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BETA International 16-18 Feb. 2003 - A Host of Innovations
Brilliant Show For BETA
BETA International Best Stand Award Winners
Following on from BETA International 2003 you will see the latest fashions and saddlery equipment in your local retailer. :
BETA New Product Awards

Featured Articles:
The Training Tree: Suppleness
The Irish Draught Horse
Proof That Horses Have A Life After Racing!
Federation Equestre Internationale News

29th March 2003
The Chill Master boot from Equitector
The Equiworld team were happy to be asked to review the Chill Master boot from Equitector. The boot was tested over the period of one year giving us the chance to test it in all conditions from ankle deep mud and snow to summer heat.
The Chill Master boot features a unique heat reflective lining membrane which traps heat inside the boot and keeps feet at body temperature irrespective of the weather conditions. The boots manufacturers state that this system is effective at temperatures down to -25 degrees - our tester did not encounter such severe temperatures, but given the performance of the boot we are happy to take their word for it. This system also works in reverse to keep feet cool in warmer weather.
We can attest to the fact that it works! The Chill Master boot effectively keeps feet warm in winter and cool in summer.
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29th March 2003
The Latest In A Line Of Renowned "Horse Whisperers" - Adam Shereston.
Doctor Doolittle was the fabled version of the man who could talk to the animals but in recent months the UK has been privy to the real life version of Hugh Lofting's central character.
Step forward, the latest in a line of renowned "Horse Whisperers" - Adam Shereston.

There are no rope halters or blankets involved but the 29-year-old has employed his "gift" to help one of the UK's top horse trainers Mark Tompkins' race horse Esperance to reach the racecourse where he has performed with credit.
The Flint Cottage Stables handler had almost given up hope that the Bluebird colt would ever find his way behind a set of stalls when suffering from a growth that blocked the blood circulation to the horses left shoulder. Consultations with international and local vets drew a blank and even calls to Harley Street Specialists took Tompkins' two-year-old no further down the road to recovery.
Hard as it may be to believe and, skeptics would no doubt have a field day, but Adam was given a "signal" that a horse was in trouble in Newmarket. A telephone call was made with Adam offering to pick up where the problems was an deal with it directly and on arrival at the stables the next day he wasn't given any clues by the so far unconvinced handler.
However, that impression was soon to change - Adam takes up the story: "When I first see an animal I gain their trust and then you can go from there. After making communication I pointed straight towards his shoulders and told Mark that was where the problem lay.

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29th March 2003
The British Horse Society

British Horse Society welcomes Defra consultation on equine passports
The British Horse Society welcomes the draft legislation on equine passports published by Defra yesterday (27 March). Equine societies and organisations have waited months for sight of the draft and now have three months to comment by 30 June.
The Society said today that it needed time to assimilate the draft document, and to consult with colleagues. It would make further comment once the document had been thoroughly scrutinised.
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29th March 2003

Wise Lady Runs to Help Horses
A Legal Executive from Farnborough is working hard to get fit and raise funds for her run next month in the London Marathon, all in aid of horses.
Anne Wise (54) of Peering Avenue, will be one of the 5 ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) Golden Bond runners and she will need to raise at least £1,000 in order to join thousands of others on April 13 in London.
"It's always been my ambition," she says, "to run a Marathon as I did some half marathons some years ago and to be able to run in aid of worldwide horse welfare is an extra bonus.

"I am a supporter of the ILPH, but I have never done any fundraising before, so it's proving to be quite a challenge in more ways than one."
Anybody wishing to support Anne and the work of the ILPH, for whom she is running exclusively, should contact her on 01276 672953 or Mel Edwards, ILPH Support and Liaison Officer on 0870 366 6953.
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29th March 2003
Show Jumping - Lennon Seventh In Swedish World Cup Warm-Up
IRISH WORLD CUP hopeful Trevor Coyle disappointed in the World Cup Preliminary competition at Gothenburg, Sweden tonight (Friday), when placed 43rd out of 46 starters, finishing on a total of 14 faults with his American-owned bay mare Portofino.
World Champion Dermott Lennon was the best of the Irish tonight, with a seventh place on the Irish-bred Liscalgot, while Jessica Kurten continued her impressive run of Top Ten placings at the Gothenburg show with the nine yr-old Quibell, finishing in tenth.
Though the results of tonight's World Cup Preliminary competition do not affect World Cup points, they do determine the order of jumping in the official World Cup competition tomorrow (Saturday), where a good finish by Coyle may be vital to his qualification for the World Cup Final at Las Vegas in April. Please click here for further details
29th March 2003
News in Equine Supplementation
Have you ever been in the jungle of Equine Nutritional Supplementation when visiting the local tack shop and being bombarded with 1500 different containers of all shapes, forms and sizes all promising you that theirs is the one magic powder or juice your horse needs to stay fit and healthy?
Well, it seems to me that myself, as well as the rest of the equine lovers out there are all victims of some fancy sales pitches. Until recently when I came across a new product called the "Daily Health Pack". These people have mastered what seemed all along so obvious in creating one consumer oriented supplement product for horses. No more wondering what supplements to feed, no more mixing, measuring, scooping and no more buying multiple supplements for this "ailment" or that "ailment". No more trying to pretend to have a degree in equine nutrition when trying to decide which supplement ingredients I need for my horse.
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29th March 2003
Show Jumping - Kurten Sets Cracking Pace At Gothenburg
It was Ireland's Jessica Kurten who set a cracking pace at the opening day of the World Cup Show in Gothenburg, Sweden today (Thursday), with three Top Ten places in the three major competitions of the day.
Riding three different horses, the ten yr-old Lady Preishammer, the nine yr-old Quibell, and her veteran Grand Prix horse, the 17 yr-old Paavo N, the Cullybackey-born rider set the standard for her fellow Northern Irish riders Trevor Coyle and World Champion Dermott Lennon to follow.
However, all eyes will be on Coyle this Saturday, when he jumps in the last qualifying competition for the FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas in April. Currently in equal 16th place in the Western European leaderboard, Coyle must finish in the Top 18 if he is to be the sole Irish representative at the Final, so points gained at Gothenburg may be vital in returning him to the World Cup arena for the first time since 1999, when he finished Second overall on the Irish-bred stallion <Cruising>.
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29th March 2003
USA Equestrian
U.S. Riders Have Great First Round In Goteborg
Debbie McDonald, Guenter Seidel and George Williams all have excellent positions after the completion of the first round of competition at the Dressage World Cup Finals in Göteborg, Sweden.
McDonald and her mount Brentina (Hanoverian: Brentano II x Lieselotte), received a score of 72.28% in the Grand Prix to end the first day of competition in second. Williams, and Mr. & Mrs. Charles Smith’s Rocher (Westphalian: Rolls Royce x Fraenzi), received 69.92% and are currently in 5th, followed closely by Guenter Seidel and Nikolaus 7 (Westphalian: Weinberg x Elise), owned by Richard and Jane Brown, who finished with 69.56% in the Grand Prix. Germany’s Ulla Salzgeber and Rusty 47 won the Grand Prix with a score of 77.40%.
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29th March 2003
Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
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29th March 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Goteborg Sweden 27 - 30 March 2003
Knock-Out International Jumping Competition
Class 6, International Jumping Competition
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28th March 2003

Matt Ryan Takes a Dive for Charity!
Matt Ryan, Triple Olympic Gold Medallist, Three-Day Eventer is used to taking dives from horses over the years, but jumping out of an airplane is a completely different game.
On 13th April 2003 at The Royal Airforce Sport Parachute Association at RAF Weston on the Green in Oxfordshire, Matt will sky dive to raise money for the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund.
This is no ordinary jump. Matt will jump from 10,000ft and free fall through the air down to 5,000ft where the parachute will be deployed and Matt will drift gracefully to safety.
Matt won't be on his own - he will be harnessed to a professional parachute instructor, helping him complete a staggering two mile high tandem skydive!
And Matt will be achieving an life-time ambition of his. 'I've always wanted to ski-dive and when I read about it in Eventing Magazine, I just knew I wanted to do it!
I have raised money for the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund before and so already have a connection with them. Realistically, we all know one day we could need their help - they've helped friends of mine before. I'm really excited. It's an incredible opportunity that I can do, whilst raising money for a charity that is very close to my heart.'
Matt needs your help. He needs to raise sponsorship money in order to take part in this fantastic event. To sponsor Matt to risk his life for charity, please call Armadillo to pledge your support. All donations will be in aid of the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund.
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28th March 2003

Encouraging Discussions with the European Commission
ILPH representatives, Jo White, Campaigns Manager and Keith Meldrum, Adviser on European Affairs have recently returned from very positive discussions with EC representatives in Brussels.
The meeting, kindly hosted and arranged by East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer, was attended by Martin Territt of Commissioner Byrne's cabinet and Andrea Gavinelli, author of the report on the Review of Live Animal Transportation, on which new EU legislation will be based.

The aims of the meeting were to discuss the progress of the Commission's proposal to update the current Animal Transportation Directive, to highlight ILPH concerns and to present new recommendations for welfare improvements. ILPH emphasis is on: " individual partitioning; " the duration of ourneys;
" 24 hour rest on entry into the EU.
"One of the most positive aspects to come out of the meeting," comments Jo White, "is the news that the Commission is committed to single stalls/partitions as part of better quality travelling conditions for equines. This will be a significant welfare measure that should help to reduce the injuries suffered by equines in transport."
Although the Commission is against the 8 hour journey limit, the issue of journey times is key to the new Directive, and a reduction from the current maximum of 24 hours looks likely.
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28th March 2003
The British Horse Society

Law Lords decision highlights the benefit of British Horse Society membership
A decision by the Law Lords last week (Thursday 20 March) to dismiss an appeal by a horse owning couple after their animals escaped from their field onto a road, causing severe injuries to a driver when they collided with his car, could have a major effect on insurance cover. The decision, that the couple were liable and now face a potentially substantial compensation claim, has highlighted the need for effective public liability insurance for horses, available under the British Horse Society's Gold membership scheme.

The Law Lords upheld an earlier decision in the Appeal Court whereby, although the owners were not negligent, under the 1971 Animals Act they were deemed liable for their horses' behaviour. Although the horses were kept in a well-fenced field they were frightened by an unknown source and managed to break out, fleeing onto the busy A380 Torquay to Exeter road at midnight in August 1996. Two of the three horses collided with vehicles, one causing the vehicle to be written off but not causing injury to the occupants. The other horse collided with a car driven by hotel manager Hossein Mirvahedy, resulting in Mr Mirvahedy suffering severe facial injuries. Both horses were killed in the collisions; the third horse was safely caught and put in a field nearby where he was collected the following morning by his owners.
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28th March 2003
netEquestrian Gallops into the Horse Gift Market
Boulder - March 25, 2003 - netEquestrian, Inc. today announced the addition of an equestrian gifts and apparel product line to their website,
"Our goal is to provide the horse community with very unique, high quality horse gifts and products," said Cherie Volastro, President of netEquestrian, Inc. "Many of our items, such as our horse jewelry and our artistic home and office accessories, are handcrafted by individual artisans, providing our store with very unique, hard-to-find items. Other items we offer are every day products, such as our Buzz-Off fly sheets by Bucas imported from Ireland, a 3-Step Wound Care System touted as the "Overall Winner" by John Lyons Perfect Horse, and our Revolutionary Jump Cups endorsed by George Morris. We believe these products are superior in quality and are excited to provide them to the horse community.
netEquestrian is targeting both the casual horse lover and the serious horse show customer with its diverse product line including apparel, horse care, horse show accessories, home décor, specialty foods and a variety of games and horse activities for kids. Combining the unique product offering with netEquestrian's user-friendly shopping interface, is a sure bet when gift shopping for your favorite horse lover.
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28th March 2003
Bob Jeffries Partnership Training For Horse and Rider March 2003 News
“We don’t break horses, we teach horses and riders to make breakthroughs!”
Does your horse evade you by raising his head when you’re trying to bridle him, or give you a dirty look when you tighten the cinch? Does he walk into you, step on your feet, push you around while trying to scratch his head, refuse to let you pick up his feet, or pull you over to the next patch of grass against your will?
If you answered “Yes!” to any of the above questions, then you need to ask yourself why you are accepting this behavior. If your honest response is something like, “He’s so good at everything else!” or “He really didn’t mean it,” or “ It’s the only thing he does wrong!” then you need to know that you can and should expect more from your horse. Good manners are an important part of any partnership, included the one between the two of you. Improving his manners while you feed, groom, lead or saddle your horse will “trickle up” and improve his performance under saddle, whether on the trail, or in the show ring. Your horse can learn that you expect him to pay attention to you whenever you are around him!
For example, teach him to drop his head on cue and accept the bit willingly. You can accomplish this by putting your hand on top of your horse’s head (the poll), and adding just a tad of pressure. Do not release the pressure until the head comes down (any downward movement should earn a release in the beginning, even one sixteenth of an inch). Eventually as you touch the top of his head he will lower it down to where bridling becomes easy.
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28th March 2003
Defending Champion Molly Ashe Returns for $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational
Tampa, FL – March 27 – Show jumping rider Molly Ashe will be feeling the pressure on Saturday evening. At Raymond James Stadium, the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational will begin at 7:00 pm and Molly has won this event the last 2 years in a row.
No one has ever won the Invitational three years in a row since its inception in 1972. Others have tried but this is a very difficult class and the competition is tough. Katie Monahan-Prudent and Rodney Jenkins have each won the Invitational three years but not consecutively. Molly would be setting a new record for the books if she can win this year.
Molly will have her chance as the tenth rider in the order of go. Thirty horse and rider combinations will attempt the Steve Stephens designed course. And all the riders with clean first rounds will return for a timed jump off. The horse and rider with the fastest time and least number of penalties in the jump off will win the $60,000 first place award.
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28th March 2003
Following the Eventing Committee meeting held in Warendorf, PERA currently features a report outlining the main issues from this meeting on the website. Now that the UK eventing season is underway, PERA would also like to remind members that BE have changed their scoring system for one day events in the UK, in order to be more in line with the FEI system.
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28th March 2003
Foxhall Cup Cross-Country Course Steeplechase Run
Atlanta, GA, March 27, 2003 - Lace up your running shoes because The Atlanta Track Club will be returning to Foxhall Events this year for their annual 3-mile race, the "Foxhall Cup Cross-Country Course Steeplechase Run."
The race, part of the ATC's Grand Prix Series, will take place on Saturday, April 19 at 8:30 a.m. Runners will make tracks all around the cross-country steeplechase course, where riders and horses will be galloping later on in the afternoon. Anyone interested in participating must sign-up at the race site by 8:00 a.m.; $10 for non-members, FREE for ATC members. For more information call (404) 231-9064. All runners will receive complimentary admission into Foxhall Events on Saturday.
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28th March 2003

Laura Kraut and Liberty Win the NAL Americhoice Challenge Again!
Tampa, FL – March 27 – At the Tournament of Champions, Laura Kraut and Liberty won the $5,000 NAL Americhoice Challenge. Liberty is a Dutch Warmblood mare and is owned by The Summit Group. This pair also won the Americhoice Challenge last week at the Tampa Bay Classic. Twenty seven horses attempted the course
The North American League (NAL) runs season-long series in six hunter and jumper divisions – Children’s Hunter, Children’s Jumper, Adult Hunter, Adult Jumper, Pony Jumper, and Open Jumper Speed. Each series culminates with a championship final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, in October. Riders need not be members of the NAL to compete in any qualifying classes, but only current members earn points toward year-end finals.
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28th March 2003

United States Equestrian Team Announces East Coast League Riders For Show Jumping World Cup Final
Gladstone, NJ—March 27, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced the 8 U.S. East Coast League riders who have qualified to compete in Budweiser World Cup 2003, April 16-20, in Las Vegas, NV. The riders earned the right to compete at the Final by being the top finishers in the U.S. East Coast League.
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27th March 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
26 March 2003

FEI Executive Board Meeting
The Executive Board met on 24 March 2003 in Zurich.
World Cup Dressage Final
The following riders will participate to the World Cup Final to be held in Göteborg (SWE) from 27 to 30 March 2003.

World Cup Jumping - Pessoa wins in 's-Hertogenbosh
Rodrigo Pessoa made it very clear in 's-Hertogenbosch, that he intends to reclaim the FEI World Cup jumping title. Seven riders contested the jump off after the course designed by Hank Drabbe proved troublesome to most of the field, including world ranked no.1 Ludger Beerbaum, World cup champion Otto Becker, World Champion Dermott Lennon who all failed to reach the jump off.

Jumping Top Ten Final To Be Held In Geneva (Sui) The International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC)and the FEI allocated the Top Ten Final to Geneva. Geneva CSI-W, which will be held from 4 to 7 December, will host the Top Ten Final for the third consecutive year.
World Cup Driving - Exell accelerates in ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Australia’s Boyd Exell won the FEI World Cup Driving competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED). Despite two knocked down balls, Exell passed the finish line one second faster than Mark Weusthof.
FEI Eventing World Cup - Galway Downs Hosts First USA West Coast World Cup Qualifier
Eventing's first World Cup Final will be held in Pau, France this October, and Galway Downs in Temecula, California is hosting the only West Coast qualifying event for both United States riders, and riders from other national federations. Any American rider finishing in the top four of the CIC-W*** will receive an invitation to the inaugural World Cup Finals.
News From Australia : 2003 Wandin Park International CIC ***
Australian World Equestrian Games competitor David Middleton has continued his domination of Australian eventing by taking out the CIC*** on the twelve year old Armitage Downie Warlord at the Wandin Park International Horse Event, Australia held on 23 March 2003.
Silver Camera Award For The Best Picture Of 2002/2003
The CHIO Aachen, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and the Sparkasse announce the contest “Best Equestrian Photo of the Year” for which the award is presented on the occasion of the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen 2003, from 17 to the 22 June.
CSI0 3 STARS Alexandria Cancelled
The Egyptian Equestrian Federation just informed the FEI that CSIO 3 stars Alexandria, due to take place from 24 to 26 April 2003 had been cancelled due to the current situation in the Middle East. A new date will be decided when the circumstances allow it.
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27th March 2003

Marathon Men Running to Support Horse Welfare
2 Londoners are putting their best foot forward next month in aid of horse welfare.
Piers German, 34, a Wine Merchant and Paul Williams 33, a self confessed 'Financial Scrap Merchant', both from South London, are training hard for the London Marathon.

They will each be 1 of 5 ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) Golden Bond runners who will be running exclusively for the charity and they need to raise at least £1,000 in order to be able to join thousands of other runners on April 13 in London.
Piers knows what to expect as he ran for the ILPH in 2001 but Paul is new to it.
He says, "I am really looking forward to realising a long held ambition to compete in a major marathon. I am a little nervous, but relish the challenge of successfully completing the world's premier endurance athletic event.
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27th March 2003
Cathy Fenn From Pony Club HQ To Run In London Marathon
Cathy Fenn who works for The Pony Club HQ at Stoneleigh, where she is responsible for the website, the organisation of the many Championships as well as for the disciplines of Dressage, Show Jumping and Tetrathlon, is taking up the challenge to run the London Marathon to raise much needed money for The Anthony Nolan Trust after one of her work colleagues died from Leukaemia.
Cathy, 32, became aware of The Anthony Nolan Trust and its work Sophia Hopkinson who worked for British Eventing, was diagnosed with leukaemia and had a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately Sophia died in 2001 but Cathy was inspired by her courage and decided to achieve a dream by running the marathon and raising lots money as well.
Letitia Hayward, Area Manager for the Trust says that every year The Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust receives thousands of requests from children and young adults who’s only hope of survival relies on them receiving a bone marrow transplant.
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27th March 2003
Drug regulations set by LSU School of Veterinary Medicine used by horse racing commissions internationally
BATON ROUGE – The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) has been the drug-testing site of the Louisiana State Racing Commission (LSRC) since 1987, and the guidelines established by SVM pharmacologists are used throughout the nation and in other countries.
Dr. Charles R. Short, a professor of veterinary pharmacology in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the SVM, was the first person to create a set of guidelines that classified drugs based on their nature, effects and use patterns and established penalties that corresponded with the severity of the drug used.
Short’s first system had three levels and classified between 450 and 500 drugs. In 1990, Short presented a refined, five-tiered system of drug classification at the 9th International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians, which he organized in New Orleans. Class 1 drugs are the most severe and carry the most penalties; Class 5 drugs are the least severe and have little effect on the horse’s performance. There are currently over 750 drugs listed in the classification system, called the Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances and published by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
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27th March 2003

Pan American Games Dressage Selection Trials to Highlight 13th Annual Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, Presented by State Line Tack
Gladstone, NJ—March 26, 2003— The 2003 Bayer/United States Equestrian Team (USET) Festival of Champions, Presented by State Line Tack, will host the Pan American Games dressage selection trials, June 19-22 at the USET Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ.
The USET Intermediaire Championship at the Festival will serve as the selection trials to choose the horses and riders who will represent the United States in dressage at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 7-10.

To qualify for the trials, horses and riders competed in a series of qualifying events throughout the winter and spring.
The Intermediaire competition promises to be intense as the top 12 horse-and-rider combinations vie for the right to be on the four-rider squad that will represent the United States at the 2003 Pan American Games.
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27th March 2003
Galway Downs Hosts First West Coast World Cup Qualifier
Eventing's first World Cup Finals will be held in Pau, France this October, and Galway Downs is hosting the only West Coast qualifying event for both United States riders, and riders from other national federations. Any American rider finishing in the top four of the CIC-W*** will receive an invitation to the inaugural World Cup Finals.
In addition, the March 28-30 Jaguar Select Edition World Cup Qualifier at Galway Downs will feature the new eventing format that will be used at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Riders will perform their dressage test on Friday, and on Saturday they will compete over a 38 obstacle cross country course. The significant format change is that there will be no roads and tracks, and no steeplechase. On Sunday morning the horses will undergo a veterinary inspection before competing in the final phase - show jumping. The Galway Downs event only has competitions for individual horses and riders. However, in the Olympics the team competition will follow the above format. Following the stadium jumping round, the top 25 individuals will jump another round to determine the individual medalists. The Jaguar Select Edition World Cup Qualifier at Galway Downs provides a great opportunity for eventing enthusiasts to observe the new format.
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27th March 2003

58th Del Mar National Horse Show features 3 weeks, 6 nights of world-class competitions
DEL MAR Fairgrounds - From Western to Dressage, and Jumpers to Sliders, the 58th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show will feature an assortment of equestrian competitions during three weeks of competitions in beautiful San Diego that are sure to please any horse enthusiast.
The Del Mar National is held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Equestrian Center and is renowned for its competition, excitement, pageantry, and picturesque location. The event is one of the nation's most prestigious annual equestrian shows in the United States, attracting hundreds of North America's finest horses and riders who will compete in three distinct disciplines with more than $300,000 in prize money at stake.
Beginning April 17, with nearly a week devoted to each of three major disciplines, the Del Mar National is literally three horse shows in one. For three consecutive weeks, world-class horses and riders vie for more than just prize money; they'll compete for the prestige and honor that comes with holding a Del Mar National title.
Uniquely American riding skills highlight Western Week April 17-20. The week features competitive classes in Trail, English and Western pleasure, speed events, and NRHA reining.
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27th March 2003

May and Laura Kraut Win the Final WEF Challenge Cup
Tampa, FL – March 26, 2003 – The final $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup in the series was held today and it was a World Cup Qualifier. In fact, it was the last of the World Cup Qualifiers for the East Coast League. Mehves Trak of Turkey designed the course and 33 horse and rider combinations attempted the track
Seven horses qualified to come back and jump off against the clock. The first horse back was Libidou with Keean White up and he was clean. Leslie Howard was third back in the jump off and set a fast and clean pace with Priobert De Kalvarie finishing in 37.04 seconds. Last to go in the order proved to be the best! Laura Kraut rode Pasmore Stables’ May to 2 clear rounds and finished the jump off in 36.87 seconds just beating Leslie Howard.
Schuyler Riley was in the first round with South Beach Stables Opus Sept when her stirrup leather broke. She finished the remaining 8 jumps without the stirrup! And she only had 4 faults which finished as tied for 8th place.
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26th March 2003

SEIB/BEF Young Horse Evaluation Series Includes More Breeds
The SEIB/BEF Young Horse Evaluation Series has widened eligibility requirements in order to include more breeds. As from this season pedigree papers and passports will be accepted from all Breed Societies that are members of the British Horse Society (BHS) Horse and Pony Breeds Committee, not just those Breed Societies recognised by DEFRA.
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26th March 2003
Farmkey Celebrates 25 Years Freezemarking
FARMKEY, the leaders in equine freezemarking, is celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year.
Tried and tested over 25 years, Farmkey are the pioneers in freezemarking with a pedigree that is trusted by almost 200,000 horse and pony owners.
From the original four-digit freezemark concept, Farmkey has developed the revolutionary and discrete Micromark, the latest concept ion the fight to deter theft.
Peter Mills of Farmkey said: "We are delighted to be celebrating our 25th anniversary this year. It is a real milestone in freezemarking.
"We are also delighted to have found that many of the horses and ponies that were freezemarked by Farmkey some 25 years ago are still around. "These include Sunday Morn a 28-year-old pony owned by Frances Hamling from Essex." (pictured left)
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26th March 2003
Charlie Head's Line-Up In First Derby House Pony Trial
YOUNG Charlie Knapp has his sights firmly set on a career in eventing and made an excellent start to the season when capturing the first Derby House Pony Trial at Lincolnshire Horse Trials,
Charlie (14) from Reading, Berkshire, was on top form with the well known pony Harry Hotshot, owned by Martin Levan.
Harry Hotshot now 16, has been a stalwart of the Derby House sponsored pony team, competing in the bronze medal winning team in Hagen, Germany, last year when ridden by Tamsyn Hutchins.
Derby House is well known for its equestrian retail, mail order and stabling business and is delighted to be supporting the pony team once again this year.
With 32 starters the Derby House Pony Trial brought riders from all over the country vying for a place on the squad which takes part in the European Championships at Necarne in Northern Ireland, in July.
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25th March 2003
Tampa Police Mounted Patrol & K-9 Unit Will Demonstrate Skills in Raymond James Stadium During $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational
Tampa, FL – March 23, 2003 – The $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational will be held Saturday evening, March 29, in the Raymond James Stadium.
The Tampa Police Mounted Patrol will be in the stadium with their horses and dogs. The Tampa Police Mounted Patrol has been in existence for approximately seven years and still has no home of their own! They currently are using five stalls to stable their horses at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club. This Yacht Club generously donates these quarters for the police to use but patrol members need a facility of their own where they can train young horses for crowd control and to stable more animals.
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25th March 2003
Robert Smith Wins s'Hertogenbosch Grand Prix
Robert Smith enjoyed an extremely successful weekend, beating a world-class field to win the coveted s'Hertogenbosch Grand Prix and also finished runner-up in the World Cup Qualifier.
Robert riding Di and Pennie Cornishs' 9 year-old bay stallion, Marius Claudius, jumped the only double clear round to beat the Netherland's, Wim Schroder and Eurocommerce Montreal into second place and Germany's, Lars Nieberg and Adlantus AS FRH into third.
Earlier in the day, Robert finished runner-up in the World Cup Qualifier on the 10 year-old bay gelding, Mr Springfield. Rodrigo Pessoa and Baloubet du Rouet took the top honours with the Netherlands Jan Tops and Grande Dame in third place. Please click here for further details
25th March 2003
Mister Springfield second in S’Hertognebosch Grand Prix
The S’Hertogenbosch CSI W and CSI **** took place in the Netherlands over last weekend, March 20th to 23rd.
Mister Springfield (ISH) ridden by Robert Smith (GBR) finished second in Sundays S’Hertogenbosch Grand Prix FEI World Cup.
Also competing at this show was the World’s Number One rider, Dermot Lennon (IRL) and Liscalgot (ISH). This partnership came third in the Brabanthallen Prijs CSI Group 1m50 and fifth in the Rabobank Prijs CSI W Group Grand Prix Qualifier on Friday. Royal Charmer (ISH) and Markus Fuchs (SUI) took second place in the BV Brabanthallen Prijs CSI W Group 1m50 while Frisky IV (ISH) and Ludger Beerbaum (GER) came fifth in the Indoor Brabant Prijs CSI W and CSI Group 1m40 class on Thursday.In the US over the same weekend, the action moved to Tampa, Florida where
Sundays $60,000 Tampa CSI W Grand Prix FEI World Cup class saw Carling King (ISH) and Kevin Babington (IRL) take seventh place.
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25th March 2003
Sore No More ......... Now Available In A Massage Shampoo
POTTSTOWN, PA (November 15, 2002)- Equilite Inc., creator of the Sore No More liniment, Product of the Year 2000(The Horse Journal), is introducing its newest addition to the Sore No More family, the Massage Shampoo. This all-natural arnica based shampoo is a massage in a bottle. It has all the great benefits of the Sore No More liniment in shampoo form. This shampoo is ideal for a post-workout bath. It helps to relieve sore muscles while cleansing at the same time.
Sore No More Massage Shampoo is derived directly from the Sore No More liniment due to its popularity as a bath brace. It contains a witch hazel base and a blend of herbs that is great for animals with sensitive skin. This gentle coconut smelling cleanser works into a sudsy lather when applied and massaged in to the skin. The soapy lather gives an invigorating massage throughout the body of the animal and rinses clean leaving a super soft shine. The mane and tail are left shiny and easy to comb.
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25th March 2003
Herbs 'n Essences, Tinctures For The Body, Mind And Spirit
POTTSTOWN, PA-(December 9, 2002)-Equilite, Inc. has formulated a new breed of flower essences called Herbs'n Essences. Herbs'n Essences is a combination of flower essences and herbals used to help blend the diverse range of vibrational levels in an animal's body. The herbs deal with the physical being of the animal and the flower essences cater to the emotional issues and conflicts plagued by the animal. Herbs'n Essences will resonate with all aspects of the animal.
In today's world, life is stressful for not only people but animals as well. Animals are faced with emotional issues that are not natural to their environment. This all new line of flower essences will help animals deal with such issues as extreme panic from being left alone, jealousy and competitiveness between peers, and animals that suffer from over anxious, workaholic behavior.
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25th March 2003
USA Equestrian
Approved Rule Changes Available On Web Site
The USA Equestrian Executive Committee approved rule changes to the 2003 USA Equestrian Rule Book on March 17.
A list of these rule changes is located under Rules/Changes at the Federation website, The Rule Book sections are updated as rules become effective and those approved since the printing of the 2003 Rule Book are indicated by colored text. Please click here for further details
25th March 2003
CSI** Moorsele (Bel) b4 - 6 April 2003
Sara Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS, Emma Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS, Damien Charles From Westerham, KENT, Ricki Hill From Benfleet, ESSEX, Deborah Jackson From Seer Green, BUCKS, Veronique Whitaker Based in Brussels, BELGIUM, Scott Smith From York, NORTH YORKS have been authorised to compete at the above mentioned show
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24th March 2003
World-Class Horses and Riders Return to Wellington for The American Grand Prix Association’s Year-End Championships
Wellington, Florida – March 24, 2003 – After The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival wraps up in Tampa on March 29, 2003, most competitors will head back home for a bit of respite before going on to the summer shows. But an elite group of show jumper horse-and-rider teams will return to The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington for five days of The American Grand Prix Association’s Jumper Championships, presented by Budweiser. The Championships will take place from Wednesday, April 2 through Sunday, April 6, 2003.
In the late 1970s Eugene R. Mische, Leonard King and Mason Phelps, Jr. founded the American Grand Prix Association (“AGA”). The AGA’s goal is to provide the very best jumpers and their riders with the type of world-class competitions they can expect to face at The Pan American Games, The World Cup and The Olympics. The AGA tour, beginning in April of each year (after the Championships), consists of 33 events offering a total of $3 million in prize money.
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24th March 2003

McLain Ward Victorious Again! This Victory With Viktor!
Tampa, FL – March 23 - McLain Ward won the $60,000 Grand Prix of Tampa riding Viktor., McLain finished first and second on Hurricane and Labelle in the 1.50 m Class the day before this class.
Six horses qualified for the timed jump-off out of a field of 35 competitors in the Grand Prix of Tampa. But McLain and Viktor were the last to go in the jump-off and beat the time of the only other clean round in the jump-off. Candice King and Calsikan were the other clear and finished 2nd. Viktor is a Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Harry R. Gill and McLain Ward. Viktor won $18,000 for his victory today. But today was important as it was the last event to qualify riders for the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational and this class was a World Cup Qualifier as well. McLain already tops the list of qualifiers for both the Invitational and the World Cup. Guilherme Nogueira Jorge of Brazil was the course designer and the course proved worthy of a World Cup Class with penalties spread about the course.
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24th March 2003

McLain Ward Finishes 1 & 2 in the $20,000 1.50 m Classic.
Tampa, Fl – March 22, 2003 – Today at the Winter Equestrian Festival, jumping competition continued in 3 different arenas. The $20,000 1.50 m Classic, a Time First Jump Off, was the featured class. There were 9 horses qualified for the jump off and McLain Ward was first and second with two horses owned by Sarah B. Willeman and Turnabout Farm. He was first riding Hurricane as he flew around the shortened course in a time of 20.232 seconds for the win. McLain was last to go in the jump off on Labelle and tried to beat his previous time but finished in 29.620 seconds. In third place was Millcreek’s Raphael with Eric Lamaze riding for the Millcreek Stables.
Artistic was Champion in the Amateur Owner Hunters 36-50 with owner/rider Dee Thomas. Dee and Artistic are currently leading for circuit Champion in the division. Children’s Working Hunter Champion was Stellar with owner/rider Alysha Leonard. Stellar was also Champion in the Pre Green 3’3” Hunters with Scott Hofstetter. Forget Paris was Adult Amateur Hunter Champion with owner/rider Wendy Lewis. In the equitation divisions, Michael Morrissey won the ASPCA Maclay Medal.
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24th March 2003
Dressage Result: s'Hertogenbosch CDI*** The Netherlands 22nd March 2003
International Dressage Competition
Bouwbedrijf Jongen Prijs,
International Dressage Grand Prix
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23rd March 2003
Establishing a Proper Relationship with Equines : Part III: Communication
Our ability to communicate verbally is both a blessing and a curse. Try as we will, we can not always be honest with our words. If you doubt this, try asking ten people that are not close to you how they are doing. The probability is that you will not receive many honest responses. People that are plagued with health, family, or financial problems will generally answer "great" or "fine, how are you?" If you were an equine, you would know the emotional state of another being without asking.
One theory about the ability of an equine to read moods describes this phenomenon as a "sixth sense." Some even suggest that this is because animals have psychic abilities. The fact that equine usually know our emotional state as soon as we step into their world is more likely due to their ability to read our non-verbal communication. Our posture, movement, actions, and tone of voice project our inner thoughts and feelings. Due to our reliance on verbal communication, people generally ignore the non-verbal. Equine, on the other hand, must rely on non-verbal ommunication for survival and are more skilled at reading body language and tone of voice than we are. A person who is out of sorts can enter an area where equine and
people are interacting, and the entire atmosphere can change, becoming more negative.Conversely, a person skilled at the art of horsemanship can be present and the interaction will become more positive. This is why a skilled clinician can seem almost mystical. The truth is that these skills can be taught to anyone who has the desire to learn. Unfortunately, too often skilled clinicians teach their techniques, ignoring the intangible skills that enable the techniques to be successful.
Years ago, a young protégé wanted to learn how I trained horses. This person could watch my movements and techniques and seemingly was able to imitate them to a tee Interestingly, although it appeared to be a duplication of my methods, the horse's response was quite different. After several weeks, the young man confessed that he didn't even really like horses. The horses that he tried to work with knew this from his non-verbal communication during the training sessions. They did not give him respect or trust, even though to the human eye it appeared that there was no
difference in our training technique. Also the young man was focusing on imitating my techniques, giving little attention to the horse's communication. So what does this have to do with communicating with equine? Everything. We must first realize that communication is a two-way street. If we only communicate our expectations to an animal and ignore what the animal is trying to communicate to us we will have little success.
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23rd March 2003
Three of the Four Olympic Team Members Will Compete at the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational
Tampa, FL – March 22, 2003 – Three of the Four Olympic Team members representing the United States in 2000 will compete on Saturday evening, March 29, in the Raymond James Stadium in the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational. In 2000, the Olympic Show Jumping Team was an all-female team. The Olympic riders competing include: Margie Goldstein Engle, Lauren Hough and Laura Kraut
In horse jumping competitions, unlike many other sports, men and women compete on an equal playing field and against one another. There is no advantage to either sex. Since the first American Invitational in 1973, 15 men have won a total of 16 Invitationals and 10 women have won a total of 14 Invitationals.
Molly Ashe, the defending Champion, won in 2001 and 2002 and will do her best to make it three in a row. Only two other competitors have won back-to-back victories since the inception of the American Invitational in 1973. Molly Ashe, if she wins, will be the first to win this prestigious event three years consecutively.
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23rd March 2003
"Trimming with Nancy Filbert CSHS"
Nancy Filbert was one of the first Certified Strasser Hoof Care Specialists in the United States. She had the benefit of studying at Dr. Strasser's Hoof Clinic in Germany and is a devoted Trim Specialist. Nancy also has incredible teaching abilities and makes the trim process much more transparent. Join us Friday for the basics and Saturday for "hands-on" trim experiences (you must participate in Friday's session to bring a horse on Saturday). Bring your tools and an open mind.
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23rd March 2003

Show Jumping Results: CSI-W 's-Hertogenbosch Netherlands 20-23 March 2003
International jumping comp. qualification FEI World Cup
Table A 1.50m against the Clock,
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