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The British Equine Event 2002!

The country's top equine experts gather at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire for the twelfth British Equine Event to be held on 2nd - 3rd November. From top equestrian stars and celebrity vets to specialised stands and a focused business forum, the British Equine Event is the biggest event of its kind, offering everything for the horse and rider.

Packed with practical demonstrations and features, this year's event will be seeing celebrity demonstrations from three-day eventers Vere and Clea Phillipps, and dressage gurus Conrad Shumacher and Pammy Hutton. There's the chance to grab some tips from show jumper Andy Austin or see TV vet Sally Kingsley, from the BBC's 'Vets in Practice' programme, talking on a wide range of everyday healthcare issues as part of the Robinson Animal Healthcare Healthy Horse Focus.

Vere and Clea Phillipps will be teaming up with Dodson & Horrell horse feed specialists to present 'Eventing made fun / buying the perfect horse'. Also taking part will be top horses from horse dealer Vere's yard, based near Loughborough.

Newbury-based show jumping supremo Andy Austin, a British Nations Cup team member and British Show Jumping Association (BSJA) coaching development programme trainer is presenting 'relax, show jumping can be fun' sponsored by Martin Collins Enterprises in partnership with one of his top horses.

Sally is highlighting the latest advances in wound management and recovery procedures as well as routine therapy such as poulticing and hot and cold therapy. Horse owners also have the chance to pick up advice from her on bandaging and dressing wounds, the basics of healing, optimum healing environments and knowing when to call for immediate veterinary assistance.

Visitors will have the chance to learn the art of Western riding with Bob Mayhew in partnership with the British Reining Association, and the chance to judge a special reining competition! During the Equine Event Reining cup, members of the audience will be asked to score each rider, and the person who guesses closest to the judge's score wins a prize.

The Julie Templeton Show team will be presenting to audiences 'Training and producing the show pony' sponsored by Bailey's horse feeds by casting judge Julie Templeton's eyes over a selection of ponies and riders. From three-year old tots riding lead-rein ponies to teenagers and young adults riding native breeds up to 15 hands high, visitors gain a valuable insight in to show pony training and production.

For the Eriskay Pony society, the annual event is a important date in the calendar Eriskay enthusiasts from across the British Isles can get together to tell the horse world about Britain's most endangered native pony. This year the society is aiming to surpass last year's success when the Scottish society was awarded 'Best Breed Society Stand', out of 33 other hopefuls.

Eriskay mare and foal pictured left

The British Equine Event also features an up-to-the-minute Business Forum. Now in its fourth year, the forum has proved to be invaluable as a business information resource, offering practical advice on key issues affecting the equine industry. It will appeal to professionals from across the whole sector, concentrating on marketing equine businesses, the future of equestrian shopping and what legal pitfalls to avoid when buying a horse.

A number of truly fascinating stands will feature at the event including the following:

The Women Who Listen To Horses - Stand 53
Dealing with nervous, remedial or thoroughly misunderstood horses is all part of a normal day for Sarah Kreutzer, Debbie Reilly and Maya Horsey - three Monty Roberts Certified instructors who have brought the legendary horseman's non-abusive methods of communication home from California to the UK.
Sharing Monty's vision to make the world a better place for horses is a passion that drives each one of them and they work tirelessly to create an environment in which people can not only listen to their horses, but also treat them with respect.
Instead of a traditional relationship based on domination and submission, a two-way channel of communication is established, with both horse and rider speaking the same language - Equus.

Because Monty Roberts and his proteges, of whom there are only 16 in the world, are often called 'horsewhisperers' many people wrongly assume that they spend their time talking quietly into animal's ears.
"This name comes from something Monty once said," explains Debbie. " 'A good trainer can hear a horse speak, a great trainer can hear a horse whisper'."
"A trained eye can 'hear a horse through tiny, subtle movements such as the twitch of an ear, the flaring of a nostril or tightly drawn-up facial muscles," she continues." By the time a horse is rearing, biting or bucking, it is literally screaming out for help,"
Sarah, Debbie and Maya's belief that non-abusive methods can benefit every horse has been backed up time and again by an extensive catalogue of success stories. Their credits include helping a race horse to develop from also-ran to winner, restoring the confidence of horses that would spook in traffic, tackling remedial problems, ironing out long established traits, training point-to-pointers and hunters and starting numerous young horses.
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The UK Polocrosse Association - Stand 179
UK Squad Named For Inaugural Polocrosse World Cup
With membership of the UK Polocrosse Association leaping from 250 to more than 400 in the last two years, three new clubs opening this year and 2003 heralding the first ever Polocrosse World Cup, now is an exciting time to be playing polocrosse.
Nations competing in the first ever World Cup, to be held in April/May in Warwick, Queensland, are expected to be Australia (which has almost 4,000 players), New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, USA, Canada, Ireland and the UK. Australian clubs will provide ponies for all visiting teams. International tours by our players this year include a Ladies' tour to the USA in May and an Under 21s mixed tour to South Africa in July.
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A number of new products will also feature at the event:

Stable Comfort - Stand No 95
The Stable Comfort mattress is a revolutionary new flooring product to come on to the UK market. It has been well established both in Canada and the USA.
Stable Comfort provides unsurpassed horse comfort, is equivalent to 4" bedding and is a completely different product to the range of mats currently available.
Traditional stable floors are hard and unforgiving, requiring several inches of bedding to create a suitable environment. This amount of bedding can intensify dust-related health problems, is very costly and labour intensive and takes up valuable time that could be spent working with your horse rather than for your horse.
Stable Comfort has been designed to feel like natural pasture, providing the ideal surface for your horse's comfort and well-being.
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Launched at the British Equine Event: The New Marquis Supergrip - Stand No. 111
The new Marquis Supergrip hoof boot, launched at the 2002 British Equine Event is something sure to revolutionise the protection of horses' hooves.

The patented Marquis Supergrip hoof boots are the first realistic alternative to nailing lumps of metal to a horse's hoof. Why would you want to replace metal nail on shoes? Well, metal shoes only protect the hoof wall - not the sole or delicate frog, the repeated insertion and removal of nails can degrade the hoof wall and raising the hoof off the ground reduces the all important frog pressure, reducing lower limb circulation that may lead to problems.
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A Breath Of Fresh Air In A Feed Balancer - Stand 32
Blue Chip Original now carries even greater benefits for horses and ponies of all kinds. The already comprehensive formulation is being re-launched following the inclusion of Primo Vento, a synergistic combination of ingredients designed to help respiration and maintain healthy lung function. This means that Blue Chip contributes even more extensively to overall health and well-being.
Primo Vento combines antioxidant vitamins A,C &E, Omega 3 Oils, Selplex and Inovair; a traditional blend of herbs, oils, garlic and menthol. Based on scientific research, this unique fusion is intended to boost the immune system and maintain a healthy respiratory tract.

The new Blue Chip formulation has been prompted largely by consumer demand. Blue Chip asked its customers what most concerned them about their horse’s health and well-being. The overwhelming response was that respiratory problems were a major concern; the feeling being that horses are increasingly sensitive to pollen, dust, fungal spores and pollution and that allergies affecting the respiratory system are becoming more widespread.
Trials at a large number of yards (including those of Di Lampard, Kelly Marks, Kyra Kyrklund and the Yorkshire Riding Centre) yielded impressive results, one of the most dramatic being the oldest pony in Britain, 52 year old Samantha from St Bernard’s Animal Sanctuary. Staff were previously unaware that the pony even had breathing problems, putting her shortage of breath down to old age. However, since being given Blue Chip Original with Primo Vento, Samantha is far more active, trotting easily around her paddock without becoming breathless.
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Robert Lemieux Endorses the Armadillo Airotec Saddle Pad - Stand No. 21
Lightweight ~ Anti-sweat ~ Anti-shock
Robert Lemieux bought an Armadillo Airotec Saddle Pad at from the Armadillo stand at Burghley this year. Tested at Blenheim Horse Trials only a week later, Robert now says "I would absolutely not be without my Armadillo Airotec Saddle Pad!"
Robert had a fantastic Blenheim, rising from 60th after the dressage to finish 11th on his new ride Ivor Mission. Former British National Champion before riding for Canada, Robert hung up his professional boots in 1997. Now aiming for Badminton CCI*** and the Pan American Games in October 2003 Robert and Ivor Mission are looking towards the Olympic Games in Athens 2004.
Much lighter than most saddle pads, riders have found outstanding results from using the Armadillo Airotec Saddle Pad. The unique design combines superb shock absorbency with Stomatex, a high-performance, anti-sweat fabric, keeping your horse cool and comfortable. The pad actually PUMPS the air and sweat away from the horse.

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The Blacup Training Group Triumph Again - Stand 235
In October 1998 the Government Inspectorate rated the Blacup Training Group as one of the top twenty training companies in the country (Chief Inspectors report) In June 2002 the company were again inspected and awarded grade 2 (good provision) against all aspects of the inspection framework. The report will be published on the 30th August on the website
What does this mean?
In the areas of Equestrian, Veterinary Nursing and Caring for Animals we have still maintained the highest-grade profile of any training company in the country offering the same specialist areas of training.
"Our success has been built on quality, from the work based placements we use to the staff we employ. Any young person coming in our programme is guaranteed a job at the end of training" Stephen Place - Managing Director.
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Lantra appoints Industry Partnership Manager to work with Equine industry
Lantra, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the Environmental and Land-based Sector, has appointed Clare Johnson as its first Industry Partnership Manager for the Equine industry. Clare, previously employed as Lantra's Development Consultant for Standards and Qualifications, will work closely with the industry, its employers and representatives throughout the UK.
Last week, the government announced that employers would be put firmly in the driving seat to tackle skill shortages in their sectors as part of the further expansion of Sector Skills Councils (SSCs). SSCs are independent organisations tasked with tackling the skills and productivity needs of their sector throughout the UK.
Launched in March as one of the first five "Trailblazer" SSCs, Lantra is licensed by government to drive forward the new skills, training and business development agenda for the environmental and land-based sector. One of Clare's first tasks as Industry Partnership Manager is to develop an individual action plan for the Equine industry that focuses on identifying and developing solutions to its training and business development needs.
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Clipper Advice
Peasridge Clipper World offers an unrivalled selection of Clippers and Trimmers for electrically clipping all breeds of Horses, Livestock and domestic pets. The Mail Order Service supplies thousands of customers both professional and domestic from all over the UK, and Europe, UK customers ordering before 12noon Mondays to Thursdays receive their purchases the next day.
The Peasridge web site is Europe's largest web site for animal clippers and a wide range of animal grooming product. A special sector for horses introduces the web visitor to an exciting range of grooming products not always readily found in tack shops and other retail outlets within the UK.
The "Clipper Advice" sector of the web site is unique! There is nothing similar which introduces the user to the basics relating to both clipping machines as well as the all-important blades, and gives helpful advice on repairs and servicing.
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With its two-day demonstration programme and over 300 specialist trade stands offering unbeatable Christmas shopping opportunities, the British Equine Event is a must for anyone with an interest in horses and riding.

The British Equine Event is organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of England in association with Your Horse and is sponsored by Dodson & Horrell Ltd and Eqvalan.

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