July 2015 - Five Star Status


Sunshine Series Grand Prix in November gets top international status, and HITS Thermal awaits the same.

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has given final approval for Week Two of the HITS National Sunshine Series as s CSI-5* event, featuring a $350,000 Sunshine Grand Prix CSI-5* on November 8 of this year. The show management company HITS is also awaiting approval of 5* status for one week of the HITS Desert Circuit in 2016 and a week of another of its circuits in Ocala, FL.


July 2015 - Horse Show Photo Directory

New website aims to ease process of finding photos.

HorseShowPhotoDirectory.com is a recently launched website that plans to list the official event photographers at horse shows throughout the United States. The ultimate goal is to have competitors easily locate the event photographer and their website information for each show they attend throughout the season. Horse Show Photo Directory has created a convenient and accessible website to benefit both the rider and photographer.

June 2015 - Calling All High Schoolers

College Preparatory Invitational comes to California in March, 2016.

June 2015 - Spirit Riders

Time to Ride Challenge includes movie screening opportunity.

May 2015 - Too Tough?

Courses at the World Cup Finals did not showcase sport at its best.

by Sydney Callaway • photos by Erpelding Photography

May 2015 - Equine Industry Symposium

Inaugural event was productive, constructive and fun.

by Kim F. Miller

July 2015 - New Sponsorship

Nutrena and Progressive Nutrition step up to sponsor four of equestrian sports’ biggest venues.

Cargill’s Nutrena® and Progressive Nutrition® horse feeds and Mark Bellissimo, CEO of International Equestrian Group and Bellissimo entities, announced today that Cargill’s Nutrena and Progressive Nutrition Feeds will serve as the official sponsor of the top equestrian venues in the U.S. These events include the Winter Equestrian Festival, which is the largest, longest-running equestrian sporting event in the world, features more than $8 million in overall prize money per year and serves more than 7,000 horses with riders from 43 countries and 50 states.

June 2015 - MDBarnmaster

New owners borrow from other industries to build on and expand an already strong brand.

by Kim F. Miller • photos by Gordon Walter

When western saddle maker McCall Saddles wanted a model that weighed substantially less than the traditional 40-pound-plus average, they called on Mark Jolley and Logan Zhu. Mark’s title is president and Logan’s is CEO, but at heart, “We’re product guys,” says Mark. Using technologies from some of the many other industries they’re involved in, the duo designed a tree that made McCall’s new McLite line 15 pounds lighter than its traditional contemporaries, yet strong enough to withstand a truck driving over it – repeatedly.

Eddie and Angela Patterson’s new MDBarnmaster barn, finished with unique details like cedar and local timber. Photo: Gordon Walter

June 2015 - New Owners for Popular Brand

FITS passes reins to Aiken-based equestrian entrepreneurs.

June 2015 - Rapture’s Horse Rescue Foundation


San Diego County program has helped 200 horses and counting.


May 2015 - Pretty in Paso Robles

New venue brings spotlight to flourishing equestrian activity in Central California.

by Kim F. Miller

May 2015 - Spring Into Horses

Host RajaliKa the talking horse who inspired a book and author/journalist Elizabeth Kaye McCall greet guests at Spring Into Horses, a pilot event for Time to Ride, the new marketing initiative from American Horse Council introducing newcomers to horses. Held at Weber Training Stables in Agua Dulce on March 28, newcomers enjoyed 'test rides' to stable tours, exhibitions and equine “meet and greets,” plus a midday 'chilled refresher towel' break as the day’s unseasonably hot temps topped 90 degrees. Time to Ride will kick off its 2015 nationwide Challenge on May 30th and award $100,000 in prizes to participants. If you care about the future of the horse industry get involved. Get details at www.timetoridechallenge.com. Look for RajaliKa’s video clips in the upcoming social media campaign from Time to Ride. Photo: Christine Emmett

Co-host Joy Weber-McKendrick, opened the doors to her Weber Training Stables in Agua Dulce for the Spring Into Horses pilot event. Besides rolling out the red carpet for newcomers, 'horse people' got a chance to learn why Time to Ride impacts their future with horses and can land participants a tidy cash prize. Getting down to basics—Joy explains Trick Riding 101 on statue-like Bodhi. Photo: Clogadh Gray

Joy Weber-McKendrick and student Shannagh Foelster (Rio’s younger sister), show how gymnastics training readily translates to horses. (Seems like Shannagh’s trading gymnastics for horses). Photo: Clogadh Gray

Hanging out. Break time beneath the porch at Spring Into Horses. Story telling, coloring pages, stickers and animations gave guests a break from the 90+ degree day. Cool refresher towels were a hit. Photo: Clogadh Gray

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