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28th April 2001
The FEI Federation Equestre Internationale News
Samsung Renews Title Sponsorship Through 2005 For Nations Cup Series
SAN FRANCISCO, April 26, 2001 -- Samsung Electronics Co., Ltdannounced today that it has extended its title sponsorship of the Samsung Nations Cup Series for showjumping for an additional three years - from 2002 to 2005.The decision to invest an additional $7 million demonstrates the company's strong and ongoing commitment to international equestrianism and worldwide sports sponsorship.
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28th April 2001
APHA Contest draws students from 16 universities and junior colleges
More than 100 equine students receive "higher education" on horse judging from American Paint Horse Association
FORT WORTH, Texas-Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla., took top honors April 21 in the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Intercollegiate Horse Judging Spring Sweepstakes, held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The event attracted more than 100 students from 16 universities and junior colleges around the nation.
The contest was designed by APHA to help students gain first-hand experience in using the knowledge they've obtained in the classroom to judge horses in the show ring. The students judged 9 horse show classes typically included in equine competition. Horses were shown in five halter classes and were judged on their physical appearance and structure. They were also shown and judged in four performance classes-Western Pleasure, Reining, Hunter Under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation.
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28th April 2001 Show Jumping - Jessica Kurten Wins Aegon Masters At Monte Carlo CSI-A
Ireland's Jessica Kurten this evening (April 27) took First Place in the coveted Aegon MoneyMaxx Masters Final, winning a car, at the Monte Carlo CSI-A.
Riding <Bonita 38>, she went clear in four jump-offs. In this competition, a course of six obstacles (fences) is built. In the first Jump-Off each rider must raise one fence of his or her choice. The first fault will eliminate the rider. In this case the fence that was raised will be put back to its original height.
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28th April 2001
Saddletude Saddletude Equestrian This Weekend ::
We're off to the Blue Grass of Lexington, Kentucky for The 2001 Rolex Kentucky 3Day Event!
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28th April 2001
The British Horse Society The BHS Manifesto For The Next Government
With the likelihood of an election in June, the British Horse Society is calling on the next government to give consideration to the needs of the equestrian industry, and has requested meetings with the leaders of each of the three main parties, or their representatives.
William Hague is the only one who has responded so far and next Wednesday 2 May BHS Trustee Harry Greenway (himself a serving MP for nearly 20 years) and members of the BHS Parliamentary and Public Affairs Committee are to meet Tim Yeo, Shadow Agriculture Minister. They will be raising the following issues at the meeting:
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28th April 2001
Brookhill Steeplechase Pam Valvano, Dr. Mike Colvin to Speak at Jaycee Juleps & Jockeys Gala
RALEIGH, NC – Pam Valvano and Dr. Mike Colvin are scheduled as speakers at the Raleigh Jaycee’s Juleps & Jockeys Gala Saturday, May 4. “We’re very excited that they can both attend this event,” states Jeannie Beeston, chair of the gala, “It’s going to be a lot of fun and we look forward to raising as much money as possible for Duke Cancer Treatment Center.”
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27th April 2001
Equus – A Great Success for the Horse World
Kate Hoey, Minster for Sport, opened Equus 2001-The Horse Event at 10.00 a.m. on Thursday 19th April. Equus 2001 is the first event of its kind for the horse industry and attracted an enthusiastic crowd of 18,461 visitors over the four days to London’s newest international indoor venue, ExCeL, in the Royal Docks.
Exhibitors, who reflected the entire horse world, were delighted with the response from visitors and reported brisk business, particularly welcome when so many other events have had to be cancelled.
Visitors thronged to watch the high calibre demonstrations in the arena, which featured:
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27th April 2001
AGA The 2001/2002 American GrandPrix Association
Show Jumping Series

Molly Warmington Starts Off The 2001/2002 AGA Season With A Bang
BAKERSFIELD, CA - April 22, 2001 - Rookie equestrian, Molly Warmington won the $25,000 Grand Prix of Bakersfield aboard the 12 year-old thoroughbred gelding, Mr. Pacific, owned by Molly Warmington. Warmingon bested a field of 26 starters with double clear rounds and the fastest time in the jump off of 40.81 seconds. World Cup Veteran, Richard Spooner finished in second place with double clear rounds and splits behind Warmington in 41.01 seconds aboard the 13 year-old German bred stallion, Prestige. Third place went to Lu Thomas up on Lavita. Thomas turned in double clear rounds and the third fastest time of 41.04 seconds.
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27th April 2001 BEF Foot and Mouth Disease Guidelines
Friday 20th April 2001
The BEF has today published the MAFF and Animal Health Trust approved guidelines. They are available on the BEF web-site:
Andrew Finding, BEFs Chief Executive, said: "These revised guidelines are the culmination of a great deal of careful deliberation between BEF, where much of the work has been undertaken by David Holmes, British Dressage’s Chief Executive, and supported by Jacky Knightley, British Show Jumping, Marketing Manager, MAFF and the AHT. The guidelines aim to help reintroduce as much activity as possible. It is essential that organisers and competitors follow them and in doing so continue to support the farmers by not putting their livelihood at risk. We hope to be able to publish further guidelines shortly to help establish more activity for Eventing, Endurance and Driving."
27th April 2001 Show Jumping Result - Monte Carlo CSI-A, Monaco
Prix BCM
International competition CSIA 1m40
Thursday, 26 April 2001 18h00 CSIO Class:I
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27th April 2001 NFU Hits Out At Cuts In Welfare Compensation Rates
The NFU described today's update on the control of foot and mouth by the Agriculture Minister as positive but has hit out at the decision to cut compensation to farmers forced to slaughter their animals on welfare grounds.
NFU President Ben Gill said: "The decision to further cut compensation rates will come as a further devastating blow to farmers trying to ride out the foot and mouth crisis."
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27th April 2001 Gate 2 Wire Solutions
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27th April 2001 Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
Show Jumping: CSIO**** LA BAULE 5-8 MAY 2001 - the team will be Dermott Lennon with Garronturton Lady, Liscalgot and a third horse to be confirmed, Peter Charles with Traxdata Carnavelley, Traxdata Amber du Montois and Traxdata Corrada, Cameron Hanley with Ballaseyr Twilight, Ballaseyr Olympic and Ballaseyr Leonardo and Billy Twomey with Brokers Caramia, Ashley, Fakir de la Lande and Catapult FCS (a young horse).
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27th April 2001 Kurten Changes Mounts For Monte Carlo
Contrary to an earlier report that Ireland's Jessica Kurten would be riding Paavo N, Calistro 5 and Bonita 38 at the CSI-A in Monte Carlo this week, we have now been notified that she has decided to hold both Paavo N and Calistro 5 back from this competition, coming as soon as it does after the World Cup in Gothenburg.
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27th April 2001 Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSI-A MONTE CARLO APRIL 26-28 2001 - Jessica Kurten with Paavo N, Bonita 38,
Calistro 5; Neal Fearon with Eurocommerce Drosilla, Eurocommerce Florence
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26th April 2001 Everything you wanted to know about Dressage to Music
courtesy of Sara Green
How to start? First, find out the rhythm that your horse walks, trots and canters to - in terms of beats per minute. How? Get hold of a modern quartz metronome (not one of the old mechanical tick-tock jobs). You can get them from music shops and some good sports shops as aerobics people use them. You can count paces over a set time against a stop watch, but it isnt as accurate and the metronome comes in again when assessing music.
As a guide for, trot will be between 136 - 150bpm, canter 92 - 108bpm and walk 98 - 110bpm. The lower end applies to bigger moving horses and the upper end to those who dont naturally have mega paces. Size is not a sure guideline, I had a 16.3 Danish Warmblood that scuttled along at 148/106/108 as he wasnt blessed with the best paces in the world, but my current 16.2 Dutch Warmblood works at 138/98/103. I have also known ponies that had slower rhythms than horses.
Once you know what beat you are looking for in music, start listening to lots of it (haunt your local record library) and time it against the bmp you need. You'll need tracks with a good, obvious beat - try and avoid background music as that cant really be interpreted with any individuality. Listen to the bass beat that runs consistently under the music, not the twiddly bits on top (though they come in useful for interpretation). You can immediately discard most military music as the British Army marches to 120bpm which is useless for anything. A lot of pop/rock also comes in around that beat, though I have found a number of Orchestral arrangements of classic Rock tracks that work very well.

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26th April 2001
The Eriskay Pony Society
John Crawford was able to meet the Eriskay Pony Society at the Equine Event 2000.
The Eriskay Pony is the last survivor of the native ponies of the Western Isles of Scotland. Its origins are ancient, certainly with Celtic and Norse connections. Although numerous in previous centuries, numbers decreased dramatically around the beginning of 19th century.
Eventually, only a handful remained on the small island of Eriskay, which lies between South Uist and Barra in the
The Eriskay Pony Society
Outer Hebrides. The last survivors of this ancient breed have become inextricably identified with this tiny island, hence the name Eriskay Pony
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26th April 2001
The British Horse Society Warning To Motorists: More Horses On The Roads
The British Horse Society is warning motorists to watch out for horses on the roads and to take care when overtaking. Because of the restrictions on riding on many bridleways, riders are being forced to use the roads to exercise their horses.
The DETR has said "Many footpaths remain closed, but the Task Force is reviewing where footpaths can be safely reopened. In the meantime you can walk, ride or cycle as usual on tarred roads and rights of way which are open".
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25th April 2001
Meredith Manor The "Farrier-Friendly" series -
Questions of Curiosity
The Unanswered: An anonymous author once wrote:
Everything that is either timeless or priceless comes to us in the form of art. Those things which are based on mechanics alone must be updated periodically and for a price.
Each time I read this passage, I am reminded of the importance of recognizing our work as an expression of art. And, to express oneself requires that we get in touch with our artistic abilities. These abilities are comparable to muscles - only through exercise will they develop and become definite. A master craftsman or artist in any field can have some difficulty explaining how his or her work turned out so beautifully. Similarly, an expert horseshoer can perform his or her work on such a level that there seems to be an indescribable beauty about it. On a fairly regular basis, I am approached by many different people and I receive a variety of questions. The most difficult to explain are those that involve the "feel-of-the-skill." In all honesty, the clearest understanding of any art involves going beyond what any words could ever reveal.
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25th April 2001
Jerez, the site of the World Equestrian Games, holds its Horse Fair 2001
More than a million visitants and 1500 riders are expected
(Jerez de la Frontera, Spain - april 2001). On the next days from 13th to 20th May, the Horse Fair of Jerez will be held. Declared of International Tourist Interest, this celebration of 800 years old received last year more than a million visitants from all over the world , who were attracted by the horses, the colour and the joyful atmosphere. This year more than 1.200.000 visitants, 1500 horsemen and 200 cabs ( horse - drawn carriage ) are expected.
Jerez Horse Fair 2001
The Horse Fair of Jerez goes back to the reign of Alfonso X "The Wise" , who granted Jerez the privilege of having two annual fairs. The Horse Fair was originally a livestock market that changed as time went by, and became an international and joyful celebration. The importance of horses in Jerez is reasserted by the future organisation of the World Equestrian Games in 2002.
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25th April 2001
A Horse, of Course
with Don Blazer
Twenty-five years ago I predicted vaulting would be a very big sport in America.
I was wrong.
Vaulting could be described as the art of gymnastics on a moving horse. It is a big sport in Europe and it is one of the six equestrian disciplines recognized by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI).
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A Horse of Course
24th April 2001
APHA $60,000 in incentives to be given out this year
American Paint Horse Association to make first Gelding Plus payout of 2001 show season
FORT WORTH--The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) will take its innovative Gelding Plus program to an area known for its lively entertainment July 27-29, when it offers $20,000 in payouts at the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) Southern Belle Invitation in Tunica, Miss.
Tunica, located about 40 miles south of Memphis, Tenn., is home to 10 casino resorts and the newly constructed Paul Battle Arena and Expo Center. It will be at that air-conditioned arena that the owners of the highest-advancing Paint geldings will collect a total of $20,000 in prize money from the association.
The Gelding Plus program-open to both Regular and Breeding Stock Registry horses-gives Paint gelding owners and breeders added opportunities to earn cash and increase the market value of their horses. APHA paid out $45,000 in prize money last year at select futurities. With $60,000 planned this year at several futurities around the country, the program is rapidly stimulating increased interest in performance-bred Paint Horse geldings.
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24th April 2001 Equestrian Pilot released to General Public
“With Equestrian Tact…” available for a penny [plus shipping and handling]
Over the next thirteen (13) days, the United States will host three (3) prestigious international equestrian events:
· The General Assembly of the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), April 24 – 27, in San Francisco, CA
· The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, April 26 – 29, in Lexington, KY
· The MBNA Foxhall Cup, May 3 – 6, in Atlanta, GA
In celebration of these events, SportsQuest International announced today that the pilot production of its upcoming television series, “With Equestrian Tact: The International Video Magazine of the Equestrian Sports” is available to members of the general public, on a very limited basis.
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24th April 2001 Show Jumping Result - Compiegne CSI-B, France
Results CSIB Compiegne 2001
Grand Prix Du Conseil General de L'oise
EP Num 8 Bareme A. Avec Barrage (238.3.AM.3) 22 April
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24th April 2001 MAFF Requests IACS Flexibility After NFU Representations
The Government is seeking flexibility on the operation of the Arable Area Payments Scheme following a request from the NFU to help farmers whose normal use of land has been disrupted by foot and mouth restrictions.
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23rd April 2001
The Fjord Horse The Fjord Horse,
Of all the modern equine breeds, the Norwegian Fjord horse bears the most striking resemblance to the Przewalski horse, also known as the Asiatic wild horse of the Ice Age, which has a very strong resemblance to primitive cave drawings that have been found in a number of places around the world. Existing in the wild only in the western area of the Gobi Desert, it was generally thought to be extinct, until a herd was discovered by a Russian explorer, Colonel N. M. Prezwalski (1839-1888), in the latter part of the nineteenth century.
The Norwegian Fjord horse retains much of its ancestor's primitive vigour, as well as the uniform dun coat colour. The latter is accompanied by an eel stripe running from the forelock to the tip of the tail, and sometimes by zebra bars on the legs. The mane and tail are usually lighter in colour, being almost silver.
A notable feature is the coarse, erect mane, which is characteristic of primitive equines. Were it left alone, the mane would grow as long as that of any other breed, but by ancient tradition it is hogged so that the black hairs at the centre stand above the rest. It is cut in a crescent shape from poll to withers, giving a pronounced crest to the neck. Horses with their manes clipped in this way appear on the runestone carvings of the Vikings, which may still be seen in Norway. The Fjord was the Viking horse, and was used in the popular sport of horse fighting, when horses were pitted against each other, and sometimes fought to the death.
The modern Fjord horse stands at 13-14.2hh. It is compact and strongly muscled, and has short limbs with plenty of bone. The head is wide, with small ears and is of pony type. Despite the overall similarity to the Przewalski horse, there is no sign of the primitive, convex profile in modern stock.
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The Fjord Horse
23rd April 2001
Isabelle Clinic Report
Work In Hand with Isabelle Gladstone
Pine Lodge School of Classical Equitation, Norfolk
by Fiona Wilson
Isabelle Gladstone held a clinic on the 9th of February at the Pine Lodge School of Classical Equitation, Pine Loke near Norwich. The subject was work in hand and with a variety of horses, she demonstrated how to establish Spanish Walk, Piaffe and Passage from the ground. Participants were also able to ‘have a go’, practicing her techniques which could then be applied to their own horses.
Isabelle spent the last 7 years training in Spain, 4 of which were under Don Alvaro Domecq from the Spanish Riding School in Jerez. She is a student of the Classical school, and has a certificate in Haute Ecole and the fundamental training in Equestrian Art. The clinic was a fabulous opportunity to gain an insight into the methods of such accomplished trainers and to learn skills applicable to any type of horse.
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23rd April 2001 ShowJumping Results - Parabiago CSI-C, Italy
Categoria 1.40 Mista Alta Internazionale
Categoria 1.30 Media Internazionale
Categoria 1.20 Bassa Internazionale
Categoria Juniores Two Phases
Categoria 1.40 Alta Internazionale
Categoria 1.20 Bassa Internazionale
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23rd April 2001
ISHR ISHR Guidelines For Foundation Stallions
Preferred Stallions will be admitted into the main stud book on a permanent basis based on;
1) Ability to progress
2) get on the ground
3) to pass on color to foals from any mare
A) Useability and good, tractable disposition and color is the hall mark of the ISHR Foundation Stallion/Sire traits.
B) All stallions must be or become registered with the International Spotted Horse Registry Association before entry into the Foundation Book.
C) Any and all pending stallions must be approved by the President of ISHR and Maureen Sullivan, ISHR Representative and Foundation Book Secretary. Kim Sparks, ISHR Officer is in charge of putting all information into the book.
D) All approved Foundation Stallions will receive an FS Certificate from the ISHR home office with a permanant FS number.
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22nd April 2001
Equus 2001
The heart of Londons Docklands might at first seem an unlikely venue for an equestrian event. But this years Equus 2001 held at the modern Excel exhibition centre has demonstrated itself as being both popular, and accessible to those in London and the South East.
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22nd April 2001
Meredith Manor Training Mythunderstandings -
Learning from Horses: Sue

Some years ago there was a book making the rounds called, "Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." I sometimes think that everything I've learned about horses I learned from my first one.
She was my horse trainer's kindergarten, although I didn't realize how much or just what I was learning from her at the time. It took some years of seasoning for me to understand all of Sue's lessons.
Rafsu wasn't the first horse I worked with but she was the first one I owned. I was 19 at the time. She was a picture pretty bay Arabian mare trimmed with white that stood about 15 hands. I saw her when she was 18 months old and sold an electric guitar to make the first $50 payment on her. So I guess you could say that besides training me how to be a trainer, she's also the reason I'm not a rock star today.

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22nd April 2001 Show Jumping Result - Compiegne CSI-B, France
Prix Des Haras Nationaux
Prix De La Chambra D'Agriculture Oise
Prix De L'Office National Des Forets
Prix Du Conseil Regional De Picardie
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