Above: Sea Change General Manager and Rider Alyssa Bokor Accepts The Vita Flex Tack Room Award.
Wellington, FL (February 12, 2018) – ‘Home is where the horse is’ when the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center hosts the Winter Equestrian Festival, now through April 1, and designing inviting, stable homes away from home were precisely what Vita Flex Tack Room Award winners Alyssa Bokor of Sea Change Farm and Meredith Gallagher of Carriage Hill Farms were recognized for during Weeks 3 and 4 in Wellington, Florida.
“Organization is key to getting horses in and out of the barn smoothly,” says Bokor of Sea Change Farm, based outside of Chicago, Illinois. The WEF Week 3 Vita Flex Tack Room Award winner has 18 horses – from Greens to Junior and Childrens Hunters – stabled at the Grand Prix Village.
Color coordination is also a plus: the farm’s grey-blue-white motif translates beautifully from stabling to custom golf cart blankets that elegantly announce the arrival of the Sea Change team, including trainers Maria Rasmussen and Jeff Worthman. “The blankets have our names on them and were gifts from the farm because,” Bokor says, “it gets chilly in the morning!”
For this Tack Room Award winner, a little chill in the air is offset by a warm and inviting home base: “We’re hoping for a good circuit. We’re starting off with strong and healthy horses and thanks to Vita Flex, some great supplements too!”
At Carriage Hill Farms of nearby Boca Raton, winners of the Vita Flex Tack Room Award for Week 4 at WEF, assistant rider/trainer Meredith Gallagher compares the need for an organized stable to being “just like living in ‘normal life!’ Don’t let clutter build up. Everyone pitches in to keep it organized. Nobody is too big or too small to use a broom or roll a leg wrap.” Carriage Hill runs 75 stalls at home and is averaging 22-26 horses a week at Wellington whose winning ways are adding to a growing collection of champion and reserve tricolors.
“I think making an impression of being neat and clean transfers to our riders,” says Carriage Hill owner, Jane Fennessy. “It may not guarantee the winner’s circle but you’re going to look good getting there!” Like the value she puts on coordinated saddle pads and riding jackets: “I’m a stickler about such things!”
Fennessy has been a part of the Florida horse show world for the better part of four decades (“before there was a Winter Equestrian Festival”) and trusts Carriage Hill day-to-day operations to the seven decades’ of expertise of her barn manager (“back in the day, he was a jockey for Hugh Hefner!”).
That’s why Carriage Hill uses Vita Flex Masters Hoof Blend, and was happy to accept more Vita Flex® products with its Tack Room Award.
The Tack Room Award is presented each week of the 12-week international hunter/jumper series by leading equine supplement manufacturer, Vita Flex, to salute the most attractively maintained stabling areas on the show grounds. Each award winner receives a generous bucket of Vita Flex® supplements, a custom red-and-white bridle rack, and a lavish commemorative ribbon to display. As a returning sponsor of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Vita Flex salutes the dedication that goesinto competing at such prestigious competitions and wishes every barn team a prosperous and successful season.
The Vita Flex catalog of equine performance products includes antioxidants, electrolytes, topical solutions, vitamins, and minerals that help equine athletes perform their best. For more about Vita Flex and its products, visit the official Facebook, Instagram @VitaFlex, and www.vitaflex.com, or call (800) 848–2359.