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The Knapstrupper

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Finding The Right Riding Instructor

3rd January 2004
horse Selection KWPN Select Sale known
After three successful editions, the KWPN Select Sale has earned a fixed place in the programme of the KWPN stallion approvals in Den Bosch. On Saturday 7 February 23 stallions will come under auctioneer Hans Sinnige's hammer. The group of three-year-old stallions that have been selected for the auction are extremely interesting for both sport and breeding. The selection committee of the KWPN Select Sale is extremely satisfied with the quality of the stallions that, after the first viewing, were up for offer at the selection days. All horses have been chosen for breeding, type, movement and free jumping. Above all, the horses have undergone X-rays and veterinary clinical examinations.
All the stallions are presented in the catalogue, which will come out in the first week of January. Images of each stallion have been recorded and can be seen on the presentation DVD. The quality in general is excellent and there are a number of outstanding examples: one of the horses that was very much admired at the first viewing in Ermelo is U2. This son of Sunny Boy out of Fastrona 'keur preferent' (sire Aktion) is owned by Gerrit en Leontien ter Hamsel of Enter. UB40 too (Olivi x Michelangelo) of family Van Os has made a big impression at Ermelo and at the selection days of the auction at Roosendaal.
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horse The Memo Gracida Custom Polo Boot is Now Available
Brooklyn, New York—Now available, the first polo boot of its kind—the Memo Gracida Boot by Der Dau. Each custom boot is made by hand in the United States specifically for the needs of polo players. Hall of Fame player Memo Gracida and Der Dau worked together to design the boot that polo players around the world have been waiting for.
“The Memo Gracida Boot definitely will give players the edge in competition,” said Joseph Der, CEO of Der Dau. “All of the features were designed to Memo’s specifications from his years of experience on the field and the result is a cutting edge boot with the elegance and style that our customers have come to expect.” Mr. Der worked extensively with Mr. Gracida to create a unique boot that is not only a work of art, but is technologically superior to other polo boots on the market.
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2nd January 2004

Young Rider Show Jumping Results: CSI-Y Mumbai India 28 - 30 December 2003
Team Event, December 30, 2003
1) INDIA (A)

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Stalwart Member of New York Racing Scene unbridled
New York-Bred starts new career as first member of new thoroughbred Foundation…
December 13, 2003 -- Aqueduct Race Track, Ozone Park, NY – Leading thoroughbred owner Sanford Goldfarb announced in the paddock before the Big A’s first race, “win or lose, this is the final start for Stalwart Member, as a ten-year-old he deserves an easier life, he is sound and fit and that is how every horse should exit his or her racing career.” Goldfarb fondly recounted, “For three years Stalwart Member has been like a member of our family, he has brought us thrilling races and many victories.” “He has a lot of life in him and we look forward to following his progress with Susan Kayne as he acclimates to life outside the track.”

With earnings in excess of $780,000 Stalwart Member retires as one of the State’s top New York-bred earners. Goldfarb claimed the chestnut gelding for $35,000 as a seven-year-old in 2000 and won several races and graded stakes with him on the New York circuit.
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1st January 2004

Pony Show Jumping Results: CSIP Wierden Netherlands 27 - 30 December 2003
Event No. 3 Speed and Handiness Table C
1) Space Fighter; Cliff Scott (GER), 2) Kanshebber WV; Liseth Vetker (NED), 3) King Kong; Hendrik-ja Schuttert (NED)

1) Netherlands Team B, 2) Netherlands Team A, 3) Belgium/Luxembourg, =4) Ireland, =4) Denmark, 6) Netherlands Team C

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31st December 2003

FEI World Cup Jumping
Swedish Magic In Mechelen....

Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson headed the line-up at the seventh leg of the FEI World Cup Jumping series in Mechelen, Belgium tonight when scorching to victory with Mac Kinley in the Land Rover Grand Prix.
Course designer Lucien Somers set them a tough test over his 13-fence track and Rolf-Goran said "the oxers were big and wide with some tricky distances so it was quite difficult in the first round".
The tall planks at the third element of the treble combination at fence 10 hit the floor many times as the later part of the course took its toll, and many of the most likely contenders paid the price for a single error including Holland’s Eric Van der Vleuten and Audi’s Jikke, winners at the opening leg of the current series in Helsinki in October.

Unluckiest of all perhaps was Bruno Broucqault who left all the poles in place but picked up just a single time fault with Hooligan de Rosyl but, as it turned out, that was good enough to secure sixth place at the end of the day as only five riders went into the jump-off and the Frenchman now shares equal-ninth position on the leaderboard with Malin Baryard.
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Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Mechelen Belgium 26 - 30 December 2003
Prijs AGORA, International Jumping Competition 1m45 - Group A
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30th December 2003

FEI World Cup Dressage Qualifier, Mechelen, Belgium, 29th December 2003
Spirit of Song accompanies Salinero to victory

Anky van Grunsven showed she is back on top form with a resounding victory in the FEI World Cup Dressage Qualifier in Mechelen. The Dutch ace rode her young talent Gestion Salinero to victory here last year, but disaster was to befall her weeks later when injuries sustained in a fall at home put paid to her competitive hopes for much of the year. Here this year, the nine-year-old Salinero exhibited a new level of accomplishment and surety in a breathtaking performance to a new freestyle programme L'Esprit Chanson designed by Cees Slings and Viktor Kerkoff. The whole package could only be described as brilliant.
Van Grunsven, the reigning Olympic champion who won the World Cup a record five times on her wonderful partner Gestion Bonfire, has now risen to third place in the season's rankings, and is on course for a place at the final in Dusseldorf (April 1-4 2004).
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29th December 2003

FEI World Cup Dressage
CDI-W Mechelen 26-30th December 2003

Tomorrow in Mechelen, Belgium the Dutch invasion on the FEI World Cup dressage rankings is set to take place.
In today's qualifying grand prix, places were won and the grid positions decided for tomorrow's freestyle to music, where the big business of accumulating ranking points towards a place in the FEI World Cup Final (Dusseldorf April 1-4) commences.
Five-time World Cup winner and reigning Olympic champion Anky van Grunsven swept to a clear victory with Gestion Salinero in the qualifying grand prix today, with stable mate Edward Gal in second place with Gestion Lingh and in third, Antoinette Falandt, who scored the highest for Holland at the European Championships, riding Jarwo. So far the German competitors, punctuated by young British rider Emma Hindle's assault, which has put her second so far, have dominated the rankings.
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Kurten Delivers Irish Double At Mechelen
WITHIN two hours of Conor Swail winning the Nekkerhal Cup at the last of the big 2003 European indoor show jumping venues today (Saturday), Ireland's Jessica Kurten delivered the double by taking the coveted Queen's Cup at Mechelen, Belgium.
Riding her veteran 17 yr old bay <Paavo N>, Co. Antrim-born Kurten took the Cup - reserved for female riders only - from Belgium's own Adeline Lefevre, with just fractions of a second between them in the jump-off.
Kurten, though, will now have her sights firmly fixed on the World Cup classes, the climax of which happens on Tuesday, December 30, with the Land Rover Grand Prix. Please click here for further details


Show Jumping - Swail Wins At Mechelen
MALAHIDE-based Conor Swail, who recently celebrated his 32nd birthday, flew the colours for Ireland at today's (Saturday) World Cup show in Mechelen, Belgium, with a win in the major Nekkerhal Cup class.
Riding the Edward Cawley-owned <Windgates King Koal>, Swail came in just under a second faster than Belgium's own show jumping hero, Ludo Philippaerts, on <Verelst Quebec>. After today's win with <Windgate's King Koal> at Mechelen, rider Conor Swail said: << I am delighted to have him back to full health, and I'm looking forward to a successful season with him in 2004!>>

The win will be particularly poignant for both Swail and Cawley, as King Koal underwent a prolonged recovery period earlier this year after a serious bout of colic. And although there were doubts that the 15 year-old bay would ever compete at top level again, the horse has bounced back onto the international circuit with apparently renewed vigour, placing well at both Milan and Belfast during the last six weeks.
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28th December 2003

FEI World Cup Driving
Schrijvers wins FEI World Cup Driving at home soil

Gert Schrijvers has won the FEI World Cup Driving competition during the Flanders Christmas Horse Show in Mechelen, Belgium. Encouraged by the enthusiastic crowd in the sold out Nekkerhal, Schrijvers drove his team of Arabo Friesian sport horses fluently through the course, designed by German course designer Falk Böhnisch. For Schrijvers it is his first win in the three year old history of the World Cup. OI am very pleased with my performance. The horses went very well and I did not make any mistakes myself,¹ explains Schrijvers, who used the same horses as he does during the outdoor season. By winning in Mechelen, Schrijvers has climbed to the second place in the standings, which is led by Michael Freund.
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Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Mechelen Belgium 26 - 30 December 2003
The Winners takes it all
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