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Spanish Equitation Clinic - Prince Albert

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 23, 2012 12:14


Maestro German (Her-mawn) Baca was born in Peru, and was introduced to the Classical Spanish style of training by his father, at an early age. In the tradition of Old Spain, He worked training horses and mules at his uncles hacienda, and in the tradition of Old Spain, eventually followed his father, and grandfather before him in achieving the title of Maestro(Master) Trainer.

He has developed the ability to connect with the horse, and sense the horses needs, wants, or fears. This instinct allows him to create amazing changes in the horse, in a relatively short amount of time. He also uses his instinct to help riders achieve harmony and balance with their horse. Buy teaching them what to look for the rider can begin to understand what their horse needs of them in order to perform to it's full potential.

He has combined the art of dressage, with basic horsemanship,  and years of experience, to become a truly breathtaking horseman. Always interested in learning more, he was fortunate to be able to attend several private schooling sessions with Jose Manuel Martin de Leon, of Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, Jerez (Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art)
http://www.realescuela.org/ing/home.htm  This was his introduction to the world of high school dressage, and when he was able to start shaping his own style of horsemanship.
The theories, methods, and skills he has developed allow him to work with all types of horses in a wide range of disciplines.

He has trained many horses, including several peruvian paso national champions in Canada and the US.  Some other note worthy horses that have been shaped by German are the Canadian Champion Andalusian Stallion El Santo, and the Kiger Mustang Stallion "Donner", who was purchased by Dreamworks studios, to be a living model for the Animated film Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron. German was hired to train him to work at liberty in the studio with motion sensors on to map the way his muscles moved. He had learn to do everything from run and jump to rear, buck, and kick on cue, with no tack to interfere with the readings.

His calm energy and keen sense of humor creates a fun, inviting environment for his students. Always the gentleman, he uses the same firm but gentle approach with his students as he does with his horses. Ever willing to share his knowledge, it is his desire to pass on what he has learned for the next generation to become Maestro Trainers.

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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 11, 2012 09:56

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WAR HORSE TORONTO EXTENDS PROMOTION WITH EQUINE GUELPH TO JUNE

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 4, 2012 09:28

 

   

 

 

Recognizing the ongoing need for equine welfare awareness, War Horse Toronto has extended the duration of its partnership with Equine Guelph until the end of June.  Mirvish Productions will generously donate $10 to the Equine Guelph-OEF ‘War Horse’ Welfare Education Fund for each War Horse ticket purchased by OEF members for performances between February 10 – June 30, 2012. And, as a special thank you, at the performance, OEF members will receive a complimentary CD (one per order) of the music of War Horse. To order tickets, call 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333 or go online at www.mirvish.com and indicate this special benefit code – WHFUND. 

Over 160 passionate horse lovers helped raise funds for horse welfare education programs at War Horse on May 8th during the Equine Guelph Fundraising Gala.  Congratulations to Lesley Kahan of Etobicoke;  prize winner of a luncheon with Equine Guelph director, Gayle Ecker and Equine Guelph co-chair of research, Dr. Jeff Thomason plus a  tour of OVC and Civic Museum featuring OVC’s 150th anniversary display.  The evening was a huge success and attendees were mesmerized by the enchanting puppets!

 

Equine Guelph will be hosting another special evening on May 10th, 2012 for its students and avid horse enthusiasts interested in horse welfare education.   Don’t miss out on Equine Guelph’s second and final War Horse Gala:

 

·       Premium orchestra seating can be purchased for $100 – $140.

 

·       A pre-show reception with delicious appetizers will be held at 6:30 pm before the show. 

 

·       Attendees will be entered in a raffle to win tuition for the Equine Guelph, 12 week online Equine Welfare course (over $600 value) which begins September 2012.

 

·       Breyer (through Kroeger Distributing in Canada) has donated a limited number of Traditional 'Joey' model/War Horse book box sets (limited collectors' edition of 3,500) as an additional fundraiser for Equine Guelph’s evening at War Horse .  These special collector items, signed by David Mirvish himself, will be (available on a first come first serve basis) for $50.  All proceeds will be directed toward the Equine Guelph-Ontario Equestrian Federation ‘War Horse’ Welfare Education Fund.

 

·       Enjoy a talk given by University of Guelph professor of veterinary anatomy, Dr. Jeff Thomason, explaining the mechanics of movement in the horse which the puppeteers have learned to perform. 

 

Support Equine Welfare through Education and experience the enchanting War Horse theatrical experience at the Princess of Wales Theatre.   Tickets for the May 10th Gala can be purchased by cheque only through Equine Guelph.  Contact Jackie Bellamy 519-824-4120 ext 54205 or jbellamy@uoguelph.ca for your opportunity to be a part of this very special evening. 


 

Story by:  Jackie Bellamy

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STUDENT NIGHT AT WAR HORSE NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 31, 2012 09:03

 

 

 

Interested in Horse Welfare Education?   A once in-a –lifetime evening, May 10, hosted for Equine Guelph Student’s is now open to the public!   Meet, mix and mingle with horse professionals of the present and future.  Find out first hand from students of Equine Guelph why their award winning online courses continue to expand meeting the demand for evidence based knowledge in the industry.  Most of all; enjoy a fantastic show while showing support for the development of the new Equine Guelph - Equine Welfare Certificate and the 'Equine Guelph-OEF War Horse Welfare Education Fund'.

 

Equine Guelph’s first War Horse Gala on March 8th was a huge success!  Dianne Graham, executive director of the Ontario Equestrian Federation comments, "I thought that the puppets were magical and found the original stage production to be absolutely mesmerizing. I am certain that "War Horse" will have a very successful engagement!"  She adds, "The Ontario Equestrian Federation in partnership with Equine Guelph is proud to be part of a collaboration which will ultimately benefit the welfare of all horses."   Equine media in attendance were awe-struck and nearly speechless with initial reactions:  “Wow, terrific!”, “Not what I expected”, and “How Lifelike.” 

Don’t miss out on Equine Guelph’s second and final War Horse Gala:

 

  • Premium orchestra seating can be purchased for $100 – $140
  • A Pre-show reception with delicious appetizers will be held at 6:30 pm before the show. 
  • Attendees will be entered in a raffle to win tuition for the Equine Guelph,  12 week online Equine Welfare course (over $600 value) which begins September 2012.
  • Breyer (through Kroeger Distributing in Canada) has donated a limited number of Traditional 'Joey' model/War Horse book box sets (limited collectors' edition of 3,500) as an additional fundraiser for Equine Guelph’s evening at War Horse .  These special collector items, signed by David Mirvish himself, will be (available on a first come first serve basis) with a minimum donation of $50.  All proceeds will be directed toward the Equine Guelph-Ontario Equestrian Federation ‘War Horse’ Welfare Education Fund.
  • University of Guelph Professor of Veterinary Anatomy Dr. Jeff Thomason will be using a functional skeletal horse leg to demonstrate how horses move, and the motions that the actors inside of Joey and Topthorn must learn to perform.


Support Equine Welfare through Education and experience the enchanting War Horse theatrical experience at the Princess of Wales Theatre.   Tickets for the May 10th Gala can be purchased by cheque only through Equine Guelph.  Contact Jackie Bellamy 519-824-4120 ext 54205 or jbellamy@uoguelph.ca for your opportunity to be a part of this very special evening.

 

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Alixa Sutton Workshop

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 24, 2012 14:43

 

Just a reminder about the workshop with Alixa Sutton next weekend.  Auditors welcome and I still have a couple spots left if any one would like to participate. 

 

Audit is 25$ a day

 

Check out her website at www.alixaequestrian.com, this is her bio.  You can also read testimonials on her site.

 

 

Alixa Sutton is a flexibility expert with over 10 years of experience working with all different types of athletes from all over the world, including equestrians, horses, artistic gymnasts, rhythmic gymnasts, dancers, cheerleaders, synchronized swimmers, contortionists, ice skaters, horse vaulters, circus acrobats, sports acro, aerobic fitness, and divers.

 

Alixa has worked for Cirque du Soleil on "Kooza" as a choreographer, trainer and creator, and on Cavalia as a flexibility expert and Equestrian Performer in their new show "Odysseo". In Cavalia, Alixa performed in Dressage, Jumping, Roman riding, Horseback Princess, and Liberty. She has over 20 years of riding & training experience working with all types of horses & disciplines. Alixa also performs as a Swinging Trapeze Solo Artist, and is the creator of the "Mystic Pixies". The first US kids Contortion troupe.

 

Now Alixa travels all over the world giving workshops and lectures on flexibility. She has given seminars or workshops for the USA National Gymnastics Congress, Alberta Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, BC Synchronized Swimming Association, Ontario Gymnastics Coaching Congress, Alberta Tumbling & Trampoline Association, US World Championship Vaulting Team, L'Ecole National du Cirque, USA National Rhythmic Team, SF Ballet members, American Youth Circus Organization, and hundreds of individual facilities & clubs.

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UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH – EQUINE GUELPH CELEBRATE NEW WAR HORSE PARTNERSHIP CONTRIBUTING TO CONTINUED EDUCATION & WELFARE OF THE HORSE

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 12, 2012 13:40

UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH – EQUINE GUELPH

CELEBRATE NEW WAR HORSE PARTNERSHIP

CONTRIBUTING TO CONTINUED EDUCATION & WELFARE OF THE HORSE

Toronto, Ontario-

 

Over 160 horse enthusiasts assembled for the highly acclaimed production of War Horse and a special Equine Guelph Gala evening at the Princess of Wales theatre in Toronto on March 8th 2012.  Gala attendees were delighted to hang up the ‘wellies’ and gather for an enchanting evening thrown in support of Equine Guelph’s new horse welfare education programs. 

 

Partnership is the best descriptor for the special fund raising evening that benefitted the Equine Guelph-Ontario Equestrian Foundation ‘War Horse’ Welfare Education Fund.    "The War Horse Toronto production brings back into the spotlight the welfare issues that faced millions of horses in the First World War," says David Mirvish, producer, Mirvish Productions and Chancellor of the University of Guelph.  "Recognizing the ongoing need for equine welfare awareness and education, we are pleased to partner with Equine Guelph and the Ontario Equestrian Federation to create the 'Equine Guelph-OEF War Horse Welfare Education Fund' in honour of these brave horses and to develop courses that teach horse care and welfare to future champions of the horse.  Through education, we hope to help Equine Guelph in their admirable quest of 'helping horses for life.’” The incredible turn out of horse industry supporters at Equine Guelph’s pre-show meet-and-greet was a testament to the shared sentiment.

 

The wine was divine and the appetizers appealing, but it was the puppets that brought the passion with a spellbinding show.  The crowd of horse lovers did not need any convincing of how near and dear the bond between horse and human can be.  Not a dry eye could be found as the audience rode along on the journey of “Joey”, the beloved War Horse.  To top it off, after the production, gala attendees were treated to an exclusive introduction to the life-like puppets and their marvelous, detailed craftsmanship.  Breyer (through Kroeger Distributing in Canada) donated 24 Traditional limited edition 'Joey' model/War Horse book box sets, signed by David Mirvish, as a fundraiser for Equine Guelph’s gala evening.   Many attendees arrived early for the opportunity to trot off with one of these very special mementos.

 

For future performances, War Horse Toronto will generously donate $10 to the Equine Guelph-OEF ‘War Horse’ Welfare Education Fund for each War Horse ticket purchased by OEF members for performances between February 10 – May 6, 2012. And, as a special thank you, at the performance, OEF members will receive a complimentary CD of the music of War Horse (one per order). Call 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333 to order tickets and provide this special benefit code – WHFUND.  Dianne Graham, executive director of the Ontario Equestrian Federation comments, "I thought that the puppets were magical and found the original stage production to be absolutely mesmerizing. I am certain that "War Horse" will have a very successful engagement!"  She adds, "The Ontario Equestrian Federation in partnership with Equine Guelph is proud to be part of a collaboration which which will ultimately benefit the welfare of all horses."   Equine media in attendance were awe-struck and nearly speechless with initial reactions:  “Wow, terrific!”, “Not what I expected”, and “How Lifelike.” 

 

Funds raised are helping Equine Guelph develop new courses, teaching the highest degree of skills in horse care and welfare.  This will help ensure horses receive the best possible care and will contribute to the reduction of welfare issues.  “In an industry where well-intentioned old wives tales are often passed down rather than scientific knowledge, the horse is often the victim of mistreatment, says Equine Guelph Director, Gayle Ecker.  Education in horse welfare will result in benefits including:  well-informed caregivers, healthier horses, lower vet bills and fewer unwanted horses.”

Ecker continues, “Tonight, Equine Guelph is pleased to announce that we are able to offer the first Equine Welfare Certificate online program in Canada. The support of the industry has enabled us to open this opportunity for students starting in May of this year, with the first offering of the new Equine Welfare course in September of this year.  We will be developing further courses that will become available online throughout the year.”

 

Support Equine Welfare through Education and experience War Horse at the Princess of Wales Theatre.  Visit www.EquineGuelph.ca for more information and to learn about another special evening Equine Guelph will be hosting at War Horse Toronto on May 10, 2012.  

 

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26 nations qualify for London 2012 Olympic Games

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 9, 2012 14:58

 

 

In Jumping, Azerbaijan, Ireland, Portugal, and Russia qualified through the FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings in Jumping bringing the total number of nations represented by individual riders to 11. Argentina, Colombia, Ireland, and Japan will be represented by two riders each whereas Azerbaijan, Bermuda, Egypt, Jordan, Portugal, Russia, and Syria will be entering one individual each. Fifteen countries will be represented by teams.

The only countries that will field full teams in all three disciplines (Jumping, Dressage and Eventing) is Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA.


In total 200 riders from 41 nations have qualified to compete in the equestrian events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.


The FEI Olympic Athletes Rankings in Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing was published the 2nd of March. They are the final stage of the qualification by nation process, which concluded the 1st of March.


75 riders will participate in jumping:

http://zallina.com/news/jumping/show/500/

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Emergence of new Cross Bred Equine in Western Canada

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 9, 2012 14:30

 

“The Heaver” emerged on our farm in Western Canada in November of 2011. 

Cunning and wily, this new crossbred is very difficult to sight, elusive to photographers and has some peculiar habits.

We were first alerted to the heaver’s presence because of the evidence it left behind.  Exhaustive

investigation and surveillance have proven fruitless. 

These Heavers have destroyed part of our wood pile, primarily taking only recently cut green poplar and stripping the bark completely off.  Obviously they have mutated some sort of hand type appendages as

they have pulled their preferred wood out of a huge pile of assorted wood.  Thankfully the heaver has limited their bark eating to just green poplar bark out of the wood pile. 

No fence posts, live trees or rails have fallen victim thus far.

The un-mutated form of this new equine cross bred, our herd of horses have access to a high quality water supply available 24/7, high quality grass (90%) /alfalfa (10%) hay in multiple different feeding areas, large pasture area to roam, unrestricted access to salt,

mineral and are current on their herd health.  The herd is round and fat, to date no colic.  Our vet is baffled.

A gifted artist Andrea Lawrence, fineartamerica.com/profiles/andrea-lawrence.html has created a heaver picture based on our description.

 

 

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"Vision of a Horse" by Casa Terra

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   March 5, 2012 13:52

"Vision of a Horse"

by Casa Terra

 

The Casa Terra Canvas is a mixed media project combining tempera paint and collage to create a stunning horses head. 

The colors and forms within the horse's head are meant to represent a landscape reflecting the element Casa Terra is named after. 

The artwork was achieved by "painting" the tempera with forks, which created quite a stir in the studio! 

The canvas is truly a unique masterpiece created by using unconventional tools with conventional materials.

Casa Terra is a class of 4-6 year old students at the Maria Montessori School, Saskatoon, Sk.

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