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EquiFit, Inc. Sponsored Riders Have Successful Start for 2006
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
EquiFit, Inc. is dedicated to helping riders improve and become more competitive. To accomplish this, EquiFit Inc. offers an extensive range of products including: the revolutionary T-Boot Series™ horse boots, T-Sport Wraps™, T-Form saddle pads, and the industry’s only riding posture correction garment, ShouldersBack™.
EquiFit, Inc. is proud to work with 2004 Athens Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward, Olympians Margie Engle and Alison Firestone, four-time British Olympic Show Jumper Michael Whitaker, as well as grand prix riders Aaron Vale, Michael Morrissey, Joie Gatlin, Callan Solem, Jimmy Torano, Christine McCrea, Molly Ashe, Mandy Porter, Angela Covert, Peter Breakwell, Irish show jumper Conor Swail, Olympic Three-Day event rider Darren Chiacchia, and Australian Three-Day event rider Christine Bates.
In American show jumping, two of the most decorated and successful riders are continuing their reign. McLain Ward was an integral part of the U.S. team along with Margie Engle in the first two events for the Samsung Super League, where the team placed second in both. Ward won three speed classes on Goldika 559 in La Baule, France, and he won the $75,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Devon on Capitano, owned by Sir Ruly, Inc. It was the first time he had even ridden Capitano, who is usually ridden by Danielle Torano, wife of EquiFit, Inc. sponsored rider, Jimmy Torano.
Engle was victorious in the $75,000 Bainbridge Idle Dice Classic, CSI-W grand prix in Wellington, FL, on Hidden Creek’s Wapino. In the U.S. Team Selection Trials for the World Equestrian Games, Engle finished first and second over five trials with Quervo Gold and Hidden Creek’s Wapino. She was the highest-placed American rider at the 2006 FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Quervo Gold.
Both Ward and Engle have been named to the U.S. team for the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, on August 20-September 3, 2006. Engle is ranked first on the USEF Show Jumping Computer List, while Ward is in second place.
England has called on the veteran show jumper, Michael Whitaker, to represent the country in international competition. The team from Great Britain placed second in the Samsung Super League Nations’ Cup at Rome, Italy. So far this year, he has at least 21 top five finishes in international competition on seven different mounts, including a sixth place finish in the World Cup Final on Insul Tech’s Portofino.
Aaron Vale spent the winter competing at the HITS series in Ocala, FL, and he won an incredible three out of five Sunday grand prix events on three different horses: Celano Ethna, Serval, and Artur 28. He has won three other grand prix events in 2006 so far, at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Tampa, FL, the Aiken Spring Classic Horse Show in South Carolina, and the Atlanta Summer Classic in Georgia. He is ranked 18th on the USEF Show Jumping Computer List.
Molly Ashe and Christine McCrea were part of the Samsung Super League series for the U.S. team in Rome, Italy, and Lucerne, Switzerland. They helped the U.S. retain their second place ranking in the series. Ashe won the Ladies’ Style Award from Longines in Rome. The two riders are in the top ten of the USEF Show Jumping Computer List, seated currently in the eighth (Ashe) and ninth (McCrea) spots.
Ireland’s Conor Swail competed at WEF during the winter, but went back to Europe to compete this spring. He represented Ireland at the Samsung Super League Nations’ Cup in La Baule, France. Recently, he won the Rolestown Grand Prix in Ireland on Nepomuk and the Volvo Penta Norway Grand Prix on Rivaal at the Drammen CSIO.
Joie Gatlin had consistent ribbons at the HITS series in Indio, CA, and was another of the U.S. contingent that competed in the World Cup Final in Malaysia. Gatlin is currently 45th on the USEF Show Jumping Computer List. At the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Alison Firestone was a constant competitor in the Sunday grand prix events, and she was able to bring two young horses for experience at the World Cup Finals. She is 40th on the USEF Show Jumping Computer List.
Jimmy Torano had a successful winter as he brought along multiple new mounts in his string of show jumpers at WEF. On Ormsby Hill, he had two top ten finishes at the grand prix events in the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show series. Torano is the proud trainer of Capitano, who won the Grand Prix of Devon, and is 31st on the USEF Show Jumping Computer List.
Michael Morrissey, 22, is one of the younger competitors on the grand prix circuit in the United States. Morrissey was second in the $30,000 WEF Challenge Series Final on Crelido. He and the talented bay gelding recently won the GLD Lines Grand Prix in St. Tropez against a field of top international competitors.
Callan Solem and her solid campaigner Allison won the $25,000 Grand Prix at the first week of the HITS Saugerties horse show after a consistent winter in Ocala, FL. She is 36th on the USEF Show Jumping Computer List.
Mandy Porter and Peter Breakwell both competed this winter at the HITS Indio Desert Circuit in California. Porter and Summer had three top ten finishes in the grand prix events so far this year and are ranked 34th on the USEF Show Jumping Computer List. This spring, Breakwell piloted Ivanoa to a third place finish in the $50,000 Grand Prix of California and the championship in the 1.45m Jumpers at the Oaks Blenheim June Classic. He and Lucas finished as champions in the 1.35m division and won the 7/8 Year Old Jumper Classic two weeks in a row at the Oaks Blenheim June Classic Horse Show.
Show jumper Angela Covert-Lawrence suffered a slight setback this winter when she suffered a dislocated shoulder from a fall. However, Covert-Lawrence and her orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist found support and healing through EquiFit, Inc.’s ShouldersBack™ product.
Covert found she had amazing results from wearing the ShouldersBack™. “My orthopedic surgeon and physiologist said that the ShouldersBack™ did exactly what my old brace did and that it even looked like a better fit for me, thanks to the adjustable straps. It was quite an endorsement from two medical professionals,” she said with a smile.
Olympic Three-Day event rider Darren Chiacchia led day two of the dressage section on Windfall II at the 2006 Rolex CCI**** Three-Day Event in Lexington, KY. Windfall is his Olympic mount from Athens in 2004, and the pair also won two horse trials so far this year in Virginia and the CIC*** at The Fork. Christine Bates had continued success in Australia in various Three-Day Events.
All of these sponsored riders promote and use the EquiFit, Inc. T-Boot Series™. Designed by an orthopedic company, the T-Boot Series™ is filled with T-Foam, a revolutionary pressure-relieving visco-elastic material that conforms to the horse’s body, providing maximum support and pressure-point dispersal and eliminating chafing and abrasion. When the T-Boots are removed, T-Foam recovers 100 percent of its original shape, ready to provide a perfect custom fit for every horse, every time.
EquiFit’s product line includes five different models of T-Boots. The brand-new XCEL™ hind boot is quickly becoming the boot of choice for grand prix riders as it promotes superior hind end movement over jumps. These boots offer replaceable T-Foam liners.
One of the newest and most thrilling products is the T-Sport Wrap™. These foam-lined wraps provide maximum compression and support and are superior to synthetic polo wraps that are on the market today. Through EquiFit, Inc., equestrians now have access to the same cutting edge technology used by athletic trainers, physical therapists, and sports physicians for many years.
For more information, please visit their website at: www.equifit.net or call 1-877-4-EQUIFIT.
Photo Credit: Olympic Gold Medalist and American representative at the 2006 World Equestrian Games, McLain Ward, uses the EquiFit, Inc. T-Boots on all of his horses. Photo © 2006 Jennifer Wood/PhelpsSports.com. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.