May 20, 2010

Ward and Sapphire Gallop to Win in Prix Longines de la Ville de La Baule; Americans Win at Every Turn in Europe

by Joanie Morris

McLain Ward topped off a phenomenal week for the United States show jumpers with a brilliant win in the Grand Prix Longines de la Ville de La Baule at CSIO La Baule with his superstar mare, Sapphire. He topped teammate Mario Deslauriers on Jane Clark's Urico by nearly a second.

There were 13 first round clears out of 50 starters, and Ward went last in the jump-off. Riding for Tom Grossman's Blue Chip Bloodstock, Ward and the 15-year-old Belgian mare galloped into the arena at La Baule on a mission. Ward never let up on the accelerator and Sapphire thrived in the challenge. Deslauriers and Urico had set a blistering pace, more than two seconds clear of eventual third place winner from Spain.

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Another French Affair! John French and Crown Affair Win the $10,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby

Press release provided by EquestriSol for Blenheim EquiSports

The beautiful grass grand prix field at Showpark set the stage for two main events this week at the Ranch & Coast Tournament horse show. On Friday afternoon, the hunters were the stars as they competed in the $10,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby and on Saturday afternoon, the jumpers took the spotlight in the $50,000 Grand Prix of California presented by Mary’s Tack & Feed.

Thirty-eight horses hunted around the Derby course designed by Scott Starnes, which included three 4’ options and a diagonal line across the field with two verticals and two oxers. The early part of the line rode easy in five strides then continued to flow in four strides and finished with three strides. As always, the course took its toll on a few, a spooky cut-out wall leading into the combination at fence eight stopped a handful in their tracks and others had hard rubs or a rail in the diagonal line. But for the top twelve of the day, the scores were in the eighties and even nineties. Watching those rounds flow around the course was hunter poetry in motion.

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Pearce, Thomas and Davis Top Three of Fifty-One Entries in the $50,000 Grand Prix of California

Press release provided by EquestriSol for Blenheim EquiSports

The afternoon event opened with a polo demonstration provided by four riders from the San Diego Polo Club. With a fabulous location just across the street from the Del Mar Horse Park, the polo season begins this month.

Fifty-one horse and rider combinations went for the win in the $50,000 Grand Prix of California presented by Mary’s Tack and Feed on a cool Saturday afternoon. The early rider got the prize, as Canadian John Pearce galloped on the field third in the order and was the first to ride clean on his 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, Chianto. Next clean in the first round was New Zealand rider Guy Thomas and 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Carino. Riding seventh in the class, Thomas navigated the course smoothly and accurately. A handful tried to master the course without success until two talented and gutsy young women, Lucy Davis on Old Oak Farm’s Nemo 119 and Ashlee Bond on Little Valley Farm’s GZS Cassir Z, went sixteenth and seventeenth in the order and clean.

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Use Your Vote: Bill Horn Supports Private Stables and Boarding Facilities in San Diego County

by David Puchta

Supervisor Bill Horn stated Wednesday evening May 12th at his fundraiser at Vista Valley Country Club in San Diego County’s Vista, that he was aware of the over regulation pertaining to horse facilities. He expressed his opinion that the major use permit process is too cumbersome, too expensive, and too long of a process. He expressed several times that he wanted to assist in clean up of the policies plaguing the equine community. He is pro horse and is in full support of the property rights of horse owners. In the past Supervisor Bill Horn’s focus has consistently been on the protection of land use rights related to the agricultural community, however, the Department of Planning and Land Use has consistently, internally manipulated the zoning ordinances related to horses to exclude them from the protection normally afforded to agricultural enterprises. The regulations as they stand now are so that one horse sold or boarded on a property requires a major use permit.

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Horse Book Cover Contest

Equine author, Sharon Miner, is holding a contest for horse enthusiasts to select the photo for the cover of her new book, BELOVED HORSES IN SECOND CAREERS, to be released in September. This fourth book in the series features an illustrated collection of true short stories about the love affairs between humans and their horses. Often, horses work at more than one type of job in their lifetime, and sometimes several.

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Win a Trailer, a Training Library and a Ton of Feed - Celebrates 15 Years with Anniversary Sweepstakes, helping more people sell horses than any other source, is giving away over $40,000 in prizes to celebrate 15 years in business. Weekly and monthly prizes drawings will culminate in the grand prize giveaway, a 2011 Exiss 6300 all-aluminum 3-horse gooseneck trailer.

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Kerrits is Proud to Partner with Columbia® Sportswear in Helping the Environment

Kerrits continues its commitment to help the environment by participating in "A Box Life", a program initiated by Columbia® Sportswear to help keep cardboard boxes in use longer.

"This is a great program for manufacturers and retailers to get involved in," says owner of Kerrits, Kerri Kent. "A Box Life keeps boxes in use longer, allowing them to be used multiple times, reducing waste and the impact on the environment."

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United Infrared, Inc. Is an Official Vendor Partner of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

United Infrared, Inc. announces that it is an Official Vendor Partner of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The World Equestrian Games are comprised of the world championships for eight equestrian sports. The Games are held every four years, two years prior to the Olympic Games, and are governed by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). 2010 will be the first year that the games will be held in the US.

EquineIR™ (, a service module of United Infrared, Inc., is a network of infrared thermographers performing infrared scans of horses to detect potential injuries and other health issues. Before infrared thermography (IRt), veterinarians could only locate problems using traditional methods such as observation and palpation. Now, by using EquineIR™ thermography techniques, abnormalities present themselves even before damage occurs.

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Breyer Partners with Jumps West at 2010 Games - Jumps West Will Build Unique Breyer Designed Jumps for Children

At the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, children will be jumping for joy over the most imaginative jumps for juniors ever created through a unique partnership with Breyer Animal Creations®, makers of the world's finest model horses and Jumps West, a premier manufacturer of jumps, with the largest selection in North America.

"At BreyerFest, children spend hours building and leaping over mini-courses," said Stephanie Macejko, Breyer's Vice President of Marketing and Product Development. "We wanted to give them a similar experience at the Breyer Pony Paddock at the 2010 Games. We designed a course of six unique jumps and have partnered with Jumps West to bring it to life. We're excited to introduce children to their first jumping course! Who knows where it can lead!"

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Compton Jr Posse Annual Gala • May 22

The remarkable Compton Jr Posse is going strong in its mission of “keeping kids in the saddle and off the streets.” Many of the organization’s recent successes have been made possible by funds raised at their annual gala, now set for its third year May 22 in the Los Angeles Equestrian Center’s grand ballroom. The evening’s festivities will include live and silent auctions, celebrities, live entertainment, food and dancing. Expected celebrities include 2008 Olympic show jumping gold medalist Will Simpson and 94.7 The Wave Smooth Jazz Morning show host Pat Prescott. The night’s featured honorees are Autumn Burke, a U.S. Dressage Federation silver medalist and Bruce Smith, a 2009 inductee into the NFL Hall of Fame.

The Posse welcomes sponsorship, auction donations and, above all, attendance at this fun evening to celebrate all that has come of Posse founder Mayisha Akbar’s vision to use horses, riding and ranch work to give inner city kids the tools for life success.

For more information, visit or call Mayisha Akbar at 310-632-1247.

Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center's 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off and Poker Ride • June 5

Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center is hosting our 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off and Poker Ride on Saturday June 5th, 2010 at Creek Hollow Ranch and you’re invited! And if you, or anyone you know, would like to compete for cash and bragging rights in the chili cook-off, please give me a call!

Proceeds from the event will benefit Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center and Cornerstone’s “Operation Saddle Up” which provides equine assisted therapy to veteran’s returning from Iraq and Afghanistan that have lost limbs, have severe post traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries, and other war related injuries and illnesses. Cornerstone has been awarded a Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition and has been honored by the Armed Services YMCA for our work with our wounded veterans.

Come out for a night of live music, dancing, Beer Garden featuring Pyramid Beer, classic car show, and much more! Please forward the invitation to all of your friends and family to help make this event a HUGE success!

Hope to see you here!

Judy Beckett, Executive Director
Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center • 760-788-CTRC (2872) •

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