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Marilyn Little Maintains Lead in USEA Advanced Gold Cup Division

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo Credit ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – September 2, 2017 – The fourth day of the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover and Nutrena® saw another large group of divisions conclude with impressive show jumping rounds, while the remaining horse and rider combinations tackled their cross-country courses at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Riders from the Novice divisions and a single Preliminary division were honored and recognized with final awards, while the Beginner Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced divisions will conclude Sunday, September 3.

Adequan® USEA Advanced Gold Cup

Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous produced a double clear show jumping round to keep a tight hold on their lead in front of an enthusiastic crowd, as they head into the final phase of cross-country in the Adequan® USEA Advanced Gold Cup division. The pair made easy work of the track underneath the lights to remain on their score of 27.8.

“I’ve jumped a lot of classes in this ring, and it’s been a lucky ring for me so far,” said Little. “I hope I get luckier, but it’s been a great experience. It’s special to get to bring Scandalous in here to take center stage; she deserves this so it’s cool for me.”

In preparation for jumping under the lights, Little arranged for RF Scandalous, a 12-year-old Oldenburg mare (Carry Gold x Richardia) owned by Jacqueline Mars, Robin Parsky, and Phoebe & Michael Manders, to travel with her show jumping string to Balmoral Park in Chicago, IL to contest an evening class.

“I actually drove her to Chicago so I could do a night class. I was really glad that I did because it also affected her quite seriously in the warm-up area. She’s just a smart horse and she was a little nervous in the ring under the lights last time, so I didn’t know if she was still going to be that way, but, she’s such a smart horse and she’s a good partner, so she took what she learned and came out really solid tonight.”

Jennie Brannigan continues to sit in second place aboard her longtime and veteran mount Cambalda, a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse by Balda Beau out of Cathys Lady and is owned by Nina Gardner. Brannigan, who managed an unusually sensitive “Ping” in the warm-up, encountered some trouble before heading into the ring, but produced a nearly foot perfect round to hold their placing on the leaderboard.

“I had an interesting warm-up. I don’t think I’ve ever jumped that horse under the lights before. He was quite fresh and I thought that was going to be a good thing. I warmed up with Phillip and he was building square oxers. I don’t know if it was the combination of the lights, but I crashed into a jump and fell on my hand,” she explained.

“I know that horse well and I haven’t had a bad warm-up like that ever, but he jumped well, so that’s good. He’s consistent, so I was a little worried about what he was going to do, but he jumped great once we got out in the ring.”

Angela Bowles traveled all of the way from the state of Texas to contest the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover and Nutrena® and was thrilled with her rise up the leaderboard on Bliss III, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Corland x Lenja) owned by Alyssa Phillips. The pair was holding fifth place following dressage, but a strong show jumping round propelled them up the leaderboard where they now occupy third place.

“I’ve been helping Alyssa with Bliss since we imported the horse about three years ago, and I’ve ridden her on and off throughout that time as Alyssa has been transitioning from high school to college. I recently retired my upper level horse and Alyssa has been super busy with school. She has two other horses to ride, so she was really gracious to let me have the ride on her,” explained Bowles. “We targeted this because we were qualified, so we came and I’ve show jumped the horse a lot. I like to do ‘A’ shows in Texas and I’ve done a couple of grand prix classes on the mare. I did the Wellington Eventing Showcase on the mare, so I know her very well and it’s a big atmosphere.”

The pair’s last Advanced level outing together was at The Colorado Horse Park earlier in the month, so Bowles is excited to test the track at TIEC to better gauge where their blossoming partnership stands. She added, “I’m going to go have another look around the course tomorrow. I don’t know the mare as well at this level, so our first Advanced cross-country was a month ago in Colorado. I’m going to get out there in the morning and then make a plan from there.”

Boehringer Ingelheim Open Intermediate

Jennie Brannigan has been busy gathering top finishes across multiple divisions throughout the week, and called this afternoon’s cross-county run a success. “Today was good. I ate some Mexican food, took a nap and woke up to watch Lynn and Donner ride at Burghley on the replay, and I was like, ‘All right, let’s go fast.’ And they’re both cool horses. They’re both only seven years old.

“I’ve always believed in Twilightslastgleam. He loves cross-country and is a Thoroughbred, so he’s quite natural at it. He’s got a smaller step, so there’s a lot of options for doing different strides on this course, so I actually did one set of strides on one horse and one on the other, which is different for me,” she commented.

Brannigan learned that Twilightslastgleam had risen the ranks to first place while she was already on course with FE Lifestyle. “You’re always wondering whether to go for time or not. On FE Lifestyle I knew I was tied for first, but on Twilightslastgleam I wasn’t sure, and then I decided to have a crack at it anyway,” she said. “So we’ll see how tomorrow goes. Both of these are exciting horses for the Gardiners, because we need the future, and they are the future, and it’s cool to see them stepping up to the game and into the spotlight,” she concluded.

Charlotte Collier, aboard Parker Collier’s Clifford M, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Cristo x Naomi IV), sits in third after finishing with 3.6 time penalties on cross-country, improving her first day rank by two.

Novice Horse

The Novice Horse division saw Booli Selmayr and Thomas Duggan’s Kildare’s MHS Tampa, a 5-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (Quintender x Lady Ligustra)remain in first place throughout all three phases of competition to finish on top of the division.

“The course today was so nice,” said Selmayr. “It flowed so nicely, made you think a little and not just gallop around. It tests the obedience and the stamina of the horse.”

Despite only working with this horse since the spring, Selmayr says that the young mare has taken to the atmosphere of Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) remarkably well.

“We got here Monday after a 15.5-hour drive from NY, so I was interested in seeing how she was going to be this weekend. It’s such a big atmosphere and she’s just five, but she’s been so calm the whole time. She’s such a competitor and she’s such a workhorse. She doesn’t really get flustered by anything,” she explained.

Next, the pair will finish off the year with Young Horse Championships at Fair Hill. “After that we will take her down to Aiken, and I definitely think she can do a 1* next year. She’s a classy mare and she has the breeding to be a top-level horse, and as long as she’s still happy doing that, that’s what we are going to do.”

Ashley Giles and her own Chayenne, a 6-year-old Trakehner mare (Elfado x Charima), also stayed consistent throughout all three phases to finish in second place. Giles explained that she qualified for this week’s competition aboard Chayenne after competing and winning their first show together with a broken back.

“I got this mare back in November and I was coming back from a three-year eventing hiatus. I started bonding with her, and then we entered our first horse trial. The day beforehand, I broke my back and didn’t figure it out until after I’d competed. She’s a fabulous horse and won that horse trial, and then we qualified, which was our goal all along.”

Coming into the course, Giles was feeling the pressure, she said, but her mount performed beautifully nonetheless. “She was fabulous yesterday, and I thought the cross-country course was super fun, and I loved [how it twisted]. It was super fun to ride. I had never been sitting in this position before going into the final phase, so I was pretty nervous going into show jumping, but she went in, and she did her job. She’s a brilliant horse. Every day that I get to sit on her, I feel lucky,” she concluded.

Jennie Brannigan rode Justine Dutton’s Arctic Tiger, a 5-year-old British Sport Horse, to a third-place finish, moving up from their previously-held fourth place rank and posting two double clear rounds.

“Unfortunately Justine is hurt, so she asked me to take the ride. I had only sat on him twice before this week, and it’s his first AEC, so I know that she was really happy. I’m happy that she trusts me enough to take him out,” said Brannigan. “He’s a great mover, and this was a lot, since it’s a big atmosphere. He was a little nervous out on cross-country, but I was really impressed with him today. He went out and stepped up to the plate,” she concluded.

Novice Amateur

Bailey Snyder and her own Corina, a 7-year-old Holsteiner mare (Acorino x Phaedre), cruised through the show jumping phase to remain at the top of the Novice Amateur division, maintaining the first-place slot they had occupied since Thursday’s dressage test.

“Going into dressage she was just being a star, despite the weather and the rain, and she put in a really good test followed by a super confident cross-country round, so today there was definitely some pressure,” she said. “It’s a great division and scores were all really high, so my goal was to just go in and do the best we could. It was awesome and she was a super star.”

The pair has been climbing the ranks in eventing since Corina came to Snyder as an unbroken four-year-old, and she’s excited to see where they go from here.

“I’m going into my senior year of college, so my goal with her is to just keep her happy and healthy. I’m up for whatever she is confident enough to do. We’ve got an easy fall planned after this, and then we will look to the spring to get to some good shows that we can travel to and see some more exciting venues. We will definitely come back to Tryon to see what she can take on. She’s still a young horse so we are trying to get her more confident and ready to move up,” she concluded.

Savannah Welch and her own Langcaster, an 8-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Languster x Galiffi), maintained her second-place status throughout the week despite a hectic effort to save her horse from the path of Hurricane Harvey. “We are from Houston, so we kind of just threw the horse in the trailer and say ‘we are leaving NOW,’ two days early,” she said.

“It takes him a while to get used to everything because he is also young and is still learning how to settle in with situations like this. With dressage, he did everything right, and I couldn’t have asked more of him,” she commented. “We bought him as a four-year-old that didn’t really know anything and my trainer and I have taken him along, improving his scores and working on his confidence. Now we are just taking his education step by step.”

As a senior in college, Welch said it’s sometimes difficult to keep a strict competition schedule, but she plans to end her fall strong, adding, “Maybe we’ll compete in more Novices and hopefully move up to Training next year,” she concluded.

Krissy Smith Shellenberger and her own Invictus, a 7-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Ibisco x Viness SH) rose from fourth place to claim the third-place slot with a four-fault show jumping round.

Novice Rider

Ryan Bell and Way Jose, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred (Jose x Riverside Charmer) owned by Karen Czarick, climbed to the top of the leaderboard in the Novice Rider division at the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover and Nutrena®. Bell, a dressage competitor that recently began eventing, won the division on his dressage score of 25.8.

“I was a dressage rider and I got bucked off a couple of dressage horses, so I got a little nervous riding my own horses and I thought ‘Okay, I really need to push myself out of my comfort zone.’ So, what’s more out of a dressage rider’s comfort zone than eventing? So here we are,” commented Bell. “It feels amazing,” he continued. “I’m a little shocked because I didn’t think it would happen. I think I got lucky, but I tried really hard and did the best I could, so I’m really happy that it all paid off.”

Lenora Evan Hollmann moved up in the standings following cross-country and rode a double clear round aboard her own Christian Grey, a 7-year-old PMU gelding. “He’s such a trier,” said Hollmann, “He’s always there for me. I want to move up to Training with him, but for now we are just having so much fun together enjoying the moment.”

Hollmann adopted the gelding as a 3-year-old from LastChance Corral in Ohio. “LastChance Corral got him at about a week old and so he was a bucket fed baby, and he was sold to me only with the description, ‘has done parades.'”

Liza Bunce and Gail Bunce’s 17-year-old Appendix Quarter Horse gelding, Chance, started out the competition in ninth and made a climb throughout the weekend to end up in third place, adding nothing to her dressage score of 27.3. Of her experience at AEC, Bunce said, “It’s been a great weekend. It’s wonderful for my horse to get this exposure. The course was incredible; the footing was amazing. We really don’t get too much of the opportunity to go from the arena to grass back to the arena. It was so different but so worth coming here to compete.”

Master Novice Amateur

Megan Northrop maintained her first-place position throughout the phases aboard her own Fleur De Lis, a 7-year-old Thoroughbred mare, to finish on top of the Master Novice Amateur division.

“Show jumping tends to be my weakest phase, and I felt a little rattled coming in on the top. My mare jumped so great yesterday,” she said. “She has grown so much this year. I knew she was brave and I knew that if I just left her alone a little bit, she would go. She got a little too forward on me a couple of times today, and I had to correct that, but for the most part, she did what I asked and I’m really proud of her for that.”

Sarah Wildasin and James Wildasin’s Totally Awesome Bosco, a 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, improved their third-place spot to finish in second. “I was just very happy to remember where I had to go,” she commented. “My horse is amazing and does everything. I just have to steer and go along for the ride!”

Jenny Brinkley and her own Guinness X, a 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, rose from fifth place after cross-country to collect third in the division final. “I have one of those once in a lifetime horses,” she said. “I did the first AEC that they ever held, and then topped out at Preliminary level with him. He was so talented that my trainer took him through Advanced, and then my daughter took him out at Intermediate and was very successful at Young Riders with him,” she continued. “[My daughter] went off to college and then I got him back, and my goal was to get back here to AEC. Now, I’m just happy to be here.”

Junior Novice

Sunny Courtwright and her 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare, Around Midnight, were crowned the final champions of the 2017 AEC. Courtwright lead the Junior Novice division from start to finish on her dressage score of 23.5.

“Marble was really good today. I just can’t believe this,” said an awe-struck Courtwright. “I loved the course. I was just worried about the distractions, but she was perfect. This whole week has been so fun. It’s gone by so fast and I’m sad it’s going to be over soon.”

Courtwright and third place finisher Suzanne Stevens both ride out of Mike Huber’s Gold Chip Stables in Fort Worth, TX. “It’s really fun to be here with Sonny and my other barn mates from Texas,” commented Stevens.

Kira Cibak and her own October Tryst had a clear round in the show jumping to move them from fourth to second. She and the 11-year-old Morgan gelding finished on their dressage score of 27.8. Cibak said, “This was my first AEC so I was really happy with my horse. We are going to try to move to Training, we are going to try to move up and see where that goes!”

Suzanne Stevens and her own Smokin’ Boots, a 7-year-old Thoroughbred mare (More Smoke x Miss Boot Scoot) ended in third on a 28.8. “This is the biggest show my horse has been to, so it’s been a great experience for the both of us. She’s come so far,” Stevens concluded.

Beginner Novice Horse

Amanda Ruane and her own Bally Lord Who, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, maintained their lead in the Beginner Novice Horse division, mastering the track and continuing on their original dressage score of 22.3 to hold top honors heading into show jumping.

“He felt so good today. Cross-country is always his favorite phase,” said Ruane. “The biggest thing with him is that he’s 17hh. He’s a big horse, so we need to work on not eating up the time so quickly. A couple of times I had to check my watch and then say ‘Okay, let’s take a breather and tone it down a notch.’ He’s bold and brave, and he’s a really fun ride.”

Beth Stelzleni and Mighty Handsome, a 5-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Mighty Magic x SPS Whitney) kept their second-place position with a score of 25.8, while Holly Payne-Caravella piloted Benjamin Button, a 4-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Classic Alliance x Lively Lady) owned by Kathleen Hall, also maintaining their 25.8 score to remained tied with Stelzeni for second place.

Beginner Novice Amateur

After moving up from third place, Leah Backus and her own Diamond of Truth, a 5-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Salute the Truth x Mainways Queen of Diamonds), have taken the lead in the Beginner Novice Amateur division heading into the show jumping phase.

Backus bred Diamond of Truth and has enjoyed bringing him along for the past few years, she said, and was excited to achieve her goal of making it to AECs this year. “I liked going up on the hill so that you could look out over the [cross-country] course,” she said about her ride.

“When we got up there, my horse kind of looked out over the field, and our course was going pretty well at that point, so it was pretty exciting. For tomorrow, he’s never been in a ring that big, so I think he’ll be excited. He’s enjoying the show scene, so I think he’ll like it, and maybe he’ll perform extra well.”

Despite two time penalties, Diane Zrimsek aboard her own Coronado Charlie, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Bwana Charlie x Pleasure Hunt), sit tied for second place with Nicole Thomas and her own Here N’ Now, an 18-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding.

Beginner Novice Rider

After two phases Kathleen Bertuna and her own Millye’s Mojave, a 12-year-old OTTB gelding (Mojave Moon x Slew the Dragoness) have moved from third to first place in the Beginner Novice Rider division following their clear cross-country round.

Bertuna was happy with her mount’s focus on the fences and said the course encompassed the many tests of horse and rider she’s seen all year. “There were a lot of tests, from the changes in terrain to riding towards and away from the warm up area, towards and away from the barn area, and the difference between the ring and the wet, sometimes muddy grass, up and down the hill-it definitely tested all those facets that we’ve been working on all year in all the different courses and put them all into one big course,” she explained.

After nineteen years away from the sport and wanting to return on a safe horse, Bertuna connected with Millye’s Mojave last November. The Seattle Slew-bred gelding is “just a prince,” she said, and the pair will likely move up to Novice.

“He is wonderful. He takes care of me and has gotten me back into the business very nicely. At the beginning of this season Beginner Novice was looking really big, but now it’s looking more manageable, so I’m hoping that there will be a nice move up in the spring.” For now, she’s just looking to put in an accurate and forward course in the show jumping phase.

Kymberly Pullen and Sara Webb’s Homer, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Golden Missile x Zaza), currently sit in second place 1.5 points behind Bertuna, while Amber Duncan and her own Renegade, a 10-year-old paint gelding (Reflecting Merle x Windy’ Rascal Dottie), hold third place.

Master Beginner Novice Amateur

Carrie Griffen continues her lead going into the show jumping round, clutching first place aboard her own Feuertanzer ES, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Nicholas x Daybreak) on their original dressage score of 23.3.

Robin Barr and her own Tout Fini, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Purge x Firehouse Waltz), maintain their second-place spot with a score of 24.8, while Cindi Moravec and her own Holloway have a new hold on third place after receiving a 27.3.

Junior Beginner Novice Fourteen and Under

Ashley Stout and her own Deo Volente, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding, remain on top of the Junior Beginner Novice Fourteen and Under division following their clear round in the cross-country phase.

Stout commented that her ride was a huge improvement from the pair’s two most recent cross-country runs, so she’s pleased with her mount’s effort. “I felt like it went really well. We were a little looky at some fences, but we managed to get over them and push through it and he was very willing with everything.”

“We were actually a little fast-we had a minute left at the third to last jump, so we ended up doing some circles and making it through with four minutes and thirty seconds. I’m super proud of him,” she explained. “My plan [for tomorrow] is to get through without knocking anything down. I’ve looked at the course, and it’s challenging, but not too bad,” she concluded.

Avery Cascarino remains in second aboard Gloria Cascarino’s Dudley Do Right, a 13-year-old gelding, with a score of 20, while Viktorija Petraitis and Our Little Secret, a 15-year-old Arabian gelding owned by the Petraitis Family, continue to hold third place with a score of 25.

Junior Beginner Novice

Brynn Hershbine and Rowan Edmonds both went around the cross-country without a hitch, so they remain tied for first in the Junior Beginner Novice division. If they both jump double clear in show jumping, it will be Hershbine who is named champion as she crossed the finish line closer to the optimum time of 5:02 with Julie Hershbine’s Cadenza Aria, an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare (Turnofthecentury x Whisper).

Edmonds, riding Liberty Bell, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred mare (Hellion x Beth) owned by Michelle Jones was eight seconds faster.

Sydney Lee accrued 1.2 time penalties with Sweet Georgia Brown, dropping her from third to fourth. Carson Birdsong moved up into third with Ballygrace Laralai, an 11-year-old Irish Draught mare (Glenlara x Significadre) owned by Brooke Birdsong.

Preliminary Horse

Jennie Brannigan moved up from second place to finish on top of the Preliminary Horse division concluding with a clear round in the show jumping phase aboard Grayson Wall’s Balmoral Oakey, a 10-year-old Australian Warmblood mare (Falchrich x Diamond Sea Road).

Brannigan explained that Balmoral Oakey is for sale, and that this horse has the potential to move past the Preliminary division. “I knew [coming into today] that she hadn’t had a rail in like two years or something like that, so I was a little bit nervous thinking ‘Wow,’ I’m going to be the one to mess that up,’ but she jumped great. She’s obviously a super horse so I just trusted her to do her job, and she obviously knows what that job is.”

Brannigan has been winning across multiple divisions this week and currently sits in second place in the competitive Adequan® USEA Advanced Gold Cup division aboard her longtime mount Cambalda.

“I was joking around [earlier] because last year I brought a bunch of horses and I think only placed 15th with one of them, so I’d say this year has gotten off to a better start. I’m really grateful for that and I just hope that I can continue to keep things going in the right direction,” she commented.

Leslie Law and Beatrice Rey-Herme’s LCC Vogue, a 6-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Kroongraaf x Clear Cavalier), rode to a second-place finish, and he said that LCC Vogue has only done a handful of Preliminary level competitions so far. “We could have gone at this at training level, but I thought that the Prelim would be a decent challenge for him, and would be much more educational,” he said. “He’s a lovely horse and he has an incredible future. I’m excited that he was second. I think that this facility is a wonderful experience for the younger horses, and I think in the end it was all done very well,” he noted.

Third place went to Alexandra Knowles aboard Katherine O’Brien’s Business Class, a 7-year-old Selle Francais gelding, moving up from sixth place after cross-country. Business Class was imported from Ireland at the beginning of this year.

“I actually haven’t done a lot with him due to an injury in March, but he’s an absolutely fantastic horse. He’s cool as a cucumber, and all of the pressure is on me to do it right because if I do it right, he’ll definitely step up to the plate. He cruised around cross-country this week, and was great. I really enjoy riding him and am looking forward to moving up to the next level with him,” she commented.

“I thought the course was very fun, and it was very different from anything that I have done before. I really enjoyed it. The facility is second to none-it’s been a great experience. I never want to leave! Everything you need is here, and it’s beautiful. It doesn’t get much better than this,” Knowles concluded.

For more information on the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover and Nutrena®, please visit www.useventing.com and to learn more about Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), please visit www.tryon.com.

Eric Lamaze and Rosana du Park Top $86,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic

Eric Lamaze and Rosana du Park. Photos copyright Sportfot.

Allison Sinclair and Somekindawonderful Earn Autism Speaks Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter Championship

Wellington, FL – March 13, 2016 – Week nine of the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, concluded on Sunday, March 13, with a win for Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Rosana du Park in the $86,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic. Kent Farrington (USA) and Aron S finished second, and Olivier Robert (FRA) and Quenelle du Py placed third. The 12-week WEF circuit runs through April 3 offering more than $9 million in prize money.

Alan Wade (IRL) set the courses in the International Ring at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) for week nine and finished the week with 64 entries in the 1.50m. His first round track yielded 11 clear rounds, and nine of those also jumped clear over the tie-breaking short course. Lamaze was third to go in the jump-off, clocking the winning time of 36.74 seconds with Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stables’ Rosana du Park, an 11-year-old Selle Francais mare by Kannan.

Farrington and Alexandra Crown’s Arons S finished second in a time of 37.91 seconds. Robert took third place honors with his time of 37.95 seconds aboard Quenelle du Py, owned by the rider along with Pierre Fr. and Chantal Buffandeau. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Windward Farm and Jessica Suida’s Unbelievable 5 placed fourth in 38.07 seconds, and Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) finished fifth in 38.32 seconds riding Stephex Stables and T&L NV’s Halifax van het Kluizebos.

Speaking of the competition, Lamaze stated, “I think Alan Wade has done a great job all week. When I walked the WEF (Challenge Cup) I thought it was very big and difficult, but at the end there were seven clear and there were no bad experiences. Then the grand prix was spot on yesterday, and the same thing with this competition. This competition actually walked a lot easier than it rode. It was a really nice competition for bringing your young horse along to the 1.50m level.

“Going back early in the jump-off with Rosana, I had some fast people after me like Kent Farrington and Tiffany (Foster),” Lamaze detailed. “I knew I had to go quick, and quick she is. I thought I would let them chase me and try to put in a quick round. These 1.50m competitions are very important and thank you to Suncast for putting them on because there are the competitions that make up young horses and let the 1.50m horses earn money, if that is what they do for a living. To have great prize money for a 1.50m horse is fantastic and to bring a young horse along to compete for $86,000 in this competition is great.”

Lamaze plans to compete Rosana in the Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic Final during week 12 and feels good knowing that she has gained valuable experience throughout the circuit.

“We all like to come here with healthy, fresh horses, and the most important thing for them is to leave feeling good about the circuit, having learned something, having earned some prize money, and then putting them back in the stall at the right time and not asking any more than what they can do in a 12-week circuit,” Lamaze stated. “I think we have the right formula with our horses.”

Also competing in the International Ring on Sunday, Mckayla Langmeier and the Charlie Group’s Charlie were victorious in the $10,000 Sleepy P Ranch SJHOF High Junior Jumper Classic. Langmeier also went on to win the $10,000 Hollow Creek Farm Medium Junior Jumper Classic aboard Linda Langmeier’s Durosa W.

Allison Sinclair and Somekindawonderful Earn Autism Speaks Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter Championship

Competing on Saturday and Sunday during week nine, the Autism Speaks Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter division awarded championships honors to Allison Sinclair and Iwasaki & Reilly’s Somekindawonderful after the pair earned first and second place ribbons over fences. The reserve championship was presented to Aerin Genatt with Joe Currais’s Look at Me, who earned a second place ribbon over fences and a win under saddle.

Allison Sinclair and Somekindawonderful
Allison Sinclair and Somekindawonderful

Sinclair, an 11-year-old rider from Winnetka, IL, trains with Maria Rasmussen at Sea Change Farm and has been riding since she was four years old. Her championship win came with Somekindawonderful, a 15-year-old New Forest Pony (by Justice H.R.), known in the barn as Ronald.

“He is new. He is showing in the Medium Pony Hunters with Natalie Jayne and then I show him in the Children’s Ponies,” Sinclair detailed. “He loves peppermints, especially before he goes into the ring. He is really cute, and he is fun to ride. He also loves to snuggle, and he is really friendly.”

Speaking of her first and second place finishes over fences, Sinclair explained, “My rounds were good yesterday. I am working a lot on my position right now, and so I just made sure I sat up and looked up, and it helped a lot. Ronald is really experienced. He is pretty forward, and he has a big stride. He is also really fun to jump. He has a lot of scope and he loves it, so he is just fun.”

This is Sinclair’s first year competing at WEF, and although she did not want do the competition at first, she has had a great time. She was also champion of the Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter division in week two with another pony, Webster, and won the championship in week five with Somekindawonderful.

“This is my first year at WEF. I did not want to come at first because I was a little overwhelmed and nervous, but then I finally said, ‘Okay, fine, I will go.’ It has been really fun,” Sinclair stated. “There are so many good riders and good ponies, and it feels really good to win here.”

Sinclair will compete at the Devon Horse Show, moving up to the Medium Pony Hunters, since Somekindawonderful is already qualified. Her plans then include competitions in Kentucky and Michigan throughout the summer followed by goals to qualify for indoors.

The 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival continues with its tenth week of competition, sponsored by Horseware Ireland, on March 16-20, 2016. The week features the $130,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3* on Saturday, March 19. For more information and full results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

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Andres Rodriguez Retains Narrow Hagyard Challenge Lead

Andres Rodriguez and Fifty Fifty 111.

Kelli Cruciotti Tops Hallway Feeds Standings

Lexington, KY – July 28, 2015 – This spring, Andres Rodriguez took over the lead in the 2015 Hagyard Challenge Series with combined second and fourth place finishes in May, but three riders sit tied for second and are hot on his heels in a close second. In the Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series, junior rider Kelli Cruciotti continues to top of the standings after earning two second place ribbons during the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows.

In the Hagyard Challenge Series, Bedoya picked up the most recent victory during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show on Quattro, and is tied for second with the winners from the Kentucky Spring Series, Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela and Argentina’s Ramiro Quintana. Rodriguez is in the lead by just 20 points. The Hagyard Challenge Series consists of seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2015 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, a cash prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the rider accumulating the most points throughout the series, as well as a $10,000 prize for the reserve champion.

The Series concludes with the $65,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic during the Kentucky National Horse Show. Following that exciting competition, the winner of the $50,000 Leading Rider will be announced and presented with the prize by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. New this year, Brook Ledge Horse Transport will be awarding a $1,000 shipping voucher to the Leading Rider and a $500 shipping voucher to the Reserve Champion Leading Rider.

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world. Founded in 1876, the institute offers a staff with qualifications unparalleled by any single non-university veterinary group in the equine industry, and Hagyard veterinarians have dedicated themselves to the health and wellbeing of the horse.

The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens MRI, Nuclear Scintigraphy, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour emergency services and Hyperbaric Medicine. The institute has practiced veterinary medicine since 1876 and is currently composed of over 50 experienced veterinarians, with 13 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Theriogenology. For more information about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please visit hagyard.com.

Kelli Cruciotti and Totem Pole
Kelli Cruciotti and Totem Pole

Several generous sponsors have helped make this exciting series event happen. These gracious supporters include: title sponsor MWI Veterinary Supply, and presenting sponsor Zoetis, as well as Audi of Lexington, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, Hagyard Pharmacy, Brook Ledge Horse Transportation, Hallway Feeds, Pike and Preston, and Stoll Keenon Ogden.

The Kentucky Summer Horse Show also hosted the second event in the Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series. After earning second place during both of the spring horse shows with Totem Pole, Kelli Cruicotti holds the lead. There are four junior riders at the top of the standings, with Lily French ranked second over Helen Voss in third and Emma Kurtz in fourth. Professional riders Molly Sewell, David Beisel, Steve Heinecke and Sarah Sturges are tied with Amateur-Owner rider Missy Luczak-Smith for fifth place.

The five-part series will feature a $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby throughout the spring and summer, and at the conclusion of the series the Leading Rider Awards for the Series will be presented. The $15,000 Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Awards will present a $10,000 cash prize to the professional rider accumulating the most points in the five classes that make up the Series. The amateur rider and junior rider accumulating the most points will each receive a $2,500 cash prize. Riders will receive points only on their highest placed horse in each of the classes. The awards will be presented at the conclusion of the Hallway Feeds class at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show on August 16, 2015. Returning for the second year, the winning professional rider will win a free flight for a horse in the continental U.S., thanks to Tex Sutton.

Hallway Feeds’ close proximity to the Kentucky Horse Park provides the opportunity to utilize the freshest feed, manufactured with time-honored commitments to high standards of quality and the latest scientific advances. Combining a premium nutrition package with a professional level of dedication in horsemen and women provides equine athletes with the Formula for Success.

For more information on Hallway Feeds, please visit www.hallwayfeeds.com.

The Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series would not be possible without many generous sponsors including Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Alfagreen Supreme, Sweet PDZ Horse Stall Refresher, Caddel Equine Therapy Center, Trouw Nutrition, EquiVision, Fenwick Equestrian Products , Tack Shop of Lexington, Tex Sutton, Turf Town Properties and PNC Bank.

To learn more about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Kentucky Horse Shows 2015 Horse Show Series Fast Facts

Events:
Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, USEF National Pony Finals, Bluegrass Festival Horse Show and KHJA Horse Show, and the 2015 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals and the Pre Green Incentive Championship.

What:
The Kentucky Horse Show LLC’s 2015 series includes five weeks of top competition throughout the summer. These premier hunter/jumper competitions host the Hagyard Challenge Series with seven grand prix competitions that culminate with a Leading Rider Award, as well as the Hallway Feeds National Derby Series.

Where:
Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™, home to the United States Equestrian Federation.

When:

NORTH AMERICAN JUNIOR & YOUNG RIDER CHAMPIONSHIPS – July 14-19, 2015

KENTUCKY SUMMER HORSE SHOW – July 22-26, 2015
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix
$50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

KENTUCKY SUMMER CLASSIC – July 28 – August 2, 2015
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix sponsored by GGT Footings
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

2015 USEF PONY FINALS – August 4-9, 2015

BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL HORSE SHOW – August 11-16, 2015
USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship
USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix sponsored by Audi of Lexington
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
WCHR Member Event

KHJA HORSE SHOW – August 19-23, 2015
$10,000 Hagyard Welcome Stake
$30,000 KHJA Grand Prix
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Sponsors:
A special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Summer Series: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hallway Feeds, Hollow Creek Farm, GGT Footing, Rood and Riddle, Audi of Lexington, Sleepy P Ranch, CWD, Farm Vet, Dietrich Insurance, Take2 Thoroughbred Program, and the Official Hotel The Clarion

Hours:
8am – 5pm daily

Parking:
Horse Show Exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main Horse Park entrance for $15.00. Dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash.

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located 8 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
Before Show – (859) 233-0492, Email: hakshows@earthlink.net
During Show – Telephone: (859) 281-7979, Fax: (859) 231-6097
Stabling – Pat Duncan (503) 510-8797
Stable office – Before Show: (503) 510-8797, During Show: (859) 255-0605
Prize List Advertising – Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com or call (859) 608-3709
Vendors – Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com or call (859) 608-3709
Shownet – www.shownet.biz

Website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry, and home furnishings are located adjacent to the Stonelea Ring.

Hotels:
CLARION HOTEL (http://www.clarionhotellex.com) (Formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859-233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles (OFFICIAL HOTEL)
Discover the place where elegant comfort in an ideal location meets excellent service and affordability. At the Clarion Hotel Lexington, you’ll find well-appointed accommodations with options of double/doubles, double queens, king rooms or suites, exceptional amenities such as our free hot breakfast buffet, and Southern hospitality at its finest. The best hotel for Keeneland – Located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region – home of the Kentucky Horse Park, the Lexington Convention Center, University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – our Lexington hotel is on Newtown Pike at Exit 115 on I-75, close to all the big attractions, and is the perfect place to stay whether you’re here to get down to business or have some fun. Best of all, bring your furry friends for any trip because the Clarion Hotel in Lexington is also pet-friendly.

CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS:
Reservations may not be made through the Horse Show office. To reserve a campsite at the Kentucky Horse Park for any of the horse shows, please call the Campground store at (800) 370-6416 or 859-259-4157 or email Ryan McGaughey at Ryan.mcgaughey@ky.gov. Be specific as to the show name and the dates you wish to stay. Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. and checkout is 12:00 noon. You must make arrangements with the Campground store if you plan to arrive earlier than 2:00 p.m. or stay later than 12:00 noon. Vehicles that are not removed from a campsite by check-out time will be towed.

Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

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The Excitement Begins at Live Oak International with Yellowframe FEI Driven Dressage

Chester Weber starts the 2015 Live Oak International competition off with a win in the FEI Four-in-Hand dressage phase, scoring 33.44. (Photos courtesy of www.PicsofYou.com)

Ocala, FL (March 20, 2015) — Beautiful horses and beautifully appointed drivers opened the first day of competition at the Live Oak International with the Yellowframe Farm FEI Driven Dressage classes for Single, Pair, and Four-in-Hand horses and ponies.

Appearing for the first time as a new father at his family’s annual driving and show jumping extravaganza, Ocala horseman and 11-time USEF National Champion Chester Weber had one of the best dressage phase scores of his career, 33.44, for an early lead in the FEI Four-in-Hand horse division. Sarasota, FL entry, Misdee Wrigley-Miller, earned reserve with a score of 46.13.

“It was a good test,” said Weber’s wife, My Weber, who explained today’s placement of his near-perfectly synchronized KWPN team. “Ultra was left leader, Splash was right leader, Dancer was right wheel, and left wheel was Boris.”

Promising a hotly-contested title in the FEI Pair Horse-USEF National Championships sponsored by Hillcroft Farm are Casey Zubek of Manhattan, IL and Steve Wilson of Louisville, KY. Zubek and Wilson’s one-point margin of difference between first (46.78) and second (47.72), respectively, put spectators on the edge of their seats while Canadian entry, Rae Fischer, kept the international pressure on the American whips with a strong 57.46 score for third.

No close margins were to be found in the FEI Single Horse division as Suzy Stafford of Wilmington, DE and her Morgan, PVF Peace of Mind, set a definitive lead of 47.49. The pair’s closest contender, Kent Brownridge of Roxbury, CT and his Hackney, Halstead’s Shale, scored 64.06, seating them reserve ahead of Canadian contenders Catherine Lavasseur (65.73) and Carole Precious (68.22), respectively.

Aiken, SC drivers Amy Cross and Jennifer Matheson claimed early dominance in the FEI Pair Pony USEF National Championships sponsored by Hillcroft Farm — until Katie Whaley of Paris, KY and her Welsh pair split the Southern duo’s claim on the top spots. Whaley’s 52.61 was enough to move ahead of Matheson’s 56.58, while Cross and her Welsh Cob held on to their win (42.82) as the first of Yellowframe’s combined driving phases concluded.

Tracey Morgan and Fuego 88 claim the FEI Single Pony win in dressage with a score of 43.84.
Tracey Morgan and Fuego 88 claim the FEI Single Pony win in dressage with a score of 43.84.

The FEI Single Pony win in dressage went to Tracey Morgan of Belleville, MD (43.84), whose German Riding Pony helped set an 11-point edge ahead of Baptistown, NJ entry Mary Mott-Kocsis. While composing but a single entry to the FEI Four-in-Hand Pony class, Heather Schneider and her grey Welsh stallion were big in personality as they won smiles from spectators for his exuberant ‘neigh’ to the judges before their final 58.40 winning score.

Drawing first-time competitors from across the United States to the ‘horse capital of America’ and the Live Oak International was the final class of opening day, the Intermediate Single Pony sponsored by Wayne Humphreys. The Oro Valley, AZ entry of Doris Leacy and her German Riding Pony cross, Katydid Baroness, set a winning standard with a 47.94 test — and other up and coming talent showed throughout the class. Reserve went to first-time Live Oak International competitor, Allyn Carman of Grass Valley, CA (48.64) and Hackney cross, Bud Lite. Third place also went to a debut driver, Deborah Lawrence of Shelbyville, KY and her aged crossbred, Lodestar.

The more than 30 horse-and-driver combinations that performed for opening day of the 23rd edition of Live Oak International in their elegant turnouts will be matched by continued classes on Friday for Yellowframe Farm Intermediate Driven Dressage. Friday will include the return of Intermediate Pair Horse titleholder and former pro football star, Max Montoya, and Ocala hometown favorites Ellen Epstein, Cathy Franks, and Boots Wright.

Friday also marks the start of the second exciting chapter of the Live Oak International program — show jumping — with the $5,000 Pasmore Stables 1.35m Power & Speed at 2:00 pm and $10,000 Waldron Wealth Management 1.40m Welcome Stake at 4:00 pm.

This year’s CSI2* – W/CAI2* Live Oak International is a World Cup qualifier and has attracted some of the world’s top show jumping riders vying for victory under the live oaks, including recent Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup CSIO5* Hickstead U.S. squadmate, Margie Engle; 2008 Beijing Olympics U.S. team rider Laura Kraut; and four-time USEF Equestrian of the Year and first woman to win Hickstead’s King George Gold Cup, Beezie Madden.

Outside the show ring, the Live Oak International is a true family affair, with plenty of children’s activities to delight throughout the weekend, including Kids’ Horseless Jumping Competitions on Saturday and Sunday, and perennial closing day favorite — the Sleepy P Ranch Leadline Class at 1:30 pm before the concluding $34,000 SCI2* Hollow Creek Farm Winning Round at 2:00 pm.

For complete results and scheduling, visit www.liveoakinternational.com.

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Ray Ainsworth Receives Rave Reviews at Illinois Clinic and Buck Creek St. Jude Trail Ride

Ray working a horse at the Blain’s Farm and Fleet Grand Opening.

Morton, IL – October 14, 2014 – When Cathy Roe took her elderly mother to watch Ray Ainsworth, she planned to only stay for one day of the multi-day clinic, but by the end of the day at the Blain’s Farm and Fleet Grand Opening, Roe knew she would be coming back for more.

“I’ve seen horse trainers before and whatever they want to call themselves – horse teachers, horse whisperers. Most of them don’t overly impress me,” Roe said. “I watch what they do. That’s fine and neat, but maybe it’s not something I would do or doesn’t apply to my situation or me. When I first watched Ray, he impressed me. When I first got there the first day I was hooked. I came back Friday and Saturday.”

Roe is not alone in being impressed by Ainsworth. Known as THE MAN HORSES TALK TO, Ainsworth teaches horses in a way that makes him one of the world’s most unique horsemen. He has started as many as 10,000 horses, and he now travels the country giving clinics and helping others to start their animals or address behavioral concerns.

It was at one of Ainsworth’s most recent clinic stops that Roe came to see him and ended up bringing with her a Quarter Horse/Paint named K.C.

“K.C. didn’t buck, kick or bite – nothing drastic – but if you wanted to go riding, you had to stick with someone else,” Roe explained. “You couldn’t ride off by yourself. If you did, he would freeze. As long as it could see the other horses, you could ride it, but the minute those horses were gone, it would go into a panic. He was very attached. It was my daughter’s horse basically, but she couldn’t ride it because it would freeze. I was sharing this with all with Ray, and he said to bring him over. So I brought him and another horse over to the grand opening at Blain’s Farm and Fleet.”

Roe continued, “I told him in all honesty that we were going to sell this horse because my daughter wouldn’t mess with it because the horse scared her. Now, my daughter is interested in the horse again because she can’t believe the difference.”

Out of the saddle, Roe’s daughter had a difficult time leading K.C. across grass, as he would always pull his head down to the grass and refuse to move. After working with Ainsworth, the problem is a thing of the past, and the ground work that Roe picked up from Ainsworth is something that she and her daughter plan to continue to utilize with their horses.

“It would always jerk its head down and eat the grass. It was always a major issue. You take a 1,000 pound animal and a 100 pound little girl. It turns its head, and it’s going to pull her,” Roe said. “[After working with Ray] the horse never tried once to eat grass. It paid attention to her. I was really amazed. Some people said the horses there had been worked with before. I said, ‘You can tell the story however you want, but this was my horse. I know for a fact Ray never saw that horse before a day in his life.’

“I went out and bought eight of the videos, and I did all the things that he told me to do with this horse and my daughter also has been working with the horse,” Roe continued. “Ray really impressed me, and I have nothing bad to say about that man, absolutely nothing.”

Ray worked horses for charity at the 16th Annual Buck Creek St. Jude Trail Ride
Ray worked horses for charity at the 16th Annual Buck Creek St. Jude Trail Ride

Following his time in Illinois, Ainsworth headed to Alamo, Tennessee for the 16th Annual Buck Creek St. Jude Trail Ride. The trail ride raises funds each year for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and this year, for a minimum $25 donation to the hospital, riders could have Ainsworth work with their horse(s).

It was at the trail ride that Ainsworth met Tina Evan’s mount, Dakota.

“Last year, Dakota got tied up to a hitching post, and I was bringing my saddle out and dropped it out my arms. That spooked him, and unfortunately, the hitching post was not secure,” Evans said, sharing the story behind the 10-year-old horses concerns. “He took off down the road with a piece of hitching post attached to the rope. He beat the heck out of his legs. So he’s always been very head shy when it comes to being tied up and having anything like the saddle brought out.”

After their time with Ainsworth, Evans immediately saw a difference in Dakota’s behavior and plans to continue to practice what she learned from Ainsworth.

“When I saddled up to ride him on Saturday after Ray had worked with him, I brought that saddle right around the side of the trailer which normally he would have spooked, but he just looked at me as if to say, ‘Oh, okay, no problem,'” Evans said.

“Ray’s a very personable man. I like his gentle approach. He’s very informative and explained every step of what he was doing, which I think is great. When you’re training people you need to explain why you’re doing it, not just do it,” Evans concluded.

To come see Ainsworth first hand, find out where he will be visiting throughout the year here. Ainsworth’s next clinic will be held at Blain’s Farm and Fleet Grand Opening in Dubuque, Iowa Oct. 23-25.

To learn more about Ainsworth, visit www.rayainsworth.com.

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Horse & Country TV to Air Farming Sunday Offering Insight into Today’s Modern British Farms

3 May 2013 – On Sunday 5 May at 5.00pm and 9.00pm Horse & Country TV (Sky Channel 280) will broadcast the magazine show, Farming Sunday, which looks at the technologies and techniques adopted by British farmers that are currently employed on the land to produce our food.

Since the eruption of the horsemeat scandal, the provenance of our food and how it’s produced has never been more topical; however, there is little information about how farmers really operate and what modern farms actually do.

Farming Sunday covers the main agricultural sectors, from wheat production through to dairy and livestock farming. The programme gives a true insight into what is currently happening in farming, which is enabling British farmers to be some of the most productive and welfare-sensitive in the world.

Head of Programming for Horse & Country TV, Jonathan Rippon, said, “This new series of Farming Sunday offers today’s farmer a wealth of knowledge concerning a vast array of topics.”

Rippon continues, “From veterinary advice from industry experts, to independent reviews of machinery, to economics and sustainability, Farming Sunday is a must-watch for those involved in every aspect of British farming.”

Farming Sunday will air on the Channel on Sunday 5 May at 5.00pm and 9.00pm, and a new episode will play out in those slots each week.

Horse & Country TV offers a rich, mixed schedule of programming for fans of equestrian sports and country living.  The channel covers all equestrian disciplines including showjumping, dressage and evening, and other topics such as natural horsemanship, lifestyle, travel, food and documentaries.

About Horse & Country TV

Horse & Country TV lives on-air on cable and satellite and online at www.horseandcountry.tv and www.horseandcountrytv.nl. The Channel broadcasts exclusive sports event coverage, news, documentary and personality-led programming to the passionate audience for horse sports and country living. At the UK’s Broadcast Digital Awards H&C won “Best Specialist Channel” in 2011 and was shortlisted in two categories this year. Online H&C publishes blogs and commentary provided by a range of experts and personalities, an extensive range of equestrian video, a calendar of events, as well as programme support material for all of the Channel’s featured shows. H&C’s role as a community hub for the horse and countryside loving community is reflected in the Channel’s 500,000+ viewers each month, 80,000+ Facebook fans and 10,000+ followers on Twitter.

For further media information, please contact:
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Revolution Sports + Entertainment
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Crowd Funding Site Opening for Women in Horse Industry

The Women’s Horse Industry Network, a worldwide business network for women, has announced a crowd funding site for women working in the horse industry.

Like many of the crowd funding sites, individuals and corporations can make contributions to the women listed on the site. Each woman seeking funding will offer rewards based upon the amount of the contribution. The rewards will range from identification on their websites, social media exposure, hats, t-shirts and equity in the business.

This is the brainchild of Catherine Masters, the President of the Women’s Horse Industry Network. “There are nonprofit rescues, startup companies, manufacturers, racehorse owners, breeders, entrepreneurs, riding schools, equine health professionals, dressage riders, rodeo riders, etc. who are seeking capital. Instead of getting lost in the shuffle of the other massive crowd funding sites, I thought it made a lot of sense to isolate these fund raising efforts so that more people would know about them and be able to contribute. I have no idea how the public will respond to it but it’s something I thought deserved a try,” she states.

She is also hoping that the women who are participating this year at the Triple Crown races will get some media attention and help shine the light on the fact that there are a lot of women working in the horse industry.

Women who are involved in the horse industry seeking funding are invited to visit our website at www.womenshorseindustry.com or call WHIN at 615-730-7833 to sign up.

Sometimes, because there is so much out there on the internet, finding what you need is challenging. By “narrowcasting” she is hoping she can do for the horse industry what cable did for the television industry.

To find out more about the Women’s Horse Industry Network, please visit www.womenshorseindustry.com or call 615-730-7833.

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WHIN, Inc.
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March 2 Spy Coast Farm Young Horse Show Cancelled

Wellington, FL – February 25, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions announces that the Spy Coast Farm Young Horse Show originally planned for Saturday, March 2, has been cancelled. The shows are run in cooperation with the North American Studbook.

The second show of the season, planned for Tuesday, March 5, is still planned as scheduled.

The deadline for entries for the March 5 Spy Coast Farm Young Horse Show has been extended to Wednesday, February 27.

The prize list for the Spy Coast Farm Young Horse Show can be found at www.younghorseshow.com.

Classes include Four and Five-Year-Olds competing in Under Saddle, Jumping and Dressage. Classes will also be held for all age divisions (yearling to five-year-old) in the In-Hand/At Liberty and Jump Chute.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

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Talented Mother-Daughter Pair Prepares Pas de Deux for Challenge of the Americas

Wellington, FL – February 25, 2013 – The Challenge of the Americas unfailingly draws top riders from around the world, and this year’s duo from Canada is no exception. The accomplished mother-daughter pair of Evi Strasser, an Olympian dressage rider and a longtime Canadian National Team member, and Tanya Strasser-Shostak, an up-and-coming Young Rider, will perform a pas de deux at the March 9 event.

Both mother and daughter support the Challenge of the Americas in its effort to raise funds for breast cancer research. “It’s for a very good cause, for breast cancer fundraising,” Strasser said. “I want to support that and be part of it.”

“It’s such a good cause and it’s something that’s affected everybody, or someone that we’ve known,” Strasser-Shostak added.

The pair is choreographing a test that will showcase the best qualities of the two horses they choose for the event. Strasser plans to ride her Grand Prix horse, Action Tyme, while 17-year-old Strasser-Shostak has yet to decide between Dancing Tyme and the Karen Soupcoff-owned Ruby Tyme. Strasser-Shostak, who will take on the challenging task of fitting music to the test, is enjoying her involvement in all aspects of the planning and preparation.

“I’m looking forward to riding whatever horse I’m going to be riding,” she said. “I’m excited to be working on the choreography with my mom, and I’m looking forward to hopefully making the music properly, because it’s something that really interests me. I just think the whole experience is really good.”

Tanya Strasser-Shostak and Dancing Tyme at the 2013 Wellington Classic Dressage Spring Challenge
Tanya Strasser-Shostak and Dancing Tyme at the 2013 Wellington Classic Dressage Spring Challenge

With their extensive competitive experience, the mother-daughter duo fit right in among the renowned international riders who gather at Challenge of the Americas to support breast cancer research and put on a show for spectators. Evi Strasser has been among Canada’s top dressage competitors for the past two decades. Born in Germany, she moved to Canada in 1988 and founded Good Tyme Stables in 1994. She represented Canada at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, riding Lavinia.

In 2003, Strasser helped secure a team Silver Medal for Canada at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, where she also finished eighth individually with Quantum Tyme. She and Quantum Tyme earned the highest result for a Canadian pair at the 2006 World Equestrian Games and also competed at the 2005 and 2007 World Cup Finals. Strasser has often been selected as the alternate for Canada’s teams at such major events as the Olympics and World Equestrian Games. She continues to compete at the highest levels of the sport and collected many top results on the international circuit in 2011 and 2012.

Strasser’s influence on the dressage world extends beyond her own impressive competitive results. She specializes in training young horses up to the Grand Prix level, and several of the horses she’s worked with have gone on to make their marks on the international dressage scene. Hiscox Artemis was the most recent of a number of graduates of Strasser’s program to compete at the Olympic Games. Strasser trained Hiscox Artemis through to the World Cup before selling him, and, with rider Richard Davison, he was chosen as the British team’s individual entry for the 2012 Olympics in London. He also finished fourth in the 2012 World Cup Final.

Strasser-Shostak has already compiled an impressive record and appears poised for another successful show season in 2013. She was the youngest competitor in the Young Rider division at the 2012 FEI North American Young Rider Dressage Championships (NAYRC), where she collected a team Bronze Medal and finished eighth individually on Dancing Tyme. She also rode Dancing Tyme to several top-three finishes in the Young Rider divisions. With Ruby Tyme, she earned top placings in the Junior divisions, including several wins at CDI competitions in West Palm Beach.

Strasser and Strasser-Shostak are in South Florida for the winter competitive season, training and campaigning several of their horses. Strasser-Shostak hopes to return to NAYRC and will try to qualify for the Young Rider World Cup in Europe, while Strasser is taking her time preparing new Grand Prix mount Action Tyme for the international scene.

Strasser-Shostak is looking forward to making her Challenge of the Americas debut after watching her mother perform previously. “I think it’s pretty neat that we can do this one together,” she said. “I used to watch it when I was younger, and my mom participated a couple of years ago in it. It’s something I grew up watching and now I get to be a part of it, and it’s great.”

“Most of the time, you see older people do it and it’s good, I think, that there’s someone a bit younger also in it,” she continued, noting that breast cancer research is an important cause for her generation to support as well.

Strasser, who has ridden at The Challenge of the Americas in previous years, enjoys the event’s electric atmosphere and devotion to the cause. “It’s always amazing,” she said. “It’s always a great turnout. They always do a fantastic job organizing it and really emphasize the reason for why it’s done. Lots and lots of people are supporting it.”

“It’s always a lot of fun to do this with your daughter, and it is always a lot of excitement,” Strasser added. “We really enjoy working together and figuring out what we’re going to do with this and how we’re going to present it. (Show organizers) thought it was a good routine because it’s mother and daughter, and we’re doing this for breast cancer.”

“I think it’s just a fantastic job by all,” Strasser concluded. “I really enjoy doing it.”

For more information about the Strassers, visit their website at www.goodtymestables.com.

To learn more about The Challenge of The Americas, go to challengeoftheamericas.com.

To buy tickets, contact Mary Ross at (561) 433-0988 or Anglot@aol.com.

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The Challenge of The Americas Fast Facts

What:

The Challenge of The Americas (COTA) presented by SSG Gloves, known throughout the equestrian world for its spectacular performances on horseback, returns for its 11th anniversary to continue its fight against breast cancer. This annual fundraiser is a one-of-a-kind affair that highlights the equestrian sport of dressage. Competing riders include the “Who’s Who” of top equestrian competitors in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe.

There are few, if any, places throughout the world where an audience can delight in the performances of such a large and distinguished group of riders and their magnificent equine partners. The Challenge of The Americas’ teams of international riders compete in quadrilles to world-class music and choreography in an effort to raise money to help find a cure for breast cancer. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K.

When:

Saturday, March 9, 2013
5:30 p.m.        Cocktails and hors d’Oeuvres
6:15 p.m.        Opening Ceremonies
6:25 p.m.        Reining Freestyles and Pas de Deux
6:45 p.m.        Quadrille Team Challenge
7:30 p.m.        Award Presentation
7:45 p.m.        The Challenge Gala: Dinner and Dancing

Where:

Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
West Palm Beach, Florida
www.pbcgov.com/parks/equestrian/jimbrandon/#.UP1pfqHjmFc

Sponsors:
Back on Track Products
Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock, Inc.
International Polo Club Palm Beach
MatchnRide.com
Merrill Lynch, The Seley Parker Group
Purina Mills
Red Barn Feed & Supply
Samshield
SSG Gloves
Steed Training
Tackeria
United States Dressage Federation
Wellington Classic Dressage

Ticket Information:

Mary Ross
8067 Montserrat Place
Wellington, FL 33414
(561) 433-0988
(561) 251-7945
Anglot@aol.com

Ticket prices:

VIP Tables of 8:
Gold Patron               $6,500 per table
Silver Patron              $4,500 per table
Bronze Patron            $2,000 per table

VIP Individual Seating:
Competition and Gala (includes dinner and dancing)       $250 per person
Competition (includes hors d’oeuvres and cash bar)        $100 per person

General Admission seating $20 per person at the gate
Children 12 and under admitted free (General Admission)

News and Information:
Phelps Media Group
Sue Weakley
skw@phelpsmediagroup.com
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Wellington, FL 33414
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Website:
www.challengeoftheamericas.com

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ChallengeOfTheAmericas

The Challenge of The Americas Beneficiaries:

Play for P.I.N.K.

Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate diagnosis, New technology, Knowledge) is a grassroots organization dedicated to raising funds to fight breast cancer, by creating and promoting awareness of breast cancer through sporting and lifestyle events including men’s and women’s golf tournaments, tennis, swimming, card games, equestrian events, and shopping benefits.  Our commitment is to contribute 100% of all funds raised to our beneficiary, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In 2012, PFP donated $4 million to BCRF for a cumulative total of $29.75 million. For more information about PFP, visit playforpink.org.

Website: playforpink.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/playforpink

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Website: www.bcrfcure.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheBreastCancerResearchFoundation

Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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Florida EHV-1 Update: Quarantine Still in Effect, No New Cases Reported

OCALA, FL (February 25, 2013) – HITS, Inc. is very happy to report that no new cases of EHV-1 have been detected at HITS Ocala. The infected horse that was competing at the show last week continues to do very well at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville. The horse was diagnosed with the wild-type strain of the EHV-1 virus (read below for EHV-1 strains defined)*.

One tent at HITS Ocala remains under quarantine, and all horses stabled in that tent remain in excellent health with no symptoms whatsoever. Exhibitors are urged to continue to be diligent in abiding by bio-security measures, including a consistent daily temperature – check schedule. There are no restrictions on horses coming or going from the show grounds or over Florida state borders.

HITS looks forward to continued good sport in Ocala. The 30-horse grand prix yesterday resulted in the second win in a row for 20-year-old Jared Peterson, and the question at hand is, can his streak continue? HITS Ocala has entered the final three weeks of the circuit with classes and scheduled events running as planned, including the $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group, March 17.

*Are there different strains of EHV-1?
There are two strains of EHV-1 ubiquitous in the environment. The wild type non-neuropathogenic strain of the virus most commonly causes respiratory disease, abortion and neonatal foal death, but may occasionally result in neurological disease. Licensed vaccines effective against this strain of the virus are available. The mutant neuropathogenic strain of EHV-1 (NEHV-1) most commonly causes the neurologic disease syndrome, Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM). Currently manufactured licensed vaccines have no label claims to protect against the mutant neuropathogenic strain.

Source: California Department of Food & Agriculture

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