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Is Your Horse Ready for Peak Mosquito Season?
Learn how you can help protect your horses’ health from the threat of West Nile virus.
In the United States, July through October coincides with peak mosquito activity, which places your horse at the highest risk of contracting West Nile virus during this time of year.1 However, with the right vaccine and preventive measures, it’s not too late for horse owners to help protect their horses against this life-threatening disease. Zoetis offers the WEST NILE INNOVATOR® vaccine.
West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes – which feed on infected birds – then infect horses, humans and other mammals. Last year, the United States reported 395 West Nile virus cases in horses.2 Texas and Oklahoma topped the charts with 69 and 41 cases, respectively.2
Lexington, KY - August 15, 2014 - Who ever said lightning never strikes the same place twice has not met Pablo Barrios. The Venezuelan rider once again piloted Antares to the top of the pack in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic presented by Zoetis, mimicking his effort two weeks prior in the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix.
The win comes just in time for Barrios to add to his stockpile of points for the Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus before he jets off to Normandy for the World Equestrian Games. The $50,000 bonus is given to the rider accumulating the most points throughout the Hagyard Challenge Series, a summer-long set of seven show jumping events at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Friday night's prix marks the fifth class in the series.
Halifax, MA -August 15, 2014 - Friday was speed day at The Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, but although many were speedy, few were clean in our main event. With an exciting Welcome Stake ending the day yesterday, today's featured class was the 1.30m Cross Insurance Speed Derby.
Olaf Peterson Jr.'s unique Speed Derby course design made for an exciting afternoon at Silver Oak. In a field of 29 horse and rider combinations, only three went clear. With poles and riders flying, spectators may have mistaken this Speed Derby for a demolition derby, but with faults converted, riders didn't seal their fate with a rail down or a refusal.
Aachen, Germany - The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt arrived in Aachen and began their training camp this week. The U.S. Team and Individual athletes include: Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley; two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Reno's Ozzy Cooper; 2010 WEG athlete Susan Treabess (Winters, Calif.) and Kathryn Hill's Kamiakin; and Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) and her own Nice Touch.
Lexington, KY - August 7, 2014 - Coming into Thursday's over fences phase of the Small Pony Hunters, Blueberry Hill and Natalie Jayne were probably not the pair anyone predicted to ride away with the USEF Pony Finals championship.
Jayne and her pony sat in 15th position following yesterday's model and under saddle classes, with numerous seasoned ponies sitting ahead of them in the rankings.However, with the over fences class worth 50 percent of the ponies' overall scores, the championship tricolor was still anybody's game.
Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) will host its 68th annual hunter/jumper competition this fall at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. The show will be held from September 10-14, 2014 in downtown Buffalo, NY. The show will take place in the indoor arena of the Buffalo Equestrian Center, the home of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) and SBS Farms, Inc. The BIHS is known for its large variety of hunter and jumper divisions, including the ample prize money and promising competition. The BIHS is the most prominent fundraiser of the year for the BTRC, with all proceeds benefiting their therapeutic riding program. The prize list is now available on www.thebtrc.org.
Hickstead, United Kingdom- Beezie Madden added another coveted title to her extensive resume on Sunday when she rode Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’ to victory in the The Longines King George V Gold Cup at CSIO5* Hickstead. In doing so she also made history as the first women ever to win the prestigious Grand Prix.
Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and the 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding were one of 14 combinations to jump Kelvin Bywater’s 12-obstacle track faultlessly and qualify to return for the jump-off. The pair, which had jumped double clear in Friday’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain presented by Longines, had the advantageous position of returning as the final competitors in the jump-off and seized the opportunity with both hands jumping clear and stopping the timers in 46.01 to seal their win by more than a full second.
Parker, CO - August 2, 2014 - A horse of a different color has been attracting notice at Dressage in the Rockies for more than just his spots. Lakota Lace, an 11-year-old Appaloosa/Percheron/Quarter Horse gelding, picked up back-to-back wins in the Intermediaire I at the Colorado Horse Park.
In his first time out at that level, Lakota Lace scored 68.816 percent on Friday, winning the FEI High Percentage Championship, and 67.895 percent on Saturday. Trainer Shannon Dahmer competed him for his owner, Janet Wingate of Denver, CO.
Eugene, Ore. – The USEF/AVA Vaulting National Championships were held from July 31 – August 3 at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene. It was the first time that the National Championships were held in the Pacific Northwest and, at the highest levels, featured athletes that could be representing the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy (WEG) in just a few weeks.
In the Individual Women’s Gold Division Mary McCormick (Woodside, Calif.), top ranked Individual Female on the Short List, finished with a final score of 8.464 vaulting on Sydney Frankel’s Sir Charles and lunged by Carolyn Bland. McCormick earned the National Championship over Mary Garrett (Mountain View, Calif.) and Elizabeth Ioannou (Saratoga, Calif.), second and third on the Short List, respectively.
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