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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
HorsesintheSouth.com
AHorseBlog.com

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.
561-753-4608
jrpr@mac.com

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.
www.ClassicCompany.com
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

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

When:
Feb. 28 – March 3

Show organizer:
Noreen O’Sullivan, Show Manager
561-227-1570
nosullivan@wellingtonclassicdressage.com

John Flanagan
Advertising & Sponsorship Director
561-714-9058
jflanagan@wellingtonclassicdressage.com

Mary Anne McPhail, Executive Director
561-653-3331
MMcph15179@aol.com

Evelyn O’Sullivan, Director
561-955-9116
pbderby@aol.com

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

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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
info@jenniferwoodmedia.com

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
chester@chesterweber.com
www.chesterweber.com
1-352-895-1139

Harry & Snowman: Help the Story of the ‘$80 Champion’ Become a Documentary Film

Harry de Leyer jumps Snowman without reins. Photo by LIFE magazine

West Palm Beach, FL – February 6, 2013 – The story of Harry de Leyer and Snowman is one that will be forever remembered in the hearts and minds of those who knew the “eighty-dollar champion.”

“Man O’ War? Secretariat?
Great they were, and are. But my heart belongs to Snowman…”
–CHICAGO TRIBUNE on June 18th, 1973

De Leyer & Snowman were the Cinderella story of late 1950s and 1960s. Snowman was an old Amish plow horse that Harry rescued off a truck that was bound for the meat and glue factory for $80. In less than two years after his rescue, they were the national show jumping champions and had become national celebrities.

Now, thanks to Docutainment Films, director Ron Davis and producer Karin Offield, de Leyer and Snowman’s remarkable saga will be forever commemorated in the documentary, Harry & Snowman.

In the documentary, scheduled to be complete in late 2013, de Leyer and Snowman’s heartfelt story will unfold through the fitting combination of present-day footage of Harry and archival footage from back in the day.

Snowman007890“Harry & Snowman is not a niche movie about the world of show-jumping. It’s a movie about a wonderful human-interest story that will appeal to the masses the way that both Seabiscuit and Secretariat have in the past,” Davis said.

“Horses are fascinating creatures, beautiful and entertaining,” Offield commented. “When the story of Snowman and Harry de Leyer is told on film, the viewers will be amazed. It’s a perfect story.”

In order to create the archival aspect of the film, Docutainment Films is seeking help from the equestrian world to help locate old film footage, stills and newspaper or magazine articles from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, which will be included in the film. Please visit www.harryandsnowman.com for a complete list of what information the filmmakers are seeking and how you can help, as well as a trailer for the film.

Harry & Snowman caught the attention of Documentary Educational Resources, a 501(c)3 organization devoted to furthering the development of documentaries. The organization has stepped up to sponsor the film by allowing interested individuals to make tax-deductible donations toward its creation. Davis encourages those who love de Leyer, Snowman or the story to get involved and be a part of its development. All donors and contributors will be listed in the closing credits of the film and on the movie website.

Snowman007891Ron Davis is an award winning documentary Director and Producer who assembles Emmy and OSCAR nominated teams to develop and produce his films. His first feature documentary, PAGEANT, went on to garner 10 major film festival awards before premiering on The Sundance Channel in 2010. Davis recently completed his first HBO Documentary Film, MISS YOU CAN DO IT, which he directed and produced. The film is scheduled for release this year. Docutainment Films, based in West Palm Beach, FL, is currently in development on several feature length and short documentaries.

To support the film visit the Documentary Educational Resources website at www.der.org/donate/#harry-and-snowman. For more information regarding this Docutainment Films (www.docutainmentfilms.com) documentary or to send footage or stills for the film, please contact Ron Davis at ron@docutainmentfilms.com or 561-228-8885.

Emily Riden for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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Jared Petersen and Titus 2:11 Earn Back-to-Back Sunday Grand Prix Victories at HITS Ocala

©ESI Photography. Jared Petersen and Titus 2:11 on are a roll at HITS Ocala and picked up their second $50,000 grand prix win in a row this weekend

OCALA, FL (February 25, 2013) – Winning was twice as sweet this week for Jared Petersen and Titus 2:11. After earning the blue in last week’s $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, Petersen piloted Titus 2:11 to another win yesterday in the $50,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis.

“I have to give all the glory to God. Without him none of this would be possible,” said a faithful Petersen after his victory. Petersen admits that he named his horse after a bible verse hoping that people would ask what the verse says – “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people”.

Thirty horse-and-rider combinations showed up on Sunday primed for a course designed by Canada’s Danny Foster. A series of tests and challenges narrowed the starting list down to eight for the jump-off.

“I thought it was great sport today,” said Foster. “A course starts with just a sheet of paper, but when it’s all said and done, and the end result is an exciting class that rode well, with good horses and good riders, that’s what makes this all special. I think Jared rode great and he deserved it.”

Petersen admits that Foster’s course was both tricky and technical. “I don’t think it was as big as some of the other courses we’ve jumped, but there were some lines where I couldn’t really leave strides out where I would have liked, but it rode well and worked out great,” he said.

First to return in the jump-off was Laura Linback of Mundelin, Illinois aboard Woodrun’s HH Dauphin. Linback rode conservatively and concentrated on posting a clear round. She succeeded and set the Great American Time To Beat at 50.60 seconds. In the end, Linback’s clear round secured the third-place ribbon.

Andre Thieme of Plau Am See, Germany was next to show aboard his own Quonschbob. Thieme, the winner of the 2011 Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, was looking for his first victory this season and thought he might have it when he and Quonschbob shaved three seconds off the time to beat to take the lead with a clear round in 47.53 seconds.

Patty Stovel of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania and Carigor Z were next to show and were able to catch Thieme’s time in their own 47.50 seconds. Two rails, however, came down for eight faults and sat them fifth.

Petersen, the 20-year-old rider from Archer, Florida, was next to show and proved that he and Titus 2:11 have what it takes. They rode a neat and fast jump-off to set a new time to beat at 46.78 seconds, which would go untouched for the rest of the jump-off.

“Andre was really fast,” said Petersen. “I knew if I touched the reins anywhere then I wouldn’t make it happen. I did the five [strides] where everyone else did six, and I think that’s what really made it happen.”

Four rides remained as Tricia O’Connor of Connecticut and Michael Kirby’s KT Undercover posted a clear round in 51.32 seconds to earn fourth place. Karen Cudmore of Omaha, Nebraska and Blair Cudmore’s Shea, defending champions of the $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group, retired from the jump-off to earn eighth place, while Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, North Carolina and Paddy Ann Burns’ Calando Z and Kyle Timm of Apex, North Carolina and Apex Equestrian Center’s Wadisson were sixth and seventh, respectively.

Petersen and his nine-year-old Holsteiner received a year’s supply of free Strongid C 2X product for their victory, courtesy of Zoetis.

“We will put it to good use for sure,” said Jared’s father and grand prix veteran, Derek Petersen. “We’ve used Strongid in the past and it’s a great choice for deworming.”

Show jumping at HITS Ocala will enter the second half of AA-rated competition this week. The $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and the $50,000 Ring Power Grand Prix, both presented by Zoetis, return this week as riders from around the world continue to show at HITS Ocala with hopes of qualifying for the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix.

©ESI Photography. Katie Tyler and Seattle 6 rode to a win in the $5,000 NAL Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic Medium
©ESI Photography. Katie Tyler and Seattle 6 rode to a win in the $5,000 NAL Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic Medium

$5,000 NAL Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic Medium

Rhode Island’s Katie Tyler and her own Seattle 6 captured the blue ribbon yesterday in the $5,000 A-O Jumper Classic Medium. The duo rode to the blue ribbon as one of 15 starters on a course designed by Danny Foster. Melissa Rudershausen and her own Ducati earned the second place red ribbon while Sherri Jameson and her own May’s News were third.

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SBS Farms Continues to Make a Splash with Multiple Championships at HITS VI Ocala Masters

Jennifer Alfano and Timber Ridge rode to the top of the leader board in the Regular Conformation Hunters during HITS VI Ocala Masters. Photo By: Shawn McMillen

Ocala, FL – February 26, 2013 – With the winter circuit halfway over, SBS Farms Inc. has only continued to shine at the HITS Ocala series. Professional rider and trainer Jennifer Alfano has been piloting various mounts to top positions and bringing home tricolor ribbons every week, and the HITS VI Ocala Masters was no different for the exceptional rider. At the end of the week, Alfano had accumulated two more championships, courtesy of famed Jersey Boy and the up-and-coming Timber Ridge.

Alfano and Jersey Boy are the team that can’t be beat. After allowing Miss Lucy, Rose Hill and Maggie May a week to take a break, Alfano was proud to maneuver Jersey Boy around the hunter courses. Jersey Boy put his best foot forward in the High Performance Hunters, riding to three blue ribbons and one second place ribbon, dominating the division and taking the victory. This was Jersey Boy’s first competition since he claimed the derby victory in Jacksonville, FL, during the first week of February. With outstanding courses, he won the first round and cruised to a second place in the handy round to clinch the title with his seemingly flawless performances.

Timber Ridge, owned by Shane George, a recent mount for Alfano, proved to be a worthy teammate, when he captured the championship in the Regular Conformation Hunters this past Thursday. With his dashing good looks, Timber Ridge claimed the blue ribbon in the model. Alfano and Timber Ridge have started to impress the judges and their high placings reflect such. Over fences, the two garnered the blue ribbon, third place, fourth place, and took the third in the handy round. They also were victorious in the under saddle with another blue ribbon.

Earlier in the day, Alfano and Call Me competed in the First Year Green Hunters. Call Me, owned by Susie Schoellkopf and SBS Farms, had consistent rounds, taking home two sixth place ribbons. The pair was also awarded a fourth place ribbon for their efforts over fences. Alfano and Call Me have only shown the past two weeks, but their relationship is continuing to blossom as they prove consistency throughout the division.

Alfano’s final mount for the week was Me Again, owned by Helen Lenahan. The two were the first to compete for the week, showing Wednesday morning. Me Again and Alfano wowed the judges with their skills and were presented with second place ribbon over fences, as well as winning the fifth place over fences.

Based out of Buffalo, NY, SBS Farms’ Susie Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano run one of the foremost show hunter training operations in the country, and travel nationwide to compete in the nation’s most prestigious horse shows. SBS Farms, Inc. continues the proud tradition of the Saddle and Bridle Club as one of the top show stables in the northeast. Schoellkopf is also the Executive Director of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, which houses both The Buffalo Equestrian Center as well as SBS Farms. Built in 1922, the 160-stall facility is a historical landmark, with its unique English Tudor and gothic style architecture. For more information on SBS Farms and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visit www.thebtrc.org.

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