EquestriSol News: April 20, 2010

2010 FEI World Cup Finals Commentary
Competitive riders have many goals and overcome numerous obstacles, literally and psychologically, to achieve these goals. When a name is synonymous with the best of the best, having won Olympic Gold Medals, international titles and countless Grand Prix events, that individual has clearly earned recognition and deserves respect.

That is how we see McLain Ward. Granted he and his father have a tainted past, but as McLain points out that was over a decade ago and he has had a completely clean record ever since. He expects extra scrutiny and often has to endure it. However he continues to be at the top of his game, winning on numerous horses, of course the most famous to date is the fabulous Sapphire.

We all know full well this could’ve been their World Cup victory year. They came so incredibly close last year in Vegas against Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Shutterfly, an awesome competition until the very end. After Friday’s class McLain and Sapphire were on the path to potentially claim the title this year.

Then hypersensitivity happened. Seems sadly unjust to those of us who were routing from afar. Takes the wind out of the competition sails. From what we’ve read, what is sad and disheartening for thousands of us who support and participate in equestrian sport was an absolute nightmare for McLain and his team.

A mare who has proven time and time again to be a winner, has no history of unsoundness, whom had just won top placings in the first two rounds of the FEI World Cup Final, continues to jog sound and clearly is a competitor – why at this stage in her career could she test as hypersensitive to the point of elimination for her own safety? It may be ‘protocol’ but is it logical?

What makes this decision the right one? Why do these individuals get absolute power to eliminate with no appeal or recourse? How is that clean sport? It seems to put too much power in the hands of a few. It certainly presents a serious issue for the future of the sport. When does hypersensitivity make sense in a seasoned horse?

So many unanswered questions.

We congratulate Marcus Ehning, who is a tremendous talent and impeccable rider. Congratulations also go to US riders Mario Deslauriers, Richard Spooner and Rich Fellers, all in the top twelve. We only wish they and all the other competitors would’ve competed against McLain.

Here are several links to find out more:
– PhelpsSports.com – includes an exclusive interview with McLain and a conversation with Rodrigo Pessoa & Jimmy Torano (must be a member to read)
– The Chronicle of the Horse
– USEF – look for World Cup releases
– We Support McLain Ward and Sapphire – Facebook group
– McLain and Sapphire – Facebook group


EquestriSol News: March 20, 2010


Although we only made it to Thermal for one weekend this year, and late at that as we fought through four hours of LA traffic, we were present to witness John French and Crown Affair win the $10,000 COTH/USHJA International Hunter Derby during Week III. Check out the video here. Waldenbrook Farm had a very successful circuit, as you will see by their multi-page ad run in development.

We would also like to congratulate Joie Gatlin and Camaron Hills Quick Dollar not only for their $50,000 HITS CSI-W Grand Prix win during Week V, but for their consistency throughout the World Cup qualifying season. Joie and Keri Potter are currently second and third to Rich Fellers in points – will they be the three West Coast riders heading to Geneva in april?

And welcome…

Although many of you have heard the news, we are excited for new parents Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Markus Beerbaum on the arrival of Brianne Victoria Beerbaum. Just over a month old, Brianne was born February 27, 2010, in Bremen, Germany. She weighed 7 lb. 9 oz (3.43 kilos) and was 20.5 inches long (52 cm). Meredith writes, “The three of us are healthy and happy and very excited about the future.”

Don’t miss out!

Newsletters abound this season, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to follow along or better yet be a part. We are going greener with our print editions, look for them at select Blenheim EquiSports shows. And we are gaining ground with our e-news edition, consistently adding new recipients.

Delving into the world of social media and the latest in web development, with our clients and sport in mind we are working on some interesting projects that will unfold this year. Contact us with your marketing goals – we have solutions.

If you’re on Facebook, view past articles, suggest topics and future interviews, and become an EquestriSol fan.

EquestriSol News: November 17, 2009

Congratulations to…

Laura Teodori and Kasoar D’Uxelles on their success in the CSIO Nations Cup in Buenos Aires – they were the only double clear! Laura is now working on the east coast. We wish her the best.

$1,000 Thoroughbred Hunter Champions Classic this weekend

As a kickoff for the Thoroughbred Show Horse Association, which will take membership paid to offer prize money for classes throughout the year, the Autumn Jubilee Show at Industry Hills Equestrian Center on November 21-22 will host a $1,000 Thoroughbred Hunter Champions Classic. Call Duncan McIntosh for more information or to join at 818-943-7102.

Clinics Coming to Town

Before Santa comes you can give yourself an early Christmas present by participating in and/or auditing at some upcoming clinics. Names synonymous with the world’s best in the sport – Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Joe Fargis and George Morris – will be in sunny California hosting clinics at three beautiful locations. Clinic sessions are filling fast but auditing is the next best thing to riding…

November 20-22: Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum at El Campeon Farms
Contact Kasey Ament: 805-794-6107

December 2-3: Joe Fargis at Menlo Circus Club
Contact Nathan Stiles: 209-765-7755

December 11-13: George Morris at Shelburne Farms – clinic space is full.
Auditing available at $75 p/day. No auditing reservations needed.
Contact Melissa Jones: 805-370-1941

Save The Date! December 10th – 7-10 pm: Anthropologie Holiday Shopping Soiree to Benefit the Equestrian Aid Foundation

Enjoy fabulous hors d’oeuvres and Stephen Vincent sauvignon blanc while shopping and benefitting a great cause. All attendees receive a 15% discount. Click here for details.

2010 Horse Mastership

Already looking forward to 2010, riders invited to participate in the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session January 5-9, 2010 in Wellington, Florida were just announced. Invited west coast riders include Zazou Hoffman, Tina Dilandri and Theodore Boris. If you happen to be in Wellington in January, auditing the training session is free.

USHJA’S Emerging Athletes Program Level 3 is coming

The inaugural EAP National Training Session is also coming in 2010. On January 8-10, 2010 the top 12 finalists will spend three days on their riding, horsemanship and stable management skills. The 12 riders selected to participate will be announced at the end of November. Auditors are welcome at $75 per day.

Host Facility: Maplewood Stables
Location: Reno, Nevada
Main Clinician: Peter Wylde
Veterinarian Seminar/Asst Stable Mgr: Dr. Midge Leitch
Horsemanship Seminar: Mindy Bower
Course Designer: Chrystine Tauber
Judge: Melanie Smith Taylor
Host Hotel: Peppermill Resort

EAP Level 2 clinician Bernie Traurig had some encouraging words to share. “I was extremely impressed with the level of riding. There were eighteen kids there, some who showed a high level of talent. I think that directly reflects on the quality of our west coast trainers. They are doing their job– these kids are getting a high level of training.”

For more EAP information, visit: www.ushja.org.

E-news Announcement

Our last e-news had tremendous response – thank you! Unfortunately, the email list server went down for several hours so for anyone that got an error when trying to view it, here is the enews link again


EquestriSol News: November 2, 2009


Let’s start by congratulating some of our West Coast riders shining bright on the East Coast. Hats off to Zazou Hoffman (riding Ivy, Missy Clark/Meredith Bullock, trainers) – Winner of the 2009 ASPCA Maclay National Championships. Fourth in this prestigious medal final held at the National Horse Show in Syracuse, NY went to Samantha Harrison (riding Triple Lutz, Karen Healey, trainer) and sixth to Lucy Davis (riding Patrick, Archie Cox, trainer).

At the Washington International Horse Show, Samantha Harrison and Santika dominated the jumper arena, winning the $10,000 Senator’s Cup Junior Jumper Stake and earning Reserve Champion in the division. More WIHS Reserve Champions hailed from the West Coast, Small Affair (Iwasaki & Reilly) ridden by John French earned the reserve tri-color in the 1st Year Green Hunter Division. Costar (Alexandra Zell) ridden by Shelley Campf did the same in the Green Conformation Division. And Sanmorino (Ann Lindwall) with Jack Hammond aboard was Reserve Champion in the Second Year Green Hunter Division.

Zone 10 did it again at Harrisburg, winning gold in the USEF Junior Jumper Prix de States. Lucy Davis rode True Love in the jump off to secure the team victory. Other team members included Saer Coulter/Chalan, Paris Sellon/Troyes, Karl Cook/Notories Utopia. Chef d’Equipe extraordinaire was once again Butch Thomas. John French and Small Affair (Iwasaki & Reilly) were Reserve in the First Year Working Hunter Division.

In the hunter divisions at Capital Challenge, Rumba (Mountain Home Stables, former owner) and John French were Grand Champions when they topped the Second Years and On Top (Laurel Ridge Sport Horses) with Keri Kampsen aboard earned Reserve in the Regular Working.  

Links Not to be Missed

Noteworthy clicks worth considering:

Blenheim Farms Video

The story and scenes from Blenheim Farms with RJ Brandes, Richard Spooner and George Morris.

Equine Industry Survey, presented by the American Horse Publications

“The AHP’s member publications, web sites, and newsletters reach nearly 3 million people involved in the horse industry in the United States and around the world,” said Kimberly S. Brown, current AHP president. “We think this is a great opportunity for us to use our collective resources and reach into the horse industry to get answers about how we are doing today, how we think we’ll be doing in the near future, and what we are concerned about in our industry.”

Clinics Coming to Town
Before Santa comes you can give yourself an early Christmas present by participating in and/or auditing at two upcoming clinics. Names synonymous with the world’s best in the sport: Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and George Morris will both be in SoCal hosting clinics at two beautiful locations.

November 20-22:
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum at El Campeon Farms – more info
Contact: Kasey Ament – 805-794-6107

December 11-13:

George Morris at Shelburne Farms
Contact: Melissa Jones – 805-370-1941

EquestriSol News: September 20, 2009

After a busy summer season of ad campaigns and newsletters, we look forward to completing the development of a number of web sites waiting in the wings. Look for announcements of these new designs later this fall.

We spoke with a few more of our horse show greats – see our Conversations with Equestrians on Mary Manfredi and Saer Coulter as well as our chat with Jack Robson. We wrote a little piece on the BIG Eq begininings and sized up the lowdown on Indoors.

We thank you all for the newsletter praise. It’s always great to hear. See you at the shows!

EquestriSol News: September 13, 2009

USHJA EAP Level II Session Summary

Previous to the start of this week’s Fall Tournament, the USHJA hosted the EAP Level II Sessions in the Blenheim covered arena. Bernie Traurig and Lisa Baldassari worked with a group of selected riders over two days. While Bernie instructed them in the arena, Lisa, who has worked with Hap Hansen for many years, was the expert back at the barn, overseeing all aspects of horse care. Unique to this session, on the second day riders all walked the course with Bernie in the morning and then individually rode at their chosen height as if competing in a class. Bernie then blew a whistle to indicate the start of the jump-off, and the participant rode the shortened course. Upon completion Bernie asked each rider to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of their ride. And then he would follow up with his comments.

An invaluable educational experience for all involved, the next step for EAP is to choose the riders for the National Training Session. The National Training Session will include a Nations Cup Format plus extensive instruction with riding sessions, nutritionists, veterinarians, blacksmiths and sports psychologists. The top two individuals selected from the National Training Session will each receive a grant for one month of advanced training.


We wrote a piece on this past weekend for PhelpsSports.com that includes some great photos from CapturedMomentPhoto.com and JulieBlairPhotography.com. Thank you to both photographers for staying up late and getting us photos in a timely manner!

In this Issue

Congratulations to the CPHA Foundation Medal Final Winners – Hannah Von Heidegger in the 14 & under, Sophie Verges in the 21 & under and Karrie Rufer in the 22 & over division. Read more about the experience of riding in the finals in our Amateur Spotlight. The West Coast has a solid group of up and coming riders – we spoke to one, Laura Teodori, after her trip to Europe this summer. Plus we have the details on the upcoming Del Mar International and Sacramento International horse shows.

Next newsletter is next week! See you at the LA Intentional Jumping Festival for the USEF Talent Search Finals and the $50,000 LA International World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix and much more.

If you’re on Facebook, view past articles and become an EquestriSol fan here.


EquestriSol News August 31, 2009

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a redesigned site for Joie Gatlin – Morley Abey Show Jumping, Inc. at www.joiegatlin.com. And speaking of Morley, in his interview in our last newsletter, we mistakenly referred to Tara Smith (mother) when we intended to mention Alex Smith (daughter). Our apologies!

Congratulations again to John French and Rumba for an amazing performance at the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals this past weekend.

We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know EquiFit, inc.’s Alexandra Cherubini – read this issue’s Industry Innovators. And we couldn’t fit all the details from the Ashlee Bond interview in our print newsletter.

If you’re on Facebook, become an EquestriSol fan here.

And our thoughts are with everyone who is affected by the wildfires – we wish them, their animals and homes continued safety.


EquestriSol News: August 17, 2009

Welcome to August – a big month for horse shows and newsletters. We printed two editions this past week – one recaps Showpark’s Summer Series, the other covers this month at Blenheim.

We are so grateful to have met and worked with Katie Kotarak this summer. She went well beyond the call of duty and became an invaluable part of our team. Now back at school, Katie will be working for us virtually until she graduates.

Contact us now to be a part of upcoming newsletters. We now offer online advertising with great introductory prices. Wishing all a great end to summer and a fabulous fall. See you at the shows!


EquestriSol News: July 23, 2009

August is right around the corner, with another great round of horse shows to look forward to!

We’re excited to announce the launch of the Silverlakes Equestrian & Sports Park website. We have other sites in the final stages – look for them in the coming weeks.

We’ve launched a new Facebook page for EquestriSol where we’re posting news, articles and more – click here to become a fan!

We love hearing from you, keep the feedback coming…

EquestriSol News: June 29, 2009

We are happy to announce a new website for equestrians (and thespians) Skylar and Wylie Nelson: www.nelsonsisters.com

From ad campaigns to branding to web sites, we have a pile of projects keeping us busy. We continue to expand the newsletter and love watching it grow. Thanks for your support.

Have a fabulous fourth of July!