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North American Riders Group Follows Through with Goals and Objectives

Wellington, FL -April 16, 2009 - The North American Riders Group was able to follow through with their goals and objectives and maintain a united front when an issue arose with the schooling area during the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational.

Many of the riders felt that the warm-up ring at the American Invitational was unsuitable and that action needed to be taken. One of the objectives of the NARG is to ensure the quality of horse shows in North America and knowing this the members of the NARG turned to their President, Chris Kappler, and asked him to help find a solution to the problem.

"I was walking the course in the stadium and a few riders called me because they were concerned about the footing in the warm up area," explained Kappler. "John Madden and I went and found a big grass area that had natural lights from the parking lot. It was a little bit firm, but at least it wasn't so deep that there would be a soft tissue injury. Stadium Jumping was very accommodating and agreed that it was a better spot and quickly got on the job to move lights over there and move the schooling area."

Karen Golding was the steward for the event and was very impressed with the way the NARG handled the situation. "It was wonderful to see that kind of cooperation and to see everyone working together," said Golding. "I appreciated the fact that Chris was there and took some of the heat off of David Distler and myself. As an official this is the first time that I have seen people say, 'Okay, let's do this, let's make it work.' It was great."

The NARG is excited about the progress that their organization is making and the impact it is having on the equestrian sport. This is the second time that the group has been able to maintain a united front and find a solution when an issue has arisen at a horse show. The NARG hopes that as their membership continues to grow they can continue to accomplish more of their goals and improve the equestrian sport.

"The riders came to me, I represented them, and we came up with a solution to the problem," smiled Kappler. "Best of all, Stadium Jumping responded professionally and they agreed with the situation. We all worked together to find a solution and it happened."

For more information about the NARG please visit http://narg.org.


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