March 10, 2011

Steffen Peters Dominates Grand Prix at World Dressage Masters Palm Beach

Press Release Provided by Karen Robinson for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

Wellington, FL - March 10, 2011 - Steffen Peters was in a league of his own at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center on the afternoon of March 10th, as he and Ravel thrilled the audience with a personal best performance in the Grand Prix test at the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach CDI5* presented by International Polo Club Palm Beach.

Riding Akiko Yamazaki's 13 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding, the Olympic and World Equestrian Games medalist entered the arena last of 17 American, Canadian and European competitors. From beginning to end, the ride stood out for its power and harmony. Peters was rewarded with the win and the highest Grand Prix score of his FEI career, 80.872%. "It was just an amazing ride," said Peters after the awards presentation. "It will, from now on, be the ride that I compare all the other rides to." Keep reading ...

Steffen Peters from the USA and Ravel.
Photo: Susan J. Stickle for Phelps Media Group

Kick Back in the White Equine Hospitality Tent at Thermal!

Cheryl took this photo of the White Equine hospitality tent ... a very nice ... and extremely comfortable ... addition to Thermal!

Lucy Davis Wins Back-to-Back Grand Prix to Cap Off Sold-Out Week at HITS Desert Circuit

During the biggest week of the 2011 HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, California Amateur rider and rising star Lucy Davis of Los Angeles, California went two for three when she won Sunday's $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, aboard Old Oak Farm's Hannah to close out Desert Circuit V. Keep reading ...

Richard Spooner and Cristallo Win The Sanctuary Peak Performance

California rider Richard Spooner, a United States Equestrian Team member and Grand Prix legend, put the pedal to the medal during the $31,000 WEF Challenge Series Cup Round 7 to cruise to victory aboard his equine partner Cristallo. While the pair set a fast time that even bested the always fast contender McLain Ward, Spooner and Cristallo won the class and rode away as the winner of The Sanctuary Peak Performance Award. Keep reading ...

Photo: Grand Prix legend Richard Spooner, and Castillo, won The Sanctuary Peak Performance Award at the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Sponsored by The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, Spooner won a gift certificate to The Sanctuary at PBIEC, a new world-class rehab and conditioning facility located on the grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. (Photo by SportFot)

Taylor Harris Insurance Services and Sonoma Horse Park Proudly Announce the First Ever Rodrigo Pessoa Clinic

Rodrigo Pessoa is one of the most decorated riders of all time, having won the Olympic Individual Gold Medal, the World Equestrian Games Individual Gold Medal, three-time, consecutive World Cup Final Winner and countless other titles throughout his remarkable career. Rodrigo has also become a vocal leader in the sport, serving as the President of the International Jumping Riders Club and as the rider representative on the FEI Show Jumping Committee. Keep reading ...

Horses & Humans Research Foundation 2011 Call for Proposals - Up to $50,000
Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) invites proposals to investigate the effects of horses on humans. The Foundation's broad research agenda includes basic research as well as clinical studies that will ultimately impact physical and mental health and the quality of life for participants in equine-assisted activities/therapies. Keep reading ...

The Dressage Affaire • March 10-13 in Del Mar
The Dressage Affaire returns in full glory this month, with oodles of qualifying classes for the discipline's biggest competitions and thus lots of excitement for participants and fans alike. This first California CDI of the season features qualifiers for the World Cup Finals, the USEF's Festival of Champions, the Pan Am Games and the North American Junior Young Rider Championships. Keep reading ...

Trail Ride Conference • March 12 in Livermore
The presentation by international endurance star Becky Hart is reason enough to attend this day-long event hosted by the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) Region One. A member of the Endurance Hall of Fame and a two-time winner of the 100-mile Tevis Cup and Race of Champions, Becky will present a behind the scenes view of the World Equestrian Games held in Kentucky this past year, where she was the chef d'equipe for the U.S. Endurance Team. Keep reading ...

Free Webinar: A Comfortable Jaw = A Happy Horse • March 14

Webinar on March 14 at 5:30-6:30pm PST; 6:30-7:30pm MST; 7:30-8:30pm CST; 8:30-9:30pm EST.
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Many unhappy, possibly spooky, one sided, intermittently lame horses have TMJ (temporomandibular joint) distress. The biomechanics of the TMJ are directly related to a horse’s posture, balance, rhythm, and general well-being. The jaw joint is grossly overlooked by horsemen, veterinarians, and even equine dentists. It is the closest joint in the body to the brain and brain stem and is flooded with proprioceptors that tell the body where it is in space. Join Dr. Heather Mack DVM and Gabriele Sutton on Monday March 14th to get up close and personal on your horse’s mouth!

"Stand Up For Horses" Fundraiser for After The Finish Line • March 17 in Los Angeles

St. Patrick's Day, Thursday, March 17, 2011 at The IMPROV Comedy Club in Hollywood (8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles). "Stand Up For Horses" will be a great night of comedy in support of the horses. Some of our guest comedians are Rebecca Corry and Iliza Shlesinger both from NBC's hit show Last Comic Standing. $35 per person; Tables of 8 can be purchased for $300.

6:30pm-8:00 pm - Silent Auction • 8:00pm - 9:30pm - Comedy Show.

Beer Fest & Fundraiser • March 17 in Murrieta

St. Patrick's Day Beer Fest & Fundraiser to help rescue horses. A $25 donation includes beer tasting (over 30 bottled & draft beers); Free from 5-8pm: Irish Cheddar Sliders, Cup of Irish Stew; Live Music from "3rd Degree"; Party favors & more.

RJ's Sizzlin Steer, 41401 Kalmia St, Murrieta, 961-600-7711. To benefit

First Annual Health Fair • March 19 in Petaluma
Circle Oak Equine presents the First Annual Health Fair, March 19th from 9-5 at Circle Oak Equine, 909 Mustang Court, Petaluma, CA 94954. Hands on demonstrations and lectures by well-known Veterinarians and Equine Professionals. Featured Speakers/Clinicians Include: Dr. Carrie Schlachter, Dr. Jerry Gillespie, Dr. John Kaufman, Dr. Grant Miller, Jack Burns, Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW & North Coast Equine Physical Therapy. Many educational stations and product samples with information available to horse lovers of all ages! or 707-766-8760

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