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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

Fine Artist Louise Mellon’s Work Inspired by the Sport of Kings

March 08, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – March 5, 2014- Louise Mellon’s work is immediately recognizable. Her work primarily features horses, dogs and the equestrian lifestyle. Often, Mellon’s brightly colored, vibrant pieces have a witty or unexpected approach, and are created with the intent to amuse. She has a large collection of vivid polo pieces, which capture a colorful glimpse into the world of polo, on and off the field.

Rabbits Aren’t the Only Ones by Louise Mellon

“My first pony was a retired polo pony that belonged to my sister,” said Mellon. “I started riding him when I was three. I would disappear to his field, lure him to the fence with handfuls of grass and then would leap onto his back. This happened several times before I was caught. My sister later gave him to me as the best gift ever!”

 

Mellon’s contemporary pieces cover all aspects of polo, from the patience of the referee to the determination of a horse and rider team charging across the field towards the ball.

Under the Neck Shot by Louise Mellon

Louise Mellon grew up in Middleburg, VA where she attended polo games and tailgates at the old Goose Creek field between Middleburg and Upperville. “If the creek was up, the field flooded and there would be no polo that Sunday,” explained Mellon. “It was the era of amateur teams, and many players were fox hunting regulars.”

 

Many of Mellon’s paintings portray the incredible agility of the polo pony, with depictions of high-speed gallops, last second turns and instantaneous stops, all frequent in every chukker of a polo match.

 

“I like to paint polo scenes to spotlight the athleticism of the ponies, the fast pace and the sometimes humorous scenarios,” said Mellon. “I always imagine the ponies grumbling to themselves about knowing how to play the game better than many of their riders. That’s what inspired my “Mare Mumblings” series.”

 

Can I Play Too? by Louise Mellon

Mellon’s inspiration also comes from the sidelines. At one particular polo match, as a player was gearing up to play, his yellow Lab came over, wagging his tail and looking at his owner expectantly. Her piece, “Can I Play, Too?” depicts that amusing scenario.

 

“To me, the dog was clearing saying that he was really good at playing ball and wanted to join in the game,” said Mellon.

Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone

About Louise Mellon Mellon was born to a family
of artists who encouraged her creativity. She was raised in Middleburg, VA, where she rode and drove horses. Mellon’s keen visual sense led her to a career as a commercial photographer and artist. Her work has been seen branding numerous products and covers of prize lists, racing programs and publications. She flew airplanes, helicopters and aerobatics, has resided in several parts of the country, and has traveled the world studying fine art. She has served on several boards, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Collector’s Committee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. She moved to Aiken, SC, and custom-built a very special studio, where she works, welcomes visiting artists and hosts local events. Mellon’s unique view of the world is demonstrated through all her work. Her style is instantly recognizable and certain to bring enjoyment, laughter and wonder.

 

For more information visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

 

Images only for use in the context of this press release.

 

 

   

The Colorado Horse Park Announces 2014 Calendar of Events

March 08, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Parker, CO- March 4, 2014-The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) offers the opportunity to participate in and support world-class equestrian sports. Amateur, junior and Olympic athletes compete in multiple disciplines at the state-of-the art facility each year, making it one of the most important equestrian centers in North America.

 

Andrea Caudill and Haidaseeker Playboy. Photo by Sue Weakley  

With the wide range of competitions and clinics, CHP, the largest horse park west of the Mississippi, has something for everyone. Enjoy all that CHP has to offer, including top-of-the line GGT footing, a fun and competitive atmosphere and one of the equestrian world’s most scenic settings with beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains.

The Colorado Horse Park is pleased to announce the 2014 calendar of events for upcoming horse shows, educational and community events.

John Pearce and Johnny B Good. Photo by Carrie Wirth

2014 Colorado Horse Park Schedule:

 

March 15-16 Hunter/Jumper CHP “Marches On” CHJA Show

 

March 22-23 Hunter/Jumper The Wild Ranch Spring Challenge

 

April 12-13 Hunter/Jumper KSMS Welcome to Spring

 

April 18-19 Educational Buddy Brown Clinic

 

April 19 Eventing Eventing Derby

 

April 24-27 Hunter/Jumper CHP Spring Warm Up I

 

April 26-27 Dressage Two White Feet Benefitting Sense of Security

 

April 26-27 Hunter/Jumper CHP “No More Snow” CHJA Show

 

May 1-4 Hunter/Jumper CHP Spring Warm Up II

 

May 3-4 Hunter/Jumper Meridian’s Jump into Summer
May 3-4 Educational Brian Sabo Clinic

 

May 9-10 Educational Diane Carney Jumper/Hunter/Equitation Clinic

 

May 17-18 Hunter/Jumper In Stride Inc.’s May Madness
May 24-May 25 Educational James Atkinson Clinic

 

May 30-June 1 Dressage High Prairie Dressage I, II, and III

 

May 31-June 1 Hunter/Jumper KSMS’s Jump Into June CHJA Show

 

May 31-June 1 Eventing CHP Horse Trials

 

June 4-8 Hunter/Jumper Summer in the Rockies I

 

June 11-15 Hunter/Jumper Summer in the Rockies II

 

June 18-22 Hunter/Jumper Summer in the Rockies III

 

July 2-6 Hunter/Jumper Summer in the Rockies IV

 

July 9-13 Hunter/Jumper Summer in the Rockies V

 

July 16-20 Hunter/Jumper Summer in the Rockies VI

 

August 1-3 Dressage Dressage in the Rockies I, II, and III

 

August 4-8 Educational EAP Clinic with Julie Winkle

 

August 22-24

 

 

August 23-24

Eventing

 

 

Hunter/Jumper

Colorado Horse Park CCI**, Training Three-Day and Horse Trials

 

Meridian Riding Club Summer’s End

 

August 30-31 Hunter/Jumper Gold Crest Stables Summerfest
 

September 6

 

Additional

 

Bijou Springs Hunt Pair Pace

 

September 17-21

 

Dressage

 

RMDS Sport Horse Championships

 

September 25-28 Hunter/Jumper Colorado Fall Finals

 

September 27-28 Hunter/Jumper The Wild Ranch’s Fall Challenge

 

Carson Grisham and Woodland’s Blue Haze. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge 

About the Colorado Horse Park

Celebrating its 21th Anniversary, the Colorado Horse Park was founded by visionary Helen Krieble who acknowledged the need for a high-volume horse show and horse boarding facility to serve Colorado. The Colorado Horse Park welcomes more than 35,000 visitors per year and hosts over 40 competitions annually. CHP features a derby arena designed by Olympic-designer Linda Allen and a cross-country course designed by Olympic Gold Medalist, David O’Connor. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity to house more than 1,000.

Darlene McInnes and Warlord.
Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge

The picturesque property, located only minutes from the town of Parker, hosts international equestrian events in multiple disciplines. Visitors enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings and access to miles of trails and open space. The Colorado Horse Park is committed to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

Visit CHP at: http://coloradohorsepark.com/

To access the schedule: http://coloradohorsepark.com/events

 

Colorado Horse Park Sponsors

Animo

www.theanimoexperience.com

 

Bessemer Trust

www.bessemer.com

 

Cherry Creek Insurance

http://thinkccig.com/

 

Comfort Suites

www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-castle_rock-colorado-CO154

 

Days Inn

www.daysinn.com/hotels/colorado/castle-rock/days-inn-suites-castle-rock/hotel-overview

 

Equine Sport Solutions

www.equinesportsolutions.com

 

Front Range Kubota

http://www.frontrangekubota.com/

 

Guaranty Bank

www.guarantybankco.com

 

Hampton Inn

www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/colorado/hampton-inn-and-suites-parker-DENPAHX/index.html

 

Hertz

www.hertz.com

 

Hilton Garden Inn

http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/colorado/hilton-garden-inn-denver-south-meridian-DENDSGI/index.html

 

Holiday Inn

http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/parker/denpr/hoteldetail

 

Horse Connection

www.horseconnection.com

 

KBC Foundation

Littleton Equine Medical Center

www.littletonequine.com

 

Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply

www.murdochs.com

 

Nutrena

www.nutrenaworld.com

 

Parker Adventist Hospital

www.parkerhospital.org

 

Platinum Performance

www.platinumperformance.com

 

Sidelines

www.sidelinesnews.com

 

Super 8

www.super8.com/hotels/colorado/parker/super-8-parker-se-denver-area/hotel-overview

 

Suzy Sweitzer, ReMax Alliance

www.suzysweitzer.com

 

Trappers

www.trapperschophouse.com

 

Weathertech

http://www.weathertech.com

 

Griffis Residential

http://www.griffisresidential.com

 

Wells Fargo Advisors

https://www.wellsfargoadvisors.com/

International Equestrians Jump 14,000 Feet for JustWorld International in Inaugural Skydive

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

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Wellington, FL – March 1, 2014 – Free falling from 14,000 feet is an unusual way to begin the week, but on Monday, February 24, 2014, eight JustWorld Ambasadors jumped for a just world, skydiving to raise awareness for the non-profit organization.

The tension was palpable as the JustWorld Ambassadors gathered at Belle Herbe Farm in Wellington, FL, early Monday morning to ride out to Skydive Spaceland in Clewiston, FL. Two at a time the Ambassadors would fly up and take the leap from 14,000 feet, free falling to the ground below.

The Jump 4 JustWorld initiative was designed to raise awareness and funds for JustWorld’s global efforts to reduce poverty through nutrition, health, education, leadership and cultural development programs in Cambodia, Honduras, Guatemala and Colombia. The participating equestrians included show jumpers-Alexander Zetterman (Sweden), Daniel Bluman (Colombia), Hannah Selleck (USA), Francisco Arredondo (Guatemala) and polo players-Brandon Phillips (Canada), Matt Coppola (USA) and Steven Michael King (USA) and Nolwenn Lemée (FRA)-all of whom had never jumped before.

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Click on here to watch the Jump for a Just World video

After watching a training video, the Ambassadors dressed in their jumping gear and flew the 14,000 feet into the sky. Emotions ranged from calm to terrified, but each Ambassador took their turn.

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Hannah Selleck

Jump 4 JustWorld was Hannah Selleck’s first initiative as a JustWorld Ambassador.

“It was really amazing! I wasn’t that nervous because I pushed it from my mind going into it. I was pretty excited until that moment when I was up in the plane, looking down at 14,000 feet and it is your time to jump. Free falling was really exciting. It was a great experience.”

“I probably never would have taken the initiative to do this on my own. But when Jessica presented the opportunity to me, I thought it was a great cause. It was a good lead into getting involved, raising awareness and bringing attention to the work they do. Hopefully I will be able to go on their trips. Spending this time with the other Ambassadors helped to really build camaraderie and excitement for the future.”

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Alexander Zetterman

“I wasn’t scared at all. I wanted to do this once in my life and I thought that this was a wonderful opportunity,” Zetterman said. “I didn’t think too much about the flight up. I enjoyed the view, and the free fall was really nice. I thought this was a really good way to get people involved and interested. People are interested in why we did it and that is wonderful for JustWorld; it gets people talking.”

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Brandon Phillips

“It was very, very high,” Phillips recounted. “It was really fun. I didn’t actually get nervous until I was standing at the exit of the plane asking myself why I should want to jump 14,000 feet. The free fall was a lot of fun.”

“For the first three seconds you have no idea what is going on because you are falling at almost 120 miles per hour. Until you get to that speed, it feels insane, almost like your stomach is in your head. Afterwards though it feels like you are floating. I could do that all day.”

“I had always wanted to do it, and it was one of the things on my bucket list, so I decided that it was the time to do it. It was nerve-wracking, but it helped JustWorld.”

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Daniel Bluman

“I had never done skydiving before, but the cause is what made me decide to do it. It is a great cause, and we are working on the new project in my country of Colombia. When Jessica asked me if it was something I would be interested in doing, I didn’t think twice,” Bluman said.

“It was really nice getting to know all of the other Ambassadors. Everyone had a lot of fun and everyone was nice and polite. It was a good time.”

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Matt Coppola

“It was my first time taking part in JustWorld and I knew I didn’t have to jump out of a plane, but it was for charity and I thought it would be really fun,” Coppola said. “All of the people are wonderful people. We had a great time and it was an exciting day.”

“Honestly, I was terrified,” Coppola admitted. “Brandon and I were the last two to go up and we had just watched these girls and other riders land; there was no way that I was going to back out. I kind of had to do it. It was unbelievable. It was awesome and I think that maybe one day I might jump again, but for right now I think I will be able to hold onto this memory for a long time. Right now I want to be a part of the trips to their projects; I really want to be part of the charity.”

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Francisco Arredondo

Arredondo has climbed Mt. Everest and raced motorcycles in the world’s largest races, so jumping out of a plane didn’t faze the Guatemalan Ambassador.

“I have been interested in the organization for a long time, hearing about their work with Los Patojos through Juan Andres Rodriguez,” Arredondo said. “I spoke to Jessica about it and when she said that she was interested in having me participate I jumped at the chance.”

“It was a lot of fun and although I had done it once before a long time ago, it was a great experience; it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it and I hope to be able to continue having a large participation. I joined the equestrian community not long ago and I think that these projects are great for our countries, so any way that I can help out would be great.”

Steven Michael King of Jeroboam Media was onsite for the entire adventure, including jumping alongside everyone. He documented the entire day through photos and video. For more information on Jeroboam Media, please visit http://jeroboammedia.com/.

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Steven Michael King

Founded in 2003 by Jessica Newman, JustWorld International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization, which funds life-changing nutrition, health and hygiene, education, as well as leadership and cultural development programs for impoverished children in Cambodia, Honduras, Guatemala and Colombia. There are currently more than 500 Rider and Technical Official Ambassadors representing 40 different countries, whose efforts to support JustWorld’s projects have raised in excess of $6 million to date. For more information on JustWorld, please visit our website, www.justworldinternational.org, or e-mail us at jwinfo@justworldinternational.org.

JustWorld International is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the United States and a registered Association 1901 in France. Tax-deductible donations are accepted in Canada and Switzerland. JustWorld International has no political or religious affiliation.

For Artist Louise Mellon Dogs Rock!

February 28, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – February 25, 2014 – Known for her equestrian art often seen on the covers of equine publications, Louise Mellon also has a fun  gallery of canine works. Brightly colored and whimsical, a Mellon painting is full of energy, happiness and humor  and captures the joyful quirks of that unique dog.

Louise Mellon has dog friends of her own, occasionally featured in her pieces.

 

“I am constantly inspired by my dogs’ view of the world,” Melon said. “As dog lovers do, I treat them with love and a great sense of stewardship.

The Shortest Route to Dinner by Louise Mellon

From pedigreed to mixed breeds, Mellon’s works reflect the humorous, fun-loving, mischievous and sensitive nature of dogs.

 

Mellon explained that Corgis are especially known for being eager to get to their dinners.”One evening, I went down the two steps from the kitchen and put Perry’s dish on the floor with her hot on my heels,” Mellon explained. “She dove into her supper with front feet on the floor and hind feet still up on the step. Eating back end uphill didn’t seem to bother her in the least!” Perry’s dinnertime shenanigans inspired Mellon’s piece, The Shortest Route To Dinner.

 

“Dogs quickly learn how to stretch the boundaries to see what they can get away with,” Mellon said. “This is where some of the funniest portrait opportunities play out. Just ask any Jack Russell Terrier owner!”

 

Mellon is entertained by the tricks dogs play on their friends to get what they want.

 

“My Cricket always wants the chew bone that Ruffie has because she thinks it must be better than the one she has,” Mellon said. “She will whine and stare at Ruffie like a hungry lunch patron standing behind an occupied seat to pressure the diner to finish up and leave. Ruffie is immune to this ploy, so Cricket will go get a favorite toy, squeak it enticingly, and when Ruffie comes after the toy, Cricket zooms in for the bone. Tactical strategy at its best!”

Mellon gives a painting lesson to Cricket and Ruffie / Photo courtesy of Louise Mellon

Mellon appreciates how dogs have an innate sensitivity toward observation, taking in subtleties to which humans are oblivious. Their motivation is to bond with us.

 

“They get to know our quirks, expressions and routines better than we might give them credit for,” Mellon said. “Dogs have helped most of us through some very difficult times, even saving our lives in many ways. They certainly have done that for me”.

 

Mellon’s colorful, canine centered portraits portray the connection dogs share with their people, while bringing years of joyful memories of their pets’ unique personalities.

 

To commission a work with Louise Mellon and learn more about the artist, visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

Friend and collector Bruce Duchossois will host a private, invitation only showing of Mellon’s work at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, FL, on March 19.

Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone

The Staff of The Colorado Horse Park Go the Extra Mile for the Community

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

Parker, CO – February 12, 2014 – The Colorado Horse Park is home to a full schedule of over 40 events each year, including local and national world-class equestrian competition in multiple disciplines. It has been home to the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships and the National combined Driving Singles Championships

 

Behind the scenes at The Colorado Horse Park, the staff is known for their goodwill in the community and for going the extra mile to help out. On a regular basis, every member of the staff gladly goes beyond required job descriptions to reach out and support the community.

 

 Jose Morales, Lisa Klymko, Vivien Van Buren, Geoff Combs, Helen Krieble, Brian Curry and Carole Kenney posed for the CHP holiday card. Photo by Horsin' Around Photography


Jose Morales, Lisa Klymko, Vivien Van Buren, Geoff Combs, Helen Krieble, Brian Curry and Carole Kenney posed for the CHP holiday card. Photo by Horsin’ Around Photography

Carole Kenney, Equine Manager at The Colorado Horse Park, recently set up an account for donations for the family of Arapahoe High School shooting victim, Claire Davis. But this isn’t the first time she’s helped out those in need.

 

“A local trainer’s Jack Russell terrier jumped into one the boiling pools at Yellowstone,” said Helen Krieble, founder and President of The Colorado Horse Park. “The trainer stepped into the pool to save her dog and her leg was very badly burned.”

 

Kenney orchestrated a Colorado Horse Park benefit show to help the trainer.

 

“I never would have learned of it without Carole,” continued Krieble. “Another trainer got kicked in the face and had to have reconstructive surgery. Carole raised money for her medical expenses. She has that kind of constant awareness about the needs of families here. She is always so giving.”

 

 Brian Curry, Vice President of Colorado Horse Park


Brian Curry, Vice President of Colorado Horse Park

Brian Curry, Vice President of The Colorado Horse Park has also gone above and beyond to support the community. In 2012, a fire was closing in on The Colorado Horse Park and the adjacent houses.

 

“Brian had all our barn staff out there with the water trucks and drags creating a fire break and saved the houses on the south of CHP,” Krieble said. “He tried to stop that fire. Our men coughed for about two weeks, they were so inundated with

smoke. They were so inundated with smoke. On another occasion, a house caught fire at the edge of the property. Curry and team had hoses and water out there well before the fire department arrived.”

 

In the summer of 2013 when the nearby Black Forest caught fire, all the staff, including Krieble, Curry, Chief Financial Officer Geoff Combs, Vivien Van Buren, who heads up Entertainment and Education, and Lisa Klymkow, Vendor Manager, did their part to help the victims of the fires. The Colorado Horse Park housed many horses, cattle and other farm animals uprooted by fire.

 

“It is that kind of thing – all staff members are willing to step up, every single one of them” Krieble said. “They are all multi-talented and multi-tasked. We are very lucky”

 

Krieble is also a much-respected community leader in Colorado, and active in national politics. She has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Denver Art Museum, the Free Congress Foundation, Radio America, the Colorado Horse Development Authority and the Colorado Horsemen’s Council. She is a founding board member of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, one of the most highly acclaimed and successful political leadership training programs in the country.

 

 Helen Krieble Founder and President of Colorado Horse Park


Helen Krieble Founder and President of
Colorado Horse Park

Krieble is keenly interested in immigration reform because of its impact on the equestrian world. Now she works tirelessly to earn support for her “Red Card Solution,” a simple, free-market guest-worker approach to immigration.

 

Krieble has presented her “Red Card Solution” on Capitol Hill, on major network news programs and talk shows, and to the National Press Club.

 

To learn more about “The Red Card Solution” go to: http://www.redcardsolution.com/

 

About the Colorado Horse Park

The Colorado Horse Park was founded by visionary Helen Krieble, who acknowledged the need for a high-volume horse show and horse boarding facility to serve Colorado. The Colorado Horse Park welcomes more than 35,000 visitors per year and hosts over 40 competitions annually. CHP features a derby arena designed by Olympic designer Linda Allen and a cross-country course designed by Olympic gold medalist David O’Connor and eventing superstar James Atkinson. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity for more than 1,000 stalls.

 

The picturesque property, located only minutes from the town of Parker, hosts international equestrian events in multiple disciplines. Visitors enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings and access to miles of trails and open space. The Colorado Horse Park iscommitted to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

 

Visit CHP at: http://coloradohorsepark.com/

American Invitational presented by G & C Farm Comes to Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida

February 15, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Miami, FL – February 10, 2014 – One of the longest running and most prestigious of all American show jumping events, the American Invitational, a Tampa fixture for over forty years, is moving from the West coast of Florida to Sun Life Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins, in Miami on the East coast. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2014.

 

American Invitational moves to Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

American Invitational moves to Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

As has been the tradition over the years, the dream of show jumping visionary Gene Mische, the legendary founder of Stadium Jumping, Inc. will be realized once again as exhibitors will be rewarded with huge prize money, but no entry fee.

 

   Gustavo Mirabel


Gustavo Mirabel

An invitation will be extended to 2013 American Invitational champion, McLain Ward. Four invitations will be issued at the Organizing Committee’s & FEI’s discretion and fifteen invitations will be issued to the riders who have accumulated the most money won from various qualifying classes, Those classes and the standings are posted on www.StadiumJumping.com. Additionally, ten or all remaining invitations will be issued to riders based on their standing from Rolex/USEF Ranking List (expanded to include foreign riders) as of Friday, March 28, 2014.

 

Gustavo Mirabal and G & C Farms, long time supporters of the American Invitational, have returned as the presenting sponsor of this revered event. “It is a great idea to move the Invitational to Miami,” said Mirabal. “I have always thought, since the first Invitational that I sponsored, that it would be a great move to bring the event to South Florida so we can get more people to the stadium and so we can better promote our sport.”

 

“After forty great years in Tampa, we are thrilled to be moving to Florida’s East coast,” said Michael Morrissey, President of Stadium Jumping, Inc., the organizers of the American Invitational. “South Florida is really the hotbed of show jumping in America at this time of year, so moving the Invitational closer to the action is something all of us are very excited about. But, I can’t thank all of the folks at the Tampa venue enough for all of their great support over the past forty plus years.”

 

Miami’s Sun Life Stadium will provide the perfect new venue and backdrop for one of America’s great show jumping classics. “We are pleased to add another world-class event to our calendar of great events at Sun Life Stadium. The American Invitational is the premier show jumping event in the U.S. so it’s a perfect fit,” said Todd Boyan, Sr. Vice President of Operations for Sun Life Stadium.

 

Morrissey continued, “I really want to commend and thank Gustavo Mirabal for his continued support. G & C Farms’ commitment to improving the sport of show jumping in America is unwavering. They have long realized the importance of the American Invitational and have stepped up for us each year.”

 

Mirabal added, “For me it is the most important classic in America. I grew up hearing about the American Invitational. It is a very special class. For the ones that love this sport, we have to support this kind of class. Is an American classic !”

 

Defending champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward, said of the move to Sun Life Stadium, “Miami is going to be a great home for this event. It seems like the right move at the right time and it matches how the horse world has evolved. While I’m going to miss the few days in Tampa, I think the move to Miami is a good one and I hope the event is successful for many years to come.”

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The prize list for the American Invitational can be found here.

http://www.stadiumjumping.com/#!athlete-information/cr6r

 

Ringside VIP tables available at Sun Life Stadium. Please email: Matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com for more information

 

Tickets for the event will be available at Ticketmaster and through the Stadium Jumping portal at http://www.stadiumjumping.com/

 

For Sponsorship information please contact:

 

Connie Sawyer 518-461-6288 or sawyer.equestrianevents.@gmail.com

April Wehle 561-459-9259 or aprilw@stadiumjumping.com

 

McLain Ward and Rothchild, American Invitational defending champions - photo by The Book LLC

McLain Ward and Rothchild, American Invitational defending champions – photo by The Book LLC

American Invitational Champions over the Years

 

1973 $15,000 American Invitational

Rodney Jenkins & Idle Dice

1974 $15,000 American Invitational

Michelle McEvoy & Sundance

1975 $15,000 American Invitational

Michelle McEvoy & Sundance

1976 $15,000 American Invitational

Robert Ridland & Southside

1977 $15,000 American Invitational

Terry Rudd & Mr. Demeanor

1978 $25,000 American Invitational

Norman Dello Joio &Allegro

1979 $30,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Rodney Jenkins & Third Man

1980 $35,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Bernie Traurig & Eaden Vale

1981 $50,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Buddy Brown & Felton

1982 $50,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Melanie Smith & Calypso

1983 $50,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Katie Monahan & Noren

1984 $100,000 Anheuser-Busch American Invitational

Leslie Burr & Albany

1985 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

Katie Monahan & The Governor

1986 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

Tim Grubb & Linky

1987 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

Lisa Jacquin & For The Moment

1988 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

Katie Monahan-Prudent & Special Envoy

1989 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

Greg Best & Gem Twist

1990 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

David Raposa & Seven Wonder

1991 $100,000 Michelob American Invitational

George Lindemann & Three’s & Seven’s

1992 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Ian Millar & Big Ben

1993 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Debbie Stephens & Volan

1994 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Michael Matz & Rhum IV

1995 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Chris Kappler & Seven Wonder

1996 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Harold Chopping & Brandy

1997 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Todd Minikus & Ravel

1998 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational

McLain Ward & Twist Du Valon

1999 $150,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Marley Goodman & Canyon *

2000 $150,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Schuyler Riley & Ilian

2001 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Molly Ashe & Kroon Gravin

2002 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Molly Ashe & Kroon Gravin

2003 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Chris Kappler & Royal Kaliber

2004 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Norman Dello Joio & Glasgow

2005 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Beezie Madden & Authentic

2006 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Rodrigo Pessoa & Baloubet De Rouet

2007 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Beezie Madden & Authentic

2008 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

McLain Ward & Sapphire

2009 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

Chris Kappler & VDL Oranta

2010 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational

Jeffery Welles and Armani

2011 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational

Kent Farrington and Uceko

2012 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational

Mario Deslauriers and Cella

2013 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational

McLain Ward and Rothchild