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Rolex Wrap Up

Wow, what a whirlwind weekend. From moving dressage performances to breath catching moments on the cross country course, to a down to the wire (or penalty, rather) show jumping day that had everyone cheering, this Rolex was simply amazing. As a part of the Horse Quencher team, we were thrilled to be there, and big thanks to Thornhill for giving us space in front of their tent. Friday’s rain didn’t last long, and the beautiful weather that came through for the rest of Rolex made for an incredible weekend.

Big cheers to the Horse Quencher riders, Buck Davidson and Hawley Bennett, who both had fantastic outings. Buck finished 3rd on Ballynoe Castle RM and Hawley Bennett and Gin and Juice (an avid Root Beer Horse Quencher fan) landed in 16th after a lightning fast jumping round that saw 8 faults.  However, everything going on in the ring was just a part of the great happenings at Rolex. Below, we’ve got a recap of Horse Quencher’s week at Rolex in pictures for you to enjoy.

Sorry you missed out on the fun? No worries, we’re always out and about. Come find us at the Jersey Fresh CIC**/CCI*** on the cross country course Saturday, May 10th!

Nancy with Leslie at the Eventing Nation tailgate

Nancy with Leslie at the Eventing Nation tailgate

Fans waiting for Hawley at the Horse Quencher booth

Fans waiting for Hawley at the Horse Quencher booth

Hawley signed autographs for fans

Hawley signed autographs for fans

Picking the winners for our drawing at Rolex

Picking the winners for our drawing at Rolex

 

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Are You Ready for Rolex?

It’s the biggest event in the United States, and an international gathering of horse people. From competitors to owners, riders to fans, friends and family, Rolex is the quintessential place to be if you’re a horse person (especially one that loves eventing). This year, Horse Quencher is excited to announce that we will be there, and you can come meet us and Horse Quencher ambassador, Hawley Bennet, rider of Gin & Juice, on Sunday at the Thornhill tent #102 after the jog.

We will be at the event from Friday through Sunday, and are looking forward to being there! We’re so excited, that we haven’t even had time to pack (yet), though we’ve already planned our course walk, and a picnic lunch for Saturday. So if you will be at Rolex, stop by on Sunday, or look for us throughout the grounds from Friday on and say hi.

And for all of our Horse Quencher fans at Rolex, send us your pictures from the event and we may even feature your photo with your credits on one of our upcoming blogs! We wish the best of luck to our ambassadors, Buck Davidson and Hawley Bennett. We will be blogging from the road as much as we can, so check back and follow us on Facebook for the latest news from the Horse Quencher team at #RK3DE!

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HQ Ambassador Lauren Sprieser in the news at COTH

Blogger Lauren Sprieser talks about her personal decision to wear a helmet every ride. Do  you wear one every time, every ride? http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/easiest-choice
“And then Courtney’s horse tripped, and the world changed. M…ore people wore helmets. More people showed in helmets, even at FEI. Big name riders. Olympians. Olympic Gold Medalists. Helmets got more fun. They now come in every color of the rainbow, with sparkles, with air vents. They’re sleek and pretty and athletic-looking. Gone are the days of the mushroom head.”
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LLG Eventing takes HQ to Red Hills – better than IV fluids

Getting ready to head to Red Hills! I don’t go to any away show without my Horse Quencher! AP gets it on the way in the trailer so he will drink and also after cross country to get him drinking again in lieu of IV fluids!
On top of providing a great product, this company is run by great people who are all about keeping horses healthy! Love being a part of Team Horse Quencher!
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Mary Jordan on her way to WEG

Horse Quencher Ambassador Mary Jordan is on her way to WEG. All your fans at HQ wish you all the best Mary. Read all about Mary:

MARY FROM MAINE NORMANDY CAMPAIGN 2014 Please Join Our Campaign to Support USA Para Equestrian Mary Jordan in her Quest to Represent the United States at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France!

Wells, Maine resident, two-time National Para Dressage Grade 4 Champion and National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Advocate Mary Jordan represented Team USA at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and was an alternate for the 2012 Paralympics in London.

In 2013 she earned the top East Coast qualifying score allowing her to ride in the USA Selection Trials for the upcoming World Equestrian Games in France!

Mary’s passion is riding and her mission is to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Para Athletic Sports. When not working or training full-time Mary is a national speaker on these fronts. The bid to make a national team requires a lot of hard work and sweat equity. Tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted and will allow Mary and her horse Sebastian to take their talent and hard work that they have spent a lifetime developing and turn it into a medal!

“Please join me. I would love to personally have you involved in this incredible journey! I ride for a reason: to slash the stereotypes, defy the diagnosis, and to be a living, breathing example of what a person with MS can do.” Mary Jordan How to Donate: Visit online at the United States Para Equestrian Association (USPEA) at www.uspea.org. and click to make a donation. Please specify Mary Jordan in the message field. Or mail donations to: USPEA c/o Mary Jordan 114 Clark Road Wells, Maine 04090 *Specify “Mary Jordan” in the memoHQ - Mary Jordan 2014 aHQ - Mary Jordan 2014

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Jessica’s student LOVES HQ

Horse Quencher sponsors my coach, Jessica Heidemann and it is through her that I found out about your product and LOVE it – my guy can’t get enough of it and that makes me happy and relieved.  Thank you for making this GREAT product!

 

Suzanne Garofalo  

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HQ Ambassador Caroline Martin update

Dear Nancy Issenman,

I wanted to start off thanking you for your support of my NAJYRC experience this year. Sponsoring our CCI** team really helped our horses perform at their best! Since wining gold at Young Riders I again have been traveling up and down the country competing every weekend!

Following young riders I took my horse Center Stage in the Intermediate division where he had a steady performance just adding some cross country time to his dressage score! I am really excited about conner because he is only seven and he has not even had a full year of eventing! The next couple of days I spent preparing my other string of horses for Millbrook Horse Trials in New York. I took titanium in the advance, center stage in the intermediate, and Rollerskate in the preliminary. Titanium was so great on cross country taking all the direct routes on the course and teaching me so much about cross country riding. Even when I made mistakes he kept forgiving me and carrying on like nothing happen! I am so fortunate that buck gave me such an opportunity. Center stage just completed the combined test however again finishing on his dressage score! My six year old mare Rollerskate completed another preliminary double clean in both phases! None of this was possible without having such a fantastic team behind me!

Returning home from Millbrook we had a fast turn around before heading to GMHA held in Woodstock, Vermont. I got to take Center Stage and Rollerskate with me both of them finishing with no jumping errors. As I am writing to you now I am getting myself unpacked and repacked for Richland in Michigan in less than seven days! I am going to link some videos from these past couple of weeks to this email below!

Thank you again for your support,

Caroline Martin

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Knightwynds Topaz loves his Horse Quencher

Knightwynds Topaz enjoying a nice bucket of Horse Quencher at the Ohio CDE in Sullivan, OH this weekend after having a great run to finish the first day in 3rd place hopefully he can have a good run tomorrow! I know when he is done he will …be looking for his delicious bucket of Horse Quencher that’s for sure! I’m so glad to have such a great product behind my horses and I! Thank you again Horse Quencher for your wonderful support of team RCL!

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Congratulations to Horse Quencher Ambassador Chester Weber

Weber Throws Down the Driving Glove

Sweeps Saumur CAI-A4 in Marathon Achievement

Ocala, FL (June 17, 2013) – His Four-in-Hand finesse in Dressage and Cones has long made nine-time US National Champion Chester Weber of Ocala, Florida, a force to be reckoned with, but a masterful wire-to-wire lead across all three phases of the Saumur CAI-A4, June 7-9,  in France, has the combined driving world taking note of a keen new edge to the American master.

With a major international win already secured, at only the first show of his European season, and Aachen and Normandy on the not-so-distant horizon, Weber is throwing down the (driving) glove: “The horses are ready for Aachen. This was the first big international marathon victory of my career,” the two-time FEI Four-in-Hand Driving World Championship Silver Medalist added, clearly thrilled with the decisive performance by the team he co-owns with Jane Clark, over a “tough” course by French designer Jacques Tamalet.

In his first return to the Saumur since 2001, Weber’s strategy put trotter Horus du Bois to lead for marathon and cones, and dressage lead, Splash, to right wheel. Completing the Saumur strategy was the popular Boris on left wheel for dressage and marathon; Para to right wheel for dressage and to left for cones; and Uniek at left lead throughout.

“Winning the Dressage (32.66 penalties) is something we have been fortunate to become accustomed to,” said the man nicknamed ‘Mr. Dressage,’ “but this was our first big Marathon victory. It was a World Cup qualifier and many of the best were there, including two members of the Dutch Gold Medal team: Ijsbrand Chardon and Theo Timmerman. Moreover, Chardon without a doubt is the winningest driver the sport has ever had.”

Leading the field of 21 after Dressage, Weber posted the best Marathon score of the Four-in-Hand division (89.28) to remain atop the leader boards, followed by a nearly picture-perfect Cones: a single ball drop drew a scant three penalties.

In an unprecedented personal achievement, the American driver clinched all three combined driving phases, against one of the world’s toughest FEI rosters of teams, for an overall finish of just 128.50 penalties.

Weber is confident his team is in top form for Aachen CAIO-4:  “Our decision to go to Saumur was a building block in our strategic plan. The marathon there was sandy and hilly, both of which made it challenging for the horses. The team is ready for Aachen. This was one step as Jane Clark  and I keep our sights on the World Equestrian Games in Normandy.”

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Follow Team Weber at www.chesterweber.com and via the link to Facebook.

For Immediate Release –

For more information contact:

Chester Weber

chester@chesterweber.com

1-352-895-1139

 

 

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We Get Letters – from HORSES!!

HQ Chunky

6 June 2012

Dear Horse Quencher:

Chunky here…(aka: Five O’Clock Somewhere) and I am ever so embarrassed! I had spoken to my typist and she was supposed to get on this note!! I, of course, would have been in touch weeks ago, but alas, I have no thumbs!

What is this story that needs to be shared with the world? Well it’s my story of what’s been happening in the past 12 months . I have been a very busy pony!!  and it’s the story of how Horse Quencher has played an important part keeping me happy, healthy and moving up, up up in the Eventing World.

A year ago in May, I took my first plane ride on a 727 from Ontario, California to New York. From there we all vanned to the New Jersey Horse Park for the Jersey Fresh CCI**.  It was my first “big boy” course, and it was big! But I jumped around like a little champ (Mom, I am not little! Geez just cuz you have thumbs…) While I was there, mom spoke to some folks that had this cool product.  I don’t know the specifics of what’s in this stuff (I’m a horse for goodness sakes!!) but it’s put in my water and I love it!! My favorite flavor is root beer. I love to put my nose in a full bucket of water up to my eye balls, blow some bubbles and then drink up!! Sometimes I make a bit of a mess. Hahahahaha! or NOL = neighing out loud!

My next big trip was the journey through the hot desert in July to go to the Event at  Rebecca Farms.  That’s such a beautiful place (and again, I did really well!) but the going there and the coming home are hot, long trailer rides…and my Hawley always made sure we stopped often for buckets full of water, and everyone always says what a good drinker I am! (Chunky’s note: duh, check out my name “FiveO’ClockSomewhere”) Ok, this is what I think is funny: when we stop, all the girls jump out and haul buckets full of water  to us ponies in the trailer. Sometimes they have to carry it from far away and a bucketful of water is heavy ! Well, I always empty the bucket! NOL!! Then they have to go get more and it’s hot and the water is heavy and far away! (insert evil NOL!)

Everyone kept telling me I was doing great, the dressage got harder, the cross country jumps and courses were bigger and longer. I kept saying “Bring it! I was born for this!!!” but nobody really understood when I said that, cuz I’m a horse! But  then my big sister, Gin & Juice went to England for Burghley and everyone was all “Oh Ginny skipping around yet another four star course”  … yeah people she’s good, but maybe I’m better. Oh sorry, got off topic!  I have the attention span of a…oh is that a carrot? My brother Spy is worse! Anyway, Ginny went to England and had to drink water that came out of pipes that were a couple hundred years old. But she told me it was all good, she got her Horse Quencher and drank up like my mom drank English cider!

So, several shows later and suddenly me and mom are on another plane headed to Lexington Kentucky, and a 24 hour trailer ride to David’s farm in Ocala, Florida. This is what I think about  David’s place: grass heaven!! Do you want to hear the embarrassing part? For the first week I was there, my mom was my groom. How embarrassing was that? All the other Canadian Pan Am team horses had their own groom that wasn’t their mother.  So this is how I handled that: every time she hauled buckets of water to me, I gleefully went snorkeling in the buckets and sloshed water all over while I guzzled! NOL! (typist’s note: Chunky, that wasn’t funny. I have never swept that much in my life! I tried to keep your stall neat & tidy. You did not help.) It was all good when Hawley and Natalia came and then the next surprise: We flew to Mexico! And you know what they say about the water there! NOL! It was no problem for me, I drank like the champion I am. (typist’s note: nothing wrong with this boy’s ego!)

This year we had another marathon trailer ride to Ocala, Florida. Then more training and more shows on the east coast.  We went to the Fork in North Carolina and holy smokes I have never seen that much grass in my life! I was like a rock star again that weekend, it was my first 3*.  Oh and my  sister Gin & Juice was good too. She doesn’t have the appreciation of grass like I do…it took mom and me ½ hour to walk back from cross country, there were so many grazing opportunities.  Mom & Ginny got back from cross country in half that time. Silly girls.

So that next weekend, I didn’t feel well at all and they took me to the hospital. That was no fun, nor was it fun when they scoped my tummy. You’ll never believe what they found…grade 3 ulcers covering 40 % of the stomach.  The vet in Ocala said he hadn’t seen ulcers that bad in a long time!  Well people, I have jumps to jump. They gave me medicine and told Hawley to make sure I drink lots of water. NOL, like that’s ever a problem for me! A couple days off and back to training! I love it! Then I found myself back at Jersey Fresh (so, that was an entire year?) running the CCI ***, I felt wonderful!

This weekend I’m in Bromont, Canada. Slurping that root beer flavored H2O that I love so much.  So, I have to run, I have jogging to do and dressage perform. Then some Cross Country to rock and then more water to drink.  Wish me luck. Oh and my sister, Gin & Juice is here too. Wish her luck too.  I am really sure that I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t such a good drinker. It is a family thing, and it’s a Horse Quencher thing too!!!

Best regards,

Chunky

Aka: FiveO’Clock Somewhere

Aka: Bad Horse Thoroughbred of Sin (but that’s another story for another time!)

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