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Classic Company Acquires Sidelines Magazine

January 26, 2016 By: Editor Category: What's Happenin'

Bob Bell, Samantha Charles and Bradley Spragg

Bob Bell, Samantha Charles and Bradley Spragg

Bob Bell has announced that he and Bradley Spragg of Classic Publishing, a division of Classic Company Ltd, have acquired Sidelines magazine. Bell will serve as president and Spragg will act as publisher for the magazine. Sidelines is an equestrian-focused publication that has been often referred to as “Peoplemagazine” of the horse world.  The publication and website feature the personalities and competitions central to the horsey set.

For decades Bell has produced top hunter/jumper horse shows in the southeast. His popular events include shows in Gulfport, Mississippi; Pensacola, Florida;

Atlanta and Charleston. He has been in discussions with former Sidelines owner Samantha Charles since late August and is pleased with the prospect of the new venture.

“I am ready to start working on a new chapter of my life,” said Bell. “The acquisition of Sidelines means working with my friend Bradley (Spragg) and working within a sport for which I have a great passion, I think this will be fun.”

Spragg is a friend of Bell and a successful trainer in Atlanta. He looks forward to working on the publication.

“Horses, people and style have always been my true passion,” said Spragg. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to combine them in this adventure in journalism.”

Charles developed the magazine 28 years ago. She is thrilled with the acquisition and believes the team of Bell and Spragg will take the magazine to the next level.

“I am so excited, I keep pinching myself,” Charles shared. “After starting this business and running it for 28 years, you can imagine how attached and emotionally invested I am, so it was difficult to think of passing it on to anyone who wouldn’t love Sidelines as I have and understand its potential.”

Bell and Charles have worked together for many years. “I just love Bob’s enthusiasm about the horse world,” Charles said.  “He is connected, totally invested in and is an integral part of the horse show world. He is the perfect leader; a person everyone loves and respects. I am very lucky and so is Sidelines.

System Fencing Ltd. & Odyssey Performance Ltd.

January 05, 2016 By: Editor Category: What's Happenin'

Wordley Martin has just announced an exciting joint venture with System Fencing Ltd. and Odyssey Performance Ltd. of Rockwood, Ontario.  With over 28 years of horse stall design and manufacturing, System Fencing and Odyssey Performance both  saw the need to design and manufacture equine stalls and rehab equipment of the utmost quality, while keeping the price competitive without cutting corners in the manufacturing process.  System Fencing Ltd. and Odyssey Performance Ltd. design and manufacture on-site ensuring high standards and the ability to monitor the design and manufacturing process from start to installation.  The goal has always been to create horse stalls and rehabilitation equipment with both the horse and operator’s safety in mind.

Nobleman_stallsNobleman Stalls

  • Luxurious style and quality
  •  8 ft High Round Posts For Unique Look
  •  Warm European Style
  •  4 way Round Track Trolleys for Smoother Glide
  •  Optional Brass or Chrome Finials for a Finishing Touch
  •  Customized to Your Specifications
  •  Hot dipped galvanized or powder coated finish

Click photos to view Nobleman Stalls


Tuscany StallTuscany Stalls

  • Open front concept for socialization
  • Beautiful Curved Grill Portion for Elegance
  • Heavy Duty Tuscany Double Latch for Stability and Support
  • 8 ft Tall Outside Posts with 5 ft Tall Door Posts
  • Optional Feed Opening
  • Hot Dipped Galvanized or Powder coated paint
  • Vertical or horizontal wood
  • Adjustable hinge system


Click photos to view Tuscany Stalls


Spa 8Odyssey Thunder Spa

  • Oversized Tank
  • Open design which is less claustrophobic for horses
  • Variable Speed Blower Motor
  • Electronic Timer
  • Side Therapeutic Jets

The aeration of the water increases the amount of oxygen in the water which is thought to aid in the healing process. It also provides a massaging action which not only aids in the dispersal of accumulated fluids but produces a relaxing effect on the horse. Horses stand more quietly in moving water than in still water.

 Click photos to view Odyssey Thunder Spa

Please contact us today to discuss an appropriate footing solution for your current riding surface!

Retired Racehorse Project Seeks 500 Trainers for $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover

January 05, 2016 By: Editor Category: What's Happenin'


Retired Racehorse Project (RRP), a nonprofit organization that promotes off-track Thoroughbreds for multiple equestrian sports, today opened an online application for participation in the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover.

The Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium will take place October 27-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park. It features competition in freestyle, eventing, barrel racing, dressage, polo, show jumping, working ranch, show hunter, field hunter, and competitive trail, with prize money of $100,000 including a $10,000 America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred prize and a $5,000 Thoroughbred Ambassador Award. The event also includes educational demonstrations, seminars, a Makeover Horse Sale, and a Sponsor Fair.

The Makeover process begins today with a four-week application period in which professionals, amateurs, and juniors who can demonstrate competence in at least one of the ten disciplines submit an application to include competition highlights, references, and videos of their riding skills. Applications close January 31 and selections will be announced in mid-February.

Each trainer must select a Thoroughbred that raced or had a published work after October 1, 2014, and that did not begin training for a second career before the start of 2016. Some trainers will already have horses identified and others will begin a search after they are approved. Trainers can contract with owners or acquire the horse themselves. Retired Racehorse Project does not take ownership of horses.

Owners can choose to keep their horses at the end of the process or offer them for sale. The Makeover Horse Sale is not an auction, but an opportunity for buyers and sellers to do business in a setting that allows trial rides, pre-purchase exams, and observation of horses in competition. Owners are encouraged to price their horses based on estimated market value and screen potential buyers. Sale contracts must include notification of resale and anti-slaughter provisions.

Racing owners who want their eligible horses entered in the event may seek out trainers and encourage them to apply or list horses as “Makeover Eligible” in the online Horse Listings at RetiredRacehorseProject.org. Many of the horses in last year’s Makeover came from racing partnerships that believe in the value of good training to secure the futures of their horses after racing.

2016 Thoroughbred Makeover Rules and Information sets forth additional eligibility criteria and rules. It is published online with the application form.

“Last year’s Makeover created what was described as ‘a run on retired racehorses’ at about this time of year,” said RRP founder and president Steuart Pittman. “It comes as a shock and a thrill to folks at the tracks when they discover that their retiring horses are no longer what the industry calls ‘unwanted horses.’

“With increased demand comes higher prices, giving racing owners an incentive to retire horses sound and taking pressure off of aftercare facilities so that they can help the horses in most need. That’s why we do this.”

Retired Racehorse Project encourages both sellers and buyers of these horses to utilize its online and printed Retired Racehorse Resource Directory, listing 300 farms, organizations, and racetracks with guidelines for “acquiring, selling, placing, and serving the off-track Thoroughbred.” RRP also offers a highly trafficked online listing service in which hundreds of these horses are marketed each month.


Important Links:

Thoroughbred Makeover Rules and Information

Thoroughbred Makeover Trainer Application

RRP Horse Listings

RRP Resource Directory

Results and Information from 2015 TCA Thoroughbred Makeover

Become an RRP Member


Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) works to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in the marketplace and inspiring an army of equestrians to provide the training that secures their futures. RRP offers online directories, educational resources, and publishes Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine. Its popular Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium is scheduled for October 27-30, 2016 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. http://www.retiredracehorseproject.org