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News Headlines 8th May 2004


Federation Equestre Internationale News
Brazilian leg of FEI Eventing World Cup begins today in Lagoa Santa

The Brazilian city of Lagoa Santa will host the only FEI Eventing World Cup qualifier held in South America. Lagoa Santa is located in the state of Minas Gerais, south-eastern Brazil, near Belo Horizonte, the country's third largest city. It is the second time that this venue hosts a World Cup event, the inaugural qualifier having taken place in April 2003. Please click here for further details


Samsung Super League 2004 : Deutschland Do It In La Baule….
Germany won the first leg of the 2004 Samsung Super League series in the newly-renovated stadium at La Baule today with convincing jumping from their crack squad but the home side, and defending champions, lost nothing in defeat when finishing in second position.
France and Germany were joint-leaders at the end of the first round with both teams on a zero score while the USA, making their Super League debut, held third spot carrying just eight faults.
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Show Jumping - Ireland Fifth At Copenhagen Nations Cup
IRELAND finished fifth of twelve countries competing at the Nations Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark today (Friday), helped by a sparkling double clear round from Clones-born Clem McMahon on <Gelvin Clover> and clear rounds from Marie Burke and Cameron Hanley.
Denmark is not part of the Nations Cup Super League, but was nevertheless a severe testing ground for the Irish, with so many other countries fielding teams with premier riders and horses.
The Cup was won by Belgium with the Netherlands second and Switzerland third. Please click here for further details

Kappler Starts Strong At Garden State
AUGUSTA, NJ—May 6, 2004— New Jersey professional riders shined at the Garden State Horse Show as the second day brought some of the nation’s top riders to the main ring. The Garden State Horse Show is being held May 5-9 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ. Last year’s winner of the Garden State Grand Prix, Chris Kappler of Flemington, NJ, warmed up to defend his title riding Korina to the top of the class in the first Modified Jumper Stake class.
The pair stopped the clock in a blistering 35 seconds. It was no contest for Korina who bested Callan Solem riding Quiet Winter Farm’s Warsaw. Solem piloted Warsaw to a 38.001-second finish.

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Show Jumping - Shaky Start For Ireland In Nations Cup Super League
IRELAND got off to a shaky start in the Nations Cup Super League with a joint sixth place at La Baule, France today (Friday).
The Irish team, under Chef d'Equipe Tommy Wade, will be hoping to improve its performance substantially when it moves to Rome on May 28, if it is to maintain its top three placing in the overall league table. With the Olympics looming, it will be essential for Ireland to rack up significant points before six of its main riders decamp to Athens.
Upset of the day was the 37 total faults recorded by veteran Irish rider Peter Charles with <Pershing>, and with only one team clear round from Kevin Babington on <Carling King> there was not enough good news on the scoreboard to allow Ireland to recover lost ground.
Germany won the Super League at La Baule, with France second, and Belgium third. Please click here for further details


Show Jumping - Irish Take Top Two Places In La Baule Speed Class
WITH just hours to go before today's (Friday) important Nations Cup Super League competition, Irish riders delivered a note of intent to the seven other countries competing, by taking the two top spots in the Speed Class at la Baule, France.
Marion Hughes, who will be Fifth Man for the afternoon's Nations Cup battle, had a decisive win on <LB Galileo>, while yesterday's speed class winner, Cian O'Connor, came in just fractions of a second behind her on <ABC Land Liebe>, the horse he rode so expertly to claim victory yesterday.
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News Headlines 7th May 2004


Free Fun and Entertainment for all the Family
ILPH Summer Show, Saturday 19th June, ILPH Hall Farm, Snetterton, Norfolk
ILPH Hall Farm at Snetterton will be opening its doors to the public once again this yearILPH Hall Farm at Snetterton will be opening its doors to the public once again this year to host the ILPH Annual Summer Show together with its annual Horse and Companion Dog shows.

Main events will start at 11.30 and this year will include a Western Riding Display, Tanya Larrigan and her Mini Marvel stallion, a Sheepdog demonstration and Dressage and Dog Heelwork to Music displays and much, much more.
Visitors on the day will be able to find out about the work of the ILPH by popping into the Welfare Village in the Visitor Centre or taking one of the guided farm tours to see the rescued horses and ponies. There will even be the chance to win £5,000 !
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Samsung Super League 2004 : Italy To Lead The Way In La Baule.........
The Italian team will get the action underway when the 2004 Samsung Super League series begins in La Baule tomorrow, Friday May 7th.
The draw was made at the French venue today and the teams will start in the following order: 1, Italy; 2, Great Britain; 3, The Netherlands; 4, Belgium; 5, France; 6, Germany; 7, Ireland; 8, USA.
At 2pm the course-walk will take place followed by the parade of teams at 2.30pm. and the first round of the first leg of the 2004 Samsung Super League begins at 3pm, with round two at 4.45pm and the prize-giving at approximately 6.15pm.
The official opening of the renewly renovated showgrounds at La Baule took place today and Rene Pasquier, President of the Organisation Committee, said "I am particularly delighted to offer this beautiful new stadium to the Samsung Super League".
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Show Jumping - O'Connor Kicks Off La Baule With A Win
ON the eve of the vital Samsung Super League Nations Cup at La Baule, France, team member Cian O'Connor raised morale for the Irish with a definitive win the opening speed class today (Thursday) on his 10 yr-old bay mare <ABC Landliebe>, finishing almost two seconds ahead of French star Michel Hecart and <That's Life>.
La Baule is the first of eight Super League venues for 2004, and will be a nerve-wracking trial for O'Connor and his team-mates, as Ireland has not won at La Baule since 1994. But if Ireland is to remain in the premier league of world show jumping, a high placing at the French venue will be a valuable opener for the hectic season ahead.
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Show Jumping - Quigley Best Of Irish On Copenhagen Opening Day
IRELAND'S Dave Quigley was the only Irish rider to feature in a top ten place on the opening day of the four-star event at Copenhagen (Thursday).
Riding <Ashdale Spirit>, Quigley, who featured in Ireland's second-placed Nations Cup team at Zagreb last year, was just over two seconds behind the winner, Britain's Tim Stockdale, on <Fresh Direct Glenwood Springs>, but a fiercely-fought battle featuring split-second differences left him in seventh at the end. Please click here for further details

The Horse Unveils New Electronic Edition
LEXINGTON, KY - Blood-Horse Publications, a multimedia publishing company that traces its roots to 1916, announces the official launch of The Horse Electronic Edition: a complete digital edition of The Horse magazine, a leading monthly on equine health care. NewsStand, Inc., the leading digital distributor for print media, will provide digital production and delivery of the monthly editions. The Horse is the first North American equine publication to offer an electronic edition.
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News Headlines 6th May 2004

Olympia awarded Dressage World Cup Qualifier
Following on from the overwhelming success of the first ever Dressage evening at the 2003 Olympia Christmas show, the organisers have announced that they have been awarded an FEI Dressage World Cup Qualifier.
In order to do complete justice to this important addition, the organisers have announced that the show will now run over two extra nights, beginning on 14th December and ending on 20th December 2004.
The Dressage Grand Prix Evening will take place on Tuesday, 14th December, and the all-important Kür (dressage to music) will be held on the following evening, Wednesday 15th December. . Please click here for further details

Samsung Super League 2004 : Can The French Do It Again?.......
In two days time La Baule plays host to the first leg of the 2004 Samsung Super League and, in this Olympic year, the new series promises to provide some early pointers on the road to Athens.
In the inaugural 2003 season the Samsung Super League brought the sport of Nations Cup jumping to a whole new level. Here only the best compete against the best and it was tough battle to maintain a good position amongst the top eight show jumping nations in the world.
The Swedes suffered bitter disappointment when, despite a gallant struggle, they finished last and were relegated to normal Nations Cup competition while the inclusion of the United States of America, who gained promotion in their place, adds a whole new dimension to the Super League this time around.
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Box Office Opens for Burghley
The Box Office opens on 6th May for the sporting and social highlight of the autumn calendar, the Burghley Horse Trials 2004 (2nd-5th September) held at Stamford in Lincolnshire (UK).
This, the 44th Burghley Horse Trials, will follow hard on the heels of the Athens Olympics and provide the first opportunity to see the newly crowned Olympic medal winners in action. The Olympic theme is closely linked with Burghley as the Horse Trials was founded by the Marquess of Exeter, who himself won Olympic gold in the hurdles at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics and was immortalised in the film Chariots of Fire.
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HITS-on-the-Hudson To Benefit Family Of Woodstock
Grand Opening Kick-Off Set For May 30
SAUGERTIES, NY – May 5, 2004 – HITS-on-the-Hudson, the newest horse show grounds for the Saugerties, New York-based Horse Shows In The Sun, is set to open for the premiere week, May 26-30, 2004, launching seven weeks of hunter/jumper competition. A Grand Opening Celebration is planned for Sunday, May 30. Not only is the innovative venue a boon to riders, trainers, owners, and horses, but also to the upstate New York community – most notably, Family of Woodstock, a local charitable organization. Family of Woodstock owns approximately 125 acres of the 200-acre show grounds, which it has leased to HITS and in addition, the charity will receive 100% of the admissions gate on Saturdays and Sundays when tickets for adults are $5 each. It’s a win-win situation, according to Michael Berg, Executive Director of Family of Woodstock. Please click here for further details

Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
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News Headlines 5th May 2004

Top drawer jumping at Royal Windsor
Eight out of ten of the nation’s top show jumpers will be competing at Royal Windsor Horse Show 13th-16th May 2004. This year the first-class line-up will be headed by British No. 1 Michael Whitaker and also includes Robert Smith (No.2), new British Open Champion Nick Skelton (No.3), together with Michael’s brother John Whitaker (No.5) and nephew Robert Whitaker (No.6).
They join a total of around 170 European competitors who have entered the exciting array of show jumping classes which include a welcome return for the Ladies and Gentlemen’s Championships. The stakes will be even higher than previous years with an increased prize pot in the key classes with £12,500 on offer for the Royal Windsor Grand Prix alone. Please click here for further details

Federation Equestre Internationale News
4 May 2004


There will be no less than 123 riders, 300 horses, 18 nations and five continents in La Baule celebrating the new François André stadium and demonstrating the global reach of equestrian sport at the highest level.
Ulla Salzgeber still in the lead, World Cup Champion Anky Van Grunsven back to Top 3

The 1st Latin American Dressage Forum will be organised on 22 and 23 May 2004 in Sao Paulo (BRA).
Kimberly Severson in the lead
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Chris Kappler and Royal Kaliber Named to Olympic Show Jumping Team Short List
The Committee on Selections of the United States Equestrian Federation, Inc., has approved the unanimous recommendation of the Show Jumping Selectors, and of the Show Jumping High Performance Committee, to name Chris Kappler to the “Short List” for the 2004 Olympic Equestrian Team.
According to the USEF Show Jumping Athlete Selection Procedures, it is possible for one or two horse/rider combinations to be named to the Short List by the selectors without competing in the Olympic Selection Trials.
The Selectors must make this decision unanimously and must base it on numerous factors, including but not limited to soundness of the horse, previous international experience and success of the horse/rider combination in international competition, and prospect of the horse/rider combination to win an Olympic medal. Please click here for further details
Polo Free Style- Nationwide Campaign to Promote Amateur and Youth Polo
Sarasota, FL -- Great World Polo announced here today that it is launching a nationwide campaign to promote amateur and youth polo. The campaign is called Polo Free Style--free as in it doesn’t cost anything to try your hand at the sport of polo.
On Saturday, May 29, 2004, polo clubs throughout North America will be holding a FREE one-day polo clinic for anyone who wants to try polo. The event is designed to get new players hooked on the sport at the beginning of the North American summer polo season.
Participating clubs will receive promotional materials such as eye-catching posters, colorful flyers, ad slicks, and a press kit for local media. National media coverage is being arranged by Great World Polo. Please click here for further details
horse Irish Horse Board News
The Badminton CCI 4* event took place last weekend kicking the 2004 British eventing season into full swing. Four Irish Sport Horses finished in the top ten at this prestigious event Please click here for further details

News Headlines 4th May 2004

horse New Equine Display Arena At Royal Show
Horse and pony enthusiasts can look forward to a jam-packed program of stunning displays in a new arena dedicated solely to equestrian demonstrations at this year's Royal Show.
The decision to convert the use of the ring, which was originally built as a show jumping arena was made by organisers after last year's show.
Equine feature co-ordinator, Emma Dineley said: "The arena was given over solely to displays for the show following feedback from our visitors. Staging all our equine displays in one area means it will be better for audiences and we hope to catch the interest of non-riders."
Show jumping classes have now been moved to the larger Equine Arena 1 situated north of the Grand Ring.
A packed program of demonstrations in the Equine Display arena covers all four days of the Royal Show starting Sunday, 4th - 7th July.
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Hickstead Schools Day Launches Individual Titles
Hickstead owner Douglas Bunn has made the first change in 40 years to the popular national competition run for school and Pony Club riders
Competitors at the Alpine National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships, to be held at the All England Jumping Course on July 31, will be competing for individual as well as team titles.
"We have always felt it sad that individual riders who go clear on their big day don't get more recognition," said show secretary Lizzie Bunn. "This year, things will be different. Please click here for further details
horse Solo Chills Out With TopSpec
PETER Rawlinson was at a loss when his new horse Solo turned into a nightmare purchase.
Solo, a 16.1hh three-quarter thoroughbred, was bought by Peter for his eldest daughter to ride, having outgrown her pony.
However, from the beginning it was clear that the progression from pony to horse was not going to be plain sailing, and Solo's behaviour left much to be desired.
After more than a year of problems, including a disastrous holiday in the New Forest where his behaviour was so appalling and dangerous that Peter's daughter became too frightened to ride him, the family were on the verge of giving up.
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Sponsors Coast -To -Coast Support “Celebrate With The Champions”
Live Auction Of Debbie McDonald Training Package To Highlight June 19 Event
WELLINGTON, FL – May 3, 2004 – Sponsors from coast-to-coast have lined up to support “Celebrate With The Champions,” a fiesta dinner and auction on June 19 at Oaks / Blenheim in San Juan Capistrano, California, during the final weekend of the Dressage Team Olympic Selection Trials. The event is a benefit for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation. A highlight of the celebration is the live auction of a training package offered by Grand Prix rider Debbie McDonald to help raise funds for the Athens-bound dressage team. The package includes one month’s training with Debbie McDonald at River Grove Farm in Sun Valley, Idaho, board for one horse, and accommodations for the rider in a Sun Valley condo. Please click here for further details

News Headlines 3rd May 2004

Danger hides in lush spring grass
Lush spring grass is just around the corner, and your horse or pony will be longing to get his teeth into it - but watch out…
As hiding in those deep green blades of grass are carbohydrates, or sugars, that will be particularly plentiful when grass has been fertilised or is well-grown. And too much too quick can lead to laminitis, one of the most worrying illnesses about.
So keep an eye open for any sign of lameness. In the early stage of the disease this is often only identified when the horse or pony is cantering, as the extra concussion affects sensitive feet. Although laminitis usually affects the front feet only, it can affect the back feet, or just one foot, so remain vigilant throughout the spring and summer. Please click here for further details
Interest Builds on West Coast for Dressage Olympic Selection Trials
The Dressage Olympic Selection Trials take place in California for the first time and present local dressage followers with a rare opportunity to watch the best horses and riders in the US compete on their doorstep. "I think it will have a huge impact on the West Coast dressage community," said Pam Lane who co-manages the show with Glenda McElroy. "This is wonderful for us."
With headsets available for spectators to listen to expert commentary by "O" Judge, Axel Steiner and the provision of instant scoring, the Trials promise to be educational as well as entertaining. "For the dressage enthusiast this is an incredible opportunity to see the best horses and watch how they are judged instantly on the scoreboard, as well as listen to the viewpoint of a leading judge," said Lane. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping - Hughes Wins Mini Grand Prix At Fontainbleau
IRELAND'S Marion Hughes won the mini Grand Prix at Fontainebleau, France, this afternoon (Sunday), riding <Galileo>.
Finishing almost three seconds ahead of her nearest rival, France's Joelle Dagut, Hughes will feel comfortable going forward to the first of the Super League Nations Cups in La Baule, France, next week, where she joins team-mates Jessica Kurten, Peter Charles, Cian O'Connor and Kevin Babington. A selection has not yet been made as to which four riders will represent Ireland in the Nations Cup. Please click here for further details


Eventing Results - CI**** Badminton Great Britain 29 April - 2 May 2004
1) TAMARILLO; William Fox-Pitt (GBR) Penalties 70.4
2) LORD KILLINGHURST; Andrew Nicholson (NZL) Penalties 75.0
3) THE PSEPHOLOGIST; Bumble Thomas (GBR)
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Show Jumping Result - IJM Timberframe Grand Prix - Floody Wins Thomastown Grand Prix
ANOTHER sunny Sunday welcomed the 25 starters to the Thomastown Grand Prix in Co. Kilkenny today and John Floody racked up his first League win on Paddy Musgrave's <Athea Clover Mist>.
Floody said afterwards: <It was a day that started badly and ended well. I had a puncture on the way here, and nearly didn't make the start. But the course jumped very well and it was nice going. I am delighted.>
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Show Jumping - O'Connor Second In Fontainebleau Grand Prix
IRELAND'S Cian O'Connor took the brakes off his main horse, <Waterford Crystal>, for the final competition at Fontainebleau, France today (Sunday), and romped home to a convincing second place behind French star Eric Navet in the Grand Prix.
O'Connor, who jumped a double clear today, also had a sixth in Saturday's speed class, riding his ten yr-old bay mare <ABC Land Liebe> and will now be looking forward to the first of the 2004 Nations Cup Super League series at La Baule, France, next week. With him there will be Marion Hughes, Jessica Kurten, Peter Charles, and Kevin Babington.
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Show Jumping - O'Connor Sixth In Fontainebleau Speed Class
IRISH Olympic shortlisted rider Cian O'Connor took his highest placing so far at the two-star event in Fontainebleau, France today (Saturday) with a sixth in the speed class, riding his ten yr-old bay mare <ABC Land Liebe>.
O'Connor has had a muted show so far at the French venue, which he is obviously using as a European warm-up for his 2004 Nations Cup Super League debut at La Baule next week. He has been clocking up clear rounds on his two top horses <Waterford Crystal> and <Irish Independent Annabella>, but incurring time faults.
From France, he said tonight: < I am obviously being careful with both horses before La Baule, but I have to say that Waterford Crystal is jumping like I've never seen him before. I believe this will be a big year for him - he is in top form.>
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Show Jumping - Big Day For Talbot At Modena
IRELAND'S Niall Talbot had a bumper day at the three-star event in Modena, Italy today (Saturday).
Featuring in the top ten placings in almost every class, Talbot fought off Dutch ace Angelique Hoorn to take the No.1 spot in the speed class with his Belgian-bred ten yr-old <Fancy Brown>, and was third in the six yr-old class with <Libero Boy>, duplicating his place in a similar class yesterday. Team mate Harry Marshall was also in the running in the six yr-old competition, riding <Tuxedo>.
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Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Maubeuge France 30 April - 2 May 2004
1) WHINNIE JACKSON; Billy Twomey (IRL), 2) GEM OF INDIA; John Whitaker (GBR), 3) COEUR; John Renwick (GBR)
Table A Against The Clock 1m40
1) TRIUMPHE DE MUZE; David Jobertie (FRA), 2) SYLVER ll; Rob Raskin (AUT), 3) ANASTASIA ll; Billy Twomey (IRL)
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Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Modena Italy 30 April - 2 May 2004
Class 15.Premio SPE
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News Headlines 2nd May 2004

horse Free Bottle of Wine at Badminton
Armadillo's Badminton Show Offer is different to most! Known for their innovative products, Armadillo have decided to do an innovative show offer. With every Armadillo Magnetic Rug bought at Badminton, Armadillo are giving away a really good bottle of Bordeaux. Or if you looking for something else, try some of the brilliant bargains on offer on ex-display products.
Twice a day Armadillo will be giving a talk on their stand on 'Treating Your Horse With Magnotherapy' where you can find out first hand how you can get he most from your horse. Pick up tips on training, rehabilitation and treatment.
Matt Ryan, Triple Olympic Gold Medallist, who uses many of Armadillo's products including the Magnetic Rug, will be visiting their stand at Badminton. Matt is a great fan of the range which he uses on himself too. After a knock or fall, Matt sticks the magnets on himself as well as the horse to aid his circulation and heal the injury as quickly as possible. Please click here for further details
SPILLERS launch new range of nutrition guides
SPILLERS, the unsurpassed pioneers of equine nutrition, have launched a new series of nutrition guides to help the horse owner understand the importance nutrition plays in the performance and well-being of the horse.
The impressive series of free guides has been written by the SPILLERS technical department, which comprises a highly qualified team of experts led by technical director Ruth Bishop and includes the WALTHAM Equine Studies Group, headed up by Dr Pat Harris. Please click here for further details


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