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Oscar & Zoe Hernandez of Santa Rosa Stables in Ocala are this months cover and Featured Barn article, new updates on NSAID rules, Everything you need to know about studying course diagrams...


<p>FREE</p> <p>Vol. 2, Issue 4, April 2010</p> <p>2.</p> <p>410-804-5813 info@cfequestrian.com www.cfequestrian.com</p> <p>Spring is HERE!April 2010</p> <p>Letter from the EditorAccording to a recent survey (found at www.Equimax.com) the majority of respondents don't believe the horse industry has begun to improve- and most don't think it will rebound as quickly as other industries. What do you think? Read more in this month's 'Bit s &amp; Tips'. Now here's something to consider: Studies have proven that once a recession comes to an end, consumer spending is greater than before it began. Doesn't it make sense then to keep your business name in front of faces and fresh in memory? If your marketing strategy includes hiding until the slow economy picks up speed, take your head out of the sand! This is not the time to gut your ad budget and hope for the best. Choose the best strategy for your business- this might include web marketing, direct mail, advertising in your local circular or a magazine (like this one). Figure out WHO you are targeting and put your resources into the best tool for reaching your future clients. CF Equestrian has an updated rate &amp; info sheet. In spite of the economy, TWO ad sizes were DECREASED! Our sixth pg is now $80 and an eighth is only $65. Since we started we've aimed to offer a good quality affordable source of advertising. We're hearing great things from our clients- Allow us to help you succeed and grow YOUR business. Ad rates &amp; info available at www.cfequestrian.com or email ads@cfequestrian.com to request a rate sheet. Happy &amp; Safe Riding</p> <p>CF EquestrianIs a FREE MONTHLY publication available at retail, service &amp; show locations around central, north and parts of south Florida.</p> <p>SOON to be FL Equestrian!If YOU are unable to find a copy please tell us where you shop or order a subscription.</p> <p>Annual Subscription Service$30 yr 12 issues delivered first class mail to your home $65 delivered Priority mail to your barn~this option includes a FREE annual online listing in our Stable &amp; Trainer section. Find past issues and see the most recent copy, sometimes before it prints at www.cfequestrian.com Join our membership area to gain access to exclusive videos and content Central Florida Equestrian has a Facebook Group.</p> <p>Courtney Bass WeinzimerOn the CoverFREE</p> <p>Spotlight4 Featured: Santa Rosa Stables 11 Equine Massage 11 Winning Eq Tips 14 Course Info &amp; Rules for H/J/Eq</p> <p>Contact CFETelephone: 410-804-5813 Email: info@cfequestrian.com or send ad materials to ads @cfequestrian.com Web: www.cfequestrian.comPublisher~Editor: Courtney Bass Weinzimer Advertising Representative &amp; Contributing Writer: Sally Harvey Copyright 2010 CF Equestrian Printed in the USA</p> <p>Vol. 2, Issue 4, April 2010</p> <p>Columns6 Jumping Clinic 7 Quest for WEG Look for a new 'Family Affair' article next month!</p> <p>DepartmentsPictured: Zoe &amp; Oscar Hernandez of Santa Rosa Stables in Ocala Special thanks to Thea Wilcox for the use of Adagio Z" Photo by: Ben Radvanyi9 Bits &amp; Tips 12 Show News~Winter Circuits 15 Show News~ Local Circuits 17 Prod &amp; Service Directory 18 Stable Directory 19 Event Calendar</p> <p>410-804-5813 info@cfequestrian.com www.cfequestrian.com</p> <p>3.</p> <p>Featured : Santa Rosa Stables of Ocalabefore his lifes work came calling again. In 2000 Oscar was offered the opportunity to be the head trainer for an Andalusian farm in Ontario, Canada. While there Oscar was in charge of starting the young horses, showing the competition horses, and teaching students. It was a good job. I love dressage but my true calling has always been show jumping. In 2003 Oscar left the Andalusian farm and went to work for a Canadian show jumping stable. During his five year stint with the operation Oscar wore many hats. He was road manager, head groom, and was also in charge of starting the young stock. Eventually the show bug caught up with Oscar. There is a lot of security working for someone else. But I realized that some goals of mine could only be accomplished by working for myself. The couple met in 2005 and were married in 2007. From the beginning there was talk of having their own stable. I have always been the type to work for myself so the idea of running our own barn was always the logical next step, explains Zo. In 2008 Oscar left the Canadian stable and went to work for an American professional. After one year there opportunity came knocking again. We were offered the opportunity to work with a string of young show horse prospects, says Oscar. The timing was right and Santa Rosa Stables was born. Oscar and Zo have a very clear mission in their professional pursuits. Whether it is a horse or a student we want to offer them an intimate atmosphere that is conducive for learning and one that is also fun, Oscar explains. We want our clients to look forward to their lessons because they know they are getting the full force of our attention every time. Along with to going to horseshows we organize fun rides and barbeques so that all of the clients interact and enjoy each other. Versatility is a cornerstone of their business model. We welcome everyone to our barn. Some of our students are weekend warriors, others are serious competitors. But what they all have in common is the desire to enjoy their horses. We want to foster the fun while helping them grow as horsemen. Santa Rosa Stables offers a array of services: full training board, sales consignment, young horse starting, lessons and lesson horses. We are a full service facility. One of the advantages to being smaller is that we can cater to each individual customers specific needs. We like the boutique atmosphere our unique situation allows, says Zo. In addition to training and riding, Oscar and Zo began K-59 Jump Co., -- a jump manufacturing business-- in 2009. Its been great for Oscar, says Zo. It is so much fun to see his creativity run wild. It is Oscars goal to offer a quality product at an affordable price. This business model has proved very successful in the companys first year. The business has grown beyond my wildest imagination, Oscar laughs. K59 Jump Co. offers a full line of jumps, boxes, Grand Prix quality round rails, and many other products. You can get as crazy as you want. If you can imagine it, we can build it! The couple are equal partners in all aspects of their business. From training the horses and teaching lessons to building jumps the Hernandezs share common goals for each other, their clients, and their businesses. We want everyone to achieve success on their own level. Each person measures success differently but our goal is to meet our clients where they are currently and help them get where they want to go next. It is the same approach we take to working with each other, says Oscar One of the advantages of working so closely together is that we have made ourselves interchangeable, Zo explains. We are both able to teach, to train, to run the jump business. Our clients know this and I think they enjoy having two professionals available to them. Its always good to have two perspectives on an idea, Oscar adds. I think it benefits both the horses and the students. Sometimes taking a slightly different approach to a situation helps to clarify or simplify a concept for a student or a horse. We are looking forward to growing Santa Rosa Stables. I think we have a lot to contribute both personally and professionally to Ocala and the surrounding area.</p> <p>Santa Rosa Stables offers premiere training and care in a secure, beautiful locationBy CFE staff writer</p> <p>Lifelong equestrians Oscar and Zo Hernandez of Santa Rosa Stables always knew they wanted to run their own stable. The couple have spent their careers preparing themselves by working in many different aspects of the horse business. Zo, age 28 and a native of New Orleans, began coaching at age 16. I was the only kid in the barn who was horse showing. When a couple of the other girls expressed an interest I began coaching them and pretty soon I had an entourage of students at the local hunter shows. During college she managed a boarding and training facility. It was also at this time that she began working with racehorses which led her to Ocala. I graduated from Sarah Wilson College in 2003 with a double major in Equine Business management and English Literature. As soon as I received my diploma I packed my things and headed for Florida. Once in Ocala Zo discovered a treasure trove of horses and opportunities. Each job I got opened the doors to two or three more. I would start a young horse privately for someone and soon three neighbors would be asking the original customer if they could have my number. While working as a free lance rider for show horses and racehorses, Zo also worked as a demonstration rider for a hunter/jumper sales barn. It was a unique opportunity to see that part of the industry from the inside. Zo continues to show hunters and jumpers as opportunity allows. Currently Zo is the farm manager for a private breeding farm while she and Oscar build their business. Oscar, 34, began his riding career at the age of 3 at the side of his trainer father in his homeland of Costa Rica. After a successful junior career marked by several notable accomplishments, including placing third in the Samsung International Junior Cup in show jumping, Oscar took a brief break from horses. But it wasnt long</p> <p>For more information about Santa Rosa Stables or K59 Jump Co. contact Oscar or Zo by phone or email. Oscar (352) 425-2106 Zo (352)362-5614 Santarosastables@hotmail.com k59jumpco@hotmail.com</p> <p>4.</p> <p>410-804-5813 info@cfequestrian.com www.cfequestrian.com</p> <p>407-349-9305</p> <p>(813)390-6730</p> <p>LEASE-BUSINESS OPTIONBeautiful 10 ac. facility Lush grass pastures Jump fields 19 stall concrete center aisle barn &amp; Two recently renovated apartments 10 min. to I75 20min. to fairgrounds Tampa 813-407-9133410-804-5813 info@cfequestrian.com www.cfequestrian.com</p> <p>5.</p> <p>Jumping Clinic with Edd Lookingbill</p> <p>For 20 years Edd Lookingbill has operated a successful show and breeding business under the Windham Hill name. Before opening Windham Hill in New Jersey, Mr. Lookingbill enjoyed an extensive junior career showing horses from the Small Pony Hunter division through the Medal and Maclay divisions. For more than 10 years Edd has been judging horse shows and giving clinics up and down the East Coast. He now operates Windham Hill out of Ocala, Fl. For more information on Edd Lookingbill or his training program please visit WindhamHillHunters.com</p> <p>6.</p> <p>410-804-5813 info@cfequestrian.com www.cfequestrian.com</p> <p>Quest for WEGWere finally getting closer to determining WHO will make the cut for showjumping at WEG- the Long List is so far filled with west coast riders. (come on FL- anyone? Anyone?)The selection trials are a series of events leading up to the selection of riders for the United States Team that will compete at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY, this fall. Trials have begun here in FL- held at night under the bright lights of the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington and the annual $200K Gene Mische Invitational has qualified as a selection trial that will take place on Sat. April 10th in Tampa at the end of the Tampa Equestrian Festival circuit. slated for June so thats when I need to peak the horses, and this the primary goal. Park, a world-class facility and the centerpiece of Floridas equestrian lifestyle community. Located in Ocala, The Park offers international caliber competition courses, an exciting schedule of world-class events that draws top competitors and spectators from every horse sport discipline, and offers local and global educational opportunities for the horse enthusiast. For more information on Weber and his combined driving team, visit their website at www.chesterweber.com. For more information on the Sunshine State Combined Driving Event, including complete results, visit the Florida Horse Park website at www.flhorsepark.com.</p> <p>Combined DrivingChester Weber Ocala(JRPR March 3rd) Chester Weber kicked off his 2010 show season exactly the way a national champion likes to by winning the horse team class at the Sunshine State FEI Combined Driving Event at the Florida Horse Park. Weber, the seven-time US National Four-In-Hand Champion, competed against an international field and ended the three-phase competition 24 points ahead of second place finisher James Fairclough. Weber added a new horse to his team in the cross-country marathon and cones phase, a 15-year-old French trotter named Horus du Bois. Weber purchased Horus last summer from Dutch driver Hans Heus, in hopes of adding high-end speed and drivability to the marathon and cones While Weber and his team have their sights set on the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in the fall, Weber said he has a more pressing goal prior to WEG. First things first and that is the national championships at the end of March, Weber said. I am working toward win number eight. After that we will focus on a WEG strategy and decide if we will do a European tour this summer. As Weber looks forward to defending his national championship title March 2428 at Live Oak International, he said his hard work is paying off and he feels confident. However, I realize horses keep you humble, Weber said. The Sunshine State competition was a WEG qualifier, and marked the second WEG qualifying win for Weber. This was also the second leg of the Florida Triple Crown, Weber said. The first leg was at the CAI Dade City, which I didnt compete in. The triple crown is made up of three events and culminates at Live Oak in Ocala. T h e S u n s h i n e S tate Combined Driving Event took place at The Florida Horse</p> <p>EventingHilda Hick Donahue ApopkaX started the season feeling and looking like a real 4* horse. We are fortunate to have a great team of care takers including Dr. Scott Langton, Steve Teican, the US Team farrier along with John May and Charlie Bailey, Sally Harvey and Ashmores Jackie Phillips. As a result X has become fitter and stronger than ever resulting in having to make some bridle &amp; bitting adjustments! His dressage scores have improved, even breaking into the 20s. We are off to The Fork CIC 3* early April- this will test our readiness for Rolex. Should Rolex not be in our best interest, its back to Jersey CCI 3*. Fortunately we are already qualified for WEG but need to prove some decent results at the 3* level. ONWARD!</p> <p>2010 Kentucky 3 Day Event April 22-25ALLTECH FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES TEST EVENT</p> <p>EnduranceCheryl Van Deusen New Smyrna BeachWe made some progress in the past two months, but for every forward hoofprint, there are some sideways ones as well. Gallop of the Greenway was very challenging in that only 9 of 22 horses completed the 100 mile endurance ride, and I was not one of the 9. I retired my horse after 85 miles because I was not going to be able to get a Certificate of Capability in the...</p>


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