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11th October 2003

FEI World Cup Jumps Into Action!
Helsinki in Finland plays host to the opening leg of the Western European League 2003/2004 FEI World Cup Jumping season on Sunday 19 October.
The series, first staged in 1978, will be celebrating its 26th year but without the guiding hand of long-time Director, Max Ammann, who stepped aside after producing the latest World Cup Media Guide which will be in circulation within the next few weeks.
So its going to be an historic new beginning this season, although Max’s tremendous legacy lives on.
For the first time ever the final will be staged in Italy when Milan’s Fila-Forum opens it’s doors from 21 to 25 April 2004 but, before that, there will be 14 tough qualifying rounds
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SCOPE elite auction on 4 November
An outstanding selection of foals and 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds will be offered for sale at the second SCOPE elite auction on Tuesday 4 November at the Kill International Equestrian Centre in County Kildare, Ireland.
Carefully chosen by the SCOPE Selection Committee and subjected to a strict health exam (and x-rays for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds), the 29 entries have outstanding
Irish, warmblood, and thoroughbred bloodlines and exceptional potential for exciting careers in sport. Every horse has been born in Ireland and is registered
with either the Irish Horse Board or the KWPN. Bloodlines of the selected horses include Aldato, Aldatus Z, Carrabawn View, Cavalier Royale, Clover
Hill, Condios, Coolcorran Cool Diamond, Cruising, Diamond Serpent, Dow Jones Courcel, Ekstein, Errigal Flight, and Master Imp xx.
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The Veteran Horse Society again win a National Award for their Website
The Veteran Horse Society has again gained a major award in the E-commerce Awards for the UK.
They received Highly Commended for their Section in the Voluntary and Community Sector on the E-Commerce Awards 2003. Emma Holland the Web Manager for the Society is extremely pleased and honoured to get second place in the Awards. Emma spoke today of her achievement 'The winner of our section is another excellent site, and I am delighted that again I have obtained another award for the society. We all work unpaid with no expenses as we all believe in the Society, we are all delighted it has grown so very quickly, this is also thanks to the support of Members and very much appreciated donations'.
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horse Introducing the 2003/2004 L’Annee Hippique
In cooperation with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), BCM proudly presents the 2003/2004 edition of L’Annee Hippique.
Profiling the year in equestrian sport, L’Annee Hippique provides a detailed report of the competition season. Every FEI discipline is covered including show jumping, dressage, three day eventing, endurance, driving and reining. The 2003/2004 edition of L’Annee Hippique also contains countless feature articles and breeding profiles, making it a must-have item for every equestrian enthusiast.
For the competition year 2003, the USET’s Gold Medal performances in dressage and show jumping at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, are covered with in-depth reporting and photography. European Championships, World Cup Finals, the World Breeding Championships for Young Horses and the World Driving Championships are all reported on with close attention to detail.
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FEI Requesting Bids To Host Driving Championship
USA Equestrian has received notification from the FEI requesting bids for the 2005 Seniors World Championship for Driving Singles, Pairs and Team Ponies. Deadline for submission is November 30th.
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CCI*** Boekelo, Netherlands, 9 - 12 October 2003
Team standings after Dressage 9/10 October
1) France, 2) Germany, 3) Great Britain, 4) Sweden, 5) Italy, 6) New Zealand, 7) Netherlands, 8) Ireland, 9) USA
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USA Equestrian Executive Committee Meeting Available Via Webcast
A meeting of the USA Equestrian Executive Committee is scheduled for Monday, October 13, at 4:00 PM (ET).
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10th October 2003
Veteran Horse Society is now issuing passports from just £5.00
The Veteran Horse Society is now issuing passport to all horses and ponies no matter what age. As an organisation dedicated to the welfare of horses, they are able to keep the cost affordable for all horse owners, as all their staff work voluntary and any profits or donations go directly to their rehabilitation centre in Pembrokeshire.
Louise Goldsmith has recently taken the post as V.H.S. Passport Officer and said from the Society's Head Office 'The response has been amazing we sent over 2,000 applications out last week alone.
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horse Scott Stewart Wins 2003 Monarch International's Show Circuit Magazine Professional WCHR Title At Capital Challenge
October 6 -- Upper Marlboro, MD -- Scott Stewart's wide grin and dancing eyes said it all after he won the 2003 Monarch International's Show Circuit Magazine Professional World Championship Hunter Rider title on October 3rd during the eight-day Capital Challenge Horse Show at the Prince George's Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD. With this win he had set a record by claiming his third Professional WCHR title. "I'm very excited. This is a great and fun class. It highlights the hunter riders and the industry," he commented, visibly showing how happy he was to have won it again.
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Tropical Rider Announces the Release of the Nona Garson Signature Line
Big Pine Key, FL-- Tropical Rider is known for designing innovative performance apparel for serious equestrian athletes. They are pleased to announce the creation and release of The Nona Garson Signature Lineä--high quality athletic breeches designed by Olympic and World Championship team member Nona Garson.
Ms. Garson worked with Tropical Rider for almost a year to design the breeches to her discriminating taste. “We wanted to make breeches that were elegant yet suitable for the equestrian athlete,” Ms. Garson said. “These are the breeches that everyone has been waiting for.”
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Fair Hill International Welcomes 2003 Sponsors
Fair Hill, MD—October 9, 2003—The Fair Hill International Festival in the Country, which returns to the Fair Hill Natural Resources Area in Fair Hill, MD, October 23-26, is proud to welcome its 2003 family of sponsors.
Event organizers wish to extend their sincerest thanks to all the companies and individuals whose ongoing support have helped the Fair Hill International continue to be one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the United States.
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Eventing - Weston Park Horse Trials (UK) 8-12 Oct
Penalties after Dressage 8/9 October
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Wild Heart Ranch Launches New Horse Directory
October 9th, 2003 - Point Roberts, WA & Delta, B.C., - Wild Heart Ranch Inc. is pleased to announce it has acquired the horse directory and information site The directory is a complimentary addition to the Wild Heart Ranch, No More Night Mares site. The new Directory is an easy way to find the horse of your dreams. The site allows you to list horses for sale, horse businesses or share ideas with horse fans.
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Blood-Horse Publications And Eclipse Press Release New Exclusively Equine Catalog
LEXINGTON, KY - Eclipse Press, the award-winning book publishing division of Blood-Horse Publications, has released the Winter/Holiday 2003 edition of its consumer mail-order catalog, Exclusively Equine. The 40-page catalog features equine-related books and videos published by Eclipse Press along with other quality merchandise including lithographs, calendars, vintage photographs, upscale gifts, and select items for the home. Exclusively Equine customers will receive a copy of the catalog by mail and can shop by mail, by phone, or online at: Orders placed online receive a 10% discount.
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9th October 2003
horse Christmas Would Not Be Christmas Without A Few Good Films!
Horses provide the best excuses at Christmas, whether to escape the stresses of entertaining relatives or for some exercise after excess turkey. You can even avoid the endless repeats and game shows on TV with a selection of great equestrian videos and computer games from Equestrian Vision.
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horse Christmas Mapped Out For Equestrian Enthusiasts
Christmas is a great time for getting out and about. It may be cold but nothing can beat those crisp morning rides. Wrapped in your Puffa and wearing multiple pairs of socks, you can escape the hustle and bustle of the festive period and enjoy the tranquillity of the British countryside.
So if you're wondering what to buy your fellow horsy friends for Christmas and you haven't got a huge budget, then look no further. Every rider should have an Ordnance Survey Explorer map - and at only £6.99 each you can't go wrong. Whether you're riding in your local area or exploring some of the other regions of Great Britain, the right map will help you locate even the most hidden bridleways, resulting in a more satisfying and personalised escape.
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horse First Long Island Wine Classic Nets $33,000 for Eastern Long Island Hospitals
East End, Long Island, October 8, 2003: The inaugural Wine Spectator’s Long Island Wine Classic held August 23 as the kick-off party for the Hampton Classic Horse Show raised $33,000 for Eastern Long Island’s three hospitals - Central Suffolk, Eastern Long Island and Southampton. At a check presentation ceremony on Friday, October 3, the CEOs from the three hospitals each received checks for $11,000 from Marco Borghese, President of the Long Island Wine Council (LIWC) and Dennis Suskind, President of the Hampton Classic, the co-presenters of the event (Digital photo available on request).
Commenting on the donation, Annette Leahy, Southampton Hospital CEO, said: “We are very pleased with the support the Long Island wine industry has demonstrated by this event to the East End’s healthcare system. It brought the entire East End together.”
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8th October 2003
Britain's Brainiest Equine Students Tussle For Best Equine Thesis Award
Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire: Now in its fifth year, the prestigious Eqvalan Thesis of the Year Awards 2003 will be held in the Royal Pavilion at Stoneleigh Park on 1st November 2003 during the British Equine Event.
Five bright students selected from 20 equine colleges around the UK have been short listed to present their original research thesis to a panel of equine industry professionals in their attempt to win the Eqvalan Thesis of the Year Award for 2003.
The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) initiated award is designed to reward academic excellence within colleges offering equine degree courses. Each of the 20 universities approached selected their sharpest students to represent them under the close scrutiny of the Eqvalan sponsored panel of judges.
After some deliberation due to the exceptionally high standard of submissions, five entrants were chosen to go forward to the final part of the selection process.
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horse Inaugural Leinster Show Jumping Championship Series
Following the most successful ever summer league in fourteen years, the show-jumping calendar for the remainder of the season has moved indoors to the 'Kathleen Flannelly Memorial Arena at Kill International Equestrian Centre.
Last Wednesday saw the first ever show-jumping competition in the fantastic new arena, which was purpose built for the Special Olympic World Summer Games in June. Indeed, following the games the newly developed complex received rave reviews, and was hailed as the best ever venue that the games had ever seen. The arena itself is worth a visit, it has a very warm feeling to it, it's a great size to compete in, and has excellent footing, Cushion Track Supreme (Equestrian Surfaces), which has been used at the World Cup Show jumping finals in Las Vegas and The Horse of the Year Show.
"Last June was a very special time at Kill and it has been very rewarding to have received so many compliments about the games and the centres' facilities. I even received a letter from Special Olympics H.Q.s in Washington hailing 'the venue and competition were the best ever', Fintan proudly says.
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horse Irish Sport Horses compete in Malaysia, Belgium and Italy
The Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia CSI 5* took place last weekend, October 3rd to 5th. Irish Sport Horse Katie Riddle ridden by Lars Nieberg (GER) won Fridays 1m40 class, with Calvaro Star (ISH) and Samantha McIntosh (BUL) taking third. Calvaro Star (ISH) and Samantha McIntosh were also placed third in Saturdays 1m40 Accumulator class.
In Belgium, the Welkenraedt CSI 2* Grand Prix last Sunday found Swanky (ISH) and Tadayoshi Hayashi (JPN) jump double clear to take second place. Double O Seven (ISH) ridden by V. Dupret (BEL) also jumped double clear to finish just behind them in third place. Finally in Italy, Cullohill Clover (ISH) jumped in the Massazza Grand Prix, finishing fifth in the class.
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Bob Jeffreys Partnership Training for Horse & Rider
October 2003 E-Newsletter
Wouldn’t you like to be able to have your horse’s hindquarters move as the front end stand still? This is an easy and fun lesson to teach your horse and most of them can learn it in less than two hours. As a movement, it is not only impressive, but a very useful one, particularly in trail classes.
Since horses must be taught to move away from pressure (this is not something they do naturally), I start the lesson by teaching the horse to move his hindquarters to either the left or the right from the reins. This way I have a motivator (the bit) to encourage the horse to seek the correct response. Later on I’ll put a cue spot on the horse where my heel or spur will touch him to signal the turn on the forehand.
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horse Groves Wins First-Ever National Disability Sports Alliance I.P.E.C Grade IV Championship
Kingston, RI—October 7, 2003—Kathryn Groves of Winter Garden, FL, and Freek won the first-ever National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (I.P.E.C) Grade IV Championship for riders with physical disabilities. The Championship, which consisted of an Individual Championship Competition and a Musical Freestyle Competition, was held as part of Dressage at Devon, September 23-28, in Devon, PA.
Groves, who was a member of the U.S team that took sixth place at the 2003 I.P.E.C Dressage World Championships in Moorsele, Belgium, this past September, finished on top in both the Individual Championship as well as the Musical Freestyle to earn Championship honors with an overall score of 67.942%. Robin Brueckmann, of Summerfield, NC, on Richmond who also competed at the 2003 I.P.E.C World Championships, took second overall in the Grade IV Championship with a combined score of 66.401%.
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7th October 2003
horse Corral Kit Solves Lisa's Dilemma
When Lisa Hofert moved house this year her horse was no doubt delighted, because the new home came with a 3½ acre paddock. All very good, you might think, but she faced a problem, which was how to keep her horse in the paddock?
Well Lisa’s problems have been solved, thanks to Overland Marketing (the specialist equestrian distributor) and the R&R Country Store at Hemingbrough, near Selby, who ran a competition for an electric fencing kit – and Lisa won it.
A delighted Lisa said: ‘I’ve never won anything in my life before, but - as you do - I entered the competition anyway, and I was so thrilled when R&R told me I’d won this prize – it’s just what I need’.
Sue Moxon of R&R said: ‘We’re really pleased that Lisa won our competition: we’ve only been stocking the Corral kit since April, but they’re already really popular with our customers.’
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ESS Bring Expertise To British Equine Event
The UK's leading specialist Equestrian breakdown service provider, Equestrian Support Services (ESS) is bringing its expertise to this year's British Equine Event at Stoneleigh Park.
Accidents and breakdowns involving horse boxes or trailers are unfortunately all too common. It is for this reason that ESS will be holding its own Trailer Trials at this year's event. ESS is inviting visitors to visit its outdoor arena in order to test their knowledge and skills against the clock in a 4x4 with trailer, manoeuvring through a course which has been specially designed by BSM towing instructors.
The event is designed to teach visitors about the risks involved in towing, the precautions to take and how to minimise the risk of an accident or breakdown on the road. Supported by motoring organisation RAC, the trials are the first of their kind and ESS is hoping that as well as being a fun experience, they will draw drivers' attention to the many, yet often forgotten risks of travelling with a horse box or trailer.
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Don't forget to get your tickets for the Open Eventing Forum to be held at Addington Manor on Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th November. The Forum is the first of its kind and will be chaired by Yogi Breisner.
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Coluccio, Kraut, Gardner, and Bauer Lead Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Following September Events
Tampa, FL—October 3, 2003—The 2003 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series saw Evan Coluccio of Middleburg, VA; Robert Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI; Katie Gardner of Westlake Village, CA; and Fred Bauer of Millbrae, CA, holding the early autumn lead in the standings in their respective divisions.
Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series East Conference – Junior Division : Evan Coluccio of Middleburg, VA, riding Romeo, took over the lead from Melissa Orlick-Zbierski of Woodstock, IL, in the junior division of the East Conference. The move was due, in part, to a win in the $5,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the Quentin Riding Club Fall Horse Show in Quentin, PA, on September 1.
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Michael Morrissey Wins The 2003 BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-East
Gladstone, NJ – October 6, 2003 – Michael Morrissey, 18, of Bradenton, FL, captured top honors on Onyx 66 in the 2003 BET/United States Equestrian Team (USET) Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-East, held at the USET Headquarters and Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ, October 4-5.
Charlie Jayne, 17, of Elgin, IL, finished as the Reserve Champion on Tucker edging out Addison Phillips, 14, of New York, NY who came in third on Ricochet and his sister Maggie Jayne, 19, also of Elgin, IL, who was fourth on Calumet.
Morrissey, trained by Missy Clark and Gene Mische, his great uncle, topped a field of 59 riders in his second appearance at the Talent Search. Morrissey finished just out of the ribbons last time out in 2001 and was pleased with his performance this year, but found it a bit scary.
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6th October 2003
horse The Highland Pony
The Highland is the largest of the three Scottish native breeds of pony, reaching a maximum of 14.2hh (148cms) and a modern adult pony can weigh as much as 55kg. Its original environment of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, to which it is well adapted, has made it a hardy, sure-footed animal. The island ponies, because of their harsher environment tended to be smaller and lighter boned than their mainland relations. Its winter coat is thick and insulating and enables it to live outside in all weathers. It has a profuse, silky mane and tail and feathering on the legs. The summer coat is smooth.
Its strength, sure-footedness and equable temperament made it an invaluable workhorse for the crofters of Scotland who used the Highland as a multi-purpose
animal - for ploughing, forestry, riding and haulage. The sporting estates found the Highland useful for bringing deer and game from the hill and many modern day estates have reverted to the ponies as being more environmentally friendly than 4x4 vehicles. In the First World War, the Lovat Scouts used Highlands as army mounts and they were also used by the military in the Boer War. With the advent of pony trekking in Scotland in 1955, the Highland came into its own and the breed became more widely known. Nowadays, the Highland makes an excellent family pony, as it is a good all-rounder and will turn a hoof to riding, driving, dressage, jumping, cross country and long distance riding as well as being extensively used for RDA (Riding for the Disabled) work. Highlands are able to carry an adult of up to 15 stones in weight. In the Mountain and Moorland Ridden Pony of the Year at Olympia,Highlands were champion and reserve in 1999.
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Win Tickets To The Devon & Cornwall Christmas Equine Fair
Courtesy of Contour Exhibitions & Events Limited you can now win tickets to attend the event!
For a chance to win one of 4 family tickets worth £25 each, please send an email to including your name and address.
The successful Devon & Cornwall Christmas Equine Fair returns by popular demand to Westpoint, Exeter, on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November - and organisers Contour Exhibitions & Events Limited are already billing it as the biggest and best so far.
The Fair, which has been running for seven years, is well established as a highlight in the South West's equine calendar. It is a great family day out, combining superb displays with advice from the experts, and an Equine Shopping Village with over 100 exhibitors to choose from.
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Show Jumping - Crumley 7th in Athens Grand Prix
Grand Prix of Greece 1.45-1.60m
1) Landru; Emile Bicocchi (Ita), 2) Lucky S; Hannah Mytilineou (Gre), 3) Sylver Z; Rob Raskin (Aut)

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horse Grand Blossom's Premium Pollen Nutrient found to be one of natures strongest Antioxidents and Maximizes Equine Digestion
Grand Blossom's Premium Pollen Nutrient is now available in compact 30-day trial containers. Served to several legendary performance horses, pollen nutrients produced in America have been a vital source of nutrition and have been an integral part of their success. Pollen is a natural food source of more than 17 Vitamin Complexes, 16 naturally chelated minerals, over 18 amino acids, Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, 18 Enzymes & Coenzymes as well as complex carbohydrates.
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Ireland's emerging stars go for Athens Grand Prix glory
Six Irish show jumpers will take part in today's (Sunday) Athens Grand Prix - the first Grand Prix to be held at the new Olympic Equestrian Center, which will be the setting for next year's equestrian events at the Olympic Games.
The Irish contingent consists largely of a new breed of international competitors, who have carried the flag admirably since being called on for international duty while Ireland's premier squad takes a much-needed break after a demanding season of Super League Nations Cups.
The 'young guns' are joined by the current World Individual Champion Dermott Lennon, who has already taken two events at this meeting (Friday and Saturday). Lennon rides Picobello Pleasure in today's Grand Prix.
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Quigley 4th for Ireland in Athens
Kentavros Cup
1) Non Plus Ultra; Antonis Petrus (Gre), 2) Gazelle Hubert; Mateo Giunti (Ita), 3) Duc De Lande; Harry Smolders (Ned), 4) Ashdale Spirit; David Quigley (IRL)
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5th October 2003
horse Overcoming Riding Fears
WAVERLY, WV--Anyone who has ridden for any length of time would be dishonest if they told you they have never felt fear. If you have any common sense at all, you should have a certain level of "healthy fear" whenever you get on a new horse. Callit "respect" if you prefer, but there is always an awareness that the 1000-pounds or so of bone and muscle you are sitting on is, physically, more powerful than you
Horses can jump sideways in the blink of an eye, rear, buck, or reach speeds over 25 miles per hour in a matter of seconds. They are also capable of using that physical power to perform incredible athletic feats like jumping, dressage, cutting, or reining. Our desire to become partners with our horses in those athletic endeavors makes us willing to take the risk of being thrown off or finding ourselves on a panicked runaway.
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Lennon Wins Again For Ireland
For the second day running Ireland's Dermott Lennon has tasted victory in the first ever show jumping extravaganza to be held at the new Olympic Equestrian Center in Athens, which will be the scene of next year's equestrian events at the Olympic Games.
Having taken the Pegasus Speed Stakes on 'I Caesar' yesterday, the pair were in sparkling form again this morning (Saturday) to raise the Irish colours by capturing the Philippos Classic in the sweltering Greek capital.
The current World Number 1 Individual Rider, Lennon has clearly shrugged off the injury that had plagued him since winning the World Individual Crown in Jerez in 2001 - the first Irish rider ever to hold this title.
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horse Irish Draught headed for Florida
Left Irish prepares to leave his home at the Spur Ranch in Lamy New Mexico. He will be on the road for several days. Below, Stephany Fish does a half pass with Irish. With a huge bend and cross over the stallion often receives scores of 8 and better for this move. Fish plans on taking Irish to to Georgia for a clinic in early November before starting his competition schedule. Fish is hoping to compete Irish at I 1 dressage before the season ends.
Florida Dressage enthusiasts will see the first Registered Irish Draught Horse competing in dressage this winter. O'Leary's Irish Diamond left his new Mexico home October 1st. He will go into training with Stephany Fish at Pepperoot Farms in Palm City Florida. Fish, who showed Irish once in New Mexico will compete the 9 year-old in Prix St. George classes.
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