Sandy Lupton’s Count Me In took received a special honour during the Canadian Show Jumping Tournament after being named Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals 2019 Healthy Horse Award winner.
Kath Long and Count Me in accepting the Omega Alpha Healthy Horse award at CEP.
Photo by Graeme Frisque.
The handsome 12-year-old Hanoverian Warmblood, who is a regular in the Grand Prix Ring at Caledon Equestrian Park (CEP), was an obvious choice for this year’s honour.
While usually sharing the spotlight on course with Canadian rider Beth Underhill, this award highlights the great care groom Kath Long and the rest of Underhill’s barn staff take to keep him in top-notch competition form.
“He’s been at Beth’s since he was seven. I’ve been looking after him for the last two years,” said Long. “I very much enjoy it. He’s never dull. He keeps it interesting all the time and he’s a very clever creature. He’s very fun.”
“His Instagram handle is @thenaughtylittlebayhorse for a reason!
Count Me In and Kath Long. Photo by Graeme Frisque.
Underhill and Count Me In have had a great 2019 season at CEP, racking up several impressive performances including wins in both the $36,500 Open Welcome and $72,000 FEI Grand Prix during the Caledon National CSI2* in May.
“Over the last two years, he’s really started to step up to the bigger Grand Prix (classes),” she added. “He did his first five-star last year and he won it.”
Long said in addition to good hay and feed, Omega Alpha products are also a part of Count Me In’s routine and health regiment, including their excellent line of hoof care products.
"(Omega Alpha) is proud to celebrate the health and happiness of horses and ponies throughout this internationally competitive circuit with its Healthy Horse Awards and selection of botanically-based products developed through research-based science," said the company in a release about the award.
Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals is a Toronto-based leader founded in 1992 specializing in all-natural formulations for enhancing equine health and performance.
Visit omegaaplpha.com or call 1-800-651-3172 to learn more about their award-winning products to support joint health, muscle rehabilitation, calm behaviour and detoxification, respiratory and hormonal health, hoof care and more.