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News Headlines 4th October 2003
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KL Grand Prix Gets Under Way
by Peter Abisheganaden
The CSI***** KL Grand Prix show got under way this morning with warm-up rounds for the South East Asian riders at 11 am. The riders got to school over 6 fences including one double in the competition arena.
At 1 pm the fences were raised to 1.40 - 1.50 m and we got out first chances to see the international horses jumping in a training round.
As I write this from the press box at the arena, the international riders are schooling their horses over the course.

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"Money In Horses ! ! !" a Breeder's Conference
On Monday 3rd November 2003 at Armagh City Hotel commencing at 7.45p.m.
The Northern Ireland Horse Board are delighted to announce an opportunity for Northern Ireland Breeders to hear some of the worlds' leading authorities concerning the Sport Horse Industry. This evening has been kindly sponsored by Baileys Horse Feeds and promises to be an entertaining event. A NIHB spokesperson said "We are extremely fortunate that guests speakers of this calibre have agreed to come." The guest speakers are: -
Peter Charles who is the stalwart of the all-conquering Irish team that won the 1999/2000 Samsung Nations Cup League.
Tom Reed, the founder and owner of Morningside Stud in County Clare and founder and managing director of SCOPE Auction Ltd., Ireland's first elite auction of showjumping, eventing, and dressage prospects.
Norman Storey B.Agr.Sc. is the Equine Specialist Adviser with Teagasc, based in Kildalton College, Piltown, Co Kilkenny.
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Ireland Fifth In Nations Cup In Athens
Ireland's 'new breed' of Nations Cup show jumpers put up another creditable performance in this afternoon's (Friday) Samsung Nations Cup in Athens to finish fifth overall. Italy, having a good end to the season after a dismal start, came first, following a jump-off with Switzerland.
All four Irish riders were taking part in only their second-ever Nations Cup event, and competed well against more experienced opponents in the warm and sunny conditions.
Ireland's best performance came from David Quigley on Ashdale Futuro, who would have had a double-clear but for a single time fault first time around.
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Syed Mohsin Wins First Class For Malaysia
The Negara Ku was played at the Stadium Putra after the very first class of the show.
Syed Mohsin (MAS) and Lentini were the first to win a class at the Kuala Lumpur Grand Prix. They were cleanest in the Ranhill International Team Trophy Qualifier to qualify first for Sunday's Ranhill Team Trophy Final. They were the only pair to leave all the fences up and although they finished the round in 65.32 secs with one time penalty, it was enough to win the class.
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Squads Named for 2003 Pan American Eventing Championship
Gladstone, NJ—October 2, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has selected two squads for the 2003 Pan American Eventing Championship. The Championship will be held as part of the Fair Hill International CCI*** in Fair Hill, MD, October 23-26.
All riders on both squads are eligible to compete in the Pan American Eventing Championship due to the increased number of riders the U.S. is able to enter as the host country. The four entries that will compete as the team plus the first three individuals will come from the Squad “A” list.
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United States Equestrian Federation Names John Long As CEO
Lexington, KY and Gladstone, NJ - October 2, 2003 - The United States Equestrian Federation, the proposed National Governing Body for equestrian sport, has named John R. Long of Shelbyville, KY, as its first Chief Executive Officer.
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Dermott Lennon Takes Speed Challenge In Athens
CSIO*** Athens 2-5 OCTOBER 2003
Pegasus Speed Challenge (sponsored by Hertz) Table C 1.35m-1.40m
1) I Caesar; Dermott Lennon (IRL), 2) Maastricht; Phillipe Putallaz (Sui)
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United States Equestrian Federation Names John Long As CEO
Lexington, KY and Gladstone, NJ - October 2, 2003 - The United States Equestrian Federation, the proposed National Governing Body for equestrian sport, has named John R. Long of Shelbyville, KY, as its first Chief Executive Officer.
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3rd October 2003
New Mercedes-Benz National Dressage Champion
British Olympic dressage rider and 2003 European Bronze Medallist, Richard Davison has today become the 2003 Mercedes-Benz National Dressage Champion at this year's Mercedes-Benz National Dressage Championships at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. Davison achieved a British Grand Prix Freestyle record score of 77.21% which, added to his earlier Grand Prix score of 71.08, won him the championship title on a total score of 148.29.
Davison was riding his 13 year old mare, Ballaseyr Royale who is owned by Mr and Mrs Meyer and was his partner in the European Championships at Hickstead in August this year when the British Team qualified for next year's Olympics in Athens. "It is the most exciting national competition I have ever taken part in" said Richard afterwards. "The competition was excellent and it was a close run thing".
This year's runner up was 2001 Mercedes-Benz National Dressage Champion, Peter Storr who put in a spectacular performance in the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music class to move up from third place after the Grand Prix to achieve a combined total of 145.42 on Mrs Pinky Heintz's, Gambrinus, narrowly beating fellow international competitor, Carl Hester riding Escapado on 142.92 who also finished in sixth place with his other horse, Kate Carter's Donnersong.
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Carl Hester
Shopping and Celebrities top the bill!
This year at the Your Horse British Equine Event visitors will be treated to an un-missable line up of top class riders and experts, the ultimate shopping experience and enjoy new interactive show features.
3 World Class Demos will take place twice daily in the Pet Plan Equine Main Arena featuring World No. 1 three-day event rider William Fox-Pitt - British Olympic dressage rider Carl Hester, and top international show jumper Tim Stockdale.
With over 300 exhibitors this show is the ultimate equine shopping experience with everything for you and your horse. Commercial Manager Teresa Kitchener explained;
"This year's British Equine Event will provide the UK's biggest range of equestrian products & services under one roof, a shopping paradise for the equine enthusiast. With exhibitors ranging from specialist companies to major manufacturers, there are great bargains to be had for all horse & rider needs and it's ideal for Christmas Shopping too!"

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Pik L and Cesar Parra Sweep Small Tour At Dressage at Devon
Devon, PA, September 30, 2003— Dr. Cesar Parra and Horses Unlimited’s Pik L swept the small tour at the Dressage at Devon show with scores in all three of their classes hitting the definitive 70% mark. This hattrick continues an amazing season that has resulted in more than 20 FEI wins at prestigious CDI shows from Florida to New York. At Devon, a 72.333 in the Intermediaire I freestyle capped off three days of showing that also included a 71% in the Intermediaire I and a 70% in the Prix St. Georges.
“Riding and working with Pik L is such a pleasure,” said Dr. Parra. “He’s extremely reliable and he loves to show off. Combined with his natural suppleness and strength, he makes a wonderful dressage partner.” Pik L is an imported Hanoverian stallion by Pik Bube II.
And while blue ribbons are always appreciated, the Dressage at Devon wins were particularly sweet. “Dressage at Devon is such a highly regarded show,” Dr. Parra said. “Winning here is wonderful.”
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Weaning your foal with Allen and Page - giving him the best start in life
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Federation Equestre Internationale News
2 October 2003

FEI WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR YOUNG RIDERS Spanish rider Giovanni Diaz Fernandez won the individual gold at the FEI Young Riders Endurance World Championship which took place on 27 September in Pratoni del Vivaro (ITA).
FEI EUROPEAN YOUNG RIDERS EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIP The individual gold medal was won by German young rider Mickael Jung and Marco (total of 51.20 penalties).
FEI GANDINI WORLD JUMPING RIDERS RANKINGS Markus Fuchs (SUI) still in the lead - Malin Baryard (SWE) enters the Top Ten

FEI BCM WORLD DRESSAGE RIDERS RANKINGS Ulla Salzgeber (GER) leads the rankings with 80.701 points, ahead of Lisa Wilcox (USA) and Beatriz Ferrer -Salat (ESP). With Wallstreet 22, Ulla Salzgeber finished first of the Kür at CDIO 3* of Mondorf les Bains (LUX).
EVENTING COMMITTEE MEETING Punchestown (IRL), 21 September 2003
The Committee would like to thank all NFs and other parties involved in Eventing for their input on its proposal sent to them for comments early July 2003.
FEI EVENTING WORLD CUP The 18th and last leg of the FEI Eventing World Cup took place in Malmö (SWE) from 28 to 31 August.
2003 GLOBAL DRESSAGE FORUM The 2003 Global Dressage Forum will be organised on 6 and 7 October 2003 in Hooge Mierde (NED).
NEW HEAD OF THE FEI COMMERCIAL DIVISION Christophe Troendle (SUI) 38 years old is joining the FEI as Head of the newly created Commercial division. Born in Geneva, Christophe has a University degree in Commercial and Industrial Science.
WORLD CUP JUMPING MANAGEMENT Starting with the new 2003/2004 season, the World Cup Jumping management will be handled within the FEI Secretariat in Lausanne.
2004 GENERAL ASSEMBLY The 2004 General Assembly will take place on 20 and 21 April in Paris (FRA). The meetings of the Geographical Groups have bee scheduled for 18 and 19 April.
In cooperation with the FEI, BCM presents the 2003/2004 edition of L’Annee Hippique. Profiling the year in equestrian sport, L’Annee Hippique provides a detailed report of the competition season.
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2nd October 2003
Zilco has Moved
Zilco Europe, manufacturers of equestrian equipment, has expanded and moved to new and larger premises.
Due to the rapid growth of the company, Zilco has relocated to the pretty hilltop village of Brill, Buckinghamsire - an area already popular with many horse riders and drivers.
The larger premises mean that stock levels are now excellent and the new and fully equipped showroom allows all technically challenging equipment such as harnesses and trotting gear to be shown on display fully arranged.
Director Fiona Tedman said: "Our new premises provide the facilities to enable us to welcome our stockists to view and discuss our large range of driving, endurance, flat racing and harness racing equipment".
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Aaron Vale and Picasso Win $100,000 King Shavings USGPL Grand Prix
Culpeper, VA (September 30, 2003)—Aaron Vale of Aiken, South Carolina, and Picasso, owned by Town Creek Investment, defeated a field of thirty-one to win the $100,000 King Shavings USGPL Grand Prix. The win capped a very successful year for Vale, giving him his 13th Grand Prix win this year. McLain Ward of Brewster, New York, and Sapphire, owned by Double H Farms, took second place in the competition. Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, New Jersey, and her horse Little Big Man, finished in third place.
Grand Prix course designer, Michel Vaillancourt of Schomberg, Ontario, set a challenging 14-obstacle course that included a triple combination at fence #8 and a double combination at fence #13. The time allowed was set at 91 seconds. Nine horses managed to go clear over the first round course, giving the afternoon crowd an exciting jump-off that showcased the skills of some of the country's top riders. Please click here for further details
Atlantic Superstore - guaranteed to have the ideal trough, drinker or bowl for your horse this winter…
The superb and comprehensive range of high-quality troughs, drinkers and bowls supplied by Atlantic Superstore means you can be sure to find the perfect feeding or watering solution for your specific needs over the winter months. Atlantic's line-up covers just about everything, from large galvanised drinking troughs for outdoor use to individual-use cast iron drinking bowls with nudge activated dispenser, ideal for the stable or stall. In addition, Atlantic's selection of hayracks -large and small galvanised hook-over models to double-sided, portable and circular feeders - includes the latest, safest and most reliable models.
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The Horse Sense “Success” Series
Increase your horse knowledge quickly and easily while earning a Horse Sense “Success” Series certificate from Scottsdale Community College, Continuing Education. And do it all at home, at your convenience, online.
“Whether studying for your personal satisfaction, or to establish your credentials as a professional horse person, you’ll study with “celebrity instructors” who have proven records of success in the fields they teach,” says Zhara Dean, director of continuing education at SCC. “Until the internet,” Dean explains “it was virtually impossible to bring experts from around the nation to a single college and give one-on-one help to every student. Now we can do it!”
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1st October 2003
The British Horse Society For the holiday with a real difference take on a British Horse Society Challenge Ride!
Are you up for a challenge? Are you willing to explore wild landscapes and conquer great heights? Are you bored with 'hacking round the block' and fancy something a bit different? If you answered 'yes' to any of those questions then a British Horse Society Challenge Ride could be just what the doctor ordered!
The Inca Challenge takes you into the mysterious and magical depths and mountains of the Andes in Peru. Following the Inca trail, you will encounter heights of up to 5750 metres as you wind along the path that eventually leads you to the breathtaking Machu Picchu. A head for heights is a must, as is a reasonable level of fitness, as it will be necessary at times to lead your mount on foot up and down gradients at altitude. Whet your appetite? Then find out about the Inca Challenge Ride to Peru which takes place 11-25 June 2004.
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Receive To Retrieve : Microchip + Mobile Phone Can Now Bring Your Dog Home
Petlog, the Kennel Club Pet Identification Service, is changing – bringing you and pet owners a range of extra benefits designed to make the service easier, faster to use and more effective in reuniting lost pets and their owners more efficiently. To continue to evolve within this technology driven age and aware of the fact that mobile telephones are becoming our ever constant companion, Petlog is pleased to announce an initiative that enables your mobile to increase the happiness for both you and your pet.
There are over 2,000,000 microchipped pets registered on the Petlog database, the UK’s largest pet reunification service. With 53 million mobile phones and 6.2 million dogs in the UK, this new text service, powered by O2, will now make it even easier for owners to be reunited with their lost pets as all that is required is a quick text message!

On October 1st 2003, this new facility will provide Petlog Plus customers with peace of mind that should they find themselves in the situation where they have lost their dog, they can immediately send Petlog a text message. The minute this message is received by Petlog, any time of the day or night, a Lost Pet Alert will be emailed to authorised agents, which include vets, dog wardens and rescue kennels within an approximate 30 mile radius from where the pet was lost.
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ABRS organises more than just a conference
Mary Bromiley, the esteemed equine and human physiotherapist is just one of several high profile speakers who will be contributing to The Association of British Riding Schools Annual Conference, to be held on 13th – 14th October 2003.
Open to both members and non members alike, the Conference is a crucial fixture on the events list of equestrian business professionals. It is renowned for combining topical and practical issues together with opportunities for the many attendees operating businesses in similar circumstances to enjoy refreshing informal discussions.
This year’s programme includes horse passports, riding holidays in Britain and business workshops as well as participation from a number of leading equestrian practitioners. Mary Bromiley will discuss ‘The rehabilitation of horse and rider’, while Richard Bacon, equine senior lecturer at Warwickshire College, will provide an insight into ‘The performance of UK riding schools’.
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Security initiative from Prestige Horseboxes
Prestige Horseboxes is to microchip its new custom-built range of lorries as part of a ground-breaking security initiative from this month. Olympic dressage team member Vicki Thompson is among the first to take delivery of a new microchipped Prestige Windsor three-horse lorry.
Vicki, who is currently enjoying a successful season, is being sponsored by the Lancashire-based company.
David Jackson of Prestige Horseboxes, says: "We have joined forces with Kiwi-chip-it to offer our customers peace of mind following an upsurge in horsebox thefts. Customer care is our top priority and this together with our outstanding after sales service, is just one of the extras that we pride ourselves on."
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Keep your horse cool for less with SPILLERS
Not only is SPILLERS Cool Mix now 25% cooler but from October it will cost less too, thanks to a special promotion being launched by SPILLERS this Autumn.
Specially discounted bags of SPILLERS Cool Mix will be available from retailers nationally during early October. Look out for the red flash on the corner of every bag, which entitles the purchaser to a cool 75 pence off the normal retail price.
Now 25% cooler, coupled with the secret ingredients of NOVAMIN-S®, a concentrated form of important nutrients, means SPILLERS Cool Mix will help your horse maintain a balance between energy, condition and a manageable temperament.
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Towerheads Offers Free 30-Day Membership to Capital Challenge and Penn National Attendees
Wellington, FL - October 29, 2003 - is offering complimentary 30-day memberships to entice users to join the site that provides horse show enthusiasts with "Today's Horse Show News Today". provides its membership with daily, consolidated news from the hunter/jumper community. Towerheads delivers timely insider information via the Internet on all major developments at America's best shows and International Competitions. No one reports the news as quickly or as thoroughly as
Check in with for your daily dose of Horse Show programming and witness the real story as it unfolds in pictures, audio and the written word. Towerheads will provide you with the most complete coverage of Horse Show activities on the web. You have never experienced the Horse Show like this. Clear every jump on the road to victory, from training to trials to the Horse Show itself.
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The Fourth Annual Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon® to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida
Wellington, Florida – September 29, 2003 -- The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida (“MAW”) will be this year’s beneficiary of The Fourth Annual Sidelines Equestrian Triathlon® (the “Triathlon”). The Triathlon will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2003, beginning at 1 pm (although the gates will open at noon), at The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington.
What is an equestrian triathlon? Teams of three are established: one rider is a specialist in jumping, one in the precision flatwork of dressage, the other in polo. Each team member brings the horse of his/her discipline, except the polo player will bring six polo ponies as each teammate will ride two for a two-chukkar game. Each rider then competes in the two other disciplines not his/her own. So, the dressage rider will jump a course and play polo; the jumper rider will ride a dressage test to music (musical freestyle) and play polo; and the polo player will jump a course, ride a dressage test and play polo (to help out his team and keep the ball moving, but cannot score goals). As in past years, top riders from each discipline will donate their time, as well as that of their favorite horse or polo ponies, to win the competition, have fun and raise money for the charitable beneficiary.
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World Breeding Championship, Lanaken 2003
The FEI World Breeding Show Jumping Championships for young horses took place in Lanaken, Belgium last week, September 25th to 28th.
Of the five year old horses representing the Irish Sport Horse studbook, five jumped clear in the first qualifier. These were Warrenstown We Three, Cavalier Starlight, Belfast Knight, Ardenteggle Flight and Welcome Captain. Ardenteggle Flight, ridden by Richie Moloney, also jumped clear in the second qualifier earning her place in the final round where she picked up an unfortunate four faults to finish 29th out of the initial 155 starters in the five year old category.
In the six year old category, the second qualifier finished with Echo Beach ridden by Cian O’Connor in third place, Cnoc Na Seimre ridden by Capt. Gerry Flynn in seventh place and Early Days ridden by Richie Moloney thirty-first of the 126 starters.
Only two horses jumped clear in the final, with Echo Beach and Early Days picking up eight faults each to finish tenth and fourteenth respectively. In the consolation class Mo Chroi ridden by Capt. Gerry Flynn jumped double clear to finish nineteenth out of the seventy-three competitors.

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Will Simpson wins 4th consecutive Del Mar International Grand Prix CSI-W title
Del Mar Fairgrounds - For an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, Will Simpson riding El Campeon's Ado Annie owned by El Campeon Farms won the $35,000 Del Mar International Grand Prix CSI-W, a World Cup Qualifier, on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Arena.
This was the fourth year for the Del Mar International Grand Prix; which, since its debut, has crowned only one champion: Will Simpson and El Campeon's Ado Annie.
The $35,000 Del Mar International Grand Prix, CSI-W, was the featured event of the Del Mar International Horse Show, which ran from Sept 25 - 28. Other major competitions during the horse show included: the Mary's Tack and Feed $5,000 Double Slalom, won by Guy Thomas riding Play Boy, owned by Carolyn Putney; and the $5,000 Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic (Section II) won by Heather Olson riding Kuroso, owned by Orchard Hill Farm.
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Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
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30th September 2003
Elizabeth, 78, Is The New Cross Country Champion!
Seventy-eight years old grandmother Elizabeth Breton was the star of the South Essex Insurance Brokers/British Horse Society Cross Country Championships this year.
Elizabeth, from Cirencester, won the novice section of the competition riding Rolo. Second was Chris Howle from Staffordshire on Seamus, and third, Rebekah Bartley and Wild Rose II from Northampton.
The open class went to 44-years-old Sue Coffin from St. Austell, Cornwall, and the Appaloosa Spot On who two years ago came from Ireland so unruly that he broke her ribs! Runner up was Terry Ponton and Bayside Boy, who had journeyed from Kent, with Emma Lloyd and Mister Damask from Denbighshire third.
The championship, held at Highworth, Wiltshire, drew competitors from 54 qualifying events nationwide.
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Skelton Makes History As Speed Jumping Springs Into Life At Ascot
Nick Skelton, the 7/2 joint second favourite, made history at Ascot Racecourse yesterday, winning the Ladbrokes Speed Jumping Challenge - the world’s first ever Speed Jumping event.
In a dramatic final Skelton, riding Pandur, crossed the finish line second behind 20/1 shot Duncan Inglis on Lavaletto, but took the inaugural Ladbrokes Speed Jumping Challenge trophy by virtue of the fact that he successfully negotiated the course without knocking down a single fence. Inglis, meanwhile, lowered three.
One of the architects behind the concept of Speed Jumping, Skelton boasted the remarkable record of being the only rider on the day to get through all three races without knocking down a fence. He was rewarded for his historic victory with a cheque for £6,000 whilst Inglis collected £4,000 for taking the runner-up spot. Mark Armstrong on Rex and Geoff Billington on Timbuctoo finished third and fourth respectively.
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FEI Eventing World Cup News
The Final of the first season of the FEI Eventing World Cup will take place from 24 through 26 October 2003 in Pau (FRA). The competition will be held at the "Domaine de Sers", France's second training centre for race horses and venue of the 2001 European Eventing Championship. Similarly to the qualifiers, it will be organised as a three-star CIC.
A CIC** will also take place from 22 to 26 October.
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Cross Country International Announces New Training Vacation with Olympic Show Jumping Star Greg Best
Millbrook, New York—September 29, 2003—Greg Best, who rode to Olympic glory in 1988, winning two Silver Medals aboard his superstar horse, Gem Twist, is the host and instructor of an exciting new riding and training program being offered by Cross Country International at Best’s equestrian center in New Zealand.
The week-long program welcomes riders of all levels, from novice riders up to Olympic hopefuls. "Since riders stay at my home, near the horses, most people will find that they can make a lot of progress in a week,” said Best who won numerous Grand Prix and championship titles when he lived in the U.S. “Away from their normal pressures, people can immerse themselves in their riding in a more relaxed way. Riders will learn riding "kiwi style." New Zealand has the ideal climate and terrain for horses and riders both. I definitely believe that New Zealand horses are some of the best in the world and I invite everyone to come and see for themselves."
The program features five days of lessons and other activities that will culminate with the chance for some to compete in a local horse show with Best as coach and trainer. Wine tastings at some of New Zealand's best local wineries and an optional hot air balloon ride over the beautiful and sparsely populated rolling hills of New Zealand's north island will add to the Kiwi experience.
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USA Equestrian
Team Independance Captures The Gold At Junior Dressage Team Championship
The 2003 USAE Junior Dressage Team Championship was held at the CDI***/Y Dressage at Devon, September 23 – 28, in Devon, Pennsylvania. Sponsored this year by Jeff & Shereen Fuqua’s Collecting Gaits Farm in Alpharetta, Georgia, this Championship showcased the top Junior dressage riders from across the country and was recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as an official USA Junior Olympic - Equestrian Event.
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Productions East Video To Present Live Webcasts of National Horse Show Competition
Saratoga Springs, NY—September 29, 2003—Jon Cromer of Productions East Video in association with will present live webcasts of National Horse Show competition from Wellington, FL. With Internet broadcasting, people around the world will be able to access live coverage of the nation’s most respected year-end horse show from anywhere where they can log on to a computer.
Productions East Video will supply with live footage from both the International and deNemethy arenas at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club during the National Horse Show, November 26-30. Viewers will be able to watch the competition as it happens. For just $25 per day, or $100 for the entire National Horse Show, people can access coverage of National Horse Show competition, plus have access to the event in the site’s archives for an additional month.
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Leddy Third In Zagreb Grand Prix
AN AMATEUR rider just a few seasons ago, Dun Laoghaire's Glen Leddy has justified his selection as an international rider at Zagreb, Croatia, this week.
The best of the Irish in today's (Sunday) Grand Prix at the Croatian four-star event, Leddy travelled as an individual rider, and so did not share in the glory of Friday's second place by the rookie Irish team in the Nations Cup competition. His third place in the Zagreb Grand Prix on Michael Leddy's horse <Gold Fingers> , however, established that the relatively inexperienced Irish squad were firing on all cylinders.
Dave Quigley, riding <Ashdale's Futuro> came fractions of a second behind Leddy to take fourth today in the Grand Prix, while Nations Cup star Ryan Crumley, from Derry, brought his horse <Baltimore> into sixth.
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USET Presents 2004 USET Open Reining Championship Qualifying Schedule
GLADSTONE, NEW JERSEY—September 29, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced the qualifying schedule for the 2004 USET Open Reining Championship featuring the country’s top Reining horses and riders.
The first qualifying class on the schedule is at the prestigious All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, OH on October 10, 2003. The Congress is one of the biggest equestrian events in the world with over 500,000 people attending each year.
The other five classes will take place throughout the 2004 season at various important Reining Horse Shows such as the National Western Stock Show, the Florida Reining Horse Classic, the Scottsdale Reining Horse Classic, the Gordyville Breeders Cup and the National Reining Breeders Classic.
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Bob Jeffreys Partnership Training for Horse & Rider Clinics 2003-2004 Schedule
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Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
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29th September 2003
The Clydesdale Horse
The primary purpose of this breed was literally as a farm workhorse - true horse power prior to mechanisation. From the early days the reputation of the horse grew considerably and the horse fairs held over several days in the Lanarkshire area attracted buyers from far and wide looking for draught horses to fulfil a variety of roles in the haulage field. In these mechanised days the Clydesdale horse is taking on a variety of new roles
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Backstage At Badminton – 2003 highlights now on-line
Video excerpts from “Backstage At Badminton 2003: Triumph Over Adversity” are now available on the SportsQuest International web site:
The clips are presented in Apple Computer, Inc.’s popular QuickTime multimedia format.
“Backstage At Badminton 2003: Triumph Over Adversity” is currently airing nationally on HorseTV. The 36-minute program documents the triumphs and major disappointments of the 2003 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials; described by its principal organizer as being “the driest and wettest (event) all put together”.
The program includes a retrospective evaluation of the 2003 cross-country course by Hugh Thomas, Director (and course designer) of the Badminton Horse Trials.
The presentation also includes interviews with FEI Technical Delegate Roger Haller (USA); journalist Lynne Hutchinson (Bristol Evening Post); Badminton Press Officer Julian Seaman, author John Lloyd and representatives of this year’s designated charity, The British Red Cross.
Topics of particular interest to eventing enthusiasts include a review of the challenges faced by organizers of the 2003 Badminton event and the likely impact of the new Olympic eventing format. Candid comments from 2002 and 2003 Badminton Champion Pippa Funnell round out the informative and entertaining program.
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Hanley Finishes Fifth In Lanaken Six Yr Old Class Final
MAYO'S Cameron Hanley was best of the Irish in today's (Sunday) 6 yr-old Final at Lanaken, with a fifth place on <Coco> a Paul Schockemohle bay gelding. Hanley managed a clear in the first round but had a single mistake in the second to earn him four faults.
Though leading the field of 133 horses going into today's Final at Lanaken, Cian O'Connor and the Irish-bred mare <Echo Beach> were unfortunate enough to lower two poles in the second round of the competition, and had to make do with a tenth place.
O'Connor was fastest of the 35-strong field in both rounds, but the last two fences down in the second round cost him dearly.
The class was won by Holland's Mathijs Van Asten on <Cobra>.
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Show Jumping Results: FEI World Breeding Championships For Young Horses Lanaken Belgium 25-28 September
5 Year Old Horses - Final - Prijs Bitburger
International Jumping Competition - FINAL
3) QUINTO 17; Manuel Fernandez SARO (ESP)
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28th September 2003
Finding The Right Riding Instructor
WAVERLY, WV Finding the right instructor is essential if a rider wants positive, satisfying, and safe equestrian experiences. The "best" riding instructor may be a very different person for different riders. It is an adult student's responsibility to choose an instructor that suits her current level of ability and her goals.
Choosing a riding instructor is as personal a decision as choosing your doctor.
The first step is clearly defining your objective.
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A "Systems" Look At Therapeutic Riding Center Operation
Here's the scenario:
"I currently work for a not-for-profit therapeutic riding center as a certified instructor and director. The center is struggling badly, and the board is ineffective. Lately they have been saying they are thinking about closing the program down. They have not been able to pay me for quite some time, although I continue to do lessons several days a week. I have been working with a grant writer for about six months, have submitted seven proposals for the non-profit, and have been denied funding for all of them. I own all the program horses and lease them to the non-profit. I also own all the tack and equipment, and virtually run the program myself doing the
fundraising, marketing, public speaking, etc. The support they provide is really the use of the center's name and accreditation.

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O'Connor Moves Into Lead In Lanaken Six Yr Old Class
AFTER two days of competition, the Irish sport horse <Echo Beach> ridden by Cian O'Connor, has moved up to Leading Horse ranking before Sunday's final in the 6 yr -old class at the World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Lanaken, Belgium.
A third place today (Friday) coupled with a fourth yesterday puts <Echo Beach> ahead of the international field of 133 horses competing for the top prize in this class. The horse is out of Clover Echo by Cavalier Royale.
Seventh in today's class was another Irish sport horse, <Cnoc Na Seimre> ridden by Ireland's Capt. Gerry Flynn.
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Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Mauren, Liechtenstein September 25-28, 2003
Class No. 4 Preis der First Advisory Group, Vaduz
International Competition for Young Horses 1m30 with Jump Off
1) Jessica Kurten (IRL ) Dakar
=2) Henk van de Pol (NED) O.Cor d'Emilion
=2) Piet Raymakers (NED) Van Schijndel's Optical
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