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Newly Retired Dr. Richard Godbee Named Premier Equestrian As He Launches New Educational Website

Newly Retired Dr. Richard Godbee Named Premier Equestrian As He Launches New Educational Website

Richard Goodbee is all smiles with his Premier Equestrian Award. (PHOTO: JRPR)

Wellington, FL (May 21, 2019) – Some people’s idea of retirement includes images of receiving a gold watch and then spending long, lazy days playing shuffle board or sitting in a rocking chair reminiscing about the good old days.

 

For Dr. Richard Godbee, however, that type of lifestyle is the furthest thing from his mind as he adjusts to his new status as a retired Director of Technical Services – Equine for Farnam, Horse Health and Vita Flex.  “I get up in the mornings about 5am” Godbee describes, “and work until 8 or 9, then I saddle up and work horses!” This new daily schedule is really only a slight adjustment to what Godbee has been doing for years. As a well known and respected speaker in the equestrian industry, he is now taking advantage of his extra time by continuing to speak and give presentations, and also by launching a new educational website that is being designed to provide complete equine consulting to horse owners of all levels.

It is this continued commitment to the horse world that Premier Equestrian – an industry leader in manufacturing world-class footing, dressage arenas and accessories – wishes to honor and the reason why Godbee was presented with the Premier Equestrian Award.

 

Godbee says he is grateful for the award which includes a striking tricolor ribbon and engraved Premier Equestrian Award commemorative plaque. “I love to teach,” Godbee explains, “I’m a pretty good teacher, and I was elected in the top ten professors at a major university. I love to watch people as they grasp new concepts and know that they are going to make a difference in a horse’s life.”  He continues, “I think everyone who owns a horse wants to do the very best they can. A lot of time they just don’t know where to go to get information that is sound, science-based or proven over the long term.” 

 

Godbee goes on to say that this is the main reason he’s developing such a comprehensive educational website that will include videos, presentations and articles on topics that range from how to brush a horse to how to properly ship semen for artificial insemination. “We want the website to have something for everybody,” he continues, “from someone who may be just looking into horse ownership to the most experienced level of equestrian professional.”  He adds that the site will include information on nutrition, reproduction, tack, safety, handling and more. “Essentially, if you were to take a class on horse production or husbandry or horse science, it’s like what this will be.  We want the horse to win, period. And the way horses win is that owners are better educated. Then, they do a better job of understanding what really makes this animal tick.”  Godbee explains that in addition to developing the website, he is looking forward to continuing to give live talks around the country, including an upcoming presentation at the Western State Horse Expo. He encourages people to ask him questions and hopes many will do so once the website is up and running.  In the meantime, Godbee says people can email him directly for more information at rggodbee@gmail.com 

 

Godbee received a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture and Masters of Science in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Georgia.  He received his Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition/Nutritional Biochemistry with an emphasis in equine from Colorado State University.  He has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and popular press on multiple species.  He has presented papers and given invited talks throughout the United States Japan, Ireland, England, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Australia, Mexico, and Canada.   He has served as a faculty or adjunct faculty member at several universities.  He has also served on the graduate committees for Master and Ph.D. candidates at numerous universities. Godbee’s research interest has included the effect of nutrition on immunity and inflammation.  He is Board Certified in Animal Nutrition by the American College of Animal Science and has achieved Professional Animal Scientist status in the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists with a specialty in Horses.  He is also a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, American Society of Animal Science, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, and Equine Science Society.  He is a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, Alpha Zeta, and Sigma Xi honor societies.  He also owns and shows cutting horses at local and national events.

 

Premier Equestrian wishes for all disciplines of equestrians and horse lovers, like Dr. Richard Godbee, to have enjoyable experiences with their horses, in or outside the show ring. The company is proud to offer an affordable choice for first-rate American-made products that enhance the equestrian performance of its customers. For more information about Premier Equestrian and its full line of products including footing, dressage arenas, and arena groomers, please call 1-800-611-6109 or visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.

Legendary Dr. Hilary Clayton Recognized by Premier Equestrian During Adequan® Global Dressage Festival 10*

Legendary Dr. Hilary Clayton Recognized by Premier Equestrian During Adequan® Global Dressage Festival 10*

Premier Equestrian Recognizes Dr. Hilary Clayton Week 10 AGDF (JRPR Photo)

Wellington, FL (March 23, 2019) – The list of accomplishments and contributions that Dr. Hilary Clayton has made to the equestrian world are impressive. As a veterinarian and scientific researcher, she has raised questions and provided solutions in areas that very few have ever considered exploring. The first incumbent of the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University, Clayton is also a past president of the Association for Equine Sports Medicine, Past President of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a member of the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame. She is currently the President of Sport Horse Science, LC that covers all aspects of equestrian sports including training and conditioning sport horses, understanding the biomechanical and physiological basis of equine performance and the interaction between the rider, the tack and the horse.

Her commitment to the horse world as a speaker, author and consultant in the area of equine sports science, with emphasis on translating research findings into practical applications, is legendary. She states that her goal is to try to improve not only performance, but also health and welfare. It is this commitment that Premier Equestrian – an industry leader in manufacturing world-class footing, dressage arenas and accessories – wishes to honor and the reason why they have presented her with the Premier Equestrian Award during Week 10 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF).

“In my career there were certain things I did that nobody had tried to do before,” Clayton reflects, “Asking questions like ‘what is rein tension? How much tension is in the reins? How much tension is in your hand when you ride?’ and then to develop techniques that actually measure those things and start to study them.” She goes on to say that, as another example, she has recently developed a product that measures the horse’s head angle. “It will tell you if the head is behind the vertical, on the vertical, or ahead of the vertical,” Clayton describes, “And since we’ve developed that product, we’ve modified it so that, now, we can also measure pace. We can tell you if your horse is going within a certain range of speed or faster or slower.” She continues, “Also, if it’s hooked up to a heart monitor on the horse, it will give you instant feedback whether the horse is within a specific heart rate for training purposes, or under or below your target heart rate.”

Clayton is a life-long horsewoman, herself, and is excited to be riding and showing her 11 year old Lusitano this season. She says they are currently showing at 4th level, with hopes to get into Prix St Georges before too long. She was excited to be named as a Premier Equestrian and thanked them for the award which included a striking tricolor ribbon and engraved Premier Equestrian Award commemorative plaque. “I feel the job I’ve done, and continue to do, is like my whole life is rolled into one. My passion, my interest, my horses, riding, professional aspects – they’re all just parts of the whole!”

Premier Equestrian wishes for all disciplines of equestrians and horse lovers, like Dr. Hilary Clayton, to have enjoyable experiences with their horses, in or outside the show ring. The company is proud to offer an affordable choice for first-rate American-made products that enhance the equestrian performance of its customers. For more information about Premier Equestrian and its full line of products including footing, dressage arenas, and arena groomers, please call 1-800-611-6109 or visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.

Cesar Torrente Recognized As Premier Equestrian During Adequan® Global Dressage Festival 7*

Cesar Torrente Recognized As Premier Equestrian During Adequan® Global Dressage Festival 7*

Cesar Torrente receives Premier Equestrian honors at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI 7 Joann Wieber Presenting on behalf of JRPR for Premier Equestrian

Wellington, FL (March 4, 2019) – To be successful in the world of dressage, kindness, positivity, and the welfare of the horse are of the utmost importance according to beloved International FEI Judge Cesar Torrente. It’s for this and so many more reasons that Torrente was recognized with the Premier Equestrian Award during Week 7 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. Premier Equestrian – an industry leader in manufacturing world-class footing, dressage arenas and accessories, values and recognizes equestrians with exemplary character through this prestigious award. As a part of being named a Premier Equestrian, Torrente was presented with a striking tricolor ribbon and engraved Premier Equestrian Award commemorative plaque.

Known in the dressage world as being a “rider’s judge”, Torrente approaches everything in a positive way. He knows firsthand what it’s like to work, ride, train and show. “I started riding at the age of 12,” he describes, “International competitions were always my dream. I’ve had good days and bad days,” he continues, “I know the feeling when you go out there and sometimes the horse doesn’t have a good day. I know how frustrated you can feel no matter the amount of work you’ve done, and I think it’s important that the judges understand that and are a little sympathetic to the effort the riders are giving.” Torrente goes on, “That does not mean we’re giving away marks, because that’s not correct either, but give the high marks when they come, and also give the low marks when they come, but in the end, I always try to give a little comment and a tip if I can as to how to improve the performance of horse and rider.” As a judge, Torrente has unquestionable integrity. “You have to judge mark by mark,” he says, “regardless of the horse or the person who is riding. It may be a fantastic horse who is always winning, or a horse that nobody knows, and it doesn’t matter the breed. You just have to judge what you see and that’s very important.”

Torrente is from Bogotá, Columbia and has become well known around the world through his blog and Facebook page where he continuously posts helpful advice, information and guidance for all levels of dressage riders. “I come from South America where we do not always have all the trainers or the judges to give good advice,” Torrente explains, “Sometimes the federations don’t have good ways to communicate what is changing in the FEI rules and what is changing regarding training methods. So, I started using my blog so that my community around my country would learn things like what rules have changed, or to be aware that if you do this in the ring, the judges will do that. But interestingly, what has happened, is when I go to every single show in America and even in Europe, some people run into me and say, ‘You know what, you probably don’t even know me, but I’m your Facebook friend and I read a lot of your blogs – please keep on doing them!’”

His followers know that Torrente always includes “Feeling blessed” in every one of his Facebook posts, and he has been teased because of it that he must be the most blessed person in The Americas. “I truly feel that I am,” he smiles, “I get to do what I like while being surrounded by wonderful people and wonderful horses in different places each week.” He goes on to explain that he feels it’s very important to treat everyone, horses and humans alike, with kindness. “I think it’s very important that we care about the welfare of the horse,” Torrente continues, “I think the welfare of the horse must always be present in our minds when we are training, when we’re helping, when we’re giving recommendations, and you cannot forget that.”

Torrente was the first judge to be promoted through the new FEI educational system to 4*. As a rider, he has had the honor of standing on the medal podium to receive the team gold medal two times in the Central American Games. He also won many gold, bronze and silver medals in Bolivarian and Central American and Caribbean Games. Torrente is also a corporate and arbitration lawyer by profession and despite traveling the globe to judge worldwide, he has maintained the precarious balance between his career and his passion for horses with apparent ease. He has recently accepted a position in the FEI Tribunal, which decides cases on doping, horse abuse and all disputes at the FEI level including all disciplines. He also explains that he has acquired all permits to work in the US and Canada, and is downsizing his legal practice in Columbia and is thinking about moving to the US. “I’ve been here for the entire season – using it as a try out,” Torrente says, “and I can tell you for the first two months I’ve been here, I don’t like it. I love it!” He adds, “It’s wonderful. It’s a wonderful community. It’s great to be here!”

Premier Equestrian is excited for Torrente and is looking forward to all that he will continue to bring to the sport of dressage. Premier wishes for all disciplines of equestrians and horse lovers to have enjoyable experiences with their horses, in or outside the show ring. The company is proud to offer an affordable choice for first-rate American-made products that enhance the equestrian performance of its customers. For more information about Premier Equestrian and its full line of products including footing, dressage arenas, and arena groomers, please call 1-800-611-6109 or visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.

Carl Hester Named as Premier Equestrian During Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CDI 5*

Carl Hester Named as Premier Equestrian During Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CDI 5*

Carl Hester receives the Premier Equestrian Award at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival CDI 5*- JRPR’s Joann Weiber presenting (JRPR Photo)

Wellington, FL (February 18, 2019) – Gold Medal Olympian, Carl Hester, says his secret to winning is all about keeping his horses happy. This is why he has been named as a Premier Equestrian during Week 5 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI (AGDF). “I find it totally normal to keep horses in a way that they’re happy,” says Hester, “They’re turned out a lot, we hack a lot, and we only school four days a week at home.” He adds, “We’re seeing this more and more with Dressage horses having a chance to have a break and stretch their legs and go out to roll and have fun.” Hester continues, “It’s a sport and it’s tough and they go through a lot of training, so it’s lovely to know that they have some down time as well. A horse, of course, wants to be a horse!” he smiles.

It’s Hester’s exemplary character that Premier Equestrian – an industry leader in manufacturing world-class footing, dressage arenas and accessories, values and wishes to recognize through the Premier Equestrian Award. As a part of being named a Premier Equestrian, Hester was presented with a striking tricolor ribbon and engraved Premier Equestrian Award commemorative plaque during the AGDF in Wellington, Florida. “I’m flattered for the award,” Hester smiles, “Thank you!”

Hester was raised in the UK on the tiny Channel island of Sark. The island has no cars, and so horses are very much part of lifestyle. At 19 Hester had no ambition or aspirations, but with no jobs on Sark and winter coming, he decided to apply for a job with horses on the mainland. Through an advertisement in Horse and Hound, he arrived at the Fortune Centre in Hampshire, where adults with learning and physical disabilities are given a sense of freedom and achievement through riding. It was there Hester had his first opportunity to compete and it was on the Fortune Centre’s skewbald mare, Jolly Dolly, that Hester won the 1985 Young Dressage Rider Championship.

Hester’s career took the most dramatic turn when Dr Bechtolsheimer approached him to join his yard as a rider. “I was totally overawed at the interview; I had never seen a yard like it or horses of this caliber. When Dr B asked me how much I would want, I said nothing! To ride the horses would be enough!” he continues, “I remember Dr B smiling and saying how does £XX a week and a cottage sound. I thought all my birthdays had come at once!”

This part of Hester’s career is well documented but it is sufficient to say that he feels a lasting fondness and debt to Dr and Mrs B who literally gave him the chance of a lifetime.” I rode and trained with Dr B for three and a half years and in 1990 went to the World Championships on Rubelit von Unkenriff, the European Championships in 1991 and in 1992 the Barcelona Olympics on Georgioni. I was the youngest British rider to ever compete in an Olympic Games. It was the most amazing thing that had ever happened to me, and a period that changed the course of my life.” From there, Hester went on to win the gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics and a silver medal from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and he continues to be a shining star on the Great Britain Team.

Today, Hester considers himself fortunate for the opportunity to come to the US each year to help and train with his long-time friend, Katherine Bateson during the winter season in Wellington. Back in the UK, he and his team are also training for the European Championships coming up this year in Rotterdam. “This will be quite fun for us,” Hester explains, “because it was last time in Rotterdam, in 2011, when the GB Team won our first gold medal,” he continues, “We’re really looking forward to going back this year and seeing what we can do. Holland is a great place to have the European Championships, and Rotterdam is exciting,” he adds. Hester goes on to say that they also have the Olympics in mind for next year, and he’s looking forward to what the future holds. “We make a gold medal team, and now we’re getting gold medal facilities, and great shows” he says about life in the UK, “So, it’s a wonderful place to start producing great horses for the future!”

Premier Equestrian wishes for all disciplines of equestrians and horse lovers to have enjoyable experiences with their horses, in or outside the show ring. The company is proud to offer an affordable choice for first-rate American-made products that enhance the equestrian performance of its customers. For more information about Premier Equestrian and its full line of products including footing, dressage arenas, and arena groomers, please call 1-800-611-6109 or visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.

Premier Equestrian Honors Go To Olympian Charlotte Bredahl During Week Three of Adequan® Global Dressage Festival

Premier Equestrian Honors Go To Olympian Charlotte Bredahl During Week Three of Adequan® Global Dressage Festival

(L to R) Joann Weiber presents Charlotte Bredahl with the Premier Equestrian Award at AGDF 3 Dressage CDI in Wellington, FL (JRPR photo: No Credit Necessary)

Wellington, FL (February 4, 2019) – Charlotte Bredahl already loves every aspect of her recently appointed position as the U.S Dressage Development Coach by US Equestrian, and her ever present enthusiasm for the sport of dressage simply radiates, especially during Week 3 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). Working with some of the best dressage riders and trainers in the world, Bredahl is in her element as the excitement ramps up this season in Wellington, Florida. “After all the years of riding and competing myself, and after all the years of judging, I now love helping people achieve their own goals,” Bredahl says. Heidi Zorn, President and Co-founder of Premier Equestrian, recognizes Bredahl’s heartfelt dedication to equestrian sport, which is why she is excited to name Bredahl as a Premier Equestrian by presenting her with the Premier Equestrian Award.

Premier Equestrian – an industry leader in manufacturing world-class footing, and quality dressage arenas and accessories, values outstanding people such as Bredahl and strives to recognize their exemplary character through the Premier Equestrian Award. As a part of being named a Premier Equestrian, Bredahl was presented with a striking tricolor ribbon and engraved Premier Equestrian Award commemorative plaque.

“I just love being able to give back to the riders,” Bredahl explains, “I’ve been reaching out to all the riders in the program and trying to meet up with them and discuss what the future holds, what their goals are, and how I can help them in any way.” Bredahl’s responsibilities as the U.S Dressage Development Coach include assisting and advising on setting and tracking targeted key performance indicators for the Development Program and its athletes and their personal trainers, leading and implementing the Developing Program itself, strategic planning and guidance for the athlete/horse combinations, coordinating educational opportunities for the athletes, and more. As a USEF (S) and FEI (International) rated (4*) judge, having judged all over the world, there is nobody more suited for this position. “I feel very, very good about where I’m at right now!” Bredahl smiles.

Bredahl grew up in Denmark but has resided in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley in California since 1990. She says one of the best moments of her life was when she won the world cup qualifier in Copenhagen with her Danish family watching as the American flag was raised for her win. Bredahl was a part of the US Bronze medal winning Olympic team in Barcelona, and was also part of the US Silver medal winning team at the North American Championships in 1997.

Premier Equestrian wishes for all disciplines of equestrians and horse lovers to have enjoyable experiences with their horses, in or outside the show ring. The company is proud to offer an affordable choice for first-rate American-made products that enhance the equestrian performance of its customers. For more information about Premier Equestrian and its full line of products including footing, dressage arenas, and arena groomers, please call 1-800-611-6109 or visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.

Allyn Mann Named a Premier Equestrian During 2019 Season Week One of Adequan® Global Dressage Festival

Allyn Mann Named a Premier Equestrian During 2019 Season Week One of Adequan® Global Dressage Festival

Heidi Zorn presents Allyn Mann with the Premier Equestrian Award during week 1 of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. (Photo Courtesy of JRPR).

Wellington, FL (January 17, 2019) – As the exciting 2019 season gets underway in Wellington, Florida, Heidi Zorn, President and Co-Founder of Premier Equestrian has been busier than ever seeking out exceptional people to honor with the prestigious Premier Equestrian Award. During Week One of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, there was no question about which person to honor. Zorn named Allyn Mann of Adequan as the first Premier Equestrian of the season. “Premier Equestrian likes to recognize and support athletes, contributors and people who help equestrian sport and who help the horses themselves,” she explains, “and with somebody like Allyn with Adequan… well, it just doesn’t get any better than that for someone who’s helping horses.”

Mann says he is humbled by having the opportunity to receive an award like this and to be named a “Premier Equestrian”. He explains that it’s the love of the horse that drives him to do all he does. “I’ve been so blessed to be around these animals for, now, 46 years,” Mann describes, “Just the opportunity to help these animals stay healthy and to love the people who invest time, effort, money, and many resources into doing something they love is really a win-win for all of us.” Zorn confirms that it is this attitude and devotion to equestrian sport that made her decision easy. She also recognizes the contributions that Adequan makes to all areas of equestrian sport. Mann adds, “I really don’t think too much about what I’m doing, but just trying to bring joy and love to everyone else. Having a product like Adequan makes the journey more enjoyable because it is such a wonderful product.” He continues, “It really has helped to extend the longevity of these horses and their careers.”

Mann reflects fondly about his past and vast experience in the horse world. He explains that he got his start many years ago cleaning stalls for no money in the Standardbred industry. “I cleaned each stall as if I were going to sleep in it” he smiles, “because I felt it was the horse’s home. From that point on”, Mann describes, “opportunities continued to present themselves and I eventually transitioned from being actively involved in the horse world to helping all horses in all disciplines by spending time in the pharmaceutical world providing quality products for the health and wellbeing of these beautiful animals.”

Premier Equestrian – an industry leader in manufacturing world-class footing, quality arenas and groomers, values outstanding people such as Mann and strives to recognize their exemplary character through the Premier Equestrian Award. During the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Zorn was proud to present him with a striking tricolor ribbon and engraved Premier Equestrian Award commemorative plaque. “It’s an amazing blessing just to be able to do what I do,” Mann comments, “I do believe I have the best job in all equestrian just because I connect all the dots! Each discipline is so unique, but with dressage, the thing that I really love about this sport is that you’re investing years just to get this animal to a place where he can perform and excel at the highest level of expectations.” He continues, “But I get to go from dressage to jumping to eventing to reining to barrel racing to the Arab world to the Quarter Horse world to the Standardbreds to Thoroughbreds. It’s just tremendous!”

Premier Equestrian wishes for all disciplines of equestrians and horse lovers, such as Mann, to have enjoyable experiences with their horses, in or outside the show ring. The company is proud to offer an affordable choice for first-rate products that enhance the equestrian performance of its customers. For more information about Premier Equestrian and its full line of products including footing, dressage arenas, and horse jumps, please call 1-800-611-6109or visit www.PremierEquestrian.com.

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