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posted September 30, 2013

Second Annual Pacific Sporthorse Selection a Stupendous Success!

from AHP

Labor Day weekend, August 31st & September 1st, brought the return of the Pacific Sporthorse Selection to Vacaville, CA. The 2 day event which was very well received last year managed to exceed expectations once again this year, drawing guests from as far as New Jersey and Canada! The much anticipated event had been marketed nationally since early in the year and for all those who attended, it did not disappoint!

The event was structured and managed by Christiane Noelting, Christian Hartung - both trainers at the Christiane Noelting Dressage Center, and Ellie Johnson, an adult amateur dressage rider. "We wanted to make this an event that had something for everyone, education, fun and, of course, good horses," said Ellie, and the PSS team definitely delivered on that promise!

Gala Evening
The PSS kicked off their festivities on August 31st with a wonderful Gala featuring some fantastic wine and hors d'ouevres courtesy of Bourassa Vineyards, Berryessa Gap, Jess Jones Vineyards, Scaggs Vineyard, Scott Harvey Wines, Jana Vineyard and Sudwerk Brewery. It was "first class" all the way and guests enjoyed some really special exhibitions from the presentation of a Totilas foal, "Imax" (Totilas/Sandreo) to Young Rider Gold Medalist, Ariel Thomas on "Montfleury" riding an FEI musical freestyle. There was even a very entertaining "soccer match" between several of the auction horses! Other highlights of the evening were the Internationally competitive Pacific Coast Vaulting Club and a very special musical freestyle by Ari Lopez on her GP horse, "Armani" accompanied by professional Latin dancer Christina Musser and Matthew Hansen from Spotlight Dance and Fitness. Also in attendance and new to the PSS this year was the collection of Hunter/Jumpers selected by Rudy Leone of Leone Equestrian, Inc.

Guests were treated to some delightful comic relief when "Totilas's brother, Harold" entered the arena. Harold, "ridden" by PSS organizer Ellie Johnson and accompanied by Rhianna Moerkhe showed off his fancy footwork to freestyle music and had guests falling out of their seats laughing.

Auction Day
On Sunday, September 1st, the tent was again full of guests buzzing with auction excitement! The day started off with a presentation of 4 foals including 2 Totilas sons who had travelled all the way from Nova Scotia to attend the auction. Following the foals were the dressage horses and hunter / jumpers including several beautiful horses who had been imported from Germany especially for the auction.

A lecture series followed Sunday morning's presentation. Lecturers included Sarah Le Jeune, Claudia Sonder, and Julie Dechant (3 equine veterinarians from UC Davis,) Clair Thunes (equine nutrition,) Megan Soske (pilates), and Kevin Reinig, president of the California Dressage Society. Sarah le Jeune, DVM, DACVS, CVA discussed Integrative Medicine for the Sporthorse and actually demonstrated acupuncture techniques on a live horse! The audience was appreciative of the mini lecture series and clearly this was one more aspect that made the PSS such a unique, well rounded event.

Next came the main feature of the weekend, the auction itself! Guests enjoyed a spectacular show and glass of champagne while the top quality collection of auction horses and foals were presented. The riders were excellent and the stunning horses represented some of today's most popular bloodlines. Breeds in the auction included Hanoverian, Dutch WB, Oldenburg, Trakehner, Holsteiner, Belgian Warmblood, and even a Connemara Pony. It was both exciting and educational and of course it was especially exciting for the lucky winning bidders! Bidders came in person or phoned in from across the country and several horses will now be making the trip East to their new homes.

· Number of Horses at auction: 25
· Highest Bid: $59,000 for Unique (2009 Hanoverian gelding by United / Worldly)
· Average Bid: $20,748
· Foal selection: Highest Bid: $16,000 for a 2013 colt by Totilas / Stravinsky xx

Benefiting Charity
Other noteworthy contributions of the PSS were the charitable donations collected over the two days totaling in excess of $7500! The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and CDS Club 100 were this year's two recipient charities. Paul Schockemoehle from Germany donated a breeding to the world famous stallion, Sir Donnerhall for auction on Saturday. Guests got a chance to practice their bidding skills on this breeding while giving to a worthy cause. The PSS also used a raffle of several items and a live auction of a Schleese saddle donated by Schleese Saddlery of Canada, to collect scholarship money for CDS Club 100 young riders. All of the raffle winners were so excited to receive such nice gifts and be supporting a worthy cause at the same time.

At the post-auction celebration, all of the PSS management team was enthusiastic about the outcome. "We are so happy to be bringing such a worthy event to our community," said Ellie. "The whole purpose of the auction was to bring buyers and sellers of top quality horses together. We did that and more! We also used the PSS to give back to the community in the form of education, entertainment, and charitable donations."

"We wish to thank everyone who supported the Pacific Sporthorse Selection." Christian continued, "We are so happy with the outcome and we hear that guests are already looking forward to next year."

In fact, next year's date has already been set for the PSS to return on September 6 & 7, 2014.

If you didn't get to attend in person, you can check out the Pacific Sporthorse Selection website at www.sporthorse-selection.com and the highlights of the event at http://youtu.be/1ooF85KrFMU

posted September 23, 2013

Helpful Horses: Morgans recognized in therapy world

from AMHA

In the spirit of promoting the discipline of therapeutic horsemanship and the Morgan breed, AMHA has partnered with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) as its newest discipline colleague.

This partnership is mutually beneficial to each organization, PATH Intl. will be recognized as a partner in support of the AMHA Therapy Horse of the Year Award, which is given each February as part of the Annual AMHA Convention.

"As witnessed through the AMHA Therapy Horse of the Year Award, Morgans make excellent companions and partners for therapeutic horsemanship programs," says AMHA Executive Director, Julie Broadway. "We hope our new partnership will serve to educate PATH Intl. members and member centers about the virtues of the Morgan. Conversely, we hope Morgan enthusiasts learn more about the benefits of therapeutic horsemanship."

PATH Intl. has nearly 850 member centers and more than 7,400 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 56,000 men, women, and children with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies programs.

The Morgan breed has had a long and distinguished history with the U.S. military and the PATH International Equine Services for Heroes initiative is another avenue for AMHA and Morgans to continue that tradition.

PATH Intl., recipient of the 2013 Equine Industry Vision Award, which was presented by American Horse Publications and sponsored by Zoetis, was formed in 1969 to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. Member centers range from small, one-person programs to large operations with several certified instructors and licensed therapists. In addition to therapeutic riding, a center may offer any number of equine-assisted activities including hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work or stable management. Learn more at www.pathintl.org.

Founded in 1909, the American Morgan Horse Association is a non-profit organization serving more than 50,000 Morgan horse owners, breeders, exhibitors, and enthusiasts throughout the United States. AMHA serves as a parent organization to more than 90 recognized Morgan horse clubs and national organizations.

posted September 18, 2013

World Cup Finals Return to Las Vegas

2015 International show jumping and dressage championships return to “entertainment capital of the world.”

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Las Vegas Events, Inc. (LVE) join in announcing that the FEI World Cup™ Finals in both show jumping and dressage will return to Las Vegas in 2015. Las Vegas will host the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final and the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final at the Thomas & Mack Center, April 15-19, 2015.

This will mark the sixth time that Las Vegas will host the FEI World Cup™ Finals following 2000 and 2003 when it hosted the Jumping Finals, and 2005, 2007 and 2009 when it hosted both the Jumping and Dressage Finals. The three combined Finals in Las Vegas were the first times that the world's premier annual championships in the two Olympic equestrian disciplines were held concurrently.

"We are honored to be the host of the 2015 FEI World Cup Finals," said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. "Las Vegas last hosted the show jumping and dressage Finals in 2009, so we are extremely excited to once again showcase our destination to equestrian fans from the U.S. and around the world. We look forward to working with the FEI to create a memorable event and a venue for the top riders in the world."

In the combined jumping and dressage Finals held in Las Vegas in 2005, 2007 and 2009, the five-day events drew an average of nearly 90,000 spectators for each of the three years. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, those events averaged a non-gaming economic impact of more than $20 million each. Individuals representing some 25 countries and all 50 of the United States purchased tickets with more than 90 percent of the events' attendees coming from outside Nevada.

"We are delighted that the FEI World Cup™ Finals in both Jumping and Dressage will be returning to Las Vegas in 2015, giving our sport and our title sponsors Longines and Reem Acra further global exposure on this fabulous American stage," said FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos. "It will be good to be back in Las Vegas after a six-year gap and we are looking forward to really top class sport in this fabulous venue."

"The FEI World Cup™ Finals held in Las Vegas in the last decade led to unprecedented interest in equestrian sport in the United States," said John Long, CEO of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).  "The expertise of Las Vegas Events, Inc. in producing large-scale events resulted in world-class competition and outstanding entertainment fitting for the Entertainment Capital of the World. It is great news for everyone that the Finals are coming back to Las Vegas!"

The announcement that the Finals are returning to Las Vegas is generating excitement with everyone including the world's leading riders. "The fact that the FEI World Cup™ Finals are returning to Las Vegas is great news for everyone," said Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, the two-time Olympic Gold Medalist who is the reigning FEI World Cup™ champion in jumping. "I have been fortunate to compete all over the world and nowhere is our sport presented with as much flair and excitement as in Las Vegas."

"The previous World Cup Finals held in Las Vegas proved why the city is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World," said Steffen Peters of San Diego, the three-time Olympic veteran who won the Dressage Final in Las Vegas in 2009. "They showcase our sport like no one else and the riders absolutely love competing there."

Started in 1979, the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final is an annual international showdown among the world's best show jumping horses and riders. In the 35 Finals held through 2013, United States riders have emerged with the most titles, having won the championship nine times. Previous FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals held in the United States include Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989), Del Mar (1992) and Las Vegas (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009).

First held in 1986, the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final features the world's best dressage horses and riders. The United States has won the championship twice - in 2003 (Debbie McDonald with Brentina) and 2009 (Steffen Peters with Ravel). The Final has been held in the U.S. in Los Angeles (1995) and Las Vegas (2005, 2007, 2009).

Ticket information will be announced at a later date. Fans are encouraged to visit the event's official website at www.WorldCupLasVegas.com and sign up for breaking news and information. 

posted September 18, 2013

SmartPak Introduces New and Improved SmartVite Formulas - Four Multi-Vitamins Target Horse Age and Workload

from AHP

A horse owner survey revealed that seven out of ten horses do not get a full serving of fortified grain or complete feed. Adequate levels of vitamins and minerals are critical to the proper functioning of every major body system, including immune, digestive, nervous, circulatory, musculoskeletal, respiratory, endocrine and skin. If your horse is getting less than the full serving of fortified grain or complete feed than what is listed on his grain bag he may need one of the four formulas in SmartPak's new and improved SmartVite line of vitamin/mineral supplements.

"Each of the four targeted formulas in the new SmartVite line is carefully balanced to offer optimal nutrition based on your horse's age and workload," said Jessica Normand, SmartPak's Senior Director of SmartSupplements. "And what's great is that we've set up an easy-to-follow chart on our website that makes it simple to find which formula is right for your horse."

All formulas in the SmartVite line include the full spectrum of water and fat soluble vitamins, as well as vital macro and micro minerals. They are available in buckets or in exclusive SmartPaks. The pelleted formulas taste great—even without grain—and are easy to feed.

The new SmartVite lineup includes the following four formulas:

· SmartVite Thrive Pellets for adult horses (age 2-14) in light or no work
· SmartVite Thrive Senior Pellets for senior horses (age 15+) in light or no work
· SmartVite Perform Pellets for adult horses (age 2-14) in moderate or heavy work
· SmartVite Perform Senior Pellets for senior horses (age 15+) in moderate or heavy work

"The SmartVite family is one of the most comprehensive and thoughtful line of multi-vitamins on the market today," said Normand. "In addition to being perfectly tailored to a horse's individual needs, the tasty pellets make feeding them extremely easy!"

Ordering any of the four SmartVite formulas in SmartPaks is a smart choice, as all SmartPaks over $40 qualify for free ground shipping. Plus, they're Guaranteed to Work! If you order a SmartVite in SmartPaks and you don't see results after two months, SmartPak will give you your money back. To find the right SmartVite formula for your horse, and to place an order, go towww.SmartPak.com/SmartVite.

posted September 18, 2013

Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) Supply Update, Luitpold Animal Health

from AHP

Luitpold Animal Health, a division of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., manufacturers of Adequan® IM, Adequan® IA, and Adequan® Canine provides the following supply update:

We are pleased to announce a shipment of Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) IM was released to the market last week and was received by veterinarians beginning Friday, September 13th. Adequan® product supply remains limited and the initial shipments will not fully satisfy market demand. Luitpold made significant investments in upgrading its manufacturing facilities earlier this year. The time spent making these upgrades impacted our ability to keep up with demand. We are working diligently to release additional product to the market and will provide updates as they become available. Quality and integrity remain our highest priorities.

We encourage Adequan® users to continue to work with their veterinarians to obtain the drug and discuss the most appropriate treatment regimen for your animals.

Luitpold has established a dedicated webpage on www.adequan.com where concerned parties can register to receive future communications and updates on this matter. You may also contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-458-0163.

Adequan® IM and IA are the only polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) approved by the FDA for the treatment of non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic joint dysfunction and associated lameness in horses. Adequan® Canine is the only polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) approved by the FDA for the control of signs associated with non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic arthritis of canine synovial joints.