Congratulations to Reining rider Dan James, who won the Freestyle at the Kentucky Reining Cup on Smart Little Elan and became an overnight YouTube sensation with his “Lone Ranger” themed routine. The video of his ride has received more than 160,000 views with the count climbing daily. James awed the packed house at the Alltech Arena and online audiences everywhere when he unexpectedly completed the second half of his routine riding backwards! The Kentucky Reining Cup was seen by almost 17,500 viewers who watched the competition live on line via USEFNetwork.com presented by SmartPark, and another 25,000 viewers who watched afterwards via the network’s On-Demand option. Photo by Waltenberry
The Hampton Classic Horse Show is making a number of significant improvements to the grass rings at its show grounds. After careful study and consultation with renowned experts, the Classic is instituting several changes including new aeration and top dressing protocols, improved drainage, and new mowing and watering schedules in all competition rings with the exception of the Jumper Annex which has an all-weather surface rather than grass. Congratulations to the Classic for taking these steps to assure that its footing will be vastly improved.
Speaking of footing, Equestrian Services International (ESI) spent the month of May installing new footing in all dirt rings at Lake Placid in anticipation of the Lake Placid Horse Shows’ expanded three-week schedule. The all-grass Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field remains the same, but the new footing in the other competition and warm-up rings will assure exhibitors a great three weeks in lake Placid!
ZetrOZ, Inc, manufacturer of the UltrOZ Elite low intensity therapeutic ultrasound system, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Katie Lynch, from Stonington, Connecticut, a developing young professional show jumping rider with a determined goal of someday representing the U.S. at the Olympic Games. Katie spends the spring and summer in New England, where she runs her equestrian sales, training and coaching business out of her new Cuttyhunk Farm, and travels to Wellington for the the winter.
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