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Edge Brewing Equestrian Continues To Save Horses One Beer At A Time!

October 19, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Edge Brewing Equestrian, the philanthropic arm of Edge Brewing Barcelona, has been ‘Saving Horses One Beer At a Time’ since 2015.

Edge Brewing Barcelona was founded in 2013 by co-owners Scott Vanover and Tryon area resident Christian Oliver who wanted to bring American craft beer to the European market.   In 2014, Edge Brewing Barcelona was voted top new brewer in the world, and that success enabled them to start a philanthropic arm of their company named Edge Brewing Equestrian.  Their mission in giving back to the equine community began with the simple ideology of choosing an inspirational horse related charity and allocating a portion of profits from their award winning line of European beers.

In the past, Edge Equestrian has worked with Horses N Heroes, an Ocala Florida 501C dedicated to providing an equine learning and mentoring experience for young girls who come from at-risk families experiencing extreme financial, health or emotional hardship.  Through this relationship, Edge Brewing Equestrian began their foray into documentary film making, producing the film, ‘Reflections’, winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2015 Equus Film Festival in New York City!

This year, proceeds from Edge Brewing Barcelona’s line of beers will be donated to the local Tryon 501C horse rescue group HERD (Helping Equines Regain Dignity). HERD’s mission is to ‘Save One Horse At A Time’  by rescuing equines from dire conditions and in many cases slaughter.  Primarily using their own funds members have rescued, vetted, fed, trained, and given these equines a second chance at life.

Kim Oliver, wife of EBB’s co-owner, Christian Oliver, has been the driving force behind their philanthropic efforts.  Her involvement with HERD began when she spotted the faces of two small rescue horses on Facebook and realized they were located in the Tryon region.  Upon adopting these two characters and a mini, their fate was sealed and they began their rehabilitation at the Oliver’s farm in Tryon.

Their extra property and barn were perfect for fostering young horses who needed time and training, so the Olivers decided to donate that space to HERD.  As time has progressed, the Olivers have helped purchase hay and feed as well.  Kim has become an expert in hay production and has doubled the yield of their pastures through fertilizing and seeding so they would have more hay to donate to the rescues.

Fast forward to the 2017 Tryon International Film Festival, and once again Edge Equestrian finds themselves involved in the documentary film industry.  Upon learning that TRIFF’s Opening Night Gala movie would be a documentary film promoting the training and rehabilitation of rescued horses, Kim Oliver leapt into action.

“EBB is pleased to offer this year’s charity sponsorship to HERD by sponsoring the travel of the KYB Dressage trainers, performers and horses to the 2017 Tryon International Film Festival.  We are proud to support organizations like TRIFF, HERD and KYB Dressage who share in their commitment to raise awareness about the plight of unwanted horses, highlighting rescue, retraining and repurposing efforts.”

Throughout the weekend of October 27-29, 2017, the documentary film produced by KYB Dressage, ‘Into the Spotlight: The Journey of an Equine Theater Horse’ will be featured at TRIFF to draw awareness to the plight of abandoned horses.  In addition, the human and equine stars of ‘Into The Spotlight’ from KYB dressage have donated their time and expertise to conduct horsemanship clinics, and the fees from the clinic will benefit HERD.

KYB Dressage will also perform at the Tryon International Equestrian Center on Saturday, October 28th, prior to the final Grand Prix show jumping competition of the season.  This performance is aimed at raising awareness about the plight of unwanted equines in front of a large international audience of horse lovers.  To help towards the goal of aiding this 501C, TRIFF has filmed a shorter video about HERD which will also be shown on TIEC’s Jumbotron during the exhibition.

There are clearly many caring groups involved in the orchestration of all the activities to benefit HERD, and Kim Oliver is thrilled to bring so many like-minded people together.

“To affect real change in an industry that benefits from animals which bring us so much joy, you have to inspire more and more groups of people to take up the charge – movie makers, film festivals, horse trainers, performers, business owners, writers, neighbors and anyone else who can help.  If we can keep doing that, while having fun drinking beer, making new friends and saving some horses, we have achieved our goals!”

Please consider learning more about HERD and becoming involved, either through a direct donation, or by attending one of the festivities during the weekend of the Tryon International Film Festival.  Information is below:

  1. Learn more and donate directly to HERD through their website at
    http://www.herdrescue.org/ and check out their promotional video!
  2. Register for the KYB Horsemanship Clinic in Tryon at www.herdrescue.org
  3. Buy tickets for the Tryon International Film Festival
    www.tryoninternationalfilmfestival.com
  4. Join Edge Brewing Equestrian at the Tryon International Equestrian Center for Saturday Night Lights, the HERD film short, and witness KYB’s riveting performance.
    Admission is Free!   http://tryon.coth.com/

Edge Brewing Equestrian thanks you!

To learn more about Edge Brewing Barcelona and Edge Brewing Equestrian please visit,

http://edgebrewing.com/

Founder of Three IHSA Programs Anne Mather Brzezecki to be Honored

September 21, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Anne Brzezicki will be honored at a retirement reception and dinner Sept. 22 at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she served as the director of the equestrian programs. She is described by students as an exceptional coach and teacher and she is beloved by her colleagues.

“Winning never gets old,” Anne said. “But my favorite experience has been working with the terrified beginner that becomes a real rider and finds their place in the world. IHSA provides that opportunity better than anything else.”

Anne was a founding member of the University of Connecticut Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) team and, as a student along with Duncan Peters, coached the 1972 National Championship team. UConn hired her to coach the team after graduation. Anne moved to Tennessee and founded the MTSU Equestrian Team in 1977 and, with Kenny Copenhaver, established the IHSA Western divisions in 1978. While attending graduate school at Virginia Tech, she founded their IHSA team and served as coach. Anne returned to MTSU in the 1980s. She has been active both in governance and competition with US Equestrian and AQHA and is a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) master trainer, clinician and board member. In 2015, she was honored with the CHA Association Instructor of the Year award.

She is a member of the IHSA board of directors and was awarded the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and Regional Coach of the Year in 2004. Anne will stay on to serve as an IHSA director-at-large.

 

Foxcroft School is Hosting 4 Open Houses!

September 14, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

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Bringing in the Best at the Washington International Horse Show

September 05, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

 

Lauren Hough and Ohlala
Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography

By Sara Cook/Jump Media

The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is already one of North America’s most anticipated equestrian events of the year. Held in the metropolitan city of Washington, D.C., the historic and prestigious horse show is known for bringing in the best in competitors, spectators, and events. Running October 24 – 29, 2017, the championship event returns to the Capital One Center (formerly Verizon Center) and invites competitors to illustrate their talents on the best new footing in front of energetic crowds.

Olympians and top horses and riders compete in front of thousands that over the years have drawn President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy, Christopher Reeve, Bruce Springsteen, and enthusiastic local equestrians. Events include the much-loved Barn Night and Kids’ Day, as well as the week’s highlight $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington for the President’s Cup, presented by Events DC.

WIHS has always taken great pride in listening to the needs of its exhibitors and spectators. In 2017, riders will compete on new footing and spectators can attend for as low as $15!

“Our riders have been asking for new footing for years, but the Capital One Center’s installation constraints made it virtually impossible,” said WIHS Show Manager and Interim COO David Distler. “The Footing Firm is making it happen, allowing us to meet the needs of our riders and provide new footing that is low maintenance and has less dust.”

The footing being installed is a sand, fiber, GGT blend from The Footing Firm. Similar footing is used at top five-star shows around the world, including the Longines Global Champions Tour Miami. The Footing Firm is a company that combines the skills of three high respected arena builders – David Lauinger of Culpeper, VA, Drew Discount of Palm Beach, FL, and Karsten Koch of Bremen, Germany. Together, the team has more than fifty years of worldwide footing experience and focuses on serving elite private farms and equestrian facilities.

“It gives the horses a more reassuring feel as they are going around,” Distler said. “It makes horses run faster and jumper higher. I hope the riders appreciate the efforts that we are going through, and I do hope that they are going to be happy.”

WIHS President Victoria Lowell added, “I thank the WIHS for identifying a proven footing company who could bring best-in-class footing to our unique venue. Thanks also go to our Board and our sponsors for making it possible to invest further in bringing the best in equestrian sport to D.C.”

Internationally renowned course designer Alan Wade of Ireland, who will set the tracks at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC, is excited to return to WIHS in October.

“I am happy to be designing on the new footing in WIHS,” said Wade. “It is an honor to be invited to design at any horse show, especially one with a history like Washington. The arena has a very good atmosphere with large crowds for the evening classes. I am looking forward to a week of enjoyable show jumping with the best combinations in each class getting on the podium.”

The 59th Annual WIHS offers a variety of thrilling classes and fast-paced entertainment sure to captivate even those who are not horse-crazy. More than 500 of the world’s most talented horses and riders will vie for top honors throughout the six-day event. General admission tickets start at $15 with free admission for children 12 and under. The spectators that attend WIHS are some of the best in North America.

“The crowd creates a really special atmosphere for all of us,” said rising U.S. show jumping star and 2016 WIHS Jumper Accumulator winner Catherine Tyree. “It is not something we see a lot of in the States, so it is really special to compete at Washington with a crowd like that. There is no better feeling than jumping clear in front of a crowd like that.” WIHS Barn Night (Thursday, October 26) is always a fan favorite. Young riders, barn mates, and horse lovers who attend in groups have the chance to enter contests, win prizes, partake in a scavenger hunt, and enjoy a fun horse-filled evening. Among the list of fabulous prizes is a group riding clinic with Laura Graves, U.S. Olympic Dressage Team Bronze Medalist.

Thursday night also hosts the infamous $35,000 International Jumping Accumulator Costume Class, when riders break out their best costumes and decorate their horses, who may turn into cheetahs, zebras, pigs, and more!

Top junior rider and current WIHS Equitation point leader, Taylor St. Jacques, said, “Washington is in such a major city and there are lots of spectators that come and watch. That makes you feel special. Other people that do not really understand horse shows are there cheering you on and are happy for you.” Another popular day at WIHS is WIHS Kids’ Day, presented by Discovery Communications and EQUUS Foundation. Held on Saturday, October 28, Kids’ Day is an equine street festival with free, fun, and educational horse-based activities for the local D.C. community. St. Jacques recalls fond memories of attending Kids’ Day when she was young.

“I remember when they would bring the mini ponies in, close off the street, and have a pony kissing booth, pony rides, and a horseless horse show. I loved it as a kid.” she said.

The pinnacle of competition at WIHS is Saturday night’s $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington for the President’s Cup, presented by Events DC. Other popular classes include the $25,000 Puissance, presented by The Boeing Company, and a $50,000 Speed Final, both on Military Night on Friday, October 27. Junior equitation riders aspire to win the WIHS Equitation Finals

on Saturday, October 28, that they spend all year qualifying for. Exhibition events include Australian horse master and entertainer Guy McLean on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, and the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series, presented by Charles Owen, with races on Thursday, October 26 and Saturday, October 28.

Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster or by calling the Verizon Center box office. Discounts are available for groups, military, seniors, and students. Daytime general admission tickets start at $15 and children 12 and under are admitted free. For evening performances, general admission tickets start at $20, with VIP and reserved seating also available. Come be a part of the best at the Washington International Horse Show this October!

The Washington International Horse Show returns to the heart of Washington, D.C. on October 24-29, 2017. The event attracts more than 26,000 spectators annually as riders compete for prize money totaling more than half a million dollars. The Washington International Horse Show is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization based in Washington, D.C. For a complete schedule of events and more information, please visit www.wihs.org.

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THE LINDSAY MAXWELL CHARITABLE FUND TOP SPONSOR OF 47th ANNUAL MENLO CHARITY HORSE SHOW

August 17, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

photo: Alden Corrigan Media

Proceeds from the Horse Show Were Raised for Vista Center for the Visually Impaired

 Menlo, Calif. August 16, 2017– The equestrian and surrounding Menlo Park communities gathered together for the Menlo Charity Horse Show Tuesday, August 8th through Sunday, August 13th, 2017. The event took place at the Menlo Circus Club.

The Menlo Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and most recognized charity horse shows. Since its inception in 1970, the Menlo Charity Horse Show has focused its efforts on the legacy of philanthropy. Over the years, the Menlo Charity Horse Show has benefited many charitable partners, including Planned Parenthood and Amigos De Las Americas. This year, the Show’s charitable partner was the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Vista Center).

The week was filled with nightly events that combined the excitement of show jumping with the best of entertainment. One event that is unique to the Menlo Charity Horse Show is the annual gala. This year, the Friday night gala theme was “Jazzed Up-San Francisco Style,” featuring Grammy-winning vocal artist Dianne Schurr. All proceeds from the Gala were donated to the Vista Center.

photo: Alden Corrigan Media

“The Menlo Charity Horse Show is honored to partner with Lindsay and her Charitable Fund,” said Co-Chair of The Menlo Charity Horse Show, Suzanne Rischman. “The generous contribution of the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund enables hundreds of clients of The Vista Center to receive services specifically tailored to their vision needs. We are grateful for the relationship and even more delighted that we can also support Vista while advancing our beautiful equestrian sport.”

Donated by Lindsay Maxwell in honor of her retired horse, Widget, The Widget Perpetual Trophy celebrates Widget’s retirement from competition. The Trophy goes to the highest scoring single round in the Junior Hunter or Amateur Owner Hunter divisions. This year’s recipient of The Widget Perpetual Trophy was Hunter Siebel, with a high score of 92 aboard her junior hunter Boss.

“The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund is proud to support the Menlo Charity Horse Show,” said Lindsay Maxwell. “The Menlo Charity Horse Show is one of the highlights of the west coast equestrian schedule, and is a wonderful example of partnership between the local community, a world-class equestrian event, and its charitable partners.”

About The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund: The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund is a private, charitable fund. It accepts grant proposals for the benefit of charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, exclusively from tax-exempt, charitable organizations. The issues where the Fund focuses its resources reflect Lindsay’s personal priorities and values: improving the lives of children with special needs; enabling access opportunities to education; and providing care, compassion, and protection to animals.

Newport vs. Boston In One of Season’s Biggest Rivalries

June 23, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Newport, RI (June 23, 2017) …. On Saturday, June 24 at 5pm, the two oldest polo clubs in America will come face to face for one of the season’s fiercest contests in the NBC10 Newport International Polo Series XXVI, Presented by BMW.
Boston, the original City Series challenger, is sending its top guns to challenge Newport’s best to reclaim the Liberty Bowl to its Commonwealth roots. Playing for Boston will be captain Nick Snow, CB Scherer, Amanda Roberts, Franz Colloredo-Mansfield and Simon Colloredo-Mansfield.
Playing for Newport will be Rory Torrey, Carlos Maldonado, Dan Keating and Dave Bullis.
The polo match will have a duration of approximately 2 hours, during which a weekly door prize drawing and the Best Tailgate prize from Stella Artois will be awarded. After 6 periods, called chukkers, the match will conclude with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, with special guest Zack Green, WJAR NBC10 Sunrise Meteorologist, as well as an autograph signing and cocktail hour to meet with the players.
Tickets to the match ($12 for General Admission and $20 for Pavilion seating) are available at www.nptpolo.com. Valet Parking service, boutique vendors and food & beverage concessionaires will be present in the Hospitality village at the polo grounds, including the Twisted Pony Bar and the Newport Polo Pro Shop.

2017 Schedule
June 3 Opening Day: USA vs. Peru 5pm
10 Newport Cup 5pm
17 USA vs. France 5pm
24 Newport vs. Boston 5pm VIP Lounge
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July 1 Independence Cup 5pm
8 USA vs. Italy 5pm
15 Newport vs. Pittsburgh 5pm VIP Lounge
22 USA vs. Ireland 5pm Lamb Roast
29 Newport vs. Palm Beach 5pm VIP Lounge
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Aug 4 Gala la Bamba 7pm Rosecliff
5 USA vs. Mexico 5pm Lobsterbake
12 Newport vs. Philadelphia 5pm VIP Lounge
19 USA vs. Jamaica 5pm Jerk Grill
26 Newport vs. New York 5pm VIP Lounge
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Sept 2 USA vs. England 4pm
9 Newport vs. Baltimore 4pm VIP Lounge
16 USA vs. Dominican Republic 4pm
23 New England Challenge 4pm
30 Finals 4pm
Schedule subject to change

Newport International Polo Series:
Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public. Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Sat, June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept.

Stay current with the 2017 team lineup, latest news, events and more through our e-Magazine, by subscription to our Gameday Scorecard (sign up) and our weekly Emagazine (sign up). Both subscriptions are private and spam free.
The Polo Series will feature 8 international teams this season including France, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Jamaica, England, Dominican Republic and the debut of Peru, as well as 5 City Teams from major US cities and a few top regional rivals for an action-packed season through the end of September. This is the 26th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from over 30 nations including, Germany, Spain, England, Argentina, France, Egypt, India, Australia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Canada, Chile, Jamaica, Nigeria, Portugal, New Zealand, Barbados, Scotland, South Africa, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Singapore, Monaco, and Morocco.

Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off of Rte. 138) in Portsmouth, RI. This bucolic setting is the last 100 acres of what was once a 700-acre manorial farm whose settlement dates back to the 1600’s. Its classical stone barns from the Gilded Age and its park-like grounds were rehabilitated by polo series founder, Dan Keating, and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.

The Newport International Polo Series is proud to present its 2017 sponsors including NBC – 10, BMW, ALEX AND ANI, Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, Veuve Clicquot, The Chanler, Hotel Viking, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Vanderbilt International Properties, Clarke Cooke House, Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Newport Daily News, Atria Senior Living, McGrath Clambakes, and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of Newport, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, America’s Cup Charters, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Island Surf and Sport, The Cocktail Guru, Mansion Rentals and Discover Newport. “Our sponsors have been with us since the beginning. Without their support, the Series would not be as extensive as it is,” explains Dan Keating, Polo Series founder.

There’s no sport like polo. Be a part of it! Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXVI, and is the home of America’s first polo club, est. in 1876, and a founding member of the United States Polo Association, offering public exhibition matches, polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round.

About Newport, Rhode Island:
For more than 375 years, Newport has been welcoming visitors from near and far to its charming New England coastal harbor, earning its reputation as America’s First Resort. A renowned international destination, Newport is ripe with art, culture, history and scenic beauty, with miles of unspoiled beaches, distinctive shops, renowned restaurants, diverse accommodations and world-class sporting and cultural events

Be Part of Nonprofit JustWorld’s “Month of Change”

May 05, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Nonprofit JustWorld International kicked off their “Month of Change” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to sign up 30 new JustWorld Members in the month of May. The monthly membership donation is a direct investment in the livelihood of children at JustWorld programs around the world, supporting the education, nutrition, health and hygiene, and leadership development needs for more than 6,500 children. As little as $10/month can provide the nutrition of one child for an entire year who otherwise would struggle to find sustenance. Nonprofit organization JustWorld International was founded in 2003 with the goal of uniting equestrians to change the world. Since then, JustWorld has provided children from some of the poorest communities in the world with a better quality of life. Through the international equestrian network, riders began to see that together everyone can do their part to help others in need.
JustWorld works with local organizations with impassioned leaders who know the needs of their communities and can better direct JustWorld’s support to make the greatest impact. JustWorld’s partners have received global recognition for their extraordinary leadership, with two of their partners receiving the prestigious CNN Top 10 Hero Award and one being awarded the World’s Children’s Prize. JustWorld’s programs are effective in transforming children’s lives every day. This past year, JustWorld increased the capacity for their programs two-fold, serving more than 6,500 children in Cambodia, Guatemala, and Honduras. Now, the organization needs your help to continue to provide these children with the care they need so they can break free from the cycle of poverty and become leaders within their communities.

Become a member today!

Together, let’s make this month a time of giving back and sparking change! Share this on social media using #monthofchange to encourage your network to give.

If you would like to be part of this community of change, please visit www.justworldinternational.org.

Advanced Praise for Sasscer Hill’s series debut FLAMINGO ROAD

April 18, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

“This sound mystery with thrills and hair-raising action from first to last.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS

“[Flamingo Road] will appeal to fans of all things horse racing, strong female protagonists, and Florida noir.” —BOOKLIST
“A fast pace and a feisty heroine put Flamingo Road in the winner’s circle. Sasscer Hill is off to the races with her new character, Fia McKee, and I’m on board for that ride!” —Tami Hoag

“Hill takes her readers on the ride of their lives as high-stakes crime collides with the adrenaline-fueled world of professional horse racing in Flamingo Road—a surefire winner, rich in authentic detail and heart-stopping suspense.” —Andrew Grant

“In her new thriller, Sasscer Hill ups the ante on her horses. Could she be the Dick Francis of her generation? Count me among those who would vote yes.” —Margaret Maron

FLAMINGO ROAD

By Sasscer Hill

Sasscer Hill introduces a new series set in the steamy underworld of Florida, FLAMINGO ROAD (Minotaur Books, April 18, 2017, 9781250096913, $25.99. Fia McKee is an all-round kick-ass protagonist, and mystery fans are sure to fall in love with her wonderful voice and clever sleuthing abilities.

Baltimore police officer Fia McKee is put on leave for excessive use of force after interfering in a crime that turns deadly. Given a second chance, she is sent to work undercover for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) at the Gulfstream Park in Florida, where she works as an exercise rider. Her assignment is to watch and report back on two racetrack workers who have been suspected of illegal activities and whose horses continue to outperform all expectations, winning their owners unseemly amounts of money in the races.

To complete her cover story, Fia moves in with her semi-estranged brother, Patrick, who lives near the racetrack. Her investigations are complicated when her niece, Jilly, disappears after a shadow gang takes Jilly’s beloved horse. Now Fia must work two angles—first to find out what’s really going on with the men who might or might not be gaming the system, and second to bring the men who prey on horses to justice. Along the way, Fia encounters Cuban gangs living off the grid, a (very handsome) do-gooder who is close on their trail, and a cabal of super wealthy gamblers who will stop at nothing to ensure they always win.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SASSCER HILL was an amateur steeplechase jockey, as well as a horse owner who bred, raised, and rode race horses for thirty years in Maryland. Her first published novel, Full Mortality, was nominated for both the Agatha and Macavity Best First Mystery Awards. Born in Washington, D.C., Hill earned a BA in English Literature from Franklin and Marshall College. She now lives with her husband, dog, and cat, in Aiken, SC., where she still enjoys horseback riding.

FLAMINGO ROAD

By Sasscer Hill

Minotaur Books

Hardcover

9781250096913

April 18, 2017

$25.99

ARDEN, A NEW COMMUNITY CELEBRATING NATURE AND HEALTHY LIVING, SET TO BLOOM THIS SPRING  

April 11, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

 

 WELLINGTON, Fla. (April 5, 2017) — A five-acre working farm, 20 miles of trails and a mile-long lake are just a few of the natural elements that define Arden, the new master-planned community set to open April 29. Located on Southern Boulevard in western Palm Beach County, Arden is just minutes away from the new Publix shopping center, Palm Beach State College’s west campus, and all the shopping, dining and entertainment options of Wellington.

Developed by Freehold Communities, Arden will eventually include 2,000 homes—the majority of which will back up to a community open space, including parks, playfields, greenways, nature trails or lakes. Purposefully designed to magnify the connection between nature, health and happiness, the scenic property features miles of walking and biking trails; a central mile-long lake for fishing, kayaking or canoeing; and an expansive great lawn for events. Embracing the area’s rich agricultural history, Arden is one of the first in Florida to feature a working farm as an essential component of community life. The five-acre parcel will produce fruits, vegetables and herbs under the guidance of a full-time Farm Manager, and be complemented by a barn where residents can gather for seasonal classes and harvest events.

“This is a community for those who love the great outdoors and want a daily connection to Florida’s natural beauty,” said Suzanne Maddalon, vice president of marketing for Freehold Communities.

The gracious two-story Clubhouse will form the heart of recreational activity at Arden. A resort-style pool flows over two levels. The peaceful upper pool and spa are surrounded by private cabanas for those who want some quiet time, while the lower pool offers water play areas perfectly suited for families with young children. The Clubhouse will offer plenty of separate indoor and outdoor gathering spaces for all ages to enjoy. The upper level will have an inviting Wi-Fi café serving coffees, lattes, juice and food items, including frozen treats; meeting and event rooms; and an outdoor covered patio with a fireplace. The lower level will include a fully-equipped fitness room and a private exercise studio with Wellbeats™ virtual trainers on demand.

Arden’s best-in-class amenities were developed based on comprehensive market research, and will raise the standard of expectations for planned communities in South Florida. “Our research showed that inviting gathering spaces that foster social interaction, a focus on healthy food and best-in-class fitness options were in high demand across all of our target markets,” added Maddalon. “We also found that active adults are shifting away from age-restricted communities in order to be closer to their friends, children and grandkids. Since Arden will appeal to a range of age groups, we designed the clubhouse to serve as the connective tissue for our multi-generational residents, while still providing unique and private areas for those who want some quiet time.”

Arden will offer homes in an array of sizes, styles and price points. Ryan Homes is the first of three builders announced. Sales will officially begin at a family-friendly community event in early Spring.

For more information, or to join the Founders Club, please visit www.ArdenFL.com

Princeton Show Jumping to Support National Show Jumping Riders

March 31, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Princeton Show Jumping in Princeton, NJ is introducing a new USEF American Standard Grand Prix Series and an $18,000 National Rider Bonus! This 11 Grand Prix Series will lead the new Princeton Equestrian League at the state-of the-art Princeton show grounds, April 23, 2017 through the Final, October 15, 2017.

There has been an unprecedented growth of International/FEI showing in the U.S. This is fantastic for our well-supported and successful International U.S Team level Riders. These Riders often fly all over the world to compete for historically high prize money. The International prize money and accompanying higher costs can be difficult for our National Riders without, at the very least, one competitive 1.60m horse. This often means leaving students and client horses at home to travel far distances to jump in very difficult and expensive classes that they may not be prepared for.

The current stiffening of USEF rules and regulations for “National and High Performance Standard” Grand Prix requires $25,000 – $30,000 “National” Grand Prix to be 1.50m competitions that are very similar to $75,000 – $100,000 classes. This lack of progression has led to a stark reduction in entries for National Grand Prix classes. We believe these standards leave little room for National Riders that look to compete for solid prize money at the 1.40m – 1.45m level often with young horses, and/or less experienced riders hoping to improve.

The USEF provides standards for this building block system, the underutilized, “USEF Regional Standard.” This has now been changed April 2017 to the “American Standard.” The “American Standard,” calls for at least four jumps at 1.45m and does not require a high performance fee. Competition management has been reluctant to offer these classes as they think “Rolex Ranking” status is prestigious and a draw for their horse shows. This has not been proven true as these $25,000 and $30,000 Grand Prix, outside of Florida, often get less than 20 entries. The truth is most of these classes are lower than the actual standard to attract much needed entries. Princeton Show Jumping has embraced the new USEF “American Standard,” and will offer eleven Grand Prix, one at every 2017 Princeton show, at this level.

In addition, Princeton will offer an $18,000 National Rider Bonus pool based on prize money won during the series. It will also offer a free entry fee and stall for the final Grand Prix October 15, to the top 10 National Riders in the Princeton Equestrian League Series.

Any rider, with any horse may enter and compete in any Princeton Grand Prix. However, the National Rider bonuses will be awarded to National Riders that have not competed at FEI 3* level or above in the current show year starting December 1, 2016.

Princeton Show Jumping is excited to support and highlight our hard working National Riders. Look to the Princeton Equestrian League website www.princetonequestrianleague.com for current updates and standings!