What's Happenin'

A Sidelines blog

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

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


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
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
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
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.

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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


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.


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.


By Sasscer Hill

Minotaur Books



April 18, 2017



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!


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

Special Day of complimentary tours for all local horse-lovers 

Lexington, KY. March 21, 2017 — Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), a premier non-profit re-schooling facility for adoptable Thoroughbreds located at the Kentucky Horse Park partnered with members of Horse Country for Meet the Neighbors, a special day of complimentary tours for local fans.

Horse Country’s Meet the Neighbors took place on Saturday, March 18th when all guests and fans toured the heart of the Bluegrass. Throughout the day, MMSC’s new class of adoptable, off-track Thoroughbreds were able to show off their news skills that they have honed in for their second career.

“With the help from Horse Country and the continual support of our community members, we are capable of sharing our story and mission in order to help change the lives of off-track Thoroughbreds,” said Director of Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, Susanna Thomas.  “We wanted to invite the Lexington community to a fun, family friendly event to show them how these amazing horses play an integral role in the equestrian community.”

Horse Country is an organization of horse farms, equine medical clinics and equine attractions dedicated to sharing the stories of Kentucky’s Horse Country. They strive to create emotional experiences by sharing the story of the horses, the land and the people, with all horse-lovers and guests. The ultimate goal is to develop fans of farms and clinics through tourism experiences.

About Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center: The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) is a premier non-profit re-schooling facility and showcase for adoptable Thoroughbreds. Founded in 2004, the MMSC uses its illustrious location in the Kentucky Horse Park to herald the athleticism of this amazing breed by teaching new skill sets to horses of all levels of ability so they can go on to be ambassadors for racehorses in new careers.

March 15, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'


For Immediate Release

Aspiring Young Riders Convene in Texas for the College Preparatory Invitational Presented by Dover Saddlery

Texas Rose Horse Park Provides the Perfect Back Drop to a Full Weekend of Clinics, Educational Lectures, College Fair and Collegiate Style Horse Show

MIAMI, Florida – March 13, 2017 – The College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) concluded a terrific weekend of clinics and competition in Texas that featured 42 young riders representing 12 states. Now in it’s 7th year, the CPI is an event that attracts college bound riders from grades 8-12 who apply for the opportunity to participate in a weekend of mounted clinics, educational seminars, a collegiate-style horse show and a college fair.

The Texas Rose Horse Park was the ideal venue to host the second CPI event of the year. The Brunson family opened the beautiful facility and extended a warm welcome to all of the student riders and their families. Plans are already underway for the 2018 CPI Texas event.

Novice Division rider Jennifer Antonucci and Walk Trot / Walk Trot Canter Division rider Ruth Watts – both Ninth-graders from Flower Mound, Texas  – won their two respective classes earning them 14 points and a tie for Overall High Point Rider. Judge Naomi Blumenthal posed a Q&A format tiebreaker to both the riders using questions from the USHJA Horsemanship Test and Ruth Watts emerged victorious.

 “Each time we host a CPI event, we are reenergized by the wonderful young riders we meet, the dedicated families and trainers that support them and the many colleges who join us, offering them incredible opportunities for the future,” said CPI President Lindsay Martin. “CPI Texas was a great event and we are already receiving applications for 2018!”

Jessica Bodily Signs a Letter of Intent with Mississippi College – Dobbin Group Photo

In what provided a highlight to the weekend, CPI rider Jessica Bodily signed a letter of intent to attend Mississippi College, where she has been accepted and will receive a scholarship. She signed her letter joined by her parents, Shawn and Lee Ann Bodily, Dr. Brett Shufelt, Mississippi College Equestrian Program Assistant Director and Dr. Jim Turcotte, Vice President of Enrollment Services and Dean of Students and Lindsay Martin, CPI President.

CPI Scholarships are awarded as part of the weekend’s events in categories including: CPI Champion of Service, CPI Written Horsemanship Test, CPI High Point Hunt Seat Equitation Rider Champion and CPI Journalistic Photo Contest Award.  CPI Student riders are encouraged to submit photos from the event to qualify for the Photo contest award.  Instructions are available on the CPI Web site.

CPI Scholarships

Brooke Grindinger was awarded the CPI ‘Champion of Service’ Scholarship.  Brooke logged in more than 85 hours of community service at organizations like Austin Street Center for homelessness and Magdalene House in Dallas, a recovery center for women.

Celeste Fazioli receives the CPI Essay Scholarship from CPI President, Lindsay Martin

The CPI Essay Scholarship winner was Celeste Fazioli, a 10th grader from Seabrook, Texas. Celeste’s winning essay is available to read on the CPI Web site.

Julia Gross Receives her Horsemanship Test Scholarship from CPI President Lindsay Martin

Advanced division rider Julia Gross from Tulsa, OK distinguished herself by scoring an impressive 91 on the CPI Horsemanship Test, which secured for her the CPI Horsemanship Test Scholarship award.

CPI Divisional High Point Riders

Advanced Division

Josie Elliot of Lexington, Virginia, pinned first over fences and second on the flat to earn High Point Rider of the Advanced Hunt Seat Equitation division.

Josie Elliot of Lexington, Virginia won Advanced Division High Point Rider

Open Division

A strong group of riders in the Open Division resulted in a three-way tie for Open High Point rider.  The three riders:  Hallie Eskey, Austin Texas; Emily Johnson from Chadler, Arizona and Kiley McCullough, of San Tan Valley, Arizona. It was a horse race as all three riders won a combination of first and second in their respective classes. Judge Naomi Blumenthal posed a Q&A format tiebreaker to each of the three riders, and Emily Johnson emerged victorious

Emily Johnson from Chadler, Arizona won Open Division High Point Rider

Intermediate Division

Taylor Chahal, a ninth-grader from Flower Mound, Texas, Champion. Taylor attended CPI Florida as well, where she rode in the Novice Division and was also divisional High Point rider.

Taylor Chatal, of Flower Mound, Texas won Intermediate High Point Rider

Novice High Point

Eighth-grader Jennifer Antonucci of Flower Mound, Texas, won both her flat and fences classes to secure the divisional Novice High Point honors.

Jennifer Antonucci of Flower Mound Texas won Novice High Point Rider

Walk Trot / Walk Trot Canter

Ruth Watts of Flower Mound, Texas was the overall Walk Trot High Point Rider, winning both of her classes.  She tied for Overall High Point Rider with Jennifer Antonucci, and captured the title in a tiebreaker.

Ruth Watts of Flower Mound Texas was Walk Trot and Walk Trot Canter High Point Rider

CPI Sponsors

The 2017 CPI is presented by Dover Saddlery; with additional support from Equestrian Team Apparel, Electronic Vet, GGT Footing, The Plaid Horse, Purina, Horse & Style, Southern Equestrian, Equiline, Andrew Ryback Photography, Parlanti and the USHJA.

The CPI is grateful for the support of our college partners and sponsors including Randolph College, Georgetown College, Sweet Briar College, Mt. Holyoke College, Wesylan College, Averett University, Midway University, Mississippi College, Otterbein University, Liberty University, Emory & Henry College, Hollins University, Cazenovia College, St. Andrews University, Lake Erie College, Bridgewater College, Albion College and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Zoe Schiefer won the Parlanti Boots – Dobbin Group Photo

Ninth-grader and Intermediate Hunt Seat Equitation division rider Zoe Schiefer of Dallas, Texas won the raffle for a lovely pair of tall boots, donated by Parlanti.

About the College Preparatory Invitational

The CPI is a three-day event designed to educate student riders about the different formats of college equestrian competitions and provide riders with resources to help them create their desired college equestrian experience. Riders in grades 9 through 12 have a chance to win scholarships in hunt seat equitation competition and participate in educational presentations throughout the event. In an effort to encourage academic excellence and embed social integrity as a lifelong commitment to the equestrian sport, the CPI Scholarship and Educational Fund also awards riders the opportunity to win scholarships for academics and community service. To learn more about the CPI, please visit www.collegeprepinvitational.com.

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*Photographs courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography, except where noted.


Horse Sport Ireland owners reception held in Wellington Florida as team named for Friday’s Nations Cup

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

Irish riders Andrew Bourns, Kevin Babington & Richie Molony

2 March 2017, 09:24

Horse Sport Ireland hosted a reception in Wellington, Palm Beach, Florida, USA last night (Wednesday), to recognize the contribution made by owners to Irish equestrian teams and to acknowledge the great support that the Irish equestrian community have received in the USA. The occasion also saw the Irish Show Jumping team named for this Friday’s four-star Nations Cup in Wellington.

The event was hosted by Tamso Doyle, who runs Horse Sport Ireland’s ownership program, and she began by welcoming guests and congratulating Irish riders Shane Sweetnam, Kevin Babington, Richie Moloney, and Cian O’Connor, on their victory in the recent Ocala Nations Cup.

Horse Sport Ireland interim CEO James Kennedy then addressed the audience and began by saying,

“It has been an outstanding year for Irish riders, but none of this incredible success would be possible were it not for you, the incredible owners of these outstanding horses that we are privileged to have represent our country. We have many dedicated owners from Ireland but also from abroad. Owners from Europe, the UK, Canada and here in the United States, have taken our Irish riders under your wing, giving them opportunities that they could only dream of. For this commitment we are truly grateful. Your passion, dedication, and the financial contribution that you have made to support Irish Show Jumping, is something that we, Horse Sport Ireland, the Irish public and our riders, would like thank you for.

James Kennedy continued, “We are a small nation with a proud tradition of success in this sport that we all love, and the owners I see amongst us here tonight will forever be recorded in the history books for the role they continue play in this exciting journey. I firmly believe 2017 will be another memorable year in Irish Show Jumping and I wish all our riders the very best of luck – starting with the Nations Cup here on Friday. We are regarded by many as having the best riders in the world but this is only part of our story – we also have without doubt, the very best owners in the world,” he concluded.

A presentation was then made to the owners and riders of the victorious Ocala Nations Cup team. Each time an owner’s horse jumps for Ireland on a Nations Cup team, they are given beautiful Irish silver stirrup napkin rings, made by a master Irish silversmith. They are given as part of a collectable set as a token of gratitude and the dream is to collect a whole set for the dining room table.

Over 120 guests attended the reception which was held at The Wanderers Club. Guests included the Grange family, Sue and John along with their daughter Ariel of Lothlorien Farm who Irish rider Daniel Coyle rides for, Nikki Walker representing Adena Springs, Eddie and Kathi Macken, John and Katherine Gilbertson and their daughters Lacey and Stella. Fiach and Tracey Byrne, Dianna and Kevin Babington, Ali and Shane Sweetnam. Andrew Bourns and his girlfriend Kate Leggat, Michael and Lynda Kelly,  Cian and Ruth O’Connor, Sarah and Daragh Kerins, Darragh Kenny, John Ledingham, Denis Coakley, Stevie and Natalie Macken.

Among those who spoke on the night was Irishman Michael Stone who runs the Winter Equestrian Festival for Mark & Katherine Bellissimo who also attended.

Cian O’Connor was invited onstage to present the award in recognition of “Outstanding Contribution to Irish Show Jumping in the USA,” to Tom MacGuinness.

Tom and Carol MacGuinness officially set up Horseware in 1985. From then it has been a whirlwind. From one man working in his mother’s kitchen to now employing 750 people and manufacturing from four factories in Ireland, USA, Cambodia and China. Horseware now sells to over 32 countries around the world. Tom has competed in Eventing and Amateur Show Jumping to relatively high success and in Endurance he competed at the World Equestrian Games in 2014. His favourite discipline is Polo and he now spends four months based in Florida in the winter playing Polo and in Ireland in the summer. Horseware have sponsored Team Ireland Equestrian for more than seven years and sponsor more than 20 Irish riders individually.

The supporter award was the presented by Paul O’Shea to Frank Cunniffe. Originally from Roscommon, Frank has been based in the USA since 1984 and along with his wife Bonnie, they train riders at their own Whipstick Farm. Frank is also part owner to Paul O’Shea’s horse Machu Picchu.

Team Manager Michael Blake then announced his team and jumping order for this Friday’s Wellington Nations Cup, with Ireland, drawn fourth to jump of eight teams,  set to line-out as follows:

Cork’s Shane Sweetman with Chaqui Z, owned by Shane Sweetnam & Spy Coast Farm LLC
Limerick’s Paul O’Shea with Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu, owned by Skara Glen Stables, Whipstick Farm, P. Hurter & P. Agnew
Down’s Conor Swail with Rubens LS La Silla, owned by Vanessa Mannix
Meath’s Cian O’Connor with Seringat, owned by Ronnoco Jump Ltd

Michael Blake said,

“The team has two new combinations from the team that was successful in Ocala. We field a very strong team here in Wellington with all horses showing excellent recent form. We are aware of the stiff competition we face on Friday night and also the huge support in Wellington for the Irish team.”

Each owner and rider of the team for Friday’s Nations Cup was presented with a memento of the occasion, before guests were invited to stand and raise a toast to Team Ireland with the party continuing late into the night.


March 07, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Applications due Monday, May 1

March 7, 2017 — Lexington, KY — USA Equestrian Trust® is pleased to announce it is now accepting proposals from IRS-registered equine non-profit organizations for its 2017 grants program.

To submit an application, visit trusthorses.org and complete the online form. Any organization applying must submit copies of its IRS non-profit determination letter and most recent Form 990, as well as a proposed budget for its project. The deadline to submit applications for the foundation’s 2017 grants program is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, May 1.

The Trust’s financial support has been dedicated largely but not exclusively for initiatives that are productive across several national-level discipline and/or breed boundaries. The Trust welcomes applications for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications. Among the past recipients of Trust funding are:

Girl Scout Juniors prepare for equestrian activities at Camp Skymeadow outside Pittsburgh. Photo by Lisa Shade, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania.

AMERICAN MORGAN HORSE EDUCATIONAL CHARITABLE TRUST: $7,500 was awarded in 2014 to develop an online home school module that teaches courses through horsemanship. The home school module is now available. “Everyone agrees that the best way to foster a love for learning is to engage our youth in topics they love,” said Executive Director Carrie J. Mortensen. “This project would have been impossible for us to achieve without the generous grant received from USA Equestrian Trust. We are so grateful the Trust saw the value in this endeavor, which is bringing such joy to the education of so many students.”

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF EQUINE PRACTITIONERS FOUNDATION: $15,000 was awarded in 2016 to support the Equine Disease Communication Center, which alerts the industry to outbreaks of disease in an effort to prevent their spread. Horse owners can sign up on the organization’s website to receive outbreak alerts. The Center also serves as an educational resource on infectious diseases affecting horses. “The EDCC would not be possible without financial support from the horse industry,” said Dr. Nathaniel A. White, the Center’s director. “We appreciate the generous grant from USA Equestrian Trust.”

A Girl Scout Junior rides as part of the rapidly growing equestrian program at Camp Skymeadow outside Pittsburgh. Photo by Lisa Shade, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania.

GIRL SCOUTS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA: $10,000 was awarded in 2016 to support the organization’s popular equestrian program at Camp Skymeadow outside of Pittsburgh. The number of girls attending the equestrian program has doubled over the last two years to nearly 450. “Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania’s equestrian programs provide girls with much more than a fun time,” said spokeswoman Lisa Shade. “The experiences help girls build confidence, hone problem-solving skills and can inspire an appreciation for nature. The support of USA Equestrian Trust has helped provide meaningful horse programs that progress in skill and adventure for girls of all riding levels to enjoy.”

Funding available for USA Equestrian Trust grants includes $36,500 reserved for Hunter and Jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.

If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail grants@trusthorses.org.

About USA Equestrian Trust: USA Equestrian Trust is a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation whose mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports. The Trust is a private foundation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code.


Equestrian Aid Foundation’s Night of Enchantment – Keith Greco’s Althea Raised Unprecedented Funds for Horsemen and Women in Need

February 16, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, Fla. February 15, 2017 — Palm Beach County and their equestrian communities gathered together on Sunday, February 12, for the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s annual event; a night that they will never forget. Althea was held at The Global Dressage Festival Stadium of Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

“For this year’s benefit, we decided to take a unique approach. We provided a magical and magnificent experience presented by both humans and horses,” said Equestrian Aid President Stephanie Riggio Bulger. “This organization is incredibly grateful to Keith Greco for this compelling performance. The success of tonight will provide Equestrian Aid with the opportunity to help many horsemen and horsewomen in need.”

Produced by Keith Greco, Althea was a tribute to the one of a kind relationship between horses and humans. The equestrian ballet told the story of Argos, a horseman who is crippled and despairing, who finds himself in a land where a magical stallion, Althea, has the power to heal. The evening raised money to support Equestrian Aid programs that provide financial assistance to those in the equestrian community suffering from chronic illness and injury.

Former Cavalia headliners Sylvia Zerbini, S. Caleb Carinci-Asch, Kansas Carradine, other equestrian artists and their breathtaking horses kicked off the evening with their spectacular performance, which was created exclusively for the night. The evening included VIP cocktails and dinner, as well as a live and silent auction, with unique items such as a vintage Mercedes, a month of training with Rio Olympic Dressage team member, Steffen Peters, and a sunset yacht cruise.

“I was excited to produce this event for a wonderful organization such as Equestrian Aid Foundation,” said Keith Greco. “There are so many men and women in need of assistance from all corners of the horse world who are coping with life-changing injury or illness and financial crisis. Without Equestrian Aid they would be lost. I look forward to seeing how the success of this evening will help those in need.”

The Equestrian Aid Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that has raised over $2.6 million in its nearly twenty year history to assist individuals from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages who are coping with serious injury or illness. For more information about the Equestrian Aid Foundation, please visit: http://equestrianaidfoundation.org/ or follow us on Facebook. You can make a difference in the lives of horse people in need.