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The Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International Announces First Annual Online Select Foal Auction

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

 

Auction opens Nov. 15 and ends Nov. 21.

Auction opens Nov. 15 and ends Nov. 21.

The Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International is excited to announce their 1st Annual Online Select Foal Auction, with bids opening Nov 15th and closing Nov 21st.   The auction offers 25 Select section foals and 22 Open section foals.  The quality of foals, as well as the variety in types, bloodlines and talents, is truly outstanding.  The auction is now online at: http://rhpsi.hibid.com/auctions/current

Select foal auctions have traditionally been the method-of-choice in Germany for selling collections of top foals.  The German verbands, or registries, host and/or support these auctions as a way to help breeders market their foals and breeding programs, as well as the registry itself, and thus continue breeding.

We think the time has come in North America for breeders to enjoy some of the same marketing benefits as their European counterparts.  The tricky part of organizing a successful auction in North America, though, has always been the huge distances and travel time, as well as lack of centralized organization and infrastructure for putting on live events.

Now, with the availability of the internet, and the rising popularity and success of online auctions, the time has come.

An informational webinar and Q & A with RPSI judge and Stud Book Director Otto Schalter is scheduled for Saturday, November 16th at 12:00 noon CST.  This webinar will offer information on pedigrees and explanations of each selected foal’s attributes from the judge himself, as well as a chance for one-on-one questions.  This is an opportunity for breeders and buyers to hear first-hand from someone who sees and evaluates thousands of warmbloods every year, both in Europe and North America.

How is a select sale different from any other auction?  As in Germany, a select sale means that the foals are individually evaluated before being selected and invited to participate in the auction.  This ensures a standard of quality for the buyers, and a chance to view some of the top representatives of that registries foal crop and breeding programs, year after year.

Of course not every top foal is for sale, and some of the year’s top foals are sold well before the fall foal auctions – so the auctions are not an absolute indicator of what is hot in a particular registry, but the auctions and the auction-marketing process certainly puts the spotlight on the presented foals, their breeders and the organization, and gives an idea of how the current year’s foals are looking.  It also helps establish a base-line value for warmblood and riding-pony prospects for the industry in general – which is also something we are lacking in North America.

Buyers will appreciate the chance to see a collection of foals in one place, for comparison and browsing, as well as know that the Select section foals have already been pre-selected for quality.  Also, each foal will have a vet exam completed before the auction begins, and results will be made available to buyers.

Perhaps the most important difference, though, is the direct involvement of registry officials in the marketing process, such as judge and stud book director Otto Schalter’s scheduled webinar.  This is an unprecedented opportunity to hear from the horse’s mouth, so to say, information on each selected foal, as well as Otto’s ideas on the future direction he’d like to see for breeding in North America.

The RPSI has added an Open Section to this online auction as well, for foals scoring Silver or Gold Premium, to open this opportunity to more breeders and foal owners.

The RPSI has some exciting new programs for 2014 and are looking forward to supporting our breeders and owners in marketing their RPSI horses and breeding programs, now and in the coming years.

The auction has Warmblood foals consigned by an excellent selection of stallions, including Damarco, Wild Dance, Bon Balou, Chicardo, Banderas, Dream Along, Justice, Eclipsed by Color, Redwine, For Play, Rosenthal, Ruben O, Fabriano and more.  German Riding Ponies and Kleines Deutsches Reitpferd foals are on offer sired by Benno’s Dream, Beaujolais, Nemax, Linaro, Smoke Tree Snapdragon, FS Daily Hero, Le Mode, among others.

We encourage everyone to get involved by visiting the auction site and attending the online webinar.  Please visit our website (www.rhpsi.com) for more information on joining the webinar.  We look forward to an exciting first Select Online Foal Auction in 2013, and the prospect of more new programs for the future.

 

Get ready for the first annual foal auction!

Get ready for the first annual foal auction!

“Feeding Horses in Winter- A Senior and Arthritic Horse Nutritional Overview for Cooler Temperature Management,” a Live Webinar Presented by Biostar EQ

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

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Gordonsville, VA (November 11, 2013) – Biostar EQ and Tigger Montague will be hosting “Feeding Horses in Winter- A Senior and Arthritic Horse Nutritional Overview for Cooler Temperature Management,” a free webinar open to the public. The event will take place on Tuesday, December 10th, at 8PM EST.
Tigger will be discussing and answering questions related to:
  • increasing circulation in the horse through nutrition ,
  • providing warmth and nourishment through whole foods,
  • proper electrolyte balance in the body,
  • and more effective ways to feed mashes.
Signup is not mandatory, and all details for the event can be found on Biostar EQ’s website. Questions will be taken during the event, but those submitted prior to the event would be most welcome. Please submit questions and any other inquiries to kat@biostareq.com.
Tigger Montague will be leading the discussion on senior and arthritic horse management. Her background is extensive in nutrition including thirty years in the human and equine supplement industry, and a focus on Ayurvedic Medicine.   “Feeding horses doesn’t have to be difficult,” said Tigger. “My goal is to help break down the barriers of confusing labels and feeding programs so that individuals can provide better health to themselves and their horses. Not to mention, improved performance in the show ring.”
About Biostar EQ: Whole Food Supplements For Best in Class Health and Performance
Biostar EQ holds the belief that non-synthetically derived ingredients, aka whole food has positive effects on health and wellness. They support the whole food and organic food movement, and strive to bring products to horses and dogs alike who don’t have a lot of alternative options in terms of what they are being fed. Biostar EQ uses a unique system that dehydrates food into tasty bars that provide a tremendous amount of nutrients and vital food factors. Using this unique process, Biostar EQ dries their formulas at an extremely low heat, allowing for the nutrient levels to be as close as possible to eating the real thing. Taking this step into a brand new market with profound results that are organic, GMO (genetically modified) free, coal tar derivative free, wheat free, petrochemical free and absent of artificial sweeteners and synthetic ingredients, Biostar EQ leads the way into natures best formulas. For more information on Biostar EQ, visit their website, or connect with them on Facebook.

“Desperate Endurance” By Kasey Riley

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

Poteau, OK resident, Kasey Riley, who began her Endurance career in the early 1990’s, has recently published a mystery novel: DESPERATE ENDURANCE. The title is available in E-book form from Amazon.com.
Photo Credit: John Knowles of Remuda Photography

Photo Credit: John Knowles of Remuda Photography

Her experience has given her insight to the sport of Endurance Riding as well as a wealth of knowledge about both competitors and horses. She has created a purely fictional novel that includes competitions, murder, suspense, romance and the spirit she has witnessed in her fellow competitors. Her main goal is to provide entertainment while showing the strength of will needed by those who compete in this challenging and rewarding sport.
Kasey, born in Sacramento, CA, grew up around the country as she moved with her military family. She has settled in Poteau where she still competes with the Ozark Country Endurance Riders. She has cut back her competition career over the past two years since she has begun to work more diligently at her writing. She still enjoys both conditioning and competing on her young Missouri Fox Trotter. According to her: “It’s amazing what kind of story ideas come to you as you ride out in the woods, away from all other distractions.”  With that kind of muse to lead her, we look forward to seeing more works from her in the future.
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Desperate Endurance

Customer Reviews:
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, entertaining read!, November 5, 2013
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Although I am a horse lover, I admit I know little about the sport of endurance riding…or even casual riding. That said, I loved this book! The book flows nicely and captures your attention from the very beginning. I thoroughly loved Bethany…the excitement and suspense were thrilling and engaged me until the very end. Great read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, October 30, 2013
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This book was a good read. Enjoyed it and it kept my attention from beginning to end. Can’t wait for the sequel!
4.0 out of 5 stars A HORSE LOVER’S TRIFECTA, October 19, 2013
By M.C.Millwitz (Fort Smith, AR United States)
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The author captures the heart of her readers with this tale of murder mystery, passionate love story, and accurate horse facts through the descriptions of the life of endurance rider Bethany Wilcox. Kasey Riley’s love of endurance racing and the partnership between horse and rider is evident throughout the book. Bravo Kasey for a tale well told! This book was an easy read, well written, with a plausible storyline. Thanks for a fun story, I can’t wait to read what Bethany and Roger do next!
4.0 out of 5 stars Desperate Endurance, October 8, 2013
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This book got me from the beginning. Being a horse lover with endurance riding background made it even more a joy to read. The suspense and adventure is great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wild ride, October 8, 2013
By mike
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This review is from: Desperate Endurance (Kindle Edition)
Kasey Riley takes readers on a wild ride in the sport of Endurance Riding. Her heroine, Bethany is dodging kidnappers, bogus FBI agents, calf eyed cowboys, and serious romantic commitment in her quest to ride rides in every American Endurance Conference Region in the USA. Traveling with her two horses, and writing about her rides for magazines, she encounters some incredible adventures and people. The trail is open to adventure!
5.0 out of 5 stars Desperate Endurance, October 8, 2013
This review is from: Desperate Endurance (Kindle Edition)
This book had me caught up in the story from the first few pages! It is so easy to become a part of the book yourself, I felt like I was “Bethany”. The book is easy to read and understand. From suspense to romance. Great for everyone.

Five equestrian heroes receive honours at FEI Awards Gala 2013 presented by Longines; Kessler wins Longines Rising Star Award

November 08, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Montreux, Switzerland– HRH Princess Haya, President of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) led the applause tonight as the five winners of the FEI Awards 2013 went on stage in Montreux, Switzerland to receive their honours.

Winners of the FEI Awards 2013 (FEI/Edouard Curchod)

Winners of the FEI Awards 2013 (FEI/Edouard Curchod)

Master of Ceremonies Jonathan Edwards, Olympic gold medallist in Triple Jump and the current world record holder, described the accomplishments of the recipients of the FEI Awards to more than three hundred guests, including representatives of the 132 Member Federations of the FEI – the world governing body of horse sport – journalists, VIPs, friends of the winners and FEI staff.

 

The winners of the FEI Awards 2013 are:

Longines Rising Star Award

Reed Kessler (USA)

Reem Acra Best Athlete Award

Charlotte Dujardin (GBR)

Best Groom Award

Carmen Thiemann (GER)

Development Award

National Army Riding School “Grito de Asencio” (URU)

Against All Odds

Joann Formosa (AUS)

Longines Rising Star Award

Reed Kessler (USA)

The years 2012 and 2013 will certainly remain engraved on Reed Kessler’s memory. In her first year of eligibility in the senior Jumping ranks, she shared the 2012 USEF National Jumping title with the legendary Olympian Margie Engle. A few months later, shortly after her 18th birthday, Reed headed to London as the youngest equestrian athlete to compete at the Olympic Games.

 

Early 2013 saw Reed achieve top results over twelve weeks of competition at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, USA, where she rode a double clear on her Olympic mount Cylana at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping and contributed to Team USA’s victory. She also competed at the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Gothenburg, Sweden and finished in 10th position. At Spruce Meadows, Canada, she again represented the USA in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping then claimed her biggest victory to date in the ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup.

 

 

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.

Good Food Hunting: Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce

November 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

By Kat Wojtylak

Spaghetti squash with a fresh tomato sauce is an ideal healthy meal or side dish that tastes super delicious too!

Spaghetti squash with a fresh tomato sauce is an ideal healthy meal or side dish that tastes super delicious too!

A recipe that packs a flavorful punch and is low in calories and carbs is pretty hard to come by. But finding a recipe that also meets a meat and potatoes man’s seal of approval is almost impossible. Never fear however, because I’m sharing with you my man’s most requested dish that is good for you AND gluten free, vegan and sugar free.

Pasta is one of the most versatile foods. It can be adapted in so many ways which is exactly why spaghetti squash fits the bill for being an ideal meal option for those looking to make a healthy change. It’s great because once you get the basis of spaghetti squash down, it can be one of the best substitutes in your pantry, and it stores for awhile without needing refrigeration.

Spaghetti Squash, showing the whole, roasted and shredded squash.

Spaghetti Squash, showing the whole, roasted and shredded squash.

The recipe really couldn’t be easier in that it uses fresh ingredients, or easy to locate items even during the winter for year round enjoyment. The squash is baked and cooled, and then a fresh sauce is made. I find that the sauce can be doctored up in a number of ways. I typically add a small amount of sugar to help balance out the tomatoes acidity and give them a more rounded flavor. This of course is not necessary, and you will need to taste test along the way as you make your sauce to be sure it fits what your own taste buds enjoy.

A bite of the finished Spaghetti Squash, ready to eat.

A bite of the finished Spaghetti Squash, ready to eat.

For those with dietary restrictions however, please heed the following advice to alter this basic recipe and still make it taste super:

  • Low glycemic– omit the sugar called for in the recipe
  • Vegan– substitute the sugar and use something like agave syrup, omit the parmesan or use Parma
  • Paleo– substitute the olive oil for coconut oil
  • Lactose free– omit the parmesan
  • No Iodine– substitute the type of salt used and omit the parmesan
  • Gluten lovers– try the spaghetti squash, or if you must, omit it and use pasta
  • Gluten free– This recipe is perfect for you!
  • Vegetarian– This recipe is perfect too!

To full plates and eating your tarte out,

Spaghetti Squash with a sprinkling of basil and parmesan (optional).

Spaghetti Squash with a sprinkling of basil and parmesan (optional).

Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce

1 spaghetti squash (about 3 lbs)
3 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 sprig rosemary, fresh
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 can of whole tomatoes (18 ounces), preferably San Marzano or 1 lb of tomatoes, skins removed
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of vinegar
1/4 cup fresh Basil, sliced
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, shredded
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Slice your spaghetti squash from end to end horizontally using a sharp knife. Scoop out the pulp and seeds, rinse under cold water. Pat dry.  Place your two halves of spaghetti squash onto a baking sheet. Drizzle about 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil onto each half and coat the top using a pastry brush or clean paper towel. Generously sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place into the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes until fork punctures easily through the flesh. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Once the spaghetti squash is cool, use a fork and pull down the length of the squash to remove strands. Remove until just the skins are left. Repeat with other half, placing the strands into a bowl for serving.

In a saucepan over medium heat, place the remaining olive oil. Sauté your onions and garlic for about 3-5 minutes or translucent. Over the saucepan, run your fingers down the rosemary sprig removing the leaves into your pan. Sauté one minute longer. Next, add your red pepper flakes and tomatoes along with their juices. Using a wooden spoon, break up your tomatoes into large hunks and bring to a simmer (if using fresh tomatoes simmer for about ten additional minutes). Add in your sugar and vinegar. Stir and taste the sauce, adding more sugar and vinegar as needed to balance out the flavors. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, heat till boiling.

Ladle your finished sauce on top of the spaghetti squash strands. Sprinkle with your parmesan and basil. Serve immediately.

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.

“A Story Written in the Sun” 2013 Red Cross Beach Bash honors Lilly Pulitzer

November 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

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(PALM BEACH, Fla.) — Annually, in each of the last six ‘seasons,’ the Saturday between Christmas and New Years has seen  the ocean side of the island of Palm Beach turn pink and green as the American Red Cross hosts its Beach Bash. The must-attend “Lilly or Louder” event for gorgeous young things visiting Palm Beach’s sunny paradise or lucky enough to call it home, the Red Cross Beach Bash returns to The Beach Club on Saturday, December 28, 2013.
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Marking the 7th anniversary of the Beach Bash, this year’s anticipated event will honor the late fashion icon, Lilly Pulitzer, by “bringing it back to Palm Beach,” the birthplace of the brand’s beginnings. Themed “A Story Written in the Sun,” the evening is presented again this year by the Lilly Pulitzer fashion house, and Lilly’s grandson, Bobby Leidy, also returns to chair the Bash. More than 600 of Palm Beach’s next generation of philanthropic leaders are expected to gather for the premiere pre-New Year’s Eve celebration.
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“My family has supported the American Red Cross for decades, so helping to raise awareness for the organization was a natural decision,” stated Bobby Leidy. “This year’s event is especially meaningful for me, as we honor my late grandmother and her ‘Story Written in the Sun.’ Additionally, I am grateful for the continued support of the Lilly Pulitzer Corporation. Their partnership throughout the years has been integral to the success of this great event.”
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Leidy, a vice president with Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management in Palm Beach, has served as Chair of the Red Cross Beach Bash for the past six years. Bobby is the eldest grandson of Lilly Pulitzer, founder of presenting sponsor, Lilly Pulitzer Corporation. In addition to being an active supporter of the Red Cross, he is a member of the Four Arts Contemporaries and the Preservation Foundation. He is a committee member of the Young Friends of Cleveland Clinic Florida and the Gulf Stream Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
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The event’s committee members include Bettina Anderson, Loy Anderson, Zach Berg, Amanda Boalt, Chris Dischino, Mary Victoria Falzarano, Nico Fanjul, Reddy Fanjul, Chris Hill, Alex Hufty, Alexander Ives, Nick Kassatly, Chris Leidy, Sasha Lickle, Christina and Ben MacFarland, Samantha Marulli, Dabney Mercer, Tommy Morrison, Tinsley Mortimer, Kelly J. Murray, Stacy Nichols, Crissy Poorman, Gary Pohrer, Kelly Ring, Lauriston and Richard Segerson, Andrew Steel, Bruce Sutka, Siobhan Helene Shea, Mary Tobin and Erik Waldin.
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All proceeds from the Red Cross Beach Bash support the lifesaving work of the American Red Cross, helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Across the Palm Beaches-Treasure Coast region, every 28 hours on average, a neighbor calls upon local Red Cross volunteers for emotional support, food, clothing and shelter after a fire, flood, hurricane or other disaster. Tickets are $200 and sponsorship packages and opportunities are still available.
For more information, please contact Alison Freeman at 561-650-9133 or Alison.Freeman@redcross.org.

Young Horse Fanatics Rally at the Alltech Arena for Alltech’s Barn Night in the Bluegrass

November 03, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – A stampede of 400 horse-crazy youth filled the stands of the Alltech Arena Friday night for Barn Night in the Bluegrass at the Alltech National Horse Show, sponsored by Group C. During this barn bazaar for young equestrians and local youth who simply adore horses, participants wore festive outfits, organized cheers and even dressed up in horse costumes to compete for prizes throughout the evening.

Alltech awarded prizes to youth who showed exceptional spirit and enthusiasm during evening events, which included the thrilling LIFEFORCE Elite™ Puissance, the high jump competition for world-class show jumpers. After the competition, Barn Night participants were invited inside the ring to meet top-level equestrians during an autograph and photograph session. All-star riders including Tim Gredley, Charlie Jayne, Catherine Pasmore and Hillary Simpson mingled with the youth and took photos beside the towering puissance wall.

Young equestrian groups showed spirit in the stands and dressed in costume for the first Barn Night in the Bluegrass at the Alltech National Horse Show, presented by Group C.

Young equestrian groups showed spirit in the stands and dressed in costume for the first Barn Night in the Bluegrass at the Alltech National Horse Show, presented by Group C.

The first 50 Barn Night participants who entered the Alltech Arena received goodie bags sponsored by Sidelines magazine and the Kentucky Horse Council. Congratulations to the following prize winners:

  • One-year subscriptions to Sidelines magazine to Cammie Brunker of Keeneland Pony Club; Bobby Evans of Findaway Farm; Andrea Compton from Midway College; and Emma Baum from Meadow Lake Equestrian Center
  • A one-year supply of LIFEFORCE Elite™ to Ashlea Crouch of Diamond H Saddle Club
  • Official merchandise of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy to Cara Malanowski of Shelby Creek Stables and Elaine Duett of Robert Murphy Stables
  • A Lyons Farm™ Grill Out Pack to Liftoff Equestrian Center in Versailles, Ky.

Alltech awarded a trip for four to attend the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy to Sadie Boschert of Midway College Equestrian Team. Findaway Farm of Burlington, Ky., took a golf cart back to their barn for organizing the largest participating group and showing the most spirit in the crowd.

“You could truly feel the energy and enthusiasm of these wild young fans fill the Alltech Arena tonight,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “We know it’s that sort of excitement in the community that affirms Kentucky’s position as the Horse Capital of the World and ensures the local equine industry’s ongoing success.”

Barn Night in the Bluegrass was presented by Group C and supported in part by Sidelines magazine and the Kentucky Horse Council. To see group photos from Barn Night in the Bluegrass, visit www.alltech.com/press.

 

Additional high-resolution photos from the Alltech National Horse Show are available online at www.alltech.com/press.

About the Alltech National Horse Show:

An American equestrian tradition, the Alltech National Horse Show, Oct. 29-Nov. 3, has reached its stride in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Reserved for the year’s top talent on the North American show circuit, the Alltech National Horse Show opens the ring to a variety of equestrian classes and disciplines, with events including the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix, the $50,000 LIFEFORCE Elite™ Puissance and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Final for youth competitors. For more information, visit www.alltechnationalhorseshow.com.

About Alltech:

Founded in 1980 by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech improves the health and performance of animals, plants and people through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. With more than 3000 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia. For further information, visitwww.alltech.com. For media assets, visit www.alltech.com/press.

Alltech is the proud title sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. For more information about these prestigious global championships, visit www.alltechfeiweg2014-normandy.com.