Royal Winners on Opening Day of Royal Windsor Horse Show

Royal Windsor Horse Show 2022 got off to a scintillating start with top-class national Show Jumping and Showing competitions and impressive international displays from The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and The Royal Cavalry of Oman.

DOUBLE DELIGHT IN ROYAL WINDSOR PUISSANCE

The Puissance provided a fittingly spectacular finale to the opening day of the 2022 Show. Five riders made it through to the fifth and final round to face the 2.15m wall. As second to go in the final round, Derek Morton jumped the imposing wall clear aboard KBS High Quality to put the pressure on those to follow, who were now fighting for a share of the winner’s prize fund. Guy Williams, a joint winner of the class in 2021, cleared the wall itself but knocked the triple bar to finish on four faults. It was the last combination to go, Trevor Breen riding Chankar Mail, who had shown signs of greenness in the first round but grown with confidence throughout, who was able to match Morton’s feat, demonstrating all the power and agility required to conquer the daunting wall and share the spoils.

After the class, Breen said: “I’m just so happy with the horse. I haven’t had him too long, but he’s been really good and I’m over the moon with his attitude and bravery tonight.”

Morton added: “KBS High Quality has only done three Puissance before, but he has won twice at Bolesworth and then I gave him a run last weekend at Chard. With the Puissance, it is a leap of faith for both the horse and rider as you can’t see what’s on the other side! Tonight, he felt super – he is such an amazing horse!”

Earlier in the day, Sally Goding made an inspiring return from injury to capture the Land Rover National 1.40m Open Jumping Competition, a single-phase class where the second half of the track was against the clock. Coming forward towards the end of the 47-starter competition, Goding knew what was required to take the victory from Oliver Fletcher, who finished in eventual second having led from the midway point. Goding, riding the eight-year-old Spring Willow, produced a foot-perfect performance, shaving 0.04 seconds from Fletcher’s time, with Sophie Fawcett finishing in third.

Of the chestnut mare Spring Willow, Goding said: “She’s a homebred so it’s extra special for us. I actually just came back from a broken ankle ten-and-a-half weeks ago so I’m not meant to be riding, but she’s the bravest horse in the world and there’s no other horse I would rather be riding, so I couldn’t miss coming here.”

The 12 highest placed six-year-old horses from the Equitop® GLME Senior Foxhunter Jumping Competition went through to the Walwyn Novice Jumping Championship, supported by Martin Collins Enterprises, to win the Challenge Trophy, in memory of the late Lt. Colonel C T Walwyn. Victory went to Emma-Jo Slater riding Kimba Time, who jumped a double clear, posting a jump-off time of 32.77 seconds, almost half-a-second faster than second-placed John Crippen.

ROYAL SUCCESS AT ROYAL WINDSOR HORSE SHOW

Her Majesty The Queen started the 2022 Show in style with a two wins in the Showing. In the Coloured, Non-Native in Hand Horse section, her five-year-old skewbald gelding Sunbeam, led by Chris Hunnable, won his class but then had to settle for reserve in the Coloured in Hand Championship. The top spot went to Isle of Wight-based police officer, Megan Champney, with her piebald mare — also five — Penrock Perfect Puzzle. Her Majesty’s second victory came in the Flat Ridden Sport Horse, with Daydream III winning under the guidance of Katie Jerram-Hunnable.

Working Hunters occupied centre stage in the glorious Castle Arena and after two excellent classes, the top spot went to Alice Homer — granddaughter of legendary showman David Tatlow, himself a double champion here in the section some years ago. Reserve fell to the second-placed Heavyweight combination, Windsor debutantes Eleanor Hirst and Noble Gladiator.

The Amateur Ridden Hunter section was well-supported by competitors and spectators alike, and after two great classes the top spot went to Cheshire rider Camilla Stowell-Davies with her home-produced Lightweight winner, Glenteeran Dance in the Deep.

To find out more about Royal Windsor Horse Show, or to book tickets, visit www.rwhs.co.uk.

For more information, please contact:
Gayle Jenkins / rEvolution / gjenkins@revolutionworld.com

Help Protect Nevada’s Marietta Wild Burros

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has so mismanaged America’s wild burros that the hardy little animals are currently facing a genetic crisis.

Despite knowing this, BLM does nothing to address the crisis they’ve created. Instead, they continue to round up our wild burros, knowing full well they’re keeping the burro populations so low that the animals are forced to inbreed.

There isn’t a worse example of their utter FAILURE to adhere to best practices and carry out their responsibility to manage “healthy self-sustaining populations.”

Please take a minute to speak up for the Marietta Wild Burros today.

The BLM wants to remove 400 of the 500 burros in this area — 80% of the population! We MUST stop this dangerous, broken cycle of roundups and stockpiling — and that starts with raising our voices to tell BLM we DO NOT support this plan.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Beth Underhill Wins €500,000 Rolex Grand Prix of La Baule

Beth Underhill riding Dieu Merci van T&L. Photo by Pierre Costabadie/Scoopdyga.com.

La Baule, France – Canadian Olympian Beth Underhill of Mulmer, ON won the €500,000 Rolex Grand Prix of La Baule on Sunday, May 8, to close out the CSIO5* International Jumping La Baule in France.

On Friday, Underhill delivered double clear rounds to lead Canada to a third-place finish in the €250,000 Nations’ Cup riding Dieu Merci van T&L. The pair carried their form into Sunday’s €500,000 Rolex Grand Prix where they again jumped clear in the opening round of competition to join 11 other riders who qualified for the second round.

Underhill and Dieu Merci van T&L tackled the second-round course set in the François André Stadium by French course designer Gregory Bodo and delivered yet another clear round in a time of 43.77 seconds to put the pressure on those who followed. None were able to catch her time and leave all the rails up, giving the win to Underhill and the 13-year-old Belgian Sport Horse stallion (Toulon x Corrado I) owned by the Rein Family LLC and Torrey Pines Stable Inc. Yuri Mansur of Brazil riding Vitiki was the only other rider to produce two clear rounds, but his slower time of 45 seconds left him in second. There was a tie for third place when both Pierre Marie Friant of France riding Urdy d’Astree and Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet riding Nevados S counted four faults in the exact same time of 41.66 seconds.

“He was spectacular all week and didn’t put a foot wrong,” said Underhill of her winning mount. “He gave me everything he had without question and felt better every round.”

Underhill, who operates her own Beth Underhill Stables training business in King City, ON, began riding horses for Eric Lamaze at the beginning of this season when health issues forced the 2008 Olympic champion to take a step back. Lamaze has since formally announced his retirement from the sport but has taken up his new role as chef d’equipe of the Canadian Show Jumping Team with gusto.

Underhill, 59, recounted, “When I went in the ring for the second round, Eric said, ‘It’s yours to take.’ It galvanized me. I thought about all that Eric has done for us and has given me a renewed opportunity at this stage in my career. All the Canadian riders wanted to make this week count. I wanted to hold my own and put into practice all the things that we had been working on. I wanted to do it for Eric. To have a result like this is thrilling.”

Dieu Merci van T&L was acquired in the summer of 2020 and is owned in partnership between Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable and Mark Rein and Tara Dow-Rein’s Rein Family LLC. Prior to La Baule, Underhill had only competed the horse during two weeks of competition in March at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

“Mark has been texting after every round encouraging us; we couldn’t ask for better owners,” said Underhill of the 2021 Equestrian Canada Jumping Committee’s ‘Owner of the Year.’ “I grew up riding with Mark years ago as a junior. He is a Canadian and someone who loves the sport. We are so appreciative that he and Tara have brought their support to this level, and all that they’ve done to get us to this point. I’m very thankful to have a horse at this level.

“To watch the Canadian flag being raised and hear the anthem being played was an emotional moment, with the whole team there supporting us,” continued Underhill who represented Canada at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona with Monopoly. “To be part of a competition like La Baule is a dream come true for me. The crowd was electric and so supportive of the Canadians. Because of Eric’s history with the show, I think they have a soft spot for Canadians. It was an incredible week. We did what we came to do.”

Lamaze has won the Grand Prix of La Baule on three occasions, in 2007 and 2011 riding his Beijing Olympic individual gold and team silver partner, Hickstead, and again in 2014 aboard Powerplay.

“As Canadians, we couldn’t be happier; Beth continued the form she had in the Nations’ Cup,” said Lamaze. “It was an excellent course. It was a big grand prix track that was built with a lot of thought behind it. Beth was fast enough in the second round but not fast enough to do something stupid. She did what she needed to do at that stage of the class, and it worked out for her. Beth looks strong on that horse and winning the Grand Prix of La Baule is a major achievement in your career.

“I proud not only of Beth for the win, but for the entire Canadian team and their attitude, the way that they handled everything and supported each other this week,” continued Lamaze. “Competing in Europe is something I’ve done by myself for so many years; we eventually managed to get some teams over here, but it was never properly organized. This week shows that good things are to come for Canada.”

“This morning I was walking through the vendor area and I came across the place where they have all the plaques of the past winners,” concluded Underhill. “I saw that Canada had won the Nations’ Cup in 1970, and that Eric had won the Grand Prix twice with Hickstead and again with Powerplay. I thought to myself, ‘Wouldn’t it be magical to be part of that hallowed group?’”

During the event’s 61st edition, Underhill and Dieu Merci van T&L have indeed written their names in the history books of La Baule.

For more information on CSIO5* La Baule and full results, including video footage of Underhill’s winning round, visit www.labaule-cheval.com.

CONTACT: Jennifer Ward | www.startinggate.ca

Jennifer Bliss and Flight Land the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Jennifer Bliss and Flight ©Anne Gittins Photography.

Wellington, FL – May 7, 2022 – The Spring IV week of the ESP Spring Series saw hunters compete on the grass Derby Annex field of Equestrian Village throughout the week. The week’s feature class for hunter competitors took place on Friday, with Jennifer Bliss of Wellington, FL and Dandelion Farm LLC’s Flight topping a field of 16 competitors to capture their first derby win together thanks to two high-scoring rounds in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Equiline.

As the groom of the winning derby horse, Deywi Rodriguez was the recipient of the Schneiders Groom Award following the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby. As part of the recognition, Rodriguez was presented with a bag of high-quality grooming supplies courtesy of Schneiders Tack.

On Saturday afternoon, competitors jumped for the blue ribbon in the $1,000 2’6″-2’9″ Hunter Derby, presented by Score At The Top. Nabbing the win by more than ten points, Samantha Senft of Wellington, FL and her own La Roux 11 led the victory gallop with a total score of 177 points.

Ava Scharbo of Winnetka, IL and her own Logan impressed in the USHJA 3’ Hunter division, presented by Perfect Products. Though the pair only competed in three of the division’s five classes, they earned first place in all of their showings, which included two over-fences classes and the under saddle, to accrue the most points towards the overall championship honors.

In the 15-17 Equitation, Natalie Groulx of Bloomfield Hills, MI piloted Kate Abajian’s Lambada to a dominating victory in the divisional standings. The partnership was awarded three first-place finishes in three classes to earn the championship tricolors by a wide margin.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Please Speak Up for Oregon’s Wild Horses

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Oregon is pushing a management plan that would take effect for 10 YEARS until 2032. NOW is your time to speak up!

The BLM’s plan to round up these horses, leaving just 75 in each HMA, is dangerous. It will threaten the long-term genetic health of these herds, increase the risk of inbreeding and the threat of physical health problems.

Taking these herds to such low levels will severely limit opportunities for the public to view and enjoy the horses in their natural environment.

BLM also plans to use Gonacon on these mares, a fertility control which has been shown to shut down and shrivel the ovaries. In studies, only 30% of mares reversed to fertility within 10 years after 2 shots of Gonacon. The BLM shut down that study, but based on the data, it’s safe to say that Gonacon may cause permanent sterilization after just two injections.

We’re asking you to take a stand against these actions, and to tell BLM to make sure cameras are put on helicopters and trap sites at roundups. As Americans, we have a constitutional right to observe the action of our government, and we’re demanding they provide this opportunity.

We all know that the treatment of wild horses and burros during a roundup is abusive. With video documentation will we be able to change things for these beloved animals.

Please take a minute to submit your comments NOW.  Every voice counts. Please use YOURS now — stand against cruelty to wild horses and burros.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Eric Lamaze: The Retirement of a Legend

Photo: Rolex / Ashley Neuhof.

Eric Lamaze is one of the world’s most respected show jumpers and achieved so much throughout his stellar career. Following the announcement of his retirement, the Rolex Grand Slam team reached out to some of Eric’s biggest fans and dearest friends to highlight what makes him the legend he became.

Steve Guerdat

What is your favourite Rolex Grand Slam Major memory with Eric Lamaze?

There is more than one moment that stands in my memory; it is more about the history between Eric and the Rolex Grand Slam Major of Calgary. Over the years he has built a legacy over there and both Eric and Spruce Meadows have benefited from all the successes they have shared; it is unimaginable what he has achieved in that ring.

Which of Eric’s horses stands out the most and why?

Hickstead. He is one of the all-time greats and so similar to Eric – one pair I can’t stop watching again and again.

What is the most useful thing you have learnt from Eric?

Never doubt, always stay positive, and keep moving forward.

If you could use one word to describe Eric, what would it be?

Confident and positive.

Read more here.

© 2022 Rolex – Rolex Grand Slam

Avoid These 3 Mistakes Inexperienced Horse Bettors Make

With sports betting now more straightforward, transparent, and encumbered with choice than ever before, it makes nothing but sense that there will be more customers than ever looking to place bets on sports from football to fencing, and from hockey to horse racing. Indeed, equine events have been more strongly linked to the gambling game than any other form of sport, so it’s no surprise that many a greenhorn will place a bet on horse racing from time to time.

While there is supposed to be a certain element of fun to betting on any sport – and you shouldn’t partake if the end result is going to leave you feeling bitterly angry – it is also something that should be taken seriously. If you want to enhance your chances of winning, it is wise to avoid some pitfalls that novice bettors make when placing money on a horse race.

Don’t be distracted by a favorite or a popular horse

All of the greatest horses lose occasionally. Seabiscuit himself only won ten of his first 40 races, and it’s an inescapable fact that favorites lose all the time. Certain horses become popular with spectators for a range of reasons, from a majestic running style to a distinctive look – the British racing community has long had a love of grays that has led to horses becoming household names. For a novice bettor, the temptation will be to pick a horse with whom they are familiar, or who is beloved of a large audience. Paying close attention to the form is a much better idea than picking the big name.

Don’t spread your attention too thin

Online bettors often have the chance to use bonus bets on a number of events, and given that these bonus bets can expire, there will be the temptation to use them quickly. The best online gambling sites make it easy to place bets on your chosen horses, but it’s worth holding fire and using each race as a learning experience. If you place a lot of bets at once, your strategy for choosing those bets may turn out to be flawed, and you can stack up the losses without any chance to change course. Place one bet, watch the race, and see how your hunches hold up. Then place another bet once you’re happy with your strategy.

Don’t chase losses or ignore your bankroll

It’s easy to deposit in a betting account, and easy too to be seduced by the idea that a losing bet needs a winning bet to balance it out. You should start any stint of betting with a fixed bankroll: a certain amount to bet in one day, or across a week or month. And once you’ve fixed that, you should stick to it. If you win a bet, you can reinvest that money in your bankroll or enjoy the windfall, but what you should never do is chase a loss. Your bankroll should be specifically drawn from money that you can afford to say goodbye to, because you can never guarantee a win. Betting ceases to be fun when you need a win, and knowing when to step away is essential. Of all the rules to follow, this is the most important one.

2022 Horse Stars Hall of Fame Inductees Announced Including the First Mule

Photo: Elmer the therapy mule.

The Horse Stars Hall of Fame honors the contributions of amazing horses by sharing the stories of their athletic and humanitarian feats. It was established by the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) in 2013 to celebrate the extraordinary talent of horses and their magical and powerful bond with people.

The USEF inducts the horses recognized annually as “Horses of Honor” for their stellar athletic performances. The EQUUS Foundation inducts horses who have had an inspirational impact on the public as companions, teachers, and healers.

The 2022 Horse Stars Hall of Fame inductees are Aupollo’s Midnight Marquee, Balou du Reventon, Big Shot, Elmer, Happy Thoughts, HS Daydream’s Heads Up, Suppenkasper, and TDO Blackburn Hop. For the first time, the inductees included Elmer, the mule, to share the story about how all equines – not just horses – are stars and have a great impact on people.

“On behalf of the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation, we wish to recognize the contributions of Jessica Lash in authoring the profiles of the 2022 inductees and to the many authors and photographers who have contributed over the years,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President.

“The Horse Stars Hall of Fame is a wonderful way to demonstrate the staying power of horses — as athletes, companions, teachers and healers — and their unique abilities to move us through a spectrum of experiences from thrill and exhilaration to pure joy. By sharing the stories of these amazing horses, we hope to build a more informed and compassionate America that values the impact of horses in our lives.”

Visit the Horse Stars Hall of Fame here.

To learn more about the EQUUS Foundation and their mission, please visit www.equusfoundation.org.

Horse Racing Tips You Must Know

Horse racing is a sport that is growing in most parts of the world. The influence has been seen to increase in the betting and gambling world. The sports involve two or more horses being ridden by jockeys competing over a set distance.

Horse betting is a very profitable endeavor if done properly. To win big, you will need the best betting strategies. The strategies reduce the edge, ensuring your bet has a high winning probability. This is a similar strategy you can win with Kentucky Derby odds.

Keep reading as we explore various horse racing tips, including betting on horses.

Factors Affecting Horse Racing Betting

The Course

The course used has an impact on the horse’s performance. Some houses have a high winning rate on a straight course, while others are more used to winding courses. When betting, you should put high consideration into this factor.

The Weather and Track

The weather affects how the horses drink water, feed, and the racing track’s condition. The best tracks are all-weather tracks that are not affected by the weather, and racing can occur anytime. A tough racecourse is good as there is less slippery under the horse’s hooves, providing good racing conditions.

The Distance

When betting, consider looking at the horse’s profile and what distances the horse performs at the optimal level. Some of the horses in the race are good at short races, giving them a high winning probability.

The Jockey

The jockey affects how the horse runs as they control the running of the animals. Some jockeys are always in the race to train the horse on the movements and maneuvers in the race. There are known winning jockeys, and you should have high consideration when betting.

Betting Tips in Horse Racing

When betting in horse racing, it is best to focus on your main strategies as many variables affect the outcome of the races. The historical behaviors of the horses have high consideration as horses are animals of habit.

Wager on Win, Place, and Show Bets

These are the easiest bets to wager in horse racing. The win is wagering on the horse you want to win the race. Place bets the horses have to finish fast or second in the race.

The show bet the horse is expected to finish either fast, second, or third. These bets can be made for every race, depending on your bankroll. The most conservative bet is the show bet where you wander over a range out of first, second, or third.

Concentrate on One Race

When betting in races, several races happen simultaneously. Most gamblers will want to place their bets spread out on different races. This is not a good strategy as you are highly dependent on luck to win the bet.

Find a sport where you feel you have an advantage with a high winning probability. Betting on the favorite horse will result in a small profit, but betting on the less popular horse to defeat the favorite will result in a large profit. Choosing one race and finding an edge is the best way to ensure you win your odds.

Avoid the Maiden Races

The maiden race is a horse race for new horses that have never won a race. This makes the race very hard to predict as nobody knows what horse has the best chance of winning the race.

The stable owners are not mainly interested in winning the race. The main aim of this race is to train the horse on how they should maneuver in races.

Choose a Track and Learn about It

When betting on horse racers, don’t jump from one track to another. Like betting in soccer, you know the underdog teams and know who the favorite team is to win a match in every game because you are familiar with the teams. Having a good understanding of how the horses are trained and who trains these horses gives you an advantage while betting.

While betting, the jockeys racing the horses should be well-understood and their previous race participations. It is easier to find patterns based on the combination and the different horse histories. The different types of horses and their races are a big consideration while betting.

When betting, you should always choose the bets that value the money you are waging. It ensures you are betting on the horses with the highest probability of winning. This ensures you are making profits from your bets.

Verdict

There’s a lot to know about horse racing. The most important factor is to find a race where you know the horses and their past performance. This will give you a good indication of who is likely to win the race. Betting on favorites can result in small profits, but an underdog can lead to large profits.

Now that you have all the information you need to get started, it’s time to put your knowledge into practice and start making some profits! Good luck!

Five Major Horse Racing Events to Check Out in 2022

Horse racing is one of the most popular sports today, and we enjoy different events every year. Depending on your preference, you can always bet on these events at your favorite sports betting site or online casino with a sportsbook section. If you are a fan of horse racing, you will know how exciting these events can get.

As a result, you want to enjoy all the major and local horse racing events. Even if you are new or want to enjoy the sport casually, you can check out the top events available for the year. So, here are five incredible horse racing events for you to enjoy this year.

Saudi Cup

The Saudis have been pivoting to different sports in recent years, and one of their latest endeavors is the Saudi Cup for horse racing. It is tagged as the richest horse racing event because of its large prize pool. The winner takes $10 million from the $20 million prize pool.

This year is even more significant as they have raised it to $35 million, and the winner will take $15 million. As it stands, no events globally come in terms of prize pool and size. So, without any doubt, we will find most of the top athletes participating, making it one of the most competitive horse racing events of the year.

Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham festival is one of the most exciting and thrilling horse racing events every year. It is also one of the UK’s most prominent events. Every year thousands of spectators worldwide visit to witness the event live. We expect this year to be the same, and we might even see more expensive horse breeds compete.

The event is famous for its races that include multiple jumps, and speed is not the only thing that matters here. You also need stamina. Any horse can win, making it a perfect place to place bets on underdogs, and you can win big.

The Grand National

The Grand National is one of the most prestigious horse racing events globally. In addition, it is the oldest jump race worldwide. It was created in 1839 by William Lynn, a Liverpool innkeeper. The event takes place on the Aintree course boasting one of the biggest pots in global horse racing.

Since this is a prestigious event, we will see some of the best thoroughbreds compete. In addition, this year’s event boasts of featuring 40 champion thoroughbreds that might compete. So, you should put this one on your radar if you can make it to Liverpool, England.

Kentucky Derby

Horse racing is also popular in America, although not as much as in European countries like the UK. However, in the US, the Kentucky Derby is one of the most prestigious annual events. The race takes place at the Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky and has been around since 1875.

This year’s race will make it the 148th season of the event, and anyone familiar with it will know that there are strict restrictions and regulations to follow. Only the best breeds and successful horses that meet the entry requirement can sign up and enter the event. In addition, the Kentucky Derby is restricted to only 3-year-old horses.

Melbourne Cup Carnival

Our last entry for this year is the one that takes place in Australia, the Melbourne Cup. The race happens on the prestigious Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, and it is one of the top events that close out the horse racing calendar year. The event has a massive following in the country, and only the best horses enter.

The Cup features a run of more than 3 km, and it is even older than the Kentucky Derby as it started in 1861, and horses from other countries can enter the event. We’ve even seen horses from the US, UK, and Ireland win several races in the Melbourne Cup.

Bottom Line  

Horse racing is an incredible sport that feels everyone with excitement and thrill. You don’t even have to be a fan before you can enjoy a race. Just pick one of these significant events, tune in or go on to watch it live to enjoy the incredible atmosphere at the various horse racing tracks.

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