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Mary Anne McPhail, Martha McDaniel, and Priscilla Endicott Named 2018 USDF Members of Distinction

Lexington, KY (September 11, 2018) – The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce that Mary Anne McPhail, Martha McDaniel, and Priscilla Endicott have been named 2018 USDF Members of Distinction and will be recognized at this year’s Salute Gala & Annual Awards Banquet, held during the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, UT. USDF Member of Distinction Awards are prestigious, national awards that annually recognize USDF members, who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to their local area or region.

Mary Anne McPhail is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist and a long time member of the Gold Coast Dressage Association.  Locally, Mary Anne is known in Florida for hosting a wide array of educational programs at her farm in Loxahatchee, such as Adequan®/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conferences and USEF judges programs. She has also been the longtime organizer of the Palm Beach Derby, a tradition in Florida dressage. Mary Anne is also responsible for the establishment of the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, which has led to a greater understanding in biomechanics and soundness and continues to influence equipment design and judging of the sport of dressage to ensure the wellbeing of our equine athletes.

Martha McDaniel has recorded an impressive 385 rides down the centerline, out of which she has earned numerous USDF rider awards including her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals, Bronze and Silver Freestyle Bars, and Master’s Challenge at Training through FEI levels.   As a longtime Aloha State Dressage Society (ASDS) member, Martha has always been very active in making sure the “little state” was represented in USDF governance, through her eighteen years of convention attendance and her many years of service as a delegate and proxy. In addition to receiving the ASDS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, Martha has organized numerous educational and competitive events in Hawaii. Without Martha’s dedication and volunteerism, dressage in Hawaii would not be where it is today.

Priscilla “Pep” Endicott is credited with the creation of the New England Dressage Association (NEDA), one of the first dressage organizations in the United States. NEDA has grown steadily in membership, competition production, and educational outreach throughout the decades, first under her leadership as president, and subsequently under the volunteer efforts of those dressage enthusiasts whom she inspired.  It is Priscilla’s creativity and outstanding organizational abilities, and her dedication to the constancy of the learning process, that has led to this growth. Although she has retired from the day to day, hands on guidance of NEDA, her influence will have a resounding impact on the sport for many years to come.

For more information about the USDF Member of Distinction Award and Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org, or contact the USDF office at halloffame@usdf.org.

USA Para-Dressage Completes Spectacular Week with Four Medals at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon

By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Photos by: Meghan Benge

Mill Spring, N.C. – September 25, 2018 – USA Para-Dressage is celebrating a momentous week with unprecedented results at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon. The U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team presented by Deloitte included Rebecca Hart of Wellington, Florida, (Grade II), Annie Peavy from Avon, Connecticut (Grade IV), Kate Shoemaker from Peoria, Ariz. (Grade IV), and Roxanne Trunnell from Rowlett, Texas. The Team was led by Chef d’ Equipe Kai Handt and US Equestrian Head of Para-Dressage Coach Development and High Performance Programs Michel Assouline. Riders competed over the September 18-22, week at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, N.C. (USA). This was the third WEG that included Para-Equestrian Dressage and the first time the United States Para-Equestrian Dressage Team medaled at a World Equestrian Games. Individually Rebecca Hart, a three-time Paralympian (2008, 2012, 2016) and three-time WEG athlete (2010, 2014, 2018), rode El Corona Texel, owned by Rowan O’Riley, to a bronze medal in the individual test and silver medal in the Grade III freestyle. Paralympian (2016) and two-time WEG athlete (2014, 2018) Annie Peavy rode Royal Dark Chocolate, owned by Rebecca Reno, to three top finishes over the week in Grade IV. Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40, Owned by Kate, Craig & Deena Shoemaker, earned a bronze medal in Grade IV freestyle. Roxanne Trunnell Paralympian (2016) and two-time WEG athlete (2014,2018) rode Dolton, owned by Kate Shoemaker to a bronze medal in Grade I freestyle test. The U.S. Team as a whole earned a fifth place finish at the WEG in front of the FEI Ground Jury members Kristi Wysocki (USA), Marc Urban (BEL), Marco Orsini (GER), Anne Prain (FRA), Sarah Leitch (GBR), Hanneke Gerritsen (NED), and Suzanne Cunningham (AUS). These results have been in the making since U.S.A. Para-Dressage began working to improve the quality of horses and perfection of tests over a decade ago. These four athletes worked hard for their country and their results show their determination.

Kate Shoemaker (Far Right) and Solitaer 40, owned by Kate, Craig & Deena Shoemaker, earned a bronze medal in the Grade IV freestyle at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon. Photo by Megan Benge for USPEA.
(Far Right) Roxanne Trunnell Paralympian (2016) and two-time WEG athlete (2014,2018) rode Dolton, owned by Kate Shoemaker to a bronze medal in Grade I freestyle test at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon. Photo by Meghan Benge for the USPEA.
Team USA after winning their medals. (top) Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt, Kate Shoemaker, Michel Assouline, Andrea Woodward, (bottom) Rebecca Hart, Roxanne Trunnell (missing Annie Peavy).

Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt reflected , “What a historic horse show the 2018 World Equestrian Games were for our USA Para-Equestrian Dressage riders. Our team won four individual medals including three bronze and one silver.”

Before arriving at the Tryon International Equestrian Center the team arrived at training camp located at Stonegate Farms in Statesville, NC. Handt noted, ” Our team came to training camp with their game faces on. Training went very well even with the looming hurricane in the background. Once we arrived at the WEG grounds the girls went to show and had a great first day with Rebecca Hart capturing individual bronze. Each athlete on the U.S. Team earned the opportunity to compete in the freestyle competition.  Only the top eight of each grade moves forward to this. On the second day, which was team test day, our team came in fifth with exceptional scores that were in close proximity to the bronze medal. On the final day each rider competed in the freestyle test and they attained superb results.”

For Kai Handt the road to these medals started as a coach of Para-Dressage rider Jonathan Wentz. Wentz paved the way for young athletes everywhere and with his coach by his side, his horse NTEC Richter Scale, and a strong support network Wentz made it to the 2010 WEG and 2012 London Paralympics. Wentz passed shortly after the Paralympics that year leaving a goal for U.S. Para-Dressage to fulfill. Wentz was passionate about improving the quality of horses, growing the program from the grassroots, and his biggest goal attracting young disabled riders to discover their talent and one day ride for USA. Kai Handt helped fulfill these goals especially after being elected as the Chef d’Equipe/Techinical Advisor for USA Para-Dressage.

Handt added, “At the 2010 WEG our team was 11th. After I became Chef d’Equipe in 2014 we moved to 7th at the Normandy Games. To move to 5th now and have the U.S. team with the most medals at the 2018 WEG is pretty exciting. When I came aboard as Chef I told our athletes we would medal before the end of my four-year term. It was a hard road, we brought forward a clinic program after each CPEDI working with each rider and horse. We also took riders to the North American Junior Young Rider Championships and all of our riders medaled in individual and team gold including many of the girls who were on this WEG team. We also went from zero to four CPEDI’s in the USA with the help of our great sponsors and show organizers. Our athletes traveled and competed in Europe at some of the most prestigious CPEDI’s in the world. Finally, Michel Assouline came on as US Equestrian Head of Para-Dressage Coach Development and High Performance Programs and USEF established the USEF/USPEA Center’s of Excellence where regional hubs of excellence attract new riders to the sport of para-equestrian dressage. Each of these additions have contributed to the U.S. and their continued growth and exceptional performances that were seen at this WEG.”

Rebecca Hart (USA) Grade III and Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon. Hart earned a Bronze in the individual and a silver in the freestyle with El Corona Texel. Hart, is a three-time Paralympian (2008, 2012, 2016) and three-time WEG athlete (2010, 2014, 2018), . Photo by Meghan Benge for the USPEA.

For Kai Handt, who runs North Texas Equestrian Center(NTEC), in Katy, Texas, and a competitor himself, US Para-Dressage has been his passion for almost two decades.  Handt commented, “NTEC and my family has sponsored over 14 para-dressage horses in the last 13 years for CPEDI’s and national competition. We love supporting our athletes and we are still in the process of helping new young riders get into the sport. We are looking forward to working with new and our current sponsors, horse owners, and athletes to get on the podium at the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.”

Handt concluded, “As a team we want to thank Adequan® and Allyn Mann, director of strategic partnerships for Luitpold Animal Health,, Rebecca Reno and Mission Control, Longines, US Equestrian, USPEA, USET Foundation,Rowan O’Riley, Karin Flint, The Shoemaker family, Stonegate Farms, Jennifer Brinkley and Jules Nyssen., all of our sponsors, our horse owners, our support staff, and the many volunteers that helped our riders before, during, and after these Games.”

Rebecca Hart had exceptional results at the WEG. She commented, “I am beyond thrilled with Tex and to earn my first-ever medal with my family watching was amazing. I couldn’t have done this without the support of everyone who has been there for me. The 2018 World Equestrian Games was a culmination of years of work for me. To be able to stand on the podium and see my flag raised not once, but twice was beyond an emotional experience for me. The path to the podium has been a long one–aided by many. I want to take a moment and thank all of the people and horses who paved that path. Every person, experience good and bad, and horse has gone into those medals, and I am honored to be able to receive them. I am truly blessed with my incredible team that made this dream come to fruition. Thank you for the outpouring of love and support. It is so incredible to share this with everyone and to see the strength and depth of Para-Dressage sport continue to grow in this country. I look forward to the future.”

Rebecca Hart (USA) at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon. Hart earned a bronze in the individual and a silver in the freestyle with El Corona Texel. Hart, is a three-time Paralympian (2008, 2012, 2016) and three-time WEG athlete (2010, 2014, 2018), . Photo by Meghan Benge for the USPEA.

 

Annie Peavy from Avon, Connecticut (Grade IV) with Royal Dark Chocolate, owner Rebecca Reno 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon. Photo by Meghan Benge for USPEA.

Annie Peavy added, “Congratulations to my teammates on their medals. I was so proud to compete with these ladies and represent the United States with the other seven disciplines. Cocoa was an amazing partner, our relationship grew stronger with the help of Heather Blitz, Alexandra Philpin , Dr Mitchel, Drew Golden and too many friends to name. Our team couldn’t do it without Michel Assouline, Kai Handt, Laureen Johnson, Tina Wentz, Duncan Peters Jean-Pierre and Janet and a huge thank you to US Equestrian, thank you Murray Kessler for recognizing the potential in our sport.”

Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40,  owned by Kate, Craig & Deena Shoemaker, earned a bronze medal in the Grade IV freestyle at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon. Photo by Megan Benge for USPEA.

This was Kate Shoemaker’s first Games. Shoemaker stated, “The WEG was everything I could have asked for. On the last day Soli did one of the best rides we have ever had. To be able to do it at WEG was everything. We have worked so hard for this and I am super proud of my horse and everyone on our team. We had so much support behind us at this WEG including our trainers, family, and staff. I am thankful to everyone especially my coach Andrea Woodard, my groom Alexus Sisley, my parents Craig and Deena Shoemaker, USEF and staff Kai Handt, Michel Assouline, and Laureen Johnson. Tom Hunt who put together our music perfectly and of course my amazing teammates. Finally I am thankful to my favorite horse in

Roxanne Trunnell Paralympian (2016) and two-time WEG athlete (2014,2018) rode Dolton, owned by Kate Shoemaker to a bronze medal in Grade I freestyle test at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon. Photo by Meghan Benge for the USPEA.

the whole world, Solitaer 40.”

Roxanne Trunnell concluded, “This WEG was exciting. Getting a medal on such a young horse at his first WEG was pretty special. Dolton was such a superstar in the tests. With this being his first major championship & him being so young I really didn’t know what to expect out of him so I just figured we’d go into the arena and what happens, happens. He didn’t care at all about being in that big ring at all, he was completely tuned into me and we had some of the best stretch downs. All of this wouldn’t have been possible if Kate & Deena Shoemaker hadn’t offered Dolton to the Para-Dressage program and I hadn’t been paired up with him and then sponsored by Karin Flint. I’m really thankful to all of them and very happy to have the opportunity to work with this wonderful horse.”

USA Para-Equestrian Dressage is looking forward to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Results of USA:

TEAM USA Overall 5th place
Royal Dark Chocolate, Angela Peavy, USA (67.075%)
Solitaer 40, Kate Shoemaker, USA, 69.800%
El Corona Texel,Rebecca Hart, USA. 72.676%
Dolton, Roxanne Trunnell, USA, 72.464%
Total: 214.940

Individual USA

Roxanne Trunnell and Dolton (Grade I)
black / 6y. / G / HANN / Danone I / Londonderry / 105WO77 / Kate Shoemaker
Indiv. 72.143 % 5th place
Team 72.464 % 4th place
Freestyle 75.587 % Bronze

Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel (Grade III)
bay / 9y. / G / KWPN / Wynton / Goodtimes / 104LA10 / Rowan O’Riley
Indiv. 72.235 % Bronze
Team 72.676 % 3rd
Freestyle 73.240 % Silver

Annie Peavy and Royal Dark Chocolate (Grade IV)
chest / 10y. / M / OLDBG / Royal Doruto / Don Larino / 105NH99 / Rebecca Reno
Indiv. 68.902 % 6th place
Team 67.075 % 7th place
Freestyle 71.660 % 7th place

Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40 (Grade IV)
black / 11y. / S / HANN / Sandro Hit / de Niro / 104YU87 / Kate Craig & Deena Shoemaker
Indiv. 68.707 % 7th place
Team 69.800 % 5th place
Freestyle 73.230 % Bronze

For more information about the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon or for Results please visit: https://tryon2018.com/
officialresults

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.

Horizon Structures Presents Series….Hurricanes and Horse Barns

 

 

By Nikki Alvin-Smith

 

While many of us are aware of the special requirements for hurricane protection for our homes, window and door shutters, special bracing and straps between floors, roof anchored all the way down the walls to the basement, we may overlook the need for hurricane protection for our horse barn.

 

While some States also have requirements for hurricane protection for all structures including horse barns, many States do not. This doesn’t necessarily mean that having your horse building protected from wind damage is a bad thing. Simple upgrades can be made to a horse barn to help provide protection from the roof flying off or the building ripping off its foundation due to wind or water.

 

Here are some simple upgrades that you might want to consider if you are contemplating purchasing a horse barn.

 

Anchor The Building

 

Your building should be anchored down to avoid vertical lifting or shifting side-to-side during high winds. If your barn is a modular design and has tow hooks you can use a standard anchor kit available from the barn manufacturer to anchor it down with steel cables.

 

If you have concrete footers you can use steel strapping and set it into the concrete footer. You simply set rods in concrete and attach the concrete anchor straps Alternatively you can use hurricane brackets. These are L-shaped and should be at least ¼ inch thick steel and should attach the building with concrete fasteners to the footer. These brackets can also be used along the 6 x 6 baseboard of the building and attached with lag bolts.

 

While we think about anchoring a building against devastating winds the anchoring system is also important in areas where flooding may occur. This may prevent your building floating away.

 

Windows and Doors

 

The windows and doors are a high-risk area for damage and can be blown in during high winds. While many barn windows are fairly small and can be covered with Advantech or plywood during a storm, it is a smart idea to consider the type of doors carefully when choosing entry doors. A solid door will certainly fare better than a door with windows. Any area of glass can be made safer by adding permanent brackets at the top, bottom and sides so plywood can be quickly installed if the need arises or you can upgrade windows to hurricane grade.

 

Brace Your Barn

 

By making structural upgrades with extra bracing and larger joists and rafters, the building can be modified to be hurricane safe to 120 m.p.h. Ask your building company for advice. Most modular horse barn building companies have experience in building structures that conform or exceed tight hurricane code requirements in the high risk areas they service such as Florida. Making some simple adjustments in structural design for customers living in States where hurricane protection is not mandated in the building code, is easily completed by a company that has engineers on staff to make those adjustments, so don’t be shy to ask.

 

The Vulnerable Roof

 

Hurricane force winds can create a negative pressure that results in a lifting force capable of ripping your roof right off. As soon as the roof comes off, the entire building is at serious risk for falling apart. A well-prepared roof should be anchored through the walls. There are several different methods used to anchor the roof.

 

Hurricane clips on rafters and laminated headers can prevent your roof from blowing off. While the best solution is to attach the roof all the way down the side of the building to the foundation, even adding clips and laminated headers with closed soffits and smaller overhangs can make a positive improvement in making your horse barn hurricane worthy.

 

If your roof has shingles these should be rated to the highest possible rating and with the right installation technique an architectural shingle can be rated to 130 m.p.h. A second line of defense from incoming water is a water shield under the entire shingled roof.

 

For a metal roof the standing seam roofs are the best as these have a limited number of seams plus as the seams are raised the water flows down the roof in torrential rain and the seam is above that water passage.

 

Other Features

 

Overhangs are at high risk for being lifted from their pillars and should also be attached to the concrete footer where possible. The larger the overhang, the higher the risk of wind damage.

 

When designing your building remember the higher the pitch of the roof the more of a sail the roof will become during high wind. Steep pitches are necessary for high snow load areas, but a lesser pitch is needed with a metal versus shingle roof.

 

A wooden structure is heavier than a metal or plastic structure so necessarily will fare better at staying where Einstein’s gravity theory says it should be, on the ground. During hurricanes buildings are often damaged by projectiles, such as lawn furniture and other debris. A wooden structure will provide a better barrier to flying objects than a thin sheet of metal. Obviously they are much quieter than a metal building for their residents in a storm, which is important for the wellbeing of the animals.

 

The take away message here is that for peace of mind it makes sense to upgrade your horse barn with hurricane protection if you are concerned about high wind damage or flooding even if it not mandated by your local building code. An experienced barn building company will be able to address your concerns and offer customizations to fit your individual needs. Don’t be shy to ask.

 

 

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This article is brought to you courtesy of Horizon Structures Inc., Atglen PA – Modular horse barn and indoor riding arena specialists. Horizon Structures also offers both residential and commercial kennels, coops, multi-use structures and playsets. Please visit https://www.HorizonStructures.com to learn more.

 

About Horizon Structures:  One horse or twenty, there’s one thing all horse owners have in common…the need to provide safe and secure shelter for their equine partners.  At Horizon Structures, we combine expert craftsmanship, top-of-the-line materials and smart “horse-friendly” design to create a full line of sheds and barns that any horse owner can feel confident is the right choice for their horses’ stabling needs.

 

All wood. Amish Made. Most of our buildings are shipped 100% pre-built and ready for same-day use. Larger barns are a modular construction and can be ready for your horses in less than a week. All our barn packages include everything you need –

Horizon Structures also sells indoor riding arenas, chicken coops, dog kennels, 1 and 2 car garages, storage sheds and outdoor living structures.

 

Headquartered in South-Central Pennsylvania, Horizon Structures, LLC is owned by Dave Zook.  Dave was raised in the Amish tradition and grew up working in the family-owned shed business.  He started Horizon Structures in 2001 in response to an ever-increasing customer demand for high quality, affordable horse barns.

 

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Mary Anne McPhail, Martha McDaniel, and Priscilla Endicott Named 2018 USDF Members of Distinction

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Lexington, KY (September 11, 2018) – The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce that Mary Anne McPhail, Martha McDaniel, and Priscilla Endicott have been named 2018 USDF Members of Distinction and will be recognized at this year’s Salute Gala & Annual Awards Banquet, held during the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, UT. USDF Member of Distinction Awards are prestigious, national awards that annually recognize USDF members, who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to their local area or region.

Mary Anne McPhail is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist and a long time member of the Gold Coast Dressage Association.  Locally, Mary Anne is known in Florida for hosting a wide array of educational programs at her farm in Loxahatchee, such as Adequan®/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conferences and USEF judges programs. She has also been the longtime organizer of the Palm Beach Derby, a tradition in Florida dressage. Mary Anne is also responsible for the establishment of the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, which has led to a greater understanding in biomechanics and soundness and continues to influence equipment design and judging of the sport of dressage to ensure the wellbeing of our equine athletes.

Martha McDaniel has recorded an impressive 385 rides down the centerline, out of which she has earned numerous USDF rider awards including her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals, Bronze and Silver Freestyle Bars, and Master’s Challenge at Training through FEI levels.   As a longtime Aloha State Dressage Society (ASDS) member, Martha has always been very active in making sure the “little state” was represented in USDF governance, through her eighteen years of convention attendance and her many years of service as a delegate and proxy. In addition to receiving the ASDS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, Martha has organized numerous educational and competitive events in Hawaii. Without Martha’s dedication and volunteerism, dressage in Hawaii would not be where it is today.

Priscilla “Pep” Endicott is credited with the creation of the New England Dressage Association (NEDA), one of the first dressage organizations in the United States. NEDA has grown steadily in membership, competition production, and educational outreach throughout the decades, first under her leadership as president, and subsequently under the volunteer efforts of those dressage enthusiasts whom she inspired.  It is Priscilla’s creativity and outstanding organizational abilities, and her dedication to the constancy of the learning process, that has led to this growth. Although she has retired from the day to day, hands on guidance of NEDA, her influence will have a resounding impact on the sport for many years to come.

For more information about the USDF Member of Distinction Award and Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org, or contact the USDF office at halloffame@usdf.org.

Para Equestrian Eleanor Brimmer Has Unparalleled Success Winning the Triple Crown® Excellence Award 

Wellington, FL. (August 28, 2018) – Battling the summer heat in the shade of the Palm Beach Equine Complex, the Gold Coast Dressage Society Shade I & II allowed local riders to shine. One rider in particular had outstanding success this weekend securing top scores was Para Equestrian Eleanor Brimmer and Argentinia.
Brimmer is originally from Plymoth, Minnesota, miles away from the Triple Crown headquarters, and now resides year round in Wellington, Fl. Brimmer competes in Grade III, due to Cerebral Palsy, but that has never hindered her passion for horses and riding. Growing up in a family with six generations of foxhunters, it came as no surprise that Brimmer first started riding hunters. In 2009, however; she made the switch to dressage, where she discovered high performance Para-Dressage. “Para means parallel. Para dressage is not a step down, but a step sideways,” said Brimmer.
Riding her own sixteen-year-old Hanoverian mare, Argentinia, in the Para Equestrian TOC Saturday and Sunday, they scored a 66.618% and 72.500% respectively each day and clinched the Triple Crown Excellence Award along the way. This pair has been together a short amount of time, but has already made leaps and bounds in improvements. “I am really proud of her! She rose to the occasion … and she just rocked it!” said Brimmer of her tests this weekend. Moving forward, the pair hopes to keep improving and compete in the CPEDI during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in 2019, and travel to Europe next summer in preparation for Tokyo 2020.
Having grown up minutes away from the original Triple Crown Nutrition forage plant, Brimmer is well versed in the benefits of feeding a top tier feed. “I use Alfa-Lox®. It’s a super product and I am very excited to have won this award!” said Brimmer.
Triple Crown Nutrition is a U.S.-based company known for its commitment to equine nutrition and support of horse sports.  In fact, Triple Crown is the Official Feed Sponsor of the U.S. Equestrian’s Dressage Team, Eventing Team and Show Jumping Team. It is also the official feed of the United States Pony Club and partner with the National Barrel Horse Association.
When it comes to fulfilling performance horses’ nutritional needs during intense competition, there is no substitute for supreme quality feeds. Triple Crown feeds feature revolutionary formulations, premium ingredients and EquiMix® Technology, an innovative blend of advanced supplements, in every bag. Committed to supporting the dietary needs of horses across disciplines, Triple Crown was the first company to add prebiotics, probiotics, and organic minerals to its feed. Consumers can always rely on a corn free, ‘fixed formula’ recipe with added digestive enzymes that remains the same over time, regardless of rising ingredient costs.
To learn more about how Triple Crown Nutrition, the Official Feed Sponsor of the U.S. Dressage Team, the U.S. Eventing Team, and the U.S. Show Jumping Team, please visit the company’s website at www.TripleCrownFeed.com or check their official Facebook or Instagram @triplecrownfeed.
Photo: Eleanor Brimmer beaming with pride after winning the Triple Crown Excellence Award!

Gold Coast Dressage Association Breaks The Summer Heat During Made In The Shade

 

 
Wellington, FL (August 27, 2018) – With the Florida summer heat in full affect The Gold Coast Dressage Association Made In The Shade I & II gave year round riders the chance to get out of the sun and into the show ring. Riders came to try new levels, gear up for the US Dressage National Champions, and to earn final scores for regional championships. The show was held at the beautiful Palm Beach Equine Complex on August 18 and 19, 2018.
The show featured rides from Training Level, Para Equestrian Test of Choice, and FEI Freestyles. Over eighty rides went down centerline over the course of the two days, and judges Kem Barbosa “S”, and Joan Darnell “S” where on hand. Having run shows consistently in Wellington for the last thirty-five years, Gold Coast was the initial inspiration for the twelve week Adequan Global Dressage Festival. “We have a great show going on with some big names on the list, and people riding from all levels between the two rings.” Said Noreen O’Sullivan the President of Gold Coast Dressage Association.
The high score for the entire weekend went to Roxanne Trunnell on Dolton, who scored a 78.036%. The pair was recently named to the United States Para Equestrian Team for the World Equestrian Games held in Tryon, NC next month. Wellington local trainer Nicholas Fyffe had an outstanding 70.735% on Diozar in the Intermediaire 1 under Kem Barbosa “S”. On Sunday Bent Jensen wowed the crowd in his Third Level Test 3 riding Marti Hohmann’s Uno De Moulinet to a 67.949% taking the win as well.
Riders have continuously raved about the great show staff, and events that Gold Coast Dressage puts on. “The staff was fair enough to put us first thing in the morning so our horses could go home and rest before leaving tonight for the National Championships in Illinois.” said Melissa Taylor, who rode Ansgar to a high score of 71.765% in the FEI TOC. While the chaos of season may be gone there is still a close knit equine community here that bonds during the hot summer months, “It’s smaller, so you get to catch up with everyone when its not so hectic like season.” Said Eleanor Brimmer, a Para Equestrian that resides year round in Wellington. To see more follow this link
Gold Coast shows no signs of slowing down as the summer is winding down. With several events planned in the upcoming months like an Adult Camp and Ride a Test October 6-7, the November Fall Fling Recognized Show on November 10-11, and the Year End Awards Banquet on November 17 at the Wanderer’s Club.
The Gold Coast Dressage Association enjoys support from its many members and sponsors including Diamante Farms, Palm Beach Equine Clinic and Sports Complex, Custom Saddlery, MDC Stirrups, TheraPlate -the official therapy plate of US Equestrian, Florida Community Bank, Finish Line Products, Noreen O’Sullivan’s Prudential Advisors, John McGinty Financial Partners, Mary Phelps of Markel Insurance, JRPR Public Relations Equine News Room and Triple Crown Nutrition, the official feed sponsor of the US show jumping, eventing and dressage teams.
The Gold Coast Dressage Association’s purpose is to organize and operate educational activities and to foster local and national amateur dressage competition. The Gold Coast Dressage Association is committed to education and promoting good sportsmanship along with high ethical and moral standards in horsemanship and the equestrian sports. To find out more or become a member of the Gold Coast Dressage Association go to http://www.gcdafl.org.
Photo 1: Melissa Taylor and Ansgar soar to victory at the Gold Coast Made In The Shade Show. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Jodko Photography)
Photo 2: Hannah Katherine Bressler on Hilfiger took home the win in the Prix St. George. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Jodko Photography)
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