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Heidi Degele Selected to Ride in Steffen Peters Clinic

December 13, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Heidi Degele and Lakota were selected to ride in the Steffen Peters clinic at the Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex, organized by Ilse Schwarz and hosted by Amy Swerdlin. (Photo courtesy of Heidi Degele)

Wellington, FL (December 11, 2012) – USDF Gold medalist Heidi Degele was honored to be invited to participate in Steffen Peters’ most recent clinic held at the Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex, organized by Ilse Schwarz and hosted by Amy Swerdlin.  Degele was one of only a few riders selected for this limited-space opportunity, and she was excited to have the chance to work with Peters on her goal of developing the 7-year-old American Warmblood, Lakota, to Prix St. Georges.

“Lakota is extremely playful and talented,” describes Degele. “He loves to show off his piaffe, especially when I don’t want it.  He’s like a big kid!”

Peters acknowledged this endearing personality trait of Lakota’s during the clinic when he rode the horse himself.  This understanding helped Degele work the horse better throughout the clinic to both of their advantage.  “I really enjoyed the intense two days, and so did Lakota,” she continues. “We worked on everything including quality of trot, trot half-passes, perfectly straight flying changes, and canter half-passes and pirouettes.”  Degele also explains that Peters emphasized to keep things simple, and he instructed her to make the ride easy and simple by doing less.  “He asked me to give the horse an aid, and then have the horse listen to that aid for at least 10 meters before giving another aid,” she describes. Degele felt that Peters really wants to put enough finesse and detail into the sport, so that the rider’s aids become minimal.  “It’s about a more effective leg aid, said Degele.  “Steffen also wanted a very steady contact, and again a focus was put on ‘less is more’ when it came to aids.”

During the clinic, Degele told Peters that her goal was to do the developing PSG with Lakota this year and qualify for the final in Chicago.  Degele had qualified for and been invited to the 2012 Developing Horse Grand Prix Finals with Shantal Rox, an 8-year-old Sandro Hit mare.  She is excited to continue to work with Lakota throughout the upcoming season, along with the other horses and clients she has in training.  Lakota is a 17.1 beautiful black gelding, bred by Mary Sue Jacobs and owned by Mesa Farms.  Degele also hopes to qualify Don Fredo, an Oldenburg gelding owned by Jessica Beier, MD, for the 6-Year-Old Championships in 2013.

Currently, Degele has several adult amateur client horses in for the season, including one client, Cara Broderick, who flies her horse, Duval, from England to be shown and then returns back home for the summer.  She has two client horses staying at Lars Peterson’s barn for the season, who Degele herself trains with on a consistent basis in Florida.  In addition to working with Peters, she also attends clinics with Hubertus Schmidt whenever he comes into town. Degele trained with Schmidt for 3 years in Germany (2004-2007) with her stallion, Ramiros.  She also bought another M level horse while there named ‘Everybody’s Darling.’ She finished training her to Grand Prix with Schmidt, and brought her to USA to win a her USDF Gold medal.

For more information about Degele, visit her website at www.heididressage.com


December 13, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Champion Team – Penn State, in their trophy “Snuggies” – L to R: Samantha Frable, Lauren Powers, Jessica Mitchell, Jessica Hanlon, Brendan Weiss, Allison Healy, Haleigh Boswell, Madeline Fass, and Coach Malinda Grice

Penn State’s Brendan Weiss won both the first class and the last class of the 2012 Holiday Tournament of Champions, December 8 at Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio.  His first win was in Open Fences, and it put his team into a lead that they never relinquished.   His final win made him the Tournament of Champions Medal winner, capping a remarkably successful day for the Penn State team.


In between Weiss’ two wins, there were exceptional rides from nearly the whole team – in schedule order:  blue ribbon from Haleigh Boswell in Novice Flat; red ribbon for Brendan Weiss in the Open Flat; blue for Jessica Mitchell in Walk Trot;  red for Maddy Fass in Intermediate Flat; and a blue ribbon in Novice Fences for Samantha Frable.


Virginia Intermont made a run at Penn State for awhile, as did Delaware Valley, but halfway through the day it was pretty evident that everyone else was scrambling for a Reserve Champion ribbon.  That red ribbon ended up in the hands of SCAD Coach Ashley Kelly.  Savannah College of Art and Design had two firsts and a second late in the day to climb from the back of the pack to pass many of the old standards and claim the Reserve Champion prize with 30 points.  Two points back was Virginia Intermont, followed by Del Val and Bridgewater – along with Mount Holyoke, any one of those would have been a good bet to win.  Penn State and SCAD would have gone off at higher odds, although both placed in the top seven at IHSA Nationals last spring, and Penn State beat Del Val at Zone 3 Finals last year.


Mount Holyoke was one of the surprises of the day.  Always one of the top Tournament teams – 2011-12 Series Champs, and having won the Preseason Classic back in September, after placing 4th at Nationals last year, they would have been the favorite to win it all.  But then the show began…  star open rider, Lexie Lohrer in Class 1, came in crooked and bulging to jump number 4 and stopped!  It shook the Holyoke tree, and after a couple more goose eggs, Holyoke found themselves halfway finished and with only 4 points.  It was too much to recover, and they finished out of the ribbons for the first time in recent memory.  Coach CJ Law will rally the troops and make a comeback in the Winter Classic, and they still have a good shot at retaining the Series Champion trophy, with one more chance to add to their 42 point winning performance Goucher in September.


Three pleasant surprises were the trio of Sacred Heart, Ohio University, and Otterbein – the 6th, 7th, and 8th Place teams, respectively.  This is Sacred Heart’s highest placing ever in a national level event, having won their region and made their Tournament debut last year.  Ohio U breaks into the Tournament ribbons occasionally, and still train with the same coach who won the IHSA National Championship with Ohio U in 2002,  but they are chasing Otterbein in the regional standings this year.  Otterbein has not won the Regional Championship since the 1980’s, but they’ve won 5 of 6 IHSA shows this fall, and hold a substantial lead over perennial leader, Miami of Ohio.  The one show Otterbein failed to win this year?… Ohio State won it.


If there was one distinguishing feature of this Tournament of Champions, it was the success of BOYS!  The top three riders in the Tournament Medal class were Penn State’s Brendan Weiss, Blake Roberts of Virginia Intermont, and Doug Masters, riding for the University of Kentucky.  I will go out on a limb and say this is an absolute first time in collegiate riding that a national level championship has been led by three men.  Masters went into the final test in the lead, but couldn’t hold on and dropped to 3rd place after a bobbled jump.  Blake’s Virginia Intermont teammate, Danielle Clark, tested in 4th place and finished in 4th place.   Mount Holyoke’s September 2012 Tournament Medal Champion Lexie Lohrer finished 8th.  Del Val’s Ciara Menkens, twice before Medal Champion, failed to make the finals, despite having won the Open Flat class.  Four classes were won by boys, including Weiss and Roberts winning both sections of Open Fences, Ohio U’s Justin Martin winning the Walk Trot, and then the boy-sweep of the Medal class.


ETS Medal Champion Mollie Kowalchik (second from left) of Loveland, Ohio, with IEA coaches Jim and Gwen Arrigon (who also happen to be the producers of the Tournament of Champions Series), and her IEA teammate Maddie Davis of Troy, Ohio – Reserve Champion in the ETS Medal.

The ETS Medal featured three top high school riders who were well known to college coaches from their previous Tournament of Champions performances.  In the Fall of 2011, the last time Tournament was at Otterbein, Rachel McConnell of Powell, Ohio had won the ETS Medal.  Mollie Kowalchik had placed 2nd behind McConnell, and Maddie Davis took 3rd place in that Medal class.  This time around, Mollie Kowalchik came out the big winner, with her IEA teammate, Maddie Davis, in Reserve Champion.  Both ride on the Beckett Run IEA team with Coach Jim Arrigon.  Kowalchik, a junior at Loveland High School in the Cincinnati area, is the third Kowalchik sister to ride for Beckett Run – middle sister, Emily, is the Team Captain for Cornell, and oldest sister Melissa rode in NCAA for Southern Methodist University.    Maddie Davis is just a sophomore.  Kowalchik won a $5000 Scholarship to Virginia Intermont College, one of three they will award this season at Tournament of Champions.


The judge for the December 8 event was George “Skip” Thornbury, USEF Large R judge from Cincinnati area.  As a USEF “R” he judges extensively, including the Winter Equestrian Festival, Devon, Winter Classic in Gulfport, Washington International, and innumerable IHSA shows.  Skip judged the 2012 IEA Nationals.  He sits on the Board of both USHJA and USEF, is Treasurer of USHJA, and was President of Ohio Hunter Jumper Association for 20 years.  He was looking for a workmanlike, functional, classically styled rider who would ride the horse forward down the lines.


Weather for the event was unseasonably warm, with a high around 60 degrees by the end of the show, and rain.  Ohio is in the “grey” season, which begins about November and lasts till spring.  Otterbein’s Knowlton Equestrian Center is a fabulous facility, and made a comfortable home for the 21st Annual Holiday Tournament.


Following the Holiday Tournament, the final installment of the Tournament of Champions season will be the Winter Classic, to be hosted January 26, 2013 by Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia.  The Series Championship will be awarded at that show.  Series point standings are below, and are tabulated from the two best scores of the three-show series.


Upcoming Equestrian Talent Search events will be January 12-13 at Mount Holyoke College, and April 13-14 at Bridgewater College in central Virginia, followed by summer events at Randolph College in Virginia, and others.  Readers can find new dates and latest information on the Equestrian Talent Search facebook page.

Otterbein was hosting the Tournament for the second time.  Centenary College in New Jersey has hosted the Tournament most often, – 5 times – and will host Holiday Tournament again in 2013.  The host of the first Tournament of Champions show was Lake Erie College in Ohio.  Tournament Producer and IHSA National Secretary Jim Arrigon said the impetus for Tournament came when he coached the Miami of Ohio team in the 1990’s.  “We would win the region easily each year, and then get totally embarrassed at Nationals… The Midwest was SO far behind the east coast in the quality of competition, but we created our own competition through the Tournament. The first Tournament included about a dozen teams – the top Midwestern teams like Miami, Purdue, Lake Erie, Findlay, but also eastern teams who were willing to make the trip… teams like Virginia Intermont, Penn State, and Mount Holyoke.

“It worked!  The quality of the Midwestern teams increased drastically quickly, to the point that Miami, Findlay, Lake Erie, Purdue, and all found high placings at Nationals within a few short years.  Ohio University even won National Champions team!  I think Tournament of Champions can claim some credit for increasing competitiveness in collegiate riding! “


Results from the Holiday Tournament of Champions follow.  Photos attached: credit Noelle Davis, Troy Ohio.  More photos and complete results available upon request.


For information about Tournament of Champions or Equestrian Talent Search, contact IHSA National Secretary Jim Arrigon at jimarrigon@hotmail.com



Photo file attached.  Champion Team – Penn State, in their trophy “Snuggies” – L to R: Samantha Frable, Lauren Powers, Jessica Mitchell, Jessica Hanlon, Brendan Weiss, Allison Healy, Haleigh Boswell, Madeline Fass, and Coach Malinda Grice.




Champion:      Penn State University                         38 points

Res. Champ:   Savannah College of Art and Design   30

3rd                    Virginia Intermont College                  28

4th                    Delaware Valley College                     26

5th                    Bridgewater College                            25

6th                    Sacred Heart University                     24

7th                    Ohio University                                  23

8th                    Otterbein University                          21

Boston University                              20

Virginia Tech                                       18

Mount Holyoke                                  16

Otterbein “B team”                             15

Tufts                                                   14

University of Connecticut                  12

University of Delaware                      12

University of Kentucky                     12

Ohio State                                           11

Vanderbilt                                           7

Drexel                                                  7

Rutgers                                                7

St. Mary-of-the-Woods                      5

West Virginia                                      3


T of C Medal Results

Champion       Brendan Weiss, Penn State

Res.Champ     Blake Roberts, Virginia Intermont

3rd                    Doug Masters, Kentucky

4th                    Danielle Clark, Virginia Intermont

5th                    Devin Walthers, SCAD

6th                    Jessica Ropelewski, Virginia Tech

7th                    Lily Zarella, Boston U

8th                    Allison O’Neill, Mount Holyoke

9th                    Katie Gray, Sacred Heart

10th                  Lexie Lohrer, Mount Holyoke








ETS Medal Champion Mollie Kowalchik (second from left) of Loveland, Ohio, with IEA coaches Jim and Gwen Arrigon (who also happen to be the producers of the Tournament of Champions Series), and her IEA teammate Maddie Davis of Troy, Ohio – Reserve Champion in the ETS Medal.


ETS Medal Results

Champion:      Mollie Kowalchik, Loveland OH

Res. Champ:   Maddie Davis, Troy, Ohio

3rd                    Savanna Hajdasz, Amston CT

4th                    Jessica Pierce, Strongsville OH

5th                    Olivia Sehlhorst, Troy OH

6th                    Justice Ramsey, Oxford OH



2012-2013 Tournament of Champions Series Leaders

(best two scores from three-show series)

Virginia Intermont                   67 points

Delaware Valley                      58

Mount Holyoke                      58

Bridgewater                             56

Penn State                               38

Randolph                                33

SCAD                                     30

Goucher                                  25

Sacred Heart                            24

St Andrews                             23

Otterbein                                 21

Boston U                                20

Clinton Anderson and SmartPak Join Forces

December 12, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'


Downunder Horsemanship, home of clinician Clinton Anderson, is proud to add SmartPak to its team of sponsors. At the beginning of the year, SmartPak will take a presence at Clinton Anderson Walkabout Tours and Clinton will join the company’s “Team SmartPak” of outstanding trainers and competitors.

For over 13 years, the SmartPak system has simplified supplements, helping thousands of riders keep their horses happier and healthier. Understanding that helping horses stay healthy and performing their best requires a sound nutritional program, SmartPak is committed to offering supplements that provide targeted solutions to help offer additional support or to manage a particular problem. Their very own SmartSupplements line includes over 60 supplement solutions, ranging from joint to hoof supplements and much more.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with a world renowned trainer and clinician like Clinton Anderson who puts so much emphasis on good horsemanship and horse care, the core values that we as a company try to align ourselves with. SmartPak powers healthy horses and happy riders and that’s a great compliment to Clinton’s mission of helping people have better relationships with their horses. He has really revolutionized horse training with his Downunder Horsemanship Method; giving horse owners around the country unprecedented access to the training tools they need to be successful with their horses,” explains Rebecca Goss, VP of Western Marketing at SmartPak.

Clinton adds, “Needless to say, we’re very excited to join forces with SmartPak in our effort to continue to help horse owners develop the best partnership with their horses. We’re a natural fit together, given our shared focus on excellence in all aspects of horsemanship and horse care. And beyond that, I just love their product – I’ve been using SmartPaks for my personal horses, and it’s unbelievable how they’ve organized and simplified the feeding process.”

SmartPak was founded by riders and horse owners who ride and show Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, Polo, Eventing, Reining, Western Pleasure and have logged many miles trail riding. In addition to the SmartPak supplement system, the company offers a broad line of horse health and rider items, dog supplies, and equine and canine pharmacy items sold through the company’s catalog, website and retail store. For more information or to shop SmartPak’s full selection of products, visit www.SmartPak.com or call toll free at (800) 461-8898.

About Clinton Anderson and Downunder Horsemanship

Clinton Anderson is a clinician, horse trainer and competitor. He’s dedicated his life to helping others realize their horsemanship dreams and keeping them inspired to achieve their goals. The Downunder Horsemanship method of horse training is based on mutual respect and understanding and gives horse owners the knowledge needed to become skilled horsemen and train their horses to be consistent and willing partners. Clinton instructs horsemanship clinics, presents Walkabout Tours across the country, produces a television show, hosts an internet TV website and is constantly creating comprehensive study kits and training tools to make learning horsemanship as accessible and easy as possible. Discover for yourself how Clinton and the Method can help you achieve your horsemanship dreams at www.downunderhorsemanship.com.


About SmartPak

Founded in 1999, SmartPak is the country’s largest online and catalog retailer serving the needs of the active and engaged horse owner. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has simplified the process of feeding horse supplements and medications, making it easier for thousands of riders to keep their horses healthier by ensuring their supplements are being fed correctly.

SmartPak’s diverse and expansive product offering includes its own line of supplements, tack and horse blankets as well as an extensive selection of leading brands of equine health, apparel, tack and equipment. A seven-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list. SmartPak’s customer service has received an “Excellent” rating from STELLAService, a leading independent reviewer. In 2011, SmartPak was awarded the Bizrate Circle of Excellence Platinum Award. SmartPak is backed by Waltham, MA-based North Bridge Growth Equity.




TDF Announces Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award Recipient

December 12, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Susan Hancock


December 10, 2012 – Susan Hancock of La Vernia, Texas, received the fourth annual “USDF Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award” at the Great American/USDF Region 9 Championships held in Katy, TX, November 1-4, 2012.  She received a $5,000 award for demonstrating adherence to sound dressage principles and the ability to communicate these principles so that students develop themselves and their horses in a logical, progressive and humane way up through the levels.

“The methods that Susan used to weave dressage theory into her lessons, along with guidance on the rider’s position, was one of the main reasons that Susan’s application was selected [by the National Selection Committee],” said Meg Flemming (TX), originator of the award.

The Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award was established at The Dressage Foundation in 2009.  The purpose of the award is to showcase and honor excellence in dressage teachers.  Dressage instructors are nominated by students or peers, and then submit an application that is reviewed by a prominent Selection Committee.  In addition to being a USDF Region 9 member in good standing and a Region 9 resident, the recipient must also demonstrate adherence to sound dressage principles and have the ability to communicate these principles of training so that students develop themselves and their horses in a logical, progressive, and humane way up through the levels.  The recipient should also have a reputation for honesty, integrity, and community service.

“The ongoing support of our donors makes the Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award possible!  Without the dedication of our donors in Region 9, this Award would simply not exist,” said Melissa Filipi, Development Director for The Dressage Foundation.  “This Award not only showcases excellence in dressage teaching, it also highlights the vision and commitment of dressage enthusiasts in Region 9.”

The Dressage Foundation provides stewardship services for this award.  Filipi went on to say, “Everything that we do at the Foundation is possible because of our donors, and for that we are very grateful.  We wish to say thank you to each and every one of them!”  For more information about the Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award or The Dressage Foundation, please contact the Foundation at (402) 434-8585 or visit the Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award page.

More Than Good Horse Sense: IHSA Rider Among Rhodes Scholars for Second Time in Two Years

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

Fairfield, CT- December 5, 2012- Stride for stride, solid horse sense leads to scholarly achievement. For the second time in two years. the Rhodes Trust has awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association college equestrian athlete to pursue post-graduate study at Oxford University.

This year’s recipient is IHSA hunter seat rider, Rachel Kolb, of Los Ranchos, NM, who is in her second year as president of the Stanford Equestrian Team, and co-terminal year at Stanford (CA) University (i.e., she will graduate this year with a BA in English/minor in Human Biology and a Masters in English).

Kolb is Stanford’s 2012 IHSA Regional Champion in Intermediate Flat and Fences, and has twicehelped bring the team to the national Top Ten: At the 2010 IHSA Nationals, in Team Intermediate Fences, where Stanford finished fourth, and again at the 2011 IHSA National Championships, in Team Intermediate Flat (Stanford placed sixth).

Rhodes Scholar, Rachel Kolb aboard Ronny


In the classroom, Kolb earned an 2011 IHSA/EQUUS Foundation Scholarship and, in 2012, was recognized as an IHSA Senior Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient, and led Stanford to the first Team IHSA All-Academic Award (since the creation of the distinction in 2011). Elected as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa, she is managing editor of the Leland Quarterly, a campus literary magazine, and an opinion columnist for The Stanford Daily. At Oxford, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Contemporary Literature.

“I feel extremely honored to have received the Rhodes scholarship, and I am looking forward to studying at Oxford over the next two years,” Kolb replied via an electronic interview.  “The news is still sinking in, but I’m already hoping to find a way to ride while in England. I had the opportunity to study abroad at Oxford during my junior year at Stanford, which I loved, so I feel very fortunate to have the chance to return.

“Seeing my trainer, Meredith Houx Remiger (as well as Albuquerque trainer, Elani Rager) ride in high jumper stakes and local Grand Prix inspired me in my youth, and I’ve loved the chance to learn from all my coaches while at the Stanford Red Barn.”


During her time at Stanford, Kolb has built a unique bond and a second language with her IHSA coach, Vanessa Bartsch.  “As Rachel has been deaf her whole life, she is remarkably adept at managing in the ring and out,” said Coach Bartsch.  “After coaching her for four years, signing to her seems completely normal. I sign to her (while speaking) in all of her lessons, when she is working in the barn, and at team meetings.


“That said, my signing causes a fair amount of hilarity for Rachel, because of my mix-ups and made-up signs.  So much so that it has a bit of a life of its own: instead of ASL (American Sign Language), Rachel jokes that I use VSL (Vanessa Sign Language).”

For coach and student, it has been a learning curve ridden together. Bartsch explained, “ASL is comprised of a limited vocabulary of signs, and there are no signs for things like ‘trot’ or ‘gallop,’ let alone ‘impulsion,’ ‘counter-canter,’ or ‘bran mash.’ Rachel and I developed our own vocabulary so I can coach her in lessons and in the show arena.


“It’s always funny when she tries to teach horse signs to the interpreters who sign for her when I’m not there, as some signs, such as ‘trot’ and ‘toilet’ look remarkably similar!  None of the interpreters are horse people.  They are used to signing in a classroom, so they’ve had a steep learning curve about where to stand in a dressage lesson (in the middle, though they report 20 meter circles make them dizzy) versus a jumping lesson (not in front of a fence).”


Kolb said, “I’ve never viewed my deafness as an impediment to riding, especially since the horses never mind. Having such supportive teammates and coaches, particularly people like Vanessa who make communication so easy, has allowed me to take full advantage of opportunities on the team. Sign language has embedded itself into the team culture in various ways, which has been tremendous fun.”


Kolb is not the first IHSA college equestrian athlete to be named a Rhodes Scholar.  In 2010, Gabrielle Emanuel of Dartmouth College (NH) was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University. Emanuel – who majored in history at Dartmouth before graduating summa cum laude  – used her scholarship to pursue a doctorate in Development Studies, focusing on ethical perspectives in international development. A Rufus Choate Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, she rode on the Dartmouth IHSA equestrian team and competed as a Walk-Trot rider, while also working to provide health care to Boston’s homeless, help rural Ugandans attend American universities, and support microfinance in India.


Sally Batton, head coach of the Dartmouth equestrian team, remembered Emanuel for her focus and drive, and for committing herself as an active member of the IHSA team while remaining involved in many other activities.


“She really had great self motivation to get a job done,” Batton said. “She was and is totally capable of doing everything she sets her mind to.”


Bartsch sees a parallel between the high standards of the Rhodes Trust and success as a collegiate equestrian athlete.  “Thanks to our amazing organization, which welcomes all types of riders, Rachel flourished not only as a rider but as a leader. She told me that she was asked about riding–and the IHSA–in her Rhodes interviews.  I think it speaks to the heart of what we/IHSA do best: allow student athletes to flourish in the ring and the classroom. The experience they get showing, riding, and leading contribute to the trajectory of their lives, regardless of their background or unique challenges.


“There are so many parallels between what the IHSA teaches. ‘Catch riding,’ or learning how to bring the best out of any horse/job/situation/class, is a skill that stays with young people for life.”
Rhodes Scholars are chosen for their outstanding scholarly achievements as well as their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever careers they choose. The Rhodes Scholarship is a prestigious post-graduate award established in 1902 after the death of famed diamond magnate, Cecil Rhodes, and is intended, according to the Rhodes Trust website, www.rhodesscholar.org, to bring outstanding students from around the world to Oxford.
To learn more about IHSA, collegiate equestrian teams, and scholarships, visit www.ihsainc.com http://www.ihsainc.com .


“My favorite school horse at Stanford is probably Kandinsky (barn name “Ronny,” the big chestnut I’m riding in those photos). He’s a wonderful, big equitation horse unlike anything I got to ride before joining the team. He’s been around and done everything, so he knows how to march into the arena and do his job, but he still requires a smart, conscious, and balanced rider to allow him to feel comfortable and perform his best. He’s a true pleasure to ride”


Photos of Ms Kolb on SU’s Ronny courtesy Stanford Univ/IHSA


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. Learn more at www.ihsainc.com , and connect with more than 6,800 student riders and coaches on Facebook and Twitter @IHSAin


Attend NYC Premiere of the Film Saving America’s Horses: A Nation Betrayed and Festivities

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

December 1, 2012 –New York, NY- New York’s QUAD Cinema, IMA Studios, WFLF Humanion Films and The Triumph Project are proud to present the provocative new documentary Saving America’s Horses: A Nation Betrayed produced, written and directed by filmmaker Katia Louise.


Featuring revealing interviews with distinguished veterinarians, trainers, academics, investigators, policymakers and members of the equine community, including Paul Sorvino, Linda Gray, Tippi Hedren, and Willie Nelson, the film addresses a question that recently prompted the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, to threaten to “punch out” a reporter who asked him if “any changes need to take place in the system in terms of safeguarding America’s wild and domestic horses.”


Louise and her organization, the Wild for Life Foundation, ask the same question in her investigation of the economic, environmental, public health and ethical issues surrounding the slaughter of both wild and domestic horses for their meat. As she notes, the cost of round up and removal of wild horses from the public lands and holding them long term continues to increase (now budgeted at more than $40 million a year);


European demand for horsemeat continues to be satisfied illegally; the unregulated slaughter of horses pollutes the land and brings pain and suffering to the animals.


Bringing together a wide spectrum of hard-hitting and opposing viewpoints, the film lays down evidence for the full cadre of objectionable behavior, including deception, cruelty and profiteering. The victims run the gamut, from those who eat the meat filled with carcinogens and harmful drugs, to the horses themselves−wild horses poached from government land, Thoroughbred race horses who pass through the system into oblivion, or domestic horses who outlive their welcome and are sent to slaughter. Saving America’s Horses: A Nation Betrayed is a compelling and provocative rallying cry for justice and integrity.


Cast: Paul Sorvino, Linda Gray, Tippi Hedren, Ken Wahl and Willie Nelson


Saving America’s Horses: A Nation Betrayed Fast Facts:


Advance Tickets: http://www.savingamericashorses.org/petermaxreception.html

One ticket gets you into your choice of two or three events. Space is limited. Reserve now.


Activities and Showtimes:




Hosted by Peter & Mary Max, and Katia Louise

Date: December 6, 2012

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Peter Max Art Studio


37 West 65th Street, 7th Floor, NY, NY


Each ticket to the Peter Max Reception includes complimentary admission to one of the Friday/ Saturday shows, and the ticket from that show will get each ticket stub holder into the party on Saturday night.

Famed Artist Peter Max to Donate Art Work to benefit Wild for Life Foundation’s Saving America’s Horses.


$75 VIP Access: Peter Max Reception, The Movie and The Triumph Project Opening Party


$25 General Admission: Peter Max Reception, The Movie and The Triumph Project Opening Party


RSVP by December 5, 2012 Entry by guest list only, tickets must be purchased in advance.

Reception VIP & Celebrity List Requests, please RSVP to
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Official Opening Night Premiere

Date:  Friday, December 7, 2012

Time:  7:15 p.m.

Director Katia Louise in person for Q & A

(Free posters to the first 50 ticketed people seated for this show)


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Saturday Evening Opening Show

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Director Katia Louise and cast members in person for Q & A

(Free posters to the 1st 50 ticketed people seated for this show)


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Official Saturday Opening Night Party at W Hotel-Union Square

Hosted By the Triumph Project

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012

Time: 9:30-11:30 p.m.

Place: “The W” Union Square, Studio 1, 2 & 3

201 Park Avenue South New York, New York 10003

Red Carpet walk and photo ops
Champagne, Wine, Beer, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres & Deserts
Admission with any ticket stub from NYC’s opening of Saving America’s Horses: A Nation Betrayed, the movie


The Quad Cinema in New York City/ Manhattan

Opening Week Roll-out

Dates: Friday-Thursday, December 7-13, 2012

Show times: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 10 p.m. daily


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2013 Global Dressage Forum North America: Dressage’s Most Significant Educational Experience

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

Wellington, FL-December 1, 2012-The 2013 Global Dressage Forum North America (GDFNA), the world’s largest and most important educational symposium for international dressage, will be held January 28-29 at the Palm Beach County Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, FL.


Dressage trainers, riders, officials and serious dressage enthusiasts from around the globe will gather at this first annual event immediately following the CDI5* World Dressage Masters/Wellington Classic Sunshine Challenge CDI3*.


The Global Dressage Forum North America (GDFNA) will feature the world’s top dressage educators presenting training demonstrations by international and Olympic champions, revealing an in-depth insight into what makes their methods so successful.

Buy your tickets today by calling 1-561-227-1525 or log onto www.GlobalDressageForumNA.com for ticket information or www.wcd.ticketleap.com/gdfna to purchase tickets.


General Admission tickets: $350 (for two days general admission)
VIP tables: 8 Seats per table @ $300 per person per day


2013 Global Dressage Forum North America Fast Facts
What: A two-day educational program, January 28-29, 2013, featuring four lecturers, six clinicians and 12 panelists. Dressage training techniques for the development of horse and rider are analyzed and presented in both practical and theoretical sessions. Forum topics also include the latest developments in horse management, veterinary practices and sports sciences.


Where: The first annual GDFNA will be held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, Okeeheelee Park South, 7500 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL,



Schedule of events:

Monday, Jan. 28, 2013                     Afternoon program   1:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

Evening program      7:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013                     Afternoon program   1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Evening program      7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.


For a complete schedule of events, log onto www.globaldressageforumna.com/event-program


Presented by:

DressageClinic.com and Wellington Classic Dressage

Andreas Stano, Executive Director, DressageClinic.com and

Global Dressage Forum North America

Noreen O’Sullivan, President, Wellington Classic Dressage


Schleese Saddlery

Thin Line Products LLC
Website: www.GlobalDressageForumNA.com


Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Global-Dressage-Forum-North-America



Clinicians: Ingrid Klimke, Steffen Peters, Wolfram Wittig and Rudolf Zeilinger, Arthur Kottas and Bo Jena will present and demonstrate theories, philosophies and methods on the training and development of dressage horses and riders.


Lecturers: Dr. Hilary Clayton-maintaining soundness in the dressage horse; Dr. Grant Moon-shoeing the competitive dressage horse; Dr. Ina Gosmeier-natural medicine and acupuncture for the sport horse; Dr. Juan Samper-the art and science of breeding a dressage horse.


Panelists: Christoph Hess, Stephen Clark, Wim Ernes, Gary Rockwell, Lendon Gray, Sue Blinks, Anne Gribbons, Kathy Connelly, Betsy Steiner, Leslie Reid, Jan Ebeling and Felicitas von Neumann Cosel.


Education partners:

Dressageclinic.com members, members of USDF and Dressage Canada and select associations (including New England Dressage Association, Wisconsin Dressage & Combined Training Association, Georgia Dressage & Combined Training Association, Illinois Dressage & Combined Training Association, Gold Coast Dressage Association) will provide their members with a 15 percent discount. See websites for details.


Media inquiries:

Phelps Media Group International

12012 South Shore Blvd., Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414

Mason Phelps or Sue Weakley

561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)


Media Credentials:

Phelps Media Group International
12012 South Shore Blvd., Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414

Carrie Wirth

508-698-6810 (phone)
508-698-6811 (fax)



Call 1-561-227-1525 or log onto

www.GlobalDressageForumNA.com for ticket information or www.wcd.ticketleap.com/gdfna to purchase tickets.


General Admission tickets: $350 (for two days general admission)
VIP tables: Eight seats per table @ $300 per person

**The Global Dressage Forum North America is a unique educational forum organized for the betterment of the sport for North American riders and trainers, and is not related to, or affiliated with, the Global Dressage Forum of the Netherlands.