Ohio Equestrian Directory 2017

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The Complete Guide for Horse Enthusiasts • 2017


Are You On Vacation Or At A Horse Show?

World Equestrian Center­– Ohio’s Premiere Showplace

Innovators In The Equine Industry Entrepreneurs Driven By A Passion To Succeed


Trending Topics and Tips from the Pros

Growing Up Williams

A Family’s Inspiring Equestrian Journey

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Are You On A Vacation Or At A Horse Show? World Equestrian Center – Ohio’s Premiere Showplace.......................................

8 Turning Heads And Winning Hearts! The P.R.E.......13 So You Want To Take A Riding Vacation?..................14 IEA Hits Milestone 15th Anniversary Season – US Largest Youth Equestrian Association Founded in Ohio.....................................................


Co-Op Stables – A Winning TRIFECTA Of Boarding Options..............................................


What To Consider When Shopping For A Horse Property...............................................


Deadly Consequences – Is Your Horse Feed Safe?....................................................


Innovators In The Equine Industry Entrepreneurs Driven By A Passion To Succeed.......


Good, Better, Best – The ABC’s of Buying Your First Horse Trailer................................

35 Someday We’ll Live Like Horses .............................39 Dare To Be Bare.......................................................41 The Best Is Yet To Come – Consider Equine Adoption To Find Your Next Best Friend..............................................


Growing Up Williams A Family’s Inspiring Equestrian Journey.................

46 East Meets West In Veterinary Medicine.................50 Natural Healing Of The Equine Athlete – Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)......... White Line Disease: Definition, Causes and Suggestions........................


55 The Nine Points Of Saddle Fit..................................57 Business Directory...............................................61 2


ABOUT THE COVER The handsome and spirited Intenso MOR (Enso), P.R.E. gelding, adopted through the Foundation For The Pure Spanish Horse, enjoying a spring day in the pasture. Photos by Stefani A. Kame, Silk Studio Photography

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From the publisher Welcome to the Premiere issue of Ohio Equestrian Directory!

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Ohio loves its horses. It ranks as the sixth largest horse state by population — narrowly trailing behind Kentucky, with more than 300,000 horses. That’s a lot of horses calling Ohio home! To comprehend how huge the horse industry is, consider that there are over nine million horses in the United States alone, contributing more than $100 billion to our nation’s economy. That’s a big revenue industry. In the past, horse-related businesses have had to rely on tack shop bulletin boards, word-of-mouth and customer referrals to market their services, and horse owners did the same. From my personal experience, following the rescue and rehabilitation of my horse, I learned how challenging and timeconsuming it was to put together a good support team. I sought out the expertise of many professionals from veterinarians to chiropractors to massage therapists to trainers to saddle fitters, and more, to heal this ‘wounded soul.’ It was through this experience that I realized the need for a comprehensive business directory. Ohio Equestrian Directory was created to be an effective resource for owners, riders, professionals and businesses of all disciplines to connect within the local horse community. More than just a business directory, it also features content on trending topics, the best practices and innovators in the industry, plus tips from the pros. The cover features my gelding, Intenso MOR (Enso). Of course I’m biased, and think he’s a super star! But more than that…his journey inspired me on this path. The Foundation For The Pure Spanish Horse had been sponsoring him when I found him in Aiken, South Carolina and brought him to his new home in Ohio. To learn more about this worthy organization and wonderful breed, please see their story. Our inaugural issue wouldn’t be complete without showcasing The World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio. Formerly known as Roberts Arena, “WEC” christened their new Sanctuary Indoor Arena at the 2016 WEC Fall Classic and WEC Invitational, making it the largest indoor equestrian facility in the world! If that’s not enough to entice you to visit, WEC even provided free horse show stabling for the entire season, December 2016 – April 2017, thanks to an innovative partnership with eVet, an electronic records pioneer. Speaking of innovative ideas, we also have a story featuring three Ohio entrepreneurs who turned their passion for horses into creative equine products from colorful compression “socks” to organic fly spray to inflatable jumps. Their success stories are sure to inspire you. Inspiration is at the heart of our feature on the Williams Family. Ohio residents George, Roberta and Noel, share their equestrian journey from their early days in Pony Club to today’s Olympic dreams. Known worldwide in the sport of dressage, the Williams’ credit much of their success to good, old-fashioned family values. Thanks to the equestrians who generously shared their stories, and the businesses that enthusiastically supported our premiere issue! We hope you find this to be an invaluable resource and ask you to please support our advertisers, without whom this complimentary directory would not be possible. Photography


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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Stacey A. Adams Richard Armentrout, CJ1, APF,AEP J. Frank Gravlee, DVM, MS, CNS, H. Scott Gravlee, DVM, CNS Barb Clark, Laurie Jackson, Kristen Janicki, MS, PAS, Kim Kinyo, CBHT, Myron Leff, Dr. Endia Peckham DVM, Kim Rearick, Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT,CSE Jackie Stevenson, MSSA LISW, Lynn Van Deusen, Mary Vedda PHOTOGRAPHERS Jessa Janes, Paradox Photography

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Riders in grades 6-12 can compete with teams in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA). School-age equestrians, with various levels of experience, compete in Hunt Seat and Western disciplines throughout the school year. Riders not only compete for individual points, but for their team as well.


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Are You On Vacation Or At A Horse Show? By Mandy Boggs

No, I’m not talking about going to Florida for the winter, where well over 18,000 horsemen go each winter to attend twelve plus weeks of back to back horse shows. I am talking about the World Equestrian Center (WEC) in Wilmington, Ohio, located in Ohio’s “Golden Triangle”, less than one hour from Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton airports. Situated on hundreds of acres, this privately owned premiere equestrian showplace boasts being the largest indoor equestrian facility in the world. WEC offers more than 200,000 square feet of heated and air conditioned space (you never have to go outside the entire day you are showing), including over 900 permanent stalls, multiple massive LED lit indoor arenas with premier footing,



including the new Sanctuary Indoor, a 170’ x 350’ indoor surrounded by grandstand seating with spacious VIP area upstairs. Beautiful outdoor grass Grand Prix and Derby fields are currently under development and debut this coming summer, six all-weather competition areas, miles of trails, schooling rings, an onsite veterinary clinic complete with 25 stalls, managed by Dr. Derek McFadden, DVM, where horses can be provided with diagnostics, emergency treatment, and rehabilitative therapy. Not just the horses are spoiled while at WEC. An Aveda Salon and Day Spa, reserved only for horse show patrons to ensure prompt service, sits ringside along with a restaurant, café, business center, kid’s area, vendor shops and more. You are probably

Gorgeous cabins and exciting horse shows all in one place at the World Equestrian Center

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Imagine spending the winter going to horse shows, and leaving your down jacket, hat, gloves, and four layers of clothes at home. Your typical day consisting of showing in beautiful rings, lunch at a ringside grille, a manicure at the day spa while watching a $25,000 Grand Prix, beach volleyball to end the night, before walking back to your quaint cabin to hit the hay.

thinking, “I would never want to leave!” Well, technically you don’t have to. Those attending the WEC horse shows can stay right on the property at one of the 116 camping sites and RV hook ups, in one of 40 cozy cabins featuring front porches complete with wooden rocking chairs, or in one of 70 two and three-bedroom homes available for short and longer term renting, in their “Home Away From Home” park. These homes are nestled among 100 year old trees, on a private winding street. There are also 237 camping/RV sites just one mile away from the horse show grounds, at Lake State Park campground. Driven by a passion for horses and their commitment

to supporting equestrian sports, WEC is well on their way of bringing back the passion and former grandeur of horse showing. With a facility such as WEC, and the new WEC South underway in Florida, you can’t help but wonder if their horse shows will qualify as your next vacation. What was once known as Robert’s Arena, World Equestrian Center has grown significantly over the years, with many plans to continue to expand not just the Wilmington facility but also the recent announcement on their second facility being built in Ocala, Florida - World Equestrian Center South. In October, 2016, WEC Continued on page 10


Feature story Vacation, continued from page 8 announced their partnership with Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. Situated on more than 1,000 acres of land, the beautiful facility will boast everything you need for equestrian competitions along with 1-10 acre residential lots, allowing equestrians to combine country club living with their winter equine competition destination. The Robert’s family has long been involved in the equestrian and horse show world, allowing their experience and understanding of the wants and needs that many equine professionals and horse show attendee’s desire. With more than 40 years of top AQHA competitions while operating as Robert’s Arena, WEC continues being the venue of choice for two of the top-10 Quarter Horse shows in the country, The Madness and The Buckeye Youth/Buckeye Classic. Hunter/Jumper shows have since taken full steam ahead with the Country Heir Horse Show Series, the WEC Winter Series, and other USEF/USHJA related competitions. WEC

continues to offer year-round horse shows and events for both AQHA and USEF/USHJA, such as Grand Prixs, Hunter Derbies, and International Invitationals, with plans on adding FEI and World Cup Qualifier competitions as well. Not only does WEC support equine related businesses and professionals who attend these competitions, but the local economy surrounding WEC benefits with significant jobs for staffing, facility and ground maintenance, increased revenue for local hotels, restaurants, shopping, and local entertainment. The Robert’s family is just that, family. The importance of family and raising future generations of horsemen, carries on throughout the facility. WEC has a unique, yet genius, program helping all the horse-crazy kids and the parents who selflessly support their children’s passion for the sport. WEC has always shared their strong beliefs in good horsemanship as a core value, with the understanding that the next generation depends on the mentors around them

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to develop into the future horsemen and women this industry needs. The Cadets Horsemanship Program (CHP) started in 2015. CHP was designed as an educational opportunity for young riders to continue their education and expand their knowledge of horsemanship, stable care and management, safety, equine nutrition, basic veterinary care and knowledge, grooming, ring etiquette, course walking, and more. The “Cadets” earn points through this program that help subsidize the cost of horse showing at WEC, by receiving credits to use towards their show bills. The Cadets meet every Saturday morning, during WEC and Country Heir shows, with various clinicians and professionals speaking on various topics. The program runs thru the winter, concluding in April of 2017. The first weekend of December, WEC held a drawing for 40 random Cadets in attendance, to receive $250 horse show credit dollars to use on their show bill for that weekend. WEC offers plenty to keep the future generation happy while attending their horse shows. The new Junior Riders Lounge offers a fun place for young riders to meet up, hang out, and relax between

rounds. WEC offers a safe, kid-friendly environment that is so important for developing interpersonal skills, new friendships, responsibility, and just enough freedom for the feeling of independence without parent’s worrying, and all that comes with participating in sports and competing. There is a reason WEC is often sold out of stalls week after week. The exhibitors, trainers, and spectators can’t seem to get enough of the fun that goes on at the resort-like atmosphere. It is common for things to get a little wild once the last ribbon of the day is handed out. Family friendly fun kicks off each night to keep those on the grounds entertained. Rings are turned into beach volleyball, beach soccer, an ice-skating rink currently being developed and opening soon, on-foot games for the kids, golf cart obstacle courses, dog-friendly fun, and more. In the summer, you can splash in the pool, go for a trail ride, or join the golf carts full of kids and tired pups lined up for Drive-In Movie nights, complete with popcorn. In WEC fashion, they outdid themselves yet again this winter with the announcement that all horse show stalls

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The Pure Spanish Horse or P.R.E. is perfect for just about anything you want to do. — Barb Clark

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or people in our century horses are wonderful but not something we associate with survival. In centuries past the horse was very often the difference between life and death for many people. It was during this period of time when King Felipe II of Spain gathered a group of advisors together to make the perfect horse. The year was around 1567 when they finalized their project establishing the Royal Stables in Cordoba and formalizing the Pure Spanish Horse as a breed. They wanted a horse that was athletic, beautiful, impressive, easy to train, a horse that would bond with and take care of its rider. Their lives depended upon it. A few of us peasants are discovering what royalty knew and bred for almost 500 years ago. The Pure Spanish Horse or P.R.E. (Pura Raza Española) is perfect for just about anything you

want to do. They are a favorite horse for the movies because of their beauty and photogenic nature. In fact they are considered the new “it” horse or horse that is in vogue. They are easy to train, athletic, smooth to ride, intelligent, and bond with their riders. They come in all colors and sizes from 14.3 to 17 hands. In today’s world they are used for dressage, pleasure riding, jumping, working equitation, carriage and combined driving. Any equestrian goals you wish to pursue…your P.R.E. would love to be your partner! More and more people are discovering how wonderful a P.R.E. horse can be. Six years ago at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky many people had never heard of a P.R.E. but the Spanish horse, Fuego de Cárdenas quickly became a crowd favorite in the dressage arena. Fuego’s joy in doing his work, the partnership he displayed with his rider and his very correct movements, thrilled everyone who saw them. During the games The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse had a booth that was overwhelmed with inquiries about the breed. We

gave out 10,000 magazines describing the attributes of the Pure Spanish Horse hoping to introduce the breed to many new people. It was Fuego who was the real hero and introduced the P.R.E. to the USA. Still few in numbers compared to most of the popular equine breeds, the P.R.E. was considered an expensive horse to purchase. With the economic crisis both in Europe and in the USA the cost of purchasing one of these magnificent horses has come down making them a reasonable option for anyone looking for their perfect dream horse. If you would like to find your perfect partner, please take a test ride on a Pure Spanish Horse. To learn more about the Pure Spanish Horse please visit www.prehorse.org or contact The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse at info@prehorse.org or 505.294.0800. King Felipe II and his advisors who were determined to develop a reliable and useful horse knew what they were doing. Riding a P.R.E. might no longer be a function of life and death but it sure makes life more fun when you have one!


So You Want to Take a Riding Vacation? By Stacey A. Adams


ell, you are in good company! In North America alone there are over 23 million folks who own or ride horses on a regular basis. And of those folks, about 80% travel either with their horses or to places that have horseback riding. Additionally, there are many folks who rode when they were younger and are just now getting back to it after years of focusing on family or career. And it is a super way to reacquaint with an area of the country or the world, or to explore new places you otherwise could never see on foot or by vehicle. If you are considering a riding vacation, chances are you have taken vacations before and done some riding but may not have taken an exclusive riding vacation – where riding is the main focus. Let’s begin by exploring the types of vacation options available. Riding vacations can be grouped into two classifications, Training and Trail Rides Vacations, with many destinations offering both options. TRAINING VACATIONS Allow you the opportunity to spend a



week with a discipline-specific trainer and work on areas of personal development to break through barriers you may currently be facing. Typically, you can find training vacations for the following disciplines: • Dressage • Show Jumping • Three Day Eventing/Cross Country Riding • Driving • Reining • Polo

While there are certainly other types of training vacations on the market, these tend to be the most requested at this time. TRAIL RIDES VACATIONS Consist of rides out in the countryside each day. They can vary in length of time in the saddle, pace and terrain. Additionally, they can be further classified as either “stationary” meaning you stay at the same hotel each evening, or “Inn to Inn” (sometimes called

“progressive”) where you ride to multiple accommodations during the course of the ride. Before you decide which one is the best for you, you would do well to ask yourself the following: How long am I comfortable riding daily for up to 5 consecutive days? At what pace am I most comfortable? While folks often begin with the question “Where do I want to go?” they often find themselves analyzing these first two questions to determine if the trip is appropriate for them. The stationary rides tend to run anywhere from 4-6 hours of riding each day and they will most typically be “daisy” rides of about 12-18 miles. That is, the rides will start and end at the same point but they will leave out and make a loop, ending up at the starting point. The next day, the loop will move out in a different direction, still returning to the point of origin, and this will continue in each different direction so that by the end of the week, you have, in effect, ridden in a daisy shape. These are VERY different from “wheel” itineraries and do beware – a wheel has spokes that radiate out from the center – but to date, I’ve never seen a spoke that doesn’t run straight out and straight back, and thus repeat itself in reverse. Depending on the terrain, some stationary rides are quite active. For example, if you normally ride on flat terrain at home, with small hills and

mostly walking, taking a ride in Tuscany where the hills are up to a half mile long and require more trotting and cantering can be challenging. One advantage of a stationary ride is that you have the wonderful opportunity to unpack and truly “settle in” to your accommodations. This can be much more relaxing than having to pack and unpack multiple times during the week. The progressive rides range from 4-7 hours in the saddle each day and will cover upwards of 20 miles or more daily. As a result, they sometimes can be faster paced than the stationary rides and require a particular level of fitness from riders. On the progressive rides folks should be capable of riding at all gaits (walk, trot, canter and, occasionally gallop) on a trail (outside of an arena) and

maintain control of their horse at all times. Progressive rides generally cover about 15-18 miles daily but some can have days up to 20 miles. They are designed so that you experience long canters and trots – so be sure that you are fit enough to trot for 10-15 minutes or canter for 5-10 minutes. The days are fun and while they cover a lot of ground, the rides are interspersed with breaks and long lunches, so you will have time to stretch and get out of the saddle for a bit. Within the progressive rides, some travel further and faster during the week and others cover less ground so the pace is more relaxed. You will be advised of this in advance, so have no fear that you’ll end up on a ride that’s too fast – or too slow for your tastes. The following key elements for consideration are: • How to choose the right trip for you • What to look for in a booking agent • What to expect if you book on your own • Important questions and points to consider prior to booking • What opportunities await you on a riding vacation Hopefully, this introductory primer has helped you visualize the many possibilities and options of a riding vacation. Whatever your preference, training or trail riding (stationary or progressive), with proper planning, you are sure to find the perfect elements that go into making an exceptional equestrian vacation! For more information or questions, please visit www.ActiveRidingTrips.com or call 800.973.3221.


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IEA Hits Milestone 15th Anniversary Season US Largest Youth Equestrian Association Founded in Ohio By Myron Leff


ounded in Ohio, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is celebrating its 15th Anniversary competition season. The non-profit organization (501(c)3) has stayed true to its mission: Introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools (primarily ages 11 through 19) to equestrian sport. Beginning with 250 riders, the IEA now has nearly 14,000 members and is the largest youth equestrian association in the United States. The uniqueness of the IEA, and the primary reason for the organization’s growth is the fact that no rider needs to own a horse to participate in the IEA. The IEA provides a mount and tack to each youngster at every event — from local shows to the National Finals. In addition, should any rider not be able to pay for IEA involvement or any coach meet with a hardship, financial assistance is available for those who qualify through the IEA Benevolent Fund. “As founders, we are simply gratified that we have been able to bring this concept to over 30,000 young people and be affiliated with world-renowned equestrian organizations,” stated Roxane Durant, IEA’s Co-Founder and Executive Director. “We would also be remiss not to note that much of our success is because of our riders’ families and friends who play an important role in supporting their children and volunteering at events.” HOW IT ALL STARTED Two coaches, Roxane Durant and Wayne Ackerer, thought that middle and high school students should

receive the same respect as their fellow athletes who participate in other sports activities. Thus, they developed an equestrian competition concept so that younger equestrians could gain recognition. They thought these exceptional athletes should have the ability to earn letter jackets and trophies and, most important, gain the learning experience that comes with team sports, while also excelling as individuals. In 2000, Durant, now IEA’s Executive Director and Ackerer, IEA Board member, presented the interscholastic competition idea to two adult riders — Myron Leff, a business and marketing consultant, who also now serves as IEA’s Chief Operating and Marketing Officer and Timothy Boone, a Central Ohio lawyer. The latter two composed a business plan and legal rule development with equestrian guidance from Durant and Ackerer. Two years later, the first official competition was held at the Andrews School in Willoughby, Ohio, where Durant was the Equestrian Director. Initially, the focus was solely on the Hunt Seat discipline, but in 2006, Ollie Griffith, renowned Western horseman, judge and Ohio State University equestrian coach, joined as IEA’s Western Advisor and Board member. Because there is no need for any rider to own a horse, the IEA offers an affordable format and a level playing field for each participant. In every competition, there is a blind-draw for horses, as each rider will compete on an unfamiliar horse and supplied tack. Most of the mounts are lesson horses donated for use during the competition and returned to the

stable of ownership. Riders can compete in the Hunt Seat flat and over fences classes, as well as Western horsemanship and reining classes. Competitions are held throughout the school year. Riders and teams accrue points by placing in events and become eligible for regional competitions. Those winning at the regional finals will move onto Zone finals and ultimately to National Finals. After fourteen years, the IEA is now experiencing a second generation of participants. Several riders, who placed in the very first IEA National Finals are still part of the organization. Alexandra Linsheid-O’Toole rode with Stoneleigh-Burnham team in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and placed in the Varsity Open Over Fences Individual and Team competition. Today, she is the owner and trainer of Wisteria Farm IEA Team in Monroe, Georgia. Lindsay Skully was a young rider in 2003, competing in the Future Beginner Flat class. Now, Skully is the coach of Little Glen Equestrian Team in Chardon, Ohio. Corrine Obarski also competed at the 2003 show and is now coach of Camargo Stables IEA team in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, please view the IEA website at www.rideiea.org. The IEA is affiliated and collaborates with the following organizations: Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA).


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o-ops promote a friendly “working together” atmosphere between boarders and stable owners FIRST WIN STABLE OWNERS have: • helpers that understand the amount of effort that goes into horse care • only one employee, the stable manager. CARETAKERS that: • don’t quit • care about the horses • are on time • are unpaid SECOND WIN HORSE OWNERS have: • satisfaction of feeding/caring for their horse • opportunities to create a better bond with their horse(s) • more control of care quality resulting in better care for their horse • opportunities to learn about their horse • the advantage of paying less board

THIRD WIN HORSES have: • owners learning better care methods resulting in better quality of care • caretakers with a vested interest in providing good care • owners at the barn more often • owners with increased awareness of any problems their horse(s) may be having in order to correct or prevent them • a friendly, kind, and clean place to live with people who make the horses’ well-being a top priority So there you have it – the potential winning trifecta of horse boarding.

But, what are the key ingredients that make a co-op work? A VERY good manager will have years of experience and education in horse care. (A bit of advice: know your manager well, be like-minded, and pay the manager a good wage.) Good management is a key ingredient to the success of any barn or business. The co-op manager should understand and like both horses and people. In addition, it’s good to have the manager’s horse(s) also stabled at the barn. It is my recommendation that boarders live within a half hours’ drive of the barn. A further drive can work, but never more than an hour. It also works best if boarders have only one or two horses; otherwise, if they are sick or on vacation, it can become too much work for the other boarders. Additionally, it’s necessary to have specific written rules and barn methods (included in your boarding contract) which are understood and agreed upon before a boarder moves into the co-op. The barn manager should train new boarders before they move in so they will understand how everything works and the methods used. To help you understand how a co-op works, below is an abbreviated example of our barn philosophy and feeding methods at Orchardview. There are many ways to manage a co-op stable, and ours have changed over the 15 years we have run as one. I happen to be both the manager and the owner of the stable but that is not necessary. There are both pros and cons to having the same person manage and own. Philosophy: Our farm strives for a safe, clean, relaxed environment for

horses and owners. Co-op members are expected to help in this endeavor. Members agree to follow all stable rules and methods. We operate two barns - a 7-stall barn and a 14-stall barn. Subsequently, 7 or 14 would be the largest in one barn or section of a barn. This makes scheduling feedings easier as there are seven days in a week. To illustrate: if there are 7 in the group, each person feeds twice per week (assuming twice daily feedings.) if there are 14 in the group, each boarder would feed once per week (assuming twice daily feedings.) Prospective boarders fill out a boarding application that is kept on file. This helps them to know about us and us to know about them. We require a deposit of one months’ board, and a 6--week written notice is required if a boarder will be moving. This allows time to find a good fit for our barn as well as allow new boarders the opportunity to give notice to their current barn. We also have boarders fill out an information sheet – also kept on file in the barn, so that caregivers have access to information about each horse which helps us better care for them. Every boarder receives information sheets describing feeding and turnout methods, as well as arena, wash rack and trail-riding rules. For more detailed information about co-op stables, the author may be contacted at: van44256@gmail.com, 330-635-0161 or 330-239-1615



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What to Consider When Shopping For a Horse Property By Mary Vedda, CNE Keller Williams GCSE


ind a knowledgeable realtor to represent you in your search, or be prepared to educate your agent regarding the needs of a “horse” person… When searching, remember that not all “horse property“ listings actually have facilities for a horse. Some agents assume if you could build a barn later, that qualifies as horse property now. A garage may be listed as a “barn” because it could have a stall built in it… Ask questions! Decide the price range of the property you want to purchase (may also be determined by lender). CONSIDER Cost of boarding vs. horse-keeping at home. Research pricing: feed, hay (types), bedding (bagged, pelleted, bulk), and labor. Cost of building. Barn, fencing, footing, drainage, adding utilities, etc. Often cheaper to purchase an existing structure and improve as needed. LENDERS Zoned residential, with a barn, most lenders can loan on it. The house will need to be appraised for a good portion of the value, or a larger down payment may be necessary. Zoned agricultural, most residential lenders cannot do that type of loan. An agricultural lender is needed. Area/zoning horse friendly. If within a city, be aware of city regulations for horse-keeping. Are regulations “horse” friendly or will neighbors cause stress? Townships seem to be less stringent. THE BARN!! Is the barn access paved? Consider delivery truck accessibility, trailer parking.

Number of stalls needed (warning! – If you have extra stalls, you will fill them – “what’s one more horse…”)? Stall size? Matted? Foundation under mats? Electricity and running water? (Electric outlets at stalls are great for heated water buckets). Hay storage: How many bales can be stored without getting wet + accessibility? You want as much hay storage as possible to make it through winter months. Some hay suppliers have a minimum order before they will deliver. Check how many bales your supplier will deliver, how often. Bedding storage: What type do you want to use? Baled? Bulk? Pelleted? Is the storage area accessible for delivery and stall cleaning? FENCING/PASTURE/TURNOUT Turnout: from stalls or the barn? Are you walking the horses out to pasture? Do you have enough pasture so that it won’t turn to mud? Pastures need to be rotated to keep them growing. Having a well-drained dry lot (limestone base) for those wet and winter months is better for horses than mud. Fencing: What type is currently there? Is it sturdy enough for your horse to scratch/lean on? Is it electrified to keep horses off? MANURE MANAGEMENT Extremely important to consider. Manure piles up quickly and can get out of control, and horses don’t stop making it! Is there a place to store it? How will you dispose of it? Some companies will rent a dumpster and pick it up on a regular basis, or you can haul it out with a dump trailer. With enough land, “spreading” can be an option, but you may need storage during wet field weather.

MISCELLANEOUS Are you doing the barn chores? An option is to keep a friend’s horse so they can help, or if you go on vacation. Look online for help: Facebook page: Northeast Ohio Horse Sitting/Barn Jobs. Is the property in an agricultural district? Does it have CAUV (Current Agricultural Use Valuation)? Can you continue to receive that tax reduction? How? (difficult within city limits) What are the benefits/drawbacks. Contacting/ joining your local farm bureau is a good idea. Insurance: Make sure your agent can cover the type of operation you are planning, plus equipment, etc. If you are boarding other peoples’ horses, Care Custody and Control coverage is recommended. Your local chapter of the Ohio Horsemen’s Council offers excess liability insurance at a very reasonable rate in addition to membership dues. Equipment: A 4WD tractor with frontend loader is essential! Additional attachments (brush hog, blade, box scraper, drag) help. Misc. items add up…Buckets, picks, wheelbarrows. If the seller is selling equipment, that is a plus, but purchase separately - not part of the purchase price. Why pay property taxes on equipment? There is much more to consider, these are some of the basics! Mary Vedda lives in Olmsted Township, OH and owns/operates a small horse facility (Sunrise Farm). Has been a Realtor for 18 years. Owned horses and involved in the horse community for 40 years. Loved them since birth!


Deadly Consequences Is Your Horse Feed Safe? By Kristen Janicki, MS, PAS BUCKEYE® Nutrition


s your horse’s feed made in a mill that produces medicated livestock feeds? Do you buy your bulk feed from a mill that also sells medicated bulk feeds? If the answer is yes, your horse’s health and well-being could be at risk. Horse feed contamination caused by drugs known as ionophores has been making headline news recently. Even in the smallest concentration, ionophores can severely and irreversibly damage both the heart and skeletal muscles of horses, resulting in death. Horses exhibit one of the highest intolerances for ionophores, with recognizable signs of toxicity being exhibited as soon as 12 hours after consumption. These symptoms vary depending on the amount consumed and can include reduced appetite, feed refusal, diarrhea, weakness and wobbly gait, rapid heart rate, colic, abnormal sweating, failure to stand up and sudden death. Horses able to recover can potentially show signs of permanent cardiac damage, further affecting their quality of life. The regulation of all drugs and medications, including ionophores, falls under the responsibility of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and each state’s regulatory control officers. Monensin is one type of ionophore originally intended to prevent a parasitic disease in poultry. In 1976, the FDA approved monensin for use as a feed additive in cattle for the treatment and prevention of disease as well as to improve feed efficiency. Since then, two other ionophores, lasalocid and laidlomycin, have also been approved for use in cattle. Horses are about 20 times more sensitive than cattle and 200 times more sensitive than poultry to monensin toxicity. The two most common causes of monensin toxicity in field cases include



feed mistakes (when a horse accidentally consumes medicated feed) and mixing errors at the feed facility (Matsuoka et al., 1996). According to the FDA, complete elimination of ionophore carryover during feed production either through the equipment or in bulk delivery trucks, is not practical even in the best constructed and managed facility. Knowing this, what steps do feed mills take to avoid excessive and toxic ionophore contamination? As one of the biggest initiatives to improve feed safety in the U.S., the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into law in January of 2011 focuses on prevention rather than reaction to both animal and human food safety. The FDA will now require animal feed mills to adopt risk-based preventative controls to address potential hazards, will be required to inspect feed mills at a certain frequency and have the authority to enforce mandatory recalls. The first step in rolling out the FSMA occurred in September 2016, requiring all feed facilities to identify and implement preventive controls to significantly minimize or prevent hazards, such as ionophore contamination. Ultimately, any time the production of medicated and non-medicated feeds takes place in the same facility, or are handled, stored or transported using the same equipment, there will be a risk of contamination. The only way to completely eliminate this risk is by

purchasing feeds from a medication-free feed mill. How can horse owners ensure the safety of the feed they are purchasing for their horses? It’s not as simple as just reading the label. Do some investigative work before making purchasing decisions. Here are some examples of questions to ask your feed mill: 1. Does the mill produce any medicated feeds at their facilities? 2. Does the mill store any medicated feeds and if so, are they separated from non-medicated feeds? 3. Does the mill transport medicated and non-medicated feeds together? 4. Does the mill transport medicated and non-medicated bulk feed in separate trucks? 5. What steps does the mill take to reduce the risk of contamination? 6. Does the mill purchase raw ingredients from non-medicated suppliers?

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Innovators In The Equine Industry By Mandy Boggs

It’s something we all dreamed about once we hit that age where we are old enough to realize, our parent’s weren’t going to support us forever. That harsh reality that we will have to get a job, and everyone we know quickly shuts down the idea of making a career with horses. The thought of having any job or career that didn’t involve the barn or something related to horses, was agonizing to think about. Instead of playing with Barbie’s or toy trucks, we were playing with model horses, setting up brooms and mops across the living room, representing Olympic Stadium Jumps while we pretended to be a horse trainer. We dreamed of owning tack

shops, designing rider’s clothing, and fantasizing about a life in which our horses would always be a part of. Then, we became adults. We have bills that seem never ending, house payments, car payments, insurance, school supplies, that long grocery

list staring at you under the seven year old dolphin magnet from the last vacation you just vaguely remember. We chose “normal” careers. Desk jobs, the first opportunity that came with decent benefits, the job you spent years in college studying for and now

ask yourself every day – is this what I am going to do for the rest of my life? There is hope, and these three women, I so graciously refer to as Equine Innovators, took the leap of faith in following what so many of us only dream of. They made careers in the Equine world and lived to tell about it.


Creator of the Equiflexsleeve Mary has one of those products you see and immediately think, “Why didn’t I think of that!” Such a simple concept that solves the problem so many horse Continued on page 28


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She was determined to find a mill that was as excited as she was, and luckily she found one in North Carolina. Today, she struggles with what nearly any business owner encounters. Maintaining relationships with retailers, distributors, and end users. She explained, once a product goes worldwide, there is sometimes a sense that things are no longer in your control. Mary started her business personally

depends on animals and the horse industry that supports her company.

strong philanthropic side to a company. She donates hundreds of Equiflexsleeves a year to benefits, rescues, and therapeutic riding centers, something she said is so important, especially when owning a company that

life, I would have laughed and thought no way!” With a degree in biology and writing, the products started simply out of necessity, never with an intent for them to become a business. Laura’s horse had chronic rainrot and “scratches”


Creator of Guaranteed Horse Products Laura Gentile is an Equine Massage Therapist, writer, biologist, environmentalist, and equestrian. If that doesn’t seem like a long enough list of accomplishments, she also created, developed, and runs a successful company, yes you guessed it, in the equine market. When asked, “How did you get the idea to make these products?” she chuckled answering, “If someone told me this is what I would be doing with my

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owners face, yet nobody thought of it before. Mary spent her whole life riding, and owned the same horse, “Sanuk”, for twenty two years. He was the reason she designed the product after struggling to keep him comfortable due to suspensory ligament damage. She researched the market and could not find a product he could safely wear 24/7. She started playing around with materials, contacted mills around the country and finally found one in North Carolina that was willing to make some prototypes. They worked. In 2010, Mary started working with physicians and equine veterinarians to produce the actual product. In 2011, with the patent process underway, the testing and production phase began. She got the Equiflexsleeve in as many hands as possible for testing. As excitement about the product grew, the decision to make this a business was pretty much made for her. She officially launched her product in 2012 at the Cleveland Classic Horse Show, where one of the nation’s top catalog/on-line tack companies approached her for a meeting the Monday after the horse show concluded. That was the moment she realized, this is real, this is working, this is a business. Like any business, Mary has struggles and fears. The biggest struggle was early on, finding a mill and compression testing lab willing to work with her. Mary was shut down numerous times and heard, “these are for…um….horses?” on many of the early calls.

a career in the equine world. Meet face-to-face on all of your initial meetings. Yes, this will likely involve travel, but you need the manufacturer to see your devotion and excitement for your product/ idea. Be prepared for meetings. If you are going to negotiate pricing with a group, make a margin cheat sheet for yourself and know the pricing. Be firm, take your time making decisions, and don’t make decisions on the fly. Be generous with your free samples. Getting your product out initially and keeping it in people’s minds as you grow is so important. Once you are established, donate. Mary believes in a

fitting every horse, and struggled with the reality that there is only one of her, and over 9 million horses in the United States. She can’t do everything herself. Mary offered some great advice for those considering

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fungal issues on his legs. Nothing on the market was working, and she had tried them all. For those of us with horses, we can relate to her frustration with the issue. She started looking at ingredients on various bottles and decided she would just make her own. With her background in biology, this was easier for her to do, but not necessarily impossible for someone without her background to accomplish. However, she quickly became referred to as “The Fungal Queen”. People started calling her asking for “your rainrot stuff”, so she mixed it up and mailed it for free. Laura always asked herself, “What have I done on this Earth that has a lasting effect?” Being an environmentalist and vegetarian, it was just her nature to have a need to live a fulfilling and effective life. That idea in her head is what she feels led to the wild journey. The business basically started itself, the legalities, production, branding, and structure was the real journey. Once she realized this was more than her mixing some ingredients to hand out to friends, she started looking

at the big picture. Laura’s first major hurdle was finding bottles. She walked into, what at the time was The Cleveland Bottle Co., and said, “I need bottles!” She was this crazy horse person on a mission. The owner became a mentor and eventually a good friend, who was the backbone to her idea becoming a reality. She shared a story of how she would drive up with her horse trailer to pick up her product, and quickly became known as, “the horse lady” around the factory. Her first big order was through Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supply, a nationwide tack and supply company. When the order came through she realized, this is really a thing, this is actually happening. She created these all natural, biodegradable, safe, environmentally friendly products that people all over the country will be using. Her rainrot/scratches formula, officially called “Muck Off”, was on shelves and in product catalogs nationwide. She added natural and effective products for thrush (Thrush Terminator), Magic Mane & Tail, and a natural fly spray that is a soy based, pesticidefree formula, combating flies on a molecular level by

effecting their exoskeleton, called Fly-Bye Plus. Her fly spray has taken off drastically. Laura has a refill program at participating tack store locations where you can refill your spray bottle for a discounted price, all while reducing waste and plastics from ending up in landfills. As Laura calls it, a habit of hers, she recommends “collecting business mentors” as a crucial aspect in growing and developing a business. Finding successful, influential people to surround yourself with; people that support you, are what is needed to create your tribe. Her advice is to get the word out, hand out samples, go to trade shows, horse shows, anywhere the people that will use your product will be, go there. She explained that she was afraid to make mistakes but quickly realized, you have to make mistakes, that is the only way to grow, they are necessary. Laura shared a story on how stepping out of your comfort zone, but also demanding to be taken seriously is so important. She shared how she attended a business networking event for the first time. The man speaking before her invented electric

cars. She was a bit intimidated but asked to speak anyways. She got the, “Oh, great, it’s the horse lady…” and it was suggested that maybe she hand the microphone to the next person. Laura kept talking and blurted out, “Just wait a minute, I have more to say!” She is now friends with “Mr. Electric Car”, and gained a lot of valuable mentors at that networking event. You never know who you will meet that can help you, teach you, and guide you.


Creator of AIR-ESS (Air Equine Safety System Inflatable Horse Jumps) Jacqueline is a successful internationally renowned professional horse trainer, clinician, rider, veterinary technician, and stable manager. Creating a company wasn’t originally on her todo list. However, leave it to some monkey business, it was quickly checked off her list. Jacqueline developed the AIR-ESS products “out of necessity”. While living in Africa, working as a horse trainer, Jacqueline struggled with her jumps out in the field. Somebody, or something, Continued on page 32



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was stealing her fences. The culprit? Troops of baboons. The baboons would break apart her jumps, and take them somewhere she is still unsure of. Jacqueline decided she had to come up with a way to reinforce her jumps, yet still be able to move them around and stay safe for her horses. Jacqueline began development of the product, working off the technology of the inflatable structures used in military barracks and hospitals. AIR-ESS was born. Well, on paper. The next few years, Jacqueline had prototypes created, rigorous testing done, everything required to test her idea and see if this could become a reality. The jumps were made out of the most durable inflatable material on the market, tested against the elements, and safety for both horse and rider, and the ability to quickly and easily move them around. It was proving to be a huge success, but not without struggle. Jacqueline admitted the hardest part through the whole journey was allowing her feelings to get hurt. Not everyone will like your product, or believe in it like you do. She explained, “I believed so much in the product, I was almost offended that people were trying to poke holes in it. Questions like, what happens if your horse falls on it? Well, what happens if your horse falls on bricks, was how I would respond. It was difficult for me to accept that not everyone will be as excited as I was about AIR-ESS.” It allowed her to grow into having a positive outlook. Jacqueline said there

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zebra chasing bubbles, a pony drumming, horses helping people heal, leaders listening from within, a herd running free - just another day at Pebble Ledge Ranch. Opening to the unexpected and to every day miracles we can shift our perspective of reality beyond what we expect and move to a reality far beyond what we believe is possible. I believe that all of us have the ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary when we live with authentic presence. Finding our herd and following our unique path of purpose we have the capacity to do remarkable things and live a remarkable life. Walking or galloping together in a common direction we can make a positive difference in our lives and the lives of others. This is what inspired me to discover what authentic presence is for me and to invite others on this journey of passionate dreams and purposeful destiny with horses and nature as our guide. I am reminded of this every morning as one horse or another greets me with a welcoming nicker and the whisper of sweet horse breath. They are the true horse whispers and without words they offer us a deep sense of inner peace and possibility, courage and confidence. “This new day anything is possible,” they seem to say. “Simply listen from the place of inner knowing where dreams emerge into reality.” Our authentic presence is already within us, it is about owning it, and about showing up in life fully and truthfully. What matters is being real, living with meaning, making mindful decisions and taking purposeful action. Our authentic presence is our unique signature. It contains everything about

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seekers, curious people, and reluctant adventurers are drawn to meet the horse herd that lives at Pebble Ledge Ranch, in the forestland and hills of northeast Ohio. Some people come to the ranch to solve problems in their professional and personal lives. Others arrive to strengthen their leadership and team work abilities. Some come to heal emotional wounds. Some people are sorting out complex relational dilemmas, others are seekers at crossroads in life looking for answers to decide which way to go. People of all ages arrive seeking a more playful and fun life and to discover creative and meaningful solutions to normal life challenges. Some folks are wandering about looking for their herd and place of belonging. Many people are blessed with knowing they belong, and experience their life as wondrous. Most, whether they know it or not, are at the Ranch to evolve and strengthen their ability to flourish in their lives and to help others do the same. People that transform the lives of others intuitively come here to this sacred land and herd of gentle hearted horses and a courageous zebra to transform their own lives. Jacalynstevenson@gmail.com 440-338-1752 www.spirit-of-leadership.com



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hope to stimulate people to be open-minded and embrace learning new things. To shoe or not to shoe has been an ongoing debate in the horse world, and while I believe that most horses can go barefoot, many horse owners do not. Ask yourself, “Would you strap on steel shoes to run a marathon or jump hurdles?” Human athletes turn to shoes that minimize concussion to the structures in their feet and legs. Metal shoes on horses limit the hoof capsules’ ability to expand, which decreases blood flow and nerve function to and from the hoof. Natural shock absorption ability of the hoof is compromised, increasing concussion to the leg and joints. Changing to a barefoot

lifestyle returns blood flow to a normal level so damaged tissue gets a chance to heal. There are three basic needs of all horses, barefoot or shod: 1) proper nutrition, 2) exercise, and 3) hoof care. Healthy horses grow healthy hooves and a special diet is not required to go barefoot. Horses need a low sugar/ low starch diet with plenty of fresh clean water. They also need reasonable exercise/ turn-out and quality hoof care. When shoes are removed, hooves need time to become conditioned and callused to the terrain. Take for example, Amish kids who can run across gravel driveways and never take a misstep. Why? They have conditioned and callused their feet to

handle the rough terrain, by regularly walking on it barefoot. Likewise, if you expose your horses to varied terrain their hooves will adapt to the stimuli. However, because horses are at the mercy of human convenience, it takes some effort on the part of the horse owner to be successful riding a barefoot horse. What works for one horse may not work for another 100% of the time. Some barefoot horses may initially require hoof boots to transition out of metal shoes. Others may need to wear hoof boots when working on very hard or rocky terrain. Hoof boots allow the hoof to expand and contract, come in many makes and models, and can easily be removed when not needed. The good news is the quality and variety of hoof boots has improved dramatically in the last ten years thanks to technology. Renegade is a popular boot, easily recognizable by its sporty look and bright colors. EasyCare is another good option. In fact, the company president, Garrett Ford, won the 2012 - 100 Mile Tevis Cup on a horse wearing the boots he designed! Trainers Steffen and Shannon Peters have taken at least 15 barefoot horses to the International levels in dressage, using Easyboot Gloves, also made by EasyCare, to transition from traditional shoes to barefoot. Steffen’s famous Grand Prix horse, Ravel, was his first horse to compete barefoot at the 2012 London Olympics. Shannon says, “The legs tighten up, they’re freer in their shoulders, they’re better in their movements and they’re straighter.”

Some horses can handle any terrain barefoot. One of the best testaments to going barefoot is the Houston Mounted Police Department, where more than 40 horses of all breeds and backgrounds are healthy and sound, while working 8-10 hours every day on asphalt, concrete and marble, all barefoot! Not only did traction improve – granite and marble were slick as ice when shod - once shoes were pulled, officers noticed their horses’ feet returning to normal, as their heels spread and toes shortened naturally. As you may expect, farrier costs decreased, but surprisingly, overall veterinary costs dropped too. Coincidence? “Maybe, but it makes you wonder whether we are actually improving the overall health of our horses, not just their feet, by going barefoot, ” suggests Senior Police Officer Scott Berry. Pete Ramey, a well-known farrier, hoof rehabilitation specialist and author of several books on hoof care based on decades of research, sums it up well: “There was a time when I thought all riding horses should be shod. There was also a time when I thought all horses should be bare. As with most arguments, the truth lies somewhere in between. Generally speaking, metal shoes are very good at masking problems and can be somewhat effective for healing some problems. In contrast, barefoot trimming is not so good at masking problems but vastly superior for healing them.” Kdomo3@roadrunner.com 330 204-3248



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The Best is Yet to Come Consider Equine Adoption To Find Your Next Best Friend! By Laurie Jackson Paryss, a 6yo palomino mare, and Austin, a 10yo chestnut gelding both pasture-sound and available to adopt. Pictured at one of our amazing foster homes with their foster brother Hollywood.


here are many horses to be rescued. Many sad situations and extenuating circumstances that culminate to a situation of criminal neglect and abuse. Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary upholds a mission to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome horses as well as farm animals from those situations in cooperation with law enforcement. We serve any and all counties whose agents request our assistance. Our team works hard, we are thorough and we get the job done. But at Happy Trails we believe that when our job is done, the best is yet to come. Happy Trails’ Equine Adoption Program works to adopt out the horses we rehabilitate into homes that will last a lifetime. Our placement coordinator, Rebecca Scalise, works tirelessly to orchestrate the perfect match in each situation. We have horses in our program that range from severe abuse cases to perfectly sound Standardbreds retired from the Amish into our Amish Horse Retirement Program. Some of these horses are ridable and quite easy, while others take an experienced rider. Most are rehabilitated to a level where they can live an unaffected life, others bare the scars of their neglect that manifest in lasting injury or emotional sensitivity.



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listings of horses available. Know there may be others not listed due to court proceedings. When ready, fill out the adoption application and addendum. Your application is submitted directly to the placement coordinator and your vet and farrier references will be checked. The first call you receive from Happy Trails will be to schedule a home check.

This can take as little as a few days to a week. At the home check you can discuss the special horse that may have tugged at your heart, hear of the hidden gems coming available, or even give the qualities you are looking for in your next equine friend. Once approved it’s time to meet the horses. All horses are not at our sanctuary so allow for traveling. Our foster homes are amazing people on amazing properties and choosing your horse is the fun part. Once that perfect match is made, an adoption contract is signed, a fee is paid and the adoption is complete. Please consider our Equine Adoption Program for your next best friend. Our process is simple and straightforward, and each successful adoption makes room for another criminally abused horse in need. Most importantly for the horse and for you, our process assures a successful match as well as a big and loving welcome into the Happy Trails family. Start the process today to be a new beginning for a deserving Happy Trails rescue horse. (visit happytrailsfarm. org for more information) lauriej@happytrailsfarm.org 330-296-5914 www.happytrailsfarm.org


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Some of us have been lucky enough to grow up riding horses. We may have even grown up in a family involved with horses, so it just came with the territory.



forest. Nope, that was far from the horse you got to ride. That one time you finally got to ride, Photos Provided by Noel Williams

However, for many, riding may have just occurred during your childhood. Before college, work, and children of your own took priority over those long weekends away at horse shows, and entire summers spent at the barn. For some, we started later in life, perhaps as a teenager or an adult trying to live life to the fullest and cross something off that mental list you had tucked away. In reality, many have only ever dreamed of riding. You grew up begging your parents for a pony. That didn’t work so you substituted that wish with asking if you could start getting riding lessons, only to be told they were too expensive, it was too dangerous, you will lose interest just like your ballet classes, or your school work is more important. You envied your friends who had horses, showing off their ribbons, neatly draped across a string from each corner of their room, always getting to miss school for their horse shows. You, on the other hand, weren’t allowed to miss school unless your parents were certain you may actually be dying. The one time you finally got to sit on a horse, it was far from the white stallion you envisioned a prince riding up on, sweeping you off your feet while you galloped off into an enchanted

Roberta Williams it was at a local fair, for four minutes, under a tent, with an unenthusiastic teenager wearing a scowl and a cowboy hat, only taking the job because they needed gas money. The white pony walked so slowly, its chin resting on the long metal pole coercing it to continue on in the circle, the rusted steel peeking through faint specks of worn red paint, suggesting you were not the first horse-crazy kid that went approximately 3.7 mph on that pony-ride. Frankly, you questioned yourself if the poor

thing was even awake. It was on that day that you decided, someday, you would ride a real horse, if it was the last thing you did. Twenty-five years later, your kids asked a familiar question, “Mom, can we get a pony?” Twenty-five years later and that tired fair pony was still the only horse you ever got to ride. Things were a bit different in the Williams family. Noel Williams, daughter of George and Roberta Williams, sat on a horse at just five days old. George, riding a Trakehner

Stallion named “Konig”, hacked the horse over to the house as he wanted to see his newborn daughter. Roberta shared, “George propped Noel up on his lap, in front of him in the saddle. I don’t know if it was gas or not, but she smiled!” She rode a horse every day since. George Williams, widely renowned in the sport of Dressage, is an accomplished international grand prix dressage competitor, rider, trainer, clinician, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist, (former) United States Dressage Team member, USEF Dressage Youth Coach and Chef d’Equipe, member of the FEI Dressage Committee and U.S. Equestrian Federation board of directors, member of various other Equestrian committees, President of the U.S. Dressage Federation, former resident rider and trainer for The Tempel Lipizzans, a loving husband and as Noel will say, a pretty cool Dad. George has been studying the art of dressage since 1973, when he traveled to Germany, later

Together, George and Rocher set the record of highest Freestyle score of 75+%, before breaking their own record, that still stands today, of 77.85% when they won the Freestyle for the third time, a few years later. Today, George continues to balance riding, training, clinics, and his duties as various chair holders for U.S. Equestrian committees. Most importantly, he continues being a great husband and father, two roles that his wife, Roberta, and daughter, Noel, value most. Roberta grew up swimming,

and riding than high school and all that comes with it. She majored in art history in college, where she studied in Vienna. She would walk past the Spanish Riding School twice a day, on her way to and from class. After college, Roberta ended up working in Chicago. She was a woman on a mission, with goals of her career with no glass ceiling, she loved the city, never wanted to get married, and having children wasn’t on her list of things to do. She was content in her life and not looking to

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earning his German Bronze Rider Medal. In Germany, he trained with former U.S. Dressage Team coach and Olympic Gold Medalist, Klaus Balkenhol, later with Karl Mikolka once returning to the United States. In 1980, Karl Mikolka, the former Spanish Riding School chief rider and USDF Hall of Fame member, joined Tempel Lipizzans in Wasdworth, Illinois. In 1981, George pursued his knowledge and talents in dressage by becoming a rider and trainer at Tempel, working under his mentor, Karl Mikolka. By 1982, the Tempel Lipizzans consisted of over 400 Lipizzans, and began their first public performances. George was the director of the Tempel training program for over 13 years. From there, his career continued as he followed the flow of life, earning recognition worldwide for his riding and training abilities. Most notably may have been his time with the famous dressage mare, Rocher, owned by Chuck and Joann Smith. Known not only for their flawless dressage performances, but also for her trademark big floppy ears. Together, their career highlights include: Threetime Dressage at Devon Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Champion, as well as the current high-score record holder, Team Bronze 2005 CHIO Aachen, 5th at the 2003 World Cup Final in Sweden, USEF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle Horse of the Year Award, Dressage Horse of the Year by The Chronicle of the Horse, USDF Hall of Fame, and Co-winner in 2005 of the USEF Equestrian of Honor Award. In March 2009, the beloved mare retired from competition at the age of 18, with her final international event competition at the FEI World Cup competition in Palm Beach. A belated retirement ceremony took place at Devon in 2013, to the same Madonna music the crowd went wild for during her famous freestyle performances.

with parents who were not “horse-people”. It was only when her brother began taking riding lessons that she began as well. She always loved horses and was quickly engulfed, as many of us are, in a life with horses. As a child, Roberta went along with a friend of hers who was in Pony Club, for a project at a nearby farm. Together, they worked on fixing fences for the local fox hunt, while these beautiful white horses in a field nearby seemed to watch their every move. She remembers the horses galloping up to them wanting to be pet and fed that greener grass on the other side of the fence. It wasn’t until later that she learned she was at Tempel Farms. Roberta’s world was in the barn. She daydreamed about it, pretended her bike was a horse, and cared more about the barn

change anything about it. That was, until she went on a blind date – with George Williams. When she met George, it had nothing to do with horses and surprisingly, they didn’t even talk about horses for the first year of dating. She rode hunter/ jumpers always looking for the next highest fences, while he was passionate about dressage, seemingly two separate worlds. As the love for each other grew, so did her respect for his sport and his form of art. The two of them began working together, helping each other with their own horses, and slowly but surely, Roberta’s plans started to change. She moved to the country, got married, and thoughts of children were pretty close on the horizon. She took a job at Tempel Farms, even filling in as a rider during performances

when needed, a rarity for a woman in the Spanish Riding School and related circles, and soon started their family. Today, Roberta is quite an accomplished dressage rider, trainer, and competitor. A USDF Silver and Gold medalist herself, she helps manage the family, their business, and all aspects that go along with the busy lifestyle and the roles they each play. In the summer months they reside in Ohio. Noel explained that her Father will spend a large amount of time in the same arena, allowing her to be coached sometimes up to six times a day on various horses. Now that she is older, he claims she doesn’t need as much coaching as she did growing up, while Noel has to constantly harass him for help, never feeling like she can gain enough of his knowledge and guidance. During the winter, they are based in Wellington. Noel stays with her parents in the same home, where they share family dinners almost every evening, and spend much of every day together whether it training, riding, coaching, or competing. She is someone who likes to stay busy. From the time she wakes up until the time she goes to bed, she is moving. She starts riding every day at 7:30 a.m., riding a few horses and teaching at one farm, then moving onto the next farm by 10:30 a.m. On an average day she will ride 1013 horses. If that doesn’t seem tiring enough, she also works out in the mornings, followed by yoga and boxing classes in the evenings. In the past seasons, Noel also worked as a server in Wellington at Fashion Cuisine restaurants, giving her 18+ hour days between riding, waitressing, and the gym. Noel’s work ethic is proof of the type of parents she has. George and Roberta are both hard working people who have instilled the value of hard Continued on page 48


Feature story work from an early age. Noel was raised around horses, but also around two parents with busy careers and a way of life that depended on them to be good at what they do, maintain good reputations as horsemen, and do the best they could to achieve the goals they set for themselves. Noel explained, “Both of my parents are incredible horsemen, and that is something I will always value. They taught me how to interact with the horses from more than just the riding perspective, and how to truly communicate with them and understand them. My Mother taught me position and the importance of correct rider basics. My Father taught me patience and diplomacy. I am quite a feisty person by nature so that did not come so easily!” When asked what makes Roberta most proud about being a Williams, she said, “My husband’s family has a foundation of honesty and integrity. When I married into this family, I felt very proud that they accepted me with open arms. I believe we have the same reputation with Williams Dressage and for that I am even more proud.” George added, “I Agree, all of that hard work and dedication is what allows us to follow our dreams.” Noel responded with similarities, stating, “I think being associated with such wonderful people who are known for their honesty and hard work. People will always have opinions of the riding and training, but I have yet to hear anything negative about the quality of people my parents are. That means the most to me.” With so many long days, traveling, competitions,



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teaching, riding, and going to sleep knowing you will wake up and do it all again tomorrow, it is easy to see why they would have enough memories to fill a novel. Funny enough, when asked about some standout moments and favorite memories, they all picked the same ones. To have a family that shares all of the same values, goals, dedication, and joys, is something so many could only dream of. When Noel was just two years old, she began riding a stallion named “Jacinda”, while her father long-lined him. Noel

and pirouette. She continued to lose her stirrups, resulting in George constantly having to stop, put her feet back in, and continue on. Mid pirouette she lost her stirrups, leaned down, put her foot back in, and continued giggling throughout her ride. It was one of the defining moments that Noel was surely going to be following in her parent’s footsteps. “I have very fond memories of my Mom teaching me to ride on my pony, Taylor, and making me do things like close my eyes while working on my position. I also have a fond memory of my Dad getting me bucked off of Taylor!” Noel shared while reminiscing on her childhood.

would sit up there, tiny hands grasping around the reins, little boots barely in the stirrup irons, a smile big enough to make up for the space her tiny body lacked in filling her father’s saddle, while Jacinda performed grand prix movements with George walking behind them. Noel explained that one of her favorite home videos of her childhood, were the ones of her on Jacinda. With each transition, she would fall back before quickly catching herself, while her little head bobbled to the rhythm of his passage, piaffe,

Roberta and George share a favorite memory, the night Noel, age 17 at the time, competed the stallion Pik L, owned by Horses Unlimited, at the Junior Championships at Devon. The ride was spot on and her gleaming smile during her halt and salute told the entire story. She was the National Champion and still holds the highest score after all these years. Both Noel and George were USEF National Champions that year, the first time that has ever been accomplished by a Father and Daughter, and perhaps the

last time, too. George fondly remembers walking Noel and Pik L into the awards ceremony at Devon that night, having that proud father moment while she received her Gold Medal. Today, Noel has been quickly collecting her own long list of accomplishments and awards. She was the 2005 USEF FEI Junior National Dressage Champion, USEF FEI Junior Dressage Individual and Team Gold Medalist, earned her bronze, silver, and gold medals before she was 25 years old, a USDF “L” program graduate with distinction, a member of the 2007 NAJYRC Silver Medal team (Region 2), she has competed at every level including Grand Prix, on 30 different horses from Welsh ponies to Westfalens, Percheron Draft crosses to Knabstrupper stallions. Noel has taught pony clubbers, adult amateurs, and para-dressage riders. She continues to follow her Olympic dream and is well on her way to someday accomplishing that goal, with many behind her in support. The Williams family lives and breathes the sport of dressage. However, I had to ask. If they could do anything else in the world besides ride horses, what would they do? Roberta explained that while she feels she is too old to be a ballerina or astronaut, perhaps she could broker World peace. George would likely retire as Roberta would have covered all the basis by finding peace with the World. With that task covered, Noel could live the life of a World traveler, a groupie on the road with musicians, endless road trips, and maybe show off the other artistic side of her we don’t get to see in the show ring, by becoming a make-up artist. If they ever decide to stop riding, I think their second career choices would be fine by all who know them, and so many who have grown to love the Williams family. l

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t’s always a good idea to ensure that all of our tack and equipment is working properly (i.e. fitting well with any necessary material repairs taken care of) for whatever purpose you have in mind – training, showing, or just riding for fun! Especially if your horse has been ‘laid off’ for some time – either seasonally, or for other reasons, your saddle especially should be fitted properly to allow him comfort and freedom to muscle up again when you begin training or riding in earnest. While it can take four weeks for a muscle to build up with consistent training, it takes only one week for the muscle to regain its original shape (which is negative development). Thus, even if you have given your horse just a week off from training, you will find that your saddle may not fit the way it did and the way it should, so that you should have a diagnostic evaluation done and the saddle adjusted by a certified fitter before you begin training again. A quick diagnostic can be done using our 9 points of saddle fit evaluation (with videos available to show you how at our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/ mjpschleese). Below are very brief points that I will go into more detail on over the next couple of weeks in this blog, as I strongly feel that this information cannot be repeated often enough and is truly evergreen.

If your saddle is too low in the front it will pinch into the horse’s shoulder – which is very restrictive for your horse. Your saddle is too high in the back so your leg goes forward and you fall into a chair seat to balance which can strain the discs in your lower back. It should sit so that the pommel and cantle are even.

1. Saddle Balance A saddle too high in the pommel and too low in the cantle causes pressure on the horse’s back. It will be very difficult for your horse to engage his back because too much of your weight is on his last 2 floating ribs.

The distance between the top of the withers and the sides of the withers should be 2-3 fingers all around.

This saddle has a wide gullet channel with good distribution of the rider’s weight on the horse’s saddle support area.

throughout the entire length of the saddle. 4. Full Panel Contact Ensure that your saddle’s panels make even contact with your horse’s back all the way down to distribute the rider’s weight over an area that equals approximately 220 square inches and ends at the last

A horse whose saddle pinches his withers may be reluctant to go forward. Other more extreme signs of insufficient wither clearance are patches of white hairs (not scattered individual white hairs) or sores on the top or on one or both sides of the withers. 3. Channel/Gullet Width A saddle with a channel or gullet that is too narrow or too wide can cause permanent damage to your horse’s back. The width of each horse’s spine will determine how wide his saddle’s gullet must be, and it must be the same

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This dressage saddle shows where the center of balance is.

2. Wither Clearance The saddle should have 2-3 fingers clearance on the top and around the side of the withers. The saddle must have be an opening (clearance) on the sides of his withers to accommodate the shoulder rotation upwards and backwards during movement.

This thermographic image shows a saddle with panels that bridge front to back, resulting in greater pressure at the pommel and cantle areas.

rib. Ensure that it doesn’t bridge or rocks (contact only in the middle.) 5. Billet Alignment Billets should hang perpendicular to the ground in the girth area. If the billets hang too far back, gravity will pull the billets (and the saddle) forward into the girth area.

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As the horse moves, his shoulder rotates upward and backwards. Check if the angle of the piping on the saddle matches the angle of your horse’s shoulder. If it does, the angle of your saddle’s tree is correctly adjusted for your horse.

This saddle is positioned behind the shoulder but a) is too long for the horse’s back as it extends past the 18th thoracic vertebra and b) the billets are too far back and will pull the saddle onto the shoulder in motion.

The girth will always find its position at the narrowest point of the rib cage, driving the saddle forward onto your horse’s shoulders. If the billets hang too far forward into your horse’s elbow area, they may make him sore in the elbows. Gravity will drag them (and the girth and saddle along with them) back into the girth area. There will now be too much pressure on the panels at the rear of the saddle. 6. Saddle Straightness Straightness means that the center of the saddle is in alignment with your horse’s spine. Horses are by nature uneven. Most horses have a left shoulder that is larger and more developed than their right shoulder. The larger shoulder kicks the saddle

9. Tree Width The tree width at the gullet plate must be wide enough for the horse’s shoulders to rotate freely under the tree. If the tree width is too wide, the entire saddle may rock or slip from side to side when it’s being ridden, or the back half of the saddle may twist to one side or the other. Tree width and tree angle need to be

over to the other side during motion. A rider who sits unevenly due can compress the stuffing more on one side of the saddle, and drag it over to that side. 7. Saddle Length The length of the saddle support area will determine how long the panels must be. The saddle must sit behind the shoulder. A saddle that is too long often will get driven forward into the shoulder. The saddle cannot extend past the last floating rib at the 18th thoracic vertebra. 8. Tree Angle The angle of the tree (at the tree points for the gullet plate) must be adjusted to match the angle of the horse’s shoulder.

The three diagrams on the left illustrate identical tree angles with different tree widths; the three on the right illustrate identical tree widths with different tree angles (such as can be effected with the ‘self-adjusting’ trees of various companies – but changing angle without changing width is not always a good thing).

Photo courtesy of Dr. Joanna Robson, DVM

adjusted together. Adding flocking to or removing flocking from the vertical panels of the saddle will not solve the problem – it is the gullet plate that needs to be adjusted. Some of the self-adjustable gullet plates will accommodate angle adjustment, but will not allow width adjustment (over the wither area). Hopefully these basic tips will help you get ready for a successful show season while ensuring your horse has the freedom to perform at its potential! Happy Riding!

This rider is sitting on a saddle which has shifted to the right - presumably having been moved by the larger left shoulder during movement.

The angle of this saddle is the same as the shoulder angle of the horse.

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