Photo by: Bruce Bouley
Horse owners tend to think of flies and mosquitoes as annoying nuisances. That’s certainly true, but they can also be downright dangerous, as both can spread serious and even life-threatening diseases.
Mosquitoes transmit West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalomyelitis and western equine encephalomyelitis.
Flies are responsible for spreading pigeon fever, equine infectious anemia and play a role in summer sores.
Let’s take a brief look at these diseases and what you can do to protect your horse.
Fletcher, N.C. - On Friday, July 25 the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup concluded with the United States repeating their 2012 performance, sweeping the top podium positions in the competition, and taking home Gold Medals in both the Three-Gaited and Five-Gaited sections.
Throughout the competition, held Tuesday July 22 - Friday July 25 as part of the Blue Ridge Classic Horse Show, riders performed rail and pattern work in front of the judging panel made up of David Brent (CAN), Michael Craghead (USA), and Hugo Visser (RSA). Three-Gaited riders rode on Tuesday and Thursday, with Five-Gaited sections competing on Wednesday and Friday.
The Plains, Va.- A successful weekend at the Preparation Event for the Squad and Alternates for Squad for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games wrapped up Sunday morning with 11 U.S. combinations completing David O’Connor’s cross country. Crowds of 3,500 people came from throughout the United States to watch many of the best combinations in North America compete at the renovated Great Meadow on a beautiful Virginia weekend.
On Saturday, all combinations performed their dressage tests in front of Sandy Phillips and returned in the evening to jump Richard Jeffery’s show jumping track. As a testament to the strength of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team all combinations finished Saturday’s course without jumping faults.
Five days of competition came to a close Sunday at The Event at Rebecca Farm with the third and final phase of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour Series. Blossom Creek Foundation’s Super Socks BCF and Matthew Brown of Petaluma, California gave a top class performance, completing Richard Jeffery’s show jumping course without a single fault. James Alliston of San Ramon, California and Mojo held onto their overnight second place despite rolling three poles, and Jordan Linstedt of Redmond, Washington rounded out the top three places with Revitavet Capato.
Richard Jeffery is well known for beautifully designed courses that pose the right questions for each level. Matthew Brown used the experience he has gained in the hunter/jumper arena over recent years, and guided Super Socks BCF around a technical course to win. This was only the horse’s fourth advanced level competition.
Saugerties, N.Y. - When McLain Ward climbed down from the tack of Dulien Van De Smeets after winning the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix presented by Zoetis, he didn’t look for congratulations, but marched straight to the mare’s owner, his godmother. Susie Heller stood clutching a winner’s trophy and was scooped up by Ward’s embrace.
Every win is special, but this was divinely special. This week marked the one-month anniversary of James Heller’s passing. “Jimmy” was Susie’s brother, friend to Ward and part owner in Dulien Van De Smeets. For Ward, of Brewster, New York, there was no better way to honor him than to bring home a win.
Bromont, Canada - The 2014 International Bromont’s final event, the World Cup Qualifier, ended with American riders dominatin, as they took seven of the top ten places, including the Top 5.
Victory for Todd Minikus
Designed for testing both the technical and athletic abilities of participating riders, the course created by Venezualian Leopoldo Palacios, comprised 13 obstacles for 16 efforts in a time allowed of 93 seconds. Only five pairs entered successfully made it to the jump-off, including the winners of the July 20th Grand Prix, Denise Wilson and Winter.
Lexington, Ky. - - After an extremely successful junior career, Reid Patton has found continued success - and a more relaxed atmosphere - in a new division: the Amateur-Owner 18-35 3'3" Hunters.
She dominated the division Friday at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, sweeping the over fences classes and finishing second under saddle with her own Sincere.
"The transition to the amateurs has actually been great," Patton said. "The juniors were always very intense, and I felt like I had to prove something because I had a limited amount of time in the division. Now that I'm in the amateurs, I'm kind of just relaxed all the time. Because of that I've been riding very consistently. I've been really enjoying this new division."
Saugerties, N.Y. - Of the six jump-off contenders in Sunday’s $75,000 HITS Grand Prix presented by Zoetis, four boasted the colors of Ireland. Ronan McGuigan, Darragh Kerins, with two horses, and Jonathan McCrea made their home country proud as they bested a field of 29 starters. Try as they might, ultimately neither Kerins nor McCrea could catch McGuigan and Capall Zidane.
First to crack Bernardo Cabral’s (Lisbon, Portugal) course in round one, McGuigan and his ten-year old Dutch Warmblood Gelding were the obvious crowd favorite as cheers erupted from the sidelines. A trip later, Kerins guaranteed a jump-off with Delia Van Het Molenhof, owned by Jan Van Tricht. They were eventually joined by Peter Wylde of Lake Worth, Florida on Zorro for Frederico Fernandez, McCrea with Candy Tribble’s Aristoteles V, Kerins in the irons of Zerro Leone and Alexa Lowe-Wiseman of Upperville, Virginia aboard Windsor Farm Sales’ November.
Lexington, Ky. - The South American contingent has had a strong showing during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, and Sunday was no exception. Mexico's Juan Pablo Gaspar proved that speed is the name of the game when he took home top honors in the $7,500 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Jumper Classic, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch. Gaspar and his new mount Puetras So What were faultless over the jump-off track with a two second lead to take home the victory.
Steve Stephens designed the tracks for Sunday's events in the Rolex Stadium, and although 24 riders competed in the Junior Jumper Classic, only three horses were able to advance to the jump-off. Kira Kerkorian was the first to return for the tiebreaker aboard Cassi. They had galloped easily over all of the obstacles, setting the pace at a clear 44.488 seconds. Gaspar was next, and with only one horse left he decided to give it his all. The risk paid off as Puetras So What left each rail intact and dashed through the timers in 42.662 seconds to take over the lead. Kerkorian qualified a second mount, Faustino, for the jump-off, but a refusal at the third fence relegated them to third place, sealing Gaspar's victory.
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