Abstract: A method of conducting a racing series for competitors and team owners is disclosed. The racing series has a plurality of races divided into a first and second set of races with competitors racing in both sets of races. The competitors and team owners are awarded points after each race, with those points being adjusted between the two sets of races. The points of only a predetermined number of competitors and/or team owners are adjusted between the sets of races. Awards, including a championship, is awarded based on the points accumulated during the racing series.
April 7, 2004
Date of Patent:
April 24, 2007
Brian Z. France, Mike Helton, Paul Brooks, David Hoots, John Darby, Mark Dyer, Todd Armstrong, Steve O'Donnell
Abstract: A treeless riding pad has a first and second seating portion for two persons, and is particularly for use with handicapped and physically challenged riders. The riding pad allows a therapist or other professional to ride behind the rider and assist with therapy. The riding pad is made of soft materials and is typically an English-style pad. A looped member at the front of the riding pad allows the first rider to bold on to the animal. The riding pad has two sets of stirrups, allowing both riders to be stable while on the animal.
June 25, 2004
Date of Patent:
August 29, 2006
Milinda Hendrick Kirkpatrick, Christine Ann Cronin
Abstract: A locking mechanism is described that releasably locks at least two objects together. The locking mechanism allows one of the objects to be rotatably connected to the other, allowing for a variety of uses. The rotatability and releasability of the locking mechanism allows several locking mechanisms to be used together as an escape hatch system, particularly for use in race vehicles. The locking mechanism has uses beyond the escape hatch system and is applicable to doors, cover, and other objects that are rotatably attached to a second object.
Abstract: A water heater control system is disclosed that can be programmed by a user to go on and off at predetermined times and maintain temperatures below normal usage temperatures. The water heater control system may also program itself based on usage of the hot water by users. The control system may also be remotely controlled, using a computer, wireless communication, or other communication device. The water heater control system may be included with a new water heater or used to replace existing control systems.