The BuzzJuly 2, 2012THE BUZZ - July 2, 2012By Kenneth Kraus for PhelpsSports.com Monday, July 2, 2012 :: Posted 12:17:51 PM CDT
July 2, 2012
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY FROM ALL OF US AT THE BUZZ AND PHELPS SPORTS!
Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List
Rider of the Week Laura Kraut accumulating 1530 points
1. 11162 Laura Kraut(1530)............................Wellington, FL ..................... (4) 2. 10316 Richard Fellers..................................Sherwood, OR .................... (1) 3. 10025 Beezie Madden.................................Cazenovia, NY ................... (2) 4. 9487 Kent Farrington..................................Wellington, FL .................... (3) 5. 8525 Lauren Hough(275).............................Wellington, FL ................... (6) 6. 8487 Margie Engle......................................Wellington, FL .................... (5) 7. 7922 Richard Spooner..................................Santa Clarita, CA ............... (7) 8. 7238 Mario Deslauriers.................................New York, NY .................... (8) 9. 6938 Charlie Jayne......................................Elgin, IL ............................. (9) 10. 6287 Reed Kessler.....................................Armonk, NY ..................... (10) 11. 4843 Katie Dinan.......................................New York, NY .................. (11) 12. 4246 Christine McCrea................................East Windsor, CT ............. (12) 13. 3225 McLain Ward.....................................Brewster, NY .................... (13) 14. 2918 Lauren Tisbo.....................................Wellington, FL .................. (17) 15. 2911 Brianne Goutal(87)............................ New York, NY .................. (15) 16. 2869 Saer Coulter.....................................San Francisco, CA ............ (14) 17. 2866 Cara Raether....................................N Palm Beach, FL .............. (16) 18. 2760 Kirsten Coe......................................Johnston, SC .................... (18) 19. 2689 Jessica Springsteen...........................Colts Neck, NJ ................. (19) 20. 2556 Lucy Davis.......................................Los Angeles, CA ............... (20) 21. 2399 Jeffery Welles...................................Brewster, NY .................... (21) 22. 2290 Molly Ashe-Cawley.............................Wellington, FL ................. (22) 23. 2194 Leslie Howard....................................Darien, CT ........................ (23) 24. 1939 Nicholas Dello Joio..............................Wellington, FL ................. (24) 25. 1872 John McConnell..................................Lemitar, NM ..................... (27) 26. 1777 Catherine Pasmore(105)......................Whitehall, VA ................... (26) 27. 1741 Francie Steinwedell-Carvin...................La Canada, CA ................. (28) 28. 1698 Quentin Judge...................................Wellington, FL .................. (25) 29. 1689 Ashlee Bond......................................Hidden Hills, CA ................ (29) 30. 1656 Caitlin Ziegler....................................Meguon, WI ..................... (30)
EAST COAST LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
1 Farrington, Kent USA 37 2 Lamaze, Eric CAN 28 3 Kerins, Darragh IRL 21 4 Madden, Beezie USA 19 4 Kessler, Reed USA 19 6 Crooks, Sean USA 17 7 Dinan, Katie USA 13 8 Moloney, Richie IRL 12 8 Coe, Kirsten USA 12 8 Foster, Tiffany CAN 12 11 Howard, Leslie USA 10 11 Ward, McLain USA 10 11 Jayne, Charlie USA 10 14 Bluman, Daniel COL 7 14 Deslauriers, Mario USA 7
WEST COAST LEAGUE WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
1 Serek, Jenn CAN 20 1 Feller, Rich USA 20 1 Spooner, Richard USA 20 1 Crooks, Jennifer IRL 5 Buirs, Samantha CAN 15 6 Bond, Ashlee USA 13 7 Asselin, Jonathan CAN 12 8 Chipko, Tammy USA 10 9 Morton, Brian CAN 9 10 Waring, Katie CAN 8 11 Sullivan, Tiffany USA 7 12 Wachter, Beda CAN 6 13 Tidball, Laura Jane CAN 5 14 Stephenson, Lynne CAN 4 15 Blunt, Jill USA 3
Ashlee Bond and Cadett 7 were the winners in Sunday afternoon’s $100,000 Esso Challenge World Cup Qualifier as the Canada One Tournament drew to a close at Spruce Meadows in Calgary (Holly Burns Media)
Darragh Kenny and Sandor De La Pomme rode to victory in the $75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix at the Lake Placid Horse Show in Lake Placid, NY (Parker/Russell - The Book LLC)
Beezie Madden and Cortes C laid claim to the top prize in the $60,000 Akita Drilling Cup at the Canada One Tournament at Spruce Meadows (Holly Burns Media)
Mario Deslauriers with Urico led the victory gallop in the $50,000 RBC Financial Group Cup at the Spruce Meadows Canada One Tournament (Holly Burns Media)
McLain Ward and Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve won the Direct Energy Cup at Spruce Meadows (Spruce Meadows Media Services)
Josephina Nor Lantzman and Chello Z had the only double clear round to Win $30,000 Red, White and Blue Classic Grand Prix at San Juan Capistrano, CA (Flying Horse)
Amanda Derbyshire and Attack II won the $30,000 Devoucoux Open Jumper Classic at the 43rd annual Lake Placid Horse Show (Parker/Russell - The Book LLC)
Kent Farrington continued his domination of the Spruce Meadows Summer Series on Friday evening, scoring the win in the Canada One tournament’s $32,000 Duncan Ross Cup with Voyeur (Holly Burns Media)
Kevin Staut and Reveur de Hurtebise notched the victory in the Global Champions Tour of Monaco (Sportfot/GCT)
The team from Germany won the fourth leg of the FEI Nations Cup 2012 series at Rotterdam, The Netherlands (FEI)
Marc Houtzager and Sterrehof’s Tamino edge out Laura Kraut and Cedric to win the Longines Grand Prix Port of Rotterdam (CHIO Rotterdam)
Jeffery Welles and Ariel won the $30,000 Grand Prix of Princeton (Kelly Hurley)
Harley Brown and Cassiato won the $30,000 June Classic III Grand Prix at San Juan Capistrano, California (Flying Horse)
John Pearce and Johnny B Good won the $25,000 Littleton Equine Medical Center and Platinum Performance Grand Prix at the Colorado Horse Park (Flying Horse)
Sydney Shulman aboard Gun Du Desfi scored the win in the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix in Westport, CT
ODDS AND ENDS......
Tampa's famed Bayshore Blvd during Tropical Storm Debby (remember riding out Bayshore Blvd to the Tampa Yacht Club in the good ole days?)
Jason and Joanne Gates with the Beach Boys in Saratoga
A Call to Action: Colorado Wildfires - Donate Now to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund
From the USEF Communications Department
Fires blazing across the Colorado landscape have together burned more than 100,000 acres in the past few weeks. The Waldo Canyon and High Park fires near Colorado Springs and Fort Collins respectively have ravaged the natural beauty of the area, destroyed nearby homes, and left many displaced people wondering what to do next. For horse owners that uncertainty is even greater. Hundreds of horses have already been displaced and, while local Horse Parks, Fairgrounds, and Equestrian Centers have graciously opened up to evacuated horses, the cost of caring for those horses magnifies the stresses of an already trying time. Efforts to help are already underway but outside assistance is badly needed.
With the support of CEO John Long, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) asks that equestrians, equestrian fans, and all people who share a love for horses make a donation to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund. Cooler weather and calmer winds are helping firefighters in Colorado contain the blazes, but the cost of relocating, feeding, and caring for horses is a burden that local residents and humane societies will carry long after the fires have ceased to burn. With luck, many horses will be returning home soon, but some will have no home left to return to. With your help we can ensure that all affected horses are well cared for and help Colorado's devastated communities re-build.
To most effectively deliver aid the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund was established with the goal of getting horses the help they need, when they need it. "It is important to understand this fund is a dollar in and a dollar out," says John Long, "nothing is withheld." Any donation to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund is a timely and efficient benefit for horses and horse owners.
Having originated during the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund was formed to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of horses during trying times. Money donated to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund is used to prepare for disasters and assists equids of any breed who are victims of disasters including but not restricted to hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, blizzards, and fires. Money donated to the fund is held by the USEF in an account restricted for this purpose. Money from the fund can only be disbursed upon the authorization of the USEF Chief Executive Officer.
If you wish to contribute by check, please make it out to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund and mail it to: The United States Equestrian Federation, 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511.
U.S. Equestrian Show Jumping by the Numbers
By: Matthew Kitchen, NBC Olympics
It's happening. We didn't expect to be this fascinated by Olympic equestrian, but it is indeed happening. And ever since the United States Equestrian Federation named the Olympic show jumping team on Sunday we've been scouting the members of our new favorite foursome.
Some interesting numbers we found:
8 – Members on the show jumping team, including horses - breakdown: two men, two women, two geldings, two mares.
5 – Medals won by teammates Beezie Madden and McLain Ward in the last two Olympics (two golds for each and a bronze for Beezie).
17 – Age of show jumping phenom Reed Kessler, who qualified for the Olympics Sunday.
18 – Minimum age requirement for equestrian athletes in the Olympics. Reed will turn 18 on July 9, which is 18 days before the Games, making her the youngest American ever to compete in Olympic show jumping.
35 – Age difference between Kessler and teammate Rich Fellers, 53, when the jumping competition begins on July 31. Both are competing in their… wait.
1 – Both are competing in their first Olympics.
25 – Fellers became the first American in 25 years to win the Rolex FEI World Cup.
16 – Age of Fellers’ horse, Flexible; the oldest in the field at the World Cup and only a year younger than Kessler. Flexible also stands 16 hands, aka: 64 inches (math!).
2,949 – Mileage between homes of coastal teammates Fellers (Wilsonville, OR) and Ward (Brewster, NY). 0 – Show jumping horses owned by Mitt Romney. He's more of a dressage man.
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Two records were set at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, May 24 to June 3: Ticket sales exceeded $1 million for the first time, and also for the first time two days, Thursday, May 31 and Saturday, June 2, were complete sell-outs.
Ticket sales this year were $1,075,000, up $88,000 from last year.
Last year, attendance was a record 106,382. Figures for this year were not yet available, but almost certainly will be a new record, too.
Over the past three years, Devon has upgraded the footing, using Poel’s International All Weather Footing, first in the Dixon Oval, then in the Gold Ring and finally, just this year, in the entire schooling area.
That resulted in Devon’s being awarded two Observation Events, and those classes brought 11 long-listed Olympic hopefuls, including seven of the top 12 horse and rider combinations, to compete in the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon Thursday evening and the $50,000 Idle Dice Stake on Saturday afternoon.
Those two classes, although small because the height of the fences and difficulty of the courses scared off almost all but the long-listed riders, were among the most exciting jumper classes ever seen in this country.
A big part of the drama was the question of McLain Ward’s fitness as he returned to competition after suffering a fractured knee cap last January.
But, after an emotional farewell to his Olympic two-time team gold medal partner Sapphire during which Ward spoke eloquently and poignantly of his ties to the mare, Ward put any questions to bed with a double clear, rousing win in the Grand Prix.
Speaking during the retirement ceremony for Sapphire, Ward said of the thousands surrounding the Dixon Oval, “You are the best show jumping fans we have in this sport.”
He thanked his wife, Lauren, and said people joke that “Sapphire is my wife and Lauren is my girlfriend.”
Ward also thanked his father, Barney, one of the best grand prix riders of a generation ago, saying his sacrifices had made it all possible.
“This is a bittersweet time,” said Ward, who was clearly choked up. “Sapphire’s been my best friend for the past 10 years. She’s never let me down.”
Ward certainly wasn’t the only one in the huge crowd that was choked up, as there were very few dry eyes as the mare was led around the ring to allow her fans a final pat.
In an annual ceremony held at the nearby Merion Cricket Club during Devon, Louise Serio of Kennett Square, Pa., and Carol Hoffman Thompson of Colts Neck, N.J., were inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame.
Devon experienced all types of weather during its 11-day run, from broiling heat over Memorial Day weekend to evenings in the high 40s later in the week.
But, with violent thunderstorms and possible tornados being forecast for Tuesday, Devon lucked out with just about a half hour of rain, during which the show was held up. Then again, on the final Friday evening, rain held off until after the Gambler’s Choice jumper class but then drenched the saddle horse classes and cancelled the final coaching competition.
“This ring is amazing,” said Amateur Owner Hunter Grand Champion Jamie Auletto. “After last night’s rain, I expected to be a muddy mess but the footing was perfect.”
The weather gods shone on Devon, though, as the great majority of the time the sun was out and conditions were perfect for the two biggest competitions, the Observation Events.
2012 CHIO AACHEN UNDERWAY
33,000 visitors attended Soers Sunday, presented by Warsteiner, at the showgrounds of the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen 2012. The traditional open day offered an entertaining show programme with free admission. “Sun, a fantastic atmosphere – what a lovely way to kick off the event,” Show Director, Frank Kemperman, said with delight. On Tuesday the jumping competitions commence at 9.30 a.m. with the NetAachen Prize, followed by the STAWAG Prize. Then, at 5 p.m. the motto is “Rio-CHIO”, because the Opening Ceremony will be dominated by the special flair of this year’s partner region, Rio de Janeiro
Fitting tribute to pioneer of showjumping
Mid Sussex Times is reporting......SHOWJUMPING supremo Douglas Bunn will be remembered at his beloved Hickstead jumping course with a sculpture of him in action on his most famous horse.
Bunn, who died in 2009, was the founder of the All England Jumping Course, and one of the biggest innovators in the sport of showjumping.
Now a memorial sculpture in the form of a relief featuring him on world champion Beethoven will be unveiled on Saturday during the Hickstead Derby meeting.
Hickstead director Lizzie Bunn said: “The All England Jumping Course was my father’s proudest achievement, so it’s fitting that this memorial statue should be sited right next to the International Arena so that all the visitors to the showground will see it as they arrive. Dad was a great innovator, creating the sport of Team Chasing as well as the much-imitated Eventing Grand Prix.
“But he will always be best remembered for founding the Hickstead Derby, so we wanted to unveil this memorial during this year’s Derby meeting.”
Philip Blacker, pictured with the tribute he created, said: “I was delighted to be asked to create the memorial because I knew Douglas when he was alive and was a great admirer.
“I felt that rather than have just a normal statue it would be better if it was in the context of Hickstead. The solution I felt was a relief panel of Douglas jumping a Hickstead wall on Beethoven, with the grandstand in the background. I thought it was important to portray him in action in his heyday, and I hope the Bunn family think it is a fitting tribute.”
Beethoven remains the only British horse ever to be crowned World Champion, when David Broome rode him to victory at La Baule in 1970.
In May 1960 the first horse show was staged at Hickstead and after Bunn’s death in 2009, his family took over the running of the world famous showground.
Nepean National Equestrian Park Facing Closure
OTTAWA — Jo Cairns says she will miss her near-daily horseback rides through a uniquely positioned wilderness retreat if the city goes ahead with a proposal to shut down the Nepean National Equestrian Park.
Her horse, Copper, has boarded for eight years at the city-run park on Corktown Road.
“Out on the cross-country course, there’s deer and wild turkeys and a red-tailed hawk and owls that nest in the woods. In the winter, you can hear the coyotes and possibly wolves. It’s quite wild,” Cairns said Wednesday. “It’s a beautiful location. There’s nothing like it close to the city.”
A city report recommends shutting down the 270-acre riding school and stable, which has averaged a deficit of $140,000 for the past six years.
The park’s seven full-time staff and 25 part-time staff members have been given a copy of the report, which recommends ending its lease of the land owned by the National Capital Commission by the end of the year.
Grand Prix field at the Nepean National Equestrian Park
A not-for-profit foundation established by the family of technology entrepreneur Terry Matthews is in “very, very early discussions with the City and the NCC” about leasing the land.
Simon Gwatkin, the director of the Wesley Clover Foundation, said it was too early to tell what would become of the land, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of converting it into a world-class show site.
“We have been a supporter of the equestrian centre for many years,” Gwatkin said. “We want to see it flourish.”
The park has often been the site of competitive events and shows — some sponsored by Matthews companies — but it’s also an English riding school and boarding facility. During the summer, the park runs day camps for nine- to 14-year-olds.
“It’s great for teaching kids how to ride … and adults, too,” Cairns said. “I don’t think there’s anything quite as well set up.”
The 17 horses now boarding at the park would have to be relocated by December 2012 and the 33 horses owned by the city would be sold or donated, the report recommends.
The park’s therapeutic riding program would have to end, but the report recommends retaining $50,000 of the park’s operating budget to “foster continued availability of affordable options for the therapeutic riding program.”
The City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee will vote on a motion to end the lease next Tuesday. If that goes ahead, the committee will recommend that City Council approve that move.
An NCC spokesman said there were no plans for the land at this point since the City of Ottawa was still leasing it.
“The NCC is not in discussion with any potential lease-holders at this time as the City of Ottawa is the lease holder for the Nepean Equestrian Park property and has not provided any lease termination notice,” spokesman Cédric Pelletier in an email.
The park was established by the former city of Nepean in 1986 on NCC lands. The lease came to an end in December 2011, and the city has been renting the land on a month-to-month basis since then.
The city would save more than $320,000 in 2013 if it went ahead with the proposal, according to the report.
Equestrian Avoids Prison In Million Dollar Tax Case
The Hartford Courant is reporting.........The operator of a prestigious Connecticut equestrian center was spared a prison sentence Tuesday after she was caught frantically concealing $1.3 million in cash that federal tax agents were trying to take from her mother.
Internal Revenue Service agents found Juliana Starbuck, 37, who runs the equestrian program at her mother's Stepping Stone Farm in Ridgefield, at a nearby bank "stuffing cash filled envelopes into a sweater and other portable objects," according to a memo filed by federal prosecutors in U.S. District Court.
Starbuck, who aspired during her childhood to become an Olympic-caliber equestrian, was in federal court in New Haven Tuesday after becoming ensnared in a 2007 federal tax case against her mother, Juliana Cole Weber.
In 2007, IRS agents were building a case that Weber had under reported her personal income by $1.1 million from 2001 to 2006 and had failed to collect and pay withholding taxes for farm employees during part of that period.
Tax agents arrived at the horse farm in December 2007 with warrants to search it and two safe deposit boxes at a local branch of Webster Bank. Weber agreed to give the agents keys to the boxes so they wouldn't have to damage them by drilling them open, according to information presented in court..
Federal prosecutors said Starbuck, alerted to what was transpiring by a telephone call from her sister, beat the agents to the bank, but was caught before she could conceal the money. The agents relieved her of $1.3 million, prosecutors said.
The U.S. Attorney's office agreed to the imposition Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton of a sentence of one year of probation for Starbuck. She also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
She pleaded guilty in November to one count of removal of evidence. She also agreed to pay $101,656 in taxes, penalties and interest to satisfy a personal tax obligation.
Virginia teen arrested in machete slashing of horses and farm animals
Pet Rescue Examiner is reporting........A Herndon, Va. teen was arrested Saturday evening for allegedly slashing three horses, two goats, a baby calf, and a chicken in April and May at the Spirit Open Equestrian Program and Frying Pan Park. The 17-year-old has been charged with seven counts of animal cruelty including four felony counts of maiming animals and two counts of unlawful entry.
A week after a $7500 reward was posted by The Friends of Frying Pan Park for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person involved in the intentional animal cruelty, an informant notified the Fairfax County Police.
According to the Washington Post, the suspect intended to video himself riding a white horse at the Spirit Open Equestrian Program on April 26. The teen wore a black mask and black clothing. The informant told the Fairfax County Police, the teen became angry when the horse threw him and in a rage hit the white horse as well as the other horses and then slashed the animals with his 22 inch machete which he allegedly always carried.
The first animal slashing was reported on April 26 when the three horses used in a riding program for disabled students were cut on their flanks and hindquarters. The injuries required stitches. One month later on May 26, the next slashing involved the farm animals at Kidwell Barn. All of the animals required medical attention and have been slowly recuperating.
The teen is expected to make a court appearance on July 13.
FEI STATEMENT A GIANT STEP FORWARD FOR CLONING
Gemini, clone of Gem Twist at 3 years old
“The latest research on the issue of equine cloning was presented and debated at the FEI Sports Forum. The FEI Bureau accepted that the position of the FEI on equine clones and their progeny should be changed to “The FEI will not forbid participation of clones or their progenies in FEI competitions. The FEI will continue to monitor further research, especially with regard to equine welfare.”
New Disability Require Businesses to Admit Mini Horses as Guide Animals; Limit Slope of Mini Golf Holes
Mona Ramouni, who is blind, rides a bus to work with her guide horse in Lincoln Park, Mich. Growing up in Detroit, Ramouni could never get a dog because her devout Muslim family considered dogs unclean
Although the Justice Department has extended the deadline for America’s hotels to comply with regulations regarding handicap access to swimming pools, new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines are already being applied at miniature golf courses, driving ranges, amusement parks, shooting ranges and saunas.
Among the provisions in the "Revised ADA Standards for Accessible Design," which went into effect on March 15, is one requiring businesses to allow miniature horses on their premises as guide animals for the disabled. Another limits the height of slopes on miniature golf holes.
“The new standards, for the first time, include requirements for judicial facilities, detention and correctional facilities, and recreational facilities,” Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said during a conference in Baltimore on June 7.
“We expect the implementation of these accessibility standards to open up doors for full participation in both the responsibilities, such as jury duty, and the benefits, such as playing at city parks, of civic life for people with disabilities,” he said.
The 2010 ADA standards for Accessible Design require that at least 50 percent of golf holes on miniature golf courses be “accessible” – with a ground space that is “48 inches minimum by 60 inches minimum with slopes not steeper than 1:48 at the start of play.”
Other regulations include:
Saunas – provision of accessible turning space and an accessible bench.
Shooting facilities – provision of accessible turning space “for each different type of firing position.”
Golf courses – “an accessible route to connect all accessible elements within the boundary.” An accessible route must also “connect golf car rental areas, bag drop areas, teeing grounds, putting greens, and weather shelters.”
Gyms – at least one of each type of exercise machine must be positioned for use by a person in a wheelchair.
Amusement parks – any new or altered ride must provide at least one seat for a person in a wheelchair.
A section of the guidelines regulating commercial facilities states that, “a public accommodation shall make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a miniature horse by an individual with a disability if the miniature horse has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with a disability.”
A public accommodation is defined as “a private entity that owns, leases (or leases to), or operates a place of public accommodation.”
“Miniature horses were suggested by some commenters as viable alternatives to dogs for individuals with allergies, or for those whose religious beliefs preclude the use of dogs,” the rules state. Also mentioned as a reason to include the animals is the longer life span of miniature horses – providing approximately 25 years of service as opposed to seven years for dogs.
“Some individuals with disabilities have traveled by train and have flown commercially with their miniature horses,” the Justice Department notes.
“Similar to dogs, miniature horses can be trained through behavioral reinforcement to be ‘housebroken,’” it adds.
However, “Ponies and full-size horses are not covered.”
A business owner can deny admission to a miniature horse that is not housebroken, whose handler does not have sufficient control of the animal, or if the horse’s presence compromises “legitimate safety requirements.”
The miniature horse addition has come under the scrutiny of at least one member of Congress, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who offered an amendment that passed the House, banning funding to implement the provision. Chaffetz penned an editorial last month in opposition to the rule entitled, “Horses in the Dining Room?”
Last month the Justice Department extended the deadline for the rule requiring permanent wheelchair access to recreational pools. Citing “significant concerns and misunderstandings among a substantial number of pool owners and operators,” the department issued a notice in the Federal Register extending compliance from March 15 to May 21 this year. The date has now been pushed back further, to January 31, 2013.
The regulation requires large pools – those with over 300 linear feet of pool wall – to have two accessible means of entry, and smaller pools to have one.
For existing pools, owners making structural alterations are obliged to remove architectural barriers “to the extent such compliance is readily achievable.”
“As I consider the department’s accomplishments to date, and our plans for the future, I continue to take my inspiration from people with disabilities and their families,” Perez said in Baltimore.
“These individuals express the harm of segregation and the value of integration more eloquently than any lawyer’s brief ever could. They are the heroes of this civil rights movement.”
A person with a disability is defined by the ADA as, “a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.”
Saturday Night at Alltech National Horse Show to Benefit USET Foundation
Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui
The 2012 Alltech National Horse Show announced today that for the second year in a row, the Saturday evening performance will once again benefit the United States Equestrian Team Foundation.
Following a successful debut last year, the second edition of the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky, is scheduled for October 30 through November 4, 2012. The show will once again be held at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.
During the Saturday evening performance, featuring the show's main event, the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix, the horse show will share 50% of the night's gate receipts with the USET Foundation.
The United States Equestrian Team Foundation supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America's elite and developing international high performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation. Its main tasks are to support athletes, promote international excellence and build for the future.
"The USET Foundation is thankful to the Alltech National Horse Show for choosing us as the charity for Grand Prix evening again this year," said Bonnie Jenkins, Executive Director of the USET Foundation. "The National Horse Show and the USET Foundation have always had a common goal of achieving excellence and we look forward to continuing that goal and to build on the rich tradition and history we share."
"Over the years, the National Horse Show has been a huge supporter of the activities of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation," said Mason Phelps, Jr., President of the National Horse Show Association. "The Alltech National Horse Show, last year, was delighted to make a major commitment to the USET Foundation, especially with the Olympic Games in London on the horizon. We are proud to reaffirm that commitment again this year and all of us at the Alltech National Horse Show wish our London bound athletes tremendous success."
"The USET Foundation couldn't be more grateful and appreciative to the Alltech National Horse Show for once again including us for the Saturday night event," said USET Foundation Development Committee Co-Chairman Bruce Duchossois (above right). "The show was a fabulous success last year and we at the USET Foundation are honored to be a part of this great tradition again this year."
"The USET Foundation is very pleased and honored that in its' second year the Alltech National Horse Show has chosen again to support our efforts" echoed Robin Parsky (left) Co-Chairman of the USET Foundation Development Committee. "We are hoping to have many of our 2012 Olympic team members in attendance so that the Alltech Arena audience will have the opportunity to interact with these exceptional riders. We thank Alltech and the National Horse Show Board of Directors for their generosity. We could not field great US equestrian teams without this kind of support and visibility. We wish the ANHS continued success," she concluded.
The USET Foundation also expressed its gratitude to Brody Robertson for the creation on the new and colorful USET Foundation jump that will be used during this year's Alltech National Horse Show.
"With this being an Olympic year, we wanted to make a set of jumps that represented some of the different countries going to the Games," Robertson stated. "When it came to doing a jump for the United States, Bonnie Jenkins and others on the Board trusted us to create the USET Foundation jump. We're thrilled it will be in play at the Alltech National Show and at such a great fundraiser for the USET. "
The USET Foundation jump, created by Brody Robertson
The 2012 Alltech National Horse Show takes center stage on October 30 through November 4, 2012 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to the top rated hunters and the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, the show features world-class international, open, junior and amateur-owner jumpers competing for the biggest prize money on the United States indoor tour.
Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America's oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association's primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.
GUCCI PARIS MASTERS
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Organized by EEM World, the creator and owner of prestigious indoor equestrian events, the fourth Gucci Paris Masters will once again take place during the Paris Horse Show, to be held between November 29th and December 2nd 2012 at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre (Hall 5b).
The Gucci Paris Masters is now a leading international event and an essential date on the calendar of the International Equestrian Federation (IEF), pitting the biggest names in world show jumping against each other in a 5 star (CSI 5*) competition, the very pinnacle of the sport.
The Gucci Paris Masters will feature 15 events, with highlights including Friday’s Rolex Speed Challenge (CSI 5*), and Saturday’s Style & Competition Challenge for AMADE, orchestrated by Charlotte Casiraghi. On the Sunday, the Gucci Grand Prix (CSI 5*), with prize money of €300,000€, will provide a thrilling climax to the three days.
Already a firm favourite with the general public and celebrities, and a showcase for exceptional riders at the peak of their form, the 2012 Gucci Paris Masters will also be welcoming some well-known horse riding aficionados such as Martina Hingis, Nicolas Canteloup and Charlotte Casiraghi, who will compete in the CSI 1* or CSI 2* competitions.
Around 50,000 spectators are expected to support and encourage the riders and horses, some of whom will even have represented their countries at the London Olympic Games.
The fourth Gucci Paris Masters will feature a special “Open Day”on Friday, November 30th
Visitors will be able to watch the day’s 5* events, admire the riders training in the paddock and explore the Prestige Village, all free of charge.
And to ensure equestrian fans of all ages and from all backgrounds get the chance to experience this exceptional meeting, the Gucci Paris Masters will be offering special rates and discounts for under 16s.
· Friday, November 30th - evening: from €30
· Saturday, December 1st - daytime: from €14.50
· Saturday, December 1st - evening: from €40
· Sunday, December 2nd: from €40
* Combined tickets available for both the Gucci Paris Masters and the Paris Horse Show
Information and booking: www.gucciparismasters.com.
USEF Approves Qualifying System for $25,000 Grand Prix Hunter Derby Final
The qualifying system for the $25,000 Grand Prix Hunter Derby Final in Del Mar, Ca. has been approved by the USEF.
This special event is to be held at the Fall Equestrian Festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar California on Oct. 26, 2012.
This event in open to the top 30 horses from the following qualifying classes. Country Classic Preview, Wilsonville, OR July 4-8, 2012 www.teamnwequestriansports.com Oregon Summer Classic, Wilsonville, OR August 22-26, 2012 www.teamnwequestriansports.com
Blenheim Fall Tournament, San Juan Capistrano, CA September 12-16, 2012 www.showpark.com
Sacramento International Welcome Week, Rancho Murieta, CA Friday September 28, 7PM www.jumpsacto.com Flintridge Autumn Classic, La Cañada Flintridge, CA Friday September 28, 6PM www.jumpflintridge.com
Fall Festival Welcome Week, Del Mar, CA Friday October 19, 6:30PM www.jumpdelmar.com
Please visit www.jumpdelmar.com for more information. Prize lists will be available on line in the coming weeks.
Please contact Adrienne Karazissis for more information (818) 987-3336
Sacramento International Horse Show 2012 to Feature North American Team Championship Event
From September 25 through October 7, 2012, Murieta Equestrian Center (MEC) will host the fifth annual Sacramento International Horse Show (SIHS), Sacramento's premier horse show. This year, the show offers a new North American 1.20M Team Championship featuring invited teams from across the continent.
Teams invited to this year's event include Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California Region 1 (south), California Region 2 (north), Mexico, Nevada, NorCal, Oregon, and Washington. In addition to the invited teams, other interested teams may also register to compete.
Dale Harvey, show manager, shares, "I'm very excited about the team championship. We have been drawing riders from around the country for the Grand Prix of Sacramento for years, and offering a championship at the 1.20M level will be bring in a wider range of riders. It's good for the show and Northern California horse sport in general."
The Team Championship is run in championship format, with teams representing their specified regions, states, or provinces. Teams are composed of four horse and rider combinations competing at the Modified Junior/Amateur level of 1.20 meters.
Other exciting events at the SIHA will include the $55,000 Land Rover Grand Prix of Sacramento, a qualifying class for the new Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix for 2013. The Nor Cal Team Horsemanship Special pairs riders to compete as teams, and the $20,000 Young Jumper Suitability Championship seeks out young horses that have the makings of stars in the sport of show jumping.
It was Rudy Leone who first dreamed of putting on a world class event at MEC. "The show has exceeded my expectations, getting better every year," he comments. "We strive to be innovative, providing new events designed to keep things exciting for exhibitors and spectators. I think we've done a great job of that so far, and we'll just keep getting better."
This year's SIHS promises to be not-to-be-missed event. The level of competition will be stellar, and the entertainment value unparalleled in Northern California. For additional information, please visit the website at www.SacramentoInternationalHorseShow.com.
Third and Fourth Stops on Lothlorien's Young Horse Championship Series
The fourth stop on Lothlorien's Young Horse Championship Series took place this week at the Cornerstone Premier II show in Barrie, ON.
The five year old division had 11 horses competing, with the red ribbon going to Kevin Crosby riding Lausanne Z for Jaybird Farm. This was the first time Lausanne Z had competed in the 2012 series. Kevin said of his mount "I think this is a fantastic young horse, and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to compete with him". The leader of the 5 year olds through four events continues to be Delany, owned by Barbara Mitchell.
The six year olds saw 8 horses through the gate with red ribbon honours going to King's Ransome 3E owned by Kingridge Stables and piloted by Hugh Graham. Hugh is a member of the 2012 Young Horse Championship committee that came together to save this series when it looked as though it would go on no longer. Hugh said of his win and the series "It's great to be able to have a special class for these young horses to compete against their peers. It is a great class to win, and a great opportunity for Kingridge to showcase all of their young horses". La Fleur and Robert Krcmar continues to lead the six year olds through four events by a single point over Beam P and Natasha Smith-Avery.
The seven and eight year old competition this week proved to be quite difficult as only two horses managed to navigate the first round without a fault. The win went to Qairdam de Belheme owned by Ashlyn Trevelyan and ridden by Roberto Teran. Roberto managed to squeak by ADC Chef Z and Miguel Elicagaray in the jump-off who had to settle for second. In the overall standings through four events, Kevin Crosby and Cassius Clay have a commanding 14 point lead.
We are still waiting for our first multiple winner in 2012. Multiple winners in 2012 will be pursuing the $2500 Dutch Masters Bonus.
Special thanks go out to our supporting sponsors - Dutch Masters, Kingridge, Dominion Regalia and Cavalor. For full leaderboard, results and upcoming events visit tournaments.angelstone.co.
The 2012 Young Horse Series presented by Lothlorien made its third tour stop last week at the Cornerstone Horse Show in Barrie, ON
The five year old competition saw only two double clear rounds. The winner was La Scana, owned by Sarah Jane Robinson and ridden by Miro Frie. Finishing a close second was Delany, owned by Barbara Mitchel and ridden by Kevin Crosby. Delany currently sits atop the Dutch Masters Leaderboard with 38 points through 3 events.
The six year old competition was won by La Fleur, owned by Jaqueline Wickens and ridden by Robert Krcmar. La Fleur also sits atop the Dutch Masters Leaderboard with 34 points.
The seven and eight year old competition had Kevin Crosby taking the red ribbon honors aboard Cassius Clay for owner Lyda Bostock. Finishing third and currently sitting atop the Dutch Masters Leaderboard is Zanzibar ridden by Christine Wiggins for Horse Dreeemz Inc with 37 points.
We are still awaiting our first multiple winner in 2012. We will be following multiple winners in their pursuit for the $2,500 Dutch Masters Bonus.
Barbara Mitchel, President of operations for Cornerstone Farms along with her husband John Taylor commented on the series "We are thrilled to be part of this great series in 2012! It was a wonderful event!"
Special thanks go out to Kingridge Stables, Dominion Regalia and Cavalor for their wonderful support of the series in 2012. The series will continue this week with one more week of competition at Cornerstone before heading East for the International Blainville in Quebec.
Competitors may register for the Young Horse Championship Series at any of the 7 qualifying shows or through Angelstone Tournaments by visiting their website at www.angelstone.co.
Washington International Horse Show Names Hanna Powers 2012 Youth Ambassador
Hanna Powers 2012 WIHS Youth Ambassador with her pony, Raven
The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), a leading national equestrian event based in Washington, D.C. since 1958, is proud to announce Hanna Powers of Potomac Falls, Virginia, as Youth Ambassador of the 2012 show.
Powers, 15, is a sophomore at The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, and competes on the varsity Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team. She has attended WIHS for many years with her friends and family. Powers brings a wealth of knowledge of equestrian sport to her new role.
“We are thrilled to have Hanna's energy and enthusiasm as our 2012 Youth Ambassador. She will lead the activities of our Junior Committee, a diverse and talented group of young local equestrians who have expressed strong interest in hands-on learning about all aspects of WIHS. Our Junior Committee works hard to help us make our horse show a very special event for competitors, spectators, and the local community. We are honored to work closely with this group of young equestrians who represent the future of the horse industry in the Washington area,” said Bridget Love Meehan, Executive Director, WIHS.
“I am honored to be a part of the WIHS family as the 2012 Youth Ambassador. Through this historic horse show, I hope that our efforts to share the wonderful world of horses with young people in the Washington, D.C. area will ignite the imaginations of a whole new generation of horse enthusiasts!” said Powers.
As the 2012 WIHS Youth Ambassador, Powers will oversee the WIHS Junior Committee and work with show management to reach out to the local youth of our community. She will help give WIHS a youth perspective as the show develops new and exciting youth-related programs from young rider events to Kids’ Day. The Junior Committee consists of students from public, charter and private schools in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Washington International Horse Show received many applications from very qualified students in the D.C. Metro area and beyond. Powers will serve as the fourth WIHS Youth Ambassador following Jamal Brown, Anna Rossi, and Shannon Miglarese.
The 54th annual Washington International Horse Show will be held October 23-28, 2012 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.wihs.org.
Ben Asselin Named CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for May
Ben Asselin was named the CAVALOR Athlete of the Month for May
Ben Asselin was named the CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for May by Jump Canada.
Asselin, 18, of Calgary, AB, rode Rush, an 11-year-old Belgian Sport Horse owned by Attache Stables, to the only clear round out of 53 starters to win the 5000 € 1.45 m Prijs Ashford Farm. Asselin also posted a clear round for the Canadian team in the Nations' Cup held on May 19 riding Lolita, a 14-year-old Oldenburg mare also owned by Attache Stables.
A week later at the CSIOY Lamprechtshausen, AUT, Asselin rode Rush to a third place finish in the 4,500 € Young Rider Grand Prix Big Tour Final. The pair incurred four faults with only a foot in the water jump during the opening round, which saw only one rider finish the course fault free. With Lolita, Asselin had eight faults in the first round and were fault-free in the second during the Nations' Cup to help secure Canada's fourth place finish out of nine countries.
"It's truly a great honour to be named athlete of the month for May," said Asselin. "My two horses Lolita and Rush were absolutely phenomenal in Europe on the tour. Lolita jumped her heart out every time she stepped into the ring, and she was a true team player in the Nations' Cup competitions, posting clear rounds.
"Rush is a new mount for me and really proved to us that he has what it takes to be a contender in the sport," added Asselin. "I originally intended for him to be my second horse but he stepped up to the plate and won the Grand Prix in Belgium and then had a solid third place finish in the Grand Prix in Austria. They both feel ready to be a competitive duo over the summer at Spruce Meadows."
As the CAVALOR 'Athlete of the Month' for May, Asselin receives a gift certificate from title sponsor CAVALOR Inc.