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Berry Hunter Driving Clinic

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

Florida Agriculture Center & Horse Park
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There are still a few slots available for this clinic!! Entries will be accepted thru Friday, 11/29 at 5 PM. Use this a brush-up for The Central Florida HDT at Grand Oaks next weekend!!!

Rolex and Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Sign Unprecedented 10-Year Partnership to Transform Show Jumping for the Americas

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

2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival to Have Five CSI 5* Events and a Record 51 FEI Ranking Classes Over the Circuit

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For Immediate Release

 

Wellington, FL – November 27, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) and Rolex SA signed an unprecedented 10-year sponsorship agreement to make Rolex the “Official Timepiece” of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) and of the world-renowned FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The FTI WEF serves almost 6,000 horses and 2,000 riders from 50 states and over 30 countries.

 

The long-term partnership will facilitate a record US $1.63 million dollar increase in prize money bringing the grand total to over US $8 million dollars at the FTI WEF, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. Three new FEI-rated CSI 5* events will be added to the schedule, which will make five of the 12 weeks during the circuit at the highest level in Show Jumping. There will also be a new US $1 million Palm Beach Challenge presented by Rolex bonus opportunity.

 

Another highlight of the association is that two of the CSI 5* Grand Prix events will be televised and many others will be distributed by Rolex through their media partnerships in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

 

Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, stated, “We are honored to be partnered with one of the most respected brands in the world. Through this partnership, we will provide the resources to elevate the level of Show Jumping for the Americas and expose PBIEC to a broader international audience.”

 

Arnaud Boetsch, Director of Communications with Rolex, said, “We are very pleased to extend and expand the scope of our long-lasting and successful partnership with this prestigious venue and the world-class, world-renowned events it hosts. Rolex and Palm Beach International Equestrian Center certainly share a common passion for excellence and perfection.”

 

The dates of the 2014 CSI 5* shows are: FTI WEF 3 from January 22-26, FTI WEF 5 from February 5-9, FTI WEF 7 from February 19-23, FTI WEF 10 from March 12-16, and FTI WEF 12 from March 26-30. In addition to the five CSI 5* shows, there are three CSI 4* events, a CSI 3*, and two CSI 2* shows during the circuit.

 

FTI WEF weeks 3, 5, 7, and 10 will feature a US $300,000 Saturday Night Grand Prix. FTI WEF 12 will feature the US $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix.

 

The “Palm Beach Challenge presented by Rolex” applies to four of the five 5* events and awards a US $1 million bonus to any horse and rider combination that wins the four consecutive CSI 5* Grand Prix events at FTI WEF 3, 5, 10, and 12. The winner of two consecutive Grand Prix will receive US $50,000 and the winner of three of four will receive a US $100,000 bonus.

 

Finally, Rolex offered a substantial contribution to the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge (GCC), presented by Fidelity Investments, an equestrian Show Jumping competition founded by Mark Bellissimo and his daughter Paige. The event, which occurs on February 1, 2014, is a competition where the world’s top riders team up with equestrian sport’s most prominent families in a unique competition that awards a sliding scale of prize money to each of the 34 randomly selected charities in Palm Beach County.

 

 

ABOUT ROLEX

Rolex enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster watches are symbols of excellence, performance, and prestige. Pioneer in the development of the wristwatch since 1905, the brand is at the origin of several landmark innovations in watchmaking, including the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, exploration, sports, and the environment through sponsoring and philanthropic programmes. Rolex has been present in equestrian sports since 1957.

 

For more information, visit www.rolex.com.

 

About the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center

The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) is considered the most recognizable equestrian sporting venue in America today. It is a 160-acre “Equestrian Lifestyle Destination” nestled in the heart of an 8,000-acre equestrian paradise in Wellington, Florida, located only 20 miles west of Palm Beach.

 

There are 16 competition rings throughout the equestrian show complex suited for the world’s finest Show Jumping, Hunter, and Dressage events. The PBIEC show grounds offer spectators a picturesque environment in which to enjoy equestrian competitions. There are a number of hospitality and vendor pavilions dedicated to dining, shopping, and VIP areas.

 

For more information on Equestrian Sport Productions and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

Meet Romulus, The World’s Tallest Donkey, at The 2014 Midwest Horse Fair!

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

Madison, WI, November 27, 2013 –– When Phil Yellott and his wife, Cara, of Red Oak, Texas, decided to get a couple of donkeys to use as guard animals to protect their livestock, they had no idea that within a year, they would be recognized worldwide. They began their search, and soon came across a pair of rare American Mammoth Jackstock geldings for sale on Craigslist – two brothers, ages 7 and 9. Everyone knows they grow ‘em big in Texas, and though skinny and underfed, these were truly some Texas-sized donkeys.

Romulus And Remus

Phil and Cara bought the pair, naming them Romulus and Remus after the twin brothers central to the foundation myth of Rome. They quickly found the brothers to be very close – Phil and Cara say it’s like having one giant 8-legged donkey. They began working to get Romulus and Remus socialized and back to full health.

 

After contacting the American Donkey and Mule Society (ADMS) to inquire about their registration, the Yellotts learned that their new guard donkeys weren’t just big, but Romulus, the older and taller of the two, could actually be a contender for the world’s tallest donkey! The current record holder was named Oklahoma Sam, who stood 15.3 hands at the withers, and the Yellotts were pretty sure Romulus and Remus were both taller than that. On February 8, 2013, Dr. Valerie Jaffe, D.V.M, visited their home stable, 4C Stables in Waxahatchie, Texas, to take official measurements for the Guinness Book of World Records.

 

Romulus measured 17 hands at the withers – 5 feet, 8 inches at the top of the shoulder! – A full five inches taller than Oklahoma Sam, and Remus was just two inches shorter than his big brother. On May 13, 2013, Romulus was officially certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest donkey. You can meet him and his “little” brother in person at the 2014 Midwest Horse Fair!

 

To read more about Romulus and Remus you can visit their website www.worldstallestdonkey.com.

The Midwest Horse Fair is owned by the Wisconsin Horse Council, Inc. All proceeds from the Fair are returned to the WHC and are used to represent and foster a unified equine industry in Wisconsin, promote the equine leadership, education, service, and communication, and to take a proactive role in the future growth and development of the equine industry. For additional information visit www.MidwestHorseFair.com or contact the Midwest Horse Fair by phone at 920-623-5515 or e-mail press@midwesthorsefair.com. To request this information in a different format, please e-mail press@midwesthorsefair.com.

Good Food Hunting: Dark Horse Chocolates

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

By Kat Wojtylak

Full Cry chocolate by Dark Horse Chocolates- Almond Butter Crunch in Milk Chocolate.

Full Cry chocolate by Dark Horse Chocolates- Almond Butter Crunch in Milk Chocolate.

We love horses, and many of us love chocolates. You probably didn’t think you could combine the two, but yes….it certainly is true. Dark Horse Chocolates was launched in 1992 by Phyllis LeBlanc. During graduate school she envisioned a line of gifts for equestrians that she could give out to the people at the barn. Her business plan was so intriguing that Harbor Sweets (where she was working at the time), was able to launch the line and pay for all development costs within four weeks. Dark Horse Chocolates has now since expanded, offering great gifts for equestrians year round. Little did Phyllis know that her part time job as a candy dipper would lead her down the path of becoming CEO of Harbor Sweets which is now celebrating forty successful years.

NOTE: If you missed Phyllis’ first interview, visit this link to learn about her background with horses and how Harbor Sweets came about.

This magnificent assortment is complete with both milk and dark chocolates from Dark Horse Chocolates English and Hunt collections. It is easy to pick your favorite from this presentation of unfoiled chocolates!

This magnificent assortment is complete with both milk and dark chocolates from Dark Horse Chocolates English and Hunt collections. It is easy to pick your favorite from this presentation of unfoiled chocolates!

KW: Hi Phyllis and thanks so much for joining us again. Where exactly did the name Dark Horse Chocolates come from?

PB: At the time I had a big (17.3h) black Hanoverian named Able.  He was the inspiration for the name, and we liked the concept of “the dark horse” coming out of nowhere and being a winner!

KW: Gotta love the underdog! Tell us about the line of chocolates and how each individual “horse” relates to a different flavor. How did you decide on these combinations?

PB: We took the most popular flavors of chocolates that we had and combined them with the disciplines that we thought would appeal to the most people. We have a Grand Prix Jumper which is a butter caramel in dark chocolate. Then we have the Dressage Classic which is an almond butter crunch in dark chocolate. The Peppermint Ponies are dark chocolate and peppermint crunch and Sea Biscuits are a running thoroughbred who is peanut butter on a mini biscuit covered in milk chocolate. Then we have our hunt series which includes Full Cry (almond butter crunch and milk chocolate), Fox Trot (butter caramel in milk chocolate) and Tallyho (solid milk chocolate).

KW: You always make me hungry for chocolate! What is your favorite?

PB: Whichever one I’m eating at the moment!

This handsome fabric box, handmade by a local artisan, features a Conte Crayon drawing by Jocelyn Sandor Urban. Filled with a 16 piece assortment of milk and dark chocolates, this gift will thrill all your favorite equestrians!

This handsome fabric box, handmade by a local artisan, features a Conte Crayon drawing by Jocelyn Sandor Urban. Filled with a 16 piece assortment of milk and dark chocolates, this gift will thrill all your favorite equestrians!

KW: That sounds like an answer I’d give! But tell us about the photo shoots for your catalog, are they of your horse?

PB: It would be fun to do the photo shoots on location at a farm or my stable but usually we shoot the photos of the chocolates in a studio.  Keep in mind we are photographing the chocolates in the middle of the summer, when it is hot in New England!  The photos of Chiron and me are either from a show or at the stable.

KW: Any special gift ideas for other horse enthusiasts?

PB: Our Dark Horse Chocolates Christmas Calendar makes a wonderful gift.  It has a Dark Horse Chocolate behind each of the twenty five doors leading up to Christmas, with a pony waiting for you on Christmas Day. We also have our Red Sparkle Take Out Box which is filled with our Dressage Classic and Fox Trot chocolates. No gift wrapping required! And then for those special recipients on your list, we have a a Equestrian Fabric Box showcasing four yearlings. It’s filled with an assortment of milk and dark chocolates. What makes it so unique is that the box is a keepsake and can be kept for years to come, even after the chocolates are long gone.

Open one of the 25 doors on each of the 24 days before Christmas. Behind each door is a gold foiled Dark Horse Chocolates treasure. On the 25th day, Christmas morning, you will find the pony you have always wished for.

Open one of the 25 doors on each of the 24 days before Christmas. Behind each door is a gold foiled Dark Horse Chocolates treasure. On the 25th day, Christmas morning, you will find the pony you have always wished for.

KW: So the million dollar question is, where do you sell Dark Horse Chocolates?

PB: Dark Horse Chocolates can be purchased at your local tack shop, or through our catalog or website at Harbor Sweets.

KW: And if that’s not enough, where can people learn more about Dark Horse Chocolates?

Come visit our chocolate factory for a tour at Harbor Sweets, 85 Leavitt Street, Salem, MA 01970.  You may request a catalog or join our email list on our website also.

 

As always it was a pleasure speaking with Phyllis and becoming increasingly hungry for chocolate! A great gift item for those on your list, it’s a way to support small businesses who also happen to have equestrians onboard . Enjoy your shopping and have a safe and happy holiday season!

To full plates and eating your tarte out.

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.

Important Changes to the both USEF and FEI Drugs & Medications Rules for Competition Horses Will Affect the 2014 Competition Year

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

 

From the USEF Communications Department

Prohibited Practices

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A new category of rules referred to as Prohibited Practices has been introduced to the USEF Rule Book which will take effect December 1, 2013. The first rule to be adopted in this category is commonly referred to as the “12 Hour Rule.” It was introduced in March of 2013 by the USEF Veterinary Committee and following extensive feedback from USEF Technical Committees, Working Groups, and from attendees at USEF Town Hall Meetings held in Florida in March, and via interactive webcast in June, the USEF Board of Directors at their mid-year meeting approved the proposal which is printed in its entirety here:

 

GR 414 Prohibited Practices

 

1. No injectable substances may be administered to any horse or pony within 12 hours prior to competing, with the following three exceptions subject to paragraph 2 below:

 

a. Therapeutic fluids, which amount must consist of a minimum of 10L of polyionic fluids; and which must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and guidelines. The fluids must not be supplemented with concentrated electrolytes, such as magnesium.

 

b. Antibiotics. Procaine penicillin G is prohibited under this exception.

 

c. Dexamethasone. This is permitted only for the treatment of acute urticaria(hives). The dose must not exceed 0.5 mg per 100lb (5.0 mg for 1000lb horse) if administered more than 6 hours and less than 12 hours prior to entering the competition ring, and must not exceed 1.0 mg per 100lb (10.0 mg for 1000lb horse) within any 24-hour period.

 

2. The above exceptions are permitted only when (i) the substance is administered by a licensed veterinarian and no less than six hours prior to competing; and (ii) the “Trainer” as defined under General Rule 404 properly files, or causes to be properly filed, an Equine Drugs and Medications Report Form with the Steward/Technical Delegate or competition office representative within one hour after the administration of the substance or one hour after the Steward/Technical Delegate or competition office representative returns to duty if the administration occurs at a time outside competition hours. The Steward/Technical Delegate or competition office representative shall sign and record the time of receipt on the Equine Drugs and Medications Report Form.

 

In summary, there are a few bullet points to remember about this rule change.

No horses or ponies maybe injected within twelve hours of competing.

There are only three exceptions to this rule: therapeutic fluids, antibiotics, and Dexamethasone (for the treatment of hives).

All excepted substances must be administered by a veterinarian and cannot be administered to a horse or pony within six hours of competing.

There are three restricted medications that are affected by this change:

Dexamethasone (Azium®) – maximum 24 hour dose has been decreased from 20mg/1000lb horse to 10mg/1000lb horse and must be administered in accordance with the new “12 Hour Rule” GR414.

Ketoprofen (Ketofen®) – maximum 24 hour dose 1.0 gram/1000lb horse remains the same, however it must be administered no later than 12 hours prior to competition.

Methocarbamol (Robaxin®) – maximum 24 hour dose 5.0grams/1000lb horse remains the same, however must be administered no later than 12 hours prior to competition.

 

CHANGES TO FEI EQUINE PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES LIST FOR 2014

 

The FEI Bureau has approved changes to the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List proposed by the FEI List Group. The new List will become effective January 1, 2014.

 

The changes are summarized here and below:

 

Two new Controlled Medication substances have been added to the List for 2014:

Metformin – a potent but legitimate oral anti-diabetic drug with a potential welfare risk;

Levothyroxine – an exogenous thyroid hormone replacement that could enhance performance;

Adrenocortico-trophic hormone (ACTH)is currently classified as a Banned Substance and will be moved to the Controlled Medication section of the 2014 List due to its therapeutic value in equine medicine.

 

Three previously unlisted substanceswill be added to the Banned Substances section of the 2014 List, as they are considered to have a potential for abuse, or to improve athletic performance:

Ammonium Chloride injectable

Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL)

Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB)

The changes to the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List are also accessible on the FEI Clean Sport webpage. The FEI Equine Prohibited Substances Database will be amended and the complete 2014 Equine Prohibited Substances List will be made available on the Clean Sport website prior to January 1, 2014.

 

These changes have been noticed in accordance with FEI Rules requiring all changes to the List to be published 90 days in advance in order to allow National Federations, athletes and veterinarians sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the revised List prior to implementation.

 

The new competition year begins December 1, 2013. The USEF encourages every exhibitor, trainer, coach, and owner to take time, prior to competing, to carefully review the “Guidelines for How Long Drugs Remain Detectable” which is included in the 2014 USEF Drugs & Medications Guidelines and can be accessed by clicking here or by contacting the USEF Drugs & Medication Program at Medequestrian@aol.com. You may also call the USEF Drugs & Medications office at 800-633-2472 to request a copy.

The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation® is to provide leadership

for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the pursuit

of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a

foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare

of its human and equine athletes.

BROADWAY COMES TO KENTUCKY WITH EQUINE THEATER PERFORMANCE ‘Spirit of the Horse’ Production a First for Kentucky Horse Park and Central Kentucky

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

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 25, 2013) – A dazzling new holiday production in Central Kentucky, “The Spirit of the Horse: A Holiday Equine Extravaganza,” out of Maple Park, Ill. is scheduled for the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30, 2013, at 7 p.m. both nights.

 

Capturing all the elements of an impressive Broadway musical, “The Spirit of the Horse” has one component rarely if ever seen on a Broadway stage-18 high-level dressage/performance horses ridden by championship riders at the highest level in their sport. Among them is Yvonne Barteau, a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) bronze, silver and gold medalist and a Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) trainer and rider who has trained a dozen horses to the Grand Prix level. Her mount is GP Raymeister, three-time United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Horse of the Year.

 

Yvonne’s husband and business partner, Kim Barteau, displays his enormous talents as a “Liberty” trainer with his equine partner and huge crowd-pleaser, GP Boater. They have shown across the country to rave reviews and appear in the production as the “master of the house” and his stallion. Also appearing in the show is Dan James, the well-known Australian of Double Dan Horsemanship who plays the “villain” in the 55-minute production.

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“What makes our show unique are the multitalented horses that give audiences a spectacular performance every time, be it in a show like ‘Spirit’ or in a dressage arena,” says Yvonne Barteau, the author of the script. “It’s rare that you find horses like the ones you will see in this production – horses that give their hearts in every step they take. These are the true stars of ‘The Spirit of the Horse.’ It is they who inspired me from the outset to write this story.”

 

In addition to the performances on both nights, barn tours are available to the public from 3:30-6 p.m. and a post-production party follows the show each night. Show tickets range from $25 for VIP seating to $15 general admission for adults, and $10 for children ages 3-12. Barn Tour tickets are $5 for adults and complimentary for one accompanying child when purchased with a show ticket. Tickets to the “Post Production Party” to meet and greet the cast are $25 per person, adult or child. Official programs and The Spirit of the Horse Story Book will be on sale at the show.

 

Tickets are now only available on site the afternoon/evening of each performance at the Alltech Arena ticket windows, starting at 3:30 p.m. each day. Information about “The Spirit of the Horse” is available at www.kybdressage.com or at www.kyhorsepark.com.

Lisa Jackson
Kentucky Horse Park
859-259-4224
Lisa.Jackson@ky.gov

Ginna Frantz
KYB-GPE Equine Theater Production Company
312-593-4466
GFrantz@GrandPrixEquestrian.com

PETER WYLDE UNITED STATES’ OLYMPIC TEAM GOLD MEDALIST TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR 2014 CPI COMPETITION

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

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WELLINGTON, FL –

The 2014 College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) is honored to announce that world class and Olympic show jumping icon, Peter Wylde, will be the ‘key note’ speaker at the 2014 CPI Awards Ceremony. Breaking away from rigorous 2014 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) competition duties, Wylde will speak to the young participants about the pertinence of a collegiate education for students desiring to become professional equestrians following graduation, as well as the benefits associated with collegiate team participation.

 

“To have Peter as a ‘marquis’ component of the 2014 CPI, is a dream come true,” states Jeanne Rouco-Conesa, CPI President. “Peter’s wide ranging experience, college background at Tuft’s University, success both here in the U.S. and in Europe, will be an inspiring, but yet, an invaluable resource to the youth attending CPI.”

 

Additional invaluable tools for the 2014 CPI is the participation of Peter Cashman, the 2014 CPI Show Manager, and Simon Towns, the 2014 CPI Stable Manager and Competition Horse Recruiter.

 

“Coupled with Peter’s IHSA background and as the Director of Riding at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point where he oversees a 50 stall barn, a lesson program, the USMA Cadet Equestrian Team and the Army Mules, and Simon’s experience as IEA Zone 4 Chairperson, the 2014 CPI is in the best hands possible,” continues Rouco-Conesa.

 

“I am so pleased to be a part of the CPI Horse Show and Scholarship Fund this year. The new and improved structure for the horse show will truly maximize every rider’s potential on the wonderful horses that are being generously donated,” states Towns.

Photo Credit: Isabel Kurek Peter Wylde on Esplanade at the 2008 World Cup - Gothenburg, Sweden

Photo Credit: Isabel Kurek
Peter Wylde on Esplanade at the 2008 World Cup – Gothenburg, Sweden

2014 CPI FACTS AT A GLANCE:

 

• Dates: March 28-30, 2014

• Location: Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, Palm Beach, FL. (Seven (7)

miles from Wellington’s Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

• Fees: $530 per participant. $25 application fee after 11/15/13.

• Admission: Limited to 160 participants.

• Applications: Available on line at www.collegeprepinvitational.com

• Equestrian disciplines: Hunt Seat Equitation competitions over fences

and under saddle. (Dressage not offered in 2014.)

 

About the College Preparatory Invitational

The mission of the CPI is to prepare and educate student riders in grades 9 – 12 about the format of college equestrian competition, encourage academics and horsemanship, and to provide the riders with resources to create their desired college equestrian experience. The show is specifically geared to promote college recruitment of equestrians by providing the opportunity for coaches and potential students to meet. The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show is rooted in the belief that equestrian talent, not finances, should dictate a rider’s opportunity to be a part of a collegiate team. Given the fact that the CPI provides all the horses and necessary tack for the show, riders do not incur the expense of transporting horses to the show.

 

The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show is based on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) hunt seat equitation classification, where horses will be assigned by a random draw on the day of competition.

 

Along with the competition, the CPI will offer seminars and question & answer sessions during the show. Riders and their families will hear about the college equestrian experience and familiarize themselves with the different associations that govern collegiate riding. There will also be a number or College and Universities present at the CPI to distribute literature and introduce the academic and riding opportunities, including scholarships, offered at their institution.

 

Because the future leaders of the equestrian business and sport are the college bound riders, The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show Scholarship Fund is designed to reward those riders that exhibit social conduct and academic excellence as well as competitive success.

 

The CPI offers various types of scholarships to the student riders. Please visit the CPI website’s Scholarship Page for detailed information regarding the CPI Scholarships.

Good Food Hunting: Food and Kitchen Gifts for the Equestrian

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

By Kat Wojtylak

What do you buy your trainer, barn owner or fellow horse owner? Most times it’s not an easy and straightforward question. That’s why I’ve compiled a few kitchen/food related items that are sure to be unique for your gift giving this holiday season.

French antique knife holder running horse from PARISOUIPARIS.

This Antique Horse Knife Holder Set is perfect for individuals who enjoy dinner parties and like the equestrian flare. These one of a kind set of silver running horses is from the 1920’s and will be a unique element for the recipient. Sold on Etsy, the set of six retails for $79.00.

Harbor Sweets/Dark Horse Chocolates unique and beautiful display of their chocolates in the Heritage Tin.

Harbor Sweets/Dark Horse Chocolates unique and beautiful display of their chocolates in the Homestead Winter Tin.

Dark Horse Chocolates Homestead Tin is filled with an assortment of handmade chocolates courtesy of Harbor Sweets. Each tin contains forty pieces of various chocolates depicting horses including milk and chocolate varieties. When the chocolates are all gone, the recipient has the perfect tin to store and showcase treats for years to come. Retails at $45.00 and is perfect for a barn owner, barn staff, tack room or for any horse owner.

Wild Stallion Horse Magnet, Set of Eight, sold by OriginalAnimalMagnet.

Wild Stallion Horse Magnets are a fun way to dress up the fridge. Who knows, they might even help keep the little ones entertained while you’re trying to serve up a holiday meal. A perfect stocking stuffer for the collegiate equestrian, or a gift for the newly relocated equestrian. Retails for $22.00 and sold on Etsy. Available in other colors.

Dala Horse Screen Printed Horse Glassware by Vital

Dala Horse Screen Printed Pint Glasses are an eclectic four pack that will bring something special to your holiday equestrian gift giving. Sold in green, blue, red and yellow, this four pack is handmade and good for those equestrians who like to drink and be merry! Retails for $42.00.

Vintage Horse Prints Wafer Paper available from Fancy Flours

Vintage Horse Prints Wafer Paper is a baker’s secret to making breathtaking cookies that pay homage to thoroughbred racing. Available from Fancy Flours, this set of twenty two comes in unique prints that are sure to leave recipients and those indulging talking about them for years to come. Retails for $15.00.

Kicking Horse Coffee, 454 Horse Power Blend sold on Amazon.

And last but not least, for those individuals who have a coffee addiction, Kicking Horse Coffee brings you their 454 Horse Power Blend. An organic and fair trade coffee, this blend from Indonesia bring earthy tones with a deep dark flavor to the palate. Available in whole beans. Retails for $25.55 and is sold on Amazon.

I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and if you need help, you know where to find me.

To full plates and eating your tarte out.

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.

WHIT WATKINS AWARDED THE 2013 USDF REGION 9 TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD

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

November 13, 2013 – Whit Watkins of Moody, Texas, received the fifth annual “USDF Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award” at the Great American/USDF Region 9 Championships held in Bryan, TX, October 17-20, 2013.  She received a $5,000 award for demonstrating adherence to sound dressage principles and the ability to communicate these principles so that students develop themselves and their horses in a logical, progressive and humane way up through the levels.

 

Watkins, who earned her USDF Gold in 1997 and has trained with Hubertus Schmidt, was pleasantly surprised at the announcement of the award. ” When I applied for the Region ( Teaching Excellence Award I really had no exception of winning. I am awed and humbled to have been selected”

Whit Watkins

Whit Watkins

Watkins has been exceptionally busy since her receipt of the award as she recently competed in the U.S. National Dressage Finals in Lexington, Kentucky, and will travel to Florida to train for the winter season. “The award has allowed me to finalize my plans to travel with my two competition horses to Florida for three months to train with Shelly Francis and compete in a few of the shows at the Global Dressage Festival in the company of many of our nation’s top high performance riders! Thanks again to The Dressage Foundation for administering this fund that makes such wonderful opportunities available!”

 

 

The Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award was established at The Dressage Foundation in 2009 by Meg Flemming. The purpose of the award is to showcase and honor excellence in dressage teachers. Dressage instructors are nominated by students or peers, and then submit an application that is reviewed by a prominent Selection Committee. In addition to being a USDF Region 9 member in good standing and a Region 9 resident, the recipient must also demonstrate adherence to sound dressage principles and have a reputation for honesty, integrity, and community service.

 

The Dressage Foundation

The Dressage Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt, donor-driven organization that is dedicated to supporting and advancing the sport of dressage.  The organization solicits contributions, appropriately allocates the donations, and awards grants and scholarships to dressage riders of all ages and levels.  For more information, please visit www.dressagefoundation.org.

 

Good Food Hunting: Foodie Interview with Diane Barber

November 14, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

By Kat Wojtylak

Kitchens can be designed by Diane Barber Designs to include spacious rooms for guests, extra space for treats and supplements as well as flooring to cater to the lifestyle of dirt, dogs and craziness.

Kitchens can be designed by Diane Barber Designs to include spacious rooms for guests, extra space for treats and supplements as well as flooring to cater to the lifestyle of dirt, dogs and craziness.

Horse professionals are leading dual lives. It’s not quite the awesome super heroes we know in movies and television, but more like everyday heroes coming to the rescue in ways that bless the lives of those affected. Take Diane Barber. She’s one of the kindest individuals I’ve had the opportunity to meet and it’s the culmination of her passions and experiences that make her such a fascinating and uplifting person to have on your side (or in this case, to learn more about).

Diane is a fellow writer. Her articles have graced the pages of Dressage TodayModern Arabian HorseSouth Bay magazine and various other publications. She pours her heart out each and every time, leaving a piece of herself behind. Her unbridled passions for horses is shown not only in her writing, but seeps out into other areas of her life including Diane Barber Designs. It’s just one of her many creative outlets where the equestrian montage sneaks out into the world, this time though interior designs and many a kitchens in return.

Her tale of horse ownership is certainly not for the faint hearted. It was her sheer determination to not accept the cards she was dealt with that propelled her life into a brand new direction of faith and healing. Thankfully I met her because of this journey and since then have found a kinship in equines, but now through food.

Kat (left) and Diane at the World Equestrian Games in 2010.

Kat (left) and Diane at the World Equestrian Games in 2010.

KW: Hi Diane, thanks so much for joining us! Please give our readers a bit of background on your relationship with horses.

DB: My parents raised me with Western riding and American Quarter Horses in Pennsylvania. My father and I rode through the Pennsylvania forests for hours with our Labrador Retrievers tagging along. I have long since moved to California and enjoy both dressage and Western riding in local arenas and on neighborhood trails. My horse Bold Brahim (“Jesse”) is a grandsire of Spain’s 1976 Gold Medal Horse of the Year – Sidi Brahim.  Years ago, my fascination with his lineage landed me in Spain with Sidi Brahim’s breeder (Don Diego Mendez) giving me a personal tour of his hacienda, stables and the trophy building that housed all of Sid’s winnings. It is through this exploratory first trip that I also trained at Epona Riding Academy in Seville and was introduced to the Royal School of Equestrian Art in Jerez, of which I am an alumna.

KW: That sounds like a trip of a lifetime! Tell us about your favorite memory from the trip, if you can pick just one.

DB: One of my favorites was riding at the Royal School of Equestrian Arts in Spain and hearing Spanish Olympian Rafael Soto shout out to me in the palace arena, “Feel the horse, Diane!” as I experienced high school dressage on an Andalusian stallion for the first time in my life.

KW: Wow, thats definitely something you’ll never forget! But the trip was bittersweet. What happened?

DB: It was also while at the Royal School that I received a phone call from the stables in California telling me Jesse was lame and I would probably have to get another horse. Diagnostics upon my return revealed a severe deep flexor tendon injury. The short version of the story is that my horse and I traveled a two year healing journey with stem cell therapy, micromanaged physical therapy, Reiki therapy, Draper Therapies’ Celliant (crystal infused) leg wraps, daily prayers while holding his leg and healing crystals braided into his mane. I pulled out all the stops and opened myself to the world of metaphysics and homeopathic remedies alongside conventional medicine and faith.  After two intensive years under the guidance of leg specialist Dr. Sylvia Ouellette (formerly Dr. Greenman), Jesse was 100% sound and still is today. I can remember vividly when a long awaited smile and hug from Dr. Oullette  meant that we won Jesse’s fight for soundness for good.

My published writing began when the editor of Dressage Today learned about Jesse’s injury and asked me to write about it. Our experience became a feature magazine story titled “Defying the Odds”, which was  published in 2008.  That story opened doors for me with other editors – a good example of there always being a silver lining when life serves up some lemons!

Diane and Jesse. Photo courtesy of Stephan Cooper.

Diane and Jesse. Photo courtesy of Stephan Cooper.

KW: An amazing testimony to faith and determination! Tell us, in addition to your writing you also are able to incorporate your love for horses into another medium besides writing.

DB: Several years ago when I was designing and redesigning homes for people I met at our stables, I realized that “horse speak” in design is critical for working with horse owners. An excellent designer who does not live and breathe the horse world cannot possibly achieve the same “on the mark” design and lifestyle results as a designer who does.  When I realized this during one of my projects, I then shifted more attention to working specifically for horse lovers alongside working for non-horse people. Of course, my favorite projects are the equestrian projects!

KW: Well I can’t imagine why! Actually, I can because we are a rare breed. Yet since this is a food column, can you share with us about the center of the home, the kitchen, and what designs you implement to make them more equestrian friendly?

DB: Probably the most common considerations for my kitchen designs for equestrians are durable floors and finishes, large sinks and refrigerators with great storage capacities.  Equestrians tend to prefer to not have to kick off their boots to go into the kitchen so commercial grade floor materials are often specified. And, we all tend to have an abundance of carrots, apples, supplements and meds that take up kitchen real estate that non-horse folks don’t have to consider.   Open floor plans and ergonomics are also high on the list. Equestrians tend to have very active and social lifestyles with dogs at foot, families and busy on-the-run schedules.  Since most people tend to end up in the kitchen at any gathering, the more that can comfortably fit the better!

A more modern kitchen design by Diane Barber Designs.

A more modern kitchen design by Diane Barber Designs.

A finished kitchen by Diane Barber Designs incorporates durable flooring and countertops.

A finished kitchen by Diane Barber Designs incorporates durable flooring and countertops.

KW: Sounds perfect to me and exactly why you’d be the person to pick for designing an equestrians’ ideal living space. But tell us about what other connections to the food industry you have, because you have quite the list!

DB: My sister and her husband are in the restaurant business in Los Angeles.  Primarily upscale sports bar restaurants in the South Bay, including Kings Cove restaurant at the Los Angeles Kings training facility in El Segundo. Also, a very dear friend, Kara Mikelson (Creative Culinary Group), is an accomplished food stylist and personal chef in my community.

KW: Sounds like I need to plan a visit to come see you! For my benefit, and the readers who live or travel to the Los Angeles area, share with us some hot spots we shouldn’t miss out on.

DB: The Palos Verdes Peninsula where I live is home to an avid equestrian community (our biggest show is the Portuguese Bend Horse Show every fall) and our South Bay has some great restaurants. Of course I have to mention my family’s restaurant Sharks Cove in nearby Manhattan Beach! Closer to the local barns and stables is the gorgeous Terranea Resort (built on former coastal horse trails) with several great restaurants, including Nelson’s which is on the bluffs where the old Sea Hunt television series was filmed with Lloyd Bridges (now I am dating myself!).  And, Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles is another favorite for an excellent meal with a great Pacific Ocean view.

KW: Any last words to live by before we sign out? 

DB: Lead with your heart!

 

Super hero to Jesse, writer and designer by day, Diane certainly is making the most of her passions in her life. To learn more about her, visit Diane Barber Designs, and stay tuned as we investigate more equestrian foodies in next month’s column.

To full plates and eating your tarte out.

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.