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TIMING IS EVERYTHING by Crystal Lyons

Timing is everything isn’t it? Whether you’re a roper, barrel racer, rough stock rider, or race car driver! Moving in perfect timing or getting out of time constitutes winning or losing. Not to mention in relationships, timing is crucial. Correction or well-intended advice offered at the wrong time will have the opposite effect it was meant to have! Psalms 31:15 says for the one walking with God, “our times are in His hands.” Timing. It’s crucial in all aspects of life. Just the other day I was in Ohio with a few engagements, plus Strider was getting some mares bred. This one mare completely set my entire schedule back a week. While I would’ve already left for my next event which was in Montana, I was still sitting in Ohio. At first, I was kind of getting nervous about it, but suddenly felt a peace as if God was saying, “I’ve got this, just relax.” I started saying that verse in Psalms, “my times are in Your hands Lord, I know You have me where You want me.” Before leaving Ohio I got a call to come to Missouri and breed a couple more mares, plus do a quick service at an event that just popped up. It just “so happened” (as we say) that IF that mare hadn’t delayed me, I would’ve been in Montana when I got that call, and I wouldn’t have been able to do that event nor breed those mares. It was an unforeseen blessing all the way around that I would’ve missed if I’d stayed on MY schedule. I’m learning, or maybe more accurately, WORKING on learning, to relax when my schedule gets re-arranged or delayed. Maybe I’m sitting here for a much needed “God appointment” with someone that it’s imperative we cross paths! We must make our plans and schedule our life but when things interrupt our plans and schedules, how we respond is the big kicker. Proverbs 3:5&6 is a favorite verse which ends with this statement, “in all my ways acknowledge Him and HE shall direct my paths.” The key is trusting in the Lord with ALL our heart. When something hits you cross grain, it’s time to NOT lean on your own understanding, but to pay attention that God MAY be directing your steps in a different direction! You can’t trust someone you don’t really know, and you can’t really know someone without developing a history with them. It’s times like these that you and I have the opportunity to engage God in our daily affairs, and I can promise ... if you DO ... you will begin to KNOW Him. To know Him IS to TRUST Him!

The coolest thing about living life with God is that you begin to experience DESTINY. Life without a sense of destiny is shallow at best. To know that you are here on the planet at this time, for a PURPOSE that you were literally BORN FOR, carries within itself an amazing confidence! You and God were MEANT to be a TEAM!! You’re not an accident! God has an AMAZING PLAN for your life! The beginning of a great adventure is to seek out His plan. No matter how you or I have screwed up, God has a way to bring us back on track with destiny! That’s a totally cool truth if you ask me! It’s a heart issue. Just ask Jesus to shine His light in you. Make the choice to open up to HIS way of thinking and living. Your timing will greatly improve!

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HOOF CRACKS

Repairing Hoof Cracks in Horses Hooves by a Professional Farrier

1 From the casual eye this toe crack is very small and has never been treated or corrected due to the size.

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As you can see the thrush and bacteria has deteriorated the horse’s laminae under the hoof wall due to the crack.

4 The hoof crack is now clean and completely open and freed of the bacteria.

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As you can see that tiny toe crack turned into quite a large void in the hoof.

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As the crack is being cut out to remove the bacteria it continues to go deeper into the hoof.

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The smallest of cracks can equal the largest of problems. Hoof cracks can be very detrimental to the health and soundness of your horse. Bacteria eats away at the live tissue under the hoof wall and can eventually cause lameness if neglected to treat. The condition of the hoof itself can deteriorate and cause major issues and difficulty to keep horse shoes on, unhealthy hoof wall and in some cases lack of performance with the horse. So, the smallest of cracks can be a big issue in any horse’s hoof. It is highly recommended to have your farrier check your horses’ hooves if there is a crack present to determine what corrective procedure is needed. As soon as the hoof cracks and the thrush is present it becomes difficult to keep it clean unless opened properly by the farrier. Horse owners – Do not attempt to do this. Let the professionals handle it. It can be overdone. Owners are WELCOME to contact us, send photos, etc for advice and to find farrier services near you. Provided by the: Farriers’ National Research Center (FNRC) Casey & Son Horseshoeing School, Link Casey, Owner La Fayette, Georgia www.caseyhorseshoeingschool.com www.farriersnationalresearchcenter.com

This is the finished product. In short, the artificial material the crack has been filled with is replacing the hoof wall that is supposed to be there. The filling will prevent the bacteria from building back up in the crack and further deterioration of the laminae. This will allow the hoof to grow back properly.

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You Can Lead A Horse To Water... HEAT ADVISORY FOR HORSES

• Ride or compete with your horse in the early mornings when it is cooler.

The upcoming summer months can produce extremely high temperatures. Here are ten important tips to prevent heat related problems in horses:

• Have the ride or event management consider a change in the program schedule to limit afternoon activities during peak heat.

1. HEAT CAN KILL: High environmental temperatures and related heat issues of dehydration, exhaustion, and heat stroke can occur in horses and can produce illness and death. This is serious business and you must take steps to ensure your horse is protected when traveling in a trailer, being ridden on trail rides, or in competition events. 2. DRINK WATER: Maintain hydration in your horse by allowing free access to water at all times during hot weather. It is a myth that a hot horse drinking water will experience colic or other medical problems. Never let your horse pass up a chance to drink water. Only horses that have been deprived of water for a significant time (many hours or days) need to have water provided in smaller amounts over time. Let your horse drink on the trail or after a class at a show. HintYou can lead a horse to water . . . . this is true, so offer some hay and your horse will often drink after eating the hay. Soup-consistency bran or pellet mashes are another means of getting extra water into your horse 3. SHADE: Provide shade as much as possible. 4. LIMIT WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR HORSE DURING PEAK HEAT: 10

• Shorten your ride. • Go slower and provide frequent breaks for your horse, in shade. • Encourage your horse to drink whenever they want water. 5. VENTILATION: Provide open vents and windows in trailers which can open for cross ventilation (however, don’t let your horse stick its head out while on the road). 6. KNOW SIGNS OF FATIGUE AND OVERHEATING IN YOUR HORSE AND STOP BEFORE MORE SEVERE SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION BEGIN: Persistent high respiratory rate that does not come down with rest over 10-30 minutes (normal is 20-40 breaths per min). Change in mentation, decreased energy level and reluctance to keep going. Dry mucous membranes in the mouth (they should feel “slimy”). Prolonged capillary refill time—Push on your horse’s gum. They should be pink to start, then it will blanch to white after pressure, and return to pink in approximately one second. Check this at the start of your day and frequently throughout the day. If it is prolonged, your horse is trying to tell you to stop, rest, provide water and if other signs of colic or

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muscle pain occur, you need to stay put and seek veterinary attention. Gut sounds—Listen at the start of your day (if you don’t have a stethoscope put your ear on your horse’s flank- behind the ribs). You should hear gurgling sounds on both sides of the belly– that is normal and good. Quiet gut sounds are a warning that your horse may be heading for dehydration or exhaustion. 7. FANS: If in a barn with limited ventilation, try to arrange more air circulation by careful placement of a fan in front of the stall or in the aisle way. Keep electric cords out of reach of horses. 8. HOSE (SPRAY) OFF YOUR HORSE OR POUR WATER FROM A BUCKET OVER YOUR HORSE: Cool water is fine, normal temperature (not

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hot) water is good too. Evaporation produces cooling and continuous hosing is one of the most effective means of lowering body temperature. 9. WATER SOURCE: Keep a supply of water available for your horse to drink. Obtain some clean 5 gallon cans and fill them up with water before you travel. 10. ELECTROLYTES: These may be useful if the horse has been sweating excessively. Only use if they can be followed by access to water to drink. Have a plan outlined by your veterinarian if you have not used electrolytes before. Only use electrolytes specifically made for horses. TRAILERING TIPS IN THE HEAT If you need to trailer your horse, do so in the cool early morning or late evening hours when it is cooler. Don’t leave your horse in a parked trailer, especially if there is no shade. Just as with a parked car, temperatures inside a trailer can rapidly reach 140 degrees and the horse can quickly develop heat stroke.

Provide as much ventilation and airflow as safely as possible on the road.Be very careful with hauling foals – they appear to be even more susceptible to heat than adult horses. Tips provided by: eqisearch.com John Madigan, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, ACAW Gary Magdesian, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, ACVECC W. David Wilson, BVMS, MS, MRCVS UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

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This year, Meridian Equine will be hosting 3 shows through the Middle Tennessee Hunter Jumper Association. You do not have to be an MTHJA member to show; however, only members will earn points for MTHJA year end awards. Membership registration forms will be available at shows. New for this year is the addition of classes and divisions in partnership with the Thoroughbred Incentive Program. If you are riding a Jockey Club Registered Thoroughbred, you can apply for a TIP number and be a part of the incentive program for Thoroughbreds. They offer customized ribbons and year end awards! They also have a TIP championship show in September that you can qualify for.

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Items to Check... BEFORE YOU TOW A TRAILER By Robert “TrailMeister” Eversole

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Are your tires ready for the journey? Heavily worn tread will prevent a tire from performing as designed and can lead to unsafe driving conditions. Frequent checks, and tire replacements when needed, can prevent a hazardous blow-out during a trip. One of the simplest ways to check tread depth requires nothing more than a penny and a few moments of your time. Check tread depth with the penny test: The idea of the penny test is to check whether you’ve hit the 2/32” threshold. In the US, tire tread depth is measured in 32nds of an inch. New tires typically come with 11/32” tread depths or deeper. The U.S. Department of Transportation recommends replacing tires when they reach 2/32”, and many states require tires to be replaced at this depth. Here’s how it works: • Place a penny between the tread ribs on your tire. A “rib” refers to the raised portion of tread that spans the circumference of your tire. Tire tread is composed of several ribs. • Turn the penny so that Lincoln’s head points down into the tread. • See how much of his head disappears between the ribs. If you can see his entire head, it may be time to replace the tire because your tread is no longer deep enough.

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Blowouts are doubly dangerous when they occur during towing. If this happens, stay calm and get off the road as quickly as possible. Always be sure to carry a spare vehicle and trailer tires with you. Check that all your truck and trailer tires are properly inflated by following the guidelines in your vehicle’s user manual. Your Mirrors – a Crucial Tool! Visibility can be a challenge when you’re towing. When you’re hauling horses you’ll often only have use of your side-view mirrors, making them a crucial driving tool. Your mirrors require proper adjustment to ensure a full spectrum of vision and prevent blind spots as much as possible. Knowing how to set these outside mirrors to eliminate blind spots is a crucial part of being a defensive driver. Positioning Your Mirrors • To adjust the driver’s side-view mirror, place your head against the left side window and set the mirror so you can just barely see the side of the car in the mirror’s right side. • To adjust the passenger’s side-view mirror, position your head so that it is just above the center console. Set the mirror so you can just barely see the side of the car in the left side of the mirror. If the vehicle is not equipped with remote mirroradjustment controls, you may

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need assistance when properly positioning the mirror. • With these settings, you will have nearly seamless visual contact around your vehicle, which can help you detect the presence of nearby drivers. For example, when being passed by a vehicle in the lane to your left, you will see it progress from the left side mirror and then to your side vision. • Before driving with these updated mirror settings, see how they work while your vehicle is parked. For example, you can parallel park along a street, then see how passing vehicles move through your mirrors and peripheral vision. This can help you become oriented to the new settings before heading out into traffic. Is your tow vehicle ready for your load? If you tow a trailer, it’s a good idea to make sure your tow vehicle can handle the load. Unfortunately, it’s common for drivers to use inadequate vehicles or hitches, which result in unsafe driving situations.  It can be easy to hit the payload limit on many trucks if you’re towing heavy loads. Especially with the crew cabs that are so prevalent, it’s tempting to load up the crew, all their gear, and not have enough payload left over to handle the tongue weight on a big trailer. Check your fluids and transmission.  When you’re towing trailers, you should be following the severe maintenance plan from your vehicle’s owner’s manual. The added weight inherent in towing adds stress to the towing vehicle, causing it to run hotter than normal. Since your truck will be working much harder you’ll want to check and replace fluids more often, including motor oil. Consider using both synthetic motor oil and transmission fluid for added protection. Also check and change your oil filters often for optimal performance. Also make sure that your VOLUME 5 | ISSUE 4 2019

transmission is in good shape. I’m not mechanically inclined so I have my local mechanic handle these checks for me. Are your brakes ready? When you’re hauling, you’ll need more stopping distance and so having brakes that are worn could be a hazard. So, make sure your brakes are in good working order so that the extra weight that you’re hauling behind you can be stopped safely.  Have your truck and trailer brakes been checked recently? Towing Tips • Don’t ride the brakes; if you do, you might overheat them (and trust me smoky brakes are not a good thing!). When driving downhill, drive at a reduced speed using a lower truck gear if necessary. Use your brakes to slow enough to catch that lower gear. • Most horse trailers come with their own braking systems that need to be connected to your vehicle to operate properly. Although it takes a little skill to coordinate the brake controller, trailer brake systems equal less stress on the towing vehicle’s brakes. • The main thing to keep in mind is, with a trailer, your stopping distance is longer. You want to maintain a larger than normal distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, so that you have plenty of time to stop. Give yourself more plenty room than you would normally allow and don’t trust the intuition you developed when driving a smaller and lighter vehicle. Have you checked your balls lately?  Check your hitch ball regularly to make sure that it hasn’t loosened and is still firmly attached to the draw bar. Make sure that the coupler and hitch ball fit together snugly, Each piece of towing gear comes with towing capacity limits. Double check that the equipment you have is suitable for what you plan to tow.

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Are your chains safe? • Make sure that the chains you use are sufficiently strong for the weight that you’re towing. • When choosing chains, make that they are long enough to allow the trailer to turn easily with your towing vehicle, but short enough to not drag.. • For bumper pull trailers, when you attach the safety chains to the vehicle, criss-cross them underneath the trailer’s tongue. That way, if the trailer comes unhitched, the tongue will be cradled on the chains instead of hitting the ground. Is your fuel enough for your route? Your towing vehicle is going to use more fuel when you tow. A lot more fuel. This means that you’re most likely going to be pulling into gas stations more often. Plan ahead to find truck stations that are designed for larger vehicles to get into and out of easily. Also try to avoid stop and go traffic since that makes your truck work harder and use more fuel. How tall are you? It’s important to know how tall your trailer is. The last thing you want to do is have an accident by trying to drive under a bridge that is too low. Find out your height, then add a foot just to be sure, and avoid any passage marked with a lower clearance than that value. Well there you go! Just a few minutes of preparation to help ensure that you have a safe journey with your horses in tow.

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PALM PARTNERSHIP TRAINING™ Building a Partnership with Your Horse

TIPS FOR MOUNTING PROPERLY We’ve reviewed what the term “aids communication” means and why it is so important to success in communicating with our horses. In the next few articles I am going to share training techniques built on the use of the rider’s natural aids, meaning her seat, legs, and hands—not artificial training aids or gimmicks! You will learn how to teach your horse to respond more willingly, without using force. This is the path to building a long lasting, true partnership with your horse. Our goal is to have a horse respond to the lightest of aids effortlessly, softly, willingly, and immediately. When we reach this step, riding and training become rewarding and so much fun! Let’s set a foundation for riding success by incorporating two important steps into each riding session. This article contains tips to improve the first step…mounting properly. THE FIRST STEP: MOUNTING For me the most important thing with any horse is that he stands still for mounting. This shows me that he is obedient, mannerly, and thinking slow. The rider has a responsibility in the mounting process, too. She must learn to mount properly, in a balanced manner, without pulling the saddle towards her across the horse’s back. Whether using an English or Western saddle, here are some tips to help improve your mounting. Mounting is typically done on the horse’s left side. The horse should be standing relatively square. As you address the horse to mount, hold the reins evenly. You must be flexible enough to pick your left foot up and put it in the stirrup without pulling the saddle towards you. When you are ready to mount, look ahead and push off with the right foot. As you rise up in the stirrup, bring right hand up so it gently grasps the cantle. Swing your right leg over the saddle while moving the right hand from the cantle to the pommel. Sit down easily on the horse’s back. Put your right foot in the stirrup. What should you do if your horse does not stand still while mounting? Use a fence! Position the horse so that a fence is on his right side and he is facing a fence corner or a wall. The fence and corner/wall will keep him from moving sideways or forward while you mount. Mounting properly requires good timing and practice. Because it is one of the first things we do with our horses before starting a schooling session, any issues we have with mounting can set the tone for the rest of our ride. If you are having difficulties with mounting, read the “Your Next Step” section of this article for some special tips. Next time I will cover one of the most important, but often overlooked preparations a rider should include in her daily riding routines. It is key to preparing herself and her horse to communicate together. Do you know what it is? YOUR NEXT STEP… A horse that does not stand still for mounting is not just difficult to get on, he can be safety problem! Is he jigging around when you want to mount? He may be thinking too fast and walking away in anticipation that you will ask him to go forward immediately after mounting up. More likely, he is trying to catch his balance because you are not mounting him properly. Here are some specific steps you can do at home to improve this situation. I suggest that you start working with a mounting block. These are inexpensive, plastic step-like platforms made to give a rider an elevated surface to mount from. Because the mounting block will put you higher off the ground, it will be easier for to mount and swing your leg over the horse. Mounting blocks also decrease the stress on the horse’s back from riders who pull themselves up into the saddle. They are also very helpful for smaller riders mounting a large horse. As you build up your strength using the mounting block, teach your horse to stand to allow you

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to mount properly. To reinforce this lesson, mount your horse in the same location every time you ride. Choose a spot where you can position the horse between a fence and the mounting block. The fence will help him stay straight and focused. Ask him to stand “square”. This means positioning him so that his hooves are positioned like the 4-corners of a rectangle and his weight is equally distributed on all four legs. Ask him to “whoa” and step up on the mounting block as if you were going to get on him, but do not mount. Because you will be standing above his topline, he may need some time to accept you in this new “elevated” position. He may also move, anticipating that you will be mounting and he will need to balance himself. If he moves, calmly reposition him and repeat this step. Take time for this step and do not proceed until he is relaxed. Practice this mounting procedure using the block while teaching the horse that mounting does not mean move forward. Position him in the mounting spot and ask him to “whoa” by putting slight tension on the reins. Place the reins over his neck being careful to maintain the same amount of tension in each rein. Riders have the tendency to pull on the left rein while mounting, causing their horse to circle toward them. This makes getting on even more difficult. To prevent pulling on the reins, keep your hands in front of the saddle. If the horse wants to move as you attempt to mount, avoid walking him in a circle to get back into position. This will only reinforce that mounting means it is okay to move forward. Instead, stop him and back him up the to block or reposition the block next to him. Once your horse in is position, step up on the block and gather up the reins by sliding your left hand on the horse, starting at the buckle and moving up on the horse’s neck. Still holding the reins, move your left hand so it is grasping the front of the saddle as you place your right hand on the saddle’s cantle. Put your left foot in the stirrup and start to mount, but just swing your leg only halfway over his back, then dismount. Praise your horse when he stands still. Do this several times. You may need to repeat this lesson over several days or weeks until he understands that mounting does not mean moving forward. When he shows he is willing to stand perfectly still for the “half” mount, swing your leg over his back. As you do, transfer your right hand from the cantle to the saddle’s pommel to help you balance. Then sit down on his back, but do it as softly as possible. Mounting this way, without pulling the saddle across his back, will encourage him to stand still. After you and your horse have mastered mounting with the block, you still have some homework to do. Use the mounting block to help you build up strength in your arms and legs to allow you to mount from the ground. Most mounting blocks have two steps. Practice mounting from the highest step, graduate to the lowest step as your strength improves, until you can mount from the ground. Continue using the same mounting spot to reinforce your horse’s understanding to stand once you graduate to getting on from the ground. Until then, follow your dreams.... For more information about Lynn Palm, her clinics in Florida and other parts of the U.S., DVDs and more, visit www.lynnpalm.com or call 800.503.2824.

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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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Upcoming 2019

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First Monday of month - Burrell Horse Auction, Horse & Tack Sale: Tack 6:30, Horse 8:00; 6450 Bates Pike, Cleveland TN 423-472-0805

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 First meeting for the 2019 on Wednesday, February 27, 6pm. Merv’s, 33 Legion Street in Ringgold. We will be conducting a membership drive, discussing volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, planning improvements to the club, and plans for this show season.

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EVENTS! TENNESSEE HS RODEO ASSOCIATION (731) 658-5867 http://tnhsra.com May 4-5 in Martin, TN. June 6-8 in Cookeville, TN. FINALS REINED COWHORSE http://tnhsra.com May 4 in Martin May 5 in Martin (finals) The May dates will be held in conjunction with the TNHSRA rodeo at Martin. We reserve the right to hold the third round in the monring of May 4 and the finals later on the same day, depending on the availability of cattle and judge.

GAITED HORSE SHOWS May 4-5 nwha.com CHIP Sanction Memphis Showdown Agricenter ShowPlace Arena, Cordova, TN Dixie Outlaws EXCA Club An exciting weekend of trail obstacle challenges featuring 2 themed courses. Sherry Garman - (615)289-8260 sgarman@gecnashville.com May 18 35th Annual Smoky Mtn Classic 6pm-11:30pm Sevier County Campgrounds twhbea.com HUNTER/JUMPER May 4 Falcon Ridge Spring II Falcon Ridge Stables ghja.org May 4-5 Fox Hollow, Bristol TN ethja.org May 11-12 Walnut Grove, Talbot Tn ethja.org

May 17-19 Select Sport Horses, Knoxville, TN ethja.org May 18-19 Bolshoi Benefit Horseshow WPEC Alpharetta GA; ghja.org May 26-26 River Glen, New Market TN ethja.org May 25-26 Horse Show Ventures GIHP Conyers, Ga; ghja.org May 31-June 2 Elit @ Chatt CHEC Fairburn Ga ; ghja.org May 22-26 Nashville Country Franklin TN; ghja.org May 29 - June 2 Nashville Classic Franklin TN; ghja.org June 4-8 Germantown, TN. Germantown Charity Horse Show. gchs.org June 21-23 Thompson’s Station, TN. Jaeckle Centre Summer Hunter/Jumper Show. www.jaecklecentre.com & facebook

RANCH HORSE May 7-12 Region 12 Arabian Championship Competition Restricted to: Arabian/Half Arabian/Anglo Arabian www.aharegion12.com Perry, GA May 12 & 13 Greater Atlanta Dressage Southern http://www.gdcta.org Conyers, GA May 12-13 Dressage by the River www.river-glen.com New Market, TN May 19-20 Dressage at Circle G www.circlegranchevent.com Lynnville, TN May 24-26 Murfreesboro, TN. Miller Coliseum. Volunteer Ranch Horse Assn. www.volrha.com May 25-26 GA Ranch Horse Assoc americanranchhorse.net May 26-27 Chattahoochee Hills Dressage www.equestrianentries.com Fairburn, GA

QUARTER HORSE SHOWS www.tqha.org May 3-5 Little Seven TQHA Murfreesboro, TN May 2-12 TQHA Lucky 7 Tn Miller Coliseum May 8-12 Lucky Seven Classic TQHA Murfreesboro TN June 13 - 16 TQHA Dogwood Classic 8am to 10pm Both Arenas, Roane State Expo Center

SPECIAL EVENTS May 4 Collierville, TN 916 Billy Bryant Rd. Southern Reins Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party. Info: www.southernreins.org May 10-11 Ocala, FL. Extreme Mustang Makeover. www.extrememustangmakeover.com TRAIL RIDES/TRAIL CHALLENGE May 16-18 Jamestown, TN. East Fork Stables. SHOBA Spring Fling Trail Ride. Info: 706-969-6224 www.natrc.org

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MAY 18 Westmoreland, TN. Long C Trails. 4th annual Benefit Ride for Hickory Hill Farm. 615-470-5747; info@hickoryhillfarmtn.org MAY 23-27 Belvedere, TN. Circle E Guest Ranch. Memorial Day Ride. Info: circleeguestranch.com JULY 4-7 Belvedere, TN. Circle E Guest Ranch. 4th of July Ride. Info: circleeguestranch.com CLINICS / CLASSES May 10-11 Classical Riding Skills for English & Western Ed Dabney Gentle Horsemanship Mansfield, GA Covered Arena training@eddabney.com May 11-12 Trina Campbell Horsemanship Clinic Circle G Ranch, Lynville, TN June 13-15 Knoxville, TN. Brehm Animal Science Arena, UTIA campus. Horse Handling & Colt Starting Course.UTHorse.com AGRICENTER SHOWPLACE ARENA http://www.agricenter.org/events CIRCLE E GUEST RANCH circleeguestranch.com May2-5 May Spring Fling Ride Ride package 3 days includes camping, stalls, 2 Meals per day and entertainment nightly. Four days riding. May 9-12 Thunder On The Mountain, Racking horse competition. Speed racking & pacing event (horses only) Cash prizes, ribbons & trophies! This event offers meals (Optional). Guided ride & auction thursday. Entertainment Friday and Saturday evening. May 23-27 Memorial Day Ride Horses - Sawmill Side OHV - Office Side July 4-7 4th Of July Ride Horses - sawmill side OHV - office side July 18-20 Bluegrass festival Horses - office side OHV - sawmill side Aug 30-Sept 2 Labor Day Weekend Sat. 8 pm till 11pm Dj/Karaoke Horses - office side OHV - sawmill side CIRCLE G RANCH circlegranchevent.com/upcoming-events.html May 2-4 Thersage May 11-12 Trina Campbell Horsemanship Clinic

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May 18-19 Dressage at Circle G Show USEF/USDF All Shows Rated Level 2 June 24-28 Youth Horse Camp July 6 All Things Dressage Schooling Show Series July 13-14 Dressage at Circle G Show USEF/USDF All Shows Rated Level 2 July 27-28 Western Dressage at Circle G Show ROANE STATE EXPO CENTER www.roanestate.edu May 4 & 5 East TN Cutting Horse Assn 8am to 8pm Indoor Arena Free to spectators Lynn Hicks 423-741-1435 May 10 & 11 NBHA 8am to 10pm Both Arenas Free to spectators Kevin Pitsenbarger 865-712-2589 May 18 & 19 TN POA 8am to 8pm, Both Arenas, Free to Spectators Holly Spooner 979-419-4052 May 30 -June 1 Region 4-H Horse Show 8am to 10pm Both Arenas Free to spectators Karen Nelms 865-397-2969 June 13 - 16 TQHA Dogwood Classic 8am to 10pm Both Arenas, Free to spectators Tracey Cravens 865-809-5813 July 6 & 7 East TN Cutting Horse Assn. 8am to 10pm Indoor Arena Free to spectators Lynn Hicks 423-741-1435 Email. July 13 National Barrel Horse Assn. Exhibitions Noon, Race 3pm Outdoor Arena Free to spectators Roxanne Pitsenbarger 865-360-5024 TENNESSEE LIVESTOCK CENTER MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tlc May 11-12 Tn Paint Horse Club TLC Main Arena Contact: Howard Norman 615-351-6765 May 18-19 National Spotted Saddle Horse Show 11pm TLC MAIN ARENA Contact: Donna Fletcher 615-890-2864

TENNESSEE MILLER COLISEUM MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tmc May 2-12, 2019 TQHA Lucky 7 May 17-19, 2019 Spinning in the Rain TN Reining Horse Association May 24-26 Volunteer Ranch Horse Assoc May 30- June 1 4-H Regional Horse Show June 14-16, 2019 Tennessee POA Southeast Regional June 21-23, 2019 WHOA Jamboree June 29, 2019 Relay for Life

May 25 TCA/AGR Cattle Show June 7-8 4-H Horse Show June 22-23 WTQHA Homecoming Circuit June 28-29 4-H Livestock Expo July 13-14 WTQHA/IBRA Barrel Race WILLIAMSON COUNTY AG EXPO PARK Franklin, TN (615) 595-1227 www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov May 11-13 4-H Horse Show Matt Horsman @615-790-5721 mhorsman@utk.edu http://williamson.tennessee.edu/ May 16-19 Franklin Rodeo Bill Fitzgerald @ 615-394-9292 billfitzgerald@franklinrodeo.com www.franklinrodeo.com June 12-16 WHOA Service Horse School AUG. 2-10 Williamson County Fair

TRI-STATE EXHIBITION CENTER Cleveland, TN 423-476-9310 www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com May 3 - 4 Georgia Middle and High School Rodeo May 11 - 12 Ranch Horse Buckle Series (2) May 17 - 18 Jackpot Barrel Race May 24 - 25 Outlaw Professional Rodeo June 7th & 8th Saddlebred Event June 11th-15th Cleveland Tri-State Charity Horse Show June 22nd & 23rd Ranch Horse Buckle Series (3) June 29th Show Your Horse LLC USEF/WDAA Western Dressage Lite II June 30th USEF/USDF Tri-State Summer Dressage Level 2 July 8th-11th Mid-South Pony Club Camp July 13th & 14th Paint Horse Club Show July 20th Paint & Pinto Horse Show July 27th Summer Sizzlin’ Dressage Benefit Show July 28th Stillwater Trail Sports Show UT MARTIN AG PAVILLION & EQUESTRIAN www.utm.edu/departments/agnr/calendar_ events.php May 3-5 Tennessee High School Rodeo May 11-12 Tennessee Junior Rodeo Finals

GREENRIDGE EQUESTRIAN CENTER greenridgeequestriancenter.com May 4 Foxberry Horse Show May 18 North Atlanta Equestrian Horse Show May 27 XC and SJ Schooling at Paradise Farms in Aiken, SC June 8 Chatt Hills 3-Phase; 6am - 6pm June 15 Foxberry Horse Show SCENIC CITY EQUESTRIAN CENTER sceniccityequestrian.com Sept 28 SCEC Hunter Jumper Show 8am-5pm

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