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Improve Your Ability to Ride and Compete with Laura Boynton King’s New Summit Subliminals™ for Equestrians

July 31, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Laura Boynton King

Lake Park, FL (July 31, 2012) Laura Boynton King’s latest subliminal and audible affirmations help equestrians stay focused and calm! This pioneering new product, called Summit Subliminals™ is easy to use and has both subliminal and audible recordings that are great for listening any time.

Imagine having all of the powerful affirmations taken directly from Laura King’s wildly popular Keys to Winning for the Equestrian self-hypnosis series in one recording! Laura has done just that with her latest Summit Subliminals™ series. Laura created Summit Subliminals™ to offer her clients two additional ways to reach the subconscious brain and make powerful, positive change happen even more quickly; and they are safe for listening while driving!

Summit Subliminals™ audio recordings for the Equestrian are designed for use while driving, walking, cooking, or just relaxing, as a tool to create powerful and lasting change in your life. Each CD set has awesome affirmations taken directly from the Keys to Winning for the Equestrian self-hypnosis series, created and recorded by renowned Certified Sports Hypnotherapist, NLP and Life Coach, Laura King. Summit Subliminals™ are recorded using our subliminal audio technology, and all you will consciously hear is soothing music. The subliminal affirmations play outside of your conscious hearing range and powerfully penetrate into your subconscious mind.

Laura realized that while subliminal affirmations are a potent way to take her Equestrian clients to the next level, she needed to offer more. Summit Subliminals™ also includes a conscious level audio recording of the affirmations spoken audibly over soothing music. Listening to Laura King’s audible positive affirmations repeat like a mantra will act on your conscious mind as well as your subconscious, allowing you to more readily adopt these new thoughts as your own.

As a professional jumper or dressage rider, you know that you must be on your A-game whenever you enter the ring. Our subliminal and audible affirmations will help retrain your brain to be confident, fearless, and focused whenever you ride. Listening repeatedly to the two recordings on this Summit Subliminals™ series will increase your confidence to ride with perfect poise, help you to relax and enjoy riding in front of others, and increase your focus during lessons and in the show ring.

Replace the negative chatter in your thoughts with new positive self-talk and free yourself of past fears. Revitalize your riding experience with Summit Subliminals™ by listening as often as possible while you go about your everyday business. Summit Subliminals™ Audio CD Series – Created to Retrain the chatter in your brain!™ Order yours today! www.SummitPress.net or Call 561-841-7603 or 877.4U2RELAX (877-482-7352)

For even faster results, use Summit Subliminals™ audio recordings with the Keys to Winning for the Equestrian series of “self-hypnosis” audio sessions that were created by equestrians, for equestrians, for even faster results!

Other great new products for the equestrian by Laura Boynton King:

• Conscious Rider

Increase your trust in your riding ability and reinforce your belief in your natural born talent to ride and compete. Listening daily for three weeks will teach you the ability to filter out all negatives around you.

• Permission to be a Winner

You have the talent, you have the knowledge, you have the ability, now learn how to allow yourself to win. Give yourself permission to be a confident, self-assured and gracious winner.

• Professional Amateur

As an amateur develop the confidence, focus and ability to win, just like a professional. Learn how to allow your thoughts and imagination to increase your overall riding performance.

• Diplomatic Trainer

Diplomacy is a must for the equestrian trainer! It is essential for a trainer to have the ability to calmly, clearly and effectively communicate with both students and clients. Let go of previous negative experiences and move current and new student relationships to new levels of success.

• Elite Professional Rider

It is necessary for the professional equestrian to systematically attend to

the development of the variables involved in training to be the best rider possible. Train your mind to take you through the process of becoming an elite equestrian.

• Successful Trainer Change your thoughts to achieve your maximum success as a trainer. Over time negative thoughts, fears and experiences can accumulate to keep you from achieving all that you are capable of.

• Positive Emotional Management for the Parent

Watching your child in the ring can be nerve-wracking. Every parent’s goal is to have emotional balance and ability to handle your child showing. Allow Laura to teach you how to relax during tense, emotional circumstances in the barn or at the ring.

Olympics Opening Ceremonies

July 29, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Photos by Diana De Rosa


Team USA













Washington International Horse Show Prize List Now Available

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



Washington, D.C., – July 26, 2012 – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), is pleased to announce the 2012 WIHS Prize List, which includes several exciting changes to the show program, is now available online. The country’s leading metropolitan indoor equestrian event, now in its 54th year, will take place October 23-28, 2012, at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

We take great pleasure in welcoming many of the finest horses and riders in the sport and appreciate all the hard work it takes to get to Washington,” said Bridget Love Meehan, WIHS Executive Director. “We strive to make it a very special experience for exhibitors, spectators and sponsors.”

The U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) has granted WIHS a presidential modification to increase the number of WIHS Equitation Finalists to 40 (from 35), with 10 spots available to qualifiers from the West Coast League and 30 from the East Coast League. The increase will give more riders the opportunity to compete in one of the most prestigious equitation finals in North America.

WIHS will also introduce the Amateur-Owner 3’3” Hunter division for the first time with 20 entries accepted, 10 each in the 18-35 and 36 & over age groups.

Entries must be postmarked by midnight September 4. The qualifying period ends August 29, except for the WIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships, which ends August 31. For more details, download the Official WIHS Prize List at www.wihs.org/prize-list/. Entries may also be submitted using Equestrian Connect.


SmartPak Introduces Free Returns on All Tack and Apparel

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

If Something Doesn’t Fit, Just Return It – and Let SmartPak Pay the Shipping!

PLYMOUTH, MA—July 26, 2012—SmartPak has taken the worry out of online shopping by introducing free shipping on all returns of tack and apparel.  Now you can order any sized item from SmartPak online; if it doesn’t fit, just return it and SmartPak will pay the shipping!  The only equestrian retailer to offer free shipping, SmartPak has broken new ground once again in making online shopping smarter, easier and totally risk-free.

“As riders and online shoppers, we all know how hard it can be sometimes to buy a new bridle or pair of boots without having a chance to try them on first,” said Donnie Steele, VP of SmartPaks, Tack and Apparel.  “But now, when you shop online with SmartPak, the fitting room is right in the comfort and privacy of your own home (or barn!).  From breeches to blankets, if you or your horse try it on and it doesn’t fit, then you can return it, totally free of charge.  Just use the prepaid return label we include with every order and we’ll take care of the shipping!”

No longer do you have to find the time to drive to your tack store to try something on, and no longer are you constrained by tack shops’ limited inventories.  Now you can choose from the vast selection of products available at www.SmartPak.com and have them shipped right to you.  Choose from leading brand names like Ariat, Antares, Wrangler, Horseware, Kingsland and Justin.  Whether it’s a jacket, shirt, gloves or boots for you, or a girth, halter or even a saddle for your horse, if something doesn’t fit, don’t worry; just return it and let SmartPak pay for the shipping!  Nothing could be easier.

“SmartPak’s new free return policy completely eliminates the worry of buying tack and apparel online,” Steele said.  “When you consider that SmartPak also offers free shipping on AutoShip SmartPaks over $40, orders shipping to barns, and all orders over $75, it really is the closest thing to having a tack store right in your own home!  Never again does anyone have to be stuck with something that doesn’t fit.”

To see SmartPak’s full inventory of products for you and your horse, and to place a risk-free order online, just go to www.SmartPak.com.


About SmartPak

Founded in 1999, SmartPak is the country’s largest online and catalog retailer serving the needs of the active and engaged horse owner.  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.  A seven-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc 500 list.  SmartPak’s customer service has received an “Excellent” rating from STELLAService, a leading independent reviewer.  In 2011, SmartPak was awarded the Bizrate Circle of Excellence Platinum Award. SmartPak is backed by Waltham, MA-based North Bridge Growth Equity.

2012 Dressage at Devon Prize List Now Available

July 26, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

2012 Dressage at Devon Prize List Now Available


Devon, PA (July 10, 2012) – Dressage at Devon is pleased to announce that the 2012 Prize List is now available at www.dressageatdevon.com

Entries will be accepted until August 31, 2012.

The Breed Division will feature Young Horse/Sport Horse Classes, Mature Horse/Breeding Classes, Handler Classes, Non-Championship Group Classes, the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Breeder’s Championship – East Coast Series Finals, Materiale Classes and Individual Breed Classes (IBC), as well as the Born in the USA Breeders Award. Plus, new for 2012 is the Three Year Old Prospect Championship.


The USEF/USDF Licensed Performance Division features a national division including USEF Fourth Level Tests, USEF and FEI Dressage Tests for 4, 5 and 6 year old horses, FEI tests for ponies, and the USEF National Young Adult “Bretina Cup” Test. FEI-CDI classes include Prix St. Georges, Intermediaire I, Intermediaire I, Intermediaire I Freestyle, FEI Grand Prix B (qualifiers), FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special, Junior Team Test, Junior Individual Test, Junior Freestyle, Young Rider Team Test, Young Rider Individual and Young Rider Freestyle.


About Dressage at Devon


Dressage at Devon (www.dressageatdevon.org) has been the premier North American Equestrian event since its founding by the Delaware Valley Combined Training Association in 1975, and became a separate organization in 2006.  It combines world-class dressage competition and the world’s largest open breed show with the international Fall Festival show and special activities for the entire family.  The six-day event attracts hundreds of horses from around the world and thousands of spectators.  Dressage at Devon is a 501© (3) PA non-profit organization, benefitting equine education.


Sable Art Show Invitation

July 25, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I invite you to view my latest exhibit, featuring new images from a 10-day June 2012 Expedition to Sable Island.  It was another incredible experience on the island and I have returned with thousands images of new horses and landscapes.  Imagery will be presented on aluminum alloy, and featuring B&W renditions created with the K7 printer. Piezography K7 is the latest generation of inkjet techniques, using seven shades of black ink with which to produce the highest quality monochromatic photograph.  I will be unveiling 16 new images along with 2013 Calendars and signed, limited edition books. All will be on display at Anderson Ranch during the Rocky Mountain Classic horse shows beginning August 8th Wed-Sundays.


Please join me for the opening reception with wine and cheese at Goby’s Grill from 2-5pm on August 11th.


Anderson Ranch is located 3 miles south of Spruce Meadows across from the Sirocco Golf Course on Spruce Meadows Way.  See map below.



Vinceremos Summer Fun

July 25, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Therapeutic Riding

For those who wanted to enjoy the comfort of a familiar activity, we were happy to offer regular therapeutic riding for the summer. Old and new clients alike have enjoyed riding this summer.

Hip Hop Horses

Hip Hop Horses was by far our most popular summer camp. Campers learned drill team essentials and then combined their moves with the music. Campers practiced a drill team routine all week long and then performed their own show before parents and friends.  Of course, all of the horses coordinated with sparkly tattoos and  funky hats. Hip Hop Horses was such a hit, that we’ve decided to incorporate drill team into a specific therapeutic riding class. Look for our new drill team this fall!

PG Ganda

VTRC’s very own PG Ganda competes in the Paralympic Semifinals. Look for Ganda this fall at the London Paralympics.

Still Time to Enter the Sidelines Supermodel Horse Contest

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

Sponsored by Bridleway Equestrian USA,

Two Socks Designs, Horseware Ireland and Absorbine (W.F. Young)

 The Search is on for Horse and Pony Supermodels!

Win this bridle from Bridleway Equestrian USA in the Sidelines Magazine Supermodel Horse Contest

The search is on for the next great Sidelines Magazine Horse or Pony Supermodel! Send us one photo (no professional photos please) of your stunning equine supermodel – for a chance to win great prizes and have your horse or pony featured in an upcoming issue of Sidelines Magazine!

It’s easy to be a horse or pony supermodel – take a photo and upload it at the link on the Sidelines Magazine website: http://sidelinesnews.com/sidelines-contest-form In the drop down menu, chose Supermodel Horse Contest. In the essay portion, tell us your equine’s name, what’s “super” about them and why they are Supermodel material (besides their stunning good looks!)

The Sidelines Magazine Supermodel Horse Contest will run July 15 – 30. A panel of judges, selected by Sidelines Magazine, will pick FIVE winners. All photos submitted may be used on the Sidelines Facebook page and the winners, as well as other entries, will be included in an upcoming issue!

 Special thanks to our sponsors! Read allabout the great PRIZES below:

 Bridleway Equestrian USA is giving a Bridleway Fancy-Stitched Padded Snaffle Bridle and a Bridleway Leather Show Halter! This bridle is designed for
looks and comfort and made of quality German leather with square buckles,
hook studs and laced reins. Fancy stitching on the nose and brow band adds a
touch of elegance.
Available in Oak Bark or Dark Havana in Pony, Cob, Full or Extra-Full sizes.
Valued at $139.95. The Bridleway Leather Show Halter is a quality German leather padded halter has elegant fancy stitching on the
noseband and crown. It is fully adjustable on chin and crown with a rolled
throat and snap. Available in Ridgeway or Black in Cob, Full or Extra-Full
Valued at $79.95.

Bridleway is offering everyone a second chance to win the bridle or halter.
Sidelines fans will just have to “Like” the Bridleway Facebook page -
https://www.facebook.com/BridlewayUSA – and they’ll automatically be entered
to win.

Win this halter from Bridleway Equestrian USA in the Sidelines Supermodel Horse Contest


Your horse will look great in this Sidelines Saddle Pad from Two Socks Designs!
Your horse will look like a Supermodel wearing this saddle pad!

Horseware Ireland – Your horse can look like a  Supermodel in a new blanket from Horseware Ireland. The Rambo® Newmarket Equine Collection now offers a Printed Cooler. This cooler is a 320g high wicking blanket with a printed outer. It has straight front closures and cross surcingles. Visit the Horseware Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Horseware and their website at www.horseware.com/usa/.

One winner will be dressed like a supermodel in this great cooler from Horseware Ireland.

Absorbine (W.F. Young) – Your horse will look gorgeous with this two-item prize pack that will include a 15 oz. ShowSheen Finishing Mist and a 4 lb. jar of Magic Cushion. (The Bridleway, Two Socks Designs and Horseware Ireland winner will also receive the Absorbine prizes – all winners total will take home the Absorbine prize!) Magic CushionT hoof packing helps support hooves in several ways including relieving sole bruising and post-trimming soreness, treating abscesses, and fighting hoof infections. It can be used as needed, or packed under a shoe and pad and left in place through the shoeing cycle.

Celebrated worldwide as the best-selling hair polish in over 25 countries, ShowSheen® is now available as a Finishing Mist. Perfect for last-minute touch-ups, ShowSheen Finishing Mist has a continuous, quiet sprayer that won’t spook your horse and even sprays upside down. The non-aerosol sprayer applies ShowSheen in a an even, controlled spray.  Visit Absorbine on Facebook; www.absorbine.com/blog and Pinterest.com/absorbine.

ShowSheen Finishing Mist will give your horse a supermodel shine!
Magic CushionT hoof packing

Sidelines Magazine would like to give a great BIG SHOUT OUT to our Supermodel Horse Sponsors. We think you all are super!

Don’t forget it’s easy to be a Sidelines Horse Supermodel – take a photo and upload it at the link on the Sidelines Magazine website:






Join United States Pony Clubs for Championship Competition and Fun!

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

July 19, 2012 (Lexington, KY) – The United States Pony Clubs 2012 Championships East is being held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA from July 26th through the 29th. Pony Club members qualified from across the country to compete in 1 of 7 different disciplines offered this Championship season.

Visit the Virginia Horse Center and Pony Club Championships East for an afternoon or day of fun competition and shopping at the Trade Fair. Watch as Teams comprised of Pony Club members vie for top awards in Eventing, Dressage, Show Jumping, Quiz, Games, Polocrosse, and Tetrathlon.

Be sure to visit the Pony Club Bookstore in the Trade Fair for a great selection of equine books and the latest Pony Club fashion.

Tentative Schedule:

Thurs. 7/26 Fri. 7/27 Sat. 7/28 Sun. 7/29
AM Turnout Inspections.Eventing: DressageDressage, Games, Show Jumping,   Polocrosse and

Quiz begins.

Tetrathlon: Ride

Dressage, Games, Polocrosse, Show   Jumping rides continue.Quiz continues.Eventing: Cross Country

Tetrathlon: Run

Dressage, Games, Polocrosse, Show   Jumping rides continue.Quiz continues.Eventing: Jumping
PM Tetrathlon: Air pistol Target   Shooting Rides continue.Quiz continues.Tetrathlon: Swim Rides continue.Quiz continues.Tetrathlon: Ride

Tetrathlon: Awards

Awards at completionof each discipline.
OTHER 6 p.m. OpeningCeremony 3-4 p.m.:Barns open to visitors 3-4 p.m.:Barns open to visitors

About Pony Club- The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including many of our Olympic team members and many business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25, and include adult members of the Horsemasters Program. There are approximately 10,000 members in 600 clubs and riding centers in 43 regions throughout the country




For more information contact:

Bill Harless, bill@ponyclub.org


Halliday returns to winning ways at Tweseldown

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

Liz Halliday ” Absolutely thrilled with HHS Cooley for winning the CIC* international at Brightling Park “

A superb showing from one of Chailey Stud’s most promising young horses helped Liz Halliday record a commanding victory in the recent One Day Event at Tweseldown in Hampshire (July 3-5).

The professional dual sportswoman was eager for Benny (Benaughlin Little Hero) to step-up to the BE100 Plus class in order to assess how he coped with the upgraded Dressage test and Show Jumping, and he did not disappoint.

Seemingly unfazed, Benny produced the second best Dressage performance of the day by recording a score of 24.5 before effortlessly going clear in the Show Jumping arena. A similarly faultless Cross Country performance over difficult ground conditions capped a tremendous event for the pair who notched up their third win of the season by an impressive margin of 7.5 points.

Cooley (HHS Cooley) also enjoyed a solid Novice outing en route to a fourth place finish. A typically classy performance in the Dressage arena coupled with a clear Show Jumping round saw the pair well placed heading into the Cross Country. But with the going heavy after so much rain, Liz opted for a more conservative approach and the resulting time penalties, although small, were enough to see them just miss out on a top-three result.

One of Chailey Stud’s more established members also in action at Tweseldown was Fox who enjoyed an outing in the Intermediate section. Decent showings in the Dressage and Show Jumping would ultimately go unrewarded however after a rein snapped during the Cross Country roughly halfway around the course. Fortunately Liz’s strong bond with the horse likely prevented a serious accident after Fox calmly pulled up not long after the incident occurred.

In other news, Trevor (Endymion Entrechat) successfully qualified for the British Novice Championships after finishing 10th in an Intermediate section at the recent Salperton Horse Trials (23/24 June).

Trevor’s excellent season had seen him accumulate enough points to be eligible for the finals at Gatcombe provided he could complete Salperton’s Intermediate course inside the qualifying parameters. A strong ride from Liz helped the pair easily make the grade even if the subsequent poor weather has led to the Championships being postponed.

Liz Halliday: “Yet again I was left absolutely delighted with Benny’s performance in what were difficult conditions under foot at Tweseldown. He was just fantastic throughout the event and looks ready for the move up to Novice, which will happen in the next two weeks. Cooley was also impressive but I felt it wasn’t right to push him too hard around the heavy Cross Country course. I know what he’s capable of however and I’m sure there will be more to come. It’s a shame that Fox’s rein snapped but these things happen. He really loves going Cross Country so I’m more disappointed for him than anything else!”


Meanwhile, last Sunday saw Liz enjoy a very successful outing at Brightling Park International Horse Trials, news of which will be distributed in the coming days.

Finally, don’t forget to tune in for live coverage of the Hickstead Eventing Grand Prix live on Sky Sports 2 tomorrow from 14:30 UK time (highlights at 20:00) when Liz and Fox, not to mention a host of top event riders and Show Jumpers, go head-to-head against the clock around a challenging Show Jumping and Cross Country course.

For more information please visit www.hickstead.co.uk.

For more information about Chailey Stud Equestrian Centre, please contact Jo Warrilow:  jo@equineeventsuk.com

+44 (0)7879 448501



For more information on Liz Halliday, please visit www.lizhalliday.com.




Image credit: Spidge Event Photos


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