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Horses from the Famous Arabian Nights Attraction are up for Sale THIS SATURDAY

February 28, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Sale will be held at Al-Marah Arabians new home in Clermont

CLERMONT, Fla. (February 27, 2014) – Horse lovers have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire some of the most famous horses in Central Florida – if not the entire country – this Saturday in Clermont.


Al-Marah Arabians, the parent company of the now-closed Arabian Nights attraction, is selling 16 horses that were all regular performers in the Arabian Nights dinner show.


The sale will be held at Al-Marah Arabians new home, an 80-acre horse farm in Clermont.


Breeds available include Al-Marah Arabians, Percherons, Appaloosas, Saddlebreds, Belgians, Irish Sport Horses and Quarter Horses.


Buyers will be available to see all the horses on site, and discuss the horses with Al-Marah Arabians staff, including owner Mark Miller and head trainer Kassie Barteau.


All horses are broke to ride and many of the riding horses are capable of winning titles at the national level.


The full list of horses and prices will be available online Saturday morning at www.al-marah.com. Prices will range from $2,500 to $20,000.


Al-Marah Arabians is located at 11105 Autumn Lane in Clermont, and will be open to the public from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday.





Eileen Daley

Al-Marah Arabians






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Wellons Communications

407-339-0879 office

407-637-6000 cell


For Artist Louise Mellon Dogs Rock!

February 28, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – February 25, 2014 – Known for her equestrian art often seen on the covers of equine publications, Louise Mellon also has a fun  gallery of canine works. Brightly colored and whimsical, a Mellon painting is full of energy, happiness and humor  and captures the joyful quirks of that unique dog.

Louise Mellon has dog friends of her own, occasionally featured in her pieces.


“I am constantly inspired by my dogs’ view of the world,” Melon said. “As dog lovers do, I treat them with love and a great sense of stewardship.

The Shortest Route to Dinner by Louise Mellon

From pedigreed to mixed breeds, Mellon’s works reflect the humorous, fun-loving, mischievous and sensitive nature of dogs.


Mellon explained that Corgis are especially known for being eager to get to their dinners.”One evening, I went down the two steps from the kitchen and put Perry’s dish on the floor with her hot on my heels,” Mellon explained. “She dove into her supper with front feet on the floor and hind feet still up on the step. Eating back end uphill didn’t seem to bother her in the least!” Perry’s dinnertime shenanigans inspired Mellon’s piece, The Shortest Route To Dinner.


“Dogs quickly learn how to stretch the boundaries to see what they can get away with,” Mellon said. “This is where some of the funniest portrait opportunities play out. Just ask any Jack Russell Terrier owner!”


Mellon is entertained by the tricks dogs play on their friends to get what they want.


“My Cricket always wants the chew bone that Ruffie has because she thinks it must be better than the one she has,” Mellon said. “She will whine and stare at Ruffie like a hungry lunch patron standing behind an occupied seat to pressure the diner to finish up and leave. Ruffie is immune to this ploy, so Cricket will go get a favorite toy, squeak it enticingly, and when Ruffie comes after the toy, Cricket zooms in for the bone. Tactical strategy at its best!”

Mellon gives a painting lesson to Cricket and Ruffie / Photo courtesy of Louise Mellon

Mellon appreciates how dogs have an innate sensitivity toward observation, taking in subtleties to which humans are oblivious. Their motivation is to bond with us.


“They get to know our quirks, expressions and routines better than we might give them credit for,” Mellon said. “Dogs have helped most of us through some very difficult times, even saving our lives in many ways. They certainly have done that for me”.


Mellon’s colorful, canine centered portraits portray the connection dogs share with their people, while bringing years of joyful memories of their pets’ unique personalities.


To commission a work with Louise Mellon and learn more about the artist, visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

Friend and collector Bruce Duchossois will host a private, invitation only showing of Mellon’s work at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, FL, on March 19.

Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone

Eventing Community Welcomes George Morris for Clinic at Boyd Martin’s Bridle Creek Farm

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

Aiken, SC – February 19, 2014 –  Sometimes equestrian disciplines have a hard time sharing their worlds, but in Eventing where there are three aspects, they eagerly welcome the insight of different trainers. Legendary horseman and coach George Morris is well known in both the Show Jumping and Eventing communities, and on February 24-25, 2014 he will travel to Aiken, SC to teach at Boyd Martin’s Bridle Creek Farm. Riders and auditors will have the opportunity to learn from the best in the business.

After retiring as Chef d’Equipe of the United States Show Jumping Team, Morris has set his sights on developing the future of the sport by conducting clinics around the world.  Focusing on helping riders develop correct form and function, Morris has often been referred to as the founding father of hunt seat equitation. Second to none, his teachings, technique and style are revered around the world. Over the course of his career, Morris has been highly successful as a rider, coach, clinician, author and judge.

“A group of Eventing riders based in Aiken, including three members from the
London Olympic Team, will be participating in the clinic,” explained Martin.
“I think George will be focusing on course analysis, which sometimes the Eventing
riders struggle with. Without question, George is one of the greatest equestrian
coaches in history, and we are honored that he is coming to teach us. “

While the spots for the clinics filled up immediately, auditor positions are still

available to gain knowledge from the esteemed Morris through observation,

and a waiting list is available for riders should a spot become available. Auditor

spots are $60 each, and Martin encourages all the Eventing enthusiasts around

Aiken to come and watch the master at work.

The daily clinic schedule will begin with the first group of advanced riders at

9:00 a.m., followed by intermediate riders at 11:00 a.m. The final group of

green horses will commence at 2:00 p.m.

Fernanda Kellogg will be hosting a reception on Monday, February 24, at

Fox Frolic Farm beginning at 4:30pm.  Owners, auditors and riders are all

welcome to attend, and Morris will be addressing everyone during the event.

George Morris
For more information about the George Morris Clinics and his 2014 schedules please visit http://www.ghmclinics.com.

BioStar LLC Becomes the Newest Member of the American Sustainable Business Council

February 17, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Gordonsville, VA (February 13, 2014)- BioStar LLC, an equine and canine supplement company is starting the year off with a total rebranding effort and a great many things to announce, starting with becoming the newest member of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC).
Under the belief that horses and dogs have thrived for thousands of years without processed food and synthetic additives, BioStar has set the standard in equine and canine supplementation. Commercial processed feeds have simply become large bags of synthetic additives with some food and sweeteners thrown in. In contrast, BioStar supplements are formulated to provide the necessary nutrients lacking in commercial feed through whole foods sourced sustainably. Because of their dedication to further expand their efforts in debunking popular myths and education relating to sustainability, they have joined forces with the American Sustainable Business Council.
“I realized that Biostar was not doing enough. If we as a company are truly going to stand for healthy food, healthy soils, healthy horses and dogs, then we need to step up our game. We need to become activists and be the change in our industry. We’re the first company centered in the equestrian world to take such steps to not only verify the sustainability of our ingredients through the Non-GMO Project, but we took the step to join the ASBC as well. ASBC is a driving force in this country to help make new policies in the government, push education to consumers, and be caretakers to the environment around us which is in such a fragile state,” said Tigger Montague of BioStar. “I look forward to taking our laurels to the next level.”
“We’re excited to be working with BioStar on our federal and state-based sustainable agriculture and GMO Labeling initiatives,” said Richard Eidlin, ASBC’s Policy Director and Co-Founder.  He added, “BioStar’s commitment to the triple bottom line – people, profit and planet – is fully aligned with the goals of ASBC.”
“BioStar will be participating in monthly round-table conference calls with other company council members, and as BioStar’s representative to the Council, I will be making trips to Washington DC to meet with senators and congressmen to tell them “our” story. The story of the epidemic of metabolic horses, the epidemic of ulcers in horses, the epidemic of GI tract inflammation and the rise of allergies in horses and dogs,” said Tigger. “But this one step is not enough. We hope to achieve the ability for further outreach in regards to research and legislative information pertaining to GMOs (genetically modified organisms), glyphosate, other herbicides, the micro-biome, pollinators, restoring pasture health and vitality, sources for organic hay, organic grains, and so much more. It is time to make a stand and take action for the health of the planet, and all who dwell here.”
About BioStar US: 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 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).
About the American Sustainable Business Council: The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and its member organizations represent more than 200,000 businesses nationwide, and more than 325,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers and investors. The council includes chambers of commerce, trade associations and groups representing small business, investors, microenterprise, social enterprise, green and sustainable business, local living economy and women and minority business leaders. ASBC informs and engages policy makers and the public

The Staff of The Colorado Horse Park Go the Extra Mile for the Community

February 17, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Parker, CO – February 12, 2014 – The Colorado Horse Park is home to a full schedule of over 40 events each year, including local and national world-class equestrian competition in multiple disciplines. It has been home to the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships and the National combined Driving Singles Championships


Behind the scenes at The Colorado Horse Park, the staff is known for their goodwill in the community and for going the extra mile to help out. On a regular basis, every member of the staff gladly goes beyond required job descriptions to reach out and support the community.


 Jose Morales, Lisa Klymko, Vivien Van Buren, Geoff Combs, Helen Krieble, Brian Curry and Carole Kenney posed for the CHP holiday card. Photo by Horsin' Around Photography

Jose Morales, Lisa Klymko, Vivien Van Buren, Geoff Combs, Helen Krieble, Brian Curry and Carole Kenney posed for the CHP holiday card. Photo by Horsin’ Around Photography

Carole Kenney, Equine Manager at The Colorado Horse Park, recently set up an account for donations for the family of Arapahoe High School shooting victim, Claire Davis. But this isn’t the first time she’s helped out those in need.


“A local trainer’s Jack Russell terrier jumped into one the boiling pools at Yellowstone,” said Helen Krieble, founder and President of The Colorado Horse Park. “The trainer stepped into the pool to save her dog and her leg was very badly burned.”


Kenney orchestrated a Colorado Horse Park benefit show to help the trainer.


“I never would have learned of it without Carole,” continued Krieble. “Another trainer got kicked in the face and had to have reconstructive surgery. Carole raised money for her medical expenses. She has that kind of constant awareness about the needs of families here. She is always so giving.”


 Brian Curry, Vice President of Colorado Horse Park

Brian Curry, Vice President of Colorado Horse Park

Brian Curry, Vice President of The Colorado Horse Park has also gone above and beyond to support the community. In 2012, a fire was closing in on The Colorado Horse Park and the adjacent houses.


“Brian had all our barn staff out there with the water trucks and drags creating a fire break and saved the houses on the south of CHP,” Krieble said. “He tried to stop that fire. Our men coughed for about two weeks, they were so inundated with

smoke. They were so inundated with smoke. On another occasion, a house caught fire at the edge of the property. Curry and team had hoses and water out there well before the fire department arrived.”


In the summer of 2013 when the nearby Black Forest caught fire, all the staff, including Krieble, Curry, Chief Financial Officer Geoff Combs, Vivien Van Buren, who heads up Entertainment and Education, and Lisa Klymkow, Vendor Manager, did their part to help the victims of the fires. The Colorado Horse Park housed many horses, cattle and other farm animals uprooted by fire.


“It is that kind of thing – all staff members are willing to step up, every single one of them” Krieble said. “They are all multi-talented and multi-tasked. We are very lucky”


Krieble is also a much-respected community leader in Colorado, and active in national politics. She has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Denver Art Museum, the Free Congress Foundation, Radio America, the Colorado Horse Development Authority and the Colorado Horsemen’s Council. She is a founding board member of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, one of the most highly acclaimed and successful political leadership training programs in the country.


 Helen Krieble Founder and President of Colorado Horse Park

Helen Krieble Founder and President of
Colorado Horse Park

Krieble is keenly interested in immigration reform because of its impact on the equestrian world. Now she works tirelessly to earn support for her “Red Card Solution,” a simple, free-market guest-worker approach to immigration.


Krieble has presented her “Red Card Solution” on Capitol Hill, on major network news programs and talk shows, and to the National Press Club.


To learn more about “The Red Card Solution” go to: http://www.redcardsolution.com/


About the Colorado Horse Park

The Colorado Horse Park was founded by visionary Helen Krieble, who acknowledged the need for a high-volume horse show and horse boarding facility to serve Colorado. The Colorado Horse Park welcomes more than 35,000 visitors per year and hosts over 40 competitions annually. CHP features a derby arena designed by Olympic designer Linda Allen and a cross-country course designed by Olympic gold medalist David O’Connor and eventing superstar James Atkinson. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity for more than 1,000 stalls.


The picturesque property, located only minutes from the town of Parker, hosts international equestrian events in multiple disciplines. Visitors enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings and access to miles of trails and open space. The Colorado Horse Park iscommitted to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.


Visit CHP at: http://coloradohorsepark.com/

American Invitational presented by G & C Farm Comes to Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida

February 15, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Miami, FL – February 10, 2014 – One of the longest running and most prestigious of all American show jumping events, the American Invitational, a Tampa fixture for over forty years, is moving from the West coast of Florida to Sun Life Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins, in Miami on the East coast. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2014.


American Invitational moves to Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

American Invitational moves to Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

As has been the tradition over the years, the dream of show jumping visionary Gene Mische, the legendary founder of Stadium Jumping, Inc. will be realized once again as exhibitors will be rewarded with huge prize money, but no entry fee.


   Gustavo Mirabel

Gustavo Mirabel

An invitation will be extended to 2013 American Invitational champion, McLain Ward. Four invitations will be issued at the Organizing Committee’s & FEI’s discretion and fifteen invitations will be issued to the riders who have accumulated the most money won from various qualifying classes, Those classes and the standings are posted on www.StadiumJumping.com. Additionally, ten or all remaining invitations will be issued to riders based on their standing from Rolex/USEF Ranking List (expanded to include foreign riders) as of Friday, March 28, 2014.


Gustavo Mirabal and G & C Farms, long time supporters of the American Invitational, have returned as the presenting sponsor of this revered event. “It is a great idea to move the Invitational to Miami,” said Mirabal. “I have always thought, since the first Invitational that I sponsored, that it would be a great move to bring the event to South Florida so we can get more people to the stadium and so we can better promote our sport.”


“After forty great years in Tampa, we are thrilled to be moving to Florida’s East coast,” said Michael Morrissey, President of Stadium Jumping, Inc., the organizers of the American Invitational. “South Florida is really the hotbed of show jumping in America at this time of year, so moving the Invitational closer to the action is something all of us are very excited about. But, I can’t thank all of the folks at the Tampa venue enough for all of their great support over the past forty plus years.”


Miami’s Sun Life Stadium will provide the perfect new venue and backdrop for one of America’s great show jumping classics. “We are pleased to add another world-class event to our calendar of great events at Sun Life Stadium. The American Invitational is the premier show jumping event in the U.S. so it’s a perfect fit,” said Todd Boyan, Sr. Vice President of Operations for Sun Life Stadium.


Morrissey continued, “I really want to commend and thank Gustavo Mirabal for his continued support. G & C Farms’ commitment to improving the sport of show jumping in America is unwavering. They have long realized the importance of the American Invitational and have stepped up for us each year.”


Mirabal added, “For me it is the most important classic in America. I grew up hearing about the American Invitational. It is a very special class. For the ones that love this sport, we have to support this kind of class. Is an American classic !”


Defending champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward, said of the move to Sun Life Stadium, “Miami is going to be a great home for this event. It seems like the right move at the right time and it matches how the horse world has evolved. While I’m going to miss the few days in Tampa, I think the move to Miami is a good one and I hope the event is successful for many years to come.”


The prize list for the American Invitational can be found here.



Ringside VIP tables available at Sun Life Stadium. Please email: Matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com for more information


Tickets for the event will be available at Ticketmaster and through the Stadium Jumping portal at http://www.stadiumjumping.com/


For Sponsorship information please contact:


Connie Sawyer 518-461-6288 or sawyer.equestrianevents.@gmail.com

April Wehle 561-459-9259 or aprilw@stadiumjumping.com


McLain Ward and Rothchild, American Invitational defending champions - photo by The Book LLC

McLain Ward and Rothchild, American Invitational defending champions – photo by The Book LLC

American Invitational Champions over the Years


1973 $15,000 American Invitational

Rodney Jenkins & Idle Dice

1974 $15,000 American Invitational

Michelle McEvoy & Sundance

1975 $15,000 American Invitational

Michelle McEvoy & Sundance

1976 $15,000 American Invitational

Robert Ridland & Southside

1977 $15,000 American Invitational

Terry Rudd & Mr. Demeanor

1978 $25,000 American Invitational

Norman Dello Joio &Allegro

1979 $30,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Rodney Jenkins & Third Man

1980 $35,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Bernie Traurig & Eaden Vale

1981 $50,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Buddy Brown & Felton

1982 $50,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Melanie Smith & Calypso

1983 $50,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Katie Monahan & Noren

1984 $100,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Leslie Burr & Albany

1985 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

Katie Monahan & The Governor

1986 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

Tim Grubb & Linky

1987 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

Lisa Jacquin & For The Moment

1988 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

Katie Monahan-Prudent & Special Envoy

1989 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

Greg Best & Gem Twist

1990 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

David Raposa & Seven Wonder

1991 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

George Lindemann & Three’s & Seven’s

1992 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Ian Millar & Big Ben

1993 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Debbie Stephens & Volan

1994 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Michael Matz & Rhum IV

1995 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Chris Kappler & Seven Wonder

1996 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Harold Chopping & Brandy

1997 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Todd Minikus & Ravel

1998 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

McLain Ward & Twist Du Valon

1999 $150,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Marley Goodman & Canyon *

2000 $150,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Schuyler Riley & Ilian

2001 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Molly Ashe & Kroon Gravin

2002 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Molly Ashe & Kroon Gravin

2003 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Chris Kappler & Royal Kaliber

2004 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Norman Dello Joio & Glasgow

2005 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Beezie Madden & Authentic

2006 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Rodrigo Pessoa & Baloubet De Rouet

2007 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Beezie Madden & Authentic

2008 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

McLain Ward & Sapphire

2009 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Chris Kappler & VDL Oranta

2010 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational

Jeffery Welles and Armani

2011 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational

Kent Farrington and Uceko

2012 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational

Mario Deslauriers and Cella

2013 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational

McLain Ward and Rothchild


International Polo Club Palm Beach Announces Maserati as the 2014 Title Sponsor of the U.S. Open Polo Championship

February 15, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, Fla. (February 6, 2014) – Combine inspired craftsmanship with a world-renowned polo club and you create one of the most dazzling spectacles on Earth: the Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship®. For the second year in a row, two prestigious powerhouses, Maserati and the International Polo Club Palm Beach, reunite for the 2014 Palm Beach Polo Season.

Maserati Ghibli.F34

“We are thrilled to have Maserati back at IPC, not only as the event’s title sponsor but as the event’s exclusive automobile partner. It’s an iconic brand that personifies passion. Maserati is instantly recognized as one of the world’s great brands,” said John Wash, president of the International Polo Club (IPC). “We look forward to working with Maserati, whose very foundation is based upon passion and a balance of performance and luxury. It’s the perfect pairing of two world-class brands.”


Touted as the Super Bowl of polo, the U.S. Open Polo Championship is a four-week, 26-goal tournament that will highlight the International Polo Club’s 11th season, and four months of winter, high-goal polo in Florida. The championship matches will be played on March 30, and April 6, 13, and 20 (Easter), showcasing the world’s most fabled, 10-goal players, including Adolfo Cambiaso and Facundo Pieres.


“Polo awes with its combination of beauty, power, and precision. The connection with our core values of inspired design, passion, performance, and sophistication is an ideal match,” commented Peter Grady, president and chief executive officer of Maserati North America, Inc. “We are proud to bring Maserati back to IPC for a second year.”


Generating over 500 horsepower out of its Ferrari-built, twin-turbo V8, the Trident marque will be represented in a full line display, featuring the all-new Quattroporte GTS. This full-size sport sedan, also available with all-wheel drive, defines “The Absolute Opposite of Ordinary,” with Italian style and coach-built style setting it apart from the pack. Also featured is the second all-new car, which drove Maserati to record sales in 2013, the Maserati Ghibli. This Italian, midsize sport sedan offers all-wheel drive capability and over 400 horsepower. Of course, the elegance and timeless grace of the GranTurismo Convertible and Coupe will be represented, each delivering thoroughbred performance with comfort for four adults.


The U.S. Open Polo Championship, the most prestigious tournament in the United States, dates back to 1904 where it was first played at Meadowbrook Polo Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. In 2004, the tournament headed south to the tropical fields of the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Fla., where the thundering of hooves have graced the greens ever since.


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Sunday Brunch and Polo

High-goal polo action takes place every Sunday through April 20 at the International Polo Club. Tickets for Sunday polo range from $10 general admission to $120 for box seating. Tickets for the lavish Sunday brunch at The Pavilion start at $100, and its reception prices begin at $55, upward to $330 for the Veuve Clicquot brunch package for two. Tickets can be purchased online at InternationalPoloClub.com or by calling 561.204.5687.


About Maserati

Maserati produces a full line of two- and four-door models legendary for their spacious, handcrafted luxury, thoroughbred performance, and everyday usability. The Maserati range includes the all-new, full-size Quattroporte and the midsize Ghibli sport sedan, which earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).* The flagship Quattroporte GTS leads the charge with a 523 HP twin turbo V8, while both the Ghibli and Quattroporte are available with all-wheel drive, a competition bred twin-turbo 404 HP V6, and an adaptive eight-speed automatic transmission. The two-door GranTurismo line continues with several variants of coupes and convertibles that combine elegance and comfort for four adults, with a six-speed automatic transmission to keep the legendary Maserati performance and exhaust note close at hand. Maserati automobiles and merchandise can be found at authorized retailers across North America. Information on Maserati can be found at www.maserati.us or 1-800-My-Maserati.


*Built after November 2013


About International Polo Club Palm Beach

The International Polo Club Palm Beach is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. Polo enthusiasts descend upon Wellington, Fla., each winter season to enjoy their love of the sport in the most prominent and well-equipped polo facility. The 2014 Palm Beach Polo Season will open on Sunday, January 5, and will conclude 16 weeks later with the Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship® final on Sunday, April 20. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, lawn seating, field-side champagne brunch at The Pavilion, and exclusive sponsor boxes. Tickets start at $10. For ticketing and sponsorship information, or to book a special event year-round, please call 561.204.5687 or visit InternationalPoloClub.com.


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Enid Atwater, Venue Marketing Group

561.844.1778, ext. 21



February 12, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Volunteers Receive Extensive Training to Support Therapeutic Riding Program;
Rider and Therapy Horse Sponsorships Available
Thurmont, MD (February 10, 2014).  Volunteers are encouraged to sign-up for the Frederick County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program (FC4HTRP) before Spring Volunteer Training begins April 5, 2014.  Each year 78 students receive therapeutic riding lessons free-of-charge for seven weeks in the spring and seven weeks in the fall.  The program, which was established in 1984 with 16 riders, maintains a waiting list of hopeful riders each year.  The FC4HTRP Program’s expansion is limited to the number of volunteers who are available to assist with riders and horses, as well as donations received.  This year over 40 riders are waiting for the opportunity to participate in the program.
Photo of Kristofer Schrumpf, a student in the program.

Photo of Kristofer Schrumpf, a student in the program.

The FC4HTRP provides a recreational experience and therapeutic regimen to Frederick County citizens with medically certified mental, physical and emotional disabilities.  Riders must submit physician, therapist and teacher information about their condition before beginning the program.  FC4HTRP therapists and instructors review the riders’ medical history and develop a personalized program for each student in collaboration with his/her physician, therapist, teacher/employer, riding instructor and family members.


“We are very grateful for the volunteers that commit their time to our program,” said Debbie Endlich, president of FC4HTRP.  “Without them we would not be able to offer our riders weekly 45-minute rides during the spring and fall sessions. If more folks are able to join our volunteer program we would be able to serve more students.”


Fee-based classes are also offered during the winter and summer on Saturday mornings as well as private therapeutic lessons to our students.


“Learning to balance on the horse, to steer, control and interact with a large animal not only improves muscle tone, balance and coordination for our riders, but it also improves their self-confidence and encourages them to excel in other areas of life,” said Endlich.


Each year riders are selected to compete in a horse show at the Frederick Fairgrounds during the Great Frederick Fair and to participate in Special Olympics.


One student, Kristofer Schrumpf, was born with Autism and, frustrated with his inability to communicate, suffered emotional outbursts. He also exhibited deficiencies in fine and gross motor skills, making normal sport activities difficult.


As a FC4HTRP student, he learned that he had to control his anger when communicating with horses to get a positive response.  And, he began to accept instructions from teachers and therapists without angry outbursts. Riding horses also improved Kristofer’s hand-eye coordination and balance and he now participates and wins in statewide horse shows.


“He is now a college-bound, honors student at Urbana High School, is president of the Emerging Leaders Club, and speaks fluent German,” said Nancy Schrumpf.  “Our family is most grateful to be part of the FC4HTRP family. We thank them and all the generous supporters from the community for improving the life of our son.”


Volunteers Needed:  To learn more about therapeutic horseback riding or to volunteer visit www.fc4htrp.org


Donations and Rider and Horse Sponsorships keep this program going. To Sponsor a Rider ($500 half-year or $1,000 full-year) or Sponsor a Therapy Horse ($1,000 yearly) please contact Debbie Endlich, FC4HTRP President, at 301-898-3587.


To make a donation, please send checks or money orders to 11515 Angleberger Road, Thurmont, MD 21788.


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About Frederick County 4H Therapeutic Riding Program (FC4HTRP) is a non-profit therapeutic riding program that was established in 1983 to provide horseback riding experiences to physically, emotionally, and mentally disabled Frederick County individuals. FC4HTRP exists only on donations from individuals, businesses, and civic-minded organizations. Donations are tax deductible under IRS Tax Code 501(c)3.

What You Must Know When Feeding Genetically Modified Commercial Feed to Your Horse

February 12, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Every day we are bombarded with the detrimental effects of chemicals in our food and in the products we put on our bodies. We do what we can not to consume these products but let’s be honest, living a completely organic lifestyle is expensive and can be cost prohibitive for most of us.


However, if we only partially change the food we consume and products we use, we will improve our lives and we can do the same for our horses. Those changes, although they may be small can have a profound impact. They can make a massive difference in the health of our horses and the chemical exposure that confronts them day after day.

As humans, we have choices in the products we use and the foods we consume. Our horses do not have that capability; we need to make those informed healthy choices for them.

We can no longer hide our heads in the sand on this topic. For years we’ve been reading studies and scientific journals about the damaging effects of GMOs and associated herbicides. One of these toxic culprits is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, called glyphosate.

Glyphosate based herbicides are also private labeled and marketed by over 150 companies worldwide under various brand names. Since glyphosate is used on 75-95% of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and alfalfa grown in this country, it is impossible to avoid the residue of this dangerous herbicide in your horse’s feed and in our food human chain.

There is overwhelming worldwide documented research data confirming the deleterious effects of glyphosate on soil, plants, bacteria, animals, and humans. It’s easy to find the data by searching the web for glyphosate and you will uncover a host of shocking information on its dangers.

Via this link you can also go to the National Library of Medicine’s citation database MEDLINE. There you will find that glyphosate-based agri-chemicals have now been connected to some 40 different health conditions, including Parkinson’s, Leukemia and others. To read more on these disturbing facts go to http://www.greenmedinfo.com/toxic-ingredient/glyphosate-formulations.

The bottom line here is that when a glyphosate contaminated plant is digested, the glyphosate in the plant is released into the horses gut and ties up (chelates) vital minerals necessary to the horse’s health.

This can cause Gastro-Intestinal (GI) problems, lameness, stiffness, lethargy, weight loss, and diarrhea. It can also cause and present itself as a whole host of other symptoms seen as Lyme Disease, Cushing’s, Vaccinosis and much more. So, the goal is to protect the horse from the negative effects of glyphosate found in your horse’s feed and also alleviate the toxic effects of formaldehyde, which is the major end product of glyphosate degradation.

Once again, it would be nice if we could all feed our horses only organic feeds, but this would be much more expensive and not available to everyone. Instead, StemPhase has developed a simple and very affordable solution to the dangers of glyphosate.

The simple solution is to add two organic, natural and GMO FREE supplements to your horse’s present diet. If you love the commercial feed you are feeding your horse, you can continue, but by simply adding two supplements – DTX Formula and micronutrient Plus it will revitalize your horse’s gut health. What these two products do is unlock the intestinal gridlock caused by glyphosate in your current feed, and thereby allow access to the vital nutrients your horse needs.


* DTX Formula is a pelleted style formula which you simply top dress to your horse’s regular diet to help unlock the nutrients so your horse gets the nutrition it needs. The concept behind this product is that it pulls the toxins in your horse’s gut together and allows them to exit the horse’s body safely via the manure

* micronutrient Plus is a complete amino acid profile building block that contains natural GMO FREE ingredients and when used together with DTX Formula on a daily basis, this powerful combination of these two products reduces inflammation and allows your horse to unlock, digest, utilize, and absorb the vital nutrition it needs.

By Using DTX Formula and micronutrient Plus, you will noticeably find in just a few short weeks you will have a more vibrant and healthier, happier horse. For more information about these StemPhase Biomedical products go to www.stemphase.com

Compete to Qualify for the 2014 Washington International Horse Show!

February 11, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Washington, D.C. – February 5, 2014 – Riders are working hard at their chance to earn qualifying points for this year’s Washington International Horse Show (WIHS). The nation’s leading metropolitan horse show, the WIHS offers championships for junior and pony equitation riders as well as adult and children’s hunter and jumper competitors. The 56th Annual Washington International Horse Show, held at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., will run October 21-26, 2014.

The qualifying period for this year’s competition has already begun, and riders are earning points early at the top winter show circuits throughout the country with hopes of competing at one of the most coveted horse shows in the country. Horses and riders compete all year in order to qualify for the WIHS Finals, including the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship, $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship, $10,000 WIHS Adult Hunter Championship, $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship, WIHS Equitation Finals, and WIHS Pony Equitation Finals.


 Meredith Darst won the 2013 WIHS Equitation Finals riding Soldier

Meredith Darst won the 2013 WIHS Equitation Finals riding Soldier

Although you do not have to be a WIHS member to compete in the qualifying classes, competitors must be WIHS members in order for their points to count towards the finals. Sign up today at www.wihs.org/membership to become a WIHS member and start earning points for qualification in the WIHS Equitation Finals and the WIHS Hunter and Jumper Championship Finals. The qualifying period is September 1, 2013, through August 31, 2014.

Here are some of the top competitors in WIHS qualifiers as of January 31, 2014:


Spencer Smith of Wellington, FL, currently leads the WIHS Equitation East Coast standings with 1,112 points. Morgan Ward of Milford, NJ, sits second with 904 points, and Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, has 740 points.

The top rider on the West Coast standings is Sophie Simpson of Royal Palm Beach, FL, with 640 points. Kai Arielle Devoglaer of Austin, TX, stands second with 580 points. Brianna Peddicord of Wamego, KS, is third with 458 points.

In the WIHS Pony Equitation standings, Taylor St. Jacques of Glen Allen, VA, has 266 points to lead off the year. Theresa Tolar of Mooresville, NC, is close behind with 238 points, and Jordan Cobb of Austin, TX, is third with 228 points.


 Ivanhoe and Abigail Kaufman won the 2013 Children's Hunter Championship at WIHS

Ivanhoe and Abigail Kaufman won the 2013 Children’s Hunter Championship at WIHS

The Adult Hunter Championship standings are currently led by Overseas and Mindy Wurzburg of Memphis, TN, with 800 points. Cast in Silver and Jessica Pandocchi of Sarver, PA, have 740 points in second place, and Poetic Justis and Brooke Cole of Rockville, VA, sit third with 708 points.

In the Children’s Hunter Championship, Moon River and Alyssa Scholefield of Atlanta, GA, have the lead with 892 points. Blueprint and Emily Curling of Chesapeake, VA, have 568 points for second place in the standings, and Carson and Carilynn Peyton of Great Falls, VA, have 552 points in third.

The Adult Jumpers are also earning points to qualify for their championship finals in October. Secret Agent and Casey Millis of Carton, GA, have 1,590 points to lead the division. Belladonna and Katherine Pontone of Red Bank, NJ, sit second with 1,300 points. Skys Burnin Blue and Phoenix Cooke of Chardon, OH, have 1,245 points in the third position.


In the Children’s Jumper division, Utility and Anna Elghanayan of Chesterland, OH, are well on their way to qualifying for the championship with 1,188 points in the lead. Kolette and Kimberle Paige Burton of Huntersville, NC, have 890 points in second place. Lone Star and Micki Reisman of Mooreland Hills, OH, are currently third with 855 points.


 Victoria Jolie V and Kristyn Duarte won the Adult Jumper Championship at the 2013 WIHS

Victoria Jolie V and Kristyn Duarte won the Adult Jumper Championship at the 2013 WIHS

Don’t miss your chance to qualify for the championships at this year’s Washington International Horse Show. WIHS looks forward to hosting the best horses and riders from around the nation in 2014 and encourages all riders to continue their drive to qualify.

To find out more, please visit www.wihs.org, join us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

About the Washington International Horse Show (www.wihs.org)

An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country’s only metropolitan indoor horse show and the pinnacle of the equestrian year with top riders, including Olympic medalists, and their world-class horses. More than 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show, with many competing all year just to qualify. Highlights include the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix (a World Cup qualifier), the Puissance (high jump) and WIHS Equitation Classic Finals featuring the country’s top junior riders. Exciting equestrian exhibitions, boutique shopping and community activities such as Kids’ Day and Breakfast with the Mounted Police round out this family-friendly event.

Since its debut, the WIHS has been a Washington, D.C. institution attended by celebrities, business, military, and diplomatic leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.