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2014 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Horse Show Underway in Toronto

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

2014 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Horse Show Underway in Toronto

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Equestrian Aid Foundation Supporters Cher The Love at Dinner Party in New Jersey

June 21, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

New York, NY. June 3, 2014 – Equestrian community members in the Northeast gathered on Saturday, May 31st for an Equestrian Aid Foundation fundraiser in Flemington, NJ. The event was held at Sand Hill Farm, the private residence of Scott Stewart and EAF board member Ken Berkley, who co-chaired the dinner party along with fellow board member Mimi Tashjian. The 200 guests in attendance enjoyed dinner, dancing, musical performances and a fireworks display.

EAF board member and event co-chair Mimi Tashjian, EAF board member Jenny Dunion, and event co-chair Scott Stewart

“Scott and I were happy to open our home and our hearts for this event,” said Berkley. “The Equestrian Aid Foundation is an organization we have been supporting for a long time, a unique nonprofit that provides help for those in our community who have fallen on hard times. Hopefully this fun evening will translate into help for many of those in our midst.”

Singer Jacqueline Berkley and her band from Nashville, TN, kicked off the evening with a musical performance as guests mingled and sipped cocktails. Then special guest Chad Michaels, one of the world’s premier Cher impersonators, wowed the crowd with a concert of the diva’s top hits.

Mark Drabich of the Metropolitan Seafood Company provided the catering, which was accompanied by cocktails from Tito’s Vodka. Wine and champagne for the evening was acquired from OneHope Wines, a philanthropic organization that donated $1 of each bottle purchased to charities that fight world hunger, fight cruelty to animals and support breast cancer research.

The evening raised money to support EAF programs that provide financial assistance to those in the equestrian community suffering from chronic illness and injury.

“The equestrian world is very close-knit, and it is imperative that we support one another, particularly those who are in need,” said co-chair Mimi Tashjian. “This event was a shining example of that support. As a result of the generosity of so many, we raised over $95,000, most of which will go directly to EAF recipients.”

Cher Impersonator Chad Michaels

About the Equestrian Aid Foundation: For over 17 years, the Equestrian Aid Foundation has delivered financial assistance to equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses or injuries throughout their time of need. Funding for medical, rehabilitation and essential expenses – such as food and housing – enables recipients to cope through crisis and get back on their feet. The EAF is dedicated to helping people from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages. The EAF is a 501 (c) 3 organization.  Learn more at www.equestrianaidfoundation.orgwww.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope or @ride4hope.

DEADLINE NEARS FOR USA EQUESTRIAN TRUST GRANTS PROGRAM FOR EQUINE NON-PROFITS

May 02, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Applications due Monday, May 5

April 15, 2014 — Lexington, KY — There is still time to submit proposals for USA Equestrian Trust’s 2014 grants program. IRS-registered equine non-profit organizations are invited to apply by filling out the online grant application at http://www.trusthorses.org. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, May 5.

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In 2013, the Trust awarded nearly $265,000 to help fund more than a dozen projects. 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. Among the past recipients of Trust funding are:

THE UNITED STATES PONY CLUBS: $9,855 was awarded in 2012 to help create a traveling display that serves as an interactive, educational experience for children.

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“The United States Pony Clubs develops character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies,” said Shelley Mann, director of marketing and communications. “Through the grant received from USA Equestrian Trust, The United States Pony Clubs is now able to reach out at a grassroots level to bring the magic of horses to youth through interactive fun and a hands-on approach that will hopefully lead participants to a future with horses.”

AMERICAN YOUTH HORSE COUNCIL: $5,000 was awarded in 2013 to support the group’s annual symposium that educates youth on all facets of the equine industry.

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“We appreciate the significant support we received from USA Equestrian Trust,” said Executive Director Danette McGuire. “These are the kinds of investments that allow the American Youth Horse Council to help kids connect through horses by providing a cost-effective educational symposium for youth and youth leaders who represent all aspects of the equine industry.”

KENTUCKY HORSE PARK FOUNDATION: $25,000 was awarded in 2013 to assist in the creation of dedicated horse paths at the Kentucky Horse Park to enhance safety for horses and riders.

“The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation was able to meet our fundraising goal for constructing the All the Gold Dedicated Horse Path due in large part to the generous support of USA Equestrian Trust,” said Executive Director Laura Klumb. “We are delighted that the Trust’s commitment to equestrian sport dovetails with the Kentucky Horse Park’s commitment to ensuring the safety of horse and rider. The All the Gold Dedicated Horse Path allows the Kentucky Horse Park to ensure the safest environment possible for the thousands of horses and riders that compete here on an annual basis. We are very grateful.”

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All Trust grant applicants must submit a proposed budget for their projects along with copies of their IRS determination letters and most recent IRS Form 990. If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail grants@trusthorses.org.

Funding available for grants includes $46,500 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.

About USA Equestrian Trust:

USA Equestrian Trust is a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation whose 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 of 1986.

PHOTO CAPTIONS: PHOTO #1 (The United States Pony Clubs): The traveling display presented by The United States Pony Clubs offers numerous educational stations made of authentic equine components such as bones from a real horse and actual grooming and tack items. Photo courtesy The United States Pony Clubs. PHOTO #2 (American Youth Horse Council): Attendees of the American Youth Horse Council’s annual symposium in 2014 visited horse farms including Ames Percheron Farm in Jordan, Minn. Photo courtesy American Youth Horse Council. PHOTO #3 (Kentucky Horse Park Foundation): Work continues on the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation’s All the Gold Dedicated Horse Path, much of which is expected to be completed by May 2014. Photo courtesy Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.

Auditors Welcome During George H. Morris “Gladstone Program” at Hamilton Farm

April 17, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Gladstone, NJ – April 14, 2014 –The United States Equestrian Team Foundation will be hosting the George H. Morris “Gladstone Program” at its headquarters at Hamilton Farm May 20-25, 2014. This will mark the second year that Morris returns to Gladstone, NJ, for the clinic, which is dedicated to the country’s talented show jumping riders, and offers a this unique opportunity to learn from the country’s former Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe and the founding father of hunt seat equitation.

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Auditors are welcome to attend this event as well, learning about all of Morris’ methods, and watching the top young talent in the United States.

 

The fee for auditors is $75/day or $375 for all six sessions. To register to audit the sessions please go to the News section of the website (www.uset.org) and you will find a downloadable auditing form or you can call Sara Ike at (908)234-1251. All proceeds will help fund the United States Equestrian Teams’ High Performance programs.

 

All mounted sessions run from 8:00AM to 12:00 PM. Tuesday afternoon, which will include a lecture by Dr. Gerhard Heuschman, who will also join the mounted session on Wednesday morning. Dr. Heuschmann is a renowned expert in the field of biomechanics of the horse, and how it relates to the training and overall wellbeing of the horse. A more detailed schedule will be provided closer to the event.

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The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation. 


For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE atwww.uset.org.

Emerging Athletes Program Deadline Alert

April 17, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

April 4, 2014

 

Lexington, KY – The application deadline for three June 2014 Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Sessions is midnight of Monday, April 21.

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The intensive 4 1/2 day training sessions will be taught by some of the sport’s most respected clinicians and stable managers. Riders, competition age 20 and under, interested in participating in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program, presented by Dover Saddlery, must submit the EAP Application and required documents to USHJA no later than the respective deadline. Applicants are also required to pass the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Level One Quiz, with a score of 80% or higher, to be considered for participation in a Regional Training Session.

 

June Regional Training Sessions:

 

June 4-8 EAP Regional Training Session – Canby, OR

Oz Inc.

Clinician: Cynthia Hankins
Stable Manager: Nanci Snyder

 

June 8-12 EAP Regional Training Session – Conyers, GA

Georgia International Horse Park

Clinician: Anne Kursinski
Stable Manager: Anne Thornbury

 

June 16-20 EAP Regional Training Session – Hackettstown, NJ

Centenary College

Clinician: Julie Winkel
Stable Manager: Colleen Reed

 

April 21 is the deadline for any of these three June Regional Training Sessions!Don’t miss out –Log into your USHJA account and click “EAP Regional Clinic Application” under the Emerging Athletes Program section.

 

Please check the EAP Calendar for the Regional Training Session in your area.

 

Additional questions or request for information may be directed to Meghan Carney at (859) 225-6721.

United States Hunter Jumper Association 

3870 Cigar Lane

Lexington, KY 40511

P: 859.225.6700

F: 859.258.9033

www.ushja.org

Old Friends and New Vocations Partner for Retired Horses

April 17, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

GEORGETOWN, KY – MARCH 10, 2014 Old Friends and New Vocations have entered into an agreement to benefit Thoroughbreds in their post-racing and post-breeding careers. The two organizations each fulfill a different aftercare need. New Vocations places off the track Thoroughbreds with new owners in new careers, while Old Friends is primarily a home for those who, due to old age or physical issues, require permanent retirement. But with time and care, some horses’ needs change.

 

That happened for Gameday News, owned and trained by D. Wayne Lukas. The son of Corinthian broke his maiden on March, 2012 at Oaklawn Park. Following a few allowance starts, he injured his ankle, and with the help of Old Friends Board member Cathy Riccio, he was retired to Old Friends. After nearly two years of care and paddock rest, Gameday News received clearance from Dr. Steve Allday, who x-rayed the site of his healed injury and pronounced the five-year-old fit and ready to enter a new career. Gameday News will always have a home available at Old Friends when his second career ends.

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“It’s a clear case of doing what’s best for the athlete,” said Old Friends president Michael Blowen. “He’s a beautiful, energetic, kind horse who is adored by the staff and visitors. But he’s too young and healthy to be retired. We’re very grateful that New Vocations has accepted him into their program. It’s an example of groups working together, with the help of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, to do what’s best for the horse.”

 

“We are extremely thrilled to be partnering with Old Friends,” explained New Vocations program director Anna Ford. “Being able to capitalize on each program’s strengths will make it possible for us to help more horses.”

 

New Vocations focuses on rehabbing, retraining, and rehoming retired racehorses. Gameday News entered the retraining stage of the program in late March and has already been started back under saddle. He will be available for adoption in the near future. To learn more go to www.newvocations.org.

 

For more information about Old Friends go to www.oldfriendsequine.org or call the farm at (502) 863-1775.

Horse Stars Hall of Fame Celebrates 2014 Inductees

April 04, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WESTPORT, CT – March 21, 2014 – Six Equine Athletes and four Equine Humanitarians were inducted into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame for 2014 at the EQUUS Foundation’s Fete Cheval Etoile on Sunday, March 17, 2014 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.

For the EQUUS Foundation, it’s all about how horses move people beyond their boundaries. The ten joined the inaugural 62 horses inducted in 2013.

The EQUUS Foundation partnered with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) in 2013 to establish the Horse Stars Hall of Fame to celebrate the extraordinary talent of horses and the magical bond between horses and people.

The Hall of Fame honors the contributions of amazing horses, shares the stories of their athletic and humanitarian feats and helps build a more informed and compassionate America that values the impact of horses in our lives.

2014 Horse Stars Hall of Fame Inductees

 

The Six Equine Athletes, each representing different breeds and disciplines and all recognized by the USEF as Horses of Honor, included A Ruf Gal, Bizkit, Brunello, CH Callaway’s Annabel Allison, Sam and Simon. (Left Top to Bottom)

A Ruf Gal, the 2013 USA Reining Horse of the Year, owned by Pete & Tamra Kyle, has truly proven herself as a talented athlete, delivering consistent performances, achieving impressive results, and always willing to give her all throughout her competitive career.

Bizkit, a Baroque Pinto shown in Part-Bred Friesian competition, owned by Gwendolyn Schmidt, holds s a total of nine World Grand Championships and 27 Regional Grand Championships and has a legacy extending beyond the show ring as a successful sire with five foals on the ground and three already winning top honors in in-hand competition.

Janet Peterson and Liza Boyd’s Brunello has been turning heads in the hunter ring with his signature style and consistent top placings for years, but in 2013, his achievements placed him at the pinnacle of the sport. He ended the year earning the top USEF honor of National Horse of the Year.

CH Callaway’s Annabel Allison entered the record books in 2013 as the first mare to win the Five-Gaited World’s Grand Championship title at the Kentucky State Fair since 1999, and Debbie Foley became the first professional woman to be trainer, rider, and sole owner of the winning horse.

Prior to the 2013 season, Sam had always been a stalwart for owner and driver Misdee Wrigley, but in 2013 he stepped up his game when he was needed most. Against all odds, Sam delivered the performance of a lifetime at the FEI World Driving Championships.

In 2013, Abigail Wexner’s Simon and his rider, Beezie Madden secured their place in the history books with an epic win on the world’s largest stage, claiming Madden’s first Rolex/FEI World Cup Finals title. For his efforts, Simon earned the title of USEF International Horse of the Year and Madden claimed USEF Equestrian of the Year.

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The four Equine Humanitarians included the ever so brave public servants Skipper and Staff Sergeant Reckless and gentle giants Lucky To Be A Larkin and Mr Wise Guy +//.(Below Clockwise)

On September 22, 1987, police horse Skipper and the energetic 31-year-old officer, husband and father of four very young children, William D. McCarthy, were tragically killed while on patrol serving the Philadelphia community as a member of its Mounted Police Unit. The William D. McCarthy Memorial Trophy and now the induction of Skipper into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame will forever remind us of the service of the mounted police and the inherent danger present in police work.

Small in size, but huge in heart and spirit, Staff Sergeant Reckless was a “Jeju” was pony who became the real-lief warhorse of the U.S. Marine Fifth Regiment during the Korean War. Simply put, she was one of them. They were bound together, an amazing unit that accomplished more than either she or her fellow Marines could have done alone.

Mr Wise Guy +//, owned by Kristen Cuneo, had a stellar 15-year show career in the Arabian Horse World despite a severe injury as a young horse that resulted in a broken jaw and paralysis in the lower quadrant of his face. His injury caused his tongue to frequently hang out of his mouth – but at the end of his world class show career, at the age of 20, he transitioned into the life of a therapy horse.

Lucky to Be a Larkin was born the son of 1999 AQHA Super Horse Look Who’s Larkin and Grandson of AQHA Super Horse Rugged Lark – with all the potential for an outstanding sport career. His story is the story of a different destiny – a sensitive and kind horse and the bond he formed with Sherri Barnes and her daughter Kasey, born in 1993 with Downs Syndrome.

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Since the beginning of civilization, horses have been vital to human survival. Although their role has changed, they continue to win our hearts and imagination. Thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate donors, the EQUUS Foundation is able to save some of these beautiful creatures that have been abused and abandoned.

The Foundation also helps retrain horses for multiple careers – as therapy animals, forever changing the lives of children and adults in need. The impact of horses can be as simple as building confidence to as astounding as first words – and first steps. The EQUUS Foundation will top $2.5 million in grant awards this year and now provides support to over 800 equine organizations across the United States.

 

Visit the Horse Stars Hall of Fame HERE to learn more about all the inductees.

Click here to learn more about the Fete Cheval Etoile.

 

 

About EQUUS Foundation

The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, enabling the therapeutic use of horses for those in need, fostering the horse-human bond, and educating the public about the horse’s unique ability to empower, teach and heal. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail:equus@equusfoundation.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.

 

About United States Equestrian Federation

Established in 1917, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), www.usef.org, is dedicated to uniting the equestrian community, honoring achievement, and serving as guardians of equestrian sport. The USEF promotes the safety and welfare of horses and riders while encouraging interest, participation and excellence at every competitive level and for all breed and discipline affiliates within the Federation family equally. The USEF is the only national organization dedicated to the promotion of the equestrian sport, fair competition and equine welfare regardless of breed or discipline.

Kentucky Horse Park Shares “Equine Treasures of the Bluegrass”

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

Lisa Jackson

859-259-4224

Lisa.Jackson@ky.gov

 

Kentucky Horse Park Shares ‘Equine Treasures of the Bluegrass’

Horses Welcome Visitors for a New Season of Fun and Excitement

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2014) -With the arrival of spring, the Kentucky Horse Park also celebrates a new tourism season beginning March 12.  The park will entertain visitors with special events and horse shows throughout the year, and more opportunities to get close to amazing horses.  Named a TripAdvisor Top 25 Travelers’ Choice® award winner for attractions in 2013, the park offers a one-of-a-kind, family-friendly entertainment choice not to be missed.

 

The Bluegrass State has a long and rich history, and the horse has played a part since our earliest days.  To that end, the Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse presents a new concept in special exhibitions this year with “Equine Treasures of the Bluegrass,”

April 4 through Nov. 9.  Utilizing the museum’s permanent exhibits and collections as its framework, as well as art and artifacts from some of the Commonwealth’s leading museums, libraries and private collectors, the exhibit is the most comprehensive exhibition ever produced telling the fascinating story of the mystical bond between Kentuckians and their horses.

 

Visitors come to Kentucky to see the horses and the Kentucky Horse Park is THE place to get close to them.  There are horses of all types and sizes showing in the twice-daily Horses of the World Show, and there will be a special nod to Kentucky-bred horses this season in honor of the museum’s “Equine Treasures of the Bluegrass” exhibition.  In addition, there are many unique and rare breeds that will be exhibited in an entertaining presentation – Akhal-Teke, Luistano, Fjord, Fell Pony, Icelandic, Friesian, Paso Fino, and Kiger Mustang – along with breeds of horse that may be more familiar to the American public.

 

Daily equine presentations at the park also include the Hall of Champions Presentation, where visitors can meet racing legends like Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin, who celebrates the 20th anniversary of that victory this year, among other champions from the worlds of Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horse racing.  

 

A returning highlight of this season will include one of the park’s newest and most popular attractions, the Kids Barn, which features interactive exhibits that are both entertaining and educational.  Geared to the 12 and under set, the Kids Barn has proven to be a hot spot with the young-at-heart set as well.  Park staff will host daily hands-on activities with the park’s resident horses in the Kids Barn each day, and the perennial favorite Mare and Foal Show will be held at the barn from Memorial Day to July 31 when foals return to park grounds.

 

“Oak Hill Farm – A Jewel of the Bluegrass” will be on view through January 2015 in the “Showplace for Saddlebreds” at the American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop at the park.  American Saddlebred Museum admission is included in park admission and its hours are the same as the park, while they offer extended hours – to 6 p.m. daily – from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

 

The Kentucky Horse Park will also host a packed schedule of horse shows, dog shows, music festivals, sport championships and community events, most of which are included with park admission.  Additionally, a number of events in the Kentucky Horse Park Campground are open to registered campers, culminating with the hugely popular Halloween Camp-Out weekends.

 

The annual Southern Lights holiday festival, organized by the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, concludes the park’s event year, Nov. 21-Dec. 31.  A family tradition known throughout Kentucky, Southern Lights has been selected as a Top 100 event for both 2013 and 2014 by the American Bus Association (ABA), which annually selects the best events for group travel in the United States and Canada.  Winners are chosen from hundreds of celebrations, festivals, fairs, commemorative events, and more that have been nominated by ABA members.

 

Events are scheduled every weekend at the park, and a full listing of these events and their dates is available atwww.KyHorsePark.com .  A printed brochure with the 2014 event calendar is available by request by calling the park at 859-233-4303 or by emailing info@kyhorsepark.com.  A jpg file of the printed brochure is also available on the website.  Information about the International Museum of the Horse is available at www.imh.org

 

For the summer tourism season, March 12-Nov. 2, the park is open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Admission is $16 for adults and $8 for children 7-12.  Children 6 and under are always admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.  Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate; and the “Showplace for Saddlebreds” – The American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop.  

 

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The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and hosted more than 800,000 visitors and campers, as well as 18,400 competition horses in more than 200 special events and horse shows in 2013. The park is home to the National Horse Center, which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations.  Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is The place to get close to horses. Information about the park’s programs and activities can be found on-line at www.KyHorsePark.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.

 

Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. Announces Open House as Part of National Help a Horse Day

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

UPPER MARLBORO, Md., March 7, 2013— Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. has announced it will host an open house at Leighton Farm on April 26 from 12pm-4pm as part of National Help a Horse Day.

 

Created by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® ), National Help a Horse Day is a way to raise awareness about the plight of retired racehorses.  According to their Web site, the ASPCA was founded when Henry Bergh, “stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.  Today, the ASPCA continues to assist domesticated and wild horses through legislation, advocacy, rescue and targeted grants.”

Kimbelry Clark riding Wild Lies on the farm.

Kimbelry Clark riding Wild Lies on the farm.

The event at Leighton Farm, which is located at 13130 Molly Berry Road in Upper Marlboro, will give the community to an opportunity to meet the horses rescued by TPR and to learn about the rewards and challenges of horse ownership.  The open house will feature demonstrations in riding, blacksmith and horse care, as well as small prizes, contests and informational booths.

 

“We will be reaching out to local schools and churches to get our community’s children involved and to give them a chance to meet and pet our horses,” said Kimberly Clark, the founder of TPR, which works to retrain and find qualified homes for retired Thoroughbreds, as well as to educate owners, trainers and the general public about the value of retired racehorses as show and pleasure horses.

 

TPR takes in an average of 35 horses annually.  Each horse receives basic care,

including vaccinations, coggins, blacksmith and dental care, in addition to boarding.

The horses are retrained over a 90-day period.  Although all of the training and riding

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time is donated by Leighton Farm, the home of TPR, the cost of the 90-day retraining program is approximately $2,120 per horse.  Upon completion of the retraining, horses are adopted by qualified homes and the adoption fees are placed back into the program.

 

“Children of all ages become starry-eyed when they come here,” Clark said of Leighton Farm. “You can’t help but fall in love with this place and these animals.”

 

For information about the ASPCA and National Help a Horse Day, visit:

http://www.aspcapro.org/celebrate-aspca-help-horse-day

 

For more information about TPR’s programs, visit: http://www.goodhorse.org/

 

TPR is a 501(c)(3) charity that exists to improve the lives of Thoroughbred racehorses through a comprehensive, multifaceted approach.  TPR successfully transitions and retrains racehorses for other disciplines and strives to improve the

reputation of the Thoroughbred by providing education and support.

 

For more information, please contact Terri Hirschman and Kerrie-Anne Sparks at news@goodhorse.org or call 410-703-2657.

 

UPPER MARLBORO, Md., March 7, 2013— Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. has announced it will host an open house at Leighton Farm on April 26 from 12pm-4pm as part of National Help a Horse Day.

 

Created by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® ), National Help a Horse Day is a way to raise awareness about the plight of retired racehorses.  According to their Web site, the ASPCA was founded when Henry Bergh, “stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.  Today, the ASPCA continues to assist domesticated and wild horses through legislation, advocacy, rescue and targeted grants.”

 

The event at Leighton Farm, which is located at 13130 Molly Berry Road in Upper Marlboro, will give the community to an opportunity to meet the horses rescued by TPR and to learn about the rewards and challenges of horse ownership.  The open house will feature demonstrations in riding, blacksmith and horse care, as well as small prizes, contests and informational booths.

 

“We will be reaching out to local schools and churches to get our community’s children involved and to give them a chance to meet and pet our horses,” said Kimberly Clark, the founder of TPR, which works to retrain and find qualified homes for retired Thoroughbreds, as well as to educate owners, trainers and the general public about the value of retired racehorses as show and pleasure horses.

 

TPR takes in an average of 35 horses annually.  Each horse receives basic care,

including vaccinations, coggins, blacksmith and dental care, in addition to boarding.

The horses are retrained over a 90-day period.  Although all of the training and riding

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time is donated by Leighton Farm, the home of TPR, the cost of the 90-day retraining program is approximately $2,120 per horse.  Upon completion of the retraining, horses are adopted by qualified homes and the adoption fees are placed back into the program.

 

“Children of all ages become starry-eyed when they come here,” Clark said of Leighton Farm. “You can’t help but fall in love with this place and these animals.”

 

For information about the ASPCA and National Help a Horse Day, visit:

http://www.aspcapro.org/celebrate-aspca-help-horse-day

 

For more information about TPR’s programs, visit: http://www.goodhorse.org/

 

TPR is a 501(c)(3) charity that exists to improve the lives of Thoroughbred racehorses through a comprehensive, multifaceted approach.  TPR successfully transitions and retrains racehorses for other disciplines and strives to improve the

reputation of the Thoroughbred by providing education and support.

 

For more information, please contact Terri Hirschman and Kerrie-Anne Sparks at news@goodhorse.org or call 410-703-2657.

 

Sidelines TV Filming Live at India Night This Thursday!

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

Wellington, FL – March 11, 2014 – Guests at this Thursday’s India Night could get their 15 minutes of fame thanks to Sidelines TV. The online television channel will be filming a segment at the inaugural event to be held Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC).

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India Night kicks off with an open bar, Indian cuisine, live music and Bollywood dancers at 7 p.m. at the 7th Chukker Restaurant and Veranda at IPC.

 

All proceeds from the night go to benefit the Salvation Tree School, a school that has already had a phenomenal, positive impact on the lives of children in India. The school is supported by the Salvation Tree Foundation, a recognized non-profit founded by Wellington, FL residents Timmy and Laurie Sharma and funded through a percentage of the sales of popular equestrian brands TuffRider, Equine Couture and Henri De Rivel. Through the foundation and the Salvation Tree School, the three brands are able to provide the children of their employees in India with an entirely free education, including books, supplies, mid-day meals, transportation and uniforms unlike anything they could otherwise receive.

 

The education that the children receive through the Salvation Tree School is unlike anything that would otherwise be possible. Now the importance of that education is taking center stage at India Night in Wellington, FL – and around the world, thanks to Sidelines TV.

 Laurie and Timmy Sharma at the Salvation Tree School in India.


Laurie and Timmy Sharma at the Salvation Tree School in India.

When the idea of India Night was announced, the meaning and charity behind the event caught the attention of Sidelines TV producer Robert Jordan.

 

“It is really nice to be able to communicate with the Sidelines audience, many of whom will never come close to the equestrian wonder that is Wellington, that horse lovers here, like everywhere, are a very generous and caring lot,” Jordan commented.

 

Joining Jordan in the filming and production of India Night coverage is Manohardeep Singh Josan. Singh Josan was born and raised in the Punjab region of India, and he has since gone on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. In addition to working as a soil and water scientist, Singh Josan is actively working to dispel negative stereotypes about India and its culture.

 Robert Jordan conducting an interview for Sidelines TV. The TV channel provides behind-the-scenes equestrian interviews and coverage.


Robert Jordan conducting an interview for Sidelines TV. The TV channel provides behind-the-scenes equestrian interviews and coverage.

“We hope to produce a piece in the Hindi language to reach native speakers worldwide and bring awareness to what a wonderful thing the Sharmas are doing,” Jordan said.

 

Show your support of the Salvation Tree School and plan to ‘party with a purpose’ by purchasing your tickets online at www.indianight.orgRemaining ticket space is extremely limited, so purchase today!

 

Ticket price includes an open bar, gourmet cuisine, an Indian bazaar, Bollywood dancers, authentic Indian musicians, a Bollywood DJ and dancing.

 

Find out more about the Salvation Tree Foundation by visiting www.SalvationTree.org. For additional information on Sidelines TV visit www.sidelinesnews.com.

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India Night 2014 Fast Facts:

 

What: A party with a purpose! Take a journey into the sights, sounds and tastes of India, all in support of the Salvation Tree School. The evening will include Indian cuisine, Bollywood dancers, and Indian bazaar and authentic Indian Musicians.

 

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7 p.m.

 

Where: The 7th Chukker Restaurant and Veranda at the International Polo Club Palm Beach

 

Why: To aid the Salvation Tree Foundation in funding expansions to the Salvation Tree School infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of the students as the Salvation Tree School continues to grow! The school provides impoverished children in India with an entirely free education, including books, supplies, mid-day meals, transportation and uniforms unlike anything they could otherwise receive.

 

Tickets: Purchase tickets or find out more information one of three ways:

–       Online at www.IndiaNight.org

–       By email at info@indianight.org

–       By calling (561)254-0406