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PBSO looks to expand mounted unit to patrol western communities
 When the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office needs extra eyes and ears to help keep unincorporated areas safe, it relies on the volunteers of the Citizen Observer Patrol. The COP program started in 1989 and now has 3,500 volunteers working in every facet of the PBSO. One branch of the COP program is the mounted unit. The members of the...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 04, 2017

When the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office needs extra eyes and ears to help keep unincorporated areas safe, it relies on the volunteers of the Citizen Observer Patrol. The COP program started in 1989 and now has 3,500 volunteers working in every facet of the PBSO. One branch of the COP program is the mounted unit. The members of the...
Woman aims to help dressage instructors boost teaching skills
 Bettina Drummond considers dressage an art form. The renowned rider argues that the discipline has become too focused on competition. Drummond started riding when she was very young and showed an aptitude for it from the beginning. She’s had to work on her communication as a teacher, and credits her partnership with several prominent...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016

Bettina Drummond considers dressage an art form. The renowned rider argues that the discipline has become too focused on competition. Drummond started riding when she was very young and showed an aptitude for it from the beginning. She’s had to work on her communication as a teacher, and credits her partnership with several prominent...
Teen’s determination leads to spot in Winter Equestrian Festival
 When Taylor Guasti met her horse Penny, it was love at first sight. She’d spent months searching for the perfect horse, going through three failed vet checks and one disappointment after another. Everything changed two and a half years ago when Guasti and her mom drove up to see the first of 10 horses a broker had lined up for them...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

When Taylor Guasti met her horse Penny, it was love at first sight. She’d spent months searching for the perfect horse, going through three failed vet checks and one disappointment after another. Everything changed two and a half years ago when Guasti and her mom drove up to see the first of 10 horses a broker had lined up for them...
Course designer gears up for Winter Equestrian Festival
 The Winter Equestrian Festival starts in January, and a handful of course designers are already hard at work, carefully creating jumping courses for each class. There are 13 rings, and each course designer gets a different ring each week. Designing courses is a delicate balance between making the sport challenging, and unintentionally making...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

The Winter Equestrian Festival starts in January, and a handful of course designers are already hard at work, carefully creating jumping courses for each class. There are 13 rings, and each course designer gets a different ring each week. Designing courses is a delicate balance between making the sport challenging, and unintentionally making...
Woman aims to make a difference by taking Personal Ponies to seniors
 Sandra Kaplan Seiden started working with Personal Ponies 13 years ago, when the acquisition of two miniature horses prompter her4-year-old special needs son to say his first words. She witnessed the profound change the horses inspired in her boy, and decided to use the horses to comfort kids in hospitals. Soon after she started volunteering...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2016

Sandra Kaplan Seiden started working with Personal Ponies 13 years ago, when the acquisition of two miniature horses prompter her4-year-old special needs son to say his first words. She witnessed the profound change the horses inspired in her boy, and decided to use the horses to comfort kids in hospitals. Soon after she started volunteering...
Program gives people in rehab chance to bond with horses
 When Dr. Blair Barone-Rice added a handful of severely abused horses to her herd a year and a half ago, she never could have foreseen the dramatic impact the fragile horses would have on a group of equally fragile people. Around the same time she took in the horses, Barone-Rice added an equine-assisted therapy program for local alcohol and...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

When Dr. Blair Barone-Rice added a handful of severely abused horses to her herd a year and a half ago, she never could have foreseen the dramatic impact the fragile horses would have on a group of equally fragile people. Around the same time she took in the horses, Barone-Rice added an equine-assisted therapy program for local alcohol and...
Annual keurings key to assessing quality of Friesians
 Once a year, officials from the oldest stud book in the Netherlands, the Friesch Paarden Stamboek, visit North America to rate Friesian horses in events called “keurings.” Marissa and Leif Aho of Free Spirit Friesians in Wellington took their newest foal, Believe in Miracles, to the nearest keuring in New Smyrna Beach in October...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

Once a year, officials from the oldest stud book in the Netherlands, the Friesch Paarden Stamboek, visit North America to rate Friesian horses in events called “keurings.” Marissa and Leif Aho of Free Spirit Friesians in Wellington took their newest foal, Believe in Miracles, to the nearest keuring in New Smyrna Beach in October...
World Stem Cell Summit to feature equine component
 Stem cells are “blank” cells that can be “programmed” to replace damaged tissues. Stem cell research has been around for decades, but the equine side of it is relatively new. The 12th annual World Stem Cell Summit will convene at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Dec. 6-9. The Equine World Stem Cell Summit will...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Stem cells are “blank” cells that can be “programmed” to replace damaged tissues. Stem cell research has been around for decades, but the equine side of it is relatively new. The 12th annual World Stem Cell Summit will convene at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Dec. 6-9. The Equine World Stem Cell Summit will...
Mom teaches daughter to respect, value horses
 If you don’t have a lot of money in the equestrian world, yet love horses and can’t bear to live without them, you find a way to make it work. Wellington mom Jessica Williamson didn’t grow up in a wealthy family. She and her friends worked off their lessons at a barn in Davie. She still has her childhood horse. She recently...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Nov. 09, 2016

If you don’t have a lot of money in the equestrian world, yet love horses and can’t bear to live without them, you find a way to make it work. Wellington mom Jessica Williamson didn’t grow up in a wealthy family. She and her friends worked off their lessons at a barn in Davie. She still has her childhood horse. She recently...
Duo to launch equestrian version of Airbnb app in Wellington
 Traveling is part of the life of an equestrian competitor. Show jumpers, polo players and dressage riders follow the sport all over the world, from Europe to Canada to South America to right here in Wellington. That nomadic lifestyle is made even more challenging when you factor in trying to find a place to stay that can accommodate your...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Nov. 02, 2016

Traveling is part of the life of an equestrian competitor. Show jumpers, polo players and dressage riders follow the sport all over the world, from Europe to Canada to South America to right here in Wellington. That nomadic lifestyle is made even more challenging when you factor in trying to find a place to stay that can accommodate your...
Couple’s book tells story of their ‘Polo Life’
 There are only about a dozen 10-goal polo players in the world. It takes years of hard work to make it on to that elite list, and most players never do. Former 10-goal polo player Adam Snow and his veterinarian wife, Shelley Onderdonk, have many tales to tell about the polo industry and all the amazing people and horses they’ve encountered...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

There are only about a dozen 10-goal polo players in the world. It takes years of hard work to make it on to that elite list, and most players never do. Former 10-goal polo player Adam Snow and his veterinarian wife, Shelley Onderdonk, have many tales to tell about the polo industry and all the amazing people and horses they’ve encountered...