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George Knapp and 8 News Now Release 3-Part Series of Challenges at Mustang Monument

$100,000 Reward for the Capture & Conviction of the Criminals Who Vandalized Mustang Monument

We are thrilled that 54 of our Mustangs have been returned home to Mustang Monument, but the perpetrators responsible for the death of a dozen horses still need to be brought to justice. Any information could help the investigation. Please email Rean Wegley with any news or tips: RWegley@SavingAmericasMustangs.org.

Below are the links to the recent 3-part expose by George Knapp and the 8 News Now Las Vegas team. The investigation they have done into the politics behind the extreme challenges Mustang Monument has faced since its inception is an eye opener. We cannot thank these journalists enough for sharing their findings and including the “White Paper” in the report.

Mustang Monument in Jeopardy

The first in George Knapp and 8 News Now’s recent series on Mustang Monument.
http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/i-team-madeleine-pickens-mustang-monument-in-jeopardy

Losing Battle with the BLM

This second episode starts drilling into internal documents and the deceptive double talk that Madeleine endured. Publicly there was support by the BLM, but what George Knapp uncovers is a different story altogether.
http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/i-team-madeleine-pickens-losing-battle-with-the-blm

Elko County Strict Building Codes Raise Questions

The third story in the 3-part series from George Knapp and 8 News Now shows that it wasn’t just the BLM that was making sure Mustang Monument never opened.
http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/i-team-elko-countys-strict-building-codes-raise-questions

Madeleine Pickens
Saving America’s Mustangs, 2683 Via De La Valle, G 313, Del Mar, CA 92014

Neue Schule Ambassadors Help Bring Home the Bronze Medal

Laura Graves and Verdades (Photo courtesy of Susan J Stickle)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (September 6, 2016) — The United States Dressage Team rode its way to a spot on the medal-winning podium at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All four team members used Neue Schule bits to help bring home the Bronze. Neue Schule Ambassadors Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, and Allison Brock teamed up with Kasey Perry-Glass to win the USA its first Olympic dressage medal since 2004.

Neue Schule Ambassador Laura Graves’ personal best score of 80.644 percent in the Grand Prix on her own Verdades, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding, cinched the United States’ claim on the Team Bronze medal. Then, in the Grand Prix Freestyle, she finished just under the individual medalists with a jaw-dropping 85.196 percent to place fourth. Graves relies on Neue Schule bits to keep “Diddy” comfortable in the bridle after an accident as a youngster left him with a broken jaw.

Olympic veteran and Neue Schule Ambassador Steffen Peters competed on Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92, a 14-year-old Westphalian gelding. With solid rides throughout the competition, Peters created depth on the team in his fourth Olympic Games and qualified to compete in the Olympic Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle.

Olympic first-timers, Neue Schule Ambassador Allison Brock and Rosevelt, a 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Claudine and Fritz Kundrun, served as the team’s lead-off pair during both days of the team competition. Their impressive rides in the team competitions also qualified them to show in the individual Grand Prix Freestyle.

Neue Schule, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation, has been supporting top riders in multiple disciplines for many years and is thrilled to have been a part of the Bronze-winning 2016 U.S. Olympic Dressage Team. The Neue Schule Ambassadors are prime examples of the success that can be achieved through effective communication between horse and rider with the help of Neue Schule bits. With thoughtful and innovative bit designs tailored to the horses’ comfort, Neue Schule helps riders achieve soft and effective communication with their horses.

Neue Schule bits can be found in tack stores and at horse shows across the U.S., including top competition venues like the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and the Colorado Horse Park. To find which bit is best for your horse, go to www.BitByBitUSA.com for descriptions and educational YouTube videos. For advanced bitting knowledge, educational opportunities are also available through the Neue Schule Bitting Academy, an online bitting school. The Academy teaches individuals about bitting history, design, and functionality thorough beginner, intermediate, and advanced online courses.

To learn more about Neue Schule bits and Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, their North American distributor, visit www.BitByBitUSA.com. You can also like Neue Schule on Facebook or follow the company on Instagram.

Contact: Ginny Pagano
Metlar – Neue Schule Bits
631-252-5574
ginny@metlar-us.com

New Movie Unbridled Brings Omega Alpha to the Big Screen

Lindsey Partridge and her horse Soar (Photo courtesy of Wendy Webb Photography and Lindsey Partridge)

Cary, NC (July 29, 2016) — When Omega Alpha Ambassador Lindsey Partridge was offered a role in the upcoming movie Unbridled, inspired by real-life events at a healing ranch for challenged teenage girls in North Carolina, Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals was eager to show its support. The Canada-based producer of equine health products and supplements regularly assists the equestrian community through its sponsorship of elite horse shows and top equestrian professionals like Partridge, and was excited for this unique opportunity to appear in a movie while also raising awareness for a deserving cause. Omega Alpha donated $2,500 to the funding of the film, which is centered on the miraculous healing power of equine-assisted therapy. The movie is eagerly anticipated among a variety of audiences in the faith, equine, and anti-human trafficking communities as it approaches its release this fall.

Unbridled, which is expected to release early in 2017, is a true-to-life story that exposes the atrocities of abuse, neglect, and trauma and the healing and redemption experienced by girls and horses who have suffered the same types of abuse. The story centers around the life of 17-year-old Sarah Miller (Tea McKay), a fictional character based on the more than 100 young women who have experienced the Corral Riding Academy, an equine therapy program in Cary, North Carolina where the lives of both rescued horses and teenage girls are transformed through trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy.

Partridge, who specializes in retraining off-the-track Thoroughbreds and won the America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred competition in Lexington, Kentucky in October 2015, was cast as herself in Unbridled. Two of her horses, Dreamer and Soar, also appear in the film, with Dreamer in the starring role. “My role in the film is to work with the girls as well as show the girls my international champion, Soar, who is 2015’s America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred,” Partridge explained. “We do a display for the girls of some liberty and bridleless riding, and in other scenes I help with coaching the girls.”

With the help of Omega Alpha’s wide range of award-winning products, both equine stars maintained their excellent health and picture-perfect appearance throughout the making of the film. Their daily use of Omega Alpha supplements continues to keep Dreamer and Soar at the highest possible standard in equine health and performance. “The star of the film, Dreamer, uses Respi-Free daily and we have noticed that it really has helped his breathing,” said Partridge. “Dreamer seemed to have trouble opening his airways and would breathe really heavily during light canter work. Now he is competing at full strength, and if he starts to breathe heavy we use Omega Alpha Lung Flush and Airwaves too.”

Partridge feeds her horses a natural diet with high-quality nutrients, and Omega Alpha’s scientifically formulated supplements play a crucial role in helping to maintain the horses’ readiness for competition. “I want to make sure my horses are comfortable, and I don’t want to cause any negative side effects,” said Partridge. “If I have a horse that is sore, I love using Omega Alpha Antiflam because it doesn’t hurt the horse’s gut like other painkillers or anti-inflammatories can when given long-term.”

Because Partridge uses so many Omega Alpha products with her horses, it seemed natural for some of the products to appear in Unbridled. “I did a scene that involved Omega Alpha,” said Partridge. “It is the first scene where the audience meets me. I arrive and greet Cassie (Rachel Hendrix), and during our dialogue I request an Omega Alpha product from Cassie. Cassie shows me that they have Omega Alpha products to share, and we go on to meet the girls.”

Gerald McGlothlin, the executive producer of the film, was excited about the scene. “I just personally watched the ‘rough cut’ of the Unbridled movie, and the Omega Alpha segment was excellent,” he said.

Partridge hopes that audiences of the film will be inspired to learn more about harmony horsemanship as well as the use of equine therapy for healing and emotional growth. “The movie is an incredible story, and I am very grateful to Omega Alpha for supporting this film,” she said.

Omega Alpha is proud to have played a role in the funding of Unbridled and looks forward to being a part of Partridge’s continued success. With more than twenty years of experience in developing natural equine supplements through research-based science, the company offers a wide range of award-winning products including formulas to support respiration, digestion, joint health, hormonal balance, immune health, detoxification, muscle rehabilitation, endurance, and performance. To learn more about Omega Alpha’s range of quality health products, visit www.OmegaAlpha.ca or call 1-800-651-3172.

Contact: Patti Hanco
Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc.
1-800-651-3172
phanco@OmegaAlpha.ca
www.OmegaAlpha.ca

Highlights News Film from the Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen

18 July 2016, Aachen, Germany – The Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen in Germany 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 venue, as the finest riders compete for the prestigious Rolex Grand Prix title.

Please find below a short copyright free news film, presented by Rolex.

YOUTUBE LINK

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Rolex SA
Virginie Chevailler
virginie.chevailler@rolex.com
+41 (0)22 302 2619

Revolution Sports + Entertainment
Rod Kohler
rod@revolutionsports.co.uk
+44 (0)7770 647 662

Sharon Lynn Campbell Named Official Artist of 2016 Capital Challenge Horse Show

Sharon Lynn Campbell’s portrait ‘Beautiful Bay.’

Upper Marlboro, Maryland – The artwork of Sharon Lynn Campbell has appeared at many of the country’s most prestigious horse shows, including the 2016 Capital Challenge Horse Show. As the newly named official artist of the Capital Challenge Horse Show, Campbell is masterfully creating two paintings for the 2016 edition of the horse show, to be held October 1-9 at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.

The Rochelle, VA based artist’s work will appear on the cover of the horse show prize list and on the annual Capital Challenge commemorative poster. Both paintings will be unveiled in August alongside the release of the official prize list.

“I painted the prize list cover art for Capital Challenge for the last two years, and this year, I have created a very artsy composition for the prize list cover art of the same horse that will be used as the jumping portrait for the poster and the horse show program,” Campbell explained.

As the winner of the $25,000 World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) Professional Challenge and the 2015 $5,000 WCHR Professional Finals at the 2015 Capital Challenge Horse Show, Scott Stewart was selected as the rider to grace both the prize list and poster painting on the horse of his choosing.

“I met with Scott to see which horse he would like to put on the cover, and he choose the Gochmans’ beautiful grey gelding Catch Me,” Campbell said, referencing the mount on which Stewart earned the 2015 $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge victory. Campbell has now beautifully recreated a photo of the gelding, captured by James Parker, for the prize list cover.

For Campbell, the opportunity to paint horses like Catch Me for the Capital Challenge Horse Show is an incredible honor.

“I just really love this horse show,” Campbell said of Capital Challenge. “It’s the perfect transition from the outdoors to the indoors, and I have the opportunity to catch up with my West Coast clients and meet new people from all over the country. It’s always a great group of people that come to show. The management for the show are wonderful people, and it’s a pleasure to work with them.”

Campbell is a lifelong horsewoman, having grown up riding, showing, training, and even shoeing horses at her family’s horse farm in Indiana. Her equestrian knowledge and great understanding of the horse’s conformation and expression is evident in each piece of artwork that she creates. To learn more about Sharon Campbell, visit www.sharoncampbell.com.

For more information on the 2016 Capital Challenge Horse Show, please visit www.CapitalChallenge.org.

Emily Riden
Jump Media
emily@jumpmediallc.com

Highlights Film of the 2016 Land Rover Great Meadow International

(MAHWAH, N.J.) – July 11, 2016 – After two days of world-class eventing competition, USA’s Clark Montgomery claimed the 2016 Land Rover Great Meadow International title in Virginia, having ridden a near flawless riding performance aboard Loughan Glen.

To the delight of the home spectators, the event also served as the final preparatory event for riders from the 2016 U.S. Olympic Eventing Team prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

To download the above 2 minute copyright free Highlights Film and a selection of copyright free photographs, featuring the 2016 winner Clark Montgomery and the winning USA Eventing Nations Cup Team, use the links below:

2 Minute Highlights Film: here

Action photographs and U.S. Eventing Team: here

For more information about the 2016 Land Rover Great Meadow International, please visit: http://www.greatmeadowinternational.com.

Contacts:

Marty Bauman
Chief Press Officer
Land Rover Great Meadow International
508.698.6810
marty@classic-communications.com

Deb Sandford
Nat’l PR Comms & Events Manager
Jaguar Land Rover
North America, LLC
949.510.0529
dsandfor@jaguarlandrover.com

Leah Oliveto
Director, Communications
United States Equestrian Federation
859 225 2053
loliveto@usef.org

Great Meadow and Equi Cool Down Team Up for 2016 FEI Nations Cup Eventing Competition

Photo courtesy of Jordan Lindstedt Eventing.

The Plains, VA (June 27, 2016) – This July, the Land Rover Great Meadow International will be hosting the very first FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competition ever held in the United States. Great Meadow has teamed up with one of its sponsors, Equi Cool Down, to provide another first for this exciting event – Emergency Cooling Stations for horses, riders and even spectators.

Weather can be fairly unpredictable at times; however, we do know from statistics that Virginia in July can bring temperatures between 85°F and 99°F with heat indexes in the triple digits. Heat stress, heat exhaustion and even heatstroke can happen to anyone regardless of age or fitness, human or equine – and it is life threatening. Holding an equestrian competition this time of the year always runs the risk of heat dangers. In order to mitigate this risk, Equi Cool Down® is providing Emergency Cooling Stations throughout multiple locations on the grounds for both horses and humans, riders and spectators alike, so that everyone can enjoy the first Nations Cup on American soil regardless of the weather.

Equi Cool Down® developed its patented Instant Cooling Wraps with both humans and equines in mind. Using only water from any source and any temperature, these wraps need no refrigeration to get from 16° to 22° colder and they will stay cold using only reapplication of water and air.

“There have been many shows in the past that have had severe issues with Hyperthermia in both horses and riders in the past. Most have been forced to simply move the show date to before or after the summer months – but that was not a possibility for this show. We are very excited to be able to help – and to show the equestrian community that cooling can be done safely, easily and effectively,” says Jennifer Campbell, President of Equi Cool Down®, Inc.

During exercise, heat generation in a horse can be increased as much as 50% and numerous cases of heat-related deaths occur in horses each year. Heat stress can lead to serious problems such as seizures and damage to horses’ hearts, muscles and kidneys and, in many cases, death. According to the article “Heat Stress in Horses,” “A rectal temperature above 105°F is abnormal in any horse and poses a dangerous situation; rapid cooling measures should be initiated at once. The higher the internal temperature, the more metabolic demands are placed on their system; this metabolism needs to be fueled by oxygen. If body temperature exceeds 106°F, the body’s demand for oxygen might surpass the amount that can be supplied by the respiratory system. An oxygen deficit then occurs in the tissues (hypoxia), potentially leading to kidney, heart, liver and brain damage. At temperatures greater than 107°F, a horse in severe heat stress can go into convulsions or a coma, then die. The objective is to avoid these scenarios.”

The Emergency Cooling Stations will be set up in both the stabling and marketplace areas. To learn more about Equi Cool Down® Instant Cooling Wraps, visit their website at www.equicooldown.com and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/equicooldown/ for updates about the show and event. Great Meadow International is hosting the first ever FEI Nations Cup™ CICO*** and is the site of the 2016 U.S. Eventing Team Olympic Prep leading up to Rio.

Contact: Jennifer Campbell, President
Equi Cool Down, Inc.
863-703-2665
jennifer@equicooldown.com
www.equicooldown.com

Lauren Kieffer and Lisa Curry Mair Join Forces to Benefit the Brooke

“Lauren and Patrick at Rolex”. Image courtesy of Lisa Curry Mair.

One of three-day eventing’s own top riders, Lauren Kieffer, and Vermont-based artist, Lisa Curry Mair of Canvasworks Designs, have teamed up to raise funds for Brooke USA. In May, Lauren sent Lisa one of her boots that was destined for the boot pile in the back of the tack-room closet. The charity, Brooke USA, supports the work of the Brooke, the world’s largest international equine welfare charity, which has worked tirelessly for over 80 years to improve the lives of working horses, donkey, mules and thus, the many people that rely on them.

Lisa is blazing a new creative path by painting life back into “retired” saddles and boots, covering them with her own equestrian inspired folk-art designs. They really are a unique twist on a classic equestrian staple and are a wonderful way to commemorate a horse-of-a-lifetime, a notable competition win, or even the history of one’s own farm. Put on display in your trophy case, library, tack room or entryway, both the saddles and boots are conversation pieces that are also true works of art.

Want one of these fabulous creations for your very own? Now’s your chance! Interested bidders have until 5:00 pm on August 3rd to place the highest bid for “Patrick and Lauren at Rolex.” To bid, visit Canvasworks Designs’ blog and comment with your bidding price. That’s it. Simple.

All bidders will receive a daily email with the current highest bid. Winner will be announced on August 3rd. The winning bid will be a tax-deductible donation made directly to the Brooke USA. For more information, contact Canvasworks Designs directly.

EQUUS Film Festival Memorial Sponsorship Honors Horses and Humans

Do you have a human or animal you want to honor? Now you have the chance because the EQUUS Film Festival has just created a Memorial level sponsorship honoring horses and humans.

This category entitles one of its WINNIE Award Winner sponsorship trophies to be named after a human or animal you want to honor. Your honoree’s story will be told in a press release, placed on the EQUUS Film Festival website, in an honorees corner at the annual EQUUS Film Festival Pop-Up Gallery and as a brief mention before the presentation takes place.

There are various options for you to choose from and this sponsorship can also be combined with a money award for the winner of the WINNIE Award.

Do you have a loved one you want remembered or a horse that was your friend? With this new sponsorship category, you now have the ability to share that person with others. You can tell their story as part of this sponsorship package

This is only one of a selection of sponsorship categories still available for this year’s EQUUS Film Festival, which will take place November 17-20 in New York City. For more about the EQUUS Film Festival sponsorships, email dderosa1@optonline.net or call 516-848-4867. For more about the EQUUS Film Festival, visit the website at www.equusfilmfestival.net.

ABOUT THE EQUUS FILM FESTIVAL

The fourth annual EQUUS Film Festival is the first event of its kind to offer a home to the story tellers 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. In 2015 EFF hosted close to 140 films and is expected this year to draw record nominations as well, with over 40 categories being presented with WINNIE Awards at Saturday night’s eq-equivalent of the Oscars.

CONTACT: Diana De Rosa, dderosa1@optonline.net, www.equusfilmfestival.net, 516-848-4867

FEI Signs Landmark Agreement with Olympic Channel

Lausanne (SUI), 6 June 2016 – The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the global governing body for equestrian sport, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Olympic Channel. The FEI is one of 27 International Federations to have signed an agreement with the IOC to work together to bring sport to a massively increased television audience worldwide.

“Sport touches many cultures and people of all ages and, in our efforts to maintain a long-lasting positive impact worldwide, we are delighted to be part of this ground-breaking initiative value and to provide content to the Olympic Channel,” FEI President Ingmar de Vos said. “This is a unique opportunity to open a global window on our sport, encouraging fans around the world to pursue their potential through sports contribution.

“By sharing our sport and our athletes’ stories on the Olympic Channel, we will be part of a new global network, together with our International Federation counterparts within the Olympic Movement, inspiring generations through the power of sport at its very best.”

IOC President Thomas Bach, who recently chaired a joint Olympic Channel Board of Directors meeting at the newly inaugurated OCS facilities in Madrid, said: “The Olympic Channel will mark a major shift in how the Olympic Movement connects with young people all year round. The International Federations have embraced the Olympic Channel and we look forward to working with them on the exciting programming and promotional opportunities. The newly formed Olympic Channel team is making steady progress, with the emphasis on ensuring the product is right and the quality of the programming matches our ambition. We look forward to announcing the 2016 launch date in the coming weeks.”

Mark Parkman, General Manager of Olympic Channel Services, said: “Preparations for the launch of the Olympic Channel are on course and the announcement of these cooperation agreements with our IF partners is another important step forward. We expect to make further announcements regarding collaborations with other IFs and stakeholders in the near future. Content production has begun, the technology and platforms are being tested, and there is a growing sense of energy and excitement here among the Olympic Channel team as we prepare for launch this year.”

The creation of an Olympic Channel was one of the key recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020, aiming to provide a new way to engage young people and core fans in the Olympic Movement, while also promoting the Olympic values on a consistent basis.

The Channel will broadcast live sports events, news and athlete stories, as well as historical Olympic footage and official films from the IOC’s archives. There will also be a focus on educational and youth-oriented programming, sustainability, sports science and nutrition, and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.

The Olympic Channel collaborations aim to complement the International Federations’ current broadcast and distribution arrangements. The Olympic Channel team is currently working with the IFs to create innovative partnerships, including live event coverage, highlights, magazine shows, news coverage and original programming.

In addition to the FEI, OCS has concluded agreements with Badminton World Federation (BWF); International Basketball Federation (FIBA); International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF); International Boxing Association (AIBA); International Canoe Federation (ICF); International Fencing Federation (FIE); International Golf Federation (IGF); International Gymnastic Federation (FIG); International Hockey Federation (FIH); International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF); International Judo Federation (IJF); International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM); International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF); International Ski Federation (FIS); International Swimming Federation (FINA); International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF); International Tennis Federation (ITF); International Triathlon Union (ITU);International Weightlifting Federation (IWF); United World Wrestling (UWW); World Archery Federation (WA); World Curling Federation (WCF); World Rowing Federation (FISA); World Rugby (WR); World Sailing (WS) and World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).

As well as its ongoing discussions with other IFs, the Olympic Channel Services team is working to build and strengthen collaborations with athletes, National Olympic Committees, Rights-Holding Broadcasters, Worldwide TOP Partners, Organising Committees for the Olympic Games, candidate cities, recognised sports organisations, as well as with major digital and social media platforms.

About OCS

Two corporate entities are charged with creating and operating the Channel – Olympic Channel Services (OCS) SA (Switzerland) and OCS SL (Spain). In addition, a newly formed IOC Olympic Channel Commission has been appointed. olympicchannelservices.com

About the Olympic Channel

The Olympic Channel is a digital-first, multiplatform global Olympic media entity, which aims to broadcast the Olympic Movement and its inherent values all year round, especially in the periods between the Olympic Games.

The primary objectives of the Olympic Channel are the following:

  • Provide a platform for the continuous exposure of Olympic sports and athletes beyond the Olympic Games period and help create anticipation while providing opportunities to “re-live the experience” after the Games
  • Continuously highlight the relevance of the Olympic Movement’s ideals to the challenges of today’s world
  • Provide a platform for sharing the IOC’s very rich patrimonial assets and archives with the world and create additional value and content for the IOC archives
  • As a matter of priority, engage the young generations around the world using methods that are relevant to them, building understanding, entertainment and education.

At launch, the Olympic Channel will be a digital platform, with on-demand content available across the web, mobile, tablet and other connected devices where fans can experience the power of sport and Olympism 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Audiences will also be able to access content and engage through a variety of social media platforms as part of the Olympic Channel network.

Media Contacts:

FEI:

Grania Willis
Director Press Relations
grania.willis@fei.org
+41 787 506 142

Shannon Gibbons
Manager Press Relations
shannon.gibbons@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 46

IOC:

IOC Media Relations Team
pressoffice@olympic.org
Tel: +41 21 621 6000
www.olympic.org