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For The Herd
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 03 July 2020 19:18

Haygain helps the horses who started our journeys.
    
June 24, 2020. Franklin, Tenn. Competition has resumed in much of the United States and schooling shows and clinics are cropping up on Canadian calendars. Yet, the school horses who likely put riders on their equestrian path in the first place are still hurting. Big time.

After two or three months of complete shut-down because of COVID-19 and now an only partial return to normal operations, lesson program owners are looking at scary balance sheets: same costs of feed and care, but nothing in the revenue column.


As a silver level corporate sponsor of Ontario Equestrian’s For The Herd campaign, Haygain is helping provide desperately needed funds toward feed and care of “schoolies” throughout the province.  “Haygain is all about helping horses,” notes Bee Richardson, the company’s VP of Marketing.  “We know how important lesson horses are as most people’s first introduction to our sport and we are happy to help.”

The idea started as a local Facebook-based endeavor and has grown considerably since Ontario Equestrian took it on in late April. The majority of the $175,000 raised so far has already been distributed to the over 100 lesson programs that have already applied for help.

The need is intense and ongoing, notes Brandon Hall, Ontario Equestrian’s Director of Marketing and Communications. “Everyone has been really set back.” The shutdown’s effect is exacerbated by the timing. “It happened just as horses needed vaccinations, dental work and de-worming and just before the year’s hay purchases need to be made.”

Summer camps are typically a riding school’s main profit source for the year, but that’s doubtful now. Evolving regulations issued by the Ontario Department of Public Health make it currently unclear whether horse camps will be permitted this season. Ontario Equestrian is working to have horses exempt from new regulations in which summer camps cannot include interactions with pets and animals. “It’s too vague to know if horses are included or not,” Brandon explains.

Help For the Long Haul

Haygain initially joined the school horse aid effort by donating an HG One Hay Steamer to a fundraising auction for the cause. That auction raised $24,000 and a second, larger silent auction is on the drawing board. In the meantime, a beautiful video is making the social media rounds. It depicts the Ontario equestrian community pulling together to help members in need. “We’re strong,” the voiceover assures. “Together, we’ll get through this. But not without a little help.”

Along with golf, equestrian was one of only two sports allowed to resume in Canada’s first phase of return to normal activity. Brandon is happy for all who can get back into the show ring, but he worries that “Now that everybody is getting their fix of riding, the problems that linger may be out of sight and out of mind. If you rode a lesson horse ever, or want the next person to be able to, this is the time to make a donation.”

Throughout the United States, policies limiting the number of participants in summer horse camps are the current norm: by 50% is typical.

Along with product and a much-needed cash donation to For The Herd in Ontario, Haygain is offering lesson barn operators throughout North America a 20% discount on any of its three hay steaming models.

High temperature hay steaming has many health benefits, but budget benefits may be steaming’s biggest asset right now. Horses rarely waste any of their hay after it’s been steamed. And the process makes even less-than-pristine hay appealing in taste and texture, while reducing up to 99% of the dust, fungi, mold, bacteria and allergens found in even top-quality hay. Getting those breathable irritants out of hay alleviates many respiratory issues, helping lower the cost of veterinary care. Steamed hay further helps reduce vet bills by protecting and improving digestion, hydration and overall well-being.
    
Give Or Get Help

For The Herd welcomes individual and corporate donations. For more information, visit www.fortheherd.ca. For more information about Haygain Hay Steaming, visit www.haygain.com. For riding schools interested in the 20% discount on steamers, please call 888-307-0855 for details. Haygain will offer this discount through the duration of COVID-19-related need.

 
Extreme Mustang Makeover California To Be Held Virtually
Written by CRM
Thursday, 25 June 2020 18:51
GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – The Extreme Mustang Makeover California, originally slated for August 7-8, will now be held as a virtual event.
 
To ensure the health and safety of trainers, owners and fans, and remain in compliance with COVID-19 reopening plans in California, the Mustang Heritage Foundation made the decision to transition to a virtual event.
 
Trainers will be able to pick up their eligible mustangs July 17-18 at Ridgecrest, California. However, show and auction dates are still being determined and will be released as soon as they become available.
 

“While this is a difficult time for everyone, we are focused on supporting our trainers and mustangs,” said executive director Alex Kappert. “This means adjusting plans to ensure we are still able to raise awareness for the 50,000 mustangs in holding and share our mission of helping bring mustangs home.”
 
The show will be produced as a virtual event for both adult and youth divisions and hosted on E-SHOWS, the new online horse showing platform developed by the American Paint Horse Association. Entries will be submitted as videos through E-SHOWS. MHF staff will be available to assist trainers in submitting their videos by the deadline.
 
With the event format change, the mustang auction will also be held online and hosted by Superior Livestock Auctions.
 
“We remain grateful to have online platforms that allow us to continue to host our events,” said Kappert.
 
The Extreme Mustang Makeover is produced by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse & Burro Program, to showcase the versatility and trainability of the American Mustang. The event is presented by Western Horseman and sponsored by RIDE TV, NRS Supply, Espana Silk, A Cut Above Buckles, Classic Equine, Martin Saddlery, Resistol, Yeti and Ram Rodeo Series.
 
To learn more and stay updated, visit www.extrememustangmakeover.com.
 
About the Mustang Heritage Foundation
 
The Mustang Heritage Foundation is dedicated to facilitating successful placements for America’s excess wild mustangs and burros through innovative programs, events and education. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.mustangheritagefoundation.org.  
 
About the Bureau of Land Management
 
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removes wild horses and burros from public lands to ensure a healthy balance of land and animals. Since 1971, the BLM has placed more than 250,000 wild horses and burros into good homes nationwide. Partnerships, like the Mustang Heritage Foundation, provide the BLM with additional opportunities to place animals into good homes. Interested applicants can attend BLM offsite adoption/sales event, visit a BLM Off-Range Corral, or participate in an Internet adoption/sales event to apply to take a wild horse or burro home! To learn more about the Wild Horse and Burro Program, please call 866-468-7826 or visit BLM.GOV/whb.
 
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield.

 
The Gallop: Be The Change
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Tuesday, 16 June 2020 05:04

Amidst much talk, actions speak loudly in the effort to bring inclusion and diversity to equestrian sports. 

by Kim F. Miller

“Be the change we seek in the world.”

This paraphrase of Mahatma Gandhi’s words is an emerging response from the equestrian world to racial injustices brought brutally to new light by George Floyd’s death on May 25. As protests denouncing excessive police force and promoting Black Lives Matter continued into June, equestrians stated their cases on social media and in person in demonstrations throughout the state.

Current events also prompt a look at actions underway for many years and those poised to bring exposure, diversity, inclusion and opportunity to equestrian sports going forward. They’re not enough on their own, but they illustrate the impact of horse people deciding to be the change they seek.


Brianna Noble and Dapper Dan at the Oakland rally. Photo: Beth LaBerge (https://www.bethlaberge.com). Brianna challenges all to post a picture of themselves on a horse, with raised fist, and post with the hashtags: #blacklivesmatter and #humblehorsemanship

Horse Power

 

The night before Bay Area horsewoman Brianna Noble vaulted to national fame, she saw the video of Floyd’s death at the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. It was the “exact same thing” that happened to Oscar Grant in 2009, she explained, referencing the first incident that prompted her to public activism.

The next day, Friday May 29, Brianna hauled her horse Dapper Dan to downtown Oakland and joined a demonstration. The sight of the beautiful, black 25-year-old and the 17.1-hand horse whose haunch bore a cardboard “Black Lives Matter” sign had an immediate and far-reaching impact. Images and interviews spun around the globe.

Showing up on horseback was intended to “give the media something positive,” she told the New York Times. “A good bright positive image to focus on, as opposed to some of the destruction.”
Early in the ensuing explosion of media interest, Brianna recognized the chance to “be the change I want to see in my community.” She began channeling the attention toward the Humble Project, her long-held dream of a program giving disadvantaged kids exposure to and opportunities with horses.

Members of the Compton Cowboys taking part in the June 7 Compton Peace Ride. Photo: Lindsey Long

“Horses can be life changing, but usually only for the rich,” she states. “I’m one woman on one horse and I made a difference. I want to use that to create a positive future for kids who are going to change the world -- for the next generation.”

Turning “problem” horses around to sell was Brianna’s initial method of supporting herself as an adult in the horse industry. More recently, she has focused on beginning lessons, trail horses and training as Mulatto Meadows in the Oakland area’s Briones. In early June, she launched The Humble Project and, as of June 15, had raised $38,000 of a hoped-for $100,000. “Exposing underprivileged and marginalized communities to the horse world” is its mission.

Grand prix jumping rider Mavis Spencer in the Compton Peace Ride. Photo: Lindsey Long

The Skin We’re In

Providing a safe and supportive environment is a big priority.  While costs keep many out of the sport, Brianna notes that “the color of the skin is a huge driving force in that as well.” Having now worked and, earlier, taken occasional lessons, at several stables, she says, “I’ve probably never had one barn in my life where my skin wasn’t a topic or something that caused something bad to happen.”

Experiences range from being stared at to “people complaining and not wanting you around.” Having a person ask “Why the palms of my hand are light?” and “reach out and try to pet me” are manifestations of the deep-rooted racism she’s encountered. The insensitivity of the recent touching incident is extra offensive in this time of COVID-19 social distancing.

Accomplished young FEI dressage competitor Genay Vaughn says she hasn’t personally experienced overt racism. Yet, “I have witnessed looks of surprise when others come to find that I am a rider and not a groom at competitions.

Victoria Faerber and gold medal show jumper Will Simpson coaching Riders United students.

“As a person of color, when you walk into the room, even if you walk in wearing the uniform that communicates that you’re there to compete, people will see you differently,” she continues. “This is even more so if you’re black and you’re really good, because you are defying expectations of what black people can do.” (For a fuller perspective from Genay, click here)

“Even talking about this issue,” can be a problem for an African American trying to make it in the horse world, Brianna adds. “It’s hard enough to make it as a trainer, then you lose people (clients) because everyone does not have the same belief as you do.”

Building a sense of community is a Humble Project priority. “We don’t have a support system and I want to create that for young riders coming up in the sport.” She hopes to broaden that within the larger equestrian community. She hopes that the many professionals who’ve offered support will do things like bring their students for shared lessons or to help Humble’s entry-level equestrians. “I think we will have better horsemen if we can learn something and teach something.”

Her native East Bay Area is in need of The Humble Project, says Brianna. She cites the Compton Jr. Posse and Detroit Horse Power as good examples of how valuable inner-city youth programs can be in building healthy futures for kids of color and from tough circumstances.
    

Nathan Allan Williams-Bonner competing at a Nilforushan Equisports Event show.

The Compton Jr. Posse

The Compton Jr. Posse was founded by Mayisha Akbar in 1988 to “keep kids on horses and off the streets.” Along with instruction on caring for and riding horses at the Posse’s Richland Farms base in Compton, Mayisha built friendships throughout the horse show industry. These connections helped create the exposure and opportunity that are considered critical to increasing diversity and inclusion in equestrian sports.

(Editor’s Note: When Mayisha retired at the end of 2018, the Posse was renamed Compton Junior Equestrian. It is affiliated with the Compton Cowboys, which includes many riders who started with the Posse. The Compton Cowboys were prominent in the June 7 Compton Peace Ride and social activism is part of their mission. When the Jr. Posse disbanded, its longtime riding director Virginia Faerber launched the non-profit Riders United to continue working with show-ready Posse students from her training bases in Calabasas.)

Olympic gold medal show jumper Will Simpson was a Jr. Posse clinician and resident BBQ master at fundraisers for years. Dale Harvey’s West Palms Events regularly provided show scholarships -- covering entry fees, stalls and lunches -- to the Posse’s show-ready riders and transported kids to the Del Mar International to watch the Grand Prix.

Dale eschews accolades. Instead, “It’s a good time to point out that there are people who give a shit about this issue” and to recognize the “difference between talking and doing. And, even between writing a check and doing. There are people really contributing and affecting change in a hands-on way.”

For the most part, the main goal of the Compton Jr. Posse, Horses In The Hood and similar programs is using horses to show students the wider world and its opportunities, to teach responsibility and to build confidence. Going onto an adulthood with horses is less important than going onto a healthy, purposeful life.

Nathan Allan Williams-Bonner is a Compton Jr. Posse graduate who is building a life with horses. At 12, his grandfather got him riding with the Jr. Posse. He now runs his own small hunter/jumper training program based at Special T Thoroughbreds in Temecula and works with Victoria Faerber in Riders United.

Compton Jr. Posse rider Zoie Brogdon competing at the Del Mar International. Photo: JXB Photography.

Intentional Naiveté?

Of current events as they apply to the horse world, Nathan says, “I do believe in inclusion and that all lives matter, including black lives, and I keep a very peaceful approach to it.” He acknowledges possibly “intentional naiveté” about prejudice in his profession. “I try not to let anything blind me or make me feel like I can’t do something,” he explains. He acknowledges a sense of “having to mind my Ps & Qs” more than others in his behaviors and action, real and perceived.

Now aged out of the West Palms Events show scholarships that helped him get to this level, Nathan aspires to having a sizeable training program and to jump in the Olympics. “I’ve been blessed to work with some great people,” he notes of coaches that currently include Grand Prix jumper Susie Hutchison.  

He also hopes to help riders with backgrounds similar to his own by working with Victoria Faerber and Riders United at its Temecula branch.

Victoria has broad ambitions for Riders United. Having grown up in the Thoroughbred racing industry, she foresees partnering retired racers with inner city kids as they become more advanced equestrians. She wants to include education, arts and performance to broaden Riders United’s benefits and reach. “My dream would be to have a performance art team that tells a story, like they do in Cavalia. Some kids would ride. Some would do music, others the art.”

Horses will always be the core. “Being involved with horses does amazing things. Even if they don’t compete, riders are empowered and they learn to love and be responsible.” Many of the horses are donated, often because they have some flaw. “So, they also really bond with the horses in ways that give these horses a sense of purpose.”

She’s grateful for the ongoing competition opportunities provided by West Palms Events and Nilforushan Equisport Events and reports future possibilities with the Langer Equestrian Group shows.
“Every show is like a year of riding lessons,” Victoria explains. “They get to perform, to overcome fears and to support each other. They can learn so much. I like our kids doing the A shows. They see the strict rules and a higher bar to reach for. They see that they have to ride correctly and do things right.”

Photo: Lindsey Long

Calls To Action

“We’ve got to stop all this snooty stuff,” asserts The Humble Project’s Brianna Noble when asked what equestrians of all colors can do to increase diversity and a sense of inclusion. It starts with ensuring that barns and shows are welcoming places, where saying “hello” to a stranger is a regular occurrence rather than a suspicious rarity.

Look out for a person “who is looking for an opportunity to work and make something of themselves,” she stresses. “Somebody has to see us. Maybe give a chance to the brown kid whose family can’t afford the lessons.” Unpaid working student positions that help some riders advance aren’t options for a self-supporting rider, she notes.

She’s grateful to Marlene Fultz of A Star-Lit Farms in San Joaquin County’s Ripon for giving her both an opportunity and a reality check. “I was 19 and working as a vet tech when she took me over to her barn and let me ride some horses. She saw how hard I worked and she sat me down and said, ‘Look, I know you have Olympic goals, but you have to come from money to do that.’”

Marlene encouraged a more realistic profession with horses, Brianna says. Retraining “project horses” to be good partners for trail or beginning riders seemed like a crazy idea, she admits. Yet, proceeds from doing that enabled her to make a living as an equestrian -- and to buy her first horse trailer. Brianna liked the emphasis on horsemanship and training, expertise that can help her fill what she sees as a void in many show-focused training programs. Dapper Dan, the horse on whom she rose to fist-raised fame in Oakland, is one of those project horses.
    

Photo: Lindsey Long

Reactions, Discussions, Opportunities

Show organizer Dale Harvey “observed a range of reactions” to his team’s efforts to bring Compton Jr. Posse riders into the show scene. “A lot of it is positive and there have been many touching, funny moments. And some comments that were not so nice. Like ‘Where would this go for any of these kids?’ I was blown away that somebody would say that. It was discouraging. But a lot of people in our community made a point of befriending these kids and making them feel welcome.”

FEI dressage rider and para dressage coach Shayna Simon says that her mulatto and Jewish heritage “has not been a huge issue for me” in the international dressage world. “I’ve been treated very fairly.” Yet she understands how it could be an uncomfortable arena to enter for all whose skin color sets them instantly apart from the sport’s predominately white participants.  “If somebody of color says it doesn’t bother them being in an all-white world, they’re lying.”

Shayna says the best outcome of current events is more frank conversations. “I think it’s giving black people the option to speak freely about what they are uncomfortable with and that it will free up their soul to get it off their chest.” Equally, the attention is “really good because a lot of people think (racism) doesn’t occur because they are not directly involved in it. Because of what is happening, it gives people the opportunity to ask, ‘How can I support you? What can I do?’”

Such conversations are a “necessary first step to taking action,” says fellow African American FEI dressage rider Genay Vaughn. “Equestrian sports should welcome conversations like these because we have an opportunity to distinguish ourselves in the sports world as a community that embraces diversity and provides opportunity to experience all that equine culture has to offer.”

The larger world offers ample examples of the benefits of embracing diversity and inclusion. “Our most profitable corporations and universities have recognized the value in enacting institutional change,” she notes. At the 2019 Sports Business Journal Conference, the benefits of diversity were promoted by executives in mainstream sports ranging from baseball to wrestling.

Dale Harvey says providing show scholarships and bringing Jr. Posse kids in to see the show isn’t good for his business’ bottom line. “Obviously, there’s not a financial return on that. But it’s not about the business. It’s about humanity. It’s about doing the right thing.”
   
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Essential Benefits Of Using CBD For Horses
Written by CRM
Friday, 12 June 2020 14:14

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive derivative of cannabis and related plants. It has been reported to have a lot of applications in human and animal health. This has caused a lot of hype around the substance.

Horses are some of the priority animals for which health solutions are being sought in CBD today. Horse products containing CBD are found in the form of capsules, oils, and tinctures.


 

The use of CBD can benefit horses in the following ways:

  1. Reduces Stress
Stress is a common condition in horses; it’ their natural response to danger. Stress occurs by the normal activity of the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. These two balance out the effects of stress.

There are instances of prolonged and chronic stresses in horses. Chronic stress could occur as a result of strenuous exercises, unfamiliar changes in the environment, bad weather, or some hormonal issue in your horse.

CBD combats chronic stress by improving hypothalamic activity, preventing oxidative damage in the body, aiding digestion, and restfulness in horses.

  1. Prevents Inflammation
Inflammations are the body's response to foreign agents entering the internal body system of horses. They are sometimes chronic and can be linked to other diseases in the body of your horse. The signs of inflammation are pain, redness, and swelling.

An example of inflammation in horses is laminitis. This is an inflammation that occurs in the soft tissue – the lamina – in the horse's hoof. It results in instability of the pedal bone, causing severe pain for a horse. It’s best if laminitis is not contracted by horses because it is a recurring condition.

Dealing with inflammation in horses is often tricky. This is why it is best that horse owners take a preventative approach. One such method is the use of CBD oil for horses, which is an anti-inflammatory drug.

The anti-inflammatory nature of CBD stems from its ability to:

      Induce apoptosis or cellular suicide and T-regulatory cells.

      Inhibition of cell proliferation as it occurs in affected body parts.

      Suppression of inflammatory cytokine production in horses.

  1. Reduces Joint Pain and Arthritis

Horses are very active animals. However, they sometimes develop pain around their joints, which is often linked to arthritis. Joint pain and arthritis limit your horse's mobility. Fortunately, CBD has been found to be very useful in the treatment of these ailments.

CBD, in its various forms, has proved over the years to work for all types of pain-related ailments in horses. It helps manage the pain and helps treat arthritis in horses, bringing about a boost in mobility over time.

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  1. Milder Side Effects
CBD is particularly good because it does not cause a high level of side effects, like other prescription medicines. Currently, there are few mild side effects of using CBD in horses. These include drowsiness, a decrease in blood pressures, and diarrhea.

Side effects are generally related to overdoses. Thus, it’s important that owners take note of the right dosage for their horse, which might vary from horse to horse. Visiting a vet will help you determine the right dosage or follow the CBD manufacturer’s recommendations.

  1. Produces A Healthier Coat
Horses suffer from a host of coat diseases, like mange and atopic dermatitis. These skin coat problems in horses are similar to those in dogs, which typically start with a small itch on specific body areas.

The immunosuppressive properties in CBD help in combating skin diseases on a very large scale.

  1. Boosts the Immune System
A high immune system in a horse is important. This helps prevent a host of diseases before they even surface.

CBD is one proven way to boost your horse's immune system. It has immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties. One of the diseases that are well under control with CBD is equine gastric ulcer syndrome.

  1. Prevents and Treats Cancers
The use of CBD in horses can prevent cancer cell growth. It is believed to have properties capable of killing off cancer cells. While most of these reports are speculative, they are worth a try.

CBD is also easy to use compared to other post-treatment cancer drugs. It has reduced side effects and boosts the immune system of horses.

Final Thoughts

Horses and other mammals suffer from similar conditions. Especially in humans, CBD has been proven to be very effective. It is useful in the treatment of chronic stress and anxiety.

It helps to fight against inflammation. Its anti-inflammatory properties help against laminitis, skin coat problems, and joint pain diseases. It prevents cancer growth and helps horses cope with post-treatment. They have milder side effects on the body. Ultimately, it boosts the immune system of horses to a large extent.
 
Genay Vaughn: Accomplished African American Equestrian Speaks Up
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 10 June 2020 18:55

Young dressage professional Genay Vaughn shares her perspective on Black Lives Matter and how it relates to equestrian sports and individual responsibilities and opportunities. Genay is the assistant trainer at her family’s Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center in the Sacramento area’s Elk Grove. USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are among her accomplishments.

 


Genay at a protest in Sacramento last weekend.

 

Q: In the overall Black Lives Matter movement, how important is diversity in equestrian sport? Why does it matter? How do the two connect?

I consider myself fortunate to be a member of the international community of dressage. I’ve heard criticism lately about how elitist equestrian sport is, because of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and racial injustices and prejudice in the United States. These conversations are happening all around the world right now, with 20 countries taking to the streets to show their support for black people. Equestrian sports should welcome conversations like these, because we have an opportunity to distinguish ourselves in the sports world as a community that embraces diversity and provides opportunity to experience all that equine culture has to offer. Equestrian sport is about the high-performance connection between humans and animals, and, like our horses, that connection knows no color.

Q: Compared to the general world, how much systemic racism have you experienced in the horse world?

In my experience, and I can only speak for myself, I have not personally experienced overt racism in my sport. However, we must acknowledge that racial bias is an unfortunate part of the history of equestrian sport.

For example, when horse racing saw its height in America at the end of the 19th century, 13 out of 15 of the top jockeys were African American. The ability to make a significant earning as a jockey led more white athletes to enter the sport. Around this time, at the dawn of the Jim Crow era, institutionalized racism crept into the world of horse racing. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled with the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision that segregation was legal. Due to that ruling, white jockeys during the 1900 racing season used intimidation tactics to keep black jockeys from competing. Even though the Supreme Court overturned the 1896 decision in 1954 with Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. did not see another black jockey in the top level of competitors until 2000.   

It is hard to discuss issues of race without discussing the intersection of race and class. As a biracial African American athlete, I was fortunate to be exposed to the sport and to have the opportunity to participate. Equestrian sport is expensive, by its very nature, and so it is inherently exclusive and predominantly accessible to those who can afford to participate. An athlete who doesn’t own a horse needs to have access to one, and to have the opportunity to be near a place where one can train, usually some place that has land.

Although I personally have not experienced overt racism, I have witnessed looks of surprise when others come to find that I am a rider and not a groom at competitions. In other similar sports, athletes at the height of their career have spoken publicly about more overt forms of racism. In tennis, black athletes such as Serena Williams have experienced mistreatment by fellow athletes, fans, and commentators for their race and have spoken about it in interviews. And such stories are commonplace in other exclusive sports. Lewis Hamilton has spoken about his disappointment that the Formula One community did not condemn racial inequality at a time when so many other sports organizations like the NFL and NASCAR have.

The truth is, as a person of color, when you walk into the room, even if you walk in wearing the uniform that communicates that you’re there to compete, people will see you differently. This is even more so if you’re black and you’re really good, because you are defying expectations of what black people can do. We are an affront to some people’s limited world view. Such a sentiment has no place in an international sport, where the goal should always be to respect one another, no matter our color, our culture, or what country we call home.

Q: What can equestrians of all colors do better?

I think it’s great we’re having these kinds of conversations, because it is a necessary first step to taking action. This is what BLM is all about. Dressage is an international community, and we have a particular interest in valuing social equity and fairness. Two words that come to mind are exposure and opportunity. Exposure means knowing what the sport is. Opportunity means having the chance to pursue the sport, something my family afforded me. In other words, if you never encounter the ocean, or pond, or pool, how would you ever learn how to swim? There are opportunities out there that provide exposure and equitable access to horse riding, but there could be more. Things like scholarships, after school programs, and equine-assisted therapy, are ways in which equestrian organizations have already worked to create a more inclusive community.
 
One premier example is the equestrian leader Lezlie Hiner, who founded the polo organization Work to Ride in 1994. Work to Ride exposes inner city kids of West Philadelphia to polo. These are kids who have never previously had the opportunity to ride a horse, let alone compete in polo. What’s even more incredible is that they have turned out stars, simply by providing the exposure and opportunity to learn and enjoy the sport.

The BLM movement is a call to action for individuals as well as organizations. It challenges us all to be better. Now is the time for the equestrian community to seize the opportunity to distinguish ourselves, by working harder to provide more exposure for those who would not otherwise be able to enjoy horses. Inclusion is an important value on its face, but if people are unclear why it is not only the right thing to do but also the smart thing to do, one need only look to the work of economist Scott E. Page, or all the moves Fortune 500 companies and educational institutions are making on this front. Our most profitable corporations and brightest universities have recognized the value in enacting institutional change. This is not just because of BLM, as research shows organizations perform better with a more diverse makeup. BLM is a catalyst to necessary progress.

The sky is really the limit for what we can do when we put our minds to it and commit to inclusion as a common value.

 
West Palms Show Updates
Written by CRM
Monday, 08 June 2020 18:42

Pending Shows: Woodside Horse & Pony Show, Silicon Valley Equestrian Festival 1 and 2, and Huntington Beach Surf, Sunshine, and Summer Classics

At West Palms Events we've been working hard to gain approval for upcoming horse shows, and wanted to provide you an update of where things stand today for shows on our calendar in July and August. We are anxiously awaiting more information from the relevant counties but are holding out hopes that the events below will go forward.


Horse Park at Woodside
As you know, we regretfully cancelled the Woodside Circuit Opener, the Bay Area Festival, and the Golden Gate Classic. However, we are excited to add a new show, the Woodside Horse & Pony Show, July 14-18, 2020. This show is pending approval and the prize list and entry blanks will be made available once approved. For more information, reach out to Adrienne at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Additionally, our Silicon Valley Equestrian Festival 1 and 2 are pending approval and entries for both weeks have been filling up fast.

To recap, these Horse Park at Woodside Shows are pending approval:

  • NEW Woodside Horse & Pony Show, July 14 - 18, USEF rating pending
  • Silicon Valley Equestrian Festival 1, August 19 - 23
  • Silicon Valley Equestrian Festival 2, August 26 - 30 including CPHA Medal Finals

Huntington Beach
Our 2020 calendar includes three weeks at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, and we are optimistic that we will gain approval for these shows. We should have confirmation this week and will announce as soon as we possibly can.

Huntington Beach Shows pending approval:

  • Huntington Beach Surf Classic, July 2 -4
  • Huntington Beach Sunshine Classic, July 8 - 11
  • Huntington Beach Summer Classic, August 6 - 9 including LAHJA Medal Finals


West Palms Events hopes all are staying safe! We are excited and hopeful we will see you at these upcoming events. We will keep providing you with as much information as we have. Until then, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

With gratitude,
Dale Harvey - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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USEA Recognition of Educational Activities to Resume After May 13
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 06 May 2020 19:08
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors held a conference call last week and voted to resume recognizing educational activities after May 13, 2020. All educational activities must follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as federal, state, and local guidelines.


Educational activities scheduled to be held after May 13 that will be eligible for USEA recognition include clinics, camps, and cross-country schooling. All other activities applying for USEA recognition will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis until further notice.

If the educational activity is able to be legally held, then the USEA strongly recommends the organizer follow the US Equestrian (USEF) guidelines for safely hosting an educational activity or event. The USEF has indicated that those guidelines will be released as a USEF Action Plan later this week, and in the interim, we recommend that organizers view the USEF Webinar: Planning for a Safe Return to Competition which is available here.

The USEA is continuing to mirror the USEF’s suspension for recognizing competitions – the current suspension period lasts until May 31, 2020. The USEA will announce as soon as possible if recognition of events can resume after May 31.

“With all of us staying at home for the last few months, we felt that educational activities are very important to knock some of the dust off in anticipation of the potential June 1, 2020 start-up to competitions,” explained USEA President Max Corcoran. “Attending an education activity is a really good way to ensure that horses and riders are fit enough and still have the skills to safely start competing again. The Board hopes that everyone takes great care in resuming competing and we look forward to seeing you all out there soon. Stay well, stay safe, and keep those hands washed!”

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COVID-19 Updates from USEA

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HMI June Classic and Junior Hunter Finals Updates!
Written by CRM
Saturday, 02 May 2020 18:07

Dear Exhibitors,

As of May 1, we are very hopeful that we will have our HMI June Classic, June 10th – 14th. Entries close May 19, 2020.
 
Entries sent in will not be pre-charged for any fees and checks will not be deposited until the start of the show.
 
Entries for the HMI June Classic, USEF Junior Hunter National Championship-West and the Gladstone Cup Equitation Classic are available on showgroundslive/headlands, Equestrian Connect, Sonoma Horse Park and Headlands Management websites.
 


New qualifying criteria for the USEF Junior Hunter National Championship-West
 
A maximum of 200 horses will be accepted to compete, however USEF reserves the right to adjust this number to ensure fair and consistent point qualification standards and a safe competition environment. The number of entries accepted per section will be determined based  on the current qualified numbers and past years’ entries.
 
Entries for the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships will be accepted based on the following:
 
Katie Kotler and Splendid, Junior Hunter Finals 2019 © Alden Corrigan Media

3’3” Junior Hunter:
Spaces will be first filled with horses that qualified by winning a Championship or Reserve Championship in a “A”, “AA”, “B” or “C” rated Junior Hunter 3’3” section between June 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020, OR being in the top-10 of the USHJA Junior Hunter 3’3” Zone standings sections for competitions with a start date from December 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020. Horses that are champions in their respective sections at the previous year’s USEF Junior Hunter National Championships may return without qualifying.
 
If there are still open spaces, additional horses not otherwise qualified may be eligible to compete in the national championship based on National Horse of the Year (HOTY) points in their respective sections. These horses shall be accepted based on the National HOTY points earned by horses in their top 15 competitions starting on or after June 1, 2019, through competitions starting on or before May 31, 2020. Points from both the younger and older Junior Hunter 3’3” sections shall be counted.
 
3’6” Junior Hunter:
Spaces will be first filled with horses that qualified by winning a Championship or Reserve Championship in a “A”, “AA”, “B” or “C” rated Junior Hunter 3’6” section between June 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020, OR being in the top-10 of the USHJA Junior Hunter 3’6” Zone standings sections for competitions with a start date from December 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020. Horses that are champions in their respective sections at the previous year’s USEF Junior Hunter National Championships may return without qualifying.
 
If there are still open spaces, additional horses not otherwise qualified may be eligible to compete in the national championship based on National Horse of the Year (HOTY) points in their respective sections. These horses shall be accepted based on the National HOTY points earned by horses in their top 15 competitions starting on or after June 1, 2019, through competitions starting on or before May 31, 2020. Points from both the younger and older Junior Hunter 3’6” sections shall be counted.
 
ENTRY RESTRICTIONS
Each junior exhibitor may show one large and one small entry on both coasts.
 
JUNIOR HUNTER ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE CLOSE OF ENTRIES, JUNE 23, 2020.
LATE ENTRIES WILL BE PLACED ON A WAIT LIST IN THE ORDER THEY ARE RECEIVED.

We thank you for your patience and support during these difficult times.

 

Stay safe and give your horse a hug,
 
Best,
The Sonoma Horse Park Management Team
 
Horse Show Entries
Sally Hudson
831.594.1719
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VIP, Concessions, Sponsors
Sarah Appel
415.359.5455
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Press release provided by Sonoma Horse Park.

 
GGT Footing™ Continues to Support Equestrians and Horse Shows During the Pandemic Season
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 April 2020 16:25

GGT-Footing has always been a strong supporter of equestrian athletes and facilities. Recently we have added a couple new locations and events that we want to share.

 
Along with our partner John Anderson from Rocky Mountain Horse Show in Canada, we now have partnered with Angelstone Tournaments – in Ontario. This is the tenth anniversary for the Angelstone Shows.
 
We have a large presence in Canada…Spruce Meadows, Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, Wesley Clover arenas, Bromont and many more.
 
We are continuing to sponsor the wonderful shows that West Palms Event Management in California produces.
 

We are still supporting our original first Horse Show Facility the Fieldstone Show park in Massachusetts. All arenas at Fieldstone are GGT -Footing.
 
We are a major sponsor at The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival in Traverse City, Michigan. All arenas are GGT Footing. Silver Oak jumper tournament has been a long-standing sponsored client of GGT Footing. Now they have moved their event to Great Lakes location in Traverse City.
 
GGT Footing continues to support athletes in all disciplines.
 
We are excited about our new partnership with Jordan Chase and Olivia Loiacono-Putrino at their new facility in San Marcos California.
 
GGT-Footing was contacted by Hillary Ridland from Blenheim, California to see if we would support her event, “The No Show in California.“ Event info and contact shown here: This unique event was inspired by the need for ways to educate young horses and riders who we consider to be the future of the sport. The No Show replicates the best show standards, minus the weighty costs and fees. The courses are designed by USA Chef, Robert Ridland. In keeping with our relaxed and non-competitive spirit our motto is “No Winners, No Losers, No Problem.”  There are NO rules! If a horse needs 3 or 4 attempts at a scary obstacle, then 3 or 4 is what you get. Each round is only $30, and a rider can enter as many times as they like over beautifully crafted courses ranging in height from .70m-1.30m. for jumpers and 2’ -3’6” for hunters. To make the experience even more enjoyable we provide complimentary breakfast and lunch as well as entertainment with live music.  For further information, feel free to contact Hillary Ridland at 949-633-4040 or Kimberly Alexander 619-823-8234.
 
We are excited about a couple very well-known Olympians who are getting their new location prepared!
 
Stay tuned for more info. Sign up to receive our newsletter! https://www.ggtfooting.com/
 
GGT Footing textiles have been used worldwide in Arena recipes for over 23 years. Kentucky Horse Park including the World Equestrian Games at Kentucky and Tryon, Winter Equestrian Festival, Tryon International, Omaha International including the World Cup Finals, Menlo Charity Horse Show, LA Masters, Old Salem Farm, Saratoga at Skidmore, and many more!

Press release provided by AHP.

 
Del Mar Horse Park Is Ready for West Palms Events
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 June 2020 23:45

West Palms Welcome Back 1 at Del Mar Confirmed for USEF A Rating
Del Mar Horse Park In Incredible Condition and Ready to Jump

West Palms Events management set up shop at Del Mar Horse Park today to prepare for our upcoming shows, and we wanted to share with you our thoughts!

First, the Del Mar Horse Park looks AMAZING. The facility is pristine. The grass Grand Prix field is incredible; it has not been ridden on all year. The footing in the hunter rings is also excellent. The stabling area is clean and ready for your horses to move in!


What jumper dreams are made of. Photo by our very own Adrienne!

Hunters, we're ready for you too! Photo by Adrienne.

Second, despite the short notice, we received our "A" license from USEF for next week, West Palms Welcome Back 1. In total, we are excited to host four weeks of shows this summer at Del Mar Horse Park:

    West Palms Welcome Back 1, July 8 - 12, USEF (A) CONFIRMED
    West Palms Welcome Back 2, July 16 - 19, USEF (B) pending
    Del Mar Summer Classic, August 5 - 9, USEF (A) pending
    Del Mar Fall Festival, September 2 - 6, USEF (A) pending

How pretty is this? Photo by aspiring wildlife photographer Dale Harvey.

West Palms Events CEO Dale Harvey is mostly known for his Laguna Beach Instagram photos, but is branching out into flora and fauna!

Prize lists and entry blanks for these shows available at www.westpalmsevents.com. Close of entries for West Palms Welcome Back 1 and 2 is tomorrow, Wednesday July 1. But please email Adrienne at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you need more time. At West Palms Events we pride ourselves on customer service, and that is especially true during these incredible times. We want to work with you; please send us your concerns, questions, and thoughts!

Press release provided by West Palms Event Management.

 
Iconic Scripps’ Equestrian Estate Just Sold
Written by CRM
Thursday, 18 June 2020 03:40

Realtor Cathy Gilchrist-Colmar Reins in Another Sale

Resort-style living and ranch life blend beautifully in the elite Southern California community of Rancho Santa Fe. No home represents this better than the iconic Scripps’ equestrian estate just sold with the help of Realtor Cathy Gilchrist-Colmar. The extraordinary 12-acre property, centering around the custom-designed home, 6-stall barn, and verdant pastures, embodies the spirit of the community, which despite its rural ambiance lies only a short drive to the beach in San Diego County.


A brilliant culmination of superior workmanship and unrivaled quality, the 12,417 sf home at the heart of the estate offers a spacious floor plan designed with separate wings for family, guests and staff. The timeless classic, where philanthropists Bill and Kathy Scripps raised their family, was freshly modernized to highlight the exquisite architecture and seamless indoor-outdoor living. Integrating the perfect balance of fun and relaxation, the home extends effortlessly from the lower level media and recreation room to the outdoor entertaining area featuring a disappearing edge pool with spa and waterslide, a cabana with bar, kitchen and sauna, and a tennis court. Many friends and neighbors have shared their fond memories of the idyllic, tropical setting, citing it as the perfect backdrop for gatherings.



Real estate agent Gilchrist-Colmar, an avid equestrian, confides that her favorite part of the one-of-a-kind property is its state-of-the art barn. The luxurious stables boast both beauty and practicality. The spacious in-and-out stalls are equipped with auto-fill troughs and electronic meters, while the building’s interior is finished with glossy mahogany-hued wood, clerestory windows, and classic light fixtures. The barn’s exterior matches the craftsman-style of the main home with its apache stonework set against the dark wood, complementing the natural setting of the gorgeous award-winning landscaping. Lift-and-slide doors off an authentic Old West-style saloon and kitchen open to a covered patio with fireplace and barbecue overlooking the beach volleyball court - the ultimate place to wind down after training in the property’s riding ring or hacking the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant’s trail system. The area’s beautiful rolling topography with 68 acres of open space and more than 50 miles of groomed equestrian and hiking trails has long drawn equestrians and notable personalities to the unique getaway.

A love of riding horses brought Gilchrist-Colmar to Rancho Santa Fe 28 years ago. Combining her equestrian and real estate expertise, she quickly became one of the best Realtors in the area. Recognized by Real Estate Executive Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Real Estate Agents,” she has over 30 years of experience in all phases of the industry. In 2019, The Cathy

Gilchrist-Colmar Team was involved in over $64 million in sales from the ranch to the coast throughout the northern part of San Diego County.

 

For more information, contact:
Cathy Gilchrist-Colmar, DRE #00517562
Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, DRE #01767484
858.775.6511
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www.RanchCoastRealty.com

 
Best Horse Racing events in the UK
Written by CRM
Saturday, 13 June 2020 16:01

You do not need to be a seasoned bettor to attend a horse racing event in the UK. In fact, you do not even have to be a fan of horse racing. This is because these events feature so much more than just horse racing. You can enjoy the good food or the festive environment, or just go for the William Hill Ascot offers and greatly spice up the sporting experience.


1- Grand National

 

The Grand National has a long and prosperous history. It is the most valuable jump race in Europe, and a huge number of people tune in to watch this race every year in April. For jockeys and trainers, it is one of the most challenging races as they are required to jump 30 fences and cover a distance of about 4 miles and 2½ furlongs.

This racing event brings together some of the finest racehorses to compete for the highest racing honors. Red Rum is the most famous racehorse in the history of the Grand National who claimed this race for three times.

Every year, a huge number of people visit Aintree Racecourse to experience the thrill and excitement of horse racing. If you are planning to do the same next year, it is always advisable to book the places early.

2- Cheltenham Festival

Almost every horse racing fan in the UK is familiar with the name Cheltenham Festival. This popular event offers some of the best races in Britain. Every year, over 260,000 people turn to the Prestbury Park to attend this event. You will not find a better festive environment than at the Cheltenham Racecourse in March every year.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is its most prestigious race while other races like the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Stayers’ Hurdle are also very popular in the United Kingdom.

3- Royal Ascot

You cannot remain unimpressed after witnessing the brilliance and magnificence of the Royal Ascot. You will love this event both for its racing and all the fun activities it offers. The Royalty and all the big celebrities also come to attend this race.

The Royal Ascot has the distinction of being one of the oldest events in the world. The Ascot Racecourse was established in 1711 by Queen Anne who also started a race called Her Majesty’s Plate.  
4- Epsom Derby

Epsom Derby, also known as the Derby, is run at Epsom Downs Racecourse every year in June. It has the distinction of being the richest horse race of Britain.

This racing event offers everything from huge prizes to good music to countless bars. It also has a large worldwide television audience.

 
Trailering Tips
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 11 June 2020 21:25

Hit the road with respiratory health on board.

by Kim F. Miller

The horse world is cautiously getting back on the road as competitions re-emerge on June calendars. Productive horse people likely spent some of the pandemic doing horse trailer maintenance: checking breaks, tires, interiors, hitches and electrical connections.

Those critical aspects of safe equine transport tend to get a lot of attention. Horse’s respiratory health merits equal consideration because it can be badly compromised during trailering.

 


Competition itself has enough variables, notes Virginia-based two-time World Equestrian Games eventer Lynn Symansky. “They really increase when you combine those variables with respiratory issues horses can pick up while travelling. Especially when you are traveling with multiple horses in the trailer. You already have dust from shavings and bedding, plus whatever is coming in through the open windows. When each horse grabs and pulls hay from their hay net, it can be worse.”

 

Hay is mostly a good thing for traveling horses. Having something to munch on keeps them occupied, which helps reduce general travel stress. Chewing and digesting food keeps stomach acids at bay, lowering the risk of ulcers that often accompany that stress.     

From a respiratory health standpoint, however, hay can be harmful in the trailer or van. That’s because even hay that has good nutrient quality and looks clean can be loaded with inhalable irritants. Dust, mold spores, bacteria and other allergens are not limited to hay that looks and smells bad. These are the main triggers of conditions on the Equine Asthma Spectrum that affect a surprisingly high percent of the equine population.

Photo: Shelley Paulson

When these microscopic bits lodge in the airways, an inflammatory response to foreign objects kicks in. This can restrict the upper airway and impede the transfer of oxygen from the lungs into the bloodstream. That’s never good for the horse’s welfare or performance, and it’s especially bad when heading to a show.

Before hitting the road, Lynn’s crew steams their horses’ hay in a Haygain Hay Steamer. The high-temperature steaming process rids hay of up to 99% of the dust, mold, bacteria and allergens found in all hay. Putting clean hay in the trailer is especially important because the hay sits right in the horse’s breathing zone for the duration of the trip.
    
Heads Up: Not Healthy

Eating hay from an elevated position is already problematic, notes Kentucky-based veterinarian and dressage rider Dr. Wren Burnley, DVM. Eating from the ground is nature’s design for allowing the horse to clear inhaled material from its airways. They can’t do that in the trailer.

Opening vents and windows is important for ventilation during travel, although that can also disperse breathable bits further within the trailer. (Use a fly mask or other protective gear to guard the horse’s eye and face from anything that might fly in the window, Dr. Burnley notes.)  Stopping for rest breaks every four hours is the conventional wisdom for long trips. If a safe place can be found to unload the horses, letting them drink or graze with their heads lowered will help them clear their airways.

Castle Larchfield Purdy, the 2016 Olympic eventer, always travels with steamed hay, says Andrea Bushlow, who works with his rider Lauren Billys. That’s true whether they are making a relatively short trip for routine veterinary check-ups or the long haul from California to Rebecca Farms in Montana.

In the early preparation for making a second Olympic appearance, “Purdy” was diagnosed with a mild case of Inflammatory Airway Disease. This surprisingly common condition on the Equine Asthma Spectrum intensified eventing’s already rigorous physical challenges and slowed his respiratory recovery rate. Since the diagnosis, steamed hay has helped Purdy return to top form -- so much so that he is qualified for the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics. “He always travels with steamed hay,” Andrea notes.

In this time of heightened awareness about airborne respiratory risks, Haygain Steamed Hay offers the assurance of greatly reduced respiratory risks for travelling horses.

For more information on Haygain Hay Steamers and Haygain’s ComfortStall Sealed Orthopedic Flooring, visit www.haygain.us.

 
Announcing our Exciting New ONLINE Professional Saddle Fit Evaluation Program!
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:34

Schleese has been fortunate that even during these past few months during this global pandemic we have been deemed an ‘essential’ company in Canada – being a manufacturer, dealing with pet health and animal welfare issues. We have had a visit from the Ministry of Health and were lauded for our exemplary measures and protocols to keep both our valued employees and our valuable clients safe.
 


 

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Although several of our staff opted to be temporarily laid off, we managed to continue working at almost full capacity with an engaged skeleton crew. Much of the time was spent strategizing on how the business model would change in the coming months and years – given that COVID-19 was expected to move from the pandemic to an endemic and become a constant part of our lives going forward. We are not alone in re-evaluating how our company would continue to survive and grow in the future, how we could stay in business, and how we could have a full contingent come back to work and continue to service our clients safely. Although travel has been restricted, we spent the last couple of months working on webinars, livestreams, and podcasts on a regular weekly basis; collaborating with industry influencers such as RaleighLink14 (check out her youtube videos!), and developing our own new instructional videos to continue to increase our followers and markets worldwide.
 
We have developed a new, more interactive and consumer-friendly website, which is scheduled to go live by July 1. In the interest of maintaining the new reality of social distancing guidelines (as well as reducing our carbon footprint!) we welcome you to Schleese's state of the art ONLINE SADDLE FITTING SERVICE! This service is unlike any found in the equine industry and best of all its FREE.  One of our Certified Saddle Fit Experts can work riders long-distance to assist with purchasing a new or used saddle, refit an existing Schleese saddle or assess the fit of a non-Schleese brand saddle.

Through this step-by-step online process, riders will find out exactly what they and their horse need. Riders are taken through a step by step guide on how to take complete measurements of themselves and their horse(s). This information is then submitted online for our Certified Saddle Fit Expert to review. They will then work with the rider on a solution on how to improve the comfort, fit and performance for both horse(s) and rider.
 
The online process allows for a fast resolution without having to attend or wait for an On-site Professional  evaluation scheduled near you – which means faster solutions to fit issues without the wait times, without having to possibly trailer in somewhere, and basically from the comfort of your own home! Of course, Schleese will still offer its renowned on-site 80 point diagnostic evaluation as before – but this will allow us to work with many more riders much more quickly, and with the same professional advice from our highly trained saddle ergonomists.  Check out the program by watching the video at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj9O2eMhZ_U&feature=youtu.be
 
Remember to stay home, stay safe, and use our hashtag #LetsRideItOutTogether with a posted picture on our Instagram and FaceBook pages to help spread the word and keep things positive in our equine community and family!

 
USHJA Launches Feed Aid Initiative
Written by CRM
Monday, 18 May 2020 19:10
USHJA Will Match up to $300,000 in Aid for Members in Financial Need to Help Ensure the Welfare of Equine Partners

Lexington, Ky.—May 18, 2020—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association has launched a new initiative, USHJA Feed Aid, to provide aid in purchasing feed for lesson horses as short-term relief for the businesses in the hunter/jumper community who provide lessons to non-boarders and may be suffering financially due to the impact of COVID-19. Through partnership with various national and regional feed companies, USHJA members may receive relief through discounted and fully supplemented feed purchases.


“We are pleased to offer this financial relief initiative to our members,” said Mary Babick, USHJA president. “We are committed to the well being of our equine partners and supporting our members during this unprecedented time. Our horses are the light in this pandemic, and we hope this initiative will bring much needed relief to those in need and encourage fellow equestrians to support our community during this difficult time.”

To receive aid, members must apply by June 1. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Feed vouchers will be made available to qualifying applicants as quickly as possible.

Individuals can also donate to help fellow equestrians in need due to financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The USHJA, through its Foundation, will match donations up to $300,000.

The USHJA thanks Buckeye Nutrition, Cavalor, Legends, Nutrena and ProElite for their partnership and support of this initiative. If you are interested in participating as a feed provider, please contact Whitney Allen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information about the initiative and how you can help, visit www.ushja.org/foundation/FeedAid.

 
Show Schedule Update from West Palms Events
Written by CRM
Monday, 04 May 2020 17:38
The United States Equestrian Federation has extended its suspension of USEF competitions through May 31, 2020, in keeping with CDC recommendations to address the ongoing COVID-19 situation. West Palms Events intends to adhere to all appropriate USEF and government guidelines, and as such we are regretfully cancelling the following shows:
  • Sacramento Memorial Day Classic, May 21 - 24, Rancho Murieta, CA
  • Sacramento Spring Classic, May 27 - 31, Rancho Murieta, CA


We plan to kick off our season with 3 weeks at the beautiful Horse Park at Woodside: the Woodside Circuit Opener June 17 - 21 the Bay Area Festival June 24 - 28, and the Golden Gate Classic July 1 - 3.

Additionally, we will be holding 3 weeks of shows at Huntington Beach! The Huntington Beach Surf Classic is July 2 -4, the Huntington Beach Sunshine Classic is July 8 - 11, and the Huntington Beach Summer Classic is August 6 - 9. You can find the full revised schedule at www.westpalmsevents.com.

West Palms Events management has been working with local and state authorities to ensure that proper measures are in place to protect our exhibitors once we return to showing. Your safety has always been our first priority.

We encourage you to send in entries so we can get an accurate count for planning purposes. But no deposits will be processed until we have been given the green light by appropriate local officials as well as USEF.
 
We are still looking forward to a great show season, despite the challenges we are facing.  Until we see you again, please stay safe and feel free to reach out to us with questions or concerns.
 
Sincerely,
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Top Horse Jockeys of All Time
Written by CRM
Thursday, 30 April 2020 17:51

No other sports can come even close to the excitement and thrill of horse racing. It is popular in many countries of the world and has a huge fan following. You can find many racing enthusiasts spicing up their sporting experience with horse-bettors.com, which is a great site to double the enjoyment and fun.


1- Bill Shoemaker

 

Bill Shoemaker is undoubtedly one of the greatest horse jockeys of all time. He claimed his first victory as a jockey in 1949 when he was only 18 years old. Before retiring in 1990, he won an incredible 8,882 races, which included victories at the Belmont Stakes (five times), Kentucky Derby (four times), and the Preakness Stakes (two times).

Though he couldn’t win the American Triple Crown, the great jockey did manage to garner several racing awards, including the United States Champion Jockey by earnings 10 times and by wins five times. After retirement as a jockey, he returned to horse racing as a trainer and achieved modest success in that field too.

2- Laffit Pincay

Laffit Pincay Jr. carved out a big name for himself in the horse racing world. He won many prestigious races during his long career that spanned five decades. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1975.

Pincay rode the famous American racehorse Sham who was the main rival of Secretariat, the 1973 American Triple Crown winner. He also rode Swale who won him the 1984 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. In total, he claimed the Belmont Stakes three times and also won the 1986 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

3- Lester Piggott

Lester Piggott is considered as one of the greatest flat racing jockeys of all time. He was marked for greatness from the very beginning of his career with his first Epsom Derby victory coming at the age of 18. The great jockey claimed eight more Epsom Derby victories on eight different horses from 1957-1983.

Due to his height, he was nicknamed “The Long Fellow.” He won the 2000 Guineas five times, Epsom Oaks six times, St Leger Stakes eight times, and the 1000 Guineas two times. He started a new style of race-riding that was widely copied by a great many jockeys.

4- Eddie Arcaro

Eddie Arcaro was one of the most successful jockeys of all time. He held the distinction of being the only rider in history to win the American Triple Crown twice. He won the Kentucky Derby five times, the Preakness Stakes six times, and the Belmont Stakes six times as well.

His success story is all the more amazing because he grew up in an impoverished background. The great jockey was inducted into the United States Racing Hall of Fame in 1958.

 
New Equitopia Course Featuring Dr. Gerd Heuschmann Illuminates the Path Towards Developing Horses Into Happy Athletes
Written by CRM
Thursday, 23 April 2020 19:47

Equitopia’s highly anticipated new course is now available online.

"The Basics of Classical Dressage: Achieving Balance through Rhythm, Suppleness & Contact" provides the tools needed to understand the components of relaxed horses in true self carriage.
 
This course was developed with Gerd Heuschmann, world renowned veterinarian and master rider. Heuschmann is the acclaimed author of "Tug of War: Classical vs. Modern Dressage," "Collection or Contortion," "Balancing Act," and in 2009 produced the DVD that shook the horse industry, "If Horses Could Speak."
 


“I want a happy athlete” said Dr. Heuschmann, “I want a horse who loves me and looks forward to me as a person and wants to be ridden by me.”
 
Based on a lifetime of study and experience integrating compassionate training techniques for the physical and mental welfare of horses, Dr. Heuschmann examines the basics of classical riding. Focusing on the first three steps of the training scale — rhythm, suppleness and contact — Heuschmann goes through each step in detail to explain how to produce a happy horse in balance.
 
Grand Prix rider and trainer, Alexis Martin-Vegue, sums up the importance of the course, “I'd like to assume that all riders began their journey because of a passion, a love for horses. For the joy of being near them, watching and feeling their innate athletic elegance. To ride as one, to have a deep partnership with their horse the most attractive goal. But what I see in competition and in training often looks like a huge departure from that. Instead I see frustrated riders attempting to make grace out of a tense horse, without the right tools to do it. Dr. Heuschmann has dedicated a lifetime of study to help rider's implement the classical methods that create a supple, happy athlete, a harmonious partnership.”
 
This course gives an overview of the history of classical riding and the philosophies behind its evolution. By the end of the course participants will have "trained their eyes" to recognize the characteristics of truly balanced and happy horses, and be able to identify the features of a tense horse in false collection.  
 
"The Basics of Classical Dressage: Achieving Balance through Rhythm, Suppleness & Contact" will be of high value to amateurs and trainers who feel that they have done all of the right things — foot balance, saddle fit and rider posture — yet still feel some resistance or question whether their horse is truly lifted in the back, and light and elastic in contact.
 
Watch the trailer:  https://youtu.be/p3yPMEZsadI
 
For more information and to sign up for this course, click here:
https://www.equitopiacenter.com/shop/the-basics-of-classical-riding-achieving-balance-through-rhythm-suppleness-contact/

 
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