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April 12-15, 2018

COLUMBUS, OH, Ohio Expo Center

FEATURED CLINICIANS Dan James Warwick Schiller Van Hargis

Ken McNabb Stacy Westfall Tommie Turvey

Jan Ebeling (Dressage) Jeff Cook (Hunter/Jumper) Nancy Cahill (Western Horsemanship & Trail) Lynn Symansky (Eventing) Stacy Westfall (Reining) Stephen Hayes (Dressage) Paul Humphrey (Barrel Racing & Contesting) Bob Giles (Driving) Keith Miller (Hunter Under Saddle) Van Hargis (Versatility Ranch Horse) Liz Bentley (English/Hunter Pleasure) James Cooler (General Training & Behavior) Larry Whitesell (Easy Gaited Horses) Sandy Croote (Miniature Horses) Ty Evans (Mules) Kellie & Sam Rettinger (Draft Horses & Logging) Asbury University (Mounted Police Training)

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An unparalleled program of Clinics, Seminars, and Demos.

The Largest Horse-Related Trade Show in North America. The “Marketplace” featuring quality consignments for horse & rider. Breed Pavilion, Horse & Farm Exhibits, Horses for Sale and Demonstrations. Equine Fundamentals Forum – Educational presentations, exhibits, and activities for new riders and horse owners young and old. • The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition – a fast-paced timed and judged race through an obstacle course with $5,500 at stake! • The Fantasia (sponsored by Absorbine®) – Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. • Ride a Horse for the first time! We’re partnering with the American Horse Council’s Time to Ride program to give aspiring new riders an opportunity to enjoy their first ride at Equine Affaire on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

New This Year! • Your Farm Forum – Exhibits and informative sessions focusing on the horse’s home and environment and covering a wide range of topics for owners of horse farms of all sizes. Discover ways you can expand your equine operation to include other hobby farm activities and animals. • Career / College Fair Scavenger Hunt on Saturday – Explore equine-related career paths and college opportunities, an engaging way to meet a variety of industry professionals and college representatives. • Interscholastic Equestrian Association Horse Show – this western show will take place on Sunday in Cooper Arena and feature youth competitors representing schools from throughout the region.

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By Degree From trade school certificates to doctorate degrees, learn how to get the perfect horse-world job. BY CHRISTINA KEIM



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Check out all the beautiful bow options in Fashion on page 70.

features 36 Getting a Leg Up Instructors share how students can get to the next level of riding. BY KELLEY ROCHE

42 The Effects of Joint Injections A look into when, why, and how intra-articular therapy is used in performance horses. BY KATHLEEN LABONVILLE

46 Unrelenting Read the incredible story of young Mika McKinney and find out how her passion for horses is getting her through life’s biggest challenges. BY TERISÉ COLE


52 Learning

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departments 14 Editor’s Note 16 The In-Gate 20 Best of March 25 Points of Interest 30 Fun Facts 32 Pre-Purchase Exam 34 Instructor’s Notebook


Marilyn Little gives her tips for training at home.

Learn more at


lifestyle 67 Travel 70 Fashion

the scoop Multimedia

Watch videos, search back iss es, and find associations.


Find a comprehensive list o e ine events.


Find destinations fit or the e estrian.

New Products

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73 Industry Wide News 77 Industry Wide Affiliates 81 Foxhunting 83 Hunter/Jumper 87 Eventing 89 Dressage 93 Driving 95 Western 97 Breed Affiliates

tail end 105 Marketplace 106 Directories 112 Last Glance

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85 Spencer Smith sealed the win in the

match race against Maggie Jayne at the 10th annual Battle of the Sexes.

96 Tim Jarriel and Matt Jarriel from

Collins, GA, won the #9 Priefert World Series of Team Roping Finale.

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One of the many beloved Haflingers who calls The Carriage Barn home, with student, Alyssa Johnstone. COVER PHOTO BY TERISÉ COLE



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What’s your favorite childhood riding memory? EXECUTIVE EDITOR/GENERAL MANAGER

Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride OPERATIONS MANAGER


Terisé Cole Being able to ride Nico, the most difficult horse at the barn who was notorious for bucking off riders.


I can’t pin it down to just one memory, but I really loved all the bonding time I spent with my dad at my lessons—the time we spent together is irreplaceable.





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March marks our annual youth issue, and we are reminded that one of the best things about being young is that you’ve got your whole life to set goals and work hard to reach your dreams. Though I never managed to accomplish my childhood aspiration of being an Olympian, dressage star Mika McKinney is unwavering in her drive to win the coveted gold medal, no matter what stands in her way. Read her inspirational story of strength and determination on her journey with osteosarcoma on page 46. If advancing your riding is your current goal, Kelley Roche’s article, “Getting a Leg Up,” on page 36 is for you! She spoke to two instructors who weighed in with their tips and tricks on how to improve your skills and get to the next level, whether that is going off the longe line, cantering, or starting to jump. Beginning to think about higher education, but don’t know what path to take to your dream job or even what your dream job is? Don’t worry—head to page 52 to see a few of the possible careers that come from different degrees. rom a certification to a doctorate degree there is something for everyone wishing to work in the equine industry. Lastly, almost every horse owner has the goal of keeping his or her horse as happy and healthy as possible. One way to kee them comforta le and mo ing uidly is with intra-articular therapy. “The Effects of Joint Injections” on page 42 delves into the nitty-gritty, the good, and the bad of injecting joints for a more comfortable horse. From product reviews on kids’ clothes to an array of fashiona le show ows it is easy to find columns geared toward the younger set this month, but we hope you enjoy this issue no matter your age!

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1st-4th Horse World Expo Four days of shopping, clinics, and seminars comes to Harrisburg, PA, for the 16th annual Horse World Expo.

21st-April 8th Pin Oak Charity Horse Show From Andalusians to Saddlebreds to warmbloods, the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is a multi-breed competition and a philanthropic organization. Each year, the show supports the Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance.

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JUST OVER THE MASSACHUSETTS border, in Kensington, NH, is The Carriage Barn Equestrian Center. Since 2000, people of all ages can find peace here, with an abundance of programs and courses available for adults and children who want to expand their knowledge and comfort with horses. This inclusive therapeutic riding center allows for those who deal with mental or physical handicaps or stresses to be themselves completely, without any judgment or pressure. Clients can have lessons on riding and driving, or come for groundwork as well. A big part of The Carriage Barn is providing opportunities for clients and students. Whether it be wanting to run a new program, or trying driving for the first time after a rough accident, The Carriage Barn seeks to help and accomplish the goals of their students. Working with associations such as the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, Newburyport Adult Education, and Exeter Adult Education, they offer six- to eight-week courses on being around horses, working with horses, and interspecies relationships with horses. Also, Volunteer New Hampshire works with The Carriage Barn via workshops to help people understand that everyone has the ability to volunteer. One program that is near to the heart of Executive Director Ann Miles is the Youth Suicidal Prevention Program. In the past two years, they have taken 250 kids, from ages 11 to 21, through the program. “The interspecies relationship between horse and human is absolutely magnificent for these kids,” says Ann. By allowing the kids to have a quiet place to come, be in nature, and be around horses, they have a better chance of being able to find peace and empower themselves. “A little kid brushing a horse doesn’t have to ride,” says Ann. “They can just brush the anxiety out of themselves. By applying a brush to a horse, then they’ve had a good day.” Along with being inclusive with their lessons, The Carriage Barn’s programs also welcome people of all abilities. “We did a program last year called Future




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Insight with the New Hampshire Blind Association,” says Ann. “They are just blind, so why can’t they ride?” By the end of the program’s hour, the clients were up on the horses, having a great time. The instructors used model horses to help the participants familiarize themselves with what a horse feels like—to understand the relationship between the horse’s head, feet, and back on a smaller, handheld scale. This is just one of the many programs that proves that anyone can be around horses, and even ride. Ann puts the goal of the barn simply; “It’s just constantly asking the question, ‘how can we meet your needs; your needs as a family, your needs as a human being; so that you can feel comfortable?’” For some of the students, they have anxiety just getting into the car to go a few miles down the road. For others, they have minimal movement of their hands. The Carriage Barn tells their anxious student to take their time and to get there when they can. They tell the student who can’t move her hands, “we can find a way to still help you ride or drive, whichever you prefer,” by empowering them with a can-do attitude. Equipped with a team of gentle Haflingers, The Carriage Barn sets up a safe, natural atmosphere for their clients. The Haflinger was the ideal choice of horse for their work, according to Ann, due to their “brightness, height, temperament, and ability to take weight.” Along with the ideal horses, the grounds at The Carriage Barn are great for every client. The indoor arena allows for both horse and human to feel safe, secure, and focused on their session. The sensory gardens on the site also bring comfort to many, and are well kept by clients and children. Along with servicing the client, The Carriage Barn feels they also service the caregivers. Setting up a play date on the farm allows for not only the child to socialize in a serene surrounding, it also gives respite to their caregivers. Whether it be clicker training or attending a program, The Carriage Barn Equestrian Center welcomes anyone and works with them to reach their potential. The Carriage Barn welcomes volunteers, fundraising sales, and donations to help them meet the needs of their clients. Visit or e-mail for more information.

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There is nothing better than walking out of a class with a smile! Amy Cohen and Clovermeade Revelation show that the best ribbons aren’t always blue.


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bits & pieces POINTS OF INTEREST

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X-RAY UPGRADE If your veterinarian takes an x-ray of your animal, they may be using a system powered by Metron-DVM. With the newest upgrade, Version 8, neural networks trained by deep learning techniques put the product in a class of its own. The use of deep learning, an artificial intelligence function that imitates the workings of the human brain in processing data and creating patterns for use in decision making, adds three new aspects to the Metron software: • The software can automatically recognize 192 different anatomical shots of the horse. • The software can give real-time feedback to the radiographer by announcing if the image was taken with poor alignment to the anatomy. • For x-rays of the equine foot, the software automatically places keypoints on the anatomy and makes several measurements, which quantify the conformation of the hoof and lower leg.





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Name Game As part of an annual tradition, SmartPak shared their Top Ten Most Popular Horse Names for 2017 according to the names of the horses that receive their supplements from the com any. or the fifth year in a row, “Bella” has consecutively held the top spot, with “Jack” remaining a close runner up in second place. “Annie” made a move, hitting seventh place, which is the highest position for that name since entering the top ten lists back in 2013, and “Blue” rounds out the top ten names, making an appearance for the first time since . 1. Bella 2. Jack 3. Charlie 4. Buddy 5. Cody 6. Max 7. Annie 8. Rocky 9. Beau 10. Blue



There are three types of FDA-approved joint injections— intra-articular, intravenous, and intramuscular.


Only 0.1-0.5% of horses who receive joint injections suffer a flare or infection from the procedure.


There are four main medications that are injected into joints—hyaluronic acid, corticosteroids, polysulphated glycosaminoglycans, and antibiotics.

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Stop Flies Early Next summer’s flies are already on your property, in the pupal (cocoon) stage, Optimum Starting Time For Fly Predators: laying in wait for warmer February March weather. Fortunately, the April May pupal stage is where Fly Predators stop flies. By ordering your Fly Predators now they’ll arrive at the optimum time in the spring to stop those few lucky flies that survived the winter.

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bits & pieces FUN FACTS Fun Facts about Trailering


» The famous Budweiser Clydesdales need more than your traditional horse trailer to get around, so they travel around in style inside three 50-foot tractor-trailers with air cushioned suspension and thick rubber flooring for comfort.

» When traveling with one horse in a two-horse straight load trailer, always put the horse on the left side. Most roads are crowned in the middle, so putting the heavy load on the driver’s side helps to balance the trailer.

» It is thought that Eclipse, an 18th century racehorse that raced undefeated and was a highly sought after stud, became the first horse to be shipped in a horse trailer.

» An easy way to remember which way to turn your vehicle for backing up your trailer is to place one hand on the bottom of your steering wheel and move your hand in the direction that you want your trailer to go.

» In France during World War I, horses were used and often injured. To get the injured warhorses back safely, an ambulance trailer was made with a rotating body that would prevent horses from having to back off, instead allowing them to walk on and off.

» Though we call them horse trailers in the United States, they have different names in other countries—Australia refers to them as floats and Britain calls them horseboxes.

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1. CHARLES OWEN JR8 As the little sister to Charles Owen’s popular the has all the features and refinement of its sibling, but in a less expensive package. Aside from the easy price point, our tester loved how comfortable this helmet is. Our tester, a longtime wearer of this helmet, was impressed with how the micro-suede held up over time—it showed no signs of no fading or scuffing and was show ring ready the entire time. While ventilation isn’t its biggest asset, the low rofile design is attering and it comes in a wide range of si es to fit e en the tiniest of heads. BUY IT:; $169.99


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Our tester, who normally prefers thinner gloves, liked how comfortable and warm the SSG Sno Bird gloves turned out to be. Lined with Thinsulate and eece on the inside and a waterproof shell on the outside, these gloves are a bit on the bulkier side, but make up for it in warmth no one likes fro en fingers Made s ecifically for children our tester found the fit to be spot on and the grip was great for riding. An easy-to-use Velcro closure on the wrist lets you adjust the gloves to your preference. BUY IT:; $17.99



Our tester found these tights to be super soft both inside and out, with excellent stretch for riding. he lo ed the e i ility of the fa ric yet found it to be durable against the normal wear and tear that most youth riders’ clothing tends to endure. The drawstring waist was an additional feature that our young tester enjoyed. These tights did not ride up in the legs or backside, and ran true to size. BUY IT:; $49

4. ARIAT PHANTOM TYCOON BOOT What kid doesn’t want boots that glow in the dark? The splattered detailing on the sole of the Phantom Tycoon boots glow when the lights go down, making for some super fun footwear. Our tester loved the two-toned styling and decorative stitching on the boots, and liked that the inside of the boot was a smooth mesh with no irritating seams. An Ariat exclusive, a removable foot bed, means these boots can ad ust to fit as your child grows. ur tester did find them to run a it ig ut liked how the boot wasn’t tight on the top of the foot as some other boots can be. BUY IT:; $99.95


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Our testers: This month, our Prepurchase Exam was conducted by: Terisé Cole, Senior Editor; and Maeve Costa, an active hunt seat rider and fifth grade student from Central Massachusetts.



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bits & pieces INSTRUCTOR’S NOTEBOOK Third in a three-part training series

Arena Exercises to Prepare for Cross-Country Part III: Simulating Jumps in the Arena By Karen Elizabeth Baril rac c cross cou r um s he ou are he fiel

MANY OF THE QUESTIONS RIDERS FACE in the cross-country phase are introduced in the arena. Nancy Guyotte, an event and dressage trainer based out of Hill, NH, points out that simulating jumps in the arena helps both horses and riders gain confidence and s ill. “One of the most important ingredients to successful cross-country and jumping is obedience,” says Guyotte. “Your horse must respond when you put your leg on him and he must go straight. A horse that is lazy or that doesn’t o or ard hen as ed in the arena is not ready for the cross-country phase.”

Skinny or Narrow Jumps Guyotte uses barrels or plastic drums to sim late a s inn or narro m . he arrels must be secured on both sides so they 34


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Ditches “Ditches are challenging for a lot of horses and riders,” explains Guyotte, “but if introduced correctly, they don’t have to be a big deal. Introduced badly, and you may end up with a horse that is forever afraid of jumping ditches.” If you’re already riding your horse out in the open, Guyotte recommend riders search for “mini-ditches.” “By that I mean a little indentation, maybe a little erosion that can serve as a teenyweeny ditch,” she explains. “If the horse is good in-hand, I lead the horse to the ditch, and then jump over it myself so the horse watches me and is usually then willing to try. This beginner ditch should be so small you can step across it—practice ditches should be only half as deep as they are wide. The last thing you want to do is overwhelm or frighten your horse on any of these introductory o stacles. tart ver small and ta e o r time. It’s a worthwhile investment in horse and rider confidence.”

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Corners Although true corners are not seen until the upper levels, Guyotte believes in practicing them in the arena, even at the novice level. “For small introductory corners, se t o standards and a loc , says Guyotte. “I start at around a foot hi h and ild on that, rad all ma in the width in proportion to the height of the corner jump or thereabouts. Keep in mind that even a 2 hei ht ma es or a res ecta le loo in corner, and it’s airl eas or horses to jump.” o fi e ce otte ca tions riders to ta e thin s slo and stead . onfidence is ever thin . hen a horse is confident he’ll tr ne thin s without worry. Don’t be afraid to set the m so lo that o r horse can al to it and jog, step, or pop over. Once your horse ains confidence, o can add some n additions, li e sin o er o es as a s inn , which is really fun. li e to lon e horses over m s and obstacles, providing they’ve been taught to longe obediently,” says Guyotte. “This allows the horse to experience the jump without the added challenge of a rider. You must be airl a ile, e ert ith the line, and ic . Guyotte adds that both horse and handler m st have no led e o or in on the longe line before attempting this step. You never want to catch the longe line on the obstacle. Get Out There Although introducing concepts in the arena is a good idea, Guyotte reminds riders that one o the est a s to ain confidence overall is to ride out in the open over varying terrain. “If you never ride out of the ring,” says Guyotte, “it’s hard to gain confidence and s ill. ee ildin o r horse’s confidence by introducing every obstacle challenge in baby steps. “Horses have very good memories, and it’s tough to erase a negative e erience, sa s otte. a e o r time and ee o r sessions n


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Sometimes, taking the next step in riding can be scary. Whether it is learning to

canter trotting for the first time without a longe line or mo ing u to um s a rush of e citement and also terror es ecially in youth students is ound to ha en. icole astman irector of quine acilities and head coach of the equestrian team at ecker ollege in a ton M along with Mel retschl arn manager and instructor at ra ing ields arm in u ards ay M gi e ad ice on how students can re are for the ne t le el of their riding and some common issues they may face.

The Longe Line Many instructors use the longe line as a training tool for students of all le els. his useful tool can hel riders focus more on themsel es rather than the horse which is es ecially im ortant in the early stages of learning to ride. efore the longe line Mel teaches students to walk sto and turn at the walk with me walking ackwards in front of the horse at first. hen I ha e them stay on the rail while I am near y e entually getting further away as they gain confidence. s the student re ares for the trot she leads them a few ste s the first time so they can feel the rhythm. nce they are comforta le she mo es to the longe line to learn posting. icole has a similar a roach to the longe line I include some longe lessons ut I will also take them off the longe line for some lessons early on. I like to encourage inde endence and confidence in my riders as early as ossi le. ike Mel icole also tries to mo e to the center of the ring as the rider gains confidence. erha s some of the iggest issues students may ha e on the longe line ha e to do with alance according to oth instructors. earning to ost a tough milestone for eginner students is commonly done on the longe line. Mel has her students start at either the sitting trot and learn that osting is controlled ouncing or she has them ost at the walk and she asks the horse to trot. he says ou ust ha e to e ready to try a few different techniques and ada t as you go. Mel also mentions that ner es may e an issue in that case hel ing the student settle into the rhythm of the horse will make them more comforta le. dding singing as a distraction is a tool that Mel utili es with her students stating that it hel s them rela and reathe.

The Canter nce the student has mastered the trot the ne t ste instructors often take is teaching the canter.

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Both Nicole and Mel agree, a student must be well versed in ground poles before starting to jump.

Both Mel and Nicole say that it is imperati e that the student is fully confident in steering, controlling the speed of the trot, trotting poles, and must be comfortable with figurati e e ercises efore mo ing to the ne t gait. fter they ha e accom lished this, both instructors say they will start to incor orate cantering into the lessons. Nicole states that one of the biggest issues she sees in her students is a problem with confidence e en when they are comforta le with the transition to canter. t this point, she may put the student back on the longe line, or she may give her students goals at the canter such as a s ecific numer of strides to hold at the canter. mall goals] can help the rider clearly visualize the task at hand and better accomplish it,” says icole. Mel finds that students may struggle with collecting the horse before cantering, and therefore the horse rushes forward in a strung out trot. he has a three ste rocess to teach her students to canter it end and canter. irst she makes them deepen their seat and halfhalt to collect the horse, she then tells them to bend the horse using their inside leg and inside rein to ask for the correct lead, and finally she has them ask for the canter with the outside leg for the transition. ccording to Mel the routine of repeating these words for the three-step process is a “methodical and deliberate way to ride the transition, and sets the horse up for a balanced, rhythmic canter.

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um ing according to Mel and icole. icole will be sure that her students are not only a le to confidently go o er a ole ut also a pole course, and be sure that they are a le to maintain ace and control. t this point, I will start modifying some of the pole e ercises they are confident in to e worked as small cross rails instead states icole. Mel adds that having the student be able to understand and correct leads and canter without stirrups are key before beginning to um . When a student is struggling with jumping icole often finds it again may e an issue with the riders confidence. herefore she takes them back to the basics to seek out where there may e a lack of confidence or ro er riding. he more a student can de elo strength and confidence in their atwork and their a ility to find and maintain a good forward rhythm, the more comforta le I find them to e o er fences says icole. Once the basics are not a problem for

By having the instructor stand in the center of the ring, the student will build independence a co fi e ce their riding.

the rider, they may run into a few other difficulties. Mel finds her students ha e trou le with getting the approach right and need to familiarize themselves with the feeling of um ing. If they can ride and turn with a steady rhythm, and maintain the rhythm on the straight line to the jump, the actual um is no ig deal says Mel. or learning about timing and maintaining a correct position, it’s all about repetition over small um s. hough e eriencing something new in the saddle may seem scary at first instructors hel re are their students for the ne t ste . y learning the asics such as ha ing a balanced seat, steering, and being familiar with the walk and eventually trot, will help students be more comfortable with the horses rhythm. uilding your confidence and independence will help make you ready to tackle your ne t milestone.

Outside the Ring Lessons are not the only way students can improve their riding. Nicole suggests being around horses as much as possible, even on the ground. She suggests younger students learn horsemanship early on, by grooming their own horses and, if possible, tacking up and minor wound care. Cleaning their own tack and eventually preparing for horse shows on their own will help students become better life-long horsemen. Mel suggests beginners read the U.S. Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship Basics for Beginners“D” Level. She states, “It is an often overlooked source of the good basic information that many riders miss out on, and an excellent supplement to beginning riding lessons.” Keeping in good physical shape will help riders balance and maintain a solid seat. Mel recommends any exercise that helps flexibility. One exercise she suggests to her students is to “stand on the edge of a step or board and let their weight sink into their heels to stretch the Achilles’ tendon.” “So few other activities require heels down, so most people have a hard time with that,” she explains. Nicole agrees that fitness and flexibility will help riders in the saddle. “Horseback riding requires cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength (especially core strength,) and flexibility,” she says. Yoga classes and cardio workouts can be done on a student’s own time and also help prevent them from becoming easily winded or have muscle discomfort while riding.

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Joint Injections A look into when, why, and how intra-articular therapy is used in performance horses, and its short- and long-term effects. Lowering the haunches in a perfect piaffe, landing from a jump after a 15-effort course, tucking under in an incredible sliding stop—our horse’s joints absorb tremendous energy and concussion. To keep those joints healthy and strong, we condition our horses well and feed joint supplements when and as recommended. Yet, there comes a time in many performance horses’ careers when they start to show signs of discomfort and their performance lags. It’s not that they exhibit outright lameness, necessarily, but they are clearly not as comfortable as they once were. This discomfort is often due to osteoarthritis in the joint, in which the cartilage starts to break down and syno ial uid thins. In these cases intra-articular therapy (commonly called “joint in ections can e of great enefit making the horse much more comfortable and returning him to his rior a ility le el. o find out how oint injections help, when they should be used, and what their short and long term enefits are we interviewed two veterinarians from Seacoast Equine PLLC in Stratham, NH. 42


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THE MECHANICS Let’s start with a look at the mechanics of a horse’s joint. Simply put, a joint is comprised of bones coming together in an intersection. These bones are protected from one another by cartilage, a jelly-like, almost ru ery su stance and syno ial uid a more viscous material that lubricates the cartilage. dequate cartilage and syno ial uid ro ide cushioning and enable bones to slide comfortably. Without enough cartilage and synovial uid the horse will e erience oint ain and in ammation. Intra-articular therapy, or “joint injections” as it is often referred to, is the practice of

using a needle to deli er an anti in ammatory medication directly to the source of in ammation. The practice is considered quite safe, with minimal chance of infection when administered correctly. Injections can relieve the sym toms of in ammation there y kee ing a horse comfortable in its job and prolonging its career. “Typically, medications used when injecting a joint are a combination of hyaluronic acid H and steroid e lains Monika alitri M. “There are options for both, HA and steroids. eterinarians will often ha e a reference as to which product of hyaluronic acid is used. There are several options for steroids, some of

which include methylprednisolone, betamethasone and triamcinolone. hoice of steroid can be veterinarian preference as well, often dependent on joint location, potency, length of duration, and potential effect on cartilage health.” Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in syno ial uid and cartilage. e lenishing the HA in a damaged or worn joint acts as a lu ricant and reduces in ammation leading to a more comforta le horse. orticosteroids aid in cartilage protection, though it should be noted that too much of certain corticosteroids could actually damage the cartilage. onfer with your veterinarian to ensure your horse is March 2018


owners ty ically find that oint in ections need source of the lameness is quite to be repeated on a yearly basis as a decline in important,” explains Dr. Gabour. performance or mild lameness may become Injecting a hock will not help apparent at this time.” a horse that, in fact, has a soft tissue in ury or sore ack. ake the time to do things right so LONG-TERM EFFECTS you don’t subject your horse to In addition to decreasing in ammation unnecessary treatments. joint injections also help protect the cartiIf the lameness exam shows lage, which can have long-term effects. It is, that the horse would enefit however, a balancing act. As Dr. Calitri explains, from joint support, Dr. Calitri hen used udiciously decreasing in amadvises proceeding one step mation in a oint does enefit the long term at a time. “I like to think of joint health of the joint. However, overuse of management in a step-wise steroids in a joint can decrease the health of fashion,” she says. “Horses are the cartilage.” For this reason, she notes, “It is athletes and will likely require important to utilize intra-articular medication joint injections at some point of joints [only] when needed for lameness or a in their career to keep them change in performance.” comfortable and performing Once owners begin using injections to well. Young horses, early in their keep their horses comfortable they need to career, often can be managed stay vigilant to ensure the process still brings with nutraceuticals such as the horse measurable relief. “If the degree glucosamine and chondroitin and duration of enefit of the oint in ection to o timi e oint health. he significantly decreases this may e a good next step in management may time for a horse owner to discuss with their include parenteral medications veterinarian whether a change in level of trainThere are several to su ort oint health. hese ing and performance may be indicated,” says options for steroids, may include products such as Dr. Calitri. some of which include methylpredhyaluronic acid or polysulfated Joint injections cannot be used to cure a nisolone. glycosaminoglycans. Finally, as problem, and they should never be used to try a horse continues through its to mask pain, but when used correctly they go athletic career, joint injections a long way in relieving symptoms, keeping our may be needed to decrease partners comfortable and happy. oint in ammation and maintain o timal injected appropriately. performance.” Newer treatments are also available for Our thanks to Dr. Calitri and Dr. Gabour for their intra-articular therapy. Margaret Gabour, input on this article. For more information on DVM, explains, “In addition to steroids and Seacoast Equine visit or SHORT-TERM EFFECTS hyaluronic acid, autologous blood therapies call 603-834-1738. he enefit of intra articular thera y to a have been developed for intra-articular and horse that is experiencing osteoarthritis is, of soft tissue therapy. Medications like interleucourse decreased in ammakin-1 receptor antagonist protein (IRAP) and tion which produces a more platelet rich plasma (PRP) are injected into the comfortable horse that is damaged joint or tendon/ligament to reduce better able to perform to its in ammation and romote healing. he natural a ilities. he length veterinarian starts by taking a small amount of this relief varies, but an of blood from your horse, then processing the injection should bring at blood to concentrate the healing and antileast several months’ worth in ammatory factors efore in ecting it into of impact. the problem area. Stem cells can also be used “Frequency of joint injecin a similar fashion.” tions is dependent on degree With these options available, horses can of oint in ammation and continue their careers more comfortably and pathology, in addition to use longer than ever. of horse,” Dr. Calitri explains. “A more demanding training program will put more stress FIRST THINGS FIRST on joints and likely result in When it comes to any type of lameness, the a more rapid reoccurrence of first ste is always a thorough lameness in ammation in an arthritic examination by your veterinarian (Don’t joint, thus requiring more frejust assume that since your friend’s horse is quent joint injections than a performing better post-joint-injection yours horse with the same degree will, too!). he e efi of ra articular therapy to a of in ammation rimarily he goal of the lameness e aluation horse that is experiencused in a less demanding is to determine the source of the horse’s ing osteoarthritis is detraining program. In general, discomfort, since medicating the primary crease amma o , 44


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ith a burning passion for dressage and an unwavering will to persevere, 22-year-old Mika McKinney has no plans of stopping on her way to the top of the sport, even if that means overcoming an unexpected adversity. For herself, her love of horses, and her dad, this inspirational equestrian and Maine-native is showing that anything is possible with the right attitude.



Like many girls, Mika caught the horse bug at a young age. “I was drawn to anything horse related ever since I can remember. From sleeping on horse-patterned sheets to running, jumping, and performing dressage tests in my driveway as if I were a horse, my world revolved around horses,” she says. By the age of seven, she was on a horse, and by the time she was nine, she had found dressage, trainer Barton Patrick, and the Belfast Polo Club in Belfast, ME. Thirteen years later, Mika is still riding with Barton. With Barton’s focus being dressage, Mika quickly fell in love with the intricacies of the sport. “The relationship between horse and rider was always intriguing to me, as well as the precision needed and what seemed like silent communication between horse and rider that made dressage tests look so effortless and graceful,” she explains. “At the age of 11 I entered my first dressage schooling show and to our surprise I won both of my tests! As I reect on my eginning years of riding training re aring and showing at my first com etition, it was a huge turning point. It built a large amount of self confidence as well as increased my trust and bond I shared with the horse I was currently leasing and showing.” Though most girls dream of owning a horse, Mika stuck to leasing instead. This allowed her to progress as a rider and to match with different horses along the way as her ability grew. For Mika, the choice paid off. “Since the inception of my riding, I have gone on to compete through Fourth Level dressage, earn my United States Dressage Federation Bronze Medal, and have had the honor and privilege of riding on both Mount Holyoke College’s Varsity Hunt Seat Team and Dressage Team,” she says. Fast-forward to college, where Mika chose to stay in New England and sought out a school with a science program and riding team, attending Mount Holyoke College (MHC) in South Hadley, MA. With academia being so important in her life the erfect fit was im ortant. hen Mount Holyoke came up on my list, it met and exceeded all of my requirements. I was blown away with the academic offerings, small class sizes, low teacher to student ratio, and

Mika, pictured with a Mount Holyoke College school horse, chose MHC due to its science program and riding team.

Hogwarts-like campus,” she says. “To seal the deal, MHC’s equestrian program was nationally ranked; the riding facility was on campus with three teams to choose from!” Transitioning to a team mentality about a usually individual sport, Mika eventually was named captain of the Dressage Team her junior year and qualified for the Intercollegiate ressage ssociation inals. “Through being on the team I have learned a lot about myself both in and out of the tack. I had the honor of being the captain of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association team my junior year, which gave me the perspective into team dynamics, management and leadership. Working closely with my coaches, I learned the potential rewards that result from setting high expectations for the team as well as individually,” she explains.


In March 2017, an unexpected obstacle sent Mika’s world spinning. “I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer, while I was a junior at MHC. My cancer had metastasized to my lungs, causing my treatment and journey to get healthy to be more complex, involved, and harsher,” she explains. “After receiving my diagnosis, I immediately started an intensive chemotherapy regimen, causing fatigue, weakMarch 2018


ness, and my blood counts to drop.” hankfully Mika didn t ha e to fight this battle alone. Her coach, teammates, and other riders in her region were y her side making ins irational osters designing ide or Mika hats and s orting yellow ri ons while in the com etition ring. My teams, both the hunt seat team and dressage team as well as Head oach . . aw and ssistant oach Morgan ynch went a o e and eyond in regards of su orting me. . . has een a constant ad ocate for me including hel ing me tell the teams a out my diagnosis setting u a meal train so that I wouldn t ha e to cook while I was in reco ery and on crutches and now connecting me with eo le in the equestrian world in regards to ara dressage. eeing and ha ing that amount of su ort truly hel ed me through some of my most challenging times while getting chemotherapy.” ut her fellow equestrians weren t the only support and inspiration Mika had alongside her. Her father aul stood y her e ery ste of the way. My dad was definitely my iggest ins iration throughout it all. His positive, kind, and suporti e qualities ha e een kee ing me going. My father has een my only arent since my mother assed away when I was fi e so our ond is different than 48


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Aboard Romeo, Mika helped her IDA team win reserve at Nationals with a firs lace fi sh


Mika’s teammates sported yellow ribbons while in the competition ring in support of her journey.


many, strengthening our relationship and making us closer than most fatherdaughter combos,” she says. “I have been blessed with a father with such a big and generous heart. He has devoted his life to raising me; if it is waking up for countless horse shows, packing homemade lunches, sending me to school, and now sleeping in my hospital room for nine months and counting for chemotherapy, surgeries, and rehab, he has shown me what love and family is all about. I keep fighting to make him proud, to make sure he doesn’t have to go through more loss, to walk across the stage and get my diploma this spring, and to ensure that our irreplaceable bond continues for years to come. Due to her diagnosis and the resulting lack of riding, Mika and her coach thought that competing at the 2017 IDA Nationals that April was no longer an option, but she wasn’t about to stop trying. Being ranked second in her region, Mika was in the running for (and later received) the individual wild card slot to compete at Nationals, and Mount Holyoke had qualified as a team for the first time in three years, with Mika cheering them on from her hospital bed. “As Nationals approached, my never-give-up, competitive side came out, striving to be my best and ride for my team,” she says. Competing at Nationals, Mika received eighth in the Individual First Level Championship, but wasn’t happy with the result and was inspired to ride her best the next day for her team. “I truthfully feel so extremely lucky to have made it to the National Championships for two years in a row at First Level, and being able to win the Team First Level National title last year to help the team earn Reserve National Champion Team was a dream come true.” After completing her 30-week cycle of treatment, Mika was faced with a challenging decision, and on December 22, 2017, she went into surgery. “Having been presented with various treatment options going forward, I chose the most aggressive option, opting to have an above-knee amputation on my left leg, as well as both of my lungs operated on to remove the nodules, to greatly reduce the cancer

within me,” she explains. Now, Mika is learning to live life as an amputee, finishing school online, and setting goals to get back in the saddle less than six weeks after her operation. “My immediate goals are to focus on rehab, which includes physical therapy and occupational therapy, and gaining back muscle strength, as well as learning about my life’s new ‘normal,’” she says. “But I am planning on riding for the first time in February, which is more exciting than you know! I am worried about my balance in the saddle and, as I advance my seat, staying centered in the trot and canter, but with time and practice, I am

ated an instant connection, and I know Mika will continue pushing forward no matter what obstacles she faces. She is an unbelievably strong woman and I am thankful to be a part of her journey,” says Katie. “Horses have an amazing way of connecting us and are a source of happiness and love through our most difficult times. I know Mika is going to be successful in beating her cancer and returning to the sport we all love.” While Mika’s path to dressage fame may have shifted with her diagnosis and amputation, she found the strength to keep aiming for her dreams. And she encourages other riders facing difficulties to do the same. “Life can seem so Mika’s father, Paul, has been by her side every step of the way.

confident I will relearn how to ride with my new body configuration.”


With long-term goals to get back in the dressage arena, Mika has her sights set on becoming a para-dressage rider and an Olympian. “As soon as amputation was settled upon with my medical team, I immediately started focusing, learning, and reaching out to people that are involved in para-dressage,” she says. “I have been fortunate to be connected with so many para-equestrians, and each of them have their own story,” she adds. Specifically, Katie Jackson, an above-the-knee amputee who is now an accomplished para-dressage rider and U.S. Para-Equestrian National Champion, acts as a role model to Mika. “It has truly been a pleasure to get to know Mika. The similarities of our paths cre-

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Many young equestrians dream of turning their passion for horses into their life’s work, but are too often discouraged from doing so because they lack the requisite skills to be a trainer or the science acumen to be a vet—and they think these are the only options. In reality, there are many ways to combine education, experience, and a love of the equine world to create a satisfying career. Obtaining a degree can be one way to help open new opportunities.



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TRADE SCHOOLS AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS rade schools or certification ro rams can hel ive st dents the e erience and ed cation necessar to e in or in diverse careers s ch as e ine s orts massa e, e ine a raisal, or saddle fittin . Most ro rams are e tremel hands on and are desi ned to teach s ecific s ills. ase o le, o alem, N , had tho ht she anted to e a vet t ic l learned that traditional classroom ed cation asn’t or her. ne da , her arrier t a ras in her hand, and she ne she had o nd her niche. ase si ned or an ei ht- ee intensive co rse at Mission Farrier chool in nohomish, A, a ro ram oc sed on Nat ral alance rinci les. here, she as in class or ei ht to nine ho rs a da , totall immersed in the orld o hoo care. he ma or attraction or me as that 0 o the trainin as hands on, sa s ase . From da one, e learned correct terminolo , so e can comm nicate clearl ith veterinarians. ase ’s classes com ined some lect re ith lent o doin anatom lessons and dissections o the lo er lim ere ollo ed ho rs o o servation o arriers removin shoes and trimmin eet, and then hands on ractice learnin those s ills nder s ervision. on rad ation, ase s ent nearl t o ears as an a rentice nder odd lac in ton o Yan ee For e in ortsmo th, N , M o at first as st to ll o shoes ntil m s ills ro ressed, sa s ase . hen e ere shoein side side. ase considers her a renticeshi a on s ed cation, since lac in ton as trained at the ent c orseshoein chool in ichmond, Y, and as illin to share his no led e and e erience. er a renticeshi as so ivotal that she eels that the sho ld e mandator or all arriers. ome reat arriers learned rom their arents, and the s ent ears or in nderneath them e ore oin o t on their o n, sa s ase . ase o nded aven ollo Farrier ervices in 201 and no or s on her o n clients ll time, doin as man as five ll sets or ten trims er da . love ein a ll time arrier, sa s ase . have no interest in ein an thin else.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE Associate de rees s all ta e t o ears to com lete and can e a cost e ective method o im rovin em lo a ilit . For Amanda ie o, her A.A. . de ree in A lied Animal cience, ith a s eciali ation in E ine siness Mana ement, ave her the ractical ed cation necessar to s cceed in her c rrent o as erations Administrative oordinator or the nited tates ressa e Federation F in e in ton, Y. M main res onsi ilit is to hel lan the F Ann al onvention, sa s Amanda. or nder the enior irector o erations, and ’m her ri ht hand. hel the administrative and o erations teams. hen Amanda first rad ated, she ollo ed a more traditional ro te and ecame a arn mana er, t she ic l ecame rned o t. hen she arrived in ent c , Amanda or ed as a n rse technician or ood and iddle E ine os ital, t she soon learned that the o as more emotionall and h sicall drainin than she co ld handle. ood and iddle is an ama in , h e acilit ith nine arns and an here rom seven to t ent stalls each, sa s Amanda. or ed the ni ht shi t, rom 00 .m. ntil 00 a.m., t it

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BACHELOR’S DEGREE achelor’s de ree ro rams s all last o r ears, t var idel in terms o content, com osition, and oc s. ith a lon er eriod o time in hich to com lete their st dies, st dents ma find that a achelor’s ro ram allo s them to more seamlessl mer e e ine and non-e ine interests, or to e lore their field more dee l . e in ree, ho holds a .A. in E estrian t dies ith a siness mana ement oc s rom Averett niversit in anville, A, ne that she anted horses to e a art o her roessional career. t she also had a assion or hoto ra h , and there ore onl considered schools that o ered co rses in each. rin her nior ear, Averett created a ma or in comm nications, a field that incl des st d in mar etin , lic relations, o rnalism, and other related areas. no in her love o media, e ’s ro essors enco ra ed her to ta e some co rses. he en o ed the s ect so m ch that she finished a minor in the field. rin her senior ear, e com leted an internshi ith E estre ol E ine Mar etin in e in ton, Y. he o ort nit roved to e ivotal. he ave me so m ch e erience, and ta ht me a o t net or in , sa s e . efinitel do an internshi . A ter rad atin , e ent on to earn a master’s de ree in nteractive Media rom Elon niversit in North arolina, here one o her ro essors ins ired her to start her o n siness. n 201 , alon ith her sister arrie, e o nded 2 isters Media, a ll service media com an o erin hoto ra h , e desi n, ra hics, and mar etin , ased o t o alei h, N . hile the sisters ill or ith an siness, the ma orit o their clients to date have come rom the e ine comm nit . e sa s that r nnin her o n siness has iven her the e i ilit to contin e to ride and sho her o n horses in dressa e, and thro h her e estrian connections she is a le to net or or ne clients. he ill admit, tho h, that it has een a slo rocess learnin ho to mana e a siness o her o n, and recommends as in or hel as needed. M March 2018


supervisors from my internship still help me now,” says Lexy. Kathleen Nettnin is a fellow alumna of Averett University, but she took a concentration in equine-assisted psychotherapy. his ne er field ses horses to or ith individuals recovering from trauma or who are dealing with mental health issues. Kathleen had volunteered for a therapeutic riding program in high school, and knew how powerful horses can be in healing. She looked for a program that would teach her to help people using horses. Today, Kathleen works as an equine specialist for Unbridled Change in Boones Mill, VA, a full time mental health program which serves a variety of clients including youth, veterans, and parents. All of the therapy is done with the horses at liberty. “My biggest responsibility is to develop a relationship with each horse so that I can keep

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both the horse and the client safe,” says Kathleen. Kathleen says that her job is the perfect blend of humans and horses, and her education set her up to o tain a certification from the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), which was required for her job. “You need at least a basic understanding of psychology, and to understand the terminology, therapies, and different disorders so you can choose the right horse for each client,” says Kathleen. Kathleen has already learned that the key to success is to remain a lifelong student. “Be open to new experiences and growing,” says Kathleen. “If you are passionate about something, you need to do anything you can to get better and learn more.”

GRADUATE DEGREE Graduate degrees include master’s and doctorate, and are indicated for those who aspire to do research, work in academia, and for certain types of technical professions. While there are a handful of schools o erin e ine-s ecific rad ate or ,

many programs with options in animal science, a ric lt re, and related fields all can give students the opportunity to specialize in equine related aspects. Dr. Clair Thunes, of Sacramento, CA, grew up in the United Kingdom to a horsey family—her grandfather was a jockey and a farmer, and her mother rode—and knew from an early age that she wanted to work in the field o e ine n tritional cons lting. “I was fascinated that I could change behavior in my horse depending on how I fed him,” says Clair. A family friend, who worked as a dairy nutritionist, advised Clair to pursue a doctorate. So she began her schooling with an undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Edinburgh University; as a junior, she did a semester abroad at the University of California-Davis. She enjoyed the school so much that she enrolled in its master’s program in Animal Science upon graduation, even though it asn’t e ine s ecific. he master’s as only one year, didn’t require a thesis, and rolled straight into the PhD program,” says Clair. Upon graduation, Clair spent many years or in in la s in the field o e idemiology, while doing equine nutritional consulting on the side. “I started consulting for friends and family, and it just went from there,” says Clair. “I started speaking at horse expos. Then the university asked if I would like to give a nutrition lecture to vet students. Then they asked if I would teach an equine nutrition course for the undergraduates.” As Clair took advantage of each of these opportunities, new ones seemed to follow. She began teaching a course on equine health at a local junior college. She was interviewed for articles in The Horse, and then they asked her to write some; now, she does a weekly nutrition blog for their site. Her side business in equine consulting grew and grew, and for three years Clair tried to balance her full time day job with the consulting in evenings and on weekends. In 2011, her lab lost its funding, and Clair decided it was now or never—she formally founded Summit Equine Nutrition, LLC. Today, Clair offers nutritional consulting services to riders across the country, as well as companies that do not have a nutritionist on staff. She enjoys working with all kinds of horse owners, from pleasure riders to those with


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A graduate degree is the right path for you to choose if you wish to be a vet, equine nutritionist, or have another technical profession.

where having the PhD is helpful is that it teaches o ho to solve ro lems, find answers, and really do research.” A master’s degree is often sufficient for opportunities such as working in the field as a feed rep, or other lower level technical positions within the nutrition industry. Many programs have options where a student can begin in the master’s program, and then roll the credits into a PhD. This can be a good way of determining which route is the right fit.

Clair strongly recommends interning, working in a feed mill or even riding along with feed reps to learn more about the field o n trition and the t es o education which its employees have. Horse lovers interested in making the industry their career should carefully consider which educational path is right for them. Obtaining higher education is time consuming and can be expensive, but in the long run should pay back though developing a satisfying career.


elite performance horses, as well as those dealing with metabolic disorders. In terms of graduate education, Clair says that deciding whether to earn a master’s, a PhD, or both, will depend on what you want to do. In general, a PhD is indicated for anyone whose ambitions include working in research, product or technical development, leadership roles within feed companies, or academia. It also lends a certain degree of authority that Clair has found beneficial in growing her own business— people are more inclined to believe the information coming from a highly educated source. “Earning a PhD is expensive and time consuming,” says Clair. “If you don’t know if you need one, then don’t do it. I think



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GETTING TO KNOW YOU In this special section, learn about some of the top schools with equine programs within the United States.



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THE EQUINE SCHOLARS PROGRAM AT Georgetown College is a professional development program for students interested in pursuing a career in the equine industry. Non-breed and nondiscipline specific, our students learn about the industry through a holistic lens while developing a foundation of professional skills to help them thrive in their chosen field. Georgetown College is located in the

heart of Central Kentucky, just seven miles from the Kentucky Horse Park, enabling our students to connect with top-tier professionals in the “Horse Capital of the World� through tours of area farms and businesses, on-campus guest lecturers, internships, volunteering, and more. Unique in approach, the Equine Scholars Program empowers students to pursue an academic degree of their choice while teaching them how their interests in the classroom can connect to a career within the equine industry. Students may choose from any combination of the 40-plus majors and minors offered at Georgetown College while having the flexibility to change their major and remain in the Equine Scholars Program. Field experience is integral to career success. Equine Scholars have the opportunity to connect with the local equine industry through job shadowing,

interning, and volunteering, allowing them to develop a better understanding in areas of the industry unique to their personal interests and goals while gaining valuable professional connections. With dedication and commitment from the horse industry, we offer highly sought after real-world experiences that prepare students for life after graduation. Our alumni have successfully pursued careers in all facets of the equine industry: as riders and trainers, veterinarians, business executives, PR and media consultants, educators, event managers, and more. Preparing with experience makes a difference! Invest four years in the heart of horse country to learn where your talents, interests, and passion connect. For more information, visit or contact Eileen Cody, Equine Scholars Program Coordinator, at

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Students also have the opportunity to participate on riding teams. Averett hosts three teams: IDA (dressage), IHSA (hunt seat) and ANRC (hunt seat), as well as offering students the opportunity to compete in regional horse trails. The IDA team won the National Championship in 2017 and the ANRC team was ranked third.

Equestrian Studies Major All students in the Equestrian Studies major, regardless of concentration, take the following key courses: · Equine Anatomy and Physiology · Equine Lameness and Disease · Equine Nutrition · Horsemastership I-IV · Lunge Theory and Application · Practical Concepts of Equine Care · Stable Management · Teaching Elementary Riding · Careers: Integrating Personal Goals · Internships These courses provide the basis for skilled riding, effective care of horses and career development in any area of the equine industry. All students also undertake an internship in the field in order to develop hands-on experience and begin building a professional network.

Concentrations In the Dressage Instruction concentration, students develop skills and a base of classical theory for training, competing, teaching, and writing about Dressage. The Equine Management concentration prepares students with equine industryspecific business administration skills. Graduates are prepared for careers managing shows, facilities, and more.

In the Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy concentration, students gain an understanding of psychology and the human-horse relationship, and learn the skills necessary to plan, guide, and evaluate equine therapy experiences for a variety of human client populations. The Eventing Instruction concentration teaches classical theory and practice for competing, training, and teaching eventing. Equine Science is a concentration for students interested in pursuing equine science fields. Graduate programs include veterinary school, master’s program in animal science, nutrition and reproduction.

Equestrian Studies Minor Averett also offers Equestrian Studies as a field of study for an undergraduate minor. Students can choose from general Equestrian Studies, Equestrian-Assisted Psychotherapy or Equine Science, taking 18-25 credits in each area, respectively.

Is the Equestrian Studies Major Right for You? The relationship between humans and horses is thousands of years old. If you are a horse lover who wants to nurture and build on this relationship, Averett University provides just that. Working on both the University’s Main Campus and at our dedicated Equestrian Center, you can develop advanced horsemanship skills and professional competencies necessary for a variety of roles in the equine industry. For information on the University’s Equestrian Studies program, call 1-800AVERETT (283-7388), ext. 15662, email or visit online at equestrian.


WANT TO ATTEND LECTURES FROM NOTED experts in the equine field? Interested in obtaining USDF and/or USEA instructor certification? Would you like to participate on a national champion Intercollegiate Team? Want to travel overseas to study classical riding? Averett University, located in Danville, VA, offers its equestrian studies students these opportunities and much more. Averett’s Equestrian Studies program offers a combination of hands-on and lecture curriculum with concentrations in equine management, instruction, equine assisted psychotherapy, and equine science. Students in the program also have the opportunity to expand their education with a minor in other programs such as psychology or journalism. Students practice their skills at the University’s 80-acre equestrian facility, which features a 90’ x 200’ indoor arena, outdoor jumping arena, outdoor dressage arena, and cross-country course. The facility also features two barns, which houses the school’s 40 horses. The horses are diverse, ranging from upper level dressage school masters, eventing horses, to off-the-track Thoroughbreds. One of the appealing aspects of Averett and its program are the additional number of learning opportunities that occur outside the classroom. Averett hosts many clinicians, industry workshops, horse shows, and field trips. Students intern with a host of nationally recognized industry leaders. Past students have interned with Jane Sleeper, an international eventing champion in Pennsylvania; Peterson and Smith Equine Reproduction Center in Summerfield, FL, where interns assist with palpations, collecting stallions and foaling; and EquestriSol, an equine marketing company in Lexington, KY.

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CAZENOVIA COLLEGE THE #1 BEST VALUE COLLEGE IN THE NORTH Cazenovia College’s 240-acre Equine Education Center.

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT RECENTLY named Cazenovia the #1 Best Value Regional College in the eleven state North region, from Maryland to Maine. We’re a small, independent, co-educational college, located in Cazenovia, NY, offering a comprehensive liberal arts and professional studies education with over 35 academic programs. Our small class sizes

and 10:1 student to faculty ratio allows for individualized, hands-on learning experiences, and outside the classroom, students gain real-life experience through internships. In fact, 92% of Caz students complete at least one internship in their chosen field. The College’s 240-acre Equine Education Center is home to the IACBE accredited

Equine Business Management program and the nationally ranked Intercollegiate Equestrian Team. The Equine Business Management Program is designed for students interested in the organizational, management and commercial aspects of the equine industry, as well as those interested in advanced horse care, breeding and stable management. Our Equestrian Team is one of the best in the region, with a long history of success at intercollegiate and rated competition in Hunter Seat, Western Horsemanship, Reining and Dressage. The team offers the chance to compete in Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association and Intercollegiate Dressage Association sanctioned events. Our worldclass equine facility has stabling for over 70 horses, a large, heated indoor arena, multiple grass and sand outdoor riding areas, and turnout paddocks.

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AT COLORADO NORTHWESTERN Community College (CNCC), in Rangely, CO, you get to play to your heart’s content in the vast amount of public land that is accessible directly from where your horse’s stable is. CNCC emphasizes equitation in the western discipline and uses the environment around us both in and outside of the arena. Our riding classes are designed to provide students the hands-on experience and skills needed to start in the equine training industry. Our two Associate of Applied Science degrees allow you to learn the technical skills and gain book smarts to best prepare you in

the industry. Classes cover subjects from equine reproduction, lameness, horse production, practical management skills, and business classes that will give you the tools and resources to succeed. Technical training courses range from advancing in equitation, to foal training, colt starting, and culminates to a specialized training class where students can focus on a specific discipline with their horse, or get a start in multiple disciplines. We have small instructor to student ratios and ensure that each student gets one-onone attention to help them grow in the classroom and with the horses they are

training. This specialized attention allows for rapid mastery of training skills—trust us, you will see a difference in your skill when you come here! Don’t have a horse? Don’t let that stop you! Our program will find a horse for you during your time here for each class, when needed. Do you already have a horse? Great! Depending on your horse and the class you are taking, you may be able to bring your horse to college with you—not many schools allow that! For more information, contact Meghan Davis at or 970-675-3239.

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EMORY & HENRY COLLEGE, WITH ITS award-winning faculty, project-based learning and beautiful campus setting, is also home of the Intermont Equestrian Program. Students in the program have the option of a B.A., B.S. or minor in equine studies. The degree includes a well-



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rounded curriculum with a strong liberal arts core. Courses in the degree encompass, among many other topics, teaching, training, first-aid, breeding, grooming, barn management, horse show management, anatomy, and judging. Riding instruction caters to all skill

levels in the disciplines of hunter seat equitation, hunters, jumpers, dressage and eventing. Emory & Henry’s facility has 75 stalls that house over 50 quality school horses, with two indoor arenas and an outdoor arena situated on 128 acres. Boarding is available for students who bring their own horses. Emory & Henry equestrian teams are available to all majors and compete in shows sponsored by the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, American National Riding Commission and Intercollegiate Dressage Association. The competitive teams have claimed 19 national championships and countless regional championships, and its members have been honored with 29 individual championships. Scholarships are available to those who would like to audition to ride on one of our competitive teams. For information about these scholarships contact the Emory & Henry Admissions Office at 800-848-5493, or visit

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WILSON COLLEGE LIKE PEOPLE, HORSES WITH HEALTH issues can respond more positively to treatment at home than in a hospital. Wilson College offers a program—one of the first of its kind in the nation—called equi-assist, a unique specialization that teaches veterinary medical technology students how to provide nursing care in a horse’s home environment, under the guidance of an equine veterinarian. Equi-assist is a concentration within Wilson’s veterinary medical technology (VMT) program, which is available as a four-year bachelor’s degree. The bachelor’s degree program provides a comprehensive foundation for your career. A four-year degree from a well-regarded, accredited college can serve as a springboard to success. Graduates have embarked on fulfilling careers, working at veterinary hospitals and private practices nationwide. Samantha Rowland, a graduate of Wilson College and an equine veterinary technologist, sought an education to help her achieve her goals. “I chose Wilson College because of the four-year bachelor’s program in veteri-

nary medical technology, which is difficult to find,” Rowland said. “Wilson has an amazing equine studies/equestrian program that is right on campus.” The equi-assist concentration complements existing VMT concentrations in veterinary biology and veterinary business management. Students enrolled in the equi-assist concentration are trained to coordinate communication and care between a horse’s owner, trainer, veterinarian and managers. This specialized training increases the veterinary technologist’s ability to be a valuable resource on the veterinary medical team, allowing better use of technologists in the workforce and providing a strategic advantage for the equine veterinarian. For anyone who loves horses and has a penchant for science, becoming an equine veterinary medical technologist challenges all of your skills. You’ll use those skills to help

horses and their owners through difficult emergencies, routine veterinary care and exciting moments such as the birth of a foal. Whatever you choose to do, building a solid foundation through hands-on experience, working with horses and attending a college like Wilson College will help launch you into a promising career as an equine veterinary medical technologist. A day in the life of an equine veterinary medical technologist starts early and ends late, but for those who love horses, it always ends with a feeling of having found your life’s purpose.

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Stoneleigh-Burnham School SINCE 1869, STONELEIGHBurnham School has been preparing girls in grades 7-12 for college and beyond. StoneleighBurnham is a day and boarding school in Greenfield, MA, with a history of fostering the development of strong female identities, a small and inclusive multi-cultural environment, and a dedication to understanding how girls best learn and grow. It is unique in being the only girls’ school in New England to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, and offers signature programs in debate and public speaking, dance, and horseback riding. Every equestrian, from beginner to advanced, receives personalized instruction that reflects her interests, goals, and abilities. Licensed coaches tailor instruction to all levels with training



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in equitation, hunters, jumpers, eventing, dressage, and equine studies. Stoneleigh-Burnham riders have the chance to compete on Interscholastic Equestrian Association Hunt Seat teams in both the middle school and upper school, along with Intercollegiate Horse Show Association events. The summer programs that are offered include Intensive Riding Camp, which provides a small group of girls, ages 14-18, the opportunity to develop effective riding strategies for hunt seat competition collegiate events, and Bonnie Castle Riding Camp for ages 9-16 at beginning, intermediate, and advanced skill levels. Stoneleigh-Burnham is the only secondary school in the U.S. to offer British Horse Society (BHS) International Certification. It is also a certified BHS facility and a certified BHS testing center. The

Equestrian Center, located conveniently on campus so the girls can walk from their classes and dorm rooms directly to the barn, offers 55 stalls, heated tack rooms and viewing gallery, two indoor arenas, and extensive cross-country trails. Stoneleigh-Burnham is an academic community with an international perspective that inspires girls to pursue meaningful lives based on honor, respect, and intellectual curiosity. Each student is challenged to discover her best self and graduate with the confidence to think independently and act ethically, secure in the knowledge that her voice will be heard. Stoneleigh-Burnham guides young women to become active agents of their own destiny. To learn more about Stoneleigh-Burnham School, visit

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Nothing beats an Irish landscape on horseback.


The Greenest Pastures in Ireland BY KELLEY ROCHE


Ireland, the land of rolling greens, historic castles, freckles, and dark beer is a dreamy holiday destination. The country has diverse options for cities. You have Dublin, Galway, Cork, Derry-Londonderry, and Belfast, for starters. Each city gives a sense of history, but has a backyard for those who want open spaces and the shore. Towns like Kilkenny and Antrim give a bit more of a country feel. The coastline is decorated with gorgeous castles and scenic views that have become popular driving routes. For the best viewing experience for castles specifically, we recommend the Causeway

Coastal Route. Game of Thrones fans can also enjoy a similar drive along the north coast, simply named Game of Thrones Territory. Drive through the filming locations used in the show! Along with the culture, aesthetic beauty, and fantastic food, Ireland has an abundant equine community. Horse Sport Ireland, the hub for all things equestrian in the country, has a niche for every discipline, which is good to know if you ever plan to make your stay in Ireland permanent. There are trail options for every landscape; castles, beaches, green pastures, you name it. Connemara

Equestrian Escapes has all equestrian getaway needs covered. Their three-day excursions are a fantastic trip for those on a time crunch to enjoy the rugged landscape. Booking ride times and hotel is simple with their bundle packages. Ireland visitors can also enjoy unique options for riding at local stables, such as Hollywood Horse and Pony Trekking, which has guided tours for half-day trips and 1.5-hour trips in Wicklow. If spectating is more your speed, there are a few racecourses around, such as Downpatrick Racecourse, which has been in operation for over 300 years. Believe it or not, Ireland is chock-full of foodies. Farmer’s markets and food festivals are popular in each corner of Ireland, such as the Temple Bar Food Market and the Poacher’s Pocket. These markets allow you to make your own classic meal with the raw ingredients of the land. If a prepared meal is preferred, there are, of course, several options. For a quiet, charming meal, 1825 Adare Restaurant is a great option. Fresh food with decent pricing, what more can you ask for? Their warm chicken liver salad is a signature dish that is worth a shot! The ever-changing menu at Loam in Galway will keep foodies guessing what will come next. They work closely with local farmers, and supply the menu accordingly. Oh, did we mention there is also a wine bar there? Finding a place to eat is certainly not difficult here. With all the history of Ireland, touristy stops are likely to be made. One that is a bit different is the EPIC Museum. This interactive experience gives patrons the opportunity to learn about the Irish people and the land itself, a good one for kids. There is also the Titanic Story Museum in Belfast. See where the great ship was built, ride the elevators used to build it, and see the history behind the ocean liner at the largest Titanic museum in the world. Architecture is an art form here, so play close attention to the detail and work that Ireland puts into its structures. March 2018


equestrian lifestyle TRAVEL Travel the popular routes and see beautiful locations filmmakers use, such as for Game of Thrones!

GAME OF THRONES TERRITORY If you’re into scenic drives and Game of Thrones, this route will leave no stone unturned. tripideas/game-of-thrones EPIC THE IRISH EMIGRATION MUSEUM Discover the history of Ireland emigrants in this interactive museum. TITANIC EXPEREINCE See where James Cameron’s hit movie, Titanic, 68


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CONNEMARA EQUESTRIAN ESCAPES Enjoy Ireland through the ears of our beloved fourlegged creature. Be sure to check their holiday bundles for themed and seasonal rides.

STAUNTON ON THE GREEN If you’d like to stay right in the city of Dublin, this historical house has modern comforts with local access.

THE CASTLE Stay in a beautiful castle that has been around since the 1600’s, with

1826 ADARE RESTAURANT This privately run restaurant has the taste of an Ireland home, and it is


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LOAM Enjoy fine wine and a local grown meal, a great place for the adventurous foodie.

THE POACHER’S POCKET A modern restaurant that supplies fresh ingredients in their pantry, doubles as a market, as well.



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BEFORE “HUNTER HAIR” AND TALL BOOTS, RIDERS UNDER THE AGE OF 12 GET THE LUXURY OF showing with colorful show bows bouncing around on the ends of their braids. Gone are the days of plain ribbons and simple knots—these beautiful bows are adorned with bright colors, decorative stitching, pretty charms, and elaborate patterns!

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T E SMI COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF Athletics and Recreation of Northampton, MA, cele rated the career o e Pa ne with a dinner on Saturday, December 3. More than 75 alumnae, friends, family, and collea es came to ether to honor Pa ne for an accomplished 40-year career as riding program director and coach. Smith

olle e irector o Athletics ristin hes resented Pa ne ith a mith olle e commemorative chair. Words of appreciation were delivered by guests including Bob Cacchione o Intercolle iate orse ho s Assocaition, rac Farnham o the niversit o Massach setts, and Pa ne’s st dents rom graduating classes 1973 through 2019.

Longtime University of Kentucky Department Member, Gene Lyons, Passes

Gene Lyons, University of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science faculty member passes away.

Eugene T. Lyons, a longtime University of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science faculty member, died on December 7 at the age of 86. Lyons joined the department’s faculty in 1963 and still had an active parasitology research agenda until his death. In his 56-year career, his work continues to attract interest in the field o e ine helminth in ections. e as the first to demonstrate the transmission o helminth parasites from mother seals to their offspring through their milk; this observation was later extended to a n m er o e ine helminth in ections and altered c rrent thinking on the epidemiology of different endoparasitic diseases of the horse.

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Joseph Dotoli.

US Equestrian to Recognize Joseph Dotoli With 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award The US Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce Joseph Dotoli as the recipient of the 2017 USEF Lifetime Achievement Award. USEF presented Dotoli with this prestigious award at the Pegasus Awards Dinner on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Dotoli, of Chepachet, RI, has been part of the horse industry for nearly 50 years as a professional rider, trainer, judge, and horse show manager. His record in competitions as a rider and trainer is remarkable, studded with championship wins at nearly every major hunter/ jumper show in the nation including the Devon Horse Show, the Hampton Classic, the National Horse Show, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, and the Washington International Horse Show. March 2018


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US Equestrian Recognizes Janie Salisbury and Isabelle Parker with 2017 Vaulting Honors US EQUESTRIAN (USEF) recognized Janie Salisbury as the 2017 USEF Vaulter of the Year and Salisbury’s coach, Isabelle Parker, as the 2017 USEF Vaulting Coach of the Year. Salisbury, a two-time FEI World Vaulting Champion for Juniors Pas de Deux bronze medalist, stood out 74


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among the seven applicants for her competition success and extracurricular activity. Salisbury of Atherton, CA, began vaulting when she was seven years old as a member of the Woodside Vaulters out of Redwood City, CA, and amassed several top results with

Parker’s coaching and training. In addition to her FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors bronze medals in 2015 and 2017, she was the 2012 USEF/American Vaulting Association (AVA) National Vaulting Champion, 2013 Region 2 Champion, and 2015 USEF/AVA Reserve National Champion, among others. Outside of vaulting, Salisbury has been active in her community. In high school, she led the Baking for Charity Club, where she helped organize bake sales with proceeds going to Pencils of Promise, a charity supporting children’s education in the developing world. She also volunteered for fundraising benefits and worked in the barns at the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy, a therapeutic riding facility that helps children and adults with neurophysiological, cognitive, sensory processing, and psychosocial challenges. Currently, Salisbury attends the University of Southern California where she intends to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a minor in dance. Other candidates for the 2017 USEF Vaulter of the Year award included Tessa Belardi from Aptos, CA; Audrey Kiernan from San Mateo, CA; Elizabeth Osborn of Menlo Park, CA; Luke Overton of Stanwood, WA; Ana Schult from Longmont, CO; and Haley Smith from Parker, CO. Parker out of Redwood City, CA, co-founder and coach of the Woodside Vaulters, represented the United States in international competition for five years and earned her AVA Gold Medal in 1992. Parker has coached four National Champion A Teams and the U.S. team that won the bronze medal at the 1998 FEI World Equestrian Games in Rome, Italy. She is a two-time United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation Trainer of the Year, the 2013 AVA Mentor of the Year, an AVA judge and Technical Committee member, an FEI steward, and a member of multiple USEF vaulting committees. She is the current Chief Financial Officer of Summit Public Schools. This is Parker’s second time receiving the USEF Vaulting Coach of the Year Award.


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IEA riders, Skyler Fullington and Kelly Weeks of Hunter’s Rein Equestrian Team (Zone 2), enjoy the team festivities at the 2017 IEA Hunt Seat Nationals.

Interscholastic Equestrian Association Sets Membership Record For 16th Consecutive Year ARTICLE SUBMITTED BY KIMBER WHANGER; PHOTOGRAPHY BY RON SCHWANE

CELEBRATING ITS 16TH COMPETITION season, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), has set a record for membership. This season (2017-2018), membership is nearly 14,000. While the highest concentration of members is east of the Mississippi; the western states are experiencing a greater percentage of growth. A new membership category, Junior Contributing member, also attracted many new IEA participants. In 2002, the IEA started with 175 riders on 13 teams and has become the largest youth equestrian organization in the country, and the largest feeder organization to collegiate equestrian programs. “Our goal was never to become the largest ‘anything,’” said Roxane Durant, IEA co-founder and executive director. “We have, however, stayed true to our core of introducing as many youngsters as we can to equestrian sport. We also wanted our student-riders to be recognized as the athletes they are, just as other family members and friends are

who participate in various scholastic sports. The success is a testament to delivering equestrian sport to a previously underserved marketplace demand.” The IEA Board, management, and staff credit the thousands of volunteers who assist the organization, coaches, and riders in making the organization successful. “It is a wonderful sense of community among those associated with the IEA,” stated Durant. In an effort to also better educate youngsters with interest in equestrian sport, the Junior Contributing Horsemanship Program was introduced in 2017. Originally designed for youngsters in grades 4-5, the program has found interest in non-riders and riders in higher grades, as well. IEA membership rates are very affordable. Fees are $60 per individual rider for the season. Junior Contributing members are $35 per year. Rider enrollment is open from July 1 through November 1. Junior Contributing membership enrollment

is open at all times. Importantly, there is no need for any rider to own a horse to participate in the IEA. However, the teams and barns are expected to provide horses for the competitions. Founded in 2002, the non-profit 501(c)3 IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. In addition, the new Horsemanship Education Program is available to all non-riders in grades 4-12. The IEA’s purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. For more information, please view the IEA website at March 2018


affiliates [ EQUINE JOURNAL AFFILIATE ] Donna Moll at Hammonasset Beach on New Year’s Day.

Connecticut Trail Rides Association Members Anticipate Spring SUBMITTED BY PATTI CROWTHER

AS I AM WRITING THIS, DAY 14 OF the artic weather has just passed. I am sure you all had very tough times caring for your horses in -20 degree wind chill. I was finally able to get Cledus’ blanket off and groom him, and boy do I miss trail riding with my friends from the Connecticut Trail Rides Association

(CTRA). It was quite disappointing, not riding on the beach with CTRA on New Year’s Day due to the cold temperatures. Even though the club did not ride there, one very determined member did ride both Sunday and Monday at the beach on New Year’s weekend. Donna Moll loves the cold and enjoyed both of her Rocky

Mountain horses that weekend. Her beloved horse, Showman, had recently returned from training in Tennessee. He was trained by Jennifer Bauer, a renowned gaited horse trainer. She is delighted with his progress and we all wish them many happy trails ahead. We will be having our first Executive Board and General Membership meetings in the first week of March. That is when we create our calendar for 2018. I am looking forward to many rides, campfires, and pasta dinners! There are two rides already planned. On March 25, Debbie Sommers will be hosting a ride at Hammonaset Beach. The other ride is on April 15; Jennifer Boggiatto will be hosting a ride at Chatfield Hollow State Park. Our new Vice President, Christel Maturo, received a very Christmas gift from her son, Mario, who lives in California. He carefully picked out the cutest little puppy and arranged for her delivery all the way across the United States. Her name is Tamera, and I am sure you will all join me in wishing them long, healthy lives ahead with wonderful memories. Planning ahead for the year, we will be hosting another trail hours prize. Each member can log his or her hours in the saddle for the year. The winner will be the rider with the most hours logged and will be announced and presented with a gift at our annual banquet held in November. Member Heidi Smith wanted to let members know that other horse clubs/organizations also host the same type of competition. She said the American Quarter Horse Association hosts the same event. Be sure to check with the clubs or breed associations you are members of, they may also have this program. In other news, Louis Casabona and Tony Gambardella are enjoying their winter in Florida. We hope to get the warm sun in New England soon!

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CONGRATULATIONS GO TO JAYE Robinson of Wrentham for winning the Bay State Trail Riders Association’s (BSTRA) Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones raffle. Jaye is fairly new to the area and recently joined BSTRA. We look forward to seeing her at future events. BSTRA would like to thank all of

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our raffle participants. In 2017, you raised over $4,500! All of this goes directly to benefit trails. Raffle tables are set up at the following BSTRA rides: Spring Hunter Pace, National Trails Day Fundraiser, Fall Hunter Pace, and the September Benefit Ride. This year, BSTRA is raffling off an extra special prize, an equestrian-themed painting from Rhode Island artist Betsey MacDonald of White Shadows. Tickets can be purchased at events or online at Your support of BSTRA last year enabled significant improvements to Massachusetts’ trails. Work included improvements to the Southern New England Truck Trail in Bellingham, Franklin, and Uxbridge, trail parking at Inman Hill Wildlife Conservation, the East Trail in Mendon, and Mount Jefferson Conservation Area Trail Bridges. As this brutal winter nears its end and days grow warmer, BSTRA is looking forward to a jam-packed agenda filled with trail improvements, projects, and rides in 2018. The full calendar is posted on our website. Be sure to check it out

so you don’t miss the fun! Come help us spruce up trails in April, May, and June. April 21 is the West Hill Dam Trail Work Day in Uxbridge, with Park Serve Day to be held at Douglas State Forest on April 29. May 5 is the Mendon Trail Work Day. On June 2, there will be a trail work day in Oxford, MA. Trail work days are a way to give back to the trails we love and use while hanging out with friends. The ride season kicks off March 25 with the Annual March Madness Ride, sponsored by McIntyre Loam Inc. The ride will be held at Douglas State Forest and is New England Horse & Trail (NEHT) affiliated. The 5-mile route will provide a great start toward getting humans and equines back in shape after the long winter. Hot lunch will be served after the ride. Last year’s ride was a blast, so you don’t want to miss it. Pre-registration is required, and we recommend early sign up, as trailer parking is limited. In the event that trail or weather

conditions are poor, the back-up date is April 8. BSTRA is excited to announce that the 2018 National Trails Day Fundraising Ride, sponsored by Yered Trailers, will be held again at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA, on June 10. Last year’s feedback on the venue was positive. It is a great opportunity to ride this lovely property and BSTRA is grateful to Apple Knoll for allowing us to use their property. The ride is NEHT affiliated and will include a spectacular hot lunch, huge raffle, and prize packages for top participants who collect sponsors. Stalls will be available for rent for those traveling to attend. See you on the trails!

Riders relaxing after their rides on National Trails Day in 2017.


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2018 Deeridge Derby Part of the Palm Beach Masters Series

FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 4 2018 DEERIDGE FARMS | WELLINGTON, FLORIDA Don’t miss the nation’s No. 1 hunter horse show as hunters take center stage on Deeridge Farms’ spectacular grass field! USEF rated Featuring: $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby $5,000 USHJA National Open Hunter Derby, $5,000 USHJA Junior/Amateur Hunter Derby $2,500 USHJA Pony Derby And don’t forget to reserve your table in Deeridge’s famous VIP Club




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Foxhunting news [ EQUINE JOURNAL AFFILIATE ] Norfolk Hunt Club members Carolyn Regan and Gaelan Canning during a spring roading hunt.


WITH MARCH COMES SIGNS OF spring, though it may be hard to believe when there is still snow on the ground or freezing temperatures. There is certainly no greenery or things in bloom, but daylight savings gives us more and more light each day. Soon the crocuses will be popping up from beneath the earth and things will come alive again just as they always do year after year. Similar to the plants and creatures coming out of hibernation, the Norfolk Hunt Club is doing that as well. March is usually when our members who have ventured south for the winter return home and acclimate to the northern temperatures. It is when our members who have remained here all winter are outside more, either conditioning their horses for the spring season or out walking hounds with our huntsman. We see our community come alive again as riders join each other on trail rides aboard their horses who are clipped and rid of their winter coats, hounds take to the land once again on hound

schoolings, and volunteers manicure the land that has been altered by mother nature. As members take to the woods for the first time, they make note of any damaged trees, blocked trails, or side effects of erosion that need to be fixed. All issues are reported to the masters who record them so they can be addressed for our annual clean-up day in early April. Clean-up day consists of members of the club taking to the woods on foot to address any of the above-mentioned issues. Leaving from the kennels, different groups of people take to different areas of the land maintained by the Norfolk Hunt Club. Loppers, chainsaws, rakes, and handsaws accompany members as they give a morning of their time to make sure our land is pristine for the spring season. Following their efforts in the morning, all members gather for a lunch and refreshments at the Norfolk Hunt Club stables. Other things in the works during March are planning for our biennial fundraiser, Grounds for Celebration, and our annual Norfolk Hunt Horse Show. Grounds for

Celebration (GFC) occurs every even year on the Thursday prior to Memorial Day weekend. This year, GFC will take place Thursday, May 24, 2018. Organizing this event is a crew who is seasoned with planning this event and making it a smashing success. Our theme is picked and our team members are hard at work on all the important details. Stay tuned for more details, auction items, ticket sales, and the occasional surprise. Mark your calendars now! The Norfolk Hunt Horse Show takes place May 26 and 27, Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and will be celebrating its 108th year in 2018. This horse show is designed to be suitable for someone going to their first horse show, the seasoned competitor, young horses, and the faithful school horse. There is an abundance of prize money and additional stellar prizes for division champions and reserve champions. We hope that you will join us for two days of friendly competition and familiar faces from the horse industry. If you are in the process of creating your show schedule for the 2018 season, the Norfolk Hunt Horse Show is not to be missed! Apart from event planning, March is also a very crucial month for those who foxhunt because riders have a short window to get their horses fit before the start of the spring season. Devotion is a key component to riders getting their horses in appropriate shape before the season begins. Once started, our season will go until mid-May and highlight some of our best fixtures: Charlescote Farm, Millborn Farm, the Steeplechase Course, Medfield State Hospital, and the beautiful land of Westport, MA. Riders come alive and are allowed to experience the land once again, just like they always do, year after year. For more information about the Norfolk Hunt Club, who we are, and what we do, please visit as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages. March 2018




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[ABOVE] Caitlyn Connors of Glen Mills, PA, was invited to participate in the USEF George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session. [RIGHT] Emersyn Forde recently purchased Friar Tuck, a Thoroughbred gelding.

HEY, ARNOLD! Congratulations to Emersyn Forde on her purchase of Friar Tuck. She and “Arnold,” a chestnut Thoroughbred gelding, are preparing to dominate the equitation and hunter rings during the 2018 show season. n addition, Forde finished off her 2017 season as year-end champion in Short Stirrup Equitation with the New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association (NHHJA) alongside her barn mate Jennie Simmons, who took reserve! PHOTOS: (LEFT) TERISÉ COLE; (RIGHT) STEPHANIE FORDE

CONDOLENCES We are sad to report the loss of 24 horses at Folly Farm in Simsbury, CT. The beloved show, boarding, and training acilit e erienced a fire in their arena barn, causing the loss of lesson and polo horses. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of those lost. On a happier note, the team at Folly Farm welcomed Imanol

Echeverria, a former grand prix rider from Spain, to their program as a rider and trainer.

YEAR-END AWARDS Oak Meadow Farm in East Windsor, CT, had great results at the Connecticut Hunter Jumper Association (CHJA) year-end awards banquet. Anna am ton and ofina no received special recognition awards in Leadline and WalkTrot Equitation, respectively. Sophie Brown-Proctor earned champion in Pre Children’s Hunter with Oberon and was reserve champion in PreChildren’s Equitation. Classy Bow Tie, ridden by Mattie Spillane and Paige DempseyWeiner, earned Short Stirrup Hunter Reserve Champion and fourth in Pre-Children’s Hunter. Also in Pre-Children’s Hunter was Gabby DaSilva and Winterfell in eighth. he Modified Ad lt nter saw Juno, owned and ridden by Sara Taniwha, in fourth and Winterfell, ridden by

Moll hannon, in fi th. Finall , Oberon was named the CHJA Junior High Point Hunter and head trainer Amy Kriwitsky earned the High Point Hunter Trainer Award. The farm also has two new pairings to report: Sophie Brown-Proctor is leasing As You Like It, a black KWPN gelding, and Paige Dempsey-Weiner is leasing Zovatio, a Belgian Warmblood gelding.

TRAINING SESSION Congratulations to the riders from Zones 1, 2, and 3 on being invited to participate in the 12th annual USEF George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session held in Wellington, FL, on January 5-7. McKayla Langmeier of East Granby, CT, participated from Zone 1 and Samantha Cohen of New York, NY; Caitlyn Connors of Glen Mills, PA; Kendra Duggleby of Cleveland, NY; and Sara McCloskey of Pound Ridge, NY, participated from Zone 2. Michael Golinowski of Burke,

VA, in Zone 3 also joined the session as an assistant stable manager.

SYMPATHY Our thoughts are with the friends and family of E. “Hunter” Harrison after their loss. Harrison was a United States Equestrian Team Foundation Trustee and owned Double H. Farm, LLC, a world-class jumper and breeding operation with two facilities, one in id efield, , and the other in Wellington, FL, with his wife Jeannie. MOTHER-DAUGHTER DUO The NHHJA year-end banquet saw a certain mother-daughter duo from Oak Hill Farm in Croydon, NH, top some of the standings. In Walk-Trot Equitation and Walk-Trot Pleasure, Kayln Curtiss and More For Your Money earned the reserve champion title, and Hannah Curtiss took sixth in Hunter Pleasure with Bold Sensation.

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Riders were able to participate in a mounted clinic with Michael Dowling of Centenary University.

College Bound Riders Shine At Eighth Annual College Prep Invitational

High Point Riders Competition was excellent over the course of the two-day competition in each of the five divisions, resulting in several ties for the divisional High Point Rider awards. As per CPI rules, these ties are broken with a Q&A administered by the judge. At the end of the competition weekend, it was Delaney McDowell of Ocala, FL, who captured the Overall High Point Rider award as well as a $500 scholarship, gift certifi84


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cate from presenting sponsor Dover Saddlery, and a pair of tall boots from official CPI boot sponsor, Fabbri Boots. Overall points were tallied at the end of each division and the High Point Rider awards were determined. In Advanced, Schuyler Gobin of Wellington, FL, earned the most points. Reilly Cunningham of Valley Center, CA, claimed the Open division; Anne Russo of Cranford, NJ, took Intermediate; Hannah Smith from Bronx, NY, was the high point rider in Novice; and Melina Velleman of Cumming, GA, claimed the Walk-Trot/Walk-Trot-Canter division.

CPI Team Challenge At the start of the weekend, all CPI competitors were placed onto one of eight teams for the inaugural Team Challenge, sponsored by GGT Footing. Designed to mimic the IHSA model of team competition, each team had designated point riders that had their performance tracked on a leaderboard. It was Yellow Team who emerged victorious on Sunday, after earning 32 points.

Gregory of Davie, FL, earned the CPI Essay Scholarship; Megan Gasparaitis of Hampshire, IL, was awarded the CPI Champion of Service Scholarship; Kacie Freeburg of Orlando, FL, earned the CPI Practical Horsemanship Scholarship; and Emily Johnson of Chandler, AZ, won the CPI Horsemanship Written Test/Horsemanship Challenge.

Mounted Clinic The young riders also had an opportunity to participate in a mounted clinic with instruction by Michael Dowling of Centenary University on Friday. Dowling worked with the students on their equitation, catch riding skills, and techniques for adjusting strides. During the jumping phase of the clinic, riders had the opportunity to break down courses that included rollbacks and bending lines.

Scholarship Awards As part of the weekend’s festivities, the CPI Scholarship and Educational Fund awarded scholarships to riders in four areas. Ashley

Schuyler Gobin claimed the High Point Rider award in the Advanced division.


IT WAS A WEEKEND THAT EXCEEDED expectations as a sold-out group of 160 exceptional student riders from grades 8 to 12 traveled from as far away as Hawaii to participate in the College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Palm Beach, FL, on January 12-14. The weekend was packed with activities including a mounted clinic, a horsemanship practicum, educational lectures, a college fair, and an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) style horse show judged by Kip Rosenthal. Rosenthal made certain that riders had an educational experience as she met with them to answer questions at the end of each day. She allowed riders to view her judge’s cards and even provided a poster with a legend to explain her scorecard shorthand. CPI Florida course designer Sherry Cashman of West Point incorporated tests in the courses that included a halt and a trot fence in some divisions.

hunter/jumper Spencer Smith sealed the win in the match race against Maggie Jayne.

Men Make History At the Winter Equestrian Festival’s Battle of the Sexes


ON THE OPENING “SATURDAY Night Lights” on January 13, in the 10th annual Battle of the Sexes, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center, the men’s team was victorious for the first time in the history of the class. The event is one of the most popular events at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Teams of 10 men and 10 women battled it out for this year’s Battle of the Sexes title, with team captains Charlie Jayne and Nicole Bellissimo at the helm. Bellissimo led Heather Caristo-Williams, Amanda Derbyshire, Maggie Jayne, Caelinn Leahy, Abigail McArdle, Chelsea Sundius, Annabella Sanchez, Sydney Shulman, and Alexandra Welles on her team. Jayne’s team included David Blake, Andrew Bourns, Jordan Coyle, Alex Granato, William Hickey, Darragh Kenny, Luis Larrazabal, Spencer Smith, and Michael Tokaruk. The contest was held in three phases—a faults converted speed round, a relay race, and a match race. The men and women were pitted against each other in each phase over courses set by Eric Hasbrouck. In round one, it was a tie with both teams scoring five points and Ireland’s Jordan Coyle with the fastest time of 49.21 seconds. In round two’s relay races, the girls

picked up an additional 10 points, while the men only earned five, bringing the totals to 10 for theEquine men and 15 for the women. The fastest relay team consisted of Amanda Derbyshire, Sydney Shulman, and Maggie Jayne. With five points separating them, the men and women headed into the third and final round for match races, where the men took a decisive 18 points to the women’s nine. The final tally of 28 to 24 gave the men their first win in the 10-year history of the class. It came down to the second to last match race and it was Spencer Smith of Wellington, FL, who secured the win for the men’s team by beating his team captain’s sister, Maggie Jayne. With a four-

point difference after Smith’s win, they did not need to ride the final match race. “There have been a lot of years where it comes down to the last rider or the second to last rider, and Spencer really pulled it off for us today,” said Charlie Jayne. “Spencer went in, and he out-turned my sister at the end. Everybody in the match races did a fantastic job. Spencer really sealed the deal for us.” Riding in the Battle of the Sexes for the first time, Smith said the event was “super fun.” He continued, “It gives you the team feel and the team mentality. You have the pressure of other riders that are counting on you.” “It feels awesome,” Smith said of the win. “We had a great team, great guys, and a lot of fun.” This was Charlie Jayne’s fifth time on the men’s team and the victory was sweet. “It feels good!” exclaimed Jayne. “It was a team effort. Everybody involved did a great job.1 It was a great Journal-Jan2018-20171201OL.pdf 12/01/17 3:23:50 victory.”

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[LEFT] Melissa Baumann was awarded the 2018 Worth the Trust Young Adult Scholarship. [RIGHT] Jenny Caras of Cartersville, GA, was selected for the 2018 Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 program.


EVENTING 25 The US Equestrian (USEF) Eventing Sport Committee approved the following 15 athletes from a pool of applicants for the Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 program for 2018. Talent advisors evaluated several factors to determine the participants, including current form, competition results, and potential to make a valuable contribution in team competition. Congratulations to Madeline Backus of Larkspur, CO; Amanda Beale Clement of Phoenixville, PA; Jenny Caras of Cartersville, GA; Cornelia Dorr of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA; Jacob Fletcher of North Little Rock, AR; Savannah Fulton of Finksburg, MD; Caroline Martin of Miami Beach, FL; Clara Cargile of San Angelo, TX; Sophie Click of Snoqualmie, WA; Hallie Coon of Brunswick, ME; Alyssa Phillips of Fort Worth, TX; Tayler Stewart of Damascus, MD; Chris Talley of Honey Brook, PA; and Will Zuschlag of Greenville, SC.

INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP The United States Eventing Association (USEA) announced that the 2018 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championship will be held at Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, VA, during the Virginia CCI/CIC and Horse Trials on May 24-27, 2018. VHT hosted the inaugural Intercollegiate Championship in 2016 as well as the second edition in 2017, and the Championship will return to VHT for one more year before moving on to a new venue in 2019. AN EXCELLENT YOUTH From JH Eventing in Sutton, MA, Katerina Garcia-Chope rode Grey Street to be one of three recipients of the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) Birch Hill Farm Youth Excellence Award, which is awarded to top junior/young riders competing at Training Level in USEF recognized horse trials at GMHA and other events in USEA Area 1.

WORTH THE TRUST Congratulations to Sara Mackenzie on earning the 2018 Worth the Trust Adult Amateur Scholarship and to Melissa Baumann on being awarded the 2018 Worth the Trust Young Adult Scholarship! Joan Iversen Goswell provides the annual scholarships to help fund training opportunities in honor of her horse, Worth the Trust, a Thoroughbred gelding, who competed successfully for many years, including winning the Kentucky Three-Day Event in 1997. STRUCK GOLD Teich Eventing of Orchard Hill Equestrian Center in Berlin, MA, finished o last ear ith a an The 2017 USEA Area I Year-End Awards saw Olivia Alminde and Moonstruck take third in Training Junior/Young Rider, Liza Teich and Moonstruck take fourth in Novice Adult Amateur, and Caroline eich and in sla er ta e fi th in Preliminary Senior Open. An extra congratulation goes to Alminde for being a recipient of

the GMHA Birch Hill Farm Youth Excellence Award for her performance at Training Level with Moonstruck.


contact listings Emerald Isles Eventing (tbsl), 45 Glen Street Westborough, MA 01581 508-329-1717 emeraldisleseventingcenter@ Apple Knoll Farm (tsl) 25 Forest Lane Millis, MA 02054 508-376-2564 b=breeding, t=training, s=sales, l=lessons Call 800-742-9171 if you would like to be featured in our Eventing Contact Listings

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[LEFT] Phillip Dutton and I’m Sew Ready were named to the Elite Training List. [RIGHT] The Developing Tier 1 Training List included Kurt Martin and Delux Z.

Announced by US Equestrian THE US EQUESTRIAN (USEF) Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the following athletes for the 2018 Eventing Winter Training Lists.

2018 Elite Training List The Elite Program consists of Matt Brown of Kennett Square, PA, and Super Socks BCF, Blossom Creek Foundation’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding; Hannah Sue Burnett of The Plains, VA, and Harbour Pilot, Jacqueline Mars’s 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding; Will Coleman of Charlottesville, VA, and Tight Lines, The Conair Syndicate’s 10-year-old French Thoroughbred gelding; Phillip Dutton of West Grove, PA, and Z, a nine-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Ann Jones, and Caroline Moran; Dutton and Mighty Nice, HND Group’s 13-yearold Irish Sport Horse gelding; Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn, a 13-yearold Holsteiner gelding owned by Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, and Caroline Moran; Dutton and Fernhill Revelation, Revelation Group’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding; Dutton and I’m Sew Ready, Kristine and John Norton’s 13-yearold Dutch Warmblood gelding; Boyd Martin of Cochranville, PA, and Steady Eddie, Gretchen and George 88


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Wintersteen, Pierre Colin, and Denise Lahey’s 14-year-old New Zealandbred Thoroughbred gelding, Martin and Blackfoot Mystery, Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate LLC’s 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding; and Lynn Symansky of Middleburg, VA, and Donner, The Donner Syndicate, LLC’s 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding.

2018 Developing Tier 1 Training List Tier 1 of the Development Program consists of Jennie Brannigan of Reddick, FL, and Stella Artois, a nineyear-old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred mare she owns with Elsbeth Battel; Hannah Sue Burnett of The Plains, VA, and Under Suspection, Mary Ann Ghadban’s 13-year-old Holsteiner mare; Will Coleman of Charlottesville, VA, and OBOS O’Reilly, Four Star Eventing Group’s 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding; Buck Davidson of Riegelsville, PA, and Copper Beach, Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Davidson and Jak My Style, Kathleen Cuca and Justine Dutton’s 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding; Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp of Ocala, FL, and Deniro Z, The Deniro Syndicate’s nine-year-old KWPN gelding; Lauren Kieffer of Middleburg, VA, and Veronica, Team Rebecca, LLC’s 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare; Marilyn Little of Frederick, MD, and RF

Scandalous, a 12-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Jacqueline Mars, Robin Parsky, and Phoebe and Michael Manders; Boyd Martin of Cochranville, PA, and Tsetserleg, Christine Turner’s 10-year-old Trakehner gelding; Kurt Martin of Middleburg, VA, and Delux Z, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding he owns with Caroljean Martin and William G Martin, Jr.; Doug Payne of Aiken, SC, and Vandiver, a 13-yearold Trakehner gelding he owns with Jessica Payne and Debi Crowley; Kim Severson of Charlottesville, VA, and Cooley Cross Border, The Cross Syndicate’s 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding; Erin Sylvester of Cochranville, PA, and Paddy The Caddy, Frank McEntee’s 10-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding; and Sharon White of Summit Point, WV, and her 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Cooley On Show.

2018 Developing Tier 2 Training List Tier 2 of the Development Program consists of Jordan Linstedt of Duvall, WA, and her 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Revitatvet Capato; Sara Kozumplik Murphy of Berryville, VA, and Rubens D’Ysieux, the Rubens D’Ysieux Syndicate, LLC’s 12-yearold Selle Francais gelding; Colleen Rutledge of Frederick, MD, and her 11-year-old Thoroughbred Cross gelding, Covert Rights; Mackenna Shea of Temecula, CA, and her 15-year-old Bavarian Warmblood gelding, Landioso; and Tamie Smith of Murrieta, CA, and Fleeceworks Royal, Judith McSwain’s eight-year-old Holsteiner mare.


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[LEFT] Regan Salm and Karat of Millennium Dressage started their winter season off at the White Fences Dressage Series. [RIGHT] Chase Shipka of Marshall, VA, was one of the riders picked to paricipate in the Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic Week.


NEW FAMILY MEMBER Atkinson Riding Academy of Atkinson, NH, welcomes a new lesson horse! Magnum is an eight-year-old Appaloosa that loves kids, food, ponies, and making friends. This super sweetheart is fitting in nicely and is ready to work!

SILVER MEDAL The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) presented Amanda Flanders, affiliated with Hidden Brook Farm of Norway, ME, with a Silver Medal for achieving Fourth Level and Prix St. Georges. Congratulations Amanda!

GREENGATE AWARDS Many awards were received at the 2017 New England Dressage Association (NEDA) Awards Banquet. Michaela Dupuis of Greengate Hanoverians, in New Braintree, MA, received the Angelika’s Reserve Champion Sporthorse Award. Due to her dedication to her at-home training program, she was a great candidate for this award. Owner and rider Carol Ann and Rachel Ehrich received the Third Level Award for achievements with Hallah GGF, who was Reserve Champion in the Third Level at the Region 8 Finals. Well done, Greengate!

WINTER KICK OFF Mary Jordan of Mary from Maine International Equestrian in Wells, ME, celebrated a great kick-off to the winter season down south in Florida with Rubicon 75. The duo started the season off with a 70.698% and a 62.143% at the White Fences Championship Series. GONE SOUTH Congratulations to the Millennium Dressage team of Harvard, MA, for making their way south and beginning their winter season at the White Fences Dressage Series in Loxahatchee, FL. Regan

Salm and Karat had a successful debut at First Level , scoring close to 70% their first time out! Isabelle Thompson’s Stevie Wonder scored over 70% both days at his very first show in the USEF Four Year Old Test. Also, Robin Rost’s “Donny” debuted at his first dressage competition at Third Level, scoring over 65% and coming in third.

IMPRESSIVE YEAR Windswept Farm of Canterbury, NH, would like to congratulate one of their riders, Brenna Donovan. In 2017, Brenna was the Oldenburg Horse Breeder’s Society National Champion Junior/Young Riders at Third Level with her mare Diadem! She was also the fi th lace nior Yo n ider at Third Level at NEDA Fall Regional Championships. Along with these phenomenal accomplishments, she was also able to complete her bronze medal this summer. Congratulations,

Brenna and Dia!

CLINIC CRAZE US Equestrian (USEF) congratulates participants for the eighth annual Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic Week. The clinic was held in Wellington, FL, at the Global Dressage Venue from January 2-4 and Hampton Green Farm on January 5. Designed to identify and develop the next generation of U.S. equestrian team talent, training sessions featured intense mounted sessions led by internationally acclaimed American athletes and trainers and daily instruction on all facets of horsemanship from experts in their respective fields. Among the 18 riders were Chase Shipka of Marshall, VA; Kaitlin Blythe of Rougemont, NC; and Kayla Laldlubek of Fairfax Station, VA, from Zone 1; and Emily Smith of Belmont, MA, from Zone 8. Congratulations ladies!

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[LEFT] Karen Norton and Renee Suprenant. [RIGHT] Karen Norton on Red Baron.

Connecticut Dressage and Combined Training Association Shares Training Techniques Developed with Renee Suprenant ARTICLE SUBMITTED BY KAREN NORTON; PHOTOGRAPHY BY LJMPHOTOGRAPHY

IN THE SUMMER OF 2016, I stumbled upon a posting that explained The Dressage Foundation (TDF) Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund Scholarship for Adult Amateurs. After reading and rereading the post, I decided to apply for the scholarship. As explained in the 2016 TDF posting of the Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund Scholarship, “The objective of the Gifted Fund is to enable Adult Amateur riders and their horses to set aside time to work with a trainer for an extended period, away from the pressures of job and family.” When I was selected, with the TDF objective in mind, I approached Renee Suprenant, who has been my trainer on Red Baron, my 16-year-old, home-grown Oldenburg. Renee generously opened up her home and barn at Millstream Farm in Ashford, CT. Renee helped me discover some great ways to improve my riding with teamwork on Red Baron and to work around his “excitable” tendencies. We worked very hard to keep Baron focused and calm. I continue to use the techniques 90


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we incorporated during my scholarship week of extensive training. One of these techniques was straightening Baron. By adding forwardness in his gait and increasing the bend before trotting a halfpass, while making sure to concentrate on the haunches and moving sideways, we were able to produce the desired result for a correct half-pass. The use of trot lengthening to improve shoulder-in was also incorporated. We practiced the trot sequences used in Fourth Level Test Two and Prix St. Georges: trot lengthening to shoulder-in, a 10-meter circle or 8-meter volte, half-pass. We incorporated the use of the beginning steps of piaffe and passage to improve his trot. Quite by accident, we discovered that when Baron would get excited he could be refocused by incorporating our training piaffe and training passage. Renee suggested using simple changes and adjusting my eyes by looking to the outside to improve counter canter around the ends of the arena. Anytime Baron would go in overdrive, she suggested I stop him and do a simple change. Another example was on flying

changes. They were greatly improved by performing them on a quarter-line, circle and the long side of the arena. Usually on the diagonal or quarter line, Baron would take off. On the circle, Baron stayed very calm and waited for my cues. Renee and I often enter the same shows at the same level. It is invaluable to have her riding her horse, Touch of Rum, while I am warming up Baron. Renee is very generous to give me little prompts when needed to improve our skills at the show. We cheer each other on during the shows and have a great time! Riding at the higher levels, I have gotten used to lowering my expectations for high scores and winning. Riding with higher-level judges is very intimidating. I never thought I would get my bronze medal. I never thought my revised goals would be to ride at Prix St. Georges and to work toward my silver medal. I am not afraid to take a risk, and The Dressage Foundation Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund Scholarship has helped me progress toward achieving my new found goals.



New Hampshire Dressage & Eventing Association To Hold Spring Clinic with Author Sharon Wilsie ARTICLE SUBMITTED BY CYNTHIA STONE

THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DRESSAGE & Eventing Association (NHDEA) is pleased to offer a unique workshop with horsemanship trainer and bestselling author, Sharon Wilsie of Wilsie Way Horsemanship and author of the book, Horse Speak: The EquineHuman Translation Guide. The objective of this clinic is to learn to recognize and interpret what your horse is saying and how to use his/her own language to respond. This workshop is not only wonderful for horse owners, but for anybody with a love of horses and with a desire to understand them better and to learn a way to communicate with them. According to Sharon, horses communicate with their bodies. Every movement, twitch of the skin, flare of the nostril, flicker of the eye, and swish of the tail is a gesture laden with meaning. For the most part, we miss, disregard, or misinterpret these

signals, which inevitably leads to confusion on the horse’s part and frustration on ours. But all this can change now. In this clinic you will learn how to “hear” what horses are really saying, and “talk back” in a language they can understand, giving you a wonderful opportunity to bond and connect on a deeper level. Topics will include how to say hello to your horse, Sharon Wilsie offers NHDEA members a chance to imboundaries and bonding, prove the bond with their horses. the 13 buttons of horse speak, how to lead with your Newton, NH. Participant entries for feet, and breath messages. This is a this unique event close on April 10, non-riding workshop, consisting of and the clinic will be held April 14-15, eight participants and four horses. 2018. Auditors are welcome for a $30 Each day will be a full eight-hour fee. Please visit our website, nhdea. group class. The clinic is taking place org, for more details. at Irish Pleasure Farm, 11 Maple Ave,

Elite Program, Development Program, and Pre-Elite Lists Announced by US Equestrian


US EQUESTRIAN ANNOUNCED the updated Elite Program list as well as the new Pre-Elite list and Development Program list. “We just wrapped up our series of Elite Program home visits and Pre-Elite Training and Observation sessions,” said US Equestrian Dressage Technical Advisor Robert Dover. “I am very happy and excited by the quality of the horses and the riding. Our veterans are in fantastic form and the new faces on the horizon for American dressage are looking extraordinary. There is no doubt the depth of great combinations is increasing exponentially.”

Elite Program The Elite Program was established to provide support and resources to athlete/horse combinations that have proven they are internationally competitive. Combinations qualify for the program based on scores received at CDI3*/CDIO3* or above competitions in the last 12 months. In alphabetical order, the following athlete/horse combinations meet the criteria for Elite Program membership: Laura Graves of Geneva, FL, and Verdades, her 15-year-old KWPN gelding; Charlotte Jorst of Reno, NV, and Kastel’s Nintendo, Kastel Denmark’s 14-year-old Dutch

Warmblood stallion; Olivia LaGoy-Weltz of Haymarket, VA, and Lonoir, her and Mary Anne McPhail’s 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding; Adrienne Lyle of Ketchum, ID, and Salvino, Salvino Partners, LLC’s 10-year-old Hanoverian stallion; Kasey PerryGlass of Orangevale, CA, and Goerklintgaards Dublet, Diane Perry’s 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding; and Steffen Peters of San Diego, CA, and Rosamunde, Four Winds Farm’s 10-year-old Rheinlander mare.

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pins the Elite Program and seeks to provide support and guidance to those combinations in the 69-73% Grand Prix score range so they are able to succeed in reaching Elite Member status (consistent 73%+ score range). In alphabetical order, the following athlete/horse combinations meet the criteria for Pre-Elite Program membership: Katherine Bateson Chandler of Wellington, FL, and Alcazar, Jane Clark’s 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding; Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, FL, and Danilo, Patricia Stempel’s 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding and Doktor, Patricia Stempel’s 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding; Catherine HaddadStaller of Wellington, FL, and Semper Fidelis, Rowan O’Riley’s 11-year-old Oldenburg mare; Chase Hickok of Wellington, FL, and Sagacious HF, Hyperion Farm, Inc.’s 18-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding; Ashley

Holzer of New York, NY, and Havanna 145, Diane Fellows’ 10-year-old Hanoverian mare; Adrienne Lyle of Ketchum, ID, and Horizon, Betsy Juliano’s 10-year-old Oldenburg mare; Arlene Page of Wellington, FL, and Woodstock, her 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding; Steffen Peters of San Diego, CA, and Suppenkasper, Four Winds Farm’s nine-year-old KWPN gelding; Kathleen Raine of Murrieta, CA, and Breanna, her and Jennifer Mason’s 17-year-old Hanoverian mare; P.J. Rizvi of Greenwich, CT, and Breaking Dawn, her and Ashley Holzer’s 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding; and Dawn White-O’Connor of Cardiff, CA, and Legolas 92, Four Winds Farm’s 15-year-old Westphalian gelding.

Development Program The Dressage Development Program has also identified several combinations for membership in 2017. The Development Program continues to be generously supported by USET Foundation Trustee Akiko Yamazaki and the Red Husky Foundation.

In alphabetical order, the following athlete/horse combinations have been selected for Development Program membership: Nora Batchelder of Williston, FL, and Fifi MLW, her eightyear-old Hanoverian mare; Jennifer Baumert of Wellington, FL, and Handsome, Betsy Juliano’s 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding; Patti Becker of Wadsworth, IL, and Freedom, Anne Ramsay’s 10-year-old Oldenburg stallion; Kaitlin Blythe of Rougemont, NC, and Eden LHF, her eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare; Michael Bragdell of Colora, MD, and Sternlicht Hilltop, Hilltop Farm, Inc.’s seven-year-old Hanoverian stallion; Michael Bragdell of Colora, MD, and Qredit Hilltop, Hilltop Farm, Inc.’s nine-year-old Oldenburg stallion; Nicole Levy of Wellington, FL, and Floratina, Kate Sanders’ nine-year-old Hanoverian mare; Adrienne Lyle of Ketchum, ID, and Harmony’s Duval, Duval Partners LLC’s nine-year-old KWPN gelding; Amy Miller of Fullerton, CA, and Encore, her eightyear-old Dutch Warmblood gelding; and Carly Taylor-Smith of Malibu, CA, and Rosalut NHF, Nikki Taylor-Smith’s sevenyear-old Oldenburg gelding.

[LEFT] Laura Graves and Verdades were named to the Elite Program. [RIGHT] Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir were also named to the Elite Program.



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Driving news Kelly Casella, with Fritz as lead horse, won the Con Cours de Elegance award last year at the Orleton Farm Driving Show.

SAVE THE DATE The Genesee Valley Riding and Driving Club is sponsoring an Introduction to Carriage Driving Demo Clinic on April 14, 2018 at Mothersfield Farm in Avon, NY.

INTRODUCING ADS’ NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The American Driving Society, Inc. (ADS) announced the promotion of Abbie Trexler to the position of Executive Director. Trexler, who spent the last year and a half as Editor of ADS publications, was promoted from inside the organization after an open application and search process. Trexler previously held the position of Associate Editor of The Morgan Horse magazine and trained and bred Morgan horses prior to her work in publishing. CONDOLENCES Deepest condolences to Kelly and Ray Casella on the loss of Fritz. Fritz was such a good horse in so many ways—his character always

made others laugh. This past year, Fritz helped Kelly achieve the goal of competing in a Ride and Drive class with Kelly riding him sidesaddle at an Orleton Farm Show.

GSCA EVENT HOSTS RECOGNIZED Granite State Carriage Association (GSCA) offers unique opportunities to enjoy horses in venues not always open or available to the equestrian public; sometimes by special permission or permit, or by prior arrangements to have gates opened. GSCA wishes to recognize and express warmest thanks to the following event hosts who continuously give their time and toil to assure safe and enjoyable outings for members:

Carolyn Townsend and Becky Greenan, John Huether, Linda and Eric Wilking, Bob and Sonja Cahill, Cindy Schlener, Rick and Connie Moses, Laurie Graham, Cresca Albright, Jean Harvey, and Boo Martin.

SYMPATHIES Alex Koso, husband to Susan Koso, passed quietly at home in January. Alex was born in Slovakia and later moved to Minneapolis, MN, with his mother. Alex loved his work and his family and was always accommodating and agreeable, making him easy to like and admire. Alex served as score keeper at many driving events in the Northeast, and his steady presence will be missed in the driving community.

YEAR-END AWARDS Congratulations to the carriage division winners of Massachusetts Morgan Horse Association’s 2017 Year-End Awards! Equinox Empress, driven by Melissa Morrell, was named Carriage Open Champion and Green Vale Whisper Dee, driven by Tina DeLullo, was named reserve campion. In addition, Green Vale Whisper Dee and DeLullo won the Carriage Dressage Training Level and reserve went to Homeward Angus McGinty, driven by Denise Pianka. The Carriage Non-Open division saw Homeward Angus McGinty and Pianka take champion. Lastly, Carriage Dressage Preliminary Level Champion was Equinox Empress and Morrell with reserve going to Homeward Angus McGinty and Pianka.


[LEFT] Equinox Empress, driven by Melissa Morrell, was crowned Carriage Open Champion at the 2017 Massachusetts Morgan Year-End Awards. [RIGHT] Green Vale Whisper Dee, driven by Tina DeLullo, was named Carriage Dressage Training Level Champion. March 2018




[LEFT] Christina Alsop driving at a trial in 2015. [RIGHT] Barbara Espey at the October 2015 SDA Driving Trial.


OUR CLUB, THE SARATOGA DRIVING Association, is always interested in harnessing up the members’ interests and providing an assortment of interesting activities that suit our members. But our members’ needs change, and we need to know what you want, and what you intend to support. Last summer, attendance was down and we don’t know why. We speculate it was an off year, we didn’t market enough, and everything will be fine this year with everyone eager and ready to go. But reality says we should ask. What are your plans? What are you looking for? We are all aging. Our horses are aging. Are we getting new replacements, should we gear our clinics to green horses and drivers? Are we still interested in challenging moments, but not wanting as much risk? How about a driving derby with lots of speed and maneuvering, but not much distance? Speak up; we want to hear 94


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what you want. We also want to know when you’d like to see events take place. We experimented with mid-week clinics, bringing in clinicians from out of the area for a three-day weekend clinic, or adding a clinic after the Combined Test/Horse Driving Trial in October. Some events are successful and some are hard to fill. Often it isn’t lack of interest, it is that we are very busy people. Our membership continues to grow. Sure, some people drop out, but we are continually getting new people. It is harder to get a driving horse, and folks want a fully trained, experienced horse that is ready to go for little money. For some reason that is hard to find. And half the problem with our horses is that they are not worked enough and there aren’t enough hills to give them time to think it all out. Half our problem is that we don’t have enough time to do everything we

should with our horses. The intention of our club is to give you safe opportunities to work your horses, expose them to new things like the company of others, and getting on and off the trailer and getting to work. Shows are not the place for first exposure to the thrill of the crowd. But what exactly are you looking for and what do you want us to host? Our intention is to use the power of this group to bring you what you need. Our mission is to promote driving and horses in harness. Horses in work, whether draft horses, combined driving horses speeding around obstacles, or very small equines (VSEs) motoring through cones courses, are all working for us, when they easily could say no. The charm of the relationship between the horse and driver is a sacred, ancient trust and we want to be part of it, and do everything we can to help the driver’s skill and knowledge and the horse’s comfort and safety.

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[LEFT] Townsend’s Training Farm is excited to welcome a new trainer, Joshua Bourdeau. [RIGHT] Andrea Fappini became NRHA’s second Five Million Dollar Rider.


NEW TRAINER Townsend’s Training Farm of Pembroke, NH, is pleased to welcome an additional trainer to their family, Joshua Bourdeau. Josh got his start riding with head trainer, Kim Chadbourne, over 30 years ago. Josh has earned top placings in the Appaloosa National and World Circuits. While traveling, he was able to watch and work with several different top trainers, instructors, and competitors. PRETTY PONY Echo, a 13.2 hand, 17-yearold Pony of America grade pony from White Birch Farm of Portland, CT, was recently sold. This pony has quite the personality and was used as a school and show horse. White Birch Farm wishes Echo all the best!

WELCOME ABOARD Crystal Farm, LLC, of Dunstable, MA, started off the new year with a new trainer, Ty Suratt. Ty is from Brush Prairie, WA, and has made the trek out east! Crystal Farm welcomes him and is excited to see what he brings to the lesson program. SUCCESSFUL SISTERS Congratulations are in order for Morgan Wheeler with Tobacco Kid, out of Boulder Brook Stables, in Lee, NH, for a successful show season with the New Hampshire Quarter Horse Association. Year-end results show that Morgan placed second in Level 1 Amateur Western Pleasure and Level 1 Amateur Western Horsemanship. She then placed first in Level 1 Amateur Showmanship and Trail. Well done, all around!

WELCOME ABOARD! Riverside Stables of Cromwell, CT, would like to welcome their newest equine pal, Mr. Klondike Bar. We hope he enjoys his time at Riverside! NRHA MILESTONES Many historic milestones were crossed at the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show. Adding to the list of accomplishments was Silver Spurs Equine. During the Level 4 Open Futurity final, Silver Spurs Equine crossed the mark as an NRHA Million Dollar Owner. During the 2017 NRHA Futurity, Silver Spurs Equine had two horses competing in the Level 4 Open Finals. During the event, the ranch earned more than $78,000. Another moment that will

forever stand out in the NRHA history books is the addition of a new Million Dollar Rider, Franco Bertolani. During the 2017 NRHA Futurity, Bertolani competed with two half-siblings owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center, LLC in the Level 4 Open Futurity Finals. Masked Gun placed fifth and earned $45,062.63 and Chex For Nite placed 20th and earned $10,540.92, bumping him across the coveted million dollar mark. Also during the 2017 NRHA North American Affiliate Championship Show, Andrea Fappani became NRHA’s second Five Million Dollar Rider. Qualifying two horses for the Level 4 Open Finals, the milestone was within grasp. The pair of horses earned Fappani more than $129,000, making him NRHA’s newest Five Million Dollar Rider.

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Tim Jarriel and Matt Jarriel from Collins, GA, won the #9 WSTR Finale.

World Series Of Team Roping

Celebrates First $11 Million Dollar Roping THE PRIEFERT WORLD SERIES OF Team Roping (WSTR) concluded its 12th annual record-breaking event on December 17, 2017. The World Series Grand Finale, held at the South Point Hotel & Casino Equestrian and Events Center in Las Vegas, NV, has changed the face of team roping and continues to create a storm of interest in the sport. Record crowds watched as this year’s Finale broke the record yet again with a total payout of $11,028,000 in cash and a large prize-line. An additional $1,286,080 in prize money was paid in two super qualifiers in the main arena, and the daily qualification events held at the outside arena, to bring the week take for ropers to $12,314,000. This year’s WSTR Finale brought over 3,900 contestants to Las Vegas, the direct result of over 100,000 teams competing in 140 sanctioned events during the year in the United States, Canada, Australia, France, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, and the Czech Republic competing for over $34 million is payouts. In the last 12 years, WSTR has awarded over $70 million to Las Vegas Finale contestants. The sport of Team Roping boasts the largest economical component of the recreational horse world, producing over $65 million in purses each year. The World Series of Team Roping Finale is the richest, and most prestigious event to showcase the sport. The event will return to the South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa on December 9, 2018. With a crack of the chute gate on Sunday, December 10, the 2017 WSTR Finale came to life with the only Finale 96


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that did not reach a payoff of a million. There was an electric charge throughout South Point Arena sparked by a full house as the field of ropers in the #15 set the pace in Las Vegas. After two rotations, the top 20 teams were welcomed back into the main arena for the short round. When the dust settled, the team of Tyler and Allen Bach moved from the third high call position to win the event. Their four head total of 28.12 came after a quick short round run of 7.06. The father and son duo won $158,000 in cash along with the first place prize line. Monday kicked off the short round of the #13 Yeti WSTR Finale filled with a tough field of ropers from all across the country. The event witnessed a historymaking short round as Daren Sims and Spunk Sasser from Florida won the roping from the 17th callback position to earn a payday worth $238,000 in cash. “This is the cake,” said Sims just after winning the event. Sims made a quick head catch in the short round and Spunk cleaned them up like he has done throughout the Southeast for many years. They stopped the clock in 6.12 seconds in the final round to give them a total of 31.19 on four head. With three steers roped in their rotation of the #12 Ariat WSTR Finale on Tuesday, the team of Scott Smith and Garrett Nokes were the high call team back in the short round. With one final catch of 8.56 seconds in the short round, they emerged as the champions of the roping and placed another milestone on a great friendship. “We have known each other for close to 40 years,” said Nokes who is the Mid-Plains Rodeo Coach in McCook, NE, and also

a former National Finals Rodeo Steer Wrestling contestant. The day was filled with great accomplishments from the top 44 ropers invited back into the short round. Every roper who made the cut into the short round won some of the overall cash payout that exceeded $1.7 million dollars. Wednesday afternoon, the 2017 WSTR Finale in Las Vegas welcomed the top 44 teams back into the main coliseum at South Point to see how things would shake out. From the third call position, the team of Brady Alexander from Queen Creek, AZ, and Joel Wengert from Casa Grande, AZ, made a run that would eventually lead them to the championship. “This is my first trip to the Finale,” said 22-year-old Alexander, who owns an auto transport company with his father. “I think I was more nervous on my first one than the short round steer.” There was no denying the tension was extreme in the #10 Yeti WSTR Finale on Thursday. With $2,098,000 on the line, the largest single roping payout to date of the WSTR Finale, history would be made! That history belongs to the team of Will Jones and Erick Alvarado, who seemed calm as they backed into the box of the short round in the high callback position and made a smooth run to secure the championship. They earned $362,000, as well as the first place prize line. “I was nervous,” admitted Alvarado just after the roping ended. “I was so late leaving the box and all I could do was concentrate on trying to catch up.” Catch up he did, gathering two heels on the backside to stop the clock in 8.22 seconds. Jones placed ninth last year with traveling buddy Chance Bownds, who won second place in the #10 Finale. Friday was a day full of rotations in the #9 WSTR Finale and with over 500 teams, one rotation in the roping concluded on Saturday morning. The high call team of Tim Jarriel and his nephew Matt Jarriel backed into the box in the high call position and after a solid run earned the second largest paycheck of the Finale week. The #9 WSTR Finale claimed its share of the spotlight as the second largest roping of the week. There were several teams who made solid runs in the #8 Finale short round to push to the top of the leaderboard, including the fifth high call team of Sam Lunceford and Brett Barrow. They roped their final steer in 9.28 seconds to overtake the lead of the roping with a four head total of 41.18 seconds. Their time held through the last four teams giving them the championship of the roping.




[LEFT] Dale Pitcock and Hielke D in armor. [RIGHT] Dale Pitcock riding Henja of Mapleview.

International Friesian Show Horse Association Member Exemplifies Success and Compassion SUBMITTED BY MALA TYLER


WHEN DALE PITCOCK WAS FIVE years old, his parents brought home a cantankerous Shetland pony misguidedly named “Princess.” None of Dale’s seven siblings took any interest in the 12-hand “demon on four hooves,” but Dale saw something special in the little mare, and from that moment on, the two became inseparable. From that connection, Dale gained a lifelong passion for horses; a journey that would bring amazing accolades and national success, and ultimately a nomination for USEF Equestrian of the Year. Dale and his wife bought their farm, Elysian Fields Farm, in 2001. Located in Plain City, OH, the farm is home to the Pitcock’s 15 horses, including USEF Horse of the Year winners, EF Angelique and Hielke D. The Pitcocks grow their own hay, putting out 3,000 bales of hay and 1,400 bales of straw, which allows them the opportunity to open their barn to provide a loving home to rescue horses in addition to their champion show horses.

Years ago, Dale discovered many horses at a local farm who were being neglected and starved. Unable to ignore their suffering, he took it upon himself to bring the horses his own hay. After two years of advocating for the horses and hundreds of bales of hay, Dale was successful in saving the animals. By working with a local rescue, they were able to find the horses safe homes. “My passion for these magnificent animals makes it impossible for me to stand by and do nothing when I see an animal mistreated or neglected,” says Dale. “I have rescued nine horses over the last 15 years and still have some in our herd today.” In Dale’s barn, champion horses are stabled alongside his rescues; each equally loved. Dale’s first Friesian came with the winning bid for a breeding to Friesian stallion, Fafnir, at a stallion auction in 2005. Out of the breeding to Dale’s Appendix Quarter Horse, Princess Gekko, came the Pitcock’s champion partbred Friesian mare, EF Angelique, also

known as Angel. In 2011, the Pitcocks added to their collection of black beauties by purchasing 2002 Friesian gelding, Hielke D from Lynn Schmitt of Dream Gait, who imported him from the Netherlands. Elysian Fields is now home to three other purebreds: a 16-year-old mare named Henja of Mapleview; a fouryear-old stallion, Tobias MFF; and his full brother, a three-year-old stallion, Zeno Hans MFF. They also have two other part-bred Friesians, a 10-year-old mare, Willow EF, and a two-year-old gelding out of Angel. Dale has successfully shown his horses in driving, hunt seat, saddle seat, western, armor halter, and liberty. In 2017, he added tandem riding to his list, winning the world champion class at the International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) World and Grand National Championships. Dale topped an amazing year by winning The Vaughan Smith Trophy, awarded to the best rider of any horse or pony breed shown in hunter pleasure, show hack, hunter hack, dressage hack, costume, sidesaddle, or western dressage. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, he was nominated for 2017 USEF Equestrian of the Year. “My reaction was overwhelmed and greatly honored,” Dale shares. “This opportunity is the height of my equestrian journey to date.” March 2018



[LEFT] Lacy is a lovely example of the foals produced at Walking on Sunshine Farms. [RIGHT] Walking on Sunshine Farms’ stallion, Proud Truth, demonstrates great conformation and temperament for a Tennessee Walking Horse.

Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England Meet Angela Lewis of Walking on Sunshine Farms ARTICLE SUBMITTED BY LOREN STEVENS; PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANGELA LEWIS

ANGELA LEWIS OF WALKING ON Sunshine Farms, located outside of Columbus, OH, is an amazing Tennessee Walking Horse owner, breeder, and exhibitor. We had the privilege of meeting her, her husband Mike, their son Brandon, and their talented barn manager and rider, Jaclyn Williams, at Equine Affaire in West Springfield, MA, in November of 2017. This warm and friendly family traveled from Ohio with two Walking Horses to exhibit at Equine Affaire as part of the Yankee Walkers Club. Jaclyn rode Gilbert, a big, bold, beautiful three-year-old black gelding in both of the Yankee Walkers breed demonstrations, staying in perfect pattern and rhythm with the Yankee Walkers’ drill team after only one early morning practice. While at Equine Affaire, Angela managed her stunning white 15-year-old stallion, Proud Truth, “Blue,” in the Yankee Walkers’ breed display booth and answered crowd questions regarding 98


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gaited horses from all the interested spectators. Blue was a perfect gentleman, charming all the passersby with his beauty, perfect Tennessee Walking Horse conformation, gentle, quiet personality, and soft, kind eyes. At Walking on Sunshine Farms, the Lewis family has been breeding, raising, and training Walking Horses for over 10 years. Angela has a great eye for breeding conformation that leads to an excellent gait. She is also careful with her mares and, of course, Blue, to choose horses with excellent dispositions to produce exceptional foals with natural gait, head shaking walks, and deep hind ends. Angela says, “My goal is to breed for personality, natural gait, and beautiful conformation. I believe that by endeavoring to do that, my babies are able to go anywhere and do well; show, trail, endurance, or whatever discipline is desired. I still am able to provide a multitude of color, from solids, to spotted horses,

as well as the occasional palomino and buckskin.” Angela purchased Blue a few years ago, noting, “When I saw the video of him just walking quietly on a lead, I might as well have just left to pick him up that day. However, in my efforts to not be guilty of buying hastily, I made an appointment and went down to see him. Then I fell in love all over again and he came home with me that day.” His papers boast of Midnight Sun, Sun’s Delight D, Pride of Midnight HF, and Prides John Grey, just to name a few of his famous ancestors. He stands 15.1 hands and has a black base with non-homozygous grey modifier. “What stands out most though is the kindness of his offspring and their amazing natural ability,” Angela stated. Located on 20 picturesque acres, Walking on Sunshine Farms is an experienced breeding farm and offers Live Cover and Collection. The experienced staff takes great care of the mares left under their supervision. Each spring Angela also has a new batch of foals born from her beautiful broodmares. Additionally, she has some older, more experienced horses for sale from time to time. For more information about Walking on Sunshine Farms, visit their website at


[LEFT] Sabrina Randall and Lori Murray with the Rhode Island Junior Open Rider Award. [RIGHT] Jane Sparda and Walter Comire with the Rhode Island Competitive Trail Award.

Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association Celebrates New Year at Holiday Social Event ARTICLE SUBMITTED BY CYNTHIA DOWNS; PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCA MURPHY

WARM CELEBRATIONS HELPED ease the bitter cold this January at the Holiday Social event held by the Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association (RIAHA) on January 7 at the Pine Wood Pub and Pizza in Harmony, RI. Enjoying great food, sharing ideas and goals for the 2018 year, and winning prizes in RIAHA’s everpopular raffle were just some of the highlights of the New Year’s gathering. A challenging game of Horse Bingo kept folks on their toes, with the winner taking home a treat of chocolate to savor their victory. The business of the meeting and installation of the 2018 officers was accomplished, setting a great tone for the events of the year. President Chris Picardi, Vice President Rebecca Murphy, and Board Members Lucille Guilbault, Walter Comire, Nancy Russell, and Karen Richmond all took the oath to keep RIAHA going forward. Recognizing our Year-End Award participants in all their accomplishments was a lovely close to the gathering, and we congratulate the following winners. Sponsored by Rick and Lori Murray, Sabrina Randall

and Dream On were the Year-End Award winners in the Open Breed Walk-TrotCanter Junior and Hunter Jumper over fences divisions. Jane Sparda and Lady Sharees Choice took home the Pleasure Mileage Champion award in the Purebred Arabian division. Walter and Pauline Comire sponsored the award. Congratulations to the RIAHA Year-End Award Champions! RIAHA is accepting members and welcomes volunteers. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and keep up with our events! March 2018



Annual Youth Issue

Is your child looking to expand their horizons, learn new skills, or reach new goals? Having your child be as prepared as possible—whether it is with a great riding program, educational or competitive opportunities, or the perfect show accessories—is important. These barns, organizations, and products are sure to put your child on the right track. Farms and Barns Apple Knoll Farm APPLE KNOLL FARM, LOCATED IN MILLIS, MA, IS A PREMIER eventing facility that takes pride in introducing horses and riders to the beauty and thrill of eventing, with instruction geared toward building a solid foundation in the disciplines of dressage, stadium jumping, and cross-country. Adrienne Iorio, an international four-star rider and owner/ head trainer of the facility, believes in creating a positive and fun experience, leaving the horse and rider wanting to come back for more! Apple Knoll is excited to roll out a jam-packed year of equine events for riders of all ages and levels. Early 2018 welcomes clinics from Roddy Strang on March 10-11, Dom Schramm on March 31-April 1, and Tik Maynard on May 12-13. These clinics are an exciting opportunity to learn from top-tier instructors and expand your skills and knowledge of horsemanship and beyond. The Northbridge Equine Challenge Series is a summer series of Wednesday night jumper shows that are known for attracting local farms and their riders from all over the region for a night of friendly competition and entertaining spectating. The series begins June 13 and culminates with an awards night on September 12. In addition to holding several Schooling Horse Trials at the farm throughout the spring and summer, Apple Knoll will be hosting the Fourth Annual Area 1 Schooling Horse Trials Championships on August 19. Visit to learn more. Check the Apple Knoll Farm website,, throughout the year and be sure to visit the calendar page, as new events are being added often.

Back Bay Farm BACK BAY FARM IS A PREMIERE RIDING STABLE ON Boston’s North Shore that offers horse training, horseback riding lessons, showing, full board, sales, and leasing. Whether you are just starting out, or have been competitively riding for years, Back Bay Farm has a program that is tailored to your needs. Located in Ipswich, MA, Back Bay Farm has horses and ponies available for lease at local shows for riding school clients. Their show-quality lesson mounts show competitively each year from lead line to the 3’ ring. All of the school horses and ponies live in the main barn and are given the utmost quality care. “Back Bay Farm continues to be one of the single most



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important experiences in my daughter’s life,” says Alexandra Drane, a parent of one of Back Bay’s many riders. Back Bay Farm is proud to have been named a “Horse Farm of Distinction” by the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation for many years, including 2018. If you think Back Bay Farm is the place for your horseback riding lesson needs, they invite you to stop by for a visit during business hours; no appointment necessary! This is a great way to get acclimated to the farm, meet the lesson horses and ponies, and even see some of them in action. To learn more about Back Bay Farm, the lesson program, and more, visit

Stepping Stone Ranch RHODE ISLAND’S STEPPING STONE RANCH IS A family-owned business since the 1960’s and is still producing quality equine programs, including teaching not only riding to children and adults, but horsemanship as well! At Stepping Stone Ranch, education goes beyond riding—to the core of what horses have to share with humans. Each is an individual and understanding the multiple personalities helps in understanding the relationship of the rider and the horse. The lesson program accommodates children seven years old and up, group and private lessons, after school and after work hours, and offers specific program for adults and first-time horse owners. For more competitive individuals, Stepping Stone offers options for students to join their show team, where students are welcome to participate after evaluation into the program. Have your own horse? Bring him with you! Stepping Stone Ranch offers a specialized lesson/training program for riders and their horses where you can work through your issues, fears, and speed bumps to achieve a balanced, understood, safe, and trusting relationship with your horse. The Ranch also is lucky to be in the middle of the Arcadia Management Area and offers the best trail riding in the state. The park offers 16,000 acres of beautiful trails to go along with Stepping Stone’s 112 acre, 26-stall facility. For more information about Stepping Stone Ranch, visit their website at

Organizations United States Hunter Jumper Association SETTING OR ADJUSTING GOALS IS AN IMPORTANT PART of every rider’s year. Whether that goal is education, earning a year-end award, or perhaps making it to a special champion-

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ship, the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) has programs for riders at virtually every level of their career. For those focused on educational opportunities, the USHJA Directory of Clinics is a wonderful resource to identify local clinics. For equestrians under the age of 21, the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge offers an exciting online quiz experience that culminates in the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Nationals for 24 of the top-scoring participants, featuring written and practicum exams with a chance to win educational grants and other great prizes. The USHJA Emerging Athletes Program is for riders 25 and under and tailored for those who are proficient at a 1.10 jumper-style course. For those looking for competitive opportunities, the USHJA offers team and individual championships for competitors in the Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunters, Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumpers, 1.20/1.25m Junior/Amateur Jumpers, and 1.30/1.35m Junior/Amateur Jumpers, as well as offerings for the Green Hunter Incentive competitors, Hunter Derby competitors, and more. USHJA also offers numerous Zone Horse of the Year and Stirrup Cup Championships, depending upon where a rider competes. The USHJA and USHJA Foundation also offer equestrian grants and scholarships to help riders achieve their dreams. Whatever your goals are, be sure to visit to see how the United States Hunter Jumper Association can help you reach them.

Products Ellie’s Bows ELLIE’S BOWS IS THE LARGEST MANUFACTURER OF show bows in the United States and abroad. Exclusively sold at the largest equestrian retailer, Dover Saddlery, Ellie’s Bows, out of Palmerton, PA, is the first company to design, manufacture, and distribute bows on a wholesale level within the equestrian market. Ellie’s Bows has been in business for over seven years, creating beautiful, handmade bows designed by Ellie herself! “It is so much fun to pick colors and design bows that I know all the girls are going to love,” says Ellie. “I do my homework and see what colors are popular so I can infuse them into our designs.” Ellie’s Bows loves making customers look fantastic while giving the ultimate good luck charm! A fan-favorite collection is the Dover Saddlery Classic collection, featuring their single bows. Single bows are smaller bows that come in solid colors— perfect for the show ring and school! The Spring 2018 Classic Collection is currently available on their website. In need of custom bows? No problem, Ellie would be happy to make a specific color combo. Ellie’s also offers t-shirts, belts, and gift baskets for sale. New this year are Ellie’s soaps; which are all hand-made, all natural, 3-D soaps that smell fabulous. Check often for new products, the bow club, news, and be sure to contact them at

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horseback riding, camping, the outdoors, gardening and

tax preparation.

A weekend camping trip with the family … a long ride through wooded trails … and spending quality time with IRS Publication 225. To Farm Credit East’s Lindsay Eckman, there’s nothing better. You see, as much as Lindsay loves just about everything to do with the great outdoors, she’s equally passionate about making sure her clients have their taxes filed properly and on time. Sure, her love of tax prep may seem a little peculiar to the rest of us, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Aiken, South Carolina .




803.648.8660 . . 800.880.0108

Calvary Training Center MIKE HOSANG or BRIAN CAVANAUGH . $4,900,000

Picture-perfect property with a host of potential uses in Bluffton, SC includes 43+ acres, beautiful lake, Low Country home with 7 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, education center with offices and classrooms, and extensive infrastructure that could handle a 100-unit development. The world class equestrian facility includes 25 stalls, tack rooms, grooms’ lounge and baths, wash stalls, storage and 42,000 square foot covered arena.

Windsor Oaks MIKE HOSANG or BRIAN CAVANAUGH . $1,300,000

Stunning private country estate on 30 lovely acres with beautiful live oaks! Custom home features 5 bedrooms & 4 baths, well-appointed kitchen with granite countertops, high ceilings and wood flooring throughout. Attached 4 car garage plus finished basement space. Property has 2 large enclosed metal buildings with separate electrical service, plumbing & septic.

Greener Pastures Call COURTNEY CONGER . $599,000

Custom brick home with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, 3-stall center aisle barn with tack room, 8-acre pasture with 4 feeding pens and run-in shed, 4 paddocks, 2 more run-in sheds, and 40x50 Hoover work shop on over 41 acres of board fenced pasture & woods. Miles of riding on groomed trails and adjoining dirt roads, all located in Aiken’s east side equestrian corridor!

The Polo Club . $1,200,000

Three Runs Plantation JACK ROTH or FRANK STARCHER . $769,000


Location, Location, Location! An early century charmer, originally built as a clubhouse for Whitney Polo Field. Directly across from Aiken's Training Track in Historic Horse District, with easy access to downtown & south side shopping. Enjoy the wrap-around porch with picturesque views. Keep cozy in front of the 5 fireplaces. Beautiful hardwood floors and original details enhance this historic property that also boasts ample paddock space.

Spectacular nearly new home with 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths on 6 perfect acres of grass, irrigated and fenced. The barn has room for 4 horses with heated and air conditioned tack room. The bonus room over the garage is roughed in for another bedroom or office and a full bath and a kitchen.

Wit ’s End Farm

Call COURTNEY CONGER . $995,000

Emerald green hay fields roll gently to the sparkling lake on 140 acres of perimeter fenced woods & fields. Delightful 3,800 square foot residence includes state-of-the-art kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, master wing, media room. Includes storage sheds, run-in shed, separate garage with workshop, equipment building plumbed for apartment.

King’s Ridge JANE PAGE THOMPSON . $836,000

Historic Winter Colony cottage with stables in downtown Aiken just steps from Hitchcock Woods! Delightful 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home, updated in recent years, features high ceilings, wood floors, fireplace, and wall of windows overlooking patio and paddocks. For horses, there is a 3-stall shed row barn.

Willow Hill Farm . $1,150,000


Artfully situated to capture vibrant sunsets, this spectacular home has 5,100 square feet under roof with verandas and screened porch overlooking sparkling pool and lake. Exceptional craftsmanship evident in designer details in this 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with studio apartment and several barn sites on 5 acres in gated equestrian community.

Historic 1910 farm recently updated features main residence with original woodwork, modernized kitchen, 5 bedrooms each with full bath. Brick home with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths for guests or grooms. For horses, there are 2 original barns with a total of 18 stalls plus hay storage; and 8 fenced paddocks, each with run-in shed. Rolling pastures and riding arena complete the 22.81 acre farm.

Hickory Hill Farm


Three Runs Plantation FRANK STARCHER or JACK ROTH . $539,000

Incredibly priced turn key horse farm on 5 acres! Home has 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, gas fireplace, high ceilings and mudroom with laundry. The 2-stall barn has storage plus tack room with heat & air. Separate 12x20 equipment building has concrete floor, and the board-fenced paddocks are supplied with water.



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Cedar Meadows SUZAN McHUGH . $549,000

Fabulous horse property in completely private setting with beautiful landscaping. Beautifully maintained home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, gleaming hardwood floors throughout. Property is 7 acres fenced and cross fenced with access to miles of trails. Center aisle barn has 3 large stalls, large feed/storage area and tack room.

Woolworth House Call COURTNEY CONGER . $790,000

Fabulous 21 acre horse farm in Chime Bell Chase equestrian community includes custom 3 bedroom, 3 bath farm house, in ground pool with patio & pergola, 6-stall center aisle barn with tack room & wash area, and 3 large board fenced paddocks with run-in sheds for each.

Courtney Conger 803.645.3308 Jack Roth 803.341.8787

RandyWolcott 803.507.1142 Suzan McHugh 803.292.8525

Firetower Farm . $499,000


Charming 4 bedroom farm house with wood floors, open floor plan, fireplace and chef’s kitchen. For horses, farm includes 4-stall center aisle barn with unfinished loft space and over 8 acres of irrigated coastal pastures with water and 3-board fencing.

Mike Hosang 803.270.6358 Brian Cavanaugh 803.624.6072

Frank Starcher 803.270.6623 Jane Page Thompson 803.215.8232


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Kent Nutrition Group: Blue Seal .............17

A&B Lumber....................................................... 9

King Construction........................Back Cover

Ab Cole Real Estate....................................102

Kingston Trailers ............................................86

Ag Liner ..............................................................50

Lazy K Tack .......................................................45

Andis Company................................................. 5

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Apple Knoll Farm ...........................................39

Lubrisyn ............................................................... 1

Arena Works..................................................101 Averett University...................................60-61 Back Bay Farm ................................................39 Back On Track..................................................12 Blue Seal Dealer Ad ......................................71 Bridgewater Supply......................................50 Carolina Company ......................................104 Cazenovia College .........................................62

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Central Garden & Pet...................................51

Purina Animal Nutrition .............................55

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»MARCH 02/27-04 | HITS DESERT CIRCUIT VI, Desert Horse Park, Thermal, CA. CONTACT: 02/28-04 | ARIZONA WINTER FESTIVAL, Pima County Fairgrounds, Tucson, AZ. CONTACT:

13-18 | HITS DESERT CIRCUIT VIII, Desert Horse Park, Thermal, CA. CONTACT:


25 | MARCH MADNESS BENEFIT RIDE, Wallis St, Douglas, MA. CONTACT: Lynn, 508-476-7094,,

21 | TRAIL WORK DAY, West Hill Dam, Uxbridge, MA. CONTACT: Becky, 508-476-3960,,

25 | HAMMONASSET BEACH 02 | NHDEA ANNUAL MEETING/ RIDE, Madison, CT. CONTACT: Debbie Sommers, COCKTAIL PARTY, 900 Degrees Pizzeria, Epping, NH. CONTACT: ste- 203-623-8512. or nhdea. org.


06-11 | HITS DESERT CIRCUIT VII, Desert Horse Park, Thermal, CA. CONTACT: 7 | TSHA GENERAL MEETING, Hank’s Restaurant, Brooklyn, CT. 860-564-4700, 07-11 | ARIZONA DESERT FINALS, Pima County Fairgrounds, Tucson, AZ. CONTACT:

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15 | CHATFIELD HOLLOW 10-11 | RODDY STRANG CLINIC, TRAIL RIDE, Killingworth, CT. Apple Knoll Farm, Millis, MA. CONCONTACT: Jen Boggiatto, 203TACT: 915-1027.

22 | CROSS-COUNTRY DERBY, Apple Knoll Farm, Millis, MA. CONTACT: 28-29 | CRDA ADULT CAMP, Apple Knoll Farm, Millis, MA. CONTACT: 20-22 | IEA HUNT SEAT NATIONAL FINALS, New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY. CONTACT: 26-29 | LAND ROVER KENTUCKY THREE-DAY EVENT, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: kentuckythreedayeventcom. 29 | PARK SERVE DAY, Douglas State Forest, Douglas, MA. CONTACT: Becky, 508-476-3960, bstra@,

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