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.
On a crisp morning in December of 2016, I dragged my husband to Penn National to look at some horses to hopefully be my next eventing partner. I also had a horse to look at in Maryland at Kate Chadderton's farm. Keep in mind every horse I wanted to look at was a gelding. I did have a couple at Penn National that I really liked and then went to look at the one Kate had. After I rode the gelding at Kate's she asked me how I felt about mares. My response was, "I don't, but bring her out."
The 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico is only one week away! Start planning your personal agenda as next week will have a jam-packed schedule starting on Wednesday, December 8 through Sunday, December 12.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is thrilled to welcome back Gallops Saddlery as a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention. This year’s Annual Meeting & Convention will take place at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 9-12, 2021.
The USEF Board of Directors met on November 22, 2021 and approved the following Extraordinary Rule Changes that will go into effect today, December 1, 2021.