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News Headlines 10th July 2004


The BHS TREC Scottish Championships 2004
Kathy Wilding from Shropshire and her horse Trojan continued their recent good form to take the Level 4 title at the BHS TREC Scottish Championships held last weekend (3-4 July) at Peelham Cross Country near Berwick upon Tweed. Kathy was following up wins at her last two outings, proving unstoppable over the three phases and two days of this event, reinforcing her claim for a place in the British Team for the World TREC Championships in September

Runner up in the Level 4 class Hilary Barnard from Bristol, riding Harvey, a New Forest pony, came close to taking the title with the highest score of the weekend in the PTV obstacle phase -an amazing 148 points! Please click here for further details

Michael Whitaker Reigns Supreme In Spruce Meadows

Michael Whitaker from Whatton, NOTTS reigned supreme in Spruce Meadows at the weekend winning two major classes with Anne Bedford's Handel II. Michael and the 15 year-old dark bay stallion netted over £14,500 winning both the Investors Group 1.60m on Friday and the RBC Cup on Saturday. Michael also finished in third place in Saturday's RBC Cup riding his own Sandy Please click here for further details
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Ainsley Vince Scores Victory in $75,000 CN Grand Prix
Bromont, Quebec --- Ainsley Vince of Milton, ON, scored victory in the $75,000 CN Grand Prix held Sunday, July 3, in Bromont, QC.
A 24-horse starting field contested the grand prix, with nine going clear over the course set by Quebec’s own Pierre Jolicoeur to advance to the jump-off. Riding her long-time partner, Catch 22, Vince laid down another clear round in a time of 44.06 seconds to overtake the lead from Yann Candele of France, but three riders known for their speed were still to follow – fellow Canadians Eric Lamaze and Mario Deslauriers as well as four-time Olympian Manuel Torres of Colombia. While all three had clear rounds, none were able to come close to catching Vince’s time.
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Tim Stockdale Injured

Tim Stockdale from Roade, Northampton has sustained injuries following a recent fall schooling a horse at home. The accident occurred whilst Tim was schooling through a combination when the horse he was riding tipped over, throwing Tim into the next part of the combination, the fence then fell on top of Tim and the horse.
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Jane Savoie Dressage Coach for Canadian Three-Day Event Team
United States Equestrian Team member Jane Savoie has been asked to be the Olympic dressage coach for the Canadian Three-Day team. Building on her 1996 and 2000 coaching experiences, Savoie brings her competitive expertise in the international arena to the Canadian team.
Working with Jim Wofford, Canadian Eventing International Technical Advisor and Eventing Team Coach for the 2004 Olympic Games, Savoie will be assisting with various training camps prior to the Olympics. “The best part of coaching is to see how open and appreciative the riders are and to track their progress from training session to training session,” said Savoie. Please click here for further details
Ramiro Quintana Wins Nicola’s Family Restaurants Jump-off at 27th Annual I Love New York Horse Show
Lake Placid, NY—July 9, 2004—Ramiro Quintana of Argentina rode LaBelle to victory in the Nicola’s Family Restaurants Open Jump-off Friday at the 27th annual I Love New York Horse Show in Lake Placid.
Quintana was the 19th of 21 to try the 12-jump, first-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds. He completed the course fault-free to be one of six who advanced to the tiebreaking jump-off. The last to try the six-jump tiebreaker, he again rode fault-free and finished in 26.099 seconds to claim the win.
Callan Solem of Colt’s Neck, NJ finished second with a clean jump-off ride in 26.760 seconds on Mianta and third went to Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, who finished the jump-off fault-free in 27.346 seconds on Hidden Creek’s Wapino. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping - Ireland Joint Second In Falsterbo Nations Cup
A determined squad at Falsterbo, Sweden, today (Friday) signalled that Ireland is still very much in Nations Cup form, with a joint second place in the Swedish Nations Cup.
Nine countries took part, and the Cup was won by host nation Sweden with 24 penalties, Ireland sharing second spot with Switzerland, both on 24 faults.
Highlights of the Irish performance included a second round clear by Cian O'Connor and <Irish Independent Annabella> and two four-fault rounds by Marie Burke and <Chippison>. Please click here for further details

The Orvis Company becomes a Grand Prix Sponsor of the Vermont Summer Festival
East Dorset, Vermont, July 8, 2004 - The Orvis Company, the nation’s oldest mail order company, will be a Grand Prix Sponsor of the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show. The five week long event will be held at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, Vermont, July 14 through August 15, 2004.
This marks the third summer that the entire Vermont Summer Festival circuit will be based in the Manchester area, after many years of a multi-venue event. “It’s gratifying to have a Manchester-based company with the international reputation of Orvis show their support in such a generous way,” stated Dotty Ammerman, Vermont Summer Festival Executive Director. “Orvis is renowned for their unique commitment to both quality products and to the environment, two values that our competitors understand and appreciate.” Please click here for further details
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Eventing Ireland Announces Changes To Olympic Squad
THE Selection Committee of Eventing Ireland announced today (Friday) that Sarah Daly has withdrawn her horse <Test Flight> as first reserve to the Irish Olympic Eventing team, due to veterinary advice. Furthermore, Sherelle Duke has informed the Selectors that she no longer wishes to be considered for the 2004 Olympics.
The Selection Committee has therefore now appointed Trevor Smith and Dunrath Hill as second reserve to the Olympic Eventing team. First reserve is Jane O’Flynn and Kilnadeema Star. Please click here for further details


Show Jumping - Fearon Third At Geesteren
IMPROVING upon his eighth place yesterday at the four-star event in Geesteren, Holland, the 22 yr-old Irish rider today (Friday) collected a third in the CSI Twente Prize two-phase competition.
Riding the same horse, the eight yr-old chestnut gelding <Cermit 3>, the former FEI Rookie Of The Year was almost two seconds shy of Dutch winner Angelique Hoorn, but almost caught second-placed Netherlands rider Jochen Munsterhuis, with just fractions of a second separating the two. Please click here for further details

News Headlines 9th July 2004

Kbis Support Disabled Dressage Rider Series
LEADING equestrian insurance company Kbis has entered the dressage world as supporters and sponsors of the Disabled Dressage Series.
Based near Newbury in Berkshire, Kbis are well established as one of the leaders and experts in equine insurance, providing a wide range of policies and services for horse owners.
The company is owned and run by Guy and Elizabeth Prest who both have a wealth of experience as horse owners and riders themselves.
Always keen to put something back into the sport, Kbis decided to sponsor the Disabled Dressage Rider series after recognising the huge amount of effort the riders put in to compete at this level.
Said Guy Prest: "The level of dedication, horsemanship and results put the rest of us to shame, these riders have my utmost respect and admiration.
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horse Shamrock Stays Slim and Healthy
At twenty-nine years old, Shamrock is not beyond acting up a little. Occasionally, her owner Janet Alder finds herself being towed in from the field as Shamrock races to get to her dinner. But Janet doesn't mind, this is a long-term relationship, built on over twenty-two years of mutual love and trust.
When Janet first bought Shamrock, the horse had a background of neglect from a previous owner but Janet's patient perseverance paid off and now Shamrock is a relaxed, healthy horse who, even at her ripe old age, still enjoys five mile hacks four days a week!
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Oxfordshire's Ragwort Patrol
Oxfordshire County Council and The British Horse Society's (BHS) Oxford County Committee have teamed up to patrol the area for Ragwort. Work starts on July 12 and carries through to include the BHS Ragwort Action Week (19 - 25 July) and beyond to ensure that horses and other grazing animals are protected from the plant's deadly toxins.

Hundreds of horses die every year from ingesting Ragwort, which attacks and destroys the liver. As a result, the BHS coordinates a national campaign to create awareness of the dangers of Ragwort. The Society initiated the Ragwort Control Act 2003 and the recently presented Code of Practice on how to control the spread of Ragwort. In an effort to reduce significantly the risks in Oxfordshire the County Council is employing contractors to spot spray the worst affected areas of Ragwort growth with teams of Ragwort 'pullers' for the less densely affected areas found on the verges of major roads.
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The Stars of Equitation at San Patrignano
There are two weeks left until the start of the eighth edition of the annual San Patrignano International Show Jumping Competition. It will be held in the equestrian centre of the community from the 23rd to the 25th of July, and promises to be a veritable showcase- starring some of the world's top riders.
Among the forty riders set to compete in the event we find four-time Olympic Gold Medalist from Germany, Ludger Beerbaum (ranked second worldwide). Also present will be World Champion (Rome '98) and third ranked in the world, Rodrigo Pessoa, 2001 World Cup winner from Switzerland Markus Fuchs (7th worldwide), and, rounding out the top ten, Otto Becker, European Champion with the German team and eighth in worldwide ranking.
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Kentucky To Bid For 2010 World Equestrian Games
World’s Largest Equestrian Event Estimated To Have $90 Million Economic Impact
LEXINGTON, KY (July 8, 2004) Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that the Commonwealth of Kentucky, on behalf of the United States, will submit a formal bid to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to host the 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG). These games are the most important high-performance equestrian competition in the world, and are held every four years in a country designated by the FEI, the international governing body for equestrian sport headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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AK Classic at the Royal Show

The AK Horseboxes Junior Grand Prix held at the Royal Show, Sunday 4th July was won by Natasha Sewell from Farnham, Surrey riding 17 year old pony Colton Maelstrom. Out of sixteen starters Natasha jumped the fastest clear in the third round of the competition.
The final of the AK Horseboxes Winter JA Classic was won on Monday by William Whitaker from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire riding John Oversby's Devlin. William and Philippa Dobby were the only two to jump clear rounds.
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Show Jumping - O'Connor Wins At Falsterbo
IRELAND'S Cian O'Connor clocked up his seventh speed class win on <ABC Landliebe> this season, at Falsterbo, Sweden today (Thursday).
As well as the Swedish win, the ten year-old bay mare has now steered the Olympic shortlisted rider to victory this year in La Baule (one win), Rome (three wins) and Lucerne (two wins). Please click here for further details


Show Jumping - Fearon Eighth At Geesteren
BMC PRIJS, International Jumping Comp. Table A 1.40m with Jump Off
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Show Jumping - Burke Seventh At Falsterbo
FALSTERBO CUP, Qualification for the SEB Grand Prix
Faults 0 Time 69.64
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CSIO***** AACHEN (GER) 13 - 18 July 2004
Nick Skelton From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE, Robert Smith From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE, John Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKS, Scott Smith From York, NORTH YORKSHIRE, have been selected to compete at the above-mentioned show TEAM MANAGER Derek Ricketts, from Bicester, OXON. Please click here for further details


CSI** Bois Le Roi (Fra) 9 -11 July 2004
Graham Lovegrove From Halstead, ESSEX has been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events

News Headlines 8th July 2004

horse Dramatic Increase To Burghley Prize Fund
Added interest will be created in the outcome of this year’s premier Autumn Eventing fixture, Burghley Horse Trials (2nd-5th September), Stamford, Lincolnshire with the news that this year’s prize money is to benefit from dramatic increases of up to 50%.
Event Director Andrew Tulloch has announced that this year’s winner will benefit from a 20% increase to the first prize bringing it to £30,000, with the overall prize fund rising to nearly £120,000*. Increases will take place across the board with those finishing 13th or below* receiving £1,000 each, more than twice as much as previously. Please click here for further details
Lantra receives five-year "licence to skill" UK's equine industry
The UK's equine industry received a boost last week, when Sector Skills Council, Lantra, was awarded a five-year licence from the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP. This significant achievement acknowledges the hard work that employers, trade associations and Lantra staff have put in to developing Lantra as a Sector Skills Council. The licence will enable Lantra to continue leading the drive to increase skills across the equine industry.
A number of equine employers joined other representatives from the 17 environmental and land-based industries that Lantra represents, to celebrate Lantra's achievement at a VIP reception and skills debate at the House of Commons on Tuesday 29 June.
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David O’Connor Unanimously Re-elected President of USEF
USHJA Selected as New Hunter-Jumper Affiliate Partner
Lexington, KY – At their semi-annual meeting yesterday, The Board of Directors of the United States Equestrian Federation unanimously re-elected David O’Connor as USEF President. His new term will run from January 2005 to January 2009. O’Connor has served as USEF President since July, 2003. The USEF was created by the joining of the former USA Equestrian and the United States Equestrian Team and O’Connor has been instrumental in the transition to the new organization. He has an extensive list of international and national championships to his credit in the sport of Eventing, including the individual gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Please click here for further details
Countdown for the International Show Jumping of Santander
- On Friday, the 9th of July, starts the competition with 170 horses
Santander. 7 de junio.- On Friday, at 12.30 hours, will begin the sixth edition of the International Show Jumping of Santander (Spain).
This sports appointment acquired International category in 1999. For three days of competition the horses will jump in a green track conditioned for this equestrian event of the first level. In whole, the program is composed by nine tests. Please click here for further details
Equestrian Celebrity Gossip Columnist ‘Hildegard Frostbite’ Joins Towerheads Staff
WELLINGTON, FL – July 7, 2004 – Hildegard Frostbite, the well-known equestrian celebrity gossip columnist, has announced that she has joined the staff of as a regular contributor. Formerly associated with a Wellington, Florida-based equestrian magazine, Hildegard is expanding her horizons internationally with the move to Towerheads. In her new column, Hildegard, who is known for her insider’s view of the hunter/jumper world, will expand her coverage to include dressage and polo. A new Hildegard Frostbite column will appear on the popular website twice each month.
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horse Irish Sport Horses Weekend Showjumping Results
Irish Sport Horses competed in Sweden over last weekend with Wildcat Clover King (ISH) ridden by Neil Fearon (IRE) winning Saturdays 1m45 class at the Neuendorf CSI 4* and I Caesar (ISH) ridden by Dermott Lennon (IRE) taking third in a 1m40 class on Sunday.
In Germany, Gyllenberg Sails Away (ISH) jumped into second place in the Preis des Ministeriums 1m50 class at the Hachenburg CSI 3* on Saturday, ridden by Sebastian Numminen (FIN). Further south in Italy Fidel Vogt (LIE) rode Touch of Clover (ISH) to finish sixth in the Predazzo CSI 2* Grand Prix last Sunday.
The Spruce Meadows CSI 4* competition in Canada brought second place for Darragh Kearins (IRE) and Nabucco (ISH) in the opening Thursdays Red Deer Advocate Welcome 1m45 class. Please click here for further details
Darren Graziano Wins WPTZ Jump-off to Open 27th Annual I Love New York Horse Show
Lake Placid, NY—July 7, 2004—Darren Graziano of Wellington, FL rode Kinetic to victory by two tenths of a second in the WPTZ News Channel 5 Jump-off Wednesday to open the 27th annual I Love New York Horse Show in Lake Placid.
Graziano was one of 30 entries from the starting field of 64 to earn a trip to the jump-off by riding without penalty over the 12-jump, first-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds. Eighteen of those 30 then rode clean again over the six-jump tiebreaker course with Graziano claiming the win based on having the fastest time of 27.863 seconds. Finishing less than two tenths of a second behind Graziano was Marilyn Little of Frederick, MD, winner of the 2003 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid. Little rode Tiffany La Silla to a clean jump-off ride in 28.029 seconds for second place. Please click here for further details
Horses For Students
Grand Cypress Equestrian Center and Success Is Easy have joined for a “hands on horses” learning program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies degree.
The degree program is completely online, and while students work with horses, they do not get “in person” riding instruction. During school or after graduation, students are encouraged to attend the world-class British Horse Society “approved” Grand Cypress facility in Orlando, Florida, for all skill levels of riding instruction.
Success Is Easy provides the curriculum for the Bachelor’s degree which is awarded by Breyer State University.
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News Headlines 7th July 2004

horse A Championship Spot
An exceptional cast was on hand at San Patrignano in the second week of June to help conceive the ad that will promote the next edition of the European Show Jumping Championships, to be held in the equestrian centre of the Rimini-based drug rehabilitation facility from the 21st to the 24th of June, 2005.
Directing the troupe was Francesco Appoloni, Italian director of such important features as "Much Ado about love", and "Just do it", winner of 2003's Golden Globe Italia. Not wanting to reveal the details of the ads until they are officially screened on July 15th at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Appoloni nevertheless underlines the fundamental idea behind the story. "We want to present a first-class sporting event to the world, without forgetting the importance of life in the community. Thanks in part to equitation and horses, many young men have been able to face and overcome their problems."
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6-8 AUGUST 2004
0704/Record Interest In European Trial Event
ORGANISERS of the Hilton Herbs Alfred's Tower Endurance Ride are reporting massive interest from home and abroad in what will be an all-important trial event for next year's European Championship event at the Wiltshire venue.
The three-day festival of endurance, run on the Wiltshire /Somerset border from the National Trust's spectacular property at Stourhead, is entering its 11th year and has become one of the most prestigious events in the international calendar of what is the world's fastest growing horse sport. Sponsored for the second time by headline sponsors Hilton Herbs, this year's showcase 160km (100-mile) event will take place on Saturday 7 August over the route planned for next year's European Championship. Please click here for further details

Royal Trooper Captures TopSpec Supreme Award
ELEVEN-year-old Jessica Goodyear stood between two of the country's top show riders when claiming the reserve champion award in a new competition - the TopSpec Supreme Ridden Championship at the Northern Horse Show.
The £1,250 champion's purse went to well known professional Alastair Hood and the Hack champion Royal Trooper, currently unbeaten this season.
With third place going to regular Northern Horse visitor Katie Moore, riding Vanessa Ramm's six-year-old Riding Horse champion Sirius.
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Jocelyn Sandor Urban, Noted Equestrian Painter, Chosen as Artist for 2004 Hampton Classic Art Poster
Bridgehampton, NY— July 6, 2004 —A painting of the Hampton Classic Showgrounds by Jocelyn Sandor Urban has been selected as the artwork for the 2004 Hampton Classic Horse Show art poster. The work by the noted equestrian artist is the latest in the Classic’s series of collectible art treasures. It is now available for purchase on the Classic’s website (
The Hampton Classic poster is a highly anticipated and much coveted souvenir of the Hampton Classic Horse Show. There are individuals who have collected every poster representing the Hampton Classic’s rich history, including signed editions by artists such as Paul Davis, Henry Koehler, Nina Duran, and Mickey Paraskevas.
“Urban’s work is a great addition to the tradition of beautiful Hampton Classic posters that have been created over the years,” said Tony Hitchcock, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. Please click here for further details

News Headlines 6th July 2004

horse The Hilton Herbs New Forest Heavy Horse Relay : "The Beer Run"
The second Hilton Herbs New Forest Heavy horse Relay event will take place over three days in July.
Based at Harbridge Farm, Near Ringwood, Hants there will be six teams made up of seven heavy horses that will compete as three pairs and a single.
The competition opens on Friday 16th July at Harbridge Farm, with a driven skills test and a timber handling competition. On Saturday 17th July in the morning, one pair from each team will compete in the dressage section and in the afternoon one pair and the single from each team will complete a six obstacle marathon around Harbridge Farm. Spectators are welcome at Harbridge Farm on the Friday and Saturday.
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Caldene Continue Support For BETA International 2005
CALDENE - the brand which has returned to the equestrian and country clothing market with such a vengeance - is delighted to announce their continued sponsorship at BETA International 2005 following the success this year.
Now part of Matchmakers International, Caldene, will be out in force with its new range for the second year running.
Said Nick Wood of Trade Fair organisers EMC: "We are very much looking forward to working with the Caldene team once again.
"In 2004 they helped us to make BETA International a real success, and we are already developing new ideas to bring more innovation to the Trade Fair."
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Wordley Wins Another With Gorki in $20,000 Bayfest Grand Prix in Woodside
Woodside, California. Sharn Wordley is on a roll. Last week at the Woodside Circuit Opener, Wordley rode Gorki to the win in the $5000 Jumper Classic. This week at the Bay Area Festival (June 30 - July 4) Gorki was among the 29 horses in the $20,000 Bayfest Grand Prix. Mike Galloway built a demanding 14 obstacle course on the undulating Woodside jumper field for the first ever grand prix at the 272 Horse Park at Woodside.
Nine horses posted clear rounds and Wordley had two of them. In jump-off Wordley was first to go with Cody, a nineteen year old gelding he bought in Europe just before shipping to the United States the first of this year. Wordley set the pace for the jump-off with a time of 28.435. Amateur rider Alicia Jonsson has been knocking on the door of the big classes and she met Wordley’s bid and then raised him by screaming around the course aboard NZ Better Believe It with a time of 26.952. Although several tried to match Jonsson’s time, no one quite made it....until Gorki.
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Show Jumping - Second And Third For Kerins In Canada
RED DEER ADVOCATE Welcome - 1.45m Jumper
1) Del Destino; Kim Farlinger (CAN), =2) Rainland Mel; Audra Fleck (USA), =2) Nabucco; Darragh Kerins (IRL)
1) Solitaire Vh Costerveld; Bernardo Alves (BRA), 2) Miss Independent; Laura Kraut (USA), 3) Far West; Darragh Kerins (IRL)
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News Headlines 5th July 2004


British Horse Society welcomes Ragwort Code
Minister for the Horse to present strategy document at Royal Show

The British Horse Society (BHS) will be host to the Rt Hon Alun Michael, Minister for Rural Affairs and Minister for the Horse, at its stand at the Royal Show today (4 July). The Minister will be presenting the eagerly awaited 'Code of Practice on how to control Ragwort' during his visit.
The code is the first document of its kind to provide a strategy whereby landowners and occupiers can form an effective policy on Common Ragwort control. Ragwort kills an estimated 500 - 1000 horses every year and by following the code the risk of equines ingesting the poisonous plant will be minimised.
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Today, Thermotex Equine Therapy Systems celebrates 20 years in business.
A proud Canadian manufacturer located in Calgary, Alberta CANADA for the past 8 years, Thermotex produces deep heat infrared therapy systems for equine applications. Thermotex operates in an ISO certified environment and all therapy systems are CSA approved. With over 50,000 systems sold, the impact on the North American equine market has been substantial. Smarty Jones, the winner of this year's Kentucky Derby and the Preakness is no stranger to the benefits of Thermotex Equine Therapy Systems. Please click here for further details


Show Jumping Result: IJM Timberframe Grand Prix League - Marshall Swoops To Take Blessington Grand Prix
There was a riveting finish to today's Blessington Super League Grand Prix which saw the top three league leaders engaged in an intriguing jump-off battle which went right down to the wire.
With Super League points on offer, the competition was always going to be tough, and ten of the twenty-eight starters successfully negotiated Tom Holden's course as the rain mercifully held off over Kill International Equestrian Centre.

The two league leaders, Conor Swail and Shane Breen, both got two horses into the finale, but there was no place in the jump-off for yesterday's Omagh winner Peter Smyth as Zara's Pride grazed a fence in their first attempt. Harry Marshall, hot on the heels of the league leaders, got All Shook Up into the decider, but had earlier lost out on Splendido with one down.
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Laura Chapot Wins $50,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid to Close the 35th Annual Lake Placid Horse Show
Lake Placid, NY—July 4, 2004—Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ won the $50,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid for the Whitney Perpetual Challenge Trophy to close the 35th annual Lake Placid Horse Show.
Chapot, who previously won the competition in 1996, was one of only five from the starting field of 38 to qualify for the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 17-jump, first-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds. Margie Engle of Wellington, FL was the first to return for the eight-jump tiebreaker that featured an unusual faults-converted format. The Sydney Olympic veteran who has been a Grandprix champion in Lake Placid six times set a tough mark by finishing clean in 36.846 seconds on her 2000 Sydney Olympic mount, Hidden Creek’s Perin.
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Show Jumping - Fearon Wins At Neuendorf, Lennon Third
WITH a fourth place already under his belt, Ireland's Neal Fearon tonight (Saturday) won the 1m40 Accumulator competition at Neuendorf, Switzerland.
Riding <Wildcat Clover King>, the Ballyjamesduff 22 year-old was almost two seconds clear of Switzerland's Beat Grandjean in second, while Ireland's World Champion, Dermott Lennon, placed third with <Impact>. Please click here for further details

Montana Feature Film In Development, Entering Into Casting Stage
First film of trilogy to shoot in fall of 2004
Casting is under way for the feature film, Miranda and Starlight to be produced and directed by Robert Kollar of Top Herrmann Entertainment, Inc. and Hollywood veteran, Emile Razpopov of Global Studios, Inc., in conjunction with Starlight Film Partners 1, L.L.C. This is the first film of a planned trilogy based on the Starlight Series of books by Montana author Janet Muirhead Hill. A seven-week shoot in the fall of 2004 in Southwestern Montana is planned. Casting for the three main child roles will begin July 16, and 17, 2004. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping Results: CSI4* Neuendorf Switzerland 1 - 4 July 2004
Competition 9
International Jumping Competition Table A, Art 238.2.1 1m40
1) Landjuwel; Rossen Raichev (BUL)
2) Dornani; Pierre Kolly (SUI)
3) I Caesar; Dermott Lennon (IRL)
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Show Jumping - O'Connor Tenth At Miese
International Competition 6 and 7 years old - Final
1) Broere VDL Pacific; Wout Jan VAN DER SCHANS (NED), 2) Undercover Agent; Frederik CATTEBEKE (BEL), 3) Cayak DH; Patrick SPITS (BEL).
Prijs Cartoflex, International Jumping Competition Table A, 2-Phase, Art 274.5.3 1m35
1) Triumphe De Muse; David Jobertie (FRA), 2) Omar LB; Harry Smolders (NED), 3) Flash Du Arcos; Andres Rodriguez (VEN)
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News Headlines 4th July 2004

horse The French rider Cedric Angot wins in CSI San Sebastián
San Sebastián. 3 de julio.- The second day of the International Show Jumping of San Sebastian has returned to leave good results for the French riders.
The rider Cedric Angot has raised with the victory on the horse "Hadji D'Elle" in the fourth competition which has taken place at the Spanish Internacional wich is taking place until tomorrow, sunday. The Spanish rider, Alfredo Fernández Durán had to conform to the second place. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping Result : IJM Timberframe Grand Prix League - Smyth Wins At Omagh
REIGNING national Grand Prix league champion Peter Smyth continued his steady climb up the 2004 rankings with a win at Omagh, Co. Tryone, today (Saturday).
Now lying fourth with 50 points, Strabane-born Smyth repeated his 2003 win at Omagh on the former trotter <Zara's Pride>, and was today just over a second ahead of Andrew Dunlop and <Cruz Forever>.
Afterwards, Smyth said: <<It's wonderful to win this Grand Prix two years in a row. The mare went really well, but third-last to jump, I was nervous right up until the end.>> Please click here for further details

Margie Engle Wins The Golden Arrow Open Jump-off at 35th Annual Lake Placid Horse Show
Lake Placid, NY—July 3, 2004—Margie Engle of Wellington, FL rode Nobility to victory in the Golden Arrow 1.45m Open Jump-off Saturday at the 35th annual Lake Placid Horse Show.
Engle was one of only four from the starting field of 24 to qualify for the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 14-jump, first-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds. She was the third of the four to try the seven-jump tiebreaker, riding immediately after Christine Tribble of Suffield, CT who took the class lead with a clean jump-off ride in 37.882 seconds on Vegas. Engle, the Sydney Olympic veteran who has been a Grandprix champion in Lake Placid six times, beat Tribble’s time, finishing in 34.549 seconds for the win. Third place went to Ramiro Quintana of Argentina who finished the jump-off with four faults in 34.735 seconds on LaBelle. Please click here for further details
Israel announces Fei World Reining Masters Series qualifier as Reining clinic is held at Alonim Ranch, Israel by Martin Larcombe
June 26, 2004 – Martin Larcombe, who slid Arc Oak Enterprise (Surprise Enterprise x Sophie Oak) to the NRHA World Open Reserve Championship last year, flew to Israel after winning the 100,000 Euro Open at the WRT held in France. The reason for the native Australian trainer, now based in Italy at Cisal QH, to board an Israeli-bound plane was to hold a five day clinic organized by the Israel Western Committee – the committee in breast of the Israel Equestrian Federation, the governing body of equestrian sports recognized by the FEI. Held in the beautiful facility of Alonim Ranch, the clinic drew over 50 of the top Israeli riders eager to improve their reining abilities Please click here for further details
A new magazine for New Zealand owners of thoroughbred racehorses has been launched.
It is hoped the publication, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racehorse Owner, will help lift the profile of the nation’s estimated 11,000 owners. The magazine is the voice of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Federation.
Federation members have in recent months been focused on reinvigorating the organisation, with plans to build membership and, with that, hopes of a greater voice within the industry.
The magazine will not only profile the nation’s owners, but also raise issues of concern to those with a stake in thoroughbred racehorses.
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Show Jumping - Coyle Third At Miese
CONTINUING his good run of form at the two-star event at Miese, Belgium, Ireland's Trevor Coyle tonight (Friday) took a third place in the 1m45 jump-off class.
Once again riding <Overtime>, the Dungannon-born rider jumped a double clear, and was just under two seconds behind Dutch winner, Mathys Van Asten. Yesterday (Thursday) Coyle placed sixth in the 1m40 class at Miese.
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Show Jumping - Fearon Fourth At Neuendorf
Competition 6. SAECO Challenge 1m40
International Show Jumping Table A small tour
1) L.B. Scutt; Willi Melliger (SUI), 2) Sensation B; Pierre Kolly (SUI), 3) Lulu; Nadine Traber (SUI), 4) Cermit 3; Neal Fearon (IRL)
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