Written by S.E. Morris

Emmett Turner, of Ryland Knoll Farm in Rixeyville, Va. was the breeder of Le Cavalier, a 16.2 hand Oldenburg stallion (now gelded), foaled in 1998, and credits HorseSense™ Balanced Optimal Nutrition as critical to the early development of this horse.

Le Cavalier has an impressive collection of awards. Le Cavalier was ranked champion at his foal presentation in 1998 to the ISR registry, and was first-placed stallion in his age group at large breed shows at Morven Park as a yearling, a 2-year old, and a 3-year old. He became the first and only American 2-yearold in history to be fully licensed with no breeding restrictions by the German Oldenburg Verband; he was the only stallion to qualify in 2003 for both the U.S. Equestrian National Championships and the North American Breeder’s Futurity Championships for 5-year-old dressage horses; he was selected as the Performance Horse Registry Silver Stirrup National Champion for the 5-year-old division; and, in 2005, Le Cavalier won his second Silver Stirrup National Championship in the 7/8-year old jumper division.

On Aug. 31, 2014 Le Cavalier, currently owned by Robin Kellogg, won the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Northwest Spectacular (Hunter Creek Farm, Wilsonville, Ore.). He was shown by Shelley Campf (OZ Inc.; Canby, Ore.) and earned 188.5 in the handy, putting the pair in the top placing for the event. Andrea Donaghy, president and cofounder of HorseSense Balanced Optimal Nutrition, LLC, states, “HorseSense is an equine feed [that] balances over 70 essential nutrients at optimal levels in a ‘least-amount concentrate’ for healthy cell and tissue replacement.”

According to the HorseSense website, “grains used in the products are decontaminated through a patented, live-fire roasting process,” which eliminate common feed contaminants, including mold, and “significantly increase[s] digestibility and palatability.”

New Picture (2)In 1998 the Archer, Daniels, Midland company purchased E-Z Mix Animal Nutrition’s formulas, with the exception of the precursor to HorseSense feed, a product named Optima. Dr. Marion L. Jones, owner and developer of Optima, sold the rights to the Optima formula to Donaghy.

“Emmett has carefully studied European sport horses and has been a successful breeder, especially given the relative size of his operation,” said Donaghy.

“Other notably successful horses from his breeding program have included Dégagé, a Hanoverian mare that was the 2012 Maryland Horse Shows Association Horse of the Year; and Syncopation RK, winner of the 4-year-old Young Dressage Horse Championship at Dressage at Devon in 2012. Emmett is a founding board member of the Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association, and he and his wife, Mary Ann, have long been active in the United States Pony Club organization,” stated Donaghy.

As she relates, “When Emmett first called us to ask for a farm consultation about his colt, we had no idea who he was, but Karl and I were looking for new customers—the kind who were serious horsemen and horsewomen and aware of the importance of balanced nutrition. Emmett, we found, was ‘our kind of customer.’ Even though he didn’t know the power of optimal nutrition, he was open-minded enough to let us prove it to him.

“Le Cavalier was a beautiful youngster, athletic and well proportioned, and Emmett indicated he was trying to prepare Le Cavalier for inspection by the Oldenburg Verband.”

After beginning the colt on the HorseSense diet, Turner saw the 2-year-old “develop from a promising young horse to a well-developed, conformation and performance stallion!” added Donaghy.

“We always felt secure in the fact that Le Cavalier was ‘launched’ in the best condition and strongest bone possible!”

For more information about Le Cavalier, visit www.rylandknollfarm.com. Frozen semen available. You can also email turnermaew@aol.com, or call 540.937.7990. For Horse Sense/Virginia Equine Research, go to www.vaequineresearch.com or call 540.253.9987.