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Grand Nirvana, trained by Fred Kersley, won the Roma Cup, a Group III race at Western Australia's Belmont Park Racecourse. This is the five-year-old Grand Nirvana's second victory in the race, and positions him as a favorite for the upcoming winter sprint carnival.

Kersley has long been a customer of Milne AgriGroup, a Kentucky Equine Research (KER) Team Member. Milne manufacturers the Pegasus line of quality horse feed. Formulated by KER, this premium line is the market leader in the Western Australian horse industry.

Of the eight races on the Roma Cup card, three were won by horses on Pegasus Feeds.

Bio-Bloom, a dual-action supplement designed to promote and maintain healthy skin, coat, and hoof condition from the inside out, has brought out the shine for Georgia Bruce, a two-time Paralympic bronze medalist in dressage sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research (KER).

Sponsored rider Georgia Bruce
Georgia Bruce and Rhumba demonstrating clicker training.

"My horses now have the most amazing, soft, and shiny coats. People always ask me what shampoo I use on them. I tell them it's not the shampoo; it's the Bio-Bloom," Bruce said.

Bio-Bloom contains biotin, methionine, and chelated zinc at levels shown to be beneficial for hoof growth, development of strong hoof wall and a soft shiny coat.

"My farrier has also noticed the vast improvement in their feet," Bruce said. "Before I found Bio-Bloom I tried nearly every other hoof and coat product available, but nothing compares to the results I get from Bio-Bloom. 

"My horses are regularly on public display with competitions, trick shows, and clicker-training demonstrations. It is a relief for me to know that they will always be looking their best."

Learn more about Bio-Bloom.

In front of a capacity crowd, Canada's Lisa Coulter, a reiner sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), finished eighth in the individual 2011 FEI World Reining Final at Bökebergs Gård, Sweden.

Coulter and her mount, Yellow Jersey, finished on a score of 219.5 in the CRI***** and will be taking home more than $3,500USD in prize money.

Coulter uses KER products, including EO•3 for omega-3 fatty acids, and Synovate HA, liquid sodium hyaluronate. See a video featuring Coulter.

Now represented on six continents and in more than 40 nations, the sport of reining is an approved event under the FEI, the international governing body for equestrian sport. The FEI Reining World Final official event website includes complete results, competitor resources, links to videos of the top runs, and more.

Want to ride with Olympic three-day eventers David and Karen O'Connor? Kentucky Equine Research (KER) is proud to offer one grand prize winner a rider's slot at the 2011 O'Connor Equestrian Camp, to be held at the Virginia Horse Center June 26-July 1. Enter the contest.

The grand prize winner will take his or her own horse to camp to learn:

• O'Connor safety system for cross-country
• Horsemanship and stable management skills
• Professional show-grooming techniques
• O'Connor "horses-first" training methods
• Secrets of dressage
• Fundamentals of show jumping
• Keys to success in cross-country

In addition to the grand prize winner, second- and third-place winners will be drawn. The second-place winner will receive $250 in KER nutritional supplements, and the third-place winner will receive $150 in products. All winners will get an additional prize package that includes a nutrition consultation for one horse, an embroidered saddle pad, and a hat.

To enter the contest, just sign up for KER's award-winning free weekly newsletters, The Weekly Feed and Equine Health Review. Already a subscriber? Just select the newsletter you already receive. Enter the contest.

The winners will be selected June 15, 2011, and will be notified by e-mail. See official contest rules here.

The camp is targeted toward riders at the equivalent of Beginner Novice through Advanced, but it is not limited to eventers; equestrians from all other disciplines are welcome. Campers must be at least 12 years of age; those under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult for the entire camp. See more frequently asked questions about O'Connor Event Camp.

Stabling for one horse is included in the entry. The winner is responsible for all transportation to and from the event, as well as lodging and horse care during the event.

David and Karen O'Connor have long been associated with KER, an international equine nutrition, research, and consultation company that serves both the horse owner and the feed industry. Its goal is to advance the industry's knowledge of equine nutrition and exercise physiology, and apply this knowledge to produce healthier, more athletic horses. Learn more about KER at

Thoroughbred sprinter Equiano will join the 2011 stallion lineup at Swettenham Stud, a 900-acre facility just north of Melbourne, Australia, that uses products from Kentucky Equine Research (KER).

Equiano twice won the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes (1000m). The proven son of Acclamation won as a three-year-old  against older horses, and then again as a five-year-old, defeating the world's best sprinters. Swettenham's defining moment in committing to this stallion was his narrow loss to Starspangledbanner in 2010's July Cup, over 1200m of the testing and undulating Newmarket course.

"I have been constantly analyzing European sprinters, seeking those tested and proved on the Royal Ascot and Newmarket tracks," said Adam Sangster, owner of Swettenham Stud. "Equiano reminds me so much of Oasis Dream, who we nearly secured for the Southern Hemisphere. He has the physical type and the sprinting blood to excite any breeder."

All of Swettenham Stud's young horses are raised on KER All-Phase to ensure optimum health and development.

Meet Greenwood Lodge Samuel, known to friends as "Sam." This faithful pony has been in the Martin family for over 35 years, and at the grand age of 37, is happily living out his retirement alongside his pasturemate Katie, a 25-year-old Palouse pony.

martin.jpgSam was purchased as a two-year-old by Jess Martin's grandmother for her grandchildren, the eldest of which is now 41 years old. As a cryptorchid, Sam was never allowed to take part in Pony Club, but this never stopped him from having his own fun at home.

"When I was 18 months old I began riding him being led, but because he is a rig he did like to show off to the ladies and would rear, buck, and pig-root very frequently," said Martin, now 17 years old. "When I turned 5 and wanted to join Pony Club, mum had to buy me Katie. Since then Sam has been mostly retired, other than the odd ride from other children, but he comes out into the house yard to pick at grass. When you say, 'Sam, in your paddock,' he can still gallop flat sticks back. He has no arthritis at all."

When Sam recently started having trouble maintaining his weight, Jess sought help from a Kentucky Equine Research (KER) nutrition advisor, who recommended a diet of forage, Speedi Beet, Barastoc Senior, and KER Equi-Jewel. Within a few weeks Sam had gained weight and was maintaining it consistently. Martin said: "I have gradually changed Sam onto the diet you recommended, and he has put on weight again. He is very happy on his new diet, and it has made a great difference to him. So thank you very much!"

For advice on feeding a special horse in your family, contact a KER nutrition advisor on 1800 198 772.

Lisa Coulter, a reining rider sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), is heading to Malmö, Sweden to represent Canada in the FEI World Reining Finals. This competition represents the first time that the annual individual final has been held outside North America since 2005.

At Malmö, top competitors in the sport will vie for the title of world champion and $100,000 in prize money. Coulter, who was ranked as the top reining rider in the world by the FEI in 2010, is expected to make a strong showing.

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Coulter uses KER products, including EO•3 for omega-3 fatty acids, and Synovate HA, liquid sodium hyaluronate.

Phillip Dutton had a successful weekend at the Jersey Fresh CIC, with a third and fifth on two up-and-coming horses.  Dutton's Young Man placed third in the CIC** and Mighty Nice finished fifth in the CIC***. Dutton also finished twelfth in that division on William Penn.

Dutton, a rider long associated with Kentucky Equine Research (KER), uses KER's Restore, a carefully formulated electrolyte supplement designed to match the composition of horse sweat. He is also sponsored by KER Team Member

Pennfield Equine Feed Technologies.See a video on event-horse nutrition featuring Dutton.

Kentucky Equine Research (KER) is proud to announce it has become an Educational Partner with the Texas Equine Veterinary Association (TEVA).

Founded in early 2009, TEVA is dedicated to providing equine practitioners with high-quality educational opportunities and establishing collegiality among local and neighboring veterinarians.

"TEVA is excited to welcome Kentucky Equine Research as a 2011 Educational Partner," said Gary Norwood, D.V.M., president of TEVA. "These Educational Partners share with TEVA a quest for excellence in education and in the care of the horse. KER's vast repertoire of educational materials, including videos, will be very useful to our TEVA members."

Kimberly S. Brown, Global Marketing Manager at KER, said, "We are excited about this formal relationship with the equine veterinarians' group in Texas. KER has supported equine veterinarians around the world for nearly 25 years with quality equine nutrition and exercise physiology information from our research facility and expert staff. We are happy to take that relationship to a more personal level for the benefit of the horses, horse owners, and equine veterinarians of Texas."

Kentucky Equine Research is an international equine nutrition and exercise physiology research, consultation, and product development company. By providing a variety of products and services to horse owners, equine industry professionals, veterinarians, and the feed industry, KER strives to advance the industry's knowledge of equine nutrition and exercise physiology and apply this knowledge to produce healthier, more athletic horses of all ages. For more information, visit or  

KER works as a consultant and resource with feed manufacturers on six continents. KER has been responsible for providing feed and nutritional guidance to horses at the last four Olympic Games, the 2010 World Equestrian Games, and the 2010 Asia Games.

For more information about Kentucky Equine Research, contact Kimberly S. Brown at or call 859-873-1988.

The best in equestrian sport recently gathered at the Equestrian Australia 2010 Sport Achievement Awards Night, held at Olympic Park, New South Wales.

The gala evening attracted 300 guests to recognise the highest achievers in equestrian sport in 2010. Equestrian Australia also announced its inaugural Hall of Fame inductees. These included equestrian heroes from throughout the decades since the Equestrian Australia's (formerly Equestrian Federation of Australia) beginnings in the 1950s. Equestrian Australia also launched its London Olympic campaign, "Operation Greenwich Gold."

Kentucky Equine Research (KER) would like to congratulate its long-time supporters who were recognised at the awards evening:

Administrator of the Year: Barb Timms
Barb was recognised for her passion and commitment to the sport of endurance at both a regional and international level. Barb holds the role of manager of the Australian Endurance Squad and combines her duties as team manager whilst expanding youth development opportunities and the training and development for officials. KER has worked with Barb for many years, providing nutrition education opportunities to squad members, and product and advice in the nutritional management of squad horses.

International Horse of the Year: Vivant (ridden by Chris Chugg)
Vivant was imported by Chris Chugg from Belgium as a young horse and has made an indelible mark on the Australian and international jumping scenes. Chris began Vivant's jumping career in early 2003, culminating in representing Australia at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky 2010 before he was sold to Europe in January of 2011. Vivant has been fed KER supplements since the very beginning, including supplements such as: KERx EquiShure, KERx EO•3, Glucos-A-Flex, Preserve, and Hemabuild. KER had also arranged feed for Vivant from KER brand alliance partner feed manufacturers throughout his extremely successful 2009 and 2010 European seasons. Congratulations to Chris Chugg on producing such an incredible young stallion.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2010 Sport Achievement Awards:
Event of the Year - Sydney CDI***
Official of the Year - Christine Wallis
Club of the Year - Toowoomba & District Showjumping Club
Owner of the Year - Bev Edwards
Administrator of the Year - Barb Timms
Coach of the Year - Les Friend (Saddlehorse)
Volunteer of the Year - Jacqui Early
Young Athlete of the Year - Thomas McDermott (Jumping)
Special Services Award - Sue Gunn, Karen Herald, Val Mayger, and Dr. Warwick Vale
Domestic Horse of the Year - Supernatural (Saddlehorse)
International Horse of the Year - Vivant (Jumping)
Domestic Athlete of the Year - Sharon Jarvis (Para-equestrian)
International Athlete of the Year - Boyd Exell (Driving)

The Megan Jones Eventing Team (MJET) had another highly successful weekend at the Reynella Horse Trials on its home turf in South Australia.

Kirby Park Allofasudden and Megan produced another smashing dressage test, scoring 75% and winning the class from start to finish. Megan's second ride, Westbury Park Grove, took second place in his first-ever three-star start after dressage. A minor error on cross-country saw them have a glance off at one fence, but they certainly made up for the green error by going clear in the showjumping to take second place in final standings. 

The youngsters of the team, Kirby Park Irish Tom, Kirby Park Irish Empress, and Dashwood Westerly, all produced solid dressage tests, and went well cross-country and showjumping to place second, third, and fifth respectively in the Pre Novice.

Results included:

Kirby Park Allofasudden - First Place CNC***
Westbury Park Grove - Second Place CNC***
Kirby Park Irish Tom - Second Place Pre Novice
Kirby Park Irish Empress - Third Place Pre Novice
Dashwood Westerly - Fifth Place Pre Novice

In the Grade I Guinness Gold Cup at the Punchestown Festival, Follow The Plan came from behind to win the race after the leading horse dumped his jockey over the final brush fence. Ridden by Tom Doyle and trained by Oliver McKiernan, Follow The Plan began the race at odds of 20-1. The dark bay horse looked fresh and strong throughout the contest, steadily passing tiring horses over the last few obstacles to finish in first place by several lengths.

Commenting on the horse's performance in the race, trainer McKiernan said, "Follow The Plan was suited by the fast gallop today, as he failed to settle early at Aintree on his latest run. We were hoping he wouldn't be out of his depth today." Obviously the horse was ready to best all other entrants in this last race of the steeplechasing season.

To fuel the winner's training and racing schedule, McKiernan chose Bluegrass Racehorse Cubes, a feed formulated by Kentucky Equine Research (KER) and manufactured and distributed by Bluegrass Horse Feeds, a KER Team Member. This product is designed to meet the nutrient requirements for horses in intense exercise and those competing at a high level. With a mixture of ingredients including super-fibers and soluble carbohydrates, Bluegrass Racehorse Cubes provide an immediate release of energy as well as support for exercise of a longer duration such as a steeplechase or hurdle race.

The farm on Troy Pike near Versailles, Kentucky, is a Bluegrass showplace. Neat gravel roads lead back to a barn and arena set on spacious premises. At least a mile of black four-board fence surrounds the rolling pastures, and an arching wooden bridge spans the creek that flows between towering white-limbed sycamore trees. Everything about Sunrise Stables looks fresh and modern, but like the deep-rooted sycamores, there is age-old tradition at this central Kentucky farm that consistently produces champion American Saddlebreds.

Owner and trainer Melissa Moore grew up in a world of outstanding Saddlebreds--both of her parents were at the top of the industry for a number of years--and she has continued many of their successful methods of equine management. She orders a custom-mixed sweet feed from the same company her parents used, Woodford Feed, a local business. "I've used Woodford Feed as long as I can remember," Moore said. "All the horses on the farm get this product, along with a mixed alfalfa and orchardgrass hay."

Woodford Feed president Bob Mack Cleveland explained his mill will put together a custom mix according to a client's specifications and the needs of the horses to be fed. The sweet feed made for the horses at Sunrise Stables, for example, contains added fat in the form of soy oil and ground flaxseed. In addition to providing readily available energy for the demands of training and performance, fat is known to contribute a show-ring shine to a horse's coat. Finally, dietary fat is metabolized in a way that supplies so-called cool energy, giving plenty of flash to competition and breeding horses without sending them into the "sugar high" sometimes caused by overconsumption of carbohydrates.

"I tried another feed one time for my broodmares," Moore recounted, "but I wasn't happy with it. The mares lost weight and just didn't look as good. I went back to the Woodford sweet feed and have stayed with that."

The barns at Sunrise Stables are home to numerous broodmares, young horses in training, and experienced show horses, plus three stallions. In addition, horses come in to be trained and shown, and mares arrive to be bred or foaled out. Proper nutrition of broodmares and foals is critical because mineral deficiencies or imbalances can contribute to the incidence of developmental orthopedic diseases such as osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), a crippling condition that affects some young horses.

Achieving the correct complement of vitamins and minerals in a custom grain mix is guaranteed with the inclusion of feed balancer pellets formulated by Kentucky Equine Research (KER). As a KER Team Member, Woodford Feed includes these pellets in its sweet feeds in the proportion needed to support optimum growth in young horses and to assist in maximizing fertility in breeding stock. Balancer pellets contain lysine, an essential amino acid vital for proper muscle development; calcium and phosphorus, key for bone mineralization; magnesium, copper, and a host of lesser but still important minerals that support tissue growth and repair; and vitamins that may be lacking in traditional hay and grain diets.

"Our mares and foals are very healthy," Moore reported. "We have had occasional OCD problems in foals of mares that have been brought in from other farms, but no problems with our own foals."

Stallions standing at Sunrise Stables include Dellview Dare Time, imported from South Africa in 2007 and owned by Moore, and It's Double O Deuce, the current five-gaited national champion. "Deuce" is owned by Sherry Frankel of Tomball, Texas.

A third stallion, Gomez, has just turned four years old. The final proof of a young stallion is the record of his offspring, but as a grandson of Supreme Sultan, Gomez boasts a pedigree packed with champions. Moore said, "We do collect and ship semen, but our stallions also breed a lot by live cover because we have so many mares here." Her stallions thrive on Woodford Feed's custom sweet feed that supplies a complete profile of minerals important in sperm production and maturation such as zinc.

When the late-winter rush of breeding and foaling slows a bit, a busy schedule of sales and horse shows fills just about every weekend from April to November. Smaller shows let the Sunrise Stables trainers evaluate the potential of their young horses, and allow the wide-eyed youngsters to become familiar with the sights and sounds of the show ring. These classes act as a preparation for the all-important championship competitions in late summer and early fall.

Moore's skills as a trainer and exhibitor speak volumes of her talent. She has showed horses to world's champion or reserve world's champion titles more than 50 times, and has trained horses who have earned at least 25 more world titles for their owners.

Back home between shows, the days are still full. Every horse must be checked, groomed, exercised. Tack and equipment must be adjusted, cleaned, repaired. Stalls must be picked out, arenas raked, fences painted. The farm's feeding plan is a constant that hasn't changed much through the years. This spring's foals, summer's young show horses, and fall's champions are fueled by a feed mix that is a winner in every season.   

Susie Hutchinson, a California-based show jumper sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research (KER) Team Member Pennfield Equine Feed Technologies, won the $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix at the Del Mar National Horse Show May 5 aboard Cantano.

Hutchinson and Cantano went on to place 11th in the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar and also won the Grand Prix of Del Mar Style Award.

Hutchinson is a Pennfield Promise Partner. Cantano is powered by Fibergized Omega, a feed formulated by KER to be a calm source of energy. It derives the majority of its digestible energy content from fermentable fiber and fat sources; these are long-term, sustainable energy sources that do not cause rapid changes in blood sugar.

When horsemen purchase a feed that has been scientifically formulated by the nutritionists at KER and produced at a KER Team Member's manufacturing facility, they can expect the best: the highest quality vitamin and mineral packages, the choicest ingredients, and the most stringent quality-control measures.

The latest issue of Equinews is now available online. Among other articles, there are three specifically related to nutrition:

Gastrointestinal Tract Health for Top Performance” provides an overview of the digestive tract and potential problems therein;

Does Your Horse Really Need a Low-Starch Diet?” zeroes in on the low-starch feed craze and rebukes the common belief that these feeds are appropriate for every horse; and

Decision 2011: Laying to Rest Five Feeding Myths” features KER nutritionist Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., and separates feeding fact from fiction.

Sunrise Stables, a preeminent American Saddlebred breeding and training facility located in central Kentucky and a longtime client of KER Team Member Woodford Feed, is also featured in the article “Sunrise Stables:  Feeding a Tradition.”

Finally, the Equinews Q&A, a regular column in the magazine, showcases an imported mare that refuses to eat a wide variety of popular feedstuffs found in the United States. KER nutritionists make several suggestions to boost her appetite.

Browse through the entire issue.

Equinews is the official nutrition and health magazine of Kentucky Equine Research (KER), and it is published quarterly. The magazine has been honored on several occasions with American Horse Publications awards for both editorial content and in-house photography.

Equine nutrition research, feed manufacturing guidelines, and digital marketing were among the topics covered at the recent Kentucky Equine Research (KER) Team Member Short Course at the KER Research Farm and Training Center in Versailles, Ky.

Team Members are feed manufacturers who look to KER for the scientific knowledge, innovation, and experience necessary for them to produce competitive, top-of-the line feeds.

Nearly 70 attendees heard lectures on new equine nutrition research, global feed manufacturing and safety guidelines, ration evaluation and formulation, equine growth tracking, and marketing. Multiple lecture tracks allowed attendees to select a program tailored to their needs.

Team Members represented at this conference included:

Representatives of numerous dealers and partners also attended.

International guests also toured many area attractions, including Coolmore's Ashford Stud, the Kentucky Horse Park, and Woodford Reserve, as well as attending the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

When horsemen purchase a feed that has been scientifically formulated by the nutritionists at KER and produced at a KER Team Member's manufacturing facility, they can expect the best: the highest quality vitamin and mineral packages, the choicest ingredients, and the most stringent quality-control measures.

KER-formulated feeds are available through Team Member dealers and merchants. To locate one near you, visit our Team Member page.

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty have more in common than wins in two of the nation's most celebrated races of 2011--both are fueled by Kentucky Equine Research (KER) Team Member Hallway Feeds.

Animal Kingdom was raised on Hallway Feeds at Denali Stud in Versailles, Ky., and currently trains on Hallway's Prep 14 under the care of trainer Graham Motion.

Plum Pretty is fueled by Hallway's Race 13 in the barn of trainer Bob Baffert.

Success on the track is nothing new for Hallway Feeds. Over the past two decades KER has collaborated with Hallway to design feeds that have raised and fueled many legends of Thoroughbred racing. At its state-of-the-art feed mill in Lexington, Ky., Hallway manufactures and distributes premium horse feeds to multiple breeds and disciplines across the United States and to 15 foreign countries. Hallway is also the official feed supplier of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA). Learn more about Hallway Feeds and KER.

Equestrian Australia has officially launched its campaign for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The campaign, called "Operation GREENwich GOLD" in recognition of Greenwich Park, host site of the equestrian events, was unveiled for 300 guests at the Equestrian Australia Sport Achievement Awards Night.

Olympic silver medalist Megan Jones, an eventer sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), and aspiring team member Brett Parbery appealed for the support of the Australia Equestrian community.

Australia has previously won 11 Olympic medals in equestrian eventing and two medals in para-equestrian dressage. The country's jumping and dressage programs also experienced great success at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

"Equestrian sport in Australia has never been stronger," said Brett Mace, Equestrian Australia high performance manager. "Looking across the disciplines we are on track to achieve Australia's best-ever overall Olympic team result."

A show pony in New South Wales has found success on supplements from Kentucky Equine Research (KER) and feed from KER Team Member Barastoc.

pony1.jpgCorvan Park Queen of Hearts was named Reserve Champion Pony Club Mount under 14hh at the Parkes Show in August 2010. Owner Marie Cooper of Stockleigh Ponies recognizes the importance of nutrition in producing a top-notch equine athlete. A KER nutrition advisor recommended Queenie's current diet of Barastoc Calm Performer, KER Nutrequin and KER Bio-Bloom daily. Cooper purchases her feed and supplements from Parkes Farm Centre.

"My ponies all look good and are staying calm and relaxed," Cooper said. "Everyone who saw Queenie at this show said she had never looked and worked better."

For a free diet analysis contact the KER Nutrition Advice Line on 1800772198 to speak to a nutrition advisor.

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