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Endurance Legend Valerie Kanavy Takes Mikmar Bits as Gifts to His Highness

Legendary endurance rider Valerie Kanavy is invited to compete in the HH President of the United Arab Emirates Endurance Cup, and brings Mikmar Bits as gifts to His Royal Highness.

Sunland, CA – March 31, 2006 – Horses just might be the best diplomats of all. In a recent event, the love of horses and their noble accomplishments brought the world together in an endurance classic of international significance. It was February of 2006, and legendary endurance rider Valerie Kanavy had accepted a gold-plated invitation to be the guest of His Highness The President of United Arab Emirates. The occasion was HH The President of United Arab Emirates Endurance Cup, with the best riders and horses from around the world competing in this most amazing international desert competition.

When Kanavy considered what kind of gift she might bring to His Highness, she thought of Mikmar bits. She had discovered Mikmar’s Pelham bit, loved it, thought it gave her better control, and how better to show her appreciation of this invitational honor than to give something she valued greatly in her horsemanship? Valerie called Mikmar and talked to its president, Dan Weyand, telling him how much she loved the Mikmar bit, and said she would like to buy several to take with her for gifts.

With an array of gift-wrapped Mikmar Bits in hand, Valerie set out for the Middle East and this most amazing venue, half a world away, to one of three villages built especially for endurance competitions in the desert of United Arab Emirates – the Emirates International Endurance Village near Al Wathba. With her daughter, Danielle, the two comprise a dynasty of Endurance World Championships; now they would represent the USA in this prestigious international event and their crewing area would be next to the niece of the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikha Madiya, an enthusiastic horsewoman and generous hostess.

Preliminary activities are part social – Middle Eastern barbecues, renewing friendships with other riders – and part preparing for the event, conversing with crews, assessing the condition of the horses, and mentally preparing for an exciting, exhausting ride. They began in the desert darkness, before the sun – Danielle on #22, Ironman Gold, and Valerie on #23, Bull – both pure Arabian Geldings, tall, white, and beautiful to behold. Victory was not to be theirs this event, but, as always, the participation of these two accomplished endurance riders contributed to the class and quality of the competition.

And the Mikmar bits Valerie took as gifts? Sheikha Madiya received one, and another was given to His Highness, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, ruler of Abu Dhabi.

For Mikmar, Dan Weyand and his staff are gratified to know that championship riders recognize the part a Mikmar bit can play in the harmony between horse and rider. They are greatly complimented by Kanavy’s choosing their products as her gift to royalty.

“Of all the gifts she could have given His Highness, Valerie chose Mikmar,” Weyand said. “We are very appreciative of this honor – and are pleased to know that we are touching every corner of the world.”

For high-res photos contact; info@mikmar.com or call 818-446-0063. For more information about the endurance event, go to http://www.endurance.net

About Mikmar

The Mikmar Company LLC is a leading manufacturer of innovative bits for all disciplines of the equestrian world. Recognized as the pioneer of dispersed-pressure bits using unique metal compositions favorable to the horse, the company has many patented or patent-pending designs and materials. Recently, Mikmar added exclusive distributorships of the Tixerant Comfort Girth, Doda Hind Jumping Boots and The Farrier's Wife all-natural products. These products fit its corporate philosophy of aiding horse and rider in achieving true athletic harmony. Mikmar products are sold in a network of retail outlets throughout the world. For more information about Mikmar products or for the Mikmar retailer nearest you, contact Mikmar at 818-446-0063 or visit http://www.mikmar.com.


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