Before heading into the dressage court, think twice about those who have equine insurance coverage. It is not limited to you, the rider. Equine insurance is also applicable to your dressage judge sitting in the judge’s box scoring you. It is a different and interesting perspective to take. Case in point – Vicky Matisi – California dressage judge, eventing dressage judge, and FEI competitor. Matisi is a long-time client of Parker Equine Insurance, and her story is a good one.
Matisi is currently insured through Parker Equine Insurance in Glendora, California, and Parker has been covering Matisi for the past 15 years. The relationship has been a long-standing one and the insurance coverage is broader than just major medical and mortality coverage on Matisi’s two competitive FEI dressage horses. Matisi owns and operates Ramor Oaks Riding Club in Watsonville, California, and the entire facility including all tractors, equipment, autos, and home are insured through Donna and Joe Parker of Parker Equine Insurance.
“My insurance needs were such that I needed a lot more than just my horses covered,” says Matisi. “Donna and Joe were able to put together a policy that covered my equestrian facility, my house, and my cars. I have been very happy with the policies and I am very pleased with Parker Equine Insurance especially given what happened that one Christmas Eve . . . ”
Matisi had been lucky enough not to run into colic problems with any of her horses until Christmas Eve in 2000 when her 10-year-old FEI mare, Fenja, had to make an emergency visit to the vet for colic surgery the night before Christmas. Fenja made it through the surgery but did not survive post-op complications and died two days later. Matisi was devastated and immediately reported the claim to Parker Equine Insurance.
“It was a difficult experience but with Equine Insurance’s help, I was able to reclaim the money from my mortality insurance fairly quickly,” says Matisi. “I was then able to schedule a trip to Germany to purchase a new horse to replace Fenja. It all turned out for the better in the end, but I would have never been able to do that had I not had insurance on my horse.”
Matisi is thankful she had taken the insurance out on Fenja and she is grateful for Parker’s assistance during those difficult times.
Parker Equine Insurance has over 40 years experience in equine insurance and they are the 2020 official equine insurance of the USEA. Policy coverages include equine mortality, major medical and surgical, care, custody, and control, as well as workers’ compensation and employers’ liability. Parker Equine Insurance prides itself on its customer care and approachability.
“Customer service is our number one priority,” says Donna Parker, and Matisi agrees.
“I find Equine Insurance easy to work with as they customize insurance programs to fit your individual needs,” says Matisi. “I have referred lots of folks to them over the years.” Yes, another good point from your dressage judge.
Following yesterday’s downpour, the temperatures for the final jog this morning were brisk but the CCI5*-L horses remained professional for the last horse inspection leading into show jumping later today. Of the 35 pairs set to move forward with the final phase of competition, only 34 presented to judges Angela Tucker (GBR), Martin Plewa (GER), and Mark Weissbecker after Lisa Marie Fergusson opted not to bring forward her own 15-year-old Welsh/Thoroughbred gelding (Brynarian Brennin x Dream Contessa) Honor Me.
After a jam-packed week, the final day of competition at the Maryland 5 Star is upon us. Riders have shown off their style in the horse inspection, danced their way down the centerline in dressage, and contested some serious obstacles in cross-country up until this point. Now it's time to demonstrate the fitness and accuracy that each horse possesses in the final phase: show jumping.
It was a great day of cross-country riding at the Maryland 5 Star. There were 35 horses who crossed the finish and 11 of those finished double clear. With British, French, New Zealand, Canadian, and American riders coming through the finish flags – it was a true world class competition. The USEA was at the finish to see what the riders thought of the very first Maryland 5 Star cross-country track designed by Ian Stark.
Weren’t able to spend your morning glued to the livestream of the 2021 Maryland 5 Star cross-country? Couldn’t be there in person to trek up the hills? We have you covered with a play-by-play of what happened on Ian Stark’s cross-country course which gave both the designer and the riders many sleepless nights, but ended up riding quite well for the majority of the field.