2017 NRHA Derby: Day Two

NRHA and FEI competition filled the second day of the 2017 NRHA Derby

Riders vying for 2017 NRHA world championship titles and for a spot on their national team in Fédération Équestre International (FEI) CRI competition showed off their skills during the second day of the 2017 NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) Derby.

Casey Deary tops both the NRHA $6,000-added Open and USA Open classes and ties to win the FEI CRI3* with Mirjam Stillo

NRHA Million Dollar Rider Casey Deary took home both the NRHA $6,000-added Open and the USA Open titles after posting a 148 aboard Who Dat Hot Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Smart Chic Aloha), a 2010 mare owned by Neiberger Performance Horses LLC of Argyle, Texas.

“She’s out of a cow horse mare [Smart Chic Aloha] that won close to $50,000 in the cow horse and was second at the World’s Greatest Horseman. We bought her from [NRHA Professional] Jamie Bissell for Todd Neiberger – who owns [the stallion] In Like Flinn – to show,” Deary explained. “I wanted something that would complement ‘Flinn’ really well, and this mare is bionic in ability, so I thought it would be a good cross on him. This was the first time I’ve ever tried to get a score on her and, if she’s going to let me show her like that and not stress her, I might have to use her a few more times!”

Deary says the mare’s watchful personality can make her difficult to read at times, but it hasn’t hindered her success in the arena.

“She’s got a lot of turn, a lot of stop and is a beautiful mare,” Deary said. “She’s a little looky—her ears are constantly going – so you don’t really know if she’s right where you want her to be. Todd [Neiberger] has done really well on her this year, and he was nice enough to let me steal her for the CRI here. Our goal was for me to use her to get qualified so I can show Flinn next year in FEI competition. That was her main job, but I schooled her at the Redbud and got her qualified for the AQHA World Show.”

Kari Anna Klingenberg of Kari Klingenberg Performance Horses and Mr Electric Spark (Jacs Electric Spark x Sailin Rowdy), owned by Foothills Farm of Sedro-Woolley, Washington, earned reserve honors in the $6,000-Added Open and the USA Open Reining with a 147.5.

The FEI CRI3*
Riders representing nine National Federations (Argentina, Austria, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Uruguay, USA) showed in the FEI CRI3* competition.

Casey Deary (USA) and Who Dat Hot Chic tied for first-place honors in the FEI CRI3* with Mirjam Stillo (ITA) and Ruff Spook (Smart Spook x Ruffle Me Up), a 8-year-old stallion owned by Shannon and Hershel Reid of Pilot Point, Texas.

“I only started riding him two months ago and we’re already qualified for the AQHA World Show. He is an amazing stallion, considering he hasn’t had a saddle on for the last two years since he was in the breeding barn,” Stillo said. “I called Shannon and told her I was trying to find a really nice horse to go to the FEI World Equestrian Games, so she gave me Ruff Spook and Ima Smokin Mister. Hopefully I can make her happy and make myself happy.”

Stillo added that she wanted to run him a little harder, but I didn’t want to overdo anything. “He had a stumble in the circles so I ran him harder to his first stop, and he was flawless,” added the Italian professional based in Pilot Point, Texas. “His stops and rollbacks are amazing. There’s a little more horse in there, but I was happy that the first time he gets back to the pen he wins a check and posts such a great score.”

The NRHA Intermediate Open, Limited Open and Rookie Professional
NRHA Professional Shauna Larcombe guided Spook N Sparkle (Smart Spook x Setting Off Sparks), a 7-year-old gelding owned by NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and Million Dollar Owner Rosanne Sternberg to a winning 144.5 in the NRHA $1,000-added Intermediate Open.

“We just wanted to make a nice clean run and mark a good score in the CRI and ended up winning the Intermediate Open as well,” said the native Australian rider who trains out of Sterling Ranch USA, Pilot Point, Texas.

A half-a-point behind the winner, NRHA Professional Josh Tishman reined Chics Love Me Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Dream About Magic) to reserve honors in the Intermediate and to top honors in both the $500-added Limited Open and the $500-added Rookie Professional. The Deary Performance Horses trainer rode the 2010 gelding for owner DAG Ventures LLC of Dallas, Texas.

“He’s really consistent and easy to show—he actually didn’t get here until late last night. I got on, went in and showed. We’ve won everything I’ve shown him in this year,” Tishman said. “We’re leading the Rookie Pro and Limited Open rankings, and I am really excited about hauling for the NRHA World titles. We purchased him for his owner Deborah Good from NRHA Million Dollar Rider Mike McEntire last year. Unfortunately, he was injured shortly before the Derby, but once he was better and we put him back in training, we realized he was enough for an open horse.”

Good, who rides with Deary and Tishman, says the gelding is an incredible horse because of his ability to adjust to his rider in the pen.

“He’s a non pro horse, and I’m a green and rookie rider just coming up. Casey and Josh have taken me a long way this year, so it’s great to have a horse at the level of a consistently open rider and then come back to the level I’m at,” said Good who started riding five years ago. “He’s honest in the arena and is a wonderful horse to show. I showed for the first time three years ago and got hooked. I love that I have a horse that constantly takes care of me and Josh.”

NRHA Professional Daniel Gibbs and the 2012 stallion Spooks Full Throttle (Spooks Gotta Gun x Angierilla Boom), owned by Gibbs Farm, placed second in both the Limited Open and Rookie Professional classes.

Ending the day at the Oklahoma State Fair Park were the AQHA and APHA Open and Amateur classes.

The $181,000-added Non Pro Derby first go, first section will start the Derby action on Monday, June 26 at 8 am!

Follow the action live on nrhaderby.com!

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2017 NRHA Derby: Day One

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2017 NRHA Derby: Day One

Great horse-rider stories fill the first day of competition at the 2017 NRHA Derby

Dunit In Wranglers steers Melissa Wigen to the NRHA $2,000-Added Non Pro win

Opening the day at the 2017 NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) Derby was the $2,000-added Non Pro Show 1 class run concurrently with the $1,000-added Intermediate Non Pro, the $500-added Limited Non Pro, and the $500-added Prime Time Non Pro.

Melissa Wigen of Ogden, Utah, rode her 2007 gelding, Dunit In Wranglers (Starlights Wrangler x A Bueno Poco Dunit), to a 143.5 score as well as the $2,000-added Non Pro title.

“[My run] was pretty good,” Wigen said. “He ran in and stopped well for me, turned good, circled good, and I knew if I could nail my stops, I’d probably be in a good position to win.”

Melissa’s accomplishments in the show pen are remarkable considering that not long ago she had a devastating horse accident, which resulted in multiple surgeries. Only three months ago, Melissa was in surgery once again. Not only has she had to recover physically, but she has had to regain her self-confidence. Her horse, Dunit In Wranglers, has given Melissa that confidence, and she is so very grateful. “I have a nice horse, and I am thankful everything came together,” states Wigen, who is married to NRHA Professional Travis Wigen.

The $2,000-added Non Pro reserve championship went to Adam Donahue on Thata Shiner (Smart Spook x SLJ Smartlikewhinny) with a score of 141.5. The duo also took home top honors in the $1,000-added Intermediate Non Pro class.

“I haven’t shown for 16 years,” Donahue said. “I had some time this year, so I decided to go back to the show pen. I purchased my mare from (NRHA Million Dollar Rider) Jose Vazquez a few years ago and, after a three-year-period in the pasture living the broodmare life, I started riding her in January. Plans are to show her through the rest of the year and then breed her to Not Ruf At All.”

Donahue trains his own horses and rides at Zimmerman Performance Horses Rogersville, Missouri. Donahue’s 2009 sorrel mare was supposed to be a broodmare until Donahue decided to bring her back into the show pen.

With Smart Dundee (Conquistador Whiz x Smart Oaklyn) between the reins, Cathy Brant won the $500-added Limited Non Pro with a 140, while Paul Queen scored a 138.5 to take reserve honors aboard Outta Dough, owned by Dorothy Queen. “My horse is incredible,” Brant said about her 7-year-old gelding. “My husband, (NRHA Professional) Brandon Brant, showed him in the 2010 NRHA Futurity. Following an injury, my horse wasn’t shown for two years, after which I picked up the reins. We tied to win the NRHA 7&Up Level 4 and Level 2 Non Pro class offered at the Buckeye Reiners Easter Slide, and now here we are!”

Ann Admonius and her own Gunners Genes (Gunner x Taris Designer Genes) paid another trip to the winner’s circle in the Prime Time Non Pro with a score of 139.

“I had so much fun today,” Admonius exclaimed. “This is a new horse for me, so we’re still getting acquainted with each other. I just had a ball!”
A string of unfortunate events delayed Admonius and the 2012 gelding’s progress toward the show ring, and this class was only the pair’s second time showing.

“I ride with (NRHA Professional) Ruben Van Dorp, who found the horse for me last October,” Admonius said. “The first time I went to show him, I fell and fractured my wrist. The second time I went, Ruben was headed to the barn and got hit by a drunk driver. The third time I went to show him, [National Reining Breeders Classic] the horse came up sick. I went to Redbud, so really this is the second time I’ve shown him.”

Admonius is now focused on enjoying her horse as they progress as a team.

“[My plans are] to get better,” said Admonius, who also took the reserve championship in the NRHA Intermediate Non Pro. “I love him! He’s just the sweetest horse.”

Xtra Dun Right and Nathan Piper claim the NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 1 and Level 2

NRHA Professional Nathan Piper of Nathan Piper Performance Horses Aubrey, Texas, rode Xtra Dun Right (Wimpys Little Step x SLJ Dun Juice) to the head both the $1,000-added NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 2 – counting 24 entries – and the $1,000-added Novice Horse Open Level 1 (counting 17 entries) with a score of 146.

“He went in and turned for me both ways, and after I felt him take a big deep breath, I knew he was focused,” Piper said of the winning performance. “He circled right with me and had some pretty stops. I didn’t want to over-show him; I wanted to go out there and half every maneuver and see what he’d do for me.”

Piper has a history with Shannon and Hershel Reid’s 2013 sorrel stallion bred by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Smart Like Juice Inc.

“I had him when he was younger, then sold him, and recently got him back. I brought him here to see what he was like, and hopefully I’ll be able to get him ready for Tulsa,” Piper said. “I knew he was a neat and talented horse, but since I’ve had him back, I’m surprised at how physical he is in his stops. I think he’s matured both physically and mentally since his early days in training.”

NRHA Professional Patrice St-Onge of Gainesville, Texas, earned the reserve championship in both classes with a score of 145 riding Smart Cowboy Whiz (Who Whiz It x Little Smart), owned by Cowboy Partners.

Closing the day was the CRI Jog counting 25 horse-rider combinations. All were accepted. Riders representing nine countries (Argentina, Austria, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Uruguay, USA) will be moving on to Sunday’s USA Open CRI3* competition.

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US Equestrian Names Platinum Performance U.S. Teams for 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jun 23, 2017, 10:20 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. - US Equestrian has named a group of up-and-coming athletes to the U.S. teams for 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders, August 9-12, in Givrins, Switzerland. Platinum Performance will serve as the title sponsor for the junior and young rider teams at the inaugural championships.

The following athlete-and-horse combinations will represent the U.S. (in alphabetical order):

Platinum Performance U.S. Junior Team

Sam Flarida (Springfield, Ohio) with Katsy Leeman’s Footwork Revolution, a 2010 Quarter Horse stallion

Emma Lane (Gates, N.C.) with Bundy Lane’s Gunner Gump, a 2008 Quarter Horse gelding

Emilia Reutimann (Sherrills Ford, N.C.) with Lisa Reutimann’s Black Hails Gold, a 2010 Quarter Horse gelding

Alternate – Bo Van Duys (Westcliffe, Colo.) with her own and Holly Van Duys’s Wimpy’s Lucky Girl, a 2009 Quarter Horse mare

Platinum Performance U.S. Young Rider Team

Gabriella Kammerer (Mt Sterling, Ky.) with her own Gunners Star, a 2009 Paint gelding

Dani Latimer (Marietta, Okla.) with Fancy Sailor Oak

Cade McCutcheon (Aubrey, Texas) and Tim and Colleen McQuay’s Yellow Jersey, a 2004 Quarter Horse gelding

Jack Medows (Cuba, Mo.) with his own Wimpys Show Stopper, a 2006 Quarter Horse gelding

Alternate – Aubrey Galbraith (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) with Nadine Galbraith’s Cortez Conquistador, a 2008 Quarter Horse gelding

Find out more about the 2017 SVAG FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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NRHA Receives Multiple Awards at AHP Equine Media Awards Banquet

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – June 22, 2017 –  During the American Horse Publication’s (AHP) three-day conference, held June 15-17, award winners in the AHP Equine Media Awards were honored for their hard work and expertise. This year’s competition for materials published in 2016 had over 783 entries from 105 members.

The National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) monthly publication, the NRHA Reiner, and NRHA Inside Reining’s production team, Sandbur Video, received multiple accolades at the AHP Equine Media Awards. “The publishing business is constantly evolving and becoming more and more competitive every day, and I could not be more proud of the team involved with the NRHA Reiner. The hard work and dedication they display every month is outstanding. They’re proud of NRHA and our sport, and that shines through in each issue,” said Gary Carpenter, NRHA Commissioner. This isn’t the first time the NRHA Reiner has taken home a prize at the AHP Equine Media Awards. It won the General Excellence Association Publication award in 2012, an Honorable Mention in 2014, and numerous other awards for editorial, design and event programs.

The award-winning team for the NRHA Reiner includes: Simona Diale, Senior Director of Publications; Carol Trimmer, Editor Emeritus; Bucky Harris, Director of Art, Advertising & Design; Martha Haglund, Graphics; Sharon Barr, Advertising Manager; Chris Maedche, Advertising Account Executive; and Jana Thomason, Senior Manager of Creative & Design. Jennifer Reynolds, Producer and Chris Cook, Co-Producer/Videographer, make up the team for Sandbur Video.

NRHA WINNING ENTRIES

1st Place – GENERAL EXCELLENCE ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION
CIRCULATION UNDER 15,000 (PRINT)
NRHA Reiner

Inside layouts are where the artists shine. Nice packaging for the big show. Awesome writing. Very engaging. Really gives you a flavor of the people.

1st Place – PUBLICATION COVER PAGE
CIRCULATION UNDER 10,000
NRHA Reiner – July 2016
Ann Fonck and Roosters Attitude
Jana Thomason, Designer
Bucky Harris, Designer
Andrea Bonaga, Photographer

This is a gorgeous cover design. The lines, motion and depth in this composition make the page come to life. Every design element is handled expertly; from the color pallet, to fonts that complement each other, to the perfect amount of outlines and shadows that embellish the type, to the balanced positioning of text.

MORE AHP AWARDS WON BY NRHA

EQUINE-RELATED HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND ARTICLE
Honorable Mention
NRHA Reiner – December 2016
My Reining Journey
By Cullen Le Roy

This heartfelt first-person story may have a slight word count but it absolutely nails the significance of the human-horse bond. Cullen talking about his failures before his success just makes you root for him and keep reading. A sweet read.

EQUINE-RELATED NEWSWORTHY VIDEO
Honorable Mention
National Reining Horse Association
2016 Million Dollar Rider Casey Deary – December 2, 2016
Sandbur Productions/Jenifer Cook Reynolds, Producer
Chris Cook, Co-Producer/Videographer

Video done well. Great use of video clips and using them in the appropriate places.

ABOUT AHP EQUINE MEDIA AWARDS
The AHP Equine Media Awards contest started in 1974 and provides an opportunity for AHP professionals and businesses to be recognized for excellence in equine publishing, print and online, as well as provide professional critiques for improvements.

ABOUT THE NRHA REINER
Since 1980, the NRHA Reiner magazine has been the “Source” on all things “Reining.” The NRHA Reiner is the official publication of the National Reining Horse Association and as such covers all aspects of the association’s activities – from local NRHA Affiliate events, to the prestigious NRHA Futurity and Derby, to worldwide international competitions. To view the magazine online or to subscribe, visit www.nrha1.com/reiner.

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Time to Ride Reaches Major Milestone: 100,000 New Horse-Human Connections

June 21, 2017, Georgetown, Texas - Time to Ride has reached a major milestone: connecting 100,000 new people to horses. The industry outreach program, created by an alliance of forward-thinking companies and organizations, focuses on increasing participation in the horse industry by engaging new enthusiasts in equine activities.

When the Marketing Alliance formed in late 2011, its members agreed to work together toward one simple but lofty goal: to increase participation in the horse industry, in the face of major economic, demographic and cultural changes and challenges. “With all the pressures and distractions of modern life, the mental, physical and emotional benefits that riding and other horse activities provide are more essential than ever. Time to Ride focuses on sharing that message with moms and families across the country by encouraging them to get involved with horses in a variety of ways,” says Marketing Manager Christie Schulte.

Time to Ride programs are unique in their grassroots focus. Since 2014, its largest program, the Challenge, has engaged stables, clubs, and equine businesses across the nation through a summer contest to introduce as many newcomers as possible to horses. Professionals teaching entry-level riding and horsemanship provide opportunities for budding equestrians to learn the basics while filling the pipeline of future participants in every discipline and breed.

The impact is already visible. In 2016, 82% of participating hosts reported that the Challenge had a positive impact on their business. Jessica Taylor, owner of Taylor Ranch Arabians in Payson, Utah, shared her experience: “We had over 100 people at each [of two] open house[s].  We doubled our lesson program during each open house.  We are holding 3 summer camps this year and hope to double our lesson program again.  It’s great to be able to grow the horse industry and this program is so helpful and rewarding.” Testimonials from newcomers have been equally powerful, including this excerpt from essay contest winner Aimee P.: “Once I discovered horses, the longing for a sense of stability disappeared, and with it my uncertainty and fear. Now, at 20 years old, experiencing college, I can easily say that simple sense of belonging is the greatest gift I have ever received.”

Time to Ride is celebrating 100,000 new horse-human connections by sharing impact stories on social media with the hashtag #TTR100k. Join the movement to connect people with horses, encourage ownership, and bring industry partners together by connecting with Time to Ride on Facebook and Instagram.

The American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance

Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. The AHC Marketing Alliance is made up of the following organizations: American Horse Council, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, American Quarter Horse Association, Farnam, Merck, Merial, Morris Media Network Equine Group, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, WaterShed Animal Fund, US Equestrian, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, American Paint Horse Association, ASPCA, Equibrand, National Reining Horse Association, Lumina Media, America’s Mustang Campaign, and Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program.

About the American Horse Council

The American Horse Council is a non-profit organization that includes all segments of the horse industry. While its primary mission is to represent the industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington, DC, it also undertakes national initiatives for the horse industry. Time to Ride, the AHC’s Marketing Alliance to connect horses and people, is such an effort. The American Horse Council hopes that Time to Ride will encourage people and businesses to participate in the industry, enjoy our horses, and support our equine activities and events. The AHC believes a healthy horse industry contributes to the health of Americans and America in many ways.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact – Christie Schulte, christie@timetoride.com or 512-591-7811

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Support Grows for Reining Boot Camps Benefiting the Crisis Fund

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – June 20, 2017 – Reining Boot Camps are a series of reining clinics that serve as the major fundraiser for the Reining Horse Foundation’s Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund. Classic Equine remains the presenting sponsor as it has been during the program’s 14-year run when it was called Rookie Days, and support for the Boot Camp program is growing.

In 2017, paid participants are eligible for discount certificates toward select saddles at Scottsdale Western World and end-of-season prize drawings that include a saddle made by AM Superior Saddlery and donated by Andreas Maschke and $1,000 toward a pair of custom chaps made and donated by Dave Hack Custom Chaps. Classic Equine provides a selection of products used as awards and gifts for participants.

To date, 2017 Reining Boot Camps have been hosted by the Tennessee, West Coast and Southwest Reining Horse Associations. The next clinic will be hosted by the Arizona Reining Horse Association and held at Ben Balow’s Training Stables at Skull Valley, Ariz. on August 5.

The Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) is the charitable arm of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). Reining Boot Camps, managed by the RHF, help rookies and Non Pro riders learn how to prepare for the show pen. They are intended to be fun, low-stress, one-day instructional clinics. Proceeds benefit the RHF Crisis Fund, which aids reiners enduring medical hardships, accidents and disasters—such as fires, flood and tornadoes.

“We appreciate Classic Equine for its longstanding support of this program,” said Becky Jordan, RHF Board Secretary/Treasurer and chairperson of the Reining Boot Camp committee. “And, we are thrilled to have Andreas Maschke with his Am Superior Saddlery, Dave Hack Custom Chaps and Scottsdale Western World come alongside us with these extra incentives to encourage beginning and Non Pro reiners to grow their skills while supporting a good cause.”

Reining Boot Camps rely on NRHA Affiliate volunteers to secure a venue, conduct the clinic and recruit NRHA Professionals to serve as volunteer clinicians. Additionally, some events incorporate volunteer NRHA Judges to evaluate attendees when they perform the maneuvers of a basic reining pattern.

The one-day clinics are open to youth and adults. In addition to instruction time, the advance registration fee of $225 per adult and $125 per youth (18 and under) covers lunch. A full schedule with details and registration information can be found at reiningfoundation.com/bootcamp. Affiliates interested in hosting a Reining Boot Camp event should contact the RHF office.

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Non Pro Conditions Update from the Board

In May of this year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors approved a proposal to change its Non Pro Conditions starting January 1, 2018. After receiving a tremendous amount of comments and questions from the membership, the Board met on June 15 to revisit the topic. Following discussion, they approved to rescind the proposal (#27-01-18) so that it will not go into effect next year.

See the Updated Listing of 2018 Approved Rule Changes

Following the May Board meeting, a great amount of feedback was given to the Board and NRHA’s Non Pro Committee. Many members expressed concerns about how the rule would impact them as Non Pros and how it could be detrimental to the industry overall. In response, the topic was added to the June 15 Board meeting agenda and was reviewed. As a result, a motion was put forward and approved to rescind the rule change that, in effect, leaves the rule unchanged from what is currently listed in the 2017 NRHA Handbook.

The Board intends to continue discussions regarding Non Pro Conditions, and appreciates receiving member feedback on programs and rules that are important to them. For a digital copy of the 2017 NRHA Handbook, visit nrha.com.

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This Father’s Day, We Applaud Show Dads

Duluth, Ga. – June 14, 2017 – Most every equestrian can agree – they wouldn’t be where they are today without the encouragement from key people in their lives. This Father’s Day, it’s time to #ShowDadLove, honoring the men who support equestrians through all of their accomplishments.

Last year, Merial, now part of Boehringer Ingelheim, prompted equestrians to #ShowDadLove throughout the month of June, and we received a great response. We loved seeing the enthusiasm around thanking Show Dads. On the heels of last year’s campaign, we are encouraging equestrians to join us again, showcasing their appreciation for the love and support given by the men who are part of their horse show families.

Join the fun on our Facebook page, The Ride to Win, by creating a new Facebook profile photo with a special Show Dad Love overlay to use around Father’s Day. Use the hashtag #ShowDadLove with your photo to honor the Show Dad in your life.

“Show Dads take a special place in the heart of equestrians,” says Kristopher Scott, Director of Equine Marketing for Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. “We can’t wait to see everyone’s #ShowDadLove photos all over social media.”

Show Dad Love is brought to you by Boehringer Ingelheim, the largest equine health company worldwide.

Remember to #ShowDadLove on Facebook and Instagram in June, and visit our Facebook page, The Ride to Win. We are excited to see how much love equestrians have for their Show Dads.

About Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
As the second largest animal health business in the world, Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to improving animal health. With more than 10,000 employees worldwide, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has products available in more than 150 markets and a global presence in 99 countries. For more information about Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, click here.

Boehringer Ingelheim
Innovative medicines for people and animals have for more than 130 years been what the research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim stands for. Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the industry’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies and to this day remains family-owned. Day by day, some 50,000 employees create value through innovation for the three business areas human pharmaceuticals, animal health and biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing. In 2016, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of around 15.9 billion euros. With more than three billion euros, R&D expenditure corresponds to 19.6 per cent of net sales.

Social responsibility comes naturally to Boehringer Ingelheim. That is why the company is involved in social projects, such as the “Making More Health” initiative. Boehringer Ingelheim also actively promotes workforce diversity and benefits from its employees’ different experiences and skills. Furthermore, the focus is on environmental protection and sustainability in everything the company does.

More information about Boehringer Ingelheim can be found on www.boehringer-ingelheim.com or in our annual report: http://annualreport.boehringer-ingelheim.com.

Merial is now part of Boehringer Ingelheim.
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SmartPak Announces Five NEW Supplements Added to Its Lineup

PLYMOUTH, MA – June 13, 2017 – SmartPak is excited to announce that it has added five new products to its lineup of supplements, all of which are available in the SmartPaks™ supplement feeding system. Exclusive to the line of SmartSupplements are two improved formulas -  SmartGain® and SmartShine® Ultra, as well as the new product Flax by SmartPak. Customers can also now get Farrier’s Formula® Double Strength Plus Joint and EquiThrive® Joint at SmartPak!

“As a company that stands for healthy horses, we’re always looking for ways to develop new and innovative products to provide the best support for your horse,” said Sarah Mann, Vice President of Brand and Customer Experience at SmartPak. “We’re really excited to be introducing new supplements to the market. Our team works hard to make sure we have something you’ll feel good giving to your horse and as always, we stand behind all of our products”

SmartPak’s popular weight gain supplement, SmartGain, now has a new and improved formula, and is also now available at a lower price! This best-seller now includes rice bran and coconut meal to provide additional calories from healthy fats, in addition to essential amino acids for lean muscle mass. Diamond V® yeast has also been added to help support feed efficiency and healthy digestion. SmartGain is available for just $24.86 per month in SmartPaks and is also available in three bucket sizes.

Just in time to help your horse shine in the summer sun, SmartShine Ultra also now has a new and improved formula, with a lower price. This popular pick for skin and coat health now includes ground flaxseed and chia seed for two quality sources of omega 3 fatty acids. SmartShine Ultra is now available for just $17.86 per month in SmartPaks and is also offered in three bucket sizes.

Flax by SmartPak is a new product designed to offer omega 3 fatty acids at an outstanding value! This formula provides ground stabilized flaxseed, an excellent source of omega fatty acids for skin and coat as well as overall health. This economical choice is offered in SmartPaks for just $10.92 per month in SmartPaks as well as three bucket sizes.

SmartPak has also added up two new products to its offerings, Farrier’s Formula® Double Strength Plus Joint and EquiThrive Joint, which are now available in SmartPak Supplement Feeding system.

Farrier’s Formula® Double Strength Plus Joint from Life Data Labs, the makers of the #1 farrier-recommended supplement, provides the original high-quality and trusted formula for hoof, skin and coat health with the additional benefit of ingredients for joint health. It contains the same nutrients at the same levels as original Farrier’s Formula® Double Strength with the addition of proline, ornithine, glucosamine and manganese for joint, tendon and ligament health.

EquiThrive Joint is a unique and innovative resveratrol-based formula that supports healthy joint function during aging, training, and competition. EquiThrive Joint has undergone extensive scientific testing at leading equine research institutions.

To learn more about all of the new supplements available, or to get your horse started on SmartPaks today, visitwww.SmartPak.com or call 1-800-461-8898 and talk to one of SmartPak’s renowned supplement experts.

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 seven 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kelcie Griffith, 774-773-1112 or KGriffith@SmartPak.com

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