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Dressage at Lexington Acquired by Virginia Dressage Association

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

A 27 year tradition continues under new management

Lexington, VA. Dressage at Lexington, held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia, is a premier dressage show, having grown to be one of the largest shows on the East Coast. Featuring special classes like the Prix St. Georges Challenge, a hotly contested FEI class, and the very popular Sporting Horse Amateur Challenge, Dressage at Lexington has become a destination event for amateurs and professionals alike. Sponsors and riders like the friendly atmosphere, top facility, and opportunity for a victory gallop.

After 27 years of developing and managing Dressage at Lexington, show manager Debbie Rodriguez is handing over the reins to the Virginia Dressage Association. “It has been a great experience. The best part is the people in our sport that I have gotten to know. Watching riders and horses develop and come up the levels has been a treat. Knowing that volunteers and sponsors are willing to pitch in and help has made my job easy. I look forward to the experience that VADA brings to the table, and anticipate a bright future for VADA and Dressage at Lexington.”

VADA, an active and experienced United States Dressage Federation Group Member Organization with a long history of managing Championship shows, will start hosting Dressage at Lexington in 2017. VADA President Alison Head notes, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue this important Dressage Show. We hope to continue the great work that Debbie has done, and add some special “VADA” touches as well. We look forward to welcoming everyone in July of next year.”

Foxcroft School Wins DAC Championship, Earns Spot in VISAA Field Hockey Tournament

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

Middleburg, VA — Foxcroft School won the Delaney Athletic Conference field hockey tournament for the third time in its history Thursday, but this victory was extra special because for the first time the team beat nemesis Fredericksburg Academy to do it.

Foxcroft’s previous two DAC titles, in 2008 and 2009, came without facing FA, which was the best team in the league at the time, but opted to play in another post-season tournament. Foxcroft beat Highland for those titles — and then lost to FA in the championship game six years in a row.

Fittingly, a senior, co-captain Allison Buffenbarger, scored the the one and only goal to lift Foxcroft to its 1-0 triumph over the team that had frustrated Foxcroft for so many years.

The victory, along with a dominating 8-0 rout of John Paul the Great last Monday, helped Foxcroft hang onto the eighth and final spot in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I tournament. The squad will play the No. 1 seed, Trinity Episcopal (14-3) on Tuesday, November 8 in Richmond.

Foxcroft, 12-2-2, as considered a longshot to make the DI tournament after beginning the season in Division II, where it reached the championship game three times in recent years.

Entering this season Foxcroft had posted a 1-17- 1 record against Fredericksburg Academy, a six-time VISAA Division II state champion and winner of the last four in a row. In addition to the DAC defeats, Foxcroft had lost to FA in the state tournament final three times in the past four years.

This year, though, the tide turned. Foxcroft defeated FA twice during the regular season — albeit by just one goal each time — for the first time ever.
Thursday’s game was expected to be another nail-biter and it was. Buffenbarger, second in scoring on the team behind her sister Haley, scored an unassisted goal for Foxcroft with three minutes left in the first half. Although many Foxcroft fans watching from the sidelines worried that a one-goal lead might not be enough, it stood up for the next 33 minutes of play.

“The girls were pretty nervous, knowing that there was only a one-goal differential for both of the previous two games against this team,” said Coach Michelle Woodruff, who earned Coach of the Year honors. “I thought we seemed a little nervous for the first few minutes, but we settled down and started to play our game. FA came out of the gate fighting hard and it showed in their intensity.”

Woodruff credited the defense with preserving the victory.

“Our defense, led by Millie (’17), did a great job and held FA to just a couple of corners,” said Woodruff , citing virtually every player for her role in getting and protecting the lead. ”It was a really good game.”

Led by a pair of sisters from Leesburg, Foxcroft has outscored its opponents, 67-14, this season. Sophomore Haley Buffenbarger. leads the team with 21 goals and 10 assists for 52 points, followed by Allison, with nine goals and five assists for 23 points. Sophomore Seabrook Brown has 18 points on eight goals and two assists.

Senior goaltender Elle Lassiter. has allowed only 1.1 goals per game and has 56 saves.

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Founded in 1914, Foxcroft School is a college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12 with a mission of helping every girl explore her unique voice and develop the skills, confidence, and courage to share it with the world. Unique learning experiences; an uncommonly beautiful setting in which to learn, grow and thrive; and a warm, residential community comprised of 151 girls from 13 countries, 17 states and the District of Columbia support this mission.  The School offers 79 courses, including 15 Advanced Placement classes, and a STEM program that inspires girls to pursue disciplines traditionally underrepresented by women. Foxcroft fields athletic teams in nine sports, including a two-time state champion lacrosse team and has a nationally known riding program.  About one-third of the students receive financial assistance; 25 percent are international students, and 16 percent are students of color.

 

MAKER’S MARK SECRETARIAT CENTER ACHIEVES MILESTONE ADOPTION RECORD IN 2016

January 09, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

by Susanna Thomas

62 Retired Racehorses Embark on Their New Careers

Lexington, KY. January 4, 2017 – Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) topped off 2016 with sweet success by celebrating their best year yet!  In 2016 MMSC placed a record-breaking 62 retired Thoroughbreds in new homes and providing them with second careers. MMSC is a premier non-profit re-schooling facility for adoptable Thoroughbreds, located at the Kentucky Horse Park. They teach new skills to horses by utilizing the natural strength of the Thoroughbred.

“Thoroughbreds are timeless… they have reigned supreme in equestrian sports,” says MMSC Director, Susanna Thomas. “They are smart, athletic and big-hearted. As people are recognizing the magnificence of this beautiful breed, the demand for Thoroughbreds has skyrocketed. Giving these horses a second chance and helping them transition into a new career is a lot of work, but watching as they are adopted into new families is the most rewarding feeling.”

by Susanna Thomas

The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has a very specific system: The Horse Centered Reschooling Program℠ developed by Thomas gives an off-track Thoroughbred a foundation that an amateur can successfully build upon. The Center also is cautious to match each adopter with a horse that has a consistent temperament and can achieve the adopter’s chosen goals.

“I adopted Bowie after initially meeting him two weeks prior during a trip to KY for the Thoroughbred Makeover that my husband and I were attending,” said Ruth Goethals, who adopted a horse from MMSC. “I spent a couple of days with Bowie during that time I found the entire staff welcoming, informative and extremely accommodating. The experience was amazing. Our trainer has often commented that Maker’s Mark hit a home run in matching Bowie and I.”

It is because of this dedication to being “horse-centric” in all that they do, including their focus on successful matches, that the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has been hailed by equine professionals as “The Gold Standard in Thoroughbred Reschooling.”

To learn more about Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, please visit: http://www.secretariatcenter.org/.

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.

Foxcroft School Announces Equestrian Camp

January 02, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Top-tier training, facilities, and fun to highlight June 2017 residential camp for girls

(MIDDLEBURG, VA) — Foxcroft School, whose outstanding riding program is known across the U.S. , will hold a week-long residential equestrian camp for girls June 25-30, 2017, it was announced recently.

The camp, open to experienced riders going into the 8th through 11th grade, will be held on Foxcroft’s beautiful 500-acre campus in Middleburg, VA, which boasts a large indoor arena as well as multiple outdoor rings and trails. Participants will get a taste of being a “Foxcroft rider” by experiencing top-tier training by Foxcroft Director of Riding Kate Worsham and her staff, getting to know its excellent facilities and school horses, and staying in a Foxcroft dormitory.

Daily mounted hunter seat, equitation based riding lessons on well-trained school horses, will be complemented by horsemanship sessions and a fitness program designed especially for riders. Campers will also take part in cooking and nutrition classes for athletes and enjoy free time at Foxcroft’s outdoor swimming pool and other recreational facilities.

Space for the Foxcroft School Equestrian Camp is limited and previous riding experience is required. Please contact Deborah Anderson (deborah.anderson@foxcroft.org) for more information and application materials.

Founded in 1914, Foxcroft School is a college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12 with a mission of helping every girl explore her unique voice and develop the skills, confidence, and courage to share it with the world. Unique learning experiences; an uncommonly beautiful setting in which to learn, grow and thrive; and a warm, residential community comprised of 151 girls from 13 countries, 17 states and the District of Columbia support this mission (2016-17 statistics).  The School offers 79 courses, including 15 Advanced Placement classes, and a STEM program that inspires girls to pursue disciplines traditionally underrepresented by women. Foxcroft fields athletic teams in nine sports, including a two-time state champion lacrosse team and has a nationally known riding program.  About one-third of the students receive financial assistance; 25 percent are international students, and 16 percent are students of color.

 

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EQUESTRIAN AID FOUNDATION’S “ALTHEA” Once-in-a-Lifetime Non-Profit Gala Benefits Equestrians in Need Across the Country

December 22, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

 

Wellington, Fla. December 22, 2016 – On February 12th the Equestrian Aid Foundation will present, “Althea”, an evening of enchantment as humans and horses journey together to experience the magical powers of hope and healing.

This once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experience features former Cavalia artists Sylvia Zerbini, S. Caleb Carinci Asch, Kansas Carradine and their breathtaking horses. This performance has been created exclusively for the Equestrian Aid Foundation to benefit catastrophically injured and ill equestrians from all corners of the horse world and delivers an interactive and immersive theatrical experience to entertain our audience.

“Please join us as the Stadium’s International arena is transformed into a mystical realm where Greek Gods and Goddesses – and their spectacular equine partners – help hearts to soar,” said Equestrian Aid Board President, Stephanie Riggio Bulger. “This unique event offers something that has never been seen in Wellington and provides a wonderful opportunity to support the equestrians who are so vital to our community.”

“Althea” comes to life from 6:30 – 11 p.m. in the Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center located at 13500 Southshore Blvd., Wellington, Florida. The evening includes VIP cocktails and dinner as well as General Admission seating for the performance. Highlights of the event’s auction include a vintage Mercedes, a month of training with a Rio Olympic team member, a yacht cruise and more.

Tickets go on sale in January, and seating for the event is limited. For more information, visit EquestrianAidFoundation.org.

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.

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November 23, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

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Pensacola Winter Circuit Prize List is Now Online!

November 18, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

2016 Pensacola
Pensacola Winter Circuit Prize List enclosed!
Pensacola 2017
Enclosed is the 2017 Pensacola Winter Circuit Prize list. We are not printing prize lists anymore so we hope you will share this email with all of your barn so that everyone will have a copy. We also encourage you to do online entries at horseshowsonline.com.
We invite you to attend our 6th year of competitions on the panhandle of Florida, January 11th to 29th, 2017. These are great shows to get geared up for the competition year. There are tons of opportunities to show and get points in a more relaxed and fun setting.
The Pensacola Airport is not far from the show grounds with plenty of flights in and out each day. There are many hotels nearby and various restaurants and fun places to explore in one of America’s oldest cities.
This year, we will offer a $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby and a $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during week two. The Jumpers will have $25,000 Grand Prix weeks two and three with a $10,000 Jumper Classic week one.
There are 300 permanent stalls and will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority to exhibitors staying all three weeks. Our schedule will host “ClassicSaturdays” which make Sundays more pleasant and flights easier to catch. If this is your first year considering the Florida portion of our circuit, please feel free to contact us with any questions about the event offerings, facility, camper area, hotels and condos.
We look forward to seeing you at the ring!
Exhibitor Information
2017 Pensacola Prize List

(Click on the cover to download prize list)

Grand Prix each week
USHJA International Hunter Derby

USHJA National Hunter Derby Classes

Hunter and Jumper Classics

Schedule – Week I

Schedule – Week II

Schedule – Week III

Entry Form

Camper Reservation

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The Classic Company‘s philosophy is to offer an event for every level of rider and horse.  From Lead Line to Olympic level Grand Prix competition, from seasoned veteran horse and rider team to a first time horse show experience, the Classic Company offers competition that provides the competitor substantial prize money, award-winning facilities and courses, quality competition and the best customer service in the industry.
Service is what sets the Classic Company  apart from other horse show companies.   Consistently awarded the USHJA‘s Member Choice Award for providing excellent customer-friendly competitions, the ClassicCompany provides champion service from in-gates to show office at all its venues.  Top competition with an emphasis on southern hospitality is their hallmark and the reason thousands prefer to compete at Classic Companyproduced events each year.
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UNICORN CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION “DRAGS OUT ACCEPTANCE” of NEURODIVERSITY WITH “AN EVENING AT THE BIRDCAGE” AT LIPS FORT LAUDERDALE

October 31, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

 

Max Tucci and guest at the Unicorn Children's Foundation "Buddha Ball" Mar-a-Lago Club, The Trump estate in Palm Beach on March 16, 2013. (MagicalPhotos.com/Mitchell Zachs)

Max Tucci and guest at the Unicorn Children’s Foundation “Buddha Ball” Mar-a-Lago Club, The Trump estate in Palm Beach on March 16, 2013. (MagicalPhotos.com/Mitchell Zachs)

 

UNICORN CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION “DRAGS OUT ACCEPTANCE” of NEURODIVERSITY WITH “AN EVENING AT THE BIRDCAGE” AT LIPS FORT LAUDERDALE

Fort Lauderdale FL – October 27, 2016 – Unicorn Children’s Foundation is excited to announce its first ever cabaret-themed role reversal drag show, which will be held on Sunday, November 20th from 7:00-9:00pm at LIPS Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Proceeds from “An Evening at the Birdcage” will help expand opportunities for neuro-diverse youth with special needs like Autism, Dyslexia and other learning disorders.

Event Chairman Max Tucci along with Unicorn’s President Gregory Fried (Gregory’s Fine Jewelry), Unicorn’s vice-president John Sternal (Merit Mile), Ash Ruiz (Menudo, pop male music group) and Boca Raton City Council Member Robert Weinroth will transform into dazzling “divas” with the goal of raising the most “votes” (dollars) in support of the Foundation.  Every $10 = 1 vote and the Diva with the most total votes (online and night of) will win the coveted Unicorn stiletto trophy, title of Queen of the Night, and lifetime bragging rights.

A big THANK YOU to our 5 leading men and sponsors: Tara Ink, Backer Aboud Poliakoff & Foelster, LLP, Tish Kitch Photography, Simply the Best Magazine, Wick Theatre & Museum and Eye on South Florida.  Members of the community are invited to attend at $125 (VIP champagne reception with Divas, preferred seating, 2 drinks, dinner & show), and $100 (2 drinks, dinner & show).  Vote for your favorite “Queen of the Night” on our website – $10 Donation = 1 vote.

“Lips is proud to raise funds and awareness for a variety of worthy local causes and organizations,” said Yvonne Lamé, Lips founder and co-owner. “Our dining concept creates the perfect backdrop to celebrate any occasion and it gives us great pleasure to present this opportunity for Unicorn Children’s Foundation.”

Come support your favorite Diva and help make an impact!  For tickets, to vote, and for additional information, please visit www.UnicornChildrensFoundation.org/event/birdcage or call 561-620-9377 x 302.

unicornAbout the Unicorn Children’s Foundation

Unicorn Children’s Foundation is a non-profit organization providing education, awareness and funding opportunities to organizations for special needs children in an effort to help kids excel in the community.  For millions of special needs children with developmental, communication and learning challenges, finding a cure is like chasing a rainbow in that a cure remains elusive. The Unicorn Children’s Foundation is expanding the collective special needs community to help acknowledge, celebrate and integrate the special qualities possessed by neurodiverse children with Autism, ADHD, Bipolar, Asperger’s, Dyslexia and other learning disorders.

About Lips Fort Lauderdale

Six nights a week and every Sunday afternoon, Lips serves up delicious food and Las Vegas style drag entertainment. Lips is the perfect place for a bachelorette party or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or even a divorce with an amazing cast of characters, including show hostesses Amanda Austin, Daisy Deadpetals, Nicolette, Misty Eyes, Twa La Rouge and Velvet LeNore. The fun never ends at Lips, with sister locations in New York, San Diego, Atlanta and Chicago, opening in 2017. Lips is located at 1421 East Oakland Park Blvd. in Oakland Park, about one-mile east of I-95. For more information about Lips, call 954-567-0987 or visit www.lipsusa.com.

Equine veterinarians agree: Healthy topline can help reduce injury and contribute to overall well-being

October 03, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

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Equine veterinarians agree: Healthy topline can help reduce injury and contribute to overall well-being
MINNEAPOLIS— Horse owners who want their horses to be as healthy as possible should focus on developing their topline. That conclusion is based on a survey of American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), which showed that seven out of 10 equine veterinarians consider adequate muscling surrounding/supporting the horse’s spine (topline) is key to equine well-being.

The same survey showed that 62 percent of equine veterinarians believe a healthy topline is key to fewer injuries.

So what makes a healthy topline?

“There’s a lot of lore and confusion about the best way to build a healthy topline,” said Abby Keegan, Equine Innovation & Application Lead for Cargill Animal Nutrition’s Nutrena® brand. “Many people believe topline problems are simply a result of the horse not yet being in work, while others blame breed or genetics, said Keegan”

However, years of Nutrena® research and field trials have shown that balanced nutrition should form the core of any topline development or maintenance program. Horses, like people, need a nutritious diet to have a strong, healthy core.

Select Nutrena® feed formulations contain easy-to-digest amino acids, the building blocks of protein. The correct amount and sources of amino acids – based on individual factors, such as a horse’s age and weight – is essential to create strong topline muscles, from withers to hind quarters.
Equine owners can now access an online tool, www.ToplineBalance.com, to help gauge their horse’s specific topline condition, and determine the best nutritional approach to improve it. The site offers an easy, state-of-the-art, Topline Evaluation System to help owners accurately assess their horse’s muscular condition and track improvements over time.
Based on that evaluation, the tool recommends the right mix of feeds and supplements for their horse’s specific needs. The evaluation is grounded in Nutrena’s extensive expertise in equine health and nutrition.
“The right nutritional balance, fed at the correct rates, may improve topline – both internally and visually – in as little as a few weeks,” said Keegan.
The equine veterinarian study was commissioned by Nutrena and conducted by AAEP. More than 400 veterinarians were surveyed in April 2016.
To learn more about topline and which Nutrena® products are best suited for your horse, visit www.ToplineBalance.com

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USEF/USPEA Center of Excellence, Carlisle Academy, Receives Federal Grant to Coach Disabled Veterans in Para-Equestrian Sports

September 21, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

September 21, 2016
USEF/USPEA Center of Excellence, Carlisle Academy, Receives Federal Grant to Coach Disabled Veterans in 
Para-Equestrian Sports
From the USEF Communications Department
Lexington, Ky. – Carlisle Academy, New England’s premier integrative riding school, has received a federal grant of $52,100 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Adaptive Sports Program. This grant was awarded in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) to increase and expand para-equestrian sport opportunities to disabled veterans and their coaches at the community, regional, and national levels.
The USEF and the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) recently designated Carlisle Academy as one of three International Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence for fostering growth in para-equestrian dressage.
“This grant is a testament to the success of Carlisle Academy and the vision of Sarah Armentrout and all who work with her,” said Will Connell, USEF Director of Sport. “Equestrian has so much to offer those with disabilities, whether it be therapeutic or the opportunity to excel as an elite athlete on the international stage. As a former member the British Armed Forces, I have complete admiration for, and fully support, those that seek to provide opportunities for our disabled veterans. This grant will expand opportunities for veterans and I hope will allow more to experience all the noble horse has to offer.”
Carlisle Academy has been a long-time leader in its field and offers a range of equine-assisted therapy and sport programs. Since 2008, the Academy has provided services to disabled veterans, and this grant will expand on these offerings to build a national coaching and training pathway for eligible veterans to pursue their Paralympic sport dreams.
Carlisle Academy
“We are thrilled to receive this grant which will allow us to bridge the therapeutic horsemanship and para-equestrian communities, while creating greater access for veterans and their coaches to these growing adaptive sports,” said Sarah Armentrout, Head of School at Carlisle Academy. “I would like to thank our congressional leaders, U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins, U.S. Senator Angus S. King Jr., and U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree for their ongoing support.”
Carlisle Academy has invested considerable resources in para-equestrian experts who complement its staff of therapists and instructors to help athletes and their coaches lay the foundation for success in para-dressage and para-driving. Clive Milkins, Paralympic Coach from the United Kingdom with over 20 years dedicated to the sport of para-dressage is on staff at the Academy, actively training athletes, coaches, and their horses from the grassroots through high-performance levels. Scott Monroe, a carriage driving national champion and PATH Level 2 Therapeutic Driving Instructor is an affiliate coach for driving clinics and lessons. As a veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Monroe has a keen interest in working with wounded service men and women to develop their competition skills in Para-Driving.
“Carlisle Academy is staffed with highly trained and enthusiastic personnel who are respectful, caring, creative, and accommodating of the varied needs and concerns that many veterans have,” said Amy L. Marcotte, Team Leader, Sanford Vet Center and a veteran. “Many veterans have reported back to us that through participation in the Carlisle Academy programs, they have found a sense of purpose and connectedness to others. To date, we have received nothing but positive feedback from our veterans and their family members.”