April 22, 2010

World Cup Wows! - McLain Ward’s Horse Disqualified From World Cup Finals After Taking the Lead

by Kim F. Miller

Germany’s Marcus Ehning won his third World Cup Show Jumping Finals, held April 15-18 in Geneva, but that wasn’t the event’s big news. That distinction went to the shocker of McLain Ward’s amazing mare Sapphire being eliminated from the competition. The decision was made by the event’s Ground Jury after rounds on Saturday that put the pair atop the leaderboard going into Sunday’s finale.

Hypersensitivity in a spot on the left foreleg was given as the cause of the disqualification in the FEI’s press release. Among several horses to be tested for this condition, as is routine, Sapphire was first examined Saturday evening shortly after that night’s competition got underway. A difference in sensitivity between the left and right forelegs was noted, but she was cleared to compete. A repeated test, again using thermography and a clinical exam including palpation, showed similar results. Later that night, it was announced that Sapphire had been disqualified from the Finals.

The ensuing controversy was immediately huge and likely to get bigger. It comes during the convergence of massive efforts by equestrian sport, particularly show jumping, to eradicate the perception and realities of illegal medications and treatments to gain an unfair advantage. Everybody involved professes to advocate “clean” sport, but many say the current means of detection and enforcement are too apt to penalize the innocent.

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Stay Updated on the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Selena Frederick (Cheval Photos) is covering the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event for us. Visit her blog for the latest updates and great photos!


Petition For a New San Diego County Equine Zoning Ordinance in Lieu of a Major Use Permit

(received via e-mail)

If you appreciate the equestrian culture in San Diego County and you want it to survive and thrive, we need you to read and sign the following petition. www.petitionvoice.com/we-the-people-want-a-reasonable-petition.html

Be sure to pick up the May issue of Riding Magazine and read the article on Tapesty Meadows Equestrian Center's struggles with San Diego's Major Use Permit requirements.

Fifty-Three Horses to Start Dressage at 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone

By Joanie Morris

Lexington, KY - With Wednesday at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day-Event presented by Bridgestone comes the first horse inspection - which christens the official start of the competition. Running also as a Test Event for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the eventing riders at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event this year have the company of some of the top dressage and jumping riders as Test Events for those disciplines run concurrently.

The Kentucky Horse Park is a busy place this week.

Bestowed with glorious conditions at a newly designed horse inspection venue, 53 horses were presented to the Ground Jury. The Ground Jury has been slightly improvised due to two members not being able to make it from Europe, having fallen victim to the international airline crisis surrounding the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland.

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Troxel Donates Dressage Helmets to Raise Funds for Courtney King-Dye

Troxel LLC, the worldwide leader in ASTM/SEI-certified equestrian helmets, has donated more than $2,000 worth of Troxel helmets to an eBay store raising funds for Courtney King-Dye.

King-Dye, a top dressage rider and member of the 2008 Olympic team, suffered a serious head injury after falling from a horse in Florida last month. When her horse stumbled, King-Dye, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, was knocked unconscious.

To help offset King-Dye’s medical expenses, Troxel has donated twelve Reliance helmets to be auctioned on an eBay store established by SUCCEED® Digestive Conditioning, one of King-Dye's long-time sponsors. All proceeds from sales will go directly to the Courtney King-Dye Medical Fund. To bid on the items, or participate in this auction, visit http://stores.ebay.com/Courtney-King-Dye-Medical-Fund.

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Emergency Equine Assistance - New Network Being Launched

A new emergency service is being launched for people travelling with their horses.

Free to join, this is a network of equestrian people who are prepared to “come to the rescue” for other members stranded with their horses. Vice-versa, equestrian people can now access a network of people to call upon for assistance when they are out and about with their horses and run into trouble.

Equestrian people have, until now, not had a road-side assistance or call-out network for when they find themselves stranded, either by the roadside, or at a venue away from home. Whether it’s a flat battery, flat tyre, or needing a fellow member to collect their horses from the roadside, now there is a support network to take the stress out of travelling.

The websites are: USA: http://sites.google.com/site/eeausa1/ • Canada: http://sites.google.com/site/eeacanada/

Membership is easy – simply complete a brief form online. Each month, an updated list for each state will be distributed.

For more information, please visit the website, or email Maryanne.online@gmail.com

How to Find an Equestrian Sponsor - Steps and Strategies for Success

On May 3rd Equestrian Professional.com continues its popular seminar series by welcoming equestrian sponsorship expert, Margaret Rizzo of Mythic Landing Events. Margaret will discuss the essential steps and strategies necessary to secure sponsorships for professional riders and equestrian events.

Events that can benefit from sponsorships can be as small as educational clinics hosted by private barns to large rated equestrian competitions packed with spectators. Rider sponsorships can run the gamut from world class competitors and nationally recognized celebrity trainers to “hometown heroes”. Fortunately, sponsorships come in as many different shapes and sizes as the riders and events who seek them.

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Blenheim Spring Series Wraps Up with a Stellar Derby and Grand Prix Weekend

Turnout for the third and final week of the Blenheim Spring horse show series was again fabulous. Spectators and exhibitors alike enjoyed watching both the $10,000 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby on Friday afternoon and the $35,000 Blenheim Spring Classic III Grand Prix late Saturday afternoon. The Derby festivities, including wine and cheese during the final round and a post-Derby party with guest DJ John Huntington of A&E’s Inked, put the icing on a perfect horse show weekend.

Hundreds gathered on the hill and in the VIP Tent for the Friday afternoon hunter derby, honoring Arthur Hawkins. After two rounds of competition, Parker, a 9-year-old Dutch warmblood, ridden by Katie Gardner led the victory gallop for owner Caroline Miguelez. Gardner, an emerging professional, nabbed her first USHJA International Hunter Derby win which further adds to her impressive achievements from her days as a junior rider, such as winning medal finals. The rest of the top five included Jenny Karazissis on Forbes, Melissa Doddridge on Best Man, and Nick Haness on two entries, Gelato and Catwalk.

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Gold Coast 2 Popular with Riders - First Field Farm Riders Have Fabulous Finishes

The second Gold Coast show of the season ran April 9th to the 11th at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, giving the chance for everyone from beginners to seasoned competitors a chance to compete and have some great fun and keen competition.

Carolyn Biava of First Field Farm and her crew had a great show, garnering numerous ribbons, and several championships to boot.

However, perhaps her biggest success story for this show had nothing to do with ribbons. Biava’s student Dale Winters suffered a brain injury five years ago and has been working hard to overcome it ever since, using her horse Alf as part of her therapy program. Gold Coast 2 was just her second show since that time, her first being a year ago. “Just the fact that she did it was a success,” Biava explained. “To overcome what she has is amazing.” Winters managed all four of her classes nicely, and took home some ribbons to remember the experience.

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Wild Horse Adoption Televised for $100,000 Purse • April 24

What: Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover – Adoption, RFD TV
When: Saturday, April 24, 2010 At 11:00 AM Central
Where: Superior Livestock Auction Studios, 131 E. Exchange Ave. Suite 121, Fort Worth, TX 76164 Or On line at http://www.superiorlive.com/index.php/schedule/view/67/55
Or RFD TV Dish Network Channel 231 and DirecTV Channel 345.
Why: 100 five and six year old Wild Horses from BLM Herd Management Areas will be adopted by trainers hoping to vie for a $100,000 purse in Fort Worth, Texas, August 13-14 at Will Rogers Center
Who: Mustang Heritage Foundation – Julie Bryant at 817.223.2324

The buzz is on for the first ever $100,000 guaranteed Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover, produced by the Mustang Heritage Foundation. Requiring the adoption of a mustang prior to the event, the deadline to Only 100 horses will be available for adoption with a minimum bid of $125. A special Superior Livestock Auction will be televised on RFD TV April 24 at 11 a.m. CST. Trainers will be able to view the horses available for adoption on the Web prior to bidding in the studio or by telephone for the horse of their choice. Media are invited to attend this first-ever televised wild horse adoption. Adoptive animals are currently housed at the federal prison in Canon City, Colo. Horses can be viewed here.

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Bright Star Saddlery's 7th Annual Anniversary Sale Event • May 14-16

Bright Star Saddlery is having their 7th Annual Anniversary Sale Event Friday through Sunday May 14-16. A chance to win RAFFLE PRIZES with every $10.00 spent. Up to 70% off of Saddles, tack, jewelry, apparel, footwear, books. Large kids department. Bring in your used boots, tack, bits and saddles for consignment!

Sale Hours: Friday, May 14 - 10am-5pm
Saturday, May 15 - 10am-4pm • Sunday, May 16 - 10am-4pm

28708-C Roadside Dr, Agoura (Yamato's Shopping Center)
818-879-8333 • www.brightstarsaddlery.com

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