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Boot,Scoot and

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This year at HITS Ocala,

Horse Country Shoe Repair offers a multitude of boot and shoe repairs, shines and leather work. By Summer Best Need new soles on your paddock shoes? Got a finicky zipper

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Horse Country Shoe Repair cobbler and owner Bill Rodgers has been serving Marion County since 1981.

on your tall boots? Or maybe it’s time for a high-quality show ring shoe shine? You’re in luck. This year at HITS Ocala, Horse Country Shoe Repair has it all covered. Cobbler and owner Bill Rodgers, who has been serving Marion County since 1981 with a full-service leather shop in Ocala, will be on the show grounds daily from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. “There’s not much of anything we can’t repair,” said Rodgers, a longtime horseman originally from Massachusetts. “I started as a kid, going with my father to the sales, and I would fix saddles and bridles.” Rodgers eventually customized much of his business to boots and shoes, though he still repairs a variety of tack and strap goods for riders of every level. If you visit Horse Country Shoe Repair on the HITS show grounds, bring along your dirty clothes, too. Rodgers teamed up with Williston Discount Coin Laundry to fully serve customers with laundry, dry cleaning and sewing needs. HCD


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Happy Birthday, HITS! Boot, Scoot and Boogie This year at HITS Ocala, Horse Country Shoe Repair offers a multitude of boot and shoe repairs, shines and leather work.

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News Bits HITS Bits Calendar of Events HITS Ocala Map

$100,000 Sale-Topper Thoroughbred Colt at OBS Sales are on the upswing, indicating positive growth for the horse industry overall.

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Tracy Fenney and MTM Timon winning the 2010 $100k DeLuca Toyota Grand Prix. Photo by ESI

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Helmet Symposium a Success The inaugural event drew a stellar lineup of representatives from multiple disciplines, industries and professions.

Lame in the Mouth? Pain in your horse’s mouth can contribute to a variety of training and performance problems.

Scenes from the Show A quick glimpse of Day 1 at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit.

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38 Your Florida Horse Park Updates on the Florida Horse Park, from the Chairman of the Board.

42 Farm Management Preventative measures to reduce the risk of barn fires.


Happy Birthday, HITS! lot happened in 1982. Prince Charles married Lady Diana. Michael Jackson’s Thriller album was released. My Little Pony dolls arrived in toy stores. Kangaroo sneakers with little zippers in the side were all the rage.

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Ronald Reagan was the U.S. president. Lots happened in the horse show world that year, too. In fact, 1982 was the first year a Horse Shows in the Sun event was held in Florida, convening in Gainesville, just up the road from the HITS Ocala current location at Post Time Farm.


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The accommodating Florida weather was a treat for winter exhibitors and owners. That, combined with knowledgeable management and good facilities, offered something special – and something worth coming back for. Through the years, founder and owner Tom Struzzieri has worked hard to grow HITS Inc.

and to continue providing exhibitors and owners with high-quality horse shows that make sense for competitors of every level. Innovation and growth are continual, with new leagues and prizes being developed all the time. The company now holds circuits throughout the nation, in California, Arizona, Virginia and New York, in addition to Ocala.

Horse Shows In The Sun is celebrating its 30-year anniversary.


Thirty Years LOCATION, LOCATION

Texas. Last winter, Fenney and her mount MTM Grand Prix every Thursday and a $50,000 Over the course of its 30-year history, the Timon took home the big win in the Grand Prix each Sunday of Weeks I - V. The HITS Winter Circuit in Florida has become $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix, grand finale of the season will culminate with the destination of choice for equestrians presented by Great American Insurance Group. the annual $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra seeking variety, comfort and value in their “The show grounds are pretty; there is plenty of Grand Prix, presented by Great American Inwinter show schedule. No other circuit surance Group, on Sunday, March 20. on the east coast offers the same Fenney, who with her husband Mike The show grounds are pretty; there is plenty breadth and depth of classes and diviMcCormick owns and operates MTM of room to ride your horses, lots of nice padsions for exhibitors across the skill Farm, is sure to be one of several highspectrum, from short-stirrup all the dock space, and everything is still located close performance riders looking to get an way through high-performance. enough so it’s not difficult to get from the barns early jump on qualifying for another try HITS Post Time Farm in northwest at the Million. to the show ring. The rings and the footing are Ocala provides riders with ample room “Everyone there last year was pretty well kept and it’s a great place to show young for stabling, competing, training and excited about the Million,” Fenney said. horses. —Grand Prix Rider Tracy Fenney riding all within the same property. “It’s a competitive show and we spend Twenty-two permanent barns are the whole winter there.” spread throughout the facility, while tents room to ride your horses, lots of nice paddock And if the news of the return of the Milprovide an additional 2,000 stalls when space, and everything is still located close enough lion wasn’t enough, HITS, Inc. has announced needed. Post Time Farm also has furnished so it’s not difficult to get from the barns to the plans to host the unprecedented $500,000 condos and a number of houses available for show ring. The rings and the footing are well kept HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix Final the same weekrent, located on and around the show and it’s a great place to show young horses.” end as the $1 Million Grand Prix. HITS Ocala grounds, and nearly 100 permanent turnout will feature five qualifying Devoucoux Hunter HIGH-DOLLAR WINNINGS paddocks. Prix’s with prize money at $5,000 for Weeks I In addition to accommodating show grounds and III, and $10,000 Weeks II, IV and V, proHORSE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD and winter showing value, HITS Ocala will be viding hunters with plenty of chances to get Ocala/Marion County – Horse Capital of an important stop on this year’s road to the $1 an early lead on qualifying for this historical the World ® – has more horses and ponies Million Grand Prix and the all-new $500,000 hunter finale. than any other county in the U.S., according HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix Final, which will take to the USDA, making it a mecca for the place the weekend of Sept. 10-11 at HITS-on- SCHOOL AWAY FROM SCHOOL As always, the circuit features an on-site edhorse industry. Equestrian goods and serv- the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York. ices are abundant, from feed, hay and bedHITS Ocala will offer 14 qualifying Grand ucation center with top-notch tutoring to help ding, veterinary and farrier services, trucks Prix classes for the $1 Million Grand Prix. A students from elementary to high school level and trailers, to tack or other related products. $25,000 HITS Grand Prix will be offered dur- stay on track with their school curriculum. On “HITS Ocala is one of our favorite places to ing each of the January shows. During the the fun side, a full schedule of special events show,” said Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, rated circuit there will be a $25,000 HITS adds excitement to the season with fun activities like Kid’s Day to the always popular HITS Ocala Star Search Party.

LOCAL VALUES To complete the experience, through relationships with its Official Lodging Partners, HITS has negotiated rates at every price point for exhibitors at many of the top hotels in the area. HITS Ocala’s preferred Dining Partners will be serving up unique brunches each week in the all new Overlook VIP Club. HCD

he 2011 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit kicks off with two weeks of competition starting with the Ocala January Classic, Jan. 19-23, and the Ocala January Festival, Jan. 26-30, followed by six consecutive weeks of AA-rated competition that will run from Feb. 8 through March 20.

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$100,000 Sale-Topper Colt at OBS Florida-bred yearling colt by leading thoroughbred freshman sire Congrats sold for $100,000 to top the consignor-preferred session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales winter mixed sale Jan. 18. Congrats had three of the session’s four highest-priced horses. Eight of the day’s nine most expensive horses were yearlings. On Jan. 19, a Florida-bred yearling colt by Master Command sold for $28,000 to lead the sale’s one open session, as of press time. As of press time, 232 of the 332 horses scheduled to be sold had yet to pass through the sales ring. For a complete recap of the sale, visit ftboa.com. For the Jan. 18 session, 113 horses sold for a total of $1.4 million, a 55 percent increase over last January’s consignor-preferred session, where 92 head brought $900,000. The average of $12,384 was a 26.6 percent increase from the $9,783 average at last year’s corresponding session. The median price soared to $9,000, up 76.5 percent from $5,100 in 2010. The buyback percentage was 30.7 percent; it was 33.3 percent last year. “I think it went well,” said Tom Ventura, OBS’s general manager and director of sales. “The numbers certainly went in the right direction. The average and median were both up, so I think it was a good day. We were really pleased with the numbers.” Congrats, who stood at Vinery in Summerfield last year before being relocated to Kentucky, was North America’s leading freshman sire in 2010 with $1.66 million in progeny earnings. The sale-topping colt, listed as hip No. 69, was purchased by F H M B, a pinhooking partnership that includes J.B. McKathan of McKathan Bros. Farm in Citra. The yearling was consigned by Andy Cant as agent. McKathan said the success of Congrats was the main reason the yearling caught his eye. “The sire, No. 1, and he’s really a physically beautiful horse, well-balanced and very correct,” he said. “Congrats is doing very well. There’s not going to be a lot of them. The first crop, he had a lot of foals, but there’s not going to be a lot of them coming by.

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We’ve been trying to get one, so we finally got one. We’ll sell him at one of the yearling sales.” Hip No. 69 is out of the Salt Lake mare Toastoffriendship, who won seven races from ages 3 to 5 and earned $109,347. Her first foal is a 2-year-old. Also on Jan. 18, a Louisiana-bred filly by Yes It’s True, hip No. 83, sold for $55,000; a Florida-bred filly by Congrats, hip No. 115, went for $48,000; a Florida-bred colt by Congrats, hip No. 100, drew a final bid of $40,000; a pair of Florida-bred colts by Journeyman Stud stallion Wildcat Heir, hip Nos. 89 and 16, went for $37,000 and $35,000; and a mare in foal to Majestic Warrior, hip No. 118, sold for $35,000. Wildcat Heir was Florida’s leading sire in 2010 with $4.58 million in progeny earnings. Hip No. 83 was consigned by Montgomery Equine Center as agent and sold to Blue River Bloodstock. The filly is out of the Forest Wildcat mare Wildcard Cat, who was stakes-placed and earned $104,696. Wildcard Cat, out of the stakes-winning Comet Cat mare Clever Kat, has produced one other registered foal. Hip No. 115 was consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield Sales as agent and purchased by Stoney Lane Farm.

The filly is out of the Lord Avie mare Countess Avie, who earned $11,320 at the racetrack and produced one other registered foal. The dam is a half-sister to stakes winner Texas Red. Hip No. 100 was consigned by Peacock Ridge as agent and sold to Twin Peaks Racing. The colt is out of the Wagon Limit mare Birds Up, who earned $25,175 at the racetrack and has produced one other registered foal. Hip No. 89 was consigned by Sharon Biamonte as agent and purchased by Glen Crest Farm as agent. The colt is out of the Kris S. mare Aleyna’s Love, who earned $57,325. The dam is a sister to the stakes winner Haunting and has produced nine winners from 10 previous registered foals. Hip No. 16 was consigned by Kaizen Sales as agent for the dispersal of Plumley Farms and purchased by Super Saver Bloodstock. The colt is out of the Indian Charlie mare Pretty Indian, who has produced three other registered foals, including one winner, Kairos. Hip No. 118 was consigned by Kinsman Farm and sold to George Russell of Rushwood Farm. The 5-year-old Touch Gold mare is out of the Red Ransom broodmare Crystal Symphony, who won the 1999 My Charmer Handicap (G3) at Calder and earned $288,360. HCD

Hip No. 69 topped the two-day sale, bringing $100,000.

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Florida-bred Thoroughbreds Shine

at Eclipse Awards he 40th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony honoring the champion Thoroughbreds of 2010 was held Sunday night, Jan. 16, at the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach. As expected, it was a banner evening for Floridabreds and their connections. Awesome Feather won the first Eclipse Award of the evening being crowned champion 2-year-old filly. Owner/breeder Fred Brei accepted the award. Florida-bred Awesome Feather completed her perfect 2010 season with a 2 1/4 length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs over fellow Sunshine State rival and Eclipse finalist R Heat Lightning. The daughter of Journeyman Stud stallion Awesome of Course raced during her juvenile season for her breeder Fred Brei of Jacks or Better Farm. Stanley Gold trained Awesome Feather to additional stakes wins in the Florida Stallion Stakes My Dear Girl, Susan’s Girl and Desert Vixen divisions and the JJ’s Dream Stakes all at her Calder base in Miami. Awesome Feather completed her championship season with six wins in six starts and earnings of $1,495,746. The Sunshine State swept the 2010 Eclipse Awards for champion sprinter with Harold Queen’s Big Drama named champion male sprinter and Martin Racing Stable LLC and Dan Morgan’s Dubai Majesty selected as champion female sprinter. Big Drama is a Harold Queen homebred son of Ocala Stud stallion Montbrook, who capped off his championship run with an authoritative score in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs. The David Fawkes trainee earned a career best equaling Beyer Speed Figure of 108 in the Breeders’Cup Sprint. Big Drama raced five times in 2010 with three wins and two seconds in five starts for earnings of $1,420,810. In addition to the Breeders’ Cup

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Sprint, Big Drama won the Ponche Handicap and Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) at Calder in 2010. Trainer David Fawkes accepted the award on behalf of owner/breeder Harold Queen. Dubai Majesty began her career racing at Calder for her breeder Harold J. Plumley. The daughter of former Hartley/De Renzo stallion Essence of Dubai was privately purchased by Martin Racing Stable LLC and Dan Morgan in 2008. Dubai Majesty had a banner season in 2010 with four stakes victories in ten starts with her biggest triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5. The Bret Calhoun trainee also won the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2) at Dubai Majesty

Keeneland, the Winning Color Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs and the Incredible Revenge Stakes at Monmouth Park. The well traveled Florida-bred won $1,009,243 during her championship season. Dubai Majesty’s owners and breeder Harold Plumley accepted the award. Horse of the Year went to Zenyatta. The darling of the racing public finished a head short of a perfect 20-for20 career and was named champion older female. The Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss colorbearer, who received her early training at Mayberry Farm in Ocala, won the Breeders’Cup Classic (G1) in 2009, but was denied Horse of the Year by Rachel Alexandra last season. This year she finished a head short of Blame in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and earned racing’s highest honor. Blame was named the champion older male. The Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider homebred won four of five starts in 2010 with earnings of $3,751,467. Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo was named the champion 2-year-old male after back-to-back grade one wins in the Breeders’Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs and Champagne Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. The Todd Pletcher trainee finished 2010 with three wins in three starts for earn-

ings of $1,296,000. Uncle Mo received his early tutelage at Crupi’s New Castle Farm in Ocala. Classic winner Lookin At Lucky became the first juvenile champion to repeat at 3 since Spectacular Bid in 1978-1979. Owned by Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman, Lookin at Lucky had four victories in seven starts with stakes wins in the Preakness Stakes (G1), Haskell Invitational (G1), Indiana Derby (G2) and Rebel Stakes (G2) for earnings of $2,064,278. Lookin At Lucky was raised by his breeder Gulf Coast Farms LLC at their Ocala farm. Blind Luck was named the champion 3-yearold filly off grade one wins in the Alabama Stakes (G1), Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Las Virgenes Stakes (G1). Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, in partnership with Mark Dedomenico, John Carver, and Peter Abruzzo, bought Blind Luck privately after the filly won her career debut in June 2009 at Calder with Juvenial Diaz. Blind Luck finished 2010 with five wins, three seconds and a third in nine starts and earnings of $1,679,662. Other winners at the 40th annual Eclipse Awards were: Gio Ponti, who won his second consecutive champion male turf horse honor; Goldikova (IRE) repeated as the champion female turf horse; Slip Away was named champion steeplechaser; Adena Springs was named the leading breeder for the fifth time in six years; Todd Pletcher was selected the leading trainer for the fifth time; WinStar Farm, who campaigned Super Saver and Drosselmeyer to two classic victories, was named leading owner; Omar Moreno was named leading apprentice and Ramon Dominguez was honored as the leading jockey. Also presented during last night’s ceremony were two Eclipse Award of merit honors – one to Claiborne Farm and one to Marylou Whitney – as well as a special award to Team Zenyatta. HCD Big Drama

PALMER PHOTOS

By Patrick Vinzant


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Triathlon Training During HITS Wilson said he chose Ocala as the destination for his camp this winter because of its location in Central Florida and boasts temperatures that are practically perfect for training. “It’s cool in the mornings for running, warm by mid-day for a bike ride and then by the afternoon the temperature is just right for swimming.” The camp experience will include five days of cutting-edge instruction in triathlon training. For more information or to register for the Mark Wilson’s Triathlon Training Camp, please call Mark Wilson at (845) 679.8602. The registration fee is $1,000 per person. The Host Hotel for Mark Wilson’s Triathlon Training Camp is Hilton Ocala and reservations can be made by calling (352) 854-1400.

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HITS is pleased to announce that Mark Wilson’s Triathlon Training Camp will take place during the 2011 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, offering exhibitors a unique chance to train with the accomplished athlete and stay in shape while on the road. The camp will take place in the Horse Capital of the World from Feb. 7-11 and feature a week of training with Wilson, who has competed in triathlons all over the country and has trained several All-American Athletes. Currently, Wilson is the Founder/President-of The Hudson Valley Triathlon Club where he trains 40 athletes, including HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri and HITS Ocala’s Office Manger Kristen Vale. According to Wilson, Struzzieri and his wife Jane plan to attend the camp in the Sunshine State this winter. “The main goal an athlete would hope to achieve at this camp is a sense of accomplishment, knowledge and understanding of the sport of triathlon which includes three phases swim, bike and run. Plus in a camp atmosphere, it’s always easier and way more fun when completed with others,” Wilson said. “This camp is for everyone at any fitness level,” added Wilson. “I design my camps in such a way that everyone is challenged at their own level and yet always supported by the others in the group throughout each training session.”

UF Administrator Receives Lifetime Award John W. Harvey, D.V.M., Ph.D., executive associate dean and a professor of hematology at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, has received the 2010 Heiner Sommer Prize from the International Society for Animal Clinical Pathology. The award is given in recognition of lifetime contributions to the field of animal clinical biochemistry. As this year’s winner, Harvey presented the keynote Heiner Sommer Lecture during the society’s 14th biannual Congress, held at Oregon State University.

Introducing the World’s Richest HITS Ocala offers the first opportunity to qualify for the $500,000 event. Qualifying specifications for the world’s richest hunter class have been finalized and are available online at www.HitsShows.com. The inaugural $500,000 HITS 3’3 Hunter Prix Final will take place the weekend of Sept. 10-11, and will be featured alongside the second annual $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, N.Y. This unprecedented Hunter Prix Final will be the culmination of more than 30 qualifying events that will take place at each of the five HITS horse show circuits starting in January 2011. The first opportunity for riders to start qualifying for the $500,000 HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix Final will be at the three HITS Winter Circuits. The Devoucoux Hunter Prix will be the official qualifying class for the $500,000 HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix Final and will be offered as a weekly event at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, Ca.; HITS Arizona Winter Circuit in Tucson, Arizona; HITS Culpeper Show Series in Culpeper, Va., and HITS Saugerties Show Series in Saugerties, N.Y. Each Devoucoux Hunter Prix held through Sept. 4 will count toward the 2011 HITS Hunter Prix Final

Rider Rankings. In addition, HITS will host one Wild Card class at HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII, Sept. 7-11, from which the winner, if not already qualified, will earn a spot in the Final. In order to become eligible for the $500,000 HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix Final, a rider on any horse/horses will need to compete in five or more Devoucoux Hunter Prix at any combination of HITS Shows during the qualifying period. Once a rider has competed in five Devoucoux Prix, they will become eligible and their points on their leading horse will place them in HITS Hunter Prix Final Rider Rankings. The Devoucoux Hunter Prix qualifiers will be open to all riders, with fences not to exceed 3’3”, and will not limit the number of horses an exhibitor may ride. Scores for each qualifying Devoucoux Hunter Prix will be calculated from placebased points, as well as from points for the number of competitors in the first round of the class (entry-based points). Points will be awarded from 1st to 12th place on the following basis: 30, 20, 14, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1; while additional points will be added to each place-based score to account for the


A board-certified veterinary clinical Pathology, of which he is a past president pathologist, Harvey has been a member of and board member. He has served on the exUF’s veterinary college faculty since 1974. amination committee of the American ColHis scholastic accomplishments include the lege of Veterinary Pathologists and has been publication of 113 refereed paa member of several other national pers — many describing synand state veterinary associations. dromes not previously recognized Earlier this year, Harvey re— in both veterinary and human ceived the 2010 Mark L. Morris medicine, three books, 46 book Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award chapters, 56 proceedings papers, for his lifetime contributions to 65 abstracts and 31 research the field of comparative hematolgrants. He is an accomplished ogy. Among Harvey’s other lecturer both nationally and interawards are the Norden Distinnationally, having participated in guished Teaching Award, the more than 250 major seminar enAmerican Association of Feline Dr. John W. Harvey gagements throughout the world. Practitioners Research Award, the Harvey is a past president and treasurer of Alumni Recognition Award from Kansas the society, and has held numerous leader- State University and the American Society ship roles in other organizations, including for Veterinary Clinical Pathology’s Lifetime the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Achievement Award.

Hunter Class total number of competitors in the first round. For example, in a class with 25 entries, first place would earn a score of 30 for their finish and then an additional 25 entrybased points for the number for a total of 55 points, second place would receive 20 for their finish and the same 25 entry-based points for a total of 45 points, and so on, down the line until 12th place. The top 75 riders based on the HITS Hunter Prix Final Rider Rankings will be qualified to compete in the $500,000 HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix Final and will include no fewer than five qualified riders from HITS Thermal. In addition to the one Wild Card slot, HITS Management will also have the opportunity to award five invitations at its discretion. The Final will be scored under the open numerical judging system with at least two judges. Like in the qualifying classes, fences will be set at 3’3”, and spreads will not exceed fence height. The first and second rounds will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

. . .$150,000 . . . .$90,000 . . . .$60,000 . . . .$40,000 . . . .$25,000

6. . . . .$20,000 7. . . . .$15,000 8. . . . .$12,000 9. . . . .$10,000 10. . . . .$9,000

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The first round shall be over a Classic-type course of 12-16 fences. The top 50 from the first round will return to jump a second course of 8-10 fences in reverse order of their scores from the first round. Scores from both rounds will be added to determine the top 25 to return for the third round which will take place on Sunday morning, Sept. 11, prior to the $1 Million Grand Prix. The order for the third round will be reverse order of total scores from the first and second rounds; however, scores will not carry over to the third round. The order will be reverse order of the Final Hunter Prix Final Rider Rankings. The Wild Card will go first. The Manager’s discretionary spots will be placed in the next five slots, and their order to be drawn, followed by any additional discretionary spots, order to be drawn.

Prize money for the $500,000 HITS 3’3” Hunter Prix Final will be awarded as follows:

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AAEP Foundation Distributes $262,000 to Industry Groups Improving the Lives of Horses The American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation has awarded $262,000 in grants to 15 non-profit organizations and universities working for the health and welfare of horses. These 2010 grant recipients share the Foundation’s mission to support equine research, benevolence, education and the equine community. From funding laminitis research to sponsoring an “equitarian” mission in Mexico, the Foundation is supporting a wide range of initiatives in 2010 and 2011 that are improving equine welfare. The Foundation has teamed with the Unwanted Horse Coalition to launch Operation Gelding, a program that assists clinics in providing free castration services for stallions. Meeting the research priorities of equine veterinarians, the Foundation has committed funding for the 10th Annual International Colic Symposium, a veterinary meeting focused on colic research scheduled for July 2011. In addition, the Foundation is supporting an equitarian workshop, designed for practitioners interested in volunteering veterinary services in struggling communities with working equids, being held near Vera Cruz, Mexico. Investing in future industry technologies, the Foundation is assisting Colorado State University and Equine Guelph with the development of International Equine Biosecurity Risk Calculator, an interactive online assessment tool designed with the goal of providing equine operation owners or managers with a way to objectively evaluate their biosecurity programs. Groups including the American Quarter Horse Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, American Youth Horse Council, World Equine Veterinary Association, National FFA, The Race For Education and the GraysonJockey Club Research Foundation are among others that are receiving funding from the Foundation. In a continued effort to promote the veterinary profession, the Foundation is allocating funding for a number of student programs, including dentistry and farriery short courses, scholarships, and activities stipends for AAEP student chapters.


Cacchione Honored

A varied lineup of restaurants will provide VIP catering for the 2011 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit this year.

IHSA Executive Director Bob Cacchione has been named USEF/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian of the Year; unanimous decision recognizes 40 years of dedication to college riders. He held these truths to be selfevident: that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. So in 1967, Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ) sophomore Robert E. “Bob” Cacchione selflessly proposed the idea of making the sport he loved available to his peers, launching the creation of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). In 2011, by unanimous decision, the lasting impact of Cacchione’s vision has been recognized through the USEF/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award.

(left) Bob Cacchione at the 2010 IHSA Nationals. The IHSA Nationals return to the Kentucky Horse Park, May 5-8, 2011, for their 37th edition (above) L-R Bill Moroney, USHJA president; Bob Cacchione, IHSA Exec. Director

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Each Sunday of the HITS rated circuits, a different featured restaurant will cater luncheons at The Overlook VIP Club, HITS Ocala’s all-new VIP facility that overlooks the Grand Prix and Main Hunter rings. The Overlook Club features a new frame tent with semi-permanent sides for improved climate control, a solid surface floor, and a fully equipped kitchen to offer guests a new menu of options. Membership to The Overlook Club includes reserved seating for up to eight guests in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, with an exceptional view of the Grand Prix and Main Hunter rings. Wednesday through Sunday each show week of the rated circuit, VIP members will enjoy a diverse menu for both breakfast and lunch, featuring an assortment of hot and cold dishes, as well as beverages. Membership packages are offered at $1,000 per week or $5,100 per circuit. Priority seating is given to sponsors and those who purchase a VIP package for the entire circuit.

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The award, a celebration of the humanitarian achievements made by a member of the equestrian world, will be presented to Cac-

Improving Pest Management on Farms

Serving The Overlook VIP Club Luncheon Sunday, March 20 - Week VI & The Pfizer High-Performance Riders Dinner.

Take the brief online survey to help researchers better understand pest challenges facing Florida horse farms. A University of Florida graduate student is currently working on entomology research that could help Florida farms and training centers utilize improved pest management programs. Erika Machtinger, a master’s student with UF’s Integrated Pest Management-Florida, is working with Dr. Norman Leppla from Integrated Pest Management/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Drs. Chris Geden and Jerry Hogsette of the United States Department of Agriculture Center for Medical and Agricultural Veterinary Entomology. Her thesis project is “Improving Integrated Pest Management for House and Stable Flies on Equestrian Facilities in North and Central Florida.” An equestrian for more than 20 years, Machtinger runs her own small equine business and feels that little attention has been given to study insect problems in the horse industry. “I have dedicated a portion of my thesis to finding out the perceptions of insect pest problems among equestrians in north and central Florida,” Machtinger said. “These data will be used in statewide publications and will give support to future grant applications as well and helping your UF/IFAS Livestock Extension Agents provide the most sought-after information to their clientele.” To help with Machtinger’s research and potentially improve pest-management procedures on equestrian facilities in North and Central Florida in the future,visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/SXXZDR9 The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will be online through March. Current counties being surveyed are: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsborough, LaFayette, Lake, Levy, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Osceola, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwanee, Taylor, Union, and Volusia.

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Machtinger may be contacted directly at irishtangerine@ufl.edu.

La Cuisine Serving The Overlook VIP Club Luncheon Sunday, February 13 - Week I

The Melting Pot Serving The Overlook VIP Club Luncheon Sunday, February 20 - Week II

Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-BServing The Overlook VIP Club Luncheon Sunday, February 27 - Week III

Cody’s Original Roadhouse Serving The Overlook VIP Club Luncheon Sunday, March 13 - Week V and the $15,000 Marshall & Sterling League Adult Jumper Classic on Saturday, March 12.

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chione on Jan. 21, 2011, at the USEF Pegasus Awards Dinner during the federation’s annual meeting in Lexington, Ky. The humanitarian honor, first presented in 2009 to Nancy Koch, executive director of CANTER (the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses) celebrates the selfless dedication of an individual or group to the health and welfare of the horse by encouraging public appreciation and respect for the diverse roles of horses. The recipient of this award must be someone who has devoted considerable personal time to making paramount the lives — and quality of life — of the industry’s equine partners. “I am totally overwhelmed with this honor, especially being recognized by my peers,” said Cacchione. “To be acknowledged for what I have tried to do for the youth of the equestrian world with the creation and development of the IHSA is just incredibly meaningful.” At the core of Cacchione’s passion for riding, and appreciation for the opportunities made available to him as a young horseman, has been his understanding of the horse’s role as a great equalizer. With the concept of a level playing field as his cornerstone, he rallied the support of like-minded individuals from educational institutions, first in his region, and ultimately, from throughout North America. Those efforts led to the formation of IHSA. Since launching a democratic concept of collegiate team and individual competition, that frees students from the economic responsibilities of horse ownership while providing a foundation of good riding through expert training and coaching, the IHSA has graduated an estimated tens of thousands of equestrians. From five colleges and a handful of riders, to more than 370 participating colleges and universities and 8,700-plus riders today, Cacchione would be first to praise his network of collegiate volunteers. However, thanks to his selfless dedication, it is greatly due to him that IHSA has established a network of encouragement, talent, knowledge and support that continues to impact today’s horse industry. The IHSA National Championships for hunter seat, western horsemanship, and reining teams and individual riders will celebrate its 37th anniversary May 5-8, 2011, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

In Memoriam: Rebecca Broussard

ted from her generosity both to the U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Adult Riders’ educaRebecca Broussard, one of the most loyal tion scheme, which she supported through the supporters of eventing in the United States, Le Samurai Fund, and the North American passed away at her home in Montana on Dec. Young Riders’ and Juniors’ Championships, 24, 2010, after losing her battle against cancer. which she sponsored for many years. Born in Jeanerette, La., on Feb. 17, 1942, She was a board member of the US EquesBecky Broussard was one of the best known trian Team, a Trustee on the Endowment Foun“behind-the-scenes” names in U.S. Eventing, dation of the USEA, as well as a member of the owning top horses for Phillip Dutton, Karen Board of Governors and Executive Committee O’Connor, Cathy Wieschoff, Amy Tryon and for the USEA. She also served on the Governor’s Ralph Hill, among others. She was Advisory Council for the 2010 also the founder of The Event at ReAlltech FEI World Equestrian becca Farm in Kalispell, Mont., Games™ and was a member of which began in 2002 and now inthe Kentucky Horse Park Founcludes an FEI World Cup™ qualidation’s International Council. fier. The Event, which celebrates its Becky Broussard is survived 10th anniversary this year, attracts by her husband Jerome, daughriders from across the U.S. ters Rebecca and Sarah, grandBecky had long talked about her children Lorraine and love of helping riders in the west Raymond Nicholson, Tommye Rebecca Broussard compete on the world stage and her and Alexander Kelly, brothers vision also included plans to bring Barry Shaw and John Chaney, riders from Europe to Montana in the future. sisters Rosemary Thomas and Mildred Shaw, She provided financial support for US riders uncle Pat Neff, nieces Jamie Horton, Marcus to travel to Strzegom (POL) for the 2009 Shaw, Sam, Emma and Grace Thomas. HSBC FEI World Cup™ final and, last sumThe USEF Pegasus Medal of Honor for 2010 mer, helped organize a historic flight of 18 for Becky Broussard’s service to the sport will horses from the East Coast, including many be awarded posthumously at the USEF’s AnOlympians, to compete at The Event at Re- nual Meeting at the end of January. The Medal becca Farm. of Honor will be collected by Jerome BrousShe was deeply committed to all aspects of sard and daughter Sarah Broussard-Kelly, who education, but eventing in particular benefit- is a member of the USEF Safety Committee.

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2011 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit Special Events

tuary. A special symposium, Bring your horse, 5590 NW Hwy. 225, just down the road from HITS.

January 19-23 Ocala January Classic January 26-30 Ocala January Festival

February 22-27 Ocala Masters - Week III

Arenus Tack Room Award

Thursday, February 24

Who has the best-dressed Tack Room? Arenus, the makers of Assure, Steadfast Equine, Steadfast Canine and Equilite’s Sore No More will have a representative visit the tack rooms to determine who will win the Arenus Tack Room Award.

The Pfizer High Performance Riders Reception

The Performance and Conditioning Award Arenus, the makers of Assure, Steadfast Equine, Steadfast Canine and Equilite’s Sore No More, will award a deserving horse and rider team the Arenus Performance and Conditioning Award.

February 3-13 Ocala Winter Classic - Week I Thursday, February 10

HITS Ocala Winter Circuit Sponsor Welcome Reception presented by Arthur’s HITS welcomes its sponsors to the Ocala Winter Circuit with a cocktail reception at Arthur’s award-winning restaurant located in the elegant Hilton Ocala. This is an invitation-only event for our valued HITS sponsors and is graciously hosted by Arthur’s and The Hilton. The reception will start at 6 pm.

February 15-20 Ocala Winter Festival - Week II Monday, February 14

The Sanctuary’s Love of Your Horse Valentine’s Event; 12-4 p.m. Treat your horse to the advanced technology and treatments offered by The Sanc-

HITS and Ipanema welcome all Grand Prix competitors on the road to the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix in this special invitationonly event at Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse. The Reception starts at 7 p.m. please email Lisa Engel at Lisa@hitsshows.com for an invitation or for information.

March 1-6 Ocala Masters - Week IV Monday, February 28

HITS Ocala 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club Mark your calendar! Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club are sponsoring the annual HITS Ocala Golf Tournament. Free for all HITS exhibitors, compliments of Golden Hills. A 10 a.m. tee time, followed by a reception and awards ceremony at the club, round out a great day among friends. Opportunities for Golf Tournament Hole sponsorships are still available. Entry forms will be available in the show office or see Lisa Engel at the show.

Sunday, February 27 World of the Horse with special on-site radio broadcast WTRS. Numerous breeds of horses will be represented in a colorful parade sure to delight all horse lovers. The action takes place around noon in the Grand Prix ring prior to the $50,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix presented by Pfizer Animal Health. Special demonstrations will take place during the day celebrating the World of the Horse. Stay tuned for more details.

Arenus Tack Room Award Who has the best-dressed Tack Room? Arenus, the makers of Assure, Steadfast Equine, Steadfast Canine and Equilite’s Sore No More will have a representative visit the tack rooms to determine who will win the Arenus Tack Room Award.

The Performance and Conditioning Award Arenus, the makers of Assure, Steadfast Equine, Steadfast Canine and Equilite’s Sore No More, will award a deserving horse and rider team the Arenus Performance and Conditioning Award.

March 8-13 Ocala Winter Finals - V Friday, March 11

Purina Mills Exhibitor Party & Horseless Horse Show presented by Judy’s Tack Shop 6-8 p.m. at the HITS Restaurant Sunday, March 13

Purina Mill’s Kids Day presented by Local Edge 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Special acts, live music by the Brian Kenyon Bands and other fun-f illed family activities will include a bounce house, clowns, music and special kid-friendly exhibitions. This is a family day that will bring a smile to everyone! HITS’ Official Radio Station WTRS will be broadcasting on-site. Activities kick off around noon!


March 15-20 Ocala Winter Celebration - Week VI Friday, March 18

This special award will be given to the rider who exhibits the best American style of riding and possesses the respectful, dignified, courteous and workmanlike manner of a true sportsman on the 2010 Ocala Winter Circuit. The Ocala Style award will be presented prior to the $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix.

Team Barber Exhibitor Party 6-8 p.m. at the HITS Restaurant-

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Team Barber End-of-Circuit Barbeque Bash! HITS Ocala veterinarians – Team Barber – sponsor this good old-fashioned country cook-out, complete with barbeque and country music. The party is from 6 - 8 p.m. at the HITS restaurant and all are welcome.

Exclusive Top Dog Award

Sunday, March 20

The $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix presented by Great American Insurance Group The jumps are big and so is the prize money! Get to the show early to get a seat and check out HITS’ Official Radio Station, WTRS as they broadcast live at the show! WTRS’ winner of the “Ocala Star Search!” competition will be performing prior to the Grand Prix.

The Leading Mare Award presented by Equine Medical Center of Ocala Stallion Services. Provides the circuit’s overall high scoring Grand Prix mare with a free embryo transfer performed by Dr. Corey Miller.

The Ocala Style of Riding Award The Ocala Style Award recipient is selected by the jumper judges at the Ocala Winter Circuit, the horseshow personnel in positions of knowledge, including the show management, back gate personnel, stewards, announcers and others over the course of the entire Circuit.

Awarding the faithful canines on the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Pick up entry forms each week in the show office.

The Groom’s Award Celebrating the unsung heroes, OdorNo-More will select a weekly winner based on the cleanliness of the barns and general turn out of the horses. Odor-NoMore produces eco-friendly and non toxic odor-eliminating products providing horse and animal owners with the ability to save time and money while reducing bedding consumption by up to 75%. Odor-No-More™ - safely eliminates odors and moisture while saving money and maintaining your animals’ enclosures and stalls.

Arenus Tack Room Award Who has the best-dressed Tack Room? Arenus, the makers of Assure, Steadfast Equine, Steadfast Canine and Equilite’s Sore No More will have a representative visit the tack rooms to determine who will win the Arenus Tack Room Award.

The Performance and Conditioning Award Arenus, the makers of Assure, Steadfast Equine, Steadfast Canine and Equilite’s Sore No More, will award a deserving horse and rider team the Arenus Performance and Conditioning Award.

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Pain in your horse’s mouth can contribute to a variety of training and performance problems. Saundra TenBroeck, Ph.D. Extension Horse Specialist Department of Animal Sciences/University of Florida

ead bobbing is a widely recognized indicator of lameness, as a horse will lift the head in order to shift weight off a lame foreleg as it strikes the ground. A horse with a loose tooth or retained cap may show a similar behavior, raising the head in rhythm while trotting, in response to pain elicited from a tooth being jarred. Though most observers would agree that the head-bobbing horse is lame, few would consider that the horse might actually be lame in the mouth.

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RESISTANCE MIGHT BE A PAIN RESPONSE Similarly, when bitting a horse, excessive head tossing is often interpreted as the horse being unwilling to accept the bit. Consider, however, that the time frame when the horse is shedding baby teeth (deciduous) and permanent teeth are erupting coincides with the time we are placing a bit in the horse’s mouth and asking the horse to submit to pressure. Head tossing might be explained as a pain response to bit pressure applied over a small, sharp tooth just below the surface of the gum. SIGNIFICANCE OF ERUPTION PATTERNS It is helpful to understand eruption patterns of consequence to the young horse going into training. Horses have both temporary and permanent incisors (six pairs top and bottom, front) and premolars (three on each side top and bottom, cheek). Deciduous incisors erupt around 6 days (centers), 6 weeks (intermediate), and 6 months (corners) and are successively shed around 2 ½, 3 ½, and 4 ½ years old, starting with the centers and moving outward to the corners. Premolars come in by 2 weeks of age and are replaced front to rear between 2 and 4 years of age. Molars (three rear cheek teeth on each side, top and bottom) occur only in the permanent form and erupt at 1, 2 and 3 ½ to 4 years of age front to rear. Baby teeth are pushed out by the erupting permanent teeth. Some baby teeth are slow to fall


Lame in the Mouth WHAT TO DO? out and are referred to as retained caps. It because the traditional hand tool used is Before putting a horse into training, it is called a float. Horses that receive dental is not uncommon to see lumps develop on the lower jaw of 3-year-olds because pres- wise to prepare the mouth with some funda- care early on are much less likely to develop sure from retained premolar caps causes mental dentistry practices. If the horse has dental problems like wave mouth later in wolf teeth, they should be life. The equine dentist is much like a bone remodeling. When the extracted. This is a fairly skilled farrier who balances a horse’s foot, caps are lost and the perBefore putting a simple process in young allowing for more even weight distribution manent tooth breaks horse into training, horses, even if the tooth is and wear. through the gum, the lumps it is wise to prepare still below the gum. After typically go away. A reremoving the wolf teeth, a WHO CAN PERFORM DENTAL WORK? tained but loose cap can the mouth with Some confusion exists over who is al“bit seat” should be created cause significant irritation some fundamental on the front edge of the lowed to perform dentistry. Because human to the surrounding gum, dentistry practices. first cheek teeth. A bit seat dentistry requires a professional degree, which can be exaggerated is simply a rounding or many would assume equine dentistry would as the horse is asked to work. In addition, inflamed gums can lead contouring the edge of the tooth to prevent require the same. Though equine dental to secondary sinus inflammation that could pinching of the cheek or tongue by the bit. schools do exist, they differ from human be mistaken for an infectious respiratory Retained caps should be taken off so that the dental schools in that they are trade schools, disease. Like small children cutting teeth, a permanent teeth can come in unimpeded. not professional schools. Certainly dentistry young horse with teeth erupting may sim- Because the upper jaw is wider than the is taught in the curriculum of veterinary lower jaw, sharp edges often develop on the schools, but the broad scope of veterinary ply not feel well. Another concern is wolf teeth, which are outer edge of upper teeth and the inner edge training does not afford students time to pertechnically the first premolar. Wolf teeth are of lower teeth. These should be filed so that fect the skills necessary to be proficient typically quite small, occurring on the upper they do not cut the jaw of some horses and more rarely on the tongue or cheeks and Like small children cutting teeth, lower jaw between 6 months and 3 years of so the horse can chew a young horse with teeth erupting may age. Wolf teeth can cause a number of prob- more efficiently. Fillems for the horse that is beginning to carry ing the teeth is resimply not feel well. ferred to as floating, a bit.


For the young horse, performing routine dentistry prior to the bitting process may be one of your best training techniques. Hiring an experienced professional is crucial. Price and value are not always synonymous. The lowest price may not be the best value and the highest price does not assure the best quality. right out of school. Most veterinarians who specialize in dentistry seek additional training in certification programs or intern with veterinarians who specialize. Non-veterinarians who perform basic dentistry practices are called lay dentists. Because they are not licensed veterinarians, they cannot sedate horses, use controlled substances nor diagnose diseases and/or prescribe antibiotics. Some lay dentists work under the direct supervision of veterinarians and some work as independent contractors. In understanding what is legal, it is good to look at current Florida Statutes. The Veterinary Practices Act provides some clarity.

474.202 DEFINITIONS (13) “Veterinary medicine� includes, with respect to animals, surgery, acupuncture, obstetrics, dentistry, physical therapy, radiology, theriogenology, and other branches or specialties of veterinary medicine.

474.203. EXEMPTIONS (b) A person hired on a part-time or temporary basis, or as an independent contractor, by an owner to assist with herd management and animal husbandry tasks for herd and flock animals, including castration, dehorning, parasite control, and debeaking, or a person hired on a part-time or temporary basis, or as an independent contractor, by an owner to provide farriery and manual hand floating of teeth on equines.

SERVICES AVAILABLE Historically, floating of teeth was done exclusively with hand tools, many of which were fabricated by the dentist himself. Using hand tools is physically demanding and time consuming. Excellent horsemanship skills, strength and stamina, as well as being ambidextrous are hallmarks of the person using hand tools. Most veterinarians were happy to have lay dentists perform routine dental care when hand tools were the only option. Today, with the advent of power

tools, more veterinarians are working in this specialty field. In order to use power tools, the horse must be sedated and fitted with a mouth speculum so the dentist can view the teeth and file with an electric dremel. On the positive side, the process is more rapid and the mouth is easier to view. On the negative side, sedation is required, heat generation from the tool could damage the pulp of the tooth and over-zealous practitioners could take off more tooth than necessary.

should include a bit seat), wolf tooth extraction ($15 -$30/tooth) and sometimes a trip charge ($0 - $45). If you hire a lay dentist as an independent contractor, he/she will use hand floats with no sedation or speculum. Most charge a standard fee for a performance float, bit seat and wolf teeth extraction $60 - $90). A $5 $20 fee may be added for mileage depending on your location and the number of horses on your place. A third option is the lay dentist who works in partnership with a veterinarian who can sedate the horse so that power tools can be used. Some have specialized trailers, complete with stocks that they haul to venues. Cost for a performance float is typically around $150.

BOTTOM LINE For the young horse, performing routine dentistry prior to the bitting process may be one of your best training techniques. Hiring

Filing the teeth is referred to as floating, because the traditional hand tool used is called a float. Horses that receive dental care early on are much less likely to develop dental problems like wave mouth later in life. If you live in the Marion/Alachua County area, there are many options available for dental care. If you hire a veterinarian, they will often use power tools. Prices vary, but in general, you pay for sedation ($25 – $45), the performance float ($85 - $200, which

an experienced professional is crucial. As in so many aspects of the business world, price and value are not always synonymous. The lowest price may not be the best value and the highest price does not assure the best quality. HCD


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EventsCalendar JANUARY January 21-23: Ocala – Tentative Endurance Ride from the Florida Horse Park. Contact Leah Greenleaf 352-620-4510 or bigguybear13@msn.com January 21-23: Ocala – Florida Reining Horse Association Show at the Ocala Equestrian Center. Visit www.ocalaequestriancenter.com or frha.com for more information January 22: Morriston - Galloping Green Thumbs Gardening Club, 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com January 22: Morriston - Ladies Dressage, group ride with Master Trainer Laurie L. Wolf, 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com January 22: Bushnell – SEC Open Show AQHA Applied at the Sumter Equestrian Center. Contact Colleen Martin 352-303-4325 or www.sumterequestriancenter.com January 22: Apopka – Dirty Jeans 4H (Open) Show at the Clarcona Horse Park. Contact 407-886-6255 for more information January 22-23: Plantation – Horses in the Park Show at the Plantation Acres Equestrian Center. Visit www.heritagehorseshow.com for more information

Ongoing: Royal Riding Academy Assn. 352/463-0047 Inverness – Parelli Study Group. Contact: Trina Romeo. 352/341-1774 Hillsborough and North Manatee Counties – Guided trail rides on State Park trails. “Little Manatee River Riders” by reservation only. 813/642-0431. Panama City – Bay County Horseman’s Assoc. monthly trail rides, meetings. 850/596-2545 or www.baycountyhorseman.org Marion County Horseman’s Association 2nd Thursday of each month. Marion County Horseman’s Association meeting 7 p.m. at Marion County Agriculture Center (SE Livestock Pavilion). Contact Sandy Brown 352/358-9840. Millwood Polo Club Every Saturday practice games. Spectators and polo players are welcome. Call Debbie 352/591-3162 for scheduled game times or polo and/or riding lessons.

January 22-23: Ocala – Florida Reining Horse Association Show at the Ocala Equestrian Complex. Visit frha.com for more information January 22-23: Daytona Beach – Central Florida Arabian Winter Classic at Silver Sands. Contact Cheryl Van Deusen 386-566-4820 or www.companionarabians.com January 22-23: Newberry – Canterbury Pre-Season Cash Blast Horse Trials at Canterbury Showplace. Visit www.canterburyshowplace.com for more information January 22-23: Tampa – Florida Pinto Horse Association Show at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center. Visit www.fptha.com for more information January 23: Bronson – The Great Adventure Drill Team meeting. 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Dawn Warsing 352-486-2599 or rthoma14@bellesouth.net January 23: N. Ft. Myers - Southern Stars Yth. Mtd. Drill Team practice at 6:30 pm Riders 6-18 welcome. Contact: 239/454-4395 January 23: Williston – Puttin On the Bitz Drill Team Practice. Contact Linda Woulf 529-0641 or www.willistonhorsemans.com January 24: Ocklawaha – Barrel Practice, M/C Arena (Moss Bluff) 352/288-6950 January 24: Morriston - Saddle Singers Mounted Singing Drill Team Practice, 6 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com January 24: Weirsdale - Live Country Music & Jam from 6 - 9 p.m. Held in the air-conditioned Austin Education Center, the live band, full-sized dance floor and favorite foods (available for purchase) draw a crowd. Admission is $5-per person. Musicians willing to add to the evening’s entertainment are welcome free of charge January 24: Williston – Williston Horseman’s Association Junior Horseman at 6pm. Visit www.willistonhorsemans.com for more information January 24: Williston – Williston Horseman’s Association Junior Drill Team at 8pm. Visit www.willistonhorsemans.com for more information January 26: N. Ft. Myers - Southern Stars Yth. Mtd. Drill Team practice at 6 pm. Riders 6-18 welcome. Contact: 239/454-4395 January 26-30: Wellington – WEF 3 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Contact David Burton, Jr. 561-793-5867 or www.equestriansport.com

January/February 2011 January 26-30: Green Cove Springs – Jacksonville Winter A to Z at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Contact Alexis Newman 904-993-2053 or www.nfhja.com January 26-30: Ocala – Ocala January Festival at HITS Post Time Farm. Visit www.hitsshows.com for more information January 27: Ocklawaha – M/C Arena Exhib. 7 pm, show 8:30 pm. 352/288-6950, msmiss3@mpinet.net January 27: Williston – Florida Outlaw Mounted Shooting Practice. Contact Linda Woulf 529-0641 or www.willistonhorsemans.com January 28: Morriston - British Riding School, youth group ride and mounted games with BHS certified instructor Adam Gonzales. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com January 28: Morriston - Equestrian Spirits 4H Horse Club, 2 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com January 28-29: Canal Point – Dupuis Piney Pig Endurance Ride. Contact Megan Savory 772-2884901 January 28-30: Altoona – Rocking Horse Winter I Horse Trials and Rocking Horse Stables. Contact Alice Andrews 352-669-9982 or www.rockinghorseht.com January 28-30: Loxahatchee – International Horse Sport Dressage Premier at the HIS Horse Park at the Equestrian Estates. Contact Noreen O’Sullivan 561-227-1570 or www.wellingtonclassicdressage.com January 28-30: Apopka – Orlando Dressage Show at the Clarcona Horse Park. Contact 407-886-6255 for more information January 29: Morriston - Galloping Green Thumbs Gardening Club, 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com January 29: Morriston - Ladies Dressage, group ride with Master Trainer Laurie L. Wolf, 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com January 29: Bushnell – Multi Discipline Clinic at the Sumter Equestrian Center. Contact Colleen Martin 352-303-4325 or www.sumterequestriancenter.com January 29: Fort Pierce – NBHA Barrel Race at Destiny Bound at 1pm. Contact Karen Mayo 772-6332312


EventsCalendar January 29-30: Apopka – Snowbird’s Paradise Show in Orlando at the Clarcona Horse Park. Contact Gayle Witty 352-357-9696 or www.orlandodressage.com

February 1: Zephyrhills – Monthly meeting of Cowboys for Christ Suncoast Chapter at Village Inn 7 pm. Everyone is welcome. www.cowboyaforchristfl.com

January 29-30: Newberry – Horse Shows in the Park H/J Show at Canterbury Showplace. Visit www.canterburyshowplace.com for more information

February 1: Williston – Williston Horseman’s Association Junior Drill Team at 6:30pm. Visit www.willistonhorsemans.com for more information

January 30: Bronson – The Great Adventure Drill Team meeting. 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Dawn Warsing 352-486-2599 or rthoma14@bellesouth.net

February 1: Apopka – Black Stallion Literacy Project at the Clarcona Horse Park. Contact 407-886-6255 for more information

January 30: N. Ft. Myers - Southern Stars Yth. Mtd. Drill Team practice at 6:30 pm Riders 6-18 welcome. Contact: 239/454-4395

February 2-5: Wellington – Wellington Dressage Show. Contact Llyod Landkamer 612-290-8523 or www.dressageshowinfo.com

February 4: Morriston - Poetry in the Paddocks Open Mic Poetry, 7 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com February 4: Ocklawaha – M/C Arena Exhib. 7 pm, show 8:30 pm. 352/288-6950, msmiss3@mpinet.net February 4-5: Apopka – Fox Cry Farms Show at the Clarcona Horse Park. Contact 407-886-6255 for more information February 4-6: Newberry – The Jubilee of Breeds at Canterbury Showplace. Contact Carlie Evans 352215-0710 or www.canterburyshowplace.com

January 30: Williston – Puttin On the Bitz Drill Team Practice. Contact Linda Woulf 529-0641 or www.willistonhorsemans.com

February 2-6: Wellington – WEF 4 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Contact David Burton, Jr. 561-793-5867 or www.equestriansport.com

February 5: Morriston - British Riding School, youth group ride and mounted games with BHS certified instructor Adam Gonzales. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com

January 30: Bushnell – Sumter County 4H Youth Horse Show at the Sumter Equestrian Center. Contact Colleen Martin 352-303-4325 or www.sumterequestriancenter.com

February 3: N. Ft. Myers - Southern Stars Yth. Mtd. Drill Team practice at 6 pm. Riders 6-18 welcome. Contact: 239/454-4395

February 5: Morriston - Equestrian Spirits 4H Horse Club, 2 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com

February 3: Altoona – Altoona Trail Riders meetings at 7p.m. Contact: Sue Rogers at 352/669-1048

February 5: Davie – Florida Association of Amateur Cowboys, Inc. JACKPOT TEAM PENNING Entry fees $120 per team, 40% pay back, all fresh cattle, sign up book will open 2 PM sharp, first run 4 PM sharp. Contact Triple Cross Ranch, 1300 South Flamingo Road, Davie, FL, 954/434-221

January 31: Ocklawaha – Barrel Practice, M/C Arena (Moss Bluff) 352/288-6950 January 31: Morriston - Saddle Singers Mounted Singing Drill Team Practice, 6 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com January 31: Weirsdale - Live Country Music & Jam from 6 - 9 p.m. Held in the air-conditioned Austin Education Center, the live band, full-sized dance floor and favorite foods (available for purchase) draw a crowd. Admission is $5-per person. Musicians willing to add to the evening’s entertainment are welcome free of charge

FEBRUARY February 1: Ocklawaha – Barrel Practice, M/C Arena (Moss Bluff) 352/288-6950 February 1: Morriston - Saddle Singers Mounted Singing Drill Team Practice, 6 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com February 1: Weirsdale - Live Country Music & Jam from 6 - 9 p.m. Held in the air-conditioned Austin Education Center, the live band, full-sized dance floor and favorite foods (available for purchase) draw a crowd. Admission is $5-per person. Musicians willing to add to the evening’s entertainment are welcome free of charge February 1: The Arredondo Dressage Society 352/377-5751 www.arredondodressage.org February 1: Williston – Williston Horseman’s Association Membership Meeting at 7pm. Visit www.willistonhorsemans.com for more information

February 3: Tavares – Lake Co. Horsemen’s Assoc. meets at 7p.m. at the Bragg Center. Contact: Dawn Cobb 352/516-9226 or DQH@aol.com February 3: Madison County Trail Riders. 850/9736054 February 3: Apopka – Black Stallion Literacy Project at the Clarcona Horse Park. Contact 407-886-6255 for more information February 3-6: Ocala – Sunshine State Combined Driving Event at the Florida Horse Park. Contact Susan Gilliland 813-677-3040 or s_gilliland@email.msn.com

February 5: Hamilton Co. Riding Club 2 fun games & cloverleaf. Meeting at 1 p.m., games at 2 p.m. Jan Kinsey 229/247-8303 February 5: Punta Gorda Horseman’s Assn. Performance & H/J Shows at Carmelita Park. Contact: Performance 239/825-4533, Speed 941/639-4278, www.thepgha.homestead.com February 5: Tallahassee – Leon Co. Horsemen’s Assn. shows. 850/576-LCHA (5241)


EventsCalendar February 5: Plant City – Turkey Creek Arena Open Speed Show. 813/737-1312 February 5: Gilchrist Riding Club, FFA Alumni Rodeo Arena Hwy 129. Speed Show Point Series at 9am. 352/542-8939 or 352/463-1100 February 5: Leon County Horsemen’s Association Judging starts at 10:00 Halter, Gaited, English, WP, $4.00 members $5.00 non-members $30 jackpot for English Pleasure and Western Pleasure classes. Speed starts at 5:00 Poles, cones, texas barrels, clover leaf barrels, arena race. $75 added 3-D barrels. 188 Horseman’s Association Road, Tallahassee Florida, Dad Sadberry, President, 850/576-9296 February 5: Baker County Horsemanship Association - rides at 7 PM—located off Hwy 121, Macclenny, FL at Baker County Fairgrounds; Point series ongoing on arena games with high point prizes, Ride all games $3.00. Members wishing to participate with no points added ride free. Family membership dues $24/yr/family. Club offers arena events, trail rides, future NBHA shows planned, member discounts on club sponsored shows, youth mentor February 5: Altoona – Dressage and Derby Day at Rocking Horse Stables. Visit www.rockinghorseht.com for more information February 5: Lake Helen – West Volusia Saddle Club Speed Show at the Lake Helen Equestrian Facility. Visit www.westvolusiasaddleclub.com for more information February 5-6: Venice – American Dressage Concours at Fox Lea Farm. Contact Linda Aldrich 941-4801100 or www.foxleafarm.com February 5-6: Newberry – Southeast Arabian Show at Canterbury Showplace. Visit www.canterburyshowplace.com for more information February 5-6: Bushnell – Appaloosa Show at the Sumter Equestrian Center. Contact Whizzer Baker or www.sumterequestriancenter.com February 6: Morriston - Galloping Green Thumbs Gardening Club, 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com February 6: Morriston - Ladies Dressage, group ride with Master Trainer Laurie L. Wolf, 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com February 6: Lakeland Dressage Assn. meetings. Jennifer Tomlinson 863/619-2469 February 7: Bronson – The Great Adventure Drill Team meeting. 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Dawn Warsing 352-4862599 or rthoma14@bellesouth.net February 7: N. Ft. Myers - Southern Stars Yth. Mtd. Drill Team practice at 6:30 pm Riders 6-18 welcome. Contact: 239/454-4395 February 7: Williston – Puttin On the Bitz Drill Team Practice. Contact Linda Woulf 529-0641 or www.willistonhorsemans.com

February 7: Apopka - Central Florida Dressage general meeting 6:30 potluck 7:00 p.m. meeting. 352/483-1491

February 10: Jupiter – Gold Coast Arabian Horse Club of FL. meeting. Contact: Nancy Brann 561/7465418

February 7: Riverview - Triple B Riding Club meets at the Riverview Civic Center. Vicki 813/651-5953 or Mary Lou 813/759-8255 or Jim 863/858-3107

February 10: Ocala - Marion County Horseman’s Association meeting 7 p.m. at Marion County Agriculture Center (SE Livestock Pavilion). Contact Sandy Brown 352/358-9840

February 7: Morriston - Six Legged Theatre Company EquiTheater Rehearsal/Meeting, 6 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com February 7-8: Indiantown – Sunlight Horse Show Series at Sunlight Ranch. Contact Helen Varble 772681-5429 or www.sunlightranch.com February 8: Ocklawaha – Barrel Practice, M/C Arena (Moss Bluff) 352/288-6950 February 8: Morriston - Saddle Singers Mounted Singing Drill Team Practice, 6 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com February 8: Weirsdale - Live Country Music & Jam from 6 - 9 p.m. Held in the air-conditioned Austin Education Center, the live band, full-sized dance floor and favorite foods (available for purchase) draw a crowd. Admission is $5-per person. Musicians willing to add to the evening’s entertainment are welcome free of charge February 8: Sarasota – Alpha Dressage Assoc. meeting: Betty Brown 941/378-5581

February 10-13: West Palm Beach – Wellington Classic Spring Challenge at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Contact Noreen O’Sullivan 561-227-1570 or www.wellingtonclassicdressage.com February 12-13: Plantation – Horses in the Park Show at the Plantation Acres Equestrian Center. Visit www.heritagehorseshow.com for more information February 11-13: Ocala – Ocala Winter II Horse Trials at the Florida Horse Park. Contact Peter Gray 352425-6302 or www.equiventures.com February 11-13: Newberry – Progressive Show Jumping at Canterbury Showplace. Visit www.canterburyshowplace.com for more information February 12: Morriston - British Riding School, youth group ride and mounted games with BHS certified instructor Adam Gonzales. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com

February 8: Pensacola – Five Flags Arabian Horse Assoc. monthly meeting. 850-995-8562

February 12: Morriston - Equestrian Spirits 4H Horse Club, 2 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com

February 8: Panama City – Bay County Horseman’s Assn. monthly meeting 7 p.m. 850/769-4741 or www.baycountyhorse.org

February 12: Punta Gorda Horseman’s Assn. Speed Shows at Carmelita Park. Contact: Gayle Rogers 941/637-8097

February 8: Williston – Williston Horseman’s Association Junior Horseman at 6pm. Visit www.willistonhorsemans.com for more information

February 12: South Georgia Trail Riders. 850/9736054

February 8: Williston – Williston Horseman’s Association Junior Drill Team at 8pm. Visit www.willistonhorsemans.com for more information February 8: Apopka – Black Stallion Literacy Project at the Clarcona Horse Park. Contact 407-886-6255 for more information February 8-13: Ocala – Ocala Winter Classic at HITS Post Time Farm. Contact Thomas Struzzieri 845246-8833 or www.hitsshows.com February 9-13: Wellington – WEF 5 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Contact David Burton, Jr. 561-793-5867 or www.equestriansport.com February 10: N. Ft. Myers - Southern Stars Yth. Mtd. Drill Team practice at 6 pm. Riders 6-18 welcome. Contact: 239/454-4395 February 10: Ft. Myers -The SW Florida Dressage Assn. meeting. Contact: Michelle Gerlach 239/7315434, email: christozan@aol.com or Missy Johnson 863/675-3877 email: sandneedle@worldnet.att.net

February 12: Perry – Taylor Co. Horseman’s Assn. Speed Event Shows. Roping Fri. nights before speed show. Last Sat./mo Roping. Sign-up 4 p.m., rope 5 p.m. Contact: 850/584-6876 February 12: Live Oak- Saddle and Spurs Riding Club Speed Events at Suwannee County Coliseum. Call: Mike Estrella 386/208-8013 or Mary Gerhouser 386/364-6551 February 12: Williston – Williston Horseman’s Association Saddle Series Speed Show at 9am. Visit www.willistonhorsemans.com for more information February 12: Williston – Williston Horseman’s Association Jackpot Barrels. Visit www.willistonhorsemans.com for more information February 12: Weirsdale – Region 5 Challenge Show at the Florida Carriage Museum and Resort. Visit www.fcmr.org for more information February 12: Bushnell – Southern Draft Horse Pull at the Sumter Equestrian Center. Contact Colleen Martin 352-303-4325 or www.sumterequestriancenter.com


EventsCalendar February 12: Lake Wales – NBHA Barrel Race at River Ranch at 11am. Contact Karen Ledford 772-4730792

February 15: Ocala - STRIDE Dressage Riding & Driving Club meets at 7PM. Contact: Member at Large Polly Butterworth 353-351-2782 www.stridedressage.org

February 17-20: Ocala – Florida Reining Horse Association Show at the Ocala Equestrian Complex. Visit frha.com for more information

February 15: Wellington – The Ridge at Wellington Show at The Ridge Farm. Contact Nona Garson 908-839-3859 or www.theridgefarm.com

February 18-20: Altoona – Rocking Horse Winter II Horse Trials at Rocking Horse Stables. Contact Alice Andrews 352-669-9982 or www.rockinghorseht.com

February 15: Apopka – Black Stallion Literacy Project at the Clarcona Horse Park. Contact 407-886-6255 for more information

February 18-20: Newberry – Progressive Show Jumping at Canterbury Showplace. Visit www.canterburyshowplace.com for more information

February 15-20: Ocala – Ocala Winter Festival at HITS Post Time Farm. Contact Thomas Struzzieri 845246-8833 or www.hitsshows.com

February 18-20: Apopka – Seminole County 4H Show at the Clarcona Horse Park. Contact 407-886-6255 for more information

February 16: Morriston - Music School Free Open Arena Schooling with DJ, 6 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com

February 18-20: Kissimmee – Silver Spurs Rodeo at the Silver Spurs Arena. Contact 321-697-3495 or www.silverspursrodeo.com

February 16: Ocala – Cross Country Schooling Day at the Florida Horse Park. Contact Partners of the Park 508-612-0224 or www.flhorsepark.com

February 18-27: Ocala – Southeastern Youth Fair and High School Rodeo at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. Contact Jessica Peebles 352-629-1255

February 14: Bronson – The Great Adventure Drill Team meeting. 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Dawn Warsing 352-486-2599 or rthoma14@bellesouth.net

February 16-20: Wellington – WEF 6 Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Contact David Burton, Jr. 561793-5867 or www.equestriansport.com

February 14: N. Ft. Myers - Southern Stars Yth. Mtd. Drill Team practice at 6:30 pm Riders 6-18 welcome. Contact: 239/454-4395

February 17: N. Ft. Myers - Southern Stars Yth. Mtd. Drill Team practice at 6 pm. Riders 6-18 welcome. Contact: 239/454-4395

February 19: Morriston - British Riding School, youth group ride and mounted games with BHS certified instructor Adam Gonzales. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com

February 14: Williston – Puttin On the Bitz Drill Team Practice. Contact Linda Woulf 529-0641 or www.willistonhorsemans.com

February 17: Morriston - The Natural Healthy Horse Lecture Series, 6 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com

February 14: Morriston - Sunshine Advocates for Sound Horsemanship (SASH) Sound Gaited Horse Club Non-Mounted Meeting, 6 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com

February 17: Apopka – Black Stallion Literacy Project at the Clarcona Horse Park. Contact 407-886-6255 for more information

February 12-13: Apopka – Sweetheart Cup at the Clarcona Horse Park. Contact Gayle Witty 352-3579696 or www.orlandodressage.com February 12-13: Baker – Dixie Gulf Open Dressage and Sport Horse Show. Contact Linda Smith 850682-3133 or smith.benfl491@yahoo.com February 13: Morriston - Galloping Green Thumbs Gardening Club, 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com February 13: Morriston - Ladies Dressage, group ride with Master Trainer Laurie L. Wolf, 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com February 13: Pasco Co – Suncoast Trail Riders club meets at Serenova in Pasco County Highway 52 and Hays Road. Contact: John 352/797-0829

February 15: Ocklawaha – Barrel Practice, M/C Arena (Moss Bluff) 352/288-6950 February 15: Morriston - Saddle Singers Mounted Singing Drill Team Practice, 6 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com February 15: Weirsdale - Live Country Music & Jam from 6 - 9 p.m. Held in the air-conditioned Austin Education Center, the live band, full-sized dance floor and favorite foods (available for purchase) draw a crowd. Admission is $5-per person. Musicians willing to add to the evening’s entertainment are welcome free of charge February 15: Five Flags Arabian Horse Association (FFAHA) meeting at Carnley’s Family Diner on Pine Forest Road just south of the I-10 intersection at 7:00 pm. Contact 850/478-2161 February 15: Williston – Williston Horseman’s Association Junior Drill Team at 6:30pm. Visit www.willistonhorsemans.com for more information February 15: Williston – Williston Horseman’s 4H at 6:30pm. Visit www.willistonhorsemans.com for more information

February 17-20: Wellington – Florida Dressage Classic. Contact Lloyd Landkamer 612-290-8523 or www.dressageshowinfo.com

February 19: Morriston - Equestrian Spirits 4H Horse Club, 2 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com February 19: Baker County Horsemanship Association - rides at 7 PM—located off Hwy 121, Macclenny, FL at Baker County Fairgrounds; Point series ongoing on arena games with high point prizes, Ride all games $3.00. Members wishing to participate with no points added ride free. Family membership dues $24/yr/family. Club offers arena events, trail rides, future NBHA shows planned, member discounts on club sponsored shows, youth mentor

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EventsCalendar February 19: Trail ride 1pm. Jan Kinsey 229/2478303 February 19: Brooksville – The Croom Trail Horse Riders meet at 9am at “Twin Ponds Trail Head” Withlacoochee Forest. Contact: Becky 352/796-2521, Debbie 352/797-9823 February 19: Hudson – Pasco Horsemen’s Assoc. Show. Contact: 727/868-8011, Pleasure 727/8199191, Speed 727/379-5578 February 19: Williston – Williston Horseman’s Association Pleasure Show/Hunter Show. Contact Kelly Saylor (western) 352-817-0441 or Edd Lookingbill/Rene Dodd (hunter) 352-622-5535 or 352 4259424 or www.willistonhorsemans.com February 19: Plantation – Plantation Acres Saddle Club Show at the Plantation Acres Equestrian Center. Visit www.pasaddleclub.com for more information February 19-20: Weirsdale – FCMR Driving Competition at the Florida Carriage Museum and Resort. Visit www.fcmr.org for more information February 19-20: Bushnell – SEC Hunter Jumper Dressage Show at the Sumter Equestrian Center. Contact Colleen Martin 352-303-4325 or www.sumterequestriancenter.com February 20: Morriston - Galloping Green Thumbs Gardening Club, 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com February 20: Morriston - Ladies Dressage, group ride with Master Trainer Laurie L. Wolf, 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com

February 22: Morriston - Saddle Singers Mounted Singing Drill Team Practice, 6 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com February 22: Weirsdale - Live Country Music & Jam from 6 - 9 p.m. Held in the air-conditioned Austin Education Center, the live band, full-sized dance floor and favorite foods (available for purchase) draw a crowd. Admission is $5-per person. Musicians willing to add to the evening’s entertainment are welcome free of charge

February 26: Morriston - British Riding School, youth group ride and mounted games with BHS certified instructor Adam Gonzales. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com February 26: Morriston - Equestrian Spirits 4H Horse Club, 2 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com

February 22: Williston – Williston Horseman’s Association Junior Drill Team at 8pm. Visit www.willistonhorsemans.com for more information

February 26: Live Oak- Saddle and Spurs Riding Club Speed Events at Suwannee County Coliseum. Call: Mike Estrella 386/208-8013 or Mary Gerhouser 386/364-6551

February 22: Wellington – The Ridge at Wellington Show at The Ridge Farm. Contact Nona Garson 908-839-3859 or www.theridgefarm.com February 22-27: Ocala - Ocala Masters at HITS Post Time Farm. Contact Thomas Struzzieri 845-2468833 or www.hitsshows.com February 23: Ocala – Cross Country Schooling Day and/or Jumper Schooling Show at the Florida Horse Park. Contact Partners of the Park 508-612-0224 or www.flhorsepark.com February 23-27: Wellington – WEF 7 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Contact David Burton, Jr. 561-793-5867 or www.equestriansport.com February 23-27: Tampa – The Seminole Hard Rock Reining Classic at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center. Visit www.seminolehrreining.com for more information

February 21: N. Ft. Myers - Southern Stars Yth. Mtd. Drill Team practice at 6:30 pm Riders 6-18 welcome. Contact: 239/454-4395

February 24: N. Ft. Myers - Southern Stars Yth. Mtd. Drill Team practice at 6 pm. Riders 6-18 welcome. Contact: 239/454-4395

February 21: Williston – Puttin On the Bitz Drill Team Practice. Contact Linda Woulf 529-0641 or www.willistonhorsemans.com

February 24-27: Dade City – Little Everglades International at the Little Everglades Ranch. Contact Susan Gilliland at 324-489-6586 or www.littleevergladesranch.com

February 22: Ocklawaha – Barrel Practice, M/C Arena (Moss Bluff) 352/288-6950

February 25: Williston – Florida Outlaw Mounted Shooting Practice. Contact Linda Woulf 529-0641 or www.willistonhorsemans.com

February 22: Williston – Williston Horseman’s Association Junior Horseman at 6pm. Visit www.willistonhorsemans.com for more information

February 21: Bronson – The Great Adventure Drill Team meeting. 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Dawn Warsing 352-486-2599 or rthoma14@bellesouth.net

February 21: Winter Haven – Florida Sport Horse Club meeting at St. John’s UMC. Contact: Gene Naasko 863/206-5932 or Rae Gayer 863/984-0499

February 25: Ocklawaha – M/C Arena Exhib. 7 pm, show 8:30 pm. 352/288-6950, msmiss3@mpinet.net

February 24-27: Weirsdale – Gypsy Vanner Horse Society Conference at the Florida Carriage Museum and Resort. Visit www.fcmr.org for more information

February 26: Gilchrist Riding Club, FFA Alumni Rodeo Arena Show at 9 a.m. 352/542-8939 or 352/4631100 February 26: Bushnell – SEC Open Show (AQHA Applied) at the Sumter Equestrian Center. Contact Colleen Martin 352-303-4325 or www.sumterequestriancenter.com February 26: Apopka – Florida Walking and Racking Show at the Clarcona Horse Park. Contact 407886-6255 for more information February 26: Altoona – Dressage and Derby Day at Rocking Horse Stables. Visit www.rockinghorseht.com for more information February 26-27: Venice – Florida Dressage Concours at Fox Lea Farm. Contact Linda Aldrich 941-4801100 or www.foxleafarm.com February 26-27: Newberry – Twice as Nice Dressage II at Canterbury Showplace. Contact Carlie Evans 352-215-0710 or www.canterburyshowplace.com February 26-27: Loxahatchee – Welcome Back to White Fences I at White Fences Equestrian Center. Contact Adam Pollak 561-790-6406 or www.whitefencesflorida.com February 27: Morriston - Galloping Green Thumbs Gardening Club, 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com February 27: Morriston - Ladies Dressage, group ride with Master Trainer Laurie L. Wolf, 1 p.m. Amik Run Equestrian Center, (352) 528-5298, amikrunfl@aol.com February 28: Bronson – The Great Adventure Drill Team meeting. 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Dawn Warsing 352-486-2599 or rthoma14@bellesouth.net February 28: N. Ft. Myers - Southern Stars Yth. Mtd. Drill Team practice at 6:30 pm Riders 6-18 welcome. Contact: 239/454-4395 February 28: Williston – Puttin On the Bitz Drill Team Practice. Contact Linda Woulf 529-0641 or www.willistonhorsemans.com


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Florida Horse Park Discover is defined as, “to make known or visible; expose.” t’s a popular word by nature – it has broad and profound potential. Hopes and dreams ride on the shoulders of discovery. When something is discovered, it is magical for the one discovering. For the one who holds the secrets and helps the one discovering, it is an experience that will last a lifetime. As members of the equine industry, we offer much to be discovered to people who are not a part of our world. That is the message behind our new specialty license plate, aptly titled, “Discover Florida’s Horses.” Our license plate is the first of its kind for the Florida horse industry. It is a simple gesture towards the public, inviting them to be a part of the equestrian world by supporting the Florida Horse Park. The Florida Horse Park stands to be a gateway for the discovery of horses and the agricultural world as a whole. One of our primary initiatives is education. Education and discovery come hand in hand. Through education and discovery, people often find lifelong interests. In this case, we want that interest to be horses. It’d doesn’t have to be a grand experience for someone to realize a new direction for their life – watching a new foal scamper around the field, brushing the shoulder of a well muscled athlete, smelling the sweet earthy scent of a horse in the sun. Simple things. The license plate, “Discover Florida’s Horses,” is a small item with a big idea and far-reaching results. The funds generated from the sale of this plate for your personal vehicles, trucks and trailers goes to support a community project that serves horse people like you and me. It also serves horse people who haven’t yet discovered that facet of their life. The Florida Horse Park is, by design, a haven for all sorts of people – not just the equestrian set. Conversely, it is also a means for our local and state equine industry to bring more people in and allow them to discover the wonder of horses. Do your part. Buy the plate. Support the Florida Horse Park.

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A quick glimpse of Day 1 at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit.

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1 1) Callie Judy of Columbia, Mo., and her Thoroughbred, Bayama, are competing at HITS Ocala for the first time. During her stay in the Sunshine State this year, she plans to also take in some eventing training. 2) Casey McKissock and her Dutch Warmblood, Unbelievable, are from Doylestown, Pa. Casey has competed on this circuit for seven years now; some of her favorite things about Ocala include the weather…and Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill. 3) Dana Noga, riding a 7-year-old Thoroughbred, Kalahari, is from Ocala and has been showing here for 10 years. She and her students at Lone Palm Stables compete in the hunter and jumper divisions. 4) Kylie Lyman’s home is in Vermont, but she has wintered in Ocala for the past two winters. She’s riding Jinx, an Irish Sport Horse. 5) David Connors (right) and Tom Geno, riding Hanky and Rep Tee, are regulars at HITS Ocala. While they’re in town, they plan to play a lot of golf and take some cooking classes.

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Identifying “weak points” can help reduce the risk of fire.

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Farm Management & Fire Prevention By Jamie Cohen and Ludie Bond s we start into 2011, I’m sure everyone is aware of the lack of rainfall we have had in our state throughout the past year. In Marion County alone, our quarterly rainfall for 2010 was measured to be at just above 4 inches, well below our 2009 average of more than 10 inches. Because of this fact, fire is something that needs to be on every farm owner and manager’s mind. Farms having trees and forests on the property need to also take special care to prevent any wildfires and forest fires. Horse farms are typically located in rural areas. Some of these areas may actually be considered Wildland Urban Interface or Intermix communities where structures are either bordering or intermixed with forested areas. Not only do residents in these communities usually conduct outdoor burning such as yard debris pile burning, nearby lands could also be managed with prescribed burning. These large acre tracts of woods are also susceptible to lightning strike wildfires and woods arson. And as we well know, most equine communities are sensitive to smoky conditions. While horse farm owners and managers can work towards building relationships with neighboring properties, like other rural property owners, they should look for the ‘weak points’ on their property and at their structures where wildfire could strike. These ‘weak points’ can be defined as vegetation that could feed the spread of wildfire as well as where embers may land and ignite more wildfire. Take a look at the vegetation on your property and determine whether or not it’s considered to be highly flammable. Then look at the placement of this vegetation and ask yourself if

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it would provide a continuous path for wildfire to creep up to your home, barn, stable, or shed? The idea here is to create a mosaic of fuels and fire breaks such as walkways, driveways, roads or paths, for example. Also take a look at the structures on site. Do areas exist where embers could land under a structure or raised patio or deck? Are there similar openings under the eaves? Do roofs and gutters have large accumulations of dry vegetation such as pine straw and leaves? Do the barns and stables have areas of accumulated bedding, shavings, or hay? Some of these weak points should be cleared or covered with nonflammable skirting. Still other areas might require wetting down. And one last thing: would your wooden fences provide a direct path for wildfire to travel to barns and other structures? Please keep these things in mind so that we can all avoid terrifying and dreaded barn fires. There is nothing more tragic than a barn full of horses becoming engulfed in flames, especially if it could have been prevented. For more information on how to be Firewise on your farm, visit www.fl-dof.com or contact us via the information below.

There is nothing more tragic than a barn full of horses becoming engulfed in flames, especially if it could have been prevented.

Keep up the good management practices! Jamie A. Cohen Farm Outreach Coordinator UF IFAS/Marion County Extension Service 352-671-8792 • jamiecohen@ufl.edu Ludie Bond Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Florida Division of Forestry


Thoroughbreds Off the Track and into the Ring Athleticism… Endurance… Beauty Adopt a Thoroughbred For decades, off-the-track Thoroughbreds have thrived in second careers on hunter-jumper circuits.

Learn more about the Florida Division of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, where prison inmates help re-train Thoroughbreds for adoption. To arrange a visit or to learn more about adopting, contact the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association.

www.floridathoroughbredcharities.com • 352.629.2160 www.facebook.com/thefloridahorse

FLORIDA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS’ AND OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION 801 SW 60th Ave. • Ocala, FL 34474 352-629-2160 • Fax: 352-629-3603 www.ftboa.com • info@ftboa.com

FLORIDA DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES Adam Putnam, Commissioner 850-488-4366 • Fax 850-922-0374 • e-mail: davisp@doacs.state.fl.us 407 S. Calhoun • 412 Mayo Building, Tallahassee, FL 32399

Horse Capital Digest - January 19, 2011  

Horse Capital Digest - January 19, 2011 issue

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