Story Via: Phelps Media Group
Blue skies welcomed competitors back into the Main Hunter Ring on the second day of the Fieldstone Spring Festival. The professional hunter divisions wrapped up this morning with a strong finish by David Oliynyk, who claimed the Performance Working Hunter Championship and Reserve Championship aboard his two mounts, while Thomas Hern and Picture Me were awarded the championship title in the Pre-Green Hunters. The Amateur-Owner Hunter division got off to a great start this afternoon with Lisa Foster and Castleguard taking blues in both over fences classes.
Story Via: Tim Hayes
The use of force to get what you want is a paradox. You may initially get what you want, however you will most often get any number of other things you don't want. Although it can bring momentary desired results, force always leaves a backlash of deeply counterproductive side effects. This is true whether it's used with humans or with horses.
Wellington's Marc Ganzi To Team With Prince Harry In Wednesday's Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup In Greenwich
Story Via: Shannon Robb
Marc Ganzi, one of the world's top amateur polo players, will compete alongside Prince Harry on Wednesday, May 15th in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Ganzi and six other polo players will compete with the Prince in the invitation-only polo match sponsored by Sentebale, the Prince's charity for underprivileged children in Lesotho. The longtime Audi team captain and 2009 U.S. Open champion will join Prince Harry on the Sentebale Land Rover team along with Michael Carrazza and team captain, Royal Salute Ambassador Malcolm Borwick, a regular on the England national team. The Sentebale Land Rover team will play the St. Regis polo team, captained by Sentebale's newly-appointed ambassador, Nacho Figueras, regarded as the face of polo.
Story Via: Equine Welfare Alliance
An estimated 30 horses died in a truck fire on I-81 in Lisle, PA Monday night. According to police the truck was driven by Clarence Phelps of Watertown, but the owner of the horses was kill buyer Bruce Rotz. When contacted about the accident by Equine Welfare Alliance, Rotz indicated he would have no comment, saying only “if it burned it burned.”
By Nancy Wesolek-Sterrett Dressage Department Head, Meredith Manor
Relaxation is basic to everything we do with our horses. It can be both a mental and a physical challenge, something riders must constantly work at achieving in both themselves and their horses. In the moment when a horse’s muscles tense and he feels like he wants to run or buck, most riders unconsciously join the horse by tensing their muscles, too. The reverse situation occurs when a tense rider makes the horse uncomfortable and tense. So relaxation is a chicken and egg thing. It does not really matter ‘who started it.’ In order to break the feedback loop, someone has to be the grownup. Goldie oldie school horses take on this role for beginning riders but most horses are not goldie oldies.