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Mystery Solved: Perfect Products, the Professionals’ Pick (and More Than Just Perfect Prep)

February 19, 2019 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

With the growing reliance on natural nutraceutical solutions throughout high-level horse show industries, it becomes more important to distinguish the best from the rest. Why exactly is Perfect Products the choice of so many professionals?

1. Our products are designed to solve specific issues for results you can see and feel.

We are a specialized and dynamic company dedicated to equine comfort, wellbeing, and performance. We are successful in addressing solutions for anxiety, pain, muscle metabolism, gastrointestinal issues, hormonal behavior, hoof repair and immune response. Because each of our formulas is designed to target a specific problem that may be present, the results become quickly recognizable and measurable.

2. Our products are developed from a foundation of scientific research in humans. Highly researched formulas mean highly effective products.

We source information from analogous human studies to identify our equine ingredients, develop effective formulas, determine administration and anticipate outcomes. Reliance on scientific testimonies helps drive our initiatives and best serve the market. We provide the right ingredients at the correct concentration in the purest most consistent formulation to give you the response you are looking for in each horse every time.

3. We understand every horse is different just like humans.

Each symptom a horse is experiencing can arise from a number of different factors. We understand that one ingredient may not be the complete solution for a particular issue. Therefore, we use of a broad spectrum of ingredients that work together to target a problem that may be caused by one or more underlying factors.

We conduct our own extensive field testing by engaging with a committed team of partners including riders, trainers, and other industry professionals. This team shares our passion for the equine industry and works toward the common goal of maintaining industry integrity. Our team of professionals spans across multiple equestrian disciplines which ask something different of every horse, giving us a wide range of equine athletes and studies from which to gather data.

4. We’ve earned your trust over the past 13 years and we’re proud to be a part of so many high-level equine management programs.

Our dedication to the high-level performance horse market also means we value continued education of the market. As advancements in research develop, we maintain awareness of new ingredients. As substances come into question we monitor changes as various substances may become prohibited over time. This challenges us to continually focus on providing exhibitors the best solutions for equine training and exhibiting.

Preparation is everything… we make it simple.

877-324-8002 | www.PerfectProductsEQ.com

6th Annual Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix Invitational

January 29, 2019 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

In it’s 6th consecutive year, the Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix Invitational promises an exciting level of show jumping competition and increased prize money to international level event riders.  The event, held March 4th & 5th, has become one of the most anticipated events in the Marion County community.

The Eventing Prix Invitational was created by incoming USEA President, Max Corcoran, and international show jumper, Scott Keach, in 2013.  This event, held at their Southern Cross Equestrian, showcases top level event riders show jumping against the clock, in an effort to win team and individual prize money.  Since Ocala is a mecca for international level event riders, the ability to offer this type of show jumping experience to those equestrians has become wildly popular.  Throw in the potential for increased sponsorship prize money reaching the $20K mark, and it’s guaranteed to be a day of nail biting competition!

Last year the top individual prize went to Will Coleman, aboard Gideon, and the top team prize went to Team Unstable for the second year in a row (Sara K. Murphy, Sharon White, Bobby Meyerhoff and Joe Meyer). The competition was a great success, showcasing the region’s great equestrian talent to a large crowd of spectators, sponsors and fellow equestrians.

Monday March 4th is the 1.15m Welcome Class sponsored by Doug Hannum Equine Therapy, followed by the 1.30m Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix on Tuesday the 5th.  This year promises to be entertaining, with an early list of world class entries assuring that the competition will be fierce!

This year’s 8 captains who are in the process of finalizing their 4 person teams are: Sara Murphy (USA) Tammy Smith (USA), Lauren Kieffer  (USA), Jenny Brannigan  (USA), Selena O’Hanlon (Canada), Hallie Coon (U25), Justine Dutton (UK), Shannon Baker (Wild Card).

Chris Barnard will take over from Marc Donovan this year as course designer.  Chris, a well known Richard Jeffery protege, has designed the AEC’s at Tryon, NAYC, Rebecca Farm, Plantation Field International, Red Hills, The Fork, Fair Hill International, Jersey Fresh and many others!

Sidelines Magazine has come on board to support the event, and EQTV will be producing the Livestream on the day of the Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix.

VIP Tables are available and that access includes wonderful ringside tables, open bar, catering by Celebrations Catering in Gainesville, and the infamous after party! This is a great opportunity to rub elbows with the who’s who of the eventing world.

General admission and parking is free to all spectators and food for purchase will be available from Humble Pie Wood Oven Pizza.  There will be FREE BEER courtesy of Brewster Walker Horse Transport, who is also sponsoring $500.00 Grooms Award for the best turned out horse.

Sponsorship thus far has been remarkable with Ocala Horse Properties coming back on board as Title Sponsor; Light Speed Equestrian signing on as Presenting Sponsor; Wordley Martin Equestrian, Peak Performance (Furlong & Associates) and Stellos Electric as Prix Sponsors; Equijet, Stubben NA, Guardian Bedding, HorseFirst and Buckeye Horse Feed as Jump Sponsors.

This event is dependent upon the generosity of it’s sponsors, and the organizers are still seeking supporters in able to offset event costs and to increase the prize purse to $20K.  Please spread the word, gather up your friends and mark your calendars for one of the best community events in Marion County!

Please contact:

Sponsorship & PR Inquiries

Lisa Thomas

Event/Competition Inquiries
Max Corcoran

VIP Table Reservations
Denise Goyea
617.225.6325 |

For more information on the event, please visit @eventingprix FB Page

The Ocala Horse Properties’ Eventing Prix is located at:
Southern Cross Equestrian

Wear Your Best Party Hat and Celebrate JustWorld’s “Sweet 16” Birthday Celebration

January 17, 2019 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

WELLINGTON, FLORIDA – Nonprofit JustWorld International has a sweet reason to celebrate this year; they will be commemorating sixteen years of uniting the equestrian community to support and empower thousands of children around the world. JustWorld invites guests to celebrate this collective change at its “Sweet Sixteen” birthday at the Annual JustWorld Gala, presented by Caryl Philips & Frank Zeiss and the Palm Beach Masters Series, on Friday, January 25, 2019.

Each year, JustWorld International hosts the Annual JustWorld Gala to celebrate and applaud the positive change that the organization and its supporters are making in the lives of thousands of children who need it most. The JustWorld Gala attracts some of the international equestrian industry’s top riders, trainers, owners and supporters, as well as important members of the community to continue supporting the mission of JustWorld. The evening will host a series of fundraising events that will directly benefit JustWorld partner projects, including a silent auction and live auction.

JustWorld promises to bring spectacular entertainment to the event. Guests are encouraged to bring their best party hat to join in on the birthday celebration. Hosted by Belle Herbe Farm, located at 3206 Old Hampton Drive in Wellington, the lively atmosphere will be brought to life through food, drinks and specialty entertainment created for the evening. JustWorld is thankful that Bolay will be returning as the Official Catering Sponsor of the evening, preparing all of the delicious food for the passed hors-d’oeuvres and delectable tasting stations.

JustWorld thanks Caryl Philips & Frank Zeiss and the Palm Beach Masters Series, who are returning as the Presenting Sponsors. The organization is delighted to announce exciting new partnerships this year as well, including CaptiveOne, the highly anticipated restaurant and lounge Trophy Room, as Official Bar Sponsor, Noëlle Floyd as Official Media Sponsor and Mark Edward Partners. Trophy Room will also be hosting the Gala after-party and Mark Edward Partners will be sponsoring free rides through Uber during the evening so guests will be able to celebrate safely.

Longtime supporter Voltaire Design is returning for the second year as Gala Sponsor. Also continuing their ongoing support, Horseware Ireland will be coming back as sponsor of the fun photo booth, allowing guests to capture a night to be remembered. Lastly, Tito’s Vodka will once again be generously donating to the Gala.

Join JustWorld’s “Sweet Sixteen” to tip your hat and continue to support children in need around the world. For more information regarding the 16th Annual JustWorld Gala, please visit: gala.justworldinternational.org

World Equestrian Releases Ocala 3D Video Tour

January 09, 2019 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Ocala 2021 Campaign Begins!

WILMINGTON, Ohio – January 7, 2019 – The World Equestrian Center has released a dynamic 3D video tour of their burgeoning Ocala, Florida, facility; beginning a countdown to its Grand Opening in January 2021. The video takes viewers on a fly over journey, at first giving a bird’s eye view that alludes to the size and scope of the more than 3,000-acre facility and then swooping in to focus on details of the many elegant amenities. Equestrians eager for progress updates on the facility will see it come to life in a sweeping view of the grand stadium surrounded by a five-story luxury hotel, elegant dining terrace, four massive indoor arenas, seventeen outdoor arenas and even a visit to the quaint on site Chapel.

Your Source: WEC.net
Viewers can access the new 3D video and in depth content focused on the World Equestrian Center facilities in Wilmington, Ohio and Ocala, Florida, at the newly expanded www.WEC.net. Rich with information, imagery and functionality, the new WEC.net is designed to create the best possible experience for our users. In addition to new content, imagery, and available tools, the site has added functionality that includes online reservations and booking for the existing Ohio facility for the Cabin Village and “Home Away From Home” accommodations. (For more about the WEC.net site, please see news release: World Equestrian Center Debuts New Web Site with Expanded Functionality.)

Stay Informed
We’re always posting and sharing news and information about our Ohio, facility and the events there. In anticipation of the January 2021 opening date of our Ocala facility, the World Equestrian Center will issue regular updates about the facility, amenities and events focused on Florida. Here’s how to stay informed:

  • Connect to www.WEC.net for current news, information, prize lists, lodging reservations and booking, careers and more.
  • Enter your email address on WEC.net to join our email list and receive periodic updates.
  • Read the NEWS blog on our Web site, which features news updates and articles about our facilities and events.
  • Access WEC news releases on WEC.net or via American Horse Publications.
  • Engage with us on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
  • Reach out directly to our media contact, Candace FitzGerald at 603-738-2788.

About World Equestrian Center
Located in Wilmington, Ohio, the World Equestrian Center features more than 200,000 square feet of climate-controlled riding space, making it one of the largest indoor/outdoor equestrian sport venues in the world. The state of the art facility features premium footing, permanent stabling and onsite accommodations as well as more than 28 weeks of AA rated Hunter / Jumper competition.

Dedicated to offering great sport and good fun in a family friendly environment, the World Equestrian Center promises their exhibitors an experience built on three core values: Quality. Class. Distinction.

In 2021, the World Equestrian Center will debut a brand new location, providing world-class equestrian competition and equestrian-inspired country club living, all adjacent to the fabulous Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Florida. For more information please visit http://www.wec.net.

Ocala Opening Date


January 7, 2019


Will you plan to have USEF sanctioned / recognized events at WEC Ocala? What about USEF mileage rules? 

Ultimately our plan is to host sanctioned events. We have begun the application process with the US Equestrian Federation to acquire dates in Ocala. In the event that we are not granted the ability to run USEF rated horse shows, we plan to run our own WEC Hunter / Jumper horse shows.

Since 2016, we have hosted 28 weeks of USEF rated horse shows at our facility in Wilmington, Ohio. Our exhibitors are encouraged to sign up online for WEC Points to qualify for year-end awards and prizes. We will expand our WEC Points system to include events at WEC Ocala, hosting a year-end awards banquet to celebrate our circuit champions.

Will you host FEI events?

Yes, we have built our facility in Ocala to international standards and we will be applying to host FEI sanctioned events. We have already begun discussions with organizations that manage these events and presented WEC Ocala for consideration as a future event venue.


When will you host your first horse show?

Our Grand Opening is slated for January 2021. We will host our first horse show then and the facility will be open to the public at that time.

Why the two year timeline?

We want to be absolutely certain that our facility is completely finished and in ready condition to safely host horses and exhibitors.

It is a matter of ensuring that we have the infrastructure and amenities to provide a world-class experience to all who visit WEC Ocala.

Can you give us an update on the current status of the build?
As construction advances, the World Equestrian Center continues to shift the paradigm in equestrian sports with development of a truly state of the art, resort style equestrian sports venue.  The facility’s sophisticated technology network is currently being built with systems that will make World Equestrian Center Ocala the most advanced horse show facility in the country. When it comes online in January 2021, the World Equestrian Center’s technology infrastructure will accommodate key card technology, digital video live streaming and a 24/7 security network.


What type of Equestrian sports will be featured at WEC Ocala?

Our facility is equipped to host many different equestrian disciplines such as Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Para equestrian, Vaulting and Reining. We will welcome breed events as well, such as Quarter Horse, Paso Fino, Arabians etc.

In addition to equestrian sports, the facility will host weddings, corporate events, athletic events, dog shows, car shows, antique shows and more.

Equestrian Estates

How many lots will be available and at what sizes?
The Equestrian Estate property will be offered in 3 acre lots or multiple 3 acre lots, depending upon a purchaser’s requirements.

When will lot pricing be available?
Lot pricing will be available in Q1 of 2019

Does home ownership at WEC Ocala include Golden Ocala club membership?
Those who purchase lots within World Equestrian Center Ocala will be required to join Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club.

Employment Impact

Can you estimate the jobs impact the facility will have on the area?
Our current estimate is that we will hire approximately 300 full-time and 200 part-time associates before our opening. This does not include horse show staff.

When will you begin hiring for the facility?
Our approach will be a phased one.  This means that we will begin hiring facilities and landscaping staff in the Spring of 2019. We will begin hiring sales staff in the Summer of 2019 and we will begin hiring culinary and service staff (hotel/restaurant) in the Spring of 2020.

 How does one file an application to work at WEC Ocala?
Please use the following link to apply for positions at WEC Ocala:


What is this going to bring in the equestrian community in Ocala and to the larger equestrian world?
Ocala is beautiful and it is truly the ‘Horse Capital of the World.’  So it is fitting that WEC have a presence in Ocala.  To have World Equestrian Center in Ocala adjacent to Golden Ocala is incredible for exhibitors and their families. Golden Ocala offers the equestrian the experience of amazing amenities like golf, swimming, tennis, fine dining and of course real estate so it is truly unique in our world.

We look to the past to incorporate things that we loved about showing horses as kids – and then we tie in more modern aspects to the facility like better footing, equipment and technology. These things make managing horse shows easier and more efficient and that translates to making showing horses easier and more enjoyable for everyone.

The new facility will create jobs in the area and provide people with a friendly, safe and fun destination for their whole family.

Where can I get updates during the next two years?

There are several different ways you can access information about WEC facilities:

  • Today we launched a new Web site at WEC.net that includes current information and expanded interactive capabilities such as Ohio facility lodging reservations.
  • You can enter your email address on our Web site to join our email list and receive periodic updates.
  • The NEWS blog on our Web site features weekly updates about our facilities and events.
  • We issue news releases to the media on a monthly basis.
  • You can also follow us on social media for news and updates.
  • You can call our media contact, Candace FitzGerald at 603-738-2788 with any questions or for more information.

Richard Spooner Clinic – HIPICO Santa Fe Learning and Practice Series

September 19, 2018 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

HIPICO Santa Fe has been building the Learning and Practice Series — a program dedicated to hosting top riders and trainers for educational clinics. In April this year the legendary coach George Morris held a three-day clinic here at HIPICO. We are now honored to host FEI Top 100 and Rolex/USEF Top 10 jumper rider Richard Spooner for a clinic October 26-28, 2018.

The event will be held in HIPICO’s indoor arena with rider and auditor spots. For those wishing to observe and learn, 50 audit spots will be available. Tickets for a 1-day, 2-day or 3-day pass to the training sessions are available that include continental breakfast and lunch. Auditors must register by October 21st.

There will be 24 participant spots available, divided in 4 groups of 6 riders each. This intimate grouping allows for individualized instruction from Mr. Spooner. The packaged cost of the clinic includes: three two-hour training sessions with Richard Spooner (total of six training hours), auditing the other training sessions (total of eighteen auditing hours), one horse stall with continental breakfast and lunch for all three clinic days. Rider applications are due by October 8th.

Come be a part of this rare opportunity to learn from the “Master of Faster”! Information, prices, and applications can be found on HIPICO’s website  https://www.hipicosantafe.com/richard-spooner-clinic/


For additional details about the clinic, please call HIPICO Santa Fe at 505.474.0999.


July 27, 2018 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'


Next Grant Application Period Opens Early 2019

July 25, 2018 — Lexington, KY — USA Equestrian Trust has awarded nearly $40,000 in grants to help fund equine-focused projects by four non-profits. Since the inception of its grants program, the Trust has awarded nearly $2.1 million in grants.

The projects funded as part of the grant application period ending in May were:

ASBURY UNIVERSITY ($5,000) to fund scholarships for students participating in the university’s service mount program, which trains horses for service with police, military and national park rangers.

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT GULFPORT FOUNDATION ($3,212.75) to provide helmets and safety education to young riders.

 RACING SURFACES TESTING LABORATORY ($25,423) to examine the effects of weight on the behavior of show horses’ hooves and legs while in the air. The research will compare horses with corrective and performance shoeing to flat-shod horses.

 SACRAMENTO AREA HUNTER JUMPER ASSOCIATION ($5,000) to offer a free training clinic to its members, who are entry-level exhibitors and low-budget owners. The money for this grant was allocated from funding reserved for Hunter/Jumper activities in California and Nevada.

The Trust’s next grant application period will begin early in 2019. Equine non-profits wishing to make a request for funding during that application period will be required to fill out the online application form at http://trusthorses.org. To be notified once the application period has opened, please email grants@trusthorses.org.

About USA Equestrian Trust

USA Equestrian Trust’s mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports. The Trust is a private foundation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code.

Everyone is a Winner at the Menlo Charity Horse Show Las Vegas Casino Night Gala

July 18, 2018 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Atherton, CA – July 16, 2018

Guests of the 48th Annual Menlo Charity Horse Show Gala will be treated to a Las Vegas Casino Night experience Friday, August 10th at 7pm at the exclusive Menlo Circus Club. The evening will begin with a seated alfresco dining experience followed by casino gaming, auction and live music.

Vista Center Fund-A-Need will benefit from both live and silent auctions kicking off the evening’s event. The entertainment will continue as the band entices couples to the dance floor and high rollers take their seats at the casino gaming tables. What could be better than spending an exciting night at the casino mingling with friends all in the name of charity? “Since 1987 MCHS has raised over $6,000,000 for Vista Center. Looking at it annually, the donations from the show represent about 10% of our operating budget. This operating budget allows Vista Center to maintain a headquarters in Palo Alto and directly serve it’s visually impaired community,” explains Pam Brandin, Executive Director, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

“This year’s Gala will bring you all the excitement of Las Vegas. After dinner, guests will be welcomed into the clubhouse to try their hand with lady luck at the gaming tables. We have introduced a new ticket level for those who are interested in only attending our after dinner entertainment of casino gaming and dancing. Gaming and Entertainment only tickets will go on sale Monday, July 23rd” said Gala Chair Joanne Joye.

New for 2018, two ticket options will be available for this year’s event. The Gala Dinner and Evening Entertainment Ticket ($250) includes dinner, casino gaming tokens, live music and dancing. The Evening Entertainment Ticket ($125) includes casino gaming tokens, live music and dancing. The new Evening Entertainment ticket option will be available for purchase beginning Monday, July 23rd by contacting Gala@MenloCharityHorseShow.org, and may also be purchased at the door the evening of the event.

For additional information about the Gala, please contact Gala@MenloCharityHorseShow.org

Gala tickets may also be purchased online at http://www.menlocharityhorseshow.com/gala

The Gala evening is only one of the many events taking place at this years Menlo Charity Horse Show. The following calendar will provide assistance in planning your week of equestrian excellence.


*All class times are approximate and are subject to change


Wednesday, August 8th

TBD*           $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green 3’3″ Incentive Program Stake

TBD*           $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green 3′ Incentive Program Stake

TBD*           $1,000 Round Meadow Farm Pony Hunter Classic
Hunter Sand Arena


5:00 p.m.     Round Meadow Farm / Nicole Norris “Pizza Night”

Complimentary Amici pizza and salad served

Outside west end of Sponsor Tent – Polo Field


6:00 p.m.*   $2,000 Windy Hill Equestrians in Memory of Larry Mayfield 1.20m Horse & Hound Jumper Class

Polo Field Grass Jumper Ring


Thursday, August 9th

4:30 p.m.*   $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Presented by Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman

Polo Field Grass Hunter Ring


5:00 p.m.     The Cask Wine Bar Restaurant

Complimentary pasta & salad dinner

Beverages courtesy of Woodside Farm Vineyard, Gordon

Biersch Brewing Company and S. Martinelli & Company

Outside west end of Sponsor Tent – Polo Field


Friday, August 10th

5:00 p.m.     Village Pub & Saag’s Night Complimentary Dinner

Hospitality staff serving Village Pub’s Gazpacho Appetizer and Saag’s Sausages.

Beverages courtesy of Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards, Gordon Biersch Brewing Co., and S. Martinelli & Company

Outside west end of Sponsor Tent – Polo Field


6:00 p.m.*   $10,000 Rhys Vineyards 1.30m Ryman Memorial Speed Jumper Class

Polo Field Grass Jumper Ring

Reception hosted by AIG Private Client Group

Bearwallow Chardonnay courtesy of Rhys Vineyards

Sponsor Tent




7:00 p.m.     MENLO GALA

In celebration of Menlo’s 48th Anniversary



This year’s Friday evening Gala begins in the Clubhouse with cocktails, wine and hors d’oeuvres immediately following the Rhys Vineyards Ryman Memorial Speed Jumper Class.


Dine at the Club’s beautiful al fresco venue, followed by an evening of casino gaming, auction and live music.


Gala event check-in opens at the Clubhouse entrance at 5:30pm with complimentary valet parking.


Seating is limited, so make your reservations early.



Saturday, August 11th

TBD*           Lead Line Class (Afternoon)

Underwritten by Don DeFranco in memory of his beloved father, V. James DeFranco, M.D.

Hunter Sand Arena


5:00 p.m.     Complimentary BBQ Dinner courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Beverages courtesy of Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards, Drake’s Brewing Company, and S. Martinelli & Company

Outside west end of Sponsor Tent – Polo Field


6:00 p.m.* STEPHEN SILVER $40,000 GRAND PRIX

Polo Field Grass Jumper Ring

Reception hosted by NetJets

Complimentary wine courtesy of NetJets Vintner Circle Partner

Sponsor Tent


7:00 p.m.*   USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Southwest Regional Awards Presentation and Dinner

Reservations are required

Contact the Menlo Circus Club at: 650.322.4616

Menlo Circus Club


Sunday, August 12th


$2,500 Rosewood Sand Hill 1.00m Children’s/Adult Amateur Low Jumper Classic

$5,000 Summerhouse Farm 1.10m Children’s High Jumper Classic

$5,000 ELLA in Town & Country Village 1.10m Adult Amateur High Jumper Classic

$7,500 Charlebois Farm  1.20m Junior/Amateur Owner Modified Jumper Classic

$7,500 KindredBio 1.30m Junior/Amateur Owner Low Jumper Classic

$7,500 ABC7 (KGO-TV) 1.40m Junior/Amateur Owner High Jumper Classic



$2,500 Strideaway Farms / The Peterson Family 3’6” Junior Hunter Classic

$5,000 China Blue Farm Amateur Owner 3’6” Hunter Classic

$2,500 Pacific Union 3’3” Junior Hunter Classic

$2,500 Matilda Nieri 3’3” Amateur Owner Low Hunter Classic



$1,000 Peninsula Equine Medical Center Adult Amateur Hunter Classic

$1,000 “Trick or Treat” Children’s Hunter Classic


The Menlo Charity Horse Show, a 501(C)(3) organization recognized as a USEF Heritage Competition, benefits Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired by producing a premiere equestrian event while educating the community on the issues of the visually impaired.


Link to shareable booklet: http://midd.me/JZ2L






Menlo Charity Horse Show Announces Inaugural Live Broadcast by Horse Network

June 19, 2018 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Atherton, CA – June 18, 2018

Menlo Charity Horse Show, a recipient of the US Equestrian Heritage Horse Show distinction, numerous National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Top 10 Horse Shows of the Year as well as a perennial favorite destination of the Equestrian Living Magazine Gold List readers announces that the 2018 horse show is a sell out.  Trainers wishing to  reserve a place on the waiting list for stalls should email Annette Longnecker, MCHS Head Show Secretary at annettel@ryegate.com 

Inaugural Three Ring Live Broadcast by Horse Network

Every class in all of the three show rings at Menlo Charity Horse Show (MCHS) will stream live and for free this year! MCHS events can be viewed at HorseNetwork.com/Live. Each day’s feature class will be available via Facebook Live on the pages of Horse Network and Menlo Charity Horse Show, where fans all over the world can watch together and weigh in on the Hunter/Jumper action as it happens at Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, California. As an additional courtesy to competitors, Menlo Charity Horse Show is offering clips from every class in the Arena, Grass Hunter Field and Grass Jumper Ring online after each day’s competition, at no additional charge.

“We’re beyond thrilled to add Menlo Charity Horse Show to the Horse Network Live roster!” said Horse Network Editor in Chief, Carley Sparks. “MCHS has an esteemed 48 year history in horse sport and is a recognized USEF Heritage Competition. This year marks the first time this incredible event will be live streamed for horse sport fans. We can’t wait to show the world all that Menlo has to offer!”

The Menlo Charity Horse Show, a 501(C)(3) organization recognized as a USEF Heritage Competition, supports the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired by producing a premiere equestrian event while educating the community on the issues of the visually impaired.





Hylofit to Demonstrate Revolutionary New Product at CHIO Rotterdam, June 22-23

June 13, 2018 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'


Demo With Tristan Tucker Follows Successful Launch at Land Rover Kentucky 3DE

Following its highly-successful launch at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event that mesmerized and excited the 11,794 spectators in attendance, Hylofit will present another demonstration of its revolutionary new heart rate monitoring system at the 70th anniversary CHIO Rotterdam in The Netherlands, June 21–24.

Tristan Tucker of TRT, an Australian FEI dressage rider and horseman, originally from Melbourne Australia and now based in Holland, is partnering with the Hylofit team to bring an objective measure to his showcase. Using Hylofit’s groundbreaking technology, the heart rates of both horse and rider will be captured and broadcast in real time on the large scoring screen at the Interchem Arena at Rotterdam. The real-time display of both heart rates will clearly demonstrate workout intensity and stress, allowing spectators to see instantly the impact of Tucker’s natural horsemanship work.

Tucker has made a name for himself working with riders and their horses to improve communication and partnership. He specializes in working with hyper-sensitive and spooky horses and his teaching is designed to train a horse mentally to be more confident and relaxed. His TRT Method ground work exercises create patterns in the horse’s body to relieve tension and teach horses how to handle and respond to flight-inducing pressures at shows. His work prepares horses for competition and trailer loading and gives them more balance and flexibility for carriage without fear or stress.

The TRT showcase with Hylofit is a natural one. Hylofit “gives proof to the horse learning a technique of controlling his own physical state in a moment of tension and resulting in a direct lowering of the horses’ heart rate,” says Tucker. What before could only be assumed based upon how a horse responded to Tucker, can now be seen objectively through Hylofit’s live heart rate display.

Hylofit is the brain child of Eliane van Reseema of Jewel Court Stud USA. Hylofit is a wearable technology that allows riders to track workout intensity and improve training results, thereby promoting the overall fitness and wellbeing of their horses. With an unobtrusive girth attachment and an easy-to-use app, Hylofit gives immediate, in-ride feedback to the rider so informed training decisions can be made from the saddle. It is the smart addition to training regimes and an important tool for the competitive equestrian athlete.

Hylofit was first showcased live at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Liz Halliday-Sharp conducted two rides with Hylofit; the dressage test ride with equine partner, Deniro Z, and a beautiful freestyle routine with equine partner, Fernhill by Night. During both rides the horse and rider heart rates, and other key metrics, were visible in real-time on the large screen in the Rolex Stadium. Both showcases wowed the live audience as well as spectators around the globe who were able to view the demonstrations via the live web broadcast.

Hylofit is currently available for pre-order and will be widely available later this year. There will be a Hylofit/TRT booth (Location N) near the entrance to the Village and Interchem Arena at CHIO Rotterdam. All are invited to stop by and learn more!

Further information on Hylofit is available at www.hylofit.com where visitors can use the code CHIO2018 to purchase the Hylofit system for 25% off. Further information on Tristan Tucker and TRT is available at www.trtmethod.com.

Menlo Charity Horse Show Names 2018 Artist of the Year

June 07, 2018 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Atherton, CA – June 4, 2018

Menlo Charity Horse Show is pleased to announce Rachel Saunders as Artist of the Year for 2018. Rachel is a native Colorado oil painter living and working in Denver. An equestrian herself, Rachel has a keen interest in the horse/human relationship. Rachel works in a variety of styles from carefully rendered subjects to a more recent exploration of expressive shapes and brushwork. Actively engaging with her subject matter, her work always asks, “What is the relationship between the animal and human? And in what way does their harmony, or discord, express itself?”

Rachel originally went to school to earn a degree in Art History at the University of Colorado in Boulder and went on to Hunter College in New York City to receive her Masters Degree in Art History. While in New York she worked at the prestigious Jack Tilton Gallery in SoHo, NY where she expanded her knowledge of modern art. After returning to her home town of Denver she founded a decorative arts company and worked as a decorative artist and muralist for over a decade. Rachel’s decorative paintwork and murals have been featured in New York Magazine, 5280 Magazine, Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, as well as the historic Grant-Humphries Mansion in Denver and the home of Federico Pena, former Secretary of Transportation.

Through the years her original love of horses never left her and eventually she turned to fine art with the horse/human relationship as her primary theme. A previously self-taught artist, the years spent in the decorative painting field helped to prepare Rachel for the switch to painting on canvas. Once deciding to go into fine art Rachel studied under Sandra Kaplan and Jill Soukup at the Art Students League of Denver, and most recently been in a mentorship with master artist, Molly Davis.

The artwork titled ‘Dappled Grey’ in its original format is a 16 x 20 oil on canvas. “The inspiration for this piece came directly from a horse and rider pair I observed at the Colorado Horse Park.” explained Rachael. “Their particular harmony was so dynamic and fluid it was very compelling to watch. I happened to capture in photographs some great moments during their ride and from those photos sprang the idea for the painting. Spending time with horses and the people who love them is a source of great joy in my life and so being chosen as Menlo Charity Horse Show’s Artist of the Year is a huge honor. I have admired the work of past chosen artists so much and feel privileged to be included amongst them.”

Rachel has received the Marilyn Newmark award for painting at the American Academy of Equine Art, and an Honorable Mention award for a piece at the Rocky Mountain Art in the Park show. She has been selected as a finalist in Southwest Art’s Magazine Artistic Excellence contest and been a featured artist in The Chronicle of the Horse magazine.

To learn more about Rachel Saunders Fine Art, please visit www.rsaundersfineart.com

The Menlo Charity Horse Show, a 501(C)(3) organization recognized as a USEF Heritage Competition, benefits Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired by producing a premiere equestrian event while educating the community on the issues of the visually impaired.