Erynn Ballard Claims First Leading Lady Rider Award of 2021 WEF

first_imgMore 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. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews Ballard accumulated the highest number of points among her fellow female riders in Thursday’s $35,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Premiere Round and the $75,000 Bainbridge Companies Grand Prix held on Sunday, January 10. She claimed victory on Thursday riding Walter White, a 10-year-old Belgian Sport Horse gelding (Baloubet du Rouet x Bon Ami) owned by Ilan Ferder, before securing the Leading Lady Rider title with a second-place finish in Sunday’s Grand Prix aboard Kamilla D, a 10-year-old Luxembourg mare (Kashmir von Schuttershof x Canturo) that she owns in partnership with Ferder.“It’s an honor to win Martha’s Leading Lady Rider Award, especially because Martha is a family friend,” said Ballard, 40, who operates Looking Back Stable with her parents, David and Sandi Ballard. “I think it’s so nice that she offers this award in the sport; it’s certainly an honor. Even if I didn’t win the Grand Prix I still won something! It gives me something to talk about.”In recognition of winning the Leading Lady Rider Award, Ballard was presented with a bottle of champagne, a bouquet of flowers, and a gift certificate for a shopping spree at Hunt, Ltd. by Martha W. Jolicoeur and her husband, Dr. Stephen Norton.“This is her first big grand prix and my third horse show on her,” said Ballard of Kamilla D. “She certainly rises to the occasion. She made the first round so easy for me and then in the jump-off, when you’re following McLain Ward in the order, you have to try. She’s green at going fast and one down kept me in second so there’s nothing more I could have asked of her this week.“I’ve never had a week like this before,” said Ballard of her success during the opening week of competition at WEF. “You never forget weeks like this, and you know you’re not going to have them every time, so you can’t take them for granted. You have to take it jump-by-jump and class-by-class.”A sponsor and dedicated supporter of horse sport at WEF for many years, 2021 marks Jolicoeur’s 11th season presenting the Leading Lady Rider Award. A former competitor herself, Jolicoeur enjoyed a successful international show jumping career before becoming Florida’s number one Douglas Elliman real estate broker.“This award is a testament to consistent top performances, and it was always the title that I would set my sights on winning when I was competing,” said Jolicoeur, who began presenting the award in 2010 as a way of recognizing female accomplishments in an Olympic sport where men and women compete as equals. “Wellington is the winter equestrian capital of the world and attracts some of the best riders in horse sport. To be a part of that is an honor for me, and to experience how horses have brought us all together and made a place like Wellington possible is really special.”Throughout WEF, the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award, given in memory of fellow realtor and horseman Dale Lawler, is presented weekly to the high-score female rider based on performances in the weekly WEF Challenge Cup Series and grand prix events. During the final week of WEF, the Martha Jolicoeur Overall Leading Lady Rider Award will be presented to the female rider who accumulates the most points throughout the season. Email* SIGN UP 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.last_img read more

Insurance non-profit pledges to match support for racial justice organizations

first_imgBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine In commemoration of Juneteenth, 2020 the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Diversity and Inclusion Council announced today that the non-profit will match the proceeds of an employee-led fundraiser for Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington and the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont said in a statement today that they condemn racism and systemic oppression and stands in solidarity with other local Vermont institutions and organizations to proactively disrupt the status quo. Furthermore, they believe the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are a result of long-standing aggression and racial profiling dating back generations. Remaining silent in the face of overt acts of violence, daily micro aggressions, and injustice towards people of color reinforces and perpetuates this deeply entrenched system. “We will not remain silent.”“We are launching this fundraiser today to stand in support of the local leaders who are raising their voices for racial justice,” says Megan Peek, Director of Community Relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. “It is long past time for our society to collectively rise against senseless racial violence and begin to take concrete steps to address the health disparities faced by people of color. We support societal racial justice reforms through community-led policies and education.”As America gathers to protest systemic racism, we are galvanized to listen, speak up, and stand strong alongside one another to fight for what is right and what is just. If one person is harmed, we are all harmed.  This is our pledge to all Vermonters: First and foremost, we pledge to act. We will work with our Diversity and Inclusion Council to identify opportunities for growth within our organization and develop concrete steps to closing these gaps. From implicit bias training to hiring practices, we will work with leading organizations to educate ourselves about white privilege and how to support anti-racism work every day and through every interaction.We pledge to listen and learn. As health care leaders we promise to make a dedicated commitment to understanding and addressing factors that cause African Americans to suffer more than half of the COVID-19 cases and nearly 60 percent of deaths nationwide. We will seek out, listen to, and support advocates and organizations to end racial violence and oppression.We pledge to be part of the change we wish to see. We will work to support our partner organizations in their efforts to address racial bias and health disparities in communities throughout Vermont, including Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington(link is external), the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance(link is external), and Governor Phil Scott’s Racial Equity Task Force(link is external).  Furthermore, we support the Floyd family’s call to create a national task force that would establish bipartisan legislation focused on ending racial violence and increasing police accountability. We will call on elected officials to commit to a process of healing and we will refuse to support leaders who perpetuate messages of division.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont(link is external) is Vermont’s only local, not-for-profit health plan. For over 70 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has been enhancing the health and well-being of the Vermonters by offering innovative plans to individuals, seniors and businesses.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is dedicated to developing new ways to support high quality care and programs and events that promote wellness. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit www.bcbsvt.com(link is external).Connect with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont:Twitter: @bcbsvt(link is external)             Instagram: @bcbsvt(link is external)Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bcbsvt(link is external)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/blue-cross-and-blue-shield-of-vermont(link is external)Source: Berlin, VT, June 19, 2020—Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermontlast_img read more

Unexpected consequences of early retirement

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Early retirement can have a surprising impact on your social life and emotions.by. David NingPretty much everyone, at one point or another, has wished for an early retirement. The freedom and flexibility of not worrying about how to make a living is certainly very appealing. But once you start down the road of saving for early retirement you may find these surprises waiting for you.Your career can still feel very long. Even if you plan to retire at 45, which is considered an incredibly young age to stop working, you are still going to be working for two decades. And early retirees need to keep their living expenses lower and save significantly more of their paychecks than people planning to retire at a more traditional retirement age if they want to leave the workforce for good. It can be difficult to maintain the focus and commitment required to save enough to retire at a young age.Working so hard could make you want to retire even sooner. The more you think about a life in which you don’t have to go to work, the more you will want to move up that date. Instead of retirement at 45, you may want to quit your job at 42, or even 40. But each time you move up your retirement age, you will have to work even harder to earn and save more. Don’t work so hard that you become burnt out and unable to meet your goal.You might be afraid to quit. Even if you have saved enough money, you might find yourself apprehensive about leaving your job. Doubts will creep in about being able to afford your expenses for the rest of your life, and you may find yourself wanting to work longer to beef up your finances so that you can better weather the possibility of running out of money. There’s no way to know what inflation will be over the next five decades or if there will be another significant financial downturn. Staying in the workforce a few more years can seem safer than beginning to spend down the savings you worked so hard to acquire. continue reading »last_img read more

Allseas to build 72,000-tonne heavy lift vessel

first_imgThe new vessel will have a width of 160 m and will be capable of lifting topside structures weighing as much as 72,000 tonnes. The vessel, when commissioned in 2020, will be used for worldwide topside installation and decommissioning projects. Construction work on Pieter Schelte – the first single-lift platform installation and decommissioning vessel that Allseas designed, which has an approximate lifting capacity of 36,000 tonnes – began in spring 2010; Allseas says that Pieter Schelte should enter revenue generating service in the coming months.An artist’s rendering of Pieter Schelte www.allseas.comlast_img read more

LSU aims for 6th straight win

first_imgBATON ROUGE Coming off its second road win of the season, LSU looks to go into a short Christmas break with another victory at home as the Tigers host the College of Charleston on Monday at 8 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network (Tom Werme and Barry Booker) and the radio broadcast will be available on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and host Kevin Ford).LSU is 8-2 and winners of five straight since returning from the Virgin Islands with two of those wins on the road. LSU will be going for the not only its sixth straight win at home this year, but its sixth straight overall which would equal the longest win streak in Coach Johnny Jones’ three years at LSU.The College of Charleston Cougars are 5-6 on the year, having lost two straight, one on the road in overtime at Charlotte, and a Saturday 80-68 decision versus 9-1 Davidson. Canyon Barry made 7 of 14 field goals including three 3-pointers in scoring 20 points, while Joe Chealey had 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting for the Cougars.“Charleston has played a very tough non-conference schedule,” Jones said. “They have been very competitive in all of their games. It will be another great challenge for us. They are a really good 3-point shooting team; shooting about 37 percent from the 3-point line. We will be challenged defensively to contain their shooters. We will have to execute at a high level against them to be successful.”Charleston is 78-of-206 for 37 percent from the arc.Jones said point guard Josh Gray, who sprained his right ankle on Dec. 13 in the win over Sam Houston State, will be a game-time decision regarding his playing status for Monday night’s game.If Gray does not go, LSU will probably keep the same lineup as the UAB contest with Tim Quarterman and Keith Hornsby at guards and Jordan Mickey, Jarell Martin and John Odo at forwards. Hornsby had a college career high of 24 points, while Martin led the Tigers with 25 points. Mickey had seven blocks and Quarterman eight assists in the UAB.The Tigers came from 39-33 down at the half to win. LSU is now this year after trailing at the intermission. LSU shot better than 56 percent from the field in the second half of the game as LSU scored 46 points in the 79-70 win at Bartow Arena against the Blazers.Freshman Jalyn Patterson also had his best game of the year as he played 33 minutes off the bench, hitting 4 of 8 field goals including three 3-pointers to score 11 points with three assists and no turnovers.After Monday’s game, the Tigers will be off until the team has to return to campus on Friday evening. LSU will play again on Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. against Southern Mississippi and at 6 p.m. on Jan. 3 against Savannah State before beginning SEC play on Jan. 8 at Missouri.last_img read more

No reason to delay hospital expansion

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Holy Cross hospital expansion does not need an EIR. Rather, the Valley needs hospital beds. In addition, the Valley needs the millions of dollars of construction jobs, all paying a union wage. And Mission Hills wants the 250 new jobs at the hospital, an employer that now pays its employees an average of $36 per hour. The situation for the Valley’s medical-care infrastructure is critical. Today, Providence Holy Cross is operating at 97 percent capacity every day. And the need for hospital beds and emergency-room care will grow as more emergency rooms around Los Angeles County close. Providence Holy Cross’ location is unique, as it serves residents in both the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. In fact, many auto-accident victims’ lives are saved at Holy Cross after suffering injuries on the 5, 405 and 14 freeways. When the next disaster strikes north L.A. County, Providence Holy Cross will be the last chance for hundreds of victims. So, what is the hang-up? Apparently one union is organizing and funding the opposition. Holy Cross is part of Providence Health, a system with 28 hospitals. Providence is pro-labor and pro-employee, meaning it allows the employees to vote, hospital by hospital, on whether it wants to be represented by a union. About half of the Providence hospitals are now unionized. But by forcing an EIR and a delay in the expansion, the union increases its leverage on the hospital to have this union alone be recognized by all the Providence hospitals, despite the wishes of the individual employees. The strategy of delaying the hospital expansion for the benefit of one union is not just bad for the health and safety of the Valley, it is also bad for the larger labor work force. Here, it hurts union construction workers. The hospital has entered into an agreement to have the expansion constructed by 100 percent union members. Delaying and harming the health care of the Valley residents also harms the employment opportunities of the Valley’s workers. Just as we all need those hospital beds now, the men and women of the construction unions want those jobs now. In the spirit of saving lives and doing the right thing, let’s hope that our City Council members have the needs of Valley residents and the less fortunate in mind as they decide whether to approve the hospital beds now, or postpone Holy Cross’ expansion for another two years. Brendan L. Huffman is president and CEO of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WITH two San Fernando Valley hospitals closing since 2003 and our population growing, you would expect that an existing hospital’s plan to add an additional 136 beds would be something we could all cheer about. Unfortunately, no good deed goes unpunished. Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills has the endorsement of the Mission Hills Neighborhood Council, business organizations, all of the trade unions that will build the project, numerous community groups, the unanimous city Planning Commission and several elected officials throughout the Valley, Nonetheless, it’s is being opposed by its own L.A. City Council member and a single union that has organized and sponsored a coalition of opponents. The city has analyzed every potential impact on the neighborhood from the hospital expansion, and it’s attached hundreds of conditions to the project. But these opponents still say that the hospital must go through an even more costly and lengthy environmental review process, all designed to simply delay the hospital expansion. last_img read more