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Free Clinics and More at Virginia Horse Center Equine Education Day – December 13

Betty Oare (pictured) will present a horse show judging clinic as part of the first VHCF Equine Education Day.

Lexington, Va. – November 26, 2014 – It’s the season of giving, and this year the Virginia Horse Center Foundation (VHCF) wants to give something back to the equestrian community. On Saturday, December 13, 2014, the Horse Center will present its inaugural FREE VHCF Equine Education Day.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the East Complex building, the VCHF will present seven different clinics and seminars, allowing attendees to rotate through and attend all seven sessions. Registration for the day begins at 8:30 a.m., and complimentary donuts and hot chocolate will be served at that time.

The impressive line-up of clinicians and topics for the VHCF Equine Education Day will include:

Horse Show Judging Clinic with Betty Oare: While other seminars will be held repeatedly throughout the day, this clinic will be held once beginning at 1 p.m.

A lifelong equestrian, Oare rode professionally for her father, J. Arthur Reynolds, in Tryon, NC until 1981 when she took her amateur status. She has been named champion at many of the nation’s top hunter shows, and today, at the age of 70, she still campaigns two hunters, Capone and Fine Kiss, in the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions across the country. When Oare is not competing or foxhunting with the Warrenton Hunt, she is an active U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) ‘R’ judge. She also sits on the USEF National Hunter Committee, the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association’s (USHJA) Hunter Breeding Committee, the USHJA Open Hunter Task Force and the USHJA Amateur Committee.

Equine Parasite Control with Dr. Tabby Moore: Dr. Tabby Moore of Blue Ridge Equine Clinic will explain the best practices in equine parasite control and the research behind them. Horse owners can bring their manure samples in a small plastic bag to learn how to evaluate them for parasites.

‘So You Want to Work with Horses’ with Melyni Worth: Worth comes to the seminar with a PhD in Equine Nutrition and as a board certified Equine Nutritionist. She currently serves as the Director of Equine Programs at both Wesleyan College and Averett College. A longtime owner, breeder, rider and competitor, Worth is also the owner of Foxden Equine and Cedar Creek Stables, and she will be discussing the numerous careers available within the equestrian industry.

Equine Nutrition at Its Best with Southern States Specialist, Ruth Hopke: Hopke will discuss what is new in the horse feed industry as well as basic nutrition fundamentals for horse owners.

Toxic Plants and Their Effects with Diane Hinch: Hinch is heavily involved in the Augusta County 4-H program, the Glenmore Hunt Pony Club and the National U.S. Pony Club (USPC) organization. She will be speaking on toxic plants and properly identifying the toxic plants found in Virginia that could be deadly to horses.

Horse Safety with Tamala Nichols: Nichols is a judge, a USEF dressage technical delegate and an FEI Level 1 dressage steward, as well as a 4-H leader in Roanoke County and the chairman of the Green Hill Park Equestrian Center. Nichols will be discussing the importance of horse safety.

Proper Horseshoeing: Guest speaker to be announced.

For questions regarding the VCHF Equine Education Day, please contact Grace Mullen by email at: gracemullen3@gmail.com.

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Atlanta Summer Classics Finale Packed with Big Awards

Samuel Parot and Costa Real Win Outback Steakhouse Gamblers Choice; Taylor Ann Adams Named Grand Puba Junior Champion; Wilhelm Genn and Happy Z Triumphant in $35,000 Outback Steakhouse Grand Prix

Wilhelm Genn & Happy Z. All photos © Flashpoint Photography

Conyers, GA — June 26, 2011 — The Atlanta Summer Classics wrapped up competition at the Georgia International Horse Park, awarding nearly $300,000 in prize money and raising thousands for local charities over the two week run. “We’ve had some of the best riders in our sport joining us; it’s been a remarkable series and I couldn’t be happier,” Bob Bell, President of Classic Company, said.

Starting off the finale week was a couple of highly anticipated clinics on Tuesday, beginning with a member of the $1 million dollar club, famed Grand Prix pro Wilhelm Genn, sharing his secrets of mastering water jumps. Sponsored by the United States Hunter Jumper Association, Genn used the covered arena to set a mini course of six jumps, two with water hazards and utilized approximately ten horses to demonstrate proper and improper approaches. Speaking over a wireless microphone to riders and trainers for nearly two hours, Genn answered questions and provided helpful tips to “boost a horse’s confidence” when confronting water obstacles. Following was a very informative Pony Model Clinic with one of the foremost experts in this area, Bibby Farmer from Ocala, FL. She carefully explained to the young exhibitors not only what judges look for, but how to get the best from their ponies. Covering all the essentials from the pony’s stance to where the exhibitors’ attentions need to be when a judge is walking about them. On Thursday evening it was the judges who found themselves in the proverbial hot seats for an open forum called Just Ask the Judges, sponsored by Practical Horseman magazine. Three of the most respected names in judging, Betty Oare, Scott Fitton, and Barry Lobel, fielded questions from exhibitors and provided insight on scoring in the Hunter/Jumper disciplines. The panel also shared several of what they referred to as Judges’ Pet Peeves, which included overly short releases, especially in the Equitation divisions. All the experts agreed a restrictive release interferes with the horse’s jumping style, but pointed out that that doesn’t imply they want to see the opposite extreme with the infamous overdone throwing of the arms release.  Another peeve they described was the exaggerated tour taken upon entering the ring, stating that if a rider needs to show their mount the ring and/or the fences then the rider appears unprepared. Questions were asked on a wide range of subjects and guests left the forum armed with a lot of valuable information. “The clinics were a giant success and we [Classic Company] will be introducing more of these throughout out show schedule,” Bell commented.

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HITS Ocala Pre-Circuit Comes to a Close with Veterans Tracy Magness and Betty Oare Leading the Way

© ESI Photography. Tracy Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health.

OCALA, FL (January 31, 2011) – The HITS Ocala Pre-Circuit came to an end on Sunday with another beautiful day in the sun, as top riders took home the victories in the two feature classes of the day. Grand Prix superstar Tracy Magness and Hunter veteran Betty Oare walked away with the top honors to close out the highly-successful Pre-Circuit at HITS Post Time Farm as now all eyes turn to the six-week, AA-rated circuit which begins on February 8.

Maryland’s Tracy Magness and her longtime sport partner Tarco Van Ter Moude, owned by Mr. and Mrs. John Bartko, won the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, as they once again embark on the road to the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix.

“This was a great course for the Pre-Circuit,” commented Magness, who found her way back to the winner’s circle early. “It’s just the beginning of the season and the horses are getting back into the swing of things. I thought it was inviting and fair enough to set the pace for the winter.”

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