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Tony Coppola Personally Invites You to The TACKERIA’s 21st Annual Sale Giving Away $9,000 in Prizes!

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

The TACKERIA’s Thanksgivng Weekend Sale
Starts on Black Friday!
Friday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Nov. 30.

Giving away $9,000 in incredible prizes, like an M. Toulouse saddle, One-K™ Rider and Trainer Intercom, Romfh hunt coats, halters, bridles, breeches, boots and much more!
Stock up for the season!
Unbelievable prices up to 70% off!

THE TACKERIA’S 21ST ANNUAL THANKSGIVING SALE HOURS:
FRIDAY – 9 A.M.- 7 P.M.
SATURDAY –  9 A.M. – 6 P.M.
SUNDAY – 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.The TACKERIA Celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2015!  

 

Click here for more information about The TACKERIA call: (561)793-2012 or 1-800-882-POLO (7656)
Located at 13501 South Shore Blvd. Wellington, FL 33414

Open 7 Days

info@tackeria.com

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2014 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Wrap Up & Photo Gallery

November 22, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

2014 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Wrap Up & Photo Gallery

By Kim MacMillan, MacMillan Photography & Media Services

Photos by Kim & Allen MacMillan, Tammy Brown and Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography Media Services. All photos are copyrighted. For more information or to purchase photos please contact us at photo@looncreekenterprises.com.

The 92nd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair wrapped up in Toronto last weekend with dozens of champions being named in the Royal Horse Show, as well as in the Agriculture Show. Roughly 300,000 visitors attended the Fair which ran from November 7 – November 16 at the Canadian Exhibition Place located near Lake Ontario in the heart of Toronto, Canada’s largest city.

The Royal Horse Show is one of the last remaining grand, old-style horse shows packing the stands each day with fairgoers from Canada and around the world. The show offered classes for draft horse hitches, antique carriages, hunters, jumpers, dressage horses, Welsh Ponies, Standardbreds, Hackneys, Thoroughbreds and Canadian Sport Horses. The popular annual Canine/Equine Challenge class held on the final Saturday combines a jumper horse and rider pair with a canine agility competitor and handler as each runs over their own course (show jumping for the horses and agility for the dogs) with the two scores being combined to determine the winners.

The first week featured a rodeo, the always exciting indoor eventing and Shetland Pony Grand National racing complete with tiny jockeys and simulated steeplechase fences. The second week of the Royal featured Australian “Bush Poet” and horse trainer Guy McLean performing with his four home-bred, red dun Australian Stock Horses. Now based in Texas, McLean entertained the audience with his unique mix of humor while riding one horse and working the other three at liberty.

The Royal international show jumping tour continued in the second week including:  the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix on November 12 (won by McLain Ward and Rothchild from the U.S.A.); the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open on November 14 (won by Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo from the U.S.A.); the always entertaining $15,000 Canine,/Equine Challenge class (won by Jessica Springsteen and Zero from the U.S.A. plus their dog and handler partners) held in the afternoon on November 15, and the $75,000 Big Ben International Challenge (won by Nicola Philappaerts from Belgium and Challenge Vd Begijnakker) on November 15.

Leading Canadian Rider was Jonathon Miller, Leading International Rider was McLain Ward of the U.S.A. and the Leading Canadian Jumper Horse was Game Ready owned by Susan Grange and ridden by Ireland’s Connor Swail.

The Royal is the largest indoor combined horse show and agricultural fair in the world. The Royal Agriculture show features classes for livestock, farm crops and garden produce, as well as unique classes such as the Gay Lea Butter Sculpture Contest (see gallery of sculptures here:   http://www.royalfair.org/node/229), the Most Unusually Shaped Vegetable Class, and the Ladies Lead and Wool Class where the handler and sheep are both dressed in wool (see description of this class at http://www.royalfair.org/td-ladies-lead-and-wool).

The 4-H bunny jumping competition, held in the President’s Choice Animal Theater arena for the second year in a row, was a very popular program. The competition involved each 4-H member taking their pet rabbit through a course that was a cross between a show jumping course and a dog agility course, only with heights set appropriately for rabbits. Other events featured in the President’s Choice Animal Theater were:  educational clinics for dressage, eventing and show jumping (to educate the crowds about the sports competing in the upcoming 2015 Pan American Games to be held in Toronto); Goats on the Go; Super Dogs agility performances; a performance by the Medieval Times cast; The Spirit of the Horse breed demonstrations, and more.

The Royal is truly a unique competition with the top international level horse show alongside the Canadian agriculture showcase with a host of shopping, entertainment and dining options as well. Hundreds of merchants offered wares ranging from antiques and artwork to tack and riding clothes and from clothing and home improvement products options to health and beauty items and gifts. There were a number of farms offering Canadian grown meats, produce and dairy products for sampling and purchase as well. Cooking classes, riding clinics, horse breed demonstrations, wandering musicians, square dancing, children’s’ activities, Toyotas to test drive, and Super Dogs performances were among the many entertainment and educational programs offered during the Royal.

For more information and a complete list of results to go www.royalfair.org. The 2015 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair will run November 6 – 15.

1-McLain Ward and Rothchild won the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World Cup Grand Prix on November 12.

1-McLain Ward and Rothchild won the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World Cup Grand Prix on November 12.

2-U.S. rider McLain Ward won the coveted Leading International Rider sash at the 2014 Royal Winter Fair. He has been competing at the Royal for around 20 years and loves the atmosphere.

2-U.S. rider McLain Ward won the coveted Leading International Rider sash at the 2014 Royal Winter Fair. He has been competing at the Royal for around 20 years and loves the atmosphere.

3-Jonathon Miller’s mount Calvin Klein could hardly control his enthusiasm at Miller being named Leading Canadian Rider at the2014 Royal.

3-Jonathon Miller’s mount Calvin Klein could hardly control his enthusiasm at Miller being named Leading Canadian Rider at the2014 Royal.

4-Karen Pavicic and Don Daiquiri won the Royal Invitational Grand Prix dressage competition, which included a Grand Prix class on one evening and a Grand Prix Freestyle on the next evening.

4-Karen Pavicic and Don Daiquiri won the Royal Invitational Grand Prix dressage competition, which included a Grand Prix class on one evening and a Grand Prix Freestyle on the next evening.

5-Wysteria Lane owned and ridden by Nancy Fagan, won the Lieutenant Governor’s Cup class on the final Saturday morning. The Governor General’s Cup (in-hand) and Lieutenant Governor’s Cup (under saddle) classes are the highlight of the sport horse breed show. The classes are for three-year-old Canadian-bred horses suitable to become sport horses.

5-Wysteria Lane owned and ridden by Nancy Fagan, won the Lieutenant Governor’s Cup class on the final Saturday morning. The Governor General’s Cup (in-hand) and Lieutenant Governor’s Cup (under saddle) classes are the highlight of the sport horse breed show. The classes are for three-year-old Canadian-bred horses suitable to become sport horses.

6-The 2014 Governor General‘s Cup winner was Abbey Road FF (by Aloha) shown by Ronnie Davidson and owned by Shannon and Chris Smith.

6-The 2014 Governor General‘s Cup winner was Abbey Road FF (by Aloha) shown by Ronnie Davidson and owned by Shannon and Chris Smith.

7-A small pony hunter packs his precious cargo around the Ricoh Coliseum arena during the Royal Horse Show. The hunter show included classes for ponies, juniors, adult amateurs and also featured the Canadian Hunter Derby.

7-A small pony hunter packs his precious cargo around the Ricoh Coliseum arena during the Royal Horse Show. The hunter show included classes for ponies, juniors, adult amateurs and also featured the Canadian Hunter Derby.

8- First place yearling Thoroughbred colt Copy Cat Creek (by Yellow Creek), handled by Amber Cranston and owned by Sandra Zelmer. The Royal Horse Show is home to the country’s most prestigious breed show with classes for Thoroughbreds, sport horses, draft horses and Welsh Ponies.

8- First place yearling Thoroughbred colt Copy Cat Creek (by Yellow Creek), handled by Amber Cranston and owned by Sandra Zelmer. The Royal Horse Show is home to the country’s most prestigious breed show with classes for Thoroughbreds, sport horses, draft horses and Welsh Ponies.

9-Champion Thoroughbred stallion at the 2014 Royal, Simply Decadent by Niigon, handled by Marc Desautels, and owned by Treena McClelland-Desautels.

9-Champion Thoroughbred stallion at the 2014 Royal, Simply Decadent by Niigon, handled by Marc Desautels, and owned by Treena McClelland-Desautels.

10-The diminutive and feisty pony jumpers are fun to watch as their determined riders pilot them around a miniature Grand Prix course.

10-The diminutive and feisty pony jumpers are fun to watch as their determined riders pilot them around a miniature Grand Prix course.

11-The ground shakes as the draft horse hitches take center stage. Here 11 four-horse hitches were lined up in the arena all at one time; that’s a huge amount of horse power!

11-The ground shakes as the draft horse hitches take center stage. Here 11 four-horse hitches were lined up in the arena all at one time; that’s a huge amount of horse power!

12-The Green Meadows Carriage competition was for antique carriages pulled by four matching horses. The drivers, passengers and grooms were all dressed in formal costume.   The First Place Red ribbon went to Glenmore Farms Entry driven by Glenn A Werry Jr.

12-The Green Meadows Carriage competition was for antique carriages pulled by four matching horses. The drivers, passengers and grooms were all dressed in formal costume. The First Place Red ribbon went to Glenmore Farms Entry driven by Glenn A Werry Jr.

12-The Green Meadows Carriage competition was for antique carriages pulled by four matching horses. The drivers, passengers and grooms were all dressed in formal costume.   The First Place Red ribbon went to Glenmore Farms Entry driven by Glenn A Werry Jr.

12-The Green Meadows Carriage competition was for antique carriages pulled by four matching horses. The drivers, passengers and grooms were all dressed in formal costume. The First Place Red ribbon went to Glenmore Farms Entry driven by Glenn A Werry Jr.

13-The “Road Horse” classes feature Standardbred race horses complete with sulkies and racing silks.

13-The “Road Horse” classes feature Standardbred race horses complete with sulkies and racing silks.

14-A favorite of the audience and the competitors alike, the indoor eventing offered lots of action and thrills. Canadian Olympian Jessica Phoenix rode Charlotte Schickedanz’ Trakehner mare Abby GS.

14-A favorite of the audience and the competitors alike, the indoor eventing offered lots of action and thrills. Canadian Olympian Jessica Phoenix rode Charlotte Schickedanz’ Trakehner mare Abby GS.

15-Educational clinics for show jumping, dressage and eventing took place in the President’s Choice Animal Theatre arena. Here show jumper Hyde Moffatt explains the finer points of competing over fences.

15-Educational clinics for show jumping, dressage and eventing took place in the President’s Choice Animal Theatre arena. Here show jumper Hyde Moffatt explains the finer points of competing over fences.

16-The featured equestrian entertainer at the Royal Winter Fair in 2014 was Australian “Bush Poet” Guy McLean and his four  home-bred red dun Australian Stock Horses.  For his signature finale three horses stand over one horse laying down as guy wails his bullwhips.

16-The featured equestrian entertainer at the Royal Winter Fair in 2014 was Australian “Bush Poet” Guy McLean and his four home-bred red dun Australian Stock Horses. For his signature finale three horses stand over one horse laying down as guy wails his bullwhips.

17-Twins in a stroller were greeted by a friendly lamb.

17-Twins in a stroller were greeted by a friendly lamb.

18-Goats were everywhere at the Royal. The Royal Goat Show offered many prizes, plus a “Goats on the Go” presentation in the President’s Choice Animal Theater and also many goats in the pens in the Pizza Pizza Petting Farm. You could also sample and purchase many flavors of goat’s milk cheeses at a number of booths in the shopping area

18-Goats were everywhere at the Royal. The Royal Goat Show offered many prizes, plus a “Goats on the Go” presentation in the President’s Choice Animal Theater and also many goats in the pens in the Pizza Pizza Petting Farm. You could also sample and purchase many flavors of goat’s milk cheeses at a number of booths in the shopping area

19-Some white Sebastopol geese in the Pizza Pizza Petting Farm. Agriculture historians think that this goose breed was developed either in Central Europe or the Ukraine.

19-Some white Sebastopol geese in the Pizza Pizza Petting Farm. Agriculture historians think that this goose breed was developed either in Central Europe or the Ukraine.

20-This Jersey dairy cow tethered in the Royal barn area appears to be telling onlookers all about her show career.

20-This Jersey dairy cow tethered in the Royal barn area appears to be telling onlookers all about her show career.

21-Alyssa Deneau, Coldwater, ON, and her ewe Karma, contestants in the Ladies Lead to Wool class

21-Alyssa Deneau, Coldwater, ON, and her ewe Karma, contestants in the Ladies Lead to Wool class

22-In Canada the color of the first place ribbon is red rather than blue as in the U.S.A.

22-In Canada the color of the first place ribbon is red rather than blue as in the U.S.A.

23-Garden and farm produce exhibits added color to the show. It was anyone’s guess how many pumpkin pies this large pumpkin would make.

23-Garden and farm produce exhibits added color to the show. It was anyone’s guess how many pumpkin pies this large pumpkin would make.

24-4-H bunny jumping was a huge hit at the Royal Winter Fair. Featured in the President’s Choice Animal Theater, each 4-H member attempted to put their rabbit through a cross between a show jumping course and a dog agility course.

24-4-H bunny jumping was a huge hit at the Royal Winter Fair. Featured in the President’s Choice Animal Theater, each 4-H member attempted to put their rabbit through a cross between a show jumping course and a dog agility course.

25-The 2014 Royal Agricultural Fair Dairy Show Supreme Champion, a Jersey cow. Jersey’s are known for their sweet temperaments and the high percentage of cream they produce in their milk making the milk great for premium ice cream production.

25-The 2014 Royal Agricultural Fair Dairy Show Supreme Champion, a Jersey cow. Jersey’s are known for their sweet temperaments and the high percentage of cream they produce in their milk making the milk great for premium ice cream production.

26-There were many educational agricultural exhibits at the Royal, such as this egg fact:  One good hen can lay around 332 eggs in a year.

26-There were many educational agricultural exhibits at the Royal, such as this egg fact: One good hen can lay around 332 eggs in a year.

27-Butter sculptures are a popular exhibit at the Royal Winter Fair. Young artists are given a theme, a large amount of butter and a time frame in which to complete their masterpieces while working in a cooler. The sculptures are judged and then put on display for the fair attendees to view.

27-Butter sculptures are a popular exhibit at the Royal Winter Fair. Young artists are given a theme, a large amount of butter and a time frame in which to complete their masterpieces while working in a cooler. The sculptures are judged and then put on display for the fair attendees to view.

28-Several antique tractors and trucks were on display in the Royal shopping area.

28-Several antique tractors and trucks were on display in the Royal shopping area.

29-Cooking demonstrations were offered at several locations throughout the Royal Winter Fair. Celebrity chefs made appearances and the Canadian dairy council offered classes in cooking with cheese.

29-Cooking demonstrations were offered at several locations throughout the Royal Winter Fair. Celebrity chefs made appearances and the Canadian dairy council offered classes in cooking with cheese.

30-The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is a great place to do Christmas shopping. Several hundred merchant booths offered a wide variety of wares from antiques and home décor to tack, horse care products and riding clothes, to health and beauty aids, to food and gift items.

30-The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is a great place to do Christmas shopping. Several hundred merchant booths offered a wide variety of wares from antiques and home décor to tack, horse care products and riding clothes, to health and beauty aids, to food and gift items.

31-This enterprising young musician was one of several wandering performers who added to the festive atmosphere at the Royal. The Toronto area Salvation Army brass band was another group who performed.

31-This enterprising young musician was one of several wandering performers who added to the festive atmosphere at the Royal. The Toronto area Salvation Army brass band was another group who performed.

32-An artistic horse sculpture made of cardboard and packing tape mounted on a base decorated with photographs of war horses honored the working horses of World War I and World War II. Artwork in various mediums is also featured at the Royal – everything from oil paintings, watercolors, woodworking, textiles, ceramics and sculpture were available for viewing.

32-An artistic horse sculpture made of cardboard and packing tape mounted on a base decorated with photographs of war horses honored the working horses of World War I and World War II. Artwork in various mediums is also featured at the Royal – everything from oil paintings, watercolors, woodworking, textiles, ceramics and sculpture were available for viewing.

33-The University of Guelph “EquiMania” area offered many fun and educational activities about horses for kids and their parents.

33-The University of Guelph “EquiMania” area offered many fun and educational activities about horses for kids and their parents.

34-A little girl tries her hand at milking a cow in “Ag-Tivity Central” in the middle of the Royal Marketplace.

34-A little girl tries her hand at milking a cow in “Ag-Tivity Central” in the middle of the Royal Marketplace.

35-A little girl exercises her artistic expression as she paints a small Breyer model in the kid’s activity area.

35-A little girl exercises her artistic expression as she paints a small Breyer model in the kid’s activity area.

36-Tossing a ball into the back of a Toyota truck was a way for kids to win fun prizes.

36-Tossing a ball into the back of a Toyota truck was a way for kids to win fun prizes.

37-“The Amazing Food Journey” educational exhibit offered kids and their parents a look underground at simulated growing root vegetables (carrots, beets, parsnips and turnips).

37-“The Amazing Food Journey” educational exhibit offered kids and their parents a look underground at simulated growing root vegetables (carrots, beets, parsnips and turnips).

 

SmartPak Celebrates 15 Years of Healthy Horses and Happy Riders

November 20, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

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PLYMOUTH, MA – November 19, 2014 – SmartPak is excited to be celebrating 15 years of proudly supporting healthy horses and happy riders. Founded by riders and horse owners, SmartPak got its start in 1999, with the purpose of simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements for horses. Since that time, SmartPak has introduced its own line of SmartSupplements, began carrying tack, equipment, and apparel, and introduced ColiCare, our revolutionary $7,500 colic surgery reimbursement program.
“Over the years, we’ve had the honor of supporting thousands of healthy horses and happy riders. Every relationship is truly unique, just like SmartPaks!” said Paal Gisholt, SmartPak’s Chief Executive Officer. “As we celebrated our 15th anniversary, we wanted to share the feedback we’ve gotten from a couple of special customers who’ve been with us for the whole ride.”
“I started using SmartPaks because I thought that they would be convenient to take to horse shows,” said Loanne L. “I have continued to use them because they are a great time saver. I think that your customer service is the best. You have grown into a bigger and better company over the years. You never lost the personal touch that so many companies do.”
“Goodness – fifteen years of SmartPak in my life!  I wish it had been forever, but at least I now can’t imagine my life with my horses, dogs, and without this wonderful company,” said Alexandra D. “From the very first customer contact, it was obvious that customer service, ease of communication, and highly efficient product delivery and support were foremost goals for this new company.”
Thanks to loyal customers like these, SmartPak has been lucky enough to receive many honors over the past 15 years. Those honors include being a nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, a four-time Bizrate Platinum award recipient, and earning an “Elite” rating from STELLAService.
With 2015 fast approaching, SmartPak is looking forward to celebrating many more milestones with customers and their horses. SmartPak understands that customers want to spend more money on their horses and not shipping charges, so SmartPak has been offering Free Shipping Every Day to its customers for years. All SmartPaks over $40 and orders over $75 qualify.
Founded and run by riders, SmartPak knows what it’s like to order for your horse online. That’s why the created rider-focused policies like Guaranteed to Work, free returns on sized items, and SmartPak’s 100% Happiness Guarantee, to ensure that riders can order from SmartPak completely risk-free. Three years ago, SmartPak took that peace of mind to the next level, introducing ColiCare, a FREE $7,500 colic surgery reimbursement program. “Everything we do is inspired by and focused on our customers,” said Gisholt. “Looking back over the last 15 years, we are truly honored and humbled by the number of horse owners who have invited us to be a part of their horse’s care team. As we look towards a new year, we’re excited to continue offering innovative solutions for life in the barn, and we hope you’ll come along for the ride.”
About SmartPak
From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award as well as an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

The Place to Be Thanksgiving Weekend: The TACKERIA’s 21st Annual Sale Giving Away $9,000 in Prizes!

November 20, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

The TACKERIA’s Thanksgivng Weekend Sale

Friday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Nov. 30.

Giving away $9,000 in incredible prizes, like an M. Toulouse saddle, One-K™ Rider and Trainer Intercom, Romfh hunt coats, halters, bridles, breeches, boots and much more!
Stock up for the season!
Unbelievable prices up to 70% off!

Enter during the TACKERIA Thanksgiving Sale to win this great
M.Toulouse saddle!
 Retail value $1,499.00!
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M. Toulouse Bridgette Platinum Double Leather Saddle is a hand-crafted close contact saddle
wrapped in French calfskin to provide an instant, grippy, broken in feel. It features moveable knee and thigh blocks for custom fit, wool flocked panels and a hand laminated beechwood, steel reinforced tree. The seat has extra padding to give you an ultra comfortable ride.
Or win this One-K™Rider and Trainer Intercom!
Students: hear your trainer perfectly!  Trainers: no more yelling!  
Retails for $230.00!
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Win this Romfh Hunt Coat!
Retail value $229.99!
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This classic three-button hunt coat is flattering, stretchy and lightweight, with vented undersleeves for extra cooling. Plus, it’s machine washable.
Win these great Romfh breeches!

White Romfh Sarafina Full Seat Breech
Retail value $179.99!
Romfh Champion Euro Seat Breech
Retail $109.99!
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Romfh Sarafina Full Seat Breech
The Fit and Feel of this comfy mid-rise breech is outstanding. Machine Washable.(Left)
Romfh Champion Euro Seat Breech  The Champion fabric is a real ‘work-horse’ that will make you feel dry and comfortable even on the hottest day. Machine Washable (Right)
THE TACKERIA’S 21ST ANNUAL THANKSGIVING SALE HOURS:
FRIDAY – 9 A.M.- 7 P.M.
SATURDAY –  9 A.M. – 6 P.M.
SUNDAY – 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.

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The TACKERIA Celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2015!  
 
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Al-Marah Arabians Horse Farm Relocates the Last of its Famous Herd to New Home in Clermont

November 14, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

The oldest privately-owned, continuously-bred band of horses in the world is set to arrive in December 
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CLERMONT, Fla. (November 13, 2014) – Their ancestors carried the Bedouin into battle and were later bred by royalty in Egypt and England. They are the Al-Marah band of Arabian horses, and they will be headed to their new home in Clermont in December.
Their arrival will complete the transition of Al-Marah Arabians to its 80-acre home in Clermont.

On Sunday, December 14, Al-Marah will hold a Homecoming of Horses celebration to showcase the arrival of the very best of the Al-Marah herd.

The event, which will be open to the public, will feature riding demos, tours of the farm, horse sales, entertainment and food. Visitors will be able to see the 14 permanent broodmares as they arrive from Tucson and take their first steps on the lush green pastures of their new home.
Owner Mark Miller, who ran the now-closed Arabian Nights attraction in Kissimmee, took over the herd upon the death of his mother, Bazy Tankersley, in February of 2013. She was a legendary breeder of Arabian horses who managed the herd for more than 70 years.

 

“This band of horses has been together since 1815,” said Miller. “It is the oldest privately-owned, continuously-bred band of horses in the world. We are only the third family to have
custody of the herd.”

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History of the Al-Marah band of horses
 
This herd of horses dates back to the nomadic Bedouin tribes who roamed the desert and were noted horsemen and horse breeders. A core group of the best of these horses was acquired by Abbas Pasha, ruler of Egypt in the 1850’s. He bred them on his farm outside Cairo and raised them until the end of the century.

 

Upon his death, his nephew, Ali Pasha Sherif, inherited the herd and managed it until his death in the 1890’s.

 

Many of Ali Pasha Sherif’s horses were purchased by Wilfred and Lady Anne Blunt and relocated to Crabbet Arabian Stud farm in England. Their daughter acquired several of those horses and bred them until the late 1950’s at Crabbet Stud.

 

In 1958, Bazy Tankersley purchased 36 horses – the core herd of both Crabbet and its sister farm, Hanstead – and brought them to the United States to join the Crabbet bred horses she had been breeding since 1942. It was, at the time, the largest one-time importation of Arabian horses into the U.S. and made Mrs. Tankersley the largest Arabian horse breeder in the world.

 

“The core herd has been under the control of just three families in its 200 year history,” said Miller. “Everybody who has owned these horses since they were first gathered as a herd has relentlessly pursued the ultimate horse and has a really good idea of what that is.”

 

Al-Marah in Tucson, Arizona
 
Mrs. Tankersley moved her operation a couple of times, finally settling in Tucson, where it has been in operation since the 1970’s. She bequeathed the 85-acre property to the University of Arizona, which will continue to use it as a working farm.
 
A new home in Central Florida
 
Miller is continuing the legacy that began with the Bedouin and was most recently carried out by his mother.

 

“My mission is to preserve the herd for my lifetime and leave it intact for the person who will carry it forward after my death,” he said.

 

Of the 350 horses that Al-Marah has traditionally kept in Tucson, 35 will make the trip to the farm in Clermont.

 

“This will be the best ten percent of the best herd on earth. This is an incredible group of horses that we are bringing,” said Miller. “The 35th horse I picked is a National Champion! This will be an extraordinary band of horses.”

 

In addition to showing and competing on a national level, Miller plans on producing and selling around 15 foals a year once the herd is established in Clermont.

 

For more information on Al-Marah Arabians, please visit https://www.facebook.com/AlmarahArabians

2014 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Horse Show Underway in Toronto

November 13, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

2014 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Horse Show Underway in Toronto

 

By Kim & Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography – All Photos by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

The 2014 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair kicked off on Friday, November 7 with a flurry of activity that makes the Royal one of the iconic indoor horse shows of the year. This final stop of the year on the North American Nations Cup show jumping indoor tour, the 2014 Royal Winter Fair Horse Show CSI4*-W features top-tier international jumper riders hailing from Canada, the U.S.A., Colombia, Ireland and Belgium.

 

These riders are all vying for over $800,000 in total prize money and the top ribbon in the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World CupTM Grand Prix presented by Hudson’s Bay (Wednesday, November 12th), the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open (Friday, November 14th) and Saturday evening’s sold-out $75,000 GroupBy Big Ben Challenge.

 

The Royal, which received the “Royal” designation by King George V of England, began as a Canadian agriculture showcase in 1922 and has been operating continuously since then except for during World War II. The Royal takes place at the Canadian National Exhibition Place in downtown Toronto. Today the Royal attracts over 300,000 visitors annually. This year’s fair runs November 7 – 16.

 

Over 800 horses will compete at the Royal Winter Fair including show jumpers, hunters, dressage horses, draft horse hitches, antique carriage teams, indoor eventing competitors, Shetland Pony Grand National steeplechasers, and sport horse breeding class participants. In addition there are many other horses in the Royal Rodeo and in other entertainment programs and demonstrations throughout the 10-day run of the show.

 

Beyond the horse show, there are cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits and poultry, as well as crops and garden produce, butter sculptures and 4-H rabbit jumping contestants entered in the Royal Fair. And the “Super Dogs” are back competing in agility. Add to that an amazing array of food choices and shopping booths (offering a wide variety of equestrian, agricultural and mainstream products). There is never a dull moment at the Royal! For more information about Royal Agricultural Winter Fair go to www.royalfair.org .

 

All photos courtesy of MacMillan Photography. Photos are copyrighted. For information or to purchase photos contact us at photo@LoonCreekEnterprises.com

New to the Royal this year was the Grand National Shetland Pony racing. We submitted this picture to Wikipedia to help them illustrate their definition of “CUTE!”Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

New to the Royal this year was the Grand National Shetland Pony racing. We submitted this picture to Wikipedia to help them illustrate their definition of “CUTE!” Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

The Grand National Shetland Pony racing jockeys practicing their “cool” Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

The Grand National Shetland Pony racing jockeys practicing their “cool” Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Winning the opening round of the Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships on the first night of the Royal Horse Show was the 13-year- old Dutch Warmblood gelding Star Power, owned by Team Works and ridden by Ian Millar of Perth, Ontario. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Winning the opening round of the Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships on the first night of the Royal Horse Show was the 13-year- old Dutch Warmblood gelding Star Power, owned by Team Works and ridden by Ian Millar of Perth, Ontario. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Flying over the Maple Leaf jump is the nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Appy Cara, owned by Angelstone Partners and ridden by Erynn Ballard of Tottenham, Ontario. Just a year and a half after a horrible fall left Ballard with many broken bones, potential nerve damage and a doctor warning her to give up riding, Ballard amazed even herself at her return to riding and her success in returning to the jumper ring. They took second in the opening round of the Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships on the first night of the Royal Horse Show.Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Flying over the Maple Leaf jump is the nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Appy Cara, owned by Angelstone Partners and ridden by Erynn Ballard of Tottenham, Ontario. Just a year and a half after a horrible fall left Ballard with many broken bones, potential nerve damage and a doctor warning her to give up riding, Ballard amazed even herself at her return to riding and her success in returning to the jumper ring. They took second in the opening round of the Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships on the first night of the Royal Horse Show. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Winning the opening round of the $8,000 Canadian National Talent Squad presented by the Uplands Charitable Foundation on November 7, was the 7-year old gelding  Corrido, owned by Jessie Bonisteel with rider Neil Badcock of Schomberg , Ontario, in the irons. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Winning the opening round of the $8,000 Canadian National Talent Squad presented by the Uplands Charitable Foundation on November 7, was the 7-year old gelding Corrido, owned by Jessie Bonisteel with rider Neil Badcock of Schomberg , Ontario, in the irons. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Cheptel Gaston and his owner/rider by Vanessa Fenwick, Pefferlaw, Ontario, were competitors in the opening round of the $8,000 Canadian National Talent Squad. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Cheptel Gaston and his owner/rider by Vanessa Fenwick, Pefferlaw, Ontario, were competitors in the opening round of the $8,000 Canadian National Talent Squad. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Taking fourth in round one of the Canadian National Talent Squad jumping competition was (and it looks like practicing for the Puissance) the mare Just Stella L owned by Gabrielle Pelchat and ridden by Melissandre Lincourt of Montreal, Quebec. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Taking fourth in round one of the Canadian National Talent Squad jumping competition was (and it looks like practicing for the Puissance) the mare Just Stella L owned by Gabrielle Pelchat and ridden by Melissandre Lincourt of Montreal, Quebec. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Pinning the Large Pony  Hunter Under Saddle Class during the 2014 Royal Horse Show on the first Friday Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Pinning the Large Pony Hunter Under Saddle Class during the 2014 Royal Horse Show on the first Friday Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

An eventing clinic was held on the first weekend of the Royal Winter Fair in the President’s Choice Animal Theatre arena. The Animal Theatre is also the location of Super Dogs, 4-H bunny jumping, “Goats Galore” and many other entertaining events. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

An eventing clinic was held on the first weekend of the Royal Winter Fair in the President’s Choice Animal Theatre arena. The Animal Theatre is also the location of Super Dogs, 4-H bunny jumping, “Goats Galore” and many other entertaining events. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

A ring jammed full of massive draft horses and amazing wagons in the All-Breeds Four- Horse Registered Mares draft horse hitch class.  The class started with two groups being judged separately; then the ringmaster brought in all 11 teams back in at one time to line up.  The awesome sight of 44 horses and 11 wagons in the ring was impressive. The winner was Blue Ribbon Days  Farm with driver Cody Woodbury, owned by the Albert Cleve and Jim Day Families. The team is from Winchester, Indiana, U.S.A.Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

A ring jammed full of massive draft horses and amazing wagons in the All-Breeds Four- Horse Registered Mares draft horse hitch class. The class started with two groups being judged separately; then the ringmaster brought in all 11 teams back in at one time to line up. The awesome sight of 44 horses and 11 wagons in the ring was impressive. The winner was Blue Ribbon Days Farm with driver Cody Woodbury, owned by the Albert Cleve and Jim Day Families. The team is from Winchester, Indiana, U.S.A. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Trick riding, a preview of some of the action for the upcoming Sunday rodeo at the RoyalPhoto by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Trick riding, a preview of some of the action for the upcoming Sunday rodeo at the Royal Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Dutch Times, owned by Christina Aharoni and ridden by Tik Maynard of Vancouver, British Columbia. They were winners of the always exciting first round of the Horseware Ireland Indoor Eventing Challenge. Photographer Shelley Higgins says that Tik was interesting in that “he just about never touched the horse’s mouth; there were loops in the reins most of the time!”Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Dutch Times, owned by Christina Aharoni and ridden by Tik Maynard of Vancouver, British Columbia. They were winners of the always exciting first round of the Horseware Ireland Indoor Eventing Challenge. Photographer Shelley Higgins says that Tik was interesting in that “he just about never touched the horse’s mouth; there were loops in the reins most of the time!” Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Second place in the round one of the Horseware Ireland Indoor Eventing was Free Spirit, owned by Peter Barry and ridden by Colleen Loach. The course was designed by the Canadian International Eventing Coach Clayton Fredericks from Australia. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Second place in the round one of the Horseware Ireland Indoor Eventing was Free Spirit, owned by Peter Barry and ridden by Colleen Loach. The course was designed by the Canadian International Eventing Coach Clayton Fredericks from Australia. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photographer Shelley Higgins couldn’t resist including a photo of the diminutive Forrest Nymph, ridden by U.S. eventer Sinead Halpin, Oldwick, New Jersey, and owned by Beth Davidson, in the Horseware Ireland Indoor Eventing Challenge. “Forrest Nymph was only 14.3 hands, but what a trier,” says Shelley. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

Photographer Shelley Higgins couldn’t resist including a photo of the diminutive Forrest Nymph, ridden by U.S. eventer Sinead Halpin, Oldwick, New Jersey, and owned by Beth Davidson, in the Horseware Ireland Indoor Eventing Challenge. “Forrest Nymph was only 14.3 hands, but what a trier,” says Shelley. Photo by Shelley Higgins/MacMillan Photography

 

Sidelines Magazine Is Proud To Honor All Who Served This Veterans Day

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thousand Oaks, CA-November 11, 2014 We salute our veterans this Veterans Day. Thank you for protecting our freedoms. On this day we ask you to take a moment to think about those that have served our country. We would like to salute our disabled veterans who are part of not only the equestrian sport but all Paralympic sports.

Thank you,

-USPEA

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Derrick Perkins U.S Air Force Veteran. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall
History of Veterans Day

-From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday-a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.

In 1958, the White House advised VA’s General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee’s chairman.

The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
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.

Aiken Horse Park Foundation Celebrates Groundbreaking

November 10, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

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On Saturday, November 8th the Aiken Horse Park Foundation unveiled its capital improvement plans for the Aiken Horse Park, holding a ceremonial groundbreaking at the park. This event highlighted the park as the future location of permanent, state of the art showing and stabling facilities, which will also be available for use by various charitable organizations. The park will be laid out to accommodate a wide variety of equine competitions and events, such as hunter-jumper showing, including grand prix level show jumping and hunter derbies, as well as steeplechase and carriage driving, to reflect the diversity of Aiken County’s equine industry.

 

This development will realize the vision of Mr. R. Bruce Duchossois, a prominent figure in the local and national equine communities, who purchased the 66-acre field and steeplechase track in August 2000 with the immediate goal of preserving it from residential development and the long-term goal of turning it into South Carolina’s premier horse park facility. Before his untimely passing in 2013, Mr. Duchossois formed the Aiken Horse Park Foundation, a recognized 501(c)(3) charity, with the mission of carrying out his dream for the park.

 

Construction at the park will take place this winter and segue into the 49th Renewal of the Aiken Spring Steeplechase in March of 2015, and the Grand Opening of the Aiken Charity Horse Show the same year. In memory of Bruce’s legacy and his incredible gift to the community that he loved, the park’s main field will be named “Bruce’s Field”.

 

Speakers at the ceremony included Mr. Jack Wetzel, President of the Aiken Horse Park Foundation Board of Trustees, Mr. R.L. Duchossois, father of Bruce Duchossois, Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young, and Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce President David Jameson. Though he was not able to attend, Senator Lindsey Graham penned a letter to Mr. Wetzel, which was read on the occasion. Other attendees included Martha Ruthven of Congressman Joe Wilson’s office, the board of the Aiken Horse Park Foundation, the Duchossois family, and numerous friends of Bruce, the family, and the Aiken equine community.

 

Docutainment Films premiers the HARRY & SNOWMAN Movie Trailer

November 08, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

 

Wellington, FL – November 6, 2014 – Docutainment Films premiers the HARRY & SNOWMAN movie trailer, along with an opportunity to receive a collectors edition DVD of Harry & Snowman, autographed by Harry deLeyer and a chance to win an expense-paid trip for two to the U.S. premier in 2015.

The 85 minute film is near completion and has been submitted to major 2015 international film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, Rotterdam and SXSW.
Ron Davis is an award winning documentary Director and Producer. His HBO Documentary Films’ MISS YOU CAN DO IT premiered in 2013 and PAGEANT, went on to garner 10 major film festival awards before premiering on The Sundance Channel in 2010. Davis’ Docutainment Films is based in Wellington, Florida.

2014 National Horse Show Highlights & Photo Gallery

November 05, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

2014 National Horse Show Highlights & Photo Gallery by Kim & Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography & Media Services The 131st renewal of the historic National Horse Show is now in the record books as of last Sunday afternoon. This year’s show, held for the fourth year in a row at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, featured:  Amateur Owner, Professional and Junior Hunter classes from Tuesday through Saturday; a three-phase $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix competition sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch and Deeridge Farm; an in-costume $45,000 Chansonette Farm Gambler’s Choice class on Halloween (Friday); the $250,000 Canadian Pacific Grand Prix on Saturday, and the ASPCA Maclay Medal Equitation Finals on Sunday. The show was founded in 1883 by a group of affluent businessmen. It ran in New York City from 1883 until 1988, then moved to New Jersey to the Meadowlands from 1989 – 1995. It returned to New York City in 1996 and stayed there until it moved to Florida in 2002. The show then moved again to Syracuse, New York, in 2008 and it ran there through 2010, finally moving to Kentucky in 2011. For more on the history of the National Horse Show go to www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nati0nal_Horse_Show. For a complete set of results and more news from the National Horse Show go to www.nhs.org. Photo gallery below courtesy of MacMillan Photography & Media Services (all photos are copyrighted; please contact photo@looncreekenterprises.com to inquire about photo usage).

1)Friday – Halloween – Was barn night.  Groups from local barns showed up to watch the $45,000 Grand Prix where the riders were all in costume.  Their Barn spirit, their numbers and their costumes were all judged in order to win prizes.

1) Friday – Halloween – Was barn night. Groups from local barns showed up to watch the $45,000 Grand Prix where the riders were all in costume. Their Barn spirit, their numbers and their costumes were all judged in order to win prizes.

 

2)The pirates had the best group costume

2) The pirates had the best group costume

3)The group with the most members won a golf cart for their barn

3) The group with the most members won a golf cart for their barn

4)The best jumper riders in the world donned costumes to vie for a share of $45K.  Beezie Madden, from Wisconsin, Sported a Green Bay uniform and a cheesehead wedge

4) The best jumper riders in the world donned costumes to vie for a share of $45K. Beezie Madden, from Wisconsin, Sported a Green Bay uniform and a cheesehead wedge.

5)Wonder Woman – Candice King – traded her invisible jet for a mighty steed

5) Wonder Woman – Candice King – traded her invisible jet for a mighty steed

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

7)Captain America – AKA David Beisel

7) Captain America – AKA David Beisel

8)The Frozen princess – Kama Godek -heated up the course

8) The Frozen princess – Kama Godek -heated up the course

 

9)Laura Kraut Shows her cat like jumping style

9) Laura Kraut Shows her cat like jumping style

10)King Tut took a short break from his travelling exhibit to try out the grand prix course

10) King Tut-Quentin Judge- took a short break from his travelling exhibit to try out the grand prix course.

11)Sergeant Major Schuyler Riley packed a 45ACP on her hip and kept everyone in line

11) Sergeant Major Schuyler Riley packed a 45ACP on her hip and kept everyone in line

 

12)Lillie the Leopard showed off her sleek spots & graceful Balance

12) Lillie the Leopard showed off her sleek spots & graceful Balance

13)On Saturday, after three cumulative days of Grand Prix competition Shawn Casady & Twister bested the field to take the Gold Medal of the Under 25 yr old championship

13) On Saturday, after three cumulative days of Grand Prix competition Shawn Casady & Twister bested the field to take the Gold Medal of the Under 25 yr old championship

14)Shawn Casady - Gold, Michael Hughes - Silver & Nicole Bellissimo – Bronze at the $25K Under 25 Championships

14) Shawn Casady – Gold, Michael Hughes – Silver & Nicole Bellissimo – Bronze at the $25K Under 25 Championships

15)The Saturday Feature competition was the CP (Canadian Pacific) $250K Grand Prix.  38 started, 8 went to the jump off.  Georgiana & Juvina were quick

15) The Saturday Feature competition was the CP (Canadian Pacific) $250K Grand Prix. 38 started, 8 went to the jump off. Georgina & Juvina were quick

McLain & Rothchild were smoking fast and set a comfortably wide margin

McLain & Rothchild were smoking fast and set a comfortably wide margin

17)But Beezie and Cortes-C were last to go in the jump-off.  Beezie said her husband told her that McLain was fast, “Use his Scope” he said referring to Cortes C. They cut corners, skipped strides & defied gravity.  Everyone had to look at the clock to be sure.  They were ¾ second faster and claimed the title to the CP $250K Grand Prix.

17) But Beezie and Cortes C were last to go in the jump-off. Beezie said her husband told her that McLain was fast, “Use his Scope” he said referring to Cortes C. They cut corners, skipped strides & defied gravity. Everyone had to look at the clock to be sure. They were ¾ second faster and claimed the title to the CP $250K Grand Prix.

18)Lots of smiles, a silver trophy and a big check.

18) Lots of smiles, a silver trophy and a big check.

GP victory clinched both the Leading rider title and the leading Lady Rider Title for Beezie

GP victory clinched both the Leading Rider title and the leading Lady Rider Title for Beezie

20)Beezie takes the keys of the Leading Rider Prize

20) Beezie takes the keys of the Leading Rider Prize

21)Eleven Countries sent their best and the competition was top notch

21) Eleven Countries sent their best and the competition was top notch

Sunday was The Alfred B Maclay Medal.  153 started the 1st Jumping test; 30 made the cut for the riding test on the flat, 15 were selected for the second jumping test and then the top 2 swapped mounts and rode the jump test again to single in on the winner.   At the end of the day Victoria Colvin was named the 2014 ASPCA Alfred B Maclay medal winner

Sunday was The Alfred B Maclay Medal. 153 started the 1st Jumping test; 30 made the cut for the riding test on the flat, 15 were selected for the second jumping test and then the top 2 swapped mounts and rode the jump test again to single in on the winner. At the end of the day Victoria Colvin was named the 2014 ASPCA Alfred B Maclay medal winner

Tory Colvin on Patrick

Tori Colvin on Patrick

Tory on Any Given Sunday - Top two riders swapped mounts.

Tori on Any Given Sunday – Top two riders swapped mounts.

Tory, Patrick, Mom & Dad, Andre Dignelli , Betsee Parker, and others share in a hard fought victory.

Tori, Patrick, Mom & Dad, Andre Dignelli , Betsee Parker, and many others share in a hard fought victory.