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Team USA Rally Falls Short, England Retains Westchester Cup For Third Consecutive Game

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

WELLINGTON, FL-July 30, 2013—In a thrilling sudden death overtime match, Team USA’s rally fell short of returning the Westchester Cup to American soil.

Trailing England by two goals with less than two minutes remaining in regulation time, Wellington’s Nic Roldan and Mike Azzaro scored goals to tie the game at 11-11 and send it into overtime.

After a missed Team USA scoring opportunity early in overtime, John Paul Clarkin scored the winning goal for a 12-11 victory at Windsor Great Park’s Guards Polo Club in England.

England's Luke Tomlinson hoists the Westchester Cup toward the crowd after England's sudden death overtime victory over the U.S. Photos courtesy of Audi International

England’s Luke Tomlinson hoists the Westchester Cup toward the crowd after England’s sudden death overtime victory over the U.S. Photos courtesy of Audi International

Clarkin broke loose on a short breakaway, amazingly hitting the ball four times including twice in the air, before threading the goal with a reverse neck shot.

It was the third consecutive victory for England. The Brits won in 1997 (12-9 at Guards) and 2009 (10-9 in Wellington).

Team USA still leads in head-to-head competition with ten victories.

Team USA (Marc Ganzi, Polito Pieres, Nic Roldan, Mike Azzaro) were underdogs going into the game against England (brothers Luke and Mark Tomlinson), James Beim and JP Clarkin because of the home field advantage and talent-laden, lightning-quick horses but stayed with the Brits for most of the game.

“The game could have gone either way,” a disheartened Roldan said. “We had a breakaway for one shot (in overtime) and we had the momentum. It was a tough game. Both teams played great.”

Beim, who led scoring with four goals, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Luke and Mark Tomlinson each scored three goals, including two penalty goals by Luke, and Clarkin added two goals.

In keeping with tradition and rules of the Westchester Cup, which allows England to feature one player from the Commonwealth, New Zealand’s JP Clarkin, whose wife is top woman’s player Nina Clarkin, was allowed to play for England.

Pieres’ third and sixth chukker Argentine-bred horse, Rollinga, was named Best Playing Pony.

Politos led scoring for Team USA with five goals. Roldan and Azzaro each had two goals.

The U.S. started with a 2-0 lead based on team handicaps (England, 28 goals, USA, 26 goals).

The U.S. led 3-2 after the first chukker, was tied 4-4 after the second and led 8-7 at first half. England regained momentum and took a 10-8 lead on a quick goal from Beim, after missing two early goals, and Luke Tomlinson’s penalty shot.

England continued to lead by two goals (11-9) until the U.S. found another gear and started to rally.

After Roldan missed a 60-yard penalty, the Cardinal Newman alum scored on a nearside shot. Roldan went on another scoring run with a big hit nicking the goalpost, leaving the ball for the quick-thinking Azzaro to back it in through in a crowd of players.

Ganzi, one of the nation’s top amateur polo players based at Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington and responsible for bringing the team to England, played well defensively, riding off Tomlinson in several key plays.

Team USA's Marc Ganzi of Wellington chases down England's Mark Tomlinson reaching for possession of the ball. Photos courtesy of Audi International

Team USA’s Marc Ganzi of Wellington chases down England’s Mark Tomlinson reaching for possession of the ball. Photos courtesy of Audi International

Luke Tomlinson, captain of the Audi England team, said he felt fortunate to win the game.

“I feel very lucky,” Tomlinson said. “We were holding on the whole game. This is a momentous win.”

The oldest rivalry in U.S. polo history dating back to 1886 is one of the most coveted and prestigious Cups in the game regarded as the sport’s version of the Ryder Cup.

It was the 16th time the competition was held between the two countries.

The flagship event of the Audi International Polo Series and featured event of the Hurlingham Polo Association is well-supported by UK polo’s governing body.

Among the packed partisan crowd were several U.S. fans wearing red, white and blue and waving U.S. flags throughout the match.

His Royal Highness Prince Charles, who presented the awards after the game, was among VIP guests, seated by Claire Tomlinson, the matriarch of one of England’s polo dynasties.

New grandfather Prince Charles awards the Westchester Cup to England team captain Luke Tomlinson. Photos courtesy of Audi International

New grandfather Prince Charles awards the Westchester Cup to England team captain Luke Tomlinson. Photos courtesy of Audi International

During the traditional halftime divot stomp, Prince Charles broke with protocol walking past the safety ropes, mingling with the crowd and being congratulated by several well-wishers on the birth of his grandson, the newest member of the Royal Family, George Alexander Louis.

Roldan, as team captain of the Equus & Co. Team USA, was awarded the Gabriel Donoso Award after the game. Donoso, the highest rated Chilean player was popular in the UK and European circuit.

Roldan and Pieres avoided serious injury in the fourth chukker when they collided. Mark Tomlinson wasn’t as fortunate when he and Azzaro were both going for the ball when Azzaro’s mallet landed on Tomlinson’s nose and lip which he was icing after the game.

Sunday’s match, which was streamed live by Hurlingham for polo fans around the world, was also taped for re-broadcast on NBC Sports Network on Aug. 11 at 4 p.m.

England's winning Westchester Cup team with Prince Charles and other dignitaries. From left to right players are (1) James Beim, the game's MVP, (2) Mark Tomlinson, (3) JP Clarkin and (4) Luke Tomlin. Photos courtesy of Audi International

England’s winning Westchester Cup team with Prince Charles and other dignitaries. From left to right players are (1) James Beim, the game’s MVP, (2) Mark Tomlinson, (3) JP Clarkin and (4) Luke Tomlin. Photos courtesy of Audi International


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.


Equine Behavioral Ecologist Mary Ann Simonds joins Sidelines Magazine Web Blogs Writing “Between the Ears” with Focus on Horse-Rider Psychology

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

One of only a few Equine Behavioral Ecologists globally, Mary Ann Simonds has been educating trainers, veterinarians, and other equestrians for over 35 years.  >From sport horse breeders and Grand Prix riders to veterinarians and Olympians such as Bonaparte and Heike Kemmer, Mary Ann has influenced a number of well-known trainers today.


Growing up showing jumpers in California she earned her degrees in wildlife biology and range management studying the social ecology of wild horses as well as their natural diets at the University of Wyoming. Later (1988) she focused her graduate work on horse-human interaction pioneering the field of interspecies and equestrian psychology as well as leadership development.


“Mary Ann writes about exploring horse-rider psychology in the “Between the Ears” blog on the Sidelines Magazine website (https://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/betweentheears/) and it’s a huge hit with our readers. Having Mary Ann share her knowledge with the Sidelines community is a great benefit – we are pleased to have her as part of our team,” said Jan Westmark-Allan, Sidelines editor.

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“I am delighted to write for Sidelines as my goal is to Improve equine welfare and rider relationships with their horses by giving people simple ways to assess, train and understand their horse’s behavior as well as their own based on both equine and human psychology and biology”, says Mary Ann. “Just learning how to breath together or that smell is the most important access to the brain can have huge positive changes for horse and rider.”


Check out some of the recent bogs posts such as: Assessing Your Horse’s Temperament,Turning Fear Into Confidence, Body Language or Equestrian Philosophy and let us hear from you or your questions and ideas.


Mary Ann is available for talks and clinics with interested organizations, barns or clubs and she always loves to answer your questions. You can sign up for the blog or ask questions directly to https://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/betweentheears/.


Mary Ann Simonds, MA, coach, author, trainer, inventor, educator, Mary Ann has spent her life trying to help people better understand horses. She developed the Natural Vibration line of magnetic therapy and stress management products for Toklat Originals in 1994 and then later another line for Mystic Horse. She has a produced a number of educational videos (before most people had VCRs), as well as cds, dvds, and books. She founded the Whole Horse Institute and Equines Ltd Horse Marketing and Sales in 1981 and she continues to educate through speaking, clinics, consulting, writing and any other way she can find to transfer the knowledge to improve the lives of horses and humans. Two of her books on Equine Behavior and Stress Management are published in German.  She lives in Wellington, FL most of the year, but her farm is near Portland, OR. She also moderates the linkedin groups of Equine Behavior Professionals and Equestrian Psychology and Coaching.


Mary Ann Is available for clinics, coaching, consultations, lectures or demonstrations.


For more information:  maryann@maryannsimonds.com www.maryannsimonds.com.    360 907-4591

Policewoman Olivia Adams changes the lives of victims through the magic of horses!

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

After years in the police force, Olivia Adams helps to change and enrich the lives of abused women and children.


Olivia Adams – Horse Synergy

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Equine Facilitated Therapy

I am writing as a private individual who is driven by the need to help victims of emotional and physical abuse.  I was previously a Policewoman and specialised in working with victims of abuse therefore witnessing the damage done to both women and children.  After my time in the force I was driven to pursue a path that would enable me to help survivors, and set up Horse Synergy.  I  love to work and help the victims who come to me and aim to help in any way I can.

I will explain exactly what it is that I do.

Horse lovers all have stories about how an equine has helped them through a tough experience, heartbreak, and personal or professional experiences that all make up life.  As Winston Churchill so rightly said; “The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man”.

I have a deep passion for and understanding of horses and established Horse Synergy, an equine facilitated development experience for these very reasons.

With the desperate knowledge I gained during my time in the Police Force, I have an innate belief in the healing power of horses, and the emotional transactions that can take place.  Many of us have been touched and changed forever during an exceptional moment with a horse.  They teach us to accept, move forward, understand,  and to stand our own ground.   Horses teach us how to think for ourselves and unveil our kindness and generosity.  And yet many people have never even had the privilege of encountering a horse.

My aim is to change this and help enrich the lives of individuals who no longer have confidence or courage in themselves.  Working with horses can teach people to redress the balance in their hearts and minds and the everyday routine of life and survival.  Far too often I have seen this ability removed from individuals because of how they have become conditioned to their surroundings and the treatment they have had to succumb to or been subjected to.

Learning to communicate on another level with these powerful and forgiving creatures can help people from all walks of life help to discover their own best human solutions.  This benefits those around them at the same time; the children of the battered wife, the parents of the battered wife or the frightened abused child.

There is an old Arab proverb which states “The horse acts as a mirror”.  I say that they “reflect us back to ourselves, we cannot hide how we are truly feeling from the horse   He reads our body language, and looks deep into our sub-conscious, if we are faking it the horse will know and react accordingly.  Working with horses brings instincts into play, all the stuff we need to work on, those parts of ourselves that we hide away in the shadows and try to pretend that they don’t exist”.

Being with a horse makes you look honestly at the bits of yourself that you have tried to disguise, all the unpleasantness that you thought you had safely locked away.  The horse brings this to the fore and forces you to face up to it and live through it.  However uncomfortable and unpleasant it feels you can then discard it;  rather like shedding a skin. The emotions and memories no longer serve you and you can step out from your shadow, embrace life and live fully in your own light.

My wonderful horses and I offers life-changing and enriching encounters, where the wisdom of the horse can bring about  a profound personal transformation and subsequent healing. Horses are masters of teaching us the ways of leadership, so that we can authentically and confidently lead our lives. They help us to be rid of the past and construct a new future. All of the experiences are hosted with myself and my beloved horses, in the beautiful rural setting of the paddocks I have at home.  Just being in these tranquil surrounding helps people to breathe, relax and re-evaluate.

I am based in Somerset and was introduced to this line of work through reading the Tao of Equus by Linda Kovanov , who runs Eponaquest.   After that I undertook workshops with Rosie Withey from ‘Horses as Teachers’ in Somerset and Caroline Morgan,  Mike Khan and  Shelley Rosenberg at Telford Equestrian Centre in the Midlands – all Epona approved instructors

I then trained extensively with Leanna Millward, and now teach the wisdom that Leanna gleaned from her studies with a Native-American horseman during 2003. Please see: www.flyingwithhorses.com.

I now want to try and help to make a difference and introduce the therapeutic benefits of equine interaction to individuals who need to experience the healing power of these wonderful creatures.    I offer private one-to-one experiences and tuition, as well as group workshops.

I have witnessed some amazing interactions between clients and my horses.   All my clients are treated with the utmost confidentiality, however one client said “How lovely to see Danny again – thank you.  The session on Friday seems to have brought my attention to some really important things for me. A process is naturally unfolding which feels good and very timely. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to do this work, and for your very kind offer of more sessions which I will gladly accept. Thank you once again.  A very happy client”.

Another client reported that when focusing on different close family members during her session Danny reacted towards her as they had, and this led her to understand that she had to moderate her own thoughts and reactions when dealing with them.  She was profoundly moved by the instinctive and intuitive way in which the horse mirrored their reactions to her and gave her a chance to see clearly how to change her life and her actions on a daily basis.

I am driven by the need to help, not by monetary gain.  Please feel free to get in touch with me so that we may discuss any opportunities that you may like to explore.



New Vocations Charity Horse Show Draws Over 1100 Entries

July 22, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

The 10th annual New Vocations Charity Horse Show was a huge success with over 1100 entries and raising $50,000


to support racehorse aftercare. The Indiana HBPA was the title sponsor of the event which drew a record attendance. Many of the exhibitors came simply to show off their former racehorses in both the Thoroughbred specialty classes as well as open classes. Non-Thoroughbreds also competed showing their support of New Vocations’ efforts.

“It was truly great to see so many retired racehorses competing,” said New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford. “We are ever grateful to the terrific individuals and industry groups that supported the show through the various sponsorship opportunities. These sponsors and all the hard working volunteers make this event possible each year. “


Thoroughbreds with backgrounds ranging from one start to over 90, no earnings to over $500,000, competed side by side proving that they can excel in new careers beyond the track. Over $6,500 in cash was awarded through sponsors and the Jockey Club TIP, along with beautiful ribbons and a vast selection of quality prizes.

Among the large number of Thoroughbreds competing, the High Point Champions should be noted. Stakes winner


Old Snively, who raced 68 times and earned over $120,000, was the War Horse Champion. Bayou Brass, a Dixieland Band gelding with 28 starts and $96,000 that was traded for a load of hay when he retired, won the Thoroughbred Hunter Champion. The Florida bred Moonlight Bay, with only 2 starts and no earnings, was a star in the jumper ring winning the Thoroughbred Jumper Championship. Lastly, the lightly raced mare, Trouble and Strife, blooming in her second career, was crowned the Thoroughbred Dressage Champion.

A number of industry partners, owners, trainers, and breeders joined together to sponsor the event. This year’s key sponsors include the Indiana HBPA, Ohio HBPA, James and Anita Cauley, Homewrecker Racing, Eisaman Equine Services, and 100% Racing.

For twenty one years New Vocations has provided a safety net for horses leaving the track through rehabilitation, retraining, and placement in carefully screened and monitored homes. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio the program has grown to six facilities in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and welcomes in excess of 400 horses a year. Serving over 40 racetracks, New Vocations works directly with owners and trainers in need of an aftercare program for their horses. New Vocations has a sound adoption system in place that is proven to move a large number of horses in a rather short period of time. The focus is on adoption verses retirement, believing that each horse deserves to have a home and a purpose.


New Vocations Thoroughbred Graduate “Ghostshopper” won the Hunter Stakes


For more information on the new Vocations Charity Show or horses available for adoption visit New Vocations website.

Third Competitor of Road to the Horse International 2014 to Represent Canada

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

The third competitor to enter the legendary World Championship of Colt Starting competition has been named. Canadian horseman Jonathan Field will walk into the American Quarter Horse Association Remuda from the 6666 Ranch for the second time in three years. Field will join Australian horseman Dan Steers, Swiss horseman Antoine Cloux and a Wild Card contestant who will be determined the morning of the first day of competition.

As a past contestant of Road to the Horse in 2012, Field was a favorite amongst Road to the Horse Fans. Fans took an instant liking to Field and his gentle way of working with his colt, which demonstrated his deep love and respect of the horse.

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Photo of Dan Steers, writer of the Double Dan column in Sidelines Magazine

Born near Vancouver British Columbia, Jonathan’s early life was filled with horses. As a young man, he showed in both English and Western disciplines before becoming a working cowboy on one of the largest ranches in Canada. During a short time away from horses, his life was forever changed after a tragic accident on a drilling rig, left four surgeons struggling to reattach his hand at the wrist. This defining moment leveraged the decision to reconnect with his love of horses.  Field dreamed of forming a partnership with the horse, where the horse wanted to be with him, as much as he wanted to be with the horse.

An accomplished international clinician Field now operates two teaching facilities, consults with top horsemen and women in North America, publishes training advice in major magazines and is currently authoring a book to help horse lovers accomplish their dreams.

“I can’t wait to be a part of Road to the Horse 2014 and to meet the 6666 Ranch colt who I can develop a partnership with. It’s an unbelievable opportunity to share my horsemanship and an honor to represent my country,” said Canadian representative Jonathan Field.

Field, Steers and Cloux will be joined by one Wild Card contestant at Road to the Horse 2014. After careful selection, eight talented clinicians across the nation, were invited to take part in the first ever Road to the Horse Wild Card competition.  These eight clinicians travelled to Road to the Horse 2013 where they selected a gelding from the American Quarter Horse Association Remuda from the 6666 Ranch. From Kentucky, the Wild Cards returned home to spend the following year building a partnership with their gelding and continuing their training until Road to the Horse 2014.  In 2014, these 6666 Ranch raised colts will then return to Road to the Horse with their trainers, where they will compete against other Wild Card contestants for the title of Wild Card Champion. The Wild Card Champion will then immediately step into the Road to the Horse 2014 round pen, where they will have a once in a life opportunity to compete for the World Championship of Colt Starting title. Follow the progress of the Wild Card contestants on Road to the Horse Facebook.

Tickets for Road to the Horse International 2014 are on sale now. Don’t miss the greatest celebration of natural horsemanship March 14-16, 2014 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Purchase your tickets now to avoid disappointment. For more information, visit www.RoadtotheHorse.com.

“Two Stepping Under the Stars”

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

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The San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition would like to announce a new summer event “Two Stepping Under the Stars” on Saturday, August 10th .  The fun begins at 6:00 p.m., but for those that come an hour early (5:00 p.m.) free line-dance lessons will be given.  This new event will take place under the stars on the beautiful grass fields of the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. Admission is free, thanks to the generous support of Blenheim Facility Management, to the local community in hopes of bringing more exposure to the wonderful equestrian lifestyle that San Juan Capistrano has to offer.  Come and kick up your heels to music and entertainment by the one and only Kelly Boyz.  Tasty food and beverages will be available for purchase by local restaurant Bad to the Bone – revealing their new mobile restaurant.  Little buck-a-roos will enjoy the “Kiddy Corral” with plenty of games and entertainment.  The event will also hold a silent auction and raffle.  100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the San Juan Capistrano equestrian community.  For more information on this event and/or to learn more about the San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition go to www.sjcec.org.


We are currently looking for underwriting sponsorships and silent auction items; please contact us right away if you are interested.


“Two Stepping Under the Stars” Committee



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The SJCEC is an organization devoted to maintaining the standards and infrastructure of our equestrian profile, activities, and facilities. For more information please visit the website for information about upcoming activities and events. www.sjcec.org.


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

Deadline for Second Round is October 7


July 17, 2013 — Lexington, KY — USA Equestrian Trust has awarded nearly $210,000 in grants for 10 projects submitted by equine non-profits during the first of the foundation’s two 2013 application periods.


The deadline for the Trust’s second grant application period is October 7. Equine non-profits interested in applying for a grant can do so by using the Trust’s online application form at www.trusthorses.org.


Those projects awarded funding were:


AMERICAN YOUTH HORSE COUNCIL ($5,000) to support its annual symposium that educates youth on all facets of the equine industry through demonstrations, presentations and discussions.


THE DRESSAGE FOUNDATION ($5,000) to help revamp its website and offer an improved online experience for visitors.


HEALING HORSES & ARMED FORCES ($15,600) to assist its equine therapy program for veterans.


HORSE PARK OF NEW JERSEY AT STONE TAVERN, INC. ($35,000) to replace the aging lighting system at the park’s indoor arena to better serve its expanded clinic and educational program activities.


KENTUCKY HORSE PARK FOUNDATION, INC. ($25,000) to assist in the creation of a dedicated horse path at the Kentucky Horse Park to enhance safety for horses and riders.


USEF EQUINE HEALTH RESEARCH FUND ($21,173) for a research project at the University of Minnesota that is using next-generation whole genome sequencing to search for a genetic basis for shivers.


USEF U.S. SADDLE SEAT EQUITATION WORLD CUP ($50,000) to assist in hosting the 2014 International Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup. The Trust previously provided grant funding for the U.S. team’s 2012 victory in South Africa.


USEF U.S. SADDLE SEAT EQUITATION YOUNG RIDER TEAM ($10,000) to develop riders for future U.S. Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup competitions. The funding will help the Young Rider Team host a competition against two South African teams.


UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN ($29,100) to create new online educational materials for eXtension HorseQuest (http://www.extension.org/horses) and My Horse University (http://myhorseuniversity.com). Among the materials to be offered are instructional videos, articles, lessons and webinars.


WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA ($13,415) to create a video library showcasing Western Dressage, a new discipline inclusive to all breeds of horses.


To learn more about USA Equestrian Trust and its programs or to apply during the second round of grants, visit the Trust’s website at www.trusthorses.org.


About USA Equestrian Trust

USA Equestrian Trust is a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation whose mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports. The Trust is a private foundation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and a Sustaining Affiliate of United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the National Governing Body for equestrian sport in the United States.

Jumping Chantilly 2013 Partners With JustWorld International

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


Chantilly, France – July 16, 2013 – For the second year in a row, the Jumping Chantilly organizing committee, led by Gérard Manzinali, has chosen JustWorld International as its official charity partner for the Jumping Chantilly leg of the 2013 Longines Global Champions Tour. From July 19-21, the exquisite venue parallel to the Chateau de Chantilly and the beautiful Grand Stables, will be adorned with JustWorld’s signature blue and purple colors, while allowing JustWorld the opportunity to raise awareness for its mission in the developing world.



Increased Presence


The JustWorld International team will act as the official welcoming committee for the event. Each day, JustWorld volunteers will welcome visitors at the Jumping Chantilly information booth. Supporters will be able to purchase JustWorld merchandise, and the JustWorld team will sell the official Jumping Chantilly 2013 programs, for which all proceeds will be donated to JustWorld International.


The Betaille Family poses in front of the Jumping Chantilly information booth.

The JustWorld team will also distribute start lists to those who purchase the programs and will coordinate various autograph signing sessions with top international riders from the JustWorld family. There will also be a drawing for one-of-a-kind prizes during the event. Prizes offered will include the opportunity for a few lucky individuals to walk the course of a top-level jumping class alongside some of the best Grand Prix riders in the world.

“We are incredibly honored and proud to have been chosen once again as the official charity partner of Jumping Chantilly,” expressed Jessica Newman, co-founder and executive director of JustWorld. “Gérard Manzinali and his team have offered us a unique opportunity to spread awareness about JustWorld to a large crowd of attendees – opening their eyes to the plea of the children that we help in impoverished communities throughout the developing world. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us!”


The Grand Prix Arena at Jumping Chantilly

About JustWorld International


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.

JustWorld International is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the United States and a registered Association 1901 in France both for which donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. In addition, tax-deductible donations are accepted in Canada and Switzerland. JustWorld International has no political or religious affiliation.


Optimum by Biostar EQ, The Only Organic and GMO-Free Vitamin and Mineral Supplement is Now Available in a Powder

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

(July 15, 2013) Gordonsville, VA –  When you’re looking for a whole food sourced mineral and vitamin supplement, then look no further than Biostar’s Optimum EQ. Using gentle dehydration techniques and the freshest most nutrient rich foods, there is little than can compete with Biostar EQ’s products. Their ever popular Optimum EQ has been available up till now only in small bars for convenience feeding. Biostar EQ is happy to announce that they have just added a powdered version of this formula to their lineup for easier palatability for picky eaters. Available in thirty day supplies, Optimum EQ Powder helps maintain a better balance in the body’s natural abilities to utilize key nutrients in the diet.


Optimum EQ’s formulation by Biostar EQ uses a unique combination of vegetables, sprouted seeds, nuts, blue green algae, yeast, hemp fines, and fruits to provide the body with what it needs to support overall well-being and performance. In short, all whole food sources without any preservatives, artificial colorings, flavors or sweeteners. Sprouted whole foods and whole food enzymes help to support the body’s ability to utilize key nutrients in feed, hay and forage, making it an ideal choice in today’s performance horse diets. Optimum EQ is the only organic and non-gmo (genetically modified) source for a vitamin and mineral supplement on the market today that is 100% whole food.


“For some time Biostar has explored turning our Optimum bars into a powder due to the tenacity of one customer in particular. The advantages of Optimum powder are that it allows horse owners to introduce Optimum slowly, by the pinch, so that gradually the horse gets used to the non-sweet taste without owners or barn help having to break up bars by means of coffee grinders or hammers. This also helps to satisfy the horses who prefer powders and makes mixing feed with Optimum simple and easy to do,” said Tigger Montague, chief formulator at Biostar EQ. “By means of a very simple machine that grinds the Optimum bars into a powder form, we were able meet the needs of our customers and still achieve the highest level of quality within our entire product line.”   


The nutrients in Optimum EQ are all part of the vital whole food matrix which provides important enzymes, protein chaperones, minerals and nutritional co-factors for optimal cellular utilization. Helping to balance the body by providing nutrients in small amounts, the food state vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, protein, fat, and fiber make for a healthy horse, shiny coat, good feet and strong immune system.

For horses needing an ideal vitamin and mineral supplement to add balance to the diet, choose Biostar’s Optimum EQ. Fed daily, 1 tablespoon (one ounce) once or twice per day is good for regular maintenance. For horses in a high performance setting, 1 tablespoon (one ounce) twice per day is recommended to combat the stresses in the body.  Biostar’s Optimum EQ is available in a thirty day supply (60 ounces) for $66.00.


Biostar products use ingredients at the peak of their nutritional value, and combined with gentle dehydration techniques are able to maintain precious enzymatic activity and vital food factors found in raw foods. The supplements contain nothing genetically engineered, synthetic or artificial, no petroleum derivatives or other made-in-the lab vitamins, no fillers, binders or expounds – only pure, and the best-in-class whole food ingredients.


Biostar EQ offers a complete line of whole food supplements and formulas free of petrochemicals and coal tar derivatives for top level athletes and performance horses, including Optimum EQ. For more information on Biostar EQ products and whole food diets for horses, visit their website at www.biostareq.com.


Photo(s) Available upon request: Optimum EQ Powder helps maintain a better balance in the body’s natural abilities to utilize key nutrients in the diet and is the only organic and non-gmo (genetically modified) source for a vitamin and mineral supplement on the market today.

Tack Et Cetera will be set up at the Coconino Horse Trials in Flagstaff!

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

Horse Trials & USDF Dressage Show: July 12-14

Horse Trial II: July 17-20



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