Thursday, October 6, 2016

South Jordan, UT — Kim Johan-Nass and Vendito RJ, a 12-year-old PRE gelding, notched win after win at the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) National Championship Show held in South Jordan, Utah, this September. When the final count was tallied, Vendito and Johan-Ness claimed ten championships in a variety of disciplines in both amateur and open classes, including show hack, hunt seat, Western, and Doma Basico. The duo also won the Accuhorsemat Cup for staying calm under pressure and remaining relaxed during the inherent stresses of the horse show.

Kim Johan-Nass and Vendito RJ take home the Accuhorsemat Cup at the 2016 International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) National Championship Show

Kim Johan-Nass and Vendito RJ take home the Accuhorsemat Cup at the 2016 International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) National Championship Show (Photo courtesy of Alex Crippen)

Accuhorsemat is an innovative, non-invasive acupressure blanket that promotes healthy circulation and recovery through increased blood flow, toxin release, and muscle relaxation. Colleen Elliott from Acuswede, the North American distributor of Accuhorsemat, attended the IALHA National Championships to present Johan-Nass and Vendito RJ with their impressive Accuhorsemat Cup trophy. Elliot also conducted a seminar for IALHA competitors who wanted to learn about the product. Johan-Nass, Vendito RJ’s owner and rider, also received a human Accuhorsemat blanket as part of her award, which she is already using and benefitting from.

Johan-Nass and Vendito RJ traveled 12 hours from their Northern California home to compete at the IALHA Nationals. The two enjoyed the journey, as Johan-Nass said her gelding loves spending time with her away from home while Johan-Nass lives in her horse trailer’s living quarters. When at home, Johan-Nass trains Vendito RJ in her dressage court and in the fields and heavily wooded areas of her property. “These horses just want to be worked and used, and they want to be around their people,” she said. “I can’t say enough good things about these Iberian horses. I’ve been around a lot of different horses in my life and a lot of different breeds, but the Iberian horses are something special. They just want to be in your back pocket.”

Johan-Nass is always looking for ways to be an even better partner with her horse. After winning the Accuhorsemat Cup, it looks like their next activity together will be using the Accuhorsemat. The human Accuhorsemat that Johan-Nass won has been helping her get knots out of her back and relieve tension, and it’s also been a hit with friends that she’s shared it with. “If it’s helping me, I think the benefits for the horse would be really, really good,” Johan-Nass said. She plans on looking into the horse Accuhorsemat next.

Kim Johan-Nass (right) and Vendito RJ accept the Accuhorsemat Cup Award from Colleen Elliot (left), co-founder of Acuswede, at the 2016 International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) National Championship Show

Kim Johan-Nass (right) and Vendito RJ accept the Accuhorsemat Cup Award from Colleen Elliot (left), co-founder of Acuswede, at the 2016 International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) National Championship Show (Photo courtesy of Alex Crippen)

The Accuhorsemat stimulates key acupressure points in a horse’s body to help release tension in connective tissue, allowing for more mobility and pain relief. The Accuhorsemat has the added benefits of helping loosen a horse before exercise and calming an anxious horse. Post workout, it helps sooth tired muscles. Accuhorsemat blankets were developed in Sweden to address the needs of performance horses experiencing challenges with stiffness and recovery. Top competitors like Johan-Nass know that a mentally and physically prepared horse is key to success in the show ring.

To learn more about Acuswede and the equine and human Accuhorsemat products that the company provides, visit www.acuswede.com

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