Hats off to Success Equestrian and their fantastic Saddle Pads with Purpose. Each time someone purchases a Success Equestrian Saddle Pad, a portion of the proceeds are contributed to the Equestrian Aid Foundation. The Success Equestrian Saddle Pads are no slip and keep saddles in place. Rider Liza Towell Boyd is working with Success Equestrian and said, “They make great quality products that really work. After schooling I never have to dismount to adjust the tack anymore. I can just enter the ring. This pad doesn’t move!”
You better watch out! Santa Claus was part of the festivities at the annual Caridad Center Holiday Party, hosted by the Wellington Equestrian Group. The party, for over 600 children, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington featured lunch by Outback Steakhouse and Santa distributing each child’s personal wish list of toys, bikes, skateboards and scooters. The Caridad Center is a comprehensive, free, non-profit medical, vision and dental clinic serving the uninsured and working poor of Palm Beach County with more than 400 volunteer medical professionals and allied healthcare workers. Planning members of the event included, R. Bruce Duchossois, Caroline Moran, BJ Meeks, Pablo Perez, and Nancy Hooker. To donate or volunteer, please contact Rmorris@caridad.org.
WOW! Palm Beach Equine Sports Complex has filled in two acres of their lake and put an additional HUGE (250 x 160) jumper ring in it’s place! What a gorgeous setting…with the lake right beside the ring! State-of-the-art new footing too. I am sure the clients will be surprised this year when they show up! So nice to have great stalls, paddocks, track and three rings full of jumps so close to WEF. Sure makes for happy horses!
Big news! Hillary Dobbs is joining the coaching staff at Old Salem Farm with Frank Madden.
We were glad to see Cathy Murphy Blacketer getting blessed on the late Lynn Carlisle’s horse, Tiny, at the Iroquois Hunt. We know Lynn would be happy that her lifelong friend Cathy now has, loves and hunts her horse.
Besting a field of 221 entries and a very tight ride off of the top three, Michael Janson, who rides with David Oliynyk, rode away as the 2012 New England Equitation Championship Junior Champ. The impressive equitation Medal final is held annually in October at the Eastern States Coliseum in West Springfield,Massachusetts and brings together riders from all overNew England.
Now that Darren Chiacchia is recovering, his team still can’t take a deep breath. Alayna Pastuck, his fabulous stable manager, has been stricken with a brain tumor. The brain surgery went well, now the team is waiting to hear from the doctors what her next steps will be on her road to recovery.
A new association for amateurs has been created — The Amateur Rider Association of America. The goal of this association is to give all amateurs across the nation competing in the equestrian sport of jumpers and hunters a voice. The association promotes the use of consistent guidelines, including meters for class descriptions across all similarly rated horse shows, to avoid confusion and discrepancies in course building. Visit their Facebook or send comments and input to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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