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The Best Time to Feed Before Competition

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

               Kentucky Equine Research

By Joe Pagan, Ph.D.

One of the most common questions asked about feeding the performance horse is when to feed before a competition. Theoretically, feeding should be timed so that all of the nutrients from a meal have been digested, absorbed, and stored before starting exercise, but not so long before exercise that the horse begins to mobilize fuels just to maintain its resting body functions.

It is probably better to exercise horses eight hours after feeding rather than fasting them overnight, since an overnight fast may disrupt digestive function and may lead to gastric ulceration.

To test this hypothesis, Kentucky Equine Research (KER) conducted an exercise experiment. Six trained Thoroughbreds performed a standardized exercise test (SET) at three different times after eating a grain-based meal. The exercise was performed eight hours after eating, three hours after eating, or after an overnight fast. This SET, carried out on the high-speed treadmill, consisted of a two-minute warm-up walk, one-half-mile trot, one-half-mile slow gallop, one-mile fast gallop (25 miles per hour), and a warm-down trot and walk. Heart rate was monitored throughout exercise and blood samples were taken before feeding, hourly until the beginning of the SET, throughout exercise, and 15 and 30 minutes post exercise. Blood was analyzed for glucose, insulin, and lactate.

Heart rate was higher at the slow gallop and during the warm-down trot when the horses were exercised three hours after feeding. Insulin was significantly higher in the three-hour-fed horses at the beginning and throughout exercise. Blood glucose was also higher after the three-hour feeding at the beginning of exercise. During exercise, however, blood glucose dropped in the horses exercised three hours after eating while it increased in the horses fasted overnight or fed eight hours before work. Lactate increased with exercise, but was unaffected by time of feeding.

The large drop in blood glucose experienced by the horses worked three hours after feeding is not desirable. Basically, the horse has three sources of energy to fuel muscle contraction during exercise. It can use fat, either from the diet or from body stores; it can use muscle glycogen; or it can use blood glucose. Fat stores are plentiful and are good sources of energy during slow work. As exercise intensity increases, faster fuel is needed and glucose is oxidized. If this glucose originates from muscle glycogen, stores are fairly plentiful and depletion is unlikely at distances shorter than endurance rides.

Blood glucose is the most limited fuel available to the horse. Blood glucose is maintained primarily from mobilization of liver glycogen and these stores are small compared to the amount of glycogen stored in the muscle. If blood glucose is used extensively by the muscle, then blood glucose will fall and this may lead to central nervous system fatigue since glucose is the primary fuel used by the nervous system.

The horses exercised three hours after feeding experienced a large drop in blood glucose because insulin was elevated at the onset of exercise. This caused an increased uptake of glucose by the working muscle. The horses exercised after an overnight fast or eight hours post feeding began work with resting levels of both glucose and insulin. During exercise, blood glucose actually increased, indicating that the horses were mobilizing liver glycogen at a faster rate than the glucose was being cleared from the blood.

Time of feeding had no effect on lactic acid accumulation during exercise, suggesting that time of feeding only affected how fuels were used for aerobic exercise. Anaerobic energy generation was unaffected. This means that during extremely intense exercise of short duration such as a Thoroughbred race, time of feeding is not nearly as important as when the horse is performing strenuous exercise of longer duration such as the cross-country phase of a three-day event. All of the parameters measured responded nearly the same whether the horses were fed eight hours before work or fasted overnight. It is probably better to exercise horses eight hours after feeding rather than fasting them overnight, since an overnight fast may disrupt digestive function and there is evidence that fasting horses may lead to gastric ulcers.

Kentucky Equine Research is an international equine nutrition, research, and consultation company serving both the horse owner and the feed industry. For more information, visit ker.com or visit our online library of nutrition and health articles at Equinews.com.  

Nouvelle Veterinary, Inc. is Proud to Announce the Addition of Two New Products to their Equine Lineup!

August 30, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Nouvelle Veterinary, Inc.’s new Cur-OST® PURE EQ is a proprietary blend of potent levels of Curcumin 95%, Boswellia 65%, Vitamin C and CoEnzyme Q10 to tackle critical pain and inflammation quickly.  The new PURE EQ is focused on severe pain and inflammation associated with a variety of conditions and has been shown to be very effective in aiding in the management of acute and chronic laminitis as well as joint problems.  Results have been seen in preliminary trials in as little as 5 days in many cases.  In most instances, once the patients have responded and shown improvement, they can be switched to our EQ PLUS or EQ Green product for long term support.  Inflammation is at the root of many clinical conditions including arthritis, tendon injuries, poor immune health, laminitis, navicular syndrome, COPD and EIPH.  If you want to improve recovery, you must control the inflammation. Cur-OST® EQ products are the only line of supplements available that completely address the inflammatory process.

Our new Cur-OST® Immune & Repair EQ product is an enhanced immune support formula combining micronized mushroom derived beta-glucans with essential amino acids; L-Glutamine, L-Carnitine and L-Arginine.  Various mushroom beta-glucans have been shown in research trials to enhance immune activity by stimulating lymphocyte, natural killer cell and dendritic cell function, aiding in recovery as well as protecting overall health.  L-Glutamine is a conditional essential amino acid that has been shown to not only improve overall immune function, but protects against oxidative stress, improves cellular function and intestinal health.  L-Carnitine aids in the mobilization and utilization of various fatty acids for improved energy production as well as cellular function.  L-Arginine is a precursor to the production of Nitric Oxide, which may improve or enhance blood circulation throughout the body.  The Immune & Repair formula has been utilized to support overall immune health, recovery during times of infection and support during times of stress, but has also shown benefits in recovery from various injuries and chronic lameness conditions.

Nouvelle Veterinary, Inc. is constantly striving to find solutions to everyday problems affecting our horses, our pets and ourselves.  View our complete product line for horses, companion pets and humans at www.nouvelleresearch.com or www.curost.com.  All of our supplements are veterinary formulated, research supported and clinically utilized to aid in patient recovery.

All inquiries regarding this press release may be made to Dr. Tom Schell by phone at 1-800-476-4702 or email to tschelldvm@gmail.com. More information may also be obtained by visiting www.curost.com.


Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show Grand Prix Sunday

August 30, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WHAT: 37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show Grand Prix Sunday

WHEN: Sunday, September 2, 2012
Horse Show runs Sunday, August 26 through Sunday, September 2, 2012

WHERE: 240 Snake Hollow Road
Bridgehampton, NY

FEATURES: The Hampton Classic Horse Show draws many of the world’s top horses and riders, including Olympic, World Cup and World Championship veterans. Headlining this year’s field is defending Grand Prix champion and two-time U.S. Olympic team Gold Medalist McLain Ward.

The featured attraction of the Hampton Classic is the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier, one of the most highly anticipated show-jumping classes in the country and a World Cup Qualifier, gaining valuable points for riders hoping to qualify for the 2013 Rolex FEI World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic for junior and amateur-owner riders tops off a week of outstanding hunter competition. Another highlight of Grand Prix Sunday is the $25,000 David Yurman Show Jumping Derby.

The line-up of celebrities who have attended in the past includes Alec & Billy Baldwin, Candace Bergen, Christie Brinkley, Kate Capshaw, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Glenn Close, Katie Couric, Robert Duvall, Katherine Hellman, Mariel Hemingway, Bianca Jagger, Billy Joel, Mick Jones, Quincy Jones, Donna Karan, Caroline Kennedy, Calvin Klein, Kelly Klein, Matt Lauer, Ralph Lauren, Susan Lucci, Joan Lunden, Elle MacPherson, Kelsey Grammer, Chynna, Bijou & Mackenzie Phillips, Stefanie Powers, Randy Quaid, Chuck Scarborough, Steven Spielberg, Bruce Springsteen, Martha Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Kathleen Turner, Robert Wagner, and Tom Wolfe.

USPA Bombardier Pacific Coast Open

August 28, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Anticipation Builds as Polo’s Prestigious USPA Bombardier Pacific Coast Open Final Nears

Event set to take place this Sunday at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club

August 28, 2012 (Wellington, Fla.) – The stakes are high and competition looks to be intense in Santa Barbara this Sunday, September 2, as some of the best polo players in the world converge to battle it out for one of the sport’s oldest and most coveted trophies. The legendary USPA Bombardier Pacific Coast Open championship will kick off at 2 p.m. PDT Sunday afternoon at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. The event is open to the public, with a general entry fee of $10.00 per person. Children 12 and under are free.

Played since 1909, the 103rd USPA Bombardier Pacific Coast Open is the pinnacle of Santa Barbara’s high-goal polo season and one of the biggest events in U.S. and international polo. The event and prize trophy were created to attract high quality competition on both a national and international level to the state of California. The tradition still holds true today as many of the sport’s best players come to compete each summer in Santa Barbara.

A number of elite squads have been facing off in the tournament over the last couple of weeks including Lucchese, who is looking to win a third straight title this year with the help of local star and 10-goal rated polo phenom, Adolfo Cambiaso. Lucchese and Cambiaso have been encountering strong competition from the other teams including Mansour, led by 2010 U.S. Open MVP Hilario Ulloa, and Farmers & Merchants Bank with 9-goal standout Lucas Criado. Local based team Grants Farm Manor has also been a dominating force, featuring American top-talent Jeff Hall.

“The longstanding tradition of this tournament, combined with the excitement players and fans feel seeing their sport grow in popularity, makes this a must-see event,” said Peter Rizzo, CEO of the U.S. Polo Association. “We’re looking forward to seeing the world’s best players in action at one of the nation’s top venues, the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.”

As illustrated in a recent in-depth feature on “60 Minutes” surrounding polo, the sport is experiencing a resurgence in the U.S. thanks to passionate ambassadors, top-notch training programs and facilities to go along with the game’s excitement and allure.  Fueling polo’s growth, the USPA offers numerous programs for players to learn the sport, from Regional Polo Centers and clubs that host schools and provide lessons across the country to Team USPA’s premier development program, Interscholastic/Intercollegiate polo and specialty programs like Work to Ride targeted to help Philadelphia’s inner-city youth.

For more information about USPA Bombardier Pacific Coast Open, call (805) 684-6683 or visit the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club website at www.sbpolo.com.  For additional information on polo in the U.S. or to get in on the action and schedule a lesson, visit www.playpoloinla.com.

About The United States Polo Association

The United States Polo Association (USPA) was organized and exists for the purposes of promoting the game of polo, coordinating the activities of its Member Clubs and Registered Players, arranging and supervising polo tournaments, competitions, and games, and providing rules, handicaps, and conditions for those tournaments, competitions, and games including the safety and welfare of participants and mounts. For more information, please visit, www.uspolo.org.

Hampton Classic Horse Show Kids Day

August 28, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WHAT: 37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show 

              Optimum® Kids Day

WHEN: Saturday, September 1, 2012

              Horse Show runs Sunday, August 26 through Sunday, September 2, 2012

WHERE: 240 Snake Hollow Road

                 Bridgehampton, NY  

FEATURES: In its 19th annual year, Optimum® Kids Day offers free admission to children under 12 along with free pony rides, and many other attractions.


Children’s Activities & Performers (10 am – 2 pm)

·         circus acts by the Bellini Family Circus & Friends

·         a magic show by The Amazing Zola

·         free pony rides

·         the Laughing Pizza Family Band

·         face-painting by Ruby

·         Llamas from Long Island Livestock exotic animals

·         Birds of Prey demonstration from the Wildlife Center of the Hamptons

·         Scavenger hunt with Junior Investigator Kits provided by Guidepost Solutions.


Alltech National Horse Show Welcomes Hunter Sponsors for 2012

August 24, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Lexington, KY – August 20, 2012 – The 2012 Alltech National Horse Show, recognized as the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year last year, returns to the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 31 through November 4, 2012.

National Horse Show Association President Mason Phelps by Tony Parkes

The Hunter Hall of Fame honors were the second major award issued to the Alltech National Horse Show last year. At their annual meeting, the North American Riders Group (NARG) recognized the Alltech National Horse Show as the highest rated horse show in the United States.

“We were very proud of our efforts last year and we were delighted that our hard work was recognized by both the Hunter Hall of Fame and by NARG,” said Mason Phelps, Jr. the President of the National Horse Show Association. “For 2012, we will build on that first year success.”

This year’s show will once again feature the nation’s finest hunters in competition with the most significant amount of prize money of any show in the country. This is all made possible by the generous supporters who have stepped forward to sponsor the various hunter divisions at the Alltech National Horse Show.


Katie Robinson and Rock Steady, Amateur Owner 36 & Over Working Hunter Champions with sponsor Susie Marquardt and husband Jim – photo by Rebecca Walton.

The popular High Performance Hunter division will again be sponsored by Pony Lane Farm and presented by the Thatcher Family.

In the two Conformation Hunter sections, it’s Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler stepping forward to sponsor the Green Conformation Hunters, while Dr. Betsee Parker and Huntland have generously sponsored the Regular Conformation Hunters, presented by Dr. Betsee Parker.

The competitive First Year Green Working Hunters are sponsored by Goshen Hill and presented by Ms. Caroline Moran, while the Second Year Green Working Hunters are sponsored by Oare-Hill and presented by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Oare and Mrs. Patricia Adikes-Hill.

The kind sponsors in the always spirited Amateur Owner Hunters are Bruce Duchossois and H ‘N D Stables for the 35 and under section and Suzanne Thoben Marquard presenting the section for rider over 35 years of age. The 3’3″ Amateur Owner Hunters and sponsored and presented by Jennifer Burger and Meredith Lipke.

The Small Juniors, 15 and Under are sponsored by Missy Luczak-Smith and presented by Missy Luczak-Smith and Doug Smith while The Moyer Family is sponsoring and presenting the Small Juniors 16-17.

In the Large Juniors, the 15 and Under section is sponsored by The Gochman Family and the 16-17 Large Juniors are sponsored by Greentree South, Inc. and presented by Susan Humes.

“The National Horse Show has for generations of horsemen, offered a special event for exhibitors from all sections of the country and Canada,” said Walter J. Lee, the President of the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame during the Horse Show of the Year presentation. “The National has always been a goal for so many owners and riders to reach. I have been a champion at The National, and that has been, still is and always will be, a great achievement and something that I am very proud of and will always cherish and remember.”

The 2012 Alltech National Horse Show takes center stage on October 30 through November 4, 2012 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to the top rated hunters and the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, the show features world-class international, open, junior and amateur-owner jumpers competing for the biggest prize money on the United States indoor tour.

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association’s primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.

For more information on the National Horse Show Association of America, Limited, please visit www.nhs.org.


Founded by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech is a global animal health and nutrition company with 32 years’ experience in developing natural products that are scientifically proven to enhance animal health and performance. With 2800 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia. For further information, visit  www.alltech.com. For media assets, visit www.alltech.com/press.


2012 Alltech National Horse Show Fast Facts 

The Alltech National Horse Show is a weeklong championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 30 through November 4, 2012, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™.

The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the Alltech National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the ANHS

The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Carolyn Vincent
National Horse Show
PO Box 386
Greenvale, NY 11548

Phone: (516) 484-1865
Fax: (516) 484-1982

Email:    NationalHS@aol.com

Website:  www.AlltechNationalHorseShow.com
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

Additional Contacts:
Vendors  – Matt Morrissey at Mmorri4398@aol.com or 941 915-3457
VIP Table Sales – Kiki Umla at KIKIUMLA@aol.com or 904-607-5541
Advertising – Steve Williams at steve@inturnent.com or 310 403-2110

Cynthia Keating at  aikenhorses@aol.com or 803 640-2339

Sponsorship – Mason Phelps at  mpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389 or Susie Webb at  webb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162

CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles

For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit:

www.visitlex.com and www.georgetownky.com

Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email:  hakshows@earthlink.net
website:  www.kentuckyhorseshows.com 

Horse Show Secretary:

Cindy Bozan


Email:  secretary.nhs@aol.com 

Washington International Horse Show Tickets On Sale Now!

August 24, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'


Don’t Miss 2012 London Olympic Gold Medalist Nick Skelton  and Other Olympic Veterans October 23-28 at Verizon Center

Washington, D.C., – August 23, 2012 – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for its 2012 competition, running October 23-28, 2012, at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. Full ticket information can be found by visiting www.wihs.org/tickets/.

The WIHS is one of the most exciting equestrian competitions in the nation, and spectators are welcome to join in the festivities during the week to watch show jumping at its best, the beautiful hunters, and the best up-and-coming junior riders in the country. Exhibitions contribute to the fun atmosphere of the show and are always a big hit for riders and non-equestrians alike. Buy your tickets today and see what the WIHS is all about.

Olympic gold medalists Laura Kraut of the United States and Nick Skelton of Great Britain are planning to attend the WIHS again this year. At the 2011 WIHS, Skelton was the big winner in the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix with Carlo 273 and $25,000 Puissance high jump class with Unique. Kraut plans to bring one of her top horses, Teirra, while Skelton will return with Carlo 273, who was a huge fan favorite at WIHS last year.

Kraut said, “Washington International is a special show in the United States. They really make an effort to put on a world-class competition, and we need to make sure it has great support and keep it important. Washington is a show that I make an effort to compete at every year.”


Sidelines Art and Photography Contest

August 23, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Sponsored by Artist Louise Mellon, Two Socks Design, Pony Glam and Sidelines Magazine

The Search is on for Award-Winning Photography & Artwork 

The Sidelines Magazine Photography & Artwork Contest offers four different categories! Please read the directions carefully and pick your category – only one entry per person per category – but you CAN enter more than one category – but only one entry per category! IMPORTANT: In the essay portion of the entry form, please state which category you are entering: 1. Professional Photography; 2. Non-Professional Photography; 3. Artwork, ages 18 and over; or 4. Junior Artwork, ages 17 and under. Link to entry form: http://sidelinesnews.com/sidelines-contest-form

1.  Professional Photography – All professional photographers are welcome to enter – send in only one photograph. If a professional photographer took a photo of your horse that you would like to use it – the photographer needs to send in the photo! In the essay portion of the entry form, please describe the photo. (The photographer who took the photo is the one who wins the prize, if selected.)

Prize: The winner in the Professional Photography category will win a 2013 Sidelines Magazine Cover. Their photo (or photo decided on between photographer and Sidelines staff) will appear on the cover of Sidelines Magazine during the 2013 calendar year. A great way to get recognition! Look at all of our great covers at www.sidelinesnews.com.

Sidelines Magazine – September 2012
Professional Photographer Wins A Cover Shot!

Link to entry form: http://sidelinesnews.com/sidelines-contest-form

2.  Non-Professional Photography – This category is open to all non-professional photographers – all ages are allowed to enter. In the essay portion of the entry please describe the photo. Only one photo per person allowed.

Prize: The winner of the Non-Professional Photography category will receive a free painting from artist Louise Mellon.  Louise will paint your horse, dog (or other subject) from a photograph provided by the winner. A wonderful keepsake painting to last a lifetime. Visit Louise’s website at: www.louisemellon.com.

Non-Professional Photography winner gets a painting (of their own animal) by artist Louise Mellon.

Link to entry form: http://sidelinesnews.com/sidelines-contest-form

3. Artwork, ages 18 and over– All mediums of art are permitted – oil paintings, pen and ink, watercolor, pastel, pencil, charcoal, crayon, marker etc. In the essay portion of the entry form, please describe your art and what type of medium you used.

Prize: The winner of the Artwork category, ages 18 and over will win a gorgeous Two Socks Design Saddle Pad featuring the Sidelines logo. Show off your winning style every time you ride your horse or pony! Visit the Two Socks Design website at:  www.twosocksdesigns.com.

Artwork (ages 18 & up) Winner wins an embroidered Saddle Pad from Two Socks Design – show off your winning style with every ride!

Link to entry form: http://sidelinesnews.com/sidelines-contest-form

4. Junior Artwork, ages 17 and under – All mediums of art are permitted – oil paintings, pen and ink, water color, pastel, pencil, charcoal, crayon, marker etc. In the essay portion of the entry form, please describe your art and what type of medium you used. Please also tell us your age!

Prize: The winner of the Artwork category, ages 17 and under will win a prize pack from Pony Glam, a company dedicated to revealing the inner fashionista in every pony and rider. Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/xoxoPG

Junior Artwork winner takes home a prize pack from Pony Glam!

Link to entry form: http://sidelinesnews.com/sidelines-contest-form


 It’s easy to enter the Sidelines Magazine Photography & Art Contest. Upload your photo, or a photo of your artwork, at the link on the Sidelines Magazine website:


The Sidelines Magazine Photography & Art Contest will run August 17 – 31. A panel of judges, selected by Sidelines Magazine, will pick the winners. All photos and artwork 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! 

Louise Mellon, Artist – is an amazing artist with a fun and quirky sense of humor, Louise Mellon’s artwork has been delighting Sidelines Magazine fans for years. Visit her website at www.louisemellon.com.

Two Socks Design – Show off your winning style in every ride with this one-of-a-kind Tuffrider All-Purpose Saddle Pad, beautifully embroidered by Two Socks Designs and featuring the eye-catching Sidelines Magazine logo on both sides. Follow the fun at Two Socks Designs on their Facebook page! www.facebook.com/twosocksdesigns and visit their website at www.twosocksdesigns.com.

Pony Glam – Pony Glam is a company dedicated to revealing the inner fashionista in every pony and rider. Visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/xoxoPG.

Sidelines Magazine – Sidelines Magazine is a monthly equestrian magazine. Known as “The People Magazine” of the horse world, Sidelines has been covering the horse industry – including hunters, jumpers, eventing, dressage, polo, foxhunting and more – for 25 years. Visit www.sidelinesnews.com to learn more about Sidelines.

Don’t forget it’s easy to enter the Sidelines Magazine Photography & Art Contest –upload your photo or artwork at the link on the Sidelines Magazine website:


Fantastic Weekend for JustWorld International in France

August 18, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Fontainebleau and Chantilly, France – JustWorld International’s European supporters helped raise 5,500€ during the European Pony Championship held July 15 to 22 in Fontainebleau, France, and the CSI5* Jumping Chantilly held July 19 to 22 in Chantilly, France, for the not-for-profit, humanitarian organization, which works as a catalyst for positive change in the developing world by helping impoverished children.  The fundraising efforts marked the official JustWorld International re-launch in Europe.

Fundraising co-ordinator Tess Nooren helped by Andrea Gamboa and Sacha Bianovici had their work cut out for them during the JustWorld International Horseless Horse Show at the European Pony Championship.  More than 80 competitors took part in the JustWorld signature fundraising event, racing around a course of obstacles on foot, attempting to leave all the jumps in place while finishing in the fastest time.  Participants competed in four separate classes, judged by official judge Gilles Petit, including the Mini Prix, Grand Prix, Pair Relay and Puissance, with announcers Alison Drummond and Yannick Bichon commentating on the action, and dedicated volunteer Xavier Boudon making it all happen.

Fundraising events were held for JustWorld International during the European Pony Championship in Fontainebleau, France, and the CSI5* Jumping Chantilly in Chantilly, France.
Photos courtesy of JustWorld International

Other fundraising efforts included a show-wide draw for spectacular prizes, including a set of custom blankets by Triple Crown Custom and Horseware Ireland, and a clinic with French National trainer Henk Nooren.  All of the proceeds from the sales of the Jumping Chantilly programs and special edition Jumping Chantilly baseball caps were donated to JustWorld by the Jumping Chantilly Horse show to go directly towards funding JustWorld projects.

“We are thrilled to have been able to help such a noble and just cause as the one represented by JustWorld International,” said Gérard Manzinali, director of Jumping Chantilly.  “We are eager and ready to expand our partnership with JustWorld for 2012.”

Founded in 2003 by Jessica Newman, JustWorld International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization which funds life-changing nutrition, health and hygiene, education, and leadership and cultural development programs for impoverished children in Cambodia, Honduras, Guatemala, and Brazil.  There are currently more than 500 Rider and Technical Official Ambassadors representing 40 different countries, whose efforts to support JustWorld’s projects have helped raise more than $4.5 million to date.  For more information on JustWorld International, or how to support the ‘Adopt a Project’ campaign, please visit www.justworldinternational.org.



Team USPA Recruiting Young Polo Players for Premier Development Program

August 18, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

August 16, 2012 (Wellington, Fla.) – The U.S. Polo Association (USPA), the national governing body for the sport of polo, is continuing to accept applications for its Team USPA development program for 2013 through September 1.  Polo players across the U.S., ages 18-23 years old, are eligible to apply to the prestigious program which provides one-of-a-kind mentoring, training and playing opportunities. The program was established in 2010 to grow and sustain the sport of polo by identifying talented young American players and providing opportunities to grow their abilities.

To date, 40 men and women have participated in the program including some of the most talented up-and-coming players in the U.S. such as Nick Snow, Mason Wroe, Steve Krueger, Kareem Rosser and many others. Team USPA takes part in seasonal training sessions and clinics in cities synonymous with polo, such as Aiken, SC; Sheridan, Wyo.; Wellington, Fla. and Houston, Texas. As part of this training, players learn from and compete alongside current high-goal stars such as Julio Arellano, Tommy Biddle, Jr., Jeff Blake, Kris Kampsen, Luis Escobar, Sunny Hale, Hector Galindo, Adam Snow, Owen Rinehart and Jeff Hall.

Team USPA also provides training in a variety of additional areas to develop well-rounded players including horsemanship, equine nutrition, umpiring as well as leadership, communication skills and financial management. Overall, the goal is to equip the players with a solid background to help them prepare for a future career in polo and provide a better understanding of what it takes to achieve success.

“The Team USPA program has great tools available to help foster young players’ development and we’re extremely pleased that our players are taking advantage of them all,” said Kris Bowman, Director of Team USPA.  “This program fuels the sport’s growth as these players not only develop into some of the top competitive players in the world, but more importantly they strive to give back to the youth and help with polo’s continued advancement.”

Team USPA players will compete in international events for the U.S. as well as various national and circuit USPA tournaments.  A number of the players from the 2012 roster have gone on to play in top-tier tournaments this year including Nick Snow and Mason Wroe, who competed against the best polo players in the world this past spring during Wellington’s high-goal  professional season. Other players, including Jared Sheldon and Belinda Brody, are participating in high-goal tournaments from coast to coast this summer as well. Sheldon was recently a winner in the prestigious USPA Lucchese America Cup at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.

Potential applicants for Team USPA can be male or females between the ages of 18 and 23. The minimum handicap requirements are 1-goal for male applicants and 0-goals for females. All applicants, even if not selected for the Team USPA training and the mentoring events, will be invited to become a part of the USPA Young Player Outreach Program and may be considered for future USPA training events.

To learn more about Team USPA and submit an application for 2013, please visit http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6ac0a1bcaf8568c54843c018a&id=d57eb617bc, or contact Team USPA at TeamUSPA@USPolo.org.

About U. S. Polo Association

The U.S. Polo Association was organized and exists for the purposes of promoting the game of polo, coordinating the activities of its Member Clubs and Registered Players, arranging and supervising polo tournaments, competitions, and games, and providing rules, handicaps, and conditions for those tournaments, competitions, and games including the safety and welfare of participants and mounts. For more information, please visit, www.uspolo.org.