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SEPTEMBER 2010 Volume 29, Issue 9

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Zone 5 jumping team takes gold at Junior Young Riders’ Championships By Kim MacMillan The 2010 edition of the Adequan FEI North American Young Riders’ Championships (NAJYRC) was held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington in late July-early August. Highlights of win-

On The Cover: Ohio’s Ali Wolff and H&M Necoll jumped to a Gold medal in Young Riders’ show jumping at the 2010 Adequan FEI North American Junior Young Riders’ Championships in Lexington, KY, in late July-early August. Led by Wolff, the Zone 5 show jumpers also took the Team Silver. Photo by Shannon Brearton, MacMillan Photography. Brearton, Indianapolis, IN, is a graduate of Saint Mary-of-TheWoods College, Terre Haute, IN, with a degree in Equine Studies & Photography. MacMillan Photography, Huntington, IN, offers horse and dog show photography, equestrian photojournalism work and on-farm/kennel photo sessions, 260-468-2392 or kim@looncreekenterprises.com.

ners from the Equine Times coverage region were an Individual Gold (Ali Wolff, New Albany, OH, and H&M Necoll, a 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding, see cover photo) and Team Silver in Young Riders’ show jumping (Zone 5 Team representing Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio: Kirstie Dobbs and Kolette; Theo Genn and Paradox; Taylor McMurtry and Just An Illusion, and Wolff and H& M Necoll). Wolff commented that this win was especially sweet for her, “This is my last year in Young Riders’ since I am 21, so it means a lot to me. I am so relieved right now. This is the second year I have competed at Young Riders’ and last time I was fourth and just out of the medals. I wanted to make a comeback.” Other notable performances from the Midwest were: individual fourth place, Junior dressage, and individual seventh place in Junior dressage freestyle, Matthew Manibusan, Ohio, and Hojvangs Moonlight; individual sixth place, Junior show jumping, Catherine Tyree, Illinois, and Triton, and individual

sixth place, Young Rider eventing, Lauren Lambert, Kentucky, and Baba Creek. This year marked the third time that the Park has hosted the NAJYRC, with the Championships also held in Kentucky in 1977 and 2009. Riders from the Canada, Mexico and the U.S.A., as well as one dressage rider from France competed. The NAJYRC is a competition for junior and young riders from age 14 - 21 in five disciplines: dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining and show jumping. Riders must qualify for the competition which is governed by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). Two age levels of competition are held in most of the disciplines (with the exception of reining, which only has a Young Rider division), one for Juniors (14 - 18 years old) and one for Young Riders (16 - 21 years old). For more information go to www.youngriders.org and for endurance results go to www.endurance.net.

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Horses are victims of economic turmoil nationally COLUMBIA, MO - A double whammy of economic turmoil and a ban on horse slaughter has resulted in a steadily growing number of unwanted horses with owners who are unable to properly care for them. Equine veterinarians are seeing more thin, poorly cared for and unwanted horses than ever before, and as a result, are attempting new efforts to control the horse population. Alison LaCarrubba, a veterinarian who heads the equine ambulatory section at the University of Missouri, said that the unwanted horse population has risen as the cost of purchasing a horse has dropped, but the cost of keeping a horse has stayed the same. LaCarrubba said it costs about $60 per month to feed a horse hay and grain, depending on pasture availability. With regular veterinary costs for hoof trimming, de-worming, vaccinations and dental work, combined with the costs for fencing and shelter, the price to keep a horse adds up quickly, to as much as $15,000 per year. “It’s a supply and demand issue,” LaCarrubba said. “It used to be that you

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Gold medalists in Young Rider CH-Y** eventing were Kelly Pugh, California, and Copycat Chloe. Photo by Kim MacMillan, MacMillan Photography

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Timing of vaccinations critical to protect horses from EEE EAST LANSING, MI — Vaccinating horses at the proper time of the year for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is critical to ensuring animal health and protection from the mosquito-carried disease, according to Michigan State University (MSU) equine veterinarian Judy Marteniuk. Horses vaccinated after late March should be protected, but those vaccinated prior to March should receive an EEE booster, she said. EEE is a vector disease, which means it cannot be transmitted from horse to horse. In EEE, Mosquitoes are the vectors, or carriers, that transmit the disease to horses, which can result in death. Early foaling broodmares that were vaccinated early on should get a booster in order to provide protection to their foals. Additionally, owners who thought a yearly vaccination could be done anytime of the year should give their horses a booster, Marteniuk said. The vaccine should be effective for six to eight months. “There have been cases of horse fatalities in Michigan because the owner was

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Hillcrest Equestrian offers something different spidery legs they can wave high in the air when they move. Their expressive faces eagerly press up to the bars in hopes of a little attention from passersby. Their elegant appearance is nearly overwhelmed by their comic personalities. Yes, they are Saddlebreds, and the Hillcrest staff would love to introduce you to them, as well as their smaller counterparts the Hackneys, and their larger relative, the Friesian. Hillcrest Equestrian Center was established in 2004 by Wayne and Lisa Augustyniak. Lisa is a lifelong horse lover, owning and showing horses in Michigan for many years. After spending earlier years with Arabians, Quarter Horses and National Show Horses, Lisa began a love affair with Saddlebreds about 12 years ago. In May of 2009, the Augustyniaks invited new management to the barn, which is flourishing with this new teaming of minds.

Stacy Hess moved to Michigan specifically to take over the training program at Hillcrest. She brought with her Lalo Deloya, who is an expert groom. Hess and Deloya both worked for Mercer Springs Farm, a thriving and highly sought after Saddlebred barn in West Virginia. There they had the opportunity to work with numerous champion horses, many of which garnered World and Reserve World Championship titles. Both Hess and Deloya worked for other Saddlebred barns prior to joining MSF and have many years of experience behind them. They operate the barn much in the fashion of larger, successful barns but still maintain a personal relationship with each horse, rider and owner. If you stop by Hillcrest on any day but Sunday, you will likely find Hess and Deloya inside toiling away. After the morning chores are done, they start working horses. Deloya prepares the Please See Hillcrest, Page 15

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Hillcrest Equestrian offers something different Hillcrest From Page 14 horses to work with meticulous care. Their coats stay soft and glossy, ready to hit the show ring at any time. When the horse is tacked up, Hess takes it out for its daily training session. The horses are trained not only for the athletic aspect required to show well but also for the abilities of its rider. In order to properly team a horse and rider, Hess offers one lesson per week on a lesson horse and one ride per week on the horse in training for all customers of training horses. “It’s important to not only teach a horse well but also to teach the rider how to ride his or her horse well,” Hess says. “Not every horse is the same nor is every rider. I have to adapt my training methods to do what’s best for both horse and rider. “Teaching the rider basic skills on a lesson horse is so important to better the rider’s abilities. Seeing a rider step up to the show horse and apply those skills effectively is so rewarding to me as a trainer and instructor.” Hess also teaches saddleseat riding lessons to beginners through advanced riders. She has children as young as four years of age in her lesson program and adults, also. Some students have never been on a horse before and she patiently teaches them the basics in hope that they will someday want to rise to the challenge of showing. Hillcrest has lesson horses that are available to travel to academy shows, which

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Rain muddies 4-H show, but riders soldier on ZANESVILLE, OH - Rain interrupted the 4-H Hoof Beats Saddle Club horse show July 25 at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds about two hours. For more than two hours, those registered to participate in the show waited for the rain to stop so the show could be go on. Riders came from all over central Ohio to show their horses. The group conducts two shows each year as a fundraiser for the club. They always have a show close to the fair so youth have the opportunity to practice and prepare for the fair, 4-H adviser Randy Roberts said. “If they come to show, it doesn’t mean they won’t show just because it rains. Spectator or whatever, we just try to have an event people will enjoy, showing or watching,” Roberts said. The show had 216 entries in 69 classes. It started at 8 a.m. and was halted after about an hour because of the rain. Riders waited in the horse barn for the officials to make the decision to cancel the show or try to wait out the rain. The condition of the arena after the rain stopped would determine if Lindsey McCullough, of Coshocton, would stay and show. She was waiting to show in the Halter, Showmanship and Performance classes. “It depends on what the arena looks like. If it’s a mud

hole, forget it,” she said. Hannah Riggle, 9, was taking advantage of the down time to rest. It is her first year in the 4-H group, and she planned to show her horse, Hershey, in the Western Pleasure and Showmanship classes. Leighton Wetzel, 14, of New Concord, a 4-H member, has been showing horses for six years, four with the club. He was grooming his horse, Beau, he has shown for the past four years. He was hoping the rain would stop. “I’ll probably wait another hour or so to see if the rain stops,” he said. Please See Hoof Beats, Page 18

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Like many riders, Carol Palmer, of Somerset, was hoping the rain would clear and the show could continue. She sat in front of her horse’s stall with her computer, watching the rain move through the area. “Talk about frustration. We’re sitting here waiting for the rain to go away,” she said as she ate a cinnamon roll. Her friends, Craig Savage and Cindy Vellano, were eating cinnamon rolls, too. Savage did not mind the wait as it gave the group time to visit and renew acquaintances. “We’re almost like a big family. We’re a whole lot like a big cult,” Palmer with a laugh. “You might want to check with the food stand to see if the sales of cinnamon rolls have gone up,” Vellano laughed as she took a bite. Her assumption was correct, not

only had the sales of cinnamon rolls increased due to the rain delay but all the food was selling better than usual. Harry Prouty, of Coshocton, a 4-H adviser for the Trail Blazers was helping the youth. Showing an animal helps the young members learn their weakness and strengths, he said. “Every year (they show), the kids get better and better,” Prouty said. “They have to learn horses are a lot of work, so their work ethic has to get better. “It’s a good relationship with the kids learning to share and get along.” Some riders used the time to groom their horse or polish their saddles. A few hardy individuals walked their horses in the rain. Lauren Richardson, of Coshocton, polished her saddle as friends Lyndsay Walsh, 10, and Morgan Walsh, 11, of Pataskala, watched.

Kristen Fusner, a 4-H member, was polishing her saddle too. She was ready for the grand entry. Riley Jacobs-Bell, 8, a Clover Bud, is able to participate in the Open Show. She was sitting on her saddle hoping to be able to put it on her horse. Karley Goff, 10, was working with her horse, Skip, hoping the rain would stop. Carley Caplinger, 13, was having her number put on the back of her jacket by her grandmother, Jonna Sharp. She walked her horse in the rain outside the barn under the watchful eye of her ridding coach, Sue Shippen. It was Karley’s first year as a 4-H member. Kimberly Hill, 16, a former 4-H member has been showing horses since she was 9 years old. She won the Ohio State Fair in the past and shows on the quarter horse level now.

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Trainer has faith, even when others don’t From the Chillicothe (OH) Gazette Cindy Seymour cried all the way to the winner’s circle in summer 2009. Horse trainers usually don’t cry when one of their horses wins a race, but this was a special win and a special horse. This horse wasn’t supposed to race, much less win. Even better is the fact the horse is named after Cindy Seymour, a Chillicothe resident. Cindysswiftattack is a 6-year-old pacer that was plagued by unlikely legs and a string of mishaps that seemed to doom her racing prospects. Seymour never lost faith in her horse, however, and worked tirelessly with her as others thought she was wasting her time. “I put up with a lot of comments from people who thought I was stupid for believing in her,” Seymour said. Cindysswiftattack is racing at Scioto Downs. Her record proves she isn’t a great horse, but Seymour still sees it as a miracle she is racing at all. That’s why her first career victory in summer 2009 was so special to Seymour. She said the mare was purchased at the equine version of a “scratch ‘n dent” sale because she had less than perfect legs. Her

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New horse facility opens in Ohio From the Coshocton (OH) Tribune NEW CONCORD, OH - A new horse facility, which focuses on providing for the comfort of horse and rider, has opened on 65 acres surrounded by spacious pastures and rolling hills. Reality Farms Equine Center, located at 57097 Fritter Road in New Concord, offers services for horse enthusiasts from beginners to professionals. Horse boarding, private tack lockers, large pastures, riding trails, riding lessons and training by professionals are some of the features customers will find. “I felt there was a need for a full-service horse center in the area,” said Rich Pennington, who owns Reality Farms with his wife, Julie Urdak. The couple have been avid horse enthusiasts most of their lives. “We believe that if you are going to do it, do it right,” he said. Reality Farms offers a training program to help each rider achieve his or her needs with the guidance of trainer, Robin Killiany. Whether a rider never has been on a horse or wants to hone specific skills, Killiany can create a program to match their needs. She also can take a horse from breaking to a finished

show horse. “When it comes to working with horses, either you have it or you don’t have it. Robin has it. Whatever level you want to achieve, she can get you there,” Pennington said. Killiany, who has worked with horses since she was a child in 4-H and Scouts, studied in the horse program at Ohio State University, and has a long list of accomplishments including 2008 Del Mar, California Circuit Champion, California Reining Horse Association Limited Open Derby Champion, three All American Quarter Horse Congress top 10 placings, two Buckskin Association World Championships and numerous National Reining Horse Association and American Quarter Horse Association placings. “My motto is that this is a place to start or a place to excel,” she said. She enjoys the challenge of working with novice riders, as well creating a training program for the specific needs of each rider and horse. “I think it’s important to take your time. What’s important is taking what techniques work for you and using them.” Killiany offers instruction in various

reining styles, including Western and English, and all stages of training and showing including individual and group lessons. Horses to match riders’ comfort levels are on the premises for lessons. Boarding options at Reality Farms also are geared toward owners’ needs and offer matted stalls with automatic heated water systems and daily turn out and cleaning. Boarders have access to a large tack room, indoor wash racks, fitting, feed and hay rooms and private tack lockers. Other amenities at Reality Farms include on-call vet services, heated and air conditioned boarders’ lounge, 125-foot by 70-foot outdoor arena and a 180-foot by 80-foot indoor arena featuring an advertising wall, bleacher section, sound system, and treated clay base to eliminate dust that can be rented for clinics, meetings and parties. A U.S. Department of Agriculture quarantine center for exporting horses also is on the grounds, offering international horse shipping services. As a breeder of miniature horses for more than 15 years, Pennington also offers American Miniature Horse Association registered minis for sale.

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SEPTEMBER 3: Hillsdale County 4-H Horse Leaders Friday Night Show, expo @ 5 p.m., show starts @ 6 p.m., Hillsdale County Fairgrounds, Hillsdale, MI, 517-425-8596. 3: Tack Sale, 4-9:30 p.m., Mak’n It Easy Ranch, 2655 14th St., Hopkins, MI, www.makniteasyranch.com. 3-5: Ohio Paint Horse Club Futurity, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH, www.championscenterexpo.com. 3-5: Indiana CDE, davlin@sadlerfarms.net, 217-548-2300 or 217621-5547. 4: Cow Catch Event, 1 p.m., Square D Arena, 269-268-2214. 4: Blueberry Festival Open Pleasure Show, 8:30 a.m., payback & added money, Marshall County 4H Fairgrounds, Argos, IN, spranch@hughes.net. 4: 2-Man Sorting, Drawpot & Open, KAT Cattle Co., LLC, signup at 5 p.m., start at 6 p.m. sharp, Dude’s Arena, 2425 Brocker Rd., Metamora, MI, 810-459-2717, 810223-2916, 586-980-4091, www.glrcha.com or glrcha@hotmail.com. 4-5: Shoreline All-Breed Youth Show, Mason County Fairgrounds, Ludington, MI, 231-843-2280 or www.masoncountyfairgrounds.com. 4-6: Great Lakes Buckskin Association Futurity Double Judged Show, 9 a.m., Centreville Fairgrounds, 231-689-6229, www.greatlakesbuckskin.com, greatlakesbuckskinassociation@ya Page 22

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hoo.com. 4-6: Michigan State POA Club Show, weekend high-point awards, Allegan County Fairgrounds, Allegan, MI, 269-751-8952 or dkamps@verizon.net. 5: Michigan Assn. of Speed Horses Show, show time noon, 70% payback thru 6th place, 9 events, 3 age divisions, Elba Eq. Center, Lapeer, MI, 810-656-6122. 5: OWHA Pleasure Show, Van Wert County Fairgrounds, Van Wert, OH, www.owha.org. 9-12: American Haflinger Regional Show, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH, www.championscenterexpo.com. 10-12: Pontiac Lake Horseman’s Assn. Tour the Trails Weekend Campout, plhanews@aol.com or www.plha.info. 10-12: MiCMO The 50’s CMO, riders start as early as 8 a.m., Sunday riders must start by noon, Happi Days Campground, Frederic, MI, 989-732-0335, westphal98@hotmail.com, 989-732-4767 or djculp@hughes.net. 11: Highland Trail Riders Annual Horseshoe Hunt, 10 a.m. registration, $5 donation for lunch, prizes, highlandtrailriders@yahoo.com. 11: Horses for Hope Judged Trail Ride, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., benefit for HFH Chemo Kid Day, $20/person, includes T-shirt, Horses for Hope is a 501(c)3 non-profit providing horse adventures for kids with cancer, Elba Equestrian Complex, Lapeer, MI, 810-659-2151 or www.horsesFax: 517.368.5131

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Mason, MI, 734-649-7317 or pauldiedrich@sbcglobal.com. 19: Team Penning, Drawpot & Open, KAT Cattle Co., LLC, signup at 1 p.m., start at 2 p.m. sharp, Dude’s Arena, 2425 Brocker Rd., Metamora, MI, 810-459-2717, 810223-2916, 586-980-4091, www.glrcha.com or glrcha@hotmail.com. 23-25: Springfield Charity Horse Show, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH, www.championscenterexpo.com. 24-26: Custer’s Cowboys Event, location pending, www.custerscowboys.net, 989-307-0915, clayjorbarc@yahoo.com, 419-583-6737 or brad.lumbrezer@verizon.net. 24-26: OWHA Fall Roundup Speed/Pleasure Show, Auglaize County Fairgrounds, Wapakoneta, OH, 419-305-9709 or www.owha.org. 25: Clinton Co. 4-H Open Twilight Speed Payback Show, 6 p.m. rain or shine, Clinton Co. Fairgrounds, St. Johns, MI, 517-626-2367 or 517204-9175. 25: Pinckney Trail Riders Geocaching, Poker Ride & Annual Chili Cookoff, ride registration at noon, chili cookoff at 3 p.m., prizes for winners, PTRA provides side dish & drinks, Hell Creek Ranch, Pinckney, MI, 734-878-3632 or pinckneytrailriders@gmail.com. 25: Stonehaven Farms Schooling Horse Show, 4th in a series of 5, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 351 W. Samaria Rd., Temperance, MI, 734-854-5825 or www.stonehavenfarms.net. 25: 3 Bar B Summer Buckle Series, 7:30 p.m., 3D barrels, poles, down & back, team roping & bull riding, spectators welcome, 3 Bar B Rodeo, 1220 Sword Hwy., Adrian, MI, 517-263-6618 or arenagal3b@verizon.net. 25: Currier’s Wolcott Mills Drive,

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9: 3 Bar B Summer Buckle Series, 7:30 p.m., 3D barrels, poles, down & back, team roping & bull riding, spectators welcome, 3 Bar B Rodeo, 1220 Sword Hwy., Adrian, MI, 517-263-6618 or arenagal3b@verizon.net. 9: Riverbend Equestrian Center Tack Sale & Open House, 10 a.m.1 p.m., 10x10 spaces available for $5, tables not provided, Riverbend Equestrian Center, Hamilton, MI, 616-836-2178 or rwtolsma@charter.net. 9-10: MiCMO Fall Finale CMO, riders may start as early as 8 a.m., Sunday riders must start by noon, YMCA Camp Eberhart, Three Rivers, MI, 269-254-2500 or haybaglady@aol.com. 9-10: Cowboy Weekend Trail Ride, Six Gun Territory, 6425 Roach Rd., Lexington, MI, www.sixgunterritory.com or 810-359-8418. 10: Sleepy Hollow/Double M 4-H Spooky Ride Fundraiser, costumed riders and trail obstacles, 989-661-2541, 989-682-4354 or www.shtra.org. 15-17: Octoberfest Charity Horse Show, 6 shows in 3 days, open Western & speed, open English, hunter/jumper, dressage, combined training, recreational driving, Hoosier Horse Park, Edinburgh, IN, 765-586-1952 or www.indianahorsecouncil.org. 16: Pinckney Trail Riders’ Brighton to Pinckney Ride, stage at Brighton Rec. Area at 10 a.m., ride ends at Hell Creek Ranch, shuttles available 10-11:30 a.m. from ranch to Brighton, lunch provided by PTRA 2-4 p.m. at ranch, members for ride & lunch - $8, non-members for ride & lunch - $15, lunch only $7, pinckneytrailriders@gmail.com. 16: Horses for Hope Guided Fall Color Ride, 1-4 p.m., $10/person, Fax: 517.368.5131

Horses for Hope is a 501(c)3 nonprofit providing horse adventures for kids with cancer, Elba Equestrian Complex, Lapeer, MI, 810-659-2151 or www.horsesforhope.com. 16: Championship Four-State Youth Rodeo, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH, www.championscenterexpo.com. 16: LoveWay Therapeutic Equestrian Services 16th Annual Ride-A-Thon, 574-825-5666 or www.lovewayinc.org. 17: Wolcott Mill Trail Assn. Trail Ride & Potluck, 10 a.m., free, ride at your leisure, Camp Rotary, 586749-9153 or www.wolcotttrails.com. 23: Clinton Co. 4-H Open Twilight Speed Payback Show, 6 p.m. rain or shine, Clinton Co. Fairgrounds, St. Johns, MI, 517-626-2367 or 517204-9175. 23: Stonehaven Farms Schooling Horse Show, 5th in a series of 5, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 351 W. Samaria Rd., Temperance, MI, 734-854-5825 or www.stonehavenfarms.net. 23: 3 Bar B Summer Buckle Series, 7:30 p.m., 3D barrels, poles, down & back, team roping & bull riding, spectators welcome, 3 Bar B Rodeo, 1220 Sword Hwy., Adrian, MI, 517-263-6618 or arenagal3b@verizon.net. 23: Poker Ride, starting at Brighton Staging Area, more info at www.brightontrailriders.com. 23-24: ILR Fall Classic Llama Show, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH, www.championscenterexpo.com. 30: Horses for Hope Halloween Spooktacular, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $10/person, costumes optional but encouraged, Horses for Hope is a 501(c)3 non-profit providing horse adventures for kids with cancer, EA Cummings Center, Genesee On the Web: www.equinetimes.com


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Email your items to erobinstine@gannett.com or send them to Equine Times, PO Box 130, Camden, MI 49232 County Fairgrounds, Mt. Morris, MI, 810-659-2151 or www.horsesforhope.com. 30-31: Mid-Ohio Walking Horse Show, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH, www.championscenterexpo.com.

26-28: SOQHA Turkey Circuit Show, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH, www.championscenterexpo.com. 27: Kensington Trail Riders Thanksgiving & Christmas Parade, wterian@comcast.net.

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3: Wolcott Mill Trail Assn. Christmas Party, potluck, 6:30 p.m., 586-749-9153 or www.wolcotttrails.com. 4-5: ALSA National Alpaca Show, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH, www.championscenterexpo.com. 18: Championship Four-State Youth Rodeo, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH, www.championscenterexpo.com. 21: Pinckney Trail Riders Christmas Party, details TBD, pinckneytrailriders@gmail.com.

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LEXINGTON — Gary Allan will perform Sept. 26 in Morehead as part of the Alltech Fortnight during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010. The show will be held in the Ellis T. Johnson Arena at Morehead State University at 7 p.m. and will include special guests Randy Houser and Jerrod Niemann. The sound on Allan’s new album, “Living Hard,” is a hybrid of rock and country with a heavy Rolling Stones influence. Allan has written more songs on this album than any of his past works and states that he plans on “baring his soul for the price of your ticket.” His music finds its roots in his personal experiences, from his childhood in California to the

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death of his wife in 2004. Tickets, ranging from $34 - $44, for the Morehead concert went on sale Aug. 21. For more information visit www.AlltechFortnightFestival.com. “The Alltech Fortnight Festival is ecstatic to feature incredibly talented musicians like Gary Allan. The finest equine athletes will be in Kentucky this September and October. “It only makes sense that the musical talent in the Alltech Fortnight Festival matches that of the horses and riders here for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,” said Tom Stephens, director of the Alltech Fortnight Festival and corporate counsel at Alltech. The Alltech Fortnight Festival, which began in 2008, presents entertainment throughout the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky. It was created by Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, as a means of building excitement for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 while investing in the development of the arts in local communities. The 2010 Alltech Fortnight Festival will run concurrently with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games from Sept. 25-Oct. 10. For the complete lineup and more information, please visit www.AlltechFortnightFestival.com or call 888934-2010.

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Therapeutic horseback riding program gears up six-week riding program for youth with disabilities. Our sessions are once a week for six weeks and the time commitment is 3 hours a week in the early evening. PEP is therapeutic horseback riding, which helps improve balance, posture and coordination; build confidence, self-esteem and promotes social growth. It also gives the riders a feeling

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Ross County NBHA show draws over 200 competitors From the Chillicothe (OH) Gazette CHILLICOTHE, OH - Just a week removed from the Ross County Fair, stiff competition raged Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Ross County Fairgrounds for barrel racing enthusiasts of all ages. More than 200 competitors attended the National Barrel Horse Association show sponsored by Ross County 4-H. The proceeds from the show go to improve the horse facilities at the fairgrounds, said Nan Clary, treasurer of the Ross County 4-H Committee. “It’s popular because they compete for money but also for points within their district,” Clary said. Five Ohio districts and one from Kentucky were qualified to compete in the show. Entrants said they compete in NBHA races every chance they get. Taylor Tackett, 13, of Ross County, said she has been riding since she was 8 or 9 years old. “It can be hard to stay on some-

times,” said Tackett, who took third place in the youth division on her horse, Rocket. Lexi Witter, of Scioto County, had to decide this year between school sports and riding. Witter, 15, decided to give up volleyball and basketball to focus on riding and showing horses. “She rides or works about three or four horses an evening,” said Witter’s mom, Peggy. “She’s a phenomenal athlete, and so for her to give up sports was tough, but this is what she wants to do.” Peggy said Lexi competes in races about every other week. She said the competitions have taught her daughter about responsibility. “She saves up her winnings and pays for all her entry fees,” Peggy said. “She also helps with gas to go to contests.” Lexi took first place in the open poles competition Saturday and third

place in Division One. She qualified for the barrel racing youth nationals and world nationals but opted not to go. “We’ve only been doing it for a few years now so we’re still getting the hang of it,” said Peggy, who also competes. Lexi found out about her talent for racing when she was 9 and borrowed a neighbor’s horse to compete at the county fair. She took home three first-place ribbons in speed events. “We don’t have $20,000 horses out there, but she just works with them all the time; that’s how she does so well,” Peggy said. Lexi hopes to hone her skills during the next year and possibly make the trip to compete in the national competition. “She’s been saving her money up,” Peggy said, adding a trip to the national competition would be expensive. “She said to me, ‘Mom, we’re going to nationals next year.’”

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SWMHBC Southwestern Michigan Horse & Buggy Club Van Buren Youth Fair, Hartford, MI July 18, 2010 President Margie Godines called the meeting to order at 2:10 p.m. The secretary’s minutes were accepted as read. Thank you to Jerry Baker, Eric Goetzinger, and Phyllis and Nelson Layman for volunteering to organize our display at the 2010 Van Buren Youth Fair. There were many horse drawn vehicles along with other horse related items. Thank you to everyone who brought items to help make our display a success! Meeting adjourned at 2:18 p.m. Submitted by, Debbie Glover, Sec.

2010 Events Schedule (tentative) Sept. 23-26 -Extended weekend of camping at Jay & Alice Efting’s in Baldwin. For more information about the Southwestern Michigan Horse and Buggy Club please call Margie Godines at 269-6743213 or Tina Streeter at 269-621-4491.

WMAR Western Michigan Appaloosa Regional Can you believe it’s September already? It’s hard to comprehend that show season is pretty well over for the year for most of us. Those of you planning on going to the Appaloosa Worlds still have some work ahead of you, though. The MApHA/WMAR Sizzler show held August 7-8 at MSU was a huge success with approximately 200 horses and 777 entries.

Congratulations to the Amy Schweiger and Denise DeVolder as well as everyone else who helped for putting on such a wonderful show. I’m still amazed at how many out of state exhibitors we had. The Classic Show and MApHA/WMAR Futurities are looking good, too. While this may appear on the websites before the show, most of you will probably be reading this after the show is done. As I write this, I already have well over 200 stalls reserved for it and still anticipate quite a few more coming in. Remember to check the WMAR website, www.wmarapp.com, for club information. WMAR is also on Facebook now, too. Nothing like up to the minute social networking!! ‘til next month.... Sharon Clark

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160th Hillsdale County Fair Sunday, September 26 — DOLLAR DAY 1 pm 1 pm 2 pm 4 pm

Rides open - $1 per ride (all rides may not be operating) Exhibits open Religious Service - Nichols Bandshell Talent Show - Nichols Bandshell

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Monday, September 27 — VETERANS & CHILDREN’S DAY (free gate) 9 am 9 am 10 am 10 am 10:30 am 11 am 11:15 am 12:30 pm 1 pm 1:30 pm 5:30 pm

Judging of Floats - Midtown Lot Heavyweight Pony Pulls (immediately followed by National Lightweight Pony Pulls) Exhibits open Veterans Parade from the Midtown Lot Youth Fun Class - Horseshoe Pitching (Ages 8-18) Rides open - pay one price rides - $18 until 10 pm Veteran of the Year Program - Nichols Bandshell Horseshoe PItching - Singles & Veterans Pedal Pulls - Nichols Bandshell Women’s Congress Program - Women’s Congress Building Evening Horseshoe Pitching - Singles

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Heavyweight Horse Pulling Contest Exhibits open Horseshoe Pitching - Singles Rides open - pay one price rides - $18 until 10 pm Harness Racing - Colt Stakes Silver Circuit Women’s Congress Program - Women’s Congress Building Evening Horseshoe Pitching - Singles

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National Lightweight Horse Pulling Contest Exhibits open Horseshoe Pitching - Doubles Tournament Rides open - regular price rides Harness Racing - Colt Stakes Bronze Circuit Women’s Congress Program - Women’s Congress Building Evening Horseshoe Pitching - Singles Dairy Products Sale & Dairy Consignment Sale - Expo Building

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Mule Pulling Contest Exhibits open Rides open - pay one price rides - $18 until 10 pm Women’s Congress Program - Women’s Congress Building Horseshoe Pitching - Singles Youth Department Small Animal Sale

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Exhibits open Horseshoe Pitching - Round Robin Youth Department Large Animal Sale Rides open - pay one price rides - $16 until 6 pm Regular price rides

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FREE GRANDSTAND EVENTS - MORNING & AFTERNOON Horse Pulls • Pony Pulls • Mule Pulls • Farm Tractor Pulls Barnyard Horse Pulls • Harness Racing Free entertainment offered Fair Week at Nichols Bandshell & Women’s Congress Building. No alcohol, skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles, rollerskates or pets allowed on the grounds. Show schedules subject to change.

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~~ GRANDSTAND SHOWS ~~ SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 COMBINE DERBY — 6:30 PM Box Seats.................................................................................$10.00 General Admission Grandstand - Adults..................................$ 8.00 General Admission Grandstand - Youth Under 12...................$ 5.00

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 DA YOOPERS — 7:00 PM Box Seats & Reserved Track ...................................................$12.00 Reserved Grandstand ..............................................................$10.00

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 INTERNATIONAL DEMOLITION DERBY — 7:00 PM Box Seats.................................................................................$10.00 General Admission Grandstand - Adults..................................$ 8.00 General Admission Grandstand - Youth Under 12...................$ 5.00

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS — 7:00 PM Box Seats & Reserved Track ...................................................$14.00 Reserved Grandstand ..............................................................$12.00

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 MODIFIED & SUPER STOCK TRACTOR PULLS — 7:00 PM Box Seats.................................................................................$12.00 General Admission Grandstand - Adults ..................................$10.00 General Admission Grandstand - Youth Under 12...................$ 5.00

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 MODIFIED & SUPER STOCK TRACTOR PULLS — 7:00 PM Box Seats.................................................................................$12.00 General Admission Grandstand - Adults ..................................$10.00 General Admission Grandstand - Youth Under 12...................$ 5.00

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 JOSH TURNER — 7:00 PM Box Seats & Reserve Track .....................................................$28.00 Reserve Grandstand ...............................................................$25.00

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MiCMO Michigan Competitive Mounted Orienteering Aug. 28-29 - Summer Luau CMO Saturday & Sunday — Hungerford Lake Horseman’s Campground, Big Rapids. Camping is $15 per night, $5 for day use (pay at the entrance). Campsites are first come first serve, so arrive early. Day riders must use the day staging area. Ride managers are Val Kadzban & Shelby Ream 616675-7342 or 616-560-2494, kadzbanval@aol.com. Friday, Aug 27: 7 PM — Campfire Learn to CMO Seminar & Q/A Session Sept 10-12 - The 50’s CMO Friday & Saturday & Sunday Happi Days Campground, Frederic — FACILITIES: Camping w/water, electric, rustic camping, toilets, showers, Make your reservations early. Camping Fees: $20 w/electric, Rustic $15. PHONE: 989-348-8172 happi-

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YSTRA Yankee Springs Trail Riders Association Board Meeting - Aug. 11, 2010 The meeting was called to order by President, Roger Gliddon, and held at Yankee Springs Horseman Campground. SECRETARY’S REPORT: was accepted as written TREASURER’S REPORT: was accepted as written. TRAILS COMMITTEE REPORT (Lansing): Michigan Horse Council will start having meeting in Sept. TRAILS: We need to do more wash out bars and clear trails on the 9 mile. The spraying is done on the 9 mile for what spray was donated to us by the DNR. There is still trimming to be done.

BUILDING COMMITTEE: Hitching post will be done on the week of Aug.16. Ray Walker is donating telephone polls for this project. We will be doing the well barrier replacements soon. NEW BUSINESS: The Pavilion is done and it looks great. Thanks to all who helped with this project. We are having an Open House Oct. 2 with a potluck and presentation. This is also the ‘work on outhouses’ weekend. Please come and enjoy the day and bring a dish to pass. We are looking for grills for the Pavilion along with crushed stone and hitching post. If anyone can help out with this please let Roger Gliddon know at 269649-4310. We are in the process of contacting

someone to help us fix the erosion problems on the 9 mile. This will mean re routing a few areas. The more people we can get to help with this the quicker it will get done. Our trails at Yankee depend on all of us to keep them in top shape. There will be a date set for this project at a later date. Our next Work Bee will be Aug. 28. Hope to see you there. Pot Luck following, bring a dish to pass. Our T-shirts sales have been great. Our sales this summer so far has been over $600.00. Thanks to all who wear our shirts and support our organization. Jackie Strong has been doing a fine job organizing this project. Thanks Jackie! Our next meeting will be as always the second Wed. of each month at the Campground.

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FCHFA Fort Custer Horse Friends Association Join us at Fort Custer Recreation Area for our Equestrian Weekend Campout & Fundraiser - 5163 W. Fort Custer Dr., Augusta, MI 49012. Starts at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17 and ends at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19. Horse camping is available this weekend only by special permit. Bring your own horse, camping equipment, food and table service. Water for horses will be available. No electrical hookups available. We are in a new area this year and there are no trees for picketing horses, so you may tie to a trailer or bring a corral. A limited number of corrals are available to rent from the club but please contact Toni Hess - 269-781-9688 or Melva -269-964-4722 before Sept. 15th. Hot dogs, chips & lemonade will be provided Friday night and coffee and a pancake breakfast will be provided Saturday morning by Fort Custer Horse Friends Assoc. Bring a dish to pass for a potluck supper Saturday night. There are about 22 miles of trails to ride. We share trails with bicycles and hikers. All vehicles must have a valid 2010 State Motor Vehicle Permit properly affixed to the front windshield. (Requirement of state park). Camping price: $15 per night per individual or $25/weekend. $25 per night per couple or $45/weekend. $30 per night per family or $50/weekend. Kids under 13 free. You may RESERVE EARLY by mail or register on Friday or Saturday at the camp.

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Send your name, address, telephone #, number of persons you are paying for and day?/or weekend? you are paying for along with your check made payable to ‘Fort Custer Horse Friends Association’ to: Fort Custer Horse Friends Association, c/o Sue Bertch, 1959 E. Y Ave., Vicksburg, MI 49097. Questions? Please contact: Melva - 269-964-4722, Sue - 269649-2807, Nancy - 269-967-3613 We have work days scheduled for Sept. 14-16 to prepare for the campout and one on the Monday after the campout, if needed. Meet at the trailhead parking lot at 9:00 am, but please contact Melva, Sue, or Nancy (see #s above) if you are able to come on any of those days in case there is a change of time or place. It has been a small, dedicated crew but more help would be greatly appreciated. There is also one more workday on Wed., Oct. 13. As you may have heard, trail separation between bike and horse trails is in the works within the next 18 months. The board has been very active in representing our club and feel we have done all we can to make ourselves heard. The separation was initiated by the MMBA. After we find out how the trails will be divided we can address issues of mileage, new trails, etc. It may come as welcome news to some not to have to share trails so we will wait and see what our next move will be. We have been promised a separate trailhead for horses, which will be welcome. This sign (Trail Users: Help keep our trails clean! Please pick up and clean up all water bottles, Gu packs, manure and other items that may get left out on the trails. Thank you, Fort Custer Recreation Area) has been posted at the trail head so if you are aware that you are leaving manure and it is safe to dismount and kick it off the trail other users would appreciate it. (Should not be an issue with separate trails, so we’ll have that going for us) We are so close to putting up a new bridge; most of the pieces are on site or on order. Watch for emails as to actual date and time and contact a board member if you or someone strong and handy can help with the construction. Calendar of Events Wed., Sept. 1 @ 4:30 pm: FCHFA meeting-Galesburg Library Sun., Sept. 12 @ 9:30 am: Ride and potluck, meet at Eagle Lake Picnic shelter Sept. 10-12: Pontiac Lake Horsemen Campout Sept. 14-16: Work days for trail maintenance Sept. 17-19: Annual Campout at Fort Custer Sept. 20: Work day if needed to clean up after campout Sept. 24-26: Ionia Horse Trails Association Campout Sat., Oct. 2 @ 9:30 am: Cheff Center Ride-a-thon Sun., Oct. 3 @ 9:30 am: Ride and potluck, meet at Eagle Lake Picnic Shelter Wed., Oct 6 @ 4:30 pm: FCHFA meeting-Galesburg Library Wed., Oct. 13 @ 9 am: Work day-trail maintenance Oct. 15-17: Harvest Festival - Fort Custer-Volunteers needed Sat., Oct. 23 @ 9:30 am: Ride and potluck, meet at Eagle Lake Picnic shelter Wed., Nov. 3 @ 4:30 pm: FCHFA meeting-Galesburg Library Nov. 5-7: Mushers Race Sat., Nov. 6 @ 10 am: Ride and potluck at Silver Creek Sun., Nov. 14 @ 9:30 am: Ride and potluck, meet at Eagle Lake Picnic shelter Nov. 15-30: Firearms Deer Season - Avoid riding at the park Sat., Dec. 4 @ 3 pm: Christmas party at Melva Parker’s Fax: 517.368.5131

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It has been a chore trying to ride with this heat and humidity, deerflies, B52s and rain but the weather cooperated for the Aug. 7 Tweak That Gait clinic - again held at the Ostrom’s Paladin Farm in Charlotte, MI. A number of riders and auditors attended to learn how to round pen and gait under saddle properly. Clinician, Jim McKenney of McKenney Ranch in Yale, MI did an outstanding job working to improve those horses & riders. Everyone left satisfied with the personal attention that they received. We also got to

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SHTRA Sleepy Hollow Trail Riders Association Don’t forget SHTRA’s entry for Ovid’s Carriage Day 11 AM Parade Sept. 25. Gary Fortin will be driving his team and wagon, so you can ride on the wagon or ride beside him. Our theme will be promoting SHTRA wagon rides, pumpkin bowling and other spooky things on Ichabod Crane Day Oct. 9 at Sleepy Hollow State Park. If you would like to join us for either fun day, with or without a costume, contact Gary at 989-8341813 or shargary@peoplepc.com, or check our website www.shtra.org for email contact. Sept. 14 will be the next Board meeting at Pat Brown’s at 6:30 PM. Agenda includes Ichabod Crane Day, fall workbee and trail addition planning. Stay alert for emails with date TBA. Driving in the Park was held July 9-11 and was well attended. In spite of the hot weather, our wagon train on Saturday had a draft horse team, a miniature team and several single horses w/carts. Of course, there were more outriders than teams to check the blacktop out, around the park and down the

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