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Volume 17 Issue 1 Complimentary

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Fashion • Home • Art� 18 MUST HAVE Fashion & Home 20 COLD WEATHER Fashion Noble Outfitters™ 26 Winter Fashion Hunt Coats & More 28 Stylin’ Helmets And more 28 Dr. Lori Overlooked Value 30 Chisholm Gallery Eddie Kennedy

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32 Privilaged Photos Scott Trees 36 Travel Guest Ranches 38 40 42 44 46 52

Destination Florida

Ocala Jockey Club 3 Day OJC Course Design Florida Happenings Southern FL New Circuit Web Site Reference Guide FL Coming Events

Equine Health

54 Warm Enough For Winter? 58 Winter Dos Don’t Slack 62 Successful Breeding Prep Guide

Training & Tack

66 Connecting Dots Biomechanics 68 Lynn Palm Staying In Control 74 Omaha World Cup Preview

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during the winter months, dressing appropriately is a must! At Noble Outfitters, we suggest layers. Carefully selected layers of performance apparel can provide the ultimate comfort for all activities and environments. Layers work together to provide moisture wicking, heat retention, insulation and blocking weather. The magic number is three - a base layer, a mid-layer and an outer layer. Let’s take a look at what Noble Outfitters has to offer! Base Layer The base layer with a snug fit provides moisture management. The next-to-skin layer should be snug and needs to be made from a fabric that won’t absorb moisture or sweat. Synthetic fabrics work best and transport moisture away from the body, keeping you warm and dry. Take the Noble Outfitters™ Hailey Long Sleeve Crew, for example. The riding top is a perfect performance layering foundation, made with Opti-Dry Technology that wicks moisture away. Available in eight fashionable colors, this semi-fitted shirt is anything but boring. Noble Outfitters is also offering a base layer for men. The Noble Outfitters™ Kinetic Long Sleeve Crew keeps you cool and comfortable, even when the competition heats up! Saddle shoulder construction with running side gusset allows for maximum movement, while the mesh back and underarm panel provide breathability. The microfiber pique fabric has built-in Opti-Dry Technology and antimicrobial finish to keep you cool and dry. In three muted colors, this shirt will fit into the closet of any equestrian

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�������������� Mid Layer A mid-layer should fit loosely without being baggy. Mid-layers are designed to trap and hold body heat and to also carry moisture away from the base layer. We recommend a pullover with a zip neck or a thinner fleece jacket such as the Noble Outfitters™ Impulse Fleece Jacket. Fleece jackets are perfect for quick and easy ventilation, allowing you to trap heat in cool conditions. They can be easily opened to release heat during strenuous activity. The Impulse Fleece Jacket is a perfect winter layering piece. Made from a soft and stretchy mix of cotton and French terry, the jacket is equally suited for time at the barn or cruising around town. 120g insulation for warmth and soft-brushed knit lining for added comfort make this piece equally cozy and relaxed. Another great piece to keep you warm is the Noble Outfitters™ Elements Cowl. Made from a plush French terry material with built in Opti-Dry Technology, this layering piece has side seams rolled forward for flattering fit and dropped back hem adding full coverage for riding. No detail was overlooked in creating this cozy sweater in the quest to keep you covered, down to the fitted sleeves finished with an elastic cuff detail with thumbhole. Pick it in the Purple Heather, Deep Sea Coral Heather or Twilight Blue Heather color to spice up your winter riding outfit. Outer Layer Winter may be fun, but the dropping temperatures and bad weather conditions are definitely not. Therefore the outer layer is designed to protect you from cold and the elements like wind, rain, and snow. Look for jackets that are windproof, waterproof, and breathable. A perfect example is the Noble Outfitters™ Cheval Waterproof Jacket. 100% waterproof, f ully seam sealed and breathable, the jacket features a packable hood that stows neatly into a zipper pocket in the collar. Engineered with a 2-way YKK® front zipper covered by snap front storm flap, adjustable waist and dropped drop back hem, this jacket will keep you dry no matter the weather! Hand pockets are lined with soft brushed lining and internal zip secure pocket offers media cord access, so you can listen to your favorite music while on the go. If you are looking for a specialized riding piece, look no further than the Noble Outfitters™ Evolution Insulated Jacket. This premium jacket will keep you dry and warm because it’s 100% waterproof fully seam-sealed and breathable. A two-way zipper on the front of the jacket will allow you to zip-up from the bottom while in the saddle. This feature is great for lower body ventilation and comfort while riding. The Evolution Insulated Jacket also features a detachable pommel cover, perfectly convenient for rainy rides! Elements Cowl Male riders will stay warm during the cold days in Deep Sea Coral Heather in the Noble Outfitters™ Men’s Endurance Jacket. Fully waterproof and breathable, this innovative jacket will be your new go-to piece. The fully seam sealed and breathable exterior is accompanied by soft-brushed lining for added warmth. This jacket is engineered to move with you and to be uniquely like you, it has a removable adjustable hood, adjustable hem cinch, plus stretch panel at elbow allows for maximum flexibility.


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Accessories Now that your body is warm, dry, and toasty, don’t forget about your hands, head, ears, and feet! Even the best layering system will not keep your extremities warm if they are not properly protected. Gloves or mittens in waterproof, breathable fabric will keep fingers dry and warm. The Noble Outfitters™ Perfect Fit 3 Season Glove is designed with soft-shell material for wind resistance and provides the perfect fit for riding while providing extra warmth on those chilly days. Have a competition date looming ahead, but the temperatures are in single digits? Noble Outfitters got you covered with their new Winter Show Glove. It’s crafted from genuine goatskin and lined with micro fleece for warmth. This show glove features rein reinforcement at pinky and index finger and hook and loop closure at cuff, and of course it’s touchscreen friendly to allow you to post competition results on your Facebook fast. Blocking the bone-chilling wind from reaching these smaller body parts is half the battle in the fight to stay warm. Headbands and caps that can be worn under helmets are ideal, such as the Noble Outfitters™ Fleece Headband. Available in five flattering colors, make a fashion statement with your weather protective gear! Finally, don’t forget to keep you feet properly protected. Look for boots that are waterproof and breathable. Tall boots with zippers in back are easy to put on and take off.

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Dressing properly, and in layers, is the key to an enjoyable winter ride and we hope our layering tips will keep you comfortable this winter!


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Premium retailers, Dressage Deluxe, are delighted to announce a brand new glove brand that combines both bespoke and bling. A Touch of Magic Tack by Hauke Schmidt Finest Gloves is an elegant riding glove, which features a stunning interchangeable patch that can be removed and replaced with one of three designs easily and quickly. You can buy the other patches separately to ride in the same pair of quality gloves everyday but style them to fit with your mood and fashion flavour of the day!

Style conscious riders can choose from Mixed, Chessboard and Crystal Fabric patches and because the gloves are created from a new highly technical material with increased Lycra content, they are not only comfortable to wear but breathable, durable and incredibly robust. Hands up for a stylish bespoke ride for 2017! Colours: Navy, Black, White, Mocha all available with Mixed Patches, Fabrics Patches or Chessboard Patches Sizes: 6.5 - 8.5 RRP: £45.00 including 1 pair of patches, additional patches are available RRP: £18.50 per pair Free Phone: 0800 321 3001 EE


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��������������� ��������������������� Ever wonder what valuable antiques are hiding in your house? There are many antiques, works of art, and collectibles that have significant value which many people want you to just toss out with the trash or put out on your front lawn at a low market priced yard sale.

Winter with horses is never easy but winter with horses and ge�ing wet is even more miserable!

I evaluate quality antiques all the time and I know value when I see it. At more than 150 public and corporate events every year, I tell people what their antique is and what it is really worth. Here are my top 5 overlooked valuable objects —and some surprises--that you should cherish which are hiding right under your nose:

The Equetech Unisex Over Rider Trousers have been created for all those messy, wet and mucky yard chores you have to do, without getting a soaking. Featuring double zip pockets to the front, outer zip at cuffs to knee (For ease of use) adjustable elasticated high-back panel to waistband, belt loops and knee patches and a Equetech reflective logo to back, these over trousers can take anything that yard life can throw at you this winter! Lightweight and will keep you dry and therefore warm, without overheating!

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1. Jewelry.

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Hold onto grandma’s old brooch, earrings, or rings. Those pieces of jewelry featuring precious metals, faceted or cabochon gemstones, pearls, etc. can have big value on the antiques and collectibles market. Look for the authentic marks on gold like 14K and 18K and the embossed marks on silver like sterling or 925. Remember that even costume jewelry pieces by Trifari, Kenneth Jay Lane, Renoir and Matisse, Miriam Haskell and others are trendy and valuable dating back to the 1940s to the 1980s.

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2. Paintings.

New for this season, are these gorgeous helmets from designer brand, Samshield.

Some of the most commonly overlooked objects in our homes are works of art like oil and acrylic paintings on canvas depicting landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and famous or historic places. These paintings, in good condition, can represent a windfall once they are properly appraised and authenticated. Remember, do not have your paintings cleaned before you have them appraised.


Do you have an old bust hanging around the house? The most valuable sculptures are those made of good quality materials like cast metal, constructed metal, or carved wood. Look for three dimensional sculptures depicting famous figures, well known people, literary figures, and the like. Many interior designers are bringing these accessories back into favor and others are using them as starting points for repurposing projects.

4. Furniture.

Modern furniture is making a big splash in the marketplace now. Art Deco, Mid Century Modern, Art Moderne, and vintage pieces from the 1920s to the 1980s are all the rage. Also, some specialty pieces from the 18th and 19th Centuries are also valuable. I have heard many people talk about “brown furniture” as being worthless when that simply is not true. Some dealers and auctioneers who don’t want to be bothered moving large pieces of vintage mahogany furniture and are telling folks it is worthless. The oddity is that I have seen many millennials seeking out such pieces of furniture that remind them of grandma’s house when decorating new homes. Durable, good looking, and strong pieces of furniture made of hard woods dating from the early 1900s are finding their place in trendy, youthful apartments and newlyweds’ homes. Remember, if someone convinces you that your piece of furniture is not marketable or not valuable, they get to buy that furniture from you for a steal. Don’t be fooled.

5. Glass.

Don’t bypass that piece of Murano glass from Italy, a Dale Chihuly sea form sculpture, grandma’s Carnival glass candy dish or a striking stained glass window from a local church since these items are sought after the world over. Glass remains a very desirable collectible. Good looking and alive with color still attracts collectors to art glass. ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������


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1.” Gonzalito Pieres”. 2012- 38x30ins. Oil on Canvas. Featuring Gonzalito playing for La Bamba in Queens Cup in the UK. 2. “Off to Polo”. 2015- 24x32ins. Oil on Canvas. Featuring my son David while grooming at the Royal County of Berks Polo Club. UK 3. “Criollo” 2015- 22x18ins. Oil on Canvas. 4. “Legend” 2015- 16-20ins. On of the old school horses resting in the shade at the stables in the RCBPC. 5. “Coco and Zulu” 1985- 19x25ins. Oil on Canvas. Painted in Ireland featuring Coco a young Irish stallion with Zulu an old Argentine mare.





here has never been a time in my life when horses were not involved in one fashion or another. I was born into a horse family, my mother had World Champion Saddlebreds and my brother showed Quarter Horses. I’ve shown them, owned them, loved them, and buried them. More than any one variable in my life, horses have been the one constant presence.

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I didn’t really set out to make horses the main subject of my camera. My goal as a young man was just to take pictures for a profession. Horses provided the opening to that dream, but I had no idea it would turn in to the career it eventually became. Because of horses, I have had the good fortune to travel the world and experience horses at a variety of levels: show horse, art object, beast of burden, and friend. Certainly the show horse side provided the foundation of my photography business. Particularly in the 80’s when the Arabian industry boomed. As the high fashion models of the horse breed, Arabians were prefect subjects for my artistic style in shooting. Horses were not my only subjects, I did a fair amount of commercial work as well. In working with art directors, I learned that a picture needed to get attention if it was going to be used in an advertisement. I developed a belief that as an advertising photographer (who happened to specialize in horses) I wanted to take something you saw every day and show it to you in a way you hadn’t seen it before. With horses that is not always an easy task, as there is a limit to what can be done, although I have always pushed the envelope whenever possible! I have done shots of horses in studios, in exotic locations and unusual situations.


While my photographic mainstay was the advertising aspect of photographing show horses, that provided an even greater opportunity to see and photograph horses in a variety of non-show environments. Those situations were actually the ones that I enjoyed most which was seeing horses be horses.

In some cases their care is excellent. However for many, through no fault of the owners, a life of absolute poverty does not provide the most basic of care. It is hard to see for anyone that loves horses, but I am always amazed at how these beasts of burden seem to endure it all with a quiet dignity.

In the show world we tend to forget how horses exist outside the confines of a stall and a controlled environment. We also tend to overlook the fact that for the majority of horses in the world, life is not easy. In many situations the true meaning of horsepower is evident.

Another aspect that many in the show world tend to forget is the fact they are herd animals and quite social with a rich body language. Probably no other event that I cover illustrates this fact better than the annual Sombrero Photography workshop at the Sombrero Ranch in Craig, Colorado sponsored by the Equine Photographers Network. Its founder, Carien Schippers, gives me the privilege and opportunity to be the lead instructor during the entire week.

I have been in parts of the world, where the horse was, and still is, critical to the daily survival and subsistence of the people that own them. They are a vital source of transportation and commerce under a variety of circumstances.



Sombrero owns the largest private herd in North America. During the week of the workshop, we have access to over 100 horses that are utilized to create scenes for the workshop participants to photograph. The event ends with coverage of the Great American Horse Drive in which anywhere from 600 - 1200 horses are moved 62 miles over two days from their winter pastures to the spring ranch. Sombrero is a true working horse ranch in the tradition of the Western lifestyle. This experience is like no other I have ever witnessed or been a part of. I did photograph large herds in Communist Russia and Poland, but nothing on a scale like this. To experience so many horses at one time interacting with one another in a sea of horse esh is a remarkable experience. There is also a cacophony of sounds as horses move down the roads nickering and calling out for one another. Of all the events I have the privilege to photograph, I have to admit this is without a doubt my favorite. Privilege is a key word here. I am one of the lucky people in this world who has been able to do something I truly enjoy.

Because of horses, I have traveled the world, experienced many different cultures and met a lot of interesting horses and people too. It has been a fascinating journey, and not a day goes by that I am not grateful for my lifetime association with this magniďŹ cent animal: The Horse. Scott Trees is recognized internationally for his dramatic portrayals of horses. For over four decades he has traveled the world shooting for a variety of breeds and clients. In addition to his photography, he also provides video services, workshops, and is a sought after speaker. When not traveling he resides in Ft. Worth Texas.





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1. This inaugural event, held on November 24-27, was a smashing success, drawing top level riders from around the world!


The VIP area in the Club House gave a perfect birds-eye view of the competition. In the dining room, video in real-time meant diners did not have to miss any action. The vendor village included a good variety of vendors, and was a great opportunity to start holiday shopping. The booths smartly lined the arena where the stadium jumping and dressage competitions were held. This allowed shoppers to peruse merchandise and remain close to the competition. Even the cross-country course was routed through the arena, with a prominent jump along the vendor walk way. (top center of opposite page)


The smart layout of the cross-country course made it easy to hike to various obstacles and observe most of the course. Overall, the well a�ended event was very well executed and is destined to become a fabulous annual destination for 3-Day competitors and spectators alike. The OJC Club House overlooking the arena.

The view from the OJC Club House. (inc lower 2 photos) The VIP Lounge, located in the Club House

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1. Leslie Law (GBR) Olympic Gold Medalist 2. Doug Payne (USA) 3. Astier Nicholas (FRA) Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist 4. Joe Meyer (NZL) Olympic and WEG competitor.



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he monumental task of constructing the challenging cross country course at the OCALA JOCKEY CLUB was natural to Tyson.

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Hands down, Ocala, Florida competes as the Horse Capital of the World with any venue in the world.

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In November, The College of Central Florida Equine Studies Program in Ocala, FL hosted an Equine Summit, The event was a fabulous opportunity to increase equine related knowledge and network with equine industry professionals. Most of the attendees were students, and this was also a great way to learn about the Equine Studies program. Lecture topics included Equine Nutrition by Leigh Ann Skurupey; Bio Secuity by Dr. Marsha Pidherney; Equine Insurance by Ronda Mack and Beth Leaird; and Manure Management by Jaime Cohen-Wallace. A trade show and networking sessions were provided as well. The event was sponsored by Seminole Feed and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Asso. For more information on the College of Central Florida, visit




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Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club has unveiled their plans for their latest venture: a 1,000 acre equestrian center that will support a variety of equestrian competitions. The site map, right, reveals a very well planned super facility that includes eight 150’ x 250’ arenas, five 150’ x 300’ arenas, a 200’ x 250’ arena, two 200’ x 300’ arenas, a 200’ x 250’ grass arena, and a massive 350’ x 450’ arena. A climate controled indoor arena to accomodate year-round events is also planned. The plan includes ample bleacher seating for spectators and three VIP tents. Stabling, a restaurant, laundry, a designated vet and blacksmith area, and of course a vendor village, are all included. There is a horse path for hacking as well. There are future plans for a polo field and cross country track. The property owners also own and manage the successful World Equestrian Center in Ohio, and have dubbed their new project “World Equestrian Center South at Golden Ocala”. Shows are expected to begin being held in 2017. With associations already inquiring for reservations for rated shows, this new facility is sure to be a great success. It’s location in the very desirable Horse Capital of the World with an established infrastructure will ensure quick growth as an attraction for equestrians from around the world.


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Thousands of riders from around the world flock to Wellington, FL, every year for The Winter Equestrian Festival. But over the last eight years, another hunter/jumper show circuit in town has been gaining steam and followers at Nona Garson and George D’Ambrosio’s The Ridge at Wellington Palm Beach Horse Show Series.

McLain competing at 2016 Ridge Turf Tour Event Nona Garson & George D’Ambrosio Kelly Farmer winning one of last years International Hunter Derbys at The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center

The series that started as monthly schooling shows eight years ago at their Palm Beach Point farm has morphed into a full-fledged Circuit with serious jumper, hunter and equitation classes. “We believe our show series is the perfect compliment to WEF, we give riders a nice change of pace, when they feel like competing in different rings and on different footings, in a lower pressure atmosphere”, said Garson. Nona Garson and George D’Ambrosio, who are based at The Ridge at Riverview, Asbury, NJ, the rest of the year, sought a more relaxed atmosphere than the huge event up the street. D’Ambrosio explained he made showing more economical by going back to a simpler type of horse showing. “We believe we’re helping to develop better riders,” said D’Ambrosio. “We’ve made it less expensive than at the big show, with many equivalent classes, and great amenities for our exhibitors. We don’t nickel and dime people. No ship-in fees, no nothing. Just pure show jumping and rider development.” Filling A Niche Garson and D’Ambrosio started hosting monthly hunter/ jumper schooling shows, targeting developing riders and what D’Ambrosio called “the Littlewood niche,” referring to the Littlewood Farm horse shows, a smaller series which used to run concurrently with WEF but were incorporated into WEF in 2008. The Littlewood Horse Shows filled a great need, giving the developing riders and greener horses a place to compete and school safely at a lower cost then they would experience at WEF. We decided to create an alternative, so exhibitors come and compete over equivalent courses, with quality judges, and top course designers from around the world with beautiful new jumps and more natural footing, without the high pressure of showing at biggest show in America.” The Ridge then started hosting USEF-recognized equitation-only shows on Tuesdays during their second year of shows in Wellington. These days they host qualifiers for ponies, adults and children in addition to the major junior national equitation classes. This year for the first time, The Ridge will be hosting a full twelve week series, starting January 4th, 2017 going till the end of March,


based at the beautiful Jim Brandon Equestrian Center,7500 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach, Florida, just 7.5 miles from The Winter Equestrian Festival Grounds. There will be classes for all levels of riders and horses, every Wednesday through Sunday. In addition to the very popular weekly Grand Prix classes, there will be three exciting “USHJA Hunter Derby Days” featuring a $15,000 International Derby, a $5000 National Derby, and a $5000 Pony Hunter Derby with the first one going on January 6th. The Ridge will also continue to run their popular Wellington Turf Tour events with stops at The Ridge At Wellington, Car-Ben Farm , Polo West and possibly even the prestigious Palm Beach Polo Club . There will be NAL, WIHS, YJC, Marshall Sterling qualifying classes weekly. There will be stabling available, both in the permenant barns and tents. “USEF Rated Equitation Tuesdays” will continue as always at “The Ridge At Wellington” at 14415 Palm Beach Point Blvd, Wellington, FL. The Ridge Palm Beach Series boasts over $400,000 in prize money and is extremely popular with national and international Jumper riders alike. On any day at The Ridge, many famous riders like Rodrigo Pessoa, McLain Ward, Daniel Deusser, Marie Hecart, Charlie Jacobs, Sharn Wordley, Mario Deslauriers, Candice King, and Debbie Stephens, can be seen competing and enjoying the laid back, friendly atmosphere, The Ridge has to offer. Please go to for information and prizelists for these exciting upcoming events .



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Adequan® Global Dressage Festival: Canterbury Show Place, Newberry, FL Florida Horse Park, Ocala, FL: Florida Western Dressage Asso.: Grand Oaks Resort, Wiersdale, FL HITS Post Time Farm, Ocala, FL: Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, West Palm Beach, FL Longwood Farm, Ocala, FL Marion Therapeutic Riding Association: Ocala Breeders Sales, Ocala, FL Palm Beach Polo Club, Wellington, FL Southeast Livestock Pavillion, Ocala, FL STRIDE Dressage: Stirrups ‘n Strides Therapeutic Riding Winter Equestrian Festival: Please visit the above web sites for more information on these venues and organizations, and to check their current event schedules. To add your venue or organization, please email



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����������������������������� Featured on the cover of this month’s Elite Equestrian, Sharn Wordley has been on fire this year in the grand prix competition ring here in the USA! This New Zealand native, who moved to the US in 2004, has represented New Zealand in numerous Nation’s Cups and the 2008 Olympics. He has lived in Europe, successfully competed in some of the world’s most prestigious shows, including CSIO5* Rome, CSIO5* Lummen, CSIO 5* Hickstead and many others. Throughout the past 2015 and 2016 seasons he has been on the podium at the Central Park horse show, and taken top honors at WEF and the Tryon International Equestrian Center, where he wrapped up his season winning aboard the Sky Group’s Casper in the CCI 3*. He has won over 40 Grand Prix classes worldwide and is currently ranked within the top 50 on the FEI Longines Rankings. Wordley trains at home in Lexington, Kentucky and Wellington, Florida on Wordley Martin designed arenas. Craig Martin, who is also a lifelong horseman with his own resume competing in Europe, Canada and the USA, is the Director of Project Management at Wordley Martin Equestrian. He and Sharn Wordley joined forces in 2008, founding Wordley Martin Equestrian, when they recognized the opportunity for footing improvements at competition venues and at training facilities. Through their combined equestrian expertise and industry connections, Wordley Martin began building a noteworthy book of business for clients such as Kevin Babington, Will Coleman, Phillip Dutton and (who else do you want to mention?!). Although many of their projects have been based near their headquarters in Wellington, Florida, they have also done an array of different size arena projects throughout the United States. Five years ago Wordley Martin partnered with GGT Footing™ and together with Cynthia Brewster-Keating, they bring their combined expertise to the arena industry. GGT Footing offers tailored arena footing products and professional expertise to their partnered arena builders. GGT Footing and GGT’s Arpolith are complimentary additions to the custom blends of footing that Wordley Martin Equestrian offers to their clientele and enhances the integrity of footing when mixed with sand. “We have been working with Wordley Martin for over 5 years and their excellent horsemanship knowledge and experience overseas installing arenas is what makes them so important to our lineup of arena builders. Craig Martin’s knowledge of the real estate market through his work with Wellington Equestrian Realty is also a value add. ”, stated Brewster-Keating. “They are knowledgeable from the biomechanical aspect of the performance of sport horses and understand how footing should support the equine athlete. We have been very pleased with our overall experience partnering with Wordley Martin.” Craig Martin saw the opportunity to align Wordley Martin Equestrian with GGT Footing as their footing uses the highest quality non-woven geo-textile available as well as the highest quality polyester fiber, assuring that the arena footing utilized on their projects will last longer and not break down. 48

“Wordley Martin has been very happy with the product quality, timely production, and excellent service that we receive from GGT Footing and Cynthia Brewster-Keating. Their product is the best offering in the industry and customizes perfectly when being added to existing arenas or when we design a new arena from the ground up.” Wordley Martin Equestrian has been designing and installing arenas for over 11 years, varying in size from smaller private dressage arenas to olympic level grand prix rings. Maura Weis, an amateur dressage competitor, is passionate about her training and thrilled with all of her Wordley Martin arenas. “I have built three Wordley Martin arenas and I love them all, they are amazing! The Wordley Martin folks are a pleasure to work with, totally professional, caring and knowledgable. All the professionals I have trained with are amazed by the quality of the footing and the entire presentation of the arenas. It is equal to or better than the footing at shows where I compete.” In 2015 Wordley Martin Equestrian partnered with GGT Footing to install a custom blend of footing for Olympian Clayton Fredericks. Australian born Fredericks, who has represented his native country at multiple Olympics and FEI level competitions, operates his international level training facility in the active horse community of Ocala, Florida. Working together, Cynthia Brewster-Keating from GGT Footing and Craig Martin of Wordley Martin Equestrian created a custom blend of textiles to be blended and installed in Clayton’s new arena. Designed to meet the high impact needs of Clayton’s dressage and eventing sport horses, GGT Footing incorporated elastic fibers into the blend to provide the extra spring that so many dressage and eventing riders like in their footing. Wordley Martin Equestrian was engaged to design and construct the ring base and install the GGT footing due to their expertise within the arena construction industry. Fredericks most recently was the coach for the Canadian Olympic team, but has turned his focus back towards Frederick’s Equestrian, his thriving sales business, and the upcoming World Equestrian Games to be held in Tryon, North Carolina. He has also brought on board Colleen Loach, who rode under Frederick’s for the Canadian Olympic team in Rio. 2017 certainly looks to be an exciting year for Fredericks Equestrian, and the next two years in North America will see the bar being raised at most competition venues as the 2018 WEG will be held on this continent. For more information on arena construction and installation please contact Wordley Martin Equestrian, certified installers of GGT Footing.

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Ocala, Florida will once again host the Nation’s Cup. An extravaganza to start the festivities and welcome the riders will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Downtown Square. Activities include a Nations Cup Parade, Parade of Breeds, VIP Reception and Tapas Walk with Live Music. The Nations Cup riders from each country will carry their flags around the square and national anthem of each country will be played. The route will end at the gazebo where each Chef D’equipe will receive a key to the city from Mayor Guinn. The Parade of Breeds will follow featuring the most prominent and well known Ocala Breeds. There are expected to be 15-20 breeds highlighted from the Marion County area. A number of family activities are being planned, but a final list is not available at time of printing of this issue. There will also be a public market will also be going on. The parade is scheduled to begin at 6:00pm. For updated information, visit or call the Ocala Chamber and Economic Partnership at 352-629-8051.

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Following in the family footsteps of seven generations, Rene Gasser has recreated a show for this tour only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna and Spain. The Royal Horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters and this performance celebrates the tradition, athleticism and grace of these revered creatures. Along with the magnificent stallions, Spanish flamenco dancers are featured in authentic vibrant costumes accompanied by the mellow notes of a guitar to bring the sights and sounds of Spain a heartbeat away. Gala of The Royal Horses feature a number of performances involving the Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabian breeds. Equestrian Royalty presented at the highest level in a culturally rich and stunningly beautiful tribute to The Royal Horses, don’t miss Gala of the Royal Horses!


Shows are scheduled for January 15 & 19 at 3 pm. Adults: $35, Seniors $30, Children $15 VIP Seating w/ After ShowMeet & Greet: $45


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The new barn is up and provides shelter from the elements. The new fancy blankets are clean and ready to put on in layers if needed. But what is your horse’s body temperature? This is what ultimately determines whether or not your animal feels warm or cold. ������������������������������������� Looking good while keeping warm!

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As winter

descends on the stable, it tends to lessen the interaction between humans and their horses. There are parties to attend, driveways to shovel, road ice to contend with, and just down right cold and lousy weather. Barn trips and riding days are sometimes far and few between.

Although the barn staff takes care of the daily needs of your horse, such as stall cleaning and feeding, there is more to keep tract of that just the essentials. That job falls squarely on you as the owner. If your horse is not boarded out, then 100% of the care falls on you. One of the primary things to keep track of is the blanket. If turnout is done, they can become wet (yes, even the waterproof ones can get damp) and allow chilling to occur as well as bunching and sliding. In this instance, having a spare dry blanket to put on is the responsible thing to do. Regardless of the state of the blanket as being wet or dry, tears, bunching, and loose fittings should be checked. Attention to the straps is a must when observing your horse. Loose straps and shifted blankets can lead to accidents in the stall when the horse lies down or rolls. The blanket itself should be removed at least twice weekly to make sure there are no rub areas or sores. Look for areas of hair disruption or placement, as this could be an area of concern to keep watch over. Check the blanket itself for dirt and sweat areas that could potentially harm the horse’s skin over time. Keep the blanket clean, both inside and out. 58

When the blanket is off, it is a good time to do a thorough grooming. Not only can you see the condition of the skin and hair coat, but also you can examine your horse for scrapes and sores. How the horse can get cuts and scrapes while in a contained area has always been a mystery; but, as we all know, it occurs frequently. Good grooming stimulates the hair coat as well as it creates a feel good moment between your and your horse. Observe the current weight of your horse while uncovered. Has your horse gained or lost significant weight? Can you expect to uncover a blimp in the spring or worse yet, a skeleton? Catch differences early on. Eye observation as well as a weight tape can help you escape the shock in spring. If the weight is acceptable, make sure your horse spends most of the time foraging and not just waiting for the next meal. Slow feeder hay nets are available to “make your horse work for his dinner” instead of gulping it down. Those nets work.


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While you are in the stall, check out your horses manure. Is it soft, moist and plentiful? Is there a urine spot that is normal size? Is your horse drinking enough water to keep hydrated? Pluck the skin near the point of shoulder upwards into a tent and see if it takes more than 2 seconds to return to normal. A clinical sign for dehydration is when the skin continues to tent longer than 2 seconds before going back to normal. Is there a salt block assessable? Is the water bucket/bowl clean and the water not frozen? Catching changes early can not only prevent veterinary bills later, but also, keep your horse healthy throughout the winter months.

The blanket itself should be removed at least twice weekly

Additionally, while in the stall, check it over for splinters, nails and places that your horse could become injured. Horses are not gentle with their surroundings and are constantly changing the décor (and generally speaking, not in a positive manner). Even though the barn staff checks the stall daily when cleaning, it only takes one kick or ram to cause damage that could be unobserved until the next stall cleaning. Finally, is your horse getting any exercise? Keeping the horse in the stall for weeks on end is not a healthy situation. Even a simple walkabout will help to maintain your horse’s health both physically and mentally. It can also prevent bad habits arising from stall boredom that are then hard to eliminate once adopted. Additionally, a walkabout checks for lameness and/or any soreness. In summary, your horse is a live sentient animal that needs 365/24/7 care. It’s a team effort between the barn staff, you and your horse that continues whether its riding and showing weather or winter R&R. Don’t be a slacker during the winter weather. You are an integral part of your horse’s team and your horse needs you to support his/her care and well-being.

Author biography: Marilyn Miller Heath CVT, MS currently owns and operates Phantom Brook Farm LLC, which is a veterinary assisted care, retirement, and rehabilitation facility for horses. Marilyn has authored many veterinary and science journal articles during her career as a veterinary nurse as well as spoken at numerous conferences.

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Phantom Brook Farm offers assisted veterinary care/convalescent services as directed by your own veterinarian and performed by a certified veterinary technician. Those services include but are not limited to: • • • • •

Wound care Foaling and mare care Hand walking Leg injuries Clinical lab test performed on site

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Medication dosing Ice water system therapy Postoperative care Lay-ups Eye treatments In-stall camera monitoring

Owner operated, we offer 24-hour coverage of your horse in a secure and safe environment. We also offer retirement plans for elderly or compromised horses.

Let us make a difference with your horse. Joe and Marilyn Heath, CVT, MS 203 Washburn Ave. Washington, NJ 07882 (908) 689-4428 60

Winter Pampering is essential. Grooming time is great for checking skin condition, weight, possible sores from blanket rubbing, and horses enjoy it!




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orse breeding is not for the feint hearted. Preparing ahead of time for success is imperative. First step is to find a veterinarian or facility who has great experience with equine reproduction! Share with them the breeding contract of the stallion you have chosen. Each contract is very specific to their expectations of the mare owner. Be sure your Vet is very comfortable with being able to predict and pinpoint your mare’s ovulation, and any problems she may have. If your mare is a difficult breeder and usually takes more than one cycle to conceive, discuss the management issues and costs you may face to obtain a pregnancy.

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this beautiful property already fenced and cross-fenced with a barn in place.

Just bring your horses and build your dream home in this exclusive gated equine community off Highway 316 just North of Ocala. Wire and board fencing with meticulously maintained paddock. Miles of riding paths. $250,000

...with training track on approximately 151 acres. Two barn apartments designed with comfort and luxury in mind, feature stainless appliances and granite countertops. Numerous other barns, run-in sheds and feeding sheds in 10 one-acre paddocks. Top of the line eurocizer is a great plus to this already exceptional property. Also has two round pens and a storage barn for hay with an efďŹ ciency apartment. All this and so much more on a paved street in an exclusive gated equine community off Hwy 316 just North of Ocala. Miles of riding paths make this an absolute MUST SEE. Buy in 10 acre parcels which are already fenced and crossfenced or buy in entirety for $3,200,000.

Cynthia Edwards, Horse and Home Properties Licensed Real Estate Broker Specializing in equine properties, 352-426-2128

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In light of this tendency, with a group of likeminded people, I have sent a request to USEF/USDF, asking them to add special classes where gaited horses can compete in dressage shows. For the same reason many experts approach equestrian topics in a very deep manner. While this type of information can give the public instruments to better their relationship and performance, sometimes it can make connecting the dots of the various lines of thought difficult, and can lead to confusion and partial benefits. Looking at the situation of the equestrian world from being a horsemanship clinician, veterinarian, trainer and professional rider, I often observe two facts that deeply affect the outcome of the human to horse relationship. Firstly, people very seldom keep in account that the horse is not a machine, and has active control on his own body in the interaction with human beings. Secondly, in their interaction with horses, people make requests and want answers, but when the answer does not come as they wish, they assume they need to force or punish the animal instead of analyzing how they formulated their request. Both of these instances lead to a mechanistic approach to horsemanship.


One topic that many like to talk about is biomechanics, especially in the actual situation where something is being done about the use of training techniques that are abusive, and the use of tack that is constrictive. Biomechanics could be of great benefit, but only when accompanied by some elements of neurophysiology and behavioral sciences, necessary to complete the picture. Research shows that in any living organism the individual’s brain integrates the incoming information, providing a complete representation of the surrounding world, and giving the ability to interact optimally with the environment. Animals that are able to move, including humans, adjust their orientation in regard to their own movements, as well as to forces that influence them from the outside world. In particular, the vestibular system triggers reflex (involuntary) pathways that activate compensatory movements to adjust the body position. It also activates pathways that send information to the brain cortex, to provide conscious perceptions of gravity and movement. A considerable number of cognitive processes depend on

the integration of multisensory information. The attention to the action and the use of various senses at once, enhance the information coming through each sense and benefits for the organism of which they are a part. To this day, no research has shown that another individual can efficiently control our body against our will. So, why do humans think they can do so with the horse, without its willful participation? Any riding performance results from a human and horse interaction, during which information is developed and goes to both human and equine. Learning how to be aware of both sides, and developing teamwork instead of just punishing the horse for not complying can put us in the leading position without effort. Another “in vogue” concept that, to me, appears not well explained is the one of “soft feel” referred to a horse, It sounds very appealing, but can have very many different meanings, and it needs to be explained in detail to be a useful element between human and horses. Many actually

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Any individual receives stimuli from the environment through its senses, and between human and horse, this includes our requests to the horse.

Horses are like any other living organism capable of locomotion, and as mentioned above, to best perform and be at ease they need to perceive the environment first hand, and work in agreement with their rider. The sense organs that perceive the environment are localized mainly in the head of an individual, except for the sense of touch that is spread all over the surface of the animal body. Just considering this fact, without any further scientific explanation, makes it apparent why, to give the best performance, the horse should always be allowed to own the orientation of its head while in motion.

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Every horse benefits from good dressage! Collection is the ability of a horse to willfully perform through its whole body, looking like he raises the base of its neck, relaxes the muscle across the back and offers more flexion of the hocks. A bent neck, without the rest of the horse’s body that goes with it, makes it very difficult for horses to develop self-carriage and eventually collection.


confuse soft feel and collection. A horse can be soft in our hands through evasion of pressure and pain, and learn how to avoid obeying our requests by vertical flexion of the neck.

When we feel our horse is not listening, it is easy to be carried away and think we need to let him know how we feel. If we think about the fact that the point is to have the horse learn an action, we could overcome our feelings and make that happen. Punishing a horse can easily be a reinforcement of his behavior. It is reacting to his unwanted action, and can actually teach the horse to do what we do not want him to do. Some may think about mentally forcing the horse by making something uncomfortable for him, so he will do what they want. I wonder why they do not see that they are creating a conflict of interest, instead of building teamwork. Making a horse uncomfortable while working with us will never make him feel like doing more of it. Working this way makes horses become like zombies, and try to get things done like they are machines without soul, It is possible to develop the horse’s interest for being with us, it just takes some thought and is one of the beauties of relating to them.

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These photos show interactions through the sense of sight, where the horses clearly show they understand and comply with the requests, since they are free of tack

A simple demonstration of how important it is to be clear and specific in our requests is to try to make a horse back up in hand, by moving our hand in the space under its neck, where the horse cannot see. The theory behind this idea is that horses can actually “feel the energy” of our movement. If the horse does not respond immediately, the same theory says we are supposed to escalate our request by moving our hand with “more energy” until we touch or slap the horse’s chest. I simply think that hiding the action in a spot where the horse cannot see is a very inefficient manner to make a request. We would not understand the same request, if made out to us the same way. We would actually develop an adverse attitude and even resistance. Relying on the “energy” of an out of sight hand that is moving is definitely much more time consuming than just making the same request in the horse’s field of vision, with the correct intensity and direction relevant to the response we want to achieve,

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OMAHA READY to Welcome World’s Jumping and Dressage Superstars for

2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals In just a few months, the best horses and riders from all over the world will be coming to the Midwest for the first time ever to compete at the biggest event of the year, the 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals, featuring the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final and the FEI World CupTM Dressage Final. The championship competition will be held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska on March 29 - April 2.


Qualifying competitions around the world are underway and the pressure is already building as the world’s top riders vie for the chance to compete for the coveted titles of FEI World Cup™ Champion. Omaha is ready to welcome the superstars of the sport — including World, European and Olympic Champions – who are expected to a�end this ‘international showdown!’ “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for fans to see the best equestrian athletes from all around the world compete under one roof in the biggest equestrian event of the year,” said Lisa Roskens, Chairman of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation which is producing the 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals. “We are expecting 60,000 people from all over the world and although tickets are selling quickly, we still have a great variety from which to choose, so don’t wait any longer – get yours today!”


A variety of ticket packages are still available, but the VIP Tickets are the best seats in the house. They include access to the VIP Hospitality Lounge throughout the event! Hospitality Packages are also available. The elegant Suites are spacious, comfortable and overlook the entire arena with seating for 20-25 people. Wait service, food, drink and access to the VIP Lounge are included throughout the event. Ringside tables gets you up close to the action in comfort and style with In-Arena seating for 8 people, complimentary wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres along with access to the VIP Lounge throughout the event. The Boutique Shopping Village will give spectators a chance to eat and browse at over 140 shops, all while watching the riders and horses warm-up for the competition! Omaha will also provide more entertainment than any World Cup in history. Shop and Party in the vendor area and tailgate lounge with live bands every night until 11pm! There are so many great hotels and fabulous restaurants within walking distance.

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��������������������� The new year prompts us to remove the clu�er in our lives and re-organize. Here’s a fun easy project you can do to personalize your desk.

������������ • A teasured photo • Store bought pencil box • Contact paper • Pen • Scissors • Tape 2. Mark the contact paper with 1” extra to wrap the box. Cut out the contact paper and the photo.

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3. Mark the corner of the contact paper with a notch to wrap the contact paper around the edge of the box and snip it.

4. Secure the photo to the box with a loop of tape on the back so it doesn’t slide when applying the contact paper.

5. Carefully place the contact paper over the photo and wrap. Secure contact paper inside with tape if necessary.

You’re done! You can hot glue a bow with a lock your steed’s mane to further personalize your creation!


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ALTHEA is Coming! It is dusk in a faraway mythological land... A solitary figure, crippled and tired, sings a song of despair while hoping that the gods will bless him with their favor. Suddenly, a beautiful goddess on an elegant white horse – Althea – appears. The man is hypnotized by the pair’s magical movement, only to watch them disappear without warning. He is tempted to follow but cannot catch up. In the distance, he hears the hoo�eats of more horses. Is this a sign that fate will make him whole again?

This isn’t just a dream. It is the opening scene of ALTHEA, an equestrian ballet production created exclusively for the Equestrian Aid Foundation by former CAVALIA performance artists Kansas Carradine. The show will star World Renowned Liberty Trainer Sylvia Zerbini and also feature S. Caleb Carinci Asch, Renny Spencer, Maxim Panteleenko, Spencer Rose & Ambra Zerbini Bauer . Brought to life by a cast of Greek gods and goddesses including Demeter, Apollo, Nemesis, Persephone and others, this magical tale of horses, hope and healing will be performed on Feb. 12, 2017, at the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s winter gala in Wellington, FL. ALTHEA has been curated by Carradine, who began her career as a trick rider and roper for the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls. For over two decades, the equestrian star and accomplished stunt rider toured the world, entertaining audiences from NFL halftime shows to Windsor Castle’s Diamond Jubilee for the Queen of England. Carradine has spent the past several years buying and training horses for the CAVALIA show. She and Althea’s other mounted cast members – many also CAVALIA performers and alumni – are thrilled to share their artistry and beautiful horses to benefit the Equestrian Aid Foundation. “It is a wonderful organization, and it feels good to support such a wonderful cause,” says Carradine. “Thank you, Equestrian Aid!”

The Equestrian Aid Foundation is a nonprofit organization that assists people from all corners of the horse world who are coping with catastrophic injury or illness and consequent financial crisis. Since its inception twenty years ago, the Foundation has granted some $2.7 million in direct financial aid to equestrians facing adversity in 30 states across America. This financial support provides a promise of hope to riders, trainers, farriers, grooms, horse farm owners and other equestrians who need a helping hand with basic living and rehabilitative expenses while they get back on their feet. “ALTHEA is a story of bonding together to lift each other up. It expresses the essence of our Foundation’s mission,” reports Stephanie Bulger, Equestrian Aid Foundation Board President. “This delightful performance, which also includes whimsical entertainers interacting with and engaging our audience in their seats, will be held only once ever. It is a spectacular, not-to-be-missed night where people and horses unite to express the magical power of healing!” For event details and ticketing, please visit


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STALLER is like AIRBNB for HORSES! Staller is a new web and mobile-based solution that enables horse owners to rent stalls at, and near, equestrian competitions in the United States. The new sharing economy offering was co-founded by members of the Ferrando and the Godoy families, who are originally from Venezuela and live in Wellington, Florida. The two families are active participants in the equestrian community and with a deep understanding of the market. The free Staller application will be available at the App Store and on the website ( on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Whether you need a stall for a night, or a full service equestrian facility for an extended period of time, Staller offers a streamlined process by connecting those looking to stable their mounts to unique boarding options at any price point. “Staller is like airbnb for horses,”: said co-founder Arturo Ferrando (28), an accomplished show jumping competitor with a strong business background. “We saw that brokers had a monopoly on the market and we wanted to offer more boarding options and visibility. Staller aims to give transparency to this market and also facilitate the process of stall rental.” According to 2015 statistics there are 9.2 million horses and 4.6 million citizens in the horse business in the U.S. “We know riders who want to come to the Winter Equestrian Festival but they don’t necessarily want to commit to renting a stall for the entire season,” explained co-founder Pablo Jimenez Godoy (24), a tech entrepreneur who grew up riding and showing. “Thousands of horses from around the world come to Wellington for the 12 weeks of competitions. This doesn’t include all the other horses that come to South Florida during the winter, and they need stalls, let alone the horses and ponies around the country. This will give the renter options. Staller, available in English, Spanish, French and Italian, allows the user to search by location and price point, see photos and learn about the facility, location and availability and then can book online with a credit card. To make for an even better experience, Staller will provide an e-commerce portal for purchase of products and services in relation to the equine industry, including feed, supplements, veterinary care, equipment and supplies. For further information go to

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Apple of My Eye “Apple of My Eye” is the story of Bailey, a young girl that loses her eye sight after a horseback riding accident. Her parents(played by Amy Smart and Liam McIntyre) take her to Southeastern Guide Dogs to become familiar with a Guide Dog. However, while she is there she meets Charlie (portrayed by legendary actor Burt Reynolds) who trains Apple, a Miniature horse who becomes her companion and surrogate eyes. Apple of My Eye was written and Directed by Castille Landon and Produced by Dori Rath and Joseph Restaino! Starring Amy Smart, Liam Mcintyre, Burt Reynolds, Jack Griffo and Avery Arendes. It is being distributed by Sony Pictures and is Coming to DVD and all Streaming Platforms January 10th 2017! Apple is a 26 inch Falabella mini horse owned and trained by Ashley Klein! For the film, Apple had to learn many tricks such as sit, bow, play dead, smile, yes, no, shake hands, and some common guide animal commands. Most of the movie was filmed at Southeastern Guide Dogs in sunny Florida! In Apples spare time she visits nursing homes and schools just to cheer people up!

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This gorgeous new clothing hook board from British designer Pink Whiskers is the perfect accessory for the equestrian’s home or designer tack room! The hook board features a stunning vintage inspired horse fabric entitled ‘Voyage The Gallops’ and has two handy hooks available in antique style or contemporary nickel. Being a bespoke brand, you can also request further homeware accessories in the same stunning fabric from footstalls, cushions and doorstops for home and for your beloved pooch? How about a designer dog bed to match? RRP: £35.00 Size: 16” x 4” For further information:

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������������������ Success Equestrian’s Deluxe Jumper & Dressage No-Slip Saddle Pads Keep your saddle in place with an extra 1.5 cm of open cell foam. Breathable pad offers just enough shock absorption without changing saddle fit. Less rubbing than a regular pad. Contoured spine fits even the highest-withered horse. Available in Black or White. A portion of all proceeds is donated to the Equestrian Aid Foundation. See our ad page 79

����������������������� With the arrival of winter, extreme weather conditions and tumbling temperatures can make riding and training a little more ‘exciting’ for your horse. Childéric Saddles have two design solutions to give riders a little more confidence in the saddle this season: ‘Childéric Dressage Handle’ is a simple ‘buckle up, fix and go’ design for use on dressage saddles. The strap, created as part of the growing Childéric accessories collection, fits neatly onto the Dee rings of the saddle and offers the rider added confidence as well as being a useful training tool for the rider. RRP: £40.00 Colours: Black Leather: Calfskin The Childéric Airbag Attachment is a clever design detail, which can be incorporated into your bespoke saddle, along with unique tweaks to seat shape, depth through to carefully crafted knee blocks and focus on creating the perfect balance, so you feel more secure and confident in the saddle. Saddles from RRP: £3,900 � �


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A reception for the Ocala Jockey Club International 3 Day Event was held at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrain Club. It was attended by competitors, event management and associates. The fabulous feast and festive decor created a memorable evening. The site plan for the World Equestrian Center South, which will begin construction at Golden Ocala next year, was unveiled. See more on page 42.

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This annual charity fund raiser benefiting Stirrups and Strides Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. was held at Jumbolair in Ocala, FL. The attendance increased over last year, hopefully bringing this worthwhile group more funds for their much needed barn. The evening included dinner, Chinese and Silent Auctions, and dancing with entertainment by Catherine & Bobby Sears, Deby Kelley and Saratoga. Richard Simon did a fabulous job as the M.C.


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