FEBRUARY 2021 THE RIDER /45 Traverse City Horse Shows Welcomes Major League Show Jumping Tour

Traverse City, Mich. – Feb. 4, 2021 – The management team at Traverse City Horse Shows is thrilled to an- nounce the addition of the Major League Show Jump- ing tour to its exciting lineup of 2021 events, thanks to the support of Tra- verse City Tourism. In its inaugural year, the Major League Show Jumping (MLSJ) tour will bring two of its ten 5* events to Tra- verse City, Michigan, run- ning concurrently with the Great Lakes Equestrian Fes- tival (GLEF) and the 51st Anniversary of the Ameri-

can Gold Cup (AGC). High- lighted during GLEF will be the

$230,000 Grand Prix CSI5*. Hosted at North

America’s premier eques- trian venues, the 2021 Major League Show Jump- ing tour will feature 8 teams of 6 high performance show jumping athletes from across the globe, and will offer over $6 million dollars in prize money throughout the ten events. In addition to the two events hosted in Traverse City, the Major League Show Jumping tour

will travel to Canada, Mex- ico and California at some of the most renowned ven- ues such as Thunderbird Show Park, Bromont Olympic Parc, the Otomí Equestrian Center, Club Hípico La Silla, the Empire Polo Club, Desert Interna- tional Horse Park and the Angelstone Tournaments Venue. “The Major League

Show Jumping tour is an ex- citing addition to what will already be a great year at the Flintfields Horse Park venue,” manager Matthew Morrissey said. “The event would not have been possible without


support of Tra- verse City Tourism. We know MLSJ compe t i tor s will fall in love

with everything Traverse City has to offer, and the tour will be just one more reason why Traverse City is the place to be during the summer months! We are thrilled to be able to offer this world class event with such a meaningful local partner.” Easily accessible from

most major destinations in the United States, Traverse City has become a beloved tourist destination for equestrians and vacationers alike. In addition to the Tra- verse City Horse Shows se- ries’ offerings, Traverse City itself boasts activities for the entire family to enjoy, like Sleeping Bear Dunes, days on the lake, countless dining options downtown, and even happy hours at local breweries and wineries. Traverse City Tourism

President and CEO, Trevor

Animal Airwaves celebrates 10 years of public radio broadcast success

By Sarah Carey

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Ten years, 1,440 one-minute segments and approxi- mately 400 live episodes later, Animal Airwaves — an award-winning, nation- ally syndicated public radio program sponsored by the University of Florida Col- lege of Veterinary Medicine — is still going strong. A collaboration be-

tween the college’s hospital and Gainesville’s public radio affiliate, WUFT-FM, the two-part program fea- tures one-minute daily seg- ments relating to animal health, along with an hour- long in-studio or prere- corded show featuring UF veterinary medical experts that airs on Friday after- noons. Communications staff from UF Health work with station personnel to manage logistics, from script production to sched- uling to recording for broad-

cast across the North Cen- tral Florida region and be- yond.

The program, which

started airing in the spring of 2011, is unique among veterinary colleges nation- wide in terms of its breadth, duration and reach. “When we started An-

imal Airwaves, our goal was to develop an effective way of delivering meaningful in- formation as a way of edu- cating the public about pet health but also to reinforce the importance of pet own- ers’ relationship with their veterinarian,” said Dana Zimmel, D.V.M., who con- ceived of the program soon after becoming chief of staff at the UF Veterinary Hospi- tals in 2010. “Our faculty really

enjoy doing the live shows,” said Zimmel, now the col- lege’s interim dean. “I’m al- ways hearing from people who say the content of the shows and the short mod-

ules are both entertaining and educational. In addition to encouraging pet owners to better care for their ani- mals and promoting the pro- fession of veterinary medicine, the program al- lows us to remind listeners that the UF Veterinary Hos- pitals and our faculty are here for them as a resource if they need us.” Twelve new segments

packed with information about animal health issues and tips for pet owners air each month. Live shows feature UF Veterinary Hos- pital faculty, and occasion- ally staff, sharing updates on topic ranging from pet nutrition and behavior to the latest in cancer treatment, common pet emergencies, research breakthroughs and careers in veterinary medi- cine.

In 2014, the program re- ceived the highest honor in the Association of American

Medical College’s 2014 Group on Institutional Ad- vancement awards competi- tion — the Awards for Excellence. The GIA awards recognize the most creative and effective ap- proaches used to promote academic medicine in the United States through alumni, development, pub- lic affairs, public relations, marketing and communica- tions.

Judges of the competi-

tion called the program “a creative approach to prob- lem-solving, with good doc- umentation” and “delightful to listen to, professionally produced, with just the right, light touch, music and animal sounds.” Although the coron-

avirus pandemic has meant more prerecorded Animal Airwaves-Live shows this year in accordance with health and safety guidelines, WUFT producer Dana Hill, the show’s host since its in- ception, said he has con- ducted interviews live in the studio each week for most of the program’s history. “I really look forward

to bringing our guests back into the studio when condi- tions allow, but even in phone interviews, there is no shortage of enthusiasm on the part of our speakers,” Hill said.

While the Animal Air-

Animal Airwaves-Live host Dana Hill in the studio with former UF College of Veteri- nary Medicine Dean Glen Hoffsis in 2012, a year after the program began.

waves-Live episodes air only in the North Central Florida primary coverage area, the one-minute mod- ules air internationally on the Armed Forces Network, which reaches military bases worldwide; nationally on Utah Public Radio; and statewide on WFSU-FM as well as in the North Central Florida primary coverage area.

Tkach, commented, “Tra- verse City Horse Shows has set the bar with its high-cal- iber events and beautiful venue, and our region loves hosting the equestrian com- munity. We couldn’t be more thrilled to continue our partnership to help bring this exciting, fun event to our destination.” The management team

at Traverse City Horse Shows looks forward to kicking off an exciting year of competition. For more in- formation about Traverse City Tourism, Major League Show Jumping, or Traverse City Horse Shows, click below.

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Grace Debney Named Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for January

Lexington, KY -February 11, 2021 - Grace Debney of Hampden, MA has been selected as Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for January. Debney competes in the East Conference, Junior Division of the Show Jumping

Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. She earned the award by riding Boheme de la Roque to first place in two of the four Series classes held at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington in January - the WEF Premiere show when she topped a field of 18 entries and WEF 1 when she topped a field of 15 entries. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame conducts the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper

Classic Series. The Series hosts separate divisions for junior and amateur riders in two Conferences and follows Grand Prix rules and specifications. Each month the Series honors the one rider who earns the most points on one horse in Series competition that month. The Series provides an opportunity for amateur and junior riders to compete at higher levels and serves as a proving ground for many who aspire to ride in international competition. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame was organized to promote the sport of show

jumping and to immortalize the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is located at the Ken- tucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Plaques honoring those who have been hon- ored with induction into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park's Rolex Stadium. Mementos and artifacts from the sport's history are on display as part of the Show Jump- ing Hall of Fame collection at the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is sponsored by SmartPak,

The Hampton Classic Horse Show, Kentucky Horse Park, The National Horse Show Association of America and United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA). Founded in 1999, SmartPak Equine is the country's largest online and catalog re-

tailer serving the needs of the active and engaged horse owner. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has simplified the process of feeding horse supplements and medications, making it easier for thousands of riders to keep their horses healthier by ensuring their supplements are being fed correctly. Learn more at The Hampton Classic is the prestigious culminating event of the Hamptons' famed

summer season. Top jumper and hunter riders from around the world compete for some of the richest prize money in the nation. The Classic hosts more than 100 classes of com- petition in six rings for horses and riders of all ages and abilities. The Classic also fea- tures a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, a wide selection of dining options and a Farmer's Market, all on its 60-acre show grounds. More details are available at The Kentucky Horse Park is the leading tourist attraction for all things "horse" and

one of the world's best equine competition facilities and only park open to the public. The Kentucky Horse Park hosts a handful of events each year such as the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Kentucky Summer Horse Show and BreyerFest. For more information, visit The National Horse Show is a championship event featuring "AA"-rated hunters,

open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. It is held in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Further infor- mation is available at The United States Hunter Jumper Association, as the official hunter/jumper affiliate

of the United States Equestrian Federation, is a competition-based sport organization that serves our members through educational programs, awards and recognition, com- munication and rules. They provide a wide array of programs for all hunter/jumper levels and are mindful of the well-being of our equine partners. Additional information is avail- able at For more information about the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, including the Show

Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, please visit the Show Jumping Hall of Fame website at

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