What's Happenin'

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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.







April 12, 2018 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'


2018 Grant Application Deadline Is May 7

 April 12, 2018 — Lexington, KY — USA Equestrian Trust® announced today it has awarded more than $130,000 in grants to help fund equine-focused projects at 12 non-profits. The organizations receiving funding all submitted applications as part of the Trust’s 2017 application period. Since the inception of its grants program, the Trust has awarded nearly $2.1 million in grants.

The Trust is also pleased to announce it is now accepting proposals from IRS-registered equine non-profit organizations for its 2018 grants program. To submit an application, visit trusthorses.org and complete the online form. Any organization applying must submit copies of its IRS non-profit determination letter and most recent Form 990, as well as a proposed budget for its project. The deadline to submit applications for the foundation’s 2018 grants program is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, May 7.

The Trust’s financial support has been dedicated largely but not exclusively for initiatives that are productive across several national-level discipline and/or breed boundaries. The Trust welcomes applications for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications.

The projects funded as part of the 2017 grants program were:

AMERICAN YOUTH HORSE COUNCIL ($5,000) to support its 2018 annual symposium that educates youth on all facets of the equine industry through demonstrations, presentations and discussions.

DRESSAGE4KIDS ($4,000) to support its 2018 Weekend Equestrian Program recently held in Connecticut. The educational event annually offers up to 60 presentations geared to people of all ages, disciplines and skill levels.

EQUINE ASSISTED TRANSITIONS ($8,000) to expand summer equine programs focused on members of the military and their families. Located near Fort Campbell, the organization has provided more than 400 individuals with an introduction to horses.

HOPE AND HEALING AT HILLENGLADE ($25,000) to expand its equine therapy programs for veterans, active military, and at-risk inner city women and children. The funding will help the organization finish facilities that will allow year-round work with up to 2,000 people.

OMAHA EQUESTRIAN FOUNDATION ($5,000) to fund educational workshops for riders, trainers and caregivers.

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.

SECOND CHANCE THOROUGHBREDS ($1,200) to support an educational clinic focused on retraining Thoroughbreds.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY ($5,000) to support its equine science program. The program offers an introduction to horses to more than 500 elementary, middle and high school students annually.

THE LIVESTOCK CONSERVANCY ($10,500) to support its National Endangered Equine Summit that brought together leaders from around 50 associations representing endangered breeds.

UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION ($40,000) to support the 2018 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team.

UNITED STATES SPORT HORSE BREEDERS ASSOCIATION ($2,000) to fund an educational booth to display at major equestrian events.

WILLIAM WOODS UNIVERSITY ($20,000) to support construction of the Center for Equine Medicine, which will house a fully equipped veterinary clinic, hospital-quality stalls, a small riding arena and a classroom with a teaching laboratory.

Funding available for USA Equestrian Trust grants includes around $30,000 reserved for Hunter and Jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.

If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail 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.

Douglas Elliman Saddles Up With Give Back For Special Equestrians As Charity Partner During The Douglas Elliman $384,000 Winter Equestrian Festival Grand Prix

March 02, 2018 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

WELLINGTON, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2018)Douglas Elliman Real Estate has saddled up with Give Back for Special Equestrians, and honorary co-hosts Georgina Bloomberg and Jimmy Torano, for the second year in a row for a glamorous evening of world-class Grand Prix Show Jumping and philanthropy in support of special needs riders.

The exclusive benefit will take place on March 10th during Week 9 of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida to celebrate the occasion of the $384,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix.

Georgina Bloomberg

Hosted by Scott Durkin, President and COO of Douglas Elliman, Gus Rubio, COO of Douglas Elliman’s Florida Brokerage, Co-Founders of Give Back for Special Equestrians Sissy DeMaria-Koehne and Dr. Heather Kuhl, the lavish ringside gala will take place in the gallery overlooking the Grand Prix Show ring and will feature a lively DJ, cocktails and dinner. The evening’s program also includes a special guest appearance from Natalia C. Cercone, an extra-ability rider who will share her inspiring journey of healing. Cercone’s personal story and life experiences translate into a message of inclusion and adaptability that is impactful and life-changing to all who listen. Proceeds raised from the gala will provide annual scholarships for therapeutic horseback riding lessons and a renewed path toward healing and hope for children and veterans with disabilities.

“This event touches on our brand ethos of supporting Douglas Elliman’s friends, agents and clients in the equestrian arena as well as important philanthropic efforts within the communities we serve. Our long-term partnership with the Wellington Equestrian Festival greatly exemplifies that dual philosophy,” said Scott Durkin.

“Douglas Elliman is pleased to partner for the second year in a row with Give Back for Special Equestrians. Therapeutic horseback riding has many physical benefits for people with disabilities like improving balance, posture and eye-hand coordination while also helping to build self-esteem, self-confidence and self-control,” said Jay Phillip Parker, CEO of Douglas Elliman’s Florida Brokerage. “We are happy to help support children and veterans who can best benefit from this life changing therapy.”

Jimmy Torano

Give Back for Special Equestrians, formerly known as Give a Buck for Special Equestrians, is a Florida-based nonprofit 501C3, whose mission is to provide therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted scholarships for disabled children and veterans throughout Florida and New York. The all-volunteer charity founded in 2013 by Sissy DeMaria-Koehne, along with Dr. Heather Kuhl and Isabel Ernst, aims to share in the joy of horses and horsemanship with those suffering from physical, mental and emotional difficulties so they can experience the many benefits of therapeutic and equine-assisted horseback riding.

“Thanks to Douglas Elliman, Give Back has made significant strides giving back more than $100,000 in support of special equestrians. We are so grateful for their commitment which enables us to continue to give more individuals living with mental, cognitive or emotional disabilities direct access to ‘horsepower’ that heals. I also want to express my gratitude to our honorary co-chairs Georgina Bloomberg and Jimmy Torano as well as our board and media partner Sidelines Magazine,” said Sissy DeMaria-Koehne, Founder of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians.

About Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Established in 1911, Douglas Elliman Real Estate is the largest brokerage in the New York Metropolitan area and the fourth largest residential real estate company nationwide. With more than 7,000 agents, the company operates approximately 113 offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, New Jersey, Long Island, the Hamptons & North Fork, Westchester, Greenwich, South Florida, Boston, Colorado and California. Moreover, Douglas Elliman has a strategic global alliance with London-based Knight Frank Residential for business in the worldwide luxury markets spanning 60 countries and six continents. The company also controls a portfolio of real estate services including Douglas Elliman Development Marketing; Manhattan’s largest residential property manager, Douglas Elliman Property Management with over 250 buildings; and DE Commercial. For more information on Douglas Elliman as well as expert commentary on emerging trends in the real estate industry, please visit elliman.com.

About Give Back for Special Equestrians

Give Back for Special Equestrians, formerly Give a Buck for Special Equestrians, is a Florida-based nonprofit 501©3. The all-volunteer organization founded by Sissy DeMaria-Koehne, Dr. Heather Kuhl and Isabel Ernst in Vero Beach, Florida in 2013, provides therapeutic horseback riding and equine assisted scholarships for disabled children and veterans through its partner stables in New York and Florida. Give Back for Special Equestrians aims to share the joy of horses and horsemanship with those facing some of life’s most difficult physical, emotional and mental challenges and enable them to experience the life-changing benefits of horsepower that heals. Through its Young Ambassador program, youth between the of ages 7-17 are encouraged to pay forward their blessings through active volunteerism. Young Ambassadors meet monthly during the school year and assist with a variety of fund and “friend” raising activities. For more information please visit www.giveabuckeq.org


Announcing the Fifteenth Annual JustWorld Gala

December 28, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Presented by Palm Beach Masters Series and Caryl Philips & Frank Zeiss
Friday, January 12, 2018
Hosted by Belle Herbe Farm in Wellington, Florida

Wellington, Florida – The nonprofit JustWorld International is bringing Hollywood to Wellington, Florida
for their Fifteenth Annual JustWorld Gala on Friday, January 12, 2018 to raise funds to support
education and nutrition programs for children living in impoverished communities around the world.

Each year, JustWorld International hosts their Gala to celebrate and applaud the positive change the
organization and its supporters are making in the lives of children who need it most. The JustWorld
Gala attracts some of the equestrian industry’s top riders, trainers, owners and supporters, as well as
important members of the community.

This year’s Gala will commemorate fifteen incredible years of making strides for change to create a
more just world. Through the equestrian community, members of JustWorld International work
together to break the cycle of poverty and help children in need around the world become positive
leaders in their communities. Hundreds of people from more than 40 different countries have joined
the JustWorld community with the intention of improving children’s lives. Currently, JustWorld
International supports local NGO’s in three countries: Cambodia, Guatemala, and Honduras. In total,
JustWorld is supporting more than 6,500 children this year alone, focusing on education, nutrition,
and leadership and cultural development programs.

This year, the theme of the Gala will be a night of “Hollywood Glamour.” JustWorld promises to bring
spectacular entertainment to the event, with a few surprises up their sleeves. Guests are welcome to
come dressed as their celebrity-selves to reflect the festive theme.

The evening will host a series of fundraising events that will directly benefit JustWorld’s supported
NGO’s, including a silent auction and live auction. The Longines Global Champions Tour and Global
Champions League have donated a VIP table for four guests in the exclusive hospitality lounge at
their highly anticipated event in Miami Beach from April 5-7, 2018. Other live auction items include an
Exclusive Premier Golf Membership at Wellington National Golf Club, a wonderful Bolay catered
event for up to fifty guests, a Palm Beach Master Series VIP package, a Hollywood Package which
includes four VIP tickets to The Late Show with James Corden, and much more! Exciting silent
auction items include beautiful Conquest Jumping watches from Longines, Disney park hopper
tickets, and a VIP Bruins Package. These auction items will be sure to amaze the crowd.

JustWorld is delighted to announce exciting partnerships this year. Long time supporter Voltaire
Design is joining JustWorld as Gala Sponsor. Voltaire Design specializes in upscale custom saddles
which are made in France with the finest French leathers. 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. Horseware Ireland has grown to become the world’s most trusted
producer of horse rugs. New this year as a Gala Sponsor, Floridian Community Bank is committed to
supporting causes that help make South Florida a better place to live and work. The bank believes
that their commitment to community service is an important part of being a good corporate citizen.

Generously hosted by Belle Herbe Farm, the lively atmosphere will be brought to life through food,
drinks and specialty entertainment created for the evening by renowned event planner Dazzle
Creative Events. JustWorld is thrilled to announce that Caryl Philips & Frank Zeiss and the Palm
Beach Masters Series will be returning as the Presenting Sponsors. The Palm Beach Masters
Series, launched in 2016 when the Jacobs Family successfully bid to keep World Cup qualifying
horse jumping in Wellington, Florida, delivers thrilling equestrian competition at the highest levels of
the sport. The series is hosted at Deeridge Farms – a stunning location at the heart of equestrian
sport in Wellington, Florida – and offers riders, spectators, and sponsors unforgettable hospitality,
unrivaled facilities, and world-class show grounds. The signature event of the series, the Palm Beach
Masters, is one of one of only seven North American, east coast qualifiers for the Longines FEI World
Cup TM.

JustWorld is also excited to reveal that Bolay will be returning as the Official Catering Sponsor of the
evening, providing signature high quality ingredients and preparing all of the delicious food for the
passed hors d’oeuvres, delectable tasting stations, and desserts. Swank Specialty Produce will be
providing high quality, fresh herbs for the delicious passed canapés. Guests will also enjoy an open
bar sponsored by Official Bar Sponsor Oli’s Fashion Cuisine, Tito’s Vodka, and Fernando Cellars.

Join JustWorld for a night of glitz and glam, all to support to children in need around the world! For
more information regarding the 15th Annual JustWorld Gala presented by the Palm Beach Masters
Series and Caryl Philips & Frank Zeiss, corporate sponsorship opportunities, or auction donations,
please e-mail jwinfo@justworldinternational.org or call +1.561.333.9391.

To purchase tickets and tables online, please visit http://gala.justworldinternational.org.

For more information regarding the Annual JustWorld Gala or corporate sponsorship opportunities,
please email aconiglio@justworldinternational.org or call +1.561.333.9391

If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a donation to JustWorld in
commemoration of their 15th year of investing in youth.
Donations can be made online by visiting: http://www.justworldinternational.org.

About JustWorld International

JustWorld International is devoted to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding local partners around
the world helping children thrive. We support more than 6,500 children by providing access to
education, nutrition, health & hygiene, and leadership & cultural development programs.
We work through the international equestrian community and its extensive networks to fund and
sustain programs that provide basic needs to children with little opportunity to receive support from
other sources. Our Rider Ambassadors raise awareness and funds for our programs, helping to give
children a leg up to a brighter future.


JustWorld International is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the United States and a registered Association 1901 in France. Tax-deductible donations
are accepted in Switzerland and JustWorld’s supporters may send their donations to Fondation Philanthropia, a Swiss public-benefit umbrella
foundation. JustWorld International has no political or religious affiliation.

Renwick & Sons: The Grooming Revolution is Here

December 01, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'


Ever wished that every time you groomed your horse, you achieved quicker, better and longer lasting results?

Introducing The Ultimate Equine Brushware Collection:


“Renwick & Sons Brushware Collection”


This beautiful complete grooming kit has been created to make light work of this essential part of day to day horse care & competition turn-out. The more frequently a horse is groomed with the brushes, the less vigour is required each time; drastically reducing the time and effort in keeping your horse looking incredible.


This collection of grooming tools has been created exclusively for the discerning equestrian, uniting the latest proven technology found in human hair brush technology with outstanding traditional craftsmanship and quality.


Proudly designed and manufactured in the UK, each piece has been ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in your hand, ready to tackle the job ahead with outstanding results. Extensively trialled and developed in association with equestrians across all disciplines, the family name behind this revolutionary equine brushware collection have a brushware heritage dating back to 1798. A powerful and knowledgeable combination, never seen before in this sector.


Available in three different brush sizes, with a choice of brush strap leather colour as standard, Renwick & Sons also offer extensive bespoke options for the ultimate in personalisation, including embossing.


Featuring all the tools you need to groom your horse to perfection; the kit is presented in a tough steel briefcase for hard-wearing storage.

Welcome to the future of equine grooming tools.

For further information:



Edge Brewing Equestrian Continues To Save Horses One Beer At A Time!

October 19, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Edge Brewing Equestrian, the philanthropic arm of Edge Brewing Barcelona, has been ‘Saving Horses One Beer At a Time’ since 2015.

Edge Brewing Barcelona was founded in 2013 by co-owners Scott Vanover and Tryon area resident Christian Oliver who wanted to bring American craft beer to the European market.   In 2014, Edge Brewing Barcelona was voted top new brewer in the world, and that success enabled them to start a philanthropic arm of their company named Edge Brewing Equestrian.  Their mission in giving back to the equine community began with the simple ideology of choosing an inspirational horse related charity and allocating a portion of profits from their award winning line of European beers.

In the past, Edge Equestrian has worked with Horses N Heroes, an Ocala Florida 501C dedicated to providing an equine learning and mentoring experience for young girls who come from at-risk families experiencing extreme financial, health or emotional hardship.  Through this relationship, Edge Brewing Equestrian began their foray into documentary film making, producing the film, ‘Reflections’, winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2015 Equus Film Festival in New York City!

This year, proceeds from Edge Brewing Barcelona’s line of beers will be donated to the local Tryon 501C horse rescue group HERD (Helping Equines Regain Dignity). HERD’s mission is to ‘Save One Horse At A Time’  by rescuing equines from dire conditions and in many cases slaughter.  Primarily using their own funds members have rescued, vetted, fed, trained, and given these equines a second chance at life.

Kim Oliver, wife of EBB’s co-owner, Christian Oliver, has been the driving force behind their philanthropic efforts.  Her involvement with HERD began when she spotted the faces of two small rescue horses on Facebook and realized they were located in the Tryon region.  Upon adopting these two characters and a mini, their fate was sealed and they began their rehabilitation at the Oliver’s farm in Tryon.

Their extra property and barn were perfect for fostering young horses who needed time and training, so the Olivers decided to donate that space to HERD.  As time has progressed, the Olivers have helped purchase hay and feed as well.  Kim has become an expert in hay production and has doubled the yield of their pastures through fertilizing and seeding so they would have more hay to donate to the rescues.

Fast forward to the 2017 Tryon International Film Festival, and once again Edge Equestrian finds themselves involved in the documentary film industry.  Upon learning that TRIFF’s Opening Night Gala movie would be a documentary film promoting the training and rehabilitation of rescued horses, Kim Oliver leapt into action.

“EBB is pleased to offer this year’s charity sponsorship to HERD by sponsoring the travel of the KYB Dressage trainers, performers and horses to the 2017 Tryon International Film Festival.  We are proud to support organizations like TRIFF, HERD and KYB Dressage who share in their commitment to raise awareness about the plight of unwanted horses, highlighting rescue, retraining and repurposing efforts.”

Throughout the weekend of October 27-29, 2017, the documentary film produced by KYB Dressage, ‘Into the Spotlight: The Journey of an Equine Theater Horse’ will be featured at TRIFF to draw awareness to the plight of abandoned horses.  In addition, the human and equine stars of ‘Into The Spotlight’ from KYB dressage have donated their time and expertise to conduct horsemanship clinics, and the fees from the clinic will benefit HERD.

KYB Dressage will also perform at the Tryon International Equestrian Center on Saturday, October 28th, prior to the final Grand Prix show jumping competition of the season.  This performance is aimed at raising awareness about the plight of unwanted equines in front of a large international audience of horse lovers.  To help towards the goal of aiding this 501C, TRIFF has filmed a shorter video about HERD which will also be shown on TIEC’s Jumbotron during the exhibition.

There are clearly many caring groups involved in the orchestration of all the activities to benefit HERD, and Kim Oliver is thrilled to bring so many like-minded people together.

“To affect real change in an industry that benefits from animals which bring us so much joy, you have to inspire more and more groups of people to take up the charge – movie makers, film festivals, horse trainers, performers, business owners, writers, neighbors and anyone else who can help.  If we can keep doing that, while having fun drinking beer, making new friends and saving some horses, we have achieved our goals!”

Please consider learning more about HERD and becoming involved, either through a direct donation, or by attending one of the festivities during the weekend of the Tryon International Film Festival.  Information is below:

  1. Learn more and donate directly to HERD through their website at
    http://www.herdrescue.org/ and check out their promotional video!
  2. Register for the KYB Horsemanship Clinic in Tryon at www.herdrescue.org
  3. Buy tickets for the Tryon International Film Festival
  4. Join Edge Brewing Equestrian at the Tryon International Equestrian Center for Saturday Night Lights, the HERD film short, and witness KYB’s riveting performance.
    Admission is Free!   http://tryon.coth.com/

Edge Brewing Equestrian thanks you!

To learn more about Edge Brewing Barcelona and Edge Brewing Equestrian please visit,


Founder of Three IHSA Programs Anne Mather Brzezecki to be Honored

September 21, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Anne Brzezicki will be honored at a retirement reception and dinner Sept. 22 at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she served as the director of the equestrian programs. She is described by students as an exceptional coach and teacher and she is beloved by her colleagues.

“Winning never gets old,” Anne said. “But my favorite experience has been working with the terrified beginner that becomes a real rider and finds their place in the world. IHSA provides that opportunity better than anything else.”

Anne was a founding member of the University of Connecticut Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) team and, as a student along with Duncan Peters, coached the 1972 National Championship team. UConn hired her to coach the team after graduation. Anne moved to Tennessee and founded the MTSU Equestrian Team in 1977 and, with Kenny Copenhaver, established the IHSA Western divisions in 1978. While attending graduate school at Virginia Tech, she founded their IHSA team and served as coach. Anne returned to MTSU in the 1980s. She has been active both in governance and competition with US Equestrian and AQHA and is a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) master trainer, clinician and board member. In 2015, she was honored with the CHA Association Instructor of the Year award.

She is a member of the IHSA board of directors and was awarded the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and Regional Coach of the Year in 2004. Anne will stay on to serve as an IHSA director-at-large.


Foxcroft School is Hosting 4 Open Houses!

September 14, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Register now!

Bringing in the Best at the Washington International Horse Show

September 05, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'


Lauren Hough and Ohlala
Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography

By Sara Cook/Jump Media

The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is already one of North America’s most anticipated equestrian events of the year. Held in the metropolitan city of Washington, D.C., the historic and prestigious horse show is known for bringing in the best in competitors, spectators, and events. Running October 24 – 29, 2017, the championship event returns to the Capital One Center (formerly Verizon Center) and invites competitors to illustrate their talents on the best new footing in front of energetic crowds.

Olympians and top horses and riders compete in front of thousands that over the years have drawn President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy, Christopher Reeve, Bruce Springsteen, and enthusiastic local equestrians. Events include the much-loved Barn Night and Kids’ Day, as well as the week’s highlight $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington for the President’s Cup, presented by Events DC.

WIHS has always taken great pride in listening to the needs of its exhibitors and spectators. In 2017, riders will compete on new footing and spectators can attend for as low as $15!

“Our riders have been asking for new footing for years, but the Capital One Center’s installation constraints made it virtually impossible,” said WIHS Show Manager and Interim COO David Distler. “The Footing Firm is making it happen, allowing us to meet the needs of our riders and provide new footing that is low maintenance and has less dust.”

The footing being installed is a sand, fiber, GGT blend from The Footing Firm. Similar footing is used at top five-star shows around the world, including the Longines Global Champions Tour Miami. The Footing Firm is a company that combines the skills of three high respected arena builders – David Lauinger of Culpeper, VA, Drew Discount of Palm Beach, FL, and Karsten Koch of Bremen, Germany. Together, the team has more than fifty years of worldwide footing experience and focuses on serving elite private farms and equestrian facilities.

“It gives the horses a more reassuring feel as they are going around,” Distler said. “It makes horses run faster and jumper higher. I hope the riders appreciate the efforts that we are going through, and I do hope that they are going to be happy.”

WIHS President Victoria Lowell added, “I thank the WIHS for identifying a proven footing company who could bring best-in-class footing to our unique venue. Thanks also go to our Board and our sponsors for making it possible to invest further in bringing the best in equestrian sport to D.C.”

Internationally renowned course designer Alan Wade of Ireland, who will set the tracks at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC, is excited to return to WIHS in October.

“I am happy to be designing on the new footing in WIHS,” said Wade. “It is an honor to be invited to design at any horse show, especially one with a history like Washington. The arena has a very good atmosphere with large crowds for the evening classes. I am looking forward to a week of enjoyable show jumping with the best combinations in each class getting on the podium.”

The 59th Annual WIHS offers a variety of thrilling classes and fast-paced entertainment sure to captivate even those who are not horse-crazy. More than 500 of the world’s most talented horses and riders will vie for top honors throughout the six-day event. General admission tickets start at $15 with free admission for children 12 and under. The spectators that attend WIHS are some of the best in North America.

“The crowd creates a really special atmosphere for all of us,” said rising U.S. show jumping star and 2016 WIHS Jumper Accumulator winner Catherine Tyree. “It is not something we see a lot of in the States, so it is really special to compete at Washington with a crowd like that. There is no better feeling than jumping clear in front of a crowd like that.” WIHS Barn Night (Thursday, October 26) is always a fan favorite. Young riders, barn mates, and horse lovers who attend in groups have the chance to enter contests, win prizes, partake in a scavenger hunt, and enjoy a fun horse-filled evening. Among the list of fabulous prizes is a group riding clinic with Laura Graves, U.S. Olympic Dressage Team Bronze Medalist.

Thursday night also hosts the infamous $35,000 International Jumping Accumulator Costume Class, when riders break out their best costumes and decorate their horses, who may turn into cheetahs, zebras, pigs, and more!

Top junior rider and current WIHS Equitation point leader, Taylor St. Jacques, said, “Washington is in such a major city and there are lots of spectators that come and watch. That makes you feel special. Other people that do not really understand horse shows are there cheering you on and are happy for you.” Another popular day at WIHS is WIHS Kids’ Day, presented by Discovery Communications and EQUUS Foundation. Held on Saturday, October 28, Kids’ Day is an equine street festival with free, fun, and educational horse-based activities for the local D.C. community. St. Jacques recalls fond memories of attending Kids’ Day when she was young.

“I remember when they would bring the mini ponies in, close off the street, and have a pony kissing booth, pony rides, and a horseless horse show. I loved it as a kid.” she said.

The pinnacle of competition at WIHS is Saturday night’s $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington for the President’s Cup, presented by Events DC. Other popular classes include the $25,000 Puissance, presented by The Boeing Company, and a $50,000 Speed Final, both on Military Night on Friday, October 27. Junior equitation riders aspire to win the WIHS Equitation Finals

on Saturday, October 28, that they spend all year qualifying for. Exhibition events include Australian horse master and entertainer Guy McLean on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28, and the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series, presented by Charles Owen, with races on Thursday, October 26 and Saturday, October 28.

Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster or by calling the Verizon Center box office. Discounts are available for groups, military, seniors, and students. Daytime general admission tickets start at $15 and children 12 and under are admitted free. For evening performances, general admission tickets start at $20, with VIP and reserved seating also available. Come be a part of the best at the Washington International Horse Show this October!

The Washington International Horse Show returns to the heart of Washington, D.C. on October 24-29, 2017. The event attracts more than 26,000 spectators annually as riders compete for prize money totaling more than half a million dollars. The Washington International Horse Show is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization based in Washington, D.C. For a complete schedule of events and more information, please visit www.wihs.org.