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Barrel Racers Fill the Jacksonville Equestrian Center for the 14th Annual Fiddler’s Turkey Run

Photo courtesy of SDPhotography.

Jacksonville, FL (December 8, 2016) — Horses and riders from as near as the southeast United States and as far as Canada descended on Jacksonville, Florida for the 14th Annual Fiddler’s Turkey Run, held at the end of November at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. More than 600 entries vied for over $106,000 throughout the three days of barrel racing competition.

The Fiddler’s Turkey Run has been held for the past seven years at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, and has continued to grow every year. Paul Stanley, who assists Sabra O’Quinn in managing the Fiddler’s Turkey Run, said, “This is a great facility with plenty of stalls and RV hookups. We’ll be back next year!”

Many riders are already looking forward to a return trip in 2017 to the facility, which boasts a 3,500-seat 150′ x 300′ indoor arena, several outdoor arenas, and over 400 permanent stalls. Longtime Fiddler’s Turkey Run entries as well as new faces to the competition enjoyed the experience at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center this year.

“This was my first time here at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, and I love it. This is a beautiful facility,” said Kaitlin Chieca of Vero Beach, Florida. “The grounds are wonderful. The people have been fantastic – this is a class act!” Chieca competed two horses at the Fiddler’s Turkey Run – her own “Jacob,” and Heidi Thompson’s “Pinkie.” She was happy with her results, especially as this was only her third show ever on Pinkie. Although for Chieca, the highlight of the weekend wasn’t the scores, but the trip around the barrels.

“The adrenaline rush when you shoot out of the alley way – there’s nothing like it,” Chieca explained. “It can be a little scary, but it’s worth it every time. There’s something about riding something this big and being in control of it – it’s just the craziest feeling. It’s awesome!”

Eleven-year-old Kaitlyn Sims of Elkton, Florida shares Chieca’s passion for barrel racing. Sims was the big winner Sunday in the Fiddler’s Turkey Run Open, turning in a blazing time of 15.08 aboard her Quarter Horse, Specta Goodtime. The pint-sized jockey has been riding since she was two years old and competes in junior rodeos as well as the barrel racing shows. Why spend so much time in the saddle? “I like being able to go fast,” Sims explained.

Sims and her mother, Jennifer Lee-Sims, are no strangers to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. “We love this facility because it’s close to home,” said Lee-Sims. “We try to come to all the big events that they have here.”

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center was thrilled to once again host the Fiddler’s Turkey Run and all of its talented barrel racers. Sponsors for the Fiddler’s Turkey Run included Equine Medical Center of Ocala, Santa Fe Horse Transport, Wrangler, Formula 1 Noni, Sebelle Dymmek, Triple Crown Feed, Formula 707, 5L Performance Horses, and Seminole Equine Products.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center’s 2016 calendar has several more exciting events planned before the end of the year, including the USDAA Pals & Pals Agility Trials on December 9-11, and Community Night Schooling on December 20. Parking and admission for spectators is free for all events.

For more about the Jacksonville Equestrian Center and to find out how to host your event at this multifaceted facility, visit www.jaxequestriancenter.com or call (904)-255-4254.

Jacksonville Equestrian Center
Debbie Stegner (904)-255-4215
dstegner@coj.net
13611 Normandy Blvd,
Jacksonville, FL 32221

Todd Minikus Warms Up for WEF with Stellar Performances at Holiday & Horses

Todd Minikus and Babalou 41 (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

Wellington, FL (December 6, 2016) — Todd Minikus commanded the attention of audiences this past week in the Holiday & Horses show series, held November 30 through December 4, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. Minikus, who was named to the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping squad, highlighted the week with a top three placing on Babalou 41, owned by Two Swans Farm, in the $216,000 CSI 4* sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. Minikus didn’t stop there, placing at the top of his classes aboard a varied group of horses throughout the week.

In addition to competing with the seasoned Babalou 41, Minikus competed Vita 24 and I Am Nala, both also owned by Two Swans Farm. Minikus also took the reins on several new rides, including Coverboy, Eldorado VDL, and VDL Excel, whom are all owned by The Coverboy Group, as well as Zephyr and Valinski S, both owned by Wyndmont Inc.

Minikus piloted Zephyr to a first place finish – ahead of 50 competitors – in a 1.40m Jumper class, and also placed in the top ten in the $25,000 Omega Alpha Grand Prix. The aptly named ‘Coverboy’ took first and second places in two different 1.40m classes. Eldorado VDL also showed his promise by placing third in a 1.35m class. Minikus commented, “I was really pleased with my horses’ performances in the show ring, and I’m really looking forward to taking these horses to their next level this season.”

The Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center begins on January 11, 2017, and is the largest and longest-running hunter/jumper show circuit in the world. Last year, Minikus started his winter competition season with back-to-back victories in consecutive Saturday Night Lights Grand Prixs. Aboard Quality Girl, owned by the Quality Group, Minikus won the opening $86,000 Marshall and Sterling CSI 2* and then won the $130,000 Adequan CSI 3* with Babalou 41.

Minikus keeps his Grand Prix horses at the top of their game with the support of his generous sponsors. Most recently, sponsor Schneiders Tack restocked Team Minikus on all essential barn supplies and products to keep his horses’ coats gleaming and competition ready. When not competing nationally and internationally, Todd Minikus offers sales and training services just minutes from Wellington, Florida’s Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds. Follow the action from Team Minikus on Facebook and Instagram @Todd_Minikus, or visit www.ToddMinikusShowJumping.com.

Contact: Amanda Minikus
amandajl16@aol.com
562-762-3762
www.toddminikus.com

Katherine Bateson-Chandler Featured on Horses in the Morning Radio Show

Photo courtesy of JRPR.

Wellington, FL (December 1, 2016) — With the winter dressage show season fast approaching in south Florida and the World Equestrian Games scheduled to be held on the United States east coast less than two years from now, top U.S. dressage riders are filled with anticipation. Horse Radio Network’s talk show Horses in the Morning invited one of these riders, Grand Prix competitor Katherine Bateson-Chandler, to the broadcast’s “Omega Alpha Equine Monday Edition” to give the inside scoop on what it’s like to prepare for the show ring as the gaze of international dressage turns to the U.S.

An online podcast of Bateson-Chandler’s interview is now available on Horses in the Morning’s website, in which Bateson-Chandler shares her thoughts on planning for the World Equestrian Games (WEG), the upcoming Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, her bond with her superstar mount Alcazar, and the invaluable boost she gains from training with British Olympian Carl Hester.

The road to the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) will offer triumphs and inevitable challenges for standout horse-and-rider pairs who hope to compete in the Tryon, North Carolina event. Bateson-Chandler is already working hard to prepare for the WEG – one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar – and spent this past summer competing in Europe and training with Carl Hester.

The radio show was quick to get right to the question on most riders’ minds – one that Bateson-Chandler was happy to answer – which was whether or not she has actually ridden Valegro while at Hester’s facility. “I have!” she said. “Carl and Charlotte Dujardin both are very open with their horses, so pretty much everybody rides everything. That’s great fun!  And Valegro truly is what he seems to be – he is the most special horse in the world, and I have been around a lot of special horses, international and otherwise. There is something about him that is so gentle. He is such an old soul.”

Despite Valegro’s allure, there is another horse that fills Bateson-Chandler’s heart. “One hundred percent I believe horses have a ‘person,’” she explained. “Alcazar is my special boy.” The Dutch-bred gelding affectionately known as “Lonzie,” owned by Jane Clark, has trained up the levels to Grand Prix with Bateson-Chandler. “When you spend every day with a horse, there is a bond you can’t describe; you have to feel it. We know each other so well. He has a lot of character and tries really hard, with enough spice that keeps every day interesting. He is back up and running after colic surgery last summer, and he feels better than ever.”

It takes years to develop the superior strength needed for international competition. Muscle development, plus the best feeding and supplement regimen, is crucial. Bateson-Chandler uses several different all-natural Omega Alpha products to keep Alcazar and her other equine partners in top shape. “Across the board, the horses like the Omega Alpha Gastra-FX. Omega Alpha’s philosophy is to create healthy horses by starting with the gut, and I totally agree. Every vet I speak to says to start with the intestines, the inside of the horse.” Bateson-Chandler’s supplement of choice for equine pain relief is Omega Alpha’s Antiflam. “Antiflam is amazing for my high performance horses working at the international level. I Iove the thought of taking inflammation out of their muscles in a completely natural way.”

As plans for the 2018 World Equestrian Games begin to form, Bateson-Chandler is first intent on the Wellington show series at hand. With her personal and professional mentor Olympian Debbie McDonald, she will choose Florida shows to compete in and will look toward next summer in Europe, as well. She will project backwards from the WEG, planning her qualifying period and where she needs to be month-by-month, season-by-season. “I always have a greater idea in mind of what I want to do, but again, you learn that things can change. If you wait until the year of the championships to plan, you are behind the eight ball. Everyone is planning now, to be honest, even towards the Tokyo Olympics. Absolutely, this is a very important season.”

To listen to her exciting interview on Horses in the Morning, go to Omega Alpha Equine Monday Edition at http://www.horsesinthemorning.com/11-14-2016-by-omega-alpha-equine-hellos-big-win-bateson-chandler-horse-nation-bucket-list/. For more information about Katherine Bateson-Chandler, visit www.kbcdressage.com.

Contact: Katherine Bateson-Chandler
chandlercarlos@aol.com
908-391-9096

Diamante Farms Named Official USEF Elite Training Center

Photo courtesy of James Wooster.

Wellington, FL (November 18, 2016) – Diamante Farms, the home base of USDF Gold Medalist Devon Kane, has been designated as an official USEF Elite Training Center. This designation is given to first-class equestrian facilities that are instrumental in providing USEF high performance training sessions, which enable the top equestrian athletes in the United States to train in preparation of representing their country on the world stage.

Diamante Farms, owned by Devon Kane and her mother Terri Kane, was named a USEF Elite Training Center because of the Kane’s continuing efforts to host USEF training sessions, their focus on building high-performance dressage in the U.S., and their support of the sport of dressage in general.

“We started hosting Junior and Young Rider training sessions at Diamante Farms because it’s very important to our family and our facility to back the different youth programs that USEF offers. We enjoy welcoming the coaches and the kids to our facility,” Devon Kane said from her Wellington, Florida farm. “From there, we grew to hosting a couple of the Young Horse training sessions, as well.”

Kane herself started riding dressage as a junior rider, and in 2007, she became an NAJYRC Individual Gold Medalist and Team Bronze Medalist. She has been unstoppable in the show ring ever since and is now a talented international competitor, clinician, and the head trainer at Diamante Farms. The facility is set on 10 pristine acres located just minutes from the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and the Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds. The beautiful estate boasts more than 20 stalls constructed in courtyard style, with grass paddocks and large covered and outdoor arenas outfitted with world-class footing.

“Diamante Farms has been very gracious in opening their gates to USEF for both Youth Dressage and Young Horse Dressage Training Sessions,” said the USEF Managing Director of Dressage, Hallye Griffin. “The facility is beautifully maintained and continues to the meet the standards expected for our training sessions. These training sessions are essential to developing future team riders and horses and, through the designation of USEF Elite Training Center, we hope to recognize Diamante Farms’ contribution to our programs.”

The Kane family is dedicated to providing opportunities for youth riders and young horses as well as to supporting the equestrian community as a whole. Diamante Farms proudly acts as the annual presenting sponsor of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival’s CDI 5* during the winter show season. Diamante also supports the Florida International Youth Dressage Championships, the Challenge of the Americas fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center. Devon Kane has been the Young Professionals Committee Chairperson for the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center’s annual auction and dinner for the past six years to help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit riders with disabilities.

As a USEF Elite Training Center, Diamante Farms will continue enriching its community and providing opportunities for top-quality dressage training, coaching, clinics, boarding, and sales. To read more about USEF Elite Training Centers, go to www.usef.org/_IFrames/EliteTraining/default.aspx. To learn more about Diamante Farms, go to www.diamantefarms.com and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/diamantefarms/.

Contact: Devon Kane
Diamante Farms
diamantefarms@icloud.com
561-307-2831

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 www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 1-800-611-6109.

For more information contact:
Heidi Zorn, Premier Equestrian
1-800-611-6109
www.PremierEquestrian.com
Heidi@PremierEquestrian.com

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 www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 1-800-611-6109.

For more information contact:
Heidi Zorn, Premier Equestrian
1-800-611-6109
www.PremierEquestrian.com
Heidi@PremierEquestrian.com

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 www.ToddMinikus.com for show action and the news that keeps the show world jumping.

Contact: Amanda Minikus
amandajl16@aol.com
562-762-3762
www.toddminikus.com

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 www.thehorseofcourse.com.

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 www.TheHorseofCourse.com or call 1-800-494-6773.

The Horse of Course, Inc.
Beth Haist, CEO
888-49-HORSE (46773)
www.thehorseofcourse.com
beth@thehorseofcourse.com

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 www.piaffe-performance.com.

Contact: Dr. Cesar Parra
Piaffe-Performance Farm
(410) 977-8352
www.piaffe-performance.com

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 www.dressagefoundation.org/two-tempi-challenge.html.

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 www.TheHorseofCourse.com or call 1-800-494-6773. Be sure to also like the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thehorseofcourseinc/?fref=ts.

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