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Manitoba Trail Riding Club - Clinic

Fundraiser for Jessica Manness’ goal of riding for Canada at the World Equestrian Games Facebook, February 28: “Justess completed the 75** in 6th place! Autumn completed the 50*! Glider goes tomorrow at 6:30 a.m! So excited!” This was a note from Jessica Manness’ Facebook page (A Canadian’s Journey to the World Equestrian Games - France 2014). As this piece is being written, Jessica and Glider are challenging the 100 mile race she talks about on her page. It’s all part of her objective of qualifying to ride at the World Equestrian Games (see Horse Country Issue 1-2014). Getting herself and her horses fit is only part of the job; Jessica also has the objective of raising around $20,000 to get Glider, herself and her groom over to France if she qualifies. No mean feat! To that end, she arranged a fundraiser clinic in conjunction with the Manitoba Trail Riding Club on February 15. It was freezing cold but the bright and airy arena belonging to John Mueller was a bonus. About 20 people and six horses attended, and Jessica, Maura Leahy, Dr. Glenn Sinclair and Wendy Carnegie went through all the processes involved in making sure your horse is fit to ride, and keeps fit during the race. Manitoba Long Distance riders are very lucky to have two very qualified individuals in their locale: Maura

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One mile or 100, the fit of the saddle is crucial, as Jessica (left) demonstrates.

Leahy is Endurance Canada’s Chef d’Equipe, Canada West and Team Canada, while Glenn Sinclair, DVM, is Team Veterinarian, Canada East and Team Canada. Maura Leahy explained how to approach the mandatory vet checks, and the the rules of the different elements of long distance riding (for instance, if you have to get off your horse and walk, you can only backtrack, not walk forwards. You have to get back on your horse at the same place you got off). Dr. Sinclair gave an example of the nose-to-tail vet check and suggested ways to prepare your horse for having teeth inspected, temperature taken and being listened to for gut sounds, etc. Bundled up aainst the cold as the horse owners were, they still all gave a good try at the “trot out”, even when asked to repeat the straight line and practise circles. Spring can’t come fast enough for these riders! c If you want to help Jessica and Glider get to France, you can donate through Paypal via northranch@hotmail.com Follow the team’s progress at www.facebook.com/pages/A-Canadians-Journey-to-theWEG-France-2014/264029436990198

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Darice Whyte’s Beau Tia Maria undergoing a vet check by Dr. Glenn Sinclair. 1) Pulse, 2) Gut sounds, 3) Hydration, 4) Mucous membrane.

Beau Tia Maria inspects her official Judging Card results.

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Horse country 2 2014 digital  

The collector's copy. The last issue of Horse Country published by Linda Hazelwood - the magazine will still continue but under a new owner....

Horse country 2 2014 digital  

The collector's copy. The last issue of Horse Country published by Linda Hazelwood - the magazine will still continue but under a new owner....

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