Wellington, FL (December 16, 2010) – Custom Saddlery, makers of handcrafted custom-fit dressage, jumping and event saddles, is proud to announce they are sponsoring dressage rider Tina Konyot. Known for being a gifted rider, teacher and trainer, Konyot represented the United States at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games aboard her stallion Calecto V.
While talent, hard work and dedication are all part of Konyot’s winning style, her style also includes riding in a dressage saddle from Custom Saddlery. “Tina is riding in our Icon Coda Mono Flap Dressage Saddle,” said Cary Wallace, President and Master Saddle Fitter at Custom Saddlery. “The mono flap is unique and gives the rider very close contact with their horse. Tina will find she has increased communication through her seat due to our revolutionary tree.”
Wallace said the saddle is custom fit for Calecto V, and it features the Polyflex Tree that gives the ultimate flexibility for the horse. “The Polyflex Tree will also give Tina comfort and stability as well as increased flexibility and movement with Calecto,” he said.
St. Louis, MO (December 16, 2010) – Arenus, a premier provider of innovative health and nutritional products for pets and horses, is pleased to announce they will continue to be a Presenting Sponsor of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) during 2011. Arenus was a Presenting Sponsor for the Breeders Championship for the USDF throughout 2010 as well.
“Arenus is pleased to continue as a Presenting Sponsor of the USDF Breeders Championship,” said Simone Pophal, DVM, PhD, Arenus Business Manager. “We have developed a great partnership with the USDF and look forward to a fantastic 2011.“
Throughout 2010, Arenus served as a Presenting Sponsor for the Breeders Championship Series, including a presentation at Dressage at Devon. “We saw some amazing, beautiful and talented horses and it was our pleasure to take part in the 35th Annual Dressage at Devon,” said Melissa Bennington, Arenus Sales Specialist, North East US.
During Dressage at Devon, horses from Mary Alice Malone’s Iron Spring Farm took home several Breeders Championships, including the USDF Foal Championship won by Florence; the USDF Colt Championship won by El Paso ISF; and the USDF Mare Championship won by the famous Iron Spring Farm mare Rabiola, who also won more than 10 championships while at Dressage at Devon.
London, 15 December 2010 – A group of children from one of London’s most disadvantaged boroughs got an early Christmas treat today (Wednesday 15 December), when they were invited by Hollywood fashion designer, Reem Acra, and the governing body for horse sport, the FEI, to attend one of the sport’s premier events in London.
The London International Horse Show at Olympia, venue for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage, is one of the most glamorous events on the FEI calendar and is attended by members of the British Royal family and other high profile celebrities.
Today, children from the Ebony Horse Club charity got a chance to experience some of that glamour – from one of the best seats in the house.
International fashion designer Reem Acra, new sponsor of the FEI World Cup Dressage, invited the children to experience the magic of world-class Dressage whilst enjoying dinner in the sponsor’s hospitality suite.
The group also met one of the UK’s leading Dressage riders Laura Bechtolsheimer, who recently won three silver medals at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.
CORNELISSEN AND PARZIVAL MAKE IT A DOUBLE AT OLYMPIA – HADDAD FORGES AHEAD IN THE RANKINGS by Louise Parkes
Olympia, London (GBR), 15 December 2010 – The Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival secured a second resounding victory in the 2010/2011 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage series when heading the line-up at the fourth leg at Olympia in London, Great Britain, tonight. The exciting atmosphere in the packed Grand Hall tested some of the equine competitor’s nerve-endings to the limit, but the Dutch duo rose to the challenge to create what Ground Jury President, Andrew Gardner of Great Britain, described as “a very whole picture – it was very complete with no issues, and there was brilliance in this test!” he said afterwards.
West Palm Beach, FL – December 13, 2010 – The Holiday HorseFest, presented by Fidelity Investments and staged by Equestrian Sport Productions, was held on Sunday, December 12, at The Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL. The waterfront equestrian event was a great success, drawing over 4,000 spectators to see show jumping in a new venue, spreading the word about the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival and the 2011 FTI Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments to a wider audience.
“We owe a big thank you to our sponsors and to the City of West Palm Beach for their support in making this event a reality and a huge success,” said Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions. “We hope this will be the first of many events in Palm Beach County that will broaden the reach of equestrian sport here.”
Wellington, FL – December 14, 2010 – The will be a celebration of life party honoring Jay Matter on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 7p.m. after the Grand Prix at the International Club at the WEF Showgrounds in Wellington, FL. All who knew Jay are welcome to come out and enjoy the event. Entertainment, food and beverages have already been donated; just bring yourselves and your best Jay stories.
Jay’s wife Dee Thomas said, “Jay didn’t want a memorial service; he wanted a party to celebrate all of the living he got to do. Please come and celebrate Jay with us!”
Longtime friend Mary Moricoli commented, “As Jay always told everyone at parties, the veranda rules will be in effect. Those who knew and loved Jay will know what we mean! Jay was such a wonderful person, and was respected by so many. We hope that everyone will come out and share their favorite stories of Jay so that we can all celebrate his life together.”
Wellington, FL (December 14, 2010) – Dressage rider Tine Zinglersen and a Dutch Warmblood named Today proved it was their day to shine at the Wellington Classic Dressage Holiday Challenge Toys for Tots Benefit Show when they rode away with the “Best Turned Out Horse” Award. Thanks to his gleaming coat and spotless appearance, Today, who is owned by Eugenia Revson of Pine Plains, New York, took home the award sponsored by Custom Saddlery, makers of handcrafted custom-fit dressage, jumping, and event saddles.
Zinglersen, who lives in New York but is originally from Denmark, was pleased with Today’s ride in the Prix St. George class. “We bought him three years ago in Holland. People always ask about his name, Today, but he came with it and we never change their name,” Zinglersen said.
Today’s beautiful dappled grey coat and pristine turnout helped him win a pair of fleece lined DSB Dressage Boots from Custom Saddlery. “Today is a gorgeous horse and I want to congratulate Tine and Eugenia on his turn out. He was positively gleaming and Tine was impeccably dressed as well. I know that Tine and Eugenia are in Wellington for the season and I want to wish them continued good luck throughout the coming shows,” said Cary Wallace, President and Master Saddle Fitter at Custom Saddlery, adding that he enjoys the time-honored tradition of horses being turned out in style.
North Salem, NY – December 14, 2010 – Georgina Bloomberg’s charitable venture, The Rider’s Closet, is in the business of giving and receiving, not just during the holidays, but all year long. From therapeutic riding centers to pony clubs to collegiate equestrian teams, Bloomberg’s apparel exchange program has made a real difference for hundreds of equestrians who want to participate in competitive, scholastic or therapeutic riding but are unable to afford the gear.
Liz Olsezewski, founder of Horses Healing Hearts USA, a nonprofit in Lake Worth, Fla., which works with children of alcoholics and addicts, recently contacted The Rider’s Closet for a shipment of much-needed boots and clothing. After receiving the items, Olsezewski wrote a heartfelt thank-you letter that was signed by her riders. She noted that they “feel like true equestrians now and are feeling very proud.” This sentiment is echoed again and again in riders’ notes of appreciation to Bloomberg and The Rider’s Closet volunteers.
Buffalo, NY – December 14, 2010 – Susie Schoellkopf of SBS Farms at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center in Buffalo, NY, was honored this past week at the USHJA Annual Meeting, which was held on December 6-9, 2011. Schoellkopf was given the President’s Distinguished Service Award at the USHJA Evening of Equestrians Awards Dinner for the second year in a row. SBS Farms’ Jennifer Alfano was also awarded at the dinner, as she earned The Rider Recognition Award for 2010. This award is given for the most money won as a Hunter rider and her cash earnings were just above $400,000.
The President’s Distinguished Service Awards were developed in 2006 to acknowledge and honor the dedication and service of volunteer members to both the USHJA and the sport. 2010 marked the second year for Schoellkopf to win the USHJA’s President’s Distinguished Service Award, as she was also the recipient of this award in 2009. Schoellkopf is the chair of the Open Hunter Task Force and a member of the Hunter Restructure Committee, the Hunter Zone Council, the High Performance Hunter Committee, and the Junior Hunter Task Force. She is also on the USEF Drugs and Medication committee and serves as chair of the Zone 2 Hunter Committee.
Lexington, KY – December 14, 2010 – The Kentucky Hunter/Jumper Association, in conjunction with the USHJA and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, is conducting an educational judging clinic with Linda Andrisani on Saturday, January 22, 2011. This exciting event will take place in the New Alltech Indoor Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Linda Andrisani will give live commentary and scoring for a 3′ hunter division as well as 3′ equitation and 3’6″ medal classes. This clinic is open to the public, with substantial discounts for early entries as well as KHJA members. ($50.00 KHJA members, $75.00 pre-entry, $100.00 at the door.)
The clinic will run on Saturday, January 22nd from 10:00am to 4:00pm (9:30 registration) and will include a lunch buffet. Linda Andrisani will provide her perspective and technique of judging hunter and equitation rounds to professionals, clients and riders of all interest and skill levels. The clinic will be conducted in a warm, elegant, comfortable, indoor horse show setting. There will be an open question and answer session after each section.
Linda Andrisani is a legendary hunter judge with 25 years judging experience and the author of the DVD, “From the Judge’s Eye”. She will provide insight and knowledge about showing horses, both broad in concept and trivial in the details. This is valuable information which will be helpful to all riders, professionals, and even children and amateurs. Come join some of the nicest people and horses in the Midwest and learn something! Fabulous accommodations and dining in the Lexington area. Contact Trena Kerr 859-250-5473 or Elaine Schott 859-489-0481; RMFHorses@aol.com for more information.