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Racing Special Achievement Winners

Each year, the American Quarter Horse Association recognizes the hard work of several individuals in the racing industry. For 2020, the John Andreini Special Recognition Award goes to Dr. Charles Graham of Elgin, Texas; the Mildred N. Vessels Special Achievement Award to Betty Raper of Norman, Oklahoma; and the Gordon Crone Special Achievement Award to Matt Vance of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Dr. Charles Graham is a member of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. The respected Texas horseman is known as a veterinarian, a horseman, and an influential voice in governance and political matters that benefit the horse industry.

He founded the Elgin Veterinary Clinic and Southwest Stallion Station, is a co-owner of Heritage Place Sale Co., and has numerous other businesses, including a 30,000-head feedyard. He was influential in getting Texas pari-mutual legislation passed, and in 2019 was instrumental in assisting with the passage of Texas legislation that boosted purses and significantly benefitted Quarter Horse racing in the state.

Dr. Graham is an AQHA director-at-large and has served on the AQHA Equine Research Committee.

Mildred N. Vessels Special Achievement winner Betty Raper has dedicated herself to the industry and is best known as the co-owner of Belle Mere Farm at Norman, Oklahoma. She and husband Dee stood legendary stallions Easy Jet, Mr Eye Opener, and Bully Bullion. Belle Mere was inducted into the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame in 2019.

As the vice president of racing operations at Remington Park, Matt Vance was instrumental in helping the Oklahoma City racetrack operate during the earliest months of the COVID-19 pandemic. For that, Vance earns the Gordon Crone Special Achievement Award. The racetrack not only operated through its season; it also shattered records with a 271.8 increase in pari-mutual handle and helped introduce people all over the world to American Quarter Horse racing.

For more information on AQHA racing, visit www.aqha.com/racing.

Equine Veterinary Virtual Summit to Features Top Experts in Equine Medicine and Sport

The Internet (January 11, 2021) – In a 2-day virtual event slated for February 13-14, 2021, the first Equine Veterinary Virtual Summit (EVVS) will deliver top equestrian and veterinary experts directly to your device of choice. From world-renowned vets to international show jumpers, the EVVS will harness this wealth of equine knowledge into a valuable package for any rider, trainer, or owner. Sponsored by VetWorld, a line of veterinarian formulated equine supplements, the EVVS is currently offering early bird discounts on all levels of access through February 10th.

One of the headline veterinarians, Dr. Sue Dyson, will address diagnosing equine discomfort in the ridden horse, a key early warning sign for treating and preventing lameness. Dr. Dyson is a MA, VetMB, PhD, DEO, and FRCVS, a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Equine Orthopaedics, and is an Associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. A world-renowned expert in equine orthopedics, Dr. Dyson focuses particularly on lameness and performance in sports horses. Highly skilled in the diagnosis of both subtle and complex lameness cases, she is also an expert in diagnostic imaging, including radiography, ultrasonography, scintigraphy, and magnetic resonance imaging.

Sue has lectured internationally and published more than 230 refereed papers in scientific journals, relating to lameness and diagnostic imaging in the horse. Sue is co-Editor and major author of ‘Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse,’ ‘Equine Scintigraphy,’ and ‘Clinical Radiology of the Horse.’ In 2013 she received the American Association of Equine Practitioners Frank J. Milne Award.

Another headliner, Dr. John C. Godbold, Jr., will expound upon his expertise in laser therapy in equine patients, and how Equine Photobiomodulation Therapy has helped treat and prevent injury as well as reduce pain, inflammation, and accelerate healing.

Since 1999, Dr. Godbold has pursued a special interest in the use of light‐based modalities in small animal practice. He has extensive experience with surgical and therapeutic lasers, has developed new surgical and therapeutic techniques, and assists equipment manufacturers with the development of new laser and light-based technologies. In 2016 Dr. Godbold expanded his interest to include digital thermal imaging and has worked in depth in the development and delivery of educational content about thermal imaging and its application in veterinary practice.

Dr. Godbold has published numerous papers, articles, and chapters about the use of lasers in small animal practice. His publications have appeared in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Clinician’s Brief, Laserpoints, The Feline Patient, The Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, and the Newsletter of the Veterinary Surgical Laser Society. He also published the internationally distributed Atlas of CO2 Laser Surgery Procedures in 2002, with a new edition each year since. In 2009, Dr. Godbold published the Atlas of Class IV Laser Therapy – Small Animal, also updated with a new edition each year. He is co‐editor and a chapter contributor of the textbook Laser Therapy in Veterinary Medicine ‐ Photobiomodulation, 2017, Wiley.

In high demand as a continuing education speaker, Dr. Godbold has led over 600 laser workshops, wet‐labs, and continuing education meetings throughout North America and in over 25 countries around the world.

Meet our other speakers and register now at https://go.eque.st/.

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Tenth Edition of AGDF Commences with Top Honors for Adrienne Lyle and Harmony’s Duval

Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Harmony’s Duval ©SusanStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – January 14, 2021 – The 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) kicked off its tenth season at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL on Thursday, January 14, with a victory for Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Harmony’s Duval in the FEI Grand Prix CDI3*, presented by Harmony Sporthorses.

Lyle and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding by Rosseau owned by Duval Partners LLC have been dominating in the Global Stadium at PBIEC lately, coming off of a double victory weekend in December.

“I was quite happy with him,” said Lyle of the day’s performance, which resulted in a score of 71.304%. “He’s a little more nervous than I was anticipating. I don’t know if it’s the cooler weather or what, but he was a little on edge, which is interesting because we’ve shown here plenty of times before. There was a bit of a different horse in there today. We lost a few points in our piaffe and passage, were lacking a bit of harmony and elastic energy, and that can be such a highlight for him. Now we take this, and we move on to the Grand Prix Special. That’s a test that really counts for us, but this was a good starting place.”

The gelding has now marked six wins in his last 13 starts, and Lyle hopes to continue on and refine their work this season. “With him,” she explained, “this is his second year at the Grand Prix. He knows his stuff now, but we’ve been trying to polish it all up. We’ve done a lot of halt rein-back, a lot of cantering and halting, [and] just a lot of work with halts because he’s not a huge fan of them, so we’ve worked on those moments where he could possibly get distracted and lose points.”

She continued, “We’re focusing on the Special with him this year. We’ve chosen not to focus on the Freestyle or World Cup Qualifiers in hopes of making the short list to go to Europe with him. We have a wonderful group of owners who are supporting us, and we’ll just keep on enjoying the season for now.”

Despite plenty of training time at home due to the global pandemic, Lyle is excited to have Duval back in competition, and admitted that the break wasn’t as beneficial for him as it was for others.

“We had time to train at home due to COVID, but it wasn’t a big advantage because he is a horse that needs to be exposed, out, and doing something,” she noted. “To sit at home all summer, it was a bit difficult to get his mind back into it, but his strength in the collection work is continuing to improve. His overall rideability has always been the biggest focus with him because he can get a little distracted.”

For more information on AGDF, please visit www.GlobalDressageFestival.com.

Lillie Keenan and Agana Van Het Gerendal Z Win $37k Adequan WEF Challenge Cup Round 1

Lillie Keenan and Agana Van Het Gerendal Z. © Sportfot.

January 14, 2021 – Wellington, FL – Fierce competition was on display in the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 1 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), with Lillie Keenan (USA) and Agana Van Het Gerendal Z besting a field of 73 combinations on Thursday, January 14.

Victoria Colvin and Acclaim Earn the Tricolor Ribbon in the Green Conformation Hunters

The Green Conformation Hunter division wrapped up on Thursday in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring with the crowning of the champion. Victoria Colvin rode Parker Peacock’s Acclaim to top honors in the division, with three firsts, a second, a third, and a fourth-place finish.

Colvin has only partnered with Acclaim for a month, which is also how long the gelding has been a hunter. This week marked Acclaim’s first time showing in a hunter division, which did not stop the pair from rising to the top of the class.

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

Racing Identification and Tattooing Fee

The American Quarter Horse Association is the largest single-breed association in the world and strives for excellence as a breed registry. As part of this endeavor, the AQHA Executive Committee and AQHA leadership are committed to maintaining financial transparency and making important business decisions that are essential to current and future business needs, while delivering the best services to our members and horse lovers around the world. AQHA must continue to reduce expenses, maximize resources, and drive efficiency, and fees must reflect the services provided to our members. These factors are essential to continue to be a financially healthy Association.

As part of this process, the Executive Committee has approved a fee increase for racing identification and tattooing that will go into effect on January 15. The updated rate is $120.

Racing identification via permanent tattoo is an effective way to ensure integrity at the racetrack and identify horses. Trained professionals identify the animals and apply the tattoo, which is duly recorded by AQHA. This tattoo is checked before every race to protect both horsemen and the wagering public.

All fees are kept as low as possible in order to be cost effective for AQHA members. These fees are used to help the Association maintain its commitment for recording the pedigrees and performance records of its horses, promotion of the breed and its sports, and maintaining the integrity of the horse.

For more information on AQHA racing, visit www.aqha.com/racing.

Eric Lamaze and Chacco Kid Victorious at the Winter Equestrian Festival

Eric Lamaze and Chacco Kid. © Sportfot.

January 13, 2021 – Wellington, FL – Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Chacco Kid returned to the ring in fine form scoring their first victory of the season in the $6,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Jumpers as competition began at the Wellington Regional Medical Center CSI3* at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

In the WEF 1 opening class in the International Arena, Lamaze and the 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by the Chacco Kid Group executed the two-round course flawlessly, stopping the timers at 26.97 seconds.

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

McLain Ward and Catoki Soar to Victory in the $75,000 Bainbridge Companies Grand Prix

McLain Ward (USA) and Catoki © Sportfot.

January 10, 2021 – Wellington, FL – McLain Ward (USA) capped off the first week of competition with top honors on Sunday, January 10, in the $75,000 Bainbridge Companies Grand Prix at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Ward and Catoki topped four speedy entries with the only double clear effort of the day to claim the title.

Chris Brown Rides Rebel to the Tricolor Ribbon in the Adult Amateur Hunter Older Section B

On the final day of competition for the WEF Premiere Week, the Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Hunter Older Section B wrapped up in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. Chris Brown piloted his own Rebel to the championship with two firsts, two seconds, and a sixth-place ribbon.

Brown, of Boynton Beach, FL, purchased Rebel last year and has been developing his relationship with the gelding since. The pair trains with Kimberly Stewart and GlenWillow Farm.

“He’s got his own personality. He is a spoiled brat and wants attention all the time,” said Brown of the eight-year-old Canadian Warmblood by Bon Balou. “That’s what makes him a great show horse because he is a little bit of a fighter and he wants to always do well.”

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

IHSA Board of Directors Votes to Cancel 2021 Postseason

Photo by Nicole Sullivan.

Gladys, Va. – Jan. 9, 2021 –The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) board of director members convened virtually Jan. 6-8 for their bi-annual meeting. Among the tallied votes on multiple topics, the decision was determined to cancel the 2021 IHSA postseason, specifically Hunter Seat Zone Finals, Western Semi-Finals, and the National Championship Horse Show, due to COVID-19.

“With the ongoing pandemic and numbers on the rise, the board voted with the safety and well-being of the membership in mind,” said Peter Cashman, IHSA executive director. “We understand how disappointing it is to membership, many who have been unable to compete this academic year.”

Cashman noted the board has been listening to the leadership of its 400-plus member colleges and universities who continue to be challenged with making tough decisions regarding students’ return to campus, participation in sports, and travel restrictions.

“It’s a large organization with 10,000 members,” Cashman said. “The board has agonized over this situation that has forced us to decide to cancel the IHSA postseason for the second consecutive year. We look forward with the hopes that the vaccine will prevent the spread and allow the country to relax restrictions and allow the schools to resume competition in the fall.”

The board announced that the IHSA would offer two online horse shows through DigitalHorseShow.com during the spring semester. The Inaugural IHSA Online Horse Show was successfully held during the 2020 fall semester, providing an opportunity for those members and teams who continue to ride and practice to compete across the membership. The spring events will again be open to all IHSA undergraduate and alumni members and will include a horsemanship element. Show dates and prize lists will be available soon.

For more information, go to IHSAinc.com or contact media@IHSAinc.com.

Erynn Ballard Scores Again in $25,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Classic

Erynn Ballard and Harvester. © Sportfot.

January 9, 2021 – Wellington, FL – Erynn Ballard captured her second major win of the week on Saturday, January 9, in the $25,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Classic at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Ballard and Ilan Ferder’s Harvester were the fastest of seven in the jump-off for victory.

There were 23 entries in the $25,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Classic, and they competed over a course designed by Eric Hasbrouck (USA). Seven clear rounds advanced to the jump-off. Riding out of the fourth spot in the jump-off, Ballard and Harvester were able to speed through the short course to end up double clear in 35.765 seconds for the top place.

Julia Gildea and Tristram 7 Secure the Win in the Ariat National Adult Medal

Equitation competition began on Saturday morning with the Ariat National Adult Medal taking place in the South Ring. The class saw 27 riders and called back the top six for a test. Returning to the test in third place, Julia Gildea and Tristram 7 moved up two places to take home the blue ribbon.

Waltham, MA resident Gildea has been paired with Holly Hill Farm’s Tristram 7 since the summer. The duo trains with Holly Hill Farm, who bred the 14-year-old Holsteiner/Oldenburg gelding by Ramsey.

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

Hannah Isop and Believe Rise to the Top in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Hannah Isop and Believe. © Sportfot.

At the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) on Friday, January 8, 2021, Hannah Isop and Believe captured the win in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) showgrounds.

The $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby took place in Rings 11 and 12 with 43 riders competing for the blue ribbon. In the end, Hannah Isop and Believe moved up five places in the handy round to secure the victory.

Hunter riders were first tested over a classic round, designed by Danny Moore, which consisted of 12 elements and offered four high option fences. The top 12 horse-and-rider combinations returned to show off in the handy round, which included a trot fence.

Isop, of Pawling, NY, has had the ride on Victoria Hart’s Believe for several years. “He is a complete goofball and total love in the barn,” said Isop of “Luca,” the 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Stolzenberg.

Dean and Dotcom d’Authuit Speed to the Win

There were 29 entries in the $2,500 Lugano Diamonds High Amateur-Owner Jumpers as the first class to start out International Arena competition on Friday morning. Contesting a power and speed course format designed by Eric Hasbrouck (USA), 10 finished the course with no faults.

The fastest over the speed portion of the course was Natalie Dean and Dotcom d’Authuit, an eight-year-old Selle Francais mare by Diamant de Semilly x Quidam de Revel. They finished the course in 30.354 seconds, almost 1.5 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

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