WEG Competitor Tina Konyot to Teach Dressage Clinic at Waterbury Dressage Center

Dressage rider Tina Konyot will teach a clinic at Waterbury Dressage Center near New York City, December 10-12. (Photo Courtesy of phelpsphoto.com)

Warwick, NY (November 15, 2010) – Dressage rider Tina Konyot, who represented the United States at the 2010 World Equestrian Games on her magnificent stallion Calecto V, will be giving a dressage clinic at Waterbury Dressage Center, a world-class dressage facility near New York City. The Tina Konyot Clinic will be held December 10-12 and room is available for auditors.

“Tina is fabulous and I ride with her every time I get the chance. She has probably trained more Grand Prix horses from start to finish than any other woman in the country,” said Kathryn Theallet, FEI rider, owner and trainer at Waterbury. “Tina is a coach’s coach and she can really teach you how to get the most out of your horse.”

The clinic will feature riders from novice to the advance level, including FEI level dressage riders and trainers Theallet and Katja Eilers who will be participating in the clinic at the Grand Prix level. “Our students will also be participating in the clinic at the FEI level,” Theallet said, adding that an additional strong point of Konyot’s is working with problem horses.

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Nine Quick Tips to Help You Sit the Trot, by Jane Savoie

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “Can you help me sit the trot better?” The following tips will help you with this all-too-common challenge:

  1. First and foremost, your horse needs to be on the bit. If his back is hollow, stiff, or tight, you’ll find it impossible to sit comfortably — and, in turn, you’ll make your horse uncomfortable too!
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Shelly Temple and Pony Pair Finish 2010 Season with a Win at Katydid CDE

Shelly Temple and groom Dottie Paul competed in the driven dressage on day 1, Katydid CDE. Photo credit: Pics of You.

The cold temperatures in Windsor, South Caroline did not dampen the enthusiasm of Shelly Temple, Cooper and Harry at the Katydid CDE.  Held at Katrina Becker’s Katydid Farm, the Katydid CDE featured four days of combined driving at the training, preliminary, and intermediate levels.  Shelly and her new combination of ponies, reigning National Champion pony Cooper, and former National Champion Harry, finished out their season with win.  Harry is owned by Jack Wetzel of Aiken, South Carolina.

“The ponies continue to come together as a team,” remarked Shelly after winning dressage with a 40.22.  “The boys will have a little time off then will be back to work to build on the foundation we established this fall.”  Saturday saw the team, including Shelly’s husband/navigator, Fran Doto, take 4th place in marathon yet preserve their overall 1st place standing.  Sunday’s cones competition featured another cool but sunny day, and a double clear round for Team Catalyst resulting in a first place in preliminary pair ponies in their second competition.

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Dr. Cesar Parra Fine Tunes His Riding and His Horses in Germany with Hubertus Schmidt

International Dressage Rider Cesar Parra is currently in Europe training with Hubertus Schmidt.

Wellington, FL (November 12, 2010) – International dressage rider Dr. Cesar Parra, well known for his positive outlook on life and his winning ways in the dressage ring, is currently in Europe training with Hubertus Schmidt. Parra, a superstar dressage rider from Colombia who became an American citizen in December 2008 and now proudly rides for the United States, wowed dressage crowds from Wellington to Devon with his success during 2010.

“I feel very blessed to be training with Hubertus Schmidt,” Parra said. “He has such a fantastic way with the horses and we have a really good relationship working together. We are staying at his barn for a couple of months and hope to fine tune the horses, as well as myself, for the Florida competition season.”

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Atlanta Fall Classic – One

November 14, 2010 – Today we finished the first of two weeks in Conyers, Ga.  We had a great week of showing.   The highlights of the shows started with the Welcome Class that was won by David Jennings riding Tornado, owned by Two Shannons Farm.  There were 33 in the class.

This show was the host of the Zone 4 Finals and the following were the Champions.  Congrats to all.

Green Working – Fonteyn HF, Elizabeth Devor

Am Owner 18-35 – Cosmopolitian, Sarah Digiorgio

Am Owner 36-Ovr – Marquis, Lee Cesery

Am Owner 3’3″ – Overboard, Holly Sims

Small Jr – La Canto, James Fisher

Large Jr – Alexa Boggio

Small Pony – James Blonde, Carly Reinsel

Medium  Pony – Highlands Make Believe, Bergen Sanderford

Large Pony – Roosevelt, Amanda Schaefer

Ad Am 18-35 – Icebreaker, Stephanie Zimmerman

Ad Am 36-49 – Benedetto, Blair Jordan

Children’s Hunter 14 U – Believe, Emily Weeks

Children’s Hunter 15-17 – Overeasy, McClain Newton

Children’s Hunter Pony – Bonfire, Anna Smith

Pre Green 3′ – Fine Print, Fit to Print Farm

Pre Green 3’3″ – Ferragamos Featu, Jenna Weiner

Short Stirrup – Tristans Marquis, Rebecca Hadfield

Pre Adult – Oxford, Polly Johnson

Pre Children’s – Buckely, Catherine Stumberg

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Alissa Kinsey Wins Barry Lane Memorial; David Jennings Triumphs in EMO $25k Grand Prix

David Jennings & Marcus Aurelius ©Flashpoint Photography

Conyers, GA — November 14, 2010 — Classic Company’s Season Finale event, the Atlanta Fall Classics, is a virtual cornucopia of equestrian competition with everything from Zone Championships to a $25,000 Adult-Child Jumper Classic to a show jumping Grand Prix just in the first week. “We always like to end our year big!” Classic Company President Bob Bell quipped.

Friday’s kick off of head to head competition began with the USHJA National Hunter Classic. This event is considered a stepping stone to the regular Hunter Derbies for many and designer Joe Carnicone gave riders a taste of that experience with a layout offering four higher option fences to garnish bonus points. Top scores were invited to return for a handy round in which an overall point total would determine the victor. Round one found Camden, SC favorite Elizabeth Boyd riding the Lee Cesery owned Marquis to an early lead, but the young talents of Marlena Parker and Edie Ringger were right on her coat tails. And when the scores were tallied it was Edie Ringger of Midland, GA with her mount Norway de la Fosse taking the number one position.

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To Deworm or Not to Deworm

Parasites, both internal and external, have been around as long as man and beast.  But are they all bad?

There is current evidence that some parasitic load is beneficial for developing the immune system, decreasing the incidence of allergies, and balancing the gut flora.  However, too many parasites can lead to colic, anemia (lack of blood), weight loss, and damage to various organs.  Age, overall health, risk to exposure, and geographical location all need to be considered when developing a deworming schedule.

Requesting your veterinarian to run fecals and fecal egg counts can help determine the frequency of deworming for your specific horse or herd.  Realize that all dewormers have a very low risk of potential side effects, including diarrhea which can be offset by administering pre & probiotics.

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Farnam All-Around Amateur Is Crowned at World Show

Adelaide Moncrief of Fort Worth, Texas, takes the top honor and more than $15,000 in prizes.

The American Quarter Horse Journal, Oklahoma City – The American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show offers exciting competition for American Quarter Horse Association members November 6-20 at State Fair Park.

The Farnam All-Around Amateur award is the top honor at the Bank of America Amateur World Championship Show. It is awarded to the exhibitor who earns the most points in three or more events in two categories during the show. The winner receives $15,000 plus $1,000 in Farnam product, an original Lisa Perry bronze and a WeatherBeeta blanket.

This year’s Farnam All-Around Amateur Award was presented November 12 to Adelaide Moncrief of Forth Worth, Texas, who showed her 1996 bay gelding, Steady Spirit, in four events.

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Classic Co. Atlanta – Jacksonville – Gulfport

Just some Updates…

The Atlanta Fall Classic is well underway and we are having great weather and a great competition.  We have some stalls available for next week… we will be having two $25k Open Grand Prix Classes plus Double Classic Money for Hunters and Jumpers plus the National Classic Equitation Finals.  If you want stalls, please call us a 770 602 2510.

If you need to check to see if you qualified for the National Classic Equitation Finals you can check this link: http://www.classiccompany.com/zdocs/2010-NCE.pdf.

The Jacksonville prize list will be mailed very soon and is available online at: http://www.classiccompany.com/showdocs.php#jax.

The Gulfport prize list is at the printer and should be mailed over the Thanksgiving week and the prize list should be posted very soon.  I am hoping for this weekend.

See you at the rings,
Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
Phone/FAX:  (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311  Johns Island  SC 29457

Stable Scoop Episode 117 by Omega Alpha – The Amazing Ivory Pal and the CHA

Meet Ivory Pal, the bit-less barefoot Tennessee Walker, and find out why he has become a sensation. Plus, we hear from Christy Landwehr all about the Certified Horsemanship Association and Kathleen tells us she is only eight days away from finishing her cross country ride. You won’t believe where she wants to finish the ride.

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