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The Knapstrupper

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Finding The Right Riding Instructor

Top News :
Funnell Wins Sunday Times Sportswoman Of The Year Award
Sponsor a Christmas Donkey
Veteran Horse Society Olympia finalists confirmed.
Historic day for The British Horse Society as Ragwort Control Bill goes through
Farmkey Freezemarks More Unusual Species
American Paint Horse Association seeks adventurers for Ride America saddle-log program
PSOA Launches Showjumping "Fun" Series For Affiliated Riders
Hang out with the in-crowd at Olympia

Horse Passport Agency Launched To Meet Huge Demand
British Horse Society comments on passport regulations

British Horse Society the first national equine body to gain government accreditation
FEI Eventing World Cup News
FEI World Cup Dressage News
FEI World Cup Jumping News
FEI World Cup Driving News
Bright Start For Equus 2004
Veteran Horse Society is now issuing passports from just £5.00
Be Seen This Winter Says BETA
Celebrity vet's mission to save the brick kiln donkeys of Cairo

Win a night to remember courtesy of PUFFA
Star-studded line-up at the British Equine Event 2003
Alternative pet gift at Christmas for young animal lovers
Federation Equestre Internationale News

17th January 2004

ILPH Ambassador to join the Funnell Factor
Following an impromptu ride by Pippa Funnell on ILPH Bob the Cob at her lecture/demo at an Equine Event in Essex last December, Bob has been invited to join her on her next tour.
Pippa, who was the first winner of the Rolex Grand Slam title last year, together with her husband, international show jumper William Funnell, will be taking their tour on the road at the end of February.
Entitled the Funnell Factor it promises an evening of high class training mixed with hilarious entertainment and will be featured at several locations around the country. Please click here for further details

Veteran Horse Society opens New Office in Surrey.
A new office has just been opened in Surrey due to success of the direct re-homing department at the Veteran Horse Society.
New appointed Senior Field Officer Karen Goodliffe, founder member of the Veteran Horse Society, will be managing the whole of the re-homing, from these new offices in Oxted.
Karen has been with the Society since the launch in 2001 and has been a Field Officer since 2002, taking into her care neglected and unwanted ponies. At one point she rescued and rehabilitated a retired riding school pony, who was so weak she could hardly walk.
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City Slickers Set For Fifth Season At Winter Equestrian Festival
WELLINGTON, FLORIDA - January 15, 2004 - For the fifth consecutive year, the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, welcomes a unique group of competitors called City Slickers. Ruth Fried, City Slicker Director who founded the group in 1993, calls the trip, "our Olympic experience." The City Slickers riding program services 100 Connecticut children aged 11 to 17 who have economic, cultural, academic, social and emotional needs. Through the generosity of Eugene R. Mische, President of Stadium Jumping, the producer of the Winter Equestrian Festival, seven City Slickers selected by Ms. Fried will compete in classes from February 14 through March 1, 2004. Stadium Jumping supplies six complimentary stalls along with bedding, feed, and all class entry fees.
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Show Jumping - Lennon Leading Rider At Dubai
AFTER a slightly lukewarm start to his weekend appearance at the Dubai International Horse Show, World Champion Dermott Lennon from Ireland took the show's Leading Rider Award today (Friday), after finishing a close second in the Dubai Grand Prix.
With a successful show behind him at Abu Dhabi last week, commentators felt that the heat of the Emirates might be affecting Lennon's horses when they arrived in Dubai, but after a faltering start, the Co. Down-born rider recovered to take equal third in the Six-Bar competition on Thursday with <I Caesar>, and tonight won the Leading Rider Award after <Impact> rode a classic double clear round, finishing less than two seconds behind Britain's William Funnel in the Grand Prix.
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You want to buy or sell an American Quarter Horse?
Then present your horse at DQHA Sale & Show in Aachen

If you want to sell your American Quarter Horse or if you are looking for one, then you should come to Aachen (Germany) on April 23 to 25. The German Quarter Horse Association organizes the Sale & Show. Horses are presented in a separate sales stable and can be shown to the public between the classes. Any American Quarter Horse is welcome - from yearling to finished horse, from green to show horse of any discipline. There is a sales catalogue. Horses will also be presented on the DQHA website
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Isla Carroll Rallies To Defeat San Saba In Overtime In Ylvisaker Cup Opener At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Eight-goaler Pancho Bensadon scored on a breakaway 17 seconds into overtime, capping an amazing comeback, to lift Isla Carroll over San Saba 12-11 in the opening game of the 22-game Ylvisaker Cup Friday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Isla Carroll scored five goals in the final 4:14, tying the game with four seconds remaining on Bensadon’s tap-in from in front of the goal in traffic.
San Saba took an 11-6 lead on Hector Galindo’s goal with 6:20 left in the final chukker.
Isla Carroll began the comeback when Tomas Del Rio scored on a breakaway with 4:14 left. Bensadon then scored three goals within a two-minute span -- a back shot and two penalty conversions – to bring Isla Carroll within one, 11-10, with 1:37 left.
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16th January 2004

Rolex Grand Slam Winner - Pippa Funnell at Equus 2004
Tickets are now on-sale for Equus – The Horse Event. Returning for its fourth year, 2004 is set to be even more exciting than previous years, and will feature a host of leading celebrities from the industry.
Pippa Funnell – 2-time defending European Champion and the first rider in history to win the Rolex Grand Slam – has announced she will be demonstrating and teaching eventing techniques at this award-winning equestrian event.
The 3-day horse show is taking place at Excel, London, from 16th – 18th April 2004, where horse enthusiasts from across the country will come together to see leading lights from the equine industry perform in the main arena. The star-studded event features world-class displays, specialist advice clinics and the very latest in equestrian products, and is fast becoming hailed as ‘The Showcase for the Sport’.
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Catamount, Bendabout Advance To Sunday's Final At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Catamount and Bendabout each registered similarly comfortable victories in the semifinals Thursday to advance to the final of the 22-goal Joe Barry Memorial polo tournament at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
The championship game will be played Sunday at 3 p.m. at the stadium field at the new International Polo Club Palm Beach.
In the first semifinal, 10-goaler Mike Azzaro and patron Scott Devon scored four goals apiece to lead Catamount (4-0) over Brigadoon 12-8. Catamount scored three consecutive goals, two by Carlos Gracida, to extend its lead to 10-6 early in the sixth chukker. A goal by Brigadoon’s Brian Prichard cut the margin to 10-7, but Devon and Ulysses Escapite answered with two goals in 90 seconds to bump the advantage to 12-7 with 2:15 remaining.
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Stefanie Powers Wows Crowds At International Polo Club Palm Beach
Actress Stefanie Powers combined two of her favorite things during a short visit to Wellington - polo and animals. She continued her passionate affair with the sport during an appearance at the new International Polo Club Palm Beach this weekend.
A long-time conservationist and animal activist, Powers was in town for the polo Sunday afternoon and to attend a private event "Into Africa" on Monday night at the polo club celebrating the return of the East African Bongo antelope to mountains in Kenya, spearheaded by the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation in Loxahatchee.
The program will establish a breeding group of 20 bongos at the Mount Kenya Game Ranch. Dr. Paul Reillo of the Rare Species Conservancy will leave in late January with the bongos to supervise the program. Within six to 10 years, offspring from the original breeding group will be slowly released into the Mount Kenya National Park. Powers is President of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation and Director of the Mount Kenya Game Ranch.
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15th January 2004

Groom Of The Year Award
Zanie Tanswell was crowned Horse & Hound Groom of The Year 2003 on Saturday 10 January at the British Horse Foundation Awards run by the Supporters of British Breeding, held at the Grange City Hotel.
The competition's sponsor, Frank Kuster of Grange hotels, presented her with a trophy and five star holiday voucher.
Zanie, who has been Pippa Funnell's groom for the past four years until recently starting a yard with her eventing partner Chris King, won the competition due to her exemplary dedication to the horses in her care, her knowledge of horse and yard management and commitment to grooming. Her standards of horse care are exceptional and undoubtedly she played a major part in the record-breaking successes achieved in 2003 by her former employer - Pippa Funnell.
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Dengie Rewards Consumer Loyalty With Promotion On New Feed Range
Dengie, the market leader in fibre feeds, is introducing a fantastic new offer to consumers of Dengie on its re-launched ranges Hi-Fi and Alfa-A. A "Collect and Save" loyalty scheme of "Buy 10 bags and get the 11th free" will be run from January to April 2004 at key UK Dengie retailers.
The offer is timed to appeal directly to horse owners during the winter months when feeding a high fibre diet is of particular importance. The product re-launch sees the award-winning* consumer favourite Hi-Fi and Alfa-A ranges introduce new formulae to extend Dengie's offering to consumers. The new Dengie Fibre Feed range includes four products under the Hi-Fi brand (Hi-Fi Original, Hi-Fi Lite, Hi-Fi Good Do-er and Hi-Fi Senior) and three under the Alfa-A brand (Alfa-A Original; Alfa-A Oil and Alfa-A Lite).
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Amazing Saddles
Your search for a new racing saddle stops right now because Zilco have just released the one that meets all your exacting requirements of hardiness, convenience, practicality and style.
The half-tree exercise saddle is the newest addition to Zilco's synthetic racing products range - a choice selection that has proven to be a phenomenal success the equine-world over.
Created with strength and durability in mind, the half-tree saddle is also extremely versatile thanks to its specialised shape which will fit nearly all horses - and always provide them with the essential protection they need over the wither area. Its three-dimensional structure also means that it can withstand all sorts of bending and creasing, tearing and ripping.
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The 53rd Annual Garden State Horse Show Returns, May 5-9, 2004
AUGUSTA, NJ—January 14, 2004—The 53rd annual Garden State Horse Show returns to the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ, May 5-9, 2004. Presented by the Junior Essex Troop, Inc., the Garden State Horse Show is the largest horse show in New Jersey.
The show features five rings of exciting equestrian competition daily and is highlighted by the $50,000 Garden State Grand Prix, a member event of the King Shavings/U.S. Grand Prix League, on Saturday, May 8.
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The Blood-Horse Launches Revolutionary New
LEXINGTON, KY - Blood-Horse Publications, a multimedia publishing company that traces its roots to 1916, announces the official launch of, a free innovative and invaluable industry service for Thoroughbred owners, breeders, and other industry professionals. Designed to aid users in making breeding, auction, and other important purchasing decisions, provides 24-hour online comprehensive statistical information on over 450 leading stallions and on 2,500 stallions actively standing around the world. contains over 1,400 downloadable statistical and picture pages updated at key points throughout the year. It is the largest online stallion reference available in the industry.
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14th January 2004
Wellington … The Equestrian Mecca of the United States
A lifestyle that puts 15,000 horses in 10 square miles for 10 weeks of multi-million dollar sport can only be found in one place - Wellington. Non-existent 30 years ago, today this Florida village is home to 50,000 residents and was recently ranked by Money Magazine as the seventh best place to live in communities under 100,000. The population swells during "season" when an elite flock of snowbirds from across the nation and the oceans settle in to compete in the Olympic disciplines of dressage and show jumping as well as the sport of kings - polo. This dynamic, and its effect on Wellington, is a story about money, power, sport, celebrities, and the love of horses.
The equestrian industry in Wellington generates $350 million annually to the community. The equestrian lifestyle has inspired fashion, décor, cuisine, a host of businesses and its own society. Why is Wellington the center of this equestrian explosion? How did it happen? Who are the movers, shakers, and kingpins who've built empires out of scrubland and attracted some of the most elite people in the world as seasonal and permanent residents?
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X-Raying of Stallions in the Irish Horse Register
From January 2004, all stallions applying for classification in the Irish Horse Register must be x-rayed prior to inspection. The application form for classification of a stallion in the Irish Horse Register contains a pre-inspection veterinary report which must be completed in full by a Veterinary Surgeon. The pre-inspection veterinary report contains a new section dealing specifically with x-rays. Each stallion must have 18 x-rays taken by a Veterinary Surgeon. The details of each x-ray i.e. limbs and angles etc. are outlined in the x-ray section of the pre-inspection veterinary report.
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Andrina Calder Claims Season Opener at Canterbury Horse Trials
Newberry, Florida – Young Canadian equestrian athlete Andrina Calder, 15, of Toronto, ON, got the new year off to a strong start by winning the Preliminary Young Rider division at the Canterbury Horse Trials in Newberry, FL.
The first event on the 2004 competition calendar for three day eventing, the Canterbury Horse Trials were held January 10 and 11, with riders competing in the dressage and show jumping phases on Saturday followed by Sunday’s demanding cross-country phase. Calder was off the lead by one point following the opening phase of dressage, but a penalty-free stadium jumping round later in the day moved her to the top of the standings.
“It was quite cold, so he was a bit fresh for dressage,” said Calder of her horse, HerzPrinz, a12-year-old American Trakehner gelding. “Overall, I was happy with it. There were a few points I didn’t like, but it was our first test of the season. It was all about getting back into the routine of showing.”
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Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
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Stolen on 6th January 2004 between 6/7pm from a field in Drax village in North Yorkshire: -
Bridgeford Blue Heather @ Billy a dapple-grey, 8 year old Irish Draught gelding.
OSCAR, 16 hand, 22 year old bay gelding, Thoroughbred X Cleveland Bay.

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13th January 2004
Due to Popular Demand
Armadillo's Magnetic Rug has outsold all expectations. The massive demand took Armadillo by surprise and they have been struggling to keep up with orders. After huge demand, Armadillo have now got stock of all sizes, from 5'6" to 7'. Orders are normally dispatched the same day.
Many top eventing, dressage and racing riders and trainers are now using Armadillo's Magnetic Rug. Proven to increase the circulation, the rug is used for preventing or treating injuries, as well as for travelling to and from competition. Many trainers use the rug for cold backs, horses prone to Azoturia or to help maintain condition during box rest.
Armadillo's Magnetic Rug allows you to position the magnets exactly where they are needed, enabling larger yards to purchase only a few sizes of rug to cover all their horses. They simply re-position the magnets for each horse's requirements.
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2004 Winter Equestrian Festival Kicks Off 10 Weeks Of World-Class Sport
Celebrating its 34th year in Florida, the Winter Equestrian Festival kicks off in Wellington at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club on January 28, 2004, with eight weeks of back-to-back horse shows through March 21, then moves on to Tampa for two weeks at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, and caps off with the Budweiser American Invitational on April 3 at the Raymond James Stadium. The nation's top hunter, jumper, equitation, and dressage riders will be competing for prize money totaling more than three million dollars. This year's Winter Equestrian Festival also features qualifying classes for the Olympic Selection Trials in dressage and the World Cup Final in show jumping. Produced by founder Eugene R. Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc., the Winter Equestrian Festival is the largest and longest consecutively running sporting event in the world.
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Appalling Neglect of Horses' Feet Leads to Prosecution
Today Monday, 12th January, Charles and Gillian Harwood were before Cheltenham Magistrates Court for causing unnecessary suffering to 5 horses in their care.
Mr & Mrs Harwood of Four Shires Stone Farm, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos pleaded guilty to the charges. Because of exceptional mitigating circumstances the Magistrates gave the couple 3 years conditional discharge and ordered to pay £1,464.25p costs between them.

Following a call to the ILPH, Field Officer Peter Griffiths visited the farm on 2 November 2000 to investigate. He found a number of stallions who, although living in filthy conditions, were in reasonable bodily condition. After several visits from him and following his advice, conditions at the farm steadily improved. Then, due to the onset of Foot and Mouth Disease he could no longer visit as there were cattle on the premises.
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Stefanie Powers @ International Polo Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida - Actress Stefanie Powers has put her heart and soul into polo and she continued her passionate affair with the sport with an appearance at the new International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Powers, an enthusiastic celebrity polo player, drove a Hummer, the official vehicle of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, to lead the teams onto the field and then officiated the pre-game coin toss before an important 22-goal Joe Barry Memorial Cup tournament contest. Following the match, Powers and polo legend Bill Ylvisaker presented trophies and champagne to the teams. Powers also visited with many players and their families.
A long-time conservationist and animal activist, Powers was in town for the polo and to attend a private event on Monday night at the polo club celebrating the return of the East African Bongo antelope to mountains in Kenya, spearheaded by the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation in Loxahatchee.
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Firstly, a Happy New Year to all of our members and website subscribers!
The PERA Ball, due to be held on 28th February, this year moves to the exciting new development at Cheltenham racecourse, The Centaur Suite. Tickets are on sale now, please visit for more information.
Don't forget its not too late to get your tickets for the Open Eventing Forum on 22nd, more details on the website or at http://www.openeventingforum.comPlease click here for further details
12th January 2004

Ex-Racehorses Win Awards In Their New Lives!
'Search for a Star' Hack champion in the money again
South Essex Insurance Brokers has proved again that for Thoroughbreds, there is a life after racing!
Six horses which have been in training and come under starter's orders and now compete in show jumping, eventing, dressage, showing and endurance competitions have come out tops in a national competition. Their owners received their awards at the prestigious Supporters of British Breeding annual dinner on January 10, when Mrs Di Arbuthnot, director of the British Horseracing Board charity Rehabilitation of Racehorses (RoR) will also be giving them special prizes.
The horses have earned their top places by accumulating most points during 2003 with the company's Racehorses to Riding Horses competition - amongst them the 2003 South Essex Insurance Brokers "Search for a Star" reserve champion, Milliemeter.Please click here for further details

Defra's Horse Passport Pantomime

"Oh no, you don't need a vet to apply for a horse passport" said DEFRA."Oh yes you do" DEFRA now says
The Country Land and Business Association has expressed surprise at DEFRA'S about turn on horse passport applications which has thrown horse owners and the equine industry into a state of confusion.
Contrary to advice given to its Passport Issuing Organisations, DEFRA has now announced that owners will no longer be allowed to complete the silhouette section of the horse's passport application by themselves after 31 January unless the horse is microchipped. Instead the silhouette must be completed by either a veterinary surgeon or a person authorised by the passport-issuing organisation (PIO).
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Bermuda Calendar Of Events For 2004
2004 will see Bermuda present a wealth of events to visitors, certain to attract visitors from all over the globe. Events include several equestrian related events.
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11th January 2004

KWPN Select Sale stallions on Internet
On Saturday 7 February the fourth edition of the KWPN Select Sale will take place.
Twenty-three three-year-old stallions are listed in the catalogue. They have been carefully selected for pedigree, movement, free jumping, conformation and veterinary status. Moreover, all the horses on offer have been designated for the second viewing by the KWPN stallion approvals committee. Furthermore, from today on, the selected horses can be seen on the renewed internet site of the KWPN Select Sale. Extensive information about each stallion can be found on By clicking on the 'kss 2004' button, you will find the listed stallions. Each stallion can be clicked on separately; for each there will be a page with photographs, a description, the pedigree and a short video presentation.

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The Kinder Collar
Horses in driving harness often damage the point of shoulder because they cannot judge their own position in blinkers and can easily catch themselves on doorways or in hazards at competitions.
The brainchild of Fiona Tedman, the Empathy Collar is the result of meticulous research, over several years, to design a driving collar for a cob with an injured shoulder. After experimenting with different shaped collars, it was found that a curved style, which sweeps up over the point of the shoulder, but dips below the soft part of the neck, makes load pulling much more comfortable for horses that have suffered some kind of shoulder injury as well as smaller driving horses with a low headset, such as Shetlands or cobs, that often experience pressure to the shoulder or windpipe when using conventional breastcollars.
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Show Jumping Results: CSI** Neustadt Dosse Germany 8-11 January 2004
Koopmeiners Prize,International Competition for Young Horses 1m35
1) Mario Stevens (GER) Zandor 15,2) Heiko Schmidt (GER) Zallina, 3) Jessica Kurten (IRL) Darkar
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