Monthly Archives: January 2016

Janine Little and Ebony Claim First Horse of Course High Score Award of 2016!

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Beth Haist (left), CEO of The Horse of Course, presents Janine Little (right) with the first Horse of Course High Score Award of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

Wellington, FL – The first week of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival took off to a great start, with high caliber international competitors already bringing their best to the winter competition in Wellington, Florida. The highest score earned throughout the entire first week was a 75.370%, claimed by Janine Little of British Columbia and Ebony, a seven-year-old Friesian mare owned by Shawneen Jacobs. The Horse of Course, Inc., a popular mobile tack shop on site at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, is dedicated to honoring the best in the dressage world— which includes offering top quality products and rewarding top scoring riders. The company presented Little and Ebony with the Horse of Course High Score Award for their impressive score, earned in their First Level test.

The Horse of Course, based in Claremore, Oklahoma, is an Official Partner and Sponsor of the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Beth Haist, CEO of The Horse of Course, awarded Little and Ebony with a tricolored ribbon and an embroidered commemorative cooler for their winning ride.

“Ebony was really good, especially for her first show at the Global show grounds this year,” Little said. “Last year, she was a bit afraid of the show grounds here, since she had a few moments spooking with the flags. I was a little bit concerned she may be nervous this year, but she was very brave.” Despite inclement weather during the first show of the season, Ebony remained calm and collected. “Under the circumstances of torrential rain and wind, I was quite proud of her. She was a really good girl— I can’t complain,” Little concluded.

Little looks forward to the upcoming weeks of competition at the Wellington, Florida show grounds competing with Ebony and her other young developing horses. She stated, “I have a lot of young horses that I am bringing out this year, so my goals are to make them solid at the levels of which they are competing, and give them some good experiences. Our goal for these horses is to compete in the FEI classes in the next year or two.”

The Horse of Course is a strong supporter of the equestrian community and travels across the United States attending and sponsoring horse shows. The Horse of Course is a one-stop shop for leading equestrians who are looking for top quality, fairly-priced merchandise. Popular brands that The Horse of Course carries include Konig, Pikeur, Kentucky, Eskadron, Grand Prix, Vespucci, Cavallo, Passler, Redbarn, Schockemohle, Romfh, USG, Neue Schule, and Sommer. The company’s complete selection of sought-after items include full seat and knee patch breeches, bridles, horse care supplies, belts, and boots. Saddle-fitting services are also available.

The Horse of Course High Score Award will continue to be presented to the highest scoring horse and rider duo of each CDI week throughout the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. To learn more about the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival’s sponsor The Horse of Course, visitwww.thehorseofcourse.com or call 888-494-6773.

Our Favorite Barn Hacks

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Equestrians are a creative and frugal bunch! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite barn hacks to share:

Listerine or other mouthwash to remove dandruff from your horse’s mane and tail

Lingerie bags for washing your polo wraps: this is a must for preventing hopelessly tangled wraps!

Ivory soap for cleaning sheaths and udders

Pads or panty liners are a great addition to your first-aid kit

Tuna/cat food cans make great bridle/halter hangers.cans

Key tags to label your stuff

Tent tape for emergency blanket repair

What else would you add?

The Horse of Course High Score Award to be presented at 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Beth Haist presenting the Horse of Course High Score Award

Beth Haist (left) of The Horse of Course presents Kasey Perry (right) with the Horse of Course High Score Award during the Palm Beach Dressage Derby at the 2015 AGDF.

The popular tack shop The Horse of Course— known for being one of the busiest places on the show grounds— will return to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival as an Official Partner and Sponsor of the 2016 show series. The Horse of Course, based in Claremore, Oklahoma, looks forward to sponsoring and presenting its Horse of Course High Score Award throughout the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, at one of the largest international dressage circuits.

The full-service tack company The Horse of Course is eager to be a part of another exciting winter season by presenting it’s High Score Award to recognize the highest-scoring rides of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI series. The Horse of Course High Score Award’s talented winners will receive ribbons and embroidered coolers courtesy of The Horse of Course. Every CDI weekend, the horse and rider duo that received the highest score of that entire week—no matter what the class— will be rewarded.

“Watching our sport and its talent blossom each season and recognizing and encouraging such talent is our privilege,” says The Horse of Course’s CEO, Beth Haist. “We are always looking to give back and support our dressage community. Dressage riders from around the world have come to rely on finding our products, clothing, and saddles at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, and we really have begun to feel like partners in many of their show careers.”

The Horse of Course will be on scene throughout the twelve-week show series; supporting the dressage community through sponsoring, rewarding spectacular performances, and providing all equipment and apparel that competitors could need. The Horse of Course is a one-stop shop for leading equestrians, offering top quality, fairly-priced merchandise. Popular brands that The Horse of Course carries include Konig, Pikeur, Kentucky, Eskadron, Grand Prix, Vespucci, Cavallo, Passler, Redbarn, Schockemohle, Romfh, USG, Neue Schule, and Sommer. The company’s complete selection of sought-after items include full seat and knee patch breeches, bridles, horse care supplies, belts, and boots. Saddle-fitting services are also available.
To learn more about the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival’s sponsor The Horse of Course, visit www.thehorseofcourse.com or call 888-494-6773.

New ASTM Helmet Standards In Effect

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As of this month, the American Society for Testing and Materials’ (ASTM) new helmet standards are in effect. The Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) will use these new standards to certify all helmets manufactured from January 2016 forward.

How does this affect you? The good news is that your current helmet is probably okay!

  • Any helmets currently labeled to meet the previous ASTM standard (F1163 O4a)/SEI certified status will not lose their certification! If your current helmet meets this standard, there is no need to replace it. If you’re shopping for a new helmet and find one which is labeled this way, you can feel confident it’s the best available protection.
  • The USEF Safety Committee is not contemplating or anticipating any rule changes regarding protective headgear. If you are competing in USEF sanctioned competitions, your ASTM F1163 O4a helmet still meets the standards for protective headgear.
  • The new standard will have minimal impact on current helmet design.

Of course, there are circumstances in which you should replace your helmet:

  • You have had a fall or other impact.
  • You have been using a helmet for 5 years.

If you’re in the market for a new helmet, check out our selection online!

Cold Weather Riding Tips

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Just because temperatures have dropped doesn’t mean you and your horse have to take the whole winter off! With the help of a few strategic pieces of equipment and a little creativity, you can spend plenty of time in the saddle this winter.

For The Rider
Layering is the key to comfort during winter rides. You’ll be able to remove clothing as your body warms up and put layers on as your ride winds down. There are three basic layers for winter workouts:

  1. The Base Layer: This layer includes undergarments, socks, and the tops and bottoms closest to your skin. Moisture wicking fabrics are ideal for the base layer- they’ll pull moisture away from the skin, preventing you from getting chilled when you sweat. The Knix seamless high rise panty, Bambootz socks, and Mountain Horse Vibe tech top are great choices for base layer pieces.
  2. The Insulating Layer: This middle layer helps trap warm air, which is key on super cold days. Fleece and wool are great insulating materials; choose garments that feature these fabrics, like Kerrits’ Hex Fleece half zip top or Horze’s Evonne softshell breeches.
  3. The Protective Layer: If you live in a relatively mild area, you may not need a protective layer! For riders in areas where wind, rain, and snow are part of the winter season, the protective layer is made from waterproof or water-resistant material like nylon. Jackets like the Irideon Polaris insulated coat will make winter riding warm and comfortable!

It’s also important to remember to stay warm while you’re tacking up, doing barn chores, or otherwise off the horse! Most body heat is lost through your head, so be sure to put on a hat or headband. Add a pair of winter gloves, and you’ll be all set!

For The Horse
It’s important not to cut your grooming routine short in the winter. Currying and brushing will help loosen dead hair and skin cells, which will make your horse’s coat more efficient at keeping him warm. If your horse is clipped, make sure you’re using an appropriate blanket for him.

Since warm muscles are less likely to be injured, plan to spend some extra time warming your horse up for your ride. You may also consider using an exercise sheet like TuffRider’s ThermoManager to keep your horse warm throughout your ride.

Monitor your horse’s condition while you ride; if your horse becomes sweaty, his hair will mat down and be slow to dry. You can use a cooler to help wick away the moisture and keep your horse warm while he dries, but you may want to avoid getting your horse sweaty at all, especially if he is unclipped.

Finally, ice and snow can make for treacherous footing during the winter! Snow or ice can sometimes ball up in a horse’s hooves; if you plan to ride on snow often, your farrier may be able to use pads to prevent the formation of snowballs. Frozen ground is often hard and more strenuous on your horse’s legs. Be careful while riding and be prepared to cut your ride short if you encounter unsafe conditions.

For Tack
Metal bits can become very cold during the winter! Warm your horse’s bit by running it under warm water or holding it against your skin for a few minutes to take the edge off before putting it in your horse’s mouth.

Leather can require extra conditioning during the winter. Just as your skin can become chapped from cold, leather can, too! Consider cleaning and conditioning your tack more often during cold months.

With a little extra preparation, winter riding can be enjoyable for both horse and rider!

Top Dressage Trends For 2016

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While basic dressage attire is firmly rooted in tradition, that doesn’t mean riders can’t have fun with schooling and show apparel!

Technical fabrics continue to be very popular for short coats and shadbellies alike. They’re lightweight, breathable, and allow for great freedom of movement. Our best-selling dressage coats from Grand Prix  are available in jersey and TechLite fabrics; the jersey is our top choice for a show coat. It’s light and stretchy, but offers just enough structure to smooth out any lumps or bumps. Grand Prix’s TechLite fabric is even lighter and provides maximum flexibility and stretch. The best part about technical fabrics? They’re machine washable!

Colors are here to stay! While black coats will never go out of style, subtly colored jackets and tailcoats are catching on with amateurs and professionals alike! Navy and charcoal gray are excellent options for those interested in branching out, while dark green and deep brown fit USEF’s requirement for “conservative” colors but offer more excitement. Shirts may be any color, so you should have fun with your show shirt! This hot pink La Valencio shirt is one of our favorites; you’ll look stylish and bright walking around the show grounds after your test.

Bling is still hot, but don’t overdo it! There are many opportunities to add a touch of sparkle to your show ensemble. Stay conservative and choose only two or three places to add embellishments. For example, choose a beautiful crystal browband like this one from Waldhausen for your horse and a subtly sparkly helmet, like the One K Defender with Swarovski crystals for yourself. Bling should enhance your and your horse’s beauty and elegance, not detract from your performance.

Ergonomic bridles are trending right now; riders have realized they don’t have to sacrifice style for their horses to be comfortable! Features to look for include padded cavesson and crownpiece, a monocrown design, and ear cutouts or a shaped crown. We especially love the Passier Icarus double bridle  and the Red Barn Capriole snaffle bridle.

We’re here for you any time! Call us toll free at 1-888-49HORSE or email us to get advice on the latest in dressage tack and apparel.

The Horse of Course Dressage Trailer Schedule

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The Horse of Course’s dressage trailer team is settled into their Florida location for the season! The trailer is open 9:30 AM-5 PM Tuesday-Sunday through mid-April. The Horse of Course dressage trailer is located on the grounds of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) at The Stadium PBIEC (13500 South Shore Blvd., Wellington, FL 33414).

Here’s a schedule of the events where you’ll find the trailer:

JANUARY
5-9 Robert Dover Horsemastership Week
7-10 AGDF Para Dressage CDI
13-17 AGDF 1 CDI
21-24 AGDF Para Dressage CDI
27-31 AGDF 3 CDI

FEBRUARY
6-7 AGDF 4 National Show
10-14 AGDF 5 CDI
20-21 AGDF 6 National Show
24-28 AGDF 7 CDI

MARCH
2-6 AGDF 8 CDI
12-13 AGDF 9 National Show
16-20 AGDF 10 CDI
29-4/2 AGDF 12 CDIO

APRIL
1-2 AGDF 12 CDIO

You can find a complete selection of dressage tack and apparel at The Horse of Course! We carry Pikeur, Konig, Grand Prix, Kentucky, Neue Schule, Montar, La Valencio, Sommer, Schockemohle, USG, and many, many more top brands. Our master saddler Marty Haist is also available for tack repair and saddle fittings! To set up an appointment or to get more information, email The Horse of Course founder & CEO Beth Haist at beth (at) thehorseofcourse (dot) com!