NRHA Congratulates Corporate Partner SmartPak on 15 Years

SmartPak LogoPLYMOUTH, MA – November 19, 2014 – SmartPak is excited to be celebrating 15 years of proudly supporting healthy horses and happy riders. Founded by riders and horse owners, SmartPak got its start in 1999, with the purpose of simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements for horses. Since that time, SmartPak has introduced its own line of SmartSupplements, began carrying tack, equipment, and apparel, and introduced ColiCare, our revolutionary $7,500 colic surgery reimbursement program.

“Over the years, we’ve had the honor of supporting thousands of healthy horses and happy riders. Every relationship is truly unique, just like SmartPaks!” said Paal Gisholt, SmartPak’s Chief Executive Officer. “As we celebrated our 15th anniversary, we wanted to share the feedback we’ve gotten from a couple of special customers who’ve been with us for the whole ride.”

“I started using SmartPaks because I thought that they would be convenient to take to horse shows,” said Loanne L. “I have continued to use them because they are a great time saver. I think that your customer service is the best. You have grown into a bigger and better company over the years. You never lost the personal touch that so many companies do.”

“Goodness – fifteen years of SmartPak in my life!  I wish it had been forever, but at least I now can’t imagine my life with my horses, dogs, and without this wonderful company,” said Alexandra D. “From the very first customer contact, it was obvious that customer service, ease of communication, and highly efficient product delivery and support were foremost goals for this new company.”

Thanks to loyal customers like these, SmartPak has been lucky enough to receive many honors over the past 15 years. Those honors include being a nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, a four-time Bizrate Platinum award recipient, and earning an “Elite” rating from STELLAService.

With 2015 fast approaching, SmartPak is looking forward to celebrating many more milestones with customers and their horses. SmartPak understands that customers want to spend more money on their horses and not shipping charges, so SmartPak has been offering Free Shipping Every Day to its customers for years. All SmartPaks over $40 and orders over $75 qualify.

Founded and run by riders, SmartPak knows what it’s like to order for your horse online. That’s why the created rider-focused policies like Guaranteed to Work, free returns on sized items, and SmartPak’s 100% Happiness Guarantee, to ensure that riders can order from SmartPak completely risk-free. Three years ago, SmartPak took that peace of mind to the next level, introducing ColiCare, a FREE $7,500 colic surgery reimbursement program. “Everything we do is inspired by and focused on our customers,” said Gisholt. “Looking back over the last 15 years, we are truly honored and humbled by the number of horse owners who have invited us to be a part of their horse’s care team. As we look towards a new year, we’re excited to continue offering innovative solutions for life in the barn, and we hope you’ll come along for the ride.”

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 as well as 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.

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Lucas Oil Becomes Presenting Sponsor of Level 4 Open

Lucas Oil Becomes Presenting
Sponsor of Level 4 Open

By Christina Brezack – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show is a multi-million-dollar event held Nov. 28 – Dec. 6 in Oklahoma City, Okla. NRHA is excited to welcome Lucas Oil as the presenting sponsor of the $260,000-added Level 4 Open.The NRHA Futurity consists of 3-year-old horses ridden for a guaranteed first place prize of $150,000 with a total purse and prizes totaling more than $2.5 million! The contest draws over 3,000 entries competing in all classes, three special reining horse sales, and an intercollegiate judging contest. This event creates more than $67 million in economic impact and draws in more than 125,000 attendees worldwide.

Lucas Oil Open Rider Futurity Patch Program
By wearing a Lucas Oil patch in their finals run, NRHA Open Futurity finalists will have the opportunity to ride for $1,000 towards Lucas Oil products for their trucks and equipment. The patches will be available at the Platinum Performance Open Draw Party. If a finalist wins one of the four open divisions while wearing the Lucas Oil patch, he or she will receive a $1,000 gift certificate for Lucas Oil products that can be redeemed at one of their retailers.

About Lucas Oil
Forrest and Charlotte started Lucas Oil Products with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. Since its inception, Lucas has steadfastly adhered to this corporate objective. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas has established itself as a top selling additive line in the American truck stop industry.

Lucas is the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry. A premium line of oils, greases and problem-solving additives has helped to firmly establish Lucas as a prominent figure in this marketplace. Lucas also produces a heavy-duty line of products for the industrial and agricultural markets.

Lucas Oil is a huge component of Protect the Harvest, a group that educates and communicates with the general public wherever those elements, including extremist animal rights groups, pose a threat to farmers, ranchers or hunters. Protect the Harvest was created to inform the true nature of animal rights groups, protect freedoms and way of life by creating lasting legal safeguards, and to respond to activities of radical groups by opposing efforts to pass laws or enact regulations that would restrict the rights and freedoms of farmers, sportsmen and animal owners. Find out more at

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Cody Sapergia becomes NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Rider


By Hayley Lewallen –  Oklahoma City, Okla. – With two successful runs, one aboard Nu Chexomatic and the other on Gotta Gold Chain, at the Reining International de Lyon Cody Sapergia earned enough to unofficially become the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Million Dollar Rider.

Originally from Canada, Cody now resides in Austria. Some of his most notable show accomplishments include:

2001: USET Champion team member aboard SR Cotton Candy

2004: North American Affiliate Championship Open Champion aboard SR Sweet N Low

2005: top ten at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Open on JD Whizkey

2006: NRHA Futurity Open finalist and Canadian Reining Breeders Classic Futurity Open Champion aboard Whizter Chic

2007: American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show Senior Reining third place aboard Whiz N Tag Chex, NRHA Futurity Open finalist on JDS Shining Image and Dun Playin Tag, top ten at the NRBC Open on Whizter Chic

2008: NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion on The Great Tag and finalist aboard Smart Kachina Olena, NRHA Open Derby finalist aboard Dun Playin Tag and Peppy Dun Hollywood, top ten at the NRBC Open on Dun Playin Tag

2009: Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity Open Champion on Leonard Tag, NRHA Derby Open and NRBC Open finalist on Dun Playin Tag and The Great Tag

2010: Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Futurity Open Reserve Champion on Mizzen Crome, IRHA Maturity Open Champion on Star Spangled Whiz, Austrian Reining Horse Association (ARHA) Western Star Futurity Open Reserve Champion on Mizzen Crome and finalist aboard Ms Solano Whiz

2011: ARHA Western Star Futurity Open finalist on Blue Collar Tag, Whiz Pop Gun and Ebony Spook; IRHA Derby Open finalist aboard Mizzen Crome, Spin N Wimp and Thechexkeepmestylin

2012: NRHA European Derby Open finalist on Nu Chexomatic and Ruf And Lucky

2013: third place at the IRHA Futurity Open with This Wimps So Fly, first place in the Category 1 Open at the SVAG CS Classic and 23 Classic on Nu Chexomatic, NRHA Germany Breeders Derby Open L4 Champion on Shining Tinsel, NRHA European Futurity Level (L) 4 Open finalist on Gotta Gold Chain and Tari Whizzin, NRHA Open World Champion on Nu Chexomatic

2014: Austrian Maturity Open L4 Reserve Champion on Nu Chexomatic, ARHA Western Star Futurity finalist on JP Great Lil Wimpy and SL Wild Spook, NRHA European Derby Open L4 finalist on Gotta Gold Chain and Tari Whizzin, member of Team Canada at the Alltech Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games


Photo Credit: Andrea Bonaga

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2014 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity Highlights

Fonck wins his first IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity on Lil Ruf Whiz N Tag  Fonck_Lil Ruf Whiz N Tag

The 39th edition of the IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity closed the show season for the sport of Reining. Over 520 horses made their way to Manerbio along with an enthusiastic crowd.  In front of a full house, 41 finalists left their mark in the Palasturla arena vying for the titles in the Euro 112.500-added Open Futurity.

Taking top honors as well as the Level 4 Open Futurity title was the last horse-rider-combination to enter the seeded finals: Bernard Fonck and Lil Ruf Whiz N Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Lil Trouble Miss). Aboard the stallion owned by his wife Ann Poels Fonck, the NRHA Million Dollar Rider posted a 223. “This final was fantastic, I tried to push my horses a little more than I did in the go-rounds and it went well. I want to thank all the people who cheered for me, it was truly exciting.”

Ann Poels Fonck was also recognized with the Italian Reining Horse Breeders Association 2014 award for having bred Lil Ruf Whiz N Tag.

Fonck also took the reserve championship with a 222 riding Big Fat (Big Chex To Cash x ARC Senorita Cal Bar) for owner 23 Quarter Horses.

Giovanni Masi De Vargas, the 22-year-old Italian professional, rode Custom Miranda (CustomMasi_Custom Miranda Blackberry x Margarita Boonsmal), owned by Laura Quaglia, to a 216 – enough to claim both the Level 3 and Level 2 Open championships.  “This is the first time since I turned to open competition that I also made the Level 4 finals in the IRHA futurity and I am simply thrilled. I came here with the idea of doing well and my mare was super. She always listened to me and I cannot thank her owner, Laura, for trusting me with her.”

In the Level 3 division, Adriano Meacci and Hot Tough Chex (Hot Smoking Chex x Snap Her Gun), owned by XO Reining Horses, scored a 213.5 for the reserve championship. Francesco Arrighi and his Topsail Pop (Remins Remedy x MM Lollipop) posted a 212.5 for reserve honors in the Level 2.Vedovato_Magica Lena

Winning the Level 1 Open Futurity with a 211.5 was Matteo Vedovato and Magica Lena (ARC Magic Enterprise x Monika Lena), a mare owned by Mario Ponso. “The final went very well, it was a fantastic ending to this show season. Despite being tired, my mare gave everything she had tonight.”

Co-reserve champions in this division with a score of 209.5 are Roberto Vettore riding Sofisat (Saturdaynight Custom x Sofia Catalyst) and Massimo Bianchi aboard Sailing Sparkle Again (Sailing Ruf x Sparkinic).

During the show, the Italian Reining Horse Association 2014 Champions were crowned, a full-slate of NRHA approved classes were offered as well as the 4-year-old IRHA Open & Non Pro Futurity.

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Para-Reining Returns to the World Show

By Larri Jo Starkey and Tara Matsler
The American Quarter Horse JournalDerrick Perkins rides Mr Fritz Wood in para-reining at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show with help from AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates and NRHA's $5 million rider Shawn Flarida.
PHOTO: Derrick Perkins rides Mr Fritz Wood in para-reining at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show with help from AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates and NRHA’s $5 million rider Shawn Flarida. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) Watch the video below for an exclusive interview with Derrick, plus footage from the class.

Para-dressage riders change saddles for a spin on a reiner in a demonstration class at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show.

Para-reining returned November 15 to the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show as a demonstration sport.

Six high-level para-dressage riders changed saddles and took a spin on American Quarter Horses in the Jim Norick Coliseum at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Along with a standing ovation from the crowd of reining enthusiasts in Oklahoma City, U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins received the high score of the night, a 74, from international judge Joe Carter.

Perkins was injured in 1988 while on active duty and the crowd was on its feet to honor both his service and his riding.

For the demonstration at the World Show, the para-reiners were matched with top-notch professionals who coached them on their rides and helped mount them on American Quarter Horses donated for the day.

Perkins’ coaches were reining’s double-gold medalist and the National Reining Horse Association’s  only $5 million rider, Shawn Flarida of Springfield, Ohio, and AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates of Pueblo, Colorado, one of the best ropers in the world.

Perkins’ horse was Mr Fritz Wood, a 2008 buckskin stallion by Mr Junewood and out of Fritz Lovelady by China Fritz. He was bred by 20-year breeders Sam Shoultz and Ken Matzner of Fort Collins, Colorado, and was donated by his owner, Lincoln Figueiredo of Brazil, who was world champion in amateur heeling and amateur tie-down roping at the World Show. Figueiredo and the stallion were also reserve champions in the AQHA Farnam All-Around Amateur standings.

Other competitors included Katie Shoemaker, who won the reserve national title in both the team test and freestyle competitions for Grade 3 at the United States Equestrian Federation Para-Dressage National Championship. She was selected for the United States Equestrian Team short list for the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games. Shoemaker studies at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine and has served in several leadership roles with the United States Dressage Federation.

Shoemaker was coached by Josh Visser of Visser Reining Horses in Whitesboro, Texas, and she rode See Stevies Dream, a 2011 gelding by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Kalico Whiz by Topsail Whiz. He was bred by Lyle, Sondra and Josh Visser of Whitesboro and is owned by Visser’s wife, Carri.

Frederick Win rode Shiners Little Spark, a 2008 palomino gelding by Shining Spark and out of Smart Little Betty by Smart Little Lena. He was bred by Blair Visser of Agassiz, British Columbia, and was donated by his owner, Christina Riley of Battle Ground, Washington.

Win started learning dressage in 2011 and successfully competed at the United States Dressage Federation national level and FEI international level shows. Win competed at the Kentucky Reining Cup and at the World Show in 2013. He is coached by reining trainer Josh Visser, who also serves on the NRHA executive committee and was the 2013 NRHA professional horseman of the year.

Elinor Switzer traveled from Europe to participate in the para-reining demonstration at the World Show. Switzer is a founding member and past chairwoman of the Para-Western Riders of Germany and has an extensive show record in AQHA Equestrians With Disabilities classes. Switzer is a para-equestrian FEI Grade 4 rider.

AQHA Professional Horseman Shane Brown, a winning freestyle reiner from Elbert, Colorado, coached Switzer through her ride on Little Dual Dunnit, a 2001 bay gelding by Hollywood Dun It and out of Little Dual Missie by Dual Pep. He was bred by Tim and Colleen McQuay of Tioga, Texas, and is owned by Marc Jenkins of Colorado Springs, who generously donated him for the demonstration.

Paralympian Rebecca Hart was among the riders who competed at the World Show in 2013 and returned for more in 2014. She represented the United States in para-dressage at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Her coach was Martin Muehlstaetter, a respected reining trainer and a member of Team Austria at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Hart rode Spookanne, a homebred mare donated by Rosanne Sternberg of Sterling Ranch. Spookanne is a 2006 mare by Smart Spook and out of Annieote Freckles by Colonel Freckles.

Holly Jacobson of Ipswich, Massachusetts, grew up in Connecticut riding hunters. Jacobson has been pursuing para-dressage the last four years and now para-reining. For the second time, Jacobson rode Zins Smart Wrangler, a 2011 gelding donated by Reed Kyle of Whitesboro, Texas. Jacobson was third on “Wrangler” at the para-reining event during the Kentucky Reining Cup in April. Jacobson’s coach for the day was Fred Thomsson, a champion reining trainer who represented Sweden at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

Para-reining made its debut during the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show, and interest in the sport continues to grow.  For 2014, AQHA adopted para-reining rules in collaboration with USA Reining and NRHA. Those rules will be revised after this test year and with the cooperation of the United States Para-Equestrian Association with the goal of making para-reining a nationally recognized sport in 2015.

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2014 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity & Italian Championship

Manerbio, November 8-15th

Today in Manerbio, on the sixth day of the 2014 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity, the crowed filled the stands to watch the IRHA 4-year-old Open and Non Pro Futurity finals.

The Open divisionMarkus Gebert & Charly Step N Cool BNG_8376

In a field of 35 finalists where ‘exciting’ was the key word, it was not until the very last horse-rider-combination entered the pen that the Level 4 champion was decided. The 2013 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Level 4,3,2 and 1 Open Champions came back to Manerbio to take the title. Markus Gebert and Charly Step N Cool (Wimpys Little Step x Charlys Cool Running) owned by Angelika Gebert marked an amazing 227.5 for the win. “My mare is always the same, it’s just fantastic. Tonight we marked the same score as last year. Now our plans include showing her in the States.”

The reserve championship in the Level 4 went to the Level 3 champions, Guglielmo Fontana and GVR Gunalicous (Gunner x GVR Surprising Badge) owned by Bvba Van Roosbroeck & ZN. The pair scored a 221. “I’ve been riding this horse for about 10 days,” said the 23 QH assistant trainer. “Bernard showed her before coming here. She gave me her soul tonight and she really has such a big heart. I’m so happy!”

Reserve champions in the Level 3 Open division with a score of 219.5 was Austrian Johannes Hasenauer riding Walla Walla Glitter (Walla Walla Whiz x Ms Majestic Spark) for owner by Edith Hochmair.

Taking the Level 2 championship was Giovanni Masi De Vargas aboard Saturday Whiz (Saturdaynight Custom x Anjolena Whiz) owned by Little Ranch ASD and scoring 220.5.  “In the first go I felt her a bit tired and for this reason I only made the Level 2  finals. She’s a serious and reliable mare with whom I did a lot of shows and I’m really happy with how she went tonight.”

Giovanni also claimed the reserve championship with a 219.5 riding Marry Smoke (Dun It Up In Smoke x Marry For Tobia) owned by Maria Rachele Casini.

In the Level 1 division the championship went to Belgian Tiara Van Dongen and Dry Wimpys Kid (Wimpys Little Step x owned by Karla Frick with a 219.  Tiara also took the co-reserve championship aboard Hollywood Diva BB (Wimpys Little Step x Hollywood Balloues), owned by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck, after posting a 216.5.

“I am particularly happy for this victory. I’ve been riding these horses for a short time and they are so different from each other. This is our last show and next year they will be shown by their owners. This evening they were both fantastic!”

Tying for the reserve championship was Alessandro Roasio riding Jupiter Of Sun (Wimpys Little Step x Flirtin A Little) for owner Franco Rosso.

The Non Pro division

Gina Maria & Captain Igloo BNG_7798Claiming the Level 4 Non Pro championship with a score of 215 was Gina Maria riding Captain Igloo (Frozen Sailor x Whiz Sandy), owned by Channay Sky Management SA.  The pair were last to enter the arena and beat the 214.5 posted by Italian Edoardo Bernardelli who had to settle for the reserve championship in the Level 4 Non Pro and claimed the Level 3 title.  Bernardelli was riding his own Im Taris Slide (OT Taris Melody x Im Gunna Slide).

In the Level 3 division the reserve championship was for Anthony De Lorenzis and Showman Chocolate (Chocolate Chic Olena x Hollywood Stopper). The pair scored a 213.

Tying for the co-championship in the Level 2 division with a 212.5 were  Greta Sordelli aboard DV Foxy Rooster (Ricochet Rooster x Olena Foxy Red) and Roberta Giongo riding MTK Flipper (Mr Tori Kid x SGA Miss Dual Flip). Greta Sordelli and her mount also claimed the Level 1 championship.  Behind her in this division were Enzo Marniga and LF Custom Black Chex (Custom Blackberry x White Chex) with a score of 211.

IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity Finals

The Non Pro Futurity Finals will be held on Friday. The crowning of the 2014 edition of the IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Open Futurity champions will close the Show on Saturday.

Ancillary Action

Making the event all the more exciting will be the finals of the IRHA Championship, a full-slate of NRHA approved classes and the ‘Reiner of The Future’ Trophy which will feature the Youth Under 13 and Short Stirrup classes.

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What Do Recent FDA Warnings to Equine Stomach Ulcer Product Manufacturers Mean?

What Do Recent FDA Warnings to Equine Stomach Ulcer Product Manufacturers  Mean?

MerialFrom Merial – In late October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to multiple marketers of products claiming treatment of equine stomach ulcers, including:

  • Horse Gold, Inc. – GastroMax3
  • HorsePreRace – Omeprazole Oral Paste, Omeprazole/Rantidine Oral Paste
  • Tri-Star Equine – Gastrotec
  • Douglas J. Gordon, Teton Equine – UlcerCure OTC
  • Cox Veterinary Laboratory, Inc. – Gastroade Xtra
  • Ceva Animal Health Pty Ltd. – Omoguard Paste
  • Abler, Inc. – AbGard, Abprazole, Abprazole Plus, Abler Omeprazole
  • Multivet USA, Inc. – Gastro37 OTC

The FDA admonished all of them for promoting their products “for use in the mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in animals.”1-8 When companies market their products for such use, they fall under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and therefore are considered drugs. None of these companies have obtained FDA approval of their products, meaning the products have not been evaluated for safety, effectiveness or quality.9

“The FDA plays a significant role in ensuring the drugs marketed to consumers are safe, contain the proper amount of the active ingredient and achieve the intended result,” says Rebecca Peskin, senior equine manager, Merial. “With products that have not been through the rigorous FDA approval process, horse owners really don’t have any way of knowing exactly what they are getting.”

One of the products tested by the FDA, Gastroade Xtra, did not contain the amount of the active ingredient advertised on the label. In fact, it only contained 36.3 percent of the label claim.5 Another, Omeprazole Oral Paste, was tested and found to be sub-potent at just 68.1 percent of the label claim.2 This isn’t the first time illegally marketed omeprazole products have been found to be sub-potent. A previously published study conducted by the University of California-Davis also found wide discrepancies in omeprazole content versus label claims.10

According to Peskin, this lack of potency should be a serious concern to horse owners. “When a horse shows clinical signs of ulcers, and an owner gives that horse a medication that does not contain an appropriate amount of active ingredient, the horse is not likely to get better. Not only can it be a waste of time and money, but it could also have serious consequences for the health of that horse.”

There are, in fact, two products that have been proven to be safe and effective for the prevention and treatment of equine stomach ulcers, ULCERGARD® (omeprazole) and GASTROGARD® (omeprazole).11,12

Consumers should be vigilant when it comes to treating their horses with any product – which means they should invest time researching whether or not a drug has received FDA approval. One way is by looking on the package for a six-digit New Animal Drug Application (NADA) number and the statement “Approved by the FDA.” In the case of generic drugs, look for the Abbreviated New Animal Drug Application (ANADA) number.

Another option is to go to AnimalDrugs@FDA and search the database.

“The equine drug marketplace can be overwhelming, as there are a lot of products available and some of the manufacturers of these products make claims that simply haven’t been proven. There is a process that any legitimate manufacturer goes through – it takes time and there are fees involved, but it’s the law and it’s the right thing to do for the health of horses,” says Peskin.

To help educate consumers about the types of drugs, the FDA approval process and identifying FDA-approved drugs, Merial developed the website The site also has templates that consumers can submit to the appropriate authorities if they feel they have been misled by a product manufacturer.

ULCERGARD can be used in horses that weigh at least 600 pounds. Safety in pregnant mares has not been determined.

Caution: Safety of GASTROGARD in pregnant or lactating mares has not been determined. For full prescribing information, go to:

About Merial

Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. Merial employs approximately 6,200 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide with close to $2 billion of sales in 2013.

Merial is a Sanofi company.

For more information, please see

®ULCERGARD and GASTROGARD are registered trademarks of Merial.
©2014 Merial Limited, Duluth, Ga. All rights reserved. EQUIUGD1443 (11/14)

1FDA correspondence to Horse Gold, Inc. 10/29/2014. Available at: Accessed November 6, 2014.
2FDA correspondence to Horse PreRace. 10/29/2014. Available at: Accessed November 6, 2014.
3FDA correspondence to Tri-Star Equine 10/29/2014. Available at: Accessed November 6, 2014.
4FDA correspondence to Douglas J. Gordon 10/29/2014. Available at: Accessed November 12, 2014.
5FDA correspondence to Cox Veterinary Laboratory, Inc. Available at: Accessed November 12, 2014.
6FDA correspondence to Ceva Animal Health Pty Ltd 10/29/2014. Available at: Accessed November 12, 2014.
7FDA correspondence to Abler Inc 10/29/2014. Available at: Accessed November 12, 2014.
8FDA Correspondence to Multivet USA, Inc. Available at: Accessed November 12, 2014.
9American Association of Equine Practitioners. Equine Veterinary Compounding Guidelines. Available at: Accessed November 12, 2014.
10Stanley SD. Knych HK. Comparison of Pharmaceutical Equivalence for Commercially Available Preparations of Omeprazole. AAEP Proceedings 2011. Vol. 57:63.
11ULCERGARD product label.
12GASTROGARD product label.

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Colleen Scott
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Sullivan Higdon & Sink
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NRHA Expands Medications Testing for 2015

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors voted on November 3, during meetings in Oklahoma City, to maintain its Animal Welfare and Medications Policy for NRHA events held in locations outside of Europe.

Medication testing will continue in 2015 at NRHA events held in locations outside of Europe. The association’s Animal Welfare and Medications Policy, enacted in 2011, is a two-part program which also includes a protocol for events held in Europe and one for events held anywhere else.

Per the desire of the European membership and the European Affiliate Council, a specific European policy that provided for testing and disciplinary penalties was implemented on January 1, 2013. Simultaneously, the original policy outlined a multi-year plan for events held outside of Europe.

The first three years consisted of research testing at selected events, plus discussion and evaluation of disciplinary procedures and penalty structures. The research phase included four major events in the United States and one in Europe.

During the research phase, 50 horses were tested with only two samples testing positive for a forbidden substance. Since 2013 when the disciplinary phase began in Europe, 148 samples have been tested with zero samples testing positive for a forbidden substance.

The time-line for the fourth year (2015) stated that testing will be implemented and disciplinary procedures enforced. For NRHA events held in locations outside of Europe, the following events are subject to testing: AA events ($100,000 or more in added money for the entire event), Category 2 and 6 (aged event) classes. With the vote to maintain the Animal Welfare and Medications Policy, testing is now slated to begin in May 2015. The policy, as approved in 2011, can be found in the Members Only section of

“Over the past year, I have talked to a lot of members about this subject. There have been some passionate discussions, but throughout, it was very clear that, despite differences in opinion on specific aspects, everyone held the welfare of the horse in the forefront,” said Rick Clark, previous chair of the Medications Task Force and NRHA Vice President.

“The intent of the NRHA Animal Welfare and Medications program is to enact a process that carefully considers all aspects of the issue, its impact on our horses and its impact on our industry. A task force has been created to evaluate it and to bring any suggested changes to the board next year,” said Beth Himes, NRHA President.


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The IEA Set Membership Record

Interscholastic Equestrian Association Set Membership Record  by Surpassing 10,000 Members Before Registration EndsIEA logo 1st choice-1

Columbus, Ohio – After years of steadily climbing membership, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) has reached a significant milestone. With time left before the membership application deadline, 10,198 young riders-ages 12-19-have enrolled for the 2014-2015 season.

In 2002, the IEA started with 175 riders on 13 teams and has progressively grown 25-30 pecent each year. While the increased membership has come from across the United States, this year many of the new members have come from west of the Mississippi and along the East Coast.

IEA membership rates are very affordable. Fees are $45 per individual rider for the season. Most important, there is no need to own a horse to participate in the IEA.

“This is an extraordinary achievement,” stated Co-founder and Executive Director, Roxane Lawrence. “We have many people to thank-especially the thousands of volunteers, parents, coaches, trainers and sponsors who contributed much for the growth of the IEA and the betterment of equestrian sport.”

Founded in 2002, The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students.  Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, and to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. For additional information, please visit the IEA website:

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Italian Futurity Numbers Skyrocket

The IRHA / IRHBA Futurity – Manerbio, 8-15 November 2014

The 29th edition of the Italian Futurity: numbers skyrocket

Provided by the Italian Reining Horse Association (Simona Diale) – Over 500 hundred horses – a record number – will be making their way to Manerbio, Italy, where the 29th edition of the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Futurity & Italian Championship Show will be held.Futurity-Logo-2014ESTESO

The NRHA approved Futurity is open to 3-year-old horses nominated in the IRHBA breeding program and offers the Euro 112.500-added Open and the Euro 53.000-added Non Pro divisions. The Open Futurity, which counts 86 horse-rider combinations entered in the four levels, is run in a two-go-round and clean slate finals. 41 horse-rider-combinations are entered in the four levels of the Non Pro Futurity which is run in a qualifying go and clean slate finals.

Opening the show on Saturday 8th will be the qualifying round of the Euro 18.500-added 4-year-old Futurity Open followed by the Euro 11.000-added 4-year-old Futurity. Over 120 horses will leave their mark in the Palasturla Arena on the first day of competition.

Making the event all the more exciting will be the finals of the IRHA Championship, a full-slate of NRHA approved classes and the ‘Reiner of The Future’ trophy which will feature the Under 13 and Short Stirrup classes.

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