Kool Glow were pleased to be a major sponsor of the Tatura Dressage Classic and Spring Showcase on the weekend. Tony Warner attended on Saturday, and was impressed by the quality of the competitors.
Congratulations to all who attended.
One of our winners on the day was Jason Dins, with his winners bag of Kool Glow!
Rio 2016 Para-Equestion Debutantes...
Extract from "THE LAND ONLINE"
By: BRONWYN FARR 16 Aug 2016, 4:45 a.m.
Riding towards the Rio games
Australia's equestrian team for the Rio Paralympics is looking to continue the country’s success in the event, despite the team including three debutantes.
Lisa Martin sponsored by Kool Glow, , Scone; Katie Umback, Bega; and Emma Booth, Victoria will join Beijing 2008 Paralympian Sharon Jarvis, from Western Australia.
Ms Martin, 44 sustained an injury 16 years ago when she fell from a young horse, resulting in her tibia crushing into the bottom of her foot. Six weeks after the original injury and after operations to insert steel supports, Lisa slipped and fell, damaging her leg again. After several procedures, her leg was saved however her Achilles tendon “does not work at all”, and she has less than 15 per cent use of the joint.
“It feels unbelievable to have been selected to represent Australia at the Paralympic Games,” Ms Martin said.
“Looking at the grade four riders in Europe and overseas, I am just amazed.
“I was blown away, I could not believe the quality of the horses and riders that were competing.”
Fellow Rio debutante Katie Umback, 43, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 10 years ago, but the DJ and audio engineer has been a horse lover all her life.
Riding at pony club from age five, and dressage from age seven, Ms Umback was a keen event rider, until a serious fall on cross country ended her jumping and eventing career. She switched focus to dressage and show horses, and breaking-in, re-educating and training green horses.
When she was diagnosed with MS she was told she would lose the ability to walk and would not ride again.
Ms Umback undertook years of chemotherapy and several rounds of autoimmune medications before deciding it was time to get some normality back in her life and start riding horses again.
“Because I have 70 per cent of my body in numbness, partial numbness and a significant loss of strength in my limbs, my body didn’t work like it used to. It was a frustrating struggle for the first 12 months, but since I have learned how to improvise with my disabilities, I haven’t looked back.”
After a gruelling year pushing herself in the saddle, Ms Umback set herself the goal Paralympic dressage.
“Making it to the pinnacle of my sport has been a dream since I first began riding. A future being as able as I am is uncertain; it means a lot to me to achieve my goals before my disease catches up to me.”
And there off!
Kool Glow would like to congratulate Lisa Martin, and her wonderful horse First Famous on their selection for the Paralympic team! Lisa is taking her Kool Glow along with her to help First Famous with the travelling, and to assist with keeping her at the peak of her performance throughout the next 10 months.
Lisa, we wish you all the best, and will be with you in spirit for your whole journey! Much love and best wishes from the Kool Glow team!
Here is one of Lisa's Posts as she got ready to leave Australia......
"Starting to get extremely excited but also extremely teary to know that First Famous and myself will be leaving Australia for 10 very exciting months tonight at 11:30pm to board for Holland where I will stay for a month with the team then head to Rio . My amazing husband Jason Martin has had shirts made and when Jess Martin and Jason come and watch me ride in Rio he will be wearing them , they are going to look great , I could not do this trip without these two giving me such support. Thank you to my sponsors 4CYTE , Scone Vets , Daniel Faint equine Dentistry , Kool Glow , equilume and the very clever Link Baumann Chris Baumann for the work you have done with my girl . While I am away please keep in touch and hopefully my homesickness will stay under control.