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30th June 2001
The British Horse Society New Chairman For BHS
Michael Clayton retired at the Society's AGM on Thursday, June 28th, as Chairman of the BHS, and as a member of the BHS Board of Trustees, in his fourth year in office. At the meeting of the Board of Trustees which took place after the AGM, Mrs Pat Campbell was unanimously elected as the new Chairman, with James Buxton as Vice Chairman.
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30th June 2001 DEFRA has launched a new website to replace the existing MAFF site.
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30th June 2001 Senior European Show Jumping Championships, Arnhem, Netherlands, June 27 - July 1
Qualifying Riders For Sunday's (July 1) FEI European Championship Individual 2001
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30th June 2001 Alegria Portugal By Horse
Horse riding in the Beira Alta...
Beautiful nature in the region of Coimbra and the "Serra da Estrela" the highest point of Portugal.
You want a real pure nature horse trek & an hour ride, a day trek, a week-end a whole week or a combined adventure tour: MTB, Kayak, Rock climbing, Horse riding, Mountain walks(Guided), Paint Ball, Zip gliding.
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30th June 2001
AHSA AHSA Publishes Documents On Constitutional Amendments, Formal Answer To USET Challenge
The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) announced today that the following documents relating to Constitutional Amendments are available on its web site at
* Notice of Proposed Constitutional Amendments
* Summary of Constitutional Amendments
* Amendments to AHSA Constitution
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30th June 2001 EFI President "Proud And Delighted" At Irish Show Jumping Gold Medal
In a statement issued just after Ireland's historic Gold Medal triumph in the Senior European Show Jumping Championships at Arnhem, Netherlands, today (Friday June 29) Equestrian Federation of Ireland President, Ms. Avril Doyle, MEP said: Please click here for further details
30th June 2001 Gold Medal For Ireland At European Show Jumping Championships
Today (Friday June 29) the Irish team took the Gold Medal in the final of the Senior European Show Jumping Championships at Arnhem, in the Netherlands.
Pitted against the very best in the world, the Irish team of Jessica Kurten, Peter Charles, Dermott Lennon and Kevin Babington, lying second after yesterday's opening competition, overtook the German team to snatch the Gold Medal this afternoon in a two-round competition.
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30th June 2001 Senior European Show Jumping Championships, Arnhem, Netherlands, June 27 - July 1
European Championships (team placings after first speed round):
1) Germany 5.75 penalties; 2) Ireland 14.04 penalties; 3) Sweden 14.19 penalties; 4) Belgium 15.53 penalties; 5) Holland 15.81 penalties; 6) Denmark 16.78 penalties; 7) Switzerland 20.72 penalties; 8) Italy 22.41 penalties ; 9) France 25.92 penalties; 10) Gt. Britain 26.90 penalties; 11) Norway 30.19 penalties; 12) Portugal 37.57 penalties; 13) Austria 46.49 penalties; 14) Poland 59.42 penalties
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30th June 2001
Saddletude :: Saddletude Live ::
::Video Riot! ::
The Saddletude Crew has emerged from the cutting room this week with more new video clips than you can shake a riding crop at. See what a small fortune in caffeine and pizza can do!
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29th June 2001
ILPH Record Attendance at ILPH Summer Show
May be it was the sunshine, the cancellation of the Norfolk Show, the scarcity of horse shows this summer or just the free entry to the showground. Whatever the reason the ILPH Summer Show on Saturday 23 June, broke all records !
With over 6,000 through the gates, 376 horses and ponies competing in 62 classes, 10 championships and a Supreme Championship, and with a profit of over £10,000, the day was deemed a resounding success.
Says Roly Owers, Director of Fundraising, "It was absolutely marvellous, an excellent day that exceeded all our expectations.
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29th June 2001
The British Horse Society British Horse Society Honours Its Volunteers
At the British Horse Society Annual General Meeting on 28 June Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, President of the Society, presented the Society's Awards, including the Awards of Merit, traditionally given to those who work for the Society in a voluntary capacity.
The Society is indebted to hundreds of volunteers who give unstintingly of their time, energy and expertise to furthering the cause of horses in the areas of welfare, training, education, safety, and access and rights of way.
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29th June 2001 Large programme of activity continues as new contracts safeguard research in the UK
The Institute for Animal Health (IAH) last year succeeded in winning research grants for almost £12.5m covering 41 new projects. Details of the Institute’s funding and research activities are presented in its Annual Report for 2000 and emphasises the Institute’s continued standing as an international centre of expertise in animal health. Much of the new funding enables the Institute to continue and expand existing areas of its research programme. Whilst one new grant from MAFF was for the reintroduction of work on safe and effective vaccines for classical swine fever.
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29th June 2001 Senior European Show Jumping Championships, Arnhem, Netherlands, June 27 - July 1
HAZELEGER GROEP PRIJS, 1st competition for the FEI European Jumping Championship

ABC VASTGOED PRIJS, International Jumping Competition B-GROUP

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29th June 2001 Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
CSIO Ikast, Denmark 4-8 July 2001 ; CSI-A Cinzano Italy 6-8 July 2001; CSIO Falsterbo Sweden 12-15 July 2001; CCI***/CIC** Luhmuhlen Germany 5-8 July 2001 ; CSI-A Neuendorf Switzerland 5-8 July 2001 ; CSIO Hickstead England 25-29 July 2001
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29th June 2001 Movement Announcement is a "Hollow Offer" if Farmers Have To Pay
The announcement last week that animals caught up in foot and mouth infected areas can be moved to abattoirs outside these areas will be a hollow offer if farmers are having to pay prohibitively heavy costs, says the NFU.
DEFRA has ordered that every animal moved under these circumstances must be inspected by a private veterinary surgeon at the producer's expense.
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29th June 2001 Celebrity Support Aims To Boost NFU's Crisis Fund
Two high profile activities will boost the increasing number of supporters pledging donations to the NFU's Supporting Farmers in Crisis fund.
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28th June 2001
AHSA First FEI Nations Cup Reining Competition Held In U.S.
The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) announced today that the first International Equestrian Federation (FEI) sanctioned reining competition (CRIO) in the United States was held June 22-24, 2001 at Gladstone, NJ. Four nations competed; Canada, Germany, Japan and the United States with riders from Germany and Japan on borrowed horses.
Following the first day of competition, Team Canada member, Jason Grimshaw on Listo Pollito Lena owned by Robert Thompson turned in a score of 223.5 to lead the way into the second go-round with Team USA members in second, third and tied for fourth. Few points separated Team USA from second place Team Canada going into the final day.
Following a close and exciting conclusion to the Nations Cup, Team Canada earned the gold medal with 1304 points followed by Team USA on 1299. Team Germany came in third with 1231 and Team Japan finished on 982.5.
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28th June 2001
The British Horse Society Your Riding Club Needs You!
British Riding Clubs is urging people to join one of 440 affiliated local clubs throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Membership has dropped slightly during FMD crisis owing to the lack of competitions, but there are many benefits to be gained from joining a riding club.
In recognition of membership loyalty and support, a Grand Prize Draw has been arranged with generous prizes been donated from various people and companies. To have a chance of winning a prize, members who are registered with British Riding Clubs by July 20th will automatically be entered into the draw, which is to take place at BRC headquarters.
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28th June 2001 Four Selected To Train As Tutors
Four further candidates have now been selected to train as Tutors in the EFI Coach Development Programme, following applications requested by the EFI Coaching Committee in March of 2001.
The successful candidates will attend training with the NCTC (National Coaching and Training Centre) over nine days, taking place in Summer/Autumn of 2001.
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28th June 2001
Irish Dream Irish Dream
Irish Dream at five weeks demonstrates why he belongs anywhere. This double King of Diamonds double Nasrullah boy is perfect in all categories including a great temperament. He belongs to one of many admirers of O'Learys Irish Diamond. Kristi Gray of Santa Fe is one of our favorite breeders.
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27th June 2001 HOYS Spectacular 2001
NEW Inter-Services Tournament to Launch HOYS
To celebrate the historic links between Equestrianism and the Armed Forces at the first show of the new millennium, Horse of the Year Show (2nd - 7th October) will provide an exceptional evening of stunning competition and action packed displays featuring all branches of the Armed Services and the Metropolitan Police force. The HOYS Spectacular 2001 will take place on Tuesday 2nd October for one performance only.
"The HOYS Spectacular aims to combine the very best of Military Equestrianism with the wonderful atmosphere and occasion that is the Horse of the Year Show," director Mark Wein, Grandstand Media Ltd, commented "The show has grown phenomenally over the last few years and this year has expanded to include an additional day, which we felt was the ideal opportunity to bring a dramatic new slant to the opening night of HOYS"
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27th June 2001
ILPH Equine Welfare Centre Reopens to the Public
Glenda Spooner Farm, the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre, at Hoarwithy, nr Hereford will be re-opening its doors to the public on Saturday 30 June, subject to any new cases of foot and mouth in the area.
The equine welfare centre has been closed to the public since the restrictions on the movement of livestock were imposed at the beginning of the foot and mouth outbreak.
Comments Dee White, Centre Manager, "We are very pleased that there have been no new cases of foot and mouth in the surrounding area since the end of April, which has allowed us to reopen again after a four month closure.
"Not only does it mean that we will be able to welcome the public through our doors once again, but horses and ponies that are ready to go to their loan homes will go out, thus freeing valuable space for new welfare cases."
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27th June 2001
The FEI Federation Equestre Internationale News
26th June
Canada Won The Second Ever CRIO Event
Werner Ernst receives 'Silver Camera' award
Samsung Nations Cup
News From Australia
Reminder European Eventing Open Forum In Luhmuelen (Ger)
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27th June 2001 European Show Jumping Championships Begin Wednesday June 27
Second only to the Olympics in prestige and stature, the Senior European Show Jumping Championships are held every four years, and attract the top team and individual riders.
This year, the Championships are being held in Arnhem, Netherlands, and begin tomorrow (Wednesday, June 27).
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26th June 2001
Frank Bell On Safe Ground
By Permission of Karen Boush
Western Horseman, September 1998
Using his seven-step safety system, horseman and clinician Frank Bell of Larkspur, Colorado, teaches riders that a gentle touch and reassuring voice can work wonders with all horses. The first three steps of his system--bonding, take and give, and intimacy -- were reviewed in the September 1998 issue. They guide riders through the initial stages of building a friendship with a horse. Steps 4 and 5, discussed this month, focus on ground exercises that ease horse and rider into a deeper level ofcommunication.
Once you have gained your horse's trust, Bell suggest you treat your horse as you would any other good friend by finding out what motivates him. Does he seem to feel the world is an okay place or is he impulsive, certain that danger lurks around every corner? Whether it's a raised hand, a loud truck, or a plastic bag blowing in the breeze. Bell suggests that you discover what specifically frightens your horse before you get on his back. I like to think of every horse as a puzzle with at least one problem -- perhaps many more -- and I help him through it, Bell says. But I try to find these problems before they find me out on the lone prairie, and I'vegot a long walk home, or worse.
Everything the horse is asked to do in these next steps builds on the bond you've already created. With Bell's method, if you remain sensitive to your horse's emotions and continually offer reassurance, you can create a confident, trusting partner
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26th June 2001
AHSA U.S. Wins Nations Cup In Norway
The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) announced today that the U.S. scored their first victory in the 2000/2001 Samsung Nations Cup series at Drammen, Norway on June 23, 2001. The team comprised Aaron Vale, from Rembert, SC riding Alison Register's 9 year-old bay mare, Alliance; Candice King, Wellington, FL aboard Peter Nissen's 15 year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion, John E.M. by Jasper out of Zeggy (Enfant de Normandie); Nona Garson, Lebanon, NJ riding her own and Harold & Kathleen Kamine's 11 year-old bay Holsteiner gelding Capital S by Calvadur out of O-Bianco and Kimberly Frey, Hume, VA with Katherine Miracle's 10 year-old bay gelding Conawara.
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26th June 2001 Show Jumpers Club Announces AGM Date
Barry O¹Connor, Chairman of the Showjumpers Club, announced today (June 25) that the inaugural AGM of the Club will take place on Monday 2nd July 2001 at 7pm. in the Ambassador Hotel, Kill, Co Kildare.
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25th June 2001
Brazil - Pantanal Wildlife Trail Trip Reports
The base for the South American Wildlife Trail & Safari is the Baia dos Pedros Ranch. The Refúgio Ecológico "ecologic refuge" is located approximately 140 miles from Campo Grande in a 130,000 acres farm, of which 17,000 constitute an isolated reserve with very rich flora and fauna. It has a diverse landscape of savanna lowlands, seasonal wetlands and rich forest areas. The Pedros Ranch is also an active working ranch with over 5.000 cattle.
The Pantanal, known as the world biggest ecological sanctuary and largest wetland area, covers some 240,000 sq.kms of the upper Paraguay river basin. About 2/3 of it belong to the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, extending to the west into Bolivia and southwest to Paraguay. During 6 days (5 full & 2 half days) the group will be riding on the vast lands while the omnipresent wildlife catches the attentions and provokes breathtaking surprises during the whole trail. It is imperative, though, to keep cameras ready at all times. The trail includes boat cruises on the Aquidauana river, an affluent to the Rio Paraguay, to watch the river animals and on a night excursion we show you how to caress a Cayman's neck.
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25th June 2001 Show Jumping Result - CSIJY Wierden Netherlands 21-23 June 2001
Small Final Young Riders/ Juniors June 23
1) Michael Kearins (IRL), Shalom Tip Toe, ; 2. Sjaak v.d. Lei (NED) La Vie, ; 3. Lina Sjogren (SWE), Robina,
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24th June 2001
Equine Shiatsu Shiatsu for Horses - The Stomach Meridian
The last few articles have been looked at the various Meridians (channels through which the essential life force, or energy flows) and how the Japanese healing system called Shiatsu can help your horse. The associations between the meridians and the part of the body that they help balance can often be confusing for the layman. For example the Kidney Meridian which can help circulation. This meridian it all becomes very easy to understand as we focus on the stomach meridian.
The physical associations relating to the horses stomach meridian are fairly obvious: colic, digestive disorders, flatulence, overeating or poor appetite, bad breath and sinus congestion. It involves the transformation and distribution of food.
Many of the meridians are associated with the elements of fire, water, wood, metal and earth. The stomach meridian is associated with the earth element type of horse. these horses need stability, routine and exercise in life. Suspect an imbalance in the energy in this meridian if your horse thinks of food a lot! This is the horse that at mealtimes is really put out if he isnt the first one to be fed - and always eats ravenously and then go looking for more in his pasture mates manager if possible. He will often insist on treats and become nippy. This horse may take advantage of less experienced riders and often may become cranky simply because he really does need movement to stimulate his metabolism and circulation. It also helps with the mental energy as work provides him with stimulation that prevents stagnation and depression. This really is the kind of horse that will plod around a riding school wearily with beginners and then, when ridden by someone with experience who does perhaps some jumping or lateral work, becomes a totally different horse.
The opposite imbalance can occur. When there is to little energy or stagnant energy in this meridian the horse is underweight and a worrier. He doesnt seem to make the best use of his feed and performs poorly when under pressure, for example at a competition. This horse needs regular exercise to get rid of excess nervous energy and, by keeping him relaxed, you will assist his digestion and maintain weight.
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24th June 2001
Stoneridge New Training Facility To Open In Sturbridge, Massachusetts
A boarding and training stable to open in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The facility is scheduled to open in August. According to Andi Hengen, Massachusetts advanced licensed instructor, Sturbridge was chosen for the availability and scenic location.
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23rd June 2001 Oregon High Desert Classics Horseshow Preparations Under Way
The 12th Annual Oregon High Desert Classics Hunter/Jumper horseshows will take place at the J Bar J Boys Ranch, July 18th – 22nd and 25th - 29th, 2001. Competitions take place throughout the week and culminate on Sunday afternoon with the $15,000 Merrill Lynch Grand Prix on 7/22 and the $20,000 Eagle Crest Resort/Running Y Ranch Resort Grand Prix on 7/29/01.
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23rd June 2001 Hold Your Horses
Hold Your Horses, Inc. of Oakdale, California USA is holding a drawing for a Norwegian Fjord Horse. This is a fund-raiser for the Therapeutic Riding Center that teaches children and adults with a variety of handicaps.
Executive Director, Terri Orsi-Weishaar started this program 5 years ago. The funds raised by the donation of $5.00 per ticket for the drawing goes to pay for scholarships for the students at the center. Hold Your Horses does not charge for their services to the students. They ask that those that can pay pay and those that cannot help around the farm.
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23rd June 2001 Two training books by Don Blazer are now"e-books" and available electronically.
Nine Secrets of Perfect Horsemanship and Training the Western Horse can be read on the Internet, e-mailed, or downloaded, according to Diana Vann, web master for Success Is Easy, publisher. "All a potential reader has to do is provide a credit card number and designate how they want the book," Vann said. "It is as easy and fast as that." The books are initially priced at $8 each.
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23rd June 2001 It's New. It's Here. It's Different
It's What Your Horse Has Been Waiting For
Help For Horse Riders
Ruth Mazet, equine "problem-solver" and trainer, has turned her attention to the Internet to help all horses get the chance in life that they deserve.

Written in a clear, upbeat and informative style, Ruth's is a very horse-centred method. She believes it's essential to understand WHY a horse behaves in the way it does, rather than simply trying - and usually failing - to impose a new mode of behaviour. Her methods demand that the trainer learns to think like a horse, and Ruth makes no secret of the fact that improvement involves dedication and effort to overcome the old, familiar way of working and to try something entirely new.
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