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HORSE TALK January/February 2017 Vol. 25#1


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Katie Eisner, DVM Mary Beth Jackson Sarah McKay Wendy Murdoch COVER PHOTO: This issue celebrates our 25th year in print. On the cover are the publisher’s two horses - Ice and Tango. The last 25 years have been an amazing journey with huge changes in the horse industry, and CELEBRATING of THANKS FOR OUR

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Virginia Horse Center Creates an Advisory Board At the most recent Board of Directors meeting on September 13, 2016, the Virginia Horse Center Foundation (VHC) launched and approved an inaugural Advisory Board whose members will enable the VHC continue to strengthen its outreach into the equestrian community. The Advisory Board, headed by Board of Directors Vice President, Ms. Gardner Bloemers, will work closely with VHC CEO John nicholson and Board of Directors President Ernest M. Oare to help continue the positive momentum of growth for the horse show facility, located in the scenic hills of Lexington, Virginia. “During our strategic planning process we decided that at this point in our resurgence it made sense to create an Advisory Board to give our friends an opportunity to officially support our organization as VHC Ambassadors,” said Bloemers. “We now have a bigger group of friends, which includes former members of our Governing Board, individuals with breed and discipline expertise, a wide geographic diversity of equine enthusiasts’, out of state residents, Executive Directors of non-profits, associations and many more.” Members of the new Advisory Board

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Dressage at Lexington acquired by Virginia Dressage Association Dressage at Lexington, held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia, is a premier dressage show, having grown to be one of the largest shows on the East Coast. Featuring special classes like the Prix St. Georges Challenge, a hotly contested FEi class, and the very popular Sporting Horse Amateur Challenge, Dressage at Lexington has become a destination event for amateurs and professionals alike. Sponsors and riders like the friendly atmosphere, top facility, and opportunity for a victory gallop. After 27 years of developing and managing Dressage at Lexington, show manager Debbie rodriguez is handing over the reins to the Virginia Dressage Association. “it has been a great experience. The best part is the people in our sport that i have gotten to know. Watching riders and horses develop and come up the levels has been a treat. Knowing that volunteers and sponsors are willing to pitch in and help has made my job easy. i look forward to

the experience that VADA brings to the table, and anticipate a bright future for VADA and Dressage at Lexington.” VADA, an active and experienced United States Dressage Federation Group Member Organization with a long history of managing Championship shows, will start hosting Dressage at Lexington in 2017. VADA President Alison Head notes, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue this important Dressage Show. We hope to continue the great work that Debbie has done, and add some special “VADA” touches as well. We look forward to welcoming everyone in July of next year.”

VA Tech’s EMC acquires new High Definition CT Scanner Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) in Leesburg, Virginia is offering enhanced imaging capabilities for equine patients. The Pegaso High-Definition CT, which is the first of its kind on the East Coast, allows veterinarians and staff at the center to perform high-definition CT scans on horses while standing or recumbent. When a patient undergoes a CT (short for “computed tomography”) scan, multiple X-rays are taken at different angles to produce cross-sectional images, allowing a clinician to see inside the body without cutting. The new imaging technology at the EMC provides 3-D images at resolutions several orders of magnitude higher than a conventional CT but with vastly less radiation. The new technology enables CT scans to be performed on the head and neck of horses while standing and the distal limbs, stifle, and vertebrae to C7-T1 while recumbent. For more information visit Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center website at https://www. January/February 2017

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In 2011 Diron Clements and Sis Ta Fame were the winners of 1st Go-Round at the NBHA Colonial National Championships out of 775 entries. This pair also achieved mulitple wins in 2012 and 2014. Photo at left is from the June 2014 NBHA North Carolina State Championship with Diron and Sis Ta Fame winning the 1st Go and Finals. Photo at bottom right is from their November 2014 3rd place win the NBHA Coastal Super Show. Photos courtesy of the NBHA and taken by Ronnie Hester.

Making a l iv in g d o i n g what h e lov es

Diron Clements Wr it t e n b y M ary B eth J a c k s o n


iron Clements’ cell phones are always ringing with a deal to be made. If it isn’t a buyer or seller calling about a home listing for the Pittsylvania County real estate agent, it’s someone calling for DC Clements Quarter Horses. Clements, 34, is a barrel racer and

trainer. His western-style living room is where he keeps mementos of his achievements. Champion belt buckles sparkle underneath glass in his coffee table, and a trophy saddle occupies a corner. Walls and shelves are filled with pictures of family, friends and memorable races. As children, Clements and his younger sister Angela were involved in

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baseball, swimming and lots of camps; but it was a pony ride at an elementary school fun night that changed life for Clements. “Horse camp led to summer lessons. Summer lessons led to year-round lessons. Year-round lessons led to 4-H,” Clements says. Initially he rode English, racking up ribbons in hunter-jumper classes. Five years later, he switched to western riding. “I wanted to be a cowboy and wear a cowboy hat,” he says. But western pleasure proved to be too slow. “At the State Fair, I saw barrel racing and decided that’s what I wanted to do,” Clements says. The speed proved irresistible. In summers during his high school years, Clements stayed with professional trainers and learned their techniques, where he was introduced to the world of futurity horses. After graduating in 2000 from Danville’s George Washington High School, Clements competed on the road for two years. He placed fourth on KC Smokin’ Joe in the youth division of the 2001 National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) World Championship and won a go-round at the NBHA Colonial National Championship. He returned to Danville and earned a Bachelor’s

degree in political science from Averett University, then his Masters in Business Administration. Patty Nunnery, North Carolina state director of the NBHA, has known Clements since he was in high school. “He had that dream all kids have: ‘I can make a living doing this,’” she says. She says he went about it in the wisest way – by taking up a profession that could support his dreams. “He did the right thing,” she says. “Diron is a smart young man.”

With his newly acquired business skills, Clements zeroed in on futurities. “As I got into the training side of

“The magic for me is

taking a 4-year-old that a year ago was trying to buck me off and knowing I have that horse able to win a barrel race.

barrel racing, it became more about the level of discipline the horse has to have in order to win,” he says. “The magic for me is taking a 4-year-old that a year ago was trying to buck me off and knowing I have that horse able to win a barrel race.” In futurity races, horses are on the same level, so the result is a judgment on the trainer. Clements wants to start with the best stock for the job. He buys, sells and breeds in search of winning combinations. Barrel racing enthusiasts are not just picking through quarter horses to find one with potential for the sport anymore. “We are taking proven barrel racing mares and breeding to racehorse studs or barrel horse studs to get what we’re looking for,” Clements says. His shopping list includes a short back; long underline; muscular chest and hips; and the right temperament to get the job done. “I need a horse that can react to situations,” he says. “They can ride quiet, they can ride like a pleasure horse, but just that quick ride wide open like a racehorse. “Many people think a barrel horse has to be fast, fast, fast,” he says. “That’s true. But you have to train a horse slow, slow, slow. I spend hours a week walking and trotting a barrel pattern in order to run wide open Saturday for 15 seconds.” He keeps between eight and 12 horses at a time, favoring horses from the stud Dash Ta Fame, the sport’s all-time leading sire. Dash Ta Fame’s progeny have banked more than $14 million in prize earnings. He recently had a dark chestnut mare sired by Dash Ta Fame shipped from California to Danville. As in other equine sports, he says, “The Internet has changed the way we sell horses.” Clements uses YouTube to promote Continued on page 10

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DIRON CLEMENTS...... from page 9 his brand, and it is not uncommon for barrel horses to be shipped all over the U.S., Canada, and China.

Sta n d i n g up f or sa f et y Clements is now shuttling his own kids to activities as the father of 10-yearold twin boys, Riley and Cole. They prefer playing baseball and riding fourwheelers to horses. “They ride a little, but it’s not their thing,” Clements says. He thinks it would be hard on them if they were expected to be just like dad. He’s letting them find their own way. Parenting has changed how Clements rides. The NBHA’s dress code requires competitors to wear a cowboy hat or helmet. Clements started competing in a helmet in 2016. “When my kids ride, I make them

wear a helmet,” he says. “It makes it hard to get my kids to do something I wouldn’t do myself.” Clements says helmets have come along way from the mushroom-headed things they were in his childhood. “There’s a misconception the helmet gets in your way,” he says. “You don’t even know it’s there.” Furthermore, he says, the NBHA issues penalties for competitors who lose their hat or helmet while racing. With their secure fit, helmets offer an advantage. Still, because falls during competition are uncommon, many riders see them as unnecessary. Clements welcomes the extra safety. “I think it’s a good thing,” he says. “It needs to be a universal trend.”

B a l ancing bu siness es With both cell phones ringing, is he a horseman who happens to be a Realtor,

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or a Realtor who happens to be a horseman? Clements says the two are different sides of the same coin. “My horse business and my real estate business are about putting the deal together,” he says. “In real estate, it’s all about a happy buyer and a happy seller. It’s the same with horses. At the end of the day, the horse has to fit that person like a house has to fit a family.” In each business, he enjoys the relationships. “In this sport, I’ve had the opportunity to make great friends and meet some amazing people,” he says. Nunnery says Clements is a wellliked competitor who handles the ups and downs of the sport with equal grace. “It’s hard to do that because we’re so passionate about it,” she says. “He’s one of the ones you like to see win.”

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The Benefits of

Bareback Riding by M ARY B ETH JACK S ON


i n te r i s not the time to get fussy. Pastured horses are filthy. Mud is tough on pretty tall boots, and insulated work boots aren’t stirrupfriendly. Metal fittings on tack are frosty, cold fingers fumbly. In other words, it’s the perfect time to ride bareback. Bareback riding has several benefits for horse and rider. If you haven’t done it since you were a kid on a lunge line, you may fall in love with it all over again. “One of the greatest benefits is feeling a closer contact with the horse,” says Wytheville, Virginia trainer Pam Umberger, who runs the Copper Crest Riding Therapy Program at her fifthgeneration family farm. “There’s that increased sensitivity of what the horse is doing. You can feel the subtle things like tension in the horse’s muscles or the slightest give in the horse’s body.” Umberger utilizes bareback time in her lesson programs for therapy and non-therapy riders alike. One of the rewards is relaxation. “The warmth in the horse’s body helps relax stiff muscles,” she says. “The less between the horse and the body, the more relaxing it will be.” But is it relaxing for the horse? Dr. Ann-Marie Hancock of True North

Bareback riding can be fun and challenging for riders of all disciplines. However, not everyone who rides bareback is going to attempt to jump the heights set at the 2016 Morningside Bareback Puissance on the opening night of the Land Rover Great Meadow International. Shown above is the 2016 winner Chris Talley and Wyeth who clear 5’3” to win the $2,000 prize.

Equine in Marshall, VA has a specialty in osteopathy. She says equestrians need to think about the impact on their horses’ back when shedding the saddle. “There’s definitely some pros and cons associated with bareback riding. A lot of it has to do with pressure points,” she says. Without a pad, she says, “You have two very specific pressure points. Your seat bones.” A pad can help distribute that pinpoint pressure, but it isn’t always necessary. “If you have a horse with a very broad back, a pad may not be as important as for a horse that’s more narrow or more sensitive,” she says. “You can look for something that’s going to fit without

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putting a lot of extra pressure where the girth is.” All in all, she says the ideal pad is something that’s comfortable for your horse while spreading the rider’s weight out. Some pad manufacturers offer forward girth fittings, and some permit the use of your usual western, English, or dressage girth. Hancock also says that riding bareback has the potential to relieve some pressure on the horse. “Anytime you have a saddle on, the saddle is fairly rigid,” she says. “A lot of times, the saddles are fit for a horse that’s standing, instead of in motion.” The horse, however, has a flexible spine. “That saddle could be preventing

them from lifting their back up the way you’d like them to,” she says. Another issue says Hancock is that people are generally crooked. Most everyone has something about them that isn’t perfectly symmetrical, such as one leg that’s slightly shorter than another. Riders may not be aware of this, but their horses are. “Over time, they are creating twist, and the saddle is creating a stronger force onto the horse’s back,” she says. In this case, the saddle is working as leverage – the crookedness is amplified by the saddle. “The horse has to constantly compensate,” she says. That’s a whole other conversation, Hancock adds. While riding bareback, she says, “A lot of us are better able to balance ourselves and fix those things. With a saddle, we don’t change our balance as much.” That’s where Umberger sees some distinct advantages to bareback riding. “When you’re riding bareback, you’re totally dependent on your balance to stay on the horse,” she says. Umberger is aware that some riders

find bareback daunting, especially if they didn’t try it as children or became equestrians later in life. She has some advice. “First, make sure you have a really quiet, calm, dependable horse,” she says. “Then start doing it (riding bareback) very carefully and slowly.” Walk, do some circles, and change direction, she says. Only after feeling confident, try a slow trot on a straight line. Then add wide turns. “Gradually work up as the confidence builds,” she says. Umberger also suggests riding bareback with a vaulting surcingle. “That gives the rider something to hang onto for security, but still the benefits of riding bareback,” she says. “Not many people have those, but they are really nice.” Whatever you choose, Umberger says, don’t pick a bareback pad that has stirrups. “I’m very much opposed to them,” she says. “If you get a little off balance, that bareback’s pad going to slide.”

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Stirrups aren’t much help mounting, either, she says. Mounting will cause the pad to slip because it has no tree. Whether you simply use bareback riding

Once they try it, Pam Umberger says many of her teenage students prefer to ride bareback as much as possible. While taking a break from their ride, Kylei Smith and Bitsy (left) take a quick picture with Madison Phillips and Brittany.

in the round pen to improve your seat or for a low-key hack in the open, Umberger says bareback riding has mental benefits in addition to physical ones. She says, “You can have a crappy day, get on a horse, and it just goes away.”

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Ba re b a c k Pad Guid e Written by Mary Beth Jackson


e are all familiar with the fluffy fleece bareback pad and nylon girth, but there’s more to consider. Here’s a sampling of what’s out there at a variety of price points.

Best Friend

Sk i to B a r e ba c k Pa d Idaho-based Skito will make you and your horse a custom bareback pad from your photos and measurements. Options include high wither accommodations, a forward girth, and dee rings. CEO Tom Clark and his staff will help you choose between three types of foam to ensure you and your horse have a comfy connection. Clark says that five years of work went into the design, and believes their diligence with the order process is why he’s never received any complaints on this pad. Prices start at $325 plus shipping. Learn more at www.

M a c Ph e r s o n C u s to m Le ather This pad from MacPherson Custom Leather looks like the style made popular by Parelli because it is. MacPherson originally designed and supplied this pad for the Parelli brand. The suede helps increase the amount of “stick” for riders concerned about staying seated and provides a close-contact feel. MacPherson pads start at $199. Choices include 11 suede colors, black or brown straps, and western dees or English billets. They also make coordinating breast collars. See all the options at

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Online shopper reviews from multiple retailers have consistently given the Best Friend Western Style Bareback Pad high marks for its non-slip lining and “grippy” synthetic suede. The fit can be adjusted from both sides, and the washable pad features a handy pocket that makes it great for trail riding. Included is a neoprene girth and water bottle. The pad retails under $100. See assorted colors and English styles at the manufacturer’s site,

Things to think about when choosing a pad: Try to avoid the bareback pads that include stirrups. While it is tempting to have a foothold, they can be a hazard by causing the pad to slip sideways. It’s not always possible or practical to throw a custom bareback pad in the washer. Put an all-purpose or dressage pad underneath to keep your bareback pad pristine. Or you could let this be your fun time by using an underneath

pad from your local tack store. Choose one in wild colors or patterns to break away from the norm. As with a saddle, the fit of a bareback pad also matters. Older horses and those with back or wither issues may well benefit from a custom pad. Custom manufacturers will use different types and densities of fill depending on the weight of the rider to create a comfy connection for horse and human. Ask questions when you are shopping for a bareback pad at your tack shop. Many of the sales associates will have personal experience using a brand they sell and can give you valuable input. Also consider the elements. Some gel cushioning can seize in cold temperatures, and breathable materials may be more comfortable for your horse in the heat. Research how the materials will behave in the weather in which you’ll ride the most. This is a good time to sharpen your mounting skills. If you’ll be trail riding, you will want to make sure your horse will stand still as you mount from various places, and accept being mounted from his offside. You won’t be able to move the fence, log or rock you use. Moving your horse will always be easier than moving the trees.

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C o n g ratulations to the se ride rs

20 1 6 Y earboo k Emileigh M ills 2016 was a great year for many riders throughout Virginia. We reached out to our readers and Facebook fans to send us their accomplishments they are most proud of in 2016. Congratulations to those shown here and to all who were successful in whatever discipline they persued, and may 2017 be an even better year.

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A i m ee S c o t t a n d B e e b er ks pat r ic k: Bee Berks Patrick is owned and ridden by Aimee Scott at the East Coast Stock Horse Association shows at Cornerstone Horsemanship in Reva, VA. The pair were 2016 ECSHA Amateur Stock Horse Champion, ECSHA Amateur Boxing Reserve Champion, ECSHA Amateur Ranch Versatility Reserve Champion, and ECSHA Amateur Ranch Cutting Reserve Champion.

Gypsy came from a rescue group in November 2015 after sitting in a pasture for many years because her owner lost interest in her. Dakota immediately fell in love with this girl, however at his first lesson Gypsy spooked, causing Dakota to fall and break his back in 4 places. This didn’t stop him though and only 6 weeks later he was right back in the saddle. Dakota put lots of love, time, & work in with her. He went to lessons several times a week for 2-4 hours at Double G stables in Elizabeth City, NC. With hard work & dedication Dakota and Gypsy placed at the NC District and State 4H shows and qualified to compete in GA for 4H finals this year. This was both rider and horses first big achievement. The photo above is of the first local show they competed in just a couple months after getting Gypsy. They were awarded Reserve Champion that day. These two are the perfect example of team work.

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This year was Emileigh Mills’ first year competing miniature horses. She is pictured here at the Virginia Horse Center after competing at her first Virginia State 4H Horse Championship Show with Charmed N Dangerous (owned by Joleen Reinhardt). They placed 2nd in both Miniature Junior Driving and Miniature Junior Obstacle Course. They placed 6th in Miniature Reinsmanship. They placed 7th in

Miniature Junior Showmanship. They placed 9th in Miniature Junior Hunter/ Jumper. Emileigh and Charm then qualified for Driving Classics and placed 7th overall. Emileigh and Charm also placed Reserve Champion at this years District 4H Show. Emileigh will be showing a different mini horse next year named Hidden Timbers Forward Motion and we look forward to seeing her grow in her driving abilities. We want to thank Joleen Reinhardt for all of her knowledge and help this year! Also, a thank you to Colleen Chaplin for helping Emileigh and Charm qualify for their skills tests this year!

Au t u m n R e e d Autumn Reed and Cruisin’ Down Braddock Road (a Welsh/Arab cross) showed in their third year at the Virginia State 4H Championship Horse Show held at the Virginia Horse Center. Both of them had a personal best score in Hunter Senior Showmanship but fell short of placing. They placed 3rd and 4th in Hunter Pleasure Large Pony Senior. They also placed 5th out of a very competitive Senior Hunter Equitation on the Flat class. Autumn and Braddock are a perfect team and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for these two! We would like to thank Cavalry Ridge Stables in Catharpin, VA (Kristin Webber-Moore) and Willow Way Dressage in Haymarket, VA (Jen Moran); both where she works and trains. Autumn was also tapped into the Virginia 4H All Stars this year which is the highest honor you can receive in the State for 4H. She attended 4H State Congress this year and hopes to run for a cabinet seat next year.

L uc k y B i t s a n d S p u r s Lucky Bits and Spurs 4H Club from Fauquier County had a marvelous year! Every single child placed at the Virginia State 4H Championship Horse Show. They have ridden their horses in parades, competed in Hippology contests, done drill team and competed in local shows. These kids have Continued on page 18 January/February 2017

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2016 Yearbook............ from page 17 different skillsets in many areas such as English Pleasure, Hunter/Jumper, Western Pleasure, Speed Events/Barrel Race, Dressage, Driving, Roping and much more! Their teamwork and helpfulness with each other is unparalleled. They are pictured here (with a few missing and some grandparents) at the annual Fauquier County 4H Awards Banquet where many of them received Top County Honor Awards, Achievement Awards, Leadership Awards and almost all of them received blue ribbon awards for their 4H project books and 4H portfolios. These girls complete hours of community service every year and are superb leaders and examples. Way to go Lucky Bits and Spurs!

he wanted to do better. So he practiced at home. The next show was at Picturesque Farm on December 3. He got two 4th place and then his last class he got a 3rd place. He was so excited that he improved and got a different color ribbon to hang on his bed. Lance said, next show I want to do better and get second place. So off to more practicing he goes....till the next show in January!

ARIANA TOONE 4-year-old Ariana Toone loves handing out lollipops to all the horses who did well at the Picturesque show. After all, all the lead line competitors get a lollipop after their class. You know they are all in it for the lollipops anyway.

C a m ry n s c o t t a n d B a x ter’s the boss

L an c e Va l le t ta Lance wanted to show a horse. We have three at home but not all were ready for him. So we asked around and found a friend with a pony we could borrow for leadline classes. Lance is 6 years old and loves riding our OTTB gelding. He has had no lessons, only basic training from his Mom who is an avid horsewoman. His first show he got all 4th place. Lance told his mom that next show

Camryn Scott and her pony “Baxter’s the Boss” had a busy but successful year of showing. They were the 2016 Pony Equitation Champions for VHSA, BHSA, the Hazelwild Farm show series, the Whitestone Farm show series and the Picturesque Farm summer show series. They were also the 2016 Large Pony Hunter Champions for the Hazelwild Farm show series, the Whitestone Farm show series and the Picturesque Farm summer show series. Additionally, as a result of winning the Large Pony Hunter Division (Jr rider) at the VA 4H State Show, Camryn and Baxter competed at the 2016 Southern Regional 4H Championships in Georgia, where they were the Working Hunter class winner out of 67 entries. Congratulations Camryn on a great year!

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Morgan Strickler a n d Im a G l o w i n g Coco Ch ip Morgan Strickler attended the 2016 Southern Regional 4H horse show in August. This is a National 4H horse show where the top 60 youth from the lower 13 states compete against each other in different events, such as western pleasure, , walking horses, Saddle Horses, Ranch horse, Hunter Pleasure, Hunter over fences, etc. Morgan was overall high point Western horse with her three Year old Appaloosa mare, Ima Glowin Coco Chip. She won the Horsemanship

class competing against 85 other youth and reserve champion in the Western Pleasure class with a total of 79 entries. She was 5th in trail out of 65 entries and 6th in showmanship with 75 entries. She also received a 10th in halter mares but this did not count towards the high point award.

S H A Am i r a M o o n B e y and Sophia Stoernell SHA Amira Moon Bey+ (Klint Black+++// x Moon Lily Bey) “Amira,” owned by Sunscat Hollow Arabians and the Stoernell family, had a very exciting and amazing year. She earned eight new Regional Titles. Amira was honored as the Blue Ridge Arabian Horse Association Sport Horse In-Hand Champion. She is the 2016 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Horse of the Year Regional Champion Sport Horse in Hand, and will receive an award for being 6th in the Nation. Amira was also a 2016 USEF Regional Horse of the Year Arabian Halter Top Ten winner. The most exciting accomplishment this year is that she earned her Arabian Horse Association Legion of Honor and is recognized for her outstanding records in halter and performance. She earned this in part with her 12 Regional Championship Titles and one National Title. She has now earned the distinguished “+” that will be seen following her registered name. Continued on page 20 January/February 2017

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2016 Yearbook............ from page 19

Arabian Horse Association Reserve Champion Youth Halter and 3rd place Sport Horse in Hand. She is the 2016 United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year Regional Sport Horse in Hand and Arabian Halter Top Ten award winner.

P u r e Fa m e a n d Sophia Stoernell

MP Festival and Neil Stoernell MP Festival (Stival x MP Amazing Grace) owned by Sunscat Hollow Arabians and the Stoernell Family, had a very successful year. She earned several Regional Titles at the East Coast Arabian Horse Championships. She is 2016 East Coast Arabian Sport Horse Mares In-Hand Dressage Type Amateur to Handle Champion, 2016 East Coast Arabian Sport Horse Mares In-Hand Dressage Type Open Champion, 2016 East Coast Arabian Mares In-Hand Dressage Type Junior to Handle Championship TOP Five and earned 2016 East Coast Arabian Halter Mares Junior to Handle Championship TOP FIVE. Festival was Blue Ridge

Pure Fame (Super Lucky Fame x RDR Summer Breeze) “Castiel” had a very busy and successful year earning a 2016 East Coast Arabian Dressage Championship TOP FIVE and won two Championships in Pleasure and Equitation rail classes. Castiel received many year-end awards from the Blue Ridge Arabian Horse Association. Sophia and Castiel showed at the 2016 Championship 4H State Horse show and won Top Ten honors in Dressage, Equitation and Grooming, and Showmanship. Sophia also won Top Ten awards for her artwork and photography submissions, and was Reserve State Champion for her Horse Project Portfolio. Castiel is the 2016 United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year Regional Reserve Champion in the Half Arabian Halter Division.

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Keeping THE tradition alive

Foxhunting in VA A tradition in our country that dates back to the 17th century, foxhunting is a way to preserve history and enjoy the beautiful virginia countryside Wr it te n By S ar ah McK ay

Huntsman Charles Montgomery and Honorary Whipper-In Sallie Hill Outten of Bull Run Hunt.


or foxhunters in Virginia, the sport is not just a hobby or a job—it’s a lifestyle. Best described by The Masters of Fox Hounds Association

Photo Credit: Amy Savell

and Foundation, (MFHA), the sport is the “union of humans and animals in the beauty of nature’s setting. Man is an observer mounted on a horse, the vehicle that allows him to follow and observe the hounds as they hunt the

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fox. The scenario unwinds before the foxhunters’ eyes and ears with the sounds of the huntsman’s hunting horn as hounds give chase.” Virginia has a rich history of foxhunting, originally an English tradition

where major landowners ran their hounds across their land in pursuit of game. Since the late 17th century, mounted foxhunting has been a part

foxhunting has evolved into the modern day country pursuit, in which the goal of hunt is the chase, rather than the kill. A day of hunting begins with members gathering at the meet, the location where the the care of the land is imperahunt is to take place. tive. We have to know and be familiar The horses have been with the countryside. We also spend groomed, tacked up, a lot of time maintaining habitat and and mounted, and after being responsible stewards of the a few opening words by land. the Masters of the Fox Hounds, the huntsman of America’s history, which many of casts the hounds to seek out a scent of our nation’s forefathers participated fox or coyote. The huntsman is followed in, including Thomas Jefferson and closely by the flights, the riders who George Washington, who maintained are the observers of the chase. The his own pack at Mount Vernon. To date, first flight is comprised of horses and the oldest continuing organized hunt in riders who will jump the coops, fences, Virginia is the Piedmont Foxhounds, and generally keep a faster pace. The which was established in 1840 and is second flight keeps a faster pace as one of 155 registered and active hunts well; however, no jumping is involved. in North America. Continued on page 24 Over the centuries, the sport of

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Above: Jordan Sipe, Junior Member of Keswick Hunt Club on the day she was awarded her colors. Photo credit: Warner Granade Below: Sally Lamb teaches the next generation of foxhunters. Photo Credit: Jeff Poole

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Foxhunting in Virginia...... from page 23 The third flight, also known as “hilltoppers”, keeps a slower pace behind the rest of the hunt, observing the hounds’ work from a further distance. Field

lifestyle—you have to have a calling to do this.” And a calling is certainly what Boo and Charles have for foxhunting, as Charles is in his 30th season as a professional huntsman. When they aren’t hunting, their day begins with feeding

“especially if you can practice having your horse stand when others trot by.” Often, the various hunts across the state do group trail rides and foxhunting workshops to introduce new riders and horses to the sport. However, it is

Masters lead each flight through the day of sport, determining how close the flights keep up with the Huntsman, as well as maintaining general safety and accounting for members during the hunt. Other key players in the hunt involve the Whipper-Ins, whose job is to keep the hounds out of harm’s way. They must know the names of the hounds, be able to identify the countryside, and are generally the eyes and ears of the huntsman. As the hunt progresses, flights watch for the fox and when spotted, a resounding “Tally Ho!” can be heard. Often, the fox goes to ground and after praising the hounds, the Huntsman calls the pack off, leaving the fox until another day’s chase. After a successful day of hunting, often the hunts will celebrate over a breakfast, or brunch, and trailer back home to care for their mounts and the pack. For Boo Montgomery, professional Whipper-In for Bull Run Hunt, and her husband, Charles Montgomery, Huntsman for Bull Run Hunt, the day-today activities of maintaining the horses and hounds “is all about routine. It’s a labor of love, not so much a job as a

the hounds and horses, washing down and cleaning kennels, and taking the hounds out on foot for their exercise. Time is also spent doing country maintenance—clearing trails and building jumps in the hunt territory. They finish off the day by getting their horses ready for hunting the next day. Between the two of them, Boo and Charles have 7 horses they care for, in addition to the pack of 30 hounds. Fitness is key for both horse and rider, and when hunting season ends, the horses get 4-6 weeks off before getting back into routine on June 1st where they begin walk sets, usually riding one and ponying another. As the summer goes on, Boo and Charles condition the horses by adding in trot sets to get the horses to where they can trot 20 minutes, followed by a canter and gallop stretch, and then another 20 minute trot set, which develops the baseline for fitness before the hunting season. For those who want to condition their horse for foxhunting, Boo recommends working your way up to this baseline. For horses new to hunting, group trail rides are a great way to work up to hunting,

recommended that if it is your first time hunting, that you go on an experienced horse, as green riders and green horses generally don’t mix well out in the field. Hunting is also good for rider agility. Devon Zebrovious, of the Middleburg Hunt and Piedmont Foxhounds, points out that hunting develops you as a rider and can improve your equitation, as you are not on a flat, level surface, and you must be aware of your surroundings at all times. She also notes that she hunts all of her show horses, as it is good for them to get out of the ring to have fun and challenges them to think in different ways. For many, the thrill of the chase is what is so fun about foxhunting. For others, it is the time spent out in the countryside. Sally Lamb, of Keswick Hunt Club, notes that “we’re lucky here in central Virginia, that a lot of the time, you don’t see a road all day long.” Jordann Sipe, a junior member of Keswick Hunt Clubs adds that, “these days, we take so much for granted and it is incredible to take a step back and take in the breathtaking countryside. It’s important to take a moment to appreciate something that

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has been a part of our history.” However, Sally’s favorite part of it all is the hounds. “I’ve been hunting for 60 years, and it’s the same feeling when those hounds cry.” This is one aspect that Sally notes has changed over time. In years past, “the key was to know the territory and hound work was more imperative than running and jumping.

Above: Devon Zebrovious rides astride while foxhunting with Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Hounds. Photo credit: Middleburg Photo Left: Boo and Charles Montgomery hunting with Bull Run Hunt. Photo credit: Amy Savell

It’s more of a chase now.” She does note that some changes have been for the better, as helmets are worn for safety and tack has been improved. Rather than going out in full bridles, many riders opt for less when it comes to their bit choices, being kinder to their mounts. However, regardless of how much the equipment or ride has changed, “the devotion to the sport has not—if you’re addicted, you’re addicted.” Devon adds that the attire is one aspect of the sport that hasn’t changed much, not just because of tradition, but because of functionality. “We have these traditions because they were started for a reason. The scarlet coats are worn because you can see them from a distance, and we wear melton because it is very tightly woven and is waterproof. The stock tie serves as a bandage or sling. Everything has a reason, everything has a purpose. We understand that some things have changed, but we do look back to tradition and we want to serve those traditions.” She also adds that much of the presentation and dress of horse and rider is done out of respect for the landowners. The tradition of foxhunting in Virginia has also served as an avenue for preserving other traditions as well, such as sidesaddle. Both Devon and Sally are huge advocates Continued on page 26 January/February 2017

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Left: Devon Zebrovious rides astride while foxhunting with Piedmont Foxhounds. Photo credit: Middleburg Photo

Foxhunting in Virginia...... from page 25 for foxhunting and sidesaddle and see the two going hand in hand. Devon, who hunts sidesaddle, notes that women have been hunting sidesaddle since the 1840’s and not only is it important to keep this style around, it is fun. She also adds that “a lot of horses go better because there is less interference with their shoulder movement when riding aside.” Devon finds that riding aside is easier and more comfortable. She also notes that for others, riding aside actually makes them braver, as they

are more secure, and thus willing to try more when out riding. Hunting aside is growing rapidly in Virginia, through the efforts of both Sally and Devon. The resurgence in sidesaddle has been facilitated by the internet, which has made the sport more accessible, as well as the efforts of women around the country to pique interest in the sport by incorporating it in horse shows and race series. Devon notes that sidesaddle opens up opportunities for a lot of people, including those who have injuries or who are older, but want to continue riding, as she recalls a story of the “Galloping Grandmothers,” a group of women in Essex, NJ, who continued foxhunting aside in their 80’s. The tradition of foxhunting has stayed alive and well in Virginia and

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will hopefully continue to for generations to come. For this to happen however, maintaining hunt territory is key. “We are lucky in Virginia that we have beautiful terrain, and plenty of facilities. But the whole secret is landowners, as we are always in danger of losing land” says Sally Lamb. Much of the Hunt Clubs’ time is spent on maintaining landowner relations as well as efforts around the stewardship of the land. Boo Montgomery adds, “the care of the land is imperative. We have to know and be familiar with the countryside. We also spend a lot of time maintaining habitat and being responsible stewards of the land.” Devon Zebrovious agrees that the connection with nature and importance of conservation is a big part of foxhunting, and that it is “not just land conservation, but water conservation, and keeping creeks clear for the habitat of all the animals around it.” In addition to environmental conservation, Sally also notes that foxhunting has a positive economic impact for the state, and that Virginia is lucky to have foxhunting, which draws people to the rural parts of the state so that they can hunt. Foxhunting plays a bigger role than just sport, as it improves the economic condition of the state and adds

to the horse industry’s role in bringing opportunities and jobs to the state. Sally believes this is something that must be shared with others outside the sport, from community members to land owners to legislators. “For me, foxhunting is obviously my life, but it’s not just about me. I want this industry to grow with wisdom and be a sport that people respect. Because if people appreciate what I appreciate, the longer the sport will live.” Sally as well as Boo and Devon comment on the need to involve more riders from other disciplines, and especially youth in order to keep the sport alive. “No matter what the sport, youth is the future,” and Sally makes sure that if a young rider shows an interest in hunting, that they have a horse to ride, as if they “develop a desire for it, they will come back and support the Continued on page 28

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Foxhunting in Virginia...... from page 27 sport.” One such youth is Jordann Sipe, who was awarded her colors this past Thanksgiving at Keswick Hunt Club’s Blessing of the Hounds. Jordann Sipe is one of Sally’s riders who started actively hunting when she was 13, when she began hilltopping, before making her way up to first flight. She recalls the moment that she fell in love with foxhunting—“two years ago, at the Keswick Hunt Club Junior meet, I had the opportunity to ride with (Huntsman) Tony Gammell, and I fell in love with being up there and seeing him work with the hounds.” This led to even more time spent in the foxhunting world, when she took an internship with Tony and his wife Whitney. She began helping with daily chores such as cleaning kennels, walking hounds out, and exercising the pack in the off season, but all this led to her being Junior Whipper-In. Her experiences with foxhunting led her to other

Sally Lamb hunting with Keswick Hunt Club at Cloverfield Farms. Photo Credit: George Payne

opportunities such as showing and winning at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and “not only helped me in the horse world, but helped me gain life confidence as well.” This is another aspect that Sally loves about involving youth in the sport—“it’s important to teach and train not only better horsemen

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and women, but better people.” Area hunt clubs are pushing to keep Juniors involved. Devon comments that through the work of Nancy Dillon of the Piedmont Foxhounds, “on any given Saturday there may be around 20 kids out.” Further, hunts around the state, including Bull Run Hunt host Junior Meets, and Keswick Hunt Club has even started a group called the “Keswick Cubs,” a group of 15-20 kids that take part in monthly activities on foot or on horse and on certain Sundays, will have Junior hunts. One key part of the Keswick Cubs is that you do not have to a member in order to have your kids a part of the group. For Jordann, it is important that young riders appreciate the sport that has so much history and that they “participate in something so unique to where we come from and value the unique interaction between the hounds, horses, and countryside.” For those looking to get involved in foxhunting or who just want to give it a try, the first step is to check out the MFHA website to find a local hunt at: It is then protocol to contact the field secretary of the hunt or one of the Masters of Foxhounds, information that can be found on each hunt club’s website. For more information on sidesaddle or foxhunting prospects, Devon Zebrovious can be reached through her website http://www. and Sally Lamb can be reached at For more information on the hunts mentioned in the article, please visit the following websites: Bull Run Hunt Club: Keswick Hunt Club: The Middleburg Hunt: http://www. The Piedmont Foxhounds:

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HORSE HEALTH: Causes of a Runny Nose

Wh e n you r h or s e has t h e s n if f l es Katie Eisner, DVM Rappahannock Equine Clinic


ith the colder weather comes cold and flu season too. Just as coughs and sniffles travel through our schools and workplaces, they can travel through pastures and stables as well. So what should you do when you find your horse with a runny nose this winter? First, remember that horses can have discharge from their nose for many reasons. A small amount of clear nasal discharge is often normal. Like humans, viruses causing cold and flu symptoms (like the rhinoviruses or herpesviruses we commonly vaccinate our travelling horses against) are some of the more common reasons to see a snotty nose. Viral respiratory infections usually, but not always, are accompanied by a fever. Bacterial infections can also be to blame, ranging from tooth root abscesses and sinus infections, to strangles, and pneumonia. Other less common causes of nasal discharge include growths in the nasal passages and throat and guttural pouch infections. If your horse has feed material in their nasal discharge, choke, or an obstruction in the esophagus, should be suspected, and your veterinarian should be contacted immediately.

So how do you determine if your horse’s nasal discharge is innocuous or something more serious? First, take a moment to characterize the discharge. Is it coming from one or both nostrils? Generally a discharge that drains from both nostrils is coming from the lungs. What color is the discharge? A little clear fluid can be normal, but white, green, or yellow generally are not. Does the discharge smell? How long has it been present and is there a lot or just a little? Then, as with any health issue in a horse, take a step back to assess the whole picture. Consider your horse’s general attitude and appetite. Check your horse for a temperature greater than 101.5 F. Determine if your horse has any other symptoms such as a cough or swelling of the throatlatch. Finally, call your veterinarian to consult. Your veterinarian can help determine if your horse’s runny nose is something to be concerned about or not. Along with a complete physical exam

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evaluating your horse’s overall respiratory health, you may see your veterinarian perform a rebreathing exam. A rebreathing exam is accomplished by putting a plastic bag over your horse’s nose. This encourages them to take deeper breaths and allows the veterinarian to assess better your horse’s lungs. Depending on what they find, they may recommend an oral exam, bloodwork, cultures, x-rays, endoscopy, or ultrasound. Based on the results of these tests, your veterinarian can make appropriate treatment recommendations. Typically, treatment for viral infections, like in humans, consists of supportive care: providing anti-inflammatories, like bute or Banamine, keeping your horse well hydrated, and protecting them from the elements. Your veterinarian can also help you determine whether or not your horse may need to be isolated from other horses. Most viral and bacterial respiratory diseases

are contagious and a minimum of 3 weeks rest and isolation is recommended to prevent their spread. Conventional wisdom has us loading up on vitamin C and getting our flu shots when the threat of cold and flu season arrives. Flu shots in horses are effective in preventing certain strains of the virus when given appropriately. Current recommendations are to vaccinate adult horses that travel off the farm or interact with other horses that have travelled off the farm for Equine Herpesvirus 1 and 4 and Equine Influenza (Rhino/Flu) every 4-6 months. Regular oral exams and dentistry can reduce the risk of tooth root abscesses. Ensuring your horse’s immune system is up to snuff by diagnosing and managing illnesses like Equine Cushings will also give him a hoof up. Although it is easy to dismiss a little “runny nose,” nasal discharge can be a sign of a variety of different things.

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For this reason, it is always best to take a closer look and check with your veterinarian when something abnormal stands out. If you have any questions concerning your horse’s health, please feel free to call us at Rappahannock Equine Clinic at (540) 854-7171.

Most Common Causes of a Runny Nose • • • • • • • • • •

Bacterial Infections Dental Disease Strangles Sinus Infection Pneumonia Viral Infections Equine Influenza Equine Herpesviruses Guttural Pouch Mycosis Masses/Tumors of Throat and Nasal Passages

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Improve your riding in a Murdoch Minute


Use this Murdoch Minute to at all! Others demonstrate the exact isolate problems in your body same problems they have under saddle. that may influence your horse’s Working it out off the horse takes the rider’s anxiety away and is less stressful on the horse. canter

By Wendy Murdoch


o you have trouble cantering? Does your horse rush, resist or have difficulty maintaining canter? Are you better on one lead vs. the other? Do you have problems with your transition into or out of canter? Cantering on your own two feet on the ground can be revealing and can dramatically improve your canter on the horse. Next time you ride notice what happens when you canter. Does your horse run into it? Does he fall on the forehand? Do you stiffen especially in transitions? Do you hold your breath when simply thinking about cantering? Some horses do have difficulty with canter. To diagnose the problem go

through the following checklist. Can your horse canter on both leads: • In the field? • When you free lunge him? • On the lunge without tack? • With tack? • Easily with someone else riding him? If one or more of these answers is “no” then your horse needs some help in order to improve his ability to canter with a rider. Depending on how far you got in this checklist you may need to consult a veterinarian, physical therapist or a good trainer for your horse. If the answer to all of these questions is “yes” you need to do some cantering on the ground to improve yourself. When I ask riders to canter on the ground some students cannot canter

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Go for a canter on your own two feet. What you do? Have someone watch you to point out what they see. What lead did you unconsciously choose? Is this the same lead that your horse prefers? How awkward is the other lead? How difficult is it to change leads? Where are you tight or stiff? Hips, knees, ankles, lower back, etc.? Does your “hind leg” feel weak on your “bad” lead? Do you canter on the forehand? Do you twist your torso when you canter so that your pelvis is aimed to away from the direction of travel? Notice the quality of your canter and your length of stride. Do you have any suspension or is it flat? The canter is a three-beat gait and you only have two legs, however is there a distinct pattern of movement (hind leg, lead leg, suspension) to cantering on the ground. Is it the same on each lead? If you were to collect your canter do you lose all rhythm and suspension?

Remember to keep the motion and rhythm of the canter going in your legs while the upper body remains balanced above. And always remember to enjoy the ride!

Photo 1. With both hands on my leading leg I tap my toe while remaining balanced over the back leg by bending especially in the knee.

Place both hands on the thigh of the leading leg. Bend the joints of the supporting leg. Tap your lead foot a few times using your hands to spring your leg off the ground without losing your balance. Canter off continuing to spring the lead leg off the ground with your hands. With your hands on your lead leg your body is much straighter and the motion of canter is absorbed in you legs rather than in your lower back. Feel how the hip joints need to open and close (thigh moving up towards and away from your torso) with each stride. Remove your hands from your thigh and pretend to hold the reins. See if you can maintain the same amount of suspension, rhythm and balance as you canter circles, turns and transitions from trot to canter. Use this Murdoch Minute to sort out your canter problems. When you get back on your horse, remember the feeling you had while cantering on

Photo 2. While holding my reins I am collect my canter by sitting onto my outside hind leg while maintaining my upper body over that leg.

the ground. Allow your legs to absorb the motion while your upper body remains quiet. Let the horse do the cantering while you go with the motion.

Wendy Murdoch is available for lessons and clinics in the Northern Virginia region as well as throughout the United States. She teaches riders of all levels and disciplines how to improve the horse’s performance by improving their body position. On-line join Wendy’s Facebook group Fans of the Murdoch Method and find more articles, blog and her book 50 5-Minute Fixes to Improve Your Riding, based on the Murdoch Minutes at

Photo 3. On the horse I let the joints in my legs absorb the horse’s motion keep a solid lower back and upper body over my feet.

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2 0 1 7 S how & E v en t Ca l e ndar January 2017 All Equine Events

Jan. 5-8 -The Barracks January I Rated Hunter Show, Charlottesville, VA 434-293-6568,, Jan. 7 -Topline Horse Center Hunter/Jumper Show, Yorktown, VA, 757-591-8791 www., Jan. 7 -TWA Winter Jumper Show, Hazelwild Farm, Fredericksburg, VA, 540-972-1342, Jan. 8 -TWA Winter Hunter Show, Hazelwild Farm, Fredericksburg, VA, 540-972-4342, Jan. 12-15 -The Barracks January II Rated Hunter Show, Charlottesville, VA, 434-293-6568, Jan 14 – Just Jumpers Show at Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA., 703-437-8261 Jan 14 - Picturesque Farm winter schooling show series, Warrenton VA, 540-349-2026, Jan 14 - Glenmore Hunt Pony Club & Bridgewater College Hunter Show, Bridgewater College Riding Center, Weyers Cave, VA 540-421-9385,, www. Jan. 15 – Hazelwild Farm Hunter Horse Show, Fredericksburg, VA www.hazelwildfarm. com, 540-891-7101 Jan. 15 – VA Hunters at Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA www.fryingpanequestrian. org, 703-437-8261 Jan. 19-22 -Stonewall Country Horse Show I – Rated Hunter/Jumper Show, Lexington, VA, 540-460-5251, Jan 19 - Total Equine Winter Seminar: Equine First Aid (411 or 911?) and Basic Trailer Emergencies, Total Equine Veterinary Associates and Nicole Ehrentraut of DaVinci Equine, Held at Morven Park, Leesburg, VA Pre-Register at

Jan. 21- TWA Winter Jumper, Hazelwild Farm, Fredericksburg, VA 540-972-1342, www., g.winslett@ Jan. 22 -TWA Winter Hunter Show, Hazelwild Farm, Fredericksburg, VA, 540-972-4342,, Jan. 27-29 -McDonogh Winter Classic “A” Rated Hunter Show, Owings Mills, MD, 410-4461310,

Feb. 11 – Just Jumpers Show at Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA., 703-437-8261 Feb. 11 – Polar Bear 1 Hunter Horse Show, VA Horse Center, Lexington, VA 807-732-2138,, Feb. 12 – VA Hunters at Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA, 703-437-8261

Jan 28 – Winter Tournament Saddlebred Horse Show, VA Horse Center, Lexington, VA, Nancy Troutman 540.598.9083, www.horsecenter. org

Feb. 16 - Total Equine Winter Seminar: Interactive Lameness - YOU CALL THE SHOTS! Held at Morven Park, Leesburg, VA Pre-Register at

Jan 28 – Winter Dressage Show at Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA. www.fryingpanequestrian. org, 703-437-8261

Feb. 18 – Battlefield Horse Show Assoc. Annual Awards Banquet, Hospitality House, Fredericksburg, VA

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Feb. 19 -Hidden Haven @ The Meadows Event Park, Doswell, VA 804-677-6051 www.hdnhvn. com,

Feb. 3-5 -Stonewall Country Horse Show II Rated Hunter/Jumper Show, Lexington, VA, 540-4605251

Feb. 19 – Sweet Briar College Winter Hunter Show, Sweet Briar, VA 434-381-6116,,

Feb. 4 -Topline Horse Center Hunter/Jumper Show, Yorktown, VA 757-591-8791 www.,

Feb. 24-25 – Lone Star Rodeo at the VA Horse Center, Lexington, VA

Feb. 4 -TWA Winter Jumper, Hazelwild Farm, Spotsylvania, VA, 540-972-1342 www., g.winslett@ earthlink

Feb. 25 -TWA Winter Hunter Show, Hazelwild Farm, Fredericksburg, VA 540-972-4342, www., g.winslett@

Feb. 4 - Picturesque Farm winter schooling show series, Warrenton VA, 540-349-2026, www.

Feb. 25 – Polar Bear 11 Hunter Horse Show, VA Horse Center, Lexington, VA 807-732-2138,,

Feb. 4 – VA Tech Winter Blues Horse Show, Alphin-Stuart Arena, Blacksburg, VA, 540-2318750,, Feb. 5 -TWA Winter Hunter Show, Hazelwild Farm, Fredericksburg, VA 540-972-4342 www., g.winslett@ Feb. 10-12 -The Barracks February Rated Hunter Show, Charlottesville, VA 434-293-6568 www., thebarracksfarm@

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Feb. 25 – Winter Dressage Show at Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA. www.fryingpanequestrian. org, 703-437-8261 Feb. 25 -Foxtail Farm Winter Show, Smithfield, VA, 757-359-9197, Feb. 26 -TWA Winter Jumper, Hazelwild Farm, Fredericksburg, VA 540-972-1342 www., g.winslett@

March 2017 All Equine Events March 2-5 Hollins Spring Welcome Rated Hunter/Jumper Show, Lexington, VA 540-460-5251 March 4 -Topline Horse Center Hunter/Jumper Show, Yorktown, VA 757-591-8791, March 10-12 -The Barracks March Rated Hunter Show, Charlottesville, VA 434-293-6568, March 11 -TWA Winter Jumper Show, Hazelwild Farm, Fredericksburg, VA 540-972-1342, g.winslett@ March 11 - Picturesque Farm winter schooling show series, Warrenton VA, 540-349-2026, March 11-Foxtail Farm Winter Show, Smithfield, VA, 757-359-9197, March 11 -Four Oaks Farm Horse Show Series, Palmyra, VA, 434-589-8488, March 11-12 – House Mountain Horse Show 1, VA Horse Center, Lexington, VA March 12 -TWA Winter Hunter Show Hazelwild Farm, Fredericksburg, VA, 540-972-4342, g.winslett@ March 18-McDonogh Spring Jumper and Equitation Show “C” Owings Mills, MD 410-446-1310, March 18 – Just Jumpers Show at Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA. www., 703-437-8261 March 18 – Trimble’s Ridge 1 Hunter Horse Show, VA Horse Center, Lexington, VA March 19 -McDonogh Spring Classic “B” Owings Mills, MD 410-446-1310 March 19 – Bridgewater College Hunter Horse Show, Weyers Cave, VA 540-448-3921,, March 19 – VA Hunters at Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA, 703-437-8261 March 19 Hidden Haven @ The Meadows Event Park, Doswell, VA 804-6776051, March 25 – Winter Dressage Show at Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA. www., 703-437-8261 March 25 – Sweet Briar College Equitation Show, Sweet Briar, VA 434-3816116,, March 30-April 2 - Showplace Spring Festival Hunter/Jumper Rated Show, Upper Marlboro, MD 410-446-1310

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Airy Bank Farm, Warrenton, VA - Located just 1/4 mile north of the town line, this 51 acre field boarding facility is both safe & friendly. Trails for hacking, a run in shed, free trailer parking & access to a barn, if necessary. Each horse is checked several times a day. Owner supplied grain and/ or supplements can be fed. Owner lives on premises & is a life long horse owner. $260 per month. Your first month is 1/2 price. Discount for multi-horse owners. Call Leslie at 540-347-4255. BELL MEADOWS - south Stafford County/ Fredericksburg area. Full care boarding facility. 12 x 12 box stalls. Turn out on green pastures. Riding arena. Access to trails. Friendly, family operation. Free trailer parking. $350/ month. 540-371-9922 / 540-287-3476 BERRYVILLE, VA - JBIT RANCH, LLC - Established in 1998, The JBiT Ranch, LLC provides both full care and field board for your horse in a friendly, family environment. We offer access to hundreds of miles of trails on our 128 acres, indoor arenas, round pen, 14 stalls, wash and grooming stalls. Owners on site. Western or Eng. welcome. 15 min. to Winchester, 25 min West of Leesburg. www. 540-533-2483 info@jbitranch. com BESTCARE HORSECARE - Culpeper, Va. Providing your horse complete, personalized care, boarding, training, and consulting. Lush pastures w/run-in sheds, automatic waterers, 6-stall barn, washstall, tack room, arena, 60’ round pen, trails, and more! $225/ month. Woods Edge Farm, (202) 957-2696, BLUE RIBBON STABLES, Inc. - Stafford, VA. We are in central Stafford, 4 miles east of the Courthouse at 1810 Brooke Rd. 12 X 12 matted stalls with fans & lights, central fly spray system & daily pasture turn out. Each pasture w/ auto waterer & all board fences. Lighted outdoor arena. Full care only at $375/mo includes feed, hay, and trailer parking. 540-720-0162

Breezy Pines Farm - Full or partial care available on a quiet farm on the D.C. side of Warrenton. Daily turnout, 12x12 stalls, 2 feedings per day, top quality hay, pine bedding, riding ring and lots of individual TLC, including holding horse for farrier and vet. No pasture board available. Fee depends on the level of care needed. Serving horse owners for 28 years, references are available. Call Trish at (540) 270-9331 or email: for more information.

CAPSTONE FARM - Located in Opal (Warrenton). We have an indoor ring, two outdoor rings, a round pen, a wash rack, thirty-six acres, fenced and cross-fenced, an experienced staff and hunter/jumper lessons available. $375.00 per month. Sandi 540-222-3137, FAIRFAX - OLIVER STABLES – Mins. from Fairfax County Pkway, Burke Lake, Springfield, Clifton & GMU. Lighted indoor & outdoor arenas, large stalls w/rubber mats, indoor & outdoor wash areas. Daily turnout & rotated on excellent pastures. Hay in front of your horse year round in corrals and pasture areas. Access to many trails. Boarding only- no lesson horses. Bring your own instructor (with insurance) or use one that we currently have on file. Open 7am – 10:30pm. $470-$495. Full care available. Owner/manager lives on premises and celebrating 42 years of operation. OLIVER STABLES, 10814 Henderson Road, Fairfax Station, VA. Call 703-216-9584, 703-978-4341, or email Please visit our Fairfax Station - Self Care, 4 paddocks, 2 stalls with mats. H/C wash, tack room with saddle racks and sink. Very nice ring. Hay loft, board fencing. $545/month. Call 571-3299821 HARRISONBURG, VA - Full board $250, near JMU. Training, lessons available. Lots of trails. We attend Hunter & Dressage Shows and Cross Country Events. Call Mary Jean for more details 540-810-4996 Haymarket area - Ridgeview Stables offering quality boarding at a small private stable. Small private farm (4-6 horses on farm) 10 acres. We offer boarding to horse owners that are interested in assisting with barn duties. Boarders will clean stalls twice a week for reduced board. We feed twice daily, grain and hay, with turnout, blanketing and special needs. 12 x12 matted stalls, wash stall, Lighted 100 x150 Blue stone arena, trailer parking, and more. $325 month. Please call Lisa at 571-238-8092.

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La Bella Luna Stables. LLC - Boarding, outdoor rings. Field care ($300/month): pasture with troughs, round bales, twice daily feeding in barn. Full Care ($425/month): large stalls, twice daily feeding, pastures for mares and geldings, troughs, round bales, blanketing, supplements. Aldie, VA. 703-5771578 or email: ericeesmith@ Louisa, VA - Lessons, Boarding and Training - Quality boarding, lessons, training in a friendly and professional atmosphere. LESSONS & TRAINING - Your horse or ours! Discount lesson packages, leases and training packages - buy 10 lessons or training sessions for your horse and get the 11th free! BOARDING - Stalls available for full board $450 per month, Field board also available for $250 a month. Multi-horse DISCOUNTS. Tasha Kessler 540-223-3350, www., MISTY BROOK FARM in King George Co.  Full care facility within easy drive to the MD and VA show circuit and to the Commonwealth Hunt. 95 x 300 lighted sand arena, center aisle barn w/ fly system, h/c wash stall, tack room & climate controlled lounge w/observation deck & bathroom. Hilly turn outs. Dressage training and English riding lessons from beginner to advanced by certified instructor. Go to, follow us on Facebook, or call Karla (540) 847-1251. MOONRAKER - Convenient to Warrenton & Manassas. Large box stalls & field board, wash stall, 24 hr turnout. Indoor arena, jumping ring, full-sized dressage arena, miles of trails, all on 180 acres. Tack lockers, heat/AC lounge, & bathroom. All disciplines welcome. 540-788-4458 e-mail: MORNING GLORY FARM - 75 acre farm, excellent full and field care, outdoor riding ring, round pen, trails, 35 acre turn out, on site farrier available. 15 miles south of Manassas airport. Calverton, VA 540-270-1278, mglory@ NOKESVILLLE - Always There Horse Care Layup and rehabilitation care by licensed vet tech. Full care board also available. All aspects of horse care including foaling. 24 hours a day. 703-754-7955 cell 703-915-6255

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Nokesville - Stoney Lonesome Farm - Full Care board Space available for mares and geldings. Full board $345. Barn manager/ owner lives at property and has 40+ years of horse experience. Laid back, drama-free environment. Sand ring and grass ring, both with jumps. Open fields and wooded trails for riding. Fans in stalls. Board includes grain (twice daily feeding), hay, blanketing and turnout. 703-298-9567, RIVER BEND RANCH - Stanley, VA Now offering full-care stall or pasture board! Family owned and operated for almost 40 years, our ranch sits on 300 acres with a half-mile frontage on the Shenandoah River. Boarding package includes access to large indoor and outdoor arenas, wash area, training roundpen, and beautiful trails to ride! Pasture board $225/ mo, stall board $325/mo. 540-652-1836,, RIVER HILL STABLES - Luray, VA. Family owned and operated since 1997. 12 x 12 stalls, indoor and outdoor arena, roundpen and lots of trails. Full care with daily turnouts, tack room & wash bay. All disciplines welcome, lessons available. Bring your horse for weekend trail riding and cottage rental, great rates. 540-843-0401, Rockin J Ranch - 211 W. in Amissville, close to Culpeper & Warrenton. Large pastures with run-ins, 60’ round pen, standard size ring and lots of trails. Veterinarian lives on premises. Field board $250/month, 4-stall barn avail $400/month 540-937-5764 Sandstone farm, Training and Boarding Facility, located in Eastern Clark Co. Millwood, Va. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge -near the Shenandoah river off Rt 50. 30 minutes from Middleburg and 20 minutes from Winchester. Large board pastures, two lighted all weather riding arenas, miles of cross country riding and trails. Go to call 540-837-1261 THUNDER RIDGE, INC. - Winchester, VA. 25 acre full care facility w/ 25 years experience including a veterinary assistant background. 12x12 stalls w/fans, lighted paddocks w/ runin sheds & auto. waterers, lighted 170’x70’ sand arena & roundpen, indoor hot/cold wash stall & tack room. English and Western lessons & training (540) 667-2580. clarissa@ or go to our web site


JOB WANTED - I am looking for a job on a farm to take care of horse or as a farm maintenance person. Please call Juan 540905-1078. Marshall, VA


SKILLED CERTIFIED FARRIER available throughout northern Virginia: cold shoeing, hot shoeing, for all sizes and breeds. prompt, quality care for your horse.   Call Budi at (703) 389-0528  or email: to make an appointment. Also go to www.


Horse Hay For Sale - Orchard grass, Orchard grass mixed. Delivery available. Call Gary Breeden @ (540) 778-1486


EQUINE DENTIST - Traditional hand floating on non-sedated horses. Certified equine dental technician, 30 plus years of experience, Registered in the state of Virginia. A short video can be viewed of the average routine care for a horse at or 540-6753815


MAC MOUNTAIN TACK REPAIR - BLAZE ORANGE HORSEWEAR - for hunting season and riding safety and visibility., the original equine protectavest. 207-8920161


Always There Horse Transport - 24 hour emergency and non-emergency transport. Local and long distance hauling. Quality care, reasonable prices. 703/754-7955, 703915-6255 cell. www.alwaystherehorsecare. com horse tAxi - locAl & long DistAnce hAuling, reliable and responsible individual. Barn Moves, Horse Shows, Vet Appointments, etc. In operation since 1992. One week advance noticed preferred, but all inquires welcome. Contact Steve @ 703-7913008 or stevew1971@

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