Old Friends along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Louisville’s Historic Seelbach Hotel to Host 3rd Annual Old Friends Benefit Saturday, February 19, 2011

LOUISVILLE, KY – JANUARY 18, 2011 – The Historic Seelbach Hilton today announced that it will host the third annual “Old Friends along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail,” a progressive dinner and Bourbon-tasting that will benefit Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility in Central Kentucky.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, at the hotel, 500 South Fourth Street in downtown Louisville. Tickets are $100 per person, and the hotel is offering Bourbon Trail guests a special reduced room rate of $95 per night.

The benefit will be highlighted by live and silent auctions of exclusive equine artwork, autographed Bourbon items, racing memorabilia, fine jewelry, and more.

Old Friends, which has locations in Georgetown, KY and in Greenfield Center, NY, is devoted to providing a dignified retirement to horses whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end. The farm is home to such retired champions as Eclipse winner The Wicked North, Breeders’ Cup victor Gulch, and Travers stars Will’s Way and Thunder Rumble, along with many non-black type ex-racers.

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More Equestrian Leaders Signed On to Speak at Canadian Women’s Horse Industry Conference

The Canadian Women’s Horse Industry has announced more speakers for their conference March 4-5, 2011 in Toronto. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel and is open to all equine professionals. Equine Wellness Magazine is a sponsor of the event participating as the official Platinum Media Sponsor.

The BUSINESS OF HORSES panel on March 4, 2011 has added Melanie Prosser, the REACH Huron – Director, Program Services. Prosser has a lifetime’s involvement in the horse industry starting from age five. Her experience includes working in the Standardbred industry on broodmare farms and at Yearling Sales, and making training videos for educational courses with the University of Guelph. Melanie was a faculty member at Fairview College, in northern Alberta (now a N.A.I.T. campus). She owned and operated her own business, Fieldstones Equestrian Centre, providing lessons, boarding and training, as well as riding lessons and classroom teaching to working students, in addition to operating a tack store at her facility.  Upon her return to Ontario she accepted the position of Program Manager for the Office of Open Learning at the University of Guelph. Her portfolio included the award winning Equine Science Certificate online program. She helped develop the online Equine Science Diploma and the Equine Business Management Certificate. Melanie was a course developer and instructor for some of the courses, most notably the Equine Business Management course. Currently Melanie is working for the Regional Equine & Agricultural Centre of Huron Inc. (REACH Huron) as the Director, Program Services where she is developing a wide variety of courses, programs and clinics for the horse industry and local community. She is also the Lead Instructor for the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus Performance Horse Handler Certificate which is delivered at REACH Huron.

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The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center to Sponsor Peak Performance Award at 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival

The Sanctuary is opening a new Sanctuary Conditioning and Performance Center on the show grounds in Wellington. The new center will include advanced conditioning and rehabilitation equipment such as the above ground water treadmill. (Photo courtesy of Equine Chronicle)

Wellington, FL (January 12, 2011)  – The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, one of the most comprehensive facilities of its kind in the world, will be sponsoring the Peak Performance Award at the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington. The Sanctuary, dedicated to the healing, conditioning and well being of all equine athletes, has a world-class facility in Ocala and is opening a new Sanctuary Conditioning and Performance Center on the grounds of WEF, in conjunction with Wellington Equestrian Partners.

“The Sanctuary is proud to sponsor the Peak Performance Award at six of the shows during WEF. The award is in line with The Sanctuary’s goals, which is to contribute to the successful performance of horses through our conditioning and rehabilitation equipment,” said Tom Grabe, The Sanctuary’s Managing Partner. “Our goal at The Sanctuary is to help horses perform at their peak through safe and effective conditioning.”

The Peak Performance Award will be presented to horses with successful performances due to their conditioning and fitness levels. The Sanctuary will also be sponsoring the weekly High Performance Hunter Division Award throughout the prestigious show circuit.

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Many New Features Added to Equus Events 2011 Atlanta Spring Challenge Series in May

Picture by Shawn Mcmillen - Liza Boyd and Brunello owned by Janet Peterson and Liza Boyd - winners of the 2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Atlanta Spring Challenge

January 17th, 2011 – Equus Events is very busy preparing for the 2011 show season.  The 2011 Atlanta Spring Premiere and Atlanta Spring Challenge will take place May 11-15 and 18-22 at the beautiful Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA.  The Horse Park was home to the equestrian portion of the 1996 Olympic Games.  It is one of the premiere facilities in the country offering excellent footing, stabling, ample room to ride and much more on over 1400 acres.  This is the 7th year for the event and it will again offer exhibitors a “AA” USEF rating and also be a Jumper 3.  In addition, the shows will offer over $180,000 in prize money through out the two week event.

New this year, the Atlanta Spring Premiere (week 1) has been selected as a World Championship Hunter Rider event and will also host a USHJA National Hunter Classic.  The Atlanta Spring Challenge (week 2) will again host a $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.  An additional $5,000 Open Jumper Welcome Stake has been added to the schedule for a total of two each week.  Prize money has also been added to the Low Jr/Am Jumper division and non-showing fees have been removed.  “Despite economic conditions these shows have continued to grow and I would like to thank all of our exhibitors and supporters for that,” said show manager J. P. Godard.

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Paul O’Shea and Daydream St. Ghyvan Z Triumph in $30,000 Speed Derby at the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival

Paul O'Shea and Daydream St. Ghyvan Z won the $30,000 Speed Derby during week one at the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo © Sportfot

Wellington, FL – January 16, 2011 – The first week of competition at the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival concluded on Sunday afternoon with an exciting $30,000 Speed Derby held in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The class was won by an extremely fast round from Irish rider Paul O’Shea and Daydream St. Ghyvan Z, owned by Paul Clarke and Michael Walsh. Both competing for the first time in the United States this winter, horse and rider had a fantastic class and were awarded the top prize.

Twenty-six entries started the $30,000 Speed Derby class, showing over a course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY. In a Table III, faults converted format, the challenging course saw many rails come down, but it was the horses and riders that jumped clear that finished in the top standings.

Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and HH Palouchin, owned by Double H Farm, set a blazing fast time right from the start going second in the order and finishing in 77.783 seconds. Although that time held through most of the class, the last few rounds were even faster and Pessoa finished the class in fourth place.

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Tell USDA to Say NO to Genetically Engineered Alfalfa!

January 16, 2011 – Although USDA has acknowledged that planting Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa poses a significant risk that regular crops will be contaminated, the agency is still proposing to deregulate GE alfalfa and allow commercial plantings!

The agency’s analysis does NOT prove that GE alfalfa is safe for the environment or for animals, nor does it establish how farmers could adequately be protected from contamination and the resulting loss of markets. The agency’s proposal would leave farmers and the public paying the price while enriching Monsanto.

Urge President Obama and Secretary Vilsack to reject GE alfalfa!

TAKE ACTION

1)  President Barack Obama:
Phone: (202) 456-1111
Fax: (202) 456-2461
Online: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

2)  USDA/APHIS; Email: biotechquery@aphis.usda.gov; or call 1-301-851-2300 and record your comments.

MESSAGE: “I am ___________ from __________. I am calling to comment on USDA’s proposal to approve the commercial release of GE alfalfa and their failure to adequately address the public health, environmental, and economic consequences of that release. I strongly urge you to reject the planting of GE alfalfa.”

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Shawn Casady & Glass Castle Take the Tricolor in Small Junior 16-17 Hunters

Shawn Casady and Glass Castle were the Illustrated Properties Small Junior Hunter 16-17 champions during the first week at the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Photos © Sportfot

Wellington, FL – January 15, 2011 – The FTI Winter Equestrian Festival saw a busy start to its first weekend in the 2011 season. Competitors will be awarded numerous championships throughout the season, which runs through April 3. Today, one of those championships was presented in the Illustrated Properties Small Junior 16-17 year old Hunter division.

Shawn Casady of Midtown, TN, took the tricolor aboard Glass Castle. Elm Rock LLC owns Glass Castle, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare. “I’m very thankful to Susie Humes, Elm Rock LLC, and Ken and Emily Smith,” stated Casady.

Casady was more than happy with his results aboard Glass Castle, as this is only his second show on her. “She is a wonderful horse and beautiful to ride,” he beamed.

Casady secured the division championship in a field of 14 riders by placing first, second, fourth and fifth over fences, and placing second under saddle.

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Skelton and Unique Make It Two for the Week in $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Classic

Nick Skelton and Unique won the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Classic during week one of the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Photos © Sportfot

Wellington, FL – January 15, 2011 – Nick Skelton (GBR) continued his great week today with his second major win in the International Arena. He piloted Beverly Widdowson’s Unique to victory in the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Classic. Today’s classic is part of the Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Series, which will track the best horse/rider combinations through week 11 for a bonus of $50,000.

The first week of the FTI WEF concludes tomorrow, January 16. The 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of competition through April 3, 2011, and they will be awarding almost $6 million in prize money through the circuit. The highlight jumper class is tomorrow’s $30,000 Speed Derby on Sunday at 2 p.m.

This week’s course designer in the International Arena is Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY. Although entries were light in today’s Time First Jump-off class at 12, it was great competition. Three found the route to the jump-off, with Skelton and Unique returning first. They put down the trip to best with no faults in 39.171 seconds.

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ESP Announces Fundraising Goal of $1 Million for the 2011 FTI Great Charity Challenge

Wellington, FL – January 15, 2011 – The first annual FTI Great Charity Challenge galloped out of the gates in 2010 with huge momentum, raising over $560,000 for 24 non-profit charities. The success of the inaugural event inspired Equestrian Sport Productions to set a fundraising goal of $1 million for the 2011 FTI Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments, which is a featured event of the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival.

The Great Charity Challenge (GCC) is a relay style jumping competition that is scheduled to take place at 6:00 p.m. on February 19, 2011 in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Thirty relay teams will be formed, consisting of two junior/amateur riders and one professional rider. Each equestrian team is assigned a charity to represent, and the charity matched with the winning team will win over $100,000!

The event will also host the Equestrian Aid Foundation Carnival, where children can enjoy carnival games, a dunk tank, a moon bounce, and more. In the true spirit of giving, the EAF will contribute half of the proceeds received from the Carnival to the total prize money awarded to the 30 charities participating in the GCC. The other half of the proceeds will be contributed to the Equestrian Aid Foundation.

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WHIA Newsletter January 15, 2011

Snow is melting for most of us and we are back from the holidays. I’m sure you are noticing that things are starting to jell for you and people are wanting to do business. That’s great! We have brought in some really great new members and renewals so I hope that when we send you these contacts you’ll take some time and CONTACT some of them. These are the people that want to do business with you!

Things are pretty busy around here. We are working with our Toronto Chapter Director, Lucie Burdon-Sereda, and our Platinum Media Sponsor, John Allan at Redstone Media (Equine Wellness Magazine), to make the first WHIA Canadian Conference, March 4-5, a big success. Lucie has done a bang up job bringing in some top industry leaders as speakers. You can contact Lucie at www.jequinesport.com.

Here’s who we have so far: Melissa Monardo – Marketing Manager, Ontario Equestrian Federation; Melanie Prosser – REACH Huron – Director, Program Services; Lucie Burdon-Sereda – Owner – J’Equine Sport and EBPM accreditation; Sue Leslie, Ontario Horse Industry Racing Association; Sandi Holst, Holst Equation – Accountant; David Delagran, Attorney – Beard Winter, LLP; Stephanie Kirton – BFL Insurance; Jennifer Coxworthy – Owner of Richvale Saddlery; Cheryl Gibson – Equibow Canada; Dr. Barbara Sloat – Chiropractor; Dr. Nathalie Coté – DMV, DVSc, Dipl ACVS; Peter Skoggard-Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic, Equine Wellness Magazine Editors;  Christine Rolando – equine appraiser; Sharon Campbell-Rayment; Julia Sutor, Pet Memorials. Marc Andre Blouin of Agribran-Purina will be a luncheon speaker. The deadline for early bird registration is January 22, 2011. You can find out more about this event by visiting our Canadian website.

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