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Traveling to events can put horse health to the test. Maybe it’s a trip to a training session or a big show like the upcoming All American Quarter Horse Congress. Unfortunately, this can be the time of year when upper respiratory disease, such as equine influenza, is all too common.
Whenever you expose your horse to other horses, you pose a risk to his health. But there are things you can do to help protect your horse from disease — most importantly, vaccination.
Without vaccination against equine influenza virus (EIV), horse owners can face a financial risk of up to $885, based on diagnostics, treatment and days of missed training.* The Equine Influenza Calculator app compares the cost of vaccination with the cost to treat for disease and training days lost. Using the calculator, a horse owner or veterinarian can determine equine influenza risk depending on the horse’s vaccination status and help create an effective vaccination program. The Equine Influenza Calculator app is available for free in the Apple® App Store®
WELLLINGTON, FL - September 17, 2014 - The first of its kind "Horses Helping People" Family Resource Day will be held on October 5, 2014 for the children and families in southeast Florida to experience the positive impact of the horse-human bond up close and personal.
From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the community is welcome to directly connect with the recreational and therapeutic facilities in Palm Beach County offering horseback riding and equine assisted activities and have the chance to win riding lessons and other products and services donated by exhibitors.
Calgary, Canada - The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team clinched a second-place finish in the BMO FEI Nations Cup on Saturday afternoon before a packed house. The U.S., led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland, sent a veteran squad composed of Lauren Hough, Leslie Burr Howard, McLain Ward, and Beezie Madden into Spruce Meadows CSIO5* ‘Masters’ Tournament’s team competition to jump Leopoldo Palacio’s 12-obstacle track.
Following the first round the Americans stood third on a score of nine faults before collecting four faults in round two to finish on an overall total of 13.
Riding first in the order for the U.S. on Saturday was Hough (Wellington, Fla.) and her longtime partner Quick Study. Laura and Meredith Mateo’s 15-year-old Selle Francais gelding kicked off the American effort with a five-fault trip in round one after lowering the final element of the triple combination, fence 10, and collecting a single time fault. The pair came back in round two with an improved effort just faulting at 7A to collect four faults.
Woodstock, England - Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn made a sizable jump up the leaderboard following a proficient trip across the country on Saturday at the Fidelity Blenheim International Horse Trials. On a day where Eric Winter’s difficult CCI3* track caused a shuffle of the standings, the USEF Land Rover Competition Grant Recipients jumped clear picking up 3.2 time faults to stand in ninth place heading into the show jumping on a score of 50.2.
Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) only began riding Tom Tierney and Simon Roosevelt’s 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding this summer and was extremely impressed with his performance on Saturday. Before moving into the Olympic and World Championship veteran’s barn, Fernhill Cubalawn was campaigned at the three-star level by Alexandra Green.
Calgary, Alberta - The Spruce Meadows 'Masters' Tournament CSIO 5* came to a thrilling conclusion Sunday with the biggest show jumping event in the world, the $1.5 Million CP International, presented by Rolex. Canadian show jumping legend Ian Millar and Dixson, owned by Susan and Ariel Grange, triumphed through two rounds and a jump-off of challenging equestrian sport over 20-year-old Reed Kessler (USA) and Cylana. The was the second leg of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, and Ian Millar is next in line to try and take equestrian sport's most sought-after title.
Both courses Sunday, set by Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela, were extremely tall, technical, and challenging. “It was a fantastic day,” Palacios said. “For Ian to win in his home country is great. This is the third time I've had a jump-off here. The courses were really strong, heavy, the heights hard, the lines difficult. I am very happy. The team of Spruce Meadows, how they maintained the footing was incredible. The jump crew and groundskeepers, I thank all of them.”
After generating international headlines and a nationwide buzz following the overwhelming success of its inaugural event in 2013, the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® is returning to the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, November 6 - 9, 2014 and already looks to be building upon last year's level of excitement and anticipation. This unique national head-to-head competition will once again offer a plethora of championship titles and over $50,000 in prize money, all while showcasing adult amateur and open riders from across the country competing from Training Level to Grand Prix.
Regional qualifying for the US Dressage Finals got underway on September 5 - 7 in Mason City, Iowa at the Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Region 4 Dressage Championships, where the first group of competitors had an opportunity to punch their tickets for Lexington.
Calgary, Alberta - Weather conditions were markedly improved for today's opening competition of the Spruce Meadows 'Masters' Tournament. While originally scheduled to start yesterday, snowfall, downed trees, and power outages pushed the start of all competition to Thursday at the 'Masters', the first instance of a complete day's reschedule of competition in the 39-year history of Spruce Meadows tournaments.
There were three events on the Thursday schedule, with an increase in prize money to $210,000 for the CANA Cup 1.60m. Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala were the fastest for victory. Earlier in the day, Kent Farrington (USA) and Blue Angel sped to the win in the $50,000 TELUS Cup 1.50m. Eric Lamaze (CAN) prevented a U.S. sweep of the day when he won the $50,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup 1.50m with Fine Lady 5. All three competitions were changed to a speed format as well to help keep the footing in top shape for the rest of the week.
North Salem, N.Y. - The sold-out crowd of nearly 6,000 fans cheered following the conclusion of Sunday afternoon's $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W held at the idyllic Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York. Jessica Springsteen flashed a huge smile as she raised the prestigious American Gold Cup trophy high above her head.
Springsteen and Vindicat W bested a field of 32 other qualified international entries to add their names to the list of accomplished riders and horses who have won the $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W before them. Springsteen's parents Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa and family friend, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, were all on hand to cheer her on.
Calgary, Alberta - Kent Farrington beat a starting field of 34 entries in the $50,000 TELUS Cup 1.50m as the first event of the 'Masters'. He and Blue Angel, a 12-year-old AES mare by Luidam x Ascendant owned by Robin Parsky, were quick in 52.886 seconds for the win. Second place went to McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z in 54.482 seconds, while Pieter Devos of Belgium was just behind in third place in 54.532 seconds on Echo D.
Farrington was pleased with the way Blue Angel started out and noted that her consistency is one of her strengths. “I think I brought a nice team of horses here. This is one of the most important shows of the year; it's big money, it's great atmosphere, and it's one of the best venues in the world. I hope we have some luck for the rest of the week as well,” he said.
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