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Jessica Springsteen wins Leading Lady Award at the Winter Equestrian Festival

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In the seventh week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida, Jessica Springsteen was named the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award. The prize was awarded on Saturday, February 23, during CSI5* week of WEF, where she was presented with champagne, flowers and a shopping spree at Hunt Ltd. What more could a girl need huh?

 

It was a successful week for 27-year-old Jessica who rode the 10-year-old Selle Français mare, Volage du Val Henry, to sixth place in the 7thround of the $134,000 CSI5* Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup. This qualified her for Saturday evening’s main CSI5*. She again earned a top-10 placing in the $391,000 CSI5* Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix, this time riding RMF Zecilie, a 12-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Rushy Marsh Farm.

 

“It’s really exciting to be named Leading Lady!” said Jessica. “My horses jumped great all week, and winning this award is a great finish to a lovely weekend.”

 

The Martha Jolicoeur Overall Leading Lady Rider Award will be presented to the female rider who accumulates the most points throughout the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival,. So far this year, Erynn Ballard, Laura Chapot, Margie Engle, Tiffany Foster, Lauren Hough, and Beezie Madden have claimed weekly awards and in contention of the overall title.

 

A leading South Florida real estate broker and part of the elite Douglas Elliman Real Estate Sports and Entertainment division, Jolicoeur has supported WEF as an integral sponsor for the past nine consecutive years. Throughout WEF, the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award, given in memory of fellow realtor and horsewoman Dale Lawler, is presented weekly to the high-score female rider based on performances in the weekly WEF Challenge Cup Series and Grand Prix events.

 

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POLO POWERHOUSE MALCOLM BORWICK ANNOUNCED AS HORSE SCOUT POLO AMBASSADOR

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We are excited to welcome professional polo player and global ambassador Malcolm Borwick to the Horse Scout network. With over 50 caps for the England team to his name and player contracts for teams in USA, Argentina, South Africa, Spain, France as well as the UK, his life and career has been a richly varied one since turning professional at the age of 18. Equestrian Journalist Ellie from HorsescoutPR.com team caught up with the 42 year old at the International Polo Club in Palm Beach.

 

Malcolm comes from a long line of polo enthusiasts. His great grandfather was a contender for the prestigious Westchester Cup in 1902 and his grandmother played in the first ever women’s test match in 1924

 

Much of Malcolm’s time is taken up as a polo ambassador for a number of brands and organisations, but he still plays at the top end of the sport and plays off a 6 goal handicap. His life has been a unique and thrilling adventure, involving globetrotting to polo hot spots and playing in some of the most significant polo events.

 

As well as supporting the brands he is involved with and helping to try and grow the sport with his enthusiasm. His wife Alexandra and three young children- Ines, Jaime and Lucas are lucky enough to join the ride. They travel the world as a polo family and the children are educated at local schools in each country, speaking both English and Spanish fluently.

 

 

Where did it all start? 

 

I was born in Hampshire but grew up in Northamptonshire. As a child I did everything- hunting, jumping team chasing and Pony Club until I was 10. Then I started playing Pony Club polo at 10 and that took over as my main focus.

 

Why polo?

 

It’s the sum of all sports. I played cricket, tennis, rugby, golf growing up. You add in a horse and the dynamic nature of the sport of polo, team mates, the complexity of the sport, the adrenalin, the opportunities for travel. It encapsulates what you would want out of every single sport. The interesting thing about polo is you can never have the perfect day. I’m good friends with a guy who has the record for the number of goals scored in the most difficult competition in the world. Even he says he wished he’s scored that extra shot and he scored 17 goals that day. I think that keeps you striving for success.

 

As a global polo ambassador, which brands and organisations are you involved with? 

 

Piaget, Maserati, Royal Salute Scotch Whiskey, La Martina are the main ones. I have come to Palm Beach to be a global ambassador for the International Polo Club. It is quite simply the best polo club in the world and has all the makings and positioning to be the power house not just in North America but in World Polo.

 

 

Reflecting on your life and career as a polo player, what have been the highlights? 

 

As a child, my aspiration as to put on an England shirt. I played a lot of cricket before I played polo. Back then, if you had given me the choice between walking on to the pitch at Lords and playing Test cricket or playing polo, I might have said Test cricket. But putting on my England polo shirt for the first time was a very special day. Then winning the Coronation Cup three times during the peak of my career, they are great memories.

 

Rumour has it you are friends with the Royals and went to Prince Harry’s wedding?

 

I have been very lucky to be involved with the Royal Family. I’m not even sure how I stumbled into it. I ended up playing an awful lot of polo with Prince William and Harry over the last 15 years so we have a great relationship. I have been lucky enough to play with them at all their charitable events and we have raised millions for their charities.

 

What is going on at the moment for you and what is on the horizon?

 

I am heavily involved with Gladiator Polo right now. It’s a new concept in the sport. It takes place in a much smaller arena so the audience are up really close. It is different from normal polo- three a side rather than four. There will be no amateur or patron playing so all the players will be professionals. This will make it very fast and furious and it’s a shorter format and shorter chukkas. The sponsorship will be much more mainstream than luxury- brands like Coca Cola and Mars.

 

We want the audience to interact and engage with the sport and become followers. We would love more people to take up the sport and this is casting the net wide and trying to find as many more interested people to either just enjoy watching or get involved.

 

 

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JOSIE MEAD- EQUINE SPORTS AND REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPIST

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JOSIE MEAD- EQUINE SPORTS AND REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPIST

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“I put a lot of emphasis on after care and stay in contact with the owners and riders regularly”, says Josie Mead, a Hampshire based Equine Massage therapist. And most of us know that the aftercare and long-term management is often as important or more important than the treatment, in helping improve condition and performance in a horse. So to have a therapist, who is genuinely interested in supporting and perhaps reminding us to adhere to exercises, can be a Godsend.

 

Josie always knew she wanted to work with horses and after school, she came out of Sparsholt College with an Extended Diploma in Horse Management, for which she was awarded a Distinction. Whilst she was there, she became particularly interested in the rehabilitation side of horse management. “I liked riding but I enjoyed the management side more and this was an area that particularly interested me”, she explains.

 

Her passion led her to move several hundred miles away to Yorkshire, where she studied for a Degree in Equine Therapy at Bishop Burton College. This is where the plan to focus on massage therapy was formulated “Alongside my degree I trained as an Equine massage therapists. I then did some work for my dissertation on the subject and was practicing alongside my degree.”

 

After her degree Josie came back to Hampshire and attained her Equine Sports and Remedial Massage Practitioner’s Qualification with Distinction. Sheset up on her own as a registered therapist in June 2017. She has already picked up a wealth of regular clients including International Event Team, Eventing Way- ridden by Stephen and Mel Way. “But I do a real mix- sport horses, general riding horses, kids ponies and a lot of ex racehorses” she says.

 

As well as general massage, Josie has a number of other useful tools in her box. She often uses Kinesiology taping, involves taping joints and muscles. This muscles and makes horses aware of their movements. Myofascial Release works on the tissues around structures and muscles and helps circulation as well as freeing off discomfort

 

“I also use Thermal Imaging, with a camera which attached to my phone to pick up hot spots and joints and saddles” she says. “It shows inflamed areas you wouldn’t be able to see with your eye or feel with you hand.”

 

After your horse’s session with Josie, which typically last around 1.5 hours, you will not go home empty-handed “I usually prescribe stretches and ground work”, Josie explains. “I touch base regularly with the owner and make sure they are doing everything right and have no questions for me”

 

Josie covers Hampshire and the surrounding areas and will work any day of the week.

 

Rates are £35 per horse for new customers and there after it is £40 per treatment.

 

For more information see Josie’s Horse Scout profile

 

https://www.horsescout.com/professionals/josie-mead/profile/1607

 

Written by Ellie Kelly

Blackwater Equestrian almost done

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The news of one of the most prestigious livery yards setting up in Romsey, Hampshire is no longer village talk. Blackwater Equestrian has created a unique high specification yard including Olympic size floodlit area, stunning indoor barn, lit walk ways and industry competition professionals onsite: event rider Lucienne Elms , and Jump rider Remy Ellis will both be resident on with their owners, and horses.

Looking forward to their launch in December Blackwater will be holding regular clinics, and 2015 the cross county schooling field shall be built.