Napa Valley's Spring Mountain Vineyard Contributes To The Event
(Lexington, Ky.) - The October Food & Wine Magazine vineyard that was designated "Napa's Best Winery Tours" and winner of the "Best of Napa Valley Tourism Award" by Global Network of Great Wine Capitals is showing its hospitality to guests at the National Horse Show in Wellington, Florida. Guests attending the "Dancing with the Equestrian Stars" After Party on Friday, December 7, will be treated to Chateau Chevalier Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc wines from Spring Mountain Vineyard.
The After Party follows the first phase of the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Finals presented by Equine Motorcoach, "Jumping Under the Stars." The second phase is contested on Sunday, December 9.
"The After Party is going to be a great way for the competitors to relax and for our sponsors and guests to be entertained," said Scott Carling, managing director of sales and sponsorships for the United States Equestrian Federation. "Everyone is looking forward to seeing our equestrian super stars show off on the dance floor."
The Spring Mountain Vineyard, located near St. Helena, California, gained fame in the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest in the 1980s. It is an 850-acre winery encompassing four historic properties, two prominent in California's wine heritage. These are the La Perla Vineyards and Winery (later called Draper Vineyards), and Chateau Chevalier. Also included in today's Spring Mountain holdings are Streblow Vineyards and Spring Mountain itself, which began life as Miravalle.
"These vineyards produce exceptional wines that show power and depth, yet through gentle winemaking, possess elegance as well as strength," said Scott Carling. "We are delighted that Chateau Chevalier is a part of the festivities at the National Horse Show and appreciate their contribution to the event."
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Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The October Food & Wine Magazine vineyard that was designated "Napa's Best Winery Tours" and winner of the "Best of Napa Valley Tourism Award" by Global Network of Great Wine Capitals is showing its hospitality to guest at the National Horse Show in Wellington, Florida. Guests attending the “Dancing with the Equestrian Stars” After Party on Friday, December 7, will be treated to Chateau Chevalier Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc wines from Spring Mountain Vineyard.
The After Party follows the first phase of the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Finals presented by Equine Motorcoach, “Jumping Under the Stars.” The second phase is contested on Sunday afternoon, December 9.
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Award Winning Illustrator Contributes to "Dancing with the Equestrian Stars"
(Wellington, FL) - Major awards events are known for their after parties and the 124th National Horse Show competitors, sponsors, VIPs and organizers are in for a real treat after the "Jumping Under the Stars" gala during phase one of the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Championships.
The after party, which is sponsored by Equine Motorcoach, its European manufacturer Lehel Coach Builders, Cummins Onan Generators, Volvo Trucks of North America and Kentuckian's Premier Truck Center, has the theme "Dancing With the Equestrian Stars." Professional dancers will be dancing competition style with equestrians, who will change into sequined ball gowns and costumes.
The pairs will perform the fox trot, tango, and waltz for a panel of judges. Guests can dance the night away, enjoying great music and cocktails and ballroom dancing featuring the Dance Connection of Palm Beach will highlight the after party. Competitors from the show jumping finals will rehearse during the week with Dance Connection professionals.
Comfort. Coach. Contribute.
"We wanted to do something special to celebrate the debut of our Equine Motorcoach in America," said Julie Calzone, one of the Equine Motorcoach principals. "Elizabeth Hedley with the National Horse Show organizing team at Stadium Jumping, inc. has been a star for us. She's showed up for us in a big way to ensure that the event is a success by helping us with all of the details of the advance preparation."
A yellow wristband with the words "Comfort Coach Contribute" debossed on them will accompany invitations. The wristband is the admission ticket to "Dancing with the Equestrian Stars." A Rollin McGrail illustration is the centerpiece of the invitation design.
Rollin McGrail's images are recognizable both for style and content. Often, they kindheartedly lampoon the rich while harkening back to the era of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick and Nora and the early New Yorker years of Peter Arno. Rollin's style is agile, playful, formal, and wry. The work is largely conceptual and at the same time lends an air of whimsy and grace to some of the most prosaic of subjects.
While Rollin's work has been shown in galleries in Paris, New York, Barcelona, Key West and for several years in West Palm Beach, the bulk of her production is aimed at national newspapers, magazines and book publishers. Rollin has had weekly illustrations in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and has had frequent contributions to Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Glamour, Esquire, GQ and Nickelodeon among others. Her illustrations have appeared in bestseller books such as TOASTS (Crown) and the PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY (Clarkson N. Potter) She has also received several distinguished awards in publishing. Rollin created the poster for the 121st National Horse Show in 2004, and has a permanent exhibit at the Museum of Polo Hall of Fame in Palm Beach, Florida.
Rollin was born in New York. She went to Art School in England and graduated from Parsons School of Design, New York. She currently hails from Wellington, Palm Beach County, Florida, where she resides with her husband and their two children.
On the web, Rollin's work is at www. rollinmcgrail.com or she can be reached at her studio 561-795-9525.
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Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tom Stinnett gave the Lehel Coach the "thumbs up" sign of approval after inspecting it upon arrival on Thanksgiving Day. Carolyn is also pictured welcoming the Coach to the U.S. in Kentucky. The Coach has lived up to all of our expectations. It's a magnificent transport and this is a sneak peak at the Coach immediately after it arrived in Kentucky. Look for us at the National Horse Show in Wellington, Florida at our official debut.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Equine Motorcoach European Supplier-Manufacturer, Lehel Coach Builders, Added As Sponsor of “Dancing With The Equestrian Stars” at National Horse Show
(Wellington, FL) – Horse show spectators are accustomed to seeing top equestrians partnered with their horses as they “fly” over big jumps in competition. This year’s National Horse Show proves that these top athletes are competitive at more than just their sport.
Following the first phase of "Jumping Under the Stars" of the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship and Gala on Friday evening, December 7th, professional dancers will be dancing competition style with equestrians. The equestrians will change into sequined ball gowns and costumes and will perform such ballroom dances as the fox trot, tango, and waltz for a panel of judges.
Themed “Dancing with the Equestrian Stars,” the event is sponsored by Equine Motorcoach and its European manufacturer, Lehel Coach Builders. Lehel owners, Mark and Barbara Lee, are traveling in from their home in England to attend the National Horse Show and assist with the debut of the Equine Motorcoach at the event. Equine Motorcoach is sponsoring the $125,000 Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship and is owned by Tom and Carolyn Stinnett and Julie Calzone. The Motorcoach is the Official Horse Transport Vehicle for the United States Equestrian Federation.
“We worked with Lehel for over a year to bring this product to the US market,” said Tom Stinnett. “When I first approached Mark about this project, he was not only willing to meet he was enthusiastic about the product’s potential in the United States.” Mark and his wife, Barbara, traveled to Louisville, Kentucky in November 2006 to meet with the Stinnetts and Calzone.
“The first time we all sat down together, we knew we were the right team to make this happen,” said Stinnett. “Our biggest challenge was to find the right American made truck and chassis that conformed with all of the EPA, DOT and other regulations that required of transportation vehicles.” The Equine Motorcoach is built on an American engineered and manufactured Volvo chassis that offers an air-cushion ride for the human and equine passengers
Equine Motorcoach and Lehel Coach Builders combined their knowledge of the horse show industry with the most experienced craftsmen and technicians in the American and European RV and horse transport marketplace. “Equine Motorcoach continues the tradition of a family carriage-building business founded over 100 years ago on the Austrian/Hungarian border near Vienna,” said Stinnett. “Mark is an avid combined driving competitor, so he knows first-hand what horses and people need when they are on the road. He took the product to the next level. We are very pleased to have developed such an extraordinary relationship with Lehel Coach Builders.”
Equine Motorcoach was born at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 2006. Carolyn Stinnett and Julie Calzone made their second trip to the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is held on the grounds of Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle. Little did they know that their shared love of England and horses would create a one of a kind product for the United States.
There the women first saw a Lehel Horse Box and thanks to Carolyn who was paying attention to the opportunity in front of them, a phone call to her husband, Tom Stinnett, started a dream that is now a reality.
The trio combined their expertise in the RV and horse industry with a high quality European product that was refined by Lehel Coach Builders in England. Tom and Carolyn own Stinnett RV, one of the nation's largest independent RV dealers, Stinnett RV in Clarksville, Indiana. Tom is the co-chair of the GoRVing national promotional campaign and sits on the Board of Directors of the RVDA, the United States' RV dealers association. He was inducted into the RV Hall of Fame this summer.
Julie Calzone owns a national advertising and public relations firm, Calzone & Associates. She competes and breeds dressage horses, hunters and jumpers. Through Calzone Sporthorse, she is marketing cutting and reining horses as well as her Dutch Warmbloods and Hanoverians.
To learn more about "Dancing With the Equestrian Stars," please contact Elizabeth Hedley at firstname.lastname@example.org. To become a sponsor of “Dancing with the Equestrian Stars,” contact Julie Calzone at email@example.com.
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Sunday, November 18, 2007
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Dancing With the Equestrian Stars After Party event that follows Jumping Under the Stars, phase one of the ROLEX/USEF Show Jumping Finals presented by Equine Motorcoach at the National Horse Show in Wellington, Florida, December 5-9, 2007.
The National Horse Show has offered banners in the arena, promotional distribution, invitations to parties and tickets to the show and the event. Dancing with The Equestrian Stars will feature Grand Prix riders in a ballroom competition. Equine Motorcoach has already signed up as a sponsor for the event. The Equine Motorcoach European manufacturer, Lehel Coach Builders, has already joined as a sponsor.
For sponsorship opportunities contact Julie Calzone, (337) 235-2924 ext. 3, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sunday, November 11, 2007
(Clarksville, Ind.) – Bella Casa Linens, importers of custom bedding and linens, is dressing the Equine Motorcoach for its American debut. Bella Casa Linens owner Debra Howard’s daughter competes and rides horses with Coach principal, Julie Calzone. Howard is a top interior designer and represents some of the finest bedding and linen manufacturers from Europe.
“I’ve watched Julie and her partners, Tom and Carolyn Stinnett, bring this beautiful horse transport and motorcoach to fruition for America,” said Howard. “I knew that I could add the final touches to the interior with the fine, high-quality European designers I work with in my business. When I presented my ideas to them, they were enthusiastically received. I am honored that they chose my company to outfit this first Coach.”
The interior coloring of the demo Equine Motorcoach is cream and black. The yacht-like interior finishes are upscale and unlike most American motorcoaches and RVs. The queen bed has a chocolate terrace sateen quilt and euro shams with standard 300-thread count sateen in Laguna color with chain stitch embroidery in chocolate. The Italian designer and manufacturer, N. C. Souther, furnished the bedding through Howard.
N. C. Souther Fine Linens entered the U.S. market in 1997. Its parent company Bagni Volpi Noemi is located in the rolling hills outside of Florence, and has been adorning gracious homes since 1926. Using fresh new designs combined with the traditional style, this line is produced in Italy with the utmost care, precision and eye for style. Only the finest cottons and linens are tapped and all items are cut to each order placed. Because of this, Equine Motorcoach, through Howard can customize the product to the customer’s needs.
While the line can have a more contemporary feel, the embroidery has become a key ingredient in the structure of the design. These embroideries are hand guided by machine, a Tuscan tradition. Customers can choose from more traditional embroidery to a bolder style, select the color of their choice and apply it to any of the solid fabrics we have available.
Howard chose a Bella silk aqua throw by Fino Lino on the second bed to accompany N.C. Souther. She brought the color of aqua to the ivory quilted bed to carry that color throughout the Coach. The second bed has a coverlet and euro shams in Avorio Cortina Design Euros by N. C. Souther. Two silk aqua euros by Fino Lino with the Lerici pattern complete the bed.
As presenting sponsor of the 2007 Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship CSI*** in Wellington, Florida, Equine Motorcoach developers plan to debut the American version of the popular European rig December 5-9 at the National Horse show as part of their official horse transport vehicle status with the United States Equestrian Federation.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
(Clarksville, Indiana) – Equine Motorcoach owners released an initial schedule of where consumers at top horse shows in the United States can see the all-in-one motorized RV and horse transport.
As presenting sponsor of the 2007 Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship CSI*** in Wellington, Florida, Equine Motorcoach developers plan to debut the American version of the popular European rig December 5-9 at the National Horse show as part of their official horse transport company status with the United States Equestrian Federation. American manufacturers worked with Volvo Trucks of North America to produce an EPA, DOT and road worthy truck and chassis for the Equine Motorcoach. All of the electronics and appliances are U.S. products that make the transport user-friendly for stateside customers.
“Between the Coach and everything we have planned for the debut, you won’t be able to miss us,” said Julie Calzone, one of the Equine Motorcoach principals. “The National Horse Show staff and USEF are just terrific to work with it and are so creative with their ideas for us. Let’s just say the ‘stars’ will be out!”
The Equine Motorcoach is also set to exhibit at these upcoming events with more to be announced in the near future.
• March 2008 U.S. Show Jumping Olympic Selection Trials, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
• June 2008 Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship, Lexington, Kentucky
• November 2008 Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship CSI***, Wellington, Florida
About Equine Motorcoach
Equine Motorcoach, www.equinemotorcoach.com, is a new horse transport vehicle, which offers the perfect blend of traditional craftsmanship, luxury fittings and the most modern vehicle technology. Equine Motorcoach combines the comfort and amenities of a top-of-the line RV with accommodations for horse transport and tack and supplies storage. Equine Motorcoach is the only motorized ground vehicle available in the United States that combines a recreation vehicle and horse trailer into one unit. There is nothing else like it in North America. Horses and their owners will travel and live in style. Equine Motorcoach is the Official Horse Transport Company of the United States Equestrian