Ohio Equestrian Directory 2019

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OHIO EQUESTRIAN The Complete Guide for Horse Enthusiasts • 2019







2019 OHIO EQUESTRIAN TABLE OF CONTENTS Pursuing the Finest Custom Saddles for Horses and Riders .................................................. 9 A “Bit” About Bitless ................................................. 11 INSPIRING EQUESTRIANS And Their Extra”ordinary” Horses! ............................ 12 Introducing the Smokey Valley Horse! Exciting New Breed Makes its National Debut in Ohio .......................................................... 18 FORTY AND FABULOUS Fieldstone Farm Celebrates an Anniversary.............. 22 Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic is the Pride of Ohio .................................................. 27 Farm Insurance Think You’re Covered…Think Again! ........................ 31 Travel Tips for a Healthy and Happy Horse ............... 32 Grooming – Surprising Facts About the Hair Cycle and Shedding ......................... 37 Does Your Fence Fit Your Horse’s Needs?.................. 41 BEAUTIFUL BARNS OF OHIO .................................... 50 Organizing to Protect Land for Horse Activities ........ 56 The Rundown on International Equine Shipping With Industry Leader EquiJet ................................... 61 Keeping Your Horses Happy and Healthy In a Stall ............................................... 65 DRIVING ACROSS OHIO........................................... 70 Why Are Grazing Muzzles Essential Equipment for Horses? ............................................ 76 Keep Cold Weather Hay Dry to Avoid Botulism..................................................... 79 OHIO’S MOUNTED POLICE ...................................... 80 Equestrian Style ....................................................... 90 2


Gunner, a 5 yr. old yellow lab, belonging to the Wagner family, welcomes visitors from his spot on the hill. “He is a great protector, but is also a sweet, happy dog, who loves all the animals on the farm, including the horses and cats!” says owner, Molly Wagner. Read more about the Wagner Family Farm in our feature article, Beautiful Barns of Ohio.

ABOUT THE COVER “Franklin” is a 12 yr. old Oldenburg gelding, owned by Marion and Michael Shaughnessy, who lives at White North Stables in Hunting Valley, one of our featured Beautiful Barns of Ohio. Franklin is showing at Prix St-Georges, training at I-1. Although, super talented, he remains humble and according to Barn Manager, Jill Klepeis-Brick, “He would love to climb into your lap and gladly accepts scratches and kisses. He’s a total love bug!”


Welcome to the 2019 issue of

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Ohio Equestrian Directory was created for YOU - owners, riders, professionals and businesses of all disciplines - to help you 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 past year was an exciting one for us! As we grow, we are gaining fans across our state, and beyond. We Erika and Enso were recently honored to be the newest equestrian publication added to the Keeneland Library, one of the world’s largest repositories of information related to the equine industry, located in Lexington, Kentucky. In response to the overwhelming interest from our neighbors, we are proud to announce the premier issue of Kentucky Equestrian Directory – available in 2020! It is with much gratitude that we present you with this new issue. Our 2019 cover features Flambeau, aka “Franklin”, an FEI-level dressage horse who calls White North Stables in Hunting Valley his home. This beautiful barn, which includes the oldest indoor arena in Ohio, is rich with history, once hosting polo matches with over 8,000 spectators. Situated on a prime 75-acre tract of the Chagrin River Valley, this iconic barn recently received a major facelift thanks to preservation efforts by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. White North Stables, along with four other Beautiful Barns of Ohio, is featured in a stunning photo tribute. Nearby, in Chagrin Falls, is another Ohio gem, Fieldstone Farm, one of the largest Therapeutic Riding Centers in the country. Celebrating their 40th Anniversary, Fieldstone’s overwhelming success continually receives the highest accreditations from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH), as testament to the dedicated collective efforts of all those whose lives have been touched by this special place. Speaking of dedicated individuals, Ohio’s Mounted Police, including both the Cleveland and Columbus Mounted Units, share a look into their history, along with their daily activities, such as crowd control, crime fighting and service as ambassadors for their communities. Cleveland Mounted Police have taken that role to the next level by partnering with Leg Up For Cleveland’s Kids (LUCK), a new non-profit urban equestrian program bringing inner-city kids into relationship with horses and police. This initiative has enormous potential for enriching the lives of kids with no prior “rural” experience or the healing power of horses, to enhancing relations with local police, hopefully, thereby reducing crime. If anyone knows the ways in which horses can heal and enrich our lives, it’s our featured Ohio equestrians, Phoenix Cooke, Cali Karbler and Matthew Siefker. From a little rescued Quarter Horse with a need for speed, to a Standardbred who paces (rather than canters!) up and over jumps – often higher than competing Warmbloods, to a backyard Craigslist horse that won top honors at Congress, their unique journeys are sure to inspire. And, finally, if we aren’t “riding” our horses, Ohio has plenty of opportunities for “driving” them! We hope you enjoy our Driving Across Ohio story, featuring three very diverse teams of horses and drivers. Thanks to the equestrians who generously shared their stories and the businesses that enthusiastically supported this 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. — Erika Milenkovich, Publisher, Ohio Equestrian Directory We are passionate about our planet. For every page we print, we replant trees!



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Pursuing the Finest Custom Saddles for Horses and Riders Meet Robert Barnes, an Interview with a Saddle Maker Growing up on my grandparent’s ranch in Argentina, I remember always loving horses. However, my time here ended too soon as we were forced to leave the ranch and move to the city due to my grandfather’s failing health. Time went on, life got in the way, and I wasn’t able to get back to my passion for horses. Finally, at the age of 21, I relocated to the U.S. and was finally able to become a horse owner. Sadly, however, the demands of my daily routine still prevented me from having enough time to enjoy them. Nine years ago, my wife had an opportunity to move to Hawaii for work and we decided to go. I found myself with a lot of spare time on my hands, so I got involved volunteering in our community by coaching kids on soccer teams. One day, I saw an article about a group of people wanting to start a polo club. Polo had been a sport I enjoyed back in Argentina. As a young boy on the ranch, I loved watching the players practice and the horses being trained. The quick moves and speed of the sport…they fascinated me and my passion for polo was ignited! I eagerly reached out to the people from the article, and, within a year we founded the Mauna Kae Polo Club. I served as a Board Member and Treasurer, having numerous responsibilities that kept me busy, and fortunately, still allowed me to enjoy the

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game. As I interacted with the players, I noticed most of the riders did not have the proper equipment to play polo. This disturbed me, but at the same time, motivated me to come up with a solution. During the second year, I traveled back to Argentina, where I met with some excellent craftsmen of polo equipment. I worked closely with them, and together we were able to import the exact equipment needed for the team. This partnership not only benefited the players, but also the horses. I really enjoyed the experience of helping horses and people. Before

I knew it, I was ordering numerous, different types of polo equipment for the players and their horses, such as mallets, bridles, whips, personalized helmets, and saddles. It brought me pleasure to ensure the players and horses were fit properly. This small business venture inspired me to take my knowledge and passion to the next level. It took a few years to create Barnes Tack Room, because I wanted to research all the different equestrian sports to identify their unique needs. What I didn’t want to do was sell someone else’s products. I wanted

to design my own. Every detail, every stitch, every style I personally created, handpicking only the finest leathers. Argentinian leather is buttery soft, but also strong and durable. It allows us to stretch and streamline our products, creating slim, lightweight, close-contact and responsive saddles, bridles, breastplates and girths. We started by offering tack for Jumpers and are now launching our lines for Hunters, Dressage, Eventing and, of course, Polo. I wanted every detail to be perfect and for people to fall in love with our products! The Barnes brand is superb, and as people buy and enjoy its quality, we are receiving very positive reviews. Word-of-mouth has created an organic following and is our best form of advertising. What sets us apart from others is our quality, pricing, and custom fit with strong customer service. To be successful you need a great team behind you. From our sponsor riders, to our marketing experts, to our expert craftsmen in Argentina, we are all focused on excellence and integrity. The real success for me, though, is seeing happy riders and horses using my brand in all equestrian arenas. —For more information on Robert Barnes or questions about his products: BarnesTackRoom.com Excerpts courtesy of the SDVoyager, 2/15/18



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A “Bit” About Bitless by Lana Leveck/PHS Saddlery “How can my horse benefit from riding in a Bitless Bridle?” When you just can’t find the right bit to make your horse happy, sometimes no bit at all might be the correct answer! It doesn’t matter whether your riding discipline is English or Western, riding without a bit, even for a short period of time, can actually be like hitting the “refresh” key on your computer. Have you ever had the experience of having a horse toss his head when you pull on the reins? Your horse’s mouth is one of the most highly sensitive parts of his anatomy, and tossing his head might just be him trying to tell you that he doesn’t like the pressure of the bit on the tender bars of his mouth. Many horses will immediately relax (and enjoy their job more!) if they don’t have the distraction of a bit. Using a Bitless Bridle is just like using a bridle with a bit. You only need to slightly move your hands to have the horse feel it instantly. It can be a good idea to have a Bitless Bridle on hand for special situations. For example, going without a bit could allow you to get back in the saddle sooner after your horse has had dental work. Older horses, especially those with severe tooth loss, may be much more comfortable bitless. Your horse would be able to graze and drink more comfortably during a long trail ride minus the distraction of a bit in his mouth. Beginner riders on school horses in lesson

programs tend to use their hands as a means of both maintaining their balance and controlling their mounts. A Bitless Bridle could be especially beneficial to both able-bodied as well as therapeutic riding programs, where beginning riders have not yet developed the coordination and balance skills necessary to ride sensitively enough with a bit in their horse’s mouth. Additionally, by taking the

bit out of a horse’s mouth, you can be assured that any bad behavior you may be experiencing is not related to the type of bit you are using. Some of the following negative behaviors could be the result of “bad bitting”; general resistance, headtossing, shortened length of stride, lateral stiffness (on one or both sides), and overall lack of engagement. A Bitless Bridle works on an entirely different concept than that of a

“The Bitless Bridle allows the rider to communicate by gentle, painless pressure that is distributed around the whole head of the horse.”

bridle with a bit. A bridle with a bit requires the rider to communicate by applying pressure solely on the horse’s mouth. The Bitless Bridle, on the other hand, allows the rider to communicate by gentle, painless pressure that is distributed around the whole head of the horse. It distributes this pressure to far less sensitive tissues, and also distributes a more even amount of pressure over a wide area. A Bitless Bridle does this through the use of two loops, one over the horse’s poll, and the other one over the horse’s nose. Essentially, what this does is gives the rider an inoffensive method of communication by applying a gentle “nudge” to one half of the head for steering left or right, or a sensitive “hug” to the whole head for stopping. Surprisingly, transitioning to a Bitless Bridle actually requires a small amount of time and effort, sometimes even within the first ride! It is suggested that you start out by using your Bitless Bridle with your horse in a small (round pen, indoor arena, etc.) enclosed area. You will basically be transforming your communication skills from “yelling” at your horse via a bit, to having a gentle “conversation” with your horse using your Bitless Bridle. By going bitless, you might realize that you actually have a better horse than you thought you had! —For more information: 877 942-4277 or BitlessBridle.com



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Overcoming Tragedy with Grace

At sixteen years old and just a week before Christmas, Phoenix Cooke lost her mother. Shortly after, her young hunter mare passed away in the pasture from what turned out to be an undetected genetic heart defect. We all know that during times of any overwhelming emotion, we naturally go to a parent or our horses for comfort. Losing both was like taking away the colors from a sunset, leaving Phoenix’s world dull and lonely. Phoenix had grown up riding with professional trainer, Stefanie Portman. Not only was she her trainer and coach in the arena, but Stefanie continued to be a close friend to Phoenix through what proved to be the most difficult period of her life. A year later, Stefanie received a neglected 4-year old Appendix Quarter Horse mare. She was skin and bones, unhandled, and unbroke. After six months of rehabbing her, getting weight on, and slowly starting the breaking process, Stefanie suggested that maybe Phoenix take a chance on the little white mare. Registered as Sky’s Burnin Blue and nicknamed



“Gracie”, she was very well bred, but bred to be a pleasure horse. Gracie was anything but slow. Phoenix, having grown up in the hunter ring, wasn’t sure what this horse was going to do for her. She was skittish and quirky, often resembling a sports car versus something that would take you on a leisurely stroll. They decided to give it a try and just look at it as a fun project to get Phoenix back in the saddle. Little did either of them know the direction they were headed. “The beginning was a struggle for me. She was green and unlike anything I had ever ridden. We had to learn together. Stefanie had us start out in the hunter ring so that we could teach Gracie

how to jump in straight lines, get her lead changes, and put together a course,” said Phoenix. “We quickly realized that she was sparky and talented, and needed to go to the jumpers, but she had to learn the basics first. I had never done the jumpers so I was a little intimidated by her speed, but once we did our first few shows I was hooked! She loved her job so much we just kept going higher and higher, the turns got tighter, and next thing I knew we were winning show after show.” As the saying goes, the rest was history. Over the past seven years, the list of accomplishments is so impressive that even Phoenix is still in awe of their accolades. Phoenix

and Gracie have been: • Five-time USEF Horse of the Year • Three-time AQHA World Champion • Eight-time AQHA All American Congress Champion • Four-time Ohio OPHA Year-End Adult Jumper Champion • Champion of the NAL Adult Jumper Classic at The Devon Horse Show • 2nd Place at both the Washington International Horse Show and Harrisburg National Horse Show -Adult Jumper Championship Finals • Bronze Medalists at the USHJA Team Adult Jumper Championships. And, in the fall of 2018, they received the Gold Medal for the USHJA Zone Team Championships in Chicago for the Individual Adult Jumper Championships, along with Phoenix earning the coveted Gold Star Emerging Rider Award. “I am grateful for the privilege to own a horse and to be able to pursue my passion. I am grateful every day for the opportunities this sport has presented to me both in and outside of the ring. Gracie has not only taught me valuable

Anything But Standard

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life lessons, but most importantly, patience, for which I will always have endless gratitude. I have been so thankful for my father, Rollin Cooke, and his continued support as well,” said Phoenix. As an adult amateur with a full time career, juggling her show schedule can be difficult, but is made possible by the support she has in her friends, family, and trainers, Stefanie Portman and Shirley Krames-Kopas of Quiet Meadow Farm, near Cleveland, Ohio. She recently got married and has a wonderful husband, Zach, who is also very supportive of her passion. They even shared their engagement photos with Gracie! Gracie has been there to not only take her on a journey she never thought possible, but she has been there to heal her heart and help Phoenix move forward during so many important milestones. Most recently, Timmy, the beloved pony that was given to Phoenix by her mother when she was just three years old, passed away at the remarkable age of 47, just two weeks before her wedding this past fall. In a moment filled with quiet tears, those closest to Phoenix sat down surrounding Timmy, his head resting in her lap, as he peacefully passed. It is in moments like these that we are so easily reminded of the importance that special horses have on - not just our lives - but how we get through life’s toughest moments - with them by our side.

these days. Finding one that is only one dollar and your parent’s saying “okay” isn’t so common, yet that is exactly what Cali Karbler accomplished. The minor details of this story? She was twelve years old, had wanted a hunter, and her new horse had never even been ridden before. And the icing on the cake – he was a retired harness racing pacer with a slightly bad attitude! “He was at a small farm near where I lived with a great owner that saved him from probably a pretty grim fate after he had to retire from harness racing due to having a bad accident and flipping his cart. She patched him up but didn’t really have enough time for him. I thought he was so cute and she offered to sell him to me

for $1.00, so I convinced my parents that this would be a good idea,” she giggled, “I wanted a horse of my own so badly. I didn’t really know what I was getting into, but I didn’t care either. My parent’s luckily have been so supportive. It helps that they are not horse-people so they probably didn’t know it was a bad idea.” As Cali recalls, the beginning was a bit frightening. Her first few rides did not go very well. She didn’t know how to teach a horse to be “ridden”, and “Percy” (as she now calls him) didn’t understand anything that was being asked of him. Luckily, Cali started working with professional, Meghan Kelley, of Two Bridges Equestrian, near Cleveland, Ohio, and they

began to flourish. “When we started jumping him, I just remember he would literally jump the tops of the standards, that is how we came up with his show name, High Standards,” she shared. Percy’s personality started to come out, he started liking attention, and he started figuring out what was wanted of him. Cali started playing around in the eventing world. Percy was brave, loved to jump, and was freakishly talented. But, unfortunately, due to his unique way of moving (a combination of half trotting and half pacing), and with the same haphazard style in the canter, dressage was not an option if she wanted to be successful. To a young Cali, he was the most beautiful horse in

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2019 FEATURE Continued from page 13 the world and she didn’t care that he was different and not exactly the ideal horse for a career in the hunter-jumper world. She just wanted to show. Not being able to be competitive in eventing because of the low dressage scores was disappointing. They decided to move him to the jumper ring, where he wouldn’t be judged on his movement. Nobody expected the success that came. In 2017, Cali and Percy started in the Intermediate Children’s Jumpers (2’6’’) and quickly moved up to the 3’. Height was never an issue for him, regardless of how high the fences were, and the majority of the time he was jumping the tops of the standards. They started winning - and winning a lot! By the fall of 2017, they moved up to the Child/Adult Jumpers at 3’6’’. They were the year-end Champion for Ohio’s OPHA Standings in 2017 and 2018. They have won endless championships in their divisions, and as unbelievable as it was for Cali, they qualified for the Washington International Horse Show Children’s Jumper Championship Finals in Washington D.C. this past October. They made the trip to the middle of downtown D.C. with the top horses in the nation and put in a beautiful and respectable round. Cali exited the ring overwhelmed with emotions as she hugged Percy, her tears finding their way down to his perfectly braided mane, inches from the white brand of numbers on his neck, showing the world he was anything but typical. Being a sixteen year old girl, the unyielding pressure of perfection that comes with being a teenager isn’t just in



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high school. “The beginning was so frustrating, and even now I can’t really see a distance because of how he moves. I can’t count strides and I don’t always know where we will even leave the ground from,” said Callie. Having a Standardbred that paces around a course certainly brings attention to the pair. It isn’t uncommon for spectators and other competitors to show their confusion as to what they are witnessing. Some will pull out their phones and take videos, in awe of the talent this team possesses, while others (especially before Cali and Percy became successful) would laugh at the sometimes disorganized blur as the pair galloped around the arena in his unorthodox gait. Cali recently joined Phoenix Cooke and transitioned to riding with Stefanie Portman

and Shirley Krames-Kopas of Quiet Meadow Farm. Phoenix shared similar frustrations with other riders judging her by the horse she was on. Not having a tall, effortless warmblood in the hunter-jumper ring is often cause for criticism. That is, until the little white Quarter Horse mare, or the small ex-harness racer has a clean sweep at a show with clean rounds and untouchable jump-off times. She explained, “I am most grateful for him allowing me the chance to learn how to be a mindful person and to truly never judge a book by its cover. He has taught me to be the best person I can be. People don’t understand how difficult it is for us equestrians to form a true connection with a horse, and he has shown me more about myself than any person could. He has taught me to take chances

and that hard work and dedication always pay off.”

From Craigslist to Congress

If you asked a 16-year old young man with two thousand dollars that he earned through 4-H what he was shopping for on Craigslist, one might assume it would likely be a car. For Matthew Siefker, it may have been horsepowered, but it certainly didn’t have four wheels. “I grew up having horses but they were mostly lawn ornaments. Three years ago I decided I wanted to try riding. I started taking lessons from a friend my mom rode with. After about two months, I decided one evening I needed more and wanted my own horse,” he shared. “I went on Craigslist and started searching for ‘horses

The amount of time and didn’t know much of anything. Level 1 East Championship for sale’. I had only been in Show at the World Equestrian dedication that was put into He had to start from the the horse world for a couple my horse, the hours spent Center in Wilmington, Ohio. beginning. The only trouble months; I had no idea what riding, makes the world “This was our first major was, he didn’t know much I was even looking for!” of difference in the show horse show. My dream was of anything either! “I knew Matthew always liked pen. Practice, practice, to just place. We ended up absolutely nothing when I black horses, so when the practice - you want to earn coming home the 2-time got her. I had to train her first horse in his price range the win and not have it Champion,” said Matthew. myself, so I would spend popped up and happened handed to you,” he said. Not only was this impressive hours and hours watching to be black, that was the one INFO@OHIOEQUESTRIANDIRECTORY.COM • 440-668-2812 Matthew finished off 2018 he wanted to buy. He bought YouTube videos and going to in itself, but together they by achieving his ultimate goal. beat over 60 competitors in local AQHA horse shows to her the very next day. The “I have always dreamed of watch trainers and further my the first class, and over 118 sellers had only had her for a This proof is submitted give you the opportunity to check for anysecond. possible errors and tocompeting make anyatnecessary the Congress, in the In June 2017, knowledge,” he explained. few weeks. They had to a dairy corrections. Equestrian cannot be heldwas responsible forstarted errorsriding appearing finalherprinted piece taking to Congress Matthew with insothe “The biggest challenge farm andOhio wanted to use her Directory and winning was an amazing trainer, Lynne Puthoff of proving not only to myself, to sort cattle. She was only which are not brought to our attention at this time. Please reply to this email asap and let us know if: feeling. We started off the Puthoff Performance Horses but to everyone else that I three years old and was flat year with 0.5 points for near Dayton, Ohio. With the belonged in the show pen out lazy when it came to AQHA and finished with enthusiastic support of his with my horse. There were working cows. Her original AD IS APPROVED AS IS AD IS NOT APPROVED over 300,” he said. With mother and his dedication a lot of people who did owners had not taken the Please reply ASAP to this email over 130 horses in the Youth to working every chance he not believe either of us had best care of her. She was to let us know what changes are 14-18 Horsemanship class had to continue following his the talent to accomplish all very thin and her halter had at the All American Quarter dreams,needed Matthew went on been left on her as a yearling that we did. She is a very Horse Congress, Matthew to compete in Oklahoma at special horse to me and is to the point that it caused and Grace Zipsinthe Rein the Youth World Show and to those that meet her.” a large permanent indent gracefully took their trophy, the NSBA World Show, both In 2016, Matthew and in her nose and behind her Matthew’s smile beaming places he never thought he ears. Matthew didn’t mind, he Grace made it to the county just as brightly as the would ever compete at. fair, and then to the state just wanted a horse he could “diamond in the rough” mare “I cannot say it enough fair. Next thing he knew, show at the fair someday. he found on Craigslist. ♦ they were on their way to the – follow your dreams! Grace, as he called her,

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Exciting New Breed Makes Its National Debut In Ohio by Max Hammond Imagine riding down a country road. Your horse is coiled up and collected on a light hand…proudly wearing the bridle straight up and down. He is reaching under himself with a lengthy over stride carrying most of his weight on his hindquarters. The horse is stretching out and showing off with his front legs. His front feet are landing lightly and you barely feel them impacting the ground. Your mount is capable of performing this gait across a broad range of speed… from 4 - 6 to well over 20 miles per hour. This horse is capable of maintaining speeds in the middle of this range for many hours. The comfort to his rider, the stamina, and distancecovering ability of this equine athlete is unsurpassed. This is a rare and special animal, and his gaits and athleticism deliver the full “magic carpet



ride” effect to his rider. You are riding a Smokey Valley Horse…a traveling horse of the finest kind! Generations of knowledgeable horsemen from all around the world have traveled to the hills of eastern Kentucky to find the finest gaited horses. The predecessors of the Smokey Valley Horse became a favored horse of cavalry men during the Civil War. Although Kentucky was thought of as a border state, the region in and around Smokey Valley strongly supported the Union, and provided fine gaited cavalry horses that were shipped down the Ohio River to remount stations near Cincinnati. These mountain family treasures were bred on small hillside farms for two centuries to be versatile gaited working horses able to smoothly traverse both deep hollers and steep ridges. Much of

what was once the frontier of eastern Kentucky remained isolated and without paved roads until the second half of the twentieth century. The family ownership of a well gaited traveling horse was more than a luxury and often the only reliable form of transportation. The distillation of this pure and treasured lineage of gaited working horses has resulted in the culmination of remarkable traits that have become the Smokey Valley Horse. The Smokey Valley Horse has been developed over the past 40 years at Smokey Valley Farm in the Appalachian foothills of Northeast Kentucky. Generations of the Coleman family have pursued a passion for smooth gaited traveling horses of the finest kind. It began in the mid 1700’s with Reverend James Coleman, a founding

member of the Methodist Church in New England, who rode an 800 mile circuit on smooth gaited Narragansett and Canadian pacers. In 1979, Dr. Bob Coleman began the process of acquiring and breeding exceptional gaited traveling horses with the single minded purpose of recreating the great traveling horses of his family’s past. The Smokey Valley Horse is elegantly, yet powerfully built with substantial bone and muscling. They are strongly coupled, have a short back, deep chest, and strong sloping shoulders. They display a refined head, well formed curved ears, and a long elegant neck. They average 15.1 hands in height but can range from 14.2 to 16.2 hands and weigh between 1,000 and 1,200 pounds. The breed appears in all colors, with many grays, roans, and splashed up combinations. The breed has a remarkable stylish presence and a calm people pleasing demeanor. Smokey Valley Horses are known for their great endurance and smooth ground covering gait. Their four beat gait is performed with a significant over stride, either barefoot or on a light shoe. Smokey Valley Horses are exceptional equine athletes and are best appreciated as gaited, all around horses that are competitive in many equine events. The breed made its national debut at Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio in the spring of 2018, and will return there in the spring of 2019. Smokey Valley Horses are now traveling across the nation, and although most are found at Smokey Valley, they roam from the east coast through the Rockies and to the Pacific. —For more information: SmokeyValleyFarm.com


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John Rolf, to COO, Leslie Maples, who both began as volunteers. Perhaps it is because there is something unique for everyone to give and also take away. Collaboration is vital at Fieldstone. There are many partnerships including Eagle Scouts, inner-city schools, Equine Special Mental Health Learning (ESMHL) and, in particular, with The

Veteran’s Association (VA). There are over 268 annual Veteran participants. One story in particular of Vietnam Veteran, Ernest Jordon, poignantly exemplifies the healing power and connectivity of therapeutic riding and the Fieldstone Farm community. While grooming a gorgeous Haflinger, Ernest is seen smiling ear to ear,

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Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio celebrated a grand 40th Anniversary year in 2018. Its origins are humble and date back to 1978 when Kevin Ellison began the Therapeutic Riding Center with eight weekly classes for eight students. Since then each year has been historic and evolutionary. Today with well over 1,300 yearly participants, Fieldstone Farm is one of the largest Therapeutic Riding Centers in the country and continues to develop its diverse programs of physical and emotional healing for children and adults. However, it has never wavered from its mission to “engage the therapeutic power of horses to nurture the special abilities of individuals, families and communities.” Each week more than 250 specially trained volunteers gladly come to offer service hours. Manager of Volunteer Services, Lisa Sintic, has collectively logged over 24,000 service hours per year! There are class leaders, side walkers, office helpers, horse grooms, etc. who have been drawn to serve and find themselves staying for years. Tenure abounds and this longevity permeates the entire community from Facility Manager,

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exuding joy and happiness. He was not always that way. Although a successful businessman, Ernest was distressed. He carried both physical and emotional damage and scars from his tour in Vietnam and the PTSD which tormented him. He endured chronic pain which led to extreme depression. He wanted desperately to get better and, while the morphine drug prescribed helped, it didn’t remove his pain entirely. He became alienated from his family and friends and eventually had serious suicidal thoughts. After a 30-day hospitalization, he was encouraged by a trusted mental health therapist to visit Fieldstone Farm. He did, and never looked back. During his visits, his pain subsided. He attended a fourweek session. Then another. And another. After successful ongoing participation he became a volunteer as a “side walker” and then, a “leader”, logging well over 500 service hours. Ernest then became interested in carriage driving and has logged 50+ driving hours and is considered an “able-bodied whip.” Ernest proclaims, “Fieldstone Farm saved my life! It is my safe haven.” Fieldstone Farm allows him

Life altering moments and achievements are delivered daily as children and adults overcome physical and emotional challenges. to control his pain and also give back. Ernest was healed and is a shining example of the transformational power a horse can provide. He likes that the horses never “judge him” and “accept him as he is.” His perspective on life has changed dramatically. He likes a “high dose of Fieldstone Farm” to overcome his pain and depression. “I love it here, where we don’t speak of disability but rather ABILITY. Since I was raised on a farm, I feel my life has come full circle.” So true, as Ernest began as a participant and evolved over the years into a volunteer and continuing participant. As each stone of a beautiful mosaic contributes to the totality of design and beauty, so do the diverse combination of participants, volunteers, students, staff, leadership, board, patrons and horses contribute to the success and magnificence of Fieldstone Farm. Smiles for sure are free and contagious at Fieldstone Farm. Peace and serenity permeate the air as you walk through the main doors into a warm and inviting “living room” reception area. Colorful banners trumpet the WHO - WHAT - WHERE - WHY of Fieldstone Farm but looking through the observation glass to the arena attests even more boldly to the difference a horse can make. Small miracles are happening each moment as “DJ”, a student with autism, is excelling not only by winning a blue ribbon at a horse show, but

also in gaining long-lasting confidence, success, and socialization skills. Riding IS the highlight of her week for Katherine, a child with Down syndrome, who overcame her fear of horses. She now has Fieldstone friends and rides independently at the trot, has developed physical core strength, and most importantly, has learned to trust. Both she and her family beam with pride. Horses have been intricately woven into the fabric of human lives for centuries. More than their beauty, strength, speed and grace in motion is the transformative power of a human/horse relationship. There are thousands of notable quotes attesting to this but one poignantly remembered from Winston Churchill – “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Nowhere is this displayed more clearly than at Fieldstone Farm where Delaney has found healing and solace for her bereavement from the death of a cousin. Or Wayne, who, while dealing with the challenges of cerebral palsy has gained strength, balance and confidence through riding. Life altering moments and achievements are delivered daily as children and adults overcome physical and emotional challenges. The healing and physical benefit of therapeutic riding has long been established and this has now expanded to include the benefit of

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cognitive and emotional healing and transformation. It is a phenomenon that was previously known through miraculous experience, and “gut feeling”, but has now become part of emergent research into animal/human bonds and relationships. Director of Program Quality, Aviva Vincent is an expert in human/animal interaction and is applying her advanced education to produce empirical findings to scientifically validate and quantify the changes brought forth by horse/ human relationships. Horses are empathetic by nature - non-judgmental and help one to “live in the moment.” Horses heal. Horses also evoke emotion and provide freedom for the body, mind and spirit! As one of the largest Therapeutic Riding Centers, Fieldstone Farm is also a

center of excellence for education and certifications. They have hosted the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Convention with over 600 attendees and held numerous PATH instructor certifications. Fieldstone has continually received the highest accreditation from PATH. Only one in three therapeutic riding programs achieves and maintains this status. Fieldstone Farm is an extended family where successes impact not only the participants but their families and the community at large. The fun factor is also present with games on horseback, educational classes, and a sensory walking trail around the 45-acre farm complete with a carriage driving path. There are also ample horse pastures, two indoor and

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Continued from page 23 one outside arena, and a pond. A round pen facilitates work on mindfulness to discover emotional triggers. There is such power in mirroring horses for learning. Fieldstone has embarked on an innovative program combining equine and music therapy for students with autism, attention deficits and other special needs. This partnership with The Music Settlement has produced astounding outcomes. Fieldstone is also leading the way for learning “outside the box” with their groundbreaking Gaitway High School, the first onsite therapeutic riding center alternative high school for at-risk youth. In partnership with Geauga Educational Service Center, it boasts 68 graduates with 24 yearly students who revel in this non-traditional high school. Some students ride, some do not, but the environment is fertile for their learning, self-discovery and ultimate success. Experiential learning flourishes for inner-city horse exposure through their Open Doors Academy Program. There is an afterschool program as well as a two-week summer camp experience. Fieldstone Farm has a relaxed and calming feel but is supported and driven by precise and efficient systems organized to provide the highest quality experience for all – including the 36 horses. According to Equine Director, Jinene Studzinki, “Most of the Fieldstone horses are donated but some, for special requirements, must be purchased.” New horses are on trial for six weeks, and

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characteristics, idiosyncrasies and special requirements. Fieldstone Farm thrives on volunteerism, donations and sponsorship for ongoing support. Lessons are subsidized. There is a full- and part-time staff of 35 to support. The primary annual fundraising benefit is aptly named “Chef’s Unbridled”, a unique “tasting dinner” with a lineup of top Cleveland chefs. Co-chairs work tirelessly throughout the year to garner sponsorship and produce this spectacular event, which has been awarded the Black Tie Award for being a “Top 10 Benefit in Ohio.” Communications Manager, Elizabeth Krouse, exudes a kind and warm effervescence as she happily shares the resplendent magic of Fieldstone Farm through expertly produced community outreach events, educational literature and tours. Everyone is so cooperative; and, proud of the collective success and individual contributions. It is truly a magnificent and joyous story to tell! The true “brick and mortar” inside this pristine and organized farm is a winning combination of dedication, collaboration, know-how, diversity and synergy. The far-reaching and personalized achievements and experiences are well beyond what any person could ever imagine or achieve. Everyone flourishes. With certainty, “A Horse Can Change a Life!” ♦ To learn more about Fieldstone Farm please visit www.FieldstoneFarmTRC. com or call 407.708.0013. It is an indelible experience You will never be the same.


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Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic is the Pride of Ohio by Betty Weibel The 2018 Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic was a major success on many fronts. Exhibitors from around the country and beyond traveled to the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field in Moreland Hills to fill stalls and entries. New and long-time spectators turned out to support the show, and sponsors helped to make the dream show a reality. From the Schneider Saddlery Opening Weekend presented by Chagrin Valley Farms, to the closing highlight, the $50,000 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund Cleveland Grand Prix, volunteers worked hard to pull it all off. Before the show was over the organizers, the Board of Trustees of the Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Shows Inc., were already making plans for improvements for next year when the show returns July 4 through 14, 2019. Volunteers can sign up to help out on advance committees or to make plans to work the show next summer. For more information about volunteer opportunities please visit:

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Over its 70-year lifetime, the Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic has faced many challenges including competition date conflicts, board reorganizations, and the biggest challenge: weather. The Chagrin River has flooded the stable areas and surrounding roads in the past, and jumps have even floated away! In 2003, the Grand Prix was forced to move from the grass field of the Metroparks Polo Field to the all-weather ring because of the poor footing. Of the thousands of shows in the country, the Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic is one of 25 horse shows to have earned the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s designation of Heritage Competition. Today, the purse for the Cleveland Grand Prix has grown to $50,000. The show attracts over 600 horses from 30 states and multiple countries. Notably, the show contributes nearly $3 million to the local economy and attracts close to 10,000 spectators. What started as a small charity show is now one of great historic milestones and innovations of the equine industry, and its mission is threefold: to run a first-class competition, raise money for charity, and educate the public. —If you’d like to read more about its history, check out The Cleveland Grand Prix: An American Show Jumping First by Betty Weibel, available in book stores and Amazon.com. For more information: ClevelandGrandPrix.com/ ChagrinHunterJumperClassic. org.



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major cities, mountains, parkways, and other streets that have restrictions on the height and weight of vehicles. For example, Google Maps would have sent me through New York City, which I wanted to avoid at all costs.” During a long-distance trip, you’ll want to check on your horse and offer water every four hours, so plan for any rest stops you’ll be taking along the way. To help with this planning, consider how far you’re able to travel with the trailer on one tank of gas. For any trip longer than 12 hours, it’s recommended to consider overnight stops, which in turn can add another layer of complexity to your planning.

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Spring time is known for a few things in the horse world - green pastures, longer days, and the shedding of your horse’s winter coat. While it’s quite the process in spring as the long hairs of winter fall out, the shedding and growth of your horse’s hair coat actually happens year round. There is a big shed in the spring, and another big shed in the fall as the summer coat is replaced with a winter coat. It’s part of the life cycle of hair – which means year-round curry glove action is needed. The three stages of a hair’s life cycle are: anagen, catagen, and telogen. The anagen phase is happening when the hair is actively growing. This is a function of time, as the length of the anagen phase is set. It’s up to good nutrition, good grooming habits, and healthy skin to make the hair as long as possible during that phase. Then comes the catagen phase, where the hair and hair follicle rest. A new hair might be forming to take its place, but mainly, there’s nothing going on. This phase might last a few weeks. Lastly, there’s the telogen phase, where the hair falls out in preparation for a new hair to start the anagen phase. This explains why your horse will lose hair all year long! A nice curry glove session in the heat of summer will loosen

and remove those hairs in the telogen phase. Same happens in the cold of winter. This also applies to the mane and tail, which, of course, have much longer anagen phases. There is nothing you can do to prevent this natural hair loss – it’s just the same as a human finding hair in their hairbrush. Animals have one other “trick up their sleeve” when it comes to shedding and growing a new coat – the length of day. Fall shedding season happens as the daylight decreases, triggering the fuzzy winter coat. There are other minor influencing factors, but light is the big one. The same is true in the spring. More daylight tells your horse to ditch his winter coat for something more comfortable! There are several good ways to help your horse shed a coat, be it the longer winter coat or the shorter summer coat. Good coats and healthy hair life cycles come from proper nutrition and genetics. A proper Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acid ratio is ideal, and might need to be supplemented for optimal benefit. You can’t do much about genetics, but working with an Equine Nutritionist to balance your horse’s diet will help support a healthy skin and a shiny coat. Another layer to the grooming and shedding cycle is your own grooming

practices. Daily attention to your horse’s coat and skin has many health benefits. You will notice skin infections early, attend to cuts and scrapes before they become serious, and notice any overall changes to your horse’s mood, muscles, and skin. In times of active shedding, this daily care helps remove hair that is ready to be released. Grooming also has the added benefit of creating that “bloom”, or shine, on your horse. This “elbow grease” we speak of is actually sebum. Sebum is produced in your horse’s sebaceous glands and serves to protect the skin and hair from foreign invaders, like bacteria. Sebum also creates shine! As you groom, you are helping to distribute the

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When it comes to your horse’s daily care, most of us would not settle for anything less than the best we can give. For example, when it comes to your horses feed; you want to be sure that the amount of hay and grain are “just right” to ensure good health. Your tack needs to fit properly so that there is no pinching, or areas that create soreness. The choices that you make for your horses ensure that they remain healthy and safe as well as comfortable. But what about your fencing? Have you made sure that it fits your horse’s needs too? Fencing choices can be endless, but with a little prioritizing you can narrow down the choices. To start, think about the height of your horses. A 54-56 inch post height with four rails will be a safer choice for taller horses. For medium horses consider a three rail fence. Be sure that your fence rails are spaced no more than 11 inches apart to discourage horses from putting their heads or legs through the

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White North Stable Hunting Valley, Ohio

This timeless, historic farm is located in the heart of horse country just outside Cleveland. Dating back to pre-World War I, White North Stable thrived with as many as 8,000 people attending polo matches at this iconic farm. Owned by numerous prominent families over the years, the fate of White North Stable was grim back in 2003. A private buyer was interested in buying the land, an ideal location with its picturesque property hugged by the Chagrin River, to build an elaborate home. A savior of sorts worked tirelessly to secure White North Stable under the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, permanently protecting the property. Today, it thrives as a busy equestrian facility. Trainer Elizabeth Porter of Wilde Fields runs her hunter-jumper business out of White North, which is currently under an extensive renovation project. Despite having the oldest indoor arena in Ohio, the brand new state-of-the-art footing is perfectly groomed, and the natural light coming through large windows makes any rider envious. Brand new stalls and windows, among many other upgrades, have brought the farm to boast modern conveniences while still maintaining its historic charm.



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The Wagner Private Farm Tuscarawas County, Ohio

Molly Wagner is a lifelong resident of Southern Ohio and has been riding her entire life. She primarily competes in reining and has worked in the equine industry for tack and accessory manufacturer-related businesses. She now runs her own consulting company. Her barn began as an old bank-style dairy barn built in 1874. It was falling down and looked nothing like it does today. It had to be made structurally sound again and completely renovated. The milking parlor was torn out and stalls, tack room, feed room, and wash rack were put in. Fencing and an outdoor arena were added as well. The stalls, with large sliders, are 12’ x 18’ so the horses have plenty of room to move around. The large original beams emit character and charm. There is a wonderful overhang where Molly enjoys peaceful evenings watching the sunset, while listening to the sounds of her horses munching on hay; the best sound in the world. Photos by Enso Media Group


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Organizing to Protect Land for Horse Activities by Denise Y. O’Meara That cattle farm that you have passed every day for years en route to your boarding stable has had a “for sale” sign attached to the fence for just as long. You take it for granted that the property will never sell. But today there’s a new sign – announcing a zoning change, Ag-1 to R-1. What does that mean? It is a request to the municipality for a change from agricultural to residential development. But it doesn’t affect you directly. Your boarding stable is a healthy business, an active place. Fast forward a few years. Your boarding facility is surrounded by subdivisions and commercial buildings. The increase in traffic and complaints from new residents about the smell, etc. spell trouble. The owner is considering closing the doors, moving on. After all, a developer has offered a good sum for the land. And local trails that are part of your daily routine are quickly disappearing.





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The Rundown on International Equine Shipping with Industry Leader EquiJet by Elaine Wessel Moving a horse, especially by air, can seem like a daunting endeavor, with regulations and preparations posing unique challenges for horse owners and caretakers. Without the right guidance, first-time shipping can be more of a tribulation than a convenience, but luckily it doesn’t have to be that way. Run by equestrians for equestrians, EquiJet is an industry leader in domestic and international equine transportation. Owner Bastian Schroeder and his wife, Margot Peroni, are lifelong competitive equestrians who take pride in shipping horses of all disciplines from every corner of the globe to their destinations safely and on time. With over two decades of experience and a lifetime passion for riding, training, and taking care of horses, EquiJet’s expertise and knowledge of the nuances of equine travel are unparalleled in the business. What needs to be done to prepare a horse for air travel? “When it comes to shipping horses by airplane, preparation is key. A broker must ensure that all the arrangements are taken care of to get a horse doorto-door, and booking the appropriate flight is just the first step,” says Schroeder. What paperwork does my horse need to fly? An updated Coggins and a health certificate with the

plane, hind wraps can be difficult to adjust or re-wrap during flight if they fall down. Front wraps are much more accessible. Blankets are generally not worn as the cargo area is climatecontrolled and the stalls can get warm with all of the body heat of the animals on the plane. Earplugs can be worn if a horse is particularly sensitive to noise.

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horse’s final destination must be completed, with the shipper noted accordingly. If traveling internationally, each horse must be accompanied by a personalized passport. How will my horse get to and from the airport? Owners are able to trailer their horse to the appropriate site at the airport if they wish, but most opt for the shipper to arrange ground transportation from stable to airport and vice versa. What should I send with my horse for the flight? Treat flight transport similar to preparing a stall for your horse. We recommend sending a full haynet, water bucket, full jug of water, and a bag of shavings. In addition, you

can send accompanying equipment with your horse. What can I expect for my horse on the plane? “Each horse is accompanied by a certified groom to ensure that they are comfortable and safe, as well as to provide the horse with adequate water and hay during flight. As surprising as it may sound, horses are normally quite calm during flight, and plenty of horses tend to rest one leg at a time and snooze as the ride is much easier on their bodies. Since there are no sharp turns or rough bumps, the horses should never have to strain themselves,” explains Schroeder. Should my horse wear wraps, be blanketed or have ear plugs in? Due to the nature of the transport stalls on the

Once my horse lands at the airport, what happens then? “To answer this question, a handful of factors come into play. Whether the horse was shipped domestic or international, the sex of the horse, and the age of the horse all determine if it has to stay in quarantine and if so, for how long after an arriving flight. Horses can stay in quarantine anywhere from 3 days to 60 days,” according to Schroeder. When can I see my horse after its flight? In order to comply with security and USDA quarantine regulations, the first opportunity to see your horse will be once it is released from shortterm quarantine at the appropriate Animal Import Center. Depending on the port rules, most shippers will try to take photos of your horse upon arrival at the airport to ensure you of the horse’s well-being. —For more information: EquiJet.com or 1-833-EQUIJET.


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As a child, it’s almost second nature to be attracted to horses. Their beauty, strength, and allure have reeled people in for thousands of years. For Kellie and Sam Rettinger, owners of Whispery Pines Percherons in Kingsville, Ohio, their love of horses started as early as they can remember. Sam grew up under his grandfather’s wing, driving horses at just three years old, attending plowing matches and shows. His wife, Kellie, grew up showing Quarter Horses in hunt seat, western pleasure, gaming and cutting. Fourteen years ago, their lives intertwined. Sam introduced Kellie to the world of draft horses where they quickly combined all of their experience into a new passion. Kellie began to drive, ride, and show



their draft horses in saddle seat and western pleasure. The Rettinger’s schedule is filled to the brim with shows, special events, weddings and winter sleigh rides. “Percherons are the do-all draft horse! In my opinion, they are by far the most versatile and beautiful of all breeds. They have

sweet temperaments and a willingness to work. They can go from working a hard day in the field or woods to pulling a fine carriage. They have grace, agility, and stamina,” she explained. “Driving is probably one of the most amazing feelings in the world. Controlling a 2,000 lb. animal is not an

easy task. We have displayed our six-horse hitch for events such as the world renowned Fantasia; these are the same horses we use in the woods for our logging business, Whispery Pines Logging.” Kellie is passionate about sharing the many abilities Percherons have. Sam and Kellie are proud to have been the first ever drafthorse related clinicians to be at Equine Affaire, and the first hitch to perform at Road to the Horse in Lexington, Kentucky. Kellie regularly performs as the Headless Horseman and Wonder Woman, demonstrates Roman riding, as well as the ageold tradition of side-saddle. Two of their horses reside at the Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, as part of the caisson horses used to honor and

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deliver fallen soldiers to their final resting place. “These horses are everything to us. We want to share our love of horses with the world. The lives that we have touched along the way means so much to Sam and me” she shared. “This year will continue to bring many more exciting firsts in breaking barriers with draft horses. I guess you could say we have drafthorse sized dreams!”

A Passion for Ponies

It all started with a pair of black and white ponies at the local fair. Larry Kuchenrither was just a young boy growing up on the family farm with his father, Max Kuchenrither. Larry was just eight years old when his father asked him if he wanted the striking pair of ponies, standing patiently while hitched to a wagon. That simple moment in history started it all. In the 1970’s, Larry began showing his first team of draft ponies, and continued to grow to a multiple pony hitch over the years. His children, and eventually his

Sam and Kellie Rettinger, Whispery Pines Percherons grandchildren, followed in his footsteps like magnets attracted to their destiny. His oldest granddaughter, Amanda, was gifted a draft pony at the age of 2. She sat alongside her grandfather on every wagon seat, her

toes slowly getting closer to the floor as she grew. By age 5, she finally held the reins in her own hands and began showing. “Later in life, my husband, Jake Archer, took great interest in driving. My

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grandfather was able to teach him to drive the multiple hitches. Our good friend, Beth Norton, has also been an invaluable team member, helping to train and work with the ponies, and attend shows with us,” Amanda said. “The draft pony breed has changed a lot over the years. The breed is meant to be a smaller version of a draft horse, but has transitioned from the early 48 inch tall Welsh/Percheron crosses to more athletic and flashy ponies, such as Hackney/draft crosses. The ponies today measure up to 58 inches tall.” “Driving draft ponies differs from driving other breeds in that as opposed to getting just one or two ready, we have to get six harnessed and ready,” explained Amanda. “All of the ponies are braided and match in size, color, and conformation. The driving focuses not only on

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2019 FEATURE Continued from page71 the athleticism of the pony, but the show aspect and how well they all work together. A draft harness is covered in patent leather and chrome, the carts and wagons are brightly colored, and all have to be looking pristine.” The Kuchenrither family has run a carriage business for over twenty years. In the winter they offer enchanting sleigh rides, while during the summer months they travel to various county fairs and draft pony circuit competitions “This past summer one of our mares won Supreme Champion Draft Pony and another won Reserve Champion Draft Pony at the Lorain County Fair, one of the largest in Ohio. My grandparents have received a lifetime achievement award for having ponies stabled at the fair since the 1950’s, and we are all very proud to be a part of that,” said Amanda.

When Horses Choose You

Pam Hess, D.V.M. of Cleveland, Ohio, has been an equine veterinarian for 30 years, and has always been involved with horses. Pam mostly enjoyed trail riding for both fun and competitively until 2005, when she married her husband, Curtis Hess.



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“Boy! How life changed. Curtis had ten Haflingers and introduced me to carriage driving. I had never even been very aware of carriage driving as a sport or activity with horses,” she explained. “So, I guess you could say that the Haflinger breed chose me when Curtis and I got married. I really got seriously addicted to Haflingers and carriage driving!” Carriage driving has numerous opportunities for both fun and competition. Curtis and Pam have participated in several types of driving events, all with their Haflingers. “We participate in fun drives with our carriage association, the Western Reserve Carriage Association (WRCA). There are great

events in Northeastern Ohio and nearby areas. They include pot-luck lunches/ dinners before the drives,” she shared. “We do drive at home for fun and to practice. Haflingers are very versatile and very good at the two basic styles of driving; draft hitch driving and pleasure driving. Draft hitch involves a lot of knee action with animation and style, and pulling a two-wheeled cart with one or two people. There are also heavy hitch wagons where you would use two, three, four, or six horses to pull. Curtis and I show our Haflingers from a cart all the way up to the six-pony hitch.” Curtis is not only passionate about their ponies and driving in itself, but he also enjoys building carts and hitch wagons by hand. He has developed an amazing skill over thirty years, perfecting the creation of these beautiful works of both art and functionality. “We also enjoy pleasure driving, where the horses move in a more elegant, sedate fashion with a different style harness and carriage than the draft hitch style,” Pam explained. “Both the carriages and the horses must

be beautifully turned out with attention to every detail, from carriage appointments, the driver’s attire, harness, and horse. They are typically shown in a single cart, a pair, or 4-in-hands.” Pam particularly enjoys competing in CDEs, or Combined Driving Events. CDEs are similar to 3-day eventing, and are composed of three events: driven dressage, a cross-country marathon course, and an obstacle course with cones. These events are sanctioned by the American Driving Society, an organization Pam has been a proud member of for over ten years. “The horses must be well-trained, very obedient, and forward thinking, with correct movement, physical fitness, agility, and bravery. They must be supple and correct in their frame and responsive to the driver,” she explained. “CDEs challenge both the driver and the horses to be a well-trained team, and the team must excel in all three phases of the event to be successful.” Each year, The Great Geauga County Fair, the oldest fair in the small town of Burton, Ohio, awakens with crowds of people and animals. An annual event both Pam and Curtis look forward to every year, as Curtis has shown his Haflingers there for over 33 years. With so many styles of driving and opportunities to participate with a variety of breeds, it is no wonder that the sport continues to grow each year, with curious horse lovers dipping their toes into the world of driving. Little do they know, once they step into a carriage, they may not want to step out! ♦

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The Cleveland Mounted Police Unit is steeped in history and transformation. Officially established well over a century ago, Mounted Police have and will continue to perform a vital role in the Cleveland Police Force. So much tenure has garnered a tremendous amount of nostalgia, memories, and most importantly, incredible success. The Cleveland Police Museum and the Cleveland Police Foundation archives much of this history which includes its evolution from “Militia - Troop A 107th Cavalry Unit, referred to as ‘Black Horse Troop’, from 1877 to 1895, to its official 1911 beginning as the Cleveland Mounted Police Unit.” Growing in numbers and prestige through the years, they were in high demand to perform at many important parades and exhibitions, securing countless accolades. Information from ClevelandMountedPolice. com details their heritage of

parade for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Police archives also detail “severe bone-chilling weather of -40- degrees sadly prevented their participation marching in many Presidential in the Ronald Reagan 1985 Inaugural parades beginning Inaugural parade.” The archives also credit the in 1921 with President unit as the “winner of the Warren G. Harding. Two prestigious International years later, in 1923, they Drill Team Championship at marched in his funeral the famous Chicago World’s procession. In 1953 the Unit Fair in 1933.” Old tattered also attended the Inaugural

black and white photographs which hang in the current stable office attest to these momentous parades which fill the current Unit with pride and appreciation. Fast-forwarding to present day, the Mounted Unit continues to serve and provide unique crowd control management for major city events such as, Cleveland Browns football games,

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of Police Mounted Unit, consisting of eleven horses, six Officers, and their Sergeant, report to the Columbus Division of Police which originated in 1816. The Division covers 20 precincts across the greater the crowd and mantle the Columbus metropolitan ambulance, allowing safe area while serving nearly passage to the perimeter, 800,000 residents. It has thereby enabling critical more than 1,800 officers hospital transport. and 300 civilian employees This may read like an excerpt from a riveting police making it the largest Police Department in the state novel but it was actually a of Ohio and among the 25 dramatic life-saving rescue largest in the United States.* of the skilled and heroic For centuries, horses were Columbus Mounted Police a critical part of policing Unit. While they perform a but were phased out in the wide spectrum of duties, 1950’s when police cars crowd control appears to with radio communication be a hallmark of this highly took precedence. Critical trained and cohesive unit. demand for their unique The Columbus Division

“Ride Like A Cop!” The ready ambulance was finally loaded and organized for critical transport of the patient in need of serious hospital care. Time was of the essence but throngs of people surrounded the vehicle preventing any forward movement. Although horn and siren were blaring, no pathway could be made. Suddenly in the distance the faint sound of hooves could be heard amid the booming noises. A cadre of Mounted Police began to miraculously part

abilities enabled the resurgence of the Unit by Chief Joseph in 1984, and is currently supported by Chief Kimberley Jacobs, the first female Chief in the Division. The use of Mounted Units is an efficient system, equating one horse/rider to ten unmounted officers in crowd control situations. Also, when mounted on a large horse, the officers have a greater vantage perspective over large gatherings not afforded to unmounted officers. Officer Sandy Silva is one of the many tenured members who efficiently provide comprehensive and detailed administration and reporting on all aspects

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Continued from page 80 Cleveland Indians baseball, and the 2016 Republican National Convention. In that same year, they were instrumental in the momentous celebration of the Cleveland Cavalier’s NBA Championship where over 1.3 million people gathered peaceably in downtown Cleveland for a citywide celebratory parade and rally of magnificent proportions. Officer Michael Herrin, who joined the mounted unit in 2011 proudly states, “The Cavs parade might not have occurred if the Mounted Unit were not involved to spearhead the path.” Their “wedge” formation, which he describes, was very effective and contributed greatly to the safety of this nationally featured celebration. Consider a line of Mounted Officers clearing a path through thousands of people more skillfully than any vehicle. In fact, Officer Herrin believes that “one Mounted Officer can equate to ten non-mounted officers. They are frequently called upon to move a crowd to allow the entrance and egress of ambulances which provide essential emergency care.” The number of Cleveland Mounts has dwindled over the years as additional crime fighting strategies evolved. Its peak was in 1932 with 85 horses and patrolmen(1). However, there is a continuing need that only these Mounted Police can fill. Certainly, most people have personally witnessed and participated in police horse adoration and attraction. Children of all ages are drawn to these majestic creatures, piloted by



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friendly police officers who serve not only as protectors but also as community ambassadors. Officer Herrin admits he joined the Unit for several reasons but one very important factor was that “most people really like us! Many people, children and adults alike, have never seen a horse that close before. On a given day, we may pose for 50 pictures. Public interaction – it is what we do every day.” Beyond parades, crowd control, and community relations, the Unit is also very effective in crime intervention and apprehension. Officer Michael Herrin recounts, “Officer Scott Sieger, riding Mandy, and myself, riding my current mount, Jack, were involved in a serious apprehension where the suspect had knocked out a victim and ran. Our high vantage point enabled us to take immediate chase and closely follow the suspect in and around the city and even up and down stairs.

Eventually, the suspect ran into Tower City and thought he was ‘home free’ as he was getting ready to board a train. I vaulted off Jack and threw my reins to Scott. I took foot chase and apprehended the suspect before he could ride away on the train.” This is one very dramatic arrest attesting to the niche these Mounted Officers fill. In 2011, the unit began rebuilding and since 2017 has been steadily growing. Currently, there are four Officers (Abe, George, Mike and Scott) in addition to their leader Sgt. Mark Medwid. A total of nine horses (two mares, Breeze and Mandy, plus seven geldings, Bas, Jack, Jakar, Gunner, Nimo, Oscar and Pilot) comprise the Unit with plans for expansion. The horses are exercised by Barn Manager, Brittanny Miller to keep them in peak condition. Additionally, two “hostlers” provide daily horse care, but according to Brittanny, “everyone is

humble and willing to pitch in to clean stalls, turnout, and bucket scrubbing, etc., because the horse’s care is primary.” All this behind the scenes care allows the Officers to focus on public safety and patrol. Brittanny recognizes daily that “there is a special bond between each Officer and his Mount which enhances their relationship and ultimate effectiveness.” At one time, most of the Cleveland Mounted Unit was comprised of Saddlebred and Thoroughbred horses. This breed “model” has changed and according to Officer Herrin, “many Units are now gravitating toward selection of draft cross horses which can be calmer and larger than other breeds. Their size enables them to calmly and safely carry more total weight, which is about 80 lbs. of gear (saddle, pad, first aid kit, etc.), in addition to the weight of the Officer.” Officer Herrin can

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of the horses and barn. Two “working” felines Continued from page 81 complement the Unit. Officer Silva states “Everyone is of the Unit. Everything is imperative to the functioning tracked and accounted for. of this collaborative and Officer Silva enthusiastically highly specialized unit.” They describes the Mounted Unit as “a highly coveted seniority are housed on the outskirts of downtown Columbus on driven Unit. Eleven horses McKinley Avenue and occupy and six officers, (four men a well-built stone horse barn and two women) are led by dating back to the 1890’s Sergeant Robert Forsythe, The Mounted Officers are who rides as well as handles seasoned and experienced all upper- management issues and logistics. The Unit Police Officers who do not necessarily have much riding is trained by full-time rider and highly skilled horseman, experience when they join the Unit. However, after nine Officer John Shoopman. weeks of intense training and Besides evaluating new horse prospects and training preparation with countless hours in the saddle, they all new horses, Officer soon become effective Shoopman also schedules horsemen and horsewomen. joint training sessions for And the training never stops! surrounding mounted According to Sergeant units that work closely with Forsythe, “Training is a Columbus. In addition, constant and they prepare Sarah, is a civilian employee with the known for the whose job as “hostler” unknown.” Similar to makes her responsible for the dedicated men and women of the Columbus the health and well- being Division of Police, the Mounted Unit Officers are continuously engaged in community outreach and making sure they put forth the best trained police force in the nation. The Mounted Unit calendar is overflowing with diverse duties which include (but are not limited to): strategic response, patrol, protests, parades, funerals, school fun days and visits, career days, barn tours, Ohio State University football games, Equine Affaire and a myriad of other community engagements. There is never a dull moment in their intense schedule but the Unit is trained and prepared for the challenge. The Unit also participated along with other police personnel in crowd control and strategic response

for the Republican National Convention held in Cleveland in 2016, enabling the event to be safe, secure and nationally praised. They take part in the Alabama Mardi Gras as well as the famous “Red, White & Boom” 4th of July extravaganza celebration in downtown Columbus. Over 400,000 people gathered in Columbus in 2018 for this 38th annual event which originated in 1981. It boasts the largest fireworks display in Ohio so one can only imagine the extensive preparation necessary for this kind of special event! Desensitization training is required for all of these demanding events, and includes exposure to smoke and gas as well as flares, fireworks, and loud booming music. Training

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Continued from page 82 attest since his mount Jack is a steadfast 19 year-old Morgan/Percheron cross. While the City of Cleveland funds the Mounted Officers’ salaries and stable costs, they do not pay for the equipment and other necessary horse supplies. There is a continuing need for private donations to sustain this amazing Unit and provide continuity of this long-standing tradition. Through the years, many people have come forward to contribute greatly in support of the Unit and have included fundraisers, parades, urban rides and private sponsorship. Notably, in 2013, over 175 people rode through the streets of downtown Cleveland in support of the Unit. Other activities that day included raffles, food trucks and merchandise sales. All proceeds were donated to the Unit. It was one of the biggest parades ever attended and promoted by the Ohio Horseman’s Council which has chapters throughout the State.(2) The Cleveland Mounted Police Charitable Trust is another great donation avenue to “support the cost of horse-related expenses including veterinary care, food, training, and an array of essential equipment.” Donations can be made online through



greatnonprofits.org or by sending donations to: The Cleveland Mounted Police Charitable Trust at 600 Superior Avenue, East Cleveland, OH 44114. The Unit continues growing in its Community outreach. Presently, there is an interesting and

valuable public partnership developing between The Cleveland Mounted Police and LUCK (Leg Up for Cleveland’s Kids). LUCK was founded by Elisabeth Geisse, Elizabeth Biddick, Elizabeth Kahl and Dr. Laura Hammel, all dedicated and experienced professionals. According to Board President Dr. Laura Hammel, “LUCK was birthed out of a need to increase inner-city kid’s exposure to horses. In 2016, LUCK began providing able-bodied city kids between the ages of 12 and 18 a safe space where they learn to respect and trust and know that others care about them. This urban equestrian program experience builds character

and self-confidence while teaching responsibility, compassion and skillbuilding.” Magic happens when a kid meets a horse! LUCK Board member, Liz Biddick, is an Instructor with both PATH International and Youth Outdoors Horse Programs. As a professional horse trainer she affirms, “I know from experience how horses can comfort, make you smile, and give you wings to fly. They both humble and empower us. The tradeoff is that we become responsible for their well-being. What a great lesson for each of us as horse people. LUCK is an opportunity to share this with the kids.” Still in developmental stages, LUCK is expanding its program and envisions a new communal facility with the Cleveland Mounted Unit to possibly house 20 program horses, and also provide a new and enlarged state-of-the- arttwo-story “home” for the Cleveland Mounted Police who currently occupy the stable originally built in 1948 on East 38th Street in downtown Cleveland. Details remain to be worked out between LUCK and the City of Cleveland. However, Dr. Laura envisions a “shared facility with separate stalls and administrative areas but joint indoor and outdoor arenas, ample grass pastures, an all– weather area, and viewing room.” She is confident that this arrangement could be a “win-win-win where taxpayers benefit from budget savings and community outreach; the LUCK kids benefit from

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Continued from page 83 also includes exposure to helicopter landings! It is evident that the basis of this training must begin with a high degree of trust between the horses and their riders. Sergeant Forsythe affectionately referred to one of his two mounts as “my boy Cisco.” Training of the horses also requires diplomatic encouragement to teach them to accept frightening obstacles without fear and trust the leadership of their officers. He states their training motto is; “ASK – TELL – then DEMAND” in that order! It is systematic, fair, and effective. Sergeant Forsythe explains that “Division horses used in riots are carefully trained to handle the stimulus. The horses are equipped, as are the Officers, with appropriate riot gear including nose guards

and chest protectors.” An interesting tidbit shared by Sergeant Forsythe is that “mace and smoke flares do not bother the nose receptors of horses.” Horses also have thicker skin and can withstand being sprayed with capsaisin, a main ingredient in mace. Horses can be intimidating in crowd control

and cheered when the officers crossed the street to allow them! The situation de-escalated immediately. You cannot put a price on that kind of intrinsic value for community relations. What breed of horse is the best for police work? According to Officer Silva, “Our type is temperament!” Above

“Division horses used in riots are carefully trained to handle the stimulus.” circumstances but they can also become “one with the crowd”, exhibiting almost a magical calming quality which positively impacts the people and lessens the chance of conditions spiraling out of control. Recently at an escalating protest rally, the crowd loudly chanted, “Can we pet the horses?”

all, any breed of horse, be it Percheron, Friesian, Saddlebred, Tennessee Walker, Belgian, etc., can possess the right amount of confidence, cooperation, focus, and trust to make the grade to perform in this high-functioning and specialized Unit. Horses are lovingly cared

for by both the Officers and Hostler. All saddles and bridles are properly fitted and borium is regularly used on the horse’s shoes for increased traction on city streets. Fly spray is essential to keep the animals protected from insects and proper hydration is ensured so that horses will safely withstand the rigors of their patrol work and training. In the age of modernization and everchanging technology, it is heartwarming to witness the steadfast utility of the horse. It is no wonder when queried about the type of riding that is taught in the Columbus Mounted Unit, the answer was clear, concise and emphatic – “We ride Cop!” Aptly said. We would not want it any other way! ♦ *Source – The Columbus Division of Police website: Columbus.Gov/police



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