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14th April 2001 Red Hills Horse Trials 2001
By Rita Juanita Mock
The fourth annual Red Hills Horse Trials were held this year on March 9-11, in Tallahassee, Florida. This combined training 3 day event took place at the Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, welcoming 250 horses and over 500 volunteers. More than 12,000 spectators showed up to watch as well, including eight year old Sarah Tepper, daughter of Dave and Lois Tepper. “I just liked all of it…I just like to see the riders jump…its really cool!”
Friday started Red Hills off with a cloudy day of dressage, and, even though the crowds were rather low that day, the competitors did not lose their spirit of excitement. Ralph Hill of Ocala, Florida, on Winston, placed first in the Training Horse division Group A, with a dressage score of 33.5, which they maintained for the rest of Red Hills with no cross-country or show jumping penalties. Kelli McMullen Templ, also of Ocala, Florida, pulled off 26.5 dressage penalties riding Barber’s Berber in the Training Horse division group B, achieving the lowest dressage score at Red Hills this year.
David O’Connor, competitor:
"It’s one of the top horse trials in the country, the whole community gets behind it…one of the premier events…it’s a joy to go to."
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14th April 2001
horse First Equine Specific First Aid Course From The BHS
After much consultation with the horse industry and first aid training organisations, the British Horse Society has developed an Equine-specific First Aid course. This one-day course will be presented by trainers who have expertise in horse-related injuries and accidents. The day will include generic first aid skills and requirements in the morning and horse-specific first aid in the afternoon. Courses will be organised throughout the UK (see list so far on following page).
The Health and Safety Executive applaud and encourage industry taking the lead in the design of industry-specific, appropriate and relevant qualifications. HSE fully supports the BHS in the development of the first, Equine-specific First Aid course.
This one-day first aid course will also be useful for examiners, grooms, competitors, fence judges and volunteers - in fact anyone involved in equestrian activities.
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14th April 2001
horse Jaycee Juleps & Jockeys Gala To Benefit Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center
RALEIGH, NC – A traditional event for the Brookhill Steeplechase is a gala to celebrate the thrill of the chase and to benefit a local organization. This year, the Raleigh Jaycees Brookhill Steeplechase Juleps & Jockeys Gala has chosen to benefit the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The Juleps & Jockeys Gala will be held at Exploris in downtown Raleigh from 6:00 - 11:00 pm on Friday, May 4, one day prior to the Jaycees' Brookhill Steeplechase. Tickets to this black-tie gala are $100 per person and are tax deductible. Doors open at 6:00 pm and dancing will begin at 8:00 pm.
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13th April 2001
horse The Story of Pearl the Pony
Pearl is an 18-year-old Shetland pony that was rescued in horrid condition. She had worms, anemia and was tied to a tree, forcing her to stand on hooves that were 14-16 inches long. Needless to say, she was crippled. After several failed attempts to get the appropriate authorities involved, a neighbor was able to rescue Pearl, and get her on the road to recovery.
Unfortunately, 2 months later, due to an improper wrapping , Pearl lost circulation in one of her legs. This led to gangrene and eventually the loss of a major portion of one of her legs. This is usually an automatic death sentence for a horse.
But Pearl surprised everyone by continuing to walk and graze. Pearls strong-will and determination to live bought her some much needed time as her vet and her owner searched for answers. On Christmas Day, Pearl got a remarkable opportunity - a chance at a prosthetic! This is still rare at the moment and in the research stage (for horses). Pearl is in Virginia at Serenity Equine, where it could take 6-9 months for the whole procedure. A small price to pay for a little pony who deserves so much!
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13th April 2001 Show Jumping - Kurten Warms Up In Sweden For World Cup Test
Ireland's Jessica Kurten had two of her horses out on the first day of the Gothenburg Horse Show yesterday (Thursday April 12), steadily improving her positions through the evening.
But her big tests will start today (Friday) when the first of the World Cup Final Qualifying Competitions begin. Jessica then has to jump again on Saturday, before she can be sure of qualifying for the World Cup Final itself on Monday (April 16).
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13th April 2001 An Invitation
Wouldn't it be good if riders could find a saddle which allows the horse to move with a free, easy and balanced action, as well as helping the rider to maintain the correct shoulder, hip and heel alignment, retain balance and straightness in the saddle? All this providing peace of mind knowing that their horse is happy and comfortable.
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13th April 2001 Foot and mouth costs farmers' markets £2.5 m
Farmers' markets are reeling from the impact of the foot and mouth crisis which has so far cost producers £2.5million, reveals a survey released today* by the National Association of Farmers' Markets (NAFM).
Since the onset of foot and mouth, 80% of farmers' markets have closed as a precautionary measure to prevent spreading the disease.
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13th April 2001 NFU Issues Three Golden Rules on Easter Countryside Visits
NFU President Ben Gill today issued a message to the public to enjoy their Easter holidays in the UK - but to keep on their guard against inadvertently helping to spread foot and mouth disease.
He said: "I am very grateful to all those who have responded to the plight of farmers and rural communities and have kept away from areas affected by foot and mouth.
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13th April 2001 Foot and Mouth Takes Centre Stage at NFU Farm Tax Seminars
Top agricultural taxation experts will be speaking at a series of nine farm tax seminars organised by NFU Services, in association with NFU Mutual Finance.
Aimed at professional advisers, the seminar will feature experts from Promar International and will look at updates on all aspects of farm tax as well as the impact of foot and mouth disease.
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12th April 2001
horse Federation Equestre Internationale News
11 April 2001

- World Cup Dressage Final: Ulla Salzgeber is the new World Cup Champion
- World Cup Jumping Final: participation
- Olympic rider new president Guatemala NF
- Foot and Mouth Disease: updated list of cancelled events
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12th April 2001 Traxdata Showing Team Win First - Ever Qualifier
Although the competition plans of the Traxdata Show Jumping and Showing Teams have both been frustrated by the outbreak of Foot and Mouth, the Traxdata Showing Team has got their season off to a good, if belated, start by winning at Patchetts.
Patchetts Equestrian Centre, Watford, Hertfordshire staged the first Royal International Horse Show showing qualifiers on Tuesday since the start of the foot and mouth outbreak.Young Charlotte Edwards (aged 7) took 1st place in the RIHS lead rein pony of show hunter type and becomes the first ever qualifier for the new lead rein pony championship at The Traxdata Royal International horse Show.
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12th April 2001
horse ILPH helps stop Illegal Horse Traffic
Acting on findings made during a recent ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) visit to Serbia, both the Federal and Republican authorities are cracking down on illegal horse transporters from entering the country.
Transported by truck from far afield a large number of horses (estimated in thousands per annum) are being smuggled across the unfenced and largely unpoliced forest frontier between Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia.
Wishing to tighten controls on all border infringements the Serbian authorities have reacted with commendable speed, seizing illegal transports as they enter the country.
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12th April 2001 EFI Welcomes Appointment of Lt. Col. Gerry Mullins to Board of NCTC
Lt. Col. Gerry Mullins has been appointed to the Management Board of the National Coaching and Training Centre at the University of Limerick.
Lt.Col. Mullins is a Director of the Equestrian Federation of Ireland, and has for some time been Chairman of the EFI Coaching Committee.
The NCTC was established to assist in raising the standards in coaching and to provide specialised training for elite sportsmen and women. It has become an essential resource for Irish sport and will remain central to the development of a high performance strategy for Ireland.
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12th April 2001 Disease Forecast Shows Painful Measures Are Working - NFU
Today's statement by the Government's Chief Scientific Advisor that the foot and mouth outbreak is "flattening out" show that the current measures to tackle the disease are working, painful though they are for farmers.
NFU President Ben Gill said: "This is more encouraging evidence that the current slaughter and destruction policy is having the desired effect.
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12th April 2001 Plans To Get Restricted Areas Moving Welcomed By NFU
Plans announced today to allow healthy animals trapped in foot and mouth restriction zones to go for slaughter will be a massive help in alleviating the bottleneck of pressure built up in those areas, says the NFU.
NFU President Ben Gill said the plans to allow farmers not directly affected by foot and mouth but caught up in the 10km surveillance zones to move their animals were "good news".
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11th April 2001
Great news for the horse world!
Equus – One of the few events still happening!
There is a fantastic new exhibition for horse lovers, owners and riders – Equus 2001. Kate Hoey, Minster for Sport, will be opening Equus 2001-The Horse Event, one of the few events still happening. This is a first event of its kind for the horse industry and is to be held at London’s newest international indoor venue, ExCeL, the Royal Docks.
In light of the current Foot & Mouth Disease, the organisers of Equus will be following MAFF advice and procedures. There will be disinfectant matting for vehicles, horses and visitors. Despite the timetable changing as some horses are within exclusion zones there are still lots of exciting displays and demonstrations in the Main Arena.
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11th April 2001
APHA Money and pride on the line at APHA's 2001 World Show cutting competition
FORT WORTH-If you're a Paint Horse cutter and up to the challenge of earning big money at this year's American Paint Horse Association (APHA) World Championship Show, be sure to enter the Cutting Challenge competition. This year's Challenge event features $10,000 in added money.
Cutting competition rounds out the APHA World Show, scheduled June 24-July 7 at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Riders who register before April 15 pay a discounted entry fee.
A part of the First USA Challenge Series, the competition will include the 3-Year-Old Cutting Challenge and 4-Year-Old Cutting Challenge, with $5,000 added to each. Preliminaries for both events begin July 6 at the Will Rogers Coliseum, with the finals taking place in the same arena on July 7.
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11th April 2001 Show Jumping - Kurten Bids for World Cup Final Glory in Sweden
JESSICA KURTEN will be the sole Irish competitor at the FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final in Gothenburg, which begins on April 13 and finishes on Easter Monday (April 16).
Currently ranked as the World No.2 female rider, Jessica, from Cullybackey in Co. Antrim, will carry the Irish flag on her own, following the decision by Ireland¹s other World Cup qualifying rider, Peter Charles, to pull out of the Gothenburg Final.
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11th April 2001 Public Want Farmers To Get A Fair Share Of The Bottle
In a week when many consumers have woken to an overnight increase of up to 2p per pint on the price of doorstep milk deliveries, the NFU has beeninundated with calls from the public seeking assurances that the price rises will mean more money for dairy farmers.
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10th April 2001 Essential oils and COPD
COPD is largely what I call a "Oman made" disease. With increasing numbers of horses kept in for months on end sometimes with little or no turn out, COPD has become increasingly common. It is basically an allergic reaction to dust, fungal spores and other airborne irritants and is aggravated by life in poorly ventilated stables, lack of fresh air and dusty foodstuff and bedding. Having said that, it is also possible for horses to be allergic to pollen and show distressed breathing patterns when turned out. I tend to think that increased pollutants in the air and the number of horses living in semi-urban environments is a contributing factor.
If caught in the early stages COPD can be effectively managed... however the longer the condition goes unacknowledged the more sensitised the lungs become, leading to a more acute problem and increased discomfort for the horse. Please click here to continue
10th April 2001 Farm Leaders Meet With Prime Minister
NFU President Ben Gill today warned the Prime Minister that there must be a swift response to sporadic outbreaks to ensure the slow-down in the number of new foot and mouth cases is not undermined.
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10th April 2001 NFU President To Update Prime Minister on Foot and Mouth
NFU President Ben Gill will update the Prime Minister on the current situation with foot and mouth.
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9th April 2001 Schuyler Riley Wins $300,000 AGA Championship
WELLINGTON, FL - APRIL 8, 2001 - Schuyler Riley of Wellington captured top honors in the $300,000 AGA Championship, the richest event in U.S. show jumping history, Sunday at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.Riley out-dueled seven others in the jump-off, finishing with the only double-clear round aboard Ilian, an 11-year-old Dutch-bred bay gelding. The 29-year-old earned $90,000 for first place and, in a six-day span in the sport's two richest shows, took home $116,000. "Ilian is a superstar horse," said Riley after her eighth career major grand prix victory. "He's quite sensitive, with a lot of character. When we're on, he's a real threat out there."
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9th April 2001 Horse and Pony Sales New Gifts Section
A while ago we reported to you details about Horse and Pony Sales, an internet site where you could advertise your horse or pony for sale. There have been a number of changes to the site since we featured this report. The site has added a number of new sections. The first to be added was a section for advertising horseboxes and trailers for sale. The first trailer to be advertised in this section was sold in less than 1 week.
The next section to be added was a section for selling horse related gifts, including some unique horsey mouse mats - eg one which features the "Mares and Foals in a River Landscape" by George Stubbs reproduced by kind permission of the Tate Gallery London, and another entitled "The Liver Chestnut" by the highly acclaimed equestrian artist Lydia Kiernan.As a special introductory offer to this new section, Horse and Pony Sales are giving away a free advertising voucher to the first 10 orders for gifts received quoting “Equiworld”
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9th April 2001 Irish Horses in Sweden
Last year I got an Irish imported pony. His name is Ryan. Before I got him I was mainly interested in the Swedish Warmblood and their pedigrees, breeders etc. But when I got my Irish pony my interest in the Irish horses started to wake. In Sweden there is many Irish imported horses and ponies that no one really knows anything about. They just exist and have no papers at all. Some of them do but most don't.
I wanted to try and create something that could bring people together so we could exchange information about our horses. All of them must have been "babies" at some time and maybe someone wonder whatever happened to their horse after being exported to Sweden. So thats why I have created the site about Irish Horses.
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9th April 2001 Henri Prudent Jumps Ahead of Wife Katie
WELLINGTON, FL - April 7, 2001 - US Equestrian Team Veteran, Katie Prudent rode just before her husband Henri, breaking the earlier pace set by yesterday's victor, Aaron Vale with a clear round and in 62.719 seconds aboard Belladonna, the 18 year-old Dutch bred mare. French Equestrian Veteran, Henri Prudent made up enough time over the 11 obstacle Jose Gamarra of Bolivia designed course to capture the $10,000 Open Speed AGA Championship aboard the 11 year-old Selle Frances mare, Bellone D'Ideale.
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8th April 2001
horse The Poitevin
Born and bred in the marshes of Western France, the Poitevin is the least known of nine French heavy breeds, and the most endangered. Its reputation was made by the magnificent mules bred by the mares for centuries, the biggest and strongest mules in the world! But as a horse it was sneered at as "a heavy horse that has more conformational faults than most, is singularly unattractive in appearance and has little potential as a working horse" according to Elwyn Hartley Edwards.
Yet, as a descendant of the Flemmish horses brougth to Poitou in the 17th century to drain the marshes, it is related to the Shire - and hence to the Clydesdale - whose ancestors came from Holland to reclaim the Fens.
Whilst most heavy horses were bred for specific purposes - including meat production - the only work required of the Poitevin was that it sired enough mares to provide for the booming mule trade. It has therefore retained all the characteristics of the "primitive" horse, including the rare dun colour. It is lighter than most draught horses and its gait is sprightly; when black, it is a heavy friesan, abundant feathers and flowing mane and tail.
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8th April 2001
Baileys The Best of British!
Baileys are showing their support for British growers by sourcing the latest edition to their stable entirely in this Country. Baileys Best British Oats are carefully selected, top quality oats of varieties that will be grown specifically for them. They are thoroughly cleaned, clipped and dust extracted before being lightly bruised and packaged in 20kg “Union Jack” bags. “The oats are bright and plump with a good bushel weight,” says Baileys MD and stud owner, Paul Venner. “The nutrient content is excellent and I am delighted to have found all this in British-grown oats rather than having to buy in from abroad.”
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8th April 2001 Hottest Rider on Circuit Molly Ashe Withdraws from Sunday's £300,000 AGA Championship
WELLINGTON - Molly Ashe, the hottest rider on the show jumping circuit, has withdrawn from Sunday's season-ending $300,000 AGA Championship at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.
Ashe, who won the last two grand prix events, gracefully withdrew after three-time Olympian Leslie Howard qualified for the class. Ashe was going to ride Howard's horse, Cloverleaf, in the richest show jumping class in the United States, because her own horse, Kroon Gravin, had already been shipped to Sweden for the prestigious World Cup competition, scheduled for April 16-21.
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