Looking at horses of all disciplines, there are a few universal characteristics that riders must take into account when saddling. Many horses have conformation that is difficult to adapt to for a number of reasons. These are often referred to as “high-withered” or “narrow-shouldered.” Commonly, the end result can be a “downhill” saddle, sometimes causing the saddle to collapse on the spine at the withers. Classic Equine created the BioFit Correction Pad to help raise the front of the saddle up to a more level position.
The Merlin Hoof Trimming Tool has been rebranded the Electric Hoof Knife and has undergone a redesign to make it more durable and effective for use in the hoof care industry. On sale April 2014, the new model’s upgrades are the direct result of Allen DeWolf, President of DeWolf & Associates, LLC, listening to eight years of customer suggestions and feedback.
NWNHC Productions has announced the first national competition to crown the top all-around women horse trainers in the United States and Canada. The American Horsewoman’s Challenge is a six-month contest to train a young horse for a cross-discipline competition to be held in October of 2014 in Oklahoma City. The competition combines the equestrian skills of Dressage, Ranch/Trail Versatility and Liberty. The top ten finishers split a purse worth $28,000.
Author of Mystery Novel “Winners” Unbridles Charity Promotion to Raise Critical Funds to Assist Retired Racehorses
Merle H. Horwitz, mystery novelist, has established the Merle H. Horwitz Racing Donations program to help racehorses no longer able to compete on the track. As part of the new program, Horwitz will donate all profits from the sale of his latest mystery novel, “Winners”, to The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) for an indefinite period of time. Through CANTER’s website, the public can view thoroughbred racehorses that are ending their racing careers and are available for purchase to begin a new career.
Vancouver’s Tiffany Foster and Victor claimed victory in the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round V – Section B held Thursday, February 6, at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Two weeks earlier, the pair enjoyed the exact same placing, winning the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round III – Section B on January 23.
Working in partnership with the National Reined Cow Horse Association, the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) has approved the addition of reined cow horse as an optional event. Reined cow horse will begin to phase in at NHSRA-sanctioned events this fall, joining the existing lineup of bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and cutting for boys; and breakaway roping, barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, cutting, team roping, and the queen contest for girls.
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