The final week of the World Equestrian Games has been an exciting one. We are even more excited for the World Driving Championships, featuring U.S. Driver and Ice Horse sponsored rider, Chester Weber. In 2010, the U.S teams clinched silver, but they have their sights on gold. The Individual portion for the Four-in-Hands Driving Championship concludes on Friday and the U.S. will be represented by Chester Weber at 2:50pm local time. Combined Driving is much different than carriage pleasure driving. While pleasure driving emphasizes style, combined driving test both the horse and team's speed, agility, endurance, and skill. These events can be held over the course of three days. It truly does challenge a rider's full set of skills. However, if anybody is up to the challenge, it's Chester Weber. Weber entered these Games having a career year. In March, he won his 11th National title. He then traveled across the sea to Europe, where he earned wins at CAI3* Windsor and CAIO4* Saumur. Next he traveled to Germany, earning the biggest victory of his career, in the prestigious CAIO4* competition. However, while his resume boasts some of the top titles in the equestrian world, he has not been able to call himself World Champion. He looks to change that this week. We wish him the very best. Good luck, Chester!
This weekend, Ice Horse sponsored rider Kerstie Allen will be competing in the Pacific Coast Open Polo Tournament at the Santa Barbara Racquet and Polo Club. This is the final high goal polo tournament that will be hosted on the west coast, and will undoubtedly be a fun event to watch. Recently, Kerstie was interviewed by Sidelines TV where she discusses her most recent trip from Texas, to San Diego, all the way to Hawaii. She also discusses what her next steps are in here career. Watch the full interview below: To find out more about Kerstie, visit here.
Today we are happy to announce that Ice Horse sponsored rider, Tom McCutcheon, will be signing autographs at the Ice Horse Booth (#129) during the World Equestrian Games. The signing is scheduled for Thursday, August 28th, at 2PM. Tom put in an incredible ride yesterday on Dun Git a Nicadual, helping Team USA secure its 4th consecutive gold medal in team reining. He will also continue on to the individual finals which will take place Saturday, August 30th. But before he competes for the chance to win another medal, we are excited to give his fans a chance to meet him and get his autograph at our booth on Thursday! Be sure to come by the Ice Horse booth and hang out with Tom and the Ice Horse team. Be sure to head on over and hang out with Tom and us. The Ice Horse booth (#129) is located at: Parc d’expositions de Caen Village de Jeux Booth 129 2, Rue Joseph Philippon 14000 Caen Be sure to get there as early as possible. Come and check out our products before hand and learn more about how Ice Horse can help you and your horse. We are excited to see all of you!
The World Equestrian Games start August 23rd. Ice Horse will be there in full force with our sponsored riders Buck Davidson, Tom McCutcheon, Lars Petersen and Chester Weber competing. We have a booth at the games and we'd love to meet all of our fans. The Ice Horse stand is #E8. Come by and meet our riders. Be sure and check our Facebook page for dates and times. Some things to look out for: Chester Weber will be hanging out at the Ice Horse booth on September 2nd from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Ice Horse sponsored Rider Tom McCutcheon (Time TBA) Ice Horse Sponsored Rider Lars Petersen will be signing (Time TBA) Our line of products will be present Our product consultants will available to discuss your issues and what products would work best for your horse Much more to come! Stay here for all your WEG information. We will be giving out more information as we get it. Come visit us at the Ice Horse booth and say Hi. We are so excited to see everyone! Good luck to all our sponsored riders!
Ice Horse rider Susie Hutchison is competing in the $10,000 Keg Steakhouse and Bar Welcome Grand Prix today at the Thunderbird Show Park in Canada. Good luck, Susie! Susie had an incredible show last week at Thunderbird: she was 2nd in the $100,000 CSI 3* World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix aboard Zeidento, champion of the 1.40m Cowell Cup by a landslide (6 seconds ahead of the second place finisher!!), Champion in the 1.35m on SIG Excel and champion of the 1.20m classic aboard SIG Chikago! Among numerous other ribbons, Susie was named the Antares Rider of the week! Great job last week and good luck today and the rest of this week! Be sure to check out Susie’s ride this afternoon aboard SIG Excel at Thunderbird. The Grand Prix begins at 4:30pm and live feed can be found at: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/6755162/events/2675177/feed_embed
We at Ice Horse are very proud to announce that our very own sponsored rider, Fallon Taylor, is now ranked second in total winnings for all Barrel Racers in 2014! She has amassed $118,170 this year and only trails one rider. We are very proud to have Fallon on our team and want to congratulate her on her continued success. Fallon has been a successful rider for many years. She trained Babyflo, who became the 2013 horse of the year. She is a 5-time NFR qualifier, a Rodeo Houston Champion, and holds multiple arena records. When it comes to Barrel Racing, there are few riders who can boast the expertise that Fallon possesses. She even offers a series of Barrel Racing Tips here. Perhaps what she is most well known for is her amazing and flamboyant dress at events. She won the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award in 2013! We wish Fallon the very best for the rest of the 2014 season and beyond. Thank you for being our sponsored rider! To view the full standings, visit here.
Our very own sponsored rider, Tom McCutcheon, and his horse Blondie both love their Ice Horse Ice Boots. We are so happy to work with Tom, who is truly a world renown superstar, and are honored that he feels so highly about our products. Tom was nice enough to say some kind words about his love for Ice Horse products. Tom will be competing in the upcoming World Equestrian Games, and we wish him the best of luck! "We really do love our IceHorse products & all of the horses in our programs, both training & rehabilitation/maintenance, do too!" - Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses. Blondie (pictured) has seen positive results from using Ice Horse products. Our goal is to offer the best products to all, including Blondie, to keep our riders performing at the highest level. To hear praise from such a reputable and great rider is so wonderful. Our boots are available on our website for your horse, too. To find out more about Ice Horse Boots and Wraps, visit here!
Last week, Phelps Sports posted a wonderful gallery of Ice Horse sponsored rider, Laura Kraut. Laura has been involved in equestrian competitively for the last two decades, and has been successful throughout those years. She has represented the US in the Olympics, World Cup Finals, and over 29 Nation's Cup teams. She was also the 2003 Jack Kelly Fair Play Award winner for her commitment to sportsmanship. We are extremely proud of Laura's accomplishments and view her as a model for how riders should compete and act. To view the full album, visit here.
This week marks the 5th annual Giant Steps Charity Classic. Giant Steps is a wonderful charity that "offers life-changing experiences to people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities." The focus is to " enrich and change the lives of children and adults with disabilities through the extraordinary benefits of therapeutic riding and related equine-assisted activities." This Saturday, August 2nd, 2014, brings us the 2014 Giant Steps Charity Classic Gala Presented By Gucci. This event is a wonderful evening filled with amazing food, a spectacular six-bar competition, an awesome demonstration from Giant Steps' very own riders, and live and silent auctions. Ice Horse is proud to be donating a priceless, once in a lifetime item for this year's auction: a 2-day training opportunity with Olympic veteran and World Cup Show Jumping Champion Rich Fellers at his Whip & Spur Farm in Wilsonville, Oregon! If this weren't enough, Horse & Style Magazine is adding a custom made Winston jacket, show shirts, an Antares helmet, and Ariat Monoco boots. You will also receive a $500 travel voucher for you and your horse. And don't think we forget about your horse. Ice Horse will also give a custom horse-care kit, including grooming tools, leg care products, and Ice Horse cold therapy wraps. This Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Ice Horse is excited to have so many of our team at the World Equestrian Games. So far, Buck Davidson, Tom McCutcheon, and Chester Weber are slated to compete. Behind the scenes, Dougie Hannum, Max Corcoran and Dr. Mark Revenaugh will be keeping the horses in top form. In honor of the games, we will be highlighting some of our amazing athletes and experts. You’ll get their take on team competition, what it takes to peak your horse for a major international event, and a look at what goes on back at the barns. We are only 25 days away. Look for Ice Horse on social media where we are sure to bring you plenty of video and pictures to get you in the WEG spirit. Buck Davidson Tom McCutcheon Chester Weber Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.
As a horse-crazed kid, I devoured everything I could find relating to horses – any kind of horse, any horse event, anywhere in the world. So, when I journeyed to France to launch the Ice Horse products for the European market, I was surprised to learn there was a major horse race I had never heard of: The Grand Prix d’Amerique. Little known fact: The race has been going on since 1920 and is run each year as a tribute to America’s involvement in World War I. On top of that, it is one of the richest prizes in horse racing, boasting a purse of 1 million euros. Who knew! If you ever get the chance to go, do. The racetrack is in Vincennes, which is a suburb of Paris. It is nicknamed “The Trotting Temple” and covers 42 hectares in the midst of Vincennes Forest (think Central Park, only bigger). There is a giant hippodrome attached to the clubhouse, and two days before the race, there is a huge trade show for all of the trainers. We met not only all the top French trainers but trainers from all over the world, even as far away as Iceland. Grand Stand Parade Race day began with the band playing the United States national anthem. The day was cold and rainy, but that did not stop a crowd of more than 30,000 from filling the stands. Just prior to the featured race, the track was transformed into a stage. Everything and everyone was in red, white, and blue! Sulky drivers for The Grand Prix d’Amerique paraded in front of the grand stands in vintage Corvettes, led by Uncle Sam tall men and a team of cheerleaders that rivaled the Dallas Cowboy’s own. Eighteen cracks, which are what the trotters are called, started – with no assigned postpositions. It is a running start and quite different from anything I had ever seen in horse racing. And, unlike most U.S. races where the same age group and often the same gender race against one another, these horses were of various ages. Two-time winner Ready Cash was the heavy favorite. Trotters at the famed Grobois Training Center We were rooting for Ready Cash too, having met his owner at the Grosbois Training Center while demonstrating the Ice Horse boots the day prior. The training center is quite spectacular with a manor house once belonging to Napoleon, more than 1600 hundred stalls, 4 sq. km. of castles, lakes, forest paths, racing lanes and of course, a full track. In the end, the race went to the Swedish superstar, Maharajah, fulfilling a life-long dream for Trainer Stefan Hultman. The French favorite, Up And Quick, finished runner-up, one length behind Maharajah. Our favorite, Ready Cash, who was out to claim his third Prix d’Amerique title, was disqualified for breaking stride. The Norwegian challenger, Yarrah Boko, driven by Pierre Vercruysse, managed to finish third, after a trip in the pocket behind Maharajah. Third victory eludes Ready Cash breaking stride at the finish. I hope you can get the idea from my pictures that the whole event was quite spectacular, not to mention, emotional. We were with some of the finest trotting horses on the planet and also had the privilege to witness a little-known but special tribute from one country to another. If you want to see the race and learn more, click here. And don’t forget to visit our site, www.icehorse.net, and like us on Facebook to see how others are using our products as part of their leg-care routines. Written by:Julie Garella, OwnerIce Horse