Fairfield, Conn. – March 20, 2018 – The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association held its Western Semi-Finals, sponsored by the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), March 17-18. Hosting the events were Black Hawk College in Galva, Illinois, West Virginia University in Reedsville, West Virginia, and Alfred University, held at the Hamburg Showplex in Hamburg, New York. Alumni Semi-Finals were held at Black Hawk College and West Virginia University.
Augusta, N.J. – March 15, 2018 – The management of Garden State Horse Show has announced its lineup of officials for the 2018 show to be held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds May 2-6. The list of seasoned horse show professionals reads like a who’s who of the hunter/jumper community.
Wellington, Fla. – March 12, 2018 – Equestrian Aid Foundation founders, board members, staff and friends honored Stephanie Riggio Bulger with their Luminary Award for her invaluable service to the organization. Founders Robert Dover, chef d’équipe of the U.S. Dressage team and Robert Ross hosted a private party Sunday, Feb. 4, at their home in Wellington’s Palm Beach Polo and Country Club. Dover, Ross and fellow founder R. Scot Evans paid tribute to Bulger.
Wellington, Fla. – March 8, 2018 – Messenger Hill Farm continues to enjoy success at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), but Week VII was particularly eventful for the Chicago-based team. Freddie and Jodi Vazquez, owners and trainers of Messenger Hill Farm had much to celebrate as their clients rose to the top of the ranks of some of the best and brightest in the country.
Fairfield, Conn. – Feb. 23, 2018 – The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) will host a career fair during the 2018 National Championship at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Friday, May 4, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This event provides equestrian-focused businesses the rare opportunity to recruit talented young people for internships and employment and to educate a collegiate audience about their brands.
Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 16, 2018 – Equestrian Aid Foundation is proud to announce that author Shane Ledyard will donate a portion of the paperback sales of his latest book, “Sycamore Whispers,” to the organization through February. Equestrian Aid Foundation provides financial assistance to horse people from all corners of the U.S. equestrian world who are facing catastrophic injury or illness.
Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 12, 2018 – Parlanti ambassadors Daniel Bluman and Katherine Bateson Chandler both celebrated important FEI wins in Wellington during Week IV and V. In the first five-star grand prix of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Bluman (ISR) and Ladriano Z, owned by Over The Top Stables LLC, rose to the top of the class in the $384,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar, owned by Jane Forbes Clark, won the Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) Feb. 11.
Fairfield, Conn. Feb. 12, 2018 - The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) is proud to announce the launch of their modern new logo to represent the brand. The new logo will unify the entire organization under one image.
Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 11, 2018 – Freddie and Jodi Vazquez and the Messenger Hill Farm team celebrated great performances and success during the first four weeks of Equestrian Sport Production’s Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Returning to their Wellington base of operations in Grand Prix Village, the Vazquezes and their clients were well-prepared to launch their Wellington competition season after a very successful summer and fall.
Wellington, Fla – Feb. 7, 2018 – Katherine Bateson-Chandler paints a stylishly elegant picture when she goes down centerline. The Grand Prix dressage rider and Jane Forbes Clark’s 2005 KWPN gelding Alcazar (Cantango-Polina; Ferro) will halt and salute at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival’s CDI5*(AGDF) in both the 3* Grand Prix on Thursday, Feb. 8 and the 3* Grand Prix Special on Sunday, Feb. 11, and she’ll be sporting her fashionable Parlanti dressage boots.
Augusta, N.J. – Jan. 23, 2018 – Kick off your spring show season with the Garden State Horse Show May 2-6 New Jersey’s US Equestrian Premier, AA-rated horse show held annually at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta.
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.