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Archive - September 2001

NZ family out of Afghanistan
Help for 'overcooked' horses
Jeep Supermoth dies
Foreign runners down
Sheikh donates $12m for NY disaster
Poppy seeds likely caused positive tests
Foal deaths studied
Results, September
ICU proving worth
Cameron awaits appeal
New eventing teams competition
Smokey recovering
NZ Endurance gets online presence
Boy killed by horse bite
Dehydration kills 25 ranch horses
Eventer's widower remarries
UAE second in Junior Endurance Champs
Tribute to Big Ben
Aussies not welcome at Aust site
Nicholson second at Blenheim
BETA founder retires after 24 years
Przewalski's Horses returning to natural habitat
Hugo Simon back on top
Olympic format tested
Riding dangerous despite helmets
Pinfiring banned in Aust
Burghley riders 'guinea pigs'
Kiwis trifecta Burghley
Former NZ trainer outed
Big winner drops dead
Nicholson leads after Cross-Country

NZ family out of Afghanistan -- (Sep 25) A North Island family which has been trekking on horseback over mountains in Afghanistan has reached safety in Pakistan.

Aid workers Neil and Sandra Chesterton and their two youngest children David (14) and Peter (13), of Inglewood, left Faizabad, in northern Afghanistan, a few days ago. They had contacted a daughter in New Zealand via their fax-email phone link.

The Chestertons have been aid workers since April with the international humanitarian organisation Orphans, Refugees and Aid. Until last week they were organising basic needs to help refugees survive the winter.

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Help for 'overcooked' horses -- (Sep 24) Horses who once had potential -- and maybe still do -- who were over cooked earlier in their career are the focus of a New Zealand event by natural horseman Pat Parelli.

Pat Parelli is looking for a horse who was a good performer but could not take the pressure, to help demonstrate to people how he can help these horses reach their potential as willing partners. Using communication understanding and psychology, he will unveil the secrets of sports psychology for horses, giving the keys to reverse and prevent problems.

A special Pat Parelli 2-Day event 'Success with Horses' is being held at the Tipapa Event Centre in Brookby, Manakau City on Saturday, 27-28 October 2001. The successful entrant gets to have their horse be the demonstration subject.

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Jeep Supermoth dies-- (Sep 24) Jeep Supermoth, winner of Horse of the Year Titles, Bomac Grand Prix titles and 3 times winner of the Warmblood Assn. Showjumping Performance Award, broke his leg during a competition at his new home in the USA and had to be humanely put down.

He was one of Distelfink's most famous sons and was known as a great fighter, both in the show ring and in one instance, for his life when he contracted a virus.

He will be fondly remembered by all who saw him jump. The 16-year-old had been New Zealand showjumper of the year four times and had won 75 classes, 44 at Grand Prix level.

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Foreign runners down -- (Sep 25) Numbers of international runners in this year's Melbourne Cup decreased further with the withdrawal of US galloper Hap, and English mare Ela Athena. Hap's owners have ruled the horse out of the Cox Plate and Ela Athena is been stranded in New York and has missed the deadline to return to England to enter quarantine.

Persian Punch, the English horse who was third to Jezabeel and Champagne in the 1998 Melbourne Cup, is the only international horse in the Caulfield Cup. He will be a starter in the 2001 Melbourne Cup. Back to top

Sheikh donates $12m for NY disaster -- (Sep 25) Leading racehorse owner Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum has donated $US5 million ($12.2m) to the New York disaster fund. The head Dubai's Godolphin stables owns about 1000 horses. Back to top

Poppy seeds likely caused positive tests -- (Sep 24) Scientists have found that three horses in Tasmania who returned positive tests to morphine could have ingested the drug from their field, which was once used for poppy seeding.

The poppy industry is worth $A200 million a year to the state.

Action has not been taken against the trainer of the three horses, Neil Richardson, of Hobart. Back to top

Foal deaths studied -- (Sep 24) A survey of 133 breeding farms in Kentucky has helped to pinpoint risk areas in foal deaths. About 500 foals died and 2000 foetuses were aborted during the northern spring, from a condition named Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.

Researchers from the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center scientists and veterinarians from the U.S. Department of Agriculture spent the past several months investigating the theory that caterpillars delivered cyanide toxins to weather-damaged wild cherry trees, which caused the deaths and abortions.

They found four factors that linked mares who were most likely to be affected.

No relationship was found between foal deaths and pasture management such as harrowing or fertilising. Farms which had few or no foal deaths either had few caterpillars or fed hay to mares, which might have limited the amount of grass the mares ate. Back to top

Results, September -- (Sep 24) Recent equestrian results from Canterbury: North Canterbury Pony Club team dressage for the Amberley Cup:
Rangiora Gold (Anna Kissel's Wishbone Amberlight, Amy Renner's Ohoka St Teresa, Kim Manson's Silverbank Safari, Emily Harrison's Ace) 201.87 points 1, Eyreton team 1 (Felicity Page's Cherasco, Courtney Ford's Precaution, Tessa Hair's Boswell Willow, Juliette Lee's Sweet Desire) 191.02 2, Amberley team 1 (Claire Symonds' Roy, Erin Jackson's Coruba, Sarah Swarbrick- Pacey's Prince) 190.99 3, View Hill team I 190.55 4, Oxford 187.94 5, View Hill team 3 183.23 6.

Eventing Canterbury's NRM one day horse trial, McLeans Island:
Class one, open intermediate horse: Tim Price's Desamoray (Oxford) 34.95 penalty points 1, Zoe Miller's Klinsmann (Dunedin) 39.75 2, James Manson's Classical Rhythm (Chch) 59.45 3.
Class two, open novice horse: Tracey Chapman's Rock `N' Thyme 31.55 1, Gemma Sutherland's Espionage (Kaiapoi) 37.25 2, Annabel Freeman's The Man on the Moon (Coalgate) 37.55 3.
Class three, novice horse: Amanda Brown's Karamea Dublin 30.55 1, Georgie Meredith's Merlin II 35.95 2, Amanda Brown's Vamoose 37.75 3.
Class four A, training horse: Nicola Bulling's Beau Mac (Invercargill) 35.2 1, James Cornwall's My Heritage (Ashburton) 35.5 2, Justine Lee's Capability Brownz 36.5 3.
Class four B, training horse: Sarah Cornwall's O'Reilly (Ashburton) 28.4 1, Sarah Graham's Bright Spark (Tai Tapu) 39.1 2, Jo Benison's Mr Mickymous 39.5 3.
Class four C, training horse: Sarah Tolhoek's Tall Tales 32.0 1, Lynise Eden's Woodbine Hazel (Ashburton) 35.4 2, Jemma Percasky's Mon Desir 38.5 3.
Class five, pre-training horse: Emma Scannell's Foley South (Timaru) 26. 0 1, Annabel Wigley's Kap the Bid (Amberley) 27.0 2, Lisa Alfeld's Tangie 29.0 3.
Class six, open pony club: Michelle Snape's Whataroa 27.6 1, Amanda Ellis' Matahorn 33.5 2, Holly Reed's The Enigma 35.0 3.
Class seven, pony club training: Alice Montgomery's Ngamatea Toka 19.9 1, Guinny Coleman's Croftlea Hide and Seek (Lyttelton) 28.0 2, Kezia Murphy's L & P 29.0 3.
Class eight, pony club pre-training: Sarah Duncraft's Tauhara Silver Fern 24.5 1, Madeline Ellerm's Glen Cree Dior 25.5 2, Aaron Stevens' The Sundance Kid (Cass Bay) 26.0 3.
Pony club area trials, A1: Annabel Wigley's Punch (Amberley) 28.5 1, Sam Taylor's Ashton (Eyreton) 33.25 2, Jasmin Percasky's Escafay 33.75 3.
Area trials, DC: Sophie Wigley's Mr Wendell (Amberley) 23.5 1, Sarah Kerr's First Illusion 24.25 2, Harriet Ellerm's Sultan 25.25 3.
Young rider highest points: Michelle Ineson's Zorro.
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ICU proving worth -- (Sep 16) The intensive care unit especially for horses in Cambridge is already proving its worth. The Waikato Equine Intensive Care Unit, which was opened on August 1, aims to provide specialist care for horses and has already had six patients.

Even though it's early in the season, three new foals with problems are already at the unit.

The unit provides full-time care for the patients, and the vets from the studs the horses are from still have responsibility over their charges. Back to top

Cameron awaits appeal -- (Sep 15) Jan Cameron, a former Canterbury jockey, is awaiting an appeal date for her 12-month suspension in Malaysia this month. She wasfound guilty of not giving her horse, Meyer Prince, every chance in a race last month.

While the disqualification is in effect, Cameron is not allowed on a racecourse. Back to top

New eventing teams competition -- (Sep 5) A new nationwide eventing teams event is to be held, at Kihikihi on November 10 and 11.

The Mitavite Regional Teams Challenge will be held in conjunction with the Mitavite Horse Trail. The challenge forms part of a substantial cash sponsorship from Mitavite Horse Feeds, in which the season's prize-pool at Kihikihi has been boosted to the tune of about $8000.

Fundamental to the teams challenge is its strong regional focus. Invited selectors from throughout New Zealand will select what they believe is their regions best eventing team. Organisers say the challenge is a way of recognising regional excellence throughout all grades of competition.

A notable feature of the Mitavite Regional Teams Challenge is that participation is not restricted only to those riders selected for their region. Unselected riders are still able to participate by getting together with other non-selected riders to from their region to form what is called challenger teams.

All the selected and challenger teams will compete on an equal footing and will vie for a $4000 cash prize for the winning team. Mitavite Eventing Waikato spokesperson Bevan Houlbrooke is sure the competition will generate some healthy inter-regional rivalry. "We are really excited about the concept as it is bound to stir-up a battle between the regions, while at the same time giving riders and selectors experience of team competitions"

Teams may comprise of any four horse and rider combinations from any level of competition. For example a team may consist of purely novice competitors or possibly a combination of novice, intermediate and advanced.

Team members will ride at the event in their chosen classes as per normal, but the team concept comes into play when the total grading points gained by the team members are tallied. The team with the greatest amount of grading points at the end of the weekend takes the $4000 prize.

The following eventing personalities have been invited to select from their region: Northland - John Finlayson, Waitemata - Mike Manning, Auckland - Glen Beal, Waikato - Nicoli Fife, Bay of Plenty - Jennifer Miller, Taranaki - Malcom Grayling, Taihape Mary Morrsion, Central Districts - Andrew Scott, Northern Hawkes Bay John Holmes, Southern Hawkes Bay Mary Darby, Wairarapa Tinks Pottinger, Wellington Beverly Jocelyn, South Island Helen Christie.

Riders selected for a regional team will be notified by the relevant selector, otherwise riders are encouraged to make their own arrangements for forming a challenger team. Further information regarding the Mitavite Regional Teams Challenge can be found in the Eventing Omnibus. Back to top

Smokey recovering -- (Sep 3) Smokey the miniature horse, a star attraction at Brooklands Zoo in Palmerston North, was rushed to Massey University last week for a colic operation.

Smokey is recovering from his two-hour surgery, and the three-year-old will be back at work withing a few weeks. Back to top

NZ Endurance gets online presence -- (Aug 27) The New Zealand Endurance and Competitive Trail Riding Association is now online with its own website.

Secretary Dinah Nicholas says the website is expected to ease the administrative load on the association, as well as provide a fast way of getting news and information to members and the public. The association is the governing body of the sport in New Zealand.

"Members are able to download membership and registration forms, as well as read the latest news bulletins from the council," says Dinah. "We expect this to be a huge saving in time and administration costs, plus it makes re-registering horses far faster for owners."

Articles of interest to endurance riders are also being added as time allows, and the NZECTRA hopes the site will become a valuable resource for local and overseas riders.

The new website, which is hosted by Horsetalk, is at

The first Endurance ride in New Zealand was held on Sunday, 29 August 1970. Several regions around the country ran endurance and trail rides from then, but it was not until October 1975 that a meeting was held to establish a national council. After a ride at Taumarunui on 6 June 1976 another meeting took place to inaugurate a permanent NZ National Council.

The sport has gone from strength to strength in New Zealand, with about 600 horses registered and about 800 members.

In 1999 a New Zealand team won the gold medal at the World Endurance Championships in the Middle East. Back to top

Boy killed by horse bite -- (Sep 24) A seven-year-old boy in Pakistan has been killed by a horse's bite.

According to news reports, a woman, Muniran, of Okara Cantt, was on her way home with her seven-year-old son Ijaz. As both the mother and son were passing beside wagon, the horse caught Ijaz from his neck and bit him severely. Ijaz died of his injuries on the way to hospital. Back to top

Eventer's widower remarries -- (Sep 24) Vere Phillips, whose wife Polly Phillips was killed during a fall at a three-day event two years ago, has married one of his wife's former teammates, Clea Hoeg-Mudd, 34.

"It's a new chapter in our lives and one that Polly would quite definitely have approved of. She told me once, after her own father died quite suddenly, that if I died she would be devastated but she'd get married again. I remember she said, "And you would do the same".

"She was a very matter-of-fact girl and at the end of the day all you can do for someone when they are here is give them as much as you can.

"When they've gone, you've got to get on and make the most of your life.

Only a year after Polly's death Vere entered the Burghley Horse Trials on Coral Cove, the horse on which his wife died. He was helped in dressage and cross country by Hoeg-Mudd, who placed third in the event, beating Vere by one placing. Back to top

Dehydration kills 25 ranch horses -- (Sep 24) A broken pump has been blamed for the deydration deaths of 25 horses on a Utah ranch.

The horses were among a herd of 38 quarter-horse mares and foals who hung around the dry troughs for four days.

Owner Greg Kesler said he and his family have suffered emotional pain since the deaths were discovered. He estimates the horses were worth $100,000.

Millard County sheriff's Lt. John Kimball said criminal charges are not being recommended because the deaths appear to be accidental.

The deaths were blamed on a pump that draws water from wells used for irrigation and was supposed to keep a constant flow of water to the troughs. The Humane Society of Utah is not convinced negligence played no part in the deaths, and may investigate. Back to top

UAE second in Junior Endurance Champs -- (Sep 20) Home side Spain won the World Junior Endurance Championship in Villacastin, Spain, earlier this month, beating out the UAE.

After on UAE's key rider Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's mount was vetted out in the first 36kms, Sheikh Hamdan, Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan regrouped themselves to win the silver.

Meanwhile UAE's Sheikh Hazza bin Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum were eliminated in the second and fourth stages respectively and with them ended UAE's chances of any individual medals.

With eleven teams in the fray, the UAE, Spain and France started off as the favourites for the team gold. The UAE led at the end of the first stage but it was in the third stage that Spain went ahead by just three seconds. The lead was extended to six minutes by the fourth stage. Back to top

Tribute to Big Ben -- (Sep 16) A life-sized statue of Ian Miller and Big Ben is to be erected in Miller's hometown of Perth, Ontario. The pair were one of Canada's most successful partnerships. Big Ben, who died in December 1999 aged 23, was a 17.3hh Belgian Warmblood.

The statue will be erected in a park setting on the banks of the Tay River in downtown Perth, not far from Millar's home and Ben's final resting place. The life-size statue will depict Ian and Ben in full flight over a 5 and-a-half foot jump. Back to top

Aussies not welcome at Aust site -- (Sep 16) An Australian racing website that lets people race virtual horses is barring Aussie owners because of the country's online gaming act.

Unreal Racing is signing up one visitor in 90 to a $A30 per month subscription fee. It offers races with prize money of $US400. Back to top

Nicholson second at Blenheim -- (Sep 10) Andrew Nicholson and Fenicio finished second at the Blenheim three-day event in England at the weekend. Nicholson ended on 42.6 points, only 1.0 behind American Kim Vinoski. Blyth Tait was eighth on young mount Haka. Back to top

BETA founder retires after 24 years -- (Sep 14) AFTER more than 24 years at the helm BETA's founder Antony Wakeham is stepping down from his role as director general of the British Equestrian Trade Association.

BETA Chief Executive and Secretary Claire Williams said: "Antony has made a huge impact on the equestrian industry and it is good news that he will still be involved with a number of key issues and projects.

"When I started at BETA I was very grateful for all his experience gained over the years and to have his wonderful support and backing at all times."

In January last year, Antony was awarded the MBE for services to the equestrian industry and equestrian safety.

A major force within the industry, he has been involved with countless initiatives including establishing the Jeep National Riding Festival.

Said Antony: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my role within the equestrian industry and am looking forward to still playing a part in something which has been a major part of my life."

He has also been a driving force in the fight to save hunting, acting as spokesman for the association during many high profile debates.

Antony founded BETA in 1978, launching Equestrian Management Consultants (EMC) the same year. Back to top

Przewalski's Horses returning to natural habitat -- (Sep 10) Wild horses are returning to their natural habitat in at the Kala Maili Natural Reserve in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in China, but zoological experts doubt that they will survive.

They say the Przewalski's Horses' natural survival instincts have been dulled by being raised in captivity, since they were first brought to China after near extinction in Mongolia.

These animals are said to be the only species of wild horse in the world, and fewer than 1000 of them live in zoos and studs around the world.

They are the descendants of the wild horses found near Mongolia at the end of the 1800s. They were poached extensively and became extinct from their natural habitat at the beginning of the 20th century.

The Przewalski's Horse, or Takhi, as the Mongolians call it, is a small, sturdy animal with a short, strong neck. Apart from a dark stripe running along the spine, its body is sand-colored. The mane and tail are dark brown and the legs show zebra stripes.

Przewalski's horses were used to be hunted intensively by the Kazachs. The final blow came in 1969 when the last wild Takhi was seen near a place called Gun Tamga. Fortunately, there were still enough horses left, because people had captured them for private collections at the beginning of the 1900s.

According to the organisation Ecovolunteer the horses must learn many basic skills before being reintroduced.

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Hugo Simon back on top -- (Sep 10) The Top 10 riders of the FEI Gandini World Jumping Riders Rankings, as per 31 August, are automatically qualified to participate in the 1st part of the new World Cup season of the Western-European League.

The gap between the leader of the rankings, Ludger Beerbaum, and his runners-up is not diminishing a lot. Ludo Philippaerts stole 3rd place from Lars Nieberg, who is now 4th. Jos Lansink moved up two places and is now 8th with 1493 points. About 60 points behind him we find Hugo Simon, who punctually made it to the Top 10 to be automatically qualified for the new World Cup season. His 140 points won at CSI-A Valkenswaard and Redefin fairly compensated his 120 points of August 2000 to be dropped. That was not the case of Michael Whitaker, who was losing 145 points from last year and only gained 52.5 this August with his 4th place in a tie at Hickstead Derby, and consequently fell out of the Top 10. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson makes a jump up in the rankings and is now 12th, thanks to his 325 points earned in Valkenswaard and Moscow. Marc Van Dijck also makes a spectacular move up from 24th to 15th place.

There are now 24 riders with more than 1000 points compared to only 20 last month. Back to top

Olympic format tested -- (Sep 10) A record crowd cheered last Sunday the winners of the 2001 Burghley Pedigree Horse Trials (CCI****), traditionally hosted on the first weekend of September in Burghley. The event this year was run with the Olympic format according to the FEI Eventing Committee's proposal for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

An unofficial team competition was run as part of the trials and was won by Great Britain (1) composed by Mary King, Pippa Funell, William Fox Pitt, Vere Phillipps and Graham Law. The competition was won by the Kiwi trio formed by current World Champion Blyth Tait, winner on Ready Teddy, last year's winning combination Andrew Nicholson on Mr Smiffy, and Daniel Jocelyn on Silence who scored an impressive third place.

The new format consists in running two separate show jumping competition after the cross country in order to determine the team classification, with the 25 best going into the final show jumping test (run on Sunday afternoon) for the individual results.

The intention is for this formula to provide the best overall horse and rider combination result. Sunday's show jumping test was followed with excitement by the huge public, also because it was evident that some riders would improve their performance through the final jumping test.

Andrew Nicholson, who had dropped from first to third place in the first jumping round, improved his result by scoring a clear round in the final.

On the other side Mary King on King Solomon III (Great Britain), who was third after the morning jumping test, dropped to fourth after she had two fences down in the final round. "I am not against the proposed Olympic formula - commented King in the final press conference - My horse simply did not jump as well as he did in the first one."

The Chairman of the Eventing Committee, Wayne Roycroft, expressed his appreciation to Bill Henson for not only putting on this important event despite the difficult situation of renewed occurrence of the Foot and Mouth disease, but for offering the FEI the opportunity to test this format in one of world's major event.

"The results today will give the Eventing Committee confidence to proceed with finalizing the format for Athens and to secure the two sets of medals on two separate tests which will reflect a team result and from that result the best combination in the world compete for the individual title, as shown in Burghley." Back to top

Riding dangerous despite helmets -- (Sep 3) A study by Royal Adelaide
Riding Injuries Study
Hospital has found that horse riding is dangerous despite the use of riding helmets, which do not adequately protect riders.

Statistically, horse-riding causes more injuries than motorbike or car racing, and high rates of brain and eye injuries being are sustained in falls. Researchers studies the cases of 18 horse-riders -- and one camel-rider -- treated by an Adelaide neurosurgeon; even though they were wearing helmets four died and five were severely disabled.

Professor Donald Simpson, from Royal Adelaide Hospital, said that in his 20-odd years of work, only nine of 19 riders whose records he analysed were wearing approved helmets. Seven wore non-approved helmets, and one helmet had fallen off in a fall.

"Helmets today are vastly better than the ones around in the 1970s when I first became interested in this issue, but they may not be as good as they can be," he told AAP.

Eye surgeons have also called for more research into helmet design.

Despite the apparent poor performance, helmets do save lives, Professor Simpson said, although helmets would probably not survive a kick by a horse -- which is estimated at four times the test impact load required by helmet standards. Back to top

Pinfiring banned in Aust -- (Sep 3) Racehorses in Australia who have been pinfired will be banned from racing under an amended rule by the Australian Racing Board.

It will apply from October 1. There is already a pinfiring ban in New Zealand. Back to top

Burghley riders 'guinea pigs' -- (Sep 3) Andrew Nicholson feels that riders at Burghley were used as guinea pigs to trial a new Olympic format. In the new system, two showjumping rounds decide the individual title, rather than one.

"The FEI are off their heads having a trial run at a place like this, the biggest event of the year in front of all these people," Nicholson told NZPA.

The reason for the trial was the FEI trying to find a format for team and individual events which the International Olympic Committee found acceptable. The IOC was against separate events being held for teams and individuals, and two jumping rounds is considered a possible compromise. Back to top

Kiwis trifecta Burghley -- (Sep 3) Blyth Tait (NZL), riding his Olympic gold medallist horse Ready Teddy, rode a brilliant final round of show jumping to win the Burghley Pedigree Horse Trials 2001, on score of 41.4.

Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and Mr Smiffy completed on a score of 46. One fence down in the morning's round of show jumping dropped him from the pole position into second place.

Dan Jocelyn (NZL) and Silence rose from from 29th after the dressage to finish third with spectacular cross country and show jumping rounds to complete on his dressage score of 52.4.

British riders Mary King (King Solomon III), Pippa Funnell (Cornerman) and Polly Stockton (Eye Spy II) rode strongly to finish fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

An ecstatic Blyth Tait said: "It's a great thrill to be the winner. Ready Teddy went very well all weekend. I was very happy to be sitting on him in the final phase of show jumping and wouldn't have swapped onto any other given the chance."

The Burghley Pedigree Horse Trials 2001 has proved to be a successful event for both competitors and the public.

Bill Henson, Event Director said: "In the face of all the restrictions we have had this year because of the FMD crisis, it was an absolute pleasure to run such a splendid event. We have had excellent crowds over the past four days, ideal weather conditions and a great competition. I couldn't have wished for more."
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Former NZ trainer outed -- (Sep 2) Former New Zealand racehorse trainer Nigel Landers has been disqualified for one year in Malaysia. He lost an appeal against the ruling, made after a positive test by Always Ahead at Penang in March. The unplaced horse tested positive to ethacrynic acid. Back to top

Big winner drops dead -- (Sep 2) Racehorse Voile D'Or died of a suspected heart attack last week during trials at Flemington.

Voile D'Or was a West Australian Derby and South Australian Oaks winner who had been transferred to the stable of Bart Cummings a week ago.

Another horse, Jungle Lyrics, also died on the same day, also of a suspected heart attack. Back to top

Nicholson leads after Cross-Country -- (Sep 2) New Zealand rider Andrew Nicholson had a brilliant cross country round on Mr Smiffy to maintain his lead at the Burghley Pedigree Horse Trials on a score of 41. Completing the course well within the time Andrew felt the course rode as well as he had expected: He said: "It rode as it walked. The first third was twisty with plenty of thinking fences while the final section was very quick."

Extremely pleased with both his rides he described it as "even better than last year. Mr Smiffy is a very quick jumper, didn't pull as much as last year and galloped very well and New York felt he did a nice neat job."

Fellow New Zealander Blyth Tait had a bold ride on Ready Teddy who 'has been to Burghley so many times now he paid little attention to me - I had to go with him or get off!' moved up into second place, retaining his score of 41.4. While William Fox -Pitt and Springleaze Macaroo had a good round but gained time penalties dropping into 17th position on 55.2.

Mary King lies third with King Solomon on a score of 44.6, incurring 1.2 time penalties on the cross country phase. A fall on her second horse Star Appeal has left her with a cut to her thigh but she is reported to be in good spirits.

Pippa Funnell, one of twelve riders to start the competition with two horses, lies in 4th place with Cornerman on a score of 45.4.

To complete the international leaderboard USA team member Beale Morris and Pathfinder stand fifth overnight.

Mike Tucker, the Burghley Pedigree Horse Trials cross country course builder said: 'It's been a smashing day for the sport - a great competition and a lot of horses and riders have come home with smiles on their faces.'

Only one fence separates the top four competitors, which should make for a thrilling show jumping climax to the Burghley Pedigree Horse Trials 2001. Back to top



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