September 2018 - Equine Sports Cars

Allison Mathy offers Lusitanos whose good looks wrap a complete sporthorse package.

by Kim F. Miller

Kristin Evanson is not one for flash in a horse. “I’m not into stuff like that,” says the 60-year-old amateur dressage rider. But she couldn’t disagree when her friends teased her about her new “Barbi horse,” Déjà Vu. Kristin’s 11 year old Prix St. Georges-trained Lusitano is a palimino with lovely, indeed “flashy,” looks and gaits and temperament to match.


A Minnesota resident, Kristin looked far and wide for the right next horse. She’d been a fan of Iberian horses thanks to a good experience with her Andalusian/Thoroughbred cross. Intrigued by an ad for Déjà Vu placed by Allison Mathy of Lyric Dressage, Kristin made a trip to Northern California to meet the handsome steed.

Allison Mathy and her Lusitano stallion Xerifino. Photo: © J Mraz Photography

Encanto do Arête, Lusitano stallion for sale at Lyric Dressage

With her Lyric Dressage, Allison has a long history of show ring success with various breeds. She continues her dressage training, coaching and competing but has zeroed in on developing a Lusitano sales business, in partnership with established Lusitano breeder, trainer and judge André Ganc of Brazil. Often described as the “sports car model” of sporthorses, Lusitanos are enjoying increasing popularity in the United States. As such, Allison recognized the need for a sales program rooted in experience, knowledge and integrity. Five years ago, they began bringing Lusitanos to the States for those seeking well-trained, talented, safe and reliable horses from a trustworthy source.

Allison Mathy and her Lusitano stallion Vaquarius CD

André Ganc of Vale do Arête

“We are trainers first and foremost, so we select horses from that perspective,” Allison explains. She and André insist on knowing the provenance of each horse Allison brings to the States for sale. If not from André’s own breeding program, the horses come from a breeder the team knows and trusts. The horses’ early handling and training is equally important to make the most of the Lusitano’s naturally intelligent, kind and confident temperament. Lusitanos were bred specifically to be riding horses, so a classical dressage foundation is another “must have” for the horses they represent.

André Ganc

“I’m not a broker,” Allison notes. “I buy them. We’ve tried them out, done thorough pre-purchase exams and assume all the risks and responsibilities of bringing them to the States.” Upon arrival in Petaluma, Allison gets them fit after their travel and lays on whatever fine-tuning is needed to prepare them for potential clients.  
    
Good Experience In New Territory

Kristin didn’t know Allison when she saw the ad for Déjà vu. A friend gave the trainer a strong referral and Kristin made the first of what turned out to be three trips to California to test him out. At 60, the rider felt this might be her “last horse” and she wanted to be extra sure. She bought him in May of this year and quickly concluded that he is everything she dreamed of and more.

Susie Meyer-Beck and El Negro

Her report echoes a list of attributes that Allison seeks in her sales horses: “Super sweet, confident, intelligent, willing, bold, brave and intent on doing his job.” Kristin alternates between keeping Déjà Vu at a nearby training program and at her own home stable. “He is easy to have at home,” she says. “I don’t have to be under a trainer’s supervision to ride him. I still take lessons because I need to learn to ride him better, but he allows me more independence. As long as you are kind and not forceful, he’s very forgiving. He has confidence in himself and I adore that.”

Kristin has competed seriously over the years, but is currently focusing on and enjoying simply “getting to know my new horse better.”

Her only regret is that she hadn’t found him sooner. A petite rider who doesn’t want to become a gym rat just to be able to ride effectively, Kristin uses another car analogy to describe the experience of riding her new horse. “If you are driving a lot in the city, you don’t want a big pick-up truck.” It’s not just about size, it’s about handling and enjoying the ride. “It’s a little bit like a sports car,” she continues.

Imperio do Castanheiro owned by Tania Radda

“They can be very fancy, they’re not hard on your hand or super strong, even though they are physically strong.”

Her complete satisfaction with and enjoyment of Déjà Vu also reflects Allison’s work. “You can tell he was not trained under a lot of pressure,” Kristin concludes. “When I get on him, he’s calm, not worried. He doesn’t get all pumped up: he’s in the moment.”

“Your Wingman”

Kristin is one of several happy clients to corroborate what Allison has long known about her favorite breed: “The Lusitano is truly your partner, they’re your wingman.”

Carisma do Arête, FEI Lusitano stallion

In short, the perfect package: “athleticism, temperament, easily handled and brave. That’s what I expect of the horses I bring to the States and what I confidently offer.”

The USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medal dressage trainer describes them as an “intellectual” versus “physical” ride. “Of course, you have to be fit, balanced in the saddle and have the basics, but they are so athletic and willing and such quick studies that you ride them more with your brain than with force or muscle.”

Allison Mathy and Saltando do Norte

Versatility is another Lusitano trait, as evidenced by their popularity in the equestrian sport of working equitation. Huge in Europe and South America, this mutli-faceted discipline is rapidly gaining enthusiasts in the United States. The sport is all about rideability, agility and speed, exhibited in a three- or four-phase competition.

Bob and Barbara Lawson are grateful to Allison for introducing them to both Lusitanos and working equitation. Prior to meeting her, the couple had ridden an Arabian and a Quarter Horse. Bob appreciated Allison’s open attitude toward helping him with his Quarter Horse when they first began working together, yet has no regrets about he and Barbara’s conversion to new horses and new ways of enjoying them through working equitation.

Young Lusitano Stallion for sale at Vale do Arête

Bob bought the couple’s first Lusitano as a gift for Barbara, and they’ve since bought two more from Allison. Bob bought his own horse, Burladero, three years ago as a 9-year-old, and Barbara’s Christmas horse is the 10 year old Dom do Nico. Bob has a little more mileage in working equitation competition and Barbara’s horse arrived with a bit less training and experience, but “now I have a hard time beating them!” he reports.

The Lawsons love their trainer as much as the horses they’ve bought from her. They live in Ukiah, a 90-minute drive from Allison, yet make the trek to ride with her two to three days a week. “She knows everything, she’s an excellent teacher and super positive,” Bob says. In his several years of owning horses, “I’ve never met anyone who is as qualified and talented as she is.”

Young Lusitano stallion for sale at Valle do Arête

Allison loves it when students buy her Lusitanos, but she’s equally dedicated to those who have the horses in training with other professionals and to those professionals. “I want the horse to have a successful life and career,” she explains. “André and I know these horses really well and I have candid, detailed, ongoing conversations with their new owners and trainers.” The same goes for buyers who work with the horses on their own. “It’s a continuous post-buying experience.”
    
Bred To Ride

From a big picture perspective, Lusitanos have benefited from growing acceptance of the Iberian breeds, horses from the Iberian Peninsula. When the Spanish team won Olympic dressage silver in Athens in 2000 with three Andalusians, it was a game changer for the horse owning public’s perception of the Iberian breeds’ suitability for dressage at the highest level. Yet there’s a double-edged sword in that because many perceive all Iberian or “Baroque” breeds to be the same and they are not, Allison stresses. Andalusians, from Spain, and Lusitanos, from Portugal and Brazil, are both considered Iberian, yet they are very different.

The Lusitanos’ origins are its most important characteristic, the trainer asserts. “They’ve always been bred for sport, to be a good partner, with a good mind and great work ethic.” Parades and beauty pageants were never their breeders’ intent. “People are getting wise to this,” Allison explains of the breed’s growing presence in the U.S. “These are superior sporthorses with a temperament that can’t be beat.”

Vaquarius CD

As has been the case with many breeds’ acceptance and popularity in the States, it comes with an influx of less-than-knowledgeable and sometimes unscrupulous representatives. That reality catalyzed Allison’s desire to partner with André in bringing Lusitanos to the States the right way.

“As a trainer, it’s heartbreaking to see some quality horses that had not been treated fairly,” she reflects. Having re-trained several horses who met that fate before coming to her, “I wondered what it would be like to get these horses before they acquired that baggage.”

Encanto do Arête

Allison got to know André because he exported her stallion, Vaquarius CD’s, sire, Quarteto do Top. “I always loved that horse and I wanted to know who found and trained him before he came to the United States.” They stayed in regular touch, with André coming to her training barn to give clinics and helping her on horse shopping visits to Brazil. “As professional horsemen, we have the same mindset and ethics about the way we treat the horse, how they should be cared for and trained,” Allison says of the common ground that triggered their partnership.    

From the get-go, the business model has been to bring in horses trained solidly to at least Third or Fourth Level dressage and that embody the breed’s highest standards in conformation, soundness and temperament. Buyers “were off and running” right away rather than having to “take three steps backwards” with their new horse, she says. The ripple effect of those stories circulating in the horse world has created ever-growing demand. “People are seeking us out for horses trained by responsible, conventional people using a respectable system,” Allison says. Their “very discriminating” approach to selecting horses keeps the breed standard at its highest as popularity here grows, for the good of the buyer and, most importantly, the horse.   

For more information, visit www.lyricdressage.com.

 
September 2018 - And, We’re Off...

Longines FEI Jumping World Cup League is underway in the west.

by Catie Staszak

When Beezie Madden landed off the final fence at the 2018 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Paris with Breitling LS, her final, nearly perfect score of 4 not only secured the Cazenovia, NY native her second career victory in a World Cup Final, but it also marked the second straight year the North American League produced the World Cup Champion.

 


The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League was set to begin its fourth season Sunday 26 August at Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, B.C. The CSI 4*-W event kick started a league that has continued to grow in stature, as Madden’s Parisian victory followed up a win for McLain Ward and HH Azur in Omaha the previous year. The back-to-back American triumphs in show jumping’s most prestigious individual indoor championship give the North American League a 2/3 strike rate at the World Cup Final since the league’s inception in 2015.

 

The North American League is divided into two sub-leagues, with both the East Coast and West Coast receiving a new location in the 2018-2019 season. Columbus, Ohio, will serve as the second stop on the east coast on Sunday 7 October 2018, while Leon, Mexico, will conclude the West Coast sub league on Saturday 9 February 2019.

In addition to Madden, who receives automatic qualification as the event’s defending Champion, seven East Coast USA riders, three West Coast USA riders, two Canadian riders, and two Mexican riders will punch their tickets to the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, which begins on April 3. Riders may earn points in up to seven qualifying events throughout the league season, and their four best results from those classes will count toward their final league standing.
 
Strong California Contingent

An exciting cast of riders was headed to Langley as California Riding Magazine went to press. They included familiar favorites Jennifer Gates, Eve Jobs, three-time World Cup Final veteran Karl Cook, and 2012 World Cup Champion, Richard Fellers. The entries also include the California-based Ashlee Bond, who is set to represent Israel in the upcoming FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon in September. Alison Robitaille, Richard Spooner and Mandy Porter, who all qualified for the World Cup Final last season, are also slated to compete.

“Anytime you start a World Cup season, you’re just hoping to get some good points early, so there’s not a lot of pressure on you at the end,” said Spooner, who led the West Coast standings of the North American League last season. “The finals are in Gothenburg this season, and it’s a nice, big arena with a lot of history—that’s where it really all began with the World Cup. It’s an exciting year.”

Spooner planned to compete the 9-year-old Quirado RC in the $145,000 CSI4*-W Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Langley. The big grey, who finished fourth in Thermal’s World Cup class last season, won two five-star ranking classes this summer at Spruce Meadows. The gelding also finished fourth in the CSIO5* $235,000 Longines Grand Prix at Langley in May. His partner in Paris was the 11-year-old Chatinus, who won the World Cup qualifier at Las Vegas in 2017.

2018 FEI Jumping World Cup Finals champions Beezie Madden & Breitling LS getting a late-season tune-up, and reserve champion points, at HITS Coachella earlier this year. Once the World Equestrian Games are over, Beezie is likely to get started on a bid for a third Finals title. Photo: Kim F. Miller

“I’m looking forward to [Langley],” Spooner said. “Quirado is a 9-year-old and a little green, but he’s an extraordinary horse. I’m hoping to have Chatinus do some of the indoor [qualifiers] in the tighter indoor rings later in the season.”

Langley is the first West Coast sub-league event of the 2018-2019 North American League. The East Coast sub-league gets underway in North Salem, NY on Sunday 30 September 2018.

“The World Cup Final is the type of competition where you really have to have the right horse at the right time, and all cylinders have to be firing,” Spooner said. “The [North American League qualifiers] really set you up for that and let you know if everything is going in the right direction, or if you’re better off waiting for another year and another opportunity. The World Cup Final is always the highlight of the indoor season, and as a major, I enjoy it.”

Report edited from a press release provided by the FEI. Live-streaming of all qualifiers is available at www.fei.tv.com.

 


The schedule for the West sub league is a bit different this year:
•    Aug. 26—Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, B.C.
•    Oct. 6—Sacramento International Horse Show
•    Oct. 20—Del Mar International Horse Show
•    Nov. 10—HITS Coachella
•    Nov. 17—Las Vegas National Horse Show
•    Jan. 26, 2019—Guadalajara, Mexico
•    Feb. 9, 2019—Leon, Mexico

 

 
September 2018 - An Awe-Inducing Adventure

Riding in the wilds of British Columbia.

by Linda Ballou

I answered the call of the wild with a horse pack trip in British Columbia offered by Tyslos Park Lodge & Adventures. The McLean family has been taking international travelers into Chilcotin/Cariboo Country, one of the last great wilderness areas in North America, for over 60 years. Among their horseback riding vacations is a lodge stay for experienced riders who want to gallop over hill and dale, and horse pack trips for those who just want to rock along taking in gorgeous vistas. This region is also famous for its cayuse (wild horses) and grizzly bear populations, as well as world-class fly fishing. Expert guides and trustworthy mounts take riders, wildlife photographers, and fly fishers on an adventure into an untrammeled wilderness that can’t be reached any other way.

 


A short scenic flight out of Vancouver over the snow-frosted peaks of the Coastal Range gives you an idea of the vastness of the Chilcotin backcountry. You are greeted at a remote airport by the lodge wranglers eager to make your stay a memorable one. The lodge itself is a marvel built from local timbers and furnished with all the comforts of home. It sits on a knoll overlooking the azure blue Chilko Lake that extends 52 miles up a glacier-carved valley sheathed in fir trees.

 

Horses grazing at Goat Camp

I headed out with six riders, four pack horses, and two guides for our first base camp on the shore of a lagoon. There I awoke to the haunting call of a loon floating over still waters that mirrored granite spires sporting snow in July. On the far shore a moose with her gangly calf trotting behind was our breakfast entertainment.

Pack horses on forest trail. Photo: Linda Ballou

In crisp morning air with dew lifting from grassy meadows, we headed out for our next campsite. This is not just a ride, it’s a journey back into a time when you could ride for days and see no one. We rambled through a grove of quaking aspen to a rocky shore of the Chilko Lake to give the horses a drink. The trail that is only used a couple of times a season snakes through alder thickets and then begins to climb. Our sturdy, sure-footed horses charged up the steep ascent with aplomb.

Tika ran with us on our rides. Photo: Linda Ballou

Josh, our accomplished guide, encouraged us. “Stand up. Get out of the saddle. Grab mane if you have to! You don’t want to ‘sore up’ your horses on the climbs.” He was gentle with the animals and displayed a kind spirit and a helping hand to guests. With our safety in mind, he checked cinches and made sure all was secure before leading us along narrow tracks overlooking a charging river, splashing through creeks, and clamoring up and down steep ravines.
    

Deck at Tyslos lodge. Photo: Linda Ballou

Up We Go!

After breaking for lunch in a lush meadow peppered with purple lupine, we continued on to reach Goat Camp at 6,800 feet elevation. We had climbed 3,000 feet and now the air was crisp with temps hovering around 70 degrees. This magical setting was to be our home for the next three nights. The energetic voice of Pink Creek (so named as the minerals from the glacier feeding the stream turn it a salmon color) and the smell of crackling bacon woke me. I was amazed at the quality and variety of delicious meals prepared on an open flame by Louise, a seasoned cook from Australia who doubled as a guide.

The horses spent the nights in a picturesque alpine meadow guarded by granite giants munching on knee-high grass. The day ride without the pack horses is nothing short of spectacular. We charged through boughs of Jack Pine keeping a sharp eye out for trees that can bruise a knee. The forest floor is carpeted with salmon berry, devil’s club, huckleberry, cinquefoil, paintbrush, columbine, rock rose, and lavender asters along with many varieties of ferns and mosses. We hopped a sparkling rill stealing through an alpine meadow and began the switch-backing trail through scree to the top of the world.

Horses crossing on a wilderness pack trip. Photo: Tsylos Lodge

I heard my voice cracking when I tried to express the overwhelming humility I felt at the sight of one of Mother Nature’s finest handiworks. The head spinning 360-degree view takes in dazzling Chilko Lake and glacier rivers carving new valleys in the granite peaks packed with snow in a dome of unending baby blue sky. There is not one sign of man’s footprint here, or in the distance. A stillness and a peace soothed my city weary soul.
    
A Good Group

After a week in the bush, our tiny band of riders had become friends. Five of the riders were from Germany and spoke mostly their native tongue, yet the love for horses and the great outdoors was a language common to all. Everyone pitched in with camp chores and tacking up the horses. Ages spanned 13-70 with women outnumbering the men. It was touching to see a businessman with little riding experience spend quality time with his horse-crazy teenage daughter. They worked together to protect one another on the trail. “Dad, just trust your hoss and he will take care of you,” came from the young equestrienne.

Chilko Lake. Photo: Linda Ballou

I wasn’t the only solo traveler seeking tranquility; a young woman of 25 was also relishing the freedom of being off the grid. At the end of the day’s ride, all were accepted into the tribe over a glass of wine and delicious dinner around the campfire.

Pack trips to the Potato and Goat camps only go out a couple of times a season. They call for a modicum of fitness, a willingness to help others, the ability to tack you own horse, and a desire to see this gorgeous region up close and personal. The undulating 25-mile ride back to the lodge through forests of fir and sun-drenched wildflower meadows gives you the chance to enjoy a real hack. The pack horses know the trail by heart and are sent home on their own.

Horse Riding on Wilderness Pack Trip BC Canada. Photo: Tsylos Lodge

If you prefer shorter, faster rides with lodge comforts that include gourmet meals and a spa in the deck overlooking the pastoral valley and Chilko Lake, “lodge riding” might be a perfect fit for you. Riders from around the world seeking the most authentic riding experience gather here forming a stimulating international crowd. Many do the two-week combination with one week-long pack trip and one week of lodge riding. Non-riders come to Tyslos for fly-fishing. A 21-mile float down the Chilko River garners rainbow trout, bull trout, and salmon in the fall. Photographers from around the globe gather here to capture images of the over 100 grizzly bears that call the Chilko Valley home during the fall Sockeye Salmon run. Autumn is a lovely time of year to be here when the aspen are spinning gold.

Linda Ballou is the author of The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon. For more travel articles, visit her site, www.LindaBallouAuthor.com.

 


If You Go

www.Tsylos.com - Tsylos Wilderness Lodge (pronounced Sigh-Loss)
I suggest the Pacific Gateway Hotel located near the International Airport in Vancouver. They have a free shuttle to South Terminal where you catch the charter flight to Tyslos Lodge, as well as to the International Airport. www.pacificgatewayhotel.com

 

 
September 2018 - Showiest of Show Horses

Andalusian World Cup brings beauties to Las Vegas.

Andalusian World Cup, Sept. 19-22 in Las Vegas, is a premiere horse show that boasts one of the largest gatherings of Iberian horses in the nation. The show is home to Andalusians, Friesians, Lusitanos, Partbreds and many more breeds. Despite being a breed show, it offers open Dressage and Working Equitation, making it a fun and diverse show.

 


For spectators, there is always something fascinating to watch. Andalusians are known for their inherent beauty -- the long manes and tails, their perfectly arched necks, their kind eye and sweet disposition.

But you need to see them live to fully appreciate this breed. Their expressive natural movement really shines through in the show ring.

“I never miss this show. The exhibitors are so nice and love sharing stories about their horses. There’s no place else where I get to see all the horses from my childhood dreams!” says three-time spectator Beth Schutte.  

In addition to Andalusian horses, AWC offers an inside look at the sister breed, Lusitano. Lusitano horses were bred in Portugal and have begun to make a name for themselves in the dressage world. Their exceptional work effort, intelligent minds, and natural athletic ability makes these horses a delight to watch.  

“As a dressage rider, I’ve been keeping my eye on this breed for the last couple of years. Some of the best scores in my area right now are from horses who have either Andalusian or Lusitano blood in them.

I’m going to the Andalusian World Cup this year to talk to breeders to find my next dressage horse. The show gives me the opportunity to see these horses in action before I buy,” says Caryn Von Der Bruegge.

The Andalusian World Cup show features many riding styles in different rings. Spectators will always have something exciting to watch. The show opens on Wednesday with an open USDF Dressage show and continues through Saturday evening. Spectators can watch Working Equitation, a three phase event featuring obstacles, which is the fastest growing equine sport in the world.

The AWC classes feature Western, English, and Saddleseat classes for all age divisions. And you’ll want to be sure to stay for the Grand Finale Supreme Championship classes on Saturday evening. These classes offer cash prizes and beautiful awards, including a silver-clad trophy saddle!

The prize list for this show surpasses anything seen within the Iberian horse community with four custom show saddles, show coolers, ribbons, trophies, and prize money worth over $60,000. The hospitality and environment for this show is also first rate.

“Our driving force is to not only present a show that is well worth going to, but one that surpasses people’s expectations,” says show host Kevin Kidder. “It is all about the community and the experience, putting the exhibitors and spectators first.”

Press release provided by the Andalusian World Cup. For more information, visit www.andalusianworld.com.

 
September 2018 - Back To School Bash

Wonderful welcome to the horse world.

The Paso Robles Horse Park hosted its first Back To School Bash Aug. 10-11, but it wasn’t traditional academics that were the focal point. Instead, speakers including Olympic gold medalist Will Simpson offered current and newbie equestrians a fun welcome and loads of useful information to the horse-owning world.

 


“Working with youth and creating opportunities for anyone to experience the incredible ability of horses to impact our lives has long been a passion of mine,” explained Will. His presentation shared stories of his early days beginning riding at the local riding school and Pony Club. From there, he made the decision to commit to the sport and grow his expertise until he found himself on the journey of pursuing qualification to participate in the Olympic trials, to pursuing selection to be on the Olympic team, to the realization that they were positioned to pursue, and eventually win, the Olympic gold medal.

 

The weekend also included Central Coast Trail Rides giving many attendees their first opportunity to ride a horse. Presentations on horse safety and show etiquette helped future competitors make the most of their first show experience. Demonstrations and information from local riding groups including Black Oak Pony Club, SLO County 4-H, and the Cal Poly Equestrian Team shared details of how people can get involved with horses.

Equine veterinarian Dr. Bogenrief and farrier Tony Knust presented on elements of horse health. Jessica Bohon, the grooming and show etiquette presenter said, “It was inspirational to experience first-hand the excitement and joy the attendees shared as they enjoyed their new exposure to horses.”

The inaugural event welcomed more than 40 riders, nearly 50 movie attendees and campers, and around 100 attendees to the educational sessions.

 
September 2018 - With A Little Help From Friends

Tracy Bowman goes to World Para-Driving Championships.

Tracy Bowman is representing the United States at the FEI World Para-Driving Championships for Singles in Kronenberg, Netherlands, Aug. 28-Sept. 2. She’ll be in the driver’s seat herself, but is far from alone as her route there has been greatly aided by the help of those in the equestrian community and a special surprise grant awarded to her by Southern California Equestrian Sports.

 


Tracy and her equine partner Bella are a competitive pair. They’ve won divisions against able-bodied drivers, and have a strong chance to do the United States proud, but making it to the Netherlands from a financial standpoint is certainly overwhelming. Tracy and Bella have a specially designed custom carriage, which makes it possible for Tracy, who is paralyzed from the waist down, to be properly secured. The cost to get not only a horse and rider to the Netherlands in addition to their custom carriage is significant. For this reason, Tracy is actually the only member on the team who will be flying her equine partner overseas to compete, rather than leasing a horse for the event.

 

Tracey Bowman and Bella. Photo: Sherry Stewart

Tracy has helped many top riders in the equestrian community as a coach in the sport of three-day eventing through her Kismet Farms in Northern California’s Martinez. That community has taken notice of her profound accomplishments in her driving career, rallying behind her to make her journey to the World Championships possible.

Another big boost came from Southern California Equestrian Sports, an organization designed to help equestrian athletes of all disciplines expand their financial resources. SCES surprised Bowman with a $3,000 grant, presented in early August during a driving demonstration and fundraiser she was putting on in conjunction with the Woodside Summer Horse Trials.

Bowman has been overwhelmed by the support SCES has shown her and was unaware this type of financial assistance was possible to so many different types of equestrian athletes saying, “I am humbled and in awe. This grant has affirmed for me that our community really does care about helping one another. We are so fortunate to have an organization like SCES supporting us as athletes. I hope to make SCES and those who have so generously rallied behind me proud.”

SCES is open to riders in all equestrian disciplines, from a variety of countries, competing at the international levels of competition (FEI), which proudly includes Paralympic Athletes, and urges any interested equestrians to apply through their website at www.scesports.org.

Article provided by Athletux Equine.

 
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