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TCE Digital Mag JAN/FEB 2020

THE COMPETITIVE EQUESTRIAN
JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2020 ISSUE 25
INDOOR FINALS HIGHLIGHTS
FROM COAST TO COAST
DOUBLE H FARM’S ONGOING MISSION
TO PRESERVE THE PAST AND FORGE THE FUTURE
ELEMENTA MASTERS PREMIERE FIERACAVALLI VERONA
THE SPOTLIGHT IS ON REINING
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TCE LIFE
CLAYOQUOT WILDERNESS RESORT

Learn more online
www.dechra-us.com
www.osphos.com
The intramuscular
bisphosphonate injection
for control of clinical signs
associated with Navicular Syndrome
in horses 4 years of age and older
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* Freedom of Information Summary, Original New Animal Drug Application, approved by FDA under NADA # 141-427, for OSPHOS. April 28, 2014.
Dechra Veterinary Products US and the Dechra D logo are registered trademarks of Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC. © 2019 Dechra Ltd.
CAUTION: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of licensed veterinarian.
As with all drugs, side effects may occur. In field studies and post-approval experience the most common side effects reported were signs of discomfort, nervousness,
and colic. Other signs reported were: renal insufficiency/failure, anorexia, lethargy, hypercalcemia, behavioral disorders, hyperkalemia, hyperactivity, recumbency,
hyperthermia, injection site reactions, muscle tremor, urticaria, hyperglycemia, and fracture. In some cases, death has been reported as an outcome of these
adverse events. The safe use of OSPHOS has not been evaluated in horses less than 4 years of age or breeding horses. OSPHOS should not be used in pregnant or
lactating mares, or mares intended for breeding. NSAIDs should not be used concurrently with OSPHOS. Concurrent use of NSAIDs with OSPHOS may increase
the risk of renal toxicity and acute renal failure. Use of OSPHOS in patients with conditions affecting renal function or mineral or electrolyte homeostasis is not
recommended. Refer to the prescribing information for complete details or visit www.dechra-us.com.
OSPHOS
®
(clodronate injection)
Manufactured for: Dechra Veterinary Products
7015 College Blvd., Suite 525, Overland Park, KS 66211
866-933-2472
© 2019 Dechra Ltd. OSPHOS is a registered trademark of Dechra Ltd.
All rights reserved. Approved by FDA under NADA # 141-427
Bisphosphonate.
For use in horses only.
Brief Summary (For Full Prescribing Information, see package insert)
CAUTION: Federal (USA) law restricts this drug to use by or on the order
of a licensed veterinarian.
DESCRIPTION: Clodronate disodium is a non-amino, chloro-
containing bisphosphonate. Chemically, clodronate disodium is (dichloro-
methylene) diphosphonic acid disodium salt and is manufactured from
the tetrahydrate form.
INDICATION: For the control of clinical signs associated with navicular
syndrome in horses.
CONTRAINDICATIONS: Horses with hypersensitivity to clodronate disodi
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um should not receive OSPHOS. Do not use in horses with impaired renal
function or with a history of renal disease.
WARNINGS: Do not use in horses intended for human consumption.
HUMAN WARNINGS: Not for human use. Keep this and all drugs out of
the reach of children. Consult a physician in case of accidental human
exposure.
PRECAUTIONS: OSPHOS has been associated with renal toxicity.
Concurrent administration of other potentially nephrotoxic drugs should
be approached with caution and renal function should be monitored.
Use of bisphosphonates in patients with conditions or diseases affecting
renal function is not recommended. Horses should be well-hydrated
prior to and after the administration of OSPHOS due to the potential for
adverse renal events. Water intake and urine output should be monitored
for 3-5 days post-treatment and any changes from baseline should elicit
further evaluation. As a class, bisphosphonates may be associated with
gastrointestinal and renal toxicity. Sensitivity to drug associated adverse
reactions varies with the individual patient. Renal and gastrointestinal
adverse reactions may be associated with plasma concentrations of the
drug. Bisphosphonates are excreted by the kidney; therefore, conditions
causing renal impairment may increase plasma bisphosphonate
concentrations resulting in an increased risk for adverse reactions.
Concurrent administration of other potentially nephrotoxic drugs should
be approached with caution and renal function should be monitored. Use
of bisphosphonates in patients with conditions or diseases affecting renal
function is not recommended. Administration of bisphosphonates has
been associated with abdominal pain (colic), discomfort, and agitation
in horses. Clinical signs usually occur shortly after drug administration
and may be associated with alterations in intestinal motility. In horses
treated with OSPHOS these clinical signs usually began within 2 hours
of treatment. Horses should be monitored for at least 2 hours following
administration of OSPHOS.
Bisphosphonates affect plasma concentrations of some minerals and
electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, immediately
post-treatment, with effects lasting up to several hours. Caution should
be used when administering bisphosphonates to horses with conditions
affecting mineral or electrolyte homeostasis (e.g. hyperkalemic periodic
paralysis, hypocalcemia, etc.). The safe use of OSPHOS has not been
evaluated in horses less than 4 years of age. The effect of bisphospho
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nates on the skeleton of growing horses has not been studied; however,
bisphosphonates inhibit osteoclast activity which impacts bone turnover
and may affect bone growth.
Bisphosphonates should not be used in pregnant or lactating mares,
or mares intended for breeding. The safe use of OSPHOS has not
been evaluated in breeding horses or pregnant or lactating mares.
Bisphosphonates are incorporated into the bone matrix, from where they
are gradually released over periods of months to years. The extent of
bisphosphonate incorporation into adult bone, and hence, the amount
available for release back into the systemic circulation, is directly related
to the total dose and duration of bisphosphonate use. Bisphospho-
nates have been shown to cause fetal developmental abnormalities in
laboratory animals. The uptake of bisphosphonates into fetal bone may
be greater than into maternal bone creating a possible risk for skeletal or
other abnormalities in the fetus. Many drugs, including bisphosphonates,
may be excreted in milk and may be absorbed by nursing animals.
Increased bone fragility has been observed in animals treated with bis-
phosphonates at high doses or for long periods of time. Bisphosphonates
inhibit bone resorption and decrease bone turnover which may lead to
an inability to repair micro damage within the bone. In humans, atypical
femur fractures have been reported in patients on long term bisphospho-
nate therapy; however, a causal relationship has not been established.
ADVERSE REACTIONS: The most common adverse reactions reported
in the field study were clinical signs of discomfort or nervousness, colic
and/or pawing. Other signs reported were lip licking, yawning, head
shaking, injection site swelling, and hives/pruritus.
POST-APPROVAL EXPERIENCE (December 2018): The following adverse
events are based on post-approval adverse drug experience reporting.
Not all adverse events are reported to FDA/CVM. It is not always possible
to reliably estimate the adverse event frequency or establish a causal
relationship to product exposure using these data.
The following adverse events are listed in decreasing order of reporting
frequency: renal failure, polyuria, polydipsia, abdominal pain, anorexia,
lethargy, hypercalcemia, behavioral disorder, discomfort, hyperkalemia,
hyperactivity, recumbency, hyperthermia, injection site reactions, muscle
tremor, urticaria, hyperglycemia, and fracture. In some cases, death has
been reported as an outcome of the adverse events listed above.
INFORMATION FOR HORSE OWNERS: Owners should be advised to:
• NOT administer NSAIDs.
• Ensure horses have access to adequate water before and
after administration of OSPHOS.
• Observe their horse for at least 2 hours post-treatment for
signs of colic, agitation, and/or abnormal behavior.
• If a horse appears uncomfortable, nervous, or experiences
cramping post-treatment, hand walk the horse for 15 minutes.
If signs do not resolve contact the veterinarian.
• Monitor water intake and urine output for 3-5 days post-
treatment.
• Contact their veterinarian if the horse displays abnormal
clinical signs such as changes in drinking and urination,
appetite, and attitude.
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Contributing Writers
MARTY BAUMAN - CLASSIC COMMUNICATIONS
LINDSAY BROCK - JUMP MEDIA
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ALLYSON LAGIOVANE
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6 Two in a row for Sternlicht in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™
By Patricia Salem
34 Toronto's Royal Horse Show Crowns New Champions
By Emily Randolph/Jump Media
56 The Oldest Indoor Horse Show in the Country Revitalizes Its Mission by Focusing
on the Next Generation of Equestrians
By Lenore Phillips and Georgie Hammond
66 Excitement Building for the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas
By Classic Communications
72 Element Masters Premiere Fieracavalli Verona - The Spotlight Is On Reining
By Simona Diale
80 Paso Park Fall Classic and Oak Tree Classic Gallery
Photos By Alden Corrigan Media
106 LENS ENVY
Matthew Seed - The Horse Photographer
130 TCE LIFE
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort - Remote | Rened | Remarkable
150 Double H Farms' Ongoing Mission to Preserve the Past and Forge the Future
By Allyson Lagiovane
157 A Quick Perspective On Equestrian Logo Design
By Elizabeth Rhodes
158
Just Keep Swimming, Lenore Phillips Finds Her Passion at Phelps Media Group
166 Meet Lillie Keenan - A Grand Prix Rider with a Heart For Heart
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Two in a row for Sternlicht in the
Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™
BY PATRICIA SALEM
PHOTOS BY ALDEN CORRIGAN MEDIA
A
drienne Sternlicht of the USA took her second qualifying leg in as many
weeks for the North American League, winning gold in Las Vegas aboard
Bennys Legacy. Countryman Andrew Ramsay had to settle for silver in a
two-person jump off, with American Sarah Segal and Uma O’Neill of New Zealand
tying for third.
Sternlicht’s victory on Bennys Legacy is a testament to how quickly the new
pairing has formed. She was ecstatic to beat the speedy Andrew Ramsay, who
nished faster but racked up 4 points when a rail hit the ground in the jump off.
“I think my jump-off round showed the quality of my horse.”
Sternlicht’s plans extend beyond this Las Vegas event...
Segal and O’Neill both rode clear in the rst round of competition, but each
picked up 1 penalty for time at 73.39 seconds on the course by Leopoldo Palacios
of Venezuela, leaving them out of the jump off and tied for a bronze medal.
Said Sternlicht of her 11-year-old gelding, with whom she debuted in September,
“He’s a horse that goes exactly the way I like to ride: strong and aggressive. I like
to help and support the horse, and he leans on me as a rider in that capacity.”
“I think Andrew has the fastest horse in the class, probably the fastest horse in FEI
this week,” Sternlicht said of her jump off competitor. “I knew that if I didn’t stick
to my plan, it might be costly. I think my jump-off round showed the quality of my
horse. I think, personally, there are a few things I want to work on, but I couldn’t
be happier with the way he jumped, and I’m happy that I stuck to my plan.”
Sternlicht’s plans extend beyond this Las Vegas event to the big show there in
April of 2020. “World Cup Finals are 100 percent on my radar.” Working with
trainer McLain Ward, her schedule is booked out for the next ve months. “I plan
on being here and look forward to coming back!”
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Winner of the $100,000 - LONGINES FEI
Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas Adrienne
Sternlicht & Bennys Legacy
Andrew Ramsay & Stranger
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Winner of the $100,000 - LONGINES FEI
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Sarah Segal & Camira
Behind the scenes celebration~McLain
Ward & Sean Kissane
LAS VEGAS NATIONAL
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Adrienne Sternlicht (with Sean
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$100,000 - LONGINES FEI Jumping World
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McLain Ward, Bennys
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Toronto’s Royal Horse Show Crowns New Champions
By Emily Randolph/Jump Media / Photos by © Ben Radvanyi Photography
Ireland’s Bertram Allen, 24, made his inaugural trip to The Royal a memorable one, topping the $210,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup
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Toronto aboard GK Casper.
Toronto’s Royal Horse Show Crowns New Champions
By Emily Randolph/Jump Media / Photos by © Ben Radvanyi Photography
W
hen Ireland’s Bertram Allen and GK Casper raced
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thunderous applause.
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           
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       
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  
           
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          
       
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        
      
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   
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         
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         
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          
      
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           
        
        
  
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The 97th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair attracted thousands of visitors of all ages and welcomed
sold-out crowds to the Coca-Cola Coliseum during much of the 10-day Royal Horse Show.
Jos Verlooy, 23, and Igor nished runner-up following an exciting jump-off for the $210,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Toronto.
Eighteen-year-old Brian Moggre of the U.S. concluded a successful rst trip to Toronto’s Royal Horse Show with a
third place nish in the $210,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup
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        
         
         
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        
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        
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In a triumphant return to the Royal Horse Show, Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 won the $37,000 McKee Family International Challenge.
In a triumphant return to the Royal Horse Show, Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 won the $37,000 McKee Family International Challenge.
Ben Maher Wins Battle of Olympic
Gold Medalists
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      
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     
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spot.
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        
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        
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        
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        

Olympic gold medalist Ben Maher rode Tic Tac to victory in the $85,000 Big Ben International Challenge.
 TCE 
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TheCompetitiveEquestrian
Daniel Coyle, Kent Farrington, Brian Moggre, and
Rowan Willis Race to Wins
           
        
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          
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            
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The win in the $37,000 Jolera International Strength and Speed Challenge went to Kent Farrington and Austria 2.
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Australia’s Rowan Willis and his own Blue Movie won the $50,000 Canadian Open International Challenge over Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 on Friday night.
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Riding Count Me In, Beth Underhill was crowned the 2019 Canadian Show Jumping Champion.
Eric Lamaze was awarded the Leading International Rider and Leading Canadian Rider titles, presented by GroupBy, as well as
the Leading Canadian Horse Award for Fine Lady 5, presented by John Grange (left) and Ariel Grange (right) of Lothlorien Farm.
A New Canadian Champion is Crowned
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The iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride highlighted the Royal Horse Show’s opening weekend.
The Royal Horse Show
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Twenty-four-year-old Bertram Allen of Ireland
topped a four-horse jump-off riding GK Casper
to win the $210,000 Longines FEI Jumping
World Cup
TM
Toronto.
U.S. Olympic team gold medalist Laura Kraut
and Ireland’s Bertram Allen talk strategy for the
$210,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup
TM
Toronto, which Allen won in his Royal Horse
Show debut.
Living legends! Eric Lamaze (left) accepts his
ribbon from Ian Millar following the $85,000 Big
Ben International Challenge, named for Millar’s
most famous mount.
Canadian Olympic Champion
Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5
led the victory gallop following
the opening class of The Royal’s
international show jumping
division, the $37,000 McKee
Family International Challenge.
Based in Belgium, Lamaze, who
has been battling a brain tumor
for the past two years, last
competed at the Royal Horse
Show in 2011.
U.S. Equestrian Team member Kelly Soleau-Millar with her husband
and Canadian Show Jumping Team member, Jonathon Millar.
Rayne Dubois holding Ferraro K poses for a photo with her trainer, Kelly Soleau-Millar, after
winning Canada’s most prestigious equitation title, the Running Fox CET Medal National Final.
Color commentators Jon Garner (left) and Adam Cromarty kept
the sold-out crowds entertained in the Coca-Cola Coliseum.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police performed the iconic Musical Ride in front of a
full house in the Coca-Cola Coliseum during the Royal Horse Show’s opening weekend.
2018 ASPCA Maclay National Championship winner Sam Walker, 17, of Canada on a course walk
with Amy Millar, who claimed the Canadian Show Jumping Reserve Championship title at The Royal
for the second year in a row.
Eric Lamaze talked openly with spectators during a question and answer
session, moderated by Adam Cromarty, before signing autographs for his fans.
Eric Lamaze’s Fine Lady 5, pictured with groom Kaytlyn Brown, received the Leading
Canadian Horse Award at this year’s Royal Horse Show while her rider took home the
Leading International Rider and Leading Canadian Rider titles.
Beth Underhill being interviewed after winning the $125,000 Henry
Equestrian Show Jumping Championship aboard Count Me In.
Mac Cone (left) and Ian Millar (right) with 2019 Royal
Horse Show course designer Michel Vaillancourt (center).
Margie Engle, Ben
Maher, and Eric Lamaze
topped the podium
in Thursday evening’s
$85,000 Big Ben
International Challenge.
Canadian Olympic individual gold medalist Eric Lamaze (left) and
U.S. Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward share a laugh.
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THE OLDEST INDOOR HORSE SHOW IN THE COUNTRY REVITALIZES ITS MISSION BY FOCUSING ON THE NEXT GENERATION OF EQUESTRIANS
By: Lenore Phillips and Georgie Hammond
T
he National Horse Show is synonymous with history. Most
everyone knows that, at one point, the National Horse Show
was in Madison Square Garden and that it launched the careers
of some of the most famous hunter and jumper athletes in the
country. Presently based in Kentucky, the National Horse Show
is the last stop in the championship indoor season and the host
of a Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Qualier. One facet of
the National Horse Show that has withstood the test of time is the
ASPCA Maclay Finals, which arguably makes the horse show the
most important place for young equestrians to make a name for
themselves early in their competitive careers. In recent years, the
National Horse Show has sought a way to revamp its audience, so
it looked at its most popular events – the junior classes. With that in
mind, in 2019 the National Horse Show focused its efforts on junior
and amateur athletes, which ultimately received an astounding
response.
The idea behind focusing on age group competition and creating
a space for more competitors came in 2017. The National Horse
Show Board decided to expand the show’s competition schedule
with the addition of an opening weekend that catered to age-
specic equitation. The response was resounding, and, over the
last two years, the new equitation divisions have morphed into
an enormous success. Since its inception in 2017, the opening
weekend has helped to expand the National Horse Show to
exhibitors that otherwise did not have the opportunity to attend.
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THE OLDEST INDOOR HORSE SHOW IN THE COUNTRY REVITALIZES ITS MISSION BY FOCUSING ON THE NEXT GENERATION OF EQUESTRIANS
By: Lenore Phillips and Georgie Hammond
ASPCA Maclay 2019 Class Photo. Photo by Phelps Media Group
The most important classes that accomplished this were the
Taylor Harris Insurance Services National Horse Show 3’3” Adult
Equitation Championship and the Hamel Family Foundation
National Horse Show 3’3” Equitation Championship.
“The 3’3” equitation championships lled a huge void at our horse
show,” said Geoff Teall, Chairman of the Equitation Committee.
“Suddenly we had Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA)
athletes from top universities competing in the adult divisions and
the young riders that needed some more mileage before entering
the Maclay Championships had a space to hone their skills.
The additions were meaningful in a way that we could not have
anticipated.”
Jennifer Burger, President of the National Horse Show, mirrored
Teall’s thoughts, saying, “When we started Opening Weekend, we
were never prepared for the kind of success that it would receive.
We realized that we might have gotten lost in the hype of the
bigger classes, but the bigger classes weren’t going to sustain the
horse show. We really took stock of our core constituency and our
future, which helped us to embrace the groups of people that were
going to sustain us and help us grow. Those people are the youth
of our sport.”
Following the initial success in 2017, the National Horse Show
began to brainstorm what else it could do to support the younger
riders. In order to do that authentically, they enlisted the junior
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riders that had been most affected by the new programs and were
standouts in the development of horsemen and horsewomen.
These young athletes formed the Junior Leadership Committee
and took it upon themselves to develop programs that would not
only encourage the success of their peers but also help make the
competitive atmosphere around the National Horse Show more
inclusive and comfortable.
Tasked with two primary responsibilities, the Junior Leadership
Committee members acted as a sounding board for the National
Horse Show and helped to facilitate the experience for other
juniors attending Maclay Finals. Committee members oversaw the
Junior Leadership Program’s initiatives and worked closely with the
National Horse Show team to improve the overall experience for
junior riders and to provide them with opportunities for personal
development. Throughout the year, members were challenged to
brainstorm and collaborate with the National Horse Show team,
giving them an in-depth look at the operations and management
behind the prestigious horse show. Their responsibilities extended
into the two weeks of competition in November, during which
committee members were deeply involved in the junior events,
helping to manage and support the events to make them as
successful as possible.
“One of the things that the Junior Leadership Committee brought
up right away and what we knew, but dismissed, was how stressful
and competitive the atmosphere around the Maclay was,”
remarked Burger. “When we looked at it objectively, the thought
of spending so much time and money to make it to compete in
just one class and the nerves associated with that, as a young
person it must be unbearable. Also, what would happen if the class
didn’t go well, how could they combat the feelings surrounding
disappointment? So, we talked to our committee members and
decided to create more events that focused on peer bonding,
helping them to manage their stress and gain some perspective
of their accomplishments in even making it to the National Horse
Show.”
The Junior Leadership Committee brought together the passion
and ideas of seven founding committee members: Hailey
Johns (chair), Alex Alston, Alexis Ortiz, Dominic Gibbs, Jordan
Allen, Juliette Joseph and Sophia Pilla. The core team worked
together with National Horse Show management to develop new
experiences for their peers that could be added to the already
expansive National Horse Show schedule. Each event supported
the goal of being both a learning opportunity and a chance for
young riders to meet and network with one another, thus creating
a safe atmosphere for personal and competitive growth.
The rst event that the Junior leadership committee hosted was
the Wrenwood Farms Junior Welcome Party as a lead-up to the
ASPCA Maclay draw meeting. This event was open to all junior
competitors of the National Horse Show and featured food and a
live DJ. The Draw Party is regarded by many as the rst time that
Kent Farrington, Lillie Keenan, and Dr. Jennifer Speisman, Psy.D, HSP at the Pizza and Positivity Event. Photo by Phelps Media Group
Winners of the Leo Conroy Equitation Grant
Participating IHSA athletes and trainers at National Horse Show. Photo by Phelps Media Group
Photo by Phelps Media Group
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competing at the ASPCA feels ‘real.’ All of the riders and trainers
gather in one room, during which time rules are read and one
rider is chosen to be the rst in the ring when it is time for the
championship. The Welcome Party worked to set everyone at ease
and helped them to enjoy the address of the Equitation Committee
Chairman, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s event.
The highlight events that came from the Junior Leadership
Committee were hosted on Saturday, with the class photo
and the “Pizza and Positivity” event gathering the majority of
competitors. Early in the afternoon, junior riders ocked in front of
the iconic Alltech Arena for the rst ever ASPCA Maclay National
Championship class photo, which symbolizes the unity that all of
the Maclay athletes shared by qualifying for the class. Exhibitors
were subsequently invited to join the committee for a “Pizza and
Positivity” event in Maxwell Place, where Dr. Jennifer Speisman,
Psy.D, HSP, addressed the athletes that were entered to compete
in the ASCPA Maclay Equitation Championship alongside
international show jumping athlete Kent Farrington and 2013
ASPCA Maclay National Champion and international show jumping
athlete Lillie Keenan. Dr. Speisman, Farrington and Keenan gave
the young riders personal advice, anecdotal experiences and tools
to use to help them remain calm and positive during their time in
the Alltech Arena and opened the oor to a question-and-answer
portion that many attendees found to be exceedingly insightful,
leaving a lasting impression.
“I don’t know if it was the timing or the fact it was the end of indoors
and everyone was stressed out, but the ‘Pizza and Positivity’ event
made me feel like a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders,”
shared competitor and rising star, Jordan Allen. “To hear from the
top of the sport, especially from two riders I have looked up to for
so long, and to hear that they also struggle and get nervous was
such a big relief. In this sport it is easy to feel like you are going
through things alone, so it was so nice to hear that the top show
jumpers deal with the same things as us junior riders. When you
were watching you just didn’t want it to end!”
“We were honestly overwhelmed by the response that we received
not only from the athletes but from their families and trainers,”
Maggie Hill and O’Ryan. Photo by Phelps Media Group
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commented Burger. “It was such a simple event that was so
meaningful. Honestly, I wish that we would have thought of this
sooner!”
To add to the list of accomplishments by young athletes at the
2019 event, young riders took center stage in some of the other
most important classes featured at the horse show. Brian Moggre,
who at just 18 years old has made his way from the equitation
ring into the grand prix ring, stole the show with rst prize in the
$225,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Lexington CSI4*-W.
This was not only meaningful because of the level of competition
in the class, but also because he was the youngest person in the
history of the horse show to win this contest.
“The moment I realized that I was going to win the class was for
me something that I never expected to feel, especially in this year
and where I am in my career,” commented Moggre. “MTM Vivre Le
Reve is so special to me and has taken me through all of the ranks. I
won my rst FEI grand prix with him at Live Oak in the spring, which
was another World Cup class, so to be able to win that and the 4*
at the National Horse Show was not even in my imagination.”
On the nal day of the 2019 National Horse Show, Ava Stearns took
home the top place in the prestigious ASPCA Maclay Equitation
Championships, presented by Chansonette Farms. Stearns
topped the list of over 175 athletes with 8-year-old Acer K after
competing in three rounds of intensely competitive riding. Other
impressive performances included Taylor St. Jacques’ win in the
$25,000 Hollow Brook Wealth Management Show Jumping Hall of
Fame on Upsilon De Le Liniere, and Maggie Hill swept the hunter
divisions with Cassanto to earn the Overall Junior Hunter Grand
Championship.
“Seeing the achievement of so many talented young people is so
rewarding,” said Burger. “I think that the hard work and creativity
of the National Horse Show management and the committee
members has made an enormous impact on our event and truly
is a breath of fresh air. I cannot wait to see some of these athletes
come back again and again as they grow and mature. Whether they
become professionals and show in the grand prix or whether they
continue to compete as a hobby and show in our adult equitation
classes, we are proud to say that we will always have a place for
them at our event.”
Brian Moggre with MTM Vivre Le Reve after winning the $225,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Lexington CSI4*-W. Photo by Phelps Media Group
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T
he excitement is building for the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in
Las Vegas! The biggest names in the sport, including Olympic,
World, European, Pan American and World Cup champions, will
come from all four corners of the globe to battle it out for the
prestigious titles of Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ and FEI
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The FEI World Cup™ Finals are like no other competition, and
Las Vegas – the Entertainment Capital of the World – showcases
the sport like nowhere else. The 2020 Finals mark the seventh
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championships. Nearly 74,000 spectators came to the 2015 Finals in
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be treated to thrilling competition from start to nish, but the
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and there will be special events and entertainment throughout the
Finals that will be absolutely incredible – all done with that world-
famous ‘Las Vegas style’ of course!
“We are just a few months away from hosting the FEI World Cup™
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Entertainment Capital of the World Ready to Welcome World’s Top Jumping and Dressage Athletes
Thomas & Mack Center: A Major Facelift and Ready to Impress
Starting in 2015, the Thomas & Mack Center underwent a two-
year overhaul with $75 million of renovations and improvements.
Upgrades include enhanced stabling for the horses, new arena
seats, new entrances and escalators, upgraded concessions
and restrooms, new oors and additional ADA seating, plus
improvements to the sound system.
The Taylor Harris Club presented by Lugano Diamonds is one of
those improvements and will be open to all VIP ticket holders.
Located in the brand new Strip View Pavilion, the magnicent
new 36,000 square-foot, two-story VIP space has an outdoor patio
overlooking the stabling area with spectacular views of the world-
famous Las Vegas Strip. VIPs will have access to all the bells-and-
whistles including luxurious surroundings, culinary delights and
cool cocktails, as well as VIP seating in the rst four rows of the
venue, easy access from seats to the VIP area, live music, large
screen TVs so no one has to miss any action, complimentary World
Cup Souvenir Program and complimentary Day Sheets. What an
incredible VIP experience!
Dressage Final Back in Primetime
The schedule for 2020 features the return of the Dressage Grand Prix
Freestyle, the class that determines the World Cup Champion, to
its previous Saturday evening timeslot. Based on past experience,
this promises to be one of equestrian sports’ most exciting nights
of the year.
Taylor Harris Club presented by Lugano Diamonds
Tickets
All-Session tickets for the jumping, dressage, or as a combination,
are now on sale. Tickets for individual sessions will go on sale early
this winter, so it’s best to get your tickets now to be sure you get
the best seats available. Everyone is welcome to join the World Cup
Club at www.worldcuplasvegas.com/world-cup-club. Membership is
FREE and members receive all the latest breaking news, information
on host hotels, hospitality and much more.
2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals Tentative Schedule
(Pacic Time and subject to change)
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
9:30 a.m. - Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Warm-Up
1:30 p.m. - FEI Dressage World Cup™ Warm-Up
Thursday, April 16, 2020
12:00 p.m. - FEI Dressage World Cup™ Grand Prix
7:00 p.m. - Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final I
Friday, April 17, 2020
8:30 a.m. - FEI Dressage World Cup™ Freestyle Rehearsal
1:00 p.m. - Devoucoux Dressage Showcase
7:00 p.m. - Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final II
Saturday, April 18, 2020
12:00 p.m. - Las Vegas Jumping Grand Prix
7:00 p.m. - FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final
(Grand Prix Freestyle)
Sunday, April 19, 2020
12:00 p.m. - Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final III
About the FEI World Cup™
Started in 1979, the FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final is an annual
international showdown among the world’s best show jumping
horses and riders. In the 41 Finals held through 2019, the United
States has emerged with the most titles (11) with Germany (10) in
second. U.S. riders have won two of the last three Longines titles
– McLain Ward in 2017 and Beezie Madden in 2018. Previous FEI
World Cup™ Jumping Finals held in the United States include
Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989), Del Mar, CA (1992), Las Vegas (2000,
2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2015) and Omaha (2017).
The FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final was rst held in 1986 and
features the world’s best dressage horses and riders. A total of 34
Finals have been held through 2019, and the United States has won
the championship twice – in 2003 (Debbie McDonald with Brentina)
and 2009 (Steffen Peters with Ravel). The Final has been held in the
U.S. six times previously – in Los Angeles (1995), Las Vegas (2005,
2007, 2009, 2015) and Omaha (2017).
Further information on the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las
Vegas, and the chance to join the World Cup Club, is available at
the event’s ofcial website at www.WorldCupLasVegas.com.
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Outstanding Ofcials
A prestigious event calls for highly experience ofcials.
Heading the list of jumping ofcials is Anna Lindqvist of
Sweden, who will be President of the Ground Jury. She
will be joined by Ground Jury Members David Distler and
Jack Robson of the USA, and Colleen Hoffman of Canada.
The Course Designer is Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany, a FEI
Level 4 Course Designer who was Co-Course Designer at
the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and has also designed
courses at the 2006 Asian Games, 2005 South East Asian
Games, and over a dozen FEI World Cup™ qualiers
Dan Reed of the USA will be the Chief Steward, while
Maria Hernek of Sweden will be the European Steward.
Santiago Varela of Spain will be the Foreign Technical
Delegate and Neil O’Connor of the USA will be the Limb
Sensitivity Liaison Judge. The Jumping Final will once
again be managed by Stephanie Lightner of Blenheim
EquiSports.
Heading the list of dressage ofcials is Anne Gribbons
of the USA, who will be President of the Ground Jury.
Joining her will be Ground Jury Members Elke Ebert of
Germany, Raphaël Saleh of France, Eddy De Wolff of The
Netherlands, Susanne Baarup of Denmark, Irina Maknami
of Russia, and Peter Storr of Great Britain. First Reserve
will be Maria Colliander of Finland, with Susie Hoevenaars
of Australia as Second Reserve (Non-Traveling). Maribel
Alonso of Mexico will be the Foreign Technical Delegate.
The Judges Supervisory Panel (JSP) will consist of Henk van
Bergen of The Netherlands, Linda Zang of the USA, and
Mary Seefried of Australia. The Finals will be managed, as
was the case for the Finals’ previous appearances in Las
Vegas in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015, by Glenda McElroy of
Cornerstone Event Management.
The Thomas & Mack Center
©Amy McCool
The Equestrian World
Returns to Las Vegas
APRIL 15 - 19, 2020
WorldCupLasVegas.com
/WorldCupLV
All-session tickets on sale now!
Elementa Masters Premiere
Fieracavalli Verona:
The Spotlight is on Reining
By Simona Diale, International Horse Press
Photos by Bonaga Communication
Morey Fisk & Chics Smokingun, Open Champions
Since 1893, Fieracavalli is an exhibition dedicated to horses which has taken place annually
in Verona, Italy, since 1898. This year, thanks to Maria Cecilia Fiorucci owner of Elementa, the
spotlight was on Reining. The best horses and riders from around Europe made their way to
the “City of Love” playing alongside the best of equestrian sports, including Verona Jumping,
which showcased the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™.
Chics Smokingun rides Fisk
to the $101,000-added
Elementa Masters Premiere
Open unofcially claiming
the 2019 NRHA Open World
Championship
In the rst European $101,000 added
Open, with Sabine Schmid’s 11-year-old
stallion Chics Smokingun an American
Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and
American Paint Horse Association (APHA)
bay stallion by NRHA Ten Million Dollar
Sire Gunner between the reins, Morey
Fisk slid to the win. The duo thrilled the
crowd and was paid back by the judges
with a 226.5 which put them in front of
NRHA Million Dollar Riders Ann Fonck
and Cira Baeck by a point. “Blue (Chicks
Smokingun’s barn name) is simply the
best; he’s a very special horse to me,” said
the 45-year-old Canadian professional
and head trainer at Horse Academy in
Moorslargue, France who has been riding
this horse since 2016. “I love this horse
and it’s just awesome we won tonight.
Doing well at this show was on my agenda
it was our strategy to keep him fresh for
this show. Everything went well and now
we can celebrate this special title.” Taking
home over $27,500 for the win puts the
ashy stallion unofcially on top of the
2019 NRHA Top Ten Open standings,
thus making the pair the unofcial Open
World Champions. “I’m very proud of my
horse and Morey and I trust them both;
they are such a great team!” said owner
Schmid, a successful non pro rider. “For
sure Blue will take a winter break now and
then we’ll see how to plan the future.”
Sharing reserve honors was Fonck riding
Gunners Specialolena, an own daughter
of NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire
Gunners Special Nite owned by Diego
Dalla Gassa, and Baeck on Maria Cecilia
Fiorucci’s Phantom Face.
Sylvia Rzepka rode to rst place in
the $40,000-added Elementa Masters
Premiere Intermediate Open marking
225 with Winnie The Boo (by Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta
Whiz), owned by Florian Aubruner. “I absolutely love this horse,
he’s the sweetest in the world and is so special. I’ve had him
for the past three years but during this show season we really
found the key in understanding each other,” said the Austrian
professional. “He gets better and better at every show and has
a heart of gold. We had a lot of ups and downs during this
show, especially in getting used to the new rules, but I think
it’s normal and that’s OK. I want to thank the organizers of this
show for putting out that much money and making it possible
for us to achieve this.”
Yet another unofcial NRHA World Champion was crowned in
Verona: With a 223 score, Klaus Lechner of Austria reined Cody
Rooster Delmaso to second place. The 14-year-old stallion,
owned by his wife Julia [Gaupmann-Lechner], has been shown
successfully by both the husband-wife team earning over
$53,500 in the show pen.
Niklas Ludwig was crowned $500-added Elementa Masters
Premiere Limited Open Champion after closing his run with a
218.5 aboard 2013 stallion Whiz N Spook (by NRHA Five Million
Dollar Sire Smart Spook) owned by Margot Van Doone. “My
brother Grischa showed this horse before I started riding him
two months ago and I can say he’s really a great horse,” said
the 26-year-old professional. “I really love him, he’s fun to train
and I really need to thank my brothers, Grischa and Levin, who
always help me and it’s great to know that they are always by
my side. Ours is really a family business and I love it.” Ludwig
not only took home the prestigious win and paycheck; he also
left wearing the custom-made MS Diamonds TX by Sleipnir
Champion ring offered by Oded Fein.
Gina Schumacher and Shine N Whiz Clinch the
Elementa Masters Premiere Non-Pro Title
The $40,000-added Non Pro, $20,000-added Intermediate Non
Pro and $500-added Limited Non Pro counted 107 total entries.
With a 223 score, Gina Schumacher won with her mother’s
Shine N Whiz (by NRHA Twelve Million Dollar SireTopsail Whiz).
“This is actually my mum’s horse,” said Gina in front of a smiling
Corinna [her mother]. “I haven’t been riding him very long, but
since mum has less time to ride she has given him to me to
show. This is our third outing together and he tries really hard,
so I enjoy riding him every time.” Gina also showed her 8-year-
old stallion Snip O Lution (by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire
Einsteins Revolution) who ofcially retired after closing his show
career performing to a 221 and taking third place.
A point behind was Austrian Anna Lisec who closed her run with
222 aboard Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel’s ashy 9-year-old
palomino This Wimps So Fly (by NRHA Eleven Million Dollar
Sire Wimpys Little Step). The pair have left their mark in many a
prestigious NRHA European competition and Anna was thrilled
with her placing. “He is simply special and I am very fortunate
to be able to show him to so many titles,” she said.
Tying for rst place with a 218 score in both the Intermediate
and Limited Non Pro was German Justin Ketterer aboard his
uncle’s 7-year-old Jacs Electric Snap by Jacs Electric Spark and
French Gregory Morat on OK Spook, a 12-year-old gelding by
Smart Spook. “I have been riding reining horses since I was a
kid and started competing more seriously when I was about
12; this is my third year showing this horse that was bred by
my dad. I had a good feeling coming here and was really
Sylvia Kzepka & Winnie The Boo, Intermediate Open Champions
Gina Schumacher & Shine N Whiz, Non Pro Champions
Justin Ketterer & Jacs Electric Snap, Intermediate and Limited Non Pro Co-Champions
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all he had,” said Morat who also took home the custom-made
MS Diamonds TX by Sleipnir Elementa Masters Ring presented
by Oded Fein after a ip of the coin.
$50,000-added Elementa Masters Premiere
Freestyle: Wonder Woman Baeck takes the Win
On Saturday night, the Elementa pavilion attracted a huge
crowd. The lights, the colors, the horses and the 29 riders
pleased with the way my horse went. The show was cool as well:
everything looked nice, the ground was good, and everything
went smoothly,” said Ketterer.
Morat decided to turn to reining after completing the 2017
Paris-Dakar Rally by bike. A dream come true which in turn led
him to make another dream come true: the beautiful Bo Ranch
located close to Fontainebleau, the French horse capital. “I love
horses and my horse was with me all the way today, giving me
Gregory Morat & OK Spook, Intermediate and Limited Non Pro Co-Champions
Cira Baeck & Phantom Face, Freestyle Champions
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showing in the Elementa Masters Premiere Freestyle, the very
rst offered in Europe with an impressive $50,000 added, left
their mark and a performance that will remain in the hearts of
many.
NRHA Million Dollar Rider Cira Baeck and Phantom Face
performed a superhero Wonder Woman run paid back by
the judges with a 231. “The idea was Cecilia’s (Fiorucci),”
said Baeck. “We chose Wonder Woman to make a powerful
statement for women. I especially enjoyed the run because
this is the rst event in which I showed in the Open earlier and
later in the Freestyle with the same horse: Phantom Face was
awesome and he was there for me all the way.”
Closing a half-a-point behind was Giovanni “Dido” Masi who
told his ‘horse riding story’ along with his parents, Filippo and
Paola, in the show pen. Dressed in perfect English attire, his
performance aboard Katharina Dejori’s 11-year-old stallion
Majestic Okie (Okie Dun It Too X Majestic Ice x ARC Blueyed
Redskin) turned to western and great reining run!
Cira Baeck & Phantom Face, Freestyle Champions
Giovanni Masi & Majestic Okie, Freestyle Reserve Champions
Gennaro Lendi & Yankee Gun, third place Freestyle
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erhaps one of the most recognizable names in show
jumping, Double H Farm has more than a decade
of experience in developing the world’s leading sport
horses and athletes. Their distinct “HH” preface has
garnered an esteemed reputation on the international
stage of show jumping in a relatively short time, a feat
that can be attributed to the combined talents and
efforts of the team at the farm as well as their whole-
hearted dedication to transparency and excellence. Run
by the husband-and-wife duo of Quentin Judge and
Cayce Harrison out of both Connecticut and Florida,
Double H Farm’s storied past has paved the way for a
promising future, rooting themselves on Harrison’s late
father’s motto, “Do the right thing.”
Double H Farm’s base in Ridgeeld, CT.
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The passion that lies behind Double H Farm can be dated back
as early as Harrison’s start in show jumping as a 10 year old. She
quickly climbed the ranks as a junior rider, etching her name in the
history books in 2002 when she earned a gold medal at the North
American Young Rider Championships at 18 years old. At that point,
Harrison’s family committed to their daughter’s interest and began
the transition into a full-fledged business with intentions to rise to
the top level of the sport.
“Whatever Hunter Harrison did, he did fully and at 110 percent. As
soon as Cayce started getting serious enough about the sport, he
got serious enough, too. When Cayce won the North American
Young Rider Championships, Mr. Harrison really became dedicated
to the sport and wanted to see how far she could go and how far
Double H Farm could go as a brand,” reflected Judge.
Judge’s counterpart mirrored his musings, saying, “The farm
progressed in those years following my junior career, but while I
was in college is when he started to own a few horses and truly
commit to equestrian sport. It meant a lot to me to have my dad so
dedicated to the lifestyle that I loved and it’s something I’m happy
we were able to share, both during the wins and the losses.”
What began as a private barn to support Harrison’s thriving passion
quickly grew into an unstoppable business operation. Double H Farm
became a force to be reckoned with in the equestrian community,
supporting competitive international riders such as McLain Ward
(USA), Darragh Kerins (IRL) and Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA), each of whom
have held top spots in the world rankings, with some of the world’s
top equine athletes. Aboard Double H horses, each equestrian
achieved some of the greatest feats of their respective careers. With
such an impressive – and still growing – list of top-performing horses
in Double H Farm’s roster, it is difficult to peg which horse could
be considered the best throughout the stable’s tenure, especially
considering the extensive accumulation of accolades that could fill
the largest trophy room.
“In a relatively short period of time of owning horses for different
top riders, Double H had really incredible results on a national
and international level. Mr. Harrison started to diversify not only
supporting American riders but international riders too, and he
jumped in head first and became something to model after for farms
and owners in the sport,” commented Judge.
With Ward in the saddle, Double H Farm’s star horse Sapphire
took center stage at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, and the
2008 Olympics in Hong Kong, China, earning team gold medals in
both outings. Pessoa and HH Rufus were awarded team gold and
individual silver medals at the Pan American Games in 2007, while
Judge helped the United States capture the top podium spot at the
Cayce Harrison, Quentin Judge, Jeannie Harrison and Hunter Harrison at Double H Farm in Florida.
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2014 Furusiyya FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ CSIO5* in Gijón, Spain
riding HH Copin van de Broy. Kerins brought the best out of Night
Train, his partner from 2007 to 2009, as the duo won a series of
national grand prix classes in addition to jumping double clear at
Falsterbo to help Ireland win the Nations Cup and representing
Ireland at the European Championship at Windsor in 2009. Night
Train also experienced success with Pessoa, winning the $200,000
World Cup Qualifier in Wellington, Florida, and notching top
placings on the Longines Global Champions Tour.
Double H Farm also owned half of Cornet D’Amour when Daniel
Deusser won the 2014 FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals in Lyon,
France. Pessoa piloted HH Rebozo to a fourth-place finish at the 2010
World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. Most recently,
Ward piloted HH Azur to the team silver medal finish at the 2016
Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and the partnership produced a
gold medal at the 2017 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals in
Omaha, Nebraska, following an amazing five penalty-free rounds.
As an up-and-coming professional rider, Judge joined the Double
H Farm team in 2008, later marrying Harrison in 2011 on the
picturesque grand prix field of their Ridgefield, Connecticut farm.
Harrison’s heart horse and longtime competitive partner, Coeur,
was, of course, in attendance. The pair have worked together as
the force behind Double H Farm ever since, with Judge serving as
the head trainer while Harrison takes on the role of the Director to
handle all things behind the scenes. Though the operation is steeped
in history, the equestrian power couple are committed to offering a
fresh perspective on traditional methods to continue growing with
the evolution of show jumping sport.
“Cayce and I compliment each other very well in the business.
I’m terrible with numbers and keeping track of things, and she is
very organized. She gives me a lot of grief for not being organized
enough,” laughed Judge. “Cayce and I are also able to offer insight to
our riders based on our different backgrounds. She had a different
experience than I did going through the ranks. When I was in my
early twenties, I was just working as a flat rider in Europe, and she
was jumping 1.60m classes around the world. Cayce can really relate
with some of our riders that are quickly moving up in the ranks and,
even though they may be entering a big class that they would like
to do well in, she can help emphasize their goals and put things into
perspective.”
Throughout the early stages of Double H Farm’s business, Mr.
Harrison placed the highest importance on ethics, passion, pursuit
of excellence and love of horses. Since the stable’s inception, these
values have guided all the workings of Double H Farm, including
everything from purchasing and selling horses, training practices and
even horse show expenses.
Cayce Harrison and Coeur at Spruce Meadows.
Photo courtesy of Double H Farm
Quentin Judge training Caitlin Creel at the Longines Global Champions
Tour in New York. Photo by Callie Clement - Phelps Media Group
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“My dad was always very adamant with us that if we were
running a business, we needed to have quality horses that we
could stand behind and not hide anything from anyone while
we make sure that all of the deals were very transparent.
He wanted us to be an example of how you could properly
operate a business while remaining truthful and still producing
top results,” remarked Harrison.
Since Harrison’s father’s passing in 2017, Judge and Harrison
have made it their mission to carry on the Double H legacy.
Today, the operation is a multi-faceted business that includes
individualized training, competition and top sales horses.
Due to their unique backgrounds, the Judge-Harrison pair
is uniquely situated to offer a fresh perspective on the
traditional methods at the highest level.
“We’ve gone through trial and error to see what works and
what doesn’t for our business, and we’re really trying to
carry on my dad’s legacy of doing a few things very well
to keep the quality as high as we can - quality of horses,
quality of training and quality of shows that we go to,” stated
Harrison.
Double H Farm’s current team of students is small but
mighty, and Double H Farm prides itself on its ability to
offer boutique training for serious students so that each
individual can reap the full benefits of personalized attention.
The farm’s current roster of talented students, including
Caitlin Creel, Joanna Wolffer and Anna Dryden, have already
proven themselves as strong contenders in both the low and
high amateur jumpers in addition to the U25 divisions, as
well as 2* and 3* grand prix competition.
Creel was Double H Farm’s first official student. After
forming a friendship with Judge and Harrison, she decided
on a whim to ask if she could be a part of the Double H Farm
team. ”I wasn’t sure if they even did anything like that at the
time, but I asked if they would consider taking me on as a
client,” Creel explained. “Without a second thought, they
both said ‘yes.’ Our relationship changed at that point, but
only in the best ways.”
On having the support of both Judge and Harrison, Creel
said, “It is really nice to have someone like Cayce to reel it in -
her thoughts and opinions are so valuable. She has personally
had such an incredible career, and Quentin is so attentive to
your riding. He knows when it is time to push me and when
to lay off on me because he knows I am digging into myself
harder than he would.”
As a successful international competitor and former student
of high-profile and esteemed equestrians such as Missy
Clark and John Brennan, Joe Fargis, Jack Stedding and Linda
Anderdani, Margie Engle and Jan Tops, Judge has soaked in
a wealth of knowledge from a diverse group. As his riding
and understanding of the horses has progressed, he has been
able to channel that know-how into useful tools now for
students of his own.
“The way Quentin chooses to phrase criticism really speaks
to your potential as a rider. Instead of making you feel bad
about it, he makes you feel like you know you are better
than that mistake. It motivates you to do better next time,”
commented Creel.
McLain Ward and HH Azur winning the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals.
Photo by Taylor Rains - Phelps Media Group
Quentin Judge and HH Conrad at the 2018 Palm Beach Masters.
Photo by Elaine Wessel - Phelps Media Group
Rodrigo Pessoa and HH Rebozo
Photo courtesy of Double H Farm
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Both Creel and Dryden moved up the ranks to compete successfully in 3* grand prix classes
in 2019, with Woffler rising to the occasion in the High Amateur division with a strong start.
“I think for all of us, myself and our students combined, we’re all taking the next
step up, and I think we’re prepared. We have really great horses and a really
solid team, so we’re hoping to keep pushing forward and produce even
better results in 2020,” said Judge.
Judge and Harrison attribute much of the success of Double H
Farm to the team that they have carefully built behind it, which
includes its trusted vets, farriers and working students. Ask
any member of Double H Farm and they will tell you that
what lies at the heart of their success is the group that
stands behind the operation. The common phrase ‘it
takes a village’ comes to mind when explaining the
immense success that Double H Farm has earned
and experiences over the years.
“We have a great team of people and we
are really lucky to have excellent staff and
managers that help us manage the horses,”
Judge explained. “It’s important to us to
give the people that we work with everyday
the confidence that we really trust their
opinion and appreciate their effort. It’s
about knowing the good days are shared
by everybody, and the bad days are, too.”
Headed into 2020, Double H Farm will
rely on that troupe as it looks forward
to an exciting season of growth for
both its promising team of students
and its up-and-coming sales horses. A
few notable Double H Farm horses that
have already gone on to find success
include Exotik Sitte with Coco Fath,
winners of the New York CSI2* 1.45m at
the Longines Global Champions Tour in
New York City. Moonlight has become
a successful hunter mount after being
sold to Isalou Inc., coming out on top as
the Green 3’3’’ Hunter circuit champion
with Jimmy Torano at the 2019 Winter
Equestrian Festival. Pessoa now has the
ride on HH Venice Beach, and the pair
is already competing successfully on the
international stage.
With a full docket of shows scheduled
around the country, the Double H Farm team
will be busily working towards excellence, an
objective for which they consistently strive
everyday. Regarding the 2020 year’s goals,
Judge said, “Of course, my individual goal is to
ride at the top sport and get as far as I can, and
I think it’s important for us to bring our clients on
that journey. Sometimes it’s better to put yourself
in a big pond as a small fish and really do the work,
and I think not cutting down on the quality and not
watering down the basic principles is what we do best.”
Reiterating Judge’s thoughts, Creel added, “Everyone at
Double H Farm steps up to be there for you, not because
they are told to but because they want to. I think that is such
an important part of working with a team, and you really find that
at Double H. Double H is somewhere that you want to be, and more
importantly, it is somewhere you don’t want to leave.”
Cayce Harrison, Quentin Judge and son, Rhodes.
Photo courtesy of Double H Farm
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A Quick
Perspective
on Effective
Equestrian
Logo Design
By Elizabeth Rhodes, SP Rhodes Equestrian Identity
T
hey say that horse sense is the thing that keeps horses
from betting on people. There is an incredible amount
of irony in this statement considering that as equestrian
small business owners we are continually betting on the horse to
make our businesses go. Being in this position means we have
to constantly jockey for position in a crowded eld. How do you
end up betting on the right horse and landing yourself in the
winner’s circle? In a eld of dark bays, how will you know which
one is the champion?
Conformation, character, understanding of bloodlines,
knowledge of performance history of those bloodlines, suitability
and of course perspective. These skills when applied to horses
are the foundation of success in matching riders with suitable
equine partners.
This is also a skill set that a competent equestrian logo designer
should have when helping you create your equestrian logo.
Understanding conformation of horses within your discipline, the
character of your intended brand, intended use and suitability
are all necessary.
The ability to create a unique perspective is what separates that
one logo from the herd of other logo designs. If we take a square
and rotate it 45 degrees we get a diamond. Standing back and
seeing things differently is an essential ingredient in the difference
between expert designers and those who are not as practiced.
Effective design does not happen by accident. Critical thinking,
collaboration, asking the right questions, exploring, adapting and
learning are all part of the process. These things combined will
help you to stand out in an otherwise level playing eld full of dark
bay mares.
Here are the top three things that you should never compromise
on when hiring an equestrian logo designer:
1. You typically get what you pay for. Good logo designers know
their time is valuable and while they may come at a higher cost,
your chance for success will be far greater. One logo concept
can take anywhere from three to six hours to complete, and
that’s just for the initial concept. If you consider two to three
concepts are normally prepared to start, time adds up.
2. When you nalize a logo design, it should become your
property and only be available for your own personal
use. Some designers will resell designs because they
sell them at a low cost to start. Make sure you aren’t
agreeing to this in your initial discussion.
3. Your logo designer should guarantee you that the
design is 100% original work and have no concerns
about recommending your design for trademark.
There should be little to no similarity between the new
work created and past works. If there are, then likely,
elements are being repurposed.
Intelligent perspectives, transparent working terms
and a solid skill set are all part of what it takes to create
effective equestrian logos. It is a skill that is equally
as impactful as being able to identify that perfect
prospect in hopes of representing both you and your
client in the ring. When you invest properly with the
right team to help start building your equestrian brand,
you will create an everlasting impression that will help
you to build legacy in your equestrian business.
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Just Keep Swimming:
Lenore Phillips
Finds Her Passion at
Phelps Media Group
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relatively green horses led to strong relationships that lasted the test
of time. Perhaps earlier than most, Lenore recognized that the ribbons
and clear rounds were about so much more than her own riding, but
instead about the progress of the horse she was partnering with and
the effort it took to achieve small victories. That devotion lead her to
recognized as the state champion Child/Adult Jumper rider by the
PA Jumper Association in 2004.
“I am proud to say that there has never been a time in my life where
I haven’t been around a horse,” said Lenore. “I was very fortunate to
have had the opportunity to ride horses that I could grow with. Owning
green horses was both a challenge and an opportunity because
it made every achievement all the more special. Each milestone
is something you and your horse accomplish together. It certainly
wasn’t easy, but I was fortunate to be raised in an environment where
perseverance and hard work were vital keys to success.”
But riding horses was not the only thing Lenore loved to do. At a
young age, she discovered she was also a gifted swimmer. She
developed her talent in summer club leagues, then in high school
competed with both a club team and her high school team, with the
hopes of being awarded a college scholarship. Lenore’s early start
in the sport would go on to play an integral role in her growth and
development as a competitive athlete and leader. She earned the
esteemed title of team captain in her junior year of high school,
making her one of the youngest team captains ever at Trinity High
School, in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
Lenore was accepted early to Hood College in Frederick, Maryland,
where she had been heavily recruited by the swim coach, Don
Feinberg. While pursuing her passion as a Division- 3 athlete, 18-year-
old Lenore’s ambition and determination led her to a leadership role
once again. In her rst year of swimming for the school, she was
‘Just keep swimming’: a familiar phrase to most, often used to
describe perseverance in the face of challenges. Lenore Phillips,
however, brings new meaning to the three simple words, as her
well-known, ambitious personality drives her to succeed in all facets
of her life. With a history in both equestrian sport and competitive
swimming, it is no wonder that 33-year-old Lenore ended up as vice
president of Phelps Media Group (PMG), an international leader in
equestrian public relations and marketing, while simultaneously co-
coaching a Master’s swim team and remaining a committed athlete
in her own right. Her core values of hard work and determination
have carried her throughout all stages of her life, including her time
as a high school and college athlete, an FEI groom, and now, a
thoughtful assistant swimming coach, a dedicated businesswoman,
and an enthusiastic mentor.
“I am most condent when I have to make decisions that I have
to take responsibility for. Those situations bring out the best in
me. While I wasn’t expecting to become the vice president of an
iconic equestrian marketing rm, when the opportunity arose, I said
yes without hesitation. Although I took an unconventional road to
become vice president, I have a wealth of creativity and tenacity
in my blood. I have high hopes for the future of our sport and for
Phelps Media Group,” she asserts.
From the beginning, Lenore has been the quintessential horse
girl. She grew-up on her parent’s breeding and training farm just
outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her parents, had her sitting a
pony before she could walk. As she grew up, Lenore dabbled in
most of the equestrian disciplines, leading her to become a well-
rounded athlete and horsewoman. A strong competitive personality
ultimately lead Lenore to concentrate her efforts in the jumper
ring. As a junior, she competed off-the-track thoroughbreds in the
Children/Adult and Junior Jumper divisions. Her dedication to her
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do it all,” she reected. “Looking back on it now, that was such a
formative experience for me. At the time, I didn’t realize how much
I was learning about standards, leadership, and business by working
side-by-side with quintessential professionals like Leslie, Timmy
Kees, and Chris Cawley.”
After completing two years with Howard and Burr Associates, Lenore
went on to work for a few private clients as a rider and groom. In
2013, she decided it was time to shift focus from the irons and began
working for then United States Show Jumping Team veterinarian, Dr.
Timothy Ober at John R. Steele and Associates. Along with Howard,
Dr. Ober became one of the most inuential people in her life. For
two and a half years she worked under the tutelage of Dr. Ober’s
exacting standards as a veterinary assistant, as he attended to some
of the most esteemed clients in the horse show industry.
“Working for both Leslie Howard and Dr. Ober were, without
question, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, though I didn’t always
see it that way at the time,” Lenore recalls. The lessons I learned
and the people I met were enormously inuential to me. I learned
immeasurably from them both, and they opened so many doors for
me. The older I get, the more appreciation I have for those times in
my life,” expressed Lenore.
After two years as a veterinary assistant, Lenore again decided it
was time for a change. Unsure of what sort of career path she would
take on next, Lenore’s soon-to-be husband, farrier Jason Phillips,
encouraged her to take some time to identify her true calling. And
from there, the rest is history. Lenore started-off by honing her public
relations and marketing skills at JRPR Public Relations and then, in
2016, scored her dream job when she was hired by Phelps Media
Group.
“I always wanted to be at Phelps, and although it took a while to get
there, I never lost hope. When they offered me a job, it was a huge
awarded Rookie of the Year, not only by Hood College but also by the
AWCC conference. Lenore was also rewarded for her hard work and
dedication once again, and as only a sophomore, she was selected
as team captain, a title she would continue to hold throughout the
rest of her college career.
“Being a competitive athlete gives you structure, an internal drive,
and an achievement barometer that I think has put me in this space
of being achievement-oriented and success-minded. I am not afraid
of hard work or the length of time it takes to achieve a goal. I know
that if I put my head down and put my mind to it, it will happen, no
matter what,” she added.
Outside of the swimming pool, Lenore excelled in her education. She
was routinely an honor student while double majoring in History and
Art History, and minoring in International Business. However, upon
graduating in 2008, Lenore’s original plans for a job at a prestigious
east coast art museum evaporated with the real-estate market crash,
forcing her to move home to Pennsylvania where she would help her
parents with their breeding business, while also looking for a job in
the art industry.
With the likelihood of a position in the art world lessening, Lenore
contacted her childhood riding trainer, Chris Cawley, who suggested
she consider an opportunity to work with him and for Leslie Howard at
Burr Associates, in Danbury Ct. Lenore couldn’t pass up the chance
to work with one of her idols, nding the offer to be both exciting
and terrifying. Her motivation to be self-sufcient was overriding, so
she packed up her life and began what would be two of the most
challenging but rewarding years of her life.
“I thought I was a hard worker, but Leslie worked circles around us!
She is so passionate and driven. She has the highest expectations
and she never wavers. You either gured out how to do things, or
you did not belong there, and I took a lot of pride in being able to
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moment. I knew I was nally in a position to truly launch my career
and also to make an impact on the sport I loved,” she said with a
smile.
Working under the Phelps Media Group name, Lenore has thrived.
Her previous experience in the industry has given her the chance to
pair people and businesses together and create new opportunities
within the industry. Her inherent drive to succeed, competitive
personality, and determination to win meant that there were no limits
to her achievements. With the help of president and founder Mason
Phelps, Lenore has ourished, rising to the top as a distinguished
leader. In 2019, she was named Vice President of Phelps Media
Group.
“When I realized that Phelps Media Group needed to continue to
grow, I took real stock of what the company was built on and what
our assets were,” remarked Mason Phelps, Jr. “Lenore stood out
to me immediately as being a natural t in a leadership position
because of the work she had done with important Phelps clients
and because of her background in our sport. She has done it all and
really understands what makes our community tick. From where the
company stands today and the growth we have seen, it seems to
have been a good decision.”
“I was always impressed by what Mason Phelps was able to achieve.
Working alongside him has been transformative. All my previous
experience gratifyingly came together and made my position at
PMG meaningful from the start. I love connecting people, and this
profession is the perfect platform for that,” remarks Lenore.
In addition to securing her dream job, Lenore also came to a full-
circle moment when she was offered the opportunity to become an
assistant coach for the Wellington “Marlins” Masters Swim Team.
After moving to Wellington, Lenore returned to the pool for the rst
time since college. Swimming is a lifetime sport, and being part of a
“masters” league has helped her make some of her more cherished
friendships within the local Wellington community. Lenore is
swimming faster than ever and, not surprisingly, is enjoying it more
than ever.
“When I started swimming again, I fell into this incredibly special
community of people that all had different lives, but were getting
up very early every morning to swim and pursue individual goals.
For me, it is so gratifying to teach and watch swimmers of all ages
and skill levels achieve their dreams. It just delights me to be with
people who personify success, no matter the level. I am so fond of
all the Wellington Swim Club swimmers, and I care deeply about
the team at Phelps Media Group. I consider myself fortunate to be a
part of these two unique sets of achievers,” Lenore says.
“Phelps Media Group is full of goal-oriented, hard-working people.
I’m looking forward to fashioning the future with Mason, who is such
a visionary,” concluded Lenore. “The sky’s the limit and everything
is an opportunity. Mason had a dream for what this company could
be and he has achieved it, and so much more. I plan to continue his
legacy by helping Phelps Media Group achieve things that people
wouldn’t have thought were possible before.”
‘Just keep swimming’ is a mantra for Lenore. As she looks back
on the past and ahead to the future, she understands her passion
continues to grow with each new experience. Lenore hopes to take
equestrian sports into a new era, breaking into the mainstream
media -- starting with the valued clients at PMG. Her perseverance
is sure to cross boundaries and foster growth and development of all
around her, as she continues to inspire as a leader, businesswoman,
equestrian, swimmer, and friend to so many. And while the details
may be undened, one thing is for sure: Lenore will just keep
swimming.
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Meet Lillie Keenan
– A Grand Prix Rider With A Heart For HEART
By Vandy Lipman
Lillie Keenan & Ikea
S
how Jumping star Lillie
Keenan is no stranger
to the winner’s circle.
Her impressive resume is
overwhelming with huge
accomplishments in the sport:
as a championship Pony Hunter
rider, to her junior years where she
won three major equitation nals,
the USHJA International Hunter
Derby Finals, the Prix Des States
& NAYRC Individual and Team
gold medals. Her International
career moved her to multiple
Nations’ Cup appearances with
Team USA. In addition, Lillie won
the CSIO5* Spruce Meadows
Master’s Nations Cup and helped
Team USA clinch the bronze
medal at the Nation’s Cup Final
in Barcelona. Lillie has travelled
the world competing and training
and now trains at home in NY
under the watchful eye of McLain
Ward.
We caught up with Lillie for a Q &
A before her trip to Wellington,
Florida for the show season and
asked her about how she began
and continues her life with horses:
How did your love affair with
horses begin?
As a very young girl I remember
gazing up at the pictures of my
mom riding that cover the walls
in our hallway at home. I begged
to ride a pony and eventually my
mom gave in and brought me to
Claremont Riding Academy in
New York City. I had tried a lot
of sports and activities, but it was
the only thing I really loved.
Lillie Keenan 2008 Pony Champion at Hampton Classic
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Who is your “heart horse”?
It is very difcult for me to pick a favorite because all of the
horses I work with become my family. They give so much
to us in training and competition. Right now, I would say
my “heart horse” would have to be Super Sox. I have had
Sox for 5 years and he has given me so many incredible
moments.
Who do you rely on for the care and training of your horses?
The care and management of the horses is one of the most
important parts and I am extremely lucky with the team we
have now. Our stable manager, Craig Pollard, is the epitome
of a horseman so my horses and I are very lucky to depend
on him. I train with McLain Ward so I am very fortunate to
have his mentorship.
Can you describe the routine of a typical day?
I don’t think I have a “typical day”! We are often traveling
for competitions and living out of a suitcase - that is just part
of life as a Show Jumper. I usually start my day training with
some of the horses….This is usually atwork and sometimes
gymnastics, but we always try to keep it simple so the horses
and I can build condence together. I usually ride between
4-8 horses a day. Then after we ride, some of the horses will
go relax in the paddock and I usually go get my workout in -
my favorite is Pilates. By the end of the day I am usually quite
tired so I t in any emails or paperwork I need to get done
and relax before night check and then bedtime. I am lucky
to live at the barn now so I am always close to my horses.
You’re an Ambassador of the HEART Equine Ambulance.
Can you describe what HEART does and tell us why you
chose to become an Ambassador for them?
I was thrilled to be asked to be an Ambassador for HEART.
HEART is the equine ambulance that provides emergency
transport for horses in need of urgent care. At every single
competition, there is a human ambulance on site because
we compete in a sport with a risk so it is only the responsible
choice to be prepared for any accident. Our equine partners
give so much to us, so I strongly believe that it is our duty
to provide the same level of care and preparation for any
emergency for our horses as we do for the human athletes.
I chose to become an Ambassador for HEART because
I believe this service should be required at every equine
event and I want to be an advocate for this. We owe it to
our horses.
Have you encountered horse ambulances at shows in other
parts of the world?
I have shown around the world and have found that at some
high-prole events, the show is organized in favor of the
horse and prepared for anything. For instance, one year
as I was watching the Grand Prix of Aachen in Germany, a
horse had an accident on course that required emergency
transport. The horse ambulance was rushed into the ring
and arrived even more quickly than the human ambulance
did. This is a great example of how the horses are respected
as elite athletes. I also continue to be dumbfounded that
there are still many horse shows around the world, and even
in this country, where an equine ambulance with trained and
capable staff is not required on site — and if an accident
happens it takes 30-40 minutes to provide emergency care
for the horse. If for any reason a horse is need of emergency
transport, those moments of waiting for an adequate vehicle
are excruciating and can make the difference in the outcome
for the horse. The ambulance should always be present to cut
down on this risk, and it should always be up to the standards
for which HEART stands. Having an equine ambulance on
site also educates the general public on the compassionate
care these horses receive during competitions and at home.
And that we care about the welfare of each animal.
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When you’re not at the barn, what are some of your favorite things
to do?
When I am not in the barn, I am still thinking about the horses and
the sport - how I can be better. I do try to make the most of my down
time through relaxing or enjoying it with friends and family. After a
long day at the barn, I enjoy cooking a healthy dinner for my friends,
good laughs and fun. I enjoy traveling and spending time with my
boyfriend. When I have a break between competitions, I always look
forward to going to Europe to be with my boyfriend and enjoy seeing
the foals and young horses we have there — the next generation of
champions.
Where does your busy show schedule take you in 2020?
My show schedule for 2020 is still up in the air! But we will begin the
year in Wellington for the Winter Equestrian Festival. I look forward to
every show that comes my way.
HEART
The safety of our equine partners is
rst and foremost at every equine
competition. HEART (Humane
Equine Aid and Rapid Transport)
Equine Ambulance partnered with 38
equine competition events in 2019 to
provide an important service in the
event of an injury to horses in the
ring, an emergency at the barn or an
accident on the road. Our goal is for
every equine competition to provide
a fully equipped ambulance and well-
trained staff on site and available 24
hours a day. HEART is as important
as having human ambulances on
site. HEART’s mission is to provide
every equine athlete with swift,
professional and compassionate aid
and transportation when they are in
need. HEART is thankful to Lillie for
helping to raise awareness about this
important cause.
HEART is a not-for-prot corporation
with a 501.c.3 charitable tax status.
The modest fee they charge for
their services covers less than 75%
of annual operating expenses. This
means that they simply cannot
continue HEART’s mission without
funding from the individuals,
corporations and organizations who
support these highest standards of
equine care. Contributions allow for
improvements and maintenance of
existing equipment, and salaries and
provide professional training for staff.
Lillie Keenan
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The Hampton Classic
August 23 - 30, 2020