The 2013 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final came to an exciting yet familiar conclusion Sunday in front of a packed house in the Scandinavum Arena. In the first of two rounds Course Designer Uliano Vezzani tested 23 horse and rider combinations over a demanding track composed of 12 obstacles that did not yield a single clear round. The number of competitors was then whittled to 17 for the 11 obstacle second round with two riders producing flawless efforts. But for a second consecutive year, four rounds would not be enough to determine a champion and again an American and Swiss competitor would jump-off.
The world's largest gathering of Pinto horses, ponies and miniatures will commence on June 10! Tulsa's Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex at Expo Square will once again serve as home to equines, exhibitors and spectators from around the globe, June 10-22, 2013. The 2013 Pinto World Championship's world-class competition will cover most disciplines including Western, English, Saddle Seat and several fun classes, as well.
Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) announces its support of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) bill introduced by Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) which provides stronger measures to fight the abuse of soring of Tennessee Walking Horses.
Soring of horses is the cruel and deliberate infliction of chemical or mechanical pain upon a horse’s hooves and limbs to create an unnatural, exaggerated, high stepping gait for the show ring. Soring is a major animal welfare issue that has been illegal for over forty years under the federal Horse Protection Act (HPA) yet the practice is still widespread in show rings of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses and Racking Horses.
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Show By Appointment (SBA), an innovative reined cow horse series experiencing unprecedented success, will present the fourth show of its debut Florida series on April 20-21 at Bynum Farms in Indiantown, FL. Competitors are welcome to enter on the day of the event, and spectators are also invited to enjoy the action and witness the unique format offered by SBA.
A major draw for spectators will be the Fence Run Only from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. Blair Bynum of SBA described it as a special event that resembles Grand Prix show jumping in its challenge and crowd appeal. "It is a stand-alone class that is high-energy and high-intensity," he said.
“I choose to condition my horse at The Sanctuary because it is a state-of-the-art facility with helpful and knowledgeable staff. Their aquatic services provide an excellent conditioning modality, which increases my horse's stamina, while reducing the concussive forces experienced when racing and training. I believe this contributes to Jack's performance and soundness,” says Denise Secino, of Oakhill Farm in Ocala, Florida, who has logged more than 1,400 endurance miles and 11 Top Ten finishes in 29 competitions with her 12 year-old Arabian gelding, Windstalker (aka, 'Jack').