It’s shaping up to be quite a year for rider/trainer Ronan McGuigan. He and his wife Lisa are expecting their first child this summer, he just signed a new sponsorship with EquiFit and his barn has been gathering a nice collection of ribbons at Wellington. Ronan’s had success in the saddle with Capall Zidane, including a 1.45m win, plus he’s helped some of his amateur riders, like Blythe Masters and Britta Lippert, turn in ribbon winning performances as well. Congratulations, Ronan and continued good luck!
Cynthia “Tigger” Montague wants to hear from you! Tigger, the founder and formulator of Biostar EQ wants to answer your questions in her “Ask the Nutrition Expert” column, now appearing in Sidelines. Tigger believes knowledge is to be shared, so send your nutrition questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for sharing your wisdom Tigger.
Congratulations riders – thanks for being role models! The popular helmet awareness campaign Riders4Helmets announced the winners of the 2012 Craig Ferrell M.D Equestrian Safety Awards. The award recognizes individuals who were exceptional role models for helmet wearing or equestrian safety. Award winners included: Charlotte Dujardin, Allison Springer, Lucinda Green, Isabell Werth, Reed Kessler, Adelinde Cornelissen, Courtney King-Dye, Jacqueline Brooks, Adrienne Lyle, Kathy Slack, Megan Sparks, Tammy Sronce, Elisa Wallace, Laura Backus, Mary Miller Jordan, Scot Hansen, Meg Wade, Elizabeth Charleston and Jon Pitts.
Good luck to all the riders hoping to win a Course Walk with a Grand Prix rider at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic show in Gulfport, Mississippi. The Classic Company and Sidelines Magazine have partnered to give riders a chance to win course walks and more! Two exciting events coming up: One winner will get a chance to design a Hunter Derby Course at the Charleston Classic Week 1 (with the assistance of the official course designer) and another rider will win the chance to “Walk the Southeast Medal Course” with a top trainer at the Southeast Medal Finals in Jacksonville, Florida. Sidelines Magazine is the Official Equestrian Lifestyle Magazine of the Classic Company.
It was a record turnout for the final Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) horse show at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Centerat the Florida State Fair Grounds for Zone 4 in Florida. Emily Nathe has made the trip three years in a row advancing to the Regional Finals where she will compete against the top in her class from the Florida High School Division. Emily belongs to the Windward Farms IEA Team with head trainer Joy Lambert, but also trains with Jan Uiterwyk at Oak Manor, in Dade City, Florida.
Wow! Fenwick Equestrian is sponsoring the USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Camden Winter Classic in Camden,South Carolina. The winner of the derby will receive a custom embroidered Fenwick EquiSuede Cooler and the leading junior and leading amateur rider of the class will also receive a Fenwick Jacket. Good luck riders!
Sidelines Editor Jan Westmark-Allan and Sidelines TV producer Rob Jordan were spotted in Wellington recently – interviewing riders, polo players, trainers and more! The roving camera crew didn’t just stick to the show grounds, but headed to Big Dog Ranch Rescue to interview President Laurie Simmons and to Pure Thought Horse Rescue to interview Jennifer Swanson, Brad Gaver and Holly Chaney. Save a life – adopt a dog or horse.
Get well soon: U.S.Multi Olympian, Karen O’Connor is recovering from a serious riding accident that resulted in a broken back which has sidelined her for the spring eventing season. Hunter trainer Archie Cox suffered a separated pelvis in a freak accident during the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal,California, when the horse he was riding tripped and went down on his knees. Get well soon Karen and Archie!
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