Kem Barbosa is a USEF 'S' Judge from Princeton, New Jersey. She is on the road a lot, judging approximately 25 recognized shows a year in the US, Brazil, and South America. "I judge what I see at that given moment, converting the image into a numerical value and a comment. If you take it move by move, the class places itself. It's a huge responsibility because you are evaluating a persons work, the quality of the horse, and giving direction to the sport." Kem is an equestrian author frequently featured in "Dressage Today" her most recent article "Horse Shopping - 101 Ways to be Fooled by a Sale Video"/ Annually she conducts USDF Continuing Education Clinics at USET in Gladstone, New Jersey. On her off time, she competes her Belgium warmblood Passe Partout at Third Level.
Lisa Stockman was a member of Pony Club growing up, and after a 15 year hiatus from horses became involved again through her daughters who were members of the Amwell Valley Hound Pony Club where she was Co-DC. She currently trains her PSG horse Willie W with Caroline and Stephan Cheret in Ringoes, NJ. She and Kem Barbosa founded Salute Stock Ties after observing that loose, ill-fitting and poorly constructed stock ties tended to be the norm at shows, and could diminish the overall impression of an otherwise well turned out horse and rider. Their search for the perfect stock tie led them to create their own. They share the belief that dressage is about the details, including the fit and fabric of a stock tie, and that a Salute Stock Ties can significantly enhance the overall appearance of a horse and rider team. When a competitor puts on a Salute Stock Tie, there is a visible change in her posture: she lifts her chin, elongates her neck, sits taller, and rides better. As Lisa and Kem have discovered, a well-made stock tie is a crucial component of a rider's attire and can make all the difference in the show ring.
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