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Rolex Grand Slam Eventing: WFP Has a Chance!

April 29, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

The Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing awards $350,000 to the Rider who can win the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in England the first weekend in May and the Burghley Land Rover Horse Trials in England the first of September in succession. In its 5th year in 2003, Pippa Funnell of Great Britain became the first Grand Slam winner with wins at Kentucky on Primmore’s Pride, Badminton on Supreme Rock, and Burghley on Primmore’s Pride, taking the $250,000 prize (the amount of prize money at the time) that most had thought impossible to win. When the next Grand Slam winner will burst onto the Eventing scene is anyone’s guess.

The Badminton Horse Trials begin this Friday in England. After his win at Rolex last weekend, all eyes will be on William Fox-Pitt to see if he can get one step closer to winning the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing.

(information courtesy of www.rk3de.org)

Carol Ives to Head Breeding Effort of Rich Fellers’ Flexible

April 21, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Flexible, the Grand Prix Jumper stallion, owners choose Carol Ives to head breeding effort.

Harry and Mollie Chapman, owners of Flexible (ISH) the popular Grand Prix jumper have announced they have brought aboard Carol Ives, well known sport horse woman to guide Flexible’s breeding career. Mrs. Ives is owner of Ideal (Oldenburg) a successful breeding stallion in his own right with over 500 breedings to his credit.  Carol also has operated a teaching, training and sales marketing company for the past twenty years at Lake Oswego.

Mr. Chapman said, “The demand for breeding to Flexible grows proportionally with the wins Flexible has had with Rich Fellers showing him and getting all those wins!”

Taking into consideration Flexible’s Grand Prix ranking and his bloodlines, his Sire being Cruising, it is understandable there is demand for breeding. Given our itinerary and Flexible’s arduous show schedule, Mollie and I realized we needed a professional for this. We asked Lisa Metcalf, MS DVM Diplomate, our reproductive vet, to recommend someone. Lisa told us you need someone like Carol Ives who has such a sterling reputation in the field and is right here in the Portland area.”  Chapman approached Carol she told him she had been following Flexible’s career, thought a great deal of Rich Fellers and would be pleased to join the team. Mr. Chapman said, “We were delighted Carol said yes. Since we travel with Flexible, we need someone we can count on and Carol is known to breeders for her follow through and knowledge of the sport horse world.”

Carol Ives is proprietor of Sporthorse Marketing Internationale and is orchestrating a marketing campaign for the Chapman’s, which includes consulting on strategies, producing and distributing a Stallion video, creating a website, designing magazine ads and will handle communications which includes telephone inquires (503 638 7716) and e-mail correspondence. (carol@FlexibleGrandPrixJumper.com).

Anne Kursinski Clinic Approaches – Register Now!

April 20, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Equestrian Press Release

Menlo Park, California – April 20, 2010. In less than six weeks, five-time Olympian Anne Kursinski will be visiting the West Coast for a special 3-day clinic at the Portola Valley Training Center in Menlo Park. It’s been years since Anne has taught a clinic in Northern California, as her breadth of experience across show jumping, hunters and equitation make her a much sought-after clinician throughout the country. A Pan Am Games gold medalist, 3-time World Equestrian Games rider and 12-time World Cup Finalist, Anne’s riding style has become the quintessential standard of American Show Jumping.

The clinic will take place June 18-20. Three sections, at jumping heights of 2’9”, 3’3” and 3’9”+, of just six riders each, will allow participants to receive intensive instruction from Anne in jumpers and equitation. Clinic registration cut-off date is approaching fast – so if you’ve been thinking about attending, fill out the registration form and send it in ASAP!!

Auditors are asked to register as well.

Toni and Colin McIntosh of McIntosh Stables are thrilled to have the opportunity to host this special event at their home base in Menlo Park. As trainers, they share Anne’s philosophy that the very best coaching is based on positive support, and always with the horse’s perspective in mind. Since opening their training business in the United States seven years ago, Toni and Colin have become known for their dedication to creating the very best riders and horses.

Visit www.mcintosh-stables.com for more details and registration materials.

This event is made possible by the support of the Portola Valley Training Center and Sidelines Magazine.

Battle of the Barns, Bluffton, South Carolina

April 09, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

APRIL 24-25,  MAY 22,23 JUNE 19,20

Rose Dhu Creek Equestrian Center, Bluffton, SC

A series of 3 horse shows beginning on April 24,25; then May 22,23 and June 19,20 – each barn’s top five riders that have earned the most points in all of their classes during each show will compete for a $500 cash award to be given to their barn’s trainer and honors for all…A beautiful trophy will be engraved with the Barn/Farm winner’s name and displayed at Low Country Saddlery for everyone to see for a period of one year. Plaques for barn display will be provided to the winner through third place. 100 extra “Team Spirit” points will be available each show, with 50 points to the winning farm and 20 points each to second and third place – for showing the most visible support and horsemanship for their teammates and fellow riders – whether it’s by cheering, team shirts, matching saddle pads, or providing food, drink and/or moral support to all (obvious bribery to your fellow show-goers ok!) Use your imagination!! Our show software will maintain the points as the results are keyed and points will be posted throughout each show and after each show on Horse Shows in the Park’s website.

Are you and your barn ready for the challenges that await? Are you ready to be regarded as “the Barn that ROCKS!!” Start riding now to get ready for the first “LowCountry Battle of the Barns”….and show us what you’re made of!!

FEI World Cup Eventing Underway in NZL!

April 05, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Megan Jones riding Kirby Park Irish Jester (AUS).

Kihikihi (NZL) 2-4 April 2010

Australian rider, Megan Jones and her homebred grey Kirby Park Irish Jester won the New Zealand Round of the HSBC FEI World Cupä Eventing series with a clear round in the show jumping over the weekend.
Megan Jones won Round 1 and Round 2 of the 2009 HSBC FEI World Cup TM Eventing series but was unable to travel her horses to the Final held in Europe due to quarantine regulations. Jones missed out on her share of the huge prize money on offer but with a new format announced for the 2010 series the Aussie rider will get a chance at the US$180,000. Jones has begun her campaign with a resounding victory at Kihikihi in New Zealand and has her sights set on the Sydney leg of the series to be held in May.
A determined Jones travelled back to New Zealand with the same horse she rode in 2009 to defend her title at the Mitavite International Horse Trials at Kihikihi this weekend (2-4 April). In similar fashion to 2009 Jones took the lead after dressage on the home bred Kirby Park Irish Jester. The pair added just 3.9 time penalties with a safe option at fence number 3 on the cross country course leaving them in first place with a two rail safety zone going into the final competition phase of show jumping. Errors from the other leading riders made no difference to Jones as she piloted Jester to an effortless clear round to finish the competition in first place on a score of 43.0 penalties. Jones will start Sydney with 71 World Cup points ahead of her fellow Australian riders.

Top 3 finishers: Megan Jones, Heelan Tompkins,Clarke Johnstone

Menlo Charity Horse Show Selects Artist to Commemorate Its 40th Year

April 01, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Members of the Menlo Charity Horse Show Committee announced today that they had selected Sam Price, of San Francisco, to be the Official Artist for the 2010 event which will be a gala celebration of the show’s 40th year.  Mr. Price’s collage, entitled “Jubilee” was the unanimous choice of the committee and will be featured on the event’s program, invitations, thank you notes, mugs, and website.  Valued at $5,000.00 it will be auctioned off at the Friday night Sponsors’ Dinner which will be a tribute to Betsy Glikbarg of Atherton, the founder of the show, who stills serves as a Co-Chair of this nationally recognized, equestrian competition. “Jubilee” and other of Mr. Price’s works will be on display and for sale during the horse show.

A self-taught artist since childhood, Mr. Price says, “When I was young and could not afford to buy paints, I turned to cutting up magazines and newspapers and gluing them to a canvas.  One of my earliest passions was photography, and now the starting point of my work invariably begins with photography.  My portraits are created by cutting and assembling a number of scraps (primarily from recycled magazines) onto a canvas which houses the original photograph. They are then fixed onto the canvas with glue emulsion.  This process can be defined as collage, or more specifically, photo montage.”  Each piece of paper, picked meticulously for its color and shape, is cut by hand, and placed individually onto the working surface. The artist estimates that there are approximately 1,700 small pieces which make up the entire canvas of “Jubilee.”

Mr. Price is a lover of all animals. He and his wife, Leah own “2 spoiled cats” and a dog, named Buster.  Buster, the artist’s constant companion, has been the focus of many of his previous works. His early works featured dog and cat portraits, but recently he has branched out to the creation of portraits of horses. “Horse portraiture is really a new challenge,” he says.  “It has such a rich history and wide range of subject matter; horses are so large and still have so much personality.”

For the last 8 years, Mr. Price has been supporting his art career working at a Surgery Center in the Bay Area. He also volunteers at UCSF hospital.  Coming from a family that has been involved in medical careers, he is in the final stages of applying to nursing school.

Betsy Glikbarg says, “We are very excited to welcome this unique artist to the roster of past “Official Artists.”  LeRoy Neiman was the very first individual to hold this title, so Sam has joined a select club, the members of which are among the very best of sports artists.”

This year’s Menlo Charity Horse Show, named “One of the Best Horse Shows in North America,” by the national membership of Phelps Media Group International in 2008,  has been nominated for a “ Heritage Show” designation by the U.S. Equestrian Federation (the ruling body for American horse shows).  It will take place August 10th through August 15th at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, in Atherton.  Over 600 of the West Coast’s top horses and riders are expected to compete in Olympic-style jumping events in 3 on-going arenas, two of which are situated on the grass of the polo field.

Once again the event will benefit Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired in Palo Alto. In 2009, the center served thousands of clients in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties. Through the years, the horse show has raised millions of dollars for the Center, Last year’s show, despite the faltering economy, raised $420,000 for Vista Center, which is dedicated to the premise of “enabling clients to achieve their highest potential through programs that promote independence and improve the quality of life.”

For further information, please visit:  www.menlohorseshow.com , or telephone: 650-701-0543

To view the entirety of Sam Price’s work, go to:  www.sampriceart.com