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The magazine - News of the Week 13th - 19th July 2003

19th July 2003
Longines Goes For Gold At Royal International Horse Show
Longines, the esteemed watch brand synonymous with precision time-keeping, quality craftsmanship and classic elegance, is to reaffirm its commitment to the world of equestrianism by acting as the official timekeeper at this year's prestigious Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead. In addition to this significant role throughout the duration of the show 23 - 27 July 2003, the brand has undertaken title sponsorship of the renowned King George V Gold Cup, which attracts the crème de la crème of international male showjumpers.
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horse British Horse Society re-launches the Riding & Roadcraft Manual
Following the sell out success of the tenth edition of Riding & Roadcraft, The British Horse Society (BHS) has updated and republished this popular book.
Aimed at teaching riders safe practise when riding on the roads, the book covers topics such as The Highway Code, Falls and Injuries and Roadcraft, and the new edition looks further into emergency vehicles.
The book is essential for anyone wanting to take the BHS Riding & Road Safety Exam and it is also recommended that anyone riding, or thinking of riding, on the roads purchases a copy. Roadcraft is essential to any rider who has to take a horse on the highway and this book provides the information needed to help you to be a safe and competent rider, particularly when accompanied by riding & road safety training.
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Clay Webster & Blackland Ranch Ride Against Cancer
Fort Saskatchewan - Canadian performance horse trainer, Clay Webster is sharing what he loves best to help a cause that is close to his heart. In 1995, Webster lost his mother, Faye, to leukemia. Now the horseman dedicates himself to a number of cancer benefit demonstrations each year, to help raise money for a cure.
On August 9-10, 2003, Webster will conduct a horsemanship/reining clinic hosted by the Blackland Ranch Equine Events Center in Fort Saskatchewan, AB. A limited number of riding participants will take part in the two-day event (based on pre-registration), and all equine enthusiasts are invited to come and watch them learn Webster's Gentle Logic© theories, free of charge. There will be no admission fee for spectators, however, donations will be encouraged and collected throughout the weekend. 100% of the proceeds gathered will later be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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horse Kappler and Simpson Take Top Honors on Opening Day at the Oaks Blenheim International
San Juan Capistrano, CA—July 17, 2003—Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ, rode Korina to the win in the $10,000 Hermès Speed Class to open the Oaks Blenheim International CSI****, part of the Capistrano Summer Festival in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The event runs through Sunday, July 20.
Kappler, who will be representing the United States at the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic next month, topped a field of 44 horses and riders. Finishing second was two-time Olympian Joe Fargis aboard Diams III, and in third was Debbie Stephens, a two-time Pan American Games team Bronze Medalist, who rode Chappie.
U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) veteran Will Simpson of Thousand Oaks, CA, took top honors aboard El Campeon’s Ado Annie in Thursday’s other featured event, the $10,000 Robert Mondavi Jump-Off Class. Fellow USET rider Gabriella Salick took second place with Sandstone Laurin, and Mark Watring finished third riding Sapphire.
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Chester International Horse Show Confirmed For Five Years
Chester Racecourse was confirmed as the home for the Chester International Horse Show until 2007, today Thursday 18th July.
Chester City Council and Scope Promotions (Equestrian) Ltd have signed an agreement to ensure the continuance of the Chester International Horse Show at the Roodee. In partnership with Chester Racecourse Company this will see the event blossom as one of the key equestrian events in Britain.
Set in the idyllic surroundings of the old Roman city of Chester, the Chester International Horse Show has embarked on its second consecutive year, running from the 17th - 20th July, 2003. Lord Mayor of Chester Councillor Barry Cowper said of the agreement, "We are delighted that our beautiful walled city is to continue as home to such a prestigious international show jumping event. Chester Racecourse as the oldest racecourse in the country, continues its fine tradition of equestrianism."
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New Director for Horse Welfare Charity
Following the departure of Roly Owers earlier this year Linda Hams, of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire is to join the UK's leading horse welfare charity as their Director of Fundraising and Communications.
Linda, 38, is due to take up her position at the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) Headquarters in Snetterton, Norfolk on Monday 4th August.
On hearing of her selection she commented, "I am really excited to be given the opportunity to not only take forward the ILPH fundraising programme, but to be working for a charity committed to improving horse welfare worldwide."
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Clarification Of Body Protecting Vest Requirement In Eventing Rules
This is a reminder that approved rule changes effective December 1, 2003, are posted after the Annual Meeting and throughout the year under Rules/Changes on the USA Equestrian website at
On July 8, 2003, the USA Equestrian Board of Directors passed a rule defining light-weight clothing for Cross Country Tests in Eventing. The requirement to wear body protecting vests has not been changed, only the location of the text, which was moved in January 2003 to Article 1713.2. All competitors are still required to wear a body protecting vest during cross-country whether or not light-weight clothing is worn, and the requirement of a body protecting vest remains in the 2004 Rule Book.
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CSI*** Royan (Fra) 25 - 27 July 2003
Robert Bevis From Wrexham, CLWYD, Robert Maguire From Wigan, LANCASHIRE with Two Mills Showtime have been authorised to compete at the above mentioned show. Please click here for further details

Chester International Horse Show CSI Results
17 July

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CSI*** Spangenberg (Ger) 1 - 3 August 2003
Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS, John Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS, Robert Smith From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show. Please click here for further details


Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
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CSIO**** Budapest (Hun) 31 July - 3 August 2003
Jamie Wingrave From Buxton, DERBYSHIRE, Lynne Van Heyningen From Westerham, KENT, Ricki Hill From Benfleet, ESSEX, Jackson Reed-Stephenson From Lower Dunsforth, YORK have been selected to compete at the above-mentioned show
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18th July 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
Switzerland is the new Team Champion, Julia Brauweiler (Ger) wins the Individual Gold
Germany clearly dominated the European Young Rider Championship in Jumping which was organised in le Touquet (FRA) from 4 to 6 July.
Three teams to qualify for the Olympic Games
Three teams will be able to qualify for Athens 2004 at the forthcoming European Jumping Championship to be held in Donaueschingen (GER) from 20 to 24 August 2003.

Ten Teams, 45 male and 30 female vaulters from 19 countries will participate in the Open European Vaulting Championship to be held in Saumur (FRA) from 7 to 10 August 2003. It is the 2nd time that Saumur is hosting the European Vaulting Championship. The World Champion Matthias Lang (FRA) will try to obtain his second European title.
Next week the Samsung Super League will resume at Hickstead and, if the second half of the eight-leg series is anything like as exciting as the first four competitions, there is much to look forward to over the coming months.
Sofia CSIO will be the 8th leg of the Samsung Nations Cup Series. The Nations Cup “Samsung Trophy” will be held on 20 July 2003 at 15:00 and include 5 teams: German, Greece, Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria.
The Organising Committee chaired by Patrice Clerc invites the media to a press conference to be held in the Haras de Jardy on 4 September 2003 at 10:30. The Marathon course will be presented on that occasion and participants will be invited to try the carriages.
Among the several projects and initiatives to celebrate the 25th birth anniversary of San Patrignano, the 7th International Show Jumping “Vincenzo Muccioli Challenge” will take place from 18 to 20 July 2003 in the equestrian centre of the largest drug rehabilitation community in Europe.
The Eventing Committee has published a proposal for comments on the Influence of the new Olympic Eventing format on current CCI competition format on the FEI website, section reference, working documents, reports
The CAI-A/CAIP Beekbergen for Pairs and Four-in-Hand and Ponies-4, will take place from 25 to 27 July 2003.
CSI*** Moorsele (BEL) due to take place from 15-27 July was CANCELLED
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horse Robinsons' Superstore
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At 24,000 square feet, the new Robinsons' Superstore will be bigger than any other equestrian store in the UK and may possibly be the biggest in Europe.
With the removal of feed from the site to a new 'Stable & Farm Store' ten minutes away, it means that there will be 80% more showroom space for the remaining product range. The store will also feature a number of top branded products, which do not appear in the catalogue.
In addition to the impressive customer staircase, there will also be a lift to give access to the first floor. Having two floors means Robinsons will have a bigger building on a smaller amount of land. This means there'll also be more room for parking, with space for at least 80 cars.
With state-of-the-art audio/video and checkout technology, shopping at the Robinsons Superstore will be a much more enjoyable experience. Especially when, due to popular demand, the size of the Nose Bag Café will be increased. It will be able to seat up to 50 diners while providing unique views of the Store forecourt area.
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Serio Continues to Dominate at Vermont Summer Festival
East Dorset, VT—July 17, 2003—For the second straight week, Louise Serio of Kennett Square, PA earned Championship honors in the Second Year Green Working Hunter Division at the Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August 10, at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
Serio piloted Primo, owned by ARL Farm LLC, to victory at the Manchester Classic Horse Show, July 16-20. This well known hunter rider took over the reins for Primo’s usual rider Caitlin Venezia after Venezia had a mishap in the schooling ring, which kept her from showing the horse.

“He’s a wonderful jumper, and he’s really come a long way,” Serio said of the gelding, who she showed a few times in Florida over the winter.
Earlier in the day, Serio also added a Championship in the First Year Green Working Hunter division to her list of wins in East Dorset. She rode Laissez Faire, owned by Bridget Hallman, to earn the tri-color ribbon over the division’s 12 entries. “He’s been so consistent this week. He’s a beautiful jumper and really fun to ride,” she said of her mount.
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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Bartlett Makes Grand Prix Debut Win
TREVOR Bartlett from Coleraine, Co, Derry, had his first Grand Prix win of 2003 at National Balmoral in Belfast today (Thursday) and enters the Kerrygold League with 10 points. However, Trevor, who was third to go in the jump-off, has a long way to go to catch the current league leader, Harry Marshall, who now has 68 points, a total added to at Balmoral with a Second Place on his trusty <Splendido>.
Heavy rain dogged the 13-horse jump-off, and Marshall was a shade slow coming into the last fence, yielding fractions of a second to Bartlett, and was therefore unable to catch his fellow-Ulsterman.
Sophie Hoorn continued with her consistent League performance, placing Fourth today on <Lord High Flight>, while Cian O'Connor returned to the national Grand Prix fray, riding Shelagh O'Callaghan's <Mahon Point> into Sixth.
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USA Equestrian Executive Committee Meeting Available Via Webcast
A meeting of the USA Equestrian Executive Committee is scheduled for Monday, July 21, at 4:00 pm (ET). The meeting will be available via live audio webcast and can be reached by visiting the USA Equestrian web site at and clicking on the link. Please click here for further details
17th July 2003

Cream Of Europe's Showjumpers Arrive In Chester
Equestrian stars from across Europe are poised to converge on The Roodee for the second Chester International Horse Show - the largest show jumping event in the north of England.
The International Arena of the show - between Thursday 17 and Sunday 20 July - will play host to leading international show jumpers from across Europe as well as Britain's principle show jumpers. 2003 is a particularly important year as the European Championships take place in Germany next month and competitors will have a final opportunity to show off their talents to gain selection for the last major championship before the Olympics in Athens in 2004.
The 2002 Chester International Horse Show proved a huge success, with three days of show jumping involving 400 horses and ponies and more than 300 riders that attracted the cameras of Sky TV as well as members of the Royal Family.
Richard Thomas, chief executive of the Chester Race Company, said: "We are thrilled that the Chester International Horse Show is once again being held on The Roodee. It's a tremendous event which enhances Chester's reputation as a venue for superb equestrian sport."
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horse HorseWorld Launches Corporate Membership Scheme
HorseWorld, the leading equine welfare charity and visitor attraction in the Southwest, has launched a corporate membership scheme. The scheme allows employees of participating companies to gain free entry to HorseWorld's Visitor Centre and enjoy a great family day out.
Corporate Membership starts at just £100, which admits one employee and their family to HorseWorld's Visitor Centre each day. James Cretney, Chief Executive of HorseWorld said "Not only does this mean that a company gets an affordable benefit for its employees but it is also great way for the company to support our work with neglected and mistreated horses".
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Silver Medal For The British Junior Team At The European Championships

The Accenture British team of Gemma Plumley, Louise Pavitt, Ellen Whitaker and James Billington were the winners of the Team Silver Medal at the Junior European Championships held in San Remo, Italy on 11th July. Great Britain finished on a total score of 16 faults behind Switzerland who finished on 13 faults. Germany and France both finished on 28 faults therefore a jump off was required to decide the Bronze Medal winners, however Germany were faster against the clock to claim the medal.
Mike Florence was delighted with the team's overall performance, especially James Billington on Michael Whitaker's Ashley who jumped two superb clear rounds in the team competition
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horse Autumn Worming For Your Horse
With the nights drawing in, horse owners should be thinking of treating their horses at the end of the grazing season for tapeworm and small redworms.
Tapeworm is known to infect horses throughout the year because its host, the forage mite, survives on pasture, hay and bedding. Intervet's 3-year worming plan advises horse owners to administer a double dose of Pyratape P, which contains pyrantel as its active ingredient, at six monthly intervals - in September, at the end of the grazing season, and in March, at the beginning of the grazing season. Pyratape P is also a routine wormer and will remove the adult stages of large redworms, small redworms, roundworm and pinworms found in the gastro-intestinal tract.
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Second Week of Vermont Summer Festival Opens
East Dorset, VT—July 16, 2003—The Vermont Summer Festival opened its second week of competition, the Manchester Classic Horse Show, July 16-20, at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
Louise Serio of Kennett Square, PA, who piloted Gray Slipper, owned by Bridget Hallman, to Championship honors in the Second Year Green Working Hunter Division at the Manchester Summer Festival, July 9-13, continued her winning ways. On July 16, Serio rode another of Hallman’s horses, Laissez Faire, to a first and a second place finish over fences in the First Year Green Working Hunter Division.

Rachael Kennedy of Brookeville, MD aboard Shablis, owned by Nicole Chaney, topped the field of seven horse-and-rider combinations to earn three blue ribbons in the Green Conformation Hunter Division. The pair earned top honors in the Model class as well as over fences and under saddle.
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Volunteer Management qualification approved
A brand new qualification for people who manage volunteers has been approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and is now available across the UK from Lantra Awards.
The nationally recognised 'Advanced Certificate in Volunteer Management' has been created to encourage consistently high standards of volunteer management within organisations and to provide a framework for candidates to develop their skills and knowledge in the workplace.
The qualification is aimed at anyone who manages, supervises or leads volunteers on a day-to-day basis, including people who are volunteers themselves. It is applicable in any sector to any organisation working with volunteers.
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Bob Jeffreys Partnership Training for Horse & Rider Clinics
2003-2004 Schedule
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horse U.S. Team Named for 2003 I.P.E.C. Dressage World Championships for Riders With Disabilities
Kingston, RI—July 16, 2003—The National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) has named the six-member team that will represent the United States in the fifth International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (I.P.E.C.) Dressage World Championships, September 2-7, 2003 in Moorseles, Belgium. The team includes Robin Brueckmann of Summerfield, NC; Barbara Grassmyer of Placerville, CA; Kathryn Groves of Winter Garden, FL; Rebecca Hart of Erie, PA; Cynthia Ruiz of Houston, TX; and Lynn Seidemann of Coppell, TX.
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Hanoverian Horse Happenings : From 'Around the World' to 'Vista Ridge Farm' - Summer 2003
Articles for this Issue
From Germany - Fertility Study of 42,000 mares & WBSFH Rankings
From the USA - Hanoverian Internet Forum Available
From the Farm - Foals ... Foals ... Foals
News from Vista Ridge Farm
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Hand Motors to Sponsor Vermont Summer Festival Grand Prix
East Dorset, Vermont—July 16, 2003—The $35,000 Manchester Classic's Otter Creek Grand Prix to be held on July 20, 2003 is being sponsored by Hand Motors. This is the second of five Grand Prix events of the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show. This year's sponsorship by Hand Motors continues a history of support by the Manchester Center based Chevrolet and Volkswagen dealership.

"John and Kimet Hand of Hand Motors have been our strongest community proponents of this event in the past, and we're thrilled to have their energy, commitment and support again this year," stated Dotty Ammerman, Executive Director of the Vermont Summer Festival. "The welcome they extend to our event and the competitors makes it a joy to be in the Manchester area" she added.
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United States Equestrian Federation Board, Executive Committee and Officers Elected
Lexington, KY and Gladstone, NJ – July 16 – The officers and Executive Committee for the proposed new National Governing Body (NGB) of equestrian sport, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF), were elected at a meeting held Tuesday, July 8, at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, KY.
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United States Equestrian Federation Board, Executive Committee and Officers Elected
Lexington, KY and Gladstone, NJ – July 16 – The officers and Executive Committee for the proposed new National Governing Body (NGB) of equestrian sport, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF), were elected at a meeting held Tuesday, July 8, at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, KY.
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Horse Festival Valkenswaard (Ned) & CSI***** Valkenswaard (Ned)
1 - 17 August 2003

Robert Smith From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE, Jane Davies From High Wycombe, BUCKS, Simon Davies From High Wycombe, BUCKS, Tim Gredley From Newmarket, SUFFOLK, Dupe Powell From Alton, HANTS, Emma Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show. Please click here for further details

CSI*** Royan (Fra) 25 - 27 July 2003
Alex Rident Based in Saint Valery en Caux, FRANCE, Mark Armstrong From Bordon, HANTS have been invited and authorised to compete at the above mentioned show
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16th July 2003

Samsung Super League News : It's Tough At The Top ..... And At The Bottom!
Next week the Samsung Super League will resume at Hickstead and, if the second half of the eight-leg series is anything like as exciting as the first four competitions, there is much to look forward to over the coming months.
There are still so many unanswered questions.
Can the French, who have held the lead from the very start, continue to maintain their advantage? They began so convincingly with wins in La Baule and Rome but have been losing their grip over the past few weeks. Can the Irish, who are lying second, just a half point behind, make it a successive hat-trick of wins by taking the British title? Their recent record at Hickstead is impressive - winners in 2000 and 2001 and runners-up by a margin of just 1.24 seconds to Germany last summer - and they look like real contenders for pole position in the second half of the series.
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horse 2003 Hampton Classic Poster On Sale Now
New Poster Evokes the Power of the Horse

Artist Alicia Rothman Continues 25-Year Tradition
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY—July 14, 2003—An image of the 2003 Hampton Classic poster may now be viewed on the Hampton Classic website at Artist Alicia Rothman of Brooklyn, NY, has created a unique and innovative image for the collectible poster. The poster is a reduction painting of three horses that evokes the musculature of the horse. Online poster orders placed now will be filled in early August.
The 28th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, which runs from August 24-31 and benefits the Southampton Hospital, is a showcase for hunter and jumper competition from junior levels through Olympic caliber jumpers, culminating with the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix on Sunday, August 31.
Since 1977, the Hampton Classic’s art poster series has included images of a diverse group of paintings and drawings of some of the country’s leading equestrian artists. Avid collectors have snapped up signed editions of the annual posters by artists such as Paul Davis, Henry Koehler, Nina Duran, and Mickey Paraskevas.
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Funnell Wins Derby & Leading Rider In Falsterbo

William Funnell riding Mrs Julie Slade's, Cortaflex Mondriaan landed himself a £15,000 first prize in the prestigious H&M Derby at Falsterbo Horse Show on Saturday.
William and the 9 year-old bay gelding by Topas, took the honours by jumping the only double clear round of the competition, beating American Candice King into runner-up spot and Swede Fredrik Gustafsson into third place. The combination now need to win the Hickstead Derby on the 17th August 2003 in order to capture the £50,000 H&M Derby bonus! Please click here for further details
The San Patrignano CSI**** is going to start
Among the several projects and initiatives to celebrate the 25th birth anniversary of San Patrignano, it has scheduled to take place on July 18-20, 2003 in the equestrian centre of the largest drug rehabilitation community in Europe, the 7th International Show Jumping "Vincenzo Muccioli Challenge".
"This year's edition coincides with one of the most significant event of our history - says Giacomo Muccioli, Chairman of the Organizing Committee - In those years, we have created a breeding made up of high-level jumping horses. In our stud were born foals which are sons of world champions and the successful agonistic results achieved by our team have allowed to make our community known all over the world. But, the main role of our horses is to help our guests to get rid of drugs. Many of the 18,000 young people we have taken in over since 1978 have found, in their relation with these extraordinary animals, an important instrument which can help them during their recovery program. I think this is the real secret which make unique the atmosphere of our Show".
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28th Hampton Classic—Week of Show Jumping Leading up to the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix
In collaboration with the Long Island Wine Council, the Classic will kick off on Saturday, August 23 with Wine Spectator’s Long Island Wine Classic—a one-day event featuring an afternoon tasting of wines from twenty-four Long Island vineyards and an evening paired-wine dinner and auction. Both events benefit three East-End hospitals and are open to the public who purchase tickets in advance.
Sunday, August 24 at the Hampton Classic is The Manhattan Mortgage Company’s Opening Day, presented by Distinction Magazine. Officials of the show also announced a new show jumping competition to take place that day—the $20,000 David Yurman Time Challenge.

Seniors Day, presented by 50 Plus Senior News, will take place on Thursday, August 28. Senior Citizens will be admitted free to the Classic and can enter the Classic’s free drawings for great prizes donated by Seniors Day sponsors and many of the Classic’s other sponsors and boutique vendors. “An Evening of Shopping in the Boutique Garden” will cap off the day.
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horse Marilyn Little And Hertel Landman Win $50,000 HITS Culpeper Grand Prix
Culpeper, VA (July 15, 2003)—Marilyn Little of Frederick, MD, rode her family's Hertel Landman to victory in Sunday's $50,000 HITS Culpeper Grand Prix. Little bested a field of twenty-eight horse and rider pairs, sealing her victory with a clean jump-off round that was two seconds faster than her nearest rival. Kimberly Frey was the only other rider to post a double-clear, placing her second with her mount Tyson, owned by Overlook Farm. Todd Minikus and Gardenio, owned by Y Z Partners LLC, finished in third place. Fourth place also went to Marilyn Little on her second mount Champigny.
Grand Prix course designer, Jerry Dougherty, set a challenging 13-obstacle course that narrowed the field to only four horses for the jump-off. Marilyn Little advanced to the shortened seven-fence jump-off course with two horses—Champigny and Hertel Landman. Little opened with Champigny and the pair had some trouble at the double, knocking both rails and incurring a time fault. Todd Minikus and Gardenio were next to enter the ring. Minikus was robbed of his clear round, also at the double, when he knocked the last rail. Little's second trip on Hertel Landman proved to be the winning performance of the day. The pair cruised the course in a very fast time of 45.71 seconds leaving all the rails up. Kimberley Frey and Tyson finished out the field. Frey guided Tyson clear but could not catch Little's time, finishing in a time of 48.28 seconds. Please click here for further details
Wolin Wins USAE Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final
Dr. Morgan Wolin, of Chicago, IL, rode CF Cool Night Out (American Saddlebred: CF First Night Out - Callaway’s Coronet, by CH Will Shriver) to victory in the 3rd USAE Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final, held July 11, during the Lexington Junior League Horse Show in Lexington, KY.
Fern Bittner, Lynda Freseth, and Lynn Harvey McNamara were the judges for the class of seven of the top adult amateur equitation riders in the country. Following the unanimous championship selection of Wolin, trained by Steve Joyce of Hilton Head, SC, the judges placed Brooke Jacobs of Georgetown, KY and CH Bright Lights RWF (American Saddlebred: Supreme Sultan - Anacacho’s Bright Moment, by Anacacho Denmark’s Legacy) in the reserve spot.
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Over the Walls Horse Trials Welcomes Its Family of Sponsors
Hardwick, MA—July 15, 2003—The Over the Walls Horse Trials, one of America’s premier eventing competitions, is pleased to acknowledge the generous support of its new and returning sponsors as it prepares to return on August 1-3, to picturesque Great Meadowbrook Farm in Hardwick, MA, owned by Erik Fleming and Olympic Gold Medalist Torrance Watkins.
The Over the Walls Horse Trials is comprised of three days of exciting equestrian action. More than 200 horses and riders from the U.S., Canada, Australia and other countries will be competing at the Advanced and Preliminary levels. Over the Walls will once again be hosting the National Advanced Horse Trials Championship, for the prestigious Jack Le Goff Trophy. The trophy is awarded to the top US horse and rider combination. There will be seven other Advanced and Preliminary divisions featuring world-class riders from all over the globe. Over the Walls is also the last selection trial for the Area I Young Riders before they head off to Bromont, Canada for the Young Riders Championship.
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Troxel Medical Information Form
The USA Equestrian Safety Committee is introducing a rider Medical Information Form sponsored by Troxel Helmets, with the recommendation that each rider/driver/handler complete a copy of the form and place it in an outside coat, shirt or pants pocket whenever competing at all recognized competitions.
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Left-Handers Have Their Day!
Right-handers beware! Things will be taking a sinister turn on 13th August 2003, as left-handers mark the 11th annual Left-Handers Day celebrations by declaring their homes and offices "Lefty Zones" where right-hand dominance, for once, will be banned. The 28,000 members of The Left-Handers Club, and the thousands of visitors to the website will be celebrating their sinistrality by turning the tables on right-handers, who will experience how awkward and frustrating it can be living in a "back-to-front-world".
Organised by the International Left-Handers Club, the purpose of Left-Handers Day is to create awareness among the right-handed majority, in a light-hearted way, of the problems right-biased design of everything from scissors to sinks, chequebooks to computer mice, or musical instruments to microwaves can have on the 13% of the population who do not use their right hand for tasks.
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Pony European Championships
Necarne Castle, County Fermanagh
22 - 27 July 2003

SOPHIE BROOME From Newport, Gwent, HANNAH PAUL From St Albans, Hertfordshire, NICOLE PAVITT From Godalming, Surrey, NATASHA SEWELL From Farnham, Surrey, LANCE WHITEHOUSE From Minsterworth, Gloucestershire have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Pony European Championships, CHEF D'EQUIPE Mrs Katrina Moore from Stapleford, Essex, TEAM TRAINER Mr Alan Fazakerley from Tyldesley, Manchester
For the second year running, the team have been kindly supported by KITT, a new company supplying fun, fashionable and practical products for equestrians.
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CSI* Cortina (Ita) 1 - 3 August 2003
Anna Rees Based in Pombia, ITALY has been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show. Please click here for further details


CSI*** Hachenburg 17 - 20 July 2003
Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS, Richard Davenport Based in Valkenswaard, HOLLAND have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show. Please click here for further details

Animal Health Plan Gets Welcome From Farmers
The NFU has strongly welcomed the outline Animal Health and Welfare Strategy published by the government for consultation today and pledged to work towards its implementation.
A key plank of the outline strategy is a new partnership between the livestock industry, the veterinary profession and the government - an approach that the NFU has stressed as vital.
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15th July 2003
horse Star-studded line-up
British Olympic dressage star Carl Hester, world number one three-day event rider William Fox-Pitt and top international Showjumper Tim Stockdale will top the bill at the Your Horse British Equine Event 2003.
The Your Horse British Equine Event 2003 takes place on 1-2 November at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. Our three star riders will each perform two demos daily. In addition, visitors can enjoy many new and improved features at this year's event, including the Horseanswers Theatre, a new-look Breeds Village and fantastic shopping in the massive retail area of over 300 trade stands.
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GB Teams Set For Kentucky
Britain's mounted games team are currently training for the World Mounted Games Team Championships which take place at Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington from July 24-27. Eighteen international teams from throughout the world are set to come together for a three-day extravaganza at the home of the Kentucky three-day event.
The competition is held over three days, with USA and Canada using their own ponies - all overseas teams will ride borrowed ponies. Wales are favourites - they are the reigning world champions and were reserve in 2001 in Canada on borrowed ponies and it is the same team which return to North America and hope to retain the title.
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July 2003 - Horse Active launch a new updated website.
Horse Active know the importance of owning a properly equipped First Aid Kit and realise that the chances are that sooner or later an accident will happen to horse or rider. Being able to make a quick response in such situations is essential for a speedy recovery.
Unfortunately first aid doesn't just happen! In response to the need for equestrians to be prepared for minor emergencies Horse Active have developed a new range of first aid kits catering for both horse and rider. All the kits contain quality branded products and cost from £17.99 for the Safe in the Saddle rider's kit to £87.99 for the Premier equine kit. Laminated first aid guidance cards are included in every kit.
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Fenney Shows the Boys How It’s Done in the AGA $40,000 Rocky Mountain Grand Prix
Parker, CO, July 12, 2003— Show jumping is one of the few Olympic sports in which women and men compete equally against each other. And Tracy Fenney showed the boys how it’s done with a victory in Saturday’s AGA $40,000 Rocky Mountain Grand Prix presented by American Sport Horse Stables. Athletes from Mexico, Colombia, Denmark, Canada and 14 states vied for the top prize money, but it was Fenney, of Flower Mound, Texas who collected the winning paycheck.
Fenney credited her victory to her horse S& L Willie. “Willie will do whatever needs to be done,” she explained. “He has a very adjustable stride and is very willing to let me regulate him.” Fenney and the bay gelding have been partners since Willie first began wearing a saddle. “He’s very happy go lucky,” she said.
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Pet Care Products Company Finds Export Potential In Poland With Trade Partners UK
Dumfriesshire- based manufacturer of pet care products, Pet and Garden Manufacturing Plc, has won £20,000 worth of business in Poland with help from Trade Partners UK - the government body dedicated to providing UK companies with global expertise on international trade and investment.
The company secured the new business after going on a trade mission* to the country last year. The mission, organized by Business Link Kent, gave company managing director, Gordon Chesworth, the chance to meet with potential distributors in the region.
As a result of the meetings organized by the Trade Partners UK team at the British Embassy in Warsaw, Mr Chesworth appointed two new distributors, one of which supplies directly to garden centres and the other is the largest wholesaler and supplier of pet care products to pet retail outlets in the region.
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horse British Horse Society Ragwort Bill gathers pace
The British Horse Society (BHS) initiated Private Members' Bill on ragwort control has successfully completed its Report Stage and Third Reading in the House of Commons (11 July) and now moves on to the House of Lords.
The Bill, sponsored by John Greenway, MP (Cons) for Ryedale in North Yorkshire and which paves the way for a statutory code of practice to control ragwort, was debated among several cross party MPs for almost two hours and unanimously commended to go forward.
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Spectators Delight at Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic
South Hamilton, MA--July 14, 2003--The Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic brings the excitement of powerful horses and fast-paced show jumping competition to the Boston area on September 3rd through the 7th. The only Grand Prix event in the Boston area, the Jumper Classic has been dubbed the premier social sporting event of the season by The Boston Globe. This world class show jumping competition attracts some of the top riders and horses in the country who have represented the United States internationally. This year’s $50,000 Grand Prix will draw a field of some 40 competitors vying for first place. Grand Prix is the highest level of show jumping in the sport and tests both skill and speed over a complex course of obstacles.
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Ward Wins $35,000 Manchester Summer Festival Grand Prix
East Dorset, VT—July 13, 2003—McLain Ward of Brewster, NY won the $35,000 Manchester Summer Festival Grand Prix aboard La Belle, owned by Sarah Willeman & Turnabout Farm. For his victory, Ward was presented with the Battenkill Cup. The $35,000 Manchester Summer Festival Grand Prix marks the first of five Grand Prix that will take place as part of the Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August 10, at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.

Ward was one of only five horse-and-rider combinations to ride clear over course designer Anthony D’Ambrosio’s first round course to qualify to ride in the jump-off. Going third in the final order, Ward posted a time of 36.563 seconds, which proved unbeatable. “She’s a hot mare, super fast and very careful. The mare is beautifully prepared,” Ward said of the eight-year-old mare, who is trained by Missy Clark. “I just show up and ride the horse. I just need to steer. Missy’s horses are always ready to win.”
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Reward Offered For Information And Conviction Of Saddlebred Assailants
A reward of at least $100,000 is being offered for information leading to the apprehension and successful prosecution of the individual(s) responsible for the attacks on five American Saddlebreds at the Double D Ranch owned by Dena and Dave Lopez, in Versailles, KY.
Five American Saddlebred horses, among them multiple world champion CH Wild Eyed and Wicked, owned by Sally and Joe Jackson, were harmed by an unknown assailant or assailants by injection of a caustic substance that caused the blood vessels to harden and the tissue around the injury to harden and die. Each horse had a nearly identical circular wound on the back of its left front pastern. Medical tests of the mystery substance are being performed by top veterinarians at Cornell University.
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Dolly moves to Museum of Scottish Country Life
Museum of Scottish Country Life, Kittochside, East-Kilbride
Dolly the Sheep is moving to the Museum of Scottish Country Life for the summer months. Dolly, who has become famous across the world as a symbol of genetic cloning, will spend the summer at the Museum, before returning to the Royal Museum in Edinburgh for permanent display in the autumn.
After Dolly died in February this year, she was donated to the National Museums of Scotland by the Roslin Institute so that she could be preserved for future generations. For the past three months she has been on display in the Royal Museum, where she has been seen by over 160,000 visitors.
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Georgia International Horse Trials Begins Preparations For New Major Competition
The Georgia International Horse Trials (GIHT), to be held in the fall of 2005 in Rome, North Georgia, USA has begun preparations to host this major new competition. The 5000-acre property, owned by Belgium’s international event rider and business entrepreneur, Carl Bouckaert, won the bid to host this new four-star three-day event (CCI****) ahead of three other U.S. venues: Fort Worth, Texas; Fairhill, Maryland and Lexington, Virginia.
The Executive Director, Jack Pollard, who also manages Bouckaert Farms, which hosts the spring CIC *** North American Beaulieu Classic at Chatsworth, North Georgia, is excited at the prospects of developing a new event from grass roots. As the father of event rider, Michael Pollard, he has the intrinsic knowledge required to stage a world-class competition. “There is a great deal of work ahead of us but we are confident that with our experienced team of professionals in all areas of the sport we will produce a top quality international event”, he commented.
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Pessoa Sponsors Hunter Seat Medal Finals For Ninth Year
Pessoa has signed on as the sponsor of the Pessoa/USAE Hunter Seat Medal Finals for the ninth consecutive year. The Finals will be held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, on October 10.
The Pessoa/USAE Hunter Seat Equitation Medal is a coveted prize and proves to be a significant stepping-stone for international competitions as 30% of past winners have gone on to represent the U.S. internationally including Nicole Shahinian-Simpson, Mark Leone, Conrad Homfeld and George Morris.
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14th July 2003
horse The Skyros Pony
The Skyrian pony is an unique breed of pony only existing here in Greece and is at the moment in great danger as you will understand when you read on. We have started a refuge here on the Island of Corfu and are trying to save the race.
Skyrian ponies may be the ones depicted on the Parthenon frieze, not carved in small proportion to emphasize the stature of the riders, but naturally diminutive. They are certainly the ponies that facilitated agriculture on the Island of Skyros for centuries. Skyros, the largest
and most remote of the Sporades islands, has two faces - a fertile a fertile north where agriculture dominates, and a mountainous and arid southern section which rises to 792 metres.
No-one knows how long the ponies have lived on this island, and no records exist to pinpoint the start of there cooperation with man. During the winter, when food and water are plentiful, the ponies live wild on the southern mountain. But when the summer comes, and nourishment is scarce, they migrate north in search of food and water and in return let themselves to be approached by farmers for threshing and other agricultural work
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What Does "Horse Professional" Mean To You?
You hear the term over and over. The horse industry is represented by a diverse group of participants. Riders, trainers, and instructors of the many disciplines; horse health care providers such as boarding stables, farriers, veterinarians, and complementary care providers; feed companies; tack and stable equipment suppliers; builders and fencing companies; trailer sales; show and recreation providers. This list is only a beginning. Many industries and professions have standards that indicate how a person becomes a "professional" within that field. Doctors go to medical school. Real estate and insurance professionals are required to pass licensing. School teachers must continue to gather staff development credits throughout their careers. These are a few examples. The horse industry is, once again, a horse of a different color. There are many opportunities for continuing education, on and off the horse. There are also certifications and competitive honors that can be gained. So then, what does "horse professional" mean?
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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Smyth Makes A Winning Return To Ballina
Peter Smyth made a winning return to Ballina today (Sunday) with Zara's Pride for the latest Super League Grand Prix, and erased the memories of taking a wrong course at the venue on his only previous visit as a pony rider twenty years ago.
A bumper crowd packed the stand at the sunny Co. Mayo venue and witnessed an intiguing finale as the lead changed hands three times during the jump-off.
Gerry Byrne's technical course provided a stiff test for the 27 starters, with just seven riders going clear first time around, and only three double clears being produced after the jump-off.
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Lt. Shane Carey Takes BJ Trophy At Falsterbo
Army rider Lt. Shane Carey kept up his fine record at Falsterbo, Sweden this morning (Sunday) with a lightning-fast round on Laughton's Lass to take the BJ Trophy.
One of the last few to jump from 47 starters, Limerick-born Carey craftily guided the 11 year-old mare clear in the very warm conditions, and took almost a second off the time of long-time leader Cristino Garcia of Spain on Loughtown Atlanta. "This was a very fast Class and he had to go full tilt from start to finish," said a delighted Chef d'Equipe of the Irish team, Comdt. Gerry Mullins. "He left out strides here and there, and he left them out very well." Last year, Lt. Carey had been Leading Rider at the Falsterbo show, and had also taken the Grand Prix, and today's success adds to the traditional good record Irish riders and horses have had at the Swedish venue.
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Show Jumping Results: CSIO***** Falsterbo Sweden 10-13 July 2003
Jeep Ride and Drive, International Ride and Drive Competition
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13th July 2003
horse The Mountain Pleasure Horse
For more than 160 years, Eastern Kentuckians have enjoyed their homegrown product, the Mountain Pleasure Horse. Generation after generation of Kentuckians have stories to tell of their easy gaited, hard working, good disposition, reliable Mountain Pleasure Horses.
For years called "Mountain Horses" or "Country Saddle" horses, the Mountain Pleasure Horse is the old-time gaited breed of horse that existed in Kentucky
160 years ago and from which selective breeders developed the Tennessee Walking Horses, American Saddlebred Horses and more recently Rocky Mountain Horses. Long before these other gaited breeds were in existence, a particular type of horse was being bred on the steep hillsides to work the fields and "ride the best". The Mountain Pleasure Horse quietly existed in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky where the Breeders maintained the old-time horse, by selecting for their basic criteria-- GAIT and DISPOSITION
The Mountain Pleasure Horse's distinctive, easy-riding gait allows the surefooted horse to cover alot of ground with minimum effort for both horse and rider.
The gait is an evenly spaced, four beat lateral gait with moderate forward speed and extension, without exaggerated knee and hock action. The horse moves out with a gait in which one can count four distinct hoofbeats that produce a cadence of near equal rhythm.
The gait is natural. It is bred into these horses through generations of proper breeding. No action devices, aids or harsh training methods are necessary or allowed by the Mountain Pleasure Horse Association.
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The 2nd International Polo Festival comes to Kerry
This September the world's largest polo tournament since 1991 is taking place. The venue isn't Smiths Lawn in England, an estancia outside Buenos Aires or even the hallowed turf of Phoenix Park in Dublin, but on the Dingle Peninsular on the West Coast of Ireland.
Players and polo fans from around the world are meeting at the close of the European polo season for a final polo showdown on the sands of Inch Strand. This is the second time that polo tournaments have been held at Inch and the location lends a great sense of fun to what can be a stuffy sport. Last year saw a trial run for this year's festival when 4 teams from Cork, Waterford, Loais and Limerick met for a weekend's sport and festivities.
Polo was first played in Europe in Limerick in the 1860s, but went into a decline in popularity. The sport in Ireland is undergoing a revival with five new clubs starting up in the past four years and player numbers doubling to around 200. The comparative newness of the sport here will give the teams from countries with more established polo traditions an advantage at Inch.
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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Courtney's Dramatic Win Takes Her To Third In Table
There was a dramatic conclusion to today's Grand Prix at Ennis as Linda Courtney claimed first place by less than a tenth of a second in a gripping jump-off against the clock.
Carrying prize money of 6000 euro and the bounus of Super League points status, there was never a doubt that the event would be compelling, but few could have imagined the nerve-tingling fashion in which the outcome would be decided.
Ten riders went into the jump-off against the clock, having faultlessly negotiated Alan Wade's testing course in the splendid conditions.
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Show Jumping Results: CSIO***** Falsterbo Sweden 10 - 13 July 2003
H&M Derby, International Jumping Competition
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