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Kentucky After Christmas Sale.........................Cover & Page 5 Hidden Treasure - Crystal Lyons............................ 6 Decorating Your Barn For Christmas .................10 A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer................................11 Classifieds ..................................................................12 Holiday Recipes............................................................ 13, 21 What To Look For In A Trail Horse Or Mule – Finding Cocoa -Robert Eversole...................... 16-17 Western Dressage: Riding The Hot Horse On The Trail Lynn Palm...................................................................18 Calendar Of Events............................................ 20-21

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HIDDEN TREASURE by Crystal Lyons


t’s amazing what you can find out when simply scooping poop. The other day I had a most interesting conversation with a guy while we were both cleaning stalls. Slight of build, weathered face and small town, country boy to the core, who just enjoys working as a local mechanic. I knew he had fought in the Vietnam war, but that was about it. But this particular evening I got curious enough to ask more questions. What got uncovered that evening wasn’t just buried horse manure. He joined the Navy soon after graduating high school in 72 and became a chopper pilot. A new thing was being done at that time, called “Navy Seals”. He was numbered among 314 men who tried out for 13 slots to join with Seal Team 1 for specific assignments. There was the running and swimming… and MORE running and swimming and Hell Week to see who can take it and who can’t. They went through drills where they took choppers so many thousand feet up and then shut the engines off, and while it’s dropping like a rock out of the sky they had to fire up both engines and regain control. These things won him the “privilege” to go through MORE torturous training like SERE (Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape) where each applicant spends time as a POW being tortured. What he said concerning the affect it had on him when SERE was over, was something I’ve been told is the same for EVERY man who goes through that. When they raised Old Glory over the camp he said, “I cried like a baby!” Remember back when they were evacuating people out of Saigon? He was one of the chopper pilots involved. What was supposed to be a simple extraction lasting no more than a day or so went on for 31 days. He lost count of the trips he flew day after day with little sleep. His eyes teared up recalling the memory of having to push people off the chopper so they could carry the ones they had to safety. This man now lives a simple life with FEW possessions. He works hard, enjoys living a predictable routine that most of us would consider unbearably monotonous and boring. I’ve known this man for four or five years and never cared enough to discover what was there. I judged him as having never done anything outside his present lifestyle. I therefore figured, why open the door for more conversation than the polite niceties we do just to be sociable? I figured a deeper conversation with him would be one that would cause me to be looking for an exit door so as to rescue myself from “death by sheer boredom”. I couldn’t have been more wrong!

After hearing just a little about his experiences in Vietnam working with Seal Team 1, I now realize WHY he is how he is. With God’s help, he kicked the drugs and alcoholism he had embraced as a means to escape, and he now actually LIKES himself and… LIFE. He’s a genuinely happy individual with an incredibly tender heart. He ended our stall cleaning chore with these words, “I never knew I could actually enjoy life. I knew OF God, but it wasn’t until I allowed Jesus IN that I experienced real JOY!” With a broad smile and genuine happy eyes he walked away. “You can’t judge a book by its cover” was never truer words! I have new respect for this simple man, who in fact… isn’t nearly so simple as I thought. What you can discover while scooping poop and “looking closer” is sometimes amazing!

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t’s the holiday season, and everyone wants to decorate their homes- even the horses! Well, maybe your horses really just want to eat the Christmas decorations. But we bet your clients, family, and friends would love to see your barn lit up for the holidays. You can safely decorate your barn for the holidays with just a few simple precautions. Soon, everyone will be in the holiday spirit! Get some wreaths and hang them on stall doors, tack room doors, etc., just make sure that they are out of any horse’s reach. If you desire to, buy some mini horse models or little horse related items (or find them around your house) and work them into the wreath. Boughs of holly sound nice, but you’re better off with plain pine from the Christmas tree lot. Holly, and its holiday friend mistletoe, are both toxic to horses. Poinsettias, another holiday favorite, are also toxic to animals and humans, you don’t want those around your barn, no matter how pretty! If you are adding Christmas lights to your barn, you’re probably digging out your extension cords. We tend to think extension cords can be used for anything, and in all kinds of conditions, but they actually pose a serious fire risk if used improperly. Take a moment to look over these extension cord safety tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International. Always keep extension cords uncovered and touch them periodically to check for heat. Overloaded extension cords will feel hot to the touch. Lessen your fire risk by unplugging your decorations when you leave the barn at night. If you’d like to show off

your farm’s holiday spirit all night long, battery-powered Christmas lights can be found at any home improvement store. Because you can never be too cautious with your horses’ safety, we recommend using them on a structure away from the barn, such as your mailbox or farm sign. Any Christmas lights for your barn should be LED. Not only are LED lights significantly more friendly to the environment (and your electric bill), they also run cooler than oldfashioned light bulbs. But the advantages of LED Christmas lights don’t stop at safety. While LED bulbs cost a little more to purchase up front, in the long run home and barn owners who put Christmas light displays up every year can save quite a lot of money on both energy and replacement strands. If your boarders and clients want to decorate stalls, it’s important to lay some ground rules first. That way, nobody gets hurt — or gets their feelings hurt. Make a simple Christmas decoration policy for your barn: yes to ribbons and stockings hung out of a horse’s reach, no to stringing Christmas lights on stall fronts. Remind everyone of the danger of toxic “seasonal” plants. And ask everyone to chip in on safety, keeping an eye out for any decorations that might have drooped, checking cords and wires periodically for warmth, and unplugging lights at the end of the day. Everyone loves to decorate the barn for Christmas! Like anything involving horses, extra precautions must be taken to keep your decorations safe for everyone. Luckily, you just need a few safety practices to keep your barn both beautiful and safe for the holidays. horsemansnews.com


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A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer I ain’t much good at prayin’, and you may not know me, LordI ain’t much seen in churches where they preach Thy Holy Word, But you may have observed me out here on the lonely plains, A-looking after cattle, feelin thankful when it rains, Admirin’ Thy great handiwork, the miracle of grass, Aware of thy kind spirit in the way it comes to pass That hired men on horseback and the livestock that we tend Can look up at the stars at night and know we’ve got a Friend. So here’s ol’ Christmas comin’ on, remindin’ us again Of Him whose coming brought good will into the hearts of men A cowboy ain’t no preacher, Lord, but if you’ll hear my prayer, I’ll ask as good as we have got for all men everywhere.

Don’t let no hearts be bitter, Lord; don’t let no child be cold. Make easy beds for them that’s sick, and them that’s weak and old. Let kindness bless the trail we ride, no matter what we’re after, And sorta keep us on Your side, in tears as well as laughter. I’ve seen old cows a-starvin’, and it ain’t no happy sight; Please don’t leave no one hungry, Lord, on Thy good Christmas Night, No man, no child, no woman, and no critter on four feetI’ll aim to do my best to help You find ‘em chuck to eat. I’m just a sinful cowpoke, Lord -ain’t got no business prayin’ But still I hope You’ll ketch a word or two what I am sayin’ We speak of Merry Christmas, Lord - I reckon You’ll agree There ain’t no Merry Christmas for nobody that ain’t free. So one thing more I’ll ask You, Lord, just help us what you can, To save some seed for freedom for the future sons of man! S. Omar Barker

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Ranch Club Crescent Roll Tree 2 cans of refrigerated Pillsbury crescent rolls Half pound of deli turkey chopped I cup shredded cheese 4 tablespoons ranch 8 slices microwave bacon chopped 4-6 scallions chopped Heat oven to 350°F Mix the chopped turkey, shredded cheese bacon and chopped scallions together in a bowl. Unroll dough; separate into 2 long rectangles. Press each into rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal. Place a small amount of the mixture on each rectangle covering the whole surface except for the edges, you want to leave a seam to help with sealing the rolls up. Roll up each rectangle into a log, sealing them at the seam. Slice the log and place the slices in a Christmas tree pattern on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 17 minutes or

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We work to alleviate the suffering and senseless slaughter of domestic equine and to provide an environment for rehabilitation and carefully select adoptive homes At the age of 12 Victoria rescued her first horse. Since 1968 she has always taken in the horses that everyone has given up, trying to turn their life around by giving them one last chance. In 1991, orphaned nurse mare foals were brought to Victoria’s attention. Since then, Nurse Mare Foal Rescue is our main priority and has progressively grown to save THOUSANDS of foals. We offer a neonatal and intensive care facility for orphan nurse mare foals. We provide the foals with the necessary attention in order to secure a future in adoptive homes. Annually, we save 150-200 throw away foals from a certain death and provide them with the opportunity to a healthy life. One or two at a time, horses have come in and out of her life inspiring her to firmly believe that there is always a horse out there in need of refuge, and always a need for someone to feel responsible and intervene on that animal’s behalf. Establishing the Last Chance Corral in 1986 was the realization of her vision of creating a muchneeded facility to offer horses asylum. Today, the Last Chance Corral proudly offers horses hope, shelter, and opportunity regardless of their situation or problems. Be it psychological

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What to look for in a TRAIL HORSE or MULE – Finding Cocoa • How does she interact with people? Hearing “pocket pony” made a lot of sense especially given her job of being cute. However, having an 800lb animal in your space begging for apples may not be a good thing. I like critters to respect my personal space unless I ask them to approach, not before. • What’s her medical history look like? Ask about vaccination history, deworming information, recent Coggins testing, dental exams, last teeth floating and any medical issues. Nancy was very forthcoming about a stifle issue, and that other than Cocoa was due for a pedicure and vaccinations, there were no issues. Once these initial questions were satisfactorily answered it was time for an in person interview. DISPOSITION I’ve said for years, to many thousands of people around the nation, that I thought the perfect trail mount would be an Icelandic Mule. Well, I finally found one while leading trail riding clinics in Canada. Meet Cocoa. Cocoa is a 13.1 hand molly mule out of an Icelandic mare. She’s 14 years old and as green as the grass in Washington where she’s lived for the past 8 years with Nancy and her job was to be cute and eat apples. Cocoa is VERY good at being cute and eating apples. However there’s a lot more to helping a mule find the great trail mount within than being cute and eating apples. They need to pass numerous disposition and health checks before they can come home. Here’s what I think we should look for before you buy. Before meeting Cocoa, furry face to furry face I had a lot of questions for Nancy. I think every potential buyer needs to ask these initial questions, at a minimum, of every seller of an animal. • What’s her disposition like? I’m not a fan of drama so words like “kind, curious, sweet, and easy going” are important to me. • What does she do or has been asked to do? Had I not been looking for an opportunity to train I would have passed on an animal whose sole career has consisted of “being cute and eating apples”. For most trail riders I would ask about what experiences, and training, the animal has had. • How does she interact with other members of the herd? Cocoa’s position at the bottom of the herd pecking order was to me a good thing as I believe that such animals are already habituated to following a leader. They’re content to stay in the background and avoid any heated encounters. I just need to be that good and benign leader for her. 16

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The most important trait that I’m looking for is a good disposition. An animal with a kind and willing disposition is much easier to work with and train for the challenges that it will be asked to face. Unless you like drama on your rides, look for an animal that is neither over reactive nor has an overly high flight instinct. A calm, curious, and willing disposition will help a good trail mount to stand quietly while tied, remain calm on the edge of a mountain, and get along with other horses in camp (as well as cows, dogs, elk, and deer). Cocoa’s curious, friendly disposition won me over immediately. Yes, I’m a sucker for a kind eye! Beyond the kind eye was a willingness to let a stranger pick up her feet, allow me to touch her all over her body, and be led away from her herd and friends. All that being said, I’m not an expert and rely on people with a far greater level of experience than I. Thankfully I have Ed Haefliger, a noted mule expert on the west coast. My first phone call after meeting Cocoa was to Ed asking if he and Sue would look at Cocoa with me the following week. Having someone more knowledgeable and objective than you is a valuable resource to take advantage of. Beyond the “kind eye” other observations that I noted during our first in person meetings included: • Observing her motion while being led. Is her walk surefooted and even? Cocoa walked forward without any indication of stiffness or lameness. • Ask to see the horse groomed to observe its habits when handled. Cocoa stood like a statue and allowed me to pick up, and manipulate each hoof, as well as rub her all about her HorseNRanchMag.com

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animal is perfect and if examined rigorously enough, faults can be found. Knowing what the animal’s job will be helps the veterinarian determine if she’ll be sound and serviceable for that job. For this exam Doc Smith went through 18 different points that encompassed Cocoa’s overall body condition. These exams looked at every part of Cocoa from nose to tail. Most results were within a reasonable range but a few issues of concern were noted. • Skin condition – It was noted that Cocoa tends to shed out later than the herd of horses that she lives with. Delayed shedding is a symptom of Cushings Disease. We’ll run diagnostic tests on her in the coming year. • Hoof condition – Cocoa had thrush in all four feet. In the wet conditions of western Washington it’s fairly common. With good farrier care, regular exercise and proper hoof hygiene she should be as good as new.

body and ears. • Check for basic conformation and look for signs of blemishes or uneven wear of the feet and shoes. Other than being a bit cow-hocked Cocoa seemed to be in fine shape other than a bit portly. An inspection of her feet showed that she was due for a trim but little else of concern. • Observe its action as it is led to and away from you, both at a walk and a jog. I should have asked Nancy to lead her but instead I walked Cocoa and did my best to verify that her gait was easy, equal, and in line. Upon their meeting with Cocoa both Ed and Sue recommended that I take her home. Sue was impressed with Cocoa’s curiosity and friendliness to strangers. I do believe that had I passed on her, Sue would have taken Cocoa home that day! CONFORMATION AND HEALTH Of course disposition isn’t the only consideration. A TrailMeister team member needs to do a lot more than be cute and eat apples! We work hard during the summer months and everyone on the team has to be able to keep up. For Cocoa this means that she’ll need to be able to pack and ride for long days in the high mountains. Again, this is an area where I look to the experts. So even though I was excited, and wanted to load the trailer before Nancy changed her mind, I called on Doc Smith of the Kulshan Veterinary Hospital in Bellingham WA. for a comprehensive pre-purchase examination.

• Luxating patella – In layman’s terms, she’s got a trick knee. Fortunately the condition can be mitigated through exercise. Pre-purchase exams aren’t pass / fail tests. They are simply a data set that helps you as a buyer make the most informed decision. In this case I felt that I could live with her flaws. The next steps will be the hard ones as I take a green as grass mule and help her gain a foundation as an honest worker. Stay tuned!

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PALM PARTNERSHIP TRAINING™ Building a Partnership with Your Horse By Lynn Palm

RIDING THE HOT HORSE ON THE TRAIL Our series on “training outside the box” continues with another training tip for dealing with common trail training issues: dealing with the horse that is “hot” while on the trail. What is a “hot” horse? I am not referring to a horse’s body temperature; I am referring to a nervous horse. This is the horse that is tense and moves quickly. He may toss his head, jump around, rear, and maybe even buck. To use a human description, he appears as if he could “fly off the handle” at any moment. When dealing with a hot horse, it is really important that the rider does warmup exercises both on the ground and under saddle to be physically prepared for riding. It is equally important to warm up the horse by longeing to allow him to release his inner energy. Doing some in-hand groundwork exercises and under saddle maneuvers before going out on the trail will help the horse focus on the rider. Before going out on the ride, be prepared! Check the weather. Do not go out if it is windy or if a storm is approaching. These conditions will only make the nervous horse more anxious and less likely to focus on you. When tacking up for a trail ride, place a halter over the bridle and bring a soft, flat cotton longe line along on the ride. I’ll explain how and when to use these items later. When you plan the trail ride, go with ONE other horse and rider, not a group! Ask a friend who has a quiet, experienced trail horse to accompany you. If the hot horse begins to get nervous while on the trail, the experienced horse will give him confidence and can be used to pony him. Select a trail where the terrain is simple and easy to negotiate. Let the hot horse take the lead for a while, then ask the experienced horse to ride alongside. Continue down the trail side-by-side for a while, then shift the hot horse behind the experienced partner. During the periods when the horses are traveling single file, mix in some lateral work, yielding left and right. Do simple transitions from walk to slow trot and back to walk. Stop several times. Dismount, lead the horses, and remount. The idea is to do many different things to help keep the hot horse’s focus, slow down his thinking, and direct his attention to you and not on getting nervous! Keep the trail ride short. The shorter the better so the hot horse has a chance to experience a quiet time without the chance of being disturbed. As you and your horse progress to taking longer rides, make sure to stay with the same routine. Your Next Step… Here are three ways to deal positively with a horse that gets hot, nervous,

upset, or uncontrollable on the trail: #1: The best thing to do is have the friend riding the experienced horse pony you and the hot horse. Take out the longe line you have been carrying on the ride and thread it through the hot horse’s halter so it is over his nose and snapped to the opposite side of the halter. While you stay centered and relaxed on the hot horse, ask your friend to control him by ponying him from the experienced horse. Because you will not be pulling on the reins and his mouth, the hot horse will have a good chance to settle down. #2: Get off the hot horse and attach the longe line to his halter as I described above. When a horse is nervous or upset, he will have a tendency to jump on top of you. Use the “move away” command and toss the longe line towards him so he moves away from you. Let him settle down while you stay on the ground. #3: Remain mounted, but mentally patient, relaxed, and positive. Keep your body relaxed and as centered on the horse as possible. Continue to ride as if the horse is nice and calm. The horse should settle down in a short time. Lynn’s Training Tip… You can calm the nervous or hot horse with training, but you can never change his personality or temperament. If this type of horse frightens or worries you, or if he makes you feel less confident or nervous—this type of horse is not suited for you. Mentally anticipate your horse’s reactions to outdoor situations. The more positive and confident you are, the more confident your horse will be. Riding really is a mental sport. One of the best resources I know of to help riders conquer the mental aspects of riding is “That Winning Feeling,” a book written by my friend and Olympic Dressage rider Jane Savoie. No matter what discipline you ride, Jane’s experience and advice will help “program” your mind for peak performance. She will teach you how to banish negative thoughts, conquer selfdoubt, and be the rider your horse deserves.

PALM PARTNERSHIP TRAINING ™ Building a Partnership with Your Horse

We love to share our dressage backgrounds and knowledge with you and would love to have you come ride with us. You can join us at our farm in Ocala, Florida, or at one of our Ride Well Clinics on our USA Tour at a location near you. If you would like to train with Lynn & Cyril at home with Western Dressage, take advantage of the following supportive training materials: BOOKS: “Head To Toe Horsemanship” “Western Dressage—A Guide to Take You to Your First Show” “A Rider Guide to Real Collection” DVDS: “Dressage Principles for the Western Horse & Rider” Volume 1 Parts 1-5 “Dressage Principles for the Western & English Horse & Rider” Volume 2, Parts 1-3 “Let Your Horse Be Your Teacher” Parts 1&2 For more information about training courses, educational materials and much more, please visit www.lynnpalm.com or call 800-503-2824.


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Calendar of Events

HORSE/TACK SALES & ADOPTIONS First Monday of month - Burrell Horse Auction, Horse & Tack Sale: Tack 6:30, Horse 8:00; 6450 Bates Pike, Cleveland TN , 423-472-0805 SECOND SATURDAY: Gleason, TN. West TN Auction Barn. 330 Fence Rd. Tack 5:30 pm. Horses 8 pm. Info: Chucky Greenway 731-571-8198 SECOND & FOURTH SATURDAY: Scotts Hill, TN. Scotts Hill Stockyard. Info: James Linville 731-549-3523. www.facebook.com/ scottshillstockyard

MEETINGS First Tuesday of every month National Racking Horse Assoc, Choo Choo Chapter meets at Wally’s Restaurant in East Ridge Tn @ 7pm. New members and visitors always welcome! Jerry Clark 423-667-0440 Fourth Thursday of every month Gordon County Saddle Club monthly meeting @ Gordon County Agricultural Service Center Visitors welcome! Info: (770) 548-5956 Monthly Club meetings are held the first Monday of every month except July, there is no July meeting due to Wagon Train Murray County Saddle Club.com Monthly meeting, the 1st working Monday night of the month. Board meeting at 6:00 followed by membership meeting at 7:00 and a pot luck dinner. Bartow County Saddle Club bartowcountysaddleclub.org Catoosa County Saddle Club facebook.com/catoosacountysaddleclub

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RODEO Tennessee HS Rodeo Association http://tnhsra.com Lebanon, TN Feb 29-Mar 1 Decaturville, TN (NOTE DATE CHANGE) Apr 4/5 - Hodges,AL May 2/3 - Martin, TN May 28-30 - FINALSMartin, TN (NOTE DATE CHANGE) Dec 6-8 Lucky Dog in Memphis Agricenter Showplace Arena Friday: 2:00pm Saturday: 8:30am Sunday: 9:30am Dec 13-14 Cullman Sheriff’s Jimmy Arrington Memorial Rodeo Cullman AG Center Cullman, Alabama Friday: 7:30pm Saturday: 7:30pm Dec 21 Friend Valley Barrels & Poles Friend Valley Ranch City/State Thorn Hill, Tennessee Jan 24-25 SEBRA National Finals Miller Coliseum Murfreesboro, Tennessee Friday: 7:30pm Saturday: 7:30pm Barrel Racing Bull Riding

QUARTER HORSE SHOWS www.tqha.org Dec. 6-8 Region 3 - Hillbilly Classic, Harriman, TN, 4 judges BARREL RACING www.ibra.us; www.nbha.com Dec 7 NBHA State Line Arena Ringgold GA Taylor White 423-313-4473 Dec 14 NBHA - Southern Middle TN Pavilion Winchester TN Lana Blankenship 931-247-2340 Dec 21 Thorn Hill, TN Friend Valley Ranch Jackie Neff or Megan Greene 423-963-0932 or 423-358-3020 DRESSAGE www.TNDressage.com; www.tvdcta.org TRAIL RIDES/TRAIL CHALLENGE/ENDURANCE www.aerc.org CLINICS / CLASSES www.eventclinics.com AGRICENTER SHOWPLACE ARENA http://www.agricenter.org/events Dec 6-8 Lucky Dog Barrel Race www.luckydograces.com, or call 870-930-7717. Dec 28 Liberty Bowl Rodeo call 901-795-7700 or visit their website at www. libertybowl.org

GAITED HORSE SHOWS nwha.com HUNTER/JUMPER ushja.org Dec 6-9 DECEMBER CLASSIC I Alpharetta, GA Jp Godard equusevents@aol.com Dec 13-16 Alpharetta December Classic Ii Wills Park (Ga, Us)

BROWNLAND FARM www.brownlandfarm.com TBD – AHJA Year-End Show 2020 AT A GLANCE March 28 – No Frills 1 March 29 – No Frills 2 April 15-19 – Brownland Farm Spring I April 22-26 – Brownland Farm Spring II May 20-24 – Nashville Country May 27-31 – Nashville Classic TBD – Dressage Show June 24-28 – Brownland Farm Summer July 1-5 – Mid-South Classic August 22 – No Frills 3 August 23 – No Frills 4 (Double Point MTHJA Show) September 3-6 – Brownland Farm Fall I September 10-13 – Brownland Farm Fall II October 3 – No Frills 5 October 4 – No Frills 6 October 14-18 – Brownland Farm Autumn Country October 21-25 – Brownland Farm Autumn Classic TBD – AHJA Year-End Show

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CIRCLE E GUEST RANCH circleeguestranch.com New Year’s Ride/Party 2019-2020 Dec. 29th - Jan. 1st Horses Only Package Includes: 3 nights camping, 1 stall, Trail Riding, Dinner, Live Band, Party Favors & New Year’s Day Breakfast 2020 AT A GLANCE Jan. 28th - Feb. 3rd CLOSED TO HORSEBACK April Spring Kick-Off Ride - April 11th - 14th Horses Only Ride package 3 days includes camping, stalls, 2 meals per day and entertainment nightly. Four days riding. May Spring Fling Ride - May 2nd - 5th Horses Only Ride package 3 days includes camping, stalls, 2 meals per day and entertainment nightly. Four days riding. Thunder On The Mountain, Racking Horse Competition. June 20-22 Speed Racking & Pacing Event (Horses Only) CASH Prizes, Ribbons & Trophies! This event offers meals (optional). Guided Ride & Auction Thursday. Entertainment Friday and Saturday evening.

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Memorial Day Ride - May 23rd- 27th Horses - Sawmill Side OHV - Office Side 4th of July Ride - July 4th - 7th Horses - Sawmill Side OHV - Office Side BlueGrass Festival - July 18th- 20th Horses - Office Side OHV - Sawmill Side Labor Day Weekend - August 30th - Sept 2nd Sat. 8pm till 11pm DJ/Karaoke Horses - Office Side OHV - Sawmill Side Sept. 3rd - 8th CLOSED TO HORSEBACK Shoba Trail Ride- Sept. 26th - 29th SADDLE RAFFLE More info to come. OctoberFest 6th - 13th Horses Only. This ride offers 6 night camping, 2 meals a day starting Monday and ending with breakfast on Sunday, guided trail rides and Entertainment. Bring your tack/camping gear to auction off. Fall Brawl Speed Racking & Pacing Competition Oct. 17th & 20th Horses Only Thanksgiving Weekend Nov. 28th - Dec. 1st Horses Only Sawmill Side New Year’s Ride/Party 2019-2020 Dec. 29th - Jan. 1st Horses Only Package Includes: 3 nights camping, 1 stall, Trail Riding, Dinner, Live Band, Party Favors & New Year’s Day Breakfast CIRCLE G RANCH circlegranchevent.com/upcoming-events.html GREENRIDGE EQUESTRIAN CENTER greenridgeequestriancenter.com Dec 6-7 Chatt Hills Show ROANE STATE EXPO CENTER www.roanestate.edu Dec. 3, 10, 17 Open Ride - 5pm To 10pm -Indoor Arena $5 Per Horse & $5 Per Rider Diane Cox 865-882-4590 coxdm@roanestate.edu Dec. 6 - 8 TQHA Hillbilly Christmas Classic 8am to 10pm, Both Arenas, Free to spectators Rose Mason 865-256-1023 Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 Open Ride - 5pm To 10pm -Indoor Arena $5 Per Horse & $5 Per Rider Diane Cox 865-882-4590 coxdm@roanestate.edu Jan 25 IEA Zone 4 Region 2 10am to 8pm Both Arenas Free to spectators Christen Khym 865-250-5462 Feb 4, 11 Open Ride - 5pm To 10pm -Indoor Arena $5 Per Horse & $5 Per Rider Diane Cox 865-882-4590 coxdm@roanestate.edu Feb 15 National Barrel Horse Assn. TBA, Indoor arena $5 admission fee Roxanne Rollins 865-360-5024

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Feb 25 Open Ride & Tack Swap 5pm To 10pm -Indoor Arena $5 Per Horse & $5 Per Rider SCENIC CITY EQUESTRIAN CENTER sceniccityequestrian.com TENNESSEE LIVESTOCK CENTER MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tlc TENNESSEE MILLER COLISEUM MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tmc Jan 24-25 SEBRA Finals https://gosebra.com/ February 21-23, 2020 Southern Equine Expo 9 am; Clinics, Shopping, Competitions www.southernequineexpo.com THE JAECKLE CENTER https://thejaecklecentre.com/events/ Jan 11-20 IEA Horse Show Feb 16 IEA Regionals TRI-STATE EXHIBITION CENTER Cleveland, TN 423-476-9310 www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com UT MARTIN AG PAVILLION & EQUESTRIAN www.utm.edu/departments/agnr/calendar_ events.php Jan 3-4 Rodeo Booster Barrel Race Ag Pavilion/Smith Center Jan 21, 28 FFA Horse Judging Clinic Ag Pavilion/Smith Center WILLIAMSON COUNTY AG EXPO PARK Franklin, TN (615) 595-1227 www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov Dec. 28-30 4-H Horse Camp WILLS PARK EQUESTRAIN CENTER Alpharetta GA https://willspark.com/activities/equestrian-info Dec 11-15 Equus Events (H,J) JP Goddard 803-643-5698 Dec 18-22 Equus Events (H,J) JP Goddard 803-643-5698 HORSE EVENTS Dec 28 9am - 5pm North Atlanta Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, CT and Western Dressage 118 Old Mill Rd, Cartersville, GA www.northatlantaequestrian.com March 19-22, 2020 Lexington KY Kentucky Horse Park Road to the Horse roadtothehorse.com

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1 cup flaked coconut 3/4 cup chopped pecans 1 cup butter softened 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Organic Unbleached All Purpose White Flour. 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups old-fashioned oats 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips 1/4 cup holiday red and green chocolate chips 1/4 cup white chocolate chips 1/4 cup dried cranberries Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place coconut and pecans on a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted, watching very closely so they do not burn. Set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture; beat well. Stir in the oats, white, dark, and holiday chocolate chips, dried cranberries and toasted coconut and pecans. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto parchment covered baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes or until browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

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