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25th January 2004

Kathryn launches new website
Leading disabled dressage rider, Kathryn Wheelock has announced the launch of her new website at
Kathryn, who has been chosen to attend the selection trials for the World Class Potential Paralympic Dressage Squad in February, hopes that her website will help her attract sponsors who will help fund her quest to ride at the Paralympics. Kathryn is seeking funding to help her continue to travel overseas to international competitions, such as the Spanish Disabled Dressage Championships in Madrid, where she was a winner in 2003.
Featuring information about disabled dressage, Kathryn's horses (Jon Boy George and Call Me Charlie), full competition results and news stories, this professionally designed website offers the ideal medium for sponsors to endorse this talented rider. Advertising opportunities within the photo gallery section of the website are also available from as little as £60.
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Irish Draught Stallion will compete at Orlando Dressage show
To the left, Stephany Fish rides Irish in Santa Fe, NM. Fish was impressed with Irish and decided he could compete with Florida's top dressage horses. The purebred Irish Draught has adjusted well to Florida's Winter Climate. Irish was accustomed to working at an elevation of 7,000 feet. When he reached sea level Fish discovered the stallion had amazing stamina. Irish has impressed many since arriving in Florida. Several top dressage riders/clinicians have worked with Fish and Irish. Recently, Marion Green of Ireland visited his training facility. Green told Fish she was very impressed. Green worked to improve his canter pirouettes. Irish is at the Irish Horse Farm owned by breeder Barbara Baris.
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U.S. Equestrian Accepting Bids To Host West Coast World Children's Jumping Final Qualifier
U.S. Equestrian is accepting bids to host a West Coast qualifying class for the 2004 FEI World Children’s Jumping Final. The Final will be held at the end of November 2004 in California. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2004.
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24th January 2004

BETA Relaunch What To Wear
With so many rules and regulations governing equestrian disciplines it can be a nightmare if you decide to try something new and then discover you don't know the correct dress code.
BETA has updated and relaunched its very useful book, 'What to Wear', which is packed with information on what clothing and footwear is required for each discipline and to meet the associations rules and regulations.
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Horses Of A Different Color To Be Sold At Auction
Take a free farewell ride on San Diego’s 113-year-old carousel.
A rare breed of endangered animals will take a final spin in San Diego on April 17th when the 113-year-old Seaport Village carousel will go on the auction block. It is one of the oldest and few remaining antique wooden carousels still operating in America.
For many generations carousel horses, revolving majestically to band organ music, summons wonderful memories of childhood. The Golden Age of the American carousel lasted 50 years, from 1880-1930. Sadly, of the more than three thousand hand carved wooden carousels built prior to the Great Depression, fewer than 70 of the grand “Park style” carousels like the one at Seaport Village still survive. Many folk art lovers regard wooden carousels as living museums. Hand carved carousel figures that once graced merry-go-round platforms are eagerly sought after by folk art collectors. Some single carvings have sold for more them $150,000. Several of the Seaport Village carousel dog carvings are thought to worth upwards of $50,000 each.
The maker of the Seaport Village carousel was Charles Looff a pioneer carousel artist. His first carousel was erected on Coney Island Beach in New York during the summer of 1876. His early carousels were exciting mixtures of menagerie figures (non-horses) plus the ever-popular horses. Looff was an early amusement park tycoon. He primarily built carousels that he operated himself, and then went on to California around 1909 where he built entire amusement piers in Santa Monica, Santa Cruz and Long Beach. His piers at Santa Monica and Santa Cruz still are in use. With his wife and six children they lived in the second floor of the carousel building on the old “ Long Beach Pike”.
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Federation Equestre Internationale News
23 January 2004

- Malina Baryard/ H&M Butterly Flip is the 2003 Best Horse and Rider - Combination in Jumping
- FEI Olympic Rankings
- FEI World Cup Jumping, Leipzig
- FEI World Cup Driving
- CSI Cairo (EGY)
- New CRIs (Reining competitions) in Bremen and Dortmund
- IPEC Ranking List
- 2004 FEI European Eventing Junior Championship – date
- 2004 FEI General Assembly
- In Memoriam Billy Haggard
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Deputy Director For Burghley
Burghley Horse Trials, Stamford, Lincs. has announced that it has appointed Elizabeth (Liz) Inman, from Tickencote, nr. Stamford to the newly created role of Deputy Director of the world famous Event, which this year takes place from 2nd-5th September 2004.
The appointment of Liz, who is widely respected throughout the sport and has been involved with the Event for 20 years, will complete the new management line-up following the retirement of Bill Henson. As announced previously, Andrew Tulloch, Clerk of the Course at Aintree, took over the role of Director on Mr. Henson’s retirement
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C Spear To Play Brigadoon In Key Ylvisaker Cup Action Sunday At 3pm At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – American 10-goaler Adam Snow leads Brigadoon against C Spear in a key Ylvisaker Cup polo match Sunday at 3 p.m. at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Both teams need a victory to remain in the running for a playoff spot. In its last game, Brigadoon (1-1) lost in overtime while C Spear (1-1) won its game in the final 11 seconds. Both are chasing Black Watch, which leads Division I with a 2-0 record.
Joining Snow are 7-goaler Tiger Kneece of Aiken, South Carolina, 5-goaler Brian Prichard of Loxahatchee and patron Christine Cato of Charlotte, North Carolina. Brigadoon reached the semifinals of the first 22-goal tournament.
C Spear is led by Argentine 9-goalers Paco de Narvaez and Matias Magrini. They are joined by 2-goaler Weston Gracida, Ruben Gracida’s son, and patron Tommy Boyle of Wyoming.
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Highlights Of Upcoming 34th Annual Winter Equestrian Festival
WELLINGTON, FL - January 23, 2004 - The 34th annual Winter Equestrian Festival will keep the excitement level turned up from January 28 through April 3, 2004, with eight weeks in Wellington and two weeks in Tampa, Florida, highlighted by world-class competition and special events throughout the 10-week circuit.
GRAND PRIX SUNDAYS - The anticipation builds in the $1.42 million Grand Prix series as each week, for 10 consecutive weeks, the purse increases, starting with a $35,000 event and culminating with a $200,000 capper. From January 28 through March 14, Sunday Grand Prix events are held in the Internationale Arena at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds in Wellington, starting at 1pm. In Tampa, the Sunday Grand Prix events continue with a $75,000 class at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center on March 28, topped off by the season finale - the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational in the Raymond James Stadium on April 3. The world's top show jumpers compete including Margie Engle, Lauren Hough, Laura Kraut, Chris Kappler, McLain Ward, Molly Ashe, Todd Minikus and Norman Dello Joio.
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2004 Accenture Young Rider International Squad
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Horsetv Enters Its Fourth Year Of Television Broadcasting
Houston, TX: HorseTV announced today that as of January, 2004 it has entered its fourth year of providing the finest equestrian and horse-related television programming to a nationwide audience of devoted viewers.
HorseTV broadcasts an outstanding array of documentary, show and event programming, as well as a wide variety of informational and instructional programs devoted to owners, riders, breeders and lovers of horses and equestrian sports.
Headed by equestrian media veteran Sally Lasater, who has spent many years working on expanding the limited coverage of equestrian sports on television, HorseTV was launched in January 2001. HorseTV programming is currently available through the America One Television’s network of affiliated television stations coast to coast, as well as on select cable systems and DISH and DirecTV through local option subscription in certain major markets. It is also available through the Internet.
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FEI World Children's Jumping Final
East Coast Qualifier To Be Held At The Florida Classic
ATTENTION ALL CHILDREN’S JUMPER RIDERS: The East Coast qualifier for the 2004 FEI World Children’s Jumping Final will be held at the Florida Classic in Wellington, FL February 21-22, 2004
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Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Leipzig Germany 22-25 January 2004
Class 10 Audi Cup for Youngsters, 1st Qualification
1) Laurus; Kurten, Jessica (IRL), 2) Lomitas; Hassmann, Toni (GER), 3) Lolita H; Hassmann, Toni (GER)
Class 4 M.E.N.S Cup, International Two-Phase Show Jumping Competition
1) Cortaflex Machiavelli; Funnell, William (GBR), 2) Glenn; Pollmann-Schweckhorst, Alois (GER), 3) Lady Preishammer; Kurten, Jessica (IRL)
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CSI*** Nantes (Fra) 30 January -1 February 2004
Tim Stockdale From Roade, NORTHANTS, Graham Lovegrove From Halstead, ESSEX, Mark Armstrong From Bordon, HANTS have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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News Headlines 23rd January 2004
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Customs Pass Unclaimed Horses to the ILPH
Issued on behalf of HM Customs and Excise and ILPH
On 1st September 2003, HM Customs and Excise at Dover discovered approximately 20 kilograms of cocaine in the floor of a horsebox, which was examined at Dover Eastern Docks. Inside the horsebox were two horses, which were also detained. Since 1st September 2003, no one has come forward to claim the horses, which have been cared for at a livery stables at St. Margaret's, near Dover.

Customs spokesman Nigel Knott says, "Reducing the availability of Class A drugs in the UK is a primary responsibility for HM Customs and Excise. The seizure of approximately 20 kilos of cocaine prevents around 100,000 deals reaching the streets. The horses had to be be detained as they were in the lorry, but they need more care and attention than we are able to provide for them, but which they will receive from the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH), for the rest of their lives."
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Take your lead from Strongid™-P
This year Strongid™-P is giving horse owners an added incentive to keep their equine friend healthy by giving away a smart cushion-weave lead rein and a worming planner with every two syringes of Strongid-P paste or four sachets of Strongid-P granules purchased for routine worming or double dose for tape worm in Spring 2004.
Strongid-P, the country’s favourite wormer for both routine and strategic worming, is dedicated to helping owners keep their horses in peak health. Strongid-P always remains fully up to date with all the latest worming research to make sure it can recommend the most effective annual worming programme.
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New Highlights for Reiners: Shows in Bremen and Dortmund now approved as CRIs (FEI Reining)
The International western shows at Bremen and Dortmund are now even more interesting for reining competitors. Yesterday, Michael Stone (FEI) approved both shows as "Concours Reining International" CRI Cat. B. This means the 'Triple Crown' in reining for these two shows. Besides the NRHA Lawson Bronze Trophy and the qualification for the German Championship Reining (FN), Bremen and Dortmund now offer the chance of qualifying for the $ 100.000,-- World Reining Masters 2004 in Oklahoma City.
As already reported, there will be a World Reining Masters for the first time this year. This super event was created to find the best individual reining rider of the world. It will take place annually from now on, alternating between the U.S.A. and Europe. This year, the finals will take place during the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Each country sends its best reining rider, meaning the one with the largest prize money. Competitors must qualify in their countries in international FEI events, called CRIs. Those countries which came into the WEG 2002 finals are allowed to send two riders each (USA, Canada, Great Britain, Germany and Italy).
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Pony Of The Year Show Sponsors BSJA Junior Scholarship For 2004
The BSJA Junior Scholarship was launched in 2003 for Junior members in the form of a training scholarship. The scholarship has been kindly sponsored by the Pony of the Year Show for the second year running.

Traditionally profits from POYS have been reinvested to offer generous prize money and prizes in kind year on year. Such is the strength of the show it can now support Junior initiatives and the BSJA is delighted to welcome their support.
This scholarship will be in the form of two days training with a BSJA accredited trainer and will be awarded to winning riders at the following major competitions. If the winning rider has already qualified for the scholarship, the scholarship will be awarded to the next highest placed rider not to have already qualified.
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Winter Equestrian Festival To Host Samsung Nations' Cup, Presented by CN
Wellington, FL-January 22, 2004-The $50,000 Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN, an international team show jumping competition recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), will take place at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington on Friday evening, March 12. The Nations' Cup is one of the highlights of the CSIO United States Cosequin Finale, held a week before the Winter Equestrian Festival moves from Wellington to Tampa.
This marks the consecutive third year that the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) is hosting the Samsung Nations' Cup, presented by CN. This year, for the first time, the Nations' Cup is being held under the lights of the Internationale Arena at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington.
The United States, Canada, Australia, Columbia, England, Ireland, France and Mexico have all accepted invitations to compete in the Nations' Cup and the week-long CSIO. Germany, Italy, Spain and Holland also have been invited to compete, but have not yet submitted their entries.
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Crab Orchard, Black Watch Register Narrow Wins To Stay Undefeated In Ylvisaker Cup Action Thursday At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Black Watch and Crab Orchard posted one-goal victories to remain undefeated and in first place in their divisions in 22-goal Ylvisaker Cup polo action Thursday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Nacho Figueras scored in overtime to lift Black Watch over Brigadoon 10-9 and Crab Orchard scored the three unanswered goals, including the game-winner by Julio Arellano, to rally past Texas Polo 11-10.
Black Watch (2-0) leads Division I and Crab Orchard (2-0) leads Division II.
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Kappler Named Equestrian Of The Year
Chris Kappler, 36, of Pittstown, NJ, has been named as U.S. Equestrian’s 2003 Equestrian of the Year. Kappler was chosen from a group of six of the nation’s most distinguished athletes that were bestowed the title of Equestrians of Honor.
Kappler and Royal Kaliber (Dutch Warmblood: Ramiro – Fiedonja, by Voltaire), the 12-year-old stallion he co-owns with Kathleen Kamine, won the individual silver and were members of the gold medal winning team at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santa Domingo. The pair racked up many wins during the 2003 competition year including the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational and the $150,000 Budweiser AGA Grand Prix making Royal Kaliber the Open Jumper of the Year in the U.S. Equestrian Horse of the Year race.
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CSI-W Bordeaux (Fra) 6 - 8 February 2004
Robert Smith From Shrewley, WAARWICKS, Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS, Richard Davenport From Knutsford, CHESHIRE have been authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show
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22nd January 2004

Exciting Plans For The Pony Club's 75th Anniversary
The Pony Club, the biggest youth organisation in the country for both boys and girls, is this year celebrating is 75th Anniversary and has announced some exciting plans for the forthcoming year.
HRH The Princess Royal will be attending three events in the first half of the Year.
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International Riders Set to ‘Jump for a JustWorld’
Wellington, Florida – JustWorld International is preparing to host its inaugural ‘Jump for a Just World’ event on Saturday, January 24, 2004, in Wellington, FL.
Hosted by Belle Herbe Farm, the ‘Jump for a Just World’ Training Show will see some of the world’s greatest show jumping athletes competing for the benefit of JustWorld International, a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization founded to prepare and empower students to become visionary leaders and work for social justice. Following the competition, a party complete with cocktails, dinner and dancing will again benefit JustWorld International, as will a silent auction featuring many sought-after items.
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Federation Equestre Internationale News
World Cup Driving season continues in Leipzig
The international horse show Partner Pferd in Leipzig will host the fourth leg of the FEI World Cup Driving on 23 and 25 January. Last year, Leipzig made its debut in the World Cup Driving circuit and received a warm welcome from both the competitors and the spectators. Seven drivers will travel to Leipzig, amongst which double World Cup Champion and current leader of the point standings Michael Freund. Freund has received a wild card from the organisation. According to the new rules, the crowd¹s favourite will not gain World Cup points if he wins, but he will receive the prize money. The second wild card is allocated to Steffen Scholz, an international four-in-hand driver from the Leipzig area.
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The British Horse Society British Horse Society chief executive takes on new challenge
After three years as Chief Executive of The British Horse Society (BHS), Kay Driver is moving on to lead another animal charity and will leave the BHS at the end of March.
During Kay's time in office the BHS has seen a marked turnaround in its financial position, begun to replenish reserves, seen membership grow sharply and raised its national political profile and influence.
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Dressage Competitions At Winter Equestrian Festival Are Qualifiers For Olympic Selection Trials
WELLINGTON, FL - January 21, 2004 - There is always an electrified air around the dressage rings during seasons when riders are qualifying for international competitions such as the World Equestrian Games, Pan American Games, and Olympic Games. This year promises to reach high voltage at the 34th annual Winter Equestrian Festival, January 28 through March 21, in Wellington, FL, when two United States Equestrian Team Federation (USETF) Qualifying Competitions (formerly USET Qualifying Competitions) for the Olympic Games Selection Trials will take place. Those competitions are Wellington Dressage, February 5-8, and Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic CDI, March 18-21. Stars of the dressage world are entered and ready for the rigorous route to Athens, Greece, including Robert Dover, Shelly Francis, Ruth Hogan-Poulsen, Arlene Page, James Armstrong, and Monica Sinks.
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Top Officials to Judge at 2004 Garden State Horse Show
Augusta, NJ—January 21, 2004—The Garden State Horse Show, presented by the Junior Essex Troop, Inc., has announced the officials for this year’s show, May 5-9 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ.
This year’s team of judges and stewards, hand-picked by the show committee according to its commitment to creating one of the finest hunter/jumper shows in the country, includes some of the nation’s top names.
The hunter and equitation divisions at the 2004 Garden State Horse Show will be judged by Thomas and Wissie Brede of Stamping Ground, KY; Lucie McKinney of Darien, CT; Mindy Minetto of Wellington, FL; and Mark Tompkins of Ada, MI.
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HITS Welcomes Cox Communications as the Official Cable Provider for the 2004 Ocala Winter Circuit
SAUGERTIES, NY (January 21, 2004)—Horse Shows In The Sun (HITS) is pleased to welcome Cox Communications (Cox) to its stable of sponsors for the 2004 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Cox is the fourth largest cable television provider in the nation and serves more than 96,000 customers in the Ocala and Gainesville communities. The company employs over 200 individuals in the two communities, delivering a significant impact to the local economy.
We are proud to name Cox Communications as the Official Cable Provider for the Ocala Winter Circuit, as well as the presenting sponsor of Kids Day on Sunday, February 29," said Tom Struzzieri, President and Owner of HITS. Cox is a leader in their field and a strong supporter of the North Central Florida community. We could not have found a more suitable sponsor for our annual Kids Day. With Cox Communication's support, Kids Day will no doubt prove to be the highlight of the extra activities provided for our spectator audience.
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C Spear Rallies Past Everglades 9-8 In Ylvisaker Cup Action Wednesday At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Nine-goaler Paco deNarvaez scored on a 70-yard neck shot with 11 seconds remaining to lift C Spear over Everglades 9-8 in a 22-goal Ylvisaker Cup polo match Wednesday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Everglades trailed most of the game, finally tying it at 7-7 on Joe Wayne Barry’s penalty shot early in the sixth chukker. Chris Gannon put C Spear back on top 8-7 as the ball rolled through following a goal-line collision with 3:13 remaining.
Tomas Llorente tied it at 8-8 when he dribbled through traffic, fighting off defenders, for a tap-in with 2:17 left. But de Narvaez grabbed a loose ball near midfield with less than 30 seconds remaining, dribbled once toward the right side before hitting the game-winner for C Spear (1-1).
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Wild Heart Ranch Inc. Announces Key Appointment to Board of Directors from Entertainment Industry
January 21, 2004, Point Roberts, WA, Wild Heart Ranch Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Russell Naftal to the Board of Directors. Mr. Naftals's broad spectrum of experience and relationships within the entertainment industry will compliment the company's growth strategy moving forward. The Company currently owns several original creative properties and related toy lines that are in various stages of development for the entertainment industry.
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21st January 2004

Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI**** Presented by Bayer Set To Return
Lexington, KY—January 14, 2004— One of the world’s most prestigious, action-packed equestrian events is set to return as the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, April 22-25, 2004.
The event will host many of the world’s best horse-and-rider pairs as they compete for one of the most coveted purses in equestrian sports and one of the most prestigious championships in the sport of Eventing.
This year’s competition is unique in that it will host two separate divisions. The CCI****, Kentucky’s hallmark competition with $190,000 in prize money, remains a qualifying competition for the 2004 Olympic Games and includes the 7th competition for the USET Pinnacle Trophy, signifying the zenith in Eventing competition. The U.S. Equestrian Federation requested that Rolex Kentucky host a Modified Four Star Three-Day Event for horse-and-rider combinations that have already qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece this August. The U.S. Equestrian Federation plans to use both divisions as Selection Trials for the Games.
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Behind-the-Scenes Scoop on Wellington's Winter Equestrian Festival
Vicky Moon, author and equestrienne, takes you behind the scenes of Wellington's celebrity and character-packed Winter Equestrian Festival, in her upcoming book A Sunday Horse.
"A Sunday Horse gives a no-holds-bared insight to the behind the scenes of the humans and the horses."
- Snowden Clarke, trainer and rider, The Plains, Virginia
Dulles, VA: Children of celebrities, illegal immigrant workers, large corporation heirs, and members of royalty all meet in one place - Wellington's Winter Equestrian Festival, the beginning of the Grand Prix Show Jumping Circuit Season. "During the winter show season more than $3 million in prizes will be offered in Wellington. The horse population swells with over 4,000 horses brought in on gleaming tractor-trailers, utilitarian horse rigs and a few by cross country jet to the tune of a one way ride for $3,000. With the horses, there are 6,000 others including riders, trainers, owners, anxious mothers, nannies and other hangers on," says writer Vicky Moon, a long-time equestrienne and the author of the upcoming book A Sunday Horse: Inside the Grand Prix Show Jumping Circuit.
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The World Class Start And Potential Programme Secures Funding To March 2005
The British Equestrian Federation¹s World Class Start and Potential (WCS&P) programme has secured funding at its existing levels for the four equestrian Olympic disciplines ­ Dressage, Paralympic Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing until March 2005.

The World Class Start and Potential programme is for riders between the ages of 14 and 30 who demonstrate the exceptional talent and dedication to ride and win at Olympic level in 2008 and 2012. Riders on the programme are selected after a 2-day riding assessment and an interview by a panel of experts.
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Charity Events Highlight Winter Equestrian Festival Social Scene
WELLINGTON, FLORIDA - January 20, 2004 - The 34th annual Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds in Wellington, FL, will not only feature eight weeks of topnotch competition from January 28 through March 21, but also charity events with national and international impact.
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Changes Afoot at Post Time for 2004 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit
Saugerties, NY (January 20, 2004)Horse Shows In The Sun (HITS) is pleased to present the 2004 HITS Ocala Winter Circuitthe circuit will run for seven weeks from January 21-M arch 14, at Post Time, a beautiful 300+ acre property located right in the heart of Ocala horse country.
For the 2004 season, HITS has made some significant improvements to the showgrounds at Post Time. To accommodate the growing number of horses, HITS has reconfigured the two main hunter rings and added two new schooling areas to match. In addition, a new redesigned and enlarged jumper ring will provide an excellent opportunity for horses and riders to get greater experience before moving up and showing in the Grand Prix Ring.
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Debbie McDonald Awarded Whitney Stone Cup
Gladstone, NJ—January 20, 2004— Debbie McDonald of Hailey, ID, was awarded the Whitney Stone Cup at the USET Foundation luncheon held at the USEF annual convention in Los Angeles, CA. Each year since 1980, the Whitney Stone Cup has been awarded to an individual who has achieved a distinguished record in international competition while also serving as an exemplary ambassador for equestrian sports.
Having already ridden to one of the most distinguished careers in U.S. dressage history, McDonald achieved an unprecedented honor in 2003 when she became the first U.S. rider to earn the title of World Cup champion. Teaming with her well-known partner, Peggy and Parry Thomas’s Brentina, McDonald won the World Cup championship with an amazing score of 78.89% in the Grand Prix Freestyle in the Final at Gothenburg, Sweden.
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News Headlines 20th January 2004
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British Equestrian Federation invited to join National Coaching Certificate Plans
A new era of improved coaching support for equestrian riders, drivers and vaulters is emerging as the British Equestrian Federation has been invited to take part in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) National Coaching Certificate (NCC) plans.

The NCC is a sports-wide initiative that is currently being designed by sports coach UK in consultation with all sports, including equestrian. It aims to set agreed coaching criteria that every sport's coaching award schemes (including training and instructing) should meet. For equestrian sport, it could revolutionise the coaching industry in the UK by ensuring and raising common standards of coaching and by creating a clearer pathway for career opportunities for coaches from the school yard to the international arena.
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New PolyPads® shape the future
Leg and tail protection from PolyPads® is now better than ever, thanks to some clever design refinements based on feedback from customers and their horses, confirming PolyPads® as the ultimate choice for safe travel and stable protection.
PolyPads® Leg Protectors provide sensible protection whatever the journey. In addition to the stiffener, the hind Leg Protectors now have enhanced shaping plus an extra strap above the hock for a more secure fit, while the incorporation of a scuff cuff round the bottom of each Leg Protector means they are extra durable too.
The PolyPads® Tail Rappa©, with its soft, towelling lining, is now even easier to put on but does not compromise on the protection it gives, especially at the top of the tail. A vertical hook and loop front fixing runs the entire length of the Rappa© enabling it to be secured with one easy movement to ensure a firm, uniform, non-slip fit.
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Stars Flock To Charity's Celebrity Self-Portrait Exhibition
London (ots) -
A host of stars from stage, screen and sport will be pledging their support for The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) at the launch of the charity's Diamond Anniversary year on 20 January 2004.
To mark the occasion NDCS Vice President Jane Asher will be wearing a £1m diamond necklace for the night, donated by the Diamond Trading Council.
Artwork by names as diverse as Joanna Lumley, Ian Hislop, David James, Chris Tarrant, David Baddiel, Alan Titchmarsh, and Jane Asher, will be on display at the Dali Universe on London's South Bank from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. The artwork will be auctioned later in the year to raise funds for the work of The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS). Stars will have the chance to admire their own artwork and compare their artistic talent to that of others.
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Palm Beach Dressage Derby Series Kickoff Highlights Exciting New Duos
LOXAHATCHEE, FL - January 19, 2004 - More than 100 spectators gathered around Ring 1 both days to watch the FEI classes at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby Series Kickoff, the first show of the 2004 dressage season in Florida, January 17-18, hosted by The Horse Park at Equestrian Estates, in Loxahatchee. Robert Dover aboard his new mount FBW Kennedy won the Grand Prix on Saturday, scoring 73.750% and followed that with a win on Sunday in the Grand Prix Special, earning 70.867%. "I'm just loving riding him," said Dover, a five-time Olympian who is aiming for a berth on the US Team bound for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Dover was showing the 14-year-old Baden-Wurttemberger chestnut gelding owned by Jane Clark in their second competition together.
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International Polo Palm Beach Sunday January 19, 2004
WELLINGTON, Florida - The new era of high-goal polo at the International Polo Club Palm Beach continued in high style on and off the field at the championship game of the 22-goal Joe Barry Memorial tournament on Sunday (Jan. 18).
A crowd of 1,086 enjoyed a day honoring one of polo's legends. The tournament is named after American polo legend Joe Barry, who died on May 18, 2002 at the age of 58. Born and raised in Texas, he achieved a 9-goal rating and dominated polo in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. Barry won six U.S. Open championships, three Gold Cups, three Silver Cups as well as the 1971 Coronation Cup in England. One of the greatest No. 4s in polo history, Joe Barry was elected to the Polo Hall of Fame in 1999.
His widow, Sharon Barry, who flew in from Texas for the final, and their son, Joe Wayne, presented champagne and trophies to both teams in the post-game ceremonies.
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The Coloured horse Auction
Saturday 10 of April 2004 in the HJC Manege Tolbert in the Netherlands there is a coloured horse auction
This year will be the 9th time we do this Auction and we hope that the English people come.
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Catamount Defeats Bendabout 13-10 To Capture Joe Barry Memorial Title At International Polo Club Palm Beach
Championship Sunday belonged to Catamount as Scott Devon's team raised the bronze trophy in triumph following their victory in the historic first high-goal title game at the new International Polo Club Palm Beach. Mike Azzaro and Carlos Gracida combined for 11 goals to lead Catamount over Bendabout 13-10 to capture the 22-goal Joe Barry Memorial tournament championship.
Azzaro, one of only two Americans playing at polo's maximum 10-goal handicap, led the winners with six goals. Gracida finished with five goals, including two in the crucial fifth chukker when Catamount extended its lead from 8-7 to 11-8.
Catamount, which had outscored its opponents 49-29 in the four previous games coming into the final, took a 7-3 halftime lead. Bendabout dominated the fourth chukker as Miguel Novillo Astrada and his younger brother, Alejandro, scored two goals each to cut the margin to 8-7. That was as close as Bendabout got.
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19th January 2004

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59th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show hosts U.S. Equestrian Reining Seat Medal Finals National Championship
DEL MAR Fairgrounds Equestrian Center – The 59th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show will host the U.S. Equestrian Reining Seat Medal Finals National Championships April 23rd – 24th, 2004. The Medal Finals Championship includes three rounds of competition. Two rounds of reining competition open Friday night’s Western Showcase, April 23rd at 7 p.m. in the Del Mar Arena. The Finals third round takes place Saturday, April 24th at 12:30 p.m. with the Awards presented at 6:30 p.m. during opening ceremonies of the “Night of the Horse” A Spectacular Equestrian Showcase.
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18th January 2004

Spend St. Patrick’s Day on Horseback in Ireland
Millbrook, NY—January 15, 2004—Cross Country International Equestrian Vacations, is now taking reservations for two exciting vacation packages in Ireland during the week of St. Patrick’s Day. These riding packages, coupled with a special $99 fare from Aer Lingus, offer an extraordinary value for an unforgettable experience.St. Patrick’s Day Galway Ride
The St. Patrick’s Day Galway Ride, March 15-20, 2004, features sights most tourists miss. Guests ride over ancient Celtic trails, through rural farming land in County Clare, and down the streets of local villages. Each night the riders return to their comfortable guesthouse, where they enjoy traditional Irish dinners by the open Irish peat fire.
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Bendabout, Catamount Play In Joe Barry Memorial Final Sunday At 3pm At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Ten-goalers Mike Azzaro and Miguel Novillo Astrada will be the center of attention when Catamount plays Bendabout in the historic championship game of the 22-goal Joe Barry Memorial polo tournament Sunday at 3 p.m. at the new International Polo Club Palm Beach. It is the first final in the history of the club, which opened in late December.
Catamount (4-0) and Bendabout (3-0) each registered similar semifinal victories to reach the final. In the semifinals, Patron Gillian Johnston and Boone Stribling each scored four goals to pace Bendabout past Crab Orchard 13-8 while 10-goaler Mike Azzaro and patron Scott Devon scored four goals apiece to lead Catamount over Brigadoon 12-8.
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