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Jay Matter

August 27, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Horse people, it’s time to rally ’round a member of our herd. As many of you know, Jay Matter passed away last week, shortly after being diagnosed with liver cancer. No services are being held for Jay at this time. Rather, Dee would like to invite all of Jay’s many friends to a celebration of his life, which will be held in Wellington in early to mid-December. Entertainment, food and beverages have already been donated, just bring yourselves and your best Jay stories.

Many of you have asked what you can do for Dee right now. An account has been established to provide Dee financial stability during this transitional period. Any amount you would like to contribute would be greatly appreciated. On Dee’s behalf, I’d like to thank you for your kindness & support!

Checks can be made out to “Jocelyn Dee Thomas”, with
Account # 1010297597713 in the memo line, and mailed to:
Wachovia Bank at Wellington East Store
11900 Forest Hill Blvd.
Wellington, FL 33414

If you have any questions about the account, please contact:
Janine Lyons from Wachovia Bank @ 561.838.5361 or
Mary Moricoli @ 561.676.6719 or
Anne Madej @ 847.612.8363

-Kim Tudor


August 27, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Proceeds Benefit James S. Brady Therapeutic Riding Program For Children with Special Needs

San Francisco, Calif. — September 1, 2010Horses in California, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting San Francisco through horses and horse-related events is proud to announce their annual Polo in the Park, the Bay Area’s premier charity polo event benefiting the James S. Brady Therapeutic Riding Program (JBTRP). This year’s event will take place Sunday, September 26th from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Bercut Equitation Field in Golden Gate Park.

“The James S. Brady Therapeutic Riding Program has brought over 400 mentally or physically challenged children the opportunity to gain a love and respect for animals, better self-confidence, improved social skills, increased joint mobility and enhanced neural development,” said Melba Meakin, Founder of Horses in California, Inc. “San Francisco has a long and prestigious equestrian history that has become critically endangered of disappearing over the past ten years. Horses in California is dedicated to keeping this tradition alive with our annual Polo in the Park event benefiting the JBTRP.”

Now in its 26th year, Polo in the Park brings together local polo players to vie for the Eric Pedley Perpetual Trophy. Polo in the Park will feature an arena polo tournament. Arena polo is similar to field polo but played in an enclosed field with a softer ball and allows spectators to get even closer to all the action.

In addition to polo, many activities will take place throughout the day for the whole family to enjoy. These events will include:

  • English High-Tea Service: Enjoy scrumptious tea sandwiches, scones, sweet treats and English teas sponsored by Tal-y-Tara Tea and Polo Shoppe.
  • Raffle Drawings
  • Fashion Show By Wee Scotty: Featuring fashions for the holidays for girls ages 2 to 16, including prom wear.
  • Live Musical Performances
  • Wine Tasting: Exquisite wines from California are available for tasting.
  • Horse Shows and Exhibition Show Jumping

“The emotional and spiritual benefits of horseback riding are profound and become self-evident when you witness a child experiencing the joy of horses for the very first time,” said Sarah Meakin, Executive Director of the James S. Brady Therapeutic Riding Program.

Tickets for Polo in the Park are $100 per person or $700 for a table of eight. Children ages 12 and under free. All proceeds benefit the James S. Brady Therapeutic Riding Program. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.sfpolointhepark.com

About Horses in California, Inc.

Founded in the 1980’s, by long-term San Francisco residents Hugh and Melba Meakin, Horses in California, Inc, is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing equestrian-related arts, events, and physical wellness to disadvantaged and special needs children throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. It operates the James S. Brady Therapeutic Riding Program and hosts the annual Polo in the Park charity event.

About the James S. Brady Therapeutic Riding Program

The James S. Brady Therapeutic Riding Program for children with autism and other special needs is the main beneficiary of Polo in the Park, and provides children in the San Francisco Bay Area with horsemanship and horseback riding lessons as a physical or social therapy alternative. The “Brady Program” has helped over 400 mentally or physically challenged children under the direction of personnel who have been certified and insured by the Equine Associated Growth and Learning Association. The organization uses specially trained Norwegian Fiord therapy horses at weekly lessons in Bercut Equitation Field, Golden Gate Park San Francisco.

The “Brady Program” has received a Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature Assembly and Award of Honor from the City and County of San Francisco.

For More Information Contact:

Michelle Reingold

Cell: (650) 281-5866

Email: mbreingold@gmail.com

New book out soon about legendary show jumper Snowman!

August 18, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Lecture: “The Eighty Dollar Champion: A Horse, a Man, and the Dream That Inspired a Nation,” Elizabeth Letts and Harry de Leyer, Friday, August 27, 2 p.m., National Sporting Library & Museum, 102 The Plains Rd., Middleburg, Va.  20117, http://www.nsl.org/eletts.html

Free, RSVP to Elizabeth Tobey, 540-687-6542 x 11 or etobey@nsl.org.

Author Elizabeth Letts, of Chadds Ford, Pa., and horse rider and trainer Harry de Leyer of Charlottesville, Va., will give an informal roundtable discussion about Snowman, the $80 horse that became a national champion show jumper in the 1950’s. This free program will be held at the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg, Va., on Friday, August 27 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.nsl.org.

The beloved show jumper is now the subject of a full-length book, “The Eighty Dollar Champion,” by Elizabeth Letts, forthcoming from Ballantine Books this summer. The book, based in part, on Letts’ research as a John H. Daniels Fellow at the National Sporting Library & Museum, is a celebration of Snowman and an exploration of the factors and forces that shaped the sport of show jumping in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, a time that some refer to as The Golden Age of Show Jumping. The Daniels Fellowship sponsors scholars and researchers working on projects related to the Library’s collections on horse and field sports. The lecture is part of the Library’s Fellows’ Roundtable series where Daniels Fellows discuss their research-in-progress.

In February 1956, Harry de Leyer arrived late at the auction in New Holland, Pa.  He had gone there to look for a quiet school horse for his pupils. When he arrived there were only a few stragglers left– horses that had already been loaded onto the truck bound for the slaughterhouse.  Something about one horse caught his eye and he asked the driver to unload that horse so he could take a closer look.  The big gray was dirty, thin, and missing a shoe, but de Leyer paid $80 dollars for him.  Maybe with a bit of luck, the gray would clean up and make a good lesson horse. When he got the horse home, de Leyer discovered that the horse had a gift– he was a natural born jumper.  Eighteen months later, the pair stood under the spotlights at Madison Square Garden: Snowman had captured the National Open Jumper Championship and, along the way, stolen the hearts of people across America.  Now famous, the ex-plowhorse became the subject of two children’s books, appeared on the Johnny Carson show, and toured both Europe and the United States giving exhibitions.

“Let’s Make WEG 2010 Our Aachen”

August 13, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

by Chris Kappler

Last month I flew to Europe on business. Upon landing, I realized the Grand Prix of Aachen would take place that very day. I happily rescheduled my first appointment so I could see the “Grosse Priz von Aachen”.

I have ridden at Aachen many times, and it is an overwhelming competitive experience. In fact, comparing the thrill of an Olympic gold medal or the Aachen Grand Prix win, most riders would be given pause. What makes Aachen such a unique sporting event?

I jumped into my rental car and arrived early, around 10:30am. Crowds were already making their way into the show. Although I could have gotten rider’s credentials, I decided to experience Aachen as a spectator, not a rider. I went to the ticket counter to buy seats, but of course, the box office was closed since they are always sold out on Grand Prix Sunday. I was lucky to find someone selling a pair of front row seats and gladly paid the scalper’s price!

The first class started at 12:30 with 40 entries in a 1.45 speed competition–   just a teaser for the great class to come. At Aachen, all the riders bring their “A game”, which makes for great watching. Still, I made time to tour the many shops and food stands. By now, it was “standing room only”. I could hardly move about among the nearly 50,000 people. Back in the show ring, the first round ended with 20 clear rounds returning for a jump-off. To the vast crowd’s delight, the dressage and driving champions for the week were brought into the main arena while the jumper course was set and walked. Prizes were awarded with victory parades around the ring. I was astounded by the crowd’s deafening reaction to the presentation!

The course designer, Frank Rothenberger, built a real jumping contest for the second round. This most difficult test produced only 4 additional clear rounds allowing a jump off between four of the fiercest competitors in show jumping. The result? Number one on the world ranking list, Eric Lamaze and his wonderful stallion Hickstead won, and number two in the world, Pius Switzer finished second!! No one needed wonder how they had achieved their world rankings!

At the conclusion of the Grand Prix, no one left the stands. At most events I attend, people scurry away like rats on a sinking ship. At Aachen, the crowd stayed to cheer for the awards ceremony and the parade of teams right to the end. I felt like I was in the middle of a patriotic rally, a send-off of the German teams to the World Equestrian Games with the nation’s great hopes, honor, and pride. All the German Federation was there, including past International champions, to support their riders at this important moment. Anyone would have been proud to be a German equestrian that day!

I can’t think of a show in America that comes close to what Aachen can produce in every way. I don’t want to pick on America, since no country in the world can reproduce the rich history, pride and competitive atmosphere that Aachen does. We can, however, significantly improve our events in America in the many areas I experienced as an Aachen spectator. We can begin with American spectator attendance at WEG this October.

According to the local Lexington newspaper, only 260,000 of the available 600,000 seats at WEG 2010 have been sold. Approximately 100,000 of those seats were actually given away to sponsors and guests of the WEG. How can only 140,000 tickets be sold despite all the years of planning and promoting the WEG? How can an important World Championship be so poorly attended by its host country? The Games cannot have meaning and importance without an enthusiastic audience.

Please come support our American teams! The plans and improvements have been spectacular. What location could be more beautiful than the Blue Grass State in October? Tickets have sounded very exclusive, but in fact they are still available and the price has recently been reduced! Hotels vacancies remain, and with a little searching you can find something not too expensive. I plan to stay near Cincinnati, a mere 60 miles away. The original pain-in-the neck-parking situation has been resolved with convenient on-grounds parking a short walk from the competition areas. Three great reasons to get your plans organized now!

American riders in every discipline need and want your encouragement. That’s why the German people go to Aachen—to cheer on their team against the best competitors in the world. WEG is American horsemen’s chance to take part in a spectacle that brings the best riders in the world together as we cheer our American teams on to great success. Let’s dig in, make every effort possible, and encourage everyone to buy tickets. We Americans can make the Kentucky World Games our Aachen in 2010!

Courtesy of North American Riders Group www.narg.org

Feds round up more than 100 mustangs along CA-NV border

August 12, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

(AP) – 23 hours ago

RENO, Nev. — Federal land managers have captured more than 100 wild horses a day after an appellate court refused to stop the mustang roundup along the California-Nevada border.

The Bureau of Land Management District Manager Nancy Haug says 119 animals gathered Wednesday were reported to be in good health. The roundup of about 2,000 wild horses is expected to last at least a month.

Horse protection advocates had sought an emergency injunction for the roundup. In Defense of Animals argued the horses have more legal right to the public range than the thousands of livestock grazing there.

The BLM says the overpopulated mustang herds about 120 miles north of Reno are damaging public rangeland and threatening their own well being.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the advocates’ request Tuesday night.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Flintfields Horse Park to Host Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 2 Dressage Championships

August 12, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Written by: Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Client: Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc.
Release Date: 2010-08-10

Traverse City, MI – August 10, 2010 – After hosting four very successful weeks of hunter, jumper and dressage competition in July, Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc. is now preparing for an exciting September show at the beautiful Flintfields Horse Park. The Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 2 Dressage Championships are just five weeks away and counting. The following information will be helpful as the countdown continues to the first horse trotting down center line on September 9.

* This weekend is the last chance to qualify – Please mail entries to Monica Fitzgerald – 7 Aragon Lane – Maggie Valley, NC 28751

* Golf carts are available to rent from Grand Bay Golf Cars at 231-941-7220 or 231-218-2837. Rent in advance to receive a $25 discount. There will be special weekly and daily rental rates on two and four car passenger cars in a limited supply.

* The Dessage4Kids Charity Fundraiser and Exhibitor Party will be held on Saturday, September 11 at 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Prix Arena Pavilion. Tickets are $5 in advance (on entry blank or via email) or $10 at check-in.

Judges include Hilda Gurney, Sandra Hotz, Joan Maccartney, Susan Malone-Casey, Anita Owen, R. Scott Peterson, Debbie Riehl-Rodrigues, and Gary Rockwell. Janine Malone and Susan Moran will be serving as the USEF Technical Delegates.

The Championships will be held in conjunction with the Dressage by the Bay Fall Classic, which offers a full schedule of classes ranging from Training through Grand Prix Level.   Riders winning blue ribbons will receive wonderful first place prizes including gift certificates to a one-year Sidelines Magazine subscription.

Have any questions? Email Dressage@horsesportsbythebay.com for more information or visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com.

Show Jumping Short List Named for WEG

August 10, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

USEF Names Show Jumping Short List for 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Lexington, KY – The USEF has named the the following horse/rider combinations in ranked order to the Short List for the US Show Jumping Team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.


McLain Ward/34/Brewster, NY/Sapphire/15/Belgian Warmblood/Mare/McLain Ward, Tom Grossman and Blue Chip Bloodstock

Laura Kraut/44/Middleburg, VA/Cedric /12/KWPN/Gelding/Happy Hill Farm

Lauren Hough/32/Wellington, FL/Quick Study/11/French Warmblood/Gelding/Laura & Meredith Mateo

Mario Deslauriers/44/New York, NY/Urico/9/KWPN/Gelding/Jane F. Clark

Candice King/39/Wellington, FL/Skara Glen’s Davos/10/Zangersheide/Gelding/Skara Glen Stables

Richard Spooner/39/Agua Dulce, CA/Cristallo/12/Holsteiner/Gelding/Show Jumping Syndications International

Rich Fellers/50/Wilsonville, OR/Flexible/14/Irish Bred/Stallion/Harry & Mollie Chapman

McLain Ward/34/Brewster, NY/Rothchild/9/Warmblood/Gelding/Sagamore Farms

Beezie Madden/46/Cazenovia, NY/Mademoiselle/13/Holsteiner/Mare/Abigail Wexner

Cara Raether/30/North Palm Beach, FL/Ublesco/13/Belgian Warmblood/Stallion/Trelawny Farm


Sidelines Cover Contest!

August 04, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Calling all photographers!

This fall, the World Equestrian Games will draw riders, spectators and media from all over the world. In addition to our regular nationwide circulation of 23,000 copies monthly, Sidelines will be widely distributed at WEG, and offered digitally through our new, iTunes compatible online newsstand.

In honor of this increased distribution and our annual October artists’ issue, Sidelines is giving all freelance and independent photographers the chance for their work to be featured as our October cover shot.

We invite all advertising photographers and artists to submit their best work for consideration. Photos/works of art must meet the following guidelines:

  1. Action or artistic shots specific to Sidelines’ disciplines: hunter/jumpers, dressage, eventing, polo or foxhunting.
  2. Scenic as it applies specifically to horses, i.e., horse in frame.
  3. Original candid of a current, well-known rider. Unseen candids/behind the scenes shots much preferred to jumpshots.

To be considered, photographers must be advertisers in the October issue of Sidelines. Special, deeply discounted rates for FP color and b/w ads apply. Contact National Account Manager Joyce Jones (jjones@myacc.net) to become an advertiser. Email contest questions and cover shots directly to Erin Gilmore (callierin@aol.com).

Sidelines’ editorial staff will select three finalists by August 16th. All three cover finalists will be featured for one week at SidelinesMagazine.com and Sidelines’ facebook. The winning cover shot will be voted for by Sidelines readers and our thriving social media community.

In addition to great exposure online and in print, the winning photographer will also be profiled in Sidelines’ October 2010 issue. Submit your photo now!

Help Sought for Horseman in Need

August 02, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Justin Cogbill Hospitalized

During a Sacramento, California horse show in June, Justin Cogbill suddenly collapsed while building a course before a class. The young man, who can often be found building courses at shows, lost feeling in his feet and legs. He has been in the hospital ever since, having been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Justin Cogbill cuddles his new son. LEG Up News file photo

Unfortunately, Justin’s story does not end with his illness. Shortly after he went to the hospital, his apartment, which he shares with his wife and newborn son, was robbed of household electronics—their television, DVD player, gaming console, and more were taken. In addition, his mother, who was only in her 50s, passed away unexpectedly in her sleep just two days after visiting Justin in the hospital.

Justin’s friends, Ben Chisholm and Ali Telatnik, stepped in to see how she and the horse show community could help Justin and his family. Ali explained, “The shows in the area are actively fundraising, donating and spreading the word, and 100% of the funds raised go to Justin. As far as donations go, we are seeking anything we can get. He is on state funding, so thankfully his medical bills are taken care of. Unfortunately because his son is so young, his girlfriend is unable to work as she must care for the child, so that leaves rent, utilities, groceries, etc. We have raised only enough to cover maybe another month or two.” The household electronics have also been replaced.

Ali, Ben Chisholm, Debbie Stone of Night Horse Farm, show secretary Nancy Gannon and others are setting up what will be “The Oxer Foundation” (Official, eXperts, Equestrians Relief). Ali said, “It will be a 501(c)3 not-for-profit and will go to benefit those in need in our unique horse show ‘family.’”

While the group works to set up the foundation, funds are still needed to help Justin. Checks for donations (payable to Jumping Horse Shows), or gift cards for places like Walmart and Target can be mailed to:

PO Box 2890
Fair Oaks, Ca. 95628

“Until we are able to open the bank account we are using the savings account of our business per Justin’s request and handling all payment of bills,” Ali explained. “He is an outstanding young man who is in need of some serious help right now.”

Guillain-Barre syndrome is an uncommon disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves. It usually begins with weakness and numbness in the extremities that spread until eventually the whole body is paralyzed. While most people do recover fully, some experience long-term effects, and recovery make take over two years. There is no known cure, although there are treatments available to reduce the length of the illness. While Justin responded to treatment at first, he regressed and his doctors are considering dialysis. Further information about Guillain-Barre Syndrome can be found at www.guillainbarresyndrome.net.

Further inquiries about Justin can be directed to Ali Telatnik at alitelatnik@yahoo.com.

LEG Up News provides public relations and marketing services to the equestrian sport, especially show jumping and dressage. LEG Up News features stories about events, riders, associations, and key competitions that have national and international championships. For more information or to obtain photos, please contact LEG UP News at marnyelanger@gmail.com. Please contact us for additional stories from this and other shows, as well as additional quotes.