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19th April 2003

McLain Ward On Top Following First Round of the Budweiser World Cup
Las Vegas, NV- April 17, 2003 – McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, riding Viktor, owned by Ward and Harry Gill, won the first round of Budweiser World Cup 2003, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday evening. Malin Baryard of Sweden finished second riding H&M Butterfly Flip owned by Christina Larsson. Three time World Cup Champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil finished third on Baloubet Du Rouet owned by Diago Pereira Coutinho. Ward, one of the fourteen riders representing the United States had one rail down in the speed class, but was able to maintain the lead with his lightning fast time of 68.73. In this type of class, faults are converted into seconds giving the pair a final score of 72.73. Baryard finished without any jumping faults, but at a slower time placing her in second place with a time of 74.05.
“This is only the start,” said Ward. “There are long days ahead. Thankfully he’s a great horse. I made some small mistakes, but he bailed me out.”
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19th April 2003
World Cup Show Jumping - Coyle 20th In First Class
In the first of three classes that will decide the winner of the Show Jumping World Cup, Ireland's Trevor Coyle finished in the middle of the field last night in Las Vegas, with a 20th position in the blistering speed class at Las Vegas. There were 41 riders and horses in the class, but three did not start. The class was won by the US's own McLain Ward, riding <Viktor>.
Tonight (Friday) the Armagh-born rider, who is now 44, competes with his American-owned mare <Fleur> in a jump-off class where the fences will max out at a massive 1m50 to 1m60, but he is likely to feel more comfortable here than in yesterday's speed class. Because of time differences, the result will not be known until Saturday morning, Irish time.
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19th April 2003

11th Annual Brookhill Steeplechase on Saturday May 3, 2003 in Clayton, NC
The Raleigh Jaycees present the eleventh annual Brookhill Steeplechase on Saturday May 3, 2003 at Brookhill Farm in Clayton, NC. This annual horseracing event attracts over 12,000 spectators and Steeplechasing’s finest and highest-acclaimed horses and trainers. Gates open at 10am.
Gates open at 10a.m. Activities include Brookhill's annual Hat and Tailgate contests with grand prizes including airline tickets anywhere in the United States, Canada or Caribbean on American Airlines, the new College Park Entertainment area featuring bands Fat Head Otis and Big Bertha, and Brookhill's Children's area featuring moonwalk, storytellers, crafts and much more.
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18th April 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
17 April 2003

FEI World Cup Jumping Final In Las Vegas
The world's best show jumping horses and riders had their first look at the competition arena on Wednesday 16 April in preparation for today's opening round of the FEI Budweiser World Cup 2003.
The Final will feature forty-one riders from around the world, competing for the prestigious title of World Cup Champion at what will be the 25th annual FEI World Cup Final.

Reminder: FEI Biography Service
In conjunction with the FEI World Cup Final, the FEI is pleased to announce a new online riders biography service:
World Cup Jumping Final : Standings In All Leagues
There were 12 Leagues in the 2002 / 2003 season of the FEI World Cup Jumping: Western Europe, Central Europe, Canada, South America, South Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, USA West Coast and USA East Coast.
European Dressage Championship At Hickstead (GBR)
Tickets are now on sale for the European Dressage Championship which will take place from 13 to 17 August 2003 in Hickstead (GBR).
This is the first time that the Championships will be held in Britain since they were hosted at Goodwood in 1987.
European Dressage Championship Juniors And Young Riders
The European Dressage Championship Juniors and Young Riders will take place from 24 to 27 July in Saumur (FRA).
WEG 2002 Pictogrammes Donated To FEI
The WEG 2002 Organising Committee generously offered the copyright of all disciplines pictograms, which had been developed for the 2002 World
Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, to the FEI.
In The Eventing World : Coming Soon
Rolex Kentucky CCI 4 stars from 24 to 27 April in Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY (USA)
Four Star Events, the most challenging level of the sport, are held at just four venues each year plus the Olympic Games and World Championships every four years. Of the four annual Four Star Events, only one, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, takes place in the U.S. The other annual events are at the Badminton Horse Trials and the Burghley Horse Trials in Great Britain, and at Adelaide in Australia.
Sydney CCI 3 Stars
Sydney International Three day Event will take place from 25 to 28 April, in the famous Horsley Park which hosted the equestrian competitions of the 2002 Olympic Games.
The event will include a CCI 3 stars, where the best Australian based riders shall attend with their top horses.
Reminder: Second International Conference On The Transportation Of Horses
The Second International Conference on the Transportation of Horses by Road, Sea and Air will take place at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, (GBR) on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July 2003.
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18th April 2003

World Class Start And Potential - New Discipline Coordinators Release More Money For Riders
World Class Start and Potential (WC S & P) are delighted to welcome four hugely talented and experienced Discipline Coordinators (DCs) to the team in 2003. Caroline Griffiths (Dressage), Sarah Verney (nee Cotton) (Eventing) David Hamer (Para Dressage) and Tina Goosen (Show Jumping) have been appointed to start work in these new roles in April.

The DCs will assist in the running and coordination of discipline specific WC S & P programmes - setting up an annual diary of events and meeting with all riders and their respective trainers to establish plans, goals and targets for the year.
The introduction of a full programme for the first time this year has allowed WC S & P to review the system piloted in 2002 and consolidate staffing levels.
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18th April 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
Las Vegas – FEI World Cup jumping finals 2003
Television Coverage
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18th April 2003
Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference to be held in Florida
SETC was formed to address issues that concern equestrians and land managers pertaining to the use of trails. Trail design, land-use planning, trail sharing, environmental protection, eco-tourism, education, and the preservation of the use of horses on our American landscapes are topics that will be discussed at the Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference. Mobile workshops and live demonstrations will be offered.
The SETC2003 conference includes nine southern states and is National in scope. This much-needed conference was started in Clemson, S.C. and will now rotate. Next year's conference is already being planned and will be held in Georgia.
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18th April 2003

Equine Photographers Network Spring Workshop
Chincoteague, Virginia, May 15-18, 2003
The international group, Equine Photographers Network,, is sponsoring a Spring Workshop to further its overall goal: to encourage professional development and enhance career opportunities for the Equine Photographer. A Members Only Retreat is planned for members of the Equine Photographers Network followed by a day to educate and delight all photographers and horse lovers.
FREE business education to all photographers in all genres provided by Outreach EP, a program of the group Editorial Photographers ( ) EP is more than 3500 working photographers, students, and educators nationwide, including some of the best known names in the business, whose goal is to explain the benefits, and encourage the use, of sound business practices among creatives in an effort to save our profession.
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18th April 2003
USA Equestrian
Bids Being Accepted For 2004 Dressage Championships
USA Equestrian announces that official bids are now being accepted to host the following Dressage Championships for 2004: · 2004 USAE Junior Dressage Team Championship · 2004 USAE Dressage Seat Medal Finals · 2004 USAE Young Horse Selection Trials (Eastern, Central, & Western) for the 2004 FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Dressage · 2004 USAE Young Horse Dressage National Championships
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17th April 2003

Experience the magic, mystique and celebration of the horse
Odyssey Box Office and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide have launched the eagerly awaited tickets for The Belfast Indoor International Horse Show as a full-scale promotion drive kicks off.
The Belfast International runs from November 27th through to November 30th, and will provide hours of fun, laughter, excitement and entertainment for adults, families and children of all ages with the opportunity to experience the magic, mystique and celebration of the horse in the comfort of the Odyssey Arena.
After the whirlwind launch of Northern Ireland’s sporting and social event of the year, tickets for the Belfast Indoor International Horse Show have been launched on sale and every purchase promises a show to remember filled with explosive family fun entertainment.

Careful consideration was taken during the planning of the event in an effort to reach an increasingly diverse audience. The promotion team have gone beyond the realms of the normal Horse Show to bring seven three-hour theatrical performances with world class international show jumping never before seen in this country and the event has been reported as an exciting new step for both Northern Ireland Sport and The Odyssey Arena.
We will have it all in the show programme, from good clean family fun to that ultimate adrenalin rush, while television personalities and a host of celebrities and sporting hero’s come together with these sensational performers to stage a competitive team challenge for charity.
Capture the excitement and nostalgia of Jean Francois Pignon's breathtaking display during every performance; experience the unique trust between man and his horse or the excitement and fabulous family fun of the Irish Shetland Grand National, they might have short hairy legs and reach a height of no more than 107cm, but racing fit Shetland ponies certainly know how to shift! They can gallop at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour, taking 2ft 4" high brush fences in their stride.
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17th April 2003
The Open College of Equine Studies
World’s first distance learning MSc. in Equine Science
The Open College of Equine Studies, well known as an international leader in equine distance learning, is launching an exciting new MSc. in Equine Science. The course will be run by Dr Amanda Badnell-Waters, the college’s newly appointed Head of Equine Higher Education.
The Masters programme is designed to expand the depth of knowledge of equine and animal science graduates and the course is available on a flexible basis to benefit students with full-time jobs or other commitments.
Dr Badnell-Waters, who is well known for her research in the field of equine clinical behaviour, holds a PhD from the University of Bristol (department of Clinical Veterinary Science) as well as a BSc. (Hons.) degree in Animal Biology and a MSc. in Equine Science. She will run the MSc. Equine Science course, whilst continuing to develop research in the field of equine clinical behaviour in conjunction with TOCES and other research institutes.
Historically, the equine industry has been deficient in people with a thorough scientific education. However students completing the new MSc. in Equine Science will have gained an advanced level of scientific knowledge, which will be of direct use in many equine related areas of employment.
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17th April 2003
Want To Learn More About Bits and Bitting?
AN innovative new course will aim to explain the mystery surrounding bits and bitting when it takes place later this year.
Well-known lorinery specialist, Tricia Nassau-Williams will head the course which has been developed to help riders and horse owners understand clearly the importance of bitting and the problems that can arise if the wrong bit is chosen.
Tricia, who is also the Projects Manager and Lorinery Course Co-ordinator for the Worshipful Company of Loriners, as well as the Field Officer for BETA, explains that the course is ideal for anyone who has an interest in horses, including riding teachers, equine physiotherapists, equine dental technicians, horse owners and riding enthusiasts.
The course will take the form of two modules and will cover subjects such as bit design, equine mouth conformation, stirrups and practical saddle and bridle fitting.
Said Tricia: "I am delighted to be helping to spread the word about bits and bitting. It is a fascinating subject and you never stop learning about new developments and thinking."
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17th April 2003
EFI Appoints High Performance Administrator
DEBBIE BLOOMFIELD is the new High Performance Administrator at the Equestrian Federation of Ireland's offices at Ashton House, Dublin. She was selected from a substantial number of candidates who applied for the advertised post.
Debbie will be responsible for the administration of Irish participation in international events for all disciplines affiliated to the EFI.
Born in Devon, England, in 1969, Debbie has been an active equestrian competitor since an early age, beginning with ponies and then moving on to horses, with experience in eventing and hunting.
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17th April 2003
CSIO***** La Baule (Fra) Super League Event
8 - 11 May 2003
The first British Team to compete in the inaugural Samsung Nations Cup Super League in La Baule from 8 - 11 May 2003 has been selected. The squad is as follows:-
Di Lampard from Oakham, Leicestershire
Scott Smith from York, North Yorkshire
Richard Davenport based in Valkenswaard, Holland
Michael Whitaker from Whatton, Nottinghamshire
Team Manager: Derek Ricketts from Bicester Oxfordshire
The British team will compete against Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Netherlands and Ireland in the Samsung Nations Cup Super League competition to be held on Sunday 11th May.
Teams will score points according to their finishing position with the top 7 teams at the end of the year, qualifying to compete in the 2004 Super League. The 8th placed team at the end of the season will be relegated to the Nations Cup Series for 2004, and the top team from the 2003 Nations Cup Series will be promoted to compete in the 2004 Super League.
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17th April 2003

Garden State Horse Show Remembers Dr. Robert C. Rost With Donation To Branchville Fire House
AUGUSTA, NJ—April 15, 2003— In addition to their regular contribution to Centenary College and its scholarship fund, this year The Garden State Horse Show, held April 30 – May 4 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ, will also be making a donation to the Branchville Hose Company #1 in memory of Dr. Robert C. Rost.
Dr. Rost, a long time resident of Branchville and a member of the Branchville Volunteer Fire Company from 1959 to 1972, was an integral part of the Garden State “family” of judges and course designers. Rost, one of the first professional course designers in the United States, was also influential in the use of metal jump cups, wing standards, measured distances, and electric timers. His absence will be sorely missed by everyone at the Garden State Horse Show.
What many people in the horse community may not have known about Dr. Rost was his participation in the volunteer fire company, a relationship that was strong in the early years. In the later years his veterinary practice grew and kept him answering calls while the horse shows often drew him to different parts of the country.
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17th April 2003
USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Executive Committee Meeting Available Via Webcast
A meeting of the USA Equestrian Executive Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, at 4:00 pm (ET). The meeting will be available via live audio webcast and can be reached by visiting the USA Equestrian web site at and clicking on the link. Please click here for further details
17th April 2003
Blue Chip Championships 2003
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17th April 2003
CSI* Sandnes (Nor) 1- 5 May 2003
Tom Lloyd From Anglesey, NORTH WALES has been authorised to compete at the above mentioned show
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17th April 2003
Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CDI ***CDIYJ STADL PAURA 17-21 APRIL 2003, CSI**** SHEFFIELD GREAT BRITAIN 24-27 APRIL 2003, CSIOP DIEST FRANCE 24-27 APRIL 2003 , CSI*** VITTEL FRANCE 25-27 APRIL 2003, CSI*** MAUBEUGE FRANCE 2-4 MAY 2003 , CSI*** MODENA ITALY 1-3 MAY 2003, CIC-W*** CHATSWORTH GREAT BRITAIN 10-11 MAY 2003 , CAI WINDSOR GREAT BRITAIN 14-18 MAY 2003 Please click here for further details
16th April 2003
Robert Smith Competes For World Cup Final Crown
The 25th World Cup Final will take place this weekend at The Thomas & Mack Centre in Las Vegas and Robert Smith will be Great Britain's sole representative.
Robert will ride Di and Pennie Cornish's 9-year-old Dutch bred stallion, Marius Claudius in this year's Final and will be hoping to repeat his recent form, after successes in world class fields at Zurich and s'Hertogenbosch earlier in the year.
Forty-two riders from sixteen countries have qualified to compete in the Final by qualifying from eight leagues over the past twelve months.
Last year's Champion, Germany's Otto Becker will defend his title, but Robert will be looking to become the next British World Cup Champion since Nick Skelton's victory in Gothenburg on Dollar Girl in 1995.
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16th April 2003

BEF Passports Team Comment On Statutory Instrument
A BEF-led industry working party met on Wednesday 9th April to consider the passport legislation Statutory Instrument (SI).
Comments on the SI from the Equine Passport, Disease Surveillance and Breeding Planning Team, and notes from Wednesday's meeting, are now available on the BEF web site, .
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16th April 2003
Lucy Qualifies For National Championship
DARLINGTON-based Lucy Bell captured the Derby House Novice Owner/Rider section at Belton Park Horse Trials in Lincolnshire.
Riding her own 11-year-old Miss Inca, Lucy was on top form capturing the qualifier in a 42-strong section. The pair started the day with a good dressage score followed by excellent rounds in both the showjumping and cross-country. Lucy, a student at Leeds University has owned Miss Inca for three years and competes her alongside her other ride, Snow Tiger lll.
Currently hitting a purple patch, Lucy captured the Pre-Novice sections at both Whitton Castle and Brougham before moving up to novice at Belton with Miss Inca who she has high hopes for.
The win qualifies Lucy and Miss Inca for the prestigious Derby House Novice Owner / Rider final at Henbury Hall in July.
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16th April 2003
2003 Marks Success For Third Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon
The 2003 Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon drew 1,500 professionals, amateurs, fans, and grooms to the Outback Polo Field in West Palm Beach, Florida, for the March 10 event. Four teams of three riders each, all from different disciplines, participated in a three-phase competition. In the Dressage Phase, jumper riders and polo players rode a Second Level dressage test to music; in the Jumper Phase, dressage riders and polo players jumped a Gambler’s Choice course; and in the final phase, each team played two chukkers of polo in which the polo player could pass but not score.
The team accumulating the most points for all three phases was Polo Gear, winning the Gold Medal for the 2003 Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon. A tie for
second place was decided by a toss of the coin, giving the Outback Team the Silver Medal and the Sidelines Team the Bronze Medal. The Dutta Corporation Team won the Pewter Medal.
Awards were also presented for Most Valuable Players and Best Horses. Presiding at the event were Lorraine Stubbs and Bill Warren, Dressage Phase Judges; Dr. Cesar Parra, “Best Dressage Horse” Judge; Marsh Kulak, Best Jumper Judge; and Tommy Wayman, Best Polo Pony Judge. The MVP awards were determined by the team chef d’equipes.
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16th April 2003
'Western Week' kicks off the 2003 Del Mar National Horse Show
Del Mar Equestrian Center -- The Del Mar National Horse Show kicks off its annual equestrian extravaganza with four days of Western competitions beginning on Thursday, April 17.
The Del Mar National horse Show at the Fairgrounds Equestrian Center is renown for its competition, excitement, pageantry, and picturesque location. The event is one of the nation's largest and most prestigious annual equestrian shows in the United States, attracting hundreds of North America's finest horses and riders who will compete in three distinct disciplines with more than $300,000 in prize money at stake.
Uniquely American riding skills highlight Western Week April 17-20. Western Week features competitive classes in Trail, English and Western pleasure, speed events, and NRHA reining. The competitions begin daily at 7:00 a.m., in the three arenas that make up the Del Mar Equestrian Center.
Western Week is highlighted by two special evening events; one consisting of Western competitions, called the Western Showcase, and the other celebrating the varied relationships between horse and rider, called the Night of the Horse.
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16th April 2003
Caroline Wins At Belton
KELSO-based Caroline Powell and her own Corbally Oak captured the Equissage-sponsored Novice section at Belton Park Horse Trials in Lincolnshire.
This was Corbally Oak's third novice competition of the season and Caroline is delighted with his progress.
Said Caroline: "He is a big horse and has taken quite a long time to mature, but he is now improving and I was delighted with his win at Belton." The Equissage Novice Section drew more than 43 entries and the Irish-bred gelding made little of the course. Added Caroline: "He is a big galloping horse and although the novice cross-country at Belton is always regarded as quite stiff, he coped very well.
Tim Savage of section sponsor Equissage said: "The two days at Belton were wonderful. It was the first time I had been to the event and I was very impressed. "As sponsors of William Fox-Pitt it is great to be involved at the top end of the sport, but supporting a novice section as we did at Belton is also very important."
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16th April 2003
New York City Venue Announced By National Horse Show Association
New York, New York (April 15, 2003) -- The National Horse Show Association of America announced today that its venue for the new Metropolitan National Horse Show of 2003 in New York City will be Manhattan’s Pier 94 and the adjacent Show Piers on the Hudson, just west of 12th Avenue (West Side Highway) at 54th Street. The dates are Wednesday, October 29, through Sunday, November 2.
Joining the National’s president, Alan F. Balch, and Eugene R. Mische, chairman, in making the announcement, were Kenneth J. Podziba, Commissioner of the New York City Sports Commission, and Chuck Newman, representing Pier 94 and the Show Piers on the Hudson (
Balch commented, “Our very thorough investigation over the last year of all possible venues in Manhattan and the other New York boroughs led us to many possibilities, but none approached this one’s overall feasibility. We looked at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, well over 20 in all, and each presented opportunities. Pier 94 and the Show Piers, however, not only presented us with possibilities for great innovation, but also will make for some of the nicest indoor conditions that our competitors will ever have enjoyed, anywhere.”
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16th April 2003
Two Irish Sport Horses in Monaco Grand Prix Top Ten
The Monte-Carlo, Monaco CSI***, from April 10th to 12th, proved to be successful for Irish Sport Horses with two of them making it to the top ten in Saturdays Grand Prix CSI*** Du Prince De Monaco.
In third place was Royal Charmer (ISH) ridden by Markus Fuchs (Sui), while Lt. Shane Carey (Ire) and Killossery (ISH) took eighth. Royal Charmer (ISH) also won Fridays Prix Ste des Bains de Mer 1m50 class.
Gandini Stardust (ISH) was also jumping on Friday and took seventh place in the Scintilla Monaco Masters 2003 1m50 Rolex Diamond class.
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16th April 2003
USA Equestrian
Influential Horseman Richard McDevitt Passes Away
Richard McDevitt of Malvern, PA, long-time President of the Devon Horse show, former President of the American Horse Shows Association and prominent Philadelphia lawyer, died on Friday, April 11.
McDevitt served as the President of the American Horse Shows Association, now known as USA Equestrian, from 1975 – 1987. His influence was widespread, specifically in the area of enforcement and promotion of the drugs and medications rules. McDevitt made it a personal mission to rid the sport of these types of abuse, for the benefit of not only the sport, but also for the welfare of the horse. During his tenure the AHSA saw a 70% increase in competitions and the membership more than doubled.
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16th April 2003
CSI*** Maubeuge (Fra)
2- 4 May 2003
John Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKSHIRE, Michael Whitaker From Whatton, NOTTS, Veronique Whitaker Based in Brussels, BELGIUM,
Robert Whitaker From Huddersfield, WEST YORKSHIRE, Tim Stockdale From Roade, NORTHANTS have been invited and authorised to compete at the above mentioned show Please click here for further details
16th April 2003
CSI** Sachendorf (Aut) 9 - 11 May 2003
Sara Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS, Emma Rust From Bishops Stortford, HERTS have been invited and authorised to compete at the above-mentioned show Please click here for further details
16th April 2003
CSIOY Diest / CSIJ Diest 24 - 27 April 2003
The following riders have been selected to participate at the above mentioned show:-
Lisa Phillips From Chelmsford, Essex, Georgie Strutton From Steyning, West Sussex, Sophie Heaven From Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Richard Hook From Winchester, Hampshire, Tom Knox From Littleborough, Lancashire
Kate Mead Based in Switzerland, Sarah Lynch From Loughborough, Leicstershire, Rebecca Walker From Myton on Swale, Yorkshire, Natalie Phillips From Leeds, West Yorkshire, Ben Maher From Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
The following person has received a personal invitation to participate:- Jemma Knox From Littleborough, Lancashire
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16th April 2003
Eclipse Press Introduces A "Classic" For Racing And Breeding Enthusiasts
Lexington, KY—April 15, 2003— Winning a Triple Crown race — the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes — is the ultimate goal for Thoroughbred owners and breeders. These races are considered "Classics" for their challenge and prestige, and only the cream of the horse crop attempt all three. In American Classic Pedigrees, author and pedigree researcher Avalyn Hunter profiles and examines the pedigrees of the winners of the five American Classic races from 1914 through 2002: the Triple Crown events and the Kentucky Oaks and Coaching Club American Oaks for fillies.
In addition to examining each horse's sire line and female family, Hunter looks at how the horse has contributed — or not — to the Thoroughbred breed. This monumental work is an important tool for pedigree analysts and breeders who are trying to find breeding patterns that might lead to their own Classic winner — a horse such as Secretariat, Man o' War, or 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem.
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15th April 2003

AI ensures the future of rare breed Highland
Genus Equine, working with Stallion AI Services, has recently joined forces with the Rare Breeds Survival trust (RBST) to establish a sperm bank to ensure the future survival of Britain’s most threatened native breeds of horse and pony. The latest addition to the bank is from one of HM the Queen’s stunning Highland pony stallions.
The Highland is one of several Scottish breeds classified as vulnerable by the RBST. Their future has been made more secure thanks to a recent trip by three stallions from Scotland to Genus Equine’s collection centre Stallion AI Services in Shropshire to participate in the RBST’s Regeneration Appeal Programme. HM the Queen’s Balmoral Moss, who starred in the spectacular ‘All The Queen’s Horses’ Jubilee celebrations last year, together with Fyfedene from Stirling and Carlung Ebony from Ayrshire made the lengthy journey to provide more than 200 semen doses.

Genus Equine have already collected semen from four other of the eleven breeds listed with the RBST: the Cleveland Bay and Eriskay who are on the critical list and the Dales and Irish Draught who are classified as vulnerable.
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15th April 2003

TinyClapham & Phoebus at Chatsworth.

TopSpec To Support Event Rider Tiny Clapham
TINY Clapham is the latest event rider to be sponsored by the leading equine nutrition company, TopSpec.
Based in Grantham, Lincolnshire, Tiny, a Los Angeles Olympic Team Member, will be bringing out and competing two of her younger horses during the 2003 season.
She will be aiming seven-year-old Phoebus at two star events as well as competing Venerable who is just starting his eventing career after being highly placed in the young event horse classes at Burghley for the past two years.
Emma Grasby who is based with Tiny and rides Hunnefer, will also be supported by TopSpec.
Said Tiny: "Eventers International is very proud to be associated with TopSpec. The horses are being fed on the Feed Balancer and are doing really well on it. I am very pleased to be connected with them."
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15th April 2003
Winter A & B Grand Prix Points Presentation
A cheque for £1,000 and the Pegasus Trophy were presented to Paul Barker for his Winter A & B Grand Prix points win with Blue Chip Kildalton Lad at the Blue Chip Winter Championship Gala evening last Friday. Paul won with a total of 152 points and was also second in the points table with Blue Chip Quinton II on 128 points, their nearest rival in third place with 76 points was 17 year old Ellen Whitaker with Kanselier.
Points for this championship have been amassed this spring at BSJA Premier shows around the country.
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15th April 2003
Felicity Coulthard Endorses The Saddle Company
UK based disabled dressage rider Felicity Coulthard, is endorsing the Saddle Company who have supplied her with their Verona Dressage Saddle. Felicity suffered a career-threatening fall during training over 2 years ago after which her elbow was held together for 12 months by a plate being bolted into place. 18 year-old Felicity told us " this along with my cerebral palsy has made the right hand side of my body weak. Unfortunately, this has meant that over the past 12 months I have had to virtually learn to ride again!"
The Saddle Company offered their support to Felicity after learning about her fight to get back into the saddle. "The Saddle Company have been brilliant," said Felicity. "The Verona Dressage Saddle that has been supplied to me was specially made with detachable front and back knee rolls which I can alter to assist my leg position. What I really like most about the Verona is the soft feel which makes me feel closer to the horse than I have felt with other saddles. In fact, I feel it has improved my overall balance and riding position".
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15th April 2003
Kerrygold To Sponsor National Show Jumping League 2003
KERRYGOLD HAVE just announced (April 14) that they are once again willing to sponsor the Irish National Grand Prix Circuit.
The Irish Dairy Board is a major international exporter of Irish dairy products, servicing the needs and quality demands of customers world-wide. The Board owns the internationally established Kerrygold brand and this logo and name is the one that will be associated with the main attraction on the National Show Jumping Circuit – The Kerrygold Grand Prix League.
The Kerrygold National Grand Prix Circuit is a stepping stone to International Selection for Horse and Rider. It is where our National Riders gain experience here in Ireland and hopefully go on to make their mark on the International Stage. Owners, Riders and all concerned with the Show Jumping Industry are indebted to Kerrygold for their kind sponsorship.
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15th April 2003
World Cup Final Las Vegas (USA) 16- 20 April 2003
Update: Robert Smith From Shrewley, WARWICKSHIRE with Marius Claudius *(Mrs D Cornish/Miss P Cornish). Please click here for further details
15th April 2003
CSI*** Vittel (Fra) 25 - 27 April 2003
James Davenport Based in Valkenswaard, HOLLAND, Martin Dawes From Warrington, CHESHIRE, Veronique Whitaker Based in Brussels, BELGIUM, Robert Bevis From Wrexham, CLWYD have been invited and authorised to compete at the above mentioned show. Please click here for further details
15th April 2003
CSI*** Modena (Ita) 1- 3 May 2003
Andrew Davies From Warrington, CHESHIRE, Robert Bevis From Wrexham, CLWYD with Mid Time, Robert Maguire From Wigan, LANCS, William Funnell From Dorking, SURREY have been authorised to compete at the above mentioned show Please click here for further details
14th April 2003

Establishing a Proper Relationship with Equines :Part IV: Confidence
One of the most fascinating stories I've heard has been passed down through the ages about a young man named Alexander and a young, frightened horse named Bucephalus. As the story goes, it was the custom in the days of old for the breeders of horses to bring their best stock to the courtyards of royalty to be considered for purchase. The courtiers of the court would ride the horses as the prospective buyers observed. On one such occasion at the court of Phillip of Macedonia, one of the young stallions, Bucephalus, seemed very anxious and inattentive. The courtiers proclaimed him to be unrideable. Young Alexander, who was the son of Phillip of Macedonia, proclaimed that he could ride the horse and wanted him for his own. No one present believed that the young man could ride the nervous horse, but figured that Alexander might learn a good lesson by trying.Everyone present watched in amazement as the young Alexander lead the horse away from the shadow that was the cause of his apprehension, and then mounted him and rode him back into that same shadow. Years later, Alexander the Great rode this same horse to victory over his enemies in many battles. The horse, Bucephalus became famous and had a town named after him. How wonderful it would have been to watch as this young man gave a lesson to the older, more experienced horsemen. It is no wonder that throughout history many great leaders have also been greathorsemen.
Alexander the Great was successful in his endeavor because he believed in himself and in the horse's ability to overcome its fears. He did not act foolishly by jumping on the horse's back immediately but instead made a sensible plan by evaluating the situation. Alexander determined the cause of the animals fear, the shadow. He then took the horse from the source of his fear, taught the horse to face his fear and then to overcome it. His accomplishment on that fateful day did not require brilliance. It did require desire, determination, careful thought and planning to turn a negative experience into a positive one.
The opposite of confidence is insecurity. Insecurity is born out of a lack of positive experience in a given situation, combined with negative thought or
imagery. It is easy enough to just say that one should simply get over it and replace the negative thoughts with positive. If we could only make that
substitution and not just cover over the apprehension, we could easily overcome our fears. A more practical approach would be to understand that the probability of the worst happening is not very realistic. We can then set aside the negative thoughts and fears, focus on a positive outcome and mentally create a plan to minimize the danger. In this way we can project confidence in our self and to the animal we are working with and create a positive experience. If on the other hand we choose to dwell on our fear, we will most likely create an even worse situation.
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14th April 2003
Laura Boynton King Will Change Your Life
Wellington, Florida – April 14, 2003 – Laura Boynton King has a passion: a passion for helping people turn negative attitudes and behaviors into positive ones, conquer fears, attain goals once thought unattainable, to be all they can be. And she succeeds. Over and over again.
But how, you ask? One word: hypnosis. No, no, not the stuff of those B-movies in which the weird hypnotist, sitting in a dimly-lit room, dangles his pocket watch like a metronome, gaining total mind control over his vulnerable subject. Laura’s technique has nothing to do with mind control: Laura helps people help themselves.
Laura’s interest in hypnosis began some 25 years ago when in search of a better understanding of her own self. Like everything Laura does, she dove into the field with a vengeance. She studied for 24 years with renowned hypnotist and psychologist Dorothy Gates, Ph.D; she trained at the Omni Hypnosis Training Center and at the Don Mottin Sports Hypnosis Training Center; she received her neuro-linguistic psychology training from Dr. William Horton; and she trained in motivational techniques with Anthony Robbins.
Laura is presently a certified hypnotist, sports hypnotist and neuro-linguistic psychologist. About three years ago, Laura founded Summit Dynamics LLC, a multi-faceted company that produces Laura’s CDs and publications. She regularly sees clients in her offices in Wellington and Lake Park, with occasional travel to see out-of-state clients. And, all the while, Laura finds time for the horses and riding she loves.
Laura has proven that, through hypnosis, a person can reprogram the negative attitudes and feelings buried in his subconscious, leading to life-changing results. During the state of total relaxation achieved while hypnotized, one’s subconscious goes into a heightened state of awareness. This allows the hypnotist to make positive suggestions, ultimately ridding the subconscious of the negative thoughts and reprogramming it towards the positive.
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14th April 2003

A Horse of Course

A Horse, Of Course
by Don Blazer
I’ve met some heroes.
Some wear a tiny bell so the blind can find them.
Some are the blind who seek them.
Some are staff or volunteers.
All the heroes have taken up the sword against the most formidable enemy of all…..the enemy within each of us who yells, “I can’t.”
I’ve said time and again, “If you can conceive it, you can achieve it.” But I’ve never had to struggle to prove it. I’ve never even had a difficult time. Everything for me has been easy.
But it isn’t easy for the heroes.
Some heroes watch day after day after day as their children struggle with physical disabilities. I try to comprehend, but I can’t truly know the heartache they must feel, or the courage it takes to begin another day. Some heroes are children inflicted with disabilities. You can’t tell them why they must suffer the pain, or the torment of trying to do what for me is the simplest thing, but for them is a monumental task.
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13th April 2003

ILPH Issues Warning to Horse Owners with New Equine Passports
Encouraging talks were held this week with DEFRA officials at a BEF (British Equestrian Federation) meeting at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh.
DEFRA officials had been invited, together with other interested parties from the horse industry, to discuss the draft equine passport order released by the Government earlier this year.
During the meeting the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) tabled a proposal to change the controversial declaration or 'opt out' clause, which was a cause for concern among horse welfare organisations.

The ILPH proposal, endorsed by the BEF Working Party and received very favourably by DEFRA official Allan Buchan, was that "the declaration that the horse could not go for human consumption could only be made at the time that an Annex IV drug was administered, or at the end of its life."
Comments John Smales, ILPH Chief Executive, "By removing the responsibility of the declaration away from the first owner registering the horse, the horse's welfare at the end of its life will not be compromised and the possible closure of England's 2 equine abattoirs can be averted.
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13th April 2003
HorseWorld Has Got Investors In People Licked!
HorseWorld, the South West's leading equine welfare charity, has just become the first equine charity in the UK to receive the Investors in People accreditation. The registered charity which rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes horses, ponies and donkeys in need from its headquarters in Whitchurch, Bristol, is currently responsible for over 300 animals. Working with animals that may have suffered from abuse or neglect, HorseWorld also has a visitor centre at one of its farms in Whitchurch.
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13th April 2003
Finding Balance In The Trainer/Landlord Equation
Trainers often do not own their own facility. There are several reasons for this. Some prefer to focus on training and not deal with property acquisition and maintenance. Some are just getting started in building their reputation and clientele. Facility ownership may be in their future, but not feasible during start-up. Some trainers own a facility that they operate out of during most of the year, but move for a season to another location. This may be to locate closer to competitions, top-level trainers, or for year-round operations at an indoor.
Horse property owners often look for trainers to operate out of their facility. Some horse property owners have in-depth horse industry exposure, and some have none at all. Some horse property owners have refocused their own horse business by specializing in one particular aspect of many that they previously offered. Some have decided to curtail their entire equine business, but wish to have the facility used by someone else. In this way, they have part of their facility available for use by another horse professional.
The interface between those owning facilities and those looking for a facility to run their business can be challenging. Though there are many shared goals between these two, not all goals are. When these topics are not articulated and well discussed from the beginning, they can prove to be a huge bug-a-boo over time.

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13th April 2003
Carey Takes Eighth In Monaco Grand Prix
Army rider Lt. Shane Carey on the remarkable 11 yr-old Clover Hill gelding <Killossery>, came tantalisingly close to success in tonight's (Saturday) prestigious Grand Prix du Prince de Monaco at Monte Carlo, leading the 41-strong field after the first round with a clear round and the fastest time of 55.01 seconds, a whisker ahead of Brazil's Bernardo Alvez on Corino 7, who went round in a clear of 55.34 seconds. Only eight riders made it through to the jump-off.
Limerick-born Carey had scored a Sixth in Friday's speed class with the Master Imp gelding <Ballycumber>, but was obviously holding Killossery in reserve for the final competition of the Principality's prestige show, the horse having had only one previous outing since Thursday.
But one fence down by Killossery in the second round caused Carey to slip down the leaderboard, with Alves taking Second with another clear round, and the former World Champion, fellow-Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa on <Gandini Bianca d'Amaury> slotting into First with the fastest second-round time of 28.34 seconds. Switzerland's Markus Fuchs, riding <Royal Charmer>, was Third.
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13th April 2003
Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Monte Carlo Monaco 10-12 April 2003
Prix AGENCE BARBARA MC, International Jumping Competition CSI*** 1m40
1) QUATRO VAN ESSENE; Maurice VAN ROOSBROECK (BEL), 2) L.B. SCUTT ; Willi MELLIGER (SUI), 3) LOIS LANE; Carry HUIS IN'T VELD (NED) Prix LIEBHERR, International Jumping Competition CSI*** 1m40
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