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September October 2015

CONTENTS Directories & Columns 08 Publishers note 10 Show Jumping News 16 Snapped By The Rail 61 Horse Sales

FEATURES 18 Walking the Jump Course 24 McLain Ward 32 Imothep 34 So you want to be an intern

43 Barn Management 46 Favorite Getaways 52 Jumping Styles from the Past to Present Cover photo: Mclain Ward & “Bongo” By: P h o t o a r t b y j i l l . c o m

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Publisher: Bonnie Thibodeau Sales Manager: Alexis Dulac Art Director: Glenn Wilson Marketing/ Web Sales: Rebecca Fox Above The Rail Staff Photographer: Jilluann Martin-Valliere Contributing Writers Alexis Karlson Sharon Miner Amy L. Gouger Contributing Photographers ESI Photography

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From The Desk Of The Publisher


ith the pressures of every day life, it’s easy to get sucked into a never ending cycle of to-do lists and the constant going, going, going, that we all feel just to try and get ahead. We often forget to take a step back and breathe, and appreciate the victories we have made, however small they may be. Often times it can be difficult to find that OFF switch for the constant buzzing in our heads, and while over the years I have learned how to manage my rushing thoughts as well as what activities can help push that pause button, I have recently been finding it harder to clear my mind. I have always been able to use my horse and stable time as my escape, but funny thing there, as soon as my passion became a job, my thoughts began to flare up, rudely encroaching on my precious barn time. How could this happen? How could I let my busy schedule take over my time that I use to get “lost in the moment” and come out rejuvenated? This morning as I was attempting my 10-minute meditation challenge, I decided to wright down my thoughts, hoping this would give me the relief that I needed. My list of thoughts quickly turned into a list of appreciations and realizing how much Above the Rail Magazine has accomplished in such a short amount of time. An endeavor that started as a hobby is reaching its sixth issue this month, a hobby that has continued to grow and capture the hearts and eyes of the horse enthusiast. Along the way I have crossed paths and have had the liberty to form relationships and work with some amazing and talented people. I want to give a special thank you to Glen Wilson and Jill Martin-Valliere for making Above the Rail a beautiful publication for all of us Hunter/Jumpers to enjoy. Your hard work and dedication is forever appreciated. I also want to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of our advertisers and readers for making the magazine come alive – we couldn’t have done any of this without you. There will always be days where our thoughts get the better of us, but it is important to take the time to reflect and appreciate what we have been able to accomplish so far. You may feel like your to-do list may never come to an end, as there is always something else to be tacked on, but finding an outlet can help alleviate many of our day to day stressors. I am excited to see what 2016 has in store for us and the world of show jumping – as I’m sure it will be full of surprises, ups and downs, many longs nights, and lots of laughs and accomplishments along the way.

Bonnie Thibodeau,

Publisher/Editor in Chief

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Show News

Jeffery Welles and Broken Heart Claim First in $75,000 AIG Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson V


(c) ESI Photography Jeffery Welles and Broken Heart, owned by Herbert Sambol, go clean over a HITS Endurance jump in the $75,000 AIG Grand Prix on Sunday at HITS-on-the-Hudson V.

(c) ESI Photography Jeffery Welles and Broken Heart, owned by Herbert Sambol, are presented a blue ribbon and trophy for winning the $75,000 AIG Grand Prix on Sunday at HITS-on-the-Hudson V.

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effery Welles and Broken Heart went fourth in a fivehorse jump-off and shaved more than a second off the leading time to win Sunday’s $75,000 AIG Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson V. “He’s 9-years-old, but he’s very green,” said Welles, of Wellington, Florida, about Herbert Sambol’s Broken Heart. “This is only his fourth Grand Prix. He’s got an enormous stride. But he’s strong, very strong.” Second-place finisher Margie Engle and Indigo went first in the jump-off and finished in a clean 44.975 seconds, which held for three rounds until Welles and Broken Heart. Laura Chapot and Quointreau Un Prince went second, but had a rail, which put them in fifth place. Mario Deslauriers and Scout De La Cense went third, and finished fault-free in 45.291 seconds, ultimately placing fourth. Jeffery Welles and Broken Heart went fourth and finished in 43.862 seconds clean to top Engle’s time and claim first place. Judy Garofalo Torres and Quattro Queen went last, finishing in a clean 45.192, edging out Deslauriers to take third.

Welles said of his round, “I was a little worried about turning back to the double, after fence two, but he did that quite well for me. And then I just sort of let him go across the middle, and I did one less stride – I did nine strides and the others did 10. And then I let him fly to the next vertical. And the last oxer, I barley fit that last stride in.... but he tried his heart out to jump it clean. It was deep, and he could have easily had it down, but he really tried for me. He was great.” Engle said she, too, was happy with her horse’s performance. “I was very pleased. He’s coming off of a bit of a rest, four or five months. We went first in the jump-off, and went about as fast as I felt comfortable.” v

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Show News



(c) ESI Photography In 2013, HITS built the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium to showcase jumper riders. A new Hunter Stadium be built to open for the 2016 Ocala show season.

(c) ESI Photography The Ocala Horse Properties Stadium opened in 2014. The new Hunter Stadium will shine a similar spotlight on high-performance Hunter Riders

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new Hunter Stadium to be built this year at HITS Post Time Farm will give high-performance hunter riders a premier location in which to compete during the 2016 Ocala Winter Circuit and beyond. The decision to build the new Hunter Stadium came in light of the high demand for hunter classes at the 2015 Circuit, and the growing need for hunters to have a stage of their own. The new Hunter Stadium will provide a similar opportunity to spotlight hunters as the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium, which opened in 2014, has done to showcase top jumpers. The Hunter Stadium will be located next to the original Post Time Farm Grand Prix Ring, in the area previously used for day parking. The stadium will host exciting hunter classes and classics, including the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during Week VI, The Ocala Masters, February 23-28. HITS will break ground on the Hunter Stadium immediately following construction of the new Custom Barns also being built at HITS Post Time Farm. The new barns will be erected beginning

in July, and ten Custom Barns have already been reserved for 2016. For more information on this new stabling option at HITS Ocala or HITS Thermal, or to reserve your custom barn. “Unlike other Show Facilities on the East Coast, HITS Post Time Farm has plenty of room to grow,” said HITS President and CEO Thomas Struzzieri. “With space to add barns, show rings, schooling areas and riding areas, it won’t be long before the entire East Coast realizes that HITS Ocala is the only place to show in the winter where horses will be safe and happy, exhibitors will be welcomed, and the facility can easily accommodate the needs of its customers.” v

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alking the course on foot before the show jumping class provides the rider an opportunity to measure the distances between the obstacles, strategize the turns and plan the speed. It also aids in memorizing the course. “The course walk is an opportunity for trainer and rider to survey a course of jumps formulating a plan to best complete the track,” says Brian Gruber, trainer and owner with his wife, Missy, of Ridgefield Farm in Damascus, Maryland. “Because the jumper ring, hunter ring and equitation ring are judged and scored differently from each other, there are significant differences in how one would walk each course.

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“The jumper ring is objectively judged so that the fastest horse with the least amount of faults wins. The strides between the jumps, and even sometimes the turns to each jump, are not predetermined although good course designers will have a plan for the ideal track. Trainers and riders will formulate a plan that will make the individual team of horse and rider most successful. Some horses with small strides will add steps in the lines but may be able to turn tighter and faster. Horses with large strides can leave steps out, which may be a benefit or a detriment depending on the course.”

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Before Entering the Ring

Memorize the posted course including the entrance and exit. Note the number for each obstacle, which are combinations and where there is a change in direction. “Be observant and use your imagination,” says Gruber. “Make note of the placing of the timers or if dotted lines (for start and finish) are listed on the course chart. When walking around the ring, look at everything from the

“When walking around the ring, look at everything from the footing to the shadows, etc not just the jumps.”

footing to the shadows, etc., not just the jumps. As you walk the steps between two jumps, keep your eyes up. Put your eyes where you will be looking when you are in the saddle. Look at the jump after the one you are walking, too, then a more realistic pathway will show itself to you.”


The average stride of a horse at a canter is 12 feet. Practice walking three feet in your stride,

so that four of your strides equal one of your horse’s stride. You want to know how many horse strides are between fences so you will know when to ask for the horse to take off over the jump and how far from the obstacle he will land. The take-off point is simple geometry; usually the take-off point is equal to the height of the jump, but that may change if the obstacle is wider than a vertical jump.

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Walking The Jump Course

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Jumping too close, or too far from the obstacle, will cause a rail to be knocked down or worse.


It’s important to know your mount’s strengths and weaknesses before entering the class. As you walk the course measuring strides, note if any jumps may worry your horse. Is the footing wet? Is he afraid of water obstacles? “Sticking to the plan you walked, keeping a forward rhythm, and getting the job done no matter what happens is important to the rider, not worrying about what might spook him,” says Gruber. “If he spooks, kick him and finish it. The more attention you pay to bad behavior, the worse it can get.” Also, know about his other traits like favoring one lead over another, lowering his head or bucking after a spread or ducking out in the middle of a combination. Planning ahead can prevent faults.

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During your first round, you want to be quick but accuracy is more important than speed. Galloping the course too fast may cause you faults, where having a clean round will allow you to move on to the next one. During the sec-

ond round, the course will be shortened and changed, but the winner will be the one who rides clean and in the fastest time. That will be the time to urge your partner forward and cut corners if needed. While walking the course, consider your strategy for the second round. continued on page 22

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Walking The Jump Course continued from page 21

“Sometimes, it is a good idea to plan moments on the course where you take a deep breath and do a canter rhythm check,” adds Gruber. “Are you too fast or too slow? And of course, take time to review your course before you walk

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away from the ring. If something looks fuzzy, check it out again. When in doubt, ride what you have underneath you and trust your instincts.” v


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Cover Story

Team The Father &Son

That Produced A Force To Be Reckoned With

By Lexi Karlson

N “Bongo has surprised me his entire career. He really enjoys the sport and when handled delicately, he gives his all.”

o other horse is more famous for his sour facial expressions than McLain Wards’ mount Rothchild. From the outside looking in, this little ball of fury just doesn’t seem to be enjoying his work, but his running list of accomplishments, most recently topped off with an individual gold at Canada’s 2015 Pan -American games, says otherwise. For many aspiring equestrians the story of McLain and “Bongo” is a dream come true. The pair defied the odds, as the 14yr old chesnut gelding doesn’t have the typical build and ‘look’ of a top show jumper, and managed to climb their way to number 3 on the FEI’s world ranking list, which is a major feat in itself. However, the duo didn’t start off wining multiple international events, in fact McLain didn’t really give Rothchild a second look, it was his late father, Barney Ward, who saw the talent and made the decision to buy the horse. One can only describe Barney Ward as being a true “horseman,” an individual who could see the promise in a difficult or unlikely candidate and produce a training

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program that cultivated a learning environment for both the horse and rider. Being able to see raw talent in a horse takes skill, years of experience, and a good intuition -- not just something that can be learned overnight. Luckily for McLain, Barney had the eye for picking winners and stood by his decision to purchase the then 7-year-old gelding. Barney Ward was an exceptional rider during the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, setting a puissance record in 1975 at 7’5” in New York City at the National Horse Show. McLain and Barney Ward have always

been a powerhouse team, beginning with McLain winning the USET Medal Finals and USEF Show Jumping Talent Derby at just the age of 14 in 1989. With accomplishments such as Barney riding Sedac to the 1986 Mercedes Horse of the Year Title and McLain collecting two Olympic gold medals aboard the infamous Sapphire, the father and son team have much to be proud of. The legends have not only left their stamp on some of the biggest equestrian events in the world, but the pair have been dedicated to producing top-notch horses out of their home facility, Castle Hill Farm,

located in Westchester, New York that have the ability to perform under a variety of circumstances and stressors. Like any parent-child relationship, working together professionally can be strenuous, especially when your father invests in a horse that you initially didn’t want anything to do with. But as in most families, children learn to appreciate their parent’s smart decisions and thank them for following through on their instincts. In an interview with Equisearch, McLain thanked his father by stating, “he very much in every way is responsible for who I am and what

Pictured above McLain Ward and “Bongo” Photos for this article by

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Mclain, I Told You Bongo Was A Special Horse. I’m Proud Of You Son.

I’ve done in my life, and definitely was my greatest teacher.” Unfortunately, on October 28, 2012 Barney Ward lost his fight with cancer, making Rothchild the last horse he trained for McLain. Nobody really expected Bongo to turn into anything special, let alone an international phenomenon that has cleaned up at some of the most respected horse shows both at home and abroad. With 26 ABOVE THE RAIL September ~ October 2015

help from his father, McLain has managed to channel Rothchild’s spunk and tenacity into an energy that is becoming unbeatable. Although, McLain’s late Olympic partner, Sapphire, will always have a special place in many of our hearts, Rothchild has become a very close second. McLain stated that even for him “[Bongo] has surprised me his entire career. [He] really enjoys the sport and when

handled delicately, he gives his all.” When it came time to decide which one of his mounts he should compete with in the Pan-Am games, Rothchild’s big heart, smart mind, and experience made him an obvious choice, which clearly paid off. Although Barney can’t be here to help celebrate his son’s latest victory, we like to think that he is spreading the joy from above and relishing in the fact that he can now say, “I told you so!” v ABOVE THE RAIL September ~ October 2015 27

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A Stallion

Worth Noting By Lexi Karlson


icky Castegren of Hyperion Stud, LLC has her sights set on the Olympics, and with the help of her prized stallion, Imothep, her dreams just might become a reality. The impressive Dutch Warmblood is certainly not shy in the international ring and has accumulated many top placing’s from some of the most well respected competitions around the globe-- snatching up 12th place at the 2014 World Equestrian Games and jumping for the Irish team in Aachen, Hickstead, and Dublin. With a sophisticated mind and the scopyness to make it to the top, Vicky has high hopes for the talented athlete, as he has proved himself both inside and outside the ring, producing foals with strong hind ends, good looks, and lovely movements. With the intention of qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Vicky has partnered with Taizo Sugitani of Japan. “He’s a five time Olympian and rode in six consecutive World Championships and two World Cup Finals. His style, experience, and his professionalism are some of the reasons we approached him to take the ride on our top horses,” says Vicky. Like any equine campaigning for the top positions in the sport, there have been a few setbacks along the way, an injury acquired in Rotterdam put the stallion out of commission for four weeks, but with Imothep back in top form and ready for action, Vicky is confident in Sugitani, believing he will get the results needed to attend Rio. v

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So... You Want To Be A

Working Student I

f you have hopes of making a career within the equine industry, you will quickly realize that being able to absorb as much information as possible is how you play the game. No two horses are the same, and one tactic that might work wonders for one horse, may

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not work at all for another. It’s important to be open and listen to other equine professionals who may be more experienced in one area than another, making this the one of the most important reasons to spend at least one summer as a working student.

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Being the first one in the barn every morning to feed and get the day started is expected, and there is no such thing as “I’m too tired.”

Story By Alexis Karlson

A working student position is not for the faint of heart, but if you manage to snag a position with a top professional and put your nose to the grindstone, it can be very rewarding. Every position is different, some allow you to bring you own horse and work in exchange

for free or minimal board and lessons, while bigger farms may have you leave your equine partner behind and go solo, working hard on the ground to get the chance to ride and exercise horses that you thought only existed in your dreams. continued on page 36 ABOVE THE RAIL September ~ October 2015 35

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But one thing that can be guaranteed, are long days ahead. The typical 8-5 shift doesn’t exist, especially if you’re on the road from one horse show to the next. Being the first one in the barn every morning to feed and get the day started is expected, and there is no such thing as “I’m too tired.” While these positions can be exhausting and may not give you the chance to ride every day, there is something to be said to about working on the ground for an international superstar. You will get the chance to be surrounded by the best in the business, allowing you to be a sponge of information, even if you think it’s not important, listen intently anyway. These huge operations are a business and the most profitable ones work like a well-oiled machine, you will receive valuable information just by standing in

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on some of their meetings and trainings; and if you make your hard work ethic well known they may just give you the chance you deserve to show them what you’re capable of. In the same way internships in the typical business setting will help you land a job, a working student position is a great way to network and make important contacts that can help shape your career, and it may even help you land that dream job. v

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Equine Hydration Practical Ideas To Help Your Horses Drink Alexis Karlson


quine hydration during the cooler months may not always take top priority in routine care and maintenance. But it is more important than you may think. One 1,000 pound horse at rest drinks 8-10 gallons of water a day, and with exercise could easily be twice that amount. Some horses are finicky and may not be hydrating themselves as much as their owner might think, as they drink less water in cooler months. Let’s explore some facts and tips about hydration to ensure your horse is getting enough water every day. How can you tell if your horse has changed its water intake? Start monitoring how much shavings you are going through. This is the most accurate method, and more precise than pinching the horse’s skin. During late fall and winter, horses may avoid water that is too cold. Horses usually prefer water that is at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, horses will drink 40% more water when it is kept warm. You can find a heated trough that also keeps the water temperate during

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the warmer months in both large and small versions, depending on how many horses you need to water. Or, you could just add hot water to their bucket or trough, if that is feasible for you. The key is making sure clean water that is free of debris and at the right temperature is available to your horse at all times. Another factor in hydration is the horse’s overall equilibrium. Active horses will need a lot more attention in this area, as the more the horse exercises, the more the precious components are lost through their sweat. Electrolytes in proper balance is just as important as water supply, as they are responsible for the balance of fluids in cells. Nerve impulses and muscle contraction are just two examples of functions electrolytes support. There are many ways to offer salt and electrolytes to your horse. Offering salt is also encouraging for your horse to drink more. Redmond Rock on a Rope will act as a playful toy and contains the ideal ingredients. continued on page 42

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equine hydration continued from page 40

Keeping a salt block on the ground may be a deterrent to a finicky horse, so this could be just the solution. Ensuring proper hydration while on the road may be a challenge that you face. The first thing you may want to analyze is the horse’s trailer. Is it well ventilated? You may also want to bring water from home in case your horse balks at strange-tasting water in a new place. Bringing salt and supplements in a baggie is an easy way to carry them while traveling. Portable cozies can be placed around the water bucket to keep it from becoming too cold. If you feel like your horse needs more water, but is resisting the urge to drink, try mixing in a small amount of molasses, a drop or two of lemon or peppermint essential oil (which also aids in balanced pH and digestive health), or even apple juice. If you ever feel concern for your horse’s water intake and you aren’t sure what steps to take, be sure to discuss with your veterinarian or equine nutritionist. v 42 ABOVE THE RAIL September ~ October 2015

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Barn Management: Your Equine Safety Program By Sharon Miner


afety should be the foundation for any stable, from backyard private horses to large show stables and breeding operations. Accidents can happen to anyone including family members, horses, employees, customers and guests. Preventive measures are key in avoiding accidents. But, safety around horses and stables is more than just wearing a helmet while riding or securing a gate to the pasture. Janet Flury of AliBoo Farm Inc. in Minooka, Illinois knows the importance of safety in any business. A lifelong equestrian, Flury worked on safety programs with construction companies, private industries and insurance companies before expanding to the equine field. She noticed a lack of awareness and how many accidents could have been avoided. Her company, Safety Check Inc. (, identifies risks, educates the work force, reports to management and returns to observe that safety is being maintained. Flury and her partner, Frank Marino, travel throughout the United States to their client’s stables and also hold seminars at equine expos and other events. “We realize that creating an effective safety and health program is a complicated process – one with which we are very familiar,” says Flury. “We are adept at designing and implementing custom-

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ized loss prevention programs that serve to protect employees, satisfy government regulations and ultimately lower company insurance programs. Your employees are your most valuable asset. At Safety Check, Inc., we educate, motivate and remove barriers in assisting workers to become safety leaders.” From small backyard stables to large equine businesses, having a professional evaluate the safety issues in your equine business is an important step. “The key to safety with horses is education,” says Polly Haselton Barger, Program Director of Certified Horsemanship Association ( “Learn everything you can about horse behavior and horsemanship from people who are knowledgeable and experienced. Look for a teacher/mentor who has an excellent safety record for themselves and their students. Certification can be a good guideline for selecting such a person.” So, if you are buying your first horse, boarding your horse at a local stable, caring for it in your own backyard or operating an equine business, always keep safety in mind. Educate yourself from a professional and enforce the safety rules. “Make your safety program something to be proud of,” adds Flury. v

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An Above The Rail Get Away


Charming, Relaxing And Unique, The Perfect Vaction Destination By Alexis Karlson

F More Scenes From Nantucket Following This Article... And Don’t Miss The Ultimate Nantucket Lobster Roll Recipe On Page 50!

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or most of us, riding and showing horses isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. A life filled with early mornings, long days, and the occasional overwhelming thought of “why am I still doing this?” But we do it because we love it, it’s our passion, our time to decompress and really focus on what is right in front of us, allowing us to leave our to-do lists and every-day stress at the stall door. However, there is something to be said for a quick weekend getaway to recharge our batteries before getting back to the busy week that lies ahead. Just off the coast of Massachusetts, 30 miles south of Cape Cod, lies one of the most historic little islands in New England. Nantucket has become a favorite destination place for much of the East coast, especially those that live in the south and flock to the north during the summer months to get out of the 100 degree weather and drenching humidity. This sleepy little seaside town is known for its quaint cottages that dot the beaches, rich history, and its abundance in amazingly fresh seafood; the laid back manner of the locals and vast options of things to do make it the perfect weekend vacation to unwind. Whether you’re more of a foodie and would feel more at home dining at The Wauwinet Inn’s restaurant, Toppers, located on the Northeast point of the island, or would rather spend something quality family time biking one of the many scenic bike paths that take you all

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over the island, there are enough activities to keep you entertained for days. If you are traveling with kids, Nantucket’s Whale Museum is a must. With a skeleton of a huge 46 ft. Sperm Whale hanging from the ceiling, combined with exhibitions on the islands history, and an observatory on the upper deck, this museum makes for a perfect family day out. Great Point Lighthouse,

located in Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, is a great place to pack a light picnic and spend the day exploring the shore and keeping an eye out for many of the critters that roam this State Park. While deer, raptors, and shorebirds and are notorious for inhabiting this part of the island, seals have been known to make frequent visits here as well. Taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of your surroundings and talk to the locals will give you a unique perspective on daily life at this popular destination spot as well as get the inside scoop on some of the most iconic places that aren’t in your guide book. Cisco Brewers, located next

to Nantucket Winery and Triple Eight Distillery, is the only craft brewery on the island and if you make it there by 1pm or 4pm you can join a tour that covers all three. Bartlett’s Farm is just a five minute walk down the road and if you happen to be in the area on ‘Tomato Picking Day,’ this family run farm will give you free range of the garden to pick tomatoes at only $1 a pound. This vacation spot can tend to get a little crowded, especially during the peak of summer. But the friendly atmosphere is inviting year round and nothing can beat those sunsets for which Nantucket is famous. v ABOVE THE RAIL September ~ October 2015 47

More Scenes From The Beautiful Nantucket Get Away

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The Ultimate Nantucket Lobster Roll Warm, toasty, buttered rolls are key. If you can’t find New England– style buns, trim 1/4-inch from both sides of standard hot dog buns to remove the crust and expose more surface area.

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Servings: 6 Kosher salt 3 1 1/4-pound live lobsters 1 celery stalk, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives 2–3 tablespoons mayonnaise Freshly ground black pepper 6 New England–style splittop hot dog buns 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

Preparation prep: 30 min total: 1 hrs Pour water into a large pot to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil and salt generously. Add lobsters, cover, and cook until

bright red, 8–10 minutes. Transfer lobsters to a rimmed baking sheet and let cool. Crack lobster shells, pick meat from tail and claws, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Mix lobster, celery, lemon juice, chives, and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper and add more mayonnaise, if desired. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spread flat sides of buns with butter. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes per side; fill with lobster mixture. Do Ahead: Lobster meat can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Toss with remaining ingredients just before serving. v

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Jumping Then And Now

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A Look At Jumping Styles, Past And Present AMY L. GOUGER


hree hundred years ago, no official jumping style or disciplines existed. The first jumping style evolved out of necessity when the Enclosure Acts in the United Kingdom allowed wealthy landowners to fence in their properties. By the late 1800s, the Enclosure Acts enclosed more than half of the United Kingdom. The fences hindered eques-

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trians participating in the sport of foxhunting. The hounds could crawl under fences, but the horses had to go around or go over. Thus, the sport of horse jumping was born. Since the development of the sport of horse jumping, there have been only two jumping styles. continued on page 54

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Pre-1920 Jumping Style

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The first style was popular from the 1700s to 1920. In this style of jumping, the rider would sit deep into the saddle and leaned slightly backward. To force the rider to sit deep in the saddle, the stirrups were longer, similar to dressage and western riding. Because the rider leaned back, the hands were farther from the horse’s head. To accommodate their body position and save their horse’s mouth, riders would end up riding on loose rein. Military riders, who made up most of the professional jumping riders of the day, often jumped one-handed. This style is widely documented in paintings, particularly those depicting foxhunting. The pre-1920s style had several flaws. The long reins and distance from the horse’s head made it tough to steer from jump to jump. Leaning back put the rider’s weight on the horse hind end, forcing the animal to work harder to clear the jump. Many horses refused fences, because the style did not feel natural. continued on page 56

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Forward Position (after 1920)

Jumping styles remained largely the same until 1920 when Federico Caprilli, an Italian cavalry officer, challenged the status quo. He noted that the current style of jumping may not be the most effective jumping method. To develop the jumping style called the Forward Position, two-point or the Caprilli Method, he observed horses jumping without rider or tack. He witnessed that the horses would land on its front feet. Federico Caprilli, in Caprilli’s Papers, explains his of hand softness and body position to the jumping effort. He said, “if we jump without yielding the hand and without accompanying with the body the forward thrust of the centre of gravity, the horse, in his discomfort, retaliates by ‘bucking’ over the obstacle, which causes violent and painful strain and requires an effort much superior to the normal.” continued on page 58

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Riders also encouraged their horses to land on their hind legs, because the horse community believed that they were better shock absorbers than the delicate front legs. If not for the “father of modern jumping,” riders could very well have continued to leap over jumps in this style.

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Caprilli’s method did not receive instant acceptance, but he was eventually transferred to Cavalry School of Pinerolo where he put his new method to the test. After a year, his efforts produced horses that were more willing to jump. Italy began to dominate in equestrian events on an international scale. The most notable characteristic of the forward position is the forward lean of the rider’s body over the horse’s neck. Yet, every body part is involved in the jump. For example, the rider’s legs bend slightly backwards, the knee grips the saddle, the calf curves against the horse and the rider’s weight is forced into the rider’s heels. These elements of the lower body help the rider balance and hold their position on the horse’s back. To vacillate this, the rider uses shorter stirrups to be able to lean forward and support the rider’s body position. The upper body is neither rounded nor arched. The hands stay in a 4-inch box over the withers. The elbows, forearms, hands, and reins form a straight line from the horse’s mouth to the elbows. Photo by

For the last 100 years, Caprilli’s forward position has reigned supreme in the jumping world, because it allows the horse to move more naturally and aids the rider in staying on the horse. Yet, there is always the possibility that another Caprilli will transform the jumping with a new style at some point in the future. v 58 ABOVE THE RAIL September ~ October 2015

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