Blair Bynum and Rick Steed Look to the Future with Show By Appointment

Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Blair Bynum and Rick Steed, founders of Show By Appointment. Photo by Kristin Cosentino.

Blair Bynum and Rick Steed, founders of Show By Appointment. Photo by Kristin Cosentino.

Indiantown, FL - Show By Appointment is off to a good start in its second year, and founders Blair Bynum and Rick Steed are making plans for the season while also investigating the possibility of moving SBA's base to Wellington, FL, for the 2015 competition year. Bynum and Steed began the reined cow horse show series in 2013 to provide a new alternative for riders looking for a fun, fair and affordable competition. In its first year, SBA hosted shows in Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio and Florida, capping the season with the richest cow horse show in the East - the SBA Championship Finals, offering $100,000 in cash and prizes.

The Championship Finals were held at Triple J Ranch in Sarasota, FL, in 2013, and they will return to Sarasota for the 2014 season. Bynum Farms in Indiantown, FL, hosts SBA's winter circuit. Bynum and Steed are considering a move to the winter equestrian hotspot of Wellington, which attracts the best show jumping and dressage competitors from around the world.

Blair Bynum and Talk About Candy compete at an SBA show at Bynum Farms. Photo by Toni Steed.

Blair Bynum and Talk About Candy compete at an SBA show at Bynum Farms. Photo by Toni Steed.

The Finals, which were a big hit in their first year, appeal to competitors and spectators alike. The generous prize money offered is a major draw, and the straightforward path to qualification ensures that all riders are on a level playing field and have a chance to test themselves against the best at the Finals.

Among the featured events at the Finals is Down the Hairy Fence. The fast-paced fence run only competition keeps spectators on the edge of their seats as they watch top riders go all out for the win.

Sponsorships are available for SBA's 2014 season, and now is the perfect time to get on board to take full advantage of SBA's events and associated promotional opportunities. Contact Mary Adelaide Brakenridge at mab@phelpsmediagroup.com for more information.

Rick Steed and Miss Chic Dun It at the 0,000 SBA Championship Finals. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Rick Steed and Miss Chic Dun It at the $100,000 SBA Championship Finals. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Show By Appointment's fresh approach to reined cow horse competition was an unprecedented success in its first season, and now SBA is back for a second year. SBA aims to make showing "Fun, Fair, and Affordable" for competitors. To accommodate those traveling long distances to show and help busy riders fit showing in at their convenience, SBA allows riders to reserve their own ride times in advance. This cuts down on usual travel expenses such as stall rentals and hotels and encourages competitors to make the trip and join in the fun. Each SBA series includes four shows. Riders who compete at three out of the four shows earn a place in the annual Championship Finals, which offer over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Competitors may also qualify for the Finals in absentia by simply sending in entries and payment to each of the four show

World Equestrian Games

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:06
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Team USA had nothing but good things to say about the WEG Prep Trials in the press conference following cross country at Great Meadow, and Kim Severson went so far as to declare this the best final outing the team has ever had. “If I was still a selector, I’d be very pleased with today,” Kim said, which is high praise coming from a rider who has...
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:00
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM turned in the fastest time of the day on cross country at Great Meadow, picking up just .4 time penalties with a cracking round. But it wasn’t quite enough to catch Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice, who ultimately clinched the win in the WEG Prep Trials with a clear trip and 1.2 time penalties to win by just .2...
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 16:50
Helen Murray, USEF
The Plains, VA -  A successful weekend at the  Preparation Event for the Squad and Alternates for Squad for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games wrapped up Sunday morning with 11 U.S. combinations completing David O'Connor's cross country. Crowds of 3,500 people came from throughout the...
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 15:29
Helen Murray for USEF
The Plains, VA - Great Meadow is set to host elite eventing combinations July 26th and 27th as the Squad for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and alternates take part in their official Preparation Event. The U.S. combinations will be joined Canadian horses and riders as they too will use the...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:12
Sidelines Blogs - Lauren
We’re at the half-way mark, hump Wednesday, en route to the return of world-class eventing to Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia, the spectacular setting for this weekend’s Great Meadow World Equestrian Games Prep Trial, July 26-27. Great Meadow’s brilliant showcase of 15 stellar horses and riders features the members of the Land Rover US 3-Day...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:43
On July 26th and 27th Great Meadow will host the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team (USET) 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Prep Trials, along with an exclusive VIP Dinner the evening of July 26th to benefit Great Meadow and the USET Foundation. The prep trials will serve as the final groundwork for the upcoming Alltech FEI WEG in...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:21
Sidelines Blogs - Lauren
This is so cool!!! We are tickled red, white and blue for the USA 3-Day WEG team and alternates and their magnificient horses who will be showcased July 26 & 27 at Great Meadow, The Plains, VA, in the mandatory final outing before they go to Normandy, France to compete in the 2014 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games.

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Wellness

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:00
Megan Arszman
*This is the first in a series introducing and educating readers on the Adequan®® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) product and the proper use. Stay tuned to HorsesDaily.com as the series continues.* Performance horse exhibitors know the importance of good joint health in their horses. One misstep might mean the difference between the gold and...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 05:06
David Ramey
Over my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to see and to take care of some pretty great horses. I have a picture that I took of Secretariat in my family room, taken when I worked at Claiborne Farms for a couple of days as a senior veterinary student. I’m still taking care of Richard Spooner’s great horse, Robinson (and his best friend Nanny, the...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:39
Luitpold Animal Health helps horse owners understand joint anatomy, function and traumatic joint dysfunction. A healthy equine joint is a complex system of internal and external issues that provide stability and protect the joint while allowing for freedom of movement. During routine activity, a functioning balanced joint is in a constant state...
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 09:50
Ocala, FL – Jenna Buchan knew she had a great horse, a talented jumper with a big heart.  Narka d’ Auzay was everthing the 17-year-old rider could want, but her high hopes were met with disappointment when she and Narka had a dismal season during the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Originally putting off the horse’s...
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 09:45
AUSTIN - The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) reminds equine owners to keep their horses healthy by practicing simple and good biosecurity measures. Biosecurity is a set of preventative measures designed to reduce the risk of introduction and transmission of an infectious disease agent, such as Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1). Although Texas...
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 12:30
Julie Garella, owner of the Ice Horse®, has been packing on the miles traveling coast to coast from her Sonoma Valley headquarters, personally spreading the word about her products, which are catching on in a big way helping equine and human athletes with an easy to use and effective ice and heat producing product. We met up with her at the...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:17
Equitom will be officially opening its new horse clinic in Lummen, Limburg, on 4 May. The horse clinic will have the most advanced equipment and the combination of the equipment and facilities form a unique site in Europe. There is good reason why Equitom will be established in Lummen: Limburg, after all, is the heart of the Belgian horse world...

Show Jumping

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:24
USEF National Affiliates Department
Fletcher, NC - On Friday, July 25 the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup concluded with the United States repeating their 2012 performance, sweeping the top podium positions in the competition, and taking home Gold Medals in both the Three-Gaited and Five-Gaited sections.

Throughout the competition, held Tuesday, July 22 - Friday July, 25 as...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:14
Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
Arezzo (ITA), 28 July 2014 - Medals were hard-earned at the FEI European Jumping Championships for Children, Juniors and Young Riders 2014 at Arezzo Equestrian Centre in Italy where it wasn’t just the fences that tested competitors.  A tremendous rain-storm seriously disrupted the schedule last Thursday, resulting in major flooding and...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:02
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Lexington, KY - The prize list for the National Horse Show CSI-W 4* is now posted online. The highly decorated and immensely popular horse show returns for a fifth year at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 28 - November 2, 2014.

The prize list can be downloaded at: https://www.nhs.org/prize-list-and-entry-...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:56
USHJA News
Lexington, KY - July 28, 2014 - The United States Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to announce the addition of the $5,000 High Score American-Bred Bonus Award, in remembrance of Candie Owens and presented by Oakwell Farms and DS Holdings, LLC to the 2014 Pre-Green Incentive Championship on August 12-14 in Lexington, KY. The High Score...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:49
HITS E-News
Saugerties, NY (July 28, 2014) – This weekend’s $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix may have only been the fifth hunter class of Jade’s life, but with David Raposa steadily guiding in the irons, the five-year old mare jumped like an old campaigner. Imported from Belgium just a few weeks ago, Jade was showing eight days out of quarantine and took blue...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:30
Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications
Chantilly, France – Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, proudly represented the United States in the Global Champions Tour event in Chantilly, France, claiming two victories.  The opportunity to compete in Chantilly, France, from July 24 to 27 was one of the prizes on offer to the winner of this year’s Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:15
Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Wellington, FL - The Wellington Summer Festival is coming up soon and it is more than just a horse show. Running August 1-3, the USEF A-rated hunter/jumper show will be presented by LaLa Land Productions and Castlewood Farm. In its first year, the Wellington Summer Festival is proud to announce their charity partnership with Kids Cancer...

Reining and Western Riding

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:15
Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
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Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 13:11
Louise Parkes
The Italians proved unbeatable for gold at the FEI European Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders 2014 which drew to a close at Givrins in Switzerland yesterday. Last year they scored a hat-trick on home ground in Manerbio, but this year they went one better and swept all before them. The Championships took place at the state-of-the...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 11:14
USEF Communication
Lexington, Ky. - The top youth reiners in the U.S. went head-to-head on June 28 at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., to stake their claim on coveted National Titles in the Adequan/USEF Youth Reining National Championship. At the competition held in conjunction with the NRHA Derby, Amanda Hurd claimed top honors in the 14-18 division...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 06:19
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, -166 of the nation's leading middle school and high school equestrians competed at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 26-28, 2014. The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) student-riders competed in the Western discipline during the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby. The...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 16:06
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 05:04
AQHA News
The American Quarter Horse Association, - Take Me Riding, the world’s most revolutionary effort to introduce children to a wonderful world of horses, is now available. Take Me Riding is an all-breeds “edutainment experience” for children ages 5 to 9 found online at www.TakeMeRiding.com. “It’s refreshing how leaders in the horse industry have...
Friday, June 6, 2014 - 09:18
HorseCity.com
Amy Bell, of Dennis, Texas, died suddenly and unexpectedly Friday morning, May 16, in a Tulsa, Okla., hospital, a few hours before she expected to compete with two of her horses at the ongoing Breeder’s Invitational cutting. Bell, the 33-year-old daughter of Larry and Ellen, of Midland, Texas, managed the family-owned Kalpowar Quarter Horses...

Eventing

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:06
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Team USA had nothing but good things to say about the WEG Prep Trials in the press conference following cross country at Great Meadow, and Kim Severson went so far as to declare this the best final outing the team has ever had. “If I was still a selector, I’d be very pleased with today,” Kim said, which is high praise coming from a rider who has...
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:00
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM turned in the fastest time of the day on cross country at Great Meadow, picking up just .4 time penalties with a cracking round. But it wasn’t quite enough to catch Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice, who ultimately clinched the win in the WEG Prep Trials with a clear trip and 1.2 time penalties to win by just .2...
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 16:50
Helen Murray, USEF
The Plains, VA -  A successful weekend at the  Preparation Event for the Squad and Alternates for Squad for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games wrapped up Sunday morning with 11 U.S. combinations completing David O'Connor's cross country. Crowds of 3,500 people came from throughout the...
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 15:29
Helen Murray for USEF
The Plains, VA - Great Meadow is set to host elite eventing combinations July 26th and 27th as the Squad for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and alternates take part in their official Preparation Event. The U.S. combinations will be joined Canadian horses and riders as they too will use the...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 16:00
Lynndee Kemmett
College was initially on David Ziegler’s mind when he graduated from high school. Only problem was he couldn’t figure out what to study. He changed his mind about his major on a weekly basis, which led his frustrated mother to give him this advice: “Just go ride and figure it out.” David took his mother’s advice and as he put it, “and here we...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:38
FEI Communications
Tommy Brennan, the legendary Irish Olympic event rider and championship course designer, has passed away after a short illness. He was 74.
 
Tommy Brennan was born in Kilkenny on 29 January 1940 and grew up on the family farm at Dunnamaggin, where his love of horses started at an early age. He hunted with the local Co Kilkenny...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:12
Sidelines Blogs - Lauren
We’re at the half-way mark, hump Wednesday, en route to the return of world-class eventing to Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia, the spectacular setting for this weekend’s Great Meadow World Equestrian Games Prep Trial, July 26-27. Great Meadow’s brilliant showcase of 15 stellar horses and riders features the members of the Land Rover US 3-Day...

Driving

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 16:12
By Andrew Minnick
Aachen, Germany - A fantastic four-in-hand driving season for American star Chester Weber got even better on Saturday with a hard-earned win at CHIO Aachen. The CAIO4* field full of international talent and former world champions, and the crowd of spectators at the historic show, made the weekend's win one of the biggest of Weber's career. With...
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:35
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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:19
Exciting competitions, an excellent atmosphere and top world-class sport – that is the most apt description of the vaulting competitions at the CHIO Aachen. The Saturday (July 12th) and the Sunday (July 13th) are both completely sold-out and there are only a few tickets left for today (July 11th). For those, who can't make it to the Albert-Vahle...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 15:22
Cindy Timmer
Sandringham Estate (GBR), the much-loved country retreat of HM The Queen, provided the gorgeous backdrop for the ninth FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships which took place last weekend. Germany was the strongest nation taking home the team title as well as individual gold in Grade II thanks to the 27-year old Alexandra Röder. Jacques...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 13:52
Suzy Stafford
Coatesville, PA – Champion carriage driver Suzy Stafford is prepared for a busy summer of doing what she loves best—competing in driving competitions and passing her remarkable skills on to others. With a record of victories that includes winning a FEI Live Oak International CDE and the title of World Champion in both Morgan Carriage Driving and...
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 13:30
USEF Communication Department
Sandringham, England- The United States closed out a successful weekend at The Royal Estate in Sandringham, England on Sunday by capturing Team Bronze at the 2014 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles and adding Individual Silver to their medal haul. The team of Bob Giles, Virginia "Boo" Fitch, and Diane Kastama kicked off...
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 11:11
USEF Communication Department
Lexington, Ky. - A team of three U.S. drivers and two individuals are set to take on the challenge at the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles. Taking place at The Royal Estate in Sandringham, England, the championships will run from June 27-29. Virginia "Boo" Fitch, Bob Giles, and Diane Kastama will represent the U.S...