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The Horsemen’s Corral is the official publication for the following clubs: Northern Ohio Miniature Horse Club Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club Ohio Appaloosa Association Avon Lake Saddle Club O.H.I.O. EXCA Black Swamp Driving Club Ohio Foundation Quarter Horse Buckeye Equestrian Association Association Central Ohio Saddle Club Association Ohio Haflinger Association Central Ohio Wagoneers Ohio High School Rodeo Association Classical Attraction Dressage Society Ohio Horseman’s Council Colorado Ranger Horse Association Ohio Gaited Horse Trailriders Creek Side Mounted Archery Ohio Morgan Horse Association District One National Show Horse Ohio Mount N Trail Obstacle Competition Dusty Boots Riding Club Ohio Paint Horse Club Flatlanders Dressage & Combined Ohio Quarter Horse Association Training Association, Inc. Ohio Ranch Horse Association Geauga Horse & Pony Association Ohio State Buckskin Association Great Lakes Appaloosa Horse Club Ohio Western Horse Association, Inc. Knox County Horse Park Ottawa County Horse Foundation Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros Ohio Valley Team Penning Association Massillon Saddle Club Pinto Horse Association of Ohio Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc. Tri-County Trail Association Mid-Eastern Farriers Association Tri-State Rodeo Association Mid Ohio Dressage Association Wayne County Saddle Club Mid-Ohio Marauders Western Equestrian Club at Slippery Rock National Pole Bending Association University Northern Ohio Dressage Association Western Reserve Carriage Association Northern Kentucky Horse Network

Inside This Issue Corral Calendar .................................................................42 The Cowboy Perserverance Ranch...................................62 Double Dan Horsemanship ...............................................58 Fecal Liquid—Solved!........................................................63 Game Changer ..................................................................14 Kentucky Extreme Mustang Makeover to be Held Virtually...8 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Cancels ..............64 Notes from Inside The Corral ..............................................6 OHC Horse Power Newsletter ...........................................67 Prebiotics, The Breakdown................................................34 Reduce the Risk of Feeding Horses Contaminated Hay ...18 Ride In Sync ......................................................................22 TrailMeister ........................................................................66

The Corral Staff

A Tribute to The Hired Gun Horseman ..............................29

Editor .............................................................................................Bobbie Coalter

The Unsung Harrow ..........................................................60

Advertising Sales & General Manager .....................................Joe Coalter email ...............................................................

View From the Cheap Seats..............................................38

Club Sales & Circulation Manager Art & Composition Director .....................................................Michelle Ross email

Western Dressage .............................................................32 Club News


Black Swamp Driving Club ................................................16

Features: ....... Bobbie Coalter, Rob & Tanya Corzatt, Robert Eversole, ...........................Dan James, Kristen Janicki, Lisa Kiley, Nettie Liburt, ............................................................................. Terry Myers, Sarah Vas Guest Writers & Photographers: ............. Kelley Bitter, Juliet M. Getty, .........................Allison Black Goldberg, Mark Quigley, Dr. Laura Stern

Central Ohio Saddle Club Association...............................31

NEXT ISSUE NUMBER 4 ..........................................................................................APRIL 2021 APRIL 2021 DEADLINE........................................................ MARCH 10, 2021

Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros ............................................30

Central Ohio Wagoneers ...................................................36 Colorado Ranger Horse Association .................................63 Geauga Horse and Pony Association ................................18 Massillon Saddle Club .......................................................26 Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc. ..............................24 Mid Ohio Dressage Association.........................................33

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Mid-Ohio Marauders ..........................................................28 Northern Ohio Dressage Association ................................39 O.H.I.O. EXCA ..................................................................36 Ohio High School Rodeo Association ................................10 Ohio Morgan Horse Association ........................................24 Ohio Paint Horse Club .......................................................12 Ohio Valley Team Penning Association .............................10 Ohio Western Horse Association .......................................16 Tri-County Trail Association ...............................................31 Wayne County Saddle Club ..............................................23 Western Reserve Carriage Association .............................61 ABOUT THE COVER: Sam Helms winning the CMSA 2020 Winter Championship. Photo by Sam’s friend, Mark Quigley.


March 2021

Notes From Inside The Corral


ou may have noticed the cover features a burly cowboy mounted shooter but that cover is much more than a man on a horse to many of us in the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA). It is a tribute to a great horseman, mentor and friend—Sam Helms, who we lost on February 2, 2021 at the age of 47. As you read through this issue of the Corral, you will see Sam’s name and pictures several times, which is a testament to the impact he had on the sport. Remember the Corral is a regional magazine serving Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Sam trained out of Monroe, N.C., under the banner of Hired Gun Horsemanship. So, how does a guy out of North Carolina have such a bearing in our region? It wasn’t the fact that he literally wrote the book on mounted shooting (at least the first one), it wasn’t that he trained the infamous dun stud Poco Bueno 084 to accept gunfire or that he won multiple championships. It was because Sam had a true passion for horses and the sport, and he shared that passion with everyone he met. A few years ago, I purchased a handsome red roan Quarter Horse from a colt starting challenge I announced in Michigan. He had great blood lines including AQHA royalty Doc Bar on top and Smart Little Lena on the bottom. He was incredibly athletic but very quiet in the halter. I planned on him being my next shooting horse so before it was time to get on his back, I introduced him to gunfire. From the first shot: the noise, the smoke, the smell of the gun, nothing phased him. Good horse people that saw him would ask about his blood lines and when


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I’d tell them the whole story including some other famous horses on the papers, they’d warn me saying, there is buck in that blood. Even Sam said it, but he also added that if I had problems, to call him; if I ever wanted to sell him, call even faster. Although I had trained several horses for mounted shooting, I was in my fifties and really didn’t have Ellie on Bubba getting advice from any business starting Sam. a colt. I learned this the hard way! I called Sam the first time he threw me. He laughed and gave me advice that worked for a while until I started pushing a little more and ended up eating dirt again. All total, the horse dumped me three times, but on the last one we bucked all the way across my 220 foot arena before he launched me over his head and then just stood there looking at me. I remember my brother saying I should call some of the rodeo contractors I work with because their broncs didn’t buck that hard. I also remember looking up at that handsome devil and saying, “I’m going to find you a good home buddy”. That was when I called Sam. I have to admit that I felt better when I found out he dumped Sam once too. But he only got him once and Sam kept me up to date on his progress. The horse was doing great, was going to be a shooting horse and was going to a 12-year-old little girl in South Carolina. I thought maybe Sam had lost his mind but when I saw Ellie win her division at the CMSA National Championship on him, I knew I made the right decision. The next year, Ellie set a new CMSA World Record on Bubba and took him to the AQHA World of Mounted Shooting Championship. I stay in contact with Ellie, her sister and her parents, in part because of the horse but mostly because we were all part of Sam’s family. There are 14 CMSA clubs in the region we serve and Sam Helms touched many of the people here by coming to events, holding clinics, training horses and encouraging people along the way. Every one of them came together this month to share the passion of a horseman, a mentor, a friend, a family member. Sam may be gone but the impact he had on CMSA will not be forgotten.


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Kentucky Extreme Mustang Makeover to be Held Virtually The 2021 Kentucky Extreme Mustang Makeover, originally slated to be held June 24–26 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, will now be held as a virtual event. The Mustang Heritage Foundation made the decision to transition to a virtual event after evaluating the uncertainty of the state of Kentucky reopening plans due to COVID-19. “While we are eager to return to in-person events, we want to ensure our trainers and mustangs are set up for success,” said executive director Alex Kappert. “This means being transparent about the uncertainties that COVID-19 has created, while remaining true to our mission to help the 50,000 mustangs in holding find homes.” Both adult and youth divisions of the event will be produced virtually and hosted online by the Mustang Heritage Foundation. Following a similar format to the successful virtual Extreme Mustang Makeovers held in 2020, trainers will submit videos of themselves and their

horses completing each class. MHF staff will be available to assist trainers in submitting their videos before the deadline. Those videos will be reviewed by a panel of show judges, then premiered online one class at a time along with official scores and results for each competitor. Extreme Mustang Makeover fans and horse enthusiasts from around the world can watch the action and find results in real time at ExtremeMustangMakeover. With the event format change, the auction of competing adult horses will also be held online. Interested bidders must submit a bidder application prior to the auction to be approved for bidding. “Our virtual event this fall resulted in record-breaking sale averages,” Kappert said. “We are confident that the Kentucky event will be just as successful.” The Extreme Mustang Makeover is produced by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse

and Burro Program, to showcase the versatility and trainability of the American Mustang. The event is presented by Western Horseman and sponsored by RIDE TV, NRS Supply, Espana Silk, A Cut Above Buckles, Classic Equine, Martin Saddlery, Resistol, Yeti, and Purina. To learn more and stay updated, visit mustangheritagefoundation. org/extreme. ABOUT THE MUSTANG HERITAGE FOUNDATION The Mustang Heritage Foundation is dedicated to facilitating successful placements for America’s excess wild mustangs and burros through innovative programs, events and education. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit ABOUT THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removes wild horses and burros from public lands to ensure a healthy

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Ohio High School Rodeo Association

Consider Running for a Student Officer Position NATIONAL DIRECTOR, Nikki McCarty PRESIDENT, Tanya Tupps SEC/TREAS, Tyler Stillion 1ST VP, Clint Cummings EMAIL, WEBSITE, www.ohiohighschoolrodeo. org

Although the Ohio High School Association did not have any rodeos this month, the Ohio High School Rodeo Association Student Officers had the opportunity to attend The National Midwinter Meeting in Arlington, Texas. The National Mid-Winter meeting is when all the national directors and student officers come together and hold the national committee meetings.

At the meetings we attended we have learned ways to continue to better our Ohio association through ideas from other states and the national level. One thing we were able to take away from these meetings was how to help grow our membership. Along with attending a variety of meetings we were able to

interact with other associations to see how we could better the association. Although this was a long week for us, we were able to take away many life lessons that will stick with us for a lifetime. With this we highly recommend considering to run

for the student officer positions for the 2021-2022 rodeo season. The opportunities that this association has been able to give to student officers over the years are lessons that many of them will never forget. If anyone has any questions about running to become a student officer, please do not hesitate to ask.

Ohio Valley Team Penning Association

Show Dates Announced PRESIDENT, Tom Reeder VICE PRESIDENT, Amy Lemley SECRETARY, Donna Zang TREASURER, Debra Lyons PHONE, 330/831-7463 EMAIL, Find Us on Facebook

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Youth riders, Bella and Bobby Hodas, Peyson Fletcher with President Tom Reeder.

High Point saddle winner Jimbo Fletcher with saddle donor Bob and Katie Jamison.

Double saddle winner Jimbo Fletcher with President Tom Reeder.

The 2020 show season was celebrated! OVTPA awards were awesome—thanks to Debra

Lyons for all of her hard work to put together so many great items, belt buckles, coolers, trophy

headstalls, engraved halters, drink cups and more. How about those special embroidered jackets and ball caps to honor our 30th year anniversary? Beautiful! Our year end awards can’t be beat! OVTPA was proud to give away two Bowden Saddles! The high point rider saddle for 2020 was won by Jimbo Fletcher. This saddle was donated by Bob and Katie Jamison, Bob Jamison Equine Services and Bowden Saddlery. Congratulations Jimbo on all of your hard work and great riding to win this award! But wait—the random draw (every exhibitor that showed in 2020 got one entry to win for every ride they made) this saddle donated by JF Quarter Horses was won by...drum roll please... everyone was on the edge of their seats! Take a deep breath! Winner is none other than Jimbo Fletcher! Wow, two saddles in one night. Way to go Jimbo!

Thanks again to the Jamisons and JF Quarter Horses for donating these saddles. It sure made all of us ride a little harder! Awards were given to all of the top 10 in each division. The Youth riders came on strong and sure were fun to watch this year. What a great group of young riders enjoying sorting and having fun! 2021 Show season dates for 2021 are set. Mark your calendars, come join the fun! Beginner friendly! New classes!

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APRIL 10: Negley, Ohio MAY 15: Negley, Ohio JUNE 5: Negley, Ohio JULY 10: Negley, Ohio AUG. 14: New Galilee, Pa. SEPT. 25: Negley, Ohio NOV. 6: Columbiana, Ohio Be sure to like our page on Facebook and watch for updates. Show season will be here before we know it! March 2021

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Ohio Paint Horse Club

Reserve Your Stalls Early for these APHA Shows PRESIDENT, Mike Schwendeman VICE PRESIDENT, Tim Snapp TREASURER, Roxann Rohrl SECRETARY, Heather Collins EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Roxann Rohrl Hello to our OPHC members and friends! I hope you all had a great Valentines day. There were lots of candy peppermints for our friends in the barn. Here it is March all ready. Have you all had your Covid shots? We are scheduled for our second one on Saturday! Let us all be safe, well and ready for the 2021 coming events. I hope you were all able to attend the virtual APHA convention. There are a lot of APHA shows coming up in our neighborhood. Check them out, get your stalls and entries in early. APRIL 3-4: Kentucky Spring POR held at Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, Ky. Their flat rate includes all classes, your stall, and office/APHA fees. Check this show out, let’s all go! MAY 8-9: Indiana Michigan Partnership POR Show to be held at the Michiana Event Center, Shipshewana, Ind. Judges include Shannon Vroegh, John Briggs, Dale Sullens, and Julie Rux. Eligible For Midwest Show Series. Check out more information on the Indiana PHC or Michigan PHC website or Facebook. MAY 14: Ohio Paint Horse Club will sponsor Buckeye Ride the Pattern Clinic with Professional Horsewoman Sara Simons! This clinic will be held on Friday at the Buckeye Extravaganza Show held at Fulton County Fairgrounds, Spangler Arena, Wauseon, Ohio, 1-4 p.m. Three sessions will be held: Showmanship, Horsemanship, Equitation, $50 per session for exhibitors and $75 each session for haul-ins not showing. Reserve your spot early! Email Tim Snapp,, or call 937/308-1611. There will be a form on our website, www. or Ohio Paint Horse Club Facebook. These sessions will fill up fast! MAY 15-16: The Buckeye Extravaganza POR will be held at Fulton County Fairgrounds, Spangler Arena, Wauseon, Oh. 12

Judges include Sara Simons, Lisa Ligon, Chris Strine, and Alisa Bernhard-Proefock. Luke Wadsworth is the show manager, Contact information for Luke is 740/360-6013 or email: v32wlve90@hotmail. com. Stalls, camping and shavings can be reserved with Cognito —payable with credit card, PayPal or check. Checks will be deposited/cashed on May 3. Roxann Rohrl will handle the stalls. Contact her at 440/4585022, 440/281-7675 or email: Mail all checks to Ohio Paint Horse Club, Roxann Rohrl, 11972 Robson Road, Grafton, Ohio 44044. Stalls, camping, and shavings must be prepaid, first reserved will be first served with stalls. We’ll have great High Points and giveaways! We hope the new barn will give us another 20 stalls! MAY 29-30: The Michigan Paint Horse POR held at Ingram County Fairgrounds, Mason, Mich. More information can be found on the Michigan PHC website and Facebook. JULY 24-25: The Ohio Paint Horse Amateur Club Show. This show will be held at the Madison County Fairgrounds, Coughlin Arena, London, Ohio. There will be two judges each day. Christa Lynn Baldwin and Kathy Boggetta will judge Saturday; Sunday judges TBA soon. Show Manager is Sandy Vondenhuevel. Sue Johnson will be taking stall reservations. Contact Sue Johnson at 740/4043956, suejohnson@embarqmail. com. Plan now to attend this OPHC Point Awards show. Always great awards! OPHC Awards System: Page 12, item 7: To be eligible for OPHC Year End Awards in any class, the horse and horse/rider combination must show under ten judges (of that same class) at OPHC approved shows, of which four judges—two judges each day —must be a Non-Paint O Rama show, and of which one of those shows must be held within the boundaries of Ohio. Why am I printing this? All the other shows held in Ohio are Paint O Ramas. You will need this two judge show to qualify for OPHC Year End Awards. JULY 31-AUG. 1: Ohio and Michigan Border Bash POR will be held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, Spangler Arena, Wauseon, Ohio. Judges are GiGi Bailey, Andrea Simons, John

Tuckey, and Randy Wilson. Show Managers are Tim Snapp ( and Kaitlin Vrsek (Kaitlin.vrsek@ Kaitlin Vrsek is also taking the stall reservations. Stalls, camping and shavings must be prepaid—first reserved will be first served with stalls. We always have special awards and giveaways! This is a partnered show. Points and awards eligible for the Midwest Show Series. AUG. 21-22: Buckeye Bonanza POR will be held at the World Equestrian Center, Wilmington, Ohio. Judges are Daren Wright, Bill Mitchell, Bruce Army, and Sally Puzacke. Show manager is Luke Wadsworth, 740/360-6013, Stalls, shavings and camping reserved with Cognito—payable with credit card, PayPal or check. Mail checks to Ohio Paint Horse Club, Roxann Rohrl, 11972 Robson Road, Grafton, Ohio 44044. All stall, shavings, camping reservations and checks must be prepaid on or before Aug. 8. Contact Roxann Rohrl, or 440/2817675 or before show 440/4585022. This is a wonderful place to show and win those fine High Points and giveaways! SEPT. 25-26: The Hoosierbuckeyepalooza POR Show will be held at the Hoosier Horse Park, Edinburg, Ind. Indiana Ohio Partnered Show. Judges are April Devitt, Mark Baur, Andrea Koehn, and Cindy Pence Girardier. Show managers will be Candis Mullen ( and Tim Snapp (tsnapp@americanbus. com or 937/308-1611). More information on this show to come next month. Points eligible for the Midwest Show Series. OCT. 21-24: Fall Color Classic POR Michigan Paint Horse Club. Show to be held at C Bar C in Cloverdale, Ind. Find more information on the Michigan Paint Horse Club website and Facebook. NOV. 12-14: Zone 8 Championship Zone O Rama Show to be held at the Michiana Event Center (aka MEC), Shipshewana, Ind. More to come regarding this Zone Show. Midwest Show Series Award Elite Awards, multiple incentives, membership required in all the partnered show organizations. These shows so far, your points will count in the Midwest Show Series, Michigan Indiana Show,


Ohio Michigan Show, and the Indiana Ohio Show. Stay tuned! At the last BOD meeting the 2021 APHA Bylaws were reviewed along with the OPHC rules. Please check these out on the website, www.ophc. org. Since the awards banquet was cancelled Shari Love will be mailing out all the awards to each of the winning exhibitors. Naomi Stimburys is working on the Youth Club awards. We are again looking for volunteers for working at our shows. We will be needing people to help distribute the shavings at both the Wauseon shows. We will deliver them on Friday morning. Would you be available to help May 15 and July 29? We are also looking for scribes again this year at our shows, help at the gates, runners for the judge’s cards, help setting up trail and taking it back down, checking campers, along with other little things. Please give Roxann or Tim a call if you would be available to help even a half day or a few hours. The OPHC Youth Club has their fundraising event, Tribute Partners Program. If you feed Tribute feed or use any of he Tribute products, collect the Tribute proof of purchase from feed bags or sales receipts if you purchase loose Tribute, and bring them to the shows or mail them to Tim Snapp, 11500 Ballentine Pike, New Carlisle, Ohio 45344. If your 2021 membership is not paid, now is a good time to get it done. Please complete the membership form or send along full name, Youth or Amateur, include your date of birth, complete mailing address, telephone number and email address. This is very important because we do send out emails for some things or changes. APHA has now asked us to provide your APHA membership number, expiration date, APHA card number if you are an Amateur, Nov. Amateur, Am W/T, Youth, Novice Youth, YA W/T. Family memberships include spouse name, APHA membership number for each youth. Do you wish to receive the Horsemen’s Corral magazine through our organization? Mail this off to the Membership Chair, Kathleen Azzarello, 9715 Priem Road, Strongsville, Ohio 44149. 440/536-0145 or email, Be safe, stay well, prayers to all! March 2021

Game Changer by Allison Black Goldberg

Game changer...It’s not often that you find something that literally changes everything for the better, without a down-side to it. But two years ago, when I bought my dream horse, and subsequently realized he was more of a hot mess than a dream, I decided to try CBD or cannabidiol. Why not? The only thing I had to lose was my horse—I couldn’t ride him safely and at my age, I didn’t need an accident waiting to happen. I bought some granulated CBD pellets, which cost a fortune by the way, to put in his grain and crossed my fingers it would help. It didn’t. Then, Melissa Ashcraft, our barnowner and lead trainer as well as partner in our business, suggested the oil. After a few weeks, there it was. My horse in all his beautiful glory, standing quietly for the farrier, the vet and most importantly, me. But it took a lot of oil to get there and that cost a lot of money. We knew there had to be a better way to administer this stuff. That is when the three of us, Melissa, our partner Rebecca Van’t Hof and I decided to figure it out and share it with the horse world. Hence, Transitions Treats CBD kits for horses.

What is CBD, you might ask, and how does it work? CBD is a phyto-cannabinoid, which simply means that it is a plantderived substance from the plant Cannabis. But that’s marijuana, you might say, and isn’t that illegal? CBD is only one of the many active ingredients in both cannabis sative and hemp. Another is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which causes the ‘high’ that marijuana is known for. While some CBD formulations do have varying amounts of THC in them, called fullspectrum CBD, we chose to use CBD isolate for our oil because it has no THC. Every batch of our isolate is tested at least twice, by independent labs in Colorado and Chicago for verification of purity. As to the legality of CBD, in 2018, Congress passed the ‘Farm Bill’ which federally legalized CBD as long as the THC content is below .3 percent. This has opened the floodgates for the CBD market, as you have probably noticed. The way CBD works is still being studied, but I will try to summarize what we know. Every living being has a system in their body called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The primary function of this system is to regulate homeostasis in the brain, endocrine and immune systems. For that reason, the ECS is considered one of the most important systems in the body. This system consists of endocannabinoid receptors which are found in cells located throughout the body. Your body, as well as your horse’s body, is a busy hub of microscopic cells that interact in

a symphony of communications. Each individual cell has a protein receptor waiting to receive and transfer information. Cells send and receive chemical messages to coordinate the actions of cells, tissues, and even organs. The Endocannabinoid system helps regulate the communication of cells by interacting with the receptors in your horse’s cells. While the body has its own endogenous cannabinoids, plantderived cannabinoids such as CBD have been found to have therapeutic effects on the ECS as well. Although no formal studies Happy horse, happy Mama! have been done on horses, CBD The end of an awesome trail has been found to have certain ride. therapeutic effects in humans. The most formal studies have been on the use of Epidiolex, a purified CBD oral solution approved by the FDA for treatment of epilepsy. However, research has shown that CBD can have therapeutic effects on many other conditions such as pain, depression, anxiety, inflammation, and migraines in humans. mayocp.2019.01.003

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Your horse is a living organism with the same ECS that humans have. Although no major studies have yet been conducted on CBD’s therapeutic effect on horses, it stands to reason that they would have much the same response as we do. And as it turns out, we have overwhelmingly found our horses to improve on CBD. We formulate our oil much stronger than the CBD products you find in your local pharmacies. We give our horses a much larger dose than you would give to yourself or your dog, starting around 50mg twice a day, and then adjust dosage up or down as needed. We have also found that giving a horse CBD in his feed does not work since most of it is filtered out through the liver and does not get into his blood stream where it needs to be. We administer our oil on top of a small, easily dissolvable treat such as a sugar cube or an oat cookie. For those horses that allow it, the most therapeutic administration is simply putting the oil itself under their tongue where it can be easily absorbed. In some cases, the results have been dramatic. Horses like mine that could seriously injure someone have calmed down and become trainable. They are not dopey or drugged, just calm. Horses like my partner’s who have suffered the effects of EPM, have increased their mobility and lessened pain. Other benefits have been increased appetite, lessened anxiety, better pain management and improved gut health, a critical health condition for horses. https://www.projectcbd. org/wellness/gut-microbiota-endocannabinoid-system Understand that CBD won’t take the place of good training or quality vet care, but it does help and can be a game changer for both you and your horse. For more stories about CBD for horses, please visit our website at And while you’re there, check out my blog ‘Between the Crossties with Allison’.



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Black Swamp Driving Club

Black Swamp Driving Club Thinks Spring Driving slow moving vehicle signs on the rear of the vehicle. Fairview Country Sales, supplying carts, harness, halters, etc. located on CR 160 out of Mt. Hope, Ohio, offers two types of the amber flashing lights. A smaller one is an LED lamp powered by four C batteries. Another option is a light that can be wired into a 12 volt system that some larger carriages and wagons have for running lights for evening driving. Both versions of these systems require metal mounting hardware for solid attachment to vehicles. One such metal adaptor is held onto a flat place on the carriage by two screws. The light is then slid into place at the top. The staff at Fairview are very


by Mary Thomas With driving season around the corner, Black Swamp Driving Club members need to make some adjustments to their vehicles if they will be driving on public roads. All animal powered carriages, carts, and wagons must have a flashing amber light positioned on the highest part of the conveyance as well as approved reflective tape and

helpful and can supply the lights, adaptors, and batteries as well as information on installation. Costs for the LED lights run from $18.75 to $38. Brackets and adaptors start at $6.75 and batteries are 90 cents each. Call Fairview Country Sales at 330/359-1501. Drivers of antique carriages may cringe at the idea of drilling holes for attaching the light assembly to their vehicles. Alvin G. Miller, owner of Oak Grove Carriage Ltd., Fredericksburg, Ohio, suggests fabricating a cloth lined clamp system for using on antiques, avoiding damage to paintwork on antiques. Such a device would allow easy on and off of the light. Light on for road driving and off for shows,

formal or historical events. Miller also added that there is a new, better SMV sign that is in both reflective orange and red. Oak Grove can be reached at 330/695-2119. Coming up for BSDC members is the National Drive’s popular Spring Fling scheduled for April 29 through May 2 at the Hoosier Horse Park near Edinburg, Ind. Besides miles of driving (riding too) trails the weekend will offer free educational presentations, private lessons, marathon obstacles to try, parties, special events, on site camping, safe stabling, and plenty of parking. Check their website, www., for registration information.

Ohio Western Horse Association

Monthly Drawing to be Held in 2021 PRESIDENT, Greg Leidel VICE PRESIDENTS, Loretta Rudasill, Ranee Liedel SECRETARY, Jonda Cole TREASURER, Megan Gossard WEBSITE,

Howdy all, I hope everyone is doing well and getting along with this cold weather. I have a few things to tell you about OWHA then we will get into our spotlight for the month. First, we are going to be selling 300 club tickets at $10 a ticket and will draw 13 times throughout the year. One drawing a monthly for 12 months with two drawing the month of banquet. If you want tickets or would like to help sell the tickets please contact Laura, Ashley, Ranee, or Greg. Check the website for more information. We do have a nice show schedule set and we are expecting more dates soon. The schedule is also on our website and in the Corral calendar.

The Bonnette ladies are lifetime members of the Ohio Western Horse Association. Now I need to fix a few misprints from last month. First, our 9-13 champion pleasure pony went to Tae Arthur and Cruiser and the Reserve adult contestor was Megan Gossard and Red. Now on to this month’s spotlight. We would like to take some time each month to let all of our readers get to know some of our members. This month, we are shining the spotlight on the ‘Bonnette ladies’, Kim, Allie, and Ariel. This family of equestrian’s come to OWHA by the way of Spencerville, Ohio. All of us at OWHA are use to seeing the ladies at the shows while dad stays at home taking care of the critters. Kim received



both her MS and BS from Virginia Tech in animal science, animal science and nutrition. She has put her talents to work at Charles River Laboratories in Spencerville, Ohio. Ariel is a graduate of Cleveland State with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Rounding out this threesome is Ally. Ally is an alumni of Ohio State University with a BS in Animal Science. The girls are Ohio 4-H alumni and all three remain active in helping with the program. What a great way to give back to the community. They are also active with the Ohio Appaloosa Association, AKC Rally Dog Program, and OWHA just to name a few. We always know when they pull into an OWHA show, MacGyver greets us all with his distinctive “hello”. This always puts a smile on many faces. It gives all of us great joy to hear his, “Hey I’m here.” In 2007 they all became lifetime members of OWHA.


The girls have brought talent, diversity, and friendship to our origination. There are usually two or three of their equine family with them and the name of Bonnette can be seen in most of the pleasure classes. While some horses are out at shows others are at home. The whole equine crew total is nine with a variety of ages from over 30 to age 3. They have a very talented mini donkey called MacGyver who has won many driving awards. He has won a few championships in NWODC. The girls are also very active in AKC Rally dog trials with their Shelties; this is a fast combination of obedience and agility training. Back in December the girls and the Shelties were at the National Rally Dog trials in Orlando, Fla., where two of the dogs finished in the top 25. When you come to a show this season look the Bonnettes up and say hello to all of them. March 2021

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Reduce the Risk of Feeding Horses Contaminated Hay

hile horses may normally avoid ingesting noxious weeds or moldy hay, they can be more likely to ingest them when mixed into their feed. It’s especially important to be cautious when horses don’t have access to pasture and additional feedstuff.

• Moldy hay is less palatable and can decrease feed intake, leading to a loss of condition in horses. • Weeds with little nutritional value can also cause weight loss, as they can decrease the percentage of grass or alfalfa, and thus the nutritional content of the hay. • Underlying respiratory issues can worsen in horses with heaves.

Potential Health Risks from Contaminated Hay

Decrease Risk of Dangerous Hay

by Dr. Laura Stern at the ASPCA® Animal Poison Control Center


• Hay containing endophyteinfected fescue can cause reproductive problems (such as prolonged gestation, dysmature foals, and agalactia) in pregnant mares. • Hay with legumes (especially clover) infected with Rhizoctonia leguminicola can cause slaframine toxicosis in horses, which can lead to profound hypersalivation and dehydration. While contaminated hay can cause direct negative effects to a horse’s health, there can also be indirect effects:

1. Regularly inspect hay fields for the presence of noxious weeds. If found, they should not be bailed into the hay. Either eliminate the weeds with the use of herbicides or, if possible, avoid harvesting that area of the field. 2. Be sure to purchase hay from reputable producers. 3. Maintain the quality of the hay: • Store in a dry, cool area with good ventilation. • Keep vermin away from the hay—rodents who die in the hay

immediately stop giving them the suspect feed. Be sure to thoroughly examine the hay to see if you can identify any areas of mold or any noxious weeds. Often, the best way to do this is to submit a sample of the suspect hay to a veterinary diagnostic lab. Because some hay may have ‘hot spots’ where there are high concentrations of mold or noxious weeds, be sure to sample multiple areas of the hay from different bales. Samples should be stored in a dry, cool area before submission. Typically, you will need to submit about one pound of hay for testing. and are fed to horses may cause botulism and feces from opossum can potentially pass on EPM.

Handling Ingestion of Contaminated Hay If you think a horse may have ingested a toxin in their hay,

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call 888/426-4435. A consultation fee may apply.

Geauga Horse and Pony Association

New Classes on Showbill in 2021 PRESIDENT, Carmella Shale 1st VICE PRESIDENT, George Baker 2nd VICE PRESIDENT, Scott Burroughs TREASURER, Shauna Gingrich SECRETARY, Debbie Schwartz WEBSITE,

by Paige Belew Check out our new showbills posted on the website for new classes this year! There are show specific classes that only happen once, like western riding in the open ring. Some of the other fun classes added are the generational gap classes and bareback equitation. We have also moved contesting from the end of the day to before the ranch classes this year. We can’t wait to see you all at the shows having fun! STAY UP TO DATE ON CLUB ACTIVITIES Check the GHPA website,, for updates, work hours, points, and clinics. You can also find membership forms, rules, and links to horserelated topics. We have gone to 18


online sign-up for membership and many of our clinics. General membership meetings are being held over Zoom until further notice. Our board continues to discuss matters as they arise through this time. You can find out more about our youth group, Saddles and Spurs, on our website or by contacting Debbie Schwartz or Chelsea Nau Workman. Other ways to follow GHPA like us on Facebook, Geauga Horse & Pony Assoc.; Twitter: @GHPAhorseshows; Instagram: GHPAhorseshows. A HUGE THANKS GHPA would like to thank Big Dee’s Tack for their generous support of our organization through their Bonus Bucks program. Likewise, thank you to Schneider’s Saddlery for their generous donations. We really appreciate all that both of these fine companies provide for us. Thank you to all the jackpot class sponsors like Grade Line, Buckeye Feeds, Arms Trucking, Rosewood Diesel Shop, Cleveland Equine Clinic, Jacqueline Ward-Howard Hanna, and Patterson Fruit Farm. March 2021

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Ride In Sync

Spring’s Almost Here by Terry Myers


t may still be frosty outside but believe it or not spring is just around the corner. There are things you should be doing now, even if your riding season is weeks away.

What’s under the blanket and/or thick winter coat? We’ve seen this in the past. A horse is brought to me in February or March for a couple of months of tune-up training. When you take the blanket off and put your hands on the horse, it is thin. Be sure you are taking the blankets off your horse or bringing your horse in from the pasture for a good grooming. Know what your horse is under their long wooly coat. Go over your horse and ensure that it is carrying a healthy amount of weight to be starting the riding season. The horse’s coat, short or wooly, should have a shine to it. Foot care. Even though the hooves slow their growth in the wintertime and you may be able to delay farrier services to 8 or even 10 weeks (maybe) between trimming, you should not be ignoring their feet altogether. If a hoof is in bad shape and badly chipped, it can take a year to get a good hoof back. Don’t let that happen to you. Keep ahead of hoof problems. Like grooming, you should still be cleaning and looking at the condition of your horse’s feet. It is common for a horse to grow toe and wear off their heels, particularly on hard, frozen ground. Keeping up with good farrier care will help avoid having a foot that looks like a clown shoe, potentially putting stress on their tendons and ligaments. Spring vet care. It’s time to start thinking about talking to your vet about spring shots. We have heard all different arguments about


equine vaccinations; which horses need it and which do not. The West Nile virus and other viruses do not discriminate based on age. They can be an equal opportunity killer. Potomac horse fever is rearing its ugly head more frequently in Ohio and surrounding states. Talk to your vet about a vaccination program that would be best for your horse. If you are contemplating an early horse show, clinic, or trip with your horse, make sure it is protected with vaccinations at least a few weeks prior to the event. If you are taking a trip out of state, don’t forget Coggins (requirements vary by state) and health papers (which are good for 30 days in most states). With our weather changing, you may want to start your spring shots in March. However, with Potomac horse fever, you may want to consider doing that in May so that you have protection through the fall. Again, talk to your vet. You should already have a worming program based on your vet’s advice. Don’t forget the teeth. Good dental care for a horse is one of the most important aspects to their well being and performance. Teeth that are in good shape can enable the horse to better utilize their feed/ hay, which may actually lower your feed bill. Barring any problems, I do my horses over 5 years old once a year. Between 2 and 4 years, I have learned to do their teeth twice a year to avoid the problems which caps can create at a time when you have training expectations. Frequently I get horses in for training that have significant dental issues which are contributing to performance problems. A horse with dental issues can be very resistant to giving to the bit, they have no flexibility in their pole due to pain and restrictions with their jaw movement, including TMJ. Their resistance to bit pressure can be violent as they try to protect themselves from pain. I once had a young horse come in for training that was tossing his head and very resistance to giving to the bit. I had the dentist look at him and as it turns out, he had a hidden wolf tooth, which is a tooth that has grown sideway just under the gum line. It was very painful for him. After extraction, the horse had to learn that the bit pressure did not mean pain. Simple dental care can eliminate the performance roadblocks that teeth issues can cause. Inspect and review your tack. How about keeping yourself safe when you ride? Take a good look at your tack. Inspect your saddle, including billets, girths, stirrups leathers and fenders. Give your saddle a good cleaning and look it over. Make sure your headstalls and bridles are not dry rotted and/or cracked. If you are buying new tack, invest in good tack. It will last a lot longer than the cheap stuff. Getting back to work. If you are not currently riding, remember both you and your horse need to get back into riding shape. Don’t expect your horse to go out on a 3 hour trail ride after standing in the pasture all winter. Both you and your horse should start with short frequent rides to get ready for the riding season. If your horse is too fat from a winter of standing around and feasting, take it slow and get some of the weight off. While cantering is good, long trotting is a great way to get a horse back into shape. Remember that your horse can get sore after a good workout just like you do. If your horse, after returning to work, is having issues that he did not have in the fall, don’t assume he is being bad or disrespectful. Take time and patience with him. If problems persist, contact your vet to schedule an exam. There could be any variety of issues present that weren’t there in the fall (Lymes disease, EPM, joint pain, chiropractic issues, ulcers to name a few). Have realistic goals to start. While you may have had a good riding and/or show season last year, if you have not worked your horse with any type of intensity in the last four to five months, he may need some ‘refresher’ training. Like getting his body back into shape, you need to get his mind back into shape as well. Start with the basics and build from there. One final thing to remember…horses don’t make mistakes, people S do.


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Wayne County Saddle Club

Fun, Contest, Pleasure Point Show Dates Announced for 2021 PRESIDENT, Stan Bosler VICE PRESIDENT, Angie Didinger & Jaimie Horsky SECRETARY, Tricia Crilow TREASURER, Beth Eikleberry WEBSITE,

I reckon by the time you read this it might be warmer and you’re probably thinking about knock’n the dingle berries off O’le Dobbin and doing some riding. As I write this it’s in the ‘teens’ with overnight lows in the single digits, and I don’t feel very motivated to climb on. Oh well, spring is just around the corner!

We have most of the dates for 2021. Here they are: FUN SHOWS: April 2, 23, May 7, 28, June 18, July 9, 30, Aug. 13, Oct. 1, 29. All shows start at 7 p.m. Call Leanne at 330/844-4041. CONTEST POINT SHOWS: May 22, June 26, July 10, July 24 and Aug. 28. Walk-Trot at 10 a.m. and running events not before noon. Call Jamie at 419/496-6549. PLEASURE POINT SHOWS: May 15, June 12, July 17, and Aug. 21. (October 2 rain date only if two shows are cancelled.) Call Angie at 330/201-1022. A Youth Officer Show will be Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. Call 330/2011022. The ‘Roundup’ is Sept. 25-26

with free fun shows both days and Gospel music Saturday evening. Call 330/607-5106. Spring cleanup is March 20 from 10 a.m. until done. A rain/snow date will be March 27. It’s a good idea to bring rakes and shovels along with a few basic tools. The showbills are basically complete. They will get finishing touches at the March meeting in time to appear as full page ads in the April Corral. It’s a good idea to ‘clip and save’ them for future


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Ohio Morgan Horse Association

Membership Drive in Full Swing PRESIDENT, Alyssa Rose VICE PRESIDENT, Elizabeth Thomas SECRETARY, Nancy Rinz TREASURER, Elizabeth Burick WEBSITE,

by Susan Walker I just finished our February board of directors meeting via Zoom. The group welcomed new board member, Austin Cole, who was appointed to fill the board position vacated by Emily Gill. It is nice to have a male perspective again. Also present was Jordan Cusumano, who will be the dressage coordinator for the 2021 Buckeye Morgan Challenge. New ideas are always helpful and needed so glad these two additions are appreciated. Lots of things are in the works for the coming year;

old business, new business, fundraising ideas, promotional ideas and as always, planning for our annual horse show. Membership packets were mailed in early February, so you should have received it by now. The membership price has remained the same price as last year, however since the subscription price for the Horsemen’s Corral was raised, it was decided to add a $5 fee for those members who wish to continue to receive the Corral subscription with their membership. Again, the website is set up to accept membership renewal or joining online with a secure payment option. February is the time when Horse World magazine names their ‘People’s Choice’ champions and reserve champions. It is with great pride that I announce the 2020 Buckeye Morgan Challenge horse show was chosen as reserve

champion in both the categories of ‘Best of 2020 Non-Regional Horse Show’ and ‘Best of 2020 Most Hospitable Horse Show.’ I cannot say which show beat us out in these two categories, but let it be known, in 2021, the Buckeye will be striving, as always, to be on top in these (and every other) categories. Also, huge congratulations to our own new director, Austin Cole, who was named ‘Reserve Champion Best Assistant Trainer’ and to Sandy Sessink, who was named ‘Best of 2020 Manager.’ Considering the chaos of 2020, these awards should be especially meaningful. Speaking of winners, I had promised the results of the holiday photo contest. The adult winner was Jimmy Balaji, and the junior winner was Kennedy Majesky. Congratulations to these shutterbugs! My average is about one decent horse photo for

every 100 shots, so I appreciate your camera skills. I also need to correct an omission from my January column’s list of the OMHA high point winners. Inadvertently, the Classic Pleasure Saddle winner, MJS Eclipse, owned and shown by Elizabeth Burick was left off the list of champions. My apologies, Eclipse and Elizabeth! This month will bring the last of the Winter Academy Tournament shows at Blue Lakes Farm and the annual Buckeye Morgan Horse Sale at the Ashland Fairgrounds. Here is hoping that the March weather for each event will not be too lionlike. MARK YOUR CALENDAR MARCH 21: Winter Academy Tournament show Buckeye MARCH 26-27: Morgan Horse Sale AUG. 11–14: Buckeye Morgan Challenge Horse Show

Michigan Trail Riders Association, Inc.

We’re Back — MTRA Ride Schedule Coming Soon PRESIDENT, Chuck Fanslow; 1st VICE PRESIDENT, Al Davis; SECRETARY, Kathleen Moss; TREASURER, Mindy Ellis; WEBSITE, www.mtra. org; EMAIL,; PHONE, 989/723-1425

by Kristen Humble Are you ready to ride? Spring is just around the corner and so is the start of the fun and exciting MTRA ride calendar. Our club is still hopeful that we will be offering a full schedule of rides this season but of course that is pending any COVID-19 regulations. If we get the green light, we will be kicking off the season with our Blossom Ride in mid May. This ride lasts about a


week and the format can change from year to year. In 2019 the ride was at one of our shore to shore camps called South Branch Trail Camp and riders stayed at this camp for the week to ride through the beautiful hills and running rivers. MTRA members enjoy these rare opportunities to ‘stay’ in one camp since most of the rides feature a 20-25 mile ride between camps each day. After the Blossom Ride in May, we hope to be offering our signature ‘Shore to Shore’ rides in June. In past years, the club has offered a shorter, nine day ride in the beginning of June as well as a 15-day ride in the last two weeks of June. Both of the June rides are what we call ‘trophy rides’ because if the rider makes it across the state of Michigan from Empire to Oscoda (238 miles) they receive a trophy to recognize their achievements.

Group ride. Both rides do cover the same mileage, there are just lay over days in the second June ride. We also offer an August Family Ride the second week of August. This is typically held in two or three of our shore to shore camps and give riders a taste of riding camp to camp without being overwhelmed by a full trophy ride. This ride also caters to families by offering kids activities and canoeing or kayaking. Then in the month of September we alternate doing a criss cross ride which takes advantage of our north and south spur of trails along with riding the shore to shore trail or we offer a double cross which is where riders cross the state and return (two crossings) and are able to get a double trophy on a stand. The last ride of the MTRA season is the October Color


Emerson Lambdin Ride. This is typically a camp to camp riding experience, but we stay a few days at each camp before riding on. This ride is normally offered the second week of October and features the beautiful fall colors in the trees. I’m getting so excited to see what rides the board sets up for us this year. I recommend that you check out the MTRA website for more information on the various rides and updates to the finalized calendar as it is published and approved. See you on the trails, ride on! March 2021

Massillon Saddle Club


Hello, everyone. MSC hopes that all is well for you, and your family and friends. Welcome To 2021! Just a brief update for the coming show season. First, please welcome your 2021 MSC Officers and Trustees; President, Leanne Louive; Vice President/Contest, Shae Marshall; Vice President/Pleasure, Jeff Marshall; Treasurer, Kathy McBride; Secretary, Francine; One Year Trustees: Loretta Gauder, Tammy Goodrich, and, Machell Spencer; and, Two Year Trustees: Lawrence Louive and Caroline Bedlion. Thank you to the returning Board members, and, welcome to the new Board members! A huge thank you to the newly

retired 2020 board members, Mandy Herbruck, and Regina Sword. Mandy’s expertise, and varied show experience, was a guiding hand throughout the year. Her many contacts were a help as part of the team that filled the Vice President/Pleasure role, and helped create a fabulous, and varied, roster of judges. In addition to this, she also acted as liason with the judges and MSC. Thank you, Mandy! Wishing you good health, and continued success in the upcoming show seasons. A huge thank you to our newly retired Contest Vice President, Regina Sword. She has been the cheerful face of MSC contesting for many years. Under her nurturing care, MSC Contesting has become an extended family. With her gentle encouragement, new, timid riders have blossomed into confident equestrians. The family atmosphere that she has engendered has given them a friendly, nonjudgemental place to have fun with their equine partners. Thank you, Regina, for making Contesting fun! Enjoy

your time with family, you will be very much missed. (And, if you have time, volunteer opportunities are always available!) Congratulations to Kevin Goodrich. He was the winner of the saddle raffle. We hope that you have many years of amazing rides in your beautiful saddle. (And, thank you to Jeff and Shae Marshall for the generous saddle donation. Your kindness brought a beaming smile to Kevin’s face, and helped MSC to raise funds for year end awards. Thank you to both of you!) Congratulations to our very own President, Leanne Louive, for winning fourth place in the 2020 Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Finals. She had a perfect ride, no missed shots, and was edged out of first place by milliseconds. Congratulations, Leanne! The 2021 Board members have been busily planning the 2021 show season for the last few months. Showbills are being tweeked, and approved, pleasure judges are being confirmed, and will be posted to both the MSC Facebook page and the Massillon Saddle website. A few classes were added, fees for members for pleasure shows have been reduced, and, at this time, several fun shows are being planned. Show dates have been approved: Contest show dates: April 25, May 23, June 13, July 25, Aug. 8, Sept. 19, Oct. 3. Rain Date TBD; Pleasure show dates: May 15, June 6, June 27, July 18, Aug. 1, Aug. 15. Rain Date Sept. 12; Fun Shows: Christmas In July on July 11, Back To School Bash Aug. 29, Pleasure Pajama Party Sept. 26, and, Halloween Fun Show Oct.24, Our hope is that the full show season will be possible, however, Governor DeWine’s guidelines

will be in effect, and may alter the schedule. Please check the MSC Facebook page for any show updates. Both Shae and Jeff have provided their contact numbers on the showbills, so, if unsure, please ‘call before you haul’ if no update is on the Facebook page. Showgrounds cleanup day will be scheduled and posted to the Facebook page. If you are planning to work towards 2021 year end awards, you are able to complete volunteer hours on cleanup day. If you have not yet submitted your 2021 membership, you may do so by submitting the form on cleanup day, or by mailing the membership form to MSC, PO Box 20, Massillon, Ohio 47646. Your volunteer hours begin to accumulate once the membership is approved. If you are a high school senior, or a current college student, and were an MSC member in 2020, and have renewed for 2021, you may be eligible for an MSC scholarship. MSC awards one $500 scholarship each year. 2020 did not have any applicants, but hopefully there will be some in 2021. Please see the MSC website and Facebook page for the specific guidelines. The application deadline is Aug. 1. Thank you again to Patricia Diss who volunteered countless hours over the years in the food booth, with a portion of the sales being added to the scholarship fund each year. If you have any recognitions or news that you would like added to the next newsletter, whether it is horse-related or not, please feel free to email Take care, and, looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the MSC family. Spring is on the way!

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Mid-Ohio Marauders

One of my Favorite People PRESIDENT, Tim Calvin VICE PRESIDENT, Tom Byrne SECRETARY, Judy Foster TREASURER, Laurie Maris PHONE, 740/206-7214 EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Steve Keech The vast majority of mounted shooters in the CMSA family know Sam Helms, or at least know of The Hired Gun. Possibly like me, the first time I heard of Sam was when the Marauders shared his Hired Hand Book at my very first shoot. It was with great sadness that I heard that Sam had passed away recently, it was literally unbelievable. For most of us, we were blessed to know the man. Sam was so generous with his time, knowledge, energy and experience. Beyond his clinics

and coaching, Sam was involved in every major shoot for many years. Sam was obsessed with good competition, and everything that goes into making a successful shoot. I personally took several clinics from Sam, and I attribute much of my success, and enjoyment of this sport to his enthusiasm and guidance. I have watched a number of shooters apply his coaching to excel in and out of the arena. Sam was willing to share his vast

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knowledge even if you were not his client. I know of one family in particular that was working through the frustrations that we all face, especially when we are just beginning to understand this sport. This family was not one of Sam’s clients. We were at a major shoot, and this family had some horse issues that threatened to derail their journey before they really got started. The mom approached Sam and asked for his help at the end of the first day. Even though Sam was tired from a long day of competition, working ground and setting stages, he worked late into the evening to help them gain a safer level of horsemanship so they could finish the competition. I have continued to watch that family improve, and I have no doubt that they would not be where they are without Sam’s generosity. Back to the book for a minute. The Hired Hand Book was my go to, for every stage during my first year, and has continued to be the go to for at least one stage at every competition. I treasure the guidance from that book. Beyond the lines that Sam drew through the courses, the nuance of certain elements of this sport, and the keys to certain stages are gifts, particularly to newer shooters, that increase our enjoyment. Sam the horseman, shooter, coach, competitor and friend will be missed beyond words.

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The Hired Gun Horseman

On behalf of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association clubs in the region served by the Horsemen’s Corral magazine, we honor the man who “wrote the book” on Cowboy Mounted Shooting—The Hired Gun Horseman, Sam Helms. RIP Cowboy.

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Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros

Nice Turnout for Banquet; Looking Forward to 2021 Shoots PRESIDENT, R. David Davis VICE PRESIDENT, Brian (Doc) Hric SECRETARY/TREASURER, Karen Davis; PHONE, 330-719-3290 EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Karen (Chilipepper) Davis 2020 is now over and I hope 2021 will be a better year for everyone and COVID-19 will go away. Many people have been affected by this horrible disease whether it be a family member, a friend or themselves. Everyone wants to get back to their lives and start to enjoy the things they used to do. It would be so nice to go out and enjoy being with friends and not having to limit the people and wear masks, to be able to hug someone that needs a hug or comfort a person who needs comforting instead of staying six feet apart without hugging and touching anyone. Our 13th Annual Awards Banquet went great. It was a beautiful venue with a fireplace


for pictures. We had a nice turnout of 42 members. The food was delicious as usual. Thank you to Tim and Jeanne Gage who out did themselves as usual with the food they prepared. Congratulations to all of our winners!

CHAMPION: Charlie Brown. OVERALL SENIORS: Charlie Brown and Rhonda Brown. OVERALL COWBOY AND COWGIRL: Ben Clark and Mary Chambers. RESERVE SENIORS: Rick Workman and Colleen Kelly. RESERVE COWBOY AND COWGIRL: James Chambers and Carla Spackman. TOP 5 WINNERS: Charlie Brown, Mary Chambers, Carla Spackman, Ben Clark and James Chambers. MOST IMPROVED: Chase Dunlap and June Schmidt. RIFLE AND SHOTGUN: R. David Davis (rifle), Charlie Brown (shotgun). CLASS WINNERS: SL1 June Schmidt,

SL3 Cheri Stady, SL4 Colleen Kelly, SL5 Rhonda Brown, SM1 Brian (Doc) Hric, SM2 Dwayne Joyner, SM3 Rick Workman, SM5 Charlie Brown, L1 Tammy Clark, L2 Kristin Workman, L3 Mary Chambers, L4 Karla Durnell, L5 Carla Spackman, M1 Chase Dunlap, M2 Greg Durnell, M3 Ben Clark, M4 R. David Davis, M5 James Chambers.

I would like to thank everyone who helped in the office: Julile Joyner (who also took the great pictures), Colleen Kelly and Diane Kiko and all those who helped Range Master, set up arena and helped in the tearing down at the end. James Chambers, Chase Dunlap, Tom Rock, Ron Kiko, Dwayne Joyner, Barry Larson, Denis Cooper, Carmen Virzi. I know I have missed some and I apologize, but thank all of you, you know who you are for all your help. It is very much appreciated. Without all of you we would have no club. Thank you all again! Special thanks to our sponsors: Big Dee’s Vet and Tack Supply where you can get all your pet supplies and everything they


need; CMSA; Lonesome Pine Ammo; Uncle Jimmy’s Brand Products for all your pet treats; Horsemen’s Corral; Stagecoach West; Park Side Trailer Sales and Services, Inc., look them up for new or used horse trailers or parts or service on the one you have; Trumbull Locker for good tasting meat; Siracki Realty, if you are looking for a new house, apartment or need a place to rent and Altmeyer’s Trailer Sales in Jefferson, Ohio, looking for new or used horse trailers, cargo trailers, car mate trailers, and American Haulers. 2021 LEMV SCHEDULE JUNE 19-20: Tall In The Saddle I & II JULY 17-18: Red River I & II AUG. 21-22: Hour Of The Gun I & II SEPT. 18-19: Wild Horses I & II Shoots start at 9 a.m. and are held at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds, 107 Poplar Street, Jefferson, Ohio.

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Tri-County Trail Association

General Meetings Set to Resume in March PRESIDENT, Jim Mike; VICE PRESIDENT, Leroy Wilson; SECRETARY, Amy Crawford; TREASURER, Chuck Stephens EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Cindy Krumm Finally, it appears that Ohio’s COVID-19 numbers are trending down! Recently the numbers were the lowest they had been since October. Rumor has it that Governor DeWine is considering removing restrictions on business hours. Ohioans are getting vaccinated. We have a long way to go on getting people vaccinated, but we are moving in the right direction. Masks continue to be recommended or required, but these are certainly good signs! At this point, we are crossing our fingers and proceeding with our regular calendar. We are hopeful that we will get to pull off these

events and that you will come and join us! Please remember, Tri-Co’s camp is closed to overnight camping through April 2021. You may still come and day ride, as the weather permits, throughout the winter. However, we have removed trash services and portapotties (of course, we still have the main pit style outhouse for you to use) for the winter. We have also removed the manure spreader. In addition, all but the hydrant across from the flag pole have been shut off so that we do not have busted pipes to contend with come spring. Please plan to pack out your trash and manure if you do decide to ride our trails between now and April 31. Leave the camp with your memories and waste! We remind you that riding on snow and ice-covered trails are dangerous due to the number of hills and changing terrain of our trails. In addition, riding on the trails right after they thaw means damaging the trails because they are soft. Staying off them until

they set up is the best and safest course of action for you, your horse and our trail system. Starting with March 7 we will resume our General Meetings. The March and April meetings will be held at the East Sparta Community Building located at 9516 Chestnut Avenue SE, East Sparta, Ohio 44626. Our General Meetings are held on the first Sunday of each month starting at 6 p.m. If it’s a holiday weekend the meetings will be the following Sunday. Beginning with the May and through October, our meetings will be held the same day and time, but at our camp pavilion. All are welcome to join us, but please remember your mask and practice social distancing. It is probably wise to always refer to our website to make sure that it will be held until COVID-19 stops being such a presence in Ohio. The following events are on our 2021 calendar (all are subject to change if COVID-19 starts trending in the wrong direction again):

MARCH 27: Our annual Chili Cook-Off APRIL 18: Easter Dinner MAY 21-23: Spring Ride Weekend JUNE 11-13: Summer Bash and Obstacle Challenge JULY 17: Away Ride (location TBD) JULY 24: Vaughan’s Ride AUG. 20-22: Ox Roast and Annual Raffle SEPT. 18: Fall Ride and Potluck Dinner OCT. 8-10: Halloween Weekend NOV. 14: Thanksgiving Dinner DEC. 5: Christmas Dinner and Elections Look for our full-page ad that is running in this and the April and May issues of the Corral. The most current and up to date information is available in two different ways. You can visit our Facebook page or our website. On both you can find recent issues of the Trailways, our club’s monthly newsletter. Visit our website at for information.

Central Ohio Saddle Club Association

Showbills on Website Come Show With Us PRESIDENT, Mandy Dacek VICE PRESIDENT, Rachel Zielinski SECRETARY, Debbie Balan TREASURER, Bob Huff EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Mandy Dacek The temperatures may be frigid, and the groundhog saw his shadow, but spring will be here soon! And that means horse shows! Showbills for the COSCA Benefit, COSCA Summer Sizzler and COSCA Open Show are on

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our website. We are working on finalizing the dates of those shows approved for COSCA year end points. Keep checking our website for updates to the show schedule. Now is the time to get your COSCA membership in. Joining COSCA not only gives you the opportunity to show your horse and earn year end awards, club membership can lead to new friendships! And of course you can also subscribe to the Corral when you join COSCA. Come and show with us! Membership forms can be found at www. and in this issue of the Corral.



Western Dressage by Kelley Bitter


am often asked what the difference between western dressage The emphasis in western dressage, which fits with our philosophy and classical dressage is. It’s the same thing but with a western of training horses, is that we are a partner with the horse. There is saddle, right? The answer is no, but yes. In western dressage we harmony and a willing partnership that allow the horse and rider to work use the same concepts such as suppleness, rhythm, balance, cadence together. That is the basis of true horsemanship and western dressage. and carriage. Both are expected to do circles and serpentines. The A big part of what the judge wants to see is that harmony between a difference is that the western dressage horse is western. That sounds horse and rider. Horsemanship is really the foundation of a good horse. easy and probably silly. But let’s think about that for a minute. It begins with a rider who is patient and works with the horse to build The western horse is part of a great tradition of duties and strength, balance and an over-all well-being of the horse. manners. The western horse is calm, willing, and useful That is when a rider will get the suppleness, bend, The emphasis in on the trail or doing ranch work. The gaits look light and relaxed collection that we look for in western and effortless. The rider is balanced and able to dressage. The use of all aids are very light almost western dressage, maneuver the horse just about anywhere. The effortless as the horse learns to move with the biggest difference between western and classical rider’s body. which fits with our To show western dressage, there are tests dressage is what we call the expression of the that the horse and rider complete just as in gait. That is to say, the gaits of the western horse are very different from that of the Classical philosophy of training horses, Classical. However, the tests have some slightly different maneuvers, again looking or English horse. The western horse jogs, the is that we are a partner at the specific way a western horse would Classical horse trots. Yes, there is a difference. work. The tests start with Introduction, which is The jog is not the western pleasure jog, it’s a bit with the horse. all walk jog. Then the tests proceed to basic, level more expressive, meaning it is more forward but not as one, level two, level three, level four, and new added forward as the Classical trot. The western dressage horse is looked at for how they move according to their own confirmation and for 2022 level five. Each one has four tests that increase skill level that is where the ‘expression of gait’ comes from. For example, the and ability. Ideally, if starting out in western dressage, you would Quarter Horse jog is much different than the Arabian jog. In western start with test 1 introduction level. This test emphasizes the beginning dressage both forward jogs are acceptable because that is how the of learning the gaits of walk and jog, the 20-meter circle and the breed moves. What is nice about western dressage, and why I love it halt. The rider is judged on learning correct seat, balance and use of so much, it that any breed including gaited can compete and will be aids. The horse is judged on balance, relaxed gait with a swinging judged according to the breed confirmation and movement. It doesn’t back end. Harmony between horse and rider is very important. The matter if you’re riding an Arabian against a Quarter Horse, they will horse willingly accepts the aid and responds easily. Each maneuver is given a point value and some maneuvers are double points (double be judged for their own way of moving.


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Mid Ohio Dressage Association

Mid-Ohio Dressage is Building on a History of Supporting Western Dressage PRESIDENT, Vicki Milliron VICE PRESIDENT, Jessica Miltimore SECRETARY, Anna Cluxton TREASURER, Beth Baryon EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Karen Kent Mid Ohio Dressage Association (MODA) has supported

competition in western dressage beginning in 2014 through year-end awards. The inaugural winners were Introductory Level: Jayn Bobick and Hollywoods Version. The Basic Level Champions were Thalia Blight and Finest Five. Beginning in 2017 Amy RotheHietter, of South Wind Stables, realized that western dressage did not have any perpetual award within MODA. She decided to offer the South Wind Stables Western Dressage award in honor of her Appaloosa, Chief Cody Snow. Amy recounts,“He

was my my heart horse. We tried just about everything together. Dressage, eventing, western, he even pulled the buggy in my wedding. He made it to third level dressage. He put up with being dressed up as a unicorn and having a horn on his forehead. He was a wonderful horse. He was my first horse. I like western dressage and if Chief Cody Snow would have been around when western dressage began being offered, I would have loved to have ridden it with him.” Thank you Amy for honoring Chief Cody Snow by sponsoring

the South Wind Stables Western Dressage award. The inaugural recipient of the 2017 South Wind Stables Western Dressage award was Laurinda Morris and Boogie’s Stormie Sensation. Following in their hoofprints were: 2018 Sinna with Jacquelyn Woodward. 2019 Rosita de Rio shown by Amy RotheHietter. 2020 VKA Mia Listia, shown by Andrea Klingelhafer. Congratulations to all. Watch for more MODA western dressage news in the future! There will be something new each month.

Championships and WDAA World Show. She has also prepared stallions for their ratings and dressage riding patterns at The Friesian IBOP and Gypsy Vanner Horse Society. Jennifer was on the ground-floor of The Western Dressage movement and the creation of the WDAA. She is also a Train The Trainer

Graduate from the WDAA. The Buckeye Performance Horse Center has several educational opportunities and offers clinics. Integrative Holistic services are also offered at BPHC including equine massage, PEMF, Kinesiology, laser, and nutrition therapy. Check us out on Facebook and on our webpage.

Western Dressage (continued) coefficient). You want to make sure you learn those very well. In the next introduction test 2 the 20-meter circle is emphasized with good transitions. Now in each of these tests the other element to keep in mind is precision of movements. That is why starting with Introduction test one is helpful. Picking up a jog between K and A is just that. You have time to get your horse cued and ready for a jog. As you move up the levels Jog at A mean as your horses shoulder crosses A your horse needs to be in a jog. That is part of the horsemanship of western dressage. Where do these tests come from? Who regulates western dressage? The Western Dressage Association of America and its founding members develop and regulate the tests. The WDAA website is full of information about the tests and has a calendar of WDAA shows. There is also a World Show in Tulsa, Okla. WDAA offers programs for life achievement with trophies for highpoint horse and rider teams. They also have a program for exceptional riders. Additionally, the USEF, helps to regulate specific breed shows that offer western dressage. I have found that most breed associations are adding western dressage to shows and are even offering awards for year end. Do you have to show? Of course not. Western dressage is about developing you and your horse as a team. The harmony between you and your horse is priceless. We use western dressage and western dressage principles to aid in rehabilitation after injury for conditioning. It is also a good program to use to March 2021

keep the retired show horse in optimal condition. On the WDAA website one of the first things that you see is the philosophy of the organization. It reads “we honor the horse.” We believe that here at Buckeye Performance Horse Center. We honor what the horse is, what they can do, and the partnership they offer. Kelley Bitter is the owner of Buckeye Performance Horse Center in Newbury, Ohio. Kelley has been riding and showing horses for over 50 years. Her background showing Paint and Arabian horses in western pleasure, hunt seat, and saddle seat lead the way for her to begin a journey in the Western Dressage arena. In 2018, Kelley became a graduate of the Western Dressage Train the Trainer Program. Kelley takes great pride in her style of working with horses as a partner. Using patience and consistency to train her horses she has proven her philosophy works and offers that skill to others. In 2019, Kelley teamed up with Jennifer Sharpnack. Jennifer a lifelong equestrian with over 36 years in the industry that began with her working with and showing, Bask-bred Arabians as a youth competitor. Jennifer trained at a Friesian breeding facility specializing in Classical Dressage. Jennifer has been training horses and coaching for 27 years. Her clients have competed at the AQHA Youth World, Congress APHA World, APHA Youth World, Arabian Worlds at Scottsdale, Arabian World Breeders Cup, ABHA, AQHA and APHA Futurities, and American Endurance



PREBIOTICS The Breakdown by Kristen Janicki, MS, PAS and Nettie Liburt, PhD, PAS


here are plenty of buzzwords in equine nutrition, especially surrounding fiber. Super fibers, digestible fiber, soluble fiber, prebiotics…what’s the difference, if there even is one? Of course, long-stemmed fiber (for example hay or pasture) should make up the majority of the horse’s diet. Other fiber sources can be incorporated into the nutritional plan to help support not only digestion, but the immune system, the microbiome and more! Sound crazy? Most assuredly, it is not, so read on to learn more about fiber and prebiotics.

Overview of the Equine Digestive Tract The equine digestive tract is massive and unlike that of other livestock. On the front end of the gastrointestinal (GI) system is the mouth, esophagus, stomach and small intestine. The horse chews and swallows food, and saliva helps to lubricate ingesta and buffer stomach acid. The horse’s stomach makes up a mere 10 percent of the entire GI tract, relatively small given the size of the horse. This is one main reason why feeding multiple small meals is important for general gut health. In the stomach, food is mixed with hydrochloric acid and pepsin (enzyme to help break down protein). Food then moves on to the small intestine, where vitamins, minerals, nonstructural carbohydrates, protein, and fat are mixed with more digestive enzymes and absorbed. Things like fiber (structural carbohydrates) pass through the small intestine largely undigested, but that all changes in the hindgut. The next stop along the GI tract is the hindgut, beginning with the cecum. The major function of the hindgut is the fermentation of fiber, which results in the production of B-vitamins, some amino acids, water, methane and carbon dioxide and volatile fatty acids (VFAs) that can be converted into energy. Most of the fermentation occurs in the cecum, likened to a giant fermentation vat and somewhat analogous to the rumen of a cow or goat. For this reason, horses are known as ‘hindgut fermenters.’ Fermentation occurs courtesy of the myriad of microbes that populate the horse’s hindgut. The population of microbes is largely dependent on the diet, and is extremely sensitive to not only dietary changes, but also environmental stressors. Because of this sensitivity, any changes to the diet must be made slowly to minimize the risk of digestive upset. From the cecum, what remains after microbial fermentation passes through the large and small colon, where excess water is resorbed into the body. Waste material moves on to the rectum until the horse defecates. Believe it or not, horse health is largely dependent on a balanced and healthy microbial population in the hindgut. The ecosystem can affect the immune system, energy supply and other essential needs. Therefore, it is important to consider ways to support these good microbes. Prebiotics can play an important role in supporting not only overall gut health, but microbial health as well, so let’s learn more about what that means.

What are prebiotics? Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible food ingredients that benefit the host by stimulating the growth and/or activity of non-pathogenic intestinal microbes. It is thought that because prebiotics in general provide food for the probiotics (gut microbes), prebiotics help the “good bugs” flourish. An increase in the number of beneficial bacteria should help prevent the proliferation of pathogens (a process called competitive exclusion) if they make their way into the digestive tract.




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It is thought that because prebiotics in general provide food for the probiotics (gut microbes), prebiotics help the ‘good bugs’ flourish.

Common prebiotics include different types of fiber sources, oligosaccharides, such as frucotooligosaccharides (FOS)and mannanoligosaccharides (MOS), and certain components of yeast. Although there is no set fiber requirement, horse owners know that forage should constitute the largest portion of the horse’s diet. Adequate forage not only satisfies the horse’s nutrient requirements, but also supports the microbial population in the hindgut. All forage technically contains prebiotic fiber, serving as a fermentable food source for the bacteria in the hindgut. Other alternative fiber sources, known as ‘super fibers’, have become a popular ingredient in commercial feeds. The term ‘super fiber,’ with respect to diet, doesn’t really have a scientific definition but generally refers to digestible fibers that help promote a healthy gut microflora. Super fibers contain highly digestible fiber that can be fermented for energy. Common ‘super fibers’ you will see on a feed tag may include beet pulp and soy hulls. Oligosaccharides consist of polysaccharides (large carbohydrate molecules) that are resistant to digestion by enzymes, but fermentable by microbial bacteria in the horse’s hindgut. Short- or medium chains of fructose make up fructooligosaccharides, or FOS, fermentable by bacteria species in the hindgut. Mannonoligosaccharides, a.k.a. MOS, are also commonly fed to horses in commercial grain concentrates and supplements, but do not have a direct effect on the microbial population. Rather, MOS is thought to adhere to epithelial cells lining the hindgut and inhibit pathogens from attaching. Research from Texas A&M University found that prebiotic supplements that contain FOS or MOS improved the digestibility of high fiber diets, especially with forage that is very mature. FOS has also been shown to reduce alterations in microbial populations despite abrupt dietary changes, potentially lessening the risk for digestive upset. With obese Arabian geldings, FOS was found to potentially help to improve insulin sensitivity. Recently, a study from Mississippi State University found that senior horses may benefit from short-chained FOS in the diet as senior horses did show improvements in nutrient digestibility when this prebiotic was included in the ration. Yeast additives can serve as both prebiotics and probiotics in the horse, and include active dried yeast, yeast culture and yeast extract REFERENCES • Adams, A.A., 2015. The effect of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (DHA) and prebiotic supplementation on inflammatory cytokine production and immune responses to vaccination in old horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 35(5):407-408. • Auwerda, P. Undated. Digestive anatomy and physiology of the horse. Iowa State Extension and Outreach, Equine Science. Accessed online at: digestive-anatomy-and-physiology-horse • Coverdale, J.A. 2016. Can the microbiome of the horse be altered to improve digestion? Journal of Animal Science. 94(6):2275-2281. • Heaton, C.P., et al. 2019. Are prebiotics beneficial for digestion in mature and senior horses? Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 76: 87-88. • National Research Council. 2007. Nutrient Requirements of Horses, 6th Ed. National Academies Press. Washington, DC. • Ray, L. 2018. Understanding a horse’s digestive system. University of Georgia Extension. Accessed online at: • Respondek, F., et al. 2011. Dietary supplementation with sort-chain fructooligosaccharides improves insulin sensitivity in obese horses. Journal of Animal Science. 89(1):77-83. • Weese, J.S. 2002. Probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 22(8):357-360.

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mostly derived from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Yeast is added to the diet of ruminants to improve fiber digestion either directly or by supporting the bacterial population to do so, and the same is true in equines. Early studies with yeast supplementation showed its ability to alter fermentation in the hindgut, especially when low forage or high concentrate diets were fed. The decline in cecal pH was attenuated in horses fed a high-starch or low-forage diet supplemented with yeast culture. Yeast also improved nutrient digestibility, including protein and some minerals. The cell walls of yeast contain beta glucan, released during fermentation, which has been shown to support a healthy microbiome, with particular influence on the immune system. Thus, yeast may serve several purposes for the support of gut health. With respect to aging, it is known that older horses do not have the same immune function compared to younger animals. Research conducted at the University of Kentucky suggested that supplementing senior horses with prebiotics may help support the older animal’s immune system.

The bottom line You are likely already feeding prebiotics to your horse, and that’s a good thing! In cases where the forage quality is poor (very stemmy, stiff or rough), or a low-forage, high concentrate diet is fed, it may be useful to consider adding a ‘super fiber’, like soaked beet pulp, or even a yeast or FOS supplement to support fiber digestion. Moderate to good quality forage will be easier for the horse to digest and provide better nutrient content. Performance horses, horses who travel or horses in training may also benefit from a good prebiotic supplement to help support gut health in the face of such stressors. Senior horses may benefit from prebiotics to help improve digestibility and immune support. Seek the advice of a qualified equine nutritionist for help evaluating the prebiotics and overall fiber quality in your horse’s diet to support optimum gut health. Kristen Janicki, MS, PAS is a Technical Marketing Specialist for MARS Horsecare US/BUCKEYE™ Nutrition, responsible for technical nutrition support, digital and social media, and working collaboratively with the Senior Nutrition Manager in providing high-quality nutritional content. Dr. Nettie Liburt is the Senior Equine Nutrition Manager for MARS Horsecare US/BUCKEYE™ Nutrition, responsible for formulating and developing new products, research and education of the sales team, our dealers and our customers. Headquartered in Dalton, Ohio, BUCKEYE Nutrition has been manufacturing quality products since 1910. BUCKEYE Nutrition takes feed safety seriously, implementing many programs mandated in human food manufacturing facilities. With the backing of WALTHAM®, a world-leading authority on pet care and widely renowned as an institution of the highest scientific caliber, our equine nutritionists provide scientifically-based equine nutritional solutions which guide our formulations and our BUCKEYE Nutrition brand promise of being the highest quality, fixed formula feeds available. BUCKEYE Nutrition is a 100 percent equine-focused company, 100 percent medication-free facility, sourcing 100 percent traceable, pure ingredients for consistency. 800/898-9467.



Central Ohio Wagoneers

Wagon Trail Schedule for 2021 PRESIDENT, Melanie Lowe VICE PRESIDENT, Jeff Weis SECRETARY/TREASURER, Shari Milner PHONE, 330-763-0927

by Shari Milner Spring will be here before we know it, and we are excited as we plan our schedule for 2021. We had our first meeting Jan. 6 where we held election of officers and planned for our wagon train trips. Our next meeting is scheduled for March 6. During our weekend trips we gather Friday evening around the campfire, have a hot dog roast, fellowship and talk of the next two-day wagon train. Saturday and Sunday mornings, we circle wagons for prayer before heading out of camp at 9 a.m. A nice rest is planned for lunch before we make the journey back to camp. A potluck covered dish meal is planned for Saturday evening.

Scouts: Jaime, Maddy and Sondra. For the weeklong ride in August, we ride the train out Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is a day in camp with fun activities planned along with a catered meal or a trip to a local restaurant. WAGON TRAIN SCHEDULE MAY 14-16: Millersburg, OH JUNE 18-20: Millersburg, OH JULY 16-18: Elida, OH AUG. 1-7: Bellefontaine, OH SEPT. 24-26: Bluffton, OH OCT. 15-17: Harrod, OH Our purpose is to promote the use of animal drawn vehicles and outriders as a means of transportation and pleasure. To

encourage this historical mode of transportation and conveyance of persons and cargo by vehicles drawn by horses or other beasts of burden as used by our forefathers of our Country. Have a team? Love riding? Why not join us, we would love to have you. Feel free to give us a call with any details or questions you may have, 330/763-0927 or 330/317-0574. Happy trails!


Looking Ahead CO-PRESIDENTS, Steve Fuller & Jimm McDonald; CO-TREASURERS, Robin Gigax & Jennie Bower; SECRETARY, Anissa Fuller; FACEBOOK, O.H.I.O. EXCA

by Kasey Robinson As the new year begins the board members of O.H.I.O. EXCA have been planning new events and activities for the club. We would like to take the time to share some of these exciting events. Please mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on the fun! As a club we hold weekly practice meetings, currently they are held Sunday afternoons at Riverland Arena in Navarre. For cancellations please check the Facebook page prior to practice. Additionally we must have a committed 15 riders to secure the space for practice. Remember to bring a friend or family member to share the fun. Starting in May practice meetings will be held Thursday evenings at Creek Side Horse Park in Waynesburg. Again, please check our Facebook page prior to practice for any changes or cancellations. This year our sanctioned EXCA 36

Joe and Paislee.


races will be at outdoor venues: Creek Side Horse Park on June 13, and S bar L Rodeo, Sugarcreek, in August and October. We will have two clinics on the day before our first two races. Pro Riders Kayla Schlabach has committed to be our clinician on June 12, and Lee Hart has committed for August. Again this year, we are looking to schedule a camping night followed by cattle working clinic and open practice pen on a weekend. Please stay tuned for more details. We also have many fun activities planned including three trail rides in various northeast Ohio locations, a 4th of July ‘Beat the Heat’ camp and ride, a horse/rider Costume Contest for Halloween and an end-of-year banquet to thank our sponsors and volunteers, as well as to award our O.H.I.O. EXCA members with the highest points. As our club continues to grow the board members are adding more events and activities to peak the interest of all members. Please feel free to share any ideas that you may have. As we add events, they will be posted on the Facebook page. We are looking forward to an exciting year and building new friendships and riding skills with our members. March 2021

• USDF Silver and Bronze Medalist • Training horses and riders from Training Level through FEI • Lessons available for all • New Jr and Adult Lesson Program • Will travel for clinics • Have experience with Baroque, Arabian and Draft Horses For more information on Danielle please visit the website or join us on Facebook at DB Sport Horses LLC

Working out of Noble Farm Newbury, Ohio

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View From the Cheap Seats

Would Anyone Mind if we Boycott Pants? by Sarah Vas


’m about to end my personal standoff over masks at the hair salons, mostly because I look like I live under a bridge. But dang it, COVID-19! Your intrusion is forcing Equine Affaire, our favorite spring festival, to attempt going virtual this year. What was once a much-anticipated event for many horse enthusiasts is gasping for air in these current times. And I for one, find it a travesty. It’s got me wanting to take hostages. And here’s my demands: 1. My absolute favorite aspect of the gang buster event is the trade show. Between the sheer square footage of vendors hocking products and the consignment venue treasures, it’s all I can do to fit my methodical shopping process into the four-day window. I comb through every nook and cranny for bargains. I get to meet and discuss at length interesting products with various sales promoters. And only at Equine Affaire will I find gallon sized grooming products and tack room essentials at such excellent prices. I’m so thorough, my pals won’t even accompany me. They ditch me among the discount saddle pad bins in pursuit of more stimulating entertainment. They’re on to the trap of babysitting my handy dandy rolling wire shopping basket like a guy holding his wife’s purse outside a dressing room as I dive into the bowels of cramped vendor spaces. Pushing my empty shopping trolley around the dining room table while my Venmo account completes transactions for stuff I have to wait patiently to arrive several days after Virtual Equine Affaire is over? Just. Not. The Same. I want to fondle merchandise, chat with vendors, visit with my favorite feed rep and magazine crew. 2. Speaking of chatting face to face, my shopping hours are

An Equestrian Will Tell You…

It’s a Different Kind of March Madness! Winfield Farm & Forge, Ltd. Exploring the Arabian/Welsh Sport Pony Cross for Carriage & Dressage Kevin & Sarah Vas / Owners, Breeders, Artisans Grafton, Ohio / 330-242-3440 38

peppered with long conversations and laughs with friends, near and far. My equine social circle has reached epic numbers. When Equine Affaire first began, I was that young whipper snapper racing from clinic to clinic, soaking up the stimulation. By now, the presentations I truly must see are few but even still, I miss most of them just from stopping for a grin and a greeting from yet another familiar face. Many folks I only see once a year in Columbus. Everyone anxiously awaits our annual hang time in the Coliseum stands or lounging among the bustling aisle activity back in the stables. We catch up and reminisce while wide-eyed horse crazy kids drag their dazed parents from stall to stall just to touch fingers to muzzles. It’s truly the stuff of life. Virtual…well, the clinicians will have to march on without me. For some, I’m sure that’s not all bad, as I’m THAT spectator climbing over strangers to sit with friends well after the session has started or madly waving to a buddy who’s across the bleachers during a clinic. I’ve flustered more than one clinician by distraction. I’m even that Horse Show Mom at the in-gate, armchair instructing a bestie who’s only half listening to said Famous Instructor’s directions. The dastardly horse we both know so well is about to keenly recognize the public shaming opportunity and I’m the friend whose voice can really carry with that warning! Instead, I’m pledging to hole up in a closet that weekend, lights off, house silent, not watching anything fun or interesting and certainly not enjoying any shared laughs with my friends. So there… 3. Isn’t anyone going to discuss the food for a moment? An event of this size has a mind-boggling assortment of digestively disturbing culinary opportunities. It’s a gauntlet of fried food, bottomless beverages with souvenir buckets, griddles and grills as wide as a horse’s backside, all sizzling with hot vegetables and more varieties of meat than the Farmer in the Dell. Ice cream cones, cream puffs, pizza burgers, and walking tacos. Curly fries, fries with vinegar, fries with cheese, fat fries, even shoe string fries. Don’t forget the unique Mom n Pop shops that titillate the taste buds and challenge any colon. Instead, while Equine Affaire attempts to salvage some shred of dignity in the shadows of this never-ending pandemic, I’m stuck at home with my own pathetic lack of kitchen prowess. I’ll have to open a regular ol’ can of soda, pour it into a regular ol’ glass, and plunk in boring, ol’ everyday ice to chill it. I’ve no ability or skill set to reproduce the variety of grease-soaked goodness or heartily grilled happiness from Concessionaires’ Row. No fried Oreos. No Kettle Corn. No Mile-High Mashed Potato Bowl with extra gravy and a cherry tomato on top. Just plain ol’ regular food I’ve already got in

S Sarah Vas, a second-generation horsewoman, writes about her decades of adventure and mayhem among several breeds and disciplines, and countless equine educational endeavors both as student and teacher. Sarah owns and operates a continuation of her parents’ original business, Winfield Farm & Forge, Ltd., that which couldn’t currently exist without constant gratitude for Kevin, her very forgiving, ridiculously supportive husband. Together, they are quietly beginning to explore the Farm’s newest chapters, both in and out of the horse world. They are returning to Sarah’s family roots, this time as breeders of Arabian/Welsh Sport Ponies for dressage and carriage while husband and wife indulge their pent up creativity producing a variety of rustic décor and iron work.


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Northern Ohio Dressage Association

NODA Has Competitions, Scholarships, Grants, and Awards for the Western Dressage Rider PRESIDENT, Niki Sackman VICE PRESIDENT, Rachel Aderhold TREASURER, Dee Liebenthal SECRETARY, Patti Valencic EMAIL, WEBSITE,

by Mosie Welch Have you joined or renewed your NODA membership for 2021? If you’re a western dressage rider, NODA has programs for you! Western dressage riders who are members of the Northern Ohio Dressage Association enjoy benefits at the local, regional, and national level. At the local level, adult amateurs, Jr/Young Riders, and professionals are all eligible for annual scholarships. For AA’s and youth, scholarships may be used for any educational dressage event. This includes all dressage clinics, seminars, symposiums, lessons, and other dressage education events. The NODA Professional Grant fund is designed to help further the professional horse person’s education at seminars, USEF or USDF events, programs, or functions (excludes riding clinics) and may be applied for at any time during the year. NODA offers Western Dressage classes; Intro Level through Western Level Four offered at all NODA Schooling Shows and the at series championship. Members who participate in the schooling show series are eligible to apply

for the Year-end Championship Ribbon and scholarships in the amount of $75. NODA also has trophies and awards specific to western adult amateurs, youth, and vintage riders’ performance as well as multi-discipline awards. Western dressage riders are eligible to earn rider medals through the NODA Schooling Show Rider Medal Program participation. As a member of NODA, western dressage riders are also eligible to earn the beautiful ribbons awarded by the USDF Region 2 Awards Program. Nationally, The Dressage Foundation (TDF) which supports the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) and USDF group member organizations, like NODA, also has western dressage opportunities for members. TDF welcomes western dressage riders in the Century Club! The Century Club recognizes North American dressage riders and horses whose combined ages total 100 years or more. Horse and rider perform a test of any level, at a show (schooling or recognized) or event and are scored by a dressage judge or professional. Every member of the TDF Century Club is recognized with a personal plaque, a ribbon, and a bio and photo on the TDF Century Club page on the TDF website. Find out more from Sara Weiss, Director of Grants and Programs, at 402/434-8585 or at The Dressage Foundation also provides monetary support for western dressage through the

Lynn Palm Western Dressage Fund. The Lynn Palm Western Dressage Fund was established in 2019 by Lynn in celebration of her 50 years as a professional equestrian and to give back to the sport she loves. Lynn believes that the classical training principles of dressage are applicable and beneficial to all levels of riders, breeds of horses, and riding disciplines. The goal of this fund is to provide funding for equestrian groups to host affordable, high-quality western dressage educational events (clinics, camps, symposia, etc.) with a clinician of your choice. Find out more at www. The Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) is an educational not for profit with a 501c3 status with a focus on education about and the promotion of western dressage. The United States Equestrian Federation has recognized WDAA as the sole affiliate representing the discipline of western dressage in the United States. That is where

you’ll find the western dressage tests and information on how you can show recognized in the discipline of western dressage. You can find the western dressage tests at this link https:// wdaa-tests/. The Northern Ohio Dressage Association values all our members. In the NODA News, Issue 2, 2021 we focused on resources for western dressage and highlighted some of our members that participate in western dressage. We welcome you to find out more about NODA and what we offer the western dressage rider at www. The NODA Western Dressage Liaison is Sara Justice, a traditional and western dressage rider and trainer, who can answer your questions about NODA programs. Sara can be reached at WesternDressage@ Join NODA by March 30 and you’ll be placed in a drawing for $50 gift card to Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supply!

View From Cheap Seats (continued) the house and I have to make for myself. Ew. 4. My final beef with COVID-19 is that it’s taking away an equestrian’s much-needed spring motivation. After another gloomy winter of muck, ice, blizzards, and constant overcast skies, Equine Affaire is a welcomed escape. It’s a hotel stay with clean sheets I didn’t have to wash and a hot shower in a bathroom unsullied by a teenager. It means leaving my humdrum home base behind for a blissful weekend of real-world public viewing and a change of scenery. Even when Ohio weather inflicts its torrential rain, frigid chill, obnoxious wind, or oppressive heat onto the fourday weekend, none of that truly March 2021

squelches my desire to come back again and again. about virtually no live streaming platform delivers the goods like a live-and-inperson experience?! And if video conference is how I have to socialize during Equine Affaire, somebody help me figure out the laptop height and camera angle to disguise double chins, sallow skin tone, or haggard wrinkles. Video chat is not motivating. It’s just depressing. I’m aware this protest is useless so, you know I’ll be right there with the rest of you this April. But if I have to partake in a Virtual Equine Affaire, you stupid COVID-19, I’m still boycotting pants. HORSEMEN’S CORRAL




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March 2021



Corral Calendar The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us, creating a great deal of uncertainty within the horse show industry. It is simply impossible for the Horsemen’s Corral to keep up with event cancellations prior to going to print. Please take care of yourself, your family and your horses. Now more than ever...CALL BEFORE YOU HAUL! DISCLAIMER: The Horsemen’s Corral has made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided on this calendar of events. However, the information is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind. The Corral does not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained herein. Where possible, event contact information is provided. Please “Call before you haul”. MARCH 2021 MARCH 3-7 — Indiana Quarter Horse Association Shamrock Shuffle, C Bar C Arena, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: Kathy, 765-7144324, MARCH 4 — Draft & Crossbred Sale, 10 a.m., Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330-8311720,, MARCH 4-6 — Virtual 44th Annual American Youth Horse Council Symposium. FMI: 817-320-2005, MARCH 5-6 — Bureau of Land Management Adoption Event, Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: 866-4687826,,

MARCH 5-6 — Bureau of Land Management Adoption Event, Central Kentucky Ag/Expo Center, Liberty, KY. FMI: 866-468-7826,, MARCH 5-7 — YEDA Show, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: MARCH 6 — Bullride Mania Rodeo, 7:30 p.m., Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-475-2939, www. MARCH 6-7 — Champions Center Open Horse Show, Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: MARCH 6-7 — Crazy Woman Ranch Youth Rodeo Series, 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. FMI: 614-595-1850. MARCH 6-7 — Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Show, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Bruce, 859-489-4885 MARCH 7 — Blue Lakes Farm Horse Show, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440564-7303, MARCH 7 — Breakaway Series, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-7201832 MARCH 8-13 — 41st Annual Spring MidOhio Draft Horse & Carriage Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, Mt. Hope, OH. FMI: 330674-6188,

Buckeye Mini Horse & Donkey Auction Followed by Ponies & Horses Wayne County Fairgrounds 199 Vanover Street Wooster, Ohio 44691

Saturday, March 20, 2021 8:30 a.m. 12 p.m.

Tack & Equipment Mini Donkeys & Mini Ponies Horses & Ponies to follow.

All Animals Must Have Halter & Lead Rope. Commission Rates is as follows: Each animal $25 plus 10%, Tack 20%, Saddles & Carts 10%, No sales $25. Veterinarian will be available day of sale for Coggins: $25. Terms of Sale: Cash or GOOD Check with proper ID. Out-of-State checks must have letter of credit from your bank. Coggins and health papers required on out-of-state animals.

Nearby Places to Stay Best Western (330) 264-7750 Super 8 (330) 439-5766 Hampton Inn (330) 345-4424

2021 AUCTION DATES May 22 • July 24 October 2 • November 27 For More Information: Auctioneer Daniel Schrock Ohio License #2015000116

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MARCH 10 — Barrel Jackpot, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-7201832 MARCH 12 — Riding Horse Sale, 10 a.m., Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330-8311720,, MARCH 12-13 — Chasin’ Cold Cans Winter Series, WB Ranch, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. FMI: Baily, 567-644-5761 MARCH 12-13 — Ohio IBRA Fundraiser Show, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: Kelly Demspey, 330-907-5225 MARCH 12-14 — RSP Productions Ranch Sorting/Team Penning, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Road, Springfield, OH. FMI: Tom Frith, 269-838-1273. MARCH 12-14 — Iron Horse Ranch Productions Big Money Buckle Series, Keystone Horse Center, 106 Horse Farm Road, Bloomsburg, PA. FMI: Morgan Marks, 845-901-4105. MARCH 13 — Beginners Contest Show & Winter Series Show, Blue Lakes Farm, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. FMI: 440564-7303, MARCH 13 — Winding Road Stables Open Winter High Point Fuzzy Series, 17600 Pitts Road, Wellington, OH. FMI: 440-309-6567. MARCH 13 — Chilled Classic Winter Barrel Race Series 2021, Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-6790186, MARCH 13 — Lexington Winter Tournament, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Julie Kaufman, 859-873-2339. MARCH 13 — Southern Kentucky Team Penning Show, Western Kentucky University L.D. Brown Exposition Center, Bowling Green, KY. FMI: 270-834-9744, MARCH 13-14 — Irongate Tack Swap, Irongate Equestrian Center, 12298 Croton Rd., Croton, OH. FMI: Judd Paul, 614-2058056, MARCH 13-14 — Trick Riding 2-Day Clinic, 290 Clermont Rd., Wilcox, PA. FMI: Tanya Okerlund, 814-598-2919 MARCH 13-14 — Snowbird Winter Dressage Show, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: MARCH 14 — Horse Tack & More Sale sponsored by Defiance County OHC, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Paulding County Fairgrounds (Extension Hall), Paulding, OH. FMI: 260445-4240, MARCH 14 — Sunday Funday Fun Show, 1 p.m., Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-475-2939, www. MARCH 14 — Bluegrass Winter Tournament, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Sara Cavill, 859-494-1520 MARCH 19 — Friday Barrel Bash, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: 330-717-4329, stefanie@ MARCH 19-21 — On The Road with Dawn & Clea Pre Panty Raid Half Baked, Circle G Arena, Lewisburg, OH. FMI: 330-771-3205,


MARCH 19-21 — IASHA Spring Warm-Up Horse Show, C Bar C Expo, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: Linda Beltz, 317-844-9702, h.l.beltz@, MARCH 20 — Wayne County Saddle Club Spring Cleanup (snow date March 27), 10 a.m., 4200 Overton Rd., Wooster, OH. FMI: 330-607-5106, www. MARCH 20 — Classical Attraction Dressage Society Virtual Winter Series. FMI:, www. MARCH 20 — Buckeye Mini Horse & Donkey Auction, Wayne County Fairgrounds, 199 Vanover St., Wooster, OH. FMI: Daniel Schrock Auctioneer, (330) 7630905, MARCH 20 — Shooters 4 Hooters Stacy Thacker 3D Benefit Shoot, 1 p.m., Circle Bar C Arena, Lagrange, KY. FMI: Steve Spenlau, 859-743-7438, find KY Cowtown Rangers on Facebook MARCH 20 — Rider Biomechanics Clinic Series, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buckeye Performance Horse Center, 9761 Bell Road, Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-739-4011, www. MARCH 20 — Bullride Mania, 7:30 p.m., Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-475-2939, www. MARCH 20 — Spring Fever Obstacle Fun Day, Shaker Village, Harrodsburg, KY. FMI: Chris Pepplitsch, 859-312-4264, MARCH 20 — Serendipity Pony Club Spring Fling Dressage Show, Masterson Station, Lexington, KY. FMI: Kristen Brennan, 859312-7030 MARCH 20-21 — Spring Fling Open Horse Show, 8:30 a.m., Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: Buckeye Equestrian Events, 740-610-4129,, www. MARCH 20-21 — Youth Rodeo, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: 330-717-4329, stefanie@ MARCH 21 — Ohio Morgan Horse Association Winter Academy Tournament Show, 10 a.m., Blue Lakes Farm, Newbury, OH. FMI: Alyssa Rose, 216-538-6753, MARCH 21 — Live Facebook Auction benefit Seneca Rough Riders 4-H Club, 12-9 p.m. FMI: Custom Conchos and Tack, 567-560-4457, www.facebook. com/Fundraiser-TackConsignmentAuction-107712704595546 MARCH 21 — Breakaway Series, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-7201832 MARCH 21 — Mountain Trail Challenge, 9 a.m., Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-475-2939, www. MARCH 21 — Spring Run Dressage Show, Spring Fun Farm, Prospect, KY. FMI: Susan Perellis, 502-643-2364, www.

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Corral Calendar Continued from page 42 MARCH 24 — Barrel Jackpot, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-720-1832 MARCH 25 — Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workship, Bluegrass Stockyards, Lexington, KY. FMI: Krista Lea, 859-257-0597 MARCH 25-28 — American Quarter Horse Association (All Hunter), Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Lynn, 859-396-9633 MARCH 26-27 — Buckeye Morgan Horse Sale, Ashland County Fairgrounds, Ashland, OH. FMI: Henry Bowman, 330-893-3164 MARCH 26-28 — USTPA Penning & Sorting, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: 817-599-4455, MARCH 27 — Tri-County Trail Association Annual Chili Cook-Off, 2662 Downing St. SW, East Sparta, OH. FMI: Ellen Van Pelt, 330-323-2834, MARCH 27 — Northern Kentucky Horse Network Horse Health Day, Alexandria Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Rd., Alexandria, KY. FMI: MARCH 27 — Seneca Rough Riders 4-H Club Tack Swap, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Seneca County Fairgrounds, Tiffin, OH. FMI: Stephanie, 740-504-3574 MARCH 27 — Penn Ohio Barrel Show, Treharne’s Training Center, 49053 Fredericktown Clarkson Rd., Negley, OH. FMI: 330-720-1832 MARCH 27 — Paul Frazer Memorial Combined Test and Dressage Show, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: 859-231-7066, MARCH 27-28 — Mountaineer Stampeed Rodeo, Winfield Riding Club, Winfield, WV. FMI: MARCH 27-28 — OMI Quarter Horse Show, Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: MARCH 28 — Wood County Horseman’s Flea Market, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green, OH. FMI: Catherine Kamp, 567-322-1060, MARCH. 28 — Mini Trial, Champagne Run, 5991 Old Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY. FMI: 859-263-4638, APRIL 2021 APRIL 1 — Standardbred Sale, 10 a.m., Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330-8311720,, APRIL 1-3 — Blue Ribbon Springtime Classic Saddlebred Show, Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: Evette Moody, 937623-7934, APRIL 2 — Wayne County Saddle Club Fun Show, 7 p.m., 4200 Overton Rd., Wooster, OH. FMI: 330-844-4041, www. APRIL 2 — Friday Night Freestyle, Champagne Run, 5991 Old Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY. FMI: 859-263-4638, www. APRIL 2-23 — Kenneland Spring Meet, 4201 Versaille Rd., Lexington, KY. FMI: APRIL 2-3 — Spring Fling Barrel & Pole Show, Garwood Arena, Columbiana, OH. FMI: 330717-4329, APRIL 2-4 — Ohio Half Arabian Horse Association Spring Show, World Equestrian Center, Wilmington, OH. FMI: Cindy Clinton, 937-935-1753,,

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APRIL 3 — Easter Tack & Riding Horse Sale, 10 a.m., Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330831-1720, info@sugarcreekstockyards. com, APRIL 3 — Southern Michigan Spring AllBreed Horse & Tack Auction, 11771 US 223, Onsted, MI. FMI: Tom Moore Sales, 517467-7576, APRIL 3 — Bullride Mania, 7:30 p.m., Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-475-2939, www. APRIL 3-4 — Kentucky Paint Horse Club Spring Paint-O-Rama, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Carroll Carmickle, 859338-5948, APRIL 8-11 — Virtual Equine Affaire. FMI: 740-845-0085,, APRIL 8-11 — On The Road with Dawn & Clea Panty Raid Futurity, Circle G Arena, Lewisburg, OH. FMI: 330-771-3205, www. APRIL 9-11 — The Buckeye Legacy Rodeo, Garwood Arena, Columbiana, OH. FMI: APRIL 9-11 — Kentucky Spring Premier Horse Show, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: www. APRIL 10 — Multiple Family Tack Swap, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Spangler’s Indoor Arena, 11122 Gladdis Street SW, Massillon, OH. FMI: 330-833-8104. APRIL 10 — Horse Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, Mt. Hope, OH. FMI: 330-674-6188, www. APRIL 10 — Winding Road Stables Open Winter High Point Fuzzy Series, 17600 Pitts Road, Wellington, OH. FMI: 440-309-6567. APRIL 10 — Mountain Trail Challenge, 9 a.m., Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-475-2939, www. APRIL 10 — IBRA Show, 1900 E. Main, Danville, IN. FMI: Hendricks County Horseman’s Club, APRIL 10-11 — Northern Kentucky Horse Network Bombproofing Clinic with Holly Williamson, Halt N Salut Equestrian Center, 215 Bracht Piner Rd., Crittenden, KY. FMI: APRIL 10-11 — Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association Show, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Bruce, 859-489-4885 APRIL 11 — Chilled Classic Winter Barrel Race Series 2021, Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-6790186, APRIL 14-18 — Indiana Quarter Horse Youth Association Youth Show, C Bar C Arena, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: Kathy, 765-7144324, APRIL 16 — Calves, Cans & Chaos Cowgirls Triathalon, 5 p.m., Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-4752939, APRIL 16-18 — USCHA Cutting, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: APRIL 17 — Rider Biomechanics Clinic Series, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buckeye Performance Horse Center, 9761 Bell Road, Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-739-4011, www. APRIL 17 — Piper’s Mini Mini in the “Playpen” Show, Flying Cross Farm, Skylight, KY. FMI: 502-552-1477, www.

APRIL 17 — 16th Annual Spring Blast Horse Show, Shelbyville Fairgrounds, Shelbyville, KY. FMI: APRIL 17 — Birds & Blooms: 6-mile Challenge/In-Hand Obstacle Course, Shaker Village, Harrodsburg, KY. FMI: Chris Pepplitsch, 859-312-4264, cpepplitsch@ APRIL 17-18 — Mid-Ohio Marauders New Shooter Clinic, Madison County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St., London, OH. FMI: 740-206-7214, midohiomarauders@, APRIL 17-18 — Champions Center Open Horse Show, Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: APRIL 17-18 — Landen James Trick Riding Clinic, Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-475-2939, www. APRIL 17-18 — Masterson Equestrian Trust Benefit Jumper Show (17th) & Eventing Derby (18th), 3051 Leestown Rd., Lexington, KY. FMI: www. APRIL 18 — Tri-County Trail Association Easter Dinner, 2662 Downing St. SW, East Sparta, OH. FMI: Ellen Van Pelt, 330-3232834, APRIL 21-24 — River Ridge Charity Horse Show, Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, OH. FMI: Dayne Maple, 740-4645053,, www. APRIL 23 — Wayne County Saddle Club Fun Show, 7 p.m., 4200 Overton Rd., Wooster, OH. FMI: 330-844-4041, www.

APRIL 23-25 — Ohio Ranch Horse Association Show, Henderson Arena, Jackson, OH. FMI: Amy, 740-819-8446, APRIL 23-25 — USTPA Penning & Sorting, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: 817-599-4455, APRIL 23-25 — Iron Horse Ranch Productions Big Money Buckle Series, Keystone Horse Center, 106 Horse Farm Road, Bloomsburg, PA. FMI: Morgan Marks, 845-901-4105. APRIL 24 — Classical Attraction Dressage Society Virtual Winter Series. FMI:, www. APRIL 24 — Blazin’ Barrels Series, Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville, OH. FMI: Emily, 419-733-5402. APRIL 24 — Reality Dreams Open Horse Show, Fairfield County Fairgrounds, Lancaster, OH. FMI: Karen, 740-385-3431. APRIL 24 — Chilled Classic Winter Barrel Race Series 2021, Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-6790186, APRIL 24 — Western Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association Show, Trinity Equestrian Center, Fairview, PA. FMI: megan@wprha. com, APRIL 24 — Southern Kentucky Team Penning Show, Western Kentucky University L.D. Brown Exposition Center, Bowling Green, KY. FMI: 270-834-9744,, www.sktpa.

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Rocky Fork Rodeo Company Youth Rodeo K-12 ATTENTION: All horses must have a current Coggins on file! You must show current paperwork at the first sign in.

––––––– 2021 SCHEDULE –––––––

MAY 15: CLINIC: $10 per participant. Bring your horse with Coggins. Clinic Fee is waived if you come help May 8th at 10 a.m. with cleanup! Bring rakes, shovels, wheel barrows, and a drink and snack!

––– RODEOS –––

Rodeos begin at 10 a.m. Rain or Shine • FREE Admission to spectators!


DIRECTIONS: Located 13 miles North of Cambridge, Ohio, at the Rocky Fork Ranch Resort. Take I-77 Exit 54 (Kimbolton) turn East. Go 1/2 mile and turn left at stop sigh onto CR 35 (Old 21), in 5.5 miles turn right on to Broadhead Rd. (CR 585), go 3 miles, arena is on the right.

Events Offered at Rocky Fork Rodeo Company • • • • • • • • • • • •

Bring your ch Jr. Bulls, Steer, Calf & Jr. Calf Riding practic airs, es Sheep Riding • Chute Dog distanc ocial ing! Steer Daubing Dummy & Advanced Dummy Conces Team: Heading & Team Heeling Roping on thsion Breakaway & Drag Dummy Roping grounde s! Tie down Roping Goat Tail Untying, Advanced Goat & Goat Tying Bareback Pony Riding Barrels • Flags Poles Down & Back

FOR MORE INFORMATION Kacey Jordan (567) 203-2297 Facebook: Rocky Fork Rodeo Company Visit the Facebook page for forms, call in entries and events!


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Corral Calendar Continued from page 43 APRIL 24-25 — Ottawa County Horse Foundation Spring Fuzzy Show (Speed 24th, Performance 25th), Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 2770 W. State Rt. 163, Oak Harbor, OH. FMI: Brianne, 419-707-0398, APRIL 24-25 — Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club Show, 9 a.m., Ashland County Fairgrounds, 2042 Claremont Ave., Ashland, OH. FMI: Chunk Watts, 330-3170945, APRIL 24-25 — Mid Ohio Marauders Cowboy Mounted Shooting, Madison County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St., London, OH. FMI: 740-206-7214,, www. APRIL 24-25 — OHSRA at Indiana Invitational, New Castle, IN. FMI: www. APRIL 24-25 — Eastern Ohio Quarter Horse Show, Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: APRIL 24-25 — Sunday Funday Fun Show, 1 p.m., Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-475-2939, www. APRIL 24-25 — A Good Foundation Clinic & Horse Show, Hoosier Horse Park, Edinburgh, IN. FMI: Tara Lafave, 317-6964619, APRIL 24-25 — Lower Michigan Horse Association Fuzzy Show, 700 East Ash St., Mason, MI. FMI: lowermichiganhorseassociation@gmail. com,

APRIL 24-25 — Justin Ricke Memorial Kentucky Reining Horse Association Show, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Nez Weber, 502-599-8639, APRIL 24-26 — Northern Kentucky Horse Network at Midwest Trail Ride, 1264 Hunter’s Creek Rd., Norman, IN. FMI: APRIL 25 — Massillon Saddle Club Contest Show, 12680 Sally St. SW, Massillon, OH. FMI: Shae Marshall, 330-704-9459, www. APRIL 25 — 5th Annual Coggins Clinic, Turtle Lake Campground, 854 Miller Rd., Beulah, MI. FMI: 231-275-7353 APRIL 26 — Kenneland Horses of Racing Age Sale, 4201 Versaille Rd., Lexington, KY. FMI: APRIL 28 — Dressage Classics, Meadow Lake, Lancaster, KY. FMI: 859-548-2219, APRIL 29-MAY 2 — National Drive Spring Fling, Hoosier Horse Park, Edinburg, IN. FMI: Linda, 217-621-7845, thenationaldrive@, APRIL 30-MAY 1 — The Superior Friesian Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, Mt. Hope, OH. FMI: 330-674-6188, APRIL 30-MAY 1 — Bureau of Land Management Adoption Event, Murray State University, 101 College Farm Rd., Murray, KY. FMI: 866-468-7826, wildhorse@blm. gov, APRIL 30-MAY 2 — Ohio Western Horse Association Speed/Pleasure Show, Marion County Fairgrounds, Marion, OH. FMI: Robin, 740-225-0341,

UPCOMING SALES Special sales begin at 10:30 a.m., horses follow. Regular sales begin at 11 a.m.


Draft & Crossbred Special Sale

Consignments Due February 26th

MARCH 12 Special Riding Horse & Tack Sale Consignments Due March 5th

THURSDAY, APRIL 1 Special Standardbred Sale SATURDAY, APRIL 3 Easter Special Tack & Riding Horse Sale

Horse Sale Every Friday

MONDAY, APRIL 26 Special Feeder Cattle Sale 12:30 w/Regular Sale

Tack at 11 a.m. Hay & Horses follow


Special Donkey & Mule Sale


Special Standardbred Sale

Livestock Sale Every Monday


Special Standardbred Sale

OCT. 4

Special Feeder Cattle Sale 12:30 w/Regular Sale


Hay at Noon Livestock 12:30 p.m. Send consignment information for posting on Facebook to

102 Buckeye Street Sugarcreek, Ohio 330.831.1720


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14 Special Dairy Cow Sale, Noon

Consignments Due April 24th

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13 Special Dairy Cow Sale, Noon OCT. 22

Colt & Brood Mare Sale

NOV. 26

Black Friday Special Tack & Horse Sale

DEC. 3

Special Christmas Pony Sale

DEC. 4

Special Toy Sale — Time TBD

Dec. 31

Special New Years Eve Tack & Horse Sale.

APRIL 30-MAY 2 — Beast of the East Poles & Barrels, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: APRIL 30-MAY 4 — Double Dan Horsemanship 2 Day Under Saddle & 3 Day Intro to Liberty Clinic, Hickory Hollow Stables, Hickory Corners, MI. FMI: Nicole, 269-924-6070, MAY 2021 MAY 1-2 — Buckeye Equestrian Events Open Horse Show, Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. FMI: Duane, 740-610-4129, horsejudge125@gmail. com, MAY 1-2 — The Beverly Upell Memorial Horse Show, Fulton County Fairgrounds, Wauseon, OH. FMI: beverlyupellshow@ MAY 1-2 — Summer Kick Off Sherrylynn & Mike Johnson Clinics, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Crooked Creek Horse Park, Ford City, PA. FMI: MAY 2 — Competitors Schooling Clinic, Creek Side Horse Park, 7369 Mottice Dr. SE, Waynesburg, OH. FMI: Cynthia, 330323-3559, creeksidehorsepark@gmail. com, MAY 2 — Straight A’s Speed Show, 2250 Alliance Rd. NW, Malvern, OH. FMI: 888556-3772, MAY 2 — Franklin County 4-H Horse Advisory Committee Youth Horse Show Circuit, 8 a.m., Franklin County Fairgrounds, Hilliard, OH. FMI: Becky, 614-570-6388 MAY 2 — Monroe County New & Used Tack N More Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., First Merchants Expo Center, 3775 S. Custer Road, Monroe, MI. FMI: Christin, 734-4305377, MAY 3 — Bullride Mania Winter Finals Rodeo, 7:30 p.m., Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-4752939, MAY 5 — Dressage In The Afternoon, Champagne Run, 5991 Old Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY. FMI: 859-263-4638, www. MAY 7 — Donkey & Mule Sale, 10 a.m., Sugarcreek Stockyards, 102 Buckeye Street, Sugarcreek, OH. FMI: 330-8311720,, MAY 7 — Wayne County Saddle Club Fun Show, 7 p.m., 4200 Overton Rd., Wooster, OH. FMI: 330-844-4041, www. MAY 7 — Friday Barrel Bash, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: 330-717-4329, stefanie@ MAY 7-8 — WHAO Spring Fling Horse Show, Henderson’s Arena, Jackson, OH. FMI: Pat Stout, 419-483-2563, ohiowalkers@gmail. com, www.walkinghorseassociationofohio. com MAY 7-9 — Heartland Classic, Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI: Judy Peters, 614-402-1260, MAY 7-9 — Ranch Horse Association of Michigan Show, Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds, Berrien Springs, MI. FMI: 616-890-1190,, MAY 7-9 — Double Dan Horsemanship Intro to Liberty Clinic, Australian Equine Performance Center, 2150 E. Leestown Rd., Midway, KY. FMI: 859-940-9129,,


MAY 7-9 — Society for Arabian Horses in the Bluegrass Area Arabian Show, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Lana Chaffin, 304-546-6367 MAY 7-9 — West Virginia Barrel Futurity, Winfield Riding Club Arena, 5449 State Route 34, Winfield, WV. FMI: 304-882-2195 MAY 7-16 — SOQHA Pre Madness (May 7-9) & The Madness (May 11-16), World Equestrian Center, Wilmington, OH. FMI: 765-714-4324, www.anequineproduction. com MAY 8 — Northern Kentucky Horse Network Tack Sale/Enrichment Day/ Educational Clinic/Dressage Schooling Show, Alexandria Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Rd., Alexandria, KY. FMI: MAY 8 — Horse Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, Mt. Hope, OH. FMI: 330-674-6188, www. MAY 8 — Vickers Nature Preserve Mountain Trail and Ranch Horse Challenge, 9260 W. Akron-Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH. FMI: Ashley 330-222-1984 (Ranch), Laura 724-301-2244 (Trail) MAY 8 — Meadow Lake Combined Test & Mini Trials, Meadow Lake, Lancaster, KY. FMI: Lindsey DeAngelis, 859-304-0070, MAY 8 — Southern Kentucky Team Penning Show, Western Kentucky University L.D. Brown Exposition Center, Bowling Green, KY. FMI: 270-834-9744, dee.daniels71@, MAY 8 — Sayre School Annual Combined Test & Dressage Show, Masterson Station, Lexington, KY. FMI: MAY 8-9 — Ohio High School Rodeo Association JH State Finals & HS Rodeo, Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana, OH. FMI: MAY 8-9 — Youth Rodeo, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: 330-717-4329, MAY 11-16 — Kentucky Spring Horse Show, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: MAY 13-16 — 6th Annual Cowgirls Spring Ride, Red Hill Horse Camp, Livingston, KY. FMI: 606-308-5900, www. MAY 14-15 — Contesting (14th) & Performance (15th) Show, 1900 E. Main, Danville, IN. FMI: Hendricks County Horseman’s Club,, MAY 14-15 — Bureau of Land Management Adoption Event, Red Horse Ranch, 64247 Library Rd., Cassopolis, MI. FMI: 866-4687826,, MAY 14-16 — Mounted Archery Clinic with Natasha Hockaden (14th) / Beginners Mt. Trail Clinic with Kelly Chapman (15th) / Mounted Archery Competition (15th & 16th) / Intermediate & Advanced Mt. Trail Clinic (16th), Creek Side Horse Park, 7369 Mottice Dr. SE, Waynesburg, OH. FMI: Cynthia, 330-323-3559,, www. MAY 14-16 — Buckeye Extravaganza POR (15-16) & Buckey Ride the Pattern Clinic (14), Fulton County Fairgrounds, Wauseon, OH. FMI: Tim, 937-308-1611, tsnapp@, MAY 14-16 — Team Josey Barrel Racing, WB Arena, 1640 County Road B, Swanton, OH. FMI: 903-935-5358, www.barrelracers. com

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Corral Calendar Continued from page 44 MAY 14-16 — 2021 TLC Equine Classic CMSA Classic Series Event, Grange Equestrian Center, Centre Hall, PA. FMI: 724-462-6318, MAY 15 — Tri-State Rodeo Association Open Horse Show Circuit Speed Series, Gibsonburg Saddle Club, Gibsonburg, OH. FMI: 419-350-2206, www. MAY 15 – Wayne County Saddle Club Open Pleasure Point Show, 10 a.m., 4200 Overton Rd., Wooster, OH. FMI: Angie, 330-201-1022, www. MAY 15 — Rider Biomechanics Clinic Series, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buckeye Performance Horse Center, 9761 Bell Road, Newbury, OH. FMI: 440-739-4011, www. MAY 15 — Rocky Fork Rodeo Company Clinic, Rocky Fork Ranch Resort, Kimbolton, OH. FMI: Kacey, 567-203-2297, MAY 15 — Northern Kentucky Horse Network Drill Team Show, Alexandria Fairgrounds, 100 Fairgrounds Rd., Alexandria, KY. FMI: MAY 15 — Medina 4H Council Horse Show, Medina County Fairgrounds, Medina, OH. FMI: MAY 15 — Wranglers Riding Club Fun Show, 3385 State Highway 80 E, Murray, KY. FMI: MAY 15 — Bluegrass Pony Club Combined Test, Antebellum Farm, Lexington, KY. FMI: MAY 15-16 — Lower Michigan Horse Association Show, 700 East Ash Street, Mason, MI. FMI: lowermichiganhorseassociation@gmail., michigan-horse-association-297992659725/ MAY 15-16 — ISHA Spring Open All Breed Horse Show, Hoosier Horse Park Covered Arena, Edinburgh, IN. FMI: Donna & Paul, 317-418-6381, MAY 16 — Massillon Saddle Club Pleasure Show, 12680 Sally St. SW, Massillon, OH. FMI: Jeff Marshall, 330-704-7961, www. MAY 16 — Tri-State Rodeo Association Open Horse Show Circuit Performance Series, Harry Hughes Equestrian Center, Swanton, OH. FMI: 419-350-2206, www. MAY 16 — Western Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association Show, Penland Arena, 718 Fredonia Rd., Stoneboro, PA. FMI:, MAY 18 — Sydmor Arena Split-Second Summer Mini Series, Sydmor Arena, Monongahela, PA. FMI: Find on Facebook MAY 18-23 — Kentucky Spring Classic, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: MAY 20-23 — Buckeye Sweepstakes, World Equestrian Center, Wilmington, OH. FMI: Cindy Clinton, 937-935-1753, cindy@, MAY 20-23 — Buckeye Reining Series Show, Champions Center, Springfield, OH. FMI:, www.

MAY 20-23 — Breathitt County Horseman’s Association Spring Trail Ride, South Fork Elk View, Jackson, KY. FMI: 606-666-8812, MAY 21-22 — Indiana Ranch Horse Association Show, C Bar C Expo, Cloverdale, IN. FMI: Jamie Feuquay, 317-372-6722, MAY 21-23 — Mid Ohio Marauders Cowboy Mounted Shooting, Madison County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St., London, OH. FMI: 740-206-7214,, www. MAY 21-23 — Tri-County Trail Association Spring Ride Weekend, 2662 Downing St. SW, East Sparta, OH. FMI: Ellen Van Pelt, 330-323-2834, MAY 21-22 — Horseman’s Mission Spring Select Horse Sale, Windy Knoll Farm, Sullivan, OH. FMI: Ray Raber, 330-275-2877 MAY 21-23 — NCHA Cutting, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: MAY 21-23 — Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association Show, Centre County Grange Fairgrounds, Centre Hall, PA. FMI: www. MAY 22 — Buckeye Mini Horse & Donkey Auction, Wayne County Fairgrounds, 199 Vanover St., Wooster, OH. FMI: Daniel Schrock Auctioneer, (330) 763-0905, MAY 22 – Wayne County Saddle Club Open Contest Point Show, 4200 Overton Rd., Wooster, OH. FMI: Jamie, 419-4966549, MAY 22 — Classical Attraction Dressage Society Summer Series, Brecksville Stables, 11921 Parkview Drive, Brecksville, OH. FMI:, www. MAY 22 — Ottawa County Horse Foundation Jackpot Speed Show, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 2770 W. State Rt. 163, Oak Harbor, OH. FMI: Brianne, 419707-0398, MAY 22 — Reality Dreams Open Horse Show, Fairfield County Fairgrounds, Lancaster, OH. FMI: Karen, 740-385-3431. MAY 22 — Under The Oaks Open Show, Crawford County Fairgrounds, 610 Whetstone St., Bucyrus, OH. FMI: Trisha, 419-563-5170 (text) MAY 22 — Penn Ohio Sanctioned Barrel Race, Sundance Arena, 310 Fredonia Rd., Fredonia, PA. FMI: 724-475-2939, www. MAY 22-23 — Mt. Trail Clinic with Kelly Chapman & Scavanger Hunt (22nd) & OMT Mt. Trail Challenge (23rd), Creek Side Horse Park, 7369 Mottice Dr. SE, Waynesburg, OH. FMI: Cynthia, 330-3233559,, MAY 23 — Massillon Saddle Club Contest Show, 12680 Sally St. SW, Massillon, OH. FMI: Shae Marshall, 330-704-9459, www. MAY 27-JUNE 6 — 125th Devon Horse Show & Country Fair, 23 Dorset Rd., Devon, PA. FMI: 610-964-0550, www.

MAY 28 — Wayne County Saddle Club Fun Show, 7 p.m., 4200 Overton Rd., Wooster, OH. FMI: 330-844-4041, www. MAY 28 — Mid Ohio Memorial Cataloged Trotting Sale, Mt. Hope Auction, Mt. Hope, OH. FMI: 330-674-6188, www. MAY 28-29 — Kentucky Dressage Association Spring Warm-Up, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: www. MAY 28-30 — ICHA Red White and Blue Show, Canfield Farigrounds, Canfield, OH. FMI: 330-457-7440, MAY 28-30 — RSTPA 10K Sorting & Penning, Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. FMI: 516-639-6666,, MAY 28-30 — TLC Equine Speed Show, Turtle Lake Campground, 854 Miller Road, Beulah, MI. FMI: 231-275-7353, www. MAY 28-30 — May Daze, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. FMI: Champagne Run, 859-263-4638, MAY 29 — Youth Rodeo K-12, Rocky Fork Rodeo Co., Kimbolton, OH. FMI: Kacey Jordan, 567-203-2297, MAY 29 — Blazin’ Barrels Series, Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville, OH. FMI: Emily, 419-733-5402 MAY 29-30 — Ride-In-Sync Horsemanship Clinic, Terry Myers Training Center, 4170 Stover Rd., Ostrander, OH. FMI: 740-6661162,

MAY 29-30 — Ashland Paint & Plain Saddle Club Show, 9 a.m., Ashland County Fairgrounds, 2042 Claremont Ave., Ashland, OH. FMI: Chunk Watts, 330-3170945, MAY 29-30 — Buckskin Memorial Classic in Memory of George Anders, Delaware County Fairgrounds, Delaware, OH. FMI: Brianne Matthews, 419-707-0398,, www. MAY 29-30 — Tri-State Rodeo Association Open Horse Show Circuit Speed Series (29th) & Performance Series (30th), Ottawa County Fairgrounds, Oak Harbor, OH. FMI: 419-350-2206, www. MAY 29-30 — Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association, Lakeside Arena, Frankfort, KY. FMI: Bruce Brown, 859-489-4885 MAY 29-30 — Bluegrass Classic: ASPCAMHR-ASPR, Central KY Ag Expo, Liberty, KY. FMI: Lisa Leonard, 270-9296292,, www. MAY 30 — Geauga Horse & Pony Association Horse Show, Geauga County Fairgrounds, Burton, OH. FMI: www.ghpa. us MAY 30 — Kentucky Dressage Association 34th Annual Dressage Show, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexingon, KY. FMI: www.

More events can be found on our website


AUCTION to benefit Seneca Rough Riders 4-H Club

March 21, 2021 Noon to 9 P.M.

Due to COVID-19 we are having a Live Facebook Auction as a fundraiser for The Seneca Rough Riders 4-H Club.

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Geauga Horse & Pony Association

2021 OPEN HORSE SHOWS Geauga County Fairgrounds — Burton, Ohio

EAST SHOW RING • 8:00 A.M. May 30

Duane Stutzman

June 13

June 20

Todd Allen

Phil Harstine

Regular Class Entry Fee: $8 per class or $65 Show All Day (same horse, same rider) Regular Class Paybacks: 1st-$7, 2nd-$5, 3rd-$3 **Classes must have 4 entries or more to qualify for payback Jackpot Classes: $12 entry fee with 80% payback + $50 (must enter concurrent regular class to enter Jackpot class) Office Fee: $5 per exhibitor or $10 per family Contest Entry Fee and Paybacks: $8 per class with an 80% payback per class Contesting Timing Fee: $2 per horse per show

1. 2. 3. 3a.

Key Hole Stakes Poles ROSEWOOD DIESEL SHOP Jackpot Poles — $50 ADDED (runs concurrent with Poles) 4. Cloverleaf Barrels 4a. CLEVELAND EQUINE CLINIC Jackpot Cloverleaf Barrels — $50 ADDED (runs concurrent with Cloverleaf Barrels) INTERMISSION • Not to start before 9:30am 5. Open Ranch Riding Pattern 5a. PATTERSON FRUIT FARM Jackpot Ranch Riding Pattern — $50 ADDED (runs concurrent with Open Ranch Riding Pattern) 6. Limited Ranch Riding Pattern 7. Open Ranch Horse Rail 7a. BUCKEYE NUTRITION Jackpot Ranch Horse Rail — $50 ADDED (runs concurrent with Open Ranch Horse Rail) 8. Limited Ranch Horse Rail

July 11

Emily Wilson


9. Ranch Reining 10. Ranch Trail 11. Ranch Conformation at Halter INTERMISSION • Not to start before 12pm

12. Open Hunter Under Saddle (All Ages) 12a. ARMS TRUCKING Jackpot Hunter Under Saddle — $50 ADDED (runs concurrent with Open Hunter Under Saddle) 13. Open Youth Hunter Under Saddle (18 & under) 14. Open Adult Hunter Under Saddle (19 & over) 15. Open English Equitation (All Ages) 15a. GRADE LINE Jackpot English Equitation $50 ADDED (runs concurrent with Open English Equitation) 16 Open Youth English Equitation (18 & under) 17. Open Adult English Equitation (19 & over) INTERMISSION • 30 Minutes 18. Open Youth Showmanship (18 & under) 19. Open Adult Showmanship (19 & over) 20. Open Horse Halter

July 25

August 8

Debbie Melvin

Charles Schroeder


See GHPA Show Rules & Regulations for specific rules on each class (held after class number as shown)

5/30 6/13 6/20 7/11 7/25 8/8

Class 19s Shankless Showmanship Class 21s Western Riding Class 17s Surprise English Equitation Class 20s Pairs Pattern (English/Western) (after Intermission) Class 25s Generation Gap Western Horsemanship Class 17s Bareback Equitation (English/Western) Special Awards for these classes!

INTERMISSION 21. Open Trail 22. Open Discipline Rail English or Western 23. Open Western Horsemanship (All ages) 23a. GRADE LINE Jackpot Western Horsemanship — $50 ADDED (runs concurrent with Open Western Horsemanship) 24. Open Youth Western Horsemanship (18 & under) 25. Open Adult Western Horsemanship (19 & over) 26. Open Western Pleasure (All ages) 26a. JACQUELINE WARD – HOWARD HANNA Jackpot Western Pleasure — $50 ADDED (runs concurrent with Open Western Pleasure) 27. Open Youth Western Pleasure (18 & under) 28. Open Adult Western Pleasure (19 & over)

No crossing between rings is permitted with the exception that East ring (Open ring) exhibitors are permitted to enter jumping classes 29-35.

May 30

Lisa Miller


Alex Dewitt

June 20

Amber Wise

Regular Class: $8 per class or $65 Show All Day (same horse, same rider) Jumping Classes: $8 per class (not included in Show All Day Fee) Office Fee: $5 per exhibitor or $10 per family

Awarding 1st-6th in each class 3 DAILY HIGH POINTS (does not include jumping classes): W/T 9 & under, W/T 10-18, Novice 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35.

Walk Trot Equitation over cross rails Walk Trot Working Hunter over cross rails Walk Trot Canter Equitation over cross rails Walk Trot Canter Working Hunter over cross rails Equitation over Fences (2.0 ft) Working Hunter over Fences (2.0 ft) Hunter Hack (2.0 ft)

INTERMISSION 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42.

Walk Trot English Equitation (9 & under) Walk Trot English Equitation (10-18) Novice English Equitation Walk Trot English Pleasure (9 & under) Walk Trot English Pleasure (10-18) Novice English Pleasure Lead Line (6 & under)

July 11

Valerie Gabor

FREE S 3 Daily H TALLS! ig at Every h Points Show!


43. Walk Trot Halter 44. Novice Halter 45. Walk Trot Showmanship (9 & under) (English or Western) 46. Walk Trot Showmanship (10-18) (English or Western) 47. Novice Showmanship (English or Western) 30-MINUTE INTERMISSION 48. 49. 50. 51. 52.

Walk Trot Trail (9 & under) Walk Trot Trail (10-18) Novice Trail Walk Trot Western Horsemanship (9 & under) Walk Trot Western Horsemanship (10-18)

July 25

Don Recchiuti

August 8

Allison Applegett


(as listed to be held after the last class in that discipline)

5/30 6/13 6/20 7/11 7/25 8/8

Class 39g Class 42g Class 48g Class 54g Class 57g Class 59g

Generation Gap English Equitation Generation Gap English Pleasure Generation Gap Showmanship Generation Gap Western Horsemanship Generation Gap Western Pleasure Generation Gap Barrels

Special Awards for these classes! Year End Award for Champion Generation Gap Pair for the whole season!!

53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62.

Novice Western Horsemanship Walk Trot Western Pleasure (9 & under) Walk Trot Western Pleasure (10-18) Novice Western Pleasure Walk Trot Barrels Novice Barrels Walk Trot Golf Ball & Spoon Novice Golf Ball & Spoon Walk Trot Fanny Race Novice Fanny Race

No crossing between rings is permitted. W/T only riders may not canter anywhere on the grounds before or during the show.

For More Information Check Our Website:

A list of classes counting toward year end high point will be posted and available in entry booth. Check our website for all rules, regulations and how to qualify for year-end awards! GHPA Shows are Paint Alternative Competition (PAC) approved.

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This event will be held in conjunction with our


Free Driving Lessons Demos • Talks • Dressage Event

If you have Saddles, Bridles, Stable Supplies and Fixtures — Bring them out to sell!

May 8, 2021 • 10 a.m to 4 p.m.

$5.00 Charge at the gate for car load admission!

Alexandria Fairgrounds, Kentucky

100 Fairgrounds Road • Alexandria, Kentucky 41001

Selling from your pick-up truck: $10

— SPACE PRICING — 10’x10’ space: $20

Food Stand will be on site during event!

Enclosed Building 10’x20’ space: $40

Gather up your New and Used “things” and come on down!! Questions? Call or email Charlie Poppe, (513) 315-7143 • Visit Northern Kentucky Horse Network website:

March 27

April 10-11

April 24-26

May 8

Horse Health Day

June 12-13

Bombproofi fin ng Clinic with Holly Williamson

July 24

Alexandria Fairgrounds 100 Fairgrounds Rd., Alexandria, KY

Halt N Salut Equestrian Center 215 Bracht Piner Rd., Crittenden, KY

Midwest Trail Ride

1264 Hunter’s Creek Rd. Norman, IN

September 12

Tack Sale/Enrichment Day Educati tio onal Clinic Dressage Schooling Show

Alexandria Fairgrounds 100 Fairgrounds Rd., Alexandria, KY

May 15

September 1

Drill Team Show

Alexandria Fairgrounds 100 Fairgrounds Rd., Alexandria, KY

NKHN Family Campout

AJ Jolly Park 1501 Race Track Rd., Alexandria, KY

All Breed Horse Show

Alexandria Fairgrounds 100 Fairgrounds Rd., Alexandria, KY

Alexandria Fair Parade

100 Fairgrounds Rd., Alexandria, KY

NKHN 2nd Annual Hamburger Ride

AJ Jolly Park 1501 Race Track Rd., Alexandria, KY

October 30

November 6

Halloween Ride

AJ Jolly Park 1501 Race Track Rd., Alexandria, KY

5th Annual Equine Conference

Boone Co. Enrichment Center 1824 Patrick Dr., Burglington, KY

For more informati tio on on 2021 NKHN events or to become a member of the Northern Kentucky Horse Network please visit our website.



March 2021

Certified International Mountain Trail Course

Course Walk Through and Questions Online 9am - Start on both Courses

Horse Obstacle Course CLASS PRICING Adults ~ $25 per class or $20 for 2 or more (same horse/rider combo) **Regional’s $35 per class or $30 for 2 or more (same horse/rider combo) Youth ~ $20 per class or $15 for 2 or more (same horse/rider combo) **Regional’s $30 per class or $25 for 2 or more (same horse/rider combo) GROUNDS FEES $10 per horse on the grounds (Fee waived with Creek Side Annual Park Pass) CAMPING $15 - 1 Night; $20 - 2 Nights + $25 practicing fee for Friday and/or Saturday per rider Food Stand on site Water for horses Tie Lines available at each parking Large trailer parking for all size rigs PRIZES for 1st through 5th place Novice, Youth, Adult, Mini, Leadline and Junior Horse

Open Level Classes

Payout 1st-3rd 50% of entries + any add monies (TBA) Ribbons/Prizes 1st-5th DIRECTIONS

From Rt. 77 - @ Rt. 77 & Rt. 30, head East on Rt. 30. Go to 2nd exit Waynesburg/Rt. 43 head south. Take this all the way down till you are almost to Downtown Waynesburg. Turn right on Mobile (directly at the intersection) with Rt. 43 & 44). Go just out of town and course is on the left. Can’t miss it! You can also search Google Maps for Creek Side Horse Park or click on the link on the website.

Special Belt Buckles!

No one is required to hold a membership for OQHA or PMT to show at any of these challenges. However, to be eligible for year end awards you must. Declare on entry form you are a member.

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Stacy Thacker 3D Benefit Shoot

MARCH 20, 2021 • 1 P.M.

Circle Bar C Arena • Lagrange, KY Pays 3D Per Stage Can Run Multiple Horses $15 Buy Back • $10 Clean Shooter $75 Entry Fee • 50% Payback • CASH ONLY

Stacy was diagnosed with a very rare desmoid cell tumor of her right breast last February. While the tumor is not metastatic, it is locally very aggressive and has an extremely high recurrence rate of up to 90%, even with complete surgical margins. Within 6 months, the tumor had grown from roughly the size of a pea to closer the size of a small egg. Her doctors at the Markey Cancer Center decided a partial mastectomy (aka “lumpectomy”) to be the best course of action. She had surgery on Dec. 21 and is healing well! Unfortunately, histopatholgy showed some tumor cells were left behind. As of right now, she is on medication to hopefully prevent the tumor from recurring. As you can imagine, a major health shock to someone in their 20’s with minimal health insurance can be a major blow financially. There is no way to plan when and where cancer will strike. We are having a benefit shoot to help take some weight off her shoulders! Stacy loves mounted shooting, and we all know that! We are having a benefit shoot and all proceeds will go directly to help pay those bills!

50/50 Raffles ! Silent A uction !

For more information please contact: Amanda Hudson Steve Spenlau 270-945-8799 859-743-7438 This is a non-sanctioned event. Riders and spectators assume all risk. March 2021



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Vendor Space 10 x 10 - $20

Bring your own table and chairs

F R EE ADMISS ION Ra in or Sh Inside ou ine! r Arena.

Set up time: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. VENDOR PERSON ___________________________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS ___________________________________________________________________________________________ CITY ___________________________________________ STATE _________ZIP __________________________________ PHONE _______________________________________________FAX __________________________________________ EMAIL ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Return form to

Vendor Space _________ x $_________ = $_________ amount included Link for vendors

PO Box 89 Tallmadge, Ohio 44278 or email to:

Questions or more information contact (330) 633-6200 56


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Double Dan Horsemanship

What Now? by Dan James


ne of the most common questions I get from people after they have accomplished getting their horse to circle around them at Liberty is, “what now?”. Of course there are a lot of options of what to do with a horse who is learning to work at Liberty. But the best method I know to progress a horse through the early stages of Liberty work, and strengthen their foundation at the same time, is to teach them to find the balance point between draw and drive. In Liberty, draw refers to being able to bring a horse back in or closer to you in a tight circle and drive describes the ability to send the horse out and away from you in a large circle. The balance point between the two happens when a horse learns to work around you without running off and leaving but also without pushing into or over top of you. This type of control can only be accomplished through training, consistency, and patience. In the same way that most ridden horses tend to have more ‘whoa’ or more ‘go’, most Liberty horses tend to either have a lot of drive and teaching them to stay connected takes work or they have a lot of draw and getting them to move out with the same level of connection can be challenging. So how should someone go about working on this? Through varying their angles and body posture.

Angles The first time I gained an in depth appreciation about angles as they relate to horse training was when I was learning colt starting techniques from my mate Chris Cox.


Chris really opened my eyes to many things like transferring the same angle at which you hold your hands when working a horse on the ground with a lead rope to when your are working them under saddle with a rein. He emphasized the importance of keeping consistent angles and how doing so makes it easier for horses to learn. Likewise, understanding angles is crucial when training Liberty horses. Not only does the variation (or lack thereof) of a persons angles when working a horse at Liberty directly influence the horse’s body position, every horse also responds differently to different angles. Everything from the angle of your hands, elbows, shoulders, and whips if you use them, effects the curve of a horse’s neck, uprightness of their shoulders, softness through their ribcage and engagement of their hind end. The best way to teach a horse to have draw, drive, and an equal balance between the two is to vary your angles and watch how they affect the horse. Find what angles push a horse out and which ones draw them in. Learning how each horse responds to subtle changes between the two is a great way to transition from having a ‘one trick pony’ (one that simply circles around you at Liberty) to one that has learned to control their speed, distance, and location.

Body Posture Anyone one who has worked a horse at Liberty has learned just how sensitive horses are to body posture. Eye contact, stature and stance all greatly influence a horse’s speed, body position, and whether they are more anxious or relaxed. Simply vary where you look at a horse with your eyes—at their eyes, neck, body, or feet—and see how it


influences them. Similarly subtle changes in whether you are square to a horse (your belly button faces their shoulder) while they work or whether you are in front of or behind them (belly button faces their neck or hind end) will impact not only how fast they move but also how calmly they do so. The relationship between how a horse works at Liberty and body posture is strong and the better you understand it the better you will be able to communicate with your horse. The first time a horse chooses to work with you at Liberty is always exciting. The possibilities of where to go from there and what to do next are endless. But no matter what direction you go there’s no doubt that angles and body posture will play a significant role. In 2009, Dan James and Dan Steers officially founded Double Dan Horsemanship with the goal of turning their love of horses, exceptional training techniques, and interest in equine entertainment into an international phenomenon. Since then, Double Dan Horsemanship has performed in nine different countries, been featured in more than 1000 live shows, and conducted training clinics all over the world. Today Double Dan Horsemanship operates one headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, USA and one in Tamworth, New South Whales, Australia. James and Steers continue to push the limits of horsemanship and entertainment with eye-opening clinics and exhilarating performances wowing audiences near and far, and educating horsemen and women everywhere they go. For more information on Double Dan Horsemanship training techniques, clinics, and products, please visit

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April 30-May 4: 2 Day Under Saddle and 3 Day Intro To Liberty Clinic – Hickory Corners, MI During the Intro to Liberty clinic, participants will work through the basic foundations of liberty work. The series is based on safe, foundational skills to help you and your horse start from the ground up. The clinic will begin with some exercises with a halter and lead rope on and then how you progress to working your horse fully at liberty. This foundational program is used whether we are starting colts, working with problem horses or focusing on the next liberty horse. You will be introduced to the techniques and cues to help better communicate to your horse. The Body Control Clinic will help riders successfully transition from the ground to quite difficult body movements under saddle, while maintaining a well minded balanced and soft horse, that will be obedient to both the riders’ aids and cues. For more information or to register contact Nicole Scovel, 269-924-6070,

May 7-9: Intro To Liberty Clinic – Lexington, KY During the clinic, participants will work through the basic foundations of liberty work. The series is based on safe, foundational skills to help you and your horse start from the ground up. You will be introduced to the techniques and cues to help better communicate to your horse. It sets the boundaries for your horse to keep you safe and help you achieve the respect that you need to create a better connection with your horse. Questions or to register visit

June 4-6: 3 Day Obstacle Clinic – Lexington, KY Come join us for a fun clinic full of all different types of obstacles! From bridges to logs to ditches and some fun ‘out-of-the-box’ obstacles, this clinic has it all! This clinic is a great way to introduce your horse to new obstacles or help improve a horse who already handles obstacles well. Questions or to register visit

June 23-27: 5 Day Liberty Clinic – Lexington, KY The liberty horse clinic series is a very unique clinic that can open many opportunities and take your relationship with your horse to a level that you never knew existed. Whether you want to become a movie horse trainer, live show entertainer, compete at an International Liberty Horse Association competition, or maybe just have this unique understanding of how to teach your horse the art of liberty training, this is the clinic for you. Note – it’s always very helpful to have attended a ground control clinic or watched Level 1 ground control to help understand the whip cues used. By the end of the clinic you will start to test you and your horses’ foundation in various situations. Questions or to register visit

October 30-31: Body Control Under Saddle Clinic – Yorktown, IN Our Body Control Clinics help riders successfully transition from the ground to quite difficult body movements under saddle, while maintaining a well minded balanced and soft horse, that will be obedient to both the riders’ aids and cues. All exercises will physically and mentally prepare the horse for more difficult movements and maneuvers and create a soft horse that can go on to be ridden bareback and bridleless. For more information or to register contact Allison Whisler, 765-730-3993

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The Unsung Harrow by Lisa Kiley


hile there are a lot of different pieces of equipment needed to keep a horse farm in tiptop condition, the harrow is often overlooked for all the good it can do from the arena to the pasture. A harrow can be used in all four seasons of the year, but spring is probably where it can be put to work the most and earn its position as an investment that gives you the most bang for your buck. Easy to use and convenient to store, once you get one, you may wonder why you didn’t sooner.

In the spring, harrowing pastures can help matted grass to stand up which will allow for quicker growth of new grass. Moving leave patches that were missed in the fall will also encourage growth. This type of activity allows for better air circulation, water distribution and nitrogen penetration to the roots. When crossing over the fields, organic matter will also be evenly dispersed into the soil which will stimulate growth, making pastures stronger earlier in the season and increase the number of days horses can be turned out to graze helping to save on the cost of hay and feed. One thing to be mindful of is the vehicle you are using to tow your harrow. If you are using a larger tractor, you may have to wait until later in the spring to do your first harrow so that you don’t tear up the ground with the wheels of the tractor. However, if you are using an ATV, you can usually get out on the pastures earlier in March without having more of a negative impact than a positive one. The harrow should be wider than the wheelbase of the vehicle you are using to tow to avoid leaving tire marks in the arena or pasture. The larger the harrow, the less time you will spend on your pasture and arena maintenance throughout the season. All harrows are not created equally, so you will want to look for a unit that provide some of the following attributes: The tines should be designed in such a way that the tines don’t spread apart in the center allowing the area you are working on to be surfaced without clogging or bunching. The harrow should follow the contour of the ground which will provide maximum coverage. The more tines on the harrow, the more effective the harrow will be. Multiple position tines permit higher operating speeds without skipping, jumping, or skimming the surface. Both sides of the unit can be used depending on the application, with one side being more ‘aggressive’ allowing the tines to go deeper into the ground and the flip side less so, this makes it flexible for a variety of conditions. Harrows come in several different sizes and you will need to know what width and length work best for your purposes. Starting at 4’ long x 4’ wide, this size harrow is perfect for small jobs, but you will want something larger if you have a lot of area to cover, or it will take way too long to get the job done. Large harrows can be 8’ long and up to 14’ wide, but these will typically need a good size tractor to tow them and can be too cumbersome for daily small farm usage. An 8’ long by 8’ wide is a great mid-size length for home farm use. If you do have a larger harrow, adding a 3-point hitch so that it can be


picked up as you move it from one area to another can be an upgrade you might want to consider. As you get further into the season, harrows are great for breaking up manure piles in pastures. When manure piles sit in pastures, they can cause bare patches in the grass and can lead to weeds taking over those areas. Manure piles can also harbor fly larva and parasites. Distributing the manure will help with fly management and help keep your parasite load under control by exposing them to the heat and sunlight. Even with regular pasture management, you should always consult with your veterinarian to set up the best parasite control program for your horses. In the summer, harrowing can help stimulate grass growth during otherwise dormant times. It can also be helpful to harrow before you mow so that you can pick up growth that has been trampled down. However, harrowing over weeds can have the unintended consequence of spreading weed seeds. It is worthwhile to have weed management practices in place if you are going to do routine harrowing so that you don’t ruin your pasture by encouraging weed growth inadvertently. Outside of the pasture, the harrow can be used to smooth out drives and walkways and work both indoor and outdoor arenas. In the fall, harrows are great tools for shredding dry leaves and dethatching. In the winter, they can be used to break up ice and iced over snow creating safer paths around your home and barn. There are limitless opportunities to use this handy implement to improve the grounds of your farm, arenas, and pastures. They are quite an economical investment and come in handy any time of year, but they can really make the biggest impact on pasture management in the spring and summer. Lisa Kiley is a lifelong horse enthusiast who has worked in the equine industry and shown horses for many years. She is a proud member of the Cashmans Horse Equipment Team. Cashmans Horse Equipment, located in Delaware, Ohio, has been providing top quality products to the equine and agricultural community for 40 years. They have a commitment to sourcing environmentally conscious merchandise and items made in the U.S.A. Cashmans strives to educate customers and provide products that put safety first so you can enjoy more time with the horses you love.


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Western Reserve Carriage Association

Drive an Equine — Join WRCA PRESIDENT, Jo Ann Murr VICE PRESIDENT, Ann Petersen TREASURER, Ann Petersen SECRETARY, Cathy Rhoades MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY, Henry Rish. WEBSITE,

by Cathy Rhoades Ever the optimist, I am hoping spring is really close! Polar cold February is behind us with longer days, springing forward in time, and the first peeks of flowering bulbs. Hopefully March will go out like a lamb. The board meeting in January had a lot of energy! We elected officers and discussed 2021 events. Officers for 2021: President Jo Ann Murr, Vice President and Treasurer Ann Petersen, and Secretary Cathy Rhoades. Jon Roemer and Barb King remain on the board. Appointments for 2021: Administrative Advisor: Deb Svoboda; Librarian: Sherry Olecki; Membership Secretary: Henry Rish; Events Committee: Jo Ann Murr and Cathy Rhoades;

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Corral Reporter: Cathy Rhoades. We are excited that we are able to still offer winter educational meetings. Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. we had a Zoom meeting. After a brief meeting, the always informative and entertaining Stacey Giere talked about getting your equine prepared to go to the National Drive. Sunday, March 7 Myrna Rhinehart from IVC Carriage Supply will discuss safety on the trail and recreational driving. We will raffle two $50 certificates to IVC to attendees. You may still have time to get the link for this meeting and join our club. Contact Deb Svoboda, 216/5340500 for further information. Driving events are tentatively scheduled. June will be a WRCA drive with some fun opportunities besides trails. Henry is working on a July drive at Howe Meadow. The Roemers are investigating an event at Zoar. The driving dates at Carlisle were in the February Corral and will be on Facebook. The National Drive is having a Spring Fling April 29 through May 2. This is a great opportunity to meet with other

Stacey Giere Fall Clinic. Photo credit: Phyllis Stevens. drivers, take lessons, a clinic or just have fun! If you drive an equine, or want to learn, consider joining WRCA. We can hook you up with local instructors or others


that have a wealth of knowledge they want to share. Contact Henry Rish a for membership information. As always you can check out our website,, or our Facebook page.


The Cowboy Perseverance Ranch

Are You Prepared? by Rob and Tanya Corzatt


don’t think there is any doubt in anyone’s mind that 2020 has been a year that we are glad to see in the rearview mirror, although we are still experiencing some overflow. I have never seen so much division, controversy, fear and anger. Much of these emotions appear to be fueled by the way information is presented or by the lack thereof. I have to admit there are times when I like being naïve to situations that are going on around us, after all, ignorance is bliss…Right?! I am often in awe as to how much Rob seems to know about what all is happening around us, and honestly, I want more of that. Back in March, when COVID-19 was brought to our attention, all the reports were focused on the worse case scenarios causing a lot of fear and panic. I remember the first time I went to the grocery store at the onset of the pandemic,

no one would make eye contact with you, no smiles, no “have a nice day”, it was extremely quiet and it felt very stoic. Selections on food were very slim, toilet paper literally disappeared, and the price became unbelievably high. I became very concerned, after all, if toilet paper is being hoarded then this must be very serious. People were doing all they could to protect their families from the attack of the virus and material shortages. Rob and I have a healthy respect for what is happening, but we also do not want to live in fear. There is a lot of controversy on the do’s and don’ts, the why’s and why nots. Gradually over time, as information had presented itself, I noticed many others asking more and more questions. People were looking more in depth and asking more questions in order to educate themselves about this enemy virus. There have been countless resources for the public to access

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so they may prepare themselves. Like so many, I wanted us to be able to avoid being attacked by this virus but as it turned out the virus did come knocking at our door. Information we had acquired helped us to know what to expect and gave us comfort on how to handle the situation. Reflecting back on how our society immediately began preparing for this threat of COVID-19, it occurred to me that we all need to be as diligent in preparing for spiritual ‘germ’ attacks from Satan. Ephesians 6:10-17 gives us an amazing way to prepare for these spiritual attacks. We need to put on the armor of God! Every piece provides an incredible amount of spiritual protection, but the two that are very fitting for this analogy are the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit. Proverbs 30:5 reminds us that “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” What is the importance of the shield? In a study I did by Priscilla Shirer, she stated that historians said the shields were so large, typically 2 feet wide and 4 feet long. It was made of material that was designed to withstand hard-hitting strokes of their enemies during combat and were capable of covering the whole body of a soldier when he was crouched down. Our shield can be strengthened by educating ourselves in the Word and going to God in prayer. The visual that came to me regarding the shield being able to completely cover a soldier when he was crouched down, is how we need to kneel down to God in prayer. This is an act of humbling ourselves and allowing our Lord to completely cover us with his protection. We will still encounter hard-hitting blows but Ephesians 6:16 confidently tells us to “take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Then it continues to encourage us in Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” With all the concerns during this pandemic, and people remaining cautious with entering public places, many churches have made it possible to participate in a church service from the comfort


Tanya and Rob Corzatt of your own home. Ephesians 6:17 tells us the sword of the Spirit is the word of God. It is critical for us to arm ourselves with the Truth, the word of God! It allows us to prepare for hand to hand combat. Our church, Genoa Baptist Church, has a live radio broadcast every Sunday morning at 11 on 880 AM radio. It’s awesome because I can ask ‘Alexa’, our Echo Dot, to turn on the radio broadcast and she is very willing to do that for me. She’s wonderful! Many churches offer podcasts for listening or you can even watch recorded sermons from their websites. God wants to protect all of us! As times change and situations become more complicated God has given us the technology and knowhow to help us continually grow spiritually in order to prepare and protect ourselves from Satan’s viral attacks. My friends, this has been a wakeup call for me as well! Let us personalize Ephesians 6:10 and 11 for our prayer. ‘ Lord help me be strong in your mighty power. Help me put on the full armor of God so that I can take a stand against the devil’s schemes. Amen!’ Rob and I are so grateful for the opportunity to come into your home through this magazine and the articles God has inspired and blessed us to share. Please know we are giving all of you hugs! As always, may you be blessed on your ride! The Corzatt’s (Rob, Tanya and their son Camdon) own and operate the Cowboy Perseverance Ranch (CPR) in Marengo, Ohio. CPR is a faith based operation and our mission is to build a strong foundation and relationship with our training horses and students. We are blessed to be able to provide western horsemanship lessons infused with biblical scripture to students of all ages. One student has described her time here as “CPR for the soul!” Visit our website at www.cpranch. or follow us on Facebook. March 2021

Colorado Ranger Horse Association

2020 Logging Results and CRHA 48th National Show PRESIDENT, Toni Lukavich; 1ST VICE PRESIDENT, Charmaine Wulff; SECRETARY, Barbara Summerson; TREASURER, Jane Montgomery. WEBSITE, EMAIL,

ADULT $25 DRAWING: Jennifer Fischhaber. YOUTH $25 DRAWING: Ayana Borland. 100 HOURS: Vicki Cross, Saige Clausen, April Harvey, Jerry Lukavich, Emma Snow, Pika Stratton, KayDence Winkelman. 200 HOURS: Erin Worrell, VIcki Borland, Madysen Guay, Ayana Borland. 300 HOURS: Eryn Hicks, Erin Worrell, Victoria LaValley, Charmaine Wulff. 400 HOURS: Eryn Hicks, Alexandrea LaValley, Victoria LaValley.

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Congrats to all the winners! Congratulations to all the riders. Winners should watch their mailboxes for certificates and awards. For more information on CRHA’s events, programs, membership and registration please visit our website, www.

Program Chair Sarah Craig recently announced the 2020 Logging Program Results. YOUNGEST RIDER: Ryder Snow. YOUTH MOST HOURS: Eryn Hicks. ADULT MOST HOURS: Erin Worrell., or find our group on Facebook: Colorado Ranger Horse Assn. The CRHA’S 48th National Show will be held Sept. 18 and 19, 2021 in Lock Haven, Pa. The Board of Directors voted by a majority to leave the show date as the third weekend of September after reviewing responses of all members who replied to the poll for input. The show offers two days of classes for CRHA horses and riders of all ages and abilities. Members and their families enjoy a weekend of showing, a fabulous group dinner and some fun buying a few things at the auction.

KR Klondike Sam and Vicki Cross earned the 100 Hour Award in the 2020 CRHA Logging Program.

Fecal Liquid — Solved! by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. ‘Fecal Liquid’ or sometimes referred to as ‘Fecal Liquid Syndrome’ is very difficult to deal with. It is characterized by normal manure, followed by a stream of liquid. It is messy, irritating to your horse’s skin, and hard to clean up, especially when the weather is cold. While the exact cause is not clear, is appears to be caused by some form of stress, particularly social stressors such as changes in living arrangements, introduction to new horses, excessive travel, or the loss of a close buddy. Changes in turnout or exercise schedules can exacerbate digestive disturbances, as can abruptly changing the diet, whether it be a new hay, commercial feed, or supplement. Ulcers can also lead to this condition, so it is important to rule those out and take measures to prevent ulcers such as 24/7 access to forage, and room to roam.[1] But in all these situations, the underlying problem is inflammation within the hindgut. The cure may be sodium butyrate. Sodium butyrate, also known as ‘butyric acid,’ is not new to the horse. In fact, your horse produces it daily as a product of fiber digestion, along with two other volatile fatty acids

(VFAs), propionic and acetic acids. Together, these three VFAs provide energy to the horse’s cells. When butyric acid is added as a supplement,[2] it can help maintain a healthy intestinal mucosal lining by reducing inflammatory molecules known as cytokines and providing energy for intestinal cells. Sodium butyrate does more than reduce fecal liquid.[3] It makes the horse healthier by combating harmful changes in the microbiome that can lead to reduced immune function, poor performance, irritable behavior, and even the inability to gain weight. Butyric acid also helps the insulin resistant horse through its ability to increase hormones that work toward keeping blood sugar levels stable. When supplementing it, always start with a ‘pinch’ to allow the horse to become accustomed to the new taste, which can smell somewhat like soured milk. Just a little bit of trivia...butter is high in butyric acid, hence the name. But it is not recommended that you feed butter to your horse! BOTTOM LINE Sodium butyrate is beneficial for any digestive disturbance, but the one that seems to cause the most frustration is fecal liquid. By nourishing the intestinal cells, and reducing inflammation, you

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Water Crossing Training by Robert Eversole


ihydrogen Monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands every year. Cocoa knows this and has consistently refused to get anywhere near the stuff. Unfortunately her job description requires her to frequently cross bodies of the substance. Dihydrogen (H2) Monoxide (O) is of course water and water crossings are the bane of many trail riders. Cocoa and I are no exception as I discovered during one of her first packing experiences. A tiny stream that I could easily step across in one stride, and shallow enough that if I were to walk through would not touch the top of my shoes, was enough to derail the ride in short order. Thank you Cocoa, for the opportunity! Preparing a horse, or mule, to steadily and selfconfidently cross water takes planning, patience, and practice. This is how Cocoa and I went from refusing puddles to confidently crossing rivers.

Planning Nature tells Cocoa that bodies of water are full of alligators ready and waiting to turn her into lunch. So, all things considered, she’d much rather stay high and dry, thank you very much. To turn this landlubber into a veritable seadog some planning and forethought is required. Living on the edge of a desert (it’s true, most of Washington State is high-desert) I have to drive over an hour to get somewhere with reliable water crossings. So I wanted to recreate easier to get to water obstacles at home. In this case I started with a tarp and a running hose. After that hurdle we progressed to a natural depression in the ground that I filled with water. Neither of these bears much resemblance to a moving stream, but they’re the closest I can get without driving or hiring an excavator. Once Cocoa’s doing well with our faux stream we’ll start hauling to a real river and continue our training efforts there.


In this I try to make our desired outcome, ‘crossing the water’, the easiest solution. For example as long as Cocoa is facing the water we’re good. When she plants her feet and refuses to step forward willingly we move our feet. I may not be able to make her step forward but I can certainly make her take a step to one side or another. And in the process move ever so slightly closer to the water hazard. With every step closer to the water I release the pressure and praise her. I call keeping her feet moving when she’s not ready to stand quietly in the water, the yoyo game. Once she’s relaxed we try for another step. And another. Then another after that.

Wet tarp

Practice Once we’ve gotten that first crossing under our belt (or is that cinch?) it’s time to reinforce the skill with practice and grow the size of Cocoa’s happy place. Once she was good with a watery tarp we moved to a water filled depression in the yard, then to a small rivulet in a trail, then to an honest to goodness river crossing. Each subsequent success was built upon the accomplishment of the obstacle before it. By varying the type of water obstacle (depth, current, clear vs muddy, narrow stream vs, wide river) I’m teaching Cocoa that water is water regardless of type and I believe that this generalization will help us when approaching different water passages in the future. Water crossings are going to happen. We’ll all be better off if we make the time and effort now to acquaint our horses and mules to this fact of trail riding now and on our terms. My method seeks to avoid a battle of the wills and instead tries to make the obstacle an area of rest and relaxation. It takes time, but avoids drama. As always, for more information on trail riding and camping with horses as well as the world’s largest guide to horse trails and camps in the world please visit

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Small rivulet in a trail

Cocoa’s fear of strange water is natural, and I want to use our training to fill in the Cocoa coloring book with as many positive experiences as possible. To me this means looking at our training efforts as an ongoing process vs. a singular event and using methods that acclimate her to new challenges in degrees.

Robert ‘The TrailMeister’ Eversole owns and operates the largest horse trail and horse camp guide in the world, www.TrailMeister. com. When he’s not speaking with horse and mule riders at events across the US, writing regular feature columns in leading equine publications including the Horsemen’s Corral, Robert can be found riding and packing trail maintenance crews into wilderness areas throughout the Pacific Northwest.



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OHC is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to:

[ supporting horse owners to access public lands for recreational use, [ working collaboratively with land management agencies and trail user groups to preserve and protect Ohio’s trails, [ promoting and educating horse owners about ownership, responsibility, and benefits of riding, and [ preservation of the great outdoors for future generations. Ohio Horseman’s Council supports all ages of rider, all riding disciplines and all breeds of equine.

OHC Elected Officials

Left to Right: Jim Wallace, Vice President (Lorain County); Catherine Estill, Secretary (Warren County); Eric Estill, President (Warren County); Jo Ellen Reikowski, Treasurer (Stark County). 68

Overcoming obstacles, whether it’s Covid-19 or clearing hazards along the trail, By Eric Estill, President-Ohio Horseman’s Council, Inc.

2020 was the year of cancellations. It was a year that I was happy I’m retired and living in the country. Most of our State Rides were cancelled. Our Fall general membership meeting was cancelled. Some chapters held meetings, some cancelled. We cancelled the January 2021 winter meeting. Our Spring 2021 general membership meeting is postponed to a later date, to be determined. Hopefully by this summer we will reach “herd immunity” and life will return to normal. OHC has a good State Ride schedule planned again this year. The first State Ride is in June at Caesar Creek State Park hosted by the Greene County Chapter. I’m hopeful that the Coronavirus vaccine program will be successful by June and we will be able to hold all of our State Rides this year. If there are still restrictions in place, OHC will work with the local health department to safely hold events.

You can find the State Ride calendar in this newsletter and on the OHC website at Click on “News” on the home page. You will find other current topics of interest in the “News” section. While you are on the website, check out the many other resources. The “Documents” section holds a wealth of information for all OHC members and for chapter officers. The “Ohio Trails” section holds detailed information, including a printable map on horse trails throughout Ohio. You can find a trail by looking at the overall trail map or by searching the list. You can find detailed information on all the OHC local chapters in the “Find Chapter” section of the website.

Last year I talked about the Ohio Trails Vision, an effort by Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to establish a trail within 5 miles of all Ohio residents. Horse trails are included in the plan. ODNR has added HORSEMEN’S CORRAL

an interactive trail map to the trails site at You can use this site at home to find a trail that you would like to ride. After you arrive at the trailhead, go to the site on your smart phone and click on “INTERACTIVE MAP”. This will launch the app on your smart phone. After you click on a trail, the app will show you your current location on the trail. The app will not only help you from getting lost, it will allow you to pinpoint features on the trail. Suppose that you find a tree down across the trail and want to report the location to your chapter’s trail maintenance team. You can find the precise location of the downed tree.

All the horse trails in Ohio exist because volunteers made the trail and maintain the trail. OHC volunteers provide most of this volunteer work. Please consider volunteering some of your time if you aren’t already. There are many ways that you can help. You can join your chapter’s trail maintenance team. You can help your chapter raise money to support the trail work. You can volunteer to help manage your chapter by holding a leadership position in your chapter. You can help coordinate with the landowners in your area that allow us to have horse trails. You will find it rewarding to volunteer. You will meet people and make new friends. You will learn things that will help you improve your own property. Happy Trails! Eric Estill, President Ohio Horseman’s Council, Inc.

Your membership contributes to the preservation of Ohio’s bridle trails and a voice at state and national levels supporting your right to equine ownership and recreational use of public lands. March 2021

Member Benefits Membership in OHC is unique because your fees are a contribution to the future of Ohio’s bridle trails and the equine industry. OHC has members in most all Ohio counties and neighboring states.Membership in Ohio Horseman’s Council is effective on an annual basis from January 1 to December 31. You can apply as an individual, family, youth or association. Members may join an Ohio county chapter, or support OHC without chapter affiliation as an At Large member. You do not have to be a resident of Ohio to join.

Adventure Awaits.

There are THREE ways to join or renew:

1) Join or renew online at takes less than 5 minutes and is easy, safe and secure.Select the online option (Renew/Join) in the upper right corner of the page and pay with credit card via paypal. 2) If you don’t want to have a financial transaction online, just fill out the membersip form online but pass your check or cash to the chapter treasurer for the chapter where you are renewing or joining.

3) Contact the chapter’s treasurer and request a form or download a form from the chapter page. Fill it out and send it in!

Visit for a complete list of chapter and state officer contacts.

As a member, you have access to many equine-related products and services that include competitively priced liability insurance, discounts from American Horse Council vendors such as Office Depot, John Deere and others as well as local chapters who have retailers with incentives. Visit for a full list of benefits and discounts.

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Volunteers Make a Difference for Ohio’s Trails OHC Motto: “Horsemen Helping Horsemen”

Chuck Lofton, Belmont County Member Receives Prestigious Gibby Award In 2020 school and serving in the army did

Don Wagner, OHC Trails Chairman, Chuck Lofton, Gibby Recipient and Rick Patterson, OHC Merit Award Chairman.

he finally get his first horse. As a result, many equestrians in Ohio and Pennsylvania can appreciate his efforts that started in the 1960’s cutting trails in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania as well as working side-by-side with Wilbur “Gibby” Gibson to establish the trail system at Barkcamp State Park.

Chuck Lofton and Jim Bolon, PresidentBelmont County OHC Chapter, ride out to inspect trails at Barkcamp.

Congratulations to Chuck Lofton of Dillonville, OH for well-deserved recognition as a volunteer who has worked tirelessly in development and maintenance of bridle trails. A passion for horses started at a very young age, but not until after high

REPORTING YOUR TRAIL MILES AND TIME IN THE SADDLE OHC members are encouraged to log and report miles and saddle hours so information can be shared with private and public land managers. This documents our use of the trails and commitment to maintain, improve and expand trail systems and facilities in the state. OHC awards individual accomplishments in both trail miles and saddle hours. A variety of activities qualify, including trail riding, driving, showing and training. Sue and Chuck Lofton with their celebratory cake and Gibby award. 70

Report your miles and saddle hours to your chapter. HORSEMEN’S CORRAL

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Volunteers Make a Difference For Ohio’s Trails OHC Motto: “Horsemen Helping Horsemen”

2021 Grant Money Awards Will Benefit All Equestrians


Ohio Horseman’s Council annual monetary grant programs are “designed to give assistance for equine-related projects that build relationships and enhance the community.” There is a $5000 Matching Grant distributed to one or more chapters and a $750 Regional Monetary Grant awarded to a county chapter within each of the five regions in the State of Ohio.

Members are encouraged to log their volunteer hours to be shared with land management agencies, as evidence of our dedication to the maintenance and improvement to Ohio’s bridle trails. Report your work hours to your chapter officers before the end of each year.

Application must clearly show the need and cost. Proof of work completed is due by year end. The winners, locations of the work to be completed and the type of work are announced below. Congratulations to the chapters and equestrians who will enjoy the benefits.

Please be responsible stewards of the trails. Water is the #1 cause of trail damage. Water pools in the indentation caused by a hoof print and it turns to mud as we ride through. Please stay off muddy trails because more damage will be caused to the trail. For many years grant money has been spent on fixing trails due to mud, water drainage and other environmental impact. Please do your part and respect trail conditions.

2021 OHC CHAPTER GRANT WINNERS Licking County Clark County Wood County Belmont County Delaware County

$750 Grants trail repair @ Dillon State Park trail repair @ Buck Creek State Park trail improvements @ Van Buren State Park trail repair @ Barkcamp State Park trail repair @ Alum Creek State Park

OHC members routinely volunteer their time, energy and material resources to repair and maintain trails in Ohio for all riders to enjoy!

$5000 Matching Grants Preble County $2000 for trail repairs @ Hueston Woods State Park Erie County $1300 for tie lines @ Edison Woods Preserves Lorain County $1500 for trail repair @ Charlemont Reservation Wood County $200 for trail improvements @ Van Buren State Park

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State Trail Rides—Learn your way around! What is a State Trail Ride? State rides were started to show fellow equestrians the trails system in a particular area. Now the rides are a yearly activity organized and hosted by the local county chapter. Riders can ride in groups or ride alone. Expect plenty of food, equestrian camaraderie and entertainment. OHC non-members are encouraged to attend. Come for a day or camp the weekend.






Visit for maps to more than 1,800 miles of Ohio bridle trails along with details about each trail including camping amenities, trail mileage and more. 72




June 11, 12, 13 Caesar Creek State Park Hosted by Greene County OHC Contact: Herb Rider 937-372-9829 or Mickie Newnam - August 2-5 Barkcamp State Park Work Days Hosted by OHC State Trail Committee Contact : Don Wagner or 740-350-2780 Attendance Reservations Required & Camping Reservations Required thru OHC contact OHC Reservations Contact : Charlene Santee or 740-323-1433 AND August 6, 7, 8 Barkcamp State Park Gibby Memorial Ride Attendance Reservations Required & Camping Reservations Required thru OHC contact OHC Reservations Contact: Charlene Santee or 740-323-1433 Aug. 20, 21, 22 Cuyahoga Valley N. P. Attendance Reservations Required Hosted by Medina County OHC Contact: Rosemary Young or 440-884-7994 Sept. 2-6 Scioto Trail State Forest Hosted by Fairfield County OHC Contact : Chris Streitenberger or 740-703-7740 Sept. 17, 18, 19 Mohican State Forest Attendance Reservations Required Hosted by Ashland County OHC Contact: Mike Gerard or 330-262-4537 Sept. 24, 25, 26 Van Buren State Park Attendance Reservations Required Camp Site Reservations Through Hosted by NW Region Attendance Reservations Contact: Al Sidell or 419-680-2036 Oct. 1, 2, 3 Hueston Woods State Park Hosted by Preble County OHC Camp Site Reservations Through Attendance Reservations Contact: Donn Buckingham - or 937-417-4358

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Where to Ride

SW Region-Hueston Woods State Park

Trails at Hueston Woods are maintained by Preble County OHC chapter and is the site of a yearly state trail ride.

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Where to Ride

NW Region-Van Buren State Park

Trails at Van Buren State Park are easy and picturesque to ride and equestrians can enjoy a horseman’s campground with 30 sites which 8 have electric, non potable water and highlines and restrooms.



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Where to Ride

CEN Region-Kiser Lake State Park

Kiser Lake has 8 miles of easy to moderate riding of primitive, single file trails through rolling, wooded hills.

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Where to Ride

NE Region-Beaver Creek State Park

There is a huge campground with 99 sites, shelter house, high lines, non-potable water and restrooms. 30 miles of trails, riders will enjoy many creek and river crossings, some of them wide and deep, depending on weather, as well as scenic overlooks and historical markers related to locks and lockkeeper houses from the Sandy/Beaver Canal. 76


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Where to Ride

SE Region-Hocking Hills State Forest

Hocking Hills State Forest is a popular place to ride. There is a public campground located on Keister Rd with recent improvements including larger sites for rigs, electric and new restrooms.Camping is first come, first served.There is a group campground available nearby. Fourty miles of moderate to challenging trails for riders to “oooh” and “ahhh” at the unexpected scenery in this Ohio bridle trail system maintained by Fairfield County OHC chapter along with other trail partners.

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