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Sisters Win Premier Equestrian Award at IFSHA World and Grand National Championships

Brin and Gracie Fairband (Photo courtesy of Avalon Photography)

Springfield, OH (November 11, 2016) – Excellent riding skills earned the young Fairband sisters Championship titles at the 2016 International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) World and Grand National Championships, but it took even more for the girls to win the title of Premier Equestrian. The Premier Equestrian Award is presented at horse shows across the United States to equestrians who go above and beyond to make a positive impact on the equestrian community by showing good sportsmanship attitudes and kindness toward their horses and fellow competitors. The award is named after its presenter, Premier Equestrian, which is a prominent company known for its world-class footing, horse jumps, and quality dressage arenas.

Brin Fairband won not only the Premier Equestrian Award but also two World Grand Championships and two World Reserve Champion titles at the IFSHA World and Grand National Championships. “Often people do not see the bonding, care, and effort that go into these Friesians outside the show ring,” Fairband said. “These things are what made our wins in the Championships all the more special.” Brin’s sister, Gracie Fairband, shared in the Premier Equestrian Award and also won three World Grand Champion titles. She credited her success at the show to the reliability of her champion mount, Hugo.

These two exemplary young ladies truly understand the importance of always putting their horses first and supporting fellow competitors, which they showcased at the Springfield, Ohio competition. As Brin accepted the Premier Equestrian award, she explained, “Offering help and friendship to other competitors and devoting attention to the horse I competed with do not seem like amazing feats to me; it doesn’t even seem significant. I think that all of us should live naturally without any thought or motive behind it. Every kind action, no matter how small, is significant, large, and beautiful to the one receiving it.” Gracie agreed, stating, “Being polite and acting modestly are two actions I hope to encourage every competitor to display because it doesn’t cost anything to do so, yet it gives so much in return.”

Premier Equestrian was proud to present the two young sisters with an official tri-colored Premier Equestrian Award ribbon, an engraved plaque, a three-step mounting block, and the title of “Premier Equestrian.”

At the IFSHA World and Grand National Championships, Brin and Gracie rode under the guidance of Nathan and Erin Miley, owners of Miley Friesians in Greenville, Ohio. Both sisters lent a hand to fellow competitors of all ages by offering their help and sharing snacks behind the scenes. “We may be competing against one another in the ring, but we are humans and friends first,” Gracie said. Premier Equestrian congratulated their sincere sportsmanship, horsemanship, and efforts to create a positive show atmosphere – all crucial elements for an enjoyable horse show experience.

“We are both very grateful for not only receiving this special award, but for the whole amazing experience we had at the Friesian World Show,” Brin said. “Thank you to IFSHA and Premier Equestrian for recognizing us and for inspiring us to continue to always give and do our best.”

The girls’ mother, Sandi Fairband, also thanked Premier Equestrian, IFSHA, and Miley Friesians for the wealth of opportunities that her two young daughters enjoyed throughout the competition. “People I didn’t even know told me how polite, kind, and funny my daughters are. It always does a mama’s heart good to hear these kinds of sentiments. The Miley family is the real deal in terms of kindness and wanting to promote this amazing breed and show format. They truly believe in what they live, and they were huge role models to my girls during the entire week of the IFSHA Championships in how they treated and interacted with all other competitors.”

Premier Equestrian takes great pride in recognizing stellar sportsmanship, and in offering affordable choices for first-rate American-made products that enhance horses’ and riders’ performances. For more information about Premier Equestrian and its full line of products including footing, dressage arenas, and horse jumps, please visit or call 1-800-611-6109.

For more information contact:
Heidi Zorn, Premier Equestrian

Beth Noteman Recognized at 2016 Sport Horse National Arabian Championships

Photo courtesy of Don Stine Communications & Photography.

Nampa, ID (October 20, 2016) – Premier Equestrian, a leading supplier of high-grade footing, striking dressage arenas, and revolutionized horse jumps, recently recognized Beth Noteman for her exemplary horsemanship by presenting her with the Premier Equestrian Award at the 2016 Sport Horse National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show held in Nampa, Idaho. Premier Equestrian presents the award at shows across the United States to honor talented equestrians who demonstrate stellar horsemanship and sportsmanship, and promote positivity in and outside of the show ring.

Noteman stood out to the show committee as a well-rounded equestrian whose attention to the sport goes beyond her scores in the show ring. A talented rider and handler who has achieved remarkable success with her Arabians, particularly her renowned stallion HSA Haleys Comet++++//, Noteman has said that she is most proud of the fact that her horses lead happy and healthy lives. She strives to make every show a positive experience for her equine partners, and her close connection with her horses is anchored in genuine enjoyment of their company and a deep respect for their individual temperaments and capabilities. In addition to the sheer amount of patience and hard work that she has put in over the years, the show committee was impressed with Noteman’s flexible attitude in understanding and working with the core personality of each of her mounts.

Noteman, who believes that adaptability and a down-to-earth attitude is essential to achieving success as an equestrian, learned the importance of recognizing a horse’s potential when she purchased Arabian stallion HSA Haleys Comet++++// (Skamper x Ok Ellazella G) as a green four-year-old in 1999. “Comet” did not fit her vision of an ideal dressage mount, but Noteman was willing to compromise based on the recommendations of her trainers – and despite the unlikely pairing between an amateur rider and a green stallion, Comet turned out to be the horse of a lifetime. While working 12-hour days in order to fund her riding as an amateur, Noteman brought Comet up the ranks to win the most National Championships of any purebred Arabian Stallion in history. Her tenacity is an inspiration to amateur equestrians, proving that with a little luck and a lot of hard work, all riders can achieve the dream of Arabian horse ownership. Over the past few years, Noteman has expanded her horse family by purchasing Comet’s son, Comets Midnite Bandit (known as “Bandit”) and Bandit’s mother, Midnites Magic Genie (known as “Magic”). She competed on this Half-Arabian, Half-Friesian mother-and-son duo at the recent 2016 AHA Sport Horse National Championships, riding Bandit in First and Second Level dressage and Magic in Fourth Level and Prix St. Georges dressage.

In honor of being dubbed a “Premier Equestrian,” Noteman was presented with a tricolor ribbon and the Premier Equestrian engraved plaque.

Premier Equestrian is proud to reward talented riders like Noteman, who bring a positive attitude to equestrian sports and demonstrate true enjoyment of their horses both inside and outside of the show ring. The company offers an affordable choice for first-rate American-made products that enhance the equestrian performance of its customers. For more information about Premier Equestrian and its full line of products including footing, dressage arenas, and horse jumps, visit or call 1-800-611-6109.

For more information contact:
Heidi Zorn, Premier Equestrian

Todd Minikus to Campaign Two Horses in Rolex CSI5* at Tryon

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl (Liz Crawley Photography).

Mill Springs, NC (October 20, 2016) – Two could be a lucky number for international Grand Prix show jumper Todd Minikus, who is aiming for nothing less than the number one spot in the $380,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Springs, North Carolina. Minikus will enter two horses in the October 22 class – his famed mount Quality Girl, owned by the Quality Group, and Itile Horta, an eight-year-old mare owned by Martin Hudgens.

The Rolex CSI5* is the most highly anticipated Saturday Night Lights show jumping event of the year at the venue. The expected electric atmosphere will feel like home for Minikus and Quality Girl, who are no strangers to the TIEC winners’ circle. This past July, the pair won the $216,000 Tryon Estates Grand Prix CSI4* during the 2016 Tryon Summer Series.

Minikus, who was named to the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping squad for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, closed his impressive summer season in New York. At HITS Saugerties, Minikus and Quality Girl had a blazing fast win in the $75,000 UlcerGard Grand Prix. “She’s a pure winner. I’m lucky to have her,” Minikus said of the 13-year-old Oldenburg (Quidam’s Rubin x Dubrock) mare. Then, at The Hampton Classic Horse Show in Southampton, New York, Minikus won the $10,000 Shamrock Ventures Open Jumper with one of the talented mares owned by Two Swans Farm – Vita 24, an 11-year-old Holsteiner (Carinjo x Rocca I).

After the upcoming competition at the TIEC, Team Minikus will focus on the two top indoor shows in America – the Washington International Horse Show on October 25-30, then the National Horse Show on November 1-6.

When not competing internationally, Todd Minikus Show Stables offers sales and training services just minutes from Wellington, Florida’s Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Follow Team Minikus on Facebook or Instagram @Todd_Minikus, or click for show action and the news that keeps the show world jumping.

Contact: Amanda Minikus

Beon Alla Czar Earns the Horse of Course High Score Award

Catherine Brown and Beon Alla Czar. (Photo courtesy of Bob Tarr Photography)

Nampa, ID (October 18, 2016) — At the fourteenth annual Sport Horse National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show, Catherine Brown and Beon Alla Czar claimed the High Score Award presented by The Horse of Course. A feature at many prominent dressage competitions throughout the United States, The Horse of Course High Score Award was given to the highest scoring horse and rider pair of the entire National Championship show.

The Horse of Course, a full-service dressage, hunter, and jumper tack shop that is popular throughout the United States, enjoys rewarding high performing pairs like Brown and Beon Alla Czar.

Beon Alla Czar, affectionately called Czar by his owner and breeder Jill Loskill, performed a beautiful Training Level test at the competition at the Ford Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho, scoring an impressive 76.023 percent. The eight-year-old Half-Arabian Czar is sired by Beon Eternety and out of Alla Petite. Loskill beamed with pride as she watched Brown and Czar compete. “I felt like I was watching the Valegro of Training Level,” said Loskill, referencing the great Olympic Champion. “My mission in life is to show what a program I have as far as breeding talented and capable horses for people to go out and enjoy.” Czar is certainly demonstrating the quality of her breeding program at Up the Hill Ranch in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Horse of Course is a frequent sponsor of premier competitions like the Sport Horse National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show. The Horse of Course is led by CEO Beth Haist and her husband, professional saddle fitter Marty Haist. To commemorate the accomplishments of Loskill, Brown, and Czar, The Horse of Course presented them with a beautiful tricolor ribbon, an embroidered High Score cooler, and a gift certificate for use at The Horse of Course tack shop or online store.

This summer, The Horse of Course sponsored several breed show National Championships including the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association National Championship Show and the International Friesian Show Horse Association World and Grand National Championship. The Horse of Course’s full-service mobile unit will next head south to Florida for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington for the 2017 winter competition season.

Founded over 20 years ago to connect equestrians with top-of-the-line products, The Horse of Course, Inc. is based in Claremore, Oklahoma and has two mobile units that travel to shows across the nation, serving dressage, hunter, and jumper riders. The full store in Claremore, Oklahoma offers a permanent place for riders to see all that The Horse of Course has to offer. Riders can also check out the online tack and apparel shop at

The Horse of Course is the one-stop-shop for all riders, and includes an extensive line of products for male clientele. The Horse of Course supplies popular brands such as König, Pikeur, Vespucci, Cavallo, Passier, and Sommer. The shop’s knowledgeable staff is happy to help customers find exactly what they need quickly in between classes, so riders can spend less time shopping and more time in the saddle. For more information about The Horse of Course and the company’s complete travel schedule, visit or call 1-800-494-6773.

The Horse of Course, Inc.
Beth Haist, CEO
888-49-HORSE (46773)

Another Year in the Ribbons for Piaffe Performance at Dressage at Devon

Cesar Parra aboard Don Cesar (Stacy Lynne Photography)

Devon, PA (October 11, 2016) – After a successful outing at the 2016 Markel/USEF Young and Developing Dressage Horse National Championships, Piaffe Performance Farm’s founder and owner Dr. Cesar Parra and his team had even greater results at the 41st annual Dressage at Devon horse show. The competition was held in Devon, Pennsylvania on September 27 – October 2, 2016. Piaffe Performance took a one-two finish in the FEI Young Horse Test for Six-Year-Olds division, where Parra captured two wins aboard his wife’s Don Cesar. Young Rider Rodrigo Encinas Fuentes and Dakhir were not far behind their coach, taking the reserve title.

Don Cesar, the Westphalian gelding owned by Marcela Ortiz Parra, was certainly on top of his game in the Dixon Oval. “Don Cesar finished up his six-year-old career in style with two wins at Devon,” said Parra, expressing pride for the talented horse that Don Cesar has blossomed into. Parra feels that success is something made from the efforts of many, and is grateful for his entire team that has worked hard all year at the Piaffe Performance facilities in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, and Jupiter, Florida. “I’m thankful for my wife, Marcela Ortiz, who owns Don Cesar; for Jen Mandracia for all the love and care she gives to my horses; for Katie Riley for being my eyes on the ground; and for my whole team. They’re really the best. Devon was amazing like always – challenging weather but great times with great friends!”

Rodrigo Encinas Fuentes and Dakhir, a chestnut Hanoverian gelding owned by Nicoletta Ghribi of GK Horses, came in reserve behind Don Cesar. “I’m so grateful to the Ghribi family for all the support and trust I’ve received,” said Fuentes. “And of course I have to thank Cesar Parra for all the coaching and support. Without him, this would not be possible.”

Fuentes also captured a reserve and fourth place in the FEI Young Riders Prix St. Georges Team division aboard seven-year-old Belle Ami, a Westphalian owned by Brooke Centrella, George Feldman, and Parra.

In addition, Kathleen Riley, one of the founding members of Piaffe Performance, racked up notable ribbons with Kingston, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding. Riley and Kingston placed second in both Open Fourth Level classes, scoring as high as 70.27 percent. Riley also started the career of the future superstar Sir Beckmann in the USEF Four-Year-Old Test. “What talented stars they are!” said Riley of her two mounts. “The support of the Piaffe Performance Farm team, both at the show and at home, was amazing. I’m thankful to all of our friends who traveled from all over to support us!”

Roberto Brasil and Equiventure LLC’s Lome added to Piaffe Performance’s ribbon haul, earning a reserve in the Open Fourth Level class. “What an amazing way to finish the 2016 season,” said Brasil.

Piaffe Performance’s Merita Hagren and Don Perygnon, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Martin Sosnoff, were not to be outdone as they tackled Dressage at Devon, placing second and third in their classes. “One of my dreams came true when I rode the CDI U25 Grand Prix at Dressage at Devon. What a pleasure to ride this amazing horse, who was super the whole week,” Hagren said.

Additionally, Parra’s student and owner of Lucky Shoe Farm, Kathryn Mills, captured a second, third, and fourth in Open Fourth Level aboard her own Fabiano. “Riding in the Dixon Oval has been a dream of mine, and this Thursday it became real. I found myself a bit emotional during my final salute, realizing I was living a dream. As I have learned and as I teach: open your mind, listen to your trainer, and trust the program. And always push past the comfort zone. Take a risk, and love every ride,” Mills said.

Piaffe Performance’s meticulous training with high-performance dressage horses certainly paid off this year at Dressage at Devon. Parra is an Olympian and Pan American Games Dressage Team Gold Medalist, and he leads a team that strives to correctly judge the various stages of a horse’s mental and physical development in order to help each individual horse progress up the levels. Piaffe Performance produces horses and riders that have earned numerous prestigious accolades nationally and internationally.

To be a part of the Piaffe Performance winning tradition, visit

Contact: Dr. Cesar Parra
Piaffe-Performance Farm
(410) 977-8352

Two-Tempi Challenge Mixes It Up for Dressage at Devon

Allison Kavey aboard QueBa HM (Photo courtesy of Stacy Lynne Wendkos)

Devon, PA (October 7, 2016) — Take one iconic Dressage at Devon horseshow, stir in two high-performance dressage riders, fold in a worthy cause, and you have the perfect recipe for success with The Dressage Federation Two-Tempi Challenge presented by the Horse of Course

Dressage at Devon’s Dixon Oval set the stage for The Dressage Foundation’s Two-Tempi Challenge presented by The Horse of Course on September 30. The Two-Tempi Challenge is a year-long event that supports The Dressage Foundation’s mission of advancing the sport of dressage in the United States. Riders are sponsored to compete at events like Dressage at Devon, or through online video submissions, to see how many two-tempis they can perform. They pledge a dollar amount for each two-tempi and donate proceeds to The Dressage Foundation.

Riders Allison Kavey and Ellie Rawle stepped up for the challenge at Dressage at Devon. Kavey, from Rivendell Dressage in Millbrook, New York, competed on QueBa HM, a Lusitano stallion owned by Andrea Woodner. Rawle, of Watermark Farm in Oxford, Pennsylvania, rode Wakanda WF, an 11-year-old American Warmblood mare owned by Anne M. Rawle. When the dust settled, Kavey was the victor with 45 consecutive two-tempi changes.

“QueBa and I managed 45 twos, and we had a terrific time doing it,” Kavey said. “The Dixon Oval is gorgeous at night, and it was a treat to be there for such a great cause. According to The Dressage Foundation’s website, QueBa and I are third in the country with our 45 twos and first for Region 8!”

Rawle was a last-minute addition to the Two-Tempi Challenge and was thrilled to participate. “It was on my bucket list for the year,” she said. “Now that I understand what the procedure is, I am confident that I would love to be a part of the Two-Tempi Challenge in the future! I love changes and so do my horses!”

The Two-Tempi Challenge, presented by The Horse of Course, is a regional and national competition to raise funds for The Dressage Foundation. Each rider works with an individual, GMO, stable, or group of dressage friends willing to make a pledge for each two-tempi change performed. All donations are used to support the Foundation’s programs, grants, and scholarships.

“Thanks to everyone who pledged and stayed to watch in the chilly fall weather!” Kavey said. “I’m grateful also to Beth and Marty Haist of The Horse of Course for sponsoring this terrific event.”

The Horse of Course, Inc., led by CEO Beth Haist, has a long history of supporting dressage, including partnering with The Dressage Foundation. Haist enthusiastically supports the Two-Tempi Challenge as a fun way for everyone to get involved and raise money for a worthy cause. “I am so proud to sponsor The Dressage Foundation’s Two-Tempi Challenge, and we hope to inspire riders from all over the country to get their cameras out and submit their Two-Tempi Challenge videos or compete at a recognized Two-Tempi Challenge event like the one at Devon,” she said. To learn more about The Dressage Foundation’s Two-Tempi Challenge, go to

The Horse of Course, based in Claremore, Oklahoma, not only proudly supports dressage through The Dressage Foundation and The Two-Tempi Challenge, but also travels to dressage shows throughout the U.S. in mobile units to bring quality brands and exceptional service to riders across the country. The Horse of Course carries the latest in equestrian fashion and top-of-the-line equipment, as well as those last-minute accessories or forgotten supplies necessary at a competition.

Riders can not only find the latest in fashion with help in finding the most flattering styles, but they can also receive expert advice about horse tack from the company’s knowledgeable staff. The Horse of Course excels in suggesting the perfectly fitting bit for each horse, and offers professional saddle fitting, flocking, and repair services that are well regarded in the dressage world. To explore the products and services at The Horse of Course, visit or call 1-800-494-6773. Be sure to also like the company on Facebook at

The Horse of Course, Inc.
Beth Haist, CEO
888-49-HORSE (46773)

Andalusian Gelding Earns the Highest Score of the 2016 IALHA National Championship

Robert Chapeski and Galante SG (Photo courtesy of

South Jordan, UT (October 6, 2016) – At the 2016 International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) National Championship Show, a five-year-old gelding stole not only two dressage National Champion titles, but also the highest score of the entire competition. The winning Andalusian gelding, Galante SG, and his owner and rider Robert Chapeski accepted a surplus of elaborate ribbons, including a special High Score Award contributed by The Horse of Course, Inc.

The Horse of Course, a full-service tack shop based in Claremore, Oklahoma, is widely known for traveling across the country to provide top-quality tack, fashionable and functional attire, and equine care supplies for all disciplines. The Horse of Course continually extends its support for equestrian competitors by presenting its signature High Score Award at competitions across the United States. The company was proud to bring its award to the IALHA National Championships in South Jordan, Utah this month. Chapeski and Galante SG were rewarded for their high score of 72.79 percent in the First Level Open class with an embroidered cooler, a gift certificate to The Horse of Course, and a tri-color ribbon.

Chapeski, a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Gold Medalist, purchased his now-champion Galante SG from Spanish Gate Andalusians as a weanling. He brought up the young dressage horse at his own facility, Chapeski Dressage LLC in Florence, Montana, where he trains and competes a variety of breeds including Friesian, Haflinger, Arabian, and Warmblood horses. Chapeski’s varied experience paid off well, as Galante SG received the highest score of the show from FEI dressage judge Cesar Torrente, and also claimed victory in both the National Championship Training Level and First Level classes. “We met all our dressage goals, and then some!” Chapeski smiled.

Spanish Gate Andalusians’ owners, Cathy and Joe McCarter, have been breeding Andalusians for nearly 30 years in Bitterroot Valley, Montana and were overcome with emotion when they learned of Chapeski and Galante SG’s success. Chapeski also competed Spanish Gate Andalusians’ seven-year-old stallion, Patriotico SG, at the IALHA National Championships, with whom he claimed the Reserve National Champion title at Training Level.

The Horse of Course is proud to recognize the achievements of successful horse and rider combinations like Chapeski and Galante SG. The company also offers the tack and apparel that top riders need to keep looking and performing their best in the show ring. Chapeski looks forward to using his prize gift certificate to shop online at

The Horse of Course is dedicated to providing riders with the highest quality products at affordable prices, and the company’s knowledgeable staff is skilled in all areas of horse tack. The Horse of Course has an impeccable reputation for finding the perfectly-fitting bit for horses, and also has professional saddle fitting, flocking, and repair services available. To see the company’s full mobile schedule and for more information on the services and popular brands available at The Horse of Course, such as Pikeur, Vespucci, Cavallo, Passier, and Sommer, visit

The Horse of Course, Inc.
Beth Haist, CEO
888-49-HORSE (46773)

Karin Hansen Wins Champion Honors at 2016 IALHA National Championships

Photo courtesy of IALHA.

South Jordan, UT (October 3, 2016) – Amateur rider and handler Karin Hansen’s generous spirit was recently rewarded by Premier Equestrian, a leading supplier of high-grade footing, striking dressage arenas, and horse jumps. At the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) National Championship Show in South Jordan, Utah this September, Hansen excelled in the competition arena, exhibited exceptional sportsmanship, and demonstrated true horsemanship. Premier Equestrian values outstanding competitors such as Hansen and strives to recognize their exemplary character by presenting them with the Premier Equestrian Award.

At the IALHA National Championships, Hansen competed with her two Andalusian horses, Padre and CDC Corazon. One-year-old filly Corazon, affectionately called “Cora,” competed in-hand and won the National Championship Spanish Fillies, 2 Years & Under. Cora also took top honors in the Get of Sire and Produce of Dam. Padre was honored with Reserve National Champion Geldings All Ages (Amateur to Handle) and Reserve Champion Andalusian Western Pleasure (Amateur). Padre also earned National Top 5 honors in Working Equitation.

Premier Equestrian – an industry leader in manufacturing world-class footing, stylish horse jumps, and quality arenas – strives to recognize competitors whose efforts in competition match their exceptional attitude and horsemanship. Known as “Premier Equestrians,” winners of the Premier Equestrian Award are presented with a striking tricolor ribbon and engraved Premier Equestrian Award commemorative plaque.

“The IALHA National Championship Show has such a positive vibe,” commented Hansen. Her bright personality was appreciated by her fellow competitors on more than one occasion during this year’s competition. For each of the classes, there are specific pieces of equipment that each horse and rider are required to wear. Hansen explained that a fellow rider forgot her required chaps, and was going to have to miss her chance to ride for a championship. Hansen stepped up and offered the chaps she was wearing. “Her class was right after mine. The minute I got out of the class, I just sat down, ripped off my chaps and put them on her. It was really cool to be able to share.” Later in the day, another rider wasn’t wearing a broach and was going to be held out of the class. Hansen noticed the conversation happening and offered the broach she was wearing, saving the day for another competitor.

Additionally, Hansen was extremely proud of her two mounts. “Not only are they beautiful horses and kind of fancy, but they are so, so smart,” said Hansen. “Padre has overcome so much. It is super fun competing on him. He was like a little show pony at the Nationals.” Hansen has been working with Cora since she was a foal. Of their work together, Hansen remarked, “It’s really fun. When Cora sees a pole on the ground, she knows she is supposed to go sidepass. I really love the intelligence that they show.”

Premier Equestrian wishes for all disciplines of riders, such as Hansen, always have an enjoyable experience with their horses, in or outside the show ring. The company is proud to offer an affordable choice for first-rate American-made products that enhance the equestrian performance of its customers. For more information about Premier Equestrian and its full line of products including footing, dressage arenas, and horse jumps, visit or call 1-800-611-6109.

For more information contact:
Heidi Zorn, Premier Equestrian

Don Angelo Helps Young German Rider Excel in European Under 25 Tour

Katharina Hemmer and Don Angelo (Photo courtesy of Teresa Klauke-Deimel)

Etteln, Germany (September 23, 2016) – Devon Kane of Diamante Farms in Wellington, Florida is known as an accomplished dressage trainer, competitor, and clinician; but despite all of her equestrian success stories, Kane never hesitates to choose a horse’s well-being over another blue ribbon. Kane is also quick to spot a young rider who could use her help in rising up the ranks in dressage. Katharina Hemmer, a young German dressage rider, can certainly attest to this.

Hemmer has been working at Olympic Gold Medalist Hubertus Schmidt’s dressage facility in Etteln, Germany for the past three years. Kane trains under Schmidt, and while spending a summer training with him in Germany along with a few of her own horses from Diamante Farms, she discovered a perfect way to help one of her horses while also helping Hemmer’s dressage career advance.

Diamante Farms’ Don Angelo, an Oldenburg gelding by Don Larino, had suffered from severe allergies while living at Diamante Farms, an elite dressage training facility owned by Devon Kane and her mother Terri Kane in South Florida. While in Germany with Kane, Don Angelo’s allergies disappeared. “He started really thriving there,” Kane stated. Although she knew that the impressive gelding could dominate in dressage competitions in the U.S., after seeing his allergies improve so much in Europe, Kane chose not to bring Don Angelo back home. When she saw Hemmer riding at Schmidt’s facility, a new idea for Don Angelo’s future was born.

“Katharina really stole my eye a little bit more than the other riders at Hubertus’s. She works really hard, she’s really sweet, and she’s a great rider. You can tell she truly cares about the horses and about riding. She really is everything we were looking for in a rider for Don Angelo, and we felt that it would be a perfect opportunity for Katharina to be able to compete with him,” Kane explained. So Don Angelo remained in Germany with Hemmer and has competed successfully with her while remaining allergy-free in his new home. “We take care of everything – the vet bills, the feed, whatever he needs,” said Kane, “and Katharina does the rest.”

For Hemmer, this was the perfect arrangement. “When Devon first offered me the ride on Don Angelo, I felt really honored and thankful for this great chance,” said Hemmer. “Don Angelo gave me the chance to make the step into the Under 25 tour. We competed in the Under 25 tour in some big national shows this year. We placed really well there. In Münster for example, we got the best result of all the Under 25 riders in the Intermediate B. Don Angelo is also very experienced with the Grand Prix movements, so I can learn a lot from him.”

Don Angelo and Hemmer were especially successful this summer. “Don Angelo and I had some really nice tests, and made great progress in general. A highlight of the summer for me was my first ‘real’ Grand Prix. Angelo did a great job! We finished fourth in a very talented and experienced field of riders. I was very happy about it, and really thankful to the Kane family for giving me the opportunity to ride such a great horse.” The accumulation of show ring successes for the pair also earned Hemmer the Golden Rider Badge. “In Germany, riders get the Golden Rider Badge when they win 10 tests at Small Tour level. One of the 10 needs to be a minimum of Intermediaire I,” Hemmer explained. “I got the Golden Rider Badge this summer. I’m very proud of this achievement, because I think earning it is a goal that every rider has.”

Outside of the show ring, Hemmer and Don Angelo’s partnership is just as strong as it is in front of the judges. “Our connection grew quickly from the beginning,” Hemmer smiled. “Don Angelo has a great personality and an adorable character, which made me fall for his charms. He is always fighting for me, which is a great feeling.

“My long term goal in dressage is to improve as much as possible and make the best out of my opportunities. I want to say thank you to Terri and Devon Kane for entrusting me with Don Angelo,” said Hemmer.

To the Kanes, seeing the affection between Don Angelo and Hemmer makes it all worthwhile. Back in Wellington, Florida, Devon Kane and everyone at Diamante Farms continues their dedication to helping horses and riders like Don Angelo and Katharina Hemmer find happiness and success in the show ring. Besides working with her own clients and horses, Kane is available to give clinics that help riders achieve that ideal partnership with their mounts. Diamante Farms offers top-quality training, clinics, boarding, and sales in dressage on its beautiful 10-acre estate. Learn more about Diamante Farms at or call 561-307-2831.

Contact: Devon Kane
Diamante Farms

Young Hanoverian Bred by Invictus Farm Earns First Place

Fierralusa and Jennifer Moskal (Photo courtesy of KFAM photography).

Loxahatchee, FL (September 16, 2016) – Invictus Farm, a premier sport horse facility just minutes away from the elite horse show grounds of Wellington, Florida, was proud to take the champion title with an up-and-coming prospect at a recent show. Invictus Farm’s owner, Jennifer Moskal, piloted her six-year-old Hanoverian mare Fierralusa to top placings in the 2’6 division at the Palm Beach County Mounted Posse Hunter Jumper Show. Moskal was delighted to earn the blue ribbon on her home-bred Fierralusa at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Moskal guided Fierralusa through the division under the direction of Grand Prix international dressage trainer Rick Rockefeller-Silvia. The dynamic duo of Moskal and Rockefeller-Silvia works together at Invictus Farm using their skills to bring hunter, jumper, and dressage horses through the levels in an upbeat, fun atmosphere. A specialized program that combines dressage and jumping training has proven to be key in Fierralusa’s success. Rockefeller-Silvia stated that it was Fierralusa’s fundamental dressage training that helped her perform so well in the hunter division at this month’s show. “Fierralusa’s solid dressage basics allow her to stay more balanced, subtle, and soft; giving a relaxed feeling to the trips, which is important in a successful hunter.”

Moskal was especially pleased with Fierralusa’s success, as breeding and training her own horses is her passion. Originally from Illinois, Moskal has been dedicated to horses since childhood, and was instrumental in her family’s Warmblood breeding program at their farm Legacy USA Equestrian Center. Their breeding program produced top Hanoverian foals that were recognized throughout the United States. Moskal’s mission is to continue breeding quality horses and instilling the proper training needed to reach the highest levels of their disciplines.

Together with Rockefeller-Silvia, Moskal also plans to import top dressage prospects and experienced mounts from across Europe and bring them to Invictus Farm. “We have a very exciting new batch of horses coming over in the next couple of weeks from Holland,” said Rockefeller-Silvia. Rockefeller-Silvia is a United States Dressage Federation Gold Medalist, and the youngest rider to ever win the Grand Prix at Dressage at Devon. He started his career training dressage in Europe with some of the world’s most respected Olympic and European champions. He successfully rose through the levels and returned to the United States to start his business Dream Street Stallions Inc. There, Rockefeller-Silvia produced national and international champions. He now plans to continue crafting top horses at Invictus Farm.

South Florida’s Invictus Farm is currently accepting seasonal stall rentals for the 2017 season. Invictus Farm features two barns with spacious matted stalls, copious fans, hot and cold wash racks, and a fly control system. Invictus Farm is also welcoming new students for training in the dressage, hunter, or jumper disciplines, and is passionate about maintaining a fun environment for all. Those interested in meeting the team and horses from Invictus Farm can next catch them at the American Hanoverian Association Inspection at Pennock Point Sporthorses in Reddick, Florida on September 28. For more information on Jennifer Moskal, Rick Rockefeller-Silvia, and Invictus Farm, please visit

Contact: Jennifer Moskal
Invictus Farm
(630) 373- 9937