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Nicola has her eye on 2012 Olympic team


Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz were on the reserve list for the 2008 Olympics. Now Northallerton's Nicola has her sights set on a place in the Great Britain Olympic eventing team for 2012 following her senior debut in August. She rode Opposition Buzz to team gold alongside Tina Cook, William Fox-Pitt and Oliver Townend in the European Championship at Fontainebleau. "2012 was a dream and that's what I'm striving to achieve," she admits. "Opposition Buzz will still be a good age at 15 for London, so I hope that he will be my number one horse." But Nicola believes she has a successor-in-waiting should anything untoward happen to Opposition Buzz before 2012.

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British Dressage hits the small screen
"Anyone can take part in dressage and itís about much more than just competing".

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Make a Note in your Diary: The 2010 Great Yorkshire Show


The 152nd Great Yorkshire Show takes place on Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 July, at Harrogate when more than 130,000 visitors are expected to come through the gates. The annual countryside showcase is now the premier agricultural show in England and is renowned for high quality show jumping and superb showing classes. Last year there were more than 2,000 horses and ponies taking part over the three days. Taking the 2009 Cuddy Supreme In Hand Championship was a ten-year-old bay brood mare, Rotherwood Flamenco, from the Stanley Grange Stud in Co. Durham, whilst William Funnell won the Ripon Select Foods Cock o' the North Show jumping Championship with Cortaflex Mondriaan.

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Hold your breath. Equestrian Olympics submit their planning application.


The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games has just submitted its planning application for the use of Greenwich Park to host the Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian Events and Olympic Modern Pentathlon Events in 2012.
Research conducted by LOCOG's market research partner, Nielsen, shows that nearly 85% of Greenwich residents support the Park being used as a London 2012 venue, providing it is not closed for more than six weeks and is returned in the condition it was received.
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Obama asked to push for ban on horse slaughter
Photographs show horses with legs ripped off, eyeballs hanging on their cheeks and other severe injuries. 92% of American horses, which are slaughtered are young, healthy and without behavioural problems. The Animal Law Coalition and Animals Angels have asked the U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) to investigate gross violations of humane laws and regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in connection with the commercial slaughter of horses. Though horse slaughter ended in the U.S. in 2007, American horses are still sold for slaughter in Mexico and Canada. Proponents of horse slaughter have insisted on the re-opening of horse slaughter plants, saying U.S. laws protect horses from cruelty unlike Mexico and Canada.

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