cup, the U.S. team was in third place with a combined score of 17.75, just ahead of Germany who scored 19.69. The battle for the Gold seemed to be between Sweden, who scored 9.02, and France with 9.22.
A medal was still within reach after two riders in the final round. The lead U.S. rider, Peter Wylde, had a second clear round and Nicole Simpson of Westlake Village, CA on El Campeon’s Cirka Z, owned by El Campeon Farm, had only one rail. Germany’s first two riders totaled only 4 faults, but France was in trouble because their second rider, Reynald Angot, incurred 19.00 faults. Sweden was also in a little bit of a spot because their first two competitors had 8 faults each.
As can happen in the Nations’ Cup, things completely changed after each team’s number three riders went. Belgium now had two clears and began to look like a medal possibility. Germany’s Marcus Ehning dropped another rail and France moved back into contention with a 4-fault ride by Gilles Bertran de Balanda. Sweden’s Helena Lundback had a clear go, putting them right back in the fight.
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20th September 2002

WEG Showjumping - Ireland 7th In Team Final
THE Irish team of Dermott Lennon, Peter Charles, Kevin Babington and Cian O'Connor finished 7th overall in the Team Final at Jerez today (Thursday).
Dermott Lennon on Liscalgot jumped a double clear, Peter Charles on Corrada jumped 8/4, Kevin Babington on Carling King had 8/0, but Cian O'Connor and Waterford Crystal suffered a fall in the first round and were forced to retire.
Three Irish riders - Babington, Charles and Lennon - qualify individually for the Top 25 rider final on Saturday, and are still in contention for medals.The final team placing was: 1) France, 2) Sweden, 3) Belgium
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20th September 2002
U.S. Show Jumpers Stand Third Half Way Through Nations Cup At 2002 World Equestrian Games
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–September 19, 2002–At the conclusion of the first round of Thursday’s Nations Cup competition in the Show Jumping World Championship at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, the United States Equestrian Team (USET) is in medal position, standing third with a score of 17.75 team faults. Individually, U.S. rider Peter Wylde leads the standings.
Wylde, who currently resides in Maastricht, Holland, riding Fein Cera, owned by the Fein Cera Group still has only the 1.55 penalties he carried in from Wednesday’s opening round. Wylde negotiated the first of two clears for the United States on Thursday morning that took the team to third place from seventh after Wednesday.
The battle for the Gold seems to be between Sweden, who leads with a score of 9.02, and France, who sits on 9.22. The United States is next, just ahead of Germany with 19.69.
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20th September 2002

Canadian Children's Author Speaks To Huge Audience
FALLON, NV - The entire E.C. Best Elementary school in Fallon, NV turned out to hear Canadian children's author Nikki Tate talk about the Pony Express, which is the setting for her 11th children's novel, Jo's Triumph (Orca Book Publishers). The audience of over 500 students necessitated Nikki using modern conveniences - a megaphone and a microphone - so that all the children could hear her presentation on the back of her docile pony, Breezy.
Nikki's children's books have now joined the 20,000 others in the school's prolific library, nine of which are included in the Accelerated Reader program (www.renlearn.com). School principal Scott Meihack credits the program with turning his school around from being rated "inadequate" seven years ago to one where the 420 readers in the school read 24-million words last year, checking out 50,000 books from the library during the school term. The school is now a Western Regional training site for the program.
A visit to another Fallon school, Lahontan Elementary garnered more enthusiasm from the Grade Four students, whose curriculum this year includes Nevada history. Nikki was able to tell them about the events of 1860 that occurred in their area when the short lived Pony Express made its appearance.
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20th September 2002
Pirque - Chile FEI Emirates Endurance World Masters Ride - August 31st 2002
Pirque - Santiago - Chile
A Ride report by Antonio Llompart Cosmelli
Pirque is without doubts, one of the most challenging mountains circuit, similar to the Tevis Cup in opinion of experienced riders. Altitude differentials measured in meters above sea level, where as follows:
1st loop 35 Km 750 mts (Base camp) _ 1,100 mts _ 450 mts (external vet check), 2 nd 32 Km 450 _ 980 _ 750, 3 rd 35 Km 750 _ 1,000 _ 750, 4 th 18 Km almost flat.
After three weeks of intermittent rain, trails where all deep mug, stones where a precious thing where to step in. Thanks to Got, the day of the race we had a clear sky that allowed a superb view over Andean Mountains covered by snow and an intense green mountains of the race. Also previous rains provided of frequent natural water streams that where very helpful for horses.
This race tested riders_ ability of administrating horses resources in order to plan optimally completion strategy.
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19th September 2002
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News
18 September 2002

Aachen (GER) to Host World Equestrian Games 2006
Jerez de la Frontera. HRH The Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón, President of the Fédération Equestre Internationale, today (18 September 2002) announced that Aachen, Germany, would host the 5th World Equestrian Games in September 2006.
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19th September 2002
WEG Showjumping - Team Placings After Day One (Wednesday)
1) France 4.22 penalties
2) Germany 7.69 penalties
3) Sweden 9.02 penalties
4) Switzerland 9.34 penalties
5) Ireland 10.94 penalties
6) Netherlands 13.39 penalties
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19th September 2002
Trailblazers Reaches New Heights
It was all there! The Permanent Show Organisers Association and South Essex Insurance Brokers Trailblazer national championships had it all - thrills, joy, fun and the successes that came from persistence and faith in favourite horses and ponies.
Nearly 1,000 riders, who had all earned their places in local qualifying rounds, were at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, most of them at their first national final.
"We designed the series for the estimated 200,000 leisure riders who compete for fun," said Permanent Show Organiser spokesman Norman Bargh. "Last year, for the first championships, we thought we had it right. This year proved it."
Riders like the 85cms senior champion, Paula Clinton, whose horse, Jungle Getaway, was destined for the abattoir but was saved with her holiday money; Louise Scanes, who came back from a broken collar bone earlier in the year and still rode her Fred Astair into the 75cms senior championship; senior dressage novice joint champion Gill Jackson, who went to Trailblazers on her way to the Riding Clubs Championship; James Sorrell, reserve champion in the junior preliminary dressage, who broke his back earlier in the year and spent eight weeks away from horses.
South Essex sales and marketing manager, Nicolina MacKenzie, said: "We have always felt that the strength of the equestrian world is in the dedicated amateurs, the people who ride for leisure and pleasure, which is why we support Trailblazers. After this year's championship show, we know we are right."
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19th September 2002

United States Finishes First in Reining Qualifier at World Equestrian Games 2002
Individually, U.S. Riders Placed One, Two, Three
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–September 18, 2002 – The United States finished on top in the first qualifier for the first-ever Reining World Championship on Wednesday, at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

The U.S. squad combined for a score of 661.50 points. Canada came in second with a score of 641.50 and Italy finished right behind, scoring 638.50. Three of the four U.S. riders finished with the highest individual scores. Tom McCutcheon of Pilot Point, TX, riding Conquistador Whiz, owned by George Shifrin, scored on top with 222. Shawn Flarida of Springfield, OH, riding San Jo Freckles, owned by Michael Harper, captured the next best score of 220. Scott McCutcheon of Whiteboro, TX, and Inwhizable, owned by Inwhizable Partners, finished with the third highest score of 219.50. The fourth rider on the squad Craig Schmersal of Menifee, CA riding Tidal Wave Jack, owned by the B.S. Syndicate, received a 215 for his ride.
The top five teams from the Qualifier, plus five additional individuals, move on to Sunday’s World Championship final with a clean slate. The start order is determined by the results of the Qualifier with the highest placed rider going last.
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19th September 2002

WEG Showjumping - Ireland In Team Fifth After Opening Day
Ireland is now lying 5th in World Championship Team Show Jumping after today's opening speed class at Jerez, Spain, on a total of 10.74 points.
And all four Irish riders - Kevin Babington, Peter Charles, Cian O'Connor and Dermott Lennon, are still in contention for individual medals, all being within two fences of the leader, Markus Fuchs.
The team medals will be decided at Nations Cup day tomorrow (Thursday), while aggregate individual points achieved today and tomorrow will determine which riders go through to the Top 25 competition on Saturday. From the Top 25, a Top 4 will jump for individual medals on Sunday.
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19th September 2002

Two United States Drivers Tied for Third Halfway Through Dressage Phase at 2002 World Equestrian Games
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain-September 18, 2002 - At the conclusion of the first day of the Dressage phase of the Four-In-Hand Combined Driving World Championship on Wednesday, two United States drivers are tied for third place at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Tucker Johnson of Hobe Sound, FL and Chester Weber of Ocala, FL, both received an outstanding score of 39.36 penalties. Ijsbrand Chardon of The Netherlands is in first with a score of 34.08 and Belgian driver Felix-Marie Brasseur sits second with a score of 36.32.

The third member of the United States team, James Fairclough of Newton, NJ, is in 21st position with a score of 55.04. Fairclough was at a disadvantage as he was the first to go in the order with less than ideal conditions.
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19th September 2002

Irish Hold Their Own In Opening Salvo Of Show Jumping
Irish riders had two clear rounds in the opening class of the World Equestrian Games show jumping at Jerez, Spain, today (Wednesday).
The Prix Jerez was a Table C speed class, with fences lowered incurring time faults that are added to the total, instead of normal faults.
Both Peter Charles on Corrada and Kevin Babington on Carling King managed clears, and ended 11th and 12th respectively.
However, both Dermott Lennon on Liscalgot and Cian O'Connor on Waterford Crystal each had a fence on the floor, and ended in 26th and 34th place respectively, out of a field of 96 starters.
Individual points accumulated from today's class are carried forward to the next major class, the Nations Cup, and points won there will decide the Top 25 riders, and, ultimately, the Top 4, who will battle it out for individual medal position on Sunday.
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19th September 2002

U.S. Show Jumper Peter Wylde is Fourth Following Round One at World Equestrian Games 2002
United States Team in Seventh Place
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–September 18, 2002 – U.S. show jumper Peter Wylde is in fourth place at the conclusion of the first round for the Team and Individual placings in the Show Jumping World Championships at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Wylde, who currently reside in Maastricht, Holland, riding Fein Cera, owned by the Fein Cera Group has only 1.55 penalties entering Thursday’s two-round competition that serves as the Team final. Less than one fault separates the top three riders. Sydney Olympic team Silver Medalist Markus Fuchs of Switzerland had the fastest clear round to take the top spot in Wednesday’s speed class. Eric Levallois of France claimed second with a score of .16 and 1992 Barcelona Olympic Champion Ludger Beerbaum of Germany finished third with .50.
The United States squad is currently seventh in the team standings, but is less than two rails from medal position with a combined score of 13.75. France leads the way with a total score of 4.22, Germany is in second with 7.69 and Sweden is third on 9.02.
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19th September 2002

Scottish Woman Convicted for Pony Cruelty
Today, Wednesday 18th September, at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Louise Gillespie, 20, was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a young Shetland pony cross known as Juno. She was banned from owning and being in charge of horses and ponies for 3 years and fined £350.
Gillespie of Bishopbriggs, Glasgow called the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) in December last year asking for assistance in catching her 3 year old Shetland cross pony.

"When I arrived", states ILPH Field Officer Adam Fleming, "I saw the pony in question whose front legs were matted with blood and pus from wounds on its face caused by a nylon headcollar that was embedded in its nose and cheeks.
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19th September 2002
Saddletude
:: Saddletude WEG Coverage 2002::
Continue to check in for the most up-to-date coverage of The WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES from Jerez, Spain. Daily News, Results and Exclusive Images, continues till Sunday.
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18th September 2002
Ariat Celebrates In Style At Blenheim International Horse Trials
THERE was a double celebration for quality footwear makers Ariat at the weekend with a second win at the Blenheim Petplan International horse trials for Team-Ariat and Georg Schumacher rider Lucinda Fredericks.
Ariat, a supporting patron sponsor of the Oxfordshire horse trials, also unveiled its full range to the public for the first time and was delighted with the response.
Lucinda, who now rides for Australia, notched up her second win at the event she calls her "happy hunting ground". After lying 13th following the dressage with Emma Robson's Headley Britannia, she moved the up the order with the fastest cross country time of the day and clinched the title with a clear round show jumping after leaping from sixth place overnight.
Lucinda won the first ever Blenheim horse trials with Just Jeremy and has been in the prize money here 14 times.
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18th September 2002
World Equestrian Games gold medalist profiled in Badminton video
American equestrian Amy Tryon, is among the personalities profiled in the recently released video documentary "Backstage at Badminton: Eventing's Supreme Challenge". VHS Copies of the program may be purchased on-line at www.SportsQuestInternational.com, or by telephone on (1) 800-872-9462 (Catalog # 9382).
A firefighter from Redmond, Washington, Tryon, won a team gold medal Sunday at the 2002 World Equestrian Games, in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, as a member of the victorious United States three-day eventing squad. Highlights of an interview with Tryon's teammate, Olympic Champion David O'Connor, are also included in the video presentation. The World Equestrian Games format incorporates the official world championships of seven equestrian disciplines.
A true amateur, Tryon's performance in Spain caps a magical season in which she placed second at the Foxhall Cup in Georgia (USA), on Woodstock; third at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, on Poggio II; and eleventh in her first try at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (UK), on My Beau. She was a team gold medalist and fourth individually in the 1999 Pan American Games.
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18th September 2002

Canadian Children's Author Delivers Pony Express Mail
GARDNERVILLE, NV – Students at Gardnerville Elementary School received letters Monday from their counterparts in British Columbia, Canada, courtesy of Nikki Tate who arrived at the school aboard her pony, carrying the mail in her mochila. She picked up letters from the students to deliver back to Canada.
The exchange of mail was part of Nikki’s re-enactment of the historical events surrounding the Pony Express, which is the setting of her newest children’s novel, Jo’s Triumph (Orca Book Publishers). For the past 10 days Nikki has been riding portions of the Pony Express Trail in Nevada and visiting schools along the way, talking to students about the events of 1860 and about her life as a writer.
Following the school visit Nikki rode the Pony Express Trail at the western most part of Nevada, in the shadow of the Sierra Nevadas, pausing at the bottom of the Kingsbury Grade just outside Genoa. This marked the completion of the cross-Nevada trek which began at the eastern end of the State in Ely. Please click here for further details

17th September 2002
The FEI

Federation Equestre Internationale News

15 September 2002

FEI Executive Board meets with the Eventing Committee to discuss their proposal to respond to the Olympic Programme Commission's recommendation to exclude Eventing from the Olympic programme
In conjunction with the World Equestrian Games, the Executive Board Committee held a meeting with the Eventing Committee on Saturday, 15 September 2002 in Jerez de la Frontera (ESP).
The following Executive Board Members were present: HRH The Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón (ESP), President, Freddy Serpieri (GR E), 1st Vice President, Leopoldo Palacios (VEN), 2nd Vice President, Guilherme Sarmento, Treasurer, Hanfried Haring (GER), member and Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee. The Secretary General Dr Bo Helander (SWE) also attended the meeting.
The following members of the Eventing Committee attended the meeting: Wayne Roycroft (AUS), Chairman, Giuseppe Della Chiesa (ITA), Jack Le Goff (USA), William Henson (GBR), and Eddy Stibbe (AHO) representing respectively the organisers and the riders within the Committee.
The FEI Eventing Committee presented a proposal to respond to the issues raised in the IOC Programme Commission's report, which was pres ented to the IOC Executive Board on 28 August 2002. The Commission, in charge of reviewing the Olympic Programme for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, recommended that three sports and five disciplines were excluded of the Olympic Programme, among which the equestrian discipline of Eventing.
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17th September 2002

United States Endurance Team Finishes Fifth at World Equestrian Games 2002
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain–September 16, 2002 – The United States team finished fifth in the Endurance competition on Monday at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
The Gold Medal went to the French team, Italy won the Silver and the Bronze was earned by the 2000 World Endurance Champions of Australia. Individually, Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was crowned the new World Champion riding Bowman in a ride time of 9:19:29. The Silver went to Antonio Rose of Italy on Alex Raggio Di Sole finishing in 9:35:23. The Bronze winner was Sunny Demedy of France on Fifi du Bagnas it the time of 9:38:47.
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17th September 2002
Canadian Children's Author To Appear At Great Basin Book Festival
Nikki Tate, author of 11 children’s novels, will be at the Great Basin Book Festival Saturday joining 24 other authors and literary figures who have gathered for the event, now in its sixth year. She will participate in a panel discussion on Children’s Literature Saturday morning at 10:00 at the Molly Flagg Knudtsen Stage. In the afternoon she will appear at the Teen Tent at Wingfield Park where she will talk to young people about writing. She will then be at the signing tent to autograph her books.
Besides talking about her novels and her life as a writer, Nikki is sure to recount her adventures of the previous 18 days in Nevada. She has been riding portions of the Pony Express trail and visiting elementary schools, talking to students about the historical events that inspired her latest novel, Jo’s Triumph (Orca Book Publishers). She has also introduced her novels to new fans at book signings along the way.
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17th September 2002

Norfolk Man Sentenced for Horse Cruelty
At Norwich Magistrates Court today, Monday 16 September, Frederick Arthur Agombar of Little Witchingham, near Norwich, was sentenced to 28 days in prison for causing unnecessary suffering to a 14.3 hh black cob gelding in his possession. He was also given a 5 year ban on keeping non domestic animals and a confiscation order was placed on the horse, cart, and harness.
Following a complaint received through the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) Welfare line from a concerned member of the public a joint ILPH/RSPCA operation was launched to monitor Agombar taking people on tours around Norwich City centre in his horse and cart.

Agombar's horse, Arthur, had large open sores on his back due to badly fitting harness and a poorly designed cart. The horse was barefoot except for Australian boots on all four feet that were wholly unsuitable for the purpose for which they were being used.
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17th September 2002

Triple Crown Champion to be Crowned at Fair Hill International
Fair Hill, MD—September 16, 2002—The Triple Crown of Driving, presented by Driving Essentials, Inc./Glinkowski Carriages, will culminate at the Fair Hill International, October 24-27 in Fair Hill, MD.
Equestrian driver Kate Shields of Middleburg, VA, claimed the early lead in the Triple Crown when she won the Advanced Singles division at The Laurels at Landhope Combined Driving Event, the first leg of the Triple Crown, which was held in West Grove, PA, September 6-8.
The 2002 Triple Crown consists of three events: The Laurels at Landhope Combined Driving Event, the Gladstone Driving Event in Gladstone, NJ, October 11-13, and the Fair Hill International.
Each of the Triple Crown events offers a testing, three-phase competition. The components are dressage, highlighting training and obedience; the exciting marathon, where speed, timing, and nerve rule the day; and cones, which emphasizes accuracy.
The Triple Crown champion will be determined by adding each competitor’s two best final scores from the three events with the championship being awarded to the driver with the lowest combined score from his or her two best events.
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17th September 2002
PERA
PERA News
September 2002
All the final news and full results are now available on peraworld.com...
All change after cross country day at WEG - Mike Tucker's challenging course at Garrapilos proved to demonstrate that the three day event competition would not be decided on the dressage, as 28 out of the 80 starters go clear.
First gold for France, USA take Team title - Jean Teulere riding Espoir de la Mare became France's first eventing World Champion following a dramatic day in the show jumping arena at WEG, Jerez. The day also saw the American team retain their overnight lead to take team gold.
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17th September 2002
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Open Forum Agenda Available
The agenda for the joint forum among the USA Equestrian Planning Committee, International High Performance Committee, NGB Advisory Committee and the executive directors of USA Equestrian affiliated associations is now available.
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17th September 2002

Canadian Children's Author Rides The "Old West"
VIRGINIA CITY, NV – It was a weekend of Pony Express Trail riding and meeting new fans for Nikki Tate, author of Jo’s Triumph (Orca Book Publishers).
It has been a week since Nikk started her trek across Nevada, beginning in Ely, visiting schools and riding parts of the trail that the fictional "Jo" rode in the novel.
Friday Nikki visited students at R.H. Gallagher Elementary school in historical Virginia City, built on the side of a mountain in the Sierra Nevadas. The mining town was the subject of many of famed author Mark Twain’s accounts of life in the Old West.
Nikki looked very much a part of the setting Saturday when she walked up the street in her Pony Express uniform to the Mark Twain Bookstore. There, amongst the volumes of Mark Twain, and rare, old books, she met fans and introduced her novels to passers-by who were delighted to hear about Nikki’s adventures in Nevada.
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17th September 2002
Top Finishers in the Six North American League Divisions Gear Up to Compete at the Finals
Annville, PA—September 16, 2002—Another year of competition to determine the qualifiers for the North American League (NAL) Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, October 10-19, has come to a close.
At the conclusion of the qualifying period, the top horse-and-rider combinations from each of the six divisions-- Children’s Hunter, Adult Hunter, Children’s Jumper, Adult Jumper, Pony Jumper, and Open Jumper--are eligible to compete at the Finals.
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16th September 2002
The Riding Tree: Following The Motion
WAVERLY, WVOur goal as we move up the riding tree is to develop an independent seat so that we can influence the horse. An independent seat means that you are not relying on anything but balance to hold you on the horse. You use an athletic muscle tension to help you stay in balance but you are relaxed, not gripping with your muscles to hold you on the horse. Once you are in control of your own body, you can begin to influence the horse and control its body.

The first step in developing an independent seat is learning to relax while sitting on the horse. The second is learning to balance your own weight over the horse’s center of gravity. The third is learning to feel and follow the horse’s motion at the walk, trot, and canter.
“Following” does not mean just sitting and passively letting the horse’s motion swing you along. It is an active muscular activity that aligns your rhythm with the horse’s rhythm and puts the two of you in harmony. The rider needs to be aware of various body parts. She needs to be riding in balance, using elastic, athletic muscle tension to help her stay in balance rather than tight, gripping, nervous muscle tension. It takes strong abdominal muscles and loose, flexible hip joints that open and close smoothly. Being able to follow the motion is an essential skill the rider needs in order to ride in rhythm and harmony with the horse. Without this independent seat where you have total control of your body parts, you are always going to be limiting your horse.
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16th September 2002

United States Eventing Team Wins Gold Medal at World Equestrian Games 2002
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – September 15, 2002 – The United States Eventing Team has won the Gold Medal in a nail- biting competition on Sunday at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain with a final team score of 175.40 penalties. France moved up to win Silver with a score of 192.40 and the team from Great Britain won the bronze with a score of 199.00. The 2002 Olympic Team Gold Medalists Australia finished just out of the medals on 199.40.

U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist and Team Captain David O’ Connor of The Plains, VA riding Giltedge, owned by Jacqueline Mars, Christa Badger and Jonathan Ireland, had the only clear show jumping round for the team. That was impressive, since only eight out of the 47 that competed went clear. He ended up with a score of 64.60 penalties in tenth place.
“I had to really fight for it,” said O’Connor. “The clear did not come easy, but it was nice to have it end this way because it will be the last world Championship for Tex (Giltedge). The whole week was great and all the riders were fantastic.”
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16th September 2002
American Vaulter Wins Bronze Medal At WEG
JEREZ de la FRONTERA, SPAIN September 14 - After the 4th day of competition at the World Equestrian Games (WEG), the vaulting portion is completed. Devon Maitozo, United States, has earned the Bronze Medal. Maitozo, who has now earned four medals at World Vaulting Championships, has also earned medals in 1996, 1998 and 2000. He now holds more medals than any other male vaulter in the world. Christoph Lensing, of Germany, had been tied with Maitozo at three medals. Matthais Lang, of France, retains his title of Men's World Vaulting Champion earned in 2000 and Gero Meyer, Germany, remains Men's Reserve World Vaulting Champion.
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16th September 2002

USA Equestrian
U.S. Eventing Team Clinches Gold At WEG
Maitozo Brings Home Bronze In Vaulting
The United States Eventing Team took the Gold at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, on Sunday, September 15, by completing the jumping portion of the competition with a total of 32 penalties, bringing the team total to 175.40. This was more than enough to defeat the Silver Medal winning team of France, who finished with a score of 192.40 penalties. Great Britain won the Bronze Medal with a final tally of 199.40 penalties.
In the Men's Individual Vaulting competition Devon Maitozo moved from fourth position into third to take the Bronze Medal with an average of 8.612. Matthias Lang of France won the Gold Medal with a score of 8.973 and Germany's Gero Meyer took the Silver Medal with 8.771.
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16th September 2002

United States Riders Finish Just Out of Medals in Individual Dressage Competition at 2002 World Equestrian Games
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – September 15, 2002 – Despite a flawless performance in the Freestyle competition by Debbie McDonald of Hailey, ID and Brentina, owned by Perry & Peggy Thomas, the U.S. is without an Individual Dressage Medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
McDonald and Brentina finished fourth by the slimmest of margins with a score of 233.460 (82.700).

Lisa Wilcox of Thousand Oaks, CA, riding Relevant, owned by Gundula Vorwerk and Dr. Claus Crone-Munzebrock were right behind them in fifth place with a score of 232.530 (82.650). Susan Blinks of Wellington, FL riding Flim Flam, owned by owned by Fritz Kundrun and Dressage Sponsor Corporation came in eleventh with 219.855 (74.375).
Nadine Capellmann of Germany and Farbenfroh won the Gold Medal with a score of 237.515 (83.675). The hometown favorite Beatriz Ferrer-Salat of Spain on Beauvalais captured the Silver scoring 234.385 (82.825) and the Bronze was won by Ulla Salzgeber of Germany riding Rusty, receiving 233.535 (83.775).
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16th September 2002

WEG Eventing - Irish Team Finishes 7th of 13
The Irish Eventing team today (Sunday) finished 7th overall out of 13 teams competing at the World Equestrian Games despite two of its four members being eliminated following falls on the strong cross-country stage yesterday.
The USA team won the Three Day Event outright with 175.40 penalties, with France Second on 192.40, and Gt. Britain Third on 199 penalties. Ireland were 7th with 1214.40 penalties.
The individual Gold Medallist was France's Jean Teulere, riding Espoir de la Mare, with Silver going to Gt. Britain's Jeanette Brakewell on Over To You. Finland's Piia Pantsu on Ypaja Karuso took Bronze.
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16th September 2002

Show Jumping Results: CSI-A Pinerolo Italy 13-15 September 2002
Class N.5 - 1.50 Fasi cons. (Fei Reg. 284.2.3 )
1) Harry Marshall (IRL) Splendido, 2) Jurgen Kraus (GER) Celestino R, 3) Roberto Arioldi (ITA) Loro Piana Dime de la Cour
Class N.7 - 1.35 Fasi cons. (Fei Reg. 284.2.4 )
1) Roberto Cristofoletti (ITA) Rusheen Rob, 2) Francis Connors (IRL) Millstreet Miss, 3) Willi Melliger (SUI) B.B. Nithard
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16th September 2002

Flash - WEG Eventing - Buller's Horse Fails Veterinary
Irish rider Vina Buller's horse, Glencara, failed veterinary inspection at Jerez, Spain this morning (Sunday) before the commencement of the show jumping phase of the three day event, and following yesterday's cross country phase.
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15th September 2002
Equine Research
Upcoming Seminars At The Equine Research Centre, Guelph Ontario
The Equine Research Centre in partnership with the Ontario Horse Racing Association presents:
Mare and Foal
Wednesday, October 9, Woodbine Sales Pavilion 12:45 - 4:00 p.m
Technology Transfer: a review of OHRIA funded growth and development research, and practical applications. Extending technology transfer in the field: The use of growth charts and practical feeding approaches for young horses.
Emerging Issues in the Industry: new foal vaccines; deworming; West Nile Virus. Dr. Dan Kenney, Large Animal Clinic, Ontario Veterinary College.
3rd Annual Dialogue on Nutrition
Presented by the University of Guelph in partnership with the Equine Research Centre
Saturday, November 23, 2002
OVC Lifetime Learning Centre, University of Guelph
Full-day event commencing at 8:00 a.m.
Featured speakers will be Dr. Al Merritt of the University of Florida, Dr. Noah Cohen of Texas A & M University, and Drs. Ray Geor and Scott Weese of the University of Guelph. The conference will also feature Dr. John Burton and Shannon Pratt of the University of Guelph.
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15th September 2002
Devon Maitozo Wins Bronze Medal in Vaulting at World Equestrian Games
Jerez de Frontera, Spain – September 14, 2002 – Devon Maitozo of Acton, CA won the Individual Bronze Medal in the Men’s division of Vaulting with a score of 8.612, on Saturday at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Matthias Lang of France won the Gold Medal with a score of 8.973, and Germany’s Gero Meyer took the Silver with a score of 8.771.
The U.S. team, Free Artists Creative Equestrians (FACE) of Moorpark, CA, finished in fifth place out of fourteen teams with a score of 7.599. Germany won the Gold Medal with a score of 8.199. The silver went to Switzerland with a score of 8.042 and Sweden put in a Bronze Medal performance with a score of 7.821.
The best U.S. finisher in the Women’s division was Pamela Geisler of Diamond Bar, CA who finished in eighth position with a score of 8.209, after temporarily dropping down to tenth in the compulsories earlier in the day.
U.S. Chef d’ Equipe Emma Drinker was extremely pleased with the performances of all the U.S. athletes.
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15th September 2002
PERA
PERA News
September 2002
The scene is set for a gripping competition as the three day event competition at WEG today moves into the cross country phase.
Friday saw Bettina Hoy and Woodsides Ashby score a record breaking 20.8 in the dressage, and with only 2.2 penalty scores covering the first four countries in the team competition, there is certainly everything to play for as the competitors take on Mike Tucker's challenging cross country course at Garrapilos. Please click here for further details
15th September 2002

WEG Eventing - Irish Take A Tumble On Cross Country Stage
The Irish Eventing team at the World Equestrian Games slipped from 6th to 8th place overall today (Saturday) as two of its four members were eliminated following falls on the strong cross-country stage. Neither of the riders or their horses was seriously hurt, but under FEI rules, neither competitor can now continue.
Sasha Harrison (All Love du Fenaud) and Eric Smiley (Macloud) were the fallers today, and are now eliminated from the world championships at Jerez.
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15th September 2002

United States Eventing Team in First Following Cross Country at the 2002 World Equestrian Games
U.S. Rider John Williams Poised for Individual Gold Medal
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – September 14, 2002 – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has overtaken the lead at the conclusion of the Cross Country phase of the Eventing competition on Saturday at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain with a two phase score of 147.40 penalties.

Led by John Williams of Middleburg, VA, riding his Canadian Sport Horse Carrick, the United States overtook the lead from Great Britain, the overnight leaders following the first phase of Dressage. Australia is currently in second place with a score of 162.40 while France has unexpectedly moved into third place with a score of 175.40. Great Britain has fallen to fourth.
With a clear jumping round and less than three time penalties, Williams currently leads the individual standings with a score of 37.00. Two-time Olympic team Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton of Australia is in second with 40.80 while Jean Teulere of France is in third with 41.80 penalties.
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15th September 2002
Vaulters Geisler And Smith Will Continue For U.S.
JEREZ, SPAIN September 13 - Pamela Geisler and Samantha Smith will proceed to the second round of competition at the World Equestrian Games (WEG). Geisler performed an almost flawless freestyle tonight, and improved her standing to eighth place at the end of Round I. Chef d'equipe Emma Drinker commented, "The level of competition keeps increasing. The talent in every country in the sport of vaulting continues to develop to new highs. Everyone just gets better every year! It's very exciting for the future of our sport."
"The quality and training of the horses is the best I've seen. Quality in the sport overall has risen to a new level", said Ulrike Reider of Germany, author of several books on the sport. Denmark and Australia may be on their way to their first medals at a Vaulting World Championship, in this sport frequently dominated by the German talent.
Samantha Smith will be the American woman to join Geisler in the second round of competition. Smith currently stands in 13th place. Jill Main experienced difficulties in the freestyle this afternoon, and will not be proceeding to the final round.
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15th September 2002

ShowJumping Results: CSI-A Pinerola Italy 13-15 September 2002
Class N.1 - 1.35 Mista (Fei Reg. 238.3.AM5)
1) Harry Marshall (IRL); Pakko, 2) Wil Schellekens (NED); Stapp's Madermie, 3) Kristof Cleeren (BEL); El Rey
Class N.3 - 1.40 Fasi cons. (Fei Reg. 284.2.3 )
1) Joelle Cairaschi Dagut (FRA) Quercus du Maury, 2) David Jobertie (FRA) Quasimodo van de Molendreef, 3) Harry Marshall (IRL) Splendido
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