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Valegro Retirement amongst the Live Broadcast Highlights of Olympia Horse Show

On 13-19 December, Olympia, The London International Horse Show, is back in its iconic venue and set to grip spectators from day one.

For those who are not able to attend the Show, coverage from the event will be available via the BBC, FEI TV and through streaming and video on demand, thereby ensuring you don’t have to miss a moment.

This year’s event is particularly special, with double Olympic Gold medallist, dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin appearing with her outstanding horse, Valegro, before he retires from competition. Furthermore, double Olympic gold medal winning Show Jumping duo, Nick Skelton and Big Star, will be competing; allowing home fans to have a rare first-hand display of their magical partnership.

The competition will be of the highest international standard, with three FEI World Cup™ competitions in Driving, Dressage and Show Jumping as well as other outstanding international jumping classes including The Cayenne Puissance and The Olympia Grand Prix.

Each performance includes international displays from the Portuguese Lusitanos and Santi Serra who will demonstrate their breath-taking horsemanship as well as old favourites, the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National and the Kennel Club Dog Agility.

To view the show online and on TV this year, below is our day by day listing of coverage*:

Tuesday 13 December:

The FEI World Cup™ Dressage Grand Prix
19:30-22:35 – LIVE on FEI TV

Wednesday 14 December:

The FEI World Cup™ Dressage Freestyle to Music and The Retirement of Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Valegro
19:30-22:35 – LIVE on BBC RED BUTTON, BBC ONLINE & connected TV and FEI TV

Thursday 15 December:

The Santa Stakes
12:00-12:30 – LIVE STREAM

The Christmas Pudding Stakes
18:45-19:50 – LIVE STREAM

The Cayenne Puissance
21:00-22:15 – LIVE on the BBC RED BUTTON, BBC ONLINE & connected TV

Friday 16 December:

The FEI World Cup™ Driving Leg
12:45-13:25 – LIVE on FEI TV

The Snowman Stakes
15:00-16:25 – LIVE STREAM

The Entire Evening Performance
18:45-22:25 – LIVE on BBC RED BUTTON, BBC ONLINE & connected TV including;
Markel Champions Challenge
The Longines Christmas Cracker

Saturday 17 December:

The Christmas Masters
15:15-16:15 – LIVE STREAM

The FEI World Cup™ Driving Leg
18:30-19:15 – LIVE on FEI TV

The Martin Collins Enterprises Christmas Tree Stakes
20:45-22:15 – LIVE STREAM

Sunday 18 December:

The H&M Pony Club Mini-Major
12:30-12:50 – LIVE STREAM

The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Leg – Presented by H&M
13:45-16:30 –  LIVE BBC TWO HD, ONLINE & connected TV
14:35-16:30 –  LIVE on FEI TV

The H&M Ivy Stakes
21:00-22:25 – LIVE STREAM

Monday 19 December:

The Six Bar
12:30-13:30 – LIVE STREAM

The Entire Evening Performance
18:45-22:25 – LIVE on the BBC RED BUTTON, BBC ONLINE & connected TV including:
The Mince Pie Stakes
The Olympia Grand Prix

Wednesday 21 December:

Highlights
12:00-13:00 – BBC TWO HD, ONLINE & connected TV

* All programmes subject to change 

For more information, please contact:
Gayle Telford, gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk 0203 176 0355

Featured HRN Radiothon Guests Include Kristian Bush (Sugarland), George Morris and Many More

George Morris.

The 2nd Annual Horse Radio Network Holiday Radiothon by Weatherbeeta will kick off a full day of amazing guests with Kristian Bush of Sugarland and Equestrian Legend George Morris.

This premier live streaming event, sponsored by WeatherBeeta and Horseloverz.com, runs from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm (ET) on Nov. 28th, 2016, and includes over 20 featured guests, $4,000 in prizes and hundreds of listener calls and voicemails.   Find the complete schedule at www.HolidayRadiothon.com.

The Featured Guests include:

Kristian Bush of Sugarland
George Morris, Equestrian Legend
Steuart Pittman, Founder of the Retired Racehorse Project
Melanie Smith Taylor, World Cup Show Jumper, Author and Announcer
Julianne Elizabeth Neal, Filmmaker
Christina Moore, Actress, produced: RUNNING WILD with Sharon Stone
Laura Graves, Bronze Medal Dressage Olympian
Tami Hoag, NY Times Best Selling Author and Dressage Rider
Monty Roberts, Equestrian Legend
Allison Brock, Bronze Medal Dressage Olympian
Martin Clunes, Actor & star of the BBC Doc Martin and Clydesdale Owner
Richard Shrake, Horseman, Trainer, Creator of Resistance Free® training
Patti Colbert, Founder of the Mustang Heritage Foundation
Joe Salatin, the most famous farmer in the world
Linda Tellington-Jones, Author, Clinician, Creator of TTouch
Guy McLean, Champion Road to the Horse, Trainer, Showman and Poet
Barry Dickenson, The Incomparable
Lisa Kelly, Ice Road Trucker
Cherry Hill, Bestselling Equestrian Author
Carolyn Haines, USA Today Bestselling Author
Lt. Col. Chad Jennings, Husband of HITM Host Jamie Jennings
Eventers Doug Payne, Tamie Smith, and Heather Morris

How to Listen:

Listen to the live 12 hours at HolidayRadiothon.com or by downloading the free mobile app on IOS or Android – search “Horse Radio Network”.  After the live event, a recorded version will be available in its entirety at www.HolidayRadiothon.com.

To Win Prizes:

Throughout the show, prizes will be given away every hour, with a grand prize announced at the end of the show. Listeners can enter to win prizes by calling in to the live show between 9 am and 9 pm eastern time at Nov. 28th, 2016  and tell us about your “Fantasy Ride/Drive” – the horse from history or today that you most want to ride and why.  Call in number:  (435) 272-1997.

Top equestrian companies have lined up to offer their goods & services for HRN fans. Prizes from companies including: WeatherBeeta, Horseloverz.com. Noble Outfitters, Redmond Equine, Benefab, Sore-No-More, Total Saddle Fit, Cavallo Boots, Smooth Stride Jeans, Monty Roberts Equus Online University, The Distance Depot, Omega Alpha Equine, Northrun Saddlery, Forever Cowgirl Coffee, Kentucky Performance Products, Biostar US, Linda Tellington-Jones, Equiderma, Equiteemfg.com, Spiced Equestrian and Uncle Jimmy’s Brand Products.

See a complete list at: www.HolidayRadiothon.com.

TV ALERT: NBC Sports to Broadcast $130k FEI World Cup Jumping Washington on Sun., Nov. 6

Kent Farrington with Creedance. Shawn McMillen Photography.

WASHINGTON – Equestrian fans will have the opportunity to watch their sport on national television this week as the highlight event of the 2016 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) airs on NBC Sports Network on Sunday afternoon. The $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC, will be broadcast on Sunday, November 6, at 3:30 p.m. EST.

Tune in on Sunday to watch the NBC Sports Network broadcast or set your DVR now to make sure you don’t miss a second of the exciting show jumping action.

Many of the best international horses and riders from around the world competed, including members of the U.S. Show Jumping Team from this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.

The broadcast is a great opportunity for horse enthusiasts from across the country to watch the best in show jumping and for sports fans of all kinds to learn more about some of the world’s best equestrian athletes.

Use the NBC Sports Network Channel Finder to find NBC Sports Network in your area, and tune in!

For more information, please visit www.wihs.org.

Contact: Lauren Fisher
lauren@jumpmediallc.com

Equus Film Festival Welcomes “Protect the Harvest” as Its 2016 Title Sponsor

New York, NY (October 25, 2016): EQUUS Film Festival, the only horse focused movie, art and literary gathering in America, is proud to name “Protect the Harvest” as the title sponsor of its annual event to be held in New York City on November 17-20. Protect the Harvest is a non-profit organization that focuses on the betterment of life for all animals, including horses.

Protect the Harvest is a national pro-agriculture coalition founded by Lucas Oil Products, Inc. CEO, Forrest Lucas.

“One of the major concerns of Protect the Harvest is how to protect horses living in the wild,” said Lucas.  “While not everyone agrees on how to do that, many horse lovers agree that we don’t want our wild horses dying from starvation or dehydration and that something must be done.”

“We believe that smaller herds will help preserve their freedoms and their health. Opening up a dialogue on how to best solve these issues and protect Range Lands is something that needs to be discussed by ranchers and horse lovers.”

“The Wild Horse issue is only one of the many areas that EQUUS Film Festival focuses on and now with the help of Protect the Harvest, we will be able to continue to give the many filmmakers a place to showcase their hard work that has resulted in wonderful films that need to be seen and shared,” commented EFF Founder, Lisa Diersen.

The EQUUS Film Festival also takes a selection of its films to various “Tour Stops” throughout the year. “Our goal is to showcase our filmmakers, and this title sponsorship is going to allow a selection of these horse films to be shown at more locations,” added co-organizer Diana De Rosa.

This year’s EQUUS Film Festival begins on Thursday night, November 17 with a Welcome Reception where the horse loving public is invited to meet the many filmmakers, authors and artists (you must reserve your free ticket by going to Eventbrite via the website). November 18-19 will feature films from 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m. at the Village East Cinema (and will include the Li’l Herc two-hour free children’s screening).

On Sunday, November 20, the WINNIE Awards will be given out at The Wild Horses of Sable Island Gallery. For more information, a time schedule about this year’s EQUUS Film Festival, and a link to purchasing and/or reserving tickets, visit the website at www.equusfilmfestival.net.

ABOUT THE EQUUS FILM FESTIVAL: The annual EQUUS Film Festival, founded in 2013 by Lisa Diersen, is the first event 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 and also cultural elements of fine equestrian art and literature.

This year’s EQUUS Film Festival will take place November 17-20 in New York City. For more about the EQUUS Film Festival films, contact Lisa Diersen at lisa@EQUUSfilmfestival.net or 630-272-3077, and for sponsorships and press, contact Diana De Rosa, dderosa1@optonline.net, 516-848-4867. www.EQUUSfilmfestival.net.

ABOUT PROTECT THE HARVEST: Protect the Harvest is a national coalition formed to defend the rights of America’s farmers, ranchers, animal owners, and outdoors enthusiasts.

For more information, visit: www.protecttheharvest.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

Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center’s Lexington Movie Night

From left to right: Volunteers Carolyn, Elizabeth, and Stephanie, Carolyn Drover, Catherine Flowers, Volunteer Kristen, Sarah Matl, and Erin Anuzis – all the MMSC employees, interns, and volunteers that were working to greet and check guests in. Photo by Susanna Thomas.

Exclusive showing of Sundance and Toronto Film Festival winning film Dark Horse

Lexington, KY. October 7, 2016 — Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), a premier non-profit re-schooling facility for adoptable Thoroughbreds located at the Kentucky Horse Park, hosted a movie night featuring the award-winning documentary, Dark Horse.

The Dark Horse Movie Night took place on Thursday, October 6th at the historic Kentucky Theater at 214 East Main Street. The money raised from ticket proceeds will benefit MMSC’s initiatives to find a second career and future homes for off the track Thoroughbreds. Each horse is taught new skill sets through their re-schooling program while embracing the breed’s physical and emotional strengths and limitations.

Dark Horse is a documentary based on a true story about Dream Alliance, a horse born and bred by a syndicate in a depressed South Wales mining village. This horse performed against all odds and conquered the world of racing.

“We wanted to switch into fall gear by inviting the Lexington community to a fun, family friendly evening that we hope will bring both Lexington community members as well as the equestrian world together,” said Director of Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, Susanna Thomas. “With the constant support of our community members, we are capable of sharing our story and mission, which is able to leave an indelible mark in our hearts and transform the lives of Thoroughbreds.”

The event had open seating; VIP tickets provided patrons with access to the complimentary wine bar.

About Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center: The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) is a premier non-profit re-schooling facility and showcase for adoptable Thoroughbreds. Founded in 2004, the MMSC uses its illustrious location in the Kentucky Horse Park to herald the athleticism of this amazing breed by teaching new skill sets to horses of all levels of ability so they can go on to be ambassadors for racehorses in new careers.

Contact: Jessica Greene, Sirota Public Relations
212.486.3319, jessica@sirotapr.com

Horse Radio Network Hits 5,000 Episodes

Horse Radio Network Hits Record Episode Milestone

Ocala, FL (October 1, 2016) – The Horse Radio Network announced today that they’ve reached a record 5,000 published podcast episodes since the company’s launch in August of 2008 when the network began with just one show, The Stable Scoop Radio Show.

Not long after Stable Scoop was born, however, a second show was produced. This one, titled “The 2010 Radio Show” covered all things related to the World Equestrian Games held in Lexington, Kentucky that year. The early success of these two shows became the leverage (and inspiration) for eight more shows produced by HRN, including the wildly popular daily show, Horses in the Morning.

Starting with just two hosts and one adventurous sponsor, the Horse Radio Network now features 27 hosts, over six thousand guest segments, dozens of media partners, and some of the biggest sponsors in the equestrian industry.  HRN shows cover a variety of interests like carriage driving, eventing, dressage, horsemanship, and life!

HRN founder and CEO, Glenn the Geek, says, “I am so proud of my team, who has worked endless hours to make this happen. We are highly respected in the podcasting world because of our dedication to making this technology the leading new media platform in the world.”

“Most of all,” Glenn says, “having a partner you can trust and rely on is invaluable for the success of any small business. In this case, it is my wife, Jennifer, who has devoted her time, energy, and incredible knowledge to this endeavor. For that, I am truly grateful.”

“As Glenn’s first co-host at HRN, I had no idea what kind of adventure we were embarking on,” says Helena Bee, host of the Stable Scoop show. “Neither of us knew where this journey would take us, but we had big visions for where it could go. Our listeners have been a huge part of our success.  We cannot thank them enough for joining us on this journey, and for being such great traveling companions!”

Listening to shows on the Horse Radio Network is very easy. Listeners can stream or download episodes at their convenience on iTunes, any podcast player, the HRN website, or by downloading the FREE Horse Radio app for iOS or Android.

About Horse Radio Network

The Horse Radio Network (HRN) is proud to be the “Voice of the Horse World” and home of the most entertaining equine radio shows/podcasts on the Internet. HRN currently produces 10 different shows featuring various facets of the horse industry.

For more information about becoming a listener, sponsor, or guest, visit HorseRadioNetwork.com, call (859) 951-2022, or email Glenn@horseradionetwork.com.  HRN can also be found on Twitter (@horseradio), Facebook, and Instagram.

Re-Live the Rolex Central Park Horse Show with a Two Minute Film

(MAHWAH, NJ) – September 26, 2016 – Land Rover North America returned as the official vehicle for one of the world’s most iconic equestrian events, the Rolex Central Park Horse Show, which took place in the heart of New York City. Under the bright lights of the New York sky line, spectators saw some of the very best competitors in equestrian sport coming together to perform in Central Park’s Wollman Rink.

Re-live the excitement of the five-day competition which included double victories from two-time Olympic Team Gold Medalist McLain Ward, a display from the world-famous duo of Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, award-winning pure bred Friesian stallion, Frederik the Great, along with a special ceremony to honor the equestrian Olympians from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Please find below a short copyright free highlights film, presented by Land Rover.

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To learn more about the 2016 Rolex Central Park Horse Show, please visit: cphs.coth.com.

CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ News Film Highlights

12 September 2016, Spruce Meadows, Canada – The CP ‘International’, presented by Rolex at the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ in Canada 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 five-day competition at the world’s leading 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.

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Sebastiano Vitale: Untamed Art

Sebastiano Vitale was perched facing backwards on a quad bike, tearing across a vast field in Argentina. He clutched his camera closely as 500 polo ponies streamed around him.

These dynamic horses and ponies lead to powerful images shot by Vitale, an artist and photographer from Torino, Italy. He has created art his entire life, including everything from commercial works, to luxury projects, to human rights issues and horses.

The artist began his full-time, professional art career in 1998 and took up photography in 2010. “I only took one half hour photography class and the rest came naturally,” Vitale states.

Vitale said the technical aspect of capturing photos is very simple but composition is instinctive. He said the instinct “can be tamed, but it cannot be taught.” After working with music, video and mixed media for many years, photography is now Vitale’s main medium.

Although Vitale loves to ride, he said he isn’t very good. Despite this, he has spent a lot of time documenting horses and their behaviours.

“I have been always fascinated by horses, by their beauty, by the fact that they are a living means of transportation, used for thousands of years,” Vitale said. “I dream of traveling for months riding a horse, crossing countries and remote areas.”

Vitale has now created many projects about horses and the culture around them.

He said one of his most interesting projects documented the launch of Team Israel. He captured images as the team prepared for their first appearance at an FEI show in Wellington, Florida.

“In this case, my approach was telling the story of the people behind a national team, and showing exactly how it is a tough sport in terms of athleticism, concentration, work with the horse, and work as a team,” Vitale said. “Everything can be captured in a photo if approached properly.”

The photos shot in Wellington were featured in part in The Washington Post. Vitale said that when working on projects such as that, the most important aspect is to have empathy with the subject and remain understanding of different personalities, be it human or animal.

Empathy and patience were skills Vitale had to exercise on numerous occasions, including that of speeding along on a quad bike, while capturing images for “The Raw Horse.” Photos capturing “the most beautiful creatures in the animal kingdom” have led Vitale on a great photographic journey.

sebastiano_vitale_13“The Raw Horse” aims to represent the relationship between horse and man and was, in part, inspired by Gulliver’s Travels and its critique of 16th century Western society. Vitale said the story represents a higher form of civilization and that is what his Raw Horse project represents to him.

Born and raised in the countryside, Vitale has always been exposed to animals and nature leading him to regard them as pure. He said this relationship to nature is reflected in his work, especially in projects such as “The Raw Horse,” which he describes as a stepping stone in his professional artistic career.

When taking pictures, Vitale aims to capture not the actions, but the feeling of a moment.

He often uses blurred images to demonstrate the process behind an image. He has to take time to foster a relationship with the animal before capturing its image.

As Vitale approaches the subject with photography as his end goal, he creates a tension with the horse. He said he is not a horse person and often, horses are scared in the beginning, then curious and eventually they relax.

“Horses love it. It is difficult to describe, and it is mostly something related to energy and attitude,” Vitale says. “This approach allows the horse to show its personality, and it suddenly becomes human, or even more than human.”

As an artist, he has a wild nature and no logical explanation for why he does what he does. He explained that his parents ask the same question! For Vitale, the horse is a symbol of freedom, beauty, strength and poetry.

“Despite its wild nature, I find the horse to have incredibly human like features and most of all it evokes human emotions such as happiness, fear, curiosity, strength and freedom.”

See more of Sebastian’s work at www.therawhorse.com.

http://www.fei.org/stories/sebastiano-vitale-untamed-art