Around the Water Trough

Supporting Efforts For Riders and Non-Riders Alike

Shannon Habenicht

SmartPak Introduces Exclusive Items for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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 In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, SmartPak is releasing two limited edition pink products, Piper Breeches and Saddle Pads, to raise awareness. As part of the company’s commitment to supporting this meaningful cause, a percentage of the retail from these products will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF).

“SmartPak has been a longtime supporter of the research efforts behind Breast Cancer Awareness – we know this impacts a wide variety of women, including many of which are riders,” said Emily Joyce, Director of Brand and Customer Experience at SmartPak. “In 2018, we released our first pair of exclusive Pink Pipers and we’re thrilled to be doing it again this year, with more products, in a continuous support of a great cause.”

Riders can now “go pink” and show off their style and support with these limited-edition items. The Piper breeches are available in a beautiful Antique Rose with Winterberry Trim, in both knee patch and full seat styles.  Like all Piper breeches, they offer the same great style, comfort and features that riders know and love. Riders can complete the look with the addition of the exclusive saddle pad this year, also in the Antique Rose color. The saddle pads are available in All-Purpose and Dressage styles.

This year, SmartPak has teamed up with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) whose mission is to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. From October 2019 through February 2020, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 30% of the purchase price of these items  will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For more information about BCRF, visit

Want to join in support of this cause? Visit to purchase your own pair of Pink Pipers and Saddle Pads today!

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award eight years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

Introducing the Noble Equestrian™ Stable Ready Canvas Jacket

Shannon Habenicht
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Work hard and stay warm in a jacket built to last!  The Stable Ready Canvas Jacket has a soft faux-fur lining inside the collar and hood that adds a cozy touch.   The bi-swing shoulders and articulated sleeves allow for maximum mobility.  The water-repellent finish and 40 grams of insulation will keep you comfortable during inclement weather.

·       100% Cotton/8.8oz canvas with DWR finish

·       Soft brushed quilted lining with 40 grams polyester insulation

·       Soft faux fur lining at interior neck and inside hood

·       Adjustable cinch waist

·       Bi-swing shoulders for mobility

·       Articulated elbow for complete range of motion

·       Adjustable hood zips off

·       Knit internal storm cuffs to keep out the cold

·       Inside concealed pocket

·       Drop back hem with snap closure

·       YKK 2-way front zipper with snap storm flap

·       Available in Black and new Grape Royale

·       Ladies sizes XS-XXL

About Noble Equestrian

Our products are designed with the direct involvement of real world riders from every discipline and every part of the country.  These relationships have consistently inspired our thoughtful design of innovative products all while delivering them at an exceptional value. We cannot wait for you to explore our new collection of equine products and high performance apparel, footwear and accessories for passionate riders. Learn more about this season’s assortment at

Conference Brings Veterinarians and Farriers Together to Battle Laminitis

Shannon Habenicht

Veterinarians and farriers understand the diagnosis of laminitis is devastating for the horse owner. Despite the progress the equine industry has made in trying to uncover the causes and best practices in addressing and managing laminitis, so much remains unknown.

To further this understanding and unite the two professions on the front lines of helping horses recover from laminitis, Equine Soundness Professionals (ESP) has launched the Laminitis and Podiatry Conference. The inaugural event will be held October 11-12 at the Kennett Square Country Club in Kennett Square, Pa.

ESP founder and farrier David Gilliam was inspired to create this event after recognizing how the teamwork with veterinarians in his own practice has benefited the horses suffering from laminitis and other lamenesses.

“As veterinarians and farriers, it is crucial for us to come together to learn the latest research and successful theories and techniques for laminitis prevention and treatment,” says Gilliam. “We assembled a roster featuring many of the top minds in research and practical approaches in treating laminitis. Some of the material we’ll share at the conference has yet to be published. Furthermore, we recognize the value of networking and will use these 2 days to provide a platform for both professions to build better relationships with their colleagues. The goal of this conference is to leave with fresh perspectives and help our equine friends at home.”

The speaker lineup includes:

Dr. Christopher Pollitt (BVCs, PhD) from the University of Queensland, Australia

  • “Milestones of Laminitis Research”

  • “The Foot Mechanism Revisited”

  • “Reverse Engineering: Building the Hoof from the Cell Up”

  • “Chronic Laminitis: The Enemy Beneath”

 Dr. Andrew Van Eps (BVCs, Phd, DACVIM) of the University of Pennsylvania

  • “Lamellar Microdialysis: Myth Busting Blood Flow Theories in Laminitis”

  • “The Power of Distal Limb Cooling”

 Dr. Raul Bras (DVM, CJF) of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington, Ky.

  • “Practical Podiatry Approaches for the Laminitic Horse, Part 1”

  • “Practical Podiatry Approaches for the Laminitic Horse, Part 2”

 Dr. Amy Rucker (DVM) of Midwest Equine in Columbia, Mo.

  • “A Tribute to My Laminitis Heroes: My Approach to Laminitis Treatments Based on Advancements in Research, Part 1”

  • “A Tribute to My Laminitis Heroes: My Approach to Laminitis Treatments Based on Advancements, in Research- Part 2”

Pat Reilly, Chief of Farrier Services at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania

  • "Mechanical Considerations for the Laminitic Foot"

Dr. Courtney Lewis (DVM) of Petaluma Equine in Petaluma, Calif.

  • “Veterinarian and Farrier Case Presentations and Panel Discussions”

Daisy Bicking (APF-I) of the Daisy Haven School of Integrated Hoofcare in Parkesburg, Pa.

  • “The Farrier’s Role in Laminitis Rehabilitation”

The conference also will feature a dinner honoring Dr. Donald Walsh, a pioneer in the field of laminitis research, who recently retired as head of the Animal Health Foundation. Dr. Walsh is the first recipient of the ESP Champion Award.

The industry leaders sponsoring this inaugural event include Boehringer Ingelheim, Dechra, Groom’s Hand, Gulf Coast Equine Hospital, MacKinnon Products, Soft Ride, Sound Horse Technologies, and Well-Shod.

Equine Soundness Professionals (ESP) is a professional organization made up of veterinarians and farriers whose practices focus on podiatry and lameness. The mission of this organization is to facilitate and encourage collaboration between the two professions to better prevent and treat lameness by sharing knowledge, research, and experience; providing a forum to discuss lameness cases; and promoting evidence-based practices. 

For further information about this event, remaining sponsorship opportunities or media inquiries, contact Dave Gilliam at (214) 907-3380 or email The conference website is

Introducing the Noble Equestrian™ Traditions Paddock Boot!

Shannon Habenicht

Noble Equestrian™ is excited to announce the launch of our paddock boot! The new Traditions Paddock Boot will become your everyday favorite.  Extra support from our NobleTec™ insole offers all-day comfort.  The Traditions Paddock Boot is available in regular AND wide sizes to ensure a great fit.  Full grain leather for a classic look and feel, padded collar and twin gore elastic stretch panels for added comfort.  The moisture wicking air mesh lining will keep feet dry and the performance NobleTec EVA insole will provide all-day support.

  • Durable rubber outsole is flexible, slip and urea acid resistant. Multi-directional tread pattern provides traction in and out of irons

  • Dual compound NobleTec™ performance polyurethane insole. Foam top layer is breathable, moisture wicking, and fungus fighting

  • Steel shank for added stability and arch support

  • Full grain leather upper

  • Punched toe cap detailing

  • Twin gore elastic stretch side panels

  • Padded collar

  • YKK® metal zipper with leather zipper pull

  • Breathable air mesh lining

  • Height: 6”

  • FREE Pair of Noble Equestrian socks with mail-in or online redemption


About Noble Equestrian

Noble Outfitters began in 2013 with a promise to always remain true to our close friends and partners. These relationships have consistently inspired our thoughtful design of innovative products all while delivering them at an exceptional value. We cannot wait for you to explore our new Noble Equestrian collection of high performance apparel for passionate riders and look forward to our future with you. Learn more about Noble Equestrian’s performance apparel, outerwear, footwear, accessories and equine products at

Start an IHSA Team at Your College or University

Shannon Habenicht

Keep horses in your life and enhance your college years.


The 2019-2020 school year is kicking off soon and it is not too late to start an Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) program at your college or university. The IHSA membership during your college years is a great way to keep horses and riding without the expense of horse ownership. Men and women, hunter seat or Western undergraduate student riders of any level can compete on an IHSA team. There are opportunities for students to learn to ride and compete in the entry levels. Most importantly, being a member of IHSA is a way to connect to others through your love of horses while building friendships that last a lifetime.

“I was still heartbroken from selling my horse when I left for college,” said Melisse Mossy, founder of the University of Southern California (USC) IHSA team. “I sent away for information (before the Internet) and waited anxiously for the packet that would tell me how to start a team to be part of the IHSA.”

The steps to start an IHSA team are to locate your IHSA Zone and contact the zone chair to determine which region you would join. The regional president will be your best resource for learning about the IHSA and how to get a team up and running. Click here to find your zone chair and regional president. Then, contact your college or university and inform them of your intentions. In some instances, you may work through the school’s athletic department, recreation/club sports even equine-related academic department.  Find an advisor, a coach and a facility. Then, recruit team members.

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Mossy set up a table on the USC mall and recruited members. With her small team formed, she approached the Los Angeles Equestrian Center Riding School to be their team coach. They agreed and offered to discount the lessons. The USC IHSA team Mossy formed was formidable. In their first year, they qualified to participate in Regional Finals and Nationals. Not long after, they went on to host Nationals.

“To me, being a part of USC Equestrian was being a part of something bigger,” Mossy said. “It’s a team at all different levels, all with different gifts – a diversity that makes you strong. It’s about friendships and memories, trying something new and working hard to achieve the results. Founding the USC Equestrian Team changed my life.”

Here’s what some IHSA members and alumni say about their IHSA experience:

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“Riding on Clemson's IHSA team was honestly my favorite part about college. I remember being so excited when I made the hunt seat competition team as a freshman. I competed in both Over Fences and Flat, and eventually moved up into the Open Division. My senior year, I also joined the Western team in the Open Reining and Open Horsemanship divisions. Our Western team was amazing and I learned so much from the coach and fellow teammates. Both teams were one big family.”  ~ Courtney Schintzius

“It was a unique experience to be on a team and the team format made the walk/trot riders as important as the open riders. It made every rider a key part of the team. So many of my Lake Erie College IHSA teammates are in the horse business and I love keeping track of them. Just this year, I sold horses to two of my former teammates.” ~ Kim Barone

“Upon my acceptance to Mount Holyoke College, I tried out for their Hunt Seat team. I made the cut my first semester, and the team became my family away from home for the next four years. Between weekly meetings, workouts, practices, competitions and caring for the horses, we usually saw each other every day. I never experienced such an exceptional level of support and comradery within a team before going to college.” ~ Emily Holowczak

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“IHSA gives you a unique and challenging opportunity to take horses you don’t know and show them to the best of your ability. Every ride teaches you something. I think that is pretty special.” ~ Lily Atkinson

I fully enjoyed my experience of being on a team. I arrived at Goucher and immediately had a group of 20 friends, which helped make the transition to college less daunting. Maryland felt very far away from my home in California, so having a team helped me when feeling homesick. It makes the competitive spirit even greater. You have a desire to win, not only for yourself, but also for your teammates, your coach and your school. It gave me a sense of pride that I had not experienced prior.” ~ Karli Postel

“Citing just one part of my IHSA experience as the most valuable is impossible. Whether it be the long-lasting friendships, the lessons learned from team experiences or the growth of my passion for the sport and the animals, all of my experience were incredibly valuable and formative of the person I am today.” ~ Lindsay Maxwell

Click here for information about how you can start an IHSA Team.



The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) welcomes men and women of all riding levels and offers individual and team competition in hunter seat equitation, Western horsemanship and reining at more than 400 member colleges and universities. Membership in IHSA means that college students can participate in horse shows regardless of their experience or financial status. Students compete at eight levels from beginner through advanced with suitable, provided horses, eliminating the expense of horse ownership.

Founded in 1967 by Bob Cacchione, it is the oldest and largest intercollegiate equestrian organization with 10,000 members in 47 states and Canada. IHSA college and university team participation is represented through a variety of programs including varsity athletics, academic departments and club sports. IHSA offers valuable hands-on experience and professional development in multiple facets of the equine industry. Many IHSA teams participate in service projects, giving back to their communities. Through the IHSA, students enhance their college experience and develop the tools that help build successful careers.

For more information go to:  or contact

Registration Open for Kentucky Horse Council's Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training

Shannon Habenicht
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The Kentucky Horse Council announces Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park from September 20-22, 2019.

The LAER training will be taught by 4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC and instructors Justin and Tori McLeod. Both instructors have extensive experience with equine and livestock as well as working as emergency responders. They also operate the North Carolina Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team as well as being instructors in technical large animal emergency rescue.

The course is geared towards veterinarians, first responders and emergency personnel as well as animal control officers and any horse owner or industry professional. The course will cover subject matter from animal behavior, safety considerations, restraints, containment, entrapments, motor vehicle accidents and overturned trailers, barn and wildfires, unstable ground, water rescues, and natural disaster preparation and response. Specialized instruction will be given to participants based on their background and auditors are welcome.

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"We are excited to be offering this training again this year," said Katy Ross, Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director. "There is a real need for Large Animal Emergency Rescue training in this part of the country. It is an excellent opportunity for veterinarians, volunteers and first responders to receive in-depth, technical training for situations that unfortunately arise too frequently. Last year we had a full training with 35 participants ranging from mounted police officers to firemen to veterinarians. These three groups really learned how to work together to best handle emergency situations. We look forward to providing this training to a great group again this year!"

Continuing education credits for veterinarians are approved. This course is being sponsored by the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, Lexington Equine Medical, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and the Kentucky Horse Park. More sponsors are being accepted at this time.

For more information, to register for the class, or for partnership and sponsorship opportunities, visit, or contact the Kentucky Horse Council at 859-367-0509.


ABOUT THE KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL - The Kentucky Horse Council is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits.  The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.

ESPY Best Jockey Award – Mike Smith

Shannon Habenicht

On Wednesday, July 10, top athletes around the globe gathered together to be awarded some of the most prestigious awards in sports. When it came time for the jockeys to step into the spotlight, it was American Equus Chosen Rider Mike Smith who was handed the 2019 ESPY Best Jockey Award at the event Presented by Capital One.

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Mike Smith and Justify. Photo by Adam Coglianese

Kicking off the tradition of hosting the ESPY Awards annually in 1993, ESPN gives out awards to the best individual athletes, teams and sports moments in Los Angeles, California. The awards occur on one of the two days that no games from any of the four major pro sports are held and benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research in memory of Jim Valvano, a college basketball coach and analyst. 

Among one of the four nominated athletes, Smith was given the top honors this year over jockeys Florent Geroux, Irad Ortiz Jr. and Jose Ortiz, who was the 2018 winner. Both Irad Ortiz Jr. and Florent Geroux share the title of American Equus Chosen Rider with Smith, but the celebrated 2018 Triple Crown winner was the one to hold the ESPY Best Jockey trophy this year for the first time since 1994. 

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"We are incredibly proud to have a legendary jockey like Mike Smith representing American Equus so well," said David Shano, Founder and CEO of American Equus. "He has continued to make history throughout his career, most recently with his Triple Crown win last year to become the 13th winner. He is a wonderful example of what being a Chosen Rider means-his passion for the sport and the horses he shares the track with is truly inspiring."

The Racing Hall of Famer has garnered incredible results with his top horses of the year, Midnight Bisou and McKinzie, accumulating earnings over $5.7 million so far. Now 53 years of age, Smith is showing no signs of slowing down following his 5,527 career wins and earnings close to $324 million. At the top of his game, he is focused on continuing to pilot some of the most talented thoroughbreds in racing to victory after victory. 

To learn more about American Equus, visit their website here.

The Right Way to Dose Electrolytes

Shannon Habenicht

By Dr. Eleanor Kellon

Even mild dehydration can have an effect on performance.  Once you know the basics, it's not that difficult to supplement electrolytes correctly, but many people don't know how - and the consequences may be taking more of a toll than is realized.

Electrolytes are minerals that exist in the body in their free, ionized form - i.e. carrying an electrical charge. Cations like calcium, potassium and sodium have positive charges. Anions like chloride, bicarbonate and sulfate are negative.

Movement of electrolytes makes excitatory activity possible, such as muscles contracting, nerves firing and the heart beating. Electrolyte concentrations and gradients also allow the body to hold normal amounts of water (hydration) and the kidneys to adjust the concentration of urine.

Sweat is a major avenue of loss for sodium, potassium, chloride and to a lesser extent calcium and magnesium, but it's not the only avenue.

The horse also has daily endogenous losses in urine, sloughed cells, mucus and the digestive tract. Those losses must be met by the diet on a daily basis. Failure to do that is one major reason why even horses getting electrolyte supplements are often deficient and dehydrated.  These baseline daily losses are 10 grams sodium, potassium 25 grams, chloride 40 grams.

Hay takes care of baseline potassium needs at an intake as low as 1% of body weight. Chloride requires closer to 2% of body weight, but some will also come from salt (sodium chloride). Sodium requirements have to come from salt. The baseline requirement for sodium can be met by approximately 2 oz of salt in hot weather = one stall size salt lick per month. Salt may also come from supplements, commercial feeds or be added to feed or sprinkled on hay.

Once the baseline requirements are adequately met, you can work on replacing sweat losses. At low rates of sweat loss, the horse will average losses of approximately 10 grams sodium, 5 grams potassium and 20 grams chloride per hour. That's a ratio of 2:1:4 for sodium, potassium and chloride. Check to see that your replacement supplement has those correct ratios, or you may be making things worse. Low levels of calcium and magnesium (typically 200 to 300 mg/hourly dose) may also be used. Magnesium losses in particular may be important since many diets are borderline to deficient already.

To determine dosage, calculate average sweat losses as above, then look at the amount per dose on the label.  For example, an hour of light sweating needs 10 grams of sodium, so if the product provides 5 grams (same as 5,000 mg) per dose, you need 2 doses.  Do not rely on manufacturer's suggestions alone.

Horses already showing signs of electrolyte deficiency and dehydration such as weakness, muscle trembling, thumps, or poor gut motility may also benefit from use of a paste that has a higher amount of potassium as well as additional magnesium and calcium.

It isn't particularly difficult to figure out how much electrolyte supplementation your horse needs. It just takes a few minutes. It's time very well spent, and you will quickly see how much easier and better your horse performs in hot weather.

Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya®, offers potent electrolyte formulas.

Pro-Lyte Pellets are highly concentrated, low sugar electrolyte for everyday use.  Add to feed or water for fast results to maintain the balance and flow of vital body fluids and the healthy function of the muscles and circulatory system. Palatable apple-flavored source of Sodium, Chloride, Potassium, and Magnesium for use pre- and post-event.


Lyte Now is a full spectrum electrolyte paste designed to help replenish major electrolytes and trace minerals lost in sweat for horses under stress from summer heat, hard work, training, and physical activity. Supports proper mineral balance to maintain the circulation of vital body fluids and the transmission of nerve impulses.  Convenient pre- and post-event to promote an optimal competitive edge.


About Dr. Kellon
Dr. Eleanor Kellon, staff veterinary specialist for Uckele Health & Nutrition, is an established authority in the field of equine nutrition for over 30 years, and a founding member and leader of the Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance (ECIR) group, whose mission is to improve the welfare of horses with metabolic disorders via integration of research and real-life clinical experience.  Prevention of laminitis is the ultimate goal.
Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya, is an innovation-driven health company committed to making people and their animals healthier.  On the leading edge of nutritional science and technology for over 50 years, Uckele formulates and manufactures a full spectrum of quality nutritional supplements incorporating the latest nutritional advances.

Dan James Named Road to the Horse 2020 Horseman’s Host

Shannon Habenicht

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Dan James is a Road to the Horse fan favorite; fans have been intrigued with the roman-riding Australian horseman since his first performance at Road to the Horse 2012. James has held many titles at Road to the Horse as a past Champion, competitor, and entertainer. Now he’ll be adding the title of Horseman’s Host to his already impressive list of Road to the Horse titles.

As Horseman’s Host, James will use his valuable insight to provide commentary throughout the event, guiding fans through every minute of colt starting action at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 19-22, 2020.  

 “The competitor lineup for Road to the Horse 2020 is extraordinary and having the expertise of Dan James on hand to help enlighten fans throughout the competition is an honor” states Western Horseman Publisher Ernie King. “Dan James has been part of the Road to the Horse family for many years and he’s the perfect fit to be our Horseman’s Host in 2020.” 

James has competed in Road to the Horse in 2012, 2013, and in 2018. It was Road to the Horse 2012, when James claimed his Road to the Horse title, when he joined with fellow Australian Guy McLean to form Team Australia. An invitation was extended to James to compete at Road to the Horse 2020 but opting for a more interactive position with the fans, James sought the role as Horseman’s Host. 

“Getting to work alongside Matt West and run a play by play of the round pen action at Road to the Horse 2020 is an honor and a privilege” states Dan James. “I’m excited to be part of the event, in both commentary and as part of the entertainment. I can’t wait to see everyone in Lexington.”


Born in Queensland Australia on a small cattle farm and starting his first colt in his early teens sparked his hunger to understand more about the horse’s thinking patterns. After studying at Longreach Pastoral College, James began traveling the world to gain a better understanding of the horse. In 2008, James joined his good friend, Dan Steers, in Western Australia at El Caballo Spanish Horse Centre where they performed together each weekend. In 2009, Steers and James relocated to New South Wales and founded Double Dan Horsemanship. Now based in the United States, Dan James continues to perform, teach, and inspire horse lovers at the Australian Equine Performance Center, based in Midway, Kentucky. James is joined by his wife, Elizabeth, daughter Isabella and new-born son Jesse. 

The three main competitors that have been selected for Road to the Horse 2020 are Wade Black, Craig Cameron, and Ken McNabb. The event will also feature a Wild Card competition featuring three of the nation’s best up and coming colt starters. Wild Cards who have been announced include Cole Cameron and Wylene Davis. A third Wild Card will be announced in July.  

Road to the Horse 2020 will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 19-22. Tickets are available online at or by calling 800-514-3849. Learn more about Road to the Horse and view the event schedule at Follow Road to the Horse on Facebook for the latest information.

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About Road to the Horse (March 19–22, 2020 — Lexington, Kentucky):

Founded in 2003, Road to the Horse strives to entertain and educate fans in the art of natural horsemanship. Road to the Horse challenges the world’s best equestrians to build a partnership with an untrained 3-year-old American Quarter Horse, across three intense days of competition. Fans witness the entire journey, from colt selection, to the final obstacle challenge. Road to the Horse features a $100,000 purse and competitors battle for horsemanship’s most coveted title. Purchase tickets and learn more at

One Click Makes a Difference - Join Brooke USA for its Inaugural Photo Competition

Shannon Habenicht
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Join Brooke USA this summer and make a difference with the click of a button. Whether it is with a smartphone or a camera, supporters can win exciting prizes during the charity’s inaugural photo competition, all while raising awareness and funds for the plight of working horses, donkeys and mules. Entries are open until August 19, 2019, World Photography Day.

Brooke USA hopes to foster awareness and involvement among equestrians and photographers through the competition, helping the community understand the hard reality of both working equines and people across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. To enter the Brooke USA Photo Competition visit

Each submission must fit one of two themes, “Best Portrait of a Horse, Donkey or Mule” or the “Best Action Shot of a Horse, Donkey or Mule.” The photos can either be taken in the wild or during sport, and is eligible so long as the photo has not been published previously or awarded. The photos must also be submitted as either a smartphone or DSLR camera submission and in order to complete the submission, each photo requires a minimum donation of $10 to Brooke USA. 

Judges for the competition include Enrique Urdaneta-Alamo and David Erdek, two of the foremost equine photographers in the United States. They are joined by Ron Magill, a Nikon Ambassador, wildlife conservationist and Goodwill Ambassador for Zoo Miami. Brooke USA Ambassadors Olympian Kasey Perry-Glass and International Show Jumper Hannah Selleck will also join the ranks as judges. 

“As someone who has seen the work of Brooke USA’s funding first-hand, I am proud to be able to take part as a judge in this inaugural competition,” Perry-Glass stated. “This competition has the potential to raise funds for our current projects, as well as shed light on the mission of Brooke USA for people who may not have been introduced previously. It is a fun and creative outlet that will hopefully engage family, friends and supporters, and I look forward to seeing the submissions and helping to choose the winners.”

On September 3, 2019 Brooke USA will contact the top 12 winners and announce the results on their website and on social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The top 12 photos will be featured in the fall issue of photo competition sponsor, Equestrian Living Magazine, and Brooke USA will create and sell its first annual calendar, featuring the top 12 submissions, available for purchase beginning in November 2019.

The first place finisher for the Smartphone or Tablet Category will enjoy a masterclass with acclaimed equine photographer Enrique Urdaneta-Alamo, as well as a photo shoot of the winner and their equine or animal partner. Not available to the general public, this one-to-one photography masterclass is a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

The winning photo of the DSLR entries will have the opportunity to be printed, matted and custom framed up to 24” x 36”. Brooke USA will also announce a raffle prize in the upcoming weeks for entrants who share their photo(s) with the hashtag #BrookeUSAPhoto and #ClickForChange. The more shares each photo receives, the better the chances to win the raffle. Each share equals one entry.

Enter the Brooke USA Photo Competition by visiting and follow Brooke USA’s social media to see the entries as they are submitted. 

To learn more about the photo competition or to submit entries, visit If you have any questions, please contact Brooke USA Development Officer Kendall Bierer by emailing To learn more about Brooke USA, visit

About Brooke USA

Brooke USA aims to improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need.  In the past three years, Brooke USA has granted more than $1 million to Brooke’s international equine welfare programs.    

Entries Open Now for the World Equestrian Center Fall Horse Shows: Sept. 25–Oct. 27 Featuring Nearly $1 Million in Prize Money/Prizes

Shannon Habenicht
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Introducing The World Equestrian Center Premier Championship Cup 

The World Equestrian Center features 200,000 sq. ft. of riding space with premium footing, permanent stabling and charming onsite accommodations. At the World Equestrian Center exhibitors enjoy a different kind of indoors – bright, clean, fun, family friendly and customer service-focused.  

Please join us in Ohio from September 25-October 27 for exciting equestrian sport and nearly $1 million in money / prizes at the World Equestrian Center Fall Horse Shows. Exhibitors will enjoy five USEF rated Hunter / Jumper horse shows filled with incredible special prizes and awards including the inaugural World Equestrian Center Premier Championship Cup. 

An expanded prize list is out today featuring full details of all five weeks including the addition of a second $50,000 Grand Prix, presented by Buckeye Nutrition, as well as 16 Hunter Derbies to accommodate all levels ranging from 2’6” to USHJA National (Non Pro and Open) and a $40,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Access the complete Fall Prize List and reserve stalls online at

Special incentives during the World Equestrian Center Fall Horse Shows include a FREE tack stall for every 5 competing horses per trainer and NO Jumper Nomination Fees for both Fall I and Fall II horse shows. 

NEW this year! The World Equestrian Center Premiere Championship Cup – where Junior and Amateur riders can qualify to compete to claim the ultimate grand prize of one of three 2019 Chevrolet Blazers during our Fall Classic II week. Riders can qualify by competing in the following classes:

  • World Equestrian Center Equitation Premier Championship Class – Open to junior riders. A three-phase event with a testing phase for 14 riders. Fence heights will be set at 3’6” (complete specs in prize list). Riders must have competed at the WEC Fall I or Fall II Horse Show in the same competition year. The winning rider will receive a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer.

  • Junior/Amateur Hunter WEC Premier Cup Classic – Junior or Amateur riders will qualify for this class by winning a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place ribbon in any one of the following divisions: Amateur Owner 3’6” 18-35, and 36 & over, Small Junior Hunter 3’6”, ages 16-17 and 15 & under, Large Junior Hunter 3’6”, 16-17 and 15 & under, Small Junior 3’3”, and Large Junior Hunter 3’3”. To qualify these ribbons must be won during the Fall I-III and Fall Classic I Horse Shows.

  • Children’s/Adult Amateur Hunter WEC Premier Cup Classic – Children’s or Adult Amateur riders will qualify for this class by winning a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place ribbon in any one of the following divisions: Adult Amateur Hunters 18-35 and 36 & over, and Children’s Hunter 14 & Under and 15-17. To qualify these ribbons must be won during the Fall I-III and Fall Classic I Horse Shows.


More Special Awards

The 2019 WEC Fall Horse Shows are part of the ongoing Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and the World Equestrian Center USHJA National Hunter Derby Series taking place at 15 shows and culminating in a $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Open and $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Non Pro.  New this year is the WEC 2’6” Non- Pro Hunter Derby collaboration with 15 shows that lead up to the WEC $10,000 2’6” Non-Pro Hunter Derby presented by Dover Saddlery during the Fall Classic II. Participants are eligible for $10,000 in Leading Rider Awards based on series points. Awards will be given at the WEC Fall Classic II horse show on October 27, 2019.  

EquiJet Leading Young Professional Rider Award 

The 30U rider that accumulates the most points will receive a $5,000 voucher from EquiJet. Points will be calculated using 10-6-4-2-1-1/2. All under saddle AND table II jumpers are excluded. Running 1/1/19 – 10/27/19)

Flexi Equine Leading Jumper Rider Award 

The rider that earns the most money in the jumper ring will receive a WEC branded tack locker from Flexi Equine Tack Lockers. Junior, Amateur, and Professional riders are all eligible. (Running 5/22/19-10/27/19)

Fall Horse Show Weekly Highlights

Fall I & Fall II (Sept. 25-29 and Oct. 2-6):
$20,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby - Open: Fences 3' w/ 3'5" options. 
$20,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby - Non-Pro: Fences 3' w/ 3'5" options
$3,500 Non Pro Hunter Derby 2'6”
$1,500 World Equestrian Center Welcome Stake
$10,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix
$4999 Futures Prix

Fall III (Oct. 9-13):
$20,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby - Open: Fences 3' w/ 3'5" options
$20,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby - Non-Pro: Fences 3' w/ 3'5" options
$3,500 Non Pro Hunter Derby 2'6
$5,000 World Equestrian Center Welcome Stake
$25,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix
$7,500 Futures Prix

Fall Classic I (Oct. 16-20):
$20,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby - Open: Fences 3' w/ 3'5" options

$20,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby - Non-Pro: Fences 3' w/ 3'5" options
$3,500 Non Pro Hunter Derby 2'6" 

$15,000 World Equestrian Center Welcome Stake
$50,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix Presented by Buckeye Nutrition
$7,500 Futures Prix

Fall Classic II (Oct. 23-27):
$20,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby - Open: Fences 3' w/ 3'5" options
$20,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby - Non-Pro: Fences 3' w/ 3'5" options
$10,000 Non Pro Hunter Derby 2'6” Presented by Dover Saddlery
$15,000 World Equestrian Center Welcome Stake
$50,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix
$7,500 Futures Prix
$40,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby: Fence 3'6" - 4' with 4'3" options. 


The World Equestrian Center is grateful for the ongoing support of our generous sponsors: Antares Sellier, Buckeye Nutrition, CWD Sellier, Dietrich Insurance, Dover Saddlery, EquiFit, EquiJet, Equitex, Flexi Equine Tack Locker, Hagyard Pharmacy, Horse First, Osphos, Kentucky Performance Products, Perfect Products, Pyranha, Tribute Equine Nutrition, Vetoquinol and Voltaire Design.

About World Equestrian Center
Located in Wilmington, Ohio, the World Equestrian Center features more than 200,000 square feet of climate-controlled riding space, making it one of the largest indoor/outdoor equestrian sport venues in the world. The state of the art facility features premium footing, permanent stabling and onsite accommodations as well as 32 weeks of AA rated Hunter / Jumper competition. 

Dedicated to offering great sport and good fun in a family friendly environment, the World Equestrian Center promises their exhibitors an experience built on three core values: Quality. Class. Distinction.

In 2021, the World Equestrian Center will debut a brand-new location, providing world-class equestrian competition and equestrian-inspired country club living, all adjacent to the fabulous Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Florida. For more information please visit

The World Equestrian Center is located one hour from Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati airports. For driving directions visit  

5 Simple Ways To Update Your Riding Wardrobe This Summer

Shannon Habenicht

5 Simple Ways To Update Your Riding Wardrobe This Summer
Piper by SmartPak offers this summer’s perfect style to look your best


Summer is here, but is your riding wardrobe ready? SmartPak’s Piper collection has everything you need - from breeches to tops - to look great at the barn this summer while making the most of your budget. 

“What our customers love the most about Piper is that it’s stylish, durable, and best of all, affordable,” said Colleen Norve, Vice President of Merchandising at SmartPak. “Our team of experts works hard all year long to make sure that the Piper line will not only stand up to the demands of riding, but that what we are doing is in line with current trends while keeping you looking great in the saddle.”

From the experts at SmartPak, here are five smart tips to style your wardrobe this summer: 

1. Add a pop of color to your riding style

The original Piper Breeches are the perfect way to brighten up your wardrobe this summer. SmartPak has added seven new colors to our collection this season, which means you now have 18 fun colors to choose from! Plus, the contrast stitching and pocket trim will add a little extra flair to your riding outfit of the day!

2. Keep it classy without sacrificing your comfort

Comfort never goes out of style, and Piper Knit Breeches are designed to be the most comfortable pair of breeches you’ve ever worn! They’re made from a super soft cotton blend fabric that offers excellent four-way stretch, recovery, and compression. They also have the features of traditional breeches so that even though you’ll feel like you’re riding in yoga pants, you’ll still have the polished look you crave.

3. Take athleisure style to the barn

The Piper Tight is the perfect blend of riding functionality and athletic wear, giving you the comfort you want without sacrificing the features you need. These tights are made from a lightweight, moisture wicking material with four-way stretch for maximum freedom of movement, plus silicone grip knee patches for extra stick when you need it. They even have a handy side pocket that’s perfect for stashing your phone, keys, or treats!

4. Stay on-trend with contrast patches

Piper Breeches by SmartPak with a Tan Knee Patch bring you everything you love about our original Piper Breeches with a traditional twist and vintage flair. This style features tan knee patches for a trendy, retro look that everyone’s raving about.

5. Have fun in the sun without breaking the bank

While everyone loves to soak up the sun, it’s known that the sun’s UV rays can be harmful for us. This season, you can stay protected from the sun and beat the heat with the Piper Long Sleeve Sun Shirt. This top is made from revolutionary Coolcore® fabric, which has UPF 50 sun protection, outstanding moisture-wicking properties, and helps regulate your temperature without the need for any added chemicals. And you get all that for under $40!

SmartPak makes shopping online for breeches and tops easy with free shipping on all items over $75, as well as free return shipping on all sized items – including Piper. To view the entire Piper collection, visit or call 1-800-461-8898 and speak with one of SmartPak’s Product Specialists who can help you pick out the perfect Piper outfit!

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About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award eight years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

Banixx® Introduces New Wound Care Cream for Horses (and Dogs)

Shannon Habenicht

Banixx®, an innovator and leader in topical antimicrobial sprays and shampoos for pets, great and small, now offers a Wound Care Cream.  It is chlorhexidine-based (2%) and features sea-sourced amino acids (via superior Marine Collagen) and essential extracts (aloe vera, peppermint leaf, eucalyptus, chamomile, arnica, calendula, rosemary and oat kernel). These components fortify fibers, moisturize and repair damage while providing a deep-skin, gentle moisturizing action that is so important in tissue repair. 

The new Banixx® Wound Care Cream, developed at the repeated requests of horse (and dog) owners, is formulated to help horses in the recovery of multiple anti-fungal/anti-bacterial skin conditions such as scratches, rain rot (rain scald), girth, mane & tail itch, and dermatitis. It also is highly effective for wound care, cuts, scrapes, rashes, hot spots and insect bites. 

Banixx® Wound Care Cream contains no alcohol or steroids. Its deeply-moisturizing, soothing action is non-toxic, with no added color or fragrance. It has zero stickiness or oily substances, so it does not attract dirt, dust or debris. The ultra-smooth formula applies effortlessly, begins to work immediately and sets up as a protective, invisible medicated band-aid over the infection.

Banixx® Wound Care Cream is safe for all horses - and dogs too!  For over 13 years, Banixx®, has been the #1 trusted first aid solution for horse and pet owners,  and its new Wound Care Cream is the perfect addition to its “stable” of top-quality products. 

Banixx® was chosen by Horse Journal to be The Editor’s Choice & Top Product of the Year. Banixx fights infections associated with wounds, fungus, scratches, rain rot, ringworm, hot spots, dog/cat ear infections, abscesses, thrush, white line, bacterial & fungal infections, and secondary infections from bug bites and itches. Our products are non-toxic, odorless, and colorless; they do not sting, will not stain or discolor fur/hair, and have proven successful on sensitive animals such as cats, birds, and reptiles. Banixx recently added Banixx® Medicated Shampoo with moisturizing Marine Collagen to its stable of safe and effective anti-microbial products and now rounds it up with a Wound Care Cream. The company is growing in leaps and bounds but continues to pride itself on its premier quality products and unbeatable customer service.

For more information on Banixx® products, please visit, email Banixx® at, or call us at 877-944-0795. And be sure to join our lively Facebook page with over 28,000 fans.

$50,000 Available to Researchers Investigating the Therapeutic Effects of Horses on Humans

Shannon Habenicht

$50,000 Available to Researchers Investigating the Therapeutic Effects of Horses on Humans

 Accepting Applications until August 1, 2019 for Grants up to $50,000 


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Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) announces an open call for proposals to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. The Foundation's broad research agenda includes basic research as well as clinical studies that will ultimately impact physical and mental health and quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies (EAA/T). Deadline for submission proposals is August 1, 2019.

Up to fifty thousand dollars in research funding will be offered through a rigorous application and review process. Grants are selected on a competitive basis, taking into account scientific merit, scientific and clinical significance and relevance. Preference will be given to investigators with solid credentials and research experience. All applications undergo a four-tier review process completed by the scientific review committee. The average grant award is $50,000 for up to a 1.5 year period. 

On behalf of the HHRF Board, our past board members, and our scientific advisory council, we are very pleased to seek high quality research grant applications through this open call which reflects the highest priority needs and gaps in knowledge of the equine-assisted therapy and activities community.  It is through such pursuit of peer-reviewed research that we all benefit from knowledge, creation, application and dissemination.  HHRF continues to strive to support true leaps in research, as has been famously observed: “Incrementalism is innovation’s worst enemy.”

Information for applicants, including application materials, previously funded projects, review guidelines and more are available at

Make a contribution to HHRF today and help ensure that this important research continues. For more information on this research, on the foundation, or on becoming a donor, contact Ken Boyden, JD, EdD, Executive Director,

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Mission: Through sustained investment in rigorous research, HHRF serves as a catalyst to advance global knowledge of horse-human interactions and their impact on health and wellness.

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) is dedicated to funding research to investigate the equine-assisted activities and therapies field. Since its founding, HHRF has awarded over $600,000 in professional research efforts led by thirteen research teams in the United States, Canada and Germany. HHRF is a non-endowed foundation dependent solely on donations. To make a donation and/or learn more about this and other Horses and Humans Research Foundation projects visit

NBHA Proud to Partner with Premium Outdoor Brand YETI

Shannon Habenicht

NBHA Proud to Partner with Premium Outdoor Brand YETI


The National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) is excited to partner with leading outdoor brand, YETI. In part of a multi-year partnership, YETI has been named the Official Drinkware and Cooler of the NBHA. YETI will not only promote products to NBHA members, barrel racers will have the opportunity to win YETI products, such as the Tundra, Hopper and Rambler at NBHA World Championships Shows.

Founded in Austin Texas in 2006, YETI has since been the brand of choice for those entrenched in an active lifestyle. With the same drive and passion as the NBHA, YETI has continued their pursuit of excellence as industry leaders with unparalleled creativity and innovation.  

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with such an elite brand such as YETI. The horse show life can be grueling and there’s not a better product that stands up to such a vigorous lifestyle” states NBHA Executive Director Sherry Fulmer. “We’re excited to not only partner with YETI but give our members the opportunity to win prized YETI coolers that will serve them for many years to come.”

“We are extremely proud of our partnership with the National Barrel Horse Association for the coming years. The NBHA is a distinguished platform for barrel racers of all skill levels and we are grateful for the opportunity to be in partnership with an association that embodies the spirit of our company” states YETI Rodeo Specialist Peyton Bennight. “We are inspired by the hard work and dedication shown throughout the barrel racing industry and are fortunate to support those competitors and the NBHA.”

This is an exciting time for NBHA as the association has undergone a series of exciting changes which have included the unveiling of a new logo and the release of a redesigned website. Learn more about the National Barrel Horse Association and see the full NBHA Tour Schedule at

About the National Barrel Horse Association

The National Barrel Horse Association, headquartered in Augusta, Georgia, is the largest barrel racing organization in the world. The NBHA is the recognized leader of Barrel Racing in the world and is known to be professional and innovative while staying true to western heritage, lifestyle, and dress. In 1992, the NBHA revolutionized the barrel racing industry by pioneering the divisional format, which allows riders of all skill levels a chance to win money and prizes in barrel racing competition. NBHA official events have paid out $13 million to date with more than $2.5 million in added prize money. NBHA has over 20,000 members of all ages across the United States and affiliates on 5 continents. Learn more about the NBHA at Follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube

About Yeti

Founded in Austin, Texas in 2006, YETI is a leading premium outdoor brand. The world’s top hunters, anglers, outdoor adventurers, BBQ pitmasters, and ranch and rodeo professionals trust YETI to stand up to the world’s harshest conditions. For more on the company and its full line of products and accessories, visit

Time To Ride Welcomes Pilot Program Participants

Shannon Habenicht

Time To Ride Welcomes Pilot Program Participants
Over 60 Equine Facilities Accepted

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Washington, DC – Time To Ride®, a program of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, has accepted 62 lesson facilities for its 2019 pilot program.

The new Time To Ride program is designed to introduce school-age children to horseback riding and horse care in a safe, welcoming environment. The goal is to familiarize school-age children with horses through an initial series of six to eight lessons that include basic horse care as well as riding. The lesson series are offered through schools, local youth organizations and recreational leagues. 

Equine facilities and instructors had to meet specific requirements to be considered for the pilot program, including SafeSport training and a criminal background check. All instructors either hold a current professional membership with one or more national breed or discipline associations, are certified as an instructor through a recognized program such as Certified Horsemanship Association or licensed as a riding instructor in the state in which they teach.

“We were expecting to get 20-30 qualified applicants for the pilot program,” said Molly O’Brien, Time To Ride Program Manager. “To our delight, we received over 100 inquiries and applications, and narrowed it down to the 62 selected.”

The facilities participating in the pilot program represent a broad cross-section of the equine industry, with representatives ranging from Arabian horse farms to AQHA professionals, dressage, hunter/jumpers, Saddlebreds, Morgans, Paint Horses, Certified Horsemanship Association, United States Pony Clubs and Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship instructors and more. O’Brien said, “It’s very encouraging to see the support we received promoting the program from so many breed and discipline organizations, and the response from their members. This points to the ongoing need for a program such as Time To Ride to help lesson barns bring new kids into the horse world in a structured, supported fashion.” 

Barns and instructors accepted for the pilot program have been designated Time To Ride Program Facilities and are being given marketing tools, techniques and assistance to help with their local outreach. The Time To Ride program emulates the golf industry’s The First Tee, in which schools offer children a series of lessons at a local golf course. The First Tee has reached 15 million children since its start in 1997.

The pilot program will continue through the end of this year. The results and methods will be analyzed and adjustments made where necessary, with plans to roll the program out on a larger scale next year.

To learn more about Time To Ride, visit To view the list of selected facilities, visit

About Time To Ride

Time To Ride is managed and funded by the American Horse Council Marketing Alliance. The Marketing Alliance was founded by a consortium of equine-related corporations and organizations to encourage and support the growth of the U.S. horse industry. Current members of the Marketing Alliance include: Active Interest Media/Equine Network, American Horse Council, Morris Media Network, Platinum Performance, Purina and Zoetis. Additional support is provided by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, National Reining Horse Association, Troxel Helmets and Weaver Leather. Educational support is provided by Certified Horsemanship Association, United States Equestrian Federation and United States Pony Clubs.