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Cesar A. Hirsch Dedicates His Career to Maintaining Good Horsemanship, Fair Play, and Welfare for the Horses in International Sport

June 27, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

By Lauren Fisher

For Cesar A. Hirsch, a life-long love of horses has developed into a successful career as an international equestrian official.  Hirsch is devoted to his work as a professional judge and steward, and commits himself to following three golden rules for the industry.  He is dedicated to maintaining good horsemanship in the sport, creating fair play for all competitors and protecting the welfare of the horse.

Cesar Hirsch with Maribel Alonso - MEX (FEI Technical Delegate Dressage) and Jose Ortelli - ARG (FEI Technical Delegate Eventing) at the Pan American Games. (Photo by Anwar Esquivel)

“I respect the horse, I have a passion for the sport, and I love competition,” Hirsch stated. “It is the only sport in the world where woman and man compete on the same level, as equals.  As a judge and a steward, I think there are three commandments that you have to follow.  First, you must have the passion and the horsemanship; second, you have to have fair play.   I encourage equality; the rules are made for everyone, not to be applied to one and not to the other one.  Last, but not least, is to protect the welfare of the horse.”

Hirsch is a passionate equestrian who began riding horses as a child in Venezuela and has spring boarded his interest in the sport into an international career.  Hirsch grew up with horses; his parents and grandparents rode competitively, and he has been participating in equestrian sports since 1979.  He competed both individually and on teams in local and international jumping events.  His interest in the sport led to training and preparation as a course director, chief steward and judge of these competitions as well, which granted him the highest acknowledgement of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the international governing body of equestrian sport.

Having gone through a rigorous application procedure, Hirsch is a certified International level-3 rated judge and has served in several major roles for local and international competitions.  He has served as President and Foreign Judge as well as Chief Steward and President of the Ground Jury (designated as the FEI Official at international level jumping events) at hundreds of events over the past 15 years, including four consecutive Pan American Games (Winnipeg, Santo Domingo, Rio de Janeiro, and Guadalajara); all International Olympic Committee (IOC) events in the Americas – the Bolivarian Games, Central American Games, Central American and Caribbean Games, and the Pan American Games – for three consecutive cycles; the South American Championships; the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games; FEI World Challenge Final (in Chile and Guatemala); at the prestigious Spruce Meadows tournaments; and several five-star events around the world.

Hirsch has also been appointed as the President and Foreign Member of the Appeal Committee of the FEI in many international jumping events, including the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, and the CSI 5* Athina Onassis International Horse Show in Brazil for the past six years since its inception.

In an ever-changing industry, Hirsch is always learning and growing with the sport. As he points out, the education of a steward and judge never stops.  “It is a whole-life process because it is so based on experience,” he acknowledged.  “It is not just going and understanding the rules; you can’t know everything.  It is a life learning process.  Having the proper certification doesn’t make you the best steward.  Things are always changing.  There are so many details and a lot of logistics.  You are always growing with the sport.  The sport changes constantly, so we have to change too.  It is very dynamic and very broad, but that is what I love.”

Photo by Anwar Esquivel

Hirsch has also expanded his role in the industry to serve as the Chef d’Equipe (team coach) at various international competitions like the Central American Games, where his team won the silver medal and the individual gold medal, and the CSIO 5* Nations Cup in the United States.  He has been a part of the organizing committee at 35 international events, and has been named the Steward General for Venezuela, which is the highest authority in the country and the direct connection to the FEI.  Hirsch oversees all stewards in Venezuela, teaches courses to educate them, and represented the region in a new FEI group that is tasked with creating a new education program and categories for stewards worldwide.

In 2012, Hirsch will be a FEI Olympic Assessment Delegate, which means he will represent the FEI to make sure the level of show jumping and technical aspects of competition are followed at the competition in Xalapa, Mexico, for riders to gain their certificate of capability for the Olympic Games.

He will also serve as the Chief Steward at the CSIO 4*-W in Porto Alegre, Brazil, which will host a Nations Cup team competition and a World Cup qualifier. There he will give an educational course for all of the stewards in Brazil. As the Foreign Judge for the World Cup qualifier in San Diego, CA, Hirsch will be responsible for judging the competition and sending to FEI all of the competition results, plus a report on the organization, quality, and technical aspects of event, ensuring that the show meets the FEI standards.

As President of the Ground Jury at this year’s North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), Hirsch will be responsible for many details and all aspects of competition, including certifying placings, presiding over all of the judges, and serving as the final decision maker on judging at the event.

Hirsch explained his responsibilities as President of the Ground Jury further, stating, “I am responsible for the running of the whole competition. The President of the Ground Jury has close contact with the Organizing Committee, Chefs d’Equipe and all FEI officials.  You all work together in a team, but the President is the one who makes the final decision.”

Hirsch noted that he has been invited to serve at the NAJYRC in previous years, but could never attend due to other commitments. This year he is pleased to be able to attend as well as officiate at the event.

“I have actually been invited for the last three years and had to say no because I had the Central American and Caribbean Games at the same time,” Hirsch stated, “so this is actually my first time. I am looking forward to it, I am sure it will be great. It is high level competition; it is a very good event.”

Photo by Anwar Esquivel

With his extensive experience at the top levels of equestrian sport, Hirsch has shown his extraordinary ability and been recognized by the sport’s governing bodies. Hirsch’s ability to arbitrate and approach riders makes him extremely good at a complex and difficult job. As a Chief Steward and judge, Hirsch must know the rule books of both the FEI and the United States Equestrian Federation so that he can officiate at the competition and make sure exhibitors are following the rules.

Hirsch has had a hand in many different businesses with an international vision throughout his life. With many great international accomplishments, he continues to further his equestrian career.

ReactorPanel Saddles’ Carmi Weininger Became a Believer, Then Bought the Business

June 22, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Carmi Weininger is riding Iditarod ("Ditto"), owned by Carol Babington, in Prix St. Georges in the ReactorPanel Saddle Company dressage model, the "Encore". Photo by JC Dill.

Wellington, FL- June 20, 2012- Fifteen years ago Carmi Weininger, at the time a hunter/jumper trainer, had a mare with a chronically sore back. Her search for the best saddle for her horse’s comfort and well-being led her on an unexpected life journey.

After trying all sorts of treatments and multiple saddles for more than a year, Weininger found the ReactorPanel Saddle inEngland. For the first time, she experienced her horse moving comfortably-performing like never before. The difference was profound.

Weininger became a believer in the innovative saddles.

ReactorPanel Saddles have a unique design, which distributes weight evenly across a broad area of the horse’s back. Using flexible panels rather than traditional flocking, the shock-absorbing RP system flexes to follow the movement of the horse’s shoulders. By keeping pressure away from the wither and spine and freeing the shoulder, horses are able to access their full range of motion and athletic potential. The result is a more comfortable and happier horse; sensitive or asymmetrical horses are easily fit with this adjustable system.

“I had so many friends and customers that were having the same difficulties with saddle fit and sore-backed horses so I had the perfect laboratory for testing the RP’s function,” she said. “About the time I was getting really excited about how many problems the saddle solves, the company closed its doors. I ended up buying the business and moving it to the United States in 2000.”

This ReactorPanel model, the Encore, comes in multiple colors with many options.

Weininger’s journey with ReactorPanel led her to realize that proper saddle fit is often overlooked and that many horses are living and working in a great deal of pain. She has become one ofNorth America’s leading authorities on saddle fit, combining education, science and traditional saddle fitting for the very best outcome for both horse and rider. She is a popular and sought-after speaker on the subject of saddle fit.

“Every time one rider learns about saddle fit, one more horse has the chance for a pain-free ride. It’s a slow process, but very worth it,” said Weininger.

The endurance equestrian community embraced the ReactorPanel Saddles early on.  They have been endorsed and used by members of the endurance Equestrian Teams in the US, Spain, Dubai, Canada and England, including World Champions such as Valerie Kanavy, John Crandell and Maria Alvarez-Ponton to name just a few.

“The endurance discipline put us on the international map, but dressage is our biggest market and the saddles are growing in popularity in every English discipline,” said Weininger.

Her ReactorPanel Saddle Company believes in a high-touch, customer excellence approach to sales. The company, now based in Oakland, CA, makes saddles for multiple disciplines, including dressage, trail, endurance, eventing hunter/jumper, fox hunting and cross-country. They require that all customers use the saddle for a two-week, free trial, prior to purchase, to ensure proper fit and comfort for both the horse and rider.  Saddles are fit and adjusted by specially trained Fitting Agents, or by users who enjoy do-it-yourself projects.

“We encourage people to think about the role of the saddle, which is essentially an object placed between two moving beings with the ability to enhance communication between them – or to shut it down,” she explained. “We want to ensure that the saddle fits both horse and rider properly, that both are comfortable and performing to their fullest, and believe this is only possible after at least two weeks of test rides.”

ReactorPanel customers, equine chiropractors and back specialist veterinarians agree and the list of The ReactorPanel success stories and testimonials grows daily.

For more about the ReactorPanel Company go to: http://reactorpanel.com

If you are interested in being a ReactorPanel Saddle Company Fitting Agent contact: laurie@reactorpanel.com

 

 

Sidelines Supermodel Contest – Enter Now!

June 22, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Sponsored by Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel, Dyer Equestrian, Dav Rain Boots and Der Dau Custom Boots

 

Be A Sidelines Supermodel!!

Sarah Gasner shows Martha Price's Holsteiner Meant To Be at Rebecca Farms in Kalispell, Montana


Calling all fashionistas! Send in your Sidelines Supermodel photos and win a fabulous outfit from Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel or Dyer Equestrian, a pair of boots from Dav Boots or a $400 gift certificate toward a purchase of Der Dau Dream Boots valued at $2,500. We want photos of you strutting the runway (it can be in your barn aisle) or walking the catwalk (it can be on the back of your horse) – Take a photo of yourself in a model pose and win fabulous fashion prizes – it’s that easy.  NO professional photos allowed. Please only enter ONE photo per contestant.

It’s easy to be fashionable in this contest – take a photo then upload it at the link on our website: http://www.sidelinesnews.com/wp/sidelines-contest-form.

In the “essay” section please describe your photo – feel free to tell us about your fashion! (Men, women and children are invited to participate. The contest is not open to Sidelines employees or their families.)

The Sidelines Fashion Contest will run June 6th to June 27th.  A panel of judges, selected by Sidelines Magazine, will pick four winners and the panel will award one selected prize to each winner. All photos submitted may be used on the Sidelines Facebook page and the winners, as well as other entries, will be included in “fashion photos” in the September 2012 issue.

Special thanks to our sponsors! Enter the contest by following the link:

http://www.sidelinesnews.com/wp/sidelines-contest-form.

Captain John “Jack” Fritz Perpetual IHSA Scholarship Award

June 21, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Nora Demchur, center, with USC IHSA rising seniors Julie, Megan, Katie & Kara.

The inaugural recipient of the Jack Fritz Memorial Scholarship ($1,500), from Zone 5, Region 2, was Nora Demchur of the University of South Carolina.

The 39th IHSA National Championships remembered IHSA co-founder, Captain John “Jack” Fritz, who passed away at age 87 on February 10, 2012.  Fritz was a strong advocate for college riding and was honored with a perpetual IHSA Scholarship, sponsored by ECE Equestrian Co., LLC, and launched in his name during the May 3-6 event in Raleigh, NC.

Nora, 21, is from Malvern, PA and the President/Captain of the ISHA team. “I’ve been riding ever since I can remember, my mom is a trainer/farm manager and I grew up riding mostly project or sale ponies/horses.  I grew up eventing because that’s what my mom does and then I switched over to jumpers after I had ridden the pony jumpers on one of the sale ponies.  Currently, I mostly just ride in IHSA competitions at school and do the Adult Jumpers on my Irish mare when I can.  I don’t have very much time to show outside of IHSA because I am a pre-med with a psychology major and biology minor so school keeps me quite busy!”

Congratulations to Nora for winning this very competitive scholarship!

(L-R) Nora, Shelby, Katie & Kara after Shelby placed 2nd in Novice Fences at the IHSA Nationals

 

Douglas Bunn memorial sculpture to be unveiled at Hickstead

June 19, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Images of memorial © Daisy Bunn www.honeybunnphotography.com

Douglas Bunn (1928-2009) was the founder of the All England Jumping Course, and one of the biggest innovators in the sport of showjumping. Now a memorial sculpture featuring Douglas on his most famous horse is going to be unveiled during the Hickstead Derby meeting.

The sculpture – in the form of a ‘relief’ – has been created by famous artist Philip Blacker, who is a friend of the Bunn family. It is the first time Philip has worked with this type of art form, which is somewhat apt for a tribute to Douglas Bunn, one of equestrianism’s great pioneers.

“The art of relief sculpture has rather fallen out of use in recent years and so I was keen to do something that was unusual,” says Philip. “Making a relief on this scale was not without its challenges, partly because of the foreshortening effect of the horse and rider coming towards one at such an acute angle. I am pleased with the result now it has been cast in stone.”

Philip has created some of the most iconic sculptures in equestrianism, including life-size statues of Red Rum, Desert Orchid, Best Mate and Persian Punch. As Douglas had been a friend of Philip’s father, General Sir Cecil ‘Monkey’ Blacker, and had owned several pieces of Blacker’s artwork, the Bunn family felt Philip was the perfect choice to create a memorial statue in memory of their father.

“I was delighted to be asked to create the memorial because I knew Douglas when he was alive and I was a great admirer,” says Philip. “I felt that rather than have just a normal statue it would be better if it was in the context of Hickstead. The solution I felt was a relief panel ofDouglasjumping a Hickstead wall on Beethoven, with the grandstand in the background. I thought it was important to portray him in action in his heyday, and I hope the Bunn family think it is a fitting tribute to Douglas.”

The relief features an image of Douglas riding his beloved Beethoven. Beethoven remains to this day the only British horse to ever be crowned World Champion, when David Broome rode him to victory at La Baule in 1970. “Bootsie”, as he was known in the stable, was famous for his big white blaze, and for flicking his tail high in the air when he jumped.

A successful showjumper in his own right, Douglas had dreamt of creating a world-class sporting venue to rival the best showgrounds in Europe. In 1959, he bought Hickstead Place, a manor house dating back in parts to the 13th century. With the purchase of 100 acres of surrounding land in Sussex, he had found the venue for the realization of his dream — the All England Jumping Course. In May 1960, the first horse show was held at Hickstead.

The following winter, having seen a newsreel of the Hamburg Derby, Douglas Bunn flew out toGermanyto see the course for himself. He arrived in a snowstorm and set about measuring the dimensions of all the permanent obstacles, including the Derby bank — which he planned to replicate back at Hickstead. It may be due to the additional snow lying on top or perhaps it was due to Douglas’s own ambition, but Hickstead’s bank ended up a good six inches higher than its Hamburg counterpart.

The Hickstead Derby has become one of the most famous classes in showjumping, and is now in its 52nd year. As well as the Derby meeting, the All England Jumping Course also hosts the Longines Royal International Horse Show, which features the Longines King George V Gold Cup and the FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain.

Following Douglas’s death in 2009, his family took over the running of the showground, and Hickstead continues to go from strength to strength. The International Arena went through a £500,000 redevelopment in 2011, and a new national show – the All England Jumping Championships – was added to the calendar last year.

It’s been more than five decades since Douglas Bunn first dreamt of opening a showground in West Sussex, and his legacy lives on to this day. The memorial statue at Hickstead will be unveiled during this year’s British Jumping Derby Meeting (21-24 June).

“The All England Jumping Course was my father’s proudest achievement, so it’s fitting that this memorial statue should be sited right next to the International Arena so that all the visitors to the showground will see it as they arrive,” says Hickstead director Lizzie Bunn.

“Dad was a great innovator, creating the sport of Team Chasing as well as the much-imitated Eventing Grand Prix,” Lizzie adds. “But he will always be best remembered for founding the Hickstead Derby, so we wanted to unveil this memorial during this year’s Derby meeting.”

The six youngest Bunn children – Edward, Lizzie, John, Chloe, Daisy and Charlie – are all directors at Hickstead. Edward and Lizzie run the showground throughout the year, while the others combine their roles at Hickstead with other careers.

 

John is Managing Director of the family’s other business, Bunn Leisure, and Chloe (herself a former showjumper) runs Breen Equestrian at Hickstead with her husband, Irish showjumper Shane Breen. Daisy combines her Hickstead duties with her own photography business Honeybunn Photography and Charlie his with being an actor.

Douglas’ eldest three daughters, Claudia, Lavinia and Theresa, have also taken a keen interest in Hickstead, and his ten grandchildren are all keen riders.

On Saturday 23 June, the entire family will gather at Hickstead to formally open the memorial statue, alongside artist Philip Blacker and Beethoven’s rider, showjumper David Broome.

Listen To Dear Old Dad! A Father’s Day Tribute

June 16, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

By Sydney Masters/Compiled by April Leonard

What should you get your dad as a Father’s Day gift?  What’s the best advice a father can give?  This Father’s Day, Sidelines got the scoop straight from the “horse’s” mouth by asking young professional riders to tell us about their fathers.

Reed Kessler as a baby in the saddle, watched by her father Murray Kessler and her mother

Reed Kessler treats her father, Murray Kessler, to breakfast in bed on Father’s Day.  “My dad has given me lots of good advice,”  Reed says. “He will always text me if I’m down, saying that I’m the best rider in the world and I’m perfect.  Even though it’s clearly not true, it’s the definition of unconditional love! If I could make one thing happen for my dad, it would be to make the U.S. Show Jumping team to compete in London (at this summer’s Olympics). He would be so proud.”

Daniela Stransky and her father Tomas Stransky celebrate Daniela's clear rounds at the Gucci Masters in Paris, France

Daniela Stransky of Stransky’s Mission Farm says “My favorite present I ever got my dad for Father’s Day was five cookbooks from the best chefs in Spain. He loves to cook and I love to eat!” She enjoys spending quality time with her father, Tomas Stransky, on Father’s Day. “Yep, I leave the barn and the horses behind and devote my day to him! Sometimes we watch movies together. I also love to cook, so I really enjoy cooking with him! The best advice my dad has ever given me is to always be optimistic no matter what. I find that this can be one of the most important things in life. Last year, I had a very traumatic accident while I was in a horse show and it was this attitude that kept me doing what I love most—riding. If I could do one thing for my dad, it would be to keep on pushing myself in everything I do. I want to reach my fullest potential just like he always does.”

Liza Towell Boyd of Finally Farm says that the best advice she ever received from her father, trainer Jack Towell, is, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” The best Father’s Day gift she could give her father “would be for me to win a Hunter Derby and/or my brother Hardin to win a Grand Prix.”

Jose Fernando Bonetti and his dad Carlos kick back in the golf cart in between rounds

Jose Fernando Bonetti of Stransky’s Mission Farm shares that, “At home, the only special day is really our birthdays… Unfortunately, in the DR, Father’s Day usually falls during the time when I am on vacation and we rarely get to spend it with him – either we are traveling or he is traveling. But there are many other days were we celebrate just being together — it doesn’t have to fall on one day.  My dad has taught me many things in my life; everyday is something new. I guess the one bit of advice that stands out is to never stop working to achieve the things that are most important to me. He feels that everything is obtainable if you try.” If Jose could do any one thing for his dad, Carlos Bonetti, it would be to be able “to spend more time together. I’m searching for my new horse, and I wish my dad would be able to come with me — just the two of us. Of course, my trainer Hector Florentino will come, too. It would be nice to be able to spend time alone with my dad and share such an exciting experience as horse hunting.”

Jose’s sister, Rosalia Bonetti, who rides in Paso Fino competitions, added to her brother’s comments. The best present she ever gave her father Carlos for Father’s Day, she says, was “a huge hug, a big kiss and an awesome letter written by me.” Her favorite thing to do on Father’s Day is to spend the entire day with her dad. The best advice he ever gave her is, “Don’t change just to have friends — always be yourself.” If she could do one thing for her dad, it would be to “Do things when he asks me too”!

Alicia Gamboa and her dad Pablo Gamboa leave their riding duds back at the barn for a night out

Alicia Gamboa speculates, “There really is not any favorite present I have ever given to my dad for Father’s Day.” She generally buys her father (Pablo Gamboa) things he needs, like belts and clothing. “Probably one of the things he likes best is the shirt I got for Father’s Day that says ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’ that I always wear. He always smiles when he seems me in it. My favorite thing to do on Father’s Day is to go out to dinner just with the family, or even better, me cooking his favorite meal: steak, eggs, and rice.” The best advice that her dad has ever given her is, “Second is the first looser; always go for the win.” If I could do anything for my dad, it would probably be to get him an amazing horse so he can do the big stuff again. He is always giving me the horses. But he needs to be out there, too.”

Natashia Traurig and her proud pop Bernie Traurig looking smart and professional

Natashia Traurig has received great advice from her father, show jumping icon Bernie Traurig, as well. “Well, my dad taught me to be a horseman,” she said.  “He always told me to immerse myself with as much knowledge and education that I can. He would give me books to study (from Littauer to Pony Club reads), videos of rounds to watch, and we were in the barn every day taking care of the horses as I grew up. He taught me how to be a horseman, not just a rider. I think this was his best advice: to value not only just the skill of riding, but the knowledge and education of being a horseman. Natashia adds, “If I could do one thing for my dad, it would be…to make him proud.”

As Father’s Day approaches again, these young riders look forward to a day of celebration with their fathers to show how much they appreciate the support and advice their dads have given them throughout the years.

The IHSA Jon Conyers Memorial Scholarship

June 14, 2012 By: billt Category: What's Happenin'

Peyton Callanan of Georgia Southern University

The winner of the 2012 Jon Conyers Memorial Scholarship is Peyton Callanan, a Walk-Trot-Canter (W-T-C) rider from Georgia Southern University. Her coach, Eleanor Ellis, supported her nomination with this moving recommendation: “Sometimes as coaches we instruct riders. Sometimes we get the privilege of teaching and encouraging horsemen and horsewomen. Peyton Callanan is a horsewoman in the making. She does not get to attend every show. Since she has to pay her own entries, she has to be careful with expenses and with three jobs it is sometimes tough to get time off.  Yet she is willing to give up her slot if someone else is close to qualifying or just wants to show badly. At first glance it would seem she is not very dedicated. In reality, she is just a nice girl.  I am fortunate to have such a young lady on my team.” The Jon Conyers Memorial Scholarship was established to honor an extraordinary teacher, judge and coach and is available annually to an undergraduate competing member of IHSA, who receives $1,500 from the Intercollegiate Equestrian Foundation.

Sidelines Magazine Fashion Contest – Be A Supermodel!

June 14, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Sponsored by Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel, Dyer Equestrian, Dav Rain Boots and Der Dau Custom Boots

 Be A Sidelines Supermodel!!

Foxhunter Acacia Lohman from South Carolina shows off her fashionable fox hunting attire.

Calling all fashionistas! Send in your Sidelines Supermodel photos and win a fabulous outfit from Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel or Dyer Equestrian, a pair of boots from Dav Boots or a $400 gift certificate toward a purchase of Der Dau Dream Boots valued at $2,500. We want photos of you strutting the runway (it can be in your barn aisle) or walking the catwalk (it can be on the back of your horse) – Take a photo of yourself in a model pose and win fabulous fashion prizes – it’s that easy.  NO professional photos allowed. Please only enter ONE photo per contestant.

It’s easy to be fashionable in this contest – take a photo then upload it at the link on our website: http://www.sidelinesnews.com/wp/sidelines-contest-form.

In the “essay” section please describe your photo – feel free to tell us about your fashion! (Men, women and children are invited to participate. The contest is not open to Sidelines employees or their families.)

The Sidelines Fashion Contest will run June 6th to June 27th.  A panel of judges, selected by Sidelines Magazine, will pick four winners and the panel will award one selected prize to each winner. All photos submitted may be used on the Sidelines Facebook page and the winners, as well as other entries, will be included in “fashion photos” in the September 2012 issue.

Special thanks to our sponsors! Enter the contest by following the link:

http://www.sidelinesnews.com/wp/sidelines-contest-form.

June 11, 2012 By: billt Category: What's Happenin'

 

SmartPak is now a proud sponsor of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association! SmartPak is now the “Official Online Retailer of the IHSA,” offering IHSA members new benefits including a five-percent discount on purchases, free embroidery and engraving on items purchased through SmartPak for IHSA members, and prizes for IHSA National and Zones Championships.  “We are excited to see this new relationship start,” said IHSA executive director, Robert E. Cacchione, who met earlier in January, during the annual IHSA Board Meeting, with SmartPak Equine Director of Sales, Susan E. Tuller, and Senior Director, Tack & Equipment, Donnie Steele.

The IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional, zone, and national levels.

Founded in 1999, SmartPak http://www.smartpakequine.com is the country’s largest online and catalog retailer serving the needs of active and engaged horse owners. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has simplified the process of feeding horse supplements and medications, making it easier for thousands of riders to keep their horses healthier by ensuring their supplements are being fed correctly. SmartPak’s diverse and expansive product offering includes its own line of supplements, tack, and horse blankets as well as an extensive selection of leading brands of equine health, apparel, tack, and equipment.

 

Sidelines Magazine Supermodel Fashion Contest

June 09, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Sponsored by Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel, Dyer Equestrian, Dav Rain Boots and Der Dau Custom Boots

 Be A Sidelines Supermodel!!

Calling all supermodels! Mandee entered our contest and does a great job showing off her Bearpaw Boots!

Calling all fashionistas! Send in your Sidelines Supermodel photos and win a fabulous outfit from Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel or Dyer Equestrian, a pair of boots from Dav Boots or a $400 gift certificate toward a purchase of Der Dau Dream Boots valued at $2,500. We want photos of you strutting the runway (it can be in your barn aisle) or walking the catwalk (it can be on the back of your horse) – Take a photo of yourself in a model pose and win fabulous fashion prizes – it’s that easy.  NO professional photos allowed. PLEASE only send in one photo with your entry!

It’s easy to be fashionable in this contest – take a photo then upload it at the link on our website: http://www.sidelinesnews.com/wp/sidelines-contest-form.

In the “essay” section please describe your photo – feel free to tell us about your fashion! (Men, women and children are invited to participate. The contest is not open to Sidelines employees or their families.)

The Sidelines Fashion Contest will run June 6th to June 27th.  A panel of judges, selected by Sidelines Magazine, will pick four winners and the panel will award one selected prize to each winner. All photos submitted may be used on the Sidelines Facebook page and the winners, as well as other entries, will be included in “fashion photos” in the September 2012 issue.

Special thanks to our sponsors! Enter the contest by following the link:

http://www.sidelinesnews.com/wp/sidelines-contest-form.