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The Original Horse N Ranch TM Volume 6 Issue 1 2020

Everything Horse Related

Southern Equine Expo.....................Cover & Page 3 Can’t Hide This - Crystal Lyons............................... 6 Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions For You And Your Horse .........................................10

Recipes.........................................................................11 Classifieds ..................................................................13

Blister Beetles: Deadly In Horse Hay...................15 Why Icelandic? -Robert Eversole...........................16 Western Dressage: Ponying Your Horse Lynn Palm...................................................................18 Calendar Of Events............................................ 20-21

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CAN’T HIDE THIS by Crystal Lyons In the last three days I have been riding with two great horsemen, Mario A Contreras and Stacy Westfall. Mario is an excellent rider, trainer and showman in the dressage world and Stacy is equally awesome in the reining horse world, and now entering dressage. Do you know what it does to you when you’ve got to ride in front of someone who’s so well versed in their field? It’s like having to prepare a meal for a world renowned chef and all you know how to cook is beans, potatoes (better known as taters) and cornbread! Now I LIKE the before mentioned food, even better if you add some venison back strap; but what satisfies me is NOT what’s gonna impress a great chef. He’s in an entirely separate league. So are these guys with their horses. Mario has been working with Strider for the last four months and I drove up to his training facility in Elburn, Illinois to pick up Strider and spend a few days getting trained on myself. I knew it was going to be a challenge to learn a different way of riding but I had no idea just how MUCH of a challenge it would be. Mario put Strider through the paces and I was blown away by how much he had gotten done with him in such a short amount of time. Strider worked AMAZING with Mario on him. Now… it was my turn. How hard could it be? It looked easy watching Mario. It actually looked as if Strider was doing it on his own. I climbed aboard and had NO IDEA how to hold the two sets of reins in my hands MUCH LESS what to do with them. Suffice it to say, within 15 minutes everything bottomed out like a fat kid on a teeter totter. Mario explained everything and my brain understood the concept but my body just seemed to be out to lunch or something. I left there feeling like I had no business EVER calling myself a cowgirl! I’m a “beans and taters” rider engaging a world of super chefs! Some people are already of the opinion that Strider is SMARTER than I am. I’ve decided I can’t allow them to be right! So on my drive to Jesse and Stacy Westfall’s place in northeastern Ohio, I talked myself up to the courage of tackling my “issues” with their help. I think I kinda know how an alcoholic must feel, laying it all out there in front of someone who’s easily walking out something that’s kicking your butt! It’s HUMILIATING. None of us like feeling stupid, or incapable, or not good enough... so in those moments we choose to go one of two ways. We

either stay around people whose quality challenges us and calls us higher, or we choose to hang out with those who are far less disciplined and lacking in expertise, so we can feel better about ourselves without having to improve. I’ve also seen this play out in spiritual matters. Someone isn’t wanting to walk in the level of godliness or integrity that a group they’re around are walking in. Therefore they feel “less than”, “convicted”, just flat out “yucky”. If they don’t rise to the challenge, they will go back to that old familiar crowd whose lack of character makes them feel superior. In so doing, they choose to stay lower because of the discomfort they must overcome to improve. Whether it’s a sport we want to get better at, or simply life itself, who we run with will determine whether we go higher or lower.

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Top 10 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS For YOU And Your HORSE Start the New Year off with a bang by setting some horse goals!

7) Spend more quality time with your horse outside of riding. This could be as simple as extra grooming, hand grazing, or massage techniques you’ve learned. 8) Get fit! Set a plan to get in top riding shape. Include your horse so he can be equally fit. 9) Invite friends and significant others to your barn trips. Try to show non-horse folks how exciting and fun barn life can be. You can even help them learn to ride. 10) Create a spreadsheet for your horse’s health. It should include when the farrier and vet last came, his deworming schedule, what he is eating, and what he is due for in the future. Stay organized this year. New Year’s resolutions can encourage you to be a better equestrian. If you keep up with the goals that you set, you might just surprise yourself with all that you accomplish!

It’s that time again when one year ends and the new begins. Maybe you’ve already thought of some New Year’s resolutions, but do they include your horse? Now’s your opportunity to set some goals for you and your horse to accomplish in the new year. Challenge yourself and stay on track with these top ten resolutions! 1) Spend more time riding this year. If you ride twice a week, try for three or four times. Be realistic and only plan for an extra day or two, especially if your schedule is already packed. 2) Take a lesson or attend a clinic. Make it your goal to get an experienced set of eyes on you at least once a month. 3) Try a new discipline that you’ve always thought looked interesting. 4) Attend a show with your horse. If you already show, step it up by attending one with steeper competition. 5) Make it a habit to clean your tack at least once a week, depending on how much you ride. 6) Start a savings fund and diligently add to it each month for your dream saddle, horse trailer, horse, etc… 10

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Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup

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1 3/4 cup diced carrots (3 medium) 1 3/4 cup diced yellow onion (1 large) 2 Tbsp olive oil 5 cloves garlic , minced 3 (28 oz) cans whole Roma tomatoes 1 (32 oz) carton vegetable broth 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil , plus more for garnish 2 bay leaves 1 Tbsp granulated sugar Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste 16 oz refrigerated three cheese tortellini 3/4 cup heavy cream Parmesan , shredded, for serving Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onion and saute 3 - 4 minutes, add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Pour mixture into a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker along with tomatoes, vegetable broth, basil, bay leaves, sugar. Stir and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover slow cooker and cook on LOW 6 7 hours or HIGH 3 - 3 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves then puree mixture well in small batches in a blender (only fill blender 2/3 full and cover removable insert with a kitchen towel) or us an emulsion blender*. Stir in tortellini, cover and cook on HIGH heat 15 - 20 minutes longer (or until heated through). Reduce heat to warm, stir in heavy cream. Serve topped with parmesan cheese and fresh basil. VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 1 2020

Salad: 3 cups sliced cucumbers 1 cup sliced red onions 1/2 cup chopped cilantro 1/2-3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese 1 cup chickpeas cooked, or garbanzo beans, optional Dressing: 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 lime juiced 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 1/4 tsp salt black pepper to taste In a large bowl (with enough room to gently toss the salad), combine the salad ingredients: cucumbers, red onions, cilantro, crumbled feta cheese, and chickpeas. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together until the dressing is creamy: olive oil, juice of a lime, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. You’ll be able to add more salt and pepper to flavor the salad, if desired, once the dressing and salad ingredients are combined. Gently toss the dressing with the salad ingredients. Taste the salad, and add more salt and pepper according to taste. Serve immediately, or allow the salad to rest in the fridge for at least thirty minutes for the flavors to combine and intensify. The salad will keep for about 2 days in the fridge.

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Caprese Balsamic Grilled Chicken 1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette 8 ounce fresh mozzarella ball, sliced 1 ripe field tomato, sliced 1/4 cup basil, sliced S. Omar Barker 1/4 cup balsamic reduction 4 (6 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts Marinate the chicken in the balsamic vinaigrette overnight. Grill the chicken in medium-high heat until cooked and slightly charred, about 2-4 minutes per side before topping with the mozzarella and tomato and letting it heat until it just starts to melt. Serve topped with the basil and balsamic reduction.

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BLISTER BEETLES Deadly in Horse Hay Cantharidin Toxicity in Horses Blister beetles are a type of insect found primarily in the southwest and Midwest regions of the United States. These beetles harbor a very powerful toxin called cantharidin, but, unlike other types of insects, it does not spread this toxin through biting. Adult blister beetles feed on alfalfa flowers and crops, the same crops used for horse and cattle feed, and when the crops are harvested the beetles are often killed in the process, contaminating the crops with their body parts and fluids and causing illness in the horses that eat the contaminated feed. Blister beetles are extremely toxic when ingested by horses: as few as five to ten beetles may be fatal to a horse. The cantharidin toxin affects many bodily systems. It is extremely irritating to the digestive tract and causes blisters and erosions from the lips and tongue all the way through to the lining of the intestines, which causes abdominal pain (colic) and diarrhea. This toxin also causes damage to the kidneys and the heart. Symptoms and Types • Colic • Anorexia • Diarrhea or soft stool • Kidney damage • Blisters on the mouth • Playing in water in attempt to provide relief from blisters • Damage to urinary tract (displayed as abnormally frequent urination and discolored urine) • Increased heart rate, sometimes irregular heart beats (arrhythmia) VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 1 2020

• Diaphragmatic flutter (“thumps”) due to low blood calcium (hypocalcemia) Causes • Eating contaminated fresh or dry alfalfa; contamination occurs when blister beetles are crushed into the alfalfa during the crimping process • Cured hay does not lose toxicity, nor does the age of hay affect its levels of cantharidin Diagnosis Call your veterinarian if your horse is exhibiting any of the symptoms mentioned above or if you suspect that your hay was contaminated by blister beetles. You will need to give your veterinarian a thorough history of your horse’s health, including a background history of symptoms, and possible incidents that might have precipitated this condition, including its recent dietary history. The history you provide may give your veterinarian clues as to which organs are being affected secondarily. To definitively diagnose cantharidin toxicity, your veterinarian will submit a sample of your horse’s urine to a diagnostic lab that specifically tests for the presence of this toxin. Stomach contents can also be submitted. Of course, direct identification of blister beetles in the hay is the easiest and fastest way to diagnose this condition. If the horse dies before a diagnosis is made, samples from the gastrointestinal tract and the kidneys can still be submitted for a post-mortem determination of cause of death. Laboratory tests to determine kidney

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damage are also very useful in making a final determination of the horse’s clinical condition as well, and if heart arrhythmia appears to be present, an electrocardiogram (ECG) can be used to examine cardiac functionality. Treatment There is no antidote for cantharidin toxin. The success of treatment relies primarily on the speed of diagnosis, and the amount of cantharidin that was ingested. Any horse that has been affected by cantharidin will be in need of intensive supportive therapy, including the administration of IV fluids to flush out the kidneys, rehydrate the animal, and return balance to the body’s electrolytes. Activated charcoal should also be administered in attempt to neutralize any toxin that is left in the gastrointestinal tract and mineral oil may be administered via a nasogastric tube to facilitate further rapid evacuation of the intestinal contents. Ulcer medication should be given, as well as broad-spectrum antibiotics, to prevent secondary bacterial infections. Pain medication will also likely be given. Living and Management Even when caught early, cantharidin toxicity has a guarded prognosis. Prevention The blister beetle congregates in swarms to feed on alfalfa fields during mating, which is normally in mid- to late summer. Knowing where your hay is coming from along with close inspection of the hay this time of year in areas that harbor this insect are two ways to help prevent against this potentially lethal condition. www.petmed.com

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Why Icelandic?

I’ve said for years, to many thousands of people around the nation, that for me the perfect trail mount would be an Icelandic Mule. Without fail the reply is “Why Icelandic?” Iceland is far more than the volcano scene from the 2013 version of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. It’s a fascinating country with an even more captivating equine tradition. Celeste (my MUCH better half) and I were introduced to the Icelandic breed about twenty years ago through our volunteer work with therapeutic riding centers. These sturdy creatures are much like their homeland – small but mighty – and can easily carry grown adults. Icelandics are known for their sure footed-ness when crossing rough terrain and for their renowned stamina. Combine the virtues of a good donkey with natural advantages of the Icelandic and it sounds like a wonderful beast for trail riding! Here’s five facts about Icelandic horses that you might not know. • BENEVOLENT NATURE One of the reasons the Icelandic horse is very popular is its easy going and friendly nature. In fact, they are famous for their pleasant temperament. Which is ironic considering that the Icelandic language doesn’t have a direct translation for “please.” • The Horse of Vikings (and Hobbits) The ancestors of the Icelandic Horse arrived with Viking settlers sometime between 860 and 935 AD. These same primitive horses were also the ancestors of modern Shetland ponies. In the Peter Jackson 2012 movie “The Hobbit” Icelandics were featured for their shaggy hobbitty appearance and their smooth gait. • NOT A PONY Although the Icelandic horse’s closest relative, the Shetland pony, gets called a pony to its face. Don’t try that with an Icelandic. Despite their size Icelandic’s are always referred to as horses. Apparently, the Shetland Isles don’t look out for their equine friends as much as Icelanders do. • KEEP OUT… AND DON’T COME BACK!  The Icelandic horse has been purebred for over 1,000 years, since the Viking parliament forbade horse imports in 982 AD to prevent the deterioration of the breed. There are even strict rules about bringing saddles into the country. Because of the import restrictions once 16

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an Icelandic horse leaves the country it can never return. When you live on an island you can do these things! • WALK THIS WAY The Icelandic Horse is unique as it is the only horse breed that can perform five gaits while other horse breeds can only perform three or four. The special speed is called the Tölt and is a sped up version of walking, but much more impressive. With only one foot touching the ground at a time the Tölt is very useful for covering uneven ground.

Celeste’s riding partner for the past nine years has been Minning fra Alfasaga, a wonderful Icelandic mare whom I sometimes refer to as the “circus pony” when Celeste is out of hearing range. A magnificent animal, Minning not only safely carries Celeste through the wilderness, she also serves as one of my best pack animals when Celeste can’t accompany me on my trips. Despite the obvious virtues of the Icelandic breed I’ve put off trying one for myself, instead venturing into mules and their fabulously long ears. Until now. I finally found an Icelandic mule while giving trail riding clinics in Canada. Meet Cocoa. Cocoa is a 13.1 hand molly mule out of an Icelandic mare. So far she seems to embody the very best traits Robert Eversole; from both her Trail Meister Owner donkey father and and Chief Trail Boss. Icelandic mother. 513-374-9021; Time will tell. robert@trailmeister.com; www.TrailMeister.com

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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

or physiological we are committed to addressing the individual needs of each rescued animal. Our work begins with developing an individual diet, treatment regiments, and a training program for each horse according to its needs. When a horse has been sufficiently rehabilitated we go about the work of finding appropriate adoptive homes that suit the horse’s needs and abilities. 740.594.4336 lastchancecorral.org

VALLEY VIEW RANCH Equestrian Camp for Girls

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Located a’top beautiful Lookout Mountain on 600 acres of lush pastures, wooded trails, and panoramic views

2020 will be our 66th Summer!

Equitation lessons in English & Western for beginner to advanced riders. Experience the full opportunity of horsemanship through instruction in the ring, time in the saddle on trails, and the care and responsibility of having your own ranch horse. Enjoy up to 6 hours daily with your horse. Enrollment is limited to 50 campers per session.

for girls ages 8-17

English and Hunt Seat, Western Stock Seat and Barrels (Gymkhana), Trails, and Vaulting. Our Program also includes eco-education, swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, archery, pottery, and of course, horsemanship. 606 Valley View Ranch Rd · Cloudland GA 30731 706.862.2231 · www.ValleyViewRanch.com VOLUME 6 | ISSUE 1 2020

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

PONYING YOUR HORSE I am going to share a different technique for working your horse in hand. It is called “ponying” and means leading one horse from another horse that you are mounted on. Some of the benefits of ponying include: • It is an excellent conditioning exercise for young horses that have not been started under saddle • It allows a young or spooky horse to learn from a older horse to accept new surroundings • It makes a horse that has difficulty being near another horse learn to be more sociable • It gives you another training and conditioning tool to use to keep your horse from getting bored with the same daily training and exercising routines. To keep things straight, I’ll refer to the horse being lead or “ponyed” as the “pony horse”. Usually this will be a youngster, but it can be an older horse that needs some re-schooling. The horse that you will be mounted to lead the pony horse is the “lead” horse. I will describe this exercise as if leading the pony horse from the off (right) side of my lead horse. Always begin ponying in an enclosed fenced area, such as a paddock, in case the pony horse would get away from you. For this lesson you will need a flat cotton longe line with a short chain end. Equip the pony horse with a properly fitting halter and thread the longe line through the halter’s side ring, over the nose, and snap it to the side ring on the opposite side of the halter. Put leg protection on him such as polo wraps. Have a helper hold the pony horse away from the lead horse until you are mounted and in position. Choose a lead horse that is a more experienced, seasoned mount. When ponying, I suggest using western saddle on the lead horse because the horn can give the rider more security. Hold both reins in one hand and make sure to keep your hands positioned in front of the saddle. If using split reins, cross one rein over and hold them one on top of the other. We will start by tracking to the left. Mount up on the lead horse and position yourself parallel to the paddock’s fence. Stay far enough away to leave enough space for the pony horse to stand between the lead horse and the fence. Ask the helper to bring the pony horse behind the lead horse and into position so the pony horse is between the lead horse and the fence. Keep at least one horse width space between the lead horse and the pony horse. Take the longe line from the helper and hold it in a neatly stacked coil in your right hand. The longe line loops should be roughly the same length. I like to keep my index finger and my thumb between the last loop leading out to the pony horse. That lets me use my fingers to take up a little on the longe line if needed, or give out more line. Give the pony horse and the lead horse a few moments to touch noses and greet each other so that they will not be afraid of one another. The pony horse, especially if he is a youngster, may be a little apprehensive of having something like the longe line in your hand over the top of his head. This is one of the benefits of ponying: getting a horse to accept something over his head. Before starting, reach over and pet and touch the pony horse. This will further accustom him to something being over this head and reassure him. The pony horse needs to keep his space from the lead horse and his body straight. I will use a light tug on the longe to keep his head straight if he looks to the outside. If the pony horse comes in too close I encourage him to stay out by swinging the longe line coil with my right arm alongside the lead horse. This gives the pony horse a visual cue to move away. If I need to move the pony horse even further away, I will toss or shake the longe line coil towards him. Practice both of these “move away” techniques while standing alongside the fence to

make sure the pony horse is not afraid of the movement of the longe line before proceeding. Your Next Step… You are mounted on the lead horse with the pony horse alongside. The pony horse understands your gestures with the longe line to move away. Now you are ready to begin ponying. Stay in position with the pony horse alongside the fence. Ask the lead horse to WALK forward, using your voice and seat/leg aids, as you extend your arm to encourage the pony horse to walk with you. Ask the helper to walk alongside the pony horse when you are first starting and be ready to help out if he gets confused or startled. Your goal should be to keep the pony horse’s head between the lead horse’s neck and your leg. If he gets behind your leg, he is too far back. If he gets far in front of the lead horse’s neck, he is too far forward. Keep the lead horse moving at the speed of the pony horse—and not the other way around. Encourage the pony horse to stay straight using the techniques I described above. Walk forward a short distance then ask the lead horse to WHOA using voice and seat/leg aids. The pony horse should respond to your voice command and the action of the lead horse and stop. Watch to maintain the space between the horses as you stop. Continue working alongside the fence to the left and try different changes in maneuvers between walk, stop, back, and whoa. If the pony horse is responding well move off the fence and repeat these maneuvers to the left. Evaluate how well he stays straight without the security of the fence to guide him. If you need to, go back to working alongside the fence until he understands to stay straight. Ponying through a turn to the right offers another set of challenges. To change directions and steer the pony horse to the right, you will need to increase the speed with the lead horse since he will be on the outside of the turn and decrease the speed of the pony horse. If you do not keep your lead horse forward enough and up with the pony horse, the pony horse will be turning his head into the lead horse all the time. Try a turn to the right at the walk first. As you turn to the right, swing the longe line between the horses or “toss” it gently toward the pony horse to get him to turn away from the lead horse as you turn toward the right. Evaluate the pony horse’s acceptance of ponying by testing him through a series of turns in both directions, stopping, backing, and changing directions at the walk. In the next article, we will discuss how as our pony horse shows he understands what we are asking him to do at the walk, we will move on to teaching him to pony at the trot. The pony horse must be able to do these basic maneuvers at the walk and trot, both to the right and left, before we can graduate to ponying him outside of the paddock. Until then, follow your dreams…

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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Upcoming 2020

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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 Jan 24-25 SEBRA National Finals Miller Coliseum Murfreesboro, Tennessee Friday: 7:30pm Saturday: 7:30pm Barrel Racing Bull Riding 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) CUTTING Feb 8-9 Harriman April 16-18 Lebanon May 1-3 Harriman May 15-16 Lebanon FINALS - May 17 Lebanon GAITED HORSE SHOWS nwha.com HUNTER/JUMPER ushja.org Jan 24-27 ATLANTA WINTER CLASSIC II Alpharetta, GA Charles Russell eliteshowjumping1@gmail.com Feb 7-9 Southern Fox Winter Classic Conyers, GA Vickie Bryans malonefarmseq@aol.com Feb 20-23 Winter Fest Fairburn, GA Charles Russell eliteshowjumping1@gmail.com

March 11-15 Atlanta In The Spring Fairburn, GA Charles Russell eliteshowjumping1@gmail.com

CLINICS / CLASSES www.eventclinics.com Feb 1-2 Micah Deligdish Dressage Clinic Hannah Rickles mavensporthorses@gmail.com 678-882-5439 Powder Springs GA Feb 3-5 XC & SJ Clinic with Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy Horsepower Equestrian Ocala, FL, 34482 Jill Murphy jmurphyeventing@btinternet.com +44 781-0 29-5659

QUARTER HORSE SHOWS www.tqha.org March 12-15 Celebration Circuit Harriman, TN, BARREL RACING www.ibra.us; www.nbha.com February 28-March 1 Memphis, TN IBRA Super Show Agricenter Showplace Arena Contact: Jamie White Phone #: 901-378-7470 March 27-30 Murfreesboro, TN IBRA Preferred Show TN Miller Coliseum Contact: IBRA Home Office Phone #: 502-239-4000

AGRICENTER SHOWPLACE ARENA http://www.agricenter.org/events

DRESSAGE www.TNDressage.com; www.tvdcta.org June 6 - 7 2020 Tennessean/Tennessean Express – USDF Recognized Dressage Show Brownland Farm, 1155 Hillsboro Rd Franklin, TN 37069 April 21 TVDCTA Dressage Schooling Show with Andrea Pappano Steel Prize Stables 125 Christopher Dr Madison, AL 35757 TRAIL RIDES/TRAIL CHALLENGE/ENDURANCE www.aerc.org May 14-16 Yellowhammer Pioneer Talladega Nat’l Forest-Warden Station Horse Camp-Secy-Eric Rueter-Eric@FleetFootFarm.com Christo Dinkelmann, 678-850-6613, (Endurance0715@gmail.com)

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 2020 AT A GLANCE April 9th - 12th April Spring Kick-Off Ride Horses Only Ride package 3 days includes camping, stalls, 2 meals per day and entertainment nightly. Four days riding. May 7th-10th May Spring Fling Ride Horses Only Ride package 3 days includes camping, stalls, 2 meals per day and entertainment nightly. Four days riding. June 11-14 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. Memorial Day Ride - May 23rd- 27th Horses - Sawmill Side OHV - Office Side 4th of July Ride - July 3rd-5th Horses - Sawmill Side OHV - Office Side BlueGrass Festival - July 16-19 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. 1-6th CLOSED TO HORSEBACK Ride & Slide The Ranch Sept. 4th - 6th Tickets can be purchased On Line OHV Only Sept. 26th - 29th Shoba Trail RideOct 8th-11th Fall Brawl Speed Racking Championship OctoberFest 11th-18th 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. Thanksgiving Weekend Nov. 26th - 29th Horses Only Sawmill Side New Year’s Ride/Party 2019-2020 Dec. 31st - Jan. 3rd 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

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ROANE STATE EXPO CENTER www.roanestate.edu Jan 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 Feb 25 Open Ride & Tack Swap 5pm To 10pm -Indoor Arena $5 Per Horse & $5 Per Rider March 6 & 7 NCA Championship Rodeo door open 6:30, Rodeo 8pm Indoor Arena TBA JR Drake 828-713-3006 March 12 & 15 TQHA Celebration Circuit 8am to 10pm Both Arenas Free to Spectators Kory Bailey Cole 931-265-4657 March 27 - 29 TN Reining Horse Assn. 8am to 10pm Both Arenas Free to Spectators Audrey Kidd 615-400-2404 SCENIC CITY EQUESTRIAN CENTER sceniccityequestrian.com April 4 SCEC Event 3 in 1 8am-5pm Dressage, Combined Training and Cross Country 3 in 1 ScenicCityEquestrian@gmail.com May 2 SCEC Hunter Jumper Show First Class 9am TENNESSEE LIVESTOCK CENTER MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tlc Feb 14-15 MTSU Block & Bridle Preview Show Fri 1pm to 3pm; Sat 7am - 6pm Dr. Jessica Carter 615-631-8369 TENNESSEE MILLER COLISEUM MTSU Murfreesboro, TN www.mtsu.edu/tmc Jan 24-25 SEBRA Finals https://gosebra.com/

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Jan 31-Feb 1 Lone Star Finals 2019 Calsonic Arena, Shelbyville TN February 21-23, 2020 Southern Equine Expo 9 am; Clinics, Shopping, Competitions www.southernequineexpo.com March 6-7 Lone Star Rodeo IPRA 2nd Sanction

March 13-15 13-15 USTRC TN Team Roping Championships John Johnson @ 423-340-0640 pam@jx2events.com www.ustrc.com www.jx2events.com WILLS PARK EQUESTRAIN CENTER Alpharetta GA https://willspark.com/activities/equestrian-info Jan 22-26 Elite Show Jumping (H,J)(A) Vic Russell 678-858-7192 Feb 8 Rolling Hills Saddle Club ( H,J,W,B) Info Line 770-338-0143 Feb 9 IEA-Milton Feb 15-16 Pending (H,J) Feb 22 Rolling Hills Saddle Club ( H,J,W,B) Info Line 770-338-0143 Feb 29-March 1 March 6-8 Cheryl & Co. (H,J) Cheryl Sims 404-518-9198 Feb 21 Rolling Hills Saddle Club (H,J,W,B) Info Line 770-338-0143 Feb 28-29 Elite Show Jumping (H,J) Vic Russell 678-858-7192

THE JAECKLE CENTER https://thejaecklecentre.com/events/ Feb 16 IEA Regionals TRI-STATE EXHIBITION CENTER Cleveland, TN 423-476-9310 www.tristateexhibitioncenter.com March 7th TN National Barrel Horse Association March 14th & 15thStillwater Trail Sports 2 day Clinic March 21stTAG DEA Dressage Show March 28th & 29thWestern Dressage -Show Your Horse LLC UT MARTIN AG PAVILLION & EQUESTRIAN www.utm.edu/departments/agnr/calendar_ events.php Jan 21, 28 FFA Horse Judging Clinic Ag Pavilion/Smith Center Feb 14-16 Equestrian Competition - Baylor Ag Pavilion/Smith Center Feb 21 Equestrian Competition -SMU Ag Pavilion/Smith Center March 21-22 West Tennessee Quarter Horse Ag Pavilion/Smith Center WILLIAMSON COUNTY AG EXPO PARK Franklin, TN (615) 595-1227 www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov

HORSE EVENTS March 19-22, 2020 Lexington KY Kentucky Horse Park Road to the Horse roadtothehorse.com

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