Poker pros add E to equestrian’s ‘prestige’ in LA

Professional players of the card game are also fans of equestrian in the city

Many poker players have chosen to visit Los Angeles every year not only because of the city’s metropolitan charm but also due to the city’s strong connection with horses. We’re not referring to the high stakes poker variant of HORSE (or Texas Hold’em, Omaha hi-lo split eight or better, Razz, Seven card stud, and Seven card stud hi-lo split-Eight or better), but the four-legged animal that belongs to the Equus family. Besides Kansas, LA is arguably the other equine centre of the United States, thanks to the equestrian facilities and enthusiasts from the city.

LA’s fascination with the English sport of equestrian began when the city hosted the 1932 Summer Olympic Games. With eventing, show jumping, dressage and cross-country competitions held during the 15-day affair, Los Angelenos were exposed to the fun and excitement of equestrian (which was repeated again when it organized the 1984 Olympics). Today, the city boasts of world-class equestrian facilities, including the 75-acre Los Angeles Equestrian Center (LAEC). It is home to the Equidome, a 3,500-seater indoor stadium that has hosted some of LA’s top notch equestrian events like the Tournament of Roses Equestfest, Hollywood Horse Show, and the Los Angeles International Jumping Festival.

Poker, on the other hand, took root in LA thanks to its high-profile residents who are also fans of the card game, and the international tournaments that are held here. Among its big-time competitions are the World Poker Tour (WPT) LA Poker Classic, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) LA Circuit, the Los Angeles Poker Open, and the National Championship of Poker. Poker runs are also regularly held on its thoroughfares, taking different modes of transportation around the city like bicycles, motorcycles and, not surprisingly, horses.

With the popularity of equestrian in LA, it’s no wonder why the participants of its numerous poker competitions are flocking to the bleachers of LA’s equestrian arenas.

At the LA Equestrian Center

American poker pros John Bonetti and Pat Lyons are self-confessed equestrian fans, who first took an interest in the sport via the horse races at the city’s Bet Fair Hollywood Park and the Santa Anita Racetrack. Now, as newly-baptized followers of dressage and jumping events, the two now watch in the stands of the LAEC

in between their engagements at the WPT LA Poker Classic and the LA Poker the Los Angeles Equestrian Center

With horse racing in Los Angeles on a steady decline, traditional equestrian events are witnessing a recent surge thanks to the support of many organizations and its high-profile fans. With poker champions like John Bonetti and Pat Lyons on the bench, equestrian will continue to see the light of day in the City of Angels.

The Horse | Treeless vs. Conventional Saddles: Back Pressure Evaluated

Treeless saddles are often said to be more “natural,” more comfortable for riders and/or horses, or more universally fitting for all equine back shapes and rider seats. But according to a leading equitation scientist, the tree still seems to serve a very important purpose: regulating pressure distribution.

“What you can see with the treeless saddle is a very definite concentration of pressure right underneath the rider’s seat bones,” said Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, Dipl. ACVSMR, MRCVS, Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University, during the presentation of her study at the 2011 International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Conference, held Oct. 26-29 in Hooge Mierde, The Netherlands. However, that’s not the case with a well-fitted conventional saddle, which pressure mats reveal applies much more even pressure with lower peak forces across the horse’s back, she said.

“That suggests that the tree is indeed doing what it’s supposed to do, in terms of spreading the force over a larger area of the horse’s back,” she said.

The Horse | Treeless vs. Conventional Saddles: Back Pressure Evaluated.

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A new improvement has been made to The HorseOz Website. WordPress blog is now able to receive remote posts from myself. The Blog site automatically checks every hour und updates the site. I will be able to do live updates from where ever I am from my mobile 🙂 including photos and Video. This will make for much improved communication for any results or news from Equestrian Events and Competitions I attend. Hopefully I will be able to attend many.

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