September 15, 2010 – LEXINGTON, KY – 9 days to go – World-renowned boxing legend, humanitarian, global icon and Kentucky native Muhammad Ali will take center stage when the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games begin in Lexington, Ky., in nine days.
The Champ will join a cast of nearly 1,500 people, ages eight to 80, and almost 200 horses from as far away as Australia for an opening ceremonies celebration of dreams that will play tribute to the Games’ American debut with scenes of the prairie, Broadway, the Wild West, and the Deep South.
The show will journey through the history of horses and man as well as iconic moments in U.S. history and culture, beginning with America’s Native American heritage and a prayer for all nations by Lakota chiefs, and concluding with a Mardi Gras extravaganza that will see all cast members join together in a jubilant parade.
The two and a half hour show will include 40 different acts, including Kentuckian Wynonna Judd; opera stars Denyce Graves, Cynthia Lawrence and Ronan Tynan; Sara Lee Guthrie; Cherryholmes; and Jazz at Lincoln Center, among other notables.
Shelly Temple and her 12 year old Morgan gelding LR Ami B-Line (“Cooper”) won the USEF Single Pony Champion in combined driving for the second time in four years. Held this year at the Laurels of Landhope in Kennett Square, PA, the first day of competition began with dressage. Shelly and Cooper held a comfortable lead with a score after dressage of 43.73. Shelly remarked that “Cooper was responsive and willing throughout the day.” Day two consisted of the cross country marathon with an overall distance of 16 kilometers. Shelly and navigator/husband Fran Doto drove a solid marathon to maintain their lead into day three, the cones competition. The cones competition saw Temple maintain her overall lead to follow up her 2009 reserve champion in the single pony championships.
“Cooper felt on top of his game the entire competition. He was fit and willing. We appreciate the support of our sponsors like including Charles Owens, Kombat Boots, Kentucky Equine Research, and Sheetz. Their products and services allow us to compete at a high level.”
When it’s time to sweat, Electrolytes must come to the rescue!
With record temperatures and high humidity plaguing our horses, care must be taken to keep your horse hydrated and healthy. That is when giving your horse Electrolytes is essential.
Sodium, chloride, potassium and magnesium are the primary electrolytes (ions) needed by a working horse. When ions are balanced, they promote water consumption and retention, which can eliminate dehydration and other health problems. Electrolytes will keep your horse well on those super hot days.
Hampton Falls, NH – September 15, 2010 – The Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic, presented by Porsche, started today with a great turn-out of competition at the Silver Oak Equestrian Center. Located in the beautiful seacoast town of Hampton Falls, NH, the Jumper Classic is New England’s premier equestrian event. This elite level competition attracts the country’s top riders, past Olympians and local equestrians who compete for over $200,000 in prize money. The Jumper Classic runs through Sunday, September 19, with the highlight class, the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix, on Sunday. Olympic course designer Linda Allen is designing the tracks in the Coldwell Bankers Previews Grand Prix Field this week.
The first rider into the Shire Equestrian Winner’s Circle was Timothy Hooker of Lake George, NY, and Wellington, FL, on his horse Sovereign Mystery. They topped the 26 horse field in the Der Dau 1.20m Jumpers with double clear rounds and a jump-off time of 33.706 seconds. Second place went to Schuyler Riley on Conquest Z (35.444 seconds), while Caitlin Venezia finished third on Calmiro (35.595 seconds), owned by Olivia Magliochetti.
Ocala, FL (September 16, 2010) – Chester Weber, the United States’ reigning National Four-In-Hand Combined Driver, turned up the intrigue on the exciting and challenging world of Combined Driving when he was interviewed on the radio show “Horsetalk With Heather” on September 14. Weber is part of the United States Combined Driving team that will compete at the upcoming 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.
Radio show host Heather described Weber as a “Combined Driving legend and King of the Chariot,” while interviewing the Four-In-Hand Champion. Weber did his part to uphold that status earlier in the year when broke his own record by becoming the first driver to win the National Championship eight years in a row. With the goal of winning the National Championships behind him, Weber is now preparing for the wild ride of competing at the World Equestrian Games.
While on the radio show, Weber described Combined Driving as a “Ben Hur-like” ride, and not only described the work involved in preparing seven horses for competition but also talked through the three different phases in the competition, dressage, the marathon and cones, and the equipment needed for each phase.
We discuss the US and Canadian eventing team Final Selection Trials in Georgia – GO JESSIE! Also, eventer captain Geoff Curran, a late and somewhat controversial addition to the Irish Eventing Team, and Anneli Silverstolpe of the Swedish Reining Team. Listen in….
2010 Radio Show Episode 109 by SUCCEED – Show Notes and Links:
Hosts: Samantha Clark and Glenn the Geek
Photo: Isabell Silverstolpe of the Swedish Reining Team.
Guest: Martha Murdock – Arabian Giveaway
Guest: Captain Geoff Curran – named 2nd reserve to Irish Team, recently finished 17th at Burghley, coming to WEG.
Guest: Anneli Silverstolpe – Chef of the Swedish Reining Team
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) may help mask lameness while reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation, but they can also be very harmful to the equine athlete. NSAIDs can contribute to GI ulcers and colic, renal and liver toxicity, and decrease a horse’s health and performance.
The USEF now requires a “NSAID Disclosure form” to be filed with the Steward/Technical Delegate if more than one NSAID is used during a competition or in the 5 days preceding a USEF competition. Starting December 1, 2011, the presence of only one NSAID will be allowed! The seven NSAIDs currently allowed with quantitative restrictions are Bute, Banamine, Naproxen, Ketofen, Arquel, Equioxx, and topical Surpass.
KAM Animal Services offers FRE Choice Liquid as a safe effective NSAID alternative. FRE Liquid has been used in show and race horses for years with great success and is veterinarian tested and endorsed. It has none of the negative side effects or risks that the above NSAIDs are known for.
Crusader Sword Retired to Old Friends at Cabin Creek
GEORGETOWN, KY – SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 – Tinners Way, one of the most successful and only surviving sons of Triple Crown winner Secretariat, arrived yesterday at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY.
Meanwhile, Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division, which is based in Greenfield Center, NY, has welcomed multiple-graded stakes winner Crusader Sword.
Michael Blowen, Old Friends founder and president, made the announcement earlier today.
Tinners Way (Secretariat–Devon Diva, by The Minstrel) was bred by Juddmonte Farms from Secretariat’s final crop. Tinner began his career with a seven-furlong maiden win on British turf in 1992 and continued to campaign in France and England as well as in the U.S. in 1993
Your horse is perfectly justified in coming off the bit if all you do is give the aid for a transition. To do transitions on the bit, you need to give two sets of aids at once: the transition aid and the aid to tell him to stay on the bit — the connecting aids. When you give these two sets of aids at once, you’re telling your horse to do a transition on the bit.
Essentially, you’ll superimpose the connecting aids over the aids for a transition. That is, you’ll give the connecting aids before, during, and after the transition.
In this case, the connecting aids last several seconds. Apply them lightly before, during, and after the transition so that you “bridge” the transition with your connecting aids.