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Frantisi: New Sponsor for Victoria Colvin

April 24, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Frantisi is the North American provider for Grand Prix Riding Apparel, Pikeur Riding Apparel, GPA Helmets, Eskadron Horse Equipment and Konigs Riding Boots.

It is with great pleasure we announce our latest signing of sponsored riders.


We are thrilled to have Victoria Colvin, the country’s preeminent Junior rider join our team. She joins an esteemed list that includes; Ian Millar, Mario Deslauriers, Leslie Howard, Schuyler Riley and Erynn Ballard.


15 year old Victoria has had numerous sponsorship offers, but decided to sign with Frantisi as Pikeur breeches, GPA helmets , and Grand Prix jackets are all products she loves and has been using for years. It is an ideal situation for both of us, as we are excited to have Victoria promote our brands knowing she truly believes in them.


Here are some of Victoria’s recent Accomplishments:

2011- Devon Best Child Rider.

2012. Devon Best Child Rider, and Best Child Rider in the Jumpers. The first time this double has been accomplished.

2012 Capital Challenge. Best Child Rider Hunter and Jumper.

2012 Swept indoors in Large Junior Hunters.

2012 Hunter Horse of the Year on Inclusive.

2012 National Champion 2nd Year Green.

CANTER To Honor Top Off-Track-Thoroughbred Competing in Rolex 2013

April 23, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

70% of CANTER Re-Training Program Graduates Find New Careers as Event Horses


Rockville, MD (April 22, 2013). CANTER will present a leather show halter donated by Five Star Tack and a beautiful custom cooler from Exquisite Equestrian to the top placing Off-Track-Thoroughbred (OTTB) competing in Rolex 2013. Rolex, held in Lexington, KY, runs April 25 – 28, 2013.


“We are very excited to present an award to the top performing OTTB and rider. This award acknowledges the commitment of owners and riders who recognize the athletic ability of ex-racehorses and have the foresight to take a retired racehorse and transform him (or her) into an incredible sport horse,” said Allie Conrad, executive director CANTER Mid-Atlantic. “This is our third year presenting such an award at Rolex and each year I am overwhelmed at the ability and heart that these horses show during this very challenging competition.”


Ex-racehorses going through the CANTER re-training program are evaluated for soundness, suitability and discipline. About 70% of the horses going through the program demonstrate the courage, athleticism and mental acuity to succeed as event horses in which they must be able to compete in dressage, stadium jumping and cross country phases of the sport. Many other graduates have found success in the hunter or jumper ring, as pleasure horses and even barrel racing.


The winners will be announced following the competition and posted to the CANTER web site www.canterusa.org.


To find an ex-race horse, volunteer, or to make a donation, visit www.canterusa.org.


About CANTER (The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses): CANTER provides a free sales listing service to racing trainers and owners to help them find non-race homes for their retiring racehorses. Some Chapters have incorporated a Phase 2 Program in which donated ex-racehorses are rehabilitated, retrained and rehomed. CANTER Chapters serve racetracks in Ohio, New England, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois. Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and the Mid Atlantic region and are approved to operate as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. Your Donations are tax deductible.


About Five Star Tack: Five Star Tack is a maker of finely crafted bridles, halters and breastplates. For more information, visit http://www.fivestartack.com/index.html


About Exquisite Equestrian: Exquisite Equestrian provides custom tack room equipment, accessories, and horse/dog clothing for show-circuit horse training businesses. For more information, visit http://www.exquisite-equestrian.com.


Leighton Farm hosts Clinic Series to benefit Thoroughbred Placement Resources

April 18, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

UPPER MARLBORO, Md., April 14, 2013—Leighton Farm begins a clinic series focused on the retraining of thoroughbred horses today. The clinics run through August 24 and all proceeds will benefit Thoroughbred Placement Resources, a non-profit organization which focuses on the retraining and placement of thoroughbred horses.



The clinics are designed to demonstrate the versatility and trainability of thoroughbred horses, as well as educating owners and addressing the specific needs of the horses. The clinics, lead by TPR’s founder, Kimberly Clark, will introduce horses, riders and owners to new disciplines, such as event riding, show riding and pleasure riding.


“Often times when the sale or adoption of a retired racehorse goes wrong it is because the new owner or trainer either does not understand what a retiring racehorse knows or they lack the correct training techniques to provide their new horse a good training foundation,” said Clark. She believes these clinics are the first step in educating the trainers and owners.


Clark founded TPR in November 2007 and has successfully transitioned approximately 800 thoroughbreds from the racetrack to new careers and homes. Clark combines her 25 years of experience with principles developed by other renowned coaches, such as Elizabeth Madlener, Jim Wofford and David Loman.



The clinics are broken down into three sections. Retraining 101 and Retraining 102 build on each other and explore the fundamentals of transitioning a thoroughbred into a new career. Retraining 201 is more personalized, focusing on the needs of each individual horse. Retraining 101 and 102 cost $25 each. Retraining 201 is $35. Pony Clubbers and Young Riders may attend Retraining 101 for free.


“Maryland has no retirement program for their retiring racehorses,” said Clark. “These horses are dependent on private organizations and people like us to help them.”


For detailed information about each clinic and to register, e-mail Trainer@LeightonFarm.com. All proceeds from the clinics will benefit TPR.


Leighton Farm uses intelligent and effective methods to retrain former racehorses, allowing them to flourish in their second careers. Leighton Farm is a sponsor of TPR.


TPR is a 501(c)(3) charity that exists to improve the lives of thoroughbred racehorses through a comprehensive, multifaceted approach. TPR successfully transitions and retrains racehorses for other disciplines and strives to improve the

reputation of the thoroughbred by providing education and support.


For more information, please contact Kimberly Clark at Trainer@LeightonFarm.com, or call 301-579-6898.

Kerrits New Multi-functional garments designed for women who love to ride!

April 18, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'







Audi Ends 2013 High Goal Season With 12-8 Loss To Defending U.S. Open Champion Zacara

April 17, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WELLINGTON, FL-April 14, 2013—Audi, given new life when Coca-Cola eliminated Zorzal, went down fighting Sunday in the quarterfinals of the 109th Maserati U.S. Open in front of a packed crowd at Isla Carroll East.


Leading 5-2 early in the third chukker, Audi lost its momentum in the fourth chukker and was unable to regain its composure ending its rollercoaster season at the hands of defending U.S. Open champion Zacara.


Zacara opened the second half with its best horses and outscored Audi 5-1 in the fourth chukker to defeat Audi, 12-8.


Audi's Nico Pieres goes after the ball with Zacara's Mike Azzaro and Magoo LaPrida defending and Audi teammate Jeff Hall backing up his teammate. Photo credit Alex Pacheco.

Audi’s Nico Pieres goes after the ball with Zacara’s Mike Azzaro and Magoo LaPrida defending and Audi teammate Jeff Hall backing up his teammate. Photo credit Alex Pacheco.

“I think we felt we had as good a chance as anyone,” Audi team captain Marc Ganzi said. “Recognizing this side of the bracket eventually meets Valiente, we felt there was a pretty clear path to get there if we could get through this game. This was the toughest game.”


Zacara 10-goaler Facundo Pieres, playing against brothers Gonzalito and Nico Pieres, led all scoring with nine goals including four in the fourth chukker.


The Pieres brothers along with Ganzi won the 2009 U.S. Open.


“We are in to win this tournament,” Facundo Pieres said. “It’s hard to play my brothers. It’s not nice to play against them. I am very happy for myself but feel really bad for them.”


Zacara (4-0), one of only two teams left undefeated in the 11-team tournament, will play Alegria (2-1), 10-9 winners over ERG (2-2) in Wednesday’s semifinal game at 4 p.m.


Valiente (5-0), 15-12 winners over Orchard Hill (1-3) will play Coca-Cola (2-2), 11-10 winners over Lechuza Caracas (2-2) in the other semifinal at 2 p.m.


“The first half we missed a lot of goals, five or six goals,” Zacara team captain Lyndon Lea said. “We knew that the odds were if we kept playing the way we were playing eventually they would come. Audi is a good team. There are no simple games in this tournament.”


Audi 10-goaler Gonzalito Pieres drives downfield with brother and 10-goaler Facundo Pieres of Zacara in hot pursuit. Photo credit Alex Pacheco.

Audi 10-goaler Gonzalito Pieres drives downfield with brother and 10-goaler Facundo Pieres of Zacara in hot pursuit. Photo credit Alex Pacheco.

Ganzi was forced to come out the fourth chukker when he lost the feeling in his right arm. Ganzi has been playing with a broken thumb, bruised arm and knee injury this season.


Wellington High senior Juancito Bollini, 16, replaced him for one chukker and defended well against former 10-goaler Mike Azzaro. Ganzi returned to the game in the fifth chukker but by then Zacara had found its momentum.


“It was unfortunate, my muscles had shut down and I just needed 15 minutes to get some ice and electro-stimulation,” Ganzi said. “I got my power back but I had no grip. My muscles had fatigued and cramped.”


Ganzi opted not to take the 15-minute injury timeout and sent Bollini in.


“I figured Juan could get out there and fill in pretty well,” Ganzi said. “He had filled in pretty well all season. It’s not on him. They came out after making a really nice halftime adjustment on the throw-ins and that opened up the space for them.


“With Mike Azzaro up front he was able to peel off, go receive passes and score goals again,” Ganzi said. “That’s what this team does well. When Mike scores, they win. When you shut Mike down you cut off their scoring and then you’re forcing Facundo and Magoo (LaPrida) to shoot from long distances. That’s what we tried to in the first half and it worked.


“We had a really good game plan to neutralize Magoo but the fourth chukker gave them life.”


Like many of its 26-goal games this season, it was a rollercoaster ride for Grand Champion Polo Club-based Audi against Zacara playing well the first half and then digging itself out of a hole in the second half.


“This was the defending U.S. Open champs, we knew this was going to be a tough, tough match-up,” Ganzi said. “We felt this was an even game inside the field.


“It’s the story of the season, close a bunch of times. We have some good chukkers and some bad chukkers. We win the first, second and third; we lose the fourth badly, we tie the fifth and lose the sixth. There’s your game.”


For Audi’s Jeff Hall, one of America’s top players rated at 7 goals, it was the end of a long season. Hall will now return to Texas where he plans to compete in 14-goal polo.


Audi team captain Marc Ganzi going for the ball while playing with a broken right thumb and protective white sleeve on right arm. Photo credit Alex Pacheco.

Audi team captain Marc Ganzi going for the ball while playing with a broken right thumb and protective white sleeve on right arm. Photo credit Alex Pacheco.

“I think we played a really good first half,” Hall said. “They made some good changes at halftime. They put Facundo in the back and Mike up front. They won a bunch of throw-ins. Their tactics were different.


“It was tough losing Marc in that chukker, that was uncontrollable. We were with the plan, we were playing well and we had rhythm. Everyone was pretty focused. We missed some back shots in the fourth. They just really outplayed us, the fourth chukker got us.


“It was a tough season,” Hall said. “It just seemed like we never got our rhythm 100 percent.”


Nico Pieres led Audi scoring with five goals including two on penalty shots. Gonzalito Pieres had three goals, all in the second chukker. In addition to Facundo Pieres nine goals, Azzaro had two and LaPrida one goal.


Asked what he was doing the remainder of the month Ganzi said, “I am going to try and relax.” He plans to undergo knee surgery later on this year and will rest his right arm and broken thumb.


On Thursday, Grand Champions Polo Club-based Piaget will play Faraway for the Hall of Fame Cup at 4 p.m.


The U.S. Open Polo Championship, first played in 1904 at Van Courtland Park, celebrated 100 years in 2004. It is one of three major polo tournaments worldwide along with the British and Argentine Opens. It is also the third jewel of U.S. polo’s 26-goal Triple Crown that includes the C.V. Whitney Cup and USPA Piaget Gold Cup.


Since 1996, the U.S. Open has been held in South Florida. In 2005, Julio Gracida added to the Gracida family’s combined record of 36 U.S. Open Polo Championship wins.




Wednesday, April 17, U.S. Open Semifinals, 2 and 4 p.m.


Thursday, April 18, Hall of Fame Cup final, Piaget vs. Faraway, 4 p.m.


Sunday, April 21: 109th Maserati U.S. Open final, 3 p.m.




WHERE: On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington.


INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi and Piaget. Everyone is welcome to watch polo in a relaxed atmosphere during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the International Cup in November, Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament in March, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League International Tournament, both in April.


Nation’s Best Compete for Interscholastic Equestrian Association Championship

April 17, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Cleveland Heights, Ohio—April 12, 2013–More than 350 of the nation’s leading middle school and high school equestrians will converge on The Coliseum at New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 to compete for top honors in Hunt Seat Classes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals (IEA). The student-riders will travel from across the United States to participate in the completion. Dover Saddlery and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) co-sponsor the championship event.


The competitors represent 184 teams from eight zones throughout the United States that competed in numerous shows during the 2012-2013 school year. The teams and individuals that accumulated the highest number of points within each zone qualified for the IEA National Finals from a total membership of more than 8,000 riders.


Riders will compete in Hunt Seat Equitation classes, over fences and on the flat, throughout the weekend. The format requires that riders compete in unfamiliar tack on unfamiliar mounts; therefore, they draw their horses the day of competition and enter the arena after a brief, if any, warm-up.



• Friday–6-7:30 AM Schooling of horses; 7:30 AM Varsity Open Draw and Course Walk; 8:30 AM-5:00 PM (approximate) Competition


• Saturday–6:30-8 AM Schooling of horses; 8 AM Varsity Open Draw and Course Walk; 9 AM-2 PM (approximate) Competition; 2 PM Varsity Open Championship Class followed by Award of IEA Leading Hunt Seat Rider; 3 PM Parade of Teams (All IEA teams, coaches and riders scheduled to appear in arena); 3:20 PM Presentation of National Sportsmanship Award (Student-rider) and the IEA Lifetime Achievement Award (Adult); 4 PM – 6 PM (approximate) Competition


• Sunday-6:30-8 AM Schooling of horses; 7:30 AM Holy Innocents Horsemanship Finals; 8 AM Open and Intermediate Draw; 9 AM-12 PM (approximate) Hunt Seat Team Semi-Finals; 12 PM –3 PM (approximate) Hunt Seat Team Finals Competition; 3:00 PM Awards Ceremony


In addition to the IEA competition, informational sessions and demonstrations will be offered throughout the weekend from several IEA sponsors including: AQHyA (American Quarter Horse Youth Association), NRHA (National Reining Horse Association), USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) and USPC (United States Pony Club). Several colleges that specialize in equine studies will be in attendance, as well.


The entire event will be streamed live by EPCO Productions through the IEA website www.rideiea.org or directly through the link: http://www.livesportsvideo.com/golive/goliveevents.asp?q=TheEPCoGroup&name=guestfree.


Founded in 2002, The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, and to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels.




Roxane Lawrence-Willoughby, Ohio

Wayne Ackerer-Delaware, Ohio

Myron Leff-Columbus, Ohio

Timothy Boone, Esq.-Columbus, Ohio

Ollie Griffith-Plain City, Ohio

CURRENT IEA PRESIDENT is: Emily Zientek-Tyrone, Pennsylvania



Ice-Vibe: Prevention, Recovery, Rehabilitation

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

KINSTON, North Carolina (April 8, 2013) – Horseware® is happy to announce the addition of Ice-Vibe Hock and Ice-Vibe Knee to the revolutionary Ice-Vibe range.


Ice-Vibe Hock and Ice-Vibe Knee are designed to help prepare horses’ legs before exercise and reduce soreness and swelling after exercise.

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Ice-Vibe works by cleverly combining the effects of cooling therapy with massage. Cold packs help to cool tissue and control inflammation, while massage helps to stimulate the lymph system to reduce soreness and promote healing. This dual circulation therapy can be extremely effective for treating strains, ligament damage and tendon damage, without causing any pain to the horse.


Massage creates a similar effect to that of a horse moving about while grazing, making Ice-Vibe perfect for horses on stall rest.


Everyday wear and tear on joints and tendons can be managed with daily use of the boots, and rehabilitation through injury can be achieved more effectively.


Many top riders and trainers are now using Ice-Vibe boots. International eventer Doug Payne says: “Ice-Vibe boots…will quickly make regular ice boots a thing of the past. I’ve been using the Ice-Vibe boots and our horses’ legs have never been better following strenuous workouts. I couldn’t be happier with them.”



For more information, please contact Horseware® Ireland at:

Email: info.usa@horseware.com

Ph: 800-887-6688

Web: www.horseware.com <http://www.horseware.com> <http://www.horseware.com>



About Horseware

Tom and Carol MacGuinness founded Horseware® Ireland in 1985 in Dundalk, Ireland. After months of research and hand stitching the prototype, the established Rambo® Original was born, setting the standard for modern blanket design. Today, Horseware® is a leading manufacturer of clothing for horses and riders and continues to make the most innovative products on the market. The Rambo® turnouts are still manufactured in Dundalk. Horseware® employs 125 people in Ireland, 250 people in the two factories in China, 80 people in Cambodia and 36 people in the USA.


Visit our website for more information, www.horseware.com


White House Recommends Removal of Horse Slaughter Funding in Proposed 2014 Budget

April 11, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Animal welfare organizations support move to block spending


WASHINGTON (April 10, 2013)—Congress could once again ban the use of federal funds to inspect horse slaughter plants in the United States if it follows the lead of the White House—a move that is strongly supported by The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI). President Obama’s FY 2014 budget proposal includes a request for Congress to block spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect U.S. horse slaughter plants. A similar spending prohibition was put in place in 2005, which effectively shut the door to the grisly horse slaughter industry on U.S. soil. However, it was not renewed in 2011, leading to the potential for horse slaughter plants to reopen in the U.S at the expense of American taxpayers.


There are no horse slaughter facilities operating in the U.S., but the USDA confirms it has received at least six applications and is processing those requests. Humane organizations oppose the slaughter of American horses for human consumption because the practice is inherently cruel to horses. Additionally, horse meat poses a potential human health risk, as horses are not raised for food in the U.S. and are consequently treated with a wide range of drugs that are not approved for use in animals intended for human consumption.


Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said: “It’s a fool’s errand to inspect tainted horse meat, and this Administration is wise to reject that path and to embrace the idea, even indirectly, that horses belong in the stable and not on the table.”


Nancy Perry, senior vice president of the ASPCA, said: “It is wonderful to see our government taking steps to ensure American horses are not slaughtered on our own soil for foreign demand, especially in light of the daily news from Europe about the horrors of discovering horse meat in their food supply from co-mingling with beef in tainted food products. Wasting tax dollars on cruel and dangerous practices makes no sense, and we urge Congress to adopt this budget cut.”


Chris Heyde, deputy director of government and legal affairs for the AWI, said: “Now that the administration has taken this important step toward ending horse abuse, reducing the size of the federal government, and saving taxpayer dollars, we urge Congress to swiftly ensure this widely supported language is maintained when sent back to the president for his signature later this year. Given the serious fiscal choices facing our elected officials in Washington, restoring an unpopular foreign driven horse slaughter industry that only serves to drain taxpayers’ money every year, this should be the easiest spending cut they can approve.”


The Safeguard American Food Exports Act, H.R. 1094 / S. 541, introduced this year by U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Reps. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., is a bipartisan measure that would prevent the introduction of horse slaughter operations in the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat.



• American horses are raised to be companions, athletes and work horses. They are often treated with drugs, both legal and illegal, that can endanger the food supply. There is currently no system in the U.S. to track medications and veterinary treatments given to horses throughout their lives to ensure that their meat is safe for human consumption.

• “Kill buyers” gather up horses from random sources and profit by selling horse meat from healthy horses that bring the best price per pound for their meat. USDA reports show that approximately 92 percent of American horses going to slaughter are healthy and would otherwise be able to go on to lead productive lives.

• The methods used to kill horses rarely result in quick, painless deaths, as horses often endure repeated blows to render them unconscious, and sometimes remain conscious during the slaughtering process. When horse slaughter plants previously operated in the U.S., the USDA documented severe injuries to horses incurred during their long-distance transport to slaughter plants in unsafe, overcrowded trailers, including broken bones and eyeballs hanging from their sockets by a thread of skin.


Media Contacts: HSUS: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

ASPCA: Maureen Linehan, 646-706-4602, Maureen.Linehan@aspca.org

AWI: Chris Heyde, 202-446-2142, chris@awionline.org


About the HSUS

Subscribe to Wayne Pacelle’s blog, A Humane Nation. Follow The HSUS on Twitter. See our work for animals on your Apple or Android device by searching for our “Humane TV” app.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We’re there for all animals, across America and around the world. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty – on the Web at humanesociety.org.


About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


About AWI

The Animal Welfare Institute (www.awionline.org) is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1951 and dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people. AWI engages policymakers, scientists, industry, and the public to achieve better treatment of animals everywhere—in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home, and in the wild. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and other important animal protection news.


Introducing the New Athena Collection by Grand Prix

April 10, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

We are proud to introduce the New Athena Collection from Grand Prix. North Americas leader in riding jackets


The Athena Collection adds innovative trims to our incredibly popular TechLite Classic Sport 3 button, and Euro Sport 4 button jackets. The TechLite series has quickly taken over as our most popular fabric due to its great feel, incredible light weight and ease of care. All Grand Prix Jackets are proudly made in North America.


The pictures attached show the details of what is available. The attached order form indicates all possible combinations.


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We intend to promote the new jackets via our facebook page, and will also soon have key riders wearing the jackets.


The Athena collection will be available Mid June 2013.


For further information, please contact:

Stuart Bassin

Vice President.


stuart@frantisi.com / www.frantisi.com / info@frantisi.com

Sons of the Wind Farm Features Exhibitions and Classical Dressage Clinics in Midwest Tour

April 05, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Merrimac, MA – April 2, 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 perform simple exercises such as leg yield and 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.


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.


Vitor Silva of Sons of the Wind School of Equestrian Arts

Vitor Silva of Sons of the Wind School of Equestrian Arts


The Sons of the Wind Tour will also include Equine Affaire 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.


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 Vitor Silva, Sons of the Wind provides students 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 young horses that could be great prospects for lessons and for sale.


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

Photo Credit: Vitor Silva of Sons of the Wind Farm. Photo Courtesy of the Client. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.