“Sapphire epitomized a great mare, and if you have a great mare; you have a great horse,” remembered legendary horseman and former U.S. Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe George Morris. “She was the anchor of so many U.S. teams; she had the scope, she was careful, I can’t say enough good things about her. She was one of the greatest horses of the century.”
EVENT: 68th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show, which benefits the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. The show will run from September 10-14, 2014. Buffalo’s most prestigious horse show. The ‘AA’ rated show is one of the best ways for exhibitors to prepare themselves and their horses for the fall indoor circuit of finals. BIHS offers a large indoor arena for competition that gives horses and riders a chance to compete indoors before showing at the national finals in Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. or Kentucky. The horse show offers generous prize money in every division.
On December 1, 2013, the following new “12 Hour Rule” goes into effect. This rule governs equine injections prior to competition and falls under a new category, “Prohibited Practices” in the USEF Rule Book. This rule, along with “The Collapse Rule” (GR 843) was recommended for adoption by the USEF Veterinary Committee in March 2013 to help protect horses and ponies from being subjected to potential problems when competing that may result from injections. The Collapse Rule took effect August 1, 2013.)
USEF has enacted a new rule aimed at stemming potential problems that could arise from the use of drugs or medications. “Falls” are not included under this rule which specifically addresses horses and ponies that collapse and could be in some sort of medical distress.
Horses are embedded in our culture and our memories. The horse has an athleticism, grace and power. Beyond the horses physical attributes and his contributions to human well-being I am astounded, above all else, by his inner self, his spirit and his sweet and generous nature. The horse’s adaptability and willingness to serve us has earned them a special place in our hearts. He is not a conquest of man. It is his nature to accept ‘what is’ with nobility. I think horses have helped give all of us in this room a wonderful life. Thanks to them I have received great personal satisfaction and felt closer to nature. Countless people experience the fulfillment of spending their days around horses. This is one of the best way to use one’s time on earth. We are together tonight because of our bond with horses, let us protect and guard these wonderful creatures to the best of our ability.