McLain Ward and Blossom Z Win $50,000 National Grand Prix

first_img Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews McLain Ward and Blossom Z, owned by Wyndmont, Susan Heller, and McLain Ward, flew to the top of the podium for a victory in the $50,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m National Grand Prix on Saturday, March 6, in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).Week 8 of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) sponsored by Premier Equestrian, concludes on Sunday, March 7, with the $37,000 Hermès Under 25 Semi-Final Grand Prix opening the day at 8 a.m. in the International Arena due to weather on Saturday night. The afternoon features the $214,000 Grand Prix CSIO4*, presented by JTWG, Inc., on Sunday, February 7, with a new start time of 1:30 p.m. All feature classes will be available live and on-demand on the livestream.A total of 25 combinations challenged the 1.50m track set by Steve Stephens (USA) and Nick Granat (USA) on Saturday afternoon. The first round consisted of 16 jumping efforts with a total of nine qualifying to return for the shortened second round.First to go of the nine returning combinations, Ben Maher (GBR) and Kalinka De Kalvarie, owned by Poden Farms, set the pace for the remainder of the competition with a clear effort in 36.200 seconds.Fifth in the returning order, McLain Ward rose to the occasion, topping the time set by Maher, with Blossom Z, an 11-year-old Zangersheide mare by Balou Du Rouet x Cleopatra Z, with a clear effort in 33.022 seconds.“She’s a quick horse naturally,” said Ward. “She’s typically the fastest one in the first round. She was the fastest in our class the other day with the last fence down, so she’s quick across the ground. The numbers [of strides] set up nicely for me today. With my size stride she was able to keep coming, and Ben [Maher] couldn’t do one less but had to do it slower.”The jump-off became a battle of the world’s best as the second ranked rider in the world, Martin Fuchs, rounded out the podium aboard Conner 70, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Connor 48 x Cosimo owned by Thomas Fuchs. The pair came close to the runner-up position, sliding into third with a time of 36.205, just five-thousandths of a second behind Maher, who sits fifth in the world rankings.Ward, currently ranked 14th in the world, bought the winning mare in mid-December and their partnership continues to blossom.“She’s a special horse,” said Ward. “She’s a really good jumper and very careful but she’s also a little bit spicy and likes to go her own way. It has taken us a little bit of time to try to figure each other out, and I think it’s starting to turn the corner in a good direction. She has a lot of ability, a little bit of personality, and we just need to meet our minds.”The process to get to this point has been through some trial and error along with small adjustments in their preparation of the mare for the show. Ultimately, those adjustments have paid off with a victory on Sunday.“We’ve played around with some different bits,” he said. “We’ve also adjusted how we work her on the flat. She just doesn’t have all the experience in the world so it’s a matter of stepping her up, letting her digest things, and then she grows from it.”Full Results: $50,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m National Grand Prix1. BLOSSOM Z: 2010 Zangersheide mare by Balou Du Rouet x Cleopatra ZMCLAIN WARD (USA), Wyndmont, Susan Heller and McLain Ward: 0/0/33.0222. KALINKA DE KALVARIE: 2010 BWP mare by Mr Blue x AcordBEN MAHER (GBR), Poden Farms: 0/0/36.2003. CONNER 70: 2011 Holsteiner gelding by Connor 48 x CosimoMARTIN FUCHS (SUI), Thomas Fuchs: 0/0/36.2054. WINDSOR GREY: 2011 Westphalian gelding by Cristallo II x Calido ITIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Kent Farrington, LLC: 0/0/36.2825. FEE DES SEQUOIAS Z: 2009 Zangersheide mare by Figaro du Ri d’Asse x SaccorJUAN MANUEL GALLEGO (COL), Juan Manuel Gallego: 0/0/37.8526. LIGHT BLUE 3: 2012 Oldenburg gelding by Light On x CayenneEMILY MOFFIT (GBR), Poden Farms: 0/0/38.7887. IRCOS IV: 2008 BWP gelding by Nabab De Reve x Echo De ThurinKARL COOK (USA), Helen Signe Ostby: 0/0/39.2608. MARCIANO MVF: 2011 Zangersheide gelding by Stakkato x Leberoi HHEATHER CARISTO-WILLIAMS (USA), Stephanie Bulger: 0/4/37.1499. UPPER: 2008 Selle Francais gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Nadir de San PatrignanoDAVID OBERKIRCHER (USA), Southfields Farm LLC: 0/18/57.53510. BABAR: 2012 Warmblood gelding by Picadilly TameRYAN SASSMANNSHAUSEN (USA), Maeve O’Sullivan: 1/76.234 Tags: McLain Ward, PBIEC, WEF, Winter Equestrian Festival, BLOSSOM Z, CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m National Grand Prix, last_img read more

News story: Official Receiver’s update on Carillion

first_imgAdditional information: I am expecting many employees working on other Carillion contracts to transfer in the coming weeks and we are continuing to keep the workforce updated as these are arrangements are finalised. Despite best efforts it has not been possible to secure the jobs of 377 staff, who will be made redundant. Those affected will be entitled to make a claim for statutory redundancy payments. The Jobcentre Plus’ Rapid Response Service stands ready to support any of these employees by providing advice and information so people can move into a new job as quickly as possible. As part of the ongoing liquidation of the Carillion group I am pleased we have been able to safeguard the jobs of 919 employees today. Most staff are transferring on existing or similar terms and I will continue to facilitate this wherever possible as we work to find new providers for Carillion’s other contracts. A spokesperson for the Official Receiver said: employees whose jobs have been safeguarded work on infrastructure, central and local government, and construction contracts and are transferring to new employers who have taken on this work there is further information available about rights in redundancy continued support by Carillion’s public and private sector customers is enabling as many employees as possible to be retained in the interim until all contracts have been worked through I recognise that this will be a worrying time for all those affected, their families and local communities. I would like to thank all staff for their professionalism throughout the liquidation.last_img read more

Listen To Stevie Nicks’ New Reverb-Laced Ballad “Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go”

first_imgBeloved Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks has released a brand new song for the upcoming film The Book of Henry starring Naomi Watts, Sarah Silverman, and more. The reverb-heavy track deals with themes of loss, grief, remembrance, and personal closeness.Stevie Nicks Makes Surprise Appearance To Perform ‘Rhiannon’ With School Of Rock Cast“Drowned in thought and caught in a stare/ Talking to ghosts who were not there,” Nicks somberly sings. “Then you took my hand/ Transformation began/ Commotion where it once was still/ Fireworks explode/ Front row tickets to the show/ This hand I will never let it go.” You can listen to the track below, courtesy of Focus Features:“Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go” is not the only new music featuring Nicks that is currentl on its way to fans. She recently contributed vocals to “Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems,” off Lana Del Rey‘s recent LP, Lust for Life. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Del Rey raved about her collaboration with Nicks, whose voice was a last-minute addition to the album. “I kind of thought I had finished the record a couple times,” says Del Rey. “I felt I wanted a woman on the record, and I was talking to [my producer] about who would be great to get on the record. We both could only come up with Stevie.”[h/t – Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Freshman spotlights ND community on blog

first_imgEvery person at Notre Dame has his or her own story, and one freshman is trying to tell as many of them as possible on her new blog.  Freshman Laura Gruszka lives in Cavanaugh Hall and operates the recently established blog, “I Am Notre Dame.” Gruszka officially launched the blog on Nov. 21 and said the page already has over 4,000 views, more than she ever imagined.  The blog seeks to tell the story of people within the Notre Dame community, whether the subject is a student, faculty member, fan or has some other connection to the University, no matter how small.  The blog’s “Our Goal” section says, “Notre Dame is more than just a campus. More than just a college. More than just a university. People who pass through campus even once (or never have the chance) find themselves irrevocably entwined into the ‘Notre Dame family,’ a community of people that spans generations, continents, genders, orientations, creeds and colors.” Gruszka said she was inspired by a similar blog, “Humans of New York,” which features short posts about people in New York City with accompanying pictures.  “I saw the blog Humans of New York and I was fascinated. Seeing that made me realize there was more to the world than my own little bubble,” Gruszka said. “And when I came [to Notre Dame] I realized how connected everyone is and how special this place is.” Gruszka, who is originally from Valparaiso, Ind., said she does not restrict the blog to students and faculty of Notre Dame.  “It’s not limited to just the students. Even the people of South Bend who aren’t a part of the University are still affected by it and have a story,” Gruszka said.  Gruszka plays percussion for the Notre Dame band and said her friends in the band opened her eyes to the diversity of the University. “There’s more diversity here than there was at my high school, and meeting all the people on drum line made me realize just how special Notre Dame is,” Gruszka said. Gruszka said she will interview “basically anyone” for the blog, but she needs to be brave enough to approach someone she thinks is interesting. Gruszka said people have been “crazy willing” to talk to her for the blog. “That’s just the Notre Dame family, I guess. When I ask people if they have a minute to talk, they always say ‘yeah,’” Gruszka said.  Gruszka said she is grateful for the support and encouragement she has received from friends and strangers alike. “I am so humbled and grateful that I just don’t know what to say,” Gruszka said. “Everyone has just been very supportive.” Gruska said she plans to keep the blog active throughout her time at Notre Dame, but does not yet know what she will do if the blog is still fruitful at the end of her senior year. “I though it would be cool to keep it running through my four years as a testament to my time at Notre Dame,” Gruszka said. “If it lasts until senior year, I’ll figure out what to do with it then.” Gruszka said she tries to keep herself out of the blog and simply let people tell their own stories.  “It’s not about me. I want it to be about the people of Notre Dame and I am the vehicle for them,” Guszka said. “I try to keep myself out of it as much as possible.”  Contact Jack Rooney at [email protected]last_img read more

Op-Ed: Wind Industry Lifts South Dakota

first_imgOp-Ed: Wind Industry Lifts South Dakota FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Watertown Public Opinion:There are few greater economic development opportunities in rural America right now than wind power. Across the country, wind farms are providing a stable source of new revenue for farmers and ranchers, without disturbing their existing operations. These projects inject private capital into rural communities and produce new, family-supporting jobs where they are needed most.This growth occurring in South Dakota is because our region’s electricity providers recognize the benefits that wind energy can have for their customers. Not only is wind a low-cost, reliable source of electricity, it provides a hedge against the volatility of other fuel costs, such as natural gas or coal. Local landowners are also benefiting. Existing S.D. wind projects pay millions annually in land lease payments to rural landowners and millions more to locals, which helps fund vital services, support road improvements, and keep a lid on property taxes. Best of all, as wind energy grows in the state, so too will the money flowing to rural communities. Nationwide, rural landowners receive over $245 million annually from existing wind farms.The benefits of South Dakota’s wind boom don’t end at the project site. The wind industry relies on domestic manufacturing and over 25,000 Americans work to manufacture components for wind turbines. The added income, additional revenue, and new jobs are not coming at the expense of taxpayers, as Johnson asserts. While all forms of domestic energy production receive some form of government incentive, the wind industry has historically received far less than other sources. In fact, less than 3 percent of all federal energy incentives from 1947 to 2015 have gone to wind energy. It’s also important to understand that the primary federal incentive for wind development, the Production Tax Credit, only pays for power produced and is working as intended by helping spur wind development and lower energy costs. Indeed, the value of this tax credit flows directly through to ratepayers. Moreover, the credit has succeeded in driving the innovation and growth needed to push the cost of wind power down 66 percent since 2009. As a result, the wind industry agreed to support a phasedown of the incentive at the end of 2015 and the PTC is now set to completely phase out by the end of 2019. More: Wind energy good for the state and the nationlast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Largest timber project in Pisgah National Forest open for public comment

first_imgPublic comments can be submitted online here: On July 26, a human-caused fire spread through the grass and sage near the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The fire burned four acres before it was contained. An investigation into the fire revealed that Curtis Faustich, a seasonal concessionaire employee, had dropped a lit cigarette onto the ground, igniting the fire.  The Twelve Mile Project, one of the largest single timber sales in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest, is now open for public comment. The draft environmental assessment for the project was released July 24 and will be open for 30 days. The public is invited to weigh in until August 23.  Birds of Prey program coming to WV state parks and forests Suspect responsible for fire at entrance of Yellowstone National Park receives 3 months in jail The plan can be reviewed here: Wings of Wonder, the West Virginia Birds of Prey program, will be presented in state parks and forests this August and September. The one-hour program introduces the public to six birds of prey that are native to West Virginia and teaches attendees about each bird’s rehabilitation, habitat and habits. The program is free to attend. “Wings of Wonder” schedule:Cacapon Resort State Park- August 9, 7:30 p.m.Lost River State Park- August 10, 2 p.m.Holly River State Park- August 17, 2 p.m.Twin Falls Resort State Park- August 24, 7 p.m.Audra State Park- August 31, 7 p.m.Kanawha State Forest- September 14, 1 p.m.Pipestem Resort State Park- September 14, 7 p.m.Tygart Lake State Park- September 21, 7 p.m.  According to the Citizen-Times, the draft shows a roughly 18,000-acre stretch of land in the Twelve Mile area designated for “maintaining a resilient and diverse forest that supports wildlife, provides a sustainable source of timber, improves water quality and aquatic habitat and improves access to the forest.” As required under the National Environmental Policy Act, the draft assessment provides options on which the public can give their opinion. These include “no action” and “action alternative,” which is preferred by the Forest Service. Largest timber project in Pisgah National Forest open for public comment On August 6, Faustich appeared in court and pled guilty. He was sentenced to three months in jail, $5,000 in restitution, two years of unsupervised probation, and is prohibited from entering Yellowstone National Park for two years. Callers to the park’s 24-hour tip line provided details that led to Faustich’s arrest.last_img read more

Brazil Police Occupy Drug-Infested Rio Slum

first_img The Mangueirinha complex, located in the Baixada Fluminense district, is home to 25,000 people and comprises the Corte 8, Sapo, Santuário and Mangueirinha favelas. The Mangueirinha shantytowns were controlled by Red Command, Brazil’s oldest drug trafficking organization, which fled dozens of other slums secured by police, mainly in the south of the city that is popular with tourists. Police first arrived in Baixada Fluminense last September, setting up a detachment in the Chatuba slum following the kidnapping and murder of nine local youths by drug gangs. Pacification deployments are part of an official campaign to restore security ahead of next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Rio summer Olympics. By Dialogo August 07, 2013 “We are here to stay,” Rio state governor Sergio Cabral told the daily O Dia. center_img But, for now, authorities say they do not plan to deploy a Police Pacification Unit in Mangueirinhas, as has happened since 2008 in other favelas once under the sway of drug gangs. Police said a 180-strong detachment, mainly from the elite Shock battalion, would be deployed for 30 days to prepare for a permanent presence. Some 180 elite Brazilian police officers deployed into a drug-infested slum complex in northern Rio on August 5 in order to prepare the way for a permanent presence there. Rio authorities have deployed 33 Pacification Units after restoring security in various Rio districts and plan to activate one soon in the Maré complex, home to 120,000 and located near the international airport.last_img read more

How to be frugal without wasting your time

first_img 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A lot of people think frugality is about saving money at the cost of your time: you spend all day clipping coupons just to save a couple bucks on your groceries. That’s not frugal at all. Your time is precious—more precious than money—and true frugality is about using both your time and money wisely. Here’s how.Pick the Methods With the Biggest PayoffYou’ve probably heard the saying, “penny wise, pound foolish.” This means going out of your way to save $5 on gas when you have a $500 car payment. Or buying nothing but Ramen for the week when you mindlessly spend $300 on booze every month (not that I’d know anything about that). The point is: it’s a waste of time to scrimp and save on the pennies when you’re blowing big money like it’s nothing.When you’re trying to shrink your budget, you want to focus on the big stuff: the categories with the largest payoff. These are typically the three most expensive categories in your budget: continue reading »last_img read more

Onsite THiNK17: What exactly is my job?

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Reed Web: Details “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt DisneyWhen you start thinking about digital transformation, it can be easy to go down the rabbit hole and feel overwhelmed with all the details that might entail. To start, take a step back and look at the job that needs to be done instead. When you look at the big picture, and you ask the right questions, it’s not scary at all. It’s exhilarating.Today at THiNK17, we focused on determining what exactly what is it that we are trying to accomplish – for ourselves, for our employees, for our members. If we don’t know what it is that we are trying to solve, what our real job is, then we are never going to be able to transform. To help you through the process let’s take a cue from Disney…A few years ago Disney released the now iconic Magic Bands. They have a variety of purposes but it all started when they began listening to guest complaints. They didn’t like waiting in line or keeping up with hotel keys, things like that. Now it would’ve been easy(ier) to solve these problems individually, but instead Disney took a step back to look at the big picture. What was causing friction in an otherwise “Magical Experience”? But it isn’t just about accomplishing a task for a guest or a member, it’s about creating a better overall experience that helps employees as well. What they found was that moving to this system allowed their employees to focus on the interaction and creating a special moment, instead of just making one transaction with them.Today as you go about your work day, take a moment to think about the deeper needs of your members. Why is it that they are looking to you to complete a specific task and how can you help ease the friction in their daily lives so that you can move them from feeling ordinary to extraordinary. Once you start that thinking process, then you’re already on the path to digital transformation.last_img read more

Rijeka will again have a direct connection with Munich, Russian Aeroflot will connect Split and Moscow

first_imgRussian Aeroflot has announced the launch of its seasonal line between Moscow and Split. From August 01st the direct line is reintroduced Moscow – Split which will be in circulation on a daily basis, an A321 aircraft with a capacity of 183 seats in the fleet of this airline. As before, the aircraft will first operate the flight Split – Munich, then the line Munich – Rijeka – Munich, and then the return flight Munich – Split. The flight schedule remained the same, with the morning departure from Munich to Rijeka, while the return flight to Munich was scheduled shortly after noon from Rijeka Airport. There are currently no announcements about the start of traffic on the line Moscow – Zagreb. However, Croatia Airlines will launch a direct line between Munich and Rijeka, while Russia’s Aeroflot will connect Split and Moscow, Croatian Aviation reports. Aeroflot announces a line to Split Line Munich – Rijeka will circulate 2 times a week, every Thursday and Sunday, by DashQ400 aircraft, from August 06 to September 27 this year. Source: Croatian Aviationlast_img read more