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News Headlines 27th September 2003
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Libby's Launch Easy-Wash Driving Harness
Webbing specialist Libbys is moving into the driving world with the launch of a budget-priced, single harness which has all the benefits of the company 's now-famous riding tack.
The harness, which can be machine-washed on a standard cycle, includes soft neoprene at body contact points. It will be made to measure, but with each one widely adjustable.
"I started designing the harness just before the Foot and Mouth outbreak, which meant it went on hold," said Libby Virgoe, who runs the Plymouth-based company. "A lot of time has been spent sourcing supplies of the special soft weave web I needed and the easily-washable neoprene which I have used in areas such as breeching, chest collar and dock."
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Robert Smith The Bookie's Favourite To Win Inaugural Ladbrokes Speed Jumping Challenge
Top seed Robert Smith, the UK’s number one ranked show jumper, will start as the bookies’ favourite to win the inaugural £20,000 Ladbrokes Speed Jumping Challenge - live on BBC Grandstand at Ascot Racecourse this Sunday (28.9.03).
Riding Kalusha, ranked 38th on the British Show Jumping Association’s (BSJA) horse seedings list, Smith has been quoted the 3/1 favourite by sponsors Ladbrokes ahead of 7/2 joint second favourites Nick Skelton (Pandur) and Keith Shore (Pakko), seeded second and third respectively.
The Ladbrokes Speed Jumping Challenge is the world’s first ever Speed Jumping event and will see sixteen of the UK’s leading show jumpers race each other in four straight, identical lanes of seven fences over approximately one-and-a-quarter furlongs of Ascot’s National Hunt Course. The winner of each race will be the first past the post with the fewest number of fences knocked down.
A hybrid of show jumping and thoroughbred racing, Speed Jumping is a whole new discipline for the country’s leading show jumpers, demanding a skilful balance of precision and speed. The concept was dreamt up by the BBC’s John Inverdale, brand image expert Simon Jameson, show jumper Nick Skelton and ex-horse trainer Charlie Brooks.
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Show Circuit Magazine Is New Media Sponsor Of 2003 Professional WCHR Finals At Capital Challenge Horse
The American Hunter Jumper Foundation (AHJF) has just announced that Show Circuit Magazine will be the new media sponsor for the winner of their annual Professional World Champion Hunter Rider Finals. This year the finals will be held at the Capital Challenge Horse Show at the Prince Georges Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland on October 3.
The AHJF was formed in 1992 to further the development of the equestrian sport of show hunter rider and show jumping competition by providing a national office to organize, coordinate and support hunter rider and show jumping equestrian competition. Programs of the AHJF include the World Championship Hunter Rider Awards, the AHJF Emergency Relief Fund, AHJF Educational Programs, the AHJF BSA Inc. 401k and Profit Sharing Plan. They also feature the annual AHJF Hunter Classic in Wellington, Florida, which next year takes place on February 21.
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Young Irish Team Second At Zagreb Nations Cup
WITH echoes of the glorious 99/2000 season, a young and inexperienced Irish Nations Cup slotted into second place at the Zagreb Nations Cup in Croatia today (Friday).
Only one member of the squad (Michael Kerins) had ever competed at senior Nations Cup level before, and that only weeks before, yet the Irish ran riot through the competition, missing sharing the top spot by just one fence.
Twenty-one year old Ryan Crumley from Derry, riding the 10 yr old stallion <Baltimore> racked up an impressive double clear round, while Dave Quigley and Paul O'Shea took four faults apiece in the first round, with O'Shea just having a foot in the water jump, but both had clears second time out. Michael Kerins was less fortunate, having been eliminated when he failed to hear the bell in the first round, and was not required to jump in the second round, to give Ireland a total of just eight faults overall.
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South Yorkshire Police Horsewatch
Richardson 1990, twin axle, front/rear load 2 horse trailer.
Stolen from horse lorry, Rotherham between 14/15th September 2003: - Stolen from Sheffield on 9th September 2003: - Stolen from Barnsley on the 8th August 2003: - Stolen between 22/23rd July 2003, from West Melton, Rotherham: -

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Show Jumping Results: FEI World Breeding Championships For Young Horses Lanaken Belgium 25-28 September
7 Year Old Horses - Prijs Credit Suisse International Jumping Competition - 2nd Qualifier
3) OFF THE ROAD; Pieter-Martijn DE BRUIJN (NED)
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26th September 2003
Show Ring Star Set To Shine At Southern Equine And Country Fair
Lynn Russell entered the world of the show ring almost by accident, after winning a working hunter class with a horse she had been trying to show jump.
She then bought a cob from the local paper, qualified for Wembley and, bitten by the bug, started to combine showing with her career in marketing and PR until she eventually saw the light and gave up the day job.
Since then she has become renowned for her success in all manner of ridden classes, with particular success in cob classes. Her current superstar (all her horses are named after stars) is Polaris, who won the Supreme Championship at the British Show Hack & Cob Association Championships last year - bringing his tally to well over 50 titles to his name.
Lynn is able to see the potential in even the most undeveloped frame, and she has produced more winners from ugly ducklings than Hans Christian Andersen! She is always eager to share her knowledge and expertise, which is why she will be providing a demonstration on horses' form for showing in the Top Equestrian Arena at the Southern Equine and Country Fair, Shepton Mallet, on 25 and 26 October.
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National Foal Auction Prinsjesdag breaks all records
The excitement on Tuesday 16 September could be felt in the whole of Ermelo: in a fantastic show, auctioneer Hans Sinnige presented 62 foals with an average price of 10,306.45 euro. Not only is this average a record in the history of Dutch foal auctions but also there has never been such a high price bid for the top foal of an auction. The exceptional mover, Wandurel (Ronaldo x Weltmeyer x Rubinstein I x Almeo) of breeder J. Schel of Linden went for as much as 44,000 euro to Dirk Kat of PrimeVal BV in Noord Holland. But those present in the full-to-bursting tribunes, standing enclosures and VIP boxes enjoyed many more fabulous moments at the foal auction: the Chellano Z x Quidam de Revel, the Chin Chin x I Love You, the Quidam de Revel x Corrado I and the De Niro x Rubinstein I, respectively, fetched 33,000; 29,000; 25,000 and 24,000 euro.
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Laura Boynton King Mesmerizes the Crowd at The Governor’s Club
Wellington, Florida – September 25, 2003 -- Last week, over 60 members of the exclusive Governor’s Club, located at Philips Point in West Palm Beach, learned a new way to relax and get more out of life…the Laura Boynton King way.
Laura, a noted hypnotist, explained to the eager crowd that, through the use of hypnosis, a person can reprogram negative attitudes and feelings buried in the subconscious, leading to life-changing results. During the total state of relaxation achieved while hypnotized, Laura described how the subconscious goes into a heightened state of awareness. While in that state, Laura is able (either in a personal session or through listening to one of her self-hypnosis tapes) to make positive suggestions, ultimately ridding the subconscious of the negative thoughts while reprogramming it towards the positive. This reprogramming can deal with many issues such as fear-of-flying, smoking, over-eating or simply learning how to relax in order to enjoy life to the max. Leading a relaxed life contributes to health, well-being and slows the aging process.
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Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals Will Ride Again at Worcester's Centrum Centre
SAUGERTIES, NY (September 25, 2003)—Roller Coaster, a beautiful eight-year-old dapple grey Holsteiner, owned by Elaine Decanio of Pittstown, New Jersey, and ridden by Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, Florida, was the last horse to be pinned at the inaugural Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals, presented by Corona-Lexol. Minikus and Roller Coaster emerged the victors in the $100,000 King Shavings Grand Prix, the grand finale to the five-day event, which took place at Worcester's Centrum Centre, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Like the horse's name, the planning of an indoor horse show can be quite a roller coaster ride, and is not for the faint of heart. Over the five days of competition, almost 600 horses were accommodated at Worcester's Centrum Centre, either stabled inside the 100,300 square ft. exhibit hall adjacent to the arena, or nearby at a parking lot across the street from the building's entrance. Over 6,000 bags of King Shavings were used to bed down the horses, and hay and feed were available 24 hours a day.
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USET National Pair Horse Championship to Highlight Driving Competition at 2003 Fair Hill International
Fair Hill, MD—September 24, 2003—The U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) National Pair Horse Championship will highlight the driving competitions at the 15th annual Fair Hill International Festival in the Country at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Area in beautiful Fair Hill, MD, October 23-26, 2003.
Several of the nation’s leading drivers will be on hand to compete in the Championship. Heading the list is Larry Poulin of Petersham, MA, an eight-time World Championship veteran. Poulin has won the USET Pairs Championship five times (1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, and 1995). He will be making Fair Hill one of his first competitions following his return from the 2003 Pairs World Championships, where he helped the U.S. finish eighth out of 20 teams.
In addition to the USET Championship, the 2003 Fair Hill International showcases numerous other top driving divisions. Fair Hill’s Advanced Singles and Four-in-Hand competitions will serve as selection trials to determine the horses and drivers who will represent the United States and Canada in the 2004 Singles World Championship in Flyinge, Sweden and those who will represent the United States in the Four-in-Hand World Championship in Budapest, Hungary.
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King Shavings USGPL Fast Facts 2003
WHAT: King Shavings US Grand Prix League (USGPL) Invitational Finals - September 24-28, 2003
WHO: The top 30 qualifiers in four categories will be invited to compete in the King Shavings USGPL with no entry fees. The invited riders will qualify for the Invitational Finals and awards by competing in qualifying classes offered at Marshall & Sterling League member horse shows nationwide during this year's League season. For the Finals, the top 30 Jumpers in each category are determined based on money won at member events. The top 30 Pre-Green Hunters qualify based on points earned at member events. The New Marshall & Sterling League National Standings will be used to determine the top 30 who will qualify in each category. The Riders must be members of the Marshall & Sterling League in order for their money won/points to count.
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Award comes during all-time high in APHA membership
American Paint Horse Association founder earns coveted Golden Spur Award in Lubbock
FORT WORTH, Texas-American Paint Horse Association (APHA) founder Rebecca Tyler Lockhart took her rightful place with other legendary ranchers of the American West when she formally received the Ranching Heritage Association Golden Spur Award in Lubbock, Texas, on September 20.
The awards reception was attended by more than 250 members of the ranching and livestock industry. In addition to representatives from APHA, other people attending the event and recognizing Lockhart's achievements included individuals from the American Quarter Horse Association, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Texas CattleWomen and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.
Lockhart, of Ryan, Okla., was recognized for the true grit and determination she called upon daily in the early 1960s to champion the cause of the American Paint Horse. As a result of her efforts and pioneering spirit, the American Paint Horse Association, based in Fort Worth, Texas, has evolved into one of the fastest-growing breed registries in the world.
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O'Connor Kicks Off Lanaken With A Fourth
IRELAND'S Cian O'Connor kicked off the FEI World Breeding Championships at Lanaken, Belgium, today (Thursday) with a fourth place on the Irish-bred <Echo Beach>.
In a massive field of 128 horses, O'Connor and Echo Beach were competing in the first competition of the day, the first qualifier for Sunday's 6 yr-old horse final at the prestigious event. The class was won by Australia's James Paterson-Robinson's <Portorico>.
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25th September 2003

Another Fishy tale! or The British Bid for the Route du Poisson 2003
This is Hilton Herbs second Route du Poisson and the third time the company has sponsored the British Heavy Horse Driving team. Company directors Tony and Hilary Self just can't wait to get their feet on to the backstep of the marathon vehicle, offer the team the benefit of their endurance experience and cheer them onto victory.
The finishing touches have been put to the FEI marathon vehicle and the brass on the 18th century horsedrawn Fire Engine has been given a final polish, ( more of this later)!
The last piece of harness has been polished and hung up in the HGV tractor trailer unit and two spotless Percheron Heavy Horses have been carefully loaded. Chef d'equipe Rowena Mc Dermott and her husband John are on their way to Dover to join the rest of the British Heavy Horse Driving Team for the short trip across the Channel to France.
For Rowena and John this will be the 4th time they have participated in the famous 24 hour relay race that re-enacts the route taken by the dray horses when transporting fresh fish from the coast to the Paris markets.
This year 15 teams of 20 horses from all over Europe will travel over 270 kilometres from Boulogne sur Mer to the famous Vincennes racecourse in Paris. In addition to the relay each team is required to field horses that compete in the "specials", these are tests of skill that can range from pulling a 500kg wooden fishing boat across the beach in Boulogne, to manoeuvering a large double decker charabang through a series of hazards!
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Beware the rain warns Spillers
There is a real risk of laminitis once grass starts to grow on pasture parched by the long dry spell, warns Ruth Bishop, Technical Director.
It is inevitable that rain will produce a flush of highly nutritious grass this autumn. The parched, dry land conceals warm soil, where plant nutrients have accumulated around the grass roots while there has been no growth during the summer. Once rain arrives, the grass plant will flourish in the same way as pasture which has been fertilised.
Owners of horses and ponies at risk of laminitis are advised to manage them as they would in the spring. Limit grazing once the grass grows and use SPILLERS HAPPY HOOF, the very palatable and balanced chopped fibre feed or SPILLERS HIGH FIBRE CUBES, the complete low calorie feed which perfectly meets horses’ and ponies’ needs for a high fibre diet. Both feeds are approved by the Laminitis Trust, to safely meet nutritional needs.
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Grand Slam Victor Launches New Video
Pippa Funnell's momentous victory at Burghley, which also netted her the valuable Rolex Grand Slam award of $250,000 for winning Badminton, the Rolex 3-Day Event in Kentucky, and Burghley, provided an exciting climax to the season for her sponsors, Equestrian Vision.
Burghley provided the ideal venue for the launch of their new video, Pippa Funnell: Riding Your New Horse. One of the great strengths of the double European and Badminton champion is her ability to forge successful partnerships with her new horses and she cannot stress strongly enough the importance of developing that unique relationship. The programme sets out a series of exercises to help assess the new horse and then deal with and work on some of the common problems.
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Samsung Super League News : "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, And treat those two imposters just the same…."
French Chef d’Equipe, Jean-Maurice Bonneau, quoted this line from Rudyard Kipling’s poem "If" in the aftermath of the drama-filled Samsung Super League series final in Barcelona last Sunday when his side emerged victorious in the League but heavily defeated on the day.
On that extraordinary afternoon the formbook was completely upturned in the second round. The Frenchman commented that he would have been very happy if his side was on the podium having taken one of the top-three final-leg placings but instead, he said "we felt like the actors in a horror movie" when it all went seriously wrong and they finished bottom of the pile.

There were no begrudgers however as he held the League trophy aloft – "the results we produced earlier in the season paid off today" Bonneau said as he reflected on the eight rounds of the series dominated by his teams which recorded a hat-trick of wins in La Baule, Rome and Dublin.
They had taken a firm hold at the top of the leaderboard from the start and when the second-placed Irish failed to capitalise on their moment of weakness last Sunday it was a "fait accompli". Please click here for further details

History of the Carthusian horses
Dear admirer and aficionado of the Pure Spanish Horse,
It is a great pleasure to inform you of the recent publication of the English translation of Historia de los caballos cartujanos (The History of the Carthusian Horses), researched and written by Juan Carlos Altamirano. Works of Sr. Altamirano have been read on five continents. His book have beeb exhibited by the Spanish Ministry of Culture at international fairs in: Cairo, Havana, Brussels, Prague, San Pablo, Peking, Casablanca, etc.
On the basis of research of official government documents and those from the Carthusian monks of Jerez de la Frontera from the time they began to breed horses until the disappearance of their order in the 19th century, everything that had been written about Carthusian horses is held up to scrutiny in this book. Following an extended and painstaking study of documents which were thought to have disappeared at the time of the French revolution, the author has explained in this book the extraordinary results of his research.
In these pages you will learn about the real colors of the Carthusian horses, their size, who they were sold to, and what branding iron the monks used on their animals. You will also learn about the stringent control horses were subjected to by the Spanish goverment at that time in history.
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WCHR Professional Finals
Featuring the 2003 Professional WCHR Finals
Presented by The American Hunter-Jumper Foundation, Inc.
Hosted by the Capital Challenge Horse Show

WHAT: World Championship Hunter Rider Professional Finals for the 2003 Professional World Championship Hunter Rider title. (The winner of the Championship will be presented with a unique media sponsorship package.)
WHY: This is the only Hunter competition for Professional Hunter riders in the industry where riders go head to head after accumulating points on their best rides of the horse show. The top four are asked to compete on horses they have never ridden; the horses are kept confidential throughout the show.
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Paulick Named AAEP Equine Industry Board Member
Lexington, KY-- Ray Paulick, editor in chief of The Blood-Horse and executive vice president and editorial director of Blood-Horse Publications, has been selected as the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) equine industry representative on the group’s board of directors. His term will begin during the AAEP’s 49th Annual Convention in New Orleans, La., November 21 – 25, 2003, and run through 2006.
"Ray was selected for this position because of his knowledge of the equine industry and his ability to analyze issues from both the industry's and horse’s perspective,” said Wayne McIlwraith, DVM, PhD, AAEP past president and chairman of the AAEP’s Nominating Committee. “We look forward to his contributions to the AAEP’s decision-making processes.”
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24th September 2003

Search "Superstar" Is Not For Sale!
Ex-racehorse earns reserve champion place at HOYS
A potential superstar is how the judges viewed the Cob which won the South Essex Insurance Brokers Search for a Star supreme championship - but owner Rebecca Brierley still said "no" to the people who wanted to buy Barney Rubble V.
"He was a gift from my husband and the two of them gave me the experience of a life time at the Horse of the Year Show," she said. "No money could buy him now."
Mrs Brierley, a company director from Huddersfield, had already taken the Cob Championship to go into the Supreme line-up, where one of the judges, Anne Pritchard, commented that "we may have found a superstar."
Now Barney Rubble V will spend a winter in the hunting field, combined with showjumping and some dressage, before going on to open Cob and working Cob classes next year.
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Condios and Danish Team Place in Nations Cup of Podebrady
Jumping his first Nations Cup, and in the pivotal anchor position, eight-year-old Condios and the Danish Team placed eighth, and in the prize money, at the CSIO-W Nations Cup of Podebrady (Czech Republic) on 13 September.
Condios had four faults in the first round, knocking the last fence, and eight faults in the second round, including an unlucky step on the tape during takeoff over the water jump.
By virtue of having only four faults in the first round of this CSIO Nations Cup, under the rules of the International Equestrian Federation (EFI) Condios has qualified to be a member of the Danish Federation's Olympic Team. Unfortunately Denmark did not qualify for the Olympics at the European Championship in August, so if Condios is to make it to Athens he and his rider, Henrik Gundersen, will have to qualify as individuals during the 2004 outdoor season.
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When it comes to horse feed, being cheap can be expensive.
“Not only does it actually cost more in dollars to feed cheap concentrates, the red ink also adds up in poor performance, poor growth, the cost of additional supplements, the additional amount needed to be fed, and the possibility of veterinary bills,” says Eleanor Richards, nutrition specialist. Richards teaches Nutrition for Performance Horses as part of the nine-course Professional Designation in Horse Training program ( offered by Austin Education Center.
If you do the math, says Richards, it is easy to see how cheap feeds actually take dollars out of your wallet. The feeding directions for an economy horse feed which retails for $5 per 50 pounds says an adult horse in light training should get 1.5 to 2 percent of their body weight per day, along with adequate forage, free choice salt and water.
The feeding directions of a high quality feed which retails for $9 per 50 pounds says an adult horse in light training should get .5 to 1 per cent of body weight per day, along with adequate forage, free choice salt and water.
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Federation Equestre Internationale News
23 September 2003

Sunday 21 September, after a tense afternoon round the packed show jumping arena at the European Eventing Championship, Great Britain won the Team Gold
in convincing style.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) swept the FEI Open European Endurance Championship finishing just seconds apart in the top three places at the Punchestown Race Course on Friday 18 September.
The World Pairs Driving Championship, was organised from 17 to 21 September 2003 at the Haras de Jardy (Jardy stud), and saw a record number of 23 nations competing.
Thanks to her victory in Jardy, Riny Rutjens is the winner of the 2003 FEI Top Driver Award for Pairs, supported by van der Wiel.
In a gripping conclusion to the inaugural Samsung Super League series, France suffered a heavy defeat in Barcelona last Sunday, but still claimed the league trophy by a ten-point margin.
During the Gala dinner hosted by Samsung Electronics on Sunday 21 September in Barcelona to celebrate the conclusion of the first Samsung Super League season, the President of the FEI, HRH The Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbõn presented the FEI Award for Dedicated and Distinguished Services to Equestrian Sport to Mr Kun Hee Lee, Chairman of the Samsung Group and IOC Member. The Award was presented to Mr Jae Young Lee, representing Mr Kun Hee Lee.

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Leigh Healey is Victorious in HBO Junior Medal Finals
New Jersey Rider Tops a Field of 67 Competitors at Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals
WORCESTER, MA (September 22, 2003)--Leigh Healey of Mount Holly, New Jersey, claimed top honors in the HBO Junior Medal at the Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals. A total of 67 riders were invited to compete at Worcester's Centrum Centre, the League's new indoor venue in Worcester, Massachusetts.
After the fist two rounds, Healey topped the field with an average score of 90.76. There was a tie for second place - Maria Schaub and Jamie Duva both posted an average score of 87.01. Ruth Drumm posted an average score of 86.09 after the second round, putting her in third place.
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Weber Wins USET Four-in-Hand Championship at 2003 Gladstone Driving Event
Gladstone, NJ—September 22, 2003—Chester Weber of Ocala, FL, emerged victorious in the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Four-in-Hand Championship at the Gladstone Driving Event in Gladstone, NJ, September 19-21.
At the Event, held at Hamilton Farm Golf Club and Equestrian Center, home of the USET Headquarters and Olympic Training Center, Weber won the dressage phase of competition with a score of 39.36 penalties. He placed second to Tucker Johnson of Hobe Sound, FL, in the marathon, scoring 100.34 penalties to Johnson’s 99.83. Weber had a clear cones round to clinch the win with a final score of 139.70 penalty points.
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USA Equestrian
USA Equestrian Eventing Committee Proposes New CCI***
The USA Equestrian Eventing Committee is recommending the addition of a third CCI***, three-day event. It is proposed this event be started in 2005 as a compliment to the existing FEI calendar. All bids are welcome and will not be restricted to existing competitions.
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Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
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23rd September 2003

Ascot Racecourse To Host First Ever Speed Jumping Event
Show jumping and thoroughbred racing will join forces for the first time ever on Sunday 28th September as Ascot Racecourse witnesses the birth of a brand new equine sport, Speed Jumping.
The inaugural event, the £20,000 Ladbrokes Speed Jumping Challenge, will see sixteen of the UK’s top show jumpers - including Nick Skelton, Robert Smith and Michael and John Whitaker - race each other over four straight, identical lanes of seven fences over a distance of approximately 500 yards. The winner of each race will be the first past the post with the fewest fences down. The afternoon’s action will comprise four Heats of four, with the first two in each Heat progressing to the Semi-Finals and the best two in each Semi contesting the Final.
The concept of Speed Jumping was dreamt up by John Inverdale, one of the country’s leading sports broadcasters, Simon Jameson, a brand image expert used by companies such as Channel Four and Hutchinson, Nick Skelton one of the UK’s most successful show jumpers, and Charlie Brooks, ex-horse trainer turned media pundit.
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Successful Show Jumping With Tim Stockdale
New training video set now available
Ever wished you could improve your show jumping? Or wanted to know how top professionals get so many clear rounds so that you could do the same?
In this 3 volume series, international show jumper, Tim Stockdale, clearly demonstrates the techniques involved in becoming a successful show jumper, from the very basics through to advanced levels. Laying the foundations, Tim looks at tack, rider position, basic flatwork and starting to jump. Moving on, Moving up looks at the horse's way of going, jumping technique, gridwork and distances. Finally, Advanced Show Jumping looks at how to ride at competitions, advanced gridwork, difficult turns and how to speed up your jump off.
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Andrew Drives To Top Spot
THIS year's Alva International Concours D'elegance at Burghley went to Andrew Hamilton Rhodes and Brookfield Eclipse.
A four-year-old Hackney, Brookfield Eclipse and Andrew are based at Berkeley in Gloucestershire, with Andrew fitting in competing around his job as a chef.
Driving for just two seasons, Andrew was delighted with the win, against such strong competition and at a such a prestigious venue.
"It was a great feeling do win such at Burghley, it is a wonderful venue and I was delighted. I really enjoy driving and competing."
The class was held in the main arena at Burghley and attracted 17 turnouts to come before judge Allan Curtis.
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European Eventing Championships 2003
The European Eventing Championships held at Punchestown this year finished with six Irish Sport Horses in the top twenty. Highest placed of these was Shear L’Eau (ISH) ridden by Leslie Law (GBR) to take fourth place in the final individual results. Moonman (ISH) and William Fox-Pitt (GBR) took eighth while Just Beauty Queen (ISH) and Susan Shortt (IRL) came eleventh. Mark Kyle (IRL) rode Drunken Disorderly (ISH) to finish seventeenth, Trumpet Pierre (ISH) ridden by Heinz Wherli (SUI) finished nineteenth and behind him in twentieth place was Dunrath Hill (ISH) ridden by Trevor Smith (IRL).
Great Britain won the team event with Shear L’Eau (ISH) ridden by Leslie Law and Moonman (ISH) ridden by William Fox Pitt making up half of their successful team. Ireland landed in fourth place with two Irish Sport Horses, Just Beauty Queen and Don’t Step Back ridden by Susan Shortt and Patricia Donegan
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Pupils encouraged to grow a career in Tayside's rural industries
School pupils from across Tayside and the Mearns were given the chance to make carnation buttonholes, cuddle guinea pigs and ride a life-sized "horse simulator" last week (Wednesday 17th September) - all with the aim of encouraging them to consider a career in Scotland's land-based industries!
Almost 300 pupils attended the careers event at Wester Meathie Farm, Inverarity, near Forfar, which was organised by the Tayside Rural Training Forum, of which Lantra is a partner.
The 12 to 14 year olds were treated to a tour of eight demonstrations from local experts working or teaching in agriculture, animal care, biodiversity, equine, floristry, gamekeeping, horticulture and land-based engineering.
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Todd Minikus and Roller Coaster Win the $100,000 King Shavings Grand Prix at the Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals
WORCESTER, MA (September 22, 2003)—Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, Florida, and Roller Coaster, an eight-year-old grey Holsteiner gelding, owned by Elaine Decanio of Pittstown, New Jersey, won the $100,000 King Shavings Grand Prix at the Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals. Minikus, who served as the Alternate for the USET 2000 Olympic Games Show Jumping squad, thrilled the crowd at Worcester's Centrum Centre with a fine display of horsemanship. The $100,000 King Shavings Grand Prix was the grand finale of five days of competition at the new venue for the Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals. Jonathon Millar of Perth, Ontario, and Karat, a fifteen-year-old grey gelding, owned by Mr. & Mrs. Don Stewart Jr. of Ocala, Florida, took second place in the competition. Jonathon, the son of Olympic veteran Ian Millar, is proving that success runs in this great equestrian family.
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Kurten Scores At Haras De Jardy
WHILE her fellow Irish riders battled in Spain to retain their Super League placing, Jessica Kurten put in a consistently good performance at Jardy, France, over the weekend, featuring on both her new horse <Panamo K>, and also on the veteran <Paavo N>.
On Friday she won the opening Two-Phase Class on Panamo, and took a fourth later in the day on Paavo. On Saturday she brought Panamo out for the speed class, achieving a third, but was unlucky to have a pole down in the first round of Sunday's big Table A class, also with Panamo, and although she didn't make it to the jump-off, finished a respectable ninth out of 26 starters, but just out of the money.
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Katie Gardner Wins the 2003 BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search Final-West
Gladstone, NJ—September 22, 2003—Katie Gardner of Westlake Village, CA, won the 2003 BET/United States Equestrian Team (USET) Show Jumping Talent Search Final-West, held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA, September 17-21.
Gardner rode Karen Healey’s Let’s Twist to finish in front of Megan Edrick of Woodland Hills, CA, who placed second on her Mardi Gras. Third place went to Niki Connor of Rancho Santa Fe, CA on her Incento and fourth place went to Kate Broadbent of Salt Lake City, UT, on Cyrano 80 owned by Staar Jumpers Ltd.
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USA Equestrian
U.S Drivers Place Eighth At World Pairs Driving Competition
The U.S. Pairs Driving Team placed eighth at the World Pairs Driving Competition in Haras de Jardy, France, September 18-21, with a final score of 271.1. Twenty-three nations were represented in either team or individual competition – A total of 64 drivers competed.
Lisa Singer, of Chadds Ford, PA, placed 16th in the individual competition with a score of 143.61, Larry Poulin placed 27th with a score of 153.53 and Mike McLennan finished 43rd with a score of 169.36.
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Show Jumping - Samsung Super League - Final Rankings 2003
This is the final ranking for the Samsung Super League 2003, after Barcelona, September 21, 2003.
As Sweden is the lowest-ranked, the team is relegated to the ordinary Samsung Nations Cup League for 2004.
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News Headlines 22nd September 2003
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Britain Retains European Title
British Event Team takes gold - Funnell clinches individual bronze
Britain has retained the title of European Champions at the Sport Ireland IFG European Championships at Punchestown in Ireland (September 18-21). The British team of Leslie Law, Jeanette Brakewell, Pippa Funnell and William Fox-Pitt finished with an advantage of 12.6 penalties over second placed France, with Belgium more than 30 penalties adrift in third.

Pippa Funnell made a brave bid to defend her individual title but had to settle for a bronze medal behind the new European Champion, 23 year old Nicolas Touzaint from France, who led throughout the competition on the nine year old grey Galan de Sauvagere.
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Samsung Super League News : Delight Despite Disaster For France In Final!
In a gripping conclusion to the inaugural Samsung Super League series, France suffered a heavy defeat in Barcelona today but still claimed the league trophy by a ten-point margin.
The Irish had to settle for joint-second in the final standings after an emphatic victory in this leg by Germany whose final rider, Ludger Beerbaum, never had to jump a fence while the Italians, clinging desperately to the bottom of the leaderboard, rose manfully to the occasion, avoiding relegation when adding an extra 12 points to their total as double-points were awarded.
Sweden however must compete in the second division next season as, despite a brave struggle by Malin Baryard, Helena Persson, Royne Zetterman and Helena Lundback their equal-fourth placing today was not good enough to save them.

Few could have predicted the Barcelona result as the Spanish squad, taking part as host country but not entitled to Super League points, slotted into runner-up spot. The Italians, so very weak thoughout much of the series, shared third with Belgium while Sweden and Britain divided fifth, Holland was sixth, the Irish were seventh and the normally brilliant French came last.
Even more remarkably, the Dutch, Italians and Germans shared the lead on a zero score at the end of the first round when France, Sweden, Spain and Belgium were next in line with just four faults each. The British carried eight into round two but the Irish were already in trouble, bringing up the rear with 16 on the board at the halfway stage.
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Funding Available For New Technology Development
A pioneering new initiative has been launched to provide assistance for new technology innovations in the saddlery industry.
The Equitech project brings together major industry players including BETA, WES, leading manufacturers, the Centre for Engineering Excellence and Advantage West Midlands.
A joint bid for funding was successfully put forward by Walsall Saddlers and the Centre of Engineering Excellence in Wolverhampton, to Advantage West Midlands which has provided £98,000 funding for the provision of expertise for the next two years.
The money will be used to provide technical assistance and open gateways to information for projects using and developing new technology in the manufacture of saddlery products, including computer aided design, which will allow saddlers to create detailed images for new designs and innovations to help move the industry forward into the 21st century.
Phil Wilson leading the project for the CEE said: "It is hoped that the funding made available for the Equitech project will really help in developing new methods for saddlery design and understanding of how important the fit and structure of equipment is in proving comfort for the horse.
Please click here for further details launches updated reference section at the British Equine Event in association with Duchy College., the equestrian internet portal with approximately 60,000 users per month is to launch its newly researched student reference section at the British Equine Event 2003.
The reference section was first designed in 2001 by Tracy Webb who was at that time undertaking an HND industry placement with
The reference section aims to cut down on the time spent by students looking for information on the internet on specific equine based topics by placing all relevant links in one easy to use area.
"I came up with the idea of providing an educational internet base for equine students after spending the best part of a day surfing the web in search of information on 'Modified Acid Detergent Fibre' which ended up to be a frustrating experience as I seemed to be going around in circles" said Tracy who has since graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science (Equine) and is now Senior Sales Executive at HorseIT Ltd.
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Carey Takes Second Speed Class At Barcelona
IRISH riders have dominated the speed classes at the Spanish venue this weekend, with Lt. Shane Carey and Cian O'Connor being the main contenders.
Carey confirmed Irish supremacy today (Sunday) in these classes with his second Speed win, on the 11 yr old mare <Laughton's Lass>, owned by John Troy of Dublin and leased to the Army Equitation School.
Carey and O'Connor repeated their speed act from yesterday's Haagen-Dazs Cup, with Carey taking the No. 1 spot, and O'Connor following in fourth with <ABC Land Liebe>. The tussle at the top today was ferocious, with only fractions of a second separating the likes of Carey, Sweden's Malin Baryard, Italy's Roberto Arioldi, and Ireland's O'Connor.
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Todd Minikus and Gardenio Capture $15,000 Open Jumper At Marshall & Sterling National Indoor Finals
WORCESTER, MA (September 20, 2003)--Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, Florida, and Gardenio gave a command performance in the ring at Worcester's Centrum Centre arena during the Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals. Minikus qualified three horses for the $15,000 Open Jumper competition. He took home top honors with Gardenio, a ten-year old black Hannovarian gelding, owned by Y Z Partners LLC. Minikus also placed fifth aboard Roller Coaster, owned by Elaine Decanio. Manuel Torres of Leesburg, Virginia, rode Andrea Torres' Matilde Lina to second place. Jonathon Millar of Perth, Ontario, rode Karat owned by Mr. & Mrs. Don Stewart to third place.
Twenty-five horse and rider pairs put on a fine display of show jumping competition for the evening crowd at Worcester's Centrum Centre. Course designer David Ballard from Hornby, Ontario, set a challenging first round course. The eleven-fence course was beautifully accentuated by trees and shrubs provided by Weston Nurseries, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The double combination seemed to pose the most problems for the competitors, and served to narrow the field to six horses for the jump-off round. Please click here for further details

Ireland Finish Eighth At Barcelona But Hold Super League Joint No. 2 Spot
AN IRISH squad weakened by equine injuries managed only an eighth place in the Samsung Super League Final in Barcelona today (Sunday) but the shake-out of double points and some surprising results means that Ireland clung on to their second place in the Super league rankings, though now share it with Germany, who fielded an elite team, and won today's Nations Cup competition.
France held onto their Super League spot at the top of the league, though finishing ninth today, while Italy put in a strong performance to come home in joint third behind home team Spain, who are not part of the Super league rankings.
And despite finishing joint fifth at Barcelona, Sweden ended at the bottom of the Super League, and will now be relegated to the <ordinary> Nations Cup league next year.
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Alyssa Erickson and Mahogany Win The $10,000 Children's Jumper Classic At The Marshall & Sterling National Indoor Finals
WORCESTER, MA (September 20, 2003)--Alyssa Erickson of New Caanan, Connecticut, emerged the victor in the $10,000 Children's Jumper Classic at the Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals. Alyssa bested a field of twenty-seven horse and rider pairs in a competition that was filled with excitement. Second place by a split went to Billy Worthington of Averil Park, New York, aboard Cricket. Finishing in third place was Clementine Goutal of New York, New York, riding Lightfeet.
Competitors negotiated an eleven-obstacle first round course designed by David Ballard of Hornby, Ontario. Thirteen riders went clear to advance to the jump-off.
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Eventing - Ireland Takes Euro Fourth, Wins Olympic Ticket
THOUGH riding with only three horses after the fatal fall of Austin O'Connor's <Horseware Fabio> yesterday (Saturday) the Irish Eventing team held on to its overnight fourth position in the European Eventing Championships at Punchestown today (Sunday) with Susan Shortt maintaining her nerve for a clear show jumping round, and team-mates Sherelle Duke and Trish Donegan collecting eight and 12 faults, respectively.
The result confirms Ireland's team place in Eventing at the Athens Olympics 2004, where they will join the Irish show jumping team, who qualified at Donaueschingen, Germany, in August.
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21st September 2003
More Learning From Horses: Sometimes It's the Horse
WAVERLY, WV--Horses have taught me most of what I know about training horses. This is a secondhand story, but the story and the horse impressed me enough that I never forgot it.
If there's a lesson here, it might be that if you go to someone who calls themselves a trainer, check out the kind of horses they work with first. A goodtrainer should be able to work with all temperaments, all breeds, all sexes, and all kinds of horses. We get all kinds every year here at Meredith Manor. We get baby horses that have been running wild in a pasture before they arrive. They're a totally clean slate. We also get a lot of reform school candidates, even a few that have been rejected from clinics by come of the current gurus traveling the country. And we get everything in between.
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Champion Cobra Body Protector Offers Better Value For Money
Leading headwear and safety brand, Champion, has reduced the price of its award winning Champion Cobra body protector following the brand's acquisition of the production company. The resulting cost savings from cutting out the middleman are being passed on to customers, representing a reduction of £20 - £25 and making the safety garment extremely good value for money.
This latest move by Champion is in addition to the recent launch of a tailor-made fitting service to ensure that more riders can enjoy the comfortable and flexible fit of the protector. Already a huge success since its launch last year, the Cobra body protector is now available in separates, enabling retailers to interchange fronts and backs of different sizes, thus offering customers a bespoke solution for a personal fit.
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Show Jumping - Kerrygold Grand Prix League - Flynn Wins Punchestown, Smyth Takes Title
IT WAS an Army victory at the final competition of the 2003 Kerrygold Grand Prix League today (Saturday), but no-one could catch the League hero, 33 yr old Peter Smyth from Strabane, who already had the League title in the bag, and had no need to jump today.
Which was fortunate, as Smyth arrived at the International Sport Horse Show at Punchestown on crutches, having broken his ankle at a riding accident at home.
Capt. Gerry Flynn, riding the Minister for Defence's <Bornacoola>, won today's final Grand Prix in the lashing rain, but it was the fourth place of Lt. David O'Brien on <Boherdeal Clover> that clinched second place for him in the overall League placings, overtaking James Kernan.
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O'Connor Third In Barcelona Queen's Cup
KEEPING up the Irish pressure at the Barcelona Super League venue today (Saturday), 23 yr old Kildare rider Cian O'Connor mixed it with the senior German aces Ludger Beerbaum and Lars Nieberg in pursuit of the Lexus Trophy at the Queen's Cup competition in the heat of Barcelona. The trophy was, of course, a Lexus car.
And though he failed to badly dent German supremacy or win the vehicle, O'Connor nevertheless walked away with a cash prize of 4000 euro, slotting <Waterford Crystal> comfortably into third place in a field of 34 top international riders.
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Olivia Sacks Claims the Charles Owen Children's Medal
WORCESTER, MA (September 19, 2003)--Olivia Sacks of New York, New York, claimed top honors in the Charles Owen Children's Medal Finals at the Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals. Hundreds of Marshall & Sterling League members competed all year long to earn points to qualify for a place at the Finals. A total of 61 riders were invited to compete at Worcester's Centrum Centre-the League's new indoor venue in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Olivia Sacks was the first rider to enter the ring for the competition. Interestingly, after all 60 successive riders had taken their turns in the ring, her first round score of 82.67 remained undefeated. In the second round, Olivia received an 86, for an overall score of 84.34 and the win. Olivia rode Jameson, owned by Dorothy Burke of Old Brookville, New York. She trains with Molly Flaherty of Arcadia Farm, Yorktown Heights, New York.
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Eventing - Ireland Pushes Into European Medal Contention
DESPITE the tragic death of one of its horses, the Irish Eventing team pushed itself into fourth position after the cross-country stage of the European Eventing Championships at Punchestown today (Saturday).
Austin O'Connor's horse, <Horseware Fabio> died after stumbling at Fence No. 15, hitting its head on the second step of the fence. The rider sustained no serious injuries.
However, Austin's three team-mates - Susan Shortt, Trish Donegan and Sherelle Duke - produced such good performances that Ireland improved on its overnight 7th position to end the day in fourth.

Aside from a European Championship medal, Ireland must end the weekend in a position that will secure qualification for the 2004 Athens Olympics in 2004. With Britain and France previously qualified, this means in practice that Ireland must be one of the three teams in the top five at Punchestown, Britain and France currently holding the top two European Championship places.
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ASPCA Equine Fund to hold inaugural Family Luncheon at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club
Wellington, Florida – September 19, 2003 – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (the “ASPCA”) has announced that it will hold its first, annual Family Luncheon at the The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington on Sunday, February 1, 2004 beginning at noon. The event will benefit the ASPCA’s Equine Fund.
The Luncheon will take place during the first grand prix of The 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival. The Festival, heading into its 32nd year, is the preeminent U. S. horse show for the equestrian disciplines of hunters, jumpers and dressage. The Festival, which stays in Wellington for eight weeks and then goes on to Tampa for the last two weeks, brings over 4,000 horses and over 6,000 people to Palm Beach County.
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USET Announces Dates for 2004 Olympic Games Show Jumping Selection Trials
Gladstone, New Jersey—September 19, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced that the Show Jumping Selection Trials for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games will be held in Del Mar and San Juan Capistrano, CA.
Trials will be held May 14-15 at the Del Mar Horse Park in Del Mar and May 22-23 at Oaks Blenheim in San Juan Capistrano. These two sites previously hosted highly-successful trials for the 2000 Olympics and 2002 World Equestrian Games.
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Marshall & Sterling League Crowns National Champions at Indoor Finals
WORCESTER, MA (September 19, 2003)--Kimberly Jungherr of Amesbury, Massachusetts, rode Roscoe to victory in the $7,500 Adult Jumper National Championship at the Marshall & Sterling League National Indoor Finals. Jungherr bested a field of 30 horse and rider pairs, sealing her victory with a very fast jump-off time of 29.38 seconds. Only fractions of a second behind, for second place, was Zara Davies of Annville, Pennsylvania, and her mount Waiting for Godot. Third place went to John Appley of Tarpon Springs, Florida, aboard Cherry Z.
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Carey Wins Speed Class At Barcelona
THE IRISH started to flex their muscles at Barcelona today (Saturday), ahead of tomorrow's vital Samsung Super League clash, the final of the 2003 series.
Following a second place on Thursday by Cian O'Connor, it was the turn of the Army today as Lt. Shane Carey took the No. 1 spot with in the Table C Speed Class on <Laughton's Lass>, beating Belgium's Jean Claude Vangeenberghe by a mere fraction of a second, while O'Connor slotted <ABC Landliebe> into fourth, with one fence down.
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