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contents August 2013

58 Catching Fire The thrill of reining spreads.

features 38 Bit by Bit The low-down on snaffles in dressage. BY NATALIE DEFEE MENDIK


48 Leading Through Example Bazy Tankersley’s legend lives on. BY FAYE AHNEMAN-RUDENSKE AND SUSAN BAVARIA

64 Play it Safe Liability insurance for horse owners. BY NATALIE DEFEE MENDIK



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14 Editor’s Note 16 On the Road 20 Letters to the Editor 22 In Your Words 25 Points of Interest 28 Now You Know 30 Prepurchase Exam 32 Ask the Vet 34 Hunter/Jumper Pointers 36 Training Pointers

lifestyle 75 Travel 78 Equestrian Fashion 80 Collecting Thoughts

the scoop 85 Industry Wide News 91 Industry Wide Affiliates 95 Hunter/Jumper 107 Eventing 117 Dressage 123 Driving 129 Western 133 Distance Riding/Trail 138 Morgan 141 Arabian 146 Quarter Horse 149 Baroque 152 Breed Affiliates


34 Mario Gamboa discusses the small details of successfully jumping big combinations. 75 Head to Oklahoma to see what Tulsa has to offer equestrians. 140 Richard Boule and CBMF Hitting the Streets turn in quite the performance at the Connecticut Morgan Horse Show.

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The internationally acclaimed Cavalia pushes the limits of live entertainment with its newest production, which will make its New England premiere in the Boston area on August 7, 2013. Please visit page 18 for further date and ticket information.

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The Thrill of the Ride NO MATTER WHAT DISCIPLINE or breed you are passionate about, there is a thrill that comes with riding a great horse that is good at what he does. I’ve personally always had an admiration for reiners, and it seems that more and more people are realizing what a great sport reining is. I caught up with Christa Morris of the National Reining Horse Association and Darlene Deptula-Hicks of the Northeast Reining Horse Association to discuss how this sport is growing, particularly along the East Coast. Find out how it has taken off from its humble beginnings to become the thriving sport it is today on page 58. One woman, whose love was for the Arabian horse, ended up turning her admiration into a lasting legacy. She is Bazy Tankersley, and this month we take a look back at this icon’s amazing life and the impact she has had on the breed. Not only did she help define the Arabian horse through her breeding program at Al-Marah, but she also had national wins in a variety of disciplines, fought to get Arabian classes at open shows, organized three Arabian horse clubs, and started the Arabian Horse Owners Fund. On top of all this, she was an editor at the Washington TimesHerald, on a number of boards at companies and colleges, and founded schools and non-profits. Read more about this legendary pioneer in “Leading Through Example: The Legacy of Bazy Tankersley” on page 48. Also in this month’s issue, we take a look at snaffle bits for dressage riders. With hundreds of options—from different mouthpieces to materials—Natalie DeFee Mendik breaks down the choices and offers some helpful tips on choosing the right one to fit your needs in “Bit by Bit” on page 38. I would also like to thank longtime contributor of the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar, Kim Ablon Whitney, for her years of service writing the Hunter/Jumper News column each month. She has done an amazing job, and we will all miss her great work and dedication to the magazine. The new Hunter/Jumper News columnist, Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride, will surely be in touch with Kim in the future as she takes over and tracks down news in the industry for our readers. I am also excited to announce that we are partnering with Cavalia as they come to the Boston area for their world-acclaimed performance, Odysseo. The show combines horses, acrobatics, and high-tech theatrical effects under a 125-foot tall big top. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages as we take you behind the scenes and give away tickets to the event. It’s a perfect example of the thrill of amazing horses at their best.

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A Day in My Life LIFE AT THE EQUINE JOURNAL IS ALWAYS BUSY. JUST like any job, we have deadlines to meet, phone calls to make, and emails to respond to, as well as articles to read and write. Although there is never a dull moment here at the office, the summer is always busy for me, as I spend more time on the road. While I’m at horse shows, other equestrians often ask me what it’s like to be able to attend competitions for work. My answer can usually be summed up in three words: fun, exciting, and tiring. To give you a glimpse into my life while I’m out and about, I’ve broken down my recent trip to the Lake Placid Horse Show in New York, which is always an adventure. To read a more detailed entry, visit my blog at

Sunday, June 30, Grand Prix Day

Morning: After spending a significant amount of time in the stabling area, I head over to the equitation ring where a number of young riders are competing. Although I love to watch all the action that takes place in the jumper ring, it’s always exciting to meet the youth riders because they’re so enthusiastic about having their photos taken for our Facebook page and the magazine. After capturing some shots, I take a break to upload them online. By the time I’m finished, I’m pretty hungry!

Me with Margie Engle at the Lake Placid Horse Show.

Afternoon: I grab a bite to eat from one of the food booths at the show before the $75,000 Equine Insurance Services/Great American Grand Prix starts. As soon as I’m finished, it’s about time for the competition to begin, so I pull out the iPad and hand it to my husband to get some video coverage while I take photos for our news wrap-up on the show (to be featured in our September issue). If any images are particularly good, they may even get used for a feature article or in our calendar. Throughout the grand prix, there are a number of talented riders competing, but only a select few make it to the jump-off. In the end, Paul O’Shea is named the winner riding Primo De Revel, with Margie Engle and Royce finishing in a close second. As soon as the competition ends, I head over to the VIP lounge where the press conference is held. It takes a while for the riders to return for the conference, but as soon as they arrive, the room is buzzing with reporters asking them questions. I manage to conduct an interview with Paul O’Shea and Primo De Revel’s owner, Michael Hayden, who are both charming. After speaking with the Irish gentlemen, I also catch up with Margie Engle, and have my photo taken with her. Evening: Following the press conference, I’m exhausted! As much as I’d like to stay in Lake Placid and cover the show for the rest of the week, I have to hit the road. It was great fun, and another successful event. So long, until next time!

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What’s Going On…This Month » Check out my video interview with Margie Engle at community/blogs/on-the-road.

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» I’ll be attending the Millbrook Horse Trials in Millbrook, NY, as well as the Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, NY. If you’re going to one of these events and would like to see yourself on my blog, in this column, or on our Facebook page, email


Early Morning: I wake up and shower at the hotel, before heading over to the horse show to interview equine artist Tom Myott for an article that will be featured in our October issue. Following my interview with Tom, I walk to the show office to see if the order of go is completed for the grand prix, and then wander over to the stabling area. I always try to track down some of the riders prior to the grand prix to see if I can conduct interviews with them ahead of time. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many people there—they’re either with students or competing. But I do manage to touch base with a few barn managers and gather information for my hunter/jumper news column. I also catch up with Margie Engle’s husband, who encourages me to interview her at some point in the day.

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THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED CAVALIA PUSHES THE limits of live entertainment once again with its second production: a 30-million dollar extravaganza that is wowing critics and audiences alike across North America. Cavalia’s Odysseo will make its New England premiere in the Boston area on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. The exclusive engagement will play under the White Big Top at Assembly Row in Somerville, MA, at the intersection of Interstate 93 and Route 28. Tickets for Cavalia’s Odysseo are on sale now at or by calling 866-999-8111. With its latest creation, Cavalia marries the equestrian arts, stage arts, and high-tech theatrical effects at neverbefore-seen levels. A veritable revolution in live performance, Cavalia’s Odysseo features 67 horses and 46 artists in a largerthan-life theatrical production that sends hearts racing. This breathtaking ode to horse and man, imagined by one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, is an absolute feast for the eyes that succeeds in delivering the spectacular with soul.



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I really enjoyed the Preprechase Exam on bell boots [in the July issue]. I am always looking for a new set for my mare, and your article gave me some great ideas on bell boots to buy in the future. - Drue McNeil, Gales Ferry, CT

A TuffRider Sheet for Your Thoughts! We love hearing from you! Send us your letters to the editor for a chance to win next month’s prize of a TuffRider Thermo Manager Stable Sheet. All letters we receive by August 15 will be entered in the drawing. Send your submissions to, or to Equine Journal, Editorial, 83 Leicester Street, N. Oxford, MA 01537. Congratulations to Drue McNeil for winning August’s letter-of-the-month! She will receive a thermal blanket from TuffRider.

I would love to share this picture of my mule, Emmit, who was crowned champion at his first show. He was rescued from the kill pen and has made huge strides since then. I am so proud of him and love him to pieces! -Erin Conklin, Hartford, CT The June 2013 issue of Equine Journal contains a good article on head injuries and concussions. While equestrians, and every athlete for that matter, accept a certain amount of risk each time they compete, there are preventative measures that can be taken to mitigate injury. The article also explains the symptoms of a concussion and the long-term damage of returning to play too soon; information that is relevant to athletes of all contact sports. -American Association of Neurological Surgeons I loved seeing Lillie Keenan on the [July] cover! She is definitely one of my role models! -Samantha Sansone, Hastings, MN The coolers you donated to the 75th Annual Cheshire Fair arrived! Thank you so much, they are great! The winners of the Equine Journal Pro/Am class at Cheshire Fair will be rocking their custom coolers courtesy of the Journal! -Sue Weston, Cheshire Fair Show Manager, Swanzey, NH

Thank you for sending copies of your magazine to our Rutland County 4-H Horsemanship Clinic held at the Vermont State Fairgrounds in May 2013. We awarded certificates of participation and copies of the Journal that you generously donated to our youth (that rode despite the wet conditions and had educational horseless and mounted divisions.) The gift subscriptions you also sent were awarded to the 4-Hers that excelled in stable management during the clinic; they were much appreciated. Thank you for supporting our 4-H equestrians. -Many thanks, Lori, Deb, Michelle, Sue, David, Olivia, Emma, Betsy, Stephanie, Megan, Holly, Sonya, Jeff, Leslie, Ethan, Kassidy, Arin, Kim, Lisa, Carlie, Mckenna, Amanda, Emily, Karly, Olivia, Kennedy, Kylee, Jillian, Bryce, Alexandria, Emme, Leah, Justine, Emily, Ruth, Lindsey, Jill, Jody, and Rita. 20


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I will say with 100% assurance that the “Igniting the Passion” article is my favorite [in the July issue]. The stories of Beezie’s Flicka crawling under the fence and Jacob’s pony Puzzle only liking him reminds me of my horse that I’ve grown up with. As eight-year-olds (yes both of us), we were wild and thrilled about life. He is still my partner in crime and we have gone from gymkhana, English, and western to foxhunting and dressage, where we excel. There’s nothing better than being able to relate with top riders and share similar “first pony memories.” -Carly Hazer, Cazenovia, NY

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Fringe and bone western wear—I’m done with the bling! -Betty Ayers Broadfield High-waisted breeches. There’s nothing more unflattering on those of us with long torsos than the low-rise breeches. -Alice Pilch Long split skirts and waistcoats; I’m going way back, but they were so pretty! -Grace Whelan Doran Rust breeches in the hunter ring. -Kerry McNutt Mayer

Full chaps for hunter schooling! -Olga Beach Lassalle

Day coat colors for the Arabian English Pleasure classes. -Mia Inman

I loved my rust breeches back in the day. They’re good for us plus-size women; darker colors are definitely more slimming. I also loved the grey breeches in the show ring. -Denise Benkel Burrell

Strictly velvet hunt caps; they are much more classic than the carbon fiber and polymer-based helmets. -Johnnie Reece

For Next Month:

Velvet helmets with thin elastic chin straps. -Terri Lowell

From Our Staff

I think stock pins in the hunter ring were very classy. I know they’re out of style now, but I really liked them, and I think they pulled a rider’s outfit together nicely. - Joan McDevitt, Sales/Marketing Specialist

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Velvet hunt caps. I bought one of those fashionable new helmets with a fancy stripe down the middle. I wore it once and went out and bought another velvet helmet to show in! -Stephanie Klebes

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What out-ofstyle riding attire do you wish would come back?

Full schooling chaps in the hunter world. -Sarah Bunkley

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Photo of the Month

Whisper, an off-the-track Thoroughbred mare, enjoys her lush summer pasture.

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Need to Lose a Pound or Two? Peel an Apple!

When asked about an appropriate treat for overweight horses, equine nutritionist, Dr. Juliet M. Getty, often recommends apple peels. Just peels? “At nearly 15 grams in a small apple, whole apples are too high in sugar,” she points out. “But, the peels are tasty and a good source of fiber.” The story gets better—apple peels actually promote weight loss! It has to do with something called “ursolic acid.” This naturallyoccurring substance has been shown to stimulate muscle growth, increase carbohydrate metabolism, and reduce body fat by triggering production of brown adipose tissue (calorie-burning brown fat, or BAT) in mice. Admittedly, no such studies have been done to date on horses; however, it is worthwhile to note that apple peels may offer even more health benefits to the overweight horse than previously thought.

Animal Farm We asked: Other than horses, what types of animals do you own?

Dogs 42% Cats 36% Chickens 9% Fish 3% Donkeys 3% Goats 3% Cows 1.5% Llamas 1.5% Snakes 1.5% Parrots 1.5%

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Owners of horses, mules, and donkeys should keep their animals away from trees favored by eastern tent caterpillars, say University of Missouri Extension specialists. “The eastern tent caterpillar, a native defoliator, typically appears in great numbers after a mild winter and wet spring,” said Wayne Bailey, MU Extension entomologist. “When ingested by pregnant mares, these caterpillars can cause mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), which results in the aborting of lateterm foal fetuses,” said MU Extension forage specialist, Craig Roberts. The caterpillar’s setae (hairs) are pointy, hollow barbs that can penetrate the intestinal walls of the mare and introduce bacteria to susceptible organs, including reproductive organs and amniotic fluids.

Horses Helping Humans

Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture recently completed one of the first studies to explore how working with horses can develop emotional intelligence in humans. The project included a control group of 10 nurses and an intervention group consisting of 11 nurses. At the start of the study and again six months later, both groups took the online assessment appraising emotional intelligence. Nurses in the intervention group participated in a one-day workshop that involved experiential learning with horses. “Each exercise in the workshop was designed to develop the four emotional intelligence competency areas of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management,” said Lissa Pohl, research project manager and workshop facilitator. The before and after survey results showed there was an increase in the scores of the intervention group in all four competency areas when compared to the control group. According to Pohl, the initial results are encouraging and they lay the groundwork for subsequent studies of larger and more diverse populations of nurses. “If horses can increase our ability to understand ourselves and others better, then the healthcare industry is a perfect place for studies like these,” she said. “When nurses and doctors benefit from collaborating with horses then ultimately their patients also benefit.” To access the full research report, visit ca.uky. edu/cfld/research.php.

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And the Emmy Goes To… Equitrekking, the Emmy Award-winning PBS travel TV series, hosted by Darley Newman, has been honored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Daytime Emmy Award in the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards. The team received their third award for Outstanding Single Camera Photography (Greg Barna) and its eighth nomination. The show was also nominated for Outstanding Special Class Writing (Darley Newman and Chip Ward), and Outstanding Travel Program (Darley Newman and Chip Ward).

For Horsemen, By Horsemen

The new app EQStable puts your equine needs in the palm of your hand. Download it for free in the Apple App Store to log and share your rides with EQStable’s “Track My Ride,” get the latest equine news, and track your horses’ vaccinations, deworming, and dental exams. Go ahead, add a little giddyup to your phone today.

America’s Favorite Breyer is pleased to announce that the inaugural “America’s Favorite Trail Horse” winner, Lindsay’s Faith, is joining the family of Breyer Traditional portrait models. This talented mustang mare’s roots trace back to the wilds of White Mountain, WY, where she was gathered by the Bureau of Land Management for adoption. She was passed over by potential adopters until 2010, at age six, when her luck changed. It was then that she was selected to participate in the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s first Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover, an event specifically designed to help older mustangs find forever homes. Upon hearing of this exciting new competition, trainer Mary Miller-Jordan decided to adopt the unique

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silver-maned mare, and so began her partnership with Lindsay’s Faith. Together, they made it all the way to the finals. A few months later, Miller-Jordan and Lindsay’s Faith were selected to compete in the American Competitive Trail Horse Association’s (ACTHA) televised competition, “America’s Favorite Trail Horse,” which aired on RFD-TV. In the end, Lindsay’s Faith was the crowd favorite and was named “America’s Favorite Trail Horse.”

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The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) was founded on November 30, 1966.


Each rider enters the ring with a score of 70, which is an average performance; points are then added or subtracted.


$9,000,000 In 2012, Topsail Whiz (Topsail Cody x Jeanie Whiz Bar) was the first sire to accumulate over $9,000,000 in offspring earnings.


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In 2008, Wimpys Little Chic and Shawn Flarida became the first horse-and-rider combination to win the NRHA Open Futurity, National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Open, and NRHA Open Derby, consecutively.

Photos: topsail whiz photo by john brasseaux/nrha; shawn flarida photo by waltenberry/nrha

The popularity of reining has flourished over the past two decades. NRHA membership numbers now top 21,000, with over 1,400 youth members.

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Western Saddle Pads Cool Grip Pad by Supracor

The tester was a bit skeptical of this pad at first glance because it was Diamond Wool Contoured Ranch Pad so different from traditional western saddle pads. Her doubt was gone Anyone who hikes or skis knows the advantages of wool. The same within the first ride, and it soon became the pad she reached for when holds true for saddle pads, which is why it is the go-to choice for many saddling up. What made it stand out was how lightweight and compact professionals. Unlike synthetics that trap moisture and cause heat it was, while still providing superior cushioning and airflow. It is able build-up, wool absorbs sweat and insulates against both cold and to do this through the Stimulite Honeycomb technology, an advanced heat. And because the absorption and release are gradual, wool is medical grade material that is antibacterial, antifungal, and slow to feel damp and does not chill your horse, which can able to distribute weight evenly over the horse’s back. be caused by rapid drying. This saddle pad is made up Another huge bonus is how easy it is to care for. Within of 1" resilient and durable wool that conforms to the seconds of taking it off the horse’s back it was dry. To horse’s back and stays in place. The tester loved that They say clean it, all you need to do is hose it off or toss it in it features a layer of leather along the bottom to the washing machine. This tester has a whole new protect the pad from rub marks and also has a the only way to a outlook on western saddle pads. wither relief notch. Another benefit is that this truly trained horse pad is covered with a durable canvas top that is Buy it:, $237 easy to clean and resists hair buildup. is through wet saddle Buy it:, $100

pads. We put them to the test this month to see how they get the job done.

Comfort-Fit SMx Heavy Duty Air Ride Western Pad by Professional’s Choice

The core of this saddle pad is made of a unique material also found in the protective gear of professional human athletes for absorbing shock while allowing airflow to the skin. The natural cooling system is said to lower the horse’s body temperature and slow the rate of fatigue. The tester did notice that the wool lining wicked away the majority of sweat from her horse’s back. It also maintains its thickness and energy absorption for years. The tester also liked that the saddle pad was contoured, which helped it stay in place no matter what skill she was working on with her horse. Another plus is that Professional’s Choice offers a 60-day trial. If you change your mind, send the pad back within 60 days and get your money back! Although this pad is a bit bulky, it’s worth it. Buy it:, $219

Contoured Memory Foam Saddle Pad by Weaver Leather

This saddle pad is loaded with great features. To start off, it’s made with ½" breathable memory foam that shapes to the horse’s back to relieve pressure points and then returns to its original shape after each use. The tester liked that it had a contoured design that provided plenty of wither room and maintained its shape. Because her horses are on the small side, she also liked that the saddle pad didn’t go as far down her horses’ sides as other saddle pads, which created a cleaner look. The 100% New Zealand wool top, offered in multiple exclusive designs, made for a professional picture. The felt underside wicked away moisture, and the wear leathers added a layer of protection against rubbing saddle fenders. Buy it:, $210

This month’s products for review will be donated to the BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center.

Our testers: This month, our Prepurchase Exam was conducted by: Kelly Ballou, Managing Editor; and Jennifer Roberts, Social Editor.


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bits & pieces ASK THE VET your horse health questions answered

Weaning Woes How to Know When the Time is Right By Alfredo Sanchez Londoño, MV, MS DACVIM (Large Animal)


I am going to be weaning my foal soon; how will I know my mare and foal are ready? How can I prevent this from being a stressful experience?


Methods to Reduce Stress There are several methods that have been used to wean foals—basically, the abrupt or the gradual approaches. There are a variety of opinions regarding the degree of stress that the foals undergo with the different methods. Some researchers believe that it is better to subject them to a short-term stress by using the abrupt separation method, and others believe

Weaning is less stressful for foals when they have the company of others.

that a gradual weaning system is better to reduce stress. One example of abrupt separation is to keep the mare in a stall overnight. Then, the next morning, remove the mare and leave the foal in the stall. Both the foal and the mare may be upset for a few minutes, but usually, the mare will focus on eating once she is outside. The foal may also be very upset in the stall, but after the mare has not responded to him, usually the foal will calm down. Once the foal is calm and is settled in the stall, you can feed him to keep his mind busy and not worried about the mare. It is very important to make sure that the foal is handled continuously during this period of time, so that he gets used to more human contact. An example of gradual weaning is to place the mare in an adjacent stall or small pen from where the foal lives and do this for three to four days. It is very

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optimum development. Once he is no longer nursing, a normal weanling should be eating between 2% to 3% of his body weight in forage and grain a day. Weanlings benefit from a diet containing 14% to 16%

protein. The percentage of concentrates-to-forage that a diet contains depends on the preferred growth rate. However, the diet should never contain less than 40% forage, as measured by weight.

important to make sure that the foal has food available and that he is not able to try to nurse the mare on the other side of the fence. Again, if this method is going to be used, it is important to make sure the foal is used to creep feeding and has no medical issues. It is important to make sure that the pen where the foal is living is not too large, so that he will not panic and run the fence continuously.

Adjusting to the Process The mare’s diet will also need to be adjusted once the foal has been weaned and she is not producing any more milk. In general, it is recommended to remove any grain or concentrate that she is receiving for about one week after the foal is weaned. Feeding grass hay is the best source of nutrition, but if alfalfa hay is the only source of nutrition, it should be cut to only 1% of the mare’s body weight; by doing this, lactation will decrease and prevent complications, such as colic or foundering.

Consider the Factors There is no single, best way to wean foals. Therefore, many factors need to be considered, including health of both the mare and the foal, temperament, and also facilities and the required time to monitor them during the process. Consult with your veterinarian if you have concerns regarding the process or regarding any issues the foal may have.


Foal weaning can be a very hard situation for the mare, the foal, and the owner; but, if it is done correctly, it can be done successfully. It is important to take into consideration factors such as any illness that the foal is undergoing, if he gets nervous when the mare is not close to him, and if he is able to eat adequately from a creep feeder and is gaining weight at an adequate rate. It is usually recommended to wean a foal between four and six months of age. It is usually easier to wean more than one foal at a time, so if you just have one, you may need to ask some other breeders who have foals of similar age, as this will make the separation a little bit easier for both.

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Hunter/Jumper Pointers With Mario Gamboa


How can I get my horse, that doesn’t have the biggest stride, to jump a triple combination cleanly? He gets quick, and we often get the last rail.

Mario Gamboa successfully negotiating the last obstacle of a triple combination.

The triple combination, a series of three jumps that are set one or two strides apart, is one of the challenging efforts on any jumper course, and it can be made even more difficult if you are riding a horse that does not have a very large stride. Once you tackle the first jump in the combination, there is very little time to make major adjustments and no room for error. Successfully navigating all three elements requires that the horse stay in balance, with a smooth and even rhythm between all three elements. Things come up fast in a triple combination. It is important for the rider to stay balanced, with a quiet body throughout, so as not to throw the horse off balance. If the rider jumps ahead, and gets left in the air, he or she won’t have the time to help the horse jump cleanly. Getting to the first fence correctly is key. When distance is long to the first element, depending on the length between the fences, it will be increasingly more difficult by the third obstacle. There are only seconds between each element to either press your horse forward, or compress his stride, and you can only do this when the horse’s feet are on the ground. If you ask when taking off of the ground, you may interfere with his ability to successfully jump the fence. A rider’s body and hands play a big part. It is important that the rider’s body is quiet, and also, that his or her hands and arms remain soft and fluid. This does not mean abandon your horse. Maintain a steady contact with the hands, softening over the top of the jump, and also with 34

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the legs. A rider who starts grabbing the horse’s mouth can cause a horse to lose his rhythm, shorten his stride, or impede his effort over the fence. Most importantly, you need your horse to be comfortable and confident through a triple combination. If the horse is nervous, quick, or backed off any part of the combination, it will be difficult to open his stride to cover the distance. This will make it even longer, so it is important to make sure that you do exercises at home that teach him to be steady and easy. To do this, you can set up a triple combination at home. When schooling a triple combination at home, I like to begin with a ramped oxer, with a generous ground line. Don’t make it too imposing, but set it at a height that your horse is comfortable jumping. The distance between the obstacles should be around 7.20m to 7.80m apart. If you make it too short, it can encourage a horse to get quick, and this can cause stress and rails. I like to make the middle obstacle a vertical that is not too airy, again, with a ground line set out about a foot or so. The last

element, also set at one stride, can be another ramped oxer, again with a ground line. You don’t want your horse to rush; he should keep the same fluid and even stride. Being too quick in between the obstacles often results in a knocked rail. The horse should move in a fluid fashion, allowing him to get to the next jump, so his arc is over the top of the fence. The more comfortable your horse is doing smaller combinations at home, the better his performance will be in the show ring.

Mario Gamboa, the 19-year-old grand prix rider, has been representing his native Colombia at leading international show jumping competitions since his early teens. He took home the Individual Silver Medal FEI Junior Olympic Championships in Singapore and was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2010 South American Games.

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Training Pointers With Kevin Dwyer


I would like to teach my young horse how to long line, what does my horse need to know before we begin and what is the process?

Long lining helps build a solid foundation for a horse’s future work, either under saddle or in harness.

Long lining is a great step in a horse’s training and one that truly helps prepare him to be ridden later in life. It is important to be patient, making sure that the lessons you are teaching your horse now will help to carry his training through the rest of his under saddle or driving work. Even after your horse is well-trained, long lining is a great tool to help solve problems you may be having under saddle or to teach your horse new concepts. Before you begin your horse’s long lining education, it is important that you have already laid the proper groundwork. Your horse needs to be able to longe correctly and should respond to voice commands. Teach him to wear a surcingle and a bit while being longed to begin introducing the pressure that both of these pieces of equipment will place on his body. After you are satisfied with your horse’s longeing work, it is time to begin to teach him about the lines. I spend a solid session or two with my horses to help them understand that the ropes will not hurt them. Desensitizing the horse, I attach them to the surcingle (not the bit) and allow the horse to feel the lines all over his body. He needs to feel it all over his hindquarters and along his sides and understand that it is harmless. You then need to teach your horse to yield to the pressure of the bit. Standing next to my horse, I take a light, yet consistent hold of the bit until he gives to the pressure. Then you must immediately release. It may take various amounts of pressure depending on the horse, but whatever you do, do not 36


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give into the urge to pull harder and harder if he does not respond. This will not teach them to yield. Continue this exercise until the horse seems to understand. Use side reins, hooked loosely to the surcingle and the bit, to reinforce the lesson of yielding to the pressure. Next comes the step of actually introducing long lining to your horse. Clip a line to each side of the bit, run it through the surcingle and back to your hands. It is ideal if you can have someone help you with this step in the beginning. Guide your horse out onto the circle, just as you did when you were longeing him. Begin with a very light contact on the bit as your horse begins to understand what is expected of him. I realize that everyone doesn’t have a round pen, but you should long line in a round pen. The confines will not only help to keep your horse in a circle, but will help to keep him balanced and square through the hip and shoulder. Split the circle that your horse is out on into four pieces, at each quarter or “piece of the pie” you may correct him if need be. Remember to ask lightly and with the same pressure that he responded to when teaching about yielding to the bit. When the horse is first going out on the circle, do not make too many corrections. As he

becomes more familiar, you can correct him on a more consistent basis, driving him forward from his hindquarters. This is just an introduction. As you and your horse work together, experiment with what makes him travel in the most correct manner. When your horse is well established on the circle, don’t be afraid to come out of the circle to work on steering and yielding to the pressure of the lines against his sides. Don’t skip a step, just like any piece in a horse’s training it makes sense to work in a progression. Be patient. Baby steps, a little bit at a time, will help to teach your horse in a correct fashion and will lay a solid foundation for his future work, either under saddle or in harness.

KEVIN DWYER has been training Arabians for over 25 years; he now operates his own training business in rural Foster, RI. A multi-national and regional champion in both performance and halter divisions, he shows how starting a horse with a consistent program leads to success later in the horse’s life.



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Bit by Bit

The Low-Down on Snaffles in Dressage

By Natalie DeFee Mendik


naffle bits are popular in every English discipline—and for good reason. A perennial favorite, it is a generally mild bit appropriate for both horses and riders of all levels. There are many variations within the snaffle family, allowing for just the right choice for nearly every horse. For dressage riders, this type of bit is particularly important, as the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has a strict ruling about what types are permitted in dressage competition. Until a horse and rider surpass Second Level, they must compete in a smooth snaffle bit (they are optional in Third and Fourth levels). USEF’s rules specify the thickness and material of the mouthpiece, as well as the configuration of the cheeks.

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It is important to ensure that your horse’s bit is legal before competing, as stewards will often check them at horse shows.

What Exactly is a Snaffle, Anyway? The snaffle bit functions by applying direct pressure to the horse’s mouth; this means that the pressure applied to the reins acts on the bit in an equal amount with no leverage action, unlike a curb bit. The points of the mouth influenced by the snaffle’s pressure are the tongue, the corners of mouth, the bars (the toothless area between the incisors and the molars), and the palate (the roof of the mouth). The bit fits over the tongue, resting on the bars, with a single rein attached to each bit ring. Taking the reins brings the snaffle up and back in the mouth. Different styles of snaffle are designed to suit various mouth conformations and training needs. “The snaffle is such a huge category. Basically, it’s any bit that isn’t working on leverage, more or less,” explains Patricia Nesto, buyer at Dover Saddlery. “It’s the most popular bit that we sell—probably 90% fall into the snaffle category. Then there are probably 500 different options within that. The cheeks can affect the use of the bit, the metal can affect the use of the bit, the mouthpiece can affect the use of the bit—all these variables pretty much apply to anything that falls into the snaffle category.” This diversity of options makes it possible to match just the right snaffle with each individual horse and rider pair.

Single-Jointed, Double-Jointed, and Unjointed Snaffles Snaffle mouthpieces come in three configurations: single-jointed, double-jointed, and unjointed. Probably the most commonly used is the single-jointed, which has two separate bit arms meeting with a joint at the center of it. These two mobile pieces allow the rider to influence just one side of the bit when desired. Rein pressure on both sides produces a nutcracker effect, with the bit folding backwards 40

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Permitted Snaffles Must be used in Training through Second Level tests. Optional in Third and Fourth Level tests. Any of these may be made with a rubber, plastic, or leather covering, but the bit may not be modified by adding latex or other material. Bits with mouthpieces made of synthetic material are permitted, provided that the contours of the bit conform to the contours of one of the bits pictured. 1. Ordinary snaffle with single-jointed mouthpiece. 2. Ordinary snaffle with double-jointed mouthpiece. 3. Racing snaffle (D-ring). 4. Snaffle. A) with cheeks, with or without keepers. B) without cheeks (Egg-butt). 5. Snaffle with upper or lower cheeks. 6. Unjointed snaffle (Mullen-mouth). 7. Snaffle with cheeks. (Hanging or drop cheek; Baucher). This may be a D-ring or other ordinary snaffle. 8. Dr. Bristol. 9. Fulmer. 10. French snaffle. 11. Snaffle with rotating mouthpiece. DR18 © USEF 2008 Be sure to read the USEF Rulebook section carefully to make sure that your bit conforms to the rules. USDF Introductory Level requires a snaffle bit as well.

Photo: Dusty Perin; illustration: Courtesy of USEF

Luckily for these riders, open any good tack catalog and you will find a staggering selection of these mouthpieces. Single or double-jointed, D-ring, eggbutt or loose ring: what’s the difference and how do you choose? Have a look with us at some of the more common snaffle varieties that are legal in the dressage ring.


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nutcracker effect, but isn’t suitable for horses that tend to pull. According to USEF, “The mouthpiece of a snaffle may be shaped in a slight curve, but ported snaffles are prohibited.”

Bit Rings Not only do the mouthpieces themselves offer a variety of options, but the bit rings do as well. A loose ring snaffle slides on the rings; this mobility allows for play with the bit, which many riders feel promotes a relaxed jaw and softer contact. Fixed rings offer greater leverage, but can still range from mild to stronger. The eggbutt snaffle is a very mild bit featuring bit arms that widen as they near the corners of the mouth and somewhat egg-shaped bit rings; the molded rings rule out the possibility of pinched lips. D-ring, Baucher, full-cheek, and Fulmer snaffles have larger fixed rings, with the added benefit of lateral pressure from the bit on the sides of the horse’s mouth; these bits function as variations on the same theme. The D-ring has more pressure than the eggbutt, with the fullcheek offering additional pressure. The long cheek arms of the full-cheek can be attached with keepers to the

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from the center. With the jointed snaffle, and any another snaffle in dressage, the diameter of the mouthpiece must be a minimum of 3/8" in diameter at the rings or cheeks of the mouthpiece. Double-jointed snaffles, on the other hand, feature an additional piece between the two arms of the bit, which eliminates the nutcracker effect and follows the curve of the horse’s mouth, while still allowing individual rein aids. The French-link and the Dr. Bristol are two double-jointed snaffles found in nearly every tack room. The French-link snaffle’s hourglass-shaped center link lies flat on the horse’s tongue. While the French-link is quite gentle, the Dr. Bristol features a longer, rectangular center piece set at an angle, which applies pressure to the tongue, making it ideal for horses that need a somewhat stronger bit. Another option, bits with a rotating center link, may help keep fussy horses busy with the mouth, which can help to keep them soft and focused. Unjointed snaffles are made with one solid piece in the horse’s mouth. The Mullen-mouth, a straight-bar snaffle with a slight curve to accommodate the tongue, is a good choice for horses that don’t tolerate the single-jointed snaffle’s

GRAND PRIX RIDER HECTOR FLORENTINO CHAMPIONS THE CHARITY STEP BY STEP IN SHOW JUMPING & BEYOND Show jumping talent Hector Florentino has competed in more than 50 grand prixs, two Pan American Games, and the prestigious Central American and Caribbean Games. But when the 40-year-old rider from the Dominican Republic joined forces with Liliane Stransky, the owner of Stransky’s Mission Farm at Le Club in Wellington, FL, he became a force to be reckoned with in the international show ring. Now riding and training for Stransky’s Mission Farm, Florentino regularly gives some of the world’s top show jumping veterans a run for the money while at the same time championing Stransky’s charity, the Step by Step Foundation. The two first met at a fundraising event during the Winter Equestrian Festival in 2009. They clicked instantly, and not long after, Stransky asked Florentino to be her head rider and trainer, coach her then 13-year-old daughter Daniela, and raise funds and awareness for her non-profit’s initiatives, which help children and communities around the world in need. “Expectations are high and competition is fierce in the Open Jumpers,” admitted Florentino. “Being able to ride against icons, such as Olympians McClain Ward and Margie Engle, is both thrilling and rewarding.” When not busy with the horses, Hector spends time in Wellington with his wife Eva and their two children, Victor and Sofia. “I’ve had other professionals, but it wasn’t until I met Hector that I felt we could be truly competitive at the highest level. It is his skill, dedication, patience, athleticism, and focus on the prize that have made this possible,” stated Stransky. “Hector has become invaluable to me in so many ways; he has brought my daughter Daniela up through the ranks, from the Children’s Jumpers at 13 to making her grand prix debut at 16. Thanks to Hector, Daniela and others riders like Mario Gamboa of Colombia and Jose F. Bonetti of the Dominican Republic have been invited to represent their own countries in international show jumping competitions.” It was imperative to Stransky, for both her stable and non-profit, that the professional she brought on board was bilingual. “Riding can be a dangerous sport, so it is imperative that both the staff and my students understand what I am telling them. I want them to be able to ride their best, and most of all, be safe,” added Florentino. “I often speak Spanish to the staff and some of the clients, but I find myself speaking English to the blacksmiths, vets, course designers, show secretaries, and stewards. The horse show world is a truly an international community, so speaking both languages really is key to keeping things flowing smoothly.” “I have to say, when I found Lili it was a dream come true,” he smiled. “And I believe that she feels the same. Together we are a win-win team that is out to change the world, one step and one horse show at a time!” For further information, go to and

Step by Step founder Liliane Stransky with Mario Gamboa, Hector Florentino and Daniela Stransky Photo by Mancini Photos.

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bridle cheek pieces, creating a more fixed position. The Baucher is similar to the full-cheek, with arms that extend upwards, attaching to the check pieces. The Fulmer snaffle is a full-cheek, which attaches as a loose-ring, providing the best of both worlds.

Keep trying different bits until you find the one that is right for you and your horse.

Materials While stainless steel likely takes the lead as the most widely used material in bit construction, the range of material options and the science behind them is unlike anything before. Think options like titanium, a lightweight, strong, and hypoallergenic metal, which also stays cool in the horse’s mouth; Aurigan, a copper, silicone, and zinc alloy designed by Herm Sprenger and tested at the University of Hannover, which promotes salivation, thereby relaxing the horse’s jaw; copper-enhanced German silver bits, which also create a pleasant taste and moist mouth; and high-tech plastics, like the apple-scented Happy Mouth, which offers a flexible bit surface for sensitive horses.

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Take some of the guesswork out of choosing the correct bit size by following some simple tips. If you want to spend a few dollars for the easiest option, bit measuring tools are available online or in tack stores. If you prefer the DIY approach, you can use a string or narrow wooden dowel to measure the mouth from corner to corner where the bit would lie. This measurement plus ½" corresponds with the bit size. The bit


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itself is measured from the inside of one ring to the inside of the opposite ring. Bits that are too narrow can pinch the lips, while those that are too wide can slide, bruising the lips and bars. To check for correct width fit, stand looking head-on at the horse wearing the bridle and hold the bit rings outward; you should see 1/4" clearance on each side between the bit ring and the corner of the mouth. Look for one to two wrinkles in the corner of the lips to check that the height of the bit is correctly adjusted for the horse’s mouth. The height of the bit is adjusted with the bridle’s cheek pieces.

Enjoy the Journey “There are so many options to address what each horse needs,” says Nesto. “It’s not uncommon to see trainers with a whole tack trunk full of bits. There is no right answer. One might be right for a couple of weeks or months, and then it’s time to try something else. One might be right for one situation, but not another. Try to understand what your horse is telling you and go from there. It can take some time, but it’s fun—it’s part of what we do as riders.” If you are unsure if you’ve chosen the right bit for your horse, or if your bit correctly fits your horse’s mouth, consult with an experienced professional. As a general rule, start with a very neutral bitting option and work from there. Always refer to your organization’s current rulebook as to what bits are legal. While high-end bits are something of an investment, there are snaffles of every sort available at all price points. Other than some plastic bits, which can develop sharp points, most are made to last. A good bit will remain a tack staple.


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Myth Busting Despite—or maybe because—bits have been in use for millennia, some common misconceptions still circulate. Let’s take a crack at some of the ones we’ve probably all heard. Myth: A thicker bit is always milder. Fact: While it is definitely true that thicker mouthpieces are generally milder, they aren’t designed to accommodate every type of mouth. Although thick bits offer greater contact area to diffuse the pressure applied by the reins, a slimmer bit can be a more comfortable choice for both horses with narrow mouths, whose oral conformation leaves little room for the tongue, and horses with thick tongues. In both of these cases, there is not enough space to accommodate a wide bit between the bars. Myth: Adjusting the bit lower in the mouth is more humane. Fact: A bit that hangs too low can actually bang the incisors. Myth: Adjusting the bit higher in the horse’s mouth makes the action of the bit stronger. Fact: A bit that sits too high in the mouth simply causes the horse discomfort.

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Leading through

Example The Legacy of Bazy Tankersley (1921-2013)

By Faye AhnemanRudsenske & Susan Bavaria of the Modern Arabian Horse photos courtesy of the modern arabia n horse & the Tanker sley family

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Clockwise from top: Bazy with AM Warrior Princess and AM Miss Missile, respectively first and second place Arabian Sport Horse Mares In-Hand, at Scottsdale in 2003; An undated photo of Bazy; Bazy jumping at the Society Horse Show in Washington, D.C. on May 10, 1930. Left hand page: Bazy and *Count Dorsaz (Rissalix x Shamnar).

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uth “Bazy” Tankersley left an indelible legacy on the Arabian breed that will live as long as people breed Arabian horses. To say Ruth (“Bazy” as she is known to the world) Tankersley is an icon in the Arabian horse industry might be to compare the Pacific Ocean to a puddle. For more than six-and-a-half decades, she has bred extraordinary Arabian horses, predominantly of Crabbet lineage. She has helped define and enhance the breed around the world and has set standards by leading through example. Her influence, contributions, and philanthropic deeds are legendary. To many, her 110-acre ranch, situated at the base of the Catalina Mountains in Tucson, AZ, is the central hub for Arabian bloodlines. In Arabic, “Al-Marah,” loosely translated, means “a garden-like oasis,” and the world-renowned horsebreeding farm is a fertile hotbed of some of the best in the world. With more than 2,800 registered purebred Arabians to her credit, Bazy’s ranch boasts the oldest privately-owned herd of Arabian horses in the world, with bloodlines that trace back more than 200 years. She was the daughter of Joseph Medill McCormick, who was a newspaper reporter and publisher and part

[ABOVE] In this photo from 1960, Bazy admires a newborn foal. [RIGHT] Bazy entertains King Faisal at her home in Barnesville.


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owner of the Chicago Tribune. He was elected as a United States Representative and subsequent Senator from Illinois. Her mother was Ruth Hanna McCormick, the daughter of Senator Mark Hanna of Ohio, and the first woman congressman-at-large from Illinois. She was also a dairy farmer, rancher, and newspaper woman. Bazy’s paternal grandfather, Robert S. McCormick, was a United States Ambassador to Russia. Her great uncle was the inventor of the first grain-cutting machine, the McCormick Reaper. The entire family was socially and politically active, with presidents and senators vying for their attention. With such a remarkable family tree of her own, it only stands to reason that Bazy would grow up to become a strong and determined woman. The young Bazy learned, early on, the therapeutic value of the human-horse relationship. Bazy’s father died when she was three years old, and when her widowed mother married Albert Simms, a politician and former New Mexico congressman, they relocated from Illinois to New Mexico. The then 10-year-old found that the companionship of horses helped ease life’s transitions. From that early association, along with her mother’s admiration for the Arabian breed, a fierce love and passion ignited. She immersed herself into reading every scrap she could find about Arabian horses—not an easy task in that era, as the breed was in its infancy in the United States. As a dairy cattle breeder and rancher, her mother’s influence was not lost on her eager student/daughter and, while attending Bennington College in Vermont, Bazy became a keen student of genetics. She actively sought out and became friends with some of the Arabian breed’s early mentors, including Jimmie Dean, Carl Raswan, Roger Selby, W. R. Brown, and General J. M. Dickinson. Shortly after her marriage to Peter Miller (the father of her first two children, Kristie and Mark), she purchased her first Arabian, a mare, in 1940 from

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Jimmie Dean. In due time, others followed, including Selfra (*Selmian x *Rose Of France by *Raswan), a mare that formed an important part of her breeding program. In the fall of 1946, she found the straight Crabbet stallion, Indraff (*Raffles x Indaia by Raseem), and paid a “king’s ransom” for him of $10,000. He was the horse of her dreams—the standard by which she judged all others. He, along with Selfa, became the cornerstone of her breeding program, and today, 80 percent of the horses in her herd still carry Indraff’s blood. “He is still my idea of the perfect Arabian horse,” she once said. While large numbers of Crabbet horses were purchased by Spencer Borden, W. R. Brown, Homer Davenport, and W. K. Kellogg, it was Bazy Tankersley who purchased the largest consignment of Crabbet Arabians, 32 horses in 1957, when the Crabbet and Hanstead Studs were dispersed. Among them were three Rissalix daughters and, after intense negotiations, the twice Winston Churchill Cup winner and Rissalix son, *Count Dorsaz, who arrived stateside later. Using *Raffles, through his son, Indraff, and other sources of *Raffles blood, and the Rissalix bloodlines through his imported daughters and the stallions, *Count Dorsaz, *Ranix, and *Raseyn, she developed the famed Double R Cross, with bloodlines that could be mixed and matched for decades to come. Bazy also utilized the blood of the Crabbet sire, Oran, through his son, *Silver Vanity, who she imported in 1962, and 52

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more recently through her 2001 purchase of SDA Silver Legend, who has five lines to Oran, two of them through *Silver Vanity and two to *Count Dorsaz. Long before transported semen and embryo transfers, Bazy found a way to make things happen with an exchange of stallions—Indraff from the East Coast and Gulastra from the West Coast. From this exchange came another of Al-Marah’s “Golden Crosses,” which consisted of crossing sons and daughters of Indraff and Gulastra on each other. Al-Marah soon became the largest Arabian farm in the country. The foundation stock set the standard for the breed and quickly became known for its beauty, disposition, and incredible athletic versatility, which gave it the ability to carry the roses in everything from halter to cutting to sport horse events, a trend that continues today. Her philosophy, established in 1941, is as relevant today as it was then: “Breed better Arabians with each generation, and leave the breed better than you find it.” A self-proclaimed “breeder down to her toes,” Bazy built her program around selective linebreeding, using two or three different bloodlines that complement each other. She was not bashful about admitting her mistakes or her triumphs and remained true to course in regard to conformation, disposition, and athleticism. Fads did not play a part in her breeding program. She maintained a valuable source of broodstock for breeders interested in perpetuating the “true” Arabian horse. Her horses had to be versatile, athletic, and beautiful—the criteria for which the breed is known. Temperament is of paramount importance, and she was known to geld stallions that did not meet her criteria in that department. In 1951, she married Garvin “Tank” Tankersley, a photographer, executive city editor, and managing editor of the Washington Times-Herald, who had two children of his own— Garvin Jr. and Anne. They had one daughter together, Tiffany, who pre-deceased her mother in 2012. The entire Tankersley family moved to a 1,500-acre farm in Potomac, MD, where they raised purebred cattle alongside her beloved Arabians. During the 1950s and 1960s, they transformed the farm into the center of a lively social gathering that revolved around horse shows and equestrian events, political gatherings, fundraisers, and livestock exhibitions. Always creative, adventuresome, and daring, she was also a trusted, valued advisor and mentor. She inspired, invited, and encouraged new people in the industry. Her open-door policy for family breeders was legendary.

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“Being in the Maryland area when Bazy was there was like being in an Arabian horse Utopia,” early breeder, Charles Craver, once penned. “She was the central hub around which Arabian activities on the East Coast revolved.” Al-Marah relocated to its present location in Tucson in the mid-1970s. Bazy’s philanthropic generosity continued. Bazy broke ground in both the private and public sector. She was the editor of the Washington Times-Herald, held board positions in companies and colleges, founded elementary and high schools, and started national, non-profit animal therapy associations that assisted in establishing degree programs at universities. She became the first breeder/owner of a U.S. National Champion Stallion (Count Bazy) in 1967; was a leader in getting classes for Arabian horses in open shows; organized three different Arabian horse clubs across the United States; helped stage the first American Arabian horse race; trained and won in competitive trail; had an abundance of national wins in a variety of disciplines; formed a horse camp for adults; and, organized the first Arabian auction in this country. Leading by example came as naturally as breathing. Long before the severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) test was available, she gelded a stallion that she had imported from England when she discovered he was a carrier. She has long supported education, particularly children’s reading development. Her son, Mark Miller’s, famed Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction in Florida is the leader in the Black Stallion Literacy program. Bazy started the Arabian Horse Owners Foundation (AHOF) 50 years ago as a tax-exempt organization with a mission to quietly fund the needs of the Arabian horse community. Headed by Howard Shenk, their most recent project, truly the jewel in their crown, was the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries at the International Museum of the Horse (Museum) at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The Galleries have allowed the general public to view the AHOF Collection and that of the Arabian Horse Trust. AHOF was also a sponsor of the Museum’s 54

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Gift of the Desert: The Art, History, and Culture of the Arabian Horse, which was the largest exhibition ever assembled to explore Near Eastern equestrian history during the World Equestrian Games in 2010. Bazy used her Hat Ranch near Flagstaff, AZ, as the site of an annual Arabian horse think tank for a number of years, and invited many Arabian Horse Association officers and notables every summer to address such perennial issues as judging, governance structure, the welfare of the Arabian horse, showing, and more. Over 40 years ago, Bazy Tankersley established the U.S. Department of Labor-approved Al-Marah Apprenticeship program for training qualified personnel for running Al-Marah and for providing the horse industry with educated workers. The intensive, two-year program squeezes in almost a lifetime’s worth of experience, and Al-Marah alumni have gone on to become successful public trainers, specialty trainers, and breeding managers. Bazy Tankersley is leaving her 85-acre Al-Marah property to the University of Arizona, a gift estimated at roughly $30 million. Under terms of the contract, the main beneficiary is the University’s College of Agriculture. The university will continue to use the land, in northeast Tucson at 4101 N. Bear Canyon Road, as a working ranch. She received the 2003 Arabian Breeders Association Lifetime Breeders Award, and the Al-Marah League was established the same year by a group of breeders with the purpose of promoting the bloodlines and preserving her ideals as closely as possible. On the 65th anniversary of breeding Arabian horses, she presented a “Living Pedigree” of 30 horses grouped according to families and performance disciplines, giving dozens of established breeders and newcomers the opportunity to see the results of generations of breeding in the flesh. Proof of her bloodline’s prowess has been substantiated in and out of the show ring in nearly every known capacity. In 2006, she owned both the National and Reserve Champion Sport Horse In-Hand Stallions—one brought in as an outcross bloodline and the other from her own powerful breeding program. Bazy’s knowledge, expertise, and on-the-job “training” experience may never be duplicated. Teacher, coach, mentor, friend, rancher, visionary, geneticist—she was all that and more. For those not well-versed or even for those wishing to savor or learn the secrets of the Al-Marah legacy, For more her book, And Ride Away Singing, information and more articles by Mary Jane Parkinson, provides about the Arabian a detailed look into the life of an horse, please incredible woman, whose vision visit arabianwill endure for the ages.

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2. Centrefire (Afire Bey V x What About Me) 3 year old Half-Arabian Gelding. He is a Champion in the Halter division. “Gunner” is a big, beautiful mover with National quality. He will also exceed in the Hunter Pleasure division. 3. Winsomes Chill Out (Apollopalooza x Reletta M) 9 year old Half-Arabian Gelding. He is an upright, fancy country horse. Great for open/amateur divisions. 4. Winsomes Springbreak (Apollopalooza x Rosieni) 9 year old Half-Arabian Gelding. He is a great country pleasure horse. Great for open/amateur divisions. 5. What About Me ( MHR Nobility x Miretta M) 8 year old Half-Arabian Mare. She is a pretty mare with a lot of quality for the Hunter Pleasure division. She is suitable for an amateur or junior rider. She also has a great pedigree to add to your breeding program. 6. Winsomes Electra (Baske Afire x Rosieni) 7 year old Half-Arabian Mare. Electra has a lot of quality and is a beautiful Country Pleasure horse. 7. Miss Laddie Da (Matoi x Tilligemma) 7 year old Half-Arabian Mare. She is a very talented and flashy show horse. Country/English 8. Pisstol Pete (IXL Noble Express x Miss Goody Two Shoes) 2011 Half-Arabian Gelding. English Prospect. 9. Rumer Has It (Afire Bey V x Tilligemma) 2012 Half-Arabian Filly. English Prospect.

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Fire The Thrill of Reining Spreads By kelly ballou


eining. What’s not to love about this sport? It’s fast paced and exciting, with a laid back and welcoming atmosphere. The horses are amazing athletes, trained to respond to the slightest cue. If you have the chance to sit on a veteran reiner, you’ll realize the amount of talent and discipline they have. To top it all off, the shows are fun, whether you are there as a competitor or a spectator. That’s probably why the sport has seen a great deal of growth in the past 20 years. From its humble beginnings to the $13 million competition purses now up for grabs each year at National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) shows, there’s no doubt that this sport is on the rise.


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Getting Its Start

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Like many equestrian sports, reining was born out of necessity, with a history dating all the way back to America’s infancy. As western ranchers needed to move, sort, and herd cattle on the open range, they required horses that were quick and agile with the ability to change direction on a dime. In their spare time, ranchers demonstrated these maneuvers among friends, and it grew into competitions. The sport itself had a slow start, first being recognized by the American Quarter Horse Association in 1949, with the National Reining Horse Association being formed 17 years later in 1966. It wasn’t until 34 years later, in 2000, that reining became recognized as an FEI sport. Although, slow to take off, it has definitely done just that in recent years, with the NRHA doubling its membership in the last 15 years. On the same trend, the number of approved events has also nearly doubled in the same time frame.

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Christa Morris, senior director of marketing for the NRHA, notes that reining has had a particular amount of growth along the East Coast—a region predominately favoring English disciplines. The Northeast alone currently has seven NRHA affiliates that help promote the sport, one of them being the Northeast Reining Horse Association (NERHA). Founded in 1975, this affiliate is one of the oldest in the country and has been there through the changes. Darlene Deptula-Hicks, vice president of the club, notes that while the NERHA has had its ups and downs, it has always bounced back and continued to grow, particularly in the youth and Green Reiner divisions. Why the continued growth? “In its simplest terms, reining is an equestrian sport that requires little more than a horse, a rider, and a level piece of ground,” says Morris. “There are no requirements for a certain type of fencing, cattle, jumps, timers, or barrels.” Deptula-Hicks expands on this by adding, “It’s one of the few western sports around, and the The Northeast Reining Horse Association’s Ride A judging system is very Reiner clinics have been a huge success, allowing participants to experience circles, spins, and sliding stops good. There is no favoron veteran reining horses. itism. It levels the playing field and takes the politics right off the table.”

Looking to the Future

“We foresee a tremendous amount of opportunity to continue growing the sport in the East,” says Morris. “Many of our affiliates are hosting Entry Level Reining classes, in addition to strengthening historic events with better purses in world-class venues.” The start of the NRHA’s Entry Level Reining program, which debuted in 2010, proved to be a great way to promote the sport and get new riders from all backgrounds to compete on a fun and educational platform against others of the same skill level. In these Green Reiner classes, competitors only need an inexpensive Associate membership and can earn points through the awards program. “We do whatever we can to make it fun and reward the Green Reiners because they are the future,” says Deptula-Hicks. A recent venture of the NERHA, the Ride A Reiner Clinics, are a prime example of how this sport benefits those who have never tried it—the first

Reining Through Time 1966

First NRHA Maturity (Derby) is held in Raleigh, NC

First NRHA Futurity takes place in Columbus, OH



Initiated the new judging system, which began the scoring of maneuvers rather than the assessment of the overall run

The National Reining Horse Association is formed

Craig Johnson is named the first $100,000 NRHA Futurity winner on Lucky Bay Glo


NRHA establishes Hall of Fame 1986

The Americana is the first show in Europe to be NRHA approved



Hollywood Jac 86 is named NRHA’s first Million Dollar Sire

First competition license is issued



Reining is accepted as first western discipline of the United States Equestrian Team

Youth classes added to NRHA competition

Bill Horn becomes the first Million Dollar Rider at the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City





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Reining is accepted by Federation Equestre International (FEI) for International Competition Membership tops 10,000

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Reining is approved for the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, with firstever Reining Team medalists at World Equestrian Games: U.S. - Gold, Canada Silver, Italy - Bronze NRHA Intercollegiate Reining Championship debuts at NRHA Derby

There are more opportunities available for youth reiners now than there has ever been.

clinic, held at Deptula-Hick’s farm in Plaistow, NH, sold out in two days. “There are so many people who want to ride reining horses. They see the sport, they watch it, and they want to try it, but they don’t know how to get started,” says Deptula-Hicks. So this March and June, members offered their horses, most of them NRHA money earners, for newcomers to experience the excitement of spins, rollbacks, and sliding stops under the guidance of top trainers. “It was really amazing,” says Deptula-Hicks. “The smiles on the riders’ faces when they ran down and stopped made it so worth it.” She notes that they already have a waiting list for next year when they plan to host the clinics again. “It works out good all around—it’s a good fundraiser for the club, good for the trainers who pick up new business down the road, and good for the clinic riders who get to try their hand at reining on top quality horses.” When asked about the future of reining, Deptula-Hicks says, “It’s all positive. NRHA is working with the FEI and USET to ultimately make reining a more international discipline, and it’s getting much more notoriety and much larger globally. Certain breeds and disciplines are suffering due to economic conditions, but I don’t think reining is one of them.”

Quarter Horses Don’t Have All the Fun! While Quarter Horses and Paint Horses are the predominant breeds in major reining events, there is a growing interest among other breed enthusiasts as well. Many Arabian and Morgan breed shows are adding reining classes, and some shows, such as the Scottsdale Classic and Futurity Quarter Horse Show, have added Arabian and Half-Arabian NRHA classes. Although any breed can compete in the sport, the following three associations have been formed to create their own shows, programs, and awards. ■ Arabian Reining Horse Association — ■ National Morgan Reining Horse Association — ■ Appaloosa Reining Horse Association —

RR Star and Custom Pistol become the first horses to earn over $200,000


2006 Hollywood Dun It becomes first NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Mandy McCutcheon becomes first non pro and first woman to achieve Million Dollar Rider status, becoming NRHA’s tenth Million Dollar Rider



The NRHA Derby surpasses all previous marks and has the largest purse in its history ($889,000 for the Derby and $994,000 for the entire show) Wimpys Little Step becomes the youngest Four Million Dollar Sire

50,000th NRHA Competition license is issued Peppys Superboom, purchased for $240,000, is the highest selling horse in NRHA/Markel Insurance Sale history


Shawn Flarida becomes the first NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider

Beth Himes serves as NRHA’s first woman president

North American Junior Young Rider Championship includes reining for the first time Inaugural FEI Reining World Championship is held in Manerbio, Italy

Lance Griffin becomes first Million Dollar Owner

Wimpys Little Chic becomes the first horse to exceed $500,000 in NRHA earnings

Kelly Zweifel of Italy, riding Master Snapper owned by Impresa Agricola Cuoghi of Italy, becomes the first woman to win one of NRHA’s major events—the NRHA Derby. She is also the first entry to win the NRHA Derby Open, Intermediate Open, and Limited Open divisions at one Derby


Conquistador Whiz becomes NRHA’s 20th Million Dollar Sire and the first third generation Million Dollar Sire NRHA completes the Association’s 70,000th membership


Topsail Whiz becomes first Nine Million Dollar Sire Courtesy of PHOTO: DAWN BAXTROM



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ou don’t work as a horse professional, and you have a homeowners policy, so you don’t have to worry about extra liability coverage for your horse and equine activities, right? Guess again: you may be leaving yourself open to legal troubles. If your horse gets loose and causes an accident, if a friend falls from him and gets injured, or if he bites a visitor, you could face a suit for damages and medical costs. Don’t worry, however; liability insurance coverage for hobby horse owners is surprisingly simple and affordable. 64


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coverage designed for you Private horse liability insurance, also referred to as individual horse owner’s liability or personal equine liability, is designed for horse owners who act in a noncommercial, nonprofessional capacity, whether they keep their horses at home on a hobby farm or board them out. Combining unpredictable animals with a litigious society means carrying liability coverage is something of a necessity for horse owners, yet many simply aren’t aware of their options. “Private horse liability coverage offers protection in the event your horse causes property damage and/or bodily injury on or off premise. Legal defense and medical payments are part of the coverages,” explains Sandy Jarvis of C. Jarvis Insurance Agency. “Basically how these policies work is that liability coverage follows the horse wherever it goes in the U.S. or Canada.” Private horse owner insurance premiums tend to be quite reasonable. In addition, many policies cover up to four horses, with some going as high as 10 horses.

homeowners and beyond Some homeowners insurance policies offer equine protection, while others don’t, so be sure to look into whether or not your plan does. Jarvis explains that many homeowners insurance policies do not cover equine liability, so homeowners should carefully read their policy and check with their agent to clearly understand if and how they are covered. Does your policy have a livestock exclusion? Is your horse covered off property? Are medical payouts adequate? Understanding what your current insurer offers is critical in deciding on other insurance you may need. Kelley Corrigan of Corrigan Insurance Agency, Inc. explains that Nationwide, one If you are leasing out your horse, it is a good idea to of the insurance agencies for whom she writes, has coverage for obtain private horse insurance to cover any injury animals built into its homeowners policy without horse excluyour horse may cause to the person leasing him. » sions. “Homeowners coverage for horses depends entirely on the company,” notes Corrigan. In addition, Terri Ray of Don Ray Insurance Agency, LLC notes that not only is every carrier different, but every state is different as well. “When you read your policy, if it doesn’t say it’s excluded, then it’s covered,” What About Releases? says Ray. “But, be diligent and talk with your agent. As long as they know you Signing releases are standard for have horses, it is an item that would be covered should there be a claim. If your just about any equestrian activity, homeowner agent doesn’t have horse knowledge, they can contact your equine from boarding and lessons to insurance agent. Make sure you know you are covered prior to a claim.” shows and camps. But how well do An umbrella policy also provides liability coverage over and above your existing such documents stand up when coverage, explains Jarvis. Imagine your insurance as existing in layers. Your needed? “A hold harmless agreehomeowners policy and personal liability policies offer layers of protection, with ment shows that you have in good an umbrella policy acting as blanket coverage above these tiers. faith warned the participant of Ray gives the example that if you carry $300,000 in liability coverage with an the inherent dangers of equine individual horse owners liability (IHOL) policy, $500,000 in liability coverage with activities,” explains Jarvis. “As far your homeowners policy, and a one million dollar umbrella liability policy over as standing up in a court of law, these, that a claim against you of $900,000 would first be covered by the IOHL, it isn’t going to protect you, but it then the homeowners insurance, with the umbrella picking up the rest. “Umbrella is going to show that you did give coverage is a blanket policy that covers in addition to the limits that you have on prior warning. It is always recomother policies; it also covers loopholes in other policies,” explains Ray. mended that you have everybody What about those who don’t carry homeowners insurance? If you rent or that would come into contact with own a condominium, you need a policy in order to have personal liability your horse sign a release.” coverage. Corrigan notes that homeowners, renters, and condo policies offer Corrigan explains that horses are some type of liability coverage, yet it may be a good idea to explore carrying considered an “attractive nuisance,” equine liability insurance. which usually draw people toward Bear in mind that if you board your horse and the boarding facility has them. Abiding by state equine laws, “care, custody, and control,” you could still be party in a suit in which your such as clearly posting a sign stating horse causes damage or injury, explains Corrigan. Even if you board your the danger of equine activities, horse, be sure that you have personal liability coverage beyond what the serves as a deterrent, which could facility carries for itself. later help in court if necessary.


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but i’m not a pro Creative arrangements with our horses are not that uncommon. We let our friends ride them, teach horse-crazy kids we know, swap lesson time on our horse in exchange for reduced board, and more. Believe it or not, you may just need coverage for these types of scenarios. Say you have a great horse you don’t have enough time to ride, so you decide to lease him out. Your friend gets to ride, and pitches in on a few expenses in exchange. While this may be an informal arrangement to help you out in a pinch, legally it could be considered commercial in nature. Corrigan notes, a private horse owner’s policy could cover you for leasing your horse to others, but the premium may be different. If you lease out your horse, you should obtain private horse insurance to cover yourself. If you receive reduced board in exchange for your horse being used in lessons, Ray recommends ensuring the horse is covered by the facility for this activity. Perhaps you volunteer to teach local kids how to ride; while you are not accepting any money for your help, your activities could be considered like those of a professional. “Any time you are doing any type of commercial activity—even though you are not necessarily taking money—you are incorporating the general public, and you would need a commercial liability policy,” notes Jarvis. Ray goes on to explain that while having a friend go for a ride on your horse would be covered by your individual policy, regularly volunteering at a facility would not be. For some circumstances, you may need insurance designed for commercial activity. As always, consult with an equine insurance agent for coverage suited to your needs.

Even if you just volunteer to teach local kids how to ride, without accepting any money, you could still be considered a professional and would need a commercial liability policy.

Your To-Do List Don’t wait until you’re in legal hot water to discover your insurance does not offer adequate coverage. Get a clear sense of what your current insurance offers, and supplement that according to your needs. As always, expert advice goes a long way. “At fault or not, you could get sued. The insurance company defends you. A lot of times the company pays nothing on your behalf, because negligence cannot be proven, however your defense and legal costs could be substantial and your liability policy should cover you,” explains Corrigan. “Your liability policy protects your assets. People think nothing will happen, but it may be out of your control. Protect yourself; you could lose a lot. Everything that you’ve worked hard for could possibly be taken.” Start by gathering information regarding insurance coverage you already have. Contact your insurance agent responsible for your homeowners or renters policy and discuss if and how horses are covered. Also check with the insurance company responsible for any other horse-related policies you may have through various equine organizations [see sidebar]. Find a reputable equine agent to walk you through what is available to you. “The needs of equine enthusiasts are always very specific,” says Jarvis. “My recommendation is always to go with an agency that is familiar with your needs and is an equine-knowledgeable agency, so that they can protect you properly.” “Liability insurance is very affordable,” notes Ray. “It covers you wherever your horse is. The rates are so affordable it’s crazy to not consider it because of how it protects you. In some states, there isn’t a statute of limitations on a claim against you, so a lawsuit could follow you. For what you pay in premiums, you couldn’t even put an attorney on retainer. By purchasing insurance, you are providing attorneys to represent you.” “My advice, especially for private horse owner enthusiasts, is that these policies [private horse owner] are really very reasonable,” remarks Jarvis. “We’re also horse people at our agency, and we’re hearing of increasing numbers of people filing suit when situations arise, so I really feel that it’s important that everybody that does own horses protect themselves.” For a couple hundred dollars per year, private owner liability policies cover you if your horse jumps from its pasture or breaks its halter and causes an accident. Believe it or not, although you may have done everything right, you could still be found negligent in situations such as these. 68

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Dues Paid Members of an equestrian organization, such as a state horse council, breed organization, or competitive affiliation are often offered basic policies as a member perk. For example, membership in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) automatically includes excess personal liability insurance with Equisure. According to the USEF, this coverage, which is designed for competitive equestrians, is rolled into the organization’s dues. Members enjoy coverage up to $1,000,000 in excess of any existing individual liability coverage for claims arising from horse-related damages and injuries. In addition, members receive personal accident coverage for disability or death with varying payouts at USEF events and other horse-related activities. Check with organizations you are involved with for your horse activities. You may already have some coverage as part of your membership.

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The Not So Wild West ➜ Tulsa, Oklahoma By Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride

Photo: Courtesy of AHA/Mike Ferrera

Home to the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic, the National Snaffle Bit Association World Show, and the Arabian Nationals, among many other well-known equestrian competitions held in Expo Square, Tulsa, OK, has a lot to offer horse people. If you’ve never been to the area, it might even throw a few surprises your way. Lauren Allen, a native to the city and its surrounding area, set us straight about some of the misconceptions that those who aren’t from the area may have about this thriving metropolis, and shared some popular destinations—both on and off of the horse show scene. “When you see Oklahoma on TV, they don’t always portray us as being the smartest or most articulate, and that’s not who we are,” she says. “But, it’s really funny to hear what people think about [our state]. They still think it’s this wild land, but we’re becoming more modern. Just to set the record straight, we don’t ride horses everywhere or drive covered wagons.” Just because this state has stepped into modern times, doesn’t mean you won’t see your share of horses (or even covered wagons). One place to get a taste of the western culture is at the Gilcrease Museum, which has over 10,000 works of art in their collection, including paint-

ings, drawings, prints, and sculptures, and western and Native American pieces. “Tulsa is really kind of an artsy city,” Lauren adds. “We’re known for our art deco buildings, and it’s kind of an eclectic town. A lot of people might not be expecting that from Oklahoma.” The city’s respect for the arts is apparent, as additional highlights within its confines include the Philbrook

Museum of Art, which features European pieces dating as far back as the 16th century as well as modern work; the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, where you can find listening kiosks and a Hall of Fame pictorial gallery with works of Oklahoma jazz musicians; and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, which consists of four theaters and showcases musical, theatrical, and Broadway performances. August 2013

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The Oklahoma Aquarium and the Tulsa Zoo offer entertainment for animal enthusiasts while Elote’s puffy tacos are a must to try while visiting the city.

Although many restaurants feature the flavor of the wild west, there are plenty of others that offer food for different palates. Equestrians can feel at home at the Polo Grill, a AAA Four Diamond award winning restaurant equally known for their cuisine as they are for the equine themed décor. Aside from art and food, tourists can enjoy a number of other activities while visiting the city. Utica Square, an outdoor shopping center, is just minutes away from Expo Center, and consists of multiple restaurants and stores, including the Polo Grill, the Gap, and Russell Stover Candies, to name a few. For those who

don’t care for shopping, the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum has many exotic birds and animals; the Oklahoma Aquarium is located just outside the city in nearby Jenks, OK; and various casinos offer an exciting nightlife. And there is Expo Square, host to multiple horse shows throughout the year, ranging in size from local to national, and varying from dressage competitions to rodeos. Exhibitors who don’t have the time or stamina to leave the premises can find everything they need from food to riding apparel and supplies, but take it from us—you’ll want to venture out into the surrounding area on your next trip to Tulsa.

Where to Eat Dilly Deli Tourists looking for a low-key lunch can find one at Dilly Deli, whose menu offers sandwiches, soups, and salads.

Double Shot Coffee Celebrity fanatics can get their fix at this


And if that’s not enough for arts enthusiasts, Tulsa’s Brady Arts District offers even more culture. There, tourists and locals alike can enjoy everything from concerts and yoga on Guthrie Green, which has been deemed Tulsa’s own “Central Park,” to the Fiberworks 2013, an art show featuring basketry, beading, knitting, weaving, and more at the Hardesty Arts Center. Visitors to the city will also notice the strong western culture that is not only present in museums like the Gilcrease, but also at numerous restaurants. At Elote, a Mexican cafe catering to all diets, including vegetarians and vegans, tourists can enjoy their unique “puffy taco,” made of puffy flour tortilla shells with grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, or veggies, and topped with caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato onion relish, cheese, and crema fresca. “The Native American population is still very large in Oklahoma, and we strive to honor that culture,” Lauren says. “The traditional fry bread is used to make Indian tacos, which is basically fry bread with everything you normally put on a taco. That’s kind of what their puffy tacos are, but the Elote version is a bit healthier.” A sophisticated ranch house with western décor and savory dishes that include fried cactus and buffalo meatloaf, Go West Restaurant and Saloon, set outside of downtown Tulsa, is another western inspired restaurant. As an added bonus, they also have a horse valet. “Somebody brings their horse there and will pick you up from your car and let you ride it all the way to the front door. It’s kind of a kiddy thing that they’re known for, but people who aren’t into horses or ride all the time think that it’s pretty fun, too,” Lauren explains.

Photos: Courtesy of Tulsa Convention & Visitors Bureau; (tacos) Courtesy of Elote

coffee shop—the Hanson brothers and the Bacon Brothers have both been spotted here, and the TV show Portlandia dedicated a skit to the list of rules posted at their counter.

Oklahoma Aquarium

Elote Café and Catering

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This downtown café offers a distinct Mexican flavor and a number of events throughout the year, including their wellknown luchador matches.

Animal enthusiasts can view a range of species—from monkeys to meerkats—at the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum.

Go West Restaurant and Saloon

Shoppers, foodies, and dog lovers can unite at this outdoor hot spot located in the midtown district.

Cowboys and non-cowboys can enjoy a western-themed meal at Go West, and take advantage of their horse valet.

McAlister’s Deli Conveniently located near the show grounds, this deli offers everything from soup to nuts.

Mod’s Coffee & Crepes Travelers with a sweet tooth can stop by Mod’s Coffee and Crepes for something simply irresistible.

Umbertos Known for their tasty pizza pies, Umbertos is a stone’s throw away from Expo Square. 918-712-1999

Things to Do Gilcrease Museum Tourists can enjoy viewing both Native American and western art here.

Philbrook Museum of Art Located in an Italian style mansion once owned by the Philbrook family, this museum features a variety of European artwork.

With thousands of salt and fresh water fish and animals on display, the Oklahoma Aquarium offers something for everyone.

Utica Square

Where to Stay Courtyard Tulsa Central For the visitor interested in taking a tour of the downtown area, this Courtyard by Marriott, located in the heart of the city, is the place to stay.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa — Warren Place From the cookies at check-in to complimentary airport shuttles, guests hoping for a comfortable and convenient stay can find one here.

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Exhibitors who want to enjoy some of the city’s nightlife can return to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to wine, dine, and gamble before hitting the hay.

Inn at Expo Square Those looking for a hotel near Expo Square should look no further, as this inn is close to the horse show scene.

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Belt it Out

Leather belts for every season and budget

Accessories for your pants, belts tie an outfit together and can instantly update a look. Also, nothing says “horse rider” like wearing actual tack. New York fashion designer Arianna Vastino tracks down the best in understated equestrian style. When in doubt, belt it out. BY CARLEY SPARKS

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Like Chanel for horses, the opposing horse head Logo Belt by Deux Chevaux is designed to fit the equestrian lifestyle—it’s elegant, traditional, and high end. With a revisable strap in ebony black, stamped lizard, cognac, or Devon cream, it’s two belts in one. Deux Chevaux ($250)

The Equestrian Stirrup Belt is a flashy take on traditional equestrian style. With croc-patterned leather and asymmetrical straps, it’s adjustable enough to fit on the hips for a low-rise breech or jean and high on the waist for dress. Think Ralph Lauren, but at a fraction of the price. Available with silver or gold hardware. Sandy Duftler Designs ($180)

The newest style from The Engraver, the Bit and Reins belt features a genuine 4" pony bit attached to a rein leather belt with adjustable sides. It’s as authentic a horse belt as you’ll find. Add a nameplate to the side and match your horse. The Engraver ($49.95)

Created by a master saddler from the UK, the Figure 8 belt features its namesake noseband in front and buckles to a faux girth in the back complete with a green or red girth elastic. It’s amazingly adjustable and beautifully made. We love the one with patent croc embossed leather in black! Clever with Leather ($85)

“C” It In Action

Dress up your breeches, or your jeans, with the Tailored Sportsman Quilted “C” Belt. The thick contoured belt prevents your pants from gaping (always a plus), while the decorative quilting and the brushed metal belt buckle make it stand out from the crowd! Tailored Sportsman ($109.99)

Carley Sparks writes editorial on hunter/jumpers at Arianna Vastino designs the luxe equestrian shirting line, Le Fash, at



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Shawn W. Flarida On His Dad, Dairy Queen, and Everything In Between


Background: I have been a professional horse trainer since I was 18. I worked two summers for my older brother, Mike, before going out on my own after high school graduation.

The Trainer Who Influenced Me the Most: I don’t know if there is a horse trainer that influenced me more than my dad. He wasn’t a professional, but he was a great horseman all the same. When I was about 13 or 14, he and I would go ride with Dale Wilkinson in Findlay, OH. So, outside of my dad, Dale was probably one of the biggest influences.

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probably my favorite is Wimpys Little Chic. Together, we were the first to win the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), and NRHA Derby, consecutively. It took a special horse to do that, and she certainly was one!

Lucky Charm: My green shirt!

Best Piece of Riding Advice: My dad told me: “If it ain’t working, try something else.”

Why I Ride: I enjoy the horse’s brain. Training is a mental battle for me. I try to figure out what they’re thinking and how we can start thinking alike.

Worst Fall: I have been very fortu-

If I Knew Then What I Know Now, I Would: Like to have the

nate in that department. I’ve been nicked and bruised quite a lot over the years and haven’t had a tragic fall. But, they are all bad.

opportunity to show Peponitas MR again. We were fourth in the ’93 Futurity Finals, and I think if I had him now, I could have won it.

Guilty Pleasure: My friends and

Favorite Quote or Phrase: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” -Michael Jordan

family know that I can’t drive past a Dairy Queen without stopping.

When I’m Not Riding or Teaching, I Like To: Mow the grass. It’s quiet and peaceful, and no one is asking me any questions!

The Last Book I Read Was: Former Dallas Cowboys coach, Jimmy Johnson’s, book, Turning the Thing Around—My Life In Football.

Photo: Waltenberry

Age: 43 Farm Affiliation: Shawn Flarida

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Julie Goodnight will be returning as a featured clinician to Equine Affaire Massachusetts in 2013.


Cavalia returns to the U.S. with its newest production, Odysseo.

Cavalia Tours the U.S. CAVALIA RETURNS TO THE U.S. IN 2013 WITH ITS newest production, Odysseo. This captivating show will make its New England premiere in the Boston area on August 7, 2013, before touring Washington, DC, Vancouver, BC, and Seattle, WA. Please visit page 18 for further date and ticket information.

2013 Equine Affaire Returns to Massachusetts

THE MAGIC OF EQUINE AFFAIRE WILL return to the Eastern States Exposition in W. Springfield, MA, on November 7-10. The event will feature notable clinicians covering a variety of disciplines, such as Guy McLean, Ken McNabb, Stacey Westfall, Craig Cameron, Julie Goodnight, Jan Ebeling, Pam Goodrich, and Phillip Dutton. For a complete list of clinicians and additional information on Equine Affaire Massachusetts, visit

The PATH to Success The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International) is the winner of the 12th Annual Equine Industry Vision Award. Zoetis, in partnership with the American Horse Publications (AHP), presented the award on June 21 during the AHP Meet at the Peak Seminar in Colorado Springs, CO. ÂŤ Members of PATH International receive the 2013 AHP Equine Industry Vision Award, sponsored by Zoetis. August 2013



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Central Mass Horse Show Series Sees Record Turnout in June By Will George

What would Father’s Day be without being at a horse show? There has been a show on Father’s Day at Camp Marshall in Spencer, MA, for years and once again in 2013, it was the Gold Nugget Show. This was the third event in the 2013 Central Mass Horse Show Series (CMHSS). There was a fantastic turnout with 148 entries—the largest this year—and the competition just gets better and better. New barns have been coming out, including those from Jelich Farms and Sunset Stables who have started showing there the last two years, as well as all the other new riders. The officials for the show were Marie O’Keefe in ring one, Jenn Sullivan in ring two and Bonnie Robinson in ring three. All three did a great job, along with their paddock masters: Dave St. John, as always, in ring one, Holly Weilsma, who filled in in ring two, and Julia St. John paddock mastered a hunter ring for the first time and did a marvelous job keeping it moving. Kristen Riner was the announcer. As expected, the classics were all highly contested and the coveted Four Winds Farm Equitation Classic cooler went to Sarah Etzel of Laurel Hill Stables riding Hunter. The Equine Journal Pleasure Classic cooler was won by Merideth Haley and Heza Awesome Traveler from ToughE-Nuf Stable. The Two Town Trotters 4-H Classic cooler, where there is a written test that counts for 50%, was taken home by Katherine Stewart of Gold Nugget Farm with her good buddy Key Largo. Other classic winners were Kristen Adam

of Hugo Hill Farm and Decoupage in the Holiday Acres Hunter Challenge and Maggie Rose Mackenzie of Four Winds Farm, who was victorious in the ToughE-Nuf Walk-Trot Classic. Each show in the CMHSS series presents 35 day-end awards. Kudos to all of the champions and extra congratulations to the double day-end champions, including: Merideth Haley of Tough-E-Nuf Farm in the Hunt Seat Under 18 division as well as the 4-H division. Rachael and Rebekah Hunt of Holiday Acres Equestrian Center were both double winners—Rachael in the English Adult division and the Off-the-Track Thoroughbred division and Rebekah in the Children’s Equitation and the Children’s Hunter. Amanda Huot of Twin Orchard Farm took both the Open division day-end award and the Color Breed trophy. Winning both the Quarter Horse division and the Stock Seat divi[ABOVE] Equine Journal Pleasure Classic Champions Merideth sion was Ambre Theroux Haley and Heza Awesome Traveler. [TOP] Tough-E-Nuf Farm and Rays Special Fox of Walk-Trot Classic winner Maggie Rose Mackenzie on Paint Tough-E-Nuf. by Numbers.

Massachusetts Ride for the Ribbon Raises Awareness and Funds to Fight Breast Cancer On June 2, over 100 riders and 50-plus volunteers and supporters enjoyed a beautiful spring morning and afternoon at the Sixth Annual Massachusetts Ride for the Ribbon. Passionate breast health advocates and their horses gathered in

The next competition in the series is the 4-H Fair Show on August 25 and the final show is the Camp Marshall Benefit Show, which is a two-day event with the same classes being run each day. However, the classics, with the exception of the Equine Journal Classic, will be held only on Saturday. The Equine Journal Classic will be run both days. The banquet for the series will be November 15. For more information, online entries, and updated points, visit Contact Will George at wgeorge79@aol. com with any questions on points.

honor and in memory of the women (and men) in their lives that have battled breast cancer. The Massachusetts Ride for the Ribbon is an annual event that fuels the fire for a brighter, more educated, cancer-free

future. Participants from throughout the state of Massachusetts as well as from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont embellished their favorite four-legged companions for a 10-mile trail ride through the woods and dirt roads near Felton Field in Barre, MA. This was the perfect event for people who ride horses and want to support a great cause! This year’s official premiere equestrian event has raised $75,000 and counting, thanks to the exhausting fundraising efforts of the participants. A special thank

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gizing science to find the cures. The ride is dedicated to every woman in the world who ever had to hear the devastating words that transform a simple pink ribbon into one of the most meaningful symbols of hope. For pictures from this year’s event, Like the Ride’s page on Facebook at

you also goes out to two presenting sponsors, Maestro Cares Foundation and IVG Massachusetts Veterinary Hospital. Since its inception, this event has made a huge impact on the local work done to support families dealing with breast cancer. Over six years, the dollars raised by this event have totaled close to $500,000 in support of the Susan G. Komen Massachusetts affiliate. “This year, over half of our riders were new,” said Lysa Wilkins, Massachusetts Ride for the Ribbon President. “This is significant because it means that we are reaching more and more people with our message and our mission. “Reaching more people means growing our event, and that means more money for the cause,” she added. “The potential of this event is limitless and very exciting!” It was truly inspiring to witness the collaborative efforts of so many individuals for such a pure, rewarding cause that celebrates Massachusetts’ breast cancer survivors, supports those who are currently fighting, and remembers those we have lost. Funds raised by this ride help to carry out the Susan G. [ABOVE] Massachusetts Ride for the Ribbon PresiKomen promise: to save lives dent Lysa Wilkins and her husband, Adrian, with and end breast cancer forever their horses Bravery and Cini. [TOP] Christy Warburby empowering people, ensuring ton heads out on the trail for a day of pink riding in support of breast health. quality care for all, and ener-

Tanheath Hunter Pace Hosts 70 Riders By Susan Boone

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The second pace of the Tanheath Hunt series was held on June 9 at Tyrone Farm in Pomfret, CT. Although the day was cool and sunny, the first tropical storm of the season had dumped five inches of rain on the area the Friday before the ride. There was a mad dash on Saturday to re-route the course in several places to avoid the deepest mud. Seventy riders braved the less-than-perfect conditions to compete

for first place in four divisions: Hunter, Hilltopper, Trailblazer, and Junior. The course began with a gallop to the top of Prospect Hill, with a view of Rhode Island in the distance. Riders headed into the woods and over some natural jumps in the countryside above the farm. A gallop down Zibb’s Lane and across a field brought them to the cross-country course, with brush jumps,

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[LEFT] Pat Jackson and Susan Goldfischer present the Best Retired Foxhound Award to North Country Ajax. [RIGHT] Brian Kiely with New England Champion, Myopia Chanter.

New England Hunts Annual Foxhound Show Hosted By Old North Bridge Hounds story and photos By Molly Johns

Show Results New England Champion – Myopia Chanter; Best American – Guilford Whisper; Best Penn-Marydel – Wentworth Showgirl; Best Crossbred – Myopia Chanter; Best Couple in Show – Myopia Bartlett and Myopia Broker; Best Retired Foxhound – North Country Ajax; Best Pack – Myopia; Best Hornblower – Brian Kiely (Myopia); Junior Showmanship – Enrique Ingram (Guilford).

The New England Hunts Annual Foxhound Show welcomed eight hunt clubs, and close to 100 hounds from across New England to picturesque Fox Brook Farm in Berlin, MA, on June 9, 2013. Participating hunts included Green Mountain Hounds, Guilford Hounds, Myopia Hunt, Norfolk Hunt, North Country Hounds, Old North Bridge Hounds, Wentworth Hunt Club, and Limestone Creek Hunt. The farm, owned by Old North Bridge Hounds’ Huntsman and Joint Master of Foxhounds (JT-MFH), Ginny Zukatynski, and her husband, Phil, was the ideal location for the event. Judges Elizabeth (Betsy) Park, MB, Edith Overly, Ex-MFH of Millwood

Hunt, and Cornelia Roberts, Ex-MFH of Norfolk Hunt, had a busy day scoring the myriad of talented entries. Handlers dressed in velvet helmets and white lab coats displayed their beautifully turned-out hounds before the judges. The top competitors were then summoned for a closer inspection and placed accordingly. Classes were held for both adult and junior exhibitors. According to junior exhibitor judge Edith Overly, “I try to instill confidence in the juniors and help them along. I’m always looking for the ones that try the hardest.” Her advice for the younger set? “Always keep trying and don’t forget to have fun!” Warm and welcoming, the hunt club

members in attendance were always ready to explain a particular class, discuss hunting history, or answer questions throughout the day. When asked about the show’s purpose, Old North Bridge JT-MFH Marjorie Franco kindly explained, “The reason for the hound show is to perpetuate high standards and good breeding. The hound’s conformation, stance, movement, and presence are all taken into consideration. The show is sanctioned by the Masters of Foxhounds Association.” The highlight of the competition, and the culmination of the day, was the pack class.

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won first place, followed by Karen Anderson and Donna Smith in second. Jeanne MacLean and Tabitha Cruise claimed the top spot in Senior Hilltoppers, while Susan and Savannah Harvey finished in reserve. The Junior Hilltoppers Champions were Lisa Gould and Lizz McKinnon, with Darcy Johnson and Genevieve Kennon taking second. And, in the Trailblazers division, Melinda Rollins, Athena Rollins, and Shelly Comen went home the winners. Susan Aylward and Christine Kurker claimed second place. Chili, chips, and brownies were served

to those who checked back in at the registration table. A thank you goes out to all the hunt members who worked to make the pace a success and to all the riders who toughed it out and completed the course. And, a special thank you also goes to the landowners, especially the MacLaren family, for allowing the use of their property for the day. The last pace in the 2013 series will be held on September 8 at Babcock Hill Equestrian Center in Coventry, CT. Visit for information and entry forms.

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coops, banks, gates, logs, a snake fence, and a ditch to test their jumping skills. After the checkpoint, riders headed through some private land and onto the airline trail. Although there were numerous puddles, the footing underneath was firm and allowed riders to gallop if they chose to. The course finished back at Tyrone Farm after another section of wooded trails. In the Jumping division, Nancy Austin 88

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Western States Horse Expo Sizzles with Action The 15th Annual Western States Horse Expo once again left its positive mark on tens of thousands of attendees, hundreds of vendors, and the top horsemen and experts in the nation at the Expo Fairgrounds June 7-9, in Sacramento, CA. One regular attendee reported that after watching top clinicians last year, she knew that her horse was just too much for her. “I was so grateful to hear from the best in the business that it was okay to not cling to a horse that scared me just because I liked him. I bought a different horse that’s trained and safe, and this year I came here to learn how to become a better horsewoman. And wow! The lineup of experts was incredible! I took notes so I wouldn’t forget anything. From the basics taught by Dick Pieper to colt starting with Kerry Kuhn to Jonathan Field’s liberty presentation to Chris Cox helping riders overcome fear—I

got a $1,000 education from the very best all for the price of admission!” The Magnificent 7—a stock horse competition reminiscent of the Old West that includes reining, cutting, fence work, and steer stopping—was won this year by Justin Wright on A Dazzlin Prize. Held on Friday night, the finals for this event were attended by thousands. Chris Cox hosted “Chris Cox and Friends” on Saturday evening as the audience laughed at and cheered for various acts and presentations. Western States Horse Expo 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Dick Pieper grinned from ear to ear as he was awarded this honor during the evening presentation. “I can hardly believe it,” smiled Pieper. “What an honor to be included in the Hall of Fame. I’ve always said it’s all about the horse, but it’s pretty wonderful as a human to be recognized this way! A new feature this year, “Up Close and

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beloved sport with spectators of all ages. “We were so pleased with the event. The weather cooperated and it was, again, an honor to host a variety of active hunt clubs from our region. We are greatly looking forward to next year’s event, in addition to our upcoming formal hunting season which begins in October,” stated Zukatynski.

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Spectators crowded along the fence line to watch this scenic class take place in the farm’s front field. Watching the packs flow seamlessly showed the depth of trust and respect each hunt’s pack possessed. Following the pack class was the popular horn blowing contest where three gentlemen blew several calls on their Henry Keats horns. Brian Kiely of the Myopia Hunt Club was awarded the title of “Best Horn Blower” to wrap up the day. All in all, it was a wonderful day and a great way to bring local hunt clubs together. It was also the perfect opportunity Old North Bridge Hounds Huntsman and Joint Master of Foxfor foxhunters hounds, Ginny Zukatynski, and Whip, Rhonda Watts Hettinger, in to share their the pack class.

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continued from page 89 Personal,” allowed attendees to ask experts questions in an air-conditioned, informal environment. People sat in chairs clustered around each clinician, allowing them to talk one-on-one. Another crowd pleaser was the Ultimate Super Horse Challenge hosted by Charles Wilhelm, where 10 qualified competitors were put to the task over three days of obstacles, patterns, and riding with finesse. Judged by Kerry Kuhn, Dick Pieper, and Charles Wilhelm, winner Julie Lopez took home a custom saddle and a gorgeous silver belt buckle. Sunday’s horse sale saw lots of hands in the air as the jam-packed audience bid on quality performance, ranch, and trail horses. Horse trailers lined up late in the afternoon as new owners loaded their


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sale horses and headed home. The Book Corral offered people a chance to visit with numerous authors and ask what inspiration, tenacity, and dedication it takes to write a book. The Young Rider Park entertained young buckaroos with crafts and activities. Parades of various breeds excited audiences, and the rumbling thunder of the draft breeds as they pranced into the arena made people cheer. The weather sizzled on Friday and Saturday, but that didn’t deter horse lovers from swarming through the gates to take advantage of the education, demonstrations, horse sale, entertainment, lectures, competitions, and shopping opportunities that are exclusive to the Western States Horse Expo. The 16th presentation of the Expo is slated for June 13-15, 2014. For more information, visit


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Norfolk Hunt Club August and September are Packed with Activities Submitted by D.A. Hayden, Photos by Kathie Davenport and Reflections

Summer may be winding to an end, but the fun and the action never ends with the Norfolk Hunt Club. Norfolk will host four events in late August and September, and the club’s fall foxhunting season starts on September 7.

Foxhunting Clinic August 31 will be Norfolk’s second annual mounted Foxhunting Clinic. Run by club members Rich Wood and Julie Wheeler, it is designed to benefit riders new to the sport as well as experienced foxhunters. The event takes place at the Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course in Medfield, MA. Rich, a USEA ICP (U.S. Eventing Association Instructors’ Certification Program) Level II trainer from Thompson, CT, will divide the participants into groups based on ability, and will work on both the flat and over fences. Participants are not required to jump if they would prefer to work solely on the flat. Horses and riders must be comfortable in open country and in the company of other horses. Instruction on foxhunting etiquette and proper turnout for horse and rider will be included, as will brief exposure to the Norfolk foxhounds. A potluck tailgate with Rich will follow the event, so participants have the opportunity to ask questions on a one-on-one basis. Limited space is available at this event. For information, contact Julie Wheeler at or 860-377-0474.

and incorporates flat classes, traditional foxhunting obstacles, and other elements experienced in foxhunts, including a “Gone Away,” “Hold Hard,” and “Lead Over,” in which the rider dismounts to lead his or her horse over a lowered fence. Hunting attire is required for all competitors. Formal attire with hunt colors is also permissible. For more information or to volunteer, contact Carol Mayo at jpcamayo@ or 508-654-6161.

Polo In The Country The 11th Annual Polo In The Country— Norfolk’s largest community event—will take place at the Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course on September 15. The event showcases Norfolk’s community spirit, providing a festive fall afternoon for family and friends. Norfolk members Tee Chambers and Katrina Sorrentino are chairing the event. The day features a polo match between Norfolk Polo and Dedham Polo, a tailgate contest, parade of Norfolk foxhounds, an exciting equine halftime demonstration, face painting, pony rides, and a candy toss for children. Three types of seating are available: general admission (bring your own chair), reserved tailgate spots, and reserved table seating. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for

children, payable as you enter. Tailgate spots at field side are $75 by advance reservation. Table seating is $25 per seat or $200 per table of eight and must be reserved in advance. To purchase tickets, call 508-250-9953 or email

Westport Hunter Pace The Fifth Annual Westport Hunter Pace, scheduled for September 22, will start from a new location this year—519 Horseneck Road. Norfolk members Tom Lewis, Master of Foxhounds (MFH), Gaelen Canning, and Lisa Lewis, who report the course will be more spectacular than ever, chair the event. A portion of the proceeds from the pace will benefit the Westport Land Conservation Trust. As in past years, the hunter pace course will offer eight to 10 miles of terrain through open fields and wooded trails, most of which is usually not available to the general riding community. Spectacular views of the Westport River and historic farms may be enjoyed throughout the ride. Teams of two or three riders (participants under the age of 16 years old must have an adult rider on their team) will compete in one of two divisions: Jumping or Flats. The Jumping division will encounter 20 or more inviting fences and stonewalls not to exceed 3' in height. A way around all obstacles will be available to all riders. Please direct all questions to or call Tom Lewis at 617-780-2599.

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Norfolk Field Hunter Show On September 8, the Field Hunter Show—a favorite for area riders— will provide a fun competition for working/field hunters. Horses that have hunted or are suitable for hunting may compete. Horses are judged on manners, performance, and soundness. Norfolk member and local trainer Carol Mayo will chair the Field Hunter Show again this year and will be partnering with Norfolk member Pat Keane, who will design the course with Carol. The event takes place at the Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course in Medfield,

Walter Eayrs, son of Norfolk member Ted Eayrs, moves the ball downfield at the 2012 Polo In The Country.

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Norfolk Hunt Horse Show Despite heavy rain, wind, and cold temperatures, competitors sported broad smiles at the Norfolk Hunt Horse Show on May 25 and 26. Scores of children competed on Saturday, making the day a special one for parents, coaches, and spectators. Show chairs and Norfolk members Catherine Kennedy, Lisa Lewis, and Cindy Cleaves were proud of the tenacity the young riders exhibited. In particular, Norfolk family members were spotted holding ribbons on both days of the show. August and Kenya Sanders, the daughters of Norfolk members Sandy and Brit Sanders, won or placed in several classes; as did Zoe Crawford, daughter of Norfolk member George Crawford; and Zina Baltopoulos, daughter of Norfolk member Ruth Baltopoulos, among others. Winners of the many money and trophy classes included: $2,500 Yozell Associates Hunter Derby/Rebecca L’Heureux Memorial Trophy winners Kiss Me I’m Irish and Kendra L Dickenson. The Short Stirrup Hunter Classic sponsored by Mrs. Katherine Hunt was claimed by Just Do It and Penelope Giesen. The $1,000 Mor Linn Farm Jumper Classic went to Odd Nation and Courtney Becher. Grand Slam and Courtney Murphy took the $1,000 SmartPak Jumper Classic. And the $3,000 Louisburg Farm Jumper Classic/ Donald Little Memorial Trophy was won by Balenciaga and Olivia Van der Meer.

[ABOVE] Mia Foley, daughter of Norfolk member Erica Foley, guides her horse Xena over a stonewall at the 2012 Westport Hunter Pace. [BELOW] Norfolk Horse Show chairs and management received the prestigious USEF Heritage Competition Designation at the May show.

Norfolk Derby Cross A gorgeous course designed by Jim Gornall and built by Norfolk member Patrick Keane delighted competitors at the Third Annual Norfolk Derby Cross. Norfolk member Erica Foley, who chaired the event, reported the number of rides doubled over last year and was the largest ever. Plans are already in place to add a Training division in 2014. Derby Cross winners included: Carlie Cichocki and Sillygoose in Elementary Junior; Kelsey Coleman ridingAllie Kat, Mary Donnoley aboard Charming Charlie, and Maggie Hickey on Shot of Baileys in Elementary Junior Team; Brenda Casey and Killian’s Irish Red in Elementary Adult; Crystal Collellessa riding Zips Cherry Time and Danielle Gauvin with Galileo in Elementary Adult Team; Olivia 92

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Fam and Daisy Dukes in Beginner Novice Junior; Catlin Ensins riding Butterscotch, and Stephanie Gill on Picasso in Beginner Novice Junior Team; Julie Wheeler and Sailfin in Beginner Novice Adult; Ina Kamenz and Donald Kamenz with Shilon in Beginner Novice Adult Team; Jessye Ebzery and Flee in Novice Junior; Jessye Ebzery aboard Flee and Haley Keaney riding Wednseday in Novice Junior Team; Jacqueline St.Thomas and Deja Blue in Novice Adult; and Erin Donahue on King, Veronica Bulkin aboard Goode Charlotte, and Bob Shuman riding Squanto in Novice Adult Team. For full results, visit

Norfolk Hunter Pace Temperatures in the 90s didn’t deter riders from competing in the Norfolk Spring Hunter Pace and having a great time. Pace chairs and Norfolk members Mike Paparo and his wife Jess Macho ran a terrific event, with well-marked courses for both first and second fields. Winners of the First Flight, with an optimum time of 1:17:00 were Bob Shuman and Veronika Bulkin (1:13:30). Winners of the Second Flight, with an optimum time of 1:45:00 were Noel Estes, Thekla Alcocer, and Suzan Bater (1:44:25). For full results, visit


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Maine Horse Association Show Season is Well Underway Submitted by Sylvia A Corbett

Another month has gone by already. Can you believe it? I heard that many Maine exhibitors did very well at the United Professional Horsemen’s Association show. Maine has had its own first show of the season. The day was perfect—warm, sunny and everyone came out to take advantage of the weather and the first show. The show was the Longhorn Supply Fun Festival Horse show, managed by Rick Drew. The judge for the day was Teresa Warka of Monson, MA. There were many on hand to volunteer their time: Secretary Pat Leclerc was assisted by Mary Fields and Regan Grant; the EMT, Sherri Thornton, was on site with

fortunately very little to do; Sally Hill attended as the steward; and Jess Small was in the ring with the judge. There were many classes, as well as contestants. One class had to be divided due to the number of exhibitors. Many classes included up to 14,17, and 20 exhibitors. The food booth at this show, Black Dog Café, was exceptional and the food so good, they were sold out. You may find them at most of the shows held at the Hollis Equestrian Park on Route 5 in Hollis, ME. The Dunegrass Living Classic Horse Show was held Sunday, May 12, 2013. The morning weather was disappointing.

Heavy rain delayed the very beginning of the show, but Rick Drew kept the classes moving right along and the ladies in the center ring did a great job judging the 53 scheduled classes. The rain did stop soon and the majority of the show was delightful. The one-contestant classes were few (compared to 2012) and the full classes were many. There were several classes numbering in the double digits. This looked great for the beginning of the season. The Dunegrass show was the second in the Hollis Summer Series Challenge. It was double-judged and doublepointed and was newly affiliated by the Maine Quarter Horse Association. The judges were Jo-ann Hamson from Danvers, MA, and Jennifer Grady of Whitefield, ME. The ring-mistress was Jesse Small, the steward was Paulajean O’Neill, and the EMT was Sherri Thornton. Pat Leclerc and her assistants, Regan Grant and Mary Fields, kept the office moving smoothly. Many thanks to all the volunteers, class sponsors, and exhibitors who support our Maine shows.

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Southern New England Horsemen’s Association Competition Season Winds Down Submitted by Cynthia Anne Bowen

The Southern New England Horsemen’s Association’s show season is winding down. Our remaining show dates are: August 18 at the Colchester Lions Club, Hebron Fair Grounds in Hebron, CT; and September 15 at the Woodstock Fairgrounds in Woodstock, CT. Remember that our High Point Horse Award will be presented only at our year-end awards banquet. Points accumulated at our six club shows will determine the winner. Also, we have changed our show participation requirement back to three shows. Members must still attend two membership meetings to qualify for year-end awards. Please keep the Nutrena tags coming. They are a great financial bonus for the club. Visit our website at snehassociation. com for more information.

A Day At The Show – A Member’s Story My alarm goes off at 5:00 a.m. My brain, momentarily forgetting this is Sunday and a show day, hits the snooze button…twice. Oh no, It’s now…never mind. I hurl myself out of bed, vowing to buy one of those new alarm clocks that rolls off the nightstand and around the room so you have to get up to turn it off. Forget breakfast. I’ll grab something at the show. Out to the barn. I feed my horse and, while he’s eating, I load a few last minute items in the trailer dressing room. Back in the barn I check to see if Reggie has finished his grain. Only then do I notice that my light grey horse, who was immaculately clean when I left him last night, now has green ears. What did he do, sleep on his head? Do I have time to wash them now? Well you

would have if you hadn’t hit the snooze button on your alarm clock…twice. OK. Halter on. Sheet on. Leg wraps. Where is the fourth leg wrap? I know they were all here last night. “Rascal, where are you?” My lab/pit bull mix comes slinking out of the tack room. “What did you do with it? And don’t tell me it wasn’t you.” He slinks back into the tack room, reappears with it in his mouth. Well, what’s left of it. If I wasn’t running so late I’d…Now my lovely red color scheme is shot. If I put a blue wrap on, maybe people will think I’m being patriotic. We’re at the show, the green ears are now grey again, and I’ve had time to grab a breakfast sandwich that I’m trying to eat while I longe Reggie, who I can’t ride because he’s going in the halter classes and can’t have saddle marks. Back at the trailer I give the rest of my sandwich to Rascal, who is tied to the hitch and put Reggie back in the trailer—yes, I know I could just tie him to the trailer—but after the green ears episode I figure something else would happen like a cloud of pollen coming along and settling on him

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and then I would have a yellow horse. I remember my friend who gave her American Albino a bath the morning of

the show and then put a red blanket on him before hauling him to the show. Yes, when she took the blanket off he was…pink. It’s afternoon now, and we have had a good day. First in the halter class,

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Show season is in full swing and Silver Heels Riding Club is flourishing! The Special Awards Show is always well attended and exhibitors seem to be happy with the “special awards.” Upcoming show dates are August 18 and September 8. For the August 18 show, we have joined forces with the New England Paint Horse Association and offering a slate of Paint classes. For a more detailed


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listing of classes please visit our website at Also, to prepare for the next show, check out the trail patterns and showmanship patterns we post on the website as soon as they become available. As always, Silver Heels offers a top quality open show and a nice facility, ribbons, trophies to the top six finishers, great competition, and a familyfriendly environment.

third in western horsemanship, second in pleasure, and I won the Discipline class. I have a shot at champion or reserve. I’ve changed into my English attire and decide to sit down and rest before tacking up for the Hunt Seat division. As I’m lowering myself into the chair, my friend, Beth, yells: “Wait. You’re going to sit on your hat.” “No problem. This helmet can take it.” Squish! Oh no. I forgot I put my western hat on this chair to air out. Beth doubles over laughing. “It’s not funny.” Now I’m in the Hunt Seat Equitation class. The judge asks for counter-canter. Reggie says, “We only do this in the Discipline class.” I say “Do it anyway.” I get it on the third try. Well, it’s the end of the day, and I did get the Western Championship. We won’t talk about the third hunt seat class when Reggie decided to practice counter-canter both ways of the ring. But, you can be sure that before the next show I will have one of those alarm clocks you have to get up and chase around to shut off.

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[ABOVE] Samantha Burger and Leroy Lopes at their wedding on the beach. [LEFT] Jennifer St. Ours and Adagio competing at the Devon Country Fair and Horse Show.

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Jennie Lynn St. Ours’ horse, Adagio, from Bayside Hill Stables in Dartmouth, MA, has taken the hunter breeding classes by storm. As we go to press, he is currently second in the nation for Two-Year-Old Hunter Breeding and was undefeated at every show in Zone 2 for Two-Year-Old HB Colts/Geldings and first in the Two-Year-Old Colts and Geldings at Devon out of a class of 16.

married on May 30, 2013. We hear that it was an absolutely incredible day, complete with a horse-drawn carriage! Mary Beth works for John Madden Sales in Cazenovia, NY.

Something New Samantha Burger and Leroy Lopes tied the knot on Memorial Day at the beach overlooking the Cape Cod Canal. Samantha rides out of Grazing Fields Farm (GFF) in Buzzards Bay, MA.

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Congratulations to Mary Beth Cyr and Ryan Hatch—they were

In other news from GFF, riders Emma Fletcher and Always

GFF also wishes to congratulate the Rotondo family on their purchase of Urostar; Jackie McDonald on the purchase of Call Me Tiger; Samantha Rice on her recently acquired mount, Vito; and Monica Ernenwien on buying her new mare, Quintess.

New Leases in Life Woodridge Farm’s Joanna Prager reports a number of new horses at the barn, including: Kate Ellis’ recently purchased Condor; Caroline Ellis’ recently leased Millpond’s Patchwork; Samantha Hamzavi’s mount, Parcheesi, on lease from Jay Sargent; Melanie

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Formal won the Children’s Hunter Classic during week one of the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show, and were reserve champions in the division. Renee Portnoy and her own Cooper also had a great time in Saratoga, where they were first in the Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 class and earned second place in the Ariat National Adult Medal. Carolina Johnson and her new import Armani have been doing well in their first show ring appearances, and Buddy Boudreau and Witness are now competing again after taking some time off.

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continued from page 95 Allison’s new ride, Cenzina, leased from Deirdre DePrisco Radler; and Tegan Treacy’s new lease, Patriot.

Baby on the Way Also, Woodridge trainer and director of the Dana Hall School Riding Center, Sarah Summers, will be having a baby girl—due in November!

New Beginnings Volo Farm in Westford, MA, sends best wishes to Sarah Zeoli, who recently completed her internship with them. She will be continuing her education at the University of New Hampshire in hopes of pursuing a career in animal science. Also out of Volo, Jessica Carr recently purchased West Virginia, aka “Ginny,” taking her to HITS Ocala, Saratoga, and Westbrook in the Level 3 Jumpers. The farm reports that longtime clients, Cathy and Russell Petter, also bought a new horse, Countryside Constellation, for their daughter, Ellie, who looks forward to competing with him in the equitation divisions next year. Hannah Lavin’s outstanding performance at the Saratoga Springs Horse Show, where she won her first grand prix riding Canetti, was followed up with another great ride—a seventh place ribbon at HITS Saugerties in the Open Welcome Stake. And Volo’s newest import, Chekandino, made a splash in the show ring, taking top honors in the 3'3" Performance Hunters at Westbrook.

Sandy Point’s Finest Sandy Point Stables (SPS) in Portsmouth, RI, wishes to congratulate Robin Harkins, who has leased their own Swiss Miss, and subsequently won the Over 25 Equitation on the Flat and Over Fences classes as well as the New England Horsemen’s Council (NEHC) Medal at the 96

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2013 Fieldstone Spring Festival, and four out of the five older adult hunter classes at the Plymouth Rock Classic—she earned second place in the fifth class that she competed in. SPS rider, Katie Solomons, who leases Winooski, was champion in the Maiden Equitation division, as well as the Under 11 division at the 2013 Fieldstone Spring Festival. Kudos also goes to Meaghan Costa, who rode Rio Ruben to a win in Limit Equitation and 12-14 Equitation Over Fences at Fieldstone. And SPS is especially excited to announce that Kristen Sargent has returned to ride with the farm for the summer.

Best Junior Rider Hannah Janson of Berkley, MA, deserves props after being named Best Junior Rider at the Saratoga Classic and having great rides in the equitation on Wally and in the jumpers on Quica throughout week one. Hannah trains with Paul Valliere and David Olynik.

Chance of a Lifetime Centenary College’s own Cori Reich received the chance of a lifetime after winning the 2013 USEF Cacchione Cup Championship in May, when Olympic Show Jumping Silver Medalist Peter Leone offered her a free week of one-on-one training at his Lionshare Farm in Greenwich, CT, following her college finals. Cori learned firsthand what it was like to work at such a high caliber facility, from how to approach a fence a certain way to how to manage a barn. “I have 16 horses back at my family’s farm and I came home ready to put some of his ideas in place,” she relayed. “At the end of the week, he said if I could see myself working at Lionshare to give him a call.”

[ABOVE] Cori Reich with Peter Leone at Lionshare Farm. [BELOW] Alison Ward holding one of her Corgi pups.

made her second show ring debut at the St. James Academy Horse & Pony Show and earned first place riding After Dark in Long Stirrup Hunter Over Fences and Long Stirrup Hunter Under Saddle. Additionally, the duo placed second in Long Stirrup Equitation Over Fences, fourth in Long Stirrup Equitation WalkTrot, and fifth in Long Stirrup Equitation WalkTrot-Canter. Way to go!

Rhode Island Eq’s New Venue The Rhode Island Equitation Committee is excited to announce a new venue for the Rhode Island Equitation Championships: Heritage Equestrian Center in East Greenwich, RI. More information can be found at their recently launched website,

Return to the Show Ring Kudos to Rebekah Rottman of Edgewood, MD, for returning to the show ring after a 17-year hiatus. With the help of her trainer, Laura Leroy-Roemer, Rebekah

Another Baby on Board Heritage Equestrian Center’s own barn manager, Melanie Jane Mulligan, welcomed a baby girl, Phoebe Jane

Mulligan, on June 18, weighing in at 6 lb, 13 oz, and 20 inches long. She and mom are doing very well. Trainers Mark DeBlasio and Shachine Belle, along with farm owner Kim Fairbanks and the rest of the Heritage gang couldn’t be happier for her!

Puppy Love Alison Ward, the owner and operator of Sugarland Stables in Richmond, RI, welcomed seven beautiful Corgi puppies at her facility on May 29. The pups’ proud parents are Nelli and Sherman, who both live at the stable.

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Lillie Keenan and Pumped Up Kicks Jump to First Grand Prix Win at HITS Saugerties Lillie Keenan and Pumped Up Kicks were pumped up just enough on Sunday, June 9 to win the $125,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. The 15-year-old rider and Chansonette Farm, LLC’s Pumped Up Kicks closed out three weeks of spring shows at HITS-on-theHudson with the only double clear of the day, cracking the code to Canadian designer, Danny Foster’s track. The pair started competing together at the start of the winter circuits in Florida this year and Sunday marked the first grand prix victory for both. “My horse does better the bigger and harder the course,” said Keenan, who hails from New York, NY. “The scope he has is unbelievable—I have yet to jump a fence where I feel like he is actually trying.” Foster, of Milton, Ontario, set a 14-obstacle course with 17 jumping efforts in the first round. The first four riders picked up faults before Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ, rode Quointreau Un Prince, owned by herself and McLain Ward, to a clear round. She was joined by four more over the course of the 26-horse order with the likes of Jimmy Torano, Margie Engle, Patty Stovel, and Keenan capping a fivehorse jump-off. In the jump-off, Chapot returned first but saw trouble at the second jump of a double combination, at the sixth fence of the track, and picked up four faults for a refusal and 10 time faults. Torano of SW Ranches in Florida and Marley Goodman’s Blue Sky Van de

final fence,” said Keenan, who entered the ring last and erred on the side of caution, taking her time with a clear round as her top priority. “I knew that if I had a rail I was going to be one of slower times, but I had to take the chance—we had a plan for every fence and I knew that I had to stick to that plan.” Her plan worked and she jumped to a clear effort in a time of 51.87 seconds for the win.

Olmenhoeve had been the second clear in the first round and returned to catch a rail at the same double combination for four faults and a final time of 45.91 seconds. Engle, of Wellington, FL, and Royce, owned by Elm Rock Partners, LLC, returned third and posted the fastest jump-off round in 43.21 seconds, but collected four faults from a rail at the second fence in the course. Stovel, of Chester Springs, PA, and her own Carigor Z were on their way to a clear round and the win before a heartbreaking rail at the last fence of the jump-off came down and gave her four faults in a time of 45.06 seconds. “I entered the ring while Patty was [ABOVE] Margie Engle and Royce earned still jumping and she was having an second place. [BELOW] Jamie Brockett and effortless jump-off. I thought there Kimberly James of Purina Animal Nutrition was no way she was going to have any present Lillie Keenan with her award alongside Tony Hitchcock from HITS. rails, but she just got unlucky at the

Hunter/Jumper contact listings Beacon Woods Stables (tsl), Mick & Laurie Paternoster, Owners,Kris Bramley, Trainer, 99 Beacon Woods Lane, South Glastonbury, CT 06073, 860-4302606 barn; 860-601-0670 cell,,

Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods (bs), 1209 South St., Coventry, CT 06238, 860-742-6486 Evenstride (btsl), 26 Orchard St., Byfield, MA, 978-465-9119, Holly Hill Farm (tsl), 240 Flint St., Marston Mills, MA 02648, 508428-2621,,

Horseman’s Exchange, LLC Tack & Apparel Consignment, 294 Great Rd., Rte. 119, Littleton, MA 01460, 978-486-0008, 978-779-6119 fax, New England Equitation Championships, Cookie DeSimone 617347-6413, Amy Eidson 401-7895206, Kelley Small 508-835-1110,

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Sydney Shulman and HH Narcos Du Marais Triumph in $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix President, Lynn Coakley, as she addressed the crowds in the opening ceremonies and recognized the three horse show co-chairs, Jane Henderson, Michele Ippolito, and Jennifer Ross, for their contributions to making the horse show a tremendous success. “This is a special year in another important way,” continued Coakley. “Thanks to the expertise of the current show managers, William Aguirre and JP Godard, and their longstanding predecessor Billy Glass—and in recognition of the club’s commitment to philanthropy and community, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) designated the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show as a USEF Heritage Competition.” The Heritage Designation is the

« Sydney Shulman claimed the $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix aboard HH Narcos Du Marais.

Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show Boasts Exciting Competition During Week Two By Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

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competition. Three highlight classes were the $25,000 Grand Prix of North Salem presented by The Hakim Family, the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Houlihan Lawrence, and the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix presented by The Kincade Group.

Starting out with another win was the first week’s Welcome Stake winner, Christine McCrea. In week two, she took the top spot again in the $25,000 Grand Prix of North Salem presented by The Hakim Family, this time with Zerly. Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo finished second, while Todd Minikus and Uraguay placed third. McCrea said of her jump-off, “Beezie was perfection. She rode her jump-off amazing. Her horse is a little bit slower through the air and Zerly is lightning fast. She’s fast across the ground and fast in the air. To be honest, I think she’s

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The Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show in Westport, CT, benefiting the EQUUS Foundation, culminated on Saturday, June 22 when Sydney Shulman and HH Narcos Du Marais won the $25,000 Grand Prix on Saturday. Shulman won last year’s grand prix at the Fairfield Horse Show aboard Gun Du Desfi, and HH Narcos Du Marais won the 2011 Fairfield Grand Prix with his former rider, Christina Kelly. Owned by the Shulman’s Back Country Farm, the Shulman family joined grand prix presenting sponsor Wells Fargo Advisors & George N. Venizelos, to present the top honor. Over 400 guests of the EQUUS Foundation and hundreds more spectators applauded Shulman’s win over the 21 other competitors that attempted the demanding course designed by world renowned course designer Richard Jeffreys. The second through sixth place finishers included My Pleasure, ridden by Peter Leone and owned by My Pleasure, LLC; Londinium, ridden by Lillie Keenan and owned by Chansonette Farm; Oscar 72, ridden by Lauren M. Ward and owned by McLain Ward; Blink, ridden by Jacob Pope and owned by Coker Farm; and Copilot, ridden and owned by Jackie McQuade. “It’s a year for celebration—the club’s 90th birthday and the foundation’s 10th birthday,” said EQUUS Foundation

highest honor that can be bestowed to a horse show. Only 16 of more than 2,500 horse shows in the United States have been honored with this distinction. Jane Dow Burt, representing the USEF, presented the award to club president Tom Mullen. The show’s generous individual and corporate sponsors were on hand throughout the week to present awards to local and national competitors. All ages competed for the ribbons. On Thursday, June 20, the featured events were the $7,500 Poland Spring Welcome Jumper Stake presented by official beverage sponsor, Nestlè Waters North America, and the $3,000 High Amateur-Owner (AO)/ Junior Jumper Classic presented by official automotive sponsors, Audi Fairfield, Mercedes Benz of Fairfield and Porsche of Fairfield. James A. North aboard The Man To See, owned by Fair Play Farm, claimed victory in the Welcome Stake. Jane Henderson, Elizabeth Crossfield, Michele Ippolito, and Jennifer Ross were on hand to present the awards.

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Todd Minikus and Quality Girl Dominate The $25,000 Landgero Cup Grand Prix at the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show

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just a faster horse. I don’t think I really did anything superhuman or anything like that.” Adrienne Iverson and Redfield Farm’s Salto Mortale captured the top prize in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate. There were 46 entries in the class. Iverson and Salto Mortale scored a 180 in the first round and jumped up to a high score of 196 in the second round for a total of 376 for the win. Second place went to Louise Serio on Bonaparte, owned by Annette Lauer. They won the first round of the derby and finished on a score of 371. Victoria Press rode Mayfair to a score of 365 for third place. Having just been imported from Europe two months earlier and in his second show in the United States, Salto Mortale quickly adapted to his new life as a hunter. “I didn’t have these expectations,” Iverson admitted. “I knew he was brave and going to do well, but this was beyond what we were expecting for this horse.” Nineteen-year-old Katie Dinan of New York, NY, and her energetic partner Nougat du Vallet were double clear to win the biggest class of the Old Salem 102 equine


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second on Romance. Show manager and course designer Patrick Rodes created the challenging derby course to enhance the judging system of rewarding great jumping style and athletic ability as well as bold hunter riding. “This derby was particularly special for me because this is my favorite horse show of the year, and it was my first derby win,” said McCormack-Herrera. “I was third in it last year on the same horse so it was really great to win this time out. It was also special because I was competing with one of my clients who actually ended up fourth, and that for me was even more heartwarming than my amazing win.” The $10,000 Yaddo Open Jumper Classic was the big money jumper class

Todd Minikus won first and second place in the $25,000 Landgero Cup Grand Prix riding Quality Girl and Udonnay Z, respectively.

of the week, allowing those competing in the following week’s grand prix to get some time in the ring. Benjamin Simpkins took home the blue with Chopin Z, while Robert Lee aboard El Grecco and Steven Weiss riding Ruisenor LS earned second and third, respectively. Week two featured the $25,000 Landgero Cup Grand Prix. Todd Minikus

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[RIGHT] $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby winners Adrienne Iverson and Salto Mortale. [BELOW] $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix winners Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet.

Farm Spring Horse Shows, the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix presented by The Kincade Group. Riding second in the order, Dinan and the 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Scherif D’elle, made it look easy as they bounded through the course for the first clear round. They returned first to the jump-off and set a quick pace for the only clear round in 39.898 seconds. Eighteen-year-old Mattias Tromp and Casey finished second, while veteran Todd Minikus posted another top placing in third with Uraguay, owned by Legacy Stables. Dinan put her win at Old Salem among the top on her list of accolades. “Prize money-wise, this is the biggest grand prix I’ve ever won, and it’s really exciting,” she said.

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Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Sees Many Familiar Names Claim Championships The 2013 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair was one for the record books. As the show opened on May 23, the juniors took to the ring in some of the coldest, rainiest weather Devon has seen in years. In the equitation classes, when all was said and done, the R.W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship ended in a three-way tie with Gabrielle Bausano, Victoria Colvin, and Sydney Shulman sharing the honors. Colvin and Lillie Keenan, now competing in different age divisions, dominated the Hunter classes. Keenan, competing in the 16-17, racked up the tri-colors with her Small Junior Hunter Champion, Parkland, owned by Jennifer Gates. Keenan’s mount, Walk the Line, owned by Donald Stewart, walked away with Large Junior 16-17 Champion, Overall Large Junior, and Devon Grand Hunter Champion. Competing in the 15 and Under division, Colvin rode to success on Dr. Betsee Parker’s Canadian Blue in the Smalls and Way Cool in the Larges. She was also awarded Best Child Rider on a Horse. Colvin took Junior Jumper Champion on Don Juan, owned by her mother, Brigid Colvin, as well. Fast forwarding to the final day of Devon, Colvin and Inclusive narrowly edged out Kelley

Farmer and Commentary to win the U.S. Hunter/Jumper Association (USHJA) International Hunter Derby. The pony action in the Gold Ring resulted in Mimi Gochman winning the Smalls on David Goachman’s Rafael. Daisy Farish took the Medium Pony Hunter tri-color on Sassafras Creek. Large Pony Hunter and Grand Pony Hunter Champion went to Happily Ever Laughter, owned by Madison Goetzmann. Rider Ashton Alexander took Best Child Rider on a Pony. In breeding, Best Young Pony went to Denise Hankinson’s Three Royal Cheers, handled by Emily Anne Belin, who received the Leading Pony Breeding Handler Award. As the juniors wrapped it up, clearer skies and warmer weather welcomed the adult divisions. Scott Stewart and Showman took Regular Conformation Hunter Champion and Stewart took High Performance as well, aboard Dedication. Kelley Farmer racked up tri-colors on Tia Schurecht’s remarkable Back Story, taking both Green Conformation Hunter and Grand Hunter Champion. Farmer was awarded Leading Hunter Rider. Devon’s legendary Ladies’ Day saw a sea of heels and hats in the fair, while Devon favorites Priscilla Denegre and Garnet were awarded Side Saddle Champion. In the Amateur-Owners (A/O), Royal Oak, owned

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big equitation classes during the two weeks. Molly Braswell, aboard Jean Bickley’s Felton, took the championship ribbons both weeks in the TAKE2 Thoroughbred Hunter division. It was Molly’s first time competing on a Thoroughbred. Additionally, Molly was champion in the High Performance Hunter 3'3" both weeks, $10,000 Yaddo Open Jumper Classic winners Benjamin Simpriding Frontier. Laugh Out Loud and kins and Chopin Z. Weebiscuit, piloted by Sophie Gochman, were awarded Medium Pony Hunter division, and tri-color ribbons in Pony Hunters. Weebiscuit was reserve in the Small Laugh Out Loud was champion in the Pony Hunters.

clinched both first and second place aboard Quality Girl and Udonnay Z, respectively. Out of the nine horses in the jump-off, Minikus and Quality Girl were the first to go and set the pace with a time of 35.234, followed by his time of 37.040 on Udonnay Z. Sloane Coles placed third on Chantilly. Minikus also received fifth place on Catch Me and ninth on Donnafee. Bobby Braswell’s Terrapin Hill Farm junior riders commanded the equitation classes. Lauren Fabiano brought home the blue in the Skidmore President’s Cup, while Gabriella Collins grabbed the honor of the new Terrapin Hill Excellence in Equitation Award, given to the rider with the most points in the 104 equine


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and ridden by Dawn Fogel, took Grand A/O Champion and Rider, and Winner proved to be one as the Grand Hunter A/O 3'3" Champion, ridden by Daryl Portela. The always exciting Open Jumpers did not disappoint. McLain Ward whittled down a field of 28 Olympic and international riders to be crowned the grand prix winner for the eighth time, this time aboard Rothchild, also winning Open Jumper Champion and Leading Rider. Todd Minikus, riding Tuxedo, won a sensational Gambler’s Choice and Kaitlin Campbell aboard Rocky W took the blue in an equally exciting Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake. Devon 2013 proved to be all it should be—challenging, exciting, and full of tradition. For complete results, including Saddlebred, Hackney, driving, and breeding divisions, visit

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Eventing news By kim ablon whitney

[LEFT] Stephanie Mallick and her horse, Abe, are having a benchmark season. [RIGHT] Gideon Morton aboard Cavo, with his brother, Tobias, at the Danville Equestrian Center show.

Checking In On Memorial Day, only two days after snowfall where Stephanie Mallick lives in northern New Hampshire and Vermont, she was schooling cross-country at a Tom Davis clinic at Scarlet Hill Farm in Groton, MA, on a beautiful 60-degree morning with light wind and no bugs. The next weekend she rode double clear in cross-country in just her second Novice event, and the first of the year at Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA)!

brought their own barbecue hut! Look for new schooling threephase events at Danville on the Area I website.

Footing Frenzy Thanks to the help of many, GMHA now has new footing to offer its competitors and visitors. Longtime member Judy Westlake and her husband Brian McNeil got the ball rolling, but with an estimated cost of over $300,000 to redo GMHA’s five acres of arenas, it took generous help from the likes of geotex-

tile fiber importers, Joachim M. Längle of ProEquus Equestrian Surfaces in Austria; Karen Leeming and Lawton Adams of Footing First in New York; and St. Pierre Sand and Gravel of Charlestown, NH, to drop the estimate to $180,000. The association has raised around $100,000 in donations so far and is still accepting more—but with efforts from Brian; local contractors Randy Perry and Richard Sargent; GMHA board members, staff and, member volunteers, they were

Schooling Fun Photos: (top) Robert Lodge; (bottom) Courtesy of GMHA

Stephanie also reports that the Danville Equestrian Center in Danville, VT, had a dressage only and combined test event on June 8. Because of the wet weather, both dressage and stadium were held in the indoor and warm-up was right outside in the sand arena. The show offered a quiet place to school horses in great perma-flex footing, with stalls for rent and cheap entry fees; not to mention hand-cut fries and gourmet burgers from the Danville Rescue Squad, who

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Ila Morrison, barn manager at Scarlet Hill Farm, on her marriage to her longtime love, Kyle Russell, on June 23! We hear she looked stunning and there were tears all around!

New Faces Triple Combination Farm in Ferrisburgh, VT, welcomed a number of new horses to their facility in June, including Tesla Parker’s Bam, Mary Golek’s Fezzik, and Samone Schneider’s summer lease, Buddy.

Congrats! Congratulations to Dan Mattson, who recently graduated from Kentucky Horseshoeing School and moved back to New England in mid-July to start building his own client base!


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GMHA June Horse Trials Hosts Over 200 Competitors By Stephanie Mallick

challenges such as a combination at Novice Level that started with a ditch, one stride, a 90-degree left-turn and then one stride to element B, a roll top. As always, GMHA also offered creative duck jumps, several flagged water crossings, steep hills, and long gallops. In addition to great competition, the June Horse Trials was a family affair! The Doyle family—including sisters, Kelly and Emily, mother Lisa and their three competitive event horses: Risky Business, Ordinary Magic, and Corbin, plus their companion dog—all took part in the event. Each horse had a story, as they were all rescues. Corbin, a former Intermediate event horse and rescued a day away from slaughter, took Kelly on her first Preliminary run. Risky Business, a former Preliminary horse in his late 20s, went Novice, and Ordinary Magic went Beginner Novice. Winners from the event included the following: At Beginner Novice, Nicole Sheridan and Poco Santo, Kelsey Herring riding Katalyst, and Alison Silvester aboard Lida all took top placings. In Novice divisions, Jocelyn Hawe on Dancing Queen, Katherine

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Tried and True In other True North news, the crew had a strong showing at Larkin’ Hill. Madi Schluter and Dun Lookin took second in Open Beginner Novice, Maura Eldridge and Daddy Said Yes won Junior Beginner Novice, Jenn Ricci and Twister were fourth in Junior Novice, and Elizabeth Ventura got fifth in Intro riding Milestone.

In the Money The winners of the 2013 USEA Area I Scholarships have been announced! The following Area I members have received $250 to further their skills in eventing: Suzanne Adams, Elizabeth Chertavian, Tiffany Cunningham, Megan Gardiner, Emily Gilbert, Taylor Ginn, Cooper Madden-Hennessy, Katie Murphy, and Jocelyn Pettito. Great job everyone! 110 equine


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We were sad to hear that Career2, a New York state-wide program created to promote eventing as a second career for Thoroughbreds, was suspended for the 2013 competition season due to lack of funding, according to organizers. “Unfortunately, we were not able to secure sufficient funding to run the program this year,” said Louise Meryman, international event rider and co-founder of Career2. “We are all disappointed, especially the event riders who so enthusiastically embraced the program, but we are working diligently to raise money so that the program can resume next year.” Career2 made an extremely successful debut last year, registering more than 250 Thoroughbreds that competed at USEA competitions across the state from June to September. The program received initial seed funding from the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA).

The Doyle family at the June GMHA Horse Trials.

Gieseke and My Combination, Leah McReynolds aboard Flying Circus, Suzie Altemus-Landry with Matthew’s Encore, and Andrea Waldo riding Maxwell Silverhammer, were victorious. Adele MacEwen with Dexter, Sandra Holden aboard Cano Cristales, Marcia Kulak on Paladin, and Ava Wehde riding Watson’s Amirah, were all champions in the Training Level divisions. And in Preliminary, Paige Crotty on Bantry Bays Winston, Ellie Van Gemeren riding Gemini Pilot, Eliza Farren with Fuscia Diamond, and Caroline Teich aboard Zeus, claimed first place. For more information and full results from the GMHA Horse Trials, visit

Eventing contact listings Bevin O’Reilly (tl), Brattleboro, VT, 413-478-1661, Kimberly Cartier Dome (tl), Candia, NH 03034, 603-483-0171, cartierfarms@, Stoneleigh-Burnham School (tl), 574 Bernardston Road, Greenfield, MA 01301, 413-774-2711, fax 413-772-2602, Winchester Stables (tsl), Bevin O’Reilly Dugan, 336 River Road, Newfane, VT 05345, 802-365-9434,

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Once again, the June Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) Horse Trials filled on opening day. The event, held May 31 – June 2 in South Woodstock, VT, hosted over 200 starters at the Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels, plus 30 entries in the New Event Horse (NEH), Young Event Horse (YEH), and Future Event Horse (FEH) divisions. The new, European geo-textile footing allowed eventers a grand bounce for stadium and no studs were required. This year, after colder temperatures in the spring, competitors and horses alike were hit with 90-degree temperatures and thunderstorms on cross-country day. The heat created time faults, which changed standings for the Preliminary and Training levels dramatically. It also allowed for thunder, lightning, rain, and hail, which for safety reasons required many Beginner Novice and Novice divisions to clear the course and stand on their stadium scores. In recognition of the lost cross-country phase, GMHA offered competitors a free round in their jumper derby, held June 23. The cross-country tracks offered

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Larkin’ Hill Horse Trials Offers Divisions from Intro to Preliminary By Stephanie Mallick

The Larkin’ Hill Horse Trials, held June 16, offered a combined test up to Preliminary Level and the threephase from Intro up to Training/Novice Level. Larkin’ is in North Chatham, NY, easily reached by Interstate 90 and nestled among a small community and many cow farms. Competitors were immediately greeted by volunteers that helped them settle in, and the facility offered on-site stalls with a free bag of shavings, plus on-site camping. The North Chatham Fire Department held a barbecue the day of arrival—which included charcoal slow-cooked chicken for a great price and to benefit the station—all within walking distance from Larkin’ Hill. There were many new jumps in the relatively flat cross-country venue, but most were maximum height and width, including a table and large ditch. Some jumps were placed within hearing distance of the New York Thruway as well. All of these elements made the ride a good challenge. And, even though New York sustained a good 2-4” of rain in the week leading up to the event and hourly rain showers, the strength of the perennial rye and tall fescues grass turf allowed phenomenal drainage so

Kulak riding Quantico. And, Briana Wertheim on Egyptian Testamony and Scott Keating aboard Gingerbread Girl were winners in the Intro divisions. Larkin’ Hill also offered a Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training/Novice Low Point Thoroughbred Award through The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.). The winners were presented with a ribbon, $25, and a prize. Royal View and John Roach took home the award at Beginner Novice out of a 15-horse field on a 31.4. Rosie’s Girl was the recipient at Novice Level with Daryl Kinney in the irons on a score of 34. And in the Training/Novice division, Yippee Dooo and Mark Weissbecker were rewarded for their overall score of 29.9. For more information and full results from the Larkin’ Hill June Horse Trials, visit

that nothing was muddy or dug up for stadium or cross-country. An artist elegantly painted the stadium jumps and the course designer required many right turn and two-stride technical challenges. Dressage was offered in great sand arenas, and Intro ran in a brand new indoor arena with the best footing available. Winners from the event were as follows: In the Preliminary Combined Test, Kelly Morgan took home the championship aboard Legga Holly. In the Training Combined Test, Nancy Hathaway and Kings Knight were the victors. In the horse trials, Training/ Novice Level went to Michelle Chester and Paladin. At Novice, winners were Liam Palacios riding Ferdinand The Bull, Lisa Hida on Prime Meridien, and Marcia Kulak with RF West Indie. Beginner Novice divisions were claimed by John Roach aboard Royal View, Maura Eldridge on Daddy Said Yes, Nicole Sheridan with Poco Santo, and Marcia Joa Sigsbee on Kestral at the 2013 Larkin’ Hill Horse Trials.

Coleman and Dutton Take Top Honors William Coleman III and Phillip Dutton both maintained their leads in the final show jumping phase to win the CCI3* and CIC3* divisions, respectively, at the 2013 Volvo CCI3* Bromont Three-Day Event, held June 6-9 at the Bromont Olympic Horse Park in Bromont, Quebec. Riding Obos O’Reilly, Coleman posted one of only two clear show jumping rounds in the CCI3*. Mauricio Garcia of Puerto Rico designed the challenging show jumping course, assisted by Canada’s Jean Pierre Ayotte. “I do love this event,” said Coleman, who was a member of the U.S. Eventing 112 equine


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Team at the 2012 London Olympics. “I like the way it’s run and the people who run it. I always have a good time here. Some people have events where they tend to do well, and Bromont is one for me.” Finishing second in the CCI3* was Canadian Olympian Selena O’Hanlon, who piloted Foxwood High to the only other clear round in the division, rising three spots from fifth place following Saturday’s cross-country phase. O’Hanlon also rode two other horses in the CCI3*, both of which finished in the placings. With Bellaney Rock she was fourth, while A First Romance placed 12th.

Will Coleman won the CCI3* aboard Obos O’Reilly.

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Thornton, Sophie, 60.53%. CLASS 11, RING 2, TRAINING LEVEL TEST 2: 1. Audra Sheffler, Aspen, 66.25%; 2. Hannah BurkeMcCoy, Corona, 63.92%; 3. Miranda Honigberg, In the Mood, 61.07%. CLASS 13, RING 2, TRAINING LEVEL TEST 1: 1. Elise Lesko, Evans Worth the Wait, 67.7%; 2. Anja Stadleman, Nott, 66.45%; 3. Hannah Burke-McCoy, Corona, 62.7%. CLASS 12, RING 1, TRAINING LEVEL TEST 1: 1. Sarah Falk, Ready or Not, 68.33%; 2. Dena Thornton, Sophie, 61.87%; 3. Mildred Castner, Bretton, 61.25%. CLASS 14, RING 1, INTRO LEVEL TEST C: 1. Mildred Castner, Bretton, 73.75%; 2. Carolyn Jensen, Pine, 64.25%; 3. Taylor Bruneau, All that Glitters, 62.25%. CLASS 15, RING 2, INTRO LEVEL TEST B: 1. Heather Kaplan, Midnight Rendezvous, 69.68%; 2. Debra Giddings, Ice Man, 67.5%; 3. Betty Magoon, Reina, 65.62%. CLASS 16, RING 1, INTRO LEVEL TEST B: 1. Miranda Honigberg, In the Mood, 68.43%; 2. Megan Dalphond, Dusty, 65.3%; 3. Julie Dillon, Footsteps of Grey John, 63.43%. CLASS 17, RING 2, INTRO LEVEL TEST A: 1. Betty Magoon, Reina, 69.06%; 2. Heather Kaplan, Midnight Rendezvous, 67.81%; 3. Breeanna Brennman, Comet, 65%.


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phase was over the same course. Dutton had one fence down in show jumping, but with a two-rail lead he still comfortably finished in first with 72.1 penalties. “I am overall pleased with Ben; he’s a very talented horse,” said Dutton, a twotime Olympic team gold medalist for his native Australia who now competes for the U.S. “Ben’s work is getting better and higher quality.” Moving up to second place with one of only two clear show jumping rounds in the CIC3* division was Canada’s Jessica Phoenix on Pavarotti, the horse with which she won individual gold and team silver at the 2011 Pan American Games. “Pavarotti was awesome all weekend long, and he was so rideable on crosscountry,” said Phoenix, who was the highest placed Canadian at the 2012 London Olympics. “He couldn’t have jumped any better.” In the CCI2*, Erin Sylvester topped the field of 14. Buck Davidson moved up from seventh to second place after posting one of the division’s few clear rounds in show jumping with Santa’s Keeper. He was also third with Knight Lion. In the CCI1*, Waylon Roberts narrowly took the top spot, as he went into show jumping with Yarrow only 4.8 penalties ahead of Sylvester on Paddy the Caddy. Roberts dropped a rail, but Sylvester added a single time penalty, which turned out to be just enough to keep Roberts in the top spot, separating the pair by just 0.8 points. For more information and full results from the Volvo CCI3* Bromont Three-day Event, visit

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Show Results CLASS 3, RING 1, SECOND LEVEL TEST 1: 1. Morgan Mackie, Just My Luck, 57.0%; 2. Mary Stadleman, Garmt B, 55.57%. CLASS 4, RING 2, FIRST LEVEL TEST 3: 1. Morgan Mackie, Just My Luck, 66.45%; 2. Kara Riley-King, See Me Smile, 64.67%; 3. Kelly Pullen, Leo, 63.74%. CLASS 5, RING 1, FIRST LEVEL TEST 2: 1. Irena Kuzma, Trinity, 59.86%; 2. Claire Durfee, Bantry Bays Lily, 57.43%; 3. Kathleen Crosby, Baiji, 57.02%. CLASS 7, RING 1, FIRST LEVEL TEST 1: 1. Kara Riley-King, Better Believe It, 64.31%; 2. Kathy Crosby, Motown Rising, 63.96%; 3. Suzanne Krauss, Diadem, 61.89%. CLASS 6, RING 2, FIRST LEVEL TEST 1: Irena Kuzma, Trinity, 64.65%; 2. Stephanie Hudon, French Allure, 63.1%; 3. Kathy Crosby, Baiji, 62.41%. CLASS 9, RING 1, TRAINING LEVEL TEST 3: 1. Audra SheffIer, Aspen, 59.4%; 2. Anja Stadleman, Nott, 58.6%; 3. Ashlyn Kimball, Moe Debt, 53.2%. CLASS 8, RING 1, TRAINING LEVEL TEST 3: 1. Kara Riley-King, Better Believe It, 67.6%; 2. Suzanne Krauss, Diadem, 66.8%; 3. Kim Manning, Beau Cheval, 65.6%. CLASS 10, RING 1, TRAINING LEVEL TEST 2: 1. Sarah Falk, Ready or Not, 74.1%; 2. Megan Myers, Sake Von Kretenerhof, 61.96%; 3. Dena

CIC3* Champions Phillip Dutton and Ben.

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On Sunday, June 9, 2013, New Hampshire Dressage and Eventing Association (NHDEA) held its first Dressage Schooling Show of the season on the grounds of the University of New Hampshire. The weather was perfect, warm, and sunny with a

Connecticut Dressage and Combined Training Association Holds Cross-Country Clinic with Ann Bowie Submitted by Linda Roache

Record breaking heat was forecasted for June 1, 2013—the day of the Connecticut Dressage and Combined Training Association’s (CDCTA) Cross-Country Clinic with Ann Bowie, held at her and her husband’s Horse Power Farm. The clinic began early in the morning, starting off with three Elementary riders, Nina Matt, Gloria Norris, and Heather Mann. They began by working over gymnastic obstacles to get the feel for regulating strides. While each horse was different—fast, slow, or timid—the riders needed to concentrate on being forward and straight, while adapting to their horses’ jumping style. They then moved on to a variety of jumps in several short crosscountry courses. Mother Nature cooperated and provided a brisk, cool breeze for Dennis Dwyer, Nancy Lupienski, and Natasha

Knight,who comprised the second group of riders. This group included a mix of Beginner Novice and Novice riders, and as with the first group, they started with the gymnastic obstacles, learning to add or subtract strides, and making their horses more attentive and flexible. Riding forward and straight continued to be the focus for each of these riders, who eventually moved on to a variety of jumps in several small cross-country courses, and had each of their specific training needs addressed. Everyone in attendance learned something new, were able to improve their skills, and had fun. There were lots of smiles and gratitude to Ann for hosting this educational event at Horse Power Farm. For an up-to-date listing of all of CDCTA’s events, please visit the club’s website at

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Demis, and Janet Briggs. Riders are able to use those scores to achieve NHDEA year-end awards. During the show, NHDEA reached another milestone— Ashley Winning of Derry, NH, became our 100th member! She received a complimentary Kerrits riding shirt with our new logo as a gift. A complete list of placings and our calendar of events can be found online at We would like to thank our volunteers, Stefanie Rossetti, Lisa Smith, Kristal Tremblay, Avery Neusch, Ashley Winning, Sue Smith, Shelby Bedard, Torey Neusch, David Barka, Martin Neusch, and Karen O’Malley.

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Dressage news Where the Boys Are On June 1, the final presentation of the 70-day KWPN spring performance test took place in Ermelo, the Netherlands. Among the dressage horses, the highest scores were for Fairytale, by Lord Leatherdale, who received multiple 9s on his testing.

Team with Karat. On Saturday, June 8, the pair came in second with a 63.9% and performed their freestyle at night for the first time, earning their necessary marks over 62% for qualification for the team. The next day, Regan and Karat won their FEI Junior Individual class with over 67%!

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Julie Dugas and her Appaloosa mare, Pesos Lucky Girl, placed third in their Training Level Test 1 ride at the Mystic Valley Hunt Club Open Dressage Show. Photo: (inset) Sharon Stewart; (top) Courtesy of Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods; (bottom) courtesy of

Moving Forward Alix Szepesi announced that she is relocating her business, North Shore Dressage, to Morris, CT, where it will be based out of Far Meadow Farm. “I am delighted to be returning to the area where I grew up, and thrilled to be at Far Meadow Farm,” says Alix. “I’m really looking forward to bringing my clients and their horses to Connecticut and sharing what I’ve learned over the last 25 years by training and hosting clinics in the area. Being back in Litchfield County will provide an ideal location

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New Partnership Apassionata (Sir Donnerall x Friedensfurst), a sevenyear-old Oldenburg mare that has been successful in German Young Horse shows, has been bought for Brandi Roenick, one of America’s top Young Riders. Their long-term goal is to compete at the Olympics and other championships. The black mare was bought for Brandi by a group of supporters, including her parents.

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The Eastern States Dressage and Combined Training Association (ESDCTA) hosted their annual Memorial Weekend Dressage Show in Allentown, NJ, amongst the wet, windy, and wild spring weather. For Dr. Cesar Parra and the Piaffe Performance Team, it was definitely a show to remember. The team had many firsts including a first-time performance in a CDI event for adult amateur rider John McGinty, in which he took first place in the Prix St. Georges. Also, Nadine Buberl took a first in First Level Test 1. Then, to top it all, Dr. Cesar Parra and Van the Man claimed first prize in the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 70.125%.

Up the Ranks Windhorse Dressage’s FEI Junior rider, Regan Salm, and her gelding Karat had a stellar weekend at the Mystic Valley Horse Show! This was Regan’s second qualifier for the Region 8 FEI Junior/Young Rider Dressage

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continued from page 117 by Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods of Coventry, CT. Sired by the late Landfriese II and out of Czar’s Precious Lacey (Alla’ Czar), this impressive youngster had a great showing at Ten Broeck Farm Breed Shows I and II, qualifying for the U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF) Finals. On both days (with different judges) he earned first place in Yearling Colts/Geldings and the reserve championship for Colts/Geldings-All Ages.

Great Debut Congratulations to Taylor Driscoll on her first schooling show at Ten Broeck Farm with Uloma MG (Farrington x Goodtimes). She received first place in both First Level tests 1 and 2 and was awarded the high score of the day.

Welcome Gigi! The recently re-established Cape Cod Dressage Association (CCDA) is having its first event, hosting clinician Gigi Nutter on August 24-25, 2013 at the beautiful True North Farm in Harwich, MA. A highly experienced and sought-after clinician from the mid-Atlantic to Florida and into the midwest, Nutter has over 35 years of successful competitive experience in both dressage and jumpers and earned her USDF

Gold Medal in 1988. The CCDA is excited and honored to bring Nutter to the area for the very first time.

Wishes Granted The Dressage Foundation’s Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund has awarded a $750 grant to Christy Scotch to attend the United States Dressage Federation’s L Education Program. Christy, a successful adult amateur who recently began instructing, is eager to attend the program to continue her dressage education. She also plans to pursue further judging certifications and participate in USDF’s Instructor Certification Program in the future.

Retired Two-time U.S. Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer and her Royal Dutch Warmblood Mibis retired from international paradressage at the 2013 Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*, held at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center. Grassmyer took the stage one last time as a para-equestrian dressage rider. In a grand ceremony, Mibis walked forward carrying a garland around her neck and one of her many championship coolers. With her longtime partner Grassmeyer by her side, both took one last walk into the FEI competition ring. The Rancho Murieta Equestrian

Dressage contact listings Casa Lusitana (tsl), Tyngsboro, MA, 978-649-5300, gbriels@msn. com, Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods (bs), 1209 South St., Coventry, CT 06238, 860-742-6486, French Light Dressage (tsl), Dave Donnelly, 236A Waters Rd., East Greenbush, NY, 12061, 949-697-6797,, Team Hannigan (tsl), 6 Myrick Lane, Harvard, MA, 978-270-0919,, Pinehaven Farm (tsl), Linda Parmenter, 91 Lombard Road, Hubbardston, MA, 978-9285492,,

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From left to right, Massachusetts State Representative Denise Garlick, assistant trainer Katie Robincheaux, Donna Cameron, and Heather Blitz at Cutler Farm.

Center was one of the first locations Grassmyer ever showed and it will be the last place she competed as a para-equestrian.

Political Visit Massachusetts State Representative, Denise Garlick, put Cutler Farm as number one on her list of five barns to tour in her district in order to gain valuable insight into the horse world. Owner, Donna Cameron, was excited to welcome Garlick for a tour, and was especially proud to introduce her to resident head trainer and Pan American Gold Medalist and Olympic team reserve, Heather Blitz.

Windhorse at Westbrook It was a stellar weekend for Windhorse Dressage at the Centerline Events Dressage Show at Westbrook Hunt Club, held June 22-23! Regan Salm and her eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Karat EG, came in second place both days in competitive FEI Junior Team and Individual classes scoring over 66% and 67%. These scores put Regan in a very optimistic position for the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) team. Joanna Sentissi and her 18-year-young Swedish gelding,

Attraction, scored a 62.4% in Third Level Test 3; and in Fourth Level Test 1, they rode beautifully, scoring a winning 62.5%. On Joanna’s nine-year-old Dutch gelding, Ziezo K, she scored a 64.2% and a 66.7% in Fourth Level tests 2 and 3, respectively. Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen and Kathy Hickerson’s nine-year-old Hanoverian stallion, Schroeder, made their debut at Fourth Level in Test 3, scoring a 64.1% to come in second on Saturday. They won their class the next day with a 66.6%, earning them their first qualifying scores for the regional championships. Mary, riding Nicole Polaski’s eight-year-old Dutch gelding, Ansgar, debuted at Prix St. Georges with a 63.4% and finished the weekend with an outstanding and winning score of 72.3% in the Young Horse Prix St. Georges. Diana Mukpo and Pascal had excellent performances scoring a 65.5% in the Grand Prix and a 67.4% in the Grand Prix Special, earning her second place in the FEI Test of Choice both days. An enormous thank you to Michele Sizemore and Chelsea Dowling for working tirelessly through the weekend and grooming and caring for the horses and riders with such care and attention to detail!

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Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* Sees Developing Riders Earn Qualifying Scores for 2014 World Equestrian Games Article and photo by Lindsay McCall

As the Pura Raza Espanol (PRE), Kamiakin, made his way down to X on the centerline, Susan Treabess of the U.S. cracked a smile. The Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* crowd erupted in cheering for the stallion and his Grade IV para-dressage rider who had just completed an outstanding freestyle. In 2010, Treabess represented the U.S. at the World Equestrian Games (WEG). In 2014, she hopes to have this opportunity again.

During the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* multiple riders from the U.S., both developing and veterans, achieved their qualifying scores for WEG. Those riders include Angela Peavy and two-time Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer, both in Grade III; Grade II rider Ashleigh FloresSimmons; and in Grade Ib Roxanne Trunnell, in addition to Treabass. Treabess was unsure of what to expect when she entered her eightyear-old into his first international competition. “What I am taking away from this show is that Kamiakin is a super horse,” smiled Treabess. “I am happy with my overall performance this weekend. Of course there were mistakes, but I know that in the future I can surpass 70% on this horse. If I don’t, it’s going to be my fault. I know that now; I have my work cut out for me, but I have the right team of people ready to help me get there.” Susan Treabess and Kamiakin garnered a qualifying score Both Treabess and for the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

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(FEI) World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses in Verden, Germany in August, as well as a spot on the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Short List. Silva Martin had an impressive weekend, claiming the top three places with her mounts in the Five-Year-Old division. Fortissimo B (ES Fabuleux x EM Romai/Rubinstein I) took home the win after earning a 7.700 in the FEI

Grassmyer have been on the international stage. They have experienced what it is like to compete against the best para-dressage riders in the world. For developing riders like Trunnell, FloresSimmons, Peavy, and Katie Passerotti, the excitement of what the future will hold is what drives them to succeed. “This CPEDI3* has been an amazing experience,” commented Trunnell. “I learned what it takes to compete at an international show, including the paperwork and process for this level of competition. Even the jog was a new experience and it reminded me of my [United States] Pony Club days but with added pressure. This was our first international show for my girl, Nice Touch, and me. I rode two solid rides and we earned our qualifying score.” Flores-Simmons agreed, “This weekend has been a really good experience, very educational, and positive because I got out there in front of FEI judges. This is a really great starting point.” For Connecticut rider Peavy and her new horse Leandro, the 2013-2014 competition year will be full of excitement. She has gained notable status as a Young Rider and is quickly developing as an international rider. With her talented Westphalian, a strong support team, a WEG qualifying score, and the desire to work to the top, Peavy has combined the pieces to create the ultimate product. Continued interest in para-equestrian dressage, more classifications, and new developing riders promises the U.S. that the sport is holding its own in the highperformance world.

Preliminary Test and an 8.120 in the FEI Final Test for a total score of 7.952 with Martin. With that score, Camilla Van Liew’s Hanoverian stallion earned a place on the Markel/USEF Short List. Melinda Walton’s Hanoverian gelding Benefactor RRS (Bonheur x Heidekleid/ Rubinstein I) earned a total score of 7.80 with Martin after receiving a 7.56 in the FEI Preliminary Test and a 7.96 in the FEI Final Test, also qualifying him for the short list. Martin also rode Anne Laver and Windurra USA, LLC’s Dutch Warmblood gelding Di Solitaire (unknown breeding) to receive a 7.52 and a 7.72 for a total score of 7.64. In the Six-Year-Old division, Kim Gentry and Leonardo (Solos Landtinus x Rambala/Rambo) came out on top with

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Baroque Equestrian Games & Institute Celebrates Memorial Day with Clinic and Schooling Show Submitted by Tina Cristiani Veder

Over Memorial Day weekend, Baroque Equestrian Games & Institute (BEGI) members from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, Alabama, Florida, and Virginia gathered together for a Baroque Equestrian Games clinic and schooling show. The event took place at Campbell Springs Equestrian Center in Chesterfield, VA, and was hosted by Sharon Madere of EquiLightenment.

The three-day event included a PowerPoint lecture by Bruno Gonzalez and Tina Cristiani Veder. They discussed the benefits of the exercises used in the Baroque Equestrian Games tests for the horse and rider. The Perfect-aPattern lessons, classical schooling lessons, mounted maneuver lessons using the sword, and the schooling show, which culminated in the costumed musical presentations, was

beyond educational. It was a weekend filled with fun, inspiration, and abundant friendliness. Preparations for the Official Baroque Equestrian Games Show and Classical Horse Expo on August 30 and 31 at the Virginia Horse Center are well underway. Riders are preparing for their debuts, the energy is building, and more people are joining in this enriching return to the Art of Classical Horsemanship. They are having fun with their horses while becoming better riders with a deeper understanding of how these time-honored principles create harmony, happiness, and oneness with their equine partners. To learn more about upcoming events and to see our video trailer, visit

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Flatlanders Dressage and Combined Training Association Discusses the Benefits of Cross-Training for Riders Submitted by Errin Dohm

Horseback riding is loved by many, whether for leisure, competition, or even its therapeutic value. Horse owners love taking care of their equine friends and often go the extra mile to make the working part of the relationship better. Unfortunately, one key component is often overlooked: the rider. Rider fitness is a crucial part of a successful horse. Books, videos, and DVDs are available with specific exercises and programs to improve a rider’s fitness level. Cross-training during off-horse time can lead to gains in strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness that

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riding alone cannot provide. This will not only make a better rider but give a better sense of well-being. Many people will say they exercise enough or do not have any extra time. Well, the first comment is probably false, and the latter most definitely is! Riding can be a means of exercise and calorie burn, but it is not enough of a bodily stressor to cause changes brought on by programspecific cardio or weight training (parts of a cross-training program). Activities, such as cleaning stalls and going for a ride are considered part of a rider’s baseline; activities for daily living,

Alice Tarjan rode her own Oldenburg mare Elfenfeuer (Florencio x Unknown/Sion) to a second place finish, earning a total score of 7.24 after receiving a 7.30 in the FEI Preliminary Test and a 7.20 in the FEI Final Test. To learn more about the VADA/NOVA Summer June Dressage Show and a list of full results, visit

not exercise. Our bodies need more stress to be forced to change (not anxiety or other negative stressors—fitness stress). Exercise is a planned time for fitness that takes place in addition to our normal routine. When looking at my own riding progression, I believe my cross-training has made all the difference. A formal education in riding came later in life for me than others who were “born in the saddle.” So, I have spent a lot of time learning to be aware of my body in space and retaining reflexes to be a helpful partner to my mounts. Because I am constantly moving throughout my day, I thought my fitness level was fine. However, I was wrong. My gym membership has proven more valuable and effective than I could imagine. I consider myself an athletic person, but I had let my body down. In just a short amount of time, I felt a difference in my riding—I felt more balanced, more in tune with my body and the horse, stronger in my legs and core, and more consistent in my rhythm of breathing and posting. Since then, I have had better rides, even when I cannot ride as consistently. Because I am less concerned with what my body is doing, I can focus more of my energy on my horse. My personal account is just one of many. The bottom line is that a lot of riders take their body for granted and fail to see the impact they have on their horse. Cross-training benefits both horse and rider, and it can be done in a short amount of time a few days a week. It is well worth the investment. We owe it to our horses, but also to ourselves.

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JEANINE EATON SENT IN THIS PHOTO OF herself driving her horse, Spirit, hitched up to her “new toy,” a fully restored, 1920 Surry-type carriage, at her town’s Fourth of July Parade.

SHOW STARS Congrats are in order for Jamie Cinq-Mars, who returned from the 2013 Black Diamond

Jubilee, a U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF)/ International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFHSA) recognized show, as the champion in Friesian Carriage Pleasure Driving and reserve champion in Friesian Show Pleasure Driving with Zwaantje W.

Dave Herrick reports that members of the Granite State Carriage Association enjoyed two events throughout the month of June—a mystery drive in Canterbury, NH, and the Ellet & Shirley Seavey Memorial Drive and Ride held in Auburn, NH. Approximately 17 people, including seven riders and seven carriages, were in attendance at the first of the two events, the mystery drive. Attendees were given a sheet with rhyming lists of things to find on both the long and short routes, and were entertained while spotting everything from names on realtor’s signs to a teepee and a small bluebird. Upon returning from the drive, the festivities continued with lunch. The Ellet & Shirley Seavey Memorial Drive and Ride was equally successful, boasting 21 attendees, including three pairs, three riders, and three single hitches.

AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT Congratulations go to Eileen Flynn Ricci, who was recognized by the Pinto Horse Association of America’s (PtHA) Amateur Association with an Amateur


« Jamie Cinq-Mars driving Zwaantje W at the Black Diamond Jubilee.

Master’s Certificate. The PtHA presented the prestigious award to Eileen for her outstanding leadership within the community. Eileen is well-known not only for her passion for the breed, but also for her love of driving, and is a regular at many local driving events.

“A” FOR EFFORT Pat Musser put in a great effort at the Connecticut Valley Driving Club (CVDC) Horse Driving Trial, and it paid off when she received second place in Preliminary Pair VSE with her very small equines, Ink and Smudge. Henry Tarryk also demonstrated great skill at the event with his Morgan in Preliminary Single Horse, in which he also earned second place. Additional results from the event can be found on page 124.

COMPETITION FOR A CAUSE Kudos to the Friesian Events Association (FEA). The organization held a benefit show at the Hollis Equestrian Park on June 23 in Hollis, ME, to raise funds for Cindy Fletcher. Cindy, a New York native, suffered from a head injury after falling out of her vehicle while competing at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Approximately $2,000 was raised at the FEA’s horse show to help defray the costs associated with her sustained injury.

Henry Tarryk (L) driving his Whipporwill Morgan and Pat Musser (R) driving Ink and Smudge. August 2013



Connecticut Valley Driving Club Horse Driving Trial a Success The 2013 Connecticut Valley Driving Club (CVDC) Horse Driving Trial went off without a hitch on June 8-9 at Haddam Meadows State Park in Connecticut, featuring competition on Saturday, followed by a fun day on Sunday. There were a number of drivers at the event—many of whom went home with a ribbon. Lyn Howard was one of those competitors, taking first place with a score of 81.03 in the Preliminary Single Horse division, followed by Henry Tarryk and Gale Hepfinger in second and third place, respectively. The Preliminary Single Pony division was hotly contested with numerous entries. Andy Marcoux won the division with a score of 68.11, while Lori Stammer finished in second with a score of 83.97 and Amy Sintros earned third place and a total score of 87.62.

123.90. In Training Single Pony, Tracy Turner was crowned the winner after finishing with a total score of 61.45, followed by Tom Pogwizd in second place, who earned a score of 72.75. The Training Single VSE division was won by Rhea Brown, who finished with a score of 52.56, followed by second place recipient, Linda Petersen, who earned a score of 57.94. All in all, the competition was a huge success, and enjoyed by a majority of its participants.

Janet Oliver finished in fourth place with Robert Koopman rounding out the top five entries. And in Preliminary Pair VSE (Very Small Equine), Carrie Wind topped the division with a score of 97.62. Pat Musser finished second with a score of 114.75. The Training Single Horse division was won by Kelly Casella with a total score of 31.22. Douglas Coursey finished in second place with a score of 56.32 and Brad Bertele earned third place and Training Single Horse Champion Kelly Casella. a total score of

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Gets Ready for the Fall Driving Season Submitted by Mug Tomany

The Southern New England Carriage Driving Association (SNECDA) has had an exciting summer, and is also gearing up for its fall driving season. A few members of the club were in attendance at the Old Sturbridge Village Carriage Rally on June 2, 2013, including Pat Musser and Cat Luce. Additionally, we have an exciting lineup of upcoming driving events. Plan to join us on the Autumnal Equinox, September 22, at the Dickson Ring in Weston, MA, for our fourth annual American Scurry Challenge. This is a day of light, fun competition. Next is our annual pleasure show, the Southern New England Carriage Day, taking place at Celtic Cross Farm in Dudley, MA, on October 13. We are doing a one-day show this year and returning to a more traditional format. 124 equine


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We will run a cross-country pace instead of a marathon. This course is driven through numbered gates with no cantering allowed. It will be about four kilometers in length. Due to a scheduling conflict, we have a change in the technical delegate, with Phillip Ferro from New York stepping in. Our last planned drive is the Fall Fun Poker Run at Sunset View Campground in Monson, MA. This event will be held on November 2. It is great fun to drive through SNECDA member, Pat Musser, driving Ink and Smudge with pasthe campground senger, Cat Luce, at Old Sturbridge Village.

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picking up playing cards on the way. At the potluck lunch, the best poker hand wins a prize. We will also run a meeting to plan for upcoming officer elections. Hopefully the weather will be nice this year! For calendar updates and news, check us out on Facebook. We are also in the process of updating our website, but for now, club information can be found at If you would like to volunteer at any of the events, or have comments or questions for us, call Mug Tomany at 860-923-3302.

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Black Swamp Driving Club Celebrates Summer with Numerous Events Submitted By Roger Higgins Jr.

The Black Swamp Driving Club’s (BSDC) summer is rolling right along. We are really having a great season so far, with a number of upcoming events, which include: a presentation given by guest speakers Dot Morgan and Mike Minges at the park in Wharton, OH, on August 10; the Unger Park Drive in Bucyrus, OH, on August 24; the Parker Bridge Drive in Upper Sandusky, OH, on September 15; the Coon Hunters Drive in Tiffin, OH, on September 22; the Hites Log Cabin Roger Higgins Sr. enjoys a fabulous 80th birthday party. Drive in Kenton, OH, on October will not have enough time to 19; and the annual banquet, make the correction in the to be held at the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Arlington, article, so check the newsletter—you might even get a OH, on November 10. All events are confirmed with the phone call if things change at the last minute. exception of the presentation We have a member of the to be given by Dot Morgan club that reached a milestone and Mike Minges and the recently. Roger Higgins Sr. annual banquet. celebrated his 80th birthday This is the list of events on June 5. A party was held that we have on the schedule in his honor on June 9 at the so far. If anyone is interested Higgins residence in Meeker, in having another drive or an OH. We would like to thank event, please let the BSDC everyone that attended and Board of Directors know sent cards with well wishes. so we can add it to the list. His covered wagon was We still have many things surrounded by family and scheduled, but it’s never friends. It was a great time. too late to add an event. As Thanks again. always, please refer to the This driving season is club’s newsletter for updates really going by quickly. I and changes that may can’t believe it’s August occur. Sometimes things may change or be canceled and I continued on page 126

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Colonial Carriage & Driving Society Fondly Remembers James Chevalier and Ernest Chase Submitted by Kay Konove

carriage parts or the whole vehicle. He loved showing off his vast collection of horse drawn vehicles and was reluctant to part with most of them. He also enjoyed hunting and the great outdoors. His greatest love was his family and dear grandchildren. Jim is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Ann (nee Fugler), along with their three children, Darren Chevalier and his wife Gail, Rebecca Downey and her husband Rich, and Tonya Sicotte and her husband Jerrold—all of Belchertown. “Bumpa,” as he was lovingly known by many, will also be dearly missed by his 15 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and his siblings, Robert Chevalier of North Carolina, and Gail Coffey of Florida. A remembrance service was held with a horse-drawn carriage procession to West St. Cemetery in Granby.

Complete results from the 15th Annual Orleton Farm Pleasure Driving Show, held on June 14-16, can be found at The Lenox Tub Parade is scheduled for Saturday, September 21 (rain date is the 22nd). Drivers must be members of CCDS. Visit the website for a membership form. This is a must-see event in the fall.

James Chevalier with granddaughter, Katelyn, at the 2013 Old Sturbridge Village Sleigh Rally.

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already. Thanks to everyone in making the summer safe and fun for everyone. We have even added some new members recently, so it’s never too late to join the club. If you know of anyone that would be interested in the BSDC, bring them along to one of our events, or extend an invitation. I realize it’s summer, but it’s a good 126 equine


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time to think about becoming an officer of the BSDC, and to think about organizing a drive for next year. It’s a great time of the year to map out a route or even find a nice area to think about hosting a drive. August is usually a time when it’s too hot for the animals for a drive, so getting one organized would be a good project. It’s nice to plan an event and share it with others in the club. As reporter, I would like to get

pictures of the events so I can add them to the articles. They play an important part of our activities. That way, others can see what the club is doing and what we are all about. We always have an open invitation for anyone to come and join us. If you are interested in joining the club, or observing our events, please let us know. You can contact me at or call 740-251-7193. I will be glad to help in any way I can.

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Colonial Carriage and Driving Society (CCDS) and the driving community lost a good friend when James W. Chevalier, 68, passed away on June 8, 2013 at Bay State Medical Center surrounded by family and friends. Jim grew up in Belchertown, MA, moved to Granby, MA, then returned to Belchertown in 1978. He started his working career in auto body repair and went on to pursue his passion of carriage restoration. Being active in the Belchertown Historical Society, he could often be recognized at the Stone House Museum wearing one of his signature hats and proudly showcasing a new restoration. He was a valuable member of the Colonial Carriage and Driving Society and the Carriage Association of America. Jim was always available for advice on restoring and repairing

Memorial contributions may be made to the Belchertown Stone House Museum, P.O. Box 1211, Belchertown, MA, 01007. Ernest Chase was a new member of CCDS, but he brought his good nature and sense of humor to each meeting he attended. Chase, of South Lee, MA, was 66 when he passed peacefully on June 10, surrounded by his family and friends at Fairview Hospital. He was the son of the late Ernest and Angeline Chase. He grew up in Berkshire Village and graduated from Mt. Greylock High School and Massachusetts College of Art. He pursued a career that utilized his talents as a fine artist, designer, sculptor, and fine woodworker. Examples of Ernie’s work can be found throughout the United States in the form of paintings, wall installations, cabinets, garden sculptures, spaceships, theme park sets, horse-drawn carriages, and company logos. He was a partner in the Berkshire Carriage Works, a business in which he restored antique carriages and designed and built new horse-drawn vehicles. Most recently, he has worked for Asia Galleries in Great Barrington, MA. In addition to painting, he had many other interests that included travel, collecting antiques or unusual objects, and photography. Ernie will be missed by family, friends, and all who knew him.

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[LEFT] Janet Yosay admires a Bowman harness. [RIGHT] WRCA members get a lesson on how to choose harness leather.

Western Reserve Carriage Association Members Entertained by Bowman Leather and Bits Submitted By Mary Thomas

Bowman Leather and Bits opened the doors of their new facility near Mt. Hope, OH, to the Western Reserve Carriage Association (WRCA) on May 25. After a brief meeting conducted by President Henry Rish and Stacey Giere, members enjoyed a delicious afternoon meal prepared by Mrs. Dan Bowman and her young helpers. After indulging in homemade pie and ice cream, WRCA members adjourned to another area of the new shop to listen to Dan Bowman explain the various types of leather found in a single hide. Only about one-third of a hide can be used for a top quality harness. Dan commented that the best leather comes from the same parts of the steer that has the best cuts of meats. In quality leather the fibers are close together, making it strong enough for a safe harness. Jacob Bowman took the floor to demonstrate how a leather strap can be “shaved” to a consistent thickness before showing the difference in hand and machine stitching. Finishing strap edges and making holes in it concluded the tour of the harness area. Moving to another room, Jacob discussed the process of making a curb chain and his signature curb hooks. The popular Bowman bits are made on site and a large stock of materials used was on hand. The stainless steel bit cheeks 128 equine


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are laser cut. Using an expensive silver solder, the brass mouthpieces are joined to the cheeks. To wrap up the bit portion of the tour, Jacob explained how they are polished then stored behind drapes to keep them sparkling bright. Moving outside, the group watched Dan measure one of his Morgans for a custom-made Bowman Leather harness. There was time left for checking out all of the harnesses, patent show collars, belts, bits, harness boxes, etc. in the large showroom in the front of the new building. The new Bowman catalog was available for members to take home with them. In other club news, congratulations are in order for several WRCA members who did well at the Gayla Bluegrass Combined Driving Event. Stacey Giere won the Intermediate Single Horse division while Tracy Laufer finished second in Training Single Horse. Nancy Roemer and Carol Milhoun brought home the third and fourth places, respectively, in a large division of Preliminary Pair Ponies. Bev Patrick not only won Preliminary Pair Horse at Gayla, but also at Elk Creek. The Blue Ribbon Driving Show in Kalamazoo, MI, drew several WRCA competitors. Jackie and Mike Minges with their darling donkeys, Daryl and Darnell, picked up several ribbons as well as having their pictures appear in the Kalamazoo Gazette. Dr. Susan

Bowman’s bits on display.

Orosz was interviewed by the paper and she and her Morgan mare had a successful show. Polly Petersen and her Welsh pony drove well, earning several placings, as did Mary Thomas and her Dartmoor mare. Ivan Burkholder was recently interviewed by Cleveland’s Channel 5 reporter, Leon Bibb. During the interview, WRCA members Linda Peiffer and Larry Smith arrived, dropping off a gig for repairs. They had a chance to listen in on the interview and tour around Ivan’s Woodlyn Coach facility. There are two popular drives scheduled for August. The first is the August 17 Tannerwood Farms drive, hosted by Ted and Sunny Jones. There’s a dressage ring, a water hazard, a cones course, and Sunny’s beautiful trail through the woods. Next is the August 24 drive at the Carlisle Reservation, part of the Lorain County Parks System. Hosted annually by Floyd and Linda Wells, this drive features miles of wide, well-drained trails, with bridges, a few hills, woods, and meadows.

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Western news up $5,000 in added money for the APHA ranch sorting classes held during the APHA World Championship Show in the fall. Meanwhile, an additional $5,000 will be distributed by RSNC to the high moneywinning Paint Horses in each state.


A GROUP OF CENTRAL NEW YORK REINERS raised $1,500 in the 2013 Tour De Cure Ride for Diabetes. A “well done” goes out to Chris Lighthipe, Todd Bednarek, RE Sears, Jackie Hoyt, and Jennifer Hoyt. PHOTO: (INSET) COURTESY OF THE CENTRAL NEW YORK REINING HORSE ASSOCIATION; (BOTTOM) MICHAEL BROOKS

ALL STARS Seven Judson College Equestrian Team members were named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-Academic Team. This recognition is given to students earning credit hours as a sophomore or above and maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The students included Brianne Culp of Brunswick, OH; Lindy Cowart of Braxton, MS; Jana Davenport of Jemison, AL;

Christina Duke of Birmingham, AL; Madelyn King of Collierville, TN; Kayla Syck of Wetumpka, AL; and Kaleigh Young of Tuscaloos, AL.

TEAMING UP The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and the Ranch Sorting National Championships (RSNC) have teamed up to provide incentives for Paint Horses to compete in the sport of ranch sorting. The three-year agreement signed recently by both groups sets

It’s the moment everyone has been anticipating! The National Reining Horse Youth Association Dan James and Smart Little Mustang will (NRHyA) Varsity compete in the Mustang Million. Reining Club’s (VRC) all new website,, is up and achievement makes Smart Like running. NRHyA has updated the Juice, Inc. number seven on the entire site including new and list, placing them among greats exciting prizes like a Montana like Lance Griffin, Tim McQuay, Silversmiths buckle, with more Arcese Quarter Horses USA, new items to come. Rosanne Sternberg, Rancho Oso Rio LLC, and David Silva Sr.

SHOW HIM THE MONEY Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship and Smart Little Mustang make their run at one million dollars in cash and prizes at Mustang Million on September 17-21, 2013. The competition will be held in the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, TX. Mustang Million is the richest wild horse training event produced by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the creators of the Extreme Mustang Makeover. James has been selected by ABC Big Picture Productions as a possible reality television personality to document his experience through Mustang Million.


The 2012-13 Judson College Equestrian Team.

The NRHA is proud to add another name to its exclusive Million Dollar Owner list: Smart Like Juice, Inc. This outstanding

CONDOLENCES Colonels Smoking Gun, known worldwide simply as “Gunner,” lost his battle with laminitis on July 8. The National Reining Horse Hall of Fame inductee and $5 Million Sire was humanely put down after spending a week at Equine Medical Associates in Pilot Point, TX, under the constant care of Dr. John McCarroll. Simply put, Gunner was a horse for the ages. When he made his center-stage debut at the NRHA Futurity in 1998, the reining world fell in love with the diminutive sorrel with the floppy ears and white tail. After tying for the NRHA Futurity Open Reserve title as a threeyear-old, he went on win the U.S. Equestrian Team Reining Championship in 2001. He was

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Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Central U.S. Championships Goes Off with a Bang

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Cowboy Up! Congratulations to California High School Rodeo State Finals All Around Cowboy Clayton Brum (State Champion Bull Rider) and All Around Cowgirl Billie Holman (State Champion Barrel Racer and Reserve Champion Cutter)!

Million Dollar Man In less than a year after achieving the four million dollar mark, Wimpys Little Step (Nu Chex To Cash x Leolita Step) has become the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Five Million Dollar Sire. This 130 equine


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clinched the Reserve Champion Cowgirl slot, proving that consistency pays. The Starline Showcase provided another CMSA Friday night of spectacular mounted shooting competition. Cody Clark’s near-record run took the Men’s Open Eliminator. Kuka enriched her event winnings by taking the Lady’s

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Cowboy mounted shooting took the center stage at the Stephenville Trailers Central United States Championships in Guthrie, OK.

side Gunner, Smart Chic Olena, Topsail Whiz and Hollywood Dun It. The 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee is owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC in Purcell, OK, where he currently stands.

second in the Open 2D division, while Alica Turkington won the Open 3D division and Mackenzie Dance claimed the Open 4D. There were also some wonderful youth riders in attendance. Jenna Davidson had the fastest run of the night with her partner, Otoes Diamond Rio, stopping the clock at 14.547 to bring home $80.50.

In It to Win It Congratulations to Shi Major and Sassy who won the Open 1D Barrel Race at Falls Creek Farm in Oneco, CT, on June 8, 2013. The duo brought home $185.50 for their Wimpys Little Step has become the blistering fast speed of National Reining Horse Association’s 14.647 seconds. Doug newest Five Million Dollar Sire. Leasor and Brownies Little Sins were in a makes him the fifth horse to close second with a time of 14.658. earn this achievement and Robin Annnecharico took first and puts him in the ranks along-

Teamwork Grazing Fields Farm (GFF) in Buzzards Bay, MA, and Hillside Meadows in Grafton, MA, have teamed up together. Amber Woodruff of GFF is coaching Hillside Meadows’ western Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team. Two of their riders—Monika Ernenwein and Cara SanFratello—even made it to the IEA Western Finals in Oklahoma City, OK, this year!

Photos: (top) Mark Quigley; (bottom) John Brasseaux

The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) Stephenville Trailers Central U.S. Championships, held June 4-8 in Guthrie, OK, featured fast shooting and fast horses, with $12,500 added, 7x points, and a 50% class payback. Charlie Little of St. Michael, MN, along with his traveling companion Roy Bean from Eagle, ID, dazzled at the championship. Their outstanding performance netted Charlie the High Overall and Champion Cowboy titles, while Roy took a fix on the Reserve Champion Cowboy honors with a second overall finish. Both of these young men demonstrated superb horsemanship, excellent course management, and precise shooting. Curt Moore of Decatur, TX, finished third overall with another extraordinary performance. 2012 Reserve World Champion Cowgirl Jesse Kuka came from Maple Plain, MN, and once again showed her expertise and skill with a six-gun atop of a galloping horse. She captured the Champion Cowgirl laurels with a fourthplace overall finish. Dr. Amanda Porter

Open. Daniel Kelly hustled to a substantial win in the Men’s Limited Eliminator, while Maria Lasley laid claim to the Women’s Limited Eliminator Title. The Rifle and Shotgun competitions provided an exciting variation in the Showcase mounted shooting. John Clark of Morrison, TN, bested secondplace Zane Chunn of Ft. Smith, AK, by less than eight one-hundredths of a second to eke out the win in the Rifle class. Marcus Wadley of Springtown, TX, took the win in the Shotgun class. The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and American Paint


HF Mobster and Larson Win NRHA Derby Open By Christa Morris

The 2013 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby showcased the $435,000-added Open Finals on June 29 at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, OK. The NRHA Derby is the organization’s premier event for the world’s best 4-, 5- and 6-year-old reining horses and hosts two slates of ancillary classes. This year’s derby finals were the richest ever, paying out approximately $948,000 to owners and nominators of Open and Non Pro finalists. During the Open go-round, more than 500 entries competed for a spot in the finals with 72 of the top-scoring horse-and-rider teams invited back to Saturday night’s event. After numerous leader changes, one entry cleared the rest of the field by one-half point: HF Mobster (Gunner x Dun Its Black Gold) and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson, with a 228.5. Heritage Farms owns the 2008 stallion that has earned $45,400 so far in his career. Most recently, he and Larson finished in fourth place at the 2013 National Reining Breeders Classic. Go-round leader, A Smokin Whiz (Topsail Whiz x PF Nu Miss Royal Rsk), ridden by Jason Vanlandingham, earned a second place finish in the finals with a 228. Just behind with a 227.5 was 2012 NRHA Futurity Champion, Americasnextgunmodel (Gunner x Cee Dun It Do It) and NRHA Professional Casey Deary, to end the finals in third place.

to that lead and won the Level 2 Open Championship for a paycheck of $10,996. In 2012, Dunit A Lil Ruf and Salmon were finalists in levels 1-3 at the NRHA Derby. To date, the 2007 mare has earned $19,199 in NRHA competition, and Salmon has won in excess of $100,170 in her NRHA career.

CFR Centenario Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Miss Hollywood Whiz) and Franco Bertolani of Aubrey, TX, jumped to the top of the Level 3 Open division with a 226. They ended the finals with the championship and a fourth place finish in the Level 4 Open division. Domencio Lomuto’s 2008 stallion added more than $44,400 to his current $46,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings.

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Level 2 Champions Late in the first section, Dunit A Lil Ruf (Lil Ruf Peppy x Bueno Poco Dunit) and NRHA Professional Ann Salmon of Tioga, TX, earned a score of 223 to lead the Level 2 Open division. They held on

Level 1 Champions Spin N Wimp (Wimpys Little Step x Spinning Beauty) and Mirjam GiraudiniStillo marked a 219.5 to match their go-round score and win the Level 1 Open division finals. The 2007 gelding

is owned by Andrea Stillo and has over $40,500 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings. Spin N Wimp has been shown primarily in Europe, racking up wins at the Italian Reining Horse Association Futurity (Four-Year-Old) and German Breeder’s Futurity. The Stillos recently brought him from their native Italy to their ranch in Tioga, TX.

Prime Time Co-Champs The championship in the Prime Time division was determined in the go-round. Two matching scores of 220.5 ranked at the top of the pack: Whattadualpep (Mister Dual Pep x Whattaroyalprincess) with Carol Metcalf and Dunit A Lil Ruf with Ann Salmon. The co-champs earned $1,890 and split the champion awards. To relive the highlights of the NRHA Derby, check out

[LEFT] Jason Vanlandingham and A Smoking Whiz slid into a second place finish in the Open Finals; [RIGHT] Mirjam Giraudini-Stillo and Spin N Wimp were the Level 1 Champions.

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Horse Association (APHA) breed classes underscored the importance of the equine half of a cowboy mounted shooting team. Charlie Little piloting Tazs Little Freckles took the AQHA Open class. The AQHA Select Amateur was won by Te Jay Caleb, ridden by Nancy Crosby from Morrison, TN. The AQHA Amateur division winner, The Genuine Blond, was chauffeured by Weatherford, Texasbased Kelsi Ford. Collin Esau, from Claremore, OK, rode Crome Plated Doll

for the AQHA Youth division win. The newly established American Paint Horse Association classes are blending into cowboy mounted shooting with a bang. The APHA Cowboy Amateur class went to Maria Lasley riding MR Poppy Choice. The APHA Amateur Master class was won by Moondancer’s Honey Back, ridden by Thomas Porter of Greenbrier, AR. The popular APHA Youth Cowboy went to Dude Markers Storm piloted by Sanger, Texas’ Shelby DeGeare. For more information and full results, visit August 2013

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Central New York Reining Horse Association Ride and Slide May 30 – June 2, 2013, Syracuse, NY Photos Courtesy of Waltenberry

« Laura Holcomb scored a 145.5 on Dolls Whistlindixie to earn the championship in the Intermediate Open and the reserve championship in the Lewis Holmes Memorial NRHA Open.

On the

« The wonderful flag ceremony brought smiles to the faces of all of the exhibitors and spectators.


« Lindsay Baar won the levels 4, 3 and 2 Itsa Bingo Greyhound Non Pro derbies on ARC Surprize Steps.

« Jerry Coleman and Shiners Whizard scored a 147.5 in the Lewis Holmes Memorial NRHA Open to win.

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[LEFT] Riders gather for a photo at Hodges Village Dam in Oxford, MA. [RIGHT] Becky Kalagher and Karen Parlin riding Junior and Shaleah.

Bay State Trail Riders Association Has Successful Scavenger Hunt, National Trails Day Ride Submitted by Lisa Grigaitis and Becky Kalagher

Photos: Lisa Grigaitis

The Bay State Trail Riders Association Scavenger Hunt is always a big hit. It combines horseback riding, mental challenges (the clue sheet), and good eye sight (actually finding the objects). Top that off with a great lunch provided by Gary Shults Horseshoeing (our very gracious ride sponsor) and his whole family, including the in-laws, and you have a recipe for success. Lurissa and her sworn to secrecy Scavenger Hunt Team did a superb job of marking the trails, hiding the clue items, and scoring all the teams’ findings. It’s a lot of work and we appreciate it all. And, since this event was held on Mother’s Day, all the “girls” received a carnation. Thank you, Lurissa! Our sharp minded, eagled-eyed winners are as follows: In the Senior division, first place went to Ann Sellew; in second was Becky Kalagher, followed by Kathy Richards and Lynn Paresky in third; Suzanne Nicholas and Donna Johnson came in fourth; Bill and Agnita Knott placed fifth; and Mary Ceaser finished in sixth place.

The Adult division was placed as follows: Leah Kennedy claimed first place; with Karen Parlin coming in second; Celeste Santos-Rivera and Linda Krul took third; Sandy Molinari and Donna Peronace were fourth, Dawn Foley, Pam Colwell, Jen Shults, and Connor Shults rounded out the top five; and Lauren Dicker came in sixth. And in the Junior division, Isabella Melito, Abigail Rapietko, and Brittney Remillard went home the winners, followed by Carlie Cichocki; Lillian Klosen and Sarah Gallagher; Jonathan Graveson; Elina Barrows; and Suzie Barrows in the second through sixth places, respectively. On the Wednesday prior to the National Trails Day Ride we had a board meeting. On the agenda was what to do about Saturday’s National Trails Day Ride due to the weather forecast of heavy rain on Friday. We decided that since the weathermen were saying the rain should move out by late morning that we would postpone the start time to 11:00 a.m. Becky marked our loop on Thursday because of that rain.

Darlene and Lauren Falcone riding Ziggy and Jewell.

We had a great turnout on ride day, with 47 participants coming out to enjoy the trails and a beautiful, rain-free day. There were 14 contributors who turned in Riding Papers with sponsorships, totaling $9,170. The top eight winning the big prize packages, in order of most funds raised, were: Lynn Paresky, Becky Kalagher, Donna Johnson, Jeffrey Briggs, Christine Nichols, Julia Taddei, Karen Parlin, and Kathy Richards. Thanks to those top eight and to Lynn Foster, Lisa Grigaitis, AnnMarie Paul, Sandy Wedge, Leah Kennedy, and Ann Sellew for turning in riding paper sponsorships. Their efforts paid off. The ride was sponsored by Paresky Flitt & Company, L.L.P. They paid for

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Ohio Arabian and All-Breed Trail Society Member Says Goodbye to an Old Friend Submitted by Mickie Newnam

It’s hard to believe that as you read this, it will be close to halfway through ride season. Time certainly flies! Speaking of time flying, remember that, in September, at the Cracked OAATS (Ohio Arabian and All-Breed Trail Riding Society) Crunch, we will be having our annual board of directors elections. You can read who is up for election and informa-

tion about them on our website, oats. org. If you want to vote but can’t get to the ride, you may request an absentee ballot from me. Unfortunately the only other thing I have to share this month is that I had to euthanize my wonderful gelding, Akela, in mid-June. I delivered him and raised him from a colt, so it’s like losing a part of me. But I know he had a lot of

Akela and me at our last organized drive at Cowan Lake, May 2013.

friends waiting to welcome him, and I can’t really complain since most people don’t get 30 years with their horses. We had a great time!

Connecticut Trail Rides Association Anticipates Upcoming Events Submitted by Kim Dore

I hope everyone is getting some good ride time in. As I write this, it is raining yet again! We are getting ready to build that ark we’ve all heard so much about. The “stream” that cuts our pasture in half is currently a raging river, I just hope it goes down before the next big storm or my horses will need snorkels to find the grass. Memorial Day weekend was a “wash” and the general meeting was canceled on Saturday night. Some members didn’t receive the news in time and had a small potluck supper, and then Karen

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all of the expenses with the exception of food, which was donated by our generous food sponsors: Papa Gino’s of Webster, Wegmans, Hannaford, Price Chopper, Market Basket, and Douglas House of Pizza. There were also numerous prize

Dilger put on a wonderful breakfast Sunday morning. The meeting was rescheduled for Saturday, July 6. Connecticut Trail Rides Association (CTRA) and the U.S. Wild Horse and Burro Association (USWHBA) would like to thank all those who helped and/ or rode for the 50/50 benefit weekend. Camp Boardman was well supervised by Sally Doyle and Kathy Ives. Camp Director, Larry Adkins, popped in and out all weekend. Patti Crowther, Kathy Watson, and Karen Dilger joined the group for Saturday night, and Sunday

sponsors. They can be found by visiting A big thanks to all of our volunteers, who made the ride possible: Sharron Cochran, Donna Johnson, Rose Zariczny, Becky Kalagher, Karen Parlin, Marilyn Gentilotti, Kathy Richards, Julia Taddei, and Lynn Paresky. Thanks to all the participants who provided wonderful desserts.

and brought some good food to add to the offerings. Bud Dore was chef for the weekend and cooked up a great breakfast and lunch on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Karen Dilger provided another wonderful breakfast on Sunday, and Rick Dore grilled his yummy London broil and brought it to camp for Saturday dinner. Riders from New Jersey and New Hampshire joined CTRA members for some relaxed trail rides and camping with perfect weather both days. Upcoming events for CTRA are as follows: Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 are open. Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11 will be the Annual Barbecue and Fundraiser Auction weekend. The barbecue on Sunday will start at 11:00 a.m. The menu will include marinated and grilled London broil and chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers, potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, a garden salad, fruit salad, desserts, and beverages. The hosts are Kim and Rick Dore, with help from Gigi Ouellette, Patti Crowther, and Karen Dilger. There was a direct mailing in June, with costs and reservation requirements. The auction will start at 12:30 p.m. Donations of items to be offered should be brought to camp no later than Saturday. Please remember—anyone bringing horses to camp this weekend must make sure they are secured by 10:30 a.m. There will be no riding during the barbecue or auction. This is not an official lot holding weekend. Also on August 10, Sue Tracy will be

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West Greenwich Horseman’s Assoc. Stays Busy Throughout the Summer Submitted by Tammy Lamphere

A lot of exciting events have been happening with the West Greenwich Horseman’s Association (WGHA). On May 26, Ida Sweet served up her famous stuffed French toast for the May Brunch Ride, held at Goddard Park in East Greenwich, RI. The weather was perfect and all 37 participants and their horses enjoyed a great ride and a yummy breakfast. There were prizes for those who found the egg cutouts hanging in the trees along the trails. One lucky WGHA member, Denise Anthony, won the huge May Day Brunch Basket. On June 3, WGHA President LuAnn Grafe and her husband, Mike, hosted the first of three WGHA Hunter Paces. These rides always draw a large group and this year, 61 riders got to compete for the closest, secret

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Photos: (left) Mike grafe; (right) Jen Hyland

hosting a “Game Ride.” The time will be decided at a later date. The weekend of August 17-18 is open, as is August 24-25. Labor Day weekend will be at Camp Boardman, from Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2. Saturday will be the Annual Spaghetti Supper. A direct mailing with costs and reservation requirements was sent in June with the barbecue and auction notice. Volunteers will be needed for this event, due to conflicting show schedules with our original hosts. Dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. with a general meeting to follow at 7:00 p.m. It will take community effort to make this annual event a success. Please contact CTRA President Gigi Ouellette at or 203-515-0174 to help put this together. On Sunday, September 1, Patti Crowther and Kathy Watson will host the Pancake Plus Breakfast from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Bring your appetites and expect to roll away from the table stuffed full of yummy food. The Children’s Turkey Hunt, hosted by Ann Dominick, will start at 10:00 a.m., and the Turkey Hunt Ride, hosted

ride time. Here is a list of the winners of the 2013 First Annual WGHA Hunter Pace: In the Hunter division, first place went to

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“Quit Pulling.” -Craig Cameron Sandra Stavens and Megan Stavens, with Phyllis Alexander and Cathie MestimakerHarris coming in reserve. The Hill Topper division was won by Karen Unsworth, followed by Connie Sharp. Meredith

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[LEFT] Denise Anthony and her mother, Marcia. [RIGHT] From left, Greg Roache riding Kid, Jen Hyland riding Legacy, and Connie Barque riding Tasha.

by Lynn Gogolya, will start at 11:00 a.m. This will be an official lot holding weekend. Saturday, September 7 is open, but Sunday, September 8 will be the Strain Family Horse Farm Annual Trail Ride in Granby, CT. The event will start at 10:00 a.m. sharp and will be a leisurely three-hour ride, with water and road crossings. This year, coffee and doughnuts will be served prior to the ride. Equestrians are requested to bring their own bag lunch and folding chair to enjoy with delicious desserts provided by the Strain family, upon completion of the ride. Contact the Strains at 860-653-3275 for reservations and complete details. Saturday, September 14 is open, while Sunday, September 15 will be the Larkin State Bridle Trail Ride in Oxford, CT, hosted by Karen Dilger. The ride will start at 11:00 a.m. at the trailhead on Christian Street in Oxford. Contact Karen for more details at 203-723-1566, 203-525-5478 or September 21-22 will be the Boardman Memorial Ride weekend at Camp Boardman. This is the last lot holding weekend of 2013. On Saturday, there will be a beef stew supper at 6:00 p.m.—bring

your own beverages, utensils, and plates. Host Kim Dore will be providing the stew, fresh breads, and rolls. Sunday will be the official Boardman Memorial Trail Ride. Riders should be saddled up and ready to go by 10:30 a.m. Please RSVP to Kim at 860-309-4507 by Thursday, September 19 for supper. The weekend of September 28-29 is still open, if members would like to host a ride, as is October 5-6. Columbus Day weekend, including Friday, October 11 through Monday, October 14, is open as well, as is October 19-20. October 26-27 will be the official closing of Camp Boardman for 2013. All campers and personal items must be removed by Thursday, October 31, at the latest. If you are unable to do so, contact Larry Adkins at 860-482-6445. And, on Saturday, November 2, the annual elections and banquet will take place at the Litchfield Firehouse. President, Gigi Ouellette and secretary, Kim Dore, will host the banquet with help from the general membership— volunteers are needed. Full details will be direct mailed at a later date as well as published in the Equine Journal and posted on the official CTRA website, Facebook page, and group. August 2013

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remounted and got it done. Thank you, Lu! Everyone had a great time and most will return for the third annual hunter pace on August 25. The calendar is full of upcoming rides so visit orgsites. com/ri/wgha for a complete list. If you would like to host a ride, please contact Lu. If you, as a member, have any horse news that you would like to have included in these articles, please contact me at tlamphere1@

continued from page 135 Johnson claimed the Trailblazer division, while Jane Samuels took second. And in the Junior division, Kaleigh Sharp was the champion and Makenzie Coffey and Alexandra Coffey finished in second. Lu and Mike Grafe worked hard to get the trails horseready. At the last second, Lu had to change the course due to unknown field trails! She

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Morgan news By kim ablon whitney

[LEFT] DFM Poetic Justice and Jenna Britt won many championships together. [RIGHT] Robin McGrath and Aikanes Sunflower.

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During the 2013 Connecticut Morgan Horse Show (CMHS), DFM Poetic Justice was inducted into the Hall of Fame. “Sharky” commanded show rings throughout the country for most of a decade and it was in Connecticut that the Britt family’s Sharky became a legend in his own time. With five back-to-back CMHS Junior Exhibitor Western Pleasure Championships, he established a record that is incomparable. Jenna Britt, who showed him to an impressive list of championship titles, presented him. Bred by David and MaryAnn Burghard of Damne Fyne Morgans, Sharky’s royal bloodlines (sired by two-time Reserve World Champion DFM Faith Justified) foretold the celebrated destiny that would await the fearless colt. His march to Morgan history began early on as Mark Mason showed him to many in-hand wins. He then joined the ranks of the superstars at Bellewether, and under the guidance of Judy Nason, Sharky found his niche in the demanding western pleasure divisions for owners Bruce and Cindi Schmidt. What would a horse story

be without a horse crazy girl waiting for her chance to feel the excitement of owning her own horse? In Sharky’s story, that little girl was Jenna Britt. The Britts purchased Sharky in 2001, and Jenna had a successful first season. At the Grand National, they turned heads and brought home two titles: Reserve Grand National Junior Exhibitor Western Pleasure 11 & Under and Reserve World Junior Exhibitor Western Pleasure 13 & Under Champion. They amassed an enviable record, and each year they came home from Oklahoma with a world championship in either pleasure, equitation, or both, for a total of 10 in eight years, including 2007 American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) Western Seat Gold Medal Finals Champion. “I feel blessed and honored to have found the horse of a lifetime and to have been able to have him as my partner throughout my junior exhibitor career,” Jenna said. “The bond that he and I have will never be duplicated and there will never be another horse like him.” When Jenna enrolled at UVM, Sharky went with her and became an instant favorite at the Sogoloffs’ Cedar Spring

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Farm, where he continues to enjoy retirement. At 21 years young, he is still a super star Morgan ambassador.

Perfect 10 Bill Haines of Ledyard Farms in King Ferry, NY, is very pleased with their 10 foals born earlier this year. Farm manager Rebecca Cooper said the foals were sired by Astronomicallee, Town Assets, HVK Bell Flaire, Mizrahi, AFF Leroy Brown, and Man in Motion. Their dams are Graywood’s Epona, Whitemud Lady Tisera, Dutchmor’s Joy, CBMF Immortal Belle, CBMF Can’t Touch Me, Mendon Belle Amie, Wintop’s Princess Vanity, Rare Piece, Tempted, and Wild Imaginings.

Way to Go, Grad! In May, Kate Alderman graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. The daughter of Phil and Peggy Alderman of Salem Farm in North Claredon, VT, majored in criminal justice and economics.

Special Deliveries There were five foals born earlier this year at Dr. Kevin Schengrund’s Schengrund Stables, LLC, in Hershey, PA. Four were sired by HVK Man About

Town—a liver chestnut filly out of Futurity’s Touch Of Harley; a bay colt out of Stonecroft Couture; a bay filly out of AWS Candlelight; and a bay colt out of Arboria Victor’s Pride. SSLLC Evening Edition had a chestnut colt by Graycliff Tony. Farm manager Amanda Krall reports that all are doing well.

Doing It All Robin McGrath of Newfane, VT, shared some news on her recent successes with her Morgan mare, Aikanes Sunflower. On June 8, the pair completed two Introductory Level dressage tests at the West River Stables Two Phase in Brookline, VT. They received really nice scores, which resulted in a third in Introductory A and second in Introductory B. “I didn’t do the jumping part of the two phase as I knew my mare was going to be trotting her heart out the next day up at GMHA,” says McGrath. On June 9, the pair competed in the GMHA 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride and ended with a score of 99.5 out of 100, which meant they walked away as reserve champions. “To top off the awesome day

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[LEFT] The Lippitt Morgan Horse Registry’s table at the Garfield Farm Museum. [RIGHT] The Lippitt Morgan stallion, Mint Jacob, greeted visitors between demonstrations and presentations.

The Lippitt Morgan Horse Registry Attends the Garfield Farm Museum’s Annual Rare Breeds Show The 27th Annual Garfield Farm Museum held its Annual Rare Breeds Livestock and Poultry Show Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Compton Hills, IL. This year was the first year for The Lippitt Morgan Horse Registry, Inc. (TLMHR) to attend. Garfield Farm and Tavern, listed in the National Register of Historic Sites, is a 374-acre farmstead and former 1840s teamster inn. The weather was beautiful and attendance was very good. For many of the visitors to the show, it was the first and

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continued from page 137 we had, [Aikanes Sunflower] received High Point Morgan of the day!” says McGrath. “She is a very versatile Morgan. I also compete in gymkhanas, extreme trail, and at shows. She has never disappointed me. And best of all…I trained her myself!”

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perhaps the last time in their lives they might ever see some of these highly endangered animals. The Lippitt Morgan Horse Registry, Inc. was formed two years ago to protect, preserve, and promote this diminishing gene pool of the highest percentage of the original Figure’s blood available today. The registry’s booth was located in the 1842 hay and grain barn. This barn is large and provided TLMHR Secretary, Jane Myers, ample space to give two lectures. The registry provided

with the American Morgan Horse Educational/Charitable Trust (AMHECT) to offer two special online competitions: Schooling-Equitation and Show Practice-Pleasure. These online shows provide a unique opportunity for riders to practice their skills and receive feedback from expert judges on how they can improve their next performance, simply by videotaping a practice ride and uploading their video to Proceeds from these online shows will benefit the AMHECT, which supports AMHA educational programs and services and other charitable organizations, including Team Morgan. “We are delighted to offer this

educational materials on the Lippitt, video footage, and Myers explained why it is so important to save the Lippitt Morgan. The seats in this historical barn were filled and the lectures were taped by the registry and many others. At the end of the lectures there was a question and answer period at which many good questions were asked. The registry had large visuals depicting today’s “modern” Morgan in comparison to the historical and original-type Lippitt Morgan. There was also a graph of the declining numbers of Lippitt foals produced over the past 15 years, with seven-year averages, which brought many people’s attention to their small numbers. Mint Jacob, the Lippitt Morgan stallion representative, was provided a round pen next to TLMHR’s booth. Jacob

innovative approach to aid horse enthusiasts in their learning,” states AMHA Executive Director, Julie Broadway, on behalf of AMHECT. “We would also like to thank the wonderful judges who are volunteering their talents and time—Erlene Seybold-Smythe, Betsy Boone, Kristen Cater, Cindy Mugnier, Dwayne Knowles, Mark Bodnar, Cliff Swanson, Sarah Gove, and David Cater!”

A Good Sport The United Professional Horseman’s Association (UPHA) announced a new award—the UPHA Challenge Cup Sportsmanship Award. The goals of this program are to: Identify potential future

continued on page 140 leaders in the equine industry from riders in each of the UPHA Challenge Cup Breed, Pleasure, National Junior, and Senior finals; and recognize UPHA Challenge Cup Finals competitors for their achievements both in and out of the sport. All riders that are in good standing with the UPHA and compete in Phase 1 of a UPHA Challenge Cup Breed, Pleasure, National Junior, or Senior finals will be eligible for the award. The winner will be voted on by his or her peers, which have also competed in Phase 1 of their division. For more information, contact UPHA, Inc at 859-2315070 or;

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Annual Show Draws Equines and Exhibitors from Across the Country Submitted by Kris Pollock

The Connecticut Morgan Horse Show was held in West Springfield, MA, from June 6-9, 2013. The week brought horses and exhibitors from all over the country. All were welcomed by manager, Johnna Chenail, with a Move-In Mexican Fiesta after a hard day of work setting up stalls and prepping for the show. Thursday morning saw the start of the event with great performances by all entries. Fans and spectators near and far were able to experience the action via the addition of a live feed video link and the show’s Facebook page. Everyone enjoyed some ice-cream sundaes after the last class of the evening and some even enjoyed a jello or pudding shot! Friday may have brought the rain, but that didn’t stop the sport horses. The carriage, hunters, and dressage divisions all had quality entries that braved the weather to perform outside. Inside the coliseum we saw some more great classes, though the real competition came later that evening at the Battle of the Barns. Teams were challenged both physically (hay bale toss) and mentally (bridle assembly), with the top four advancing to the event of the night: a Hippity Hop Relay Race. Channeling their inner Secretariat, four team members had to bounce around the arena in a race to the finish. Two final teams advanced to the final event, a Tug-of-War. In true chain-gang style, Team Sebrand pulled their way to a win and retired the Coconut Mama Challenge Trophy. Saturday afternoon melted the hearts of everyone during the David and Mary

Barros Foundation Therapeutic Leadline class. As three fine riders entered the ring; their joy and excitement could be felt throughout the arena as they were led around on their trusty steeds. A grant was awarded to the show this year, which funded the cost the riders incurred, including entry fees, stabling, and transportation. The show committee noted that the competition hopes to increase participation in coming years and encouraged anyone interested to contact them for information. Horses need not be a Morgan to participate, though it is encouraged. DMF Poetic Justice was inducted into the Connecticut Morgan Hall of Fame on Saturday night; the ceremony was touching as Jenna Britt rode “Sharky” around the arena. The western pleasure gelding earned 10 world championships in eight years, including both western equitation and pleasure. Highlights of the night included the Open Hunter Pleasure Championship taken by DRF Sweet Sensation, ridden by Amanda Porto, and the [ABOVE] Richard Boule and CBMF Hitting the Streets reOpen Pleasure Driving ceived the Performance of the Show distinction. [TOP] Jess Championship with CBMF Sylvestre and Snappy won the Therapeutic Leadline class.

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Hitting the Streets and Richard Boule putting on the performance of the show! After a terrific breakfast party, Sunday morning held more championship classes. One of the highlights was the $750 Junior Exhibitor Hunter Pleasure Championship, which saw stiff competition, with fine riding by all horse and rider combinations. In the end it was CBMF Status Symbol with Lauren Marshall earning the tri-color, with MEM Once and Again and rider Michelle Quinlisk in reserve. All in all, it was a great week of competition and fun.

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Arabian news DON’T MISS OUT! The 29th Annual Varian Summer Jubilee will be held August 3-4, 2013. Enjoy a delightful weekend on the beautiful central coast of California. Relax and enjoy some of the most incredibly bred horses in the world, and be sure to witness the famous Varian Mare Walk!

TRUE PROFECTION! Congratulations to SH Profection, ridden by Ciara Danese and owned by Barbara and Ronald Cohen, for winning Reserve Overall High Score with a 73.4% at Dressage at Fair Hill.

WHAT A LADY CHERYL LANE-CARON AND MOONSHINE MALACHI placed second and fourth in their First Level tests at the Mystic Valley Hunt Club Open Dressage Show.

Midwest congratulates Mr. Rakan Mohammed Al Humaid of Saudi Arabia on the acquisition of ORA Lady Gina (Magnum Psyche x LCC Athina).



Jeff and Sybil Collins of Collinswood Arabians send their congratulations to Skeikh Mohammed Bin Saud Al Qasimi of Albidayer Stud on the purchase of the 2013 Region 12 Champion Sweepstakes Filly, Allezandra Albidayer (SF Veraz x DA Elegantra).

SOLD! Rae-Dawn Arabians congratulates Lynn Simpson on the purchase of the stunning 2010 gelding, RD Shantar (Bey Ambition x RD Arietta Bay).


Roze Arabians has moved into their new permanent location in Elizabethtown, PA. The new facility features a 20-stall barn, indoor and outdoor arena, and lots of pasture space. They are excited about the opportunities this new facility will allow them

to pursue as they continue to expand their breeding program. Roze Arabians will be planning an open house for the fall and invite visitors to keep up with their latest plans via their website at

WEDDING BELLS Congratulations to Kaylea Boutwell of Saint Louis, MO, on her recent marriage to Chris Lenarz! The lucky couple and their family and friends headed down to Mexico for their special day!

IN THE MONEY Kristin Hardin and her HalfArabian mounts dominated the $3,000 Jumper Speed class at Brookside Equestrian Park. EVG Allon Dunit (Saladins Allon x Jundunit ), owned by Elaine Enick, and Ability (MHR Nobility x Nikita), owned by Nancy and Gregg Shafer, placed first and second respectively.

Our condolences go out to Jess Small of Livermore, ME, on the loss of her Half-Arabian gelding, Rivers Carbon Copy. “Cee” and Jess have made quite the mark, competing in a variety of disciplines and truly promoting the Arabian breed.

INDUSTRY STANDARDS The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) hosted the 2013 National Pedigreed Livestock Council (NPLC) Annual Meeting, May 6-8 in Lexington, KY. The Annual Meeting offered the chance for executive officers and registrars from nonprofit breed associations to discuss industry initiatives like marketing, education, and business strategies. “In 2012 we offered to host the 2013 Annual Meeting to show our support for NPLC. We knew the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries at the Kentucky Horse Park would be a perfect

backdrop. The galleries have been a huge success and we are excited and proud to share them with the members of NPLC,” said Glenn Petty, AHA Executive Vice President.

NEW PARTNERSHIPS Grey Goose Farm in Leesport, PA, sends their congratulations to Dawn Huntsinger-Staszak, DC on her purchase of Galeel Batal and to Kobe Anne Pielow and Sari Bolnick on their purchase of AAA Legend of the Seas! Also, a belated congratulations goes to Holly Nicole Schnader on her purchase of Fly Me To The Moon (Apollo).

CONGRATULATIONS Arabians International would like to congratulate their dear friends Raegen and Lucky Lurken on their recent purchase of NA Psexi, a beautiful filly sired by the legendary Padrons Psyche. The filly was proudly bred by Robert and Dixie North.

WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN Garlands Ltd. had a wonderful showing at the Egyptian Event! Halimaars King Tut and Katie Garland were second in the Purebred Western Open. “Tut” and Carol Sandusky won their class in the Purebred Western Amateur to Ride/Junior to Ride. Then, Katie came back in the championship and won!

EVEN BETTER Midwest congratulates Steve Smith on the purchase of Evaneline (WH Justice x This Izzathyme TRF)!

WELCOME TO THE WORLD The 4 13 Ranch would like to announce their final foal of the year. Rococo Arabesque, “Bess,” was born on May 29, 2013. She is a black filly by the Friesian stallion, Jan, and out of the Arabian mare, Spring Orchid Meldy.

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Connecticut (AHCC) Horse Show on May 24-26, 2013, as well as top placings in their other classes. This top score was earned by the duo while riding the test outside in the muddy dressage arena in unseasonably cold, 40-degree weather.

SHE SAID YES Congratulations to one of the trainers at Keepsake Arabians, Nicole Spinella, on her recent engagement to Andy Reed. We couldn’t be more excited for the happy couple!

CONGRATULATIONS TO CAROLINE VENTURA and LH Feels So Good+/ on earning his Legion of Supreme Honor!


Bess will be joining the family at Rococo Sport Horses this fall. New owner, Kathy Towery, is looking forward to showing this filly in Half-Arabian sport horse classes.

MRA Mi Shaphiyr and her owner Lauren Bousquet of Enfield, CT, earned High Point Training Level Dressage with a score of 74.20% at the Arabian Horse Club of

Congratulations to Thomas Crossen Jr., of Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods, on earning his Master’s Challenge Awards for Training Level and First Level from USDF. These awards recognize successful riders over the age of 60.

At the Copper Meadows Horse Trials, the Half-Arabian, Wall Street Status (Back Street x Sea Symbol RF), and owner, Tami Pacho, went double clear in cross-country and stadium jumping to finish fourth in the Beginner Novice division.



At the Gladstone Horse Show, Half-Arabian EVG Finale (Saladins Allon x Jundunit) and Natalie Grammer won the Pre-Children’s Hunter Classic and placed second in the Marshall and Sterling Bit O’ Straw Hunter.

Miranda Kuchera of Stoystown, PA, recently graduated from Seton Hill University with honors and at the top of her fine arts class. She is the only student to have held a private art show at the school’s gallery. When not behind the canvas, Miranda is spending time with her Anglo-Arabian hunter, RA Peaceinyourheart.


[LEFT] MRA Mi Shaphiyr and Lauren Bousquet earned High Point Training Level Dressage at the Arabian Horse Club of Connecticut Horse Show. [RIGHT] Thomas Crossen, Jr. has won two Master’s Challenge Awards.

Our sympathies are with the entire Desiderio family on the loss of their patriarch, Frank Desiderio. He passed away on June 10, 2013, at the age of 82. He was an integral part of the Desiderio legacy, the Whippany Paperboard Company, which became the largest manufacturer of recycled paperboard in the world. He went on to start Desiderio Ltd., a horse training

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Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association Braiding Clinic and Versatility Seminar and Challenge Boast Large Turnout Submitted By Nicole A. Parker

The month of June was filled with educational events for the members of the Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association (RIAHA). Rebecca Eddy shared her knowledge on the subject of braiding standards and techniques in a clinic held June 1 at Red Rock Farm in Foster, RI. This is what attendees learned: Equestrian tradition dictates that the horse’s mane and tail, in some sports, be cleanly braided for shows and competitions. Dressage horses typically sport “button” braids designed to show the muscling in the neck. Braiders plait a 2-3" section of mane into a loose braid that tightens as it goes down. Once the hair is tied off, the braider attaches heavy thread or yarn to the end of the braid and pulls it through the top of the plait near the horse’s crest by using a large needle or crochet hook, making a loop. The braider forms a “button” by rolling the loop into a ball and sewing it into place. Equestrians in the hunter/jumper ring style the horse’s mane in a series of short braids that hang down approximately 1” from the crest of the neck. This type of braid allows the mane to lie flat against the horse’s neck. The forelock should be braided in the same

manner as the mane. A braided tail adds to the picture of elegance and refinement needed. It accentuates the horse’s hindquarters and shows the heavy muscling required for this sport. A French braid is created, forming within 2" of the end of the tailbone by pulling in strips of hair from the back of the tail. This creates a flat, clean look on the top half of the horse’s tail.

Equestrians in the western disciplines “band” the horse’s mane. Riders divide the mane into small sections, typically ½" wide, then wind rubber bands the color of the hair into the top of each section. RIAHA is looking forward to organizing its next educational clinic and is impressed by the amount of members that took advantage of this great educational opportunity. The RIAHA Versatility Seminar and Challenge was held June 9, 2013 at Red Rock Farm in Foster, RI. The course was designed and engineered with safety of handler and horse in mind by Carolyn Weeks of Bearfoot Farm. The seminar started at 10:00 a.m. followed by the challenge, which was held at 12:30 p.m. The Versatile Horse & Handler Challenge was a timed race during

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Clinician, Rebecca Eddy, with attendee, Victoria Brown of Dayville, CT, at the braiding clinic.

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facility, with his wife, which has carried on through three generations. Desiderio is survived by his children, Frank Jr., Dianna, Ricci, David, and Dana; his grandchildren, Brittany, Chase, Austin, A.J., Jessica, Michael, Anthony, Alexandria, Vincent, Shaun, and Justin; and his siblings, Robert, Dominick, and Carolyn. He was predeceased by his wife of

almost 60 years, Geraldine, and daughter, Donna. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Horsemen’s Distress Fund, 236 Henry Sanford Road, Bridgewater, CT, 06752.

Athletic Recognition Kayla Lamison of Johnstown, PA, has earned her USEF High School Athlete Award. Kayla is a senior at Westmont Hilltop High School and rides at Stone Hollow Sport Horses.

« Kayla Lamison with her partner, Kryptonite SC.

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Big Money Show a Success In its 59th Year Hosted by the Arabian Horse Association of New England On June 27-29, 2013, the Arabian Horse Association of New England (AHANE) held their 59th Annual “Big Money” Horse Show in West Springfield, MA. With over $10,000 in cash and prizes on the line, many exhibitors

attended the show; with nearly 200 horses on the grounds, the show was one of the largest Arabian shows in Region 16 for 2013. Co-show managers, Donna Conklin and Robert McEntee, kept the show

Valiant Boy SBFAR Wins 2013 UAE Presidents Cup at Churchill Downs By Kathryn Smoke

Valiant Boy SBFAR won the 2013 edition of the UAE Presidents Cup at Churchill Downs on Stephen Foster Day, showing his 2012 Darley win as Four-Year-Old Colt of the Year and Darley Horse of the Year was no fluke. Racing under the lights at Churchill Downs, with close to a reported 30,000 people in attendance, was an experience not to be forgotten. The excitement of all the connections was palpable. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan flew to Churchill Downs to present

the trophies to the winner of the two Thoroughbred stakes races; The Fleur De Lis Grade II sponsored by Etihad Airline and The Stephen Foster Grade I presented by Abu Dhabi and the UAE Presidents Cup for Arabians Grade I. Coming from off the pace, Valiant Boy made his move at the top of the stretch to pass front runners Smoke House and In X Hess, ultimately drawing off for a five length win with In X Hess claiming second, Smoke House third, then Spin Doctor, Sand Blastt, So Big Is Better, Secret

running smoothly throughout the weekend. With a full schedule and many horses, they patiently resolved conflicts to help everyone have a successful competition. Lisa Robinson once again showed why she is a favorite ringmaster among the exhibitors, keeping an upbeat attitude and smiling throughout the long horse show days. While stewards are normally not the highlight of the event, Shannon Price-Herald was; with an easy going personality and a friendly presence that encouraged exhibitors to ask questions and have rules clarified.

continued on page 145 Treasour, and VIP to round out the field. Valiant Boy’s connections, breeder Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, owner Guy Neivens, trainer Ron Martino, and race manager Sharon Clark of Rigbie Farm, had much to celebrate once again. This year has started off a successful campaign for their Darley winner. This was a “threepeat” for Martino, who has now won this race three years running—twice with TM Fred Texas and this year with Valiant Boy. The Arabian racing contingent of the USA is grateful to the Emirates Racing Association and the Prestigious UAE Presidents Cup Series for showcasing the Arabian breed at the hallowed and historic racetrack and home of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs.

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which the performance of each horse and handler team would be judged on each obstacle for quality of horsemanship. For each obstacle, Weeks would award performance points on a scale of 0-5 based on the horse’s attitude, the rider’s horsemanship, and the team’s overall performance. Horse and handler were required to complete the course within a given time. Times were translated into points, and points from each obstacle were totaled. The horse and handler team with the highest overall point score won. Again, this was yet another amazing educational event organized by the RIAHA. For more information on events and the open horse show, visit 144 equine


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(L-R) Denise Anthony aboard Angelina, Sara, Connie Marks, Kathy Mckeown, Natalie Sharpe, Okie (horse), Jesse Contento, Splash (horse), and Jessica Draleau.

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were looking to perfect their ride before the Region 16 Championships, held just two short weeks after this show. Anne Marie Gregoire judged the competitive sport horse classes, both under saddle and in hand. The numbers were high and made for an exciting show. With two full days of dressage under two different judges, the AHANE horse show always attracts a good number of entries; this year was no different. Ida Anderson-Norris and Dorothy Demis both scored a multitude of rides from Intro to Fourth Level. Many riders obtained their final qualifying scores for Sport Horse Nationals. We can’t wait to see how the local riders who qualified at the AHANE horse show do at this prestigious event. Complete results and details on the 2014 horse show are available at Be sure to add the show to your calendar for 2014—it is one not to be missed!

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The newly redesigned prize list offered a number of new classes and ways for exhibitors to earn money. An innovative Halter Supreme Championship for the main ring halter horses put the champions of each gender up against each other in a final competition for the prize money. Congratulations to the twoyear-old filly, Rough Romance, owned by Gary Stacey, on being the Supreme Champion Purebred. In the Half-Arabian Supreme Championships, Black Label LOA took home top honors with Kevin Dwyer on the line. In addition to these new halter championships, the show also offered a full Academy division as well as a full Leadline division. Andrea Roncaioli and Brooke Foti’s GBA Kazimier were the big winners in the Academy division, winning not one but two of their classes. In the Leadline division, Samantha Mahan riding ALF Reiner, Katie Collins on El Shirauz, and Madeline Easler on Mecerdes Magikh all took home first place honors in their respective classes. Congratulations to these young riders who will certainly be future stars on the Arabian circuit. Judging the main ring classes, Larry Hoffman (L-R) Kylie Pitt on Shirley Paradise and Nicole Fenton on SHX presided over a number Master Sheff following the Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior to Ride 14-18 class. of quality entries who

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[LEFT] Austin Griffith competing at the 2013 IHSA National Championships. [ABOVE] Mariah Sherer riding WD Good Fellow.

Eight Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Western Horsemanship riders have been selected to participate in the 2013 AQHA Horsemanship Challenge, to take place November 20-21, during the AQHA World Championship Show. Congrats to Austin Griffith of Ohio State University, Ashley Winters of the University of Findlay, Julia Roberts of West Texas A&M University, Emily Honey of Oregon State University, Douglas Mohr of Ball State University, Alissa Frederick of Black Hawk College, Rebecca Strunk of Clemson University, and Kodi Anderson of North Central Texas College. The riders were selected based on their 2012-2013 individual statistics for horsemanship. 146 equine


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Education after Graduation Congrats to Lindsey Slack of Burlington, VT, on her recent graduation from Burlington High School. Lindsey was also excited to share that she was accepted into her first choice school, the University of South Carolina, which she will attend in the fall and will be riding on their equestrian team, competing in horsemanship. She trains with Powder Brook Farm in Harwinton, CT.

(MassQHA) Spring Show with a string of ribbons—Valerie Slimskey and Laser earned third place in Hunter Under Saddle in a class of 20 riders, while Mikayla Franklin and Luke earned first place in Walk-Trot Showmanship and were sixth in Horsemanship, and Celeste Lagonick took the blue ribbon in Horsemanship and earned third place in Novice Adult Trail on the last day.

Greyledge Greats Rockin’ the Show Ring Colonial Hill riders returned from the Massachusetts Quarter Horse Association

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Flying High Gilliam Quarter Horses would like to congratulate Mariah Sherer on her first Circuit Championship at the Northern Ohio Quarter Horse Association (NOQHA) Summer Six-Pack

Lindsey Slack (center) with friends at her high school graduation.

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Show in Canfield, OH. She and WD Good Fellow were the highest placing members in the Youth 14-18 Hunter Under Saddle for the show and the duo won the Senior Hunter Under Saddle as well. Mariah is also going to be representing Ohio at the Youth World Show in Oklahoma City, OK, in Hunter Under Saddle and Equitation. Currently the pair is sitting proud at 10th in the nation in Youth Hunter Under Saddle.

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[Clockwise from top left] The custom-made hunter jump donated by Foxy Trotters 4-H; Theresa Wills was the winner of the Ride for the Cure Command class; Many participants wore pink decorations and all wore the Ride for the Cure T-shirts; The Command class put the participants through their paces with a number of challenges.

Empire State Quarter Horse Youth Association Holds Ride for the Cure Submitted by Melissa Butler, Photos by Ron Best

The Empire State Quarter Horse Youth Association held their second Ride for the Cure at the Empire Spring into Summer Show, held on June 7 at the state fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. Thanks to the committee and supporters, over $4,600 was raised for the Carol Baldwin charity to support breast cancer research. Various raffles were held, including one for a custom made hunter jump, donated by Foxy Trotters 4-H.

The actual ride was a command class with youth, amateur, and professional riders participating. Fun was added to the ride with many participants wearing pink decorations (some horses were decorated too!) and all wearing Ride for the Cure T-shirts. The winner, Teresa Wills, received a trophy as well as a Ride for the Cure director’s chair. For more photos and upcoming show information, please visit our website at

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continued from page 146 with wins: Mary Franco and Zipped Chip N Good earned top three placings under all four judges in Junior Trail and also finished in the top three with Drew in Select Trail, while Lisa Farrell got him qualified for the 2013 AQHA World Show in Junior Trail. Brooke Watson received top four placings in her debut as an amateur, Gabrielle Marks placed in the top two in Trail and Horsemanship with Blushing Fancy Chip, Range To A Te brought home first and second place finishes in the Senior Trail out of over 30 horses, and Duies Creditor won the Youth Trail with Matthew Farnell and carried Sadie DeFlippo through her Novice Youth Trail debut. August 2013

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[1] Heather Evans and Dakota on the water obstacle. [2] Kathryn Sterritt and ShowTime remove a poncho from the mailbox. [3] Kristin Eger Morasco and Bonus at the Curtain of Terror. [4] Kathryn Sterritt teaches ShowTime how to drag a log.

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Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse Looks Forward to National Celebration Submitted by Barb Clark

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Beauty, drama, and excitement are no strangers to the idyllic seaside California town of Santa Barbara where movie stars live and everyone is someone. This September, the posh location will once again provide the backdrop for National Celebration, the most prestigious national show for the P.R.E. breed. The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse will hold the United States’ most important P.R.E show at the Earl Warren Showgrounds from September 10-14. A triple rated (U.S. Equestrian Federation, U.S. Dressage Federation, California Dressage Society) open dressage show with dressage sport horse breeding classes will be held on September 10-11. We are pleased to announce that the judge will be Olympic rider, trainer, coach, teacher, and internationally respected equestrian, Hilda Gurney. All horses of any breed are welcome to attend this show, but special prizes will be awarded to high point P.R.E. horses competing that are registered with a recognized P.R.E. registry. Following the dressage show there will be a morphology (halter) competition where some of the best P.R.E. horses on the continent will compete. If you are interested in learning about the breed and breed culture, this is the show to visit. If you have P.R.E. horses, you will want to enter them into this show. Points earned will count for the Books of Merit. The Foundation Books of Merit are the world’s only methods of validation for the breed based on horse show winnings. There is the Morphology Book or main book, the Breeders Book, and the Performance Book of Merit. There is also a book for the accomplishments and time in the saddle for equestrians who work with P.R.E. horses. You can explore this

informative tool by visiting prehorse. org and clicking on the “Books of Merit” pull down on the home page. Not just another horse show, National Celebration is more like a Berlitz experience for the P.R.E. horse. There will be a plethora of informative seminars and educational presentations aimed to please both beginner and expert horsemen. You can learn more about the disciplines of Doma Vaquera and Alta Escuela by attending a seminar on the new rules of these popular sports by expert trainer Manuel Trigo. Manuel will give a presentation on the newest way to improve your horsemanship, the Lightness Tournament. This tournament is open to any breed of horse and is a venue to practice and display equine artistic expression and technical skill. You will learn how it gives all of us the opportunity to test ourselves and to have goals for riding with lightness. Be sure to stay to see the highly

entertaining Theater of the Pure Spanish Horse. This popular show of exhibitions has been presented at National Celebration by The Foundation as a way to delight audiences and show the versatility and trainability of the breed. Anthony Edwards, Cole Hauser, Kathy Ireland, Katy Perry, Eric Stoltz, Tim Allen, Jennifer Aniston, John Cleese, Jeff Bridges, Oprah Winfrey, and many more have places in Santa Barbara. Everyone who is someone will be in Santa Barbara from September 10-14. See you there!

Danny Isidoro from Yeguada Centurion shows how to set up a horse for morphology classes.

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Northeast Friesian Horse Club Receives Exposure in Best Selling Novel Submitted by Kelsey Evans

Summer is moving right along, and so far it has proven an exciting year for Friesians in the show ring and the public eye! Kristine Erickson has an update on her gelding, Roelof, who has been in training with Julia Mendoza since February. At the end of April, they entered him into the Mid Atlantic Friesian Horse Show to get him used to the dressage show ring. He seems to be taking to dressage, as after just a couple of months of training, he was entered at First Level for Tests 1 and 2. At that show, he was the champion of First and Second Level with a high score of 73.8% on Test 1. Recently, at his first U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) dressage show (Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Dressage Association) “Roelie” got a 67% at First Level Test 3 and came in fifth out of 11 entries. The next day he did even better at Test 3, scoring 70.9% and taking first place in a class of nine as the only Friesian.

Our Northeast Friesians have been doing great recently, and have even gotten some free press in the work of popular author Dan Brown. The Friesian breed, and New England Friesian performance troupe, Behind the Mask was mentioned in Brown’s popular new book, Inferno. All riders of Behind the Mask Friesian Theatrical Troupe are Northeast Friesian Horse Club (NEFHC) members and ride only Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA) registered Friesians. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 72 of Inferno: “Langdon had once attended a celebrity wedding reception at New Hampshire’s historic Runnymede Farm—Home to Kentucky Derby winner Dancer’s Image. As part of the lavish entertainment, the guests were treated to a performance by the

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[TOP] Kristine Erickson’s gelding Roelie performing a First Level test with rider and trainer Julio Mendoza. [ABOVE] The Behind the Mask Friesian Performance troupe was recently mentioned in Dan Brown’s new book, Inferno.

Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club Hosts Harmony with Your Horse Clinic with Isabelle von Neumann-Cosel Submitted by Linda Dennison

Cedar Rowe hosts a three-day clinic with Isabelle von Neumann-Cosel each spring and fall. Participants have the option of riding and/or longe lessons on their own horse or one of Cedar Rowe’s school horses. Most participants feel they gain an understanding of and feel their bodies’ harmonious movement and interaction with their horses’ bodies 150 equine


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and movement in a controlled riding environment during longe lessons. We need to remember that the rider is the load in the harmonious riding equation. Isabelle gave riders exercises to help them feel the relationship of their own body biomechanics with that of their horses and an awareness of their bodies’ particular movements and seat

with that of the horses’ back and movements. They learned how a wobbly upper body and clamping legs restrict the movement of their seat. The riders became aware of the importance of a leg aid with the calf and not the heel. Some of the “light bulb” moments experienced by the riders were: feeling the balance and execution of an upward and downward transition; being able to ride the sitting trot; and the feeling of a better contact in their hands. All were able to accomplish the exercises and experience a new flow of their horses’ movement through their bodies. Cedar Rowe offers well-schooled and experienced longe horses. The riders on these horses bring individual balance and tension issues, which these horses are able to identify, since it will restrict their forward movement. Rusty, a 22-year-old Thoroughbred, would only do four circles on the longe at the

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continued from page 150 prominent equine theatrical troupe Behind the Mask—a stunning spectacle in which riders performed in dazzling Venetian costumes with their faces hidden behind volto intero masks. The troupe’s jetblack Friesian mounts were the largest horses Langdon had ever seen. Colossal in stature, these stunning animals thundered across the field in a blur of rippling muscles, feathered hooves, and three-foot manes flowing wildly behind their long, graceful necks. The beauty of these creatures left such an impression on Langdon that upon returning home, he researched them online, discovering the breed had once been a favorite of medieval kings for use

as warhorses and had been brought back from the brink of extinction in recent years...” And finally, as many club members may have heard, it is with great sadness that Ellen Blake announces the passing of her Friesian mare, who was well-known to many in the show ring. “Meinsje R., world champion, mother, and best friend passed away Memorial Day from a ruptured uterine artery. It is with the greatest grief and despair my sister (Ethel Nye) and I would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of love for our mare Meinsje R. She is dearly missed and was our beloved mare. Forever will be in our hearts.” For more information on the NEFHC, please visit our website,, or find us on Facebook.

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cian and dressage judge in Germany, and is a contributor in writing the rules for the “FN” Organization. Isabelle rides, trains, and gives lessons daily in her home city of Manheim, Germany. She is the author or co-author of numerous books, the most recent being Rider & Horse Back to Back. For more information, contact Cedar Rowe Lusitanos at 14526 Bollinger Road, Rocky Ridge, MD, 21778-9415; by phone at 301-447-6240; by fax at 301-447-6296; or by email at

trot if a rider was wobbly or tight. Lotto, an Appendix Quarter Horse (who recently just passed away at 29), would turn his head toward his rider’s leg and try to bite it for putting his or her heel into his side. Zigaia, a Lusitano mare, would speed up if her rider was tense. One-day riders worked on observed issues and practiced exercises that allowed an awareness of how to overcome their problems. The two-day riders continued to work through issues on the second day and got more in-depth learning exercises. On the third day, the three-day riders worked on warm-up exercises on the longe and then got off of it to practice these exercises on their own. Isabelle has been doing Rider Awareness Linda Dennison participating in the clinic Clinics for five years at Cedar Rowe Lusitanos. at Cedar Rowe. She EQJMG_130800_149-151.indd 151

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American Bashkir Curly Registry Reviews Ohio Equine Affaire Submitted by Carol Baldwin

On April 11-14, 2013, Curly horses caught the attention of thousands of Equine Affaire attendees. Again, we were surprised at how many horse folks had never seen and/or never heard of the Curly horse. It was a fantastic opportunity to help educate the horse public to the wonders of this amazing breed. Our presentation at Equine Affaire also caught the attention of the highly acclaimed Equitrekking series on PBS. This resulted in an interview with Raina Paucar of Equitrekking and an article in their June Newsletter. The article and pictures of our Curly horses can be viewed online at: in the Horse Breed Guide under Blogs and Articles. Present at the Affaire were four Curly horses ranging in age from six to 15 years old. Daryl Lang from Pennsylvania brought two mares, Fawn, age six, and Ruby, age 15. Tom and Carol Baldwin brought their two geldings, Diamond Ron, age nine, and Sioux Warrior, age 10. Ron and Warrior attended the Affaire last year along with their owners. The Baldwins also brought their 14-year-old neighbor, Teah. Teah has been riding with the Baldwins for over three years. She is a wonderful rider and very much enamored with horses. This was her first trip to the Affaire and needless to say she was overwhelmed with all of the pageantry, clinics, clinicians, horse shopping, and Fantasia. During the four-day event, our Curly horses were located in the Voinovich Breed Pavilion and the Gilligan Horse and Farm Building. The Voinovich Breed Pavilion location included one stall plus a booth area and was open to the public all four days from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Every two to three hours we rotated our horses in the stall area. Visitors could touch and pet our Curly horses. The Gilligan Horse and Farm Building housed the horses during the event and that building was open to the public as well. We hosted many, many visitors and had a wonderful time answering questions and sharing information about the 152 equine


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“hypoallergenic� Curly horse. Our horses also performed in two breed demonstrations. Fifteen-minute demonstrations were scheduled in between clinician presentations and provided an opportunity to show the audience our Curly horses as a narrator read a prepared script to background music. The Curly horse script included the history of the breed as well as traits and characteristics of the Curly. This year, as the narrator read the script,

Daryl, Tom, and I rode three of our Curlies in the Voinovich arena. We demonstrated all of the gaits, lateral movements, reining patterns, some fancy footwork, plus Warrior entertained the crowd as he chased a large ball around the arena. We also took an opportunity to present the Curlies to a large audience in the Youth Pavilion. That fifteen-minute venue was less formal and did not include a narrator. We were able to talk about our Curlies as we held one of them in hand, answer questions, and give the audience a chance to touch our horse. The Ohio Equine Affaire is always an exciting four-day event. Next year, the Affaire is scheduled for April 10-13, 2014. If you have an opportunity to attend, you will enjoy it from start to finish. The website for the Equine Affaire ( will keep you apprised of the schedule for 2014. Happy Trails to you!

[ABOVE] Daryl Lang, Teah, and Tom Baldwin at the American Bashkir Curly exhibit. [BELOW] Diamond Ron and Tom Baldwin at Equine Affaire.


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Ohio Haflinger Assoc. Members Enjoy Camping Weekend Submitted by Katina Wilson

Sir Winston Churchill was quoted as saying, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” I’d like to believe that Churchill included children in that quote as well. This past weekend I spent many happy moments in the saddle listening to my daughter Erin and her friends, JD Woodward and Saige Matheny, as they laughed, screamed, and giggled while their trustworthy Haflingers trotted and cantered along the trail during our camping weekend. I was thrilled that Erin was having a great time. Being able to share those special

memories with great friends made the weekend even better than I ever could have imagined. As we were on one of the many trail rides that weekend, I listened to Saige talk to her horse, Cha Lie-A-Star. What a great pair those two are! Even though she was exhausted from her camping trip, Saige wrote me a paragraph about her goals for the summer in regards to riding: “My goals for ‘Chalie’ and I are to get her into shape, have lots of fun at the shows, and work hard every day. I am planning to take riding lessons at TLC Stables to help me become a better rider.

It will be good for Chalie and the family if we work hard and have fun. It doesn’t matter about the ribbons to us, so we’ll take the place we get and not complain and make people feel bad or unhappy. Shows are for having fun and learning from the mistakes we make. I can’t wait to get to the shows and see all my Haflinger friends.” Thank you, Saige, for your update! Those are certainly wonderful goals to have, and I know you will reach them. I wanted to remind everyone that the American Haflinger Registry (AHR) National Draft Show will be held August 15-17 during the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, IN. The AHR National Pleasure Show will be held September 6-8 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard, OH. You can also visit to view the show packets and learn about classes and registration.

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Quarter Pony Assoc. Shares Pony Tales Submitted by Adrian Whitling

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I would just like to take a moment to welcome all the new members to the Quarter Pony Association (QPA). I hope everyone is having a great year. Two years ago I started working with Caleb Howard. He got started in the QPA by using my Quarter Pony, Ro Jo’s Pokey. We participated in the shared horse program in 4-H. Later that year he got his own horse, Shalimar, who was a 27-year-old Morgan. But, Shalimar wasn’t fast enough for Caleb, so in February of 2013 he got his own eight-year-old Quarter Pony, named Caleb’s Peanut. When Caleb first got “Peanut,” he hadn’t been ridden in about three years. So Caleb had to work him for a little bit before he was able to ride him on barrels. After riding for a while, he took Peanut to Everwind Ranch where he introduced him to the barrel pattern. Peanut picked up fast on what Caleb wanted from him. In March 2013 Caleb ran Peanut at the Trace Scholarship Benefit Show at Everwind Ranch. They ran in both barrels and poles. Caleb has been riding Peanut for about five months now and they have

been going to horse shows competing and sometimes even winning. I think they make a great team. I am glad to have introduced Caleb to the Quarter Pony world. After riding Ro Jo’s Pokey for eight years now in the Quarter Pony Association he has left me to move onto Stanyl, Alexis, and Breanna Ruhl. They have been riding Ro Jo’s Pokey, also known as Kipy, for about nine months. He is the Ruhls’ first Quarter Pony. Alexis has been riding Kipy in walk-trot pleasure and games at horse shows, Stanyl has been riding him in western pleasure, and all three of them have even tried in-hand trail with him. They love to ride Kipy around the yard and play with him. Ro Jo’s Pokey is enjoying the spoiled life now. And I still get to play with him occasionally at a horse show. We have enjoyed a couple of shows over fences and he still loves it. Want to see you and your Quarter pony in the next newsletter? Type up an article about both of you and send it to lauriewhitling@quarterponyassociation. com. We can’t wait to hear your story! For information on becoming a member of the QPA, visit quarterponyassociation.

[ABOVE] Alexis Ruhl and Kipy. [BELOW] Caleb Howard and Peanut.

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Gypsy Horse Registry of America, Inc. Stays Hard at Work Submitted by Jeanne Schlenk

The Gypsy Horse Registry of America (GRHA) has been hard at work for the last month. The breeders list has been updated as well as the show calendar on the website. A very successful judges and breeders seminar was given by Carol SmettemMinson on May 4. All in attendance experienced hands-on what to look for in conformation and movement at a show and for breeding purposes. There was a question and answer session with everything from health care to feeding addressed. Horses were presented for

a show class learning session (for both judges and owners), after which owners presented their horses for an official inspection. The knowledge of the breed that Carol presented was a wealth of information to all who attended. Purina Feeds sent gift bags to the breeders who attended the seminar. Following the seminar, horses were saddled, wagons were hitched, and Aunique’s Ranch Ride was underway. Guests mounted up and went for a Gypsy horse trail ride on over 240 acres. It was an awe-inspiring moment to see so many Gypsy horses on the trail.

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Connecticut Color Breed Association Congratulates Their Champions Submitted by Nicole Souza

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At the June show, the day-end High Point Exhibitor Champion was Liesl Dalpe and High Point Exhibitor Reserve Champion was Kelli Stockwell. The June show broke record numbers with 80 entries. Please visit connecticutcolorbreed. com to view the point standings.

The ride was followed by a barbecue and campfire mixer. Tom O’Carroll’s beginning driving clinic was held on May 5. Tom gave a demonstration on driving, then allowed the attendees to drive his teams. So many smiles were seen circling the obstacle course he had set up. Some volunteers have stepped forward to help rebuild the youth program and plans are taking shape. More volunteers are needed for the youth committee, so if you are interested, please contact GHRA at 281-471-4472. GHRA is a member of the Equine Journal affiliation program. This program offers the GHRA members: a complimentary Equine Journal delivered to their home each month; a complimentary classified ad for each member; a complimentary sale barn ad for each member; a discount of 10% on display advertising for each member; and more. For more information, please contact Scott Ziegler at the Equine Journal. Currently, we are working on the 2014 Gypsy Horse World Show class schedule and getting in sponsors to make this event a really great one. If you would like to help by volunteering your time while at the show, please don’t hesitate to email This year’s show promises to be monumental, but only with your participation. We will be posting the class list soon, so please be on the lookout for it. There will be high point awards for youth, western, English, and driving classes. We hope that you can make plans to join us. As always, we are busy registering horses and getting certificates out to members in a timely fashion. To do so requires that all of the papers be in order. When buying a Gypsy horse, take the papers with you. Packets are available for new horses. Just email and request a new horse purchase packet and one will be mailed out to you. Having everything signed the day of purchase makes registration easier.

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New England Miniature Horse Society Holds Summer Kickoff Submitted by Kristina Slobody

Show season is in full swing for the New England Miniature Horse Society (NEMHS). Our first show, The NEMHS Summer Kickoff, was held on May 22, at the beautiful Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA. Despite the cool weather and (what felt like) arctic winds, the show was well attended. Exhibitors from New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts brought their horses to compete. David and Lisa Goble of Do-Little Farm graciously sponsored an exhibitors’ welcome breakfast. Special thanks to all the wonderful volunteers and everyone who helped make this show run so smoothly. Everyone had a great time! Winners from the Summer Kickoff were as follows: The Supreme Halter Horse was SRF Noble Heir, owned by

Roger Slobody. In day-end awards, Loreal Williams took home the championship in Youth 8-12. Youth 13-18 went to Jessica Morris. The Very Small Equine (VSE) Adult division was won by Nancy Massi, while there was a tie for the top spot between Bridget Mendonca and Loreal Williams in VSE Youth. In 4-H Junior, Caroline Toli went home the winner and Jackie McNeff claimed 4-H Senior.

[ABOVE] SRF Noble Heir, owned by Roger T. Slobody, was Supreme Halter Horse under both judges at the May show. [LEFT] DSB Exquisitely Buff, owned by Bobbie and Alex Briggs, was the High Point Halter Horse.

The Amateur Level 1 Champion was BJ Lazarou, with Kristina Slobody taking the win in Amateur Level 2. The High Point Halter Horse was DSB Exquisitely Buff, owned by Bobbie Briggs and Alex Briggs. Please be sure to visit our website,, for all of the club events and more information about the wonderful world of Miniature horses.

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New England Paint Horse Club It’s That Time of Year Again! Submitted by Krissie Fields

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Show season is in FULL SWING and New England Paint Horse Club (NEPHC) recently completed their first show of the season. The Spring Spot-tacular Paint-O-Rama was held at Falls Creek Farm in Oneco, CT, in combination with the New England Pinto Horse Association. The show was a great success and everyone had a fun time. Word is buzzing that it was great to see exhibitors supporting each other and enjoying showing together. For a full list of results and weekend division award winners, visit Keep posted for news and results for our upcoming Showdown in Skowtown. As always, NEPHC will be holding their Fall

Futurity Show August 30 – September 1, 2013 at Falls Creek Farm in Oneco, CT. The show will feature new all-breed sweepstakes classes. Be sure to check our website for additional information pertaining to the show. Not all American Paint Horse owners participate with their equines in the show ring. Nancy Jarvis of Surry, NH, has just recently been presented with a special award, as she reached several riding program achievements with her colorful, double-registered mare, Debargals Sanjo Imp (Mindy). Both the American Paint Horse Association and the Pinto Horse Association of America have recognized the pair for

completing 500 hours of saddle time. Nancy and Mindy are also active in the New England Horse & Trail and New Hampshire Horse & Trail mileage programs and are often spotted on rides in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Also, this year the Vermont bred and trained MoonRush, aka Romeo, appeared in the film Northern Borders, released in April. During filming, Romeo spent five days on set. His experience competing in trail events kept him calm around the props, boom microphones, reflectors, and simulated gunshots. Romeo is owned and trained by Victoria Hepburn of Cambridge, VT. NEPHC member Haley Paradis of Paradis Farm in Dover, NH, will be attending Lamar Community College in Lamar, CO, this fall. Haley will be a student in the equine studies program, focusing on the barrel horse program. We are very excited for her. Another former youth member, Christine Petrone, represented Cazenovia at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association semifinals held

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Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England Maine’s Members Host “Dressage En Gaite” Clinic with Jennie Jackson Submitted by Teresa Elvin and Helen Weeman

Whispering Woods Stables, Central Maine’s new full service equine facility, hosted its first horse and rider clinic during the very wet and windy Memorial Day weekend. Thanks to Whispering Woods owner, Teresa Elvin, and clinic organizer, Maureen Thompson, we were very fortunate to be able to participate in Jennie Jackson’s “Dressage En Gaite” Clinic. The first two days of the clinic were devoted to one-on-one instruction in the basics, with more time spent on behavioral issues as needed for each rider/ horse combination. The third day started with groups of two to three riders

warming up as everyone was getting ready to go on a trail ride to implement the practicality of dressage to trail riding. The riders from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, with their various breeds of gaited and non-gaited horses, were enjoying the dry riding opportunity. During the howling wind and rain everyone was nice and dry thanks to the indoor arena at Whispering Woods. Following her visit in Augusta, the folks from Setting Sun Stable in Kennebunk, ME, were pleased to have Jennie with them while she was already in the state. Jennie offered a unique opportunity to improve their dressage

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workshop held in Grapevine, TX. Directors voted to offer Green Horse classes at the Fall World Show with no minimum show qualifications required in 2013. The directors also overturned the executive committee’s decision requiring a $100 fee payable every other year for horses six years old and over to remain eligible for Breeder’s Trust payouts. Many NEPHC members will be heading to the Northeast Connection Zone-O-Rama to be held August 9-11 at the Dreampark in Logan Township, NJ. This show boasts 10 judges for youth, novice, and amateur competitors as well as six in the Open APHA division. It continues to be one of the top 20 APHA shows in the world. There are many new faces at Up North Stables in Vermont. Congratulations to Megan Becker on the purchase of One Hot Invite and Mya Poulin with Unzip My Genes. Grace Miller also has a new mount in Certain Terms. Brianna Bergh is leasing Meadowoods Selena, and BS Good Time Charlie is a leased mount for Natalie Holmes. We hope to see these great new teams at the Paint shows. As always, stay tuned for more informa-

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at the New York State Fairgrounds in March and finished 18th in the nation in the High Point Rider division. Recently we had a booth at the very successful tack sale at the Essex County Trail Association Expo held at Topsfield Fairgrounds in Topsfield, MA. All items were generously donated by NEPHC friends and members for the benefit of Chris Gallant, to help defray the medical costs associated with the serious leg injury he suffered in a snowmobiling accident. Thank you to all who donated and/or participated. A reminder to join us at our joint venture with the Silver Heels Riding Club where there will be American Paint Horse Association (APHA)-pointed classes offered on August 18. The show is being held at Brookvale Pines, in Fremont, NH. Check our website for details. This is a great introductory show to the world of Paints. National directors, Bob Drake and Karen Roy, recently attended the APHA 156 equine


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skills on Memorial Day afternoon and again the following morning. All were anxious and thrilled to have their riding skills tested under the watchful eye and direction of Jennie. She quickly pointed out their strengths and weaknesses and soon had horse and rider teams effortlessly executing the shoulder-fore, and shoulder-in at the flat walk and running walk gaits. A horse performing shoulderfore will make four tracks—one track per hoof. A horse performing shoulder-in will make three tracks. The shoulder-fore is usually taught prior to the shoulder-in. The shoulder-in is a lateral movement in dressage used to supple and balance the horse and encourage use of its hindquarters. It is performed on three tracks, where the horse is bent around the rider’s inside leg so that the horse’s inside hind leg and outside foreleg travel on the same line. Later, they worked on canter departs while keeping their horses correctly bent to the inside aids. The group later entertained Jennie with the customary Maine lobster feast at the Pilot House in Kennebunkport. The evening ended with a tour of the sites and beaches Kennebunk and Kennebunkport have to offer.

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Debargals Sanjo Imp at Hampton Beach in April 2013.

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World Class Miniature Horse Registry Looks Forward to World Championship Miniature Horse Show Submitted by Ken Garnett

The 2012 year-end champion and reserve champion key chains will be presented at the 18th Annual World Class Miniature Horse Registry (WCMHR) World Championship Miniature Horse Show at Frying Pan Farm Park Equestrian Center in Herndon, VA (near Dulles Airport, Reston, VA, and Sterling, VA), on August 16-17, 2013. A list of winners are available online at and will be in the next newsletter, along with the winners of the world championship. Entries for the 2013 WCMHR World Championship Miniature Horse Show, memberships, and horse registrations

can also be received at the show grounds through the duration of the event. There will be an additional fee of $2 per class for late entries. In our opinion, the best hotel deal that we have found close to the show is the Fairfield Inn in Sterling, VA. Rates at press time were $59 per night for a king; $69 for a double; or a one bedroom, two-room suite for $79. The senior and AAA rate would be $50 for a king or $58 double. Reservations include breakfast and an indoor pool. The address is 23000 Indian Creek Drive, Sterling, VA 20166. It is 4.1 miles from the show grounds.

Highlights in the area include the Dulles Town Center, Washington, D.C., Historic Leesburg, Tyson’s Corner Mall, Reston Town Center, Marriott Ranch, George Washington University (Ashburn Campus), Leesburg Premium Outlets, and Fair Oaks Mall. There will be plenty of restaurants nearby. The show grounds are also near Mount Vernon as well as the museums in Washington, D.C. Don’t forget to bring current—within the past year—negative Coggins test results. Out-of-state participants must also furnish either a 30-day health certificate for each horse or a six-month events certificate. All dogs must be leashed and a current rabies certificate must be available with the owner at the show. For those of you who are coming to the show this year, please have a safe trip, and we are looking forward to seeing you and watching your Miniature horses perform. Horses are not required to have points from any other show to participate in the WCMHR World Championship because we believe that the best horse always deserves to win.

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The next morning found them back at the rail perfecting the shoulder-fore and shoulder-in. Jennie then described the half-pass as a lateral movement in which the horse moves forward and sideways at the same time and the proper aids used in executing this upper level movement. The half-pass is used to improve collection or impulsion and is a schooling movement that requires the horse to engage the hindquarters and increase its impulsion. Next came exercises for developing collection and roundness at the canter while crossing over cavalettis with our horses. Jennie also explained how beneficial the hand gallop is to obtaining collection at the canter and left us all with direct orders to “hand gallop, hand gallop, hand gallop, ladies!” This was Jennie’s first visit to New England from Tennessee, but not her last. She and her stallion, Champagne Watchout, have paved the way in dressage for gaited horses. Jennie and her husband, Nathanael Jackson, have been tireless ambassadors promoting the flat shod gaited disciplines for over 20 years throughout the country. In

Scenes from the clinic.

2010, Jennie and Champagne Watchout performed a Dressage En Gaite exhibition at the World Equestrian Games. For more information on Jennie and her amazing family, please visit For more information about Whispering Woods Stables, visit To learn more about Setting Sun Stables, visit

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Horse Property on a Budget By Karen Elizabeth Baril

I admit it. I play the lottery from time to time. Just one or two tickets a year when the payouts get really high. I’m always dreaming of buying my ideal farm—a place with a sunny indoor arena so I can ride in all kinds of New England weather. If I won the lottery, I could simply point my finger to the property we wanted—and pay cash. Forget waiting for the bank’s approval. Well, needless to say, I’m not a lottery winner. So, when my husband Dave and I searched for a horse property, we had to make a big effort to stick to our budget. It wasn’t easy. The challenge was to find a property we could afford without compromising our horses’ safety or wellbeing. We found just that and so can you. Let’s take a look at a few of our options for buying a horse property on a budget.

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No matter what sort of barn the property offers, it should be structurally safe (have a building inspector check it before you buy), well-ventilated, and offer enough space to house all of your horses. If you’re purchasing a property with an existing barn you can improve ventilation simply by installing windows, ridge vents, or sidewall vents. A minimal investment turns a stuffy, dark interior into a light-filled pleasant space. But, don’t overlook properties without barns. If you’ve got the space and cleared it with zoning, consider the following lowcost options for horse shelter. n Run-in sheds: They’re easy to build for the average do-it-yourselfer, or you can buy modular and have it delivered. The run-in shed allows you to bring your horses home for a fraction of what it costs to build a traditional barn, and you never have to feel guilty. In fact, horses fare best with all-day turnout. When deciding where to put your run-in shed, keep prevailing winds and the direction of the sun in mind, and of course—build them large enough so that all of your horses can benefit. Generally speaking, your run-in shed should be longer than it

is deep to avoid having your alpha horse trap a less dominant soul in the back. Alternatively, you can install two if A modular shed-row barn allows you to bring your horses home you have an alpha horse for a fraction of what it costs to build a traditional barn. that’s a problem. Run-in sheds are no different than barns when it psychological barrier. With that in mind, how can you save a comes to ventilation so be sure to install little money? a ridge vent or sidewall vent to keep fresh air circulating at all times. n Consider perimeter fencing first: If you can afford to, fence the perimeter n Pole barns: These are another easyto-build budget option for anyone who of your entire property for safety. Many can swing a hammer. The design possiof us can’t afford to do that, especially if bilities are endless, from a center aisle the property is large, but you can create to shed-row and everything in between. a large fenced space, either a field or a paddock by installing the best fencing The footprint is limited only by your you can afford—either wood with imagination. Perhaps the most important step will be installing a good foundaelectric tape as a back-up, quality PVC tion or base—recommendations usually fencing, or flexible rail fencing. Once include some type of crushed rock with again, be sure to bury your posts well below the frost line. stone dust added. You’ll want to choose a well-drained site and pay close attenThen go ahead and use a less expensive option to divide this large area into tion to the frost line in your area. All poles must be planted well below that or smaller paddocks. This works great in a they’ll heave and shift out of place. But, grassy field, especially if you use tempobecause pole barns don’t utilize steel rary step-in fencing within the secure or concrete, you can save a significant area. You can move fencing with step-in amount of money by choosing this route. posts to create a rotational grazing system. Be sure any fence you choose is horse-safe and at least 54 to 60 inches Fence Basics high to provide that psychological barrier Fencing represents a huge capital investment on any farm. All fencing should as well. Always take into account the be safe and secure for your most chalhorses you are fencing in. Obviously, if lenging horse. I strongly caution farm you have a mare and foal, they’re going owners against sacrificing safety in the to require special protection from other interest of savings when it comes to horses or stallions. Step-in tape fencing fencing. Keeping your horses contained won’t be enough. isn’t just about horse safety—it’s about On a final note—although hiring human safety as well. Every morning on a project manager or equine facility designer seems like a luxury only the my way to work, I pass a farm on a busy well-heeled can afford, getting good main route that relies on sagging tape fencing to contain their horses. I shudder advice right from the start could save you a lot of money in the long run. It’s as I pass. There will always come a day really no fun to finish your project and when horses will test the fence. Maybe realize you should have put the arena they get spooked or someone forgets to turn the fence on or they’re just willing where you built your barn. Enlisting the to take the shock for the greener grass help of an expert facility designer can on the other side. Whatever the reason, help you avoid mistakes like these. And they’ll try it. For this reason, fencing most are willing to help even with developing the most modest of plans. needs to present both a physical and a

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An impeccable and extraordinary facility with ALL the most luxurious and beautiful amenities: automatic waterers, glassed-in viewing balcony, elegant barn apartment, wash racks, turn-out paddocks, large and smaller pasture areas…all beautifully fenced. Completely customized throughout. New roof in 2010. The entire facility has been maintained in brand new condition. Located just south of Altoona, Pennsylvania about 200 miles west of Philadelphia and 100 miles east of Pittsburgh, with access through a number of major airports.

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Attached to Barn #3 is a 60’ x 120’ indoor arena complimented by a large 100’ x 300’outdoor arena. Our outdoor arena includes full lighting and audio system for eventing and a judges building with viewing platform. The turn out area is comprised of 14 paddocks approximately 100’x150’ and 2 large common turnout areas that can be divided to cater to tenants or horses needs. The center is located on a very private lot with access to plenty of riding trails on the property as well as the adjacent state land.

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Cerulean Farm Millis, MA

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This immaculately maintained 11.5 acre facility in the desirable metro west section of Boston, offers the best of both worlds. A turnkey professional operation close to Boston and Providence, with country charm. Property includes 33 stalls in two separate barns, gorgeous 90 x 180 indoor ring complete with heated viewing room, laundry and bathroom, an irrigated 175 x 225 outdoor ring, 17 grass and six sand paddocks. The main barn includes 20 stalls, an office, 3 grooming stalls, tack, grain, storage and shavings rooms. Separate “street� barn includes 13 stalls, 4 paddocks, grain rooms, 3 bay garage and 6 room apartment. This unique property comes complete with a 6 room, 3 bedroom, 2 fireplace home, including screened porch and detached office.

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Equine Journal Affiliates – Join One Today! Equine associations and organizations are the backbone of the horse community. These clubs are great advocates for their breed or discipline and their members. These groups put on great events, safeguard tradition and promote the joy of horsemanship and horse ownership. Joining any one of these fine organizations will serve you and the equine community well.

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Promoting the Arabian breed of horses.

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Calendar august Clinics, Seminars, Symposiums 01-04 | Super Horse 4-Day Clinic, Castro

Valley, CA. CONTACT: 510-886-9000, cwtraining@, 02-03 | Chico Mounted Police Training, Butte Valley, CA. CONTACT:, 05 | Thoroughbred Pedigree & Confor-

28-11/14 | Horse Power Instructor

Training School, Temple, NH. CONTACT: 603-654-6308,, 31 | Norfolk Hunt Foxhunting Clinic,

Medfield, MA. CONTACT: Julie Wheeler, 860-3770474,,

Dressage and Eventing

mation Clinics, Saratoga Springs, NY. CONTACT: Amy Bunt, 859-276-2291,,

01-04 | Millbrook Horse Trials, Millbrook, NY. CONTACT:

06 | 4-H State Days, State College, PA. CONTACT: Trish Shaw, 814-865-4433,

03-04 | Tri-State Horsemen’s Associa-

08 | Thoroughbred Ownership Semi-

nar, Saratoga Springs, NY. CONTACT: Amy Bunt, 859-276-2291,, 09-11 | Stoecklein Photography Work-

shop, Mackay, ID. CONTACT:

10-11 | Obstacle/Trail Clinic-Gaining

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10 | Cross-Country Derby at Horse

Jumping Derby, Brookfield, NY. CONTACT: Karen Nowak, 315-520-9204,

11 | Independence Stable Dressage

16-18 | Pat Puckett Clinic, Pittstown, NJ. CONTACT: Lara DeLorenzo, 908-238-9587,,

Schooling Show, Belchertown, MA. CONTACT:

17 | Keg Shoe Modification Class, Fourke, AR. CONTACT:

Open Dressage Day, Tunbridge, VT. CONTACT: Dennis Tatro, 802-763-2516, denlore3@denlore. com,

17 | Keg Shoe Modification Class,

Wichita, KS. CONTACT: 17 | Keg Shoe Modification Class,

Zanesville, OH. CONTACT:

31-09/01 | Town Hill Farm Horse Trials,

03-04 | Celtic Cross Driving Trial, Dudley, MA. CONTACT: Cynthia Sauer,

Lake, MI. CONTACT: Kevin Bradbury, 734-426-2111,,

05-11 | GMHA Festival of Eventing, South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: Green Mountain Horse Association, 802-457-1509,

Cimarron, KS. CONTACT:

29 | ERAHC Virginia Classic Open Dressage, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Virginia Horse Center, 540-464-2950,

09-11 | Dressage at Waterloo August, Grass

14 | Nikken Magnetic Products Clinic,

17 | Keg Shoe Modification Class,

sage Series, Southbridge, MA. CONTACT: 508765-0641,,


10 | Dressage Schooling Show and

LaFayette, GA. CONTACT:

25 | Wild Aire Farm Horse Power Dres-

bury, MA. CONTACT: Kristin Smith, 828-260-4988,,

10-11 | Michael Page Stadium and

17 | Keg Shoe Modification Class,

25 | Derby Talk Farm, Atkinson, NH. CONTACT: Ron LeBlanc, 603-362-4234,,

Lakeville, CT. CONTACT: Ray Denis, 978-239-2024,,

Power Farm, Canterbury, CT. CONTACT: Ann Bowie, 860-334-1772,

LaFayette, GA. CONTACT: 706-397-8909,

Club Horse Trials, Geneseo, NY. CONTACT: Wezo Pierson,

04 | T.H.E. Farm Schooling Show, Tewks-

Confidence & Developing Trust Clinic with Heidi Potter, Guilford, VT. CONTACT: Heidi Potter, 802-380-3268,, Dressage for Eventing Clinic, Old Lyme, CT. CONTACT: Lauren Fitzgerald, 860-434-1974,,

24-25 | Genesee Valley Riding & Driving

16 | Lippitt Country Show All Breed

17 | CEPF Dressage, Butte Valley, CA. CONTACT: can-, 18 | Oak Rise Farm, Goffstown, NH.

CONTACT: 18 | Lyme Horse Trials at Lord Creek Farm,


21 | Colonial Carriage & Driving Soci-

ety Meeting, Stockbridge, MA. CONTACT: Kay Konove, 23-25 | GMHA Driving 2-Phase and

Combined Driving Event, South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: Green Mountain Horse Association, 802-457-1509,

Horse Shows 01 | North Shore Horsemen’s Hunter

Show, Georgetown, MA. CONTACT: Mary Lynne Rahlson,, 01-02 | Fall Breed & Dressage Show at

Maplewood Warmbloods, Southbury, CT. CONTACT: Debra Reinhardt, 203-264-2148,, 01-03 | Connecticut Summer Classic

Horse Show, West Springfield, MA. CONTACT: Cheryl Innis, 860-749-3007, 01-04 | Eastern Arabian Champion-

ships, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Cricket Stoncius, 603-878-1447, 01-04 | Falls Creek Farm/CQHA, Oneco, CT. CONTACT: Marge Tanner, 603-746-3813,

17 | Keg Shoe Modification Class, Bethlehem, PA. CONTACT:

18 | Gold Coast Dressage August School-

ing Show, Palm Beach, FL. CONTACT: 561-227-1570,,

02-04 | Mystic Summer Premiere, Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: 860-464-7934, info@,

17 | Keg Shoe Modification Class, Corpus Christi, TX. CONTACT:

18 | Huntington Farm Horse Trials,

02-04 | Cheshire Fair Horse Show, Swanzey, NH. CONTACT: Sue Weston, 603-903-0102,,

17 | BWFA Chapter Meeting and Practice,

Danville, VA. CONTACT: 24 | Horse Agility Training/Open Com-

petition with Heidi Potter, Guilford, VT. CONTACT: Heidi Potter, 802-380-3268,,

South Strafford, VT. CONTACT: 18 | Larkin Hill Horse Trials, North Chatham, NY. CONTACT: 21 | Suddenly Farm Dressage, Lumberton, NJ. CONTACT: Megan Scelba-Donnelly, 609-9533484,, 22-25 | Dressage at Waterloo Summer

03 | Dapper Dan Open Show, Warwick, RI. CONTACT: Norman Monks,, 03 | The Friendly Horseman’s Club Fun

Show., Denver, PA. CONTACT: Alice Hummel, 717-484-2222, or Donna Fisher, 717-203-0797.

24 | Tyrone Farm Cross-Country Jump-

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Finale, Grass Lake, MI. CONTACT: Kevin Bradbury, 734-426-2111,,

03 | GFF Horse Show V, Buzzards Bay, MA. CONTACT: Liz Moakley, 508-759-3763,,

24-25 | Taking the Reins by Midwest

24-25 | Valinor Farm USEA Recognized

03 | New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Horse

Horse Fair, Madison, WI. CONTACT: 920-6235515,,

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Horse Trials, Plymouth, MA. CONTACT: 508-2243332,,

Show, Fremont, NH. CONTACT: Cindy McLaughlin, 603-533-5783,,

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august Calendar 03-04 | The Black-Eyed Susan Horse Show, Upper Marlboro, MD. CONTACT: 410-867-7923,,

11 | Champlain Valley Paybackpalooza

03-04 | Fairfield Westchester PHA, New Ca-

11 | North Shore Horsemen’s Council

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Union, ME. CONTACT: Rosemary Feyler, 207-785-6657.

Show, St. Albans, VT. CONTACT: 802-363-1997,, Pleasure Show, Chester, NH. CONTACT: Sheralyn Prieskorn, 781-526-6604,, 11 | Different Drummer Hunter and

803-649-3505,, 17-18 | The Black-Eyed Susan Horse Show,

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18 | Hudson Valley Horse Shows at Old

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Equitation Schooling Series, Candia, NH. CONTACT: Jodi Fortier, 603-483-2234,

18 | SNEHA at Hebron Fair Grounds, Hebron, CT. CONTACT:,

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13 | Ridgefield Equestrian Center,

06 | Head of Bay Medal, Buzzards Bay, MA. CONTACT: Liz Moakley, 508-759-3763,,

18 | White Horse Hill, Richmond, MA. CONTACT: Paula Subklow, 413-698-2988,,

13-17 | Massachusetts Morgan Horse

18 | GFF New England Classic, Buzzards Bay, MA. CONTACT: Liz Moakley, 508-759-3763,,

13-18 | America’s Fair Horse Show, Hamburg, NY. CONTACT: Jason Gates, 561-746-9721,

18 | Pine Tree Sizzler, Hollis, ME. CONTACT: Jo Hight, 207-799-8296, spurwinksteward@,


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CONTACT: Michael Morrissey, 941-527-6608, michael., 07-11 | Lexington National Horse

Show, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Leslie Brown 540-464-2961, 07-11 | Silver Oak Jumper Tourna-

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East Dorset, VT. CONTACT: John Ammerman, 240381-8376,, 08-10 | NH Arabian Horse Show, Chester, NH. CONTACT: Sue Arthur,, 10 | Cape Cod Hunter, East Raynham, MA. CONTACT: Nancy Venezia, 508-428-2621,, 10 | Saddle Rowe Hunter Show, Medway, MA. CONTACT: Tina Geoghegan, 508-533-7108, 10 | Sunrise Pleasure Open Horse Show

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10-11 | Annual 2-Day Show, Parish, NY. CONTACT:, 10-11 | Carousel Horse Farm Open Show Se-

ries, Sterling, CT. CONTACT: Lisa LeDoux, 860-564-7892,,

Ridgefield, CT. CONTACT: Wendy Pola, 203-4387433, Show, West Springfield, MA. CONTACT: Molly O’Brien, 413-246-8757,

Open Show, Raynham, MA. CONTACT: Brian Wise, 508-946-5477,,

14-18 | Fieldstone Summer Showcase I,

18 | Colchester Lions Club, Hebron, CT. CONTACT: JoAnn Hamson,

Halifax, MA. CONTACT: 781-679-0701,, 14-18 | Winston National, Culpeper,

VA. CONTACT: Amanda Lambert 845-246-8833,, 14-18 | Bluegrass Festival Horse

Show, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: Hugh Kincannon 859-233-0492, 16 | Riverwind Farm, Pembroke, MA. CONTACT: Spencer Catani, 617-548-7875,, 16-18 | Hunter Derby & August Hunter/

16-18 | Lippitt Country Show, Tunbridge, VT.

CONTACT: Lisa Fenton, 802-235-2264, 17 | Hampshire County Riding Club

Open Show, Goshen, MA. CONTACT: Diane 413-268-3372, 17 | NHHJA Horse Show, Fremont, NH. CON-

TACT: Cindy McLaughlin, 603-533-5783, cindymcl3@, 17 | Stonybrook Saddle Club Fun Show

17 | Dapper Dan Farm Open Show, War-

wick, RI. CONTACT: Norman Monks, dmac923@, 17 | Just for Fun Show, Aiken, SC. CONTACT:

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20 | Stepping Stone, Ridgefield, CT. CONTACT: Janie Weber, 203-438-7749, weberjanie@, 20-24 | Summer Showcase II, Halifax, MA. CONTACT: 781-679-0701, info@showfieldstone. com,

21 | Riverwind Farm, Pembroke, MA. CONTACT: Spencer Catani,

tion Open Show, Oneco, CT. CONTACT: 860564-4700,

11 | Wild Aire Farm Hunter Jumper

Show Series, Foster, RI. CONTACT: Beth Stone, 401397-9242,,

18 | NEMHS Last Chance, Foster, RI. CONTACT: Missy Tansey, 207-887-4050,

16-18 | Tri-State Horsemen’s Associa-

17 | Cape Cod Hunter, Raynham, MA. CONTACT: Nancy Venezia, 508-428-2621,,

11 | Cornerstone Farm Open Schooling

Show, Fremont, NH. CONTACT: s.remick@,

21 | Ridgefield Equestrian Center, Ridgefield, CT. CONTACT: Wendy Pola, 203-4387433,

Series, Plum, PA. CONTACT: Mary Lynn Fentress, 412-767-5750.

Show, Southbridge, MA. CONTACT: 508-7650641,,

18 | Silver Heels Riding Club Open

Jumper Show, South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: Green Mountain Horse Association, 802-457-1509,

11 | Hanson Riding Club at Balmy Acres,

Middleboro, MA. CONTACT: Hansonridingclub@,

18 | South Shore Horsemen’s Council

14 | Sandy Point Show Series, Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: Jay Sargent, 401-842-9300,,

21-25 | HMI August Classic, Sonoma, CA. CONTACT: 415-518-2145,, 21-25 | Constitution Classic, Culpeper, VA. CONTACT: Kristen Vale, 845-246-8833, 21-25 | KHJA-AA Show, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: Hugh Kincannon, 859-233-0492, 21-25 | Majestic Summer III, Batavia, OH. CONTACT: Trena Kerr, 859-250-5472, 22-09/01 | New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY. CONTACT: Naomi Blumenthal, 315-682-1933,, 23-25 | Virginia Presidential New World

Show PFHA Event IX, Lexington, VA. CONTACT:

24-25 | PBF Open Sport Horse Show I & II,

Ottsville, NY. CONTACT: Jacqui Richie, 267-240-7389,, August 2013

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Calendar august 24-25 | Steeple Ridge Fall Foliage I,

Charlotte, VT. CONTACT: Mindy Hinsdale, 802-9223529,,

31 | Senator Bell Farm Horse Show, Chester, NH. CONTACT: Jessica Hunt, 603-2357015,,

17 | Tyrone Farm Judged Pleasure Ride, Pomfret, CT. CONTACT: 860-928-3647,,

24-28 | Showpark All Seasons Summer

Tournament, Del Mar, CA. CONTACT: 859-2256977,

31 | Wheeler/U.S. Hunter Breeding

National Championship, Warrenton, VA. CONTACT: 859-225-6977,

24-25 | ABI-KHAN+ Challenge, Waynesville, OH. CONTACT: Mickie Newnam, 937-232-9256,

25 | Worcester Co. 4-H Fair Horse Show-

31-09/01 | Lake St. Louis Schooling

31-09/02 | GMHA 77th Annual100-Mile

CMHSS, Spencer, MA. CONTACT: 508-885-4891,, 25 | Massachusetts Hunter Jumper

Finals, Halifax, MA. CONTACT: 781-679-0701,, 25 | North Shore Horsemen’s Hunter

Show, St. Louis, MI. CONTACT: John McQueen, 318348-8233,,

Competitive Trail Ride, South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: Green Mountain Horse Association, 802-457-1509,

31-09/02 | Showtime Labor Day Classic,

Western Events

Worthington, OH. CONTACT: Carl Brentlinger, 614885-9476,,

Show, Georgetown, MA. CONTACT: Lowell Murray, 978-500-7453,,

31-09/02 | Lancaster Fair, Lancaster, NH. CONTACT: Evelyn Elms, 603-787-9834, evelyn03774@,

25 | Westbrook Hunt Club Shoreline

31-09/02 | The Blandford Fair Open Horse

III, Westbrook, CT. CONTACT: Jane Dow-Burt, 860-399-6317,,

25 | Connecticut Color Breed Associa-

tion Horse Show, Portland, CT. CONTACT:, 25 | VHSA Show at Caledonia Fair, Lydon-

Show at the Blandford Fairgrounds, Blandford, MA. CONTACT: Kelli at

Hunter Paces 18 | WGHA Hunter Pace #3, Arcadia, RI. CON-

TACT: LuAnn Grafe, 401-397-2292,,

ville, VT. CONTACT: 802-272-8379, uvmkinship@,


25-9/01 | The Hampton Classic, Bridge-

Challenge, Gloucester, NJ. CONTACT: 512-8693225,

hampton, NY. CONTACT: 617-537-3177, info@, 28 | Cape Cod Hunter, Marstons Mills, MA.

CONTACT: Nancy Venezia, 508-428-2621,, 28 | CJL Farm Inc, Freehold, NJ. CONTACT:

02-04 | Extreme Mustang Training

03 | Newport International Polo Series, 10 | Newport International Polo Series, Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: 401-846-0200, 17 | Newport International Polo Series, Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: 401-846-0200,

29-09/01 | Greensboro Hunter Jumper

18 | Region 15 Arabian Meeting, Frederick, MA. CONTACT:,

29-9/01 | ERAHC Virginia Classic An-

dalusian/Lusitano Show, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Linda Denniston 30 | The Baroque Equestrian Games &

31 | Newport International Polo Series,

Show, Contoocock, NH. CONTACT: Douglas Curtis, 603-224-6123,, 30-9/01 | Mystic Summer Festival,

Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: 860-464-7934, info@, 31 | Cape Cod Hunter, Medway, MA. CONTACT:

Nancy Venezia, 508-428-2621,,

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04 | CMSA Match, West Granby, CT., CONTACT: 11 | CMSA DWPQ Match, Dunstable, MA. CONTACT:, 15-18 | National Barrel Horse Association

Colonial Nationals, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Renee Jenkins 706-823-3728,

22-25 | NERHA Northeast Super Slide-In,

Springfield, MA. CONTACT:

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24-25 | Worcester County 4-H Fair, Spencer, MA. CONTACT: 508-885-4891, Jeanne@,

30-09/01 | Granite State Morgan Horse

30-09/02 | Hopkinton State Fair Horse

02-04 | Reiners by the Bay, Traverse City, MI. CONTACT: Horse Shows by the Bay 231-2673700,

Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: 401-846-0200,

30 | Baroque Equestrian Games, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Sharon Madere, 804-677-7046,,

30-09/01 | Silver Spur All Arabian, Hamburg, NY. CONTACT: Lindsey Hager, 716-481-4907,

boy Races, New Berlin, NY. CONTACT: 607-8479265,

24 | Newport International Polo Series,

Institute Grand Gala Spectacular: The Classical Horse Throughout The Ages, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Tina Cristiani Veder, 352502-5422, Show, Deerfield, NH. CONTACT: John Lampropoulos, 603-770-1884,

02-04 | Pure Country Versatility Cow-

Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: 401-846-0200,

Claudine Liberatore, 917-371-4551, cjlinc2003@, Classic, Greensboro, NC. CONTACT: Martin Schlaeppi, 336-822-4313,

02-03 | Mid Summer Consignment Sale, Shawnee, OK. CONTACT: Cindy Bowling Garner, 405-275-2196,,

Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: 401-846-0200,

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03-04 | GMHA 25-/25-/50-Mile & Condi-

tioning Distance Ride, * South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: Green Mountain Horse Association, 802-457-1509, 04 | WGHA Poker Ride, Warwick, RI. CONTACT:

LuAnn Grafe, 401-397-2292,, 04-10 | Shore to Shore, Empire, MI. CONTACT: Wayne Gastfield, 231-250-4242. 10-18 | CSTR’s 44th Annual August Ride,


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New England Equine Surgical & Medical

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The Tan Commandments It’s August. That means it’s hot for most of us. Right now you’re probably languishing in some airconditioned location reading this. And you’ve probably been riding and schooling in the heat all summer. And let me make another prediction: you have a “rider’s tan.” I used to be, in my ancient youth, a sun worshipper who slathered myself with iodine and baby oil every summer (Why iodine and baby oil? I never knew) and rotisseried with the best of them at the local pool. It was a cultural imperative. Then I became a mom and had to give up a little bit on the tan fantasy, and just try to get “some color” on my arms and legs in my full-coverage swimsuit. Next, of course, all those annoying studies on skin cancer came out, and I began buying sunscreen to equal my age each summer. But I still liked to get a tiny bit golden in a nice, even way by the end of the summer. But I knew I’d given up on the whole idea of tan-vanity when I started to ride regularly in my middle age, because that’s when I began to develop the rider’s tan—and I didn’t even care. You know what I’m talking about. It starts out a little bit like a farmer’s tan. You’re riding in the spring, wearing your T-shirt or even long-sleeved shirt with sleeves pushed up, and one day you notice you’re getting a little bit of sun on the nose and cheeks and neck and lower arms, but not elsewhere. When you see this pattern you know it’s time to switch to the tank top so you can get the upper arms, tops of the shoulders, and more of the chest and back to match the face and hands. Of course, at the same time you’ve gotta protect the eyes with sunglasses so now you’re headed for the reverse raccoon look. Time to slather the 50 SPF on the face so the tanning stops there, while using 30 on the hands, but only 15 on the arms, which still aren’t quite catching up. It’s a little like trying to turn the roasting chicken to get a nice, even, crispy skin without letting it get too dry. And thus the uneven tanning process begins. 192 equine


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If you’re young enough, you can go for the workout top tan, but that’s about the best you can do. You’re not going to be out there getting a midriff tan with your bikini top on, or a full strapless tan wearing your stretchy tube top. After all, we’re serious riders who know better than to ride without, ahem, proper support. You notice there’s a large portion of the anatomy that I haven’t even mentioned. And you know why. It’s because these appendages, if we’re over the age of 12 and past the days of riding bareback in shorts and tennis shoes, are never going to see the light of day on horseback. That’s right, I’m talking about legs. Whale belly white legs. Legs the color of curds and whey. Legs that will never, ever catch up with the arms, shoulders, hands, nose, and cheeks because you will never have the time to relax on

a chaise lounge, wearing a turtleneck sweater, gloves, and a ski mask while you offer your legs to the mid-day sun. So now, when you finally peel off the jeans or ditch the britches and change into something cooler, shorter, and skimpier, you have the full rider’s tan. That is: • Toasty brown on the nose, cheeks, and tops of shoulders • Coffee-with-extra-cream brown in the sunglass area • Golden pattern that follows the scoop or v-neckline of your favorite riding top and lets everyone know just how wide the straps on your tank top are • Rings of paleness where your everyday jewelry rests, like rings, bracelets, or watches • Pink where your hair parts unless you’ve been wearing a cap, helmet, or hat • And lily white everywhere else. Forget about rocking a plunging strapless gown. Ditch the short sundress, white shorts, or teeny bikini. You’re not a candidate for any “fun in the sun” fashion spreads. But enjoy your rider’s tan—you’ve earned it. And besides, you might as well get used to it; it’s not going away over the winter. Ange Dickson Finn is an award-winning freelance writer, western pleasure competitor, and retired horse show mom who has an authentic rider’s tan. Visit her at, or email her at

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Equine Journal (August 2013)  

Your All-Breed, All Discipline Resource

Equine Journal (August 2013)  

Your All-Breed, All Discipline Resource