The Inter Pacific Exchange is held bi-annually and is contested between Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, United States and Canada. Teams participate in a two week tour and compete in a scrambled One Day Event and a Nations Cup Showjumping Event.
The Inter Pacific Exchange which began in Brisbane on Friday 26th July, concluded with an action packed Nations Cup competition held at Yandina over the weekend of the 10-11th August.
Australia and New Zealand battled it out for first place over three rounds, time was the deciding factor with Australia just a fraction over one second in front of the Kiwis to take out the Nations Cup. USA placed third, Hong Kong fourth and Canada fifth.
Favourite parts of the trip for participants included a trip to Fraser Island and the Green Ropes challenge at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast.
Highlights of the program for NSW Pony Club representative Brandon Beneke from The Vines Pony Club included, "meeting and making friends with riders from around the world and representing Australia in an International competition."
Brandon is the current Club Captain of The Vines Pony Club and is a successful rider in a variety of disciplines including polo cross, mounted games and showjumping.
"The Inter Pacific Exchange has been an incredible experience. I hope that the friendships I have made and what I have learnt will bring on more opportunities for me in the future," said Brandon.
Brandon's advice for other Pony Club members hoping to follow in his footsteps? "My advice would be to make the most of all the opportunities that Pony Club offers. Practice, persevere and always do your best."
The Pony Club Association of NSW is supported by Sport and Recreation a division of Communities NSW, Global Entries Online, Mitavite official feed partner, as well as other local sponsors. To find a Pony Club near you visit the state website on www.pcansw.org.au
Lexington, KY (November 2, 2010) – As a member of the World Equestrian Games US Eventing team, Boyd Martin lived out every rider’s fairytale dream when he finished tenth individually and fourth place with the team at World Equestrian Games – all on an ex-racehorse he bought for $800 off the track. Martin joined radio host LA Pomeroy on Holistic Horse Radio Show following WEG to talk about his incredible journey, his ex-racehorse, and his supporters who helped him make it to his first international competition for the United States.
“The USEF said the highlight of the Team USA for eventing at WEG was the lovely double clear round jumped by Boyd and Windurra LLC’s Neville Bardos,” Pomeroy stated as she introduced Martin on the radio show, adding that Martin and Neville finished with a dressage score of 49.5. “Neville was in a demanding career before you got him, so tell us your secret to keeping him sound, solid and happy.”
Martin, an Arenus Ambassador, was quick to give credit to the team that surrounds him, including his wife, grooms, vet, blacksmith, their feeding program and also to products by Arenus, which include SORE NO-MORE® Liniment and SORE NO-MORE® Poultice. “I take no short cuts in taking care of Neville and we use the SORE NO-MORE® Liniment and Poultice on him after every hard work out,” Martin said.
Martin said an added benefit to the SORE NO-MORE® products was that Neville feels like Superman thanks to the products. “He steps out of the stable every morning on top of the world,” Martin said, adding that he believes Neville’s enthusiasm stems from using the poultice to the EQUILITE™ Relax Blend they sprinkle on his feed every day.
It’s been a long road for Martin and Neville. “He was a terrible racehorse and I picked him up as he was headed to slaughter,” Martin said. “I got him for $800. It really is a fairy tale story.”
An Australian native who was short-listed for the Australian Olympic team, Martin moved to the United States in 2007. Martin changed his citizenship with the FEI in 2009 to ride for the United States. Martin is married to dressage trainer Silva Martin and worked as an assistant trainer to Olympic Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton when he first moved to the US. Now on his own, Martin has quickly become a top US event rider, and in 2009 was named the USEA preliminary rider of the year.
“I wanted to ride at WEG since the day I graduated from high school,” Martin said, adding that his eventing career didn’t start out too well as he fell off three times at his first horse trial. “It took me a bit of time, 12 hard years, but I feel like I’ve finally gotten some good results.”
Simone Pophal, DVM, Ph.D., Business Manager for Arenus, congratulated Martin on his success at the World Equestrian Games. “Boyd and Neville were fantastic and we are so proud of them and proud to have been part of their team,” Pophal said. “We know Boyd relies on a lot of our Arenus products, including EQUILITE™ Relax Blend, which helps reduce nervousness, stress, tension, and anxiety in horses.”
Arenus features the product families ASSURE® digestive aids, STEADFAST® joint & structural health supplement, EQUILITE™ herbal blends, SORE NO-MORE® topicals, and two products containing DHA/Omega-3 - ALEIRA™ for respiratory health and RELEIRA™ for reproductive health. The company is dedicated to delivering scientifically sound health and nutritional products so pets and horses can have many happy years working, playing and competing. The Arenus staff includes more than 75 animal health professionals and veterinarians who believe that supplements should be supported by science.
To find out more information on Martin, visit his website at www.boydandsilvamartin.com. To learn more about Arenus products visit www.arenus.com. To listen to Martin’s radio interview, visit the link: http://www.holistichorse.com/Holistic-Horse-Radio/boyd-martin-talks-horse-health-fresh-off-his-weg-performance.html.
FEI PRESS STATEMENT
FEI PRESS RELEASE
27 May 2010
Irish eye up another home victory at Tattersalls
Patricia Ryan (IRL) returns home this weekend (27-30 May) to defend her title at Tattersalls (IRL) at the halfway stage in the 2010 HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing series.
Ryan and husband Michael, who scored a memorable one-two last year, have been based in England this spring, but will be doing their best to keep victory at Tattersalls, their country’s showpiece event, in Irish hands for the third year running.
Patricia withdrew her Olympic horse and Tattersalls winner Fernhill Clover Mist after the Dressage at Badminton and promises: “He is fighting fit and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”
There are 14 other Irish riders in the field of 33, including the very experienced Susan Shortt on Imperative. But the home side faces determined competition from five riders who already have HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing points from Chatsworth (GBR) a fortnight ago and will be keen to enhance their chances of sharing the US$180,000 prize fund that goes to the leading 15 riders in the series.
Mary King (GBR) who was best of the British visitors in 3rd on Imperial Cavalier at the Irish venue last year, is three-handed: she brings the striking grey Fernhill Urco, sixth at Tattersalls in 2009 and ninth at Chatsworth, plus her home-bred mare Kings Temptress, which she retired at Badminton (GBR) after a stop, and the veteran four-star horse Apache Sauce.
Ruth Edge (GBR), deputising for the pregnant Polly Stockton (GBR), rides Arthur Comyn’s Irish-bred and owned Westwood Mariner, sixth at Chatsworth; and Andrew Nicholson (NZL) has the brilliant Spanish-bred jumper Armada, seventh and fastest across the country at Chatsworth.
Lucy Wiegersma (GBR), the runner-up at Chatsworth, has most to gain as she is the highest placed of the Tattersalls entries on the HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing rankings in eighth. She rides the promising Granntevka Prince, winner of Blenheim CCI3* (GBR) and fourth at Pau CCI4* (FRA) last year.
British riders relish coming to Tattersalls, home of the premier bloodstock sales, where the US-based course designer Hugh Lochore (GBR) always has a proper old-fashioned galloping track with lovely big hedges in store.
“It’s one of the best events in the world,” says Mary King. “All of us enjoy competing here because the facilities are so superb and the hospitality is second to none!”
Follow the event on www.tattersalls.ie
FEI TV: Coverage of the HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing competition at Tattersalls will be available on FEI TV (www.feitv.org) on Thursday3 June.
Calendar of events
1. Tallahassee (USA), 5-7 March 2
2. Kihikihi (NZL), 2-4 April
3. Sydney (AUS), 7-9 May
4. Marbach (GER), 7-9 May
5. Chatsworth (GBR), 15-16 May
6. Tattersalls (IRL), 27-30 May
7. Strzegom (POL), 24-27 June
8. Minsk (BLR), 21-25 July
9. Rebecca Farm, Kalispell (USA), 22-25 July
10. Malmö (SWE), 13-15 August
11. Haras du Pin (FRA), 18-22 August
12. Schenefeld (GER), 26-29 August
Standings (after 5 of 12 events)
1 Megan Jones (AUS) 138 points
2 Clarke Johnston (NZL) 128
3 Sonja Johnson (AUS) 119
4= Mara Dean (USA) 71
4 = Chris Burton (AUS) 71
4 = Michael Jung (GER) 71
4 = Sam Griffiths (AUS) 71
8 Lucy Wiegersma (GBR) 70
9 = Phillip Dutton (USA) 67
9 = Heelan Tompkins (NZL) 67
9 = Kai-Steffen Meier (GER) 67
12 Jenna Mahoney (NZL) 65