Equestrian Superstars Officially Sign on as Pennfield Feed Promise Partners
RELEASE: April 21, 2009
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Susan Page
What do Phillip Dutton, Chester Weber and Michael Barisone have in common? Yes, horses. That’s a given! But beyond that, they all believe whole-heartedly in feeding strictly the best and only fixed-formula feed in the country. All three have joined several other superstars in the eventing and show jumping worlds by officially signing on as Pennfield Promise Partners with Pennfield Equine Feed Technologies, the official feed of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).
Weber, the 2008 Four-In-Hand World Driving Championship’s Silver medalist and winner of six consecutive (USEF) National Combined Driving Championships, and 2008 eventing and dressage Olympians Dutton and Barisone, have been joined in the Pennfield Promise Partner program by fellow Olympian superstars Karen and David O’Connor, Bruce Davidson, Sr., Bonnie Mosser, Kim Severson and John Williams. Top Irish show jumper Jonathon McCrea and his wife, U.S. show jumper and Nations Cup Team member Christine McCrea have also joined the ranks as official Promise Partners.
“We couldn’t be more impressed with the caliber of the riders who’ve partnered with us,” explained Jeff Katelan, National Sales and Marketing Manager for Pennfield’s Country Life Products. “These riders have been successful in their careers because they know that the horse comes first. That’s why they’ve been using our products for years, decades in a lot of cases. So rewarding that loyalty and signing them on as official Promise Partners just made a ton of sense. They know what’s in their control, and they know exactly what their goals are. With the 2010 World Equestrian Games in their sights, one thing that without a doubt is within their control between now and then is the nutrition that goes into their horses. They know that’s what gives them an edge, and that’s why they’ve always chosen Pennfield.”
Pennfield views their riders as partners, so Pennfield’s support doesn’t end at feed. All Pennfield Promise Partners are offered a nutritional evaluation called MicroSteed, which is a proprietary nutritional analysis based on Kentucky Equine Research science and which provides a multi-page, detailed breakdown of their horse’s nutritional picture. This is especially helpful for riders who split their time between the north and south as it can head off potential problems due to soil and other environmental changes.
“The benefit of having these customized MicroSteed evaluations and feeding our top-quality ‘fixed formula’ feeds, combined with the incredible level of training from these talented clinicians, shows in their horses,” Katelan pointed out. “Just look at Neruda, who won the grand prix special with Barisone at WEF [Winter Equestrian Festival] this year and is currently ranked eighth on the USEF High-Performance List; Karen’s legendary pony, Teddy, who was the 2007 USEF Horse of the Year, and Weber’s horse Jamaica, who was named the 2008 USEF Horse of the Year.”
Pennfield believes good horsemanship begins with ‘Promise’—developing the full promise, or potential, of yourself and your horses, and then living up to the promise, or principles, that you make to your horses to care for them to the best of your ability. These principles apply internally as well as externally at Pennfield and are the basis for how they approach their feed formulation, and why they have partnerships with companies like Kentucky Equine Research (KER). Their partnership with KER gives them the advantage of having the best equine nutritionists in the country involved with the formulation of every bag of Pennfield Feed that leaves their mill.
This commitment to quality, consistency and living up to their promise has also recently earned Pennfield the designation as the Official Feed of the United States Equestrian Federation. As a feed that’s been available on a strictly regional basis (Pennfield is distributed up and down the East Coast), this is an in