What's Happenin'

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Classic Company Acquires Sidelines Magazine

January 26, 2016 By: Editor Category: What's Happenin'

Bob Bell, Samantha Charles and Bradley Spragg

Bob Bell, Samantha Charles and Bradley Spragg

Bob Bell has announced that he and Bradley Spragg of Classic Publishing, a division of Classic Company Ltd, have acquired Sidelines magazine. Bell will serve as president and Spragg will act as publisher for the magazine. Sidelines is an equestrian-focused publication that has been often referred to as “Peoplemagazine” of the horse world.  The publication and website feature the personalities and competitions central to the horsey set.

For decades Bell has produced top hunter/jumper horse shows in the southeast. His popular events include shows in Gulfport, Mississippi; Pensacola, Florida;

Atlanta and Charleston. He has been in discussions with former Sidelines owner Samantha Charles since late August and is pleased with the prospect of the new venture.

“I am ready to start working on a new chapter of my life,” said Bell. “The acquisition of Sidelines means working with my friend Bradley (Spragg) and working within a sport for which I have a great passion, I think this will be fun.”

Spragg is a friend of Bell and a successful trainer in Atlanta. He looks forward to working on the publication.

“Horses, people and style have always been my true passion,” said Spragg. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to combine them in this adventure in journalism.”

Charles developed the magazine 28 years ago. She is thrilled with the acquisition and believes the team of Bell and Spragg will take the magazine to the next level.

“I am so excited, I keep pinching myself,” Charles shared. “After starting this business and running it for 28 years, you can imagine how attached and emotionally invested I am, so it was difficult to think of passing it on to anyone who wouldn’t love Sidelines as I have and understand its potential.”

Bell and Charles have worked together for many years. “I just love Bob’s enthusiasm about the horse world,” Charles said.  “He is connected, totally invested in and is an integral part of the horse show world. He is the perfect leader; a person everyone loves and respects. I am very lucky and so is Sidelines.

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).


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.


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

Good Food Hunting: Brownie Batter Dip

January 25, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

By Kat Nielsen

Brownie batter dip is the delicious flavor of brownies in dippable form without eggs or flour.

Brownie batter dip is the delicious flavor of brownies in dippable form without eggs or flour.

Brownie Batter Dip is an appetizer, great party food and serious craving satisfier. Melted chocolate is mixed in to a basic cream cheese frosting (hello, there’s nothing quite like eating frosting), and heightened with the addition of cocoa powder. Served with potato chips and pretzels to keeps your creation salty and sweet, enjoyable by everyone. Chocolate in the most versatile form. So sit back and enjoy your Live Stream of the Winter Equestrian Festival, for the #Brinssert Revolution (details in the March edition of Sidelines), or as you enjoy the newly debuted Sidelines TV.

To full plates and eating your tarte out,

Dipping salty snacks into brownie batter dip satiates serious cravings.

Dipping salty snacks into brownie batter dip satiates serious cravings.

Brownie Batter Dip

10 ounces of chocolate chips
8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup of unsalted butter, softened
2 cups of powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 cup of cocoa powder, sifted
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of milk

Melt your chocolate over a double boiler until creamy. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.

Combine together the cream cheese and butter, mixing on medium speed for 1-2 minutes. Add in your melted chocolate and continue mixing. Next, add in the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Once incorporated fully, stir in the remainder of your ingredients. Mix on medium speed, adding more milk for a creamier, less dense mixture.

Serve with fruit, potato chips, animal crackers or pretzels.

About the writer: Author Kat Nielsen (Tarte Chic) is a horse enthusiast turned food blogger. She maintains a day job handling marketing and brand support to various companies while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences. Visit her blog at EatYourTarteOut.com or email her at tartechic@eatyourtarteout.com.

Equine Behavioral Ecologist Mary Ann Simonds joins Sidelines Magazine Web Blogs Writing “Between the Ears” with Focus on Horse-Rider Psychology

July 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

One of only a few Equine Behavioral Ecologists globally, Mary Ann Simonds has been educating trainers, veterinarians, and other equestrians for over 35 years.  >From sport horse breeders and Grand Prix riders to veterinarians and Olympians such as Bonaparte and Heike Kemmer, Mary Ann has influenced a number of well-known trainers today.


Growing up showing jumpers in California she earned her degrees in wildlife biology and range management studying the social ecology of wild horses as well as their natural diets at the University of Wyoming. Later (1988) she focused her graduate work on horse-human interaction pioneering the field of interspecies and equestrian psychology as well as leadership development.


“Mary Ann writes about exploring horse-rider psychology in the “Between the Ears” blog on the Sidelines Magazine website (https://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/betweentheears/) and it’s a huge hit with our readers. Having Mary Ann share her knowledge with the Sidelines community is a great benefit – we are pleased to have her as part of our team,” said Jan Westmark-Allan, Sidelines editor.

between the ears


“I am delighted to write for Sidelines as my goal is to Improve equine welfare and rider relationships with their horses by giving people simple ways to assess, train and understand their horse’s behavior as well as their own based on both equine and human psychology and biology”, says Mary Ann. “Just learning how to breath together or that smell is the most important access to the brain can have huge positive changes for horse and rider.”


Check out some of the recent bogs posts such as: Assessing Your Horse’s Temperament,Turning Fear Into Confidence, Body Language or Equestrian Philosophy and let us hear from you or your questions and ideas.


Mary Ann is available for talks and clinics with interested organizations, barns or clubs and she always loves to answer your questions. You can sign up for the blog or ask questions directly to https://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/betweentheears/.


Mary Ann Simonds, MA, coach, author, trainer, inventor, educator, Mary Ann has spent her life trying to help people better understand horses. She developed the Natural Vibration line of magnetic therapy and stress management products for Toklat Originals in 1994 and then later another line for Mystic Horse. She has a produced a number of educational videos (before most people had VCRs), as well as cds, dvds, and books. She founded the Whole Horse Institute and Equines Ltd Horse Marketing and Sales in 1981 and she continues to educate through speaking, clinics, consulting, writing and any other way she can find to transfer the knowledge to improve the lives of horses and humans. Two of her books on Equine Behavior and Stress Management are published in German.  She lives in Wellington, FL most of the year, but her farm is near Portland, OR. She also moderates the linkedin groups of Equine Behavior Professionals and Equestrian Psychology and Coaching.


Mary Ann Is available for clinics, coaching, consultations, lectures or demonstrations.


For more information:  maryann@maryannsimonds.com www.maryannsimonds.com.    360 907-4591