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22nd Dec 2001
Charles Owen Charles Owen Assists The USEA Safety Committee
Roy Burek, the Managing Director of leading International Headwear Manufacturer Charles Owen was recently invited to the USEA (United States Eventing Association) Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon. 6th - 9th December 2001. Mr Burek was invited to help and advise the Safety Commitee on safety concerns and issues that the Riders currently have. The meeting was attended by many of the leading International Event Riders, including David and Karen O'Connor who later invited Mr Burek to dine with them. As Mr Burek commented "We were treated like royalty throughout the entire trip, and the opportunities that arose were unbelievable"
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22nd Dec 2001 Ireland's Peter Charles Snatches Olympia Puissance
In a display of remarkable horsemanship, Ireland's Peter Charles tonight (Friday December 21) snatched the coveted Accenture Christmas Puissance prize at London's Olympia, clearing a wall of 2m17 (approximately 7 feet 3 inches) in a final two-horse jump-off against British ace John Whitaker.
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22nd Dec 2001 Masterfoods To Sponsor Burghley
Masterfoods, the new identity for Mars’ food and pet care businesses in the UK, has announced that it will be title sponsor of the Burghley Horse Trials in 2002 and 2003. The sponsorship will be titled the Burghley Masterfoods Horse Trials.
Mike Davies, Managing Director of Masterfoods said: “We are delighted to have signed this agreement. As a sporting occasion, Burghley Horse Trials is unequalled in its ability to provide sport and entertainment in a unique setting and is a wonderful commercial partner for Masterfoods.
Although Burghley’s previous sponsor Pedigree® is part of the Masterfoods brand portfolio, this is not the same sponsor by a different name; this is very much a new sponsorship. The other brands within the Mars group have had a small presence at Burghley during the time of the Pedigree® sponsorship but it is now our intention to increase their presence dramatically and use the event to promote the family of Masterfoods products.”
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22nd Dec 2001
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian and U.S. Equestrian Team Take Steps to Resolve Governance
Lexington, KY and Gladstone, NJ-December 21, 2001-USA Equestrian President Alan F. Balch and U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) President Dr. Armand Leone, Jr. have announced that the Executive Committees of the two organizations have agreed in principle to a resolution of the equestrian governance matter that would result in a unified National Governing Body (NGB) for equestrian sports in the United States.
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22nd Dec 2001

Show Jumping Result: CSI-W Olympia 19-23 December 2001
THE CHRISTMAS CRACKER; Qualifying Competition for the World Cup on Saturday
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21st Dec 2001
The FEI Federation Equestre Internationale News
Flash News 20 December 2001
2002 Samsung Nations Cup Final Will Be In Donaueschingen (GER)
A working group designated by the Nations Cup Committee and formed of Dr Bo Helander, Secretary General, Olaf Petersen, Chairman of the Jumping Committee, Ulf Rosengren, Nations Cup Director, and Jan-Willem Koerner, Chairman of the CSIO Organisers association, awarded the 2002 Samsung Nations Cup Final to Donaueschingen (GER) from 22 to 25 August.
HRH The Prince Philip Received The First FEI Award
The FEI Award for Dedicated and Distinguished Services to Equestrian Sport was presented to HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, by HRH The Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón on the opening day of the CSI-W Olympia held from 19 through 23 December 2001 in London (GBR). Please click here for further details
21st Dec 2001
USA Equestrian
Robert Chelberg Wins The Central European League
The FEI announced today that U.S. Grand Prix Jumping Rider, Robert Chelberg, based in Prague, CZE, won the Central European League which qualifies him to compete at the World Cup Final in Leipzig (GER), May 1-5, 2002 as an additional U.S. rider. Chelberg finished the League 16 points ahead of Hungarian rider Jozsef Turi who finished 6th in the Individual standings at the World Equestrian Games in Rome (ITA), 1998.
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21st Dec 2001
USA Equestrian Homfeld Receives Fourth Course Designer Of The Year Award
For the second year in a row, and fourth time over all, the Mr. & Mrs. William C. Cox Memorial Trophy for the Show Jumping Course Designer of the Year has been awarded to Conrad Homfeld of Southampton, New York. Along with last year's victory, Homfeld also received this award in 1988 and 1997.
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21st Dec 2001
USA Equestrian USA Equestrian Meetings Open At Charlotte Annual Convention
USA Equestrian announced today that it has confirmed with committee leadership that virtually all committee meetings at the Annual Convention in Charlotte, NC, beginning January 9, will be open at least in part to all Federation members in attendance.
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21st Dec 2001
USA Equestrian Memorial Service Set For Emerson Burr
Memorial services for legendary hunter pony trainer Emerson Burr will be held Saturday, December 22, 2001 at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church at 10:00 AM followed by a reception at the Fairfield County Hunt Club.
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20th Dec 2001
The FEI Federation Equestre Internationale News
19 December 2001
World Equestrian Games Chef De Mission Meeting
In view of the World Equestrian Games (WEG), which will take place from 11 through 22 September 2002, a Chef de Mission meeting was held on 12 December 2001 in the WEG host city Jerez de la Frontera (ESP).
World Cup Driving: Harry de Ruyter (NED) wins in Amsterdam
The third competition of the newly created FEI World Cup for Four-in-Hand Drivers took place in Amsterdam on 13 and 14 December 2001.
It was a first for the two times world champion and Dutch driving hero Ysbrand Chardon. He won the warm up competition with a huge margin ahead of his countryman Harry de Ruyter and Gert Schrijvers of Belgium. But he was less lucky in the World Cup competition. After an early knock down and following an attempt to make up for the loss, Chardon knocked over two additional balls. Victory went to 52-year old Harry de Ruyter ahead of the Stockholm winner Chester Weber (USA), followed by Schrijvers and Chardon.
World Cup Jumping Victory Of Leslie Howard (USA) in Amsterdam
Former World Cup winner and Olympic champion Leslie Howard (USA) beat an impressive field to win Round 7 of the 2001/2002 World Cup Jumping Series (Western European League), which took place in Amsterdam on 13-16 December 2001 in Amsterdam (NED).
FEI Waldfried Euro Future Cup Dressage Final
The Final of the 2001 FEI Waldfried Euro Future Cup Dressage Series for Young Riders was held in Frankfurt (GER) from 14 to 16 December 2001. The final competition, the Prix St Georges Freestyle, was won by Nicola Giesen (GER) and Slow Fox V with a score of 77.13%.
FEI Rules and Regulations
The 2001 version in English of the Rules for Eventing will be published on the FEI website, section reference, chapter rules before the end of 2001.
2002 FEI General Assembly
The 2002 FEI General Assembly will take place in April 2002 in Rabat (MAR).
FEI Trainers Seminar, Warwickshire College (GBR)
The first Seminar for FEI Development Trainers took place in Warwickshire College (GBR) on 11 and 12 December. The seminar was held in conjunction with the International Group for Equestrian Qualifications and its purpose was to establish a list of experienced trainers who were prepared to work in developing countries as part of the FEI Development programs.
News From The International Equestrian Organisers Alliance (IEOA) and the Alliance Of Jumping Organisers (AJO)
The 2001 General Assembly of the International Equestrian Organizers Alliance (IEOA) convened on 10 November 2001 in Brussels (BEL).
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20th Dec 2001
USA Equestrian Frank Chapot Honored With USA Equestrian Lifetime Achievement Award
Mr. Frank D. Chapot, 69, of Neshanic Station, New Jersey, has been named as the winner of the 2001 First USA Bank/USA Equestrian Lifetime Achievement Award for the Jimmy A. Williams Trophy. This prestigious award is bestowed annually by the USA Equestrian Executive Committee to an outstanding equestrian whose "lifetime experience and accomplishments exemplify uncommon devotion to the sport of horse showing and whose equestrian career and
horsemanship has continually elevated the sport's excellence."
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20th Dec 2001
USA Equestrian Emerson Burr Passes Away
Legendary hunter pony trainer Emerson Burr, 81, of Fairfield, Connecticut, passed away Monday, December 17, 2001. Burr was best known for his talent for matching kids to ponies and was known to many as a "father figure" in the pony hunter ring.
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20th Dec 2001 Show Jumping Result: CSI-W Olympia 19-23 December 2001
THE CANDLE STAKES, International Jumping Competition
3) ANKA; Marcus EHNING (GER)
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20th Dec 2001

2002 Horse Show and Grand Prix Calendar
Following is a list of select equestrian competitions scheduled for 2002:
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19th Dec 2001
Equus Evening Extravaganza
Three impressive new evening performances will be featured at Equus, The Horse Event, to be held from 4th to 7th April 2002 at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London's Docklands.
"The Evening Extravaganza performances are fun filled, action packed horse spectaculars combining skill, humour and entertainment" said Sarah Cartwright, Director of Equus Event Ltd who organize the event. "Everyone with even the slightest interest in horses will enjoy this show."
Each of the evening performances will offer 2 hours of pure entertainment featuring a number of unique acts. On Thursday 4th and Friday 5th April the Evening Extravaganza will feature The HawkMaster Display, a stunning presentation combining horses and birds of prey. Both sophisticated dressage movements and comedy will play a part in performances by John and Charlotte Lassetter and The King's Troop RHA will present their thrilling gun team display. Tanya Larrigan will perform a comedy duo with Jacque followed by the Mini Marvels® with their interpretation of Riverdance. There will also be the beautiful Lusitano and Spanish stallions of El Caballo de España, plus vaulting, side-saddle dressage and jumping, western and trick riding.
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19th Dec 2001

Joel Performs Well At "Jumping Amsterdam" World Cup Classes
Joel, the 10-year-old gelding sired by Morningside Stud's KWPN-approved stallion Ekstein, continued his fantastic jumping this past weekend in Holland.
On Friday at the important "Jumping Amsterdam" competition, Joel (Ekstein x Ramiro Z) jumped clear in the Qualification Competition for the World Cup and placed 8th out of 36 starters. This result earned prize money for Joel's rider and breeder, Gert Jan Bruggink, and a ticket to jump the next day.
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19th Dec 2001

Interim Movement Rules For Next Year Are A Step Forward - NFU
The announcement today of an easing in the regime to regulate animal movements following foot and mouth will loosen the strait-jacket constricting farmers, says the NFU.
The new regime for England and Wales, announced this morning by Lord Whitty, is likely to come into force in February.
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18th Dec 2001
Olympia International Show Jumping Championships
Olympia Gives Young British Riders A Golden Opportunity
Olympia International Show Jumping Championships has given two young British riders a last minute invitation to the show, one of Europe’s biggest show jumping events and this year celebrating its 30th anniversary. The invitations came about with the withdrawal of Swiss international, Willi Melliger who is sidelined due to injury.
The riders, Corrine Collins (22) from Crewe, Cheshire and Richard Davenport (21) from Knutsford, Cheshire have been invited to bring one horse each to compete at the show which runs from Wednesday, 19th December to Sunday 23rd December. This year Olympia is offering over £232,000 in prize money and will be playing host to a galaxy of international show jumping stars.
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18th Dec 2001
BETA BETA Secures Export Funding For Industry
BETA has secured sponsorship status and funding to assist businesses with the costs of exhibiting at three overseas shows.
The funding worth nearly £150,000 is a huge boost for the industry and has been made possible through Trade Partners UK, which is the export arm of the Department of Trade and Industry
The cash will help with the costs of exhibiting at three of the major exhibitions in Europe.
As part of the SESA (Support for Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad) scheme, Trade Partners UK will fund 60 per cent of the stand and build costs for each qualifying company.
The shows include SPOGA in Cologne, Germany and the World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, both in September 2002, and Equitana in Essen, Germany, September 2003.
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18th Dec 2001 NZ Horse Trekkers Combine to Build International Profile
A group of New Zealand horse trekking operators have launched an international marketing initiative which aims to promote New Zealand as a premier trekking destination. is an Internet portal providing direct access to New Zealand's top trekking attractions, which have previously been promoted domestically as Horse Riding - the Best of New Zealand.
The group is spread throughout New Zealand and offers a wide choice in treks -- suitable for novices through to expert riders - and a range of terrain and options. All have a track record in promoting high environmental management standards.
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18th Dec 2001
Zilco, a world leader in the manufacture of synthetic harness and saddlery, is pleased to announce that Kellinghusen Fahrsport, in Hamburg, will be its main distributor of Zilco Competition Driving harness in Germany.
Zilco is also releasing a new range of driving harness, 'Zilco First'. This harness is a new concept targeted specifically at the new entrant to the sport of carriage driving in the fast-growing leisure-driving market.
The company, based in New Zealand and Australia, specialises in top-quality synthetic driving harness for all levels of carriage driving.
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18th Dec 2001
USA Equestrian Howard Takes Top Honors In Amsterdam
Leslie Howard of Westport Connecticut won the Grand Prix and the World Cup Class at CSI-W Amsterdam held December 13-16, 2001, riding Higher Ground Farm's Priobert de Kalvarie (1992 BWP g., Kimball - Dorothee de Kalvarie, by Flugel Van la Roche).
Howard and her mount, fresh off their victory in the Grand Prix at CSI-A Maastricht held November 29 - December 2, 2001, were one of nine horse and rider combinations to make it to the jump-off in the World Cup Class.
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18th Dec 2001
USA Equestrian Weber Takes Second At Amsterdam
Chester Weber is one step closer to winning the FEI World Cup Driving Championship. Weber was second in the Amsterdam World Cup held December 13-16, 2001 giving him a total of 23 points in World Cup competition. Harry de Ruyter of the Netherlands sits in second place with 11 points.
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17th Dec 2001
Navicular Syndrome
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Navicular syndrome is so called because a number of conditions may cause the pathological changes and clinical signs, and many structures may be involved. The navicular bone lies on the back of the coffin bone, with the navicular bursa, a small fluid-filled sac, between them .The small boat-shaped bone serves as a pulley for the deep flexor tendon that glides along its underside. Navicular syndrome is a degenerative process that can affect the bone, bursa or tendon
This condition occurs almost exclusively in the front feet, and usually affects both feet. The first signs of navicular are a shortening of the stride and slight unevenness on turns. Because both forefeet are affected simultaneously, obvious lameness is not commonly observed. Instead, the horse appears reluctant to go forward properly or lengthen his stride. Pointing is another common sign; the horse will stand at rest with one leg extended, the weight resting on the toe. When the foot is pressure tested, the horse will usually indicate pain at the heels. X-rays do not always detect early signs of navicular since the soft tissues are usually the first problem areas. The cartilage on the underside of the navicular bone and the deep flexor tendon become inflamed first.
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16th Dec 2001

A Horse, of Course with Don Blazer
I walked passed Walter's stall, peeked in and saw him dunking his hay in his water bucket.
I hate it when he does that. "Hey," I said. "Why do you do that?"
"Hay," he said. "I like it wet and soggy and drippy and messy. And it turns the water the darkest green color. I like that."
"You don't like that," I countered. "You just do it to irritate me. I
think you've got a lot of gall."
"No gall at all," he said with a smile. "Horses don't have a gall
bladder," he informed me. It was a fact I already knew, so I just ignored it. Sometimes ignoring him is the best thing you can do.
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A Horse of Course
16th Dec 2001

Did You Ever Wonder Where They Came From??
The death of their owner left them in the care of a family member who either didn't know or care how to take proper care of them. They existed with infrequent feeding, hoof and medical care for years. The property they lived on also suffered neglect. The once cute barn became filled to the brim with uncleaned stalls and thousands of empty cat food cans. Once the horses could no longer use it, the under house garage became their shelter.
It was also a scary place for horses, with metal, glass, wood, wire, and lawn mowing equipment to share it with. The fences were in deplorable shape, with some chain link wire sinking down the poles and curling upwards inside their paddock. The height of the sunken fence added with the snowdrifts made it possible for them to walk over the area. With 6 or more inches of sharp rusty wire pointing to the sky on their side, it was a horrible accident waiting to happen. Well an accident did happen, and no one knows for sure how. No one saw or heard it so speculation remains.
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16th Dec 2001

Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Amsterdam 13-16 December 2001

HEINEKEN PRIJS, Qualification Competition for the World Cup
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