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Contents 20 22

Welcome Letter Cover Story

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Majestic Gaits Sport Horses

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The Olympic Journey The Process of Getting to the Games

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Wear and Tear: Osteoarthritis in Sport Horses

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Ready, Set, Get Fit! Being physically fit makes an impact on your abilities.

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Buying a Sport Horse Experts offer advice to make buying your dream horse trouble-free.

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Getting to Know You: Special Advertising Section

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to the Equine Journal’s sixth annual Sport Horse edition. If you’ve ever stood at the in-gate, taking a deep breath and preparing for the ride of your life…this special issue is just for you. For those of us who compete, our horses become more than friends and companions, they become teammates that we rely on. Whether it is the feeling you get when you hit the centerline, or that perfect distance, or perhaps maybe the starting box, the thrill is worth celebrating. This year’s edition is full of interesting and informative articles. In “The Olympic Journey,” Christina Keim takes a look at horse and rider teams that have their sights set on the 2012 London Olympics and explains the process they each take in getting there. While the Olympics are only a dream for most of us, the progression of events that must happen for a rider to get a chance to ride for the gold is amazing. If you’re still looking for your perfect partner, be sure to read Pamela Mansfield’s “Buying a Sport Horse.” Pamela talks to experts about everything involved, from the initial trial ride to the prepurchase exam and getting insurance in place. After you’ve purchased your horse, keeping your horse sound is critical to your training and competition regime. In “Wear and Tear: Osteoarthritis in Sport Horses,” we take a look at one of the most common joint issues in equine athletes as well as ways that you can combat it. Are you ready to compete? We often focus on the fitness of our equine counterparts, but how much do you put into your own fitness? Natalie DeFee Mendik talks with Debbie Rodriguez in “Ready, Set, Get Fit!” about the impact being physically fit has on your abilities in the saddle. There are also some helpful exercise pointers. “The ERS Korean Project” follows Dr. Y. S. Lee of Seoul, Korea, on his quest to breed top-quality horses in his country. Teaming up with Karen Berk of Equine Reproduction Services (ERS) in Ocala, FL, they created a gateway between the two countries that would prove to be beneficial for everyone. You’ll also want to read about all of the amazing barns and breeding programs that are featured in this year’s Sport Horse edition. Just like you, they all share a passion for athletic horses with a will to win…whether it is at the schooling show this weekend or at the Olympics next summer.

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Majestic Gaits Sport Horses

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ith strong international connections, Majestic Gaits brings the highest echelons of sport horse breeding to the United States. Standing the two Dutch Warmblood (KWPN) stallions, Navarone and Farrington, the Hanoverian stallion, Schroeder, and offering frozen semen from over 30 of the best stallions in Europe, Majestic Gaits offers the bloodlines breeders need to produce FEI-quality dressage, jumper and event horses. For a quarter of a century, Majestic Gaits has bred First Premium and Top Ten Dutch Warmbloods. By crossing only the best stallions with the best mares, Majestic Gaits’ mission is to breed Sport Horses capable of competing at the highest levels of the Olympic disciplines, yet also possessing the disposition suitable for amateur riders. “While we’re breeding for the Grand Prix, we also want trainability and good character for the amateurs who make up the majority of the American market,” notes Majestic Gaits’ owner, Kathy Hickerson. Consistently ranked in the top ten of KWPN breeders in North America, Kathy Hickerson knows her stuff. In 2010, Majestic Gaits produced the top-ranked KWPN jumper filly in the nation. 2010’s inspection season also brought home three High Score Keuring Awards and all First Premiums for dressage fillies. Majestic Gaits brings a decade-long business partnership

with the world-renowned VDL Stud in Holland into the equation. VDL Stud, a “KWPN Breeder of the Year” title holder, stands a long and impressive list of Dutch and German stallions. Olympic Games, Nation’s Cup, World Cup, World Equestrian Games, and European Championships: VDL’s stallions and offspring are world-class competitors. “VDL breeds only the best of the best,” says Hickerson. “I feel honored to be partners with them.” Through Majestic Gaits, breedings to VDL Stud’s stallions are offered at the best price possible. With the purchase of three frozen semen doses, a live foal guarantee is offered via a freshcooled semen option from one of Majestic Gaits’ three stallions. Majestic Gaits’ up-and-coming stallion is the seven-yearold Hanoverian, Schroeder (Sandro Hit x Escudo I). Schroeder began his show career with a fourth place finish in the USDF 4-Year-old Material Horse of the Year rankings. In 2008, he was the top-ranked Hanoverian stallion in the nation as the USDF Hanoverian Stallion In Hand, and then in 2010 he finished 11th in the nation in the FEI 6-Year-Old National Championships. All of this was accomplished with talented rider and recent college graduate, Makenzi Wendel, who is climbing the dressage ladder with Schroeder. “Most people only hire professionals to ride their stallions,” remarks Hickerson. She notes that Schroeder’s ability to succeed in dressage with a relative newcomer onboard attests to his fantastic temperament and ridability. After much searching for a stallion that offered the complete package of temperament, movement bloodlines and conformation, Hickerson purchased Schroeder as a two-year-old at


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Navarone is approved by: Dutch Warmblood (KWPN); Oldenburg Horse Breeders’ Society German Oldenburg Verband (OHBS- GOV); International Sporthorse Registry Oldenburg Registry North America (ISR/OLD-NA); Belgian Warmblood Studbook (BWP); Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International (RPSI); Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association; Canadian Sport Horse Association; Westfalen Breeding Association for Westfalen and Rhinelander mares; Swedish Warmblood Association North America (SWANA) for Swedish mares Schroeder is approved by: Hanoverian; Dutch Warmblood (KWPN) PROK and Scoped; Oldenburg Horse Breeders’ Society - German Oldenburg Verband (OHBS- GOV); International Sporthorse Registry Oldenburg Registry North America (ISR/ OLD-NA); Belgian Warmblood Studbook (BWP); Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International (RPSI); Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association; Canadian Sport Horse Association; Westfalen Horse Association for Westfalen and Rhinelander mares Farrington KEUR: Dutch Warmblood (KWPN); Belgian Warmblood Studbook (BWP); Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association; Canadian Sport Horse Association; Westfalen Breeding Association for Westfalen and Rhinelander mares; Swedish Warmblood Association North America (SWANA) for Swedish mares

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auction in Verden, Germany, where he also completed his stallion testing. Shroeder is world class. He is by the world’s young horse dressage champion, Sandro Hit, and his dam sire is world young jumper champion, Escudo I. His States Premium mother is Esmeralda, a two-time champion mare in Germany. Schroeder’s first crop of foals is now three and show great promise, including his fantastic disposition. Senior stallion and Grand Prix dressage star, VDL Navarone (Olympic Jus de Pomme x Armstrong), is a seasoned competitor who has produced countless FEI winners in show jumping and three-day eventing. VDL Navarone is the only KWPNapproved stallion by the two-time Olympic medalist, Jus de Pomme. Navarone’s offspring are currently garnering great success at CSI and CCI competitions in Europe. Navarone has competed to Grand Prix level in dressage. He also successfully competed at the 1.40 level in show jumping in Europe, and while already a formidable dressage competitor, is now reentering the jumper arena again in the United States. In addition, Navarone was named Champion at the International Sporthorse Registry- Oldenburg/NA licensing at Hilltop Farm in 2009, where he also received his lifetime breeding license. Also standing at Majestic Gaits is the KWPN stallion, Farrington (Wellington x Doruto). Farrington is grandson to VDL Stud’s foundation stallion, Nimmerdor, KWPN “Stallion of the Century.” He is one of the few Dutch Warmblood stallions with Doruto bloodlines that sired multiple international champions, including Ideaal, Olympic Barbria and Chevalie. Having produced exceptionally high-quality offspring, Farrington was awarded the KWPN Keur Predicate in 2002, a high honor reserved for producers of top foals and international competitors in sport and breeding. Farrington’s own career was cut short due to a leg fracture at age five. Nevertheless, his offspring possess the gaits and character to shine in the Grand Prix and are hot contenders at the FEI level in Europe. Hickerson is a strong believer in promoting quality sport horses in the United States. Majestic Gaits has imported fillies from good bloodlines to boost Dutch Warmblood breeding in the American market. All of Majestic Gaits’ foundation mares were imported from Holland as highly-rated Keur, Elite and Sport mares and represent three-generations of quality dam lines. Hickerson also believes in promoting education about sport horse breeding. She serves as Sport Horse Director with New England Dressage Association and has, over the years, promoted the KWPN-NA in various capacities. She was recently elected to the USDF Sporthorse Committee and was awarded KWPN Member of the Year in 2010. She’s available for helping breeders choose the right stallion for their mares and make a successful venture of the breeding process. In addition, Majestic Gaits offers for sale prospects imported from Holland and also accompanies clients to Holland. See these world-class stallions online at www.majesticgaits.com and www.vdlstud.nl or contact Kathy Hickerson at 603-557-4054.


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ompeting at the Olympic Games in any sport is a symbol that an athlete has attained the pinnacle of success in their discipline; it also represents the culmination of years of hard work, determination and focus. When it comes to Olympic team selection for the equestrian athlete, hard work alone is not enough – you need to have a fit, sound, supremely talented equine partner to help you get there. In this article, we will take a look at the Olympic preparation process through the eyes of both United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) staff and organizers, as well as a few athletes hoping to be one of the chosen elite to represent the USA in London in 2012.

The Process of Team Selection From the USEF’s Perspective Final selection procedures for the 2012 London Olympics have not been finalized for any discipline; in fact, most efforts in the USEF office are currently geared toward selecting the 2011 Pan Am Games teams. However, a general plan has been determined for each of the three main Olympic equestrian disciplines: dressage, show jumping and eventing. “For all disciplines, the athletes must apply [to be considered for team selection] and meet certain minimum requirements,” says Sara Ike, managing director for eventing for the USEF. Normally, these requirements include meeting the FEI’s minimum age criteria for both rider and horse and also having earned an “FEI Certificate of Capability,” whose specifics for each discipline are listed on the FEI website at www.fei.org. Once riders have applied for consideration in their

chosen discipline, they must pay attention to those competitions that have been chosen as selection trials. The term “selection trials” is actually a bit misleading, because the expression is used differently for each discipline. In eventing, certain events across the country and overseas will be chosen as “selection trials,” meaning that successful performances at these competitions may catch the team selectors’ attention. In dressage or show jumping, the term “selection trial” is used more often to describe a particular competition, open to select entrants based on previous competition outcomes, whose results will then be used to rank eligible horse-and-rider teams. (NOTE: Jumping is an exception – all applicants are eligible to compete in the show jumping selection trials.) At this time, specifics regarding selection trials are not available for most of the disciplines, because the Olympic organizing committee has not yet finalized its deadlines for paperwork and applications. While details aren’t official, we can have a potential sneak peek into 2012 selection procedures by reviewing those measures that have been used in the past. “For eventing, selectors go to each selection trial and observe the performance of the applicants,” says Ike. “Based on these results, a short list of about fifteen combinations is named. These riders are invited to a mandatory outing, which forces head-to-head competition.” Ike says that horses on the short list are also evaluated by the team veterinarian. In preparation for selection for the Beijing Games in 2008, show jumping riders competed at a total of five different trials held in Wellington, FL, over a two-week period. “After the trials, riders were divided into different groups to attend different tours in Europe,” says Amy Serridge, assistant director of show jumping high performance for the USEF. “Their performances on the tours were based on one Sporthorse 2011 ✦ Equine Journal ✦ 27


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of several factors, including: ability to compete without incurring jumping penalties/time penalties; previous international experience within the past two to three years; and, the prospect of contributing to a medal, that the selectors used to evaluate athlete/ horse combinations before making their final recommendation for team selection.” Eva Salomon, managing director and chef d’equipe for dressage, says that in this discipline, tentatively, riders will receive a ranking based on their average scores in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special tests at all CDI3*, CDI4*, CDI5*, CDIO and CDI-Ws, within and outside of the USA, held between June 1, 2011, and roughly May 27, 2012. It is expected that the top 15 rider/horse combinations will be invited to compete at the 2012 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Grand Prix Championship & Selection Trial for the 2012 Olympic Games Dressage Team. It is important to note that the preceding is just a rough outline of how the dressage team may be chosen. “2012 procedures have not been finalized yet, and anything based on old criteria could very well be changed,” says Salomon. In spite of their name, the selectors do not actually have the final say regarding team selection. “There are many layers of observation and approvals,” says Ike. “It is the job of the selectors to observe all riders and to provide their feedback on team composition to the High Performance Committee.” This feedback then proceeds to the USEF High Performance Working Group and, finally, the USEF Executive Committee. The number of selectors chosen varies per discipline; there are five official selectors for eventing, along with one European observer, while there are three selectors for show jumping. The

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With the London Games just over a year away, and specific selection criteria as yet to be determined, how do today’s elite equestrian athletes begin to maximize their chances of being considered for the team? As it turns out, Olympic hopefuls seem to be using the 2011 season to fine tune skills, increase confidence, gain experience and allow for periods of rest for themselves and their equine partners. Todd Flettrich and his mount, Otto, a 15-year-old, U.S.-born Danish warmblood gelding, owned by Cherry Knoll Farm of West Grove, PA, received their first taste of riding for the USA on the fourth-placed dressage squad at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY. Flettrich says that he and Otto will be spending the summer training in Europe with top German trainer, Hubertus Schmidt, while showing only lightly. Otto and Flettrich recently received a 70.9% in the Grand Prix at the CDI Hamburg, and he plans to compete Otto just three more times this summer. “To get ready for the WEG, I had to do a lot, going from


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come from and where we still need to work.” Coudray will be spending the summer months training and competing in Europe in order to gain more international experience and exposure. “Something I have been repeatedly told through my life is that you should always seek the best advice you can find and then follow it,” says Coudray. “This spring, the advice I was given was to get some experience competing internationally. Time will tell if it pays off or not, but the best thing I think I can do is utilize someone else’s decades of experience since that’s something I don’t have.”

a much deeper respect for what competing at a prestigious international competition means. “It requires time spent away from home and away from your business,” says Flettrich. “Others make a lot of the decisions regarding what you do. It is like the rest of your life has to go on hold for that period.”

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Ultimately, being chosen to ride on an Olympic team is an honor reserved for only a small percentage of riders, and there are many variables over which individuals have little control. “I believe that you have to have ticked all the boxes in terms of proving your competiFunding the Journey tiveness, but you also have to Not only is the process of have a healthy, sound horse when it comes down to the getting to the Games physically wire,” says Coudray. “That is and emotionally grueling, it is expensive. Once an athlete paramount as well as the most has made the team, the U.S. tricky thing to control. While Equestrian Team Federation you can minimize the risk through different measures, provides partial funding to covthere is undoubtedly a bit of er the costs of travel, housing and other expenses related to luck that comes into play when you’re talking about injuries the competition. However, all and soundness.” of the costs leading up to that moment are the responsibility Riders also simply must believe in their mount’s abilof the athletes themselves. Michael Jung from Germany riding Weidezaunprofi’s River of Joy at the Olympic ity to be an asset to the team. “Without good sponsortest event in Greenwich Park the site of the 2012 games. Flettrich says that one of Otto’s ship, it is almost impossible to greatest strengths is his outdo this,” says Flettrich. “I feel so standing work ethic. “No matter very lucky to have Cherry Knoll what is going on, he gives 110%,” says Flettrich. “He has one of Farm supporting me.” Not only does the farm own and support Otto and his competition and training, but also, Flettrich is able to the best piaffe/passages in the world, and that was given to him work out of their barns in Pennsylvania and Florida. by nature. He comes out and does his job, and when he is on Coudray is grateful for the support of product sponsors, my aids, he is spectacular. He can compete with the best in the including APF Pro, Perfect Equine Products, Mountain Horse, world.” Ovation, Veredus, Samshield® Helmets and RevitaVet™. “My Coudray is clearly also proud of her Olympic hopeful. “Finn vets at Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic have been instrumental has got the x-factor in his movement and jumping ability,” says in giving Finian the care that he needs to fulfill his potential,” says Coudray. “He’s got all the skills we need to be one of the best in Coudray. “That is hugely helpful, but I will certainly need to do the world. We still need more ridability, but that’s been a lifelong fund raising to finance the trip. I have sold some horses to put goal with him, and it’s improving all the time with maturity and some money in the bank, and we’ll stretch that as far as we can.” training. He’s got the goods to be a team horse, and I just have to Sacrifice to make the team comes in many forms. Coudray tick the boxes and keep him well.” says that she actually made the very difficult decision to sell an extremely talented young horse in order to support her progress Concluding Thoughts with Finian. “[Ringwood Magister] is my only shot at the team Whatever your chosen discipline, rising to the top takes grit, and may be for some time,” says Coudray. “I’ve sold off a very determination, hard work, and a bit of luck. Stay tuned as our talented young horse which of course [is] a double-edged sword. country’s best equestrian athletes take the journey that will hopeI do not have another good horse coming along, but I also have fully lead them to the London Games. ✦ some money to pursue my goals with Finian.” See sidebar on page 38 Flettrich says that having competed at the WEG, he now has 36 ✦ Equine Journal ✦ Sporthorse 2011


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August 9. Show jumping became the first Olympic equestrian discipline with the 1900 Games in Paris (the sport then disappeared for several cycles, reappearing in 1912 at the Stockholm Games along with dressage and eventing). For the 2012 Games, 75 athletes will be competing for team and individual medals. Horses and riders will complete a total of five jumping rounds; the first three rounds’ combined totals will determine the team placings (with the first round acting as a qualifier), while the remaining additional rounds will decide on the individual rankings. As in eventing, only the top three scores of the four riders on a team count to determine the team’s result. For the individual medals, if there is a tie for medal standings at the end of the fifth round, a jump-off is held between the tied riders. Para-equestrian will be held August 30 through September 4, after the closing ceremonies of the traditional Olympics are held. A total of 11 medals will be given out to 78 athletes. Para-equestrian is a form of dressage competition that has been increasing in international popularity since first emerging in the 1970s at competitions in Great Britain and Scandinavia. For 2012, athletes from over 40 countries are expected to participate in the Games, and para-equestrian has been included at every Games since Atlanta in 1996. There are two tests performed: a championship test and the freestyle; the team event is made up of three to four riders per team. Athletes are classified into one of five “grades,” determined by their physical limitations. Each grade has a test that varies in the level of complexity of the movements it requires; this assures that athletes are being judged by their skills rather than their disabilities. Para-equestrian riders are allowed to use various “assistive devices,” including crops, connecting rein bars, living letters, modified saddles, and so on.

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inflammation and the production of poorerquality joint fluid.” • The surface of the bone ends, Understanding the articular surOsteoarthritis faces, can also be In layman’s term, damaged by direct osteoarthritis is just trauma, explains Dr. arthritis. This condiColahan, which can tion can start from a lead to subchondral number of different bone damage. The causes; however, the subchondral bone is principal instigator critical, as it is the in sport horses is structure that supA critical component to long-term maintenance is simply good farrier work, as repeated athletic use ports the cartilage in many maintenance issues stem from the horse’s foot. that heavily loads the joint. the joint. When damaged, the “They put a lot of force on thin plates in the spongy subthe joint. That causes, over time, some degree of degeneration chondral bone are fractured. The body tries to repair the damof the joint,” explains Dr. Colahan. “Every athlete will incur aged bone with more bone, leading to excessively dense bone, some sort of joint injury and end up having some sort of aralso called sclerotic bone, with damaged cartilage on top. thritis problem. That’s what causes most arthritis in horses.” When trauma or degeneration occurs in the joint, an “inDr. Colahan explains that while every joint can be affectflammatory degenerative cascade” ensues, involving all the ed by osteoarthritis, the most common ones in sport horses interrelated joint structures. Osteoarthritis occurs due to this include the small joints of the hock, the fetlock, the stifle, the inflammation from damage to healthy joint cartilage through distal joints in the pastern, and the coffin joint. He explains trauma, or with deterioration of previously-damaged cartilage that multiple structures are involved in the osteoarthritic process: through normal intense use. • Holding the joints together are the collateral ligaments, ligamentous structures that connect the bones of the joint. Symptoms & Diagnosis These ligaments accommodate movement in the limb, allowThe signs of osteoarthritis are simple: lameness with ining joint components to move smoothly together. Strained creased fluid in the joint, and warmth in the joint. To make a or torn ligaments lead to instability in the joint. Not only are diagnosis, seek to locate the point of lameness by first checkthe ligaments themselves damaged, but also, damage occurs ing for filling and heat. Next, joint pain can be discerned by within the joint. “It doesn’t take a lot of instability in the joint manual palpation and joint-flexion manipulation. During to lead to damage in the joint, which then leads to arthritis,” manipulation, the horse may indicate pain by resenting the explains Dr. Colahan. flexion or trotting off lame after the flexion. • The synovial membrane lines the inside of the joint, “In most lameness conditions, horses have multiple sites except for the surface of the ends of the bones. Synovial fluid of lameness, because they keep performing despite injury to is produced by cells in the synovial membranes. The entire one joint. This puts more load on another joint, and maybe space inside the joint is filled with synovial fluid. Synovial even a third or fourth location,” notes Dr. Colahan. “A lamefluid’s function is to lubricate the soft tissues and joint surfacness diagnosis involves working through all of those points, es, as well as to provide nutrition to the cartilage that covers starting with the most obvious. This is done with a lameness the ends of the bones in the joint. Surrounding the outside of examination using nerve or joint blocks.” the synovial membrane is the fibrous joint capsule that atVeterinarians have several imaging techniques at their taches to the bone on either side of the joint and supports the disposal to identify problem areas. The most commonly used synovial membrane. Synovial fluid is produced by cells that method is radiographs. While the computerized radiographs line the joint capsule. most veterinarians currently use are more precise and conveInflammation in the joint causes the joint capsule synient than film radiographs of the past, Dr. Colahan cautions novial membrane cells to produce inferior quality synovial that they have their limitations. “People should remember, fluid, which doesn’t sufficiently lubricate the joint or provide however, that radiographs require a 40%-60% change in adequate nutrition to the cartilage. This can lead to damage bone density before you can see it radiographically. 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The Lameness Locator system is a new approach that employs electronic devices, called accelerometers, which detect the motions of the horse. This telemetric system broadcasts how the horse’s body and limbs are moving. “The human eye can see maybe 12 frames a second,” explains Dr. Colahan. “Normal video tape is about 27 frames a second. Sometimes horses move with such speed that you can’t see all the events in the gait that you want to see, particularly when you are trying to work out subtle lamenesses. This system captures more events and analyzes them.” He goes on to note that while these tools help, they do not replace the traditional, thorough lameness examination by an experienced veterinarian.


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The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) enforces very strict guidelines for medication usage in horses competing in USEF-sanctioned competitions. Breeds and disciplines are classified annually as falling into either the “No Foreign Substances Group” or the “Therapeutic Substance Group.” Horses competing in the “No Foreign Substances Group” category must adhere to the prohibited substances guidelines set forth by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). The FEI’s Clean Sport Prohibited Substances Database seeks to take some of the mystery out of which medications may or may not be administered. On the webpage, you can enter the name or brand name of a medication into the search box, which will then inform you as to whether or not that drug is approved for competition. For example, a search for phenylbutazone informs that this drug is prohibited. In addition, an explanation of the drug’s purpose and effect are noted. Most helpful is the long list of common brand names under which phenylbutazone is sold. Horses falling within the “Therapeutic Substance Group” parameters have more leeway. Many breeds and disciplines fall within this category. The USEF’s website and rulebook offer clear definitions and descriptions in which forbidden substances are listed and restricted substances are clearly explained. The USEF’s Guidelines for Drugs and Medications includes a table that lists a drug’s generic and trade name, the maximum allowable dosage according to body weight, the latest administration hour prior to competition and the administration method. In addition, there are notations when two drugs may not be administered simultaneously. While the USEF’s guidelines contain much verbiage, a complete reading of the material is recommended if your competition horse receives any substances. Thoroughly familiarize yourself with the drug rules for your breed or discipline association, and consult with a qualified veterinarian or official if in doubt. For more information, visit: • http://prohibitedsubstancesdatabase.feicleansport.org/ • www.usef.org/documents/drugsMeds/DrugsMedsGuidelines.pdf • http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/Drugs/Default.aspx Photo: Linda Sherrill

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treatment has been phenylbutazone, which is not only a very effective pain reliever, but also relieves inflammation,” explains Colahan. Phenylbutazone, commonly known as “Bute,” is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Phenylbutazone’s ability to reduce inflammation is key to addressing underlying issues. “The process of relieving inflammation begins to reverse the “spiraling-in” process that occurs in the joint.” Colahan goes on to note, however, that the anti-inflammatory properties of phenylbutazone alone are not sufficiently effective in a severely-damaged joint to return the horse to soundness, even though the horse may be made more comfortable. In addition to administering Bute, mild joint injuries respond well to icing, to reduce inflammation, and rest. Other therapies include: • Intra-articular injections of corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid • Intra-articular or intravenous injections of hyaluronic acid • Intra-articular or intramuscular injections of polysulfated glycosaminoglycans • Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein (IRAP and IL-1ra) injection, derived from methods of processing blood to be used from the same patient, and in the future, perhaps IL-1ra from gene therapy, respectively • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a method of transferring compounds naturally occurring in blood from blood platelets There is, however, good news for the horse owner’s pocketbook. Colahan explains that the critical component to long-term maintenance is simply good farrier work. “Many maintenance issues stem from the horse’s foot. That’s because if the foot is not trimmed and shod properly, it causes lameness not only in the foot, but also puts abnormal load on the limbs, which increases problems in the joint.” In addition, maintain a conditioning program that not only promotes the horse’s training for its particular discipline, but also promotes full-body condition. “The art of training horses lies in getting them fit for what they need to do, but not overworked to the point of injury,” says Colahan. These principals of shoeing and conditioning also apply to preventing the development of osteoarthritis as well. Joint issues of some type in sport horses are inevitable. While not a curable condition, osteoarthritis can be managed. “Joint injury is very common in sport horses. Almost every sport horse is going to become lame at some time. That doesn’t mean the horse is going to develop full-blown arthritis. Most horses are going to have some form of athletic injury, particularly as they age. Horses, like people, become less capable of recovery or take longer for recovery as they work into middle age and older,” says Colahan. ✦

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By Natalie DeFee Mendik Photos: Patricia Worth, WO Equine Marketing Exercises demonstrated by Debbie Rodriguez

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t only takes one look at rider, instructor, trainer, TD and judge, Debbie Rodriguez, to see that she is a person who takes physical fitness seriously. This Williamsburg, Virginia, based FEI level dressage rider is obviously not one to just take it easy. In addition to being a USEF “S” Dressage Judge, USEF

The “Superman” is great for developing balance and proprioception. Standing on one leg, extend both arms forward and one leg back into the superman position. Come back to standing. If you feel balanced, stay on one leg through the movement. If it is a challenge, come back to standing on both legs between repeats.

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“r” Dressage Technical Delegate, and USEF “r” Eventing Judge, she is also an International Sports Sciences Association Certified Personal Fitness Coach. Her journey through the ranks of threeday eventing, and later dressage, has been interwoven with an increasing awareness of the critical role personal fitness takes in


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the success and enjoyment of riding. A former event rider, Rodriguez knew that being fit was critical to a clean and safe cross-country ride, but it still wasn’t high on her agenda. “I went kicking and screaming into a fitness regime,” remarks Rodriguez. Upon the advice of her eventing instructors, Rodriguez maintained her fitness by running and jumping rope; nevertheless, she struggled with not enjoying the exercise while simultaneously questioning its necessity. “I was a young professional, riding eight to 12 horses a day. I could not conceive that I needed to do something else for my fitness, yet at the same time, I would constantly be corrected in my lessons for sitting crooked in the saddle and having rounded shoulders,” she says. “I didn’t realize that my mental focus and desire could not correct that. I always thought that if I would just try harder, I could fix it.” Rodriguez’s outlook on fitness changed while teaching a longtime student, a Preliminary level event rider who had the same issue of riding with rounded shoulders. “One day she came for her lesson and her shoulders were back,” tells Rodriguez. The key to the amazing change: the student had begun working with a core fitness trainer. This was a pivotal moment for Rodriguez as well. “I signed up the next day and never looked back. That was a turning point in my life. I realized my shoulders weren’t back because I didn’t have the muscle structure to put them back, and riding alone was not going to give me that structure.” “You wouldn’t take a horse from the pasture and expect it to gallop around a cross-country course or do an I-1 dressage test; yet, many of us don’t have the same expectations of conditioning ourselves as riders, as athletes – and riders are athletes, whether we want to be our not, by the nature of what we do,” comments Rodriguez. “If you are cardiovascularly fatigued and your muscles are not strong enough, you are less able to regain your balance or correct your mistakes than you would be if you were physically ready for that challenge.” Rodriguez’s fitness regime now consists of four key elements: core strength, cardiovascular fitness, mobility and balance. These elements work hand-in-hand to develop a rider who is ready for the physical challenges in any discipline.

Core strength is a concept riders are familiar with these days, and with good reason; it forms the essential pillar of the rider’s position. “If you want your horse to be in self-carriage, you need to be in self-carriage,” notes Rodriguez. Having that core strength is what allows the rider to sit correctly and independently. Core strength also counteracts many of the aches and pains riders experience. “If you had an arthritic horse, you would know that you had to keep that horse’s muscular strength up to support the joints,” explains Rodriguez. “The same thing applies with the rider – if you have a little back pain, simply taking antiinflammatories is not enough. The more you build up your stomach muscles and the muscles that support your spine, hips and shoulder girdle, the better chance you have of relieving some of the pain and therefore enjoying your riding and being a more effective rider. One of the biggest benefits I’ve noticed from core fitness work is that I have a lot less hip pain, because the muscles around my hips are a lot stronger and more flexible.”

Balance Proprioception is a term that may be new to many, but the concept behind it is not. In proprioceptive exercises, the development of body awareness is created using muscle memory. Proprioception is essentially the feel of where your body is, where limbs are, where your center of gravity and balance are,

In the side plank with lateral leg lift, start in a side plank position. Raise one leg and lower, staying in the side plank position. Do repeats on both sides. This exercise is great for hip strength and stability. Stay engaged in your core to balance. Sporthorse 2011 ✦ Equine Journal ✦ 49


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Cardio Cardiovascular exercise is aerobic activity that exercises the lungs, heart and muscles. It can take many forms, such as running or swimming. In addition, most core exercises also have a cardiovascular benefit when they are performed as a group of exercises in a dynamic workout. “A lot of people say that they don’t want to ride their horse


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to the point where they need cardio; however, there are very few situations where it won’t come into play. If you are schooling your dressage test and are getting into Second Level, your canter tour is now twice as long as it used to be. I can’t tell you how many times I’m teaching someone in a clinic who wants to do Second Level, yet after counter canter and a lengthening, they want a break. You should be able to school twice as long as what’s in a test, not half as long. Cardio is a factor,” says Rodriguez. “In eventing and show jumping, if you want to be helpful to your horse on course, you need to be sitting up in the saddle, being just as ready for the last fence as the first fence. It’s not fair that, as the course goes on, you lean on your horse more and more, especially as the horse is also probably getting fatigued. The horse has to then not only carry himself over the fence, but the rider, too.”

Mobility Loosening exercises in the warmup phase of exercise gently increase the range of motion without putting stress on the body; at this point, there’s not enough blood flow to the muscles for the muscles to have a good stretch. Stretching takes place at the end of every workout. Activities such as yoga improve the body’s

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Heart Rate When you are working out, your heart rate should get up into the target zone and stay there for a while. The heart rate monitor is a neat gadget well known within fitness circles. Worn like a watch, this device allows you to monitor your pulse throughout your workout and is a good motivator against slacking. “If you keep your heart rate up from start to finish for a certain amount of time, you get much more benefit from your exercise instead of constantly taking breaks,” remarks Rodriguez. According to the American Heart Association, your workout’s target heart rate should be within the 50-85% range. To figure your 100% heart rate, subtract your age from 220. Then, scale that figure down to your target zone to see what heart rate you should be aiming for during your workout.

flexibility through stretching. Some riders may feel that if they aren’t competing, being fit isn’t so crucial; yet, physical fitness is a necessity for every rider, regardless of discipline and skill level. For example, a pleasure rider needs core strength to ride balanced and straight in the

saddle while facing challenges such as steep hills. If the horse spooks, the rider needs to be able to sink the weight through the hamstrings into the heels so that the reins don’t become a point of balance. Trail riders can become uncomfortable in the saddle on a long ride if they’re not fit enough, resulting in sitting sideways or shuffling around in the saddle in an effort to redistribute their weight. “Ride is a verb – you are an athlete!” challenges Rodriguez. Creating and sticking with a regular workout plan increases your energy level and well-being, in addition to helping you get more pleasure and success out of your riding. ✦ Look for Debbie Rodriguez’s new DVD workout series custom designed for the rider, Success in the Saddle. These six 20minute workout routines can be done in front of any TV or computer without any equipment. “Anyone can commit 20 minutes a day, six times a week, or 40 minutes a day, three times a week, to improve their health, as well as their ability to be a good rider and partner for their horse,” says Rodriguez. These DVDs are available online at www.SuccessInTheSaddle.com. Natalie DeFee Mendik is a freelance writer and amateur dressage rider based in Pennsylvania.

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From the initial visit to the pre-purchase exam, experts offer advice to make buying your dream horse trouble-free.

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ou’ve finally found a horse that looks promising after spending hours perusing ads, looking at photos and videos, talking with sellers, consulting with a trainer or agent, and sharing the details with experienced friends who might help you make the decision. Now, it’s time to go see the horse and take the next steps toward ownership. Whether the horse is being offered by a private seller or a well-established sport horse business, the process should be undertaken with a clear idea of what you want, what can be expected, and what’s acceptable in the industry. We talked with the experts who offered specific

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advice about trying a new horse, purchase and sales agreements, pre-purchase exams, and insurance.

Trying Out a New Horse Verne Batchelder, of River House Hanoverians (Piermont, New Hampshire and Williston, Florida), has helped all levels of dressage and hunter/jumper riders through the process of buying a sport horse for more than 20 years. He advises that potential buyers first get to know as much as they can about the horse by watching online videos and looking at the pedigree before taking the trip to actually see and ride the horse. It’s always a


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good idea to bring along your trainer, which likely involves paying a commission or for his or her time, or bring a friend who is a more experienced rider. “Go with someone who knows your riding and whose riding you know,” advises Beth Clarke, of Equine Business Institute in South Deerfield, Massachusetts. Beth, a lawyer who consults for many equine transactions, suggests watching the owner and then your friend or trainer ride first before getting on the horse yourself. If you like the horse, make a second visit, she says, but offers the caveat, “This is not a chance to get in riding experience – don’t waste the seller’s time.” Batchelder agrees, and offers the buyer three times to come ride the horse, but after that, it’s time to make a decision. Many horses for sale are actively campaigning and the owner is seriously seeking a buyer, so avoid tying up the sale process. Clarke suggests returning the next time to see the horse in less formal circumstances, “in the rough, walking out of the stall, or go catch him out of the field. Tack him up yourself, see the nuts and bolts and get on without him having been ridden by someone else, or put him on the lunge line.” If you want to buy the horse, be prepared to pay a deposit. You’ll need a few days to make arrangements for a vet check, terms of sale, and delivery.

The Buyer’s Experience The buying experience was straightforward for amateur owner Kristal Pooler, who purchased Lulu from River House Hanoverians earlier this year. Verne’s daughter, Nora Batchelder, trained the mare for dressage and lower level eventing and was ready to sell. Kristal had been keeping an eye on the horse, so 56 ✦ Equine Journal ✦ Sporthorse 2011

she had a pretty good idea that the mare was suitable, but possibly a bit strong. She brought a friend with her for the first visit and trial ride after watching Nora ride; then, she returned with trainer Mike Robbins for a second visit and ride. Mike gave the horse the “thumbs up,” Kristal decided the horse was indeed right for her, and she and Nora negotiated a price. Though Kristal, a real estate agent, had researched bills of sale and printed out many different contracts she found online, “In the end we did it very simply,” she said. The purchase was predicated on a pre-purchase exam, and though Kristal was optimistic enough to have the horse put on a van headed to her barn, she had also negotiated a special set of circumstances in the contract. She had only recently gone through treating another horse for EPM, one she got a year before, so she placed a lot of emphasis on getting blood work done first on the way to her home in Massachusetts. She had an insurance policy already in place and paid the purchase price on the spot once the exam was complete, and the van continued to her barn.

Getting to the Buying Stage Batchelder says that once a client wishes to proceed, buyer and seller sign a purchase and sales agreement, and the buyer has 10 days to make the final decision, at which time payment is due. Batchelder says he doesn’t take a deposit, preferring not to extend the agreement beyond 10 days. By then, the buyer should have completed the pre-purchase exam, consulted with his or her own veterinarian, and asked any and all questions he has about the horse. Many of the horses already have existing digital X-rays that can be reviewed in advance by the buyer’s


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A Binding Contract Without Warranties Throughout the process, it’s important to remember that the purchase and sales agreement is a legal contract. Standard forms don’t always fit every situation, and in some cases it may behoove the buyer to have a lawyer review the contract. “Assume nothing,” Clarke says, explaining that it’s imperative that the contract is very clear about what you are purchasing, how much you are to pay and to whom, and even if the price includes sales tax, which is charged in some states. Buyer and seller should establish exactly when ownership changes hands. Don’t expect to take the horse on a trial basis. This creates too many liabilities for both seller and buyer, and most sellers would not allow the horse to leave their farm without having been purchased.

The seller is obligated to disclose any pre-existing conditions, she said, and these, as well as any specifics about the horse, may be listed on the purchase and sales agreement. Horses are living beings, subject to change, and their performance and good health is not something that can be guaranteed.

The Pre-Purchase Exam “Even if the horse is one in your trainer’s barn, or a triedand-true short stirrup mount that is changing hands to help another young child progress, a pre-purchase exam will give a potential buyer a good baseline of information for the future,” says Joe Dotoli, author of Wylde Ride and trainer who has helped countless students through the years, including 1982 Maclay Medal winner, Peter Wylde, (who later became 2004 Olympic team gold medalist in show jumping). “While you can never Xray the horse’s heart and mind and know what they’re going to do in the ring, the pre-purchase exam will, however, shed light on any potential problems, and you can determine how easily they can be managed,” he said. Issues that arise during a pre-purchase exam don’t necessarily mean that the problem is something that can’t be managed. What you can expect to find with a seasoned, proven sport horse is quite different from what you would accept on a young horse with little or no training. In looking at X-rays, “You’ll never find a clean equitation horse,” for example, Joe Dotoli says. “Those horses have a lot of mileage on them. They’re professional athletes and have jumped a million jumps. You wouldn’t expect them to look like a three-year-old you’re buying as a prospect.”

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Dr. Kent Allen, owner of Virginia Equine Imaging in Middleburg, Virginia, recommends working with a veterinarian you are familiar with and who understands the type of discipline or type of use you want for the horse. If your own veterinarian isn’t available due to location or time constraints, have your veterinarian recommend a fellow professional located near the horse, or you can consult the American Association of Equine Practitioners to locate a suitable resource. Dr. Allen regularly consults with clients for pre-purchase exams and second opinions. His clinic sees a wide range of horses, from world champions to pony clubbers to fox hunters, but the basic pre-purchase package includes the clinical exam and a thorough series of digital X-rays. During the clinical exam, the veterinarian evaluates the horse’s eyes, heart, lungs, gastrointestinal system, and musculoskeletal system. The horse might be scoped if a respiratory issue is suspected, and basic blood work is also done, including a Coggins test. Drug testing may be warranted. Then the veterinarian will evaluate the horse in motion, at the walk, trot, and canter, and sometimes with the rider up, or with weighted surcingles to help evaluate the condition of the horse’s back. A flexion test will further help determine soundness.


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“The clinical exam and X-ray imaging complement each other,” Dr. Allen says. As part of the pre-purchase package at Virginia Equine Imaging, a series of digital X-rays are taken of multiple angles of the horse’s legs, fetlocks, hocks, and hooves. Some buyers have the ability and desire to look even more extensively at questionable areas, and that part of the diagnostic imaging is an additional expense, but may provide more definitive information. Ultrasound, nuclear scintigraphy, or MRI can show more than just the bone and can shed more light on the condition of soft tissues, inflammation, or joints. He says that while it’s not the veterinarian’s job to “pass or fail” most horses, he can advise the buyer, and many times there are issues that can be managed.

Getting Insurance in Place At this point as the buyer, you should have already made arrangements for insurance to be effective the day you purchase the horse. Signed applications should be in hand, advises Barbara Odiorne, owner of Essex Equine Insurance in Massachusetts. While “you can only insure what you own,” it can take from one to 48 hours to process the application (at least), so it’s important to be prepared to take ownership and have the insurance policy ready to be activated in your name. This can include Equine Mortality insurance for death and theft, and Surgical and/or Major Medical endorsements that cover accident, illness, and injury. The premium charged for Mortality only is a percentage of the horse’s value and takes into account the breed, age, riding discipline or use, while the Surgical or Major Medical coverage is an annual flat rate, says Odiorne,

who is a licensed insurance agent and also a certified equine appraiser. If by chance you do have the opportunity to take the horse on trial, the potential buyer can purchase a policy listing the current owner as loss payee, which can be removed when the purchase is made. Some insurance companies may offer one-month trial insurance, usually for full mortality only, which may be converted to an annual policy if the sale goes through. Odiorne suggests that taking out an annual policy that can easily be cancelled when no longer needed may be the best value, depending on the company’s cancellation policy. She helps buyers find the right policy for the transition and for the future, when the horse may increase in value due to training or show results. If the requested insured value is greater than the purchase price, an appraisal can be done to determine the value of a horse. Equine appraisals are often used to determine value in the event of a divorce or estate settlement, or to help an owner determine the best market price. Buying outside the United States is a whole other playing field, and is best done with the help of professionals experienced in the local laws, language, and customs, Beth Clarke advises. When it comes to pre-purchase exams in other countries, Dr. Allen recommends sending all X-rays and tests to your own veterinarian in the U.S. Another area that introduces different circumstances is auctions. They have their own set of “take it or leave it” rules. While there are many unspoken customs and old laws on the books, it’s best to take Clarke’s advice and “assume nothing,” and, be shrewd enough to get all the information you need before taking the right steps to this important transaction and commitment. ✦

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Three Bears Farm Cartersville, GA By Susan Winslow

Mark Thompson was worried that his wife, Jackie, was bored when he took her out to their country property to go fishing, so he did something about it. In a move that should give him a permanent place in the Horse Husband Hall of Fame, he surprised Jackie with a three-stall barn and a horse so she could go trail riding while he went fishing. Little did he know that his thoughtful gift would open the door to a rich and fulfilling lifestyle change and second business for the couple. Because the gift horse was young and Jackie had been out of the saddle for a while, she took him to a barn for training. Lessons led to jumping, which led to hunter/jumper competition. When the hour-long commute to the barn became tedious and there was no sign of anyone else building a suitable facility closer to their home northwest of Atlanta, Jackie and Mark decided to build their own. They purchased 150 acres just south of Cartersville where they built an eight-stall barn for themselves and a few boarders. The need for a sheltered riding area led to the current expansion of the now 210-acre farm, which includes a magnificent 100’ x 200’ indoor arena and state-of-the-art barn, complete with eighteen 12’ x 14’ stalls, quarantine stall, restrooms, showers, laundry, hot/cold

wash racks, and an automatic fly spray system. Outside, the farm offers acres of fenced turnout, a 250’ x 250’ lighted outdoor jumping arena with all-weather footing, a small dressage arena and a network of trails that wind throughout the property. Full board includes four lessons per month, and they also offer lessons and training seven days a week, with clinics scheduled throughout the year. Jackie’s tongue-in-cheek humor is evident when she describes the naming of Three Bears Farm. She laughs when she says, “There are people who follow George Morris’ theory of riding. Some follow Robert Dover’s. Me, I follow the Three Bears Theory: I want to ride when it’s just right. Basically, that means riding should be fun. Here at Three Bears, the atmosphere is supportive, friendly and still professional, and that’s what it’s all about. We offer the highest quality care and hunter/jumper instruction in a beautiful setting with great people.” Three Bears Farm is located at 260 Paga Mine Road, Cartersville, GA 30120. They may be reached at telephone: 770-3870311; email: info@threebearsfarm.com; website: www.threebearsfarm.com.

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Winchester Stables Newfane, VT Situated on the banks of the West River just outside the historic village of Newfane, Winchester Stables has become the premiere equine performance facility in southern Vermont. With a philosophy where quality care is at the forefront, the attention given to each individual is second to none. The lesson and training program is a continuation of this belief, tailored to the goals and needs of each horse and rider. While trainer/ manager, Bevin O’Reilly Dugan, USEA ICP Level 2 Instructor, focuses primarily on eventing, she knows that good flat work and a proper foundation apply across the board to all disciplines. The wide variety of clients prove that this approach is working. Hunters, jumpers, dressage horses and eventers, as well as pleasure horses, in a variety of breeds, call Winchester their home. If you want to compete or improve your skills, regardless of whether you bring your own horse or ride one of Winchester’s, Bevin will tailor a strategy to get you where you want to be in a relaxed and personal atmosphere. And, as an accomplished trainer, Bevin will start your young horse, address specific training issues and school your competitor for that winning edge. The facilities at Winchester Stables cater to the comfort of the horses and their owners, with 50 spacious box stalls and 30 individual grass turnout paddocks. Three-board Saratoga fencing surrounds the grounds for safety, and a 24-hour on-site staff supervision as well as a sprinkler fire protection system in the barn ensure that your horse is in the best of hands. The heated tack room is full of

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individual lockers for the boarders and is adjoined to full bath and shower facilities. A fully furnished, heated viewing room with Internet access looks over the 100’ x 175’ well-lit indoor arena. A 100’ x 200’ outdoor arena with all-season footing, a regulation dressage ring and a dedicated galloping field give riders a variety of environments to hone their skills. In addition to these extensive facilities, Winchester Stables offers riders a chance to head south to Aiken in the winter months. Winchester Stables is also the home of Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center, with another dedicated indoor arena for their use. From quality care and horsemanship to the finer details of performance, Bevin focuses on putting your horse’s needs first. For more information about Winchester Stables and what they can offer you, be sure to visit www.WinchesterStables.com or call 802-3659434.

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BEDMINSTER, NJ

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hen looking for a barn to ride at, what factors are important to you? Is it the facility? The quality of the training? The number of available lesson horses? Chances are, Palermo Show Stable of Bedminster, NJ, has what you are looking for; with a full array of horse shows and a large number of talented sale horses, Palermo strives to offer something for everyone. Catering to everyone can be difficult, but Palermo manages it with ease. Offering lessons from beginners to grand prix riders, each are given a comfortable learning environment. Beginner lessons are held in a barn and arena separate from the more advanced riders. This gives all skill sets a safe and welcoming place to improve. Six lesson horses reside in the school program, while four show quality hunter/jumper lesson horses and three show quality dressage horses are available for more advanced riders. For those looking to make their way in the show ring, monthly horse shows are held on the grounds, plus five USEF rated horse shows. The Palermo Jumper Festival, a four-day jumper show, includes a $25,000 Grand Prix, as well as, big money classes for children and adult riders. The shows are well attended, with kudos given to the friendly staff and the well-maintained facilities. For those looking to show off-site, Palermo travels up and down the east coast to horse shows; showing at major horse show grounds such as Vermont, HITS Saugerties and Aiken. They also travel down to Wellington from January to March for the clients that wish to continue competing in the winter months. The amenities at Palermo are extensive. The large indoor

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arena measures in at 90’X240’ with Attwood Equestrian Services felt jumping blend footing, and a heated view area looks out over the arena. The well-lit 200’X135’ outdoor ring has exceptional GGT–Footing™; which was also used at the World Equestrian Games and the Winter Equestrian Festival. Rounding out the riding areas is the two-acre grand prix jumping field that is filled with an array of permanent and temporary obstacles. In addition to the extensive riding accommodations, Palermo boasts 40 stalls, 18 grass paddocks and one all-weather paddock, in addition to, heated and air conditioned tack rooms. Osvaldo Ornia Pacher, the Osvaldo Ornia owner and trainer at Palermo, is Pacher riding talented at starting young horses Beach Blonde, and bringing them up the ranks HITS Circuit to reach their full potential. Champion Level 6 For those looking for talented Jumper. Just one new horses, Osvaldo also runs of the talented horses imported a breeding and training barn in from Argentina. Argentina where he averages 20-25 horses at any given time for clients to look at. Palermo also offers about 15 hunters, jumpers and equitation horses for sale at any given time in their New Jersey facility. Recently, Bruno Serrano has joined Palermo from Portugal as a seasoned dressage trainer. He not only trains and teaches but also helps improve the flatwork on the jumpers. For more information on their facilities, sale horses and horse shows visit their website at www.palermoshowstable.com, or call 908-719-7500. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well.


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Pace, Florida

By Natalie DeFee Mendik www.mendikmedia.com

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roducing some of the finest hunters and jumpers in the nation is a family affair at Aubrey Hill. Based near Pensacola, Florida, Aubrey Hill is a state-of-the-art equestrian center serving the serious competitor. With three decades at the top of the hunter/jumper industry, Michael and Karen Newman have the eye, experience and talent to find and develop horses and ponies that succeed in the show ring. Aubrey Hill imports top warmblood sport horses and ponies from Europe as green youngsters. Once in Florida, these prospects are trained and finished into polished competitors ready for the ribbons. Aubrey Hill spends 38-40 weeks a year on the show circuit, attending every major AA show, including Devon, the pony finals and the indoors. Typically 10 to 12 exceptional horses and ponies are available for purchase at any given time at Aubrey Hill. The Newmans offer mounts that present the complete showready package. Without the limitation of a single warmblood breed, Aubrey Hill’s collection focuses on the quality of the individual pony or horse. Each sport horse or pony possesses top conformation, aptitude, ridability, mental capacity and movement. Aubrey Hill’s trainer, Michael Newman, is a USEF ‘R’ judge in the Hunter, Jumper, Hunter Breeding and Hunter Equitation divisions. His judging takes him to major competitions throughout the United States, Canada and Holland.

Newman rose through junior ranks with numerous USEF Medal Finals wins before choosing to pursue a career as instructor, trainer and judge. Since turning professional, Michael’s horses and students have garnered champion titles in the nation’s most prestigious shows, including Devon, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the Washington International Horse Show and the National Horse Show. Daughters Aleece Jarman (14) and Britney Jarman (11) are highly seasoned and successful competitors in the Junior, Children and Pony divisions. Both girls play a key role in the training and showing of Aubrey Hill’s sport ponies. In addition to the sales end of their business, the Newmans offer training, boarding and instruction tailored for show riders, with clients showing together with Aubrey Hill. The Newmans also accept horses and ponies on consignment for sale. The facility stands on 105 acres with 30 stalls, 20 paddocks and a six-horse European walker, catering to both horse and rider’s every need. Four arenas offer every type of training environment. For more information about Aubrey Hill’s collection of stunning hunters, jumpers and equitation sales prospects, or to inquire about training, lessons and boarding, visit www. aubreyhill.com or contact Karen Newman at 850-995-9750.


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hen it comes to the finest in equestrian training, sales and boarding, you will know its available at Aubrey Hill the moment you arrive. Our state of the art facility affords us the ability to deliver the very best. From our experienced trainers to our extravagant boarding stalls, you will find no stone unturned in our goal for perfection.

We offer training and sales for hunters, jumpers, equitation, and ponies

Michael and Karen Newman ❙ 850-995-9750 ❙ 850-396-3102

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Richwood Farm

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Gratiot, WI

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esponsible breeding may be a bit of a buzzword currently, but for Connie and Don Redden of Richwood Farm it holds true. These small breeders believe in breeding top quality mares to Trakehner stallions in their quest to breed successful performance horses. But Richwood certainly isn’t interested in the fame of breeding champions, it’s the joy of watching their young foals mature into something special. According to Don, “We love watching them be born, grow up and go out and do well. We follow their riders, their owners, and the competition. When we have the opportunity, we [watch them compete].” “It’s like having kids go off to college,” says Connie of the foals they have sold. Their love of the foals is undeniable, beginning with the hands on attention that they get as youngsters and continuing on as the Redden’s follow their performance careers with adoration. Connie and Don have both competed, transitioning from hunters to lower level eventing. Connie explains that their love of competition has waned, but their love of horses has not. “Our passion is breeding the babies, and then we take great pleasure in watching other people compete them.” Watching their horses compete has been an exciting ride for the Redden’s with the high quality performance horses that have walked out of their barn. Ayita, purchased by Linda Pileggi, started eventing when she turned seven and was competing at Preliminary level events within six months. Linda is a strong advocate for the breeding program at Richwood, “I bought this horse, I had no idea that I was buying a super star.” Ayita is currently owned by Andrew Palmer.

Ayita has proven to be a successful eventer, moving up to the preliminary division within six months of starting her career. Shown here with Barbara Crabo.

Eva Callista has also taken the eventing world by storm. Owned and ridden by Cindy Bonamarte, this young mare won the 2009 AEC Championship at the Novice level and was named the Area IV Novice Horse of the Year in 2009 and Area IV Training Horse of the Year in 2010. Eva’s success has continued this year at Training level with hopes of moving up to Preliminary in the near future. But don’t think that Richwood Farm breeds just event horses. Eye Envy, owned and ridden by Emily Caccia, and Matter of Trust, owned and ridden by Lauren DiTallo, have been successful in the hunter over fences arena, while Allegretta has made her way on to the hunt field, boldly chasing hounds. These talented performance horses are exactly what Richwood Farm is striving to breed, athletic Trakehners that can be trained and ridden by their amateur owners. And moving to the future? The lucky Reddens hope that their course will continue. According to Connie, “I’m living my dream. Horses in my back yard, babies in the spring… we’ve been very fortunate.” For more information, visit www. RichwoodFarm.com, or call 608-922-6402.

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Eye Envy Owned/ridden by Emily Caccia

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Owned/ridden by 1st - Ledges Winter Classic Feb 2010, First Year Green Hunter U/S Jennifer Bazan 1st - Ledges Winter Classic Apr 2010, Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter U/S 1st - Fields & Fences Spring Hunter Show, Amateur Owner Hunter U/S 3'3" 1st - Fields & Fences Spring Hunter Show, Adult Equitation O/F 3rd - 2011 Otter Creek Spring Horse Trials (P/T) 1st - Showplace Fall Classic, Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3" O/F 4th - 2011 Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials (P) 1st - 2011 Full Gallop Farm Horse Trials (T) 3rd - 2011 Sporting Days Farm (T) 2nd - 2010 Hagyard Midsouth Horse Trials (T) Owned and ridden by Cindy Bonamarte (except where noted) 3rd - 2011 Queeny Park Horse Trials (T), ridden by Brad Hall 5th - 2011 Otter Creek Spring Horse Trials (T), Owned and ridden ridden by Brad Hall by Jordyn Sahagian 1st - 2011 Spring Bay Horse Trials (T),

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Azana

ridden by Brad Hall 1st - 2010 Dunnabeck Horse Trials, Area 4 Training Championship, Ridden by Brad Hall 2nd - 2010 Silverwood August Horse Trials (T), ridden by Brad Hall 3rd - 2010 Hunter Oaks Horse Trial (T), ridden by Brad Hall 1st - 2009 AEC Championship (N))

1st - 2011 Pine Top Winter II Horse Trials - (T) 3rd - 2010 Richland Park Horse Trials (T) 1st - 2010 Wayne DuPage August Horse Trials (T) 1st - 2010 Silverwood August Horse Trials ( T) 4th - 2010 Wayne DuPage July Horse Trials (T) 1st - 2010 Full Gallop Farm March Horse Trials (N)

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equila Tiempo 2007 bay gelding by Hailo *Pg*E* out of Tashia by Martini *Pg*E*. Tequila is currently in training at Valhalla Farm in Wellborn, Florida. He is showing great promise as an event or dressage prospect with his elegant movement and strong work ethic.

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aireStar 2002 gray mare by Schonfeld *E* out of Zaire MV by E.H. Herzzauber. “Star” is a stunning well-proportioned mare. She has been trail ridden and is ready to move on to a career in dressage or hunters. Perfect for an adult amateur.

miko by Hailo Bay 2006 mare with beautiful, elevated gaits. Emiko is currently being ridden by a young upper level event rider. She has the movement and athleticism to excel in both dressage and eventing.

Prospects Zakita by Feingeist out of Zaire MV by E.H. Herzzauber 2008 gray filly. Electric Cowboy by Blitz und Donner out of Emma (Holsteiner/Anglo-Trak) 2009 gray gelding. Tin Man by Magritte out of Tashia by Martini *Pg*E* 2009 gray gelding. Willie Wonka by Stiletto *Ps* out of Winsom by Hailo *Pg*E* 2009 bay gelding.

Connie and Don Redden

Gratiot, Wisconsin (608) 922-6402 or e-mail richwood@mhtc.net

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s the popular saying states, bigger isn’t for Jr/YR Intermediate 1 and was choalways better. Topinka Nunn Dressage sen as the first alternate for the Dressage holds true to this philosophy with a Foundation’s Young Rider Olympic Dream small, intimate stable that allows for close oneProgram 2011. Melissa graduated from on-one interaction between the trainers and stuRutgers University in January 2011 with a dents and their horses. Founder and head trainer, degree in animal science, concentrating in Jaime Topinka Nunn, is joined by her assistant equine science. trainer, Melissa Reese, in giving horses quality The main goal at Topinka Nunn drescare and top-notch dressage training. Jaime sage is to make sure that everyone enjoys his has the unique ability to be able to start young or her horse. Jaime tells us, “I have a wide horses correctly as well as train and compete variety of people who ride with me. I have through the highest levels of dressage. adults who never want to compete but enjoy As a child Jaime rode with Lynn Span, coming to the barn and becoming a better where she became involved in Pony Club. Jaime rider. On the other end of the spectrum, I was rated to C-3 before changing her focus to also have some very dedicated and talented dressage. Jaime went to Morvan Park, VA, in competitors who rely on me to better both the summers to ride with Tad Coffin and Raul themselves and their horses. I enjoy teaching de Leon, attending an hour-long lecture each both types of riders and feel that they both day on different aspects of dressage and eventhave something to offer me as an instructor ing, and finding ways to integrate the two as a and trainer.” Jaime has taken young horses form of cross training. Jaime became a working up to the Prix St. Georges level and has taken student for Gail Hoff-Carmona. Working for young riders up to Intermediate I. During the Gail for two years, she gained experience with winter months, Jaime heads south to Florida young horses, which included in-hand trainto compete with horses and clients, while ing, backing, and dressage training, as well as Melissa stays in New Jersey to continue the giving these youngsters their first show experitraining those who stay home. ence. Jaime built on this experience when she Jaime’s husband, David Nunn, is heavmoved on to work for Michael Barisone, where ily involved in Thoroughbred racing. David’s she trained and showed upper level horses passion is helping ex-racehorses find new to Intermediate I. She has been training with careers. Jaime helps to rehabilitate some of Michael since 2002. Along the way she has ridthese horses, teaching them the foundations den with Bo Jenna, Alex Chterba, Tom Dvorak, of dressage as they find new owners. Jaime and Eden Roc, a talented young horse that Lars Petersen and Lendon Gray. Topinka Nunn offers a personalized Jaime started in dressage and is now competing at Melissa Reese has been riding with Jaime experience that is not often seen at the larger Intermediate I. since 2005. Jaime brought her through the ranks barns. Owners really get to know their horse and has now added her as an assistant trainer to her program. While as well as the trainers and the people who provide daily care. Being a with Topinka Nunn Dressage, Melissa has earned her USDF Bronze small barn has certainly allowed Topinka Nunn Dressage to provide and Silver Medals. In 2010 she competed in the FEI Young Rider family-like atmosphere that is warm and welcoming. For more inforclasses at Dressage at Devon and qualified for the USDF Region 1 mation, visit www.jaimetopinkanunndressage.com, or call 908-216Young Rider Team. She was the 2010 ESDCTA Year End Champion 5263.


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Union, Kentucky

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arbara Schmidt, DVM, and her husband, Frederick Abblett, have taken a visionary approach when it comes to breeding top quality Hanoverians at Bridlewood Farm in Union, Kentucky, and the rewards have been many. Whether it was waiting patiently for years until the owner of a Premium Mare in Germany was ready to sell to her, or diligently scouring the U.S. and Europe for the very best Hanoverian stallions available, Dr. Schmidt has strived to develop one of the top Hanoverian breeding programs in the country. Tucked into the northern tier of Kentucky’s famous Bluegrass Region, Bridlewood Farm is also home to Dr. Schmidt’s thriving equine practice and full service breeding and veterinary facility where she focuses on reproductive work. Her practice offers state-ofthe-art services for collection, breeding, mare care, foaling, newborn care and sales. Many mare and stallion owners of various breeds rely on Bridlewood Farm’s reproductive services during breeding and foaling seasons. Dr. Schmidt’s true passion lies with her exemplary Hanoverian breeding program, which she and her husband have carefully nurtured and developed since the late 1980s. This gifted horsewoman and 2008 Kentucky Veterinarian of the Year describes the extensive research that has gone into developing the Bridlewood Farm breeding program. “The Hanoverian has a long and illustrious history in Europe. We have spent several decades traveling to Germany, attending and hosting inspections and immersing ourselves in the Hanoverian horse to be able to offer the same scope and quality of the best European bloodlines in North America. This takes years because these horses not only have to have stellar pedigrees, they must be inspected, tested, proven in the show ring and have produced quality offspring before we would consider them for our program. We focus on Hanoverian horses with proven backgrounds in sport as well as exceptional soundness, athleticism, and temperament. We want our owners to have a willing and reliable partner capable of succeeding in the sport they choose, whether it is a dependable, talented sport horse for an amateur or young rider, or an elite athlete capable of outstanding success at the upper levels. It has been worth the time and effort to do this right. We have a great team at Bridlewood Farm and we are all very proud of the horses we produce. I love hearing from so many owners who are having success with their Bridlewood Farm Hanoverians.” Dr. Schmidt welcomes the opportunity to educate prospective buyers on Hanoverian pedigrees, what to look for in a quality sport horse prospect, and is glad to offer advice throughout the horse’s development and successful career. She says,

“Good nutrition, proper care and a wellstructured training regimen are the key to reaching the horse’s full potential. It starts with excellent breeding and giving the foal the correct start in life. Our mare lines are highly respected and well known. We now have States Premium and Elite Mares who are daughters and granddaughters out of our outstanding imported foundation mares and stallions. Several of our mares are as well known with competitors as our stallions. We choose our crosses with an eye toward producing the highest quality foals, and we keep the program small because we are very hands on with our horses. Imprinting at birth and working with the foals individually on a daily basis results in trusting and willing youngsters that are easy to work with later on when it comes to the serious training. Considering that we breed three to five foals a year, we are pleased to have been recognized for several years as one of the top USDF Breeder of the Year recipients. ” Bridlewood Farm stands the Elite Hanoverian stallions Dacaprio, Fabuleux and Liberty, with high pregnancy rates resulting from fresh cooled shipped semen. Dr. Schmidt and her knowledgeable staff are committed to customer service throughout the entire breeding and foaling process. For more information on breeding and sales, visit www.bridlewoodhanoverians.com. Bridlewood Farm is located at 11698 U.S. Highway 42, Union, Kentucky. Telephone 859-485-6000; email bschmidtdvm@ fuse.net.


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he southeast Massachusetts town of Mattapoisett has always been known for miles of tranquil marsh and fine sand beaches lining Buzzard’s Bay, but Katherine Gallagher and her husband, John, have given this charming seaside hamlet an infusion of international celebrity. Their magnificent, state-of-the-art barn is home to Elite Equine Imports, specializing in the importation of fine European warmbloods, and their name is synonymous with top-quality international horses for dressage competition. Katherine has established a strong team at Elite Equine Imports, including Johann Koning and Esmeralda Smith, her equine agents in Holland, and an excellent sales and training group at the farm including: trainer Nicole Graf-Ussher; barn manager Beth Francis; Amy Riley, a talented equine photographer; Kayla Burroughs; and Suzy Shocket. Katherine works closely with Lisa Wallace of Dressagefinder to promote her horses in Aiken, South Carolina and Palm Beach, Florida. She says, “Ours is a private barn, but it’s also a lifestyle barn where we have a small, dedicated group caring for, training, and promoting the horses. I designed the barn to offer our clients all the comforts of a private club, including a full chef’s kitchen and a luxurious, comfortable viewing room while they choose from some of the best European warmbloods available.” Elite Equine Imports specializes in horses with proven records and pedigrees, and they have the expertise to assist clients in finding horses, in the U.S. or abroad, for any level of the sport. Katherine’s eye for a good horse also led her to the purchase of a small selection of Quarter Horses and Welsh Cobs. She bought the Quarter Horses after experiencing a Wyoming cattle drive. She says, “A good horse is a good horse, and I was so impressed with the dispositions of these rugged, docile Quarter Horses and their ease of care, that I bought them and brought them back to start Sundance Trails at the farm. I am also very interested in Welsh Cobs, and we have a very successful show string competing in dressage and driving.” Competition is the showcase for her horses, and while Katherine is proud of every horse and rider that

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represents Elite Equine Imports, she is particularly excited about the return of her beloved Hanoverian, Pongo, to dressage competition with 12-yearold Callie O’Connell in the saddle. She says, “Pongo was a Grand Prix horse, but he has been out of competition for the past five years while he recovered from a serious suspensory injury. It has been a long road back, but he has a new job now as a schoolmaster with Callie. They are a great team, and I’m thrilled that he is competing at First Level with her this year.” Katherine’s love and pride in her horses is evident in everything from the immaculate barn to her dedication to helping riders find the horse of their dreams. She says, “John and I enjoy sharing this beautiful farm with other people who Photo © Debra Jamroz feel the same way about our horses, and I find it very gratifying to help people find the right horse to help them reach their goals.” For more information on Elite Equine Imports, visit www.eliteequineimports.com. Elite Equine Imports is located at 158 North St., Mattapoisett, MA. Telephone: 617-610-7688. Email: jonofra@yahoo.com.


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Lady Jean Ranch Jupiter, FL

By Susan Winslow

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ady Jean Ranch in Jupiter, Florida, is a first-class facility and tranquil haven for horses and riders of all disciplines, and it’s less than 30 minutes from the epicenter of worldclass competition in Wellington. Visitors who pass through the elegant wrought iron gates are treated to an oasis of palm trees, shady lanes and a serene vista of the Mexican style main barn across a cool, blue lake, complete with a graceful fountain. Farm owners Bill and Jean O’Brien have teamed up with their daughters, Michelle Cronin and Kellie Runsdorf, to share their beautiful 50-acre farm with year-round or seasonal boarders looking for the very best in amenities and care. No detail has been overlooked at Lady Jean Ranch, from the immaculate barns and manicured grounds reminiscent of a five-star resort, to the top quality care and comfort of the horses and riders. The O’Briens have a strong background in breeding and showing Arabian horses at the national level, and with Lady Jean Ranch and their sales business, LJR Elite Show Horses, they are taking a new and exciting direction. Michelle says, “My parents are very proud of their exceptional facility. They have several horses training in different disciplines, and it has been a joy to share LJR with riders from all over the country. We have boarders who ride in a wide variety of disciplines, enjoying all the amenities the farm has to offer.” The farm has plenty of room for riders to find their niche, whether it is trail riding through the palm trees and park-like setting, working in the regulation dressage arena and covered round

pen, or enjoying the bright, airy 220’ x 110’ covered riding arena. The farm also has a quarter-mile track for breezing and a jump course in the infield. Accommodations for the horses include 60 roomy stalls, grooming and wash bays, fly and fire protection systems and plenty of turnout in carefully groomed grass paddocks and pastures. The O’Briens have made sure that riders are treated well, too, and the farm has air conditioned tack rooms, a locker room and a beautifully appointed lounge. The farm also offers the very best in farrier, veterinary and concierge services for its boarders. Michelle says, “We welcome all types of riders, from local riders who are looking for yearround board to trainers who wish to come south for the winter competition season. We work with trainers to design a custom package to meet their needs, and we are fastidious about the care of the grounds, pastures and the horses. We want to make our boarders’ experience here a positive one, where they can learn from the different trainers and clinicians if they wish, or just enjoy their horses in a beautiful setting. We also allow boarders to bring in their own trainers and clinicians or work with ours, so there are many opportunities for riders to learn something new. There is always a positive, friendly atmosphere in the barn, and people just enjoy being here.” Lady Jean Ranch is located at 10333 Randolph Siding Road, Jupiter, FL 33478. Website: www.ljrelite.com. Telephone: 561-745-1300; email: info@ljrelite.com.


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Triple Crown® Nutrition

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riple Crown Nutrition was formed in 1993, and shortly thereafter, started formulating low carbohydrate formulas well before carbohydrates became a concern within the industry. Triple Crown was also the first product line to embrace new technologies, like organic minerals (including organic selenium), probiotics, digestive enzymes, mycotoxin and pathogenic bacteria binders, yeast cultures and kelp meal. They call this proprietary combination EquiMix®, and it is provided by Alltech®, the same people who brought the World Equestrian Games to the USA. Triple Crown is what other feed companies want to be, especially when their sales pitch is “It’s just as good as Triple Crown.” The horse’s digestive system is designed to eat little mouthfuls of fiber all throughout the day. We also know that feeding feeds high in carbohydrates (feeds containing oats, corn or barley) can increase the potential of colic, laminitis, ulcers, hyperactivity and cribbing. Feeding a high fiber, lower carbohydrate feed, can help prevent these issues. Triple Crown feeds can provide high fiber, high fat diets that can provide as many calories as a grain-based diet. Doesn’t that make more sense? Because we still need to feed meals, the EquiMix package is designed to help the digestive system of the horse be as efficient as possible. More nutrition stays in and not on the manure pile. Triple Crown® Senior was one of the first senior diets introduced into the market and is one of the top senior feeds recommended by veterinarians. It is also the highest fat senior diet (10%) helping to provide the weight many of our senior horses need. We have a complete line of beet pulp, high-fat-based diets for horses of any age and activity level, Senior, Growth and Complete. Complete just went through a major overhaul increasing fat levels to 12% and improving vitamin 82 ✦ Equine Journal ✦ Sporthorse 2011

and mineral levels. Triple Crown also has two low carbohydrate pelleted diets; Low Starch and Triple Crown Lite, the first low calorie, low feeding rate lite feed on the market. The product line includes Training Formula, the highest calorie feed available and the only feed containing fish oil for enhanced Omega 3 supplementation. Our Triple Crown 30% Supplement has consistently been named the best ration and pasture balancer product by the Horse Journal. Finally, we can even provide grass and alfalfa forage supplements to improve your hay program or for use when traveling. This product line includes Safe Starch™ Forage, designed specifically for horse owners desperately trying to control carbohydrates in all aspects of their diet. Triple Crown Nutrition is a privately owned company that forms manufacturing and distribution partnerships with other feed manufacturers, such as Southern States, Cargill® (Nutrena®), Western Milling and CHS, across the country. It is one of the few feed companies that are available nationally. Triple Crown is also active at the racetrack, recently feeding Much Macho Man who competed in all three Triple Crown races. They have a wealth of information on their website at www.triplecrownfeed. com, including pictures of the feed, guarantees, ingredients, feeding directions, carbohydrate levels and a video summarizing the benefits of each diet. They also have a section with a number of articles on virtually every feeding situation and problem where nutrition can play a role. Join their periodic e-newsletter for timely feeding tips and nutrition information. Also join us on Facebook at Triple Crown Nutrition. Many feeds claim to be the best, but visit Triple Crown’s website or call their customer service line for answers, recommendations and to better understand what makes Triple Crown feeds your best choice.


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I N DE VE LOPME NT FOR OVER A YEAR , Triple Crown Training Formula is designed specifically for active, hard-working horses. Now you can provide these equine athletes with the most nutritious, high-calorie diet possible, featuring the newest technology available. Formulated with fish oil and flaxseed for a high level of Omega-3 fatty acids, this 13% protein, 13% fat, 13% fiber feed delivers the nutritional edge. Triple Crown’s acclaimed EquiMix® Technology continues to provide yeast cultures, organic minerals, probiotics and other nutrients to promote digestive health. For information, visit us online at www.triplecrownfeed.com or call 800-267-7198.


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djacent to the Nathan Hale Forest in the rural town of Coventry, CT, is a premiere horse breeding facility, Crossen Arabians & Warmbloods, owned and operated by Tom and Susan Crossen. The classic New England farm consists of two restored circa 1899 barns with 18 stalls that house the broodmares and foals. A newly constructed 81’ X 180’ indoor arena with an additional 18 stalls houses the training horses. The property is complete with over two miles of board fencing, 14 paddocks, three custom built turnout sheds, two 60’ round pens and a large outdoor dressage arena. The Crossen’s journey of breeding horses began with Tom’s childhood passion that continued into adulthood. In 1985, the purchase of a farm allowed Tom to realize his dream of becoming involved with horses again. The following year, the couple purchased a few broodmares with foals at their side along with a few riding horses. Their mission today is the same as it was 25 years ago – to produce beautiful, athletic, and tractable horses that can compete successfully in a variety of disciplines. Susan states, “Our goal is to breed our customer’s dream horse; whether it be for the show ring or a stay-at-home companion.” While their mission has remained the same, the focus has expanded from breeding primarily purebred Arabians to that of Arabian/warmblood crosses and straight warmbloods. Their first Arabian/Hanoverian cross was a success and facilitated the decision to purchase some warmblood mares to cross on their purebred Arabian stallion, CA Dillon, an Arabian Horse Association Breeders Sweepstakes Nominated sire. The timing could not have been better as the sport horse divisions on the Arabian circuit began to flourish. Daniella, a Hanoverian imported from Germany and sired by

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Davignon, was the first warmblood broodmare purchased to add to their breeding program. “Daniella is both beautiful and extremely athletic. She has produced some of the finest offspring on our farm to date. Buyers who visit the farm comment on the beauty of most all our horses,” enthuses Susan. The farm currently has seven producing mares, including States Premium Status German Imported Hanoverians, Main Mare Book Oldenburgs and purebred Arabians. Each spring the pastures are dotted with broodmares and their foals. “Personally, my favorite moment is delivering a healthy foal and then watching it frolic alongside its dam,” says Susan. Tom stays busy, and enjoys, working with the youngsters in hand and competing under saddle in both western and dressage. He has had many successes in the show ring, as have the youngsters the Crossen’s have bred in halter and performance divisions at Arabian and open circuit shows. As it is with most breeders, it is always thrilling to receive a phone call or email from a happy customer sharing their most recent success with a horse that the Crossen’s bred. Susan shares, “By breeding warmbloods, Arabians and Half-Arabians, we can offer our customers a diverse selection suitable for a variety of disciplines.” For a current sales list, please visit www.crossenarabians.com.


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Von Duewer Haus Sport Horses

By Natalie DeFee Mendik

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Pinto, palomino, cremello, buckskin. Briar 899, Lingh, Art Deco, Walk on Top, Weltstern, Bugatti Hilltop. What do these things have in common? Unique coloring together with world-class warmblood lines blending in a fabulous sport horse package. For two decades, Teri Duewer of Von Duewer Haus has sought to breed competitive warmblood sport horses with stand-out-of-thecrowd color. Based in Central Illinois, Von Duewer Haus is part of a fourth-generation family farm whose main operation is agricultural. Teri Duewer has chosen to keep her sport horse breeding small, focusing on quality over quantity. Her breeding and sales prospects offer the best in color, conformation, aptitude and attitude. Mares and youngsters at Von Duewer Haus represent several warmblood registries, including Swedish Warmblood Association of North America (SWANA), International Sport Horse Registry-Oldenburg Registry North America (ISR/OLD-NA), Dutch Warmblood Stud Book North America (KWPN-NA), Danish Knabstrupper Society (KKN) and American Hanoverian Society (AHS). This small, family breeder boasts numerous USDF Breeders Championships, Reserve Champion and Champion titles, and top keuring marks. Duewer is recognized as a Star Award Breeder with the ISR/OLD-NA. Offered for sale are weanlings through two-year olds, as well as in utero foals. In addition to sales prospects, Duewer Haus offers a variety of breeding services, including mare leasing for breeding, mare breeding management, foaling out and foal imprinting.

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very successful athlete needs a support team that stands behind him or her. Football coaches push the players to perform at their highest ability while teammates rely on each other during every play. Fans cheer on the action, and referees ensure the rules are followed. The often forgotten piece of the equation is the behind-the-scenes work to keep each athlete in prime performance condition; sports medicine is a large component vital to the success of the players. For your equine athletes, New England Equine Medical & Surgical Center will work with you to keep them in top performance condition. Even if your horse does not show visible lameness, the experienced veterinarians at NEEMSC can offer you tools to further your horse’s ability. Many performance issues that are thought to be the result of improper training or a bad attitude can be the beginning stages of lameness and discomfort. Does your dressage horse protest their walk/canter transitions? Does your hunter change late behind? Does your jumper evade the bit when asked to shorten his stride? The experts at New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center may be able to help. As the premier service provider in New England for state-of-the-art equine health care to both the clients of referring veterinarians from the region and directly to horse owners and professionals, NEEMSC offers a variety of services. Through their talented clinicians and experienced, trained staff, they offer the most up-to-date technological, surgical and medical treatments available in the industry. From performance issues all the way to major lifesaving surgeries, they serve as a full-service equine care facility. NEEMSC is home to the most advanced imaging systems available for horses. In addition to computed radiography and digital ultrasound, NEEMSC offers magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scans, video endoscopy, and nuclear scintigraphy (bone scans) to identify the affected areas on your horse. Once the areas of concern have been identified, the treatments offered are extensive. The management of your horse’s lameness will include the most appropriate regimen using well-known techniques such as joint injections and drug-therapy. NEEMSC also utilizes more

advanced remedies including shockwave therapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP), stem cells, IRAP conditioned plasma and mesotherapy. The veterinarians at NEEMSC are experienced and well versed in using their technology as well as more traditional approaches to evaluating horses. The owners, Mike Davis, DVM, MS and Jacqueline Bartol, DVM, DACVIM, are knowledgeable in their fields. Dr. Davis is a well-respected surgeon and lameness diagnostician and Dr. Bartol is a board-certified internal medicine clinician. Omar Maher, DVM, DACVS joins them as a board-certified surgeon, in-depth lameness diagnostician and emergency medicine clinician alongside Andris J. Kaneps, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR, a board-certified surgeon, lameness diagnostician, and board-certified sports medicine and rehabilitation clinician. Nicholas Cassotis, DVM, DACVO, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist, and Patricia Quirion-Henrion MA, NAVPT, an equine physical therapist round out the team of primary veterinarians and sports medicine staff. They are joined by a large number of personnel, with additional veterinarians, technicians and support staff. Add New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center to your team to give you the winning edge! For more information or to schedule a preliminary diagnostic appointment, visit www.newenglandequine. com or call 800-742-9111. Sporthorse 2011 ✦ Equine Journal ✦ 87


The doctors at

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Our knowledge, coupled with our stateof-the-art equipment, ensures that you and your horse are in the best of hands

We offer: - Lameness evaluations - Pre-purchase exams - Solutions to many performance issues - Assessment & prevention of back pain - Poor performance evaluations Bone Scans ❘ MRIs ❘ CT Scans ❘ Digital X-Ray Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation ❘ Lameness Evaluation ❘ Examination Under Saddle ❘ Colic Surgery ❘ Dedicated Lameness Area Elective Surgery (arthroscopic, soft tissue...) ❘ Farrier Services ❘ Fracture & Laceration Surgery ❘ Internal Medicine Neonatal Medicine ❘ Ophthalmology ❘ Referral Laboratory

NEW ENGLAND EQUINE MEDICAL & SURGICAL CENTER, PLLC Dover, New Hampshire

D. Michael Davis, DVM, MS ❘ Jacqueline Bartol, DVM, DACVIM Andris Kaneps, DVM, PhD, DACVS ❘ Omar Maher, DV, DACVS ❘ Nicholas Cassotis, DVM, DACVO ❘ Patricia Henrion, Equine Rehabilitation Therapy ❘ Vicki T. King, Practice Manager

15 Members Way (Route 16, Exit 9) Dover, NH ❘ Phone 603.749.9111 ❘ Fax 603.749.9118

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D. Michael Davis, DVM, MS ❘ Jacqueline Bartol, DVM, DACVIM Andris Kaneps, DVM, PhD, DACVS ❘ Omar Maher, DV, DACVS ❘ Nicholas Cassotis, DVM, DACVO ❘ Patricia Henrion, Equine Rehabilitation Therapy ❘ Vicki T. King, Practice Manager

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ORION DRESSAGE SPORTHORSES K By Susan Winslow

Goshen, New York

atherine Heller is a woman of vision and action. As a lifelong rider and serious amateur competitor in dressage, she became disillusioned when she tried to find a barn that offered the meticulous care she demands for her horses, combined with quality dressage instruction. So, taking matters into her own hands, she built Orion Dressage Sporthorses, in Goshen, New York, an easy commute from her home and career as an attorney in Westchester County. Katherine explains the decision to take the plunge into barn ownership and the unexpected gifts that have come with it. “I knew that if I was going to do this, I was going to do it right. With FEI Silver Medalist, Elizabeth King, as the barn manager and head trainer, we have a first-class, well-run facility that offers the best in amenities combined with high quality, individualized care for the horses and the opportunity to ride with some of the best names in dressage. We also have a small, but first-class breeding program that has produced some spectacular horses. It is what I’ve always wanted in a facility, and it’s great to share it with other serious amateur competitors.” Orion is a private facility offering boarders 16 large box stalls, a spacious barn designed specifically to encourage the healthy flow of air, concierge services such as daily turnout in grass paddocks, and specifically and individually tailored feed and training regimens. The farm has wash and grooming stalls, an enormous 200’ x 100’ outdoor arena, and a bright, spacious indoor, both with carefully maintained footing. Elizabeth King explains the philosophy at Orion. “Each horse is treated as an individual. We work with the owners to devise the optimum care, nutrition, and training plan to meet the needs of each horse and owner. We also have a resident farrier, AFA Certified Andre Lebron, who does a fantastic job with shoeing.” Besides providing exemplary horse care, Elizabeth, a professional equestrian since the age of 17, helps each of her students develop and reach goals through personally tailored training programs. The farm also offers an ongoing se-

ries of clinics each year with dressage luminaries such as Tom Noone and Gunnar Ostergaard. The breeding and sales program at Orion grew out of Katherine’s determination to find and reproduce horses well suited to the serious amateur dressage competitor. Orion’s foundation broodmare is Casablanca (by Lafitte out of a Furiouso II mare), a spectacular Oldenburg imported from Germany by Katherine in 2001. She is the only “C” line broodmare in the United States, and she has produced six premium rated foals. Feine Koenigen is a Feiner Stern daughter, and Fiona is out of Feine Koenigen and by Sagnol. The farm maintains a sales list at all times, with riding horses as well as young stock. Katherine’s dream to build a first-class facility and produce quality horses is paying off. In 2010 she won Adult Amateur Reserve Champion in Region Eight at Third Level with her eight-year-old horse, Raphael. They also won the same award in 2008 at First Level. She is thoughtful when she says, “Raphael is from our breeding program, so it really feels like I’ve come full circle.” For more information on boarding, training, sales or clinics at Orion, visit www. oriondressage.com. Orion is located at 393 Mt. Eve Road, Goshen, NY 10924-7016. Telephone: 845-651-2654; email:oriondressage@aol.com.

Orion Dressage Sporthorses takes pride in our breeding program, producing top-quality sport horses with exceptional minds and extraordinary movement. Our boarding services and training program are designed to provide individualized support to enhance the partnership between horse and owner. All levels of horse and rider welcome! We focus on finding the right match for prospective owners, not just a quick sale.

At ORION DRESSAGE we will help you find the perfect partner. ion For more informat please contact:



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Black Raven Andalusians

By Susan Winslow

Thorndike, Maine

Louise Spear is a lifelong equestrian who is finally realizing a childhood dream of breeding, raising and selling top quality horses at Black Raven Andalusians in Thorndike, Maine, a lovely rural hamlet west of the popular coastal town of Belfast. For most of her adult life, she has devoted her time to her family and career after riding and breeding half-Arabian horses for many years. Now that her children are grown, she has rededicated her life to her passion for horses at Black Raven Andalusians. With her encyclopedic knowledge of Andalusian history and bloodlines, she has chosen her breeding herd with reverential care. She explains, “Here at Black Raven Andalusians, I strive to produce horses that honor the ancient tradition of the original Andalusian horse, choosing my crosses carefully to produce horses with a strong, correct conformation and a thoroughly willing, people-friendly disposition. Andalusians are an ancient breed and their blood had a very strong influence in many of the European breeds throughout history. They have a naturally beautiful, expressive movement combined with a disposition that’s as docile as a kitten. Andalusians are slower to mature than other breeds and they form an exceptionally strong bond with their owners. My youngsters are all halter trained, lift their feet and are handled with love and care, so it is important that they are treated with respect and kindness. They are willing to please and they thrive on the human and horse connection, so they are easy and fun to work with. They are also physically stunning.” Her senior stallion, Rodolfo, a homozygous black stallion, is the

backbone of the operation, and she has chosen mares that compliment his exquisite conformation and disposition. She says, “Rodolfo is by Regaliz and he puts his mark on every foal. They have his beauty, movement and his tractable nature. I also have a very strong foundation mare in Moda K, a Cordobes XX mare that was once owned by J Don Farms. She has produced some fantastic Diego babies.” Louise rarely parts with her youngsters until the age of three, when they would naturally start to separate from their dam and the rest of the herd. She explains, “If it is an exceptional home, I will sell one before the age of three. I breed toward the best of the breed standard to produce horses that will be willing, loving, productive partners for their owners for many years. It’s very rewarding to sell them to people who will enjoy them and take them to their full potential. I’m honored to be advancing the Andalusian breed through the quality and integrity of my breeding program.” For more information on horses available at Black Raven Andalusians or breeding to Rodolfo, check out Black Raven Andalusians on Facebook. Black Raven Andalusians is located at 112 East Thorndike Road, Thorndike, ME 04986. Telephone: 207-5683006; email: louise@uninets.net.

Black Raven Reuben

4 year old bay stallion by Rodolfo out of Moda K. Exceptional temperament and beautiful movement. See video on You Tube under Ruben2011. Lightly started under saddle. Price $15,000.

Black Raven Valentina

By Rodolfo out of La Mirada. Gorgeous dark gray filly with enormous amount of mane and forelock. Breathtaking movement and sweet disposition. Price $13,000

Black Raven Xiomara

2 year old bay mare by Black Raven Morado out of Moda K. Super temperament and conformation. 15.2 hands at age 2. Price $13,000.

Black Raven Katarzyna

4 year old rose gray mare, Great beauty and lovely movement. Started ground work. By Rodolfo out of La Mirada. Private Treaty.

Black Raven Andalusians 112 E. Thorndike Road ❙ Thorndike, ME 04986 Tel: 207-568-3006 ❙ email: louise@uninets. net

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The

ERS Korean

Project

Two horse lovers, a world and culture apart, set out on a global journey.

The Stallions of the ERS Korean Project

The imported Dutch Warmblood stallion, Sampson (KWPN).

The Oldenburg stallion, Saint Sandro. The perlino warmblood stallion, Sagar.

The Paint stallion, Kid Easy Bar. 92 ✦ Equine Journal ✦ Sporthorse 2011

The Appaloosa stallion, Colored By Charlie.

The Clydesdale stallion, Double H Levi Bill.


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n July of 2009, Dr. Y. S. Lee of Seoul, Korea, a veterinarian and owner of a global medical equipment firm, Dail Scientific Trade Inc., contacted Karen Berk of Equine Reproduction Services (ERS) in Ocala, Florida, to inquire about the possibilities of importing frozen semen from the U.S. His personal dream was to establish a genetic pool of exceptional stallions to be the foundation of a Korean Verbond and riding horse program. For 15 years, Karen Berk has been freezing semen at her Ocala Facility and in Central and South America and throughout the U.S. with her mobile lab. Her ERS Stallion Station had been a USDA and European Union-approved semen-freezing location since 2005. It has always been her goal to achieve the highest standards in producing quality foals for the future of the equine industry. Dr. Lee and Karen Berk, a world apart, would work together to develop a trade and agricultural bridge between the two countries. Although the individual regulations for exporting equine semen from the U.S. have been well established for shipping to the European Union and most other countries, the Republic of Korea had no trade history with the USDA in this area. Therefore, there were no pre-existing zoo sanitary paperwork or import licenses. The Korean Authority is extremely diligent in regard to the prevention of any disease entering their country, and with no guidelines set at the time to cover frozen equine semen importation, neither Dr. Lee nor Berk could foresee the complexity of the task ahead. The first barrier to overcome was getting approval from the Korean Authority for the ERS facility. After reaching out to the Korean government, they were informed that a delegation of two Korean veterinarians from the Authority would travel to Florida to examine and question the ERS facility and staff. This historic meeting took place in December of 2009. In attendance were: Drs. Kim and Jung of North Korea representing the Korean Authority; Dr. Jones of the USDA; Dr. Cory Miller, DVM, ACT, of the Equine Medical Center of Ocala, Veterinary Medical officer (VMO) for ERS; and Karen Berk, ERS owner and technical consultant for the stallions and semen freezing. Communication went surprisingly well considering the lack of a translator. The meeting, inspection and questioning went on for hours. A vast cultural difference in the operational aspect of horse facilities, government oversight and the regularity of inspections and disease control was discovered. One of the biggest surprises to Dr. Kim and Dr. Jung was that American horse farms are not inspected monthly by the USDA for disease control, and horse owners are free to choose their horse’s health program and inoculations without answering to an authority. For the next several months, Dr. Lee and Berk continued to refine what stallions could be candidates for the first test shipment. Dr. Lee’s vision was to build a Korean breeding program and establish the Korean breeds for international competition. For this he requested three warmblood stallions of exceptional pedigree, with approvals from their respective breeds, and show records. He also required an Appaloosa, Paint and Clydesdale stallion for color and the ability to drive. Karen’s task was to convince owners of top stallions to

allow them to be quarantined at ERS for at least six weeks and be collected, inoculated, tested for numerous diseases, and have their semen frozen and shipped to Korea. It was not an easy sell. The horses that were initially contracted were: Sampson (KWPN), an imported Dutch Warmblood owned by Kate Levy LLC, with a Grand Prix show record on two continents; Karen Berk’s Paint stallion, Kid Easy Bar, an N/N son of Impressive with progeny both in the U.S. and Belgium; Embrace, an Oldenburg N/A, owned by Wendy Lioporos; SS Stalone, an Oldenburg N/A, homozygous black pinto owned by John and Teri Vincent; the Clydesdale stallion, Double H Levy Bill owned by Lassie Thompkins of Briarpatch Farm; and the most difficult stallion to procure, the Appaloosa, Dream Nugget, owned by Annie Martin of North Florida. Now it was just wait and hope they could proceed. The confirmation from the Korean Authority came in August of 2010 through the USDA. ERS was awarded the first approval of a facility and program by the Republic of Korea ever. But, it came with a challenge, 32 pages of instructions, testing, timing and conditions. Game on. Quarantine began in September of 2010. A target date for shipment was Thanksgiving. All testing, collections and freezes were progressing as expected. Then a shocking test result put on the brakes. A tease mare tested positive for EVA. It was just a trace amount score, but enough to halt the project in its tracks. A retest of all horses on the property was both expensive and time consuming, but necessary. The quarantine was suspended and everyone involved held his or her breath for two weeks. Additional testing was pulled on Silver and sent to outside labs. All came back negative. It was decided that the original EVA sample had been contaminated at the Federal Lab. With a sigh of relief, work and the quarantine began once again at step one. A very expensive error had lost the window of exporting before the end of the year, and now three of the stallions had to leave due to show and breeding commitments at the beginning of the year, and the search for qualified stallions had to begin again. The first replacement was the nationally-renowned Appaloosa, Colored By Charlie, owned by Cecily Zuidema. But, the necessary two additional warmbloods proved to be a problem. Two weeks went by and after dozens of contacts, no one was either able or willing to send their stallion away for two months prior to breeding and show season. Karen put a request out on the Chronicle of the Horse (COTH) forum, and 20 minutes later, to her shock, she was contacted by Tawna King, owner of Golden Ventures Farm and the approved Oldenburg stallion, Saint Sandro. After discussing the project at length, Tawna put him in her trailer and personally drove him from Virginia to Florida the next morning. Karen and Tawna had never met previously. This show of faith proved the turning point. After going back on the COTH forum, announcing Saint Sandro’s arrival, Karen received a second contact – this time from Stephanie Mendorf of RoanOake Farm in Colorado. Stephanie had imported a Perlino warmblood stallion, Sagar, the previous year from the Czech Republic, but he was 2,000 miles away. Really excited about the possibilities the project presented, Stephanie offered a challenge – if they could get a Coggins, health certificate and find crossSporthorse 2011 ✦ Equine Journal ✦ 93


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