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Rider Watch: CHI Geneva 2022

(Photo: Rolex / Ashley Neuhof)

The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping returns to CHI Geneva from 7-11 December 2022 with an action-packed schedule, including the 21st running of the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final on Friday evening and pinnacle class, the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.

Held in the impressive Palexpo in Geneva, the world’s elite horse and rider combinations will tackle some of the toughest tracks of the year at is what is often considered the sport’s leading indoor show jumping venue. Taking part in this year’s show is a spectacular line-up of athletes including 17 of the top 20 riders, as well as 17 riders representing the home nation.

Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping – Rider Watch

After his sensational win at in the CP ‘International’ at The CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament, Germany’s Daniel Deusser will be looking to continue his impressive form in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping Majors, having won two of out the last three Grands Prix. Deusser will be aiming to continue his quest to become only the second person to have ever won the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, following Scott Brash’s triumph in 2015. Deusser will also be joined by fellow countryman Gerrit Nieberg, winner of the Rolex Grand Prix held at CHIO Aachen earlier this year.

Home favourite and defending champion, Martin Fuchs, will be the one that everyone has their eyes on. Having won the last two editions of the Rolex Grand Prix at CHI Geneva, the World No. 2 understands the precision, bravery, and athleticism required by horse and rider to be successful in this prestigious competition. Joining Fuchs is compatriot and three-time winner of the Rolex Grand Prix at this iconic venue, Steve Guerdat, as well as FEI World Championship teammates Edouard Schmitz and Pius Schwizer.

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We Need Your Clothes! Help Make Dreams Come True for Deserving Riders

We’re just coming through the busiest season ever for The Rider’s Closet, and we’re putting the word out to our equestrian friends that our inventory could surely use some replenishment before the next rush of requests comes in. We get many heartfelt notes from recipients letting us know just how much receiving equestrian gear from us free of charge means to them, and we have YOU, our kind and giving riding community, to thank for it!

The Rider’s Closet accepts donations of new and gently used riding attire and provides it to equestrians in need around the country. We serve individuals of all ages and at every level of horsemanship.

If you’re switching out your seasonal gear or have items you no longer need or have outgrown, we will ensure that they will go to a happy new home. We accept all show and schooling apparel/boots for adults and children. For safety reasons, the only items we cannot accept are helmets and protective riding vests.

We currently are most in need of tan show breeches in all sizes, show coats in ladies’ sizes 0-6, youth schooling breeches/tights and tops, and paddock boots. Children, tweens, and teens are the largest groups we serve, and smaller ladies’ sizes and youth sizes are always in the highest demand. Please know, however, that anything you send will be of help and is greatly appreciated.

Founded by Georgina Bloomberg in 2006, The Rider’s Closet became an EQUUS Foundation program in 2019. All donations to The Rider’s Closet are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Recipients of Rider’s Closet apparel include equestrians from scholastic riding programs, pony clubs, veterans’ programs, therapeutic riding centers, equestrian camp programs, equine charities, programs for disadvantaged youth, and individual riders in need. Our list of recipients grows every year, and our ability to serve them is only possible because generous riders and equestrian apparel companies keep the donations coming!

Donors can mail their donations directly to us. CLICK HERE for details and a donation form (required only if you would like an acknowledgement for taxes). We also have year-round donation collection at Brennan’s Bit & Bridle in Bridgehampton, NY and Manhattan Saddlery in NYC.

Donors local to our workshop in Westchester County, NY are welcome to make an appointment to drop off a donation. To schedule an appointment, check with us regarding what we can accept, or learn more about the program, contact us at riderscloset@equusfoundation.org.

On behalf of the thousands of riders who ask us to help make their equestrian dreams come true, thank you in advance for your generous and much-needed support!

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

EQUUS Film & Arts Festival Presents a TED-like Talk about How Wild Horses Manage Wildfire Fuels

A family band of wild horses naturally maintains a firebreak that protects an old-growth forest and the wildlife that live there.

On Saturday Dec. 3rd at 10:00 AM, EQUUS Film & Arts Festival will present a TED-like talk about Wild Horse Fire Brigade at the historical Guild Theater in Sacramento California.

Wild horse ethologist and researcher William E. Simpson II will speak about how wild horses cost effectively manage wildfire fuels, make trees more fire resilient, and how forest ecosystems, watersheds, and wildlife benefit from the presence of these native keystone herbivores.

William has lived among and studied free roaming wild horses in the wilderness mountains on the California-Oregon border for the past 8 years continuously.

Simpson has logged over 15,000 hours of close observational study, a method pioneered by Dr. Jane Goodall during her 1960s study of the Apes in Gombe, Africa, which Simpson calls the ‘Goodall Method‘ in honor of Dr. Goodall.

Some of Simpson’s research has been published in print and in online journals, such as ReWilding Europe’s wildfire focused journal GrazeLIFE: https://grazelife.com/blog/wild-horse-fire-brigade-lessons-in-rebalancing-north-american-ecosystems-by-rewilding-equids/.

Recently, NPR national featured a story by reporter Stephanie O’Neill, about Simpson’s research on air (and podcast) and in print to its audience of 46 million: https://www.npr.org/2022/10/30/1131042723/preventing-wildfire-with-the-wild-horse-fire-brigade.

The talk begins at 10:00 AM at the Guild Theater in Sacramento California and will last about 45 minutes, followed by a panel Q&A discussion session with board members from Wild Horse Fire Brigade, a California-based 501(c)3 all-volunteer nonprofit organization.

The team from Wild Horse Fire Brigade hopes to see you there!

William Simpson was the local advisor to CALFIRE during the deadly 38,000-acre 2018 Klamathon Fire. Simpson was on the fire line for 9 days assisting CALFIRE and also studying the effects of the wildfire grazing by the local wild horses on the behavior of wildfire and its progression, as well as the benefits provided to firefighters via the natural firebreaks created and maintained by the wild horses.

Please visit www.wildhorsefirebrigade.org.

Carl Hester’s Dressage Challenge Is LIVE in Ridely Right Now

Are you ready to take on the challenge? This is a fun new way of learning and improving your riding.

The Carl Hester Dressage Challenge

Together with Carl, we have made a series of challenges that target specific areas of training to help you squeeze a few more marks out of your dressage tests. Each challenge will focus on a different set of movements, and you will find a few brand new videos with Carl as well as a step by step guide to help you improve the specific movement.

Prize for best improvement

During each challenge we want to see your progress, so we encourage you to share your before and after videos, where the best improvement will win an exciting prize. Each challenge will run for 4 weeks before the next one launches — make sure those notifications are on.

Challenge #1: Halts and Centre Lines

They’re in every single dressage test, so why not aim to get a 10? In this first challenge, Carl gives you his tips for getting the perfect centre line and halt. It’s live right now so you can head into the app to begin.

In this first challenge, the best improvement will win a brand new LeMieux x Ridely saddle pad, signed by Carl Hester himself. Don’t miss out on the chance to improve your test scores AND win a signed saddle pad — everyone’s a winner.

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Stand for Freedom This Giving Tuesday!

Ginger and Cloud’s little brother, Sax. @TheCloudFoundation.

As you know, we’re in the midst of a long, desperate battle to save our wild herds from those who would see them destroyed — and we need your help.

This year has been one of the WORST for wild horse and burro herds in the West, as unprecedented numbers were rounded up and taken from the homes they knew. So many now sit in holding pens. Help us to STOP this from happening.

Your contribution enables us to continue our fight to protect and preserve wild horses and burros on public lands, keeping them WILD and FREE where they belong.

If you can’t donate, please SHARE this message!

Help us spread the word about what is being done to our cherished wild horses and burros — living symbols of freedom and the “pioneer spirit” of the West.

As always, thank you for your incredible support!

Ginger and the Cloud Foundation Team
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Speak Up for Utah’s Burros

Urge BLM to Ditch Roundup That Will Promote Inbreeding and Genetic Crisis Facing America’s Wild Burros

America’s wild burros face a genetic crisis due to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) mismanagement of these hardy little animals. The agency keeps most burro populations so small that inbreeding is inevitable.

BLM’s unscientific “Appropriate” Management Level (AML) stands in the way of humane alternatives to roundups. In this rigged “AML” system, any animal over BLM’s arbitrary quota is considered “overpopulation.”  The only way to address this is to reduce livestock grazing and increase the number of burros on the range.

The BLM plans to decimate the Canyonlands wild burro herd — removing 51-91 of the 151 burros. Leaving just 60 to 100 animals in the herd is literally “managing” the Canyonlands burros to a slow extinction, but extinction nevertheless. There are only two burro herds in the entire state of Utah.  Three months ago, BLM Utah make a similar proposal for the state’s other burro herd, known as the Sinbad herd.

Please take action NOW. Call on BLM to 1) ditch this ill-conceived plan 2) reduce or eliminate livestock grazing in order to increase AML and 3) manage these environmentally beneficial animals humanely with PZP.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Lumière Horses Wraps Up 2022 with Success in Tyron and Aiken

Reutter and Here I Am Z.

Mill Spring, NC (November 23, 2022) – Chilean show jumper Gabriela Reutter of Lumière Horses wrapped up her stellar 2022 show season in North Carolina this fall, jumping her three-horse string to multiple top finishes. In her final competitive appearances of the year, Reutter focused on clean rounds and bolstering the horses’ FEI experience while her top Grand Prix mount, Maharees Rock, rested after the pair’s Bronze Medal win at the South American Games in September. After North Carolina, Reutter plans to move south to Wellington, Florida in preparation for the new year at the 2023 Winter Equestrian Festival.

Reutter began the end of her fall season in Tryon, North Carolina, competing in the 2022 Tryon Fall Finale I, held November 3-6. Sales horses Joselinde L.A.T, Here I Am Z, and Billy Lincoln jumped in the 1.30-1.35m divisions, with multiple in the ribbons finishes. Joselinde L.A.T, a.k.a. Jojo, took 2nd in the $2,000 1.30m Open Stake and 5th in the 1.30m Open. Here I Am Z, a.k.a. Hero, finished 6th in the $3,000 1.35m Open Stake, while Billy Lincoln finished 5th in the 1.35m Open.

The following week in Aiken, all three horses were once again finishing in the ribbons. At the Split Rock Aiken CSI2, held November 9-13, Reutter rode Billy Lincoln to a 6th place finish in the $10,000 1.40m CSI 2 and Hero to the win in the 1.30m. Hero also finished 11th overall in the $20,000 1.35m Grand Prix, while Jojo took 3rd and 12th in the 1.30m.

In addition to her competitive accolades, the hard work of Reutter’s groom Anthony Chavez was highlighted at Split Rock. Billy Lincoln was awarded the Hyaluronex Best Turned Out in the FEI Jog and Chavez received the Annie Goodwin Rising Star Fund Grooms Award.

Reutter’s passion for equestrian sport began at a young age, and has since taken her to the upper echelons of show jumping. Combining talent, horsemanship, and dedication to her dreams, she rides with the aspiration of representing Chile at the pinnacle of show jumping sport. Born in Santiago, Chile, Gaby began riding at only four years old. At 17, she moved to the United States to pursue a professional show jumping career. Since 2014, she has ridden under the guidance of Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist Chris Kappler, and completed her undergraduate degree in Economics and Business Studies at NYU.

To date, Gaby is currently the #1 female Chilean show jumper, and her most recent career highlight was a Bronze Medal finish at the 2022 South American Games in Paraguay with Maharees Rock. She also has multiple top finishes in international FEI classes, including her Nations Cup accomplishments, European tour, the U25 Grand Prix divisions, and victory in an FEI 4-star event. She currently campaigns her anchor show jumper, Maharees Rock (a.k.a. Rocky) and a string of sales horses. Her international equestrian CV also includes Spruce Meadows, The Hampton Classic, and several junior/young rider South American Games. She and Rocky were in the top 3 during this July’s Tryon Summer 5 $75,000 Grand Prix CSI2-star, out of 50 entries and top 3 in the $138,600 Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel CSI3* Grand Prix during the 2022 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. In 2018, Reutter received her certificate of capability for the Pan American Games following a top 3 finish in the FEI 3-star 1.50m Captive One Classic, and has her sights set on representing Chile internationally this winter.

For more information on Reutter, her horses, and Lumière, visit www.LumiereHorses.com.

Media contact:
Equinium Sports Marketing, LLC
Holly Johnson
holly@equinium.com
www.equinium.com

Meet the Next Gen: Thibaut Keller

(Photo: Hippofoto)

What are your plans, dreams, and ambitions for 2023?

My ambition and plan for 2023 is to achieve a podium during the European Championships at Riesenbeck International in September.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

The proudest moment of my career so far was when I received the gold medal during the 2020 Junior Swiss Championships at Chalet-à-Gobet. The horse I rode was called Cosby, and I was very proud of our performance, as we did not touch one bar throughout the whole tournament.

How much are you looking forward to CHI Geneva and how confident are you feeling?

I hope to win the prestigious Land Rover U25 Grand Prix at CHI Geneva. However, as the world’s elite attend the event, I would be very happy if I made the top three, so a podium in my age category would be amazing.

When did your love for show jumping start, and who has inspired you the most throughout your career?

I first got into horse riding and show jumping when I was 10 years old. My inspiration was the Dutch show jumper Jeroen Dubbeldam.

Read more here.

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More Mustangs Rewilded by Wild Horse Fire Brigade and an Extended Team of Great People

Photo: William E. Simpson II.

Here is the latest video posted on our Twitter page about 6 more mustangs that were saved from the kill pens and are now safely rewilded in a wilderness area:

https://twitter.com/OfficialWHFB/status/1593724583462539264

Please help us grow the Wild Horse Fire Brigade (‘WHFB’) plan to save our forests, wildlife (and habitat), and watersheds, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and humanely save wild horses, all in one move using our novel, proven plan (tested by actual wildfire in 2018).

More about WHFB here: https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/589827579/national-media-coverage-details-new-plan-to-reduce-wildfire-called-wild-horse-fire-brigade.

As time permits, we will be producing a short video showing the process and the dedicated, selfless people it takes to monitor kill auctions, raise money, bail horses out, transport, and arrange for quarantine (QT) and vet health certificates for horses, feeding during QT (30-45 days), evaluating horses to determine which ones are properly suited to rewilding, and finally transportation to a suitable wilderness location for rewilding.

Working with an extended team of amazing selfless dedicated volunteers, our nonprofit is providing our overview and guidance that has helped return what was stolen from these wild horses/mustangs: their freedom. At full scale using our plan and experience, with proper support and funding, we can do the same for thousands of wild horses/mustangs, and in the process, reduce catastrophic wildfires.

Through our larger vision and regional/national plan, we intend to scale up our rewilding program into several counties and states on the American west coast, where rewilded wild horses will reduce wildfire fuels and thereby reduce the frequency, size, and intensity of catastrophic wildfires.

Unlike any other nonprofit wild horse and burro org. in America today, our organization is uniquely qualified for this mission. Our team and Advocacy Board is made up of dedicated volunteers, each with specialized real-world empirical experience, which is absolutely required for the proper outcome.

The Wild Horse Fire Brigade plan incorporates multiple disciplines in natural resource management and science.

This is not about moving horses from one corral to another. Wild Horse Fire Brigade is about reestablishing wild horses as north American keystone herbivores into wilderness areas that are both ecologically and economically appropriate, and that takes the kind of experience that only comes from working in wildlife law, forestry, fisheries, wildfire, and with the wild horse ecology of free-roaming wild horses in wilderness.

Our nonprofit is the only one in America today with a team that has that aggregate of experience to see this through properly. Wild Horse Fire Brigade Org. is an all-volunteer California-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, with our research station at Wild Horse Ranch in the mountain wilderness area on the California-Oregon border.

Your generous financial support will support our vision to save remaining American wild horses, and also help more mustangs regain their freedom. Please consider a one-time or monthly contribution to our work via our ‘CHIP IN’ page, here:

https://www.wildhorsefirebrigade.org/chip-in

Note: In 2019, Simpson was nominated to serve on the BLM’s WHB Advisory Board. He was not seated because he would not consent to the ongoing mismanagement of American wild horses. Some of his nomination letters of reference can be read at this PDF: https://www.wildhorsefirebrigade.org/_files/ugd/b50928_d4424087009e4d319c0915981ebcbf25.pdf.

Applications to Lincoln Memorial Univ. Equine Vet. Edu. Program Set for Review in Spring 2023

Harrogate, TN [November 16, 2022] – Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) based in Harrogate, TN has begun accepting applications to its Equine Veterinary Education Program set for review in Spring 2023. The program will welcome its first accepted applicants in Fall 2023.

The EVEP is an innovative addition to LMU’s course of veterinary study encompassing a 2½ year undergraduate program followed by a 4-year veterinary doctoral curriculum. Students accepted to the program will receive a guaranteed admission to LMU College of Veterinary Medicine providing benchmarks are met during undergraduate course work.

“It’s particularly important that high school students considering their careers and college prospects are made aware of this opportunity,” said Eleanor Green, DVM, ACVIM, ABPV, Professor and Dean Emerita College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University. “Recruitment is nationwide and youth equine groups, such as Pony Club, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, National High School Rodeo Association, and the many breed association youth groups, are going to be key to sharing this program with their members. Students who are juniors in high school, many of whom are already looking into their choice of college, should consider LMU if they aspire to having a career in equine veterinary medicine.”

Dr. Stacy Anderson, DVM, MVSc, PhD, DACVS-LA, dean of the LMU College of Veterinary Medicine, said an additional aspect of the program is shedding light on the shortage of equine veterinarians in the United States and working to provide solutions.  “Studies by the American Association of Equine Practitioners indicate that 50 percent of veterinarians who join an equine practice after graduation will leave that equine practice or veterinary medicine all together within five years,” she said. “We are focusing on providing real-world experience for these students in order to develop practice-ready graduates who can begin contributing from day one to equine practices across the country. Offering a program that is 6½ years long versus eight will give students an affordable option that helps them reach their goals sooner and provides the horse industry with skilled veterinarians earlier.”

LMU is based in Harrogate, TN and is strategically located between the heartbeat of the Thoroughbred industry in Lexington, KY and sport horse communities based in Virginia and North Carolina.

Interested students must be incoming freshmen and transfers are not accepted. Students are invited to apply via the LMU website. For more information, email Kathleen Thomas, Coordinator of Graduate Programs and Research, at evep@LMUnet.edu or visit the website at https://www.lmunet.edu/college-of-veterinary-medicine/academics/equine-veterinary-education-program.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or admissions@LMUnet.edu.