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News Headlines 25th October 2003
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Thrills, But No Spills, Scheduled For The Odyssey Arena
There’s some nail-biting, edge-of-the-seat thrills in store for audiences at the Belfast Indoor International Horse Show - and will all be the fault of the Naprous family.
Gerard, Daniel and Camilla will be presenting The Devil’s Horsemen, a good-v-evil love story with Latin dancing but all focused around thrilling and dazzling stunt riding. The act has been especially choreographed for the Belfast show, which opens a four-day run at the Odyssey Arena on November 27.
Daniel, who’se first work with movies was at the age of 11, is currently working on location with Brad Pitt and Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom in the making of 'Troy', while all three Naprous family members were involved in the stunt work for Tomb Raider II.
Another act on the programme likely to develop into a talking point is The Flying Frenchmen, who seem to be able to jump anything within reason and have been billed as human horses!
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The British Horse Society British Horse Society poster advises 'Be Seen - Be Safe'
The British Horse Society (BHS) is re-launching its 'Be Seen - Be Safe' campaign with a poster that can be downloaded from its website, encouraging horse riders and carriage drivers to wear Hi-Viz gear when out on the roads. Wearing Hi-Viz gear, luminous and fluorescent, can give vehicle drivers a valuable extra three seconds 'reaction time' that could save the lives of riders, carriage drivers, and their horses*.
The A4 sized poster, available on the BHS website (, can be downloaded and displayed in local shops, tack rooms, feed merchants, riding schools and livery yards and will provide tips on safer riding including the wearing of Hi-Viz gear.
The majority of horse owners work full-time to be able to afford their animals and so have to exercise them either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. With autumn bringing shorter days this means riding out in the half-light and riding a dark coloured horse in dark coloured clothing is courting disaster.
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O'Brien Takes Second At Oslo Accumulator
BRITAIN'S Robert Smith robbed Ireland's Lt. David O'Brien of the top spot at tonight's (Friday) Accumulator competition at Oslo, Norway.
Leading most of the way through with a time of 43.94 seconds, O'Brien, riding the nine yr-old Clover Hill mare <Lismore Clover>, watched in dismay as the English rider, who was last man in, beat him with a time of 43.94 on <Kalusha>.
However, O'Brien finished in a respectable ninth place in today's World Cup Qualifier, a class also won by Smith.
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United States Leads Pan American Eventing Championship at Fair Hill International
Fair Hill, MD—October 24, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) took the early lead in the Pan American Eventing Championship at the 2003 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country. World-class riders and drivers are competing in a variety of equestrian events at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Area in Fair Hill, MD, October 23-26.
The four-rider U.S. team scored 170.0 in dressage to stand first ahead of Canada, who scored 186.2, and Brazil who is third with a score of 196.2. Individually, U.S. rider Darren Chiacchia of Springville, NY leads with a score of 43.60 on Windfall 2. He is followed by Tim Collins of Bermuda who received a score of 44.40 on Delton Magna and by Nathalie Bouckaert of Chatsworth, GA who scored 47.0 on West Farthing.
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USA Equestrian

USA Equestrian Accepting Bids To Host Junior Hunter Championships
USA Equestrian is now accepting bids to host the 2004 East and West Coast National Junior Hunter Championships.
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USA Equestrian

2004 U.S. Equestrian Rule Book Available On Federation Website
The 2004 U.S. Equestrian Rule Book is now available on the Federation website at Please note that the 2004 U.S. Equestrian Rule Book is in effect for competitions with a start date on or after December 1, 2003. For competitions with a start date prior to December 1, please refer to the 2003 Rule Book, also available on the website.
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Show Jumping Results: CSI*** Caen France 24-26 October 2003
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News Headlines 24th October 2003
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Belfast Audiences To See The Magic Of Pignon And His Horses
Jean-Francois Pignon. It’s a name to conjure with. For people fascinated by horsemanship. For anyone interested in a magical, almost unbelievable relationship between man and horses.
This 34-years-old Frenchman has dazzled and astounded audiences the world over with his displays and the bond and trust he has built with the horses that make up his life. And it all began with a filly saved from the slaughterer.
Now he’s coming on his first visit to Ireland. Jean-Francois will star at every performance during the four days of the Belfast Indoor International Horse Show in association with Envirocare which opens at the Odyssey Arena on November 27.
His displays are built on a unique trust. His horses run free - no reins, no saddles, no bridles. Just a bond so strong they will do almost anything he asks.
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British top ten to join rest of the world at favourite Christmas horse show
Britain’s top ten show jumpers* have been invited to jump at one of the world’s most popular horse shows and the UK’s favourite Christmas venue, Olympia International Show Jumping Championships, London 18th-22nd December 2003.
The No. 1 family in British show jumping, the Whitakers, will make up over 30% of the British field with Michael, John and Robert Whitaker all securing invitations. Britain’s official No.1, Robert Smith is on the invitation list along with Andrew Davies, Nick Skelton, Will Funnell, Paul Barker and Keith Shore.
Together with representatives from nearly every European country, as well as the USA and Brazil, they have been invited to compete in front of the 70,000 strong audience in a selection of ten exciting jumping classes, over the five days of the show. The most prestigious and lucrative class is the UK’s only World Cup Qualifier, which this year takes place on Sunday, 21st December. The show offers the biggest prize fund of all the European World Cup Qualifying shows (£234,000) and will be televised by the BBC and Eurosport.
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The British Horse Society British Horse Society presents first ever BHS Safety Good Guy Awards
The British Horse Society is pleased to announce the presentation of its first ever BHS Safety Good Guy Awards, which took place at the BHS Safety Symposium, held in Kenilworth, Warwickshire (4 October).
The awards were presented to Roy Burek of Charles Owen, based at Johnstown near Wrexham, and Helen Kerry, a BHS volunteer from Hesket Newmarket, near Wigton in Cumbria, by BHS chairman Mrs Pat Campbell. BHS head of safety, Sheila Hardy, said, "The BHS wanted to officially recognise the outstanding personal achievements of Roy and Helen in their voluntary work to improve rider safety and so created the first ever BHS Safety Good Guy Awards. We were delighted to make the presentations after our very successful symposium, attended by some 40 delegates who heard excellent talks by a variety of speakers, all leading professionals in their field of safety."
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EQUITANA TV Special this Saturday 25th at 6pm
(Victorian Regional viewers only)

'Watch to Win' an exclusive EQUITANA prize package
The Mane Event 2003 has a real treat in store for our young audience as Saddle Club members Lara Marshall (Lisa), Kia Luby (Kristi), Janelle Corlass Brown (Ashley) and Jessie Jacobs (Melanie) present two of their well- loved hits and a song from their new album 'Forever Friends'. Our special Saddle Club guests will be joined by four girls from the Woodend Pony Club - the oldest just 13 - in a fun filled display of entertainment.
And don't miss MARTINA HANNÖVER'S ONLY AUSTRALIAN APPEARANCE as she performs the intricate and beautiful KUR on Aussie horse, 'Belcam Aarchon'.
Direct from Disneyworld's Arabian Nights show, US 'Equine Extremist' TOMMIE TURVEY JNR., will thrill audiences with his mixture of classical riding, comedy and skilled stunt work.
Other NEW AND EXCITING ACTS, promising a night out you'll never forget include:
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U.S. Equestrian Team Eventing Fall Championship Opens 2003 Fair Hill International
Fair Hill, MD—October 23, 2003—The start of the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Eventing Fall Championship opened the competition at the 2003 Fair Hill International Festival in the Country. World-class riders and drivers are competing in a variety of equestrian events, highlighted by the 2003 Pan American Eventing Championship, at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Area in Fair Hill, MD, October 23-26.
Riders and horses have converged from Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada and Mexico, as well as the United States, to battle for the Pan American Championship that begins on Friday. Meanwhile, many of the United States’ top eventing riders began competition on Thursday, riding in the USET Championship and CCI***.
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STEEPLECHASE Racing Tour to England - Not Many Places Left!
Nov 29th to Dec 7th
Thoroughbred Tours will conduct a exciting Steeplechase Tour to England Nov 29th to Dec.9th The tour will include racing at Folkstone, Plumpton, Lingfield Park and visits to racing stables and training grounds and conclude with 3 days in London and Top class racing at Sandown Park one of the worlds best racecourses with a number of major stakes races including the Winter Hurdle and Tingle Chase which is sure to include a number of Cheltenham Gold Cup contenders. The tour will be led by Gerry Russell who had his first ride over fences at Sandown Park, before coming to the USA where he rode Steeplchasing, and trained many top class horses including Australian owned So Vague who ran in the 1984 KY Derby. Steeplechase Trainer Peter Levendiss will also accompany the tour.
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Palomino Horse Breeders of America Upcoming Events
33rd PHBA Youth World Championship Horse Show, July 8-10,2004, 8:00 am, Tulsa State Fairgrounds, Tulsa, OK
36th PHBAYouth Association National Convention, July 11, 2004, 7:00 am, DoubletreeHotel at Warren Place, 6110 S Yale Ave, Tulsa, OK
18th PHBA World Championship Horse Sale, July 11, 2004,4:00 pm, Tulsa State Fairgrounds, Tulsa, OK

22nd PHBA World Championship Horse Show, July 12-17, 2004,8:00 am Tulsa State Fairgrounds, Tulsa, OK
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Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
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Blood-Horse Circulation Up 7.6%
LEXINGTON, KY - Readership for The Blood-Horse, the Thoroughbred industry's premier magazine for racing and breeding news and information, climbed 7.6% during the 12-month period ending June 30, 2003, according to a report recently released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). ABC is the leading third party auditing organization in the United States. The Blood-Horse now reaches a paid circulation of 23,887 subscribers--an advantage of 4,478 copies (+23.1%) over the 19,409 paid circulation reported by the other Thoroughbred weekly.
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Forthcoming Events At Kill International Equestrian Centre
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23rd October 2003

SCOPE Auction Announces New Bidding Procedure
SCOPE, Ireland's elite auction, is introducing a new bidding procedure to enhance transparency and integrity for the benefit of local and international buyers. SCOPE has agreed this new bidding procedure with every vendor offering foals for sale at the next auction on 4 November.
According to Tom Reed, the managing director of SCOPE, "Every foal owner has agreed the minimum bid for a foal that will be accepted by the auctioneer is euro 3,000 (equivalent to approximately US$3,500 or £2,100). And at euro 3,000 the foal is 'on the market' and available for purchase. This new procedure is designed to be transparent and fair to all parties, and to get foals sold at prices fair to both buyers and sellers."
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Frieze Frame Friesians at The 120th National Horse Show Outdoor Championships - The Baroque Review
Wellington, Florida – October 22, 2003 -- Shaana Pritchard of West Palm Beach, Florida, is a dressage trainer who bases her Frieze Frame Friesians out of the prestigious "Lady Jean Ranch" in Jupiter, Florida. She has specialized in "Sport Horse Friesians" suitable for dressage for many years and is a member of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Freestyle Committee since its inception, as well as on the Board of Directors, as the "Performance Director", of the new "Friesians of America” Breed Registry. Promoting Freestyles, via her exhibitions with the Friesians, and good classical riding is a life long passion for Shaana. Some of her latest Quadrille endeavors that she has developed as Frieze Frame Friesians, have been seen at The 119th National Horse Show in 2002 (to record breaking crowds!), The National Freestyle Championships 2003, and also Dressage @ Devon Sept. 2003, where she had 8 Friesian stallions performing in the dark with only bright lights along the horse's outline.
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USOC Board Approves US Equestrian As NGB For Equestrian Sport
Gladstone, New Jersey and Lexington, Kentucky—October 21, 2003—Setting the stage for a new era for equestrian sport, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Board of Directors gave final approval to a new National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of equestrian.
The new organization, formed through the combination of USA Equestrian and the United States Equestrian Team (USET), is formally called the United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. and will be commonly referred to and marketed as U.S. Equestrian. The final approval of the new NGB came at the USOC Board meeting in Cleveland, OH on October 18 with the USOC Board of Directors overwhelming in their support of the plans for U.S. Equestrian that will provide the focus and management structure for sustained competitive excellence for our athletes and sport. U.S. Equestrian officially commences business on December 1.
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USA Equestrian

Conley and Smith Win Eventing Championships
Sydney Conley, of Benton, LA, riding the 7-year-old mare, RAJA’S DAWN (Thoroughbred: Raja’s Best Boy – Swing Til Dark, by Swing Til Dawn) finished on their dressage score of 51.7 to win the USAE National Amateur Eventing Championship held at the Midsouth Three-Day Event in Lexington, KY, October 16 – 19.

Ashley Smith of Barrington Hills, IL, riding the 12-year-old gelding, HARVEST MOON (Hasty Loom – Moon’s Proner) added 4 show jumping penalties to their dressage score to finish with a total of 52.7 to win the USAE National Junior Eventing Championship, a USA Junior Olympic – Equestrian Event, also held during the Midsouth Three-Day Event.
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South Yorkshire Police Horsewatch
Stolen from Cudworth, near Barnsley, between 19/20 October 2003
ARSON at South Anston, 15th October 2003 where stables were burnt down - no animals were in the stables at the time of the offence.
Stolen from Clifton, Doncaster, between 8/10 October 2003
Stolen from Whiston, Rotherham, between 3rd/4th October 2003
Stolen on the 2 October 2003 from Wheatley, Doncaster
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22nd October 2003
Bright Start For Equus 2004
EQUUS - The Horse Event returns for the fourth year running to ExCeL London on 16 -18 April 2004 with new sponsors and new owners to take Equus forward into a new era.
The new sponsors of the event are IPC Media, publishers of Horse & Hound, Horse and Eventing magazines and the new partnership has been established to attract even more visitors to the Show. Fiona Dent, Publishing Director for the three titles, said "EQUUS is about sharing equestrian knowledge with riders of all abilities and encouraging greater enjoyment of our sport, and so we are delighted to support EQUUS 2004."
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Royal Show Widens Sponsorship Role
Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire: The Royal Show is expanding its unique commercial opportunities following the appointment of a new Sponsorship Manager in response to an expansion of its sponsorship department's remit.
Toby Drought joins organisers of the show, charity The Royal Agricultural Society of England from IPC media and reports directly to Financial Director Helen Tetlow.
Toby Drought says: "The Royal Show equine area has one of the finest collections of horses and ponies in the UK, attracting a large and increasingly knowledgeable audience. As the area continues to grow it has established a premium equine market, creating numerous sponsorship opportunities."
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United States Equestrian Team 2004 Calendar Now Available
Gladstone, New Jersey—October 21, 2003—The official United States Equestrian Team (USET) calendar is now available. This beautiful 12”x12” calendar features action shots of all seven USET disciplines— dressage, eventing, show jumping, driving, endurance, reining and vaulting.
Get yours today! This stunning calendar makes a great Christmas present for the equestrian sports fan in your family.
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Individual and Team success for Irish Eventers
The Weston CCI** event last week, October 9th to 12th was won by the Irish Sport Horse Simply Samuel, ridden for Great Britain by Julie Tew.
Over the same weekend in the Netherlands, the Military Boekelo CCI*** team event was won by Ireland. Two Irish Sport horses formed half of the successful team, Star Dance (ISH) ridden by Susan Shortt and Glencara (ISH) ridden by Louisa Clarke.
In Showjumping, Lt. David O’Brien (IRL) was highly ranked in numerous classes at the Helsinki, Finland CSI W (October 17th- 19th).
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The William Secord Gallery to Host Cocktail Reception for The ASPCA Equine Fund Family Luncheon
Wellington, Florida – October 21, 2003 – The William Secord Gallery will host an invitation-only cocktail reception on Saturday, November 1, 2003, from 6 pm to 8pm in honor of The First Annual ASPCA Equine Fund Family Luncheon. The ASPCA is the acronym for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The William Secord Gallery, located at 52 East 76th Street in New York City, is the only gallery of its kind in North America, specializing in fine, 19th century dog and animal paintings and collectibles.
The timing and location of the cocktail reception is particularly noteworthy in that The William Secord Gallery will then have on display its first exhibition of 19th and early 20th century horse paintings. Included in the exhibition will be works by Henry Alken, John Ferneley, Benjamin Herring Sr., Mabel Hollams, Michael Lyne, Edwin Megargee, Sir Alfred Munnings and Alexander Pope.
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The 120th National Horse Show Returns to Wellington
Wellington, Florida – October 20, 2003 – The National Horse Show, now in its 120th year, will return for the second year in a row to The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida from Wednesday, November 26, through Sunday, November 30, 2003. Considered the most prestigious horse show in the United States, this is only the second time in its century-old history that The National will be held outside of the New York metropolitan area and, more importantly, in an “outdoor” venue.
The National was founded in 1883 by an august group of East Coast businessmen and sportsmen with names such as Vanderbilt and Morgan. Its directors and members formed the basis for Louis Keller’s First Social Register of 1887, and the competition became the unofficial opening of the New York social season.
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Irish Participation In International Equestrian Events
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21st October 2003
SPILLERS survey launched to help understand‘Tying up’ in Event horses – assistance required
SPILLERS® horse feeds’ Director of Science, Dr Pat Harris, in collaboration with The University of Nottingham and with the support of British Eventing, has launched a survey into ‘Tying up’ in Event horses. The survey, involving event yards across the country, aims to uncover exactly how problematic Tying up is in Event horses and to help improve our understanding of the contributing factors in these animals. The ultimate aim is to help improve the advice given on how it may be prevented.
The Equine Rhabdomyolysis Syndrome (ERS), a complicated and debilitating condition, is commonly called Tying up although many names have been used over the years including Azoturia, Exertional Myopathy and Monday Morning Disease. It appears to affect most, if not all, breeds of horse and at almost any age. Further research into the condition is vital in order to improve our understanding of how common it is, what may trigger off an episode and how it can be managed effectively.
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Training And Coaching Specialists Come To Show
Plus your chance to win time in the arena with international equestrian coach, Mary Wanless
If you have a problem with your horse's behaviour, the Southern Equine and Country Fair at the Royal Bath & West Showground, 25 and 26 October, could well have the solution for you and your horse.
Four equine training and coaching organisations will be on hand to provide practical demonstrations and advice to cover most eventualities.
Fizz Coaching Clinic aims to help people become the ride they want to be by removing any negative mental blocks the ride might have and allowing achievement and personal peak performance to flow out.
Equine Perfections has brought conditioned-response training from the United States to the UK. Principals Kate Penn and Alan Meyer are Europe's only John Lyons 'Select' Certified Trainers. Combined, the pair have training and competing experience in eight different disciplines and have worked in seven different countries. They have competed nationally and internationally in many activities, from polo to reining. Kate achieved many Rolex International Dressage wins while resident in Singapore.
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Comprehensive Clipping At Derby House
With the winter fast approaching and coats getting woollier, it will soon be time for the clippers to come out.
Derby House has an extensive range of clippers to suit all purposes and budgets from the Lister Laser Clippers at £55.95 with a high efficiency 170watt motor and a ventilated head to blow hair away from the user to the Mustang Galaxy set at £289.95 which comprises the powerful Mustang full clipper with its 300watt motor and the quiet, mains operated Competitor trimmer which is ideal for use around the face and legs.
As well as the full sets, there is also a good range of separate trimmers for use around the face and legs. Most are designed to be super quite and with minimum vibration to make the task more pleasant more pleasant for both horse and owner.
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Laura Kraut Wins Jack Kelly Fair Play Award
Gladstone, NJ—October 20, 2003—Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI, a member of the 2003 U.S. Pan American Games Show Jumping Team, was named as the recipient of the United States Olympic Committee’s Jack Kelly Fair Play Award. Established in 1985 to honor the late USOC President John B. (Jack) Kelly Jr., the award is presented to an athlete, coach or official for an outstanding act of fair play or sportsmanship displayed during the past year.

Sandra Kelly presented the award that bears the name of her late husband to Kraut during the opening session of the USOC Board of Directors meeting at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. In her introduction of the honoree, Kelly shared Kraut’s recent experience at the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic, where her horse developed a slight injury. Although not serious enough that the animal would fail the veterinary inspection, there was a possibility that its condition could impact the U.S. team’s chances to win the competition. Knowing that the USA needed a top performance in order to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games, Kraut put her team first and stepped aside. Please click here for further details
Safety First With Derby House
As the nights draw in and summer becomes a distant memory, there's never been a better time to stock up on reflective gear.
Derby House provides a comprehensive range of reflective gear to get horse and rider kitted out for safe night riding.
The more bright colours worn by both horse and rider, the more visible they will be so reflective exercise sheets are brilliant especially when teamed up with brushing boots and tail guards with bright reflective strips that will catch in car headlights and maximise visibility.
Other items available for the horse include a bridle kit which contains 5 fluorescent and reflective sleeves to slide conveniently over browbands, cheekstraps and reins, making the horse instantly more visible to vehicles approaching from the front.
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USET Names Team and Individuals for 2003 Pan American Eventing Championship
Gladstone, NJ—October 20, 2003—The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has named the U.S. Team plus Official and Unofficial individual riders 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 of the named riders 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.
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Natasha Sirjusingh and Kentucky IV Win the $10,000 NAL Adult Jumper Finals
Harrisburg, PA—October 18, 2003— Less than two seconds determined the top three places in the last North American League (NAL) event of the 2003 season, the $10,000 NAL Adult Jumper Finals, at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.
The top three riders negotiated the only double clears among the starting field of 29, and Natasha Sirjusingh of Brookville, MD, and Kentucky IV went the fastest, in a time of 28.041 seconds. Second place went to Lousiana, owned and ridden by Lauren Tisbo of Barrington, IL, who was just a tick slower in a time of 28.072. The third spot went to Rochee 7 and Aime Rosenthal of Chagrin Falls, OH, in 29.446 seconds.
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USA Equestrian

Approved Rule Changes Now Available
The USA Equestrian Executive Committee approved rule changes to the 2003 USA Equestrian Rule Book on October 13.
Approved rule changes are located under Rules/Changes on the Federation web site. Additionally, the 2003 Rule Book on the web site has been updated with all rule changes effective to-date. .Please click here for further details

20th October 2003

Federation Equestre Internationale News
FEI World Cup Jumping : The Flying Dutchman Does It In Helsinki
Holland’s Eric Van der Vleuten claimed the first FEI World Cup honours of the 2003/2004 season at Helsinki in Finland today with a superb performance from Audi’s Jikke.
Last to go in the 12-horse jump-off the Dutchman was almost three-hundredths of a second faster than runner-up Helena Weinberg from Germany riding Kasting Horses Gavi while Frenchman Bruno Broucqsault slotted into third with Dileme de Cephe.

Toni Hassmann, winner at the Hartwall Arena in 2001 and again last year, was firm favourite to make it a hat-trick following victory in both Friday’s Pre-Qualifier and Saturday’s Grand Prix with Meurer’s Le Patron but the German rider’s luck ran out when Camirez B made just one mistake in today’s opening round.
Olympic champions Jeroen Dubbeldam and De Sjiem were pathfinders against the clock and set the target when clear in 46.31 seconds but Helena Weinberg immediately shaved almost three seconds off that when, next into the ring, she galloped through the finish with Kasting Horses Gavi in 43.39.
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SCOPE catalogue is now available
The catalogue for the next SCOPE Elite Auction is now available. The catalogue may be downloaded free of charge from the SCOPE homepage at or for euro 5 we will send you a printed catalogue. Payment maybe made by cheque or credit card.
The SCOPE auction on November 4 at the Kill International Equestrian Centre will feature 29 foals and young horses chosen by the SCOPE Selection Committee. All the horses have been born in Ireland and represent outstanding Irish, warmblood, and thoroughbred bloodlines. Among the fantastic young horses on offer is Newmarket Vasco One, the Champion Loose-Jumper at the 2003 Dublin Horse Show.
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Hughes Takes Second In Saint Lo Grand Prix
AFTER an impressive series of places in the French CSI*** at Saint Lo, France this weekend, Irish rider Marion Hughes picked up 6500 Euro for a decisive second place in the Grand Prix today (Sunday).
Riding the ten yr-old <Heritage Fortunus>, Hughes tussled with French stars Larent Goffinet and Florian Angot for the Grand Prix honours, and slotted into second, just over two seconds behind Goffinte, on <Flipper d'Elle>.
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Show Jumping Results: CSI**** Bremen, Germany 16 - 19 October 2003
Last Chance International Speed and Handiness Competition
1) ALLEY ROSE; Hans-Thorben RüDER (GER)
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Show Jumping: CSI*** Saint Lo, France, 17 - 19 October 2003
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19th October 2003
Light as a Feather
The Armadillo Airotec Saddle Pad is already well-known for wicking the sweat away from the horse's back, as well as being incredibly lightweight and shock absorbent.
But designers Justin and Ally Hoon have gone even further, completely re-thinking the design of shock absorbent pads.
Justin Hoon, Director of Armadillo has ridden all his life.
"In our experience, most of the problems that pads created were due to excess sweating which can cause rubbing. The horse's skin is much more sensitive than humans. So our pad literally PUMPS the air and sweat away, keeping the horse cool and comfortable."
Justin continues "We have had some fantastic results. Matt Ryan and Robert Le Mieux will not ride without an Airotec. We are thrilled that our Saddle Pad is used by so many top riders under seriously tough conditions." Please click here for further details
Essential Worming Diary Up For Grabs In A Store Near You
To help raise awareness of the importance of worming at key times of the year, pioneering animal health company Intervet is running an in-store promotion offering a free 2004 Panacur Equine Guard diary with the purchase of two bottles of the wormer.
The diary features a copy of the company's 3 year worming plan on the inside front cover, which is designed to make parasite control easier for the horse owner. Reinforcing the point that no one wormer will answer every parasite control need, the 3 year worming plan gives a month-by-month and year-by-year guide to which wormer to use through the winter months and which wormer to choose for the summer grazing season. It is based on Intervet's three worming brands - Panacur, Pyratape P and Vectin - and gives easy to remember dates when horses should be wormed.
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Say NO to Live Exports - Next Stage of Campaign
Tim Stockdale, international show jumper, is to add his name to the growing list of top riders who are endorsing the ILPH Say NO to Live Exports Campaign.
Tim will launch the start of the ILPH hard copy petition at the British Equine Event due to be held at Stoneleigh over the weekend of 1st and 2nd November.
Tim says, "Every horse and pony should be put down in its own country. It's wrong that any of them, whether in mainland Europe or the UK, should have to travel to a foreign abattoir hundreds, possibly thousands, of miles away.
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Exciting new product for the responsible horseowner.
When it comes to organization, they aren't just horsin' around!
Courtice, Ontario, CANADA. - HorseMinder, a Five Year Record Book was introduced on September 13, 2003 at the Annual Fall Market of the Canadian Equestrian Equipment and Apparel Association.
Produced by and designed by horse owners for horse owners, HorseMinder provides a safe, secure everything-in-one-place record book.
HorseMinder is perfect for both the beginner and experienced horse owners. It is a personal organizer, record book and memory keepsake all in one. HorseMinder provides specific and easy to complete forms and spreadsheets for recording all important and critical information about the horse including pedigree, insurance and ownership history as well as association membership(s) for the owner/rider. With formatted charts and spreadsheets, it is easy to keep track of feeding schedules and related costs; innoculations and vet visits; farrier visits; worming and health issues; health checks and conditioning logs; results from shows, competitions,
riding logs, etc.; breeding; and expenses.
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Show Jumping - O'Brien Shares Puissance Win At Helsinki
WITHIN an hour of winning the 1m40 competition at Helsinki tonight (Saturday), Ireland's Lt. David O'Brien repeated the magic by sharing first place in the Puissance competition, setting a new Helsinki Horse Show record of 2m18.
O'Brien steered the veteran 12 yr-old Cruising mare <Cruise Hill> through three faultless jump-offs before agreeing to share the prize with Denmark's Michael Aabo when the height record had been broken.
Lt. O'Brien will ride the Clover Hill stallion <Boherdeal Clover> in tomorrow's (Sunday) World Cup Class at Helsinki.
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McLain Ward Wins the $25,000 NAL Open Jumper Speed Final for the Third Consecutive Year
Harrisburg, PA—October 17, 2003—McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, received a terrific present for his 28th birthday when he won the $25,000 North American League Open Jumper Speed Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.
Ward became the first rider to capture the title three consecutive times with a blistering clear round in a time of 56.337 riding Labelle, owned by Sarah Willeman and Turnabout Farm. Second place went to Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ, riding her 8-year-old mare Sprite, to a clear round in a time of 59.555. Kimberly Frey took third also going clear on River, owned by Overlook Farm, Inc, in a time of 63.831.
Out of field of 19, only four riders were able to negotiate a clear round due to some tricky parts on the course.
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Show Jumping - O'Brien Wins At Helsinki
IN freezing temperatures in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, Ireland's sole rider, Lt. David O'Brien, took victory tonight (Saturday) in the 1m40 competition, seeing off strong competition from German ace Franke Sloothaak and France's Michel Hecart.
Riding the nine yr-old Clover Hill mare <Lismore Clover>, O'Brien had almost two seconds in hand over Sloothaak, on the eight yr-old gelding <Sundance K>.
O'Brien has three horses at Helsinki, and earlier this week took a second place in the Helsinki 1m40 Trophy competition, also riding <Lismore Clover>. Later tonight he will ride the Cruising mare, <Cruise Hill>, in the Helsinki Puissance.
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Coatails Takes Top Honors in the $10,000 NAL Adult Hunter Finals
Harrisburg, PA—October 17, 2003—Coatails, owned by Stephanie Ingram and ridden by Pamela Vance of Amenia, NY, impressively captured the $10,000 North American League (NAL) Adult Hunter Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. The pair received the top score in both rounds to easily win the class with an overall score of 171. Silver Rhythm owned and ridden by Michelle Woodall of Gum Spring, VA, finished second with a score of 162 and Rumors Fly owned by Tammy Smith and ridden by Melissa Feller finished third scoring 160.
“He is such a special, kind and gentle horse,” said Vance about the 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood. “He is as good as it gets, I adore him and he’s not even my horse.”
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