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You Really Love Your Horse and Don’t Want Your Friend to Be in Pain

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


New Release DVD by Jochen Schleese!  “Beyond the 9 points of Saddle Fitting” deals with the complexities of saddle fit, revealing potentially serious effects of ill-fitting saddles to horse and rider! Undiagnosed lameness, atrophy, ‘bad’ behavior, resistance, gait abnormalities, 4-beat canter, poor work attitude, sore/sensitive back, lacking engagement, stress lines and atrophy, repeated hock and stifle injections – all common equine issues Schleese witnesses every day.

Schleese’s training as a former 3 day event rider provides the basis for his epiphany. Jochen emotionally reveals how Saddlefit 4 Life came to be – the result of his personal experience with lameness in his competitive horse.  “Riders will relate on so many levels. I hope to change your mindset. You’ll cry at what you learn about issues you may have experienced with your horse.”

Jochen helps riders understand their challenges may be caused by poor saddle fit – back and hip pain, pelvic discomfort, struggling to maintain correct position, feeling  ‘pulled apart’, fighting the saddle, feeling out of balance –  issues that frustrated riders unknowingly communicate to their horse!

Certified Master Saddler and Equine Ergonomist, Jochen and his Saddlefit 4 Life  global network of equine professionals share the commitment to protect horse and rider from long term damage caused by ill-fitting saddles. Now teaching and certifying professionals in the revolutionary Saddlefit 4 Life  80 point diagnostic saddle fit evaluation, Saddlefit4life is taught at equine institutions and universities including the German National Riding School, the School of Osteopathic Medicine, and the FN in Germany.  Jochen recently joined the board at the Equine Sciences Academy and his involvement as a founder of HIPPOH Foundation (Horse Industry Professionals Protecting Our Horses) underlines his heartfelt passion to improve the lives of horses and riders worldwide.


Riders want to do what’s best for their horses. It all starts with you. Will you protect your horse from lameness and damage caused by poor saddle fit? 


Great gift idea!  $24.95 (+ taxes, S&H)   Schleese.com    Saddlesforwomen.com     800-225-2242 ex 32 info@schleese.com

Equine Ergonomist Jochen Schleese Participates in “For the Good of the Horse” Roundtable

October 17, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

The weekend of October 5-7, 2012 featured world renowned veterinarian and author Dr. Gerd Heuschmann as guest clinician at Loch Hurst Farm in Vass, NC where “The Biomechanics of the Horse” was the topic of interest for the riders and auditors.  On Friday evening (October 5) an industry roundtable discussion was held, including such equine professionals as trainer Shawna Karrasch, Certified Master Saddler and Equine Ergonomist Jochen Schleese, Dr. Richard Mansmann and former USDF Director Gil Merrick, each of whom presented their point of view about doing what is right for the health of the horse, and then participated in a question and answer session. (DVM Dr. Megan Ross had to send her regrets, as she unfortunately had a bout of food poisoning and couldn’t participate!)

Symposium organizer Linda Hoover of the United States Refined Horsemanship Association stated:

“I have received so many wonderful comments about the symposium. Attendees loved the synergy of the panelists during the roundtable discussion. Several people commented that they were amazed to see a group of horse professionals on the same page about stewardship to the horse. I was also pleased to see how many people were interested in saddle fit.

If we are to turn the tide in a direction that honors the horse in and out of competition, it will be through a joint effort of a committed few who lead the way and provide a path for others to follow. Educational events, like the symposium, are important to enlighten riders and owners about what is important to the horse and not just of interest to us as riders. As you well know, if we meet the needs of the horse, the horse will generously give back.”

Dr. Mansmann adds:

“As a veterinarian who has spent his 40 plus years working on lameness from a medical perspective; and not an interventional perspective (no hock injections!), having a confluence of training, saddle fitting, farriery and veterinary anatomy all in one weekend is GREAT! Besides the excellent content, the organization, facilities and hospitality were spectacular.”

All of this supports the theory that while each of us may be strong and successful in our own field; together we become a force to be reckoned with and can make the changes that need to be made! Many of the participants were pleasantly surprised to see for the first time a panel of experts all aligned in their opinions for the good of the horse.

For further information contact

Sabine Schleese


www.saddlesforwomen.com or

Linda Hoover

United States Refined Horsemanship Association, Inc.


Tredstep Ireland Joins in Sponsoring the Moria J. Caffarey Perpetual Award at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show

October 17, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Tredstep’s stylish, high performance Giotto paddock boots


DUBLIN, Ireland- 17 October 2012 – Tredstep Ireland is proud to announce its participation in the Moria J. Caffarey Perpetual Award, to be presented at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show on the evening of October 20th.  The award was established in 1998 and is given to honor the late Moira Caffarey, a highly respected caretaker for legendary Grand Prix horses including “I Love You” and “Johnny’s Pocket.” Caffarey dedicated her life to caring for world-class equine athletes, and the award embodies her spirit by recognizing the groom of the winning Grand Prix horse.


As part of the award package, the winner will receive a pair of Tredstep’s stylish, high performance Giotto paddock boots. Tredstep understands the long hours and demanding lifestyle of a professional groom, and the Giotto’s soft leather upper, molded sport high impact cushioning foot bed and dry-lex moisture wicking top layer are specifically designed to keep the wearer dry and comfortable all day.


About Tredstep Ireland

In 1993, Irish entrepreneur and Three-Day Event rider Aidan Keogh saw the need for a better half chap, and set out to create his own.  A former design student who studied fine arts, Keogh believed that he could improve the comfort, performance and aesthetics of riding wear, while respecting the traditions of a Centuries-old sport.  His product eventually redefined the market and brought half-chaps to the mainstream where they are now standard equipment for every rider. Along the way he created Tredstep Ireland, a company driving innovation, but ever respectful of the traditional roots of equestrian sport.


Tredstep now offers a complete collection of chaps, boots, gloves and accessories including the newly released Raphael tall boot, part of their superior Renaissance Collection, all designed to make the riding experience more enjoyable. For more information on Tredstep products, please visit us at http://www.tredstep.com .


Getting on Track

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

Representatives from nineteen colleges fielded questions from 134 prospective college students and their families

The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show presents the Fourth Annual THJA College Equestrian Fair

Continuing its passion for education, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show chose to expand its support of young riders by hosting the Fourth Annual Texas Hunter Jumper Association (THJA) College Equestrian Fair in the Texas Children’s Hospital Arena Club located at the Great Southwestern Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Young riders who spend countless hours dedicated to the sport in their lower, middle and high school years, graduate and ask themselves, “Now what?”
“We really enjoyed the College Fair this weekend,” one parent told us. “We’ve attended in the past, as well, but it has so much more meaning now that (our student) is a senior.”
With the growing interest in collegiate equestrian teams, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show decided to provide a forum to educate high school students and their parents on how to become a potential candidate for a college equestrian team… and more. The Pin Oak Club chose a select group of Division l & ll and ISHA colleges in addition to other handpicked schools from around the country with equestrian riding teams as well as equine studies to promote their programs and provide aspiring riders with a “one-stop-shopping” experience to learn what these colleges offer and hopefully find a course of study that fits their goals—both in and out of the show ring. One college even represented equestrian polo teams.
The fair was enthusiastically received by the 134 prospective college students and their families. Nineteen colleges were represented by admission representatives, collegiate equestrian coaches and alumni. The flurry of activity around all the booths was exciting as both students and parents kept the representatives on their toes by asking questions.
“Speakers, college reps and programs are fantastic!” exclaimed one attendee.

Patty Roberts, Pin Oak’s Hunter/Jumper Breed Chair, was the Mistress of Ceremonies. The Fourth Annual THJA College Equestrian Fair was the brain child of Patty’s four years ago as a way to educate high school students on collegiate equestrian riding.

Featured speakers were Sally Bratton representing IHSA and Andrea Hanson representing NCEA. Margaret Swanson, who represented Varsity Riding, closed the event with an original poem entitled, My Ode to the College Riding Experience. The last verse stated:
“And so with a poem, an ode per say, I congratulate those Who made the best decision in their lives and chose To ride in the IHSA with the best people and horses, It will lessen the pain of those silly college courses.”
Title sponsorship was generously provided by the THJA with facility sponsorship by the Great Southwest Equestrian Center.
“Great location, great staff, and the event was free. A lot of riders were present!” said one very pleased college representative.
The Fourth Annual THJA College Equestrian Fair was such a hit with students, parents and the college representatives that The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is already planning next year’s event. For more information and schedules of events, please visit www.pinoak.org or call 713-621-6290.

The 2013 College Preparatory Invitational Doubles High Point Rider Scholarship Money Thanks to Support from Charles Owen

October 15, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – October 15, 2012 – The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show (CPI) is very excited to welcome Charles Owen back as a sponsor of the 2013 competition. The third annual College Preparatory Invitational will be held on January 18-20, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The CPI looks forward to welcoming college bound hunt seat and dressage riders at the nation’s premiere College Equestrian Recruiting event, offering them more scholarship opportunities than ever. Applications to compete are being accepted, so please send in yours today! All college bound riders are invited to attend to explore their options for riding in college.

Charles Owen has officially signed on as a sponsor of the 2013 CPI, and because of their great support, the CPI will be able to double the amount of money for its High Point Rider Scholarships. The scholarships will award $2,000 each to the High Point Hunt Seat Equitation Rider and the High Point Dressage Rider, increased from the $1,000 originally set for the year.

Danielle Santos, Director of Marketing for Charles Owen & Co., explained that it is important to her company to support the sport at all levels, and sponsoring at the CPI provides the perfect opportunity to promote the nation’s up-and-coming riders.

“At Charles Owen, we believe in supporting events that provide an opportunity to give back to the rider community,” Santos stated. “CPI is a fantastic event for young riders to showcase their talents in front of universities and colleges that support riding. Scholarships provide another very important level of support for the exemplary student/rider who stands out at the event.”

In addition to their support of CPI scholarships, Charles Owen will be working together with Dover Saddlery. “Owen is committed to rider safety, bringing the latest technology and innovation to equestrians,” Santos noted. “Partnering with a retailer like Dover Saddlery, who is also a sponsor of CPI, allows Charles Owen the opportunity to fit and adjust a specific helmet for the rider.”


Dover Saddlery Retail Stores



Take refuge from bad weather in Kerrits’ Storm Shelter Barn Jacket

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

Kerrits’ Storm Shelter Barn Jacket

Bingen, WA—It can be challenging to ride when the season changes and temps drop. So the Kerrits design team set out to keep you protected and comfortable in the saddle no matter what the weather. The Storm Shelter Barn Jacket is the answer to help you transition through the seasons.

“No one really wants to do barn chores or school a horse when rain is coming down sideways,” said Kerri Kent, owner and designer for Kerrits Equestrian Apparel. “And as we all know too well, horse care is a seven-day-a-week job. The good news is this jacket beats the elements and lets you do the job at hand with protection, comfort and enough coverage to hunker down in the storm.”

Built with Hydrotek™ fabric, the all-season shell is wind and waterproof with critically sealed seams and breathability for active wear. It sports a feminine silhouette in the saddle with back tabs that cinch in at the waist and snapped vents that cover the cantle, offering a custom fit. Contrast stitching gives an added touch of fashion and the two-way front zip has magnetic closures.

The Storm Shelter Barn Jacket is loaded with storage and has dual entry, large cargo pockets so items can go in from either the top or side. The stow-away hood is removable and the jacket is machine washable.

“This lightweight shell is rugged, yet soft and quiet—perfect for layering on chilly days or worn as a windbreaker for warmer weather,” added Kent. “It’s a limited edition for our fall/winter season only—one of this year’s fresh crop of Kerrits.”

Storm Shelter Barn Jacket

Colors: Carbon, Ember Red, Saddle Plaid, Sterling Plaid

Sizes: S, M, L, XL

MSRP: $179.00

Ride On! About Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel:

Home-grown performance that sprouted in 1986, Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel thrives on creating innovative, functional and stylish performance apparel uniquely designed for women who love to ride—and their horses.

NARG Newsletter

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


Due to the suspension of Bruce Burr, trainer of Urico, two months after completing the Olympic Trials and two weeks after winning one of the Olympic Observation classes in Kentucky, Mario Deslauriers and Urico were removed from Olympic consideration…

Download the newsletter and read the full article

To protect the welfare of the horse, advocate clean sport and emphasize fair play, has the FEI, the world governing body of equestrian sport, gone awry? A drug test, albeit also a sensitive subject, has a negative or positive test result. This result indicates what kind of drug was supposedly ingested or injected. As examined in the previous article, due to these results, in an attempt to keep the sport clean, the governing bodies determine the punishment. Yet similarly to what we will point out in this editorial, the policies and practices of the governing authorities leave riders and trainers in a fragile position…Download the newsletter and read the full article

We’ve gathered more examples of the impact of the NARG Top 25 initiative – horse shows proudly donning the seal and the first NARG Top 25 jump, designed by Brody Robertson and purchased by Horse Shows By the Bay.
Download the newsletter and view the images

Watch U.S. Paralympian Rebecca Hart On Good Morning America October 10th with Co-Host Ann Romney

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

Rebecca Hart receiving 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship Award from Ann Romney. Photograph (c)Sue Stickle Photography at SusanJStickle.com

New York, NY – October 8, 2012 – On Wednesday October 10th, U.S. Paralympian Rebecca Hart of Unionville, Penn. will be showcased on ABC’s Good Morning America. Hart will accompany Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in New York’s Times Square. Mrs. Romney and Rebecca Hart will be speaking about how horses have provided a unique form of therapy for them. Both equestrians will also touch on the 2012 London Paralympics and the equestrian sport. Mrs. Romney will be co-hosting the 8 a.m. (Eastern Time) news hour with George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday where she is filling in for Robin Roberts, who is on extended medical leave.

Rebecca Hart (USA) and Lord Ludger, owned by Jessica Ransehousen, photo (c)Lindsay McCall

Both Rebecca Hart and James Dwyer were recent competitors at the 2012 London Paralympics in Para-Dressage. Rebecca Hart earned a 4th in the team competition, 5th place in the freestyle, and 11th place in the individual test competition. Rebecca Hart was part of the seventh-place U.S. Paralympic Team featuring the late Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale, Donna Ponessa aboard Wes Dunham’s Western Rose, and Dale Dedrick on Bonifatius.

James Dwyer (IRL) and Orlando Photo (c)Lindsay McCall

James Dwyer was one of the four athletes representing the Bronze Medal Ireland team. Alongside James Dwyer and horse Orlando were Eilish Byrne aboard Youri, Geraldine Savage on Blues Tip Top Too, and Helen Kearney on Mister Cool.

As an elite equestrian and co-owner of 2012 U.S. Olympic Dressage horse Rafalca ridden by Jan Ebeling, Ann Romney can relate to Hart’s and Dwyer’s recent accomplishments and therapeutic use of riding. Ann Romney, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1998, is an advocate for Multiple Sclerosis. Mrs. Romney began riding as a form of therapy and found it to benefit her life in many ways. Hart and Mrs. Romney met in June 2012 where Hart was presented with the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship. “This whole year has been a whirlwind,” noted Hart. I met Mrs. Romney in June, rode down the Prime Meridian at the London Paralympics for my team in August, met the President of the United States in September, and now will be riding in Times Square. You don’t often get asked to ride in Times Square and I am very excited for this opportunity.”

The program is scheduled on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday October 10th at 8 a.m. (Eastern Time). Please check your local listings for your local ABC channel.

View the June 2012 press release about Ann Romney presenting Rebecca Hart her award by clicking this link.

For press related inquiries, comments or questions please e-mail Lindsay McCall at Lindsay@uspea.org


October 05, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

October 4, 2012 – The Dressage Foundation is pleased to announce that two grants were recently awarded from the Michael Poulin Dressage Fund.  A grant in the amount of $1,500 was awarded to Team EnGaged to host a Pony Clinic with Lendon Gray.  Additionally, a $3,000 grant was made to Dressage4Kids to help conduct the Winter Intensive Program for Youth.

Team EnGaged, based in Lexington, KY, is hosting a Pony Clinic with Lendon Gray on October 6-7 in Mt. Airy, MD.  The purpose of the clinic is to identify riders and ponies who could be candidates for the FEI Pony division.  The Poulin Fund grant will help keep the cost reasonable for participants, in order to provide this educational experience to as many riders and auditors as possible.

Dressage4Kids received a Poulin Fund grant for the Winter Intensive Program for Youth that runs from January through March 2013 in Wellington,FL.  During this time, up to 15 young dressage riders will have the opportunity to receive riding and lunge lessons, as well as daily fitness training, sports psychology sessions, stable management instruction, lectures, time to watch top level riders train, and more.

The Michael Poulin Dressage Fund was established at The Dressage Foundation in 2003 by Michael’s friends, family, and admirers.  The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support for programs and projects that enhance the quality of dressage in the U.S., through any and all of its component disciplines – riding, competing, training, instructing, and judging.

For more information about the Michael Poulin Dressage Fund or The Dressage Foundation, please contact Jenny Johnson at (402) 434-8585, by email at jenny@dressagefoundation.org, or visit www.dressagefoundation.org.


The Dressage Foundation

The Dressage Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt, donor-driven organization that is dedicated to supporting and advancing the sport of dressage.  The organization solicits contributions, appropriately allocates the donations, and awards grants and scholarships to dressage riders of all ages and levels.  For more information, please visit www.dressagefoundation.org.





Hey folks, only a few slots left!

October 05, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Calling all Hunter/Jumper Show Contenders in the area,
Come ride with USEF judge Mark Wonderly in preparation for the coming show season!
Mark has been giving clinics “From the Judges Point of View” for the past 17 years.
 Trainers, exhibitors, and parents can all benefit from a proper and thorough understanding of the rules they are governed and judged by.
This three part clinic will focus on the USEF rules and their application to the individual riders and horses participating in the clinic. All levels are encouraged to participate!
Friday, Oct. 19th – 6:00pm…
PM : PART 1 (un-mounted) – A reading and explanation of the rules for hunter and hunter seat equitation will be reviewed, with a question and answer period. Pot luck dinner to be enjoyed at the club house.
Saturday, Oct. 20th: PART 2 – Riders will be divided into groups (limit of 4 riders, 1 1/2 hour sessions) and the USEF rules will be applied directly to the rider and the horse. Emphasis on gymnastics and flatwork. Session schedule to be determined.
Sunday, Oct. 21st: PART 3 – Riders will work in their divided groups with primary emphasis on course work.
 (1 1/2 hour sessions) Schedule to be determined.
Clinic Cost: $220 (Includes PART 1,2&3)
Auditing Fee: $10
**Limited stabling available upon reservation**
For clinic forms and registration please contact:
Stacie Sprague – call or text 803-617-9042, email: deister78@hotmail.com Nancy Dunn – call or text 772-486-1038, email: oakhaven2003@aol.com
Safe Rides and Big Strides!
Tara Jacobs
Martin Downs Equestrian Center
6780 SW Martin Hwy
Palm City, FL 34990
772-260-5814 Mobile/Text