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GGT -Footing™ introduces a new blend with Lycra Fibers

May 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

GGT- Footing™, the equine division of Polysols Corporation is introducing a new blend of material geared towards the Do it Yourself Arena Owner.


In the past our high quality textiles have competed successfully in a market filled with cheaper products.


One of the challenges we have experienced is clients who have existing sand that is not up to par for our mainstream GGT Footing Products.


This new blend has thirty percent of fibers created by twenty percent Lycra, (elastic fiber) and ten per cent polyester fiber in a black color. The DIY blend is a multi -colored geo textile that easily blends with most levels of sand products. The lycra allows for more energy and bounce, while also binding and blending to the sand .The same high level geo textile is used and this blend also has the ability to deflect the glare from the sun due to its color scheme.


The retail cost is .93 cents per pound which makes it the least expensive GGT Footing textile with 30 Percent fiber on the market.


GGT- Footing used a local farm outside of Aiken, SC as the test arena.


Christina Jason from Southland Stables in Salley, SC was the first to blend the DIY mix.


By using the DIY and a GGT- Footing groomer, a rototiller and a good vibrating roller they were able to blend the


GGT- Footing product into their existing sand by themselves with beautiful success.


Their drainage prior to the installation was very good and afterwards the stability of the sand was greatly improved in many areas that had before felt too deep.


Christina and her fiancé run a large scale hunter, jumper and polo sales barn.


The option of an arena with great footing helps when Christina is working the sales horses, especially over jumps as there is less concussion than when jumping on the grass area that is used when flatting and schooling the polo ponies.


The Lycra elastic fiber can also be purchased separately as a component to existing arenas or new installations.


We also offer a dust control product called Dust absorber.


Not all textiles are created the same; some have fiber glass and other products in them.


GGT- Footing ™ Company prides itself on its level of quality control and safety to horse and humans.


For more information on GGT Footing ™


Contact: Cynthia Brewster-Keating at sales.east@polysols.com


Or call 864-804-0011




Cavalia Presents Its Latest, Entirely New Creation Odysseo to the Boston Area in Somerville,MA this Summer

May 30, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

SOMERVILLE, MA (May 30, 2013) – The internationally acclaimed Cavalia pushes the limits of live entertainment once again with its second production: a 30-million dollar extravaganza that is wowing critics and audiences alike across North America. Cavalia’s Odysseo will make its New England premiere in the Boston area on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. The exclusive engagement will play under the White Big Top at Assembly Row in Somerville, at the intersection of Interstate 93 and Route 28. Tickets for Cavalia’s Odysseo are now on sale online at www.cavalia.net or by calling 1-866-999-8111.




With its latest creation, Cavalia marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. A veritable revolution in live performance, Cavalia’s Odysseo features 67 horses and 46 artists in a larger-than-life theatrical production that sends hearts racing. This breathtaking ode to horse and man, imagined by one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, is an absolute feast for the eyes that succeeds in delivering the spectacular with soul.


TICKETS – Ticket are priced from $34.50 to $139.50 + applicable taxes and fees. For a memorable evening, the Rendez-Vous package offers the best seats in the house, exquisite buffet-dinning before the show, open bar, deserts during intermission and an exclusive visit of the stable after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a luxurious tent alongside the White Big Top. The Rendez-Vous package prices range from $154.50 to $219.50 + applicable taxes and fees.


ABOUT CAVALIA INC – Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Cavalia Inc. operates two separate touring shows, Cavalia and Odysseo, both of which marry the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects. Cavalia, seen by some 4 million people across North America and Europe since its 2003 debut, celebrates the relationship between humans and horses by loosely recounting the evolution of this bond. Odysseo, which premiered in autumn 2011, takes the next step, leading viewers on a journey through some of the breathtaking landscapes horses have helped humans discover around the globe. Follow Cavalia Inc.’s latest developments at www.twitter.com/Cavalia or www.facebook.com/Cavalia.



WHAT:                Cavalia’s Odysseo

WHEN:                 Premieres Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 8pm

WHERE:               Under the White Big Top, at Assembly Row in Somerville, at the intersection of Interstate 93 and Route 28 — 201 Assembly Square Drive, SomervilleMA  02145

TICKETS:              Available now at www.cavalia.net or by calling 1-866-999-8111. $34.50 to $219.50 + applicable taxes and fees. Special pricing and packages also available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+).

INFO:                    www.cavalia.net



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EQStable™ app by Zoetis available on the Apple® App Store®

May 30, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Equine education, management tips and resources all on your iOS mobile device 

MADISON, N.J., May 30, 2013 — Horse owners can track and share rides with friends, get the latest equine news and log vaccinations, deworming and dental exams with the EQStable™ app, by Zoetis.


“The EQStable app was developed by horse owners, for horse owners. The Zoetis Equine Team is excited to share this tool that allows you to create a virtual stable on your phone, making it easy to manage your horse’s health care while being fun at the same time,” said Kate Russo, marketing manager, U.S. Cattle and Equine Marketing, Zoetis. “Plus, with EQStable, you can track and share your favorite rides and stay up to date with the latest equine news from TheHorse.com.”


The EQStable app is available to download for free in the Apple® App Store® and includes the following key features.


My Stable prompts horse owners for information about their horse or herd to create individual horse profiles and manage their needs, from vaccinations and exercise to shoeing and deworming. The app automatically creates reminder alerts for upcoming events or appointments.

Track My Ride gives riders the opportunity to track and save their rides with a ride history log. Riders can name each route and specify the horse they rode and share their ride with friends on Facebook®.

Calendar stores dates of competitions, horse health appointments and events.

TheHorse.com News lists the latest equine industry stories, which users can read with one easy click.

Horse Health features tips on deworming, vaccination, dentistry and shoeing for a horse or herd.

GlobalVetLINK provides on-the-go access to digital health certificates (eCVIs), digital EIA (Coggins) certificates and GoPass® six-month passports.

Products lists photos and general information about each Zoetis product.

Settings lets horse owners tailor their social media share settings and which alerts they want to receive for appointments, events and notifications.

Notifications allows horse owners to receive important information, updates and promotions.


Another feature coming soon:

Veterinarian Finder, powered by GlobalVetLINK, will provide an interactive map to search for equine veterinarians and gas stations within a specified area.


“We all want to maximize our time in the saddle, which requires a healthy horse. The EQStable app can help you achieve both by centralizing pertinent horse health information in the palm of your hand,” Russo said.


Download the app for free on the Apple App Store by searching for EQStable.


To learn more about Zoetis and the EQStable app, visit zoetisUS.com/EQStable. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/EQStable or on Pinterest® at pinterest.com/EQStable.



About GlobalVetLINK (GVL®)

GlobalVetLINK was founded in 2001 and is the nation’s leader in electronic animal health records, providing intuitive online certification solutions that enable animal health practitioners to quickly and accurately create professional health records. Animal health practitioners and their clients can manage their records at any time and from anywhere with Internet access. GlobalVetLINK system uniquely connects veterinarians, animal owners, animal diagnostic laboratories, industry partners, and government officials to improve overall animal wellness and safety. GVL’s services embrace both companion and food animal health practitioners to establish protocols that will help improve their business in all aspects including saving money and time.


About Zoetis

Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting customers and businesses focused on raising and caring for livestock and companion animals. Building on a 60-year history as the animal health business of Pfizer Inc., Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services.  The company generated annual revenues of $4.3 billion in 2012.  It has more than 9,300 employees worldwide and a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 29 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for livestock and companion animals in 120 countries.  For more information, visit ZoetisUS.com.


Media Contacts:
Wendy Irvine Wynnie Zuchowski
Zoetis Bader Rutter & Associates
973-660-5624 262-938-5473
wendy.irvine@zoetis.com wzuchowski@bader-rutter.com

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May 30, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'


Spruce Meadows Summer Tournaments to Host New CSIO Event, Record Entries Expected

May 30, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Calgary, AB, Canada – May 29, 2013 – Spruce Meadows, home to some of the most prestigious and popular show jumping events in the world, is excited to welcome the best riders to their summer tournaments, which begin on June 5 and continue with five tournaments through July 14, 2013. Along with an unparalleled venue, riders can look forward to fantastic prize money and the opportunity to gain world ranking points, Rolex FEI World Cup™ qualifying points, and the chance to help their country qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Series Final.


Starting with the ‘National’ CSI 5* Tournament on June 5-9, competition features include the Spruce Meadows Canadian Show Jumping Championship™, the $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix on Saturday, June 8, and the $175,000 Nexen Cup 1.60m derby on Sunday, June 9.

The ‘Continental’ CSIO-W 5* Tournament will run from June 13-16, with complimentary admission and parking for spectators. The ‘Continental’ Tournament will hold the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix, a Rolex FEI World Cup Qualifier, on Sunday, June 16.


Spruce Meadows is host to one of only two Furusiyya Nations Cup events in North America, which will be a qualifier for countries hoping to attend the series final in Barcelona, Spain, in September. Following the first event for the region in Wellington at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, the United States leads with 100 points, Canada is close behind at 90, and Mexico is in third with 65 points.

Spruce Meadows President, Linda Southern Heathcott, commented, “We added a CSIO event in June so that we could participate in the qualification process for teams from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Series Final. Since we invited less than five teams, Canada, United States, and Mexico are allowed to field two teams each. My hope is that we can be instrumental in developing second teams for these nations and help their programs.”

Along with Canada, United States, and Mexico, there will be a team from Ireland participating in the $100,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup on Thursday, June 13.


John Madden, Chairman of the FEI Jumping Committee, stated, “To have a Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows is really important because it’s the first year of the Furusiyya series, and I believe the series will be integral to the sport. For our region in the Americas, it gives us a competitive way to earn a spot and prepare for the final. The changes that were made to the Series this year were intended to create global opportunities to help develop the sport of show jumping. This is exactly what we are seeing here in the Americas, which is really exciting.”

For United States Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, the new Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Series works better for North American riders. “I have long held that the former Top League was counterproductive to the healthy state of show jumping in North America, and to the rest of the world, for that matter. By limiting the highest level of the Nations Cup Series to Western Europe, the sport was not encouraged to expand to the other continents of the world, and as a result, the top non-European riders were forced to spend an inordinate amount of their efforts away from their home countries,” he explained. “With the advent of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Series, North American riders can now qualify for the Final at two venues (Wellington and Spruce Meadows) that are on their regular schedules.”


Having another Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup qualifying event in North America means a great deal to the Canadian Show Jumping Team as well. Chef d’Equipe Mark Laskin stated, “It affects us in a number of ways. If we qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final every year, like we hope to, we will be able to send our top team on a yearly basis to compete against all of the best teams in the world. In the past, our competition was restricted in Europe because the main competitions were tied up in the Super League, it was a huge commitment to financially partake in that series, and it conflicted with the major portion of our show season. Now, even though they may be used as qualifiers for European teams, it will be possible for us to obtain invitiations to compete at some of the most prestigious competitions in the world.”

In addition, Laskin points out that the revamped series has already produced a new Nations Cup during the ‘Continental’ tournament that didn’t exist before. “I think it’s going to lead to even more competitions for us to compete in, within our region, and it is generating a lot more interest in all of the regions of the world,” he remarked.

Madden also commented on the unique opportunity that the United States, Canada, and Mexico will have at the Furusiyya Nations Cup to send two teams, “It’s a really fantastic development for the sport in North America. Not only is it the best venue for these riders, it becomes a great training ground. It goes with Spruce Meadows’ mission to develop the sport. I think it will be fun for spectators and productive for the nations to see two of their own teams compete against each other.”


“The Furusiyya Nations Cup event at Spruce Meadows provides an opportunity for more of the younger American riders to get valuable international team experience,” Ridland added.

Laskin said he will use the ‘National’ Tournament to see which horses and riders are in top shape and their current form will be a ‘determining factor’ to choose the Canadian teams. He said, “If developing riders are firing on all cylinders, they’ll definitely get a chance.”

He also said that the ability for two teams has also led to increased interest from the riders to be on a team. “Having the Nations Cup on our home turf means a lot to our riders. We have a huge list to pick from,” Laskin pointed out. “It’s great for us to have two teams from a developing point of view. We’re doubling the experience for our riders and I think that’s extremely benficial.”

Having the additional Nations Cup experience at the best show jumping venue in the world doesn’t hurt either. “Our riders can compete there year after year and improve their competitive level on an international basis,” Laskin said. “A lot of the reason why our riders are so comfortable (at international and championship venues) is if you can compete at Spruce Meadows, you can compete anywhere in the world. Knowing that gives us a lot of confidence when we walk into an arena anywhere else.”

Madden and his wife Beezie regularly attend the Spruce Meadows Summer Tournaments; Beezie is the number three all-time money winner at Spruce Meadows and the current Rolex FEI World Cup Champion.

Beezie Madden

Beezie Madden


“I believe that Spruce Meadows is the standard for our sport,” said Madden. “From the footing, the arenas, the fans, sponsors, media coverage, and more, it represents everything that is the best in equestrian sport.”

The other three tournaments during Spruce Meadows’ summer schedule include the ‘Canada One’ CSI-W 4* Tournament, June 25-30, ‘North American’ CSI 5* Tournament, July 3-7, and ‘Pan American’ CSI 5* Tournament, July 11-14.

Spruce Meadows is expecting record entries for the ‘National’ and ‘North American’ Tournaments, with riders from 11 nations represented.

As always, Spruce Meadows also offers a full schedule of events for junior and amateur jumper riders. Make your plans to visit Spruce Meadows this year and see the best show jumping action in the world!


Based in Calgary, Canada, Spruce Meadows is the brainchild of the Southern family who built a Show Jumping complex at the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains. It was in 1976 that the first Spruce Tournaments were held, with annual spectator attendances reaching over 50,000 by the end of the decade. Today, Spruce Meadows boasts one of the greatest outdoor equestrian venues in the world and offers an incredible experience for riders and fans alike. Spruce Meadows focuses on the organization and hosting of show jumping tournaments of unmatched quality for junior, amateur and professional athletes in a manner that reflects basic family values in a clean, green and welcoming environment that celebrates the horse and encourages the breeding and training of quality sport horses and the teaching and development of athletes. For more information on Spruce Meadows, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.
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Biostar EQ Presents Educational Opportunities Through Their Online Monthly Webinar Series

May 27, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Gordonsville, VA (May 27, 2013) Having a horse and being able to maintain it takes education and sometimes years of practice. But when it comes to maintaining performance horses at their highest level, having a professional around to help give yourself a great foundation of knowledge can make a huge difference in the show ring. Tigger Montague, founder and formulator at Biostar EQ is providing her expertise in the field of equine nutrition to the owners, riders and professionals all across the world as Biostar EQ launches their online monthly webinar series.


Biostar EQ and Tigger Montague will be hosting monthly webinars, which are free for everyone to attend. The goal is to open up educational talks to horse owners and break down the barriers of confusing terms and topics to help horses flourish not only in health, but in performance as well. Biostar’s first webinar in the series tackled Stress in Horses. The webinar covered The Cortisol Connection, Where Stress Starts, Recognizing the Signs, Managing Stress, and was followed up by a Question and Answer session. Due to the success of the event, Biostar decided to continue on with topics of interest from the group’s participants following a similar format, as well as covering topics which play an important role in horse health.


The upcoming seminars are as follows:

  • Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 8PM ESTBiotechnology in the Barn? Everything You Wanted to Know About Genetically Modified Organisms But Were Afraid To Ask. Tigger will be discussing and answering questions related to what is a genetically modified organism, environmental and health concerns, biotechnology in our food, relevant scientific studies and what this all means in relation to our horses.
  • June (Date TBD)- How to Decipher and Read Labels
  • July (Date TBD)- Understanding Reductionist Nutrition- Why Whole Foods Offer More Benefits, The Sum is Greater Than The Parts
  • August (Date TBD)- Topic TBD by Horse Owners


Signup is not mandatory, and all details for the events can be found on Biostar EQ’s website (http://www.biostareq.com). Questions will be taken during each of the events, but those submitted prior to the event would be most welcome. Please submit questions as well as any other inquiries such as a topic for August’s webinar to kat@biostareq.com.


If you’d like to be notified for any upcoming webinars, or updates related to this current month’s’ webinar, simply sign up for the Biostar EQ newsletter. Go to http://www.biostareq.com, and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Newsletter signup will be in the bottom right hand corner. You can also stay up to date by following Biostar on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/biostareq).


Tigger Montague will be leading the discussions. Her background is extensive in nutrition including thirty years in the human and equine supplement industry, and a focus on Ayurvedic Medicine.   “Feeding horses doesn’t have to be difficult,” said Tigger. “My goal is to help break down the barriers of confusing labels and feeding programs so that individuals can provide better health to themselves and their horses. Not to mention, improved performance in the show ring.”


About Biostar EQ: Whole Food Supplements For Best in Class Health and Performance

Biostar EQ holds the belief that non-synthetically derived ingredients, aka whole food has positive effects on health and wellness. They support the whole food and organic food movement, and strive to bring products to horses and dogs alike. Biostar EQ uses a unique system that dehydrates their formulas and bars which takes place at low temperatures to maintain nutrient and enzyme levels similar that of to raw food. Providing organic, GMO-free, coal tar derivative-free, petro-chemcial free supplements that contain no artificial sweeteners or other synthetic ingredients is why Biostar is the leader of whole food supplementation in the equine industry. For more information on Biostar EQ, visit their website, or you can also connect with them on Facebook.


Audi Advances Into Piaget Memorial Day Cup Semifinals At Grand Champions Polo Club

May 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WELLINGTON, FL-May 23, 2013—A big four-goal second chukker gave Audi all the confidence it needed to defeat ELG, 7-6, on Thursday and advance into Friday’s semifinals of the Piaget Memorial Day Cup at Grand Champions Polo Club.


Audi will meet YP.Com at 4 p.m. in the first semifinal game followed by Longfield playing Inner-Continental in the second semifinal game.


The winners advance into Sunday’s season-ending championship game.


Audi's Grant Ganzi (1) pressures ELG's Juancito Bollini (2) as he hits the ball.  Photo by Scott Fisher

Audi’s Grant Ganzi (1) pressures ELG’s Juancito Bollini (2) as he hits the ball.
Photo by Scott Fisher


The Audi-YP.Com matchup will feature Grant Ganzi of Audi playing his mother, Melissa Potamkin-Ganzi of YP.Com.


“She is a pleasure to play against, she is a good player,” Ganzi said.


Both YP.Com (Melissa Ganzi, David Krantz, Juan Bollini, Mike Azzaro) and Inner-Continental (Gene Goldstein, Alejandro Poma, Brandon Phillips, Carlucho Arellano) are making their 2013 spring circuit debut.


It was Grant Ganzi, 14, a freshman at St. Andrew’s School, who scored two goals and shut out ELG, 4-0, in the second chukker for a 5-2 halftime lead.


ELG's Kris Kampsen (1) keeps his eye on the ball as he attempts to hit it in the air. Photo by Scott Fisher

ELG’s Kris Kampsen (1) keeps his eye on the ball as he attempts to hit it in the air. Photo by Scott Fisher


“That was a big chukker where we went up 5-2,” Ganzi said. “My two goals helped a little bit. We played well as a team and then it seemed like we took over.”


Audi had a 7-2 advantage before ELG rallied and staged a comeback at the end of the fourth chukker. ELG continued to whittle away at its deficit in the fifth and sixth chukkers.


“In the end it got a little scary, when they came back,” Ganzi said. “Kris Kampsen played a big part. You can never give up on Kris.”


It was the first time Ganzi played with JJ Celis, who led scoring with three goals, and Leo Mandelbaum, who scored one goal. Lucas Lalor scored the other goal.


Audi's Lucas Lalor (3) retains possession of the ball despite pressure from ELG's Avery Chapman. Photo by Scott Fisher

Audi’s Lucas Lalor (3) retains possession of the ball despite pressure from ELG’s Avery Chapman. Photo by Scott Fisher


“It was a nice change,” Ganzi said. “It didn’t really take that long to get the chemistry going. It only took the first chukker to get used to it and I was on a new horse, too. The second chukker I was on a horse I felt confident on and the third chukker as well. The team went well and we just had the chemistry.”


Kampsen scored a game-high four goals for ELG including a penalty goal with 45 seconds remaining to cut Audi’s lead to one. ELG teammate and Wellington graduate Juancito Bollini, 17, added two goals.


“They are a strong four-man team just like us,” Kampsen said. “So when not everybody wins their play, the guy they are playing against is winning their play.


“They played great,” Kampsen said. “Grant came out on fire scoring two of their goals that chukker. If I made that 40-yard penalty shot with 2:30 on the clock we had a chance to turn the game around. But when I missed the 40, game over at that point. We did the best we could do.”


Audi's Leo Mandelbaum (2) drives downfield with plenty of support from teammates JJ Celis (4) and Lucas Lalor (3). Photo by Scott Fisher

Audi’s Leo Mandelbaum (2) drives downfield with plenty of support from teammates JJ Celis (4) and Lucas Lalor (3). Photo by Scott Fisher


ELG will play Palm House (Glenn Straub, Joey Casey, Tommy Biddle, Carlos Diaz) in the first consolation game on Sunday. The semifinal game losers will play the second consolation game.


Six 12-goal rated teams are competing in the spring season-ending four-day tournament.


ELG's Juancito Bollini (2) being pursued by Audi's JJ Cellis (4) as he hits the ball out of the air. Photo by Scott Fisher

ELG’s Juancito Bollini (2) being pursued by Audi’s JJ Cellis (4) as he hits the ball out of the air. Photo by Scott Fisher


The games are free and open to the public.


The 2013 season has been Grand Champions most competitive with four different champions emerging: ELG/Psycho Bunny (Palm City Open), Power Horse (Polo Gear Invitational), Audi (USPA Spring Challenge and Eastern Challenge) and Pony Express (USPA Sun Cup).


ELG's Martin Estrada (4) begins his drive downfield with teammates Juancito Bollini (2) and Kris Kampsen (1) backing him up. Photo by Scott Fisher

ELG’s Martin Estrada (4) begins his drive downfield with teammates Juancito Bollini (2) and Kris Kampsen (1) backing him up. Photo by Scott Fisher




May 22-27: The Piaget Memorial Day Cup.




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.

Kevin Staut and Equidia Partner with JustWorld International for the Children of Cambodia

May 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

May 23, 2013 – An equestrian’s focus can become isolated on their horses and competitions when at the highest level of the sport, but world-class rider Kevin Staut has never allowed his focus to falter from the good he can provide in the community as an equestrian icon. Since 2007, the French rider has been a long-term Rider Ambassador for JustWorld International, a charitable organization that raises funds within the global equestrian community to help provide education, nutrition, healthcare and vocational training programs to underprivileged children in impoverished communities around the world.



Recently, JustWorld International has become common ground for Staut and French broadcaster, Equidia TV. Both have decided to support JustWorld through a unique and unprecedented partnership. This October, Equidia will follow Staut to the JustWorld project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as he visits with nearly 830 children and their families. He hopes the trip will increase awareness for JustWorld’s efforts as he shows viewers how they can get involved and help with JustWorld’s mission.


Jessica Newman and Kevin Staut prepare for their interview with Equidia

Jessica Newman and Kevin Staut prepare for their interview with Equidia


Phnom Penh, Cambodia holds a personal connection for Staut, opening the doors for this partnership to take place. Accompanying Staut on this trip will be his half-sister, Jade. “Jade was adopted when she was 6 months old. She is from Phnom Penh but has never been back there since she first arrived to France. I am very much looking forward to living this experience with her,” Staut described.


For Staut, this visit parallels with his long-term involvement as a JustWorld International Ambassador. “JustWorld counts on the support of riders to help raise awareness within the equestrian world to provide a better life for children in developing countries,” Staut continued. “As an ambassador for JustWorld International, I now feel ready to do more than just give a percentage of my prize-money. Equidia, a JustWorld partner, is the ideal media to make people aware of the association and its activities.”


This partnership is the epitome of the activism and work JustWorld International puts into their projects, raising funds and awareness throughout the equestrian sport, as a whole. “Kevin was one of the first riders to make the decision to support us,” Founder and Executive Director of JustWorld International Jessica Newman explained. “He is a perfect flagship of JustWorld, and even now that he has become of the best riders of the world, he remains true to his word and continues to help our organization.”


Newman added, “The visit to our project in Cambodia this October is yet another showcase of his involvement and invaluable support.”


Jessica Newman and Kevin Staut conduct and interview with Equidia

Jessica Newman and Kevin Staut conduct and interview with Equidia


Staut’s desire to support JustWorld and share success is also prevalent in Equidia Life, the Equestrian Channel. “Equidia will provide us with an exceptional visibility towards the equestrian community,” Newman said. “We are proud to count on Equidia’s support and all of their crew who will accompany us to all the best events in France and Europe.”


Equidia is equally proud of this association with Kevin Staut and JustWorld International. “We have been thinking about this project for many months and we are proud to see it coming to life,” Executive Director of Equidia Eric Brion explained. “This is a testimony to our commitment within the International equestrian community, and the need to raise awareness about acting in a socially responsible manner. We plan to put all of our energy and the leverage of our different channels into this project. A three-year plan is currently underway for our partnership. This plan will be supported by our TV channels, as well as Equidia’s digital community, which is includes a very active presence on both the Internet and throughout social media.”



Founded in 2003 by Jessica Newman, JustWorld International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization, which funds life-changing nutrition, health and hygiene, education, as well as leadership and cultural development programs for impoverished children in Cambodia, Honduras and Guatemala.  There are currently more than 500 Rider and Technical Official Ambassadors representing 40 different countries, whose efforts to support JustWorld’s projects have raised in excess of $6 million to date.  For more information on JustWorld, please visit www.justworldinternational.org.


* Equidia broadcasts its programs via Equidia Live, 100% horse racing, and Equidia Life, 100% horse, reaching more than 3.5 million television viewers each month.


For more information with regard to this partnership, please visit www.kevinstaut.com.

Safe Sox: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know *But Were Afraid to Ask

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

Tallahassee, FL (May 19, 2013) – What are the best-dressed horses wearing this outdoor season? ‘Haute to trot’ horse clothing is big business in the U.S. if you consider the vast array of blankets, fly sheets, coolers and accessories available to owners.


But, notes Sox For Horses, Inc. president, Raymond Petterson, “There’s not as much discussion about safe horse wear practices.”


The inventor of Summer Whinnys,™ the fly barrier and protective sock for equine legs, is also a horse ‘parent’ who understands the importance of minimizing unfamiliar or potentially dangerous situations for an animal hardwired to flight response. A twisted blanket, trailing wrap, or askew mask can invite a perfect storm of disaster.


It reminded him of an email from a well-intentioned, but unaware, horse owner: “She told me that she could put our Summer Whinnys™ on her horse for up to 48 hours without checking or monitoring the socks on its legs.


“I know Summer Whinnys are safe. I put great effort into their design to make sure a horse can’t get hurt from wearing them. They will not twist on the leg or roll to create a dangerous circulation impairing rubber band. They don’t present any other hazard either, but this awakened me to the fact that there are loving owners that don’t know ‘good’ horse wear practices.”


Experienced horsemen know, leave it to a horse to find its way into trouble. Manufacturers trust that horsemen know how to anticipate potential hazards, but how much does a new horse owner know about keeping a horse safe when it comes to their ‘clothing?’


“I applaud new owners that have rescued horses or taken horses in and made them members of their family. They represent a fair portion of my customers,” Petterson said. “I hope to encourage more manufacturers of horse clothing to address good horse wear practices on their websites and packaging. We have an opportunity to offer good information that can help owners develop safer horse management.”


“Horse wear comes in many shapes, sizes and configurations. After spending good money, the last thing you want to see is a horse flying down a field with a new blanket in shreds around its neck or coming off from behind. Snaps, buckles, straps, tape, can fail at any given time, even on new clothing.”


Since horses are rough on outer wear:

Rule 1. Twice daily inspect the condition of all straps, buckles, clips, Velcro and fabrics.

Rule 2. Inspect apparel position. Is everything in the right place?

Rule 3. If you board, ask others in your barn, including the manager, to follow Rules 1 & 2.


“If that costs a little extra per day and you don’t want to pay a fee, network with other owners at the barn and swap out days, mornings and evenings everyone’s horses get a good look-over,” suggests Petterson. “You can’t buy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your horse is wearing its clothing safely and that clothing is in good shape. As horsemen and women know, vigilance is the best protection you can offer your horse.”


Sox For Horses, Inc. is the all-American manufacturer of Summer Whinnys™, the antimicrobial fly barrier that is making huge strides in equine leg protection. Learn more about Summer Whinnys™ at www.soxforhorses.com or by calling (850) 907-5724.

RIDE ALERT offers 2 for 1 on Bridle Tags to all new subscribers through June 2013

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

Following on from the terrible tragedy in Oklahoma recently, we at Ride Alert feel as part of a disaster preparedness plan that it would be a good idea to always have a bridle tag on your horses halter, as well as on their bridle. This way if there is a tornado or other imminent disaster warning issued in your area, you can at least quickly slip the halter on your horse – which offers two-fold benefits: 1) the horse has a halter that first responders can use to catch or rescue your undoubtedly frightened animal with, and 2) the Ride Alert tag will enable them to quickly contact you, your Vet, or your Barn to help with injuries and relocation, via our 24/7 support Team.

From now, until the end of June, we are going to offer anyone who buys a Ride Alert membership with a bridle tag, an additional bridle tag (for their horse’s halter) absolutely FREE!   Not only that, but for every Bridle Tag ordered, we will give an additional Tag free, i.e. buy 3 Tags and you will get another 3 Tags absolutely FREE!


This offer is good until the end of June 2013, while stocks last.
Ride smart, ride safe, Ride Alert.


I think Ride Alert is going to be something that we all are going to not want to be without. Being able to have access to valuable life saving information can be critical in the case of an accident. We all know how dangerous horses can be, so having the peace of mind for your kids and family that they are signed up with Ride Alert can be an incredible asset. I grew up riding some rank horses, and often found myself out in places where I was alone or with strangers. Now that I’m a father myself, I think back a lot at some of the things I did and how it bothers me to think about my own kids doing those same things. I can’t protect them from everything, but I can equip them with Ride Alert!” – Kerry Kuhn, Clinician, TV show host, and Road to the Horse Wildcard for 2013/14


I really like mine and always have it on me and my horses in case we part ways on a ride. Great idea for those of us who ride alone.”  Phyllis McLarney – ACTHA and Ride Alert Member and fan of Kerry Kuhn.

About Ride-Alert

Ride Alert, is a US based partner of the AlertID Group who have been providing identification support services in the UK for over 15 years. Ride Alert provides a simple online means to identify you and your horse and to record your medical and emergency contact details for later use by anyone who may need them in the event of an accident or illness. Ride-Alert has been developed to provide peace of mind for riders and their families. As well as providing visible identification products for riders, horses and property, there is also the added comfort of having a 24/7 Emergency Support Team on call and ready to assist in any emergency situation.


When you register with Ride-Alert you will be asked to fill in a detailed profile about yourself, which can include your contact, next of kin and medical information as well as a crisis plan to be carried out in emergencies. This information can be accessed by the Emergency Support Team through a unique ID number on your Ride-Alert products and relayed to the emergency services if necessary. This information could prove vital if you are involved in an accident, especially if you have any medical conditions or allergies to any medication. You can also include information about your horses, your barn or boarding location, contact details and who should be informed if your horse is found, as well as valuable property which can be identified by using our Helmet & Property Gel Badges.


For more information take a look at our website ridealert.us and follow us on Facebook at ridealert247