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Canine Good Citizens Etiquette tips for dog owners at horse shows. By CHrisTina Keim
features 38 On the Grid The benefits of gridwork. By Terisé COle
44 Happy Trails Tips for staying safe on the trail. By Jane CarlTOn
Photo: AK DrAgoo PhotogrPAhy
Get your horse ready to hit the trails with gear from this month’s Prepurchase Exam on page 32.
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departments 14 Editor’s Note 18 The In-Gate 20 Best of July 25 Points of Interest 30 Fun Facts 32 Prepurchase Exam 34 Instructor’s Notebook
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61 Industry Wide News 65 Industry Wide Affiliates 69 Foxhunting 71 Hunter/Jumper 75 Eventing 78 Dressage 80 Driving 83 Western 85 Breed Affiliates
tail end 88 Real Estate 90 Marketplace 91 Directories 96 Last Glance
73 Beat Mändli and Simba won the
$131,000 Empire State Grand Prix CSI3* at Old Salem Farm.
76 Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST finished in second for the first time in three years at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.
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What are your summer plans with your pooch? executive editor/general manager
Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride Taking Bella to New Hampshire and lots of walks!
Kelly Lee Brady senior editor
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Head Outside Whether you’re an active competitor or simply a pleasure rider, meandering down a wooded path on the back of your favorite horse may be one of the best parts of summer. Taking a break and heading outside the ring is what helped inspire this year’s trail issue. An important aspect of trail riding is safety. Because it involves venturing beyond a fenced-in area, and because horses are unpredictable, Jane Carlton spoke to seasoned trail riders about staying safe while exploring. Before you head out, visit page 44 for some quick tips for an amazing ride. While you do need to be in the ring for this, you can step outside your comfort zone by incorporating gridwork into your training schedule. In “On the Grid” on page 38, two trainers discuss how to get started, the benefits of grid exercises, and a few of their favorite set ups. Another four-legged friend that often wanders outside the ring is man’s best friend—dogs! It isn’t uncommon to see equines and canines in the same place, but keeping the latter out of trouble at events can be tough. “Canine Good Citizens” on page 48 covers proper etiquette for your dog while attending a horse show, including six rules every pupowner should follow. We hope you enjoy this year’s annual trail issue. Happy trails!
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4th Independence Day Take a day off from the barn to celebrate the country’s independence with some barbecue and fireworks.
4th - August 12th Great Lakes Equestrian Festival This festival will feature six consecutive weeks of world-class hunter and jumper competition, including CSI2* and CSI3* grand prix events, in Traverse City, MI.
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bits & pieces POINTS OF INTEREST
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Former steeplechase jockey and all around horse enthusiast Sasscer Hill is back at it again with another heartstopping mystery. Once again, Hill leads readers through the mysterious life of Fia McKee, whom we met in Hill’s previous read, Flamingo Road. The Baltimore cop is back on the trail—better yet, the track—to discover that her assignment to prove crooked racing methods, is only leading her into a deeper, more dangerous mystery. BOTTOM LINE: Mystery and horse lovers alike will appreciate this nail-biting thriller.
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Safe Sport The American Horse Council (AHC) announced the adoption of a Safe Sport Code of Practice. As part of the new Code of Practice unanimously endorsed by the AHC Board of Trustees, the American Horse Council and its members are: • Committed to contributing to an environment, which makes participation a positive and rewarding experience. • Committed to creating and maintaining a community where all persons who participate in equine related programs and activities can work, learn, and compete in an atmosphere free of all forms of emotional, physical, and sexual harassment and misconduct. • Committed to protecting the rights, safety, dignity, and well being of the persons involved in all aspects of our industry, thus condemning all forms of harassment regardless of whether it is based on age, ethnicity, race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or marital status. • Committed to providing just treatment in cases of disputes and that there are proper and accessible mechanisms that are available in a timely manner to resolve disputed issues through due process. “The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have further brought to light the importance of maintaining a safe environment for all, and the equine industry is no exception to this,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. The entire code can be viewed on the AHC website.
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“Alexa, what’s the news?” Have an Amazon Echo? Now you can stay up to date with the equestrian world with a simple call of “what’s the news?” Phelps Sports announced the release of a new skill for Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices, Equestrian News. By connecting to the Equestrian News skill, users will be able to have access to the latest high performance equestrian news and the device will update them daily on the latest equestrian news that Phelps Sports reports.
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bits & pieces FUN FACTS Fun Facts about the Vermont Summer Festival
Vermont Summer Festival By Terisé Cole
» A horse show thAt originAlly stArted in the pArking lot of the Killington Ski Resort in Killington, VT, the Vermont Summer Festival is now held at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT, and will be celebrating its 25th year in 2018.
» The event is part of the East Conference of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. John Ammerman, the Festival’s manager, is also a member of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and was inducted in 2011.
» In 2017, Matt Mettell of Wellington, FL, won his first grand prix aboard Donchalant in the $30,000 Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix, and then sent on to win two more during the second and final weeks.
» A group of the world’s top course designers have been invited to set the tracks for this year’s event, including 2018 World Equestrian Games Course Designer Alan Wade, Paul
» Originally only five weeks long, 2007 was the first year the
Jewell, Manuel Esparza, Michel Vaillancourt, Ken Krome, and
Festival expanded to six weeks.
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» The Festival is considered New England’s largest hunter/ jumper competition and the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont, with more than $750,000 in prize money.
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bits & pieces PREPURCHASE EXAM
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1. Cashel Quiet Ride Fly Mask For some horses, just a fly bonnet isn’t enough when riding. Enter, Cashel’s Quiet Ride Fly Mask. Made of a fine nylon mesh that is softer and more flexible than a traditional fly mask, this protective piece was made with your horse’s comfort in mind. The ears are made of a breathable micromesh to block bugs, and the mask is edged in a soft fleece so there is no worries of rubs. Our tester’s gelding isn’t afraid to shake his head at the sight of a fly, often making trail rides more stressful than fun, but this mask kept him happy and his face free of pests on even the buggiest of days. Buy iT: cashelcompany.com; $25.99
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An important aspect of trail riding is staying visible—especially during hunting season— and this bright orange exercise sheet is the perfect piece to keep you noticeable on the trail. The Equi-Flector Exercise Sheet features reflective strips on both sides and the tail flap, so you’ll be visible from all angles. Unsure of how hot a sheet would be in the summer, our tester was happy to find the fabric to be a fine, lightweight, and breathable mesh that didn’t trap in warmth. At an affordable price and in a range of sizes, this exercise sheet is a musthave for anyone hitting the trails. Buy iT: shop.shiresequestrian.com; $47.99 Non-profit organizations can contact email@example.com to request an item from EJ’s Tack Trunk.
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bits & pieces INSTRUCTOR’S NOTEBOOK First in a three-part training series
Attention Versus Intention in Carriage Driving
Drivers should focus on what the next step is, not what the horse is currently doing.
“The mosT imporTanT elemenT a sTudenT can bring to one of my clinics,” says andy marcoux, american driving society, inc. judge and trainer, “is a willingness to make mistakes. rest assured, i’ve bombed in far more dressage tests than you, broken more tack than you, used more wrong aids; in fact, i’ve taken making a mistake to all time epic levels! i guarantee it.” That sums up much of andy marcoux’s philosophy on learning the sport of carriage driving. as a recognized “r” judge for the american driving society, inc., andy judges throughout the united states and Canada at Combined driving events and Trials. he’s been professionally training horses of all breeds for over 20 years and has held positions as coachman and trainer throughout the u.s. in 1997, andy returned to new england to create Coachman’s delight, inc., Training and instruction for the sport of Carriage driving. he loves teaching, coaching, and sharing the skills he’s learned with his 34
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students. “so often when i’m teaching,” says marcoux, “students have very specific problems they’d like to work on. They tell me their horse won’t counterbend or he’s bending left when he should be bending right going into a turn. most of these common challenges boil down to a problem with attention versus intention.” as marcoux points out, carriage driving is very different than riding. “When you drive a horse versus riding a horse, you’ve essentially lost two thirds of the communication channels—you have 60% fewer aids, so what you do with your hands and the bridle becomes vastly more important. You need a sophisticated set of aids through the whip and voice. it’s that difference that is often very challenging for those new to carriage driving. students fear that loss of connection, but by thinking about attention versus intention, we can rekindle that connection.” When driving horses, marcoux says, it’s hard not to focus solely on the horse. “There he is, right out in front of us. of course, our attention naturally lands on the horse. it’s hard not to be distracted by what he’s doing in that moment. The problem with this approach is that we begin to treat the horse as if he’s a marionette puppet and we’re controlling him with strings. in other words, we’re acting on what we see happening between the shafts, but what is happening right now is a result of what happened 20 meters ago. instead, i ask students to focus on the future, or what i call ‘intention.’” marcoux maintains that this is far from just a philosophical ideal. “i’ll tell you that
when students get this in a clinic, it’s truly a jaw-dropping moment. not only does the participant feel the tremendous difference, but the auditors see it as well. it is a very important early concept for success as a driver.” “so, often, we tend to look for a complex answer to driving challenges,” says marcoux, “when the answer is just staring us in the face. if you practice the concept of attention versus intention, your nervous system will find a way to focus on the next movement.” To further illustrate, andy asks students to imagine he is teaching them to swim. “lets say you get into the water and you know nothing. if i put a headset on you and walk you through the steps: kick your right leg, kick your left leg, move your right arm over your head, now push it forward, take a breath, etc., more than likely, you’d drown! This is often what we expect of our horses when we focus our attention on what is happening between the shafts.” marcoux reminds students that successful drivers learn to take mistakes lightly. “The only way you will be successful in carriage driving is to learn to go easy on yourself. i’ve excelled at this sport because of my mistakes, not in spite of them. allow yourself the freedom to do it wrong. it’s all part of the journey. after all, students in my clinics have obviously been successful somewhere else in their life or they wouldn’t have the resources to purchase a horse, the equipment, and attend a clinic.” “it’s tough being a beginner for many people, including myself. a few years ago, i felt i needed to return to that beginner’s mind so that i could better understand how vulnerable my students sometimes felt. i took up the sport of skydiving. i’ll tell you, it was tough being a beginner all over again, but it gave me insight to how my students feel when learning to drive. I might feel very confident, but they do not,” marcoux explains. marcoux believes that our horses are trying very hard to understand and offer whatever it is we ask of them. “i use the fundamentals of dressage as a basis for sound body mechanics in driving and riding. When we also develop the tools of communication through the reins, our intention becomes clear. This makes for a calm and confident horse and a lot of fun for the driver.”
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It is important to set the grid to your horse’s striding and ability.
tool for addressing many problems horses and riders face, gridwork and gymnastic exercises consisting of precisely placed poles and jumps are a common sight in a hunter/jumper’s arena. We spoke to trainers Lexie Lohrer of Wildwood Farm in Westford, MA, and Meredith Stimson-O’Connell of Madison Show Stables in Merrimac, MA, on how to begin using such exercises and their benefits. So, what is gridwork? In short, it is an exercise made up of a line of poles and jumps spaced at different intervals. Because the arrangement is fully customizable in terms of ground poles, raised poles, small jumps, and large jumps as well as the distances between each obstacle, how a person sets the course determines what can be worked on over the grid.
Setting the grid Before setting up a grid, make sure you have a measuring tape on hand. Ponies and horses have different striding, so it is essential to set the exercise correctly for your horse’s specific stride length. “The most important thing to remember when working a grid exercise is that measurement is key,” says Lexie, noting that setting a grid for one horse doesn’t necessarily mean it is correctly set for another. Because grids aren’t foolproof, our experts agree that it is also important to begin using a grid with a professional before heading off on your own. “Improperly setting a gymnastic [line] can ruin the confidence or even injure a horse or rider. Always, always work with a professional,” warns Meredith. “You want to be careful not to over-face horse or rider by setting the exercise improperly or too difficult.” As with all new things, it is important to start small. A long line of jumps can be overwhelming to horses and riders at first, so begin with a few simple set ups before (quite literally) jumping in. “It’s not necessary to have six jumps in a row or even six poles in a row right from the get go. You can start as simply as two or three trot poles, and then two or three canter poles, eventually moving up to small cavaletti, and then jumping,” explains Lexie, who advises gradually increasing the difficulty. “Make sure your horse is used to the formation before jumping through the whole thing by building it up jump by jump. Starting
small and working your way up is vital for success.” “The best way to introduce gridwork to a horse or rider is to work with a professional and start simple, low, and with no questions in the distance between fences. As the skill level raises, so can the fence height and technicality and adjustability,” adds Meredith. Although the set up varies, Lexie recommends keeping the beginning of the line simple and then increasing the difficulty as the line continues. “I always set jumping grids one jump at a time, building them up slowly so you are jumping the first jump to a pole, then two jumps to a pole, and so on and so forth,” she explains. “This helps the horse understand what is coming without over-facing them.” Both experts warn to not use gridwork too much, as the exercises may be physically and mentally tasking for both parties. “You must remember, when working with a gymnastic, there are several jumps in a row, so every time you jump one gymnastic line, you are jumping several jumps,” cautions Meredith, who prefers to keep the training sessions relatively short and sweet as not to overdo it. “Drilling any exercise can be detrimental to your horse. You wouldn’t go to the gym and do leg day every day, so you don’t want to school a grid every day,” adds Lexie.
the BenefitS Incorporating grid exercises into a lesson or training session can be beneficial for horses or riders, depending on different aspects of the layout. Modification of the July 2018
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obstacles and their spacing allows the grid to help the horse or rider focus on different aspects of their riding. Lexie cites some examples that she uses in her training for horses with different needs, “If I am trying to help a horse be more comfortable jumping larger fences or pacing themselves in between fences, I find grids to be very beneficial as they are set to the horse’s stride and ensure correct take off points. If I need my horse to be better at collecting, I’ll set shorter exercises. If my horse is lazy and doesn’t like to push across the jumps, I may set the exercises longer to encourage lengthening.” “Incorporating gridwork into your riding really helps horses develop the ability to balance themselves and measure their strides on their own without the help of the rider,” Lexie adds. “For young horses as well as more experienced ones, it can help them get out of sticky situations while on course, as well as pacing themselves consistently. Grids can also benefit a horse’s strength in their hind end and develop their topline, much like squats or similar strengthening exercises for people.” From greenies to old pros, Meredith also finds gridwork to benefit horses of
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When starting to use grids, do so under the guidance of a professional.
Every trainer has a preferred exercise that they love to use when the time is right. Here, Lexie explains her favored set up and why it benefits both horse and rider: “My personal favorite grid exercise is a curved line of canter bounce poles or bounce cavaletti, usually set on the short ends of the arena. This exercise is extremely beneficial for the horse because it teaches them to rock back and engage their hind end. It’s also a good way to make sure you’re regulating your horse’s stride and have the correct impulsion. If they seem close, your horse may be strung out or moving too quickly, whereas if they seem far apart, your horse may be behind your leg and lacking pace.” “This is also a great exercise for riders for a number of reasons. Because the poles are set
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close together, it helps the rider not overuse their upper body, as you can hurry the horse through them when throwing your shoulders up your horse’s neck. It also helps the rider judge distances and not get too far ahead of themselves. I always tell my riders to focus on the first pole of the combination and not get distracted by the appearance of many jumps in a row.” “The curve in the exercise is beneficial for the rider as well, because it forces them to be aware of their track at all times. If you allow your horse to drift in, the poles will be too close together. If you allow your horse to bulge out, the poles will be too far apart. Sometimes riders are unaware of their horse drifting through their inside or outside leg, so this exercise can help them readjust their aids to help keep their horses straight throughout the corners.” 42
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all experience levels. “It can help your experienced or green horse with consistency in a quality jump, fitness, straightness, and confidence. For green horses, the exercise should be set simple, low, and straight-forward. For the more experienced horse, the distances can vary a little so horse and rider will be confident riding longer or shorter distances.” For riders, gridwork is all about perfecting your current skills, as most riders utilizing the exercise are already experienced over fences. Because a grid is often set up for a horse to jump through with minimal support from the rider, Lexie finds them to be a great way for riders to fine-tune their position. “Riders can practice different kinds of releases, tune their balance, and learn to get a better feel of their horse’s jump. Grids are also specifically a good exercise to strengthen riders’ positions over fences without stirrups,” she explains. Most importantly, gridwork is supposed to be a fun way to change up your training sessions. Whether you are looking to improve your horse’s pace or perfect your position, the exercises that can be set will improve your ride outside of the grid. Lexie says, “It is never about how impressive or high you go, but more about subtle changes in the horse and rider that you can incorporate into your course work in the long run.”
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Happy Trails Top safety Tips for an awesome Trail ride By Jane CarlTon; pHoTos By Carien sCHippers
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Before setting off to ride, be sure all your tack is in good working order.
Is there any better way to enjoy the great outdoors than from a horse’s back? Trail riding combines the beauty of nature with the love of riding, so it’s little wonder that summer and fall in New England are the top times to hit the trails. But before you saddle up, it’s smart to double and triple check that you’re following the best safety practices to ensure a great trip for both you and your horse.
PREP YOUR HORSE It’s pretty hard to go on a trail ride without a horse (otherwise isn’t it just a hike?). And in order to be safe on the trails, you want to be sure your partner is up to the task. For Annamaria Paul, who rides with the Bay State Trail Riders Association, the most important command a horse should know on the trail is “whoa.” “You want to have a horse that’s going to stop when you ask it to,” she explains. “You don’t want a horse that’s going to take off when all the other horses take off—you want to always be able to have that control.” It’s no secret that horses are flight versus fight animals, and trails come rife with possible spooky situations. To be sure a trail ride is safe and fun for both you and your horse, you want to have exposed your horse to different things before you go out on the trail, Annamaria says. “We often cross bridges and water, so there’s things you can do to train the horse,” she adds. Familiarizing horses to common sights on the trail can start at home, though many people will pony their horse—bring it along with another, more experienced horse—out on the trails to experience things first-hand.
PACK IT UP Whether you’re planning to spend hours or days on the trails, it’s imperative to pack the right gear for the trip to stay safe. One essential safety item is always smart to pack. “I keep a small emergency kit in my saddle bag,” says Patti Crowther, who rides with the Connecticut Trail Rides Association. Tucked inside,
Patti keeps the first-aid basics, along with a roll of vet wrap, gauze, and simple human band-aids. “I also keep Benadryl tablets to administer to a horse or rider in the event of confronting a bee’s nest,” she says. Other safety essentials you want on hand, Annamaria says, include an extra halter, an extra pair of reins, a knife, and any things like extra bug spray or fly spray. These are the types of things you don’t think you need until the day comes that you do, she adds. In the age of technology, everybody has a cell phone—so don’t leave yours behind. “Keep the phone on your body, not in the saddle bag,” Annamaria advises. “If something happens and you end up dismounting, you want the phone with you—not the horse.” To ensure your phone won’t run out of juice, a portable or solar battery charger is always a good idea. If you decide to hit the trails solo, it’s always good practice to let someone know where you’ll be going and when you’re expected to return. That way, if something goes awry, they’ll know to be on alert. Before setting off to ride, be sure all your tack is in good working order and fits appropriately, Patti says. “Someone was checking their tack before a ride recently and one of the Chicago screws on her bridle was loose,” Annamaria adds. “The last thing you want to do on the trail is get out there and lose a screw on your bridle and not have a way to control your horse.”
BE AWARE High up on the list of safety musts is to always be aware of the distance between you and the horse in front of you. “You want to keep at least a horse’s distance between you and another horse, because horses do kick,” says Annamaria. You want to also be aware of what the horse in front of you is doing and make sure to track body language, Annamaria notes. Know that your horse has a tendency to kick? Borrow a note from the show ring and tie a red ribbon to its tail. Horses aren’t the only ones you need to pay attention to on the July 2018
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trail—be sure to stay aware of what the other riders are doing, as well. Patti points out that you should never pass another horse and rider without permission. “You don’t want to be blowing past another horse,” Annamaria adds. “The worst thing that can happen in a group is when a rider canters off and the other riders may not be ready for that.” If you need to pass another horse or trail user, always be sure to do so single file. The best way to make sure everyone is on the same page is to check in with the other people you’re riding with. A quick, “Is everybody ready to trot?” can go a long way. Some horses don’t like being left behind, Annamaria adds, so a rogue horse breaking off from the pack can cause a very uncomfortable situation—or at the worst, a rider fall.
SHARE THE TRAIL Most horse-friendly trails aren’t just reserved for animals—you’ll likely be sharing the space with hikers, bikers, and everything in between. Both Annamaria and Patti are sure to let non-equine trails users know that it’s okay—preferable, even—for them to yell out when they’re coming up behind a horse. Likewise, when you see other people on the trail, let them know you’re there. “We share the trails with other users, and we need to always be aware that not everyone is as comfortable around horses as we are—not everyone has been exposed to an animal the size of a horse,” Annamaria says. “You’re going to come across people on the trails who are timid or afraid. Horses are prey animals—so if someone comes up behind them, and the horse isn’t paying attention, they can spook. We try to educate other trail users—like hikers and bikers—to yell out and say, ‘Hi, I’m here.’” Whether you’re going for an afternoon ride with friends or a week-long excursion, taking the right safety precautions on the trail will always lead to success for both horse and rider.
You want to have exposed your horse to different things before you go out on the trail, so there are no surprises along the way.
QUICK TRAIL SAFETY TIPS • Aim to keep a horse’s length between you and the horse in front of you at all times. • Always bring your phone, and keep it on you (not the horse!). • Communicate with your fellow trail riders, and be sure everyone is on the same page when changing pace. • If you’re riding alone, be sure to tell someone where you’ll be and when you should return. • Pack a first aid kit with all the essentials, plus extras like vet wrap and Benadryl. • Check (and double check!) all your tack before you hit the trail to be sure it’s fitting correctly and is in good working order. • Bring an extra halter and set of reins—you’ll never know when you’ll need them! • Tie a sponge to a piece of string and hang it from your saddle—if your horse starts to overheat, you can dip the sponge in some water to cool them down. • Make sure your horse is accustomed to the sights and sounds of the trail before setting out. • When passing a horse or another trail user, always pass single file.
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By Christina Keim
Canine Good Citizens t
hose attending an equine event may be struck by an interesting observation—it can seem as though there are as many dogs present as horses. Many horse people are also dog people, and equestrians’ dogs tend to travel with their owners. despite the equine industry’s widespread appreciation for the canine species, it must be acknowledged that dogs are an additional variable in the mix of unpredictable factors that horse and rider can encounter while out in the world. Causing a distraction at a minimum to being a full on safety hazard at the worst, dogs can and do impact equine performance, even at elite levels. For example, in 2009, Buck davidson was riding Ballynoe Castle RM at the Kentucky CCi**** three-day event when a loose dog ran onto the course, chasing the horse and causing him to break rhythm, ultimately contributing to a refusal at the next fence. debate about whether or not dogs belong at equine activities can become quite passionate; one online forum posted in 2011 contained over twenty pages of comments regarding proper dog etiquette at hunter/jumper competitions. While some posters believed that show horses should be desensitized to all common show stimuli, including dogs, others pointed out that some dog owners did not take responsibility for their animals, letting them run loose and causing unnecessary risk of injury to horses, humans, and the dogs themselves. show managers are empathetic to participants on both sides of the debate. sharyn Antico of southwick, MA, wears many hats in the horse show community—she is a United states equestrian Federation (UseF) “r” eventing technical delegate, the secretary and co-organizer for the Millbrook Horse trials, and manages the UseF-rated summer dressage show at Mount Holyoke College—and she has seen her fair share of incidents with dogs at competitions. But in general, she thinks that with good planning and management, dogs can have a place at horse shows, for a purely practical reason. “Horse shows have become pretty adaptive to the fact that having to keep your dog at home, who is like part of the family,
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Keep your dog supervised and have a plan for where they will be for most of the day, whether that be back at the barn or in your golf cart.
common policy at equestrian events that permit dogs. But not all leashes are created equal—longe lines on which the dog happily meanders twenty feet from their human do not count. Neither do leashes that are not attached to a human (i.e., the dog is “leashed” but still wandering loose). The person holding the leash should be paying attention to what their dog is doing. “Dogs can still get unruly on a leash,” warns Sharyn. “They need to be on a short leash, and the handler must maintain control.” Retractable leashes can also be a problem if not locked down, as an excited dog can go from close to far in a few bounds, leaving a sharp, thin, hard-to-see line in the way. In fact, you might want to get rid of that leash altogether. “The speed of release and thinness of the line associated with these leads make them the source of many injuries,” says Dr. Amanda Rizner of Ross Corner Animal Wellness Center in Shapleigh, ME, an equestrian who also trains performance corgis. “They can easily burn skin on hands and ankles. They’re awkward to use and the difficulties associated with controlling the length of the line can easily lead to unintended dog on dog or dog on horse encounters.” And if your pet is found off leash, prepare to pay a fine. GMHA brings unleashed dogs to the show office and charges the owner $30 to get them back. “At Millbrook every year, we have at least a dozen dogs that show up in our office, having snuck out of their crate or out of a tack room,” says Sharyn. “The technical delegate could potentially give a warning card to a horse show competitor for this.”
is hard to do,” says Sharyn. “It is an additional expense to have to board your dog or have someone to take care of them, and not everyone has the manpower or financial means to do that.” Tracy Ostler, executive director of the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) in South Woodstock, VT, a multi-use equestrian facility that hosts competitions and clinics in eventing, dressage, hunter/jumper, driving, competitive trail, and more, agrees. “Most horse people are also dog people,” says Tracy. “Leaving their dogs at home is not something they’re ready to do. I hope that it doesn’t come to a point where we have an incident serious enough to make us ban dogs.” But both women acknowledge that dogs cannot simply be allowed to run amok at equine activities and expect the animals’ caregivers to take responsible steps to ensure good canine behavior. Dog owners who want to ensure that their favorite pooches continue to be welcome at equestrian activities should try to practice the following rules of “Equestrian Dog Etiquette”.
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Making a plan for how a dog will be managed during the show requires as much attention as organizing care for the horse, and it is ultimately the owner’s responsibility if they plan to bring their pet. Tracy notices some different strategies employed by owners, depending on their discipline. “I find that the hunter/jumpers usually have crates, or playpens, set up outside their stalls,” says Tracy. “The eventers usually have their dogs with them at all times on a leash or tied to their trailers.” Regardless of where you leave your dogs, ensure that they will not be in a hot area and have adequate access to water and shelter as conditions indicate. “Come with a plan of how to keep your dogs comfy at your car if they can’t be ringside,” says Dr. Rizner. “I use aluminet shade cloths on the car to help keep the temps down.”
Rule # 3: Obey show management instructions. Owners expect their canine companions to listen when they give a command; show management assumes the same of dog owners. “I think in all disciplines, people believe their dogs are welcome everywhere on the grounds, [including] the show office, café, and youth center,”
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Rule # 2: Dogs must be supervised.
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says Tracy. But management often has good reasons for wanting to restrict canine access in certain areas, including health, safety, and logistical concerns. “At Mount Holyoke, dogs are not allowed in the small indoor arena that we use for warm-up,” says Sharyn. “It is pretty compact, and it is hard enough to have that many horses and people as it is. A dog on a leash is just disruptive or could get hurt.” Similarly, GMHA does not allow dogs on the cross-country course during an event, but Tracy notes that during the off season, dog owners are allowed to let their pets romp off leash on the property. But if you see a sign that says “no dogs,” hand off the leash to a friend rather than just tying your dog up. Sharyn recalls an incident at one show where a normally well-behaved dog bit a competitor while tied up waiting for their owner, who had stepped into the show office. “No matter how reliable your dog is, you just don’t know how they will react in that situation,” says Sharyn.
you to shows, remember at the end of the day to be a good horseman first and foremost. Even the most well trained horse is still a fight or flight animal, and in an unfamiliar environment horses may be more inclined to react negatively to a predatory species like a dog. Keep your dog leashed and under control at a safe radius away from horses. If your dog is not settling down, it is important to intervene and remove them from the situation. “At the end of the day, I have never had to remove anyone’s dogs from a show,” says Sharyn. “In most cases, the dogs do behave themselves and owners take responsibility for their behavior.” Keep your dog leashed at public events—in fact, it is often the first rule at horse shows that allow dogs.
Rule # 4: Clean up after your pup. Horse people may have been raised in a barn, and horse manure is one thing, but no one enjoys stepping in dog waste. Be a respectful guest and don’t leave your pet’s droppings behind for facility owners to scoop up as your trailer heads out at the end of the day. Rule # 5: Practice obedience commands with your dog before going out in public. Equestrians put time and effort into training horses to behave well in new places, and if you want your dog to become confident, the same must done with them. “Teach a ‘look at me’ command and have it solid before venturing out,” recommends Dr. Rizner. No matter how well behaved your dog is at home, it can be a totally different situation when you head out to an exciting place like a horse show. “Most of the ‘show dogs’ are good,” says Tracy. “They’ve done it a million times before. We find the ‘spectator dogs’ are more excited by what’s going on here on the grounds.”
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Rule # 6: Be responsible for your dog—even if that means leaving them home. Bringing your dog to an equine event is a serious commitment, and owners have a responsibility not just to their animal but also the other animals on the grounds. It is not the right choice for all dogs and all owners, and part of being a dedicated owner is knowing if you can handle the extra responsibility the dog requires. “Part of you will always be worrying about your dog,” says Sharyn. “I am a dog lover, but it can be overwhelming. It is like having a child; whether you are riding, coaching, or working at the show, having them there can take away from your mental ability to do what you are supposed to be doing.” If you try taking your dog to a few activities and they are disruptive, or you find that you lose focus, the best plan might be to leave your pet at home.
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Take a ride through the forest on some of Washington’s most beautiful trails.
Bridle Trail Adventures ➜ in Kirkland, WA By Kelley Roche
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Washington has some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States. With the constant rain, everything is lush and beautiful, especially to those who love trail riding. In the town of Kirkland, people gather to escape life in the city and enjoy their state’s beauty at the Bridle Trails State Park. The 482-acre park has 28 miles of trails open to equestrians and is known as one of the top equestrian parks west of the Mississippi River—definitely a place to check out if you are an outdoorsy type of person. There are also show rings at the park, so be sure to check out the schedule on the Bridle Trails State Park website to see if there are any shows that peak your interest while you stay. Being less than thirty minutes from Seattle, Kirkland is on the other side of Lake Washington, making it a great waterfront destination without the hectic life of the city. Boating is a fun and popular activity for the city’s residents, with the Marina Park and
Carillon Point marinas that offer year-round activities, including vendors for people to rent powerboats, jet skis, kayaks, and paddleboards. If you go to the Marina Park on a Wednesday, you can visit the Kirkland Market, where local growers and artisans bring their tasty goods for the community to purchase. Along with Seattle, Kirkland is a pretty artsy town. If you’re interested in live music, check out the Kirkland Performance Center before your trip and see if there are any musicians or plays to see. Classes are available for just about every kind of art in the city; painting, sculpture, dance, and cooking are just a few. Even one class can inspire a new hobby. Speaking of hobbies, if you’re feeling lucky, head down to the Caribbean Casino and play your favorite card game. Their live events are always a treat and they have great happy hours. With a dining room whose menu spe-
cializes in American and Cantonese dishes; it’s a one-stop shop to a fun night out. Of course, being so close to the water means one thing: fresh seafood. While there are many options for dining, one place to check out is The Big Fish Grill. This place knows seafood, as they have four locations around Washington. Their menu is littered with a classic surf and turf menu, but on top of that, intriguing items that will make your mouth water. Margarita Mondays and Ladies Night Thursdays are fun nights to meet with locals and feel at home in this local spot. The town of Kirkland alone will keep any rider happy and entertained while visiting, but if the city is also of interest, be sure to check out the wonder of Seattle while visiting. Seattle polo is a great idea if visiting during the summer months and wanting a fun outing. Be sure to bring a camera, as you will certainly have moments, and beautiful horses, you will want to capture. July 2018
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What to do Bridle trails state ParK Take a ride or a hike on one of the most beautiful trails in the country. parks.state.wa.us/481/ bridle-trails yarroW Bay marina rent a boat and cruise down lake Washington in style at one of the many rental vendors along the lake. yarrowbaymarina.com 56
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Casino CariBBean Test your luck at this fun casino right in Kirkland! casino-caribbean.net/ kirkland
Where to stay WoodmarK hotel enjoy the hotel’s attached spa and restaurant for a quiet weekend in. destinationhotels.com/thewoodmark the heathman hotel Stay downtown at this
gorgeous hotel. heathmankirkland.com
totem laKe hotel rest up in a classic lakeside hotel, right near all the major highways. thetotemlakehotel.com
Where to eat KirKland marKet Visit the Marina Park on a Wednesday and see all the local vendors; they have amazing cupcakes! kirklandmarket.org
flyCaster BreWinG ComPany This place mashes up flyfishing and microbrewing and is Kirkland’s first nanobrewery located in north Kirkland. flycasterbrewing.com the BiG fish Grill Your taste buds will water over their intense menu; being so close to the water, you know the grill’s seafood will be the best! thebigfishgrill.com
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equestrian lifestyle fashion
Horse & Hound By Terisé Cole
a dog may be man’s best friend, but equestrians have another four-legged love. it isn’t rare for a rider to have a lead rope in one hand and a leash in the other. to keep everyone looking coordinated, we found some pieces so the whole family can be matching!
 Amigo Stable Sheet ($85), Amigo Waterproof Dog Blanket ($23.95), and Amigo Dog Collar ($15) featuring waterproof sheets and a cute collar, this combination is functional for pooch and pony. shop.horseware.com  Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks Custom Ribbon Browband ($80), Custom Dog Collar ($145), and Custom Stirrup Buckle Belt ($140) Worth the splurge, these custom pieces for rider, pony, and pup are simply stunning. etsy.com/shop/boyoboybridleworks  SmartPak Soft Padded Leather Halter ($89.95) and SmartPak Soft Padded Leather Dog Collar ($25.95) this matching halter and collar are sure to make your dynamic duo stand out in the stables and the dog park. smartpakequine.com 58
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the scoop Melody Hames and Katie Strickland hosted clipping education classes at the Midwest Horse Fair.
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Andis Hosts Grooming Exhibition At Midwest Horse Fair anDiS eDucaTorS meloDy HameS anD Katie Strickland took to the Demo ring on april 20-22 to host six education classes at the midwest Horse Fair in madison, Wi. The duo demonstrated creative grooming addons, traditional body clipping techniques,
and shared tips for clipping sensitive horses, at-home tool maintenance, and correcting a clip that didn’t quite go as planned. Their patriotic designs stole the show during a weekend filled with equine enthusiasm, education, and exclusive giveaways.
Equine Outreach Veterinarian Named by University of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science
Emma Adam has been named the University of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science’s equine outreach vet.
emma adam has been named the equine outreach veterinarian for the university of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science. She will begin her work on July 1. “The position was created to provide a better link between the research and diagnostic laboratories and those we serve,” said nancy cox, dean of the college of agriculture, Food, and environment. adam has experience with many equine disciplines. She has worked on breeding, racing, and athletic stock around the globe in newmarket, england; normandy, France; melbourne, australia; and several locations in the united States.
Emily Holowczak from Mount Holyoke College is one of three American Horse Publications Student Travel Award winners.
2018 Student Travel Award Winners Announced by American Horse Publications AmericAn Horse PublicAtions (AHP) has been on the hunt to find students with a passion for both horses and publishing since 1993. this year, three young women rose to the top of the judge’s list to become the 2018 AHP Student Award finalists: Emily Holowczak from Mount Holyoke College, Alyssa Murphee from Delaware Valley University, and Sarah Ryan of State University of New York at Cobleskill. They earned an opportunity to meet leading equine industry professionals and discuss career possibilities during the AHP Equine Media Conference. Each Travel Award Winner received a $750 travel award to attend The Hunt for Excellence in Hunt Valley, MD, for three days of educational sessions and related activities. July 2018
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the scoop Skidmore College was awarded the Collegiate Cup.
Intercollegiate horse shows association national championship Sees Skidmore College and University of Findlay on Top
United StateS eqUeStrian Federation/CaCChione CUp The first two phases of the coveted United states equestrian Federation (UseF)/ cacchione cup, equitation over Fences and equitation on the Flat, took place on Friday. In equitation over Fences, Mollie Kowalchik, the captain of the Mount holyoke college team, produced the leading round aboard collins, owned by cazenovia college. Judges Diane carney and Tony sgarlata determined that the format of the final work-off phase of the UseF/cacchione cup would be a challenging course over fences. In a major upset, Makayla Benjamin, a senior at sweet Briar college, went from eighth place to win the championship. she drew collins, who was reserve champion Mollie Kowalchik’s draw in the first phase. Benjamin has ridden all her life and competed in the “Big eq.” Both her parents rode in the Ihsa and met while competing at Purdue University. she has been on the Ihsa team all four years at sweet Briar, but this is her first time at nationals. When Benjamin knew she had drawn 62
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collins, she decided to make the handier turn to the trot jump. “he was a joy to ride,” she said. “[The course] posed a lot of questions and I answered most of them right. I was shocked that I was actually in the top three.” Benjamin is a mathematical economics major with a double minor in business and engineering. she will spend some time working at Bitterroot ranch, a dude ranch in Wyoming, before starting her corporate job in February. Collegiate CUp The skidmore Thoroughbreds maintained a lead in the team classes throughout the show and finished with 30 points, earning them the right to take the collegiate cup home to saratoga springs. reserve champions savannah college of art and Design were just two points behind, stanford University was third with 22 points, and Boston University finished in fourth. skidmore’s head coach, cindy Ford, credited the teamwork of assistant coach Belinda colgan and the rest of the staff for their success. This group, she said, could work anywhere at the top of the industry. she also complimented her students for being academically strong, motivated, and hard-working. The strong string of skidmore horses also contributes to their success. aqha high-point WeStern rider It was a big day for connor smith as the st. andrews University senior from
gastonia, nc, won the Team open Western horsemanship and earned the aQha high-Point Western rider. smith’s coach, carla Wennberg, fought back tears of excitement and pride in her student who she described as a leader for the team. he went from the Intermediate division to open under her tutelage, but she credits other trainers for helping to develop the talented rider. “he’s put a lot of effort in with other trainers to help him with reining,” Wennberg said. “I can’t take all that credit.” “You know I just took what carla always says, ‘You can never wait, you just have to start from where you are and learn from what happens as the days pass and build from that,’” smith said. smith complimented Jade, the horse he drew on the final day of competition and described her as sensitive, very correct and a good mover. smith has been a member of the Ihsa for four years and this is his second trip to nationals. after graduation, smith has a job in charlotte with a company that does search engine optimization and web design. aqha team national ChampionShip The final day of the show featured the conclusion of the Western divisions. The aQha national champion Team, University of Findlay, took home the trophy after a stunning victory over
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The 2018 InTercollegIaTe horse shows association (Ihsa) held their national championship on May 3-6 at the Farm show complex in harrisburg, Pa. nearly 450 students from across the U.s. and canada qualified to compete at the event that contained team and individual hunt seat and western competition.
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talented teams from across the country. Ohio State University was named reserve champion. In his first year at the helm as head coach, Spencer Zimmerman led the Findlay Oilers to the win, but he credits his students and the Findlay program for their success. “The team’s dedication to one another set them apart—helping each other get to the pen, schooling each other at home, hours of practice to come out here and shine,” Zimmerman said. “I am proud of my riders for putting it all out there in the pen and remembering everything we practiced at home. It really showed.” Zimmerman spent the last two years as assistant coach to his predecessor, Cindy Morehead, who retired last year, and he knows what it is like to walk in his students’ boots. During his time on the team, Findlay earned two national championships. “I was on the team for four years and I got to compete under Cindy, Clark Bradley, and Jake Bowman,” he said.
“It has come full circle close to my hometown.” This is the University of Findlay’s sixth IHSA AQHA Team National Championship. Special awardS Skidmore College’s Clay, who produced many top rounds, was awarded the SmartPak Most Connor Smith of St. Andrews University won Popular Hunter the Team Open Western Horsemanship and Seat Horse. Collins earned the AQHA High-Point Western Rider. from Cazenovia was named the was awarded the SmartPak Most Popular Triple Crown High-Point Horse. The Western Horse, and the Triple Crown Collegiate Cup Sportsmanship Awards High-Point Horse award went to Sarah went to Centenary University competitor from Alfred University. Harry Hurd, coach Skylar Laakso and Centenary University of the Alfred team, and Kendall Woellmer Coach Michael Dowling. The Volunteer from West Texas A&M University Award was presented to Rebecca were both honored with the AQHA Jacobsen. Megan Taylor, National Alumni Sportsmanship award. Bryan Bradley Director, was presented with the IHSA from Penn State University was named Lifetime Achievement Award. Volunteer of the Year. Harley from Middle Tennessee State
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[LEFT] The winner of the Versatility Obstacle Course Junior division, Anna Pettirossi, and Jen Dwinnell at the Early Memorial Day Ride. [RIGHT] Adult division winners of the Scavenger Hunt with Lurissa Marston. Back right to left: Karen Parlin, Lisa Grigaitis, Darlene Falcone, Linda Krul, and Carolyn Weeks. Front right to left: Irene Hurd, Lurissa Marston, Lisa Kelleher, and Crysanda Boisvert.
Bay State Trail riders association Holds Two Rides in May article Submitted by annamaria Paul; PhotograPhy by becky kalagher
The Bay STaTe Trail riderS association (BSTra) held two rides the weekend of May 12: the early Memorial day Benefit ride and Versatility Obstacle Course, sponsored by Stone arbor Farm, and the 20th annual Scavenger hunt, sponsored by lyons Gate Farm. The early Memorial day ride is a new event to BSTra’s calendar and offered riders a choice of a 5- or 8-mile loop that meandered through true New england trails. The view of the river was spectacular; evidence of beavers was plentiful as they are industrious creatures. The Stone arbor Crew put on a spectacular feast of hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, a mix of salads, and plenty of
desserts. The hot chili was welcome, as the day was cool, and while the rain held off for most of the morning, it did rain hard for a while. This did not deter riders from competing in the Versatility. The course was well put together and had something for all level riders. Of course, what is a benefit ride without a raffle? There were great items generously donated by our sponsors and many attendees left with goodies. BSTra thanks the Stone arbor Farm crew and Jen dwinnell for putting together such a great event. They will be sponsoring another event, the ride to West hill dam on July 29, so mark your calendars and visit bstra.org to sign up!
The annual Scavenger hunt was held at Upton State Forest on Sunday, May 13. it was a perfect day for riding as the rain had moved out the day before. if you have not attended a scavenger hunt, we recommend it. Scavenger hunts are great fun; this year’s clues were clever. everyone returned to their trailers with big smiles and yellow smiley stickers—yes, that was one of the clue answers. lasagna and desserts were served for lunch followed by ribbons. This was BSTra’s 20th annual Scavenger hunt. lurissa Marston organized all of them—20 years of clues and no two years have been the same. She announced after the ride this was her last year organizing the event and that she will be handing the reins over to someone else in 2019. BSTra is grateful to lurissa for making the scavenger hunt so successful and for the work she has put into it over the years. For more information about BSTra’s upcoming events, please visit our website. See you on the trails!
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interscholastic equestrian association Membership Applications Now Open Submitted by kimber Whanger
The iNTerSChOlaSTiC equestrian association (iea) is now beginning their 17th season in 20182019. With nearly 14,000 members in 46 states across the U.S., the iea plans for another potential increase in membership this year, which would make it the 17th consecutive year for growth. The recent addition of the dressage discipline to the
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existing hunt seat and western disciplines offers riders and coaches the opportunity to expand their teams and competition possibilities. The IEA is open to riders in grades six to 12 in public, private, and home schools as well as barn teams. The unique aspect of the IEA is that no rider needs to own a horse and all tack and mounts are provided for every rider at every event by the host teams, making equestrian competition more accessible and affordable for riders and parents.
Fresh off the heels of Western SemiFinals and National Finals competitions, which took place in June and July, the IEA is continuing to focus on strengthening the population of their western and dressage membership in 2018-2019 to match that of hunt seat. “The IEA hunt seat program is extremely strong with a good balance of riders across the nation,” says IEA Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Myron Leff. “We would love to see the new dressage program take off in a similar fashion. We are also pleased to have a strong partnership with the National Reining Horse Association (and with the reorganization of the western discipline in
2017), we are hopeful to see a significant increase in membership there as well.” To participate in the IEA, teams must consist of a coach over the age of 21 and at least three team members of the same discipline in either high school or middle school. Teams can range from three to over 30 members with many barns having multiple teams and cross-over riders. The application process is online and is open from June to November 1. For more information, visit rideiea.org or call 877-RIDE-IEA. For additional questions, contact Membership Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Eaton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[LEFT] Hunt seat is a popular discipline choice for Interscholastic Equestrian Association riders. [RIGHT] Members have the option of riding western, dressage, or hunt seat.
Connecticut Trail Rides Association Announces Dan Reilly’s Retirement Submitted by Patti Crowther
DAN REILLY, WHO HAS BEEN A longtime Connecticut Trail Rides Association (CTRA) club member, has finally decided to retire. He has been active in the Connecticut horse community for most of his life. He was an avid trick rider and unfortunately, at the age of 23, suffered from a severe spinal cord injury. Nothing could keep him away from horses, so at the age of 27, he opened his tack store in Ridgefield. All The King’s Horses 66
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tack store was the place to go. Before online ordering, you had to actually go to a store to shop! He originally carried both English and western tack, clothing, and supplements. As time went on, his location determined that English tack was going to be his specialty. If you were shopping for a used saddle, Dan was the one to see. If the saddle didn’t fit, he would try his best to find you one that did. There are two Connecticut Trail
Rides Association members who work for Dan, Kathy Watson and ex-CTRA President Gigi Ouellette. They have both been longtime employees for Dan and stayed with him until the tack store’s closing. Both are happy for Dan, but sad they have to say goodbye to a great job, wonderful employer, and the regular customers who also became friends. Back in the day, Dan would bring his beloved horse, Merlin, to camp. Gigi would assist Dan with harnessing Merlin and hook him up to a carriage. He loved to give fellow campers rides around camp and down to the Mohawk Forest roads. I am sure you are all wishing Dan a happy retirement. We also hope to see him once again at Camp Boardman; it sure could use his
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smile. In other news, some of our members took a sisterhood trip to California. Vevette Greenberg and her mom, Betty, invited us all to visit Southern California for a week in April. Members Patti Crowther, Vevette Greenberg, and Chris Mard all flew out on a Saturday. We left a cold day in New England for a sunny warm day in Palm Springs and had a blast! Also, Past President Gigiâ€™s daughter, Alexi, accepted a proposal from her boyfriend. He bent down on one knee and proposed while they were on the top of Machu Picchu in Peru! Unfortunately, we also have sad news as some CTRA members lost their beloved dogs recently: Donna Moll lost her Newfoundland, Finn; Gigi lost one of her dogs; and Chris Mard lost a beautiful Black Lab, Lila. Chris was raising Lila to be a guide dog for the blind and a month before releasing her to be trained, Lila took ill and had to be euthanized. It was such a shock to all who loved Lila. Diana and Peter Naples also had to say goodbye to their
beloved dog, Isabella. May their memories comfort them ahead. On a happier note, Cathy and Jim Clouse welcomed a new horse to their family, Jetson, and Ann and Jim Dominick welcomed a new foal from Bud Doreâ€™s mare, Rose. The colt and mom are doing just fine. A couple of board members donated flags to the club. We needed a new CTRA flag and a new American flag. We would like to thank them for their
donations. The camp is currently looking for a donated refrigerator, as our current one is failing, so if you know of one, please contact Camp Director Pat Gogolya. On May 5, Cathy and Christel Maturo hosted the CTRA for our Blessing of the Mounts trail ride and barbecue. Thank you to Jim for cooking and to John and Christine Barry for hosting us at your beautiful barn.
Dan Reilly driving with Patrick sweeney as his passenger.
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[LEFT] Wendy Wood, Myopia Hunt Club Master of Foxhounds. [ABOVE] Julia Appleton and Dicky Mortimer jumping in pairs at the Myopia Horse Show, circa 1916.
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If you attend the MyopIa horse Show next month, you will be forgiven if you think you have gotten into dr. Who’s telephone booth. elegantly attired ladies glide by you aside impossibly coiffed and clean horses. these are the faces of Myopia’s new women. they pay homage to the history and elegance of equine sport, whilst still being entirely in the moment. these women are fierce, and yet look demure. Sidesaddle riding has a long and colorful history, dating back to anne of prussia, who first decided that women should be off the lead line. Improvements in saddlery design in the 1800s allowed women to be any man’s equal in the challenging hunt fields of europe and america. It is this hunting tradition that the “sideways” ladies of Myopia honor—and honor it they do, from the fussiness of the appointments they carry, to the style they bring to the show ring and hunt field alike! Myopia is fortunate to have Susan
oakes, Master of foxhounds (Mfh) of the Grallagh harriers in Ireland, come to show and hunt with us a couple of times a year. She’s been a fabulous resource for our ladies and is ever generous with clinics and lesson time. Wendy Wood, Mfh, and Kim Cutler, ex-Mfh, have both shown and hunted aside. Sissi finn has been the prime mover for the resurgence of the art in the area, as have Sam Stevens, amanda Smith, and Jessica Kennedy. as you watch the lovely lunchtime class, do not underestimate the amount of effort that assembling such a bevy of lovelies takes! the saddles are on average 80-100 years old, and have to fit both horse and rider and be in safe working order! did we mention that finding qualified saddlers to work on these gems is next to impossible in this country? Girths must be trifold with no elastic; seen any of them at your local tack store lately? the bridles and breastplates must be flat and unadorned, and the choice of bits is limited to pelhams or double
bridles. Sherry is the preferred libation, although much liberty is taken with this—usually to the delight of the judge while inspecting the appointments! White cotton rain gloves are tucked into the offside flap to ensure a secure grip should the conditions change while out hunting. and then there are the habits. Very few articles of clothing have ever made women look or feel better than a perfectly cut habit made by one of the geniuses of bespoke tailoring. our ladies wear some of the greatest hunting tailors’ finest accomplishments. Busvine, nardi, huntsman, hertz and Roberts, and Carroll are some of the spectacular tailoring worn by our ladies; with some dating back to the first War, and most built before eisenhower was in office. please come and enjoy the Myopia horse Show on august 31-September 2 and take the time to enjoy the sight of these passionate horsewoman keeping a very special skill set alive. for more information, see our website, myopiahunt.org. With so many options and opportunities to participate, watch, and volunteer, we invite you to join us in our mission to preserve the future through the traditions of the past! July 2018
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Hounds take to the beach in stunning Westport, MA.
Explains the Favored Formalities of Foxhunting article Submitted by deSmond o’leary; PhotograPhy by ruth baltoPouloS
Summer bringS with it a blanket of leisure and downtime. the norfolk hunt Club enjoys these brief moments of relaxation as they are far and few between! in the down time, we have the opportunity to focus and familiarize ourselves with the small details and formalities of the hunt field. Since we do this on our own, we wanted to take the time and share them with you! First and foremost, hounds are never referred to as “dogs.” being a hound is a privilege and comes with a distinct differentiation than a domesticated household dog. another interesting note about hounds is that they are only counted in twos, and are called “couples.” it does not matter what gender the hounds are—couples can be same sex or opposite sex. this is because usually a young hound is attached to an older hound as a sort of apprentice in learning the ropes of his job. the term couple was derived from the double collar used to attach two hounds. in terms of hunt etiquette and normalcies, there are a few guaranteed things you will encounter at each hunt. the meal served after a 70
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hunt is always called breakfast, even if it takes place later in the day. One might finish hunting at 3:00 p.m., but the meal would still be formally referred to as a breakfast. it is also proper to wish a master good morning at the beginning of the hunt and good night at the end of the hunt, regardless of the time of day the hunt begins or ends. an odd tradition, but it has been passed on and preserved for the overall hunting experience. Formal attire as well as cleanliness is expected at all breakfasts, and no one may wear their spurs while in attendance. Speaking of spurs, following proper attire is a large component of hunting. the little bow on the back of the hunt cap has a meaning. if the bow tails point up, the rider is an unpaid member of the hunt or the hunt staff. a professional, or paid, huntsman wears their ribbon down. ratcatcher attire is considered informal and is okay for weekday hunting or hunts before formal season begins. ratcatcher attire consists of tweed coats, brown boats, and hues of tan. Once formal season starts, all attire must be standard and black—no
brown. however, there is always the exception. brown gloves are proper with formal attire because long ago black gloves were only used when in mourning. it is a cardinal rule that horses in the field are turned out as if they were heading to competition. horses with a red ribbon in their tails signals a potential kicker who needs space, while a green ribbon in the tail represents a green hunt horse or novice rider. all horses should be clipped (full body clip or hunting clip) to avoid looking shaggy, manes should be pulled and on the proper side, and tack should be clean. masters have the right to excuse people from the hunt if they do not fit the bill, including incorrect attire, lack of braids at formal hunts, or poor behavior to horse, hound, or humans. while it might sound stern, upholding these rules allows us to continue our imprint on the local community and hunt communities nation wide. we pride ourselves on the experience people have with us in the hunt field and hope you’ll consider joining us! For more information about us and who we are, visit norfolkhunt.com.
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[aBOVe] Adrienne Sternlicht won her first grand prix in the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix CSI2*, riding Toulago. [rigHt] Margie Engle was named to the FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Show Jumping Team Short List.
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New eNglaNd at Old Salem new england riders dominated the $50,000 old Salem Farm Grand Prix cSi2* during the first week of the 2018 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows in north Salem, nY. Winning her first grand prix, Adrienne Sternlicht of Greenwich, CT, topped the class aboard Toulago. She and the 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding laid down an unbeatable time of 39.15 seconds for the win. Sydney Shulman, also of Greenwich, CT, claimed second with Villamoura, stopping the timers in 39.29 seconds. rounding out the top three was Charles Jacobs of Boston, MA, who finished in 40.08 seconds riding cassinja S. Emma Fletcher of Grazing Fields Farm in Buzzards Bay, MA, also attended the first week of the Spring Horse Shows, placing fourth in the WiHS Hunter Phase with conspicuous.
New PairS Wendy Johnson has some new pairings at Central Tree Stables in rutland, ma, to report. congratulations to alanna o’callahan and madeleine Langevin on their lease of Big Deal, to ciara Goellner on her lease of Moment to Remember, and to Ellie Layton on her lease of Daisy. A few of these pairs successfully debuted at the new Hampshire Hunter Jumper association Spring Show. dyNamic duOS Sandy Point Stables in Portsmouth, ri, also has some new duos to acknowledge—Siobhoan Moloney is now leasing Holy Moly, Olivia Hochberg is leasing axell, and Grisha Taglienti renewed her lease of Elsie. HitS iNdOOr HITS, Inc. announced the latest addition to its show
calendar, the HITS Indoor championship, to be held at the newly built Great New York State Fair Expo Center in Syracuse, NY, on October 2428. In its first year, the HITS indoor championship will feature hunter and equitation classes for junior and amateur riders at the beginner and intermediate levels, focusing on fence heights from 2' to 3'6".
iea SucceSS The Second Nature Farm Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team out of Oxford, PA, completed their fourth year as a team and had great success. Both the high school and middle school team won overall High-Point Team in year-end points for the regular season shows, and both teams won first place at Zone 11, Regions 2, 3, and 5 Semi-Finals for the second year in a row. The middle school team went on to win
at Zone 11 Finals and moved on to iea Hunt Seat national Finals in Syracuse, NY, where they took eighth out of seventeen teams.
weg SHOrt liSt The United States Equestrian Federation named 10 show jumping athletes to the Short List for the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018 U.S. Show Jumping Team. Selection was conducted over two phases, with Phase i concluding in December 2017 and Phase II concluding in April 2018. congratulations to Jamie Barge of Malibu, CA; Margie engle, Kent Farrington, lauren Hough, and laura Kraut all of Wellington, FL; Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY; Devin Ryan of Long Valley, NJ; Jessica Springsteen of Colts Neck, NJ; Adrienne Sternlicht of Greenwich, CT; and McLain Ward of Brewster, NY.
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hiTS Culpeper Kicks off With Commonwealth National The CommonwealTh naTional served as a successful season opener for the 2018 hiTS Culpeper Circuit in Virginia. exhibitors are already on the hunt for blue ribbons in the featured classes and earning points toward the horseware ireland Grand Circuit Champion awards. Riding home with a “three-peat” in the feature jumper classes was Tracy magness and intenz Van hD, known around the barn as “Candy.” The dynamic duo kicked-off the week with a win in the $5,000 open welcome class in a time of 38.300. magness also took home the second place ribbon in the class aboard Santos in a time of 38.971. Grace long would take home the third place award aboard Talks Cheap in a time of 39.506. magness and intenz Van hD continued their success in the $10,000 Johnson horse Transportation Prix, jumping off in a time of 43.330. magness also took home the third place ribbon with Santos in a four-fault time of 44.642. in second place with four faults and a time of 43.698 were Tamara morse and Ravenna adelheid Z. To cap off a stellar week, magness and intenz Van hD captured the blue ribbon, trophy, and winner’s cooler in the $20,000 hiTS open Prix. Just one of the two riders to jump off, magness claimed top honors in a time of 39.401.
“my plan with Candy was to improve what i did on [Santos], which was pull too much. i just wanted to be smooth and give her a better ride,” magness stated when discussing her round. “There was an inside turn after the first Tracy Magness performed a hat trick, winning the Open Welcome, Johnson Horse Transportation Prix, and HITS Open Prix. line in the jump-off that i had planned to do if there were more clear, but [Beth to the jump-off, they would secure the third-place ribbon. Underhill] didn’t do that and i know Taking home top honors in the that Candy is quick and can cover the $1,500 Devoucoux hunter Prix was ground faster.” Danny mahon and Ronaldo with a score hanna Toering and Coquette BhF of 74 in round one and a score of 80 in could not be caught in the $7,500 round two, for a two-round total of 154. Junior/amateur 1.40m Jumper Classic. mahon also took home the third place Toering crossed the finish line in a time ribbon aboard Chopper 5. Taking home of 41.868, followed by michael Kennedy the second place honors was ashley and Gentlemen in second place with a helms and Fred-a-Stare with an overall time of 45.958. although Felicia Russell score of 148. and habsburg 2 would not make it back
interscholastic equestrian association DeSPiTe Snow FlURRieS anD biting winds at the start of the interscholastic equestrian association (iea) hunt Seat national Finals in Syracuse, nY, the level of competition was certainly heated as nearly 400 riders vied for national titles in the Toyota Coliseum on the new York State Fairgrounds. From april 20-22, riders in grades six to 12 from across the United States showed outstanding poise, professionalism, sportsmanship, and equestrian ability as they competed in both individual and team classes in over fences and on the flat to 72
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determine the winners. The finalists represented 162 teams from a total of 10,933 eligible hunt seat riders and 1,451 teams from 10 zones. individuals and teams participated in multiple competitions during regular season shows, regional finals, and zone finals to qualify for the national Finals competition. Rising to the top of this year’s national Finals was 2018 leading hunt Seat Rider Tomiko mcGovern from lucky C Stables in new Paltz, nY. mcGovern kicked off her winning streak by making the callbacks and going on to win the
United States hunter Jumper association (UShJa) Varsity open on the Flat individual Final on day one of national Finals. on day two, mcGovern came back to win a very competitive Varsity open Championship class of 12 of the best iea riders in the nation to take the crown of Varsity open Champion and 2018 leading hunt Seat Rider. Barely stopping to catch her breath, mcGovern then showed in the first team class of the morning on day three only to make the callbacks and go on to win the Varsity open on the Flat Team Final. Then,
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along with her teammates from Lucky C Stables coached by Jessica Anselmo and Susan Clark, they accumulated more than double the points of the next closest team to sweep the title of Upper School Team Champions. McGovern received $2,100 in scholarship money from IEA as well as a host of awards and prizes from generous sponsors and opportunities for further competition and training with the USHJA and the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA). In addition to all this success, it was revealed during the Parade of Teams that McGovern was the only rider present at National Finals that had qualified six out of seven possible years. Placing in the Reserve Champion slot for Upper School Team was Empress Equestrian Team from Columbus, OH, coached by Jamie Mills. The Middle School Team Championship was won by Parkview Equestrian Team from Central Islip, NY, coached by Yvonne Burns and Marlene McCabe. Reserve Champion Middle School Team went to Carriage Hill Farms from Delray Beach, FL, and coached by Tricia Carron and Andrea Wrzosek. The IEA holds the trait of good sportsmanship in the highest regard—both for riders and coaches. Allison Applegett from Sid Griffith Equestrian Club in Hilliard, OH, took home the fourth annual Coach Sportsmanship Award. Madison Kniss from Sharkey Equestrian Team in Snoqualmie, WA, was awarded the Victor
Hugo-Vidal Sportsmanship Award. Each year at IEA National Finals, the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. presents a non-riding competition in the form of a written test and a hands-on practicum for a select group of finalists. The Holy Innocents Episcopal School Horsemanship Test Upper School winner was Sadie Stott from Clover Grove Equestrian Team in Fishersville, VA. Middle School winner went to Matt Tracy of Briarwood Farm Equestrian Team in Ringoes, NJ. Since its creation, the IEA has relied on the support from its many volunteers to assist in the success of the organization. The Volunteer of the Show award was presented to Hailey Johnson from Chatham Hall in Chatham, VA. In addition to Johnson’s excellent service as a volunteer during National Finals, she also serves as the Zone 3 IEA Youth Board representative. The eleventh annual Timothy J. Boone Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Amanda Garner from Dahlonega, GA. Garner is an IEA Steward, owner of Epiphany Farm, and author of “A Parent’s Guide to the IEA.” She serves as the Secretary of the IEA Board of Directors and as the Warm-Up Supervisor for National Finals. The IEA is committed to the wellness of the horses in all competitions. To recognize the quality of the horses donated for the three-day event, “Twister,” provided by Cazenovia College, was named Champion Outstanding IEA Hunt Seat Horse and “Swell,” provided by Lessa Walker Stable, was named Best Turned-Out Horse. “The outstanding quality of the
Tomiko McGovern was named the 2018 Interscholastic Equestrian Association Leading Hunt Seat Rider.
horses brought to this show by our horse providers and their willingness to share these fine animals with our riders continues to be among the best we have seen at any IEA Nationals,” said Roxane Durant, IEA Co-Founder and Executive Director. “We realize the amount of work involved in hauling and caring for horses at a National Finals, especially in less than ideal weather conditions, and we know that our kids appreciated the opportunity to ride such quality mounts.” Horses for National Finals were graciously provided by Alfred University, Cazenovia College, CNY EQ, Fairway Farm, Galemont Farms, Grier School, Huntington Meadows, Lucky C Stables, Morrisville State College, North Country Horses, RGB/CNY, TAPS/ North Riding, Leesa Walker Stables, and Whistler Ridge.
Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows Finishes with Beat Mändli and Simba on Top
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SWITZERLAND’S BEAT MäNDLI and Simba, owned by Grant Road Partners, won the $131,000 Empire State Grand Prix CSI3*, presented by The Kincade Group, during the final day of the 2018 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY, on Sunday, May 20. The highlight class of the two-week event also had local superstar McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, in second place with Clinta, while Brianne Goutal-Marteau and Viva Colombia were third. There were 33 entries in the grand
prix, and five found a clear round to advance to the jump-off over courses designed by Alan Wade of Ireland. First to return was the initial round pathfinder Amber Harte on Take the High Road LLC’s Cafino. They had four faults in 36.09 seconds for fourth place. Following Harte was Charlie Jacobs with Cassinja S, owned by CMJ Sporthorse, LLC. With nine faults in 46.60 seconds, they took home the fifth-place ribbon. Ward and Clinta, now owned by Sagamore Farms, Ward, and Susie Heller, were next in and showcased
the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare’s astonishing jumping style, but with a missed inside turn, they would have to settle for second place in 35.36 seconds. Ward noted, “I didn’t get a great turn after the third jump and had to go around the island. I knew I lost a little time. She has a really big stride, but there was really nowhere to leave out. I did what I could do, but I knew I left a little room and unfortunately Beat took advantage of it. I’m thrilled with the horse and excited about what’s to come with her.”
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old Oldenburg mare, and they put in a solid clear trip in 35.58 seconds for third place. “I loved her since the beginning,” said Goutal-Marteau of the mare she took over riding last summer. “She really blossomed when I started riding her. Every show, I feel her improve. I’m thrilled with her.” With his top horse, Dsarie, and Simba, Mändli has a strong string going to Europe this summer. He will
ride on the team for Switzerland in the FEI Nations Cup in St. Gallen. Competing at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows gave him strong preparation. “I had Dsarie here last week so she had two rounds on the grass that I wanted,” he said. “It would have been nice if we could have jumped on the field [today], but the arena is also very nice. It’s good for the horses and no risk.”
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It was Mändli next in for the jumpoff with Simba, and they executed the course and sped down to the final fence to stop the timers in 34.34 seconds. “I thought I had to go fast obviously. I did one turn after the third fence inside [the planter]. He landed a bit shorter than McLain’s horse so I could do that turn,” Mändli said of the 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding. “I think that’s where I made up the time. He was jumping unbelievable. He was very careful and made it very easy for me. It depended on how I catch that third fence. If I had a long one, then it would have been a bit difficult. It just worked out.” Mändli took over the ride on Simba a year and a half ago from his student, U.S. show jumper Katie Dinan. “He’s a little bit of a strong horse,” Mändli described. “I took him over and it goes quite well. I’m very happy with him.” Goutal-Marteau was last to go in the jump-off on Viva Colombia, a 13-year-
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[leFt] anna loschiavo and prince renan won the cic2* at the Jersey Fresh international three-Day event. [right] marilyn little was awarded the pinnacle cup trophy.
Sweet Victory anna loschiavo of Bradford, VT, traveled to new Jersey for the 2018 Jersey Fresh international Three-Day event. in her first international victory, loschiavo and rodney and Gina Giudici-oakes’ Prince renan rose from fourth to claim the top spot in the cic2* with a 29.7. She also competed John and melanie loschiavo’s Spartacus q in the cic2* and took fifteenth out of 51 finishers.
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Big win The united States equestrian Team Foundation announced that this year’s recipient of the Pinnacle cup Trophy at the 2018 land rover Kentucky Three-Day event is marilyn little of Frederick, mD. little rode rF Scandalous, who is co-owned by Jacqueline B. mars, Phoebe and michael manders, and robin Parsky, to a third place finish overall and was the highest ranked american rider, which ultimately earned her the highlycoveted trophy. This marks little’s first time winning the trophy during her career.
change Up Teich eventing out of orchard Hill equestrian center in Berlin, ma, had a great start to their 2018 season! For a change of pace, the team headed to the Beland Stables Schooling Show for some dressage practice. Patricia Suomala and aztec took first in Training level, Test 1 with a 66.7% and third in Training level, Test 3. in First level, Test 1, caroline Teich took first with magnific ivan and a 70.3% while Stephanie DeBeradinis rode Daddy’s lambo to second. Finally, catherine Yan also rode magnific ivan to sixth in the Test of choice class. at orchard Hill’s Spring Schooling event, caitlin mcnamara and Zeus finished third in novice, lisa Barry and Phoenix completed advanced elementary in first, and analise San clemente and moonstruck completed their first three-phase at Beginner novice Junior and won on a dressage score of 26.4%. in Beginner novice Senior, Suomala and aztec completed their first three-phase and
finished second, molly Zastrow and Dugan completed their first three-phase in sixth, and olivia alminde rode Barbarella in her first show, finishing in seventh.
Sporting riBBonS The aiken Bach Farm event Team from Patterson, nY, brought 11 horses to the Sporting Days Farm Horse Trial. lydia Sarro and cornmill Bob finished fourth in Preliminary rider, Sam colt and calle finished fourth in Junior/Young rider open Preliminary. in Preliminary/ Training, Whitney Pierpont on Diamond Jim and Bridgette miller on aBF Special Feature finished sixth and seventh, respectively. angela custer rode angus in their first novice event, mary Beames rode cajun Style to finish eleventh in novice rider, and elissa lumley rode corona to fourth in Beginner novice rider. Trainer mikki Kuchta also competed a few horses in the event; she rode malibu in her first event of the season in open novice, aBF Special occasion in his first Training,
aBF Special cargo to second in Beginner novice, and aBF Special reserve to fifth in open Beginner novice.
paige in prelim congratulations to Paige crotty and cooley Dawn raid of emerald isles eventing center in Westborough, ma, on their eleventh place finish in Preliminary at the Fair Hill international april Horse Trials.
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land Rover Kentucky three-day event Puts Oliver Townend on Top In a naIl-bItIng fInIsh fIlled with gasps and thrills, Oliver townend of great britain did the seemingly impossible: he beat germany’s threetime defending champion Michael Jung at the land Rover Kentucky three-day event. standing in third overnight, townend jumped a gorgeous fault-free show jumping round aboard Cooley Master Class, finishing on his dressage score of 28.7 penalties and setting up the showdown with overnight leader Jung on fischerrocana fst. When the german pair dropped a rail at fence five, the victory was townend’s. early on in the show jumping, rails fell, but it was also clear that course designer Richard Jeffrey had measured the course tightly as even horses that were jumping clean were having multiple time penalties. townend, of shropshire, england, had come into the show jumping with Cooley Master Class in third and Mhs King Joules tied for fourth. he went early on King Joules and lowered a rail, so he cantered in aboard Master Class, all business. the bay gelding jumped his heart out, putting pressure on burton and Jung. burton would lower two rails, and the crowd grew silent as Jung, the 76
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Kentucky three-day event winner for the last three years, cantered in. at fence five, his german-bred mare stood off the triple bar and just tipped the front rail to finish second with a 31.5. “I’m very happy about Rocana, a little more sad about me,” said a circumspect Jung, the three-time Olympic gold medalist from horb, germany. “It was my mistake, I was too far away from this fence. My mare tried hard, and it was a good round, only one down, but it was one down too much. but it was a very nice week here in Kentucky. I really like this event, it’s beautiful and I’m happy to be here.” townend has had Cooley Master Class since he was a four-year-old and says he has always been a barn favorite. “he came right at the end of a period where I had sold a lot of my good horses to set my life up and buy a property,” he said. “he came right at the right time, and when I sat on him, I said ‘one way or another we’re finding a way to keep this one.’ american pair Marilyn little and Rf scandalous also put in a doubleclear show jumping round to move up into third overall and to win the land Rover/United states equestrian federation national CCI****
Championship as the highest-placed americans with a score of 32.8. “she is a diva and is notoriously a terror in the stable,” little, of frederick, Md, said of the mare. “but she knows her people. her groom is with her at all times, and she’s very trusting. she has an incredible sense of the moment and loves performing for a crowd. she’s a real princess, which was a concern early on, as we wondered was she too delicate and fragile and careful for eventing? but she’s become a courageous horse, and she gives you 150% of all she has.” the winner takes home a check for $130,000, and for his seventh-placed finish with Mhs King Joules, townend adds an additional $14,000, making it a profitable weekend for his team. “Obviously it’s a fantastic feeling,” townend said. “I had to do a bit of armtwisting to get the horses here as there was no funding from britain to come here this year. the owners gambled on me to win their money back, and I’m pleased the horses have come through with great results and that I’ve repaid the owners’ gamble on me.” for his victory, townend received a one-year lease on a land Rover discovery, and he got to take a victory lap in the car. he flew around the ring to the roar of the crowd. When asked how fast he was going, he replied with a laugh, “I don’t know, the man in the passenger seat was screaming too loud.” townsend also took home a Rolex watch for his win.
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[LEFT] Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class finished on their dressage score to win the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. [RIGHT] Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST finished in second for the first time in three years.
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[leFt] Jane and Will at the 2017 locust hill Fall hunter Pace. [ABoVe] the duo participating at horse Power Cross-Country Derby in July 2017.
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This is The second in a series of articles that will highlight the people who devote time to connecticut dressage and combined Training association (cdcTa) as board members. This month we look at our assistant to the show secretary, Jane Bennett. When our former president sent out a call for a new president and other board members, i knew i needed to help out. i have been a member of cdcTa for many years and could not imagine the demise of the association for lack of board members, so there i was at my first board meeting. i can’t believe i never thought to join; i am having a great time and meeting some awesome people! i started riding at the age of 12 with a series of 10 lessons at a local barn and haven’t been able to stop since. i started in hunter/jumper and rode in the intercollegiate horse show association nationals in 1985. i picked up dressage after college, and began eventing shortly after retiring my first horse. i have had my current horse, Will, an off-the-track Thoroughbred, for nine years. he was a nervous guy, so i started competing at cdcTa schooling shows in intro a and B just to try to get him comfortable with the environment. The schooling shows run by our association were the perfect opportunity for me and Will to get more comfortable with each other and with the sport of combined training.
ring—lucky for Will. We had our first schooling show at Westbrook hunt club on May 13, we have another one in July, and a third schooling show in october. in addition, we are hosting clinics with Michael Page on september 16 and sally cousins on october 27 and 28. For more information and entry forms, please go to cdctaonline.com. i hope to see you at one or more of our events this year.
eventually we were able to move up to the elementary division, even though we still struggle with bad show nerves. Last year we accompanied a friend of mine to a series of Specializing in Eventing and welcoming all disciplines. hunter paces in the fall where i had an Lessons • Boarding • Training • Showing epiphany as i finally found Will’s calling. he seems much happier galloping through the woods at breakneck speed with a friend on his heels, and somehow i don’t feel as mortal as i do when riding stadium or cross-country. our plans for this year include attending the Upcoming Events remaining cdcTa clinics, a crossSchooling Horse Trials July 8, October 13 USEA Young Event Horse Competition July 15 country derby or Junior Eventing Program July 9-13 Schooling Jumper Shows: July 18, August 1 & 15 two, and hitting the Tik Maynard clinic July 14 Adult Eventing Program August 17-19 hunter paces again this fall. i have recently Head Trainer 1067 Old Sandwich Rd. volunteered to assist Erin Risso Plymouth, MA 02360 the show secretary USEA ICP Level 2 508-224-3332 for cdcTa, so now i am in the office www.valinorfarm.com rather than the show
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Showing Support The Dressage Foundation announced that dressage judges Michell Combs of arizona and Katie rocco of Massachusetts have each received a $1,500 Shannon Foundation Fund Grant for Judges’ licensing to help them obtain their “recorded” license from united States equestrian Federation (uSeF). The purpose of the Shannon Foundation Fund for Judges’ Licensing is to provide financial support for dressage judges to participate in activities related to obtaining a judging license of “recorded” or higher. The Dressage Foundation also announced the participants of the 2018 Young rider international Dream Program. Congratulations to Hannah irons of queenstown, MD; Callie o’Connell of Wilmington, Ma; amanda Perkowski of Cream ridge, nJ; emma Smith of Minneapolis, Mn; and chaperones Charlotte Bredahl and Meaghan Byrne! 78
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CanCeled on CampuS after nearly 40 years of offering sanctioned dressage shows on its campus, the university of new Hampshire (unH) equine Program has announced that the June uSeF/united States Dressage Federation dressage show was its last. The decision was made in an effort to refocus resources on activities more in line with student learning and the program’s current mission. Sanctioned competition will continue at unH through their biannual uSeF/united States eventing association horse trials, now in their 47th season.
two scores from the Fei Young rider individual Test in CDi-Y events between January 1 and april 30 to be considered for selection. as a part of Fei CDi-Y events, at least two Fei Young rider Freestyle test scores also had to be earned. The following athlete-andhorse combinations were selected for the tour: Ben ebeling of Moorpark, Ca, and Behlinger, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding; Callie Jones of Henderson, KY, and Don Philippo, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding; and anna Weniger of apex, nC, and Don Derrick, a 14-year-old nrPS gelding.
Young riderS uSeF announced the three athlete-and-horse combinations that will compete in the 2018 Dressage european Young rider Tour. Combinations were required to earn at least two scores from the Fei Young rider Team Test and
derbY talk Derby Talk Farm in atkinson, nH, held the first of two 2018 dressage schooling shows on May 12. Classes included intro, Training, First, and Second levels, and higher levels upon request, which were judged by Sarah-Jane arthur.
too Cool For SChool it was a beautiful morning in norway, Me, for Hidden Brook Farm’s schooling show held on May 6. With judge Carol Poulin-Taylor, the show offered classes from introductory all the way up to Third level. The following are a few show highlights. in introductory Test a, Jayda Tamalunas took first on a score of 65%, with Patricia Varnum taking second and Zhongie Wang taking third. Test B, Division a saw reagan Wilson take first on a 66.56%, with Kloe Gizinski in second and Samantha McPhail in third. elizabeth Sanborn took first in Test B, Division B with a 68.75% and Test C on a 66%. Training level, Test 1, Division a was won by lily Drew on a 70.43%, with Katelyn Call on her heels in second and Sophie Billings in third. Training level, Test 3 was a nail bitter, as Brooke allen took first over Katelyn Call by 0.68 points!
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[leFt] the dressage Foundation awarded two grants from the Shannon Foundation Fund for Judges licensing to michell Combs, pictured, and katie rocco. [aboVe] the university of new hampshire will be discontinuing its Summer dressage Show.
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[LEFT] record high numbers were reached at sharon Wilsie’s april clinic. [rigHT] sharon Wilsie, author of Horse Speak, demonstrating “speaking” to the horse.
New hampshire Dressage & eventing association Members Learn to Speak the Language of the Horse article and Photos submitted by izabelle tagavi
The New hampshire Dressage and eventing association hit a record high for auditors during our april clinic. Our participants and horses gathered on april 14 and 15 at irish pleasure Farm in Newton, Nh, for a fun and informative clinic with sharon wilsie. wilsie, the author of Horse Speak, very confidently walked everyone through the process of listening, conversing, and understanding the language of horses. she embodied true leadership within her approach. she always had something to say to the horse, while maintaining the important ability of allowing the horse to have a natural response. her respect for horses and what they are saying through their breathing, body language, and movement of their different body parts is very powerful. she emphasized to always have a sense of humor as you learn, as it will help you stay relaxed and open, preventing one from becoming too goal oriented. she also suggested that one be less tense and less driven. and even a personal favorite, to “smile, laugh, and
be loved.” after the clinic, we had many participants provide positive feedback. Lisa said that, “The concept of asking in the horse’s preferred manner, rather than telling, or even worse demanding or forcing in a human manner, has noticeably changed my relationship with both of my horses.” pat, one of our clinic participants, shared that she had only had her mare for two weeks at the time of the clinic. she felt that the clinic helped her to promote her “calm center.” This enabled her to better connect with her horse at a healthier energy level. pat swears by the “calm center,” saying that it has completely transformed her relationship with her mare, True. “i have continued with sharon’s methods and whenever True becomes nervous, i come back to my calm center and use calming breaths, etc. and she immediately calms down.” people left with many valuable tidbits. some of the most popular wilsie quotes were to “find your ‘O’” or “to
be quiet inside before approaching your horse.” another important pillar to her philosophy is to “respect and learn about your horse’s space bubble while actively teaching them to respect your space bubble” in addition to “breathing with your horse” because “being calm promotes mutual trust.” it was a very exciting two days all around, leaving everyone with the anticipation of observing each horses’ reaction. it is safe to say that everyone there went home to test out their newly learned skills of “horse speak” on their equine counterpart! On saturday, we watched pat morris, Karen O’malley, Jeanette Taylor, rachel Nelson, Lisa white, Nina Vyedin, Donna pettengill, and marlene wienstroer work with their horses. and on sunday, pat morris, Karen O’malley, gail martin, pam Tenaglia, Joseph Francis, Donna Tinsley, and anne Burke got their shot. Thank you to our many participants and actively involved auditors; it wouldn’t have been the same without all of you! July 2018
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[Left] Lauren reece recently received her combined driving technical delegate “r” license. [aBove] diego rubio was named the 2017 north american sport Pony single training Pony champion.
Proficiency Program Congratulations to Craig Kellogg of Southern Pines, nC, on achieving his Level 2 Proficiency as part of the Carriage association of america’s Driver Proficiency Program. Kudos to the Boy Diego rubio was named the 2017 north american Sport Pony Single Training Pony Champion. Driving a pony he shares with his mother made this quite the challenge, but Diego is looking forward to moving up to the Preliminary Pony division in 2018!
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new schoLarshiP The Granite State Carriage Association’s mission is to promote safe, recreational carriage driving and riding. To that end, the club is now offering up to $25 scholarship reimbursements for qualified educational activities such as lectures and classes about driving safety and equipment, general horse safety, getting started driving, trailering tips, etc. gmha driving The Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) held their Spring Driving Combined Test & Arena Driving Trial with great success. In the Arena Driving Trial, Judy Chamberlain, Matthew Mazza, and Elizabeth Vezina won the Training Level; Amy Sintros and
Barbara Chadwick topped the Preliminary Level; and Norma Katz won Intermediate. In the Combined Tests, Wilson Groves topped Advanced; Sintros won Intermediate; Gale Pellegrino and Dorothy Maggio won Preliminary; and Mazza, Elizabeth Vezina, and Susan Lathrop won Training.
PicKPocKet arena driving triaL The Pickpocket Arena Driving Trial in Brentwood, NH, held the first of three events scheduled for 2018. Twelve very small equines (VSE) and eight ponies and horses participated in the educational activity set up to prepare them for arena driving trials and combined driving events. Participants with skills ranging from “green as grass” newbies with no showing experience to Preliminary Level drivers
working at getting more fit and ready for the New England show season. The VSEs had 10 training entries, so the training division was split into two divisions. Training Division 1 was won by Melissa Every with Jane Lynds and Michele Roy in second and third. In Division 2, Nancy Kiley won the class followed closely by Sue Lathrop and Marcia Cloutier. Dorothy Maggio won the Preliminary VSE division with Georgia Barry in second. Unfortunately, all three entries in the Training Horse division found ways to get themselves eliminated from the competition in the obstacles. Wrapping up the day, Lisa Brooks-Smets won the Preliminary Pony division. recognition for a job well done, and helpful words of encouragement from Judge Susan Rogers followed the event.
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driving License lauren reece just received notice from the american Driving Society Inc., that she has been granted her Combined Driving Technical Delegate “r” license. Lauren credits Holliday
Pulsifer and Susan Koso for encouraging her.
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[LeFt] Marc Johnson and Jeff Morse at the Cones Clinic in august of 2016. [aBoVe] Jeff Morse will host a clinic on July 14.
Saratoga Driving association Looks Forward to Future Clinics article Submitted by carol Frank; photgraphy by dan raduleScu
The SaraToga Driving aSSociaTion is planning the next clinic this summer at Jeff Morse’s beautiful green Meads Farm in richmond, Ma, on July 14. The location is wonderful, right on the border of Massachusetts and new York and not far from the interstate. he has a beautiful dressage ring with excellent footing, and in case of rain, there is the indoor close by at Berkshire equestrian that we can use. We used to have a core group of competitors that came to our clinics. We knew who to expect and what they were working on. We had no problem filling clinics and experimented with two years of mid-week clinics with robin groves. Then we returned to the weekends and held a Derby Driving clinic, cones clinic with Marc Johnson, and an all-around clinic with John greenall. But times have changed, and horses and folks have aged out.
This is not a sign our sport is dying. Let’s be clear, our membership is up. We constantly get new members and folks tell us they want to find instructors and group work. There is a difference between thinking about what you want to do and getting your critter on a trailer and getting them working in a group setting. We’d like to rebuild our core group and we want you folks to be part of it! John greenall will give a clinic in September 15 at green Meads Farm. This, as well as the event in July, will cost $65 to register. We can schedule a clinic with Marc Johnson to decipher his cones courses, but he is only available for a weekday. We need to know who can make it. We think a good starting point for the summer would be the clinic with Jeff at his beautiful farm in Massachusetts. We can do group ring work, pleasure cones, obstacles, and drive dressage tests in a
real ring with excellent footing. We have proposed for our annual competition in october that we add a pace and a confidence division. So some of you that were reluctant to compete might now decide “i can do that!” The first step is to have you and your horse make some friends with other drivers and driving horses. Knowing other drivers, seeing how they work, and being part of a community is great. Unloading, hitching, working, and hanging out get seasier every time we do it—so let’s start with the clinic at Jeff’s green Meads Farm. Start planning now for our october competition. There is something for you to do: compete, help someone else, volunteer to help us run the event, or bring your friends to see what this sport is all about. People may think interest in horses is dying out, but they are wrong. no app or video game can replace a horse.
World equestrian games Driving Test event A Success for Chester Weber cheSTer WeBer MainTaineD hiS hold on the lead through the cones phase of Fei cai 2* Four-in-hand competition as part of the Fei World equestrian games Tryon 2018 (Weg) Driving Test event at Tryon international equestrian center (Tiec), guiding his team to
victory after blazing cleanly through the richard nicoll designed course. The allamerican podium remained unchanged from day two: Weber landed on 159.38 points after three days, while Misdee Wrigley-Miller maintained second place after driving Bravour, Beau, Bolino D,
and calipso to a score of 173.34 on a clean run, and James Fairclough finished in third with Bento v, citens, Dapper, and Zenden on a final penalty score of 180.21. Weber spoke highly of his day-three
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team, consisting of Amadeus, Asjemenou, Gouvernor, and Ultra, and explained that he added Gouvernor into the team after testing potential WEG contender, Reno, in his place for the marathon phase. “I drove the dressage team again, which was my plan from the beginning and they were really nice,” he said. “I have a sort of inexperienced seven-year-old in the group (Gouvernor), and I wanted to know what I had in him for a cones leader and he actually did really well. I was really pleased with him.” As he predicted, the cones course had the essence of designer Nicoll and suited Weber’s driving style, but remained a true precision test for competing combinations. Wrigley-Miller maintained her podium spot with a speedy round through the cones phase and complimented the noticeable improvement in harmony for her team this week. “The team is really starting to gel and come together to work as a team and that was really what I noticed. They were all balanced
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together. I could really drive more forward, they felt great in my hands, and the obstacles drove so well,” she emphasized. “I just feel like we’ve been a work in progress and we made huge strides yesterday. I was really pleased with our marathon, but I went back and watched the videos and thought, ‘I can go faster!’ So, I think the horses and I have good timing going forward.” Wrigley-Miller was eager to contest the marathon course this past weekend and had good things to report. “From what I’ve heard, there will not be a lot of change in the obstacles—I think they’re beautifully built, and Richard [Nicoll] does such a EQUINEJOURNAL CODE great job of flagging them. He asks the right questions of horses and drivers. I think it’s going to be really great.” While she made adjustments to www.FACEBOOK.com/EquineJ the team between dressage and marathon, her horses remained as consistent as
their results, and she used the same pairings for the final two days of competition. For Fairclough, this week’s FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 Test Event was his first chance to drive obstacles and cones since Live Oak International a month ago, and described how the weather at home had really thrown a kink in his ability to train, but had not dampened his competitiveness at TIEC. “I didn’t spend the winter in Florida, so I went down for Live Oak International three weeks before, and dressage was okay this week. I was pleased with the horses. It’s a long way to September before the FEI World Equestrian Games. For the marathon yesterday, I hadn’t driven a hazard since I was at Live Oak because I went back home and had 13 days out of 27 with snow, so I wasn’t able to train that or cones. Marathon was very nice. The horses were plenty fit, and I was happy with that. Cones today surprised me—I thought I’d be able to keep the pace up a little bit more, but I lost a lot of time at 10, 11, and 12. The footing has a [different feel] than grass, so it was difficult to make that time,” he added. Fairclough also hopes to return in the fall and emphasized the honor of representing Team USA. He said, “It’s wonderful to represent Team USA and to have the Games here. The few times that [Weber and I] have had the national anthem played for us, there’s nothing better. To be an ambassador for our country is really an honor. It’s a real thrill, no matter what, when you do it.”
Chester Weber landed on 159.38 points to take first at the FEI World Equestrian Games Driving test Event.
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[leFT] spooks gotta whiz became a national reining Horse association Million Dollar Horse at the national reining Breeders Classic. [aBoVe] Dual rey was humanely euthanized at the age of 24.
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Million Dollar Horse The 2018 national reining Breeders classic (nrBc) in Katy, TX, produced many shining moments for the sport of reining. among those receiving awards was magnum chic Dream, who became the sixth national reining Horse association (nrHa) Five million Dollar Sire. magnum chic Dream is a 22-year-old stallion by nrHa Six million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Smart chic olena and out of Sailin Barbee. another new million Dollar Horse is Spooks Gotta Whiz. after a spectacular run at the nrBc by many of his offspring, Spooks Gotta Whiz is unofficially an NRHA Million Dollar Sire. it took only seven years in the breeding shed for Spooks Gotta Whiz to reach the achievement. The bay stallion may have crossed the nrHa million due to his success in the breeding pen, but Spooks Gotta
Whiz had his fair share of glory within his competitive career, accumulating nrHa lifetime earnings in excess of $345,147.
on Fire american quarter Horse association (aqHa) level 1 novice championships were a fun weekend for colonial Hill quarter Horses as the team, out of east Hampton, cT, made their way to the gorgeous World equestrian center in Wilmington, oH. olivia Dillon took sixth place in level 1 Youth Showmanship 13 and under out of 42 riders, and she also took fourth in level 1 Youth Trail 13 and under. congratulations! ConDolenCes a legend in the cutting industry has passed away. equi-Stat elite $39 million Sire Dual rey was humanely euthanized on at the home of his owner and
breeder, linda Holmes. The 24-year-old quarter Horse stood for the last decade at the breeding facility in Weatherford, TX. Dual rey made his debut to the cutting world with equi-Stat elite $8 million rider lloyd cox in the 1997 national cutting Horse association Futurity. They tied for sixth in the Open finals and went on to win $105,038 in the show pen. according to equi-Stat, Dual rey has sired the dams of earners of more than $13.8 million.
pion in rookie amateur Trail, eighth in amateur Western Horsemanship, and thirteenth in amateur Showmanship at Halter level 1. marchesani was eighth in amateur Walk/ Trot Western Pleasure, second in amateur Walk/Trot Horsemanship, sixth in amateur Walk/Trot Trail, and fifth in amateur aged mares. Sargent placed eleventh and fifteenth in Youth Trail 13 & under, and champion in Youth Hunt Seat equitation 13 and under.
TriuMpHanT Trio another farm that made their way to ohio for the aqHa level 1 novice championships was the michelle carver Performance Horses team from Broad Brook, cT. congratulations to emily messing, linda marchesani, and Sydney Sargent on the following outstanding results. messing was reserve cham-
playing wiTH THe painT Skipa Star Bar mccue and maggie Walsh of Boulder Brook Stables in lee, nH, had a great time at the new england Pinto Horse association Jubilee horse show at Falls creek Farm in oneco, cT, on may 12. The duo did well in trail, showmanship, horsemanship, and pleasure classes.
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usa Takes Top Three At the FEI World Equestrian Games FEI CRI 3* Reining Test Event The all-american podium sTood tall after the completion of two days of Fei cri 3* competition hosted at Tryon international equestrian center (Tiec), in Tryon, nc, alongside the first installment of the carolina classic at Tiec. The week served as the eighth and final Test event ahead of the Fei World equestrian Games Tryon 2018 coming to the venue this september 11-23. Fei combinations took to the newly constructed indoor arena, located at the main entrance of Tiec, to test their skills against some of the discipline’s biggest names on may 10-13. The first day of competition saw 22 competitors contest the united states equestrian Federation (useF) selection Trial First Go before welcoming back 20 of the original entries. ultimately, Jordan larson and dan huss of the united states both walked away with the blue ribbon, tying on a composite score of 450. huss entered the second round sitting
in first place after scoring 224 points aboard Frederick christen’s ms dreamy, a 2010 Quarter horse mare. larson improved upon his first-round score of 222 to share top honors, riding arc Gunnabeabigstar, a 2011 Quarter horse stallion owned by hdc Quarter horses, to an impressive second-round score of 228. The young cade mccutcheon of the united states followed just behind on a total score of 446 points aboard custom made Gun, a 2011 Quarter horse stallion owned by mcQuay stables, after receiving a 222.5 in the first round and a 223.5 in the final competition. all three riders are hoping to return to represent the united states at the Fei World equestrian Games (WeG) in september. huss, of scottsdale, aZ, commented that he’s been waiting for the right horse to come along in order to pursue contention. “Basically for me, i was just waiting for the right horse,” he explained. “i usually
share [ms dreamy] with a non-pro, but obviously the mare is too old to do the derbies, so Fredrick [christen] said i could show her at the Fei level. it would mean a lot to me to represent the u.s. i came with the intention of winning here. i’m not a guy that has a big ego, but i wanted to win here and i want to win at WeG. i have some room to improve yet and i’d have to beat my fellow teammates because they’re tough.” The pressure of the u.s. team selections definitely weighed heavily on all competitor’s minds. larson, a seasoned WeG competitor based in Valley View, TX, explained, “There’s always a lot of pressure. We have really high expectations of ourselves and because we’re hoping to be on the team to represent the usa, the pressure goes up,” he admitted. “But, that’s what we thrive on, so we have fun doing it.” cade mccutcheon is also looking for the chance to represent his country, with his sights set on being the youngest reining competitor to evercompete in the history of the WeG. The aubrey, TX, native ran the stallion, whom his family raised and his grandparents own, to third place after a near perfect round.
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[LEFT] Joan Ballas and Winter Lady. [ABOVE] Joan Ballas and Winter Lady riding in the Chesterfield, MA, parade on July 4, 2017.
yankee Walkers: Gaited Horses of new england Spotlight on My Winter Lady article and Photos submitted by Joan ballas
Winter Lady came up from alabama 17 years ago. She was intended to go to someone else, but i was riding other horses for the woman who brought her up from the south and started to take Winter Lady out on the trails. She was called Lady back then, but that name did not fit, so i changed it to Winter. now i like Winter Lady, as we have both matured over the years. at first, just trying to get Winter Lady to stand still and saddle her was a disaster; she had no ground manners. i had no clue what to do, so i would just get angry and frustrated. our first few times together were not very pleasant. even grooming her was frustrating. it was so bad once that i picked up a whip and was about ready to smack her out of anger. Winter
Lady looked at me and in that instant, i heard her plea for help. She was just, if not more, confused than i. She had recently come up north and was in a totally different place with different horses and people. She had no idea what was going on in her life. and i thought i was the one that was upset! in the beginning, there was so much i wanted to do with Winter Lady, so we began a journey of learning and discovery. Back then, there was not a lot of resources on having a gaited horse or a tennessee Walker. even vets didn’t know much about how they strutted or how to tell if they were lame. at every clinic that i attended, the first question was, “is that a Walker?” and when we were asked to trot, most trainers did not know how to eval-
uate our gaits. But that lack of knowledge on gaited horses has changed as the gaited horse world is growing and there is so much more information for at-home horse owners like myself. i am more in sync and confident in responding to Winter Lady when she checks out. We have our moments, of course, but i have made one promise to Winter Lady: to always keep her safe as she keeps me safe when we are riding. Winter has taught me patience, calmness, and the importance of consistence, perhaps the hardest lesson still ongoing. many people who see us together compliment me, but it is a tribute to Winter Lady and all those who have helped me be a better horse person. We still have a few more adventures to go, as our story continues. if there is one thing i would want to share about our story, it is this: enjoy the ride, be in the moment, seek new adventures together, go back to the basics every so often, seek out those that share your passion and whom you can trust, and don’t go in alone. Horses are herd animals, so find your herd or two. We all need a herd sometimes.
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on apriL 15, tHe nortHeaSt friesian Horse club (nefHc) had a general membership meeting at mountain View training center in
Granby, ma. the weather wasn’t ideal, but folks were able to make it despite the dubious roads. after the meeting, we had an educa-
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history and breeding of the Friesian horse. The presentation covered the Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA) and the website portal where you can explore different stallions and mares. She explained the breeding guidelines, which adhere to the FHANA/ Koninklijke Vereniging “Het Friesch Paarden-Stamboek” (KFPS), and timelines and information about stallion selection. She emphasized how important our geldings are, too! Sue shared with us her passion and opened up the discussion with an interactive question and answer time. Members brought copies of their horses’ papers to see firsthand the information available online through FHANA/KFPS to utilize the tools for accurate and productive breeding. We had hot drinks and hot food for lunch. We had an IBOP driving demonstration by Dan Dali Haber with Weja Kula, owned by Susan Porter, who will be going for her sport predicate with Dan at this fall’s Keuring. It was educational and lots of fun for these hearty Northeast folks. It was a great day had by all! On May 14, Annemarie de Boer reported a filly born at her family’s Friesian farm, Middlebrook
[ABOVE] Dan Dali Haber and Susan Porter during the clinic with Quest, a Friesian gelding owned by Glenna Germann Drake. [BELOW] Dan Dali Haber driving Weja Kula, owned by Susan Porter, in the driving demo.
Equestrian Center in New Haven, VT. This filly is by Hessel 480 Sport and their mare Neeltje from M.F. Both the filly and dam are doing well. Congratulations Annemarie! This year we are excited to be adding a second show and clinic, The Midnight Summer Classic Open Horse Show, scheduled for August 24-26 at the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, MA. This show will be United States Equestrian Federation and International Friesian Show Horse Association rated. It will have open dressage, Friesian dressage, exhibitor parties, and more fun! For pictures and results from the June show at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, visit nefhc.com.
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International Friesian Show Horse Association Reports Successful Dallas Charity Horse Show arTiCle SubmiTTed by mala Tyler; PHoToGraPHy by luKa
THE PrEMIErE DAllAS CHArITy Horse Show was held April 12-14, 2018 and was a huge success much to its organizers’ credit. The event was co-hosted by the newly formed lone Star Friesian Horse Club, which boasts members not only from Texas, but several other states and countries as well. In an effort to bring charity horse shows back to Dallas, the event was met with great enthusiasm; sponsors and exhibitors alike were excited that the event benefitted several nonprofit therapy riding groups and the mounted 86
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patrol in the local area. Showcasing many breeds, including Friesians, the Dallas Charity Horse Show exceeded all expectations, and the 2019 show is already in the works for the Fair Park Arena at the State of Texas Fairgrounds. Friesian stallion Klaas B, owned by Mark and Beverly McGowan and handled and ridden by Tom Pollard, took home Overall Friesian Champion. The Overall High-Point award went to Cobus Fan Klodyk, a Friesian gelding own by Debra Corson. The saddle seat and liberty champion ribbons were
awarded to ytsje P, also owned by the McGowans. Caitlin William’s mare, leona, earned Champion Mare and Hunt Seat Champion. The top junior riders were Charlee Proctor, who won Overall Champion Junior rider on ytsje P, and rachel Tierney, who won Overall reserve Champion Junior rider on Cobus Fan Klodyk. President of lone Star Friesian Horse Club and IFSHA advocate Mark McGowan has been working to bring more junior riders to events like the Dallas Charity Horse Show by allowing them to ride his Friesians and experience this magnificent breed. Mr. McGowan believes the future of any organization lies with their young riders and he works hard to bring more International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) affiliated events
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sentatives to create the show. Beverly McGowan, who serves on the Charity Board of Directors, said this was a great group effort, people loved the
show, and the sponsorships helped attract more people to attend. “We look forward to next year and making it even bigger,” says Beverly.
to the area so younger riders can enjoy the experience. “Hopefully, we can instill the love of riding into some young people,” comments McGowan, noting that the Friesian breed is the perfect ambassador. Many thanks go to the Dallas Charity Horse Show’s generous sponsors, which included Southwest Airlines, Regions Bank, Equine Express, Sundowner Trailers, Texas Whiskey Distillery, and many more. Sponsors donated cash awards and prizes, as well as provided helpful publicity for the event. Mr. McGowan said the event was a help to the local economy by attracting more events to the Fair Park Arena. Show Secretary Robin Drennon was key to starting this endeavor by investing over a year in planning and coordinating with several breed repreRobin Drennon, show secretary for the Dallas Charity Show, with Tom Pollard, handler for Klaas, a Friesian stallion owned by Mark and Beverly McGowan.
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19 | BSTRA JOINT RIDE, Reddington Rock Riding Club CT, Stafford Springs, CT. CONTACT: Heather, 413-218-2427, newhouse44@charter. net, bstra.org.
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