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WHO REINS SUPREME?

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

Howdy Friends,

 

It’s time to get your cowboy on

We invite y’all to come on down, sit a spell and raise a li’l ruckus

Yee Haw!

 

January 31, 2014, Friday Evening, 6-10pm

Live and Silent Auction

Great Food & Great Sport

For tickets click on the link below.

http://equestrianaidfoundation.givezooks.com/events/who-reins-supreme-2014

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Equestrian Aid Foundation is dedicated to the enhancement, health, safety and well being of our peers in the equestrian community. With your help we will achieve our highest goals and I am so grateful that you have decided to join us. As we rise to the increasing challenges of helping more members of the equestrian community, it is imperative that you understand it is you who makes this possible. Without you, we could not succeed. Thank you for joining us on The Ride for Hope.

Sincerely,

R. Scot Evans
President

Equestrian Aid Foundation

$25,000 Title Sponsor 

2 First tier tables for 20 guests * Social Media inclusion * Name/Logo on website, emails and event program * Inclusion on website with hyperlink * Opportunity for banner display * Featured in Newsletter * Opportunity to appear in promotional photo used for press release Full page color ad/message in program * Opportunity for inclusion in gift bag * Recognition at event – table or booth set up, manned or unmanned * Name/Logo on team shirts * Meet & Great with Riders * Name/Logo on Step and Repeat for photo opportunities * Name & Logo on Cover of Event Program “Name/Logo’s Who Reins Supreme? Benefitting EAF” on ALL press releases, promotional materials and publications in all media formats * One-time email via Constant Contact to EAF constituents

 

$12,000 Presenting Sponsor 

1 First tier table for 10 guests * Social Media inclusion * Name/Logo on website, emails and event program * Inclusion on website with hyperlink * Opportunity for banner display * Featured in Newsletter * Opportunity to appear in promotional photo used for press release Full page color ad/message in program * Opportunity for inclusion in gift bag * Recognition at event – table or booth set up, manned or unmanned * Name/Logo on team shirts * Meet & Great with Riders * Name/Logo on Step and Repeat for photo opportunities

 

$6,000 Team Sponsor 

1 First tier table for 10 guests * Social Media inclusion * Name/Logo on website, emails and event program * Inclusion on website with hyperlink * Opportunity for banner display * Featured in Newsletter * Opportunity to appear in promotional photo used for press release Full page color ad/message in program * Opportunity for inclusion in gift bag * Name/Logo on team shirts* Meet & Greet with Riders Name/Logo on Step and Repeat for photo opportunities

 

$3,500 Gold Sponsor 

1 First tier table for 10 guests * Website recognition with your logo and link * Logo on email & print materials (where space provides) Program recognition * Full color ad in event program * Gift bag * Banner display

 

$2,500 Silver Sponsor 

1 Second tiered table for 10 guests * Website recognition with your logo and link * Email recognition * Program recognition * Full page B/W ad in program * Gift bag

 

$1,750 Bronze Sponsor

Preferred table seating for 10 * Program & website recognition * Email recognition * Gift bag

 

 

For tickets click on the link below.

http://equestrianaidfoundation.givezooks.com/events/who-reins-supreme-2014

2014 COLLEGE PREPARATORY INVITATIONAL (CPI) WELCOMES LEADING EQUESTRIAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

January 09, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

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WELLINGTON, FL – JANUARY 6, 2014 – The 2014 College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) is pleased to announce participation of a large roster of top-tier colleges and universities at its fourth annual competition on March 28-30, 2014 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center (JBEC) in Palm Beach, FL.

Welcoming college-bound hunt seat and equitation riders at the nation’s premier College Equestrian Recruiting Event, the 2014 CPI is honored to announce the participation of the following 23 colleges/universities:

Albion College (Albion, Michigan); Becker College (Worcester, MA);
Cazenovia College (Cazenovia, NY); Centenary College (Hackettstown, NJ);
Delaware Valley College (Doylestown, PA); Drew University (Madison, NJ);
Florida International University (Miami, FL); Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL);Maryville College (Maryville, TN); Miami University of Ohio (Oxford, OH);
Mississippi College (Clinton, MS); Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA);
Randolph College (Lynchburg, VA); Savannah College of Art & Design (Atlanta, GA);
Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY); Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX);
United States Military Academy (Westpoint, NY); University of Findlay (Findlay, OH);
University of Florida (Gainesville, FL); University of Miami (Miami, FL);
Virginia Intermont College (Bristol, VA);Wesleyan College (Macon, GA); and
William Woods University (Fulton, MO).
The mission of the 2014 CPI is to prepare and educate equestrian students — grades 9 -12 – about the format of college equestrian competition, encourage academics and horsemanship, and to provide students with resources to design their desired collegiate equestrian experience.

Coupled with the equestrian competition, the event will offer scholarships, seminars and Q & A sessions designed to provide students and their families with information on the equestrian collegiate experience as well as the different associations that govern collegiate riding.  These special presentations will include:Natalie Zara Burton, Interim Head Coach at Southern Methodist University;  Peter Wylde, World class and Olympic show jumping equestrian; Dr. Karin Bump, Professor of Equine Business Management, Cazenovia College; Peter Cashman, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Director at Large and United States Military Academy (USMA) Head Coach; Dr. Weston Davis, Surgeon, Palm Beach Equine Clinic; Eddie Federwisch, Director of Equestrian Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA;  Randi Heathman, Independent Education Consultant; and Roxane Lawrence, Executive Director, Intercollegiate Equestrian Association (IEA).

Dr. Karin Bump
Dr. Karin Bump will speak about equine academic offerings across the US. She will detail those types of offerings, types of degrees, educational focuses, and how those offerings and educational focuses fit into different career fields and aspirations.

Dr. Karin Bump, PAS, PhD, is a professor of Equine Business Management at Cazenovia College as well as Director of the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics.  She has been involved in the equine industry since her youth and been employed in leadership roles within the field of equine academic offerings for the past 24 years.  As part of her research interests, Dr. Bump has traveled the country visiting colleges and universities and, together with her husband and business partner Tim Williams, developed a national database of undergraduate educational offerings in the equine discipline.

Natalie Zara Burton
Natalie Burton, Interim Head Coach at Southern Methodist University, will focus on recruitment and life as a Student-Athlete in the NCEA. During Barton’s tenure, the SMU equestrian team has qualified for the NCEA National Championships for the last two years and made it to the second round of the tournament for the first time in the school’s history.

Burton rode at Auburn where she won the 2004 individual national championship in hunt seat equitation on the flat and was part of the 2006 team national championship. In addition to riding at Auburn, Burton was Co-Chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She also earned the Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship and was a member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Peter Cashman
Peter Cashman, who will be serving as the 2014 CPI Show Manager in addition to making a special presentation, will focus on how students, competing in IHSA competitions, can maximize their horses and their riding while under the watchful eyes of a judge.

Cashman grew up in the harness racing industry where he began his career as a groom and quickly rose to second trainer for some of the major racing stables in the country. Soon after, he opened his own public stable. In the mid-eighties, he made a career change and took on the position of Director of Riding at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point where he oversees a 50 stall barn, a lesson program, the USMA Cadet Equestrian Team and the Army Mules. Along with his wife Sherry Cashman, co-coach of the USMA teams, the Cashmans have built the program into a highly competitive unit and have sent seven American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) riders to Nationals as well as individuals in Western and English.

Cashman was awarded the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Coach of the Year in 2008 and has served on the IHSA Board of Directors for over 20 years. He has held numerous positions in the IHSA, from regional president, zone chair, and is currently Director at Large and Chairman of the IHSA National Horse Show Committee.

Dr. Weston Davis
Dr. Weston Davis, a graduate from the University of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, will focus on general veterinary and health welfare for horses.

For his knowledge and promise in the equine arena, Dr. Davis was awarded the Barbaro Gulfstream Scholarship, the Calder Race Course Scholarship, and the Student Award for Excellence in Large Animal Surgery.  After graduation, he completed an Internship in Sports Medicine and Surgery at Oakridge Equine Hospital.  This was followed by a Residency in Equine Surgery at North Carolina State University.  In 2012, he became board certified in Large Animal Surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.  He spent a year and a half as a staff surgeon at a private practice referral center in Texas before joining Palm Beach Equine.

His special interests are the diagnosis and treatment of lameness in equine athletes.  Professional strengths are minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, regenerative therapies and advanced imaging (MRI, CT and Ultrasound).  He has authored/coauthored publications on topics including colic surgery in performance horses, MRI diagnosis of tendon lesions, and novel imaging and surgical techniques.

Eddie R. Federwisch
Eddie Federwisch will address students and families on the importance of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) to the combined collegiate and equestrian communities. The IHSA has grown and developed since it was established in 1967 through the prototype competition program Bob Cacchione (with the help of his professor Jack Fritz) started when he was an 18-year-old sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.

Federwisch, a highly accomplished horseman, riding trainer and show hunter/jumper judge, has served as a regional president and Director at Large for the IHSA since 1996.  Additionally, Federwisch served as the Chairman of the IHSA Hunter Seat Committee for eight (8) years as well as the Director of Equine Studies and coach of the IHSA Hunter Seat team at Virginia Intermont College (VIC), Bristol, VA, from 1995-2013.   Currently, Federwisch is the Director of Equestrian Studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, GA

Randi C. Heathman
Randi Heathman’s presentation will summarize equestrian opportunities available to students throughout their collegiate experience and will walk them through the college search and application process while keeping their equestrian goals in mind.

Heathman is an independent educational consultant whose decade of experience in higher education and lifetime involvement in equestrian sports give her a unique foundation from which to assist families. Heathman holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in communication studies.  She honed her craft as senior assistant director of admission at Albion College while also working extensively with their equestrian teams and equestrian program from its creation in 2004. She is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and travels to many college campuses, educational workshops, and equestrian college fairs each year so that she can best assist students in finding their right-fit school.
A lifelong horsewoman, Heathman is a member of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the United States Dressage Federation (USDF).  Growing up, she competed in a variety of disciplines before concentrating her efforts on dressage.  In 2009, she and her Dutch Warmblood gelding Ricochet were named GAIG/USDF Regional Champions at second level in the adult amateur division. She is also a USDF bronze medalist.

Peter Wylde
World class and Olympic show jumping equestrian, Peter Wylde, will speak to the young participants about the pertinence of a collegiate education for students desiring to become professional equestrians following graduation, as well as the benefits associated with collegiate team participation

2014 CPI FACTS AT A GLANCE:

•  Dates: March 28-30, 2014
•  Location: Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, Palm Beach, FL. Seven (7)miles from Wellington’s Winter    Equestrian Festival (WEF).
•  Fees:  $555 per participant, includes application fee.
•  Admission:  Limited to 160 participants.
•  Applications:  Available on line at www.collegeprepinvitational.com
•  Equestrian disciplines:  Hunt Seat Equitation competitions over fences and under saddle. (Dressage not     offered in 2014.)

About the College Preparatory Invitational
The mission of the CPI is to prepare and educate student riders in grades 9 – 12 about the format of college equestrian competition, encourage academics and horsemanship, and to provide the riders with resources to create their desired college equestrian experience.  The show is specifically geared to promote college recruitment of equestrians by providing the opportunity for coaches and potential students to meet. The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show is rooted in the belief that equestrian talent, not finances, should dictate a rider’s opportunity to be a part of a collegiate team. Given the fact that the CPI provides all the horses and necessary tack for the show, riders do not incur the expense of transporting horses to the show.

The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show is based on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) hunt seat equitation classification, where horses will be assigned by a random draw on the day of competition.  Along with the competition, the CPI will offer seminars and question & answer sessions during the show.  Riders and their families will hear about the college equestrian experience and familiarize themselves with the different associations that govern collegiate riding.  There will also be a number or College and Universities present at the CPI to distribute literature and introduce the academic and riding opportunities, including scholarships, offered at their institution.

Because the future leaders of the equestrian business and sport are the college bound riders, The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show Scholarship Fund is designed to reward those riders that exhibit social conduct and academic excellence as well as competitive success.

The CPI offers various types of scholarships to the student riders. Please visit the CPI website’s Scholarship Page for detailed information regarding the CPI Scholarships.

More news and announcements will follow in the coming months as the CPI draws closer. For more information, please visit www.collegeprepinvitational.com or visit the CPI Facebook page.

James Lala’s First Citrus Series Horse Show Just Around the Corner A Fun, Convenient and Affordable Way to Get Show Mileage

January 03, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – January 1, 2014 – Start 2014 on the right track. Plan to show at the inaugural Citrus Series Horse Show January 3-4, 2014, a very unique, quality show series especially tailored fordeveloping horses and riders.

 Citrus Series signature orange ribbons


Citrus Series signature orange ribbons

When developing Citrus Series Horse Shows, organizer James Lala listened to the requests of trainers and riders he’s heard over the years. And recently, he heard that trainers and riders want more warm-up classes-so he added hunter and jumper warm-ups. The Citrus Series signature orange ribbons will be awarded for hunter warm-ups for scores over 70 points and for jumper warm-ups for fault-free rounds.

 

The unique features of the show are designed to help trainers, developing horses and riders achieve their goals. Ponies may be ridden by professionals and adults. If time permits, competitors can do do-overs to make certain horse and rider leave the ring with a positive learning experience. A user-friendly class schedule makes it easy for ship-ins and sale horse identifiers provide an opportunity to market sale horses.

 

Friday night features jumpers under the lights starting at 6 p.m. Come and hang out and enjoy the jumpers at a great facility.

 

While you’re at the show make sure you get a bite to eat. The Citrus Series gourmet food vendor, International Classic Cuisines will offer a great menu and fresh roasted Kona coffee. Chef Marlene Wong Walton is a graduate of the Culinary Academy Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco.  Expect a better than the average horse show fare!

 

Owners, breeders, riders, trainers and their assistants are encouraged to bring their up-and- coming horses and riders to come experience Citrus Series, at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, a close, convenient high quality facility. Jim Brandon Equestrian Center is located just a three miles / five minutes from the intersection of 441 and Forest Hill Boulevard.

 

Call us at: (561) 906-6668 if you need a shipper.

 

For entries go to: Showgroundslive.com or call  (561) 906-6668.

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Click here for the prize list.
For more about the Citrus Series go to: www.citrusseries.com

 

 

2014 Citrus Series Fast Facts:

What:  New high-quality horse show series especially for developing horses and riders needing mileage.

Where: Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
7500 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL

When: Inaugural Show January 3-4, 2014

Friday: Schooling and Jumpers Under the Lights

Saturday: Hunters Jumpers and Equitation

 

Contact Information:

Before Show

Telephone: (561) 906-6668

Email: jdlala@aol.com

During Show

Show Office: (859) 608-3709

Fax: (866) 285-9496

Stable Office Telephone: (561) 906-6668

 

Entries: Showgroundslive.com or call (561) 906-6668

 

Officials

Manager:  Lala Land Productions, LLC, James Lala  (561) 906-6668- jdlala@aol.com

Secretaries: Cindy Bozan and Randi Muster

Veterinarian: Reid and Associates

Farrier: Ignacio Cardenas

Stabling: James Lala

Judge: Dee Thomas, Wellington, FL

Course Designer: Gerry Briggs, Smyrna, TN

 

Upcoming Dates

Citrus Series Shows
February 21-22, 2014
March 21-22, 2014
April 18-19, 2014
May 9-10, 2014
June 15, 2014
July 20, 2014
August 16, 2014
September TBA
October 25, 2014
November 15, 2014
Citrus Series Finale – December 13-14, 2014

 

Citrus Series USEF Rated Shows

USEF C-Rated- June 14, 2014
USEF C-Rated – June 21 and 28, 2014
USEF C-Rated – July 19, 2014
USEF C-Rated – July 26, 2014
USEF A-Rated Show Castlewood Farm’s Citrus Festival Show – August 1-3, 2014
Citrus Series Homestretch I USEF Rated  – August 11, 2014

(Castlewood Summer I USEF Rated – August 12, 2014 at Jim Brandon)

Citrus Series Homestretch II USEF Rated  – August 13, 2014

(Castlewood Summer I USEF Rated – August 14, 2014 at Jim Brandon)

 

Directions to Jim Brandon Equestrian Center

FROM I-95

Exit Forest Hill Blvd. Go west on Forest Hill Blvd. for approximately six (6) miles. After passing Pinehurst Dr., make the next left into Okeeheelee Park South.

FROM the NORTH on FLORIDA’S TURNPIKE

Exit #97-Southern Blvd. After toll booth, turn left onto Pike Rd. (South). Make a left onto Southern Blvd. (East) and go to Jog Road. Make a right onto Jog Road (South) to Forest Hill Blvd. Make a right onto Forest Hill Blvd. (West). After passing Pinehurst Dr., make a left into Okeeheelee Park South.

FROM the SOUTH on FLORIDA’S TURNPIKE

Exit #93-Lake Worth Rd. and go east to Pinehurst Dr. Make a left onto Pinehurst Dr. (North) and go to Forest Hill Blvd. Make a left onto Forest Hill Blvd. (West). Make the next left into Okeeheelee Park South.

FROM the WEST on FOREST HILL BLVD.

Cross over Florida’s Turnpike and make a right into Okeeheelee Park South.

THE OLD WEST COMES TO PALM BEACH COUNTY FOR WHO REINS SUPREME? Reining Competition, Trick Riders, Music, Cocktails and More at Equestrian Aid Foundation’s Fourth Annual Fundraiser

December 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WELLINGTON, FL (December 19, 2013) – The Equestrian Aid Foundation will host the fourth annual winter Who Reins Supreme? on Friday, January 31, 2014 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach. The Old West themed event will feature a unique reining competition, cocktail hour, trick riders, awards ceremony, live and silent auctions and more.

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The highlight of Who Reins Supreme? will be a reining competition between two teams, each comprised of a compilation of hunters, jumpers, and dressage riders. The competitors will include Ashley Holzer, Nick Dello Joio, Peter Pletcher, and Nicole Shahinian Simpson. World Equestrian Games individual Gold Medalist Tom McCutcheon and Tim McQuay, one of the all time leaders in the sport of reining, will captain each team, coaching the competitors and representing their teams in the competition.

Peter Pletcher - Credit Tom Tracy

Peter Pletcher – Photo Credit Tom Tracy

The past two presidents of the Equestrian Aid Foundation, Robert Dover and Mason Phelps, Jr., will be honored along with the current president, R. Scot Evans, for their dedication to the equine community and role in providing care and support for those in need.

“I consider myself extremely fortunate to be in a position that allows me to give back to those who make equestrian sports possible and share my passion for these remarkable animals,” said Evans. “I truly believe that the Equestrian Aid Foundation provides an invaluable service, and I am proud to be a part of their great work.”

Winners Circle - Photo Credit Tom Tracy

Winners Circle – Photo Credit Tom Tracy

Proceeds from the evening will benefit EAF programs that financially assist equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses and injuries. Tickets and tables can be purchased at equestrianaidfoundation.org.

About the Equestrian Aid Foundation: For 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.

Prize List Now Online for James Lala’s Citrus Series at Jim Brandon

December 10, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Show Series Offers Unique Opportunities for Developing Horses and Riders

Wellington, FL – December 8, 2013 – The prize list for the inaugural Citrus Series Show January 3-4 is now available online. This unique, quality show series gives developing horses and riders a low-key vehicle to get show mileage so they can grow and progress. Interesting features of the show include do-over options and sale-horse identification stickers on back numbers. Another unique opportunity is that Citrus Series will permit ponies to be ridden by adults and professionals.

 

Click here for the prize list. http://media.wix.com/ugd/8082b4_faf5851d792b465ab1ed8ce587bd16d9.pdf

 

“So many people tell me they are looking for this type of experience,” said James Lala, Citrus Series Manager. “We are offering jumper classes at night, outside under the lights during the winter season. We hope that owners, riders, trainers and their assistants will bring their up-and-coming horses and riders to come experience Citrus Series, at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, a wonderful facility.”

 

For more about the Citrus Series go to www.citrusseries.com.

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2014 Citrus Series Fast Facts:

What: New high-quality horse show series especially for developing horses and riders needing mileage.

 

Where: Jim Brandon Equestrian Center

7500 Forest Hill Boulevard

West Palm Beach, FL

 

When: Inaugural Show January 3-4, 2014

Friday: Schooling and Jumpers Under the Lights

Saturday: Hunters Jumpers and Equitation

 

Contact Information:

Before Show

Telephone: (561) 906-6668

Email: jdlala@aol.com

During Show

Show Office: (859) 608-3709

Fax: (866) 285-9496

Stable Office Telephone: (561) 906-6668

 

Entries: Showgroundslive.com

 

Officials

Manager: Lala Land Productions, LLC, James Lala (561) 906-6668- jdlala@aol.com

Secretaries: Cindy Bozan and Randi Muster

Veterinarian: Reid and Associates

Farrier: Ignacio Cardenas

Stabling: James Lala

Judge: Dee Thomas, Wellington, FL

Course Designer: Gerry Briggs, Smyrna, TN

 

Upcoming Dates

Citrus Series Shows

February 21-22, 2014

March 21-22, 2014

April 18-19, 2014

May 9-10, 2014

June 15, 2014

July 20, 2014

August 16, 2014

September TBA

October 25, 2014

November 15, 2014

Citrus Series Finale – December 13-14, 2014

Citrus Series USEF Rated Shows

USEF C-Rated- June 14, 2014

USEF C-Rated – June 21 and 28, 2014

USEF C-Rated – July 19, 2014

USEF C-Rated – July 26, 2014

USEF A-Rated Show Castlewood Farm’s Citrus Festival Show – August 1-3, 2014

Citrus Series Homestretch I USEF Rated – August 11, 2014

(Castlewood Summer I USEF Rated – August 12, 2014 at Jim Brandon)

Citrus Series Homestretch II USEF Rated – August 13, 2014

(Castlewood Summer I USEF Rated – August 14, 2014 at Jim Brandon)

 

Directions to Jim Brandon Equestrian Center

FROM I-95

Exit Forest Hill Blvd. Go west on Forest Hill Blvd. for approximately six (6) miles. After passing Pinehurst Dr., make the next left into Okeeheelee Park South.

FROM the NORTH on FLORIDA’S TURNPIKE

Exit #97-Southern Blvd. After toll booth, turn left onto Pike Rd. (South). Make a left onto Southern Blvd. (East) and go to Jog Road. Make a right onto Jog Road (South) to Forest Hill Blvd. Make a right onto Forest Hill Blvd. (West). After passing Pinehurst Dr., make a left into Okeeheelee Park South.

FROM the SOUTH on FLORIDA’S TURNPIKE

Exit #93-Lake Worth Rd. and go east to Pinehurst Dr. Make a left onto Pinehurst Dr. (North) and go to Forest Hill Blvd. Make a left onto Forest Hill Blvd. (West). Make the next left into Okeeheelee Park South.

FROM the WEST on FOREST HILL BLVD.

Cross over Florida’s Turnpike and make a right into Okeeheelee Park South.

James Lala’s Citrus Series to Debut in January at Jim Brandon

December 04, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

New Show Series Offers Experience for Developing Horses and Riders

Wellington, FL – November 28, 2013 – A new hunter, jumper and equitation, monthly, year-round show series will debut in Wellington on January 3-4 at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Founded by veteran trainer and owner of Wellington Quarantine James Lala, the Citrus Series is inspired by a need he sees in the horse show community- a show series that gives developing horses and riders a low-key vehicle to get show mileage so they can grow and progress.

 

“The point of these shows is to provide a quality experience for developing horses and riders who have their sights on AA shows like WEF,” said Lala. “Our focus is to help horses and riders improve, rather than earn points, and do it affordably.”

 

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The mission of the Citrus Series is to offer riders and horses a competitive setting where they can learn, helping them advance their skills and confidence, encouraging the best horsemanship while offering an engaging, fun and safe experience.

 

“So many people tell me they are looking for this type of experience,” said Lala. “We hope trainers and their assistants will bring their up-and-coming horses and riders to check it out. We are offering jumper classes at night, outside under the lights. We welcome everyone to come to Jim Brandon, get a bite to eat and enjoy a fun evening.”

 

For more about the Citrus Series go to http://www.citrusseries.com/

 

Check out the schedule:

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2014 Citrus Series Fast Facts:

 

What: New high-quality horse show series especially for developing horses and riders needing mileage.

 

Where: Jim Brandon Equestrian Center

7500 Forest Hill Boulevard

West Palm Beach, FL

 

When: First show – January 3-4, 2014

 

Contact: James Lala (561) 906-6668- jdlala@aol.com

 

Judge: Dee Thomas, Wellington, FL

 

Course Designer: Gerry Briggs, East Bridgewater, Mass

PETER WYLDE UNITED STATES’ OLYMPIC TEAM GOLD MEDALIST TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR 2014 CPI COMPETITION

November 23, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

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WELLINGTON, FL –

The 2014 College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) is honored to announce that world class and Olympic show jumping icon, Peter Wylde, will be the ‘key note’ speaker at the 2014 CPI Awards Ceremony. Breaking away from rigorous 2014 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) competition duties, Wylde will speak to the young participants about the pertinence of a collegiate education for students desiring to become professional equestrians following graduation, as well as the benefits associated with collegiate team participation.

 

“To have Peter as a ‘marquis’ component of the 2014 CPI, is a dream come true,” states Jeanne Rouco-Conesa, CPI President. “Peter’s wide ranging experience, college background at Tuft’s University, success both here in the U.S. and in Europe, will be an inspiring, but yet, an invaluable resource to the youth attending CPI.”

 

Additional invaluable tools for the 2014 CPI is the participation of Peter Cashman, the 2014 CPI Show Manager, and Simon Towns, the 2014 CPI Stable Manager and Competition Horse Recruiter.

 

“Coupled with Peter’s IHSA background and as the Director of Riding at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point where he oversees a 50 stall barn, a lesson program, the USMA Cadet Equestrian Team and the Army Mules, and Simon’s experience as IEA Zone 4 Chairperson, the 2014 CPI is in the best hands possible,” continues Rouco-Conesa.

 

“I am so pleased to be a part of the CPI Horse Show and Scholarship Fund this year. The new and improved structure for the horse show will truly maximize every rider’s potential on the wonderful horses that are being generously donated,” states Towns.

Photo Credit: Isabel Kurek Peter Wylde on Esplanade at the 2008 World Cup - Gothenburg, Sweden

Photo Credit: Isabel Kurek
Peter Wylde on Esplanade at the 2008 World Cup – Gothenburg, Sweden

2014 CPI FACTS AT A GLANCE:

 

• Dates: March 28-30, 2014

• Location: Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, Palm Beach, FL. (Seven (7)

miles from Wellington’s Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

• Fees: $530 per participant. $25 application fee after 11/15/13.

• Admission: Limited to 160 participants.

• Applications: Available on line at www.collegeprepinvitational.com

• Equestrian disciplines: Hunt Seat Equitation competitions over fences

and under saddle. (Dressage not offered in 2014.)

 

About the College Preparatory Invitational

The mission of the CPI is to prepare and educate student riders in grades 9 – 12 about the format of college equestrian competition, encourage academics and horsemanship, and to provide the riders with resources to create their desired college equestrian experience. The show is specifically geared to promote college recruitment of equestrians by providing the opportunity for coaches and potential students to meet. The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show is rooted in the belief that equestrian talent, not finances, should dictate a rider’s opportunity to be a part of a collegiate team. Given the fact that the CPI provides all the horses and necessary tack for the show, riders do not incur the expense of transporting horses to the show.

 

The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show is based on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) hunt seat equitation classification, where horses will be assigned by a random draw on the day of competition.

 

Along with the competition, the CPI will offer seminars and question & answer sessions during the show. Riders and their families will hear about the college equestrian experience and familiarize themselves with the different associations that govern collegiate riding. There will also be a number or College and Universities present at the CPI to distribute literature and introduce the academic and riding opportunities, including scholarships, offered at their institution.

 

Because the future leaders of the equestrian business and sport are the college bound riders, The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show Scholarship Fund is designed to reward those riders that exhibit social conduct and academic excellence as well as competitive success.

 

The CPI offers various types of scholarships to the student riders. Please visit the CPI website’s Scholarship Page for detailed information regarding the CPI Scholarships.

Wellington Classic Dressage Wants to Know “Who Reins Supreme?”

January 30, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL-January 29, 2013-Wellington Classic Dressage is proud to be the presenting sponsor of “Who Reins Supreme?,” a February 1 charity event at Palm Beach County Jim Brandon Equestrian Center benefiting the Equestrian Aid Foundation.

 

“Who Reins Supreme?” fields teams of world-class equestrians from dressage, show jumping, hunter and polo, who will tackle a custom reining test of speedy spins and sliding stops. The teams win bragging rights as to “Who Reins Supreme?” across multiple equestrian disciplines. The 6 p.m. event also features special guest Tom McCutcheon, World Equestrian Games’ reining double gold medalist, as well as a Taste of Charity showcase, auction items and live music. There will also be a presentation of the Equestrian Aid Foundation Luminary Award honoring R. Bruce Duchossois. The evening begins with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by the competition and Taste of Charity at 7:30 p.m., with music starting at 9 p.m.

 

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Wellington Classic Dressage (WCD) is contributing the expensive infrastructure already in place at Jim Brandon for the World Dressage Masters CDI5* Palm Beach for the event. WCD Managing Partner, John Flanagan, is a staunch supporter of the Equestrian Aid Foundation and said he is glad to help.

 

“We are a community organization and we want to support the community,” he said.

 

Event Planner Sean O’Keefe emphasized that the WCD support is vital to the evening. “We could not have done this without the generous support of John Flanagan,” O’Keefe said. “I cannot emphasize how much his help means to the event and to the Equestrian Aid Foundation. ”

 

The Equestrian Aid Foundation is a national non-profit that provides financial assistance for those in the horse community suffering from catastrophic illness or injury throughout their time of need. EAF grant recipients receive funding for medical, healthcare, rehabilitation and essential expenses, such as food and housing.

 

Other sponsors include Sidelines Magazine and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, sponsor of the Taste of Charity.

 

For tickets, go to equestrianaidfoundation.org. Like them on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope. Follow them on Twitter at: Twitter.com/ride4hope.

 

Gold Coast Opener Grand Prix CDI-W Provides Preview of World Dressage Masters Competitors

January 21, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – January 18, 2013 – Today’s Gold Coast Opener Grand Prix CDI-W showcased horses and riders preparing for next weekend’s World Dressage Masters (WDM) CDI5* Palm Beach, and the WDM competitors certainly displayed their dominance. WDM entrants swept all six ribbons in the Grand Prix, with all but one riding the horses they will compete next weekend.

 

 

And if the results from today are a predictor, it seems that Sweden will be a force to be reckoned with. Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic posted 72.723% to steal the win at the last moment from fellow Swedish Olympic teammate Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven aboard Divertimento, whose 71.170% was the leading score until the final ride. At WDM, Kittel will try to duplicate today’s success on Watermill Scandic, while Vilhelmson-Silfven will switch to her Olympic mount, Don Auriello.

 

Swedish Olympic teammates Patrik Kittel on Watermill Scandic and Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfven on Divertimento return for the presentation.

Swedish Olympic teammates Patrik Kittel on Watermill Scandic and Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfven on Divertimento return for the presentation.

 

The chilly weather at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Wellington, site of both the Gold Coast Opener and WDM, had a few horses on edge in the warm-up, including Watermill Scandic. But most held it together once they entered the ring. Kittel was full of praise for the venue. “The whole place is lovely!” he exclaimed, adding that he would happily show there every weekend if it were “just a bit closer” to his home in Sweden.

 

Although they triumphed today, the Swedes are preparing for tough challenges from other WDM entrants who finished close at their heels today. Adrienne Lyle, the top-placed American, finished third, scoring 70.830% with her Olympic partner Wizard. “Overall I was very pleased with him today,” she said of Wizard. “It was his first time back since London. I just want to make sure he’s ready, getting back in the groove before next weekend.”

 

Canadian David Marcus was happy with the performance of Chrevi’s Capital, his WDM mount, who completed a smooth test to finish fourth. “He was very good,” Marcus said. “This was his first show of the season, and he really listened to me and behaved himself.” Marcus also placed just out of the ribbons with Don Kontes.

 

Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfven and Divertimento

Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfven and Divertimento

 

Denmark’s Lars Petersen, riding Mariett, scored 69.277% to take fifth, while Canada’s Jacqueline Brooks and the striking gray D-Niro put up a mark of 66.213% to claim sixth.

 

Dr. Cesar Parra praises Van The Man

Dr. Cesar Parra praises Van The Man

 

While the World Dressage Masters riders turned the competition into a showcase of their ability, other riders also found the class useful in tuning up their horses for the season. Dr. Cesar Parra was thrilled with Van The Man, who finished just a tenth of a percentage point behind sixth-placed pair Brooks and D-Niro. “I really love this horse!” said Parra, beaming. “His development is really coming along. It’s like good cooking. It takes a little while.”

 

Several competitors commented that they rode conservatively, preferring a steady performance over a flashy one in what was the first show of the season for many of them. “We were a little bit conservative, but that was our plan coming in,” said Lyle. “Since we’re showing next weekend at the Masters, we just wanted to see where we’re at, make sure everything’s still working. And then we can turn up the heat a little bit for next weekend.”

 

Kittel also used his test as a trial run for WDM. While Watermill Scandic was “a bit too hot” today, Kittel felt that this outing helped the horse settle into the new environment. “He just needs to have a couple of rounds in his body and relax a bit and see the atmosphere,” Kittel explained. Their preparation for the class was limited by the horse’s quarantine after his arrival from Sweden, which allowed them only two days of practice beforehand. But though he noticed “small things here and there which have to be much better,” Kittel was satisfied with his victory, saying, “You cannot do better than win, and of course it’s fun.”

 

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard

 

Many of today’s top finishers will return to the Gold Coast Opener tomorrow to contest the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W. The Freestyle will provide a second chance for spectators to catch a glimpse of the accomplished WDM entrants as they tune up for the big event.

Tickets are still available to see the spectacular line-up in store for the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach January 24-26, 2013.

 

For more Wellington Classic Dressage/World Dressage Masters show information, log on to:

www.wellingtonclassicdressage.com

 

For more Gold Coast Dressage Show information, log on to:

http://www.gcdafl.org/shows-reslts.htm

 

World Dressage Masters Palm Beach CDI5* Fast Facts

What: North America’s only World Dressage Masters event, part of the richest dressage series in the world. Up to 20 of the world’s top dressage stars will compete for €100,000 EUR (about $130,000 USD) in prize money at the WDM Palm Beach.

When:

January 23-27, 2013

 

Where:

Palm Beach County Jim Brandon Equestrian Center

Okeeheelee Park South

7500 Forest Hill Blvd,
West Palm Beach, FL 33413

www.pbcgov.com/parks/equestrian/jimbrandon/
Official Show Organizer:

Wellington Classic Dressage

www.wellingtonclassicdressage.com

Noreen O’Sullivan  561-227-1570  or John Flanagan   561-714-9058

 

Social media links:

Websitewww.worlddressagemasters.com andwww.wellingtonclassicdressage.com/world_dressage_masters.htm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/worlddressagemasterspalmbeach

Twitter:  twitter.com/WldDrsgMstrPB

Ticket sales and information:

www.internationalpoloclub.com

Maria Feola: 561-282-5334  and 561-282-5301

mfeola@internationalpoloclub.com or  Debbie@internationalpoloclub.com

http://wcd.ticketleap.com/2013/

 

Competition schedule: 

*Gates open at 11:00 a.m. each day for WDM Palm Beach ticket holders only. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the gate. Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive for Saturday evening’s Grand Prix Freestyle at 5:30 p.m.

 

* Friday, Jan. 26:
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. – WDM Nürnberger Grand Prix

* Saturday, Jan. 27:
2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.- WDM Grand Prix Special
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – WDM Grand Prix Freestyle

 

WDM Presenting Partner:

Axel Johnson Group

WDM Official partners:

Team EXQUIS, Nürnberger Versicherungsgruppe

WDM Official supplier:

Jerich International

WDM Global Media Partner:

Eurosport

Media inquiries:

Phelps Media Group International

12012 South Shore Blvd., Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414

 

Mason Phelps or Sue Weakley

561-753-3389 (phone)

561-753-3386 (fax)
skw@phelpsmediagroup.com

 

Media Credentials:

Phelps Media Group International
12012 South Shore Blvd., Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414

 

Carrie Wirth

508-698-6810 (phone)
508-698-6811 (fax)
cw@phelpsmediagroup.com

 

Past WDM results, as well as complete WDM Rider Rankings can be found on the WDM website:www.WorldDressageMasters.com

 

For more information about Wellington Classic Dressage, log on to

www.wellingtonclassicdressage.com or check out the Facebook page at

www.facebook.com/pages/Wellington-Classic-Dressage.

 

To learn more about World Dressage Masters, log onto www.worlddressagemasters.com.

 

WHO REINS SUPREME? … NOT YOUR TYPICAL FUNDRAISER R. Bruce Duchossois to Receive Luminary Award at Equestrian Aid Foundation’s Third Annual Event

November 29, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WELLINGTON, Fla. (Nov. 14, 2012) – World-class dressage, show jumping, hunter, and polo teams will show off their newfound skills in the reining ring at the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF) fundraiser, Who Reins Supreme?. Held on Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., the evening will raise funds for EAF programs that financially assist equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses and injuries, throughout their time of need.

The competition, which will solely focus on reining, will feature two world-class riders from each discipline: dressage, show jumping, hunters, and polo. Each will ride a custom-designed reining pattern created by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon and Sarah Willeman Richter.

“We’ve been impressed with the enthusiasm of the reining competition at our Sidelines Tetrathlon from previous years,” said R. Scot Evans, President of EAF. “For 2013, Who Reins Supreme? will bring the favorites of our events—the Taste of Charity food and drinks, entertaining competition, desirable auctions—and we’ll close the evening with live music.”

This year EAF will be presenting its Luminary Award to R. Bruce Duchossois. The Luminary Award, which recognizes those who play an important role in horse sports and its equestrians, is an annual award started in 2012 with recipient Jane Forbes Clark.

Duchossois, who has been an integral part of the equestrian community, grew up riding show hunters and is one of the leading exhibitors in the Adult Amateur Hunter division. Not only is Duchossois a successful competitor, he sponsors riders and classes in a variety of disciplines, including show hunters and jumpers, eventing and combined driving.

In addition to participating in various equine sports, Duchossois invests in the community through his involvement with many organizations and governing bodies that work to improve equestrian sports and the lives of equestrians. He serves on the executive board of the EAF, is a trustee of the USET Foundation and co-chair of the USEF’s Owner Taskforce. Duchossois also is an active member of the USHJA, and board member of the Alltech National Horse Show and the Aiken Training Track.

“I have been fortunate enough to spend most of my life around horses, and I am honored to receive the Luminary Award for my work with the Equestrian Aid Foundation. It is my pleasure to be able to give back to the industry that has given me so much,” said Duchossois.

Along with the competition and awards presentation at Who Reins Supreme?, guests will enjoy the signature Taste of Charity featuring Palm Beach’s finest food and drinks, as well as, several auctions and donation opportunities to support EAF programs. Sean O’Keefe Events will manage the event’s production for the third year in a row.

Who Reins Supreme? provides an opportunity for people to donate through ticket and table sales and allows them a unique, fun experience. Tables, tickets and sponsorships for the evening may be purchased at www.EquestrianAidFoundation.org or by phone at 800.792.6068.

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About the Equestrian Aid Foundation: For more than 16 years, the EAF has delivered financial assistance to equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses or injuries throughout their time of need. In September 2012, the EAF reached a milestone of distributing more than $2 million in funding to its recipients throughout its history. 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.org, www.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope or @ride4hope.