WEC December 2017 Wrap Up

As I sit here writing this blog I am watching the snowflakes whirl around wishing I was home to enjoy the first snow at our new facility.  But, instead I'm enjoying the sun like rays of the LED lights and a comfortable 65% of this beautiful place called the World Equestrian Center.  Nostalgia is setting in, another year almost gone by and whilst sitting here videoing all week, I've been reflecting all the 2017 events that have brought us to the here and now.  Gratefulness comes to mind.

Gratefulness:  feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful: I'm very grateful to you for all your help.• archaic received or experienced with gratitude; welcome: enjoying the grateful shade.

Grateful for our new home which as most of you are aware was a HUGE undertaking and accomplishment.  Grateful to those of you who have endured this undertaking, supporting Sport Horse through it's instruction with lessons, clinics and horse shows and accepting your riding accomplishments and failures with grace and personal responsibility as part of the enjoyment of this equestrian journey we all share.  A great quote of a good friend comes to mind:  "Some people make excuses, other people make progress.  You get to choose."

Grateful doesn't begin to describe the feelings Brian and I share for the horses we have in our current care, we are lucky indeed!  Playboy coming back to us appears to be a true testament to Brian's teachings, training and care.  Watching the videos I've managed to capture of him this week needs no commentary, no explanation, the expression of this amazing horse speaks volumes!  Congrats to our team representing Sport Horse at WEC this week, all rounds were rewarding to watch.  Some were rewarded with ribbons and some are still a work in progress.  "All progress begins with the truth." Dan Sullivan

A special congrats to Aila & Playboy on their win of the NHS 3'3" Medal and their second placing of the THIS 3' Children's Medal.   So without further ado, enjoy:

WEC October 2017 Wrap Up...

What a phenomenal two weeks of WEC it's been!  Thank you Mother Nature for sending us your best 70 degree sunny days and all of the Sport Horse Team for a good time.  Congratulations to Erin and Rio, their first debut in the Jumpers and despite some technical difficulties Erin managed to hold it together!

Congrats to Rocko for his Reserve Champion in the Non-Thoroughbred Hunters and his win in the Children's Equitation 3' with Hannah.  A HUGE congrats to Aila and Playboy, with their combined score of 154 and out of a field of 13 competitor, they managed to secure the blue ribbon in the Children's Hunter 3' Classic!  What an amazing feat for a rider who was at the end of a lunge line as a beginner in May of 2015!  And lastly, thank you Brian for your continued guidance and all of Team Sport Horse for their continued support!

And without much further delay, please enjoy the visuals we managed to capture below...

IHJA Annual Show 2017 Wrap Up...

FINALLY, the videos are downloaded, results are posted and it's time to share the news with everyone!  With only five horses present at the sold out finals this year, the SHi team managed to walk away with 4 Champion and 1 Reserve Champion in their respective divisions!   Thanks to the entire team for all their hard work and efforts!  A big congrats to Aila on her 3rd placing in the Mini-Children's Medal Final held on Sunday, GREAT JOB!  Below are the videos we managed to capture, at least one round of all of our team.  Enjoy!

Upcoming Horse Show Schedule Update...

Well, the secret is apparently out that the WEC in Wilmington OH is the place to be this winter.  Stalls are sold out through the end of February so we are revising our show schedule to include the following weeks:

February 22-26, March 1-5, March 8-12, March 15-19, March 22-26 and March 29-April 2

If anyone is intending to show any of these weeks and would like to be included in the stall counts, you need to LET US KNOW NOW before they're gone again!

Happy showing y'all!

Upcoming Horse Show Schedule...

Despite winter temperatures and less sunshine, time is flying and we're already preparing for the February show at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington Ohio coming up February 15-19.  Stall reservations will be due Monday, February 6th so please let us know if you're planning to join this event.  As previously shared, stalls are free so we are anticipating good turn out.  Happy showing everyone!

Equine Wellness...

Antibiotic Resistance: Why Care?
— By Nancy S. Loving DVM

History has taught us that prior to the discovery of penicillin in the early part of the 20thcentury, many people died of what are now treatable bacterial infections because there were limited options of available antimicrobial medications. In our current time, we take for granted the plethora of pills, tablets, solutions and ointments available to combat many varieties of bacterial infections.

Since the 1940s until recently, antibiotics have often been used indiscriminately and inappropriately in many cases. Widespread use of antimicrobials has caused many infectious organisms to adapt and build resistance rather than succumbing to the killing effects of antimicrobial medications. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) notes, “Each year at least 2 million human illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the United States are caused by anti­biotic-resistant bacteria.” 

As it turns out, microbial development of resistance genes to thwart antibiotics is not a new phenomenon; in fact, researchers have found that specific enzymes responsible for some resistance factors date back 2 billion years. But what has spawned the current concern about resistance has to do with the popularity of using antibiotics for just about any sign of a sniffle or cough, or any other problem that is best left for the person’s or animal’s native immune system to deal with. 

Antibiotics don’t work against viruses or fungi; only against bacteria. Many antibiotics only target specific bacteria; so, using the wrong antibiotic product does nothing to kill the infectious agent but may instead kill off other commensal (useful) bacteria. In addition, exposure to unnecessary antibiotics potentially stimulates development of resistant genes in bacteria, including those that weren’t the initial target for treatment.

A recent report by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states: “Overuse of antibiotics in both humans and animals helps drive the evolution of resistant bacteria. Bacteria have a natural tendency to mutate and to acquire genes from other bacteria. These changes enable them to resist antibiotics and flourish in envi­ronments where antibiotics are used. 

As resistance genes move between bacteria, the bacteria themselves spread through soil, water, and wildlife. Over time, with continued antibiotic use, the situation worsens. Scientists are concerned that resistant strains of bacte­ria could spread globally through travel or trade, includ­ing the exchange of foods.”

It is just as important to consider that animals treated with antibiotics are part of the process of microbial resistance. The CDC comments, “Treatment of food-producing animals with antimicrobial agents that are important in human therapy may present a public health risk by the transfer of resistant zoonotic pathogens from animals to humans.” While horses aren’t food-producing animals, overuse in this species contributes to the problem of resistance. If many of our antimicrobials cease to be effective, then we will have nothing left in the medication armamentarium to use to treat human or animal infections when it really matters. This is why we should care.