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Dressage at Devon to Host First Class for Four-Year-Old Horses

The 31st Annual Dressage at Devon Horse Show will host a new dressage class for four-year-old horses. It is the first time that such a class has been offered in North America. The class will be held on Friday, September 30. Dressage at Devon opens on Tuesday, September 27, and runs through Sunday, October 2, at the Devon Horse Show grounds in Devon, PA.

The four-year-old class was created as a new class of the North American Breeder's Futurity (NABF), which began at Dressage at Devon three years ago. Says Dressage at Devon Co-Chair Melanie Sloyer, "The class is a continuation of the futurity and an ideal way to bridge the gap between the sport horse breeding and performance horse competition in this country. It is a logical progression to the five-year-old and six-year-old classes."

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New Resources for the Breeding Community with Launch of Performance Horse Registry E-Newsletter and New Design of

The first edition of the Performance Horse Registry (PHR) e-newsletter, American Breeder News, was sent on Friday, July 8. A breeder-savvy publication about sport horse breeding in North America, American Breeder News will continue to be delivered to subscriber's e-mail boxes every month, offering the latest news affecting the breeding industry from the PHR, breed registries across the United States and American breeders themselves.

This launch coincides with the unveiling of the PHR's redesigned website, In addition to featuring information contained in American Breeder News, the new website offers a regularly updated news section on the homepage.

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2005 NRHA Germany Breeders Derby Has One of Its Greatest Finals Yet

The 2005 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Breeders Derby should be remembered for a long time, and not only because of the huge numbers of horses and riders. One of the two major NRHA Germany events, the Breeders Derby counted 132 horses in the Breeders Derby classes alone. Last year, there were 84 entries. Altogether, there were more than 900 starts compared to last year's 680. Reining obviously is growing more and more attractive. And it seems as if very slowly, even TV gets interested in this sport. TV magazine Pferdezeit (time for horses) was there to film the Derby. The film, which is scheduled for the end of August/beginning of September, starts at German champion Grischa Ludwig's facility and accompanies him during the Derby. Showing a lot of top sport, the film also includes a number of stories, such as ambitious youth and their families presenting Joline Nollet and Sebastian Storz. But first and foremost, the Derby will be remembered because of the excitement and quality of the two finals.

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Equine Equity Act Introduced in Congress

The American Horse Council (AHC) reports that the Equine Equity Act has been introduced by Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jim Bunning (R-KY) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR). "My legislation will remove the unfair tax burden on horses that discourage investment in the horse industry," said Senator McConnell.

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Rodioso is Perfect at Letter Perfect

The Oldenburg stallion Rodioso captured his third grand championship in as many shows at the Letter Perfect Dressage Sporthorse Show on July 3, 2005, in Ridgefield, WA. Judge William Solyntjes awarded the nine-year-old stallion his win in the Stallion class with an 83, and he quickly advanced to grand champion. Rodioso was awarded a 9 for his walk with the comment "very correct angulation" and a 9 on General Impression with the comment "good development." This marks the third outing this year for Rodioso in the Sporthorse Division, and he goes to the Region 6 In-Hand Finals in the fall with a year end average of 81.71, placing him among one of the top in-hand dressage stallions in the country.

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Kalarama Farm Owner Edwin Paul Hamilton Mourned

Kalarama Farm owner and 1997 American Saddlebred Horse Association Breeder's Award winner Edwin Paul Hamilton, 85, of Springfield, KY, passed away the evening of Saturday, July 23.

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Fort Worth, TX, To Host the 2005 International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association National Show

The International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) presents the IALHA National Championship Show from October 18-23, 2005. The show will take place at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center, in Fort Worth, TX, in the W.R. Watt Arena. The public is welcome and admission is free to all events.

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Enjoy Paso Finos at the PFHA Grand National Championship Show

The Paso Fino Horse Association encourages all to make plans to attend the 33rd Paso Fino Horse Association Grand National Championship Show, which take place at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, in Perry, GA. See the best of the best vie for various titles during the weeklong event, with competition beginning Sunday, September 18, and running through Saturday, September 24.

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Dutch Warmblood Studbook Announces 2005 Inspection Tour

The Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America (NA/WPN), a department of the Royal Warmblood Studbook of The Netherlands (KWPN), will be holding its annual "Keuring" tour (inspection and evaluation of breeding stock) from September 7-22, 2005. The tour includes two sites in Canada and ten in the U.S.

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Six-Member Team from AWR to Compete at WBFSH Sport Horses International Young Breeders Competition

The American Warmblood Registry (AWR) is sending a six-member team to compete in the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH) International Young Breeders Competition in Aarhus, Denmark, August 26-28. This third annual competition is designed to bring young breeders together across breeding associations, countries and languages in a friendly competition in five disciplines--theory, presenting of a mare in-hand, judging of mares, judging the gaits of loose horses and judging the jumping of loose horses.

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Shetland Pony Congress Show Offers Free Admission and Family Fun

The 2005 American Shetland Pony National Championship Congress show is set to kick-off August 3-6 at the Gordyville Arena in Gifford, IL. Last year's Shetland Pony Congress show drew record participation with over 500 entries from all over the United States. "We were pleased by the increased entries last year," said ASPC Executive Director Zona Schneider. "Shetland ponies are very versatile and compete in a variety of open competitions, so it is especially gratifying when we can draw a large number of ponies to our Congress Championship."

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Multi-U.S. National Champion Andalusian Stallion Davido MC Passes Away

The multi-U.S. National Champion Andalusian stallion, Davido MC, died on May 2, 2005, of an aortic aneurism, while breeding a mare at Selwood Park Stable, in Elkhorn, WI.

Davido MC was owned by Gareth A. Selwood for 12 of the horse's 15 years and was bred by Music City Andalusians of Nashville, TN. He was sired by the imported 2000 USEF Leading Andalusian Sire, Ofendido VII, and out of the imported Poseido V daughter, Huerfana. Davido MC qualified for and showed at a record 11 consecutive Andalusian National Championship Shows.

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IFSHA Announces Locations for the 2005 Friesian Regional and National Championships

The International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA), the only official USEF-recognized representative of the Friesian horse, has announced the schedule for their regional and national championships.

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The Belgian Warmblood Breeding Association of North America Announces 2005 Inspection Tour

The 2005 Belgian Warmblood keuring is scheduled for August 17-30, covering 15 sites in the United States. The jury consists of two Belgian judges and the BWP/NAD president. Classes include: Foals of 2005, Mares Three to Six, Mares Seven and older, Stallions, and Yearling and Two-Year-Old Futurities. For details on locations and inspection criteria, please visit

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