Debbie Hill and Cartier Beat the Odds to Receive The Omega Alpha Healthy Horse Award

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Debbie Hill and Cartier receiving their Omega Alpha Healthy Horse Award during week five of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Debbie Hill and Cartier receiving their Omega Alpha Healthy Horse Award during week five of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival

Wellington, FL — At the internationally competitive 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, sponsor Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals, Inc., producer of equine health and performance enhancing formulations, likes to reward those horses and riders who best exemplify excellent horse health with their Omega Alpha Healthy Horse Award. The latest recipient of this prestigious award is an up-and-coming Grand Prix dressage horse and rider who have a truly inspiring story.

Sent to Auction as A Jumper Cartier Had a Different Fate
Cartier, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, started (and luckily failed) his first job as an Amish cart horse. Sent to auction, he was noticed as a horse with potential in another discipline. At that time, Robbie Rice was looking for a dressage horse for Debbie. “He was kind of out in the middle of nowhere in Florida. Debbie saw a video of him online,” owner Rice explained. “He hadn’t been shown and he hadn’t done much. He jumped a little bit, and he schooled some cross-country.” With his new home, they decided he needed a new name. They decided on Cartier. “It was a C-year, and we were trying to come up with a name, and I said, ‘What about Cartier, it has cart in it!’ ” Rice said with a laugh. “It’s so perfect, because he is the classic diamond in the rough.”

Scary News For Debbie Hill

Debbie Hill and Cartier

Debbie Hill and Cartier ©Susan J Stickle

Debbie, Robbie and Cartier returned home to Huntsville, Ala. where Debbie operates Debbie Hill Dressage. But it wasn’t quite time to celebrate a happy ending yet. Unfortunately, a few months after Cartier was purchased in 2014, Debbie was diagnosed with breast cancer. While undergoing chemotherapy, she continued to work with Cartier as much as she could. “I just sort of took it easy with him. He’s a special horse,” remembers Debbie. Then, in May 2017, she got great news – she reached the three-year survival mark since her initial diagnosis, and doctors gave her the all clear.

Bonded in Their Future
Debbie debuted Cartier in his first Grand Prix CDI3* at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival this year. In his most recent outing, he scored a 60.696 percent in the Grand Prix and also a 65.175 percent in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Debbie’s goals for the rest of the season are to just see how things go. “I just want him to be relaxed and happy,” said Debbie. She says that Cartier’s best trait is that he is so eager to learn and eager to please. Commented Rice, ““And Cartier, he loves Debbie, he’s really bonded with her.” 

Omega Alpha Rewards Healthy Horses and Barn Managers
While she hasn’t used the Omega Alpha products yet, she has certainly heard of them and Debbie is looking forward to trying them out. Based in Toronto, Omega Alpha is excited to celebrate the health and happiness of horses by sponsoring these internationally competitive dressage circuit awards. Winners of the Omega Alpha Healthy Horse Award receive a cooler and multiple Omega Alpha award-winning health products, developed using botanical ingredients through research-based science.

In addition to rewarding healthy horses at WEF this season, Omega Alpha is recognizing barn managers who provide exceptional care and nutrition to keep horses in top shape. To nominate a barn manager who deserves recognition, look for the Omega Alpha Best Barn Manager of the Season ballot boxes at the Winter Equestrian Festival show office or fill out a nomination form online at omegaalphacontest.com. The winner will receive a one-of-a-kind bit box and Omega Alpha supplements of their choice.

To learn more about Omega Alpha’s unique range of award-winning equine products – effective for joint health, calming, respiratory health, hoof care, hormonal health, energy, performance, muscle rehabilitation, detoxification, and more – visit omegaalphainc.com or call 1-800-651-3172.