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Say NO to Castrating Wild Stallions and Massive Roundup

BLM Wyoming (Lander FO) is asking for public input on their future management plan for wild horses living in the North Lander Complex. They plan to remove the majority of the 1,600 North Lander horses and have suggested castrating stallions on the range, destroying their natural wild behaviors.

Please raise your voice! Urge BLM to give wild horses their fair share, protect natural wild behaviors, and humanely manage these magnificent animals on their Congressionally-designated habitat.

We know the endless action alerts get tiring. It’s exhausting for us too. But we cannot stop.

Our action alerts get YOUR voice on the record showing there is massive public opposition to these hideous plans. Your voice matters!

We MUST continue to speak the truth and call for fair and humane treatment of our wild horses and burros.  If we persevere, we will prevail!  Please take action here.

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Saumur Complet: Good Start for Italy’s Stefano Brecciaroli

© Comité Equestre de Saumur / Photos Les Garennes.

First of the three events of the CCI 4 * -L Equi Action of the Saumur Complet, the dressage welcomed the first twenty-one competitors. With the score of 70.87% (29.1 penalties), the Italian Stefano Brecciaroli on Bolivar Gio Granno takes the lead of the (very) provisional classification. He is ahead of the Dutch Raf Kooremans on Dimitri N.O.P. (70.08%; 29.9 penalties) and the squire of the Cadre Noir de Saumur, Arnaud Boiteau (68.89%; 31.1 penalties) on Quoriano IFCE.

On Friday, the second half of the participants will take their turn for the dressage. In particular, some important stars for the French clan are expected, including Nicolas Touzaint and Eboli at 12:22, Karim Laghouag and Triton Fontaine at 12:47, Gwendolen Fer and Romantic Love at 13:17, or even Nicolas Astier and Babylon de Gamma at 13:25. Live broadcast on SC Sport (www.saumur.org).

Start-lists and results here.

A word from Stefano Brecciaroli (ITA):

“This first day of dressage was very good for Bolivar and me. Bolivar was very attentive in the arena, despite his young age (10 years). He answered everything I asked of him perfectly, while he could have been over-awed by this impressive arena… Horses can be nervous, can heat up due to the surroundings, but Bolivar was comfortable. This is the second CCI 4*-L he’s competing in here at Saumur Complet. For his first CCI 4*-L, last October at Montelibretti, he took fifth place; unfortunately, our momentum was lost due to the cancellation of many dates and the participation of the CCI 4*-L Equi Action of Saumur Complet will enlighten us to the confirmed potential of Bolivar.”

Kentucky Spring Horse Show Updates

Lexington, KY – April 27, 2021 – All exhibitors who are planning on attending either or both of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows (May 11-16 and May 18-23) should read these updates. Important information regarding the collection of signed USEF Waivers upon arrival at the Kentucky Horse Park and arrival times for FEI horses are displayed below.

USEF Waiver Collection

Every person entering the Horse Park will require the following:

  • Hand a completed waiver to the security staff at the time of their initial temperature check.
  • A wristband will be affixed to the wrist once the waiver is received, and the wristband must not be removed until you have finished showing and have exited the Horse Park for the last time.
  • This wristband will need to be shown on the wrist each day to enter the Horse Park at the temperature checkpoint.
  • If the wristband is removed, that individual will be required to complete another USEF waiver to obtain a replacement wristband.

Please be prepared and arrive with the signed waiver for every individual in your vehicle. This will expedite the initial check-in process for everyone.

Click here to complete and print the USEF waiver.

If you have any questions, please send an email to colleen@kentuckyhorseshows.com.

FEI Arrival Times
2021 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows 3*
May 11-16 and May 18-23

  • No horses will be allowed into the FEI stabling compound until 8 a.m. on Monday, May 10th under any circumstances.
  • All horses will undergo veterinary examination upon arrival.
  • Passports & Health Certificates must accompany horses at arrival.
  • All horses must be in the FEI compound by 11:30 am on Tuesday, May 11th in order to participate in the jog.

FEI Horse Arrival Inspection Times:

  • Monday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Click here for COVID-19 Protocols.

Click here for Equine Health Information.

KHS looks forward to a fun and safe spring show series. For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

EQUUS Foundation Announces Recipients of 2021 Champion of Equine Service Scholarships

Emilie McCann with Drew, a rescue horse at Rising Starr Horse Rescue awaiting his next chapter.

The Champions program, sponsored by Ariat International, rewards volunteerism on behalf of horse welfare with scholarships for volunteers to help further their undergraduate and graduate education and to assist those pursuing certification as a therapeutic horsemanship instructor.

Emilie McCann and Lily Stidham will receive the 2021 EQUUS Foundation Champion of Equine Service Academic Scholarship to further their academic education at an institution of higher learning. Emily Jones will receive the 2021 Champion of Equine Service PATH Certification Scholarship presented by Lessons in TR to cover the certification exam fee.

Despite the significant restrictions on volunteer opportunities resulting from COVID-19, these individuals made it a priority to continue to volunteer and overcome these new barriers. “Access to horses has become more challenging – never mind when there is a pandemic keeping us at home,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President. “The dedication of incredible volunteers all over the country speaks to the importance of the horse-human bond in people’s lives. During this time of continued uncertainty, I am thrilled that so many volunteers like this year’s recipients were able to find joy and purpose in working with horses.”

Emily McCann
Champion of Equine Service Academic Scholarship Recipient

Emilie found Rising Starr Horse Rescue (RSHR) during a college gap year, and her time spent there quickly became the highlight of her days. Through her volunteer work, she gained invaluable experience and learned about the handling, care, training, and rehabilitation of rescue horses. At RSHR, Emilie was given the opportunity to work with Drew, one of two Thoroughbreds rescued in January 2020. Under the guidance of RSHR’s trainers, her work with Drew became one of the most rewarding experiences of her life, and rekindled her dream of someday becoming a horse trainer.

“Working with rescues is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had, and it has given me confidence and direction. I want to do this for the rest of my life, and I could not be more grateful to Rising Starr for providing me with the opportunity to learn and grow.”

Lily Stidham
Champion of Equine Service Academic Scholarship Recipient

No matter if Lily Stidham is on the ground or in the saddle, being around horses always makes her smile. Lily, a senior at the University of Florida (UF) pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Sciences specializing in Equines, plans to graduate this December. At UF, she has had the opportunity to participate in the Equestrian Club, as an undergraduate teaching assistant, in equine research, and in training a weanling and yearling.

Outside of school, she spends her time volunteering at Stirrups n’ Strides Therapeutic Riding Center, where she is able to apply her equestrian knowledge and skills through working as a barn hand, and riding. Lily began volunteering at Stirrups n’ Strides in 2017. In addition to getting the horses ready and interacting with riders in both the veterans and special needs programs, she has also had the opportunity to ride some of the horses and mentor new volunteers. After Lily graduates, she hopes to work in the horse industry. Being able to help others as they work and care for horses is one of the most rewarding parts of her volunteer work, and she hopes to be able to carry that into her future career.

Emily Jones
Champion of Equine Service PATH Certification Scholarship Recipient

Emily Jones has wanted to become a therapeutic riding instructor since she was seven years old. As a child, she loved horses. Her first introduction to the Camelot Center Therapeutic Riding Program came when she started taking lessons there. Years later, when a stall became available, she donated her own horse, Cash, to Camelot to become a therapy horse.

“I have been a volunteer [at Camelot] for over a decade and I have loved every second of it,” said Emily. “Horses have helped me through a lot of hard times, being bullied in school and struggling with serious anxiety. I am eager to become a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) – this is something I have dreamt about since my childhood. I am so thankful for this opportunity, because of this I will be able to change and impact many lives.”

To learn more about the EQUUS Foundation and their mission, please visit www.equusfoundation.org.

BLM Plans to Wipe Out Southern Nevada Burros

Last month we told you about the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan to eliminate burros from their own lands in California. NOW the agency is working to decimate the wild burro herds of Southern Nevada.

America’s wild burros just can’t get a break. BLM’s mismanagement keeps them at such low population levels that these gentle but hardy animals now face a genetic crisis.

PLEASE take a moment to speak up for the wild burros – and wild horses – of Nevada’s Lake Mead Complex.

Silence is complicity, so we MUST stand up and be heard. We can’t let America’s few remaining wild burros go without a fight!

The Cloud Foundation
www.thecloudfoundation.org

Santiago Lambre Wins $137k Palm Beach County Sports Commission Grand Prix CSI3* on Easy Girl

Santiago Lambre (MEX) and Easy Girl © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – April 25, 2021 – On the final day of Spring III on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village, Santiago Lambre (MEX) flew to a first-place finish aboard Mario Onate’s Easy Girl in the $137,000 Palm Beach County Sports Commission Grand Prix CSI3*.

Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA) set the track for the feature class as 42 horse-and-rider combinations entered the opening round. That number was narrowed down to just 13 that qualified to return to jump over a shortened course.

In the subsequent round, Colombia’s Roberto Teran Tafur was the first to put forth a clear effort as he guided his own Dez Ooktoff, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion by Colandro x Lys Rouge, across the track swiftly to take over the lead in 42.69 seconds. The first to catch him was Ireland’s Paul O’Shea aboard Squirt Gun, owned by Eye Candy Jumpers, shaving nearly four seconds off the leading time. He and the 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Diarado x Quick Star stopped the clock in a clear time of 38.70 seconds.

Returning eleventh in the order, Margie Engle (USA) and Dicas, owned by Storm Ridge Capital, LLC, Show Horses, and Garber and Gladewinds Partners, LLC, came close to the top with a clear effort of their own. The Olympic veteran guided the 12-year-old Rheinlander gelding by Diarado x Cassini I, across the track in 39.31 seconds. Last to go, Lambre and the 10-year-old Oldenburg mare by Conthargos x Nintender did it best, stopping the clock fault-free in 38.02 seconds to claim the victory.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Max Kühner Wins Rolex Grand Prix at Dutch Masters, Becomes Rolex Grand Slam Live Contender

Photo: Rolex Grand Slam / Peggy Schröder.

Three days of spectacular CSI5* international show jumping at The Dutch Masters culminated with the prestigious Rolex Grand Prix, the first Rolex Grand Slam Major of 2021. The equestrian world’s eyes were on 28-year-old Swiss Rolex Testimonee, Martin Fuchs, who travelled to ‘s-Hertogenbosch as Live Contender, following his Rolex Grand Prix win at the CHI Geneva in December 2019.

Partnered by his talented grey gelding, Clooney 51, Fuchs faced formidable opposition from a string of experienced riders, including Scott Brash from Great Britain, American Kent Farrington, current world number one-ranked rider, Steve Guerdat from Switzerland, and Frenchman Kevin Staut. Other established names, such as German trio Marcus Ehning, Christian Ahlmann, and Daniel Deusser, US rider Laura Kraut, and Peder Fredricson from Sweden, helped to make up a truly impressive list of 43 starters from 15 nations, many of whom were more than capable of becoming the new Live Contender.

With Brash and his 12-year-old gelding, Hello Jefferson, and Farrington and his 13-year-old mare, Austria 2, both retiring, Fuchs and Staut each picking up eight penalty points, and many others failing to navigate the Louis Konickx-designed course fault-free, just eight combinations progressed to the jump-off – a seven-obstacle, 330m final test of ultimate skill, determination, and precision.

Philipp Weishaupt was the only one of the eight jump-off riders to have triumphed in a Rolex Grand Slam Major before (CHIO Aachen 2013 and CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ 2017), giving the German a slight edge in terms of experience. Weishaupt’s opposition included fellow countryman Christian Kukuk, Belgian duo, Jerome Guery and Gudrun Patteet, Luciana Diniz from Portugal, Brazilian Marlon Modolo Zanotelli, Max Kühner from Austria, and home favourite Willem Greve.

First to go, Weishaupt set the early pace, jumping clear in a time of 33.71 seconds; however, his lead was short-lived, as Christian Kukuk and his 11-year-old grey gelding Checker 47 went next, stopping the clock 0.14 seconds under Weishaupt’s time. With none of the following four riders able to better Kukuk’s performance, the Grand Prix’s fate lay with Modolo Zanotelli and Kühner. The penultimate partnership to go, Kühner and his 10-year-old gelding, Elektric Blue P, set off at blistering pace, crossing the finish line over a second ahead of Kukuk, etching his name at the top of the leaderboard, where he was to remain after the 32-year-old Brazilian couldn’t quite find enough speed at the last fence, slotting into a very respectable second place.

Delighted with his performance, the new Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping Live Contender, Max Kühner, commented: “The Rolex Grand Slam has always been a big aim for me, so I’m very happy that it worked out today.

“I bought Elektric Blue [Elektric Blue P] when he was a two-year-old. I saw him do one free jump on a video, and I said I like him, and the auction was already running, so we bought him. He’s always done everything very well, he was always a very good horse, and he never disappointed me. He has unbelievable possibilities, as jumping is quite easy for him. He has a good character and likes to do the sport. At home he gets bored quite easily, so we have a special programme for him. We hack him and drive him to where he can climb a little bit in the mountains.

“Spruce Meadows and Aachen in September were already on my schedule. It’s still far away, but we will try to make a plan as early as possible. We will aim to take Chardonnay [Chardonnay 79] to Calgary, as he finished third in the last CP ‘International’, presented by Rolex in 2019, where he jumped very nicely. And maybe we’ll take Elektric Blue to Aachen.”

Read more here.

© 2021 Rolex – Rolex Grand Slam

Nassar Is Superb, Picking Up Second Win of the Week in $37k Nutrena 1.50m Classic CSI3*

Nayel Nassar (EGY) and Igor Van De Wittemoere © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – April 24, 2021 – A successful week continued for Egypt’s Nayel Nassar, who claimed his second victory in three days on Saturday, riding Evergate Stables, LLC’s Igor Van De Wittemoere to top honors in the $37,000 Nutrena 1.50m Classic CSI3* on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village.

An impressive field of 38 top competitors set out over the 1.50m track set by Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA) with a dozen combinations jumping clear to punch their tickets to the jump-off. In the subsequent round, Nassar kicked it into high gear aboard the 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Cooper VD Heffinck x Orlando 96, flying across the course for a double-clear effort in 39.21 seconds.

“He’s so quick across the ground and it was a great jump-off for that,” said Nassar of the talented gelding. “It really only had one rollback to slow you down. For a little horse, he covers so much ground, so I was able to leave the strides out. I just got on a roll and stay like that the whole way through. He felt unbelievable.”

In the final class of the day, 94 horse-and-rider combinations contested the $5,000 Omega Alpha Equine 1.35m Classic with prizes awarded in Section A and Section B.

Darragh Kenny (IRL) took home the title in Section A aboard the Heathman Farm, LLC entry Carla. The pair put forth a clear first-round effort and matched that in the jump-off with the fastest time of the day, crossing the finish line in 36.80 seconds. Andrew Welles (USA) and Primo Troy, owned by Itasca Group, LLC, jumped into second position with a double-clear score in 36.97 seconds. James Chawke made it two on the podium for Ireland as he guided his own Gamble to a third-place finish in a time of 38.86 seconds.

In Section B, it was a win for Alison Robitaille (USA) aboard Ginger Pop, owned by Bertram Firestone. The dynamic duo raced around the jump-off track, leaving all the jumps in their cups in a time of 37.55 seconds. Isabel Roth (USA) and Vive The Quine, owned by Two Socks Farm, LLC, flew to a double-clear finish in a time of 44.15 seconds to take home second place. Peter Leone (USA), who was victorious in the $6,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumpers on Thursday, finished the day in third place with Cedric 84, owned by Maarten Huygens. The pair completed the jump-off with just four faults in a time of 38.98 in the jump-off.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Jack Whitaker Victorious in the Audi Prize

Photo: Rolex Grand Slam / Peggy Schröder.

Forty-one horse and rider combinations from 15 nations made up the start list for the feature class on Day 2 of The Dutch Masters 2021 – the 1m55 Audi Prize. The star-studded line-up – which included former Rolex Grand Slam Live Contender, Philipp Weishaupt, 20-year-old rising British star and the next generation of show jumping talent, Jack Whitaker, and the on-form American, Laura Kraut – promised global equestrian fans watching online and on television a masterclass in show jumping skill and horsemanship.

After 10 starters, Kevin Staut and his 12-year-old bay mare, Visconti Du Telman, were the only pair to go clear, proof that course designer Louis Konickx had set a tough 13-obstacle, 16-effort test for both horse and rider. The Frenchman was soon to be joined in the jump-off by the only rider to have ever won the prestigious Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping title, Scott Brash, who steered his talented 12-year-old stallion, Hello Vincent, effortlessly around the Brabanthallen’s stunning arena. Current world number one-ranked Swiss rider Steve Guerdat also went clear, setting up a scintillating and fascinating 11-horse jump-off.

Second to go in the jump-off – a demanding seven-obstacle challenge – Brash was the first of the 11 riders to go double clear, setting off at blistering pace, navigating the course with typical precision, and stopping the clock on 36.16 seconds, a target that looked tough to beat. With just two additional riders managing to go double clear – Marlon Modolo Zanotelli from Brazil and German Christian Kukuk – it appeared as though the Scotsman had proceedings sewn up. However, Jack Whitaker had other things on his mind, and full of confidence, the Yorkshireman and his black mare, Scenletha, shaved a decisive 0.37 seconds off Brash’s time. Whitaker will have watched last to go Kent Farrington with his heart in his mouth, but the American was unable to topple him, eventually slotting into second place.

Thrilled with his win, Whitaker commented, “The feeling is fantastic! It’s what everyone comes here to do, and it’s what I came here to do, but amongst some of these world-class riders it’s a bit surreal when you win, so I’m a bit stuck for words, to be honest – it’s fantastic! It’s my first 5* win, and it hasn’t sunk in. But as I say, it’s what you come here to do, and I knew it was just a case of when it was going to eventually happen, and it finally has.

“Scenletha is unbelievable; she’s such a nice horse. She’s so consistent and she’s got a lovely character, but she’s also feisty. Tonight, she fought for me a bit, and I can’t thank her enough. She’ll get plenty of polos and pats later!

“I’d just like to say thank you very much to the young Riders Academy for putting me in this position, and for everything they’ve done so far. I just hope that they can continue supporting and helping young riders like me.”

Read more here.

© 2021 Rolex – Rolex Grand Slam

Ballard Blasts Off, Scoring Victory in $37,000 Equine Tack and Nutritionals Qualifier CSI3*

Erynn Ballard (CAN) and Jack Van’t Kattenheye © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – April 23, 2021 – Kicking off another beautiful day of the ESP Spring Series, Erynn Ballard (CAN) and Jack Van’t Kattenheye, owned by Lindemann Barnett Sporthorses, flew to the top of the leaderboard to claim victory in the $37,000 Equine Tack and Nutritionals Qualifier CSI3* on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village.

A field of 55 entries contested the two-phase track set by Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA). A total of 13 horse-and-rider combinations from the starting field qualified for the jump-off, with eight pairs electing to give it a shot. Ballard and the 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Diabeau x Canadian River posted the fastest time of the day, finishing on a double-clear jumping score in 34.39 seconds.

“Jack is quite new for me,” said Ballard of her winning mount. “It’s only our fourth week showing together. So far it has been very straightforward. He is just a reliable guy; he knows the game, he does what he’s supposed to do when he’s out there, and he tries his best to give us a good effort every time. Darragh [Kenny] is hard to beat so we just ran from start to finish and it ended up in our favor, so that was pretty cool. It’s a privilege to be able to ride in these classes.”

Wrapping up an exciting Friday afternoon on the grass Derby Field, a pair of winners were crowned in Section A and Section B of the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Open Stake.

Sam Walker (CAN) rode Evita, owned by Marbill Hill Farm, to a victory in Section A. The 19-year-old rider completed a fault-free jump-off round in an impressive time of 38.55 seconds. Paul O’Shea (IRL) finished in the runner-up spot with his own Primo Havall, leaving the jumps in their cups in a jump-off time of 38.96 seconds. Rounding out the podium to cap off a fantastic day, Walker rode his second mount Coralissa, owned by Marbill Hill Farm, to a double clear effort in 39.76 seconds.

Enrique Gonzalez (MEX) and Filemon, owned by E2 Stables, captured the blue ribbon in Section B, finishing with a double-clear effort in 40.25 seconds. Cormac Hanley (IRL) and RMF Chacco Top, owned by Rushy Marsh Farm, LLC, finished in second, stopping the clock in a fault-free 41.36 seconds. Anna Dryden (USA) finished third aboard Carioca K, owned by Double Meadows Farm, LLC, with a clear jump-off round in a time of 42.06 seconds.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.