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Oklahoma Passes Legislation Approving Horse Slaughter

The Mustang family pictured here travels between the federal land in the Pine Nut Herd Management Area (HMA) and a rural area outside Carson City, NV. The horses have lived in this area for at least 40 years. Originally the band had 50 members, but it’s down to just six wild horses currently due to the scheduled BLM removals. The local community and leaders love these horses and advocates have pleaded for the BLM to build a fence to keep the horses in their designated range. The agency regularly builds fencing for livestock, but has refused to build a fence for this purpose. On Wednesday, February 27th, the BLM captured 5 out of the six horses in this band and are trying to gather the last lead mare that is out on the range still calling to her group. Please take the time to write to the BLM and tell them to work with this community and leave the band where they are and not send them to short-term holding facilities.

Nevada Matters Radio Interview
Nevada Matters Radio Interview


Oklahoma has 2 bills that have passed committee which allow for the slaughter of horses, and possibly wild mustangs, in the state. Oklahoma House Bill HB 1999 allows for horse slaughterhouses to open up and slaughter our wonderful horses for human consumption.

Also, Senate Bill SB 735 makes it legal to have and export horse meat for human consumption. NO PUBLIC input has been allowed and they have both passed the committee with the potential to be voted into law AT ANY TIME.

Here is the contact form to write to the Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin, and tell her you do NOT support this!


Madeleine Pickens

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FTI WEF CSIO Week 8 Begins with a Win for Daniel Deusser and Domingo

Daniel Deusser and Domingo. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 27, 2013 – Week eight of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by G&C Farm, kicked off on Wednesday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with a win for German rider Daniel Deusser and Stephex Stables’ Domingo in the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class. Also showing on Wednesday, Hollow Creek Farm-sponsored Children’s, Junior and Young Rider Welcome Stake classes were held with wins for Venezuela’s Constanza Romer and American brothers Lucas and Wilton Porter.

Week eight CSIO competition runs February 27 – March 3, 2013. The week will highlight the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm on Friday, March 1. The Hollow Creek Farm FEI Children’s, Junior, and Young Rider Nations Cups will be held on Saturday, March 2. The $150,000 CSIO 4* Grand Prix, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will be held on Sunday afternoon. 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.

Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY, is the course designer in the International Arena at PBIEC. On Wednesday, D’Ambrosio set the speed track for 39 competitors in the G&C Farm sponsored 1.45m class. Fourteen entries cleared the course without fault and the times were blazing as a roster of top international competitors fought for top honors.

German rider Daniel Deusser got a win right off the bat in his first class of the week upon arriving in Wellington. Deusser and Stephex Stables’ Domingo had the fastest clear round in 66.038 seconds early on in the class to hold on for the win. Irish competitor Andrew Bourns finished second aboard Double H Farm’s Ace High Mike in 67.617 seconds. Colombia’s Manuel Espinosa finished third in 68.507 second riding Luis Garcia’s Zippo CG. Andrew Bourns also took fourth place honors riding Tequestrian Farms’ Carmina through the finish in 69.491 seconds.

Class winner, Domingo, is a ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Brownboy, owned by Stephex Stables. Deusser began riding for Stephex last year in May and got the ride on Domingo there from the beginning. Over the last ten months, Deusser and Domingo have formed a great partnership.

“He used to jump two-star grand prix in Belgium and the area with a national rider and he has developed quite well since I have had him,” Deusser noted. “He won a 1.50m and has placed a few times in a few good 1.50m classes, for example in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago. He is a really competitive horse on that level.”

Commenting on his winning round in Wednesday’s class, Deusser detailed, “I didn’t really know how to start the class; it was my first class here. When I walked the course I tried not to go too crazy. I had a good rhythm and I took all of the inside (turns to the) jumps. We had an option to the last double to go in six or in seven strides and I decided to do the six strides. I must say, in the beginning I thought that it was not enough to win, but I got a bit lucky at the end.”

Deusser has not been to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center since competing in Wellington at the Global Champions Tour event in 2007. Six years later, he sees significant changes to the facility. On the decision to return, Deusser explained, “My boss did a lot of business here the last couple of years, so it was his idea to come over and I liked it here already six years ago. In Belgium it is snowing at the moment and here the sun is shining, so it is a nice difference.”

Deusser plans to represent Germany in Friday night’s Nations Cup class with his top horse, Cornet d’Amour. The pair was a part of the winning team at Spruce Meadows this summer and he hopes to further their success.

“He is a really nice horse, so I think we have quite a good chance on the team,” Deusser stated. “The last Nations Cup I did was in Calgary last year and we won that one, so I hope we can continue that. Last year Germany won it here also with a really young group, so let’s hope we can do the same this year.”

Also showing on Wednesday, some of the best children, junior and young riders from around the world began their week with Welcome Stake classes in preparation for Saturday’s Hollow Creek Farm FEI Nations Cup competition. Brothers Wilton and Lucas Porter represented the United States well with wins in each of their divisions.

In the Hollow Creek Farm Young Rider Welcome Stake, Wilton Porter (USA) and Sleepy P Ranch, LLC’s Radio City topped the class with Gabriela Mershad (USA) and Mershad Stables, LLC’s Caprilli HSF finishing second and Manuel Fernandez (DOM) and Aristides Fernandez Zucco’s Maribel H placing third.

The Hollow Creek Farm Junior Welcome Stake followed with a win for younger brother Lucas Porter (USA) riding Sleepy P Ranch, LLC’s Mill’s Georgia. Felipe Feuntes (ARG) and Raso de los Morales’ Zalina VD Laarseheide Z placed second. Katherine Strauss (USA) and Chellando Z finished third.

The day concluded with the Hollow Creek Farm Children’s Welcome Stake and a sweep for the Venezuelan riders in all top four positions. Constanza Romer and Frederick Romer’s SF Hechicero won the class. Clarissa Chumaceiro and Patricia Cifuentes’ Medium Platiere finished second. Carlos Bechara and Adriana Romer’s Armelle’s Boy placed third, and Mariana Sade and Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc.’s Ikarus were fourth.

Week eight of the FTI WEF, sponsored by G&C Farm, will continue on Thursday with a full schedule of hunter and jumper competition. Due to a cancellation of the CSIO Welcome Stake Class on Wednesday, the prize money for the Challenge Cup class has been increased. The $43,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 is scheduled to start at 4 pm (pending test results). In consultation with the ground jury and agreement with all seven international Chefs d’Equipe, the class has been changed from 1.50m jump-off to 1.50m speed format (238.2.1). The prize money has increased by $10,000 to $43,000 from Wednesday’s cancelled Welcome Classes. The First Year Green Working Hunters will be featured in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. 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

Gulf Coast Classic Mid-Week Wrap Up and Magnolia Classic Preview

Devin Ryan and Zosja*** sail over the CWD Grand Prix jump in Friday’s $10,000 Welcome Class.

Action Packed Mid-Winter Week!

Gulfport, Mississippi (February 27, 2013) – Sponsors, exhibitor parties, world class casinos, grand prix action and the Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce visits – just another week at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic!

Rave Reviews!

Noted course designer Michel Vaillancourt said, “This is one of my favorite horse shows.  The grass grand prix field is what separates this circuit from any of the others.  It’s not that it stands out because it has a good grass, natural footing.  It stands out because it is one of the best grass fields in North America.  You don’t see many horse shows with natural footing nowadays. Most have moved to a synthetic footing.  But grass is really the best thing that the horses can jump on.  With all of the rain that the show experienced, the footing held up so well – I was amazed.  While the show management runs this show perfectly, the grass field really adds an entirely new dimension to it.  It’s a major plus and what separates this show from the others,” he added.

It’s Party Time at the Gulf Coast Classic!

What a week!   Mid-Winter Week kicked off with the Island View Casino Exhibitor party at the only locally-owned casino in the area and offered complimentary food, drink and entertainment to all of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic adult exhibitors, vendors as well as parents and friends of the riders.

The parties continued and on Friday, the annual Domino’s Pizza Exhibitor party welcomed all Gulf Coast Classic exhibitors with complimentary food, drink and entertainment at the Harrison County Fairground and Equestrian Center.  A great time was had by all.  “This is one of our most popular exhibitor parties at the show – everyone just loves it.  We are very appreciative of Domino’s generosity,” commented Janet McCarroll, Gulf Coast Classic Show Coordinator.

Sponsor Sightings!

Official Service Provider, Equestrian Connect’s Tamara Otus made the trip from California to visit with exhibitors and show them how Equestrian Connect can make horse showing so much easier.  And less expensive!  The Atlanta Spring Classic entries closed last week, but if competitors used the Equestrian Connect service, deadlines were extended by two days!  Competitors were able to lock in the discounted stabling rates and save themselves the added expense of rush postage.

Devin Ryan and Zosja *** Grab Some Friday Welcome Cash!

The Mid-Winter Week’s Friday’s $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Class saw a field of 22 jumpers tackle the course designed by Michel Vaillancourt.  Only seven would jump the first round clean and Devin Ryan, of Long Valley New Jersey riding Eagle Valley Partner’s Zosja***, took the win with a clear first round effort in 70.075 seconds and a second clear round in 34.424 seconds, awarding him with some Friday cash.  This was the second consecutive Welcome class Ryan has won at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics this year.   “I love this horse show,” said Ryan. “You get great competition, world class designers and a great facility,” he added.

In second place was Trapp O’Neal of Magnolia, Texas riding TKO Partnership’s Capitano in a first round clear effort in 72.515 seconds and a clean second round in a time of 36.981 seconds. Third place finisher was Coraldo, owned and ridden by Alison Lindsay of Southlake, Texas. The pair finished the first round clean with a time of 69.843 seconds and although they had four faults in their second round, they had the fastest second round time of 33.357 seconds.  Fourth place was awarded to Vernon G, owned and ridden by Kelsey Van Ackeren of Austin, Texas, who jumped the first round clean in a time of 72.909 seconds and their second round in a time of 39.818 seconds, although they had four jump faults. Fifth through seventh places all had clear first rounds but elected not to participate in the second round.  Fifth place went to Obelix, owned by DDM Equestrian, LLC and ridden by Bob Brawley of Flower Mound, Texas, who jumped a clean first round in 70.286 seconds. Sixth place went to Cookie Monster, owned by Wilhelm Genn and ridden by Ryan Genn of Lebanon, Ohio. The pair jumped the first round clean in a time of 73.138 seconds. Seventh place went to Palim Palim, owned by Nancy Gooding and ridden by Wilhelm Genn, of Lebanon Ohio, in clean first round time of 70.286 seconds.  Eighth place was awarded to Bon Giorno, owned by Showcase 81 LLC and ridden by Bryn Sadler of Santa Fe, New Mexico, who jumped the first round in a fast time of 66.952 seconds, but accumulated four jump faults.  Ninth was awarded to Skymiles, owned by Loretta Patterson and ridden by Holly Shepherd of Great Bay, Alabama, who rode the first round in a time of 71.443 seconds and had four jump faults.  Tenth was awarded to Roman Saluut, owned and ridden by Devin Ryan, who finished their first round in a time of 69.163 seconds and four jump faults.  Ryan circled back with his own Calissandro to collect the eleventh place ribbon after riding the first round in a time of 71.443 seconds and four jump faults, and Theo Genn rode Bridelbourne Stables LLC’s Winchester to the twelfth place spot with a time of 72.339 seconds and four jump faults.

Holly Shepherd pilots Belvedere over a fence during the $2,500 USHJA Hunter Derby Friday. Flashpoint Photography
Holly Shepherd pilots Belvedere over a fence during the $2,500 USHJA Hunter Derby Friday. Flashpoint Photography

Belvedere and Holly Shepherd Take the Derby Win!

Belvedere, owned by Ellen Herrington, and ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay Alabama, found their way to the winner’s circle in Friday’s $2,500 USHJA Hunter Derby.  Curtain Call, owned by Shannon Reid and ridden by Courtney Calcagni of Lantana, Texas, secured second place, while Helen Gilbert’s Bonfire, ridden by Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, finished in third.  Fourth place was awarded to Providence, owned by Mary Keevil and ridden by Catherine Jackson of McLean, Virginia.  Fifth place went to Daphne, owned by Barbara Herberich and ridden by Scott Petrie of Medina, Ohio.  Sixth place was awarded to Wahlberg, owned and ridden by Nicole White of Moorestown, New Jersey.  Seventh place went to Iceberg, owned by Kim Segal and ridden by Jordan Siegel of Flower Mound, Texas. Fells Point, owned by Rodney and Meredith Bross of Monkton, Maryland, finished eighth, and Kalifornia, owned and ridden by Heather Zuber of Zionsville, Indiana, finished in ninth.  Outsider, owned by Caves Farm, LLC and ridden by Katie Cooper of Owings Mill, Maryland, finished in tenth place, while Caracas, owned and ridden by Mary Claire Ray of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, finished in eleventh.  Subtitle, owned and ridden by Meredith Bross, wrapped the class up with the twelfth position.

On Deck

The Gulf Coast Classic Company welcomes Merial, makers of UlcerGard, to its Magnolia Week.  They have a special offer this week so make sure to stop by their booth and see what it’s all about and thank them for their support.

Thursday, the Gulf Coast Classic Company welcomes Chronicle of the Horse to the show grounds.  Friday afternoon, the complimentary luncheon will be Derby ringside while Friday night features a Gulf Coast Classic “Crawfish Boil” party sponsored by Harrison County, Mississippi complete with shrimp, crawfish and a “Swamp Hop” band (New Orleans music with a “kick”) and all of your Gulf Coast favorites.  All are welcome to attend this great exhibitor party at the County Farm Hurricane Shelter around the corner from the show starting at 6 pm.

Sponsor CWD, makers of fine French custom saddles, will be sponsoring this week’s $35,000 CWD Grand Prix on Sunday.  And CWD plans to celebrate!  Stop by the CWD booth on your way back from the ringside action for the CWD Post Prix party at the CWD booth.  Have a beer, grab some snacks, play some games and enjoy your Sunday.  Robin from CWD looks forward to seeing you!

Have you seen the news?  Sidelines Magazine and the Gulf Coast Classic Company have partnered on a special contest to walk the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix scheduled for March 10 with a top grand prix rider.  It’s easy to enter: send in a picture of you and your horse on the sidelines. Sidelines will post the picture on their Facebook page and Classic Company will too. Sidelines will select and announce the winner prior to the March 10 grand prix. Good luck to all!

Make sure to book your VIP table for this weekend. For only $275 patrons are treated to a table seating eight with lunch for Friday’s $10,000 Welcome Class and for Sunday’s $35,000 CWD Grand Prix with a table seating eight, complimentary champagne and a first-class catered meal from one of the area’s fine restaurants. This week’s VIP restaurant is local favorite, Back Bay Restaurant, known for their seafood and creole cuisine. They will be serving lunch from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.  Individual tickets are also available, so be sure to stop in the office today and reserve your spot for the best ringside seats, food and champagne on the show grounds!

The Gulf Coast Winter Classic in Gulfport, is where the fun will be this winter, so don’t miss it!  Mardi Gras in neighboring New Orleans ended a couple of weeks ago, but that festive atmosphere spills onto the show grounds. With its close proximity to the Gulf Coast beaches, class offerings, prize money, and social scene, the Gulf Coast Classic Company’s Gulfport shows are a must on everyone’s show list.  The show will feature weekly $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derbies, the $10,000 International Hunter Derby Week V and a weekly Grand Prix to name a few highlights.  The grand prix schedule continues this Sunday with the $35,000 CWD Grand Prix on March 3 and the circuit grand finale, the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix, scheduled for March 10.

Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest:  Classic Shows are FUN!  And, this year the fun continues at the Gulfport show with complimentary exhibitor parties, breakfasts, luncheons and office snacks to make your showing experience the best ever.

Classic Company never charges a scratch or add fee for those last minute adds and scratches, so if you haven’t entered yet, go to the prize list or simply click on Equestrian Connect to fill out your entry form and stabling requests.

Equestrian Connect is Classic Company’s Official Service Provider and allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country.  The service offers a free 45 day trial period for new members.  At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a “pay as you go” service.    The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money.  This is the one-minute online entry service that will help you get your entries in on time and you to the show!

So, whether you are a seasoned veteran or a novice looking for a positive show experience, look to the Gulf Coast Classic shows in Gulfport, and let the good times roll!

The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at www.ClassicCompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.

All sponsorship, marketing and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Sponsorship, Marketing and Public Relations Director at classicsponsorship@gmail.com.  All program advertising should be directed to Nate Poliquin, Program Sales Representative at classicshowads@yahoo.com.

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See you at the ring,
Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
Phone/FAX:  (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311  Johns Island  SC 29457

We Have Liftoff! New Site Design!

Moorland’s Totilas baby from Sherry Smith’s brood. DogwoodSportHorses.com

We have liftoff! Finally got a new design done – yea! HorsesintheSouth.com and AHorseBlog.com are now one source. My associate editor had been adding articles to both the CMS (Contact Management System which ran the home page, event calendar and directory) and to the blog. The blog has all of the articles we have been posting since 2007, but the CMS has the headline, showing/events, horse care and editorial pages and these were posted to the blog, so that was double-duty for him. All of the blog posts have been moved to the new site, so nothing has been lost.

There is still work to be done and more tweaks to be made, but I really like it. This has been a huge undertaking for the size of my site (over 15,000 pages) and the old articles that were in the CMS and the old Article Archive will go away because I went from a Windows server to a Linux server and Linux doesn’t support the asp and aspx pages. But, this will be a lot easier for us to manage and a lot easier for you to navigate.

I also want to say that Horses in the South is a Proud Media Partner of the So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event in the “Heart of the Carolinas”. It’s their third annual So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event May 2-5, 2013 in Chesterfield, SC.

We have a new calendar and directory. I have to re-add many directory listings and at this point, the events have to be added by us, but that may change when I upgrade to the paid version of the plugin.

The directory has new features, too, but I’m not yet aware what they all do. I need more training by my designer. I know there will be a paid version that I believe will allow your listing to go to the top to stand out from the others and I think we can add it to the home page, but this is what I still need to work on.

The over 70 business listings that I confirmed that were active are ‘grandfathered-in’ so we will re-add these to the new site’s directory.  I copy/pasted the data from the old CMS driven site, plus I had to verify (mostly) and update to current text and contact info. So, if you don’t see your listing, please re-add it.

We are still working on the banner displays and all that it can do, too, so my current Media Guide is not valid. You will have to contact me for details until then. Check the Web Services page for updates, too. We also added Google Checkout (formerly Wallet) for payment and we still take Paypal.

Maybe now I will have more time to do my own blog posts, lol!

Teri Rehkopf

Interagro Lusitano Featured at 2013 Dressage Summit

Pat Parelli works with Delicioso Interagro during the 2013 Dressage Summit. (Photo courtesy of Parelli Natural Horsemanship)

Sao Paolo, Brazil (February 27, 2012) – Dressage could be called riding’s purity of expression, and for the inaugural USDF-accredited 2013 Dressage Summit, presented February 9-11 at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida, one of the world’s purest breeds – the Lusitano – consistently demonstrated how the fundamental principles of classical dressage can apply to every horse and rider.

The Dressage Summit brought masters of dressage and natural horsemanship together including classical dressage coach and master Walter Zettl; rider, Dressage Today contributor and judge, Charles de Kunffy; German FEI judge, Christoph Hess; and natural horsemanship’s Linda and Pat Parelli.

Delicioso Interagro participated in a segment of the Summit called Schooling the Young Horse of the Ground.  Bred by Interagro Lusitanos of Brazil, the handsome five-year-old bay gelding by Perdigueiro (MAC), demonstrated such progress through the lessons presented by the Summit’s dressage and natural horsemanship clinicians that owner and rider Johnny Robb proudly remarked, “He went so nicely and is developing so much confidence.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.”

Robb found Delicioso Interagro, previously Decidido Interagro, at Interagro farm in Brazil.  She visited the farm in April of 2012 and was charmed by the beautiful, athletic, and willing horse that is the Interagro Lusitano.  With the help of Interagro’s seasoned trainers and breeding experts, she chose the ultimate souvenir to take home:  a new Lusitano gelding.  Delicioso was one of 600 horses gracing the sprawling 1200-acre horse farm, which welcomes visitors to experience the breed firsthand in its exotic, native setting through Destination Lusitano. Interagro offers villas on the farm where guests may lounge at a private pool and savor the Brazilian sunshine, healthy, exotic cuisine, explore more than 1200 acres of rolling hills and coffee bean fields, or experience the ‘living pedigrees’ of the Interagro Lusitano horses among the generations of sires, dams and offspring among this Brazilian utopia.

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 1,200-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.

Thanks to the participation of Interagro Lusitanos at the inaugural Dressage Summit, guests received a ‘delicioso’ taste of Brazil and saw performances by its purest of breeds. To learn more about Destination Lusitano, visit www.lusitano-interagro.com, or watch a video about Interagro Lusitanos on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXEVa6t0m6E.

For more information contact:
Johnny Robb – JRPR, Inc.

Gulf Coast Classic EHV-1 Update

Gulfport, Mississippi (February 27, 2013) – It is reported that there are new EHV-1 cases in Florida, specifically at HITS Ocala and Wellington.

In view of the additional reported cases, Gulf Coast Classic Company, together with the Mississippi State Veterinarian will continue to enforce its protocol on horses traveling to the Gulfport facility from Florida.  Horses not meeting the criteria set forth by the State Vets will be banned from entering the Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Facility.

We will continue our protocol of checking health certificates and the programs we started last Friday at the show grounds entrance.

For more information on the criteria, please call the office at 228.832.2745.

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See you at the ring,
Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
Phone/FAX:  (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311  Johns Island  SC 29457

The YARD Sport Horse Center Opens

Photo Credit: Bob Carey

February 22, 2013 – Wellington, FL – The YARD Sport Horse Center is open for boarding and training in the Little Ranches equestrian development within Wellington, FL.  Formerly Golden Sun Farm, owned by dressage trainers John Zopatti and Bent Jensen, The YARD is bustling with activity.  Already home to fourteen sport horses, a Norwegian Fjord driving pony, and two beloved retirees, The YARD is ready to serve you and your horse.

Owner Ann Clements (formerly of Alpharetta, GA) has huge plans for The YARD. “We are creating a world-class sport horse center,” Clements stated. “The YARD is in the midst of a three-phase development plan designed to turn the property into a full-service facility.” Phase One is nearing completion, and work begins shortly on Phase Two. Her plan calls for a covered arena, driving track and derby field, and Clements intends for The YARD to offer clinics, symposiums and schooling shows as well as equestrian charity events.

The 29-stall CBS/stucco main barn has been renovated with a complete paint job, upgraded chromed hardware, automatic waterers in the roomy stalls, the addition of large iron chandeliers, 60” industrial ceiling fans, overhead wash stall hoses, an industrial washer & dryer, custom-made stall window bars, and Chippendale railings around the open-air wash and grooming stalls.

The oversized, sprinklered and mirrored arena has been re-graded and a large steel viewing pagoda is being built for riders and spectators to observe the training activity.  A steel round pen has been added next to the lunging ring.  Clements intends to bring down and install her six-horse European walker from the Ocala area and has also installed an imported digital weigh-bridge that weighs horses up to 3,200 lbs. with a 1% degree of accuracy.

The YARD’s ten acre property includes a five acre grass jumping and hacking field.  There is also newly installed irrigation and automatic waterers in the six paddocks close to the main barn which are scheduled for the addition of late spring sod.  The four bedroom house on the property has been fully renovated and is home to several staff members as well as the farm’s satellite office.

The Yard’s head trainer is Darren Chiacchia, 2004 Olympic eventing bronze medalist, 2003 Pan American Games individual gold medal victor, and a winner of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Darren’s assistant trainer of four years is Alayna Pastuck who piloted Clements’ 6-year old Oldenburg gelding, Quasar, to the 2012 Young Event Horse of The Year at Morven Park.  2012-2013 show season guest rider is Irishman Fred Scala, an up and coming international eventing competitor.

Chiacchia is continuing his steady recovery from the near-fatal fungal meningitis he contracted last October and is training a solid group of both young and advanced eventing horses.  He also has the ride on Clements’ Grand Prix Oldenburg dressage gelding Freddie Mercury.

Additionally, The YARD employs a barn manager, head groom and two facility-maintenance men in addition to other barn workers.  The YARD Sport Horse Center is rounded out with equine veterinarians Dr. Brendan Furlong (one of the foremost experts on high performance horses in the world as well as team veterinarian for the U.S. Equestrian Team’s Eventing Squad) and Dr. Shana Chase (a Federation Equestre Internationale – FEI – Veterinarian and member of the Veterinary Commission for the Winter Equestrian Festival – WEF), equine dentist Geoff Tucker, and master farrier Dave Dawson of Ottawa, Canada.

For more information, please call Ann Clements at (917) 806-5434.

Media Contact: Hallie McEvoy, (802) 233-2415

Sponsor Blue Hors Stud Sends Horses and Support to 2013 IHSPB Winter Series

Todd Flettrich and Otto at 2010 Palm Beach Dressage Derby. Photo by Lauren Fisher

Wellington, FL – February 27, 2013 – Some of the world’s leading dressage horses will be competing in this year’s International Horse Sport Palm Beach (IHSPB) show circuit and that includes equine superstars from one of Europe’s leading stud farms – Denmark’s Blue Hors.

Founded in 1992, Blue Hors has become synonymous with quality in the dressage-breeding world. Created with the goal of producing top athletes to give Denmark an edge in international competition, the stud farm’s talented get are now scattered around the world representing multiple nations in international competition.

IHSPB is proud to have Blue Hors Stud as the title sponsor for the 2013 International Horse Sport (IHS) Blue Hors Invitational Series, the Palm Beach Dressage Derby Feb. 28 – March 3, and the International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W, March 21-24. The partnership between IHS and Blue Hors has been a good one.

“We are so pleased that Blue Hors Stud has once again chosen to be one of our sponsors,” said IHSPB Managing Partner and Sponsorship Coordinator John Flanagan. “They are experts in assessing and breeding quality horses and their contribution to the sport of dressage cannot be underestimated.”

Esben Møller, the manager of Blue Hors, has developed an eye for quality when it comes to sponsoring horse shows and buying horses. “We have clear goals and a long-term outlook,” he said. “We’ve been very pleased with all our Dutch horses. Of course, there may be a disappointment now and then, but there are so many factors which will determine whether a horse will meet expectations: it has to stay healthy, grow tall enough, and show a willing character. There’s also some luck involved.”

Blue Hors must be doing something right. In the past 21 years, their horses have risen to success in the highest ranks of international competition. This includes competing in the Olympic Games, World Equestrian Games and Dressage World Cup. Blue Hors’ athletes have won the Danish Championships multiple times and Blue Hors’ stallion Don Schufro (by Donnerhall), a member of the 2008 Danish Olympic team who earned the Bronze Medal, has been rated Germany’s No. 1 dressage sire eight times.

Blue Hors successfully enlisted two of the world’s best riders to help represent the stud’s horses on the show circuit: Edward Gal and Lars Petersen. Blue Hors turned to Gal, who hails from the Netherlands, to ride the stallion Blue Hors Romanov (by Rohdiamant). Gal was an unusual choice as the stud has always favored Danish riders, but Blue Hors manager Möller said the stud has always sought to have its horses achieve international success. They felt that Gal and Petersen had the talent to help achieve that goal.

Petersen, who rides for Denmark but is based in Florida, is one of the leaders behind IHSPB and campaigns Blue Hors’ Gredstedgards Casmir (by Continue). Petersen, who operates Legacy Farms with his partner Melissa Taylor, rode for the stud from 1992 to 2002. He competed Blue Hors’ horses internationally, before he made the permanent move to Florida. Casmir is just one of many up-and-coming equine superstars that will be competing during the 2013 Florida season at the IHSPB beautiful show grounds.

International Horse Sport Palm Beach has been a driving force in South Florida dressage for many years. Their success in ensuring Florida is the place to be during the winter show season has enticed top riders and horses from throughout the world to flock to the Sunshine State every winter. And with the help of Blue Hors Stud, the 2013 season is no exception.

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 international horses and another 200 temporary stalls available for the national shows. In 2011, IHS Palm Beach made major improvements in show facilities in order to provide competitors with superior show conditions. The most important upgrade was the installation of new footing in all of the rings at the IHS Champions Park at Equestrian Estates, a facility owned by Mary Ann and Walter McPhail that is the site of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby and IHS Series Shows. The upgrade in footing consisted of stripping the rings to the base and replacing the old footing with new GGT Footing, a polyester fiber mixture blended with sand, which is considered to be the premier arena footing throughout the world.

With improvements in footing, as well as the facilities for the comfort of riders, horses and spectators, IHS Palm Beach is well set to host the world’s leading dressage equines, their riders and their fans in 2013.

Upcoming IHS events include the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W from Feb. 28 – March 3, the International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W from March 21-24, and Dressage at Equestrian Estates CDI3* from March 28-31.

For more information about IHS shows, visit www.ihspb.com and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/International-Horse-Sport-Palm-Beach/119102038188011?ref=hl.

Palm Beach Dressage Derby Presented By Blue Hors of Denmark Fast Facts

USEF High Performance Qualifying Competition for the 2013 World Cup
Over $20,000 in Cash and Prizes
2013 USEF National Grand Prix & Intermediaire I Championship
2013 Massy Ferguson/USEF North American Junior & Young Riders’ Championship
USEF National Pony Rider Championships, USEF Developing Horse Championships
Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships, USEF National Brentina Cup Championships
USEF Level 5 Competition – USDF Musical Freestyles; USEF First thru Fourth Levels; FEI PSG thru Grand Prix, including FEI Musical Freestyles, JY/YR, FEI Five & Six Year Old Tests

IHS Champions Park – Equestrian Estates
3700 Hanover Circle
Loxahatchee, FL
Directions: www.pbderby.com/directions.html

Feb. 28 – March 3

Show organizer:
Noreen O’Sullivan, Show Manager

John Flanagan
Advertising & Sponsorship Director

Mary Anne McPhail, Executive Director

Evelyn O’Sullivan, Director

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/International-Horse-Sport-Palm-Beach/119102038188011?ref=hl.

For class schedule, day sheets and riders’ report, visit www.pbderby.com/derby.html.

For results, visit www.pbderby.com/results-derby.html.

For show schedule and information: www.ihspb.com or www.pbderby.com.

Sue Weakley for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12012 South Shore Blvd #105
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)

Announcements of Developments on EHV-1 at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

Wellington, FL – February 27, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions announces that developments have occurred at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). A horse stabled in Grand Prix Village (outside of PBIEC) has been tested for EHV-1 and tested negative for the nasal PCR swab, but positive to the blood test. That horse has not shown any neurological symptoms and there are no positive tests on horses on the PBIEC property. There are no sick horses on PBIEC property.

The previous biosecurity protocols that were enacted on February 22 have still been in place and will remain until further notice. ESP is asking all equestrians, especially those stabling off PBIEC property, to enact biosecurity protocols and be proactive and responsible for their horses, including daily temperature charts.

The horse that was tested was never on the PBIEC property and was isolated on the private property in Grand Prix Village. However, two horses from that Grand Prix Village Farm were moved into the “FEI Stabling” at PBIEC. Within FEI Stabling, those two horses had no other horses directly next to them or behind them, and those two horses couldn’t touch noses with other horses. The closest horses to the two exposed were across a 12-foot aisle.

On the evening of Tuesday, February 26, the two horses from Grand Prix Village that were in FEI Stabling were moved back to their farm in Grand Prix Village on the recommendation of the State Veterinarian and that farm in Grand Prix Village is under quarantine.

Since those two horses from Grand Prix Village were in the same barn as the horse that tested positive through blood and were then in FEI Stabling, the State of Florida Department of Agriculture has temporarily closed FEI Stabling.

Consequently, horses in FEI Stabling will be monitored closely. The FEI Stabling will be closed with no horses arriving or leaving until tests come back at approximately 4 pm tomorrow, February 28, on the two horses that were in the Grand Prix Village Farm and then FEI Stabling.

Today’s two $5,000 CSIO Welcome Stake classes have been cancelled and the prize money will be added to the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 8. For Thursday, February 28, the schedule will start with the G&C Farm 1.45m (class 1003), followed by the Hollow Creek Farm Young Rider, Junior, and Children’s Classic classes (106, 107, 108).

Announcements about the $43,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 will be released as soon as possible.

On Thursday, February 28, the $35,000 G&C Farm Puissance has been postponed indefinitely.

The WEF Sport Horse Auction at The Stadium at 7 pm will proceed as planned.

For those interested in more information on EHV-1, please visit www.equestriansport.com to read an informational report by the University of California-Davis.

For more information on Equestrian Sport Productions biosecurity protocols, please call 561-793-5867.

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

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations

It’s Weber’s World at the Little Everglades International CDE

Team Weber on course during the marathon phase of the Little Everglades CDE, where they took top honors in the FEI Horse Team class. (Photo courtesy of PicsofYou.com)

Ocala, FL (February 27, 2013) – He’s done it again.  Nine-time National Four-in-Hand Champion, Chester Weber, the Ocala, Florida horseman who, in 2008, became the first American to ever medal individually in the Four-in-Hand division of the World Driving Championships, and then repeated that with two medals World Driving Championships last year, earning him another vote of confidence recently from the USEF by being named to its 2013 Driver Training Long List. Weber rewarded that wise choice with an FEI Dressage Test 11 world record (37.87 points) in his first outing of the 2013 season, winning the FEI Horse Team class in front of judges Jambon, Turbe, and Greenall, at the Little Everglades CDE, February 21-24, in Dade City, Florida.

“It seems like a great way to start the season.  We are not resting on this performance.  We have several things to clean up before Live Oak as we prepare for Europe this summer. We would like to be competitive in Aachen, and try to win our tenth National Championship at the Kentucky Classic,” said Weber, whose 2012 winning season included the two medals from the Driving World Championships in Riesenbeck, Germany.  Weber and Team USA secured Team Bronze, and he took Individual Silver with the Dutch Warmblood horses made up of his horses and Jane Forbes Clark’s horses.

For Weber, it’s horses first, world records second: “They were great in the marathon, where our scores were competitive with some of the pairs.”  He was especially praiseworthy of the team’s seven year-old bay KWPN gelding by Talos, Boris W.  “Boris was used all three days on the left wheel and did a remarkable job.”  Boris W was named Four-in-Hand Driving Horse of the Year. “Boris being named the Four-in-Hand Horse of the Year was a great honor,” commented Weber, “and a wonderful way to cap off this remarkable season.”

Last fall, Boris helped drive Team Weber to victory in the Advanced Horse Team class at the Kentucky Classic. Weber had only recently added Boris and his other horse, Ringo, to the team after returning from the World Championships and spending last summer competing in Europe. “I was pleased with Boris and Ringo,” Weber stated, “as the intention of the trip to Kentucky was to develop them while supporting the sport on a national level.”  The decision paid off nicely.  Weber said that the horses improved greatly and their progress in the marathon training was remarkable, as evidenced by the win, as well as the Horse of the Year distinction.

Only after praising his horses did the modest record-setter add, “The test is new to the sport and has not been used at many events until now.  My score is a new record.  It was competitive. It could result in a top three finish at many international events throughout North America or Europe.”

When it comes to scores, Weber can give and receive:  He joined Marsoe LaRose of Canada and Andrew Counsell of Great Britain on the Ground Jury, under course designer Marc Johnson, for the Sunshine State CDE, a Florida Triple Crown of Driving event at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, January 31 – February 3.  “It was a ball. Judging offers a unique perspective, while giving back to the sport.”

Follow the record-setting progress of Boris W and the rest of the combined driving Weber team at www.chesterweber.com and its link to Facebook.

For more information contact:
Chester Weber