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A Big Event: GumBits Teams Up with Lauren Kieffer

January 30, 2015 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

GumBits, from Gambit Atlanta, Inc., is excited to sponsor Eventer Lauren Kieffer (Photo credit: Jenni Autry/Eventing Nation)

GumBits, from Gambit Atlanta, Inc., is excited to sponsor Eventer Lauren Kieffer (Photo credit: Jenni Autry/Eventing Nation)

Wellington, FL (January 29, 2015) — The maker of GumBits (Gambit Atlanta, Inc.) is thrilled to announce the newest addition to its talented team of sponsored riders — 2014 USEA Lady Rider of the Year, Eventer Lauren Kieffer. As the first-ever $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase approaches, GumBits plans to help Kieffer and her mount Czechmate achieve an exceptional ride.

Joining a list of talented equestrians like Steffen Peters and David Marcus, Kieffer is pleased to be sponsored by Gambit Atlanta. The revolutionary GumBits produced by the company are small, round treats that trigger salivation and eliminate teeth grinding. Horses love them — and Kieffer does, too.

“GumBits is excited and committed to sponsoring top up and coming eventers like Lauren Kieffer,” says Shereen Fuqua, founder of Gambit Atlanta, Inc.

Kieffer first learned of GumBits when she won a package of them during the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three Star event last fall. She gave the product a try and quickly found GumBits to be a great tool — especially for event horses who tend to become tense during the dressage portion of competition.

“I have found GumBits to be a simple, kind, and non-invasive solution to horses that get tense or grind their teeth,” Kieffer said. “It’s really a no-brainer. The horses love them and it solves the problem. I highly recommend them to everyone.”

Kieffer’s dressage coach Canadian Dressage Olympian Jacqueline Brooks is also an advocate of GumBits and highly recommends their use. “I love GumBits!” she adds.

During the upcoming weekend’s $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase, Kieffer plans to utilize GumBits with her mount, Czechmate. The $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase is a brand new exhibition event that will be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, which also plays host to the Winter Equestrian Festival and Adequan Global Dressage Festival, which GumBits also sponsors. Invited competitors include Kieffer and other top riders like Buck Davidson, Phillip Dutton, and Boyd Martin. The equestrians will ride a USEF/USEA Advanced Test ‘B,’ a show jumping course designed by Richard Jeffrey of Great Britain, and a cross country course designed by Captain Mark Phillips for the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s first-ever cross country event. GumBits is thrilled to be a part of the event through their sponsorship of Kieffer.

Shereen Fuqua of Atlanta, Georgia, founded Gambit Atlanta, Inc., in 2005. Through long-term relationships with prominent FEI Judges and international competitors, the innovative company has become a fast success. The product is sold at retailers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand and is quickly growing its reach to riders from all disciplines — ranging from dressage to eventing and even driving.

For more information on Lauren Kieffer please visit www.laurenkieffer.com. To learn more about GumBits and to find a list of retailers in your area, visit www.gumbits.com.

GumBits to Present Happy Horse Harmony Award at Global Dressage Festival

January 13, 2015 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Gumbits introduces the GumBits Happy Horse Harmony Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Photo courtesy of GumBits)

Gumbits introduces the GumBits Happy Horse Harmony Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. (Photo courtesy of GumBits)

Wellington, FL (January 10, 2015) – The maker of GumBits (Gambit Atlanta, Inc.) was chomping at the bit to get the winter show season of Wellington, Florida underway. At the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, GumBits is introducing its inaugural GumBits Happy Horse Harmony Award. The GumBits Happy Horse Harmony Award will be presented to a deserving rider at every CDI of the twelve-week international show.

As a sponsor of the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival held in Wellington from January 8 to March 29, GumBits will award a Happy Horse Harmony Award to select horse and rider pairs who win their classes. In order to receive the award, riders must school and show effectively with a quiet, cheerful disposition. They also must demonstrate harmony between themselves and their horses. The most harmonious and effective winning duos at each of the eight CDIs during the winter show series will receive a free package of the innovative product GumBits, as well as a GumBits/Adequan Global Dressage Festival beautiful wool-blend cooler.

GumBits are small, round treats that promote chewing activity in the horse’s mouth and encourage the salivation process. The unique treats help eliminate teeth grinding that can occur during the intense competition and training of high-performance sport horses. Horses love the sweet taste of the all-natural, FDA-approved ingredients; and the product is safe and palatable. GumBits work by helping horses that grind their teeth while under saddle to chew and relax their jaws. The product is loved by trainers of young horses, as well as those who work with competition horses that undergo the pressures of performance.

Shereen Fuqua, owner of GumBits, is excited to bring her award and support to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. “I have sponsored and supported many USEF Dressage events, competitors, and championships for nearly a decade personally because of my love for the sport,” says Fuqua. “In recent years, watching the Adequan Global Dressage Festival become the world’s largest national and international dressage circuit here in Florida is awe-inspiring. With my budding GumBits business — which I’ve expanded internationally to countries such as Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia — it just made sense for GumBits to partner with the Festival. It’s a great match for all involved!”

GumBits creator Shereen Fuqua, her husband Jeff, and daughter Kat are active in the equestrian world (from left to right: Kat Fuqua, Shereen Fuqua, Jeff Fuqua, and Elise Fraza) (Photo courtesy of Anne Gittins Photography)

GumBits creator Shereen Fuqua, her husband Jeff, and daughter Kat are active in the equestrian world (from left to right: Kat Fuqua, Shereen Fuqua, Jeff Fuqua, and Elise Fraza). (Photo courtesy of Anne Gittins Photography)

“I’m excited about establishing the GumBits Happy Horse Harmony Award,” Continues Fuqua, who is an avid equestrian along with her family members. Both Shereen and her husband Jeff are Grand Prix dressage riders, and her daughter Kat is competing this year at the Winter Equestrian Festival in the Small Pony Division. “As a dressage rider myself, I clearly understand that the connection and contact is the most important thing with your horse,” Fuqua explains. “This product enhances that greatly. GumBits and the Happy Horse Harmony award does exactly what we want it to do — creates more harmony as GumBits encourages chewing activity and triggers salivation for better acceptance of the bit. I’ve had so many international Grand Prix competitors tell us what a difference it is making for them with their horses. These are exciting times to share GumBits with all and continue to support equine sports globally.”

Many top dressage riders and trainers use GumBits for their horses; including Olympic athletes Steffen Peters from the United States and David Marcus from Canada, U.S. Pan American Team Gold medalist Susie Dutta, Australian Nicholas Fyffe (who was long-listed for the Olympic Games), Jeremy Steinberg (the 2010 USEF Dressage Youth Coach), and Britta Anna Pedersen (a member of the Dressage New Zealand Small Tour Squad and ESNZ High Performance Accelerator Squad). With the new GumBits Happy Horse Harmony Award, CDI winners at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival will have the chance to join these professionals in using GumBits to promote happy horses.

Shereen Fuqua of Atlanta, Georgia, founded Gambit Atlanta, Inc., in 2005, and through long-term relationships with prominent FEI Judges and international competitors, along with Shereen Fuqua’s national sponsorships with USEF and Olympic trainers Steffen Peters and Courtney King-Dye, GumBits were branded and took off. Fuqua is branching out into other disciplines with her unique product and has her sights set on increasing international distribution. The product is sold solely through retailers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

To learn more about GumBits and to find a list of retailers in your area, visit www.gumbits.com.

The Dressage Foundation’s Renee Isler Fund Awards Grant To Stephanie Brown-Beamer

January 09, 2015 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Stephanie Brown Beamer (Photo Courtesy of The Dressage Foundation)

Stephanie Brown-Beamer (Photo Courtesy of The Dressage Foundation)

January 9, 2015 – The Dressage Foundation’s Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund has awarded a $1,000 grant to instructor Stephanie Brown-Beamer (NY) to train her Friesian cross, Gryphon Z, with Pam Goodrich.

Stephanie’s long-term goal is to compete Gryphon Z at Grand Prix, and she hopes that the month-long training with Pam will help her and Gryphon Z to Intermediate Level this year. While she is in Florida, Stephanie will also be volunteering her time in Lendon Gray’s Dressage4Kids Winter Intensive Training Program.

“I am very excited to spend time with such an incredible horsewoman as Pam, and add to my knowledge and skill set,” said Stephanie. “The more efficient I can become in teaching, the better partnership I will have with my horses and my students.”

Grants are available for young riders and professionals through the Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund. Since 2008, the Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund has provided nearly $40,000 in grants/scholarships to support the further education of the recipients. For more information about this Fund, visit www.dressagefoundation.org or contact Jenny Johnson at (402)434-8585 or jenny@dressagefoundation.org.

 

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