Wellington, FL. - Arlene “Tuny” Page, one of the United States’ most successful dressage riders and the owner of Stillpoint Farm in Wellington, Florida, believes that keeping horses extremely fit is absolutely essential to competing at the Grand Prix level. “If horses are properly fit they are less likely to be injured. They are also more likely to sustain the work prior to doing a performance like a Grand Prix, so they don’t run out of steam,” she rationalized. During Week 12 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Page and her seventeen-year-old Danish mare Alina claimed the final TheraPlate Award of the season after exemplifying TheraPlate Revolution’s core principles of ideal soundness, fitness, performance, and strength. Alina showed off these traits during the pair’s performance in the Grand Prix on and the Grand Prix Special, earning high placings with a score of 71.700 percent and a score of 70.275 percent respectively. “There was an overall sense that the mare stayed in front of me, and stayed up in her shoulders, and was really willing to work,” said Page of their weekend rides. “I was really pleased.”
Page’s Stillpoint Farm was the title sponsor of the Nations Cup during the final week of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, which ran from March 25-28. Stillpoint Farm, which functiions as home base for many international and national dressage riders during the winter season, has been serving the Wellington dressage community since 2002.
Now that the winter season has drawn to a close, Page plans for her horses to have a few weeks of working rest at Stillpoint before moving on to the next competition. “They’ll work lightly, but with no pressure, no big exercises, just a little hacking — that’s what we do before it gets too hot here to keep them in such great shape,” she explained. At Stillpoint Farm, there is an emphasis on keeping the horses active both physically and mentally. “They walk a lot, they work in the field two or three times a week… it’s really important for their brains and their bodies to be working on different footing and in a more open atmosphere,” explained Page.
TheraPlate Revolution was proud to honor Page and Alina’s fitness, as well as present TheraPlate Awards during each CDI week of the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Throughout the series, the company recognized horse-and-rider partners who personify TheraPlate Revolution’s core fitness and wellness principles. Chip Kreiling of TheraPlate also educated riders, trainers, and barn managers about TheraPlate’s valuable conditioning benefits at the company’s booth at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.
TheraPlate Revolution, based in Weatherford, Texas, is committed to helping horses and people reach ultimate health and body condition to deliver peak performance.Consistent use of a TheraPlate platform increases circulation, bone density, and muscle mass; reduces swelling, inflammation, and pain; and encourages rapid healing. A TheraPlate is effective on horses, humans, and other animals and is praised in equestrian circles as the “best money ever spent” for the treatment and prevention of injury.
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