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FEI appoints The Sports Consultancy as global sponsorship sales agency

The FEI has appointed The Sports Consultancy as its official global sponsorship sales agency up to and including the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 in Bromont/Montreal (CAN).

The Sports Consultancy, appointed after a competitive tender earlier this year, has a proven track record working with the FEI on a variety of commercial consultancy projects over the last seven years.

“With our partners Longines, Furusiyya, Reem Acra and Ariat International, the FEI has already proven the benefits of being associated with equestrian sport,” said FEI President Ingmar De Vos. “We still have a lot of high profile FEI events and assets for which we believe we can attract new partners. We are looking forward to working with The Sports Consultancy again, this time to develop our partnership programmes and to build relationships with premium brands who will greatly benefit from their involvement with the FEI and its wide-ranging portfolio.”

“We are delighted to have been appointed by such a prestigious international federation,” said Marc Hope, Director, Rights Marketing at The Sports Consultancy. “The high interest and participation of equestrian sport in major economies around the world, combined with its distinct positioning and demographic is incredibly appealing and we are extremely confident that our experience, use of data and understanding of the market will deliver significant results for the FEI and for the sport as a whole.”


New Commercial Director

In other commercial news, Ralph Straus (NED) has joined the FEI as Commercial Director. He takes up the post at FEI Headquarters in the Olympic capital of Lausanne (SUI) this week.

Straus was previously Vice President of Marketing and Communications in the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in the United Arab Emirates, with the primary role of developing the global marketing and communications strategy for the 2020 World Expo in Dubai.

Prior to taking up the Dubai role, Straus was Head of Strategy and Brand Management at FIFA for seven years, in charge of planning and executing the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup marketing campaigns, spearheading global licensing and brand development, and implementing all FIFA experiential marketing initiatives, including the FIFA Fan Fests.

He also oversaw the FIFA Interactive World Cup, an annual international competition of football video games recognised by the Guinness World Records Gamers Edition as the biggest global gaming tournament, collaborated with FIFA sponsors for global consumer engagement programs and developed social media strategies for FIFA event brands.

Straus has held several senior roles in the private sector, including at telecommunications company Swisscom and oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell. He is also a regular speaker at conferences on sports marketing.

“The wealth of equestrian events, its rich history and the extensive global fan base presents compelling sponsor opportunities and provides fascinating content for broadcasters and digital platforms”, Straus said. “I am joining the FEI at a very exciting time and I am also keen to see how the changes in the digital landscape provide new opportunities to service the equestrian community and grow its fan base.”

“Ralph Straus’ extensive international marketing and commercial expertise in both the sport and private sectors will be massively beneficial to the FEI,” the FEI President said. “His leadership skills and experience in building up expert teams is crucial as we look to maximise our commercial goals into 2016 and beyond.”





TheraPlate Brand Ambassador Sydney Collier Becomes
2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Champion


Katy, Texas — The Official Therapy Plate of the U.S. Equestrian Federation, TheraPlate Revolution Therapy Platforms, is proud to congratulate TheraPlate Brand Ambassador Sydney Collier for her latest victories at the 2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championships, presented by Houston Dressage Society, on October 30- November 1 in Katy, Texas.

This year has been extremely successful for Collier, who relies on the TheraPlate to keep herself and her horses in prime condition to achieve outstanding performances. In July, Collier rewrote history as the first-ever Para Dressage Individual Gold medalist at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJRYC). At the Para Equestrian Dressage National Championships, she rode away from Texas with two national titles under her shadbelly.

Collier’s National Championship success came on her familiar partner Wentworth and a newer member to her team, Scampano. “I am beyond proud and thankful to both my boys, Wentworth and Scampi, for their performance at the National Para Dressage Championships. Both were fabulous in their Freestyles. Wentworth earned nearly 70%, and Scampi, in his Freestyle debut, earned better than 68%. Both also earned their National Championship titles in the 1* and 3* High Performance Divisions,” Collier said, adding, “Onward and upward to the Rio Para Olympics!”

Collier praises TheraPlate Revolution Therapy Platforms for contributing to her ability to excel in dressage. “Many days my horses and I spend our time together on the TheraPlate. We could not have had the success we have had in the ring without TheraPlate on our team.”

TheraPlate is a rehabilitation and therapy system that increases circulation, bone strength, and muscle mass, while also reducing swelling and inflammation and promoting rapid healing and pain relief.

Collier has experienced the healing effects of TheraPlate on herself, and has seen it work on her horses. At age seven, Collier was diagnosed with Wyburn-Mason Syndrome, a rare congenital birth defect. Despite multiple surgeries and a stroke that left her virtually blind, she never stopped riding, earning the title of USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year in 2014.

Keeping Wentworth (who also had a beautiful CPEDI3* Team Test at Texas) and Scampano (who won the 1b Division of his first CPEDI 1*) in top shape has been a privilege for the therapy platforms named the Official Therapy Plate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). The company is proud to sponsor talented and motivated equestrians like Collier.

TheraPlate's innovative Therapy Platforms use dynamic movement that can improve and maximize performance for horses and humans— simply by standing on them. TheraPlate allows horses to return to competition sooner by reducing healing time on existing injuries, and also reduces the chances of incurring new injuries as muscular and connected ligaments and tendons become more fit.






EASTERN STATES EXPOSITION VICE PRESIDENT
SUE LAVOIE TO RETIRE



Eastern States Exposition (ESE) Vice President Sue Lavoie has announced her retirement, capping a 49 year career with the West Springfield organization. She joined the staff of ESE in June, 1966 and has held a number of positions, culminating in her appointment of Vice President in 1986.

ESE President and CEO, Eugene J. Cassidy, said, "Sue's list of accomplishments at ESE and in life is long and honorable. She is an impressive woman who worked hard to guide and mold our organization into the fifth largest fair in North America and one of the top ten economic engines in Western Massachusetts."

She oversees the Sales department, which is responsible for selling of all commercial exhibit space for The Big E, obtaining sponsorships and booking the facility for year-round events, which number in excess of 100. Sue also serves as liaison to the Exposition's Avenue of States, working closely with the six New England state governments which own and operate the buildings.

"I remember the Exposition with dirt roads and old buildings and have seen this organization grow and change with numerous new structures and a thriving year-round show business. I am proud of the spectacular showcase Eastern States Exposition has become and pleased to have been a part of its evolution," Lavoie said.

Lavoie is an active member of the Rotary Club of Springfield, serving as its first female president in 1997/1998 and receiving the organization's Paul Harris honor in 1998. Her awards include the Women's Partnership (now the Professional Women's Chamber) Woman of the Year (1998), as well as the two highest awards for volunteerism bestowed by the YMCA: the Outstanding Layperson of the Year (1990) and its Red Triangle award (2002).

She is board chair and Finance Committee member of the Mount Marie Health Care System; past chair of the Springfield YMCA, Pioneer Valley American Red Cross and Springfield School Volunteers; past president of the Women's Partnership and the Mass. Agricultural Fairs Association; past board member of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Women's Partnership, New England chapter of the International Association of Exposition Managers (IAEM), West Springfield Boys & Girls Club and the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control Shelter; as well as past board member of the Springfield Parking Authority Commission and past Board of Parks Commissioner, both appointed by former Mayor Michael Albano. Lavoie has also served on several committees for the Springfield YWCA. She is also a Certified Fair Executive of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.

Lavoie will retire March 31, 2015 and hopes to travel, spend more time with family as well as on Cape Cod, and remain an active volunteer in the community.









2kGrey Joins the Intrepid International Family

New Holland, PA — The fashion-forward equestrian apparel company 2kGrey is joining forces with Intrepid International, a manufacturer and distributor of quality tack and riding apparel. The global company Intrepid distributes its products to over one thousand tack shops worldwide. Riders will now be able to purchase their favorite 2kGrey products from Intrepid International retail dealers around the world.

2kGrey becoming a part of Intrepid International is an ideal step for both companies, which share a passion for innovative, high-performance equestrian designs. “Intrepid International has been searching for apparel to add to their extensive lines of horse tack,” explains Intrepid’s president, Larry Mitton. Mitton met 2kGrey founder Meryl Ranzer at just the right time.

“Intrepid International began as a clothing manufacturer in the sporting goods industry, but in the early 1970's we diversified into the equestrian industry. However, we think it is time for us to go back to our roots by seeking out individuals that have extensive backgrounds in designing and knowledge of the equestrian industry,” Mitton says. “We are aware that there is a lot of competition in this field, but by choosing to work with the right designers and developing a signature brand we can and will be a successful player within this product group.” One of the most applauded qualities of 2kGrey riding pants that make their design stand out from others is their flawless fit. In 2kGrey pants, wearers are as comfortable as they are stylish.

2kGrey’s Ranzer is excited to further connect high fashion with the equestrian lifestyle through a new partnership with Intrepid International. With twenty-five years of experience designing clothing lines for private labels like Oleg Cassini and Victoria’s Secret, Ranzer knows fashion — and Intrepid International knows horses.

Wearing 2kGrey’s riding pants— which are made of a light-weight denim that contains stretch and embellishments— creates shape and plays up curves. “2KGrey jeans symbolize function, comfort, and sexy style,” explains Ranzer. “These jeans play up your assets by creating and enhancing a coveted form that will turn heads in and out of the ring.”

Equestrians can now look to Intrepid International to find 2kGrey’s stunning equestrian apparel, which features riding pants and jackets that can easily go from the saddle to the street. “With 2kGrey’s product line, it’s fashion. It’s not just for riding,” Ranzer said. “It’s items you can wear in the barn and then wear out after your ride. It’s comfort and functionality!”

Mitton added, “Intrepid will now produce 2Kgrey’s top quality riding apparel known for its great fit. It is easy to care for, and appeals to ladies that look for style and comfort. Price points will be reduced to engage a larger segment of the riding public, while retaining the use of the best fabrics available and designing them in the USA.”

As a new year and new possibilities for Intrepid International and 2kGrey have begun, stylish riders are sure to benefit from the joining of these two popular equestrian companies. For more information on 2kGrey’s stylish line of equestrian women’s apparel, visit www.2kGrey.com. To learn more about Intrepid International— now a proud distributor of 2kGrey’s product line — and for a list of Intrepid’s retail locations, visit www.intrepidintl.com or call 800-347-0033.




Lionshare Dressage Loans Delorean MF
To Para-Equestrian Margaret McIntosh


Sierra Keasler stands with Margaret McIntosh on Delorean
MF at the USEF High Performance Southeast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium


Wellington, FL — When Caroline Roffman received an email from Margaret McIntosh inquiring about borrowing a horse for the USEF High Performance Southeast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium, Roffman immediately wanted to help. Accomplished para-equestrian McIntosh asked for just two things: A horse with a good mind and a great walk.

Roffman, an international Grand Prix rider and head trainer at Lionshare Dressage in Wellington, Florida, knew just the horse. She called her working student Sierra Keasler to suggest that McIntosh borrow Keasler’s Delorean MF, the six-year-old son of Don Principe known around the barn as “Baby Horse.”

Roffman explained that McIntosh is a talented rider who enjoyed a successful eventing career with the help of Bruce Davidson, which led to her competing in the CCI*** and CCI**** at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event in 1997 and 1998 before a life-changing accident. While riding in an event in 1999, McIntosh fell over a cross country fence and broke her neck. Her equestrian career would never be the same.

Although she was initially paralyzed from the chest down, McIntosh was able to regain her mobility and get back in the saddle as a para-equestrian. McIntosh now trains with Missy and Jessica Ransehousen. She has risen back through the equestrian ranks, earning the title of 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Reserve Champion. Unable to bring her own Rio Rio to Wellington for the Symposium, McIntosh looked to Roffman for the perfect ride.

For Keasler, the decision to lend her horse to McIntosh was an easy one. “After hearing her story, there was no way I could say no,” explained Keasler. “At the symposium, Baby Horse made me proud. He took his job very seriously and worked so hard for Margaret. This was not just an amazing experience for Baby Horse, but also for me. I'll never forget it, and I am so glad I was able to take part."

McIntosh was grateful for Team Lionshare’s help. “Caroline was enthusiastic about the whole thing, and her working student Sierra Keasler jumped in with both feet right away,” said McIntosh. “I am so thankful to Sierra, Andrea and Sean Keasler, and Caroline Roffman of Lionshare Dressage for making this horse available for me to ride in the symposium. He’s a fantastic ride and has a super walk.”

Aboard Keasler’s Delorean MF, McIntosh was able to receive feedback from international Para-Equestrian dressage judge and trainer Kjell Myhre that she looks forward to utilizing with her own horse, Rio Rio. “I enjoyed the symposium and thought Kjell was so nice and positive,” McIntosh said. “I really wanted to work on the halt. My trainer Missy (Ransehousen) says to not over-analyze it. I tend to over think the halt not only on this horse, but also on Rio Rio. We really nailed the halt with Kjell when he said just sit down in the saddle. I also practiced my five-meter serpentines, including the preparation for them. I really enjoyed this symposium.”

McIntosh competes in para-equestrian dressage at Grade 1(a), a classification in which riders walk their dressage tests. Although she just barely missed the mark for the 2012 London Olympics Selection Trials and she was unable to compete in the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games due to a classification discrepancy, McIntosh continues to push forward in her competitive career. Her sights are set on qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Thanks to supporters such as Roffman and Keasler, her dreams of competing on a U.S. Olympic Team are in reach.

For more information about Roffman and her top-quality dressage training, lessons and sales business Lionshare Dressage, visit www.lionsharedressage.com, email lionsharedressage@gmail.com, or call 617-633-1003.




World Equestrian Brands Tack Matters Award Winner:
Hohm is Where the Heart is


Allegra Hohm (left) and Guadalupano receive the World
Equestrian Brands Tack Matters Award at the 2015
Adequan Global Dressage Festival


Wellington, FL — Canadian CDI rider Allegra Hohm was recognized by World Equestrian Brands as the newest Tack Matters Award winner at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Hohm and her mount Guadalupano embodied excellence and adaptability—as World Equestrian Brands tack and equipment does—during week three of the international show series. Like the popular tack company, Hohm demonstrated a love for dressage and for utilizing stylish and functional equipment.

Hohm accepted the World Equestrian Brands Tack Matters Award and matching E.A. Mattes saddle pad and ear piece prize in recognition of presenting herself and PRE gelding Guadalupano in beautiful, well fitting and functional tack, and inspiring other riders to present their best.

“My mom, Sheila, let me 'steal' him to show in Florida for the season,” said Allegra Hohm who, like her horse, is also an Alberta, Canada 'homebred.' “My hope our season is to improve my scores each time out and develop a successful, confident Prix St. George and Intermediate 1 horse. This was his first CDI ever and it's very important to have proper, well-fitting tack when you're at this level,” explained the equestrian, who trains in Vero Beach with Chrissa Hoffman. World Equestrian Brands couldn't agree more, and chose the stunning pair out of numerous talented competitors to receive the award. The 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival has again been a perfect venue for World Equestrian Brands to salute high-performance equestrians. The show series holds twelve weeks of competition for more than $650,000 in prize money. This year’s series (www.globaldressagefestival.com) opened January 8 and continues through March 29, featuring four CDI-Ws, a CDI 4*, CDI 5* and the only non-championship CDIO Nations Cup in the Western Hemisphere.

Find World Equestrian Brands on the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds in The Horse of Course mobile tack shop, and around the corner from the show at The Tackeria and Dover Saddlery.

World Equestrian Brands is committed to delivering intelligent brands for performance horses. By listening to riders’ feedback and providing personalized service backed by an experienced team of riders, World Equestrian Brands distributes only the highest-quality equestrian products. The company is eager to recognize riders who share its love for quality through the Tack Matters Award at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. For more about World Equestrian Brands and its fine products, visit www.worldequestrianbrands.com.




 

Dressage Trainer Kerensa Muller Offers
Summer Training Specials


Kerensa Muller and Zerbino Interagro competing for the Dutch team during the
2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)



Wellington, FL – Any rider looking to improve their dressage skills and preparing to brave out the Florida summer heat will now have some relief in their training bill as Kerensa Muller, a internationally educated dressage rider and trainer, is offering a number training special. Muller’s discounted rate will run through August, and is completely customizable for each client. Whether your horse needs full board and training, or if you’d prefer for Muller to travel to your farm to teach, her flexible schedule allows for her to accommodate any horse and rider combination.

Muller has trained with some of dressage’s biggest names. Originally from Holland, she spent 4 years with Sjef Janssen, the Dutch National Olympic Team coach, before moving to the United States with Carol Grant. She spent 5 years with Grant before striking out on her own. Since they she has attended clinics with Debbie McDonald, Hank van Bergen and trained with George Williams, Oded Shimoni, and Arlene “Tuny” Page, resulting in a very well rounded dressage background. In addition to training for the FEI levels of dressage, she has also been successful in helping jumper riders strengthen their flatwork. From this strong foundation, Kerensa has trained and shown many horses with great success, including riding for the Dutch team during the 2014 Nations Cup CDI*** at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

In addition to such a diverse background in dressage, Muller also holds a masters is psychology, which makes her an exceptional trainer and coach of riders in addition to her ability to develop horses. She also has been working with a number of professionals on ‘horse mirroring,’ which combines psychology and horses. Her LBR Stables is located in Deer Run off of Lion Country Safari Road, a short walk to White Fences and their circuit of summer shows.

“I wanted to offer something for riders looking to keep their horses in work while their regular trainer goes north for the summer,” said Muller. “I’ve worked with many of the trainers here in Wellington and Loxahatchee and enjoy keeping horses fit for next year’s winter circuit.” In addition Muller’s training package includes coaching at shows for both horse and rider.








Stacy Westfall

SW

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
 ― Eleanor Roosevelt
 

            Stacy Westfall grew up in the picturesque town of South China, Maine.  At the youthful age of six she acquired her first pony, Misty.  Sherri, Stacy’s mom, was her sole riding and training instructor throughout her youth, sharing her knowledge, her insight, and her wisdom with her daughter.  Along with Sherri, Stacy watched and listened, taking cues from the horses -- consequently her second teacher.  Through the pure nature of her horses, she has sharpened her understanding and knowledge of them. 

            Stacy is a champion in riding without reins, without a bridle; she‘s a wonder at riding without a saddle.  In 2003 she was the winner of the National Reining Horse Association Freestyle reining competition (riding without a bridle) with Quarter Horse mare named Can Can Lena.  She continued undefeated for two years in major freestyle reining competitions. 

            In 2006 Stacy rode Quarter Horse mare, Whizards Baby Doll (Roxy), to victory in the Tulsa Reining Classic and All American Quarter Horse Congress reining competition and the Road to the Horse Winner -- without a saddle or a bridle in each.  (In the history of the Road to the Horse colt-starting competition only one woman has ever competed -- that is Stacy Westfall.  It was a walk in the park as she cinched the title!)  Her accolades include:

1997 Graduate of University of Findlay

2003 NRHA Futurity Freestyle Champion (Bridle-less)

2005 All American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Futurity Champion

2005 NRHA Futurity Freestyle Champion

2006 Road to the Horse Winner

2006 All American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Champion

2006 Named to The University of Findlay’s Western Equestrian Wall of Fame

            Training and teaching are second nature to this young woman.  Stacy has put together a wonderful DVD collection to teach and train all who want to learn and better understand and work with horses using her training techniques.  They are available for sale at her website, along with ropes, halters, training equipment, and so forth.  Without hesitation visit her website at westfallhorsemanship.com.

            She and Jac [from Whizards Baby Doll (Roxy)] have spent a lifetime learning and you can see it all on Stacy’s Video Diary at her YouTube channel.  She is currently at episode 8 in her visual journal of Jac‘s growth, learning, and development.  This is a fabulous must-see!  Visit her YouTube channel to learn and enjoy more.

            Jesse, her husband, and Stacy have established the Westfall Horsemanship Training Facility in Mt. Gilead, Ohio.  They have three boys -- Caleb, Joshua, and Nathan.  Stacy is an amazing woman with many accomplishments, including being one of the top clinicians in the nation.  She knows where she came from and the world is open to her.  She is blossoming where she is living; she is living her dream. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLORIDA EQUESTRIAN FOUNDATION

 

ther·a·py [thérrəpee](plural ther·a·pies) N  treatment to cure:  treatment of physical, mental, or

behavioral problems that is meant to cure or rehabilitate somebody 

[Mid-19th century. Via modern Latin < Greek therapeia < therapeuein "treat medically"

< theraps "attendant"]

The word "therapy" comes from the Greek "therapeia"

meaning "a service, an attendance" which, in turn, is related to the

Greek verb "therapeuo" meaning "I wait upon." Therapy was (and is)

a service for those in need

Bentley

(Bentley and Veteran Chris Clear)

            Back in 2010, a bright, intelligent woman named Cindy Devine started The Florida Equestrian Foundation, presented by Scarlett Stables.  The F.E.F. is about ‘horses rescuing mind, body, and soul’.   It is about Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Activities.  Cindy had the presence of mind to see and understand the healing power of horses.  As a result, the Florida Equestrian Foundation was born.

            The Florida Equestrian Foundation is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization.  They are dedicated to promoting the self-development, self-esteem, mental and physical health of those in need, regardless of ability to pay, through interactions with horses.1 

 

OwenOwen1

(Jackson Owens, age 5; the walker is Nickolas Adams, a student at IRSC; the horse is Napolean, an 18-year old Miniature Welsh
the photographer is Steve Owens)

 

            The healing process is undertaken in an holistic and integrative approach which emphasizes the contribution of various therapeutic disciplines in a supportive and safe environment.  The holistic and integrative approach may use a combination of disciplines such as art, music, writing and journaling, to name only a few. 

            Horses are magnificent animals with extraordinarily keen senses.  They are fully aware of their entire environment.  When someone is in their company they can sense that individuals’ feelings, their emotions.  The horse will actually begin to mirror the mind-set, the disturbances of the individual(s) around them.  In order to obtain peace and respect for one another, the individual(s) must work through their moods, sentiments which will reflect the horses reactions and temperament.  The feedback from equine assisted psychotherapy and equine assisted activities is immediate.  This, in-turn, requires immediate reaction and response, which, in-turn, displays immediate feedback, and moves the individual(s) toward healing and well-being in a most positive light.

            Here, at the Florida Equestrian Foundation, help is awarded to many.  Healing involves individuals of ALL ages, families, groups (such as corporate groupings), and our veterans.  Therapy is carried out by an accredited two-person team -- a mental health specialist and an equine specialist.  At the Florida Equestrian Foundation they have treated such challenges as PTSD, TBI’s, anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, bullying/bullies, fears, physical- mental- and sexual-abuse, loneliness, addictions, at-risk students, social acceptance, low self-esteem/confidence, marital- family- and corporate-communications.  Not only is the individual’s life changed, but this life-changing treatment has the ripple effect whereas the relationships with family and friends is dramatically improved.

Carter

(Carter Owens, age 11;
the horse is a registered Arabian named Schadow, 23-years old;
the photographer is Steve Owens)

 

            Some of the wonderful staff you will meet are Marco (12-year old Paint Quarterhorse), Shadow (23-year old Arabian), Bentley (9-year old Palomino), Crockett (12-year old Paint Quarterhorse), Praise (16-year old Thoroughbred), Scarlett (8-year old Bay Quarterhorse), Madonna (9-year old Chestnut Thoroughbred), Georgia (9-year old Tennessee Walker), Bici (12-year old Bay Thoroughbred), and Napoleon (18-year old Welsh Miniature Pony).  What a fabulous cast!  There is no mystery here.  Remarkable interaction between horse and human being, resulting in a healing of mental,  psychological, emotional wounds is phenomenal.  It’s a win-win situation.

            The Florida Equestrian Foundation offers beneficial psychotherapeutic programs for most everyone.  Programs include: War Horse (men’s group), Black Velvet (women’s empowerment group), War Admiral (veterans and wounded warriors), Black Beauty (victims of domestic abuse), Hildalgo (at-risk teens), Hi-O Silver (seniors), and Seattle Slew (educational groups, retreats, collaborations, and team-building activities).

Carter1

(Carter Owens, age 11; Marci Dalton is the trainer;
the horse is a registered Arabian named Schadow, 23-years old;
the photographer is Steve Owens)

 

            Take some time to visit the Florida Equestrian Foundation presented by Scarlett Stables at their website at http://www.floridaequestrianfoundation.org/.  You can contact them via snail-mail at Florida Equestrian Foundation, Scarlett Stables, 9745 141st Avenue, Fellsmere, Florida, 32948.  Also, you can email them at FloridaEquestrianFoundation@gmail.com.  For even more information, just give them a jingle at 772.538.3748.  Thank you, Cindy Devine, for the time and attention you and your staff have given to those in need.  Your care and empathy, devotion to healing the wounded, is admirable.

Logan

(Veteran James "Logan" Rednour, US Army, 101st Airborne, 502nd Alpha Company, medically retired;
the horse is Praise (Praise the Lord), 17-year old Thoroughbred)

 

“Horses change lives. They give our young people

confidence and self-esteem. They provide

peace and tranquility to troubled souls,

they give us hope.”

― Toni Robinson


http://www.floridaequestrianfoundation.org/#!about_us/csgz








Cowboys, Cowgirls, Cattle, and Thoroughbreds
to Cut Loose at Pimlico


When the Retired Racehorse Training Project announced that 26 Thoroughbred ex-racehorses would appear at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland to demonstrate their talent for second careers, nobody envisioned a western invasion of Maryland hunt country.

The majority of the demonstrations at the October 5 and 6 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium will feature the traditional English sports that Thoroughbreds have excelled in for centuries, but today RRTP announced that the western disciplines will move in on Pimlico in a big way.

“When one of our trainers, Dale Simanton, requested some cattle for his demonstration at Pimlico, we all thought he was kidding,” said RRTP president Steuart Pittman. “We didn’t think our friends at Maryland Jockey Club would let cattle anywhere near their racetrack, but we were wrong. So we had a conference call with Dale and his crew and decided he should not bring just one ranch horse, he should bring as many as he could fit in his trailer so we could host a full ranch rodeo demonstration.”

Dale’s South Dakota ranch is home to Gate to Great, a program that retrains Thoroughbreds off the track to do the ranch work typical of western cattle operations. The ranch is also home to what may be the only all-Thoroughbred ranch rodeo team in the nation, a team that will now be making an appearance at the RRTP Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium. In addition to his Makeover horse, Drake’s Dancer (aka Duck), Dale will bring four off-track Thoroughbred geldings that are fully trained in ranch work and rodeo competition to wow the crowds at Pimlico.

Dale won’t be alone in bringing a Makeover horse that knows how to work cattle. To top off the western flavor of the weekend, Saturday will also feature an off-track Thoroughbred barrel competition that includes Thoroughbred Makeover contestant Nikki and Symphonic Cat. Like Dale, Nikki also hails from the west, she is a native of Paso Robles, California. And while she is training Symphonic Cat for barrel racing and gymkhana, she has also done a cattle drive and a team penning competition with him. “It’s what we do with our horses out here,” said the twenty-two year old Nikki, “and Thoroughbreds off the track are my horse of choice.”

The barrel race will also feature the winner and four runners-up from this summer’s Extreme Retired Racehorse Makeover Barrel Race held in Ohio. “These girls have more fun with their Thoroughbreds than should be legal,” said Jackie Harris, the founder of the Dreaming of Three Foundation and barrel racing promoter who organized the event. “We plan to light up the race track and show the East Coast what their Thoroughbreds can do.”

The western invasion will take place on Saturday afternoon and evening during the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at Pimlico Racecourse. More information and tickets are available online at www.retiredracehorsetraining.org.






Adventures in Photography: Buck’s Team


Halflingers are one of the most beautiful breeds of draft horses. Their long blond manes combined with their chestnut coats makes for a striking horse. Famed for their gentle nature, halflingers were bred as small, but reliable draft horses in Austria during the late 1800’s. Their small stature comes from their lineage of Tyrolean ponies. They are quite common in the Alps of Austria and Northern Italy.

Bob Buck, a resident of Middleboro, raises halflingers. He graciously allowed me to photograph his team as he plowed his vegetable garden on a hot day in May. These two halflingers were the oldest in Buck’s stable. They worked up quite a sweat plowing through the rich emerald fields of spring.

To create this image, I wanted to show nothing of the modern world. This meant carefully including only the horses and the trees in the background. I made sure to keep an eye out for other objects from the farm that would give the scene away. In the original version of this image I accidentally included Bob’s shoe and the lower part of his leg covered in blue jeans. This was too modern for what I had envisioned, so I cropped the image even tighter.

Having the background of the green grasses and tree s was not an accident. Once I had spotted this area on the farm, I asked Bob to turn his halflingers by that spot again and again. He obliged for about a dozen turns. This gave me plenty of opportunities to refine my images and wait for the perfect moment. Working with people and animals requires patience and sometimes with the right models, they will work with you to create an even better image.

This image shows Massachusetts as it once was. I am fascinated with history and what life may have looked like in days gone by. Imagine how an old farm might have looked in 1776 or 1660… By carefully including only elements that may have been seen in the past, I have created an image that represents my imagination of history. Can you imagine a hot spring day, with vibrant green grass and aspen leaves being backlit by golden sunlight? A farmer with two beautiful, hardworking horses headed down a lane of freshly plowed earth, drives off into the distance. No cars, telephone poles, cell phones or modern signs of life. Just a man with his team…

This Month’s Tip: Don’t be afraid to create or even recreate a scene. Sometimes you can get a second opportunity at that once in a lifetime image. If the moment passes and you weren’t ready, see if you can arrange the elements of the image to try again. In this case, I knew what I wanted and I directed Bob towards a particular spot on his farm again and again… It was definitely worth it!

Greg Lessard is a professional photographer. You can view his latest exhibit "The Glory of Massachusetts a Photographic Journey" at the Great Ponds Gallery in the Lakeville Library until August 30.








Meet the New Owners of Graphic Developments, Inc.

Bob Damon (L) and Jay Leach (R)

“The more things change, the more they stay the same”


As of November 1, 2012, the ownership of Graphic Developments has changed. The founder and former owner George E. Davis decided to retire to spend more time with family and friends, and to pursue personal interests.

Bob Damon and Jay Leach have worked at Graphic Developments since its inception in 1973, and have had the pleasure to serve your account these many years. With their combined experience, and the mentoring they received while working for George Davis, they can ensure you that “the more things change, the more they stay the same”.

Graphic Developments, Inc. has been sold to the two people who know the printing, mailing and servicing of your publication like no one else. They will continue to deliver the highest quality and service that you expect and that Graphic Developments is known for.

Thank you for your continued business. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Bob (ext. 12) or Jay (ext. 15) anytime at 781-878-2222.

Bob Damon
Jay Leach









Wild, Tame, or Domesticated?

by
A.L. Yergeau

This article is dedicated to the
memory of all riders and their first horse


Horses are absolutely beautiful creatures. Their impact on shaping the modern world is titillating. They have been around for thousands of years – running wild and free, domesticated to work the land, pulling golden chariots in the Middle East and Africa along with less ornate carts and wagons throughout the known world, racing for fun and profit, bearing skilled archers during wartime. Our relationships with horses are important. Communication is key. Horsemanship is the fine art of such a relationship between our horse[s] and ourselves.

Mrs. Leslie Desmond


Mrs. Leslie Desmond is a remarkable woman who has grown-up and lived with horses for much of her life. She has expertly combined her knowledge and talents with that of her childhood mentor, Ivan Taylor (WWI cavalry officer from Manchester, VT) and Bill Dorrance (master horseman and rancher from Salinas, California), among others, to come to where she is today. A woman of worldwide authority and renown, Mrs. Leslie Desmond is an international clinician, riding coach, and trainer’s trainer. She is the experts’ expert. She coaches trainers in the art of horsemanship through the art of feel and release. This technique, used in respect to the development of the horses regard for the individual, is unsurpassed.

Leslie chooses to keep her classes relatively small – four to six riders in a group. She says, “I prefer to work one-on-one because a horse-rider pair can develop more easily, and with a lot more sureness, when they have undivided attention.” Leslie Desmond’s work schedule takes her around the United States and Europe. She is involved with rescue centers, ranches, and farms in California, Colorado, and Texas. This season she has the opportunity to work in Georgia, Kentucky, Nevada, and Wisconsin. Her clinics and demonstrations throughout the springtime will bring her to Germany, Hungary, Scotland, and Spain.

I had the distinct pleasure of attending one of her fabulous demonstrations. Mrs. Desmond handles horses with complete comfort and ease; she is unflappable. The horse she worked with belongs to a lovely lady named Linda Brady; her horse, Belle, is a beautiful 7-year old Paint/Hanoverian. This was the first meeting between Leslie and Belle. Leslie handled Belle beautifully as they studied one another, communicating through touch, eye-contact, body movement.

Communicating with Belle, Mrs. Desmond could tell her where to look, move her, place her where she wanted her to be -- all through silent communication -- through feel. Linda expressed what a wonderful, extraordinary experience this has been for Belle. Mrs. Desmond was absolutely phenomenal. Thursday evening, Friday, and Saturday Leslie worked with both Linda and Belle, demonstrating how to handle and communicate without pulling/pushing. Leslie went above and beyond herself revealing how all manner of movement with horse and rider is communication. Natural horsemanship is a method which is just that -- natural. It makes sense.

To truly understand how superb her methods are please take the time to visit her website, enjoy her publications, and, like a sponge, soak-up all the knowledge she shares with us. Leslie Desmond carries on the tradition of Mr. Bill Dorrance (1906-1999). He and Mrs. Desmond co-authored the best-selling, classic training manual True Horsemanship Through Feel (published under her Diamond Lu imprint). The sequel to this noteworthy script is a 10-CD audio book Horse Handling and Riding Through Feel. This is a classic learning tool for riders and trainers in all disciplines, riding camps and academies, and riding colleges.

Through Diamond Lu Productions, LLC, Leslie released her first three-volume video series American Horsemanship for Young & Old, influenced by Mr. Ivan Taylor. Mrs. Desmond is currently working on two more books: 1) Riding With Bill – a first-hand version of her apprenticeship with Bill Dorrance which includes numerous photographs of Mr. Dorrance at work, along with etchings by rancher/artist Phil Tognazzini of Cayucos, CA; 2) The Feel Of A Horse – an indispensable read to better understand more about how the mind of the horse works, foster the animals’ trust and understanding, including 480 photographs and illustrations by Leslie Desmond and Phil Tognazzini.

Our minds and hearts can be fertile ground for her vast realm of wisdom and knowledge of horses and their riders. Through Diamond Lu Productions, LLC, Leslie is providing an opportunity for many to grow and learn, understanding and nurturing the rider-horse bond. Visit her website at www.lesliedesmond.com for a wealth of information about the wonderful books/CD-audio books/DVD’s that she has to offer! On her website you will find an abundance of information about Leslie, Bill Dorrance, her clinics, horse transitions, articles, and so much more.

Mrs. Leslie Desmond has so much to teach us and I thank her for allowing me to spend time watching and listening to her. She is well-informed and so willing to share her knowledge with others. Her seeds of knowledge must be cherished and cultivated.

Mr. Jason Drass:


To learn more about horsemanship I went to another professional – Mr. Jason Drass: Blacksmith and Progressive Horsemanship. Mr. Drass is a man of many talents. His true passion is horsemanship. Progressive Horsemanship is the basis of his teachings. Communication is a vital and significant element between the horse and the rider. The powerful relationship that develops via understanding the wants and needs of both horse and rider is tantamount to the pure joy of the rider and horse as one.

Jason enjoys roping and cattle working. His farrier services include corrective shoeing, balanced and correct trimming, and a specialty in hard-to-shoe horses. Jason is attentive as he looks upon each horse individually so as to shoe them properly – for the job at hand – and for every level of their performance.

It was a privilege and pleasure to see Mr. Drass in action at Stone Tree Acres in Marion, MA. He is, as the expression goes, a natural. Jason is one with the horse; they are in communion with one another. Jason exudes confidence and trust, attributes the animal recognizes and reacts to. Jason and his charge meet on agreed terms. Educating others in building bonded relationships is an extraordinary goal and a labor of love.

Jason’s wife, Dr. Kendyl Foristall-Drass, is a large animal veterinarian. She has her own business -- Highland Hill Veterinary Service, L.L.C. -- located in Middleboro. You can learn more about her and her expertise at www.highlandhillvet.com.

Jason Drass is available to set up his clinic at your farm. On his website you can view a listing of his upcoming clinics and events. A remarkable, down-to-earth gentleman, he is gifted with an uncanny rapport with horses. I highly recommend you visit Jason Drass’s website at www.jasondrass.com to learn more about him and his many skills and abilities. He is a talented man who has an exceptional awareness of horses, and a wealth of knowledge to share.

Mr. Jason Drass has so much to teach us and I thank him for allowing me to spend time watching, listening, and learning. He is well-informed and so willing to share his wisdom with us. Thank you, Mr. Drass and Dr. Foristall-Drass for the wonderful knowledge you carry out to others.










The Muddy Buddies Swine 4-H Club of Weir River Farm in Hingham.
They are erecting fencing for the goats at the farm.


Typically we only hear about 4-H when it is time for the Marshfield Fair. Plymouth County 4-H Youth Development Program is active year round. Did you know that 4-H youth are making a difference each day in their community. Plymouth County 4-H youth lend a hand to the elderly, local food pantries, farms and local citizenship efforts through the club work that they do. For more than 100 years 4-H has taught kids leadership, citizenship and life skills through the help of the nations Land-Grant Universities.

In Massachusetts University of Massachusetts Amherst is the Land Grant University for local 4-H Youth Development Programs. Today 4-H touches the lives of nearly 27 thousand youth in Massachusetts and 7 million across America.

Plymouth County has 40 different 4-H clubs that support the learning and development of life skills for our youth. Currently we are looking for youth interested in the following clubs: Art Club in Middleboro, Teen Council (community Service club) in Hanson, Chicken Club in Rockland, Livestock Club in Middleboro, Health and Fitness Club in Hanson, Dog Agility Club in Plympton, Goat club in Hanson, Nature Club in Hingham and Gardening Club in Hanson.

Joining the nearly 27 Thousand youth and 2500 volunteers in Massachusetts and Join 4-H. For more information about 4-H in Plymouth County please contact the Plymouth County Extension Service at 781-293-3541 or visit us on the web at plymouthcounty4h.org









SUFFOLK DOWNS FEATURED IN “BOSTON SPORTS TEMPLES” EXHIBITION AT BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY


East Boston, MA - Suffolk Downs is one of four historic sports venues featured in Boston Public Library’s current “Boston Sports Temples” exhibition, which showcases these beloved venues and their unique roles in the daily lives and hearts of generations of New Englanders.

Suffolk Downs is joined by Fenway Park, the original Boston Garden and Braves Field in the exhibition, which is part of Boston Public Library’s “Building Boston” initiative, a citywide celebration of Boston’s public spaces.

Featuring Boston Public Library’s outstanding collection of historic sports photography, the exhibition follows the creation and evolution of these four great public venues; their varied and changing roles, functions, and communities of users; and their powerful connections with millions of devoted fans who have filled their seats night after night, season after season. The exhibition is sponsored by the Boston Public Library Foundation.

“Boston Public Library holds an enormous collection of historic Boston sports photographs and after looking through what we have, Suffolk Downs came to the forefront as a major area of subject matter for our sports collection,” said Beth Prindle, Manager of Exhibitions and Programming at Boston Public Library. “Suffolk Downs and Fenway Park are interesting in this particular exhibition because they are the only two major venues that still stand. If you’re looking at the continuity of tradition, those are the two spaces where people can go and sit in the same places that they might have sat 50 years ago.”

“Suffolk Downs is honored to be included in this exhibition, which really brings to life our rich history and the place that we hold within the Boston sports community,” said Chip Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer of Suffolk Downs. “This is a wonderful exhibit and, as we look toward the future, it reminds us of the need to preserve some of these elements that give the greater Boston area its unique character and sense of place.”

In addition to the many photographs on display, the exhibition includes an original track program from June 29, 1936. Among the horses listed in this program is Seabiscuit, who won the fourth race that day and caught the eye of trainer Tom Smith, who would go on to lead Seabiscuit to national prominence.

The “Boston Sports Temples” exhibition will be on display at the BPL’s Central Library, located at 700 Boylston Street in Copley Square, through May 31. On Tuesday, May 21, Tuttle and Suffolk Downs Vice President of Marketing and Communications Christian Teja will be speaking in the BPL’s Author Talk series. Teja is the author of “Suffolk Downs,” a pictorial history of the 78-year-old racetrack featuring many of the images included in the Sports Temples collection.









Maywood Park photo


Casey Leonard was reluctant to start driving horses, but the 35-year-old Illinois native is coming off back-to-back million-dollar seasons and will finish January as the leading driver at Maywood Park.

Leonard, who began driving regularly in 2009, is a third generation horseman. His late grandfather, Bud Leonard, is a member of the Illinois Harness Racing Hall of Fame and his father, Terry, is a longtime trainer and driver. Leonard got a business management degree (with a minor in supply chain management) at Western Illinois and worked for several years before joining his dad to work on their 100-acre farm/training center in Harvard, Illinois.

Last year, Leonard won 231 races and $1.62 million in purses. He was fourth in wins at Maywood Park and sixth at Balmoral Park. His biggest victory came in the $50,800 Cardinal Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers with Erv Miller-trained Crime Of Passion, but he also won five Illinois-bred stakes events with 8-year-old pacer Well To Do Guru, a horse trained by his dad.

In 2011, Leonard won 235 times, earned $1.38 million, and was third in the Maywood standings for victories. He won the $100,000 Su Mac Lad for 3-year-old male trotters with Joel Smith's Fox Valley Arrow and the State Fair for 2-year-old filly pacers with Nelson Willis' Sleazy Does It. He also captured a number of stakes and invitationals with Well To Do Guru, who won 13 of 26 starts and $217,354 for the season.

Leonard, who entered Thursday with 814 career wins, recently took time to speak with Harness Racing Communications' Ken Weingartner.

HRC: You're off to a nice start this year. What's been the key to this first month?
CL: I've been driving a lot of good horses. I've been driving most of (trainer) Dave McCaffrey's for the last few years and he's off to a good start. I drive a couple for the leading trainer there, Angie Affrunti, and her horses are always classified and ready to go. Then my dad's stable has been really strong so far. It's just been a lot of nice horses and they've been in the right classes.

HRC: Do you set any goals coming into each year?
CL: No, not really. I'd like to be able to kind of be even at both tracks. My numbers, historically, have been a lot stronger at Maywood than Balmoral, but my numbers at Balmoral steadily improved last year. I would like to win 250 races in a year and preferably be around 125 at both tracks.

HRC: Why do you think you've had more success at Maywood?
CL: Probably the two biggest reasons are McCaffrey and my dad. McCaffrey races almost exclusively at Maywood and our farm is 40 miles closer to Maywood than Balmoral, so we've raced a lot more at Maywood. I think I just drive a lot more power at Maywood than Balmoral, but I think it's starting to even out.

HRC: It doesn't have anything to do with a preference for the half-mile (track) at Maywood?
CL: No, I'd say my style is better suited for the mile track; I'm not known as being very aggressive. I would think patience is more of a key at Balmoral. But it seems to be OK at Maywood to be able to race from off the pace compared to a lot of half-mile tracks.

HRC: It must be OK with the numbers you're putting up.
CL: I've probably driven more on the front end this last month than I have normally. But it's just the horses I've been driving and the classes they're in. It's a little easier to get the front when you're on one of the favorites.

HRC: Your family has been involved in racing for a long time. Was this what you always wanted to do?
CL: No, I was totally in a different direction. I went to college and graduated and worked in warehousing and supply chain management and stuff. Then my uncle (Gary Leonard) passed away in 2000 and my dad asked me if I'd come back home and help with the farm. I wanted to just train horses, but a lot of drivers left (Chicago) like Andy (Miller) and Tony (Morgan) and Timmy Tetrick, so there was a lot of opportunities for drivers. I still didn't want to do it; I was turning people away. But then I just couldn't turn the money away and I started driving and it kind of snowballed.

HRC: Why didn't you want to drive initially?
CL: I really liked training horses. I like to be home at night. I have a son (Cayden) and a wife (Maureen) and it's not really all that conducive to a family life. I live 112 miles from Balmoral, so that's three nights a week, and I live about 70 miles from Maywood, and that's two nights a week. Those seem like nights off because it's so much closer. But it's tough; it's a grind. Plus having a farm to take care of and we have a string of about 17 horses that we are either racing or getting ready to race. There's a lot of stuff to be done in the course of a day.

HRC: Now that you've been driving more regularly, what do you most enjoy?
CL: When you get to drive good horses that you can tell are trying. Of course, I like to drive the super-fast ones and the stakes horses, but I really like driving the old claimers or condition horses that give it their all. I really like a horse that tries. It's nice to drive horses that get it. Like our horse Well To Do Guru. He's just a professional. He knows what he wants to do out there and he knows how to do it.

HRC: Mentioning Well To Do Guru, were those some of the highlights for you last year winning races with him and your dad?
CL: Absolutely. The last couple years with him, it's kind of cool that he's stayed that good. He was probably the spark that started the whole catch driving thing; at least got me noticed. Especially being able to drive him and keep him sharp for that many years.

HRC: What's been the biggest highlight so far in your career?
CL: I won with one of Joel Smith's trotters in the Su Mac Lad on Super Night. It was Fox Valley Arrow. I drove Sleazy Does It for a little while and she won a couple stakes races a couple years ago. That was a highlight. And Well To Do Guru, he's been really good to me. It's nice to have him in your own stable because you can drive him any way you like to and not according to how an owner tells you to drive him or a trainer tells you to drive him. You don't have to worry about getting fired.

HRC: So does that mean you don't listen to your dad?
CL: He's a good trainer to drive for. He never really voices his opinion about how he thinks a horse should be driven.

HRC: What would you like to see happen in your future?
CL: I just want to keep making a living. I'd like to see Illinois be a little more secure as far as being able to keep racing here. I'd like to just stay in Illinois. I don't see myself chasing harness racing across state lines to try to make a living. I'd prefer to stay here. I just want to make a living; I don't want to be famous or anything like that. I enjoy racing in Illinois and I enjoy the trainers that I drive for.

HRC: Do you have any hobbies or things you like to do when you're not racing?
CL: We're going to go skiing. We used to ski a lot. My family used to go on ski trips every year. My wife has gotten into it. We're going to go out to Utah and go skiing again. We haven't done that in seven or eight years. My boy is going to be 6 this year and we took him skiing at one of the local hills. We're kind of getting him into it. I just like to spend time with him and he keeps us pretty busy.








APPRENTICE JOCKEY PIERRE TOMAS WINS FIRST NORTH AMERICAN RACE



OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Apprentice jockey Pierre Tomas won his first race in North America on Friday when he rode Victorious Leader to a 41-1 upset in the seventh race at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Tomas, 20, is from Deauville in France and has been competing in New York since the 2012 Belmont Park fall meet.

“I love New York . I love the life,” said Tomas. “I’ve been here for one year and I love to ride here.”

Tomas had previously won six races in France , his first victory coming aboard Annee Du Tango on June 6, 2010 at Les Sables-d'Olonne racecourse. The apprentice’s agent, Jean-Luc Samyn, won 2,613 races as a jockey before retiring from the saddle in November 2011.

Victorious Leader’s upset helped set up a $28,709 Pick 6 carryover into Saturday’s card, which features the Grade 3, $200,000 Withers, Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan, $100,000 Busher, and $100,000 Correction.