February 11, 2010

A Big Thank You to Everyone Who Visited Us at Equine Affaire!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at Equine Affaire! It was great to see so many people there and we loved getting the chance to meet our readers.

Congratulations to our two drawing winners:
Silvergate Farms
and Catherine Nestor! Silvergate Farms won a $500 gift certificate towards an ad in Riding or the Directory and Catherine won a $100 gift certificate to her favorite tack/feed store!

Thank you to everyone who entered, and welcome to all of our new e-news subscribers! All of you reading this have a chance to win a $50 monthly drawing ... just for signing up for our weekly e-newsletter! Good luck!

New Videos from Riding

Cheryl was busy with her new toy at Equine Affaire! Check out these videos on her Facebook page:

Happy Customers at the Riding Magazine booth

Riding Simulator at Equine Affaire Bldg 6 - pretty cool!

Jim McEvoy Has Passed Away
We received the sad news yesterday, as many of you may have heard and read, that Jim McEvoy collapsed and died unexpectedly at his home. He was with his birds and dogs and readying everyone for bed. This is a very sad time for all who knew him and he will be missed.

Tami Hoag Piaffes Into the Winner's Circle At Dressage Under The Stars

Thanks to a stunning piaffe and passage tour, along with an incredible line of one-tempis, Tami Hoag gave a bestselling ride that landed her in the winner’s circle during the third week of the star-studded Top Shelf Dressage Under the Stars competition at the Player’s Club & Restaurant. Hoag, a professional dressage rider and author of 15 New York Times bestselling novels, rode her 23-year-old Grand Prix mare Feliki to unanimously win the competition.

“Tami really wowed the crowd with a spectacular ride. While Tami is famous for her unforgettable suspense novels, her ride at Dressage Under the Stars won’t be forgotten any time soon either, it was thrilling,” said Neil Hirsch, owner of the Players Club. “Each week during the Dressage Under the Stars series we have had a star-studded line up of celebrity judges and riders and this week was no exception.”

The celebrity judges included Olympic “O” Judge Volkar Mortiz and International dressage star Cesar Parra. Amy Bower Doucette, of the Palm Beach Post, served as the media judge, while Joseph Der, CEO of Der-Dau boots, served as the style judge. “Our judges throughout the series have included Olympic Gold Medalist Anky van Grunsven and her husband Sjef Janssen, the top dressage coach in the world, as well as reining USEF Equestrian of the Year and World Cup winner Steffen Peters,” Hirsch said.

Read more here ...

The 2010 Top Shelf Dressage Under the Stars Series at
the Players Club Bar & Restaurant in Wellington features performances by top dressage riders, including week
three’s winner Tami Hoag, dressage rider and New York Times bestselling novelist. The star-studded evening
included celebrity watching as well as celebrity judges.

From left to right: Juan Gonzalez of the Wellington Institute, Olympic “O” Judge Volkar Mortiz, international dressage rider Cesar Parra, Neil Hirsch, owner of the Player’s Club, Tami Hoag and Feliki, Joseph Der of Der-Dau Boots, Amy Bower Doucette of the Palm Beach Post and Tawny Wolf of Der-Dau. (Photo courtesy of Frederic Roy)

Rapp and Reynolds to Ride for US at Abu Dhabi Al Wathba President’s Cup

by Joanie Morris

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will be represented by two endurance riders at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Al Wathba President’s Cup in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. This prestigious 160 km race is one of the premier events on the international endurance circuit and takes place on February 13, 2010. Riding for the US will be: Ellyn Rapp on SA Belshazzar and Jeremy Reynolds on Sir Smith.

Rapp was recently second in deluge conditions at the 2009 Kentucky Cup – which served as the test event for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park. She can expect totally different circumstances in Abu Dhabi where the forecast calls for temperatures in the 70s and dry conditions on race day.

Reynolds will ride Sir Smith, an experienced endurance veteran in the United Arab Emirates. Reynolds is also a farrier and is married to fellow endurance rider Heather Reynolds – who has also represented the United States in international competition. Sir Smith has two FEI wins on his record already and looks to add to this tally in Abu Dhabi.

Complete horse and rider information:


Ellyn Rapp/27/Lamotte, IA/SA Belshazzar/13/Shagya-Arabian/G/Jeremy Olson
Jeremy Reynolds/30/Los Gatos, CA/Sir Smith/11/Arabian/G/Heather and Jeremy Reynolds

For complete information click here. To follow along with the adventure via the Reynolds’ blog, click here.

2010 World Equestrian Games Fundraiser for Holly Bergay

In 2010 Holly is attempting to not only make the U.S. Para equestrian team for the WEG but also qualify for a spot on the Region Five NAJYC Young Rider team.

Qualifying for, and competing in, two separate disciplines will take Ballerina and Holly from one side of the country to the other. The expenses involved in the travel and competitions are daunting. Holly has wonderful product sponsors but her family has been her sole financial sponsor.

Holly is having an online auction to try to offset the huge expense of qualifying for both the WEG and the NAJYRC. The auction will feature both equestrian and non-equestrian products and services. If you would like to help or would like more information, please e-mail marybergay@aol.com or visit www.hollybergay.com. The auction is scheduled to start on Feb. 20th.

Holly Bergay and Soliloquy.
Photo: Alicia Anthony, 2008

Temecula-based Eventing Trainer, Hawley Bennett, Carried Olympic Torch

Temecula-based eventing trainer and 2004 Canadian Olympian Hawley Bennett was thrilled to take her turn with the Olympic torch as it made its way toward her native Vancouver, B.C. to begin this winter’s Olympics. Her 400-meter stretch of the torch relay was scheduled for the evening of Tues., Feb. 9.

As an 11-year-old in 1988, Bennett was one of three finalists in a competition to carry the torch through her hometown of Langley, B.C. before that year’s Games in Calgary. She came close out of 500 contestants, but didn’t win the honor. She fulfilled her Olympic dreams with Livingstone in 2004 and considers it amazing icing on the cake to carry the torch this year. After her run, she plans to enjoy the Winter Games.

Desert Circuit II Week in Review: McLain Ward's FEI World Cup Qualifier Victory Highlights the Week at HITS Thermal

Two-time Olympic Gold Medal Winner McLain Ward raised the roof during the $50,000 Strongid® C 2X CSI-W Grand Prix when he rode Sagamore Farm's Phillipa to the triumph before an enthusiastic crowd that filled the indoor arena at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California.

Ward traveled from Brewster, New York to get a jump start on qualifying for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix that will take place at HITS-on-the-Hudson, in Saugerties, New York on September 12. The show jumping icon couldn't have picked a better class to shine in as the Pfizer representatives were in town and had front row seats when he mastered the course.

Desert Circuit II also featured Thursday's $30,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, and Sunday's $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. In Thursday's main event, Canadian Olympian John Anderson was 'terrific', once again, when he rode Foxdale Farm's Terrific to the triumph.

Read more here ...

© Flying Horse Photography
McLain Ward and Phillipa.

Become a "WEGspert" for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Fans of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games now have the opportunity to become experts—or WEGsperts—of the eight world championship competitions coming to the Kentucky Horse Park from September 25-October 10.

Starting today, anyone interested in the Games can visit www.alltechfeigames.com and complete a video training program to become a 2010 Alltech FEI WEGspert.

The training program showcases the eight equestrian disciplines of the Games, the Kentucky Horse Park, what spectators can see and do during their visit, and how to be involved.

“We want Kentuckians, Americans and international fans to become ambassadors for the Games,” said Jamie Link, CEO of the World Games 2010 Foundation. “This program will educate people around the world about why the Games are coming to Kentucky and how they can share in the excitement.”

After completing the 2010 Alltech FEI WEGspert training, fans will be provided links to additional information. Two promotional videos about the Games will be available to download.

“We want fans to share the program and these videos with their own civic, equine and business groups,” said Amy Walker, Public Relations Manager for the Foundation. “The 2010 Games will be America’s largest sporting event this year, and our WEGspert training will be an excellent resource for various groups to become informed and involved.”

The WEGspert training program was created in partnership with Promogistics LLC, a Kentucky-owned and -operated company specializing in online training and education, as well as live training and corporate events. Find out more at www.promogistics.com.

Visit www.alltechfeigames.com to become a 2010 Alltech FEI WEGspert, and to find the latest information on ticketing, accommodations and travel.

Give Your Broodmare and Yearlings a Head Start with Free Feed from Pennfield

Every 5th bag free on Broodmare & Yearling formulas beginning February 15th

Starting February 15th through March 13th, Pennfield Equine Feeds is giving away free feed in their second major promotion of 2010. Genetics predisposes a foals’ success, but nutrition is what can make or break it. Pennfield is helping to give them, and their owners, a head start. For a limited time, it’s Buy Four Get One Free on Pennfield’s Foal’s Choice, and Broodmare & Yearling’s Choice, each designed to properly fulfill the protein, amino acids and balanced minerals needs of these special life stages. Plus, get the same great deal on Pennfield’s Equinox Sales Prep formula, for an unmatched “bloom” on young stock.

All of these breeding formulas feature the same unsurpassed standard for quality, in formulas, consistency and ingredients, as our athlete formulas that were chosen to feed the U.S. teams for the last four Games (’02 Jerez, ’04 Athens, ’06 Aachen and ’08 Beijing). But the proof is always in the horses. Top international riders like Georgina Bloomberg, Michael Barisone, Phillip Dutton, Buck Davidson and many others live by that rule, which is why they resolve to feed Pennfield. Let yours give it a try for a couple months, and see what they say. With every 5th bag free, it’s a great time for new success with the world’s most credentialed feed.

For more information, or to find a dealer near you, visit us at www.pennfield.com/equinefeed/promo.cfm.

*Based on availability by region.

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Calico Ends, Some Good News and Film Screening Tonight (Feb. 11th) in Santa Barbara

With over 1300 wild horses captured, and 39 dead, the Calico roundup is finally over. The BLM estimates that some 600 wild horses remain on the 550,000 acre complex. The horses will now be sorted and separated. The young ones will go into the adoption pipeline and have long trips, auction rings and small corrals with unfamiliar horses to look forward to. We hope they find good homes, but experience tells us differently. Just take a look at our orphaned animals blog, where thumbnail sized photos and short descriptions depict mustang after mustang in need of a home.

The older horses will join more than 30,000 wild horses currently living in long term holding facilities. This is the program that BLM claims broke their budget, the horses they could not afford and considered euthanizing. And yet, they are stockpiling more horses.

This flawed management policy has got to end. Neda DeMayo has been in Washington DC for the last 2 weeks, meeting with attorneys, lobbyists and our colleagues in the animal welfare and conservation arena. We are mobilizing a strong coalition initiative and are gearing up for the long haul. We need you to continue to stand with us and be a voice for America's wild horses. If you have any doubt about whether your calls, letters and emails are working, let me share with you some good news.

The BLM announced that they were postponing a roundup planned for the Eagle Herd Management area in eastern Nevada. They stated that it was too close to foaling season and that the roundup would be reconsidered, along with additional environmental assessments and public comments later in the year. Coupled with the postponed Utah roundup, this makes two scheduled roundups that we have successfully pushed back. Thank you for your diligence, your dedication and your voice.

Though we have this small success, there is more work to do and we will be keeping you informed every step of the way.

On behalf of America's wild horses, thank you.

Jill Anderson, Return to Freedom

Plight of Wild Horses On Screen at Santa Barbara International Film Festival Tonight

Join Director James Kleinert and Dr. Elliot Katz of In Defense of Animals Thursday, February 11th at 6:30pm for a screening of
"Disappointment Valley . . . A Modern Day Western." The film features Viggo Mortensen, Sheryl Crow, Darryl Hannah and others and focuses on the current battle to protect wild horses on public lands. Please try to attend to show your support for wild horses.
For more information click here.

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