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USET Foundation Awards Pinnacle Cup to Buck Davidson, Jr.

Buck Davidson was awarded the USET Foundation’s Pinnacle Cup Trophy for the third time as the highest placed American rider at the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI****. Photo By: Nancy Jaffer.

Lexington, KY – May 8, 2013 – The USET Foundation is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the Pinnacle Cup Trophy at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI**** is Bruce O. Davidson, Jr. of Riegelsville, PA, and Ocala, FL. Davidson, known as “Buck,” rode Ballynoe Castle RM to a fourth place finish at the prestigious event and was the highest placed American rider, which earned him the trophy.

This marks the third year that Davidson has earned the coveted award, taking home the Pinnacle Cup in 2009 and 2003. Ballynoe Castle RM, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood/Irish Thoroughbred cross-owned by Carl and Cassandra Segal, traveled to England as an alternate for the United States Eventing Olympic squad in 2008 and represented the U.S. at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. This year the pair finished with 45.2 penalties in the Dressage phase, and then moved up from eighth place after completing a clear cross country phase. They had eight faults over the technical stadium jumping track on the final day to finish with 53.2 faults in the fourth place position.

“This is my third year winning the award, which is really wonderful, although I’d really like to win the event,” laughed Davidson. “It was a great weekend and all of my horses were fantastic. I just feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to win the Pinnacle Cup more than one time.”

Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM are a veteran duo and Davidson felt very confident on his seasoned mount. “I had two other really nice horses that went before Ballynoe Castle that are just less experienced, so I was able to go around the cross country course twice before showing him,” he explained. “He’s maybe not the fastest horse, but he has a lot of experience. I started off quickly and jumped all the fences safely and it just worked out perfectly. I couldn’t have had a better ride; he gave me everything he had.”

Davidson added, “Ballynoe Castle is a once in a lifetime horse. I started him from the beginning. He’s 13 now, and he’s been competing at the advanced level since he was eight. I’m just so thankful and so lucky to be partnered with an unbelievable horse. It’s been a dream ride and I don’t really want to wake up from the dream. I want to have him for a long time, so whatever he tells me he is feeling is what we are going to do. This horse does not owe me anything.”

Looking ahead, Davidson is aiming for the CIC at World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany. “CICs are really his thing because he’s a little bit shorter, so that would be an exciting trip to go on. Then we’ll see. Obviously I’d like to go to the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, whether it’s with Ballynoe Castle or any of my other mounts.”

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.

Previous Pinnacle Cup Trophy Winners:

2012: Allison Springer and Arthur
2011: Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville
2010: Phillip Dutton and Woodburn
2009: Buck Davidson and My Boy Bobby
2008: Phillip Dutton and Connaught
2007: Phillip Dutton and Connaught
2006: Heidi White Carty and Northern Spy
2005: Kim Severson and Winsome Adante
2004: Kim Severson and Winsome Adante
2003: Bruce O. Davidson, Jr. and Mystic Mike
2002: Kim Vinoski (Severson) and Winsome Adante
2001: David O’Connor and Giltedge
2000: David O’Connor and Rattle N Hum
1999: Karen O’Connor and Prince Panache
1998: Dorothy Crowell and Molokai

Previous to this date, the top American finisher was awarded the Gladstone Challenge Trophy.

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A Horse’s Vital Information, by Dr. Joan Norton

As horse owners we know tons of details about our four legged friends. We know what treats they like, which buddies they like to be turned out with, what color jumps they’re most afraid of and exactly the spot to curry them to make their nose screw up in that cute pucker face. But one set of facts, that horse owners may not know, could help save your horse’s life! Knowing your horse’s vital signs is a vital (pun intended) piece of information to have. In veterinary medicine we call it the TPR: temperature, pulse and respiration. Being able to gather this information, and knowing what normal is, can help you recognize when something is wrong and is very helpful to your veterinarian when you are calling for advice.

Temperature

While in human medicine they have developed new devices to measure body temperature from various parts (mouth, forehead and ear), in horses we still rely on the time tested favorite… rectal temperature. Because of their hair and variation in moisture on their gums or tongue, other techniques to get the temp (that don’t involve getting that close to the hind legs) have failed. I recommend using a quick-read digital thermometer. The less time you have to spend at the dangerous end of the horse, the better, and they give accurate readings. Old mercury thermometers (you can’t buy them anymore but there are still tons floating around barns out there) take a long time to register an accurate temp (over 2 minutes compared to my 9 second CVS brand digital) and if they accidently break the sharp glass and mercury can be hazardous to the health of you and your horse.

The most important thing to keep in mind when getting a horse’s temperature is SAFETY! Make sure someone experienced is holding the horse, stand close to the horse’s side and let them know where you are (using touch and your voice). Gently lift the tail and insert the lubricated tip of the thermometer into the rectum. It doesn’t have to go very far in, just as far as you’d put one in your mouth (but please remember not to put this one in your mouth). Once you hear the beep, remove the thermometer and take a look at the reading.

Horse’s body temperature runs a bit warmer than people. The average range is between 99.0° and 101.5°F. And while that’s a wide range, most horses stick in a narrow temp range, so if your horse is always 100.8°-101.2°F then a temp of 101.6°F may not be a big change but if he’s always between 99.0°-99.3°F, then maybe 101.5°F is a cause for concern. That’s why it’s important to know YOUR horse’s normal temperature. Also remember that exercise can raise the body temperature enormously; an athletic horse can get up to 104-106F at the end of a hard workout! So if you’ve just dismounted, give your horse 30-60 minutes before checking their temperature for an accurate reading.

Pulse

There are several ways to obtain a horse’s heart rate. The simplest way is to listen to the heart with a stethoscope. The heart sits underneath the 2nd-5th ribs (in the “armpit”) just behind the horse’s elbow. It is situated slightly towards the left and it is easier to hear on the left side, though a proper evaluation of the heart involves listening on both sides. In foals and thin horses, you may be able to feel the heart beat by placing your hand in this space. If not, any stethoscope you can purchase (that does not come out of a child’s play kit or a “naughty nurse” Halloween costume) will be good enough to get an accurate count. Veterinarians invest in high quality stethoscopes to look for other cardiac abnormalities like murmurs, arrhythmias and we can even differentiate between the 4 valves in the heart. Once you hear the heartbeat, give the horse a few seconds to adjust to the procedure. A lot of horses’ heart rates will increase when you first poke their chest with a cold stethoscope. To get a rate in beats per minute (BPM), count the heart rate (each “lub-dub” counts as one beat) for 15 seconds and multiply by 4. This will give you an accurate rate without having to count for a full minute. Veterinarians are very good at their 4 times tables!

Another location you can get a horse’s heart rate is on its head. There are two arteries in the head that are superficial enough and large enough that you can feel a pulse. The first is the Facial artery. This vessel runs along the mandible (jaw bone) under the masseter muscle (the cheek). It is about the size of a pencil and you can feel it by curling your fingers around the mandible and trapping the vessel between your fingers and the bone (it does not have tight attachments in the soft tissue so it will roll around under your fingers a bit). Don’t press too hard or you will collapse the vessel and feel no pulse, but press too lightly and you may not feel a pulse either, so vary your pressure until you feel the beats. The second artery that can sometimes be palpated is the Transverse Facial artery. This runs just behind the lateral canthus (outside corner) of the eye. Placing two fingers lightly behind the eye on level with the pupil and you should feel a pulse. Again, once you have the vessel located, count for 15 seconds and multiply by 4.

The normal heart rate for an adult horse is 32-44 BPM. Very fit horses (young racehorses) may have lower resting heart rates. An increased heart rate may mean a variety of things but among the top differentials are: exercise, stress, pain, fever, and dehydration. A horse’s heart rate can range from 180-240bpm with exercise but should decrease to near 60 within the first 10-20 minutes of rest and back to normal shortly after. A horse with a persistently high heart rate (>60) or a very high heart rate (>80) should be evaluated by a veterinarian.

Respiration

To record a horse’s respiratory rate you need to have a good eye and be a bit patient. Watch the movement of a horse’s rib cage, counting an inhale and exhale as one breath. This is best done at a distance, so your interaction with the horse doesn’t affect his breathing. Feeling the breath coming out of his nostrils seems like the easy answer but most horses will sniff your hand in the process, falsely increasing the number of breaths counted. If you have a stethoscope you can listen over the trachea (the windpipe) on the underside of the neck about half-way from the throat to the chest. Listening to the thorax (chest) of a horse even with a stethoscope does not guarantee hearing lung sounds. Because of the thickness of the horse’s chest wall (skin, ribs, muscle and maybe a little fat) there is a large distance between the bell of your stethoscope and the air in the lungs. Combine that with how slowly horses breathe, many times in a normal adult horse you cannot hear any lung sounds at rest.

A normal resting horse will breathe between 8 and 20 times in a minute. Obviously with exercise there will be an increase and we also see higher respiratory rates in hot and humid weather. If you horse’s respiratory rate is high without recent exercise or if there is any noise heard associated with its breathing, you should contact your veterinarian.

While there are many components to completing a physical examination of a horse, the TPR is the place to start and can provide you and your veterinarian with important information regarding the health of your horse.

*Side Note: If you want to be extra cautious, keeping an equine first aid kit (sometimes referred to as a barn kit) can be extremely useful in precarious situations where a vet visit is not an option.

About the Author: Dr. Joan Norton VMD DACVIM founded Norton Veterinary Consulting and Education Resources to promote equine veterinary education to horse owners, professionals and veterinarians. In addition to education on both general and focused topics, Norton Veterinary Consulting and Education Resources offers case-by-case equine internal medicine consulting to help diagnose and manage challenging or mysterious cases.

Kelley Farmer Leads Professional Hunter Divisions at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Kelley Farmer and Taken jumping to back-to-back blue ribbons in today’s High Performance Hunter division of the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Photo By: Emily Riden.

Lexington, KY – May 8, 2013 – Fresh off wins in Lexington, Virginia, Kelley Farmer made the trip to Lexington, Kentucky and once again topped the leader board during the first day of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. Farmer swept the field of top hunter riders in both of today’s High Performance Hunter classes aboard Taken, kicking off the five days of top-notch hunter competition held throughout the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, May 8-12, 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“I love it out here. We rent a farm here in Kentucky for the spring and summer, so it’s nice to come out and enjoy it,” Farmer stated. “The horses were all great this morning.”

Farmer and Taken’s back-to-back scores of 85 secured them the top call over both of the day’s Skip Bailey designed High Performance courses in the Stonelea Ring.

“It’s a lovely ring to ride in. You can really canter and then when you build big, full jumps in there the horses jump so nice. Skip [Bailey] always builds them so that the horses jump well and have to try hard,” Farmer shared. “Taken jumped great today. He’s always a good boy for me.”

Finishing just behind the experienced Taken in the first class of the High Performance division it was again Farmer, this time aboard green mount Adelmo, owned by Jay Golding of Gordonsville, VA. Farmer and Adelmo earned a score of 84 to take second in the eight-year-old’s High Performance debut. The High Performance divisions provided the ideal opportunity for Farmer to prepare both horses for this weekend’s USHJA Hunter Derbies, which will be held this Saturday, May 11, 2013 in the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Also earning a score of 84, were Scott Stewart and Dedication, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, VA. The pair finished with the red ribbon in the second class of the High Performance division.

Stewart continuously proved to be another dominating force in today’s professional hunter divisions in the Stonelea Ring, as he swept the Regular Conformation over fences classes aboard Beholden, owned by Fashion Farm of New York, NY. Scores of 87 and 85 had the pair jogging in the first place position just ahead of Jennifer Alfano riding Timber Ridge and Hunt Tosh aboard Cold Harbor who each took the second place position in the first and second classes respectively.

“Beholden was great. I was really happy with him because I only showed him a few times in Florida, and it hasn’t been since week three or four there, so he was really good. He was maybe the best he’s been this year,” Scott commented. “The hardest part about him is he has such a big stride you have to go a bit slow. If you go at a normal pace you’d be leaving out strides, so it’s a little hard to go that slow and jump the bigger jumps, but he’s figuring that out. Today was the best he’s done that.”

Adding to Stewart’s high placings for the day was Concept, owned by Alexa and Krista Weisman of Sherborn, MA, whom Stewart rode to a first and third place finish in the morning’s Green Conformation Hunter classes.

In the Second Year Green Hunters, the blue ribbon over the first course went to Farmer and On the Hour, owned by Jessica Stitt of Elburn, IL.

“He’s a lot like Taken and Mythical in that he’s a little horse with a lot of jump and a lot of stride and he tries hard,” Farmer said regarding On the Hour. “He’s a blast to ride. You can pick up a gallop and go.”

Finishing with the top award over the second course of the Second Year Green Hunters were Caroline Weeden and Lucky Times, owned by Old Willow Farms LLC of Northfield, IL.

All of the professional hunter divisions will conclude tomorrow in the Stonelea Ring with championship and reserve championship awards. This week’s highlight events include the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Saturday evening, as well as the first $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby. The $50,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series features seven events that culminate with the $15,000 Leading Hunter Rider Awards.

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Reed Kessler and Mika Lead Open Jumpers to Kick Off Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Reed Kessler and Mika.

Lexington, KY – May 8, 2013 – The top horses and riders from across the country have returned to the Kentucky Horse Park this week for the start of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. The first day of competition kicked off with the Open Jumper divisions in the Rolex Stadium. Olympian Reed Kessler led the way in the 1.45m Open Jumper class aboard Mika with a double clear effort, while the victory in the 1.40m Open Jumper speed class went to Pablo Barrios riding Colgate.

Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, England set the track for today’s event. In the 1.45m Open Jumpers he challenged riders with an open water option, a vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination, and an oxer-vertical double combination. Five competitors managed to master the course and advance to the jump-off, which also included the double combination.

Reed Kessler of Lexington, KY, was the pathfinder and set the bar with her veteran mount Mika. Pushing her mount to open his stride and cut the turns, the duo dashed through the timers in 34.438 seconds. Their clear round was a full three seconds faster than the runner up to take home the top prize.

Canada’s Ian Millar was the next to challenge the young rider’s time with Baranns, owned by The Baranns Group of Perth, Ontario. They also managed to leave all the rails in place, but a time of 37.804 would only be good enough for third. The next pair on course, Hillary Simpson and Nopus Du Gue Joubert, owned by Quiet Hill Farm of Ocala, FL, bested Millar’s time. The pair left all the fences intact, but clocked in a 37.560 seconds to slide into the second place position. The only other duo to complete a double clear round was Andrew Bourns of Wellington, FL, riding Ace High Mike. Stopping the clock at 38.929 earned them the fourth place ribbon.

“Mika was great today,” smiled Kessler. “The horses that didn’t come to Europe with have been hanging out at home and enjoying our big grass property, they haven’t been doing much jumping at all. I am really happy that everyone was so good on the first day back.”

Kessler continued, “Mika is not such a speedster; going fast kind of undoes him, but he’s 13 this year, and I’ve gone clear in so many grand prixs that it’s time to go in and be the fastest. This is a national show, so it’s a good time to practice all week pushing him outside his comfort zone. I love this show. It’s a really nice time, and the horses have had a break after Florida. You can start back up again, and it’s a great building block before heading to Spruce Meadows.”

Kessler just returned from the 2013 Rolex FEI Show Jumping World Cup Finals, and she used the experience there to help prepare for this week. “Normally the speed is very tricky for Mika,” she explained. “I set the World Cup Finals speed course up at home just as little jumps and rails on the ground last week, and tried to do the fastest numbers with him. I really did go home and practice, so doing a normal speed class seemed easier today.”

Pablo Barrios and Colgate
Pablo Barrios and Colgate

Just prior to their win, Kessler and Mika were bested by Venezuela’s Pablo Barrios and Colgate during the 1.40m Open Jumper Speed Class. Early in the class, Barrios set the time to beat with his first mount Ambosell at a clear 67.115, which would be good enough for fifth.

Barrios’ original time was eventually beat by Wilton Porter of Bartonville, TX riding Neolisto Van Het Mierenhof, who took home fourth place in 65.349 seconds. It was Mario Gamboa and Unico, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farms of Miami, FL who claimed the third place honors, dashing across the course in a clear 64.723 seconds.

Kessler almost had two blue ribbons when she and Mika galloped over the track in a speedy 63.574. They would have to settle for second though when Barrios took the lead with his second mount Colgate. Leaving out a stride to the last combination, Barrios and Colgate crossed the finish line in a blazing 62.894 seconds to net the victory.

“Colgate is a horse that I have been riding for a year, this was our first show last year,” stated Barrios. “She is starting to get the mileage. She is 10 years old, and she was a little bit green when I got her, but now she is starting to show a little more experience: go a little faster and be a little more competitive. She did great a WEF, and now I think she is ready to start winning these classes. She has a huge stride and I went very fast to the combination. I took the risk and it worked out well.”

Now Barrios will aim Colgate and his second mount Zara Leandra towards tomorrow night’s $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, as well as the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix. “I always like it in Kentucky,” he commented. “It’s nice, the horses love it, and last year I spent the whole summer here. This year I am planning to go to Calgary and it’s good to stop here and continue to Calgary, and then stop on the way back. I love it.”

The jumper action will continue in the Rolex Stadium tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. with the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, kicking off the seven part Hagyard Challenge Series featuring the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus. Riders will also have the opportunity to showcase their mounts during Saturday’s $20,000 Bluegrass Classic and the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.

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Hagyard Challenge Series to Feature 2013 $50,000 Leading Rider Award

Shane Sweetnam, winner of the 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series Leading Rider Award. Photo By: Shawn McMillen Photography.

Lexington, KY – May 8, 2013 – The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows are getting underway today at the Kentucky Horse Park, and one of the highlight events will be the kick-off of the 2013 Hagyard Challenge Series, sponsored by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. The Hagyard Challenge Series consists of seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2013 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, a cash prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the rider accumulating the most points throughout the series.

The Kentucky Spring Horse Show, held May 8-12, 2013, will feature the lead-off event on Thursday evening with the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. The top riders from across the nation will gather to compete over a challenging course and vie for the winning title and valuable points toward the $50,000 Leading Rider Award. The Kentucky Spring Classic, May 15-19, 2013, will host the second $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, May 16.

Later in the year, four more Hagyard Lexington Classic grand prix events will be held during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, the Kentucky Summer Classic, the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show and the KHJA Horse Show. The Series concludes with the $50,000 World Cup Qualifier during the Kentucky National Horse Show. Following that exciting competition, the winner of the $50,000 Leading Rider will be announced and presented with the prize by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

“Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is very excited to be involved with the Kentucky Horse Shows once again,” noted Dr. Stuart Brown, President of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. “We are happy to support a national level of competition through the Hagyard Challenge Series, and we are looking forward to watching the country’s top horse and riders compete during these events.”

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world. Founded in 1876, the institute offers a staff with qualifications unparalleled by any single non-university veterinary group in the equine industry, and Hagyard veterinarians have dedicated themselves to the health and well-being of the horse for more than 130 years.

The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens MRI, Nuclear Scintigraphy, a high speed treadmill, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour ambulance and emergency services, and Hyperbaric Medicine. The institute has practiced veterinary medicine for more than 133 years and is currently composed of over 60 experienced veterinarians, with 12 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Theriogenology.

Several generous sponsors have helped make this exciting series event happen. These gracious supporters include: title sponsor MWI Veterinary Supply, and presenting sponsor Zoetis, as well as Audi of Lexington, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, Hagyard Flex-tra HA, Johnson Horse Transport, Hallway Feeds, Kirk Horse Insurance LLC, Pike and Preston, and Stoll Keenon Ogden.

MWI Veterinary Supply Inc. is a leading distributor of animal health products to veterinarians in the United States and United Kingdom. We offer more than 30,000 products, sourced from over 500 vendors to more than 20,000 veterinary practices nationwide. Product lines include pharmaceuticals, vaccines, parasiticides, diagnostics, capital equipment, supplies, veterinary pet food and nutritional products. MWI, proud to the Title sponsor of the Hagyard Challenge Series, wishes good luck to all of the owners, horses and riders and says Thank You to equine veterinarians for their dedication to the health and well-being of the horse. For more information please visit https://www.mwivet.com/.

Hagyard Challenge Presenting Sponsor Pfizer Animal Health is now called Zoetis (zō-EH-tis).  Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting you and your horses.  Building on a 60-year history as Pfizer Animal Health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, such as WEST NILE-INNOVATOR, FLUVAC INNOVATOR, ZYLEXIS, STRONGID C 2X, QUEST and QUEST PLUS, DORMOSEDAN GEL and EXCEDE. Zoetis is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2013 Leading Rider Bonus Award.  For more information, please visit http://www.zoetis.com/.

Dean Dorton Allen Ford provides unmatched knowledge and expertise in equine industry accounting, tax, technology and business consulting.  The firm’s team of equine advisors offers experience, expertise, and proven leadership to clients seeking to successfully adapt to a continually changing equine environment. Dean Dorton Allen Ford is located in Kentucky, known for its world-class horse farms, racing, events and sales. As a result of the firm’s commitment to and experience in the equine industry, it serves equine industry clients throughout the U.S. and beyond. For more information, please visit www.ddafcpa.com.

Audi of Lexington offers many automotive products and services to our customers. From quality new Audis to used cars, we know anyone looking for a new or used car, in or around Lexington, will likely find what they want at our dealership. We carry a comprehensive line of Audi vehicles, including the A3, A4, A5, S5, A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, and TT models, making us a good choice as your Lexington Audi car dealer. Our services include trusted car repairs, original Audi parts, and auto financing help for our customers. Call Audi of Lexington at 866-862-AUDI, or come visit us. We’re conveniently located at 3000 Pink Pigeon Parkway, Lexington, KY 40509, and we are looking forward to helping you with your automotive needs. Audi of Lexington is proud to be a sponsor of the Leading Rider Bonus Award. For more information please visit www.audioflexington.com.

Hagyard Flex-tra HA – Hagyard Pharmacy is a nationwide leader in providing the equine industry with the highest quality pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. Backed by over 50 Hagyard veterinarians, Hagyard pharmacy offers excellence in service and expertise. We are conveniently located on the campus of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, across the street from the Kentucky Horse Park or visit us online at www.hagyardpharmacy.com. Be sure to check out Hagyard Flex-tra HA equine joint supplement, available exclusively through the Hagyard Pharmacy. Flex-tra HA provides your horse the highest concentration of HA at the lowest cost. Help your horse achieve his peak performance with a brand you can Trust: Hagyard Flex-tra HA.

Hallway Feeds – For over 45 years Hallway Feeds has been a family owned and operated business devoted to providing the highest quality products and services to the equine industry. Combining our wealth of experience with the specific needs of customers has resulted in both a national and international reputation of excellence for Hallway Feeds. For many years, world renowned horse breeders within Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region have relied upon Hallway Feeds to care for their highly valued stallions, broodmares and growing horses. Hallway Feeds are a staple in the stables of the leading hunters, jumpers, eventers, racehorse trainers and other equine professionals. With a devotion to the horse industry and unwavering commitment to the most technologically advanced and nutritionally sound products, Hallway Feeds is poised to lead the specialty equine feed manufacturing industry for years to come. For more information, please visit http://www.hallwayfeeds.com.

Johnson Horse Transportation, Inc. has over 20 years experience. We provide top notch, state of the art equipment and experienced horsemen who take great pride in giving your horses the same love and care that they get at home. Our knowledgeable drivers and friendly staff help to set Johnson Horse Transportation, Inc. apart to be simply one of the best carriers in the business. Johnson Horse Transportation, Inc. has built a valued, lasting reputation with the horse community as well as being a respected member of the National Horse Carriers Association. Put your mind at ease and let Johnson Horse Transportation, Inc. be your first call. Visit www.johnsonhorsetransportation.com for more information.

Kirk Horse Insurance, LLC is an industry leader in providing horse related insurance, and the sponsor of the 2012 high point Thoroughbred Award. Over 30 years ago, the company began with the simple premise that horse insurance should be changed to offer broader and more straight-forward coverage for horse owners. Today, we continue to be firmly dedicated to providing the best possible coverage options for horse owners. Our staff is comprised of experts in both insurance and the horse business, and we take great pride in guiding you through the complexities of this very specialized area of insurance. For more information, please visit online at www.kirkhorse.com.

Pike & Preston (P&P) is an employee benefits company specializing in health, life and disability insurance for companies throughout the country. P&P has more than 65 years of combined experience in employee benefits. Through their exceptional knowledge of the benefits market, an experienced staff and a commitment to customer service, P&P is just the partner you need to develop a benefit package tailored to your company. For more information, please visit http://www.pikeandpreston.com/.

Stoll Keenon Ogden is a law firm dedicated to its clients. With seven offices in three states and more than 145 attorneys, SKO provides a spectrum of legal services to local, national and international clients. Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to help clients succeed, and we pride ourselves on raising the practice of law to an art. Learn more at www.skofirm.com.

For more information about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please visit http://hagyard.com.

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Motivation from Moshi, by Jane Savoie

When I was a baby, I used to love to run around the pasture as fast as I could go, then launch myself in the air, kick out behind, land with a thud, then do a sliding stop into my mom’s side. It was great fun. I would play fight with my friends, rearing up and striking at each other with our little hooves as we shook our heads in mock anger. We were preparing for the day we’d have to fight for our own band of mares, but we were also just having fun.

Of course, being a domesticated fellow, I never had to fight for a band of my own. My “family” became Jane, Rhett, and Indy. I have horse friends too, but I’ve never had to compete for company or food. That’s the nice thing about being cared for by human friends.

But that playful colt is still in there. Sometimes, when I’m turned out, I run as fast as I can and launch myself in the air. It’s not as easy as it was when I was a baby, but it’s still fun. It’s exhilarating.

What fun things have you stopped doing? What could you do, today, that would put a smile on your face or rekindle the enthusiasm you had as a youngster?

I heard Jane say once, “We don’t stop playing because we get old; we get old because we stop playing…”

I hope you’re going to go to the barn today! Your horse wants to PLAY with you!

Love, Moshi

From Indy:

In dog years, I’m a teenager. I’m at the prime of my life. I can run as fast as a car (well, at least a car going down the driveway), I can jump as high as a deer, I can wrestle my friend Geoffrey to the ground in three seconds or less, and I can catch a fast moving ball in mid-air.

indy_issue21I don’t intend to grow up. You know what? I don’t have to! I’ve heard Rhett tell Jane how much he enjoys my child-like enthusiasm in everything we do together. He says I remind him to “play full-out.”

Play isn’t just something for kids. The sense of play is what keeps you going when things get tough. It is the inspiration to keep you from stopping when you’re tired. It’s the difference between quitting and giving everything you’ve got.

It’s easy to change your mental focus from serious to playful… just remind yourself of a time when you had a whole lot of fun doing something you love to do. Remind yourself what that feels like. Own it. Feel it. Let your imagination rekindle that sense of fun and excitement! Then apply it to the thing you’re doing now.

My body may look all grown up, but my enthusiasm for life is very puppy-ish. I don’t intend to ever lose that. And I intend to remind both Rhett and Jane how to maintain that sense of play, no matter how serious the task may be. That’s a very serious job, but I do it with joy and playfulness.

Come on! Grab the ball and let’s go outside! Let’s go PLAY!

Love, Indy

Jane Savoie
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Berlin, VT 05602
Jane’s Website
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Paget’s Promise Is Fulfilled at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Jock Paget (NZL) and Clifton Promise, winners of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, fourth leg of the HSBC FEI Classics (Photo: Kit Houghton/FEI).

Lausanne (SUI), 6 May, 2013 – A new star was born when New Zealander Jock Paget triumphed in an extraordinary climax to the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), fourth leg of the HSBC FEI Classics.

Paget, who is the first Badminton debutant to win since fellow Kiwi Mark Todd in 1980, had been at great pains to tell people that he had so far never jumped clear in the finale of a CCI4*. But this time, he and Frances Stead’s Clifton Promise were quietly flawless, as indeed they had been throughout the entire competition in which the spotlight had been focussed on the tussle between Jung, Nicholson and Fox-Pitt.

In an almost unbelievable scenario, the usually faultless Michael Jung (GER) and La Biosthetique Sam, leaders after first two phases, hit the very last rail of the competition and dropped to second place.

The Rolex Grand Slam challenge evaporated in a split-second when William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Parklane Hawk hit the last part of the treble at fence 7 to drop from third to fifth place.

Andrew Nicholson (NZL) had already jumped clear on Nereo to rise one place to third, but when Paget produced his foot-perfect round, Nicholson had to accept that the Grand Slam quest was over for him too.

Nicholson, who has the considerable consolation of extending his lead in the HSBC FEI Classics, admitted that the dollar signs flashed past his eyes when Fox-Pitt hit a fence. “I certainly saw a lot of money for a moment,” he laughed.

He has now completed Badminton 33 times – more than any other rider – but it was only his second time in the top three. “But I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend,” he said. “It’s been very exciting, which is great for the sport, and great for New Zealand where Eventing has even been getting ahead of the rugby in the news.”

Ironically, Jung, who won his Olympic gold medal thanks to a last-fence error by Sara Algotsson-Ostholt (SWE) at Greenwich Park last summer, has been training Paget during the winter and he was amused by the suggestion that he might have done too good a job. “I’ll be training with Jock now,” he joked.

The German, a popular new face at Badminton, was sporting in defeat. “Sam was jumping with a lot of power and I thought I had a good line to the last, but perhaps I was going too fast,” he said. “I am still very pleased with my second place and to be at my first Badminton.”

Eight nations were represented in the top 12 in one of the most international line-ups seen at any CCI4*, and 65 of the 84 starters completed the competition. There were 20 clear Jumping rounds without time penalties.

Ten years ago, Paget, 29, had not even ridden at an international event. He was an apprentice bricklayer in Sydney, Australia, when he first started riding. “I knew when I came to Badminton that I had two great horses and that I could win, but didn’t actually think I was going to,” said the modest Paget, who was also 14th on Clifton Lush. “Until now, I’d made a few little mistakes at CCI4* level but I kept knocking at the door. When I was a teenager, I watched Badminton on video, but the idea of winning it was certainly a distant dream.” The dream has now become a reality!

About the winner

Jonathan Paget (NZL) – known in the sport as Jock – has made a meteoric rise to stardom in Eventing. He only started riding at the age of 18 when he was an apprentice bricklayer in Sydney, Australia, his family having moved from New Zealand in 1986. He started training with Kevin McNab (AUS) in Queensland and progressed from never having jumped a fence to competing at CCI3* level in two years.

After the 2007 equine influenza outbreak in Sydney, Paget returned to New Zealand and started riding Frances Stead’s Clifton horses. His first CCI4* was Kentucky in 2010 where he was finished seventh and was subsequently selected for the Kiwi squad for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010, where he again finished seventh individually on Clifton Promise.

Paget has been based in Dunsfold, in the south of England, working closely with senior New Zealand riders Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson, since February 2011. He was part of the bronze medal New Zealand team at the London Olympic Games in 2012, finishing 10th on Clifton Promise.

His other CCI4* results include two fifth places at Burghley, in 2011 and 2012, on Clifton Lush, plus sixth at Kentucky and second at Pau last year on Clifton Promise. He is now second on the HSBC FEI Classics leaderboard.

Full results on www.badminton-horse.co.uk.

Watch FEI YouTube interview with Jock Paget: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXojw9-kOMA&feature=youtu.be.

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Michael Jung: http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/MMBHT_jung_end.mp3

Andrew Nicholson: http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/MMBHT_nicholson_end.mp3

William Fox-Pitt: http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/MMBHT_foxpitt_end.mp3

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Jonathan Paget Wins Badminton Horse Trials, Holds Off Rolex Grand Slam Challengers Fox-Pitt & Nicholson

Jonathan Paget riding Clifton Promise.

(Badminton, UK, 6 May 2013) Jonathan Paget (NZL), riding Clifton Promise, finished on his dressage score of 39.7 to beat Michael Jung (GER) riding La Biosthetique in 2nd place. Paget also held off the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing challenges from Andrew Nicholson (NZL) riding Nereo in 3rd place, and William Fox-Pitt (GBR) riding Parklane Hawk, who finished in 5th place. Sandra Auffarth (GER) riding Opgun Louvo finished in 4th place.

Rider Quotes

Jonathan Paget riding Clifton Promise

Q.  Congratulations – how are you feeling?

I’ve spent time with Michael and he is such a perfectionist. When he gets to the last fence you would never expect him to have it down and I heard the crowd cheer and I thought he’s a champion – he deserves it. And then I heard the “arrghh” and I thought “shoot, I think I’ve just won!”

Q. Your first four star – not a bad place to win it?

Yeah, and it’s the first time the horse has finished on his dressage score at a three day event. He’s always been the type of horse that pulls something amazing out when you need him the most and that’s what he did.

Q. What were you telling yourself as you were going into the ring?

Not much!  I went in and the only thing I had to remember was to salute and I just jumped one fence at a time.

Q. How did the round feel – it looked really fluid and easy – was it easy?

I don’t think it ever feels easy with the pressure, but he was amazing – he was jumping everything as hard as he could like he does and he never made a mistake – he was perfect.

Michael Jung riding Sam

Q. Michael, so close and so unlucky?

I could have been a little more controlled, but he jumped well and I am very happy about my first time here.

Q. How much of a disappointment to have last fence down?

Maybe I was a little bit too fast. He was really fresh; each fence was a lot of power. I had a good line to the last fence.

The whole week has been fantastic, I am very lucky to be here and very happy to finish in second place.

Q. Will you come back next year and have another go?

Maybe!  I would like to come to Burghley in September.

Andrew Nicholson riding Nereo

Q. Andrew, well done, great round, thoughts on the winner [Jonathan Paget]?

He’s a great boy – a great rider. It’s great for New Zealand to have someone like Joch in the wings here. It’s good for the likes of me and Mark who are getting on a bit to have ones like him from our country making us very alert and very focused.

Q. So for you there must be a little bit of disappointment and coming back again next year?

Yeah, it’s not the first time. I’ll be back again. I’m very happy with my horse’s performances.  I just think it has been great for the whole sport all week – I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the ‘razzamatazz’ and the buzz of it all and I was just pleased that I could play my part until the end.

It would have been nice to win the $350,000 but I didn’t have it to start with, so I haven’t lost it have I!  Perhaps I’ll try and win Burghley and get the ball rolling again!

William Fox-Pitt riding Parklane Hawk

Q. William, that was very bad luck; how are you feeling?

Luck wasn’t quite on our side but he has performed so well all week with a reasonable amount of pressure from both me and externally – horses can only pick up on that a little bit and he has responded so well and to come out and perform like that is exciting and rewarding.

Q. Does it make you feel slightly better to know you couldn’t have won the Rolex Grand Slam anyway with Jonathan winning?

Yes, of course it does, definitely!  I couldn’t have won Badminton and the Rolex Grand Slam, with the two going together, but finishing fifth is great.  It is a big relief – it will be nice to return to life as normal – with the phone not ringing all the time and people wanting interviews!

It has been an exciting experience and I am very fortunate to have been able to enjoy it and hope it has done a lot for the sport and a lot for Rolex and a lot for Badminton.

Q. But it [Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing] can all start again in September at Burghley?

Yes, but if it starts again at Burghley then it will finish again here at Badminton – let’s not even talk about anything!  Let’s hope that Rolex carry on – there’s no guarantees – I hope that they continue their massive involvement with the sport, which has done so much to boost the sport.

Final Competition Results after Show Jumping

1 Jonathan Paget/Clifton Promise (NZL) 39.7
2 Michael Jung/Sam (GER) 40.0
3 Andrew Nicholson/Nereo (NZL) 40.2
4 Sandra Auffarth/Opgun Louvo (GER) 42.5
5 William Fox-Pitt/Parklane Hawk (GBR) 44.0

For more information on the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and full Results/Leaderboard, please visit www.badminton-horse.co.uk.

Two Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing Contenders

With two of three successive wins of the Rolex Grand Slam – the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and the 2011 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials – William Fox-Pitt is the current live contender of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. Due to adverse weather conditions, the 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials was unfortunately cancelled. Therefore, Fox-Pitt has had to wait until the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials before he can contend for the coveted US$ 350,000 Rolex Grand Slam Prize.

However, now that Andrew Nicholson, who won the 2012 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials has also accomplished the feat of successively winning the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, there are now uniquely be two live contenders for the sport’s most coveted prize at the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing

In 2001, Rolex created the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. This trophy is awarded to the rider who manages to win the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials event in any consecutive order. Until now, only British rider Pippa Funnell has managed this staggering achievement, winning the title in 2003.

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Audi Wins Thriller, Captures Grand Champions USPA Spring Challenge Title

Piaget’s Gene Goldstein tries to avoid the defensive hook from Audi’s Grant Ganzi as he hits the ball. Photos – Scott Fisher.

Veteran Juan Bollini Named MVP

WELLINGTON, FL – May 5, 2013 — In a wild finish, Marc Ganzi converted a 40-yard penalty shot to clinch Audi’s 11-10 shootout victory over Piaget to capture the marathon USPA Spring Challenge Sunday at Grand Champions Polo Club.

After six regulation chukkers and two nail-biting overtime minutes with the game still tied at 10-10, the championship final went to a shootout just before sunset.

Grant Ganzi and Gene Goldstein just missed their 40-yarders. Audi’s Nic Roldan and Lucas Lalor then gave Audi a 2-0 shootout lead after Martin Estrada’s attempt hit the goal post. Piaget’s Brandon Phillips converted his shot, cutting the Audi lead to 2-1, setting up Marc Ganzi’s heroics.

“No pressure at all, none,” Ganzi said with a smile.

“This is totally the way to end the game, competitive and friendly,” Ganzi said. “This is what we are trying to accomplish here. Everyone knows everyone.

“You get to a point where we can’t play an eighth chukker,” Ganzi said. “We have played seven chukkers; there aren’t any more horses for an eighth so this was the fairest way to settle it.

“It comes down to the last shot. Someone’s got to make it and someone’s got to miss.”

Nic Roldan of Audi tries to keep the ball in play with Audi teammate Lucas Lalor backing him up and Piaget's Brandon Phillips and Juan Bollini charging on defense
Nic Roldan of Audi tries to keep the ball in play with Audi teammate Lucas Lalor backing him up and Piaget’s Brandon Phillips and Juan Bollini charging on defense

Audi’s winning team featured father-and-son Marc and Grant Ganzi, Nic Roldan and Lucas Lalor.

Roldan and Lalor each scored four goals; Grant Ganzi added another goal and Audi picked up a handicap goal.

Piaget’s Juan Bollini, who led his team with four goals in the last three chukkers of regulation time, and returned to the game after getting whacked with a polo ball during sudden death, was named Most Valuable Player.

At the 1:17 mark of sudden death, Bollini was inadvertently hit on the shoulder blade by a Roldan rocket sending Bollini off his horse, writhing in pain on the field. He was attended to by medical personnel and his son, Juancito, while his pony rode off on the adjacent field before safely returning to a horse trailer.

It was Bollini who sparked his team’s rally and just missed scoring the game-winner in sudden death. Bollini’s back was wrapped with cellophane over an ice pack to reduce swelling and relieve the pain.

“I feel good; I will live,” Bollini said. “The final was really fun. It was a really tight game. Everybody had a chance to win it. It’s always competitive against Marc.”

For Piaget, Brandon Phillips scored three goals, Estrada had two and Gene Goldstein added one goal.

Rhapsodia, ridden by Goldstein, was named Best Playing Pony.

Ganzi was not only thrilled with the victory but also the opportunity to play alongside his son.

“It’s good to play with him; he is learning at a rapid pace,” Ganzi said. “He has a lot of skill. Now he’s got to learn at this level with these guys that go this hard, the time and the space on the field. He can make every shot. He’s a great horseman and becoming a great polo player. Now he has to learn to play different speeds.

“He’s learned how to play 8-goal, 12-goal and now he played a game today at 14 goals that was probably played at 18-20 goal speed. Everyone on the field was a skilled player today. This is the way to learn. This is how the young kids in Argentina learn. This is the way he has to learn.”

Ganzi, a freshman at St. Andrew’s School, played well throughout the two-day tournament and enjoyed being mentored by his father and other players including Roldan and Bollini.

“It was a crazy game,” Grant Ganzi said. “I’m really happy we won. It was a tough game. The second half we played really well. Penalty shots are not the way I wanted to end because overtime is always more fun.

“Of course, I am having fun and I am really pleased with the way I am playing. I want to get better and improve in the sport, and learn more and more. I want to play better polo and that’s what I am doing here.

“It’s always fun playing with my dad. It worked out well. Nic was very helpful, too. He helped me change something in the second half. I realized what he was saying and it helped a lot.”

Added Bollini, “Grant is playing well and that’s important to me. Grant is like my son and to see him improve in every single game is most important.”

ELG's Avery Chapman goes for the big hit with teammate Carlucho Arellano backing him up
ELG’s Avery Chapman goes for the big hit with teammate Carlucho Arellano backing him up

Pony Express, led by another father-son team, Bob and Justin Daniels, won the consolation title. Glenn Straub of Palm House won his first MVP honor at Grand Champions.

The exciting day of polo featured nine chukkers of round robin play between Pony Express, Palm House and ELG and seven-chukker final.

In one of the most competitive spring circuits at Grand Champions, Audi is the third different champion in three tournaments. ELG/Psycho Bunny won the Palm City Open and Power Horse won the Polo Gear Invitational.

“It’s been very competitive,” Ganzi said. “Last year Pony Express won four out of five tournaments and this year they haven’t taken a trophy yet. The caliber of horses is getting better. The pros are competitive. Everything starts pretty friendly on Friday and then on Sunday everybody wants to win.”

The remaining Grand Champions spring tournaments are the May 10-12 USPA Sun Cup; May 17-19 USPA Eastern Challenge; and May 24-27 Memorial by Piaget.

GRAND CHAMPIONS SPRING SCHEDULE

May 10-12: The USPA Sun Cup

May 17-19: USPA Eastern Challenge

May 24-27: The Memorial by Piaget

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

WHERE: On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington.

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi and Piaget. Everyone is welcome to watch polo in a relaxed atmosphere during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the International Cup in November, Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament in March, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League International Tournament, both in April.

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Cross-Country Day at So8ths/Nikon HOTC Three-Day Event

Kathy Viele and Matariki. Photos by Diana De Rosa.

It was another exciting day at Southern 8ths Farm for the So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event in the “Heart of the Carolinas,” on Saturday, May 4.  Beginner Novice, Novice and Training level riders challenged a course designed by well-known course designer Tremaine Cooper and built by Tyson Rementer.

Leading the way in the Beginner Novice division after combining both their Dressage and Cross-Country scores were Kathy Viele and Matariki with their low score of 33.40. This was Kathy’s first time at Southern 8ths Farm and she was pleased. “This is one of the nicest venues. More people should know about this,” commented Kathy.  As a longtime Eventer, Kathy was also pleased with all that she learned from her fellow competitors.

Novice rider Sarah Zimmer and Mardi Gras held onto their lead claimed after the Dressage after negotiating and fault free Cross-Country (30.70).  After Sarah came off the course for the second year in a row her beaming smile was evident.  “I love the course,” she noted. “This event is so well organized.”

Sarah Zimmer and Mardi Gras
Sarah Zimmer and Mardi Gras

Taking over the lead in Beginner Novice was Sara Miles riding Misty’s RainDrop with her score of 37.80.

Once the riders took the time to ensure their horses were comfortable they started to prep for Sunday’s Show Jumping by walking the course with the course designer Marc Donovan.

That evening they enjoyed a barbeque filled with a variety of contests including a fun Nikon Photo Contest where competitors used Nikon consigned cameras to take pictures that had to include the words Nikon in the image.

There was also a special Sponsor Hat Contest where each person showcased one of the sponsors on their hats and enjoyed displaying their hats in a dancing parade.  Wendy McCaughan of Kanteq, one of the sponsors, was also a winner in the hat contest for her own sponsor hat creation.

The special event of the evening was the choosing of who would be the winner of the Volunteer Competitor Special Prize.  Those present were asked to put the name of volunteers they felt went above and beyond.  From those names Southern 8ths Farm owner Brad Turley held the bucket from which the final winner was pulled.  The camera was handed to a well-deserved Gay Glenn who was shocked but thrilled.

Sara Miles and Misty’s RainDrop
Sara Miles and Misty’s RainDrop

Sunday, May 5 is the final day of this year’s event. After Show Jumping the final winners will be named and be presented with a Nikon D3200 Camera Kit as well as numerous other sponsored gifts.

To keep up with what is happening, visit these links: www.so8ths.com, www.facebook.com/so8ths; http://www.youtube.com/user/So8ths/; for photos check out the 2013 folder at www.tinyurl.com/presslink-so8ths.