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the FEI Grand Prix CDI 4* on Friday, their Freestyle performance culminated in a win for Eclips, whom von Martels described as a showoff: “One of the rea- sons I chose to come here was because it is a real inter- national atmosphere. Our horses do get used to com- peting just in the one arena at [the Global Dressage Fes- tival], which definitely has a lot of pros, but they also need to of course see differ- ent places. My horse proved he is fine, and actually I think he enjoys a big venue like this. He’s a little bit of a showoff horse, so he likes to have some atmosphere around him.” From here, von Mar-

Adrienne Lyle and Salvino. Photo by Sharon Packer.

owned by Aileen Daly. Von Martels and the

2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Apache x Kebora x Olympic Ferro) owned in partnership with Barbara Soederhuizen were aiming for a fun experience rather than a pressure-filled ride, which paid off after a strong weekend of competition under their belts. “He’s amazing. He’s my dream horse, and today we just

went in with a fun expecta- tion and to try to solve a few little rideability things that I’ve felt in the Grand Prix. “I tried a few things

with a different approach and that worked out for me,” von Martels recapped. “He’s great… he is always a horse that gives 200%, and I really believe in him. Today he showed everybody that he can do it.” After placing third in

tels will go back to Welling- ton for a few weeks and start making plans for training camp should he be selected to represent Canada in Tokyo later this summer. Though von Martels has competed at TIEC before, it’s been a while, and return- ing has been a positive ex- perience, he reiterated. “It’s been a great week. Despite the weather yesterday, we have a beautiful sunny day today, and the horses are happy to be in this beautiful venue. The last time I showed here was right be- fore the Rio Olympic Games, and I am always re- minded of what a nice facil- ity this is, and the show organizers are great. It’s good to be here.” Lyle and Salvino

replicated their Friday score almost perfectly to claim the win in Sunday’s FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 4*, earn- ing a total score of 77.936% (after posting a score of

NATDA Sees Uptick in Trailer Show In- terest After Nashville Announces Lift of COVID Restrictions

St. Petersburg, Fla. – After reports began to circulate that Nashville would be lifting its COVID restrictions as of May 14, the North American Trailer Deal- ers


(NATDA) witnessed a considerable increase in NATDA Trailer Show interest. On April 27, reports

began to surface from news sources such as The Ten- nessean that “Nashville Health Officials intend to lift all coronavirus restric- tions on businesses and gatherings on May 14” (Kelman, 2021). In the day after the announcement, NATDA’s

together through a host of beneficial and edu- cational


From printed publica- tions

like its bi-

monthly magazine and annual buyer’s guide to the annual NATDA Trailer


hard work at curbing the ef- fects of COVID-19 have paid off and we’re looking forward to having a show in its entirety this year.” The 2021 NATDA

website,, saw a 48% in- crease in Users and a 64% increase in pageviews. Ad- ditionally, hotel reservations at NATDA’s official hotel partners for the show also increased,

Trailer Show will take place at Nashville’s Music City Center from September 1-3, 2021. Trailer and truck dealers interested in attend- ing the 2021 NATDA Trailer Show are encour- aged

to indicating a

strong willingness to travel for NATDA members. “It’s clear that trailer

dealers are excited about the possibility of traveling to Nashville for the 2021 NATDA Trailer Show,” said NATDA Vice President Amy Ackerman. “We’re pleased to see that the city’s

visit to reg- ister today. To learn more about

the NATDA or the NATDA Trailer Show, please visit

About NATDA NATDA (North Amer-

ican Trailer Dealers Associ- ation) serves the light and medium-duty trailer indus- try by connecting dealers, manufacturers and suppliers

NATDA’s promotional outlets result in abun- dant networking oppor-

tunities with high-quality, industry-specific contacts.

About The NATDA Trailer Show One of the most-

sought-after shows in the trailer industry, the NATDA Trailer Show, formerly the NATDA Trade Show & Convention, has become the one-stop-shop for light and medium-duty trailer indus- try professionals for over a decade. Trailer categories including ATV, boat, car hauler, cargo, concession, dump, enclosed, fifth wheel, flat bed, gooseneck, heavy equipment, heavy utility, horse,

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77.913% for their previous win). LaGoy-Weltz and Rassing’s Lonoir, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding (De Noir x Lorani x Loran) owned in partnership with Mary Anne McPhail, once again claimed second place, this time on a score of 75.149%. In third, Katie Johnson (USA) and Quar- tett, the 2008 Brandenburger gelding (Quaterback x Don- nerwunder x Dream of Glory) owned by Kylee Lourie, scored 71.553% for a personal best. “We got almost the

exact same score!” Lyle re- capped of her second win- ning ride at the venue over two days with Salvino. “For me, that is a huge thing to be consistent, especially when you’re vying for a team spot. He was able to go out and put in another solid test with no mistakes and that’s huge for us. I feel like he tried really hard today. “I think moving for-

ward, this is the beginning of what will hopefully be a long summer,” Lyle pre- dicted. “We will start to work more on fitness now so that we have just a little more stamina, by the time you get to the last day of the show like this with all the travel and everything, but I couldn’t have asked for more from him. He tries so hard, and he’s so honest.” Building stamina for

travel situations is one of the main reasons Lyle chose to compete at the Tryon Spring Dressage 1 CDI 4*, since this weekend marks “the first time we’ve shown out- side of Wellington in a long time,” Lyle revealed. “It’s been a couple years, I think.

It’s great to be back on the road and remember all the stuff that goes into travel-

ing… and competing away from home, so I’m thankful we came and could have this


Chris Von Martels and Eclips. Photo by Sharon Packer.

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Passing’s Lonoir. Photo by Sharon Packer.

The ASPCA Celebrates First-Ever Adopt a Horse Month this May

The nationwide adoption campaign commences on April 26th, celebrated as

Help a Horse Day, and in- cludes more than 150 equine groups

NEW YORK – The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has launched the first-ever Adopt a Horse Month, a nationwide adoption event taking place throughout the month of May to help more equines find great homes. Over 150 equine adoption and rescue organizations across the county have joined the campaign to pro- mote the adoptable horses in their care and engage with their communities to raise awareness about equine adoption. “Adopt a Horse Month

supports equine rescue groups across the country working tirelessly to find safe, loving homes for the horses in their care. We also hope to raise public enthu- siasm and commitments to horse adoption to the high levels we traditionally see in dog and cat adoption, so we encourage the public to not only adopt horses, but use this opportunity to raise awareness of equine adop- tion with their friends, fam-

lovers across the country to share adoptable equines on their social media channels using the hashtags #Adop- taHorse and #RightHorse.

About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the

ily, neighbors, and social media followers,” said ASPCA president and CEO Matt Bershadker. In addition to high-

lighting adoptable horses on,


ASPCA’s online adoption platform specifically for equines, the month of May will be dedicated to sharing resources

for adopters

across disciplines, at all skill levels and throughout each phase of their adoption journey. “We are thrilled to

launch the first-ever Adopt a Horse Month, which will give thousands of at-risk horses new opportunities to transition to safe homes thanks to the drive, compas- sion, and creativity of equine rescue groups across the country,” said Dr. Emily Weiss, vice president of ASPCA Equine Welfare. “According to our research, there are 2.3 million poten- tial equine adopters in the

U.S., and we are committed to helping shelters and res- cues connect with those adopters to help them find their right horse.” The ASPCA expanded

its equine welfare efforts in November 2019 by wel- coming The Right Horse Initiative, a program fo- cused on massively increas- ing

the number of

successful horse adoptions in the U.S. and improving the number of positive out- comes for horses in transi- tion as they move from one home, career, or owner to the next. For more information

about Adopt a Horse Month, including a list of participating organizations, visit HorseMonth. For those un- able to adopt, there are plenty of ways to support horses in transition by help- ing connect the right horse to the right person. The ASPCA is asking all animal

ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first animal welfare organization to be estab- lished in North America and today serves as the nation’s leading voice for vulnerable and victimized animals. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters na- tionwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout

the United

States. The ASPCA assists animals in need through on- the-ground disaster and cru- elty


behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through re- search, training, and re- sources.

information, Instagram.

For more visit, and fol- low the ASPCA on Face- book,

Twitter, and

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