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Daniel Deusser and Mouse Top $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m at FTI WEF 9

Daniel Deusser and Mouse. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL, March 6, 2013 – Week nine of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), featuring CSIW-5* competition sponsored by The Bainbridge Companies, began on Wednesday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with a win for Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Mouse in the highlight $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m, a Longines FEI world ranking class.

Week nine of FTI WEF competition, sponsored by The Bainbridge Companies, runs March 6-10, 2013. The week will feature the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 9 and $20,000 Artisan Farms Young Riders Grand Prix Team Event on Thursday, the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m on Friday, the $300,000 FEI World Cup CSIW-5* presented by The Bainbridge Companies on Saturday evening, and the $82,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic 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.

Steve Stephens of Palmetto, FL, is the course designer in the International Arena at PBIEC for week nine. In Wednesday’s $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m, 59 entries competed in a one round speed class with 15 clear rounds. The winning track belonged to Daniel Deusser and Mouse in a time of 55.69 seconds.

Mouse, a fifteen-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Limbus x Grundyman, is owned by Stephex Stables. Commenting on the ride, Deusser noted, “Mouse is already fifteen years old. He has a lot of experience with a lot of riders and I took over last year when I came to Stephex. There is not too much to tell really. Mouse is a speed horse. He knows what to do in the ring, so I just have to steer and show him the fences and then normally he tries to do everything right.”

Detailing his plan for the course, Deusser explained, “I know the horse is really quick over the fence, in the turns, everywhere, so I didn’t really go full speed. I tried to get a good turn from one to two; I think there I was already faster than most of the other ones. Also the rollback turn after the double to the Liverpool, I had a really good turn there. For the rest I think I did the same strides as everyone else. My advantage is that the horse is really quick naturally, so even if I have the same distance as all the other ones I am normally a little bit faster.”

Behind Deusser and Mouse, Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Solerina, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, cleared the course in 56.63 seconds. Coming in third, Brianne Goutal (USA) and Remarkable Farms’ Onira stopped the clock in 58.07 seconds. Germany’s Johannes Ehning and Cayenne 162, owned by Winley Farm LLC, finished in 58.25 seconds to place fourth. Beezie Madden (USA) and Abigail Wexner’s Simon were fifth with their time of 58.60 seconds.

Earlier in the day, Deusser also won the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m jump-off class riding Stephex Stables’ Domingo. The pair also won last week’s $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class.

Deusser is enjoying his time in Wellington and will continue to show through week nine. He then plans to go home for a week off and return for the end of the circuit.

“Of course I am enjoying it here,” he smiled. “It is totally different from Europe this time of year. You cannot ride outside there; it’s impossible. The ring is really big here and everything is really nice for the horses. I expected it a little bit warmer to be honest, it is quite cold now, but overall I have had a really good experience so far. The horses feel really good. They are fresh and they have jumped well. I think it is also really good preparation for the outdoor season for our horses.”

Also showing on Wednesday, Laura Kraut (USA) and the Evita Group’s Nouvelle were the best out of 120 competitors in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class.

Week nine of the FTI WEF will continue on Thursday with the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 9 at 11 a.m. and the $20,000 Artisan Farms Young Riders Grand Prix Team Event at 3 p.m. featured in the International Arena. 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
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Two Incredible Evenings Honoring Paralympian Jonathan Wentz and the USPEA

Jonathan Wentz at the 2012 London Paralympics cheering his team on. Photo (c) Lindsay Yosay McCall.

Thursday, March 7th
The United States Para-Equestrian Association Presents
“Inspire a Generation” private Benefit Party and Auction
Honoring Jonathan Wentz
Hosted by Rancho Valencia Resort
Rancho Santa Fe, CA

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Friday, March 8th
1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night
Hosted by the 2013 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI YJ3*
Del Mar, CA

Del Mar, CA – March 6, 2013 – For two exciting evenings the late Para-Dressage rider and USPEA member Jonathan Wentz will be honored in the Southern California community. On March 7th, the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) presents “Inspire a Generation” private Benefit Party and Auction Honoring Jonathan Wentz Hosted by Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, California.  Guests will learn about the newly created Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund before enjoying delectable hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and entertainment by musician Mack Bailey. Patrons of this event will be given the opportunity to bid on the finest of auction items and experiences. Although the party is private any person may bid on the unique auction items.

Please contact Lisa at lblaufuss@dressageevents.com if you are interested in bidding on the auction items virtually or over the phone.  The auction will commence at 7:00 p.m. (west coast time). Please view the list of auction items by clicking the link below.

(You may download the list of auction items here)

Thursday, March 7th “Inspire a Generation” Benefit Party Honoring Jonathan Wentz Hosted by Rancho Valencia Resort Rancho Santa Fe, CA

What:  “Inspire a Generation” Benefit Party Honoring Jonathan Wentz

When: March 7th

Where: Rancho Valencia Resort Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Cost: Tickets are sold out but the cost to bid on the auction items is free

About the USPEA Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund was established to continue the dream of Paralympian Jonathan Wentz; to advance High Performance Para Dressage in the USA by supporting and encouraging Para Dressage Young Riders to set the goal of International competition.

At age 13 Jonathan set the goal of riding for the USA in the Paralympics. At age 16 he established a plan and budget to achieve his dream. In 2012, at the age of 21, Jonathan was able to achieve his dream of riding for Team USA in the 2012 London Paralympics earning the highest placing of all U.S. equestrians that competed in London. Another goal of Jonathan’s was to develop a Para Dressage Young Rider program to help grow and improve Para Dressage in the USA. His scholarship fund will be used to offset the cost of International competition for Para Dressage Young Rider’s and to encourage their participation enabling them to excel in their sport.

Scholarship funds will go toward Para Dressage High Performance Young Riders, ages 16-25, within the competition year, who are actively competing in International Para Dressage competitions, 3* and above.

Funds shall be awarded to help offset competition expenses up to $1,000.00 per competition to help cover entry fees including stabling and/or shipping (greater than 500 miles one way) costs for competition.

Guidelines for Application of JW Scholarship fund:
Athlete’s must submit a Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Grant Request form with expenses itemized, along with a copy of completed entry forms, invoices and/or receipts for consideration of scholarship funds, along with a list of their competition highlights, competition goals and competition plan/schedule for the current 2 years. (Example; 2013-2014, 2015-2016) Scholarship funds are intended for direct payment of specific competition expenditures, entry fees, stabling, and/or shipping only. Checks made out to athlete or immediate family for reimbursement will require a completed W-9, and will be subject to the approval.

Scholarship funds may be awarded for a maximum of two CPEDI3* events per competition year with a maximum of $1,000.00 awarded per competition. Grants are subject to the approval of the USPEA board. Funds will be awarded based on “own horse” (according to FEI Para definition), distance to competition, number of competitions athlete is planning to attend in 2-year competition period, and/or number of applicants.

Friday, March 8th
1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night
Hosted by the 2013 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI YJ3*
Del Mar, CA

The Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI YJ3* will be hosting the 1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night March 8, 2013. This event will commence after the last class on Friday at the Del Mar Horse Park. The entire evening, featuring horse races, casino games, appetizers, and awards, will help benefit the Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund under the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA).

1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night

What: Horse Races, Casino Night, & “Around the World” Appetizers

When: Friday March 8th (end of show day)

There will be 12 wooden horses available for purchase at check in. Trainers would make a donation for their horse of $50.00 and can decorate them to make them unique. Supplies will be available and payments collected by your Bookie/Barn Manager Lisa Vidov.

Display your horse in your barn area and solicit clients and friends to join your syndicate for a donation of $5/person. You can choose to make your investment back first or let it ride in the pot. There is no limit to the size of your syndicate. Proceeds will support the United States Para Equestrian Association.

On Friday, at the end of the show day, all horses will collect in the paddock (warm up arena) for display purposes. Then, when the bugle sounds, each trainer will parade their horse to the start gate and the race will occur down the FEI Jog lane. Winner and syndicate will get photo opportunity in the Rancho Valencia Arena with their horse and trophy presented during the Brunch on Sunday.

Prizes:

Best decorated horse
Largest syndicate
Best in show for the horse parade to start gate (great mover? crazy? lazy?)
Huge Engraved Trophy to winning trainer and syndicate

Support the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

Continue on to vendor row for “Around the World” appetizers and drinks sponsored by your vendors and try your hand at BlackJack, Craps or Roulette!!! Make a donation to the USPEA for $20.00 worth of chips/play money to use at Casino Night.

Real Dealers!
Real Casino Tables!
Free drawings for more prizes!

Written by: Lindsay Y McCall & Keenan Productions & Events INC

To view an online version of this press release with more photos, please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/.

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

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

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

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

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

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

Alexis Conover Earns $1,500 Grant through USEF Equestrians in Action

Photo submitted by Alexis Conover.

Lexington, KY – Seventeen-year-old Alexis Conover (New Port Richey, FL) volunteered more than 1,800 hours to accrue the most time of all participants in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equestrians in Action volunteer recognition program.

USEF Equestrians in Action tracks youth volunteer hours that are aimed at improving the welfare of the horse or positively promoting equestrian sport. Sponsored by The EQUUS Foundation, the program encourages youth to give back to equestrian sport – at horse shows, equine promotional events, equine businesses or organizations, trade fairs, therapeutic riding clinics, horse rescue, and 4-H events.

As the participant with the most volunteer hours in 2012, Conover earned a $1,500 grant for her academic or equestrian educational pursuits. A Hunter exhibitor, Conover volunteered her time at Straight Forward Farm, helping care for and train the farm’s rescue horses. She also spent time at St. Andrews University Therapeutic Horsemanship program, Thoroughbred Rescue of Tampa Bay and Odessa Equine Clinic.

As a freshman at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC, and a member of the Equestrian Team, Conover balances her horse involvement with academics. She has completed two stars of the USEF High School Equestrian Athlete program and is a member of the National Honor and Merit Scholars Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Science Honor Society, and Future Business Leaders of America.

The EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) have established a new volunteer recognition program through the EQUUS Foundation’s carrots4acause network. The USEF Champion of Equine Service Scholarship is part of the EQUUS Foundation’s Champions program sponsored by Ariat International. It is an incentive-based, equine-service volunteer program that recognizes and rewards individuals and organizations on their carrots4acause network. CHAMPIONS are individuals who volunteer a minimum of 24 hours for an organization or organizations on the EQUUS Foundations carrots4acause network. All eligible applicants for the USEF scholarship are also automatically eligible for the EQUUS Foundation Champion of Equine Service Scholarships. To learn how to participate in the Champions program, visit their website at www.equusfoundation.org.

Salute to Driving Goes Off without a Hitch, Raising Funds for USET Foundation

Michael Freund driving Wendy O’Brien’s Pony Pair. Photo: Vicki Long.

Windsor, SC – March 6, 2013 – For the third year in a row, the Salute to Driving weekend, held in Windsor, SC, March 1-3, 2013, featured a beautiful dinner and auction, multiple driving clinics and a Combined Test Competition, all for the benefit of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation’s High Performance Driving program.

A highlight of the weekend was the successful Saturday night dinner and auction, which was held at organizing committee member Bev Lesher’s Courage to Lead Farm. The evening event was put on to raise funds for the USET Foundation that will be specifically dedicated to helping train the best drivers and equines to represent the USA in World Driving Championships.

During the decadent Berry Catering dinner, organized by Wendy O’Brien, attendees bid on fabulous live auction pieces. Auctioneer Paul Martin donated his time to handle the Live Auction of six special items. A sampling included a week at Hilton Head SC in a top resort condo for four including free greens fees, a dinner for 6 in Aiken in Jack Wetzel’s restored Log Cabin, three nights for two (including breakfast) in Boston at the prestigious Union House, Stabling and a B&B for two nights in Maine at the wonderful Acadia National Park in Maine, and a week’s stay in a 4 bedroom home on Block Island in Rhode Island. In addition to the Live Auction, a Silent Auction ran at the event from Friday morning through Saturday night and came to a close following the dinner.

Prior to the benefit dinner and auction, the weekend long Salute to Driving kicked off with dressage clinics by Michael Freund and Sterling Graburn at Chateau Log and Courage to Lead Farms. Freud led the USEF long listed drivers through the clinic, while Graburn worked with developing drivers. Other special events included a hazard demonstration and clinic, harnessing demonstrations, farrier demonstrations and a carriage exhibit. All of the weekend events served to help raise awareness and educate different audiences about the discipline of driving.

“We helped educate more people about the driving discipline, and at the same time raised funds for the USET Foundation, specifically for the driving discipline,” Lesher said. “We received many compliments about the dinner and the whole organization of everything. Everyone really enjoyed themselves.”

The weekend concluded on Sunday with the Combined Test Competition. Drivers at the preliminary through advanced levels had the opportunity to showcase their skills in both dressage and cones. For the first time since its inception three years ago, the Salute to Driving also welcomed ‘Very Small Equines’ (VSEs) in the combined test. The VSEs were also showcased doing a quadrille driving performance organized by Janelle Marshall. To the tune of “Flight of the Bumblebees,” eight drivers decked out in yellow and black bumblebee style put their VSEs through their paces and got huge appreciation from the crowd.

For more information about the Salute to Driving, please visit http://salutetodriving.com/.

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

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

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Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Divisions Heading to All Classic Atlanta Shows for 2013

The Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Division offer thoroughbreds a second chance at successful, competitive careers [photos provided by NYTHA]

Johns Island, South Carolina [March 6, 2013] – Classic Company is proud to announce that they will be offering the Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Divisions the second week of the Atlanta Spring, Summer and Fall Horse Shows this year.

The Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Divisions are under the auspices of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. The Division will be offered over forty-five weeks at AA horse shows in ten of the 12 USEF zones throughout the country.  “Rick Violet of the NYTHA contacted me about this opportunity and a year later, here we are,” said Adele Einhorn, Executive Director of the Saratoga Classic Horse Show and Special Projects Director at Skidmore College in Saratoga, New York.  “The goal is to provide second careers for Thoroughbred horses and infiltrate them back into the show ring,” Einhorn said. “I think it’s a great thing. I am passionate about it and believe there is a place for the thoroughbreds in the show rings.” Einhorn continued, “There has already been $150,000 in prize money allocated by NYTHA for these events this year and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.”

NYTHA112Classic Company will be offering a $2,500 Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Division during the second week at all its Atlanta shows.  For the purposes of eligibility for all classes and awards, a “thoroughbred” is defined as any horse that has been registered with the Jockey Club or a foreign thoroughbred stud book approved by the Jockey Club and the international Stud Book Committee.  The riders will be required to verify registration on the day of the horse show through one of the following methods:

T.I.P. Identification Number Certificate, OR completed T.I.P. Identification number request form and one of the following:

  • Jockey Club Certificate of Foal registration (or similar document from a foreign stud book) or a copy thereof
  • the horse’s lip tattoo
  • the horse’s 5-cross pedigree and the successful tattoo lookup result from the Jockey Club’s tattoo identification services (located at registry.jockeyclub.com)
  • a letter from the Jockey Club verifying the horse’s identity

“It is of utmost importance to racing’s owners and trainers that our horses have the chance for happy and productive lives when they leave the track,” NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr. said. “In recent years, it has been harder to find homes for retired racehorses in the sport horse world, because the popularity of Thoroughbreds as hunters and jumpers has been on the decline. We believe TAKE2 is helping to reverse that trend. The program was met with remarkable enthusiasm last year, and horse shows have been eager to add the TAKE2 classes to their prize lists this year. It is also encouraging to discover how many riders, from the pony clubbers to Olympic-class horsemen, now look to the Thoroughbred when it’s time to shop for their next horse.”

NYTHA113“Horses retire from the race course at a very young age and through this program, it is hoped they will discover a second winning career in the show ring,” commented Classic Company President Bob Bell. “We are delighted to be able to offer it to our customers,” he added.

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.
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Fifteen-year-old Hunter Holloway Hoping for Her Shot at $500,000

©ESI Photography. Hunter Holloway and Bellini kicked Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final qualifying into high gear this weekend with a win in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix.

OCALA, FL (March 5, 2013) – This weekend’s win in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix has Hunter Holloway, 15, of Topeka, Kansas seeing zeros and eagerly awaiting an appearance in the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final this fall in Saugerties, New York.

Holloway was one of 12 to return for second-round competition out of an original 38 starters. The course was designed by Timmy Hott of Cumming, Iowa, and utilized the all-new Outside Course at HITS Ocala.

Holloway, daughter of grand prix rider Brandie Holloway, piloted Hays Investment Corp.’s Bellini to the top scores in both rounds of this weekend’s hunter prix, earning an 88 and 89 for a combined score of 177. “Today’s course was straightforward, but the new ring with the bank keeps the courses fresh and fun to ride,” said Holloway.

Bellini and Holloway were partnered this past summer to show primarily in Junior Hunter divisions and collected six top-five ribbons last week, in addition to their blue in the Devoucoux Hunter Prix. “Bellini is very easy, very honest and a joy to ride. He was awesome today,” said Holloway of the seven-year-old Warmblood gelding. “If he hasn’t sold by September, he is most definitely the horse I would choose to ride in the Diamond Mills Final.”

Adrienne Marciano of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, try as she might to best Holloway, pocketed a pair of 86s for a combined score of 172, which was good enough for second place. She was aboard her own Grey Street. The top three was completed with Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, North Carolina and Caroline Russell Howe’s Caramo earning a 170.5.

Only fractions of a point decided fourth and fifth places. Meghan Flanagan of Atlanta, Georgia and her own O’Ryan finished fourth with a combined score of 169.25, and Nicole Lyvere of Lakewood, Colorado settled for fifth aboard her own Drumline with a 169.

Devoucoux, the makers of fine French saddles, will continue to present weekly hunter prix, which represent the only way for hunter riders to punch their ticket to the prestigious Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final during HITS Championship Weekend in Saugerties this September.

©ESI Photography. Sophia Lothrop and Castell on their way to a win in the $1,500 Hunter Prix
©ESI Photography. Sophia Lothrop and Castell on their way to a win in the $1,500 Hunter Prix

$1,500 HITS Hunter Prix
Sophia Lothrop of Shelburne, Vermont has gone south this winter to qualify for the popular HITS $250,000 Hunter Prix Final and she found success with her own Castell this weekend. The pair rode to first place in the first of three remaining HITS Hunter Prix qualifiers in Ocala. Amy Zettler of Aldie, Virginia, who finished second in last year’s HITS Hunter Prix Final, finished in second place with her own Glad Rags this week.

Kristen Sameth of Lebanon, New Jersey was third aboard her own Vandrin and Erica Lipke of Hamburg, New York was fourth on Christine Hannon’s Knight Call. Eliza Month of Scarsdale, New York rounded out the top five in the irons of her own Duval.

About Devoucoux
Devoucoux, makers of fine French saddles, is proud to be the title sponsor of each and every qualifying Hunter Prix leading up to the phenomenal Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. The Devoucoux Hunter Prix will be a featured event at all HITS horse shows this season as riders from around the country set out to qualify for the third-annual Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final, which will take place September 7-8 at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York.

About Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern
Just 100 miles outside of New York City, nestled in the Village of Saugerties, Diamond Mills is a 30-room luxury hotel featuring stellar accommodations, fine dining at The Tavern and full-service events at a state-of-the art Special Events Center. Diamond Mills is a proud member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, an unsurpassed collection of over 520 luxury hotels around the world. Saugerties’ newest luxury hotel is also the proud sponsor of the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final, which will take place at HITS-on-the-Hudson as part of the HITS Championship Weekend. For more information about Diamond Mills or the special VIP packages available to HITS-on-the-Hudson exhibitors, please visit DiamondMillsHotel.com or call 845.247.0700.

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Atlanta Is Jumping in June

Lisa Goldman and Morocco jumping in Olympic style at the Georgia International Horse Park during the Fall Atlanta Classic. Flashpoint Photography.

Johns Island, South Carolina (March 5, 2013) – Have you ever wanted show your horse over fences to your own music? How about compete in a Nations Cup formatted class?  Or do you consider yourself an emerging athlete and ready to tackle the challenges of the USHJA program that is taking the industry by storm?  Look no further – the Atlanta Summer Classic has it all!

Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships

Classic Company is proud to announce that it will be offering the first USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships Week II at the Atlanta Summer Classic.  This is another creative addition from the USHJA and offers riders the opportunity to compete in a Nations Cup format, representing their states and zones.

There are four Regions:

  • North Region – representing all of the states within Zones 1, 2 and 5
  • South Region – representing all of the states within Zones 3 and 4
  • Central Region – representing all of the states within Zones 5 and 6
  • West Region – representing all of the states within Zones 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
Jordan Siegel and Iceberg showing at the Atlanta Fall Classic
Jordan Siegel and Iceberg showing at the Atlanta Fall Classic

Regional Championships for the South Region will be held at the Atlanta Summer Classic, Week II at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia.

Riders must apply in order to have a chance to represent their state.  For more information, go to www.ushja.org. Riders only have until April 15 to apply for the 2013 year.  So, time is of the essence if you want to get in on this exciting new program!

USHJA Emerging Athletes Program at the Olympic Venue!

How fitting — the up and coming riders, many with sights on the Olympics, get the opportunity to participate this year in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program during the Summer Atlanta Classic shows at the Georgia International Horse Park, home of the 1996 Olympics.

The Classic Company welcomes the USHJA’s Emerging Athletes Program June 10 through 13.  Participants in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program arrive on Sunday, June 9 before Atlanta I and four days later it wraps up.  Participants work with expert riders on perfecting their jumping techniques in the shade of the covered arena.  “This is a very rigorous program and it is so well received by the up and coming riders, the future of our sport.  It is an honor to host it this year,” said Bob Bell, President of Classic Company.

Freestyle!

Megan Edrick and Cadence sailing over an oxer in the Olympic Stadium at the Georgia International Horse Park. Flashpoint Photography.
Megan Edrick and Cadence sailing over an oxer in the Olympic Stadium at the Georgia International Horse Park. Flashpoint Photography.

Ready for the most fun equitation class ever?  Classic Company introduces its Freestyle Equitation class, open to anyone.  Participants are given the course a week ahead of the show; it’s posted online and available in the office upon the riders’ arrival at the show.  Freestyle ‘equitators’ will have to jump 12 jumps in three minutes to the music of their choice.  Yes, music of their choice!  The class will run in the covered arena during the Outback Steakhouse Charity Dinner and the winner will receive a cooler and an Essex shirt.  With fences set at 3′, all are welcome to participate.  Don’t miss the fun!  Come for the Emerging Athletes Program and stay for the music!

The Atlanta Spring Classic kicks off March 20 and will run through March 31st.  After a short springtime break, the Atlanta Summer Classic commences June 12 and runs through June 23rd.  Don’t miss the opportunity to show in the Olympic Stadium and experience the Classic difference!

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.
www.ClassicCompany.com
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Post Office Box 1311  Johns Island  SC 29457

Audi, Piaget Begin Second 26-Goal Tournament USPA Piaget Gold Cup Thursday

8-goaler Nico Pieres.

WELLINGTON, FL – March 5, 2013 — With the C. V. Whitney Cup in the books, the second 26 high-goal tournament gets under way Thursday with three games in the USPA Piaget Gold Cup.

Grand Champions Polo Club-based pro teams Audi and Piaget are among favorites in the 11-team tournament, the second jewel of America’s Triple Crown of polo.

It is the sixth consecutive year, Piaget, the luxury Swiss watchmaker, will sponsor the tournament at International Polo Club Palm Beach.

There are three brackets of play with all eight of the world’s 10-goal players competing.

Audi opens play on Thursday against new team Zorzal at 2 p.m.

Audi features 10-goaler Gonzalito Pieres, 8-goaler Nico Pieres, 7-goaler Jeff Hall, one of the highest ranked U.S. players, and team captain Marc Ganzi, rated at one goal.

Zorzal, one of two new teams in the tournament, has 6-goaler Fred Mannix, 6-goaler Jason Crowder, 7-goaler Marianito Obregon and 7-goaler Mariano Gonzalez.

Audi’s tournament bracket includes Coca-Cola and Mt. Brilliant.

Other Thursday games are Valiente vs. Mt. Brilliant at 10 a.m. and Zacara vs. Coca-Cola at 4 p.m.

Piaget opens play on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Lechuza Caracas.

Piaget, one of only two teams with two 10-goalers, features 10-goalers Miguel Astrada and Sapo Caset, 6-goaler Nacho Badiola, making his 26-goal debut at IPC at age 23, and team captain Melissa Ganzi.

10-goaler Miguel Astrada
10-goaler Miguel Astrada

“Piaget is a very good team,” Caset said. “We know we are going to play better than we did in the Whitney Cup. We have a good bracket and we had a week to get ready for the Gold Cup. It’s going to be a great tournament.”

Said Piaget coach Joey Casey, “We got a really good draw, so we’re happy.”

Piaget’s tournament bracket includes Lechuza Caracas, ERG and Orchard Hill.

The other Saturday game is ERG against Orchard Hill at 4 p.m.

Last year’s Piaget Gold Cup champion Valiente II is not competing since team captain Robert Jornayvaz returned to his classes at University of Virginia this past fall. His father Bob Jornayvaz is fielding a team that includes 10-goalers Adolfo Cambiaso and Pelon Stirling, two members of last year’s champion team.

First played in 1974, the 26-goal USPA Gold Cup has been played at various polo clubs but found a home at IPC in 2007.

First introduced at Oakbrook Polo Club in Illinois, it then headed north to Milwaukee Polo Club in 1975 and remained there until 1978. After moving south in 1979, the Gold Cup continued a 17-year stretch at Palm Beach Polo and Country Club and moved to Boca Raton’s Royal Palm Polo & Sports Club in 1996. In 2002, the Gold Cup headed north to Greenwich Polo Club where play resumed until 2004. Aiken, S.C. then hosted the Gold Cup in 2005 and 2006.

When the USPA awarded IPC the Gold Cup in 2007, the International Polo Club Palm Beach, home of the 26-goal C. V. Whitney Cup Tournament and U.S. Open Championship, sealed its place in history as host of all three legs of the Triple Crown.

Piaget is saluting IPC’s tenth anniversary with the launch of its new luxury Polo FortyFive Black watch which will join their successful collection of polo watches first introduced in the late 1970s.

USPA PIAGET GOLD CUP AUDI/PIAGET SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 7: Zorzal vs. Audi, 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 9: Lechuza Caracas vs. Piaget, 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 10: Alegria vs. Audi, noon

Wednesday, March 13: Piaget vs. Orchard Hill, 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 14: Zacara vs. Audi, 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 17: Valiente vs. Audi, 10 a.m.; Piaget vs. ERG, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20: Piaget Gold Cup Semifinals, 2, 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 21: Butler Handicap Semifinals, Gold Cup subsidiary, 10 a.m., noon

Sunday, March 24: Butler Handicap Final, noon; USPA Piaget Gold Cup Final, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26: U.S. Open begins, schedule, pairings to be announced.

AUDI/PIAGET TOURNAMENT LINEUP

March 7 – March 24, USPA Piaget Gold Cup

March 26 – April 21, 109th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship

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 during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League Tournament.

Sharon Robb for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

MEDIA CONTACT:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12012 South Shore Blvd #105
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
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Sons of the Wind Farm Announces 2013 Tour Dates

Photo Courtesy of the Client.

Merrimac, MA – March 5, 2013 – Sons of the Wind School of Equestrian Arts will be showcasing the talent of their Lusitano mounts throughout the country during the month of April at multiple events. In additional to conducting informational clinics, Sons of the Wind will be performing a Quadrille and athletic movements including Airs Above the Ground for those in attendance.

The dates for the 2013 tour include:

  • April 5-7: Cornell University (hosted by CAYUGA-DCT)
  • April 11-14: Equine Affaire Ohio
  • April 18-21: Midwest Horse Fair, WI
  • April 26-28: Minnesota Horse Expo

The Lusitano was best known for its amazing athleticism as a loyal war horse, and then as a brave, bold mount in the bullring. Today, the modern Lusitano has found its way in to many disciplines including dressage. During the tour, Sons of the Wind will teach guests about the Lusitanos’ history, and also perform a traditional Quadrille. Using four talented Lusitano horses, the riders will perform a beautiful dressage test in sync with music and each horse. All of the horses and riders will be wearing traditional Portuguese attire and tack.

The clinics conducted at Cornell University and the Midwest Horse Fair will include how to develop the strength of your performance horse through the Pendulum of Elasticity, how simple exercises such as leg yield lead can lead to pirouettes and changes, and the importance of strength training.

During Equine Affair and the Minnesota Horse Expo, the clinics hosted by the Sons of the Wind will focus on long-lining, lateral work, and tempi changes, as well as how and why to introduce the piaffe/passage progression early in a horses training.

These clinics will give riders and trainers’ valuable insight and knowledge in classical dressage training that they can apply at home. Sons of the Wind will be able to answer questions and guide guests through the exercises at each event during the tour. These clinics will provide invaluable information that will assist horse and rider as they progress and expand their dressage knowledge.

About Sons of the Wind:

Sons of the Wind School of Equestrian Arts currently has locations in Merrimac, MA, and Palm City, FL. Founded by Portugal’s Vitor Silva, Sons of the Wind and its affiliated schools were incepted in response to the need for an establishment capable of providing the rider the opportunity to experience and understand the correctness of all the movements of dressage. These establishments offer the training and schooling to horses and riders of different backgrounds and levels. Sons of the Wind is also a full service breeding facility for the talented Lusitano breed as it is very important for the growth of the school to keep training horses that could be great mounts and prospects for lessons and for sale.

For more information about Sons of the Wind School of Equestrian Arts, please visit www.sonsofthewindfarm.com.

Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12012 South Shore Blvd #105
Wellington, FL 33414
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Roffman and Uruguai Take Interagro Lusitanos High Score Award at Florida Dressage Classic CDI

Caroline Roffman and Uruguai at the Florida Dressage Classic CDI. (Photo courtesy of Al Guden)

Wellington, FL (March 4, 2013) – Caroline Roffman and the Lusitano stallion Uruguai were in the ribbons this weekend, as they scored an impressive 66.477% in the FEI Prix St. Georges to take the Interagro Lusitanos High Score Lusitano Award during the Florida Dressage Classic CDI, which is the second CDI of the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival.  The pair was presented with a beautiful black halter with silver accents and an engraved plate for their prize.  The stunning black Lusitano stallion, known around the barn as Alejandro, is owned by Robinson Lusitanos of Louisiana.

The 11-year-old black stallion demonstrated the elegant assets of power and precision that have made the breed so popular for dressage.  “He is kind and willing, and always ready to take you down the centerline,” Roffman said of the stallion. “He is easy to ride, and a great match for any rider, of any level.”

Robinson Lusitanos, one of the largest Lusitano breeders in the United States, began its breeding operation that features mostly Interagro Lusitanos from Brazil, purchased and imported under the guidance of Interagro’s US Sales Director, Peter Van Borst.  Uruguai’s studmates include the notable Maverick Interagro and Pitagoras Interagro.

Interagro Lusitanos of Brazil sponsors the High Score Lusitano Award during the Florida dressage circuit, and is recognized as the largest breeder and exporter or Lusitano horses in the world.  “We are always looking to recognize exceptional Lusitanos competing on the dressage circuits,” said Cecilia Gonzaga, Managing Director of Interagro Lusitanos.  “Our horses and clients have had much success, and the Lusitano is becoming a favored mount for many sport horse disciplines.”

The Interagro horse is a modern Lusitano, a horse that excels in many disciplines, from dressage and driving to jumping and working equitation. Interagro horses can be seen driving, working, and training on the farm in Brazil every day.  Interagro is committed to preserving the pure bloodlines of the Lusitano breed, and Interagro bloodlines include some of the most respected bloodlines in the breed such as Farao (JHC), Nirvana Interagro, Ofensor (MV), Xique-Xique (CI) and Yacht (SA).

Interagro also offers guests and clients a unique way to truly immerse themselves in the Luistano breed and the equestrian culture of Interagro through Destination Lusitano. From riding an Interagro stallion across the rolling Brazilian countryside to enjoying Portuguese cuisine, Destination Lusitano caters to each guest’s needs and can be tailored to their interests.  In addition, the 600 Lusitanos that call Interagro home make Destination Lusitano the ultimate equestrian getaway.

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.

For more information on Destination Lusitano or to learn more about Interagro Lusitanos, visit their website at www.lusitano-interagro.com.

For more information contact:
Johnny Robb – JRPR, Inc.
561-753-4608
jrpr@mac.com