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Conor Swail and Martha Louise Win $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 10

Conor Swail and Martha Louise. Photo © Sportfot.

Smiles and Havens Schatt Continue Winning Streak in Lucas Equine Equipment Performance Hunter 3’3″ Division

Wellington, FL – March 14, 2013 – Ireland’s Conor Swail and Chinook Valley, Inc.’s Martha Louise were victorious in Thursday’s $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 10 during week ten of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival’s (FTI WEF), sponsored by Horseware Ireland.

Week ten’s competition runs March 13-17 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) featuring CSI 3* competition. Highlights include the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m on Friday, the $82,000 Horseware Ireland CSI 3* Grand Prix on Saturday, and the $33,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday.

Tomorrow night’s exciting line-up of events at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival at The Stadium includes the $10,000 Head-to-Head Competition over the high jump “Puissance” wall at 6 pm, the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle presented by Horseware Ireland under the lights at 7:30 pm, and The Yale Spizzwinks (?) A Capella singing performances. General admission and parking are free, and there will be fantastic raffle prizes handed out to general admission seat holders. It will be a night of power and grace for equestrian sport that you won’t want to miss!

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9 – March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.

Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany set the course in the International Arena for Thursday’s Challenge Cup class with 64 entries, 13 clear rounds to advance to the jump-off, and five double clear efforts over the short course. Conor Swail and Martha Louise, a nine-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare by Maloubet de Pleville 1039 x Wolfgang, had the leading time in 42.53 seconds.

Swail got Martha Louise last year and had a great season with many top placings, including wins in the Gijon and Dublin 5* shows in Europe. The mare is just starting up with her season this year and has not shown a lot yet, but proved to be back in form with a great win on Thursday.

“She kind of excelled herself today; she was just fantastic,” Swail smiled after the class. “She is a real good winner. She is a great horse to have on the truck and she is only nine years old. I have to say, she was very good today. I wasn’t really expecting her to be so good because she hasn’t been doing a lot and I thought she would be a bit rusty, but she was fantastic in the jump-off.”

Swail went second in the jump-off and had to beat a fast pace set down by Charlie Jacobs and Flaming Star. He explained his strategy.

“I was quite lucky because Charlie was first and I was second,” Swail stated. “I watched him closely because he is a fast rider and also whenever the ring is dragged, there are no other tracks, only his, so when I was riding around I could see his tracks. He was tight. He was very good one to two, he was tight to three. He was also very tight to the white oxer, but then coming down to the double he went ten (strides) and I went eight. I think that is where I got him. I took the risk of having the vertical down. I was quite narrow going into the double and I think that is where it paid off.”

With a smaller class and some of the top horses taking a break after last week’s CSI 5* competition, Swail thought the class was a perfect way for Martha Louise to start the season.

“She is a very kind horse,” he said of the mare. “She has a big, slow canter, but she also has a lot of quality and good scope. She is really nice. She could be inexperienced at this level. Sometimes she can worry a bit off the jump and sometimes I can press too hard and don’t totally trust that she will do it, so that we have to smooth out a little, but apart from that she does a lot of great things.”

Charlie Jacobs (USA) and CMJ Sporthorse LLC’s Flaming Star finished second in 43.72 seconds. Lauren Tisbo (USA) and Tequestrian Farms LLC’s Roundthorn Madios were third in 44.47 seconds. Heather Caristo-Williams and M/M Ralph Caristo’s Evening Star placed fourth in 44.49 seconds. Fifth place honors went to Japan’s Taizo Sugitani and Yvonne Young’s Avenzio 3 with their time of 47.39 seconds.

Along with his winning prize money, Swail was also presented with a special rider’s bonus for the SSG “Go Clean for the Green” promotion. A $3,000 bonus is offered each week if the winning rider of the Challenge Cup class is wearing the SSG ‘Digital’ Riding Gloves in all rounds of competition with the SSG logo clearly visible.

Smiles and Havens Schatt Continue Winning Streak in Lucas Equine Equipment Performance Hunter 3’3″ Division

Havens Schatt and Smiles had plenty to grin about after earning championship honors in the Lucas Equine Equipment Performance Hunter 3’3″ division during week ten of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Schatt and Smiles, a ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Bruce Duchossois, bested the division with consistent performances over two days of competition. Day one, the pair won the under saddle and placed first and third over fences, followed by second and fourth place finishes on day two. Hayley Barnhill and Missy Luczak-Smith’s Surf’s Up were reserve champions after two blue ribbon finishes over fences on day two.

Schatt was eager to give Smiles a change of pace after he returned from some time away from the show ring. “He hasn’t shown for two weeks, so it was especially fun to show in a different ring,” Schatt admitted. “He’s never been in Ring 7 before, so he really had his ears up and we had a lot of fun with it.”

Havens Schatt and Smiles. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography
Havens Schatt and Smiles. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography

Schatt enjoyed the opportunity to ride one of her more mature mounts in a new environment. “Ring 7 can be hard because of the jumper horses being nearby. Today’s classes followed the Pre-Greens, so the courses were simple, but built very nicely. I deal with a lot of younger horses and so it was nice to be on an older horse that you know will be good in a new venue,” Schatt explained.

“I’ve been riding Smiles for about a year and a half, and he’s been a pleasure throughout,” she continued. “He does anything you ask him to do in any ring you ask him to do it in. He’s a very easygoing dude,” Schatt smiled.

While Schatt is no stranger to the winner’s circle with her talented string of hunter mounts, she especially appreciates her close bond with Smiles. “I know him really well and I know every time I get on him exactly what I have, which isn’t always the case with the young ones. He’s very consistent, which is really nice,” Schatt described.

Schatt and Smiles are currently in first place in the FTI WEF circuit championship standings for the division. Schatt credits their success to Smiles’ striking presentation and remarkable natural talent. “He’s bigger and he’s all chestnut, so he’s very elegant and stands out a little bit. He always jumps the same with great follow-through behind. He jumps as well behind as he does in front. He can jump high with so much ease, has beautiful movement across the ground, and you don’t have to pull on his mouth. He gets in one rhythm where everything just happens,” Schatt concluded.

Schatt will continue to ride Smiles for the duration of the FTI WEF in addition to owner Duchossois, who will return to the Amateur-Owner 3’3″ divisions with Smiles during week eleven of the FTI WEF. Week ten, sponsored by Horseware Ireland, will continue Friday when the Camping World Adult Hunter 51 & Over Section A names its champion in the Gene Mische Grand Hunter Arena. The $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m will be featured in the International Arena during the day and the $35,000 G&C Farm Puissance will be held at The Stadium at PBIEC in the evening. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

Lauren Fisher and Laura Cardon for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
info@jenniferwoodmedia.com

Zerbino Interagro “Plays for Pink” on Challenge of the Americas Team International

Cherri Reiber and Zerbino Interagro at the 2013 Challenge of the Americas. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

Wellington, FL (March 14, 2013) – Nowhere was the beauty and power of dressage put to better use than on Saturday evening, March 9th during the 2013 Challenge of the Americas (COTA), where quadrille teams of Grand Prix horses danced elaborate routines to music to support breast cancer research and awareness.  Zerbino Interagro, ridden by trainer Cherri Reiber, demonstrated the baroque elegance of Lusitano dressage horse as they rode for Team International and helped boost the team to the highest score and the win during the 11th Annual Challenge of the Americas at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“Lusitanos like Zerbino Interagro are a special treat.  It is a beautiful breed to have participate in such an historically haute ecole performance.  It really hearkens back to the origins of dressage and classical horsemanship,” said COTA organizer, Mary Ross.

The equestrian Who’s Who list of COTA riders and guests, many whose lives have been touched by cancer, created a memorable evening of horsemanship in support, through Play for P.I.N.K., of the important work of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).  The Challenge, which celebrated its 11th year, has raised upwards of $1.8 million in funds directly benefiting BCRF research.

“I just keep wanting to raise more,” said a deeply appreciative Ross, who started the event in memory of her late mother, Jean Cruse, and her battle against cancer.  “I am so appreciative of the riders who come and perform.  They do it simply because cancer in some way has touched their lives.  They get nothing in return but dinner.”

The real winners, in addition to the beneficiaries, were the spectators, who were swept off their feet by the elegant equestrian synchronicity of the winning Team International sponsored by the Seley Parker Group of Merrill Lynch:  Todd Flettrich, Devon Kane, Susanne Hamilton, Nancy Later, Sharon McCusker and Cherri Reiber made mastering the quadrille pattern created by coaches and choreographers Ruth Hogan-Poulsen and Erin Swaney look effortless. Hogan-Poulsen’s musical compilation included hits by recent Oscar-winner Adele, as well as P!nk, David Guetta, and Bruno Mars.

The Challenge of the Americas began in 2002 as a luncheon exhibition at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby to its position today as a ‘must’ on the Florida equestrian scene’s March calendar.  Each year’s COTA features dressage alongside another equestrian sport, and this year’s spotlight was on bridleless reining performances with brothers Trevor and Rick Steed, and the special ‘return to the saddle’ by Mason Phelps, alternate for the 1968 US Olympic Three-Day Team, retired from the irons for 15 years. Phelps performed a disco Pas de Deux with US Olympic Bronze Medalist Debbie McDonald that drew cheers from appreciative fans.

Interagro Lusitanos, breeders of Zerbino Interagro were thrilled that one of their horses was on hand to contribute to the fund raising event. “We love to showcase these talented horses and it is even more exciting when it is for such a good cause,” said Cecilia Gonzaga, the Managing Director for Interagro Lusitanos in Itipira, Brazil.

About Interagro Lusitanos

Founded in 1975 by Dr. Paulo Gavião Gonzaga to preserve the Lusitano breed, Interagro Lusitanos is now recognized as the world’s largest breeder and exporter of Lusitano horses. Dr. Gonzaga started with a small band of four mares and one stallion imported to Brazil from the breed’s native Portugal; to date over 600 horses populate the 1200-acre ranch outside São Paulo. Today, Cecilia Gonzaga manages the farm and operations. Interagro Lusitanos are handled, prepared, and evaluated from birth, with a handful of the best stock presented at auction each year. Interagro hosts guest at the farm with their Destination Lusitano program. For more information on Destination Lusitano or to learn more about Interagro Lusitanos, visit their website at www.lusitano-interagro.com.

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Johnny Robb – JRPR, Inc.
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Aniello Set to Compete as First American at FEI World Cup Vaulting Final

Lexington, KY – Gabe Aniello (Redwood City, CA) is set to compete at the FEI World Cup Vaulting Final in Braunchweig, Germany March 14-17. Aniello is the first American vaulter to qualify to compete in the FEI World Cup Vaulting Final. He will vault on Pino del Rio and be lunged by Elke Schelp-Lensing. Aniello will contend against five other top male vaulters including France’s Nicolas Andreani and Ivan Nousse, Lukas Klouda of the Czech Republic, Germany’s Torben Jacobs, and Koen Akkerman of The Netherlands.

Aniello has found success on the international competition scene. He represented the U.S. last year at the 2012 FEI World Vaulting Championship in Le Mans, France, where he placed tenth in the Individual Male championship. Aniello qualified for the FEI World Cup Vaulting Final with solid performances in CVI-W competitions in Paris, France, Leipzig, Germany and Bordeaux, France. The 21-year-old began his qualification process with a third-place finish in Paris at the beginning of December lunged by Schelp-Lensing on Pino del Rio. He then kicked off the new year with a sixth-place effort in Leipzig partnering again with Pino del Rio and Schelp-Lensing, prior to claiming his Final’s qualification with a fourth-place finish in Bordeaux with Carlos 190 and lunger Schelp-Lensing.

Visit the competition website here.

To learn more about the 2012 FEI World Cup Vaulting Final and 2012/2013 qualifying season, visit: http://www.fei.org/events/series-and-finals/fei-world-cup%25E2%2584%25A2-vaulting/calendar-and-rules.

Follow the 2013 U.S. Vaulting Team here.

International Horse Sport Champions Cup Offers High-Performance Dressage Classes and Generous Prize Money

Lars Petersen and Mariett, winners of the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at the IHS Palm Beach Dressage Derby.

Loxahatchee, FL – March 14, 2013 – The March 21-24 International Horse Sport (IHS) Champions Cup CDI-W, held at the International Horse Sport Champions Park at Equestrian Estates, promises to be an exciting event.

The competition in Loxahatchee, FL, serves as a USEF High Performance Qualifying Competition for the 2013 World Cup with more than $15,000 in cash and prizes.

The event also serves as an IHS Blue Hors Invitational and Series Final Qualifier. The final for the IHS Invitational and Series will award a Champion and Reserve Champion horse and rider combination for first through fourth levels, Prix St. Georges, Intermediaire I and Grand Prix. To qualify for the Championship each horse/rider combination must compete in at least two of the first four IHS shows for the 2013 season and ride the highest test of the level at least twice. A minimum of five teams must be qualified and present at each level for prize money to be awarded. The Champion and Reserve must be present for the mounted awards ceremony at the Dressage at the Equestrian Estates CDI3* show on Sunday, March 31, 2013, at each level for prize money to be awarded.

Other championship classes for the IHS Champions Cup include the 2013 USEF National Grand Prix and Intermediaire I, the 2013 Massy Ferguson/USEF North American Junior and Young Riders Championship, USEF National Pony Rider Championships, USEF Developing Horse Championships, the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships, USEF National Brentina Cup Championships, USEF Level 5 Competition with USDF Musical Freestyles and USEF First through Fourth Levels.

Mette Rosencrantz and Finally, winners of the Grand Prix Special at the IHS Palm Beach Dressage Derby
Mette Rosencrantz and Finally, winners of the Grand Prix Special at the IHS Palm Beach Dressage Derby

The Champions Cup will be held at IHS Champions Park, also known as the Derby Showgrounds, a beautiful property in White Fences owned by Mary Ann and Walter McPhail and managed by International Horse Sport Palm Beach. The IHS Palm Beach Managing Partners include FEI riders and trainers Ed Borresen and Lars Petersen, together with well-known show organizers Noreen O’Sullivan and John Flanagan. The IHS Champions Park consists of 10 rings suitable for national and international competition on over 50 acres, including 15 acres of parking, 150 horse stalls for the international horses and another 200 temporary stalls available for the national shows.

For more information about the International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W, go to ihspb.com/2013/ChampionsCupCDI_2013.pdf.

To learn more about International Horse Sport, go to www.ihspb.com.

Sue Weakley for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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Charlie Jacobs Jr. and Happy Endings Farm Enjoy Success in the Show Ring and Fun in the Sun

Charlie Jacobs Jr. guides Ranier to the Children’s 14 & Under Hunter Reserve Championship. Photo By: Parker/Russell – The Book LLC.

Wellington, FL – March 13, 2013 – The Children’s 14 & Under Hunter division is extremely competitive, but so are Charlie Jacobs, Jr. and Ranier. During week nine of the Winter Equestrian Festival, the pair topped the large, split classes of top horses and young riders to claim the reserve championship award for Happy Endings Farm.

Jacobs earned two red second place ribbons and a winning blue over the courses in Ring Seven, tallying enough points to earn him the tricolor award. In the Large Children’s Hunter Pony division, it was Maggie Robinson’s turn to shine. Robinson competed aboard Taschereau and Shenendoah Oasis, both owned by K. J. Robinson, LLC, earning ribbons on both mounts.

Happy Endings Farm ventures away from the barn and on an exciting weekend trail ride
Happy Endings Farm ventures away from the barn and on an exciting weekend trail ride

When not delivering impressive rounds in the show ring, Jacobs, Robinson and their Happy Endings Farm barnmates enjoy time in the saddle away from the ring. This weekend Happy Endings’ youthful riders took to the trails for a gorgeous afternoon trail ride. At the end of the trail, the children were rewarded with ice cream sundaes to celebrate the week, and a fantastic season so far. The following day it was off to Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington, FL, for a Sunday polo lesson where the boys had a blast swinging their mallets and cantering the polo ponies.

“My approach to training involves building a relationship between the riders and their horses/ponies that is built upon trust and appreciation,” Smith-Faver stated. “I try to incorporate all kinds of activities within our program that do not involve horse show competition.”

Smith-Faver continued, “I don’t think any child or adult should be significantly influenced by one judge’s opinion, on one particular day, at any given horse show concerning their round. Although we are having a very successful WEF this year I think both the kids and adults should remember why they are doing this in the first place — it is supposed to be fun!”

Sunday polo practice with the children from Happy Endings Farm
Sunday polo practice with the children from Happy Endings Farm

Happy Endings Farm will show at the Winter Equestrian Festival throughout the 12-week series, and then will travel north for the summer shows. To stay up to date with Linda Smith-Faver and Happy Endings Farm, follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HappyEndingsFarm?ref=ts&fref=ts. You can also visit their Web site at http://www.happyendingsfarm.com/.

Kendall Bierer for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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Johannes Ehning and Cayenne 162 Victorious in $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m Jumpers

Johannes Ehning and Cayenne 162. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL, March 13, 2013 – Week ten of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Horseware Ireland, featured the $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45 speed class on Wednesday with a win for Germany’s Johannes Ehning and Cayenne 162. Earning points on the Longines FEI world ranking list, the pair won over Alise Oken (USA) riding Kaid Du Ry and Beezie Madden (USA) aboard Mademoiselle, with a lightning fast round.

Week ten’s FTI WEF competition will run March 13-17 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) featuring CSI 3* competition. Highlights include the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 10 on Thursday, the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m on Friday, the $82,000 Horseware Ireland CSI 3* Grand Prix on Saturday, and the $33,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday. The $35,000 G&C Farm Puissance will be on Friday night at 6 p.m. at The Stadium at PBIEC. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9 – March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.

Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany is the course designer in the International Arena at PBIEC for week ten. Petersen set the speed track for 39 entries in Wednesday’s highlight FEI 1.45m class sponsored by Spy Coast Farm. The challenging course saw nine clear rounds.

Third in the order, Alise Oken was the first rider to clear the course aboard Hi Hopes Farm LLC’s Marcus Quintus and held the lead through a large part of the class with her time of 61.51 seconds. Nineteen rounds later, Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Mademoiselle stole the lead in 59.35 seconds. Two rounds after that, Oken returned aboard her second mount, Hi Hopes Farm LLC’s Kaid Du Ry, to reclaim her top spot with an even faster 58.92 seconds. They would both be beat a few rounds later when Johannes Ehning and Winley Farm LLC’s Cayenne 162 breezed through the timers in 58.87 seconds for the win.

Oken and Kaid Du Ry eventually finished second with Madden and Mademoiselle third. Japan’s Eiken Sato and Stephex Stables’ Viva jumped into the fourth position in 60.12 seconds, and Oken’s time with Markus Quintus placed fifth.

Cayenne 162, a ten-year-old Westphalian mare by Cornet Obolensky x Gonfaron, is a top speed horse for Ehning. The pair has had several good finishes in the last few weeks in Wellington and today was finally their day for a win.

“I think I am really lucky; I have a really fast horse and I had a few classes already where she was second and third,” Ehning noted. “We went today and we were really lucky to win it. I think you could not do so much in the course; you just needed a really fast horse, so it was a good round me and for my horse. We were successful.”

“I have brought her with me three years now to America and I think she really likes it here,” Ehning stated. “In the end of last year I was in Abu Dhabi with her on the Global Champions Tour and she placed in all three classes. She was second in a big class and the first day she won a class. She feels really good outside in big arenas.”

Commenting on Cayenne’s style, Ehning detailed, “She is crazy, but she is easy in the course. That is the easiest thing, to ride her in the course. With dressage work and warm-up it is difficult, but in the course she is doing her job all of the time. She likes to go fast and she is super careful. The quality is unbelievable from her.”

This will be Ehning’s last week in Wellington as he leaves on Monday, but he has enjoyed his time and was happy to get a win to kick off the final few days.

“I really like it here,” he smiled. “This year we only did three weeks here. Normally we do four or five weeks. We always want to come, but we are normally only able to do it every second year, but in the beginning of this year we decided to come for three weeks because it is really lovely.”

Ehning was also happy to get the win in the final class on Wednesday as he finished second in both of the classes held earlier in the day. In the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off, Sarah Segal and Horatio St. Ventures’ Tilghman and Cian O’Connor and Mary Chapot’s Zealous were both winners in a split class. Ehning and Nybor Pferde GMBH & Co. KG’s Appearance 2 and Todd Minikus aboard Karen Polle’s Udonnay Z were each second. In the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m jump-off, Alexandra Paillot guided Carol Sollak’s Brooklyn Blues to the win. Ehning and Appearance 2 were once again second.

Week ten of the FTI WEF will continue on Thursday with the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 10 in the International Arena at 1 p.m. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations
info@jenniferwoodmedia.com

Chester Weber Joins Professional Round Table Discussion at Kentucky Equine Research’s Sport Horse Forum

Chester Weber will join Olympian David O’Connor and international endurance rider John Crandell in a round table discussion during the 25th Anniversary Sport Horse Forum. (Photo courtesy of Live Oak Combined Driving)

Ocala, FL (March 13, 2013) – Known for his support and dedication to equestrian sport across the world, Chester Weber will once again share his knowledge and experience in the world of horses with attendees of the 25th Anniversary Sport Horse Forum, presented by Kentucky Equine Research (KER). The topic of the forum is Advances in Equine Nutrition and Health, and Weber will join an international panel of experts, champion equestrians, and Olympians as they celebrate KER’s 25 years of research and innovation into equine nutrition and examine the evolution of horse sport.  The event will take place on March 20, 2013 at 6pm at Live Oak Plantation.

The Forum will feature speakers Joe D. Pagan, Ph.D., founder of Kentucky Equine Research, presenting the topic The Evolution of Sport Horse Feeding: Much More Than Hay, Oats, and Water, and Brendan Furlong, M.V.B, M.R.C.V.S, long time veterinarian for the United States Eventing Team, presenting the topic Significant Changes in Equine Veterinary Practices during the Last Quarter Century.  These dissertations will be followed by a Round Table discussion entitled Top Competitors Discuss How Their Disciplines Have Changed over the Years, featuring panelists John Crandell, international endurance rider; David O’Connor, Olympic Gold medalist and chef d’equipe of the United States Eventing Team; Chester Weber, nine-time United States Equestrian Federation Four-in-Hand Driving National Champion and Individual Silver Medalist at the 2012 World Driving Championships; and moderator Samantha Clark.

Weber is known for his dedication to the equestrian industry and international sport, and has served on many advisory boards and committees.  His resume is lengthy, and in 2011 he was named an Equestrian of Honor by the USEF and was also the recipient of the Becky Grand Hart Trophy. He was named the 2011 Driving Horseman of the Year in The Chronicle of the Horse Magazine’s annual American Horses in Sport issue. Weber served as Chef d’Equipe to the United States Pony and Pony Pairs teams at the 2011 World Pony Driving Championships, and has served on the USEF Board of Directors, the High Performance Driving Committee and the Driving Safety Committee. He also served as Chairman for the Active Athlete’s Committee and the Dressage Search Committee. Weber also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Horse Park Foundation.

For more information on Weber and his combined driving team, visit their website at www.chesterweber.com. Register for the forum by visiting www.sporthorseforum.eventbrite.com, and for more information on the forum call 859 873 5663 or email ephetbean@ker.com.

For more information contact:
Chester Weber
chester@chesterweber.com
www.chesterweber.com
1-352-895-1139

Para-Equestrian Developing Driver Clinics Presented by United States Driving for the Disabled

2012 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships in Breda, the Netherlands. Driver is Diane Kastama, Horse is Ruby KWPN, Groom is Jody Cutler. Picture taken by Marie de Ronde

Moorpark, California – March 14, 2013 – United States Driving for the Disabled (USDFD) is conducting a series of clinics for the 2013 calendar year.  The clinics are open to current and future Para-Equestrians featuring a “try-it-and-see-if-you-like-it” section of the clinic. The first clinic is scheduled for March 16 and 17 in Moorpark, CA. Future clinic dates and clinicians will be announced including Spring and Fall Clinics in Florida, the northeast of the United States and the west coast of the United States. USDFD would like to share the pleasure of driving with more equestrians while building the skill level of currently competitive drivers. The clinics are free to those interested. Clinics will provide instruction in driven dressage, hazards and cones. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each driver. Equestrians may bring their own horse and carriage or contact USDFD to borrow a horse and equipment. If sponsors or donors would like to participate in this exciting series, please contact United States Driving for the Disabled Vice President Diane Kastama at e-mail: dkastama@verizon.net or by Phone: 805-343-6026.

Dates:  March 16 and 17, 2013

Where: Oak Run Farm
8450 Happy Camp Road
Moorpark, CA 93021

Clinicians:

Hardy Zantke, ADS & USEF “R” Combined Driving Judge, FEI Combined Driving Judge and Para-Equestrian Judge. Competed in pairs and 4-in-hands; served as Chef d’Equipe for many USA teams competing abroad.

Jody Cutler, ADS “R” in Pleasure Driving and Dressage, ADS “S” in Combined Driving, USEF “r” in Pleasure Driving.

Diane Kastama, World Champion in Para-Equestrian driving Grade 1. Competes at Advanced combined driving single and pair.

Come improve your driving skills, learn about local, regional and international competition opportunities for the Para-Equestrian. Driving is a great equalizing sport. Come see and feel the freedom of being behind the lines in a carriage. Everyone is welcome to attend and audit. Clinics will provide instruction in driven dressage, hazards and cones. Lessons will be adapted to the skill level of each driver. Bring your own horse and carriage or let us know if you need to borrow a horse and equipment.

There will be a try-it-and-see-you-like-it for the future para-equestrian driver in the California and Florida clinics which provides a chance to get behind the lines and in a carriage to feel the thrill of driving.

Contact: Diane Kastama Vice President of United States Driving for The Disabled.

Email: dkastama@verizon.net, Phone: 805-343-6026.

For more information: Please visit www.USDFD.org.

About the United States Driving for the Disabled, Inc.

United States Driving for the Disabled, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, seeks to improve the lives of physically challenged individuals throughout the United States and Canada by providing the experience of driving horses in a safe and challenging environment. Our mission is to provide the extraordinary benefit of therapeutic driving to as many people as possible through sharing knowledge, experience, and serving as a resource for innovations in adaptive equipment for drivers, trainers, and programs offering carriage driving. The Sybil Dukehart Memorial Fund seeks to provide financial assistance to equip and train disabled drivers through providing scholarship funds to applicants. USDFD fosters opportunities for drivers to compete in national and international amateur competitions by training and providing financial support for Team USA.

United States Driving for the Disabled, Inc.
32450 S. Wright Rd.
Molalla, OR 97038
Ph: 503-550-9384

President: usdfdpresident@gmail.com
Offices: usdfd.org@gmail.com
Website: www.USDFD.org

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts.  The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport.  This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline.  From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved.  From local horse shows to international Olympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed.  The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

For more information about the USPEA, please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.

Stress Management for Horse and Rider

Heike Kemmer mounted and Mary Ann Simonds.

The ABCs of Horse-Human Connection & Communication

Whole Horse, Whole Rider Series Final Talk at Whole Foods Wellington

Thursday March 21, 2013
6:30-8:00 pm – Lifestyle Room
2635 State Road 7 Wellington, FL 33414

You won’t want to miss the last talk in our Whole Horse, Whole Rider Series as we integrate and demonstrate simple tips to keep you and your horse stress free. The series has been sponsored by Whole Foods Market Wellington and the Whole Horse & Equestrian Science Institute as a way of bringing together the equestrian community with the wellness lifestyle. “There are many equestrians who shop at Whole Foods and we wanted to provide an opportunity for some of the good trainers and riders to share their philosophies about what they are doing to keep their horses and themselves healthy,” said Mary Ann Simonds, Director of the Whole Horse & Equestrian Science Institute.

As athletes and social mammals, horses and humans share a number of “stressors” from separation and traveling to performance anxiety and environmental toxins. These stressors often go unnoticed until there is a breakdown such as a physical injury, adrenal exhaustion or behavioral issue. So understanding all the options you have to assist yourself and your horse to manage stress was a key focus.

“After the season opened at WEF with the ‘Lunch and Learn’ talk I did on Stress Management for Horse and Rider, it seemed like a nice way to wrap things up with a continuation of the talk at Whole Foods focused more on what both horse and rider could do daily to manage their stress and stay balanced. We have some great people doing wonderful things to help their horses and I wanted a way to share what they were doing. Whole Foods Market has been a perfect partner to bring awareness to the equestrian community and blend healthy lifestyle thinking for horses and people,” Mary Ann said.

Paulo Santana and Taloubet, "de-stressing " together
Paulo Santana and Taloubet, “de-stressing” together

We’ve had a great series of guest speakers with Geoff Teall & Paulo Santana, addressing Equestrian Philosophy, Jean-Peiere Hourdebagt, & Dr. Beverly Gordon, addressing the body, and Liz Olszewski and Lisa Lewis-Green, addressing the emotions. Now we will integrate and have some fun discussing things people can do for themselves and their horses to reduce and manage stress.

Join us in a discussion of how to stay balanced in an unbalanced world.

Learn how to “breath” with your horse.
Slow down your brain waves, connect and communicate with your horse.
Feel energized and identify stress before it has a negative impact.

We will also discuss various herbs, smells (aromatherapy) and essences (flower essences) that can calm you and your horse. And we will explore how simple “tapping”, light or music can relax and ease stress away. We will touch on what environmental stressors such as electro-magnetic fields or toxins can do and what are the options to balance their affects.

Come have fun, eat some wholesome food and learn simple ways to balance you, your horse and any other animals you may have in your life.

Mary Ann Simonds, MA, an equine behavioral ecologist/ethologist, has been working for over 35 years in the horse industry researching and teaching people simple ways to better understand, train and reduce stress in horses. She founded the Whole Horse & Equestrian Science Institute in 1985 in California and has sponsored hundreds of educational events and clinics. Pioneering the field of “equestrian psychology” and human-animal interaction science, she did her graduate research on the horse-human relationship. An author, clinician and educator, her books are published in German, but she has a number of other educational products, which are in English. She also developed the Natural Vibrations line of stress management products for Toklat Originals and continues to do research on the best ways to help horses and humans. For more information, you can go to www.maryannsimonds.com or read her blog “Between the Ears” at Sidelines: http://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/betweentheears/.

Please RSVP either at Whole Foods Market by calling 561 904-4000 and leave message at front desk if you want to attend or contact:

Mary Ann Simonds – 360 907-4591 or maryann.simonds@gmail.com

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Nordic Lights Farm Claims Top Honors during WEF IX

Peter Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm earned the High Performance Working Hunter Reserve Championship during WEF IX. Photo By: Emily Riden/PMG.

Wellington, FL – March 13, 2013 – Nordic Lights Farm was once again at the top of the standings during the ninth week of the prestigious Winter Equestrian Festival. Peter Pletcher kicked things off with the reserve championship award during the High Performance Working Hunters aboard NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm. Eirin Bruheim then showcased her new mounts NLF Newsflash and NLF Billy On Show in the Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers. Lauren Hough concluded the week by qualifying for the jump-off during the $82,000 Suncast 1.50m Jumper Classic with Tackeray, and eventually placed eighth.

Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm have earned leading hunter awards at the nation’s top events, and Week Nine of the Winter Equestrian Festival proved to be no exception. Competing in the Gold Coast Feed High Performance Working Hunters, they picked up a second and third place ribbon over fences, as well as second place ribbon in the stake class and a fourth place ribbon in the handy class. Their efforts in the ring were honored with the division’s reserve championship tricolor.

“NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythym was really good,” noted Pletcher. “He hadn’t done the High Performance in almost as year because I was just showing him in the 3’6″ Performance Hunters, but he seemed to be getting a bit bored. I thought it might be a good strategic plan for the up-and-coming derbies. We’re in Houston now, gearing up for the USHJA International Hunter Derby events during Pin Oak and Spring Gathering.”

Eirin Bruheim and NLF Newsflash competed in the Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers during WEF IX. Photo By: SportFot
Eirin Bruheim and NLF Newsflash competed in the Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers during WEF IX. Photo By: SportFot

Eirin Bruheim and her newest mount NLF Newsflash made their competition debut this week in the Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers. Competing in the speed class, they jumped each fence without fault and raced through the timers in 67.317 seconds to claim the third place award. Bruheim also competed with NLF Billy on Show in the Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers. The pair produced a double clear effort, completing the jump-off in 37.349 seconds for the sixth place honors. Bruheim and her veteran ride NLF Trans Atlantic represented Nordic Lights Farm in the Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers, where they were also double clear for the seventh place ribbon.

“It was an excellent week for me and my horses,” expressed Bruheim. “I finally started showing NLF Newsflash. He ended up third in the Medium AO Jumpers, which I though was great for our first week together. I showed NLF Billy on Show in the Medium AOs as well, and we were double clear in the first class and made it to the jump-off in the Classic. Next week he’ll be ready to do the Highs! NLF Trans Atlantic was also very good and he gets the next week off to bathe in the Florida sun. Overall, I am so happy with the way my string of horses is shaping up. I have some amazing mounts and it is always a joy to show them!”

Olympian Lauren Hough wrapped up the weekend for Nordic Lights Farm riding Tackeray in the $82,000 Suncast 1.50m Jumper Classic. The pair was clear over Steve Stephen’s technical first round track to advance to the tiebreaker. They incurred eight faults during the speed round, which was good enough for the eighth place prize.

Nordic Lights Farm will continue showing at the prestigious Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Bruheim and Hough will compete in the jumper divisions with their talented mounts, and Pletcher will return to the derby ring with NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm later in the season.

Nordic Lights Farm is a 70-acre establishment located in Tomball, TX, that was founded in 2007 by the Bruheim family to help further the equestrian goals of 20-year-old Eirin Bruheim and 18-year-old Lene Bruheim. Both girls have worked their way up through the ranks and are currently competing at the top levels in the hunter and jumper divisions aboard their incredible string of horses.

Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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