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2001/12/18

IAHA® Recreational Riding Program Gears Up for Fifth Successful Year More than 1,450 riders have enrolled in the International Arabian Horse Association(r) (IAHA) Recreational Riding Program, which enters its fifth year in 2002. The program is sponsored by IAHA corporate partner Pfizer Animal Health. Pfizer recently presented a one-year supply of Strongid(r)C to Ken Hyman, Sr. of Duncanville, Texas, and his 9-year-old Egyptian Arabian mare Estellaa (CF Maestro x Tyareen) for reaching 3,000 hours. Hyman also earned an official IAHA gold signet ring. Celia Tamker of Byron, Ga., who reached the 1,000-hour level with Tsugar Tshack (Tsugan x W A Solitaire), aka Peabody, said she is strictly a pleasure and trail rider. "There is a sense of accomplishment when Peabody, who would rather sidestep a mud puddle, now willingly crosses creeks, wooden bridges, logs--basically just about anything I have asked of him," says Tamker. "Since I do not participate in shows or competitive or endurance riding, the Recreational Riding program is the one way I can feel a part of IAHA, and a way Peabody and I can represent the organization and the Arabian breed." Laura Kemmis of Scandia, Minn., who has racked up more than 500 hours with Three B Kyros (Three B Kahal x Fire Crystal), is starting a second horse. "IAHA does a great job with running the program. I have always received my awards promptly--and have a lot of fun earning them," said Kemmis. IAHA created the Recreational Riding Program in 1997 to recognize IAHA members who ride their Arabians and Half-Arabians for fun and pleasure. Like Hyman, Tamker and Kemmis, these members win prizes at the 50, 100, 250, 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000-hour marks, earning items such as caps, T-shirts, sweatshirts, windbreakers, fleece jackets, horse coolers, a Seiko watch and signet ring. Riders simply record their hours on horseback, based on an honor system, and as they reach each award level, they send their log sheets to IAHA. Activities that count include trail riding, riding lessons, schooling, ride time at open non-recognized events, parades and drill teams. To enroll, sign up on the IAHA website homepage at www.iaha.com by clicking on the "Members Only" button, or call IAHA at (303) 696-4500. The one-time enrollment fee is $25 for each horse/rider combination. Corporate partner Pfizer Animal Health also supports IAHA through its sponsorship of the Club Excellence Awards program and "My Horse is a Winner with Strongid(r)C" program, which presents $1,000 checks to winners at U.S. Nationals in selected classes who are fed the company's daily dewormers Strongid(r)C or Strongid(r)C2XTM. Pfizer Animal Health is a world leader in animal health committed to providing high-quality, innovative pharmaceuticals, vaccines and feed additives for livestock and companion animals. Pfizer Animal Health is a business unit of Pfizer, Inc., the world's largest pharmaceutical company. Pfizer discovers, develops, manufactures and markets leading prescription medicine and many of the world's best known over-the-counter brands.

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