Orlando, Fla. – Jan.17, 2018 – The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) held their annual board meeting in Orlando, Florida, Jan. 3-6. The 55-member board met in general session and in individual committees during the three-day event.
Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 12, 2018 – Parlanti International tapped top international Grand Prix dressage rider and Olympic Bronze medalist Kasey Perry-Glass as an official ambassador for the Italian equestrian footwear brand. Parlanti offers the Dressage America boot, a premium, custom-made dressage boot in its line-up of elite products. Perry-Glass was a shoe-in to represent the brand.
Wellington, Fla – Dec. 19, 2017 – Parlanti International is proud to announce changes in leadership for distribution in the North American and European markets. The Italian equestrian footwear brand best known for its dominance in the elite hunter and international show jumping markets, will now be distributed by Parlanti International.
The first two rounds of the charity auctions which began during the Silver Oak Jumper Tour in August, and the second round a few weeks ago, were both huge successes. We want to thank McLain Ward and Castle Hill Farm, aided by the Plaid Clothes Horse. We raised thousands of dollars for Omega Horse Rescue to help horses in desperate need. This time, our favorite dog rescue Danny & Ron’s Rescue will benefit from the auction.
Fairfield, Conn. – Nov.13, 2017 – The deadlines for the 2018 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) student competitor scholarships were announced by the Intercollegiate Equestrian Foundation (IEF). Founded in 1984 by Joan Johnson and George Lukemire, the IEF has awarded nearly one quarter of $1 million in scholarships to date.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Dec. 11, 2017 – East Wind Farms, the Fort Lauderdale-based hunter/jumper operation led by owner Tiffany Morrissey is poised and ready for top competition at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival. East Wind horses and riders earned a series of significant accomplishments and victories during the summer and fall circuits at the top shows in the nation.
Northampton, Mass. – Dec. 7, 2017 – The Smith College Department of Athletics and Recreation celebrated the career of Sue Payne with a dinner Saturday evening. More than 75 alumnae, friends, family and colleagues came together to honor Payne for an accomplished 40-year career. Smith College Director of Athletics Kristin Hughes presented Payne with a Smith College commemorative chair. Words of appreciation were delivered by guests including Bob Cacchione, Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) founder and executive director, Tracy Farnham, the former equestrian coach at UMass and Payne’s students from graduating classes 1973 through 2019.
Laurinburg, N.C. – Nov. 21, 2017 – The two-time Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Western National Champion team along with the IHSA Hunt Seat team and members of their Intercollegiate Dressage team, staff and coaches gathered Nov. 15 at the Avinger Auditorium on the St. Andrews University campus for a special event. Peggy McElveen, director of the St. Andrews Equestrian Center and Carla Wennberg, IHSA Western head coach, led the group in assembling holiday packages to ship to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa.
Wellington, Fla. – Nov. 16, 2017 – Steven Castillo can’t remember a life without horses. He dabbled in the jumpers and eventing then fell in love with dressage. Castillo, who hails from the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama, became a successful trainer, competitor, instructor and judge.
Wellington, FL – Nov. 6, 2017 –The Annual South Florida Hunter Jumper Association (SFHJA) Charity Horse Show celebrates 67 years of great competition and giving. Held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Nov. 21-26, the US Equestrian Premier, AA-rated show is the highlight of the SFHJA series and has become a popular event for early winter season arrivals.
Dear Friends, Leave it to McLain Ward to be generous and thoughtful. He is not only one of the greatest show jumping talents, but he is one of the greatest ambassadors of our sport. This is just another example. McLain donated championship coolers from some of his historic wins with Sapphire and other great horses from Castle Hill. Now you can bid to win one of these keepsakes from some of the greatest moments in American show jumping history with all funds going directly to one of our favorite charities, the Omega Horse Rescue Fund.
Fairfield, Conn. – Nov. 1, 2017 – North America’s premier equine exposition and gathering kicks off in West Springfield, Massachusetts, Nov. 9. The four-day event is an opportunity for horse enthusiasts to experience one of the largest equine-related trade shows in the country, educational events, demonstrations, top clinicians and more. For college-bound students, parents and all those interested in intercollegiate riding, it is a great opportunity to learn about the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA).
Wellington, Fla. – Oct. 17, 2017 – Christine Campbell is fearless in the face of challenge and she has led the life to prove it. An equestrian from an early age, she rode with Ronnie Mutch, earned her colors with the Smithtown Hunt and was a whipper-in for the Fairfield County Hounds. She has trained field hunters to grand prix jumpers, ridden internationally and has worked with some of the most celebrated international riders.
The October/November issue of Equestrian Living is online! Visit polo star and model Nacho Figueras and his family at their amazing farm in Argentina. Then, travel to Mount Juliet, an 18th-century Irish estate that is both a luxury resort and a sports-lover’s paradise. Plus there is EQLiving's fascinating mix of interesting people, dining, travel, design, fashion, décor, the arts and more.
Fairfield, Conn. – Oct. 6, 2017 – The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) announced the locations for the for their Western Semi-Finals competitions, the definitive step for Western riders and teams to qualify for Nationals. IHSA riders compete in a range of levels in Western horsemanship and in the open level in both horsemanship and reining.
Murfreesboro, Tenn. – Sept. 26, 2017 – Anne Brzezicki was honored at a retirement reception at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Sept. 22, for her many contributions and 35 years of service as to the equestrian program. She played a significant role in the growth of the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) programs by founding programs at three universities and establishing the Western divisions in 1978. At the event, the university's equestrian arena was named for Brzezicki.
As many of you know, I ride for Puerto Rico, a country that has endured so much recent difficulty. Now, Puerto Ricans are facing the devastation of hurricane Maria. My heart is saddened by the images and stories in the news media about what is happening in my beautiful and vibrant country.
Fairfield, Conn. – Sept. 22, 2017 – The school year is kicking off and it is not too late to start an Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) program at your college or university. There is a long list of benefits to starting an IHSA program. First, it provides the opportunity for any college student that is a hunter seat or western rider of any means at any level to compete on a team. Riders compete as individuals and as a team. Both men and women may compete. Most importantly, being a member of IHSA is a way to connect to others through your love of horses while building friendships that last a lifetime.
Mettawa, Ill. – Sept. 13, 2017 – Freddie and Jodi Vazquez, trainers and owners of Messenger Hill Farm, a top-notch show hunter/jumper operation based near Chicago, announced that they have recently adopted the Cavalor nutrition brand for all the horses in their care. Cavalor is a global company that offers a complete line of horse feed, supplements and care products. Cavalor products are based on years of intense research and development, thorough testing, selection of the highest quality ingredients, and strict manufacturing and quality control processes.
Fairfield, Conn. – Sept. 8, 2017 – The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) sent an official memorandum to their board members, coaches for all colleges and universities currently enrolled or intending to enroll as members of the IHSA for the 2017-2018 academic year. The memorandum was an official notification that, until further evaluation by the IHSA executive committee, as of Aug. 30, 2017, any college or university that elects to join the National Equestrian Collegiate Association (NCEA) will be ineligible to join the IHSA.
Hardeeville, S.C. – Sept. 1, 2017 – The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) three-year national champions Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) hosted an international jumping event at the Ronald C. Waranch Equestrian Center Aug. 17-19. The Pan-American Confederation (PAEC), includes Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Groups IV, V and VI and is comprised of a span from Canada to Argentina. Group IV includes the English-speaking Caribbean island nations, Canada and the U.S.
Gladstone, N.J. – Aug. 21, 2017 –Monmouth at the Team came to a conclusion at Hamilton Farm, headquarters of the USET Foundation, Sunday with an exciting $10,000 Mini-Prix, sponsored by Horseflight. Cassandra Kahle, who entered three horses for Redfield Farms and trainer Emil Spadone, earned first, second and fifth in a highly competitive field.
Gladstone, N.J. – Aug. 19, 2017 –It was Manhattan Saddlery Family Day at Monmouth at the Team and the jumper divisions continued in the main ring at Hamilton Farm, with the two featured classes closing out the day: the $2,500 Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by ZEUS Scientific, and the $5,000 Marshall & Sterling NAL/WIHS Children’s/Adult Classic, sponsored by Manhattan Saddlery.
Gladstone, N.J. – Aug. 18, 2017 –The jumper divisions kicked off in the main arena at Hamilton Farm, and the 1.25m $5,000 Welcome Stake, sponsored by ColorTACK and Equine Billing Services, was scheduled as the featured event of the day. Riders found inspiration from the greats that once rode at the former training grounds of the U.S. Equestrian Team.
Gladstone, N.J. – Aug. 18, 2017 – Monmouth at the Team continued its fourth day of competition at Hamilton Farm, headquarters of the USET Foundation and former training facility of the U.S. Equestrian Team. The highly-anticipated $10,000 Bobcat Derby, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, was the feature attraction of the day. Friends, family and spectators got into the theme spirit and donned bobcat-ear headbands. Music filled the hollowed grounds of Gladstone and the spectators followed the competition with rousing applause for the best rounds.
Mill Spring, N.C. – August 10, 2017 – The Messenger Hill Farm, led by the trainer/owner team of Freddie and Jodi Vazquez, earned multiple spots on the championship roster for three weeks of superb competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center during Tryon Summer V-VII. Some exciting new faces and fantastic horses joined Messenger Hill Farm to show in one of the Vazquezes favorite venues. With a capacity show and intense but fun competition, the team was in good form.
Blowing Rock, N.C. – Aug. 3, 2017 – Board member Missy Luczak-Smith and her husband Doug Smith sponsored the annual $1,000 Equestrian Aid Foundation Hunter Grooms Class at the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show on Sunday, July 30. The class had a record turnout of grooms and their charges, but it was Daniel Gomez who won the top prize with Caroline Moran’s Bacardi, a gleaming, gray KWPN gelding by Casco.
Gladstone, N.J. – July 31, 2017 – The Nature Conservancy will sponsor the first-ever $10,000 Bobcat Derby Day on Thursday, Aug. 17 during Monmouth at the Team, presented by Precise Buildings. The show is scheduled for Aug.14-20 at historic Hamilton Farm, the headquarters of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation. In its debut in 2016, Monmouth at the Team was named New Jersey Horse Show Association’s Horse Show of the Year.
Wellington, Fla. – July 26, 2017 – Equestrian Aid Foundation is proud to announce that it was awarded Gold Status from GuideStar, the world's leading provider of information about nonprofit organizations. GuideStar's Gold Status is awarded to recognize nonprofit transparency and accountability. Out of 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofit organizations listed in GuideStar, only .5 percent have achieved Gold Status. The Equestrian Aid Foundation is proud to be included in this tier.