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PRELIMINARY. Something which precedes, as preliminaries of peace, which are the first sketch of a treaty, and contain the principal articles on which both parties are desirous of concluding, and which are to serve as the basis of the treaty.

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Ben Blankenship: OTC Elite runner gets third-best time in 1,500 prelims.
Around 3,000 students participated in the prelims, which were conducted at six centres in the Sultanate.
"I was especially pleased with Prelim 14 and I couldn't fault him.
They have made good progress in dressage and at a Northern Dressage Qualifier took first place in the prelim 12 class with a 74% result.
NEWSOME Prelim: M Mccluskey (scr) (Waterloo) v J Crowther (3) (Lockwood), D Frost (3) (Crosland Moor) v B Walsh(Meltham), D.
UNION HALL CENTRE DRESSAGE RESULTS Prelim 13 Qualifier: 1 Sarah Squires, Hot Opposition, O, 50.83%; 1 Sally Herron, Mayflower VI, R, 67.08%; 2 Mark Jackson, Fletcher McKay, R, 66.67%; 3 Emma Craggs, Storm Breaker, R, 64.58%.
Rosebowl qualifier - Prelims: Peter Kain 31 Mick Higgins scr, Craig Gant 31 Richard Brook 23, Brian Morley 31 Barry Gibson 27.
Equal first place Prelim 14 rider Julia Paterson got her nine-year-old bay gelding, Spot of Luck II, on recommendation from Emma Mould, who had spotted the horse in Farnham.
Prelim round - A) Peter Hopkinson (66) v Steve Hirst (6), B) Ronnie Wormald (12) v Ray Whitwam (25), C) Alan Crowther (40) v Gerald Sykes (100).
The test went well and although powerful and a bit strong was flexing, bending and forward to finish with a 72% score." Prelim 4 senior section winner, Lianne Renwick, who has come back to ride after a 12-year absence, went out last year and bought an Advanced event horse, Haveray Park Beau, formerly owned by young rider Jim Calverly.
GRIFFIN PROGRAMME October: 14 Sixteen, 21 Griffin Rosebowl Prelim, 27 Sixteen, 28 Griffin Rosebowl Prelim.
THE first of Union Hall Equestrian Centre's British Dressage Affiliated Winter Dressage Series competitions, held near Brasside, came with a double prelim test win for non-registered rider Gemma Gutcher and Flex, a 15.1.hh and nine-year-old thoroughbred.