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DRESSAGE ICON JAN EBELING A PERFECT MATCH FOR ICE HORSE®

October 30, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

 

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Jan Ebling

Photo By Ice Horse

Dressage champion Jan Ebeling Joins Team Ice Horse Family

Sonoma, CA (October 22, 2014) – Dressage icon Jan Ebeling has joined forces with Ice Horse, becoming the newest member of the Ice Horse family. Jan joins the list of 20+ other Olympians and professional equestrians in the Team Ice Horse stable that are currently using the patented cold therapy products to give their horses the winning edge.

A member of the 2012 Olympic Team, Ebeling spent most of his childhood in Oldenburg, Germany, not far from where his Olympic partner Rafalca was born. He took riding lessons as a child, and worked feeding and grooming horses, and maneuvering the horse manure cart so he could pay for the lessons. Working his way up as an apprentice for the late German master Herbert Rehbein, Ebeling now oversees 30 to 40 horses at The Acres, a ranch in Moorpark, Calif.

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Jan Ebling

Photo By Ice Horse

 

A US Citizen since 1998, Jan represented the US on the 2003 gold medal Pan American team in Santo Domingo, aboard Feleciano, and aboard Rafalca competed in the World Cup in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2012. In 2011, Jan and Rafalca were the highest ranked USA combination at the World Cup in Leipzig, Germany and members of the USA team in Aachen culminating their partnership with a spot on the 2012 Olympic team.

“Not only is Jan Ebeling one of the horse world’s best athletes, but he exemplifies a superb level of horsemanship both in and out of the ring,” said Julie Garella, and CEO  of Ice Horse. “Jan demonstrates an exceptional level of training and care for the horse, and we are thrilled to be part of his horse care program. Busy professionals like Jan can really benefit from the convenience and time savings that Ice Horse products provide.”

In addition to Jan’s heavy competition and training schedule, Jan is a USDF Young Rider Clinician, is also a member of the High Performance Dressage Eligible Athlete Committee, and conducts clinics nationally and internationally, as well as having a full training and sales business in Moorpark, CA. As his family is an important part of his life, he enjoys spending time hiking, biking, snorkeling, and traveling with his wife, Amy and son, Ben.

About Ice Horse:

For over 15 years Ice Horse™ products have set the standard for Equine Cold Therapy. Based in Sonoma California, our mission is to provide innovative products, made in the U.S.A that help prevent injury and speed recovery for equine athletes.

Banner Day for Betsee Parker, Scott Stewart and Hunt Tosh at National Horse Show

October 30, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Scott Stewart and Lucador earned the 2014 Grand Hunter Championship with a clean sweep of the Green Conformation Hunter division.

Photo By Emily Riden/Phelps Media Group

Lexington, KY – October 29, 2014 – As the National Horse Show awarded its professional hunter championships Wednesday, there was one name repeated with almost every presentation: Dr. Betsee Parker.

Parker, of Middleburg, Virginia, is the owner of Casanova, Cold Harbor, Lucador and the lessee of A Million Reasons. The four horses constituted four of the five championship winning mounts Wednesday at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Hunt Tosh kicked off the Parker-owned hot streak aboard Casanova, claiming the division championship in the First Year Green Hunters, sponsored by Goshen Hill. Finishing in reserve behind Tosh were Sloane Coles and Autumn Rhythm, owned by Nilani Trent.

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Hunt Tosh and Casanova

Photo By Emily Riden/Phelps Media Group

Tosh’s success continued in the Regular Conformation Hunters with 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding Cold Harbor.

 “[Cold Harbor] was great here,” Tosh said. “Harrisburg was a little rusty; he didn’t do Capital Challenge. He hadn’t shown in a while, so he was a little rusty [at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show]. He went beautifully today. It’s a good week for him.”

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Hunt Tosh and Cold Harbor

Photo By Emily Riden/Phelps Media Group

Tosh and Cold Harbor earned the championship trophy, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler, while the reserve championship went to Kelley Farmer and Mindful.

 In the Green Conformation Hunters, sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth and Selma Garber, it was Scott Stewart and Lucador who claimed the championship, with a perfect, clean sweep of the division, winning all five classes.

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Scott Stewart and Lucador

Photo By Emily Riden/Phelps Media Group

“[Lucador]’s been great. He’s actually gotten better at every show,” Stewart said. “I was really happy with him. This is actually the most consistent that he’s been. We usually have one class where one of us messes up. He’s only 6 years old, so he’s sort of green.”

 While Lucador seemed not to take a step wrong in the show ring, his performance in the schooling area can be a bit of a different story.

“He’s a little bit girthy, and if you don’t give enough time he’ll buck and rear and try to throw me against the wall,” Stewart said. “He’s a little bit cold that way. Once he’s in the ring, he’s easier. ”

Stewart continued, “Julie Connors usually rides him for me and is always on him first and warms him up. Then I get on him, and he’s okay. I think he likes her better than me. He’s fine as long as she’s on him.”

In truth, Lucador seems more than fine with Stewart on him as well, and their winning rounds today helped Stewart clinch his eighth National Horse Show Leading Hunter Rider Challenge Trophy. Stewart previously won the award in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012 and now 2014.

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Scott Stewart was name the National Horse Show Leading Hunter Rider for the eighth time.

Photo By Emily Riden/Phelps Media Group

Helping add to Stewart’s point tally toward the honor were A Million Reasons and Golden Rule.

 A Million Reasons, a 9-year-old Holsteiner mare, claimed the blue ribbon in this morning’s $7,500 Second Year Green Hunter Stake before going on to also clinch the division championship, sponsored by Ernie and Betty Oare and Patricia Adikes-Hill.

“She’s the easiest horse I’ve ridden so far, and probably the nicest,” Stewart said of A Million Reasons, whom he just started riding following the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. “I like mares, but I haven’t had that much luck bringing them along. She’s super. There’s so much quality and scope.”

Stewart and Stephanie Danahkl’s Golden Rule finished out the day with the High Performance Hunter reserve championship, while the championship went to Kensel LLC’s Mindful.

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Kelley Farmer and Mindful were the High Performance Hunter grand champions.

Photo By Emily Riden/Phelps Media Group

The opportunity to compete Parker’s horses is one that neither Stewart nor Tosh take for granted.

 “As a rider I think it’s great,” Tosh said. “Between the Wheelers and Betsee, to have owners that support us and just give us horses to ride that don’t do another division and are basically just for us to do is incredible. There aren’t a lot of owners out there that do that nowadays. She’s wonderful to both of us.”

Tosh continued, “For what she does, and as much as she puts into it, she wants to do it at the top level, so when you have a day like today it all pays off. Her plan and our plan and everything really worked out.”

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Dr. Betsee Parker gives Scott Stewart a hug for a job well done.

Photo By Emily Riden/Phelps Media Group

While Wednesday marked the conclusion of the professional hunter divisions, the hunter competition continues on Thursday with the Amateur-Owner Hunters beginning at 7 a.m.

 Watch live streaming of the National Horse Show all week on USEF Network at www.usefnetwork.com, and find out more about the show at  www.nhs.org.

 

About the National Horse Show

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association’s primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.

 

With $755,000 in prize money offered, this year’s National Horse Show offers an International Open Jumpers with $460,000 in prize money, while the top rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000. Meanwhile, $100,000 in total is offered to the Amateur-Owner and U 25 Jumper sections.

 

For the fourth consecutive year, The National Horse Show received a top ranking from NARG, the North American Riders Group and was named the Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year in four back-to-back years.

 

For more information go to:  www.nhs.org 

 

2014 National Horse Show Fast Facts
What:
The National Horse Show is a week-long championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 28 -November 2, 2014, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games.

Featured Highlights:

Thursday, Oct. 30 Copernicus Stables $75,000 International Open Jumpers
Friday, Oct. 31- Barn Night – Area barns show their spirit in costume and compete for prizes and enjoy the Chasonette Farm $45,000 Gambler’s Choice Costume Class
Saturday, Nov. 1 – Canadian Pacific $250,000 Grand Prix, presented by the Harrison Family
Sunday, Nov. 2 – The Alfred B. Maclay National Championship Finals, Presented by Dover Saddlery

 

Parking:
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the NHS.

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
2245 Stone Garden Lane Lexington, KY 40513
Cindy Bozan
email: cindy@nhs.org
Phone: (859) 608-3709
Fax: (866) 285-9496

Email:
Cindy@nhs.org

Website:
Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

Additional Contacts:
Vendors  – Matt Morrissey at matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com or call (941) 915-3457

VIP Table Sales – Cindy Bozan at cindy@nhs.org Phone: (859) 608-3709

Advertising and Program Sales – Dee Thomas at jmstables@aol.com Phone: 561-310-7679

Sponsorship – Mason Phelps at mpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389
or
Susie Webb at webb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162

Hotels:
HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles
CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles

For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit:
Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
Horse Show Secretary:
Cindy Bozan
859-233-0492
Email: secretary.nhs@aol.com

NATIONAL HORSE SHOW MEDIA CONTACT:
Re: News and Information:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12012 South Shore Blvd
Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com

Scott Stewart Dominates Day One of the 131st National Horse Show

October 28, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Scott Stewart and A Million Reasons

Photo By Phelps Media Group

Lexington, KY – October 28, 2014 – At the end of the year-long horse show circuit, there is one final destination where the nation’s top hunter and jumper riders all flock: the National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park. The prestigious six-day culminating final kicked off today with five full professional hunter divisions.

In the Second Year Green Hunter division, sponsored by Ernie and Betty Oare and Patricia Adikes-Hill, it was Scott Stewart who dominated the day aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s A Million Reasons.

Stewart and the 9-year-old Holsteiner mare come to Kentucky fresh off a championship win at the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) in Washington, D.C., which marked the pairs’ first time competing together. Given Tuesday’s performance, Stewart and A Million Reasons are well on track for a repeat performance this week.

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The duo clinched the blue ribbon in the first class of the Second Year Green Hunter division and finished second in the handy class, only relinquishing a higher spot in the standings to another of Stewart’s rides, Loyalty, owned by Fashion Farm of New York, New York.

The National Horse Show marks only Stewart and A Million Reasons’ second horse show together, but Stewart has had his eye on the mare for a while.

“The Thatcher’s [of Pony Lane Farm] own her. They showed her in the First Years, and then I think she maybe took a year off and had some babies. I know they did some embryo transfers,” Stewart said.  “I’ve always liked her, and when I heard she was available I talked to them and followed up on the opportunity.”

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Scott Stewart and A Million Reasons

Photo By Emily Riden/Phelps Media Group

Stewart tried the horse for Dr. Betsee Parker (Middleburg, Virginia) for the first time at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and shortly after, Parker entered into a lease agreement with the Thatchers, which has already proven to be a positive decision.

 “She’s amazing. I love her,” Stewart said. “Last week was the first time that I showed her, and she was champion. She won the first class with a 92. She was awesome.”

Stewart continued, “She’s the ideal hunter. She’s a beautiful mover; she’s a great jumper, and her type is just so nice.”

Stewart’s winning ways on Tuesday stretched beyond the Second Year Green Hunter division to the Green Conformation Hunters and the High Performance Hunters.

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Scott Stewart and Golden Rule

Photo By Emily Riden/Phelps Media Group

In the Goshen Hill sponsored Green Conformation Hunters, Stewart and Lucador, another Parker entry, turned in back-to-back blue ribbon performances to lead the way in the division’s opening day.

 Stewart’s success in the High Performance Hunters, sponsored by Mr. Richard L. Duchossois, came aboard Stephanie Danhakl’s Golden Rule, with whom he has been successful throughout the year.

“The courses were great today. The horses all jumped well even though it’s the end of the circuit,” Stewart said. “It’s always nice to come to the Kentucky Horse Park. They do a good job.”

Hunter competition resumes Wednesday morning beginning with the continuation of the professional hunters at 8 a.m. in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, followed by the start of the Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter divisions.

Watch live streaming of the National Horse Show all week on USEF Network atwww.usefnetwork.com, and find out more about the show at  www.nhs.org.

 

About the National Horse Show

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association’s primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.

 

With $755,000 in prize money offered, this year’s National Horse Show offers an International Open Jumpers with $460,000 in prize money, while the top rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000. Meanwhile, $100,000 in total is offered to the Amateur-Owner and U 25 Jumper sections.

 

For the fourth consecutive year, The National Horse Show received a top ranking from NARG, the North American Riders Group and was named the Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year in four back-to-back years.

 

For more information go to:  www.nhs.org 

 

2014 National Horse Show Fast Facts
What:
The National Horse Show is a week-long championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 28 -November 2, 2014, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games.

Featured Highlights:

Thursday, Oct. 30 Copernicus Stables $75,000 International Open Jumpers
Friday, Oct. 31- Barn Night – Area barns show their spirit in costume and compete for prizes and enjoy the Chasonette Farm $45,000 Gambler’s Choice Costume Class
Saturday, Nov. 1 – Canadian Pacific $250,000 Grand Prix, presented by the Harrison Family
Sunday, Nov. 2 – The Alfred B. Maclay National Championship Finals, Presented by Dover Saddlery

 

Parking:
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the NHS.

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
2245 Stone Garden Lane Lexington, KY 40513
Cindy Bozan
email: cindy@nhs.org
Phone: (859) 608-3709
Fax: (866) 285-9496

Email:
Cindy@nhs.org

Website:
Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

Additional Contacts:
Vendors  – Matt Morrissey at matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com or call (941) 915-3457

VIP Table Sales – Cindy Bozan at cindy@nhs.org Phone: (859) 608-3709

Advertising and Program Sales – Dee Thomas at jmstables@aol.com Phone: 561-310-7679

Sponsorship – Mason Phelps at mpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389
or
Susie Webb at webb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162

Hotels:
HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles
CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles

For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit:
Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
Horse Show Secretary:
Cindy Bozan
859-233-0492
Email: secretary.nhs@aol.com

NATIONAL HORSE SHOW MEDIA CONTACT:
Re: News and Information:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12012 South Shore Blvd
Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com

Equestrian Super Stars Headed to Lexington for 2014 National Horse Show

October 23, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Three of four members of the US WEG team will compete at this year’s National Horse Show.
Photo by Susan Stickle
Lexington, KY – October 23, 2014 An all-star roster of equestrian superstars featuring show jumping’s very best are headed to Kentucky as the top-rated National Horse Show returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on October 28November 2, 2014. This year’s line-up features numerous Olympians, including a handful of Gold medalists, plus many of the sport’s fastest rising stars.

Riders from around the globe all have their eyes on the big cash prizes and the numerous prestigious titles. This year’s show will be offering an impressive $755,000 in prize money. The National Horse Show offers an International Open Jumper division with $460,000 in prize money, while the top rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000. Meanwhile, $100,000 in total is offered to the Amateur-Owner and Under 25 Jumper sections.

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Katie Dinan returns to defend her NHS GP title.
Photo by Kenneth Kraus
The National Horse Show, for the fourth year in a row, received a top ranking from NARG, the North American Riders Group and was again named the Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year in back to back years.

Katie Dinan, who soared to victory in last year’s main event on Saturday night, is scheduled to return to defend her title in Lexington. She’ll be faced with a roster of riders, all trying to make sure that Dinan does not double up this year in the new CP National Horse Show Grand Prix.

Topping the list are three of the four riders on the 2014 Bronze medal winning team at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

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2011 NHS Grand Prix winner, McLain Ward.
Photo by Kenneth Kraus
Beezie Madden, who also captured the Individual Bronze medal, will be joined by teammates McLain Ward and Kent Farrington. Madden, the 2013 World Cup champion, also added the Keystone Classic at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show to her list of big time wins in 2014. In addition to his other top finishes, Ward led the round of honor in this year’s Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at Antwerp, Belgium and won the National Horse Show Grand Prix in 2011. Farrington meanwhile, rode to victory in the Grand Prix of Barcelona and added numerous Spruce Meadows wins to his already impressive list of victories.
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Beezie Madden, double Bronze medalist at the World Equestrian Games. Photo by Rebecca Walton (Left)
Kent Farrington, Bronze medalist at WEG, is on the roster for the 2014 NHS. Photo by Sue Stickle (Right)
Other Olympians making the trip to Lexington this year include Peter Wylde, Leslie Howard, Laura Kraut, Charlie Jayne, Todd Minikus and Margie Engle. They will be joined by Pan American Games Gold medalist, Christine McCrea.

The above list of some of the all-time best show jumpers in the United States are credited with an amazing total of over one thousand grand prix wins among the group.

Part of the next generation of show jumping stars, Georgina Bloomberg, fresh off her win in the Central Park Grand Prix in New York City will be joined by Jessica Springsteen, winner of the celebrated American Gold Cup this year. Last year’s American Gold Cup champion, Brianne Goutal, is joined by the last two Individual Gold Medal winners from the North American Junior and Young Rider Championship Wilton Porter, the Gold medal winner this summer at the Horse Park in Lexington and Lillie Keenan, who claimed the top of the podium in 2013.

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Jessica Springsteen won the American Gold Cup this year in North Salem, NY. Photo by Emily Riden (Left)
Georgina Bloomberg captured the inaugural Central Park Grand Prix in NYC. Photo by The Book LLC (Right)
Rounding out the list of American riders competing at the National are Quentin Judge, Meagan Nusz, Candice King, Schuyler Riley, Ali Wolff, Kirsten Coe, Charlie Jacobs, Denise Wilson, David Beisel, Molly Ashe-Cawley, Paige Johnson, Kama G odek, Alex Granato and Audrey Coulter.

A star-studded international field of riders is also making the journey to the heart of the Bluegrass this year. They include a strong Irish contingent led by the red-hot Darragh Kenny, along with Shane Sweetnam, Richie Maloney and Conor Swail.

South America is well represented with Paulo Santana of Brazil and Daniel Bluman and Roberto Teran of Colombia.

Top riders from Europe include Belgium riders Francois Mathy and brothers Nicola and Olivier Philippaerts and Switzerland’s Beat Mandli who comes to Lexington fresh off a victory in the FEI World Cup Grand Prix De Penn National at Harrisburg.

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Wilton Porter, center, won the Individual Gold Medal at NAJYRC this year.
Photo by Kendall Bierer
Tickets for the 2014 National Horse Show CSI-W 4* are available online at Ticketleap.com, the official ticket provider for this year’s event. The top-rated equestrian showcase returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 28November 2, 2014.
Tickets purchased through Ticketleap.com are discounted 20% as compared to tickets bought at the gate. Children 12 and under are always admitted at no charge.

Tickets for each prime-time show on Thursday evening,Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday daytime can be purchased now at Ticketleap.com at: http://nationalhorseshow.ticketleap.com/nhs2014/ 

The highlights for this year’s show include on Thursdaynight, the Copernicus Stables, LLC $75,000 International Open Jumpers – Time First Jump Off.Friday night’s feature is the Chansonette Farm $45,000 Gambler’s Choice Top Score Costume Class in honor of Halloween night. On Saturday, it’s the main event, the $250,000 CP National Horse Show Grand Prix. On Sunday afternoon the National Horse Show plays host to the Maclay National Championship for the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class Presented by Dover’s Saddlery beginning early in the morning and continuing with the final round at approximately 3:00 PM.

All evening sessions begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

For tickets to this year’s show visit TicketLeap.com at: http://nationalhorseshow.ticketleap.com/nhs2014/ 

The prize list for the National Horse Show can be downloaded at:  https://www.nhs.org/prize-list-and-entry-forms/ 

 

2014 National Horse Show Fast Facts

What:
The National Horse Show is a week-long championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 28November 2, 2014, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games.

Parking:
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the NHS.

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
2245 Stone Garden Lane Lexington, KY 40513
Cindy Bozan
Phone: (859) 608-3709
Fax: (866) 285-9496

Email:
Website:
Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

Additional Contacts:
Vendors  – Matt Morrissey atmatt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com or call (941) 915-3457

VIP Table Sales – Cindy Bozan at cindy@nhs.orgPhone: (859) 608-3709

Advertising and Program Sales – Dee Thomas atjmstables@aol.com Phone: 561-310-7679

Sponsorship – Mason Phelps atmpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389
or
Susie Webb at webb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162

Hotels:
HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles
CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles

For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit:
Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
Horse Show Secretary:
Cindy Bozan
859-233-0492
NATIONAL HORSE SHOW MEDIA CONTACT:
Re: News and Information:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12012 South Shore Blvd
Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
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Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell and Laurie Barna Win $10,000 WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter Championships

October 22, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Monopoly and Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell

Photo By Jennifer Wood Media

 

 

Washington, D.C. – October 21, 2014 – The 56th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) began Tuesday with the first day of hunter competition at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The day featured professional and amateur hunters showing in the first classes of their divisions as well as year-end championships for the children’s and adult hunter riders. The WIHS continues its six-day competition through Sunday, October 26.

The $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship saw 31 entries on Tuesday competing over a course set by Kenneth Krome of Westminster, MD. The top 12 entries returned for round two where 14-year-old Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell of New York, NY, qualified both of her two mounts. The rider won the championship riding Margaret O’Meara’s Monopoly to scores of 84 and 78.5 for a total of 162.5. For the win, she was presented the H. Fenwick Kollock Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Friends of Fen.

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Monopoly and Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell in their winning presentation

Photo By Jennifer Wood Media

 

Olivia Notman and Castlewood Farm, Inc.’s Signature finished second on a 161-point total with scores of 82 and 79. Krysiewicz-Bell also placed third aboard her horse Early Winter with scores of 81 and 77 for a total of 158.

Krysiewicz-Bell started training with Andre Dignelli at Heritage Farm in New York three years ago and has seen great progress in her riding. She began riding Monopoly one year ago and showed the 14-year-old Dutch Riding Horse gelding for the first time in Wellington, FL, this winter.

“He is probably the perfect horse,” she smiled. “Everything about him, everything that you would want a horse to be, he is. He is reliable, he is rarely fresh, and he is an amazing jumper. Early Winter is my equitation horse, but I have been riding him in the hunters too and he has been really good.”

Tuesday was Krysiewicz-Bell’s first time showing at WIHS, and it was her goal all year to qualify for the final. This was her last show on Monopoly (a.k.a. Cash) and a wonderful win.

“My rounds today were really good,” she detailed. “I thought that they were smooth. I think I was a little more confident than I have been on them in the past because I just was relaxing and thinking about the quality of the round and focusing.”

“I came down yesterday and I was able to look at the ring and look at the schooling area and that gave me a sense of how it would ride and what the ring would feel like when I was riding in it,” she added. “Also, I got up this morning and I schooled a little in the ring, so I got a feeling of how I would need to ride later today. I had never been here before, and it is wonderful to come here and have this success. I love the ring. It is amazing to be here, and it feels incredible to win.”

Krysiewicz-Bell is a student at Marymount School in New York City and commutes to Heritage Farm four to five days a week after school to ride. This winter she will return to Florida to continue competing.

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Signature and Olivia Notman

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Laurie Barna and Laguna Top $10,000 Adult Amateur Hunter Championship

The $10,000 WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Championship, sponsored by The Linden Group at Morgan Stanley, concluded day one at the 2014 WIHS with 27 entries showing over the first round course and the top 12 returning. Laurie Barna of Dallas, PA, finally got her victory after several top finishes in the competition in previous years. She rode her veteran mount Laguna, a 21-year-old Holsteiner gelding, to victory with scores of 78 and 81 for the winning total of 159.

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Laurie Barna and Laguna

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Jacquelyn Maggiore and Contina

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Barna started training with Liz Perry-Merbler at High Brass Farm in New Jersey in 2000 and has ridden Laguna for almost five years. The horse was previously her niece’s equitation horse and has given Barna great confidence in her riding.Jacquelyn Maggiore and Contina finished second with a 155-point total on scores of 76 and 79. Dana C. Nifosi and Knob Creek placed third with scores of 72.5 and 82 for a total of 154.5.

“We have been coming here year after year, and I just can’t believe we actually finally won,” Barna beamed. “I have been doing Washington with either hunters or jumpers for at least 10 or 12 years now and this is my first time (winning). We are always a bridesmaid, but not this year. This is very exciting, especially on that horse. He is like our family heirloom. He has been in our family for a long time now. He was my niece’s equitation horse and when she went to college, we couldn’t bear to sell him. It is very sweet to have won it on him. We are probably semi retiring him this year and I thought, ‘Well, this is my last go of it.’ I can’t believe we actually got it.”

“Liz and I have been at this together for 15 years. I have a full-time job, and I only get out there once a week. Liz takes care of everything else,” Barna explained. “They have a rehab facility there, and he does the AquaPacer three times a week because it is a low impact workout. That is wonderful for him. Liz hacks him, and I have a lesson every Friday. I am very fortunate that he has so much experience, and he just loves it. He is wonderful.”
Although Barna still plans to show Laguna lightly next year, this win capped off an excellent partnership at one of her favorite shows.

“I was walking around the schooling area talking to him, saying, ‘All these years together buddy, do you think we can pull this off?’ It has never worked out. I landed off that last jump, and I thought, ‘Could it be?’ This will not be his last show. We might just have some fun with it next year, but it will be very limited. It will be hard to give him up. I have to wean myself off. Who knows, but how can you top that?”

Though she has many years of experience showing at WIHS, competing in the city never loses its luster for Barna. “I absolutely love it. It is just the atmosphere here,” she smiled. “Everything is so electric and unusual. It is just a neat show to be at. It is so friendly. I love being in the city and the horses walking down the street. It is a beautiful arena. It is challenging, but luckily I have a horse who doesn’t require much. There is just something about horses in the city that makes it really special.”

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Laurie Barna and Laguna in their winning presentation

Photo By Jennifer Wood Media

 

Also showing on Tuesday, the professional hunter divisions completed their first day of competition at Verizon Center with a very successful morning for Scott Stewart of Wellington, FL. The Robotyping Challenge Trophy was presented to Stewart and Dr. Betsee Parker’s A Million Reasons for the best Green Working Hunter round of the day with a high score of 92 in the Second Year Green Working Hunters. Stewart also accepted The Fairfax Hunt Race Association Challenge Trophy for the best Green Working Hunter handy round with a score of 86 aboard Stephanie Danhakl’s Quest in the First Year Green Working Hunters.

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Scott Stewart and A Million Reasons with Dr. Betsee Parker

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The Washington International Horse Show continues on Wednesday with championships for the professional and amateur-owner hunter divisions as well as the $10,000 Children’s Jumper Championship during the day. The evening session, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature the $10,000 Adult Jumper Championship and the $10,000 International Jumper speed class, sponsored by Amalaya Investments. For full results, more information, or to watch the free live stream of the show sponsored in part by The Nutro Company, please visit www.wihs.org.Also showing on Tuesday, the professional hunter divisions completed their first day of competition at Verizon Center with a very successful morning for Scott Stewart of Wellington, FL. The Robotyping Challenge Trophy was presented to Stewart and Dr. Betsee Parker’s A Million Reasons for the best Green Working Hunter round of the day with a high score of 92 in the Second Year Green Working Hunters. Stewart also accepted The Fairfax Hunt Race Association Challenge Trophy for the best Green Working Hunter handy round with a score of 86 aboard Stephanie Danhakl’s Quest in the First Year Green Working Hunters.

Final Results: $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship
Place, Number, Horse, Rider, Owner, Round 1 Score, Round 2 Score, Overall Score
1 721 MONOPOLY Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell Margaret O’Meara 84.000 78.500 162.500
2 283 SIGNATURE Olivia Notman Castlewood Farm, Inc. 82.000 79.000 161.000
3 722 EARLY WINTER Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell 81.000 77.000 158.000
4 128 VOLTARO Mary Elise Nolen Missy Nolen 75.000 78.000 153.000
5 556 OBERON Madeline McManus Streett Moore 72.000 80.000 152.000
6 412 ONE HUNDRED AND ONE Caroline Kahn Scott Petrie 74.500 73.500 148.000
7 324 COPPERFIELD Elise Buhl Fox Meadow Farm 73.500 74.000 147.500
8 752 CITY GIRL Gillian Aiken Gillian Aiken 76.000 69.000 145.000
9 645 MACTIER Connie Holman Bella Cramer 77.000 67.500 144.500
10 554 BRUTALIO Elizabeth Parent Streett Moore 74.000 70.000 144.000
11 669 NOSE BETTER Caroline Wilson Caroline Wilson 79.000 63.000 142.000
12 297 QUITE CHOCOLATE Catherine Kubiak Over Fences Farm LLC 73.000 55.000 128.000
Final Results: Final Results: $10,000 WIHS Adult Hunter Championship, sponsored by The Linden Group at Morgan Stanley
Place, Number, Rider, Owner, Round 1 Score, Round 2 Score, Total Score
1 408 LAGUNA Laurie Barna Laurie Barna 78.000 81.000 159.000
2 235 CONTINA Jacquelyn Maggiore Jacquelyn Maggiore 76.000 79.000 155.000
3 536 KNOB CREEK Dana C. Nifosi Dana C. Nifosi 72.500 82.000 154.500
4 525 BENVOLIO Mary Grossman Mary Grossman 71.000 83.000 154.000
5 163 RENO RUNAWAY Emily Slotwinski Sandra Mertes 70.000 80.000 150.000
6 101 FERRAGAMO’S FEATURE Jenna Weiner Jenna Weiner, LLC 73.000 74.500 147.500
7 110 POETIC JUSTIS Brooke Cole Brooke Cole 71.500 74.000 145.500
8 278 SGT. PEPPER Connie McRill Connie McRill 67.000 78.000 145.000
9 526 ROC’S IRISH ROSE Heather Bobek Heather Bobek 72.000 71.000 143.000
10 913 ALL 4 PLAY Carly Ziegler Carly Ziegler 70.500 72.000 142.500
11 633 EMERALD CITY Sarah Gorrell Ashley Holsinger 68.000 68.000 136.000
12 266 WISH LIST Diane Wade Diane Wade 69.000 65.000 134.000
Photo Credit: Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography, www.shawnmcmillen.com. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.
About the Washington International Horse Show, www.wihs.org
An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country’s premier metropolitan indoor horse show. Each October, more than 500 world-class horses and riders, including Olympic medalists, arrive in Washington for six days of exciting show jumping and hunter competition. Highlights include the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix (a World Cup qualifier), the Puissance (high jump) and WIHS Equitation Finals featuring the country’s top junior riders. Exciting equestrian exhibitions, boutique shopping and community activities, such as Kids’ Day and Breakfast with the Mounted Police, round out this family-friendly event.  WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition and is recognized as a Top 25 Horse Show by the North American Riders Group.   
Since its debut, WIHS has been a Washington, D.C. institution attended by celebrities, business, military and diplomatic leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Year in a Row – Pablo Barrios Wins 2014 Hagyard Challenge Series $50,000 Leading Rider Award

October 20, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Pablo Barrios and Antares
Photo By Rebecca Walton/Phelps Media Group

 

Lexington, KY – October 20, 2014 After dominating the Hagyard Challenge Series for the second year in a row, Venezuelan rider Pablo Barrios has captured the $50,000 Hagyard Leading Rider Award. He and his talented mounts earned the winning honors in four of the seven Hagyard Lexington Classic events, which coupled with other top placings, gave Barrios an early lead in the standings that he never relinquished.

“Winning this bonus means a lot in different ways,” noted Barrios. “The first is that shows that you have been a consistent rider during all of the shows in Lexington. Also, the money is big help, especially for me because I own a lot of my own horses. There are a lot of expenses starting the year in Wellington and the bonus is a wonderful help, and I am very thankful to Hagyard for sponsoring it.”

The Hagyard Challenge Series is a summer-long series of seven show jumping events at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.  Barrios’ consistent efforts helped him accumulate 1,420 points, enough to almost double the total of second place finisher Shane Sweetnam of Ireland at 730 points.

New this year though, the Hagyard Challenge Series introduced an additional $10,000 rider bonus for the runner-up. Sweetnam collected the secondary bonus, taking home top ribbons throughout the series and winning the Hagyard Lexington Classic during the Kentucky Summer Classic with Bijzonder.

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Shane Sweetnam and Bijzonder
Photo By Rebecca Walton/Phelps Media Group

“Two years ago I won the bigger bonus and I think it’s great for the riders because it gives them an extra incentive to compete in those classes and there is a very high standard in those grand prix events,” explained Sweetnam. “It’s great that they added the secondary bonus this year. It looked like Pablo had it wrapped up halfway through, and it gives the other riders like myself more incentive to keep going.”

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute’s Dr. Stuart Brown commented, “Once again, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute continues to be honored to support this Series at The Kentucky Horse Park bringing the highest quality of competition in the sport of Grand Prix Jumping to the Bluegrass throughout the summer. Without a doubt, fans and spectators of equestrian competition are able to witness these incredible horses and their riders in one of the nation’s most spectacular settings for equestrian sport. We remain grateful to the support of our sponsors as partners in the Leading Rider Award that is a cornerstone for the Hagyard Challenge Series. Also, we appreciate the support of the talented horses and riders who make this Series such a success each season. Congratulations to this year’s winners, as well as all the competitors and owners who have been such wonderful patrons in support of this Series. Lastly, we appreciate all the fans and spectators of the sport who follow the Series each year, and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute looks forward to another exciting season of competition in 2015.”

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Pablo Barrios Wins 2014 Hagyard Challenge Series $50,000 Leading Rider Award
Photo By Rebecca Walton/Phelps Media Group

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world. Founded in 1876, the institute offers a staff with qualifications unparalleled by any single non-university veterinary group in the equine industry, and Hagyard veterinarians have dedicated themselves to the health and wellbeing of the horse.

The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens MRI, Nuclear Scintigraphy, a high speed treadmill, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour emergency services and Hyperbaric Medicine. The institute has practiced veterinary medicine since 1876 and is currently composed of over 50 experienced veterinarians, with 13 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Theriogenology.

Several generous sponsors have helped make this exciting series event happen. These gracious supporters include: title sponsor MWI Veterinary Supply, and presenting sponsor Zoetis, as well as Audi of Lexington, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, Hagyard Pharmacy, Johnson Horse Transport, Hallway Feeds, Pike and Preston, and Stoll Keenon Ogden.

For more information about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute please visithttp://hagyard.com.

For more information about the Kentucky Horse Shows, please visithttp://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com/.

 

International Show Jumping Comes To Vegas: Three Thrilling Evenings and So Much More

October 20, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Reed Kessler and Cylana
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Las Vegas, NV – October 20, 2014 – Less than a month away, the Las Vegas National Horse Show buzz is building.  With three thrilling evenings of world-class show jumping guaranteed to pack the house, the South Point Hotel and Casino is the spot to be from November 13th through 15th, 2014.

Equestrians Coming to Vegas
A group of the world’s best show jumpers and their mounts, including the youngest equestrian Olympian to date and Longines Rising Star Award Recipient, Reed Kessler; as well as FEI World Cup Finals and Olympian Rich Fellers; Global Champions Tour winner and World Equestrian Team Member Lucy Davis; the recent Los Angeles Masters Longines Grand Prix Winner Jos Verlooy; Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson; decorated show jumping veteran Susan Hutchison, the Coulter sisters, Saer and Audrey, as well as Charlie Jayne, will light up Las Vegas.

Back from many months in Europe working with the world-renowned German rider Marcus Ehning, Kessler is taking the East Coast by storm and will head West for her first ever Las Vegas National. Fellers and the indomitable Flexible head to Vegas fresh off a grand prix win at the September Sacramento International.

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Rich Fellers and Flexible
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Also returning from a European tour with trainers Markus and Meredith Beerbaum, and now finishing up her degree at Stanford, Davis will take a break from her studies to compete.  And the young Belgian Jos Verlooy, who rides with Harrie Smolders, seeks to continue his American winning ways in Las Vegas.

Also working with Smolders, the Coulter sisters have picked up big wins from California to Wellington as well as abroad.  Ready to represent, Jayne traveled to Normandy as Reserve for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, which he has also done for the Olympic Games.  His consistent record includes a close second place at the inaugural Central Park Grand Prix in New York City in September.

With a World Cup qualifying Grand Prix on the schedule, this is just a taste of the international competitors vying for a chance to compete in the prestigious Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping & Dressage Finals also in Las Vegas at the Thomas and Mack Arena in April of 2015.

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Lucy Davis and Barron; Will Simpson shares a Gold Medal moment with a young fan.
Photos By EqSol and Captured Moment Photo.

More Show Jumping Stars Who Will Light Up the South Point Equestrian Arena

Sean Crooks
Richard Spooner
Kirsten Coe
Hardin Towell
Joie Gatlin
Liubov Kochetova
Gabriella Salick
Lane Clarke
Vinton Karrasch
Jenni McAlister
Mandy Porter
Jennifer Gates
Karl Cook
Kristin Hardin
Bliss Heers
Francie Steinwedell-Carvin
Christian Heineking
Jenni McAllister
Michelle Rodal


Free Admission Each Evening

These riders, as well as a host of other talented show jumpers, will be competing in highlight events including the Markel Insurance Grand Prix Series Final, the FEI Welcome Jumper Classic, a Speed Classic, a Winning Round Classic and the World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, November 13-15, 2014. Admission is free.

Only in Vegas can you enjoy three thrilling evenings of show jumping while spending your days shopping, dining and your nights dancing, hitting the casinos, or just taking in the Strip and all its marvels.

Whether a fan of great sport or a great time or both, a November Vegas adventure awaits you.  With just a few weeks until the excitement commences, plan your getaway now.  See you at the South Point Hotel.Casino.Spa.

About the Las Vegas National

Produced by the Blenheim EquiSports Management Team, this one-of-a-kind competition is unique to Las Vegas.  Offering a schedule with several highlight classes, including an FEI World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix, it is an important stop on the fall indoor show schedule.  Several hundred horses come to spend the week in the tremendous indoor facility at the South Point Equestrian Arena.

One of the only events where accommodations, dining, entertainment, spa services, show arenas and stabling are all essentially under the same roof, the Las Vegas National stands alone and is recognized as a Top 25 Horse Show by the North American Riders Group. For more information and updates visit showpark.com, like Blenheim EquiSports on Facebook or follow Blenheim EquiSports on Twitter.

Caitlin Burns Ends the Season on a High Note: Navona Gallegos and Vatricia Top the Welcome Stake

October 13, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Caitlin Burns and On The Money

Caitlin Burns and On the Money during
Summer in the Rockies
Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge
Parker, CO – October 10, 2014 – The Colorado Horse Park hosted the USEF “A”-rated Colorado Fall Finals Horse Show September 25-28, 2014, at the picturesque facility in Parker. The final hunter /jumper competition of the 2014 season featured a full range of hunter, jumper, equitation and pony classes and divisions, including hunter and jumper classics.

In the amateur hunters, Caitlin Burns from Longmont, Colorado, and her mare, On the Money, won both their over fences classes on Saturday and were fourth in one of the over fences classes on Sunday to clinch the championship of the Junior/Amateur Owner Hunters.

Burns trains with Mark Mead of Sleepy Hollow Farm in Longmont, Colorado.

“On The Money always comes out trying,” Burns said about the bay Thoroughbred. “This weekend we probably had our best handy course to date. I’ve ridden with Mark for a long time. He has a way of always seeing the positive in situations – a great quality.”
With her own Blue Dutch, a grey Dutch Warmblood gelding, Burns also prevailed in the Adult Amateurs 18 and Over division, earning the tricolor. Burns and Blue Dutch won an over fences class on Saturday and were third in the other. They also won Saturday’s $500 Marshall and Sterling Adult Hunter Classic. On Sunday, the pair won an over fences class, were fourth in another and fifth under saddle. In the $500 NAL Adult Hunter Classic, the pair earned second place honors.

“It’s always nice to have some good rounds, and to put it together with both horses is an extra treat,” said Burns. “Both of these horses are just great. Blue Dutch has been on a steady uphill gain this year. He came back from a long lay-off this spring. We started back slow doing the 2’6″ and returned to the Adults at the Horse Park in June. It was a little rocky to start, but there were always glimmers of hope. And slowly but surely, it has just gotten better and better.”

“I had a great year at Colorado Horse Park and always enjoy showing there,” she continued. “This winter I’m taking my horses to Texas to ride and show a few different places, but I look forward to returning to the Horse Park next summer!”

Fall Finals at the Colorado Horse Park also featured jumper competition in the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix Arena, and Navona Gallegos won the $2,500 Welcome Stake.

“I went ninth in the class and I didn’t get to see anyone else jump off before me, so I just tried to go efficiently,” said Gallegos. “There were some long gallops and there was a nice inside turn to the last vertical in the jump-off.”

Gallegos trained with Mike Elmore while she was still showing her last pony and transitioning to the junior hunters and the equitation. Then, she worked with Karen Healey on the West Coast and rode with Laura Kraut on the East Coast through her college years. Last year, she concentrated on finishing at University of Virginia and sent her horses back to Elmore in Abiquiú, New Mexico. After graduation, she moved back to the Santa Fe area.

“Mike is absolutely fantastic,” she said. “This summer I came back and have been working with him, which has been absolutely delightful.”

Gallegos purchased Vatricia, a chestnut Dutch Warmblood mare, from Kraut and showed her in the 8-Year-Old Young Jumpers. The horse and rider team progressed together to grand prix. According to Gallegos, they matured not only as a team, but also individually as a horse and as a rider. Then, Vatricia had two unrelated back-to-back injuries and was sidelined for over a year.
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Whitney Stahl Presents the award to Navona Gallegos and Vatricia.
Photo By: Courtesy of Whitney Stahl
“We weren’t sure if she would come back and be able to jump, but we let her come back slowly and kept our fingers crossed,” Gallegos said. “Mike has done a wonderful job of getting her fit and keeping her sound. Now she’s going great, which is really exciting.”
“The mare was jumping so well that the people in the audience couldn’t stop saying, ‘Wow,'” Elmore commented. “She’s a remarkable mare. At home she’s sleepy and lazy but when she gets to a horse show it’s like she’s on stage and she’s ready to go.”

Elmore credits his client’s talent for their fantastic results at Colorado Horse Park.

“All I did was get the mare in good shape,” he said. “Then, I got out of the way so the two of them could shine. It was fun watching that happen. They make a good pair.”

Check out the Colorado Horse Park website for postings of educational events for the 2014/2015 season. Hunter/jumper competition resumes on March 14-15, 2015, for the CHP Marches on CHJS show, followed by CHP Spring Warm-Up I, which runs April 23-26.

Click here for complete results from Colorado Fall Finals.

About the Colorado Horse Park
Celebrating its 21st Anniversary, the Colorado Horse Park was founded by visionary Helen Krieble who acknowledged the need for a high-volume horse show and horse boarding facility to serve Colorado. The Colorado Horse Park welcomes more than 35,000 visitors per year and hosts over 40 competitions annually. CHP features a derby arena designed by Olympic-designer Linda Allen and a cross-country course designed by Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor and eventing super-star James Atkinson. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity for more than 1,000 stalls.

The picturesque property, located only minutes from the town of Parker, hosts international equestrian events in multiple disciplines. Visitors enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings and access to miles of trails and open space. The Colorado Horse Park is committed to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

Star-Studded Lineup of International Show Jumpers Announced For 2014 Washington International Horse Show

October 07, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Washington, D.C. – October 7, 2014 – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is thrilled to announce an all-star lineup of international show jumpers scheduled to ride in this year’s competition at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. One of the year’s most esteemed equestrian competitions with an FEI four-star rating and World Cup qualifier, WIHS draws many of the biggest names in the sport, including Olympians and rising young talents. The 56th annual event runs October 21-26, 2014.

Click here to watch the fantastic promotional video for this year’s Washington International Horse Show!

Following team and individual bronze medal performances in this summer’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in France, U.S. superstar Beezie Madden is back on home turf and set to compete at WIHS along with teammates McLain Ward and Kent Farrington. Madden and Ward are each two-time Olympic gold medalists, and Farrington is currently the number four ranked rider in the world (as of September 30, 2014). U.S. WEG traveling team alternate Charlie Jayne will also show along with original alternate Margie Engle, who has one of the most illustrious careers in the sport.

Coral Reef Via Volo & Beezie Madden

Coral Reef Via Volo & Beezie Madden

Adding to the challenge, U.S. Olympic team gold medalist Laura Kraut is slated to compete as well as coach her protégé, Jessica Springsteen, throughout the competition. Springsteen is hot off of a win in the American Gold Cup CSI 4*-W and looks to continue her success at WIHS. 2012 President’s Cup winner Reed Kessler joins the list of top riders as she returns stateside with Olympic mount, Cylana. Other young U.S. stars such as Katie Dinan, Quentin Judge, Brianne Goutal, Lillie Keenan, Meagan Nusz, and Catherine Pasmore will compete as well.

Woodstock O & Laura Kraut

Woodstock O & Laura Kraut

U.S. show jumping star Todd Minikus is always one to watch at WIHS as he continues a fantastic season that includes a win in the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, NY, in September. Georgina Bloomberg is also having a phenomenal season with a big win in the inaugural Central Park Grand Prix, presented by Rolex, in New York City.

Along with top riders for the United States, international stars Francois Mathy, Nicola Philippaerts and Olivier Philippaerts are all traveling from Belgium to jump at the prestigious WIHS competition. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam will be on board as well after recently winning the New Albany Classic Grand Prix, as will countryman Kevin Babington, who secured a major win in this summer’s Hampton Classic Grand Prix. Colombia’s Daniel Bluman and Roberto Teran as well as Brazil’s Paulo Santana round out the list of top international riders.

Wings & McLain Ward

Wings & McLain Ward

With a star studded lineup of riders and many of their best horses, the schedule of international show jumping competition at this year’s WIHS features many exciting classes. Competition begins with a $10,000 International Jumper speed class on Wednesday evening, October 22.

Thursday, October 23, highlights a $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake in the afternoon followed by the always popular Barn Night, presented by Dover Saddlery. Barn Night draws one of the show’s largest crowds as local horse lovers watch the entertaining $20,000 International Jumper Gambler’s Choice Costume Class, participate in group contests, and have the opportunity to attend autograph signings with top riders.

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Uraya & Charlie Jayne jumping last year’s Puissance wall

Show jumping continues on Friday, October 24, as WIHS salutes the nation’s armed forces during its fourth annual Military Night. Classes include a $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final as well as the $25,000 International Jumper Puissance presented by The Boeing Company, which is an exhilarating high jump competition.

International jumping concludes on Saturday, October 25, with the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, CSI 4*-W presented by Events DC, a Longines FEI World Cup qualifier.

Blue Angel & Kent Farrington won the President’s Cup in 2013

Blue Angel & Kent Farrington won the President’s Cup in 2013

The complete list of international competitors for the 2014 WIHS includes:

Kent Farrington (USA)
McLain Ward (USA)
Beezie Madden (USA)
Laura Kraut (USA)
Charlie Jayne (USA)
Katie Dinan (USA)
Jessica Springsteen (USA)
Reed Kessler (USA)
Leslie Howard (USA)
Quentin Judge (USA)
Todd Minikus (USA)
Brianne Goutal (USA)
Margie Engle (USA)
Georgina Bloomberg (USA)
Meagan Nusz (USA)
Catherine Pasmore (USA)
Candice King (USA)
Kirsten Coe (USA)
David Beisel (USA)
Molly Ashe-Cawley (USA)
Nicola Philippaerts (BEL)
Olivier Philippaerts (BEL)
Shane Sweetnam (IRL)
Daniel Bluman (COL)
Francois Mathy (BEL)
Kevin Babington (IRL)
Roberto Teran (COL)
Paulo Santana (BRA)
Callan Solem (USA)
Lillie Keenan (USA)

The Washington International Horse Show looks forward to hosting this group of talented riders and top horses in another year of world-class competition at Verizon Center. For more information, please visit www.wihs.org, join us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram

About the Washington International Horse Show, wihs.org
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show attracts more than 26,000 spectators to the six-day show, which includes Olympic-level competition along with community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders come to D.C. from all over the globe to jump for more than a half a million dollars in prize money. In 2014, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), theinternational governing body for all Olympic equestrian disciplines,raised the show’s rating to CSI4*-W to reflect the increase in prize money for international show jumping. Event highlights include the Puissance high jump competition on Military Night (Friday), the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, a World Cup qualifier (Saturday night) and Kids’ Day (Saturday), a free, fun and educational community event. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition and is recognized as a Top 25 Horse Show by the North American Riders Group.

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