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Breed of the Week :
The Schleswiger Heavy Draft

Featured Article:
More Learning From Horses: Threats and Safety Zones

6th March 2004

The British Horse Society

Would you know what to do if a rider fell off and was injured?
British Horse Society Equine Specific First Aid Courses
Would you know what to do if a rider fell off and was injured? Last year The British Horse Society (BHS) ran almost 150 Equine Specific First Aid Courses (ESFAC), not just for instructors and examiners but also for grooms, volunteers, fence judges and every day riders too.

The popular courses, run in association with Pro-Medical and Leven First Aid, are designed to teach human fist aid specifically for people involved in the horse world. There are two courses; an initial two-day ESFAC aimed at candidates who have no previous experience or who have let their certificate expire, and a one-day ESFAC refresher for those who have taken the initial course and need a biennial refresher to keep their certificates validated.
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BEF Volunteer Support Strategy (VSS) posted on Website for Public Consultation
The British Equestrian Federation and its member bodies are working to improve the lot of the volunteer workforce which is such a vital link across equestrian sport.
In March 2003, supported by Sport England who lead on the Volunteer Investment Programme (“VIP”) the BEF established a Volunteers Support Strategy Working Group to investigate what work needed to be done to support volunteers working in each of its member bodies.
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Daniel Bluman And Gullit Shagal Win $2,500 Junior Jumper High, Power & Speed
Sandy Ferrell And Barcelona Win First Year Green Hunter Championship, Section A
WELLINGTON, FL – March 5, 2004 – Competing in his first season as a junior, Daniel Bluman, 13, of Medellin, Colombia, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, won the $2,500 Junior Jumper High, Power & Speed aboard Gullit Shagal owned by Christine Firmin Didot at the Winter Equestrian Festival today in Wellington, Florida. Bluman topped a class of 31 entries in the Internationale Arena over a course designed by Dr. Arno Gego. Nine riders were clear over the Power phase, but only two went clean in the Speed phase, with Bluman posting a time more than four seconds faster than Cody Auer aboard Regina owned by Esther Kane-Waring who earned second place. Please click here for further details
Website Boosts Trailblazers Entries To New Level
Entries in the first rounds of the South Essex Insurance Brokers/PSOA Trailblazers series for unaffiliated horses and ponies have been boosted to new levels after the launch of a new website.
PSOA - the Permanent Show Organisers Association - launched its own site at last year. The site carries details of the 44 centres nationwide hosting Trailblazer first and second rounds together with information on rules and how to make entries.
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Vale Seizes Third Victory In A Row With 1-2 Finish In $25,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix
OCALA, FL (March 5, 2004)—For any Grand Prix rider, having a good string of up-and-coming horses is fundamental to sustained success. Aaron Vale, the record holder for the most Grand Prix wins in a single year, certainly looks like he is going to stay at the top of his game. Vale had a 1-2 finish, his third win in a row in Thursday's $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, and is consistently placing in the top four spots in jumper classes across the board at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Quendo, owned by Town Creek Investment, was Vale's horse for the win. He rode Romulus to second place, also owned by Town Creek Investment. Quendo and Romulus are both new mounts—this is their first full season in the Grand Prix ring with Aaron. Harold Chopping and Shadwell, owned by Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt Steward, took third place in the competition. Please click here for further details

Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Paris France 4-6 March 2004
Prix des Ecoliers, International Jumping Competition
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5th March 2004

The British Horse Society

British Horse Society advises never loan a horse without an agreement
The British Horse Society (BHS) strongly advises horse owners, and those contemplating having a horse on loan or by lease, never to do so without a written agreement. Loaning or leasing a horse often appears to be an attractive solution, both for the owner who may not have enough time to look after the horse but does not want to sell it, and for those looking for a horse without the capital required for initial purchase.

However, such arrangements can be rife with potential problems. Frequently the arrangement is by word of mouth only, and when something goes wrong it can be the animal that ultimately suffers. The BHS advocates that in all cases there should be a written agreement signed by both parties. Although not essential it is advisable to have the agreement written by a solicitor, or at the least viewed by one, with the responsibilities of both parties clearly defined, and be fair and reasonable Please click here for further details

Furniture Giant DFS To Support Hickstead Derby
Furniture giant DFS is to sponsor the prestigious Derby class at Hickstead's British Jumping Derby Meeting (June 3-6) at the All England Jumping Course.
Prize money for the DFS Derby, final class of the four-day meeting, will increase to a total of £75,000.
Lord Kirkham, founder and chairman of the company, with 69 stores and almost 2,500 staff nationwide, said: "I am proud to support the Hickstead British Jumping Derby. It allows DFS to put its name in front of a diverse and discerning audience. The Derby meeting attracts huge attention from those who recognise the quality of the sport - just the sort of people who will appreciate DFS furniture." Please click here for further details

McLain Ward Finishes One-Two With Goldika And Hurricane In WEF $25,000 CN Challenge Cup Series, Round VI, CSI***
WELLINGTON, FL – March 4, 2004 – After a streak of 10 wins followed by two weeks out of the winner’s circle in the International Arena, McLain Ward took the blue and the red ribbons today, and joked, “I had to make up for not being first!” Ward 28, of Brewster, New York, claimed the two top spots in the WEF $25,000 CN Challenge Cup Series, Round VI today at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Topping a class of 66 horses over a course designed by Germany’s Dr. Arno Gego, Ward claimed victory with Goldika 559 owned by Double H Farm, and second place with Hurricane I owned by Turnabout Farm. Ward’s two horses were the fastest of seven double-clear performances in the 15-horse jump-off. Canada’s Ashley Vince placed third with Catch 22 owned by Trinity Farm. Please click here for further details
Catamount, Isla Carroll, White Birch Win First Round Games In C.V. Whitney Cup At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Ten-goaler Mike Azzaro scored eight goals, including six in the first half, to lead Catamount over past Las Monjitas 14-9 in a first-round match of the 26th annual C.V. Whitney Cup 26-goal polo tournament Thursday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
In other first-round games, 8-goaler Pancho Bensadon scored five goals to lead Isla Carroll over Everglades 10-9 and White Birch, led by 10-goaler Mariano Aguerre’s four goals and key passes, defeated Millarville 12-9.
Carlos Gracida and Azzaro scored the first two goals and Catamount (1-0) never trailed in the game. Azzaro’s offense sparked Catamount to an 8-4 halftime lead and they coasted to victory. Please click here for further details
Ian Millar And Sweet Dreams Win $2,500 Brookledge Open Welcome At HITS Ocala IV
OCALA, FL (March 4, 2004)—Two Canadians and an Irishman took the top three spots in Wednesday's $2,500 Brookledge Open Welcome at HITS Ocala IV. Seven-time Olympic veteran, Ian Millar, rode Sweet Dreams to the blue ribbon. The Canadian legend had the only double-clear of a field of 21 horses. Fellow Canadian, Erynn Ballard and Leacock took second place. Irish rider, Michael Kirby and #1 Kirby finished in third place.
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Hobby Horse Tours Inc. Presents .... . "The Premier Lusitano Experience" - In Brazil
Interagro, the largest breeder of Lusitanos in the world, offers for the first time training sessions on their spectacular horses. Be one of the first to ride a Lusitano at Interagro under the guidance of knowledgeable and experienced trainers. These gentle horses are a pleasure to ride; their willing attitudes and athleticism will win you over! During the one week program (7 nights/8 days) you will have the opportunity to observe and work side by side with professional horsemen. The staff of experienced trainers at Interagro is eager to share their knowledge with you!
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Show Jumping Results: CSI-W Paris France 4-6 March 2004
Prix PHS, International Jumping Competition
Prix des Ecuries, International Jumping Competition
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Cross Country International’s Costa Rica Trail Ride Named One of the “Best Vacations of 2004” by Outside Magazine
Millbrook, NY—March 4, 2004—Outside Magazine named Cross Country International’s exotic Costa Rica Trail Ride vacation as one of the “Best Vacations of 2004” when it unveiled its new list at the Adventure Travel Show in Chicago, IL, February 19-22.
In the magazine’s first annual Best Vacation Contest, which is featured in the March issue, the Costa Rica Trail Ride finished fifth among the 40 finalists.
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4th March 2004

2004 British Eventing Season Kicks Off In Style
This weekend marks the start of the 2004 eventing season with Isleham in Cambridgeshire and Stilemans in Surrey hosting the first full one day events on the 6th and 7th March.
The UK season runs until the end of October and includes some 190 events at over 160 locations throughout the country. It is expected that around seven thousand horse and rider partnerships will take part in the sport during the year - approximately 62,000 cross country rounds!
The premier international events, including Badminton, Burghley and Blenheim, take on increased profile this Olympic year as attention focuses on the British Three Day Eventing Team's prospects in Athens during August. The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials at the end of April will play an important role in the final team selection. Please click here for further details
Learn to ride with the new ABRS guide
The Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) has just published its brand new, free, easy-reference guide to ABRS approved riding schools, to make it easy for riders to find a quality riding establishment in their area.
The guide lists, by county, more than 350 ABRS member riding schools in the UK. Every school has been inspected and approved by one of the Association’s experienced inspectors and all are periodically re-inspected to ensure the riding public are provided with exemplary standards of tuition, training and care for both horse and rider
The ABRS runs Britain’s longest-established Riding School Approval Scheme and is the only organisation solely representing professional riding school proprietors. The ABRS examinations system provides for highly regarded qualifications in both stable management and equitation.
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Federation Equestre Internationale News
3 March 2004
- FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings
- FEI BCM World Dressage Riders Rankings
- FEI World Cup Jumping Preview: CSI-W Paris Bercy
- FEI World Cup Jumping Final
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McDonald And Brentina Sweep U.S. Grand Prix Freestyle Championship And U.S. League Final
Defending World Cup Champions Debbie McDonald and Brentina (HAN, Brentano II – Lieselotte) were victorious in the $25,000 U.S. Grand Prix Freestyle Championship/U.S. League Final held February 27 – 29, 2004 during the CDI-W Burbank & Mid Winter Dressage Fair at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in California. McDonald and Brentina, a chestnut Hanoverian mare owned by Peggy Thomas of Sun Valley, Idaho, scored 82.325% in the Grand Prix Freestyle to win the U.S. Equestrian-sponsored Championship and Final.Please click here for further details

Ashland Farms Wins Six Hunter Championships At Winter Equestrian Festival, Week 5
WELLINGTON, FL – March 1, 2004 – “It was a great week. We were super, super excited about it,” said Ken Smith when the hunter championships for Week 5 at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, were tallied and his Ashland Farms chalked up six titles.
Ken and his wife of 12 years, Emily Smith, have owned and operated their training business in Wellington for 11 years. Both formerly worked for Howard Lewis in Cleveland before moving to Florida and launching Ashland Farms in 1993. During last week’s PDP Capital Wellington Masters, February 25-29, the Smiths brought 50 of their clients’ horses to the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds to compete. Ken also took on additional training and riding duties for outside clients while at the show. Please click here for further details
Get Mama in the Saddle for Mother’s Day
Millbrook, NY—March 3, 2004—The perfect Mother’s Day gift for the mom who loves horses: A horseback riding trip with her daughter in Ireland, France or Italy.
Cross Country International offers four different vacations for mothers and daughters to spend a special week together in four exciting locations. You’ll ride from a castle, estate or villa through fabulous countryside while creating unforgettable memories.
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There are still spaces available on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of March for the Albert Voorn showjumping clinic. This is a great opportunity for people to have a training session with the top Dutch show jumping rider and trainer.
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Gerry Mullins To Retire From Army Equitation School
THE EQUESTRIAN Federation of Ireland has learned that one of its directors, Lt. Col. Gerry Mullins, will shortly be retiring from his position as Officer Commanding of the Army Equitation School at McKee Barracks.
Lt. Col. Mullins will be be taking this step as a result of a medical check-up undertaken late last year, and a subsequent need to reassess his lifestyle.

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Lechuza Caracas, Orchard Hill Register Easy Wins To Open 26-Goal Whitney Cup At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – Ten-goaler Sebastian Merlos scored eight goals to lead Lechuza Caracas over Texas Polo 15-9 in a first-round match of the 26th annual C.V. Whitney Cup 26-goal polo tournament Wednesday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
In another first-round game, 10-goaler Eduardo Heguy and 8-goaler Julio Arellano scored five goals each to pace Orchard Hill past Pony Express 13-8.
Merlos scored on a breakaway 50 seconds into the game and Lechuza never trailed, although Texas Polo battled back to tie the game at 3-3 on Milo Araujo’s goal early in the second chukker. Please click here for further details
USEF Board Meeting To Be Held In July
The 2004 mid-year meeting of the United States Equestrian Federation Board of Directors has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 6, at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort in Lexington, KY. Please click here for further details

3rd March 2004

Globe-trotting Grandmother
Foreign travel is no mystery to pensioner Mary Jefferies 66, from Horning on the Norfolk Broads, but sightseeing from the back of a camel is.
No stranger to the Southern African Kalahari and Namib deserts, nor the Atacama desert in South America, Mary has risen to the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) challenge to cross the Mongolian Gobi desert on a camel.

She comments, "I think the Gobi camel challenge attracted me because I like vast open spaces and wild places and besides I have only ever ridden a one hump dromedary - the idea of the 2 humped Bactrian camel is something quite different - an experience not be missed !"
Before departing on her expedition in September Mary is getting in some regular practice riding her son's 18.2 hh part shire horse, "so that she is used to being high up!" Please click here for further details

What's On At Easter? - Take A Step Back In Time
Visit the LONDON HARNESS HORSE PARADE taking place in Battersea Park on Easter Monday 12th April from 8.30 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. Free Admission.
The Parade, dating back to 1886, consists of over 200 horse drawn (private and trade) vehicles and carriages including entries from the Royal Mews, Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Young's and Fuller's Breweries.
See the magnificent Shires and Heavy Horses with their brewers drays, Hackney horses with Hansom cabs, Welsh Cobs with London Trollies, Shetlands, Donkeys, Mules and many other breeds of horses and ponies.
Throughout the morning the entries will parade around Battersea Park under the watchful eye of a panel of judges including the Mayor of Wandsworth who will be presenting the Awards.
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Not Just for Hacking!
With the lighter evenings making riding in the week easier, the prospect of gearing up for shows is now a reality.
Whether you are planning to focus your efforts purely on one discipline, or you and your horse event or enjoy having a go at a bit of everything, preparation is the key. Unfortunately there is no substitute for a program of getting your horse or pony fit and gradually adjusting its feed to match the work it is doing. It can be difficult to strike the right balance between providing your horse with the correct amount of energy and preventing over excitement caused by some high energy competition feeds.
Exercising your horse regularly (5 or 6 times a week, not just weekends!) for at least 6 -8 weeks before you do anything too strenuous is a must and this process may take even longer if your horse is overweight and hasn't been fit for a while.
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International Western Riding Show at Kampmann Pferdesport Festival in Bremen:
Rudi Kronsteiner wins first CRI, Rieky Young the NRHA Lawson Bronze Trophy Open
The 17th International Western Riding Show at the Kampmann Pferdesport Festival in Bremen (February 27 and 28, 2004) was really a sight to see. There were more than 200 horses from Germany, Belgium, France, Denmark, Sweden, Austria and even Italy. But Bremen was not only an attraction for the competitors, but also for spectators. For the western night on Saturday evening, the indoor arena was completely sold out. More than 2200 tickets had been sold.

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The Real Deal
Zilco is a world leader in the design and production of synthetic harness and saddlery, exporting to all major equestrian markets worldwide.
The word 'synthetic' may carry some baggage these days, but when you see the Zilco product range, you'll soon realise just how superior synthetic can be compared to its more 'traditional' rivals.
Before Zilco came along, horse ownership may well have meant hours cleaning tack and polishing fittings. These days, time can be more productively spent 'up top', which has got to be a good thing.
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Carly Campbell Cooper Claims Second Ocala Championship Title
Ocala, Florida – Carly Campbell Cooper celebrated another fantastic week in Ocala, Florida, as the equestrian athlete claimed the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur Classic and was crowned the Low Junior/Amateur Champion on Sunday, February 29.
Competing on the five-week HITS Ocala show circuit, Campbell Cooper of Elora, ON, won and also placed second in the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur Classic.
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April 2004 Issue Of The Horse Reports Origin Of Mysterious Disease Found In Quarter Horses Is Discovered
LEXINGTON, KY - The April 2004 issue of The Horse magazine, the leading monthly equine health care magazine, will reveal in an exclusive news report that Poco Bueno, a champion Quarter Horse, has been identified as the sire line associated with the brutal affliction known as hyperelastosis cutis (HC) or hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA). Please click here for further details
United States Show Jumping Olympic Selection Trials to Highlight Cargill International CSI****
San Juan Capistrano, CA—March 2, 2004—The Cargill International CSI**** will host the final three selection trials to choose the show jumping team that will represent the United States at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games when it returns to San Juan Capistrano, CA, May 20-23.
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2nd March 2004

The Funnell Factor - Sell-Out Tour
Last Minute Seats Available For The Funnell At Addington
What? The Funnell Factor - an evening of entertainment with World number one 3-day event rider, Pippa Funnell, and her husband, international show jumper, William Funnell.
Where? Addington Equestrian Centre
When? Thursday 4th March, commencing at 7.30pm. Doors open at 4.30pm for shopping at a selection of tradestands.
Tickets: To pre-book, call 01403 865320, visit, or purchase at the door, cost £15.
Pippa Funnell, the World number one 3-day event rider, and her husband, international show jumper William Funnell, will present The Funnell Factor, an evening of entertainment and training with some of their top horses.
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Left: Pippa and Primmore's Pride clear the last to win Burghley and the Rolex Grand Slam.

Photo Credit: Cealy Tetley
Jill Henselwood Leaps To 1-2 Victory
Indio, CA.: It’s a leap year Canadian equestrian team member Jill Henselwood (Oxford Mills, ON) will remember forever. Chalking up her third victory in as many weeks, Henselwood is taking Indio by storm with a one-two finish in the $50,000 King Shavings World Cup Qualifier with her Olympic hopefuls Callisto and Special Ed.
Thirty-three competitors took to the Grand Prix field on Sunday afternoon of HITS Desert Circuit IV to tackle the intimidating course set by 2003 Pan American Games course designer Javier Fernandez (Guadalajara, MEX). Please click here for further details
First Chance To Meet Rare Breeds Figurehead
The Midlands Equine Fair, Three Counties Showground, 13 and 14 March, will be the first opportunity that members of the general public will get to meet a rocking horse version of well-known Ted the Clydesdale.
The rocking horse, which is the only one of its kind in the world, has been created by rocking horse specialists Stevenson Brothers and is valued at £5,000. He will be spearheading a fundraising campaign for the Rare Breeds Survival Trust which aims to raise £100,000 for the charity. Please click here for further details
Perfect Pasture
For perfect paddocks and pastures, Terra-Vac's unrivalled range of industrial suction cleaners and all-purpose sweepers will always deliver the cleanliness you demand.
With products to suit all requirements and all budgets, no task is too great for Terra-Vac. The Colt, for example, which can be easily towed by a ride-on mower or ATV, is brilliant at clearing both open areas and tricky confined places, meaning no hiding places for dirt!
For larger properties, the Stud is the ideal Terra-Vac for you. Not only is the Stud the perfect solution for current pasture and paddock debris troubles, but it can also prevent future grazing problems thanks to its ability to remove damaging redworm (strongyles) larvae from surrounding grass areas. Please click here for further details
Carling King wins $75,000 Palm Beach PDP Capital Master Cup Grand Prix
Carling King (ISH), ridden by Kevin Babington (IRL), ruled supreme yesterday, February 29th, to take top placing in the $75,000 Palm Beach PDP Capital Master Cup Grand Prix. Also competing in the US over the weekend were fellow Irish Sport Horses, Ado Annie, McGuinness and Hilton Flight.
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U.S. Set To Defend Title in Samsung Nations’ Cup, Presented by CN
WELLINGTON, FL – March 1, 2004 – Norman Dello Joio, Laura Kraut, Beezie Madden, and McLain Ward comprise the U.S. team that will seek a third consecutive victory in the $50,000 Samsung Nations’ Cup, presented by CN, at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, on Friday evening, March 12, 2004
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Mary Lisa Leffler And Kartousch Win $50,000 HITS Grand Prix At Ocala Masters III
OCALA, FL (March 1, 2004)—Children and their parents filled the bleechers at HITS Ocala III for an action-packed Grand Prix that coincided with Family Day, presented by Cox Communications. Mary Lisa Leffler and Kartousch produced the only double-clear of a field of thirty-two horses to win Sunday's $50,000 HITS Grand Prix. Please click here for further details
Wrap Up For Winter Equestrian Festival Week 5, February 25-29
PDP Capital Wellington Masters
WELLINGTON, FL – March 1, 2004 – The fifth week of the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival entitled PDP Capital Wellington Masters was held February 25-29 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida. Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela was the course designer in the Internationale Arena. Patrick Rhodes built the tracks in the Grand Hunter Field. Please click here for further details
Canada's Jill Henselwood Sweeps 1-2 In $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix At HITS ndio Desert Circuit
INDIO, CA (March 1, 2004)—Jill Henselwood, one of Canada's most successful female competitors has galloped away with her second $50,000 King Shavings Grand Prix win at the HITS Indio Desert Circuit. This time Henselwood topped her prior performance by clinching both the blue and red ribbons. Jill posted double-clears with Callisto and Special Ed for first and second places respectively. Please click here for further details
Cross Country International Offers Two New Equestrian Vacations in New Zealand
Millbrook, NY—March 1, 2004—Cross Country International is pleased to offer two new equestrian trail riding vacations in New Zealand in 2004 – the South Pacific Beach Trail and the Horseback Safari Trail.
“New Zealand is one of the best countries in the world for riders,” said Karen Lancaster, President of Cross Country International. “The horses are wonderful, the terrain is open and rolling, the weather is perfect and there are many equestrian activities offered.” Please click here for further details
CN Sponsors CN Wellington Open, Week 6 At Winter Equestrian Festival, March 3-7
WELLINGTON, FL – March 1, 2004 - Week 6 of the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival kicks off on Wednesday, March 3, and runs through Sunday, March 7, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL. CN (Canadian National Railway Company) is the title sponsor of the five-day show, entitled CN Wellington Open. The featured event is the $75,000 CN Florida Open Grand Prix presented by Estates at Wellington Green, CSI-W, which will be held on Sunday, March 7, starting at 2 pm. Please click here for further details
Spring is here! ...... It’s time to ride!
Whether you’ve enjoyed riding throughout the winter or need a spring tune-up, join Bob and Suzanne for horse psychology, ground manners, mounted training and Centered Riding® techniques If you need some support to get back in the saddle, check out these events: Please click here for further details

1st March 2004


Throughout time people have claimed to be able to talk to horses, gain an insight into a horse's mind and know exactly what a horse is thinking or feeling. These rare individuals are known as horse whisperers.
Do these claims go unrecognised or are they just simply dismissed? Unless there is scientific proof can people really believe in such an unorthodox practice? One man's mission is to provide that proof. He talks to horses, with some miraculous results.

Adam Shereston believes that keeping a balance between mind and body is one of the most important factors in producing a quality racehorse, particularly with regard to the bloodlines. Some horses come from the very best bloodline but seem to achieve very little on the racetrack. Many people ask why it is that great champions produce such horses and then seemingly from nowhere, a true champion emerges. Perhaps the answer can be found…
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Photo Credit: Randi Muster
Kevin Babington And Carling King Win $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***
WELLINGTON, FL – February 29, 2004 – “Some of the horses that are competing here today will compete at the Olympics and they had as much of a test today as they’d get at the Olympics,” said Kevin Babington, winner of today’s $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI*** at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. “The Olympics is four days of jumping and you definitely would not get four courses as difficult as we had to jump today.” Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela designed the course.
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Babington Shows Olympian Mettle In Sunshine State
US-based Kevin Babington, shortlisted for the Irish Olympic show jumping squad, drew first blood of 2004 at Wellington, Florida tonight (Sunday) with a $22,500 win on the Irish-bred <Carling King>.
Competing in the hotly-contested $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup Grand Prix against America's top riders and horses, the Carrick-on-Suir man was one of just two riders from a field of 50 to go through to the jump-off.
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ERG Defeats Bendabout 11-9 To Capture Hall Of Fame Title
Sunday At International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, Florida – A patient, confident ERG continued its magnificent run, defeating Bendabout 11-9 in the 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup championship match Sunday at International Polo Club Palm Beach played under cool, windy conditions with occasional showers.

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Show Jumping - Portugal Win For Hughes, Grand Prix Third For Leddy
IRELAND'S Marion Hughes today (Sunday) clocked up yet another win in her successful winter campaign at Vilamoura, Portugal.
With the redoubtable <O'Jessie>, who has delivered a series of killer places for the Kilkenny rider, Marion won the 1.35metre class today, in a giant field of 62 horses. Please click here for further details

29th February 2004

The First Paso Fino Horses In The UK!!
Yvonne and Rachel Bowen, together with a handful of close friends, introduced the uniquely gaited Paso Fino horse into the UK. Although they imported the first Paso Finos in 1996, this year's Equus will be the first major show at which the Paso Finos will be seen, where their star performer Danesa del Aparta will be ridden by Rachel in a demonstration of the Paso Fino's gait. Rachel will be using certain techniques best suited to showing the Paso Fino's amazing four-beat gait, such as riding holding a glass of wine and not spilling a drop!!!
The Paso Fino horse came originally from South America. Columbus, when he went on his famous voyage to the New World, took with him a collection of Spanish horses including the Jennet, the Barb and the Andalusian. On the journey the horses interbred and what was created was a sure-footed, elegant, weight-bearing horse. Sometimes referred to as a 'miniature Andalusian' the Paso Fino's popularity has since spread across the world. The Paso Fino has a four-beat gait, which is very smooth and for those with bad backs or joints is very therapeutic. It is the smoothest ride in the world!!
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A three-day eventer has won compensation from the Ministry of Defence after she was badly hurt when her horse was "spooked" by low-flying aircraft.
Sasha Jane Smith (corr) and her exhausted mount were both injured after a group of RAF fighter jets screamed overhead as she neared her home.
Sasha's gelding, named Ben Chruachan, would normally have been almost unmoved by the planes that regularly criss-cross rural Lincolnshire.
But the jets powered in so low as he and Sasha came to the end of an exhausting seven-mile hack that the four-year-old was left terrified.
He reared up and toppled backwards into a ditch as the planes passed, leaving Sasha with severe back injuries, a flattened pelvis and broken ribs.
Ben Chruachan was also badly injured in the incident, suffering cuts to his legs after landing on top of spikes in a ditch that was due to be concreted.
It was only because she somehow managed to roll out of the way in time that Sasha didn't end up trapped between her mount and the spikes.
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Cara Cheska And Education Win Adequan High Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship
Clara Lindner And Strapless Win Amateur-Owner Hunter, 18-35 Championship
WELLINGTON, FL – February 28, 2004 – Cara Cheska, 27, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Wellington, Florida, won the Adequan High Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship riding Education, an Australian Thoroughbred that she owns with her husband, Donald Cheska. The championship was determined after three days of competition at the 32nd Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. The win was Cheska’s first Championship in the 2004 circuit. “Last year Education was Circuit Champion in the High Amateurs,” she said. “I’ve been having some rough luck early on this year, so this was a good confidence builder.”
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Show Jumping Result: CSI* Vilamoura Equestrian Tour, Portugal 2004
1) Osta Rugs Sire Major; Samantha Vangeenberghe (BEL)
2) Hera d'Osmoy; Hassan Jabri (Cmdt)(MAR)
3) Divina delle Fiocche; Mariano Ossa (ARG)
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Winter Equestrian Festival Results Sat.2.28.04
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