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GGT-Footing™ Named as Official Footing Provider to Murieta Equestrian Center
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 August 2019 21:42

California's Premiere Equestrian and Event center is host to many events from open shows to Longines World Cup finals. GGT Footing has sponsored many shows here including the Cowboy Western Final and the California Dressage Show.

GGT Footing has been used on some of the arenas previously, but now all arenas will be redone with GGT Footing textiles. The main showcase arena will now be officially named the GGT Footing Arena! We are extremely excited to be part of this lovely facility that we have watched grow immensely over the last several years.

Karl Cook Best in $8,500 tbird Speed CSI4*-W
Written by CRM
Friday, 23 August 2019 00:00

Karl Cook (USA) came away with the top spot in the $8,500 tbird Speed CSI4*-W, topping a field of 57 aboard E’Special P.S. on the second day of the 2019 Summer Fort Festival at Thunderbird Show Park.

The duo, partnered for three years, made short work of the Peter Holmes (CAN)-designed 1.40m speed track, crossing the timers in 61.92 seconds. Conor Swail (IRL) and Katelyn Denby Edwards (USA) finished on identical times of 62.90 seconds to finish second with Gamble and Kalina, respectively, while Ashlee Bond (ISR) finished fourth with 7-year-old homebred Contefina LVF on a time of 63.99 seconds; the duo led for much of the class.

Prize List Now Available for Del Mar International Welcome Week and Del Mar International World Cup Week
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

Prize List and Entry Forms Now Available

The prize list and entry forms are now available for Del Mar International Welcome Week and Del Mar International World Cup™ Week. These two weeks of horse shows are jam packed with incredible events. Del Mar International Welcome Week features Onondarka Medal Finals, the $10,000 PCHA Child/Adult Hunter Championship, a USHJA National Hunter Derby, and the $35,000 Grand Prix of the Pacific presented by California Horsetrader and


Albers Award Presented to Region 7 Chef d’Equipe Alison Burt-Jacobs
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:00

The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce that the Albers Award perpetual trophy was awarded to Region 7 Chef d’Equipe Alison Burt-Jacobs, at this year’s USDF North American Youth Dressage Championships, held during the 2019 Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships, presented by Gotham North (NAYC).

HITS Announces Sale of Thermal Series of Horse Shows and Winter Circuit in Arizona
Written by CRM
Friday, 09 August 2019 22:01

Company to fully concentrate each winter on HITS Ocala Circuit

Saugerties, NY - HITS, Inc., and CEO Thomas Struzzieri are pleased to announce the sale of the Thermal, California series of horse shows and the winter circuit in Arizona. The sale includes the eight winter Desert Circuit shows and the two fall shows that make up the Sunshine Series of events, and the six weeks held at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson.

Making Memories Happen At Menlo Charity Horse Show
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 07 August 2019 00:00

The opening day of the 49th Menlo Charity Horse Show Grass Hunter Field began in earnest with a day of classes in which Professional riders held the reins. It was clear in talking to seasoned trainers husband and wife team Harley and Olivia Brown of Harley Brown Equestrian, and Philip Cillis of Westwood Showjumping Stables that a win at MCHS is a special moment.

Menlo Charity Horse Show is Pleased to Offer Complimentary Live Broadcast as Well as Videos of Every Round
Written by CRM
Thursday, 01 August 2019 00:00

Menlo Charity Horse Show is Pleased to Offer Complimentary Live Broadcast as Well as Videos of Every Round Again for 2019

The complimentary live broadcast is designed with the viewer in mind enabling them to support their favorite riders from anywhere in the world. In addition to the live broadcast, round by round videos will be available for review at Video on demand of every MCHS 2019 class can also be accessed via this link. View every round from every class, every day, from the ring of your choice from the following options:

Guy Thomas and Cassio Rivetti Lead the Victory Gallops in the FEI CSI 2* Silver and Bronze Tour Highlight Events
Written by CRM
Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

It was another day of international excellence at the Showpark Racing Festival FEI CSI2* when the New Zealand and the Brazilian anthems played for the winners of the Silver and Bronze Tour highlight events, as Guy Thomas and Casio Rivetti led the victory gallops. Anderson Lima (BRA) designed the tracks for the competitive classes, with thirty-six vying for the prize in the 1.45m Silver division and fifty-two riding for a top spot in the 1.35m Bronze division.

Violet Lindemann-Barnett Victorious in the 2019 Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic-West, presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College
Written by CRM
Friday, 26 July 2019 18:05

The USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic West, presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College, brought 59 riders to vie for the equitation title at its exciting new location, Sonoma Horse Park, in the wine country of Northern California. Through two challenging rounds and a work-off of the top four riders, Violet Lindemann-Barnett riding her own Cantoblaco proved victorious. Stella Buckingham came in second on Calvatos Z, while Emily Williams was third on Beach Boy, and Breanna Bunevacz rounded out the final four riding Vondel DH Z.


How to Train a Winning Race Horse
Written by CRM
Friday, 23 August 2019 23:38

Horse training isn’t an overnight affair. It isn’t something that you can just pick up and learn over a couple of days. If you want to train a winning racehorse, one that you could back at the track’s betting odds boards, it’s going to take a lot of time, effort, and pedigree.

However, training a racehorse is fun, even for beginners. Let’s go over a few basics things to keep in mind.


We should assume that you have considered the pedigree of your colt or filly. A proper racehorse has racing in the blood. So, if you try to train a stock horse to race, the results won’t be optimal. Stock horses have cattling in the blood. You have to think of it similar to dogs. Certain dogs have inherent behavior based on their bloodlines. A pit bull is going to excel at fighting – unfortunately. A Labrador is going to excel at retrieving. A cattle dog is going to excel at herding, etc. It’s not that other types of dogs can’t do these tasks, it’s just that the dogs that are bred for a specific task do it better. The same goes for horses.

So the first step is to make sure you are starting with a racehorse, to begin with. On top of this, the behavior is important as well. Horses can be skittish. For a racehorse, you need a relaxed, easy-going horse by nature. One that isn’t afraid of other animals or humans. This will make training him or her a lot easier.

Gate Training

Beyond your standard lead training and ground training, you’ll need to get your horse accustomed to the small enclosed area that makes up the starting gates. It can take quite some time for the horse to get used to this aspect of racing. Back in the day, the horses just lined up behind a rope, so it wasn’t as big of a training concern. But, now they must enter the small, stall-like gate which often makes younger horses nervous.

Building a dummy gate to help train your horse is a great way to slowly get your horse used to the starting gate.

Circles not Straight

Horses are natural runners, it’s what they do. But in the wild, they usually run in straight lines. You need to train your horse to run in a long circle (oval).

Lead Changes

Along with training your horse how to run on a track, they need to understand how and when to use their energy. This means you’ll need to spend a good deal of time focusing on lead changes. This doesn’t mean chasing down a horse that has the lead, but rather when the horse’s feet touch the ground. A right-side dominant horse with rin with a right lead down the straights, but when they make a counter-clockwise turn around the track, they should switch toa ‘left lead’. If they don’t, they will tire much more quickly than the horses who efficiently change lead on command.

Don’t Forget Your DMG During Workouts

DMG or dimethylglycine can be a great supplement for racehorses. The compound has shown to increase endurance and oxygen utilization as well as to limit lactic acid buildup. So, a horse that is a good starter but weak finisher can finish stronger with DMG supplementation.

These are just a couple of things to keep in mind as a beginning racehorse trainer. Remember to be patient and keep at it. As you become better at training, your horses will become better racers.

McLain Ward & Lee McKeever are Steamed Hay Believers
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 00:00

“We are incredibly happy to have added the Haygain hay steamer to our program,” says Olympic and World Equestrian Games gold medal show jumper McLain Ward. Steamed hay is scientifically proven to rid hay of 98% of dust, mold, fungus and bacteria that is found in even top-quality hay. That’s why McLain’s Castle Hill Farm team sought it out earlier this summer to help Contagious, the horse with which McLain was selected to represent the U.S. for the Pan American Games.

Three Famous Triple Crown Winners
Written by CRM
Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

Horse racing is popular in many countries of the world, but in the USA and UK people share a different level of enthusiasm for the sport. The Americans have the Breeders Cup, Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes which are their most popular races.

While in the UK, the Grand National is the most popular race, and its latest edition happened in April this year. Go to Grand National review 2019 and you will know how enormous this race is in the UK.

A Winning Sunday in the Sun at the 49th Annual Menlo Charity Horse Show
Written by CRM
Sunday, 11 August 2019 23:21

The last day of Menlo Charity Horse Show 2019, finished on a note of celebration as riders competed in a day of Classic events.

$1,000 Peninsula Equine Medical Center Adult Amateur Hunter Classic

Tonia Cook Looker and Deja Blue won the $1,000 Peninsula Equine Medical Center Adult Amateur Hunter Classic in great style riding against a field of 17 entries. Tonia was thrilled with the performance of her young horse. Shabnam H Behzadpour on Escher followed on her heels to take second place and Emily Goldberg on Salud took home third.

Modified Training Challenge Draws Big Field
Written by CRM
Thursday, 08 August 2019 00:00

The Summer Event at Woodside, Aug. 9-11, supports and celebrates stars at all levels.

Aug. 8, 2019: The newly minted Pan Am Games team gold medalist Tamie Smith; Olympic silver medalist Gina Miles; and World Cup Finalist Jennifer Macouzet-Wooten are among the equestrian stars bound for this weekend’s Summer Event at Woodside. But a different level of riders will dominate the spotlight thanks to tremendous response for the inaugural Modified Training Challenge, the centerpiece of the Aug. 9-11 competition at The Horse Park at Woodside.

U.S. Jumping Team Wins Bronze at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 07 August 2019 00:00

from the US Equestrian Communications Department

Lima, Peru - The U.S. Jumping Team has won the bronze medal at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games on Wednesday. Led by Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland, the team of Lucy Deslauriers (New York, N.Y.) riding Hester (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Palestro Vd Begijnakker), a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Lisa Deslauriers; Alex Granato (Wellington, Fla.) riding Carlchen W (Chacco-Blue x Continue), an 11-year-old Mecklenburg gelding owned by Page Tredennick; Eve Jobs (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) riding Venue d’Fees des Hazalles (President x Alcatraz), a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Jobs; and Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) riding Breitling LS (Quintero x Acord II), Abigail Wexner’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion, earned a cumulative score of 23.09.

U.S. Clinches Silver Medal to Conclude Team Dressage Competition at Lima 2019
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 16:11

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jul 29, 2019, 10:40 PM EST

Lima, Peru – The U.S. Dressage Team posted strong performances on the final day of team competition at Lima 2019 Pan American Games, earning team silver with an overall score of 437.791 after two days of intense competition. Canada was presented with the gold medal after finishing on a 440.111, securing a coveted qualification for Tokyo 2020, alongside Brazil, who collected bronze with a score of 408.696.


Carol Wright & Conejito Rise to the Challenge and Win the $40,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix
Written by CRM
Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

Lugano Diamonds, sponsor of the $40,000 Lugano Diamonds Grand Prix, launched this year's event with a spectacular champagne reception held on the berm overlooking the Grand Prix field. Center piece to this beautiful party was an ice sculpture which complemented the exemplary diamond jewelry on show.


New Lease on Life
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Thursday, 25 July 2019 17:43

Eventer Lauren Billys targets a second Olympics with Castle Larchfield Purdy going into high stakes competition at this weekend’s Rebecca Farm CCI4*.

by Kim F Miller

“He grabbed the bit and ran!” is Lauren Billys’ description of how Castle Larchfield Purdy attacked the final uphill stretches during his most recent Advanced cross-country course. That might be expected from her 2016 Rio Olympics partner and hopeful for the 2020 Games, but instead there have been some dark months when Lauren wasn’t sure what the future held for him. He’s 17 and first had to recover from a severe colic last fall.

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