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My Helmet and I: An Excellent Relationship

I recently had the misfortune of having a carriage driving related accident, or, a “mishap”, as I prefer to label it. Perhaps by referring to it as a “mishap”, it “softens” the reality for me. Accident or mishap, no matter how I chose to label it, it truly is my own reality. I’m not in a form of denial; it is just my way of processing the event of Sunday September 22, 2019...
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Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Breaks Membership Record Again

Troxel is proud to be the Official Helmet of IEA and to support this growing organization that offers amazing opportunities to young riders.  

 Celebrating its 18th season, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) has again set a record for membership.  This season (2019-2020), membership numbers topped out at 14,444.  While the highest concentration of members is East of the Mississippi; the Western states are experiencing a greater percentage of growth – especially in Zone 10 in California where IEA will hold the 2020 Hunt Seat National Finals in Burbank, California this April.  The recent addition of the 4th and 5th grade Intro Rider Program as well as the explosion of interest in the new Dressage program has attracted many new IEA participants.

In 2002, IEA started with 175 riders on 13 teams and has become the largest youth equestrian organization in the Country and the largest feeder organization to collegiate equestrian programs – offering tens of thousands in scholarship awards and opportunities each season.  Importantly, there is no need for any rider to own a horse to participate in the IEA.  However, the participating teams and barns are expected to provide horses and equipment for the competitions.  The IEA utilizes a draw-based form of competition whereby riders are given an unknown mount on which they compete – leveling the playing field and challenging the rider’s ability to adapt to different horses each ride. 

Our goal was never to become the largest ‘anything,’ said Roxane Durant, IEA Co-Founder and Executive Director. “We have, however, stayed true to our core of introducing young horse enthusiasts to equestrian sport.  We also wanted our student-riders to be recognized as the athletes they are.  The success is a testament to delivering equestrian sport to a previously underserved marketplace demand. We have seen tremendous success in our first year of the Intro Rider Pilot Program and look forward to expanding it even further next season.” 

The IEA Board of Directors, management and staff credit the thousands of volunteers who assist the organization, coaches and riders in making the organization successful. “It is a wonderful sense of Community among those associated with the IEA,” stated Durant. “With over 800 IEA horse shows across the nation and more than 92,000 rides each year – it would be impossible to operate without tremendous volunteer support.”

 IEA Membership rates are very affordable and are the same for all disciplines – Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage.  Fees are $60 per individual member for the season.  Teams are $150.  Enrollment for the 2020-2021 season will open June 2020 with competitions beginning September 1, 2020.  Early Bird discounts are also available.

 For more information, visit www.rideiea.org.


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Add Shade and Sun Protection to Troxel Helmets with the New Helmet Brimmer™

Mt Hope, Ohio - Troxel helmets is proud to introduce the new Helmet Brimmer™, an accessory that allows the addition of shade and sun protection to most any Troxel helmet model. Constructed of a 4 ½” wide genuine palm leaf brim with visor pocket, elastic helmet band and patent pending helmet attachment system, the Helmet Brimmer™ can easily and securely be attached and removed as needed from most Troxel helmet models. 


“Many riders over the years have asked us for ways to add additional sun protection to their helmet or a way to make their helmet look more like a cowboy hat. More riders than ever are choosing to trade in their cowboy hat for a helmet but miss the sun protection and traditional look a cowboy hat provides,” said Troxel Brand Manager, Jenny Beverage. “We’ve seen riders cut up various types of hats to create something that would fit on their helmet to add sun protection or to create a cowboy hat look. As a result, our team has been hard at work developing a solution that would address both needs.” The Helmet Brimmer™ currently comes in a cowboy hat style brim shape for riders who want to add a more western look and add sun protection to their Troxel helmet. The great versatility of the Helmet Brimmer™ is that since it’s made of palm leaf, it can be easily wet and reshaped to your style preference if a different brim shape is preferred.     


The New Helmet Brimmer™ is available in a size A and size B according to what model and size Troxel helmet it will be placed on.  A size chart and instructions are available at https://www.troxelhelmets.com/products/helmet-brimmer and the Helmet Brimmer™can be found online and through Troxel retail partners nationwide.       

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Cowboy Swagger is 2019 TCA Thoroughbred Makeover Champion With Fallon Taylor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Champion barrel racer Fallon Taylor takes on a new challenge every year: in 2018, she took up showjumping. This year, she took on the Thoroughbred Makeover. Already a champion — she was the 2014 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Champion and 2018 AQHA World Champion — Taylor can add one more line to her deep resume: trainer of the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover Champion, Cowboy Swagger.

Much like winning the average in a rodeo, Taylor and Cowboy Swagger’s consistent, steady performances earned them victory in the Barrel Racing discipline at the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. Taylor didn’t lead after the horsemanship component, nor did she set the fastest times in the two daily barrel runs, but through those consistent performances she maintained the best overall scores in the division. After clinching the championship in Barrel Racing, Taylor’s fan base rallied behind her to vote her to the overall title.

In the TCA Covered Arena for the voting and award presentation, Cowboy Swagger stood quietly as the other horses circled around him, with just a set of reins around his neck and a massive blanket of roses that Taylor had made specially for her Thoroughbred barrel horse. A casual bystander might not guess that this horse just a few hours ago had been agilely turning barrels and sprinting for home flat-out in the same arena.

“I think the coolest thing about these Thoroughbreds is their demeanor,” Taylor commented. “This is a special, unique horse. I’m just sitting here with no bridle on, people all around, all these cameras pointed at him, and he’s completely unaffected. The Thoroughbreds want to please. And these guys are made to run — they’re made for this job. It’s our job to be kind, be patient and help these horses learn the pattern and learn their new job. We need to go out and get these horses and scoop them up!”

Taylor acquired Cowboy Swagger based on the advice of a friend who knew the horse on the track and loved his personality. He was bred in Oregon by Dr. and Mrs. Jack B. Root Jr., and as of his last start on January 8, 2019 at Portland Meadows he was trained by Sam Dronen. By Grindstone out of the Baquero mare One Fast Cowgirl, Cowboy Swagger made 16 starts with three wins for total earnings of $20,299.

As a savvy social media personality, Taylor understands how to lever that fan base for a good cause. She’s documented her journey to the Makeover with Cowboy Swagger over the past few months, but that turned out to be just the beginning. “I documented every single ride that I took on this horse so that I can keep sharing that next year with my following and help more people try this competition,” she detailed.

“The horsemanship pattern was a challenge for me,” Taylor admitted earlier in the week. “But I like knowing that the horses are leaving the Makeover with a good foundation, especially if they’re selling at the Marketplace, to know that the next rider is going to have a really cool horse to play with later.”

And as for what this particular personal challenge has taught Taylor that she’ll take away to apply to her other barrel horses? “I’ve had to really be patient with this horse, and that’s going to help me on my other horses as well.”

2019 Thoroughbred Makeover Discipline Champions:
Competitive Trail: Belfast Cowboy, trained by Toni Harmon
Dressage: Fifth Ace, trained by Alison O’Dwyer
Eventing: Sanimo, trained by Rosie Napravnik
Field Hunter: Diplomat, trained by Sara Katz
Freestyle: Grande Warrior, trained by Amy Bowers
Polo: Great Reward, trained by Buck Schott
Ranch Work: Silence Is Awesome, trained by Amber Jacobson
Show Hunter: Furaha, trained by Susan Deal
Show Jumper: Tenpin Sugar, trained by Katherine Deichmann

For full results from the Thoroughbred Makeover, please visit www.tbmakeover.org.

Contact: Kristen Kovatch Bentley

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Troxel Becomes Official Helmet of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association

Mt Hope, OH – September, 2019 – Troxel helmets is excited to announce a new three-year partnership with the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) as their Official Helmet. With over 4 million helmets in the field and a safety record second to none, Troxel continues to partner with forward thinking organizations to help break the stigma regarding helmet use in western riding disciplines.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with the WPRA as their Official Helmet. It’s an honor to have Troxel be part of such an iconic women’s association that understands the long term value of increasing rider safety in order to continue to grow the sport into the future, ” said Jenny Beverage, Troxel Brand Manager.

To further encourage helmet use among members, Troxel and the WPRA will be offering a new $500 added money Helmet Incentive during the 2019 WPRA World Finals on October 24-27 in Waco, TX. “This is our first time offering an incentive like this at the WPRA World Finals. We are so pleased to be able to promote rider safety with Troxel at such a large event and reward our contestants for participating,” said Doreen Wintermute, WPRA President/CEO.

It’s been over four years now since Troxel Athlete and WPRA member Fallon Taylor stormed into the Thomas and Mack Arena at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas wearing a helmet. History was made as Fallon Taylor won the 2014 Barrel Racing World Championship, all while wearing a helmet. “When you ride a bike, motorcycle, go snowboarding or do other wild things, people don’t look at you like you are crazy for wearing a helmet. We ride 1200 pound animals on hard ground…..think about it, it doesn’t seem all that crazy to wear one!” exclaims WPRA member Fallon Taylor.

Troxel is proud to keep paving the way with their athletes and the WPRA in the world of rodeo, to encourage riders to proudly wear a helmet.


World Championship Barrel Racing is brought to you by The Women's Professional Rodeo Association which was formed in 1948 when thirty-eight cowgirls came together to create an organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of women in the sport of rodeo. The WPRA features barrel racing and roping events as well as a junior and futurity/derby division. The WPRA is the oldest women’s sports association in the country and the only one governed entirely by women.

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Troxel Helmets Becomes An Official Helmet of IEA

Mt Hope, OH – July, 2019 – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is proud to announce a new alliance with Troxel Helmets. With this association, Troxel was named an Official Helmet of the IEA.

With over four million helmets in the equestrian market, Troxel is the world’s leading provider of ASTM/SEI certified equestrian helmets. Established in 1898, Troxel is recognized for its innovative design and physician-developed helmet research leadership as well as their wide range of helmet style options.

“As an organization who places the utmost importance on the safety of our riders, we are thrilled to join forces with Troxel Helmets to provide affordable helmet options for all our members, including our Western riders,” stated Roxane Durant, Co-founder/Executive Director of the IEA. “With the addition of 4th and 5th grade riders to the IEA, as well as expanded options for beginning level riders in all disciplines, it is fantastic to partner with a company that focuses so much on proper helmet fit and safety.”

As part of their multi-year agreement with IEA, Troxel will generously provide more than $18,000 worth of helmet certificates to be used as prizes for IEA riders at Hunt Seat, Dressage and Western National Finals as well as other financial and in-kind support. Additionally, Troxel offers helmet safety education materials, as well as discounts for all IEA members.

“At Troxel, we strive to create the best looking, most comfortable and top performing equestrian helmets for riders of all disciplines. We are very excited to partner with IEA to promote helmet safety and to outfit and provide awards for Hunt Seat, Dressage and Western riders with our extensive range of helmet styles. Supporting youth equestrian athletes is important to growing the sport we love and this partnership with IEA can help us do just that,” said Jenny Beverage, Troxel Brand Manager.


About IEA: Now in its 18th year, the IEA has nearly 14,000 members across the United States riding and coaching Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage disciplines. The non-profit (501(c)3) IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. There is no need for a rider to own a horse because the IEA supplies a mount and tack to each equestrian for competitions. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. For more information, please visit www.rideiea.org.

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Troxel Helmets becomes Title Sponsor of the WCBRA Finals Helmet Side Pot

Mt Hope, OH – July, 2019 – The West Coast Barrel Racing Association (WCBRA) and Troxel Helmets have partnered to sweeten the Helmet Side Pot at the 2019 WCBRA Finals which is held September 1-3 in King City, California.

The $200 per round added money Troxel Helmet Side Pot is open to all competitors at the WCBRA Finals who are wearing an ASTM/SEI certified equestrian helmet. Over $6,500 was awarded at the first-ever WCBRA Finals Helmet Side Pot in 2018. In addition to the 80% payout in the 5D format, Troxel is awarding a $100 Helmet Certificate to each round winner and average winner. The Helmet Side Pot gives riders the chance to win substantial added money, all for making the decision to protect themselves by wearing a helmet.

“We are excited about this new partnership. We like to stay creative and innovative and we are proud to align the WCBRA with Troxel to bring our membership this unique, fun, encouraging and awareness-building side pot,” said Bailey Nahrgang, WCBRA – Owner.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with WCBRA again this year and become the title sponsor of their Helmet Side Pot during their huge finals event. Offering incentives and awards to riders for competing in a helmet is an amazing opportunity for barrel racers and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it!,” stated Troxel Brand Manager Jenny Beverage. “Being part of the helmet movement in Barrel Racing and creating helmets racers feel proud to wear is an important mission at Troxel. We commend WCBRA for being forward-thinking and embracing rider safety by offering a lucrative Helmet Side Pot at their finals event.”

The WCBRA Finals is one of the top-ranked divisional Barrel Race Finals in the world. The number of entries, added money and total payout has elevated the WCBRA amongst the ranks of many historic and prestigious events. The WCBRA has the highest added money of all divisional shows by over $100,000! The WCBRA is experiencing record-breaking growth again in 2019. Learn more about the WCBRA and the WCBRA Finals at www.westcoastbarrelracing.com.


The West Coast Barrel Racing Association is represented in California, Arizona, and Nevada with the help of more than 60 individual producers hosting more than 400 WCBRA prime-sanctioned events. The WCBRA’s mission is to work for the benefit of barrel racers of all ages and skill levels as well as participating West Coast producers. For more information, visit westcoastbarrelracing.com.

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Jesse Westfall and Julie Goodnight to Keynote at the 2019 Certified Horsemanship Association International Conference

April 2019 – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) is pleased to announce that reining trainer Jesse Westfall and CHA Certified Master Instructor Julie Goodnight will be keynote speakers for the 2019 CHA International Conference.

The conference is scheduled for October 24-27 at Houghton College in Houghton, New York. You won’t want to miss these keynote addresses from such dynamic and experienced clinicians.

Jesse Westfall’s keynote will be during Saturday’s lunch on “Training Through Problems with Lesson Horses.” He will also be speaking on Saturday on “How to Get More Suppleness and Bend Out of Your Lesson Horses.” With more than 25 years of experience in the horse industry, Westfall is a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) trainer, coach, and a judge, who has judged at shows around the world. He is also an internationally known horse trainer and breeder. Westfall is the Trainer in Residence at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. He has experience in reining, working cow horse, colt starting, ranch riding, western pleasure, and trail riding. As a competitor, he has been named reserve champion at the All American Quarter Horse Congress twice and won numerous bronze trophies and year-end awards. Westfall has trained reining horses and taught riders who have won at the local, regional, and national levels. He has also been a clinician throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, and Australia. He and his wife, Stacy, run Westfall Horsemanship and live in Ohio with their three sons.

Julie Goodnight’s keynote will be during the Friday lunch on “Achieving Collection: Promoting Lightness in the Rider and Self Carriage in the Horse.” She will also be speaking on Friday on “How to Bring the Best Out of Your Horses and Riders.” Goodnight is the CHA International Spokesperson, and before that she served as CHA Program Director. She is internationally known for her former RFD-TV show called "Horse Master with Julie Goodnight" which ran for 11 years for more than 250 episodes. As a CHA Master Instructor and Clinician, she has used the knowledge she has gained through CHA and through her lifelong experiences with horses to help riders develop better leadership, communication, and horsemanship skills when working with their horses. In 2008, she was named Equine Affaire's Exceptional Equestrian Educator, and in 2013, she won CHA’s Partner in Safety Award.

Goodnight's experience includes training in dressage, jumping, racing, reining, colt-starting, cutting, and wilderness riding. Goodnight owns a training facility in Colorado called Goodnight Training Stables, Inc., and she offers online training programs. Goodnight looks forward to the CHA International Conference every year because of the sharing of ideas, innovative ways to learn how to teach riding, and the ample opportunities for continuing education. “Although you don’t have to be a horse professional to attend, many of the participants are, making the conference a great way to network, learn new approaches to teaching riding and increase your skill level,” said Goodnight. “It’s one of the few conferences I know of where you can actually hop on a well-trained school horse and take a lesson from an established horsemanship instructor!

CHA is all about hands-on-horses, and our annual conference is unique, because it’s full of opportunities to ride and work directly with horses! CHA is an open and inclusive organization that welcomes anyone through our doors who has an interest in providing safe, fun, and effective horsemanship programs to the public.”

Attendees of the CHA International Conference will learn from some of the top experts in the equine industry, including CHA Master Level Instructors, veterinarians, farriers, behaviorists, horse trainers, and more. In addition, there are roundtable discussions, a silent auction, vendors, the CHA annual meeting, and the CHA Awards Banquet.

Stay tuned to http://CHAinstructors.com/conference for additional information on the 2019 CHA International Conference.

To keep up-to-date on all news from CHA, please sign up for the CHA monthly email newsletter at www.CHA.horse.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences.

For more information on the largest certifying body of equine professionals in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHAinstructors.com

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Time To Ride Launches 2019 Pilot Program

Washington, DC – April, 2019 – Time To Ride®, a program of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, is now accepting applications for its 2019 pilot program.

The new Time To Ride program is designed to introduce school-age children to horseback riding and horse care in a safe, welcoming environment. The goal is to familiarize school-age children with horses through an initial series of lessons that include basic horse care as well as riding.

Equine facilities and instructors must meet specific requirements to be considered for the pilot program. All instructors must either hold a current professional membership with one or more national breed or discipline associations, be certified as an instructor through a recognized program such as Certified Horsemanship Association or licensed as a riding instructor in the state in which they teach.

Barns and instructors meeting the program’s standards will be designated Time To Ride Program Facilities and be given marketing tools, techniques and assistance to help in reaching out to their local schools, youth groups, recreational departments and similar organizations to provide a set of six to eight introductory lessons. The program emulates the golf industry’s The First Tee, in which school-age kids are introduced to golf through a series of lessons at a local golf course. The First Tee has reached 15 million children since its start in 1997.

For 2019, Time To Ride will select 20-30 facilities from across the US to participate in the pilot program, representing a cross-section of breeds and disciplines.

Facilities selected for the pilot program will receive gifts and discounts from Marketing Alliance member companies and organizations, including a free one-year Professional Membership from United States Pony Clubs, free Fan Memberships from US Equestrian, a coupon for a free bag of Purina horse feed, a complimentary copy of Platinum Performance magazine, discounts on purchases from Certified Horsemanship Association, Troxel Helmets, Weaver Leather and more.

To learn more about Time To Ride, review the requirements and apply for the pilot program, visit www.timetoride.org. Preference will be given to applications received by May 1, 2019.

About Time To Ride
Time To Ride is managed and funded by the American Horse Council Marketing Alliance. The Marketing Alliance was founded by a consortium of equine-related corporations and organizations to encourage and support the growth of the U.S. horse industry. Current members of the Marketing Alliance include: Active Interest Media/Equine Network, American Horse Council, Morris Media Network, Platinum Performance, Purina and Zoetis. Additional support is provided by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, National Reining Horse Association, Troxel Helmets and Weaver Leather. Educational support is provided by Certified Horsemanship Association, US Equestrian and United States Pony Clubs.

For more information contact Molly O’Brien, Time To Ride Program Manager: ttr@horsecouncil.org; 202-891-7971.
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NBHA and Troxel Partner To Promote Rider Safety at the NBHA Youth World Championships

Mt Hope, OH – April, 2019 – The National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) and Troxel Helmets have partnered to create the very first Helmet Side Pot at the NBHA 2019 Youth World Championships which is to be held on July 21-27 in Perry, Georgia.

The $500 added money side pot is open to all competitors at the Youth World Championships, who are wearing any brand of helmet. Competitors will be able to enter the Helmet Side Pot any time prior to their first-round run. The Helmet Side Pot will give riders the chance to win added money at a low entry fee, sponsored by Troxel Helmets. All monies will be awarded based on results from the first go-round of action from the Youth World Championships.

“We’re very excited to announce the addition of the Helmet Side Pot at our 2019 NBHA Youth World Championships” states NBHA Executive Director Sherry Fulmer. “Rider safety is a paramount concern at every NBHA event and we’re proud to partner with Troxel Helmets to recognize, inspire, and reward our Youth World Championship Qualifiers who are wearing helmets.”

In addition to providing Youth World Championship qualifiers the chance to run for an additional side pot, Troxel Helmets will be on site to meet the competitors, answer questions, and promote the importance of rider safety. Troxel Athlete and World Champion Barrel Racer Fallon Taylor will also be making a special appearance at the NBHA Youth World Championships.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with NBHA to offer the first added money side pot that rewards riders for competing in a helmet at the NBHA Youth World Championships.” stated Troxel Brand Manager Jenny Beverage. “Supporting youth athletes and creating helmets they feel proud to wear is an important mission at Troxel. We commend NBHA for supporting the growing helmet movement in Barrel Racing!”

The NBHA Youth World Championships has a strong history, running every year since the inception of the National Barrel Horse Association, and is known as the largest youth barrel race in the world. The NBHA Youth World Championships has paid out over $3.3 Million and competitors travel from over 40 different (U.S.) states and from 4 different continents. The 2019 NBHA Youth World Championships is estimated to pay out over $300,000 in cash and prizes.
Learn more about the National Barrel Horse Association and the NBHA Youth World Championships at www.NBHA.com.

Troxel is the world's leading provider of ASTM / SEI certified equestrian helmets for competitive, schooling and recreational riding. Established in 1898, Troxel is recognized for its innovative design and research leadership in helmetry. Based in Mt Hope, Ohio Troxel has provided over four million helmets to the equestrian market. See the extensive line of Troxel helmet styles, fit and safety education at www.troxelhelmets.com.


About the National Barrel Horse Association
The National Barrel Horse Association, headquartered in Augusta, Georgia, is the largest barrel racing organization in the world. The NBHA is the recognized leader of Barrel Racing in the world and is known to be professional and innovative while staying true to western heritage, lifestyle, and dress. In 1992, the NBHA revolutionized the barrel racing industry by pioneering the divisional format, which allows riders of all skill levels a chance to win money and prizes in barrel racing competition. NBHA official events have paid out $13 million to date with more than $2.5 million in added prize money. NBHA has over 20,000 members of all ages across the United States and affiliates on 5 continents. Learn more about the NBHA at www.NBHA.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

For more information, contact: 
National Barrel Horse Association
Tammy Sronce
(O): 940.859.6512

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Troxel Helmets Supports Compton Junior Equestrians

Mt Hope, OH – April, 2019 – While the inner city, paved streets of Compton, California are the last place you would expect to find a thriving horse program, the Compton Jr Equestrians along with the Compton Cowboys have created just that — a safe haven for youth to come and enjoy horses. In the tough streets of Compton where violence and drugs are prevalent and many young people turn to gangs for purpose and to keep themselves safe, there is a group of individuals making a difference by giving access to the healing power and emotional connection of horses. Most of the horses used in the program are from the auction and were neglected and abused. One Compton Cowboy said, “I’m not sure if I saved the horse or if the horse saved me.” When Troxel Athlete and World Champion Barrel Racer Fallon Taylor called to say she was going to visit this unique program to feature it on her popular Vlog, Troxel wanted to get involved too.

“We immediately asked if they needed new helmets for their program,” said Troxel Brand Manager Jenny Beverage. “Our team sent several boxes of our most popular Spirit helmet in several colors, graphics and sizes for the Compton Jr Equestrians to use in their program. Although the kids where at school when Fallon was there, we received word back that the kids were very excited to have new helmets!” Fostering new riders is important to grow equestrian sports and programs like the Compton Jr Equestrians offer kids the chance to take a positive path and feel a sense of belonging through interacting with horses and becoming riders.

Check out Fallon Taylor’s Vlog with the Compton Cowboys at: https://youtu.be/MIb5t5A9IWQ

Lean more about the Compton Jr Equestrians at: https://www.comptonjrequestrians.org/ and Compton Cowboys at http://www.comptoncowboys.com/

Contact for additional information and images:
Jenny Beverage 208.740.4964

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Troxel Announces Partnership With Certified Horsemanship Association

Mt Hope, OH – March, 2019 –  The 2019 Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) has added Troxel as a CHA Alliance Partner. Troxel is a leading provider of ASTM/SEI certified equestrian helmets. With more than four million helmets in the equestrian market, Troxel’s safety record is second to none. With both Troxel and CHA’s commitment to safety, this partnership is a perfect fit for both organizations.

Troxel will also sponsor the March episode of CHA’s Training Tuesdays on the “Horses in the Morning” Radio Show. CHA CEO Christy Landwehr and Horse Radio Network founder Glenn the Geek will interview CHA instructors Anne Brzezicki and Keli Wakeley about grooming tips and tricks during the live radio show on March 18, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. In addition, Troxel’s Brand Manager, Jenny Beverage, will join to discuss what riders should look for when purchasing an equestrian helmet and when a rider should replace their helmet. To listen live or to catch the recorded show, visit http://cha-ahse.org/store/pages/218/Horse_Radio_Network_Show.html.

Beverage, of Union, OR, grew up in the saddle and found her “Why” in life after seeing the spot where a family acquaintance died from a head injury while riding her horse to a trail head. She has been with Troxel Helmets for more than 15 years helping to develop helmets that riders want to wear. Troxel was the first to develop a light-weight vented ASTM-approved equestrian helmet, and it is the only physician-developed line of equestrian helmets on the market. Troxel offers helmets and accessories to riders of all kinds, including English, Western, and trail. For more information, please visit www.troxelhelmets.com.

Brzezicki of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is CHA’s Vice President of New Initiatives, a CHA Master Instructor, and a CHA Assistant Clinic Instructor. She is the former Director of the Equestrian Program at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and former coach of MTSU’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) equestrian team. She was honored as the 2015 CHA Instructor of the Year, 2003 IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and was the 2004 IHSA Regional Coach of the Year.

Wakeley is a CHA Certified Instructor who offers instruction and training specializing in showmanship, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, competitive trail, and western pleasure horsemanship and showmanship through her business KW Performance Horses in the Gainesville, Florida area. She has competed at events affiliated with the American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, and the Appaloosa Horse Club. She is also the Equestrian Director at Keystone Camp and Conference Center in Starke, Florida. To keep up-to-date on all news from CHA, please sign up for the CHA monthly email newsletter at www.CHA.horse.

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHAinstructors.com.

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