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World Cup show jumping at the Thomas & Mack Center
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FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals to Return to Las Vegas in 2007

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and Las Vegas Events, Inc. (LVE) jointly announced that the FEI World Cup Finals in both show jumping and dressage will return to the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, April 18-22, 2007. This will mark the fourth time that Las Vegas hosts the FEI World Cup Finals and the second time ever, following the initial time in Las Vegas in 2005, that the world’s premier annual championships in the two Olympic equestrian disciplines are held concurrently.

“The FEI World Cup Finals were an incredible success for the destination,” said Pat Christenson, President of Las Vegas Events. “The combination of show jumping and dressage proved to be captivating for American fans, as well as for those from around the globe. We eagerly anticipate the return of the Finals to Las Vegas in 2007, and our goal will be to surpass the success that we enjoyed in 2005.”

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Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series Kicks Off 2006 Season

The 2006 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is officially underway. It will see classes at nearly 100 horse shows across the country before culminating in year-end championships at the National Horse Show in Wellington, FL, in December.

The Series hosts separate divisions for junior and amateur owner riders in two conferences—the East and West Conferences. Series standings are used to help determine the entries for the National Horse Show.

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Judges and Training Symposium Features Steffen Peters and Janet Brown Foy

The judges and trainers symposium, featuring Steffen Peters and Janet Brown Foy, has attracted excellent demo riders and horses. The seminar is scheduled April 8-9, 2006, at Penrose Norris Equestrian Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

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ASHA Director Nancy Boone Named Liaison to the Charter Club Council

American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) President Fred Sarver has named ASHA Director Nancy Boone of Concord, NC, the liaison from the Board of Directors to the newly formed Charter Club Council.

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Klaus Balkenhol, U.S. Dressage Team Chef d’Equipe, Offers Training Package Auction as Fundraiser for the USET Foundation

The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation has announced that U.S. Dressage Team Chef d’Equipe Klaus Balkenhol has offered a training package to be auctioned as a fundraiser to benefit the Foundation. The Klaus Balkenhol Training Package includes one month of daily training with Coach Balkenhol at his facility in Coesfeld, Germany; one month’s board for the rider’s horse; and one month’s accommodations in the private home of David and Arlene Page in Germany. The rider with the winning bid for the Klaus Balkenhol Training Package will have the opportunity to schedule his or her month’s daily training in October or November 2006, or May 2007.

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Second Annual Palms Classic Horse Show CSI-W Benefit Casa de Amparo Offers More Prize Money, Added Classes, a Sport Horse Sale and Dog Agility

Coming to the Del Mar Fairgrounds Equestrian Center on March 22-26, 2006, is the Second Annual Palms Classic Horse Show Benefit Casa de Amparo and World Cup qualifier grand prix with increased prize money, added pony and hunter classes, a select Equisales International Sport Horse Sale and the First Annual $1,000 Dog Agility Speed Challenge presented by Mary’s Tack & Feed.

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Cross Country International Offers Package Deals for the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany

See the world's best horses and riders firsthand at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Aachen, Germany, August 20-September 3. Cross Country International, the world's largest provider of equestrian vacations, is offering exclusive dressage and show jumping packages and has arranged everything to make your trip easy, fabulous and fun. Plus, USEF members get $500 off.

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Show Jumping Course Design Session to be Held at Galway Downs

Whether you’re an up-and-coming designer, official, organizer or a rider looking to improve your performance over the colored poles, a silent auditing seminar March 30-April 1 at Galway Downs in Temecula, CA, will offer a chance to better understand the philosophies used by top FEI and Rolex Kentucky CCI**** show jumping designer Richard Jeffery. Jeffery will discuss the theories and techniques behind effective show jumping course design, using the Galway courses throughout his presentations. This is a paid clinic for professional and potential course designers, but a limited number of silent auditors will be permitted at no charge to attend the classroom sessions, Thursday afternoon (covering general theory and overview of course design) and Friday morning (overview of distances, and discussion of course designs submitted by paid clinic attendees). If you are participating as a paid participant, please bring your course designs for discussion purposes.

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Ferrell Negotiates Late Entry Victory at 2006 AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular

“Wow, this feels really good. I think I am still in shock,” said a proud Sandy Ferrell of Bernville, PA, after negotiating Sarah Chovnick’s Late Entry to win the 2006 AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, on Saturday evening, February 18. A record crowd witnessed the 38-year-old professional negotiate the seven-year-old bay Hanoverian gelding to their first Hunter Classic victory. Started in 1997, the Hunter Classic was celebrating its 10th anniversary..

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Gulf Coast Winter Series Week Three Wrap-Up

Despite being the final week of this year’s Gulf Coast Winter Series the heated competition continued to burn strong heading into the Lucky Seven’s Welcome presented by The Exchange, and it was Bella Diamond’s time to shine. Sean Steffee of Carencro, LA, rode to victory for owner Karen Cobb.

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Asheville Continues Tradition with Show in May

The 23rd Annual Asheville Lions Club Horse Show will be held May 17-20 and will include a large schedule of classes, including the American Saddlebred, Roadster horses and ponies, saddle seat equitation, Hackney Ponies and Academy divisions. A panel of Renee Lavery, James Nichols and James Taylor will mark the cards in the performance classes, and a judge to be named will tie the Academy classes. The show will also feature a couple of classes for Friesians. The prize list for this show will be mailed by March 10.

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Queen City Classic Returns with $100,000 Hunter Classic

The Queen City Classic returns to the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, April 5-9, 2006. The USEF AA-rated event will feature the only $100,000 Hunter Classic in the country. Originally planned to be a two-week event this year, the second week featuring a Jumper Classic has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.

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March 2, 2006