Canadian event rider Hawley Bennett has included Advanced Protection Formula (APF) in the diet of her advanced horse Gin & Juice for about a year, and she’s certain that APF contributed to her victory in the Bromont CCI3* in Quebec, Canada, in June.
“Her whole attitude has changed,” said Bennett of the Thoroughbred mare, who was the only horse to complete the Bromont CCI3* with no jumping or time faults. “She was always so nervous around the barn and in the ring, and that’s been a huge issue with her. Now she’s so much more calm.”
Bennett also believes the APF helped Gin & Juice easily navigate the long trip that got her to Bromont and to other far-flung competitions this year. Bennett lives just north of San Diego, and the trailer drive to New Jersey, where she based herself temporarily before Bromont, required five days. The trip to Bromont then took another day. After winning at Bromont, Bennett drove to a competition near Chicago in early July and then westward to Montana for another competition in late July before returning to California. In October, she’ll drive to Maryland to try to win her second CCI3* of the year on Gin & Juice, at the Fair Hill CCI3*.
Advanced Protection Formula is the first supplement for horses formulated to provide the unique benefits of adaptogenic herbs. APF provides advanced nutritional protection against the negative effects of stress by supporting immune function, increasing inter-cellular metabolism, stabilizing energy regulation and improving digestive function. Based on the original formulation, APF Pro contains additional, specific nutrients that have been shown to increase lean muscle mass in response to exercise and to help protect against the development of gastric ulcers caused by stress.
The improvement of inter-cellular energy though increased glucose utilization is one of the primary reasons for the multiple benefits of APF. By maintaining proper energy resources, every system—from the immune system to the digestive system to the musculo-skeletal system—is better able to respond appropriately to any challenge and return to equilibrium more rapidly.
Gin & Juice thrives on the original APF formula, but Bennett feeds the new APF Pro to her other advanced horse, Splendorofthesun.
“I don’t know why Gin & Juice likes the original formula better, but I do know that it lets her focus. She’s just a more rideable and reliable horse all around,” said Bennett. “It’s a fantastic product.”
APF also contributed to the double-gold-medal performance of the Area VI young riders team at the North American Young Riders Championships in late July. APF has sponsored the Area VI young riders team for five years, providing the team members with APF products during the final month of training and at the competition.
The Area VI horses traveled across the country, from their base in California to the championship at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. There, Max McManamy won the individual gold medal in the CCI2* on Beacon Hill and led her teammates—Rachel Dwyer on Catch A Star, Elsie Patterson on Normandy Soldier and Suzy Hettich on Given Half A Chance—to the team gold medal.
APF-sponsored show jumpers have also enjoyed a triumphant summer. Susie Hutchison and Cantano won both the $25,000 Red, White & Blue Grand Prix in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., in June and the $25,000 Showpark Racing Festival Grand Prix in Del Mar, Calif., in July. And John Pearce urged Sun Of A Gun to the fastest jump-off time in the $40,000 Rocky Mountain Grand Prix in Parker, Colo., in July.
The United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) is humbled to announce the return of long-time partner The Dutta Corporation as the “Title Sponsor of the 2023 USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships,” which include the East Coast Championships at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in Elkton, Maryland, on Oct. 19-20 and the West Coast Championships at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California, on Oct. 27-28.
When Team SmartPak Rider Silva Martin saddles up, it’s always with a helmet. Silva’s riding career has taken her from Germany all across the world before she settled in the United States in 2007—well before helmets were popular in dressage. When the traditional top hat ruled the dressage ring, riders often schooled in baseball caps or nothing at all.
Aspen Farms in Yelm, Washington, served as the beautiful backdrop for this year’s USEA Area VII Championships. In total, there were 11 championship divisions offered from the Beginner Novice level through Intermediate, in addition to the event’s regular horse trial divisions. USEA President Lou Leslie was onsite to lend a helping hand and help issue awards during the prize-giving ceremonies. Meet the 11 new USEA Area VII Champions below!
The USEA is sad to report that Mr. Medicott (Cruising x Slieveluachra) passed away on September 17 at Ms. Jacqueline Mars’ Stonehall Farm in Virginia where he has enjoyed his retirement since 2019. The Irish Sport Horse gelding made quite the mark on the sport of eventing in the U.S., completing more than 50 FEI events over the course of his career with five different riders and finishing in the top 10 at 30 of those competitions. Mr. Medicott attended two Olympic Games and one World Equestrian Games for two different countries over the course of his career. “Cave,” as he was known around the barn, was 24 years old at the time of his death.