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The United States Para-Equestrian Association Joins Phelps Media Group, Inc.

Logo of the United States Para-Equestrian Association. Photo © 2010 Logo created by Deb Phillips at MagnumCreative.com.

Thousand Oaks, California – May 4, 2010 – Phelps Media Group, Inc. International (PMG), a leading public relations firm specializing in the equestrian industry, is pleased to announce that the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) has joined the expanding list of clients. The USPEA includes every equestrian discipline that is practiced by athletes with physical disabilities specifically dressage.  Each rider or driver competes under the eighth discipline, the Para-Equestrian discipline, of the United States Equestrian Federation.  This year at the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games the Para-Equestrian discipline will make history.  The USEF High Performance Para-Equestrian Dressage team will compete as an FEI sport for the first time at the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games held in Lexington, KY.

The USPEA provides programs, clinics, and competition opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities.  Riders compete under the USEF rules during their competitions and many of the athletes compete at the highest level of their sport.

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Australian Paul Tapner Takes Over Lead at Badminton

Paul Tapner (AUS) and Inonothing galloped into the lead at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, the second leg of the HSBC FEI Classics, after picking up just 0.4 of a penalty in the Cross-Country (Photograph: Kate Houghton).

2 May 2010 – Paul Tapner (AUS) was clearly overjoyed as he came through the finish line at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR) on his second ride, Inonothing. His celebrations were more than justified as, after an enthralling and dramatic Cross Country day, he found himself in the lead at a 4-star event for the first time.

The track at Badminton, the second leg of the HSBC FEI Classics, proved as enigmatic as ever, taking its fair share of high-profile scalps, including all the top five riders after Dressage.

“I was aware that there were quite a lot faults occurring,” said British-based Tapner, 34, who was equal 11th after Dressage. “But after I’d ridden my first horse (Stormhill Michael, 12th) I had a roast lunch and then a sleep in the lorry and tried to forget about it. Inonothing is a unique horse to ride across country; he’s so small and nippy.”

If Tapner wins tomorrow, he will be the third Australian rider to do so in the last four years, following Andrew Hoy (2006) and Lucinda Fredericks (2007).

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Kai Rüder Is Prince of Badminton

Badminton first-timers Kai Rüder (GER) and Le Prince Des Bois lead after the dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, the second leg of the HSBC FEI Classics (Photograph: Kit Houghton).

1 May 2010 – Kai Rüder (GER) and his powerful stallion Le Prince des Bois held an appropriately regal lead at the close of Dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), the second leg of the HSBC FEI Classics.

Rüder, 39 and making his Badminton debut after a 20-year quest, has a 5.8-penalty lead over first day leader Ruth Edge (GBR) on Two Thyme ahead of what is predicted to be an influential Cross Country day due to the forecast heavy rain.

The leading duo finished 10th at Burghley (GBR) last year – when Rüder won the HSBC Training Bursary for the best 4-star debut – and have spent the last month based in England with German team trainer Christopher Bartle (GBR).

Le Prince des Bois, who performs a reliably expressive Dressage test, is by Yarlands Summer Song, the stallion ridden with such panache at Badminton in the 1990s by France’s Marie-Christine Duroy.

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2010 Radio Show Episode 87 – Previewing the Final Three Test Events

We take a look at what’s ahead at the Kentucky Horse Horse Park this week with the final test events, and catch up with two of our spotlight athletes: canadian eventer and new mother Jessie Phoenix, (aaah!) and The English Vaulting Squad. Listen in…

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Horse Radio Network – Rolex Coverage Begins Wednesday

Follow Eventing Radio’s Daily Wrap-Up Shows

Chris Stafford with Co-Hosts and Guests Will Provide Unique Reports, Interviews and News from the Kentucky Horse Park

April 20, 2010 Lexington, KY. The Eventing Radio Show, part of the Horse Radio Network,  plans  to mark its second year of coverage of the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event with extensive reporting, interviews, news and views from the 2010 event, which takes  place from April 21-25th at the Kentucky Horse Park.  This year’s event will also be the test event for the World Equestrian Games so the show will include a preview of what visitors can expect later this year.  With the inclusion of Britain’s Oliver Townend in the line-up attempting to be only the second rider to win the $250,000 Rolex Gland Slam, plus a total of seven nations competing for North America’s only four star prize, there will be plenty of action for the Eventing Radio Show team  to follow.

“Since our debut event coverage at last year’s event our weekly show has built a  worldwide audience in some 37 countries and with that we have created a devoted  fan base, which is both dedicated to the sport and eager for event coverage. It’s exciting to be able to offer the show as a valued resource and with our team of experts we look forward to providing all the highlights and more of this prestigious event,” said Chris Stafford, Host.

This year’s event kicks off as usual with the veterinary inspection on Wednesday  afternoon, which will launch our daily coverage together with a preview of the record number of entries for this four-star event. One of the Eventing Radio Show’s favorite co-hosts, Max Corcoran, will be preparing Mandiba for her rider, Karen O’Connor. Several of our guests from the past year will also be in the running or officiating so we’ll be sure to catch up with them too. Plus our Rolex Quiz winner will make their special appearance during the event.

Each special episode will review the competition of the day and preview the follow day with interviews and comments for our team of experts. Tune in to www.eventingradio.com each day of Rolex to be sure to catch all the action.

The Eventing Radio Show will also be supporting The Chronicle of the Horse with their live interactive blogging coverage of Rolex. Chronicle staff will provide play-by-play of the events as they unfold and viewers will be able to chat along. You can follow the fun coverage at www.eventingradio.com or www.chronofhorse.com.

We will be doing daily wrap up shows from Rolex beginning Wednesday and running through Sunday.  This blog – HorsesintheSouth.com’s blog aka AHorseBlog.com – will receive the code for the shows every evening by 9 or 10 PM Eastern.  Also, we will have a link for the Chronicle of the Horse’s CoveritLive live blogging coverage of the Dressage on Thursday and Friday.

(I had to jump ahead of some of the blog posts that I still have as an affiliate of the Horse Radio Network so I can get this online since it is happening this week. More older posts to come. )

Eventing Radio Episode 69 – Eventing Safety with Jimmy Wofford

Jimmy Wofford talks about safety on this week’s show and we also have a report from Jennie Brannigan on Southern Pines Horse Trials. Ashley Adams is the co-host. Listen in.

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Hypersensitivity in Equestrian Competition

Lausanne (SUI), 19 April 2010 – All horses show normal nerve sensation or sensitivity. Where that sensation is increased beyond normal limits it is called hypersensitivity. Hypersensitivity can be produced by a range of normal occurrences, such as an insect sting or accidental self-inflicted injury.

Hypersensitisation is the term used to define the artificial production of hypersensitivity and is contrary to horse welfare and fair play.

At FEI competitions, the determination of hypersensitivity in the horse is made by a combination of thermographic and clinical examinations, carried out by at least two experienced equine veterinarians.

Thermography is a means of detecting abnormal heat patterns of the skin through the use of an imaging camera. The clinical examination is carried out by observation and palpation (applying manual pressure).

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FEI Press Conference on Sapphire’s Disqualification on FEI TV

Lausanne (SUI), 20 April 2010 – The FEI press conference, held on 17 April in Geneva, on the disqualification of the horse Sapphire ridden by McLain Ward (USA) in the FEI World Cup Jumping Final, is now available free-to-view on FEI TV in English. Visit www.feitv.org and register to watch for free.

The opening statement by the FEI President is available here.

Media Contact:

Malina Gueorguiev

FEI Press Manager


+41 78 750 61 33

FEI Tribunal Denies Request to Allow Sapphire to Compete in Final

Geneva (SUI), 18 April 2010 – An urgent appeal/protest was lodged this morning by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), McLain Ward (Person Responsible) and Dr Tim Ober (USEF Team Veterinarian) against the disqualification of Sapphire from the FEI World Cup Final. The FEI Tribunal heard the case for emergency relief to allow the horse to compete today. Following the hearing, the FEI Tribunal Chair Ken Lalo (ISR) denied the request for emergency relief on the grounds that the FEI Tribunal did not have jurisdiction to overturn the Ground Jury’s decision. This means that Sapphire remains disqualified from today’s final round of the FEI World Cup.

Sapphire, the horse ridden by McLain Ward (USA), was eliminated from the second round of the FEI World Cup Final on Friday night (16 April) and disqualified from the rest of the event following a positive hypersensitivity test.

Media Contact:

Malina Gueorguiev

FEI Press Manager


+41 78 750 61 33

Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping 2010 Final – Third Final Competition

Runners-up Pius Schwizer of Switzerland (left) and Ludger Beerbaum of Germany (right) hold the newly-crowned 2010 Rolex FEI World Cup champion Marcus Ehning of Germany aloft after his victory in Geneva today. Photo: Kit Houghton.


Geneva (SUI), 18 April 2010 – Germany’s Marcus Ehning will celebrate his 36th birthday tomorrow as the newly-crowned 2010 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping champion. In the Palexpo arena in Geneva, Switzerland this afternoon he kept the coolest head despite an early mistake and won through when those ahead of him faltered.  This was his third time to take the prestigious Rolex title and he said, “It’s really unbelievable – I thought I was too far behind going into the last round but this is how it works out – I am so happy!”

Germany dominated the winner’s podium when Ludger Beerbaum produced one of just four double-clear performances in today’s competition to finish joint-runner-up with Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer.  And the thrilling class highlighted some great characters and new arrivals, but shattered the dream of America’s Mario Deslauriers who it seemed was about to re-take the title he first claimed 26 years ago in Gothenburg, only to see it slip from his grasp in the fading moments.

Course designer Rolf Ludi presented two more classic tests, but only seven of the 29 starters got it right in the first round and when Deslauriers and his brilliant nine year old Dutch gelding Urico were amongst them it further bolstered their position at the top of the leaderboard after the first two legs.  The flimsy planks at fence four, the vertical following a tight left-hand bend at seven and the water-tray oxer at fence 10, ridden on a three-stride distance from the previous 1.60m FEI vertical, proved the bogeys here but when Ehning’s Plot Blue clipped the very last – a wall with beautifully-carved Swiss cows decorating the top of it – then it seemed his chances were scuppered.  With only four points separating the top four riders going into the final day every mistake was critical, but third-placed Schwizer lowered the bogey planks while fourth-placed Patrice Deleveau of France kicked out the oxer at fence two, so Ehning only slipped one place to third at the end of the opening round of jumping.

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