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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').
The southern Spanish region of Andalusia, famed for flamenco and Moorish castles, is also home to a legendary breed of horses that carried conquistadors into battle in the Americas, featured in Hollywood epics and more recently became trophy acquisitions for Spaniards during a giddy economic boom.
The National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro preliminaries concluded Tuesday, April 16, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Coming in as the third-to-last draw, Kelle Smith and Surprizentheprincess took the lead of the round with a 222.5, besting the other 174 entries.
The American Horse Council has announced that its theme for this year’s National Issues Forum is “A Healthy Horse, A Healthy Industry.” “These two concepts are co-dependent,” said AHC president Jay Hickey. “Our horses need a viable, growing industry, supported by the public, to ensure they are enjoyed and can get the best care; and fundamental to our industry is a healthy horse that can be moved interstate and internationally for breeding, showing, racing, sale and recreational riding. There are a number of continuing efforts to accomplish these goals that will be the focus of the National Issues Forum.”