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Upcoming Horse Show for Triangle Farms

January 31, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Triangle Farms is proud to host the Raleigh Indoors Winter II, USEF ‘A’ Rated Hunter Horse Show, at the beautiful Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center in Williamston, NC from February 13 – 16, 2014.  The show will feature top-rated hunters, Hunter Classics, the $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Stake, and $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby.  The Williamston facility offers an indoor arena, covered arena, three outdoor schooling rings, and beautiful barns with hot/cold water wash bays.  For the prize list and lodging information go to www.trianglefarms.com.  For information on the facility go to www.ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/agcenters/eastern/.

Raleigh Indoors Ribbons

Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classics Just Around the Corner!

January 30, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Gulfport, MS – January 30, 2014 – Envision horse showing on one of the finest grass grand prix fields in the country and just ten minutes later sitting on the beautiful white-sand beach of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In just six days that could be you at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classics!

The six-week circuit kicks off on Wed., Feb. 5, 2014 and runs through March 16, 2014 at the Harrison County Fairgrounds & Equestrian Center in Gulfport, MS.


This winter, the 16th annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classics will offer $1 million in prize money and competition for every level of horse and rider from lead line through grand prix.


In addition to lucrative prize money, the USEF AA rated and USHJA Member’s Choice event strives to provide exhibitors with an extremely enjoyable experience. This year, that includes pizza Saturdays, happy hour Mondays, the Gulf Coast Classic Company’s legendary exhibitor parties and an indoor complimentary rider lounges with restrooms, heat, air conditioning and comfortable tables and chairs.

For the first time this year, the circuit will also unveil brand new barns with 400 extra stalls, as well as international and national hunter derbies and newly added jumper classes with abundant prize money.

Come for the show and stay for the fun! View the full prize list and get your entries in today here!


Make the Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classic your showing destination this winter.


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Gulf Coast Winter Classics Fast Facts:



Gulf Coast Winter Classics USEF AA-Rated/Jumper Levels Four and Five

Click here for the prize list



Harrison County Fairgrounds and Equestrian Center
15321 County Farm Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503



February 5 – March 16, 2014

Highlights Include: 
Weekly USHJA National Hunter Derby & Classics, Week 5 International Hunter Derby
Week 1  $  5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix
Week 2  $25,000 Welcome – $35,000 Grand Prix
Week 3  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 4  $25,000 Welcome – $50,000 Grand Prix
Week 5  $25,000 Welcome – $77,000 Grand Prix, $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Week 6  $  5,000 Welcome – $25,000 Grand Prix, Plus Rodeo.



President                  Bob Bell                      bob@classiccompany.com                  843.768.5503

Coordinator               Janet McCarroll            janet@gulfcoastclassiccompany.com   228.669.2687

Office Manager         Jonathan Rabon           jonathan@classiccompany.com           843.729.2818

Advertising               Drew Coster                 drew@classiccompany.com                843.754.2266

Stabling                   Tissy Principe              info@gulfcoastclassiccompany.com    843.768.5503

Sponsorship             Lisa Engel                  lisa@classiccompany.com                  908.310.6248


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Come for the show; stay for the fun (and the food)!

Come for the show; stay for the fun (and the food)!

Announcing the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor Kai Handt

January 26, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL- January 23, 2014- As the 2014 Para-Dressage season kicks into gear, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced Kai Handt as the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor. Handt’s new appointment will run through 2016 making him the United States Para-Dressage Team Chef d’Equipe/ Technical Advisor for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France and the 2016 Paralympics. This new role is very familiar to Handt who has been a rider, trainer, and coach for nearly 40 years. Since relocating to the United States in 1985, Handt has built a large training program at his own North Texas Equestrian Center in Wylie, Texas. Handt not only trains multiple young riders in dressage but he also has earned his USDF bronze, silver, and gold medals as well as his silver and gold freestyle bars. Over the past six years, Handt has worked within the Para-Dressage world where he trained and sponsored the late Paralympian Jonathan Wentz. Handt helped Wentz ride to his full potential and reach his goals which included representing the U.S. Para-Dressage Team at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, winning the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship in 2011, and becoming the highest individual ranking U.S. rider that competed in London at the Paralympics. Handt will work closely with all current and potential para-dressage athletes preparing each rider and their horses for international competition. Kai Handt is an advocate for the para-dressage discipline and enjoys encouraging other sponsors, riders, and trainers to get involved with the sport. The ultimate goal of each high-performance discipline is to win medals. Kai Handt is excited for his future with the para-dressage program and looks forward to a medal winning 2014.


Kai Handt commented, “I am excited and honored by the decision of my peers to appoint me the Para-Equestrian Dressage Technical Advisor and Chef d’Equipe. I look forward to this exciting leadership position and will strive to make sure that our outstanding horses and riders will be a successful team on the national and international show circuit. With the help of our exceptional staff at the helm and a growing number of excellent supporters for our sport, I look forward to a fantastic future for all of our athletes.”

Kai Handt with his horse NTEC Richter Scale (ridden by Jonathan Wentz) preparing for the trot up at the 2012 London Paralympics. Photo (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

Kai Handt with his horse NTEC Richter Scale (ridden by Jonathan Wentz) preparing for the trot up at the 2012 London Paralympics. Photo (C) Lindsay Yosay McCall

For more information about the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor position please visit: https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/allparaequestrian/hpparaEquestrian.aspx



Note from USEF:


The United States Federation (USEF) has named Kai Handt as the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor. The Search Committee, chaired by Eric Straus, USEF Para-Equestrian Eligible Athlete Committee, and USEF Para-Equestrian High Performance Committee recommended Handt for this position.


On Saturday, January 25 at 7:00 am the USEF will host a breakfast forum for all potential Para-Equestrian 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games applicants and their trainers to meet with Handt for a meet-and-greet session and to begin the strategic planning for 2014. The forum will take place at the Asador Patagonia restaurant, 675 Royal Palm Beach Boulevard, Royal Palm Beach, Fla.


This opportunity to meet with Handt follows the USET Foundation’s “Soirée du Cheval” on Friday, January 24, 2014, where 21 individuals from para-equestrian sport will represent the discipline at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games fundraiser.


Reservations for the forum to meet Handt are required through Laureen Johnson, USEF High Performance Director of Para-Equestrian and Vaulting, 908-326-1155, or via email at lkjohnson@usef.org.

About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:


The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation members, and equestrian enthusiasts. The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages Para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the Para-Equestrian umbrella.


The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport. This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage Para-Equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.


Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the Para-Equestrian discipline. From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved. From local horse shows to international Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed. The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.


In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF).


For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.


To view an online version of this press release please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/

Artisan Farms Acquires New Mount, Clever Lady

January 26, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, Florida – Artisan Farms of Wellington, Florida, and Vrasene, Belgium, has acquired Clever Lady for Andy Ziegler.

The 2003 grey Holsteiner mare (Cassini I x Limbus) enjoyed incredible success during the European fall circuit under Pius Schwizer of Switzerland, earning top placings in Lyon, Doha, Geneva, Olympia and Basel.

“We are excited about Clever Lady,” said Andy Ziegler who, with his wife, Carlene, owns Artisan Farms LLC.  “She’s got lots of scope and quality, she can be quite competitive, and importantly for me, she’s very rideable.  Eric (Lamaze) knows the horse well, and we are optimistic that it will be a good match.”

Lamaze first watched the horse compete at CSI5* Lyon, France, and said, “When I first saw the mare, I watched it go and really liked it.  When we were looking for a horse for Andy this winter, our agent Gilbert (de Roock) thought of that horse.  It had just come out of CSI5* Basel where it had a great show.”

In the spring of 2013, Artisan Farms purchased Powerplay for Eric Lamaze and Verdi III for Tiffany Foster from Schwizer.  Both horses were members of Canada’s Nations’ Cup teams at the Spruce Meadows “Continental” and “Masters” tournaments in Calgary, Canada, as well as the €1,500,000 Furusiyya Nations’ Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain.

“I obviously like doing business with Pius,” said Lamaze.  “We are so happy with the first two purchases.  Powerplay and Verdi III are so well-mannered, well-broke, and their groundwork is impeccable.  We have great faith in Pius, and we feel very comfortable that Clever Lady is going to be a great addition for Andy.  I think Andy is thrilled about the horse.”

Ziegler added, “We are completely comfortable buying horses from Pius.  He’s a terrific rider and horseman, and also an honest and straightforward person to deal with.  I certainly appreciate him making Clever Lady available to me, and we will give her a very good home.”

Clever Lady joins Ziegler’s string which also includes Cyber van Vryhern and Diebrich de Kalvarie, as well as Quintender II, acquired this fall from Ludo Philippaerts of Belgium.  Ziegler will compete at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, throughout the winter season.  When based in Belgium, he competes at the CSI2* level, including Global Champions Tour events.

Artisan Farms is home to rising amateur Andy Ziegler, young professional Caitlin Ziegler, 2008 Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze, and Olympian Tiffany Foster.  Committed to the continued improvement and promotion of competitive show jumping, Artisan Farms is the presenting sponsor of the Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series, now entering its’ fourth year at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.

KWPN Online Auction Presents Collection

January 25, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Looking for a sport horse? The KWPN Center has just what you want! The KWPN is launching a new initiative: the KWPN Online Auction. Twelve talented horses have been selected for the auction by four expert horsemen: Gertjan van Olst, Nol Gerritsen, Teus van den Brink, and John Steeghs. Several weeks ago, the selected horses began a six-week training program at the KWPN Center. A special website has been created for this auction, where prospective bidders can find extensive information about the auction collection and bid on horses of their choice from February 3 – 13.

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Teus van den Brink and John Steeghs

With a collection of eight jumpers and four dressage horses, bidders have ample opportunity to find a suitable horse. The collection includes horses which finished high in the young horse competitions, a third round viewing stallion, and predicate mares suited for both sport and breeding. Each horse has passed a clinical and radiographic examination and is deemed suitable for sport. Last week, the horses were photographed and filmed. Prospective bidders can now view these images and learn more about these high-quality horses on the auction website. In addition, prospective bidders are invited to view the horses in person and test-ride them at the KWPN Center by appointment or register for the special test-ride days at the KWPN Center. Round-trip shuttle service from the Brabanthallen in ’s-Hertogenbosch to the KWPN Center in Ermelo will be available during the KWPN Stallion Show.


For more information about the auction collection, test-ride days, and other topics related to the KWPN Online Auction, please visit: www.kwpnonlinesales.com


(KWPN Press Release, this article may be republished without citing source.)

The KWPN (Studbook of the Royal Dutch Sport Horse) is the breeding organization of the Netherlands for jumpers, dressage horses, harness horses, and Gelder horses. The KWPN boasts about 26,000 members in the Netherlands and an average of 10,000 foals born each year. Performance, durability, and attractive conformation are the most important factors on which the international success of the Dutch horse is based. For years, the KWPN has topped the studbook rank list of the international breeding umbrella organization, the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH).

KWPN | Royal Dutch Sport Horse

De Beek 109 | Ermelo

P.O. Box 156 | NL-3840 AD | Harderwijk

E        info@kwpn.nl
W       www.kwpn.org


KWPN Press Briefing | Charlotte Gunnink

T        +31 (0) 341 25 55 31

M       +31 (0) 6 38 32 53 26

E        gunnink@kwpn.nl

Auditing Spots Available For Peter Wylde Jumping Clinic This Sunday at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village

January 25, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – January 24, 2014 – The Peter Wylde Jumping Clinic, part of the Sunshine Series benefiting Horses Healing Hearts, is only two days away! All of the spots in the clinic are filled, but the chances to audit, as well as attend the Cavalor Luncheon: ‘Secrets of a Winning Program’ are still available. This can’t miss opportunity will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. at the Stallion Grille located onsite at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village. Auditing spots are still available for the clinic for only $25 per person. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Wylde this Sunday, January 26, 2014.


Cavalor, the world leader in equine nutrition, will host the luncheon: ‘Secrets of a Winning Program’. The luncheon is open to all clinic riders and auditors, as well as interested parties. It will run from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. where Wylde will give a pre-clinic talk and conduct a question and answer session. Wylde will expand on the specific feeding and training programs he has developed at Mullenders & Wylde Horses, Inc., which has been extraordinarily successful over the past 20 years. The question and answer luncheon is open to the public; however, attendees not enrolled in the clinic will be responsible for their own food and beverages.


After the ‘Secrets of a Winning Program’ Luncheon, The Sunshine Series Circuit will kick off with the jumping clinic by Wylde. The clinic this Sunday, January 26, will offer three, 90-minute sessions with four riders in each. Levels are as follows: beginner (2’3 – 2’6″), intermediate (2’9″ – 3′) and advanced (3’3″ – 3’6″). The schedule will run as follows:


Advance: 1:00 – 2:30

Intermediate: 2:30-4:00

Beginner: 4:00-5:30

One hundred percent of the net proceeds of the clinic are benefitting Horses Healing Hearts; auditors can register for only $25 per person. Auditors will need to provide their own seating arrangement. Please contact Liz Olszewski to reserve a spot today by e-mailing liz@hhhusa.org.


The jumping clinic is set to take place commencing at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Sunshine Meadows in Delray Beach, FL. The sessions will each run for an hour and a half. Beverages and food will be available for all attendees. For inquiries about trailers or stabling, please contact Liz Olszewskiliz@hhhusa.org or text 561-713-6133. All proceeds will benefit Horses Healing Hearts. If you are unable to attend the clinic, but would like to make a donation to Horses Healing Hearts, please visitwww.HHHUSA.org.


Horses Healing Hearts is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of children of alcoholics and substance abuse through equine experiential learning. To learn more about Horses Healing Hearts or how you can help with donations of money or time, log onto http://www.HHHUSA.orgor e-mail Olszewski at liz@hhhusa.org.



What: Three 90-minute sessions of four riders each;
Beginner session: 2’3″ – 2’6″
Intermediate session: 2’9″ – 3’0″
Advanced session: 3’3″ – 3’6″

Where: Sunshine Meadows
16668 Winners Cir,
Delray Beach, FL.

When: January 26, 2014, 1-5:30pm

From the Florida Turnpike:
Merge onto Florida’s Turnpike S toward Miami (Portions toll). Take the SR-806/Atlantic Ave exit, EXIT 81. Turn right onto W Atlantic Ave/SR-806 W. If you are on W Atlantic Ave E and reach E Tranquility Lake Drive you’ve gone about 0.2 miles too far. Turn left onto US-441 S/SR-7 S. In 1.6 miles turn right onto Winners Circle. 16668 WINNERS CIR is on the left.

From I-95:
Take the SR-806 W/Atlantic Av exit, EXIT 52. Keep right at the fork to go on W Atlantic Ave/SR-806 W. Turn left onto US-441 S/SR-7 S. US-441 S is 0.5 miles past Half Mile Rd. If you reach 105th Drive S you’ve gone about 0.5 miles too far. Turn right onto Winners Cir. Turn left to stay on Winners Cir. 16668 WINNERS CIR is on the left.

Information: Contact Liz Olszewski to reserve a spot, first come first serve.
Website: www.HHHUSA.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HHHUSA

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Good Food Hunting: Brownie Batter Dip

January 25, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

By Kat Nielsen

Brownie batter dip is the delicious flavor of brownies in dippable form without eggs or flour.

Brownie batter dip is the delicious flavor of brownies in dippable form without eggs or flour.

Brownie Batter Dip is an appetizer, great party food and serious craving satisfier. Melted chocolate is mixed in to a basic cream cheese frosting (hello, there’s nothing quite like eating frosting), and heightened with the addition of cocoa powder. Served with potato chips and pretzels to keeps your creation salty and sweet, enjoyable by everyone. Chocolate in the most versatile form. So sit back and enjoy your Live Stream of the Winter Equestrian Festival, for the #Brinssert Revolution (details in the March edition of Sidelines), or as you enjoy the newly debuted Sidelines TV.

To full plates and eating your tarte out,

Dipping salty snacks into brownie batter dip satiates serious cravings.

Dipping salty snacks into brownie batter dip satiates serious cravings.

Brownie Batter Dip

10 ounces of chocolate chips
8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup of unsalted butter, softened
2 cups of powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 cup of cocoa powder, sifted
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of milk

Melt your chocolate over a double boiler until creamy. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.

Combine together the cream cheese and butter, mixing on medium speed for 1-2 minutes. Add in your melted chocolate and continue mixing. Next, add in the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Once incorporated fully, stir in the remainder of your ingredients. Mix on medium speed, adding more milk for a creamier, less dense mixture.

Serve with fruit, potato chips, animal crackers or pretzels.

About the writer: Author Kat Nielsen (Tarte Chic) is a horse enthusiast turned food blogger. She maintains a day job 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.

Buffalo Equestrian Center Welcomes in 2014 With Five Students Qualifying for IEA Zone 2 Regionals

January 24, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Buffalo, NY – January 23, 2014 – Four years ago, the Buffalo Equestrian Center (BEC) conceptualized a program congruent with the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA). This program has opened doors for riders unable to afford the equestrian sport, or with little access to horses, while promoting the educational aspect of teaching horsemanship and team camaraderie. Since its inception at the BEC, the team has proved unstoppable.

Recently, on January 18 and 19, 2014, the BEC’s IEA team competed at the Bromley-Daggett Equestrian Center (Alfred University Equestrian Center) in Alfred Station, NY, contending against other top riders and teams for the points necessary to qualify for the upcoming Regionals. Five of the young riders qualified with the necessary points, and are now training to showcase their skills at the Equestrian Center on March 2, 2014.

Each rider is judged on both an individual and team level, earning points throughout the year to qualify for the esteemed regionals and eventually the national qualifier. The IEA program teaches secondary and upper-level students the fundamentals of equitation and horsemanship.

Maddi Callanan finished third over fences, and first in the flat, paving the way to the IEA Zone 2 Regionals with her excellent efforts in the Varsity Open. Jazzlyn Igiel placed first for both over fences in the Varsity Open on Saturday, and returned on Sunday to also nab the second over fences, and the third in the flat. Igiel qualified for both the over fences and flat for the Regionals. She was joined by Amanda Gross who brought home the second place over fences, as well as the third place in the under saddle. Amanda Turner qualified for the regionals with a strong performance over fences, earning the blue, and also completing the Future Intermediate with the second place prize. Emma Walters rounded out the qualifying five with top finishes in both the over fences and under saddle classes. Also finishing with good ribbons in the over fences and under saddle classes were Naomi Frisch, Clio Jabine and Sarah Rodwin.

The BEC will return to the Bromley-Daggett Equestrian Center February 8 and 9, continuing their winning ways as they vie for their chance to qualify for the IEA Zone 2 Region 2 where they will compete for the chance to continue on to the IEA Nationals.

It was not only a wonderful weekend for the BEC at the IEA competition, but also for SBS Farms’ Alex Trolli and mount Del Piero. The pair was announced as the Reserve Champion High Score for the 2013 Syracuse PHA.

Based out of Buffalo, NY, SBS Farms’ Susie Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano run one of the foremost show hunter training operations in the country, and travel nationwide to compete in the nation’s most prestigious horse shows. SBS Farms, Inc. continues the proud tradition of the Saddle and Bridle Club as one of the top show stables in the northeast. Schoellkopf is also the Executive Director of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, which houses both The Buffalo Equestrian Center as well as SBS Farms. Built in 1922, the 160-stall facility is a historical landmark, with its unique English Tudor and gothic style architecture. For more information on SBS Farms and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visit www.thebtrc.org

PSdressage.com Sponsors Cocktail Party at Dressage Canada Florida Fortnight

January 24, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – January 22, 2014 – More than 75 competitors and presenters celebrated the beginning of the Dressage Canada Florida Fortnight Event with a cocktail party on Monday, Jan. 20. The evening gathering, held at The Wanderers Club in Wellington, FL, was sponsored by PSdressage.com.

 Chip McKenney, Diane Creech, Alex Dvorak, Tom Dvorak, Naomi Kroll and Mason Phelps, Jr. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Chip McKenney, Diane Creech, Alex Dvorak, Tom Dvorak, Naomi Kroll and Mason Phelps, Jr. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Partygoers had a chance to rehash what they learned earlier in the evening at the “Branding, Marketing and Media Training” seminar, featuring Marty Bauman, founder of Classic Communications; Chip McKenney, Chief Operations Officer at Troika Design Group; and Ariel Weisman, North America Equine Marketing Coordinator at Alltech. Mason Phelps, Jr., founder and president of Phelps Media Group andPSdressage.com, moderated the event.

 Marty Bauman and Desi Dillingham. Photo by Emily Riden.

Marty Bauman and Desi Dillingham. Photo by Emily Riden.

Guests networked, made new connections and refreshed old friendships while enjoying cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Participants could be heard discussing the seminar and then personalizing the tips for their individual and team situations. Good-natured teasing followed the mock press conference in which Canadian dressage athletes Diane Creech, David Marcus and Karen Pavicic provided answers to tough questions posed by the presenters and PSdressage.com team members.


Desi Dillingham, MBE, Special Advisor to Dressage Canada, was all smiles during the party following the first event of the Florida Fortnight.

 Jacqueline Brooks and Canadian Dressage Chef d'Equipe Victoria Winter. Photo by Emily Riden.

Jacqueline Brooks and Canadian Dressage Chef d’Equipe Victoria Winter. Photo by Emily Riden.

Jacqueline Brooks, one of Canada’s top dressage competitors, said she is encouraging everyone to attend the events open to the public.


“People think these events don’t include them, but they do and most are open to everyone,” she said. “They wonder if the events apply to them. They do. Whether you are just getting into the sport or are in the middle of your career or have made some teams, you can learn so much.”


The Dressage Canada Florida Fortnight Event will continue with presentations by equine health practitioners, a CDI-W with headphone commentary provided by top equestrian experts, equine and human sports nutrition and more. A full schedule of events is available here.

 Susan Thomas, Anita Gravelle, Cara Whitham, Thomas Baur and Sheri Dumonceaux. Photo by Emily Riden.

Susan Thomas, Anita Gravelle, Cara Whitham, Thomas Baur and Sheri Dumonceaux.
Photo by Emily Riden.

Check out PSdressage.com for the latest news from the dressage world, including beautiful photographs that showcase the sport. Recent stories include coverage of major competitions, clinic reports with insights from the likes of Steffen PetersScott HasslerDebbie McDonald and Robert Dover; and a profile of an unusually-colored horse succeeding at the FEI level.


Click here to learn more about Marty Bauman and Classic Communications. Visit Troika Design Group’s website here.

   Julie Channell, Emily Ferguson and Nachelle Forde. Photo by Emily Riden.

Julie Channell, Emily Ferguson and Nachelle Forde. Photo by Emily Riden.

  Founded in 1980 by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech improves the health and performance of people, animals and plants through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. With more than 3,000 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, visit www.alltech.com. For media assets, visit www.alltech.com/press. Visit Alltech on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AlltechNaturally.

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.normandy2014.com.

 Ariel Weisman, Chip McKenney, Mason Phelps, Jr., and Marty Bauman. Photo by Meg McGuire.

Ariel Weisman, Chip McKenney, Mason Phelps, Jr., and Marty Bauman. Photo by Meg McGuire.


 Oded Shimoni and David Marcus. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Oded Shimoni and David Marcus. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.


   Thomas Baur and Evi Strasser. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Thomas Baur and Evi Strasser. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.


 Chris Von Martels and Craig Fraser. Photo by Emily Riden.

Chris Von Martels and Craig Fraser. Photo by Emily Riden.

Educational Opportunities and Nutritional Consults Available This Upcoming 2013-14 Season, Provided by BioStar LLC

January 24, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL (January 17, 2014)- Having a horse and being able to maintain it takes education and sometimes years of practice. But when it comes to maintaining performance horses at their highest level, having a professional around to help give yourself a great foundation of knowledge can make a huge difference in the show ring. Tigger Montague, founder and formulator at BioStar, LLC is able to provide her expertise in the field of equine nutrition to the owners, riders and professionals attending the 2013-14 season of competition in Wellington and Loxahatchee, Florida.
In her educational talks, Tigger will go over ‘Feeding for Performance,’ where she’ll break down the ingredients of feeds and supplements. The talk starts with the fundamentals of equine nutrition: fiber, protein, fats and carbohydrates. From there she’ll use those building blocks to help further educate the audience on how to feed for performance and health. She is also available for individual nutritional consults, and can work in conjunction with veterinarians to address specific issues relating to performance and/or general health conditions.
Tigger Montague’s background is extensive in nutrition, including thirty years in the human and equine supplement industry and a focus on Ayruvedic 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, and improved performance in the show ring.”
Any facility or group of individuals within a twenty mile radius of Wellington, FL can opt to have Tigger come to your facility. Talks usually last for over an hour, and time afterwards for questions is recommended. For those interested in setting up an appointment to have Tigger come out to your facility, or for an individual nutritional consultation, please write to kat@biostarus.com.
About BioStar US: Whole Food Supplements For Best in Class Health and Performance
BioStar US holds the belief that non-synthetically derived ingredients (whole food) has positive effects on health and wellness. They support the whole food and organic food movement, and strive to bring the highest quality products to horses and dogs alike. BioStar US uses a unique system that dehydrates their formulas and bars which takes place at low temperatures to maintain nutrient and enzyme levels similar that of to raw food. Providing organic, GMO-free, coal tar derivative-free, petro-chemical free, wheat free supplements that contain no artificial sweeteners or other synthetic ingredients is why BioStar is the leader of whole food supplementation in the equine industry. For more information on BioStar US, visit their website (http://www.BioStarUS.com), or you can also connect with them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BiostarSupplements).