KL Select, Proud Sponsor of Dressage Rider Tina Konyot, Partners with United Sportproducts Germany

KL Select has partnered with United Sportsproducts Germany, and will offer the American rider USG’s complete line of high quality riding apparel, breeches, and sportswear. (Photos courtesy of USG)

Waterford, CT (October 20, 2010) – KL Select, makers of fine quality equestrian products, is pleased to announce they have partnered with USG (United Sportproducts Germany) as the exclusive USA distributor of USG’s equestrian riding apparel. KL Select will offer the American rider USG’s complete range of high quality riding apparel, breeches and sportswear.

“USG is one of Germany’s fastest growing manufacturers in the equestrian industry and we think this is an exciting partnership,” said Dorrie Carters, Managing Partner of KL Select LLC, adding that the company is used to forming partnerships with the best. “KL Select is a proud sponsor of Grand Prix Dressage Rider Tina Konyot, so we are accustomed to surrounding ourselves with the very best.”

KL Select will offer USG’s sportswear line, including outdoor jackets, vests and shirts. “KL Select has always offered the best in riding apparel, breeches and sportswear so being the exclusive U.S. distributor of USG wear is very exciting,” Carters said.

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In Memoriam: Luiz Vaz de Almada (POR)

Luiz Vaz de Almada, President of the Portuguese Equestrian Federation since 2004, passed away on 16 October of a heart attack. For the last 50 years, Mr Vaz de Almada was one of equestrian sport’s leading personalities in Portugal. He was involved in the sport as a rider, FEI judge and horse designer, organiser of CSIO 4* Lisbon, breeder, President of the Sociedade Hipica Portuguesa for 20 years and President of the Portuguese Equestrian Federation, a position to which he was elected until 2012.

“Mr Luiz Vaz de Almada will be remembered for his passion and great devotion to equestrian sport both at home and internationally,” FEI President HRH Princess Haya said. “He was instrumental in the organisation of such major events as the European Endurance Open Championships, Portugal as Country Theme at CSIO Aachen, and the FEI General Assembly in Estoril on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the National Federation in 2007. Our sincerest condolences go to Mr Vaz de Almada’s family, the Portuguese National Federation and the country’s equestrian community.”

Lauren Hough Donates “Randy” to Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center

Randy is the newest addition to the incredible group of horses at Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center. Photo Courtesy of the VTRC.

Loxahatchee, FL – October 21, 2010 – Recently, international grand prix rider Lauren Hough donated the mount Aspirant “Randy” to the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (VTRC). After suffering some health issues, Randy was unable hold up to the rigors of life as a show horse. Hough has always been a supporter of the work at VTRC and felt that Randy’s gentle nature would make him perfect for a new career helping those with disabilities.

“I have always been a big fan of their program; I think they do a fantastic job there,” said Hough. “Randy has a super character and was not able to stay sound enough for the show ring so it seemed like a perfect match.”

Randy is a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding who has become the perfect horse for therapy. His gentle nature and “knowing” sense combined with his incredible movement that is therapeutic for many riders have made him very successful. While his manner outside of the ring is sometimes playful, he always knows how to be very careful with his riders.

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Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games by the Numbers

October 19, 2010 – LEXINGTON, KY – In addition to an incredible host city and state, the world’s best athletes, and the friendliest volunteer workforce in the world, it took a lot to stage the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Here’s a look at the 16 days of September 25 through October 10, by the numbers:

507,022 attendees
16,800 feet of bike barricade
8 miles of linear fencing
396 temporary structures
70 temporary power generators
59 miles of electrical cable
20,000 temporary seats
more than 11,000 signs placed around the park
500 flags
30,000 feet of extension cord
632 athletes
752 horses
58 countries
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2010 ASPCA Maclay National Finalists Announced

Syracuse, NY – October 19, 2010 – The National Horse Show Association of America is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2010 ASPCA Maclay National Championships. Attached is the list of riders who have qualified to compete in the Finals on November 7, 2010, at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament featuring the 127th National Horse Show. For more information, please visit www.syarcuseinvitational.com or www.nhs.org.

Region 1: 37 qualified
Region 2: 31 qualified
Region 3: 20 qualified
Region 4: 17 qualified
Region 5: 14 qualified
Region 6: 5 qualified
Region 7: 9 qualified
Region 8: 18 qualified

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Eric Lamaze Named as Owner of the Year

(L-R): Christian Baillet, Chairman of the JOC and Sven Holmberg, First Vice-President of the FEI, presenting Owner of the Year award to Eric Lamaze

19 October 2010 – For the second year running, Eric Lamaze and John Fleischhacker, joint-owners of the 14 year old bay stallion Hickstead, have been awarded the prestigious title of “Owner of the Year” by the Jumping Owners Club. Hickstead and Canadian rider Eric Lamaze continued their superb form to maintain their position as the most successful horse and rider combination in 2009.

Christian Baillet, Chairman of the Jumping Owners Club, and FEI First Vice President Sven Holmberg presented the award to Eric Lamaze. The ceremony took place during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington (KY), USA.

Formed in 2005 and supported by Rolex, the Jumping Owners Club is an exclusive organisation of international owners which works towards growing the popularity of the sport around the world. It is the only body which represents the views and opinions of the owners, and works closely alongside the FEI in building the profile and inclusiveness of Jumping.

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WEG Comes to WIHS

Chester Weber. Photos by Diana De Rosa.

World Equestrian Games Riders and Drivers to Attend 52nd Annual Washington International Horse Show

October 18, 2010 – The finest riders and drivers in the world assembled at the historic 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) last month in Kentucky. The Washington International Horse Show is pleased to welcome a number of these great horsemen and horsewomen October 26-31 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC.

Chester Weber, Ocala, FL, winner of the WEG Team Silver Medal for four-in-hand driving will bring his brilliant team of four to WIHS on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for an exciting exhibition. Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward, Brewster, NY, the highest placed show jumper at WEG with a 7th individually, will be competing in the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix Saturday night and other jumper classes throughout the week. He is a past winner of this highlight event. Also on hand will be show jumping superstar Rodrigo Pessoa, Brazil, who made it to the elite Final Four at WEG, and Venezuelan Pablo Barrios, whose performance at WEG advanced him into the select individual competition.

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ACTHA Double Down Bucks Day

Something to Smile About

November 13th – 14th, 2010

Prizes, food, awards – All Disciplines Welcome!

Southern Comfort I – AM Ride

Southern Comfort II – PM Ride

Florida Horse Park – Ocala – CTC

11008 S. Hwy. 475 Ocala, FL  34480

www.flhorsepark.com for directions

ACTHA has 2 Rides in 1 day – November 13th

Go to www.actha.us to sign up under both dates for the 13th!

Arrive Friday – leave Sunday.

When the heart of the fall season is upon us at the Florida Horse Park & Greenway Trails that can mean only one thing – focus shifts to the Parks trails & obstacles course for two major fall rides in one (1) day!

Yes, we have 2 rides going on in one day – you read it right. This is the 1st time ever ACTHA is doing this. We will be making ACTHA history on this day! So every ACTHA member will want to mark this on his or her calendar.  Come join us in one the most beautiful places to ride.

November 13th (Saturday) Ride 1 day of obstacles, starting at 9:00 AM

November 14th (Sunday) Professional Clinics, starting at 10:00 AM

Pack your bags, load your horse in the trailer, and head our way!  Come spend the weekend at the Florida Horse Park, Rent an Electric Hook-up space and receive a stall (with initial bedding included) for your horse, all for $43.00 per night.

The best little vacation around.

Call Pam at (352) 459-4178 or E-Mail: majesticpam@yahoo.com

Reem Acra Brings a Fresh New Look to FEI World Cup Dressage

by Louise Parkes

There is a new spring in the step of the FEI World Cup Dressage Western European League as it begins its second quarter-century with the 2010/2011 opening leg at Odense, Denmark later this week. The recent announcement of a three-year sponsorship deal with fashion designer Reem Acra, who puts her name to both the Western European season and the overall series final, hails the blossoming of a fresh era in the history of this sport which has enjoyed astronomic growth in popularity in recent times.

Largely responsible for the upsurge of interest in top-class dressage has been a single horse-and-rider combination who won their way into the hearts of horse-lovers all around the world over the last 18 months during a sensational record-breaking spree.  The Netherlands’ Edward Gal and the fabulous black stallion Moorlands Totilas have, in terms of competitiveness, appeal and pure ability, raised the bar beyond all expectations and transformed the once-demure dressage world into a showcase of extreme excitement.  It was confirmed last week that the stallion has been sold however, and so his partnership with Gal is ended.  But their legacy is a raised profile for the sport on which they have left an indelible impression.

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Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping 2010/2011

Germany's Christian Ahlmann is presented with his Rolex watch by Anthony Schaub from Rolex. Photo: FEI/Roger Svalsrod.

AHLMANN WINS AS GERMAN RIDERS DOMINATE OPENING ROLEX LEG AT OSLO by Louise Parkes

Oslo (NOR) 17 October 2010 – Christian Ahlmann won the opening leg of the 2010/2011 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Western European League series at Oslo in Norway this afternoon where German riders scooped the top three places.  And Ahlmann’s victory was all-the-more creditable for the fact that the 36 year old rider suffered the tragic loss of one of his top horses, the nine year old stallion Calvados Z, earlier in the day.

“For sure today it wasn’t easy for me to ride and to concentrate on my job,” Ahlmann said after completing his victory gallop with his 10 year old stallion Taloubet Z, “but Taloubet really did his very best for me.”  It was the German master, Ludger Beerbaum, who slotted into second place ahead of Lars Nieberg in third. The first non-German in the line-up was fourth-placed Frenchman Kevin Staut, who headed Holland’s Leon Thijssen in fifth place.

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