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JUNE 2020 THE RIDER /47


BEMER Group Welcomes Yvonne Losos de Muñiz as Dressage Athlete Ambassador


Amy Pitts Awarded IHSA Senior Academic Achievement Essay Honors


FAIRFIELD, Conn. – June 8, 2020 –The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) recognizes students through the Intercollegiate Equestrian


Foundation


Wellington, Fla. - May 28, 2020 - It takes hard work, skill and proper horse man- agement skills to produce a horse ready to compete at the Olympic level. BEMER is proudly supported by many equestrian Olympians and is pleased to announce its newest partnership with Olympic Dressage rider Yvonne Losos de Muñiz. To enhance healing, re-


covery and injury preven- tion for all horses, the BEMER Horse-Set is an in- novative therapy blanket that utilizes pulsed electro- magnetic field (PEMF) technology, delivering the patented BEMER Signal


Yvonne Losos de Muñiz and Aquamarijn -2020 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Yvonne Losos de


Muñiz, who represents the Dominican Republic, made her Olympic debut in 2016 at the Rio de Janeiro Games and was the first Dominican equestrian to participate at that level of the sport. Hav- ing already received her qualification for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, Yvonne is gearing up to once again represent the Do- minican Republic on the in- ternational stage. Some of Yvonne’s other career high- lights include qualifying for the 2018 FEI World Cup Fi- nals in Paris, France, as well as earning two individual gold medals and a team sil-


proud supporter of the Horse-Set. We are thrilled to have her on our team and to support her in her future en- deavors!” Founded in Germany


in 1998, BEMER Group has been at the forefront of vas- cular therapy and microcir- culation for both humans and horses. BEMER en- hances suppleness allowing horses to exercise more ef- fectively and promotes re- laxation before and after application so horses can rest, digest and recover bet- ter and faster. The BEMER Horse-


Set has been proven to pro- vide a broad range of health


(IEF) with scholarships and academic awards. The IHSA Senior Academic Award is granted to seniors who have earned a 3.5 grade-point average or higher. To win the Senior Academic Achievement Essay Award, they must first meet Senior Award require- ments. Then, they must sub- mit a 500-word essay about how their IHSA and aca- demic experience have pre- pared them for a future career. Amy Pitts (New Haven, Vermont), a member of the Marist College team exceeded the criteria and submitted the winning essay.


“Amy has been an in-


valuable member of our equestrian team since she joined in 2016,” said Clare Knapp-Englehart,


board member and coach of the Marist College team. “For four years, she has worked tirelessly to serve the team in any capacity possible and was the only candidate we considered for treasurer. Amy is highly in- telligent, incredibly disci- plined, amazingly organized and a complete team player.” Pitts, a double major


in applied mathematicians and data science with a minor in computer science, qualified for Regionals in the World Equestrian Center Limit Equitation on the Flat division. “Our region adjusted


the schedule to accommo- date Amy so she could rush back to school to present the keynote address for the Honor Society induction that evening,” Knapp-En- glehart said. “Sadly, Re- gionals were canceled due to COVID-19.” In addition to serving


into the horse’s body. It is the same BEMER signal in products specially designed to optimize muscular health and performance by increas- ing circulation, a benefit for athletes of every level. “After over twenty


years at the top levels of my discipline, I will only use the best resources for my horses’ well-being,” shared Yvonne. “The BEMER Horse-Set and the proven PEMF technology it uses is excellent in helping with the recovery and fitness of my equine athletes, allowing for much better results in train- ing and in the competition ring. I am very proud to join Team BEMER as an Am- bassador, it’s an outstanding company committed to ex- cellence.”


ver medal at the 2018 Cen- tral American


and


Caribbean Games. In addi- tion, Yvonne’s career high- lights include multiple FEI level wins throughout the United States and Europe, as well as individual silver and bronze medal finishes in the 2002 Central American Games. “Yvonne truly is an ex-


ceptional example of what we look for in an ambassa- dor for our BEMER Horse- Set,” shared Brad Horn, Head of Marketing for BEMER Group North America. “She is passionate about her sport and passion- ate about our product. She has seen firsthand the bene- fits of BEMER therapy, and even prior to our connection with her, Yvonne was a


benefits for horses by im- proving their blood circula- tion and ultimately their health in a natural, non-in- vasive way. Benefits in- clude: enhanced recovery from illness and improved suppleness during training or competition prep. It can also provide quicker regen- eration during the healing process, such as recovery from muscle tension or ten- don/ligament/muscle injury. For its outstanding quality, the BEMER Horse-Set was honored with the Red Dot Award for Product Design. To learn more about


BEMER Equine and the BEMER Horse-Set visit https://life.bemergroup.com /equine


on the Marist College Equestrian Team executive board as treasurer, Pitts was president of both Pi Mu Ep- silon (a math honors soci- ety) and the Association for Women in Mathematics. She also served as the vice president of Marist Math Club and for two years ran the Marist math lab. Pitts also participated in research with Marist faculty during the academic year and over the summers. Pitts has accepted a


fellowship at Columbia University to study in their Ph.D. biostatistics program. “Amy has been an


unsung hero for a Marist Equestrian Team, and is a great representation of the


Marist College Equestrian Team Treasurer Amy Pitts (New Haven, Vermont) earned the 2020 Senior Academic Achievement Essay Award. Photo courtesy of Amy Pitts


IHSA


IHSA,” Knapp-Englehart said. “I cannot think of a more fitting student-athlete for this award.”


Read Amy’s Essay - www.ihsainc.com/docs/de- faul t-source/academic- awards/2020-senior-essay-a m


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pitts.pdf?sfvrsn=cc13a605_ 2


ABOUT THE IHSA The Intercollegiate


Horse Shows Association (IHSA) welcomes men and women of all riding levels


that college students can participate in horse shows regardless of their experi- ence or financial status. Stu- dents compete at eight levels


from beginner


through advanced with suit- able, provided horses, elim- inating the expense of horse ownership. Founded in 1967 by


Bob Cacchione, it is the old- est and largest intercolle- giate


organization with 10,000 members in 47 states and Canada. IHSA college and university team participa-


equestrian


multiple facets of the equine industry. Many IHSA teams participate in service proj- ects, giving back to their communities. Through the IHSA, students enhance their college experience and develop the tools that help build successful careers. For more information


go to IHSAinc.com or con- tact media@IHSAinc.com.


ABOUT THE IEF The Intercollegiate Eques- trian Foundation Inc. (IEF) fosters and promotes inter- collegiate equestrian activi-


grangeville, New York. She qualified Regional Championships in the world Eques- trian Center Limit Equitation on the Flat division. Photo courtesy of Amy Pitts


Essay-winner Amy Pitts at an IHSA show at Crosswinds Equestrian Center, La-


and offers individual and team competition in hunter seat equitation, Western horsemanship and reining at more than 400 member col- leges and universities. Membership in IHSA means


tion is represented through a variety of programs includ- ing varsity athletics, aca- demic departments and club sports. IHSA offers valuable hands-on experience and professional development in


ties and competition


through the awarding of scholarships and grants. The scholarships are awarded to those undergraduate stu- dents who have competed in intercollegiate equestrian activities and are based upon non-discriminatory criteria including academic achievement,


equestrian


sport achievement, commu- nity service and financial need. The IEF is a non- profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Learn more


here -


https://iefscholarship.org/ho me


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