jeudi 23 octobre 2008

USA: Equestrian2010 World Equestrian Games: Horse Park plans Kentucky Cup to serve as test

Kentucky.com

Herald-Leader Staff Report

A series of competitions will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2009 and 2010 to test the new arena, stadium and other facilities before the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are held in 2010, Games organizers said Wednesday.

The competitions will be named The Kentucky Cup. The first will be a reining competition July 15-20, 2009, followed by vaulting July 28-Aug. 2, endurance Sept. 28-30, driving Oct. 1-4 and eventing, jumping and dressage April 20-25, 2010, during the 2010 Rolex Three-Day Event.

"These Kentucky Cup competitions will allow us to test each of our competition facilities well in advance of the 2010 Games, and will give us the opportunity to make modifications and adjustments in our planning based on these tests," said Games Competition Director Kate Jackson.

Related activities, including ticketing, transportation and hospitality, also will be tested at the Kentucky Cup events. More information about each event will be released as it becomes available, the foundation said.

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will be held at the Horse Park Sept. 25-Oct. 10, 2010, and will determine world champions in eight disciplines, including para-equestrian dressage.

vendredi 17 octobre 2008

UK: than 40 riders enjoy moor route revival

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FOR members of the South West group of Endurance GB, the recent Brentor Training Ride was the welcome revival of a popular north Dartmoor route.
For the last four years the Brentor Ride was unable to be held, mainly because of the difficulty of marking the route on foot — vehicles of any kind are not allowed onto the moor.
This year, organiser Janet Lander and her team of route markers, provided both a ten-mile route and a 19-mile route for riders to choose from.
Next year, if permission is given, they hope to run a full competitive ride with a vet-gate at Okehampton Camp and classes ranging from ten to 50 miles.
The venue, courtesy of Roger and Erica Young, was also nearer the moor this year, by almost a mile, cutting down the amount of road work.
The 40-plus riders and their horses taking part, were divided almost equally between members and local pleasure riders out enjoying the sunshine of the ‘last day of summer’.
Two members riding were Jan Kane, organiser of the Camelford endurance ride, and Sue Speed, organiser of the Minions Ride.
Sue was taking the opportunity to give her young homebred Arab, Destiny’s Child, the experience of a short ride, in preparation for competing next year.
Jan, whose gelding George II has been competing in 50-mile ERs this summer, was enjoying a relaxed hack for a change.
She said: ‘It’s a glorious ride. We did the longer route, which went out across the main Tavistock road and around White Hill.
‘I am really looking forward to coming back next year and, hopefully, competing over a 50-mile route that will take us right up to Belstone and back.
‘The riding on this side of Dartmoor is mainly over short cropped turf and sandy tracks. It drains quickly in the wet and there is some fast going.’
Thanks were expressed to all who marked the route and provided checkpoints.

mercredi 15 octobre 2008

Great Britain: British Horse Feeds Proud to Support Red Dragon Festival of Endurance

Horsemart.co.uk

15 Oct 2008

The 2008 Red Dragon Festival of Endurance was a huge success this year despite the poor weather. More than 300 riders competing over varying distances enjoyed the breath taking scenery over the roof of Mid Wales and competed for a huge array of prizes.

Organiser Pat Conn was delighted with the high number of entrants and the success of the event.

British Horse Feeds were there to support the event and were proud to sponsor the Golden Dragon and Dragon's Tail.

The winner of the Dragon's Tail Jane Stanley, who has been competing for 25 years, was delighted to win a years supply of Speedi-Beet courtesy of British Horse Feeds. Her horse Sunami, a handsome 11 year old homebred Arab X gelding also won Best Condition. Jane and Sumani travelled over from Ireland and arrived in high spirits after the 12 hour journey.

In second place came Lesley Dore on Firebird and in third place, Jo Chisholm on Grey Medlar. Both received a six month supply of Speedi-Beet.

The Golden Dragon winner Amanda Nicholson who is based in Lands End, Cornwall, thoroughly enjoyed the ride on her 7 year old Arab X gelding Esta Leonardo Diabo. Said Amanda: "I thoroughly enjoyed the ride despite the fact that is was raining and blowing a gale because that is what endurance riding is all about". Amanda won a year's supply of Speedi-Beet, and both riders in second and third place won a six month supply. Carol Jones and Ptolemaeus came in second place, followed by Ann Harrison and Millennium Chorus.

Simon Parker of British Horse Feeds said: "Speedi-Beet is ideal for endurance horses as it is high in fibre, which helps provide the required stamina for horses to compete over long distances."

Speedi-Beet from British Horse Feeds provides rapid re-hydration for performance horses whilst optimising energy release rate. This is due to the soluble fibre in Speedi-Beet, which has a high water holding capacity increasing the amount of fluid in the horses' hindgut. This reservoir can then be drawn upon during prolonged exercise such as endurance riding to help replace water lost through sweating.

Great Britain: Results from the Area 12 Team Challenge


Endurancediary - Story and Pictures

12/10/08

Kindly sponsored by Performance Equestrian

This year Pony Club Area 12 held their endurance championships at The College, Keysoe in conjunction with Endurance Great Britain’s competition. Three teams from Whaddon Chase entered with members riding in all the Pony Club classes which range from The Merlin Ride at 9km to the Eagle at 51km. For our extremely novice teams this presented a very real challenge as all the riders were being asked to ride for greater distances and at higher speeds than they had done before.

The day started off very foggy but once it had burned away it was fantastic conditions for long distance riding. Parents crewing for riders along the ride with water were able to sit back and enjoy the sunshine!

Having managed to get everyone though a tough vetting, farrier and tack check, riders set off at their allotted times following the course with a map.

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Great Britain: Red Dragon endurance results

Yourhorse.co.uk - Full Article

By Justine Thompson

Event diary

14 October 2008 10:36

The 2008 Red Dragon Festival of Endurance was a huge success this year despite the poor weather.

More than 300 riders competing over varying distances enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Mid Wales and competed for a huge array of prizes. Organiser Pat Conn was delighted with the high number of entrants and the success of the event.

British Horse Feeds were there to support the event in early October, and were proud to sponsor the ‘Golden Dragon’ and Dragon’s Tail’.

The winner of the Dragon’s Tail, Jane Stanley, who has been competing for 25 years, was delighted to win a year’s supply of Speedi-Beet courtesy of British Horse Feeds.

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