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Paralympian Lauren Barwick, disabled horse rider, canadian paralympic rider, fei para-equestrian, para-dressage lauren barwick

A hay bale that launched a journey…In May 2014 Canadian para-equestrian dressage rider Lauren Barwick, gold and silver medalist at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, was ranked by the Federation Equestre International (FEI) as the number one para-equestrian rider in the world. She topped the standings at a score of 1264 and remained in that position for eight weeks. The rankings are consistently compiled on a monthly basis and that year included results from January 1, 2014.

George Morris show jumping, April Clay Psychologist, American Horse Show Association (AHSA) Hunt Seat Equitation Medal Final and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Maclay Horsemanship Finals george morris Pan American Games george morris 1960 Olympic Games in Rome morris United States Show jumping Hall of Fame, USEF National Jumper Committee

“Are you just going to sit there like a soup sandwich?” George Morris asks wryly. And so another clinic with the legendary horseman begins, an experience full of memorable quips, some of which are uncomfortable for riders to hear and make the audience squirm. At age 78, Morris still commands respect with ease, and even the auditors seem to sit up somewhat straighter in his presence.

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A Veteran Looks At Life Through His Horse’s Ears - “I joined the PPCLI cadet corps at the age of 12 and soon realized that a career in the army was what I wanted to do,” says McEachern. “At 17 I enlisted in the reserves and did my first tour overseas as a peacekeeper in Croatia (former republic of Yugoslavia) with 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. After the tour I transferred to the regular force with the same battalion I served with overseas. In 1995 I was sent to Central Africa with the Disaster Assistance Relief team as security for the medics, headquarters, etc.

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Born in Uxbridge, Ontario in 1983, Jessica Phoenix is a veteran Olympic, World Equestrian and Pan American Games competitor. She was named 2011 Equestrian of the Year by Equine Canada following a historic individual gold-medal finish at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico. “Probably my most successful off-the-track Thoroughbred was Exponential,” she says. “I rode him at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 and the Summer Olympics in London in 2012. I’m trying to retire him because he’s 19 years old. But he’s such an incredible athlete that he prefers to be kept in some sort of work. He was seventh at Rolex at the Horse Fair in 2011 and he also went to Burghley (UK) and finished in the top 25.”

Recovery, Trevor Watkin, Jason Watkin, glucosamine for horses, purica, equine glucosamine, equine arthritix, equine joint pain

A natural path to healing - The sheer beauty of high performance is that it all looks so deceptively easy. But whether it is a grand prix level horse and rider executing the minutely accurate steps of canter pirouettes, passage, and piaffe in the dressage ring, or ballet dancers executing the complex flows of demi-pointe, frappe, or tendu on stage, both performers know the degree of sacrifice, dedication, pain, and setbacks it may take to get to that flawless peak.

B&W Trailer Hitches, bumper-pull, gooseneck trailer, roger baker, joe works, cap-it chilliwack

I’ve towed horses for many years with a two-horse bumper-pull trailer attached to the truck in the traditional way – with a ball mount hitch. Some riders towed larger gooseneck trailers hitched to a mechanism permanently welded into the middle of the truck box. I’ve always thought that type of hitch would be incredibly inconvenient whenever you wanted to use the truck for other purposes.

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LaVern Dueck loved building things as a kid. He grew up on his parents’ farm near Whitemouth in eastern Manitoba where they raised grain, hogs, poultry, and cattle. But he was under the influence of a dad who knew the economic value of being mechanical and fixing his own equipment. He also had a pretty talented grandfather who was ahead of the curve remodeling carburetors for greater fuel efficiency during his own growing years, and developing an early form of infrared heaters before they were on the commercial market.

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