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WHO REINS SUPREME? … NOT YOUR TYPICAL FUNDRAISER R. Bruce Duchossois to Receive Luminary Award at Equestrian Aid Foundation’s Third Annual Event

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

WELLINGTON, Fla. (Nov. 14, 2012) – World-class dressage, show jumping, hunter, and polo teams will show off their newfound skills in the reining ring at the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF) fundraiser, Who Reins Supreme?. Held on Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., the evening will raise funds for EAF programs that financially assist equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses and injuries, throughout their time of need.

The competition, which will solely focus on reining, will feature two world-class riders from each discipline: dressage, show jumping, hunters, and polo. Each will ride a custom-designed reining pattern created by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon and Sarah Willeman Richter.

“We’ve been impressed with the enthusiasm of the reining competition at our Sidelines Tetrathlon from previous years,” said R. Scot Evans, President of EAF. “For 2013, Who Reins Supreme? will bring the favorites of our events—the Taste of Charity food and drinks, entertaining competition, desirable auctions—and we’ll close the evening with live music.”

This year EAF will be presenting its Luminary Award to R. Bruce Duchossois. The Luminary Award, which recognizes those who play an important role in horse sports and its equestrians, is an annual award started in 2012 with recipient Jane Forbes Clark.

Duchossois, who has been an integral part of the equestrian community, grew up riding show hunters and is one of the leading exhibitors in the Adult Amateur Hunter division. Not only is Duchossois a successful competitor, he sponsors riders and classes in a variety of disciplines, including show hunters and jumpers, eventing and combined driving.

In addition to participating in various equine sports, Duchossois invests in the community through his involvement with many organizations and governing bodies that work to improve equestrian sports and the lives of equestrians. He serves on the executive board of the EAF, is a trustee of the USET Foundation and co-chair of the USEF’s Owner Taskforce. Duchossois also is an active member of the USHJA, and board member of the Alltech National Horse Show and the Aiken Training Track.

“I have been fortunate enough to spend most of my life around horses, and I am honored to receive the Luminary Award for my work with the Equestrian Aid Foundation. It is my pleasure to be able to give back to the industry that has given me so much,” said Duchossois.

Along with the competition and awards presentation at Who Reins Supreme?, guests will enjoy the signature Taste of Charity featuring Palm Beach’s finest food and drinks, as well as, several auctions and donation opportunities to support EAF programs. Sean O’Keefe Events will manage the event’s production for the third year in a row.

Who Reins Supreme? provides an opportunity for people to donate through ticket and table sales and allows them a unique, fun experience. Tables, tickets and sponsorships for the evening may be purchased at www.EquestrianAidFoundation.org or by phone at 800.792.6068.


About the Equestrian Aid Foundation: For more than 16 years, the EAF has delivered financial assistance to equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses or injuries throughout their time of need. In September 2012, the EAF reached a milestone of distributing more than $2 million in funding to its recipients throughout its history. Funding for medical, rehabilitation and essential expenses – such as food and housing – enables recipients to cope through crisis and get back on their feet. The EAF is dedicated to helping people from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages. The EAF is a 501 (c) 3 organization. Learn more at www.equestrianaidfoundation.org, www.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope or @ride4hope.

IHSA Members Emerge as Finalists in Top USHJA Programs

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


Fairfield, CT—November 27, 2013—In 2009, the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association launched a partnership with the United States Hunter Jumper Association with the goal of benefiting all members and increasing awareness of the hunter/jumper sport.


“IHSA coaches and riders represent an important demographic,” said USHJA President, Bill Moroney, when the then-new partnership was saluted during the IHSA National Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park.


Today, IHSA members are also among the national finalists for the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program.  Megan Devine (University of Louisville) and Brendan Weiss (Penn State University) emerged from an original group of 200 riders participating in ten regional clinics across America to join the top 16 riders selected to attend the USHJA National Training Session November 15-18, hosted by Rush and Carl Weeden, at Field and Fences, in Gurnee, Illinois.


“The EAP Committee,” says USHJA CEO, Shelby French, “strives to identify dedicated and knowledgeable young riders who have demonstrated the enthusiasm, work ethic and aptitude necessary for success as equestrians.”


Riders accepted into EAP began their journey by participating in one of 10 Regional Clinics. During the extensive four-day clinics, riders worked with top clinicians and leading stable managers. Riders and horses participating in Regional Clinics were instructed on flatwork, gymnastics, related distances and course work, as well as intensive stable-management curriculum incorporating care and grooming, horsemanship, and barn management. They also completed a written test as part of their evaluation for the National Training Session.


A select group of 16 riders were then invited to continue on to the EAP National Training Session, based on riding and stable-management skills, written test results, and potential shown during the Regional Clinics.


In addition, IHSA member Eliana Rabinowitz (Franklin and Marshall College) has been named a finalist in the USHJA Horseman’s Quiz Challenge, which tests a rider’s knowledge of all-things-equine including riding theory, shipping, lunging, tack and health care.  The mission of the USHJA HQC has been to educate and recognize young equestrians who have exceptional horsemanship knowledge, and ignite passion for advancing that knowledge and making it integral to their equestrian life.


HQC was created through the vision of Elaine Schott, Vice Chair of the USHJA Youth Committee:  “My barn had a monthly dinner where we challenged our equine trivia on a planned topic, such as disease and wellness. It was a wonderful barn bonding and very educational. I thought of the Quiz Challenge Program by taking it a step further than my barn.”

The benefits of USHJA membership to those belonging to the IHSA include access to other educational programs and recognition: Trainers Certification, USHJA Clinic programs, Zone Scholarships, HOTY and Stirrup Cup Awards, USHJA Outreach Awards, USHJA Affiliate Awards, and a College Lettering Program.  Learn more by visiting www.ushja.org/programs/youth.


About IHSA

The IHSA mission is to promote competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional and national levels.  IHSA is based on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of financial status or riding level. More than 400 educational institutions in the U.S. and parts of Canada have teams belonging to IHSA, including student academic clubs, JV, and/or varsity programs.  For more information about programs, scholarships, teams and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.ihsainc.com.


Roldan Named MVP, Leads Team USA To International Cup Victory Over England

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

from left to right Game MVP Nic Roldan, Carlos Gracida Jr., Marc Ganzi and Jeff Hall, winning Team USA hoisting the International Cup. Photo Credit Alex Pacheco.

Wellington, FL-November 25, 2012—With chants of “USA, USA” from the near-capacity crowd, Team USA defeated England, 8.5-6, for the coveted International Cup on Sunday at Grand Champions Polo Club.      

The impressive victory avenged Team USA’s 11-10.5 loss to England earlier this year at Great Britain’s Cowdray Park Polo Club.

It was the first time the historical men’s international game was held at Grand Champions Polo Club, continuing a fierce rivalry between the two polo-playing nations.

“Any time you play England you know you’re in for six chukkers of a war when these two countries get together,” said Team USA’s Marc Ganzi, who co-hosted the prestigious event with his wife Melissa.

“I think we did a really good job marking them,” Ganzi said. “We were very disciplined and we didn’t make a lot of mistakes or fouls. We pushed them into places where they made a lot of fouls. That’s what made the day for us.”

Team USA was led by the game’s Most Valuable Player Nic Roldan, a Cardinal Newman High School alum who grew up in Wellington. Roldan finished with a game-high five goals.

Ganzi and Gracida Jr. worked throughout the game on defense opening holes for Roldan and Hall to score.

“To win for the U.S. is such a great feeling,” said Roldan, the team’s captain. “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Team USA, a 19-goal rated team, led the five-chukker match from start to finish with a balanced attack from Ganzi (1 goal), Jeff Hall (8), Roldan (7) and Carlos Gracida, Jr. (3), son of Hall of Famer and former 10-goal player Carlos Gracida, who proudly watched from the crowd.

“I am very proud of him, he played very well against a good team, I couldn’t be happier right now,” Gracida Sr. said.  

England’s team of Jack Richardson (4), Max Routledge (5), Tom Morley (6) and Richard LePoer (5), a 20-goal rated team, had problems with Team USA’s aggressive defense forcing them into error-prone play. Richardson and LePoer each had two goals for England.

“They had some tremendous horse power and player power,” Morley said. “We gave it a go in the end but ran out of time.”

Team USA held England scoreless for the first two chukkers while grabbing an early 2-0 lead with goals from Ganzi and Hall. Team USA continued to build momentum in the next two chukkers with four goals from Roldan.



The 20-goal championship game featured some of the top players from England and the U.S. in the United States Polo Association and Hurlingham Polo Association-sanctioned international tournament.

It was the third time Roldan represented the United States in polo.

“It’s a different feeling when you are representing your country and wearing red, white and blue,” Roldan said. “We knew it would be a battle and it was.”

Roldan, Ganzi and Gracida Jr. were coming off a successful 20-goal fall season playing for Audi. In the USPA National Twenty-Goal Championship final, Audi defeated Piaget, 10-9, after winning the USPA North America Cup the week before.

Sunday’s victory was icing on the cake for Ganzi and his teammates.

“The last time these guys came here we didn’t defend our home court and they beat us badly,” Ganzi said. “That match was a tough one for us to swallow. We regrouped and went to England in May and lost a really tough game by a half goal on a last-second penalty shot. We felt like we won that game. Nic, Jeff and I talked about it and said we wanted another chance and today we got that chance.

“When you are as organized as we were today, you put yourself in a good position to win,” Ganzi said. “This is a great win. This is probably one of the top three or four wins in my career. This and the U.S. Open are probably my two most memorable wins.”

Hall’s horse, Smooth, was named the game’s Best Playing Pony.


The U.S. team women’s team of Sunny Hale (3 goals), Melissa Ganzi (0), Tiffany Busch (1.5) and Gillian Johnston (1.5) were less fortunate losing a lopsided seven-goal game, 7-2 in four chukkers to a well-balanced England team.

The England team of Hazel Jackson (1), Sarah Wiseman (1), Claire Donnelly (1) and team captain Nina Vestey Clarkin, rated at 4 goals and regarded as the world’s top women’s player, never gave the U.S. an opening.


England pulled away early in the first two chukkers for a 5-1 lead and were never challenged.


“We’d like another shot at them,” Hale said. “They are a good team but we can play better than that.”


Said Clarkin, “We weren’t overconfident but we knew we had an excellent chance at winning. Even though we haven’t played together as a team we knew what we were capable of doing as a team and we played well.”


Wiseman led scoring with a game-high four goals for England. Hale had Team USA’s two goals on penalty shots.


Best playing polo pony was Rapsodia, a 6-year-old bay mare ridden by Clarkin and owned by Melissa Ganzi.
The game attracted a variety of celebrities and dignitaries including American rapper Vanilla Ice, who watched from the VIP tent with family and friends and presented the team awards during post-game festivities


Team on the left from left to right is England, (4) Sarah Wiseman, (3) Nina Clarkin, (2) Claire Donnelly and (1) Hazel Jackson. Team on the right is USA, from left to right, Melissa Ganzi, Gillian Johnston, Sunny Hale and Tiffany Busch. Photo Credit Alex Pacheco. This photograph may only be used in relation to this PMG press release.






Tredstep Ireland is Serious About Socks High Performance Details Make All the Difference

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

DUBLIN, Ireland – 26 November 2012 – Tredstep Ireland wants riders to know that what you wear under your boots can be a competitive advantage.  To prove it, the company puts as much emphasis on the design and attention to detail in every pair of their socks, as they do in their best-selling Renaissance Collection of boots. As riders themselves, Tredstep designers know that socks that slip, bunch or leave a rider’s feet and legs clammy and uncomfortable can distract from a great ride, whether schooling or competing.


“We understand how uncomfortable the wrong sock can feel under a boot,” said Aidan Keogh, Tredstep Managing Director. “So we’ve designed a collection of riding socks with unique features and with great attention to fit.  Each style is made with a combination of the best natural and technical fabrics possible for unmatched comfort and performance.”


The Tredstep sock collection is comprised of four styles including:


  • Tredstep Pure Ultra Cool socks are made of Pearl Cotton, a 100% natural fiber that is mercerized, or heat-treated, to strengthen the fibers and make them finer and silk-like in feel. Combined with Lycra for a snug fit that won’t bunch, Pure Ultra Cool socks also wick moisture to keep the rider dry and comfortable, regardless of the temperature. They are available in three colors: black, smoke blue and purple.


  • Tredstep’s Pure Air Cool socks are anatomically designed to fit the contours of a rider’s leg perfectly. They are made of Pearl Cotton in a unique pique weave that allows for added air-flow from the foot up through the leg.  The heel and foot feature Dryan, the next generation of the revolutionary CoolMax material that provides wicking and added cushioning for all-day comfort. They are available in black, grey and red.


  • The high-performance Sheer Cool socks also combine Pearl Cotton with Dryan for all day comfort. Anatomically engineered for the highest performance possible, they feature ribbed flexible padding to reduce foot fatigue and reinforced elastic support in critical flexion areas of the foot such as the instep, Achilles, arch and ankle. They are available in black/grey, grey/blue and red/purple.


  • Tredstep’s Buzzby socks, specially designed for children, feature the company mascot who is hard at work trying different sports to see which suits him best.  These socks are made of the same high-quality Pearl Cotton and come in dark pink, purple, yellow, blue, light pink and green.


All Tredstep socks feature a black cuff at the top – so that should the sock be pulled too high, no color will show above the rider’s boot and distract from the rider’s leg. The socks are available at fine equestrian retailers. Find the one closest to you by visiting www.tredstep.com.

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 scan the code below to your mobile phone or visit us at http://www.tredstep.com .

JustWorld International Celebrates 10th Annual Gala

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

Wellington, Florida – JustWorld International will mark a milestone with its 10th Annual Gala held Friday, January 18, 2013, in Wellington, Florida, USA.  JustWorld International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization working as a catalyst for positive change in the developing world by helping impoverished children.

Featuring an 18th century Venetian masquerade theme, the 10th Annual Gala will be held at Maria Newman’s stunning Belle Herbe Farm in Grand Prix Village.  Guests will spend a glamorous evening guessing the identities of the many masked guests, including the who’s who of the Wellington equestrian and social scene.  There will be a special prize offered for the best disguised guest.

The masquerade theme will be reflected through food, drinks and specialty entertainment created for the evening by renowned event planners, Dazzle Creative Events.  This evening is sure to be memorable as JustWorld International celebrates a historic 10 years, highlighting its past successes and fundraising for future accomplishments.

Event sponsor Whole Foods will once again provide the sumptuous food stations, featuring a variety of gourmet delicacies, while guests will enjoy bidding on the silent auction offerings.  As always, a few very special and highly sought-after items will be offered in the live auction.

A sell-out every year since its inception 10 years ago, the Annual JustWorld International Gala supports JustWorld’s project sites in Brazil, Cambodia, Guatemala, and Honduras.

To buy tickets or tables for this year’s fundraising gala, please call +1 (561) 333-9391 or e-mail jwinfo@justworldinternational.org.  Several sponsorship levels including Title, Presenting, Platinum, Gold and Patron level are available.  Benefits and further details can be found on the JustWorld website homepage, www.justworldinternational.org.

Fast Facts

Who:              JustWorld International

What:             10th Annual JustWorld International Gala

When:             7 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2013

Where:            Belle Herbe Farm, Grand Prix Village, Wellington, Florida, USA

How:               Purchase tables and tickets by contacting jwinfo@justworldinternational.org
or call +1 (561) 333-9391

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.


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

A Fast-Paced Ride through a World of Privilege and Glamour

Inspired by Real Life and Equestrian Experiences of Mayor’s Daughter

In Georgina Bloomberg’s debut novel, The A Circuit (May 2011), readers fell in love with three spunky teenage elite riders competing in the privileged equestrian world: Zara, the wild child of a famous rock star, Kate, a working student serious about riding, and Tommi, a billionaire heiress. The series continued with My Favorite Mistake (February 2012) where we saw the characters bring more drama and controversy to the A Circuit than ever before.



Now, in Off Course (Bloomsbury; November 13, 2012; original paperback; $9.99), the highly anticipated third novel in Bloomberg’s teen book series co-written with Catherine Hapka, we watch Zara, Kate and Tommi continue their struggle to strike a balance between grueling competition schedules and barn responsibilities at Pelham Lane Stables with their desire to lead social lives like normal teenagers.


In Off Course, equestrians Tommi, Kate, and Zara are expected to perform at every horse show, large or small. So with the biggest show of the season just weeks away, they should be in prep mode.  Should be.  Tommi’s friends convince her to take a road trip to drop off an older friend at school . . . where she can’t help but get distracted by college boys. Kate is dealing with the aftermath of her boyfriend Fitz’s latest grand gesture: buying a horse for the two of them to train together. And Zara? Well, trouble follows her everywhere! Then there’s the issue of a new blog on the circuit-is someone from Pelham Lane feeding gossip to the press? Forget prep mode for the big horse show, these girls are in crisis mode.


With sharp and witty humor, Bloomberg deftly conveys the girls’ emotional struggles as they try to get their priorities in line, while making some costly mistakes along the way. A social drama set within an elite world, Off Course will have teens flocking to this series.


Georgina Bloomberg is an accomplished professional equestrian and the youngest daughter of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She is on the board of the Equestrian AID Foundation, the Hampton Classic Horse Show, the Bloomberg Sisters Foundation, the Bloomberg Family Foundation and the Trustees of the United States Equestrian Team. She is an Equine Welfare Ambassador for the ASPCA, Chair-woman of the Horse Council of the Humane Society of the United States, and a member of the Friends of Finn committee for the Humane Society of the United States, a group dedicated to fighting puppy mills. In 2006 she started The Rider’s Closet (now run by Pegasus Therapeutic Riding) which collects and redistributes clothing and equipment to riders who cannot afford them. A portion of her proceeds from this book will be donated to Friends of Finn.


Catherine Hapka has published many books for children and young adults. She keeps three horses at her small farm in Pennsylvania.


BLOOMSBURY: Bloomsbury USA, a division of Bloomsbury Publishing World Wide, was launched in 2002 as a general-interest publisher of children’s books for readers of all ages. The imprint publishes such award-winning and bestselling authors as Newbery Honor winner Shannon Hale, Julianne Moore, Alexander McCall Smith, Carrie Jones, Simone Elkeles, and E. D. Baker. In the UK, Bloomsbury is the publisher of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

Georgina Bloomberg’s new book, OFF COURSE, the highly anticipated third novel in her teen book series co-written with Catherine Hapka, will be available on November 13th

American Red Cross: Superstorm Sandy Recovery

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


Thanks to an outpouring of support from the public following Superstorm Sandy, the American Red Cross blood supply is currently sufficient to meet patient needs.

In the week following Sandy, online traffic to redcrossblood.org nearly doubled, resulting in a 42 percent increase in donors scheduling online appointments to give blood.

In addition, the Red Cross saw a 40 percent increase in inbound calls from people interested in donating blood.

Although the blood supply has been replenished, the need for blood is constant and the Red Cross encourages donations year-round.

Blood donations tend to decline during the holiday season as donors become busy with vacations, holiday shopping and gatherings with friends and family.

Donors who gave in response to the aftermath of Sandy may be eligible to donate again toward the end of the winter holiday period.

The Red Cross truly appreciates all the organizations that have stepped up to either host special blood drives or reschedule those that were canceled due to Superstorm Sandy.

Sandy forced the cancellation of almost 380 Red Cross blood drives in 13 states and the District of Columbia, resulting in a shortfall of more than 12,800 units of blood and platelets.

The Red Cross must hold about 600 blood drives each day across the U.S. to meet patient needs. When disaster disrupts this schedule, we must immediately make plans to replenish the supply.

As a Nor’easter heads toward the East Coast, the Red Cross is preparing to respond to the new storm at the same time as the massive relief effort for Superstorm Sandy is underway.

The Red Cross is currently prepared to help meet the blood needs of affected areas.

The Nor’easter has the potential to cause the cancellation of additional blood drives as it moves up the coast.

It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives before, during and after a disaster.

Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS and schedule your appointment today.

The response to Sandy is very large and very costly. The Red Cross needs your help now.

To donate visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

 Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional
support and other assistance to those affected.
 Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the
American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

November 7, 2012, Staten Island, New York. Red Cross emergency response vehicle patrols one of the most devastated areas of Staten Island looking for people who need a sandwich, a hot meal or something to drink. Photo by Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross.


November 6, 2012. Red Cross volunteers Jessica Elam and Gilbert Abney distribute meals from an emergency response vehicle in an affected community of Staten Island, New York. In photo: Ga;oma Genina, Sofiya Yauno and Jess Motorina. Photo by Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross



Metlar Introduces Innovative Neue Schule Bits in US

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

Metlar’s Neue Schule Bits


(November 2, 2012, Riverhead, NY) Metlar is pleased to distribute Neue Schule bits in the US beginning November 2012. In keeping with their goal to provide only the best quality equipment for horse and rider Metlar and Neue Schule promises, “inspired equine innovations” and delivers with a complete line of bits and accessories. Mette Larsen wants to share the best products from around the world and share her passion about horses and good riding.

Neue Schule offers an exciting and innovative range of high performance, superior comfort bits for all equines, covering all disciplines at every level from pleasure to Grand Prix. This is accomplished through bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies.  In addition the Neue Schule line incorporates a unique, sweeter, warmer metal. Neue Schule Salox gold has a high copper content and Neue Schule additives that maximize the warm and oxidation promoting salivation, mouthing, acceptance and communication.

After each bit is designed it is then tested on a variety of horses to gauge its effectiveness and fit.   All Neue Schule bits are the product of in-depth research and development from strength testing and chemical analysis to product trials and evaluation.  Neue Schule is constantly developing new designs and aspects to meet the needs of sport and performance horses and ponies.  Visit www.metlar-us.com to download the Neue Schule catalog for complete descriptions of all bits and accessories and to learn more about the exciting technology behind these products.

Mette Larsen, an avid dressage rider, founded Metlar Saddlery whose mission is to provide the highest quality premium performance equestrian products.  Currently, Metlar is the distributor for Neue Schule Bits in the USand imports limited edition belts and bracelets made by Schumacher in a variety of designs.  New product lines will be added in the near future.   For further information contact mlarsen@metlar-us.com or visit the website at www.metlar-us.com.  Dealer inquiries invited.

W.F. Young, Inc. Presents Donation to Two Equine Rescues as Part of Partnership with Equine Network’s A Home for Every Horse

November 07, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Boulder, Colo.—The rehabilitation and rehoming process for rescued horses takes an incredible amount of time and resources. To assist with this undertaking, W.F. Young, Inc. presented Lost and Found Horse Rescue of Germantown, MD and Omega Horse Rescue of Airville, PA with a donation of $1500 worth of Absorbine® and Equine America® products as part of an ongoing partnership with A Home for Every Horse.

Representatives of A Home for Every Horse presented the donation at two of the most prestigious horse shows in the country. Kelly Smith of Omega Horse Rescue was presented with the products at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA and Maria Anselmo, manager of Lost and Found Horse Rescue, received the donation at the Washington International Horse Show in Washington, DC.

“Lost and Found Horse Rescue is very grateful to have received this donation from W.F. Young and grateful that programs such as A Home for Every Horse exist to help equine rescues. Many of our animals arrive with their hooves and coats in poor condition and thus we are always in need of products to help rehabilitate them. Rehabilitating an equine is a very expensive undertaking. Thank you W.F. Young and A Home for Every Horse for helping us help them. We cannot do it alone!” said Maria Anselmo, manager of Lost and Found Horse Rescue.

The donation includes 24 cases of Absorbine® and Equine America® products designed to promote horse health and comfort. Included in the donation are products like Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment, Hooflex® Therapeutic Conditioner and Flex+ Max®. The package will also contain Equine America® products such as Fungasol® Shampoo, GlucoFlex® and B-L® Comfort and Recovery Support.

Jaime McKinley, vice president of Marketing & New Business Development, said, “We at W.F. Young strongly believe that every horse should have the opportunity for a caring and loving home. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to provide our products to rescue organizations on the front lines of helping homeless horses. These rescues are focused on bringing horses back to health so they can find their forever homes, and our Absorbine and Equine America products are designed to help horses feel and look their best.

“Participating in A Home For Every Horse allows us to honor the legacy of helping horses that was started by my great-great grandparents, who developed Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment to take care of their own horses. We’re honored to join the Equine Network and our fellow sponsors of A Home For Every Horse in this important initiative for the equine industry,” McKinley concluded.

A Home for Every Horse is a joint effort with The American Horse Council’s Unwanted Horse Coalition, which seeks to place, foster and sponsor America’s 170,000 unwanted horses. Partners of A Home for Every Horse include Tractor Supply Company, Purina Mills, WeatherBeeta, the Bureau of Land Management and W.F. Young. Nonprofit rescue organizations can post free listings on Equine.com, the industry’s largest website for buying and selling horses, trailers and farms. The Equine Network is using its connection with more than 1.5 million horse owners each month to promote the program.

To learn more about A Home for Every Horse and to view horses available for adoption, please go to www.ahomeforeveryhorse.com.

To learn how to sign up to list your shelter’s horses through A Home for Every Horse if you are a 501(c)(3), please go to http://www.equine.com/ahomeforeveryhorse_rescueadplacementguide.pdf.

To learn about sponsoring A Home for Every Horse on Equine.com, contact Dave Andrick: (717) 303-3790 ext. 1002. dave.andrick@equinetwork.com.

To learn more about Absorbine® and Equine America® products, please visit www.absorbine.com and www.equineamerica.com.


Nan Martin Announces New Training Course

November 06, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Nan Martin of Experience-Essential-Oils.com and Lexie

Using Essential Oils for People and their Animals

Nan Martin of Experience Essential Oils, an internationally known intuitive, animal empath and energy healer will be presenting a groundbreaking essential oil training course for people and animals at Birchwood Farm, home of Mindful Connections in Westhampton, Massachusetts on November 17 and 18, 2012.  The training class will offer live demonstrations and hands on training on several animals including dogs, cats, horses and goats. There is still time to register for this groundbreaking aromatherapy class.

Nan has extensive expertise in the use of therapeutic essential oils in humans and animals as an intuitive and equestrian professional. She specializes in selecting oils for emotional wellbeing but generally evaluates the whole animal during her consults. Nan is also a certified Raindrop Technique Specialist and hosts a weekly radio show on BlogTalkRadio.com called Change your Vibe with Nan Martin.

The first day Nan will present the importance of using therapeutic grade oils on animals in particular and the safety precautions for different applications. Participants will learn how to apply and select oils for physical conditions including as Lyme disease, stomach problems, skin conditions and various infections.

The second day Nan will focus on using therapeutic grade essential oils to improve our emotional wellbeing and that of our animals. She will explain and demonstrate how negative emotions and beliefs that are held in the body can affect our emotional and physical wellbeing. Nan will teach participants how they can use oils to clear anxiety, depression, grief and/or trauma in the body. She will also teach various methods in selecting oils and the pros and cons of each method.

This is the first time that training is being offered in one concise course. Most people looking for essential oil education have to sort through numerous books which can be overwhelming especially for those that are new to aromatherapy. Additional, information is contradictory and is not always available for using essential oils for animals making it even more difficult.

With that in mind Nan elected to offer a class that builds from the ground up and includes information that would be useful to the new or veteran essential oil user. She also encourages those who have holistic and animal practitioner businesses to attend the class as essential oils complement conventional and traditional modalities.

The cost of the two day event is $285.00 for pre-registration with a one day option of $160. Registration for this inaugural class is limited to facilitate hands on learning and filming of the class.

Nan will also be presenting on essential oils for animals at The Conference on Complementary Animal Healing the weekend before, November 11 and 12, 2012 in Boxborough, Ma.

For more information on both events and to register, please visit the website at www.experience-essential-oils.com. Nan can be contacted by phone at (561) 315-6334 or by email via the form on the website.