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12th April 2003
Record International Carriage Driving entries for Royal Windsor
Windsor is regarded by many as one of the finest international driving venues in the world and true to its reputation, the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix, held at Royal Windsor Horse Show 14th-18th May 2003 has attracted a record number of entries.
A total of 78 competitors from 15 countries, including HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, who has himself won the event on two previous occasions, will be competing. Over half the confirmed entries are from foreign participants, with teams travelling from as far afield as Argentina reflecting just how highly regarded this event is. With 19 entries in the teams of Horses class this looks set to be one of the strongest competitions Royal Windsor has seen for several years.
Anyone keen to try their hand at driving will be presented with the opportunity to do so during lunch breaks on the Dressage days of Thursday 15th May and Friday 16th May. This exciting ‘teach-in’ will be hosted by Gary Docking and will also include a questions and answers session for those who would like to know more about the sport.
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12th April 2003
Newmarket To Stage Four £1M Race Meetings In 2003
The July Meeting, Cambridgeshire Meeting and Champions' Day will for the first time join the Sagitta Guineas Festival as million pound race meetings at Newmarket in 2003. These four top class meetings have the lion's share of a record £6,693,500 total prize money for the season at the home of racing, up by £846,000 or 14.5 per cent on last year.
Prize money at the July Meeting (Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 July) has increased by £184,750 or 22% this year - in the last two years it has risen by 50% - and now stands at exactly £1m. Europe's premier sprint race, the Darley July Cup (G.1), enjoys the biggest increase, up £30,000 to £250,000.
The meeting has been boosted by the upgrading of the £70,000 TNT July Stakes from Group 3 to Group 2 status and the £40,000 Weatherbys Superlative Stakes from Listed to Group 3 status. As a result, the July Meeting now boasts one Group 1 race, four Group 2s and one Group 3.
‘To have all four of our big race meetings reach the £1m prize money mark is a great milestone to pass,’ commented Michael Prosser, Newmarket's Clerk of the Course. Prize money has risen this year on the vast majority of our 36 racedays and whilst a fair proportion of the increases are in line with the new minimum values, we have raised the value of many races above these levels.
‘Newmarket is synonymous with top class racing and it is our overriding aim to provide prize money levels at the home of racing commensurate with our status.’
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12th April 2003

Robinsons announce winner of Superstore building contract
Robinsons have announced that Allenbuild, a well-known building contractor has been appointed to build their new Superstore in Ashton-in-Makerfield. Building work will start in early April. Allenbuild Northwest has been established for over fifty years and operates from their new offices in Wigan. Among their most notable recent projects was involvement in the Comedy Store theatre, which is set within an existing railway arch in central Manchester. Robinsons' Managing director Jim Bentham is looking forward to working with the builder, saying, "We are very pleased to have chosen Allenbuild. Their impressive reputation and strong local links will be invaluable in our project. I'm sure it will be quite a unique undertaking for them to build a store that is unlike anything else in Europe. The fact that it is so different makes it quite a prestigious project for them to be involved with too."
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12th April 2003

Paints bear the colors for Six Flags Over Texas
Six Flags Over Texas 'Wild West' adventure turns spotlight on American Paint Horses

FORT WORTH, Texas-An 1890s outfit of brave Texas Rangers will saddle up again this year on American Paint Horses at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington during the Rangers and Outlaws Wild West show. The live-action adventure is sponsored by the American Paint Horse Association (APHA).
More than 2 million people will have the opportunity this summer to see colorful and highly talented American Paint Horses in action at the show, which will run June 14-Aug. 10 in the theme park's Texas Arena.
The 20-minute adventure, which continues for 58 straight days, brings to life a true story of how the Texas Rangers fought outlaws and brought justice to the silver-mining town of Shafter, Texas, in 1892. American Paint Horses are used exclusively in the Western adventure. To kick off each show, the Paint Horses will be used in a dramatic entry, during which they carry cowboys and cowgirls bearing the colors for Spain, France, Mexico, Texas, the Confederacy and the United States of America- the six flags that have flown over Texas.
The Paint Horses are used throughout the show, which includes gunfights, dramatic stunts, a daring escape from a blazing hotel, and even a giant water tower explosion and silver mine calamity at the finale. Ten actors specializing in horsemanship and stunts are involved in the show. They are led by Robert Keith, of Live Action Productions, who serves as the show's director and stunt coordinator.
As a special feature of the Rangers and Outlaws show, members of the audience are invited to leave their seats after the performance to talk with the actors and get a close-up view of the horses. This "meet and greet" event is popular, especially with the younger members in attendance. The actors, who have developed a close bond with the horses, field numerous questions, many of which center on the beautiful American Paint Horses.
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12th April 2003
Fighting Flies With Alva Aromatherapy Products
Every owner hates to see their horse constantly bothered by flies throughout the summer.
Using aromatherapy expertise, Alva International has created a fly repellent as part of its range of products.
Alvafly combines Aloe Vera and Citronella in an easy to apply moisturising lotion. Humans and horses love it but flies and other insects hate it.
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12th April 2003
USA Equestrian
Texas A & M To Host Varsity Equestrian Championship
The NCAA sport of equestrian would like to announce the Second Varsity Equestrian Championship to be held Friday, April 18, at Texas A & M University’s Dick Freeman Arena in College Station, TX.
Female student-athletes from NCAA Division I and II equestrian programs have qualified to compete in Hunter Seat Over Fences, Hunter Seat Under Saddle, Western Horsemanship and Reining classes at the Varsity Equestrian Championship. Riders from Kansas State University, Auburn University, Texas A & M University, University of South Carolina, Stonehill College, Brown University, West Texas A & M University, California State University - Fresno State, Sacred Heart University, Pace University and Oklahoma State University will compete for the Hunt Seat Team Championship, the Western Team Championship and the Overall Team Championship.
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12th April 2003
Lynch First Of Irish To Feature At Monte Carlo
Denis Lynch, riding the black 12 yr-old stallion Luigy, was the first of the Irish to feature at the glamorous three-star Monte Carlo show jumping competition, with a double clear Fourth Place in the ING Prize 1m50 class last night (Thursday). Also present in Monaco are Irish Army riders Lt David O'Brien with Boherdeal Clover and Lismore Clover and Lt Shane Carey with Killossery and Ballycumber.
The show continues through the weekend, finishing on Saturday night with the Grand Prix Du Prince De Monaco.
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11th April 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
Samsung Super League - It's On The Way...........

Get ready for the Samsung Super League Series – eight thrilling events, eight world-class teams but just one Samsung Super League title!
With just five weeks to go before the action begins at La Baule, France on May 11 the tension is already mounting.
It has been a tough battle to qualify for this Formula One of international team show jumping, with placings in the Samsung Nations Cup series between March and October and the results from the 2002 World Equestrian Games combining to decide the selection.

For the Swiss there was huge disappointment when, having finished ahead of the Irish at the end of last season’s Samsung series, they were edged out by Ireland’s better performance in Jerez. Switzerland might therefore be expected to campaign relentlessly on the Nations Cup circuit this year to ensure pole position at the end of the series which would guarantee promotion to Super League status in 2004.
The Irish on the other hand need to improve dramatically on their performances of last season which saw them only just squeeze into the final qualifying place, because the team which finishes at the bottom of the Super League leaderboard is automatically relegated to normal Nations Cup competition for the following year.
Great Britain, The Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium and Italy have all earned their Super League stripes along with those two power-houses of international show jumping – France and Germany. The French were in a class of their own at WEG 2002 while the Germans completely dominated last season’s Samsung series. Will a home win at La Baule give the French the early advantage in this first Samsung Super League season?
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11th April 2003
Royal Windsor gets Western
Royal Windsor Horse Show, 14th – 18th May 2003 gets Western this year with a fascinating western riding display on the Thursday of the show.
Staged by the Western Horsemen’s Association, the display will demonstrate some of the intriguing and highly skilled disciplines within western riding including Trail, which is designed to demonstrate the horse’s agility and fine-tuned response on the trail.
Western Riding is regarded to be extremely close to the much sought-after achievement of the ‘classical seat’. If you fancy giving it a go there will also be a brief talk on the tack, clothing and training for horse and rider to give you all the inspiration you need to swing into the saddle western style.
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11th April 2003
Joanna Barry Joins Team TopSpec
RISING dressage star Joanna Barry is the latest rider to receive support from leading equine nutrition company TopSpec.
Joanna (25) is based at Kirk Newton, near Edinburgh and her top rides for the season are G-West Nibby Bright and Don Noir.
Former headgirl with Carl Hester, Joanna is now trained by her former employee who travels up to her base once a month.
Said Joanna: "I am very fortunate to have support from TopSpec. I started using the products last year and TopSpec were good enough to help out in the run up to the British Dressage Summer Championships."
Both G-West Nibby Bright and Don Noir have been on winning form securing the novice, elementary and medium championships at the Scottish Winter Dressage Championships at Gleneagles.
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11th April 2003

USET Announces 2003 Show Jumping Developing Rider European Tour
Gladstone, NJ—April 10, 2003— The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced that it will provide funding to five riders to participate on the 2003 USET Show Jumping Developing Rider European Tour. The five riders on the tour will include three Developing Riders, one Senior Rider, and a fifth rider who may be either a Senior or a Developing Rider.
The riders will compete at four international show jumping competitions in Europe:

July 3-5 CSIO Aarhus, DEN : July 10-13 CSIO Falsterbo, SWE : July 25-27 CSI-A Royan, FRA : July 31-August 3 CSIO Lummen, BEL
The USET initiated the Show Jumping Developing Rider Program in 1996 to provide riders who have not yet reached the Olympic, Pan American, or World Championship level with experience in European international competition. Recent years have seen the addition of a Senior Rider to the Developing Rider squad to assist riders with the adjustment to their first FEI experience.
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11th April 2003
EFI Appoints New Secretary-General
FORTY-NINE YEAR OLD Dan Butler has been appointed as Secretary-General of the Equestrian Federation of Ireland, taking the place left vacant by the retirement of Col. Ned Campion.
Dan, who was born in San Francisco, but whose family hails from Brosna in Co. Kerry, has had twenty years of marketing/management experience within the high tech and equine industries, and was selected after several rounds of interviews conducted by the EFI with applicants for the post.
Dan Butler has lived in the US, France, and the UK, and has worked extensively in Germany, where he was the Managing Director of Xybernaut GmbH, the world’s leading wearable computer manufacturer. He also set up the company Irish Horse Marketing, to promote the Irish Sport Horse in Germany and Switzerland. Dan is the founder of the Irish Draught Society in Germany, is also a member of the North American Society, and a member of the West Cork Branch of the Society.
The EFI believes his strong international background in commerce and equine industries gives him ideal qualifications and experience to further implement the modernisation of the EFI, and play an active role in the future of Horse Sport Ireland.
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11th April 2003

Peter Wylde Honored With Whitney Stone Cup
Gladstone, NJ—April 10, 2003-- The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has honored show jumping rider Peter Wylde as the 2003 recipient of the Whitney Stone Cup.
Each year, since 1980, the USET has recognized an individual who has achieved a distinguished record in international competition while also serving as an ambassador for the USET and equestrian sports by presenting them with the Whitney Stone Cup.

Wylde’s international show jumping successes are highlighted by the individual Bronze Medal in the Show Jumping World Championships at the 2002 World Equestrian Games (WEG), in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. His medal was the first by a U.S. show jumping rider at the World Championships since Conrad Homfeld’s individual Silver in 1986. Also at the World Equestrian Games, Wylde’s horse Fein Cera was named Best Horse of the Games, the first U.S. horse to achieve that since Gem Twist in 1990.
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11th April 2003
Stolen between 6/7th April 2003 from Hooton Roberts, Rotherham: -
Stolen Stainforth, Doncaster on the 6th April 2003: -
Stolen on the 27th March 2003 from Adwick-on-Dearne: -
Stolen from Deepcar, Sheffield, on the 23rd March 2003: -
Stolen on the 13th March 2003 from Dunscroft, Doncaster

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10th April 2003
The World Wide Association of Equine Dentistry offers an officially recognised qualification for Equine Dental Technicians in the UK
The World Wide Association of Equine Dentistry (WWAED) is pleased to announce the acceptance and approval of its equine dental course. The course has been accepted by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and is now an approved and viable alternative to the British Equine Veterinary Association dental examination. Successful completion of the WWAED examination qualifies the individual for an exemption certificate, which allows the individual to perform advanced procedures, including tooth removal and the use of power tools.
The WWAED course has been designed by practising Equine Dental Technicians (EDT's), in conjunction with Equine Veterinary Surgeons, and contains 3 separate elements:
" A practical examination - a demonstration of the individuals ability to perform the required dental tasks to a defined standard
" A spot examination - a test of the individuals ability to recognise equipment and to detail any background information that is deemed relevant
" A written examination - a test of the individuals ability to identify situations and to document treatment plans to deal with the situation

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10th April 2003
Five Star Horse Show Comes To The Odyssey
Sheridan Promotions in association with Equestrian Sports Promotions are proud to present The Belfast Indoor International Horse Show at The Odyssey Arena, making this Northern Ireland’s first and Ireland’s only Five-Star Indoor International Horse Show and a thrilling addition to the world’s International Show Jumping Calendar.
At The Belfast Indoor International Horse Show, first class horsemanship, breathtaking jumping and the world’s biggest names in the sport will take you on a roller coaster ride of excitement in events like the exhilarating Puissance, the prestigious International Grand Prix and of course The Irish Shetland Grand National.
The show will be fast and furious with top billed acts from around the world including Jean Francois Pignon who has been described as the best equestrian display to ever visit the UK, he has never before performed in Ireland and is renowned the world over for his magical new act featuring five horses in an amazing and mesmerising demonstration of trust, loyalty and liberty.
Also bringing with them, the jet set glamour world of The Sport of Kings, top named jockeys from the world of racing will compete against the show jumpers in a pairs relay on the Friday evening of the show. Tony McCoy, Record Breaking Champion Jockey, who is one of the show’s celebrity team captains said 'Northern Ireland has the newly crowned World Show Jumping Champion, Dermott Lennon and this show will be the home coming of equestrian sport to Ireland. We have proven that we breed the best riders, jockeys and horses in the World. Now we will have the best Horse Show in the World too.'
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10th April 2003
Clare Captures Equissage Dressage Championship
HATHERDEN-based Clare Harwood is celebrating after capturing a prestigious national dressage championship.
Clare rode her eight-year-old Alley Kazam to win the Equissage Elementary Freestyle Championship at the Horse and Hound Winter Dressage finals.
Held at Solihull Riding Centre, the final saw 19 competitors coming forward after qualifying at events throughout the winter.
Clare of Hatherden near Andover was delighted with the win on the Latvian-bred Alley Kazam.
The series was supported by Equissage, well known throughout the equestrian world for their Equissage physiotherapy system for horses, which has proved hugely popular among dressage competitors.
Clare trains with Emile Faurie and looks forward to her monthly lesson, with the Olympic competitor. She previously trained with Jennie Loriston-Clarke."It is wonderful to win the Equissage final. The music I chose for the test was Abba, by James Last, which was great to ride to.
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10th April 2003
Rebecca Hart Named NDSA Athlete Of The Month For March
Kingston, RI—April 8, 2003—Rebecca Hart of Erie, PA, has been named National Disability Sports Alliance (NDSA) Athlete of the Month for March 2003.
Hart, whose legs have some paralysis due to spastic familia paraplegia, competes in the equestrian sport of Dressage which challenges horse and rider to strive for precision and harmony through a test of required patterns and movement.
"Dressage is very personal,” Hart explained. “The precision and intensity require your whole being mentally and physically. You enter a little world with just you and the horse alone; and in that world you have the opportunity to have a personal conversation, demanding the best of each other from bell to bell. And best of all, it's really, really fun," she added.
The high school senior rode at the NDSA Dressage Judges’ Forum in Winter Garden, FL in March. She earned scores of 65.20 on the Championship test, and a 75.83 on the freestyle, which judges described as 'a medal winning' ride. She also impressed the judges as a good competitor, strong athlete and a good ambassador for the sport, especially for young riders.
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10th April 2003
USA Equestrian
Lexus Partners With USA Equestrian As Official Automobile
Lexus has partnered with USA Equestrian to become the Official Automobile of USA Equestrian. As part of the sponsorship, Lexus will host test drives at the Del Mar National in Del Mar, CA, to be held May 2-4, the Foxhall Cup Three Day Event in Douglasville, GA, April 17 – 20, and the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event in Lexington, KY, April 24 - 27.
The Lexus test drives will give consumers the opportunity to experience the luxury and performance of Lexus’ lineup of luxury sport utility vehicles first hand. At the Del Mar National Horse Show a donation will be made to the Don Diego Fund, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to outstanding seniors participating in the Del Mar Fair/San Diego Fair, for each test drive taken. At the Foxhall Cup a donation will be made to the Shepherd Center, a rehabilitation hospital, treating people with spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular illness or urological problems, for each test drive taken.
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10th April 2003

Brookhill Steeplechase Debuts College Park Entertainment Area on Saturday May 3, 2003
RALEIGH, NC- The Raleigh Jaycees’ Brookhill Steeplechase will debut a newly designed College Park Entertainment area with live bands and performances on Saturday May 3 in Clayton, NC. Attracting over 12,000 spectators and Steeplechasing’s finest and highest-acclaimed horses and trainers, this annual horseracing event has become known as “The Triangle’s Biggest Lawn Party,” now in its eleventh season.
Race day activities in College Park feature performances by local music favorites Fat Head Otis and Big Bertha as well as the annual hat and tailgate contests. Tailgaters and spectators can compete in Brookhill’s annual Hat and Tailgate contests, where grand prize winners can receive a pair of airline tickets good anywhere in the continental United States, Canada and the Caribbean, courtesy of American Airlines. The competition is typically fierce as groups decorate their tailgate spots to look like scenes from
television’s “Survivor” and “Cheers” among other themes and hats range from oversized sombreros to ornate masterpieces.
“With so many colleges and universities in the Triangle area, Brookhill’s College Park is a perfect fit,” lauds Race Chairman Will Stanley. “We have received a lot of positive feedback from the universities and alumni groups in the area and we look forward to having them join us on May 3.”
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10th April 2003
USA Equestrian
2003 Torchbearer Grant Applications Available
In its inaugural year of providing direct financial support to America’s equestrian athletes through its Torchbearer Grant Program, USA Equestrian awarded more than $120,000 to athletes and the organizations that support them.
The 2003 Torchbearer Grant Guidelines and Application have been revised to better serve the competitive needs of America’s equestrian athletes. Effective immediately, a printable version of the 2003 Torchbearer Grant Guidelines & Application is available on USA Equestrian’s website at or by contacting USA Equestrian’s Assistant Executive Director of Development, Kevin Burns, at 630-845-8240 or via e-mail at
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10th April 2003
USA Equestrian
Equine Athletics Becomes Official Sponsor Of USA Equestrian's Young Rider Programs
USA Equestrian is proud to welcome Equine Athletics of Monterey, CA, to its growing family of sponsors. Equine Athletics is a manufacturer of innovative stretch apparel for equestrian athletes and is recognized for its creative marketing featuring young riders. Equine Athletics has made an initial monetary contribution and guarantees a percentage of sales to benefit the Young Riders Fund.
The Young Riders Fund, a subsidiary of USA Equestrian’s Fund for Equestrian Youth Development, is established to provide grants to young equestrians who compete in USA Equestrian’s young rider sanctioned events. In addition to their financial commitment, Equine Athletics will also provide discount prices on show apparel to any Zone Team. Zone or Team leaders are encouraged to contact Equine Athletics at 877-800-9035 or visit them on-line at
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9th April 2003
The British Horse Society The British Horse Society advises members to exercise common sense over virus outbreak
The British Horse Society is advising its members to exercise common sense over the recent outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV1 & EHV-4) and is ready to offer help in the way of information to any horse owner during the current time of concern.
Defra has not imposed any equine movement restriction since the cases of neurological strain of the virus (EHV-1) have been confirmed, mainly in the Bromley Common area of Kent where at least seven horses have died as a result.
BHS Head of Welfare, Kerstin Alford, advises, "We fully appreciate horse owners' concern at this worrying time, and we want to help as much as we can. Our advice is to monitor your horse's health closely and take sensible precautions when hacking out or travelling, avoiding any areas where the virus has been confirmed. Should your horse be unfortunate enough to show signs of the virus try to keep him isolated and use disinfectant every time he is handled, both before and afterwards. If possible, whoever is handling an infected horse should not come into contact with other horses until the virus has abated.
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9th April 2003
Aromatherapy Answer To Sweet Itch
SWEET itch can make what should be a summer of fun for many horses a living nightmare, with the itch, scratch, itch cycle leading to sores and pain.
Help is on hand from ALVA International thanks to ALVASWEET Itch controller.
Sweet itch can be a massive problem for both horses and owners alike.
The first signs can be seen with horses rubbing their manes and tails, often scratching and scratching until the affected areas are bald and bleeding.
Using ALVASWEET itch controller on the roots of the mane and tail twice daily will help to control and soothe the itching, giving relief to the horse and peace of mind to the owner.
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9th April 2003
The Horse & Country Fair is the site for information on this brilliant exhibtion NEXT WEEKEND.
Sandown Park (Racecourse) indoor exhibition centre Esher. It's going to be even better than last year.
Displays by well known people and organisations.
e.g. Parelli, Pammy Hutton, Matt Ryan, Robert Lemieux as well as a Bit Clinic and Celebrity Talk shows too.
Loads of shopping stops. Lots of prizes. Something for everyone and every age.
Lingfield Correspondence Home Study Course staff will be there this year providing information on their LEARN AT HOME courses. We are situated next to the Arab stand. We are giving away 2 free courses in the main competition, as well as £50 and £20 vouchers towards course fees, Bottle of Champagne, head collar and rope, grooming kit, gloves, Points of the Horse and Lumps and Bumbs posters and more. We also have a lucky dip and competitions for children too.
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9th April 2003
Non-Profit Horse Rescue Farm Established in New Hampshire In Critical Need of Donations.
Chichester, NH (April 8, 2003) New Hampshire has a new; much needed animal shelter for horses. Live and Let Live Farm, in Chichester, NH, has just been granted 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt status and is in need of donations.
Live and Let Live Farm rescues abused, abandoned and retired horses from all over the state of New Hampshire. Founded in 1996, the Farm was incorporated in 2002, and made a non-profit in 2003. Starting with just four horses, Live and Let Live Farm currently has twenty-three horses, eleven of which have been placed there since last August.
"There is a need in New Hampshire to provide a safe environment for abused and abandoned animals to be rehabilitated, especially horses" commented Nancy Kyle, Chairperson of the Board of Directors. "Most animal shelters do not take large animals, nor do they rehabilitate or retrain animals, they just find homes for them. Not a week goes by that we don't get calls about horses or ponies needing homes."
Live and Let Live Farm, Inc provides horses and ponies either a temporary or permanent safe place to interact with people. They strive to rehabilitate and or retrain animals, leading to increased confidence and self-esteem, and relationships that benefit both animals and people. When applicable, the Farm tries to find appropriate homes for rehabilitated animals. Those animals that are considered un-adoptable are given lifetime care at the Farm.
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9th April 2003

Dressage In Florida 2003 Winter Season Wrap Up
WELLINGTON, FL (April 8, 2003) – From January through April, Florida hosted more than a dozen rated dressage shows, including four CDIs. Four dressage series, each hosting three shows, provided riders with a selection of competitions from Miami to Orlando: the Winter Equestrian Festival Dressage Show Series and the Gold Coast Dressage Association Series each presented three shows at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington; the Palm Beach Dressage Derby Series at The Horse Park at Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee offered three shows, as did the Orlando Dressage Series at Clarcona Horsemen’s Park near Orlando. Tropical Park in Miami hosted two show, and Gainesville and Venice each were the sites of three shows.
The most closely watched classes this year were qualifiers in the ‘small tour’ – the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I – as these are the classes that not only will determine which American riders will compete in the Selection Trial for the Pan Ams, but foreign riders also used the classes as qualifiers for their country’s team. Dressage in Florida 2003 showcased Pan Am hopefuls from the US as well as Canada, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East. Florida’s winter shows also provided qualifying classes for the USET Grand Prix Championships, the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Regional Championships, and the North American Young Riders Championships (NAYRC).
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9th April 2003

The Coloured Horse Auction at Tolbert
The Coloured Horse Auction at Tolbert was held on Saturday 5 of April in the HJC Manege Tolbert in the Netherlands. It was very successful and many horses were sold.
There were several English people in attendance and eleven coloured horses were sold to England.
This year was the eighth time this Auction ran and next year we will do it again, and we hope that the English people come.
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9th April 2003

Phelps Wilkes & Associates, Inc. Hits Another Home Run
Wellington, Florida – April 8, 2003 – The numbers are in, and they did it again. Phelps Wilkes & Associates, Inc. increased the number of spectators attending this season’s seven-week Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington by 50%, as compared to attendance in 2002.
Phelps Wilkes, formed in January 2003 by legendary Olympic competitor Mason Phelps, Jr. and corporate securities attorney Beverly Lake Wilkes, has, in the last 6 months, transformed the rarified air of the Wellington horse show world from a destination for the seasoned equestrian enthusiast to what is now a destination for one and all.
The duo, whose goal is to turn equestrian events into a true spectator sport (much like baseball, football, etc.), is well on its way. Horse showing is the #2 spectator sport in Europe, behind soccer, and is a major spectator sport in Canada. Here in the U. S., the sport is way, way down the list. But Phelps Wilkes is changing that.
Mason and Beverly have collaborated for over 8 years in volunteer work, chairing events for numerous charitable causes. The duo is best known for raising over $1 million for The United States Equestrian Team through their famous Denim & Diamonds Galas.
The spectator transformation began with The 119th National Horse Show, held during Thanksgiving week 2002. A mere three weeks before the show was to begin, The National Horse Show, Inc. and Stadium Jumping, Inc. hired Mason and Beverly to promote the event. After years of running in the red with declining crowds, the powers that be decided to move The 119th National Horse Show to The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington. This move was historic, because for 118 years The National had been held in the New York City area and in an indoor venue. The naysayers came out in droves. But they were proven wrong.
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9th April 2003
Carling King (ISH) Second in Palm Beach AGA Championship
Regularly competing successfully on the US circuit, Carling King (ISH) and his Pennsylvania based Irish rider Kevin Babington took second place in the $150,000 AGA Championship class at Palm Beach, Florida last Sunday, April 6th.
Back in Europe, the Moorsele, Belgium CSI** last weekend (April 4th to 6th) saw Quick Flash (ISH) and Samantha McIntosh (BUL) take third place in Saturdays 1m35 class. Also competing at Moorsele was A Touch of Romance (ISH) ridden by Karim Ahmed El Zoghby (EGY). This pairing took second place in Saturdays 1m40 class.
Irish Sport Horses are also competing successfully in Peru. Over the weekend of April 1st, Marlton Ranger (ISH) was ridden by Ileana Miro Quesada to win both Saturday and Sundays main category A classes at CICO, Club Hipico Peruano. Marlton Ranger was Category B National Champion last year.
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9th April 2003
ALVA International Help Show Horses GLEAM
ALVA Internationals equine aromatherapy products are proving very popular with owners and grooms aiming for the show ring.
The company's range of products are formulated with Essential Oils and Aloe Vera that both condition the coat, whilst helping to repel flies.
The day before the show, preparation starts with ALVATEATREE Shampoo, a medicated shampoo that uses Tea Tree Oil to condition the coat while also protecting against mites and other infestations.
Using ALVASPARKLE Coat Conditioner, containing Aloe Vera after shampooing gives a high gloss finish while also resisting stable stains.
ALVADAZZLE Mane, Tail and Feather Conditioner helps to provide that finished look as it is combed through, giving a dazzling silky soft feel.
On the day of the show, ALVAGLEAM will put the ultimate gleam on the horse's coat. Containing Aloe Vera and a combination of enriched moisturising oils that repel flies; this equine product is quite unique.
For the maximum effect apply with a clean sponge, when dry polish up with dry velvet clothe for The Ultimate Gleam!
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9th April 2003

2003 Winter Equestrian Festival Featured Show Jumping and Dressage at its Best
Wellington, FL—April 8, 2003—The Winter Equestrian Festival opened its 31st season at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL, with the Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic, January 22- 26, where Sydney Olympian Lauren Hough of Wellington, FL, captured the first grand prix of the winter circuit and the feature event of the first week, the $35,000 Farr Legacy/ Western Hay Grand Prix of Palm Beach. Under the sunny Florida sky, Hough, aboard Windy City, was one of only three riders out of a starting field of 32 to qualify for the jump-off by riding clear over Conrad Homfeld’s demanding first-round course.
Hough turned in a fault-free jump-off ride in a time of 37.84 seconds to earn the win. Emily Williams of Wellington, FL, rode Hushabye to a second-place finish with a clear jump-off round in a time of 39.87 seconds. Dropping one rail to accumulate four faults in the jump-off, Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, finished in third place aboard Hidden Creek’s Jones.
Dressage competition highlighted the second week of the 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival, the Wellington Dressage Classic, January 30- February 2. Over 9,000 people gathered at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club over the course of the weekend to watch the competition unfold in dressage as well as show jumping.
The primary focus of the week’s dressage competitions was the series of USET Qualifiers, most notably the qualifiers for the Pan American Games Selection Trials to be held at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack, at the USET Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ, in June.
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9th April 2003
Kentucky Derby Party to benefit LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
BATON ROUGE– The Companions of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine invite all horse enthusiasts to the fourth annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 3, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Country Club of Louisiana.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the new Equine Intensive Care Unit at the veterinary school.
Celebrating the 129th “Run for the Roses,” guests will enjoy an afternoon of Kentucky Derby activities and cuisine while “visiting” Churchill Downs Louisiana-style. In addition to watching the race, a ladies’ hat competition and a mens’ tie contest are planned. Tickets will be offered for individuals wanting to “bet” on their favorite horse or horses. A silent auction will also be held during the afternoon.
“This is a great time to share in the fun of the Kentucky Derby right here in Baton Rouge, and we encourage anyone with an interest in the race to come out and enjoy the food, fun and entertainment,” said Dr. Rustin M. Moore, a professor and equine surgeon at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and director of the school’s Equine Health Studies Program.
Reservations for the party include the traditional Derby cuisine of burgoo stew, cheese grits, biscuits, Kentucky Derby pie and mint juleps. Guests will also receive a 2003 Kentucky Derby commemorative mint julep glass.
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9th April 2003
$1.5 Million in HUD Funding Rounded Up for Horse Park Project
Congressman Alan B. Mollohan (D-W.Va.) announced on Friday, March 21 that $1.57 million of the latest U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding has been set aside for the development of the Horse Park and Multi-Use Event Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown, West Virginia. The project is also slated to receive two additional years of HUD funding, covering a substantial portion of the Phase One development cost. Once fully complete, the Horse Park will be the largest facility of its kind within a five-hour drive of Morgantown. According to Congressman Mollohan, "the Horse Park will be unique to the region, and therefore will further enhance Mylan Park's recreational offerings and its economic impact."
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8th April 2003

Minister launches draft passport legislation at National Equine Forum
Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael chose last week’s prestigious National Equine Forum, attended by HRH The Princess Royal, to launch the draft legislation on the requirement for equine passports.
Speaking at the Forum on ‘a government overview of the horse industry’, Mr Michael summarised the draft legislation, which in line with the European Commission Decision 2000/68/EC, requires all equines in the UK to have a passport by 31 December 2003. He emphasised that there would be a three-month consultation period until 30th June, during which key equestrian organisations were invited to submit comments, before the document was finalised. Some sections of the draft gave a number of the 150 Forum attendees cause for concern. Noted as particularly worrying were the system of equine identification proposed which was seen to have shortfalls and also the compulsory and permanent passport declaration on whether or not horses were destined for entry into the food chain, which gave no flexibility for amendment should the horse enter new ownership.
A highlight of the Forum was a perceptive presentation on the need to recruit, retain and recognise the worth of world-class grooms, from former international dressage groom, Lucy Katan. Lucy, who is now employed by The Blue Cross animal welfare charity, sparked an animated and supportive debate among the audience with her forthright recommendation that grooms should be treated as vital support staff within the World Class programme and with the respect and conditions they deserve.
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8th April 2003
The British Horse Society British Horse Society Access Week Highlights Safe Off-Road Riding With Celebration Ride
The annual BHS Access Week takes place from Saturday 17 May to Bank Holiday Monday 26 May and this year features several organised off-road rides and a road safety training session. The highlight of events will be the 'Access Week Celebration Ride' celebrating the opening of the 42-mile long Mary Towneley Loop, part of the Pennine Bridleway. The ride will take three days, starting from Sunday 18 May until Tuesday 20 May, and all riders are welcome to take part whether it be for one day or for the whole route.
Currently, Access Week awards are being prepared for over ten Good Guys and newly created routes. Good Guy Awards acknowledge dedication and determination shown by individuals or organisations in maintaining or improving existing rights of way, while Route Creation Awards publicise new routes now available. Each award will be made during a short ceremony, organised locally.
With a growing interest in equestrian tourism the need for more off-road riding routes is increasing, and the BHS Access Week provides the opportunity to publicise the availability of existing routes. It also acknowledges the hard work put in by many BHS and affiliated bridleway group volunteers as well as private and public landowners to provide those routes.
The BHS launched its Ride-UK initiative in 2000, aiming to set up a nationwide network of bridlepaths and many new routes are now being opened as a result, including the Sabrina Way and Claude Duval Way last year; the Mary Towneley Loop is the latest addition with the completed Pennine Bridleway anticipated for 2004. Riders wanting to take their horses on holiday can purchase the BHS publication, Bed and Breakfast for Horses from the BHS Bookshop (price £6.95 plus p&p) providing over 300 places to stay and ride.
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8th April 2003

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) Paralytic Disease
At present there are no official restrictions imposed by DEFRA as a result of the reported cases of EHV paralytic disease and there are no restrictions on the movement of horses.
The BEF's Director of Sports Science and Medicine, John McEwen, advises individuals, yards and show organisers to continue their normal activities but to take sensible precautions regarding infected yards or yards in close proximity to an outbreak.

Isolation of infected yards is essential but fortunately the virus does not travel long distances through the air and infection is mainly by contact with infected horses.
It is wise to be vigilant in monitoring horse health to detect early cases of disease.
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8th April 2003
Royal Windsor Alters Programme
The Committee of the Royal Windsor Horse Show (14th-18th May), the opening show of the summer season, has decided that with the current uncertain climate surrounding events in the Gulf, it is inappropriate to continue with the celebratory military elements at this year’s show. However the vast and exciting array of competitions and equestrian displays will continue as normal.
As a result the Committee has withdrawn the Musical Drive of The King’s Troop, RHA as well as the daily staging of the ‘Wings for Victory’ extravaganza. The display was to have celebrated the enormous efforts made by the Windsor region in 1943 to raise money for desperately needed fighter planes for World War II. Directed by Sir Michael Parker, ‘Wings for Victory’ was to have included a celebration of the horse’s vital role in World War II as well as land and air contributions from the RAF.
The two displays were major elements of the two planned evening performances (17th and 18th) and as the Committee was keen to maintain the high standard of entertainment that the public has come to expect, both performances have been cancelled. As a consequence the fireworks finale on the Sunday evening will not be staged. The schedule of activities during the daily performances on Saturday and Sunday has been extended to incorporate the remaining elements of the evening performances, making for a daytime show that is more packed than ever.
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8th April 2003

Kappler Wins $150,000 AGA Championship
Royal Kaliber Named AGA Horse of the Year, Ward Captures AGA Rider of the Year, Torano Earns AGA Rookie of the Year
Wellington, FL—April 7, 2003—Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ, and Royal Kaliber, a horse he co-owns with Kathy Kamine, were back in the winner’s circle for the second consecutive weekend earning the blue ribbon in the $150,000 AGA Championship, April 6, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL.
Out of the starting field of 30 horse-and-rider combinations, Kappler and Royal Kaliber, a Dutch Warmblood stallion, were the only pair to complete two clear rounds. Finishing behind Kappler, who won the prestigious $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational aboard Royal Kaliber the previous weekend in Tampa, was Kevin Babington of Ireland aboard Carling King, owned by Kindle Hill Farm. Meredith Beerbaum of Germany piloted Shutterfly to the third place award.
Adding to Kappler’s wins aboard Royal Kaliber in Florida was to the horse’s being named AGA Horse of the Year for the 2002/2003 season. After a stellar 2002/2003 season, McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, earned the AGA Rider of the Year title for the second consecutive year and the third time overall. Danielle Torano of Wellington, FL, was named the AGA Rookie of the Year for 2002/2003.
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8th April 2003
58th Oldenburg Elite Auction in Vechta - Perfect Start in the 2003 Auction Year
¦ A prelude made to order: the 58th Oldenburg Elite Auction on April 5, 2003 at the Oldenburg Horse Center in Vechta achieved not only outstanding results but was also distinguished by numerous sales abroad to a number of new customers from countries such as Indonesia, Mexico, Australia, China and Portugal.
¦ Two elite riding horses - Donna Karan and Royal Dream - went right through the 100,000 Euro "ceiling". Sales totaling 853,000 Euros were achieved for the 33 auctioned riding horses (average price 25,848 Euros) and of these, 17 horses were sold to foreign buyers.
¦ The 17 broodmares were sold for 204,500 Euros in total at an average price of 12,029 Euros. Seven of these mares will be heading for the US. Of the four ponies offered, two were also sold to the United States and one to Great Britain. The ponies brought 55,000 Euros in total (average price 13,750 Euros).
¦ The live transmission of the auction on the Internet was obviously a big success. We now know that many users, especially abroad, logged into Vechta to watch the auction live.
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8th April 2003
Tropical Rider Announces the Creation of Therapeutic Ice Boot
Big Pine Key, FL-- Tropical Rider, known for designing innovative performance apparel for serious equestrian athletes, now turns its attention to the other athlete in the sport—the horse. Tropical Rider is proud to introduce the first item in a new line of products designed for the athletic horse, the Tropical Rider Ice Boot. “We are always striving to improve performance in the equestrian sports,” said Tropical Rider CEO Sheree Ganske. “Obviously the well being of the horse is of utmost concern. We believe that the Tropical Rider Ice Boot will allow horse owners and grooms another option to help keep horses healthy and sound.”
The Tropical Rider Ice Boot shapes and conforms to the horse’s leg, making it comfortable for the horse. Sturdy Velcro straps keep the cold pack on the leg for optimal effectiveness. “There are many times when a rider should cold hose or ice the horse’s leg, but they just don’t have the time,” explains Ms. Ganske. “With the Tropical Rider Ice Boot, the horse’s leg is soothed while the rider is free to do other things.”
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8th April 2003
An evening of equestrian theater highlights the 2003 Night of the Horse performances
The Del Mar National Horse Show's Night of the Horse presentation on Saturday, April 18, in the Del Mar Arena, is a spectacular equestrian extravaganza that is unequalled by any other show in San Diego."Horses Through the Centuries"is the theme for the stunning array of equestrian talent and entertainment that has been planned for the Night of the Horse program. The line-up includes more than 20 acts that will showcase the many and varied breeds of horses and how they have served man through the ages. The show will feature magnificent horses, skilled equestrians, and beautiful music.
The show even offers a "gourmet dinner under the stars"with the purchase of ringside Box Seats for six, as well as reserved and general admission seats. The Dinner Box seats are $300 for a 6-seat box. Admission at the gate is $15 Reserved seating, and $10 General seating.
Spectators will see bridleless reining, antique carriages, miniature drill team, world champion vaulting, Olympian and Western Dressage, Lusitano and Andalusian dancing horses, Roadster Ponies, Arabians, Icelandics, world-class Holsteiner driving competitors, mule reining, pole bending, pack train, and dressage Mules! They'll also laugh and be mystified watching Tommie Turvey's comedy acts and the amazing exploits of his prized Paints as an "Equine Extremist".
Night of the Horse is entertainment for the whole family. Even Horse Show enthusiasts are bound to something they've never seen before!
The Night of the Horse performance is only one of the "jewels"that make up the 58th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show.
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8th April 2003
USA Equestrian
Der-Dau Provides Custom Boots To USA Equestrian Award Winners
For more than half of a century Der Dau has been making the finest custom boots for the world’s most competitive equestrians. Now the winners of the USAE/Pessoa Hunter Seat Medal Finals, the BET/USAE Junior Jumper Championships and Prix des States Championships, the USAE/ Pony Jumper Championship, and the USAE/Wild Horsefeathers Pony Hunter Championship will enjoy their own pair of elegant custom boots, compliments of Der Dau. The company also invites all USA Equestrian members to take a 10% discount on Der Dau boots and shoes.
“We are very pleased to sponsor USA Equestrian,” says Der Dau President Joseph Der. “We hope the winners will enjoy their Der Dau boots for a lifetime.” At Der Dau, each and every custom boot is carefully designed from personal measurements and is exact down to the finest detail, ensuring comfort and fit that are incomparable. Mr. Der explains, “Using techniques handed down from my father and only the finest leathers allows Der Dau to make each customer’s vision into reality.”
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8th April 2003

Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series Kicks Off 2003 Season
Tampa, FL – April 7, 2003 – The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series started its 2003 competition with six exciting events held in the East Conference and one in the West Conference. The series kicked off in February and runs through November, culminating in a Year-End Championship to be held at the National Horse Show.
Evan Coluccio and Romeo took the early lead in the junior division in the East Conference, while Tani Zeidler Anderson and Illusion sit in first place in the amateur-owner division. In the West Conference, Megan Edrick and Just On Time lead the junior division, while Nicole LaMott and Laredo sit atop the amateur-owner division standings.
Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series East Conference – Junior Division
In the first East Conference competition of the season, the $15,000 BET on Jazz Junior Jumper Classic, held during the Zada Enterprises Wellington Masters, February 19-23 in Wellington, FL, Evan Coluccio took first place aboard White Russian.
Cody Baird and Orlandia rode away with the win in the $15,000 BET on Jazz Junior Jumper Classic, held at the Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open in Wellington, FL, February 26 – March 2. Ashlee Bond rode Fabius 45 to the win in the $15,000 BET on Jazz Junior Jumper Classic held at the Cosequin Wellington Finale in Wellington, FL, March 5-9.
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8th April 2003
"Old Friends" and "Racing To The Table" Selected As Book Of The Year Award Finalists By Foreword
LEXINGTON, KY - Eclipse Press, the book publishing division of Blood-Horse Publications, proudly announces that two of its recent publications, Old Friends: Visits with My Favorite Thoroughbreds and Racing to the Table: A Culinary Tour of Sporting America have been selected as Book of the Year award finalists by Foreword magazine. Foreword's Book of the Year awards recognize excellence in publishing from independent presses.
First, second and third place award winners in forty seven categories will be announced at a special program at BookExpo America in Los Angeles on Friday, May 30th, 2003.
"We are thrilled that two of our most successful titles have been selected by Foreword," commented Jackie Duke, editor of Eclipse Press. "Old Friends, with photographs and essays by Eclipse Award-winner Barbara Livingston, sold out in two months and is now in its second printing. And people who love good food and horseracing can't seem to get enough of Racing to the Table."
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8th April 2003
Show Jumping Results: AGA National Championship, Wellington, Florida

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7th April 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 besuccessful.
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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7th April 2003
TesioPower 5.0 SportHorse version is now available
Who is TesioPower for?
TesioPower pedigree software is for
" Stallion owners to market their stallions and breeding stock
" Broodmare owners when planning matings
" Sporthorse agents to broaden their selling base
" Breed Societies, Pedigree Researchers
" All involved with breeding, as a recreational and research tool

TesioPower is an internationally-acclaimed pedigree analysis program designed to assist in the upgrade of pedigrees using the proven line-breeding guidelines of Federico Tesio. It has the benefits of being easy to use and powerful enough for the most demanding user.
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7th April 2003
Hanley Wins Moorsele Grand Prix
Thirty-year old Mayoman Cameron Hanley this evening (Sunday) won the Grand Prix at Moorsele, Belgium, riding Lynne Bevan's former mount <Jerome lll>, with whom Cameron has now notched up several successful seasons.
Hanley had a double clear, and pushed the 12 yr old bay Dutch-bred bay gelding to beat well-known French rider Bruno Broucqsault, riding <Dileme de Cephe> into Second place by less than one second on time.
Hanley and Jerome also clocked up a Second Place on Friday at the Belgian venue in the 1m40 Two-Phase Class.
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7th April 2003
Chris Kappler and Royal Kaliber Win the $150,000 AGA Championship!
Wellington, FL – April 6 – Chris Kappler riding the horse he co-owns with Kathy Kamine won the $150,000 AGA Championship. Chris Kappler and Royal Kaliber produced the only 2 complete clear rounds out of 30 competitors. Royal Kaliber is a Dutch Warmblood stallion and just last week won the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational with Chris. Carling King and Kevin Babington were second with only 1 time fault. Carling King, an Irish Sport Horse gelding, is owned by Kindle Hill Farm. In third place, Meredith Beerbaum and Shutterfly were fastest in the jump off with a total of 4 faults for the two rounds. She actually had a clean jump off round but carried 4 faults over from her first round.
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7th April 2003

Hanoverian Horse Happenings
From 'Around the World' to 'Vista Ridge Farm' - Spring 2003
News from the USA Annual statistics for 2002 from the American Hanoverian Society
News from Vista Ridge Farm It's the time of year again, the mares and foals have been switched to new pastures and barns as we start the foaling and breeding season
News from Germany Sensational price at the Hanoverian Stallion Licensing - 515.000(EUR) to US Buyer
Other News from the US The DR. WALTER HARTWIG PRIZE for Best North American-Bred Young Mare
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7th April 2003
Molly Ashe and Subliem Win Again!
Wellington, FL – April 5 – The AGA National Jumper Championships held qualifying classes for Juniors and Amateurs today. Their final Championships will be held tomorrow and the 2002/2003 AGA Championship Series Final will be at 2:00 pm tomorrow.
Molly Ashe and Subliem won the $10,000 1.40m Speed Championship today, a faults converted to time class. This horse and rider combination also won the Take Your Own Line Class on Thursday. Subliem is a Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Ladson LLC of New York. Margie Engle was second riding Hidden Creek’s Alvaretto.
In the High Amateur Owner Jumper Qualifier, Tani Anderson won with her horse Illusion. Illusion is a Dutch Warmblood mare that had the only clear round in the jump off. Thirty horses entered and 5 returned for the jump off. The other 4 horses all had 4 faults in the jump off. Nathalie Sadovic and Chiquita were the fastest and placed second. Robert Kraut was third with Caviar.
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6th April 2003

SCOPE Awarded Inward Buyer Programme by Irish Horse Board
SCOPE Auction, Ireland’s first and only “elite” auction of young showjumping, eventing, and dressage prospects, has been awarded the prestigious Inward Buyer Programme by the Irish Horse Board. The Inward Buyer Programme reimburses the cost of plane or ferry tickets to travellers from outside of Ireland who purchase a horse at the SCOPE Auction.
SCOPE Auction, which is dedicated to offering buyers the “very best of the best” young horses in Ireland, is unique because:
-- Every horse has been chosen by a selection committee of three Olympians, representing the disciplines of showjumping (Col. Ned Campion of Ireland), eventing (Gillian Rolton of Australia), and dressage (Jennie Loriston-Clarke of Great Britain), and led by Holland's top stallion expert (Jaap Werners, chairman of the KWPN’s stallion inspection committee);
-- Every horse is evaluated for bloodlines, conformation, type, athleticism, movement, potential for excellence in sport, and potential for excellence in breeding. Only the "very best of the best" are selected;
-- Every horse has passed an independent veterinary exam on the day of the inspection;
-- Every yearling and 2-year-old has x-rays evaluated by one of Europe's leading radiographic experts (Dr. Hans Schougaard of Denmark), using the same criteria he uses for the Danish Warmblood Society and Hanoverian Verband stallion inspection committees;
-- Every horse has a note stating if the breeder has conformed to the SCOPE Breeder's Code, which is based on state-of-the-art, scientifically-validated feeding and management practices designed to reduce the risk of developmental bone disorders;
-- Every buyer from outside of Ireland -- whether as close as Great Britain or as far as North America or Australia -- can have his or her airfare or ferry costs reimbursed by the Irish Horse Board's Inward Buyer Programme.
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6th April 2003
HITS Opts For Perfection By Postponing The Premiere Of Its Saugerties Horse Shoe Facility
SAUGERTIES, NY (April 4, 2003)—Horse Shows In The Sun (HITS), producer of five hunter/jumper horse show circuits nationwide, announced today that the projected completion of its world-class horse show facility in Saugerties, New York, will be extended to May of 2004. The much anticipated premiere of the facility was originally scheduled for early summer 2003, however, a number of uncontrollable factors have resulted in the postponement. The severe winter weather and record snowfall experienced by the Northeast region was perhaps the deciding factor in the delay of the construction project.
The postponed completion of the new site is a definite disappointment to HITS. The announcement of the new horse show facility captured the interest of those equestrians from California to Florida who participated at HITS winter horse show circuits. The Saugerties community and commercial businesses have also shown their support and their positive feedback was instrumental in the approval of the project.
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6th April 2003
Candice King and Gosse D’Orion Win Welcome Stake With Only Double Clear Round
Wellington, FL – April 4 – The AGA National Jumper Championships continued the third day of competition at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. Sunday is the final day and the AGA Championship Series Final will be at 2:00 pm.
Gosse D’Orion and Candice King won the AGA Championship Welcome Stake. This Table II, 2.2(a) class had 15 horses enter and 5 qualified to come back for the jump off. Candice and Gosse D’Orion were the only combination that had a clean jump off round. Laura Kraut and Allegiance were the fastest in the jump off with 4 faults – finishing in second place.
Eric Lamaze from Canada won the 1.35 m AGA Championship riding Noulette. Noulette is owned by Stoney Hill Farm and was the best of 30 horses competing. Eight horses were in the jump off and Yann Candele was second riding Millcreek Stables’ horse, Sweet Dreams.
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6th April 2003

A Horse of Course

A Horse, Of Course
by Don Blazer
If you love that new foal, don’t feed him--too much!
es, I know he’s cute, and you can’t resist. Yes, I know you want him to have the very best. Yes, I know his little ribs are showing just a bit.
That’s the way he is supposed to be!
Feed him too much, make him fat, and he may be a cripple for life.
Epiphysitis—an inflammation of the epiphyseal plate--is caused by a number of factors, excessive weight being first on the list.
The disease occurs in foals ranging in age from one to nine months, and we usually associate it with the knee and fetlock joint although it can occur on any bone. On each end of the shaft of long bone is the epiphysis (epiphyseal plate) which is cartilage which hasn’t yet turned to bone.
This cartilage or soft bone maintains its natural shape as the young horse grows, unless it is “squashed” out of shape by the foal’s own weight. When it is “squashed,” it is often called “big ankles”, “double ankles”, or “hour-glass ankles or knee.” The distinctive hour-glass shape is the result of the epiphyseal plate flattening under the horse’s weight and widening above and below the joint.
Sometimes—but not often—there is no lameness associated with the condition. However, if not recognized and left uncorrected, epiphysitis can and often does result in crippling arthritis.
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