posted August 19, 2014

Equine Lung and Respiratory Health

Dr. Eleanor Kellon, Staff Veterinary Specialist for Uckele Health & Nutrition

"No lung, no horse" is every bit as true as "No foot, no horse." As with subtle lameness, even minor decreases in lung function can have major impacts on performance. The lung is both remarkably simple and remarkably sophisticated.

You know how you feel when you have a cold or flu. The horse is no different. Rest and hydration are the cornerstones of therapy for all species. Sick horses will rest of their own accord. Where rest becomes an issue is in the return to work. Resuming work before inflammation has quieted down is dangerous for the throat and lungs. Wait at least a week after all symptoms have cleared with minor respiratory infections (Herpes) and a bare minimum of two weeks with influenza.

Equine flu virus can get into the heart muscle, making it prone to arrhythmias. "Rest" does not necessarily mean stall confinement. These horses do not need the added stress of increased lung irritants in barn air.

If weather is warm and grass turnout is available, use it. Grass is very
high in natural antioxidants and vitamin C. It's also the most palatable of all equine feeds. Even if the best you can do is hand graze a few times a day, it's worth it. If the horse must be stalled and/or it's not grazing season, make sure that ventilation is a priority. Cold is not your enemy. Stagnant air with high concentrations of respiratory irritants is. You don't have to put the horse in a direct draft, but make sure air is freely circulating. You can always blanket the horse if it's cold. How active the horse is on turnout
is a good general indicator of how recovery is proceeding. The horse wants to feel better, and will show you when he/she does.

Hydration can be tricky because horses with sore throats don't want to eat or drink much, but they really need to in order to keep mucus flowing easily. Texture and moisture content of the manure and wetness of the stall, are also good indicators of hydration.

Salt water is an excellent way to reduce edema and soreness in the throat. We can't make the horse gargle with salt water, but we can periodically squirt it into the back of the throat. In addition to relieving swelling and pain, the salt will help drive the horse to drink.

One of the best ways to get fluid into the horse and also combat the problem of poor appetite most of them have is to serve wet and highly palatable meals. If the horse is eating and drinking poorly, beet pulp should always be incorporated into meals because nothing can compare with the ability of beet pulp to hold water.

Sense of smell and taste are poor with respiratory infections so you really need to ramp up the aroma factor. Alfalfa and wheat bran are the heavy hitters here. You can do the math to make the meals mineral balanced, but we're talking about a short term situation here so go with whatever makes the horse eat. Use enough psyllium, flax, slippery elm or marshmallow (or any mixture you like) in the meals to give them a bit of a slimy texture. Horses don't mind this and it helps protect the throat.

Anti-inflammatories are best avoided unless the horse is really miserable and not eating, or has shaking chills. Fever makes the horse's body an inhospitable place for viruses. Devil's Claw in solution can be syringed in and works well. I routinely use double or triple doses for high fevers, or you can dose hourly until control is achieved. Risk of gastric irritation is significantly lower with DC than with NSAIDs.

Nutritional approaches can control symptoms and even influence the path of the immune system:

Careful attention to trace mineral balances and adequate magnesium for anti-inflammatory and bronchodilating effects.
Spirulina platensis is a blue-green algae that has been extensively studied by the World Health Organization as a supplemental "super food". The properties of Spirulina are not shared by other blue-green algae. Spirulina is an antioxidant; it prevents histamine release and is a potent regulator in the immune system. It suppresses levels of the allergy mediator, IgE, while enhancing production of IgA, the immunoglobin that protects mucosal linings from infection.
MSM is a derivative of DMSO, whose lung support properties have recently been documented by formal study.
Flaxseed meal is a rich source of the omega-3 essential fatty acid, linolenic acid.
Jiaogulan is a Chinese herb. It supports healthy histamine levels, supports lung health and a healthy immune response.

posted August 19, 2014

Managing Sweet Itch

Dr. Eleanor Kellon, Staff Veterinary Specialist for Uckele Health & Nutrition

Sweet itch is the common name used to describe an allergic reaction to the bite of the midge Culicoides. These tiny terrors don't look any more threatening than fruit flies but for horses allergic to the saliva in their bites they start an agonizing cycle of itching, rubbing, hair loss and skin breakdown.

The primary area affected is the tail base and hindquarters. They may also rub their mane. If mane rubbing is seen, especially without hindquarter involvement, be sure to also check for ticks. Some horses also rub and break down along their lower belly. This area can be irritated, as well, by migrating larvae of the neck threadworm, Onchocerca.

To tell these two conditions apart, look for circular areas of hair loss along the neck, face and front end with Onchocerca. Irritation in the hind end is Culicoides. Some horses have both conditions along their belly. To tell for sure, your veterinarian can do a skin scraping to look for larvae under the microscope.

If you have ever had a small animal with a flea allergy you know that even the bite of one flea can set off a severe and extensive reaction. The best illustration of how difficult it is to control sweet itch is the huge array of recommended treatments, none of which is 100% effective. As is always the case, prevention is the best cure, but this is far easier said than done.

Blankets and rugs are available made with materials that prevent the midges from biting, but do not overheat the horse. They cover the body, neck, tail and flap across the belly. They are effective but can't 100% prevent all bites. Cost is $100+.

Regular fly sprays do not work in repelling Culicoides midges. More effective are highly aromatic herbs like the mints, wormwood, citronella, chickweed and eucalyptus. Because the midges are so small, physical skin barriers also work. These include vaseline and heavy creams/salves. The only drawback is they need to be applied regularly enough to maintain the barrier. If you do this, they can work very well.

Because there are no effective chemicals, herbal repellants are more than just an alternative approach – they are preferred. When choosing a formulation, in addition to the repellant herbs listed above, also look for ingredients that soothe the skin, have antihistamine effect and help healing. These include aloe vera, calendula, comfrey, yarrow and mullein.

As mentioned, avoiding exposure is definitely the cornerstone of control. There are also some measures you can take to help control the reaction from the inside out.

Research has documented that feeding high levels of omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the reaction to the midges. Flax or a combination of flax and fish oil at 1 lb per day is the goal. There are also some common deficiencies of minerals/vitamins that will exacerbate inflammatory and allergic reactions. These include magnesium, zinc and copper, as well as selenium and vitamin E. Look for a supplement with minimal or no iron and manganese, with 5 to 10 grams of magnesium, 300+ mg of copper and 700+ mg of zinc per serving.

There's nothing easy about the battle with sweet itch. However, if you approach it on multiple levels it can be controlled. As an added bonus, if you can minimize exposure and control the reaction, some horses actually lose their extreme sensitivity, probably by a mechanism similar to that of desensitizing allergy shots.

posted August 7, 2014

The Arabian Reining Breeders Classic makes its Debut at the NRHA High Roller Reining Classic, September 13 - 20, in Las Vegas, Nevada

by Christy Egan

The debut of the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic during the NRHA High Roller Reining Classic show this September is a game changing moment for the Arabian Reining horse and perhaps, for the Arabian show horse as well. The High Roller Reining Classic is currently ranked the number 4 leading event in the NRHA after only five, short years in existence. This year the High Roller Reining Classic will offer cash payouts of more than a half million dollars. The 2014 show runs eight days, from September 13 to 20, at the South Point Event and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

   The “Big Show” includes the NRHA Approved $77,000 added ARBC Futurities for Arabians and Half-Arabians slated to run midway through the show on Wednesday, September 17. Competition for Arabian and Half-Arabian horses at the show also includes a full complement of classes, beginning with Youth reining and Short Stirrup Saturday and Sunday, September 13 - 14. Non-Pro competition is scheduled for Monday and Thursday, the 15th and 18th.   

   Format for the ARBC is patterned after the highly successful, extremely popular NRBC, with stallion and foal enrollments, soon to be followed by a Stallion Service Auction. Though heavily encouraged through the offering of incentives, it will take a few years for the ARBC to achieve full enrollment, expected around 2018. Meanwhile, horsemen entering horses will do so based on class and judges’ fees alone. There will be NO nomination fees for horses showing in the ARBC Futurities up until 2018. This year’s ARBC classes boast prize money, NRHA Approved $77,000 Added in the Arabian and Half-Arabian Open and Non-Pro 4 & 5-Year-Old Futurities. 

   “The addition of Arabian and Half-Arabian classes to the High Roller Reining Classic is a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved,” says Amanda Brumley, the show’s co-creator and managing director. “There’s a great deal to attract the Arabian reining horse breeder and owner.  There are the obvious things: the great exposure, prize money and promotion for the Arabian reining horse, but there are so many other ways the Arabian performance folks can benefit as well. Quarter horse owners are anxious to meet the Arabian exhibitors. They are interested in breeding their own Half-Arabian horses and participating. They want information on available embryos, young stock and breeding horses for sale. Want to be a part of it? There’s free stallion, show horse, sale horse, mare embryo, and farm and ranch real estate classified advertising available on the ARBC website. There are show program, vendor and sponsorship opportunities and arena banner placements available at the High Roller Reining Classic. Or simply come to the show and get acquainted with Quarter horse owners, breeders and trainers. They appear to be very interested in meeting the Arabian performance horse owners and breeders.”  

   Reining competition (NRHA) is probably the most energized and fastest growing show horse division in the entire American equine industry. Its competition is dominated by the Quarter horse, but any breed of horse can compete in open reining. Astute Arabian breeders and historians know that when bred for a particular sport the Arabian horse can be very competitive and vie with the best horses of many breeds for high honors. The combination of impressive prize money and visibility at the top levels of this sport has created an extraordinary opportunity for the Arabian and Half-Arabian horse. Here is an unprecedented chance to capture the imagination and attention of an entirely new group of potential owners in the NRHA community. And, for those who do not already know, reining is the only Western equestrian event approved by the FEI and on track to be included in 2020, alongside Dressage and Three-Day, as an event at the Olympics.

   In addition to its over-the-top prize money and non-stop, action-packed schedule of events, the High Roller Reining Classic show added an auction to the mix this year, the West Coast Breeders Select Sale, scheduled for Saturday, September 20th. The event is designed to offer elite, pre-screened yearling performance bred horses and proven broodmares in foal for sale at public auction. This new performance horse sale has multiple levels of incentives for consigners, buyers, stallion owners and those who purchase stallion services. The WCBSS is designed to offer prize money to owners, breeders, trainers and riders of horses sold through the sale and brought back to compete at the High Roller Reining Classic. This sale will be open to Arabian and Half-Arabian performance yearlings within the next few years. To find additional information see:  

   One of the nicest amenities offered by the High Roller Reining Classic show is the venue where the show is held. Opened in December of 2005, the South Point Hotel and Casino consists of a 25 story hotel tower and a 90,000 square foot convention center located on a 60 acre site along Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas, Nevada. Along with the High Roller Reining Classic, the South Point Event and Equestrian Center hosts multiple equestrian events annually, including big league Cutting, a wide variety of breed shows, livestock auctions and numerous rodeos. The massive facility has beautiful swimming pools, an exercise club, its own bowling alley, a movie theatre, well over half-dozen restaurants suitable for every conceivable taste, and a fabulous Spa and Salon.

   Amanda Brumley, Brumley Management, LLC, who created the High Roller Reining Classic along with Pat Warren, NRHA Leading Owner in 2011 and 2012, called the South Point Event Center a place where “… We have everything under one, climate controlled roof and all the fun that Las Vegas has to offer!” She also noted that South Point and Las Vegas were the perfect venue to help the High Roller Reining Classic management take the sport of reining to the next level.  For information about rooms, amenities and reservations call (702) 796-7111 Hotel Main, (866) 791-7626 Reservations, (702) 797-8030 Spa and Salon. Or go on line at

The Arabian Reining Breeders Classic Stallion and Foal Enrollments

ARBC Stallion and foal enrollments begin this year, 2014. By 2018, all horses competing in the ARBC must be enrolled in the program, as that is when the ARBC program money kicks in with 70% of all stallion and foal enrollments being allocated as prize money. Currently, ARBC stallion nominations are evenly divided between purebred Arabian and Quarter Horse stallions.

Stallion owners who enroll their stallions this year will have their offspring eligible for enrollment this fall. The foal owner doesn’t have to enroll until the foal is actually born and there is a generous time frame allowed throughout the weanling year. Once enrolled, a foal stays eligible, whether or not his sire continues to be involved. Foal owners pay a $250 enrollment fee per foal by September 15th of the weanling year, or $350 by December 31st.  Late enrollments can be made. See enrollment terms for details. Only enrolled foals are allowed to compete as four and five-year-olds in the ARBC beginning in 2018.

Stallion owners pay an initial nomination fee, then an annual enrollment fee due on February 1st of each year. Stallion owners also assist in the promotion of the ARBC by informing mare owners about the ARBC, using its logo in their advertising, distributing ARBC information to mare owners and mailing ARBC nomination forms to the owners of each live foal at the time they provide a Breeders Certificate. Stallions are promoted by the ARBC through the web site, national and international advertising, press releases, brochures and materials distributed at major events, as well as in the annual ARBC Stallion Registry.

The Arabian Reining Breeders Classic (ARBC) Youth Scholarship Program

As part of its on-going commitment to youth and to its community, the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic (ARBC) has made available an annual Youth Scholarship program to assist young people in furthering their education and in fostering their future career success. The ARBC is offering $30,000 in scholarships for youth at two ARBC approved events: the High Roller Reining Classic, Las Vegas, NV September 13-20, 2014 and the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Scottsdale, AZ, February 12-22, 2015.

Scholarship determination is based on financial need, academic achievement, writing and communication skills, community service, ARBC involvement and references.

These scholarships are not limited to a state college or university. Trade Schools, technical schools, internships and online education opportunities are included. The scholarship funds can be designated toward tuition, housing, meals and school supplies, i.e. computers, books.

Scholarships are offered to both Arabian and Half-Arabian Reining youth and are categorized as follows:

Category 1: Ages 14-18

$7,500.00 total offered

1st   $5,000.00

2nd  $2,500.00

Category 2: Ages 11-13

$5,000.00 total offered

1st   $3,000.00

2nd  $2,000.00

Category 3: Short Stirrup - Ages 10 & Under

$2,500.00 total offered

1st   $1,500.00

2nd  $1,000.00

To obtain more complete details go to

The Arabian Reining Breeders Classic (ARBC) High Point Awards

In order to greatly encourage Arabian and Half-Arabian participation at BOTH the Scottsdale All-Arabian Show in February and the High Roller Classic in September, the ARBC will be hosting a fabulous High Point Party presentation at the 2015 Scottsdale All-Arabian Show. The ARBC High Point is offering $40,000 in prize money to the Trainer, Breeder, Amateur and Sire of the top two placing winners, based on prize money won in the futurities at these two shows. Competition to be included will be the 2014 Scottsdale Show Arabian and Half-Arabian Reining Futurities and the 2014 High Roller Reining Classic Arabian and Half-Arabian Reining Futurities.

Categories: Trainer, Breeder, Amateur and Sire

$40,000 total offered ($10,000 per category)

1st   $6,000.00

2nd  $4,000.00

Arabian and Quarter horse trainers advocate for the ARBC Reining Futurities and more Arabian and Half-Arabian owner involvement

Arabian and Quarter horse trainer Brian Welman is a big advocate of the new ARBC Futurity “I bred a Quarter Horse mare to the Arabian stallion TA Mozart this year,” he admits. “I’m investing in the Futurity. The trick is to get it going, market the horses and develop more futurities. If we want this to work, we all have to pitch in and find sponsors and get involved. Everyone has to be invested in this!”

Tyson Randle, also a trainer for Arabian and Quarter horse working western horses, agrees. “I honestly don’t have a single purebred or half-Arabian horse that is not a Futurity horse,” says Tyson. “Futurity classes create a ton of excitement and incentive. In the Quarter horses the futurity classes are strictly for three-year-olds. It’s a difficult task to have a new one ready to go every year. There are 15 to 20 futurities in the NRHA all over the country annually and I do two or three. They’ve done a great job and those futurities keep the stud fees higher and the breeding numbers up. The biggest issue with any futurity is the horse power. There’s not a lot of stock to choose from right now and it’s hard to find the right horse. Arabian breeders need more futurities and more horses.”

Quarter Horse Judge, Richard Pokluda and NRHA Trainer, Andrea Fappani

Express Respect and Admiration for the Arabian Reining Horse

   It doesn’t take long for good horsemen to recognize the appeal, quality and athletic ability of the Arabian and Half-Arabian reining horse. Respected NRHA judge, Richard Pokluda had the opportunity to judge Arabian and Half-Arabian reiners for the first time at the 2014 Scottsdale All-Arabian Show last February at West World in Scottsdale, Arizona and he readily admits that he wasn’t expecting much.

   “It’s true. I wasn’t looking for a lot from these horses,” says Pokluda. “It was a surprise to me. The quality was outstanding among the Arabians and Half-Arabians I judged … especially the top six horses. It’s the first time I ever judged Arabian reining horses, and coming in I just did not think they would stop as well as a Quarter Horse. The top three made 73’s and 74’s … and that was legit. They turned just as big, circled as good and stopped as good. They really looked the part!”

   “I enjoyed it,” Pokluda announces with a smile. “I had a lot of fun. The top trainers showing … Crystal McNutt, Tyson Randall and Andrea Fappani do a great job and add finesse and detail. It helps the whole picture.”  

    “The people were really nice and obviously have fun with it,” Richard adds. “The Arabian people are breeding better mares and better horses. They’re training them better. They’ve got the right idea with the Scottsdale Futurities and the new ARBC that’s coming up at the High Roller Reining Classic in Las Vegas in September. The NRHA people will see it. More guys like me will start to get involved. They say that ‘money is the root of all evil’ but the truth is … money is important. You put up $30,000 and you get the attention of better trainers. And now that I’ve seen them, I think I would like riding an Arabian.”

   Andrea Fappani is an NRHA Futurity Champion, NRBC Classic Open Champion, a consistent aged event finalist and an NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider. He was first attracted to the Arabian reiner because he lived in Scottsdale and he noticed the Scottsdale All-Arabian Show Reining Futurity.

“I saw that there was good money and that it was just like the other NRHA Futurities,” says Fappani. “If an Arabian horse is talented, he is just like any other talented, athletic horse. Some AQHA trainers look down on the Arabian horse but the truth is that a good horse is a good horse. I rode an Arabian horse for Crystal McNutt and one of her customers at the Scottsdale Arabian Reining Futurities last February and did well. I will take a big string of Quarter horses to the High Roller Reining Classic in September and at least one Arabian horse, possibly three, for the ARBC.  The Arabians are not so different from other reining breeds. They are perhaps more easily distracted but quicker to learn. I like a lot of personality in my horses. I like horses that are different. You have to think about what you are doing with an Arabian. They are very sensitive and their feelings are easily hurt. They won’t be bullied into working. They are challenging and they take a bit longer to mature, but I like them.”                                   

   On Fappani’s recommendation, Silver Spurs has bred 2011 NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion Reiner, Spook Off Sparks to the Arabian stallion and top reiner, What It Takes for a 2015 foal, underscoring Fappani’s interest in the half-Arabian horse and its reining future.  Fappani was the first European ever to win the NRHA Futurity and the first to win it on a Paint Horse. Perhaps it’s a harbinger and he’ll be the first person to win an NRHA Futurity on an Arabian one of these days as well.

posted July 8, 2014

Pacific Sporthorse Selection includes eventers and more education in 2014!

September 6th & 7th marks the return of the Pacific Sporthorse Selection to the Christiane Noelting Dressage Center in Vacaville, CA. This will be the third year that the innovative sport horse auction, fundraiser, and educational event is held.

This year, the collection of elite dressage horses and hunter/jumpers will be joined by several quality event prospects. The group includes recently started young horses as well as proven competition horses. Many of the horses have been imported from Europe especially for the auction.
"Our vision is to provide a much needed venue for buyers looking for excellent horses to see an entire collection of suitable candidates" says Christian Hartung, president of Sporthorse-Online, LLC, organizer of the Pacific Sporthorse Selection (PSS) Auction. All of the horses have a vet-check and x-rays available for prospective buyers and their veterinarians to review.

The PSS is modeled after the European Auction tradition where breeders of top quality horses compete to have their best horses selected by discriminating experts for presentation at prestigious auctions. Buyers know that these auctions will present a large selection of quality prospects to choose from. For example, 8 auctions are held each year in Hanover, Germany where more than 1000 sport horses, foals, broodmares, and stallions are sold!

"Buyers no longer have to travel around the West Coast or to Europe to find their future partner. We are bringing the horses to one place for buyers to try." says Christian. The pre-vetting further simplifies the process for buyers who are often faced with disappointment when a prospect they have chosen does not pass the vet check.

A new addition to the weekend's activities in 2014 is the "PSS University," a 2 day series of educational talks on equine related topics. Co-hosted by the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Dressage Society, lectures and demos range from equine acupuncture to pilates for riders. "The talks we offered in past years were so well received, that we elected to expand them this year into a full continuing education weekend" says Ellie Johnson, one of the organizers of the PSS.

There is no admission fee to attend the weekend's lectures. Instead, organizers suggest a $10 donation to support the young rider program, CDS Club 100.

The Pacific Sporthorse Selection hosts a fundraiser for breast cancer as well. Fundraising for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) will take place during the Gala evening held on September 6th along with wine tasting and lively entertainment (tickets are required.) Exciting items that will be auctioned off for charity include a breeding to the world famous stallion "Sir Donnerhall," a new Schleese saddle, and some beautiful artwork.

"We have worked hard to make the PSS an event that gives back to the community" says Ellie. "To date the event has raised over $11,500 in donations to BCRF and CDS Club 100 and we are really proud of that!"
Auction horses are available to watch and try beginning on August 23rd through September 6th. Descriptions, photos and video clips of all the horses are also being posted online in mid August.

Excitement is building as the team prepares for what they hope will be even more successful than last year. More information and tickets to the Gala may be found online at

posted June 5, 2014

Koop Clean Chicken Bedding powered by Sweet PDZ

Sweet PDZ is pleased to announce the introduction of Koop Clean Poultry Bedding powered by Sweet PDZ. It is a product collaboration between Lucerne Farms and Sweet PDZ, and will be sold under the Lucerne Farms name and be added to their group of premium forage and mulch product offerings.

This unique bedding product blends short chopped hay and straw, with Sweet PDZ to make a truly all-natural and complete chicken bedding.

Rich James, Lucerne Farm's President, explains that before going to market the product was tested with many backyard chicken enthusiasts where "the real magic in our product was found to be in our specially formulated short chopped hay/straw blend working in concert with a fantastic deodorizer component in Sweet PDZ. Our two products blended together is simply a real natural fit." They reported Koop Clean to have, both, greater absorbency, and superior odor control than traditional shavings and other products. Additional benefits they observed was the fact that the coop cleanout was made easier because of the short cut blend, and "spent" bedding and waste provided exceptional nutrient benefit for gardens and compost because Sweet PDZ allows for greater nutrient retention and release.

Tom Menner, from Sweet PDZ, acknowledged "we have been looking for the right partner for this product concept for some time as we observed the ground swell of backyard chicken enthusiasts around the country. More and more of our Sweet PDZ customers were telling us how great Sweet PDZ worked in their coops and brooders, that we knew with the right bedding combination we would deliver a real winner. We learned that our friends at Lucerne Farms were thinking along the same line as us, and so now we'll bring it to chicken lovers coast to coast."

Lucerne Farms is a producer of high quality forage and mulch products. Sweet PDZ is the #1 horse stall deodorizer on the market. Both companies are family owned and operated businesses and have been selling superior products for thirty years. Koop Clean Poultry Bedding will be available at retailers nationwide. For more information or to locate a retailer near you please visit, or contact Lucerne Farms at 800-723-4923. You can learn more about Sweet PDZ products at,

posted May 28, 2014

Valenti Equestrian Club Evacuates Horses with Aid of RSF Fire Dept. During San Diego Wildfire Disaster

report courtesy of Valenti Equestrian Club

Valenti Equestrian Club evacuates horses to Del Mar Fairgrounds during recent San Diego wildfires.” Courtesy photo.

The Valenti Equestrian Club (VEC) came to the aid of thoroughbred horses stabled at the equestrian center in Rancho Santa Fe owned by Irene Valenti during the San Diego wildfire emergency last week. Staff members of Valenti International and management of the VEC successfully evacuated 43 horses to stalls at the Del Mar Fairgrounds after an email/social media appeal went out to all horse owners, and within minutes an outpouring of support helped secure enough trailers to complete the equine evacuation.

Facilitated by a social media campaign launched by Steve Valenti, the horse evacuation took place within a short window of a few hours. VEC owner Irene Valenti remarked, “Valenti Equestrian Club staff were alerted immediately of the rapidly advancing fire danger from the Bernardo Fire and rose to the occasion regarding immanent threat to the horses. The Del Mar Fairgrounds management was extremely accommodating and reserved space for our horses on very short notice. VEC Staff members and volunteers quickly mobilized to prepare the facilities for the horses and ensured they were comfortable in their new surroundings…it was truly a team effort.”

The VEC-boarded horses and facility sustained the fire without damage and welcomes new boarders. Irene Valenti recalls, “The community was amazing; they dropped what they were doing and offered to help, so much so that I was inundated with phone calls. I’m particularly grateful to the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department who coordinated the deployment of local helicopters amongst nine fires raging to douse flames in the area and ensure there were no injuries. Flashbacks of the 2007 fires came to our minds and our concern for these horses was foremost. Assistance offered by complete strangers demonstrates love towards animals and the desire to help others. It began as a terrifying situation that thankfully resulted in a happy ending.”

Irene Valenti, the owner of the Valenti Equestrian Club (, is universally acknowledged as the preeminent relationship expert for discriminating professionals. Founded 22 years ago, the company continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of cosmopolitan single men and women. “Matchmaking in the European Tradition” is the organization’s constitution and demonstrates an ongoing commitment to supporting the community through the Valenti Foundation. For additional information call 858-759-9239 or visit

posted April 30, 2014

posted April 30, 2014

15th Annual Expo Horse Sale Returns to the Western States Horse Expo®, Sunday, June 15, 2014

report courtesy of AHP

David Hammond Auctions will present the 15th Annual Expo Horse Sale at the nation's ultimate equine exposition, the Western States Horse Expo, on Sunday, June 15. The Western States Horse Expo takes place Friday through Sunday, June 13-15 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento 95815. Throughout the weekend, 40,000 horsemen will come together and immerse themselves in everything imaginable for the horse enthusiast.

"We are expecting over 100 horses to be entered into the Horse Sale this year, which will consist of well broke riding horses in English or Western," said David Hammond, Horse Sale promoter. "Since 1985, we have worked hard to offer something for everyone, from show horses to gentle trail riding veterans."

These consignment sale horses will range from trail, ranch, cutting, to cow rope and reining. A select group of ranch and cow horse bred yearlings and broodmares are expected, along with ponies and draft horses. Early entries this year include a five-year-old Sorrel gelding, courtesy of Bob Adolf of Grass Valley, four ranch and rope geldings courtesy of KD Performance Horses, Ballard Utah, and more.

Starting Friday, June 13, potential buyers will have the opportunity to view the sale horses and talk in person to the owners at the Horse Sale Barn. On Horse Sale day, Sunday, June 15, the formal preview/demos will be 9:00 a.m., with cattle available for use during the demos. The Horse Sale will start at 12 NOON.

On May 15, the sale horses will be available to view online, including videos when available, photos and pedigrees at For questions about the sale, call 916-801-9465.

Now in its 16th year, Western States Horse Expo offers something for every level of horse enthusiast. Several returning events will include the Magnificent Seven and The Ultimate Super Horse Challenge. Other popular returning attractions will include Horse Expo University, Young Rider Park, Draft Horses,Breed Revelation, Trail Symposium, Book Corral and Great American Truck Display will be larger than ever.

The Expo offers a world-class education program which will feature top equine clinicians from all different disciplines including reining, dressage (classical and western), three-day event, hunter/jumpers, barrel racing and driving. Experts in trail riding, saddle fitting, body clipping, equine management, horse anatomy and starting a colt will offer invaluable tips. The Up Close and Personal sessions will offer attendees special question and answer sessions with some of their favorite clinicians in a comfortable, informal environment.

Over 400 exhibits will offer the latest products and services for the horse and ranch from riding apparel, tack, nutrition, horse supplies and trailers to art, jewelry, arts and crafts and more.

Adult admission tickets are $18 per day or $45 for the full weekend. Tickets for children 13 years and under are $5 per day and children under six are admitted free. Magnificent 7 admission tickets are $10. Show hours are 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily. For complete information on Western States Horse Expoticketing, exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities call (800) 352-2411 or visit

For more information on the Western States Horse Expo ticketing, exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities call (800) 352-2411 or visit

Event is produced by Horse Expo Events. Sponsors include: RAM, Farnam, Platinum Performance, Kruse Perfection, Triple Crown, Nutrena, Pyranha, West Coast Equine Foundation and Larry Viegas Insurance, Inc. Media sponsors include Western Horseman, Horseman's News, and Young Rider Magazine.