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Saddlebred Prize Money Increasedat Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

March 21, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

DEVON, Pa.—The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair has added prize money and local pleasure classes to an all star line up of Saddlebred and Hackney/Harness divisions.

 

The 117th edition of Devon runs from May 23 through June 2 and benefits Bryn Mawr Hospital, with proceeds to the Hospital approaching $15 million, over $50 million when adjusted for inflation.

 

Saddlebreds, Friesians, Hackney/Harness Ponies and Road Horses compete Wednesday, May 29 through Saturday evening, June 1, with their Stake/Championship classes Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and evening, culminating in the grand finale of this year’s Devon show, the Five Gaited Stake – Amateur to Ride.

 

Judging at Devon this year is Gene Vander Walt from Shelbyville, Ky., and Bob Moseder will be capturing the winning photos.

 

Prize money was increased in five classes, and the addition of a local English Country Pleasure class and a local Show Pleasure class compliment the initial schedule.

 

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair now offers $35,100 in Stake/Championship classes with no entry fee. Total prize money exceeds $40,000.

 

Also, new this year will be a Five Gaited Special/Challenge on Wednesday night with five or six top hunter/jumper riders showing a Gaited horse. This new format will hopefully be enjoyed by all who love a good horse, no matter what breed or discipline they come from.

 

 

The Carriage Pleasure Drive begins at noon, Sunday May 26, at St. David’s Church on South Valley Forge Road and proceeds through the neighboring streets, eventually arriving at the Devon Show Grounds for the final judging and Championship Drive-off.

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Four-in-Hand Coaching is competed Monday through Friday and will be judged by Bill Ginns of Leicester, England.

 

Come and enjoy the spectacular audiences who enjoy seeing a top show horse or pony.

 

Along with the increased prize money and additional pleasure classes, Devon continues to make the show better for Saddlebred exhibitors and trainers each year.

 

A large, brand new air-conditioned exhibitor’s lounge, complete with comfortable leather couches and chairs, is located under the grandstand between the schooling ring and the Dixon Oval.

 

The lounge offers light food and drink, live streaming of classes on two TVs plus wi-fi and cell phone and computer chargers.

 

Sarah Lange, a Saddlebred exhibitor, is hosting “Brunch in the Country” at her Willisbrook Farm on Sugartown Road in Malvern on Tuesday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to noon.

 

“We want the Saddlebred exhibitors to feel welcome and at home at Devon,” said Lange.

 

Lange’s trainer, Smith Lily of Mercer Springs Farm, author of the book “Saddleseat

 

Horsemanship” will speak at a luncheon in the Devon Club on June 1 from 11 a.m. to 12:30, discussing the art and athleticism of the Saddleseat discipline.

 

The traditional carriage and Saddlebred party will be held Friday evening, May 31.

 

The ticket office opens Monday, April 8 and will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

 

General admission is $10, with $5 for children and seniors. Reserved seating tickets range from $10 to $55, depending on the day and session.

 

Entries close April 22. Visit the website www.devonhorseshow.org for additional information.

 

Tryon Hounds Breaks Ground on New Home For Huntsman

March 20, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Tryon, NC. The Tryon Hounds broke ground on Saturday, March 16 on a new residence for their Huntsman. The new home will be constructed on the Tryon Hounds’ property located off of Little Mountain Road in Columbus, NC.

 

The ranch styled home will feature three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, family room, sun room and garage.

 

Tryon Hounds Members Turn Out To Break Ground on New Residence for Huntsman. Photo credits: Don West

Tryon Hounds Members Turn Out To Break Ground on New
Residence for Huntsman. Photo credits: Don West

 

“One of the most significant benefits when hiring a qualified huntsman is the housing package”, commented Bonnie Lingerfelt, Joint Master for the Tryon Hounds. “We have been fortunate to have Jordan Hicks as our huntsman for the past six years. This new residence will make a wonderful home for Jordan and his wife Jennifer and their daughter McKinsey”, added Lingerfelt.

 

Art Lazarus, a Tryon Hounds Board Member, and builder will oversee the construction along with the Building Committee. Over $40,000 has already been raised for the project.

 

“An investment in the Huntsman’s House is not only an investment in the future of the Tryon Hounds; but it is also an investment in our rich equestrian heritage that this area enjoys so well”, said Nelson Minnick, President of the Tryon Hounds.

 

Breaking Ground on a New Huntsman’s House. Pictured Left to Right: Art Lazarus, Dean McKinney, MFH, Louise Hughston, MFH,  Nelson Minnick, Kerry Holmberg, MFH, Jordan Hick (Huntsman), McKinsey Hicks, Jennifer Hicks, Bonnie Lingerfelt, MFH and Becky Barnes. Photo credits: Don West

Breaking Ground on a New Huntsman’s House.
Pictured Left to Right: Art Lazarus, Dean McKinney, MFH, Louise Hughston, MFH,
Nelson Minnick, Kerry Holmberg, MFH, Jordan Hick (Huntsman), McKinsey Hicks,
Jennifer Hicks, Bonnie Lingerfelt, MFH and Becky Barnes. Photo credits: Don West

 

For those people that are interested in making a donation to the Tryon Hounds Huntsman’s residence, please contact Nelson Minnick at 704-560-0429.

 

About the Tryon Hounds: The Tryon Hounds is one of the oldest and most prestigious hunts in the southeast dating back to the 1920s. In 1935, The Tryon Hounds was recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association and today enjoys an active and enthusiastic membership of riding and non-riding members that volunteer countless hours to various community projects. Foxhunting is the cornerstone of our equestrian heritage and helps to maintain the rural charm and rustic beauty; while adding directly to the region’s economic impact.

Intercollegiate Dressage Association’s 2013 National Championship

March 19, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center in South Hadley, Massachusetts and their dressage team will host over 100 riders from more than 20 colleges and universities throughout the United States at the Intercollegiate Dressage Association’s 12th annual National Championship on April 27th and 28th.

 

Four-member teams and individuals in each of the IDA’s four divisions–Introductory Level, Lower Training Level, Upper Training Level and First Level–are chosen from the approximately 600 student riders representing 55 colleges and universities across 9 regions of the US and Canada. Qualifying points are earned in IDA sanctioned competitions held throughout the academic year within each region.

 

Unlike traditional dressage competition where riders bring their own horses, IDA shows require the host school to provide the horses and tack, and riders randomly draw the horse they will compete on. This adds an additional element of challenge to the competition as riders are paired with unfamiliar horses, and allowed only ten minutes of warm-up time to establish a relationship before entering the show ring.

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This shared “element of surprise” brings a sense of team spirit to the sport of dressage not found anywhere else. “There is such camaraderie among the riders and the coaches,” says Lisa Moosmueller-Terry, vice president of the IDA and Virginia Intermont College’s dressage coach. “The competition is intense, but there is still such a sense of support from the other teams. We all applaud one another and are happy when the ribbons are well-distributed among riders from all of the regions.”

 

The IDA began in 1995 as an informal competition among a small group of colleges and secondary schools in the northeast. Michelle Hoffman, a Mount Holyoke student, conceived of the IDA concept and drew up the guidelines for calculation of team points, which, for the most part, are still used today.

 

Mount Holyoke College, Johnson and Wales University, Ethel Walker School, Williston Northampton School, Stoneleigh Burnham School and Savannah College of Art and Design were among the first school-sponsored programs seeking to develop dressage as a “team” sport. As the rapid international growth of dressage inspired greater development within college and secondary school riding programs there was increased interest in a more formal, national organization dedicated to increasing interest and participation in competitive dressage at the college and secondary school level.

 

In the spring of 2001, representatives from numerous colleges and secondary schools met at the first eastern region finals at Virginia Intermont College. They approved by-laws, elected officers and created the structure for the organization that exists today. In 2003, the IDA became a college-only organization. Mount Holyoke College hosted the IDA National Finals in 2008, and is excited for their return again in 2013. Among the numerous sponsors for the event are Custom Saddlery, Nutrena Feeds, Perri’s Leather, RevitaVet, Vespucci, Moxie, Dressage Today, the US Equestrian Federation, Westfield Whips, and Dover Saddlery.

 

Therein Lies a TAILRx

March 15, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Bernardston, MA (March 11, 2013) – ‘Educated horses’ were the rage of the horse age a century ago. Cunningly trained to cues as subtle as a magician’s sleight of hand, horses like Colonel Fred, the ‘horse with the human brain,” appeared to calculate math, spell, and play a tune on pendulum-like chimes. The era too was fascinated by natural curiosities, destined to inspire a young man named Robert Ripley to create ‘Believe It or Not!’ cartoons, and prompting Barnum & Bailey Circus to campaign a ‘hairless’ horse.

 

But the most natural beauty and star of his day in the turn of the 20th century spotlight was Victor. Campaigned as ‘The Greatest Show Horse in the World,” the light grey gelding had a patchwork of dapples down his glossy hindquarters, and a nearly-white mane measuring 21-feet long to accompany his equally-dramatic 18-foot tail.

 

The secret to Victor’s amazing locks may have been lost to history but for today’s horses and ponies who are the stars of their owners’ barns, the secret to a beautiful tail is no secret at all: it’s TAILRx.

 

How does TAILRx work? TAILRx is formulated for performance. Each product is uniquely developed with clinically tested ingredients and targeted, nurturing botanicals to restore, strengthen, and nourish the tail and mane, encouraging new, lustrous hair growth. Its three products work together to unclog follicles, relieve itchiness, fortify the hair and re-energize circulation. TAILRx delivers vital benefits for horses with tail and mane growth problems, as well as those needing to maintain optimum hair health and condition.

 

At the base of every follicle is the dermal papilla, a vital structure for instigating and directing hair growth. Located in the hair bulb, along with the matrix, the papilla contains tiny blood vessels that carry nourishment to hair. Hair is 90% protein, in particular a fibrous protein called Keratin, and a healthy flow of blood is essential to feed the cells that form Keratin.

 

An enzyme found in each follicle’s sebum-producing oil glands is also implicated in hair loss. This enzyme converts androgens into DHT, which binds to follicles, causing blood vessels to diminish and wither. In essence, choking off the follicles. By eliminating the natural debris of dead cells and sebum, TAILRx clears the way for stronger, healthier hair growth.

 

Your horse can be a victor in the battle for shiny, silky, beautiful tresses with TAILRx, from the stable of outstanding products presented by RS Bioceuticals. Dedicated to bringing targeted niche products, in categories that have traditionally been underserved or underrepresented, to equine and companion animal markets and health care, the RS Bioceuticals team of industry professionals represents more than a century’s worth of collective horse sense.

 

The RS Bioceuticals motto “Innovation thru Collaboration™” is based on recognizing the value and importance of relationships: “Knowing what we know and knowing what we don’t,” say founders Jim Ruder and Stacey Small, “allows us to use our manufacturing, marketing, sales distribution and product development relationships and experience to solve critical business challenges and build successful and viable product and brand solutions.” Don’t go it alone. Let RS Bioceuticals work with you. To learn more call 877-288-1760 or visit www.rsbioceuticals.com

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How Does TailRx Work?

 

TAILRx is formulated for performance. Each product is uniquely bred with clinically tested ingredients and targeted, nurturing botanicals to restore, strengthen, and nourish both tail and mane, encouraging new, lustrous hair growth. Together, these three products work to unclog follicles, relieve itchiness, fortify the hair and re-energize circulation. TAILRx delivers vital benefits for horses with tail and mane growth problems, as well as those needing to maintain optimum hair health and condition.

 

A DEEPER LOOK

 

At the base of every follicle is the dermal papilla, a vital structure responsible for instigating and directing hair growth. Located in the hair bulb, along with the matrix, the papilla contains tiny blood vessels that carry nourishment to the hair. Hair is 90% protein, in particular a fibrous protein called Keratin. A healthy flow of blood is essential to feed the cells that form the Keratin

 

THE DHT FACTOR

 

An enzyme found in the sebum-producing oil glands of the follicle is also implicated in hair loss. This enzyme converts androgens into DHT, which binds to the follicles, causing the blood vessels to diminish and wither. In essence, it chokes off the follicles, until they can’t survive. By eliminating the natural debris of dead cells and sebum, TAILRx clears the way for stronger, healthier hair growth.

 

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Sons of the Wind Farm Clinics Focus on Classical Dressage at Cornell University and Midwest Horse Fair

March 12, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Merrimac, MA – March 8, 2013 – The Sons of the Wind School of Equestrian Arts is gearing up for its 2013 Tour, where they will be conducting informational clinics for dressage riders and trainers, as well as showcasing the talent of their Lusitano mounts. The first stop of the tour will be at Cornell University from April 5-7, 2013, and then they will be traveling to the Midwest Horse Fair in Wisconsin from April 18-21. During these events, Sons of the Wind will be teaching clinics focused on helping riders make the best use of simple dressage exercises to improve their training.

 

 

 

The first clinic will focus on putting it all together. Sons of the Wind will emphasize the importance of developing the strength of performance horses through the Pendulum of Elasticity. They will teach the guests weekly dressage exercises, groundwork, and conditioning routines that will help ensure the health and potential of their dressage horses. The clinic will include recommendations on how to ride and train the horses through specific exercises as well as common mistakes and evasive behaviors,

 

 

 

There will also be a clinic about how to simple exercises such as leg yield improve pirouettes and changes. Sons of the Wind will reinforce the basics to achieve collection. They will also be observing and solving common mistakes and evasive behaviors that block collection progression.

 

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The final clinic will focus on strength training. Sons of the Wind will discuss when and why to introduce the piaffe/passage progression into your training. They will also focus on when to use the tool of long-lining and how this enhances the piaffe potential of a horse.

 

 

 

The Sons of the Wind Tour will also include Equine Affair in Ohio schedule for April 11-14, and the Minnesota Horse Expo, where they will also be conducting clinics. In addition to the clinics, Sons of the Wind will be performing a Quadrille and athletic movements including Airs Above the Ground for those in attendance.

 

 

 

The Lusitano was best known for its amazing athleticism as a loyal war horse, and then as a brave, bold mount in the bullring. Today, the modern Lusitano has found its way in to many disciplines including dressage. During the tour, Sons of the Wind will teach guests about the Lusitanos’ history, and also perform a traditional Quadrille. Using four talented Lusitano horses, the riders will perform a beautiful dressage test in sync with music and each horse. All of the horses and riders will be wearing traditional Portuguese attire and tack.

 

Sons of the Wind Farm Clinics Focus on Classical Dressage at Cornell University and Midwest Horse Fair. Photo Courtesy of the Client.

Sons of the Wind Farm Clinics Focus on Classical Dressage at Cornell University and Midwest Horse Fair. Photo Courtesy of the Client.

 

About Sons of the Wind:

 

Sons of the Wind School of Equestrian Arts currently has locations in Merrimac, MA, and Palm City, FL. Founded by Portugal’s Vitor Silva, Sons of the Wind and its affiliated schools were incepted in response to the need for an establishment capable of providing the rider the opportunity to experience and understand the correctness of all the movements of dressage. These establishments offer the training and schooling to horses and riders of different backgrounds and levels. Sons of the Wind is also a full service breeding facility for the talented Lusitano breed as it is very important for the growth of the school to keep training horses that could be great mounts and prospects for lessons and for sale.

 

For more information about Sons of the Wind School of Equestrian Arts please visit www.sonsofthewindfarm.com.

 

 

Aussie Super-Suit Up For Highest Equestrian Award

March 08, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Hidez compression suits literally burst through the equestrian door mid last year, debuting on local superstar thoroughbred sprinter, Black Caviar ahead of her much anticipated departure to Royal Ascot.

 

The cleverly produced compression suit Hidez engineered has ‘wowed’ the rest of the world with its optimal and positive results. So much so, they have been selected for the impressive nomination in Health and Care of the innovation awards at the 2013 Equitana in Germany later this month.

 

Hidez designer and founder, Matt Spice says “For myself and business partner Elwyn McCabe and family, also of Australia, this is such an honor and testament to all the hard work we have done both in time and money to get a suit to commercial sale for horses”. Matt and company CEO Elwyn have spent the past five years using revolutionary technology to produce the Hidez suit, designed to create a controlled graduated compression to an animal’s body to assist circulation, travelling, recovery and rehabilitation.

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Very positive results and testimonials are coming in from all angles of the globe as Hidez ‘suits-up’ many of the world’s top horses in various disciplines. Today, the hard-work has paid off and the directors of Hidez are now proud nominees of this notable, international award as they prepare to attend what will be, a very exciting next chapter for Hidez in equestrian sport.

 

You can be sure we’ll be seeing many more horses not leaving home without their Hidez suit. Hidez is now available in over 30 countries and offers online purchase, for more information on the Hidez travel and recovery technology, visit www.hidez.com.au

 

Nomination: Health and Care of the Innovation Awards

 

Location: Equitana- Equestrian Sports World Fair

 

Date: 16 – 24 March 2013

 

Where: Visitor Exhibition Centre Essen, Norbertstraße, Germany

 

For Hidez product and distributor enquiries please contact:

Hidez Head Office (02) 4577 8550 or sales@hidez.com.au

 

For media enquires please contact:

Matt Spice matt@hidez.com.au

Halliday claims emotional CIC* victory in Barroca

March 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Liz Halliday made the perfect start to her international 3-Day Eventing season at Barroca d’Alva in Portugal last weekend by winning the CIC* International with Blackie (Fernhill By Night).

 

The event was marred by sadness however when experienced fellow rider Bruno Bouvier suffered a fatal accident when his horse had a rotational fall during Saturday’s CIC** Cross Country. Liz had known and competed against Bruno for many years and the following day dedicated her victory to a respected and much-loved member of the international eventing community.

 

“Bruno was a true friend to all of his fellow competitors and a real ambassador for the sport of Eventing,” said Liz. “He really loved his horses and was a great rider, and we will all miss him dearly. My condolences go out to his family and everyone who was close to him; on Sunday we were all riding with him in our hearts.”

 

Blackie’s performance throughout the event did at least provide some positives to take away from an emotional weekend. A super performance in the Dressage ring on Thursday saw the pair seize an early lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the competition thanks to clear Cross Country and Show Jumping rounds.

 

Meanwhile there were also strong showings from Chailey Stud’s other two representatives against the 69-strong field in Portugal. Excellent Dressage and Cross Country tests from Cooley (HHS Cooley) saw him occupy fourth going into the final event, before a rail down ultimately dropped the pair to a still-impressive ninth place overall.

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And while Oscar (Viscount Oscar) couldn’t quite match the exploits of his stable-mates, a finishing position just outside of the top-20 still represented a commendable effort for his first competition of the season.

 

“It’s great to be back in Barroca and although we have endured a sad weekend the spirit of this great event has still held strong,” continued Liz. “I have always enjoyed starting the season here and it’s fantastic not only to have won but also finish with three horses in the first third of the field. Blackie’s Dressage performance was outstanding and he didn’t put a foot wrong thereafter, which was just as well considering how close we were to second place. I said before the competition that this was only a warm-up for the two-star event, but even so it’s always nice to come out and win at the start of the season.

 

“Cooley also tried hard and might have finished a bit further up the leaderboard were it not for our rail down in the Show Jumping, but the poor horse really didn’t have time to warm up properly with the tight time schedule so I am sure he will be even better in the competition this weekend. Oscar can be a bit spooky early-season and that caused him to have some rails down, but again I think he will improve in the next competition. All in all I am very proud of everything we’ve achieved so far in Portugal and can’t wait for the next round of competitions later this week.”

 

All three horses will remain in Barroca for this week’s international events that begin on Thursday. Blackie and Cooley will step-up to contest the CCI** competition while Oscar has been entered in the CCI*.

 

For more information about Chailey Stud Equestrian Centre, please contact Jo Warrilow: jo@equineeventsuk.com | 44 (0)7879 448501 | www.chailey-stud.co.uk

 

For more information on Liz Halliday, please visit www.lizhalliday.com.

Kerrits New Pro Dot Riding Shirt is an All-American Favorite

March 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Bingen, WA—Keep your cool and stride out of the crowd with Kerrits’ new Pro Dot Riding Shirt, built for “pro-formance” with technical fabric that combines with Ice Fil® panels for enhanced breathability and flexibility.

 

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The Kerrits design team did extensive testing to assure this technical shirt is pill-resistant, soft and pliable, yet can hold up to the rigors of intense riding. The Ice Fil® panels give extra stretch and freedom of movement through the arm and shoulder while helping to lower your skin temp by 2-5%. The fabric morphs your sweat into cooling energy so you’ll feel the difference! The shirt is meant to be worn on its own, not under a jacket or vest, as it needs to be exposed to air so the air-flow can work correctly to keep you cool and comfortable.

 

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Pro Dot Riding Shirt in Purple

 

“Kerrits is making a strong commitment to bring production back to the U.S. by using a domestic mill,” said Kerri Kent, owner and designer for Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel. “We’re proud that the fabric for our Pro Dot is American-made and the shirt is manufactured here in the U.S.”

 

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Pro Dot Riding Shirt in Black

 

The Pro Dot Riding Shirt’s relaxed fit is slimming and flattering on a variety of people with a contrasting athletic look, giving it distinct styling. Its stand-up collar is crisp without being stiff, giving you the pro look you desire and balanced enough so it can be worn either zipped—in combination with a stock tie—or unzipped as a polo shirt.

 

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Pro Dot Riding Shirt in Saddle

 

“This is a go-to riding shirt for everyday use, yet with a professional edge specific to the sport,” said Kent. “It also looks great with shorts and jeans so you can go anywhere and beat the heat.”

 

Pro Dot Riding Shirt

Colors: Saddle, Purple and Black

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL

MSRP: $54.00

 

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.

 

Two Incredible Evenings Honoring Paralympian Jonathan Wentz and the USPEA

March 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Thursday, March 7th

The United States Para-Equestrian Association Presents

“Inspire a Generation” private Benefit Party and Auction

Honoring Jonathan Wentz

Hosted by Rancho Valencia Resort

Rancho Santa Fe, CA

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Friday, March 8th

1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night

Hosted by the 2013 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI YJ3*

Del Mar, CA

Jonathan Wentz at the 2012 London Paralympics cheering his team on. Photo (c) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Jonathan Wentz at the 2012 London Paralympics cheering his team on. Photo (c) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Del Mar, CA-March 6, 2013- For two exciting evenings the late Para-Dressage rider and USPEA member Jonathan Wentz will be honored in the Southern California community. On March 7th The United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) presents “Inspire a Generation” private Benefit Party and Auction Honoring Jonathan Wentz Hosted by Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Guests will learn about the newly created Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund before enjoying delectable hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and entertainment by musician Mack Bailey. Patrons of this event will be given the opportunity to bid on the finest of auction items and experiences. Although the party is private any person may bid on the unique auction items.

 

 

 

Please contact Lisa at lblaufuss@dressageevents.com if you are interested in bidding on the auction items virtually or over the phone. The auction will commence at 7:00 p.m. (west coast time). Please view the list of auction items by clicking the link below.

 

You may download the list of auction items here: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1104450754567-609/AUCTION+DESCRIPTIONS_FINAL.pdf

 

 

Thursday, March 7th “Inspire a Generation” Benefit Party Honoring Jonathan Wentz Hosted by Rancho Valencia Resort Rancho Santa Fe, CA

 

 

 

What: “Inspire a Generation” Benefit Party Honoring Jonathan Wentz

When: March 7th

Where: Rancho Valencia Resort Rancho Santa Fe, CA

 

Cost: Tickets are sold out but the cost to bid on the auction items is free

 

 

About the USPEA Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund

 

The Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund was established to continue the dream of Paralympian Jonathan Wentz; to advance High Performance Para Dressage in the USA by supporting and encouraging Para Dressage Young Riders to set the goal of International competition.

 

At age 13 Jonathan set the goal of riding for the USA in the Paralympics. At age 16 he established a plan and budget to achieve his dream. In 2012, at the age of 21, Jonathan was able to achieve his dream of riding for Team USA in the 2012 London Paralympics earning the highest placing of all U.S. equestrians that competed in London. Another goal of Jonathan’s was to develop a Para Dressage Young Rider program to help grow and improve Para Dressage in the USA. His scholarship fund will be used to offset the cost of International competition for Para Dressage Young Rider’s and to encourage their participation enabling them to excel in their sport.

 

Scholarship funds will go toward Para Dressage High Performance Young Riders, ages 16 – 25, within the competition year, who are actively competing in International Para Dressage competitions, 3* and above.

 

Funds shall be awarded to help offset competition expenses up to $1,000.00 per competition to help cover entry fees including stabling and/or shipping (greater than 500 miles one way) costs for competition.

 

Guidelines for Application of JW Scholarship fund:

Athlete’s must submit a Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Grant Request form with expenses itemized, along with a copy of completed entry forms, invoices and/or receipts for consideration of scholarship funds, along with a list of their competition highlights, competition goals and competition plan/schedule for the current 2 years. (Example; 2013- 2014, 2015 – 2016) Scholarship funds are intended for direct payment of specific competition expenditures, entry fees, stabling, and/or shipping only. Checks made out to athlete or immediate family for reimbursement will require a completed W-9, and will be subject to the approval.

 

Scholarship funds may be awarded for a maximum of two CPEDI3* events per competition year with a maximum of $1,000.00 awarded per competition. Grants are subject to the approval of the USPEA board. Funds will be awarded based on “own horse” (according to FEI Para definition), distance to competition, number of competitions athlete is planning to attend in 2-year competition period, and/or number of applicants.

 

Friday, March 8th

1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night

Hosted by the 2013 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI YJ3*

Del Mar, CA

 

 

 

The Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI YJ3* will be hosting the 1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night March 8, 2013. This event will commence after the last class on Friday at the Del Mar Horse Park. The entire evening, featuring horse races, casino games, appetizers, and awards, will help benefit the Jonathan Wentz Scholarship Fund under the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA).

 

 

 

1st Annual Wooden Horse Race and Casino Night

 

What: Horse Races, Casino Night, & “Around the World” Appetizers

 

When: Friday March 8th (end of show day)

 

 

There will be 12 wooden horses available for purchase at check in. Trainers would make a donation for their horse of $50.00 and can decorate them to make them unique. Supplies will be available and payments collected by your Bookie/Barn Manager Lisa Vidov.

 

 

 

Display your horse in your barn area and solicit clients and friends to join your syndicate for a donation of $5/person. You can choose to make your investment back first or let it ride in the pot. There is no limit to the size of your syndicate. Proceeds will support the United States Para Equestrian Association.

 

 

 

On Friday, at the end of the show day, all horses will collect in the paddock (warm up arena) for display purposes. Then, when the bugle sounds, each trainer will parade their horse to the start gate and the race will occur down the FEI Jog lane. Winner and syndicate will get photo opportunity in the Rancho Valencia Arena with their horse and trophy presented during the Brunch on Sunday.

 

Prizes:

 

Best decorated horse

 

Largest syndicate

 

Best in show for the horse parade to start gate (great mover? crazy? lazy?)

 

Huge Engraved Trophy to winning trainer and syndicate

 

Support the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

 

Continue on to vendor row for “Around the World” appetizers and drinks sponsored by your vendors and try your hand at BlackJack, Craps or Roulette!!! Make a donation to the USPEA for $20.00 worth of chips/play money to use at Casino Night.

 

Real Dealers!

 

Real Casino Tables!

 

Free drawings for more prizes!

 

About United States Para-Equestrian Association:

 

 

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation board members, and equestrian enthusiasts. The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the para-equestrian umbrella.

 

 

 

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport. This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage para-equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

 

 

 

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian discipline. From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved. From local horse shows to international Paralympic Games, the USPEA will provide para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed. The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and USEF which provides Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

 

 

 

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF).

 

 

 

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: Wheeler966@aol.com or by phone: (610)356-6481.

 

 

 

To view an online version of this press release please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/

 

 

UCONN Hosting USPA National Girls’ Interscholastic Polo Championship Tournament

March 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WHAT: Kicking off polo’s version of March Madness, the University of Connecticut is set to host the United States Polo Association (USPA) Girls’ National Interscholastic Championship tournament March 7-10 in Storrs, Connecticut. Defending champion Maryland made their way back to the national tournament this year with a regional championship victory and will face strong competition from additional regional tournament winners UCONN, Culver, and Maui, along with wild card selectee Newport. The event will showcase the growing landscape of women’s polo, which is the fastest growing demographic of U.S. polo.

 

 

The USPA Girls’ National Interscholastic Championship tournament is part of the USPA Interscholastic/Intercollegiate (I/I) polo program, which has experienced tremendous recent growth in all facets including tournaments, teams and players. With the dedication of its participants and growing popularity surrounding the sport, I/I polo added 31 new teams from 2010 to 2012 for a total of 113 going into this season. The unprecedented expansion supports I/I polo’s mission to grow the sport by providing maximum exposure, recruiting collegiate and scholastic institutions and coordinate activities and organized competition.

 

WHEN: March 7-10, 2013

 

 

WHERE:

Horsebarn Hill Arena

2543 Horsebarn Hill Road

Storrs Mansfield, CT 06269

 

 

TEAMS:

Maryland – Freeland, Md.

UCONN – Storrs, Conn.

Culver – Culver, Ind.

Newport – Portsmouth, R.I.

Maui – Maui, Hawaii

 

 

SCHEDULE:

 

Day Time Game Matchup

Thursday 7 p.m. ET 1 Culver vs. Newport

Friday 5 p.m. ET 2 UCONN vs. Maui

7 p.m. ET 3 Maryland vs. Game 1 Winner

Saturday 11 a.m. ET Consolation Matches

6 p.m. ET Banquet

Sunday 10 a.m. ET Final Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner

 

 

 

MEDIA ATTENDANCE: Media outlets are encouraged to RSVP in advance to ensure space and accommodations are available. Additional details will be provided upon notification.

 

CONTACT: Ryan Boger

rboger@fwv-us.com

919-277-1166