Charles Owen, Inc. Announces 100th Anniversary Sponsorships at FTI WEF

Charles Owen Inc. Managing Director Roy Burek presents a Charles Owen helmet to 1.35m Jumper winner Laura Chapot. Photo copyright Sportfot

January 22, 2011 – WELLINGTON, FL — Charles Owen, Inc. announced this week the company will kick off its 100th Anniversary extravaganza at the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida, WEF annually attracts world-class competition, showcasing the best in show jumping and show hunters.

During the 12 weeks of competition, eight new promotional posters featuring top Charles Owen sponsored riders will be featured throughout the WEF show grounds. In addition to sponsoring the International Riders’ Lounge, conveniently located outside the International Ring adjacent to the warm up area, Charles Owen is sponsoring the $2,500 1.35m Charles Owen Jumper Series, held throughout the winter circuit. On February 5, 2011 the company will serve as presenting sponsor of the International Club Cocktail Party, held prior to the Battle of the Sexes, where top jumper riders compete against each other in match race and 6 bar contests.

Tack shops at the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival that are regular stockists of Charles Owen products will be participating in the much-anticipated Bring A Friend promotion. Customers who purchase a Charles Owen riding helmet can take a friend back to that store and, when that friend purchases a Charles Owen riding helmet of their own, both will receive a free Charles Owen hat bag.

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It’s not too late! You have one day to save 400 mustangs in the Great Divide Basin HMA in Wyoming’s Red Desert. Please act now…

Dear Friends & Supporters,
The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is asking for public comments on its proposal to remove 600 wild horses from the Great Basin Divide Herd Management Area (HMA) in Wyoming’s Red Desert region. The BLM says that this 1,215 square area can only sustain 415 to 600 horses. BLM claims 1,000 mustangs live in the area. Meanwhile, the BLM authorizes thousands of cattle to graze this same area. According to BLM statistics, Wyoming has the second highest wild horse population in the nation, yet the latest available BLM population figures (FY 2009) estimate just 5,000 horses. The state has reduced the areas where wild horses are allowed to roam by nearly half in the last four decades and aims reduce the overall population further to just 3,700 horses. Less than three months ago, BLM captured and removed over 2,000 wild horses from another area of Wyoming’s pristine Red Desert region in the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Areas.

Urge the BLM to implement a fertility control program instead of a capture and removal operation, and undertake a process to increase Appropriate Management Levels (AMLs) for wild horses and decrease livestock grazing in this federally-designated wild horse area.  Please personalize the message below.

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Everglades Dressage Hosts Successful Lameness Seminar with French Olympic Team Veterinarian Philippe Benoit, DVM

Dr Benoit and the gathered veterinarians and vet students manually diagnose lameness issues before using advanced imaging technology to back up the diagnosis. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

Wellington, FL (January 21, 2011) – Accomplished dressage rider and trainer Bethany Peslar, who operates a training and competition facility at her Everglades Dressage Farm in Wellington, recently hosted a lameness seminar for veterinarians. The seminar, which focused on diagnosing lameness, featured Philippe Benoit, DVM, the veterinarian for the French Olympic team at the 2004 Games, and was attended by veterinarians and veterinarian students from around the country.

“This seminar was a great success and I was really pleased to host it at Everglades Dressage,” Peslar said. “We have hosted these seminars before and really enjoy the fact that we are able to contribute to the industry and give back to the veterinarians who work so hard to keep our horses healthy and sound.”

Dr. Benoit, one of the top international horse show veterinarians in the world, taught an in-depth approach to diagnosing lameness during the seminar. “His approach is much more biomechanical than we traditionally learn in the United States,” said Diane Isbell, DVM, who has her own practice in California. “I have attended these seminars before at Everglades, which is a fantastic facility, and it has totally changed my practice and enabled me to help horses and owners in ways I never had before.”

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Jumping Radio Show Episode 46 by Back on Track – Katie Monahan-Prudent, U.S. Show Jumping Coach

Katie Monahan-Prudent shares her thoughts on a number of critical issues facing the sport of show jumping and hunter-jumpers in the U.S., and tells us about her responsibilities as coach to the U.S. show jumping and U.S. three day eventing team riders. Plus a review of the first week of competition of the Winter Equestrian festival from Mason Phelps. Take a listen right here.

Jumping Radio Episode 46 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Show Host: Chris Stafford
  • Guest: Katie Prudent, International Grand Prix Rider and Coach of the U.S. Show Jumping Team and show jumping coach of the Three Day Event Team.
  • Guest: Mason Phelps of Phelps Media PR with an update from the Winter Equestrian Festival


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Eventing Radio Episode 115 by Bit of Britain – Clayton & Lucinda Fredericks

Lucinda & Clayton Fredericks discuss The Importance of Good Breeding and Foal Syndication and also their full event schedule for this pre-Olympic year. Take a listen right here…

Eventing Radio Episode 115 by Bit of Britain – Show Notes and Links:

  • Show Host: Chris Stafford
  • Guests: Clayton & Lucinda Fredericks: Australian Olympic team duo; Rolex, Badminton, and Burghley winners; and event
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Dressage Radio Episode 87 by Back on Track – Edward Gal & Hans Peter Minderhoud

Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud, half of the Dutch team, join Brett Parbery and Chris this week to review the season so far and discuss the year ahead for World Cup and European Championships. And Brett has some great advice too in our weekly tip. Take a listen right here…

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Stable Scoop Episode 127 by Omega Alpha – Cowgirls for a Cause and Faithful Friends

We are joined this week by Host of the Animal Planet Show Faithful Friends and her partner Tricia Meteer of Equinox Photo to talk about their amazing new venture called Cowgirls for a Cause. What fun we had talking horses, photos, hit TV shows, stunt riding and sooo much more. Listen in…

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Catherine Pasmore and My Boy Best All-Star Field in $31,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 2

Catherine Pasmore and My Boy won the $31,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 at the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo © Sportfot

Wellington, FL – January 20, 2011 – The second week of the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), sponsored by Equine Couture/Tuff Rider, continued on Thursday afternoon with the $31,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 2. The second of 11 weekly WEF Challenge Cup grand prix, this afternoon’s class saw a victory for 18-year-old Catherine Pasmore (USA) and My Boy, owned by Pasmore Stables. The class was held in the International Arena of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), which will host 12 consecutive weeks of competition for the 2011 FTI WEF running through April 3, 2011.

Showing over a course set by Luc Musette of Belgium, just eight of the original 45 Challenge Cup entries were able to jump clear in the first round of competition to advance to the jump-off. Catherine Pasmore, of Charlottesville, VA, was first to qualify for the jump-off in round one and also first to return for the shortened course with her 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding My Boy. The pair set the standard with a super fast, clean round in 35.02 seconds which would hold up for the win through seven more trips.

Eric Lamaze (CAN) earned second and third place honors for the day, riding Artisan Farms’ Sidoline Van De Cantaur to second place with a jump-off time of 35.66 seconds and Derly Chin De Muze, owned by Ashland Stables, to third place in 36.03 seconds.

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FEI Course Attracts Record Number of Participants

Lausanne (SUI), 21 January 2011 – The new FEI Education System for Jumping Officials will be the key feature of an official FEI Refresher Course for Jumping Judges which will be held on 29 January 2011 in Zurich, venue of the ninth leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup. A record number of participants – 160 FEI Officials from 45 countries on five continents – have confirmed their attendance. The Course, directed by FEI Jumping Committee Chairman Sven Holmberg and International Show Jumping Officials Club (ISJC) President Stephan Ellenbruch, will also include updates on FEI legal and veterinary matters. A Seminar for Jumping Stewards and Course Designers will also be held in Zurich.

The general assembly of the ISJC will take place on the same day at the invitation of the Swiss Equestrian Federation and the organising committee of Mercedes-CSI Zurich.

The complete programme of the day is available on this link.


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Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2010/2011 – Preview Round 7

REEM ACRA SERIES RE-COMMENCES IN AMSTERDAM TOMORROW – Cornelissen favourite after victory in today’s Grand Prix

Amsterdam (NED), 21 January 2011 – The Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen looks set to take the seventh leg of the 2010/2011 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage season by storm when the series re-commences on her home turf in Amsterdam tomorrow after partnering the fabulous 14 year old gelding Jerich Parzival to a clear-cut victory in today’s Grand Prix at the Dutch fixture.  Cornellisen had an advantage of more than four percentage points over runner-up Patrick Kittel riding Watermill Scandic for Sweden, and all five judges – Holland’s Mrs. E. Mouw and Mr. W. Ernes, Mr. J. M. Roudier from France, Belgium’s Mr. J. van Daele and Great Britain’s Mr. S. Clarke – put her in No. 1 spot.

With only three further qualifying legs remaining before the final which kicks off in Leipzig, Germany at the end of April the pressure is mounting with every round, and Amsterdam attracted a strong line-up of 20 top dressage contenders.  The top-15 from today’s Grand Prix have qualified for tomorrow’s Freestyle and amongst the seven flying the host nation flag will be Hans Peter Minderhoud who secured maximum points at the sixth leg in Mechelen, Belgium in December.  This morning, however, he had to settle for eighth place with IPS Tango, while it was team-mate Sander Marijnissen who produced the second-best Dutch result when slotting in just ahead of him in seventh, riding Moedwil.

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