Hippomundo provides multiple rankings comparing riders, breeders, horses, countries and more based on several different variables. One of our own rankings classes young horses of five, six, and seven years old by the points they have received by their performances in international classes. Points are rewarded to young horses depending on the level of difficulty of the class and the result of their performance. As we have come to the end of this frustrating year, we would like to take a look at some of the most successful seven-year-old showjumpers of the past year.The most successful seven-year-old of 2020 was the Irish stallion, Kingsborough Kasper, bred by Cliodhna Carrol. He is a son of Kannan with a mother by Revenge W and is currently owned by Ian Dowie. Under the saddle of British lady rider, Louise Saywell, he jumped to numerous placings in the international seven-year-old classes with multiple victories in Oliva, Royan and Göteborg.Q Seven is a Hannoverian gelding bred by Manfred Schäfer. This son of FRH Quaid was 2020’s second most successful seven-year-old of the year. His mother, Sensation II, by Stakkato, has given several other international Grand Prix horses, such as Quadam, by Quite Easy I, who competed up to the highest level internationally in the USA under Hayley Carlson and Leslie-Burr-Howard. Q Seven has two full siblings who have been successful at the 1.45m-level: Quinn 38 did so with the Brazilian rider, Joao Victor Castro and Quick Step 86 under Italian rider, Francesca Ciriesi. With British rider, Emma Stoker, the gelding won all six classes he jumped during their tour in Valencia, as well as claiming multiple victories in Lier, Saint Tropez and Vejer de la Frontera.Completing the podium is the SIES-mare, Symphony. She is a daughter of Parco out of the Tristan de Quelem-mother, Reine du May. Reine du May competed internationally up to 1.55m-level with yet another British lady-rider, Laura Renwick who also rode her daughter to several wins and top-three-placings in the international seven-year-old classes, mostly in Vilamoura.Number One finishes just outside the top three of most successful seven-year-olds of the year. This breeding product of Stephex Stables and Marc van Dijck is a son of Presley Boy out of Gladys, by Wandor van de Mispelaere. Gladys herself competed up to 1.60m-level mainly with Swedish rider, Jonna Ekberg in the saddle. With Kendra Claricia Brinkop at the reins, Number One placed and won several seven-year-old classes in Oliva, Lier and others.The fifth best seven-year-old of 2020 is the KWPN-mare Irinka Lady, bred by A.W. Kroot and owned by Matthew Sampson (GBR). She is a daughter of Etoulon VDL and Eldorado Lady M, by Eldorado van de Zeshoek, who jumped up to 1.35m-level internationally. With Canadian rider, Kara Chad in the saddle, the mare was placed in almost all the classes she competed in in Vejer de la Frontera and Valencia, as well as claiming several victories. SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Tags: Kara Chad, Hippomundo, seven-year-olds, 2020 rankings, Irinka Lady, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Horse Sport Enews
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail This past week, elected Sheriffs from all over Indiana met in the City of Muncie for the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association (ISA) Summer Conference.Sheriff Dave Wedding of Vanderburgh County and Sheriff Greg Oeth of Posey County were both recognized by the ISA membership. Sheriff Wedding was elected vice-president of the ISA while Sheriff Oeth was awarded Sheriff of the Year.Both Sheriff Wedding and Sheriff Oeth have worked hard to raise the profile of issues facing Indiana’s local jails. Both Sheriff Wedding and Oeth sit on a bi-partisan committee of sheriffs who are committed to addressing mental health treatment, opioid addiction, overcrowding and staffing issues in our jails. Together they have traveled to the Indiana statehouse and to Washington D.C. in an effort to secure the funding necessary to address these critical issues.Thanks in part to the efforts of both Sheriff Wedding and Sheriff Oeth, progress is now being made at the state level to address the effects of House Bill 1006 (which shifted low level offenders from state institutions to our local jails).Sheriff Dave Wedding explained, “Electronic home detention, treatment courts and other programs are effective… but some offenders simply need to be in jail. We must house violent offenders and repeat offenders who do not respond to probation.” Sheriff Wedding added, “Sheriff Oeth has been a true ally in our mission to seek additional state funding for the supervision and care of our local inmates.”
IS IT TRUE that after a single year of playing in the Evansville market that the Thunderbolts hockey team is already having a slight change in ownership?…that Mike Hall, a local businessman with a love for hockey who lent his name to the effort and currently serves as President of the Thunderbolts is selling his minority interest (10%) in the team to VW Sports, L.L.C., that was formed to be the managing and holding company for the Thunderbolts?…Mr. Hall and VW Sports supposedly pooled some funds to acquire the Southern Professional Hockey League affiliation in early 2016 keeping semi-professional hockey in the mix at Ford Center?…as this is a private company this is not a material event that must be disclosed so we will never know whether Mr. Hall made a profit, broke even, or loss his investment in the Thunderbolts?…given the poor attendance and the recent news regarding the cost associated with a hockey team the one thing we strongly suspect is that Mr. Hall would have had less risk and a hefty profit if he had put whatever money he put into the Thunderbolts into Apple stock?..that Venuworks that manages the Ford Center for the Evansville Redevelopment Commission is the majority owner (10%) and thus the total controller of VW Sports LLC?IS IT TRUE there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the finances associated with the desperate actions of our Mayor to keep a semi-professional hockey team in the hockey rink by the Ohio River known as the Ford Center?…it is not widely known that the franchise fee of $225,000 that was required for the Thunderbolts to join the Southern Professional Hockey League? …its been alleged that a large sum of this fee were paid or loaned on behalf of VW Sports LLC with taxpayer dollars? …the kind souls who came forward to invest or give away many thousands of taxpayers dollars to keep the dream of hockey alive are none other than the Evansville Redevelopment Commission? … Evansville Redevelopment Commission are most famous for dropping $603,000 on the parking lot at the McCurdy Hotel just to give it away to a political crony of a former Mayor? …they also purchased the vacant and dilapidated CVS building and parking lot located in the seedy part of North Main street for around $595,000? …we should not forget about the failed $200,000 Earthcare project pushed and funded by ERC? ..one thing for sure is that the ERC loves to give your hard earned tax dollars away on questionable projects?IS IT TRUE that there are those in this world who are obsessed with financial performance to the point that they do projections on a regular basis about the financial performance of public and private entities?…one such person that we shall refer to as Mole #7 has been looking at the financial performance for the Ford Center as it relates to the Thunderbolts hockey team and said “it may not be a pretty sight”? …in previous years the Evansville Icemen absorbed an average loss of roughly $600,000 per season (5 seasons) which included paying $11,000 per home (36 home games) game in rent to the Ford Center management? …those rent checks have been reduced to $1,000 per home game for the Thunderbolts which is going to be a major financial blow of many hundred of thousand of dollars to the Ford Center annual budget? …because of the poor home game attendance it is guesstimated by Mole #7 that the Thunderbolts concession (food and beverage) income at the Ford Center could be reduced around $400,000 to $500,000 over the previous year (Evansville IceMen last year at Ford Center)? …of course poor ticket sales isn’t helping the bottom line? …Mole #7 is also projecting that this year the Ford Center hockey income may be on the verge of losing between $1 million to $1 1/2 million dollars because of the Thunderbolts bad economics performance? …this projection doesn’t include the money that the Ford Center management pays to Vanderburgh-Evansville Building Authority for services rendered for hockey games?IS IT TRUE only the music acts seem to bring in sufficient crowds to make the cash register ring at Ford Center?…hockey sure as heck isn’t working, the UE girls are leaving because of costs, circuses are reducing overall show date offerings, the local mega Church will not be holding future Easter services at the Ford Center and the UE men’s basketball team is not exactly filling the house either?…Country music stars and classic rock and roll are the only thing that seems to attract enough people to be worth unlocking the doors?…the real tragedy is that the losses of the Thunderbolts, the Aces, and the other things are being hidden by any successes in the music world?…to this day, the biggest crowds for sports, music, or even circuses happened in Roberts Stadium?IS IT TRUE is this is the same Ford Center that was advertised by the best consultants that money can buy to be self sufficient in the third year? …we wonder just what could have been done better with $127 million borrowed dollars?FOOTNOTES: Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel comfortable with the fact that the owners of VenueWorks now has 100% controlling interest of the Thunderbolt Hockey team?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. 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Mary Portas’ report into how to revitalise the high street has been delayed as the TV star wades through thousands of comments submitted to her website.The so-called Queen of Shops was due to submit her report to the Prime Minister in the autumn, but is now expected to finish her investigations “by the end of the year”, said a spokesman for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).“There are an awful lot of issues to consider and the report is still being written,” he said.Portas has received nearly 2,000 comments on her website from members of the public and high street retailers since she was commissioned by the government to review the state of the UK high street and town centres, and come up with recommendations on how to improve them.The star has also been travelling the country, touring town centres to speak directly to shoppers, local authorities and business owners.Speaking during a visit to Rotherham in September, Portas said: “We have had a fantastic response to the review so far and received a huge number of ideas. I am actively encouraging everyone who cares about the future of the high street to have their say. I am working through all the ideas in the many contributions received and listening to key stakeholders, including big and small retailers.”The star of shows such as Mary Queen of Shops and Mary Queen of Frocks has been asked to advise government in issues such as how to address the problem of vacant shops, prevent the proliferation of ‘clone towns’, and increase the number of small and independent retailers doing business in local town centres.According to BIS, at the end of 2008, the average town centre vacancy was under 6%, but at the end of 2010 it was 14.5%. If the decline continues at this rate in two years’ time almost a third of UK high streets will be standing empty.
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44SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Millennials are increasingly walking away from big banks, taking their business to smaller, local financial institutions (FIs).According to a recent banking survey from Accenture, large national and regional banks lost 16 percent of their Millennial banking customers in 2014 while community banks saw a 5 percent increase in young account holders. Credit unions experienced a 3 percent jump in Millennial membership.The survey concludes a Millennial’s decision to leave a big bank typically comes down to fees. Larger FIs often charge consumers more for overdrafts, ATM withdrawals, account maintenance and other services than community FIs. A recent MoneyRates.com survey found big bank fees averaged $15.15 per month compared to $11.51 at smaller FIs.Large banks were also less likely to offer free checking, which many Millennials consider a perk. Seventeen percent of big banks offered this perk, compared to 31 percent of community FIs.Millennials polled also said big banks tend to have weaker loyalty rewards programs. Finding a more substantial rewards program at another FI could cause Millennial consumers to jump ship. continue reading »
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Scenario One: You’re standing in line and strike up a conversation with the gal in front of you, Anne. You share that your deepest desire is to become a proficient hiker. As you’re waiting for your order, Anne offers you two choices: would you rather have advice on local hiking trails or $100? Which option do you take? Most likely you would select the $100. After all, Anne is a complete stranger.Scenario Two: You have had several conversations with Anne over the course of several weeks and find out that Anne is an avid, experienced, and expert mountaineer. Again she offers you two options: professional hiking advice or $100. Now which alternative do you take? While $100 is still attractive, I would bet that you would think twice about the decision.What is the difference? The difference is the personal rapport the two of you have built over several conversations about hiking. What would happen if credit unions were able to keenly focus on building personal relationships that foster trust, support, and consistent reliability within their community by relating to one person at a time? What kind of impact would we, as an industry, have over our competitors? continue reading »
• For your safety, all visitors will follow a linear path through the zoo. The following areas and exhibits will not be visible until a later date: African Waters, New World Tropics, red-necked wallaby, Wolf Woods (wolves visible on upper path), Arctic fox. • All guests over the age of two will be required to bring and wear a mask or face covering, unless doing so is contrary to their health/safety due to a medical condition. Likewise, all Ross Park Zoo staff will be wearing masks to protect you as well. The Zoo will be following guidelines set forth by New York State: Admission hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The zoo will close at 5 p.m. Capacity will be monitored. • The Leopard’s Spot Snack Shack will NOT be open until a later date. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase at the admission booth and Zoovenirs Gift Shop. • The Zoovenirs Gift Shop will be open for limited capacity shopping. Guests may avoid walking through the gift shop when they exit by leaving through our old entry gate. BINGHAMTON (WBNG)-Ross Park Zoo is set to reopen June 29 to July 1 for members only and July 2 for the public. • Maintain CDC suggested social distancing of at least 6 feet between visitor groups. Signage and pavement decals have been installed to help remind our visitors. The Ross Park Zoo is located at 60 Morgan Road in Binghamton.
JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Two Rivers Church in Johnson City held a food giveaway Sunday, where they planned to give out 800 bags of groceries to local families in need. Partnering with Convoy of Hope, the church prepared enough food bags to give four-hundred families two bags each. Lead Pastor Will Hampton says with the pandemic leaving more local families in need of a good meal, it was just their way of lending a helping hand. “There are many things that we can do to step up and be a community and as the community pulls together it brings health and a lot of people who are hurting into a place where they can receive healing,” he said. Pastor Hampton says they gave away five hundred bags last week, and plan to hold another giveaway next weekend, held in conjunction with giveaways at their other locations in Ithaca, Corning and Cortland.
Charles H. Calisher, a former viral disease moderator on ProMED-mail, wrote in a ProMED post yesterday that scientists are eager to learn if the arenavirus that caused the recent infections represents a new type or a variant of a previously recognized arenavirus. Calisher is a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology at Colorado State University in Ft Collins. Oct 13, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that preliminary tests indicate that an arenavirus—possibly a previously unknown one—is responsible for the mysterious febrile disease that killed three people in South Africa and has now sickened a fourth. Further testing to better characterize the arenavirus is underway at the NICD and the CDC, the WHO statement said. Lucille Blumberg, head of the NICD’s epidemiology and outbreak response unit, said it remains to be learned whether the virus is a previously unrecognized member of the arenaviruses, according to the Mercury report. Arenaviruses are typically spread to humans through contact with urine or feces of infected host animals, such as eating contaminated food or contact with abraded skin. Lassa and Machupo arenaviruses have been associated with secondary person-to-person or nosocomial infections, typically through direct contact with blood or other secretions, according to the CDC. Members of the arenavirus family are associated with rodent-transmitted diseases in humans, and a number of them can cause hemorrhagic fevers, according to information from the CDC’s Special Pathogens Branch. An earlier WHO statement said the patients who died had some symptoms that suggested a viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF), but bleeding was not a marked clinical feature. See also: CDC fact sheet on arenaviruses The tests were conducted at South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the WHO announced in a statement today. The nurse has a febrile illness and thrombocytopenia, according to Blumberg, who commented on the case today in a post on ProMED-mail, the online reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. She said the patient is being treated with ribavirin, a drug that is effective against Lassa fever but has unknown efficacy for the current arenavirus. Blumberg, in her ProMED post today, commented that arenaviruses have been found in South African rodents in the past, but they have not been known to cause disease in humans. Members of the arenavirus family are divided into two groups—Old World and New World—depending on the mouse reservoir species. Five arenaviruses have been known to cause disease in humans. Four of them are primarily limited to South America, and one, Lassa virus, is found in much of West Africa, according to the CDC. Oct 13 WHO statement Janusz T. Paweska, who heads the NICD’s special pathogens unit, said the tests were done on skin, liver, and muscle tissue from two healthcare workers who died after they had contact with the index patient, according to a report yesterday from The Mercury, a newspaper based in Durban, South Africa. He said tests on blood samples from the index patient, a woman from Zambia who got sick while on a safari and died in a Johannesburg hospital on Sep 14, also detected the virus. (A previous report from the NICD said no samples from the patient had been available.) The latest confirmed case in the cluster is in a nurse who became ill after close contact with one of the earlier victims. The WHO said the nurse’s infection was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing in South Africa. The patient has been hospitalized, and authorities have identified and are monitoring her contacts. CIDRAP overview on viral hemorrhagic fevers