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Like Flies Put your pest management knowledge to the test. BY KATHRYN SELINGA
features 40 Living the Dream Discover how three former interns turned summer work into a permanent position. BY CHRISTINA KEIM
46 The Big Clean Spruce up your barn with these spring cleaning tips. BY KELLEY ROCHE
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52 Charting the Course Hunter rider Amanda Steege helps you navigate different jumps on course. BY JANE CARLTON
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departments 14 Editor’s Note 16 The In-Gate 18 Best of May 23 Points of Interest 26 Fun Facts 28 Prepurchase Exam 30 Instructor’s Notebook
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66 Chester Weber won the United States
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79 Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night
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2nd-5th Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championships The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association’s annual championship show moves to Syracuse, NY, for 2019 and will showcase top hunt seat and western collegiate equestrians.
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8th-19th Fieldstone Spring Festival 12th Mother’s Day Give your mother a hug for all those days she drove you to the barn as a horse-crazy kid and for being the best horse show mom ever.
22nd HITS Saugerties Series The well-known Saugerties Series put on by HITS kicks off eight weeks of hunter, jumper, and equitation competition in New York.
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Heather Irvine added to his compliments, “The footing is lovely this year; almost every ring has been redone and we just love it!” Although very pleased with the reactions, these improvements are just the beginning for this newly developed partnership between Morrissey Management Group, LLC, GGT-Footing, JTWG, and 4G Surfaces. A top priority of the show management’s team is to continue to keep the show days short to allow all who travel to Northern Michigan to enjoy the area. With this in mind, plans have been made to break ground on an additional show ring this spring along with many other improvements to the facility. After the completion of this round of changes, it’s safe to say you won’t want to miss out on GLEF 2019. The show starts July 3 and runs through August 11. This year’s circuit will include over $1.5 million in prize money, four weeks of FEI CSI 2* and 3* competition, four United States Equestrian Federation-rated “Equitation Tuesday’s,” and much more! Visit the show’s website, greatlakesequestrianfestival.com, for more information. Contact Cynthia Brewster Keating at GGT Footing at 864-804-0011 for your arena textile and arena maintenance needs and learn more about what GGT Footing has to offer at ggtfooting.com.
Plans have been made to break ground on an additional show ring this spring along with many other improvements to the facility.
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In 2018, The Polk Family Main Hunter Ring and Hunter Ring II were both revamped with GGT Footing. This year, they are doing the Van Kampen, Jumper 2, and the new Williamsburg Arena, which will mean earlier days and allow for competitors to spend time in Traverse City.
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Photo of the Month
PHOTO: GREERSHOTZ PHOTOGRAPHY/COURTESY OF MICHELLE PLAIN
Michelle Plain sent in this happy memory of her beloved Uluru—who sadly passed away this past August— at a horse show in Connecticut.
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FREE REIN Created and written by Anna McCleery and Vicki Lutas 2 Seasons, Netﬂix; 2017-Present
Full of bright scenery and youthful characters, follow along as Zoe Phillips builds a relationship with a special horse named Raven and the other riders at Bright Field Stables. Though a little lacking in true “horse knowledge” and a bit cliché, Free Rein’s cheesy yet cheeky story kept us coming back for more. Plus, the horses are cute and Charlotte Dujardin even had her own cameo! BOTTOM LINE:
Flu Shot Following confirmed outbreaks of equine influenza in Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Nigeria, and the United States of America since the beginning of the year, the FEI reminds the equestrian community to protect horses from and prevent transmission of the highly contagious virus. “Vaccinating horses against equine influenza is key to combating the spread of equine influenza,” FEI Veterinary Director Göran Åkerström said. “It is important that all horses are vaccinated, regardless of whether or not they compete or come into contact with other horses, but there are also biosecurity measures that should be put in place, including best hygiene practices.” Any horse that displays any signs of illness should not leave their home yard. This also applies to any horse that has been in contact with a horse or horses that have equine influenza. The air-borne virus can spread up to two kilometres, depending on the environmental conditions, and can be easily transmitted between horses that are in close contact, such as attending events, group training and hunting, or between vaccinated and unvaccinated horses in the home yard. “This year we are seeing a return of the Clade 1 virus in infected horses. Vaccinated horses have suffered only mild clinical signs of the disease and recovered quickly, but unvaccinated horses have been much more severely affected,” FEI Veterinary Advisor Caterina Termine said. “The key message is, get your horse vaccinated, monitor horse health extremely closely, and call your veterinarian if you have any concerns.”
TIDY UP WE ASKED: Do you give your barn a spring cleaning?
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THE MORE THE MERRIER At the 2019 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Annual Meeting, President Murray Kessler reported that membership was up 35% since 2017 and 76% since 2016, totaling over 144,244 members. It was noted that USEF Network, the organization’s horse show live stream service, helped to add 33,512 of those members.
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USEF has had four official names over the years, including the current USEF/US Equestrian title.
The first annual meeting of USEF, which was the Association of American Horse Shows at the time, was on January 29, 1918.
The current USEF president is the organization’s 12th.
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Fun Facts about Eventing
BY TERISÉ COLE
» In 2018, Phillip Dutton was the highest ranked U.S. eventer in the FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings, finishing in tenth, which also made him the leader of the North American rankings for the year.
» This year, the FEI restructured the classification system for international eventing competitions, changing many of the levels’ names and adding a new introductory level in an attempt to maintain its inclusion in the Olympic Games. (For a full breakdown of the new system, check out “Written in the Stars” in the February 2019 issue!)
» The highest level of the sport, CCI5*-L, includes only six events: the Badminton Horse Trials and Burghley Horse Trials in England, the Kentucky Three-Day Event in the U.S., the Australian International 3-Day Event, the Luhmühlen Horse Trials in Germany, and the Étoiles de Pau in France.
» The first woman to ever compete on an
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eventing team at an Olympic Games was Helena du Pont of Maryland, who rode Mr. Wister to help win team silver at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
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The Answer to My Horse’s Worst Nightmare Shortly after purchasing my gelding, I had him checked by several vets, we took x-rays and that told the story - my gelding’s worst nightmare! He had multiple holes in both front feet! I tried all of the conventional treatments but there was no improvement. I was told to consider surgery on both front legs, because in his condition he would soon have to be destroyed. Feeling desperate, I took a chance on something a friend had told me about. I called TLC Animal Nutrition and started him on several products that are speciﬁcally designed for horses with navicular. Two weeks after I started the program he was sound. Six months later I had more x-rays taken, and the vet said it was a “miracle” and I have to agree, because the holes on the navicular bone were ﬁlling in. “Angel” has taken me to the state ﬁnals each year. Very impressive for a horse that may have otherwise been destroyed.
Another Second Chance I had such great results with the ﬁrst horse, I purchased another problem horse that I saved from certain death. This horse is fourteen years old and has been lame for more than half his life. Again x-rays conﬁrmed ﬁve holes in the right front foot-navicular. But this wasn’t his only problem. This horse also had arthritis so bad he could barely shufﬂe off at a fast walk. He literally smelled rotten, had a very bad hair coat and was loaded with large and small stron strongyles. The former owner sold him to me for one dollar and was sure he would never walk a sound step again. Again I contacted TLC Animal Nutrition for a recommendation. We changed his feed, added TLC’s Performance Plus, DBG Min and Niacin along with Glucosamine and Ultimate DE.
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Wide, shock-absorbing treads are the main feature of these stirrups—our tester said goodbye to joint pain when in the saddle! The swiveling treads provide some cushion to your ride. Though lighter than most metal irons, thanks to being made of high-tech polymer, our tester had no problems retrieving any lost stirrups during her rides. Coming in a variety of colors to match the rest of your gear, these irons are perfect for the jumper ring or eventing enthusiasts but are also available in grey for traditionalists. BUY IT: compositi.be; $45.95
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The Tech Stirrups Venice Lite Plus feature a safety mechanism—which our tester luckily didn’t have to test directly—that opens easily to allow the foot to side out in the event of a fall. Our tester found the wide, grippy base of these stirrups to give nice stability and the shock absorbers under the stirrup pad made for a very comfortable ride. They’re marked left and right, which made putting them on the saddle super easy, especially since they have a slightly sloped tread. Our tester did note that they’re lightweight, but still have some substance to them and are a bit chunky, so they may be most appropriate for the jumper ring. BUY IT: techstirrups.com; $549.95
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bits & pieces INSTRUCTOR’S NOTEBOOK Second in a three-part training series
Creating an Effective Course Walk Step II: Making Your Custom Jump-Off Plan By Christina Keim
WHETHER YOU ARE RIDING YOUR FIRST jump-off or your thousandth, every rider needs to ask themselves the same question: what am I trying to accomplish today? The answer will dictate the type of plan that you create through your course walk. “The way you walk the course will be completely different depending on what you want the outcome to be,” says Alissa Kinsey, owner and head trainer at Hazelcrest of Hampstead, NH, and Wellington, FL. “Riding your best round doesn’t always mean riding the winning round.” 30
Riders should spend their course walk determining which line or turn to each fence will give their horse the best opportunity to practice the skills they are working on at home. Designers include options in the jump-off course that can take seconds off the clock, including inside turns or leaving out strides in lines. Only plan to utilize those options that best match you and your horse’s skill level. “Walk the course thinking of you and your horse’s abilities first,” says Kinsey. “The biggest mistake I see is people trying to emulate
what other riders do, when those skills are not what they are practicing at home. Watch the winning riders not to copy them that day, but to see what they are doing so you know what to practice.” For those horses or riders new to the jumper ring, at first, riding a successful jump-off is about learning to ride a hair above their normal pace with a few shaved turns. “The course walk should mirror the first round track,” says Kinsey. “It should be a little boring at first. Do not over face yourself or your horse by trying to be too competitive at the beginning.” As riders gain experience, they should use the course walk to examine the options available and determine which ones will fulfill their goals that day. A more experienced team’s plan may include all of the inside turns as well as a direct route in the bending line, whereas for a less experienced pair, the plan may include only one easier inside option with the rest of the track flowing smoothly at a stronger pace. “I walk every step of the course 10 times over,” says Kinsey. “I want to know where I am going each step. The average jump-off course is only 25 seconds, and you want to plan for the technical aspect of the track and how you are going to execute it.” When riding an experienced mount, Kinsey will also create a Plan B. “I use this if I am lucky enough to go toward the end and know the results,” says Kinsey. “It may include a risky option like a tight turn or leaving a step out. I only use this if someone goes in ahead of me and really lays it down, and my goal that day is to ride the most competitive course I can.” Once you have created a plan for your horse—stick with your plan, even if you see someone else take a risk in their round that pays off. “They are a different horse and rider,” says Kinsey. “If you didn’t walk it, you shouldn’t do it. It teaches bad sportsmanship and bad horsemanship if you go in a ring haphazardly just trying to win.”
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Riders should spend their course walk determining which line or turn to each fence will give their horse the best opportunity to practice the skills they are working on at home.
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ice, mosquitos, and horse flies, oh my! Is your facility tormented by pests? All hope is not lost. Take back control by equipping yourself with the right information on the pests that infest your barn. Take the quiz below to find out how much you know! 1) How should manure waste be handled to lessen the number of biting flies?
A. Spread it out in a thin layer to dry B. Use a fully contained manure dumpster C. Compost D. All of the above
2) Which of the following pests does NOT bite or sting? A. Horsefly
B. Stable fly C. Housefly D. None of the above
3) What type of plant is thought to help keep pests, including mice and mosquitos, away?
A. Lavender B. Tulips C. Daisies D. All of the above
4) Which of the following natural predators are often used to help lessen the number of pests?
A. Chickens B. Parasitoid wasps C. Bats D. All of the above
5) Which of the following chemicals is a common active ingredient in fly repellants?
A. Methylparaben B. Pyrethroids C. Acetone D. None of the above
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6) Which of the following landscaping recommendations can help aid in pest control? A. Place the barn on a hill when building it
B. Keep plants and groundcover at least 8-12 inches away from buildings C. Prevent tree branches from overhanging the barn D. All of the above
7) How long is the average life cycle for a stable fly?
A. 7 days B. 12 days C. 20 days D. None of the above
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1) The Answer is: D! Depending on the amount of space you have and your landscaping, there are a variety of ways to handle manure and other organic materials such as hay and bedding to keep pest populations down. Attracted by moisture and odor, many flies lay their eggs in manure piles and can travel long distances to reach them. “Houseflies can travel one to two miles and stable flies can easily travel three or four miles,” says David Boxler, Extension Educator of Livestock Entomology at the University of Nebraska. “So, keep the waste generated from the barn as far away from it as possible and spread it as thin as possible to let it dry out.” Manure piles are also a surprisingly strong attractant to rats, who like to 34
burrow into them for warmth and protection over the winter, according to Georgia Hickey of King Construction Company in New Holland, PA. “The best solution to discourage rodents, flies, and mosquitos is to use a manure dumpster that is fully-contained,” she says. Both Georgia and David agree that composting is another top way to successfully manage manure piles and therefore pest populations. Not only is it an effective means of destroying developing flies, but compost can be easily sold or given away to gardeners. 2) The Answer is: C! While houseflies are commonly found around the barn, they have a sponging type of mouthpart, which means they only feed on liquids and semi-solid liquid material—not your horse’s blood. Eye secretions, manure, spoiling silage or haylage, and garbage are regular food sources for these flies. However, they have also been shown to mechanically transmit more than 60 animal pathogens and can even be a vector for bacteria like E.coli, so it is
important to keep their population in check, according to David. 3) The Answer is: A! Lavender is a natural repellent for mice, mosquitos, as well as flies and other unwanted insects. Mint, ornamental onions, and lemongrass are also said to act as repellents, “so you might consider including one or more in the planting beds in and around the barn,” says Georgia. However, David warns that efficacy varies. “I have not found any plants or flowers to be really effective,” he says. “Some people plant various things like marigolds that might offer bit of repellency, but many times it will be limited.” 4) The Answer is: D! There are a number of natural predators that can be employed to help control pest populations. Having chickens, guinea hens, turkeys, and other fowl on the property can be useful in keeping tick populations and other insects in check. Install a bat house to help control other biting foes:
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Spread manure as thin as possible to let it dry out and lessen the number of biting flies.
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“Bats consume on average 600 or more mosquitoes per hour in the evening,” says David. And, there’s always the option of predatory insects. Assassin bugs, praying mantis, and parasitoid wasps can all be purchased to help control insect populations. Better known as “fly predators,” parasitoid wasps have been popular in recent years. Harmless to humans and animals, these wasps attack and kill the fly pupae. However, since the lifespan of a wasp is 10 to 12 days and they sting an average of 50 pupae in their lifespan, “the key to a successful program is to start early in the season to get that population built up before fly numbers become significant,” explains David.
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5) The Answer is: B! Pyrethroids are synthetic chemicals that mimic the activity of pyrethrins, a natural derivative of the Chrysanthemum plant typically mixed with chemical synergists to make it more effective. Both versions can be found as the active ingredient in many insect repellents. However, if you’re moving away from chemicals and still desire long-staying protection, more and more options are being tested and coming on the market. “There’s a lot of interest in looking at safer, greener products for controlling various flies and insects and we’ve screened quite a few,” says David. “We have worked on one particular product that’s comprised of three fatty acids and it offers repellency against a lot of the blood feeding insects. I’ve seen repellency for up to 36 hours when used against stable flies.” An alternative to spraying repellents directly on a horse is an automatic fly control system for the barn. “When properly installed, it is
highly effective in controlling flies, mosquitos, and spiders, and the botanical is certified as safe for horses, humans, and pets,” says Georgia. “For best effect, a nozzle should be placed in each horse stall and wash stall, plus one at every 12 to 14 feet down each aisle.” 6) The Answer is: D! “Whenever possible, locate the barn on a higher plane so water will run off and prevailing breezes will naturally reduce the number of flying insects,” says Georgia. If your facility is already well-established, there are other opportunities for you to reduce pests of all types. For starters, remove branches that overhang the barn. “They can become a freeway for unwanted visitors like mice and red squirrels to gain access to the barn,” Georgia explains. Trim grass pastures and fence lines and keep leaves picked up to reduce the amount of tick activity. When incorporating plants into your landscape, keep plants or ground
cover away from the building by 8" to 12" “or it will provide a safe passageway for rodents to go from their burrow into your barn,” says Georgia. “Open space leaves them vulnerable to predators.” Finally, be vigilant about reducing standing water wherever possible. “Water is a critical issue,” says David. “If you can reduce the amount of moisture around your barn area, you’ll have fewer flies.” 7) The Answer is: C! “The stable fly out in the real world will live about 20 days,” says David. Additionally, a housefly will survive anywhere from 15 to 25 days, a horsefly three to four weeks, the male mosquito less than seven days, and the females, one to two months. Pests and barns go hand-in-hand, but keeping pesky critters at bay doesn’t have to be a full-time job. With some knowledge and planning, nuisance insects and rodents can be managed so that you can better enjoy time with your horses.
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ollege internships are a rite of passage for students in almost every ﬁeld because they are one of the most effective means of gaining “on the job” experience before one is wholly qualiﬁed to work on their own. Through an internship, students learn and develop new skills, as well as get a look behind the scenes in their chosen business. Many internships are unpaid but the beneﬁt to the student is the experience they gain. For some former interns, the knowledge and understanding earned through their work experience is the variable which makes the biggest difference in terms of ﬁnding permanent, paid employment. Equine Journal caught up with three former interns who went on to ﬁnd their “dream job” as a result of the connections, information, and experience gained from their time as an intern. What they all have in common is one piece of advice—you don’t know what you are capable of until you try.
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PHOTOS: (ABOVE) COURTESY OF ZURI LAMPER; (BELOW) COURTESY OF EMILY HOLMES
Former Interns turn Summer Work into a Permanent Post
Riding Instructor Turned Sanctuary Caretaker
PHOTOS: (ABOVE) COURTESY OF ZURI LAMPER; (BELOW) COURTESY OF EMILY HOLMES
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Zuri Lamper began her undergraduate years with the goal of working professionally in the hunter/jumper industry as an instructor and trainer. When it came time to do her required internship in the summer between her junior and senior years, Zuri looked to her mentor, Cricket Stone Morris, for advice. Cricket recommended a facility out in New Mexico called Invicta Farms; this competitive show barn did a little of everything, and they were looking for a full-time employee. There was just one problem—Zuri still had a year left of school. Undeterred, Zuri flew from her home in Virginia to Houston, TX, where Invicta was competing for the weekend. She was thrown right into their program, helping to groom and prepare horses, which Zuri describes as an “intense” experience. “This was no phone interview,” says Zuri. “But at the end of the weekend, they invited me out to work for them for the summer.” Zuri, who grew up in North Carolina before completing high school and college in Virginia, had never considered moving as far away as Santa Fe, NM. But in hindsight, she is extremely grateful that she was brave enough to make the move. “It was hard at first going that far from home, and stepping off the airplane, I felt like a fish out of water,” says Zuri. “But it opened a lot of doors for me.” Upon her graduation in 2016, Zuri was hired by Invicta Farms full time, a position she held for two and a half years. She taught plenty of riding lessons and groomed extensively at high end horse shows. “I was thrown right into the deep end of the pool,” says Zuri with a laugh. “But it really was my dream job at the time.”
Several months ago, Zuri decided that she was ready to try a different position within the equine industry. Today, she works as a primary caretaker at a privately owned animal sanctuary, where she provides routine and medical care to a menagerie of rescued animals ranging from llamas, goats, sheep, and donkeys to several retired competition horses. “I felt I had gotten too comfortable in my previous position, and I wanted to learn more and grow,” says Zuri. “I wanted to find something not at all similar to what I had been doing.” Zuri says that it was due to her initial internship that she had the confidence to move to the Santa Fe area permanently upon her graduation, and she would never have had access to her current position had she not made the move. “It was pretty terrifying in the beginning, but I became really connected to the place,” says Zuri. “You really have to put yourself out there. It is the situations I have put myself in which have helped me to grow.” If she had one piece of advice for current students, it would be to choose an internship that takes you out of your comfort zone and the things you already know. “Be very open minded,” says Zuri. “Look at all of the opportunities presented to you, and be picky about who you work for but keep your doors open. And remember that interviews go both ways. Ask questions of the people who you will be working with to be sure they are a good fit.”
Competition and Horse Park Manager Emily Holmes is a New Englander at heart—she grew up in Newburgh, ME—but she traded long cold winters for long busy ones when she moved south to work at the Florida Horse Park (FHP) in Ocala, where her official title is “events director.” “I do a little bit of everything,” says Emily, who has been with the show facility since 2016. “There are shows that we run and shows where we rent the facility. When outside groups come in, I prepare their contracts, arrange fees and the site, and stay in touch with the group to make sure they have everything that they need. It sounds much easier than it is!” May 2019
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During the busy season, which is essentially September through April, the FHP may be hosting three or four events per weekend at the same time. Emily is involved in some way with nearly every one—from Pony Club rallies to western dressage—and feels that she was prepared for the job through participating in a competition management internship with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Equine Program when she was an undergraduate. Although she began school thinking about veterinary medicine, Emily quickly realized that her love of sport horses and eventing was going to lead her in a different direction. “I think I have been destined for this job,” says Emily with a laugh. “I helped with schooling shows in Maine when I was in high school. In college, UNH hosted sanctioned horse trials and I was a jump judge. In the internship, I learned more about the secretarial aspect, handling entries, money, and setting schedules.” Emily and her fellow interns also learned how to set competition arenas and prepare cross-country courses, including flagging and other specific details, for sanctioned dressage and eventing competitions. “It was a very good introduction to what I do now on an almost monthly basis,” says Emily. The FHP hosts monthly schooling horse trials from April through December, as well as six recognized horse trials and five western dressage shows and miscellaneous clinics throughout the year. Emily spends nearly 70 hours per week doing everything from prepping cross-country to hiring judges to building show jump courses. In addition, she is pursuing her United States Equestrian Federation eventing technical delegate “r” license. “The events really are my favorite things to run,” says Emily. “I love every part of it. I think that becoming a technical delegate will make me a better course designer for the school-
ing shows, where we have a lot of professionals developing young horses, and I want to really make sure I have the specifications and designs right.” Emily admits that her “dream job” isn’t always perfect—she has learned to put a smile on her face regardless of the weather and has suffered more than her share of wasp stings—but at
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the same time feels her internship set her up for the position perfectly. “The majority of riders don’t understand what it takes to set up for a show,” says Emily. “But it gives you a better appreciation for the sport.”
Assistant to FEI Trainer For Bennington, VT, native Micah Andrews, finding her “dream job” required that a long time mentor gently kicked her out of the nest. Micah, who completed a B.S. in Equestrian Studies at Averett University in Virginia in 2016, worked with German bereiter Harry Diel at ReinDance Farm in Hoosick Falls, NY, beginning at the age of 12. The summer between her junior and senior year, Micah interned with Harry to develop and prepare his homebred youngstock for in-hand presentations and inspections, as well as started several horses under saddle. “I always knew I wanted to ride professionally in some sort of fashion,” says Micah. “But whether that meant going into sales, training, or teaching, I wasn’t so sure.” Focusing on the young horses exclusively gave Micah an unparalleled look at the methodical system Harry used to introduce the animals to handling, showing, and basic riding. Under his supervision, Micah showed a two-year-old on the line as well as rode several animals in materiale classes. “Harry taught me how to properly start a young horse, and he was always in the ring when I was riding” says Micah. “But the really rewarding thing was he let me train them myself, and let me figure a lot out on my own. I really enjoyed helping bring them along.” In addition, Micah was fully immersed in Harry’s system of barn management, including interacting with clients and show prep. After graduation, Micah returned to work for Harry over the
summer; he sat her down and told her it was time for her to go explore the broader equestrian world. With his recommendation and support, Micah began to search for jobs and found an intriguing opportunity on Yard and Groom, just four hours after it had been posted. FEI dressage rider Olivia LaGoy-Weltz was looking for an assistant to divide time between Wellington, FL, and Haymarket, VA. Micah applied immediately.“I went and interviewed, and she called me when I got home to offer me the job,” says Micah. “She asked, ‘can you start next week?’” In her current position, Micah works closely with Olivia and another assistant to prepare horses, manage the facility, and support clients’ needs. She believes that her experience as an intern fully prepared her for the role she currently holds. “It is many of the same things, just taken up a level,” says Micah. Working for Olivia has opened up many new opportunities for Micah; among others, she completed her United States Dressage Federation Silver Medal riding a client’s horse. When her boss travels to Europe for training each year, Micah and her fellow assistant are each left with half the barn to keep in work. “I ride so much and on so many different types of horses,” says Micah. Micah recommends that students push themselves to do an internship, especially one that takes them out of their comfort zone. “You have to figure out what you want to do,” says Micah. “You will always learn something along the way, even if what you may learn is what doesn’t work.”
Final Thoughts While not every internship will translate into a paid position after graduation, it is clear that making the effort to get out of your comfort zone and work with new people in new places will likely pay dividends in the future.
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Get Your Barn Ready for Spring 2019
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“A clean barn is a healthy barn” is a phrase most horse people grow up hearing, and the saying is true considering a horse’s health, especially the respiratory system, is dependent on a clean environment. As the failsafe signs of spring emerge, we find ourselves creating a mile-long list of everything we need to clean, always seeming to miss a task or two. Forget-not this year, as we spoke to the Jamie Blash and Madeline Ostrow from Four Winds Equestrian Center of Oxford, MA, and Mary Hughes from Canton Equestrian Center of Canton, MA, about everything barn owners should do for an effective spring cleaning. So, why is spring cleaning such a big deal? The Four Winds team lays it out plainly. “Without a spring cleaning habit, your barn can turn into chaos! For the health of your clients, and most importantly your horses, staying on top of a good spring cleaning routine is an essential part of running your barn.” Mary agrees but also advises to consider making it a routine more than once a year. “We have two major clean-ups around the barn each year— one in the fall and one in the spring. The harsh New England winter can be rough on the facilities and farm equipment, so cleaning is not only important for preparation but also for after the impact of winter.” Keeping up on your barn’s cleanliness is not only a responsible practice for your horses but also a healthy practice as well. As you can imagine, keeping up with barn cleanliness can be a difficult task for many barn managers, which is why it is vital to have a big clean-up once a year. On top of major barn cleanups,
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ment. For this, Mary gives a shout out to Facilities Manager Tim Hughes. “He can operate all of the heavy machinery on property and knows how to fix just about anything!” Both our experts thank the students at their barns as well—they are usually a big part of spring cleaning. “Our instructors rally their students and help with whatever needs to be done,” shares Mary. “Students, boarders, and some of their parents add sheer numbers and help get the job done more quickly.” Jamie stems off of this, stating that, “Everyone has his or her own specialties that help with the final product.” With warm weather on the horizon and show season here, our experts remind barn owners and managers that a clean and healthy barn will only push them closer to success—be sure to include a spring clean-up before the season kicks into high gear.
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Jamie reminds us of the importance of doing little things every day throughout the year. “Simple things such as dunking your horse’s bit in a water bucket after each ride, picking out your horse’s feet before and after each ride, and daily sweeping of your barn aisles is enough to stay on top of your barn and your horse’s cleanliness,” Jamie shares. Mary agrees, stating that barn cleaning is an every day task. When it comes to organizing for the big day, a team of able-bodied people with all hands on deck to get everything done is a must. It is usually up to the barn manager/owner to assemble the crew as they know whom is best to assign each task to. For example, if any heavy machinery is being used during the clean-up, be sure to acquire someone who is well educated on how to work the equip-
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Spring Cleaning Checklist Both our experts had many tasks for their big spring clean—be sure to check them off on your list as well! ☐ Repair any damaged or fallen fences ☐ Remove rocks from any arenas and paddocks ☐ Rake paddocks to smooth over any holes ☐ Add footing in arenas as needed ☐ Add more dirt in paddocks as needed ☐ Fill potholes in the driveway ☐ Scrub all barn and paddock water buckets ☐ Re-paint any jumps ☐ Re-paint the exterior of the barn(s) ☐ Seed the grass ☐ Do any necessary landscaping ☐ Remove cobwebs/vacuum the corners of the barn ☐ Clean windows ☐ Clean under mats in the stalls and replace any that are damaged ☐ Deep clean the tack room, bathroom, and viewing room ☐ Wash stall fronts, walls, and aisles ☐ Clean out and organize tack trunks ☐ Wash and store winter blankets ☐ Deep clean all school brushes and grooming supplies ☐ Deep clean, repair, and replace all tack and equipment (as needed) ☐ Repair any other damage from the winter
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By Jane Carlton; Photos by AK Dragoo Photography Riding a course of hunter jumps seems relatively simple—outside line to diagonal line, outside line to diagonal line, right? While that’s often the case, there are a number of other types of hunter jumps that pop up in the ring or the derby ﬁeld. How do you tackle the trot jump? What about the dreaded long-approach oxer? We talked to top hunter rider Amanda Steege of Ashmeadow Farm in Califon, NJ, and Ocala, FL, to navigate the course.
Navigating Different Types of Hunter Jumps
Oxers While oxers (especially those with a long approach) might intimidate the average rider, they’re not too different from plain verticals, Amanda says. She advises to have your horse slightly in front of your leg and concentrating on maintaining pace and staying as straight as you can. Then, she says, keep the striding even until you’re at the point where you can recognize the distance. From there, you can make small changes with your body to make that distance work as best as it can. “For instance,” she notes, “if you’re five or six strides away from the single oxer and you see that the distance is coming up a little bit long, try to close your hip angle a little bit, keep your hands down, and gently close your calf around the horse to help him make up that space. Or, if you are five or six strides away from the oxer and you see it’s coming up a little deep, then stretch
up with your upper body, reach down for your heel, and gently close your fingers on both reins to signal to the horse that you’re going to be patient.” One of the biggest things to remember, according to Amanda, is to try not to panic and make drastic pace changes if you’re five or eight strides away from the jump and you don’t see a distance. “If you just keep maintaining the pace you have and the straightness you created, you will eventually see the distance that you are getting to,” she adds.
One- and Two-Strides Not unlike long-approach oxers, one- and twostride lines (often called in-and-outs) can look far more complex than they ride. Amanda notes that just like any jump, you want to have your horse slightly in front of your leg and make sure your approach is as straight as it can be.
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Have your horse slightly in front of your leg and concentrate on maintaining pace and staying straight to an oxer.
Once you’ve jumped the first fence in the line, you need to evaluate how it went. “If it was a little bit slow or weak, you want to make sure that you keep your hip angle closed and your hands down and squeeze your horse a little bit to help him come out [of the line],” Amanda says. “If you had a really powerful and strong jump coming in, you may need to stretch up a little bit in the one- or two-stride and help your horse fit the strides in.”
Bending Lines The definition of a bending line is clear—it’s two jumps set a certain distance apart with an indirect line to each other. Riding a bending line, on the other hand, can seem a bit more complicated. It’s important to know your horse and their tendencies. Do they typically land on the left lead or the right lead, or are they ambidextrous? Amanda spends a good amount of time teaching her young horses to land on either lead, but she realizes that more often than not, horses prefer a certain lead over the other. For the purposes of a bending line, it’s helpful to know these specifics. “If you have a bending line that curves to the left and you know your horse is going to land on the right lead,” Amanda says, “then you would purposely stay out a little extra in your turn going to the in of the bending line and line it up so that you don’t need to do a lead change in the line.” This also makes up for the fact that if your horse lands on the outside lead, they might drift to the outside and add extra inches to the footage of the line. “Conversely,” she adds, “if you know your horse is going to land left in the bending line, you would jump the in of the line a little bit more of the way it’s 54
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set and use the curve of the line to help you make the out of the bending line match the rest of your jumps. If you went too direct on a horse that was going to land left and that horse drifted in a little bit, it would make the bending line too tight.”
The first thing Amanda keeps in mind when she’s riding a course with a trot jump is to land from the fence prior to the trot jump and slow her canter down before she transitions to the trot. “I want to make this transition look as smooth as possible,” she notes, “so I take a couple strides at the canter where I sit down and feel the reins and slow the canter down, and then I remember to keep a little bit of leg on as I ask for that downward transition to the trot.” Then, she takes a couple of steps of trot to close her leg and have the horse in front of her, while also taking a feel of the bit and making sure the horse is on the bridle. “Once I have a balanced and controlled trot, I turn to the trot jump,” says Amanda. “I think of looking up and across and keeping my trot even all the way to the base of the jump. I try to keep my body tall and quiet and let the horse’s withers jump up to my chest.” Once she and the horse have touched down on the other side, Amanda is sure to close her leg and get back to a good canter before continuing to the next jump. With patience and practice, you, too, can master every type of jump seen on a hunter course.
In the words of Amanda, who has won her fair share of classes featuring trot jumps over the years, “The dreaded trot jump!” The maneuver seems simple in theory—jump a slightly smaller fence from a trot somewhere on course—and yet, it’s one of the types of jumps that many hunter riders fear the most. Amanda’s best advice? “Practice, practice, practice.” She notes that every horse is different, and the more you know the tendencies of your horse, the easier the trot jump will be. If you have a horse whose transitions are strong and who tends to stay relaxed about trotting a jump, then the trot jump is a place to really show off—like waiting until the last second to do your downward transition from canter to trot, for example. “But if you or If you have a your horse have trouble horse whose with the trot jump, it’s transitions okay to be conservative are strong and really take your time and who tends to to get your transition far stay relaxed enough away from the trot about trotjump that you can make it ting a jump, be as smooth as possible,” then the Amanda says. trot jump is a place to really show off.
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Kick the Cold ➜ in Moscow, Russia BY KELLEY ROCHE
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For a country known for being cold, the months of April and May are some of the best times to visit Moscow, Russia. As the spring evolves into summer, the people of Moscow emerge and fill the streets—making it a great time for tourists to experience the community. One way to get in touch with Moscow is by visiting the Red Square, known locally as “Krasnaya Poshad.” Home to several historic buildings, including Lenin’s Mausoleum, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the Moscow Kremlin— which we highly recommend visiting during your trip if you want to see the mounted guard—the Square holds a lot of Russia’s history. Taking a stroll through the Red Square during the day is one thing, but be sure to also check it out at night, as the buildings are something else under the stars. If you’re looking to relax but also get in a tourist attraction, we have the place for you!
The Sandunovskiye Bath House offers a variety of services such as steam baths, massages, manicures, hair care, wraps, peels, masks, and more. Birthed in 1808, the Sandunovskiye is still widely known as the most popular bath house in Russia, upholding and preserving the tradition with, of course, modern additions and renovations. In order to get your horse fix, we recommend hitting the club Izmailovo, which has been around since Soviet Union Marshal Semen Mikhailovich Budenny established it in 1935. Tourists can visit the Izmailovo Equestrian Center to take lessons with the club’s experienced instructors, plan a birthday or holiday event with the club, and even get a memorable photo shoot with some of their gorgeous horses. Regardless of what you choose, the inclusivity of the club will make your entire
family excited to meet their members. When you’re ready to be wined and dined, we have a couple of stops for you. City Space Bar and Restaurant is widely known and popular for being on the 34th floor of the Swissotel Krasnye Holmy. Offering various drinks, both hot and cold, along with a menu that will satisfy any craving you have, including sushi, this bar is one place to be sure to stop. We also recommend dining at 2018 Travelers Choice award winner Café Pushkin. Inspired by Gilbert Beco’s famous song “Natalie,” Café Pushkin was built in 1999 in an old Baroque-style mansion. Permanent chef Andrey Makhov features both French and Russian dishes that are served in the various rooms of the mansion, including the Greenhouse, Study, Entresol, and Fireplace Hall. Ever wanted to drink in a bomb shelter? Well, even if you haven’t, we recommend getting a tasty beverage at the speakeasy-like bar, Kot Shredingera, which translates to “Schrodinger’s Cat” in English. Located in a hidden basement, this bar is widely known for their unique drinks and unconventional impression, which always makes for a memorable experience craved by any traveler. May 2019
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Caitlyn Shiels Growing up in Sheffield, MA, Caitlyn Shiels fell in love with riding at the age of eight and quickly dedicated herself to equestrian sport. As a junior rider, Caitlyn began commuting to New York to train with Andre Dignelli as a working student at Heritage Farm. Under his tutelage, she finished in the top 10 of each of the major American equitation finals and claimed both the team and individual gold medals at the 2004 North American Young Rider Championships. In 2018, after spending several years working with and learning from top hunter and jumper professionals—including McLain Ward and Ken and Emily Smith—Caitlyn launched her own hunter/jumper training and sales operation, True North Stables, now based in Illinois and Florida.
THE FUN STUFF Do you have any nicknames? I have two, “Gucci” and “Thing.” Several years ago, I worked for show jumpers Jonathan and Christine McCrea in East Windsor, CT, and Jon gave me the “Gucci” nickname. It stuck with a bunch of my friends that still call me that! My good friend and my very ﬁrst client at True North, Michelle Durpetti, coined the “Thing” nickname. We’re “Thing 1” and “Thing 2,” and to her I’m “Thing.” Who do you look up to? I really greatly admire my parents, Michael and Lynne Shiels. Among countless other things, they’ve been incredible examples to me of love, hard work, and dedication. I also really look up to Andre Dignelli; he continues to be a mentor who I really value. What famous horse would you love to 62
ride? HH Azur in the jumpers and Private Practice in the hunters. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Being able to read minds— of both humans and horses! What is the last thing you binge watched? Law and Order SVU and The Kids Baking Championship. Do you have any lucky charms? I don’t have any physical items or superstitions, but I do think Michelle Durpetti is a good luck charm for me. I ride a lot of her horses, and it’s always a good omen when she is at the ring. It could be luck, or it could be the way she reminds me that we’re just there to go jump some jumps and have fun! What’s your guilty pleasure? Eating Sour Patch Kids! What’s the ﬁrst thing you do when you get home after a long day? Collapsing on the couch! I was diagnosed with Lupus a few years ago, and it’s not something
that I talk about often or that I ever let get in the way of my riding, but that can leave me extra wiped out or fatigued at the end of a long show day! Who is your equestrian idol? Germany’s Marcus Ehning. He rides so beautifully and correctly. Every time that I watch him, I feel like he’s giving a riding lesson. What song do you love to have on repeat? Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow.” What is on your riding bucket list? I’ve never shown in Europe, and that’s high on my list of bucket list goals. What is your favorite horse movie? Secretariat. What was your worst fall off a horse? I had a freak fall in Kentucky one year. The horse landed off of the jump, got stuck in the footing, and we both ﬂipped. It was deﬁnitely a scary fall! It resulted in a broken collarbone for me, but fortunately the horse was okay.
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THE BASICS Name: Caitlyn Shiels Age: 35 Business: True North Stables
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the scoop Joyse Banister has been named the Standardbred Breed Development Program Coordinator.
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The 64th Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show hosted over 2,200 horses from 15 countries and 48 states.
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Celebrates 64 Years
THE 64TH ANNUAL SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN HORSE SHOW, ONE OF the largest horse shows on North American soil for Arabian and Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian horses, wrapped up at WestWorld in Scottsdale, AZ. The event boasted over 2,200 horses from 15 countries and 48 states. Despite the historically unprecedented cold and rainy weather for the area, over 200 staff and volunteers worked to put on this premier event for the nearly 6,000 spectators in attendance. The 11-day horse show served as the ﬁrst major event for members of the United States Equestrian Federation-afﬁliated Arabian Horse Association and its club, the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona, both hosts of this premier event. The 2020 event will take place from February 13-23.
Indiana Horse Racing Commission Places Joyse Banister and Lorelei Masshardt in New Roles
THE INDIANA STANDARDBRED BREED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM and Indiana Horse Racing Commission announced that Joyse Banister has been named the Standardbred Breed Development Program Coordinator. Banister has been the Breed Development Residency Coordinator for three years prior to this appointment. As the program coordinator, Banister will be in charge of maintaining nominations and points for the Indiana Sire Stakes and Indiana-Sired Fair Circuit. Taking over for Banister as the Breed Development Residency Coordinator is Lorelei Masshardt, formerly the Breed Development Clerk. As the residency coordinator, she’ll be working closely with Inspector Randy Dever and accepting registrations for all Standardbred stallions, mares, and foals. Additionally, she will oversee the administration of the inspections for both the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Breed Development Programs.
North American Trail Ride Conference Presents the President’s Cup By the Grace of God, also known as Grace, a chestnut mare rescued and ridden by Victoria Whitehead, was named the 2018 winner of the Grace and Victoria White won North American Trail the North American Trail Ride Ride Conference’s Conference’s President’s Cup. (NATRC) President’s
Cup at the organization’s national convention held March 8-9, 2019 in Reno, NV. The pair trailered more than 10,000 miles to compete in 16 NATRC rides. Together, Whitehead and Grace earned her region’s heavyweight top award, top national honors in NATRC for overall heavyweight horse, overall heavyweight horsemanship, the overall combined horse and horsemanship award, a national championship, and the high point grade horse award—all leading up to being awarded the 2018 President’s Cup, NATRC’s highest recognition for horse and rider. May 2019
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Live Oak International Finds Weber Breaking Records and Moggre on Top A UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN Federation (USEF) Combined Driving National Championship and the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Ocala concluded the 2019 Live Oak International in Ocala, FL, on March 10. In driving, Chester Weber secured a record 16th USEF Four-in-Hand National Championship title, while Brian Moggre claimed the jumping competition. Weber, the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018 individual silver and team gold medalist, commanded the lead in the USEF Advanced Four-in-Hand Combined Driving National Championship from start to finish. He accurately navigated his team of Amadeus, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood; Hendrik, a seven-yearold Dutch Warmblood; First Edition, a 10-year-old KWPN; and Gouveneur, an eight-year-old KWPN, through razor thin margins, leaving all the balls on their cones and adding just 1.56 time penalties for a final result of 166.13. “I was pleased to start the weekend with a dressage score in the 30s. In the dressage I used two horses that were different from my WEG team, so I was pleased with that depth,” Weber said. “Today in the cones, I put the two leaders that I drove last season together because they’re my strongest combination. I drove my seven-year-old, Hendrik, again as well. He’s gotten better and better. He’s telling me that he’s ready for the big stuff in Europe.” Misdee Wrigley-Miller capped off her weekend with the reserve championship title. She and the team of Bolino 66
D, a 13-year-old KWPN; Calipso 86, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood; Daan 8, a 14-year-old KNHS; and Saco, a 20-year-old KWPN, demonstrated a brilliant display of harmony through the tricky course to add 36.32 points for a final score of 222.46. “The dressage and cones arena here is second to none anywhere in the world. There’s no other place where you navigate around jumps in your cones course. It makes it very challenging in that way, but I was very happy with my horses,” Wrigley-Miller said. Paul Maye’s expert work in the cones phase launched him into third place with the Harmony Sporthorse’s foursome of Harmony’s Cotessa, a 12-year-old KWPN; Harmony’s Zandoburga, a 15-year-old KWPN; Harmony’s Zeppelin, a 15-yearold KWPN; and Harmony’s Ziezo, an eight-year-old Irish Cob. He had three balls down, but the fastest time of the group with only 1.28 penalties added to end on a three-day score of 226.58. “I consider myself the rookie since it’s only my third year in four-in-hand. The highlight this weekend for me was my two young horses. It’s their first time at Live Oak, and they performed magnificently the whole weekend,” he said. In a field brimming with experience and talent, it was the young gun, 17-year-old Brian Moggre, who managed to win the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Ocala. Riding Major Wager LLC’s MTM Vivre le Reve, Moggre, who also won the weekend’s $35,700 CSI3* Longines World Ranking Competition, earned the first clear round of the jump-off, and
his red hot time of 41.29 seconds was unmatched by the rest of the group. “I have to say I had low expectations for myself, but I never do for my horses. I really wanted to go in today and jump a clear round. That was the main goal, so once that happened, I went pedal to the metal in the jump-off,” Moggre said whose win came in his first-ever FEI World Cup class. Of the 38 starters, six made it to the jump-off over the course designed by Olaf Peterson, Jr. While several riders fell victim to a spooky wall at fence 10, the exciting jump-off thrilled the crowd. Six returned to test their skill against the clock, but only three: Moggre, secondplaced Andre Thieme, and third-placed Sharn Wordley, jumped a final clear round. Thieme made quick work of the stout track with his and Turnierstall’s Aretino for second place. He had complete confidence in his horse over the dodgy wall, so he turned all his focus on the clock to finish the jump-off in a time of 41.56 seconds. “I knew my horse had seen walls like that. That’s why I was very sure that I was going to make the time because I knew I could go short to that wall and make up some time. I think that’s what got most of the people. They wanted to get there straight, so they went farther out. For me that was the most difficult jump because it was so different.” Wordley went all in with Sky Group’s Casper. Their jump-off time of 43.96 seconds landed them in third place. For his overall performance through the tournament’s four classes, Wordley was awarded the $10,000 NetJets, Inc. Leading Rider Award as the rider who accumulated the highest number of points over the three days of show jumping competition.
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[LEFT] Riding Major Wager LLC’s MTM Vivre le Reve, Brian Moggre won the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Ocala at Live Oak International. [RIGHT] Chester Weber won the United States Equestrian Federation Combined Driving National Championship for a record breaking 16th time at Live Oak International.
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Newport Polo Club Beach Polo February 23 | Sachuest Beach, Middletown, RI PHOTOGRAPHY BY TERISÃ‰ COLE
Hosted by the Newport Polo Club for the Newport Winter Festival, the 8th annual Beach Polo exhibition featured Newport Polo Club players going head to head in four chukkers as the Blue Islanders versus the Gold Mainlanders.
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affiliates [ EQUINE JOURNAL AFFILIATE ] Horses and riders in the parking lot after the 2018 Bay State Trail Riders Association National Trails Day Ride.
Bay State Trail Riders Association Prepares for Show Season ARTICLE SUBMITTED BY ANNAMARIA PAUL; PHOTOS COURTESY OF BECKY KALAGHER
SUMMER IS NEAR AND THE BAY State Trail Riders Association (BSTRA) has a full calendar of events for your trail riding pleasure! May 11 is the Patriotism Benefit Ride at Douglas State Forest, sponsored by Azrael Acres; the ride is New England Horse and Trail (NEHT) affiliated. Riders and horses that attend decked out in red, white, and blue will be entered in a drawing for a door prize. A cookout will follow the ride, and there will also be a great raffle table. What a fun day to show off your patriotism! The BSTRA Spring Hunter Pace, sponsored by Tourbillon Trailer Sales, will be held on Sunday, May 19. This year’s pace will be in Oxford, MA. We are looking for volunteers to help with the set up on Saturday, May 18. Please visit bstra.org for more information. Our largest trail fundraiser, National Trails Day, is set for June 8 at Great Brook Farm State Forest in Carlisle, MA, sponsored by Yered Trailers. This event is part of the larger National Trails Day celebration and the funds raised at this event will be used on significant trail projects. The NEHT-affiliated event will grant
the first 50 registered attendees gift bags. Participants will be treated to an Italian buffet, and a raffle with thousands of dollars worth of prizes will follow lunch. While rides are great fun, BSTRA is more than that. As part of our mission, we are “committed to keeping our communities’ trails preserved and maintained for outdoor recreation and fitness.” In support of this, there will be a trail workday at Hodges Village Dam on May 4. We invite members and nonmembers to help us prepare the trails for the summer season. Members will receive volunteer hours for their work. BSTRA is also holding a raffle for a Betsey MacDonald painting valued at $1,000. The winning ticket for the painting, titled “In the Field,” will be drawn on July 13. Tickets go on sale May 1, go to bstra.org/support/raffle for more information or to purchase tickets. Good luck to all participants! In other news, BSTRA is holding a membership drive that runs through August 30. For each new member they refer, members can earn “BSTRA Bucks” that can be used on ride fees, apparel, and raffle tickets.
Becky Kalagher (front) and Cheryl Fitzpatrick (back) helping out at last year’s Hodges Dam Work day.
Lastly, just a reminder that when you sign up for a BSTRA ride, please make sure to include your Coggins test number and date on the registration form. If you are a post entry, bring a copy of your Coggins test with you. In compliance with Massachusetts’s regulations, BSTRA requires a current Coggins test, dated 12 months or less from the ride date. This is to protect all horses! We hope to see you on the trails.
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HOPEFULLY YOU’VE ALL BEEN riding and enjoying the spring weather! We have a full Connecticut Trail Rides Association calendar for 2019, which you can view and download on our Facebook page and our website. Please contact the ride host to be sure you know the details May 2019
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of each ride. May brings trail rides—beginning on May 5, Area Vice President Vevette Greenberg will host a ride at Natchaug State Forest in Eastford, CT. The Lost Silvermine Horse Camp is closed for 2019, but there is plenty of parking on the dirt roads outside the camp. On May 19, Cheshire Horse Council is inviting our members to a Blessing of the Mounts, trail ride, and a free barbecue. This ride will be in Cheshire; trails are throughout the Dedominicus property. Memorial Day weekend begins Friday the 24 through Monday the 27; Saturday evening there will be a potluck dinner in the Pavillon followed by our general membership meeting. On Sunday morning we will have our breakfast fundraiser. Club Treasurer Ruth Strontzer has worked countless hours hosting fundraisers for our upper barn’s improvements. The etched glassware, cutting boards, and coffee mugs are just stunning; I hope you all got to see and purchase some. Thank you again Ruth! There will be additional
Connecticut Trail Rides Association member Shirley McClary and her new trail buddy, Gus.
etched items to sell also, including travel mugs and such. Please purchase something, all the proceeds go to repairs to our upper barn! Connecticut Horse Council Member Meg Sautter taught the CPR first aid class to members in February. Many turned out and learned how to save a life. She co-chairs the Volunteer Horse Patrol (VHP) with the Connecticut Horse Council. If you choose to be a VHP member, it is a requirement to learn CPR and first aid. VHP members ride or even walk the trails and offer assistance to fellow hikers or riders. I hope member Shirley McClary has been hitting the trails with her new buckskin horse, Gus. She retired her Mustang, Nick, and was fortunate to get a wonderful new trail partner. We wish them many happy trails ahead! I would like to congratulate our past President, Gigi Ouellette, as she will become a grandmother this year. Members Ann and Jim Dominick took their horses to Florida for January and February. They enjoyed the trails and the much warmer weather. We hope to see everyone at Camp Boardman on Memorial Day weekend!
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Tri-State Horsemen’s Association Mark Your Calendars for New Mileage Rides SUBMITTED BY SHARON PLANTE
available. Any non-riders are welcome to join! A mystery prize drawing will be held after lunch, so keep your lunch tickets handy. Check-in time starts at 9:00 a.m., and we ask that all riders be on the trail by 10:00 a.m. All horses, ponies, donkeys, or mules must have proof of a negative Coggins test and valid rabies vaccination upon registration. Junior riders are required to wear protective headgear, which we recommend to all riders along with appropriate footwear. In an effort to keep everyone safe on the trail, we ask riders to weave the following tail ribbon colors into your horse’s tail if applicable: a red ribbon for a horse that may kick, a green ribbon for a rider or horse that is learning, and a yellow ribbon in the tail of a stallion. Please bring your TSHA and/or NEHT member number(s) if you are registering for the ride with the goal of accruing mileage.
TSHA members can choose to accrue mileage towards the Mileage Trail Riding Recognition Program at no extra fee. To receive TSHA recognition, each rider must be an active member and sign all mileage rides entry forms. Only TSHA mileage rides will count towards the program. Recognition awards will be presented at the annual TSHA banquet for 25, 50, 100, and possibly even beyond the 200 miles accrued mark. Miles do accumulate on the rider and will accrue from year to year. Please call or text Trail Committee Chair Mary Redmond at 860-949-6786 with any questions about our events. Additional information for rides can be found at tristatehorsemen.com. “Like” TSHA on Facebook and check there for last minute cancellations and other information. Welcome in advance and we are looking forward to seeing you on the trail!
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THE TRI-STATE HORSEMEN’S Association (TSHA) is proud to be offering six New England Horse and Trail (NEHT) approved mileage rides this year—six rides will be pre-marked by the TSHA Trail Committee at two state forests, and five of the rides will take place at the Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown, CT: May 26, June 22, June 23, September 22, and October 20. One ride, on August 26, will be in Escoheag, RI, at the LeGrand Reynolds Horsemen’s Area. Optional summertime camping is available, and the fee is payable to the park rangers. Rides will be cancelled if raining, and unfortunately no rain dates are scheduled. All TSHA ride fees include a lunch that’s $5 for TSHA members and $10 for non-members that will be served when the riders start returning from the trail at Cathy and Gray’s Traveling Chuck Trailer. Burgers, side salads, chips, water, and a dessert will be
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Norfolk Hunt Club Invites Members to May Events ARTICLE SUBMITTED BY DESMOND O’LEARY; PHOTO BY RUTH BALTOPOULOS
MAY PROVES TO BE AN EXCITING month for the Norfolk Hunt Club. Grass is green again, spring birds greet us every morning, and the days are gradually getting warmer—summer is on the way! Leading the month off is the New England Foxhound Show held at Norfolk Hunt Club’s Steeplechase Course. This event takes place on May 5 and is particularly exciting because we are hosting it. Hunt Clubs from all over New England will venture to our territory with their packs of hounds. During the show, hounds are judged on their overall type, disposition, as a couple, and as a pack. The New England Foxhound Show also includes a junior showmanship division designated for young exhibitors who are starting out with handling hounds. To assemble and coordinate an event of this scale, it takes talent and teamwork. We are lucky enough to have a great group of club members to make the show a hit. Following that, we will be holding our inaugural Horse N’ Hound Hootenanny. Taking place May 23 at the Steeplechase Course, this event is a country themed celebration. Grab your cowboy hats, dancing boots, and come out for a night of fundraising! All proceeds from the event will go towards a new truck for transporting our hounds. Kicking off Memorial Day Weekend is the 109th annual Norfolk Hunt Horse Show. The show runs Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 and offers a variety of classes. The show has become an annual competitor favorite for both the seasoned and novice rider. Year after year, we see riders getting their start at their first horse show as well as riders who are more than familiar with the show ring. Returning for this year will be our two main highlights—the $3,000
Louisburg Farm 1.10m Jumper Classic and the $2,500 Norfolk Hunter Derby. Both of these classes run Sunday afternoon. Joining us this year, as new class offerings are both the Norfolk Hunt Club members Mike Paparo and Jess Macho enjoy 3'3" National Horse the annual Hunter Pace. Show Medal and the New for this year will be the addi3'3" United States tion of our VIP tent, the Turf Club. Hunter Jumper Association Jumping The tent will open Sunday afternoon Seat Medal in the equitation ring and during the Norfolk Hunter Derby and the Norfolk Thoroughbred division in the jumper ring. The division is open to the Louisburg Farm Jumper Classic. To enter the Turf Club, one must buy all Thoroughbreds, raced or unraced, a ticket and obtain a wristband; visit and any rider. Fences are set at 2'6" and there is a flat class to complete the our website for ticket sales. Those who do so will have the liberty to eat division. and drink all afternoon with excepAnother division returning in 2019 is tional views of the competition in the the Academy division. The classes that show rings. make up the division cater to riders Once the horse show is completed, that are active participants in a riding we shift focus to one of our most school. Their mount must belong to popular annual events, the Norfolk the stable where they compete and Hunter Pace. Held on June 2 in the depending on the class entered, face heart of hunt country in Dover, the obstacles they would encounter in hunter pace features several routes of their weekly riding lessons. Growing in varying lengths, so there is an option popularity, this division has become a for everyone. Riders have the ability fast favorite for the riders entering the to go at a leisurely pace or turn it up world of horse showing. a notch if they so desire. The Hunter Back in 2019 are our unbeatable Pace takes riders through Norfolk trainer incentives. By just showing Hunt Club’s scenic land—through up to our show as a trainer, you are fields, up hills, down valleys, and over automatically enrolled in two drawa plethora of welcoming jumps and ings for a $250 cash prize. In addition, natural obstacles. It is a wonderful we gift a High-Point Trainer award, way to spend an afternoon with your which is given to the trainer with the mount or with friends. most entries at the 2019 Norfolk Hunt If you are interested in any events Horse Show. The winner will receive or desire more information about the a $500 cash prize for their support. All Norfolk Hunt Club, please visit norfolktrainers who attend the Norfolk Hunt Horse Show will also be provided with hunt.com or find us on Facebook and Instagram. a complimentary catered lunch.
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[LEFT] Jackie MacDonald and Chalk Hill topped the junior/amateur section of the $10,000 United States Hunter Jumper Association National Hunter Derby at the Winter Equestrian Festival. [ABOVE] Shane Sweetnam’s grand prix mount, Main Road, passed away in February.
CONDOLENCES Our thoughts go out to Shane Sweetnam and Sweet Oak Farm in Wellington, FL, on the loss of Main Road. The 11-yearold Swedish Warmblood was Sweetnam’s grand prix mount, and the duo most recently took second in the $300,00 Hampton Classic Grand PrixCSI4* in September 2018.
National Hunter Derby during week seven of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Aboard Jennifer MacDonald’s Chalk Hill, the pair held a three-point lead to produce a total of 171.00 points. In week nine, the duo also took top ribbons in the 15 and Under Large Junior Hunters.
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NEW ROLE Gold Standard Show Stables of Amherst, NH, welcomed a new barn manager to the facility, Jenna D’Errico. An active rider and competitor herself, D’Errico will be a great addition to the facility’s team.
A MEDAL FOR MADELINE Madeline Ahern of Victory Stables Inc. in Stoughton, MA, traveled south to show at WEF with Holly Hill Farm. During week nine, Ahern rode Michelle Stacy’s Asamoah 6 to second in the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal.
DERBY DREAMS Jackie MacDonald, riding out of Woodridge Farm in Sherborn, MA, topped the junior/amateur section of the $10,000 United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA)
SYDNEY DOWN SOUTH Showing at WEF with Heritage Farm of Katonah, NY, was New Hampshire’s Sydney Berube. During week seven, Berube rode her own Uhlane Sainte Odile to fourth in the $10,000
with trips in the Intermediate Children’s Hunter 2'6" divison, finishing with second and third place ribbons. Melanie Clary made her return to the show ring aboard Whoopert Z in the Intermediate Adult Hunter 2'6" division, earning top placings.
North American League (NAL) Low Junior Jumper Classic. Week eight saw her in seventh during the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Hunter Phase with Jane Musselman’s Claas C’Obolensky, and she finished week nine with third in the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal, again with Claas C’Obolensky. In week ten, she rode Plain Bay Sales’ Fire Rocky to sixth in the $1,500 Medium Junior Jumpers.
REDWOOD RESULTS The team from Redwood Farm in Dover, MA, traveled to Wilmington, OH, for the World Equestrian Center Winter Classic #8. Kylie Jordan and A Zarah 64 earned ribbons in the Children’s Jumpers 1.10m division and took sixth in the NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic 1.10m. Molly Oteri and Davino Z made their debut
PERFECT PAIRINGS Maplewood Farm in Berlin, MA, has a few new pairings to announce. Sofia Dixon acquired the ride on Mon Ami and the new team had success in their show debut, taking first in the Connecticut Hunter Jumper Association Adult/Junior Medal, third in the United States Equestrian Federation Junior/AmateurOwner Hunter Classic, and top placings in the Junior/ Amateur-Owner Hunters. The barn also congratulates Riley Wright on Ruler of Rome and Olivia Bettencourt on Alto.
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[LEFT] Amanda Steege and Lafitte De Muze were the winners of the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix during the HITS Ocala Winter Finals. [RIGHT] Peyton Addington and Ledoux were victorious in the United States Hunter Jumper Association Pony Hunter Derby.
HITS Ocala Winter Finals Hosts World Championship Hunter Rider Week
Palm Beach Masters Series Sees Mexico take Gold in $290,000 CSIO5* Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of the United States of America A YOUNG TEAM FROM MEXICO stunned some of the world’s best to win the $290,000 CSIO5* Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of the United States of America in the 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series. The team from Israel took second, and the U.S. finished third. The event was the only qualifier in the U.S. for the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final to be held in 74
Barcelona, Spain, next fall. Led by Chef d’Equipe Stanny van Paesschen, the Mexican team featured four riders under the age of 30: Fernando Martinez Sommer on Cor Bakker, Eugenio Garza Perez on Victer Finn DH Z, Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado riding Tino La Chapelle, and Manuel Gonzalez Dufrane with Hortensia Van De Leeuwerk. “These three riders are
second with a 162, while Lily Beck and Upworthy finished in third with a 154. In jumper news, the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome had an exciting outcome with two riders tying for the win. Bryn Sadler on Cezarro and Damian Dixon on Congo both crossed the timers in 36.160. Kyle Dewar and Clever Van De Helle claimed top honors in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix. In a close jump off, they had a clean round with the fastest time of 41.500 to seal the win. Taking home the blue ribbon in the $10,000 KindredBio Open Prix was Cassandra Kahle aboard Blue, who jumped a clean round to finish in 40.396. Lastly, the winner of the $15,000 1.35m Classic was David Beisel aboard For Sunday. With 12 riders making the jump off, the pair came out on top with the fastest time of 37.595.
amazing. They ride much more than their age, and we really pulled together and pulled out the win,” said Garza Perez, the most experienced of the four. Six teams were entered, and although Mexico led from start to finish, it still came down to the final rider to determine who would finish with the lowest two-round fault total for the win. The team led with a score of zero at the finish of the first round, but Martinez Sommer was one of three riders with a rail down in the second round’s first rotation, adding four faults to their score. The second rotation saw Garza Perez give Mexico a huge advantage with a clear round, and Zendejas Salgado became the drop score with two rails down in the third rotation. This kept Mexico in
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third with MTM Fashion. Jillan Piesco found herself in the winner’s circle for the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix for the third time this season. Her winning performance during week eight was with her partner Cassino Royale as they scored a 78 in the first round, followed by an 81, to give them a grand total of 159. Sophia Murray and Quebo took second with a score of 152, and third went to Megan Hubbard and Voyager, who scored 151. The USHJA Pony Hunter Derby made its way back to the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit for the second time this year. With a field of 22 ponies competing to take home the coveted title, Peyton Addington and Ledoux rose victorious. Addington scored an 86 in the first round and an 82 in round two, giving her a total score of 168. Izzy Beisel and Boutonniere claimed
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THE HITS OCALA WINTER CIRCUIT at Post Time Farm is known for showcasing a broad range of classes and events during its ten-week run. Week VIII was certainly no different, hosting the World Championship Hunter Rider Week, including the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Pony Hunter Derby. Amanda Steege and Lafitte De Muze were the winners of the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix during HITS Ocala VIII, held on the grass field. Steege pulled the top scores in both rounds of competition—in the first round, the pair scored an 88, putting them in the lead going into round two, where they earned them a score of 90. The duo’s overall score of 178 was enough to take home the blue ribbon. Second place went to Morgan Ward and Cypress with a 169, and Jennifer Ritucci was just a point behind with a 168 for
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the lead with a score of four faults but with the result still in doubt. In the final rotation, Gonzalez Dufrane could have one rail down and still win the gold for Mexico, but two rails would give the win to Israel and tie the U.S. for second. The huge, enthusiastic crowd held its breath as Gonzalez Dufrane negotiated the Alan Wade-designed course. He became the hero, going clear and giving Mexico the gold with a score of four faults. “It feels amazing. This is my first Nations Cup, so it is just unbelievable for me,” said Gonzalez Dufrane. “I tried to focus and keep calm, and everything went well. I know my mare quite well, but today [my
team] gave me advice that made me jump even better and become more connected.” At the conclusion of the first round, the U.S. and Ireland were tied for second with eight faults. In the first rotation of the second round, Beezie Madden and Breitling LS had a rail down for four faults. The second and third rotations saw the U.S.’s chances improve with Lucy Deslauriers going clear on Hester and Laura Kraut riding clear on Confu to keep their team with a score of eight with a drop score. With the battle for gold still on, McLain Ward rode well on HH Azur but had a rail down to leave the team with a score of 12 with the drop score. That meant gold would be out of reach for the U.S., and a bronze spot on the podium was secured.
Eugenio Garza Perez and Victer Finn DH Z were one of two double-clear performers for Mexico.
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Hosts Gold Star Clinic - West THE UNITED STATES HUNTER Jumper Association (USHJA) Gold Star Clinic West wrapped up an educational week with presentations by experts in the sport of show jumping combined with riding sessions taught by distinguished riders and team competition. Riders qualified for the clinic through the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program and the Zone Jumper Team Championships. AON HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, CA, hosted the event on January 17-20, 2019. Sunday featured an exciting Gold Star Team competition with eight teams at heights of 1.10m, 1.20m, and 1.30m vying for the top honors. Guest Chefs d’Equipe included Olympic rider Will Simpson, Kirsten Coe, Diane Carney, and DiAnn Langer, USEF Youth Chef d’Equipe/ USHJA Show Jumping Technical Advisor. Riders had the exciting opportunity to walk the course with their experienced Chefs and hear tips on how to ride the track. Keating, USHJA Managing Director of Sport and USEF “r” judge, served as the official and scorekeeper for the event. AVSU provided the sound. Langer’s Team 7 with Grace Belmont, Jasmine Talley, and Natalie Gerst took the
early lead after round one with only four faults. Coe’s Team 8 with Lauren Flather, Gerst, and Rachel Long gave Langer’s team a run for their money with all riders jumping clean in the jump off, but Team 7 held the lead for the win. Team 8 finished in second, and Simpson’s Team 3 took the third place spot with Olivia Williams, Jerra Mays, and Amelie Bittar. Throughout the week, riders had a full educational schedule working one-on-one with Brenda Mueller of Marketing4Equestrians; esteemed barn manager Colleen Reed; Jean-Yves Tola, founder of the Young Horse Show Series and Executive Director of Studbook Selle Francais North America; judge Jos Sevriens; United States Equestrian Federation Team Veterinarian Dr. Geoff Vernon; high performance farrier and horseman Billy Liggett; world-class course designer Martin Otto; and Olympian Katie Prudent. “The opportunity to ride with Katie [Prudent] has been so fun. We get so focused on the canter, the jumps, and the distances that we forget about the simple little things that, in the end, matter so much. She gives tips and tricks for
Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular Topped by Victoria Colvin and Private Practice
Grace Belmont was part of the United States Hunter Jumper Association Gold Star Clinic – West winning team.
something as simple as the walk, that just helps everything you do,” said Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider Rachel Long. “I think the presentations have been the best part of the clinic,” said 1.30m Gold Star Emerging Jumper Rider Sloan Elmassian. “People think of a clinic as only mounted riding time, but going to the classroom and learning something new or extending your knowledge is more rich than the riding. Of course the riding is important but the knowledge behind the riding really makes it come full circle. You’re going to be more successful in the ring if you have all of the tools.”
VICTORIA COLVIN PILOTED Private Practice to victory in the $100,000 United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA)/World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Peter Wetherill Palm Beach
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an overall score of 177.57. “It’s beyond exciting to be here and do so well in this event,” Allen said. “I thought he was amazing in both rounds, obviously, but in the second round I think he really stepped it up with the brilliance. It’s my final junior year and everything is shaping out!”
Victoria Colvin captured her fifth United States Hunter Jumper Association/World Championship Hunter Rider Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular win, this time aboard Private Practice.
Hunter Spectacular at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). The Saturday night event was the highlight of WEF’s WCHR Hunter Week. Thirty-two of the week’s most successful juniors, amateurs, and professionals contested the round-one course designed by Ken Krome, and the top 12 combinations qualified to return for the second round of competition. Amanda Steege of Bedminster, NJ, and Lafitte De Muze held the early lead into the second course as the pair received a high score of 92 in the first course. Junior rider Jordan Allen of West Bloomfield, MI, ascended to a top three finish on Kind of Blue, owned by Float On Equestrian LLC. As the second-to-last to return, 21-yearold Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, and Brad Wolf’s Private Practice performed a flawless round to win the event with a final two-round total of 182.66. “This is the first year that I’ve won as a professional, and I think it almost means more to me now than it did when I was a junior,” said Colvin, who won the Hunter Spectacular a stunning four
times in a row from 2012 to 2015. “When I competed in it as a junior, I knew it was an amazing class, but I probably didn’t realize how significant and amazing it is,” Colvin shares. “We showed this horse last year in this event as well, but we had just bought him and he was right out of being a jumper,” she added of the nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding. “He was a lot more tame today, and he went around like a champ.” Steege and the eight-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding gave it their all in the final performance, but fell just short of Colvin, totaling a final result of 182.16. “I was hoping he would come out and be a competitor out there tonight, and I think it’s needless to say he far exceeded my expectations,” Steege commented. “I was really happy with my round in the handy; I thought he jumped amazing,” she continued. “I made the conscious choice to go around the red vertical on the way to jump one because my horse is a little less experienced than Tori’s and I just wanted to make this the most positive experience possible for him.” Allen, who is a working student for Ken and Emily Smith at Ashland Farm, took third place aboard Kind of Blue with
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[LEFT] Caroline Teich competed at the Rocking Horse Winter II and Winter III Horse Trials.[RIGHT] Lila Gendal and BT Just A Rebel ﬁnished fourteenth in the Red Hills International CCI3*-S.
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SOUTHERN SUCCESS Anna Loschiavo of Bradford, VT, traveled south for the winter, competing at horse trials. At Rocking Horse Winter II, she and Prince Renan ended on their dressage score of 32.7 to take second in Advanced Test B while Spartacus Q finished in tenth, Fernhill Turbo completed Open Training in thirteenth, and Fernhill Hole Shot took first in Open Beginner Novice with a 27.5. At the Red Hills International CCI-S and Horse Trials, she and Prince Renan finished fifth with a 32.5 and Spartacus Q ended tenth with a 44.2, both in Open Intermediate. ADDING ADVANCED The team behind the Mars Essex Horse Trials announced that the event will celebrate its third running with the exciting addition of an Advanced division in 2019. Set to take
place June 21-23 at Moorland Farm in Far Hills, NJ, the event will also feature Beginner Novice through Preliminary divisions as well as a variety of family friendly events.
WINNING WINSTON Congratulations to Emerald Isles Eventing Center of Westborough, MA, and Paige Crotty on her own Bantry Bays Winston’s 2018 successes. The Connemara gelding was awarded fifth in the United States Equestrian Federation’s national rankings for purebred, eventing Connemaras. The team also sends out a huge congratulations to Maya Gaines and her family on their new addition, Excel Star Look Alike, a 2014 Irish Sport Horse gelding! LILA ON TOP The sunshine state saw Lila Gendal of Strafford, VT, kick
off the 2019 season with style this past winter. At the Grand Oaks Horse Trials, Gendal rode Gayle Davis’ Arctic Tiger in Training Horse to finish in fifth on their dressage score of 27.9. Next, Gendal and “Harley” cruised around the gelding’s first Preliminary Horse competition to take ninth at the Ocala Winter I Horse Trials, where she and BT Just A Rebel claimed fifth in Intermediate Rider. The Three Lakes Winter II Horse Trials found Gendal finishing in fourth in Open Preliminary aboard Arctic Tiger, and at the Red Hills International CCI-S and Horse Trials, she and BT Just A Rebel finished fourteenth out of a large field in the CCI3*-S. Another notable finish for Gendal includes taking first with BT Just A Rebel in the 1.25m Jumpers, her first competition at the level, at the
Venice Equestrian Tour VII.
NORTH TO SOUTH Also at the Three Lakes Winter II Horse Trials in Florida was Kay Slater and Quizow of True North Farm in Harwich, MA. The duo claimed seventh in Preliminary Rider-B with a 55.7. ROCKING ON Caroline Teich of Teich Eventing out of Orchard Hill Equestrian Center in Berlin, MA, competed at the Rocking Horse Winter II and Winter III Horse Trials. At Winter II, Teich took twelfth in Open Preliminary with Dondarrion, twelfth in Preliminary Rider with Kingslayer, and second in Novice Horse with Salt Air Swagger. At Winter III, she took fourth in Open Preliminary with Dondarrion and fourteenth in Novice Horse with Salt Air Swagger. May 2019
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New Hampshire Dressage and Eventing Association Presents Kara Riley-King with Commitment to Community Award SUBMITTED BY CAROL ANN HEAD
ALONG WITH EDUCATIONAL sessions, the New Hampshire Dressage and Eventing Association (NHDEA) offers inviting, low-key events for riders to try out their new horse, ride a new test, ride at a new level, or just get your feet wet, all designed to help riders gain confidence. This is one way NHDEA serves the equestrian community. At the NHDEA Awards Banquet, we acknowledged our members who ride in our shows, come to our clinics, connect with other members, encourage each other to be better riders, and contribute to the equine community by keeping organizations like ours going for future riders to benefit from. Important members in attendance included local breeders offering quality affordable horses, barn owners who provide a place to board our
animals, and trainers who are our role models and mentor adult amateurs, juniors, and beginner riders. Trainers play a key role in the dressage world by generating the next wave of riders to support future shows, clinics, and events. It was with great pleasure that NHDEA recognized all the hard work, long days, patience, and encouragement that one trainer brings to our equestrian community. This year it was Kara Riley-King who was awarded a special NHDEA Commitment to Community Award. She helps sustain our New Hampshire equine community with her positive energy by attending local shows, not just NHDEA-affiliated, as a competitor and as a coach to her students; she rides in many clinics held
Winner of the New Hampshire Dressage and Eventing Association Commitment to Community Award, Kara Riley-King.
nearby and brings her team to audit, and she came with her whole barn to the Awards Banquet. Upon acceptance of her award, Kara spoke about the challenging year she had, thanked her support team, and acknowledged how grateful she is to have her students, friends, and family in her life. Kara runs a boarding barn and riding program at Sea Star Stables in Brentwood, NH. Congratulations, Kara!
Connecticut Dressage and Combined Training Association Are You Ready For Show Season? SUBMITTED BY MARYANN SMITH
still emphasized, some of the rules and regulations, particularly regarding attire, are a bit relaxed. The other wonderful thing about schooling shows is that they are more affordable than other sanctioned events. Memberships to the United States Equestrian Federation, United States Dressage Federation, or United States Eventing Association are not necessary, and the entry prices are much lower. Join Connecticut Dressage and Combined Training Association (CDCTA) at our upcoming dressage
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SADDLE BUFFED TO A GLORIOUS shine, check. Boots cleaned to perfection, check. Paperwork in order, check. Ready for show season? A schooling show refers to a type of equestrian competition intended for inexperienced riders, green horses, or competitors working up to a new level. This type of show offers the experience of competition in a less strict, less stressful environment. A schooling show can be the ideal opportunity to refresh your skills, gain confidence, or try something new. While quality of performance is
and combined training schooling show series! Three shows scheduled in May, July, and October are open to everyone. Dressage and stadium jumping classes are available for all ages and levels, from beginners to upper level competitors. Lead line and western dressage riders are welcome as well. Our show grounds are located at established barns with top quality facilities and safe footing. CDCTA strives to provide organized and professionally run shows but with a supportive and friendly atmosphere. The first show is Sunday, May 12 at the Westbrook Hunt Club in Westbrook, CT. Join us later in the summer on Sunday, July 14 at Treasure Hill Farm in Salem, CT, for our second show. The final show will take place Sunday, October 6, once again at the Westbrook Hunt Club. At each show there are special awards including the Thoroughbred Incentive Program and a high-point award. This year, CDCTA is delighted to collabo-
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rate with Connecticut Horse to offer the Connecticut Horse Youth Award at each show, rewarding a junior rider who exhibits excellent horsemanship. Please visit our website, cdctaonline. com, for more information and entry forms. Follow us on Facebook for updates and additional events. Members of Bit by Bit Stable getting ready at the Connecticut Dressage and Combined Training Association’s October 2018 Schooling Dressage and Combined Training Show.
Inaugural $50,000 Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field Finds Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night Victorious
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AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA’S, FIRST eventing showcase, the $50,000 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field held on March 1-2, wrapped up a weekend of top competition at the Aiken Horse Park. The two-day invitational presented by the Aiken Horse Park Foundation featured a morning of dressage, an evening of stadium jumping, and an afternoon of running cross-country, offering a prime opportunity for top eventing riders to kick start their competition season. Of the FEI top 30 ranked eventing riders and wild card riders that received invitations to the competition, it was Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night, a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Deborah Halliday, who took the lead after dressage with a 28.7 and never looked back. After cruising around Michel Vaillancourt’s show jumping course Friday evening, all that stood between the dynamite pair and the top spot on the podium
was Capt. Mark Phillips’s artfully designed cross-country course. The 2200m track featured 22 jumping efforts and an optimum time of 4:11 minutes. Halliday-Sharp and “Blackie” made easy work of the course. In addition to claiming her share of the $50,000 prize purse, Halliday-Sharp represented the Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) in the event’s Ride for Charity and earned the organization a check for $2,500. Hometown hero Doug Payne and his mount Vandiver, a 15-year-old Trakehner owned in partnership between Doug and Jessica Payne and Debi Crawley, took second place, finishing on their dressage score of 30.8 and moving up from third in the show jumping phase. Back from a minor stifle issue that kept the gelding out of competition most of the past year, “Quinn” and Payne looked better than ever and earned their Ride for Charity organization, Home 4 Good Dogs, $1,500.
Eventing 25 and Eventing 18 Participants Complete Intensive Training Sessions in Florida and California PARTICIPANTS IN THE UNITED States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 Program (E25) and the Eventing 18 Program (E18)
completed their winter training sessions earlier this year. The Emerging Athlete Programs aim to provide basic skills necessary for future team athletes and
Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night topped the $50,000 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field.
Eventing legend William Fox-Pitt made the trip from across the pond to compete. A multiple time Olympic medalist for Great Britain, Fox-Pitt borrowed U.S. rider Chris Talley’s top horse, Sandro’s Star, an 11-year-old Oldenburg stallion owned by Hannah Salazar. The black stallion and Fox-Pitt were a crowd favorite and clinched the third place finish with a speedy cross-country round to finish on their dressage score of 31.3. Mental Health America was the lucky third place charity and came away with a $1,000 check.
athletes focused on reaching Elite status. Over the course of intensive threeday training sessions, the groups rode in lessons with USEF Eventing Emerging Athlete Coach Leslie Law. “The [E18 and E25] sessions were very positive and I saw some good kids doing good work across the country,” said Law. “We’re identifying athletes that will become the future team riders for the U.S. in world championships. Talent, temperament, and longevity
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are all a part of that. And we’re seeing how [the program] is making a difference as past participants like Jenny Caras, Hallie Coon, and Caroline Martin are taking steps up.” Training sessions on the East Coast and the West Coast also included a variety of lectures from industry experts on business and stable management, training practices, horse nutrition and digestive health, horsemanship, and communications training. In Ocala, FL, the East Coast E18 training session was held January 7-10 and the E25 training session was held January 14-17. The Florida Horse Park hosted the mounted sessions and guest lecturers included Max Corcoran, Chris Barnard, Dr. Lisa Casinella, Katie Wentz, and David O’Connor. Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, CA, hosted all West Coast mounted sessions and lectures for the athletes from January 28-31. Guest lecturers included Jennifer Myers, Derek di Grazia, and Dr. David Bogenrief. “The Eventing 25 [program] has given me not only mentors to learn from and
taking the education of the younger generlook up to, but also a group of fellow riders my age to relate to,” said Cornelia ation of riders to a whole new level, and I feel my own riding and horsemanship Dorr of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. “It growing tremendously.” can be hard to move from the Young “The Emerging Athlete training session Rider age group to the more competiwas one of the most educational and tive, older group. To have relationships inspirational [weeks] of my career. Leslie with other riders in the same transi[Law]’s lectures on athlete mentality tion as I am, as well as mentors to help and the future of the sport left the riders guide you, has been the biggest takefeeling extremely motivated,” said Brianna away for me every year!” Maroney of Portola Valley, CA. “He did “I’ve been fortunate enough to partician exceptional job helping me to estabpate in the E18 program before and this lish a new warm-up routine for my show year in the E25 program. It’s beyond a jumping, and, because of this, I am feeling clinic, and [is] really a time to delve deep more confident than ever to begin the into conversation about the future of the 2019 season.” sport and what roles we could potentially play in that future,” said The Emerging Athlete Program participants completed their winter training sessions with Mallory Hogan of Leslie Law and guest lecturers. Belvedere, CA. “I always come home from the sessions with plenty to work on and think about, and it gets me excited for the upcoming season. This program is really
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[ABOVE] Autumn St. Laurent of New Hampshire was one of four equestrians to receive The Dressage Foundation’s Maryal and Charlie Barnett Continuing Education for Dressage Instructors Funds. [RIGHT] Ruth Toporoff’s new mare, Evita, loving her blue ribbon from the White Fences Equestrian Center schooling show.
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DRESSAGE DEBUT Millennium Dressage of Harvard, MA, had a great show at White Fences Equestrian Center’s March Schooling Show held in Loxahatchee, FL, on March 17. Ruth Toporoff’s new mare, Envy Me, also known as Evita, and Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen won the Open Third Level, Test 3 class on a score of 66.5%. Emmanuella Sainz and Nicholas Xatzis made their ofﬁcial dressage show debut in the U.S. with both of their wonderful horses and had beautiful rides. In Training Level, Test 3, Sainz rode Aron to a score of 64.483% and took second place in the Adult Amateur section. Xatzis rode Rng Qe Ii in Adult Amateur Training Level, Test 2 to a score of 63.621%, winning second place. INSTRUCTORS AWARDED The Dressage Foundation’s Maryal and Charlie Barnett Continuing Education for Dressage Instructors Fund awarded
grants to four individuals to attend the United States Dressage Federation’s Instructor/ Trainer Program. Weronika Ciechowska of New Jersey, Diane Owen of Ohio, Autumn St. Laurent of New Hampshire, and Kiersten Vroman of New York were each given a grant ranging from $500-$1,500 to further their education as instructors.
Para Dressage Coach Certiﬁcate Fast-Track Program on March 3-4 at Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center in Loxahatchee, FL, led by USEF Para Dressage Technical Advisor and Head of Coach Development Michel Assouline. Among these 11 was Sons of the Wind-Luistano Farm, located in Merrimac, MA, Managing Director Maggie McDonald.
Adequan Global Dressage Festival 9 CPEDI3* on March 8-9. Led by Chef d’Equipe Michel Assouline, the team of David Botana, Rebecca Hart, Kate Shoemaker, and Roxanne Trunnell earned a cumulative score of 441.488, largely in part to career high scores. As a result, their effort led to an all-time high team score for the U.S.
NEW BEGINNINGS Centerline Stables of Ossining, NY, recently adopted out Jade, a mare who 13 Hands Equine Rescue saved from a kill pen in Louisiana. After fostering Jade for some time, giving her training, love, and care, the mare was adopted and in mid-March moved to her new home in Bridgewater, CT, where she will be involved in a therapeutic program.
GREENER PASTURES We are sad to report the loss of Windswept Farm’s, of Canterbury, NH, Juneson’s Wildﬁre, also known as Willy. The sweet gelding had been a resident for over 15 years on the farm, teaching countless riders over the years. After developing cancer, the decision was made to lay the horse to rest.
DOUBLE TIME The University of Massachusetts Dressage Team of Amherst, MA, made their way to their ﬁrst two shows of the season on March 9-10. The University of Connecticut (UCONN) and Mount Holyoke College hosted the back-toback Intercollegiate Dressage Association Region B shows. Congratulations to Sarah Williams and Elizabeth Clarke for taking not only blues in their respective classes, but being High-Point and Reserve HighPoint winners of the day at the UCONN show.
FAST-TRACK PROGRAM Eleven coaches participated in the inaugural United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)
PERSONAL BEST Congratulations to the U.S. Para Dressage Team who ended their winter season with a dominant win over their Canadian opponents in the
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Officially Adds Dressage Program SUBMITTED BY KIMBER WHANGER
THE INTERSCHOLASTIC Equestrian Association (IEA) Board of Directors recently voted to officially adopt the dressage discipline into their program beginning in the 20192020 season. For the past three years, dressage has been offered as a Pilot Program, allowing riders to participate in a limited number of scrimmages across the nation. The first two years of the Pilot Program allowed riders and teams to test the waters by holding dressage shows in the IEA draw-based format and at a reduced membership cost. The program has been an overwhelming success with participant numbers tripling over the three years.
During the 2017-2018 season, IEA hosted a Dressage Finale at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH. This culminating event was open to both IEA and non-IEA dressage riders, regardless of points or past participation in the scrimmage horse shows. Nearly 70 riders from 10 states participated in the inaugural event. At the beginning of the 20182019 season, IEA formalized the membership application process for dressage riders and teams and held official horse shows in more than 15 states. Less than 100 riders participated in the first year of the Pilot Program, with the number of dressage
Adequan Global Dressage Festival Sees U.S. Take Victory in FEI Nations Cup CDIO3*
The Canadian team took silver with 433.685 points and Germany took the bronze with 402.724 points. The teams were honored in their medal ceremony during the “Friday Night Stars” competition on Friday evening, March 15. The U.S. riders secured their victory
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THE SECOND DAY OF TEAM competition for the FEI Nations Cup CDIO 3* presented by Stillpoint Farm during week 10 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) saw a victory and a gold medal for the U.S. team with 437.693 points.
after strong performances in the FEI Intermediate 1* CDIO3* and FEI Grand Prix Special CDIO3*. Shelly Francis and Danilo took the top spot in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDIO3* with a score of 71.447% after an error in her test. Francis commented, “I was really excited with Danilo with this whole show so far because he’s getting more consistent. He feels awesome, and he feels more honest. I feel like it was a great show.” Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo
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riders in 2018-2019 increasing to more than 300 active participants and nearly 100 teams. “The growth and excitement surrounding the dressage program has been amazing,” says IEA Dressage Zone Administrator Emily David. “I couldn’t be more grateful for the amount of people that have stepped in and are so involved in this program from within and outside the IEA. I know it is going to grow fast and have a really bright future.” Like its counterparts in hunt seat and western, IEA dressage riders in middle school and high school who have a minimum of one-year riding experience can compete on teams in both dressage test classes as well as dressage seat equitation classes. On April 13-14, 2019, IEA hosted its second Dressage Finale at Otterbein University as a final dressage event to the 2018-2019 season and in celebration of the three-year Pilot Program. This Finale included dressage riders and teams who earned a specific number of points or were in the highest percent of participating teams in their Zone. In future seasons, dressage will hold a national finals event similar to both hunt seat and western national finals. Registration for the 2019-2020 season for all disciplines will begin June 1, 2019 at rideiea.org. Shows will run September 2019 through June 2020. For more information on the dressage program, contact Membership Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Eaton at email@example.com or Dressage Zone Administrator Emily David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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took the second spot in the Special with a score of 71.064%. “I thought it was a tremendous experience to be here in Wellington,” commented Jorst on the Nations Cup. “I was weak in the knees when I saw my teammates go in. You’re more nervous for them than you would ever be for yourself, and I think it’s such a fantastic opportunity for us. We’re so thankful to The Dutta Corp. and to everybody for putting this together for us.” Jorst spoke to the highlight of her rides with the 16-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Kastel Denmark. “The highlight for me was the learning experience from yesterday to today,” she said. “For me, it’s always having great rides and getting better at something. So yesterday I messed up my changes and today I got better at my changes and I got my confidence back.” Ashley Holzer and Valentine, her nine-year-old Oldenburg mare, took the third highest score in the FEI Intermediate 1* CDIO3*. The pair rode to a 71.265%. “I’m very honored to be on the American team with these amazing riders and friends,” said Holzer. Jennifer Baumert and Handsome, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Betsy Juliano LLC, captured the fourth-highest score in the FEI Intermediate 1* CDIO3*, a 70.941%. “I’m certainly very honored to have made the team,” shared Baumert. “It feels amazing to have these three wonderful ladies here with me and to have won the gold.” Tina Irwin of Canada rode Laurencio, her 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding, to the leading score of 73.588% in the I-1 division, which helped Canada to the silver medal. Patricia Koschel of Germany spoke on behalf of the bronze German team. She and Leuchtfeuer DE scored 69.088% in the I-1 division. “For me it’s a really big honor to sit here with such amazing athletes,” she said. “It was also a great honor to be a part of this Nations Cup team, and it’s great that we have the possibility here to have a mixture of Grand Prix and Prix St Georges [riders].” In the FEI Grand Prix 16-25 CDIO-U25, Lauren Asher and West Side, a 16-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Select Equine International, rode to a win with a score
Shelly Francis and Danilo took the top spot in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDIO3* with a score of 71.447%.
“Bolero is the most honest horse that of 70.051%, taking home her second gold I’ve had the opportunity to work with medal after helping her U.S. team to gold. yet,” said Gluch of the 15-year-old “I don’t want to put an expectation on it, P.R.E stallion owned by Hampton I just want to have the best possible ride Green Farm. “At home, in the show that I can with the horse at that moment,” ring, on the trails, anything, he’s the continued Asher. “I think it’s just a compisame horse. I never have to worry that lation of things really. Being prepared, having a good setup, and the management he’s going to bat an eyelash.” at home. I’m really fortunate I have a super team behind me.” Naima Moreira Laliberte of Bulk or Bagged Canada and I Do Kiss took the Kiln Dried or Green silver medal with a score of 69.564%. “I found him, and I thought, ‘I love him.’ There’s something in him that touches my gut feeling and my heart,” said Laliberte of the 13-yearold Swedish Warmblood stallion owned by KML S.A.R.L. “For me that’s the most important thing when you find a partner.” The bronze medal went to Kerrigan Gluch and Bolero CXLVIII, with a www.bridgewaterfarm.com score of 68.333%.
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[ABOVE] Harley Waller (left) was voted in as the youngest member of The Coaching Club. [LEFT] Jordan Laplaca and Elton took second place in Intermediate Horse Single at the Live Oak International.
CONDOLENCES We are sad to report that Tjeerd Velstra, former double world Driving champion, has passed away at the age of 79 after a long illness. After a successful career as a jumping athlete, Velstra made the switch to fourin-hand carriage driving in 1976, becoming an individual World Champion and helping win many team gold medals for the Netherlands. As the Dutch team coach from 2007 to 2010, Velstra led his drivers to many team and individual World Championships medals. Our thoughts are with Tjeerd Velstra’s family and friends.
LOCALS AT LIVE OAK The Live Oak International saw action from some New England-native drivers. In FEI 2* Single Pony, Hilary MrozBlythe of Leverett, MA, and Bijou drove to sixth. Intermediate Pony Single saw Bob Koopman of Northbridge, MA, and Chandler’s Creek Eclipse claim fifth; Jackie Kane of Hudson, MA, and Zeppo take eighth; and Nancy Dimick of Randolph, VT, take ninth with Randallane Narnia. Finally, Jordan Laplaca of South Royalton, VT, took home second place in Intermediate Horse Single with Elton, while Norma Katz of Springfield, VT, came in eighth place with Battersea Toulouse and Susan
Van Huis of Plymouth, VT, and Brymstone’s Chaucer finished ninth. Also at Live Oak, as part of the U.S. Developing Athlete Program and Elite Athlete Program for Combined Driving, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) introduced an informal team competition. Overseen by the Driving Sport Committee, the challenge offered USEF Pathway Program athletes or team applicants the opportunity to gain valuable experience in team competition format. Each ‘team’ was designated a chef d’equipe and was comprised of one FEI Four-inHand entry, one FEI Pair entry, one FEI Single Horse entry, one FEI Single Pony entry, and two Intermediate entries from varying classes. Team Holding Gold of Taylor Bradish, Keady Cadwell, Dana Diemer, Jennifer Thompson, Tom Warriner, and Chester Weber, led by Chef d’Equipe Jennifer Matheson, finished on a score of 463.48 to win the Team Challenge. Team Bold Ruler of Leslie Ber-
ndl, Bob Giles, Nifty Hamilton, Mary Phelps, Lisa Stroud, and Kristin Whittington, led by Chef d’Equipe Dee Aldrich, finished on a score of 470.45 for second place. Team Tapwrit of Jennifer Keeler, Debbie Lawrence, Paul Maye, Eleanor Parkes, Margaret Shenker, and Katie Whaley, led by Chef d’Equipe Jim Fairclough, finished on a score of 491.68 for third place. Team Succesful Mission of Donna Crookston, Denise Hinder, Hilary MrozBlythe, Jada Neubauer, Steve Wilson, and Misdee WrigleyMiller, led by Chef d’Equipe Danielle Aamodt and Assistant Chef d’Equipe Anna Koopman, finished on a score of 503.52 for fourth place.
COACHMAN CLINIC April Woods Stable in Dover, NH, prepared for the 2019 season with a late winter clinic with Andy Marcoux of Coachman’s Delight in Medway, MA. Marcoux worked on driving and long lining with the participants and their horses.
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COACHING CLUB Congratulations to Massachusett’s Harley Waller on being voted in as the youngest member of The Coaching Club. From Stockbridge, Harley has been an avid driver for years, thanks to his parents, Harvey and Mary, and their Orleton Farm. In other news, the Waller family sent their Welsh pony,
Always Say Please, over the rainbow bridge in March. Harley and this wonderful pony, lovingly called “Ollie,” did many drives together, including taking first at Canada’s 2009 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in the Welsh Pleasure Driving Junior or Gentleman to Drive class.
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Saratoga Driving Association Hosts Successful Get Ready for Spring Conference
Members enjoyed a cozy classroom setting for the 2019 Get Ready for Spring Conference.
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SARATOGA DRIVING ASSOCIATION’S (SDA) Get Ready for Spring Conference in February was a huge success! We were delighted with the attendance and the wonderful speakers. Richard Nicoll started with the history of the sport at chariots and brought us through the rules, bumps, and spills up to the present. He was a great speaker and we hope we can bring him back next year. Marsha Chavin, who runs Chavin Equestrian Center in Nassau, NY, presented an organized, comprehensive discussion on how under saddle work, based on the principles of classic dressage, you can teach the driving horse how to move correctly and improve all aspects of in-harness work. Specializing in working with the horse as they learn the job, she helps the horse learn to work, handle distractions, and return to work. Having grown up in a cart or following draft horses in the family business, Marsha comes by her knowledge honestly and did a great job sharing her ideas. Karen Lassell from the Miner Institute explained their program and how they choose what they breed, the research they do, and the internships they offer to aspiring horse professionals. Once again, Karen’s knowledge and charm were a delight and I recommend everyone take a trip to Chazy, NY, to visit—especially if you are looking to buy or breed a horse. Jeff Morse was the man with the bits.
Chavin’s for dressage in-harness or He shared varieties of different bits and under saddle is on its way. We are also encouraged us to experiment, see what in the works of planning a cones clinic works for you, and to think about why you prefer one bit over another. It might with Marc Johnson. Check the website for updates! give you an insight into how to improve your horse’s performance. As usual, we had a fabulous raffle manned by raffler extraordinaire Glenn Van Oort. Joyce’s Country Kitchen catered and Eileen Van Oort kept the kitchen flowing with food so that every break was stocked with a different delight. Moving on to our upcoming spring activities, we have Heidi Johnson and Donna Dolbin coming to create driving outfits at Jeff Morse’s place on May 4 in Richmond, MA. Look for details and sign up on saratogadriving. com. Visit www.equinejournal.com for details. Though still in the planning stages, Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc. a clinic with Larry Poulin at Marsha
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COME ON, CARLA! The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Lifetime Achievement Award is an accolade bestowed upon a board member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, commitment, and exemplary service to the association. This year’s IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Carla Wennberg of Laurinburg, NC, meets the criteria with her life’s work, positive outlook, and dedication to her students. Coach of the St. 86
Andrews University IHSA team, Wennberg has worked tirelessly to coach the next generation of top equestrians. In addition to coaching, she is also a longtime American Quarter Horse Association and NRHA judge, served as an FEI Reining Steward, and is the former Director of Reining for the United States Equestrian Team.
NEW CLASSES The National Reining Breeders Classic continues to support their youth riders by featuring two slates of CRIJ3* and CRIYR3* classes on the schedule for their 2019 event. The decision was made by show management to allow more opportunities for youth to qualify for the FEI World Reining Championships for Junior and Young Riders. Youth must score a minimum average of 67 at one qualifying competition in 2019 to be considered for team selection in the division that they qualify in. The championships will be held July 9-13 at CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland. The U.S. qualifying competitions continue with the Central New York Rein-
ing Horse Association Ride and Slide in Syracuse, NY, on June 8 and the Carolina Classic in Tryon, NC, May 8-12.
format for the Mustang Magic event, which will now take place in conjunction with the Extreme Mustang Makeover.
SUCCESSFUL SHOWING Congratulations are in order for the team at Buckley Quarter Horses from Preston, CT, on their success at the National Snafﬂe Bit Association’s (NSBA) Riders Cup in Scottsdale, AZ. Among the many ribbons won, highlights of the show included Isabella Buckley and Roses Only taking home reserve circuit champion in 13 and Under Showmanship and Taylor Kungle on Krymsun Belle taking circuit champion in Level 1 Amateur Horsemanship and the NSBA Riders Cup Novice Non-Pro Showmanship Championship.
RIDE ON, WILDCATS Cazenovia College of Cazenovia, NY, played host to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone 2 Region 2 Western Regionals on March 2. Participating riders needed to qualify by earning enough points via their placings at regular season shows. The top two riders in each class at Regionals qualified to compete at one of three Semi-Finals; the qualifiers from that then moved on to Nationals. Cazenovia’s Western Wildcats saw seven riders qualify for Regionals: Katie Currier, Saralyn Darmstatter, Gaby Tebo, Madison McDade, Danielle Beinars, Kevin Schenck, and Emily Dejong. Darmstatter, Currier, McDade, and Schenck advanced on to the Semi-Finals, held in Ocala, FL, on March 15-17, but regrettably none of the Wildcats progressed on to Nationals.
NEW DATES The Extreme Mustang Makeover has moved from their September date to join up with the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo in 2020. The dates for the Extreme Mustang Makeover will be January 23-25. The Mustang Heritage Foundation is working on a new
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VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Each year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) acknowledges one outstanding volunteer for commitment to giving back to the sport of reining. At the NRHA Awards Banquet on February 9, Ann Salmon-Anderman of Pilot Point, TX, was honored with the 2018 Volunteer of the Year award. Anderman has served the sport she loves in almost every role she could ﬁnd, from NRHA board and committee member to judge and steward to competitor, and of course, volunteer.
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[LEFT] Ann Salmon-Anderman received the Volunteer of the Year award at the National Reining Horse Association Awards Banquet. [ABOVE] Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner Carla Wennberg and St. Andrews University student Connor Smith.
western Justin Thigpen dominated the CINCH Timed Event Championship.
Justin Thigpen Snags Crown
At the 35th CINCH Timed Event Championship SEVENTEEN DAYS BEFORE THE opening round of the 2019 CINCH Timed Event Championship (CTEC), which took place March 8-10, Justin Thigpen took a call from the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, OK, inviting him to be a replacement for the injured JoJo LeMond. Fifty hours after he roped his first steer, the Waycross, GA, cowboy became just the fifteenth man to win the “Ironman of ProRodeo” in the event’s 35th year. What’s even bigger is that he became the third rookie in that time to claim the title and the top prize—Leo Camarillo won it in the first year in 1985, and Mike Beers was the next newcomer to do it a year later. “I’ve wanted to come here for years,” said Thigpen, a 19-time International Professional Rodeo Association champion who has won titles in the all-around, tie-down roping, heading, and steer roping. “I’ve dedicated my life to roping. I’m so glad I got to prove to myself that I can do it and that I belong here.” Yes, he does, and he proved it to the Lazy E crowd from the opening kickoff. He was strong and steady and placed in the first three rounds—second in the first two performances and first
must compete in heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, and steer roping in order to complete a round. The biggest paydays come in the 25-run aggregate. Thigpen finished in 341.9 seconds to collect the top prize of $100,000, then added his money in the rounds to get his total. K.C. Jones, a five-time CTEC winner from Burlington, WY, finished second in 412.0 seconds, taking home $25,000. Erich Rogers of Round Rock, AZ, took third place with a collective time of 420.6, earning a check for $15,000. “Justin’s rodeoed for a long time,” said Jones, who has pocketed $493,500 in CTEC cash in his career. “He’s got a good arena, and he gets to rope a lot in the wintertime. I come out of Wyoming, and I go to South Georgia to get out of the weather. Once he got invited to come here, we got together and practiced.” It worked, and now Thigpen knows just what to consider and expect as he trains and plans for next March and the 2020 CINCH Timed Event Championship.
on Saturday afternoon. He also packed a heavy dose of prizes and money. It’s the richest weekend of competition he’s ever earned. “By far,” he said. “Wow. What a great event. I’m honored that they had me. The crowd is just amazing; they respect the horsemanship it takes and the cowboys. There’s not another event that’s dedicated to the roping and bulldogging like this event.” Twenty of the best all-around, timed-event cowboys in the game test their skills in this unique challenge, where each man May 2019
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International Friesian Show Horse Association Reminds Members About Safe Sport ARTICLE AND PHOTO SUBMITTED BY MALA TYLER
IN 2017, SENATOR DIANNE Feinstein (D-CA) sponsored Senate Bill S.534 Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017. This bill amends the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 to extend the duty to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, to certain adults who are authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes at a facility under the jurisdiction of a national governing body. The new bill requires by law that national governing bodies, including United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), to implement procedures to make its members compliant. Effective January 1, 2019, all USEF members
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Ineligibility List. Horse show management will have access to a combined Suspension and Ineligibility List in the same manner as the current Suspension List to identify those who are ineligible to compete. If a person appears on the Ineligibility List but completes the Safe Sport training on the first day of the horse show, they can present a copy of the “Safe Sport Trained” certificate to the show office to prove they are eligible to compete and points will count. If a member presents their “Safe Sport Trained” certificate after the first day of the horse show, they can still compete but their points will not count. USEF’s required Safe Sport Training is on the U.S. Center for SafeSport website and is free for USEF members. A link can be found from the member’s USEF website dashboard. The online three-module training program takes about 90 minutes, which can be taken at the user’s own pace, so long as it’s completed in accordance to show requirements. Safe Sport Training is crucial for International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) members because without it, members will neither be able to show at USEF or IFSHA competitions nor earn horse of the year points. If any member has not completed the training, it is strongly suggested they complete it immediately. For more information, please visit usef.org.
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Northeast Friesian Horse Club Making Friesian Dreams a Reality SUBMITTED BY KATE COOK
costume is the ultimate Friesian fantasy. Northeast Friesian Horse Club (NEFHC) member and treasurer Beth CoushaineGoddeau achieved her dream when she began collaboration with costume
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FOR MANY FRIESIAN OWNERS AND enthusiasts, showing with these magnificent creatures fulfills a childhood dream. Placing in the ribbons is a bonus, and doing it all while wearing an unforgettable
designer and fellow equestrian Lisa Haluch. Lisa honed her skills as a draping assistant in a shop that built costumes for Broadway shows. She conceived the idea of an amazing dragon fantasy costume for Beth’s 10-year-old gelding, Finnegan, that not only earned a blue ribbon, but captivated social media. Lisa was focused from the start on transforming Finnegan from Friesian to dragon. After hours of research, she sketched out her vision and Beth agreed that this costume was all about the horse.
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With multiple measurements taken of Finnegan, Lisa went to work on selecting fabrics and beginning to construct the superstructure for this ambitious project. She tapped the talents of fellow designer Sean McCarthy for the construction of the complicated neck, horns, and tail. Samantha Shaban rounded out the team with her draping skills and extensive knowledge of equines, particularly how Finn’s movement would work with the design. With the clock ticking on show season, Lisa and her team doubled-down. Through trial and error, and with multiple dress rehearsals, she brought her bold vision to reality just in time for the Twin State American Saddlebred Association Octoberfest Horse Show in West Springfield, MA. When Beth and Finnegan stepped into the ring that evening, the audience was transfixed and Finnegan was completely transformed—no longer an equine, he was a dragon! Lisa said, “It was amazing to see and hear the reaction of the crowd when Finnegan appeared.” Beth beamed as she took her victory lap, having lived her Friesian dreams with the help of Lisa and her talented team. They sparked interest on social media with more than 15,000 views on Facebook. Costume is just one of the many classes available at the NEFHC 2019 horse shows. Divisions include classes
Beth Coushaine-Goddeau and Finnegan at the Twin State American Saddlebred Association Octoberfest Horse Show in West Springfield, MA.
for the Friesian, Friesian-cross, Gypsy, Morgan, Saddlebred, and Dutch Harness Horse breeds, as well as multiple open breed classes. Academy classes will also be offered at both shows. The NEFHC Classic Horse Show will be International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) C rated and will take place on June 21–23 in Deerfield, NH. It will be followed by the premiere of the NEFHC Midnight Summer Classic Horse Show, which is United States Equestrian Federation and IFSHA rated, on August
23–25 in West Springfield, MA. Outside of shows, we have other events across the Northeast. One in particular is a two-day clinic hosted by Bridle Brook Farms of Marlborough, CT, on May 4-5 with Grand Prix rider Hanneke Ariens and top European Friesian breeder and trainer Fleur Van Kempen. With riding and auditing options, this event is not to be missed. Check out the club Facebook page or nefhc.com for further details.
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Yankee Walkers: Gaited Horses of New England Talks Shop with P.J. Rossi SUBMITTED BY LOREN STEVENS
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THIS MONTH YANKEE WALKERS interviewed member and friend P.J. Rossi on her thoughtful journey with her beautiful and sensitive Kentucky Mountain Horse mare, Nike. Here is their story. Yankee Walkers: When did you begin to love horses? P.J. Rossi: One of my very first memories involves a horse. I was three years old; I distinctly remember sitting in front of my dad up on a bay horse. I still have the image of that
horse’s dark neck and head in front of me. And that moment started the whole thing! YW: What was your background in riding before meeting Nike? PR: As a kid, I had horses but no formal lessons. My horse and I spent a lot of time just riding around our farm in Kentucky, mostly bareback with a halter and a lead rope rein, no shoes, no helmet, and no fear. I started lessons just after my first child was born but work, parenting,
and life changed my priorities. In February 2016, I started lessons again, and that July I leased a rescue horse. When that horse went back to her rescue to be adopted, I went looking for one of my own. YW: How did you meet and choose Nike as your heart horse? PR: I found a small, 11-year-old mare with a lot of try. She happened to not have had a lot of training, but that beautiful mare was Nike. I sent her to spend six months with gaited trainers Larry Whitesell and Jennifer Bauer in Tennessee, as Nike is a Kentucky Mountain Horse. Right after I got her, someone at my barn asked me if I was “just completely in love already?” My reply was that I truly respected who Nike was as a horse and admired her good character. I still
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feel that way. YW: What are your goals for the spring and summer with Nike? PR: Itâ€™s funny, but I feel like after two and a half years, we are now finally at the beginning! Nike knows a lot more and so do I. We know each other a lot better too and have built some nice trust along the way. We have a saddle that fits us both, we have trusted mentors willing to help when we get stuck, and we have some clinics planned this year to continue both our educations. YW: How do you fit horsemanship into a busy life? PR: That is definitely the biggest and most frustrating challenge. I do the best I
can. Nike is at a great barn where she gets attention and care whether I am there or not. I try to put quality time over quantity. I try to ask what Nike needs on a given day; some days we end up hanging out in the arena together, breathing and relaxing instead of longeing or riding. And sometimes that ended up being a better plan. YW: What are your recommendations for others for their journey with their horses? PR: Listen to your horse, be a good listener, be true to yourself, and be true to your horse. Keep your attitude positive and allow yourself mistakes, take them as learning opportunities. Remember to thank those who help you along the way.
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