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27th December 2003
Tea for Two With Tony!
Well-known actor Anthony Stewart Head is auctioning tea for two at The Savoy Hotel in London with two tickets for his latest play, Peter Pan, in aid of HorseWorld. The address for the online auction is (, and the auction closes on January 8th 2004.
Anthony Stewart Head, better known to millions of fans as Giles from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, will host the tea on 6th February. This is an amazing opportunity for two people to have tea with Anthony before going on to watch him in his latest play at The Savoy Theatre, London. Please click here for further details
horse Spillers Response Open Eventing Forum
WHAT: An unmissable opportunity for serious competition riders. International riders, trainers and judges will be passing on their equestrian expertise at the world’s first Open Eventing Forum. The purpose of the Forum is to share training techniques and ideas, so that everyone can improve or hone their riding and training skills. As a result rider and horse safety will be enhanced.
WHEN: January 22nd 2004
WHERE: Addington Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire.
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horse Give time to two private members' Bills to stop the taxpayer footing more hunting bills
"The Government should give time to two private members' Bills on wild mammal welfare - one in the House of Commons and one in the Lords - rather than wasting more taxpayers' money on a Hunting Bill that will never be acceptable to Parliament," warns Mark Hudson, President of the Country Land and Business Association.
The CLA has worked determinedly to promote the principles behind these Bills - the only sensible alternative to a hunting ban. The Bills are identical and aim to give wild mammals a similar level of protection to that enjoyed by pets and farmed animals.
Mark Hudson continues: "Now that the Government's Hunting Bill has failed, the CLA is calling on Government not to introduce yet another Hunting Bill in 2004 as is rumoured. Instead, time should be invested in the only realistic alternative on offer. Please click here for further details
26th December 2003

Veteran Horse Society Supreme Champion 2003/4 : Hudson Bay aged 30
Judges Colin Roberts and Rob Buckley took over 40 minutes to decide the overall winner of this years Veteran Horse Society Supreme Final at Olympia on Sunday 21st December, and it went to Hudson Bay, an ex-police horse. A stunning Cleveland Bay x Thoroughbred gelding aged a remarkable 30 years old.
Hudson Bay competed at their local V.H.S. Area Qualifier and went on to win the Welsh Regional Final in September to get to the Supreme Final at Olympia. Despite now living just outside the Welsh Border, he previously lived at a HAPPA stables in Gwent.
Over 2,000 veteran horses and ponies took part in this competition in 2003 and just 10 went through to Olympia. The Veteran Horse Society held over 468 classes nationwide to find their Champion and Hudson Bay is not only a stunning example of what the Society stands for but again shows that even after rehabilitation an elderly horse can achieve remarkable results in and out of the ring, he will now hold the Minty Memorial Trophy for the next 12 months.
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Exciting Developments for the International Association of Equine Dentistry
San Diego, California – The International Association of Equine Dentistry (IAED) recently held its 2003 Annual Conference from November (6-9) in San Diego, California.
As a body dedicated to educating equine dental professionals as well as the public in the field of equine dentistry, the IAED offered a wide variety of seminars at its 17th annual conference. Practical demonstrations and instructional wet labs were offered as well as both educational and scientific lectures. Addresses were also given on manual and motorized dentistry techniques.
A mission statement aimed at the further development of the equine dentistry profession were discussed at the AGM, as were plans to raise the profile of the IAED by having an educational booths at various trade fairs, including the popular and well-attended Equine Affaire to be held March 25-28 in Columbus, Ohio.
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25th December 2003

FEI World Cup Driving in Mechelen
The third competition of the FEI World Cup Driving takes place during the Flanders Christmas Horse Show in Mechelen, Belgium from 26 to 30 December 2003. Mechelen also hosts the FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage. Seven drivers will compete in Mechelen on 26 and 27 December, amongst which two wild cards. Achille Snoeys, the 59-year old driver from Oostmalle, also competed in the Nekkerhal last year, where he drove his team of Nonius horses to the seventh place. Snoeys is a well-known face in the international driving circuit. He represented Belgium many times at Championships and CAIO¹s, such as in Aachen 2003 where he was member of the golden team. Valère Standaert has been given the second wild card. Standaert was member of the silver medal winning team at the World Championships in 1994 and helped Belgium win the gold medal in 1996. Standaert came third at this year¹s national Championships and he will compete in Mechelen with his team of German and Belgian warmblood horses. Please click here for further details

horse Irish Sport Horse Studbook claims top placing in the Eventing rankings of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses 2002/2003 for the 9th successive year
For the 9th successive year the Irish Sport Horse Studbook was the leading studbook in the Eventing Rankings of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses 2002/2003. The Irish Sport Horse Studbook topped the rankings with a total of 1104 points, well clear of the Selle Francais (2nd) and Hannoverian (3rd) studbooks with 737 and 534 points respectively.
In the Showjumping rankings of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses 2002/3 the Irish Sport Horse Studbook was placed 6th, moving up a rank from last years 7th placing. The top six Irish Sport Horses in the 2002/3 Showjumping rankings were:
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24th December 2003

British Horse Society launches e-newsletter
The UK's largest and most influential horse charity, The British Horse Society, launched its first ever e-newsletter today (Tuesday 23 December 2003).
Entitled British Horse online, to tie in with the Society's membership magazine, British Horse, the new e-newsletter offers up to date information on the Society, including campaigns, news from head office and around the regions and provides advice for horse lovers on topical issues, such as horse and tack thefts.
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USEF Announces Show Jumping Selectors for 2004 Olympic Games Selection
Gladstone, New Jersey—December 22, 2003—U.S. Equestrian (USEF) has announced the three selectors plus two alternates who will participate in the Show Jumping selection process for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
The Selectors for 2004 are veteran Grand Prix riders Michael Endicott of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; Eric Hasbrouck of Bedford, NY; and Lisa Jacquin of Wayne, PA, who is a two-time Olympic veteran.
The alternate selectors are USET veterans Ray Texel of Bedford, NY, and Rich Fellers of Wilsonville, OR, a team Bronze Medalist at the 1991 Pan American Games. Please click here for further details
If you’ve got a horse, and you’ve got a legal problem, now you’ve got a friend who’s a lawyer.
Rachel Kosmal McCart, founder of Equine Legal Solutions, Inc., based in San Jose, CA, has joined The Information Team at If you’ve got a problem you think has legal implications, ask Rachel for help. The question and advice are free.
The Information Team is made up of a nutrition specialist, a world class horse trainer, a veterinarian and now a lawyer. The team is there to help you with your horses. Log onto and then in the main menu, click on The Information Team…you are at the right place to get answers.
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23rd December 2003
Legendary Pepiniere Stables to Continue Under Young Forces
St. Lazare, Quebec – Thanks to Mike Lawrence and Angela Covert, the legendary Pepiniere Stables in St. Lazare, QC, will continue to operate as one of Canada’s premiere equestrian training and show facilities.
In the spring of 2003, the equestrian community was saddened by the loss of Gladys Adam, 69, who, for decades, had developed and coached some of Canada’s most prolific show jumping athletes and offered world-class show jumping competitions at Pepiniere Stables. By purchasing the 38-stall facility on December 8, 2003, Lawrence and Covert have ensured that the equestrian facility will live on through the operation of their business, Eastwood Equine Inc.
“We had a lot of respect for Gladys as a horsewoman and want to continue the strong tradition that she established,” noted Lawrence. “One of her greatest legacies is the horse show that she established and we intend to carry on that tradition by using primarily the same management team.”
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USEF Approves Modifications to USET Show Jumping Computer List
Gladstone, NJ—December 22, 2003—U. S. Equestrian (USEF) has approved modifications to the selection procedure for CSIO/CSI competition that is based on the weekly USET Show Jumping Computer List.
A summary of significant changes follows:
One horse per rider will be included in determining a class’s value. In the case of a class in which riders are permitted to ride more than one horse, the rider’s highest ranking horse from the most recent horse/rider list will be the one to add value to the class.
For all classes held outside the United States which will be included on the USET Computer Ranking System, class values will be determined using the same system as that used for classes taking place in the United States.
Points will still age each week until they are 39 weeks old when they “age out,” but will be slowed according to the following system:
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22nd December 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
FEI World Cup Jumping - Iron Maiden Takes Control In Olympia
In a thrilling 13-horse jump-off, British-born German rider Helena Weinberg claimed maximum points at the sixth leg of the FEI World Cup Jumping series in Olympia today.
The show in the heart of London was completely booked out even before it began last Wednesday night and the capacity crowd were on the edges of their seats this afternoon as they enjoyed a real cliff-hanger of a competition which just kept more exciting by the moment.

Belgium’s Jos Lansink was first to go against the clock but lowered the fourth fence, so it was Peter Wylde who set the early pace when clear with Fein Cera in 37.94 seconds. Michael Whitaker was next into the ring however and a scorching run from Portofino shaved over a second off that target-time.
Sweden’s Maria Gretzer and Cinderella returned with eight faults on the board but Belgium’s Ludo Philippaerts really increased the pressure when Parco broke the beam to take the lead in 35.59 seconds. Afterwards Ludo said he knew that might not be fast enough but added "I could not have gone faster than I did – my horse is not naturally so quick". Please click here for further details
Gray Successful At Euro Cup Final
Mary-Haskins Gray, of Greensboro, NC, represented the United States at the Waldfried Euro Cup Final held December 11 – 14, in Frankfort, Germany.
Gray and her 10-year-old Russian Budenny gelding, Fregat (Fakir – Rampa) placed 3rd in the first round of competition with a 66.67%, 4th in the second round with 67.13% and 3rd in the musical freestyle with 70.33%.
Page Gray, mother of Mary-Haskins Gray, said she was proud of our Young Rider Program and the efforts of those to help the upcoming riders to gain valuable international competition experience. Please click here for further details
2004 Dressage Tests Now Available
The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) has issued new 2004 Dressage Tests for the following levels, effective January 1, 2004
Please note the Young Rider Individual Test has been cancelled, and should be replaced with the Prix St. Georges Test (2000). The FEI Junior Tests (2003) have NOT been changed and will remain in effect for 2004. These new test versions must be used by all U.S. Equestrian-recognized dressage competitions beginning January 1, 2004. Please click here for further details
21st December 2003

Christmas Aid to Horses in South African Townships
An international horse welfare charity is rushing much needed aid to Cape town townships where the horse population is being struck down with equine 'flu.
The ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) has responded to a request from the Cart Horse Protection Association in Cape Town and is sending £4,500 which will buy 1,000 vaccines to protect township working horses.

Says Ian Kelly, International Training Manager at the ILPH, "The vaccines that we are providing will give these working horses a much greater chance of survival against the flu epidemic, thus ensuring that they will be able to continue their work to provide an income to support very poor families."
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Irish Rider Second In Grand Prix Kur - Milan Masters CDI** Italy
Irish international rider Anna Merveldt-Steffens finished off her 2003 season on a high note when taking 2nd place in the Grand Prix Kur (Freestyle to Music) with the 10 year old German bred mare Hera on a score of 67.99% at the Milan Masters CDI** in Italy today (Saturday 20th December 2003).
The Grand Prix Kur was won by Birgit Wientzek Plage on Sappalot with a score of 70.61%. It was a double for the Swiss rider as she had won the Grand Prix on Thursday (18th December 2003) as well. Fellow Swiss competitor Hansruedi Geissmann on Florian XII took third place on a score of 66.77%
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Safety Seminar To Be Held At U.S. Equestrian Meeting
U.S. Equestrian will be offering a Safety Seminar Friday, January 16, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, as part of the 2004 U.S. Equestrian Annual Meeting being held January 14 – 18, 2004, at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles, CA.
The U.S. Equestrian Safety Seminar will be a forum for an exchange of the rules and information regarding a wide array of safety related topics: headgear and concussions; medical coverage for competitions; equine liability statutes; weather issues, motorized vehicles on competition grounds, barn safety, and safety in warm-up areas.
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Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Milan Italy 18 - 21 December 2003
Class No.3, 1m50 Mixed Class
COMPETITION NO.7, International Show Jumping 1m60 Power Competition
1) BAROLO; CHIAUDANI, Natale (ITA), =2) CONDUCT; SWAIL, Conor (IRL), =2) IRON ; RIARIO SFORZA, Alessandro (ITA)
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Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
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