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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
Buffalo, NY - September 11, 2014 - As the heat of the competition was rising at the 68th Buffalo International Horse Show, it was Jennifer Alfano who had all eyes on her with multiple victories on the second day of showing.
Alfano racked up the points by winning all five classes in the Working Hunter Division and earned Grand Hunter Champion honors on Maggie May, owned by Billie Steffee of Novelty, OH.
"Jennifer rode beautifully," said Steffee, who was onsite to see the bay Brandenberger mare. "It is such a treat to see Maggie show, as Jen has had the ride for about two and a half years now. I am not always present at the shows because I am on the road."
Steffee also took the opportunity to bring a couple of young horses to Buffalo, with Carol Lewis riding, and pulled off the Baby Green Championship on the opening day with Goldsmith O while also showing Gold and Silver in the Pre-Green Hunter Division.
Caen, France (September 10, 2014) - What has likely been the most wonderful year of Chester Weber's life just got even better as the Ocala, Florida horseman, who went into the Alltech World Equestrian Games in Normandy standing number one in the FEI World Four-in-Hand Rankings, emerged with his 3rd Individual Silver medal from an FEI World Championship and boosted Team USA to a fourth place finish with an overall score of 298.48.
The world renowned whip and team of KWPN geldings co-owned by Weber and Jane Forbes Clark, made their intention clear to claim a medal for the United States after a 32.21 score in Dressage, the first of three phases of competition, put them in first place ahead of reigning WEG champion Boyd Exell (Australia) and Theo Timmerman (The Netherlands).
Caen, France - The FEI World Individual Jumping Championship came to a conclusion on the final day of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in the d’Ornano Stadium with the highly anticipated Final Four competition. The U.S. closed out the 2014 Games on a high note as Beezie Madden claimed Individual Bronze. Additionally, her partner at these Championships, Cortes ‘C’, earned the Best Horse title following four rounds of impeccable jumping on Sunday afternoon.
“I thought it was a great day and a very exciting Final Four,” said Madden. “I’m very happy to come out with a Bronze medal.”
Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and Abigail Wexner’s 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding were joined in the competition, which determined Individual medals, by The Netherland’s Jeroen Dubbeldam with Zenith SFN, France’s Patrice Delaveau with Orient Express HDC, and Sweden’s Rolf-Göran Bengtsson with Casall Ask. In the final, all four started on a clean slate and jumped an eight-obstacle, Frédéric Cottier-designed track with their own horses, as well as with all three of their competitors’ horses.
Saugerties, N.Y. - They’ve been second and third in the money before, but today Todd Minikus (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Quality Girl galloped triumphantly to a Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix win. With the weather on the side of spectator and exhibitor – clear, breezy and comfortable – Minikus was both ecstatic and thankful.
“As athletes we appreciate the opportunity and support from sponsors like Zoetis and management like HITS,” he said. “As a kid I only dreamt I would be jumping for $1 million dollars, but I get to do it three times a year thanks to Tom Struzzieri [HITS President and CEO].”
A childhood dream turned reality, Minikus was the second-to-last trip as million-dollar glory goaded 33 contenders. The first clear came early with Quentin Judge [Wellington, Florida] and HH Donnatella jumping for Double H Farm (fourth in the order).
“This is the biggest track I have ever jumped and my first time doing one of the HITS’ million-dollar classes,” said Judge. “Of course the goal is to win, but I am so happy with second – today was the experience of a lifetime.”
Caen, France – On the fourth and final day of vaulting competition, World Championship titles were decided in the Pas de Deux, Individual Female, Individual Male, and Squad divisions. A packed crowd at the Zénith witnessed the best of the best in the discipline of vaulting perform their Second Round Freestyle Tests in front of the judging panel of Sue Detol, Elzbieta Dolinska, Anita Flamand, Véronique Girard, Pavla Krauspe, Anna Kull, Helma Schwarzmann, and Karolina Wickholm in hopes of bringing home a medal for their country. Sisters Kimberly and Cassidy Palmer and Mary McCormick led the U.S. endeavor in the vaulting portion of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, finishing fifth in the Pas de Deux and Individual Female Championships, respectively. The rest of the U.S. contingent had respectable performances among tough competition at a World Championship.
FEI World Pas de Deux Vaulting Championship
Antionch, Ill. - The $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby is the highlight of the 2014 Chicago Hunter Derby at Annali-Brookwood Farm, showcasing top horses and riders from across the country while raising funds for charities. The Chicago Hunter Derby is a unique stand-alone event, currently offering more prize money than any other competition of it’s kind. The derby weekend is also one of the few derbies held in a grass field, imitating the days of fox hunting.
This spectacular production would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of Canadian Pacific. Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Wally Sieruga, General Manager of Operations from CP, was on hand to present awards to the top twelve horse and rider combinations.
Lexington, Ky. - The final day at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials at Burghley House, Stamford in Lincolnshire, England, wrapped up the event on Sunday with the show jumping phase of competition. Just
two Americans were left in the competition, as Hannah Sue Burnett withdrew Jacqueline Mars’ Harbour Pilot due to concern over a minor injury. In consultation with the Team Veterinarian and Chef d'Equipe, it was decided that it was in the best interest of the horse to not contest the final phase, and save him for another day, as a bright future lies ahead for the pair. Meghan O'Donoghue and Pirate were eliminated during the cross country phase.
Marilyn Little (Frederick, Md.), a Karen E. Stives High Performance Eventing Grant recipient, and Team Demeter, LLC's RF Demeter were one of just 12 double-clear rounds of the 38 finishers. Little and the 12-year-old Oldenburg mare finished on a three-day score of 96.9 in 20th place.
Wayne, IL - September 11, 2014 - The air was crisp and the horses fresh as the Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show got underway at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. The LUXMAX USA Grand Prix Ring was alive with action early in the morning with the Young Jumper Championships, but the heat turned up later in the day when riders faced off in the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, sponsored by Weathertech.com. The master of speed, Lisa Goldman captured the win aboard Morocco with the blazing time of 32.842 seconds.
Only six of the 24 competitors were able to master Hector Loyola's Welcome Stake track. It was a course that asked questions and demanded answers, showing its technical nuisances through a triple combination, liverpool, double combination and long runs between fences. It was not until the eleventh horse and rider combination, Tiffany Hammack and Luminous, took their chance at the course that a clear round proved possible.
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