Weatherford, Texas — As the much-anticipated 2015 Dressage at Devon horse show approaches, three-time USEF Equestrian of Honor Bruce Griffin remembers when he first discovered that attaining ideal comfort, rapid healing, and fitness for himself and his equine team is as easy as taking one step forward. At a past Dressage at Devon competition, Griffin, of Griffin Sport Horses in Gretna, Virginia, met Chip Kreiling, the founder and owner of TheraPlate Revolution Therapy Platforms. Kreiling invited Griffin to step on to a TheraPlate platform to try out the power of dynamic movement for himself.
“I stepped on and used it in between running horses, and I found it helped to ease the strain on my body from handling horses,” recalls Griffin. “It made me feel refreshed, and I believed that it would help my wife in the same way.” The acclaimed Friesian and Warmblood trainer, who had accumulated over 180 IFSHA World and National champion titles in multiple disciplines, decided, “If TheraPlate was good enough for us, it would also be good enough for our horses!”
Before long, Griffin was a TheraPlate Brand Ambassador for the Official Therapy Plate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). “We have used the TheraPlate to rehabilitate horses that we received into training, as well as older, retired show horses,” Griffin says. “We used it for the 2014 USEF National Horse of the Year, Elis GV, to refresh him in between his classes. His owners, Beth and Jim Kornegay, bought a TheraPlate, too. We've found it especially helpful after long trailer rides to and from horse shows and events— our horses always stay fresh and ready to win.”
Griffin Sport Horses is home to about 15 horses owned by Bruce Griffin and his wife, Staci, plus 15-20 show horses competed for clients. The well-rounded training facility has had proven success preparing and presenting stallions for licensing and approval in Belgian Warmbloods, Trakehners, Swedish Warmbloods, ISR Oldenbrug, FPZV Friesian, and Irish Draught; and has shown mares to Elite and Model status. Griffin says, “We always strive to train horses to succeed and watch their owners beam with pride. It is so important to bring owners into their horse's program, to make the most of their partnership, and let the owners genuinely feel like part of the success when they go home.”
Griffin was the first American horseman ever invited and permitted to show Friesian stallions at the prestigious Hengsten Keuring, where he met then-Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands. He made American History again when we was the first to earn three consecutive (2012, 2013, 2014) USEF Equestrian of Honor Titles. In 2012 and 2013, Griffin was awarded the Norm K. Dunn award for excellence in handling. In 2014, he won the Barbara Worth Oakford award for excellence in western pleasure, in addition to winning the first annual Dressage at Devon Sportsmanship award.
“But the 'icing on the cake' is having earned— along with my family and team— the title of 2014 USEF National Horse of the Year with Friesian gelding Elis GV, for owners Beth & Jim Kornegay,” says Griffin. The TheraPlate-using gelding is sure to be followed by many other success stories from Griffin Sport Horses.
TheraPlate Revolution, the Official Therapy Plate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), offers therapy platforms that improve fitness, relieve pain, and provide healing therapy to both horses and their human teammates. The innovative therapy platforms use dynamic movement that can improve performance for both horses and humans— simply by standing on the platform. TheraPlate maximizes performance, allows horses to return to competition sooner by reducing healing time, and reduces the chances of injury as muscular and connected ligaments and tendons become more fit.
To learn more about how TheraPlate can improve you and your horses, visit www.theraplate.com or call toll-free (800) 920-3685 or direct (817) 629-5171.