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Sidelines Magazine and The Fidelity Investments® Jumper Classic® Team Up for Great Offer

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

Hampton Falls, New Hampshire–Here’s a special offer for New England horse lovers only. Sidelines and The Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic have teamed up to offer new subscribers from New England two complimentary General Admission Tickets** to the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix, featuring Olympic show jumping, on Sunday, September 18th. This is a very special opportunity to watch the top international riders from the U.S. compete over a challenging Grand Prix jump course at the spectacular show grounds of Silver Oak Equestrian Center in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.

Sidelines magazine follows the show circuits across the country and is the sponsor of dozens of major horse shows and events in the U.S. & Canada. Regular departments and features in Sidelines include: Gossip from the show grounds and polo fields, rider/trainer/player profiles and interviews, horse show/event briefs, and in-depth articles.

Subscribe now at: www.sidelinesnews.com to be on top of the latest news in the equestrian world of show jumping and get to view the only International horse show in New England! To receive your complimentary tickets the the 2011 Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic just add the code 2Tickets in the promo box at the check out, it is that simple!

For more information about the Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic in September please visit www.jumperclassic.com or email info@jumperclassic.com

**Tickets: Value $50
Subscription must be purchased by August 26, 2011 through www.sidelinesnews.comAbout Fidelity Investments

Fidelity Investments is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of more than $3.7 trillion, including managed assets of nearly $1.6 trillion, as of May 31, 2011. Founded in 1946, the firm is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and many other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals and institutions, as well as through 5,000 financial intermediary firms. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit www.fidelity.com.

Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic Begins July 8

June 28, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

New this year – National Hunter Classic and a Second Grand Prix
MORELAND HILLS, Ohio – June 28, 2011 – The Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic opens next Friday, July 8, at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field in Moreland Hills, Ohio, and will run through Saturday, July 23. Competitors from around the country will be traveling to the Chagrin Valley for this prestigious event.

The Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic will begin with the Schneider Saddlery Opening Weekend, Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10, featuring local competitors. Opening day, Friday, July 8, the Classic will once again welcome the Riders with Disabilities competition, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Hosted by Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center (FFTRC), this competition gives local riders with disabilities the chance to show off the skills they have learned throughout the year at FFTRC. 

The first week of national competition will run from Wednesday, July 13 to Sunday, July 17, followed by the second week of national competition, Tuesday, July 19 through Saturday, July 23. New this year, both weeks of national competition are rated “AA” hunters and level 4 jumpers.

Competition Highlights
The $10,000 Welcome Stake will be held after 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 15. The $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby will take place after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

Sunday, July 17, will open with hunter and jumper classics at 8 a.m. Grand prix festivities will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the highlight of the Classic, the $30,000 Cleveland Grand Prix, begins at 2:30 p.m. The Cleveland Grand Prix, North America’s first show jumping grand prix, debuted at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field in 1965.

New this year, there will be a second grand prix at the Classic! The final day of competition, Saturday, July 23, will open at 8 a.m. with jumper classics, followed by the new $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Classic at 9 a.m., and will conclude with the debut of the $25,000 CVPHA Grand Prix. Festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. and competition begins at 2:30 p.m.

Ticket PricesGeneral admission tickets are free July 8-14; $5 Adult/$3 Senior and 12 & under on July 15; $5 Adult/$3 Senior/Free 12 & under on July 16; $10 Adult/$5 Senior and 12 & under on July 17; and free July 19-23. Tickets are available at the gate. Classic Box Seating is available in advance by calling 330-903-9915.

The Classic is presented by the Chagrin Valley PHA (Professional Horsemen’s Association) Horse Show, Inc. This nonprofit organization, headed by a voluntary Board of Trustees, is comprised of local residents, business leaders and equestrians who run the show with a large team of volunteers.

For more information please visit www.clevelandhorseshow.com or call 330-903-9915.

USEF Names Riders, Drivers and Vaulters for CHIO Aachen

June 28, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Lexington, KY– The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will be represented in four disciplines at CHIO Aachen, which runs July 8-17, 2011 in Aachen, Germany. Please click on any athlete or team name for more information about them.

The following horse/rider combinations have been named in ranked order to represent the U.S. in Dressage:

Steffen Peters (San Diego, CA) will ride Four Winds Farm and Akiko Yamazaki’s Ravel

Ravel is a 13-year-old KWPN gelding

Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, CA) will ride Ann Romney and Amy Roberts Ebeling Rafalca

Rafalca is a 14-year-old Oldenburg mare

Guenter Seidel (Cardiff, CA) will ride Dick and Jane Brown’s UII

UII is a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood

Todd Fettrich (Royal Palm Beach, FL) will ride Cherry Knoll Farm’s Otto

Otto is a 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding

Catherine Haddad-Staller (Vectha, Germany) and Winyamaro have been named as the first ranked substitute.

The U.S. will have one representative in Driving. Chester Weber (Ocala, FL) won back-to-back CAI4s in Europe, picking up victories in Hungary and Austria.

The Jumping Team was named on June 10, please click here: http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/newsdisplay/viewPR.aspx?id=7173 for complete details.

Vaulting will kick-off the competition at CHIO Aachen and the U.S. will be well represented in the sport in which they won the Team Gold at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Members of gold medal-winning Vaulting team, as well as some new names will represent the United States. For the first time, the USEF will also field a Pas de Deux. Craig Coburn will serve as Chef d’Equipe.

Individual Females in Ranked Order

1.            Mary McCormick

2.            Katharine Wick

3.            Elizabeth Ioannou

4.            Kalyn Geisler

Individual Male in Ranked Order

1.            Devon Maitozo

2.            Joseph Gadd




Gabe Aniello

Alyssa Bonora

Tessa Divita

Kathryn Jaggers

Siddartha Kreaden

Samantha Smith

Katharine Wick

Mt. Eden

Joseph Gadd

Michelle Guo

Elizabeth Ioannou

Florence Rubinger

Tasha Thorner

Alexandra Thrasher

Mackenzie Thurman

Pas de Deux

Devon Maitozo and Rosalind Ross



The USEF will be providing full coverage of CHIO Aachen on the USEF Network. Please visit www.usefnetwork.com for more information or visit  www.chio.nl.



83rd Annual Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Horse Show

June 15, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

$25,000 Equestrian Sport Productions Grand Prix winners, Vick Russell aboard Lucky One are presented with the blue ribbon at the 83rd Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Horse Show. On hand for the presentation were Mark, Katherine and Nicole Bellissimo with ESP; Roger and Jennifer Smith, Vice President TR&HC and horse show chairwoman; Chuck Lingerfelt, TR&HC President; Lucky One owners, Lily Hahn and Ben Rosichan; trophy donor, Linda Lee Reynolds; and members of the Russell family

The 83rd Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Horse Show held the $25,000 Equestrian Sport Productions Grand Prix on Saturday June 11th. Course designer Doug Russell presented a technical course that whittled down the field of 25 to only 2 riders, each with 2 rides in the jumpoff. A familiar sight for shows in the Southeast, it was Tryon’s own Vick Russell and Aiken’s Daniel Geitner left to duel it out for the win.

Vick made it through the first round clear with Lily Hahn’s Lucky One and his own Here’s the Deal. Daniel brought Fit to Print Farm’s Camera Ready and Karen Kerby’s T/Salemon to the second round. Vick laid down the only clear round with Lucky One, who both he and owner Lily Hahn have had great success with in the Grand Prix. Vick has had the reins for the last year, as Lily recently gave birth to her first son with husband Ben Rosichan.

Katherine and Mark Bellisimo of Equestrian Sport Productions were on hand to present the Agerdoorn trophy to the winner and watched their daughter Nicole make her Grand Prix debut. She finished 12th and 13th with her two mounts. Roger Smith, Vice President of TR&HC, and his wife Jennifer Smith, show chairwoman, were also present, as was Chuck Lingerfelt President of TR&HC. Always a family affair, Vick’s sons Lincoln, Shawn, and Clayton joined in the awards presentation as did proud owners Lily Hahn and Ben Rosichan.

Show manager JP Godard perfectly timed a 10 minute break in the middle of the class so that exhibitors and spectators could pause to watch the Belmont Stakes, which was aired in the hospitality tent. The show was sold out this year, with familiar faces and some newcomers added into the mix.

The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club has two more A rated shows at FENCE this year, July 6-10 and July 14-17, and also has an A rated Junior/Amateur show at Harmon Field July 23 & 24. For more information about the shows please visit www.trhcevents.org.

TR&HC Vice President, Roger Smith, and President, Chuck Lingerfelt, get ready for the $25,000 Equestrian Sport Productions Grand Prix presentation.

USEF Names Eventing Riders for CIC2* Greenwich Park Eventing Invitational (London Test Event)

June 10, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

By Joanie Morris

Lexington, KY – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will be represented at the CIC2* Greenwich Park Eventing Invitational (London Test Event) from July 4-6, 2011 by three American eventing riders. This competition will serve as a test event for the 2012 London Olympic Games and is an important part of the preparation for this competition.  Dressage, Eventing, Jumping and Para-Equestrian Dressage will all be held at the historic Greenwich Park next summer, the Olympic Games begin on July 27, 2012 and run through August 12. The Paralympic Games run from August 29-September 9.


Will Faudree (Hoffman, NC) will ride Jennifer Mosing’s DHI Colour Candy.

DHI Colour Candy is a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding.

Logan Rawlings (Piedmont, CA –  based in the UK) will ride her own Jaybee Star Celebrity.

Jaybee Star Celebrity is a 9-year-old Australian Warmblood mare.

Julian Stiller (Berkshire, UK) will ride her own Gunstone Wallstreet

Gunstone Wallstreet is an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding.


The USEF may also send up to six High Performance athletes ‘on foot’ to observe the competition and learn about the venue. These athletes will be named shortly.


Please visit: http://www.london2012.com/ for more information regarding the 2012 Olympic Games. For more information about the USEF Eventing program, please contact Sara Ike at sara.ike@usef.org.

How Do Horses Define Your Style?

June 03, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

The Definition of Style Contest, sponsored by SmartPak

Whether it’s the hay that’s decorating your hair when you rush into the office in the morning, or your favorite accessory with an equine twist, we know that somehow, horses define your style. So we partnered with SmartPak to ask you to show off your equestrian style! Read on:

What stylish equestrian item can you not live without?

In anticipation of our upcoming summer fashion issue, Sidelines wants to know how horses shape your look. And no, we’re not talking about the hay stuck to your boots, or the bit slobber your horse left on your shirt this morning! Show us your most stylish equine-themed fashion item, whether it be your risky bedazzled helmet, your special horse charm, or that hunt coat that you always seem to win the hack in. The top entries will be voted on by our readers and the #1 entry will receive a very stylish Plymouth Padded Fancy Stitch bridle from SmartPak!

Don’t worry, we’re making this contest as easy as throwing on your favorite pair of earrings – that is to say, it’s simple!

Just go to our Facebook page, and post a picture of the stylish equestrian item that defines you. Make sure to write a short description telling us why this piece means the world to you. We’ll add your entry to our “Definition of Style” Facebook photo album and count the “likes” on all photos until June 23rd, 2011. The photo with the most “likes” will win a Plymouth Padded Fancy Stitch bridle from SmartPak! Sidelines will also throw in a year’s subscription to the magazine for the top three photos, and feature YOUR stylish item in their August, 2011 issue.

So visit Facebook to enter early and tell your friends – you could create the next equestrian fashion trend!

Special thanks to our contest sponsor SmartPak.

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California’s Young Horse Talent on Display During Dressage at Flintridge CDI*/Y/J

June 01, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

By Yellow Horse Marketing for Cornerstone Event Management

BURBANK, CA – Young dressage horses were the stars of the weekend in the historic and pastoral setting of the Flintridge Riding Club for Dressage at Flintridge CDI*/Y/J, May 26 – 29, 2011 in La Cañada-Flintridge, CA.  As host of the Markel/USEF Young Horse Western Selection Trial for the FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Championships in Verden (GER) and the final Pan American Games qualifying competition for Southern California, competitors made the most of the opportunity to try to earn scores worthy of securing an invitation to represent their country on an international stage.

John and Lisa Seger of Markel Insurance present the Markel/USEF Five-Year-Old Western Selection Trial championship ribbon to Sabine Schut-Kery and "Sanceo". Photo courtesy of Genia Ply.

In the Five-Year-Old division of the Markel/USEF Young Horse Western Selection Trial, the standout performer was “Sanceo”, a brown Hanoverian stallion (San Remo x Rivera by Ramiro’s Son II, bred in Germany by Gerhard Dustmann) ridden by Sabine Schut-Kery of Thousand Oaks, CA for owner Alice Womble-Heitman of Hempstead, TX.  Winner of last fall’s California Dressage Society (CDS) Young Horse Futurity as a four year old, “Sanceo” impressed the judges to earn 8.12 in the Preliminary Test (40%) and 8.30 in the Final Test (60%)for an overall score of 8.23, the championship ribbon, and a possible ticket to Verden.  “This stallion is such an elegant and light type of horse,” noted judge Natalie Lamping (4* USA).  “He’s just what we’re looking for in this division.”  Reserve Champion was the U.S.-bred bay Dutch Warmblood mare “Bakara” (Sir Sinclair x Thea by Idocus).  Ridden by 2007 Verden competitor Willy Arts of DG Bar Ranch, “Bakara” earned scores of 7.38 and 7.60 for an overall 7.51 for owner and breeder Janice Kissel of San Luis Obispo, CA.

In the demanding six-year-old tests, Sherry Van’t Riet of Monte Nido, CA rode her own brown Oldenburg gelding “Sir Deauville” (Sir Donnerhall x Estella by De Niro, bred in Germany by Karl-Heinz Drees) to win the championship title with scores of 7.38 and 6.90 (7.09 overall), while in reserve was last year’s CDS Five-Year-Old Futurity champion “Soleil” (bay Oldenburg gelding, Sunny Boy x Ricoletta, bred in Germany by Werner Martens Achternhoff) owned and ridden by Bekki Vrono from San Dimas, CA with an overall score of 6.74.

Despite the quality of rides in the CDI* classes, there was no match for Jan Ebeling and the striking black mare “Rosenzauber 8”.  Having just returned to the U.S. from an FEI World Cup Finals appearance, Ebeling rode Deborah Harlan’s ten-year-old Hanoverian (Rotspon x Shining Sun by Shogun) to a sweep of the division with strong scores of 70.263% in the Prix St. Georges, 70.702% in the Intermediaire I, and 70.292% in the Freestyle.  “My favorite things about this mare are her lightness and how good in the contact she is,” said judge Lamping.  “She’s so pleasant to watch.”

Canadians shared reserve placings in the small tour throughout the weekend, as Dominique Culham Buckland of British Columbia rode “Utango DG” to place second in the Prix St. Georges Test (66.579%) while compatriot Lindsay Seidel-Wassenaar and “Oslo” were runners-up in both the Intermediaire I Test and the Freestyle (66.754% and 66.833%, respectively).

In the CDI Young Rider division, Kelli Newton and “Luciano” dominated the division, earning a 68.553% in the Young Rider Team Test, 66.491% in the Individual Test, and a 68.958% in the Freestyle.

Markel/Cornerstone High Point Series Awards and Flintridge Riding Club awards were presented in several divisions.  In the FEI ranks, Jan Ebeling and “Rosenzauber 8” were presented with the Markel champion’s dress sheet and the Roc Perpetual Trophy, while in the Open division Jaye Cherry rode “Santana” to the claim the Markel dress sheet and the Keen Perpetual Trophy.  For Adult Amateurs, Tiffany Mahoney with “Arabella” won both the Markel award and the Kingdom Video Trophy.  For Juniors/Young Riders, Stella Leitner and “Favorius” won the Markel division while Kelli Newton and “Luciano” were presented with the Dr. Mary Seddon Perpetual Trophy.  In addition, Nina Winternheimer and “Ari” won the Flintridge Riding Club Perpetual Trophy in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Don T. Hibner, Jr.

Complete competition results for Dressage at Flintridge CDI*/Y/J are posted online via this link:  http://www.cornerstonedressage.com/show_results.asp.  Upcoming Cornerstone events include Star Spangled Dressage, a new competition to be held July 1 – 3 in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

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.