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20th December 2003

Manchester Man Convicted of Pony Cruelty
Today, Thursday 18th December in Wigan Magistrates Court a local man was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Frosty, a 13 hh pony in his possession.
Tom Gotheridge, 69, of Abbey Lane, Leigh, Greater Manchester, who changed his plea to guilty just prior to the hearing, was disqualified for 5 years from having custody of equines, except for the 2 which he requires for towing his vehicle in his itinerant lifestyle.
He was also given a community punishment order of 80 hours and ordered to pay £300 prosecution costs.
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Chaka Khan and Bjorn Again to Perform at “Denim & Diamonds: Back to the Future”
Wellington, Florida – December 18, 2004 -- Well-known diva Chaka Khan will headline at the upcoming “Denim & Diamonds: Back to the Future” gala, along with the internationally-acclaimed entertainment phenomenon Bjorn Again.
Denim & Diamonds will take place on Sunday, February 15, 2004, beginning at 6:30 pm, at The South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. The gala is being held for the benefit of The United States Equestrian Foundation and The United States Equestrian Team’s efforts moving towards the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Chaka Khan’s amazing recording career has rewarded her with 8 Grammy Awards and 19 Grammy nominations. Her music touches upon the beat and sounds of rhythm & blues, jazz, pop, fusion and funk. Some of Chaka’s best-known hits are “I Feel For You”, “Chaka Khan – Chaka Khan” and a stunning remake of Michael Jackson’s “Got To Be There”. Chaka has been featured as one of the divas on VH-1’s “Divas Live” along with Cher, Tina Turner, Mary J. Blige and Whitney Houston.
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Outback/Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon® TV Pre-Event Coverage On PBS
WELLINGTON, FLORIDA – December 18, 2003 – G-STAR School of the Arts For Motion Pictures and Television has announced that their six-minute pre-event coverage of the Outback/Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon will air on December 21, 2003, on The G-STAR TV Show on PBS. The high school student-produced program is broadcast on WXEL Channel 42 (PBS) at 8:00 am on Sunday mornings and reaches 1.7 million homes.
The fourth annual Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon will be held December 27, 2003, in the Internationale Arena at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida, with net proceeds benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida.
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Dressage Results: CDI** Milan Italy 18 - 20 December 2003

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Show Jumping Hall of Fame Elects Eight Board Members
Tampa, FL—December 17, 2003—The Show Jumping Hall of Fame filled its Board of Directors when eight Directors were elected at its meeting on December 10.
John Ammerman, Brownlee Currey, Peter Doubleday, Larry Langer, Chrystine Tauber, and Marcia Williams were re-elected as Directors while Sally Ike and Fran Steinwedell were elected for the first time. These Directors join Elizabeth Busch Burke, Frank Chapot, David Distler, Eugene Mische, George Morris, Mason Phelps, Robert Ridland, and William Steinkraus who are in the midst of terms to give the Board the maximum 16 Directors allowed by the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Bylaws.
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19th December 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
18 December 2003

Brazil's Fabio Genes Crowned FEI Children's International Jumping Champion
On 26 November 2003, Pippa Funnell was awarded the UK Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Award in a ceremony held in London.
CDI-W Maastricht, Netherlands, 11-14th December 2003
Germany's Heike Kemmer cemented her lead in the FEI World Cup Western European dressage league table with a close fought victory in Maastricht.
The next leg of the FEI 2003/2004 World Cup Jumping series takes place at OLYMPIA in London from 18-22 December.
The Final of the FEI Waldfried Euro Future Cup took place in the beautifully decorated Festhalle of Frankfurt in the frame of the CSI-CDI which was organised from 10 to 14 December.
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British Horse Society makes further response to new Government consultation document on vehicle off-road access
The British Horse Society knows that riders who have to dice with death on the roads feel strongly that they should not have to worry about encountering motor vehicles on public rights of way (PROW). However, many such vehicles on PROW have private access rights and, as the Society understands it, these rights would not be removed by the proposed legislation.

For most riders, the issue is more about damage to the surface than the surprise or, occasionally, danger of meeting a motor vehicle. It would appear that the majority of damage, nationwide on all classes of PROW, derives from the exercise of private rights during the course of necessary activities, such as feeding winter stock, although there are some sites where considerable nuisance is caused by a small minority of the public.
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Norfolk Man Found Guilty of Pony Cruelty
Today, Wednesday 17th December, at Swaffham Magistrates Court, Norfolk, Clonus Jones, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a yearling piebald colt in his possession.
Jones, of Shelfanger Road, Diss changed his plea from not guilty to guilty only minutes prior to the hearing at which he was convicted. The Magistrates did not accept any of his mitigating circumstances concerning the horse and sentencing was deferred until 14 January 2004.
Following a call to the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) concerning the welfare of a pony in Diss, ILPH Field Officer Jonathon (Jacko) Jackson and Inspector Mark Neopold of the RSPCA visited the area to investigate. In Sandy Lane, Diss they found a badly emaciated coloured colt tethered around the neck by a an old car seat belt.Please click here for further details

18th December 2003
Select Sport Horse Sale
There will be a unique opportunity this January to purchase a quality sport horse just before the start of the Florida winter circuit. On January 24th and 25th, the Ridge Farm and Dobber Stables will present The Intercontinental Sport Horse Sales at the Ridge Farm in Palm Beach Point East in Wellington, Florida. This exceptional auction is fashioned after the Holsteiner sales in Germany, and is a type of sale seldom seen in the United States.
"This is a really nice way to present high class horses," said Nona Garson, owner of the Ridge. "The auction is coming at an opportune time, just at the beginning of the Florida circuit. Buy your show horse at the auction on Sunday and go to the horseshow on Wednesday."
The horses will all be high-caliber sport horses, primarily hunters and jumpers. This is a select sale. An elite panel of horsemen will examine horses submitted for the auction. They will select horses for the auction that satisfy their standards for confirmation and performance. In addition, a panel of veterinarians will pre-vet and x-ray all the horses and reject any horses they judge unsuitable for the discipline. People who want to have their own veterinarian exam a horse can do so prior to the auction. Please click here for further details

British Horse Society helps to launch Welsh Equine Council
In response to discussions held in the Principality, The British Horse Society in Wales (BHS Cymru) has helped to launch the Welsh Equine Council (Cyngor Ceffylau Cymraeg) and to provide the initial secretariat; funding support for development of this Council has been received from the Wales Tourist Board.
The Council has been established to encompass all equine organisations within Wales. It will enable members to join together and speak with one voice on issues relating to equestrianism, particularly when there is a need to lobby the Welsh Assembly or campaign specifically within the Principality with funding organisations such as the Sports Council for Wales.
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Cambridgeshire Family Banned for Life for Pony Cruelty
Today, Wednesday 17 December, at Ely Magistrates Court, Sandra Rose Loveridge 38, her husband George Robert Loveridge 37, and his father John William Smith, 71 of Littleport, Cambridgeshire were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to 2 ponies in their possession.

Mr & Mrs Loveridge, of 31 Parsons Lane, Littleport, Ely, and Mr John William Smith, who all pleaded not guilty to the charges, were disqualified from keeping horses for life, and ordered to pay £400 costs each. The Court placed a confiscation order on the mare and foal that survived because the defendants showed a complete lack of awareness of the care and welfare that these ponies needed and no remorse that their negligence had led to the death of one of them.
At the end of February this year ILPH Field Officer, Jonathan (Jacko) Jackson was driving along the A10 at Littleport when he saw some ponies in a field beside the road that looked underweight. Please click here for further details
horse Breaking Down Rural Business Barriers
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has written to Chancellor Gordon Brown urging him to address inequalities in the current tax system that force extra burdens onto rural businesses.
CLA Regional Director North, Douglas Chalmers says: "Diversification into non-agricultural activities is essential for the survival of many farm businesses and the growth of the rural economy. But the distinctions between different types of operations made by the current tax regime is a major hindrance to many country businesses, which are becoming increasingly mixed in nature."
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Saddle Fit Database Established
WOODSIDE, CA – Dec. 18, 2003
Why do so many saddles NOT “FIT”? Have you ever purchased a saddle that “FITS”? How did you do that? Has anyone ever told you that the saddle fits the horse, but a little later you find that the saddle does not fit? How did that happen?, provider of the only horse and saddle measurement instruments that employ the “scientific method”, have launched a new Saddle Fit Database to answer the question: “Why do so many saddles not fit?
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U.S. Equestrian Accepting Bids To Host FEI World Children's Jumping Final
U.S. Equestrian has received notification from the FEI to request bids to host the 2004 FEI World Children’s Jumping Final.
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Call Now For A Tasty Bird This Christmas
As Christmas day fast approaches and our thoughts turn to preparing the most important meal of the year, no festive plan would be complete without the centrepiece of the British culinary year, the turkey.
Though British households will consume ten million turkeys this Christmas, it may come as a surprise that the popular bird, uniquely associated with British festive celebrations, originates from America.
Several stories claim to explain exactly how Britons began their relationship with the characterful animal, but we do know for certain that it first arrived in the 16th Century. The turkey achieved a position of favour (and flavour!) with loving support from Royalty such as George II, who kept a flock at Richmond Park.
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Blood-Horse Publications Announces Acquisition Of 3101 Beaumont Centre Circle
LEXINGTON, KY - Blood-Horse Publications announces the acquisition of a new building which will serve as the company's new corporate headquarters. The 46,000 square foot building, built in 1995, is located at 3101 Beaumont Centre Circle on land that was originally part of the historic 4,000-acre Beaumont Farm. The Lexington-based multimedia publisher expects to relocate to its new facility in March of 2004.
The new location is at the intersection of New Circle and Harrodsburg roads, about two miles from the company's present location at 1736 Alexandria Drive. Blood-Horse has occupied these offices since 1965.
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17th December 2003

British Horse Society issues advice over Strangles outbreak
The British Horse Society has received reports of an outbreak of Strangles in Cumbria. Cases have been unofficially confirmed in the county.
Strangles is an infection of the equine lymph glands. The swollen glands can restrict the airways, hence the name 'strangles'. It is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus Equi and is highly infectious and contagious. The disease is more prevalent and more serious than many horse owners appreciate.

Whilst Strangles is not a notifiable disease, it is strongly advised that owners and carers should be responsible and inform other horse owners of any suspected or confirmed cases as a matter of courtesy to help prevent further spread of this disease. The incubation period is usually about a week but may take as long as two weeks before any clinical signs are shown.
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NFU On The Hunt For Big Game In The Countryside
The NFU is on the hunt for big game in the British countryside with a survey of farmers to find out if there are wild cats on the loose.
NFU's members are being questioned about mysterious big cat sightings through the NFU's membership magazine, British Farmer and Grower, which has a circulation of 60,000.
It is the first time Britain's farming community has been involved in such a survey and stems from increasing reports of unidentifiable puma-like creatures roaming the fields of Britain.
Farmers are being asked to contact the British Big Cats Society, which is already conducting research among the public about sightings of unidentified creatures.
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Kentucky Equine Management Internship Program Announces Michelle Fuerniss Scholarship Fund
Scholarship created in memory of 17-year-old groom who died earlier this week from horse-related injury sustained while working at Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farm
LEXINGTON, KY - At the request of friends of the Michelle Fuerniss family, the Kentucky Equine Management Internship Program (KEMI) has established a "Michelle Fuerniss Scholarship Fund" in memory of Michelle Fuerniss, a 17-year-old groom who died from chest trauma at the University of Kentucky Hospital on Monday. Miss Fuerniss was kicked in the chest on Monday morning while working at Steeple Hill Farm in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
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16th December 2003
British Open Offers Wild Card Qualifiers
An amazing opportunity for two British riders to join some of the best show jumpers in the world at the British Open Show Jumping Championships 2004 has been offered by organisers Grandstand Event Management. An inaugural qualifier will be held at the Addington Classic in March offering two riders the chance to join the top twelve ranked British riders together with leading foreign riders at the show case event in Sheffield next Easter.
The British Open, launched last April was heralded a great success by the media, riders and public alike. The 2004 event will take place from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th April and once again features a feast of equestrian entertainment including some of the best displays ever seen and world class show jumping with a prize fund of over £160,000.Please click here for further details
horse Brilliant second victory for Rodrigo Pessoa at CSI**** A Coruna
- Two years after his initial win at Casas Novas, the Brazilian rider recovers the coveted trophy of the Gran Premio Telefonica after a clean round in 43,83 seconds, ahead of Germany’s Marco Kutscher.
- With a total purse of 172.000 euros, the Gran Premio Telefonica is the most desired win of this four star show attended by 74 riders from 11 countries.
- CSI**** Casas Novas ends today, following three days of intense activity.
A Coruna (SPAIN). December 10, 2003.- After the excitement of his key win at CSI-W Geneva just a week ago, last night Brazilian rider Rodrigo Pessoa made a brilliant effort with his young horse “Hermes St. Lois” and pulled off a clean round in 43,83 seconds, winning back the Gran Premio Telefonica at the CSI**** A Coruna taking place this weekend in Spain. “ Hermes St. Lois promises to be my star horse for future competitions”, he noted contentedly after the day’s competition. He carries home 50.000 euros in prize money just for this one win, which added to his two other placements, total nearly 52 thousand euros. And there is still one more day of competition. Please click here for further details
Outback/Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon® Teams Announced
WELLINGTON, FLORIDA – December 15, 2003 – The Outback/Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon has announced the members of the four teams that will compete on December 27, 2003, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds in Wellington, Florida. The three-phase event features dressage, show jumping and polo. The teams are:
DENIM & DIAMONDS: Jimmy Torano, Ruth Hogan-Poulsen, and Mike Azzaro.
RV SALES OF BROWARD: Nona Garson, Bent Jensen, and Martin Estrada.
INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB PALM BEACH: Candice King, Lynda Alicki, and Luis Escobar.
EQUIDRY DISTRIBUTIONS, LLC: Aaron Vale, Shawna Harding, and Gabriel Crespo.
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Miami Projects and Debbie Stephens
WELLINGTON, FLORIDA-January 17th and 18th:
The Winter Equestrian Festival would like to announce on the weekend of January 17th and 18th a fundraising event to raise the awareness to cure paralysis. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nick Buoniconti Fund and benefit The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and Jackson Memorial Hospital will be working with the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival to provide proper health care to our equestrians.
Last year Grand Prix rider Debbie Stephen's was critically injured from a fall from her horse. During the first 48 hours of her injury Debbie received improper care which could have ended her career as a professional athlete. Debbie attributes her proper care and rehabilitation to The Miami Project and Dr. Bartholomew Green, "It is long overdue that the equestrian community has the accessibility to top physicians after an injury to rehabilitate them and get them back to their competitive state, and The Miami Project will provide this for all of us." After Debbie's injury last year she has dedicated herself to raise the awareness for a cure for paralysis and the immediate need to bring proper healthcare to the equestrian community nationwide, "It is inevitable that we are going to get hurt, but it is not inevitable that we need to be delayed by improper care."
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Equus Receives Award For Overall Excellence
EQUUS magazine, published by Primedia, is the recipient of the Daniel P. Lenehan Trophy, awarded for overall excellence at the 2003 USA Equestrian Media Awards.
The 2003 honorees represent a full spectrum of media outlets, including print and broadcast journalism. Established in 1993 as part of the “Making Strides for Equestrian Sports” marketing campaign, the USA Equestrian Media Awards are designed to acknowledge and encourage outstanding efforts by the media to promote understanding and appreciation of equestrian sports in the United States.
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Vote For Equestrian Of The Year
Equestrian media is invited to participate in the selection of the 2003 USA Equestrian of the Year. Please cast your ballot for one of the seven Equestrians of Honor who are the finalists for this distinguished award. When you return your ballot, please include your name and publication. Please return your ballot no later than Tuesday, December 23, 2003 Please click here for further details

Show Jumping Results: CSI**** La Coruna Spain 12-14 December 2003
CAIXA GALICIA International Jumping Competition
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15th December 2003

FEI World Cup Dressage : CDI-W Maastricht, Netherlands, 11-14th December 2003
Germany's Heike Kemmer cemented her lead in the FEI World Cup Western European dressage league table with a close fought victory in Maastricht today. Less than one point separated Kemmer and Bonaparte, a now nine-year-old Hannoverian gelding found by her father Joachim as a foal, from local heroine Anky van Grunsven riding Gestion Salinero. This was the Olympic champion van Grunsven's first international grand prix competition in a year where most of her time has been spent recovering from a serious thigh fracture sustained in a training accident at home. With Isabell Werth, Kemmer's team mate on the gold-medal winning German European squad, in third place on her young talent Satchmo, the top three riders performed at a very high level on exciting young horses.

Ground Jury President Stephen Clarke (GBR) commented: " The top three were very close. Bonaparte showed beautiful basic work with wonderful extended trots, but could show more expression still in piaffe and passage. Anky and Salinero showed brilliant interpretation of the music and Isabell's Satchmo was so expressive - the test had real highlights."
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horse Winter Weight-Watching
While some horses experience weight-loss during the winter, have you found that your horse is actually gaining weight over the same period or is still looking 'a bit too well'? If so, you might like to consider that any of the following reasons may be contributing to the problem:
" Reduced workloads
" More time spent indoors
" A natural tendency to gain weight
" Being a 'good-doer'
" The feed provided is over-compensating for the lack of grazing available
However, a healthy weight can be achieved and maintained during the winter period by providing your horse with restricted amounts of forage topped up with a low calorie high-fibre feed. This will supply all the essential nutrients your horse requires, but avoid the higher levels of energy (calories) found even in many 'low energy' mixes. A balanced low starch diet is also beneficial for most horses in the winter, and for stabled will help avoid some of the problems that can occur as a result of spending less time in the field . Please click here for further details

Show Jumping Results: CSI**** Maastricht Netherlands 11-14 December 2003
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Cowboy Music & Poetry on CMT!!!
A CMT film crew came to the Anadarko, Oklahoma area to film the "Keepin' It Cowboy 3rd Annual Christmas Show" to be included in a CMT Holiday Special and will air from December 5th to December 25th. Jo Hargrave, host of "Keepin' It Cowboy", has produced the 2 hour radio show and Sunday Morning Cowboy Gospel Program from the KJON studios for 5 1/2 years and was voted the Academy of Western Artists 2003 DJ of the Year in Fort Worth, Texas in July.
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Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Frankfurt Germany 11-14 December 2003
Last Chance, Show Jumping Kl.S* - International
1) Pollux 78; Thomas Holz (GER)
2) Royale Bonheur; Elad Yaniv (GER)
3) Ussul; Heiko Schmidt (GER)
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14th December 2003
Derby House To Sponsor British Riding Clubs National Championships
IN an exciting development, Derby House is to sponsor the British Riding Clubs National Championships in 2004.
Each year the championships attract more than 1,500 competitors who have qualified at Area Qualifiers held around the country and in Northern Ireland throughout the spring and summer.
The Derby House British Riding Clubs National Championships take place at the Lincolnshire Showground which provides superb facilities. The 2004 event will be held on September 11 and 12.
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Lennon Fourth At Maastricht
IRISH World Champion show jumper Dermott Lennon took a fourth tonight (Saturday) in the major speed class at Maastricht in the Netherlands.
Though his main horse <Liscalgot> is still out of action, Dermott has been acquitting himself well on the European circuit with his second string horses, and tonight rode the eight yr-old Cavalier Royale bay gelding <I Caesar> into fourth at the indoor venue, a fraction of a second behind Germany's Tim Hoster.
The class was won by Dutch rider Willem Greve on the stallion <KarandasJ>, while the other Irish contender Jessica Kurten slotted her veteran campaigner <Paavo N> into equal 15th place. Please click here for further details


Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Frankfurt Germany 11-14 December 2003
Internationales Championat von Frankfurt, International Show Jumping Kl.S***
) Just Do It 8; Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER), 2) Cantaro 11; Soren von Ronne (GER), 3) Lucie 55; Lars Nieberg (GER)
Sattlerei Gronke Prize, International Show Jumping Kl.S* with Bonus and Additional Bonus
1) Emily 12; ReneTebbel (GER), 2) Fighting Alpha 3; Lars Nieberg (GER), 3) Gestut Annahof's Samos; Manfred Marschall (GER)
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