Draper Therapies® Honors Riders with ‘Best Foot Forward’ Awards During First Week of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
Wellington, Florida (February 5, 2013) – Beautiful performances may appear effortless in the spacious arenas of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, but Draper Therapies understands the hard work and hours of dedication that go into that crucial moment when each horse and rider must put their ‘best foot forward’ into the show ring.
In recognition of those riders that always seem to put their best into their attitude, helpfulness and respect for their horses, Draper Therapies will present the Best Foot Forward Awards during each of the 12 weeks of competition at the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival.
The Draper Therapies ® Best Foot Forward Award first recognized Erynn Ballard, whose mounts include the seven year-old Belgian Warmblood, Accomplice, aka ‘Cooper.’
“I’ve got a great team behind me,” said Ballard, of Ontario, Canada, “and my compliments go to the guys at the in-gate, since I ride a lot between the hunter and jumper rings. They keep me where I need to be! I ride for stables in Montreal, Detroit, and Ohio, so I have a pretty diverse group here at the show to keep me busy, including my first grand prix horse in six years. We’re aiming this season to make a Nations Cup team.”
“Erynn balances an amazing schedule,” said Becky Shipps of Draper Therapies, “and always has a smile. She easily personifies the kind of rider we salute for putting their Best Foot Forward.”
Molly Ashe, of Northfield Stables in Newtown, CT also earned the Draper Therapies® Best Foot Forward Award, keeping the show program trotting along with several talented young horses for Carol Dollard and Steeplechase Farm.
“It’s been a great week,” said Ashe. “We’ve got a couple of young horses going, and they are starting to put it all together.” Including Steeplechase Farm’s Lucretia, a six year-old mare whose Wellington ways earned Dollard and Ashe a reserve tricolor as well as the Best Foot Forward Award. “Molly clearly put the effort out there to keep the show going smoothly this week,” said Shipps with a smile. “With such nice horses, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see her in more winner’s circles as the show season continues.”
In addition to the Best Foot Forward Awards, Draper Therapies’ innovative products include scientifically proven therapeutic horse blankets, boots, wraps and saddle pads, as well as dog beds, mats and clothing. These products are all made with Celliant®, which is the world’s most technologically advanced fiber that is a proprietary blend of minerals which have been extruded into a polyester fiber. Celliant encourages not only alleviation of pain and other negative symptoms, but an actual improvement of the body’s natural systems. Celliant’s oxygen studies were done independently by three separate doctors and all tests came to the same conclusion, that Celliant increases tissue oxygen levels which has been shown to increase performance, relieve pain and improve muscle recovery.
To learn more, visit www.drapertherapies.com or call 781-828-0029.
Photo 1: Eryn Ballard being presented with the Draper Best Foot Forward Award during the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)
Photo 2: Molly Ashe was also presented with the Draper Best Foot Forward Award during the first week of the Winter Equestrian Festival. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)
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