Star Stable – A Virtual 3D Horse Adventure You Must Experience

starstableFebruary 2, 2015 – One of the goals of gaming today is to provide that alternate experience where the scenery is ideal and the experiences are endless! Today, we are approaching one of the most technologically advanced stages ever and it’s become apparent as games like the visually stunning and entertaining “Star Stable” take us to the next level! So what is it about Star Stable that has fellow gamers taking notice and caught the attention of horse enthusiasts alike in this virtual 3D horse adventure? Let’s take a look.

As the game begins, you’re taken over by beautiful graphics and enchanting music. Gamers know that one of the perks about the virtual world is the ability to make choices and control their alternate surroundings in ways that are easy, accessible and rewarding. Avatar choices and clothing options get you excited about the exploration that you and your horse will encounter. And just in case you thought it didn’t get any better by “suiting up” for yourself, the choices of horse and colors are exceptional as well. Although you should note that you only have access to particular horses as you reach certain levels. There’s also the option to play and chat online with multiple players as you explore the island of Jorvik.

Captivating missions are sure to keep the game interesting as you and your horse try to solve problems like the company on Jorvik Island that’s trying to mine for metals and minerals. The more missions that you and your “maned” friend become successful at, the more money and experience you gain as well. So as your confidence and reputation builds from completing missions in Jorvik, so can your wardrobe and equipment when you use your rewards to purchase them. You only need to continue advancing to the next level to enjoy all that Star Stable has to offer!

You have up to four levels that can be played for free. Then there’s the option to become a Star Rider for a monthly fee or just go all the way since you know the game is only going to get better and pay one time for a Lifetime membership! With constant updates to the game and new adventures being added frequently, one is sure to be lulled into a virtual world filled with the latest fashions in riding gear, unbelievably enchanting forests and ranges to view and exciting experiences that will leave you waiting eagerly for the next virtual journey for you and your four-legged friend.

Ultimately, one of the biggest pluses for this game, alongside the graphics, online chatting with other gamers and great missions to solve, is that it is a game for the ENTIRE family! Parents can relax with calm knowing that this is a game which offers the mental comfort a parent needs when allowing kids to play online.

But don’t take our word for it; visit starstable.com and discover for yourself the countless possibilities and endless treasures that await you and the horse of your dreams!

Jennifer Jones and Clear Sailing Top $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix

(c) ESI Photography. Jennifer Jones on Clear Sailing take first place in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix.

Contina and Jacqueline Maggiore Take $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix

Ocala, Florida (January 19, 2015): HITS Ocala Winter Circuit celebrated the victories of Jennifer Jones riding Redfield Farm’s Clear Sailing in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix and Jacqueline Maggiore riding Contina, owned by Woodridge Farm, in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix, in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium.

Jones — who also took third place with Castello, owned by Colleen McKenzie — finished first on Clear Sailing with scores of 87 in the first round and 90 in the second. The runner up, Amanda Steege, on Zidane, owned by Susan Darragh, came close with scores of 89 and 87.

“This was Contina’s first horse show this year,” said Jones, of Marion, South Carolina, who nevertheless successfully navigated the course designed by Doug Russell of Ocala, Florida in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium.

A 13-year veteran of HITS Ocala events, Maggiore, of South Boston, Massachusetts, secured her top spot with a strong first round score of 86, followed by a 78 in the second round. Earning a second-place finish was Mindy Whitman of Marstons Mills, Massachusetts, on Holman Imports LLC’s Herrold, with scores of 73 in Round 1 and 85 in Round 2.

“The course rode wonderfully,” said Maggiore, “and my horse is reliable and consistent.” She believed that the HITS course, also designed by Russell, was a major boost, saying, “There is plenty of time to think and relax in the stadium because it is so big.”

The $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix is a qualifier for the $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final at the HITS Championship in Saugerties, New York this September. The $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix is a qualifier for the $250,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix Final, also in Saugerties.

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Simone Jäiser in Leipzig Fast Lane

Simone Jäiser, Swiss national champion and businesswoman by day, won the last qualifier for the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting in Leipzig (GER), securing her spot at the series Final in Graz (AUT) on 19-22 February 2015. (im|press|ions/Pascal Duran/FEI)

Lausanne (SUI), 20 January 2015 – Switzerland and Germany dominated the fourth and last qualifier of the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting 2014/15 at Leipzig’s famous Partner Pferd (GER) last weekend, with Simone Jäiser (SUI), Thomas Brüsewitz (GER) and pas-de-deux stars Pia Engelberty and Torben Jacobs (GER) celebrating outstanding victories.

A total of 17 athletes from seven countries battled it out in front of a sold out crowd to score vital selection points for the series Final, which takes place in Graz, Austria’s second largest city after the capital Vienna, on 19-22 February.

Jumping Jäiser

Simone Jäiser, the national Swiss champion and businesswoman by day, celebrated her first win of the series in Leipzig, after placing second at the opener in Munich (GER) and third leg in Salzburg (AUT).

The crowd went wild at her interpretation of a Chinese fighter. “I’m a huge fan of Simone Jäiser, but with this freestyle she has really surpassed herself. She was outstanding,” said German television commentator and former lunger Susanne Wahl.

On her horse Luk, lunged by her mother Rita Blieske, Jäiser finished on 9,003 points, the highest score in Leipzig, with a healthy 168-point lead on reigning FEI World Cup™ Vaulting champion Anna Cavallaro (ITA) lunged by Nelson Vidoni on Harley (8,835), with Christine Kuhirt (GER) placing third on Fuzzy with lunger Stefan Lotzmann (8,310).

With the Final in Graz now just less than a month away, Jäiser is now second in the series standings behind Austria’s Lisa Wild. “The first three places at the Final will be very tight. Everyone will be in top condition. I’m aiming to show clear rounds and now I have no doubts that this will be possible,” said the confident Jäiser, after her spectacular winning performance in Leipzig.

German triple

German vaulters, all protégés of national coach Ulla Range, filled the podium in Leipzig led by Thomas Brüsewitz, twice European Junior Champion (2010 and 2011), who scored 8,686 points on the 24-year-old chestnut gelding Airbus, lunged by Irina Lenkeit.

“Leipzig is my absolute favourite leg of the World Cup,” Brüsewitz said after giving the audience a glimpse of his new 2015 routine. “Before the competition I was unsure if I should go ahead with my new elements, but it worked really well!”

Dresden-born Erik Oese, bronze medalist at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 (FRA), on Down Under, which he borrowed from fellow Wild Card competitor and close friend Daniel Kaiser, finished just 0,008 points behind Brüsewitz with lunger Andreas Bäßler (8,678), with Kaiser securing third place (8,400).

Tarzan and Jane

Austria’s Stefan Csandl and Theresa Thiel slotted into second place in Leipzig behind Germany’s Pia Engelberty and Torben Jacobs, the pas-de-deux silver medalists at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 (FRA). The pair won over the Leipzig crowds with their striking Tarzan and Jane choreography on Danny Boy, lunged by Switzerland’s former world champion Patric Looser, who also won this exciting series twice in a row in 2011 and 2012 before retiring as a vaulter (8,856 points).

Much to the disappointment of this brilliant team, they will unfortunately not be lining up at the series Final next month because the 24-year-old Engelberty has to sit Sports Studies exams at the University of Cologne.

Next stop Graz

FEI World Cup™ Vaulting 2014/2015 has seen the world’s best 30 vaulters from nine nations battle for points across a four-leg European city tour to qualify for the Final next month in Graz.

The top six female and male vaulters, and top four pas-de-deux, based on their best two results in the series, will come together at the “Fest der Pferde” on 19-22 February, where they will all start from scratch.

The full line-up for the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting Final 2014/2015 and live FEI TV schedule will be revealed in the preview for the Final – in the meantime, the qualified vaulters can be viewed here.

Leipzig results:

Male individual: 1. Thomas Brüsewitz (GER), 8,686; 2. Erik Oese (GER), 8,678; 3. Daniel Kaiser (GER), 8,400.
Full results here.

Female individual: 1. Simone Jäiser (SUI), 9,003; 2. Anna Cavallaro (ITA), 8,835; 3. Christine Kuhirt (GER), 8,310
Full results here.

Pas-de-deux: 1. Pia Engelberty/Torben Jacobs (GER), 8,856; 2. Stefan Csandl/Theresa Thiel (AUT), 7,992.
Full results here.

FEI World Cup™ Vaulting series standings

The full series standings will be published here.

Series hashtag: #WorldCupVaulting

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Lauren Sammis and Lombard V Awarded FEI High Score Award in Saugerties

Sammis to Travel to U.K. to Train with Kyra Kyrklund

Wellington, FL – June 26, 2014 – Lauren Sammis and Lombard V, a 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Lobster-Heidi, Diplomat) owned by Hope Greenfield, were on top of their game at the recent Centerline Events at HITS II in Saugerties, NY. The pair scored a 70.658 and a 71.579 percent for first place finishes in the Intermediaire II on both June 14 and 15, and earned the FEI High Score Award on June 14.

“I was very, very pleased with him on Saturday and it was a really solid test,” Sammis said. “The horse is going really well. He’s getting 8s on gaits.”

Sammis and Lombard V, along with another Grand Prix horse, Whitman, will depart for the United Kingdom on July 2 to spend two months training with Kyra Kyrklund in West Sussex. Whitman is an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Rhodiumr-Camora, Saluut) owned by Jane Suwalsky, and Sammis has had the ride on him for about two months.

Sammis said her main goal while there is to train and then to compete in some smaller shows.

“I plan to get the horses going and get as much consistent help as I can,” she said. “I’ve never been in that situation where I have help every day.”

She plans to return in time to compete in Saugerties, NY, in September and hopes to have the scores to participate at Dressage at Devon.

Sammis is looking to friends for assistance in subsidizing her European expedition, and will update supporters with exclusive blogs and photos to include them in her adventures as she travels to learn from one of the greats. If you are interested in helping, contact her at lcsammis@gmail.com.

Sammis2Meanwhile, she is packing and preparing for her two months with Kyrklund.

“I think I will come a long way,” she said. “I’m really, really, really, really excited.”

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Gymnastics Test Riders during George H. Morris Gladstone Program at Annali-Brookwood Farm

Antioch, IL – June 26, 2014 – Day three of the George H. Morris Gladstone Program at Annali-Brookwood Farm, organized by Diane Carney, brought more experience and knowledge to the ten riders selected by Morris to participate in the prestigious program. Today’s session included a review of flatwork, more difficult gymnastics for horses and riders, continued education on confirmation, and learning and understanding an FEI jog; as well as a discussion with Young Rider Chef d’Equipe, Diane Langer.

In Morris’ sessions today, he emphasized contact with the horse’s mouth and raising the hands to meet the horse’s mouth. Horses ridden correctly have no need for draw reins to get the horse on the bit. Morris said gadgets and trendy gimmicks have no place in proper riding. He also made the point that riders should make sure the horse go forward, and then come back and listen to the leg. The horse should always be in front of the leg and behind the hand.

“If you teach a horse something they will use it against you,” said Morris. “If you teach them to go forward they will run away. If you teach them to stop and back they will rear. That’s why the counter canter is so helpful to discipline the horse.”

The groups moved on to a trot jump and a bending line to a 4′ wide oxer and 20′ to a vertical and did the exercise back and forth. The jumps today included a triple bar over the 12′ water, the USET oxer with a liverpool, a single narrow wall with a picket gate and a three-oxer triple combination.

Dixon“A gymnastic can be any arrangement of jumps,” said Morris, “they don’t have to be in a straight line to be a gymnastic.”

For the afternoon session, G. Marvin Beeman, DVM of Littleton Equine Medical Center in Denver, CO, continued his presentation on conformation. Dr. Beeman, the key veterinarian behind the successful career of the Olympic horse, Calypso, spoke about the dynamics of locomotion – where the horse lands, turns and puts pressure. Then he gave examples of diagrams used to study the conformation of the horse, speaking to the fact that about 60-65% of the horse’s weight is supported by the front end.

“Horses can tolerate poor conformation but it eventually catches up with them,” said Dr. Beeman. “It’s also usually not one defect, but a combination of defects that can limit the horse’s ability or soundness.”

He continued to teach riders how to evaluate conformation. Dr. Beeman broke it down into five categories: Head, neck, body and balance; front limb; rear limb; type of horse; and way of going. He explained the details of each category.

He also discussed the effects of altitude on horses and navicular, the foot and shoeing and the skeleton and muscle attachment. Dr. Beeman’s presentation encouraged conversation and questions from the riders. It was clearly evident he is a true horseman who has dedicated his life to horses like Morris. Morris then emphasized that to be the best it takes dedication and ambition.

Riders fed their horses and then sat down to listen to Diane Langer talk about applications and information considered for a United States team competitions. Langer was a wealth of information and opened the floor for discussion about the Young Riders competition. She also discussed with riders the need for them to create a plan and a map of competitions, allowing their horses to peak at the right times and which types of classes riders should be striving for.

The group also discussed the FEI jog, which riders will actually participate in at 7:30 am tomorrow. In addition to Morris’ sessions tomorrow, riders will hear from farrier Bill Liggett.

For more information, contact Diane Carney at dtelluride@aol.com or 847-922-6167.

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