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Comments Needed on BLM Experiment to Spay Wild Mares

The Cloud Foundation and other wild horse advocate groups are once again fighting to protect the Warm Springs mares. Despite having been stopped time and time again by our legal actions, the Bureau of Land Management has again revived its abhorrent plan to carry out cruel experimentation on the mares rounded up from the Warm Springs HMA.

Your comments are needed, and the deadline to submit is June 12th. BLM had originally scheduled the deadline for Memorial Day. This was an underhanded tactic that allowed for only 9 business days to comment. Thankfully our legal team filed a motion and we were able to get that unreasonable time frame extended.

The link to TCF’s comments is here. We know passions run high on this issue, ours included, but as always, we ask you to remain professional and courteous in your comments.

A step-by-step guide for submitting your comments:

1) Enter a title for your comments.
2) Ignore “Chapter Reference” & “Section Reference”
3) You can enter your comments in the space provided and/or as an attached document.
4) Click “Next” and enter the required personal information on the following page.
5) Click “Next”, agree to the disclaimers on the final page, and click “Submit”.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Read the details of the BLM ovariectomy plan here.

The Cloud Foundation
107 South 7th St
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Todd Minikus Charges into June on Amex Z with Multiple Wins in Tryon

Minikus at the $72,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake (photo: JRPR)

Mill Spring, NC (June 7, 2019) — Todd Minikus keeps charging ahead on the feisty Amex Z, and it seems there are no limits to their success at the beautiful Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina.  During Tryon Spring Week 4, Minikus rode to a faultless performance on the 10-year-old Zangersheid mare, Amex Z (Andiamo Z x Landaris) owned by Bit by Bit Group, and won the $36,000 Power and Speed Stake CSI 3* with a time of 28.43 seconds.  Following this up in Week 5, the duo charged ahead again and took home the blue in the $36,000 Sunday Classic 1.45m winning with a jump-off time of 33.065 seconds.  Then, just when you think they’ve reached their limit, the duo claimed the $72,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 4* with 36.242 seconds on the jump-off clock.

Minikus says he couldn’t be happier about the circuits in Tryon. “Our whole team is having a great time,” he smiles, “and I’m especially happy with Amex Z.”

Contact: Amanda Minikus
minikus2220@gmail.com
www.ToddMinikusShowJumping.com
(561) 762-3762

Strzegom Horse Trials Is Going for the Record Once Again

Paweł Warszawski and Hummer. Photo by Mariusz Chmieliński.

Strzegom, Poland, June 7, 2019: We will have the opportunity to see many great athletes, including seven from the current top 50 of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) rankings.

LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials is one of the biggest and highest ranked eventing shows in Poland. During four days, representatives from 19 countries will compete in eight international classes on all difficulty levels, including a Nations Cup class. A high place in the whole classification of the Nations Cup classes will be the opportunity to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for those teams that haven’t qualified just yet.

The audiences will have the opportunity to see, among others, the multimedalist Michael Jung from Germany, the current (and two-time) Olympic Champion; Australian Andrew Hoy, Olympic silver medalist and three-time team Olympic Champion; Karin Donckers from Belgium, two-time bronze medalist of the European Championships; Julia Krajewski, team Olympic silver medalist; and many more talented riders.

The best Polish eventers will also compete, including the current National Champion Paweł Spisak and, recently qualified for the Olympics, Polish team members: Jan Kamiński, Mateusz Kiempa, Mariusz Kleniuk, Joanna Pawlak, and Paweł Warszawski.

The show will start on Thursday, the 27th of June, with the dressage tests, and the winners will be determined on Sunday after the cross-country and showjumping trials.

Contact:
www.strzegomhorsetrials.pl
press@strzegomhorsetrials.pl

Daniel Geitner and One Request Granted $50k USHJA International Hunter Derby Win

Daniel Geitner and One Request ©Sportfot.

Tryon, NC – June 7, 2019 – Daniel Geitner (USA) and Elizabeth Tarumianz’s One Request were awarded top honors in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) with an overall score of 371. Holly Shepherd (USA) with Tybee, a 2007 Hanoverian gelding by Black Tie owned by Helen Brown, finished in second place on a total score of 349. Erin Floyd (USA) claimed third place aboard Any Given Sunday, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Indoctro x Victoria owned by Hays Investment Corp., with a score of 347.

Out of 21 pairs to take part in the highlight Hunter class of the Tryon Spring 6 Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Show, Geitner and the 2010 Selle Francais gelding impressed the judges over the course set by Dean Rheinheimer (USA) and secured first place after their handy performance. Last to go in the second round, Geitner was able to observe competitors ahead of him and adjusted his strategy accordingly, he explained.

“It was a beautiful course. It rode a little trickier than it walked. It walked relatively simple and it just rode a little bit trickier than I think we first thought,” Geitner said. “My original plan [in the handy] was to go to the inside to the two stride, but once I realized I probably didn’t have to, it made it relatively easy. Honestly, his [One Request] jumping style is just spectacular, so I just tried to stay out of his way.

“The jumps were beautiful and my horse obviously jumped amazing,” Geitner continued. “This is only his third Derby, and he’s won two of them now. Last year he did the first years, green conformation, and the amateurs with his owner. This year we’ve done just a couple shows.”

Despite his horse’s newness to the International Derby ring, Geitner reported that One Request took to the atmosphere of Tryon Stadium well: “He was great [in the atmosphere]. Not much phases him, and actually it really had him jumping. He was not close to any jump, and really rose to the occasion,” he said. “I thought the first round was great, and I thought he was even better in the handy. He just jumped higher and higher the more we went.”

Geitner will keep competing One Request in more Derbies, hoping to continue their success thus far, and plans to aim for Derby Finals ahead of the indoor season, he explained. “We just got back from Devon. We sent some ponies here a couple weeks ago with our assistant, but this is our first week. We are happy to be back.

“Unfortunately, we go back home next week, but we come back in July for a couple weeks and for sure a few weeks in the fall,” concluded Geitner. “I personally won’t come back here for Pony Spectacular [Tryon Summer 3] but I hope my wife and some of the pony kids are!”

For full results from the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, click here.

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

Doable Betting Strategies for the 2019 Belmont Stakes

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Out of all the sports tournament you can find in any given platform, betting on horse racing showdown gives you a wide array of betting types where you can win and earn big. This is due to the fact a horse racing tournament is often attended by more than two or three colts which make every bettor choose more entry they wanted to bet.

Talking about horse racing, the final leg of the Triple Crown Series which is the Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019. This will be held in the race track of Elmont Park, Belmont, New York where it is expected once again that hundreds and thousands of horse racing fans will grace the said event. In fact, some are already excitement even by the time the Kentucky Derby had kicked off.

With that being said, most horse racing fans are a little disappointed due to the fact that there will be no Triple Crown winner this year. After the disqualification case of Maximum Security which was the real Kentucky Derby winner. He was replaced by the second placer whose name is Country House. It is nice to see these horses supposedly as they take their rematch in the Preakness Stakes, but Maximum Security got demotivated ended up leaving the two racing behind.

Besides, Country House also got sick a day after he won the derby. In that case, he missed the Preakness and will not head on to Belmont. This is the first time that the Triple Crown Series won’t have the presence of the first three finishers of the Kentucky Derby.

Despite the fact that the Triple Crown this year won’t be given, the Belmont Stakes is still making their best to make sure that they can show off an incredible horse racing showdown. In fact, horse racers are more excited for the betting games they can partake since the prize at stake hasn’t changed following the initial controversy mentioned above.

Hence, as you go along and find yourself betting for you best entries in the Belmont Stakes this Saturday, it’s best that you have full knowledge on how to pick the right entry. So, in this article, we’d like to give you some working techniques on how you can join in profitable betting. Betting strategies are also outlined to make sure that you do not put your money directly in to waste. Here are they to get you started.

Refer to the Recent and Favorable Odds

The 2019 Belmont Stakes will have a total of ten thoroughbred horse racers which will be competing in the Grade 1 Stakes category. That said, each bet has its own odds set by the bookmaker. These odds are based on the bets they earned before the racing start and the value is then identified accumulating all the wages.

In that case, even if you are a newbie or pro in betting, it is best that you have to place your wage for a bet with most favorable odds. Through the years that the Belmont Stakes had existed, most winners are more likely coming from the bets with excellent value standings. Going this way will ensure that you have at least 80% chance of winning than placing your bets that has the lowest value.

Don’t Believe in Bookies

Bookies are the ones who arranged and set up odds especially when you bet online. Take note that horse racing is gambling and it’s either you win or lose. But, if you want to get rid of a consistent losing streak, you need to avoid the bookies. There’s nothing wrong with going with your instinct and betting for the ones given by bookies, but in reality, they place the odds in their favor. That means that your chance of winning might be small.

This is the main reason why that even if bookies set their bets, you still need to do your homework of researching the capability and skills of your chosen bets. This is highly needed specifically that the Belmont Stakes this year holds the mightiest horse entries and each entry has a unique running skills to show off this coming Saturday.

The Point System

The easiest strategy you can follow as you bet for the upcoming Belmont Stakes is the point system.  By using this strategy, all you need to do is to pick three horses which do you think will win. Out from these three entries, you need to sort out who’s going to place first, second, and third by placing the right points.

You can either have 10 as the highest or even as much as 5 points. Your criteria of placing the points for the three horses you have chosen in by their previous performances, trainers, jockeys, breeding, and the reviews they get from the horse racing society.

Lynne Clibburn and Apple Jack 12 Win $7,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake at ESP June I

Lynne Clibburn and Apple Jack 12 ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – June 5, 2019 – The first week of the ESP Summer Series, June I, was held at Equestrian Village from Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2. Lynne Clibburn of Wellington, FL and Apple Jack 12, owned by Cloud Nine, LLC, captured top honors in the $7,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake on Sunday, after stopping the timers at 45.714 seconds. Close behind at 45.776 seconds was Samantha Senft of Wellington, FL aboard her own Desperado, while Antonio Martinez, Jr. of Loxahatchee, FL claimed third place riding Emilio Mantero’s Rebel for Kicks, with a time of 52.087 seconds and one fault added to their score.

Course designer Hector Loyola set the track for this Sunday’s class, which saw a total of 11 entries contest the first round, and seven combinations return for the jump-off. Only the top two finishers completed the class with a double clear effort.

To view full results of the $7,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake, please click here.

To learn more about the ESP Spring Series and PBIEC, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Todd Minikus Tops the $36,000 1.45m Sunday Classic CSI 3* with Amex Z at Tryon

Todd Minikus and Amex Z ©Monica Stevenson Photography.

Mill Spring, NC – June 5, 2019 – Todd Minikus (USA) rode to the top of Sunday’s $36,000 1.45m Sunday Classic CSI 3* in tandem with Amex Z, finishing with a jump-off time of 33.065 seconds at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) to wrap up Tryon Spring 5 competition at the venue. David Blake (IRL) stopped the timers in 34.882 seconds to secure second place with Don’t Touch Du Bois, a 2009 Belgian Sport Horse mare (Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Indoctro) owned by Pine Hollow Farm. David O’Brien (IRL) took third place aboard La Belle SCF, a 2011 Belgian Warmblood mare (Diktator Van De Boslandhoeve x Baldini) owned by Spy Coast Farm, LLC, with a time of 35.102 seconds.

With 16 competitors in the first round and seven pairs in the jump-off on the course set by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN), Minikus and Amex Z, a 2009 Zangersheide mare (Andiamo Z x Landaris) owned by Bit By Bit Group, were the last duo in the jump-off and secured the win.

“The first round was a nice course,” Minikus remarked. “There were parts of it [the first round] that were difficult, but there ended up being seven clean, and they were all top riders and horses. I was fortunate to have two of the seven.”

“With my first horse [Calvalou], I lost my power steering going to the vertical and kind of ran into the standard and had to circle and start over. And the other [Amex Z], I thought I could do one less stride from one to two. I thought it was faster to go around the vertical instead of inside and that made for a tighter turn back. I noticed in the dirt my footsteps were way inside of everybody else’s. At that point, I knew I was ahead if I could just leave the jumps up.

“I got lucky at the last jump. It got a little desperate, but she gave a good effort, so I am very happy with Amex Z today,” Minikus concluded.

For full results from the $36,000 1.45m Sunday Classic, click here.

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

NARG Is Back with Full Agenda, New Board Members, Renewed Position, Return of NARG Top 25

Wellington, FL – June 4, 2019 – The North American Riders Group (NARG) is back on the show jumping scene with renewed intensity representing riders, owners, trainers, and their horses with a keen focus on improving our sport at a global level. After three meetings in 2019, the NARG Board has elected new members, submitted an updated position statement to the IJRC, and approved a proposal for the return of the NARG Top 25.

Who Is on Board?

After the first two meetings of 2019 in February and April, where several agenda items were discussed, the NARG Board agreed on a new Treasurer and invited three new members to join. Upon consent of all involved, the 2019 Officers and Board of Directors are: Mark Leone (USA)/President, Tiffany Foster (CAN)/Vice President, Lauren Hough (USA)/Treasurer, and Board: Kent Farrington (USA), Jimmy Torano (USA), Mark Samuel (CAN), Missy Clark (USA), Will Simpson (USA), Enrique Gonzalez (MEX), Andrew Welles (USA), Ben Asselin (CAN), and Eugenia Garza (MEX). Jennifer Markee remains as Executive Director.

NARG is grateful to all past Board Members whose contributions have given the organization the fundamentals needed to continue to serve the needs of the membership and represent North American riders, owners, and trainers. With a renewed sense of commitment and energy, NARG welcomes the three new board members.

Advocating for the Sport with an Updated Position Statement

Also on the agenda for the February meeting and a follow up meeting in April was updating and reinstating the NARG Position Statement to the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC). This includes key topics that are significantly important to the sport of show jumping today and in the future. The four page statement addressed the Blood Rule with solutions for revision in approach and rulings; adjusting the allocation of FEI Ranking Points for the AAA Category as well as the Nations Cup Final; the escalating costs of competing at FEI events in North America, particularly 2* shows; and the potential implementation of an FEI Course Designer Certificate of Capability.

The Return of the NARG Top 25

After a five-year break, NARG is pleased to announce the return of the NARG Top 25 in 2020. Taking this year to analyze six years of past reports, study the current show jumping landscape in North America, revamp the evaluation system, NARG web site and communication systems, discuss presentation methods and reach out for feedback from an evaluation panel in the sport, NARG will be well-prepared to present the next generation of the NARG Top 25. EqSol returns as not only producer of the NARG Top 25 report, as they were from 2010-2015, but the niche agency has agreed to take on the vision and mission of the entire project from concept to completion.

With a ton of potential, the broad plan for the NARG Top 25 is slated to have a tremendously positive impact on our sport, athletes, and horses.

The energy behind these efforts is palpable. Together we will once again improve our sport. Want to participate? Have ideas? Contact Jen Markee at 516-428-4423.

Media Contact: Lenore Phillips
561-753-3389 | lrb@phelpsmediagroup.com

Old Friends Summer Twilight Tours

GEORGETOWN, KY – JUNE 3, 2019 – Cool down this summer with a series of special “Twilight Tours” at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, KY.

Beginning June 5th, 2019, Old Friends will feature evening tours, beginning at 6 pm, on Wednesday and Friday nights.

These Twilight Tours will be available through August, and will be the same 90-minute, guided outdoor walking tour the farm currently offers daily.

In addition, 6 pm Twilight Tours will be offered each night from Wednesday July 10th through Sunday July 14 to welcome visitors from BreyerFest 2019.

Reservations are required for Twilight Tours, and can be made online by visiting the Old Friends website at www.oldfriendsequine.org and clicking the Book Tour button, or by calling the farm at (502) 863-1775.

(Note: Online booking is 24 hours in advance. Interested visitors should call the farm for reservations if online booking is closed.)

For those looking for a creative tour experience, Old Friends is will also offer a private “Spotlight Photo Tour” with Old Friends photographer-in-residence Laura Battles.

Many fans and supporters of Old Friends are familiar with Battles’s work through social media pages and others. These private Spotlight tours will be customized, 90-plus minute tours in which Battles will share her techniques, showcase lesser seen areas of the farm, and give guests the opportunity to photograph many of the retired equines themselves.

The exclusive experience is $175 for a group of five or $35 per person and will include a commemorative digital photo album that tour guests will receive at a later date.

Private “Spotlight” tours are subject to availability, must be booked in advance by calling the farm at (502) 863-1775, and are limited to five (5) people.

Old Friends is a popular Central Kentucky tourist “Destination” attracting over 20,000 visitors annually. The non-profit organization offers up-close-and-personal walking tours to meet its Thoroughbred champions, including 1997 Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner Silver Charm, 2002 Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner War Emblem, Belmont Stakes winners Touch Gold and Sarava, Breeders’ Cup champ Alphabet Soup, and three-time Santa Anita Handicap star Game On Dude, among many other stars of the turf.

“We want everyone to be able to visit the farm and meet our champion Thoroughbreds,” said Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen. “We know many people work during the day and can’t always make a morning or afternoon tour. So we hope these Twilight Tours will offer another option. Also, it’s a great time to enjoy the cooler evening temperatures,” Blowen added.

For more information visit the website at www.oldfriendsequine.org or call (502) 863-1775.

MEDIA CONTACT: Cynthia Grisolia, (502) 863-1775, cindy@oldfriendsequine.org; or Barbara Fossum, (502) 863-1775, barbara@oldfriendsequine.org

Motivation from Moshi, by Jane Savoie

Jane says I’m too serious, and need to play more. She told me I should relax and enjoy life. I used to think she was crazy. I have lots of work to do, and I didn’t think I should waste time playing around. Dressage is serious business ya’ know, and I have to be PERFECT. But Jane taught me that dressage should be FUN first, and serious second.

I’ve heard Jane tell visitors that I’m very wise, like a Socrates with four legs. There is an old record that says Socrates learned to dance when he was seventy because he felt that an essential part of himself had been neglected. So, I thought, perhaps I should learn to dance, too! Jane loved that idea. She cranked up the music and off we went!

To really dance well, you have to let go of the habit of looking at yourself through other people’s eyes. You have to stop that feedback loop. You have to risk looking silly. To dance you have to take a bit of the athlete in you and mix it with the artist in you. Unrestricted movement, without too much thinking, is the key. Shake, rattle, and roll, and you have a dance!

Do you like to dance? When was the last time you really let go and let your body move to the rhythm of the music? I suggest you try that today. Find a quiet room, close the door if you’re shy, and turn up the tunes. Release your mind as you release your body to move with the beat. Let go. Feel the freedom of movement. Close your eyes and really feel it.

There is nothing better for relieving stress than a good, powerful, free flowing dance. Give it a try! You can do it! Even if you’ve convinced yourself that you’re not a good dancer, you can still dance! Everyone can. You just have to be willing. You might surprise yourself how good you really are!

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.

Love, Moshi

Jane Savoie
1174 Hill St ext.
Berlin, VT 05602
Jane’s Website
DressageMentor.com