Christopher Payne and Gracious Repeat Victory

Wellington, FL – Trainer Christopher Payne and Gracious returned to the winner’s circle during the fourth week of the 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, once again winning the championship in the Baby Green Hunter Division. Draper Equine Therapy, makers of therapeutic products for horses and riders, sponsored the Baby Green Division.

Payne, who along with David Belford owns New Hope in Cincinnati, Ohio, said they bred Gracious and couldn’t be more pleased with the Dutch four-year-old, gelding’s progress. “He will be a great adult hunter for his new owner Maggie Little,” Payne said.

Payne said New Hope has been coming to the Winter Equestrian Festival for many years and he always enjoys showing at the world-class show. “Especially when I talk with friends at home and it’s snowing in Ohio,” Payne said, adding that New Hope will be showing at WEF for the duration of the circuit.

Payne thanked Draper for sponsoring the division and said he looks forward to using the Draper Therapeutic Nap Blanket he won. “Draper Equine Therapy produces everything from leg wraps to quarter sheets, all complimenting the horse’s health,” said Kat Wojtylak, Product Manager of Draper Equine Therapy. “Draper also offers products for riders to ensure that the entire team is at their best.”

Draper Equine Therapy products contain the innovative smart fiber Celliant™/Holofiber®, and have been proven to reduce pain, increase oxygen levels and help balance overall body temperature. “Draper products help your horse work harder and recover faster from exertion and injury,” Wojtylak said. “Celliant™/Holofiber encourages the body's natural processes, and there are no known side effects. In fact, the only effects that have been found from the use of Celliant™/Holofiber have been increased stamina, more rapid recovery and better overall performance.”

Draper Equine Therapy products for horses include saddle pads, indoor and outdoor blankets, bandages and wraps. Products for riders include T-shirts, socks, blankets, joint support sleeves/wraps, and back belts. In addition, they offer a line of home therapy and spa products including sleep liners, eye pillows, shoulder wraps and blankets.

For more information on Draper Equine Therapy, visit their website at

Photo: Christopher Payne and Gracious, owned by Maggie Little, returned to the winner’s circle during the fourth week of the 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. (Photo courtesy of Randi Muster Photography)