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U.S. Polo Team Heading to China for Super Nations Cup

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

Professional teams from U.S., Argentina, England and Hong Kong to
compete in inaugural event

September 14, 2012 (Wellington, FL) – As polo continues to grow across the globe, powerhouse teams from the U.S. and three other countries have emerged to battle it out for top international honors in the inaugural Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup. The 24-goal handicap tournament will take place October 1-5 at China’s exclusive Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club and will feature world-class professional players from the U.S., Argentina, England and Hong Kong.

The Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup is being hosted by the Federation of International Polo (FIP) and the Tianjin Sports Bureau. Established in 1982, FIP aims to promote and enhance the sport of polo globally and unite international polo associations across the world.

The U.S. roster for the event includes well-known American pros Jeff Hall, Mike Azzaro and Kris Kampsen along with the young up-and-comer, Mason Wroe.  The 27-year-old rising star, Wroe, is the youngest player on the U.S. team and a product of the U.S. Polo Association’s (USPA) premier Team USPA development program. With a mix of veteran leadership and youthful exuberance, the U.S. team exemplifies the current state of American polo as talent and involvement continue to increase.

“We’re honored to be involved in this event and we’re proud of this extremely talented American team,” said Peter Rizzo, CEO of the U.S. Polo Association. “It should be a great opportunity for us to showcase the sport and its expansion in the U.S. on various levels.”

In addition to its professional roster, the U.S. is sending a team of top youth polo players to compete against teams from Argentina, England and South Africa in the U16 exhibition tournament taking place in conjunction with the Fortune Heights Super Nations Cup. The U.S. roster for the event includes players J. Paul Meyer, Marcos Alberdi, Lauren Biddle and Agustin Arellano.

The teams were selected to play each other in a special drawing, which took place on September 4 in Tianjin. The USPA’s Governor At Large, Dr. Richard Caleel, was on hand for the U.S. drawing along with additional representatives from the other three participating countries.  Both U.S. teams will begin play on October 1 as the professionals take on Hong Kong and the U16 team faces off against Argentina.

For event details including the schedule, visit www.supernationscup.com.  For more details on international polo, visit www.fippolo.com.


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.


Find Your Next Star at OnlyJumpers.com

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

North Salem, NY – September 12, 2012 – The OnlyJumpers.com New York Auction is just days away and if you would like to find your next star in the show ring, look no further! The New York Auction will be held at Old Salem Farm on Saturday, September 15, and the event is free to attend. Along with the live auction, an online auction will be livestreamed for those who can’t make it to New York to place their bids. The party on Saturday starts at 6 p.m. with free food and drinks, and the auction begins at 7 p.m. in the indoor arena at Old Salem Farm.

Please click here to register to bid at the OnlyJumpers.com New York Auction!

OnlyJumpers.com introduced live auctions of young horses in the United States, with successful auctions in Ocala and Wellington. The New York Auction will feature quality young horses from a variety of top breeders in Europe, including Team Nijhof, Kees van den Oetelaar, Egbert Schep, Hans Dings, and Joan Van Gorkum.

Past auction buyers include trainers, amateurs, and breeders, and many of the young horses sold at previous auctions have already shown promise at stud and in the show ring for sport and investment. With the horses presented at the New York Auction, there is a range of prices (and no reserve prices) available that provide opportunities for all types of buyers.

Gustavo Mirabal of G&C Farm purchased Don Vito (Dior) at the 2012 auction in Wellington. The 2008 KWPN gelding by Quaprice Z x Jus de Pomme shows great promise and will compete in the Five Year Old Young Jumpers this winter. “We are excited about the future of Don Vito,” Mirabal said. “We had a lot of fun at the Wellington auction and believe that Don Vito will be a successful competitor for G&C Farm.”


Don Vito with his new owners, Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal of G&C Farm

 Vicky Castegren, Owner/Agent of Hyperion Stud, purchased two horses, Dakar VDL (Cardento x Marlon) and Dakota VDL, at the Wellington auction. Dakota VDL (Casall x Contender) was recently approved and licensed with the BWP NA and received the second highest score in their history for stallions. He will be presented at the American Holsteiner Association in just a few weeks, then will go into competition mode for the winter in the Five Year Old Young Jumpers. Castegren said Dakota VDL bred this year, and she is excited for the foals that will be on the ground in 2013.

Castegren said of the auction, “It was an entertaining atmosphere. With high energy, cocktails, and food, it makes it exciting.”

While attending the live auction is an easy way to find a great new horse, what may be even simpler is logging onto your computer and watching the livestream of the auction. By going to www.onlyjumpers.com/live_stream, you can see the presentations of horses and place bids.

One buyer who did that was Samuel Jimenez of Guadalajara, Mexico. Jimenez purchased Everton VDL, a now three-year-old by Canturo x Corofino I, online from the 2011 auction in Bogota, Colombia. Jimenez said of his horse, “I’m giving him all the time in the world to mature. He’s doing great and he has such a great mind. I’m in love with him. I have just started to ride him, so he hasn’t done any show jumping yet, but I can promise you that he will have a great future in the show jumping world!”

On Friday, September 14, there will be a presentation of all of the young jumpers at the Hunter Arena at Old Salem Farm so that everyone can see the horses’ talent jumping under saddle. The horses will be shown by jumping under saddle by international riders Hillary Dobbs, Peter Leone, and Hanno Ellerman, as well as up-and-coming grand prix star, 16-year-old Michael Hughes. The presentation will be at 5 p.m. following the $50,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier. Both Friday’s presentation and Saturday’s auction will also be streamed live online. If you would like to try any of the horses offered before th e auction, please email info@onlyjumpers.com to set up an appointment. The horses have been inspected by recognized vets in Holland and by Dr. Kit Miller in New York. X-rays and vet reports are available upon request.

Please RSVP for the New York Auction at the OnlyJumpers.com Facebook page Event.

Jochen and Sabine Schleese join The Equine Sciences Academy Advisory Panel

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

The Equine Sciences Academy is proud and honored to announce that Jochen and Sabine Schleese of Schleese Saddlery and Saddlefit4Life are joining the esteemed group of equine professionals on our Advisory Panel.

Certified Master Saddler, Saddlefitter and Equine Ergonomist Jochen Schleese received his initial training in saddle making from Passier and Sohn in Germany. In 1984 he was certified as the youngest master saddler ever in Europe, and was asked to come to North America from Germany in 1986 to be the Official Saddler for the World Dressage Championships held in Toronto. From his experience as a former internationally ranked 3-day event rider Jochen Schleese knows not only how a saddle should feel from a rider’s point view, but also how it should be made. In 1990 together with the Canadian government, Schleese developed the first ever authorized school for saddle makers and saddle fitters. In1996 Schleese received an international patent for his innovative AdapTree® saddle tree.

Jochen confers regularly with industry professionals and is a guest speaker at veterinary associations, equine veterinary schools, riding instructor conferences, and teaches saddle fitting at the German National Riding School in Warendorf, Germany. He was a guest speaker at the Veterinary Conference in Sao Paulo Brazil in Sept. 2011. Jochen has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and the Discovery Channel, and is the recipient of many industry and business awards. Schleese was the Official Saddler for the World Cup Final 2005, 2007 and 2009 in Las Vegas. He is the founder of Saddlefit4Life®, a global network of equine professionals dedicated to the comfort and protection of the horse, and a director in HIPPOH Foundation (Horse Industry Professionals Protecting our Horses). In 2008 the company won “Best of the Best” English Manufacturer of the Year from Tack’n’Togs magazine, has been featured 4x as a cover story on California Riding Magazine, as well as in articles in the German magazines St. Georg, Cavallo, and Piaffe. Jochen’s first book “The Silent Killer” is due out later this fall in German, published by WuWei Verlag, and his first commercial DVD “Beyond the 9 Points of Saddle Fitting” will be available end of September.

Sabine Schleese has been involved with Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd. since its inception in 1986, together with her husband Jochen and more recently the addition of their former banker and now partner Earl Rothery. Sabine is responsible for all legal and fiduciary requirements as they pertain to their US entity, and ensures compliance with timely tax filings and submissions. Her job description involves a little of everything – marketing/PR, administration, operations, and client services in her role as Director of Corporate Affairs. In 2000, Sabine completed her Executive MBA at Queen’s University. Sabine attends various association meetings on behalf of the shareholders to keep abreast of what’s new and exciting in the industry itself, and is taking a position as director on the board of the local Chamber of Commerce this year.

Sabine has been the recipient of many business awards over the years on behalf of the company, including an Award of Merit from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, a Global Trader’s Award, “Woman of the Year” in York Region in the entrepreneurial category in 2000, and “Exporter of the Year” in 2008 from the Organization of Women in International Trade. She has been on Profit Magazine’s List of Top 100 Women Business Owners in Canada for the past 10 years.

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AHP Newsgroup: WIHS Barn Night 2012, Presented by Dover Saddlery – “What’s Your Dream?”

September 11, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Washington, D.C. – September 6, 2012 – The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is pleased to announce “What’s Your Dream?” as the theme for this year’s Barn Night. Barn Night, presented by Dover Saddlery, will be featured on Thursday, October 25, during the 54th annual WIHS. The competition will be held on October 23-28, 2012, at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

Returning sponsor Dover Saddlery is excited to be a part of this year’s Barn Night and looks forward to a fantastic event. “It is great to see so many young riders coming out to support the Washington International Horse Show and get involved in the sport,” said Dover’s Janet Nittmann. “Barn Night is such a fun event and we love seeing the dedication and excitement of all of the barns that come out each year.”

Barn Night at WIHS is a favorite with local young riders and horse enthusiasts who attend in groups and have a chance to enter contests, win big prizes, and enjoy a fun, horse-filled evening. Join us on Thursday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. for activities on the concourse, including a Stablemates painting activity hosted by Breyer Animal Creations. The first 100 kids to arrive will receive a special prize, also courtesy of Breyer. Enjoy the evening’s entertainment, like the exciting and hilarious Gambler’s Choice Costume Class, the Mutton Busting exhibition, a t-shirt toss, plus an autograph session with top riders! The famous WIHS Puissance wall will also be on the concourse for photos ops.

WIHS is thrilled to announce some amazing prizes for the Barn Night contests. For Best Group Spirit, the Champion group will receive a clinic for their barn from Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis. Fargis was an individual and team gold medalist in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and is one of the most successful and respected trainers in the United States. Honorable mentions for the Best Group Spirit contest will receive Gift Certificates courtesy of Dover Saddlery.

Barn Night is a terrific opportunity for the region’s horse lovers to come together and enjoy a night of entertainment and camaraderie. At last year’s Barn Night, there were many enthusiastic local barns that participated. The incredible turnout is something that makes Thursdays at WIHS so special.

In addition to runner-ups and honorable mentions, the 2011 contest winners were:

Largest Overall Barn Contest:  Meadowbrook Stables, Chevy Chase, MD

Largest Barn, Maryland: Full Moon Farm, Finksburg, MD

Largest Barn, Virginia: Cedar Creek Farm, Sterling, VA

Largest Barn, DC/Other: Rock Creek Park Horse Center, Washington, DC

Barn Banner Contest: Rock Creek Park Horse Center, Washington, DC

Best Barn Video: Cedar Creek Farm, Sterling, VA

Best Barn Spirit: Meadowbrook Stables, Chevy Chase, MD

ReactorPanel Solves a Busy Trainer’s Saddle Fit Dilemmas

September 10, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

“Having them in ReactorPanels is a great thing,” said Bethany Wood
with her two sensitive mares, Wicktory and Faline.
Photo courtesy of Bethany Wood

Bethany Wood trains at her grandparents’ Wakefield Farm in Earlysville, VA. She grew up riding and showing and currently keeps a busy, full-time schedule riding her client’s horses in training and giving both dressage and hunt seat lessons. Wood competes in both in dressage and hunter/jumper shows.

One of the Wakefield Farm boarders had a Quarter Horse gelding she wanted to get back into work and into a training program after some time off. The horse had unusual conformation and was difficult to match with a properly fitting saddle.

“His owner, in an effort to get him back to work and get him the best possible shot, had done some research and found the ReactorPanel Saddles,” shared Wood. “She bought one for him. It was the very first time I’d ever seen or heard of one.”

Wood put in her training rides on the horse in the ReactorPanel Saddle, as requested by the owner. “I couldn’t help but notice that he was really doing a lot better than he had been doing in my saddle and a couple of the other saddles that we had tried on him. He seemed to do really well with it.”

The ReactorPanel Saddle was new and different to Wood. Curious about it, she asked Melissa Whitney, a massage therapist and equine body worker who is also a ReactorPanel Saddle Fitter, about the line of saddles. Melissa explained the unique ReactorPanel fitting process that gives riders two full weeks to experience how unique the saddles are, with their larger, flexible panels that move with the horse.

Wood was also facing a saddle fitting challenge with her own dressage horse, Wicktory, a sensitive Hanoverian mare. Wood had owned the mare, now 15, since she was 4. She had big, massive shoulders and was not completely symmetrical.

“I had used several regular dressage saddles on her and they all went up her neck. I couldn’t find anything that would fit her and stay in the right place. She wasn’t happy doing the work− I could tell she wanted to work and she wanted to figure it out- but she just… I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I wasn’t making her happy.”

Wood tried the ReactorPanel Saddle and is now schooling the mare Grand Prix and showing Intermediare II with scores around 68 percent

“I was just sold on it,” confided Wood.

She was facing a similar issue with another mare, Faline, who also happens to be out of her dressage mare. She shows the younger mare in the hunters.

Since she started Faline in a ReactorPanel Saddle, Bethany Wood says, “She’s come into her own. She’s happy… and she’s winning.”
Photo courtesy of Bethany Wood

“It was the same story with her,” Wood added. “I tried a ReactorPanel with her for the last year. She’s come into her own. She’s happy and she walks in the ring and says, ‘Let’s do this!’ She jumps the jumps and she’s winning!”

“Both of these mares, if they got panicked or upset, they would respond by not going forward and might even rear and do something stupid. They’re just happy now. I can do whatever I want. I can ride them around the farm. For me the whole thing−working with Melissa, having them in ReactorPanel Saddles− is a great thing. They are such personable mares now.”

She currently has two more horses going in ReactorPanel saddles as well, bringing the total to four: her two mares and two training horses.

“I have a huge dressage gelding that I ride for a client,” she said. “He’s going in a ReactorPanel saddle and he loves it. He has gotten so much more expressive in that saddle. His stride is longer. They are just happier and everything is easier.”

Wood also values the ability to adjust the saddle as the horses body changes. “I like the fact that we can adjust things. For my mare in particular, she muscled up a bit and I had Melissa come and reset things on the saddle as needed. I really like that option−not, ‘This is the saddle you’re stuck with.'”

And, as a rider, Wood appreciates the way the saddle moves with the horse’s body. “The saddles move with the horse. I like to feel more swing in the back. I, personally, like the feel more of the motion of the horse coming under you. For some people that might take some getting used to. But I love feeling that motion- I want to feel how the horses are going.”

Not only does Wood believe in the ReactorPanel saddles, but according to ReactorPanel Saddle Company’s Customer Surveys, up to 100 percent of all customers say their horses have improved since using the ReactorPanel Saddle.

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

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

Or Email ReactorPanel at: info@reactorpanel.com

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


Sidelines Magazine & Perfect Products Regen-x EQ Contest

September 08, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Sidelines Magazine is excited to announce a contest that is great for your horse’s hooves! Send in a photo of your horse in extreme conditions (dust, dirt, rain, sand, daily bubble baths) and the winner will ride away with a 90-day supply of Regen-x EQ from Perfect Products EQ! Talk about tickling your equine partner’s tootsies!

Win a 90-day supply of Regen-x EQ from Perfect Products!

Whether he is sliding to a stop or galloping out of the start box, no horse wants a cracked hoof or a loose shoe slowing him down. Regen-x EQ can help! Perfect Products presents its newest formula for equine hoof care, with a unique hoof cream that works to protect against the extreme conditions equine hooves must endure on a daily basis.

Collagen and keratin strengthen hoof density, while the proprietary Regen-x EQ formula allows just the right level of moisture penetration to create a natural sealing effect that fights cracks and improves overall hoof structure.

Contest Rules: Send in a photo of your horse (one photo entry per person, no professional photos allowed) facing the daily conditions that are hard on their hooves. Post the photo to the link on the Sidelines Magazine website at: http://sidelinesnews.com/sidelines-contest-form

In the essay section give a brief description of what your horse is doing in the photo. The winning entry will receive a 90-day supply of Regen-x EQ from Perfect Products EQ! Five runner- ups will receive Perfect Products ball caps and a tube of Lactalex muscle recovery paste. And don’t forget to “like” the Perfect Products facebook page!

The Sidelines Magazine Perfect Products contest will run September 8th to 22nd and all photos may be posted on the Sidelines Magazine Facebook page. A panel of judges will select the winner and runner-ups. The winning photo will be featured in an upcoming issue of Sidelines Magazine.

About Sidelines Magazine –

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.

About Perfect Products –

Perfect Equine Products is dedicated to providing innovative solutions to problems confronting the high level equine athlete. With a broad background in the equine and horse show industry, coupled with the business and scientific acumen developed through 35 years of marketing high tech products in the medical field, Perfect Products has a rare combination of skills and vision that make them “perfect” source for cutting edge products for managing the equine athlete within the boundaries of ever tightening competition criteria.

It’s easy to enter the Sidelines Magazine Perfect Products Contest –upload your photo at the link on the Sidelines Magazine website:


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September 04, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'


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Thoroughbred sporthorse legend Coconut Grove has died

September 03, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'


Coconut Grove. Photo credit Tamara Torti

Hudson Oaks, Texas —  The Thoroughbred sporthorse legend Coconut Grove has died.  The exceptional, successful sire and veteran of major show jumping events was humanely euthanized on August 14, 2012, following a colic surgery at the Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery hospital in Weatherford, Texas.

Shown to incomparable successes by his owner, the Colombian show jumping rider German Camargo, Coconut Grove was one of showjumping’s most prominent Thoroughbred stars.  The South American-bred stallion’s show ring accomplishments began in 1993 and continued with great success at the Grand Prix level from 1996 through the remainder of his career.  In 1997, he was the Champion of the Bolivarianos Games in Peru.  Coconut Grove was Champion in the Toyota Cup World Cup Qualifier, Reserve Champion in the Centro American and Caribbean Games, and Reserve Champion in the World Cup qualifier in Caracas, Venezuela, all in 1998.  In 1999, he was ranked Best South American Horse and Team Fifth at the Pan American Games in Canada and participated in the Canadian World Cup qualifiers, securing a spot in the World Cup event in Gothenburg, Sweden.  He was National Champion Jumper for Colombia from 1997 through 1999.  The Camargos brought Coconut Grove to the United States for competition in 2000, when he won third in the $100,000 U.S. Open Jumper Championships in Miami and fifth in the $25,000 WEF Grand Prix of Tampa.  These placings and others earned the stallion a ticket to the Sydney Olympics representing Colombia, but a lack of funding kept the stallion at home.  Capping that outstanding year, Coconut Grove qualified for the AGA Championships, the American Invitational, and was ranked third in the AGA Rookie of the Year standings based on only six starts.  In 2001, he placed fifth in the $25,000 Wellington Grand Prix and was retired shortly after.

A Dutch breeder had intended to purchase Coconut Grove and then export him to Europe for breeding.  However, Camargo and his wife, Paula, decided to strike a deal to keep him in the United States, and he was sold to Tamara Smith in 2001.  As a prominent sire at Smith’s Tamarack Select, which promoted the stallion to the burgeoning American Sporthorse breeding industry, Smith made him a “must-have” for many perceptive breeders.  His first breeding registry approval was given by the Rhineland Pfalz-Saar International (RPSI) in 2002.  In 2003, Selle Francais approved Coconut Grove.  That same year, the American Holsteiner Horse Association became the first NAFSH registry to approve Coconut Grove for use as a sire, making him the first Thoroughbred stallion ever to receive breeding approval in any major North American warmblood studbook.  The stallion repeated history in 2004 by being the first Thoroughbred stallion to receive a breeding license from the American Hanoverian Society.  Many other American studbooks followed suit and, setting world-wide precedents, the Canadian Warmblood Horsebreeders Association and multiple European-based registries granted him approval, including the the German Oldenburg Verband, the Belgian studbook, Zangersheide, KWPN of Holland, the Trakhener Verband, and the Irish Horse Board.  Coconut Grove achieved the amazing feat of 100% approval status with 9 U.S. registries, 1 Canadian, and 7 European registries.  In addition to the approvals, he was selected for the prestigious Hanoverian Jumper Breeding Program in 2005.  No other Thoroughbred stallion in history has gained such recognition and status as a sire.

From the onset of his breeding career, Coconut Grove’s accomplishments as a sire have been equally impressive.  In 2004 and 2006 Coconut Grove sired the high scoring foals of the Selle Francais Tour, Quinze de Upatoi, bred by Page Flournoy, and Santorini, who also earned Reserve Champion Yearling Hunter at Devon in 2007 and is now in jumper development with Olympian Anne Kursinski.  Coconut Grove sired Coconut Royale, bred by Equusmanor Sporthorses, who was 4th in the Nation in Hanoverian Sport Horse Breeding, 6th in the Nation USDF Sport Horse Breeding, and Top 5 Dressage Futurity Prospect at the USDF Northwest Series Final in 2006, in addition to 100% premium foals in 2006.  In 2007, 5 site champions with 4 different registries were sired by the stallion.  Additionally that year, two sons were presented and approved, Triple S Holsteiner’s Coconut Cardo, now active in the jumper ring in California, and October Hill Farm’s Carino, a two year old that was granted full breeding rights, an unprecedented occurrence in the approvals world.  Coquette, a Coconut Grove daughter bred by Bent Hickory Farm, was Top 5 Mare in the Nation of the AHS Tour in 2009, and in addition she was accepted for the Hanoverian Jumper Breeding Program.  This year, a grandson of Coconut Grove, Montaro OHF, earned RPSI approval with perfect “10”’s in free jumping.

There are many other Coconut Grove competition horses who have proven  themselves over fences and on the line at the nation’s biggest shows, including:  Branscomb Farm’s Corazon BF, a participant in both YJC and high performance hunter classes in southern California; 2012 Madden Search Top 10 Finalist Handyman B, bred by Bannockburn Farm, and Top 5 Finalist Coral Key, bred by November Hill Farm;  Cellar Door, a developing event horse produced by top USEF-ranked breeder Jane Dudinsky; Picchu, a successful event horse and show jumper bred by owner and rider Page Flournoy; Top Flight, bred by Bryan Dietz, a winner in the YJC divisions; and many, many other upcoming youngsters.  Demand for services in Europe necessitated the export of frozen semen that has since been employed in the UK, Holland and parts of Germany, producing quality offspring for both sport and breeding in those areas.

At the time of his passing, Coconut Grove was in the ownership of Wendy Davis Gerrish of October Hill Farm in Hudson Oaks, Texas, where he had been standing at stud since 2009.  When Smith decided that she needed to pare down her breeding business, she wanted to make sure that Coconut Grove was kept under professional management and selected Gerrish and October Hill for the job.  She said at the time of his move, “It is terribly difficult to let go of such a treasure, especially at the height of his success, but it has always been my plan to prove his greatness and then allow him to go on to someone I believe can maintain his celebrity.  This decision, though painful, will allow me to pursue other business ventures.  I could not be more comfortable with Coconut Grove being under the capable hands of Wendy Davis Gerrish and the October Hill staff.  Wendy and I will continue to work in concert to maintain the star quality of this exceptional stallion.”

The outpouring of concern and condolences following Coconut Grove’s death has been amazing, reports Gerrish.  “I have received dozens of emails and phone calls from breeders, registry officials and fans,” she said, “and the internet, of course, carried the news quickly around the globe.”

Condolences from RPSI registry officials read, “You know well in what esteem [judge] Otto [Schalter] and our registry held this stallion and how he will be missed.  We are honored to have seen him, looking fit and well for his age, when we were at your farm for the inspection [in July].”  From breeder Shawna Doering, “I am so sorry for your loss of your wonderful stallion.  We absolutely adore our three and a half year-old colt by him.  ‘Cosmo’ is the sweetest, smartest and best behaved foal I’ve ever been around, and I’m grateful every day that I bred my mare to Coconut Grove last year.”  Diane Halpin of Laurel Leaf Hanoverians posted on the Chronicle Chat Boards, “This is such sad news! He was a favorite of mine and I know Tamara Smith loved him dearly. I just watched a daughter of his jump at HITS Culpeper and always wished I owned a broodmare who’d have been a good match with him. He’ll be missed, especially as refining quality on some of our warmblood mares and as a popular stallion in our AHS Jumper Breeding Program. Rest in Peace, Coco.”

Gerrish takes some comfort in the fact that there is a considerable bank of frozen semen from Coconut Grove that will be available to breeders in the seasons ahead.  “The fact that we have the ability to continue to produce offspring by Coconut Grove is a good consolation,” she said, “but, of course, we would all rather have him back here in his stall.  He will be dearly missed.”


Halliday enjoys winning weekend at Firle Place International

September 02, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Professional dual sportswoman Liz Halliday returned to winning ways at Firle Place International Horse Trials last weekend thanks to a stellar performance from one of Chailey Stud’s most promising talents.
Following a scintillating start to the season, which included qualifying for the British Novice Championships, Trevor (Endymion Entrechat) continued his eventing action in style by claiming victory in the Open Novice category.
Lying second after a typically classy Dressage performance, the pair produced faultless Show Jumping and Cross Country rounds under intense pressure from the equally sure-footed chasing pack to first overhaul the leaders and then maintain their slender advantage until the finish.
Indeed Sunday would prove a particularly successful day for Liz who finished fifth in her Novice section with Oscar (Viscount Oscar).
There was little to suggest the duo were making their first competitive appearance together since mid-May after recording what would be Oscar’s best ever Dressage score to date. Just one rail down in the Show Jumping arena followed by a near-perfect Cross Country test helped make sure of an extremely encouraging result.
Earlier in the weekend Chailey Stud favourite Shirley (Showtime Shirley) had been joined by Pen (Penrose II) in the BE90 category. Although Liz had to ride Hors Concours in this section, each produced promising rounds across all three disciplines, with Shirley accumulating the third best score in her section.
Bank Holiday Monday saw Liz travel to a new event at Wellington in Hampshire where Cooley (HHS Cooley, pictured) had been entered for his second-ever Intermediate competition. Once again his excellent rate of development continued with a positive Dressage test followed by confident and clear Show Jumping and Cross Country rounds that secured his qualification for international two-star competition.
Liz Halliday: “All in all it was a very good weekend for all of the horses entered. For me the standouts were Trevor and Cooley who have both made such progress since arriving at Chailey Stud. After a slight dip in form Trevor was outstanding at Firle Place and again showed why he is such a great prospect for the future. Cooley also continues to go from strength-to-strength. It was obvious how eager he was to perform at Wellington and he just got better and better as the event progressed. I am planning to take him and Fox to Ballindenisk in a couple of weeks which should provide a real test of their abilities.”
Before that trip to Ireland Liz will be sampling horsepower of a different kind when she drives a supercar as part of the Castrol Women in Motorsport parade at Chelsea AutoLegends this Sunday (September 2). The special event will be staged as part of the British Women Racing Drivers’ Club’s 50th anniversary, which is being celebrated at the prestigious London event this year.
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.

NARG Congratulates The New USEF President Elect, Chrystine Tauber

September 02, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'


Chrystine J. Tauber . Photo courtesy of USEF.

The North American Riders Group congratulates Chrystine Tauber on achieving the honor of becoming the next President of the United States Equestrian Federation.
Chrystine was nominated by the NARG on June 25, 2012 and had our full support throughout the process. With deep, relevant experience that has prepared her for the position, Chrystine clearly has the credentials to serve in this new role.
Having competed as a high performance athlete representing the United States in international competition, she is currently an active USEF “R” hunter, jumper and equitation judge plus is a licensed FEI show jumping judge. Further, Chrystine has served as the Executive Director of the American Horse Show Association (AHSA), the Director of Show Jumping Activities for the United States Equestrian Team, a board member for the USEF (current), a board member of the United States Hunter Jumper Association, a board member of the USHJA foundation and many more. She is also active in various charitable organizations including Junior League, Girl Scouts, Horses in the Hood, Equestrian Aid Foundation and Handicapped Riding. Of note, Chrystine also served on the Board of the U.S. Olympic Committee. She has worked hard to cultivate relationships that expand the entire reach of USEF organization.
NARG feels certain this new leadership and the restructuring of the USHJA will create a fresh direction and focus in our governing body and our affiliate. We are looking forward to working together with these organizations to grow our industry and create better sport across the United States. NARG is confident that by working together under this new set of parameters we can improve our sport.