Pony Lane Farm Garners Multiple Championship Tricolors at the Showplace Summertime Horse Show
Roscoe, IL - July 8, 2009 - Kelsey and Madeline Thatcher of Pony Lane Farm had a great competition at the Showplace Summertime Horse Show this weekend. The show was held July 1-5 at the Ledges Sporting Horses show grounds in Roscoe, IL, and the sisters were awarded multiple championship tricolors and top honors throughout the weekend. Sixteen-year-old Kelsey Thatcher and 12-year-old Madeline Thatc... Read the full article
Jumper Classic Welcomes Smuttynose Brewing Company as Official Beer
The Jumper Classic, New England's annual elite show jumping event featuring the $75,000 Fidelity Investments AGA Grand Prix, will offer patrons a taste of New Hampshire during the VIP luncheon on Sunday, September 6th at the Silver Oak Equestrian Center in Hampton Falls. While the nation's top riders, including Olympic medalists, compete at the highest level of this equestrian sport, VIP spectator... Read the full article
Jade Hunter, Son of Mr. Prospector and Sire of the Great Azeri, Retires to Old Friends
GEORGETOWN, KY—July 8, 2009—Old Friends, the non-profit Thoroughbred retirement facility, announced today that Jade Hunter, the 25 year old sire of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, will be permanently pensioned at the organization’s Georgetown farm.
On the racetrack, Jade Hunter (Mr. Prospector-Jadana (IRE), by Pharly) was campaigned by trainer Richard Lundy for owners Bruce McNall and Allen Pauls... Read the full article
When was the last time you gave your horse the brush off? You should know that brushing does more that just remove dirt.
Brushing is not a substitute for bathing your horse. In fact, they serve different purposes. Susan Harris, author of Grooming to Win, says brushing puts the shine in your horse's coat.
"It stimulates the circulation. It's a little bit like the old thing where girls would b... Read the full article
DressageClinic.com Signed as Newest USDF Educational Partner
Lexington, KY (July 7, 2009) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that DressageClinic.com (DC.com) has signed on as the newest addition to its educational partners. DressageClinic.com is an educational Web site offering complete unedited, "reality" training videos of international dressage trainers, riding and lecturing on their most talented horses in training as... Read the full article
HITS Saugerties Is "Home for the Hunters" in 2009!
Saugerties, NY - July 7, 2009 - The HITS Saugerties Summer Show Series is set to begin this month, and Weeks V and VI of the series are your "Home for the Hunters" this year. HITS Saugerties is proud to host three very special events for hunter competitors, including the 2009 USEF Junior Hunter Championships- East Coast, the $5,000 Pony Commotion Hunter Classic, and the $10,000 Chronicle of the Ho... Read the full article
Deeridge Farm's Jacobs Brothers Score a One-Two Sweep in $75,000 Hermes Grand Prix, CSI 2*
Lake Placid, NY - July 7, 2009 - Deeridge Farm of East Aurora, NY, and Wellington, FL, had two fantastic weeks at the Lake Placid Horse Shows. It culminated with the top two places in the $75,000 Hermes Grand Prix, CSI 2* at the I Love New York Horse Show for Charlie and Louis Jacobs. The rest of the Jacobs family also finished with top places in the equitation, hunter, and jumper divisions.
C... Read the full article
National Hunter Jumper Champion Sarah Ward To Join University of South Carolina’s Equestrian Team
July 6, 2009 - BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. – Sarah Ward, a top national hunter and jumper rider with countless wins at national Finals, will join the University of South Carolina equestrian coach Boo Major and the school’s equestrian team’s Gamecocks in the 2009-10 season. The 18 year old who lives in Windemere (near Orlando), FL and also has a home in Atlanta, GA, will be a Freshman at the University of SC.... Read the full article
Mexico's Rodrigo Lambre wins the $40,000 HITS Grand Prix
CULPEPER, VA (July 6, 2009) —The Showday National came to a close on Sunday with Mexico’s Rodrigo Lambre riding Chepepe La Escondida to the blue in an exciting $40,000 HITS Grand Prix at HITS Commonwealth Park, in Culpeper, Virginia.
Lambre, who is one of several Grand Prix riders showing at HITS Culpeper from Mexico, was one of just two riders out of the 38 that competed in the class to post a... Read the full article
2009 PVDA Ride for Life and Dancing Horse Challenge Brings In Record Donations, Support
he Potomac Valley Dressage Association (PVDA) announced that their sixth annual Ride for Life dressage show and Jill Hassler-Scoop Memorial Dancing Horse Challenge charity performance brought in record donations and attendance this past weekend, June 27-28, 2009. The benefit for the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, took place at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, ... Read the full article
Coastal Carolina Makes Inroads into Equestrian Living
ong recognized for its beautiful shoreline and a lifestyle of breezy beaches and easy living, coastal Carolina is gaining an impressive reputation for its equestrian living.
According to Myrtle Beach real estate leaders, Joe Garrell and Kathy Foxworth of LITUS* Properties, the coast’s outlying areas offer some of the country’s finest in terms of equestrian properties.
“We see a number of peo... Read the full article
Much More than Bluegrass, Bourbon and Derby: Kentucky Celebrates Many Cultures
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Throughout the seasons, Kentucky loves to celebrate horses, bluegrass music and our esteemed beverage—bourbon. But our cultural roots and branches include many other cultures that also call the Bluegrass state home. Summer kicks off festivals and celebrations that span the warm weather months. Here are some highlights to jump start your travel plans.
Kicking off on July 18, ... Read the full article
Fabulous Strike scratched from Tom Fool
ELMONT, N.Y. – The field for today’s 35th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Tom Fool was reduced to four Sunday morning with the scratch of morning-line favorite and high weight, Fabulous Strike.
“He’s doing great,” said trainer Todd Beattie. “[But] we weighed out the positives and negatives. I have a lot of respect for Munnings and we were giving him 11 pounds today. With the difference in w... Read the full article
Munnings overpowers Elders in Tom Fool
ELMONT, N.Y. – Munnings took command at the top of the stretch after a rail-skimming move under jockey John Velazquez and ran off to an impressive victory over three rivals Sunday afternoon in the 35th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap at Belmont Park.
The three-year-old son of 2004 champion sprinter Speightstown, only the fourth sophomore to win the race, sat behind early fra... Read the full article
Victory for Steffen Peters in the Deutsche Bank Prize, Grand Prix Freestyle
It was pure excitement up until the very end. Would the American rider manage to beat the “Freestyle Queen“ Anky van Grunsven in the Deutsche Bank Prize, Grand Prix Freestyle? Van Grunsven had set the score to beat at 84.50 percent with a highly technical choreography. And yet Steffen Peters still managed to go one better, claiming his third victory at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen wi... Read the full article
Contessa joins "On the Record" Video Library
ELMONT, N.Y. – Three-time leading New York trainer Gary Contessa has been added to “On the Record,” candid video interviews with New York’s top horsemen posted on The New York Racing Association’s YouTube site.
Contessa, who has led all NYRA trainers in wins the past three years, is well on his way to another New York training title with 78 wins through July 3, leading his closest competitor by... Read the full article
Saratoga Fasig-Tipton Jockey-Trainer Contest set for Aug. 8-9
There will be more at stake than usual at Saratoga Race Course the weekend of Aug. 8-9, with the nation’s top jockeys and trainers competing in the first Fasig-Tipton Jockey-Trainer Contest.
All 21 races over the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing weekend will be included in the contest, with trainers and jockeys compiling points on a 5-3-1 system for win, place, and show, with double po... Read the full article
NYRA matches money raised during Calvin Borel Autograph Signing
ELMONT, N.Y. – Fans lined up at Belmont Park Saturday afternoon to get autographs from jockey Calvin Borel, resulting in more than $4,000 being raised for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).
The proceeds from the signing, with autographs going for $10 each, totaled $2,170, and The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced it will match that number for a total of $4,340 going ... Read the full article
Kensei powers away impressively in Dwyer
ELMONT, N.Y. – Kensei, ridden by Edgar Prado and trained by Steve Asmussen, made a powerful move on the far turn en route to an impressive 3-1/4 length victory in the 92nd running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Dwyer at Belmont Park on Saturday, July 4. The three-year-old colt finished the 1-1/8 mile distance on Belmont’s main track in 1:40.47.
Warrior’s Reward, the heavy 4/5 favorite, ridden by Calv... Read the full article
Cat Moves stays unbeaten with Prioress Victory
ELMONT, N.Y. – Cat Moves, ridden by Ramon Dominguez and trained by Anthony Dutrow, made a strong late move to corral stablemate Light Green by ¾-lengths in the 62nd running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Prioress at Belmont Park on Saturday, July 4. The three-year-old filly finished the six furlongs on Belmont’s main track in 1:08.65.
Light Green, ridden by John Velazquez and trained by Todd Pletcher... Read the full article
Dry Martini shakes up Suburban Handicap
Dry Martini became a millionaire at Belmont Park Saturday afternoon, rallying from last to post a two-length upset of favored Asiatic Boy in the 123rd running of the Grade 2, $400,000 Suburban Handicap.
Under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, who won the Grade 2 Dwyer earlier on the Independence Day card, the 6-year-old gelded son of Slew Gin Fizz sat behind fractions of 47.63 and 1:11.39 set b... Read the full article
German team wins the Nations Cup, the DHL Prize, CICO***
Once again the German team won the Nations Cup, the DHL Prize, CICO***, at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen 2009. Hans Melzer’s team claimed the victory with a total score of 140.40 points, ahead of Great Britain on 173.90 points and New Zealand, who finished on a total score of 250.30 points. The outstanding individual winner was Andreas Dibwoski with his 15-year-old Hanoverian mare, FR... Read the full article
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum wins the “Best of Champions” in the jump-off
It might peeve the men a little, and their better halves definitely knew it beforehand: The “best of the best“ is of course a female. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (Thedinghausen) won the jumping competition with rotation of horses at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen 2009 today – beating three men. The 39-year-old Amazon may have had to ride against the Swedish show jumper Rolf-Göran Bengts... Read the full article
Hansjürgen Britsch wins the “Silver Camera”
The water splashes everywhere when the carriages speed by. So the title that Hansjürgen Britsch gave his photo is most apt: “Refreshing enjoyment.“ For which the photographer from Mühlacker received the “Silver Camera“ at the CHIO Aachen for the best equestrian sport photo 2008/2009. “I was lucky that the sun was shining and that you could see the leaves,“ Britsch said modestly beforehand. He rece... Read the full article
Tickets on Sale NOW for “Taste of Traverse City” Party/Silent Auction to Benefit Equestrian Aid Foundation
Premier Silent Auction Items from FarmVet, Equi-Fit, Five Star, Essex, Hadfield, Badgley Mischka, ThinLine, Antares and more! Silent auction items valued at up to $4,000 each, including a $1,000 FarmVet shopping spree, bridles, horse products and fashionable accessories.
Traverse City, Mich. – July 3, 2009 – Tickets for "Taste of Traverse City," Sunday, July 12, 2009, are available online for $... Read the full article
Bettina Hoy still heading the field after the jumping
“We have got an obligation to fulfil in Aachen, because we have won every Nations Cup here so far and we don’t want this year to be an exception,“ said the National Eventing Coach, Hans Melzer, motivating his team. Things are looking good so far, even if the central eventing challenge, the cross-country, is still to come. This thrilling competition isn’t on the agenda until Saturday at the World E... Read the full article
Third victory for Cassio Rivetti in the RWE Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia
Brazil, Belgium, Ukraine, France and now Aachen: The Soers is turning out to be a successful venue for Cassio Rivetti, who after winning the RWE Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia celebrated his third victory in total at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen 2009 so far. Born in Sao Paulo in Brazil, Rivetti now lives in Belgium and trains in France. He is familiar with Aachen after competing at ... Read the full article
Summer Circuit launches at Colorado Horse Park with Colorado Circuit Preview
There was no roll of the dice for junior rider Halle Salisbury and her Casino in the Marshall & Sterling Hunter Classic during the Colorado Circuit Preview at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado (June 25-28). The youngster, who rides with Libby Barrow, had two horses in the event: Casino, the class winner, and Zhivago, who finished eighth in the class of fourteen. However, it was aboard... Read the full article
Bay Area Festival
Mr. Whoopy, Simone Coxe’s flamboyant bay stallion is as recognized for his antics in the ring as he is for his brilliant jumping style. However, during the $20,000 Bayfest Grand Prix (June 27) he got down to business. With nine horses returning for the jump off over Jamie Alder’s challenging track, scope and speed were paramount, and Mr. Whoopy showed that he had plenty of both. Helen McNaught tri... Read the full article
Pony Lane Farm Partners with Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Wellington, FL - July 2, 2009 - Phelps Media Group, Inc. International (PMG), a leading public relations firm specializing in the equestrian industry, is pleased to announce that Pony Lane Farm has joined its expanding list of clients. Pony Lane Farm is based out of South Jordan, UT, and Wellington, FL, and is home to two of the country's top young riders, Kelsey and Madeline Thatcher.
Sixtee... Read the full article
Free Seminar to Kick Off Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing
On Saturday morning, Aug. 8, Fasig-Tipton and co-sponsors The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), ThoroFan, and New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) will host a free education program “From the Horse Farm to the Finish Line: A Seminar on the Thoroughbred Industry” in the sales pavilion on East Avenue.
Beginning at 10 a.m., industry experts will participate in a panel discussion about the... Read the full article
Chrisman Mill Launches new Old Friends “Artist Signature” Wine by Singer Eddie Money
JULY 2, 2009—The Chrisman Mill Winery, located in Lexington’s Hamburg Village, will introduce its latest bottle of Old Friends “Artist Signature” Wine at a special tasting festival and release party on Friday July 10.
The tasting will begin at 4:30 on Friday July 10, with the release party running from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Chrisman Mill’s Lexington retail outlet located at 2300 Sir Barton Way at ... Read the full article
Calvin Borel Autograph signing Saturday at Belmont Park
ELMONT, N.Y. – Jockey Calvin Borel, regular rider of Preakness and Mother Goose winner Rachel Alexandra, will autograph photos at Belmont Park on Saturday, July 4 from 2-2:45 p.m.
Borel will sign 8x10 glossy, color copies of Rachel Alexandra from the June 27 Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes, a race in which the Steve Asmussen-trained filly shattered two stakes records – margin of victory and final ... Read the full article
Pletcher hoping recent history repeats itself in the Tom Fool
ELMONT, N.Y. – In 34 previous editions of the Tom Fool Handicap, three-year-olds have been victorious only three times, most recently in 2000 when Todd Pletcher saddled Trippi to a 4½-length victory in the seven-furlong race.
Sunday, Pletcher is hoping history repeats itself when he sends out Michael B. Tabor’s sophomore star Munnings against four older horses in the Grade 2, $200,000 sprint at... Read the full article
First American victory in the TESCHINKASSO Prize by Steffen Peters
The 11-year-old KWPN gelding, Ravel, who clearly demonstrated his top form under his rider Steffen Peters was awarded several 9s by the judges. The World Cup winner in Las Vegas 2009 won the TESCHINKASSO Prize, the Grand Prix CDIO at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen with a score of 77.83 percent. “I am elated about this victory,” beamed Steffen Peters, who lives in California. “I still h... Read the full article
France triumphs in the Mercedes-Benz Prize, part of the Meydan FEI Nations Cup™
France won the spectacular floodlit competition at the CHIO Aachen: In the Mercedes-Benz Prize, part of the Meydan FEI Nations Cup™, the French celebrated a sovereign victory without picking up any faults, ahead of Germany and the Netherlands who came joint second (each with four faults).
40,000 fans in the sold-out main stadium contributed towards the electric atmosphere. The newly nominated G... Read the full article
Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center Concludes Successful Summer Camp Sessions
Loxahatchee, FL- July 2, 2009 - The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (VTRC) has recently complete three successful summer camp sessions at their beautiful Palm Beach County facility. The camp ran from June 9 - 26 and each session lasted one week. The sessions included six to seven riders, including those diagnosed with Downs Syndrome, ADD, Aspergers, Autism and Depression.
During the camp s... Read the full article
Horse Shows by the Bay Welcomes Official Horse Show Veterinarians from Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
Traverse City, MI - July 1, 2009 - Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc. is pleased to welcome the official horse show veterinarians for the 2009 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival from Hagyard Equine Medical Institute's Sport Horse Program. Horse Shows by the Bay is held in beautiful Traverse City, MI, at the Flintfields Horse Park, and runs July 8 - August 2, 2009.
Hagyard Equine Medical Ins... Read the full article
SBS Farms' Jennifer Alfano and Rock Star Win Championship at Lake Placid Horse Show
Lake Placid, NY - July 1, 2009 - Jennifer Alfano, the rider and trainer for SBS Farms in Buffalo, NY, had a good week at the Lake Placid Horse Show. She and Rock Star, owned by Bright Star 158 LLC, were champions in the Regular Working Hunters. Alfano also rode five other horses to top ribbons in the professional hunter divisions.
Alfano and Rock Star won two over fences classes and won anothe... Read the full article
Reining By The Bay to Benefit the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA
Woodside, CA - July 1, 2009 - Reining By The Bay is pleased to announce their support of the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA (PHS/SPCA) at this year's competition, being held July 21-26 at the Woodside Horsepark. The PHS/SPCA will be on-site July 23-25, from 11 am - 4 pm with pets available for adoption, and for every pet adopted an additional donation will be made to the PHS/SPCA. Reining By T... Read the full article
126th National Horse Show at Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament to Feature 'AA'-Rated Hunter Divisions
New York, NY- July 1, 2009 - The National Horse Show Association of America, Limited (NHSAA) is pleased to announce that this year's hunter divisions at the 126th National Horse Show will be 'AA'-rated. The 126th National Horse Show will be held in conjunction with the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament on October 28-November 1, 2009, in Syracuse, NY.
"We are thrilled to receive an 'A... Read the full article
Equestrians Still Flock to Menlo Charity Horse Show
Atherton, CA - July 1, 2009 - Despite the downturn in the economy, over 500 equestrians, including Will Simpson, a team gold medalist in Show Jumping at the 2008 Olympics, have made plans to compete in the 39th Menlo Charity Horse Show. According to the show's founder, Betsy Glikbarg of Atherton, "We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to hold our own this year, especially when other sim... Read the full article
Showplace Productions Thanks Sponsors for Successful 2009 Showplace Spring Spectacular
Wayne, IL - July 1, 2009 - Showplace Productions would like to give a big thank you to the very generous sponsors at this year's Showplace Spring Spectacular. The horse show, held at Lamplight Equestrian Center on June 2-14, was a great success. It could not have been done without the contributions and support of so many people.
The Showplace Spring Spectacular has a long list of sponsors who ... Read the full article
Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic Selects Gretchen Almy as the 2009 Official Artist
Commissioned to design the 20th anniversary cover of the Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic program book, equine artist Gretchen Almy is putting the final touches on an oil painting of the nation's top Grand Prix rider, McLain Ward and Goldika 559 - the winners of the 2008 $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix. A unique gesture of the Jumper Classic, the original painting will be presented to M... Read the full article
Dwyer, Suburban promise fierce competition
ELMONT, N.Y. – Like the Grade 1 Prioress, both the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes and the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap on Saturday’s Fourth of July card at Belmont Park have much to offer in terms of storied history and fierce competition in their respective renewals.
Saturday’s 93rd running of the Dwyer Stakes for three-year-olds comes with its own unique story. Named for Mike and Phil Dwyer – whose Dwyer... Read the full article
Fleet Field of Nine Assembled for Grade 1 Prioress
ELMONT, N.Y. – The only Grade 1 six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies in the United States, the $300,000 Prioress at Belmont Park has long been a showcase for some of the fastest fillies on the planet, from Ta Wee in 1969 to Safely Kept in 1989, Xtra Heat in 2001 to Indian Blessing in 2008.
The 62nd edition, part of a trio of graded stakes to be run on Saturday, July 4, including the Grade ... Read the full article
Racing and Wagering Board now allowing more Superfectas
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board today enacted new directives that lay the groundwork for more Superfecta wagering opportunities for both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing fans.
“Superfectas are popular with some racing fans because if you’re lucky enough to hold a winning ticket, the payoff can be a princely sum,” Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John D. Sabini said. “We are ... Read the full article
2009 PVDA Ride for Life and Dancing Horse Challenge Brings In Record Donations, Support
he Potomac Valley Dressage Association (PVDA) announced that their sixth annual Ride for Life dressage show and Jill Hassler-Scoop Memorial Dancing Horse Challenge charity performance brought in record donations and attendance this past weekend, June 27-28, 2009. The benefit for the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, took place at the Prince George's Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, ... Read the full article
Fans Gather for “Calvin Borel Day” at Old Friends
GEORGETOWN, KY—July 1, 2009—Calvin Borel, the affable Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks-winning jockey, paid a visit yesterday to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility, and was met by nearly 200 admiring fans.
Borel made the trip from Louisville to the Georgetown, KY farm with fiancée Lisa Funk and agent Jerry Hissam. Arriving just after 4 pm, he was greeted by three TV news crews, v... Read the full article
Halloween with Horses Cancelled for 2009
he Colorado Horse Park announces that the popular family fall festival, Halloween with Horses, has been canceled for 2009. The current economic climate coupled with internal changes led the Colorado Horse Park Board of Directors to the decision to offer the Town of Parker the opportunity to take over the event. Each year, The Colorado Horse Park has funded, hosted and staffed the event, along with... Read the full article