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USEF Calls for Bids for the 2006 North American Young Riders Championship

by Sarah Lane | Nov 5, 2004, 2:26 PM EST

Lexington, KY —The United States Equestrian Federation requests interested organizers to submit a bid to host the 2006 North American Young Riders Championship to the Federation no later than January 1, 2005. Bid documents may be obtained by calling Lynn McCoy at 859-225-2020 or by e-mail at [email protected].

FEI Veterinary Committee News on Drug Testing Issues

by severs | Nov 4, 2004, 2:22 PM EST

Update on Testing Issues Recently our Medication Control Programme has reported several cases of tests in which low concentrations of sedatives were found in competition horses. In this respect, the following substances have been detected: Acepromazine, Detomidine, Reserpine, Fluphenazine and Guanabenz. These substances are being used in low dosages to improve the manageability of ‘hot’ horses and are therefore regarded as serious attempts to influence the performance of the horse...

Competitors Earning Their Way to the First FEI World Reining Masters Finals

by By Carol Trimmer, NRHA | Nov 4, 2004, 11:28 AM EST

With Javier Alvarez Malo's win aboard Hot Little Line at the CRI-Catagory B reining event held in Mexico, the competitors for the FEI World Reining Masters Finals are falling into line.The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to host the first-ever $100,000 FEI World Reining Masters Finals, presented by NetJets, a provider of fractional aircraft ownership. The Classic S Ranch, NRHA, American Quarter Horse Association and the Reining Horse Sports Foundation have also joined forces...

Park Avenue Team Wins Dressage Night’s Continental Cup

by By Mary Hilton | Nov 4, 2004, 11:27 AM EST

Prior to the $25,000 Open Jumper, the evening session opened with the second annual Dressage Night, featuring the Continental Cup--a team Musical Freestyle competition. Riders at Grand Prix, Intermediaire I and First Level made up each of three teams. The riders on the Park Avenue Team won the Gold medal with a total score of 239. The team consisted of Cynthia Payne of Jupiter, FL, aboard Laredo, with a score of 81% in the Grand Prix; Gabriel Armando of Argentina who resides in Flemington, NJ,...

Joie Gatlin And SunCal’s King Win $25,000 Open Jumper At Metropolitan National Horse Show

by By Mary Hilton | Nov 4, 2004, 11:18 AM EST

Flashpoint Photography (Joie Gatlin and SunCal''s King) Joie Gatlin of San Juan Capistrano, CA, riding SunCal’s King, owned by Canyon Capital Insurance, won the $25,000 Open Jumper at the evening session of the Metropolitan National Horse Show Wednesday night in New York City. Gatlin topped a roster of 12 horses and earned $7,500. The Table II.2b class required riders to clear the Linda Allen-designed course of 11 jumps in order to move on immediately to the eight-obstacle jump-off. Six...

FEI Veterinary Committee News on Salicylates

by From the Federation Equestre Internationale Bulletin | Nov 4, 2004, 2:19 AM EST

Reminder: Salicylates (Aspirin) The 2004 FEI General Assembly agreed to change the threshold for salicylates in line with the proposals submitted by the Veterinary Committee. The previous thresholds for salicylates were 750 ug/ml in urine and 6.5 ug/ml in plasma. Experiences in testing have indicated that abuse of salicylates was possible by administration of low doses without exceeding the threshold. An extensive study on 650 samples for the salicylate content and a subsequent bio-statistical...

Strong Field Battles for World Cup Qualifier Rankings at Washington International $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix

by Sarah Lane | Nov 4, 2004, 1:00 AM EST

Washington DC —United States Equestrian Federation rider and 2004 Olympic Team Silver medalist McLain Ward adds 20 World Cup qualifying points to his standing in the East Coast League, after a first place finish atop Goldika 559 at the $100,000 Washington International President’s Cup in Washington DC on October 30. One of three horse and rider pairs to finish with double clean rounds, Ward and Goldika 559 (Bay Holsteiner mare; Cor de la Bryere—Zelena II; Double H Farm) kept...

Retired Olympic Horse Flim Flam Euthanized Following Complications

by Sarah Lane | Nov 1, 2004, 3:21 AM EST

Wellington, FL —The retired Olympic horse Flim Flam passed away in Florida last week, following a brief, but irreparable illness. The 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding, owned by Fritz Kundrun and ridden by Sue Blinks, was humanely euthanized on the operating table after discovery of a ruptured stomach on Thursday, October 28, 2004. Flim Flam was only ill for a few hours and seemingly experienced very little pain. “Flim was the horse of a lifetime for me,” Blinks said. “I am...

Discount Feed for Your Equine Friends…It’s No Load of Hay

by By Sarah Lane | Oct 28, 2004, 9:51 AM EST

When you consider the benefits, your membership with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) more than pays for itself. It’s that simple. And adding to the show ring safety, fair play, ethical standards and regulated judging USEF already provides, there’s a more tangible show-me-the-money kind of benefit many members are only beginning to learn about. That benefit is the USEF purchasing program, and it entitles USEF members to discounted prices on everything from tractors, trucks and...

Metropolitan National Horse Show Schedule Features Day And Evening Performances

by By Mary Hilton | Oct 28, 2004, 9:05 AM EST

The time schedule for more than 80 hunter and jumper competitions at the upcoming Metropolitan National Horse Show features daytime and evening performances from November 3-7, 2004, at Pier 94 and the Show Piers on the Hudson in New York City. On November 7, there is a daytime performance only, which features the centerpiece of the show – the 2004 ASPCA Maclay Finals. The show kicks off on Wednesday, November 3, at 8 a.m. with a day of all hunter classes featuring the Green and Regular Hunter...