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USHJA Programs Upcoming Dates and Deadlines DEADLINE



Last day to apply for the USHJA Foundation Gochman Family Grant.

Give a deserving Junior rider an opportunity to experience U.S. Pony Finals on a qualified pony.

Last day to apply for the 2017 USHJA Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education.

Members for at least three years who meet the criteria set forward may be eligible for a $25,000 scholarship to a college, graduate, professional, or trade school.

Last day to apply for Zone EAP Travel Grants.

Zone grant and scholarship funds can help members realize their dreams and further their pursuits in and out of the sport.

Last day to apply for the Zone Jumper Team Championships.

Experience Nations Cup-style team and individual competition for Children’s and Adult Amateur, 1.20/1.25 m Junior and Amateur, and 1.30/1.35 m Junior and Amateur Jumper riders.

May 1

Last day to apply for the Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter Regional Championships.

Participate in a regional championship for Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunter riders, earn HOTY points and experience a unique team competition in the hunter ring.

May 5

Last day to apply for the Emerging Athletes Program.

Educational opportunity for young riders (under 21) to learn from the country’s leading clinicians.

Last day to sumbit application to the USHJA Trainer Certification Program for review in June.

Apply by May 15 to have your TCP application reviewed in June.

Last day to accumulate points to qualify for USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup.

Provides a unique hunter-focused equitation championship on either coast for top equitation riders.

Last day to enroll in the Green Hunter Incentive Program for $550. Enrollment increases to $750 on June 2.

Enrolled horses are eligible to compete in Green Hunter Incentive Stake Classes and the annual Championship with exceptional prize money and bonus awards. Tier II riders are also eligible for bonus prize money.

June 1

Last day to enroll in the International Hunter Derby Program for $550. Enrollment increases to $750 on June 2. Last day to accumulate money won for the 2017 Championships.

Enrolled horses are eligible for inclusion on regional and national money won tracking lists and for their money won to count toward qualifying for the International Hunter Derby Championship.

June 1

Last day to earn a minimum of 20 points (or $20 money won) at qualifying classes if you applied by May 1. Riders continue to accumulate points, which will be used to determine their qualification for the Championships, until 60 days prior to the date of their zone’s championships.

Experience Nations Cup-style team and individual competition for Children’s and Adult Amateur, 1.20/1.25 m Junior and Amateur, and 1.30/1.35 m Junior and Amateur Jumper riders.

June 1

Last day for members to change their region for WCHR points.

Earn fantastic year-end awards and regional and national recognition for your achievements in the hunter ring.

July 1

Last day to apply for Zone Scholarships.

Zone scholarship can help members realize their dreams and further their educational pursuits.

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Ground Driving 101 Learn the many benefits of this training exercise. BY KAREN ELIZABETH BARIL

features 38 Connecting Youth & Horses

Learn about three organizations that offer unique opportunities for furthering equine education.


44 Junk in the Trunk? Peek into a top young rider’s tack trunk.


50 A Day in the Life of a Veterinarian

Travel along as we discover what it’s like to be a veterinarian.



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departments 14 Editor’s Note 16 Matters of the Heart 18 The In-Gate 20 Best of March 27 Points of Interest 32 Prepurchase Exam 34 Instructor’s Notebook


Read how blogger Tim Hayes achieves success with one simple formula.

Learn more at


lifestyle 63 Travel 66 Fashion 68 In the Kitchen 70 Collecting Thoughts



Watch videos, search back issues, and find associations.


Find a comprehensive list of equine events.


Find destinations fit for the equestrian.

New Products

Be the first to know what is new on the market.


the scoop 73 Industry Wide News 79 Industry Wide Affiliates 83 Foxhunting 85 Hunter/Jumper 91 Eventing 93 Dressage 97 Driving 99 Western 101 Breed Affiliates

93 Paralympian Rebecca Hart’s mount

Schroeter’s Romani will retire after a successful career.

98 Janet Oliver and her pony CSS Kit Carson were crowned Preliminary Champions by the Maine Driving Club.

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109 Real Estate 113 Marketplace 113 Classifieds 114 Directory 120 Last Glance

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My mom bought me a gold necklace with a horse on it when I was nine and started taking lessons. I still wear it under my show shirt when I’m competing. EXECUTIVE EDITOR/GENERAL MANAGER

Do you have any lucky charms that you use while riding?

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I don’t have a lucky charm for riding, which is odd because I’m usually pretty superstitious. Now I’ll have to find one.

New socks. My boyfriend gets me a new pair of socks (usually with a fun design on them) for every horse show I go to.


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WELCOME TO OUR ANNUAL YOUTH ISSUE! Here in the Northeast, spring is just around the corner and that means more riding, more events, and more horse-related activities in general. If you’re a young rider you may be wondering how you can gain more experience and learn new skills this year. There are so many great opportunities for youth in the horse world—from Pony Club to the American Youth Horse Council—and you don’t even have to own a horse to get involved. For more information on some of these great programs, turn to page 38. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a veterinarian for a day, then you’ll want to turn to page 50, where Kathleen Labonville takes you along as she travels around on calls with Dr. Jen Sula, DVM. With stifle injections, blood draws, and emergency calls, there are no boring days as an equine vet. Also this month, take a peek inside young eventing rider, Zoe Crawford’s, tack trunk to see what she can’t live without while at the barn. Read more on page 44. There is so much to learn about the horse world, and getting a head start when you’re young opens up many opportunities. We hope this issue will point you in the right direction to explore some of the many options.

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Be a Part of the Equine Journal » This month in our Travel column, we shared the best places for food and shopping while traveling to Omaha, NE, for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping & FEI World Cup Dressage Finals. Turn to page 63 to learn more about this exciting event. » If you have a great photo of your horse you would like to see as our Photo of the Month, email it to editorial@equinejournal. com. 1-888-758-9836 14


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ber of our readers write in to us requesting items. This past ear, do ens of non rofit or ani ations have enefitted from EJ’s Tack Trunk, including the Bay State Trail Riders Association, Challenge Unlimited and Ironstone Therapy in Andover, MA, and UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc. in Goffstown, NH, just to name a few. If you’re not familiar with it, EJ’s Tack Trunk is a fairly new ro ram that we ve introduced to hel su ort non rofit organizations in need of items for their equine rescues, therapeutic riding centers, and the like. A majority of our items featured within our Prepurchase Exam column are lightly used and get donated to these organizations. Although we are continually sending out products to those in need, we still have a num er of items here in the office that are waitin to e re-homed. To put in your request for a product, please contact us via e-mail or snail mail with the list of items that you are in need of. If you do not have back issues of our magazine and would simply like to inquire as to what we still have available, we will be happy to send you a list of the products that we have here in the office. hen requestin items, sim l rovide our mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, and contact information for ourself and the name of the non rofit organization and its organizer. We may contact you in case we need to follow up with any questions. ll ro rams requestin items must e valid non rofit organizations, and we reserve the right to ask for your validation of said status. Requests can be sent via e-mail to editorial@; USPS to Equine Journal, Attn: Elisabeth Gilbride, 83 Leicester Street, N. Oxford, MA 01537, or through Facebook by visiting and private messaging us. We look forward to hearing from you, and to helping you help others!


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As a Grand Prix rider, USDF Certified Instructor and Trainer, equine veterinarian, and healer with a special interest in grief counseling for animal owners, I read your November article, “Saying Goodbye,” with interest. Thank you for treating such a sensitive topic informatively and compassionately.

- Candace Platz, DVM

Loved the January issue! Specifically the graphics and the article about artificial aids. - Erin Post



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[1st] National Horse Protection Day Give your horse some extra love today, and if you are in the market to add to your family, this is a great day to adopt!

[3rd] National I Want You To Be Happy Day Also known as So Buy Me A Horse Day.

[9th-12th] Live Oak International The annual driving and show jumping event is back, but will multiple-time winner Chester Weber and his Four-In-Hand team take the prize again?

[17th] Saint Patrick’s Day Count your lucky horseshoes and celebrate your favorite Irish Sport Horse or Connemara today!

[27th] 2017 FEI World Cup Finals Dubbed the “annual international showdown among the world’s best show jumping horses and riders” by the FEI, the best of the best will face off in Omaha, NE, for the 2017 finals—it is sure to be an exciting event!

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elcome to Villa De Vita, a stunning 100 acre premier equestrian Tuscan style estate perfect for those who value both the pastoral landscape and love being near the beach. Natural beauty abounds on this stunning property. It is a truly unique property special for it’s value of space and top of the line luxury amenities. This property includes a working horse-farm with a 22-stall barn in pristine condition, caretaker apartments, staff kitchen and offices, a John Deere customized equipment garage. With a wide expanse of land, roam free with your horses and adventure the gorgeous landscape featuring two ponds, a five furlong oval race track, ten paddocks bordering the Blackburn Canal. After a day of riding, play a game of tennis or take a dip in your luxurious swimming pool featuring an audio system with hidden speakers around the perimeter and a fully equipped outdoor kitchen area perfect for entertaining guests. All of Villa De Vita is held at an exceptional level with an attention to detail in every aspect of its construction and design. The estate features a state of the art kitchen with a walk-in stainless steel cooler and wood burning pizza oven, custom wine storage with condenser, Venetian plaster on walls and ceilings throughout, a personal gym and theatre with cinebar/concession area to grab a quick and convenient snack during your film. This home was made for entertaining with lots of family and friends to enjoy its exquisite and unique qualities getting its second name, The House of Life.


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bits & pieces

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Photo of the Month


Erin Ugolini shared this stunning photo of her gelding, Bombay, with us.

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bits & pieces POINTS OF INTEREST


Eventing App Calling all eventers—the United States Eventing Association (USEA) is now on your phone with the new USEA Event Companion app! Full of features to assist competitive eventers, the app features the association’s latest news, event listin s, and our mem er rofile. Each event listing includes all of the information ou would normall find on the we site like dressage test and cross-country details, entry information, helpful links, and directions. sers can star their favorite events and check their entries and results via the a . a hello to eas access at our fin erti s

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WILD FOR HORSES by Editors of Storey Publishing 54 pages, paperback, Storey Publishing; 2017, $12.95

A book with the young horse-lover in mind, Wild For Horses is a colorful collection of posters and collectable cards. Bright, full-color photos fill the pages and are accompanied by fun facts about the horses on each poster. The book also comes with two stunning full-size posters for the young equestrian’s bedroom wall and two pages of fact cards to test your knowledge on breeds. This poster collection is perfect for horse-loving youth. BOTTOM LINE: If you’ve got blank walls and love horses, this poster book is for you.



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48%: In a tack trunk 36%: In a tack or barn locker

14%: At home 2%: In a pile in the tack room

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POINTS OF INTEREST bits & pieces


WALL OF SHOES A tradition at the Oakham Castle in Rutland, England, sees that peers of the realm (members of the highest social order in a kingdom) present a horseshoe on their rst isit. ecause o this, more than 200 horseshoes are hung on the castle’s walls. The oldest shoe on the wall was given by Edward IV in 1470.


A horse’s hooves grow from ¼” to ½” a month.


There are more than 25,000 farriers in the United States.


The average weight of a steel horseshoe is nine ounces.

Myhre Equine Clinic Your horse deserves the best and most economical referral Medical/Surgical care in New England! We have all the advanced diagnostics: MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine, U/S, Digital X-rays and the most experienced caring Veterinarians and staff.

37th Annual Veterinarian & Technician Conference March 23 & 24, 2017 “Equine Neurology” (Part 2) New England Regional Veterinary Imaging Center (at the site of the Rochester Equine Clinic) Rochester, New Hampshire

Dr. Grant Myhre Director of Myhre Equine Clinic Ron Vin Director of Internal Medicine

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Sore seat bones? The Pony Tail Sportswear underwear is for deep-seated equestrians (we are looking at you, dressage, eventing, and western riders) who need a little cushion. As any avid rider knows, yesterday’s stunning ride can leave your seat bones feeling like you have to stand for the next few days. The foam on the seat panel of these bottoms works to absorb some of that impact and save your backside from feeling bruised. As a bonus, these shorts have pretty lace detailing (which features silicone on the ac to re ent unchin an t close to the skin so it doesn’t feel or look like you’re riding in a diaper—our tester’s instructor had no idea she even had them on! BUY IT:; $79.99


Riding the sitting trot is no fun, and it’s even worse if you have no padding on your derriere. Our tester who tried out the Andiamo padded underwear found them to be comfortable while in the saddle. As someone who has fractured her tailbone twice from falling, these undies gave her a sense of relief at the thought of extra padding in her hind side, which occasionally goes numb after 20 minutes in the saddle. Although some padded panties tend to have a diaper feel to them when you’re getting a good sweat, our tester found these to be very moisture wicking. The only faux pas we coul n was that there was a it ore a ding in the crotch area than she’s used to— while this might be helpful for a bike ride, it’s not necessary while riding horseback. BUY IT:; $23.25



Riding isn’t exactly big-busted rider friendly— n in a ra that su orts ou at the sittin trot and doesn’t dig into you like a too narrow sa le can e i cult. ter urin out how to properly put on and adjust the bra (there is a s eci c techni ue to it, ut than ull heata has an easy-to-follow video), our well-endowed tester fell in love with the Trotter line. She was impressed with how well it reduced any bouncing while riding (fellow riders even noticed), smoothed out her sides and back, and left zero red marks or indents after a long day at the barn. She did note that because the bra zips in the ac , shoul er fle i ilit or a rien is i portant in getting in and out of the Trotter. At a bit of a higher price point than a traditional sports bra, the Cheata Trotter Bra is a musthave splurge for larger chested equestrians. For warmer months where a sleeveless top is all you need, the Trotter Tank is basically a stretchy, wicking tank top with the high impact protection bra built in. It tucks nicely in a pair of breeches and comes in fun colors. BUY IT:; $69.95, $79.95 Non-profit organizations can contact to request an item from EJ’s Tack Trunk.

Our testers: This month, our Prepurchase Exam was conducted by: Elisabeth Gilbride, Executive Editor; and Terisé Cole, Editorial Assistant/Web Editor.



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

Ready for the Road THINK OF TRAILER LOADING AS A FINAL exam, something that should always be approached with safety in mind…and the only way to ensure safety is to give your horse the proper foundation. In the first two installments of this series, ean Patrick, clinician and author of The Modern Horseman’s Countdown to Broke offered tips on tying and building a solid goforward cue, both ingredients we use for safe trailering. This month, he shares advice on building good manners. he more confident our horse is going forward and going backward on cue, the more calmly he’ll load and travel. hen ou first work on loading,” says Patrick, “it’s important to work on unloading. Continue to teach this skill until your horse is calmly walking onto the trailer, standing quietly, and backing off in response to your cues or signals.” Patrick points out that if your horse walks onto the trailer, but his mind is telling him to get off, the worst thing you can do is tie him up. He could pull and run backwards. “Tying him up at that point is going make things much, much worse. I never tie young horses or problemloaders until the butt bar is secure. I then secure the rope through the window or front. The same thing goes for unloading. Untie the horse first and then open the back. Remain still and ask your horse to wait for your cue. Never encourage a rushed pattern of getting off. Backing off calmly is just as important as moving forward. All directions at any speed must e rela ed and confident 34


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for safe trailering.” Bad manners in the trailer are often related to a lack of confidence and e erience at standing tied. “Stomping and fid etin in the trailer while tied are si ns the horse hasn’t done it enough. When a horse is worked, bathed, and tied daily the tying becomes a safe, relaxing rest spot for him. He feels secure and calm, it’s part of

his predictable routine.” Of course, Patrick concedes that this is easier for some horses than it is for others. “There are some horses that are more challenging, their ersonalit causes them to fid et or stom even if we handle them the best way we know how, ut ever horse can enefit from daily practice in standing tied. Once your horse is very good at giving to pressure by going forward, going backward (on cue), and standing quietly tied, you are well on your way to safe trailering. “As you develop trust, you’ll establish a respectful relationship and teach a growing number of responses to your signaling,” says Patrick. “The horse begins to seek good answers. He learns to trust your predictable teaching process and he knows that he can control the outcome by giving the proper response. He feels a positive energy as he goes through his rolodex of answers until he gets it right. Often, issues go away as you develop your young horse in other areas. “ “When you develop a wonderful horse, his manners will re ect the time you put in. You always want to be polite and respectful to your horse, but you shouldn’t have to tip-toe around him, either. Have a safe routine, but treat new experiences like they’re normal and your horse will begin to respond in kind. With these ingredients in place, the more you haul, the better and better he’ll be.” Practice loading and unloading until your horse responds in a relaxed and confident manner.

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EXCELLENCE. Centenary University’s Equine Studies Program For over 20 years, Centenary’s Equine program has been one of the largest and most successful collegiate programs in the country. With over 100 experienced show horses, state-of-the-art riding and classroom facilities on 65 acres, Equine specific degrees, and dedicated faculty, Centenary provides its students with the education to succeed in the Equine industry.

B.S. Equine Studies • Communication for the Equine Industry • Equine Business Management • Equine Science • Riding Instruction • Training the Horse B.S. Equine Science (Pre-Veterinary Track) Award – Winning 2016 ANRC National Champions 2016 ANRC Novice Reserve Champions 2015 IHSA National Reserve Champions 2014 IHSA National Champions 2013 ANRC National Champions 2013 ANRC National Division High Point Rider 2013 USEF/Cacchione Cup Winner 2012 IDA Hall of Fame 2012 IDA 1st Level Individual Champion 2012 ANRC Novice Champions 2011 IHSA National Champions 2009 IHSA National Champions

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connecting youth & horses

Youth organizations offer unique opportunities for furthering equine education


orse-loving children are especially important for the future of equestrian sport, even if they are not horse owners or even able to take riding lessons. Several equestrian organizations have expanded existing programming or even added new initiatives to provide young horse lovers with hands on, grassroots opportunities for equine education.



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The United States Pony Clubs teach members both mounted and unmounted knowledge and skills from an introductory level right through becoming a trainer.



The United States Pony Clubs (USPC) was founded in 1954 to teach riding and the proper care of horses to young people. Based on the model established by the British Pony Club, the organization can count many esteemed equestrians amongst its graduates and is considered one of the largest equestrian educational organizations in the world. USPC has gone through much advancement since its inception. Once focused solely on the discipline of eventing, Pony Club members can now alternatively concentrate on dressage, show jumping, hunter seat equitation, and even western riding. All disciplines are based on an educational curriculum known as the tandards of roficienc , which teach members both mounted and unmounted knowledge and skills from an introductory level right through becoming a trainer. Shelly Mann, USPC Marketing and Communications Director, says that the creation of its Riding Center Program has brought the Pony Club curriculum to an even wider audience. “To become a Riding Center, a recognized lesson facility has an agreement with USPC in order to offer the Pony Club curriculum and opportunities to their riders, sa s ann. idin enter members often do not own their own mounts and instead participate in activities using horses provided by their center. Another USPC initiative is the traveling equine display, featuring 18 different hands-on stations, which teach participants about everything from grooming to colors and markings to bandaging and shoeing. Guests can even sit in a saddle. USPC has partnered with several high rofile com etitions and events and uses the display to offer a hands-on educational component to the festivities. “I call it square feet of educational fun, sa s Mann. “It is very grassroots. We were at the IEA [Interscholastic Equestrian Association] Nationals in 2016 and helped riders ain ractice for their written e am. The traveling equine display will make its next appearance at the World Cup in Omaha, NE, in late March 2017. The newest educational initiative for the organization is also being launched in March. Educators of all levels—from

beginner riding instructors to college professors—can join the USPC as a professional member, which will grant them access to previously unavailable Pony Club educational materials such as lesson plans, e-News, and badge programs. Professional members will also be able to certify their riders as D-1 Pony Club members without requiring them to join at the national level. “There are lots of youth who lack access to education or to the full enefits of mem ershi , sa s ann. he rofessional Membership will allow us to provide this education to young people without requiring them all to be members. Our goal is to provide quality education and make horses accessible to people who might not otherwise have the o ortunit .

DRESSAGE4KIDS Dressage4Kids is an organization that has evolved out of internationally known equestrian Lendon Gray’s vision of creating a youth dressage festival in the Northeast in the late 1990s. Known for her passion and commitment to the education of young riders of all backgrounds and on all kinds of horses, Gray remains

the chairman of the group today. his non rofit or ani ation has the mission “to encourage riders under 21 to become true horsemen; to offer scholarships; to develop good sportsmanship; to support programs for adults who in turn educate outh and to have fun. heir a shi activit remains the outh Dressage Festival, which is held each summer in July or August. This unique show offers individual and team competition for riders aged 4 to 21 and hosts classes from introductory level to Fourth, as well as F on , unior and oun ider, and Para tests. Each division combines three phases: a written test on riding theory and stable management, an individual dressage test, and a group equitation ride. The Festival offers classes for leadline (for riders 4-8 years old), dressage trail, musical freestyle and even Prix Caprilli, which combines dressage with jumping. he o ularit of the outh Festival has skyrocketed in the nearly 20 years since its inception. “This past year we had 325 [riders] plus about 80 at the two sister shows in ichi an and tlanta, sa s ra . ualif in for the outh Festival has become a common goal for young riders March 2017


The USPC’s traveling equine display features 18 different hands-on learning stations and is set at ar o rofi e competitions and events throughout the U.S.

facets of the equine industr to s ecifically focus on youth programs.” The AYHC motto is “Connecting Kids Through Horses”; McGuire explains that means also helping them to grow their network of equine contacts, thereby expanding their potential career paths and opening doors to explore all the equine industry has to offer without focusing on one breed or one discipline.


AMERICAN YOUTH HORSE COUNCIL The American Youth Horse Council is a group that “strives to support the youth equine industry with factual and quality educational materials, to engage all breeds and disciplines within the industry, and to illustrate the value of the horsehuman experience.” Established in 1977, its activities focus most heavily on providing opportunities for networking and 40


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cooperation among the adults and youth leaders in the industry as well as compiling, developing, and distributing quality educational resources. The AYHC hosts an educational symposium each year; the 40th annual event will e held on ril , in akefield, MA, and will feature a diverse group of 4-H club leaders, Vo-Ag instructors, stable owners, trainers, equine organization representatives at the local, state, and national level, plus high school or college students who have an interest in mentoring the next generation of equine enthusiasts. “The target audience for the AYHC Symposium is both adults and older youth who often serve as leaders, mentors or role models within a youth program or organization,” says AYHC Executive Director Danette McGuire. “Our goal is to provide educational resources and information that [participants] can take home, or to the barn, and replicate or develop an educational program for their own youth activities.” The annual symposium, which attracts as many as 300 guests, is the group’s main event. It moves around to different regions of the country each year in order to connect with new audiences. The AYHC is unique in that it serves to provide educational resources across all equine organizations and disciplines. “The AYHC strives to be an umbrella organization to the youth equine industry,” says McGuire. “We are non-breed, non disci line s ecific and therefore, work to bring the industry together to provide resources and networking opportunities that will grow the equine industry and educate the next Emilia Richard and Chloe generation of equestrians. To our Sm t fi n t e r knowledge, there is no other national volunteer requirement at the Dressage4Kids Youth organization that brings together all Dressage Festival.


from all over the Northeast, but it isn’t the group’s only activity. Also popular is the Weekend Equestrian Program (WEP) hosted by the group each winter, usually in January or February. This educational weekend offers clinics taught by local and nationally known trainers such as Gray, Denny Emerson, and recent Olympian Laura Graves, as well as judges, health care providers, sports psychologists, and more. “At last year’s Dressage 4Kids Weekend Equestrian Program we had 320 people participate, of whom 177 were youth 21 and under,” says Mary Herbst, WEP organizer. “The program draws participants from all up and down the East Coast.” To further support Gray’s vision of making dressage education available to all, Dressage4Kids created the Emerging Dressage Athlete Program, which leaders describe as being for “dedicated, determined young dressage riders of all ages and all levels.” Its 350 members receive educational materials by mail, receive special rates for participation in select events, and are eligible for EDAP clinics, which are held throughout the U.S. each ear. t has rown from five clinics the first ear to this ear, coverin the entire U.S., from Maine to Florida, three in Texas, New Mexico, Oregon, and the idwest, sa s ra . e alread have five requests for new locations, including San Diego and Alaska.”

Prominent youth organizations such as the United States Pony Club, Dressage4Kids, and the American Youth Horse Council are just a few of the many groups working to offer educational equestrian themed opportunities to young people. Whether your child is a rider, a horse owner, or simply a horse lover, there is an organization ready to provide them with the education that can make a lifetime with horses possible. Additional educational resources provided by AYHC include the Horse Industry Handbook, and the newly released Horse Smarts: An Equine Reference and Youth Activity Guide, an updated version of the former Youth Leader Manual. McGuire says that this publication features educational content as well as many ideas for hands on youth activities, complete with handouts and supply lists. “AYHC also provides grant funding to equine programs to support adult or youth leader education,” says McGuire. Applications are due each September.

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Junk in the By Terisé Cole

Trunk T From wooden to plastic, tack trunks often line the walls of every barn’s tack room. They are a rider’s best friend to hold all of their barn necessities whether that be mismatched bell boots, beloved tack, or dirty blankets. But what do those at the top of the sport keep inside? Are they just as messy as us or are their trunks as spotless as their horses? We lifted the lid on Boston, MA, native Zoe Crawford’s trunk and took a peek inside.



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According to Crawford, who placed fourth in the CICYO** at the 2016 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships and was recently named to the United States Equestrian Federation’s Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 list, her tack trunk isn’t super fancy. In fact, you can get your own at a nearby homeimprovement store! “I have a black Husky brand trunk that I got at Home Depot,” she says. “All I have on it is a piece of red duct tape with my name on it!” And she likes it that way— no need for a heavy wooden trunk, especially if you are just going to fill it with stuff, makin it heavier. like that it is really lightweight since it is made out of plastic. When it is empty it barely weighs anything,” she adds. “Though, with all my stuff in it is another story.” Good thing it has wheels. Speaking of stuff, Crawford has a lot of it to keep contained, so she has some back up. In addition to her large Husky trunk, she has a smaller one for other items that she may not be using or won’t need when she travels for a show. “I usually leave extra tack and equipment that I don’t use very often in my little trunk. It is sort of there for over ow, she e lains. As for what is inside, Crawford sa s that her five most used thin s are also what she thinks everyone should have inside their own tack trunk—towels, scissors, duct tape, boot polish, and some standing wraps. “Duct tape, bailing twine, and scissors can hel ou fi almost anything,” she explains. “And I go through a lot of hand towels. They are great for dusting off boots, cleaning faces, and cleaning tack.” What is her most important piece of equipment inside? Her standing wraps. “I think one of the most important things to keep in a tack trunk is basic leg care supplies for every day stall wrapping and wrapping for an injury. These are especially important when going to away shows as you won’t have all the arn su lies at our fin erti s. When asked what she has stashed away that she hardly uses, her answer was simple, “I always have bell boots but never use them!” There are more than just horserelated items inside Crawford’s Husky trunk; she has some household items as well. “I have accumulated some silver wear that I

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Zoe thinks that every rider should have supplies to wrap their horse’s leg inside their trunk in case of an injury or for after a ride.

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“I’m so sorry, my tech who is on today isn’t here quite yet and I did just have an emergency come in…” Dr. Jen Sula, DVM, extends a hand and a gracious smile as she greets me in her clinic’s lobby. “It will just be a few minutes and then we can show you around.” Thus begins a “typical” Thursday for Dr. Sula, if a veterinarian really has any typical days. As one can imagine, every day working as a veterinarian is different, and every day changes hour by hour. When I called to ask if I could do a ride-along, the schedule for today was relatively quiet: a stifle injection followed by floating four horses’ teeth. Now, three days later, the schedule is filled with additional calls plus any emergencies that crop up. As Dr. Sula tends to the small animal emergency, Veterinary Technician Donna Morneau gives me a tour of the clinic, Blackwater Veterinary Services (BVS) in Salisbury, NH. BVS is home to four veterinarians and is a mixed animal practice, meaning they handle all animals, from Roger the rabbit (literally, he was brought in while I was there) to cats and dogs to livestock. The clinic is immaculately clean and boasts of modern amenities, with a calm and professional atmosphere. After the tour, Donna prints the day’s schedule and loads the truck with the needed equipment and medications. We pack into the truck and make the short ri e to the rst ar call o the a .

ON THE ROAD Entering the barn we greet the first patient, a bay gelding who is receiving a stifle injection of IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein). If you are not familiar with this, Google it, as it is a fascinating treatment for stifle injuries. Today, the gelding is receiving the last of several weekly injections. Dr. Sula and the owner agree to increase the amount of sedative slightly compared to last week as the horse was a little agitated last week and it is imperative he stand still during the injection. This is the sort of thinking that veterinarians can’t learn in a book; it comes from experience. Expertly, Donna cleans the injection site and prepares the injection itself, carefully 52


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keeping everything sterile. Dr. Sula administers the injection, first coaching the owner to distract the horse with rhythmical pats. In moments, the injection is complete and the horse is free to relax. The owner smiles with relief as Donna and Dr. Sula gather their equipment and move to the next patient. Next up is a blood draw from an older dressage horse. It’s a relatively straightforward task for today, but clearly Dr. Sula knows this horse well. “If you look, you can see he doesn’t have a left jugular,” she explains to me. It is the result of an IV problem in A veterinarian’s day can vary from routine vaccinations to emergency calls and is never the same.

his past. She and the owner discuss the horse’s medications and what they expect the bloodwork to show. Now it’s time to revisit a mare that Dr. Sula treated late into the night last night. The mare has metabolic syndrome and is foundering. Dr. Sula examines her, sedates her a bit, and administers DMSO via nasogastric tube. The treatment has een shown in ractice to re uce infla mation. As she works, Dr. Sula keeps a watchful and compassionate eye on horse and owner, knowing that this is a grave situation. t is er i cult to see an ani al in pain and watch owners struggle with difcult ecisions, ac nowle es Dr. Sula. “I try my very best to provide diagnostic options, outline possible treatments and outcomes, and answer as many questions as possible. And I try and be supportive and understanding of owners’ decisions and emotions during these tough cases. As a ‘general practitioner’ I often know patients for their entire lives and feel it is an honor to help take care of them every step of the way.”

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The last patient at this call is a beautiful broodmare that is seven months along and in need of a check. When all is tended to, it is time to load the truck back up and head back to the office to clean any equipment that was used. As we ride, Donna enters all of the farm call’s information into a laptop that contains the clinic’s files. She and Dr. Sula exchange notes verbally and make sure all pertinent information is recorded. Even the truck ride is a working time.

THE BIG PICTURE Becoming a veterinarian is clearly not something to be entered into lightly. Many young kids think they want to become a vet so they can fix animals, but not all animals can be fixed, and that is something that every vet has to learn to handle. In addition, being a vet includes a large customer service component, and handling people can be a challenge. “It’s not all about the animals,” notes Dr. Sula. “There are a lot of people skills involved. It helps to be a people person.” Not surprisingly, Dr. Sula spent a short

time studying social work when she was in college. Her caring and compassion for people are instrumental in her work as a veterinarian as she guides people through the care of their animals. Studying to be a vet takes many years of schooling, with four years of undergraduate study followed by four years of veterinary school. Upon graduation, new vets can strike right out into practice. However, Dr. Sula notes, “Looking for that first job and finding a good fit is important. To learn and thrive, you need to be surrounded by people who like to information share. “I love working in a four-doctor practice,” she states. “We help each other out. Four brains are better than one. As any horse owner knows, care and veterinary practices are ever-evolving. It is important for vets to stay current on treatments, and Continuing Education (CE) is an important part of a veterinarian’s job. “I love good CE because you sit with practitioners from all over,” explains Dr. Sula. “Sometimes I learn more from my neighbor [than from the presentation].” While all the presentations are informative, sometimes the

best information comes from those who are out in the field. In addition to CE, Dr. Sula keeps up with veterinary journals and is never afraid to call on other vets and specialists for consult. While being a veterinarian takes a lot of learning and hard work, it is a rewarding endeavor. “Routine cases and wellness exams allow a chance for me to really get to know people and their animals,” explains Dr. Sula. “I have become very attached to many of our owners and their animals over the years.” “The challenging cases make me use my brain and diagnostic skills. This keeps e oti ate to sta current in the el of veterinary medicine and strive to do a better job,” she continues.“ In addition, she explains, “work hours are generally spent outside (way better than a desk job!) and surrounded by like-minded people who choose animals as a lifestyle. And days are never, ever dull. There is a reason veterinarians can write books!” Learn more about Blackwater Veterinary Services at

1. People skills. This can range from compassion for a grieving owner to firmness with a delinquent account or with someone who won’t provide adequate care. 2. Communication skills. Clarity of communication leads to better understanding and fewer conflicts. 3. Persistence and willingness to use resources and referrals. Not all cases are straightforward, and persistence is needed to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. 4. Multitasking. This can mean treating horses while showing a writer the ropes (ahem) or driving and eating at the same time on hectic days. 5. Life balance. As Dr. Sula notes, “Being a vet can be all-consuming,” but protecting a life-work balance helps keep a vet more grounded and in turn more effective.



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Ground driving is often associated with schooling the young horse or early training for the carriage horse, but ground drivin offers fantastic enefits for all horses, young or old and no matter what discipline. It’s a great exercise for re-educating problem horses, de-sensitizing the horse to movement behind and around his hindquarters, and works to improve communication between horse and rider when under saddle. Many ground training advocates promote it to keep the senior horse’s mind active and engaged, especially if he can no longer be ridden. “Ground driving helps improve steering, lateral e i ilit , and res onsiveness to

the handler without the added restriction of carrying weight,” says Mandy Pretty, niece of Linda Tellington Jones and certified ractitioner in ellin ton ouch and onnected idin . ts also an invalua le tool for helping horses become comfortable with things touching their sides, moving behind and around them, as well as learning to listen and respond to a signal from behind. For young horses, ground driving teaches the basic signals for turning, halting, backing, and going forward without the added confusion of carrying a rider. It’s also a great tool for reinforcing verbal aids.”

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Basic Equipment • at halter or side ull. • foot lines i htwei ht clim in ro e works well. emem er that the wei ht of the ro e increases the farther ou are awa from the fi ed oint. n this case, our horses halter . • Breast collar and surcin le or saddle. he reast collar will kee our surcin le or saddle in lace without havin to over ti hten the cinch or irth. • ou le ended sna s and rin s hese are used to run the lines throu h on the surcin le or saddle. set on each side decreases the amount of levera e needed and makes turnin si nals clear to our horse . • friend f ou ve never round driven efore or our horse is new to round drivin , it hel s to have a handler leadin him initiall . Before You Begin: • Be sure our horse is comforta le with lines and ro es touchin his sides, hi s, hindquarters, entl under his tail, and le s. ntroduce the ro es quietl , in small ste s, and refera l , in a small enclosed area, sa s rett . heck in with




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our horses e e, ears, and res iration. orses that o into free e mode when the are concerned will seem fine ri ht u until the e lode. hese horses sim l checked out and were not comforta le with what ou were doin . orses in free e mode, t icall hold their reath and do not move a muscle. • ractice a roachin our horse from ehind, at an an le without an lines. Be sure our horse can see ou a roach and sa whooooooa as ou walk to them. hen the halt ive them a scratch or treat, sa s rett , de endin on the tem erament of the horse. his hel s horses to focus on thin s ehind without fear or an iet . • uccessful round drivin is driver skill so if ou are a e inner or our horse is a e inner, alwa s start with a leader at the horses head for the first few lessons.


o e in our first lesson, attach the lines to the side rin s of the halter or side ull and then thread them throu h the rin s attached to the dou le ended sna s on the surcin le or saddle. Be sure the lines run a ro imatel mid arrel, advises rett . oo hi h or too low creates too

much levera e and can lead to a dan erous situation if the lines dro too low around the hind le s. rett stands on one side and slowl moves ack until shes feet ehind the horse, de endin on his si e. viousl , ou want to e ver mindful of sta in out of the ran e of the hind le s, either on the side or ehind. deall , ou will have famil iari ed the horse to the lines so the feelin comes as no sur rise. et comforta le i in the lines casuall and confidentl so that if our horse ets nervous ou can take the lines quickl to the inside more of a lun in osition where ou will have more control and e more in the horses e e. his ma e all it takes to calm a nervous horse. like to hold the lines as ou would while drivin , Fillis t le, sa s rett . f ou hold them as ou would an n lish rein, ou will e more likel to cock our wrist and use more re e ive, ross motor control than ou need. also rid e the reins so the driver s hands sta stead and quiet. he most challen in task for most horses is sim l oin forward. hen it is not ossi le to have a leader at the head to hel the horse understand the conce t,

says Pretty, “start in a lunging position with both lines on one side, over the withers. Ask the horse to go forward from there, slowly moving yourself to the ground-driving position as they begin to understand.” “To halt or back,” says Pretty,” it’s important to smoothly add the signal on the lines. Do not simply pull back and stop your feet as that will cause your horse to lift his head and drop his back.” Instead, pick up the slack and then slowly and softly add pressure while continuing to walk forward slowly. Keep in mind that the signal has to travel a greater distance; give your horse a chance to feel the signal and respond. “This is also true for turning,” says Pretty. “Sometimes it can feel as though you are driving with power steering in mud. You ask, ask, ask, and suddenly you have way too much turn. Ask for the turn and wait a moment or two. Often the horse will start the turn just as you were going to ask again.” Once you have the basics, incorporate plenty of transitions into your training; walk, halt, and turn left and right to keep your horse thinking. “I like to use simple obstacles, poles in different confi urations, cones, whatever is safe to ive the horse and the driver something tangible to focus on, move around, or over.“

Obstacles provide something to focus on. When turning, be sure to allow the outside line to give enough so that your signal is clear.

Adding a double ended snap and ring to your surcingle or saddle will reduce the amount of leverage on the lines and reduce the chances of over bending, while clarifying the turning signals.


“Stay mindful of the posture your horse is in while being ground-driven,” says Pretty. “If your horse is getting too high headed or too deep, I would add more work with poles and adjust how much pressure I was using on the lines. Any exercise I do with a horse on the round should clearl enefit m work under saddle.” Pretty also reminds those who are new to ground driving to be sure that the horse is very comfortable with lines around them and to work in a safe and enclosed space to start. “As I mentioned,” says Pretty, “it makes a huge difference to have a handler at the head of the horse until the driver is confident and the horse has some idea about what is being asked of him. There is a lot of information about grounddriving with the Tellington TTouch Method in The Ultimate Horse Behavior & Training book by Linda Tellington Jones.” Pretty recommends the book for beginning drivers. Ground driving is a fun and valuable exercise you can do with your horse. Use it to keep your senior horse happy, start the young horse, or improve the res onse and confidence of a horse that is alread under saddle. Visit Mandy Pretty at for more tip.

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Ribeyes, Reubens, and Riding ➜ in Omaha, Nebraska BY ELISABETH PROUTY-GILBRIDE


Known as the “Gateway to the West,” Omaha, NE, offers more than just steak and insurance. A major metropolis set within the Cornhusker State, this year marks the first time in histor that it will e home to the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping & FEI World Cup Dressage Finals. This year’s event takes place March 29 through April 2, 2017 at the CenturyLink Center. While the world-class event offers plenty of entertainment for equestrian enthusiasts, activity and adventure await e ond the doors of this s orts venue. This year’s equestrian event will feature over 140 vendors within the Boutique Shopping Village and Tailgate Lounge open until 11:00 p.m. and is sure to satisf an equestrian ut for those lookin to venture ust a it further, maha s ld arket is ust ste s away from the CenturyLink Center. With unique shops, outiques, restaurants, and entertainment set within a historic nei h orhood, visitors can satiate their alates after an entertaining day. For families planning to visit the area throughout the week, the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is considered a must, as is the Omaha Children’s Museum. The self roclaimed histor uff should visit he urham useum, which inha its the former nion acific ailroad tation and features a variet of e hi its including a history of Omaha’s Union Station, a gallery of coins and documents, and more. Additional highlights in the area include Lauritzen Gardens, the Joslyn Art Museum, and the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters. And then of course, there is the food. Those traveling to Omaha cannot leave without trying a steak at one of their many steakhouses. Whether you choose an oldschool steakhouse, such as The Drover, or prefer a more casual atmos here at harleston s, ou re sure to find a good chophouse in this city. Equally as famous as steak within this metro olis is the eu en sandwich, which ossi l ori inated in maha at the Blackstone otel. Although many Omaha restaurants feature this dish on the menu, e sure to head over to he rescent oon Grill to try their award-winning sandwich. Whether you choose to stay at the CenturyLink Center to watch the World Cup throughout the duration of your stay, or if you prefer to tour the city for the week and stop in to enjoy the competition for just a day, there is much to enjoy in Omaha. Laura Graves and Verdades are contenders for this year’s FEI World Cup Dressage Finals, to be held March 29 through April 2 at the CenturyLink Center. March 2017


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THE DURHAM MUSEUM Set in an old train station, this museum contains information and exhibits ranging from the history of Omaha’s Union Station to a gallery of coins and documents. HENRY DOORLY ZOO & AQUARIUM Featuring thousands of animals and 130 acres of exhibits (seven of which are indoors), this is the perfect place for animal lovers. RIVER CITY RODEO & STOCK SHOW Can’t make it to Omaha in 64


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time for the World Cup? The River City Rodeo & Stock Show is a sure hit for horse lovers who prefer to plan their visit in the fall.


HYATT PLACE OMAHA DOWNTOWN Enjoy the hype of the city at this hotel, located less than a mile from the CenturyLink Center. omahadowntownoldmarket. HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN OMAHA At low prices, and just a mile away from the equine events taking place, the Holiday Inn Downtown

Omaha is a great option for families traveling to the FEI World Cup.

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EVEN HOTEL OMAHA DOWNTOWN A favorite among travelers, this hotel is located in the heart of the city, and is the perfect place for the active adventurer.

ORSI’S ITALIAN BAKERY & PIZZERIA Deemed the best restaurant in Omaha (never mind best pizza!) on TripAdvisor, Orsi’s Italian Bakery is a must when visiting the Gateway to the West.


THE CRESCENT MOON GRILL With items like fried pickles, Bavarian pretzels, and their award-winning Reuben sandwich (voted best Reuben by the Omaha World Herald), this restaurant’s food is sure to

BLOCK 16 Alton Brown named their Croque Garcon Burger his favorite hamburger in the country, so run—don’t walk, to this popular restaurant located close to the CenturyLink Center.


The beautiful city of Omaha features shopping and dining within its historic Old Market and the River City Rodeo & Stock Show in the fall.

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Festive Finds

EQUESTRIANS ARE FULL OF LUCK THANKS TO OUR ABUNDANCE OF HORSESHOES (WE WON’T BE SURPRISED IF your house is decorated with repurposed horseshoe decorations). With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we found some festive pieces for you and your horse to (sham)rock the schooling ring and show arena.




[1] The Houndstooth Horse Shamrock Fly Bonnet and Polos ($20 each) The luck of the Irish will be with you and your horse while sporting this festive matching set. [2] Dubarry Shamrock Sailing Boots ($359) From their name to their country of origin, these waterproof, barn-friendly boots scream Irish pride. [3] Moxie and Oliver Lucky Belt ($145) This belt will give you some style and luck in or out of the show ring. 66


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Sweet Potato & Sausage Cheesy Egg Bake BY KATIE FARRELL

This Sweet Potato & Sausage Cheesy Egg Bake has just five simple ingredients, and can be made the night before to serve as brunch the next day. There are many wonderful ways to make this egg bake your own, and it is sure to please a crowd every time!



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The estimated total time to make this recipe is 45-50 minutes. » Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with cooking spray. » Cut sausage into disks, then cut disks in half. Spray a medium skillet with cooking spray and cook sausage over medium high heat until browned on the outside, about 3-5 minutes. » Meanwhile, pierce sweet potatoes with a fork a few times. Cook sweet potatoes in microwave for 5-6 minutes, or until tender. (Or you could peel and cube the sweet potatoes into bite-sized pieces and cook in the same skillet used to cook sausage, over medium high heat, until soft, about 15 minutes). Let

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lb chicken sausage [1] sweet potatoes, peeled and diced [2] eggs egg whites cup unsweetened almond milk tsp salt tsp pepper cup shredded cheese

[1] Or lean sausage or meat of choice. I used Alfresco sweet apple chicken sausage, but you could also use ground sausage meat, or ham, or turkey. Or you could leave out sausage altogether and replace it with veggies! [2] You could swap the sweet potato out for shredded potatoes, or any other veggie of choice.

sweet potatoes cool for a few minutes and remove peel. Cut potatoes into bite size cubes. » Combine the sausage and sweet potatoes into the bottom of the baking dish. » In a bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, almond milk, salt, and pepper. Pour evenly over sausage and veggie mixture. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the top. » Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until eggs are cooked through. Serve warm. Note: This dish can easily be made ahead of time. Simply prepare the day before and bake the morning of, or bake a few days ahead of time and re-heat the morning of.

Katie’s Tip: Another wonderful variation of this dish can be made by adding 1 bell pepper and 1 onion, diced fine. Add to the skillet with the sausage, and cook until tender. Add to the bottom of the baking dish and bake as listed.

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With accomplishments like 18 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) national titles, 30 All American Quarter Horse Congress championships, 10 Top Ten placings at the AQHA Youth World Show, and multiple wins at Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals, it is no surprise that 16-year-old Ellexxah Maxwell has been riding her whole life. Aboard her mare, Zips Bossy Chip, this red-headed rider is taking the world by storm.

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Suzanne Marquard was named the 2016 recipient of the EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award.


IT TAKES VISION TO SEE THAT HORSES CAN have a role in an urban environment and to develop safe, humane, and sustainable ways for horses to live happily in a city. Suzanne (Suzy) Marquard, the 2016 recipient of the EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award, is among the very few with the vision and the dedication to make urban stables a reality. Marquard received the award at the Pegasus Awards Dinner on January 13 held during the annual meeting of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Marquard has devoted her talents, energy, and philanthropy to expanding the public’s understanding of horses and to championing the horse-human bond. “Marquard has been the guiding force to build GallopNYC, also known as Giving Alternative Learners Uplifting Opportunities, from a small, part-time volunteer program to a premier therapeutic riding program all the while ensuring the highest standards for equine care and stable management,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President who presented the award to Marquard with then-USEF President Chrystine Tauber. allo is a non rofit or ani ation dedicated to improving the lives of children

The Kentucky Horse Park will be celebrating the achievements of the legendary Man o’ War.

Kentucky Horse Park Organizes Celebration of Man o’ War

and adults facing developmental, emotional, social, and physical challenges and serves over 350 riders with special needs, includin veterans, in five locations across New York City. A quiet visionary, Marquard demonstrates her passion for horses on a daily basis not only in her leadership role as the Board Chair of GallopNYC since 2010, but also hands on as a certified thera eutic ridin instructor.

THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ONE OF America’s original sporting heroes, the legendary Man o’ War, will be the highlight of a year-long celebration at the Kentucky Horse Park beginning on March 29, his birthday. “Man o’ War is a true American icon, born in Kentucky before going on to capture the country’s imagination by winning 20 of 21 races, smashing records, and setting the bar that all other Thoroughbreds are measured by,” said Kentucky Horse Park Executive Director Laura Prewitt. Entitled Man o’ War: The Mostest Horse That Ever Was, the exhibit will contain never before seen artifacts of his illustrious career as a racehorse, a sire, and from his life in the Bluegrass as one of the state’s most wellknown and visited residents.

The Pyramid Society Announces New Recognition Program THE PYRAMID SOCIETY’S NEW RIDERS UP RECOGNITION PROGRAM IS NOW OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT. The program is designed to reward riders throughout North America and abroad with prizes and recognition for spending non-competitive hours in the saddle with their Egyptian Arabian horses. This program offers complimentary enrollment for all eligible horses with no Pyramid Society membership requirements. Participants keep track of the time they spend riding in non-competitive activities and special awards will be presented as each level of participation is reached. Hours count in the following non-competitive activities: trail riding, lessons, parades, pleasure riding, therapeutic riding, The Pyramid Society offers schooling sessions, and other non-competitive events and activities. a new program for Egyptian For complete program information and guidelines and sponsorship Arabian horse riders. information, visit March 2017


[LEFT] Connie Berto and Eco Stardust. [MIDDLE] Dorothy Sue Phillips and Montana Flyer. [RIGHT] Mary Chmielewski and Quicksilver at the 2016 Gobble ‘Til You Wobbie ride in Ohio.

American Endurance Ride Conference To Celebrate Century Club Riders ENDURANCE RIDING IS A SPORT that mandates awards—it is the “to finish is to win” sport, after all. One of the more recent awards to catch the fancy of many riders is the Century Club Award, which honors rider/equine teams who earn the recognition when they complete a ride once their ages total 100 or more. So far the roster of Century Club members totals four: Connie Berto and Eco Stardust (California). Connie dreamed up the Century Club award. She is a longtime endurance rider and she and her Morgan gelding, Eco Stardust (AMHA 129921), completed 5,000 endurance miles in 2013–after Connie’s hip replacement surgeries in 2007 and 2013. Mary Chmielewski and Quicksilver (Ohio). Mary, 83, is a typical older endurance rider. She still trots out 74


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her own horse at competitions, and enjoys riding her 18-year-old grey Arabian gelding, GKA Quick Silver (AHR 570114). Mary even completed the AERC Trail Master course in her home state of Ohio in 2016. Her AERC mileage totals to date: 2,515 endurance miles (of 50 miles or more) and 1,115 limited distance miles. Dorothy Sue Phillips and Montana Flyer (Wyoming). Dorothy is the highest-mileage rider of this elite bunch, with 17,695 endurance miles (those are competition miles–that figure doesn’t count all her training miles!) and 1,035 limited distance miles. She switched over to the shorter-mileage rides in 2015. Montana Flyer (AHR 527262) has 7,945 endurance miles and 590 LD miles. Leon Self, DVM, and Cole Younger (Missouri). Leon started out judging

AERC rides, but was called to ride for the first time…at age 81. His mule, Cole Younger, was then 24 years old. They spent a half-year conditioning before entering the Pokie Okie 30-mile ride in 2014. Even with a combined age of 105, the pair wound up earning High Vet Score. The American Endurance Ride Conference will be honoring the 2016 accomplishments of their members and equines at their annual convention March 9 and 10 in Grapevine, TX, where even more awards will be handed out, recognizing both annual and lifetime achievements. Mary speaks for every endurance rider when she says, “I love the endurance riders, the camaraderie and friendships that I have developed over 40 years of long-distance riding. The endurance people have a true love of their horses and the horse discipline that they have chosen. I will always have a horse and ride until my body says to stop. As long as I can climb up on a horse, I will ride!” To find out more about the “to finish is to win” sport, visit


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College Preparatory Invitational Delivers Invaluable Experience in Florida IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND IN West Palm Beach, FL, where sunshine and a light breeze set the backdrop for the 8th annual College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) horse show held at the expansive Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. This year, 140 young riders traveled from all over the country, including as far away as Hawaii, to attend this highly anticipated event that included a college fair, an educational seminar, and a collegiate format horse show over the three-days. This year, CPI welcomed leading equestrian retailer Dover Saddlery as Presenting Sponsor of the CPI horse show series. St. Lawrence equestrian team coach and IHSA veteran Mary Drueding, who has coached many riders to national championships, judged the CPI Florida event. As in the IHSA competition format, riders are asked to participate in a draw and compete on unfamiliar horses, both on the flat and over fences as in college-level competition. United States Military Academy at West Point equestrian team coach Sherry Cashman designed the courses, which featured beautifully 76


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decorated jumps donated for the event by The Ridge. In an effort to attract younger students in 2017, CPI opened the competition up to include 8th grade students, which included adding a Walk-Trot/Walk-Trot-Canter division that quickly filled up. There was a waiting list for the Friday afternoon mounted clinic featuring Centenary University Equestrian Team Coach Michael Dowling as the clinician. In order to compliment the online Horsemanship Test, CPI introduced the CPI Practical Horsemanship Challenge. This tested the student riders through a hands-on, in-barn practicum, working with Cricket Morris of Averett University and vying for a chance to earn a $250 scholarship. The CPI Scholarship and Educational Fund awarded scholarships to the following students: CPI Essay Scholarship Award: Sarah Buchholz ’18 – Austin, TX; CPI Horsemanship Test Scholarship Award: Sarah Lewis ’18 – Windsor, Ontario; CPI Champion of Service Scholarship Award: Anna Baskevich ’18 – Staten Island, NY; CPI High Point Rider Scholarship Award:

Mackenzie Suffy ’18 – West Milford, NJ. Thirty-five colleges from around the country participated in the CPI College Fair, providing admissions representatives and equestrian team coaches the opportunity to meet with students and watch the competition. An impressive roster of educational speakers rounded out the weekend with informative discussions about navigating the college selection and admissions processes, what to look for and expect in a college equestrian experience and how to present and distinguish yourself when applying to colleges. Intercollegiate Horse Show Association founder Bob Cacchione was on hand to speak to the students about the IHSA, which is celebrating its 50th year. “The CPI is about providing young equestrians with an opportunity to educate themselves about their college choices, and to help them find the perfect school for them,” said Lindsay Martin, CPI president. “CPI Florida 2017 was terrific and I’m excited for the future because we’re continuing to evolve the program, we’re expanding our offerings and providing a valuable experience for all involved.” The second CPI horse show event this year is scheduled for March 10-12, at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, TX. To learn more about the CPI, visit


[ABOVE] The CPI included a mounted clinic featuring Centenary University Equestrian Team Coach Michael Dowling. [RIGHT] The collegiate format horse show was one of the many events taking place at the Florida College Preparatory Invitational.




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Connecticut Trail Rides Association Members Enjoy a Busy Winter SUBMITTED BY PATTI CROWTHER


WELL I HOPE EVERYONE’S NEW Year has been going great! We wish you all health and prosperity in 2017. The year should be busy with trail rides and campfires. Our annual winter general meeting where we plan our calendar for the year, hasn’t taken place as this gets written, so I cannot post it here. Hopefully we can get it published in the magazine’s calendar for the year, usually located towards the back of the book. There were a couple “bonus” rides held in November 2016. Bonus rides are ones that were not part of the original calendar, and are added in at a later date. To stay informed, join our Facebook page and you can receive event invites. On November 19, Christel Maturo and Cathy Clouse hosted a ride at Hammonasett Beach. The very next day, Jennifer Ghiroli hosted a nice ride at Chatfield Hollow Park. It looks quite beautiful to ride your steed through the covered bridge. In news around camp, Louie Casabona celebrated Christmas with his friends in Florida—I see pictures of him enjoying warm weather rides on Facebook, while we all freeze. We are happy for you, Louie! For the auction in 2015, member Brenda Carmody donated a Dream ride on one of her grand Friesians! Barb Dipalma won the bid, but shortly after the auction, Brenda hurt her back and could not uphold the ride. Barb

was patient while Brenda healed, and on New Year’s Day 2017, they joined several of us riding on Hammonasett Beach. Thirty-seven riders signed on for the ride; Ruth Strontzer made her delicious chili and we all enjoyed it afterwards. Kowboy Ken lost his cell phone on the beach; he went back to look for it, but could not find it. Before he headed home, he decided one more time to look for it, and came across a person who found it! We had three youth riders on the beach. The weather was beautiful and wonderful for the ride. Our condolences go out to Olga Agostini on the loss of her husband, Benjamin. Debbie Sommers lost her handsome shooting horse, Pecos. Dave Obrien lost his horse, Mr. Bailey, and Denise Clark lost her beloved Star. It is never easy losing our best friends and family members. Peggy Robinson’s children both won awards from our club—Stella Bauchiero won Youth Rider with Highest Ride Attendance while her brother, Leo, won as the youngest rider. Congratulations to both of them. Holly DiCrosta saw a mare in a kill buyer’s pen and chose to rescue her. Turns out the mare, Lady Grayson, is pregnant and she was terrified of humans. She is assuming the mare was abused. She now has the mare eating from her hands and is working to gentle her while they spend the winter in Florida.

[ABOVE LEFT] Connecticut Trail Rides Association members Cindy Pelletier, Terri McMahan, Patti Crowther, and Johnny and Paula Tilquist with Pam Valdesi following in the rear at during the New Year’s Ride. [ABOVE RIGHT] Brenda Carmody and Barb Dipalma at Hammonasett Beach. [BELOW] Robin Morrotte riding on Hammonasett Beach.

Shane and Kristin Emigh, along with their children, Shylee and Liam, decorated the house that they share with Shane’s mom, Ruth Strontzer, for the Christmas season. They were entered in a contest, and won first place! Chris Mard has become a grandmother—her daughter Aimee gave birth to Jamison this past fall. Kelly Sommers began her new career as a real estate agent. She sold at least eight houses and found renters for a few more. Kelly and her boyfriend, Jimmy Ryan got engaged during the holidays, and we would like to send them wishes for a wonderful life together with many happy trails! Christel Maturo has been laid up for the winter, with a bad back, and Ruth Strontzer was a good friend, taking in her horses for the winter so she could concentrate on healing. Christel, you must join us on the trails and win the Hours Ridden contest that Carrie Torsiello hosts, again! Donna Moll went on a dream trip of

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a lifetime, visiting Africa and spending time with natives in their village. She went on a safari and saw elephants, lions, and monkeys. Fred Pokrinchak and his wife Betty were again hosting a booth for Saddle

Ranch at Equine Affaire, selling his great saddles. Gigi Ouellette joined Kim and Bud Dore with their U.S. Wild Horse and Burro Association booth in the breed pavilion. Kowboy Ken and I were with the Yankee Walkers, gaited Horses of New England’s booth in the same building. Ann and Jimmy Dominick are

busy remodeling their log home in Jamestown, TN, and were heading to Florida for the month of February. For those who want to join the Connecticut Horse Council’s Volunteer Horse Patrol, a meeting will be held Sunday, March 18 at the Newington Fire Station. For any questions, please call Diane Ciano at 203-757-1904.

Scenes from the Pony Clubs’ visit with the Sandanona Harehounds.


New York/Upper CT Region of the USPC Members Visit Sandanona Harehounds SANDANONA HAREHOUNDS scheduled a weekday Holiday Meet on December 28 for the area Pony Clubs, an event which we have tried to pull off repeatedly in the past; on this occasion the weather was fine, snow did not fall, and four Pony Clubs arrived with children in tow to enjoy a short day from the kennels on Thorndale. Parents and children from the Millbrook, Sleeping Giant, Ridge Riders, and Running Fox clubs arrived at around 1:00 p.m. for a short tour of the historic kennels, followed by several hours afield in the “Papal States,” an area adjacent to the kennels, which has wonderful cover, much wildlife, and convenient paths on which to follow the action. Six and a half couples of Beagle bitches were selected to entertain the multitudes, and we set off to draw at around 1:30 p.m. The hounds quickly began to trail a rabbit silently down a south-facing path before jumping her in the cover, and starting off at speed down the hill. I think the children accompanying me missed the first view of this rabbit, 80


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but she was well hunted and viewed several more times en route to the corner brush pile just south of the school, where she went to ground and was duly “marked in” by Vireo and Biscuit. While this was going on, another rabbit left the area and headed toward East Farm, but before I could collect hounds, they started a line up the hill towards the Driveway Covert. We followed, but when I arrived at the old grape arbor I was intercepted by Teal, who came out of the Driveway Covert, and announced in no uncertain terms that her packmates were “running trash,” hunting something on the long list of illicit quarry, and forbidden. I spoke to them, and Peter Devers, whipping in, rated them from the driveway, with good success. This accomplished, we collected hounds and went to draw the low cover by the Sycamore Tree. Some hounds were found here, and hunted well and steadily up to the new house on the Cardinal Hayes driveway. After a brief check here, however, something went wrong. Teal reappeared, and I heard

hounds running east toward Millbrook. This time they slipped away on what we now believe is our resident fox. Peter stopped them at the corner of the Tribute Garden, en route to the village, and sent them back. Our last draw, along the bottom and on the south side, produced a rabbit that zig-zagged north toward the big woods, but the Beagles could never really get on good terms with this one, and we noticed that almost everyone had gone in. It was time to adjourn to the kennels for chili and other delectable treats. We came in “all on,” and put the hounds away in time to join the large group enjoying a hunt tea (put on by Millbrook Co-District Commissioner Nancy Estes) in the big room at the kennels. My best estimate was that some 30 children of all shapes and sizes, and perhaps a dozen adults took part on this afternoon, and a good time was had by all. Special thanks to Nancy Estes, who orchestrated the entire event, and also to Peter Devers, whose quick work whipping in prevented disaster.





Interscholastic Equestrian Association Announces 2016-2017 Youth Board Members SUBMITTED BY SHARALYN PRIESKORN

THE INTERSCHOLASTIC Equestrian Association (IEA) is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Youth Board Members. The Youth Board, now in its second year, was created by IEA’s Education Committee “to give adult IEA members and leadership an avenue to hear the youth voice and to offer and opportunity for leadership to IEA youth members.” The board is structured with one Hunt Seat and Western representative from each of the eight zones. After an extensive application and election process, the new Youth Board members for IEA’s 15th Anniversary season are: Shannon Gorksy and Grace Markowski in Zone 1, Kimberly Pokstis and Anna Lia Sullivan in Zone 2, Elizabeth Trexler and Abbie Humphries in Zone 3, Abbie Humphries in Zone 4, Haley Carson and Keegan Lammers in Zone 5, Alexandra Prymek and Madison Vance in Zone 7, Fallon O’Connell in Zone 8, Alex Bischoff in Zone 10; Hannah Bentz and Aubrey Braham will be acting as Alumni

The IEA’s 2016-2017 Youth Board members.

Advisors and Sharalyn Prieskorn and Sue Wentzel as Adult Advisors. The current Youth Board has also voted in officers to help lead the group. Current Zone 2 hunt seat member Kimberly Pokstis has been chosen as President. Zone 7 hunt seat member Alexandra Prymek has been selected as Vice President. Both Kimberly and Alexandra are the only two current board members who were elected by their peers to serve a second year on the board. While participating as members of the 2015-2016 board, both Kimberly and Alexandra attended the combined IEA Nationals in Lexington, KY, and had a chance to network with members and staff from all over the country. Acting as Secretary is Zone 1 western member

Grace Markowski. This is Grace’s first year on the Youth Board, but she has been working hard to bring the hunt seat and western members closer together by helping organize a reining demonstration for the upcoming Zone 1 Hunt Seat finals. All current Youth Board members have been diligently working on various educational projects, including future articles for IEA’s magazine, Take the Reins. The group hopes to promote better horsemanship, sportsmanship, and instill further educational opportunities to IEA members. The current board brings not only experience and dedication to the sport, but also shares a passion to inspire the current youth to be better horsemen and active members in the IEA community.


Bay State Trail Riders Association Plans Spring Events SUBMITTED BY ANNAMARIA PAUL


ON MARCH 25, THE BAY STATE Trail Riders Association (BSTRA) will host a tack sale at the VFW on Route 16 in Uxbridge, MA, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., rain or shine. Indoor or outdoor tables are available for $20 to BSTRA members; $25 to non-members. Trailer spots are $40. Details and registration forms are available on our website at BSTRA will hold three Trail Work Days in April on the 22 and 23 (site

to be determined), and on April 29 at West Hill Dam in Uxbridge. Trail work is a great way to give back to the community while having some fun and members can earn volunteer points! The winner for the Tourbillon Trailer Service Raffle will be drawn on March 31. The prize is a Trailer Service Package worth $295. Tickets are $5 for 5, $10, for 12, and $25 for 35 and are on sale at our website.

Ticket purchases must be received by March 30. A special thank you goes to our generous sponsor, Tourbillon Trailer Sales. Our first ride of the season, the March Madness Ride, is planned for March 26 at Douglas State Forest. Last year the weather cooperated for a great start to the ride season. To learn about the Bay State Trail Riders Association and all future events, be sure to visit our website. March 2017


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Foxhunting news [ EQUINE JOURNAL AFFILIATE ] [LEFT] Members Carolyn Regan and Gaelan Canning during a spring roading hunt. [RIGHT] (L-R) Norfolk Hunt Club members and volunteers Robin Cleaves, Biz Pendergast, Lisa Lewis, Liz Hunter, and Nick Gleysteen gather at the 2016 Cleanup Day.

Norfolk Hunt Club Gears Up for Roading Season, Annual Cleanup Day SUBMITTED BY DESMOND O’LEARY; PHOTOS BY KATHIE DAVENPORT

AT THE START OF MARCH, THE weather can be less than ideal and in typical New England fashion, rather unpredictable. Some huddle in their haylofts and others seek sanctuary in their indoor arenas, while Norfolk Hunt Club members throw on another jacket and head outdoors. With the sport of foxhunting, it’s imperative to get a head start and ensure hounds, horses, and riders are ready for the season ahead. Spring season is an opportunity for new riders to join our field, but also for existing members to introduce new or young horses to the sport. Usually the initial total number of riders we see in the spring season are lower than what we encounter during our formal season, which happens in the fall. This is normal as not every one of our riders has an indoor arena or access to one. While it may seem odd that those craving the outdoors and resenting cabin fever aren’t rushing to join us, there is logic behind it. Foxhunting in the spring is formally referred to as “roading.” So how does roading differ from hunting? Roading is an aspect of hunting that focuses more on education and conditioning that occurs seasonally. Think of schooling your horse through a new dressage test or a different course of jumps. Roading is just that, a schooling opportunity for horses in the hunt field. Roading

utilizes roads (hence the name) due to the unpredictable footing caused by New England’s wet weather. This environment allows horses who aren’t necessarily at their peak fitness after a light winter the stability to gain some muscle and get in shape. Additionally, roading provides the scenarios encountered on a traditional hunt so horses can acclimate to hounds, horns, and a herd setting. Foxhunts during roading season tend to be shorter in length with the best interests of horses, hounds, and riders in mind. Another reason for hosting roading, is that in the wild, fox kits are born in the spring. In order to allow them to mature into adulthood, reproduce, and continue their natural lives, it is vital to assist in preserving their numbers. This is vastly important when dealing with live hunts, because without the fox, there is no hunt. However, we would like to note that the Norfolk Hunt Club is a drag hunt, which means we hunt faux scent of the animal rather than the animal itself (note: The Norfolk Hunt Club does not condone or support the hunting of live animals for sport). Even with that being the case, one of the largest components of foxhunting that makes it so special is the appreciation and love of tradition. Combined with the need to do right by the animals, our honoring of tradition, and an immense

appreciation for nature, that is why we continue to act as a live hunt to the best of our ability. Another spring event that our club looks forward to besides the first hunt is our annual cleanup day. Held the first weekend of every April, this day provides a chance for club members to mingle, put their skills to good use, and for the community to become involved. Our cleanup day consists of members and volunteers gathering in the morning at the Norfolk Hunt Club kennels in Dover, MA, to peruse our network of trails and abundance of open land for any damage caused by any nasty winter weather. People set off in groups towards different areas and work as they walk along—some snip, some saw, and some use chainsaws. We have a task for everyone’s skill set! Some members remain behind to tend to our kennels and surrounding outdoor space while another group takes inventory of all of our equipment, supplies, and memorabilia. Other members who enjoy the art of cooking assist with our provided lunch and refreshments. It truly takes a village and we are fortunate enough to have a great one. The Norfolk Hunt Club has had immense success with community interaction thanks to this annual cleanup day. Each year we are proud to say we see some new faces from surrounding towns in the crowd who are curious about what we do, who we are, and foxhunting as a whole. For more information on the Norfolk Hunt Club, visit March 2017




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[LEFT] Emily Schnebel has joined the team at Madison Show Stables. [RIGHT] Katie Adams and Ive League won multiple awards at the NHHJA year-end banquet.


SEASON’S SPOILS West Meadow Stables of Bradford, NH, ended their year with the New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association (NHHJA) on a high note at the year-end banquet. Katie Adams took fourth in Special Child/Adult Hunter on Ivy League, sixth in Children’s Equitation and won one of the NHHJA Scholarships. Perlin Mercier earned the pink ribbon in WalkTrot Equitation and Charlotte Lund took third in Leadline Equitation. Trainer Kendra Messer and Prince of Holland placed third in Hunter Pleasure and Open Special Hunter while her daughter Riley Messer on Pumpkin Pi took reserve in Baby Green Hunter. Molly Garret rode Southern Comfort and Macy Johnson was aboard Snapchat for the season and rou ht home fifth and si th, res ectivel , in odified Children’s Hunter. Lastly, Sophie Shields rode Neverland and took champion in Suitable Hunter and Long Stirrup Equitation. STIRRUP CUP CHAMPION Congratulations to Holly Hill Show Stable’s Stephanie Johnson

on winning the United States Hunter Jumper Association Zone 1 Stirrup Cup in Hunter Equitation 15-17. The Massachusetts native won the award by more than 50 points.

of the top IEA riders in the country. Jarosiewicz rode in Open Equitation Over Fences, placing third, and Open Equitation on the Flat, placing fourth.

PRIX PONIES Mor Linn Farm of Walpole, MA, traveled west to Wilmington, OH, for the World Equestrian New Year Horse Show. Tom Foley rode new-to-America Figo to top ribbons and reserve champion in the Baby Green Hunters. Foley and KEC Pajama Party were champion in the 1.25m Jumpers as well as second in the $5,000 Welcome Stake and third in the $25,000 WEC Grand Prix. In the $7,500 Futures Prix, Foley took third on Honeylands Claddagh and ninth on It’s Easy Time after competing both of them in the 1.30m Jumpers.

KEEP ON GROWING The team at Madison Show Stables in Merrimac, MA, is growing! Karen Chansky purchased Graffite Do Retiro, a young Lusitano, to compete in adult equitation and low adult jumpers, Emily Schnebel joined the family with her two horses Shivalgo LV and Kentucky Rain, and Renae Samay-Houle moved her horse Paprika to Massachusetts to be a part of the team. In addition, congratulations to Shaelyn Kelliher for finishing fifth in the New England Horseman’s Council Child/ Adult Amateur Jumper division with Inquisitive.

IEA INVITATIONAL Spring Tide Farm IEA Team’s Isabella Jarosiewicz competed in the College Preparatory Invitational in West Palm Beach, FL, and did well against some

WINTER BLUES Rosemont Farm has headed south for the winter for the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and is off to a great

start. Tess Brown was a busy girl riding multiple horses. She was champion in the Low Children’s Jumper division with Athletic Lady, second in the THIS Children’s Medal and eighth in the USEF Medal with Liv, finished with great ribbons in a huge Large Ponies division on GC Ponies’ Splendor, and was ninth with La Mirage in her first High Children’s class. Elle Haymond debuted in the 3’3” Junior Hunters with Watch Hill, jogging in every class and placing seventh in one. She also rode her new jumper mount, Perugia, to a second place finish in the Low Children’s Jumper and a 10th in the Low Children’s Classic. At WEF 2, Brown started the week off with fifth in the THIS Children’s Medal with Liv, a second place finish in the Children’s Jumpers on La Mirage, and rode Athletic Lady to a second place finish in the Children’s Jumper Classic. Elle Haymond won the Children’s Jumpers 14 and Under with Perugina and finished the week reserve champion in the division.

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HITS Ocala Winter Circuit Kicks Off with a Bang HITS OCALA WAS BACK IN FULL swing as riders and horses geared up for an exciting Winter Circuit. Week I at HITS Post Time Farm commenced with two featured classes—the $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome and the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix.

$5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome Horses and riders descended on Ocala Horse Properties Stadium for the first featured class of the 2017 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, and everyone was hunting for the win. The team to beat was Mattias Tromp of North Salem, NY, and Avon, owned by Swede Ventures, LLC., in a thrilling race against the clock between the top three contenders. Second place would end in the hands of hometown equestrian Aaron Vale riding Elusive, owned by Thinkslikeahorse, and third would go to Kim Farlinger of Orangville, Ontario, and Charming Force B. Vale was the first to conquer the first round course set by Mauricio Garcia of Archer, FL, and advance to the immediate jump-off. He and Elusive laid down a cool, swift round to set the 86


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tone for the class, crossing the finish clean in 30.880. Farlinger and Charming Force B set down another double clear round—they crossed the timers with all of the rails up in 34.728, not quick enough to catch Vale’s leading time, but good enough for the ultimate third place. The last pair to advance to the jump-off were the victors themselves, Tromp and Avon, which certainly kept the thrill of the class going until the end. They set out with their eyes on the prize, zooming through the course and keeping all of the rails up. They finished in 30.105, just tenths of a second quicker than Vale for the win.

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix The first $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix of 2017 at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit featured an exciting nine-horse jump-off for the top prize. The new partnership of Hayley Waters of Sparr, FL, riding Chuck and Dana Waters’ Uppie De Lis, took advantage of their place in the order of go to steal the blue ribbon from Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, TX, aboard MTM Reve Du Paradis, owned by MTM Farm, by .31 seconds. Lisa Goldman of Hawthorne Woods, IL, was third on her own Hindsight with the

only other double clear round. Fenney and MTM Reve Du Paradis were first to return for the jump-off and attacked the course from the start by angling the first jump and hugging the standards to make turns as tight as possible. They galloped through the timers after the final jump, a narrow vertical, to set the Great American time to beat at 38.447. Goldman and Hindsight opted to move up in the order while Fenney prepared her second mount. Goldman and the powerful grey Hindsight jumped clear in 40.419 to step into the second-place spot. Last but not least was Hayley Waters. Up to this point no one except Fenney had jumped clear in less than 40 seconds and she looked like a sure winner with one horse to go. Waters rode brilliantly on the experienced Uppie Du Lis and shaved .31 seconds off of Fenney’s time to take the win by a hair. “[Uppie Du Lis] has been around so it’s nice to go in confident on one like him—it feels amazing,” said Waters of her ride. “I saw Tracy go and she was really fast, but I just tried to make up a little time after the first jump. I was lucky I got to go last so I knew what I had to do.” Relegated to second place, Fenney joked, “Those darned kids. They should have let an older person win this. Don’t we get a handicap? These kids can really go. That’s what they do best!”


[LEFT] Mattias Tromp and Avon on their way to a $5,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Open Welcome win. [RIGHT] Hayley Waters and Uppie De Lis took the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix.

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Ladies Win Again In $75,000 Battle of the Sexes TEAMS OF 10 MEN AND 10 WOMEN battled it out on January 14 for this year’s Battle of the Sexes title. The atmosphere in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center was charged with excitement, as the women took victory over the men in the $75,000 Battle of the Sexes, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center, during week one of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). To lead the teams, captains Nicole Bellissimo and Charlie Jayne were at the helm. Bellissimo led Heather CaristoWilliams, Amanda Derbyshire, Abigail McArdle, Jessica Mendoza, Schuyler Riley, Haylie Rolfe, Mavis Spencer, Alexandra Welles, and Julie Welles on her team. Jayne’s team included David Blake, Daniel Bluman, Ernest Connell, Alex Granato, Darragh Kenny, Andy Kocher, Adam Prudent, Colin Syquia, and Hardin Towell. The men and women were pitted against each other in three phases— a faults converted speed round, a relay race, and a match race—over courses set by 2016 Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge. In round one, the men led the women

seven to three in the speed rounds. In round two’s relay races, the girls picked up an additional 10 points, while the men earned just five, bringing the totals to 12 for the men and 13 for the women. With one point separating them, the men and women headed into the third and final round for match races, where the women took a decisive 18 points to the men’s nine. The final tally of 21 to 31 gave the women the win. They have been victorious in the event eight out of nine years—with the class in 2015 ending in a tie. Welles, who saw the night as a perfect opportunity to give her mount some experience in an electric atmosphere, was representing the women for her first time in Battle of the Sexes competition and had a fantastic night with her mount Centalyon, owned by Ardencote Farm. The pair jumped fast and clear to help their team earn points in all three rounds. “It was so much fun,” Welles said. “The horse I rode is a lovely horse that Nick [Skelton] and Laura [Kraut] own. He was just unbelievable. I just kick, and off I went. I rode him last winter, and I had not ridden him since.”

Lillie Keenan Goes Two for Two In Hollow Creek Farm Under 25 Grand Prix Series

Commenting on her team’s win, Welles stated, “To be honest, we were a little nervous in the beginning because the boys had a pretty stacked team. If you look on paper, the boys should have won. I guess I would say they got a little cocky after the first round when they kept beating us. Then we came back strong. Laura Kraut was like our cheerleader. She said, ‘You guys just have to win five of the match races. That’s all that you have to do.’ We kept counting down in the schooling area, screaming at the screen and cheering each other on.” McArdle was aboard Plain Bay Sales’ Comeback de la Manade for her second year competing in the Battle of the Sexes and also had a fun night representing the ladies for their win. “It was extremely thrilling,” McArdle declared. “The girls went in losing in the first round, and my only feat was to beat Andy Kocher. I didn’t think I could. Everyone told me I couldn’t, and then sure enough we did! I thought that was a good inspiration early on for the girls in the last round.” “I think this is a fabulous event with great sponsors,” McArdle added, commenting on the event’s large turnout. “Everyone has a lot of fun every year, and I think it is a great thing to keep doing. We had a huge crowd; the horses and the people all feel the excitement.”

THE HOLLOW CREEK FARM UNDER 25 Grand Prix Series hosted its second event of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit with back-to-back wins for 20-year-old Lillie Keenan of New York, NY, aboard Chansonette Farm LLC’s Be Gentle. Keenan and the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare topped the $10,000

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Welcome speed class and returned to take victory in the next day’s $25,000 Grand Prix jump-off. Taylor Land was first to return over the short course, with a clear track in 43.56 seconds that eventually placed fourth riding Jay Land’s For Edition. Lucas Porter went next, jumping the second place time of 40.74 seconds aboard Sleepy P Ranch LLC’s Diamonte Darco. Kerry McCahill and Cadensky followed with the third place time of 43.43 seconds. Keenan then jumped the winning round in 39.85 seconds aboard Be Gentle. Last to go, Jennifer Gates incurred eight faults in

42.74 seconds to finish fifth. “I have a lot of confidence in my horse,” Keenan said following her win. “I have had her for over a year now and I have jumped her in some bigger classes, so we have experience together. She is lightning fast against the clock. I would say out of all my horses, she is the most straightforward and trustworthy. The feeling that she gives you is that you could really point her to the eye of a needle. Some of the angles that you can point her at for a jump are really remarkable.” Keenan detailed her jump-off, explaining that her position to go fourth out of five was an advantage.“I got to see Lucas go and I think really where I made up time was on the turns,” Keenan said.

“I have experience going very fast on my horse. That was something that I tried to fine tune throughout the year, and I feel like now it’s really coming together.” Lucas Porter, 19, of Wellington, FL, took the reins on Diamonte Darco in 2016 after the mare showed with his older brother Wilton for two seasons. The 12-year-old Great Britain Sport Horse has jumped bigger tracks and is an experienced mount for her young rider. “She’s a super competitive horse,” Porter stated. “Even though she has jumped bigger, our team feels that she jumps the best at this height. These classes are usually really quick, and she has now learned how to go fast against the clock, so she is super useful. It is the perfect fit for these U25 classes.”

Lillie Keenan and Be Gentle took the top spot in both classes for back-to-back wins. Lucas Porter and Diamonte Darco were a second behind Keenan to take the red ribbon.

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Eventing news [LEFT] Kylie Lyman and Sacramento took second in Area I’s year-end Advanced Senior Open awards. [RIGHT] Liza Teich and Moonstruck ended the year in sixth in the Area I Novice Adult Amateur division.


STEPPING DOWN The horse that brought Maya Black to the 2016 Olympics as traveling reserve has officially retired from upper level eventing. Doesn’t Play Fair, owned by Dawn and Jonathan Dofelmier, will return to Arlington, WA, after a successful career with Black, including taking third at the 2016 Rolex Kentuck CCI****. “Cody” is set to compete in lower level eventing with Dawn in the saddle. AREA I WINNER Kylie Lyman finished out the year in the ribbons in USEA Area I. The Vermont native took the top three spots in the Advanced Senior Open division with Joan Nichols’ Lup the Loop, Cristin O-hara’s

Sacramento, and Nichols’ Da Vinci Code. She also took two awards, third and sixth, in the Intermediate Senior Open division with Da Vinci Code and Lup the Loop, respectively.

VALINOR VICTORIES Riders from Valinor Farm in Plymouth, MA, won numerous USEA Area I year-end awards. Erin Riddo on Devon Fantasie earned second in Intermediate Senior Open division, Betsy Bodner and Regal Cadence were fifth in Preliminary Master Amateur, Cora Shillinglaw and Braveheart tied for fifth in Training Adult Amateur, and Greeg Melville took first in the Beginner Novice Junior/Young Rider division with Unimpeachable. Congratulations Team Valinor!

CONDOLENCES We are saddened to hear of the passing of George Murphy of Groton House Farm in South Hamilton, MA. Murphy was the director of the horse trials held at the farm each year and part of the event for more than 30 years. STRUCK WITH SUCCESS Another story of USEA Area I year-end success! Teich Eventing based out of Orchard Hill Equestrian Center in Berlin, MA, had two riders, Olivia Alminde and Liza Teich, win awards. Both competed aboard Moonstruck and Alminde was fourth in the Novice Junior/Young Rider division while Teich tied for sixth in the Novice Adult Amateur division.

EAST COAST ATHLETES USEF announced their Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 and Eventing 18 program lists and many names from the East Coast can be found on both. From Area I, Zoe Crawford from Jamaica Plain, MA, and Cornelia Dorr of Manchesterby-the-sea, MA, made the Eventing 25 list while Katie Lichten of Hamilton, MA, was named to the Eventing 18 list. Area II has a whopping four riders on the Eventing 18 list— Arielle Aharoni of Bedminster, NJ, Amanda Beale Clement of Phoenixville, PA, Grace Fulton of Finksburg, MD, and Tayler Stewart Damascus, MD—and two riders on the Eventing 25 list—Lizzie Snow of Southern Pines, NC, and Morgan McCue of Malvern, PA. From Area III, Savannah Fulton of Ocala, FL, Caroline Martin of Miami Beach, FL, and Jenny Caras of Cartersville, GA, made the Eveting 25 list while Haley Curry of Canton, MS, was on the Eventing 28 list. COLLEGIATE CHAMPS Congratulations to the riders on the USEA’s inaugural Intercollegiate Leaderboard. Clemson University’s Sarah Pyne took the Preliminary division, Katherine Knowles of the University of Virginia earned the top spot at Training level, Novice level was won by Sarah Welch of Texas A&M University, and Columbus State University’s Lily Barlow took the Beginner Novice division.

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[LEFT] Though he was named to both lists, Phillip Dutton is on the Developing List paired with Z. [RIGHT] Boyd Martin and Welcome Shadow are one of many riders named to the lists.

Eventing High Performance Training Lists THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN Federation (USEF) Eventing High Performance Committee has approved 14 riders and 18 horses to the High Performance Spring Training Lists for 2017. Selectors evaluated several factors to determine athletes and horses for each set of lists: current form, consistent and quality results in past competitions, potential to make a valuable contribution in a team setting, as well as suitability and age of the horse for the identified championship (where applicable). The athletes will work with Technical Advisor David O’Connor to set goals and determine schedules for the horses on which they were named. Athletes will receive a specified amount of funding per horse to be designated directly toward coach and/ or performance support as agreed to by O’Connor and the athlete. For the purposes of the Spring Training Lists for 2017, the Elite List is designated as athlete/horse combinations with the potential to compete at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games based on current form. The Developing List is designated as athlete/horse combinations or athletes 92


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Elite List The following horse/rider teams have been named to the Elite List: Hannah Sue Burnett of The Plains, VA, with Jacqueline Mars’ Harbour Pilot, a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding; Phillip Dutton of West Grove, PA, with Caroline Moran, Simon Roosevelt, and Thomas Tierney’s Fernhill Cubalawn, a 2004 Holsteiner gelding, and the HnD Group’s Mighty Nice, a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding; Lauren Kieffer of Middleburg, VA, with Team Rebecca, LLC’s Veronica, a 2005 Dutch Warmblood mare, and Marie Le Menestrel’s Meadowbrook’s Scarlett, a 2007 Thoroughbred Cross mare; and Boyd Martin of Cochranville, PA, with the Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate’s Blackfoot Mystery, a 2004 Thoroughbred gelding, and Gloria Callen’s Welcome Shadow, a 2005 Thoroughbred Cross mare.

Developing List The following horse/rider teams have been named to the Elite List: Matt Brown of Cochranville, PA, with Blossom Creek Foundation’s Super Socks BCF, a 2006 Irish Sport

Horse gelding; Will Coleman of Charlottesville, VA, with The Conair Syndicate’s Soupcon de Brunet, a 2006 Anglo-Arabian gelding, and Tight Lines, a 2007 French Thoroughbred gelding; Phillip Dutton with Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Ann Jones, and Caroline Moran’s Z, a 2008 Zangersheide gelding; Lillian Heard of Hamilton, VA, with her own LCC Barnaby, a 2006 Irish Sport Horse gelding; Lauren Kieffer with Debbie Adams and Jacqueline Mars’ D.A. Duras, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding; Marilyn Little of Frederick, MD, with Jacqueline Mars, Robin Parsky, and Phoebe and Michael Manders’ RF Scandalous, a 2005 Oldenburg gelding; Meghan O’Donoghue of Carbondale, IL, with Chase and Darcie Shipka’s Palm Crescent, a 2006 Thoroughbred gelding; Doug Payne of Aiken, SC, with his own, Debi Crowley, and Jessica Payne’s Vandiver, a 2004 Trakehner gelding; Tamie Smith of Temecula, CA, with Alexandra and Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell’s Mai Baum, a 2006 German Sport Horse gelding; and Lynn Symansky of Middleburg, VA, with The Donner Syndicate, LLC’s Donner, a 2003 Thoroughbred gelding.


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Dressage news Paralympian Rebecca Hart’s mount Schroeter’s Romani will retire after a successful career.

bodied Grand Prix competitor. She will enjoy her retirement at Cherry Knoll Farm in West Grove, PA.

ELECTION RESULTS At the November Meeting of the Board of Directors, Dressage at Devon elected Robbie Kankus as Chairman of the Board, Phelps T. “Mike” Riley as Vice Chair, and Lori Kaminski was re-elected as President and CEO. Kankus has served as Vice President – Customer Relations since 2010 and has been a Board Member since 2013. Kaminski has served as President and CEO of Dressage at Devon since 2009, working with the Board, members, volunteers, vendors, sponsors and the international dressage community, bringing her knowledge and expertise to every aspect of the show.


THE GOLDEN DAYS Three-time Paralympian Rebecca Hart and Cherry Knoll Farm have announced the retirement of Schroeter’s Romani, Hart’s Paralympic and World Equestrian Games partner. The 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare is owned by Hart in conjunction

with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Barbara Summer, and William and Sandy Kimmel. Hart’s team made the decision to retire Schroeter’s Romani following competition in Rio after a long and successful career as not only an international para-horse, but as an international able-

CONDOLENCES We are sad to hear about the passing of Silva Martin’s upper-level dressage mount Aesthete. Stately, as he was affectionately known, was owned by Faye Woolf and was euthanized on January 1 after ongoing digestive problems and colic complications. Martin and the Dutch Warmblood gelding actively competed at Fourth Level before his intestinal issue arose and prevented him from competing in Grand Prix. SOUTHERN SUCCESS The warm weather is fairing well for Cinny Little and Observador of Windhorse Dressage in Sherborn, MA. The pair had an excellent performance at the Wellington Classic Sea-

son Kick Off earning a 66.36% in their Training Level Test 3 for third place and a 65.74% in their First Level Test 1 for second. They have now qualified for regionals at Training Level.

FIVE STAR PERFORMANCES Congratulations to Five Stars Farm of Brentwood, NH, on two of their four-legged students earning 2016 USDF AllBreed Awards. Ann Seamonds’ Real Gentleman was ridden by Bethany Larson and won the Prix St. Georges Championship with a median score of 64.737%. This is the Thoroughbred’s third consecutive All-Breeds championship. Sommerwind, who was ridden by owner Elizabeth Birnie, was the Adult Amateur First Level reserve champion with a median score of 70.073% in their first show season. BACK AT IT Katie Robicheaux and Avignon of Cutler Farm in Medfield, MA, are enjoying the Florida sun and winning some ribbons while they are at it! After a year out of the ring together because Avignon suffered an injury, the pair made their debut at the Wellington Classic Season Kick Off with a 75% and first place in their Prix St. Georges class. CROSSEN CHAMPION The USEF Horse of the Year standings brought Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods of Coventry, CT, some victories. For the Region 16 results, Khoncise won champion in the Arabian Dressage Amateur Third Level and Arabian Dressage Third Level categories.

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[LEFT] Lisa Wilcox and Galant danced to a Justin Timberlake and “Trolls” movie soundtrack. [RIGHT] The pair’s score of 77+% earned them the top spot.

Lisa Wilcox and Galant Are Friday Night Stars at AGDF WOWING THE CROWD WITH A show-stopping performance in the “Friday Night Stars” FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by the AMCI Group to benefit Brooke USA was the winning combination of Lisa Wilcox and her mount Galant. Wilcox and Galant, a 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Jacqueline Shear, had an impressive day at the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, FL, topping the leaderboard in their second performance of 2017 and earning a score of 77.209% for their Justin Timberlake and “Trolls” movie soundtrack-themed freestyle in the Global Arena. Awards were also presented to the owner of Galant, Jacqueline Shear, and groom Bibi Diaz.

Commenting on her freestyle, Wilcox said, “I knew that [Galant] liked it, so I was hoping that that would show up in the arena tonight. It brought a bit of confidence because he recognized the music, he was having fun, and he totally focused on me and what we were doing.” Of Galant, she said, “I’m so proud of him. I’m just so proud of where we have come from last year to this year.” Team Canada saw some strong performances for the night and rounded out the top three placings. The duo of Megan Lane and Caravella, a 2001 KWPN mare owned by Lane, scored an impressive 75.967% putting them in second place. Lane described her goals for the season with Caravella, “It’s been an amazing

journey with this horse and at both stages of our lives. It’s still growing. I’m excited for the future, I have plans on going to the World Cup so I look forward to that.” Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In, a 2005 KWPN gelding that FraserBeaulieu owns, rounded out the top three with a score of 72.608%. “I was really proud of All In tonight. You know, he is a hot horse and tonight he actually seemed like he was getting more relaxed and more calm the more I went through my pattern,” said Fraser-Beaulieu. Allyn Mann, Director of Adequan®, concluded the evening press conference by thanking the top three riders. He noted, “Your rides were received well by everybody. What a wonderful way to start off the season.” He continued, “It really is just a wonderful experience to have the owners, the riders, the fans, the grooms, and of course, the horses.”


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River Dressage Association (CRDA) show season and distribute awards to its membership. Among the attendees was year-end clinician, keynote

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training practices and philosophies, Jacquie handed out awards and posed for pictures with the recipients. “The response to Jacquie as our clinician and speaker for the year-end events has been overwhelmingly positive,” reports clinic organizer Cynthia Guizzetti. She also confirmed that the organization will be inviting Jacquie back for 2017 year-end events and discussions have already begun. The dates and details of the November member-only clinic will be announced soon. Cynthia concludes, “Anyone with interest in riding with Jacquie should invest in a CRDA membership and take advantage of this opportunity along with the club’s other benefits!”

In addition to the year-end festivities, the 2016 CRDA season was filled with successful and energy filled events including four schooling shows, an Adult Camp with Lynne Kimball-Davis and Sharon McCusker, a clinic with Luis Reteguiz-Denizard and a RideCritique-Ride Clinic with “S” judge Sue Roberto-Buchanan sponsored in part by Sage Farm. Based on the feedback from these events, CRDA has begun plans for the 2017 season. Their Schooling Show Series is open to competitors of all skill level and will be held at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA, on May 7, June 4, August 13, and October 1. To prepare for the upcoming show season, CRDA will once again organize an Adult Camp on April 29 and 30, also to be held at Apple Knoll Farm. This

clinic will feature camp regular Lynne Kimball-Davis and joining her will be Luis Reteguiz-Denizard. This experience promises to deliver a one-two punch of classical dressage skills and biomechanics designed to energize riders and allow them to progress in their training. Sue Roberto-Buchanan will also return for a clinic this season. Her insights as a Grand Prix competitor and USEF “S” judge were a benefit to those who rode with her at the Ride-Critique-Ride. This year’s clinic structure and details are forthcoming and will be announced on the CRDA website in the coming months. To stay informed with all the details of CRDA’s upcoming events or to learn more about becoming a member, visit


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WITH SHOW SEASON RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, IT’S time to roll out of the blankets and off of the couch! Lucky for all of us, the Connecticut Dressage and Combined Training Association (CDCTA) has plenty in store for both horse and rider to help get back into the right mindset. Every event with the CDCTA is a party, so why not attend all of them? Our Dressage Symposium on March 19 is a great way to get back into the swing of things. Nancy Lavoie has brought her horses up the levels and is bringing her skill to Treasure Hill Farm in order to help us sharpen our dressage minds. Nancy’s goal of the event is to help us speak to our horses effectively using our seat. All of those dressage videos that we watched on the couch this winter will only get us so far! On April 2, Holly Whitney is inviting the CDCTA over to her farm in quaint Sterling, CT, to give us some tips on scribing with a judge. As a judge herself, Holly will be able to assist us in becoming a perfect scribe for when we input our volunteer hours during show season. This is a great opportunity for those of us who have never scribed before and are interested, or even those who enjoy learning from being a judge’s right hand man. Grab a friend and get interactive with us at beautiful facilities with some great people. All of these fantastic clinics and events are open to the public upon registration. For more information and to see all of the great things we do, please visit DATES TO REMEMBER: MARCH 19 - CDCTA DRESSAGE SYMPOSIUM APRIL 2 - CDCTA SCRIBING CLINIC

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Driving news Leigh Semilof driving Roslyn Echo to the Novice Championship at the GMHA Sleigh Rally.

FUN TIMES The Granite State Carriage Association has chosen the McLane Center at New Hampshire Audubon in Concord, NH, as their venue for this year’s annual members meeting, to be held March 12. Donations to the FUNdraiser auction are gratefully being accepted. The guest speaker for this year’s event will be Peter James from the AbbotDowning Historical Society.


SLEIGH BELLS RING Congrats go out to everyone who braved the cold (although the skies were blue, and the winds were minimal) at the Green Mountain Horse Association Sleigh Rally, held January 8. Nine drivers came out to play, while Charlie Ballou judged the event. Leigh Semilof and Roslyn Echo earned Novice Champion with Wilson Groves and Chardonnay in reserve; Amy Singros and Windigo Utile Marshall were given the title of Single Pony Champion, followed by Jenny Kimberly and Dixie Dee; and Robin Groves took top honors in the Single Horse division with Thor’s Toy Truck, with Gale Hepfinger and Nikita receiving reserve champion.

DRIVING POWER Kelly Valdes is the recipient of the prestigious Pegasus Medal of Honor for her lifelong commitment to promoting the driving sport. Penny and Mike Arnold, Stacy Carlson, Natasha Grigg, Louise Rothery, Scott Monroe, Holliday Pulsifer, Jane Murray, and Kelly’s mother, Fleury, were among the American Driving Club members who attended the gala awards presentation at the USEF annual meeting.

BRAGGING RIGHTS Doug Coursey shares with us that his Morgan horse, San ndreas Ba , finished fourth in

BECKY GRAND HART TROPHY tefanie utnam, who was fifth in the 2016 World Para Driving

Preliminary Driven Dressage in the nation, sixth in the nation in Morgan Carriage Driving, fourth in New England in Morgan Carriage Driving, and was named Reserve Champion in Morgan Carriage Driving in Region 6. Awesome job, Doug!

Championships held in Holland, received the Becky Grand Hart Trophy, presented by Chester Weber during the United States Equestrian Federation’s Pegasus Awards dinner in Lexington, KY. She was accompanied to the ceremony by her service dog, Kaz. Stefanie was paralyzed from the shoulders down in a non-horse related accident in 2009. The former show jumper drives with the use of special cuffs attached to the reins of Bethesda After Dark, a Morgan who was previously the three-time U.S. Singles Driving Champion.

PICKPOCKET ADT The Wilking’s are hosting an Arena Driving Trial (ADT) series, called the Pickpocket ADT series in Brentwood, NH. The events are scheduled for May 7, September 10, and October 22. Linda is very excited about having three events, which will all be judged by Sue Koso.

CONDOLENCES We are sad to report that Mickie Bowen recently lost Thornlea Handyman, who was lovingly referred to as Andy. Although Andy had colicked, further tests showed he had a tumor strangling his intestine. PARADE SEEKING AID Craig McCoskery, equine liaison for the 300th Anniversary Parade committee in the town of Westborough, MA, shared that he is looking for horses to participate in the event on September 10, 2017. Although they are seeking all types of horses and clubs willing to participate, they are hoping to include driving horses and sleighs, to some capacity. Craig plans on driving his Mini, using a sleigh with detachable casters for use on the streets. Additionally, Craig is requesting that if anyone is aware of a Westboroughmade sleigh that could potentially be used in the parade, please let him know. He can be contacted at or 508-439-0375.

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driving The Preliminary Championship was awarded to Janet Oliver and her pony CSS Kit Carson, shown with Jerica Ann Vallie as navigator.

Maine Driving Club Derby Championship Winners Announced for 2016 IN 2016, THE MAINE DRIVING CLUB sponsored two Derby competitions. The first was held at Snowfields in Pownal, ME, and the second took place at Spurwink Farm in Cape Elizabeth, ME.

In order to qualify for the championship, a competitor had to attend both events. The best times from each event were averaged, and the driver with the fastest time was presented with an award.

A champion and reserve ribbon was awarded to Training Level division horse and pony contestants, as well as Preliminary horses and ponies. The high point Training Level Championship was awarded to Mary Fowler of Freeport, ME, driving her Morgan mare Gem, put to a Milton carriage. Kassi Farrar, driving her Very Small Equine (VSE) gelding, Bentley took reserve honors. Kassi hails from Buckfield, ME. In the Preliminary division, the championship was awarded to Janet Oliver of Barrington NH, and her pony CSS Kit Carson, followed by Heidi Johnson of Campton, NH, driving Hank to reserve. Hank is owned by Laura Sabre of Franconia, NH. Plans are in the works for more events in 2017, and the Maine Driving Club is hoping to add a third derby to create a series. For more information, visit

Saratoga Driving Association Member Discusses the Gift of Horses SUBMITTED BY CAROL FRANK

RECENTLY IT OCCURRED TO ME that we take so much for granted. What if you didn’t have the strength to lead your horse? What if you were too shaky to keep yourself steady when they saw something and were suddenly startled? Have you ever asked someone else to take your horse because you just didn’t have the ability? Or what if the barn was just too full of germs for it to be a safe place for you to walk in? What incredible sadness it must be to be denied that wonderful thing that you love. If that moment were to come, there wouldn’t be many options. All we can do is hope that when we were able to, we made the best possible use of every moment given to us. I held the lead for a huge horse while the blacksmith was working, but in truth the horse had a little human dangling off a rope while he chose to watch the blacksmith. It was pathetic, 98


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and the human was definitely not exerting any control. But if I got to “that point” it wouldn’t make it any more effective if it was a Mini that I was holding. It isn’t a question of their size, or our size, but one about our health, age, and concentration. Driving requires a whole lot of concentration. Regular, consistent work is essential for the horses and for us, because we forget. You forget to buckle a latch, close a gate, pay attention, or correctly hold a lead, and suddenly you are as vulnerable as your second day at the barn. The point is, don’t take anything for granted. The gift to work with horses can fade away or be snatched out of our hands in an instant. If you find yourself slipping, try harder, put in more time. Don’t assume your skill level is going to stay constant. Employ the help of others. Young people may not have your

experience or nearly as much experience as you, but they are able to heal quicker. Keep trying by coming to clinics, training more, working with other people, and staying involved in driving clubs with wonderful people like those in the Saratoga Driving Association. A new calendar of clinic dates will come out soon. It is planned for you. Someone told me at the Twelfth Night Party that they planned to bring a new horse to a clinic, but the horse was off that day. I thought, why didn’t you tell me you wanted a social situation for your horse’s first outing in company? We could have arranged it. Tell us what you need. We are there for you. We arranged John Henry’s first experience in the ring with a horse in harness a long time ago, and it was a proud moment to be able to help that world famous mule. We can’t do all of this forever. We can’t do it alone. We are so lucky to have each other. Special thanks go to Anne Willey and John Yale for hosting a wonderful Twelfth Night Party. For more information on the Saratoga Driving Association, visit



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[LEFT] Gunnatrashya is the NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Sire. [ABOVE] MarieFrance D’Hondt and Flashin All The Girls did amazing at the Florida Gold Coast Circuit.


MILLION DOLLAR SIRES Thanks to the winnings of his offspring at the 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, Gunnatrashya is NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Sire. Owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, the 2006 Sorrel stallion had a prosperous a career in the show pen with Shawn Flarida at the reins—he was the 2009 All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Futurity Champion, 2009 NRHA Open Futurity Champion, and 2010 NRHA Open Derby Champion. The stallion had 22 offspring entered in the 2016 NRHA Futurity, and together they earned more than $82,496 at the event, giving him a lifetime total of $1,017,438 in offspring earnings. One of the most decorated NRHA sires, Wimpys Little Step, has done it again. This time, the stallion can thank his 12 offspring in the 2016 NRHA Futurity Finals for helping him achieve his newest milestone, NRHA Nine Million Dollar Sire. At 17 years old, Wimpys Little

Step is only the second sire to reach this status. The palomino stallion is owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC.

RECORD BREAKER Mandy McCutcheon is setting new records and achieving things some might call impossible. The NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider hit yet another milestone during the 2016 Futurity & Adequan North merican ffiliate ham ionship Show by becoming the newest NRHA Million Dollar owner. c utcheon is the first woman to earn both MultiMillion Dollar Rider and Million Dollar Owner statuses.

The pair were also circuit champions in Select Trail. Trainer Torey Roderick also rode Flashin All The Girls and took top ten placings in L3 Senior Trail and NSBA Senior Trail.

ing To A Tee. Daniel Carlson rode ade B harlie to first in Non-Pro Showmanship and Non-Pro Western Riding, second in Green Western Riding, third in Non-Pro Horsemanshi , and fifth in reen rail.

YEAR-END RESULTS Congratulations to White Birch Farm’s Emilie Hernandez and Arts Covergirl on a great New York Southern Tier Quarter Horse Association season. The Connecticut-based duo won multiple year-end awards including grand champion in the Western Level 1 Youth, Youth Halter Mares, and Rookie Youth divisions.

GOLD STARS Torey Roderick Performance Horses of Lee, NH, made the trip to the Sunshine State worth it with spectacular results from the Florida Gold Coast Circuit. Marie-France D’Hondt rode her own Flashin All The Girls and earned multiple top three placings in L1 Amateur Trail, Amateur Select Trail and L1 Western Riding.

FUN IN THE SUN After a fruitful showing at the World Championship Show, Powder Brook Farm of Harwinton, CT, continued their success at the NSBA Fun In The Sun horse show in Venice, FL. Sydney Schmidt and Chevromotion took the top placing in Youth Showmanship while fellow barn mate Carly Jenkins tied for second with Ima Lop-

GREAT SUNSATION The Florida Gulf Coast Circuit saw riders from Whitney Ridge Stables in Higganum, CT, take home some top ribbons. Head trainer Whitney Lagace rode to the top five on Good To Know A Chip in L1 Trail, Huntin Hotty Tottys in L1 Trail and Junior Trail, Hot Rockin Potential in Senior Western Riding and L3 Senior Trail, and Heza Dreamer in L1 Trail. She also rode to the top ten on Good To Know A Chip and Rockin In The Blues in Junior Trail and Hot Rockin Potential in NSBA Senior Trail. Lagace and Hunting Hotty Tottys were circuit champions in Green Trail. Lagace’s daughter Jayna took third, fourth, and seventh in Youth Trail 13 & Under with Platinum Sunsation.

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Florida Gold Coast Crowns Circuit Champions western riding on December 31. Making his debut back into the show pen was Trent Ferreir, 10, of Loxahatchee, FL, in the Youth Ranch Riding. Ferreir rode Phoebe Alwine’s Widow Gallo to two seconds, two thirds, and two fourths to take reserve champion in the division. “It’s pretty cool showing here,” he said. “I really like the competition. It’s exciting because I haven’t shown in a long time.” Youth Western Pleasure 14-18 saw 18-year-old Gavin Patterson of Frankfort, OH, take the top prize in five classes throughout the week and champion in the division. “I like winning here because it’s a big deal. There are a lot of great competitors. It’s good to end the year on a win,” said Patterson. “I was surprised that I won all three classes because one of my best friends was also in the class, Bethany Valentine, and we usually go back and forth, so to win across the board was awesome!” Durham, CT, local Elizabeth Bulk or Bagged Kiln dried or Green Rinder rode her We Buy & Sell Hay – Straw – Grain – Mulch own Hot Rockin Arena Footing Rubber/Leather/ Chips Potential to top four placings in We Deliver! every Amateur Trail New England, class to win reserve in the division. NY & PA “Winning here is a big accomplishment. There were 508-697-1995 more than 30 top Amateurs from or 800-665-9328 around the country

THE FLORIDA GOLD COAST Quarter Horse Circuit kicked off on a record setting pace posting nearly 1,800 entries across all divisions at the Florida State Fairgrounds on December 28. Managed by Mark Harrell Horse Shows, the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit attracts the nation’s top Quarter Horses and riders competing for year-end points as well as outstanding awards to include saddles, bridles, and tack trunks. Opening day featured American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) hunter and trail classes while Thursday’s classes included showmanship, halter, under saddle, reining, and western riding classes. Competition continued on Friday with western classes in horsemanship, trail and pleasure, and English classes including working hunter, jumping, and equitation. The circuit culminated with classes in equitation, under saddle, driving, and

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in the class. We’ve had a pretty good year, we were seventh in the Amateur Trail at the World Show, so this was a good finish for 2016,” Rinder said, noting how exceptional her horse is. “He is really special. I really like him a lot. He is definitely a one-in-a million horse.” Rinder’s trainer Whitney Lagace commented on her rides, “I am extremely proud of Elizabeth. Her performance today was excellent. It was one of the top 10 performances of her career with this horse. It was great.” Amateur High Point Winner Julie Cole of Burlington Flats, NY, and Size Matters were in the top five in 23 of her classes, rightfully earning her the award. “It was so cool to win. I have never won an award this nice for an All-Around. I was pretty excited! They award such cool prizes here.” She said, “[Size Matters] was really good. He was consistent and just a really good boy. He is just so much fun to show. He loves his job. He’s awesome and a horse everyone wants.” The pair also took circuit champion and reserve in amateur divisions. “Doing well is icing on the cake. He is so much like my child. He’s everything to me. It’s nice to be able to come down here and enjoy my time with him.” Jessica Mcallister, 14, Of Southbury, CT, and A Good Order were top three in 17 of their classes, taking the 13 and Under High Point award as well as champion in 13 and Under Horsemanship and reserve champion in 13 and Under Youth Trail. “It’s exciting to win, especially winning the scooter. Two years ago I won a cooler, but the scooter is really cool!” She said, “[Good Order is] like an old soul. He loves to do all the classes. He likes to work. I have had him for three years now and he is just the best.”


[LEFT] Gavin Patterson and She Will Be Hot were Youth Western Pleasure 14-18 champions. [MIDDLE] Connecticut native Jessica McAllister and A Good Order were in the top four in all of her showmanship classes. [RIGHT] Elizabeth Rinder rode her own Hot Rockin Potential to Amateur Trail Reserve Champion.



[ABOVE] Sixteen-year-old Branden Wilson and his horse, Finlay’s Claddagh, enjoyed success at the 2016 IFSHA Friesian World and Grand National Championship Horse Show in Ohio. [RIGHT] Matthew ha reen and Stac r fin t otto P. on t e t t e o c am on n t e amate r co ntr P ea re r n c a .

International Friesian Show Horse Association Congratulates Members on a Year of Success SUBMITTED BY MALA TYLER

THERE’S NOTHING MORE welcoming than the sure signs of spring’s impending arrival. As the days are getting longer and the temperature starts hinting toward warmer days ahead, our attention turns towards the upcoming show season. The show schedule on the International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) website already lists the dates of the regional IFSHA championships throughout the country, starting with the JD Massey Classic (IFSHA Region 4 Championship), April 12-15 in Pendleton, SC, and followed by Region 3’s Bonnie Blue National Championship held May 10-13 in Lexington, VA. Visit for the complete list of Regional Championships and affiliated shows. And of course, don’t miss the IFSHA Friesian World and Grand National Championship Horse Show in Springfield, OH, October 4-8, 2017. We would like to extend congratula-

tions to Amy and Matthew Haygreen of Stone Mountain Creek Farm in Traphill, NC, on the success of their young KFPS Ster Friesian stallion, Otto P (Doaitsen 420 x Teade 392). Under the training of Griffin Sport Horses, Otto P. proved himself during the 2016 show season, competing in in-hand, under saddle, and also driving classes. Matt and Otto won a World Championship in Amateur Country Pleasure Driving at the 2016 IFSHA Friesian World and Grand National Championship Horse Show. They celebrated the end of their show year with earning USEF National Year End Reserve Champion Horse of the Year Award for the Friesian Hunter division, as well as third place for overall USEF Year end Friesian Grand Champion. “We are honored and extremely proud of our Otto P. for having such a phenomenal show season this past year at only four years of age,” says owner Amy Haygreen. “We are looking forward

to continuing our journey with this amazing young stallion and to more future successes.” This year will surely bring more accolades for Otto P. and the Haygreens. Last year was also exciting for new to the scene four-year-old Friesian part-bred gelding, Finlay’s Claddagh, and his 16-year-old handler, Branden. Owned and bred by Amanda Wilson of Ettrick, WI, “Fin” is out of One Fair Angel (Arcangel x QH) and by Orca (Uko x Spotted Draft). After being sidelined by surgery, Amanda had to rely on her son, Branden, to care for the family’s horses. That led to Branden finding himself in the show ring with the young horse at the IFSHA Region 6 Championship and subsequently afflicted with the show bug. After enlisting the help of trainers John and Karen Rock, Finlay’s Claddagh competed at the 2016 IFSHA Friesian World and Grand Nation Championship Horse Show in Ohio where “Fin” won his Sport Horse In-Hand class with John Rock on the lead and a score of 79.5%. “I’m proud of how my boys did this show season,” exclaims Amanda. “It has brought us a lot closer together. We met amazing people at both shows from all over the country.” At the conclusion of the 2016 show season,

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Finlay’s Claddagh earned fifth place nationally for the USEF Friesian partbred in-hand and sixth in Friesian part-bred Junior exhibitor with Branden. Adding to their year-end accomplishments, “Fin” earned IFSHA Region 6 part-bred in hand champion and Friesian part-bred specialty

champion. IFSHA offers many opportunities for its youth members. USEF has generously offered several $150 educational grants for youth members who are currently USEF and IFSHA members. The grants can be used for educational purposes such as attending clinics, trainings, or seminars. These funds cannot be used for competitions or show entries. For youth who would like to apply, please

send your name, USEF membership number, IFSHA membership number, information about the clinic or educational event you plan to attend (please include any fliers or mailers on the clinic), and what you want to achieve to IFSHA Executive Director, Nancy Nathanson. IFSHA enjoys celebrating its members’ accomplishments and news. Please send your news to Mala Tyler at


Yankee Walkers: Gaited Horses of New England Announces a Life-long Membership to FOSH SUBMITTED BY LOREN STEVENS

IN A SYMBOL OF SOLIDARITY, Yankee Walkers announces its partnership with Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) by procuring a life-long membership with this respected equine welfare group. FOSH is a national gaited horse organization dedicated to the promotion of flat shod gaited horses with a vision and mission similar in scope and commitment to the Yankee Walkers. Like Yankee Walkers, FOSH is committed to the education of the gaited horse enthusiast, offering continuing education opportunities, free video gait analysis, and gaited horse information and resources. FOSH and Yankee Walkers also promote the versatility of our gaited breeds and the diversity of interests of our riders. Yankee Walkers and FOSH honor and reward gaited dressage and distance trail riding incentives for nominated gaited horse and rider teams with yearly awards program. Additionally, like Yankee Walkers, FOSH sponsors some of the nation’s premier gaited clinicians to teach the gaited community, including such top names as Gary Lane and Jenny Jackson. Well-known for its animal rights efforts in protecting the Tennessee Walking Horses from the inhumane practices of soring, FOSH works as an innovator to offer resources for the inspection program for gaited horses. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has certified FOSH, 102 EQUINE


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along with eight other organizations to provide inspection programs at horse shows, exhibitions, and sales of gaited horses, to identify, report, and prevent the soring and mistreatment of gaited horses. FOSH instructs Designated Qualified Persons (DQPs), such as farriers, veterinarians, and trainers, to inspect gaited horses before allowing the horses to enter the show ring or event, and the DQPs frequently inspect the horses again after showing for some of the top winners. DQPs are trained to evaluate the following: overall general appearance of the animal for signs of pain, such as tucked-up flanks and excessive panting; unnatural movement of the horse on a loose rein; indication on the legs and pastern of burning chemicals and mechanical devices; and evidence of pastern scarring outside of compliance with the USDA regulations. FOSH also maintains an extensive public database listing violators of the Horse Protection Act (HPA); first passed by the United States Congress in 1970, the list is accessible at hpadata. us. Additionally, FOSH preserves an archive of information and articles related to soring, available at Please visit for more information. FOSH offers the Sound Advocate, an online magazine, chockfull of free information about training, riding, and exhibiting gaited horses, and promoting articles about the versatility of our gaited breeds ridden

by talented trainers and equestrians. The magazine also highlights heartwarming rescue stories of beautiful gaited horses brought back from the brink of disaster and retrained as dependable trail horses. From time to time, Yankee Walker readers might also see articles about the Yankee Walker members as our club has committed to a lifetime membership with FOSH in our joint commitment to educating and promoting the flat shod gaited horse.

Gaited Clinician Julie Dillon Appearing at the 2017 Hoosier Horse Fair & Expo In other news, we are proud to announce that our Yankee Walker Club President, Julie Dillon, has been selected as the Gaited Clinician for the 39th Annual Hoosier Horse Fair & Expo held in Indianapolis, IN, from March 31 to April 2. Dillon is a native of Texas now living in Mason, NH. She has traveled all over the country teaching gaited equitation and lecturing on the joys of riding the four beat “glide ride” of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Missouri Fox Trotting Horse, and other gaited breeds. Julie is a Certified Riding Instructor with CHA and also a Certified Trainer with National Walking Horse Association. She is a proud member of Friends of Sound Horses and supports the Sound Horse Movement by the promotion of classic dressage training techniques and equitation for gaited horses and their owners. Julie established Horsefeathers Academy 30 years ago and since then has been teaching gaited equitation and horsemanship with gaited horses specializing in adult riders. Julie’s multidiscipline program includes safety skills for gaited horses and riders on

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the trail and multi-breed gaited drill team demonstrations, and she also coaches her students and gaited horses in dressage open competition where they have earned year-end champion-

to be invited to appear once again. “It is an honor to be a part of this great event and share my enthusiasm with the gaited community in Indiana,” she said. “The folks that organize and attend the Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo are wonderful to work with, and I am looking forward to teaching and learning with everyone there!”

ship honors. Also a competitor in the dressage arena, Julie holds multiple year-end gaited dressage championships up to Second Level and will be testing at Third Level with her registered Missouri Fox Trotting horse, Prince Jester’s Request, this summer. This will be Julie’s second appearance at this event, and she is thrilled


Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association Prepares for Annual Awards Banquet SUBMITTED BY CINDY DOWNS

SPRING IS JUST ABOUT HERE AND we are ready for winter to be behind us! January brought the installation of our new officers with Chris Picardi as President, Walter Comire as Vice President, Shirley Russell as Treasurer, and Rebecca Murphy as Corresponding and Recording Secretary. Welcome new officers! Don’t forget that asso-

ciate and supportive memberships expired December 31, 2016—so be sure to renew so you can enjoy all the great things Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association (RIAHA) has to offer and be eligible for the Year End Awards program. With that in mind, the annual Awards Banquet is to be held at Bella’s restaurant in Glendale,

RI, on March 5, 2017. Reservation forms as well as YEA forms can all be found on our website! RIAHA will be holding key events in the upcoming year. Save the date for July 30 for the annual Open Show hosted by Lucille Guilbeault at Pond View Equestrian Center in Pascoag, RI. This show is always an enjoyable event for all who attend. We’d love to see you there! Our next meeting will be held on April 23. RIAHA is accepting new members and encourages you to join meetings. Additional details can be found on our website at and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

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Annual Youth Issue

Is your child looking to expand their horizons and learn new skills? Perhaps you’d like to grow alongside them? These great colleges and riding programs cater to young equestrians, but can help adults gain experience and knowledge as well.

Centenary University CENTENARYUNIVERSITY.EDU/EQUINE CENTENARY UNIVERSITY OFFERS ONE OF THE MOST well-known equestrian programs in the country with its nationally ranked and award-winning equestrian riding teams, state-of-the-art riding and classroom facilities, and some of the finest horses in the United States. As one of the few places in the country where nearly an entire undergraduate experience can be dedicated to horses, Centenary offers areas of study for students interested in a wide variety of equine and equine related fields, including an Equine Science/Pre-Veterinary Track program. Those who major in Equine Studies can select from concentrations like Communication for the Equine Industry, Equine Business Management, Equine Science, Riding Instruction, and Training the Horse. Students can also choose to receive an associate degree in equine studies, minor in the subject or pursue a certification in teaching therapeutic riding. With these degrees, graduates can find employment as barn managers, trainers, working in the pharmaceutical industry, attending veterinary or graduate school, working for a feed company or working at an equine magazine. For more information, visit equine. An admissions counselor is available to meet with you at any point through your enrollment process. Please feel free to contact us to schedule a personal meeting at or 800-236-8679.

Apple Knoll Farm APPLEKNOLL.COM APPLE KNOLL FARM (AKF) IS EXCITED TO ROLL OUT a jam-packed year of equine events for riders of all levels and ages. AKF is a premier eventing facility, just a short drive from Boston, which takes pride in introducing horse and rider to the beauty and thrill of eventing. Instruction is geared to providing a solid foundation in the disciplines of dressage, stadium jumping, and cross-country. Adrienne Iorio, who is an international four star rider and owner/head trainer of this fantastic facility, believes in creating a positive and fun experience leaving the horse and rider wanting to come back for more! Though primarily an eventing facility, Apple Knoll Farm is highly involved in foxhunting. The farm welcomes Norfolk Hunt Club during the year to use its sprawling 250 acres of fields, woods, trails, and cross-country jumps for hunts and hound schooling. AKF will be holding an Eventing Boot Camp April 17-20. This popular clinic for all ages and levels offers mounted and unmounted instruction for riders from Pre Elementary to Preliminary. Contact Adrienne Iorio at for more information. Apple Knoll boasts its Summer Series of Wednesday Night Jumper Shows which are known for attracting local 104 EQUINE


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farms and their riders from all over the region for a night of friendly competition and entertaining spectating. AKF will be hosting for the 10th year, Norfolk Hunt Pony Club Summer Camp! Horse and rider spend a week together August 14-18 with daily mounted instruction by renowned trainers in dressage, stadium jumping, and cross-country. Contact Alicia McKersie at Alicia_ for more information. Apple Knoll will be hosting the Schooling Horse Trial Championships (SHTC) om August 20. Please refer to or Facebook Schooling Horse Trials Champtionships to learn more Keep checking in to the Apple Knoll Farm website throughout the year and visit our calendar page. Like us on Facebook to keep up with all of our events.

Reunion Farm REUNION FARM IS A PREMIERE HUNTER/JUMPER equine facility located on the south shore of Massachusetts that offers lessons, boarding, horse show coaching, training, sales, and much more. Reunion Farm is family owned and operated by Geraldine and Macaela Burnet, fourth and fifth generation horsewomen with a wide variety and depth of experience. The lesson program fosters clean communications between horse and handler for riders of all levels and abilities. Our foremost goal is to safely facilitate each individual client’s ongoing education in the “way of the horse.” What sets Reunion Farm apart from other supreme equine facilities is our ability to guide young prospects in the process of maturing from the hunter breeding in-hand, to the performance ring, with their healthy, happy, hardworking attitude in tact. Reunion Farm has brought home USHJA Zone 1 Horse of the Year Championships for the past several years. Reunion Farm is conveniently located in the center of Plympton, MA, within a short distance to Route 3 and Route 44 as well as Route 495. We offer a state-of-theart facility that includes a lighted outdoor arena, large indoor arena, round pen, and two viewing rooms, as well as group and individual turnout. Reunion Farm offers both high school and middle school IEA teams. We are also home to the Bridgewater State University Equestrian Team. We are now accepting new clients! Please visit our Facebook page for more information.

Vermont Tech VTC.EDU/EQUINESTUDIES THE VERMONT TECH EQUINE STUDIES PROGRAM IS designed for students who are passionate about horses, and want the flexibility to pursue a variety of careers in the equine industry.

ANNUAL YOUTH ISSUE | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION The Equine Studies curriculum is a combination of theory and hands-on experience working with horses. Providing a solid foundation of equine knowledge, this program prepares students for rewarding careers after graduation. Our graduates are highly successful in their work aspirations, as demonstrated by the class of 2016 who had a 100% job and advanced-education placement rate. Graduate Hillary Fay was recently promoted to Customer Manager at Vetriscience Laboratories in Essex Junction, VT. Megan Jenks works as a surgery technician at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY, Sarah Roche is a Quarter Horse All-Around trainer at Macan Farms in Kansas City, MO, and Lindsy Danforth is a Trainer at Prince Charles Enterprises in South Windsor, CT, home to world-class Appaloosas. Students are supported by faculty and staff committed to their success both in the classroom and the equine industry at large. In addition to academics, Vermont Tech boasts an Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Team. The goal of the IDA is to promote the sport of dressage and quality horsemanship through competition and educational opportunities. The team helps students improve their skills in dressage, while enhancing teamwork, leadership, and sportsmanship. Topics in the Equine Studies program include: Equine anatomy, health, and diseases; Nutrition; Training: beginning and advanced; Riding instruction; and Equine massage and lameness. To learn more, visit the program website at equinestudies.

Delaware Valley University DELVAL.EDU DELAWARE VALLEY UNIVERSITY OFFERS DEGREES in Equine Management and Equine Science, with specializations in Instruction & Training, Business, Media & Communications, and Breeding, and also pre-veterinary options and equine minors. Equine Science and Management students “learn by doing”; the university has an on-campus Equestrian Center with indoor and outdoor riding arenas and a field hunter course, as well as an on-campus Breeding Center where students can gain hands-on experience in preparation for the industry. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a semester exchange program with Hartpury College in England, which is home to a premier British Horse Society equestrian facility. At DelVal, students of all majors can compete on the hunt seat, dressage, and/or western teams. The hunt seat and dressage teams ride at the on-campus Equestrian Center, just a short walk from the residence halls, on the university-owned and leased school horses. The DelVal equine faculty and coaches have a thorough understanding and appreciation of intercollegiate riding and remain connected to the equine industry. An Equine Management senior who rides on the hunt seat and western teams says, “The biggest lesson I’ve learned from being on DelVal’s teams is that you have to work together to achieve a common goal. Riding is viewed as an individual sport, but when you ride on our team at DelVal,

it’s all about working together for the team’s success.” In addition to the competitive teams, DelVal students can join the Equine Club, Vaulting Club, and various other clubs on campus.

Lake Erie College LEC.EDU/EQUESTRIAN LAKE ERIE COLLEGE’S SCHOOL OF EQUINE STUDIES offers students opportunities to embark on a four-year journey that combines the classroom with the experiential learning opportunities necessary to develop well-rounded equestrians. The opportunities that we have available to our students do not just end in the classroom. We offer premier and highly respectable internships, competitive teams in hunt seat, western, and dressage and the opportunity to compete on a school horse at our rated and unrated shows. Lake Erie College owns approximately 50 high quality school horses from beginner through advanced levels. We provide training in hunters, jumpers, and dressage with an expanding western program. Experiential learning is a key component of our program. Our liberal arts based foundation encourages our students to think outside the box in all aspects of their careers and our alumni constantly reiterate this through their success in the industry. Our methods and materials of teaching riding courses have helped provide our teacher/trainer majors with the skill set to become highly successful professionals including Grand Prix riders and trainers. The more business-oriented majors in facility management, equine entrepreneurship, and therapeutic horsemanship will equip students with the tools for success by encouraging the creativity and critical thinking necessary to develop their niche in the industry and pursue their dreams. Our program has produced IHSA and IEA coaches, pharmaceutical sales reps, equine-based graphic designers, veterinarians, therapeutic program director, and more. Whether you are embarking on a career or riding for sport, your journey begins here.

Bethany BETHANYWV.EDU YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK. AND THAT’S WHAT Liberal Arts at Bethany teaches you to do. A broad spectrum of courses and professors who are passionate will do that, each in their own way. So at the end of four years, you’ll have a pretty good idea of who you are as a thinker, a problem-solver, and as a person. Bethany was founded March 2, 1840 and for more than 175 years, has been a highly contemporary institution based in the tradition of the liberal arts. The College’s program of classical liberal arts education prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance. Central to this broad purpose is providing a liberal arts education for students, including the preparation of professionals, in an atmosphere of study, work, and service. Bethany College is an academic community founded on the close interaction between students and faculty in the March 2017


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION | ANNUAL YOUTH ISSUE educational process. We have professors who love and respect what you do, and are passionate about teaching and learning, which form the mission of Bethany College. Bethany College’s Equine Studies Program offers students the chance to major in equine management and pre-veterinary medicine as well as an equine studies minor and an equine-facilitated therapy certificate program. The Bethany Equestrian Club, housed at Oglebay Stables at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, offers competitive riding opportunities for College students in three divisions—hunt seat, dressage, and western.

The Carriage Barn CARRIAGE-BARN.ORG EVERYONE NEEDS A NURTURING ENVIRONMENT. We grow best when truly professional staff engage us in challenging and productive experiences. The Carriage Barn programs are custom designed for youth groups, such as 4-H, Girl Scouts, volunteer groups, as well as internships for graduate students. Our horses and humans all want youth and adult learners to learn and enjoy our peaceful surroundings. Art therapy classes paint and color everything. How many handprints can you find on a Haflinger? Come and count. All children take turns driving ponies and horses put to both antique and new vehicles. We drive through cones and obstacles, around the fields and indoor arena. Everyone designs and times their efforts. The Senior drivers Sunday morning groups started five years ago as a one month adult education program. The course continues each week, sleighing, snow tubing, visiting collections of antique carriages, and collection maintenance. Adaptive carriages are retrofitted for profoundly challenged students. We encourage towns and cities to let us “grease their wheels.” New this summer, children with sensory issues will develop virtual birthday parties using carriage driving horses and special horse drawn carts. Imagination thrives on diversity. Students write stories interpreting horse/human insights, including evolution, history, and transportation, For the last 20 years, The Carriage Barn unconditionally accepted you and your family. Our reputation grows with each smile. Today we are nationally acknowledged as a premier equine/human learning center. You will love carriage horses and they will love you back.

Wilson College WILSON.EDU IF YOU LOVE HORSES, YOU’LL LOVE WILSON College. Choose from majors in equestrian studies or veterinary care: Equestrian Studies, with concentrations in equine management or equestrian management; Equine-Facilitated Therapeutics; Equine Journalism; and Veterinary Medical Technology, with a concentration in equi-assist. Wilson College has a state-of-the-art equestrian center 106 EQUINE


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right on campus and offers students the opportunity to participate in equestrian club sports and/or equestrianrelated student organizations. Regardless of your major, equitation courses are available for all students. Wilson students also enjoy convenient horse boarding at the on-campus equestrian center. Our academic environment features a collaborative culture and an incredible level of access and interaction with professors dedicated to teaching. Personal mentoring from faculty committed to your academic goals prepares you for success in jobs or graduate school. Wilson strives to create an open, welcoming community that allows you to explore your interests, gain new experiences and continue learning beyond the classroom. You’ll graduate from Wilson ready to make a difference in your career and community. Wilson is committed to providing you with an affordable education that offers real value. The College has not increased tuition for seven straight years and even lowered the cost by $5,000 recently. Our student loan buyback program allows you the opportunity to earn up to $10,000 toward your federal student loans, helping to reduce your commitments after Wilson. Find out more today!

Midway University MIDWAY.EDU IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING TURNING YOUR PASSION into your career, Midway University’s Equine Studies program can make it happen. Our campus is located amid the rolling hills of Central Kentucky’s horse country and is close to boarding and breeding operations, sales and racing, equine association headquarters, therapy centers, animal health and pharmaceutical companies, and renowned veterinary practices. This proximity to the epicenter of the equine industry, combined with a working horse farm on campus, gives students the opportunity to achieve true hands-on learning and put their education into practice. The Equine Studies program at Midway University prepares students with the essential skills they need to enter the broad equine industry or prepare for graduate school after completing a Bachelor of Science. Students have opportunities throughout the program to work with a variety of breeds and to perform various tasks in assisting with and managing our farm and herd. Students learn basic horse-handling techniques as well as barn and farm management principles and practices. Through academic preparation in theories and methods of equine characteristics and needs, students in the program will acquire the basis on which to make decisions affecting horse care. Following graduation, our students will have the skills the horse industry wants and needs. They will be able to implement equine management practices, identify and evaluate equine anatomy and physiology and use that knowledge to form a feeding strategy, and use emerging technologies related to the global equine industry. Visit our website to learn more about the opportunities that await.

ANNUAL YOUTH ISSUE | SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Cazenovia College CAZENOVIA.EDU THIS SMALL, INDEPENDENT, CO-EDUCATIONAL college, located in Cazenovia, NY, offers a comprehensive liberal arts and professional studies education. While small in size, it has a big reputation. U.S. News & World Report has consistently named Cazenovia College one of “America’s Best Colleges” and a “Best Value.” Cazenovia College focuses on providing real life learning for real life success. Small class sizes allow for individualized, hands-on learning experiences, and outside the classroom, students gain real-life experience through internships. In fact, 95% of Cazenovia students complete at least one internship in their chosen field. The result is 98% of recent graduates reported being employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months. The College’s 240-acre Equine Education Center is home to the nationally recognized, IACBE accredited, Equine Business Management specialization and Intercollegiate Equestrian Team. The equine program is designed for students interested in the organizational, management, and commercial aspects of the equine industry, as well as students interested in advanced horse care, breeding, and stable management. In addition to their impressive academics program, the Cazenovia College Equestrian Team is one of the best in the region, with a long history of success at intercollegiate and rated competition in hunter seat, western horsemanship, reining, and dressage. They offer the chance to compete in IHSA and IDA sanctioned events. The impressive equine facility has over 70 horses, as well as a large, heated indoor arena, multiple grass and sand outdoor riding areas, and turnout paddocks. Visit for more information.

Albion College ALBION.EDU A TOP COLLEGE EDUCATION AND AN EQUALLYimpressive collegiate equestrian program can be hard to find sometimes, but Albion College (Albion, Michigan) offers both to its students. Recently ranked number 65 by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education on the list of the country’s best liberal arts colleges and boasting a 340-acre on-campus equestrian center, Albion is making a name for itself as a college for serious students and serious riders. It surprises many that, with such a large investment in its 340-acre Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center (with stabling for 79 horses and an indoor arena spanning 125' x 410'), Albion offers no equine-specific majors—but this is by design and means that all students receive a wellbalanced liberal arts education. What’s more, the lack of an equine major hasn’t prevented alumni from finding jobs within the equine industry. From veterinarians to equine attorneys and professional trainers, Albion students can choose an equine-centered career path or continue to ride as amateurs while pursuing careers as dentists, accountants, teachers, and everything in between.

Regardless of a student’s future goals, academics take priority at Albion, with all riding lessons scheduled around classes and individualized training plans available. Opportunities to learn from and shadow visiting trainers, veterinarians, nutritionists, judges, and other professionals in the equine industry are plentiful and students are encouraged to forge their own educational paths as part of the overall liberal arts experience. Schedule a tour of the campus and equestrian center at

Morrisville State College MORRISVILLE.EDU FOUNDED IN 1908 AS A COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE and technology, Morrisville State College joined the State University of New York in 1948. Located in scenic Central New York, Morrisville is a model of innovative, applied education—a place where students start building exciting careers through real-world experiences. Action-oriented learning labs, and true-to-life facilities—many of which are rare or one-of-a-kind in higher education—allow students to engage in ways that go beyond the traditional classroom environment. Morrisville’s 3,000 students, who hail from diverse backgrounds across the state and around the globe, choose from more than 80 associate and bachelor degree programs that embrace agriculture, technology, business, social sciences and the liberal arts. Morrisville State College offers a bachelor of technology degree in equine science and two associate degrees in equine racing management and equine science and management. The diverse equine science curriculum includes specializations in breeding, western, hunt seat, draft/driving, Thoroughbred racing, Standardbred racing, business, and equine rehabilitation therapy. Lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs, the college was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The college was also ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2017 issue and was recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2017 rankings. Additionally, an internship program that prepares students for success in the 21st century workplace was ranked among the top six in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit

Johnson & Wales University JWU.EDU PURSUE YOUR DREAM OF AN EQUINE CAREER WITH Johnson & Wales University. Major in Equine Science or Equine Business Management (riding or non-riding) to prepare for employment as a highly sought-after professional in the industry. Benefit from faculty with a broad range of experiences and expertise. Build your CV by applying for one of the many internship opportunities. Study abroad at the Westphalian Riding and Driving Center in Germany. Enjoy the spacious facility March 2017


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION | ANNUAL YOUTH ISSUE in a picturesque setting. Realize your competitive riding potential with the National Champion IDA Dressage Team or the IHSA Hunt Seat Team, which consistently boasts top ten individual national finalists. Join the growing list of successful graduates in the equine field. Contact us for more information and to schedule a tour.

Harmony Horse Stables HARMONYHORSESTABLES.COM BY SUSAN WINSLOW HARMONY HORSE STABLES IN LITTLETON, MA, IS an award-winning, full service facility just 30 minutes west of Boston. Harmony Horse Stables offers boarding, lessons, leases, training, clinics, and sales in a warm, friendly atmosphere. They offer instruction in English disciplines including dressage, equitation, hunter/ jumper, and eventing. The Cecere family has put together a team of top notch licensed instructors who will work with each individual to help them develop and meet their goals. Owner Kathryn Cecere is a life-long horsewoman who changed careers to follow her passion for teaching and horses. She says, “We have a very friendly, experienced, supportive staff and we offer a top-quality education here, based on safety, knowledge, and fun.” Riders of all ages and levels have the opportunity to learn, develop new skills, or pursue their competition goals in a family-friendly environment. This year, Kathryn has started the Adult Equestrian Athlete’s Club, welcoming first time riders up to serious competitors who want to combine goal setting, exercise, and horses in a sociable, supportive atmosphere. Harmony Horse Stables has earned the honor of “Horse Farm of Distinction” from the state of Massachusetts for 19 years running. Amenities for both riders and their families are first class. The observation room has a huge flat screen television for movies and lesson review, vending machines, and a computer station with wireless internet. Riders can enjoy the expansive 72'x 160' indoor arena, the 80' x 160' outdoor arena or the 145' x 225' jumping arena. There are two heated tack rooms, including individual lockers in the boarder’s tack room. The farm has 27 roomy matted stalls and paddocks with run-in sheds and two outdoor wash stalls. Visit them on Facebook or their website, or call 978-486-8360.

United States Hunter Jumper Association USHJA.ORG HAVE YOU SET YOUR EQUESTRIAN GOALS? Setting or adjusting goals is an important part of every rider’s year—whether that goal is education, earning a year-end award or perhaps making it to a special championship. The USHJA has programs for riders at virtually every level of their career. For those focused on educational opportunities, the USHJA Directory of Clinics is a wonderful resource to identify local clinics. For equestrians under the 108 EQUINE


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age of 21, the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge, presented by The Plaid Horse, offers an exciting online quiz experience that culminates in HQC Nationals for 24 of the top-scoring participants, featuring written and practicum exams with a chance to win educational grants and other great prizes. The USHJA Emerging Athletes Program, presented by Dover Saddlery, is also for riders under the age of 21 and tailored for those who are proficient at a 1.10 jumper-style course. For those looking for competitive opportunities, the USHJA offers team and individual championships for competitors in the Children’s and Adult Amateur Hunters, Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumpers, 1.20/1.25m Junior/Amateur Jumpers, and 1.30/1.35m Junior/Amateur Jumpers, as well as offerings for 3’0” or 3’3” Green Hunter Incentive competitors, International Hunter Derby competitors and more. USHJA also offers numerous Zone Horse of the Year and Stirrup Cup Championships depending upon where a rider competes. The USHJA and USHJA Foundation also offer equestrian grants and scholarships to help riders achieve their dreams. Whatever your goals, visit to see how the USHJA can help you reach them.

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Basset Hill Farm COURTNEY CONGER . $929,000

Marvelous 42 acre farm provides total privacy with coastal Bermuda fields and miles of riding trails. Delightful stone cottage has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Includes 4-stall center aisle barn, 14 acres of board fenced pastures, 5 run-in sheds, schooling ring with dressage arena, jump field, cross country course and large equipment barn. Ride on miles of trails.

Custom home features exposed beams, fireplace, high ceilings and heart pine floors. Updated kitchen has custom cabinets, granite counter tops and all appliances. Includes salt water pool, 4-stall barn, paddocks, 2 run-in sheds and equipment shed on 24.34 acres in Aiken’s equestrian corridor.

Exceptional equestrian estate in historic Ridge Spring features grand main residence with 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths encompassing 9200 square feet, 22-stall barn, sparkling pool and outdoor kitchen on 31.64 acres. Outdoor arena/track, 4stall brood mare barn, dressage arena, fenced pastures, round pen.

Fire Light Farm FRANK STARCHER or JACK ROTH . $825,000

Perfect turn-key horse property in Three Runs Plantation. Custom home with wood & tile floors has 3 bedrooms/2 baths on main floor, and full in-law suite upstairs with kitchen and bath. The barn has 4 stalls and apartment with full bath. Includes generator, heated saltwater pool, 3-bay garage, fenced grass paddocks on 5 acres.

Live Oak Farm . $399,000


Pony Up Farm

MIKE HOSANG or BRIAN CAVANAUGH . $599,000 Turnkey horse farm includes 33.55 acres, and is suitable for multiple equestrian uses - polo, hunter, jumper/western eventing. 10 minutes to Stableview Training Center. 3 BR, 2 BA custom residence featuring high ceilings and an approximately 396 square foot groom's apartment attached to barn. For horses, there are 16 stalls, plenty of grass pastures, run-ins, round pen, equipment shed, laundry, tack, feed rooms.

Surrounded by horse trails, this 33 acre farm offers a 2 bedroom huntbox with high ceilings and concrete floors. Under the new metal roof are a finished tack room, 4 large stalls, hay and equipment storage areas and large covered overhang for additional stalls or storage. Included are 3 paddocks with water and grass arena.

The Gamekeepers Lodge COURTNEY CONGER or RANDY WOLCOTT . $1,495,000

Exquisite 5-bedroom brick Georgian residence, 3-bay garage with apartment, sparkling salt water pool, gazebo with pool bath, 7-stall European style brick stable on 4 board fenced acres bordering the Hitchcock Woods, Aiken’s 2100-acre riding reserve with over 65 miles of sandy trails.

New Bridge Polo Stables Call COURTNEY CONGER . $1,300,000

This beautifully constructed center aisle barn on 22.47 acres overlooking polo field offers 18 large, matted stalls, wash stall, spacious tack room/lounge combo, 2 bunk rooms, laundry room and full bath. There is also an 1800 square foot, insulated equipment shed and 13 four-board fenced paddocks and pastures. Amenities include riding trails, clubhouse and pool. May be purchased in conjunction with charming 4bedroom bungalow located across the polo field and offered at $575,000 (see below).

Twin Lanes Farm Call JACK ROTH . $799,000

New Bridge Bungalow . $575,000


Comfort and craftsmanship are the hallmarks of this delightful bungalow. The 2929 square foot cottage features open floor plan with cathedral ceilings, wood floors and window walls overlooking polo field. Great room with stone fireplace, custom kitchen, formal dining room, 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. May be purchased in conjunction with 18stall stables on 22 acres across the polo field.

Beautifully landscaped meticulously maintained home with miles of trails and arenas in Fox Hollow equestrian development. Over 7.3 acres with established grass, chef's kitchen, 2 fireplaces, high ceilings and heart pine floors throughout. Shed row barn has 3 stalls with mats, heated & cooled tack room, hay & equipment storage, wash stall with hot & cold water, all fenced with in ground pool.

Cowdray Park


Custom built 3 bedroom/3 bath main residence has 2536 square feet of luxury living space with attached 2-bay garage. Separate 1062 square foot guest cottage has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, all on 8.5 acres in Cowdray Park equestrian center. Distinctive details include hardwood and travertine marble flooring, crown molding, coffered ceilings, quality fixtures, gourmet kitchen and gas fireplace.

Courtney Conger Randy Wolcott 803.645.3308 803.507.1142 Melissa Major, BIC Thomas Bossard 803.648.8660 803.640.2845

Hickory Hill Farm THOMAS BOSSARD . $699,000

Beautiful 21 acre horse farm with 3 bedroom, 3 bath farm house in Chime Bell Chase equestrian community. 5-stall center aisle barn with tack room, 3 fenced paddocks with run in sheds. Community amenities include trails, riding rings and professionally designed cross country course. Additional acreage available.

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