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Equestrian Services, LLC Awards Annual Sponsorship to European Equestrian Trainer/Rider Didier Kempter

First European Equestrian Sponsorship Recipient is also a Certified John Lyons Trainer

(Charlottesville, VA – April 1, 2008)−Equestrian Services, LLC (http://www.equestrianservicesllc.com), the company setting the standards for planning, designing and managing equestrian amenities for resorts and communities worldwide, is pleased to announce that Belgium professional equestrian trainer/rider Mr. Didier Kempter has been selected as the first European recipient of Equestrian Services’ annual sponsorship. The sponsorship, established in 2004, recognizes one equestrian each year and demonstrates the company’s support of riders in achieving their equestrian dreams.

“Equestrian Services’ is committed to offering a sponsorship that recognizes riders for their achievements, their willingness to promote the equestrian sport through professionalism, and for their kind treatment of horses, safety and equestrian leadership capabilities,” said Jennifer Donovan, founder of Equestrian Services, LLC. “We are pleased to sponsor Didier, a professional trainer specializing in horse education who will introduce the John Lyons Signature concept to Europe. Didier is also the first Belgian/European trainer certified by John Lyons.”

Equestrian Services offers equestrians the opportunity to access the highest level of horse and rider care through their Signature Equestrian Facilities. Equestrian Services works with builders and developers who are seeking a unique branding concept for their resorts or developments, the highest quality equestrian facilities, and access to world renowned equestrian experts and professional hospitality style staffing.

Modeled on successful golf industry branding and management concepts, such as Arnold Palmer or Jack Nicklaus golf course communities, Equestrian Services’ offers Signature Equestrian Facilities with partners John Lyons (“America’s Most Trusted Horseman”TM) and equestrian Olympians Karen and David O’Connor in order to offer exclusively these world’s first branded equestrian facilities and amenities, which offer highest quality standards for both horses and riders.

For more than 25 years, John Lyons, known as “America’s Most Trusted Horseman,” has taught and inspired people to work with and strengthen their relationship with their horses. After a successful show career and gaining practical horse knowledge on his Colorado cattle ranch, John began giving training clinics and symposiums two decades ago, which blossomed into world-renowned status. In 2005, Didier attended an intensive six month certification and training program at the Lyons's facility in Colorado. He returned to Belgium as a Certified Lyons Trainer.

“I’m honored to be the first European recipient of the Equestrian Services’ sponsorship,” said Didier Kempter. “In 2003, my passion for horses convinced me to turn to new training and educational methods, including training with John Lyons. I’m thrilled to bring the Lyons knowledge to Belgium and introduce the John Lyons Signature concept throughout Europe.”

John Lyons said, “It is wonderful that Didier has been recognized by Equestrian Services. My wife Jody and I recommended Didier for the annual sponsorship for showing his equestrian leadership and willingness to be a John Lyons Signature ambassador in Europe. He is bringing a level of excellence and quality to horse owners and horse lovers throughout Europe.”

Nearly two million people own the 9.2 million horses in the United States, with another two million people involved as equestrian volunteers or engaged in the equestrian lifestyle through family affiliation, according to the American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF).

Equestrian Services’ Lyons and O’Connor Signature Equestrian Facilities are currently being considered worldwide. The first O’Connor Signature facility in the world is featured at The Oaks, a 1,220 acre site in Lake City, Florida, and showcases a cross country course designed by David O'Connor. The Oaks’ facility officially launched in March 2008.

For more information about Equestrian Services, LLC, its products and services, please visit http://www.equestrianservicesllc.com; for information about its annual sponsorship, please visit http://www.eqsv.com/interest-sponsorship.cfm.

About Equestrian Services, LLC:

Founded in 2000, Equestrian Services, LLC, plans, designs and manages equestrian amenities for communities and resorts, worldwide. Setting the standard for equestrian facilities, the company offers the only branding opportunities, under the Karen and David O’Connor and John Lyons names, for builders and developers offering equestrian amenities. Equestrian Services provides comprehensive services from feasibility studies to equestrian facility management. Equestrian Services is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. For more information, visit http://www.equestrianservicesllc.com.


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