February 4, 2010


Date Change for Southern California Equestrian Center Hunter/Jumper Show!

Due to threat of rain the SCEC Hunter/Jumper show originally scheduled for February 6-7 has been moved to Feb. 20-21.

For more information visit www.sceconline.com


Cash-strapped San Diego to Auction Off Seven Highly Trained SDPD Horses

Seven highly trained San Diego police horses are expected to go on sale Monday in an online auction designed to help raise money for the cash-strapped city.

Wam, Trigger, Major, Junior, Bret, Bandit and Austin, who have been used to patrol Balboa Park, will be sold along with their tack, according to the San Diego Police Department, which is disbanding its horse unit. The horses range in age from 9 to 12.

Selling the horses is expected to save the city about $243,000 annually in upkeep, San Diego police Assistant Chief Bob Kanaski told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Starting bids for the horses, which are accustomed to crowds, traffic and loud noises, are expected to be $500 to $1,500, according to the newspaper.

About a third of the department's dogs are also being laid off as a result of mid-year budget cuts approved by the City Council. But unlike the horses, police dogs cannot be sold to the public because of their specialized training.

Seven dogs recently went home with their handlers, three went to other law enforcement agencies and two were sent back to their vendors, Kanaski told the Union-Tribune.

In December, the council approved a proposal by Mayor Jerry Sanders to lay off about 200 city workers, cut library hours and end or scale back some public-safety programs.

No sworn officers will be laid off as a result of the cuts, but 81 civilian workers within the police department are being laid off, according to the Union-Tribune.

The horse auction is set for Monday through Feb 10 on the Web site Publicsurplus.com. Potential buyers can see the horses at the police stables from 9 a.m. until noon on Thursday.

Article courtesy of 10news.com.


USEF Announces Horse/Rider Combinations for 2010 Exquis World Dressage Masters

by Joanie Morris

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced the seven horse/rider combinations that have been named to represent the United States at the Exquis World Dressage Masters in Wellington, FL February 4-6, 2010. The group of seven includes Steffen Peters and Ravel, the 2009 USEF Equestrian and Horse of the Year and the reigning FEI World Cup Champions and Leslie Morse and Tip Top 962, the reigning Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Champions.

The following combinations will compete in the only CDI5* held in the US:

Rider/Age/Hometown/Horse/Age/Breed/Sex/Owner

  • Steffen Peters/45/San Diego, CA/Ravel/12/KWPN/G/Four Winds Farm
  • Leslie Morse/48/Beverly Hills, CA/Tip Top 962/16/Swedish Warmblood/S/Leslie Morse and Laura Petroff
  • Lauren Sammis/39/South Orange, NJ/Sagacious HF/11/Royal Dutch Warmblood/G/Hyperion Farms, Inc
  • Tina Konyot/48/Palm City, FL/Calecto V/12/Danish Warmblood/S/Tina Konyot and John Byrialsen
  • Michael Barisone/45/Long Valley, NJ/Olympus/14/KWPN/G/Nancy Binter
  • Elisabeth Austin/25/Williston, VT/Olivier/14/KWPN/S/Madeline and Elisabeth Austin
  • Pierre St. Jacques/45/Anthony, FL/ Lucky Tiger/15/Danish Warmblood/G/Pierre St. Jacques

Some of the world’s other top Dressage riders will be making the trip to South Florida, so don’t miss the chance to see a preview of some of the world’s best horses and riders that may be returning to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in September 2010.

Competition begins with the Grand Prix on Thursday, February 4 in the afternoon. It continues on Saturday with the Grand Prix Special, followed by the Grand Prix Freestyle under the lights. All the action takes place in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.


Richard Spooner Triumphs with Quirino 3 in $6,000 Spy Coast 1.40m Speed Challenge at 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival

Adrienne Marciano for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Richard Spooner of Agua Dulce, CA, was victorious in the $6,000 Spy Coast 1.40 Speed Challenge on Quirino 3 owned by Oscany, Inc.

The third week of the FTI WEF is sponsored by Nespresso and ran through Sunday, January 31. The 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of competition that conclude on April 4, 2010, and they will be awarding almost $6 million in prize money through the circuit.

Germany's Olaf Petersen Jr. designed the course with 12 numbered obstacles, including an in-and-out combination followed by a tight five strides to a vertical and a triple bar oxer as the first element of a two-stride combination. There were 13 clear rounds over the course out of 43 entries in the class.

The early leader was Bob Kraut (USA) on Providence, who set the first clear round in a time of 67.784 seconds. Laura Chapot (USA) and her mount Redford made a valiant effort when they stopped the clock at 66.516 seconds and posted a clear round that would make them the new leader. It wasn't long before Tarzan and David Arcand (CAN) entered the ring and posted a time of 64.267 seconds, which was the new time to beat.

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Richard Spooner and Quirino 3 won the
$6,000 Spy Coast 1.40m Speed Challenge
in week three at the 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival.

Photo © 2010 Randi Muster/Mustphoto, Inc., Official Sport Photographer of the 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival.


Keri Potter takes the top honors in $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health

Keri Potter took her first step into the race to qualify for the Pfizer Million when she captured the blue ribbon aboard Rockford I in Sunday’s $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California.

Potter (Del Mar, California) and her horse were tops among a class of 30 challengers that took aim at the top prize in Sunday’s feature class. International Course Designer Marina Azevedo set a challenging first-round course that saw only three horse-and-rider teams advance to the jump-off round where Potter and her horse won the blue.

The accomplished equestrian owns Rockford I, who is 14, and has ridden him for the past six years, during which she has qualified for the FEI World Cup twice and won numerous Grand Prix events. Sunday’s victory adds another line to her impressive resume, which will hopefully soon include qualifying for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix that will take place at HITS-on-the-Hudson on September 12 in Saugerties, New York.

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© Flying Horse Photography
Keri Potter and Rockford I were the winners of the
$50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health.
The pair are congratulated by EMO's Mike Moran and
HITS Senior Vice President Tony Hitchcock.


Make Plans to Attend Western States Horse Epxo and Add a Little Whinny and Woof to Your Summer

Western States Horse Expo, the largest horse exposition in North America has long offered horse lovers more to see and do in one spot than any other venue in the country. Now, dog lovers can get in on the action at the expo’s new Dog Pavilion which will debut at this year’s event in Sacramento, California on June 11-13, 2010.

New in 2010, the Dog Pavilion will feature training seminars, demonstrations, an adoption area and 300 shopping booths offering items for the pampered pooch in your life ranging from blinged-out collars and leashes to dog bowls and training aids.

Horseowners can look forward to three action-packed days of exciting demonstrations by world-class clinicians, the Equine Dream Art Show and shopping areas like “Rigs and Digs” and “The Ranch” that offer everything from horse trailers and trucks to horse tack and equipment.

Special events such as the Magnificent Seven All-Around Stock Horse Championship and the Annual Western States Expo Horse Sale (in it’s tenth year) have long been a keystone of the expo. That tradition continues at this, the 12th annual Horse Expo as it hosts the Alltech Mini Games. The Mini Games will be a two-hour, all-discipline performance with Olympic medalists and top competitors from every competitive equine field.

The 2010 Western States Horse Expo promises an unforgettable summer experience for the whole family. With many new additions, you can count on the expo to be packed with entertaining and educational programming, along with 800 booths to shop for whatever your horse or dog may desire…or the new horse your heart desires! Ticket information and details on all the expo’s events can be found at www.horsexpo.com.

About Western States Horse Expo
Western States Horse Expo is the premier gathering of horse people in North America and over the past 12 years has established itself as the gold standard of equine events. Held at the spacious Cal Expo in beautiful Sacramento, California, the Western States offers something for everyone.

Western States would like to thank the following sponsors: Alltech, The Trailer Specialist, Boot Barn, Wrangler, Justin, Purina, Western Horseman, Andis, Platinum Performance, Equine Insurance, Pyranha, Mallard Creek, Larry Viegas Insurance, Holt, High Desert Livestock, Barns by Harrah and Horseman’s News. For more info visit www.horsexpo.com or call 1-800-352-2411.


Dynamite Derby! Top Rider John French wins the $10,000 Devoucoux Hunter Derby at HITS Thermal

The all-new Devoucoux Hunter Derby kicked off with a bang at the 2010 HITS Desert Circuit when one of the top hunter riders in the country, John French, piloted Victoria Komisar’s Over the Moon to the inaugural win in the $10,000 Devoucoux Derby on the West Coast.

French (Gilroy, California) had the highest score in both the first and second rounds of the popular 3' 3"class that featured 29 starters on a course set by John Manning, which included trot jumps and rollbacks to challenge the competitors.

"The new Hunter Derbies show really good initiative on the part of the organizers," said French. "They will enrich the quality of the circuit as a whole. It will become an indispensable stepping stone for younger horses and riders."

Read more here ...

© Flying Horse Photography
Winner of the $10,000 Devoucoux Hunter Derby-- John French on Over the Moon.


26 Horses Dead After Excruciating Winter Roundup

from Return to Freedom, the American Wild Horse Sanctuary

Over 1300 wild horses have been removed from the Calico Complex in Nevada to date. After having been herded by helicopter for miles over snowy and rocky terrain, foals, older horses and pregnant mares are suffering the brunt of this cruelty.

At least 20 pregnant mares aborted their fetuses, an occurance that happens when mares are placed under extremely stressful conditions. Foals, orphaned from their mothers, stand alone in holding pens without even the comfort of a windbreak to shield them from the harsh winter weather. One foal collapsed and died after the chase, while another was euthanized after his hooves were found to be completely separated from the bone. This young foal literally ran his hooves off and suffered agonizing pain until he was euthanized (likely by gunshot) 2 weeks later. One mare broke her neck after crashing into the gate of the holding pen - likely in a state of panic. Others were simply found dead in the holding pens.

“A horse’s condition is more compromised in the winter, especially older horses, pregnant horses or those nursing foals. The additional stress of a roundup, capture and separation only adds to their fragile condition. What is so sad is that not only do many of these horses have to endure a helicopter chase, capture and transport, but that some endure it only to be killed in the end. Some horses are too stressed to eat hay or drink out of troughs when they are in corrals. These free ranging herd animals suffer more than we can see. They are wild horses. They are born, live and die on the range and I am sure if they could speak they would prefer to live out their lives, season to season, on their range with their herd” said Neda DeMayo, Founder Return to Freedom.

While the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) claims to be removing wild horses due to overpopulation, the evidence suggests otherwise. In fact, it is all the more likely that their removal policy is directly related to their recent increase of cattle grazing allotments in the Calico Complex, and the pending Ruby Pipeline - a 1,086 km natural gas pipeline, scheduled to commence in early 2010. The pipeline will begin in Opal, Wyoming, travel through Utah and Nevada, and end in Oregon. The pipeline travels right through the Calico Complex in Nevada.

Return to Freedom is asking Americans to continue to speak out against this taxpayer funded cruelty. Please write to your Representatives in Congress and to the White House, denouncing the BLM's mis-management of America's wild horses on our public lands.

You can contact the White House at:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
(202) 456-1111


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