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KENTUCKY HORSE PARK NAMED TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE WINNER Park Honored in Top 25 United States Amusement Parks and Water Parks Category for 2013

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

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2013) The Kentucky Horse Park has been chosen as an overall winner in the Top 25 Amusement Parks and Water Parks in the United States category by TripAdvisor in its 2013 Travelers’ Choice® awards for attractions.  One of the world’s largest travel sites, TripAdvisor has established itself as one of the most important for travel information among consumers due to its platform of posting unbiased reviews of real travelers.

 

This is the first year that Travelers’ Choice honors have been presented to attractions.  The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Attractions awards recognize the world’s best landmarks, parks, museums, and amusement and water parks, based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world on TripAdvisor.  TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm that determines rankings based on the quantity, quality and frequency of reviews for any given property.

 

“We are thrilled to be honored by TripAdvisor as one of the Top 25 Amusement Parks in the United States, and are fully cognizant of the excellent company we are in,” said John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park.  “We understand and appreciate that it is not only TripAdvisor but also the reviews of our visitors that have afforded us this honor, and we will strive to continue to be worthy of their esteem and recognition.”

 

“To inspire travelers setting out on summer trips, TripAdvisor has named the top attractions across the globe based on the valuable feedback from millions worldwide,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Honoring more than 1,200 winners, these remarkable sights offer enriching and entertaining experiences for travelers of all ages.”

 

The Kentucky Horse Park is unique in the Top 25 Amusement Parks and Water Parks category, being the only attraction devoted entirely to the horse.  Known as “THE place to get close to horses,” there are plenty of opportunities to do so throughout the park.   From meeting retired racing greats at the Hall of Champions, to seeing horses of all types and sizes in the Horses of the World Show, taking a ride with draft horses on the Horse Drawn Tour, or petting mares and foals in the Kids Barn, visitors get a personal experience with horses when visiting the park.

 

Admission to the park includes three different equine museums.  The International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, explores man’s relationship with the horse throughout history.  The American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop, the “Showplace for Saddlebreds,” is the home of Kentucky’s first native breed of horse and is exhibiting “The Art of Selling with Saddlebreds:  The Show Horse in Vintage Advertising” through January.  The Wheeler Museum in the United States Hunter Jumper Association headquarters, exhibits memorabilia from the hunter jumper sport and the Show Jumping Hall of Fame.

 

In addition, the Kentucky Horse Park hosts equine competitions and breed shows, special breeds weekends and community events throughout the many competition and show facilities located on park grounds, most of which are included with park admission.  Events are scheduled nearly every weekend at the park throughout the year, and a full listing of these events and their dates is available at www.KyHorsePark.com.

 

General admission, including the next day free, is $16 for adults and $8 for children 7-12.  Children six and under are always admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.  Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and the American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop.  Additional activities such as horseback riding, pony rides and tours to area horse farms are available through the park and are offered at an additional fee.

 

For reviews on the Kentucky Horse Park, go to http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g39588-d103526-Reviews-Kentucky_Horse_Park-Lexington_Kentucky.html.  To see 2013 Travelers’ Choice winners, go to www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice.

 

Good Food Hunting: Cucumber Blueberry Salad

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

By Kat Wojtylak

Finished salad just waiting for you to dig in.

Finished salad just waiting for you to dig in.

Our equestrian lifestyle barely leaves us with any time with our horse, and then comes a garden we had every intention of weeding and caring for meticulously during the summer months. We may not have gotten the yields and the picturesque garden we had hoped for, but buried underneath all those weeds is almost always an abundance of cucumbers we have no idea what to do with. You can make endless pickles, put them in your water, or top off salads, but in the end you’re fighting a losing battle. They will prosper no matter what you do to them (kind of makes you wish horses were more like cucumbers as maybe there’d be less vet bills due to their resilience).
But have you ever considered using cucumbers as the star of your show? By using a unique and very simple preparation technique, you end up with a non-soggy mess that’s able to take on a ton of flavors. I liked what I saw in a magazine, and from there doctored it up for what I had around the kitchen. No fuss, no muss. The beauty of this newfound inspiration was no hassle, and no heating up the kitchen.
All the fun and colorful ingredients to make this version of Cucumber and Blueberry Salad.

All the fun and colorful ingredients to make this version of Cucumber and Blueberry Salad.

slicing and seeding a cucumber in half moon shapes, showcasing exactly how it's done.

Slicing and seeding a cucumber in half moon shapes, makes for a super easy way to take this unsung hero and apply it into a variety of uses.

Slicing and seeding a cucumber in half moon shapes.

Slicing and seeding a cucumber in half moon shapes for this recipe.

Enjoy your holiday weekend! To full plates and eating your tarte out.

Cucumber and Blueberry Salad

3 medium cucumbers
1/4 cup of sunflower seeds, unsalted
1/4 cup of white vinegar
2 tablespoons of sugar
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 cup of red onion, minced
1 pint of blueberries, rinsed
3 tablespoons of mint, thinly sliced
1 cup of feta cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Rinse your cucumbers and peel them. Slice in half lengthwise and scoop the center out with a spoon. Slice into bite sized pieces and set aside in a medium sized bowl.

In a skillet over low heat, place the sunflower seeds and lightly brown them. Should take about two minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

In a small microwave safe bowl, combine the vinegar and sugar, heat for thirty second and stir till sugar is dissolved. Whisk in the olive oil, garlic powder and onion powder, add a little bit of salt, fresh ground Pepper and set aside.

In your large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients with the cucumbers and sunflower Seeds. Pour on half of the vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper. Add more vinagrette as desired, season accordingly. Serve immediately. If not serving immediately, wait on adding the blueberries and mint until you’re ready to go. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Wegmans

The finished Cucumber Blueberry Salad just waiting to accompany your next dinner, or during labor day festivities.

The finished Cucumber Blueberry Salad just waiting to accompany your next dinner, or during labor day festivities.

About the writer: Author Kat Wojtylak is a horse enthusiast turned food blogger. She maintains a day job in the horse world handling marketing and brand support to various companies, while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences. Visit her blog at EatYourTarteOut.com or email her at tartechic@eatyourtarteout.com.

CANTER COLORADO RECEIVES FUNDING FROM ARAPAHOE PARK

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

AURORA, CO  (August 29, 2013) – After launching an aftercare program for retiring racehorses in April 2013, CANTER Colorado was awarded $10,000 from Arapahoe Park and the Colorado Horseracing Association to continue their work.  In addition to providing a free sales listing service for retiring racehorses, this donation enables CANTER Colorado to grow its racehorse rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming program servicing horses that have raced at Arapahoe Park.

“CANTER Colorado has shown real dedication to helping our horses find new homes once their racing careers are finished,” says Bruce Seymore, General Manager at Arapahoe Park. “We’re excited to be able to support CANTER Colorado in their ‘recycled racehorse’ retraining program and think this will be a real benefit to the horsemen at Arapahoe Park and the horses that run here.”

“We are extremely grateful to Arapahoe Park and the Colorado Horseracing Association,” said Jamie Girouard, Executive Director, CANTER Colorado.  “This wonderful donation will allow us to enhance our CANTER-owned program and further extend our services to the trainers and owners who race at Arapahoe Park.”

CANTER Colorado offers race trainers and owners free sales listings on the CANTER Colorado website to help those owners and trainers find non-race homes for their retiring Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Arabian, Paint and Appaloosa racehorses, and working track ponies of any breed.  Volunteers work with Arapahoe Park horsemen throughout the racing season to publish information and photos of available horses ready to move into second careers.

Golden Casey

Golden Casey

CANTER Colorado volunteers have built strong relationships with the track management and horse racing professionals since 2012.  Those relationships have made it possible for CANTER Colorado to assist trainers and owners in transitioning their ex-racehorses into successful second careers.

“Our program has been so successful through the hard work and dedication of our volunteers,” states Girouard.  “A special thanks to Corey Kaye, Director of Track Relations, for her tireless efforts and long hours on the backside of the track working with trainers, owners, and track management.  Her work has greatly contributed to the success of CANTER Colorado.”

To find an ex-racehorse, volunteer, or to make a donation, visit www.canterusa.org/colorado.

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 Arapahoe Park:

Arapahoe Park is located at 26000 E Quincy Ave, in Aurora, CO, and offers simulcasting and live racing for Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Arabs, Paints and Appaloosas every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day until mid-August. www.mihiracing.com

Diary of a Podium Hopeful: In the Beginning

August 29, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

by Sophie St.Clair

With September around the corner I am reminded of two things a) the mounting pile of biology homework I am to complete and b) the approaching championship. I am still waiting for my official invitation letter from USHJA, but am hopeful that it should arrive soon. Here, typing this article in the cooling artificial breeze of a portable fan, I am reminded how lucky I am to be at this point in my riding career.

I started on the A circuit in 2009 on my trainer David Sterckx’s young mare, East America DB. “Meri” was the horse I learned to sit a buck. She was beautiful and I hoped that one day I’d find a horse just like her. Sadly, as the story goes she was for sale and sell she did.

Sophie St.Clair and East America DB

Sophie St.Clair and East America DB

Shortly though I bought my first show horse, Perfect Gentleman (a.k.a. Johnny). Suffice to say that it was shocking to see me race around on a 17.2 hand Warmblood beast. My petite-ness, I was after all only 10, made it all the more startling. I first met Johnny when I was catch riding down at the barn. He was then a 17 year old ex-show horse turned riding school packer, notorious for his laziness. And I, being a known pony whisperer, was asked to help fix the problem. So, with a crop and spurs and a lot of leg I got him moving. Then something really amazing happened. We realized Johnny changed when he started working again. The horse who had tricked everyone into believing he was just an old lug with not much to offer was clearing 1.30M fences. We bought him a week later and within days he was on a trailer to HITS Thermal.

Sophie St.Clair and Perfect Gentleman

Sophie St.Clair and Perfect Gentleman

For over a year we were tearing it up at the shows and snagging a couple of championships along the way. We became best friends. I had given him a job and he had given me the shows. My mother still says that the reason we worked so well together was because I have the magic touch when it comes to naughty horses. Honestly, I think it was probably just all the cups of apple-cinnamon oatmeal I fed him. To this day, I think the thing people most remember about Johnny was how much he really loved his job and being at the show. We went on to claim 5th in the 2010 USHJA Zone 10 Horse of the Year Awards in the Low Children’s Jumper division.

Sophie St.Clair and Perfect Gentleman

Sophie St.Clair and Perfect Gentleman

Concerns over his hock soreness and age caused us to officially retire our Perfect Gentleman. After looking at multiple therapeutic riding programs and being rejected on account of the aforementioned hock issues, we began looking at private places to retire him knowing that the expense might be too much to handle. The expense of retiring a horse would probably take any additional money we had out of funds available to show. But Johnny’s happiness had to come first.

By May of 2011 the windows of opportunity for Johnny’s happy retirement seemed to be closing and I was thrust again into that awkward space between horses. Enter Stephen and Amy, boarders at our barn on their way to life on a ranch in Michigan. Amy had a “Hers” horse but Stephen had no “His” horse. After a couple of weeks to get to know Johnny (and of course fall in love with him) they said they would take him to Michigan and treat him like a king. He currently lives a life of luxury as the largest trail horse in Northern Michigan. Life is very good for Johnny. Stephen and Amy are my heroes.

Just a few weeks before Johnny’s grand send-off, I’d gone to try a horse for what I supposed would be for another girl at the barn. The horse was bay, standing at what I estimated to be around 16hh. He had a way of carrying himself that made him look much bigger though. His name was Sjapoo. Riding this new horse was very different from riding Johnny – the dials were more sensitive and there was an explicit need for accuracy. We jumped around a bit. When David asked me how I liked him I rattled off praises enthusiastically, it becoming clear that the horse was actually intended for me. I went home that night with a smile super glued to my mouth. Was this the horse that could take me to the higher levels?

Sjapoo

Sjapoo

Even then though, David knew the transition from the style of riding I had assumed with Johnny to the more complex, precision-driven style I’d have to develop on Sjapoo would be very difficult. After an intense discussion with my family in a booth at our neighborhood pancake house we decided that in order for me to move forward, we’d have to adapt. My family has made tremendous sacrifices for me to pursue my dreams in this sport. And for that I am so grateful.

Now, after two years with Sjapoo I can’t even believe how far we have come. I’ve had to learn to be patient, reassuring and supportive with Sjapoo. I’ve needed to ride my rounds with ease and sense rather than brawn and blaze. I had to make him my friend. We had to trust each other. David said to me “If you really want to go higher you must change how you ride. No grand prix rider worth two cents would ride the high fences like that. You must begin thinking.”  And so, over the last year I have been reeducated, retooled and been forced to relax my mind, attitude and compulsion to win in favor of getting the ride right.

Sjapoo and Sophie in the JO in the Black Star Equestrian Children's Jumper Classic

Sjapoo and Sophie in the JO in the Black Star Equestrian Children’s Jumper Classic

At one point, I was so frustrated with all of the change and of course not seeing the results immediately that I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep riding! As David was talking me off the ledge he said, “There will be many more difficult days than great ones in this sport.” That idea put into perspective that struggle and change is normal in competitive riding, not unique. It was up to me to decide to push through or give up. Standing where I am today I could not be more grateful for those words.

Sjpaoo and Sophie St.Clair at the Huntington Beach Surf Classic

Sjpaoo and Sophie St.Clair at the Huntington Beach Surf Classic

I could never have anticipated how much change I would confront at the time we bought Sjapoo. Looking back I was clueless but seeing how far I have come with him is unbelievable. I still have many, many things to work on with my technique and horsemanship but I have accepted that it’s a process. A long one. A life long one.

My journey to this place in my career has not been easy. As I wait to hear if I am invited to compete I am working very hard to stay mentally and physically relaxed and to stick with the program that has been working for us in the past several weeks. We are contenders but by no means are we ringers. Consistency and communication will be our challenge. Only time will tell.

Grand Champions Polo Club’s Next Generation Of Players Head Labor Day Weekend NYTS National Tournament

August 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WELLINGTON, FL-August 28, 2013—Juancito Bollini and Grant Ganzi of Wellington, both following their families’ polo footsteps, will compete in the inaugural National Youth Tournament Series National Championships this weekend in Upperville, Va.The tournament culminates the U.S. Polo Association’s National Youth Tournament Series that featured 23 qualifiers held at various polo clubs across the nation where 99 All-Stars were selected.

Eight All-Star players will represent each of the four zones in the two-day tournament hosted by the Virginia International Polo Club, the largest polo club in Virginia.

The draw will be made Friday and competition will be held Saturday with two first round games at 10 and 11 a.m. on Field One and Sunday with games at noon and 1 p.m. on Field Two. Monday is the rain makeup day.

Bollini and Ganzi will be joined by Zone 3 All-Star teammates Justin Daniels and Wes Finlayson, all starters, and alternates Santino Matini, Christian Weisz, Gonzalo DiCiurcio and Matias Gonzalez.

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

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

All Zone 3 All-Star players have competed in several junior tournaments throughout the years at Grand Champions Polo Club including the Buzz Welker Invitational.There are three other Zone teams.

Zone 1 All-Stars are Liam Lott, Austin Finch, Loretto Natividad, Russell Stimmel, Savannah Broderick, Irving Silvestre, Jim Wright and Colton Bancroft.

Zone 2 All-Stars are Andrew Begg, Pierce Alworth, Agustin Arellano, Wesley Bryan, Jeff Shuler, Kingsley Ward Jr., Lucas Arellano and Evan White.

Zone 4 All-Stars are Wyatt Harlow, Johann Colloredo-Mansfield, Simon Colloredo-Mansfeld, Marissa Wells, Tommy Huber, Valentina Echandia, George Hempt and Barrett Coke.

All Zone teams were required to meet a 0-4 goal handicap.

Bollini, 18, a Wellington High School graduate and incoming freshman at Florida Atlantic University, is following in the footsteps of his father Juan Bollini, a former 8-goal rated player, who competes for Piaget during the 20- and 26-goal seasons and plays at Grand Champions Polo Club during the spring and fall seasons.

Ganzi, 15, a sophomore at St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, is from a polo family. His parents Marc and Melissa Ganzi, owners of Grand Champions Polo Club, one of the nation’s fastest growing polo clubs, are avid players. His younger sister Riley also plays polo.

Ganzi and Bollini have grown up playing with and against each other in both youth and adult tournaments at every level. Bollini, rated at 1.5 goals, played for Audi as an alternate for Marc Ganzi.

Marc Ganzi is one of the nation’s top amateurs and heads the Audi team. He recently competed in the Westchester Cup with the U.S. team in England. Melissa Potamkin Ganzi, newly-elected to the USPA Board of Governors, heads the Piaget team and is one of the top women’s players. Both are currently playing at their Aspen Valley Polo Club.

The Ganzi family and support staff are also preparing for the upcoming sixth fall season at Grand Champions.

The season will feature nine tournaments including two 20-goal tournaments in November. All tournaments are USPA-sanctioned and have grown in stature since their start in the mid-1990s.

GRAND CHAMPIONS FALL SCHEDULE

Sept. 27-29,Tackeria Invitational, Palm City Polo Club, Boca Raton

Oct. 4-6, USPA Fall Classic

Oct. 13-15, USPA Kay Colee Memorial

Oct. 18-20, US Trust Cup

Oct. 25-27, USPA Fall Plates

Oct. 30-Nov. 9, USPA North America Cup

Nov. 1-3, Pedro Morrison Memorial

Nov. 8-10, Palm Restaurant Invitational

Nov. 13-24,The National 20-Goal Championship

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington, 561-644-5050.

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 high and medium goal 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.

FAB SPORTSWEAR PROUDLY INTRODUCES THE NEW LUXURIOUS EUROPEAN SHOW APPAREL COLLECTION FROM WINSTON EQUESTRIAN

August 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

The Winston men’s and ladies’ collection offers elegant show jackets for the hunter and jumper ring, stretch-fitted show shirts, and form-flattering breeches, all made of finest European fabrics.

The Winston men’s and ladies’ collection offers elegant show jackets for the hunter and jumper ring, stretch-fitted show shirts, and form-flattering breeches, all made of finest European fabrics.

Designed by a team in Belgium, The Winston men’s and ladies’ collection offers elegant show jackets for the hunter and jumper ring, stretch-fitted show shirts, and form-flattering breeches, all made of finest European fabrics.

 

The low-rise and classically designed breeches are made of the breathable and durable Swiss Schoeller fabric. Available in white, beige, light taupe, navy blue and dark grey, they have the modern lycra “sock” at the ankle for a great fit.

 

The coats can be fully customized with various color options for the collar, piping, and pockets. The stand-out of the collection has crystals on the collar and pockets – to match with the beautifully-crafted shirts which feature crystal or pearlescent snap buttons.

 

These light and beautiful coats are made of a non-wrinkle elastic material for a modern fit with a classic wool appearance.  The shirts are available in short and long sleeve and come in a variety of different models and colors – all with unparalleled elasticity in a soft cotton material making them both comfortable and flattering.  All items are machine washable.

 

Show jackets from $ 599.00 to $ 729.00, breeches ladies $ 329.95, breeches men $ 339.95, short sleeve shirts $ 179.95, long sleeve shirts $ 189.95 and $199.95.

 

For our premiere retailers and/or more information about Winston – www.fabsportswear.com

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Grand Champions Polo Club’s Melissa Ganzi Elected To USPA Board Of Governors

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

WELLINGTON, FL-August 24, 2013—Melissa Potamkin Ganzi of Wellington has been elected to the Board of Governors for the United States Polo Association, the sport’s governing body.

Ganzi, owner of Grand Champions Polo Club, will begin her two-year term at the October 2-5 Fall Meetings at the Houstonian Hotel in Houston, Tex.

Ganzi is one of twelve new Governors-at-Large elected by USPA members.

Others elected to serve are Avery Chapman, an avid player at Grand Champions; Sunny Hale, top-ranked U.S. women’s player and host of the WCT Tournament at Grand Champions; former 10-goaler and Hall of Famer Memo Gracida; Valiente player-sponsor Bob Jornayvaz; former polo great Dale Smicklas, now WCT Commissioner; Steve Armour, Chrys Beal, Richard Caleel, Stevie Orthwein Jr., Russ Sheldon and Charles Smith.

USPA chairman Chuck Weaver called the newly-elected officers “a solid team that will move our association forward.”

Melissa Ganzi

Melissa Ganzi

Ganzi has played an active role in promoting polo at all levels and is one of the sport’s movers-and-shakers. She has been around horses her entire life and got involved in polo on and off the playing field more than a decade ago.

One of the nation’s top woman polo players, she plays professionally with and against men and is team captain of Piaget, based at Grand Champions. She and her husband, Marc, also a top amateur player, own and maintain the club year-round. She breeds and trains polo ponies at her Santa Rita Farm in Ocala, Fla.

Ganzi is all about diversity in polo. Her vision is to promote the sport of polo among the masses including kids and juniors, women and gay polo players. She would like to see polo embraced by the general public and mainstream sports followers and bring new people to the sport.

Ganzi has staged polo events including junior tournaments, International Gay Polo League Tournament, International Tournament, Women’s Championship Tournament, Polo School at Grand Champions and spring and fall seasons, which has nurtured several top rising juniors and pros at Grand Champions.

Ganzi is president and fund raiser for the National Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame Board of Directors and secretary-treasurer of the Polo Training Foundation.

Ganzi has launched an educational project, PET (Polo Education Tour) where she travels to various libraries in South Florida educating adults and children about polo with a full display of polo equipment while talking about the game.

Ganzi has won the Ylvisaker Cup and Butler Handicap Cup, Hall of Fame Cup, Bill Triller 20-Goal Tournament, Western Badge and Trophy 20-Goal, Mayors Cup, Miami Beach Polo World Cup, Aspen Snow Polo Championship, North America Cup, U.S. Open Women’s Tournament and played with Prince Charles, Prince Phillip and Prince Harry.

Ganzi has made history several times in the sport. She was the first woman ever to win the Monty Waterbury Cup in 2001, just one year after she started playing the game full-time. She is one of only a few women in the world to compete in the C.V. Whitney Cup, USPA Gold Cup and U.S. Open.

Earlier this year, Ganzi was honored during the Portrait Of A Woman Luncheon, part of Women’s History Month, for her significant long term contributions to individuals and various organizations and the positive impact she has had on the community, not only in polo, but charity work and organizations that specialize in helping the disabled. Grand Champions Polo Club has been a long-time employer of disabled workers.

The Ganzi family and support staff are currently preparing for the upcoming sixth fall season at Grand Champions.

The season will feature nine tournaments including two 20-goal tournaments in November. All tournaments are USPA-sanctioned and have grown in stature since their start in the mid-1990s.

GRAND CHAMPIONS FALL SCHEDULE

Sept. 27-29,Tackeria Invitational, Palm City Polo Club, Boca Raton
Oct. 4-6, USPA Fall Classic
Oct. 13-15, USPA Kay Colee Memorial
Oct. 18-20, US Trust Cup
Oct. 25-27, USPA Fall Plates
Oct. 30-Nov. 9, USPA North America Cup
Nov. 1-3, Pedro Morrison Memorial
Nov. 8-10, Palm Restaurant Invitational
Nov. 13-24,The National 20-Goal Championship

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington, 561-644-5050.

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 high and medium goal 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.

Diary of a Podium Hopeful: Last Days of Qualification

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

by Sophie St.Clair

The qualification period for the Children’s and Adult Amateur Western Regional Jumper Championships closes Monday, August 26, 2013. Points will continue to be tabulated to determine the top 12 riders and the makeup of teams. Alternate riders will also be determined once points have been calculated.

Looking at the list of riders who have applied I can assume that a good number of these riders will make it to the Championships. And, more exciting, if selected I will be on a team with some of them. I haven’t had the pleasure of getting to watch all of my future teammates do their thing but I am so incredibly excited to meet and make friends with what looks like a talented group of riders. I only have a little experience with some of the girls on the California list and know that I will be super stoked to ride with any of them.

At Showpark Summer Festival in August my hopes for maintaining my first place position in two Children’s Jumper classes were thwarted by Zoey Pacyna and her horse Wonderfull. They deservedly took first place on all three days of competition at that show and were super fast to boot!

Peyton Masteller and her horse Pikador have been on fire winning Children’s and Mod Jr. Amateur Classics.

I have seen and talked to Serenity Phillips briefly at the shows. She’s very friendly and both of her qualified horses are fantastic.

However, some of my toughest competition comes from Katie Murray a member of my own barn! Katie and her horse Taboo’s Castillo have recently been riding the “MoJams” and she has a new partnership with her other qualified horse Forlana Van’t Arkelhof. It’s always tough to balance friendship and competition but I am proud to say Katie is one of my closest friends.

California will have a great group of riders this year in Sacramento. No matter how the teams shape up we all bring something special to this competition.

To follow the California Standings for the USHJA Children’s and Adult Amateur Western Regional Jumper Championships follow this link. http://www.ushja.org/programs/jumper/ch_aastandings.aspx

Sophie St.Clair and Katie Murray at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center Opener

Sophie St.Clair and Katie Murray at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center Opener

 

Sophie and Katie watch a few rounds before the M&S League Children's Jumper Classic at HITS Thermal

Sophie and Katie watch a few rounds before the M&S League Children’s Jumper Classic at HITS Thermal

 

Katie Murray takes 2nd and Sophie St.Clair takes 4th in the Children's Jumper Classic at Blenheim June Classic 2.

Katie Murray takes 2nd and Sophie St.Clair takes 4th in the Children’s Jumper Classic at Blenheim June Classic 2.

 

Sophie and Katie finish first and second in the Black Star Equestrian Children's Jumper Classic at Huntington Beach Surf Classic. They finished less than a tenth of a second apart.

Sophie and Katie finish first and second in the Black Star Equestrian Children’s Jumper Classic at Huntington Beach Surf Classic. They finished less than a tenth of a second apart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Food Hunting: Strawberry Cream Shake

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

By Kat Wojtylak

The strawberry and cream shake gets a boost from freeze dried berries since frozen fruits aren't always ideal in terms of taste.

The strawberry and cream shake gets a boost from freeze dried berries since frozen fruits aren’t always ideal in terms of taste.

Summer is coming to an end, and with it the winding down of show season. Slowly we start getting depressed because daylight is shorter and our access to fresh ice cream and riding time is becoming limited. That ice cream bit may just be me however.
Ice cream or sweets splurges are something most of us can relate to in some way (for those dairy intolerant stick with me). We’re emotional over something- our horse decided to pull a stunt that left him lame before finals, your significant other threw their red shirt in with all of your riding clothes including the new breeches you bought, or you’re just sick and tired of it all. We’ve all been there and had some version of that ‘kind of day,’ where a pint of ice cream or visit to your secret stash is the first line of defense towards mending emotional breakdowns.
Ice cream, the universal cure for emotional upsets.

Ice cream, the universal cure for emotional upsets.

I hate to burst your bubble and possibly throw your emotional state right off the cliff, but have you happened to look at the nutritional label for ice cream lately? Holy Butterfinger! It’s absolutely and utterly heartbreaking to know that you can no longer eat a pint of ice cream in one sitting if you want to maintain weight (good thing you’re not a jockey). But it’s also scary not knowing what half of the ingredients are in it too.
Healthy alternatives usually mean no flavor and the inability to satiate even the barn dog. Luckily for you I stumbled upon an amazing fix for ice cream lovers without the huge guilt to rack up with it. The recipe started off as a shake to substitute for my morning meal which I do on days when I work out. It’s a good way to get nutrients, but not feel weighted down or starved. Normally I’ll throw yogurt, flax seeds, a banana, some type of frozen or fresh fruit and a splash of fruit juice in the blender. These are good, but due to the way our food system works, the frozen or fresh fruit (especially those which are out of season) doesn’t taste like a whole lot. While this shake can get me through my morning, there isn’t enough sweetness or taste there for me to feel like I’m getting satisfied as if I were to have one later in the day when I’m craving ice cream or a cookie. This is exactly how the recipe hunt got started, take the components of a shake but amp it up to feel like I’m getting a sweet treat but without all the calories and heaviness.

It’s a simple fact of compensating for what is lacking in the base recipe. In terms of the lame fruit with no flavor or taste, I added freeze dried fruit in addition to the frozen fruit. This not only enhances the color (we eat with our eyes), but also added the flavor of the berry back into the mix. For the subtle sweetness I was missing, I added in sugar and some vanilla- these are two ingredients in ice cream so it was a natural step. As far as the creaminess, I tried experimenting with a number of “creams.” Cream is in ice cream, but if it was unhealthiness we were trying to cut down on, then this wouldn’t suffice. I did try a vegan version and non-fat in terms of skim milk, the results were lack luster for me. I finally settled on organic whole milk which had a ton of flavor, vitamins and had just the right amount of creaminess. From all that, a recipe was born.

It’s a simple recipe, but I urge everyone to try various versions based on their own preferences. I insisted on the use of sugar because this shake became a healthier alternative to my plate of brownies in an emotional frenzy, and it satisfied my own sweet tooth. Omit the sugar or try honey or agave syrup. You can consider using different combinations of frozen fruit- perhaps peaches and raspberries, and then mix up the freeze dried fruit for whatever you can find. For those whose taste buds reflect a need for lightness, by all means- use skim milk or almond milk! Perhaps those vegans out there can help recommend an Almond Milk or other “milk” in which is creamier than what I chose to help make this more palatable for the masses. Be warned, the salt in this recipe is not one I would omit as it enhances the flavor of the recipe exponentially. But even if you stick to this very basic recipe, it’s satisfyingly delicious in times of weakness!

To full plates and eating your tarte out.

Strawberry and Cream shake mimics a milkshake without tons of extra calories and a bright burst of berry flavor.

Strawberry and Cream shake mimics a milkshake without tons of extra calories and a bright burst of berry flavor.

Strawberry Cream Shake

1 cup of frozen strawberries
1/2 cup of freeze dried strawberries
1 cup of whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons of sugar (optional)

In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Blend till smooth, adding more milk until desired consistency is achieved. Serve with a straw and fresh strawberry- or drink straight from the blender!

About the writer: Author Kat Wojtylak is a horse enthusiast turned food blogger. She maintains a day job in the horse world handling marketing and brand support to various companies, while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences. Visit her blog at EatYourTarteOut.com or email her at tartechic@eatyourtarteout.com.

Diary of a Podium Hopeful: Introductions and USHJA Regional Children’s Jumper Championships

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

by Sophie St. Clair

I’m sure, you’ve heard of the U.S. Pony Jumper Finals, North American Junior and Young Rider Championships and the prestigious Prix des States. Now, in 2013 the USHJA introduces a new show jumping championship to add to the list: The Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Regional Championships. Four competitions will be held North, South, East and West and will combine different zones from the geographic regions.

The format consists of a Team component modeled off of a Nations Cup format and an individual component. Eligibility requires riders to apply for the championship and earn points toward their ranking. The top ranked riders will be invited depending on the number of teams each state is allowed to bring. In most cases each state will bring only one team of four plus an alternate. But in some states there are so many riders that the rules allow for more than one team. In California this year there are approximately 400 riders competing in the Children’s Jumper Division which allows California to bring 3 teams.

Informational flyer for the USHJA Children's and Adult Regional Jumper Championships.  http://www.ushja.org/programs/jumper/ch_aahome.aspx

Informational flyer for the USHJA Children’s and Adult Regional Jumper Championships.
http://www.ushja.org/programs/jumper/ch_aahome.aspx

This brings me to yours truly. Hi. My name is Sophie St. Clair, I’m 14 years old and live in sunny, Southern California. I’m also one of those 400 riders hoping for a spot on the competing California teams.  Currently, I am placed third on the USHJA California standings and sixth in Zone 10 for the Children’s Jumper-High Division on my part-time teacher and full-time best friend, Sjapoo.  (Pronounced Sha-PO)

I was born into a third generation of horse lovers but did not fully realize my passion for my now favorite four legged beasts until age seven. A myriad of uninspired ballet lessons and lackluster karate chops led me to this realization. However, as is the start of many a horsey tale, it only took one ride around the paddock on my grandmother’s old mare to be hooked. The next couple months were a flurry of local barn visits and equestrian related Google searches. Eventually, my parents settled on sending me for lessons in a sleepy little riding school by the name of San Pascual Stables.

Sophie St. Clair and her horse Sjapoo sharing a sweet moment.

Sophie St. Clair and her horse Sjapoo sharing a sweet moment.

Now, seven years, four horses, three-hundred-thirty-two ribbons and nearing a hundred dumps in the dirt later, I have come to a point where I could be in real contention for a regional title! Follow me here as I guest blog for Sidelines News to document my journey to the Children’s Jumper Western Regional Championship in Sacramento, CA and give you a glimpse at what happens behind the scenes. With my partner in crime Sjapoo and a pinch of luck, I’ll make it to the podium.

For more information on the Regional Jumper Championships please visit the USHJA web site.

http://www.ushja.org/programs/jumper/ch_aahome.aspx

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