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Horse Radio Network Announces Fundraising Events for Victims of Extreme Weather

May 29, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Horse World Gives Back to Stage HRN Radiothon and Retail Day on June 6-7, 2011

Lexington, Kentucky, USA. May 30, 2011

The Horse Radio Network (HRN) has announced the creation of Horse WorldGives Back; a charitable initiative aimed at uniting the horse world in a fundraising drive that will benefit horses and horse owners affected by the recent flooding and tornadoes across theUnited States.HRN will host a 3 hour LIVE broadcast on June 6, 2011, 6-9 pm Eastern as a fund raising effort called the HorseWorld Gives Back Radiothon followed by a Horse World Gives BackRetail Day on June 7, 2011.

Participating retailers will give back 5%of the day’s sales to the charities that will direct the funds towards helping horse owners across the country whosehorses have been affected by the devastating weather damage.This relief aid is being channeled through the Kentucky Horse Council’s Equine Disaster Relief Fund(www.kentuckyhorse.org ) and the Red Cross (www.redcross.org ).

HRN and its media partners are reaching out toequestrian and equine related organizations to become involved and unite the horse world in this nationwide effort.HRN Hosts, Glenn, Jamie and Chris will be hosting the Live Broadcast on June 6th from the Red CrossHeadquarters in Lexington, Kentucky which can be heard on the Horse World Gives Back website atwww.horseworldgivesback.com and its many affiliate partners listed on the website. Guests will include horsepeople affected by the devastating weather that has displaced so many horses and their owners, Red Crossrepresentatives, prominent riders and members of the horse community.

How you can get involved:

● Website Owners and Associations: Help us promote the Radiothon and Retail Day through your email lists and social media. Plus, you can post the Radiothon Player on your website so people can listen to the showon your site. It is a simple embed code – get the embed code now.

● Retailers: Please consider giving back and being part of this national fund raising event. Sign up to be aparticipating retailer for Horse World Gives Back Retail Day on June 7, 2011.

● Wholesalers, Manufacturers and Horse Businesses: Please call the Radiothon and pledge your support.There will be a page on the Horse World Gives Back website to list corporate pledges.

● Horse Owners World Wide: Tune into the Radiothon and donate what you can to help those in dire need.Plus, if you were planning on buying anything horsey in the next month, please make the purchase on June7 at one of the participating retailers.Please visit www.horseworldgivesback.com for more information on how you can help those in need.

Strong Showing for Canadian Pan Am Hopefuls at Woodside Spring Dressage CDI*/Y/J

May 26, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

By Yellow Horse Marketing for Cornerstone Event Management

BURBANK, CA – Canadian dressage riders made themselves at home at the Dressage at Woodside CDI*/Y/J in Woodside, CA, May 19 – 22, 2011, dominating the small tour and earning moving one step closer to their Pan American Games dreams.  As a valuable qualifier for the Northern California region, horses and riders competed for coveted qualifying scores from judges Axel Steiner (FEI 5* USA), Hilda Gurney (FEI 4* USA), and Brenda Minor (FEI 4*CAN).  Despite ongoing concerns with a recent EHV-1 outbreak among cutting horses in the western United States, organizers worked with state officials to closely monitor and make the best of a difficult situation.  “The initial upheaval resulting from a large number of scratches was handled extremely well by management,” noted Steiner.  “Revised class schedules were published in a timely manner and the show ran very smoothly for the three days.”

Canada's Dominique Culham Buckland and "Utango DG" enjoyed two CDI class wins at Woodside.

Dominique Culham Buckland of British Columbia has spent the first five months of 2011 competing up and down the California coast with Denise Turner’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, “Utango DG” (Contango x Jagermeester) in her quest to earn required qualifying scores for consideration for the Canadian Pan Am Team.  After solid placings at Burbank in February, Del Mar in March, and Rancho Murieta in April, it finally was Buckland’s time to shine in the small tour at Woodside, earning wins in both the Prix St. Georges Test (67.456%) and the Intermediaire I (68.772%), and reserve in the Freestyle (68.167%).  Placing second in the Prix St. Georges was Rochelle Kilberg (CAN) and “Rudy”, earning 66.930%, while fellow Canadian rider Lindsay Seidel-Wassenaar rode “Oslo” to second place in the Intermediaire I (67.456%) and claimed the win in the Freestyle with a score of 70.667%.  “These Canadian riders impressed us with excellent seats and good horsemanship,” noted FEI judge Axel Steiner (5* USA).  “While Buckland was slightly ahead in the first two tests on her powerful mount Utango DG, Seidel-Wassenaar turned the table in the Freestyle with a creative test to very fitting music. I wish these riders much luck in their quest to make the Canadian Pan Am Team.”


In the CDI Young Rider division, Georgia Wren-Russ and “Saphiro” swept the division, earning a 61.404% in the Young Rider Team Test, 60.877% in the Individual Test, and a 64.208% in the Freestyle.  For the Juniors, Leah Myers rode “Di Vinci” to wins in the Team and Individual Tests (65.946% and 68.947%, respectively), while Rison Naness and “Kingsley” claimed the blue ribbon in the Freestyle with a score of 68.017%.

Markel/Cornerstone High Point Winners were presented in four divisions.  In the FEI ranks, Christine Rivlin and “Vento” were presented with the champion’s dress sheet, while in the Open division Vicky Stashuk-Matisi rode “Springfield” to the win.  For Adult Amateurs, Melissa Hollatz with “Ruby Music” claimed the title, and  Leah Myers and “DiVinci” won the Junior/Young Rider division.

Woodside Spring Dressage was the first show in the 2011 Woodside Vacation Rewards series.  All Open and Adult Amateur riders are eligible for a drawing to win a 5-day/4-night stay at the Marriott Resort of their choice located anywhere in the continental U.S.  Riders must compete in two of the three Cornerstone dressage competitions held at the Horse Park at Woodside this year to be eligible for the September 17 drawing.

Complete competition results for Woodside Spring Dressage CDI*/Y/J are posted online via this link:  http://www.cornerstonedressage.com/show_results.asp.  Upcoming Cornerstone events include Dressage at Flintridge CDI 1*/Y/J on May 26 – 29; High Prairie Dressage on June 3 – 5 in Colorado; and Star Spangled Dressage, a new competition to be held July 1 – 3 in San Juan Capistrano.

Cornerstone Event Management is the leading resource for premier dressage events in California.  For more information, including news, show calendars, prize lists, entry forms, schedules, and results, visit Cornerstone Event Management on Facebook or www.cornerstonedressage.com.

Riders’ Quests to Earn Spots on Pan Am Teams Continue at Woodside Spring Dressage CDI*/Y/J

May 17, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

By Yellow Horse Marketing for Cornerstone Event Management

BURBANK, CA – Riders will continue their quest for a Pan American Games team berth at the Dressage at Woodside CDI*/Y/J in Woodside, CA, May 19 – 22, 2011.  As a valuable qualifier for the Northern California region, horses and riders will compete in front of judges Axel Steiner (FEI 5* USA), Hilda Gurney (FEI 4* USA), Brenda Minor (FEI 4*CAN), and Sandra Hotz (“S” USA).  In addition, this competition will serve as a qualifier for the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of Champions (Pony Rider, Junior, Young Rider, and Brentina Cup divisions);  NAJYRC;  Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program; and the USEF Developing Horse division (sponsored by Dutta & PSI).

A competitive field of U.S. and Canadian horses and riders who are already well-seasoned from early-spring West Coast competitions will once again face off for valuable qualifying scores in the beautiful setting of the Horse Park at Woodside.  Situated on 272 gently rolling, oak-studded acres on the border of Menlo Park and Woodside, California, the Horse Park’s facilities, terrain and scenic setting have made it an ideal venue for equestrian activities including horse trials, Pony Club ratings, dressage, arena polo, hunter/jumper shows and western reining.

Woodside Spring Dressage will be the first show in the 2011 Woodside Vacation Rewards series.  All Open and Adult Amateur riders are eligible for a drawing to win a 5-day/4-night stay at the Marriott Resort of their choice located anywhere in the continental U.S.  Riders must compete in two of the three Cornerstone dressage competitions held at the Horse Park at Woodside this year to be eligible for the September 17 drawing.  In addition, Markel Insurance will once again award high-percentage coolers in a variety of divisions for Open competitors, Adult Amateurs, and Juniors/Young Riders.

Spectator admission to Woodside Spring Dressage is free.  For a complete time schedule for each day of competition, visit www.cornerstonedressage.com.

Cornerstone Event Management is your resource for premier dressage events in California.  For more information, including news, show calendars, prize lists, entry forms, schedules, and results, visit www.cornerstonedressage.com.



It’s A Whole New World

May 13, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

HorseShow.com‘s online network opens a world of possibilities for dressage enthusiasts of all ages and abilities

In today’s uncertain economy, times are tough for almost everyone, and horse enthusiasts are no exception.  With increasing membership dues and entry fees, rising costs for feed and supplies, and skyrocketing fuel prices,  equine budgets are stretched to the max.

As a result of these increasing expenses, many riders are forced to make difficult decisions as to whether or not they can even afford to compete in horse shows; and if making the financial commitment to compete, exhibitors must be more certain than ever that they are truly ready for the level of competition they will face, and maximize that showing opportunity to gain the most points towards year-end awards, or the required qualifying score for championships.

HorseShow.com, an online horse show network, offers a revolutionary way to assess a horse and rider’s readiness for competition and receive expert feedback without the expense of actually traveling to a live show.  Video entries are now being accepted for HorseShow.com‘s Spring Dressage Festival, which offers classes for Training through Fourth Level and the FEI tests, and will be judged by renowned USEF and FEI official Natalie Lamping.  In addition, HorseShow.com is offering a “Focus on Dressage Equitation” division, open to all age riders.

“I think this is a tremendous opportunity for dressage riders to get a judge’s feedback about where they stand,” said Lamping.  “Do you feel solid at your level but want to get extra practice and feedback before your next big show?  Are you thinking about moving up a level but want to be sure you’re ready?  Or maybe you live in an area without many dressage shows.  For all of these riders, the HorseShow.com network can be an invaluable resource.”

Entering a digital horse show is easy.  By visiting the HorseShow.com website, a rider can sign up for a free membership and set up a profile for her horse.  As a bonus, new members receive enough online “credits” so that their first class entry is free.  Competitors can then upload a video of their test of choice, filmed from the comfort of their own facility.

After the closing date, the presiding judge reviews all video entries.  Since in this judging format the officials have the luxury of time and video playback, movements can be reviewed several times in order to give accurate scores and more thorough comments and feedback than possible in a real-time show.  Once the class is scored, each entrant receives a complete scorecard via e-mail with marks and comments for each movement along with the final score.  Since profiles, videos, and results are based on a horse’s name, rider information remains as anonymous or public as members decide when setting up their profiles.  Members can view and learn from other rides in their class; in addition, archives are kept of all videos which provides a record for members to track their progress.

Entries close May 22nd for HorseShow.com‘s inaugural dressage competition, the Spring Dressage Festival with Natalie Lamping.  For more information about Horse Show World’s online dressage shows, sign up for a free membership, and submit a video entry, please visitwww.horseshow.com.

Article Courtesy of www.yellowhorsemarketing.com and Jennifer M. Keeler



Spring Reveal at Spruce Meadows!

May 11, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

(SPRUCE MEADOWS, Calgary, AB):  There are a few sure indications of the arrival of spring: the swelling of buds on the trees, tulips poking up through the newly thawed ground, street sweepers out gathering up all the gravel that was spread on the icy, winter roads.

There are a few additional signs at Spruce Meadows that usher in spring: new foals, construction and the removal of the tarps from the grass of the International Ring.

The spring reveal of the International Ring took place today under clear blue skies, the grass emerged emerald green and extremely lush.  D’Arcy Finlay, Senior Manager, Grounds, Mechanics, Events gave it a thumbs up and within minutes of the removal of the tarps, the mowers were out and the preparations for the arrival of competitors from across North and South America and Europe for the “National” Tournament, June 8 – 12, 2011, had begun.

The summer series of competitions at Spruce Meadows starts with the “National” and run for five weeks, culminating with the “North American” Tournament which finishes on Sunday, July 10th, 2011.  Join us for international calibre show jumping as competitors vie for selection to their national teams in preparation for the Olympics in London, England in 2012.


Heart of the Carolinas Three Day Event Finishes to Rave Reviews

May 02, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Low Score Winner Becky Brown and EZ Win Nikon Camera

Boo Major, Foy Barksdale and Cindy DePorter present Becky Brown with the Nikon D3100 Camera Kit as the Low Score Rider. Diana De Rosa Photo


The riders couldn’t say enough nice things about Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event in Chesterfield, SC at Southern Eighths Farm.  They loved the facility, the organization, the footing, the courses, the jumps – just everything.

When it was all over Jim Baker and Wings claimed the victory in the Beginner-Novice division (58.30).  “The format and the organization were topnotch.  I can’t say enough about it,” he readily commented.

Becky Brown and EZ dominated the Training level (32.90) and Anne Lane Maunder and Penny Lane (37.30) were the winners in the Novice division.  As the Low Score rider of the event, Brown was in awe when she was presented with a Nikon D3100 Camera Kit.  “I’m floored,” she commented.  “I can’t believe I won this camera.  We’ve all had our eye on it all weekend.”

Jim Baker and Wings are Victorious in Beginner Novice

Jim couldn’t have been happier for this opportunity to check out what Southern Eighths has to offer and commented, “I feel wonderful, fantastic on top of the world. I thought the show jumping went very well.  It was a typical switch back type course which I tend to like.”

Jim was pleased with how Wings finished.  “I think Wings grew a lot in confidence.  I saw him mature over the weekend.  He was nervous when he got here and now he’s calmed down.  I was very pleased with the way things went over the weekend.”

When asked what he thought the best part of the weekend was, Jim was quick to respond, “The facilities are amazing, simply amazing, probably the most spectacular thing is the effort they made for us as competitors.  I’ve been Eventing for a long time and we have never had this done for us.  For the average competitor, the lower level competitor, this was a phenomenal event.  I’ve only seen this at the higher level events.”

Brad Turley, owner of Southern Eighths is already talking about doing some schooling weekends in addition to next year’s event.  When Jim heard that he was quickly onboard.

“If Brad had a schooling weekend we would bring a trailer load back here.” When asked if he would be back for next year’s event Jim had one word.  “Absolutely!”

Anne Lane-Maunder and Penny Lane Win The Novice Division

Anne Lane Maunder and Penny Lane were equally thrilled about their weekend event.  “I feel great.  I am very pleased with the final result but I’m a little disappointed with the rails.  (They had two rails down.) Those rails lost us the Nikon camera.”


Heart of the Carolinas

Anne Lane-Maunder and Penny Lane

Anne was pleased with Penny’s overall condition.  “I think she has come through it great.  I’m surprised at the rails.  I think that she has had to work harder than she has ever had to work in her entire life and that is not a bad thing.  So it probably has improved her work ethic.”

For Anne the highlight of the weekend was “personally feeling that I’ve still got a few more years left in me.  I’m not ready to hang up my boots.  It refocuses me as to why I do Eventing and that is because it is the only horse sport I know of where competitors will give you information that will allow you to beat them.”

“One minute you are a Dressage Queen and the next minute you are sitting in a pool of mud looking like a twit,” she jokingly added.

Anne will also be back for those predicted schooling weekends.  “I’ll be back and I will bring some students as well.  If there is any hope for the horsemanship to come back into the world of Eventing it is through this kind of thing.  The problem with Eventing is the horsemanship has gone out of it but Southern Eighths is bringing it back”

Becky Brown and EZ Win Training Level and Nikon Camera

Becky Brown and EZ were also feeling “pretty terrific.  It is EZs first blue ribbon at a recognized event.  We chose the right one.  I am so proud of him.  He finished on his Dressage score.  He is such a fun horse, a challenge but fun.”

Becky has had EZ since he was three.  “He’s always been a very spooky horse.  It’s only been in the last year that I’ve been able to warm him up because he’s been so afraid of the other horses,” she explained.

When asked what was the highlight of the weekend Becky commented, “choosing one highlight is kind of impossible.  Doing the whole Cross Country because it was such a beautiful course, beautifully presented and the jumps were great.  All the volunteers were super.  The organization was great and the whole care and feeding of the competitors was unbelievable.  I’ve never been anywhere where they were so concerned about our welfare.  In addition to that was the educational aspect.  The whole experience has been terrific.”

Becky loves the idea of a schooling weekend and doing this event next year.  “This is a marvelous place to do the schooling weekends and to stay a couple of days I think it would be great.  To go out on the trails and school the Cross Country would be a good experience for the horses.”

Becky as the Low Score rider of the weekend and the lucky winner of the Nikon D3100 Camera Kit couldn’t have been happier.  “To think that Nikon gave such a wonderful prize at an event for amateur riders is really special.  I am beyond thrilled to have won that camera.”

Brad Turley and Pati Martin – Two Key People Behind the Scenes

The owner of Southern Eighths is Brad Turley and right there beside him making sure things run like clockwork is his significant other, Pati Martin.  They along with a host of staff and volunteers did the unbelievable, working endless hours to ensure every aspect of the event was as good as it could be.


Brad Turley

“I am pleased with the camaraderie and the way everyone pulled together this weekend,” commented Pati.  “What was also special was that we were able to include the people from the community from the caterers right up to the people that dropped gravel and the volunteers.  I appreciated the way everyone got together and moved forward for the same cause.  Everyone showed they are dedicated to the concept of bringing the Long Format back.”

“Four years ago when we moved to Chesterfield the dream was to share the exhilaration and camaraderie of Long Format Eventing,” remarked Brad.  “With the culmination and success of Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event we’ve taken a huge step forward toward achieving that goal and maybe even modifying that goal to become the ultimate destination for the adult rider.




1-Wings, James Baker, 58.30



1-Penny Lane, Anne Lane-Maunder, 37.30

2-Emily Bug, Jeannette Ford, 39.30

3-Orkney HP, Lisa Gerdon, 126.20

4-A Splash of Henry, Briana Timmerman, E



1-EZ, Becky Brown, 32.90

2-AFW Ami Fidele, Linda Dahlgren, 43.50

3-Lily B, Risa Moon, 52.20

4-Conference Call, Sarah Morton, 62.60

5-Cor de Chasse, Jennifer Davis, 73.00