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IT’S TIME….SPRUCE MEADOWS JOINS WITH AACHEN, GENEVA AND ROLEX

April 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

(GOTHENBURG, Sweden): Spruce Meadows announced today that it will join with two other iconic venues in the sport and create the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Using the occasion of the FEI Rolex World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, representatives from the 3 world-leading venues joined with Rolex to announce and unveil the exciting new concept for international show jumping.

 

The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping continues a decades-long tradition of Rolex to associate itself with some the world’s most iconic sporting venues and events; these include the likes of Wimbledon, Augusta, the Open Championship, Formula One and now Spruce Meadows and the Rolex Grand Slam.

 Tribute to Hickstead at the Spruce Meadows Masters. (Spruce Meadows Media Services)

“Spruce Meadows is honoured and excited to have this opportunity,” said Spruce Meadows President, Linda Southern Heathcott from the announcement in Sweden. “Our association with Rolex spans more than 2 decades and now to be able to work with such storied venues as CHIO Aachen and CHI Geneva in creating the Rolex Grand Slam introduces an exciting and unique concept to our sport.”

 

“This has been a fantastic exercise in innovation and cooperation, while also respecting the histories and traditions of each of our events.”

 

The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping will commence in 2013 with the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ hosting the second leg in September. The Rolex Grand Slam consists of the long established Grand Prix events at each of the three tournaments. Any rider who wins multiple events during the cycle is eligible for significant bonus money in addition to the championship purses being offered at each of the individual Grand Prix events.

 

For further information related to the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping please see the attached or visit www.rolexgrandslam.com.

 

WELLS FARGO STAGECOACH TO BE EXHIBITED AT DEVON

April 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

DEVON, Pa.—The Wells Fargo Stagecoach will be exhibited at the Devon Horse Show on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 30 through June 1.

 

Wells Fargo is the official presenting sponsor of the annual event to be held May 23 to June 2, 2013 at the show grounds in Devon.

 

Wells Fargo will also serve as the title sponsor of the premier class, the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon to be held Thursday, May 30.

 

This marks Wells Fargo’s third year as presenting sponsor of the show.

 

Devon benefits Bryn Mawr Hospital, with proceeds to the Hospital approaching $15 million, over $50 million when adjusted for inflation.

 

John Payne and his One Arm Bandit & Company, from Shindler, Okla., will appear the last four full days of the show in the evening, from May 29 to June 1.

 

The One Arm Bandit show won the Professional Rodeo Circuit’s Specialty Act of the Year from 1989 through 1996 and again from 2008 through 2011.

 

Payne lost his right arm after an accident in 1973. Payne began in rodeos in 1987 and built up his act with longhorn Watusi steers, mustangs, mules and buffalo.

 

Black Mouth Cur dogs are a very intrical part of the training process.

 

Payne is assisted in his act by his wife Judy, and when his son Lynn and daughter Amanda each turned 18, they also joined the show.

 

“It is very fulfilling to have Lynn and Amanda display their talents,” said Payne. “They are truly my right hand. Soon, I’ll have grandkids in the show and may slow down a little to spend more time with Judy.”

 

Payne displays his proficiency with a lariat during the show, and buffalo jump over his truck and climb onto the roof of the trailer.

 

An innovative event, the Five-Gaited Special Class will be held on Wednesday evening, May 29.

 

Some of the world’s top jumper riders, including Olympian McLain Ward, will test their skills and compete on Five-Gaited Saddlebreds at Devon.

 

Each jumper rider will have a practice session and then show the horse in the class, each going for that first place prize.

 

Horses will be provided by Saddlebred owners and might very well be the first of its kind.

 

The Country Fair is open days and evenings throughout the 11 days, with a wide variety of foods, boutique shopping and rides and games.

 Hats 2013

 

The Country Fair also presents a number of fun events and contests, including the very popular Ladies Hat Contest, sponsored by Cartier.

 

The judges are television personality Carson Kressley, who is also a Devon exhibitor, and Bill Henley from NBC10 television.

 

Tuesday, May 28 is one of the three Family Days, with back barn guided tours, and Sunday, June 2 is another, with Pony Rides from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a plant sale at around 1 p.m., following the conclusion of the $25,000 Hunter Derby. The third is opening day, Thursday, May 23.

 

Food ranges from hot dogs, hamburgers and pizzas to gourmet dining, complete with a selection of red and white wines, in the Garden Cafeteria. Of course, there are the Devon favorites, the famous Devon fudge, tea sandwiches and lemon sticks.

 

Boutiques carry men’s and women’s clothing, often with a horse or dog theme, oil paintings, water colors and prints, gold and silver jewelry, dog toys, salad bowls, souvenirs and collectibles.

 

The Ferris wheel towers over the area of games and rides and offers a compelling view of the Devon show grounds.

 

The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

 

General admission is $10, with $5 for children 12 and under and seniors. Reserved seating tickets range from $10 to $55, depending on the day and session.

 

Visit the website www.devonhorseshow.org for additional information.

 

Young Riders Shine at National Equestrian Competition

April 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Syracuse, New York-April 25, 2013—351 of the nation’s leading middle school and high school equestrians competed at The New York State Fairgrounds April 19-21 for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals sponsored by Dover Saddlery (Dover Saddlery) and the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA). The finalists represented 889 teams and over 8,000 student-riders from eight zones throughout the United States. Individuals and teams participated in multiple competitions during the 2012-2013 regular season shows, regional and zone finals to qualify for the IEA National Finals competition.

 

Riders competed in Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences classes and Equitation on-the-flat classes throughout the weekend. The IEA format requires that riders compete in unfamiliar tack on unfamiliar mounts; therefore, they draw their horses the day of competition and enter the arena after a brief, if any, warm-up.

2013 Upper School Champion

2013 Upper School Champion L>R Coach Alicia Story, Elizabeth Ashcraft, Darby Pease, Savanna Winters, Brette Tennison, Hannah Pressler, Natalie Thorpe and Chase Mauerhan (mascot)

In the individual competition Emelie Burgess who rides for the Windcrest Equestrian Team of Hebron, Connecticut, was named the IEA Leading Hunt Seat Rider of the Year, winning the Varsity Open Championship class.

 

In the upper school team competition, the Storybook Farm Riding Team, Charleston, South Carolina placed first. Empress Equestrian Team, Columbus, Ohio, was the reserve champion team. In the middle school competition, Maypine Equestrian Center, Willoughby Hills, Ohio, received the championship title. Storybook Farms Riding Team finished as the reserve champion.

 

2013 Middle School Champion L>R Redean Sheppard, Valerie Davis, Rosie Fahey, Sara Conley, Rachel McMullen, Sophia Downey

2013 Middle School Champion L>R Redean Sheppard, Valerie Davis, Rosie Fahey, Sara Conley, Rachel McMullen, Sophia Downey

 

The IEA holds the trait of good sportsmanship among rider and coach members to the highest regard. In a tie vote, Jacob Werner of the Elvenstar Team from Moorpark, California, and Hannah Bentz, Wall Street Farm, Wellington, Florida, were awarded the Victor Hugo-Vidal Perpetual Trophy for displaying exceptional sportsmanship during the 2013 Hunt Seat National Finals. The Team Spirit Award was presented to Emerald City Equestrian, Skaneateles, New York.

 

2013 Sportsmanship Recipients L>R Hannah Bentz, Jacob Werner

2013 Sportsmanship Recipients L>R Hannah Bentz, Jacob Werner

 

The Timothy J. Boone Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ollie Griffith, Columbus, Ohio for his long-time contribution to the IEA. Renowned in Western Equestrian world as a teacher, trainer and judge, Griffith is an IEA co-founder and continues to serve as a board member. This is the sixth year in which this award has been presented.

 

The IEA is committed to wellness of the horses in all competitions. To recognize the quality of the horses donated for the three-day event, “Bernie” (owned by Cazenovia College) was named Outstanding IEA Hunt Seat Horse.

 

2013 Leading Hunt Seat Horse L>R Ed Nowak (Ring Steward), Jacob Werner, "Bernie"

2013 Leading Hunt Seat Horse L>R Ed Nowak (Ring Steward), Jacob Werner, “Bernie”

 

The IEA Western National Finals, sponsored by the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHYA), will be held during the NRHA Derby Days June 27-29 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Emelie Burgess

2013 IEA Leading Hunt Seat Rider- Emelie Burgess, Windcrest Equestrian Team, Hebron, CT

Founded in 2002, the IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. For more information, please view the IEA website at: www.rideiea.org.

 

 

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Editor Notes:

• Photos attached- Hi Res photos available upon request.

• Complete list of riders/teams final standings is available on the IEA website: www.rideiea.org.

 

Emilie Burgess

IEA 2013 Leading Hunt Seat Rider of the Year

 

Storybook Farm-Charleston, South Carolina

IEA 2013 Middle School Championship Team

L to R: Alicia Story(coach), Elizabeth Ashcraft, Darby Pease, Savanna Winters, Brette Tennison, Hannah Pressler, Natalie Thorpe and Mascot Chase Mauerhan

 

Maypine Equestrian Center

IEA 2013 Middle School Championship Team

L to R: Redean Sheppard, Valerie Davis (coach), Rosie Fahey, Sara Conley, Rachel McMullen, Sophia Downey

 

Victor Hugo-Vidal Perpetual Trophy for National Finals Sportsmanship:

Pictured: (L) Hannah Bentz (R) Jacob Werner

 

2013 IEA Hunt Seat Leading Horse

Pictured: Bernie Owned by Cazenovia College handled by Jacob Werner.

 

A Chat With William Fox-Pitt Before 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

April 23, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

William Fox-Pitt – Second Rolex Diary

Welcoming a new member to the Fox-Pitt family

[Congratulations on your new baby! How is she doing?]

The big excitement at the end of October last year was definitely the arrival of Chloe Rose into the family! Luckily she waited to appear before I got back from Pau, so her timing was perfect. She’s now six month’s old and it’s like she’s always been here – she gets on really well with her two older brothers, and parents for that matter – we’ve been very lucky, she’s a good girl!

 

Taking a break over the winter months

[You had a bit of a winter break between November and January, how did you spend it?]

The break I had between November and January was fairly baby focussed! Normally at that time of year we would have a holiday, Alice and I, but this year that wasn’t really going to be possible. That said I did go to Adelaide for the 4* event over there. I was originally going to take a horse to the show, but by the time that had become impossible to do due to horse quarantines, I was already committed to going, so I went to Australia for 10 days, which was highly enjoyable – there was very hot nice weather, and it was good to experience a different side of the world.

Apart from that we’ve just been around the UK enjoying a quieter time over the winter. The horses had a holiday, grooms had a holiday, we had a holiday, and although we didn’t get away we were by no means working hard.

 

Feelings around the Fox-Pitt camp at the start of 2013

[What’s the feeling been around the team since you came back in January?]

The feeling around the team is good. After the Olympics I felt that this year may be a bit of an anti-climax for everyone as it was such a big focus throughout last season, but actually this year has got me really excited due to our horses’ prospects. I had a few that missed 2012 because of injury that have now come back into work which is great, so for the season ahead I have lots of exceptional horses to concentrate on.

 

New horses and resolutions in 2013

[Do you have any new horses?]

I’ve got a new top horse called Running Order who came from America, and I’m very excited about him. He’s produced by Doug Payne and is at the 4* level, he rode in the Rolex Kentucky last year, and although it’s early days he’s a super horse. Cool Mountain is also back having been injured last year, which was a shame as he missed out on the Olympics. I’m hoping he will be back up to top form very soon.

[Did you set yourself any New Year’s resolutions? Anything big planned for 2013?]

I don’t have any big New Year’s resolutions, although the main promise to myself was not to get too carried away by all of the Rolex Grand Slam hype. It’s going to be very important for me to treat Badminton like any other three day event, and to just focus on getting the horses and myself there in the best possible condition to perform at our best.

 

Start of the spring season

[You were at Burnham Market earlier this month, how’s the spring season started?]

The spring season has started well, we did have quite a frustrating start with cancellations at two or three events thanks to the weather, but since then its dried up well and I’ve had some good competitions with the horses, including Burnham Market and Weston Park, where the horses have run well and felt good. Results aren’t always my focus at the one day events but they are always good training for the three-days.

 

Plans leading up to Kentucky and Badminton

[There is the Rolex Kentucky three day event at the end of April, are there any competitions in-between now and then?]

I’m competing in Belton before Kentucky, but I won’t be there on the last day as Chloe is being christened. Apart from that, there are a couple of smaller events, but the horses will leave for America a few weeks before the event which doesn’t allow for any more.

[Which horses are you planning to take to Kentucky?]

Sea Cookie and Chilli Morning are on their way.

[What about Badminton?]

For Badminton I’m taking Parklane Hawk and Oslo.

 

The Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing

[What have your thoughts been about potentially winning the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing at Badminton in May?]

It’s been very much business as usual for me in the lead up to Badminton, but there has been some perennial hype surrounding Badminton and this year the Rolex Grand Slam too. The build-up is always exciting, and this season has been fantastic with lots of media interest and various interviews. It’s important for me to realise though that winning at Badminton is a very long shot, as this year looks very competitive thanks largely to a high international contingent, including Michael Jung among others. Then again, if I do my bit, with the horses on good form, it’s by no means a foregone conclusion.

[There is a unique situation considering Andrew Nicholson, who if he hypothetically wins in Kentucky, could also be a direct challenger for the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing at Badminton?]

I don’t think whether Andrew is in contention for the Rolex Grand Slam or not makes much difference to me. I have to win Badminton either way if I am to claim the Grand Slam, which means beating him. However it would obviously make things highly exciting, and create another edge to the competition, which everyone would love, but I think it won’t make that much difference at the end of the day.

[Has everything to this point gone how you planned?]

The season so far has gone to plan and things are going well – the horses have found themselves in good form, I’ve been lucky to get the calculations right in terms of runs with horses, but then again sometimes when you have a terrible build up you are better on the day; I’m not thinking like that though obviously!

William Fox-Pitt is the current live contender for the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing prize.

 The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2011

David Marcus Wraps-Up Successful Winter Season

April 19, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, Florida – Canadian Olympian David Marcus of Campbellville, ON, wrapped up a highly successful winter season with a bronze medal performance as part of Team Canada 1 in the CDIO3* Wellington Nations’ Cup held April 11 to 14 as part of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

 

Riding Don Kontes, a 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Deborah Kinzinger Miculinic, Marcus put in an exciting performance in the Grand Prix on Friday, April 12 to help lead Canada to the podium. His teammates included Christilot Boylen riding Dio Mio, Brittany Fraser aboard All In and Evi Strasser with Action Tyme. Team USA 1 claimed the gold while Team USA 2 took home silver in the only Nations’ Cup competition held outside of Europe.

 

“It has been a tremendous season for both me and my students,” said Marcus. “The five months we’ve spent in Florida have gone by so quickly. I couldn’t be more pleased with how successful all of the horses were this winter.”

 

Marcus’s bronze medal performance was the latest in the long string of successes he has enjoyed over the winter competition season. Riding Chrevi’s Capital, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding also owned by Kinzinger Miculinic, Marcus topped the North American World Cup League after dominating the CDI-W Wellington Dressage in February. In the Grand Prix, he topped a starting field of 13 horses with a score of 70.34%, edging out Swedish Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson for the win. In the Grand Prix Freestyle, he performed his new musical program for just the second time in competition, earning an impressive score of 74.45% from the five-member panel of international judges to claim the top spot once again during the World Cup qualifying event.

 

Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital also received an invitation to the prestigious CDI5* World Dressage Masters Palm Beach in January where they were the sole Canadian representatives to advance to the Grand Prix Freestyle, placing sixth overall.

 

Don Kontes also proved to be a reliable partner for Marcus, with the pair winning the Grand Prix Freestyle during the CDI3* Sunshine Challenge in January on their score of 70.825% and finishing second in the Grand Prix.

David Marcus and Don Kontes led Team Canada 1 to a bronze medal at the CDIO3* Wellington Nations’ Cup in Wellington, FL. Photo by Sue Stickle, www.susanjstickle.com

David Marcus and Don Kontes led Team Canada 1 to a bronze medal at the CDIO3* Wellington Nations’ Cup in Wellington, FL.
Photo by Sue Stickle, www.susanjstickle.com

 

“Winning the World Cup qualifier with Capital was definitely one of the high points of the winter season for me, as was competing in the World Dressage Masters for the first time,” explained Marcus. “I was also really excited about representing Canada with Don Kontes. I gave both horses their time to shine and I think it worked out really well for us.”

 

Marcus’s students also proved successful during the winter season, earning tremendous results of their own.

“All of my students did very well during the winter circuit,” said Marcus. “Ally Dunlop made her debut at the Young Riders level and finished her season with a win at the International Horse Sports Champion Cup in March.

 

Maya Markowsk represented Canada for the first time as part of Team Canada 2 at the Wellington Nations’ Cup with Lumiere, finishing sixth. Lumiere is a great horse for Canada and I am really excited for their future together.”

Marcus credits his success in part to the amazing support he receives.

 

“Deborah Kinzinger Miculinic, who owns my horses, Robert Dover, who has been training me all winter, and Nicholas Fyffe, who is always a big help to me, helped make all of my success so far this season possible,” said Marcus. “I want to give them all a huge ‘thank you’ for supporting me this winter.”

 

With the winter competition circuit now over, Marcus will head home to Canada to give the horses a bit of a break before focusing on preparing for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

 

Marcus operates David Marcus Dressage in Campbellville, ON, just west of Toronto. For more information, please visit www.davidmarcusdressage.com.

 

McLain Ward To Defend Jumper Title at Devon Horse Show & Country Fair

April 18, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

DEVON, Pa.—Two time Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward will defend his Leading Open Jumper Rider title at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which runs May 23 to June 2.

 

Ward of Brewster, N.Y., has entered last year’s Devon Open Jumper Champion Antares F, the horse he rode in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

 

Ward also won last year’s $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Antares F, a class he has won six times in the last 10 years.

 

Devon benefits Bryn Mawr Hospital, with proceeds to the Hospital approaching $15 million, over $50 million when adjusted for inflation.

 

Again at Devon, however, Ward will have plenty of competition, including his Olympic team gold medalist partner Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, N.Y., and Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., who has been Leading Rider at Devon five of the last eight years.

 

Besides swapping turns as Devon’s Leading Open Jumper Rider, Ward and Chapot have another thing in common.

 

Both made incredibly quick recoveries from devastating injuries, Ward last year and Chapot this year.

 

Last year, Ward fractured his knee in 20 pieces just four months before Devon, but, determined to show in Devon’s Olympic trials, Ward pushed himself through agonizing therapy sessions and not only was able to compete but also won himself a place on the London Olympic team with his performance at Devon.

 

Chapot, who suffered a serious fall on Feb. 2 at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., which resulted in her breaking her pelvis in four places and her clavicle, also made an incredibly rapid recovery, returning to competition in just six weeks.

 

She, too, underwent intense therapy and spent hours in the gym to speed her return.

 

She celebrated her return to competition by winning two classes her first weekend back and went on to win two circuit championships, despite having missed almost half of the 12 week series.

 PR-Ward

 

Ward, who is an annual competitor at Devon, has praised Devon for the new footing throughout both the Dixon Oval, the Gold Ring and all the schooling areas and says he loves the enthusiastic crowds.

 

Other Olympic veterans who will show at Devon include Margie Engle of Wellington, Fla., Lisa Jacquin of Unionville, Pa., and Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, Pa., who competed internationally for Ireland.

 

Other top competitors included Pan American Games team bronze medalist Todd Minikus of Wellington, Fla., Sarah Segal of Pittstown, N.J., Ken Berkley of Flemington, N.J., and Callan Solem of Chester Springs, Pa.

 

Junior weekend opens with three days of equitation, ponies, hunters and jumpers, followed on Sunday with the Carriage Pleasure Drive, which arrives at the Dixon Oval at 2 p.m.

Open jumpers compete Tuesday, May 28 through Saturday, June 1, with the featured $100,000 Wells Fargo Devon Grand Prix Thursday evening at 8 p.m., and the $50,000 Idle Dice Stake the last class Saturday afternoon.

 

Pony jumpers show Sunday, May 26, with adult jumpers on Sunday and Monday.

 

Five and six year old jumpers are Tuesday and Wednesday, with amateur/owner jumpers on the closing Friday and Saturday.

 

Hunters show Monday through Wednesday, with the $25,000 International Hunter Derby at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, and hunter breeding classes on Thursday.

 

Four-in-hand coaching is competed Sunday through Friday, while Saddlebreds, hackneys, harness horses and roadsters show Wednesday, May 29 through Saturday, June 1.

 

The Country Fair is open days and evenings throughout the 11 days, with a wide variety of foods, boutique shopping and rides and games.

 

From hot dogs, hamburgers and pizzas to gourmet dining complete with a selection of red and white wines, there is food for every palette, including the famous Devon fudge, tea sandwiches and lemon sticks.

 

Boutiques carry men’s and women’s clothing, paintings and prints, gold and silver jewelry, dog toys, salad bowls, souvenirs and collectibles.

 

The Ferris wheel towers over the area of games and rides and offers a compelling view of the Devon show grounds.

 

The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

 

General admission is $10, with $5 for children and seniors. Reserved seating tickets range from $10 to $55, depending on the day and session.

 

Two for Two: Heidi Degele Scores 82% with Don Fredo to Round Out the Season

April 18, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL (April 17, 2013) – Preparedness paid off for Heidi Degele, whose road to success has been one way, through hard work. With a full-time competition stable she runs located in Loxahatchee, FL, former Michigan resident Degele finds her stride training horses and students to achieve high scores while climbing the levels to the international stage. There are two main goals Degele works towards for the 2013 USA Dressage season. One, qualifying for the Markel/USEF National and Developing Championships held August 21-25, 2013 in Wayne, Illinois and two, helping her student Chloe Hatch, climb the levels in the Young rider division. Degele achieved both her goals during the first week in April 2013 at the Welcome Back White Fences III and IV competitions.

 

Riding Don Fredo (Don Frederico x Pik Bube I) owned by Greystone Equestrian LLC, Degele scored big in the 6-year-old test with an 82.000%, which was the high score of the show. Degele said, “The ride was almost flawless. I gave it my all and so did Don Fredo. I went down the center line thinking I was going to ride perfect have not let the judges have anything to comment on and it worked. The judges complimented and thanked me for bringing Don Fredo and only had positives to say, concluding that they see him as being a CDI horse in the future.” She trains with Lars Peterson regularly during the year and she watched him win the CDI 5 * the night before the class. She said, “Lars’ ride very much inspired me. I kept telling myself to ride like Lars. Give it your all.” With the goal of going to the Markel/USEF National and Developing Championships held August 21-25th, 2013 in Wayne, Illinois she said, “I think it is harder to qualify the young horse in Florida, considering our shows are earlier in the year and he’s not even technically 6 years old yet. The horses up north have an advantage given that they have more time to grow and age. So, my goal was to get high enough scores to qualify and to pick my shows wisely. I also showed him in a couple 3rd level tests to help prepare him for the 6-year-old test. He is really a smart horse and learns things so quick. He is also mentally very mature, so I am so happy for this success with him. It’s my highest score ever.”

 

Degele and her mount, Don Fredo competing at Welcome Back to White Fences IV. (Photo courtesy of Heidi Degele)

Degele and her mount, Don Fredo competing at Welcome Back to White Fences IV. (Photo courtesy of Heidi Degele)

 

With Lakota, an 8-year-old American Warmblood owned by Mesa Farms LLC, Degele scored 65.58% Saturday and Sunday scored 66.69% in the FEI Developing Horse Prix St George. Degele said, “My Goals for Lakota are to qualify for the Chicago Young Horse Championships. I believe in this horse. He has so much heart, more than any other horse I’ve ridden. He loves to work.” With Both horses scoring high, Degele not only has qualified for the Illinois Championships, but by qualifying early in the year, looks forward to being competitive on the national stage for the United States of America. Degele also rode Joanne Brooks’s 8-year-old Danish warmblood Lyric in the Third Level Open division to scores over 68%. Lyric, who came from Canada to train with Degele for the season, made his debut at Third level with Degele who praised the horse’s work ethic and trainability.

 

Proud of her student Chloe Hatch who rode Slogan to a 60% in the Junior Team Test on Saturday, Degele said, “I am very proud of Chloe. These are hard tests and hard competition. She has been sick and Slogan actually had fractured his leg about a year and half ago. So the fact they are competing at this level is such a huge accomplishment.”

 

Degele also competed the 12-year-old Hanoverian mare Ratina, who is by Rotspon and owned by Kristi Bloom. The pair scored a 69.2% in the Third Level Test 1 Open division. Degele stated, “This is another sales horse; I wanted her to have a current show record and in fact I ended up selling this wonderful mare 4 days after the show. I was so very proud of her. She didn’t put a foot wrong and was happy to show off in the ring.”

 

With Kresjan, a 12-year-old Danish Warmblood by Lanskoy and owned by Claire Liang, Degele scored 66% in the Open Prix St George division to win the class, an impressive move since this was the horse’s first time being shown by Degele. Degele said, “I just wanted to give this lovely horse a show record in the US. He was successfully shown in Europe, and is a great horse, super easy and push button. We are very proud of him.”

 

Degele wants to give a special thanks to Custom Saddlery for being such a great sponsor throughout the years and to help her achieve the 2013 path ahead. With the strong scores, 2013 will prove an epic year for team Degele.

Vermont Summer Festival to Host Young Jumper Championship Qualifiers

April 18, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

East Dorset, Vermont – The next generation of grand prix horses will take center stage during the first three weeks of the Vermont Summer Festival with qualifying classes for the Young Jumper Championship series. Running July 2 through August 11 at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT, the Vermont Summer Festival is the richest sporting event based on purse in the state with more than $750,000 in prize money.

 

“The Vermont Summer Festival has been hosting qualifiers for a number of years and we’re happy to have their support again this year,” said Cheryll Frank, Director of the Young Jumper Championships. “The whole purpose of the program is to give young horses quality experiences and whenever you have events with the caliber of the Vermont Summer Festival, it provides a tremendous opportunity for our members.”

 

Five-year-old, six-year-old and seven and eight-year-old jumper classes will be held during weeks one, two and three of the Vermont Summer Festival. These qualifiers will count towards earning a spot at the Young Jumper Championship Eastern League Finals at the Hampton Classic, August 25 to September 1, in Bridgehampton, NY.

 

“The Young Jumper Championships are an important tool for developing up-and-coming grand prix horses,” said John Ammerman, organizer of the Vermont Summer Festival.

 

“These classes provide an exciting opportunity to see some spectacular young horses at the start of their careers. Many of the horses competing in the program have returned to Vermont and enjoyed tremendous success here.”

 

Devin Ryan and Roman Saluut won the $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix during the 2012 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT. Photo by David Mullinix Photography

Devin Ryan and Roman Saluut won the $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix during the 2012 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.
Photo by David Mullinix Photography

 

Devin Ryan of Long Valley, NJ, is just one of several regular competitors at the Vermont Summer Festival whose horses have benefitted from the Young Jumper Championship program. Two of his top mounts, No Worries and Roman Saluut, have become regulars in Vermont’s winner’s circle after competing in the young horse classes. Roman Saluut won the $30,000 Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix in 2011 and the $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix in 2012, the same year No Worries claimed victory in the $30,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix.

 

“The Young Jumper Championships really provide a pipeline for future grand prix horses,” explained Ryan, who operates River Run Stables. “Young horses need to be properly developed and this series provides that opportunity. The horses compete against their peers, not seasoned show horses, and the courses are designed to build confidence and encourage clear rounds. More needs to be done to support classes like these so that riders have the ability to bring along American-bred horses instead of importing from Europe.”

 

Created in 1998, the Young Jumper Championships is designed to provide an age-appropriate program for the development of young show jumping horses and to identify the most promising prospects competing in the United States. For more information about the Young Jumper Championships, please visit www.youngjumpers.com.

 

For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region in southern Vermont. Known for its wide variety of area amenities including a large range of lodging options, restaurants to suit every taste, outdoor activities, and lots and lots of shopping, Manchester-area businesses warmly welcome horse show competitors to the area each summer.

 

The first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival will feature a $30,000 Grand Prix. The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held during the sixth and final week on Saturday, August 10. The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, will be held each Thursday. The hugely popular $5,000 3’3” Hunter Derby will also be held each Thursday for the first five weeks, with week six featuring the $15,000 Hunter Derby.

 

The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL). For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail: info@vt-summerfestival.com or visit

www.vt-summerfestival.com.

United States Victorious in Wellington Nations Cup CDIO 3* presented by Stillpoint Farm

April 15, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – April 13, 2013 – The highlight event of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) crowned its victors Friday afternoon at The Stadium of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Ten teams competed in the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO 3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, including two from both the United States and Canada. Team USA 1 finished first with a total of 219.313 points. Team USA 2 was second with 208.675 points and Team Canada 1 rounded out the top three teams with 205.346 points.

 

The Nations Cup podium

The Nations Cup podium

 

Following the close of yesterday’s Nations Cup competition, a protest was filed by the Chef d’Equipe for Team Europe with the Appeals Committee for Mikala Munter Gundersen (DEN) of Team Europe on the judging of her ride. There was a meeting on Saturday morning at 9:30 am with the FEI Representative, The President of the Ground Jury, the FEI steward, the three members of the Appeals Committee – Lorraine MacDonald (CAN), Marian Cunningham (PER), and Sandy Hotz (USA) – the Team Europe Chef d’Equipe, and Mikala Munter Gundersen.

 

Lorraine MacDonald of the Appeals Committee stated, “We agreed that it was handled in a rider-friendly manner. It was an unfortunate situation, but the appeal was a non-appealable situation. The final decision rested with the President of the Ground Jury, Linda Zang. It ended in an amicable situation where everyone was clear with what happened, and the judges’ final decision was upheld.”

 

Judges for both classes yesterday were: Anne Gribbons at E, Joan Macartney at H, Linda Zang at C, Evi Eisenhardt at M, and Mirabel Alonso at B.

 

Watch an interview with Kim Herslow and Heather Blitz! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5PJr5g8IGI&feature=youtu.be

 

Team USA 1 included Prix St. Georges competitors Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin and Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O, in addition to Grand Prix competitors Heather Blitz and Paragon and Shelly Francis and Doktor. The team put in remarkably high scores throughout Friday’s competition, including the high scores for both classes of the Nations Cup competition. Herslow and Rosmarin earned the top score of the FEI Prix St. Georges CDIO 3* class with an impressive 72.079%. Blitz and Paragon finished first in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-O 3* with a 71.021%. Blitz had another 3% added to her grand prix score with the new format of this Nations Cup competition to contribute a total score of 74.021% for the team competition.

 

Team USA 1: Kim Herslow, Heather Blitz, Caroline Roffman, and Shelly Francis

Team USA 1: Kim Herslow, Heather Blitz, Caroline Roffman, and Shelly Francis

 

For Herslow, it was an emotional experience to earn such high marks in her first senior team competition. “Everything’s been an exciting season for me down here [in Wellington]. First time on a team, first time doing CDIs, there’s been a lot of first times this season. I’m really proud that we were able to come down and be chosen on the team. My horse is eight and he’s got very little experience and it’s been a wonderful experience for both of us,” Herslow said. “For me to come in and be the first ride for the team and lay down a score like that…I was in tears when I walked out of the ring. It was really exciting for me. I was happy I was able to help the team in such a positive way.”

 

Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin

Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin

 

Blitz’s mount, Paragon, also developed substantially this season in Wellington. “Now that’s he’s just turned ten years old, I think that he’s just coming into his own as a Grand Prix horse. I was really happy with how he was in the ring. He’s getting a lot more connected and more confident,” Blitz commented.

 

Blitz is eager to see where Paragon’s newfound confidence will take them, as she’s certain this is only the beginning of the Danish Warmblood gelding’s success. “I think in general it was one of my favorite tests I’ve had on him so far in the Grand Prix, and it’s still not anywhere where he’s going to be. There’s a lot left and I can’t wait to keep training him,” Blitz beamed.

 

Heather Blitz and Paragon

Heather Blitz and Paragon

 

Francis and her mount Doktor, a nine-year-old Oldenberg gelding owned by Patricia Stempel, are on an equally fortuitous path to success in their first year of Grand Prix competition together. Doktor had top finishes during the AGDF Wellington 5* and contributed a total score of 73.213% (with the 3% addition for a grand prix score) to the team.

 

“I really was very pleased with him today. He was really there and wanted to do everything really well. The pirouettes were better, his piaffe-passage was steadier, I was very happy with him,” Francis described.

 

Shelly Francis and Doktor

Shelly Francis and Doktor

 

For the first time in Nations Cup history, teams consisted of both Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix level horse and rider combinations as a precursor to raising the level of competition at the Pan American Games. While Friday’s competition served as a test for the newly formatted mixed teams, riders across the board agreed it was a success while working through the growing pains of new rules.

 

Roffman, who competed at the Prix St. Georges level for Team USA 1 and had a score of 69.684%, was eager to take part in team competition again and was pleased with the outcome of the new format. “I think it’s a great experience to be on a team and get that experience in such a fun atmosphere and at a great showgrounds. It’s wonderful to do and I think it’ll make a great format, however they end up working it out. It certainly worked well, I think,” she commented.

 

Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O

Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O

 

Roffman’s fellow Americans on Team USA 2 echoed her sentiments, crediting the AGDF with fostering a great competition for the development of the sport.

 

Christopher Hickey credited the unique opportunity for international competition during the winter in Wellington. “There’s probably not very many other places in the world that a show could get ten teams to compete and I think that’s pretty special. I think dressage in Florida in the winter is a place that it is possible to get a number of teams like that and I think that’s a wonderful thing,” Hickey described.

 

Team USA 2: Susan Dutta, Justin Hardin, Christopher Hickey, Cesar Parra, with Leah Oliveto of the USEF

Team USA 2: Susan Dutta, Justin Hardin, Christopher Hickey, Cesar Parra, with Leah Oliveto of the USEF

 

Hickey also applauded the show management’s efforts to include competitor feedback in the process of bringing in a new format of competition. “The office and the management team [for the show] understand and know this is the first time this format has been done and everybody from the beginning wanted the competitors’ opinions on things. I think that shows competitors that [they] want it to be successful. I think that’s pretty special to this place,” Hickey acknowledged.

 

Team USA 2 consisted of Cesar Parra and Van the Man (total 72.043% grand prix score), Susan Dutta and Currency DC (total 65.915% grand prix score), Justin Hardin and Wyatt Star (68.395% Prix St. Georges score), and Christopher Hickey and Witness Hilltop (68.237% Prix St. Georges score).

 

Cesar Parra and Van the Man

Cesar Parra and Van the Man

 

Parra pointed out, “To make the team for your nation is fantastic. I think it ran very smoothly today. It really changed the atmosphere in the showgrounds. The place is fantastic and we’ve all been at CDIs throughout the season, but I think we can all say it was different today.”

 

Team Canada 1 was thrilled with their team’s top three finish and was eager to be a part of developing the sport in the Americas. Their team consisted of Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio (70.395% Prix St. Georges score), Brittany Fraser and All In (66.079% Prix St. Georges score), David Marcus and Don Kontes (total 68.872% Grand Prix score), and Evi Strasser and Action Tyme (64.021% Grand Prix score).

 

Team Canada 1: Chef d'Equipe Gina Smith, Christilot Boylen, Evi Strasser, David Marcus, Brittany Fraser

Team Canada 1: Chef d’Equipe Gina Smith, Christilot Boylen, Evi Strasser, David Marcus, Brittany Fraser

 

“I’m probably the only one here that can actually remember when the Pan American Games were all Grand Prix and also when it changed to Prix St. Georges,” Christilot Boylen commented. “I think this is a wonderful start and I think after some discussion, this format could be wonderfully conducive to developing dressage in the Americas.”

 

Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio

Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio

 

Veteran competitor Evi Strasser summed up the team’s sentiments best. “It was a great time having the strong team we had for Canada and for the young riders we had coming up too. Everything was just perfect,” Strasser described.

 

Wellington Equestrian Realty sponsored the CDI 3* classes hosted in the Van Kampen Arena of The Stadium throughout Friday afternoon. Caroline Roffman (USA) and Sagacious HF finished first in the FEI Intermediare-II 16-25 with a final score of 71.930%. Bebe Davis (USA) and Rotano clinched victory in the FEI Junior Team class after scoring a 65.811%. Madison Lawson (CAN) and Mcguire won the FEI Young Rider Team class with a score of 61.535%. The FEI Prix St. Georges class awarded top honors to Christilot Boylen (CAN) and Hudson 18, who scored a 68.421% to finish first.

 

The top 50% of Friday’s competitors will move forward to compete in their respective Freestyle classes. The FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle CDIO 3* will start at 3:35 pm this afternoon and continue until 5:30 pm. After a dinner break, the last group of riders will compete at 7:30 pm. The FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO 3* will start at 8:30 pm.

 

Out of the ten original riders, the five moving on to Saturday evening’s competition will be Heather Blitz and Paragon (USA), Shelly Francis (USA) and Doktor, Cesar Parra (USA) and Van the Man, Susan Dutta (USA) and Currency DC, and David Marcus (CAN) and Don Kontes.

 

Final Results: FEI Prix St. Georges CDIO 3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm

Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total%

1 Kimberly Herslow, USA, Rosmarin: 74.342%, 71.316%, 71.184%, 71.184%, 72.368%, 72.079%

2 Lars Petersen, DEN, Chicco Roslev: 68.947%, 71.053%, 69.079%, 73.553%, 69.605%, 70.447%

3 Christislot Boylen, CAN, Dio Mio: 70.623%, 72.632%, 71.711%, 68.553%, 68.816%, 70.395%

4 Caroline Roffman, USA, Her Highness O: 68.026%, 69.868%, 72.500%, 69.474%, 68.553%, 69.684%

5 Carlos Munoz, ESP, Klouseau: 65.789%, 67.368%, 69.342%, 71.316%, 71.447%, 69.053%

6 Justin Hardin, USA, Wyatt Star: 68.158%, 69.079%, 70.000%, 68.947%, 65.789%, 68.395%

 

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix CDIO 3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm

Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total

1 Heather Blitz, USA, Paragon: 70.319%, 72.447%, 68.617%, 71.809%, 71.915%, 71.021%

2 Shelly Francis, USA, Doktor: 69.894%, 69.894%, 71.489%, 68.085%, 71.702%, 71.702%, 70.213%

3 Cesar Parra, USA, Van the Man: 69.362%, 68.298%, 67.340%, 68.894%, 70.319%, 69.043%

4 Susan Dutta, USA, Currency DC: 66.596%, 65.957%, 64.787%, 66.489%, 65.745%, 65.915%

5 David Marcus, CAN, Don Knotes: 63.830%, 67.979%, 65.426%, 65.745%, 66.383%, 65.872%

6 Mikala Munter Gundersen, DEN, My Lady: 65.352%, 65.638%, 64.787%, 64.043%, 66.383%, 65.277%

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For full results and more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

 

Photo Credit: Photos © SusanJStickle.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

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About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (GDF) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring five CDIs, including a 5*, the first non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and nine U.S. national events.The Adequan GDF is offering more than $275,000 in prize money for the five international competitions making it one of the richest circuits in the world. In addition to the CDIs with national competitions, the Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds. The Adequan GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area for the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.

 

First Founding Sponsors: Matt Varney, Chris and Rob Desino, Wellington Equestrian Realty; William Pearson and Janet Richardson-Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD; Devon and Terri Kane, Diamante Farm; Joe and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm; Tuny Page and Family, Stillpoint Farm; and Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, United States P.R.E. Association

 

Founding Sponsors: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, Today’s Equestrian; Bethany Peslar, Everglades Dressage; Betsy Juliano, Havensafe Farm; Carol and Rebecca Cohen, Two Swans Farm LLC; Janne Rumbough, MTICA Farm; Mike & Roz Collins; Suhail and PJ Rizvi, Peacock Ridge; and Tim and Susie Dutta, The Dutta Corp.

 

Corporate Sponsors

Brown Distributing, Champion Equine Insurance, Charles Owen, Chronicle of the Horse, Custom Saddlery, Der Dau, Dever Golf Carts, Equestrian Services International (ESI), Elite Equestrian Magazine, European Dressage Connection, Everglades Farm Equipment, Gold Coast Feed & Supply, Horse Of Course, Horseware Ireland, Interagro Lusitanos, Moet Hennessy USA, Nespresso USA, Paddock Cakes, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Pennfield, Piaffe Performance, Premier Equestrian, Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Rolex, Sanctuary at PBIEC, Show Chic, Sidelines Magazine, World Equestrian Brands

 

Please visit

www.globaldressagefestival.com

www.equestriansport.com

or call 561-793-5867 for more information

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at

13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

 

Valiant the Blind Dressage Horse to Perform and Present Valiant: Life Is a Horse Documentary Trailer at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup, Wellington, on Saturday, April 13th, 2013

April 12, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Saturday night, the audience at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup in Wellington, Florida will be in for an unexpected treat. Blind dressage horse Valiant will perform a musical demonstration and his newly-released documentary movie trailer Valiant: Life Is a Horse will be shown. The Global Dressage Festival Nations Cup CDI Freestyles will take place at 7pm at the Stadium located at 13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington Florida 33414. Valiant’s demonstration will take place after the freestyles and before the awards presentation, approximately around 8:30pm.

 

Valiant: Life is a Horse is the true story of Polo Gear co-founder Jeanette Sassoon’s 26-year-old blind dressage horse. Valiant became blind after an adverse reaction to medication for a puncture wound in his hoof which led to uveitis.

 

Sassoon refused to let the diagnosis deviate her efforts to teach Valiant through his blindness and build a trust with her enough to excel in the sport of dressage. Through the power of this relationship, Valiant not only learned to live again blind, but he has become a competitive dressage horse. Last year, Valiant competed in the Prix St. George; he scored in the mid-high 60’s and placed in the ribbons in a large competitive field here in Wellington, the horse capital of the world.

 

After the trailer showing, Valiant and Jeanette will perform a musical freestyle to a song composed exclusively for the documentary’s soundtrack.

 

Photo courtesy of Jeanette Sassoon

Photo courtesy of Jeanette Sassoon

 

While Valiant: Life is a Horse depicts the story of Valiant, the core of the film is a powerful message of the incredible benefits and meaning that derives from truly caring for and bonding with our animals. The documentary is the ongoing saga of how Valiant’s story is continuing to touch many lives as it recounts interviews from individuals who have been affected or touched by Valiant and Jeanette and their journey.

 

Valiant’s story of inspiration has encouraged a new paradigm in the equestrian world. It involves getting to know, care for, and connect to our horses on a deeper more personal level… as friends and as partners. The film Valiant: Life is a Horse is the launch of a campaign to raise awareness for this new paradigm of horsemanship. This campaign has rallied the support of several equine companies like Adequan, Polo Gear, Verhan Saddlery, etc. whose company philosophies support the “We Care About Horses” message found in the documentary.

 

To learn more about Valiant: Life is a Horse, future performances and projects and this campaign to raise awareness of the human relationship with horses at a deeper level, visit www.valiantdocumentary.com.

 

For information concerning press passes and media coverage please contact Jennifer Wood at 803 240 7488 or at Jennifer@jenniferwoodmedia.com.