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Raw Horse Project Brings Unique Exposé on Spirit of the Equine to HH President of UAE Polo Cup

Photography credited to Sebastiano Vitale.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (May 27, 2016) – Set among the sport and spectacle of the most prestigious polo tournament in the Middle East, The Raw Horse Project’s collection of unique equestrian images brought an artistic and philosophical element to the HH President of UAE Polo Cup, held in the beginning of 2016 at the Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club in Abu Dhabi. A perfect complement to the region’s passion for equestrian sport, The Project’s exhibition was framed by the elegant Arabic architecture of the VIP and Hospitality sections and hosted prominent visitors including celebrities, sheiks, members of the royal family, and other prestigious guests.

Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of the Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club, the HH President of UAE Polo Cup is held in the name of the UAE’s president and features two weeks of tournament competition culminating in the Grand Final. Known as the most exclusive and state-of-the-art polo experience in the UAE, the event also serves as a ‘must attend’ sporting and lifestyle event in the Emirate. While the qualifying matches are closed to the public, the Final welcomed all spectators to enjoy its unique combination of international polo and entertainment, including a juxtaposition of medieval falconry followed by aerial displays and choreography by military jets over the lush green fields of the historic polo club.

As a visual hymn to the relationship between horse and human, The Raw Horse depicts the sheer beauty, peace, and freedom of the equine. The images range from impressionistic to precise, and compose an optic allegory of the horse, portraying the equine as a metaphor of the ancestral human feelings of peace, nobility, fear, freedom, vivacity, sadness, and love. The limited edition fine art prints are featured in a select number of galleries from Shanghai to Los Angeles, and include a series of photographic objects and sculpture intended for collectors and private galleries. Following its debut in the Middle East, The Raw Horse Project will add Abu Dhabi to its list of local galleries, and received special interest to collaborate on projects for the Royal Family by the Prince of the UAE, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan.

RawHorse2Equestrian culture in the UAE focuses on the Sheiks and their families, who are the primary sponsors the events and owners of the venues and horses. The strong connection to religion, nature, landscape, and animals defines the atmosphere and passion for equestrian sports in this part of the world. High levels of disposable income, advancing technology, and a true enjoyment of the sport combine with traditional values and a deep bond with the natural world to make the Middle East a rapidly expanding and international caliber destination for equestrian sport. Racing and endurance riding are the preferred and featured disciplines, due in large part to the legacy of the sport and the Arabian horses that have been selectively bred and competed in the region for millennia. But the infusion of western and Spanish breeds, as well as the disciplines in which they excel, are making their mark on the Middle East’s growing equestrian demographics.

The brainchild of Italian photographer Sebastiano Vitale, The Raw Horse Project brought the spirit of the horse to Asia in 2015, where it was featured at multiple exhibitions across China to resounding approval. Following the first two exhibitions at museums in Beijing and Shanghai, the collection was invited to participate in numerous equestrian events across the country, from Cavalia’s Asian tour and the Longines Global Champions Tour Hong Kong to Dalian Beach Polo.

The primal poetry of The Raw Horse caught the attention of Cavalia creator and co-founder of Cirque du Soleil, Normand Latourelle. Vitale and his photography were selected to join the Cavalia Asian tour, based in Shanghai, and featured limited edition Raw Horse prints on display in the fantastic Cavalia show tent erected adjacent to the China Art Museum.

RawHorse3Vitale, who is based mainly out of the United States in winter and spring, also commissions a select number of private shoots for clients per year. His portfolio of work includes some of the biggest names in entertainment and equestrianism, including T.E.A.M. Israel’s equestrian team in Wellington, Florida, and Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, his wife, Shirley, and their Polish bred Arabians. Vitale’s photography has been featured in numerous mainstream and equestrian magazines, and his background includes more than 15 years of experience in art, mass communication, and visual journalism, creating campaigns for FIAT, the Olympic Games, RAI, and Atlanta International Airport.

For more information on The Raw Horse or Sebastiano Vitale, visit www.therawhorse.com or contact Equinium Sports Marketing: www.equinium.com, holly@equinium.com, +1 954 205 7992.

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Streamed Live by USEF Network

Devon, PA – May 23, 2016 – The 120th Annual Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, just days away from getting underway for the 2016 season, will be featuring a full slate of equestrian action, including the all-new FEI Open Jumper division with a huge boost in prize money, the best professional hunter competition in America, the American Saddlebreds in all their glory, the majestic Coaching division and exhibitions that will thrill the entire family. It all kicks off on Thursday with the traditional Junior Weekend, featuring the top young riders in the nation going head to head in hunters, jumpers and equitation, all leading up to the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship.

On hand to bring coverage of this prestigious horse show to the world will be the USEF Network, planning wall to wall coverage of the show from the famed Dixon Oval and in the Gold Ring.

The Devon Horse Show is ‘Where Champions Meet,’ and the USEF Network will have it all. For more information, visit their website at http://www.usefnetwork.com/.

The USEF Network has begun expanding its role as the leading distribution hub for equestrian sport. In addition to showcasing premier equestrian competitions, including Devon, Old Salem Horse Show, and the Split Rock Jumping Tour, the USEF Network is exploring ways to bring more entertaining and educational content to its audience. This continued evolution reflects the USEF Network’s growing popularity and the demand for increased access to equestrian sport across a variety of platforms.

The USEF Network has also experienced great success in providing interactive and behind-the-scenes content to fans via social media, in tandem with the live and on-demand coverage of events.

Bringing more diversity and enthusiasm to an already proven platform, the USEF Network will incorporate new and existing partners in equestrian sport. Such partners include ShowNet, LLC, who will play a key role in delivering all 10 days of the prestigious competition from the Gold Ring and the Dixon Oval at the Devon Horse Show and County Fair. Last year, the live stream from the Devon Horse Show reached 57 countries, creating an international audience for the world-class event.

In 2015, the USEF Network brought equestrian sport to fans across the globe by broadcasting over 100 days of livestreaming, garnering 4.5 million unique page views, and providing over 3,250 hours of on-demand coverage. Competitions broadcast on the USEF Network benefit from increased exposure to an expansive and passionate fan base through the livestreams, on-demand coverage, and content pushed out to 82,000 registered fans and 445,000 social media followers.

Look for the webcasts beginning on Thursday, May 26 and continuing through the entirety of the 2016 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, ending on Sunday, June 5, 2016.

For information on the Devon Horse Show, visit the website at: http://www.devonhorseshow.net/.

For tickets to this year’s show: http://www.devonhorseshow.net/tickets/dhs-tickets/.

For exhibitor information, visit: http://www.devonhorseshow.net/exhibitors/.

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USET Foundation Launches Innovative New Website

Gladstone, N.J. – May 18, 2016 – The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its exciting new website. Featuring a dynamic interface that connects donors, athletes and fans, the new site features the latest news and information about the U.S. Equestrian Teams and the Foundation, and how to be a part of this important organization.

A non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the USET Foundation is a vital part of equestrian sport in the United States.

The USET Foundation website features all of the latest information including current information about athletes competing internationally, news updates about the Foundation and athletes, and athlete bios. The site offers ways for individuals to their support for U.S. athletes as they train and represent their country on the world stage. There is also information about the history of the Foundation including the iconic Hamilton Farm and a complete medal history.

Fans of the sport can become a part of The Team, learning more about the Foundation and the important role it plays in helping athletes achieve their dreams and bring home medals for the United States in the “About Page.” There is an easy way to donate and become a member of Foundation. Every dollar counts towards helping athletes participate in programs that allow the United States to continue as one of the top nations in all eight FEI disciplines.

“We hope the new website will be a great resource for those who love following our developing and elite athletes, as well as an easy way to show their support in helping them pursue their dreams and to stand on top of the podium,” said USET Foundation Executive Director Bonnie Jenkins.

Visit the new USET Foundation site at USET.org and join The Team today!

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

Contact: Rebecca Walton
USET Foundation
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Kentucky Horse Shows to Host George Morris Book Signing

Lexington, Ky. – May 17, 2016 – The Kentucky Horse Shows are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a book signing with George H. Morris for his newly released autobiography Unrelenting: The Real Story: Horses, Bright Lights and My Pursuit of Excellence.

The book signing will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, May 21, during the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby. The class is the second in the five-part series, which features the $15,000 Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Bonus. During the Kentucky Spring Classic, the derby will be held in the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Horse Park.

A horse lover, rider, carouser, competitor, taskmaster, dreamer, teacher, and visionary, George Morris has been ever-present on the rarified stage of the international riding elite for most of the 70 years he’s been in the saddle. He has represented our country as an athlete and a coach and, at one time or another, instructed many of our nation’s best horsemen and women. His carefully chosen, perfectly enunciated words are notoriously powerful. They can raise you up or cut you to the quick. His approval can be a rainmaker; his derision can end a career.

But as much as people know and respect (or, perhaps, fear) the public face of George Morris, he has lived, in other ways, a remarkably private life, keeping his own personal struggles with insecurity, with ambition, and with love behind closed doors. It is only now that he has chosen, in his own words, to share the totality of his life – the very public and the incredibly private – with the world in Unrelenting: The Real Story: Horses, Bright Lights and My Pursuit of Excellence. This engrossing autobiography, the real story of the godlike George Morris, beautifully demonstrates his ultimate humanity.

For more information about UNRELENTING, please visit www.horseandriderbooks.com.

The Kentucky Spring Classic held May 18-22 will also feature a FEI CSI3* rating. The $35,000 Welcome Speed will be held on Wednesday, followed by the $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, as riders try to accumulate valuable points for the Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus. On Saturday, May 21, riders will compete under the lights in the Rolex Stadium during the $130,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix. Once again all three FEI classes will count for the Longines Ranking List and the Thursday and Saturday classes will also count for the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List. In addition, the featured national classes will be the $50,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix, which counts towards the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List, and the $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix to be held on Sunday, May 22 in the Rolex Stadium.

EQSportsNet will be streaming live webcasts of the $130,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* during the Kentucky Spring Classic on Saturday, May 21. EQSportsNet Full Access subscribers can also watch all rounds of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series on demand at www.eqsports.net.

For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

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Olympic Equestrian #TwoHearts Campaign Captures Hearts around the World

Lausanne (SUI), 17 May 2016 – A powerful video demonstrating the unique and extraordinary bond between the Olympics’ most muscular athlete – the horse – and their courageous riders has been released, less than three months before the start of the Rio 2016 Games.

Around the world in 80 days – or just a bit over! – #TwoHearts will spread the spirit of a sport that has been at the core of the Olympic Movement for over a century and in which – uniquely – men and women compete head-to-head for the same medals.

In its largest ever global campaign, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), world governing body for horse sport, will shine a new spotlight on the sport in a way that has never been done before, celebrating the remarkable relationship between equestrian athletes and their horses and how their two hearts beat as one in the drive to win.

Over the coming weeks, the FEI is rolling out a series of emotive and engaging content via its social channels that will inspire passion and excitement for the sport in new and old fans alike.

“The #TwoHearts campaign emphasises the special bond between horse and rider, introducing our sport in a new way to fans around the world,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “Equestrian sport is all about the connection, intuitive link and committed partnership between the two athletes, which make our sport one of the most compelling at the Olympic Games.”

The equestrian events at the Deodoro Olympic Park will provide thrilling action for on-site fans and spectators around the world as 200 horse and rider combinations from 43 countries compete for six gold medals in Jumping, Dressage and Eventing. Global fans will marvel at the sight of Olympic riders working in harmony with the body, mind and soul of the Olympics’ strongest athlete, the horse.

Fans can support the campaign by posting and sharing photos and video content on social media using #TwoHearts.

To learn more about the #TwoHearts campaign and to share your heart with the equestrian athletes, click here or engage with FEI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For additional information about the Equestrian events at the Rio 2016 Olympics, click here for details about the sport, key facts, rules and more.

FEI Media Contacts:

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

Ruth Grundy
Manager Press Relations
Email: ruth.grundy@fei.org
Tel: +41 787 506 145

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

Leanne Williams
Manager Press Relations
leanne.williams@fei.org
+41 79 314 24 38

Live Streaming to Give Royal Windsor Horse Show Global Appeal

For the first time ever, Royal Windsor Horse Show will be available to view across the world as the action is live streamed via the Show’s website. Royal Windsor Horse Show, in conjunction with British Showjumping, will be streaming unrestricted content live from across the five-day Show allowing fans to enjoy the top class equestrian sport on display.

Coverage of all the action in the main Castle Arena, will stream throughout the day, from 7.30am on Wednesday 11th May until the end of the final class on Sunday 15th May.  The newly enhanced 4* competition status for both the international showjumping and driving competitions, along with exceptional dressage performances and equestrian displays, are amongst the highlights that have enticed the world’s best equestrian athletes to the Horse Show in 2016. The streamed coverage will also feature the fantastic display acts that will be taking to the Castle Arena throughout the week. Highlights include the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, the Shetland Pony Grand National and the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games, which amongst the other events scheduled, will provide entertainment for the whole family.

No fewer than five Olympic gold medallists will be competing in the international showjumping classes, including reigning World and European Champion, Jeroen Dubbeldam, fellow Olympic individual gold medallist Rodrigo Pessoa, and Peter Charles, member of the Team GB gold medal winning team at London 2012. With 13 countries represented, the live streaming will allow fans from all over the world to support their home favourites.

Amongst the selection of national and international showjumping competitions due to be available via live streaming, are Saturday’s CSI4* Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes for The King’s Cup and Sunday’s CSI4* Grand Prix for The Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy, both of which are set to be outstanding displays of sporting action as some of the world’s most esteemed riders look to kick the summer grass jumping season off in style as they seek to impress the Olympic selectors ahead of Rio.

There will also be exciting action from the dressage arena as some of the sport’s world-class riders will take part in the National Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle invitational competition on Wednesday 11th May.

All eyes will be on Olympic favourite and reigning world champion, Charlotte Dujardin, who will be returning to the iconic Castle Arena, riding the stunning chestnut gelding, Barolo. Joining Charlotte in the elite event will be Carl Hester, riding his top horse, Nip Tuck, a combination looking to repeat last year’s triumphant performance which saw them score an impressive 75.38%. Michael Eilberg, part of the silver medal winning 2015 European Championship team with Charlotte and Carl, will be adding to the excitement around this Grand Prix Freestyle event.

Leading the commentary team are former Olympic show jumper and renowned commentator, Steven Hadley, and International Grand Prix rider, Judy Harvey, who will be heading up the dressage webcast commentary team.

For a full schedule and timings, please click here.

General entry to Royal Windsor Horse Show is free of charge on Wednesday 11th May, and range from £12 to £25 for the other days. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on www.rwhs.co.uk or via the box office on 0844 581 4960 from the UK and +44 (0) 121 796 6290 internationally, or locally at Windsor Information Centre either over the counter or by telephoning +44 (0) 1753 743900.

Additional extras of live streaming:

  • All accessible on connected TVs, desktops, laptops, tablets and mobiles
  • Pause and rewind each day’s live coverage – never miss a thing
  • Available around the world
  • Like Royal Windsor Horse Show Facebook to see interviews and behind the scenes footage throughout the show
  • Produced by Impact Media

For more information, please contact:
Gayle Telford
Revolution Sports + Entertainment
E: gayle@revolutionsports.co.uk T: +44 (0)207 592 1207

Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Show will take place from 11-15 May 2016. Over 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the 74th year of Royal Windsor Horse Show which offers its audience astounding displays in the main Castle Arena, such as the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games and The Shetland Pony Grand National. As well as the equestrian competitions and activities, there are over 220 shops in the Shopping Village, with a wide range of goods for sale, from jewellery and fashion, to food and drink. Her Majesty The Queen has attended every year since the Show started in 1943 and it is the only time of the year that the private grounds of Windsor Castle are open to the public. Royal Windsor Horse Show is organised by Windsor Equestrian Promotions Ltd, a part of HPower Group, also organisers of Olympia, The London International Horse Show www.hpower.co.uk.

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration

Due to The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration taking place in the evenings following the Horse Show, there will be no evening performances at Royal Windsor Horse Show this year. These will return for 2017. The Horse Show will be ending at about 6pm each day. Royal Windsor Horse Show tickets do not include access to The Queen’s Birthday Celebration and there will be nowhere to watch the performance without The Celebration ticket.

A Charmed Life, the First Book by Old Friends ‘Spokeshorse’ Little Silver Charm, Now on Sale

GEORGETOWN, KY – MAY 3, 2016 – Little Silver Charm, the official “spokeshorse” at Old Friends, the not-for-profit Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, will make his debut as an author with the release of A Charmed Life (Old Friends Press).

The 80-page, softcover book, penned with the assistance from former Boston Globe columnist Diane White, combines selected commentary from Little Silver Charm’s popular Facebook page with photos from Eclipse-Award winning photographer Barbara Livingston, the Lexington-based Equisport Photos, and New York lenser Connie Bush, among many others.

Through his wry and witty observations, Little Silver Charm chronicles the story of Old Friends and showcases many of the celebs that have visited the farm over the years, including jockeys Rosie Napravnik, Kent Desormeaux, and Angel Cordero and owner Joe Torre.

A Charmed Life is available via Amazon.com and in the Old Friends gift shop for $15. Phone orders can be made by calling (502) 863-1775 (there is a $5 shipping and handling charge for mail orders).

Old Friends, which launched in 2003, is now home to such champions of the turf as Kentucky Derby winners Silver Charm and War Emblem, Breeders’ Cup Champions Alphabet Soup and Amazombie, and Belmont Stakes winners Sarava and Touch Gold.

Little Silver Charm, a presumed miniature cross, was rescued from a slaughter-bound truck for $40. He was adopted by Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen and his wife Diane White, and has since developed a loyal following of fans and supporters.

To visit Little Silver Charm’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.

A portion of the proceeds from A Charmed Life will help support the 162 former racehorses retired at Old Friends.

Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for 160 retired racehorses. Its Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility in Greenfield Center, New York, Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division, which is also open to visitors. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Cynthia Grisolia, (347) 423-7322, cindy@oldfriendsequine.org or Sylvia Stiller, (502) 863-1775, sylvia@oldfriendsequine.org

Breyer Debuts Brunello Portrait Model at Tryon International Equestrian Center

Legendary Hunter to Be Honored June 10th

Pequannock, NJ – April 23, 2016 – In the horse show world, the super stars of the sport tend to be jumpers or dressage horses. So it may come as a surprise to learn that the horse with the biggest fan club is super hunter Brunello!  As with many things, Brunello is simply exceptional. The 18-year-old Hanoverian owned by Janet Peterson and Liza Towell Boyd claimed his third consecutive victory in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship in 2015 and was named the USEF National Horse of the Year, for the second time, as well as Show Hunter of the Year by The Chronicle of the Horse. Rider Liza Boyd claimed the USEF Emerson Burr Trophy for the third time as well, thanks to Brunello. And so it is only fitting that Brunello takes his place among the pantheon of horses that have graced Breyer’s stable of horse heroes!

Breyer is pleased to announce that it will introduce its new Brunello portrait model this summer, in partnership with Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), on June 10th, as a highlight of the Tryon Spring 8 FEI CSI 5* (June 8-12). Breyer Brunello models will be available for purchase at Tryon Tack beginning Friday, June 10th. Only 400 models will be available for the launch and each model will come with a special mini Breyer TIEC blanket only available at this show, while supplies last. Purchases limited to 2 models per person.

The weekend will kick off with a special presentation of the first Brunello portrait models to be created for Brunello’s owners Janet Peterson and Liza Boyd, and longtime groom Alberto Ramirez, on Friday evening, June 10th, during the Hunter Derby under the lights in the George Morris Arena at TIEC. Boyd and Brunello are preparing to compete in the Hunter Derby, offering fans and spectators a chance to see this historic pair live in competition.

On Saturday, June 11th, from 2:00-6:00 P.M., Breyer will host free Stablemates painting activities, demonstrations by model horse hobby artists including sculptor Morgen Kilbourn, equine color genetics expert Lesli Kathman, as well as fun model horse showing with Michelle Masters. Breyer’s mascot Pal will visit and there will be raffles and contests for prizes. Event activities will be held in the Special Pavilion tent overlooking the George Morris Arena.

Liza Boyd will be available for autographs (limited to 200) from 4:00-5:00 P.M. and Brunello will make an appearance at 5:00 P.M. as well for photographs. When asked what makes Brunello so special, Liza Boyd said, “Brunello: B: Brave to gallop under the lights; R: Rideable, to turn oh-so-tight; U: Unique, not your typical hunter type; N: Naughty, in his stall he will bite; E: Ego, he thinks he’s always right; L: Longevity, at 18 he’s still jumping with height; L: Lexington, three times he has had a magical derby night; O: Owl, for his wisdom and insight.”

Tryon International Equestrian Center is a state of the art equestrian facility located in Mill Spring, North Carolina. The venue offers competitors access to an array of equestrian sports including hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing competitions throughout the year. The facility, which officially opened in 2014, began its inaugural year for FEI competition in 2015. This year, TIEC is set to host two CSI 5* competitions, as well as the prestigious Nutrena® USEA American Eventing Championships in early September, as well as two FEI CDI 3* competitions for dressage riders. TIEC is conveniently located just 45 minutes from Asheville, NC, and an hour from Charlotte, NC, in the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Tryon Riding and Hunt Club (TRHC), an important supporter of the equestrian community in the Western Carolinas, sparked the discussion regarding the creation of a Brunello Breyer model, as co-owner Janet Peterson is a longtime member of the organization. A social media campaign initiated by TRHC, has been tremendously influential in recognizing and honoring the remarkable career accolades of Boyd and Brunello.

“Having a Breyer model of Brunello to celebrate his accomplishments is something very special. He is a wonderful horse and is incredibly well loved by all of those involved with him, including myself, Liza Boyd, and her father Jack Towell,” said Peterson. “I’m very much looking forward to this replica of him, as well as the ceremony that is planned for June 10th. He has a large fan base and following in the Carolinas and I hope that everyone will join us for the festivities to honor his achievements.”

For those who can’t be at TIEC for the presentation, Breyer and TIEC will host an online sweepstakes offering six (6) Brunello models with TIEC model blankets signed by Liza Boyd via the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) and Breyer Facebook pages. Stay tuned for more information.

Ticket Information

Spectators are welcome to attend the Tryon Spring 8 FEI CSI 5* at the Tryon International Equestrian Center free of charge. Breyer activities are also free of charge (while supplies last). The Breyer Brunello model debut is limited to 400 models at this show and will be sold on a first come, first served basis at Tryon Tack along with a mini Breyer TIEC model blanket as a special souvenir of the weekend. The standard Breyer Brunello model will be available nationwide in July 2016. TIEC is located at 4066 Pea Ridge Rd. in Mill Spring, NC. For more information, please visit TIEC at www.tryon.com or Breyer at www.breyerhorses.com.

About Breyer Animal Creations®

Breyer Animal Creations is a division of Reeves International (www.reevesintl.com), a family-owned, NJ-based toy manufacturer and distributor. Founded in 1950, Breyer celebrates the horse and other animals, dedicating itself to the creation of authentic and realistic model horses for play and collecting. Breyer is one of America’s most iconic toy brands and its ‘portrait’ models of horse heroes and animals like Secretariat, Valegro, Big Chex to Cash, Black Beauty, The Black Stallion, RinTinTin and Lassie have inspired children of all ages to love animals. Breyer’s partnerships with publishers like Scholastic and Macmillan Children’s Publishing and studios like Universal (Seabiscuit), DreamWorks (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Dreamer), and Touchstone Pictures (Hidalgo) have provided a base from which to create new content and play forms for children inspiring a world of imagination and creativity. Visit us at www.breyerhorses.com or call 800-413-3348 to learn more about the model horse hobby and Breyer Animal Creations.

Old Friends Launches New Line of “Virtual Tour” Videos

Game On Dude in retirement at Old Friends (Photo by EquiSport)

GEORGETOWN, KY – APRIL 21, 2016 – Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, is happy to announce the launch of its new “virtual tour” video collection.

Sponsored by a grant from the Binky Foundation and produced by Matt and Wendy Wooley of the Lexington-based EquiSport Photos, each 3-4 minute virtual tour will feature one of the horses retired at Old Friends and will be presented by Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen.

The videos intermingle live footage with still photographs, backstories, and memorable career highlights.

Each video is viewable on a desktop computer or mobile device and can be accessed via the Old Friends Facebook page and on the Old Friends YouTube channel, a link to which is available on the website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.

The inaugural video, released April 3, featured 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion Silver Charm (CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO).  It will be followed by the release of a visit with three-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude.  To view the just released Game On Dude Virtual Tour, CLICK HERE.

Additional videos to be released in the coming weeks will feature Super Derby star Wallenda, Eclipse-Award winning mare Hidden Lake, and Kentucky Derby and Preakness Champion War Emblem.  The farm expects to produce 10 virtual-tour videos in all.

“We have been blessed with thousands of fans visiting the farm who enjoy an up-close-and-personal experience with our wonderful retirees,” said Blowen. “But we know there are people who can’t travel or may never have the opportunity to come to Kentucky. For those people, these virtual tours are the next best thing to being here.

“Wendy Wooley is an incredibly talented videographer and, more so, she has a great feel for what we do here at Old Friends,” Blowen continued. “These videos really echo the live-tour experience.”

“Matt and I have always enjoyed our visits to Old Friends,” said Wendy Wooley. “It’s very exciting for us to be a part of a project that allows so many fans to not only get a behind-the-scenes look at the retirees on the farm but also hear Michael’s colorful anecdotes!”

Old Friends also extends its thanks to the Binky Foundation, a private charitable organization dedicated to the protection of domestic and wild animals, for their support with this project.

Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 160 retired racehorses. Its Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility in Greenfield Center, New York, Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division, which is also open to visitors. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Cynthia Grisolia, (347) 423-7322, cindy@oldfriendsequine.org or Sylvia Stiller, (502) 863-1775, sylvia@oldfriendsequine.org

Todd Minikus Named to Short List for 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team

Todd Minikus and Babalou 41 (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

Wellington, Florida (April 20, 2016) – As an elite resource for the innovative therapeutic company Draper Therapies, Todd Minikus provides insight that assists the company in staying at the forefront of producing effective holistic products for horses, canines, and humans. In exchange for Minikus’ perspective and feedback from the top of the sport of show jumping, Draper Therapies proudly outfits him and his talented string of horses with therapeutic products.

Draper Therapies now congratulates Minikus on being named to the Short List consisting of the nation’s top 10 riders who have the potential to represent the U.S. Show Jumping Team at the 2016 Olympic Games. Minikus has been listed aboard his Grand Prix partner, Two Swan Farms’ 11-year-old Oldenburg mare, Babalou 41. The pair will compete in four designated CSIO5* observation events across Europe on May 12 through June 26 for a chance to officially qualify for the U.S. team on July 5.

Minikus and Babalou 41 have proudly represented the red, white, and blue over the past five years, and have been decorated by international winnings and titles. This past summer, the pair represented the U.S. as the Traveling Reserve for the Pan American Games Jumping Team in Toronto, Canada, and competed for Team USA four times in Nations Cup competitions around the globe. Most recently, Minikus and Babalou 41 assisted Team USA to the top of the podium at the HITS Ocala Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup CSIO4* presented by Edge Brewing Barcelona.

Draper Therapies is thrilled to have this Grand Prix champion standing behind the company’s products, and works to support Minikus in his endeavors around the world. Becky Shipps of Draper Therapies said, “Todd is an exceptional rider who knows that maintaining optimum performance levels isn’t easy. Sprains and strains can happen to riders and horses. It is vital to listen to your body and the importance of fitness to keep rising to the bar. Todd is a superlative horseman, and we are more than proud to support him and his horses.”

Draper Therapies offers therapeutic products that contain Celliant, which has been shown to effectively increase tissue oxygen levels in those who are in contact with it. Increased tissue oxygen levels can improve performance, speed up muscle recovery, and relieve pain. Overall, Celliant can improve the natural systems of the body. The Celliant-containing products that Draper Therapies provides include blankets, horse boots and wraps, saddle pads, dog beds, supports and braces for people, and clothing. To learn more about Draper Therapies, visit at www.drapertherapies.com or call 781-828-0029.

Becky Shipps
Draper Therapies
782-828-0029
becky@drapertherapies.com