Victory Salute, the mount of top para-equestrian Georgia Bruce, was inducted into the Equestrian Australia (EA) Hall of Fame at the Sport Achievement Awards of Excellence Gala this month. The EA Hall of Fame honors those who contribute exceptionally to the equestrian sport, from the grassroots to the international level. Victory Salute and Australian rider Brett Parbery are the record holders for highest scores achieved by an Australian combination in international competition in all three Grand Prix competitions. KER-sponsored rider Georgia Bruce rode Victory Salute to two bronze medals at the 2008 Paralympic Games.
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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).
"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."
Readers will find some down-home information as well as several articles with an international flavor in Equinews, Volume 11, Issue 4. One feature explains the important influence of feed management in the control of metabolic problems such as insulin resistance and Cushing's syndrome. Another discusses exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage ("bleeding"), a problem seen in racehorses and some sport horses, and the contributions of dietary omega-3 fatty acids in preventing signs of disease. There's also an article on the relationship between insulin levels and body condition of horses involved in various disciplines.
Moving to a global outlook, Equinews spotlights Xavier de Lima, breeder of top Lusitano horses and a client of Intacol, a KER Team Member in Portugal. Xavier de Lima is recognized throughout Europe as a producer of superior breeding animals that achieve their potential through outstanding nutrition. Careful attention to feed and hay were equally necessary when Kentucky Equine Research took on the role of official feed supplier for horses competing in the 2008 Olympic Games as explained in another feature. A final article congratulates KER-sponsored Australian riders Megan Jones and Georgia Bruce, medal-winning Olympic competitors.
Georgia & Sam.
KER-sponsored rider Georgia Bruce rode Carolyn Lieutenant's huge brown gelding Victory Salute to bring home two bronze medals in the Grade IV individual competition at the Paralympic Games in Hong Kong.
Georgia Bruce, from Kuranda in Queensland, has only been partnered with Sam for the past six weeks. Although they been partners for only a short time, their hard work has certainly paid off. Georgia rode expertly in the first section of the competition to take home the bronze medal in the individual test. Two nights later the pair convincingly backed up their previous performance scoring an impressive 74.319% in the freestyle to again take the bronze, only narrowly missing the silver and just 2% off the gold medal position.
Following on from the excitement of the Games, Georgia will be traveling home to Queensland prior to making the long trip to Melbourne. Georgia has been invited to participate in Equitana Asia Pacific, demonstrating clicker training with her liberty-trained Grand Prix horse Rumba.