Watch Dr. Lola Chambless, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and an equestrian, discuss why it’s important to wear a helmet while participating in equestrian activities to reduce the risk of concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI). She also explains traumatic brain injury and concussion symptoms, what to do if an equestrian sustains a fall or a blow to the head, and how to return to the sport after experiencing one of these head injuries.
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.
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).
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.
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.”
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
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.