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Former Kentucky Horse Park Leader Nicholson Joins Virginia Horse Center Management Team

Lexington, VA – May 13, 2014 – John Nicholson, the former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park, has joined the management team of the Virginia Horse Center Foundation (VHCF) as a consultant. Nicholson’s 17-year tenure represented the longest-serving executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park in its 35-year history, and he served at its helm during its greatest period of growth – garnering world-wide recognition for the facility.

“We are very excited that John is joining our team,” said Ernie Oare, the president of VHCF. “We identified him in March as someone with the necessary background to play a key role in our ongoing plans to bring the Horse Center back to local, industry and financial prominence.”

“It is a privilege to be a part of one of the most prestigious equestrian facilities in North America. I am very excited to be working with Ernie Oare, Glenn Petty and the entire leadership team of the Virginia Horse Center. It is an honor to be working with people of this caliber. I believe we will be successful in our efforts, and I’m optimistic about the future of the Virginia Horse Center,” said Nicholson.

Nicholson retired April 30 following one of the Horse Park’s signature events – the Rolex Three Day Event – and traveled to Lexington, Virginia this week to meet with Oare and interim executive director Glenn Petty.

“I’m looking forward to working with John and having access to his wealth of knowledge about managing a similar facility. He has already been helpful by simply sharing his wide range of experiences. When he agreed to join the VHCF team, I felt like a coach who had landed an all-star recruit,” Petty said.

Nicholson, and his consulting firm Equine Facility Management (EFM), will be active in VHCF’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors in operating the Horse Center and in executing the Center’s short-term and long-term business plans. Nicholson will also pay a key role in conducting the search for the new permanent Executive Director and other needed personnel.

Nicholson had been in charge of the Lexington, Kentucky facility during its rise to prominence which included hosting the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games and the prestigious Rolex Three Day Event. The World Equestrian Games culminated a decade-long effort to plan and recruit the international event which had never been held outside of Europe. Ultimately, the events were televised internationally to 500 million viewers and created an economic impact of $202.5 million. The Rolex remains the only four star three day event held in the United States.

Under Nicholson’s leadership, the Horse Park has been steadily transformed into one of the finest equestrian competition facilities in the world. Nicholson has overseen its expansion to include $80 million in capital improvement projects, including the 5,500-seat Alltech Arena; the 7,300-seat Rolex Stadium; new stabling barns; a new $10 million, 8,500-square-foot museum wing; and numerous new buildings within the park’s National Horse Center – a collection of national, regional and state equine organizations.

Nineteen of the current 33 National Horse Center tenants have relocated their national headquarters to the park or expanded their offices during Nicholson’s tenure.

In addition to growing the park, Nicholson concentrated on improving its public perception and increasing private sector support.

Highlights of Nicholson’s 17 years at the park included the exhibits “Imperial China: The Art of the Horse in Chinese History,” “All the Queen’s Horses” and “A Gift from the Desert.”

Nicholson’s major accomplishments also include recruiting the prestigious National Horse Show to relocate to the Horse Park from its traditional home of Madison Square Garden in New York City.

He recounts among his favorite memories the funeral of retired champion racehorse John Henry and the successful effort to have the leading money winning racehorse and multiple Horse of the Year Cigar retired to the Hall of Champions at the Park.

In 2008, Nicholson’s leadership led to the park receiving an Eclipse Award, the highest honor in the Thoroughbred industry. In 2010, he received the prestigious Equine Industry Vision Award from the American Horse Publications, an award that recognizes outstanding leadership, creativity and meritorious contributions in the equine industry, and he accepted the United State Equestrian Foundation’s Sallie Busch Wheeler Trophy on behalf of the Horse Park for distinguished service in equestrian sport. In 2011, Nicholson was named one of the Chronicle of the Horse magazine’s “Overall Horsemen of the Year.”

For more information contact:

– Glenn Petty at gdpetty@horsecenter.org or 540-219-9732
– Ernie Oare at Eoare@EMOStables.com or 540-270-1246
– John Nicholson at nicholsonjohnd@gmail.com or 859-475-3258

About the Virginia Horse Center Foundation:

The Virginia Horse Center Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which owns and operates the Virginia Horse Center. The Foundation is proud to be a part of the Rockbridge community, an asset to the state’s equine economy, and a resource to the East-Atlantic competition circuit. The Virginia Horse Center stands at the forefront of Virginia’s $1.2B equine economy. Founded to promote all disciplines of equestrian sport, its 600 acres of picturesque grounds hold a 4,000 seat coliseum, eight barns to accommodate 1,200 horses, 19 show rings including two large indoor arenas, cross-country and combined carriage driving courses, campgrounds, and full catering and café services. The VHCF also hosts many non-equine events like dog shows, BMX, agriculture programs and the Rockbridge Regional Fair & Farm Show.

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JustWorld International Official Charity Partner of the Longines/Reem Acra FEI World Cup Finals

JustWorld International Hostesses.

GL Events, the organizer of the Longines/Reem Acra FEI Show Jumping and Dressage World Cup Finals, once again supports the inspiring humanitarian organization JustWorld International during the flagship event of the spring 2014 schedule. From April 17-21, at the Lyon Eurexpo located in the beautiful French countryside, JustWorld takes center stage as the official charity partner. JustWorld International will increase awareness throughout the five-day competition, raising funds for its various projects to help impoverished children across the world.

JustWorld returns to Lyon

Equita’ Lyon and GL Events are among the most loyal of JustWorld’s charity partners. In 2012, when JustWorld first emerged in Europe, Sylvie Robert, Director of Equestrian Events at GL Events, immediately offered the opportunity to promote JustWorld’s humanitarian activities. Their warm welcome allowed JustWorld to significantly develop its reputation with the European public, thus contributing to their efforts throughout 11 years to act as a positive catalyst for change in developing countries.

“After two years of successful partnership, both from the human and financial point of view, we were extremely honored that GL Events offered to have us become the official charity partner of the FEI World Cup Finals in 2014,” said Jessica Newman, Executive Director of JustWorld International. “This is an incredible opportunity for us! Beyond uniting more riders with our cause, this opportunity encourages jobs, funds and support for our projects.”

Longines Clear The Jump

Swiss watch brand Longines has become a major partner of the equestrian sports both in the United States and abroad. Longines has chosen to renew its official support to JustWorld International for 2014. JustWorld is the beneficiary of the “Longines Clear The Jump,” where for each Longines obstacle cleared during the final two rounds of competition of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final, Longines will donate to JustWorld’s global projects.

“We could not have imagined ever being so lucky,” said Newman. “Our entire team is deeply grateful to Longines for providing such support to our humanitarian projects around the globe. Longines’ help is essential to our success, providing poor children with a better future.”

JustWorld at the heart of the show

Fifteen dedicated volunteers from various countries have joined JustWorld at the Lyon Eurexpo for the Longines/Reem Acra FEI World Cup Finals. They are working alongside Newman to carry out a number of activities.

JustWorld settled in the “Golden Square”

JustWorld is set up with an information booth in conjunction with its partner Dy’on. The JustWorld International booth is located in the “Golden Square” parallel to the warm-up arena of the international ring (hall 4.2 stand 4/OR14). Hostesses dressed in the bright blue and purple of JustWorld will provide visitors with all the information to help them understand the mission of the equestrian nonprofit organization and how to get involved. Visitors and supporters will also have the opportunity to participate in various raffles.

The JustWorld raffles

Thanks to its generous partners, JustWorld will hold daily raffles with many surprises and special prizes for its winners. From Friday to Monday, the public will have the chance to win Dada Sport Fashion Clothes and new Dy’on jackets, Jin Stirrups’ stirrups, a helmet offered by Kep Italia, and most importantly, VIP box seats offered by Reem Acra, partner of the FEI World Cup Dressage Final!

Meeting top riders

Autograph sessions with some of the most famous JustWorld Ambassadors are organized for the public, providing fans with the unique opportunity to meet their idols. Kevin Staut, World No. 6, will be one of many riders who will be on site to sign autographs.

Pedro Cebulka “Official JustWorld Mascot”

Pedro Cebulka has once again returned to Equita’ Lyon as the Master of Ceremonies. His famous beard, sparkling top hat and stunning outfits designed with the exclusive JustWorld colors allow Pedro to never go unnoticed. Accompanied by his “Pedrettes,” elegant hostesses dressed in the JustWorld colors, he will be on hand during all awards ceremonies, flashing a smile and raising awareness for JustWorld.

More about JustWorld International

JustWorld International is a humanitarian organization registered under 501 (c) 3 in the United States and registered in France as an Association loi 1901. JustWorld is also part of the Lombard Odier Philanthropic Foundation, an umbrella foundation registered in Switzerland and rated. JWI has no political or religious affiliations. JustWorld acts as a catalyst for positive change in developing countries. It is through partnerships with local organizations that JustWorld can accomplish these progresses. Projects aimed at providing a basic education, vocational training and nutrition programs, health and hygiene for children in poor communities in Honduras, Cambodia, Guatemala and Brazil. More on www.justworldinternational.org.

More about Longines

LONGINES FEI WORLD CUP Jumping Western European League Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch, LONGINES has been based in Saint-Imier (SUI) since 1832. The brand’s watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. LONGINES has decades of experience as the official timekeeper at world championships and as a partner of international sports federations. LONGINES’ passion for equestrian sports began in 1878, when a horse and jockey were engraved on a timepiece. Over the years, the brand has built strong and long-lasting links with equestrian sports. In 1926, for the first time, the brand was involved as timekeeper for an Official International Equestrian Competition. Today, LONGINES’ involvement in equestrianism includes Jumping, Endurance and Flat Racing. LONGINES is a member of The Swatch Group Ltd, the World’s leading manufacturer of horological products. With the winged hourglass as its emblem, the brand has outlets in over 130 countries.

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American Invitational Raises over $15,000 for Official Charity Partner, JustWorld International

JustWorld International hostesses presented the awards for the $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm.

Miami, FL – April 11, 2014 – The gates to Sun Life Stadium opened to usher in nearly 6,000 spectators last Saturday for the 42nd Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm. The event raised more than $15,000 for JustWorld, with all proceeds benefiting their mission of raising funds within the global equestrian community to help provide education, nutrition, healthcare and vocational training programs to children in impoverished communities around the world.

“We have had a relationship with JustWorld International for a long time,” Matt Morrissey of Stadium Jumping said. “They are our official charity partner at all of our events, and we are thrilled to be able to help them pursue their mission of helping impoverished children around the world. Gene Mische, who was such a crucial part of the American Invitational, helped Jessica [Newman] when the organization was still young. It has been a wonderful relationship, and they always go above and beyond to help make our events a success.”

As each spectator entered the stadium, the JustWorld team was on hand at the Information Booth, where they sold programs and answered all questions about the American Invitational. JustWorld earned a percentage of the proceeds from the program sales, and for every ticket purchased with the promo code JUSTWORLD they raised an additional $10. The JustWorld volunteers stood out in their co-branded apparel designed and sponsored by PoloGear. The co-branded shirts are beautifully designed with sublimated graphics and the purple and blue colors for which JustWorld is known. The shirts are currently available here.

Just before the jump-off, JustWorld volunteers walked onto the field with Miami Dolphins legends Bob Griese and Nat Moore. Onlookers sat on the edge of their seats as the stadium-wide benefit drawing was announced. Pablo Barrios was the first name pulled, winning the Miami Dolphins Sidelines Club Package. The package featured four Ford Sidelines Club Passes and Lower Level Seats. Two lucky winners won a meet and greet with legendary Miami Dolphins quarterback, Bob Griese, also taking home his autographed throwback jersey and a signed NFL football.

“JustWorld International was a major help in making the 42nd American Invitational a true success,” Morrissey concluded. “They not only ran the information booth and sold programs, but they helped in the VIP tent, and their JustWorld hostesses assisted with the awards presentation. Their enthusiasm and dedication to our events always makes it an easy decision to have them as our official charity partner. They bring something special to every event.”

Founded in 2003 by Jessica Newman, JustWorld International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization, which funds life-changing nutrition, health and hygiene, education, as well as leadership and cultural development programs for impoverished children in Cambodia, Honduras and Guatemala. There are currently more than 500 Rider and Technical Official Ambassadors representing 40 different countries, whose efforts to support JustWorld’s projects have raised in excess of $6.5 million to date. For more information on JustWorld, please visit www.justworldinternational.org.

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Focus on Unforgettable Horses and Devoted Grooms in FEI Focus Online Magazine

Lausanne (SUI), 9 April 2014 – The new edition of FEI Focus, the official magazine of the Fédération Equestre Internationale, is now available online and from Apple Newsstand.

The magazine includes features on the best horse of all time, as selected by the FEI Committee discipline chairs, the indispensable grooms, an interview with Norman, mascot for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, an article on French Vaulting star Jacques Ferrari, and lots more.

FEI Focus talks to the grooms, the unsung heroes of our sport, who will be in Lyon next week helping to make sure that their equine charges are ready for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals.

“Trust is a big deal in everything,” said Clark Shipley, groom for Beezie Madden, the highest ranked female athlete in the Longines Rankings, who will be going all out to defend her title in Lyon. “We know we can rely on each other.”

“My favourite moment at a show is when the horse and the rider look really good going to the arena. I feel very happy, and very proud,” says Miriam Borner, groom to defending Reem Acra champion, Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg.

The latest edition of FEI Focus celebrates the Chinese Year of the Horse with a stunning photo gallery of driftwood horse sculptures, created by artist James Doran-Webb.

Real horses are also in the spotlight. The “What’s on your mind” feature reveals the FEI Committee chairs’ favourite horses, including Charisma, as picked by Eventing’s Giuseppe della Chiesa, and Authentic, the choice of Jumping’s John Madden. Bob Thomson, “the father” of Reining in Canada, has fond memories of the wonderful Boomernic, who sadly died recently: “This horse elevated the level of degree of difficulty while combining beauty and finesse that brought Reiners to a new level of training and expectation,” he said.

Norman, the charismatic jet-setting mascot for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, is the focus for the “Life in a Day” feature. The Games will be the largest sporting event in France this year, on the back of the double Finals in Lyon, with eight world championships held at spectacular venues like the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint-Michel.

Seen from the outside”, a new feature in FEI Focus, looks at how non-equestrian athletes view the equestrian world. “Jumping is a very beautiful sport and I realise that there is a lot of work and discipline behind it,” says Switzerland’s Sergei Aschwanden, bronze medal judoka at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The “grand finale” is FEI President HRH Princess Haya’s interview about how FEI Solidarity can change people’s lives and that equestrian sports have the power to change the world for the better.

About FEI Focus

FEI Focus is the official magazine of the Fédération Equestre Internationale. Launched in 2009, it is produced three times a year.

Through stunning photography, exclusive features, interviews and news articles, it portrays and promotes the many facets of the FEI’s seven disciplines and numerous topics surrounding the equine industry. The magazine shares news from the FEI’s 132 Member Federations, turns the spotlight on equestrian athletes and major events, and explores the life and work of grooms, volunteers, event officials, veterinarians and all the other people who make the sport possible.

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FEI’s Chief of Business Development and Strategy Talks Sporting Equality at SportAccord

Lisa F. Lazarus, FEI’s Chief of Business Development & Strategy (c) Hugues Siegenthaler/FEI.

Lausanne (SUI), 8 April 2014 – Just one week after IOC President Thomas Bach announced a 23% increase in female representation on IOC commissions, Lisa Lazarus, FEI’s Chief of Business Development and Strategy will be addressing the SportAccord Convention held in Belek (TUR) this week on the topic of women in sport.

Lazarus features on the first panel in tomorrow’s (9 April) session, “A Women’s World, the journey towards sporting equality”, alongside Amanda Bennett, Head Coach England Women U20 team, Rugby Football Union, Marzena Bogdanowicz, Managing Director b-focused ltd., Donna de Varona, President DAMAR Inc., and Neşe Gündoğan, Secretary General of the Turkish National Olympic Committee.

Moderated by Charmaine Crooks (CAN), five-time Olympian and recipient of the 2006 IOC Women in Sport Trophy, the panel will debate sporting equality on the field of play, in the media, in sponsorship spend, and on the boards of national and international sports governing bodies.

Gender equality in horse sport

“Equestrian is one of the few sports that can boast gender equality on the field of play, with male and female athletes competing against each other and sharing the same podium,” Lisa Lazarus said.

“One great example of our top female athletes is American Jumping rider Beezie Madden, who will be heading to the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Lyon, France next week to defend her title.

“Last year Beezie Madden became the fifth woman to claim the FEI World Cup trophy in the world’s oldest individual Jumping series, and is currently the highest ranked female athlete in the Longines Rankings, the world rankings for Jumping riders, having consistently held a top-five place for almost a year.”

Women in leadership

“The FEI is also one of the International Federations that has a history of strong female Presidents,” Lazarus added. “HRH Princess Haya, the third consecutive female FEI President, was appointed in 2006 following the FEI’s first contested election. The former Olympian is a UN Messenger of Peace and IOC member and is currently on three IOC commissions – Women and Sport, Entourage, and Marketing.

“HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, FEI President from 1986 to 1994 and now honorary FEI Vice President, was announced last week as President of the IOC Nominations Commission. HRH The Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón (ESP) succeeded The Princess Royal as FEI President, and remained in the role for eight years until 2006 when HRH Princess Haya was elected. In 1996, Doña Pilar was the first FEI President to become an IOC member.

“The FEI is very proud to have been the International Federation to field the first female athlete from Saudi Arabia at Olympic level when Dalma Rushdi Malhas won individual bronze at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in the Jumping.

“And it is a matter of great pride for us that the first female IOC member, in 1981, was Flor Isava Fonseca, member of the Venezuelan Jumping team at the 1956 Olympic Games and founder and first president of the Venezuelan Equestrian Federation.”

The general theme of this year’s SportAccord Convention conference programme is Sport’s New Frontier. Topics such as creating better sporting equality; integrity, and what today’s youth really think about sport, will be debated during the two conference days.

About Lisa Lazarus, FEI’s Chief of Business Development & Strategy

Panel – A Women’s World: The journey towards sporting equality
Wednesday, 12:00 – 13:00      Main Auditorium

Lisa F. Lazarus is Chief of Business Development & Strategy for the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) overseeing all of the commercial activities of the FEI, including media, sponsorship, and licensing & merchandising. She also advises the CEO on strategic matters relating to the growth of equestrian sport globally.

Lazarus was the FEI’s General Counsel from May 2009 – August 2013. In that role, she was responsible for all of the legal activities of the FEI, including commercial negotiations, equine and human anti-doping programmes, regulatory matters, and all cases before the FEI Tribunal and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Ms Lazarus was also responsible for all legal matters on behalf of the FEI in the lead up to and during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Prior to joining the FEI, Lazarus worked for the National Football League for 10 years based in New York and then London, most recently as Senior Director of Partner Development for NFL International.

About SportAccord Convention

SportAccord Convention is a six-day annual gathering of over 2500 leading representatives from international sport. It encompasses the Congress and General Assemblies of three associations whose members consist of 108 International Sports Federations (IFs) and Associate Members.

SportAccord Convention receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who organises the IOC Executive Board spring meeting at each Convention. In addition to its Executive Board Meeting, the IOC also holds its annual joint meetings with SportAccord, ASOIF and AIOWF.

The 2014 SportAccord Convention runs from 6-11 April in Belek/Antalya (TUR).

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Human Dancers to Assist Dancing Horses

Local Studio Assists in U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Benefit Event

Wellington, FL – March 6, 2014 – The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of West Palm Beach is lending some of its professional ballroom dancers to assist in a benefit event to support the United States Equestrian Dressage Team on March 15, 2014. The special event, entitled “Prancing with the Stars” after the famous television program “Dancing with the Stars,” will include a dancing competition to get the auction started for the evening.

Studio owner Doreen Scheinpflug has arranged for professional dancers Mar Martinez, Tanya Payne, Clifton Sepulveda and Michael Chaves to each be paired up with two professional riders for two performances. The professional dancers will be paired with professional riders Chris Hickey, Cesar Parra, Todd Flettrich, Katherine Bateson Chandler, Shelly Francis, Adrienne Lyle, Tina Konyot and Michael Barisone.

Each team will demonstrate one of the following dances for their routine: waltz, tango, foxtrot, salsa, rumba, swing, cha cha or hustle. Each team will perform a 90-second dance routine which will be critiqued by three guest judges. The judges are Ellin Dixon Miller, Jane Savoie and Bent Jensen, all accomplished riders themselves.

After each routine is assessed by the judges, the bidding will begin. The professional riders will be auctioned off to the highest bidder for a day of their services. Bids will also be taken for the opportunity to sit with the judges during a freestyle.

After the Stars are auctioned off, bidding at the party will begin on several very exciting packages. Five items are available for pre-bidding by registering at http://uset.auctionanything.com. On-line pre-bidding began Wednesday, March 5 and closes at 12:00 noon on March 15.

One hundred percent of the money collected from the benefit (ticket sales and auction proceeds) will directly fund the 2014 World Equestrian Games Dressage athletes and High Performance Programs. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Checks should be made out directly to the USET Foundation. Sponsorships are available at the following levels: Platinum: $15,000; Gold: $10,000; Silver: $5,000; Table of 8: $2,000; Individual tickets: $250.

For ticket reservations, contact Annie Cizadlo at 218-349-3452 or email kodester1@yahoo.com. Send checks made out to: USET Foundation to Annie at 1170 Mourning Dove Lane, Wellington, FL 33414. Tickets may also be purchased via credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Amex accepted).

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.

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Karin Reid Offield’s Story of Saving JUMPERS Leads Us to “Harry & Snowman”

With the attention of the global horse-world focused in Wellington, Florida’s Winter Equestrian Festival, Wellington’s own Karin Reid Offield (Offield Farms) has taken the lead to fund a film depicting an amazing real-life story, of the most famous horse ever “rescued.”

Literally pulled off the slaughter truck for $80 by renowned Equestrian Harry DeLeyer, Snowman went on to become a three-time National Champion earning his place into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame.

Karin’s “Saving JUMPERS” is an untold story behind the story. It includes rescuing over 7 miles of lost film footage – ultimately providing some of the historic images in the new film, “Harry & Snowman.”

We believe that you will be:
* motivated to read, fan, promote and share this story;
* intrigued to hear about the 35 years that went into making this film;
* touched to feel the heartwarming tale of one man’s love for his horse, and may ultimately be
* inspired to experience what it’s like to rescue an animal for themselves; and
* FIRED UP to share the story with their “followers” and “friends.”

Offield Farms and Karin Reid Offield

Saving JUMPERS synopsis


Harry & Snowman
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Von Bredow-Werndl Wins Reem Acra Qualifier at Gothenburg

Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB stormed to victory in style at the seventh leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Western European League in Gothenburg. Photo: FEI/Roland Thunholm.

Gothenburg (SWE), 1 March 2014 – Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl stole the show at Gothenburg in Sweden today when producing a superb victory in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Western European League 2013/2014 qualifier with Unee BB.

“I didn’t expect it!” said the 28-year-old whose winter season has been nothing short of spectacular.  “This is my very first World Cup season, I had never done a World Cup competition before, but we have been steadily improving and I am so proud of Unee!” she pointed out after pinning Sweden’s Patrik Kittel and Toy Story into second and Denmark’s Nanna Skodberg Merrald and Millibar into third.

Penultimate qualifying leg

A total of 13 horse-and-rider combinations lined out at this penultimate qualifying round for competitors in the Western European League region, and for many it has come to “make or break” time.

In a line-out of riders from seven nations, the host country fielded six horse-and-rider combinations and it was Sweden’s Sofie Lexner and the veteran 18-year-old Charming Boy who set the early standard when posting a score of 74.500.  This left her out in front until The Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud scored 77.400 with his relatively new ride, the 12-year-old bay stallion, Johnson, but that was immediately overtaken by Swedish star Patrik Kittel whose steady and precise performance with Toy Story featured fluid transitions, solid piaffe and rhythmic tempi changes for a mark of 79.025.

This was now the score to beat, and Skodberg Merrald came close when awarded 77.950 with Millibar who has emerged as a real contender this season.  But, last to go, it was von Bredow-Werndl who pinned Kittel into runner-up spot with a beautifully executed and demanding floor plan that demonstrated flair, control, athleticism and accuracy, and more than a little daring.  The German rider’s performance gave her a well-deserved mark of 81.350, with strong artistic marks awarded by the Ground Jury.

Swedish Ground Jury member Gustav Svalling commented afterwards, “Jessica’s horse is absolutely fantastic and is capable of doing so much, and it is such a good looking horse as well!”


Today’s winner also topped yesterday’s Grand Prix, and when asked how confident she was going into today’s Freestyle, she replied, “Yes of course I thought I might have a chance to win, but everybody wants to win and in the end it comes down to the battle on the day.  I just gave it my very best; Unee did great; he listened to me and wanted to do a good job,” she explained.

The atmosphere in Gothenburg’s Scandinavium Arena is always electric, and Kittel described it today as “amazing!” He continued, “I thought yesterday was good but today was even more special. That’s the Scandinavium for you – a full house and a full crowd. They are so positive towards the riders and that’s what is so unique about it.  Of course it is amazing when they all come in and they are clapping and cheering – what kind of rider doesn’t want that? If you have a sensitive horse it can get tricky, but I try to do my best every time regardless. The crowd is there to support, but they aren’t the ones driving me. I don’t think the crowd makes my performance better or worse but it definitely contributes to making me feel good,” he pointed out.

Skodborg Merrald felt she raised her game following yesterday’s class in which she also finished third.  “I think I had a much better test today. My first piaffe was a little behind me but the last three were much better – I am really satisfied,” she said, adding that will not compete at the next and final qualifying round in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED) because she feels she has already done enough to qualify for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final at Lyon, France in April.

Holiday planned

Today’s winner won’t be going either, as she has a long holiday planned for her handsome 13-year-old stallion after a long and busy winter campaign. Reflecting on the last six months, she said, “This season just fell into place.  We started by finishing eighth in Odense (DEN), then we were seventh in Stuttgart (GER), sixth in Stockholm (SWE) and sixth in Amsterdam (NED) and at Neumunster (GER) we moved right up to third.  Now today we have our first win!” she explained.

Unee BB’s natural poise and elegance really shone through today.  Talking about her horse, von Bredow-Werndl said this evening, “I have been riding him for two years now and he only did his first Grand Prix after I got him.  Then he did more Grand Prix last year and we decided he was ready.  We are becoming more and more like real partners and that’s what makes it so good to ride him now.  He has more power so that’s make it easier for him to find his self-carriage.  We work together as a team.”

Coming from a family background steeped in the sporting tradition she clearly understands the benefit and necessity of training and dedication to make it to the top. “I train every day with my brother, Benjamin, and when I am at shows our coach, Jonny Hilberath, is with me.  He came here to Gothenburg – we have been working together for the last three years,” she explained.


When asked if her rapid improvement might present a challenge to defending champion , and fellow German, Helen Langehanenberg, von Bredow-Werndl laughed and said, “No, there is not really much chance of that! But Helen is a great friend of mine and she has texted me already to congratulate me on my win!”

As the qualifying leagues draw to a close the pressure is reaching boiling point. The top end of Western European League leaderboard reads like a “who’s who” of the sport right now with von Bredow-Werndl moving into third place behind fellow-German Isabell Werth in second and Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven at the head of affairs.  Denmark’s Anna Kaskprzak lies fourth ahead of The Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud in fifth and Denmark’s Nanna Skodborg Merrald in joint-fifth place.

It is down to the wire for those attempting to make the cut to the Reem Acra FEI World Cup 2014 Final, and they have one last chance at ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED) in three weeks’ time.

For further information on the seventh leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2013/2014 Western European League series at Gothenburg, Sweden, visit website www.gothenburghorseshow.com or contact Press Officers Matilda Hjertstrand: matilda.hjertstrand@ridsport.se Tel + 46 709 79 56 31 / Mayvor Thorin: mayvor.thorin@gotevent.se Tel +46 705 82 84 20.

Detailed result here.

Facts and Figures:

The Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg, Sweden was the venue for today’s seventh qualifying leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2013/2014 Western European League.

13 riders from 7 nations competed.

The host country of Sweden was represented by 6 horse-and-rider combinations.

The Ground Jury was: At H, A. Fransen Iacobeaus SWE; At E, Dr E Eisenhardt GER, At C – G Svalling SWE; at M, T Lang AUT; at B, S Baarup (DEN).

Winning rider, Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, has now moved into third place on the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Western European League leader board which is headed by Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven followed by Germany’s Isabell Werth in second place.

Gothenburg presents one of the most popular fixture on the international calendar, dating back to its first horse show in 1977.

Since then 2.5m spectators have attended the event which has staged 13 FEI World Cup Jumping Finals and 7 FEI World Cup Dressage Finals.

One further qualifying opportunity remands for riders in the 2013/2014 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Western European League – at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands on Saturday 22 March.

The Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2014 Final will take place in Lyon, France from 17-21 April.


Jessica von Bredow-Werndl GER, talking about what her winning ride, Unee BB, will do  before the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final in April: “We will just try to play a bit and have fun together before we start working again a few weeks before the Final.”

Patrik Kittel SWE: “On behalf of all the riders I want to thank Reem Acra for her support towards the FEI World Cup Dressage Series as without her, none of this would be possible. I also want to thank the Organisers for their tremendous organisation and for putting on such a great show.”

Tomas Torgersen, Event Director: “We have always felt that being part of a series is a very big advantage. You get a good starting field and good performances which is something really important, something that the crowd really loves. To be in a position to present top sport and being part of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Series is very important for the Gothenburg Horse Show.  I am very happy with the performances of the riders today; we had some very big performances. I think the judges did very well as well.”

FEI YouTube: http://youtu.be/fG5v2HOZ4AE

FEI World Cup Dressage, the only worldwide series in this discipline, has entered its 28th season. The series, created in 1985, comprises four leagues: Western European, Central European, North American (including Canada) and Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Asia). Each FEI World Cup Dressage qualifier consists of a Grand Prix test, which in turn is a qualification for the Freestyle to Music competition, where league points are accumulated towards places in the Final. Judged on both technical and artistic merit, the FEI World Cup Dressage combines art, sport and partnership between horse and rider at the highest level and consistently proves a winning formula with audiences all over the world.

The complete rules, calendar, updated ranking and results are available here.

By Louise Parkes

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Lyle Lovett Joins Danny & Ron’s Rescue Lip Sync, Raising Unprecedented Funds for Rescue Round Up

Tim McQuay, Ron Danta, Kim Tudor, Lyle Lovett, Colleen McQuay, Danny Robertshaw, Brian Lookabill and Kate Considine. Photo by Phelps Media Group.

Wellington, FL – February 18, 2014 – It wasn’t your typical dog and pony show at the Sixth Annual Danny & Ron’s Rescue Lip Sync on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Four-time Grammy Award-winning artist Lyle Lovett joined in the Rescue Round Up to help raise donations for Danny & Ron’s Rescue, a non-profit dog rescue based in Wellington and Camden, SC. The venue was vibrant with checkered patterns reminiscent of a western dance, while performers were decked out in Stetsons, bolo ties, cowboy boots and an array of country costumes as people from the equestrian community and beyond came together to support their favorite dog rescue.

Over 425 guests made their way into the Special Events Pavilion at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Sunday evening, greeted by several adoptable canine companions looking for their forever home, all of which were adopted. Dressed in country garb, guests enjoyed a fabulous dinner catered by the White Horse Tavern, and enjoyed cocktails and puppy kisses as the anticipation built for the long-awaited lip sync performances.

Moorcroft Stables came out at the top of the ‘Battle of the Barns’ with their lip sync dedicated to the American troops and their canine companions. Their routine was heartfelt and full of emotion as photos of soldiers and dogs flashed across the screens. Their “voices” were heard as they took the first place prize bringing the audience to their feet with a standing ovation.

Danny Robertshaw commented to Charlie Moorcroft, “Not only did your team make a difference for the dogs, but they made a difference to humanity! They opened eyes and hearts. They taught us that while you’re focused on one main cause, you can still remember there are many others out there. They taught the spirit of teamwork, about being grateful while remaining humble, and showed us how to have fun while working hard and giving at the same time. We are blessed!”

Kim Kolloff, ‘Sheriff’ of this year’s Rescue Round Up, started the Lip Sync six years ago to foster a sense of philanthropy and altruism in the children, providing a kid-friendly event that is truly one-of-a-kind.

“Through the six years this event has really grown, and the children have really learned about giving back. Their hearts have opened up so much to the dogs, and they understand what it means to save money to rescue homeless, abused, starving and neglected dogs,” Kolloff said. “Each child has become so close to the rescue that their passion is seen in every action they take. They work to make everyone aware the meaning of giving back to the dogs.”

Each one of the performances was over the top, and showed deep appreciation for everything that Danny & Ron’s Rescue does, so much so that Lovett recommended that each child be named a winner.

“Gosh, the children all tried so hard. They put their hearts into every performance. You could tell that it was important to them. As I watched them, I thought that it was more about the spirit in which they performed, rather than the performances themselves. I actually did think that they all did a great job. It was unnecessary to pick one over the other.”

Lovett continued, “One thing about art and music is that it isn’t a competitive sport; you can simply just like things you like, and not rate one over another. I think in the case of these children, who worked so hard and invested themselves in these performances, I couldn’t choose one over another. I loved seeing their faces. I got snapshots of each performance on my phone, and I can’t wait to download them and share them with everyone.”

During the mid-point of the performances, the lip sync came to an intermission as the explanation of the fundraising was brought to the audience’s attention. With each dog averaging a cost of $500, guests pledged money to help with the veterinary expenses associated with each pooch. In previous years, the event was able to raise enough donations for a mobile adoption unit, as well as improvements to their rescue facility.

The judges for the event included: Dr. Betsee Parker, Ryan Beckett, Colleen McQuay and Lyle Lovett. Dr. Betsee Parker personally donated $52,000 to Danny & Ron’s Rescue, on behalf of her horse, Ovation, who won his second consecutive Hunter Spectacular the night prior with Tori Colvins in the irons. It was Lovett’s first visit to Wellington, and his first time as a celebrity judge for the event. It was through Danny and Ron’s connections with Colleen and Tim McQuay that Lovett learned of their rescue, and donated his time.

“I learned about Danny & Ron’s Rescue through Tim and Colleen, who I ride reiners with,” Lovett explained. “As I learned about what they [Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta] do – their dedication and their spirit is infectious. The more I learned about them, the more eager I became to meet them. Coming here this weekend was an incredible experience, and although I have played concerts in the areas over the years, I had never made the trip to Wellington. To see how well supported Danny & Ron’s Rescue is by the community and the folks here who support horses. When you see good hearted people come together to accomplish something good, that really makes you want to go into the world and try to be better.”

Ron Danta concluded, “Danny and I were so moved Sunday night by all of the love and support of all of the performers, and all of the people that came to support the Lip Sync. I think it was so evident by looking at the emotions on all of the children’s faces during their performances, and even in the photos, just how much this all meant to them; their support brought tears to our eyes.”

Through the efforts of the kids, parents and supporters, Danny and Ron’s Rescue was able to make history at the Sixth Annual Lip Sync. The event was a huge success with nine dogs adopted and crucial funds raised for the organization. The event would not have been possible without the sponsorship support of Goshen Hill, H’nD Farm, and Dever Golf Carts. For more information on Danny and Ron’s Rescue, please visit www.dannyandronsrescue.org.

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Equestrians Raise Money for Other Equestrians in Need at EAF Who Reins Supreme

Photos: Jack Mancini.

Fun-Filled Evening Raised Funds to Support Equestrian Community Members in Need

WELLINGTON, FL. January 31, 2014 – The equestrian community and South Florida locals came together on Friday, January 31, 2014 for the fourth annual Equestrian Aid Foundation Who Reins Supreme?, supported by MeadowView Farm. The Old West themed event centered around a reining competition with hunter, jumper and dressage riders. Other highlights of the evening included a cocktail hour, delicious dinner, awards ceremony, and live and silent auctions, all to raise money for equestrians and equine-related professionals suffering from injury and chronic illness.

World-class riders Susie Dutta, Nick Dello Joio, Louise Serio and Nicole Shahinian Simpson showed off their newfound reining skills as they took the ring for the main event of the evening, a uniquely formatted reining competition. Accomplished reiner and trainer Mark Rafacz and one of the all-time leaders in the sport of reining, Tim McQuay, captained each team and joined their fellow riders in the competition. After fierce competition, Nick Dello Joio, Nicole Shahinian Simpson and Tim McQuay were the winning team.

The 2014 EAF Luminary Award was presented to three Equestrian Aid Foundation founders, past presidents Robert Dover and Mason Phelps, Jr. and the current president, R. Scot Evans.

“We founded this organization in 1996 to financially support those battling HIV/AIDS. As the EAF matured and grew stronger, we evolved into an organization providing financial help to those in the equestrian community suffering from any life-threatening illness or injury,” said Dover. “I am honored to have been a part of this organization for so long and humbled by this award.”

2“I am so grateful to be honored with these two outstanding gentlemen who have done so much for the equestrian world,” said Phelps. “It is immensely rewarding to see a community where members support each other, and together our efforts have truly made a difference.”

Guests donned their best Western wear for the event, which kicked off with a cocktail hour featuring mixed drinks from Tito’s Homemade Vodka. A delicious dinner was provided by Aaron’s Catering for guests to enjoy while bidding on packages such as a week’s stay at a Tuscan villa and a cooking lesson with Top Chef Masters winner and world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. The top item was an ultimate New York experience donated by the Goutal family, which went for $5,200 and included dinner for four at Le Colonial and Saturday Night Live tickets.

“Outsiders often view the world of equestrian sports as a life of privilege. That is not always the case, however, and many people in our midst are in need of assistance,” said Evans. “Who Reins Supreme provides an opportunity for the community to come together for an enjoyable evening while also raising money for a worthy cause.”

3About the Equestrian Aid Foundation: For 17 years, the Equestrian Aid Foundation has delivered financial assistance to equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses or injuries throughout their time of need. Funding for medical, rehabilitation and essential expenses – such as food and housing – enables recipients to cope through crisis and get back on their feet. The EAF is dedicated to helping people from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages. The EAF is a 501 (c) 3 organization.  Learn more at www.equestrianaidfoundation.org, www.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope or @ride4hope.

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