January 28, 2010

Where Did January Go?

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Christmas and making New Year's Resolutions ... now it's almost February!

We've been busy getting in last minute orders for our yearly Directory (there's still time to get your ad in ... just give us a call!) and finishing up our FABULOUS February issue! We can't wait for all of you to see this one!

Stop by and see us at Equine Affaire next week (Feb. 4-7 in Pomona) where we'll be handing out magazines and you can enter to win a free ad in Riding!

Debbie McDonald to Lead USEF Developing Dressage Program

by Joanie Morris

Olympic superstar, Debbie McDonald, has taken on the role of USEF Developing Dressage Coach for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). McDonald’s name is synonymous with the US Dressage program for the last decade having represented the US across the globe, winning the 2005 FEI World Cup Final and leading the US to Team Bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the 2006 World Equestrian Games with her legendary mare Brentina.

The USEF Developing Dressage program has been restructured and the future International High Performance athletes will benefit from McDonald’s experience and expertise through a series of clinics across the US as they prepare themselves and their horses for the future.

“The Developing Program is of vital importance to the future of our sport,” said USEF Technical Advisor Anne Gribbons. “It is meant to establish the basis for the up and coming riders and horses in this country. We are lucky to be in the situation today when we are able to use our own ‘human resources’ to educate our team hopefuls.”

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2010 USEF Annual Meeting: Wrap Up

by USEF Communications Department

From award galas to lengthy committee meetings, the 2010 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Annual Meeting proved to be a very busy five days. Leaders from the many USEF Affiliate Associations gathered for the opportunity to interact with the USEF Board of Directors and USEF Committee members to shape the future of equestrian sport while, at the same time, celebrating the stand-out accomplishments in the sport in 2009.

At the second meeting of the USEF Board of Directors on Thursday, January 14, new Directors Lisa Gorretta, Phillip Dutton, Laura Kraut, Geoff Teall and Skip Thornbury were seated. Each Working Group elected a Vice President; Dr. Armand Leone will lead the International High-Performance Working Group, Judy Werner will head up the Administration and Finance Working Group, Janine Malone was elected to lead the FEI Affiliates Working Group and Bill Hughes will serve as the Vice President of the National Affiliates Working Group. The Nominating Committee proposed that Bill Moroney, Howard Simpson and Mike Tomlinson round out the Executive Committee along with the Vice Presidents of the Working Groups and the National Officers David O’Connor (President), Chrystine Tauber (Secretary) and Keith Bartz (Treasure).

The Board received reports from several equestrian sport entities including the USET Foundation, the USA Equestrian Trust and the American Horse Council. Keith Bartz, USEF Treasurer, reported that, “Due to the extraordinary efforts by the staff to contain and reduce expenses wherever possible, the Federation was able to end the year with a net surplus from operations for 2009 of $1,394,076 – a favorable variance to budget of $875,650.”

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GetChia, LLC Gets a Surprize

GetChia, LLC. announces their new nutritional feed for horses, EquineChia. Chia is a vital, nutritional seed with natural, essential Omega oils that the McEwan Family owned and operated parent company, GetChia, LLC, already uses in their line of great tasting, healthy, human foods since 2007.

“Our line of bulk chia seed, our “Chia Tortilla” chips and our muffins amongst other fun, healthy foods, does extremely well because its tastes great and packs so much nutrition”, says Shadd McEwan, President, “It was a complete, and pleasant surprise for us to learn our rapid sales increase was because horse owners had begun to feed and buy our Chia seed for their horses as well as themselves. “We were literally brought into the horse/equine industry by customers actively searching for the healthiest and most Omega filled diets for their horses. We have been focused on the human food side for years, but now we are also dedicated and focused on the equine side because it is so beneficial to these magnificent animals. Chia seed is the richest source of Omega-3 on the planet. But, most importantly, it has the proper balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6, unlike flax seed and most other commonly used equine supplements.  Along with the Omega’s, Chia seed is packed with protein and fiber and is quickly replacing psyllium products because it provides natural digestive health and moves sand as well as or better than all the other products that are designed to do so but fall short of all the other benefits of Chia seed.  We have seen Chia seed replace multiple supplements and do a better job of all of them combined,” says McEwan.

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Devoucoux Applaudes Debut of the New Devoucoux Hunter Derby at HITS

Devoucoux is excited to join forces with HITS, Inc. to be the title sponsor for its new 3'3" Hunter Derby, the latest division to count for points in the Marshall & Sterling League.

The Devoucoux Derby will be a featured event for hunters this winter at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit in Ocala, Florida and the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, California. This new division has been lauded by top trainers throughout the sport as one of the most exciting additions to the 2010 show jumping calendar, as it offers consistent and unprecedented prize money for hunters.

Riders have their first opportunity to compete in the $5,000 Devoucoux Derby as part of the two un-rated weeks preceding the six-week AA circuit starting February 10. For the rated circuit, the HITS Ocala schedule will feature a $10,000 Devoucoux Derby during weeks I-IV. When the HITS Desert Circuit kicks off next week in Thermal, California, riders on the west coast will have their first chance to jump in the $10,000 Devoucoux Derby, which will be a fixture on the schedule for DC I, II, IV, V, and VI.

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HITS Show Time! Exhibitors Flock to the 2010 HITS Desert Circuit

Jan. 26th marked the beginning of the 2010 show jumping season on the West Coast as exhibitors from all over the world are flocking to Southern California and to participate in world-class competition at the HITS Desert Horse Park, in Thermal, California.

"We are thrilled to return to the desert for another year," said HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri. "This is the 19th year of the HITS Desert Circuit and we are extremely proud of the product that we offer our exhibitors. Entries continue to grow from last year and that is exciting news for the sport."

The circuit will host 16 Qualifying Grand Prix classes for the historic Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, which will take place on September 12 in Saugerties, New York. In addition, HITS Thermal also offers four FEI World Cup Qualifiers during weeks II, III, IV and V, which has been attracting lots of interest from international riders from Mexico and beyond. For the finale, HITS Thermal will close out the season with a monstrous $300,000 Grand Prix of the Desert, presented by Pfizer Animal Health on Sunday, March 14.

"We are looking for HITS Thermal 2010 to be our biggest and best yet," said trainer Morley Abbey. "With the shortened circuit and the most money offered in California, our clients have responded with our having the largest number of horses, yet! We are bringing an average of 20 horses over all six weeks."

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Save the Date! March 7, 2010 ... Benefit for TROTT

Make your plans now to participate in this fun fundraising event ... there will be delicious appetizers, wine tasting and a silent auction with Mike Smith and other jockeys at The Derby Restaurant.

All proceeds will benefit retiring racehorses through TROTT (Training Racehorses Off The Track) - a nonprofit dedicated to being a resource to the trainers, TROTT is an ex-racehorse's best friend!

Please support the equine athletes who are retiring and meet some of the other athletes ... the jockeys!

When: Sunday, March 7, 2010; 5:30-8:00 pm
Where: The Derby Restaurant, 233 East Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA

Contact Bonnie Adams, TrottSoCal@gmail.com, 949-813-9566

Oldenburg Horse Breeders Celebrate Top Mare and Top Foal Awards

by Stephanie Law

In 2009, Nancy Holwesko of Crosiadore Farm in Trappe, MD, presented a number of excellent foals and mares to the Oldenburg Horse Breeders' Society, and in the end she was honored by having both the top mare and top foal of the 2009 North American Inspection Season. The mare, Fiderline, who she bought at the 2006 Oldenburg Elite Foal Auction in Vechta, Germany, had the highest scores of any mare at the two Mare Performance Tests held in 2009 in Maryland and California. The Deputy Breeding Director of the German Oldenburg Verband, Katrin Burger, commented that Fiderline would be very competitive with the best mares in Germany. The top mare in the California Mare Performance Test, Redhawk’s Prophecy, was bred in California by Bob and Lynn DeGour of Redhawk Ranch in Murrieta.

Holwesko's colt, Quote Unquote, was also outstanding. He is sired by Quaterback, and is out of Nancy's mare, Florenzio (by Florencio), who was the top mare of the 2008 inspection season. He is an exceptional type, and has three incredible gaits. This year, since there was a large debate between two colts, the committee decided to also give an honorable mention to the second colt they had been discussing. He was Redhawk's Don Sargasso (Don Schufro), bred and owned by Bob and Lynn DeGour of Redhawk Ranch in California.

To see their pedigrees, videos, and more photos please visit www.oldenburghorse.com and click on either "Mares" or "Foals," respectively.

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