Saturday, December 25, 2004

New Zealand - Equestrian: Desert raiders

26.12.04
by PAUL LEWIS

There was a movie this year, Hidalgo, which told the story of a man and his horse competing in the centuries-old long-distance horse race, the Ocean of Fire, an epic contest across burning Arabian sands in 1890 with both horses and riders at risk. This was a 3000-mile survival race for a prize of riches.

Now cut to present-day Owhango, near Taumaranui, a 20-year-old farmer, Mark Tylee, and his horse Jamahl. Like Hidalgo's supposed true-life hero, Frank T. Hopkins (played by Viggo Mortensen of The Lord of the Rings fame), Tylee is an accomplished rider.

He speaks with the simplicity and sincerity of a New Zealand farmer - not unlike the "howdy all, don't hurt my horse" style of the iron-jawed Hopkins in the movie. And Tylee and Jamahl will take on the world's best as part of a New Zealand endurance riding team in a gruelling world championship in the heat of the United Arab Emirates deserts on January 27.

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Ovando horse, rider suffer setback while training in Florida

By DARYL GADBOW of the Missoulian

Ovando rancher Suzanne Hayes and Quincy, her palomino gelding, have had a setback while training in Florida for the World Endurance Championship horse race scheduled for Jan. 27 in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates.

Hayes and Quincy - whose official name is actually Tezero's Gold - traveled to Florida in late November as part of the nine horse/rider United States team training for the grueling 100-mile race in the Dubai desert.

Six of the teams will be selected to represent the United States in the race. Three teams will be alternates. Hayes and Quincy went into training in Florida ranked among the top six horse/rider tandems.


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Stories of love line champion rider's trail

Published: December 24, 2004

By Dallas Finn

The Bulletin

If it hadn't been for falling in love with Ronald Sproat, the man who would become her husband, Carol Giles wouldn't have met Stranger, a bay Arabian gelding.

If it hadn't been for Giles' lifelong love of horses, Stranger might have ended up at the slaughterhouse.

And if it hadn't been for the healing love she showered on Stranger, the Prineville duo might not be headed next month to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

Giles, 48, and Stranger, 12, leave Jan. 15 for Dubai, where they'll compete as members of the United States Endurance Equestrian Team in the 100-mile World Cup Endurance Championships, to be held Jan. 26-27.


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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

FEI WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP, DUBAI (UAE), 26 ? 27 JANUARY 2005



FEI WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP, DUBAI (UAE), 26 ? 27 JANUARY 2005

The Organising Committee of the World Endurance Championships, which are
taking place next month in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, have confirmed
that they have received definite entries for 188 horses from 41 nations.

The horses are all due to start arriving in Dubai around 8 January allowing
them time to acclimatise ahead of the competition which takes place on 26
and 27 January 2005.

At the final trial, which took place in Dubai last weekend held at the state
of the art purpose built ? complete with a five-star hotel ? Dubai Endurance
Village, the Organising Committee and the FEI confirmed that everything had
worked perfectly.

The Village now looks forward to welcoming the expected 800 riders, crew
members, team vets, team farriers, team doctors, horse owners and officials
who will take part in what is likely to be the biggest Equestrian World
Championship ever.

Full details of the riders and horses taking part will be published on the
FEI web site in early January after the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Media representative wishing to cover the event, should get in touch with
the respective National Federations, which all the relevant information for
the press has been sent to.


Monday, December 20, 2004

World Endurance Championship: French squad





World Endurance Championship: France announces squad members -

Barbara Lissarague.....Georgat
Emile Lambert...........Gourbi
Simon Bellot..............Douar
Raphael Muller..........Al Koum
Philippe Tomas..........Electra
Sunny Demedy...........Haoussa Larzac

Chef d'équipe : Pierre Cazes

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News from http://www.endurance-belgium.com/ :

Pierre Cazes présente sa meilleure équipe de chevaux en pleine force de l'age. La France a investi beaucoup de temps dans la préparation de son équipe, avec deux voyages de reconnaissance sur place et la mise en place d'une structure d'accueil et de support de son équipe sur place.
On ne retrouve dans cette équipe que des gagnants : Georgat (Montcuq), Gourbi(La Baule), Douar(Florac), Electra(Compiègne), Al Koum(Rambouillet), Haoussa Larzac(Bonifacio).
Tous les cavaliers ainsi que le chef d'équipe voyageront avec les chevaux et seront à pied d'oeuvre dès le début de l'acclimatationd es chevaux le 9 janvier à Dubai.
Pierre Cazes enters his best selected team, with horses who all won at least one race in France. France invested a lot of time in preparing the event : two trips in Dubai, the set up of a task force staffed with french expatriates...
The horses : Georgat (mare, winner of Montcuq 2x100); Gourbi (gelding, winner of La Baule 160 and Compiegne 148), Douar (gelding, winner of Florac); Electra (mare, winner of Compiègne 120 and topten at Newmarket 160), Al Koum (winner Rambouillet 130 and 3rd at Newmarket 160), Haoussa Larzac (bronze at Punchestown and winner at Bonifacio 140)

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Canada: World Endurance Championship squad



Canadian Squad

Myna Cryderman Night Skye
Daphne Richard Cuchulain
Yvette Vinton JS Sedona Sun
Karen Badger What A Breeze
Lana Halisheff XE Dream Catcher

Chef d'Equipe: Monika Smith
Team Vet: Dr. James Carmalt

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Malasia: Preliminary WEC squad selection







HRH Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin........Iskhan De Muzet
Dato Kamaruddin Abdul Ghani...........Bara Park Bastien
Zulkifli Saari..........................................Taktik
Mohd Izry Razali...................................Sayyeda
Dr Nik Isahak Wan Abdullah................Miss Gedebe
Rahmat Azman.......................................Colorado

Friday, December 10, 2004

New Zealand Team for Dubai

Update on NZ Team for Dubai

The New Zealand World Championships Team:

Mark Tylee and Jamahl
Denise Hill and Delahaye Micah
Pauline King and Caromega Shahara
Brian Tiffen and Sonny
Kevin James and JA Gai Kascade
David Marshall and Traask NZL

Riders from 13 states 'endure' Shaker Village




By SUZANNA THOMAS
Contributing Writer

PLEASANT HILL - More than 50 riders and horses came from 13 states as far north as New York and as far south as Georgia to compete Saturday in the first-ever endurance competition at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.

Twenty-seven riders were entered in the 25-mile ride and 25 riders in the 50-mile ride that traversed 2,900 acres of Shaker Village's rolling land.

The event was the brainchild of Jim Rogan, a Boyle County attorney, who has been a competitive endurance rider since 1984. The scenic and challenging terrain coupled with the hospitable assets of Shaker Village's comfortable rooms, good food and secure stabling led Rogan to believe that the ride and site would draw competitors. Working with Shakertown naturalist, Don Pelly, Rogan worked for 18 months in planning the event.


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Sulaiman claims endurance race



Sulaiman claims endurance race
FAHAD Sulaiman of Al Asayel Stable clinched the Bahrain Trial Endurance Horse Race for the World Juniors Championship, organised by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (Breef) yesterday at the Bahrain Endurance Village premises in Sakhir.

Competing among 40 riders in the race which was sponsored by Batelco, Sulaiman completed the 120 kms distance in five hours, 42 minutes and 27 seconds riding Mac Drac.

In second place was Mohammed Abdulsamad (5:43:42) of the Royal Team on Naima El Fayssetts, while Raed Abu Samad (6:10:32) of the Royal Team came third on Freelance Akdanitti.

The race also featured riders from abroad, including Australia's Anna Williams and Suzanne Perry of Ireland who came eighth and ninth, respectively.


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WEC: Belgium selects squad for Dubai


Belgium presents a very good team for Dubai: Orfeo is a very experienced and talented multi winner and TopTen on two championships; Fidji was 5th at the Eur. chamionships at Punchestown; Shannon was impressive when winning the belgian championship this year; Kouros completed in the top ten (7th) at the recent CEIO of La Baule in France; Takhar took a nice 2nd place at the 160kms of Kreuth in Germany; finally Allel is the only horse of the selection to have entered and completed two 160kms this season.

Karinne Boulanger - Allel (Arab gelding)
Jacques Boulanger - Shannon (Arab/Trotter mare)
Jean-Louis Deschamps - Kouros des Iviers (Arab gelding)
Léonard Liesens - Orfeo des Iviers (Arab gelding)
Annie Mestré - Takhar P.R. (Anglo-Arab gelding)
Jean-Louis Molitor - Fidji (Part-Arab mare)

Staff:
Lois Francois
Peter Wijnendaele
Karl Duchene
Pierre Arnould (Chef d'equipe)

...More on the Belgian squad

2005 Pan American Endurance Championship Date Change

2005 Pan American Endurance Championship - Date Change

The organizers of the Pan American Endurance Championship have applied to the FEI to change the date of this event from April 2-4, 2005 to April 14-16, 2005. The date change application was submitted in order to avoid a conflict with the date of the FEI General Assembly in Great Britain, which would require the attendance of many senior officials from the American continent. The FEI has granted this date change.

U.S. endurance riders wishing to apply for this championship may contact Mary Lutz in the Gladstone office, (908) 234-0848, ext. 15, or visit www.usef.org, Endurance High Performance, for details.

2005 Pan American Endurance Championship Date Change

2005 Pan American Endurance Championship

The organizers of the Pan American Endurance Championship have applied to the FEI to change the date of this event from April 2-4, 2005 to April 14-16, 2005. The date change application was submitted in order to avoid a conflict with the date of the FEI General Assembly in Great Britain, which would require the attendance of many senior officials from the American continent. The FEI has granted this date change.

U.S. endurance riders wishing to apply for this championship may contact Mary Lutz in the Gladstone office, (908) 234-0848, ext. 15, or visit www.usef.org, Endurance High Performance, for details.


2005 Pan American Endurance Championship Date Change

2005 Pan American Endurance Championship

The organizers of the Pan American Endurance Championship have applied to the FEI to change the date of this event from April 2-4, 2005 to April 14-16, 2005. The date change application was submitted in order to avoid a conflict with the date of the FEI General Assembly in Great Britain, which would require the attendance of many senior officials from the American continent. The FEI has granted this date change.

U.S. endurance riders wishing to apply for this championship may contact Mary Lutz in the Gladstone office, (908) 234-0848, ext. 15, or visit www.usef.org, Endurance High Performance, for details.

Monday, December 06, 2004

WEC: Denmark will send two riders to World Endurance Championship, Dubai

Two riders from the Danish Federation will compete in the World Endurance Championship. Dubai, UAE January 27, 2005

Inger Bertelsen, Punadito
Johanne Hvid, Tempo F4

Chef d'Equipe - Lone Aalekjær



Sunday, December 05, 2004

2004 WEC: Argentina Squad selection



The following 6 horses and riders have been initially selected to represent Argentina in the 2004 World Endurance Championship, Dubai, UAE - January 27, 2004

Nestor Montes de Oca.......Callejero
Susana Lima..................Gata Su
Andrea Pujadas.............ZC Hyshah
Antonio Ponce................Ña Paca
Alberto Martin...............Emy Key
Mercedes Tapia.............Ras Kasal

Chef d'Equipe: Eduardo Beccar Varela


2004 WEC: Brazilian Squad Selection


To represent the Brazilian Federation in the 2004 World Endurance Championship, Dubai, UAE - January 27, 2005. The following six horses and riders have been selected:

João Roberto de Souza Naves.......VORZUG
José Mariano Sales Alves Junior...VHETHOR
Luciane M. Bagarolli...................RSC EL DEB HARAN
Newton Lins Filho.......................NNL SUN RAY
Pedro Stephano Marino..............WN FARAH
Silvia Eguchi...............................PODEROSA

More on Dubai from Endurance Brasil - www.endurancebrasil.com.br

Saturday, December 04, 2004

WEC: Bahrian Qualifies Riders

Three riders seal spot for top race
Gulf Daily News

SHAIKH Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Khalid Al Rowaie and Ahmed Al Rowaie qualified for the World Endurance Horseride Championship after completing yesterday's 160-km race at the Endurance Village in Sakhir.The three riders were successful in finishing their third race over 160 kms which secured them a spot in the world event scheduled next month in the UAE.

The event was keenly followed by Breef president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, endurance committee chairman Shaikh Faisal bin Rashid Al Khalifa and Royal Endurance Team manager Faisal bin Hassan Al Ajmi who congratulated the three riders who qualified for the World Championship.

The event was held over two days and each day consisted of 80 kms divided into three stages, including 30 kms for the first two stages and a 20-km final stage.

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Thursday, December 02, 2004

USEF : WEC Update



2004 World Endurance Championship
January 27 - Dubai, UAE
USEF News
December

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has submitted a 12-member Nominated Entry List to the 2004 WEC Organizing Committee (OC). This is the initial entry list, composed of 12 members of the 15-member US National Team, the maximum number of Nominated Entries permitted by the OC.

Nominated Entry List (ranked)
Meg Sleeper, DVM Shyrocco Torilus
Suzanne Hayes Tezero's Gold
Michele Roush, DVM PR Tallymark
Beverly Gray Regalidon
Joyce Sousa LV Integrity
Becky Harris Ga Tyfe Mynte
Cia Reis Catch A Wave
Carolyn Hock GT Sando
Dennis Summers Sha Ebony Rose
Susan Summers Raymond Blur
Carol Giles SAR Tiki Stranger
Christoph Schork Dwa Sabku

Additional National Team members, not on the Nominated Entry list, includes Valerie Kanavy, Crockett Dumas, and Sue White-Hedgecock. In addition to the 2004 WEC, the National Team members will have priority consideration when USEF submits entries for the Pan American Championship in Argentina, and the European Championship in Great Britain.

On December 16 the USEF will submit a Definite Entry List of 6 riders and horses to the WEC OC. At this point the remaining 6 will be considered alternates, and available for substitution prior to shipping horses on January 15. The USEF hopes to ship 3 alternates to Dubai along with the 6 member squad, for on-site substitution if necessary.

Art Priesz, Jr (WEC Team Chef d'Equip) informs that the National Team is currently in Florida under the supervision of Mary Lutz (USEF) and Nancy Loving, DVM (Team veterinarian) for training and coaching in preparation for the WEC. Drs. Jeannie Waldron and Bob Beecher (Team veterinarians) will arrive in Florida on 04 December. Ann Stewart (Assistant Chef d'Equipe) and Julie Bullock, DVM arrive 10 December.

Initially upon arrival, the riders have been hand-walking their horses and will eventuall resume light work under saddle.

The Team Riding Instructor/Counselor, Daniel Stewart, arrives on 06 December and will work individually and in groups with the riders on bio-mechanic reminders, balance, stretching and sports psychology. He will be doing some video-tape critiques and reviews with the riders. His work will run through 08 December and will be a great lead-in to Donna Snyder-Smith's Endurance Riding Instruction on 09-11 December. The Team will have adequate opportunity to work their Equine Partners under saddle in front of and with the Staff, both in the ring and on trail.

Much of the training session in Florida will be spent addressing pace, rating and Team-Riding. This is a continuation of the Team sessions conducted in the 2004 season Training and Demo rides. Art Priesz will be arriving in Florida on December 7, and emphasizes that the USEF is dedicated to the WEC Team process, "We are looking for the best Team to compete in Dubai."

On 13 December, the USEF staff will conduct a longer Breeze to push the Team as a group, and appraise the soundness and condition of the horses. The remainder of December will be a cool down out of that Breeze. After the Holidays, they will start bringing the Horses back up to travel and peak for late January.

USEF expects to van the horses to Gladstone in mid-January, rest for 30 hours and then ship from JFK for a direct flight to Dubai on the 15th. Horses and Team/Staff/Crew arrive in Dubai on January 17th, local time. Art Priesz will fly to Dubai December 28th, in order to have adequate time to make preparations for the arrival of the US Squad, and to work with the WEC OC and other Federations to ensure a successful Championship venue.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Shaikh Nasser races to victory


sponsored International Endurance Horseride Championship, organised by the Royal Equestrian Federation (Breef), which concluded yesterday at the Endurance Village in Sakhir. A total of 73 riders from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and hosts Bahrain took part in this two-day event held over 160 kms and divided into six stages.
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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Australia: 2007 Tom Quilty Cup

Collie to host Tom Quilty
By Adam Orlando - Collie Mail




COLLIE is set to gain international recognition after it was officially named the host of the premier Tom Quilty event in 2007.

Collie beat three other towns to host the endurance riding spectacular, which will be held at the Harris River Estate winery.

"We've got it, we've won the right to host the Tom Quilty in 2007," local endurance rider Debra Ryan said this week.

"This means a lot for Collie, for everyone who has a horse, for small businesses, it's just a huge event."

The coveted endurance riding event, which is held over 24 hours and covers 160 kilometres, is expected to boost tourism in Collie, during what is usually a quiet period, and will help promote the sport to neighbouring towns.
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Sunday, November 07, 2004

Ovando woman gets ready to ride



Suzanne Hayes and her palomino gelding, Tezero's Gold - Quincy for short - have been training in the mountains near her Ovando home for the World Endurance Championship on Jan. 27 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Since conditions in Ovando right now are a little different than Hayes and Quincy will encounter in the grueling 100-mile race in the Dubai desert, Hayes is using some visualization techniques to prepare.

"I'm trying to pretend the snow is actually sand," said Hayes.

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Flagstaff woman captures women's title in Man against Horse Race



In the chilly dawn, 28 horses pace and nicker impatiently while riders tug their reins to keep them behind the starting line in the high Arizona desert. Among the sage and cactus, 18 runners shiver in shorts and singlets, giving wide berth to the stamping hooves of the snorting steeds.
"Five seconds," warns race director Ron Barrett. "OK, start running!"

In a cloud of dust, the thundering herd of horses, riders and runners take off across the plains toward the distant mountains in one of Arizona's most unique and colorful sporting events. By day's end they will have traversed 50 miles of rocky, rugged trails through desert canyons and forested mountaintops as they make their way around and over 7,500 foot Mingus Mountain in the Prescott National Forest


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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Hutchinson Wins the Fair Hill International CEI***



By Heather Bailey and a HorseCity.com Contributor

The inclement weather could not dampen the excitement of the Fair Hill International CEI*** 100-Mile FEI Endurance Ride at the at the 16th annual Fair Hill International Festival in the Country, presented by Dansko, on Saturday. After 100 grueling miles, it was a thrilling race to the finish with the top four only seconds apart. In the end it was Tom Hutchinson of Bethel, ME, aboard Prymtym crossing the wire first to win in a ride time of 11:42:33.

Ryan Rawaki, the 18-year old rider from Ontario, CAN came in only three seconds behind to finish in a ride time of 11:42:36 riding JC Quick Quint. The pair was also awarded the prestigious Best Condition award. Third place went to Connie Walker riding Electric Smoke in a ride 11:42:54. Walker received the mount just two days prior to the ride from owner Joanie Bruker. Two-time World Endurance Champion Valerie Kanavy of Ft. Valley, VA and Shah Don led for most of the final nine miles, but wound up fourth in a ride time of 11:42:59.

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Easy rider - Endurance horse rider vies for spot on national team



Michele Roush describes it as being a "mystical" sort of thing.

And her father, Dale Roush, doesn't deter from that definition of his daughter's fascination with horses. In fact, metaphorically speaking, he says it goes much deeper than that.

"All I can tell you is that when she turned 2 years old, she didn't just get interested in horses, she became a horse," he said, recalling Michele's upbringing in Marin County. "Everything in her life was geared that way from then on. We held her off until she was nine, when we finally got her a pony.

"But before that, she had the stick horse and cowboy outfit. She wore out two stick horses, in fact, before we got her into the pony club."

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Monday, October 25, 2004

Intercontinental Newsletter - October



NEWS & MESSAGES

15/04

In this letter you?ll find

§ Extract from FEI Press News 30/04, 13 October 2004

§ ?Endurance and Doping?, by Suzanne Dollinger

§ FEI Press News 29/04, 8 October 2004 (doping ? procedure)

§ FEI Press News, 27 August 2004 (double doping dilemma)

§ Extract from FEI Press News 30/04, 13 October 2004

Muriel Faienza, FEI Communications

m.faienza@horsesport.org / www.horsesport.org

- 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG)
Following the request from all three candidates for the 2010 WEG, Kentucky
(USA), Basse-Normandie (FRA) and Abu Dhabi/Dubai/Sharjah (UAE), the
Executive Board decided to postpone the deadline for submitting the complete
bids until 15 November 2004. The Board members then specified the basic
conditions for the bids.

- 2004 WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP DUBAI (UAE), 27 January 2005
The United Emirates Equestrian Federation informed the FEI that the website
for the Dubai Championship will officially be open on 1 November 2004.
For more information on the championship and press accreditation, please
contact:
sue@emiratesendurance.com, fax 0097 1 43 30 00 70

§ Endurance & Doping

Suzanne Dollinger


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Monday, October 11, 2004

US: Endurance race tests horse, rider

TRIBUNE-REVIEW
By Sam Kusic
Monday, October 11, 2004


Leading a horse around a show arena? B-o-o-o-o-ring.

Trotting a horse across a sun-washed pasture on a pleasant summer day? Ho-hum.

Running a horse out on a steep, rocky, narrow trail way out in the back country where only the good Lord himself can hear you whoop and holler -- now that's a grand time.

Don Drenning thinks so, anyway.
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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Endurance Horse Rider with Multiple Sclerosis Set to Compete in Fair Hill 100-Mile Ride

Alexandra North seeks sponsorships to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Project

CARMEL, CA (PRWEB) October 6, 2004 -- The Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Project (MSQLP), a 501 (c) (3) Not-for-Profit Corporation that serves multiple sclerosis patients in California?s Central Coast region, today announced that local endurance horse rider, multiple sclerosis patient and MSQLP spokeswoman, Alexandra North, will compete in the Fair Hill 100-mile ride in Elkton, Maryland on October 16, 2004. Usually, North competes on her own horse, Butter Bea; however, this time she will be riding a borrowed horse named Benediqtine, owned by Lana Wright, of Maryland. The Fair Hill course is the site for the 2005 North American Endurance Championship that North hopes to attend with Butter Bea next year.

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Monday, October 04, 2004

USA: Munsing Indiana

Horse course: Woods trail fun for riders, mounts
By JOHN PEPIN, Journal Munising Bureau











PHOTO CAPTION: Marlie Birr, 15, of Manistique with her horse Mariah during a vet check rest along the Indian River Saturday in Schoolcraft County. (Journal photo by John Pepin)



MUNISING - Fifteen-year-old Marlie Birr of Manistique sat near the banks of the Indian River Saturday afternoon, watching quietly while her horse pulled hay from a small bale. Birr was taking a break at a vet check along the 50-mile course of the Pine Marten Run, an endurance and competitive horse event held for seven years now in the Hiawatha National Forest.

"A day like this is really nice," Birr said, smiling as she looked up into the sunlight.


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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

UAE: 2004-2005 Season

UAE endurance season from Nov 17
By A Correspondent

28 September 2004


DUBAI ? After a highly successful 2003-2004 endurance season in the UAE, endurance riding will kick-start for the new season in November. The Dubai Endurance City Rides, to be held on November 17 and 18, will herald the new season. The days will feature CEI, three-star 2x80 km ride and also CEI, two-star 120 km ride.

The endurance season, which tentatively has a calendar of 15 rides, will be held in three different venues in the UAE including Emirates International Endurance Village, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, Dubai Endurance City, Seih Assalem, Dubai and Bu Deeb Endurance Village, Al Khatem, Abu Dhabi. Apart from these rides, the season also includes seven qualifiers.

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Aachen: 2005 Pre-Ride

French Rider Sunny Demedy wins in the Soers
World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006 - Newsletter 28.09.2004


The test was successful. 694 days before the beginning of the FEI World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006, the organisers of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein (ALRV) practised the moment of truth on Saturday.

At 7 a.m., 55 endurance riders from 14 nations climbed the saddle to go on the 90 or 120 kilometres alternatively long and challenging course through three countries. About to 3 p.m., Sheikh Majid Ali Al Kayoum from the United Arabian Emirates dismounted the horse as first again - he decided the short distance for himself. The French Sunny Demedy won over the 120 kilometres - she had to keep up till 4 p.m.

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Monday, September 27, 2004

Intercontinental Newsletter - September 27


NEWS & MESSAGES

14/04





In this letter you?ll find

§ Individual Qualification Criteria for Championships/ CEI**** rides

§ World Equestrian Games GER-Aachen 2006

§ Extract from FEI Press News 20/04, 15 July 2004

§ FEI Press News, 13 August 2004

§ Extract from FEI Press News 24/04, 1 September 2004

§ Extract from FEI Press News 26/04, 21 September 2004

§ CEIOJ** FRA-Pau, 23rd October 2004

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Monday, September 20, 2004

Auchen: 2006 WEG Pre-Ride

Test-Event Endurance: 25.09.2004


Next Saturday, September 25th, the Test-Event Endurance will lead through three countries. The endurance-ride is the first test for the FEI World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006.



60 competitors will go on the 90 kilometre respectively 120 kilometre course through Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Most prominent competitor is the German Champion Melanie Arnold as well as the German Vice-Champion Bernhard Dornsiepen. Sunny Demedy, the bronze medal winner of the World Equestrian Games Jerez 2002, comes from France. Riders from 17 nations will start, among others also three Sheiks from the UAE.

Starting at 7 a.m., the course leads from the Soers to the crew point Vetschau, via Bosrust (Netherlands) and the border triangle it goes to Montzen (Belgium). Via Plombières and again the border triangle, the course leads then via the crew points Lütticher Street and Köpfchen again to the border triangle. Frank Kemperman General Manager of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein (ALRV), particularly asks the pedestrians for understanding: " Riders and pedestrians will meet each other in the forest. But if the pedestrians show understanding for the riders, we will not have problems. But most importantly, I would like to ask all dog owners to use a leash in the forest." Via Bosrust, Furt Mamelis and Vetschau it goes back to the Soers. As of approx. 4 p.m., the fastest riders will be expected there. The border triangle is already the ultimate destination for the riders going the "short" distance. A detailed course map is at your disposal under www.aachen2006.de/sport/distanzreitenTest.html.

The most attractive point for the spectators is the so-called "Vet-Gate" at the border triangle. There, the first riders will be expected at 8.15 a.m. The course always leads back in loops to the border triangle. "I can only recommend all spectators to come here", says Kemperman. Here, all participating horses will be checked by veterinarians. Only if they attest the health of the horses, horse and rider will be authorized to go on to the next part of the course. At the border triangle, parking lots are at your disposal. Admission to the test-event is free of charge.

[Achen2006 Newsletter]

Thursday, September 16, 2004

USEF Selects 15 Member National Team for 2004 World Endurance Championships


USEF Selects 15 Member National Team for 2004 World Endurance Championships

The USEF Selection Committee met on Thursday, September 2 following the final Training Event held in Oreana, ID. In accordance with the Selection Procedures for the 2004 World Endurance Championship National Team and Traveling Squad, 15 horse/rider combinations were named to the USEF National Endurance Team.

The National Team will convene in Florida on December 1 for 5 weeks of training, coordination and evaluation. Depending on budgetary constraints, USEF plans to send nine horse/rider combinations to Dubai, UAE for the 2004 World Endurance Championship.

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Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights' Endurance Ride


Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights' Endurance Ride

OREANA -- While the world was host to the Olympics in Athens this past month, Idaho was host to an event of Olympic-size stature in the world of equine endurance in the small town of Oreana.

The U.S. International Equestrienne Federation (FEI), in conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Emirates International Village (an endurance racing facility in the United Arab Emirates), came together to host the Arabian Nights Endurance Ride. This ride was the final qualifying ride to choose the United States Endurance team for the World Championships which will be held in Dubai in February, 2005. In addition to selecting members for the U.S. National team, this ride was also a national and international competition.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

US: Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights 100

Khaleejh Times
1 Sep 2004

Shaikha Madiya sets standard


DUBAI - Shaikha Madiya bint Hasher Al Maktoum became the first UAE national lady to complete an international 160-km endurance ride recently.

The Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights, sponsored by Emirates International Endurance Village, took place in Idaho, north west USA. It was organised by Steph and John Teeter at whose range the venue was based,

For the past two months Shaikha Madiya has been training in the USA with Jan Worthington and Grace Ramsey at their stables in Illinois where they have horses owned by Dubai businessman Khalid Al Ghurair. Three of his horses took part in this ride which included the mount of Shaikha Madiya, My Rainbow Jasper, who finished in 25th place having averaged 13.64kph. During her training in the USA Shaikha Madiya has successfully completed several 80-km rides in preparation for this, her first 160-km ride.

The scenery throughout the ride was spectacular, as it passed through sections of the Oregon Trial, the route taken by the early settlers of the 1800?s in their horse wagons.

As the horses passed along the Snake River Canyon they had access to drink from the abundance of water troughs located at every 1-km. The weather was hot and previous days rains had done little to quell the clouds of dust set up by the horses.

The ride started at 06.15 just before dawn, in the light of a full moon. It was split into six legs 32-29-26-27-22-22km.

The local desert condition over undulating sandy, but occasionally rocky tracks, produced a fast ride that was the last official selection trial for the USA World Championship team.

The winner, Karen Kroon, achieved an average speed of 19.70kph, second was Susan White Hedgecock 19.66kph and third dual world champion Valerie Kanavy 19.43kph.

Of the 55 starters 35 completed, the leading international rider was Leonard Liesens Belgium 10th, 17.45kph and last to finish was Dean Conti USA 9.52kph.

The inspiration
A delighted Shaikha Madiya said ?General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is my inspiration; he has supported me in my ambition. My aim is to become a member of the UAE team and I will return to the USA next April and train and compete here throughout the summer. I have 25 horses at my stable in Dubai and have six more coming from the USA plus another six that will stay here in training.

?My goal is too encourage more UAE ladies to take up endurance and to establish a team of UAE ladies who would compete internationally.?

Shaikh Madiya has been accompanied during her time in the USA by her brother Shaikh Mana who gave her great encouragement during the ride and was an excellent crew member. At the awards presentation Mohamed Al Sayed, Chairman of Emirates International Endurance Committee, congratulated Shaikha Madiya on her outstanding success for the UAE.


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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

US: Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights CEI*** 100 Mile Results

Oreana Idaho







Photo by Gilly Wheeler

Karen Kroon and Rokket win the Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights CEI*** event in a course record time of 7:57. Best Condition for the event was awarded to Rokket as well.

The event had 53 starters in both the FEI and AERC Open divisions. The FEI division completed an impressive 71% enterants. The overall event completion rate was 66% with no metabolic pulls and no equine treatments.

Second place in the event went to Suzanne White Hedgecock riding AA Montego. Third place was won by Valerie Kanavy riding Shahdon. Shieka Madiya Al Maktoum on My Rainbow Jasper also completed the 100 mile event in the Idaho desert to achieve her first 100 mile completion!

Complete Results

Monday, August 23, 2004

USA: Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights Prizes and Starters

60+ entrants are expected to test their skills in the 2004 Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights Endurance Race on Saturday, 28 August at the southern Idaho ranch of John and Stephanie Teeter. 46 are entered in the CEI*** event, with 14 in the concurrent AERC open event.

Ride Manager Stephanie Teeter says, "We expect a very competitve 100 mile event this year. The weather is cooling and clear with perfect trails". The USEF Endurance Squad will be participating in preparation for the 2004 World Endurance Championships to be held in January in Dubai U.A.E.

The Emirates International Endurance Village, sponsor of this years event, are providing prizes for the top three finishers as well as for the horse judged to be the Best Condition. The first place finisher will receive a Sundowner horse trailer. Second place will receive a Gaston Mercier saddle. Third place will receive a Specialized Saddle. The Best Condition award will be a Reactor Pannel Endurance Saddle.

The current list of Entrants may be found at:

http://www.enduranceworld.net/events/2004arabiannights/riders/

Full coverage of the event will be provided by EnduranceWorld.net on Saturday and Sunday.ft" border="5" bordercolor="black" />



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Official Ride Site

Thursday, August 19, 2004

France: 18 Nations to Compete at Compiègne


Compiègne is going back this year to the legendary 100 miles, the best distance for endurance riding. It will be one of the latest FEI qualifications for The Worldchampionship in Dubaï 2005. The idea of a 7-8 years old horses Worldchampionship has to develop itself this year. Foreign nations and foreign riders should be more numerous than last year to compete for a title dedicating to the best young horses around the world.

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Thursday, August 12, 2004

Endurance racer's latest venture comes up short


Endurance racer's latest venture comes up short
Michael Shinabery/Staff Writer
Aug 12, 2004, 09:30 am

With 40 miles of the 100-mile race behind them, Richard Frazier anticipated riding his white Arabian stallion Hindi Shahab across the finish line. And maybe, as in several past horse-and-rider events, they?d be leaders of the pack.
But that hope wasn?t to be.
After high-altitude training in Otero County?s Sacramento Mountains to prepare for the Tevis Cup in Lake Tahoe, Calif., Frazier and his white Arabian stallion withdrew after an injury.
?We had finished the most difficult section of the race, which was the climb of 8,750 feet over Emigrant Pass, and had crossed the 20 miles of humid bogs through a National Wilderness area,? Frazier said. ?I thought we were in great shape as the metabolic part of the vet(erinarian) check showed the stallion?s vital signs perfect with no stress.?

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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Intercontinental Newsletter - Aug 10


In this letter you?ll find comments concerning

§ Individual Qualification Criteria for Championships/ CEI**** rides

§ Nations Qualification Criteria for Senior World Championships

§ Individual Qualification Criteria for Championships/ CEI**** rides

§ Nations Qualification Criteria for Senior World Championships


The FEI asked for the views of the National Endurance Federations on each of the above mentioned items by the 31st July 2004.

As some of the Federations communicated/ discussed this matter between them, I had the opportunity to read several proposals. I got the feeling that the FEI Endurance Committee will have some difficulties to find a consensus because of the wide variety of ideas and wishes.

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Monday, August 09, 2004

A race that endures


A race that endures -
244 riders, 100 miles, 24 hours -- after 50 runs, the Tevis ride remains the ultimate test of horse and human

Dawn bleached shadows off the Sierra's granite bones as horses in the Tevis Cup Ride trotted from the forest and into Squaw Valley. Once on an open cat road, they cantered, tails raised, manes flying, muscles rippling in sleek haunches, and romped uphill to High Camp.

Many wilderness miles away to the west awaited a finish line, in the foothill town of Auburn.


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Shaikh Daij, Al Muresi clinch spots


Shaikh Daij, Al Muresi clinch spots

A SUPERB ride by Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa of Al Taleeya Stable and Hamad Al Muresi of the Royal Endurance Team earned them spots in the World Championship in January next year in the UAE after finishing the 160-km Hilton Herbs Alfred's Tower endurance festival at the National Trust Stourhead Estate in Warminster, Wiltshire.

Khalid Al Rouwaei, who also completed his second 160-km race on Najib Du Bernoud, will need to finish one more race to qualify for the World Championship.



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Sunday, August 08, 2004

Couple completes horse-riding contest



Couple completes horse-riding contest
By Colbert Levy, Daily Press Staff

Saturday, August 7, 2004

At 5:15 a.m. last Saturday, Ken and Betty Wolgram of Craig set out on horseback to conquer 100 miles of trails over the Sierra Nevada mountains.

23 hours and 55 minutes later, just five minutes before the deadline, Ken crossed the finish line. Betty came in 50 minutes later.


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Shaikh Daij is on track for UAE race


Shaikh Daij is on track for UAE race

SHAIKH Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa from Al Taleeya Stable is on course for a spot in the World Endurance Horseride Championship in January next year in the UAE after completing the fifth stage of the 160-km Hilton Herbs Alfred's Tower endurance festival at the National Trust Stourhead Estate in Warminster, Wiltshire, England.


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Thursday, August 05, 2004

Italian Endurance Nation's Cup - CEIO Gubbio


Italian Nation's Cup CEIO in Gubbio Perugia, Italy - September 17.

Offering 160/120/90 km rides.
Interested USA riders can contact:
Lynn Lopez in USEF Athletes Services - 908-234-0848.

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CEIO*** 2004: La Baule, Newmarket and Gubbio

As Show Jumping has the CSIO so Endurance now has the CEIO - the Official International Endurance Contest. This important format for events, which in the world of Show Jumping is limited to the official teams of the various national federations who compete in the famous Cup of the Nations, is extended for Endurance to include individual competitors who are given a final ranking.
After the European, World and Olympic Championships, this is the next most important event format, for which each country may establish a single CSIO or CEIO which takes the name of the country concerned (French, British, Italian CSIO or CEIO and so on)
After the first CEIO event in the history of Endurance, which took place at La Baule in 2003, this year Endurance has for the first time a fixture list with a circuit of three Official International Competitions.
The first of these took place in La Baule on 8th May 2004, the second in Newmarket (GB) on the 27th June and the final will be held in Gubbio ( Italy ) on 18th September .

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FEI World Equestrian Games 2006. Endurance pre-ride



September 24-26, 2004: Test event for the 2006 WEG in Aachen, Germany.

USA riders interested in attending: contact Lynn Lopez in Athletes Services - (908) 234-0848.

USA Riders - 2005 Pan American Championship - Criteria to Compete Abroad



2005 Pan American Endurance Championship
Pinamar, Argentina,
April 2, 2005

The 2005 Pan American Endurance Championship will be held in Pinamar, Argentina on April 2, 2005. As notification of this event was received relatively late and because there will be little or no funding available from USEF, the Endurance High Performance Committee has decided to modify the existing Criteria to Compete Abroad in order to select a team to represent the United States at the 2005 PAC. The following is a draft only. When the USEF Executive Committee has approved this criteria, it will be distributed by mail and will be available on the USEF website. The final version may be differ slight in the details but not in substance.

In order to nominate, a rider must meet the following eligibility requirements no later than January 1, 2005:

1. Be a US citizen or in compliance with FEI Article 123.
2. Be a current member of AERC.
3. Be a current member of AERC International.
4. Be a current member of USEF.
5. Have completed a minimum of 500 verifiable lifetime AERC or equivalent miles in endurance competitions at distances of 50 or more miles.
6. Have completed at least two, 100 mile, one day rides.

Selection of the team will be based on the following precedence:

First Preference: Members of the existing National Team who are willing to take their own horse. Traveling Squad members to be ranked in order of completion; non-Traveling Squad members to be ranked by the USEF Endurance Credentials Committee.

Second Preference: The top 10 finishers from the most recent Pan American Endurance Championship who are willing to take their own horses ranked by order of finish.

Third Preference: Any rider who meets the eligibility requirements who is willing to take their own horse, ranked by the USEF Endurance Credentials Committee.

Fourth Preference: Any rider who meets the eligibility requirements who wishes to lease a horse, ranked by the USEF Endurance Credentials Committee.

All riders and horses must have earned an FEI Certificate of Capability for this event (See FEI website: www.horsesport.org). The USEF Endurance Credentials Committee may consult with the existing USEF National Selection Committee when determining their rankings and determinations.

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Mary M. Lutz
Director of Endurance Activities
Paralympic Liaison
US Equestrian Federation, Inc.
P.O. Box 83
Gladstone, NJ 07934
(908) 234-0848 - phone; ext. 15
(908) 234-9417 - fax

USEF Website: www.usef.org


Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Belgian Rider Returns to Idaho for Arabian Nights



Belgian rider Leonard Leisens vows "I will return!"

Leisens will be competing in Oreana, Idaho again this summer, representing Belgium at the 2004 Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights CEI***. Leisens is no stranger to the Idaho desert, having ridden the Owyhee trails of Idaho on three previous occasions. His accomplishments include 4th place at the 2003 CEI*** Pacific South (Oreana, Idaho) ride on Great Santini, and several successful rides at the Owyhee Canyonlands multiday ride.

But Leisens, a top ranked FEI rider, still remembers the day when he lost a top ten finish on Jaziret Bey Musc, as he pursued two top women riders through the Idaho desert badlands, only to find that they had taken the wrong trail... "I thought that the trail might be wrong, and I kept racing to catch them and ask them - but they were going very very fast!". Now Leisens will return to the desert and try his luck again, vowing to keep his focus and redeem his reputation.

On August 28, Leisens and other riders from around the world will be gathering in Idaho to test their skills and keep their cool at the Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights 100 mile, CEI*** Endurance event.




Monday, August 02, 2004

Western Australia: Child Rider Shines



Child rider shines
Tuesday, 3 August 2004

RIDING 80 kilometres in an endurance ride on a horse doesn't bother Jessica McKeown ? it's carrying her saddle after the ride that is the hard part.

"Sometimes, people offer to carry it for me, and I always let them," said Jessica.

At 10 years old, Jessica is the youngest qualified endurance rider in Western Australia, and is in the top 10 in National points scores in Australia.

"Jess can ride as well as any adult, and she understands her horse," said her trainer and father, Alistair.

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Sunday, August 01, 2004

USA: Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights

International Equestrians arrive in Idaho for 100 Mile Desert
OREANA, IDAHO

United Arab Emirates lends a hand Supporting Endurance Riding world-wide




Endurance riders from 5 continents will be participating in the Abu Dhabi Arabian Nights Endurance Ride located for the first time in Southwest Idaho on August 28, 2004. Top equestrians from United Arab Emirates (UAE), Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Canada and the United States will begin to arrive in mid-August at the Owyhee ranch of John and Steph Teeter, hosts and organizers, to compete against each other, and against the elements.

The Complete Story


Official Website
Web Coverage




Canada:National Championship CEI*** 100 Mile

SPRUCEWOODS -
Thana Dharmarajah
BRANDONSUN
Friday, July 31 2004

Young Arab rider has horse racing in his blood


Armed with a 23-member crew of security personnel, horse trainers, a physiotherapist, a veterinarian and a physician, His Highness Sheikh Khalid Al Nahyan is set to deal with any surprises as he rides his horse through rough terrain.

"It's something traditional," said the 17-year-old from the United Arab Emirates about riding horses. "You know, when your dad and your grandparents own horses, it is natural."

In the history of the Arab world, horses have been bred for centuries and used for hunting and fighting.

Al Nahyan was one of 100 riders from across North America to saddle up his horse for the four-day Canadian/Arabian Horse Association National Endurance Championships at Sprucewoods Provincial Park, located 80 kilometres southeast of Brandon.

Twenty-two riders took part in yesterday's 24-hour endurance race spanning 165 kilometres.
Complete Story

Friday, July 30, 2004

Home on the Ranch - Endurance riding keeps Grass Valley man right where he wants to be



Escaping the single file of commuting cars speeding through southwest Nevada County, he pulls out of line and to a stop. Throwing open the driver's side door, he hops out to open the gate - a ritual made necessary by the livestock on the opposite side.

Back behind the wheel again, he drives on through, before braking to tend the gate once more. Then, with a strong squeeze of the hand, a quick click of the latch and a drop of the heavy chain, Frank Smith locks it all out.

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One day, 100 miles - Area riders saddle up for golden anniversary of epic endurance ride




by Brian Hamilton

Talk about your horsepower.

Two hundred and fifty people are expected hop into the saddle for this weekend's golden anniversary of the Tevis Cup, a 100-mile, one-day ride from Truckee to Auburn.

Many of those who will be at the start, won't be at the finish. In recent years, not even 50 percent of the field have reached the final destination in time to earn a coveted finisher's belt buckle.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Tevis Story: Endurance riding making comeback


Endurance riding making comeback

MONTAGUE - Yvonne Underwood discovered Endurance Riding 25 years ago through a friend.

If the idea of a sport that requires you to prepare for months in advance, building up yourself and your horses' strength and abilities steadily, involving lots of traveling, entrance fees and medical inspections with the final culmination being a physical token that says 'I did it' then Endurance Riding could very well be for you.

This sport began 50 years ago with a simple bet. In 1955 the attitude among horse enthusiasts was that modern horses were not as strong and resilient as the horses during the pony express days. A small group of men decided to test that idea and proposed a challenge to have a ride from through the Sierra Nevadas from just north of Squaw Valley, a parcel of land now named Robie Park, to Auburn, California, a 100 mile distance. The terrain includes steep hills, rocky surfaces, single tracks (narrow trails), creeks, a swinging suspension bridge and a crossing of the American River.

Six men began the challenge and five finished. This was the beginning of what is now known as the Tevis Cup ride.

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Frazier trains for Lake Tahoe

Frazier trains for Lake Tahoe Endurance
By Michael Shinabery/Staff WriterJul 20, 2004, 04:36 am

JAMES CANYON ? Hoof prints atop tire tracks: Hindi Shahab?s intermingled with those of the ATV in the soft mountain dirt.While just feet away drivers sped unknowing along U.S. 82?s winding curves.In the rural James Canyon area of the Sacramento Mountains, 21st Century technology may tread the asphalt, but remnants of Otero County?s custom and culture remain on the forested trails. For the past two weeks the white Arabian stallion Hindi Shahab, carrying rider Richard Frazier, has trotted along the landscape. He?s training. The two have been a sight, but Frazier?s sights are set on a horizon farther than their eyes can see. Only a dream envisions it. On July 31 he and the Arabian are bound for Lake Tahoe, Calif. to vie for the coveted Tevis Cup, a prize Frazier described as endurance racing?s ultimate challenge. Their competition includes horse-and-rider teams from European and Arabian countries.
 
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Sunday, July 11, 2004

http://www.endurance.net/international/newsletter/newsmessage124.htm



NEWS & MESSAGES

12/04

In this letter you'll find

Different Interpretations of Veterinary Inspections at CEI Rides

Depending on the CEI ride you visit, you can meet quite different carrying-out of veterinary inspections, i.e.



First Horse Inspection:



· Examination of heart rate, general condition and gait takes about 3 minutes per horse

· Examination of heart rate, general condition and gait takes about 9 minutes per horse including control of the shoes, palpation of the tendons and flexion of the limbs

· A horse with abnormal heart sounds is eliminated



In the case of irregularity of gaits:

· the horse is given a second chance and asked for a recheck as soon as all competitors have passed the first inspection

· the horse is given a second chance and asked for a recheck one hour before the start the next day

· the horse has to trot immediately out again under the observation of three veterinarians and there majority decision is final

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Friday, July 09, 2004

Tevis: No Hands Bridge Ceremony



PRESS RELEASE, Auburn, California
July 8, 2004

An official dedication will take place Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge located at the North Fork of the American River near Auburn, California. The Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 11, 2004, by the United States Department of Interior. For more information, please call State Park Ranger Mike Lynch at 530.885.4527.

WEG: Kentucky Horse Park GOVERNOR FLETCHER ANNOUNCES US BID TO HOST 2010 WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES


LEXINGTON, KY - Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that the Commonwealth of Kentucky, on behalf of the United States, will submit a formal bid to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to host the 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG). These games are the most important high-performance equestrian competition in the world, and are held every four years in a country designated by the FEI, the international governing body for equestrian sport headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland.



"I am very pleased to announce, along with representatives of the United States equestrian industry and the Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky's bid to host the 2010 World Equestrian Games," stated Governor Ernie Fletcher. "Our great Commonwealth is known around the world for our state's signature horse industry, and Kentucky would be honored to host this prestigious event right here in the Bluegrass."


Governor's Complete Announcement