Mt. Pleasant, Michigan (May 6, 2018) — A real life horse named Blaze upstaged the charity film screening of UNBRIDLED at Celebration Cinema in Mt. Pleasant, MI on April 25, one day before National Help a Horse Day (April 26) during the special 7:00 pm Eastern Time charity movie screening.
Moviegoers were intrigued and amused as they walked up to the ticket box office only to brush up against Blaze, who was also waiting in line to see the movie based on real-life stories of horse centers, including benefactor HopeWell Ranch of Weidman and Remnant Fields of Midland, MI, that pair abused women with rescued horses, resulting in mutual healing.
The screening was preceded by remarks by HopeWell Ranch director Jodi Stuber to the overflow crowd in the packed auditorium that drew more patrons than all other films combined. Ms. Stuber talked about HopeWell Heroes including horses and human volunteers.
UNBRIDLED, set for nationwide release this summer, stars Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), T. C. Stallings (War Room), Rachel Hendrix (October Baby), Jenn Gotzon (Frost/Nixon), and introduces sex-trafficked teen Sarah, played by Tea McKay, whose “journey of healing evokes tears that transcends into heartfelt joy,” says the film’s producer Christy McGlothlin. UNBRIDLED Trailer
Unbridled Executive Producer Troy Buder also produced Queen of Katwe with Lupita Nyong’o. Producer Christy McGlothlin & HopeWell Ranch Director Jodi Stuber.
UNBRIDLED MOVIE PRODUCER CHRISTY MCGLOTHLIN has nine children, including a special needs child, yet still finds time to make movies and host her online TV Talk show, Mommy Talk Live! Her first film, A LONG WAY OFF (Robert Davi, Jason Burkey), was a modern re-telling of the Prodigal Son story.
Her latest movie, UNBRIDLED, has won numerous film festival awards including the prestigious EQUUS WINNIE Award. Christy lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband Jerry and their children.
To celebrate the landmark 75th CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show, organisers have created a copyright free film: ‘Royal Windsor Horse Show through the ages’. Set up in 1943 to support ‘Wings for Victory’, a war time campaign to raise money to purchase Hurricanes and Spitfires for the Royal Air Force, the Show has grown to become an internationally recognised 5* equestrian event. Her Majesty The Queen has attended every year since its creation, with many of the world’s best riders taking to the private grounds of Windsor Castle to compete at the renowned event.
Royal Windsor Horse Show will take place from 9-13 May 2018; to find out more, visit www.rwhs.co.uk.
Wellington, Fla. – July 10, 2017 – Do some shopping and help fellow horse people. FarmVet, the leader in horse health products, will donate a percentage of their online and telephone sales to Equestrian Aid Foundation Tuesday, July 18.
Equestrian Aid Foundation is a nonprofit organization that assists people from all corners of the horse world who are coping with catastrophic injury or illness. It provides financial support to horse people facing health crises. Help with essential living and rehabilitative expenses can make a difference to a horse person who is facing a life-altering situation.
Start your shopping list now for all your supplies and place your order July 18. Your purchase will benefit both your horse and horse people in need!
FarmVet is your one-stop source for horse health products, from supplements to therapy products and everything in between. Plus, the FarmVet Pharmacy offers compounding services so be sure to give them a call if you’d like to learn more. The FarmVet website features safe, easy online ordering and order tracking. Using the latest encryption standards and secure payment protocols, FarmVet’s website ensures your privacy and safety.
With everyday low prices on great brands like Perfect Products, Ramard, Adequan, Merial, EquiFit, Back on Track, and Arenus brand Sore No More products, you’ll find everything you need to help horses perform at their best.
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz. (Photo courtesy of www.socialcircuitequine.com)
Rotterdam, The Netherlands (June 30, 2017) — Custom Saddlery, crafter of tailor-made saddles for riders and horses of all levels, congratulates three elite competitors who had outstanding performances and top placings at the 2017 FEI Nations Cup CDIO 5* dressage competition in Rotterdam, South Holland. Each of Custom Saddlery’s “Most Valuable Riders (MVRs),” Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, Juan Matute Guimon, and Madeleine Witte-Vrees, demonstrated how important a personalized saddle is to each horse’s performance.
Custom Saddlery MVR LaGoy-Weltz and her 17.1-hand, 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, Rassing’s Lonoir (De Noir x Loran) competed for the United States team that won the Nations Cup Competition at Rotterdam with a final score of 446.442.
LaGoy-Weltz, an experienced rider and trainer who works out of Mountain Crest Farm in Haymarket, Virginia and Wellington, Florida, scored a personal best on Lonoir in the Grand Prix and finished third with 74.580 percent. “He is an exceptionally sensitive, athletic, and sweet horse,” says LaGoy-Weltz. “He loves his time in the field as much as he loves his work. In 2014, I started riding Lono in a Custom Wolfgang model with a long block. I love the fit of that saddle. It’s still one of my favorite models. I also ride in the Omni, the Advantage Mono Flap, and the Wolfgang Solo.”
LaGoy-Weltz is sure to keep Custom Saddlery a part of her winning strategy. “Custom has an extensive network of saddlers all over the country,” she says, “and now in Europe, too. So I have a great saddle support system no matter where I go.” This MVR will waste no time in putting this support system to use this summer. “We’re on to Aachen!” she said.
Dutch Custom Saddlery MVR and Olympian Madeleine Witte-Vrees claimed reserve title in the Nations Cup Grand Prix with 75.660 percent, riding Cennin, a 10-year-old KWPN/Oldenburg stallion by Vivaldi. No strangers to success down the centerline, Witte-Vrees and Cennin were the Dutch reserve combination at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and they currently stand 22nd on the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings.
Also successful at Rotterdam was Custom Saddlery MVR Juan Matute Guimon, a 19-year-old dressage prodigy who rides for Spain. His father is three-time Spanish Olympian Juan Matute, and the family lives in Florida. At Rotterdam, the young Matute won the CDI Under 25 Musical Freestyle on 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding Don Diego Ymas with a score of 76.015 percent – a personal best. The pair also took reserve in the CDI Under 25 Intermediaire II.
Before entering an arena for what has become a must-watch ride, Matute Guimon saddles up with the Custom Saddlery’s Advantage R model. “I love the Custom Saddlery saddles,” the young man said. “I ride with the Advantage R because it’s comfortable and precise. It fits perfectly to my horses’ backs and I feel as if my seat aid is uninterrupted. Nice leather, great seat, and comfortable for the rider and the horse. Custom has a huge variety of trees so they really make the saddle customized.
“Don Diego Ymas and I entered the arena with the attitude of a champion. We knew that if we wanted to win we had to give it our absolute best. We had a totally mistake free test and there was lots of harmony and power!” said Matute Guimon. The young Spaniard is looking forward to saddling up next at CHIO Aachen with an eye trained on competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Custom Saddlery MVRs know that quality tack and equipment are integral to bringing out the best in their horses. Other top dressage riders who agree include MVRs Heather Blitz, Patrik Kittel, and Steffen Peters. Custom Saddlery offers professional saddle fitting services with expert saddle fitters across the United States and internationally, and manufactures high quality accessories including stirrup leathers, girths, and saddle pads. Find a catalog of Custom saddles and an expert saddle fitter near you at www.mysaddle.com or call 1-800-235-3865.
Limburg, Belgium (June 25, 2017) – The name Jos Lansink has long been synonymous with the upper echelons of the show jumping world. Throughout his career he has enjoyed countless wins, many in the European and World Championship arenas and has competed in six Olympic Games, taking the Team Gold with the Dutch team in Barcelona in 1992. The Dutch native, who now rides for Belgium, started his own stable in 2004 and has been associated with many equine show jumping superstars: and his horses’ performance at the CSIO5* Rotterdam Longines FEI Nations Cup, held June 22-25, 2017, was no exception.
With rider Pieter Clemens at the reins, Horizon De Regor, a chestnut Belgian warmblood gelding by Obourg, turned in the top ride for Team Belgium with one down in the first round and a second round clear. Horizon’s stablemates also put in impressive performances, with For Cento going double clear and Chianti’s Champion having the last fence down in the 1.55m at Rotterdam.
Lansink first took to the saddle at the age of three, and his ascension to international success began with the 1988 Olympic Games, a win in the 1994 World Cup Final, and a Team Bronze Medal at the 2002 World Championships. Exceptional nutrition has always played a major part in his program, and after seeing great results on other horses, Lansink expanded Crypto Aero Plus to be a staple supplement in his stable. He currently has seven on the whole food horse feed and whole horse supplement, including Horizon De Regor, who was also second in last year’s Belgian Championships. “The horses have longer lasting energy and are jumping very consistent,” said Lansink. “They give the same feeling on the last day as they did on the first day. Their coats look fantastic and their legs looks great. Their overall health has improved.”
When asked about any other performance improvements on Crypto Aero, the response from Lansink’s camp was equally positive: “Especially with the horses that used to get a little empty at the end of the course, they are now able to stay focused and consistent through the entire show. The best thing about Crypto Aero Plus for us is that we don’t need to add any other supplements. Everything our horses need is in one product, which makes it very easy. We have not altered anything else with our feed program. The only thing we provide is a salt block. It is a fantastic supplement, and the results speak for themselves!”
From international show jumping to the demands of the modern racehorse, Crypto Aero was designed to help horses live healthier lives and to reach peak performance by offering them only the very best ingredients. Founded in 2014, Crypto Aero Wholefood Horse Feed is the only complete horse feed based on whole foods. Crypto Aero Plus+ acts as a real food supplement for the whole horse. All of Crypto Aero’s products are created with human grade ingredients whenever possible and are non-GMO and gluten, corn, wheat, soy, and molasses free.
Itapira, SP, Brazil (June 23, 2017) – The beauty and presence of the Interagro Lusitano have caught the eye of international publications around the world, from Dressage Today and Horseman’s Yankee Pedlar to Zulu Interagro posing with supermodel Gigi Hadid in the December 2016 article of Allure. In May 2017, an Interagro stallion once again was featured as the cover image for one of the US’s top equestrian magazines, Horseman’s News, boosting Interagro’s number of magazine covers from 22 to 23.
The regal profile of Hobbit Interagro (Bungo Interagro x Radiosa (MAC)), who was purchased and exported from Brazil to Texas by Haras dos Cavaleiros, graces the May cover against a black backdrop. Highlighting the horse’s excellent conformation, the cover features Hobbit clad only in the traditional halter and braids which sets off the dapple grey stallion’s elegant topline. The cover image was taken by Patricia Ernesto, wife of the head rider of Haras dos Cavaleiros, which acts as ambassador for the Lusitano breed in the United States.
Hobbit Interagro is no stranger to the spotlight: at the 2016 North American Lusitano Show, his historic stallion revision score of 76.5 points is the highest ever awarded to a Lusitano in the United States, following nearly 200 horse revisions. The coming six-year-old stallion is described by Haras dos Cavaleiros as “stunning.” They also note that his temperament and willingness, paired with exceptional “suspension, suppleness, and lightness in his steps,” naturally inclines him for the upper level and FEI disciplines.
With over 40 years of experience breeding, training, and exporting Lusitanos, Interagro’s mission is to preserve the exceptional bloodlines and qualities of the breed while showcasing their talent, beauty, and intelligence, especially in the FEI and sport horse disciplines. Established in 1975 by Dr. Paulo Gavião Gonzaga, Interagro’s initial vision was to preserve and restore the original foundational Lusitano bloodlines and lineages, many of which were in danger of extinction following the Portuguese Revolution of 1974. Through meticulous breeding, exceptional care, and world-class training, the modern Interagro Lusitano sporthorse currently shows and competes in a variety of disciplines – including Grand Prix dressage, Paralympic dressage, World Cup working equitation, driving, and jumping – continuing that legacy as they compete across four continents.
For more information on Interagro Lusitanos, Interagro’s horses for sale, or the Lusitano bloodlines, visit Interagro’s website at www.lusitano-interagro.com. To organize a trip to Brazil or for any questions regarding sales or the logistics of importing horses to the US, contact their US Sales Representative, Peter van Borst, at 817 368 9447.
Watch as Dr. Liz Barrett of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute discusses horse colic treatment, what you should do until the vet arrives, and what treatments are available. Colic can be life-threatening for a horse. Dr. Barrett shares tips on spotting colic symptoms and taking early action, explains what can cause colic, and discusses treatment options, including surgery.
Lausanne (SUI), 19 June 2016 – The FEI has launched FEI Campus, a unique and free e-learning gateway for everyone with a love of horses and equestrian sport, wherever they are in the world.
FEI Campus is an FEI Solidarity project and the online resource – https://campus.fei.org – is expected to become the virtual reference point for millions of equestrian fans globally, as well as athletes and FEI Officials.
FEI Campus content and courses have been carefully crafted by equestrian experts and are designed for everyone, including those looking for invaluable horse training and stable management tips to educational programmes on veterinary needs, equine behaviour and also for judging certification.
The platform is designed to give the equestrian community an immersive experience, with all courses and connection with tutors and peers just a click away from any device.
FEI Campus will be constantly enriched with up-to-the-minute and wide-ranging information to reflect the global interests of the rapidly growing international equestrian community, which now includes over 41,000 athletes, 7,500 officials and 750 million fans around the world.
One of the key goals of this important development tool is to make it less expensive for current and future FEI officials from across the world to get education, meaning that they will be able to follow courses without the costs of travelling and accommodation. Although FEI Campus cannot replace practical courses, it will also help reduce education costs for our National Federations.
“FEI Campus is a real milestone for equestrian sport,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.
“We’re connecting to millions of fans by sharing invaluable content on a sport and hobby we all love, and we’re modernising the way we educate our officials and athletes with the natural efficiencies that come with e-learning.
“We’ve focused on making strong, memorable and attention grabbing content that is easily accessible for our international equestrian community that is always on the go.
“This is just the beginning for FEI Campus, with new information and courses being added throughout 2017 and beyond.”
Wellington, FL (June 14, 2017) – The revolutionary Tota Comfort System combined noseband, new drop noseband, and the popular Andros Poll Relief headstall have been included in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)’s 2017 Dressage Attire and Equipment booklet, confirming its use for competition in the US. Approved for international competition through the Grand Prix by the FEI in January of 2016, the USEF’s evaluation more precisely breaks down the legal uses of the Tota Comfort System combined noseband and new drop noseband in national level competitions in the United States. The patent-pending, standard-shattering bridle design has redefined the traditional tack paradigm by removing torque on the poll, reducing pressure on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and facial nerves, and delivering unmatched comfort for the horse in both competition and training.
The Dressage Attire and Equipment booklet released by the USEF is designed to assist exhibitors as well as USEF Dressage Technical Delegates, Judges and Stewards who officiate dressage classes at any federation licensed competition in the United States. In addition to dressage dress codes, a wealth of bits, and various other bridle designs, the Tota Comfort System combined noseband is depicted as legal for all levels, with the optional use of a throat latch. Full information on the FEI rules for the combined noseband when competing at the international level can be found in the FEI DRE-Rules 2017, page 48.
Further solidifying the Tota Comfort System’s growing legacy in the dressage competition arena in the United States, inclusion in this year’s USEF booklet provides greater clarity for riders as they strive to ensure the proper fit and function of their tack. While its origins and popularity in dressage are a natural extension of the bridle’s design and benefits, jumpers and eventers are also discovering the positive results of using the TCS noseband on their competition mounts.
The Tota Comfort System noseband creates stability in the jaw, reduces poll pressure, and alleviates stress on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ and facial nerves, delivering improved comfort for the horse and connection for the rider. With the goal of improving lightness and harmony in the contact the inspiration behind its inception, Olympians Ashley Holzer and Sue Blinks sought to eliminate unsteadiness in the mouth caused by traditional bridle designs. The unnecessary pressure applied to the poll, facial nerves, and TMJ left the horse uncomfortable, sometimes resulting in head shaking, open mouths, tension, an unwillingness to step into the hand, or leaning on the bit, detracting from overall performance. Holzer and Blinks brought their idea to Charles Tota of The Dressage Connection, and together the three devised a curved cheek piece and stabilizing chin strap that resolved pressure points and granted the horse comfort and relief in the jaw, TMJ, and poll. Soon after the TCS’s debut at the Grand Prix level with Holzer at the reins resulted in a major percentage point jump in their score, hundreds of riders have chosen to ride in the TCS noseband for the sake of their horse’s comfort whether in the arena or in everyday training.
Available as a complete bridle system or noseband attachment, the Tota Comfort System is offered exclusively through its website and retail partners.
For more information on the Tota Comfort System, visit their website at www.totacomfortsystem.com or via phone at 1-888-SNAFFLE.
Kelsey Temmen and Cookie at the North American Trick Riding Championships in Las Vegas, NV (Shannon Fox Photography)
Westphalia, MO (June 14, 2017) — TheraPlate, the Official Therapy Plate of US Equestrian, is proud to welcome professional trick riding team Trixie Chicks Trick Riders as the newest TheraPlate Brand Ambassadors. Based out of Westphalia, Missouri, these fearless women have made trick riding their full time careers, performing their daredevil acts and offering clinics and lessons across the continent. The horses that make these famous acts possible all benefit from the TheraPlate to stay in top condition for performance.
Founded by trick rider Shelby Epperson, the Trixie Chicks Trick Riders is currently owned by Kelsey Temmen, who has a Master of Education in Equestrian Education at William Woods University and was the 2016 International Trick Riding Open Champion, Calgary Stampede Canadian Trick Riding Competition Open Champion, and North American Trick Riding Championships Open Women’s Champion. Epperson graduated with a Bachelor in Agriculture Business-Enterprise Management with an emphasis in Animal Science.
Trick riding takes excellent riding skills to a new extreme. In addition to physical and mental agility on the part of the rider, working with a trusted equine partner is absolutely crucial for participation in this high-risk sport. The Trixie Chicks place a strong emphasis on maintaining the health and happiness of their eight performance horses, keeping them motivated and regularly rewarding them for a job well done. That’s how Temmen first discovered the benefits of using TheraPlate two years ago, while training her horses in Texas. “I wanted to give all of my boys a spa treatment before I headed back home to Missouri, so I found an equine rehab facility and took a pit stop to get them pampered,” explained Temmen. There was a TheraPlate at the facility, so Temmen and her horses gave it a try. “They loved it, and I knew we had to get them a TheraPlate of their own. These horses work their tails off to keep me safe and to do their best – it was the very least I could do for them!”
TheraPlate’s innovative therapy platforms offer a wealth of benefits for horses across the disciplines, helping them to stay sound and conditioned simply by standing on the platform. TheraPlate uses low-intensity, dynamic movement to stimulate muscle contraction and increase circulation. In the process, it reduces swelling, builds muscle mass, fosters healing, and helps to prevent injury.
“Every time we travel, we find more and more ways to incorporate the TheraPlate into our routine,” said Temmen. “When we are at an event we like to set up our TheraPlate for not only our use, but also for anyone at the event who would love to try it to see its benefits. We use it as a way to warm up and cool down our horses, but our favorite use is for recovery after a performance or the next morning. The horses absolutely melt in relaxation when they get on it!”
When the Trixie Chicks are not at an event, they set up the TheraPlate in their barn for regular use between conditioning exercises and practices. Even their trick riding students like to lie on the platform at the end of the day. “I lay a towel down on it, and we use it for our own muscle soreness,” explained Temmen. “Sometimes it’s hard to get the kids off of it after a long day of practice — and the horses don’t appreciate having to wait their turn!”
Temmen reported that all eight horses in the Trixie Chicks program have benefited from their usage of the TheraPlate. “Trick riding can be extremely strenuous on the body. Some of our favorite benefits of using the TheraPlate include quicker recovery, reduced soreness, and overall relaxation. One of my trick riding horses tends to get a little nervous, and the TheraPlate helps give him a more consistent routine and the chance to relax pre- and post-performance.”
The Trixie Chicks will be traveling through more than 17 states and two countries this year. To find out where to catch one of their stunning performances or attend one of their clinics (and try out their TheraPlate platform in the process), check out their full schedule at www.trxchx.com.
In December, Temmen will defend her title at the North American Trick Riding Championships in Las Vegas. “I’m currently training new tricks and new horses to prepare for intense competition at the highest level available in the world right now,” she said. “I would be nowhere without these amazing animals, and I can’t thank TheraPlate enough for helping us take the best care of them possible!”
Based in Weatherford, Texas, TheraPlate Revolution offers therapy platforms for both horses and their human teammates. To learn more about how the innovative TheraPlate can improve horses’ health, or to arrange a no-obligation trial, visit www.theraplate.com or call toll-free (800) 922-3685 or direct (817) 629-5171.