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November/December 2016 Vol. 24#6

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coNTribUTiNG WriTErS Katie Eisner, DVM Mary Beth Jackson Sarah McKay Drew Morales wendy Murdoch Tom Seay COVER PHOTO: This issue’s cover photo was taken by Amy McNeely of Sterling, VA. Amy was one of our 2016 Cover Photo Contest Winners. The photo was taken of Declyn who is growing up with her mom’s first love, who she brought up from the time he was a yearling and is now retired. Horse Talk is published six times a year by Imagemakers Design Studio. Copies are free to the public and are distributed throughout Virginia and Southern Maryland. Subscription rates: one year $12, two years $20 via 3rd class. Editorial views expressed are not necessarily those of Horse Talk Magazine Copyright© 2016 by Imagemakers Design Studio. All Rights Reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced or copied in whole or in part without written permission of the Editor. Horse Talk assumes no financial responsibility for errors in or the omission of copy.

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Fall Trail Ride through Historic Keswick Hunt Club Territory Trail riders will have a rare opportunity to ride in the beautiful Keswick, Virginia area at a trail ride on Sunday, November 20, 2016. The ride, sponsored by the Virginia Horse Council, the Virginia Quarter Horse Association and the Keswick Hunt Club, will be on private Keswick hunt fixtures not normally open to the public. The trails cover lands rich in Civil war history and over which historic legends such as Lee, Jackson, Ewell, A.P. Hill, and Longstreet rode, as well as James Madison, James Taylor, and Zachary Taylor. This year’s historic trail ride will last about 4 hours and will cover about 10 to 12 miles of marked trails. Horses should be shod or wear boots as some trails are rocky. In addition, the length of the ride and rolling terrain require that horses be fit. A BBQ lunch will be served tailgate style following the ride. Registration for the ride is due by November 14. For further information, Email or call 804370-8631. Information is also available at



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Holiday Camps Scheduled for Children and Adults For anyone who still dreams of ponies and horses for Christmas, Stickin’ To Your Guns English and western Training Facility in Spotsylvania, VA is hosting mini day horse camps during the holiday season. The camps are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17-18, Dec. 20-22 and Dec. 28-29. They will cover horse care basics such as parts of the horse, grooming, tack, feeding, stall cleaning, illness and wound dressing. Camp lessons can also be tailored for more advanced riders. Days will be divided into practical lesson and riding segments, and include trail and bareback riding. Participants will have plenty of time in the saddle. Camp is $150 (or $50 per day), and participants can choose to come one or more days. Children and adults will have their own camps, but Fetter says the camps will have a mix of experience levels within each age group. Fetter says many of her students are women over the age of 40. She started a riding club that has more than 100 members who are over 30. her youngest student is five, and her oldest is 71. The barn will be decorated for the holidays and participants will have a chance to dress up the horses as well. The festivity will extend to the meal break, too. A Christmas morning trail ride is also a possibility at Stickin’ To Your Guns for those who are interested. For more information, or to sign up, call Amanda Fetter at (540) 419-9481 or email her at

Virginia Horse Council 2017 Membership Drive Announced The Virginia Horse Council announces its 2017 membership drive, with early discounts on most 2017 memberships through December 30, 2016. The Virginia Horse Council (VHC) serves as the voice for the equine community in Virginia. The not-for-profit organization represents all segments of the expanding equine industry, from backyard horse owners to equine professionals and businesses. VHC monitors legislative issues affecting the equine industry, provides broad representation on equine interests before the Virginia General Assembly and Congress, and keeps Virginia horsemen and women informed of state and federal regulations as well as pending legislation. In addition, VHC sponsors educational activities as well as trail rides which highlight Virginia’s rich equine and human history. Public support is essential to continuing the VHC’s vital role. Most new and renewing memberships for 2017 are currently discounted through the end of this year. Memberships are available through the VHC website or call 888-HORSEVA (888-467-7382) for more information. Renew now and invite a friend to join you in continuing to support our equine community.

Nov. 6th Poker Run in Millwood, VA The Poker Run to benefit Millwood Thoroughbred Rescue and Adoption Foundation is a cross-country adventure FOR TEAMS OF 2 OR 3 to be ridden over a marked course. Riders to follow flags (markers) from start to finish. There will be three check points along the route. Each two or three rider team will take two cards at each check point. The team with the highest ending “hand” will be the winner. There will also be awards for optimum time teams, to be determined by averaging all team times in each division (Jumping or Non-Jumping). Course may not be walked prior to event. This is a POT LUCK ride… Chili will be served, bring a dish to share ….Adults & children may ride together. Jumping course is approximately 4 to 5 miles & non-jumping course is approximately 3 to 4 miles over Blue Ridge Hunt country. Jumps will not exceed 3’. ASTM approved helmet required. Safety vest strongly recommended. For information call Luci Strange at 540-837-1261 or go to D ON ’T MIS S YOU R CH A N CE TO A DV ERTIS E IN O U R JA N /FEB YEA RBOOK IS S U E! S PECI A L R ATES FOR CON GRATU LATIO NS AND A PPRECI ATIO N A D S . D EA D LIN E D EC. 10TH

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Virginia Wiseman’s former home is now inhabited by her newlywed granddaughter Randall Carty. Photo By Mary Beth Jackson.

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ike a whiff of perfume left on a favorite sweater, the essence of Virginia Downing Wiseman is everywhere at Wiseman Farms, from the snowdrops she planted to the impeccably raked riding arena. When she died in 2013 at age 93, Virginia left a rich legacy and a lengthy

list of accomplishments. If one imagines a lifetime as a suitcase, then Virginia packed it until the zipper could barely close and sat on it to cram in more. “She was such an amazing, driven person to accomplish what she did by herself in her day and age,” says her daughter-in-law, Paige Wiseman.

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After their father’s death, Virginia and her older sister Dorothy were sent from their New Jersey home to Chatham Hall, a boarding school for girls in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. It was there the young rider developed her skills, and eventually becoming the school’s riding instructor after graduation. As a graduation present, she received a Thoroughbred named Grenadier. In 1943 she married Ensign William Plumer Wiseman of Danville. To sidestep World War II gas rations, Virginia sometimes rode Grenadier the 20 miles from the school to Danville, where she stabled him at her in-law’s home on Main Street. When her husband was discharged from the Navy, the couple bought a farm named Gren Acres in the Bachelors Hall community of Pittsylvania County. When people mistakenly called it “Green Acres,” Virginia changed the name to Grenadier. While their two sons were growing, Virginia developed her own riding program on her farm. In its heyday, Grenadier was a thriving hunt-seat facility, with up to 60 horses and more than 200 students. The Averett University Equestrian Program began and was housed at Grenadier. In addition to her equine endeavors, Virginia also bred champion Dalmatians, beagles, and terriers. The farm’s sheep, chickens, pigs and cows kept the family fed. Grenadier’s summer camps are fondly remembered by many women in Southside Virginia, who reminisce on Facebook. Paige (then Paige Collier) was one of those girls. She started participating in Grenadier’s summer camp when she was nine years old. She

remembers having such fun she was sad to “age out” of the program, which only accepted girls up to 14 years old. “I didn’t want to not go,” Paige says. So, she adds, “At 15, my dad called Mrs. Wiseman and said, ‘Can she come and just be free labor for you?’” At the age of 16 she became a camp counselor at Grenadier, cooking hot dogs, Brunswick stew and other simple fare for campers. At 19, she met Virginia’s son, Frank. Virginia initially expressed doubts that the two were good for one another, but the

match stuck. Frank and Paige have been married for more than 30 years and have three children: sons William and Robert, and daughter Randall.

Grenadier was a thriving hunt-seat facility, with up to 60 horses and more than 200 students. Today, Virginia Wiseman’s granddaughter, Randall has taking the reins and plans to make the Pittsylvania County farm new again

A New Generation Like her mother and grandmother, 23-year-old Randall grew up a horse enthusiast. Instead of the show ring, she grew up riding around the farm and hunting. Virginia was an amateur whipper-in at the Sedgefield Hunt in Rockingham County, N.C., where Randall recently became a junior whipper-in. At the age of 17, Randall attended a TaylorMade Horsemanship Clinic taught by Olympic gold medalist Melanie Smith Taylor and horsemanship trainer Mindy Bower. This opened Randall and Paige’s eyes to the “natural horsemanship” methods pioneered by Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance. Randall found her interest growing in training, and she soon would have a prospect to start: her mom’s young Holsteiner cross, Nothin’ But Net GKF “Swish”, named by Randall’s brothers in honor of North Carolina basketball. The pair trailered him to Iowa trainer Kip Fladland’s ranch, where Randall spent six weeks on a scholarship from the Legacy of Legends, doing primarily arena work. They were then invited to Bower’s Colorado ranch, where they rode on the open prairie. “It was an amazing experience for Swish,” said Randall, whose face lights up when thinking of galloping in wide open spaces. She delights in the softness they achieved in their days working together. “I didn’t know the feel he has was even possible,” she said.

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Married in October, Randall and her husband, Clint Carty, have been settling into Virginia Wiseman’s white colonial house. They are working to make it their own. It was filled to the brim with her memories, including trinkets from Randall Wiseman and Nothin’ But Net GKF “Swish” at Pandora Stables in Perkasie, Pennsylvania in April 2016, where she boarded Swish while in college. Photo by Chelsea Koerper.

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Virginia Wiseman was active in her later years. She enjoyed gardening and traveling, and continued to breed half and three-quarter thoroughbred hunters at Grenadier into her 80s.

students, dog trophies, and a massive seashell collection. Virginia liked to travel and donated a 10,000-piece, scientifically cataloged shell collection to the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville upon her death. “The house is full of every horse thing you can think of,” Randall says. “We’ve been boxing up a lot of stuff.” The family has been diversifying the farm. Sheep are back and beagles are yelping. Clint, whose family raises Speckle Park beef cattle (similar in quality to Kobe and Wagu beef), hopes to add them to the mix. They have rechristened the spread Wiseman Farms. Under that umbrella is Grenadier Equine, High Five Dog Training and the livestock. Randall graduated this year with a bachelor’s degree in livestock science and management from Delaware Valley University, where she competed in dressage. Having rounded out her college courses with nearly enough graphic design classes to declare it a minor, she is handling the farm’s branding through logos, video

and social media. Grenadier Equine will focus on foundation horsemanship for green horses and problem-solving. “My goal is just to build a really solid foundation,” Randall said. She wants the horses she trains to be soft and well-rounded, able to go in any direction, English or western. Her mother Paige is doing most of the teaching. They are working out a system where Randall works with the horses, and Paige takes over with their human partners. Randall says the arrangement suits her more reserved personality well. “I have enjoyed the teaching, but I always prefer to be working with the horses than the people,” Randall says. “She has a lot of respect for me, and I for her,” adds Paige. It’s been really good.” The farm has recently hosted clinics for Texan trainer Brent Graef. Randall got her professional start sooner than expected at Graef’s nudging. “Brent asked me, ‘Are you starting

colts for the public?’” she recalls. He wanted to recommend a client send her horse to Randall. Randall hadn’t yet worked a horse on a deadline, and was hesitant. However, Graef brought the horse to his next clinic at Grenadier, leaving Randall little choice, and the client gave Randall a relaxed deadline. “Brent gave me the push I needed to get started,” she says. With so many life changes having been in the works, Randall has been keeping her training load small. “I still want to be selective about who I take,” she says. At present, Grenadier Equine has three boarders, but they are working to accommodate more. “I like the idea of encouraging Averett (University) students to board,” Randall says. That will free up the barns for other clients in the summer. When they don’t have training horses, they focus on five-year-old Swish. Continued on page 12

In its golden years, Grenadier Farm had 60 horses and taught more than 200 students. The Averett University Equestrian Program began at Grenadier under Virginia Wiseman’s direction and was housed there for nearly 20 years. Photo courtesy the Wiseman family.

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WISEMAN FARM ........ from page 10 Despite their achievements, Randall says Swish has only had a combined 6 months of saddle time. “I think people are doing too much too soon,” Paige says. Randall agrees. That was something she kept in mind while judging October’s Colt Starting Challenge, sponsored by the SouthEastern Farriers and Horsemans Association. Instead of throwing her hat in the ring for the competition, she accepted an opportunity to judge. She would feel rushed if she had to do so much with a horse in such a short time frame, she says. Instead, she liked having the power to reward a trainer who respected their challenge partner’s limits. “These horses have a lifetime,” she says. “It’s not everything in one day.”

Virginia Wiseman was amateur whipper-in with the Sedgefield Hunt and introduced many students to her passion for hunting before retiring at 78. Photo courtesy the Wiseman family.

A natu ral progression Asked how their horsemanship differs from that of Virginia’s, the women say their methods are a natural progression. “I don’t think it’s different,” Paige says. “It’s evolved. She wanted horses to be gentle and accepting.” For example, she says, Virginia was against the use of standing martingales. “Now we use no martingales,” Paige says. She added, “If her time continued, I think she would end up where we are.” That is a place where softness is achieved in a halter

instead of restricting accessories. The women believe firmly that problems should be fixed at the source. “Our way of solving something is not putting a Band-Aid on,” Paige says. “We cure the disease.” Another thing being shared through the generations is their wish to make horsemanship more accessible. “There’s an opportunity for the rebirth of horse stuff that’s affordable for people,” Paige says. She and Randall say Grenadier Equine will be a place that focuses more on equine relationships than ribbons. “It’s cheaper in the long run,” Paige says. “Our focus is on having

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opportunities that are more reasonable.” That includes introducing clients to hunting at the Sedgefield Hunt, just as Virginia did for her students. Randall still plans a limited show schedule, mostly local events and one or two “A” rated shows a year, to stay in the field of vision and show what her horses can do. One goal is to show Swish with the hunters at the 2017 Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show in North Carolina. They want to show the softness and feel that is possible with their training methods in any discipline. “It would help if she could get to these shows ... to prove that this is right,” says Paige. Paige says Virginia would be proud of the farm today, and especially of her granddaughter. “Now she (Randall) has carried it even further,” she says. “I think she’d be smiling.”

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Winter Hoof Care by D R EW M OR A LE S , C JF


s the leaves drop from the trees and that cold breeze greets you in the morning, you know winter is on the way. Before the really cold weather sets in, now is a great time to think about how to prepare and keep your horse’s hooves in good condition during the winter. Whether your horse is shod or barefoot, this article will give you some insight from a full time farrier on the simple ways to keep your horse healthy throughout the winter as well as explain some common winter hoofcare practices.

Ke y s to H ea lth y Wi nter Hooves 1. Keep picking those fe e t Although the snow and frost may cover up your pastures, the bacteria that causes thrush and other hoof issues are still present. Furthermore, rocks, ice and debris can still become trapped in the hoof and cause your horse to slip on slick surfaces. Simply keeping your horse’s hooves clean will go a long way to maintaining their overall health, even in winter months.

A drilled and tapped shoe. These allow studs to be screwed into the shoe by the rider when the horse needs them. Also allows a choice of how much traction that is desired depending on the height and width of the caulks.

2 . M aint ain a regular hoof care schedule The cold does slow down hoof growth in many horses, but the need for regular trimming and or shoeing is still necessary. Maintenance should be done on a 6-8 week basis for most unshod horses and more frequently for horses in shoes. Consult with your farrier to determine the best schedule. Neglect is one of the most common ways that your horse can develop lameness issues.

C ommon Winter Practices 1. Using Tract ion Devices The use of traction devices is common in winter months when horses are shod. There are a variety of traction aids on the market. Some of the most common are borium, drill and tapped studs (which can be removed), and drive in studs (cannot be removed). I will briefly discuss each below. With the use of any of these traction devices, I strongly recommend splint boots or other protective coverings to be worn while riding. A shoe with borium applied

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A. Borium is a carbide steel that is brazed onto the shoes and is very hard. Many times the shoes will wear out before the borium does. The traction offered by borium is quite good and often used on horses that ride on asphalt and other road surfaces. The disadvantages of borium is that it cannot be removed igf the horse has too much traction, and other horses if kicked, can be seriously injured due to carbide having rough and sometimes sharp edges. If you choose

C. Drive-In Studs are smaller pin like projections that are placed in the shoes permanently. They offer less traction than borium or drill and tapped studs. The benefit of drive in studs is that the owner does not have to spend time re-applying or removing them before or after a ride. The disadvantage are that they cannot be removed, so again caution must be used when stabling a horse in a larger paddock.

have a little more info on proper winter hoofcare, try not to let the snow and cold prevent you from enjoying your horse.

2 . S now Pads As the name implies, snow pads are used in areas that receive heavy snowfall. Horses in shoes can often have snow and ice become trapped in with the shoe and make it very dangerous if the horse is on a slick surface. These pads are applied

Drew Morales has been shoeing horses since 2006. He is a Certified Journeyman Farrier, through the American Farriers Association, and maintains his business based out of Richmond, VA.

A shoe with drive-In studs and a rim snow pad

borium, ensure your horse is not apt to kick or fight if kept in a large paddock with other horses.

B. Drill and Tapped Studs are traction devices that can be removed by the owner. Studs are applied after the farrier drills holes in the back 1/3 of the shoe, closer to the heels, and uses a tapping drill bit to enable the studs to be hand threaded into the shoes. The benefit of dill and tapped studs is that the owner can choose how much traction they desire based on the height and width of the caulks, and they can be removed when not riding. The disadvantages are that the stud holes can often become trapped with dirt or ice, so ensure your farrier uses cotton or stud plugs to minimize that from happening.

A full snow pad

under the shoe, and prevent the snow from massing in the hoof and being stuck. In sum, a change in temperature should not really change your routine in regards to hoofcare. Keeping your horse’s feet clean and on a regular schedule with your farrier will generally prevent any issues from occurring. If you keep your horse in shoes and ride in winter months, talk to your farrier about the use of traction devices and or snow pads. Winter offers equestrians a nice break from the summer heat, so now that you

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by sarah mckay

cold, consider a pair of fingerless gloves that can double as a pair of mittens! The Alki’s 3M Thinsulate Thermal Insulation Fingerless Texting Gloves with Mitten Cover, keep hands warm but allow use of fingers! Comes in two color with a cute pattern! $14.99 on Amazon: http://


heck out our list of the hottest gifts for equestrians this year! From functional to fancy, we have an idea sure to make any equestrian in your life happy this holiday season—you may even find a few gifts to add to your own wishlist!

Under $25:

Phone Armband Riding with your phone in your pocket can be a recipe for disaster—a quick and practical gift idea is the Gear Beast Phone Armband. This armband is a phone case that keeps your phone close by and also has a slot for your ID or card while out on the trails or in the ring. This case also includes an armband strap extender that works well for keeping the phone strapped to your calf. This gift is available with quick shipping through Amazon for $14.99!

Leather Halter For a classic, timeless gift, consider a leather halter with a name plate! Customize the leather halter with your choice of lettering and font. The Premier Lancaster Customized Leather Halter is a great deal at $34.98 from Schneiders Tack: premier-lancaster-leather-halter/

Memorable Documentary

Grooming Glove

Order a copy of “Being AP”, a documentary film that follows the UK champion jump jockey Tony McCoy during the last season of his career. Watch the trailer here: watch?v=ZjMBZXwJeRk and order it on Amazon for $24.99 (new).

As rain and snow is inevitable this winter, so is the mug, the HandsOn Grooming Gloves are a great gift for making bath time e a s i e r. Av a i l a b l e from Stateline Tack for $24.99: http://bit. ly/2eethVP

Fingerless Gloves For the person who spends hours braiding in the early morning or late night

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Under $100: Stay on Bell Boots

No more missing bell boot woes! These Gatorbootz Bell Boots by Thin Line are innovative bell boots which have a latch that is easily opened by humans but not by horses. Velcro and fumbling is a thing of the past! Get a pair for $54 from: https://www. gatorbootz-bell-boot-fail-proof-closure-by-thinline.

Warm Thinsulate Gloves Give the gift of warmth this holiday season with these Riding Sport™ 3-in-1 Gloves. These versatile gloves offer year-round protection from the cold with an outer three finger glove that is waterproof and breathable, with 3M® Thinsulate® padding that adds warmth but is thin enough to maintain contact while riding. The inner five-finger microfleece gloves are soft and moisture wicking with gel dots on the palm for grip. Wear either the inner or outer glove, or combine them on cold winter days! On sale for 39.99 at Dover Saddlery:

Jenuinely Jeni Jewelry Wear your passion with Virginia made equestrian jewelry! Jeni Benos, of Jenuinely Jeni in Narrows, VA, creates stunning yet affordable sterling silver necklaces, earrings, pendants, and charms. Starting at $30, Jeni’s jewelry transforms her passion into an array of designs that stay true to the equine spirit. Her work has even won awards, including the ATEA Innovation Award at one of the largest trade shows in the country. We love these Duet Silver Horse Earrings ($66.80) that also have a matching necklace available for $78

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$100 and up:

Ice Vibe Hock Wraps Horse Care Kit for Finals Looking to give an early gift? For those going to compete in finals or getting a head start on the winter show season, they are sure to appreciate a go to horse care kit of liniment, poultice, and standing wraps! Combine some Vetrolin, Standing Wraps, and Bigeloil Quilted Poultice Leg Wraps for a quick, messfree poulticing experience both rider and horse will appreciate! Get all three for a total of $61.89 from Dover Saddlery at!

Two Wheeled Wheelbarrow Make barn chores easier and say goodbye to heavy loads toppling over with the Green Yard Rover Two Wheel Residential Wheelbarrow. For the practical horseperson, a two wheeled wheel barrow will save time and headaches while doing barn chores! Available on for $67.49

Sore hocks? The Ice Vibe Hock Wraps are comfy neoprene hock boots that feature built in pockets to hold wireless and rechargeable Ice Vibes massage panels. These wraps can be used on the inside or outside of your horse’s hocks with cold packs on either side of the hock. There is also the option to heat the cold packs in warm water to combine heat and massage before exercise to help reduce stiffness! Designed by Horseware Ireland, these wraps are available from Farm Vet for $270. Hot-Cold/Ice-Vibes-Hock-Wrap.

HeatherWear Apparel

Madison Show Shirt For the avid show goer, nothing is more frustrating that losing collars! The Noble Outfitters Madision Show Shirt features an attached collar, a variety of sizes and colors, 4-way stretch woven material, opti-dry technology and is UPF 50+. For less than $100, this gift is sure to please!

For the kiddos, a Zebra or Pony Specialty Helmet Cover by HeatherWear is a fun and adorable gift! The covers fit helmets size 29” and up and are also available in X-small. Beginning at $39, a Unicorn Helmet cover is also available for $44! Heather Antonacci, of Scottsville, Virginia also makes customizable coolers, quarter sheets, RumpRugs, ear bonnets, matching fleece sets, gear bags, dog blankets and even one of a kind Western show shirts! Check out her full collection for kids and adults at

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Tad Coffin Saddle If you want to go all out this season, give a gift that will continue to give for decades to come! A Tad Coffin Saddle is probably on every Hunter, Jumper, and Dressage rider’s list every year. Tad, a US Olympic gold medalist, has been designing high quality, customized performance saddles since 1976. Made here in Virginia, Tad can work with you personally to figure out your ideal model and size. Place you order now! Due to the precision and craftsmanship involved, it may take a couple months from when the order is submitted to receive your new saddle. Or, consider a used Tad Coffin saddle available,

although inventory varies weekly.

Boot Lovers Paradise A horse-lover can never have too many pairs of boots! For the fashionista, consider the Frye Phillip Riding Tall Boot. These boots are available directly from the Frye company or at major retailers. Made from high quality genuine leather, these boots retail for $398 and are sure to make a statement: women-boots-tall/l/144 For the show rider, consider a new pair of tall boots! The Ariat Heritage Contour Zip Field Boot is a full grain leather boot with an easy zip that is available in a variety of colors and sizes, including slim, regular, and wide. This boot is on sale now at Dover for $298.95: ariat-hrtg-cntr-zip-field-tall/p/X1-38580/ Continued on page 20

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Hottest Holiday Gifts............ from page 19 For the cowboys and cowgirls in your life, consider a boot from Tony Lama. These boots have been handcrafted since 1911 and there a variety of styles for men, women, and kids! (Women’s Soft Honey Americana Western Boots $209.95). And for those who need a functional boot, consider the Dublin Tall River Boot-Waterproof, warm, breathable and stirrup friendly, these

boots are perfect for everything from barn chores to riding all winter long. Fashionable and functional these boots are easy to clean—just grab the hose and spray them off! On sale for $199.99 at Dover: X1-38762/

Vespucci Bridles For the serious athlete, the Vespucci Bridles from World Equestrian Brands incorporate the bio-mechanics of a horse in motion, the pressure points on the horse’s head, and the communication

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between horse and rider to reinvent the bridle into an “instrument of performance.” In addition to bridles, World Equestrian Brands also offers tack for all English disciplines. Fancy Raised Figure 8 Bridle $280

S t i l l not s u re what to get ? For the practical equestrian in your life, a gift card to their favorite feed store or their vet is a gift you can be sure they will use! Give the gift of learning with a ticket to an upcoming clinic in the area! Check out some of the clinics featured in our Calendar of Events (horsetalkmagazine. com/calendar-of-events/). Go local and support the arts by commissioning a portrait of a favorite horse! Check out the work of Kitty Dodd and Sharon Lynn Campbell, both Virginia based artists! www.kittydodd. com and

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lauren kieffer’S

Reflections on Rio

Lau ren K i effer from middleburg, Virginia represented team usa i n event ing this y ear AT THE OLYM PICS. Read how she got there and where she pl ans to go now! By Sa ra h M cK a y

Lauren Kieffer riding Team Rebecca’s Veronica at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photos by Shannon Brinkman


ver since Lauren Kieffer was a little girl, it had been a dream of hers to compete in the Olympics. A passion and career woven into one,

Kieffer’s love for horses and riding all began with a gift of riding lessons for her sixth birthday present. Now 29, Kieffer has had an impressive track record since her humble beginnings. Originally from Illinois, Lauren made the move to

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Middleburg, Virginia in 2005 to begin training and working with Karen and David O’Connor. Since then, she has begun her own business training and competing horses at all levels and has a long list of accomplishments, including finishing second overall and winning her second National Championship in the 2016 Rolex Kentucky CCI4, competing on the team that won a gold medal in the 2015 Pan American Games, and of course competing on this year’s Olympic eventing team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the August games, Kieffer rode Team Rebecca’s Veronica, a 13 year old Dutch-bred warmblood bay mare that she first rode in 2011, but with whom she has been competing since 2013. The pair represented Team USA in the eventing portion of the games alongside Phillip Dutton on Mighty Nice, Clark Montgomery on Loughan Glen, and Boyd Martin on Blackfoot Mystery. The Olympic eventing competition began on August 6th with Phase 1/3, the dressage portion of the eventing competition, where the US tied for 6th place. In Phase 2/3, cross country, Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin placed 5th and 6th respectively in the individual portion of Cross Country on August 8th and the US team moved to 12th place. Finally, in Phase 3/3, the Individual Jumping Qualifier, Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin

placed 4th and 7th, respectively. While France took Gold, Germany won Silver, and Australia went home with the Bronze, the US ended up ranking 12th for the team portion of the event-

Lauren and Veronica during the show jumping portion of the Olympics.

team member scores count towards the team score.” Overall, the Virginian’s Olympic debut was one in which she continued to develop and an experience that she will never forget. She recalls that is wasn’t Kieffer always sets smaller goals until once they were on along the way and her advice for the plane, that her going aspiring riders is “the slower you to the Olympics and realgo, the faster you will get there.” izing a lifelong dream became a reality for ing games. However, Phillip Dutton for her. Leading up to the games, Kieffer Team USA came away with a Bronze kept both Veronica’s and her own trainfor the individual eventing portion on ing the same. “It had been successful August 9th. Germany’s Michael Jung in getting us [to the Olympics] and it and France’s Astier Nicolas took Gold didn’t make sense to change everyand Silver, respectively. As far as the thing,” Kieffer says of her training and games go, the team competition is an preparation after learning she would added layer, as eventing is usually an be on the Olympic team. While at the individual competition. Kieffer points games, Kieffer notes that the “atmoout that the team competition at the sphere was great,” and that although Olympics is different from the individContinued on page 24 ual competition in that “the lowest 3

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REFLECTIONS ON RIO........... from page 23 it was a paramount competition and a new location, “we compete against most

depending on what works best for each horse from massage, chiro, acupuncture, [to] Theraplate [and] magnetic blankets.”

sets smaller goals along the way and her advice for aspiring riders is “the slower you go, the faster you will get there.”

of the other people and teams regularly, so everyone got along well.” Kieffer’s biggest realization during the competition was “how incredible the Olympic movement is” and since competing at the Olympic level, she “want[s] to be even more competitive” going forward. And she has done just that. Since the Olympics, Lauren has won the Plantation Field Horse Trials CIC2*, competed at the Military BoekeloEnschede CCIO3* in the Netherlands, where she rode Marie le Menestrel’s Meadowbrooks Scarlett to a 4th place finish as the top U.S. pair, and competed at the Fair Hill International Horse Trials, coming in third on Landmark’s Monaco. At any given event, Kieffer tries not to compete more than 5 horses. She notes that her support team is huge “ranging from barn managers, grooms, assistant riders, owners, farriers, vets, physios, [and] masseuses.” She also notes that each event is different in terms of process and flow, depending on whether it is a one day event, spread out over a week, a CIC or CCI or horse trial. While physical fitness is key, she adds that “we use a variety of therapies

Kieffer credits two horses in particular who have developed her into the rider she is today, Snooze Alarm and Tigger Too. Snooze Alarm, a chestnut Anglo-Arab gelding Kieffer has had since she was 14 years old and who is now retired, was her first four star horse. Kieffer and Snooze Alarm, started at Beginner Novice and worked their way to Rolex, with Tigger Too having shown Kieffer the ropes along the way. Tigger Too, a chestnut Thoroughbred gelding, was originally a racehorse and was initially partnered with David O’Connor, and the pair competed at top levels for many years. Tigger helped Kieffer achieve many major milestones in her career including taking her to her first advanced and then on to her first three star. In 2007, the pair won the Markham Trophy at Jersey Fresh CCI***, which is presented by the United States Equestrian Team Foundation and is awarded to the highest placed rider under the age of 21 at the USEF CCI*** Spring Championship. Although she always had her sights on competing for the Olympics and plans to compete again in the 2020 games, Kieffer always

In case you missed it: Team USA also competed in the dressage and show jumping portion of the Olympic games. Here’s a quick recap of the results: Dressage (Laura Graves on Verdades, Steffen Peters on Legolas 92, Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet, and Allison Brock on Rosevelt): August 10th—In the Individual Phase 1/3, Grand Prix Qualification, all Team USA members qualified, with Laura Graves ranked 5th and Steffen Peters ranked 6th. In the team competition, Phase 1/2 Grand Prix Qualification, the US ranked 3rd August 12th—In the Individual Phase 2/3, Grand Prix Special, Laura Graves ranked 5th. In the Team Phase 2/2, Grand Prix Special, Team USA took home a Bronze with Germany taking Gold and Great Britain taking Silver. August 15th—In the Individual Phase 3/3 Grand Prix Freestyle, the Dressage portion of the equestrian games finished with Charlotte Dujardin (Great Britain) taking home the Gold, Isabell Werth (Germany) taking Silver, and Kristina Broring-Sprehe (Germany) taking home

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the Bronze, with Laura Graves (USA) in a close 4th. Show Jumping (Beezie Madden on Cortes ‘C’, McLain Ward on Azur, Kent Farrington on Voyeur, and Lucy Davis on Barron): August 14th—In the Individual Jumping 1st Qualifier, Kent Farrington tied for first, and in the Team Jumping Qualification, the US tied for 8th. August 16th—In the Individual Jumping 2nd Qualifier, Kent Farrington again tied for first and in the Team Jumping Final Round 1, the US moved up to tie for first. August 17th—In the Individual Jumping 3rd Qualifier, Kent Farrington tied for 2nd and in the Team Jumping Final Round 2, Team USA took home the Silver medal with France taking home the Gold and Germany taking home Bronze after a jump-off with Canada. August 19th—In the Individual Jumping Final, after Rounds A and B, the competition ended with a jumpoff where Nick Skelton (Great Britain) took Gold, Peder Fredrison (Sweden) took silver, and Eric Lamaze (Canada) took bronze. Kent Farrington (USA) came in 5th.

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LE AV I N G THE R O U N D P EN & H I TT I N G TH E TR A ILS Written by Tom Seay Ho s t o f B e s t o f A meric a by H o rs e b a ck , Am e ri c a ’s F avo rite Tra il Ri d i n g T V S h o w


any articles from e q u i n e writers or television hosts show various training techniques. While this is often very useful, Best of America by Horseback Television Show and my articles focus on expanding your opportunities outside of the round pen. Our goal is to have you ride in beautiful places and enjoy the wonderful world of trail riding. We have several upcoming opportunities for you to expand your riding experience in a whole new way. We are doing more and more rides in historic locations. Recently we had rides from President Lincoln’s Cottage to the White House, a ride through the historic town of Old Tombstone, The Civil War site of Manassas, and our most recent re-tracing of America’s premiere trail ride in 1716 known as the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe exploration are a few examples. I wanted to share with you several upcoming rides where you can ride

your horse in one of these settings. Most are easy to get to, a location anyone of any level can accomplish and bring other family members that would want to start becoming involved in trail riding. By adding a historical perspective, it takes horseback riding to a new level. On the radar here, in addition to the new series of Cattle Drives here at our home in Virginia, will be a special ride in historic Gettysburg, PA. The ride will be in the Civil War Battlefield and where President Lincoln gave the famous Gettysburg Address. We will ride in the Battlefield with historical interpreters. Even if you live a great distance away, we will have horses available for you to use in case you wish to simply fly in. Also, each ride in April will include a full banquet at a historic inn served by wait staff in period costume. In May we will have the Gathering, which features a hands-on seminar of work horses plus our cattle drives for everyone. Work horse demonstrations

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will be the focus, and you can learn to do it on location. Another event I am looking forward to is the actual ride on the Battlefield of Brandy Station and Stevensburg. Recognized as the greatest Calvary battle of the Civil War, we will ride on the battlefield with historical interpreters. We will camp on the actual site of Col. Mosby (the Grey Ghost) and at the headquarters of General Custer where he spent his honeymoon. To top this all, we will have a Grand Banquet and Ball. Even if folks in your family do not ride, this is a tremendous historical event to attend. Did I mention we are hosting a full Civil War living encampment? Think about it......after riding the battlefield you can sit by the campfire of civil war soldiers living in first person. One special ride in the fall will be the Trail of Tears ride along the actual route. Continued on page 28

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LEAVING THE ROUND PEN .................. from page 26 My thoughts are to do it in reverse, in order to honor our Native American history by going back to better times. This will be over three weeks and will highlight locations from Oklahoma back to the East Coast. Get out of the round pen and invite your grandchildren, your family, and your friends to go back in history with me. Kristen or myself would love to sign a note to your children or grandchildren’s teachers and asked to be out of school for a day or so to live history. Call our office and talk to Lisa at 540-829-9555 and join us. You can contact me directly anytime if you have a location to host a ride, or if you wish for us to speak at your club or community event. My personal email is tseay10@aol. com. Come ride with me.

April 7-8: Cattle Drive Weekend at Andora Farm in Culpeper, VA. April 19-22: Gettysburg National Battlefield in Gettysburg, PA. May 6-7: Cattle Drive Weekend at Andora Farm in Culpeper, VA. May 12-14: Gathering at the Farm in Culpeper, VA June 23-30: Cruise to Alaska. Learn more about Best of America by Horseback TV Show or join us on Facebook: Best of America by Horseback.

Join Tom and Best of America by Horseback at these Upcoming Locations: Dec 3-10: Cruise to Belize Feb 15-19: RFD-TV The American Rodeo & Fan Zone in Fort Worth & Dallas, TX. Mar 31-Apr 2: Hoosier Horse Fair & Expo in Indianapolis, IN.

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HORSE HEALTH: Compounded Medications

C o mp o u n d ed MEDI C AT IONS What is a compounded medication and what are the risks Katie Eisner, DVM Rappahannock Equine Clinic


n recent years, drug compounding, a centuries old practice, has developed a dubious reputation in the public eye. Nevertheless, compounded medications are often a necessity when treating animal patients. Let’s take a closer look at what compounding is and in what circumstances these medications are used. We’ll also investigate how drug compounding is regulated and discuss what you need to know about your pets compounded medications. As you might guess, a compounded medication isn’t one you can just grab off the shelf at your neighborhood pharmacy. Put simply, the American Veterinary Medical Association defines compounding as manipulating an FDAapproved drug product in any way other than those stated on the label for normal usage. Bulk compounding, a process which uses FDAregistered substances (think of these as drug ingredients) to produce a compounded medication, is not currently allowed by the FDA as they view this as essentially creating a new drug (vs modifying an already existing drug). There are many situations in which using a compounded medication may be preferred over

a regular FDA-approved product. A drug may be compounded because there is no FDA-approved medicine, whether because it has been discontinued or is on production back order. Sometimes there are medical reasons for using a compounded product, such as when a patient has an allergy to the preservatives or binders. Other reasons are more for practicality. Some patients are too large (like our equine friends) or too small (cats and small dogs) to sensibly use an available drug. In these instances, a compounded product can provide a more appropriate dosage strength. Compounding is also permitted to increase compliance by making treatments easier to administer by either combining several medications or adding flavoring to a medication. Some common examples of compounding include, adding a tuna flavor to make a medication more palatable, creating a liquid or paste form of the drug to facilitate administration, and even when a veterinarian combines sedatives into one syringe to more easily sedate a patient.

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In contrast, federal law does not permit compounding for financial reasons. As you can see, there are lots of legitimate reasons to compound a medication. So what do you need to know when your veterinarian recommends a compounded medication for your horse? First and foremost, each state board of veterinary medicine has its own rules for how veterinarians can prescribe compounded medications. In Virginia, veterinarians can either prescribe a compounded medication (that you pick up directly from the compounding pharmacy) or he or she can directly administer a compounded medication (as with combined sedatives). Under normal circumstances, a veterinarian can only dispense a compounded medication if that medication was made by the veterinarian. Once you have the medication in your hands, you can take several steps

to ensure the product has been prepared by a legitimate compounding pharmacy. Contact your state pharmacy board to confirm the compounding pharmacy’s license and check for any complaints against them . As mentioned previously, compounding pharmacies can be certified by a couple independent agencies, who can also verify that a pharmacy meets certain minimum standards. Two of these are: Vet-VIPP, and the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board. In the unfortunate event that your horse experiences an adverse event while taking a compounded medication, notify both your veterinarian and the compounding pharmacy. If you are not sure if you were given a compounded medication or not, you can look for an FDA approved symbol and a six-digit ANADA or NADA number on the drug itself. If these numbers are present, the drug is not compounded

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and is either an FDA-approved generic or pioneer (brand-name) drug. The FDA also keeps a list of all approved animal and human drugs on its website in two publications, the Green Book and the Orange Book. If your horse’s medication lacks a number or FDA-approved symbol and is not on either of these lists, it is a compounded medication, accompanied with all the possible risks. Without question, using compounded drugs come with an increased risk compared to using FDA-approved medications. Yet, compounded medications have a valuable role in the veterinarians’ arsenal. Hopefully, armed with the power of knowledge you will be better prepared if you decide with your veterinarian if a compounded medication is the right choice for you and your horse.

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Improve your riding in a Murdoch Minute

Use this Murdoch Minute to warm up your body and prepare for your ride

By Wendy Murdoch


s it cold where you live? Do you feel stiff when you mount up? Have you been sitting at a desk or driving your car for hours before riding? Are you still wound up from your day? Before you ask your horse to move it would be a good idea to consider spending a few minutes warming up your body in preparation for your ride. Here’s a simple exercise to get you going. Next time you ride notice if it is difficult for you to get your leg across the saddle. Are your shoulders tight? Do you feel stiff in your hips? Riding when you are stiff will have a direct effect on your horse’s ability to move and runs the risk of injury for both of you. It is important for you to be limber

enough for him to respond correctly so take a few moments to warm up. This will benefit both your and your horse. Warming up is important for many reasons. When you are cold your blood concentrates toward the middle of your body leaving the extremities, your fingers and toes. A few minutes of warm up increases blood flow to your tissues. This makes the muscles more pliable, increases the amount of oxygen reaching your muscles and at the same time prepares you mentally for your ride. In addition it improves coordination and reaction time meaning that you will be able to respond to your horse much more quickly than when you are cold. In the winter months a good grooming begins the process. I take my horse for a

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brisk walk on a loose rein around the outside of the hill field before heading to the arena. This allows him to warm up at his own pace. The increase blood circulation warms his muscles, and the ligament/tendon/fascial system, which has very little blood supply. This system becomes pliable from the body heat generated. Once the ligament/tendon/fascial system is warm it is like a stretchy elastic system. If you ask your horse to work hard before this is warm you take the risk of tearing and damage because this system is stiff an unpliable when cold. Even in warm climates warming up is important but takes less time. To warm you up and improve your pliability in the saddle start with your horse standing still, both reins in one hand. Reach back with your other hand and see how far down your horse’s flank you can go without leaving the saddle. If you have a mare you want to make sure she is not ticklish about her flanks! Do not brace against your stirrups. If your horse is quiet enough

Photo 1. The rider starts at the halt with both reins in one hand.

Photo 2. She reaches toward your horse’s flank and stifle. Be careful if you have a sensitive mare.

you can drop them to ensure that you are not pushing. How far toward your horse’s stifle can you go easily? Come up and repeat the motion several times without straining, as this will only increase the tension in your body. Where do you have to let go in order to reach further? What is happening in your ribs, neck, shoulder and hips? If you are careful not to force this movement you may find that by repeating it a few times you will go further with less effort. Reach toward your horse’s hip joint and return. Repeat several times. Again pay attention to any holding or tension you may discover as you do this movement. You can make a series of rays each time by returning to the starting position and changing the angle slightly going from the flank to your horse’s dock. Repeat with the other hand and find out if it is harder or easier on this side. Once you have the idea you can also practice this exercise at the walk and trot. Use this Murdoch Minute as a reminder that it is important to warm up before your ride. It is equally important to cool down afterward. The warm up prepares you and your horse’s body for exercise and helps to avoid injuries. Not only will this exercise help to warm you up it will also improve your symmetry and flexibility and always remember to enjoy the ride!

Photo 3. The rider is reaching back toward the horse’s hip joint. Notice she is looking toward her hand and her foot is quietly resting in the stirrup.

position. On-line join Wendy’s Facebook group: Fans of the Murdoch Method and find more articles, blog and her new book 50 5-Minute Fixes to Improve Your Riding, based on the Murdoch Minutes at

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 November/December 2016

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NOVEM BER 2016 Dressage & Event ing

NO VE M B E R 20 1 6 Hu n t e r & J u m p er

Nov. 5 – VADA/Nova Dressage Championship Schooling Show, Morven Park, Leesburg,, 802-233-7404, Nov. 6 – NEVADA @ Edgehill Schooling Show, Anne Draine, 804-769-1115,

Nov. 4-6 – SWVHJA Annual Horse Show, VA Horse Center, Lexington, VA,,

Nov. 9 – Calais Horse Trials, Powhatan, VA,

Nov. 10-13 -VHSA Associate Championship Horse Show H/E Clyde Poarch, Lexington, VA 540-349-0910

Nov. 12-13 – Penmerryl Horse Trials, Fall Horse Trials, Open XC Schooling & Intercollegiate Team Challenge, Greenville, VA,

Nov. 8-13 -Jump For The Children H/J Ralph Alfano/ Joan Petty, Raleigh, NC 919-669-9877

Nov. 13 – Chestnut Oaks Schooling Show Series @ Chestnut Oaks, Doswell, VA,

Nov. 11-13 -Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival M Ellen Shevella, Upper Marlboro, MD 434-242-8937,

November 2016 All Ot her Event s

November 12, 2016 - Deer Run Horse Show Club, Newport News Park 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA, 7575083048, slankey@, Nov.16-20 -RMI Raleigh Benefit Show (“AA”) HB/PB/H/J, Raleigh, NC 904-396-4106

Nov. 4-6 - Barnhill’s Dairy Fall Trail Ride, Greenville, NC, 252-702-5234 or https:// Nov. 4 - Pleasant Grove Trail Ride, Pleasant Grove Community Park, Fluvanna Co., VA 434-987-2233 or, events/1120200038034663/ Nov. 4 - Airfield 4-H Conference Center Trail Ride, Wakefield, VA hosted by Best of America by Horseback. 540-829-9555 Nov. 5 – Silver Star Farm Pleasure Show, Spotsylvania, VA 540-972-0966, Nov. 5 - Horse & Hound Annual Tack Yard Sale, Carrolton, VA 757-238-9681 or Nov. 5 - Sugar Shack hunt club benefit trail ride for Cheryl, La Crosse, VA Melissa Baird 434-755-5041 call or text Angie Ezell-Clary 434-865-2110, https://www. Nov. 6 -Farmington Hunt Fall Hunter Pace, Nov. 6 – 4th Annual Poker Run at Sandstone Farm, Millwood, VA,, 540-837-1261 Nov. 12 – Urban Trail ride through Historic Downtown Fredericksburg, Old Mill Park, Fredericksburg, VA – Virginia, 540-538-0001,, www., Nov. 12 - T-Town Tack Annual Boot Sale, Tappahannock VA, 804-443-4614 Nov. 13 – Glenmore Hunt Hunter Pace, Welliver Farm, Staunton, VA www. Nov. 18 - 19 - 2-day Connected Riding Clinic with Peggy Cummings, Joe London Training, Culpeper, VA, 5402208460,, www., Nov. 18-20 - Pre Turkey Quarter Horse Show, Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon, VA 703-437-9101,, http://www.fairfaxcounty. gov/parks/equestrian/ Nov. 19 – Tom Turkey Scrabble Ride at Belmead, Powhatan, VA 804-598-4907,

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Novem b er 20 1 6 A l l O t h e r E ve n ts Nov. 20 – Trail Ride through Historic Keswick Hunt Club Territory. In Orange, VA, sponsored by VA Horse Council, Keswick Hunt Club, and VAQHA, Registration deadline Nov. 14. Contact 804-370-8631 or, www. Nov. 20 - Judges, Riders, & Trainer’s Forum, Stables Of Rolling Ridge, Laytonsville, MD, 301-401-9860, Linda@StablesOfRollingRidge. com,,

decem b er 2 0 1 6 Al l Ev e n t s Dec. 3 - Know Before You Tow! Trailer towing and Safety, Joe London Training, 8021 Olympic Way, Culpeper, VA, 5402208460, joelondontraining@,, Dec. 3 - Christmas with Arabians, Amethyst Acres Equine Center, Buchanan, VA 540-254-1017,, www.amethystacres. com Dec. 10 - Whippoorwill Farm Hunter Horse Show, Shacklefords, VA 804-366-8778 rde2wn@gmail. com Dec. 9-11 - December Hunter Classic, Rated Show, Owings Mills, MD 410-446-1310 smoore@ Dec. 10 - Frying Pan Farm Park Dressage Series, Herndon, VA 703-437-9101, Dec. 11 - TWA Jumper Show, Hazelwild Farm, Fredericksburg, VA 540-972-1342, www.facebook. com/TWAhorseshows Dec. 12-16 - McDonogh Winter Jumper and Equitation Show “C” Show, Owings Mills, MD 410-4461310, Dec. 17- Frying Pan Park Just Jumpers Horse Show Series, Herndon, VA 703-437-9101, http://www. Dec. 18- Frying Pan Park Hunter Horse Show Series, Herndon, VA 703-437-9101, Dec. 18 - TWA Hunter Horse Show, Hazelwild Farm, Fredericksburg, VA 540-972-1342, www. Dec. 18 - McDonogh Winter KickOff Hunter Show, Owings Mills, MD 410-446-1310 adawson@ Dec. 27 - McDonogh New Years Classic “B” Hunter Show, H/M, Owings Mills, 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

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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 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@

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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 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


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

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