Lexington, KY: Post Time Studios is producing a one-hour primetime television broadcast entitled ROYAL WINDSOR: Driving Grand Prix covering the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix at Royal Windsor Horse Show to be filmed in the private grounds of Windsor Castle, UK May 10-14, 2017. The show premieres in the UK on Horse & Country TV on May 21, followed by a US premiere on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, July 1st at 12PM EST.
The ROYAL WINDSOR: Driving Grand Prix broadcast will be a fast-paced, modern sports production that captures all the pageantry, excitement and challenges drivers will face during the three-phase competition.
“We’re producing a show that will thrill all sports fans, not just fans of equine sports. We’ve designed a style, pace and energy that’s never been applied to an international carriage driving competition before. We’re giving this production the royal treatment,” says Danny Tepper, Post Time’s Executive in Charge of Production.
FEI World Cup Finals Omaha 2017 and EQUUS Film Festival Create a New Tradition
The fifth annual EQUUS Film Festival, which takes place in New York City November 16-19, 2017, with tour stops throughout the year, has added the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping & FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals Omaha 2017 to its 2017 roster. Visitors coming to Omaha from around the world will be able to see a wide selection of equine films that were first screened at the New York City event.
“We are delighted to have the EQUUS Film Festival in Omaha be a part of this elite equestrian championship in jumping and dressage,” said Mike West, CEO of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation that is organizing the event.
“Our goal is to raise the standards for the fan experience at this premier equestrian event, and having these outstanding films available to fans from around the world is helping us do that,” he said.
“It is the first time the EQUUS Film Festival has been involved with the FEI World Cup Finals Omaha 207 and the first time Omaha has hosted a global sports world championship.”
Films can be seen March 29 through April 1 at two locations. There will be two matinees daily on Thursday, March 30, thru Saturday, April 1, at the Marcus Midtown Cinema at Midtown Crossing from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Shuttle service will be provided from the front entrance to CenturyLink Center Omaha.
Films will be shown in two-hour blocks, which will include one feature and a few shorter films. Among the features are Unbridled, Slow and Steady Wins the Race: The Story of Laura Graves and Diddy; Horse Shelter Diaries; The Four Horsemen; Dancing with Mustangs; Christmas Ranch; Albion the Enchanted Stallion; American Cowgirl; Hordur and others.
“We’re thrilled the EQUUS Film Festival is coming to Marcus Midtown Cinema at Midtown Crossing and agree that this festival is a perfect way to add to the excitement of the FEI World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2017. The enthusiasm surrounding this event is felt throughout the community and at Midtown Crossing and we welcome the opportunity to host guests from around the country and the world,” said Molly Skold, Midtown Crossing’s vice president of marketing and communications.
A collection of EQUUS Film Festival shorts will also be shown at the CenturyLink Center Omaha starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, and continue throughout the day thru Sunday, April 2. This will happen in the Horse Discovery Zone, the educational area at the event which is free and open to the public. A total of 27 domestic and international short films and documentaries as well as a variety of horse related programs from the 2016 EQUUS Film Festival will be shown.
The EQUUS Film Festival is the first of its kind to offer a home to the storytellers of the horse world, with films, documentaries, videos, commercials and shorts from around the world, as well as cultural elements of fine equestrian art and literature. EQUUS Film Festival highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse.
Lexington, Va. – Feb. 5, 2017 – The Virginia Horse Center Foundation hosted a successful event on January 31, 2017 at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Virginia. Upwards of 30 people were in attendance including members of the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board, as well as friends of the Foundation.
Attendees were treated to a private tour of the museum’s current art exhibitions, ‘Picturing English Pastimes: British Sporting Prints at the NSLM’ and ‘The Chronicle of the Horse in Art,’ as well as highlights from the museum’s permanent collection.
Founded as the National Sporting Library in 1954, the institution has expanded to become a library, research facility and art museum with over 26,000 books and works of art in the collections. The National Sporting Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art, and culture of equestrian, angling, and field sports.
Following the tour, a luncheon was held for participants. During the luncheon, Virginia Horse Center Foundation President Ernie Oare and CEO John Nicholson spoke. They addressed the attendees to discuss the mission and vision of the Horse Center, as well as their enthusiasm for the growth that they are seeing in the family and friends of the Horse Center particularly in Northern Virginia. The Virginia Horse Center recognizes that all areas of the state contribute to the overall equestrian culture of Virginia and need each other to succeed. The Virginia Horse Center is here to support all of our friends around the state and in the mid-Atlantic region.
“It was wonderful to have such a dedicated group of equestrians learn more about the Virginia Horse Center and the mission of the Foundation,” said Nicholson. “Middleburg is not just a top equestrian destination in Virginia, but it is one of the top equestrian destinations in the country. The residents understand the importance of the sport and its history – a legacy we hope to continue at the Virginia Horse Center with their support.”
To learn more about the Virginia Horse Center Foundation and its mission, please visit www.horsecenter.org.
RUNNING WILD tells the story of a young widow trying to save her ranch following her husband’s fatal car crash. She creates a convict rehabilitation program, working with a herd of wild horses that have wandered onto her property. She did not anticipate the greed, bureaucracy and vanity that she must overcome to heal the convicts, the horses and ultimately herself.
RUNNING WILD stars Sharon Stone (Casino, Basic Instinct), Tommy Flanagan (FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” Gladiator), Jason Lewis (NBC’s “Midnight, Texas,” HBO’s “Sex and the City”), Dorian Brown Pham (FX’s “Wilfred,” Home Run), and Tom Williamson (Freeform’s “The Fosters,” All Cheerleaders Die). The film is directed by Alex Ranarivelo (American Wrestler: The Wizard) and written by multi-hyphenate Christina Moore (Pray for Rain, 90210, New Form’s “Mr. Student Body President”) & Brian Rudnick (American Wrestler: The Wizard).
New Freestyle Scoring System for Competition and Spectator Judging App Available
Wellington, FL – January 19, 2017 – The 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) kicked off its season at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL last week and runs through March 25. Making its AGDF debut was the FEI’s new Degree of Difficulty (DoD) Freestyle Judging System, accompanied by a new spectator judging app.
AGDF Director of Sport Thomas Baur is excited to introduce these two new, innovative technologies during the circuit. “I think it’s a good step forward, to make the subjective freestyle a bit more objective,” he said. “We will continue through the season in the CDI-Ws with it, to get ready for Omaha and the FEI World Cup Final.”
The technology was first thought of with the help of FEI 5* judge Katrina Wüst of Germany and created by software developer and German national judge, Daniel Göhlen.
The FEI’s new Freestyle Scoring Suite asks riders to create and submit floor plans ahead of time with the Floorplan Creator. The Suite also has a second element, Judge Assistant, which displays the floor plans for the judges and allows them to score the freestyles.
The scoring is regulated through the FEI, and now riders compete and work to achieve high freestyle scores through challenging choreography. The software calculates the degree of difficulty executed, which will then be awarded to the over-all degree of difficulty mark that belongs to the individual freestyle.
“It can be compared to ice skating. The riders know beforehand what degree of difficulty score they might get. The degree of difficulty is highly dependent on the technical execution,” said Göhlen.
Floorplan Creator displays elements including combination, difficult transitions, particle, and “joker” (which allows the rider to repeat a particular movement if they are in need of a re-do).The software requires the judge to communicate with the scribe, asking the judge to accept or reject the degree of difficulty awarded to each movement.
To actively incorporate the audience into the world of dressage tests, Göhlen also developed the Spectator Judging app. The app allows spectators to actively participate by giving them three different live scoring options.
Göhlen noted his inspiration for the creation of the app, “I always looked at these performances and thought, ‘What would I give? What marks would I choose?’ I thought it would be fun to try it out, to try judging in that way.”
Each app user is able to give a score movement by movement, in a simplified manner, or create an overall score at the end of the ride. The spectators are then able to compare their scores directly to the scores given by the judges.
The system was launched successfully in the United States in 2016 at the International Omaha, and will be making its way back to Nebraska for the FEI World Cup Final in April.
Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has officially launched the “Discover the Joy of Horse Sports” campaign on USequestrian.org and its social media platforms. The campaign was introduced at the USEF Annual Meeting on January 11 and celebrates the universal emotional insight that horse sports bring across all breeds, disciplines, age groups, and levels. From novice riders to international elite equestrian athletes, US Equestrian’s mission is to bring the joy of horse sports to competitors and fans alike. Truly a lifelong endeavor, equestrian is the one sport where horse and human form a special bond and compete as one.
The campaign’s appeal is highly emotional. Strategically, the campaign breaks down the barriers between the grass roots and the elite levels of the sport to make the sport more accessible. The campaign also captures the overall lifestyle, community experiences, unique bond between horses and riders, and connections developed through horse sports.
Many equestrians from all over the world contributed to the campaign, with 55 clips encompassing the 60-second launch spot. Shots from the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Olympic Games are married with clips from breed champions as well as backyard enthusiasts to celebrate the diverse and emotional appeal of equestrian sport. The music comes from Ellinoa, a contemporary jazz and recording artist who is also an equestrian. Ellinoa contributed her unique take on “Ode de Joy,” mashing up the classical piece with a fresh jazz mix. This perfectly mirrors the classic elite aspects of equestrian sport married to the free and easy moments of exhilaration and joy outside of the competition ring.
The print campaign features the 29 breeds and disciplines governed by the newly rebranded US Equestrian. Digital ads will break soon. There will also be 30- and 15-second versions of the “Joy” video. Additionally, the campaign will be featured in equestrian partner publications, affiliate partner magazines and websites, on social and digital media, at USEF competitions around the country, on RIDE TV, and select equestrian event television broadcasts.
New App & Website Makes Finding & Renting Stalls Simple for Equestrians
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL – December 26, 2016 – Staller is a new web and mobile-based solution that enables horse owners to rent stalls at, and near, equestrian competitions in the United States. The new sharing economy offering was co-founded by members of the Ferrando and the Godoy families, who are originally from Venezuela and now call South Florida home. The two families are active participants in the equestrian community and with a deep understanding of the market. The website, www.stallerapp.com, and the free application available to download at the App Store are available now.
Whether you need a stall for a night or a full service equestrian facility for an extended period of time, Staller offers a streamlined process by connecting those looking to stable their mounts to unique boarding options at any price point. “Staller is like Airbnb for horses,” said co-founder Arturo Ferrando (28), an accomplished show jumping competitor with a strong business background. “We saw that brokers were the only option for renters in the market and we wanted to offer more boarding choices and visibility. Staller aims to give transparency to this market and also facilitate the process of stall rental.”
According to 2015 statistics, there are 9.2 million horses and 4.6 million citizens in the horse business in the U.S. “We know riders who want to come to the Winter Equestrian Festival but they don’t necessarily want to commit to renting a stall for the entire season,” explained co-founder Pablo Jimenez Godoy (24), a tech entrepreneur who grew up riding and showing. “Thousands of horses from around the world come to Wellington, Florida for the 12 weeks of competitions. This doesn¹t include all the other horses that come to South Florida during the winter, and they need stalls. This will give the renter options. We have decided to start with this market but the goal will be to expand to include offerings from all the states around the country in the months to come.”
Staller, available in English, Spanish, French and Italian, allows the user to search by location and price point, see photos and learn about the facility, location and availability and then can book online with a credit card.
To make for an even better experience, Staller will provide an e-commerce portal for purchase of products and services in relation to the equine industry, including feed, supplements, veterinary care, equipment and supplies. For further information, go to www.stallerapp.com.
Founded in October 2016, Staller is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book accommodations for horses and ponies around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Staller connects those looking for stabling to unique boarding options at every price point. Offering world-class customer service with a growing community of users, Staller is the easiest way for stable owners and those with boarding facilities to monetize their extra stalls and showcase them to an international audience in the equestrian world.
12 December 2016, CHI Geneva, Switzerland – The Rolex Grand Prix at CHI Geneva is one of the three equestrian Majors that form the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, and is one of the most prestigious Grand Prix on the international circuit.
Re-live the excitement of the four-day competition at the world’s leading indoor venue, as the finest riders compete for the prestigious Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping title.
Please find below a short copyright free news film, presented by Rolex.
Zulu Interagro and Gigi Hadid in the December issue of Allure Magazine. (Photo courtesy of Allure/Conde Nast)
New York, NY (December 6, 2016) – Chiseled features, lustrous locks, and elegant forms are typical of any photo shoot for Allure magazine, and in the 2016 December issue an equine supermodel sported his ravishing good looks alongside 2015 Model of the Year Gigi Hadid for Allure’s feature spread. The 21-year-old Hadid posed au naturel while reclining on Zulu (who was also au naturel) in a stunning black and white image that has become the cover photo for Allure magazine’s Facebook page as of mid-November. Hadid, who is also the 2016 December issue cover girl, appears at ease on the 14-year-old Lusitano gelding, despite the lack of clothes. Zulu’s photogenic baroque appearance and laid back attitude made him the epitome of the equine supermodel.
Bred by Interagro Lusitanos of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Zulu Interagro (Profano Interagro x Trovoada Interagro) was imported to the US in 2008 as part of the Lusitano Collection International Horse Auction held in Wellington, Florida. Zulu’s owner, Athene von Hirschberg, came to the Auction looking for a versatile, compact, athletic horse and found what she was looking for in Zulu. Over the years she and Zulu have competed up to the FEI levels in dressage, working equitation, 15-mile rides, hunter paces, and eventually began his career as an equine supermodel. Zulu’s photogenic qualities were first utilized by Italian fashion designer Emilio Pucci, who featured the black horse in a spread at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, posing with two models in Pucci’s flagrant designs on the polo fields. Von Hirschberg’s friendship with Cari Swanson of Cari Swanson Productions, which has provided horses for major motion pictures such as Hidalgo, Winter’s Tale, and The Horse Whisperer, served as the catalyst to launch Zulu’s modeling career into the big leagues. Swanson received the casting call for a horse of Zulu’s temperament and appearance for the major international fashion magazine, and von Hirschberg was more than happy to oblige.
“He handled the entire ordeal like a pro,” said von Hirschberg. “Obviously he was required to stand and remain calm for a long period of time, with people in various positions and bright camera flashes, but he took it all in stride and even got bored and began nibbling on his handlers. His personality and athleticism set him apart, and he really does anything I ask of him.”
In addition to competing through the Prix St. Georges level in dressage, Zulu has also been a champion competitor in working equitation, a discipline mirroring the techniques utilized by working horse and rider pairs and requiring a diverse range of talents. For Zulu’s breeder, his combination of beauty, athleticism, trainability, and an exceptional temperament are a reflection of their breeding program, which has spent over 40 years carefully developing the modern Lusitano sporthorse. Zulu’s sire, Profano Interagro, is a son of the famous Legendario do Mirante. Legendario’s sire, Novilheiro MV, made history in some of the most prestigious show jumping arenas of Europe under the guidance of Olympic Silver Medalist John Whitaker. The Lusitano stallion was an international show jumping champion and one of the most famous Lusitanos of all time, with a career that included winning the British Showjumping Championship and leading the European rankings for prize money earned. Profano’s influence in many Interagro pedigrees has yielded top performing dressage, driving, and equitation horses, including a 2016 Rio Paralympic mount in Zizifo Interagro.
But despite their accomplishments in the show ring, Zulu’s ancestors probably never had a nude supermodel lounging on their backs, a unique and impressive addition to the resume of Interagro’s progeny.
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 Interagro Lusitanos of today continue 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 or follow them on Facebook. 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.
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.”