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Veterinarian’s Perspective on the Pandemic.
Written by CRM
Thursday, 19 March 2020 23:57

No reported incidences of horses getting the SARS-CoV 2 virus.

“Unprecedented” seems an understatement when describing the wide-ranging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. To get a handle on some of those impacts and perspectives in our regional horse world, California Riding Magazine editor Kim F Miller checked in with Phoebe A Smith, DVM, of Rivera Equine Internal Medicine & Consulting in the Santa Ynez Valley


Kim: What does this look like from your perspective as an equine veterinarian?
Dr. Smith: As large animal vets, it falls into the context of herd immunity, in which we try to protect the vulnerable by minimizing the disease in the herd. So, conceptually, this is all very familiar. It’s what we do with horses when there is a contagious disease on a farm or showground. We lock down, nobody in, nobody out.  Much of the regular public has not had to think like this in recent history.

Kim: Is there a risk of transmission between horses and infected people?
Dr. Smith: Multiple species have different forms of coronavirus. But the one that causes the current disease, SARS-CoV-2, is new, so there is not a lot known about it in human medicine yet. At this point, there is no evidence that horses are part of the transmission process in any direct way. You could make a crazy link through a “fomite,” an inanimate object capable of transmitting an infectious organism. For example, say an infected person sneezed on your horse’s coat, and somebody else put their hand in that same spot, then touched their face and became infected.

As to whether horses can get it, we don’t believe so. There is rapid work being done trying to figure out what the virus does and who it can affect. I am getting that question frequently from clients, but there are no reported incidences of horses getting the SARS-CoV 2 virus.

Kim: How concerned are your clients about COVID-19 and their horses?
Dr. Smith: Completely coincidentally, there are some cases of equine coronavirus in our region currently. The equine coronavirus is a gastrointestinal-borne condition which presents as GI disturbance, colic, diarrhea, fever, or any combination of these clinical signs. This is caused by equine coronavirus, which is well-typed and something that we are familiar with. In most cases, we are able to treat equine coronavirus at the farm with supportive care.  Less commonly, intensive care may be required for more severely affected cases.

Most horses recover from equine coronavirus within days of falling ill. The virus can be transmitted in manure, so the treatment should include isolation.

So, the biggest concern is when I have to tell a client that their horse has coronavirus. I immediately say, ‘But wait...it’s not that coronavirus!” Again, this current regional incidence of equine coronavirus is completely coincidental with COVID-19, but it is causing some confusion.
    
Kim: Are there helpful take-aways for horse owners and care providers?
Dr. Smith: Yes, the principles of how respiratory viruses are spread are valuable lessons for animal health as well as human health. There is a lot of talk about how COVID-19 is spread through respiratory secretions -- coughing or sneezing. The virus also spreads through fomites, when those secretions get onto something that another touches. Think about how many things a horse touches with its nose to ask “Hey, what’s that?”

Because everyone has had to think about this form of transmission in such a detailed fashion, it could improve awareness of how contagions travel and that should improve a farm’s ability to control disease spread in the future.

Kim: Any general advice to horse owners regarding COVID-19?
Dr. Smith: We all want to spend time with our horses and you should continue to unless you are sick with the coronavirus or have symptoms that indicate you might be infected. And this is only because your horse could accidentally become a fomite if you coughed or sneezed on his blanket, or somewhere else, that another person might touch. They are just now working out how long the virus survives on different surface types.

(The National Institutes of Health announced on March 17 these finding regarding the virus’ stability on various surfaces: in aerosols for 3 hours; on copper, up to 4 hours; on cardboard, up to 24 hours; and up to two and three days on plastic and stainless steel.)
    
Kim: What about advice for those who can’t get to their horse because of self-imposed or mandatory “shelter in place” restrictions.
Dr. Smith: I think everyone understands that horses still need to get out and get exercise and are working with barn managers to find efficient ways to do that. I hate to see horses standing around all day in their stalls. Activity is important to keeping horses healthy, which will minimize the number of vet visits and minimize the general downstream effects of all of this.

Kim: Any suggestions for those who can safely spend time with their horses, and have extra time because of show cancellations or postponements?
Dr. Smith: It’s the same concept as what we are working on for ourselves and our families: what do we want to work on that we don’t normally have time for? Maybe it’s ground manners or getting over that fear of needles.

Some of my clients are using this break to give their horses extra rest. And some of my upper level rider clients are having to re-think how they are conditioning and preparing their horses, especially those with Olympic plans and hopes. I think we will see there is a lot of coordination in finding ways to allow them to continue preparation without risking anybody’s health.

Kim: Final thoughts?
Dr. Smith: It will be interesting to see how this shapes our future. On the horse and horse owner side, I think there will be truly lasting benefits in people having more familiarity with disease control and response to disease outbreaks.

 
Cancellation of the Del Mar National Horse Show
Written by CRM
Monday, 16 March 2020 17:24
To our valued exhibitors, vendors, participants and patrons,

We must unfortunately announce the cancellation of this year's Del Mar National Horse Show, which was set to run April 14-May 3, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. On behalf of Del Mar National Horse Show's Committee Chair Lee Haydu and our entire staff, we appreciate your understanding about the decision to cancel this year's event.


There is no higher priority than the health and safety of our Fairgrounds family, exhibitors, vendors and patrons. In light of the COVID-19 situation, cancelling the horse show is an essential public safety step we must take.

The Del Mar National Horse Show garnered the prestigious USEF Heritage Show designation from the US Equestrian Federation this year. That is a testament to the rich history and traditions of a world-class show that highlights some of the most exciting and renowned equestrian competitions in the country. Yet cancelling the show in light of recent events is the right thing to do. We plan to host the 75th Del Mar National Horse Show next year and we look forward to seeing you there.

Patrons who purchased tickets to the horse show's Saturday evening events have two options:

1. This year's tickets will be honored at next year's show.
2. A refund can be obtained through the point of purchase.

Exhibitor entry fees and vendor fees will be applied to next year's show or refunded; contact the Equestrian Office at 858-792-4288 for more information.

Again, we thank you for your understanding about this difficult decision to cancel this year's Del Mar National. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at next year's event.

Timothy J. Fennell
CEO/General Manager
Del Mar Fairgrounds/Racetrack/22nd District Agricultural Association
 
COVID-19 Update with Regards to Nilforushan Equisport Events Horse Shows
Written by CRM
Friday, 13 March 2020 00:25
Temecula, Calif. - Mar. 12, 2020 - The Nilforushan Equisport Events (NEE) management team understands the severity of the COVID-19 situation that is currently happening across the world. In an effort to limit the spread of the virus, the team is taking a series of precautions to protect all participants' health and wellbeing. At this point, the management team has chosen to continue to host both the Interactive Mortgage Developmental Series and the Temecula Valley National Horse Shows with safety measures in place.

"The entire management team behind the Interactive Mortgage Developmental Series and the Temecula Valley National Horse Shows is in agreement that our series will move forward, but with an abundance of caution. Luckily, reports show that outdoor events are at a lower risk of spreading the virus than indoor assemblies, but we still plan to take all measures possible to ensure our exhibitors and their teams have peace of mind that they will be safe at our facility."


1. NEE and Galway Downs has partnered with the Natural 4 Life Horse and Rider Product line, which is scientifically formulated to help:
Area spray to guard against the carriers of infections and parasites with an anti-bacterial barrier.
Increase respiratory function
Anti-inflammatory muscle and joint pain, as well as soft tissue damage
Heal wounds and inhibit ticks, bugs and viruses
Protection against flies, mosquitos and airborne viruses
Soothe and calm horses, especially while traveling
This partnership will prove to be a huge asset for all of the events at Galway Downs. The facility will be disinfected weeks in advance of any NEE shows, which includes any events that take place on-site, and then the disinfecting frequency will increase and take place daily during the NEE horse shows.

2. The NEE management team will not be allowing spectators or the outside public, with the exception of exhibitors' family members, from attending the horse shows.

3. NEE has rented hand-washing stations that will be placed around Galway Downs so that attendees have ample opportunities to keep hands clean.

To help us keep everyone healthy, please help us by doing your part to limit the transmission of the virus. National, state and local officials have outlined the best prevention protocols against COVID-19 as:
Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
Avoid close contact with those who are sick
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Stay home if you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of properly
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes
For further information, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides the most up-to-date information regarding the virus and the precautions to take.

The management team will continue to be transparent with our exhibitors and provide updates as necessary should changes occur.

Nilforushan Equisport Events is a horse-show management company owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Ali and Francie Nilforushan. Their mission is to produce world-class events that will make California a top show jumping destination, attract local residents to a number of entertainment experiences including world-class performances and film nights, as well as fine dining. Exhibitors can expect great sport, a first class VIP area and affordable showing options thanks to the inventive style of the Nilforushan management team.

For news about the measures taken by other equestrian events, please click here.

For more information about Nilforushan Equisport Events, please visit www.jump-nee.com.

 
Good Footing is Safe Footing
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 February 2020 04:01
For over 23 years we have been supplying horse arena builders world-wide with our arena footing additives.  GGT – Footing is used at international horse show facilities and for FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage events.  But did you know how easy and affordable it is to have World Class GGT – Footing in your arena at home?  We are offering blends individual farms can install themselves allowing you to practice on the same quality footing you find at competition facilities!
               

Our Polyester fiber blends have been used as footing for multiple riding disciplines.  We offer different product types for your particular discipline, i.e. jumping, dressage, barrel racing, western disciplines, general arena riding and even for racetracks.  Our products endure the test of time, resist packing and provide optimal concussion relief to help minimize joint and tendon stress on your equine athlete.
 
GGT – Footing provides the whole package when it comes to arena needs, from our Butterfly Mats to World Class fiber footing, additives for moisture control and German engineered groomers to keep your arena in great shape.
 
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The use of our Butterfly Mats can significantly reduce the cost of traditional layering methods with gravel, extra sand and the labor involved in construction of your arena base.  By utilizing the GGT Butterfly Mat system, one can protect their horse’s joints and tendons from long term concussion and instability due to slippage from traditional footing surfaces.  The typical force of a striking hoof is absorbed by the mat playing an important role in maintaining soundness.  While providing efficient drainage during a heavy rain events our mats will hold a certain amount of moisture helping to maintain your footing surface while protecting your base material.
 
Moisture control is always at the forefront of maintaining a quality arena.  GGT’s Arpolith bring a new meaning to the term Moisture Control.  GGT Arpolith is an organic volcanic ash material and can extend the times between watering your arena, while keeping your arena at the right moisture level.  By absorbing up to 30 times its size in water, having Arpolith in your arena will get you riding much quicker after rain and extend the time between watering your arena.  We continually improve our products by utilizing our customer’s feedback to develop new and better additives.
 
GGT – Footing allows you to bring the quality footing you ride on at horse shows to your personal arena.  Once your fiber footing is installed maintaining your arena is a top priority. GGT – Footing needs a groomer with adjustable tines as well as a rear cage roller to keep the footing mixed properly.  Our groomers adjust to aerate your sand to create the lofty feeling you love or can compact your surface to provide added structure and strength, filling in divots and releveling as you go.  Our Arena Conditioners come in several size options and can be pulled by tractors or ATV’s.  With our specialized GGT – Arena Conditioner you can keep your beautiful footing in its best condition.
 
For more information please contact: Amanda Wild, West Coast Sales for GGT – Footing, 864-415-2526.

Press release provided by AHP.

 
Winter Horse Trials
Written by CRM
Monday, 24 February 2020 23:35
Exciting eventing season in Paso Robles begins Feb. 28-March 1.

Feb. 24, 2020: Paso Robles, CA: Pan Am Games team gold medalist Tamra Smith and Mai Baum and 5* pairs Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 and Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin headline a strong Advanced field when Twin Rivers begins an exciting season of eventing competition this weekend.  


Weather for the Winter Horse Trials looks distinctly un-wintery Feb. 28-March 1, as the Baxter family-owned venue on California's Central Coast welcomes 300-plus contenders.  Joining the aforementioned pairs running Advanced are newly-anointed members of the USEF's U25 Eventing Program: Maddy Temkin, Kaylawna Smith-Cook and Megan Skyes. The levels through Introductory will see future star horses and riders tackle new challenges.


Twin Rivers' 500 acres are green and tracks designed by new upper level course designer Hugh Lochore are full of new tests. Plus, teasers for what's to come at April's inaugural Spring International CCI4*-L, one of only six competitions at this rigorous level in the United States.

"They are a progressive bunch," says Lochore of the Baxter family. Along with 5* eventer Andrea Baxter, organizer Connie Baxter has extensive eventing experience and Whirlwind Excavating owner Jeff Baxter happily applies his expertise and equipment to bringing Lochore's ideas to life.

Tamra Smith & Mai Baum — PC: Sherry Stewart

"The venue has interesting topography and it's a good canvas to play with," Lochore adds. "It's exciting when you put things on paper, then you have a team that is keen to get the bit between their teeth and make it happen." Lochore designed the Preliminary through Advanced courses; Marc Grandia designed the Intro through Training. Show Jumping course designer Jose Nava has colorful new obstacles to work with in the arena.

The Winter Horse Trials are presented by Auburn Labs, makers of adaptogenic APF Formula for horses, riders and dogs; and Professional's Choice, manufacturers of top-of-the-line sports medicine boots for horses. Supporting Sponsors include Best Western PLUS Black Oak, which offers great exhibitor deals on nearby lodging; and Riding Warehouse, the horse gear and supply company located in nearby San Luis Obispo.

Volunteer opportunities abound and all those helping out will have their name entered in a raffle for generous prizes. These include Twin Rivers entries, stabling and a cross-country schooling certificate; and a Family 4 Pack of tickets to the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari. More hours equals more raffle tickets!

For competition-related inquires, contact Christina Gray of Gray Area Events at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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The Foundation for the Horse Providing $10,000 in Matching Funds for Australia Wildfire Relief
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00
The Foundation for the Horse is accepting aid through its Disaster Relief Fund to support veterinarians working with wildlife, horses and other livestock affected by the Australia wildfires, which have taken an unimaginable toll on the nation and its animals.
 

The Foundation, whose mission is to improve the welfare of horses, will match the first $10,000 in donations. All contributions will be distributed to the Australia Veterinary Association’s Benevolent Fund to support the many veterinarians impacted by the fires or providing charitable care to affected animals.
 
“The sheer scope of this catastrophe and the gallant veterinary response, which undoubtedly includes many equine veterinarians pulled from their traditional practice to provide emergency care for all species, compels The Foundation in this instance to reach out beyond its horse-centric mission,” said Lisa Metcalf, DVM, MS, DACT, chair of The Foundation’s Disaster Medicine Subcommittee. “We are all vets first, before being equine vets, and although our dollars may be needed in the future for rebuilding or for another disaster, this is now.”
 
To support the needs of the affected veterinarians and those on the front lines in Australia, please donate online at www.foundationforthehorse.org/impact/disaster-relief.
 
Donations are also accepted by mail at The Foundation for the Horse, Disaster Relief Fund, 4033 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511; and by phone at (800) 433-0177 (U.S. only) or (859) 233-0147.
 
The Foundation for the Horse (formerly AAEP Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1994 that serves as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners to improve the welfare of horses. Since its inception, The Foundation has distributed more than $6 million to fulfill its vital mission. For more information, visit www.foundationforthehorse.org.

Press release provided by AHP.

 
American Horse Council’s Time To Ride® Program Celebrates Successful 2019 Program Pilot
Written by CRM
Thursday, 09 January 2020 00:00
Excited about expansion in 2020
 
Washington, DC – Time To Ride®, an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, concluded a very successful pilot program in 2019 and is eagerly looking forward to expanding in 2020.
 
The American Horse Council (AHC) Marketing Alliance was formed in 2012 by a group of equine-related corporations and organizations to promote horses, horseback riding and horse ownership to the general public. The mission of this industry-wide initiative is to sustain and grow the horse industry. The Marketing Alliance’s initial program, Seats In Saddles, focused on providing horses at events for people to try horseback riding. While widely popular at expos and other equine venues, the program was limited by the number of horses available. Thus in 2014 the Marketing Alliance modified its approach and created Time To Ride. The Time To Ride Challenge, which ran from 2014 – 2018, focused on attracting people to barns in their communities to meet horses. This resulted in lots more people “touching” a horse (over 130,000 in 5 years), however the industry did not see a significant uptick in lesson participants.
 

In 2019 the Marketing Alliance decided to put a fresh spin on Time To Ride, shifting the focus to introducing families, specifically school-age children, to horseback riding and horse care in a safe, welcoming and fun environment through an initial series of six to eight lessons that include basic horse care as well as riding. The lesson series are offered at approved Time To Ride Program Facilities through schools, local youth organizations and recreational leagues.
 
Equine facilities and instructors have to meet stringent requirements to be designated as Time To Ride Program Facilities, including SafeSport training and a criminal background check. All instructors are required to hold a current professional membership with one or more national breed or discipline associations, be certified as an instructor through a recognized program such as Certified Horsemanship Association or licensed as a riding instructor in the state in which they teach.
 
The Marketing Alliance set an initial goal of 20 – 30 farms for the 2019 pilot program, but much to their surprise they received over 70 applications and 100 inquiries which resulted in a total of 62 lesson programs being accepted for the pilot. These facilities represented 14 different breed and discipline organizations. Surveys conducted with participants showed a whopping 72% of facilities gained new lessons students! The highest number of new lesson students at a single facility was 35. Facilities with less than 15 lesson horses averaged 8.6 new students and those with 15 or more lesson horses averaged 9.8 new students. The number of students achieving the learning goals of the initial set of lessons was 94%.
 
“We are just blown away by the success of this program.” said Molly O’Brien, Time To Ride Program Manager. “We all recognize the need to bring newcomers into the horse industry. Time To Ride provides a platform for introducing kids to horses and riding lessons, with the goal of creating the next generation of knowledgeable, educated horse lovers and owners.” She continued, “If we can get over 300 new students into a lesson program from 62 facilities, imagine what we could do if we doubled or tripled the number of approved Time To Ride Program Facilities.”
 
The American Horse Council’s 2017 Economic Impact Study found that the horse industry contributed $122 billon to the U.S. economy. The study showed there were over 38 million horse enthusiasts in the US, and 30.5% of American households containing a horse enthusiast who participated in horse activities or attended horse events as a spectator.  AHC President Julie Broadway noted, “For a barn to add 8.6 weekly lesson students could result in $10,000 - $15,000 or more in additional annual income for the facility, depending on lesson fees.  Time to Ride not only grows participants, it’s a significant income producer for the industry.”
 
Barns approved as Time To Ride Program Facilities are given a robust “tool kit” including marketing tools, techniques and assistance to help with their local outreach. In addition, participants are connected to the TTR “community” to share ideas, best practices and other helpful advice with fellow instructors through a very active closed Facebook page and frequent communication with the TTR program manager. The majority of instructors in the pilot program said the ability to promote their designation as an approved Time To Ride Program Facility validated their program and credentials.
 
About Time To Ride: Time To Ride is managed and funded by the American Horse Council Marketing Alliance. The Marketing Alliance was founded by a consortium of equine-related corporations and organizations to encourage and support the growth of the U.S. horse industry. Current members of the Marketing Alliance include: Active Interest Media/Equine Network, American Horse Council, Purina, Spalding Laboratories and Zoetis. Additional support is provided by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, National Reining Horse Association, Troxel Helmets and Weaver Leather. Educational support is provided by Certified Horsemanship Association, United States Equestrian Federation and United States Pony Clubs. To learn more about Time To Ride, visit www.TimeToRide.org.
 
For more information contact Molly O’Brien, Time To Ride Program Manager: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 202-891-7971.

 
California’s Nick Haness is Nominated for the USEF Equestrian of the Year!
Written by CRM
Monday, 30 December 2019 22:38

California’s Nick Haness is Nominated for the USEF Equestrian of the Year!
Voting ends Jan. 2nd, 2020 … get your votes in now!

Nick Haness, owner of Hunterbrook Farms in Temecula, Calif., has become a household name on the show hunter circuit, amassing an impressive record in 2019 and fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a successful, well-respected professional in the sport.

 


He was talent-scouted at the age of 12 and went on to catch ride for top trainers in California in the pony hunter sections before a successful career as a junior in the equitation ranks. Early in his career, Nick won the 2006 USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals - West, and also secured a fourth at the 2006 ASPCA Maclay Final, before going out to his own to start a now thriving business. Nick has had tremendous success aboard Technicolor in the high performance hunter section, as well as with Verdict, who finished second in the 2019 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship with a total score of 578.5. After capturing reserve champion in his USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship debut, Nick was the highest-placed rider of the Tier II combinations.

Please click here to vote for Nick: https://www.usef.org/awards

 

 
Suppenkasper Named Adequan®/USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year
Written by CRM
Friday, 13 December 2019 00:07
The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) would like to congratulate the eleven-year-old, 18.0 hand, Dutch Warmblood gelding, Suppenkasper, owned by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm LLC, and ridden by Steffen Peters of San Diego, California, for being named 2019 Adequan®/USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year. Suppenkasper's median score of 75.696 percent made him the top horse in the United States competing at this level and the recipient of USDF’s highest honor.    


Suppenkasper was recognized at the 2019 Adequan®/USDF Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet with a commemorative personalized plaque, an embroidered cooler, and a gift certificate provided by Dressage Extensions.  Also, Suppenkasper is the recipient of the Colonel Thackeray Award and will have his name engraved on a silver trophy to be on permanent display in the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, housed at the USDF National Education Center, located at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“USDF is thrilled to be able to recognize this extraordinary horse for his many accomplishments during the 2019 competition season.  We also congratulate Akiko Yamazaki, Four Winds Farm, Steffen Peters, and the entire Suppenkasper team,” stated USDF Executive Director Stephan Hienzsch.

For more information about the Adequan®/USDF Horse of the Year awards or to access a list of past and current recipients, visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org, or contact the USDF office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage.  For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit www.usdf.org, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call (859) 971-2277.

Press release provided by Unites States Dressage Federation.

 
Is My Horse At Risk?
Written by Dr David Marlin
Wednesday, 18 March 2020 22:27

What do we know about the potential COVID-19 threat to and from horses, cats and dogs?

Dr David Marlin

March 18, 2020. At the time of writing there have been 1,029 scientific papers published on COVID-19 – two papers in 2019 and 1,027 in 2020! This illustrates how acute the emergence of this pandemic has been. I certainly can’t claim to have read all of these, but I have read a lot, especially the ones I consider to be most relevant relating to aspects such as origin, transmission, disinfection, strain mutation, management and treatment.


As an asthmatic, I have been taking both a professional and personal interest in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many animal owners will be facing some anxiety at this time, especially as there is a lot of misinformation circulating about where COVID-19 came from and its potential to jump into animals or for animals to transmit the disease. Diseases that can be spread from animals to people are referred to as "Zoonoses," and include diseases such as rabies, Lyme disease, malaria, Salmonella, Ebola, Swine flu and West Nile virus.

Knowing horse, dog and cat owners, they are more likely to be concerned about passing COVID-19 onto their animals than catching it from them.
 
Where Do We Think COVID-19 Came From?

The likely origin is a live-animal market in Wuhan, China, but it may also be possible that it was brought to the market by an infected person. There are no definite answers yet, but most research supports the theory that it originated in the Rhinolophus or Horseshoe bat and was passed to people via another animal.

For a while it was suggested that the intermediate-host may have been the Pangolin or scaly anteater, which is found in parts of Africa, India, and the Far-East, including Southern China. A paper published on the Feb. 27, 2020 in the Journal of Medical Virology, however, concluded it could not. But whatever the origin, this is a zoonotic disease.   
 

Transmission From Humans to Horses, Dogs or Cats?

It’s early days and information is limited, but last week I was in contact with Dr Richard Newton, Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance at the Animal Health Trust. He is an expert in viral diseases of animals. Richard is also in touch with many vets and scientists working in this area around the world through the Veterinary Infection Control Society Listserver managed by Colorado State University: "This is topical but as with many of these issues, there is, unfortunately, a dearth of evidence on which to base any firm guidance.

There is no evidence that I am aware of that horses or farm animals are susceptible or can act as a source of infection for humans."

The situation with dogs is slightly different at this stage, because, in Hong Kong, they did identify an animal that was owned by somebody who was subsequently confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 and detected SARS-CoV-2 as a weak positive by RT PCR. But there are many questions as to whether this was a true infection or the animal was acting as a fomite [carrier e.g. on the coat or paws] for the virus."

In addition, IDEXX Laboratories in the USA have just announced (on March 13) that they have been testing thousands of dog and cat samples for COVID-19 and to date there have been no positives. IDEXX also has labs across Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Brazil and Europe and have said they will continue to test for COVID-19.

At the present time, considering all available information, person-to-person transmission is the cause of the spread of COVID-19 beyond Wuhan and that the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) are all in agreement that there is no evidence of pet-to-pet or pet-to-animal transmission of COVID-19. Neither is there any current evidence of people infected with COVID-19 transmitting this to animals.
 
Extra Caution?

If you want to be cautious, the best advice at this time given the lack of knowledge is that if you become infected with COVID-19 you should limit contact with your animals as much as possible. If you are infected and have no choice, wear a face mask and latex gloves and avoid stroking or touching them or their food as much as possible and wash your hands before and after any contact.   
 
Misinformation

It’s perhaps hard to imagine that the coronavirus strain COVID-19, also referred to as SARS-CoV-2, only began to emerge in China at the end of 2019, when we look at what is happening today. At the time of writing there are 175,438 confirmed cases and have been 6,713 deaths worldwide attributed to the COVID-19. And these are only the ones we know about. As many people showing less severe symptoms which could be due to COVID-19 infection are not being tested, it has been estimated that the current true number of cases could be 10 to 20 times higher.

Again, at the time of writing, we seem to have polarized behavior. There are people who are panic buying and self-isolating while others are out in pubs and restaurants in numbers. The latter may be underestimating the risk of infection, unaware of the consequences, concluding that, at this stage, the risk of infection is still relatively low, in denial or simply resigned to becoming infected and believing they will recover.

Social media is playing an interesting role at this time and there is a mass of information circulating about COVID-19. Some good, some bad, some potentially very harmful and some ridiculous. And as often happens, bad information seems to disseminate better than good. This can often be because the poor information is written in a style people find easier to relate to or more sinisterly, poor information is used as click-bait to drive people to sites that generate income through advertising revenue.

Article provided by Haygain. Author Dr David Marlin is a scientist with over 25 years experience in physiology and biochemistry.  David is the author of over 200 scientific papers and book chapters and he has written a variety of articles for Haygain on equine health, in particular respiratory health. Haygain manufactures Haygain Hay Steamers and ComfortStall Sealed Orthopedic Flooring. For more information, visit www.haygain.com.

 
Statement from EquiJet Regarding COVID-19
Written by CRM
Monday, 16 March 2020 03:02

Califon, N.J. - Mar. 15, 2020 -  As a domestic and international transportation provider for equines, EquiJet is closely monitoring the situation around the world with regards to COVID-19 and how it affects the global equestrian industry. At this time, EquiJet's operations are running as normally as possible, with the understanding that shipping arrangements for many horse owners may need to be altered or made given the widespread postponements and cancellations of competitions in the United States and beyond. For any equestrian needing shipping services, EquiJet is available to communicate the options and orchestrate transportation, with the  understanding that essential travel may be given priority over non-essential travel.
 


"We are taking this pandemic extremely seriously as it affects equine travel around the world. Given the current state of affairs, EquiJet is taking extra cautionary measures on its transports to limit the risk of any human transmission, while also working with clients to rearrange shipping schedules, as necessary," commented Bastian Schroeder, Founder and President of EquiJet. "Although it is an extremely unfortunate situation, EquiJet is prepared to make every effort to help any affected individuals through this trying time and make sure their horses arrive safely and healthy in the appropriate destination."
 
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 via domestic or international air freight, which includes horses and equipment, EquiJet is working closely with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the respective customs offices to ensure that all animals and items in transport are handled with the utmost cleanliness and precaution to limit any risk of transmission.

Horse owners can rest assured that, at this time, there is no evidence to indicate that horses could contract COVID-19 or that horses would be able to spread the disease to other animals or humans, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as multiple animal health organizations from around the world. Though equine enteric coronavirus, which is a gastrointestinal disease, bears a similar name to the current human coronavirus, they are not the same strain, and it is not believed that either are transmissible between species.
 
If any horse owners have questions regarding the current status of equine air travel, need to make immediate travel arrangements or need to alter original plans, please contact EquiJet as soon as possible at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 1-833-EQUIJET (378-4538).

Taking care of every detail, EquiJet specializes in the transportation of horses both domestic and internationally. The team at EquiJet offers an all-encompassing service, including the flight itself, quarantine logistics and necessary paperwork, allowing owners and trainers to send their horses with peace of mind. With over two decades of experience in international shipping and an extensive network of transportation partners, EquiJet prides itself on making each horse's travel - whether to a local show or across the world - as stress-free and comfortable as possible. EquiJet offers unparalleled customer service by horse people for horse people.

To learn more or request a quote, please visit www.EquiJet.com.

 
Galway Downs International
Written by CRM
Thursday, 12 March 2020 23:59

Major West Coast eventing competition to take place with modifications and safety precautions.
 
March 12, 2020. Temecula, California. The Galway Downs International Horse Trials set for March 27-29 will be staged with modifications and safety precautions per the current COVID-19 situation.

Kellerhouse Presents organizer Robert Kellerhouse stated: "With the recent developments on the COVID-19, and with the statement from the Governor of California in mind, we will be taking these steps to ensure our upcoming Galway Downs International Horse Trials is a biosecure show with the health of the riders and horses as our number one priority.


"To coincide with the Governor’s recommendation, we will be changing the schedule of our show to limit the amount of people on the grounds. In order to do this we will be splitting the divisions to run two separate shows, a Thursday-Friday show and then a Saturday-Sunday show. We are in the process of reworking the schedule and will send out an update once we have that finalized.

"We will also be closing the show to the public and only allowing competitors, family members, officials, and volunteers to attend. The volunteer meeting we normally have in the MD Barn will be hosted in a larger, more open area. We will be canceling both our Welcome Party as well as our Competitor Party. We will regularly disinfect all public areas as well as provide hand washing stations at all common areas.

"In line with best practices, if you are sick or have had contact with someone showing symptoms in line with the COVID-19, we ask that you do not attend the event out of an abundance of caution."

Find more information on the details of the virus below. COVID-19 Symptoms
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19-symptoms.pdf

COVID-19 Preventing Spread

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

"We have a known audience that we trust to make the right decision on whether or not they are in proper health to attend the event," Kellerhouse concluded. "Galway Downs will be running a Live Stream for our FEI divisions for anyone who is not able to attend but wants to watch all the action.

"We look forward to seeing exhibitors and volunteers at the end of the month!"

Late entries will be accepted through March 18.
 
About Galway Downs

The Galway Downs International hosts competition from Training level up through Advanced and CCI4*, 3*, and 2*-Short format. Galway Downs and the Kellerhouse-led team were the first to host a CCI4*-L competition in the West, in 2010 (then called a 3*-L). The facility has undergone continual upgrades in footing, stabling, cross-country courses and many behind-the-scenes amenities that make for safe, successful and enjoyable equestrian competition. International dressage and top national hunter/jumper competition are also regularly staged at the Galway Downs Equestrian Center.

For more information and latest news, visit www.galwaydowns.net and follow Galway Downs on Facebook.

 
Help Your Horse Breathe Easier This Winter
Written by CRM
Thursday, 27 February 2020 22:10
SmartPak offers smart tips for supporting your horse’s respiratory health
 
Winter is never an easy time for riders, but the colder months can be especially stressful on your horse’s respiratory system. There are actions you can take as a horse owner to provide the right support and set them up for success when the warmer months start to come around.
 

“Respiratory health can have a direct impact on your horse’s overall health and performance,” said SmartPak’s Staff Veterinarian - Research & Medical Director Dr. Lydia Gray. “If you have any concerns about your horse’s respiratory health, or you know they have active respiratory issues, it’s important to work with your veterinarian as the first step and develop a proactive management plan from there.”
 
As part of a comprehensive management plan, the veterinarian may advise management changes to help reduce the risk of any respiratory irritants, in addition to medical treatment. When it comes to the horse’s environment, dust is one of the more common concerns. Lightly wetting down shavings and watering the indoor on a regular basis are good starting points to help reduce the amount of dust. It is also important to think about doing dustier chores, like sweeping aisles, doing stalls or throwing hay, while horses are in turnout, as it can take two hours for dust to settle.
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Hay can be a significant source of dust and allergens, so discuss with your veterinarian if soaking hay may be beneficial as this can significantly reduce exposure to irritants. If the option exists, steaming hay has been found to reduce particulates best. In certain cases, some horses may not be able to eat hay at all, and alternatives such as Dengie (chopped hay), hay pellets, or even a complete feed may be necessary.
 
Depending on the severity of your horse’s condition, your veterinarian may prescribe medications such as anti-inflammatories or bronchodilators. In addition to any treatment your vet recommends, talk to them about adding a respiratory supplement for your horse that supplies ingredients to help support normal respiratory function.
 
Some ingredients to look for in respiratory supplements include spirulina, DHA, and MSM. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that has been reported to help horses prone to respiratory issues. DHA is a specific type of omega-3 from fish oil, which was shown in a recent study to provide benefits to horses with airway syndromes. MSM aids in supporting a normal response to inflammation. Other ingredients to look for include grape seed extract, super oxide dismutase, vitamin C, and bioflavonoids to support respiratory cell health. Some formulas may also have N-acetyl cysteine, which has been shown to help protect airway tissues from seasonal respiratory conditions.
 
SmartPak is pleased to offer a selection of respiratory support supplements that offer many of the ingredients listed above. SmartBreathe® and SmartBreathe® Ultra Pellets are designed to support healthy lung function as well as soothe and maintain the horse’s airway. SmartPak also carries a number of single-ingredient formulas within the Smart & Simple line that includes spirulina, MSM, and vitamin C for targeted support, as a comprehensive formula may not be right for every horse.
 
To learn more about all of the respiratory supplements available, visit www.SmartPak.com today or call 1-800-461-8898 and speak with one of SmartPak’s Horse Health Experts who can answer your questions and help you set up the right supplement program for your horse.

Press release provided by AHP.

 
4 Best Horse Racing Events in the UK
Written by CRM
Monday, 10 February 2020 03:15

Horse racing is hugely popular in the United Kingdom. The country can boast of Cheltenham Festival and Grand National which are popular in the whole world with so many fans availing Bet365 Cheltenham offers for 2020 and enjoying these events.   

 


Grand National

 

The Grand National, which is held every year at Aintree Racecourse in April, is arguably the most famous racing event in the UK. A great majority of British people tune in to watch this event every year, including even housewives and young children who may not have any interest in horse racing generally. It is also regarded as the most famous jumps horse race in the world.

The inaugural race was run in 1839 with Lottery becoming its first winner. The race is very challenging and difficult for its competitors who have to cover a distance of about 4 miles & 2 1/2 furlongs and jump 30 fences over two laps.

Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Festival features many great races but the Cheltenham Gold Cup is its most prestigious race. To win this race, horses have to tackle the 22 fences and cover a grueling distance of 3m 2 1/2 f.

Only the very best competitors can expect to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup which is a real test of stamina, speed, and jumping skills. Golden Miller, Arkle, Best Mate, and Kauto Star are regarded as some of the most famous horses of this race. All these great horses have won the Gold Cup more than once with Golden Miller the only one to claim this race for an incredible five times.

King George VI Chase

King George VI Chase is one of the most prestigious races in Great Britain. This race first started in 1937 and was named after King George who was the monarch at that time.

It is run every year at Kempton Park on Boxing Day and requires competitors to cover a distance of about 3 miles. Desert Orchid and Kauto Star are the notable winners of this race.

Queen Mother Champion Chase

This race was given its name as a tribute to the Queen Mother and her support of racing. The competing horses have to jump thirteen fences and cover a distance of about 2 miles. Moscow Flyer and Sprinter Sacre are some of its most famous winners.

 
Steffen Peters Aces the Grand Prix Special in Week One of the 2020 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival
Written by CRM
Saturday, 11 January 2020 00:00

Wellington, FL – January 11, 2020 – USA Olympic team medallist Steffen Peters stamped his authority on the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by MTICA Farm, in the opening week of the 2020 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida. AGDF 2020 runs for 12 weeks, through March 29.

Peters and Four Winds Farm’s 18.2hh gelding Suppenkasper pulled off a fault-free performance and were rewarded with 76.149% — including a high score of 78.404% from the Colombian judge at H, Cesar Torrente. This is the horse’s first visit to AGDF and he and Peters will remain in Wellington until the CDI5* show in week seven (February 19-23).


Steffen Peters (USA) and the 18.2hh Suppenkasper win AGDF week one's Grand Prix Special, scoring over 76%.

California-based 55-year-old Peters said: “That was really fun. He has endless energy; he’s a dream. If any rider would get on this horse they would say that this is the ultimate feeling.”

 

Peters attributed his almost 6% improvement from the Grand Prix to an altered warm-up routine for the big-framed but light-footed Spielberg x Krack C 12-year-old: “He’s such a firecracker, like he was in the grand prix. My dream is always to keep the feeling from the warm-up into the ring, and that worked out perfectly today.

“I walked him this morning and then I worked him for half an hour at lunch time, then I put him away and let him completely settle down, then I did another 20 minutes before the test. That’s what I used to do with Legolas and maybe this might be the new recipe for ‘Mopsie’."

Peters has the World Cup Dressage Final in Las Vegas in mid-April and the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan in July in his crosshairs.

“Mopsie is sometimes a bit tricky in the arena, and we still have a huge hurdle to go with the freestyle, as it’s quite a different atmosphere and it's still a bit about desensitizing, but hopefully with one more good freestyle score, we will head to Vegas,” added Peters, who picked up nines for the extended canter, pirouettes and for his riding.

Steffen Peters in the prize-giving with Allyn Mann of Adequan®, and judge at C, Christof Umbach.
“Since Tryon, where he got extremely excited, he’s been getting better and better. I’m one of those extremely lucky guys who gets to ride a horse like that and I think there’s an 80% in there; so many times we’ve been close, but I rate him as my big hero, as my best friend. He’s one of those horses that can easily make you shed happy tears.”

Of the 15 starters, it was Great Britain’s Susan Pape who was once again the bridesmaid. She rode Harmony Sporthorses’ 11-year-old Zenon stallion Harmony’s Eclectisch to second place with a shade under 70% after mistakes in the one-time changes pulled their score down. The USA’s Anna Marek filled third with the charming bay mare Dee Clair. Diane Morrison’s 12-year-old Sir Sinclair daughter scored 68.851%.

Having finished second in the week’s earlier Prix St Georges CDI1*, Swedish rider Carline Darcourt went one better, riding Bon Coeur 1389 to a 71.882% victory in the competitive Intermediate I CDI1* class.

The sporty black eight-year-old is a well known breeding stallion in Europe, having already produced more than a dozen licensed sons. He is owned by Lövsta Stuteri who also own his sire, Benetton Dream. This is his first ever international show. The previous day’s winners, Susan Pape (GBR) and Bourani, had to settle for third place, with home rider Katie Johnson riding Paxton finishing second. All three scored over 70%.

Canada’s Ariana Chia once again topped the leaderboard at small tour, winning the Intermediate I CDI3* on Fiderflame with 69.5%. This marks their second win of the week, and Chia will be bidding to make it three out of three when she contests Sunday’s Intermediate I CDI3* freestyle class with the 10-year-old gelding by Fidertanz. 

In the FEI para classes, Roxanne Trunnell (USA) held her lead in the Grade I after scoring a career-high of 83.167%. Trunnell piloted Flintwood Farm LLC’s Dolton, an eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Danone I, to the overall champion award.

“It feels really good; we’re training a lot at home and it’s all coming together,” Trunnell commented, adding that it was Dolton’s first time competing under lights, resulting in a touch of tension.

Beatrice De Lavalette (USA) dominated the Grade II para division after receiving her highest score of the week. She earned 73.667% aboard Nicolas De Lavalette’s Duna, while Jason Surnoski (CAN) came a close second with 72% aboard his own Phoenix.

The Grade III para division saw Rebecca Hart top the leaderboard after scoring an impressive 72.644% on Rowan O’Riley’s Fortune 500, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

“It was really a good experience and I had a nice easy start to the season. The next qualifier is in week three, so we’re hoping to up our scores and represent really well,” concluded Hart, who has her eyes set on Tokyo 2020.

Lee Garrod of Canada improved her score again, scoring a 71.833% in the freestyle to win the Grade V para division on Question, a 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Quaterback.

Week one of the 12-week AGDF concludes on Sunday with the inaugural Lövsta Future Challenge Cup qualifier for developing grand prix horses. The series culminates in week 12 of the 2020 AGDF with a showcase class in the Stadium Arena. For more information and results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Results
Place, rider, nationality, horse, horse information: judge E%, judge H%, judge C%, judge M%, judge B%, final score

FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by MTICA Farm

E, Monique Peutz (NED); H, Anne Prain (FRA); C, Christof Umbach (LUX); M, William Warren (USA); B, Cesar Torrente (COL)

1. Steffen Peters (USA) on Suppenkasper, Four Winds Farm’s 12yo KWPN gelding by Spielberg: 74.681, 78.404, 77.021, 77.021, 73.617, 76.149

2. Susan Pape (GBR) on Harmony's Eclectisch, Harmony Sporthorses’ 11yo KWPN stallion by Zenon: 69.681, 69.149, 70, 70.851, 70, 69.936

3. Anna Marek (USA) on Dee Clair, Diane Morrison’s 12yo Danish Warmblood mare by Sir Sinclair: 68.298, 67.872, 71.064, 67.979, 69.043, 68.851

4. Martha Fernanda Del Valle Quirarte (MEX) on Beduino Lam, Juan Jose Del Valle Alvarado’s 14yo Lusitano stallion by Dardo II: 68.191, 67.766, 69.149, 68.617, 67.872, 68.319

5. Jill Irving (CAN) on Arthur, her own 15yo KWPN gelding by Jazz: 67.34, 68.83, 68.936, 66.277, 68.936, 68.064

6. Jacqueline Brooks (CAN) on Westwood 5, Stone Hill Equestrian Ltd.’s 13yo Hanoverian gelding by Wolkenstein II: 66.489, 66.915, 68.617, 67.979, 65.106, 67.021

7. Michael Klimke (GER) on Harmony’s Royal Dancer, Harmony Sporthorses’ 14yo Hanoverian gelding by Royal Blend: 64.489, 66.085, 64.383, 67.894, 65.872, 65.745

8. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén (SWE) on Etoine, Lövsta Stuteri’s 11yo KWPN gelding by Vivaldi: 66.383, 64.468, 66.915, 63.723, 65.319, 65.362

9. Joanne Vaughan (GEO) on Elmegardens Marquis, her own 21yo Danish Warmblood gelding by Michellino: 65, 63.936, 65.638, 64.894, 65.957, 65.085

10. Ryunosuke Kuroda (JPN) on Bellatre D.E.S., Ryunosuke Kuroda’s 12yo KWPN mare by Serano Gold: 64.574, 67.979, 70.532, 66.489, 66.915, 67.298

Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle. These images may only be used in relation to this press release and with credit.

About the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival:
The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) is one of the world's largest international and national dressage circuits featuring 7 FEI Dressage events, including a 5* and the only FEI Nations' Cup Series CDIO in North and South America. The AGDF offers more than $600,000 in prize money for the seven international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena and four outdoor arenas with world-class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area.

Alice Collins for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

 
Equiwinner Delivers Hope and Results
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 07 January 2020 00:00
Former headshaker, now national champion, moves up to compete internationally!
 
Champion barrel racer, Kim Picard of Drummondville, Quebec, didn’t expect too much from Tiger. The quarter horse she had bought almost a decade ago turned out to be a headshaker.
 
“I didn’t have very high hopes for him back then,” she recalls. Nevertheless, the then-teenaged cowgirl was determined to train him for the sport she has loved ever since, one that requires tremendous speed and agility.
 

Like so many other horse owners and trainers, Kim tried everything to cure his condition. “Nothing worked. Even the most renowned veterinary hospital in Quebec had nothing to suggest beyond what I’d already tried. I was ready to give up on him and my dreams.”
 
Fast forward to 2019, when Kim and Tiger became her hoped-for dream team, placing first in the International Professional Rodeo Association’s Cowgirl Barrel Racing Canadian standings and eighth internationally! This means they’ll be competing in the IFR50 (International Finals Rodeo) in Guthrie, Oklahoma January 17-19, 2020.
 
What happened to transform a headshaker into a national champion, an international competitor and Kim’s dream-maker?
 
“A friend of mine in Texas suggested that I try Equiwinner. I couldn’t fathom how putting a patch on Tiger could possibly help but I had tried everything else, so why not? I had nothing to lose.

“It turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Only seven days into the ten-day treatment, I saw an amazing improvement in Tiger. His headshaking had diminished by about 70 percent. His coat had returned to its original dark color and even now when I trailer and transport him long distances to compete, he arrives in great shape and ready to race!
 
“Equiwinner is no longer a novel nicety for Tiger and me – it’s an absolute necessity. I’m a firm believer in the product and a customer who is satisfied 200 percent! I recommend Equiwinner to all trainers and owners who want optimum health and peak performance from their horses. And who wouldn’t want that?”
 
Equiwinner is a non-transdermal patch that’s all about making the horse’s own electrolytes function the way Nature intended.  It’s safe, effective and easy to use. One single 10-day treatment can be effective for months, even up to one full year, when used as directed.
 
Equiwinner patches contain only natural balanced electrolytes. Nothing goes into the horse’s body – it simply recognizes the electrolytes in the patches and responds to them. There are no side effects and Equiwinner will never test positive in any competition, race, event or sport.
 
Since electrolytes are involved in every physiological process in the body, when you restore them to perfect health, several conditions disappear including bleeding, tying-up, anhidrosis and headshaking. Proper electrolyte activity will also keep horses hydrated and improve their general performance and health.
 
To learn more about electrolytes and their effect on horse health and performance, visit https://signal-health.com or call toll-free: 1- 877-378-4946.
 
About Signal-Health LLC: Signal-Health LLC is the North American distributor of EquiwinnerTM patches. The company is based in Mesa, Arizona, USA and in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Copyright ©2020 Signal-Health LLC. All rights reserved. Press release provided by AHP.
 
First Apple Nominated for United States International Horse of the Year and needs your vote to win!!!
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 24 December 2019 20:36

Help support the California native and only Dressage horse nominated for a USEF award by voting today!!!

Voting ends Jan. 2nd, 2020

December 23, 2019 - First Apple, the 2010 Dutch Warmblood stallion, has been nominated for USEF International Horse of the Year. With no other dressage athletes nominated, First Apple is the only dressage horse nominated for their achievements in 2019.

Rider Sarah Lockman, of Wildomar, California, and First Apple began their journey in the fall of 2018 when Gerry Ibanez, Lockman’s sponsor and supporter, purchased him from Carolyn Kooiman’s President Dressage Stables for Lockman to compete in the FEI levels. Lockman knew from just one lap around the ring that the possibilities were endless with this horse.


From a young age, Sarah Lockman had always envisioned herself as an equestrian champion, even as she rode her first horse, a 32-year-old, one-eyed pony. To achieve her equine aspirations, Lockman was willing to do whatever it took to make them happen. This included being homeschooled during her childhood to allow her time to work for trainers so she could pay for lessons without depending on others’ help. Lockman’s focus paid off and by 2016 she had one of the largest sales and training businesses on the west coast. In 2017, however, her barn burned to the ground in one of California’s wildfires, leaving Sarah’s business in shambles stretched between three different facilities in the Orange County area. Gerry Ibanez, who had been Sarah’s client for years ,with his Friesian gelding  Taling, (who Sarah trained from second level and is now at the FEI levels himself), decided to sponsor Lockman in her dreams of making the US Team.

With the unwavering support of her sponsor Gerry Ibanez, the Ibanez family and Lockman’s team, Sarah and First Apple made their international debut early this year at Small Tour in California. They had strong outings in CDI competition where they were undefeated and had nationwide high scores for their performances in the FEI Prix St. Georges, FEI Intermediate I, and FEI Intermediate I Freestyle. They later attended the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru representing the United States and won individual gold and team silver medals—with their personal high score of 78.980 percent in only their second international Freestyle together.

With the 2019 show season coming to a close, the pair rode to 10 consecutive wins, but just days after his birthday celebration and the send off of First Apple and Sarah to Florida, Gerry Ibanez passed away unexpectedly. Heartbroken, but forever grateful to Gerry, Lockman credits Ibanez for supporting her with unbelievable opportunities. His family will honor his dreams by continuing to support Lockman and First Appple as they continue to compete in the CDI’s in Wellington Florida this year and prepare for the Olympic trials.

Lockman and First Apple have defied all odds this year with their newly developed partnership and Sarah’s dedication to riding the stallion in Gerry’s memory. This remarkable stallion has been on an amazing journey with the Ibanez family and Lockman, and hopes to continue to represent the United States internationally.

The USEF Horse of the Year Winner will be decided based on online voting that is open now until January 2nd at midnight. Voting is open to both USEF and non USEF members here: https://www.usef.org/awards, Please note you must verify your vote with the email for it to be counted.

 
Hansen Dam Horse Park Hosts Ashlee Bond Clinic (Jan. 4-5, 2020)
Written by CRM
Thursday, 12 December 2019 19:52
LAKE VIEW TERRACE, Calif. – Grand prix show jumping rider Ashlee Bond is coming to Hansen Dam Horse Park for a jumping clinic on January 4-5, 2020. Ashlee brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the world of show jumping. Most recently, Ashlee helped the Israeli Equestrian Team qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

There are only a few spots still available in the clinic. Each group is limited to six riders and every rider will receive individualized attention from Ashlee. There will be four groups, ranging in height from .80m to 1.30m. See below for complete schedule.


The clinic will be held in the Hansen Dam Grand Prix Arena featuring geotextile footing and show quality jumps.  Spur Tech Spurs will be one of our sponsors and each rider will receive a pair of spur straps courtesy of Spur Tech. There will also be professional photography from Kristin Lee Photography. Auditing is free for spectators – come watch and learn. Lunch will be provided for clinic participants.

LEG Shows & Events is honored to welcome Ashlee and to host the second annual clinic at the beautiful Hansen Dam Horse Park. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information and to reserve your spot today.

Saturday and Sunday Schedule:
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.                   Group 1 (1.20 – 1.30m)
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.        Group 2 (1.20 – 1.30m)
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.                  Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.                     Group 3 (1.10 – 1.20m)
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.                     Group 4 (.80 – 1.00m)
 
Pricing:
 
Groups 1-3:  Two Days - $500 - One Day- $275
Group 4:  Two Days - $250 - One Day- $150
Weekend Stall: $40
Day Stall: $30
Shavings: $12 per bag
 
Press release provided by LEG Up News.
 
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