Equine Journal (December 2013)

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An Introduction to Collection


It’s a Snow Day! Skijoring 101

EquineJournal December 2013

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USHJA Weighs in on Microchipping WINTER PADDOCK BOOTS

Season’s Greetings


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contents Check out our winter paddock boot picks on page 28.


Why the USHJA and USEF are turning to microchipping sport horses. BY ANDREA REYNES



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features 44 Steps to the Top USDF Gold Medalist Pati Pierucci shares advice for introducing collection at the lower levels. BY NATALIE DEFEE MENDIK

52 2 Left in the Cold Turn the chilliest time of year into your favorite season while skijoring. BY NANCY HUMPHREY CASE


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14 Editor’s Note 16 On the Road 18 Letters to the Editor 23 Points of Interest 26 Now You Know 28 Prepurchase Exam 30 Saddle Seat Pointers 32 Hunter/Jumper Pointers 34 Ask the Vet

lifestyle 64 Travel 68 Equestrian Fashion 70 Collecting Thoughts 93

the scoop 74 Industry Wide News 79 Industry Wide Affiliates 87 Hunter/Jumper 103 Eventing 107 Dressage 114 Driving 119 Western 123 Distance Riding/Trail 127 Morgan 133 Arabian 138 Quarter Horse 142 Baroque 147 Breed Affiliates


120 The Northeast Six Shooters wrapped up their season with the CMSA Northeast Regional Championships. 93 The New England Equitation Championships drew hunter/jumper riders from across the Northeast. 105 The annual Course Brook Farm USEA-recognized horse trials featured multiple upgrades and improvements.

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tail end 151 Real Estate 156 Marketplace 159 Affiliate Directory 163 Directories 173 Classifieds 174 Calendar 175 Stallion Paddocks 176 Last Laugh 8


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on the cover Mariscal del Monte, a seven-year-old Andalusian/ Thoroughbred cross gelding, bred by Caballo Iberico and owned by Karen Oberlohr. Photo by Bianca McCarty

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Gearing Up for the Holidays I HAVE FRIENDS WHO START preparing for the holidays before I have even had time to wrap my mind around the fact that summer is gone. Then there are others, like my husband, who wait to start their shopping until Christmas Eve. I prefer a somewhat early start— especially when there are some people on my list that are difficult to shop for. No matter what your holiday shopping style, this month we help you with some great ideas for the horse fanatics on your list with our Holiday Wish List on page 55. And, of course, we want you to get something too, so once again we are bringing back our 25 Days Giveaway where every day of December you can visit our website for the chance to win some great prizes, including a pair of tall boots from Tredstep Ireland, an Ovation Helmet from English Riding Supply, and a KER Nutritional Gift Pack. Starting December 1, visit equinejournal.com for your chance to win and for some gift-related inspiration. If you do finish your holiday shopping early, you can spend the extra time with your horses. While you may not consider riding to be a true winter activity, that may be because you’ve never heard of skijoring, a fun and interesting way to combine skiing and horseback riding. Growing in popularity, skijoring is a great activity that can bring together the whole family. Learn more on page 52. We also take a look at the proposed United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) ruling that all horses receiving a new USEF Horse Recording or Registration must have an implanted microchip ID. If this ruling is accepted by the United States Equestrian Federation, it will go into effect for some riders as early as December 2014. Andrea Reynes takes you through the reasons this rule is being proposed and gets feedback from those in the industry. Turn to page 36 to learn more. And finally this month, learn an easy lesson that will help introduce collection to your dressage horse. Here’s to a happy holiday and a great new year full of possibilities for you and your equine companions.

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WITHIN THIS MONTH’S ISSUE, you’ll find our annual gift guide featuring many businesses and products, as well as advertisements featured throughout the magazine wishing you holiday greetings. Something you may not realize, however, is that a number of these businesses give back to the community. In true holiday spirit, I took the time to visit with a few of these businesses over the past month to find out just how they offer a helping hand. North Woods Animal Treats employs workers from The Center of Hope, an organization founded in 1954, with the mission to offer continued training and educational opportunities for developmentally disabled individuals. Me and d Carolyn l Kyle, l Vice i President id off IGK Equestrian LLC, displaying the company’s Grand “The people who are employed at Slam footing, containing recycled tennis balls. The Center of Hope workshop live in the community,” says Jean McCarthy, owner of North Woods Animal Treats. “They have disabilities of varying degrees, but enjoy working and helping to support themselves.” Their enthusiasm for their jobs is apparent, as Jean points out that the attendance rate is 95%. Passionate about both their products and giving back to the community, North Woods Animal Treats’ mission of improving lives for both pets and humans is an inspiration to all. IGK Equestrian LLC, based in New York, is yet another company giving back to the community, as they make a commitment to using recycled materials. They’ve most recently teamed up with Scott Soloway of Natick, MA, the founder of Project Green Ball. What started out primarily as a tennis ball recycling project that Soloway started with his son, ultimately became a major initiative to create equestrian surfaces out of the recycled product and aid the community. “My daughter went to the Dana Hall School, and while she doesn’t ride, I started to learn about their footing,” Scott explains. Before he knew it, he was teaming up with IGK, who takes the recycled tennis balls and applies the materials to their footing. Since Dana Hall’s purchase of this innovative new footing, Project Green Ball continues to donate tennis balls to the company. Their newest project includes collecting 200,000 balls—once IGK receives this amount, they have promised to donate footing to Equicenter, a therapeutic riding facility located in Rochester, NY. Currently, they have collected 160,000 tennis balls; Soloway has also acted as an advocate for Equicenter by helping them obtain a $10,000 grant from the UPS Foundation. Be sure to check out even more inspiring companies who make a diference on my blog at equinejournal.com. And, in true holiday fashion, I am making my own promise to give back to a charity this holiday season, whether it’s volunteering my time at a local equine rescue, therapeutic riding center, or another non-profit related to equines. I am also inviting my colleagues and readers to pay it forward this season. Lastly, please be sure to look for the rocking horse, hidden within one of the advertisements in our Gift Guide, and enter to win an Equine Journall prize pack. Simply send a letter or email with your name, address, and phone number, and specify which ad you spotted the rocking horse in. A winner will be drawn on December 30. All entries must be received at our office by that date—they can be sent to editorial@equinejournal. com, or mailed to Equine Journal, Attn: Elisabeth Executive Editor Gilbride, 83 Leicester St., N. Oxford, MA 01537. 16


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I love to see what our Curly horses are doing with the American Bashkir Curly Registry (ABCR) each month. -Angie Gaines, Golden Curls Ranch, Kaufman, TX I loved reading the article about the new ranch pleasure horse classes. The Quarter Horse is an amazing animal with so much talent. It always pained me to watch the slow and low going western pleasure, and then in hunt seat the more Thoroughbred typed hunters and jumpers. This allows the Quarter Horse to go back to what he was bred to do. While they are a versatile breed, they truly excel at ranch and cow work. This kind of class looks like it would be fun not just for the audience, but for the horse and rider as well. -Ute Shepherd, Greenwich, OH

Learning about the ranch pleasure classes was very interesting! I hadn’t heard of it before and I hope my riding club will look into it for something different at our show next year or another future year! - Beth Godin, Via Facebook 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 December 15 will be entered in the drawing. Send your submissions to editorial@equinejournal.com, or to Equine Journal,l Editorial, 83 Leicester Street, N. Oxford, MA 01537. Congratulations to Beth Godin for winning December’s letter-of-themonth! She will receive a thermal blanket from TuffRider.

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I was one of the winners of the Cavalia Odysseo tickets and I wanted to thank you! The show was fantastic and like no other we’ve seen before. I took my daughter, Julia Marie Remiesiewicz, and we were both amazed. There are too many words to describe it—stunning, ethereal, spiritual, beautiful, to name a few. Thanks again so much! We had never heard of the show before your magazine featured it, and now we’ll be sure to see it whenever it is in our area again. -Diane Meo Remiesiewicz Via Facebook I enjoyed the ranch pleasure horse article. I think I am going to try the pattern with my dressage horse—it will be good for balance and suppleness. -Joelle M. Conover, Foster, RI I would love to see more features in the magazine on the draft horse industry in New England. There are some amazing farms and big horses up here. First let’s start with just the Shires. Squantam Shires in Massachusetts, Rising Moose Stables in Vermont, and Illusion Farms in Maine are top notch breeders of excellent horses who all have All American nominated horses every year. In 2014, the World Percheron Congress will be held at the Eastern States Expo in Springfield. Everything from the big hitches, to plowing matches, to barrel racing will be held at this event, bringing Percherons from across the country to New England. The owners of Trippcrest Farm in Maine and Utopia Percherons in Connecticut are on the board and are working hard to make this a great event. This is to be followed in 2016 by the World Belgian Championships! There is an amazing group of people raising and showing big horses in New England and I would love to see more of their stories in your magazine! Thanks for your time. -Leah Haney, Via Facebook

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No More Achin’ Riders A new natural organic g relief is now available from J.M. Saddler! My Achin’ Lotion n combines seven herbal essential oils and ch hili pepper extract to help relieve aging, overw worked, stiff, and sore muscless and joints throughout your wh hole body. This natural, non-gre easy blend of nourishing ingredie ents has no artificial fragranc ce and has been used for generations.

New News on EPM

What Happens in Vegas… V The International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Las Vegas Events, Inc. (LVE) join in announcing that the FEI World Cup Finals in both show jumping and dressage will return to Las Vegas in 2015. Las Vegas will host the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final and the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final at the Thomas & Mack Center, April 15-19, 2015.

’Tis The Season!

Young Talent

We asked: Is your horse included in your holiday pictures?


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A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine revealed that equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), caused by two different parasites, is widespread throughout the United States. The single-celled protozoal parasite Sarcocystis neurona, which is shed in the feces of opossums, is the most commonly recognized cause of this neurological disease in horses. However, this study found evidence that Neospora hughesi, the other EPM-causing parasite, first identified in California, is now being identified in equines across the United States. As these results show a widespread distribution of the parasites causing EPM, horse owners and practitioners should test EPM-suspect horses for antibodies against both parasites.

Of Course!


USEF is pleased to announce an exciting new program designed to identify and develop talented young horses in the United States in the dressage, driving, eventing, hunter and jumping disciplines. The USEF Young Horse Championship and Festival is set to take place in the fall of 2014. The event is also intended to promote American-bred horses while creating an incentive to buy, own, and show young horses.

Ponying Up A Big Gift

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Who needs a gold watch when you could have a Paint Horse instead? The Colorado Rockies made a big splash on September 25 when they presented a one-of-a-kind retirement gift to first baseman Todd Helton: a flashy American Paint Horse. In honor of Todd’s 17 years as a player for the Colorado Rockies, the organization decided to surprise him with an extra special gift during his final home game. Knowing that Todd had a ranch and had recently purchased a horse for his daughter, the club decided to give Todd a horse of his own. For the honor, they chose American Paint Horse Association World Champion NXS A Tru Bustamove, a six-year-old black tobiano gelding. The gelding was decked out in a custom saddle as well, complete with Todd’s number and the Colorado Rockies logo. Todd and his family—wife Christy and daughters Tierney Faith, 14, and Gentry Grace, 4—were on hand to take the reins.

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Did You Know?

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GIVING BACK John Logerfo, center, vice president of English Riding Supply, presents a $50,000 contribution to MMI Preparatory School made through the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program to MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood, right, and Director of Advancement Kim McNulty, left. English Riding Supply, Inc., has donated $50,000 to MMI Preparatory School in Freeland through the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which funds need-based scholarships at the school.

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bits & pieces NOW YOU KNOW Fun trivia and interesting facts about Irish Draughts



The stallion, King of Diamonds RID (Errigal RID x Ruby RID), is considered one of the pillars of performance in Irish Draughts. When he died in 1991, he ranked 7th on the Irish Horse Board’s list of sires of successful show jumpers.


Crosses between Irish Draught horses and Thoroughbreds were traditionally called “Half-breds” or “Irish Hunters.” When the term “sport horse” came into common use in the mid-1980s, the term “Half-bred” was replaced by “Irish Sport Horse.” 26


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In the beginning of the 20th century, the Irish government became involved with the breed to promote better horses. The Ministry of Agriculture opened the official studbook in 1917, selecting 375 mares and 44 stallions as the foundation stock.


The legendary RID Clover Hill, a 1973 Irish Draught stallion, has sired 39 international show jumpers. He is one of the three most influential and common bloodlines seen today in the modern Irish Draught. Clover Hill spent his life at Ringroe Stud in Ireland with his lifetime owner, Phillip Heenan. The stallion sadly passed away in 1997 at the grand old age of 24.


In 1976, a small group of Irish breeders banded together to form the Irish Draught Horse Society and preserve the breed.

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bits & pieces PREPURCHASE EXAM

Winter Paddock Boo Heritage III Zip Paddock Boot H20

Mountain Horse Cozy Rider

These slip-on boots are the epitome of comfort and versatility. Their steel shank and ride grip sole make them great for riding, while the elastic gores make them easy to pull on for quick trips to the store or barn. The faux fur insulation kept the tester’s feet warm in the coldest conditions and they were comfortable enough to wear all day. The tester loved that they featured a selfcleaning tread that didn’t collect dirt like some of her other paddock boots, which meant getting in and out of her car without having to change shoes. The leather is treated with a water repellent protector that help to keep the feet dry, but you may want to reapply every year for optimum protection. The tester’s only complaints were that they didn’t come in half sizes and there wasn’t as much cushion for the soles of the feet as she would like. BUY THEM: $125, MountainHorseUSA.com

These all-weather boots by Ariat are not your average, clunky winter paddock boots. While it is insulated and made with waterproof, fullgrain leather, it maintains a streamlined look, fitting under half chaps and in stirrups without any issues. The boots are not made specifically for the coldest winter weather, but do run a half-size big, allowing room for cozy socks. BUY THEM: $129.95, Ariat.com

You have ve 10 toes; let’s keep it thatt way! This month h our testers warm med up to the thou ught of winter pad ddock boots..

Dafna Blizzard Paddock Boot

A thick sole with pllenty of grip, these boots are certainlyy not just for riding. The rubber waterp proof bottom handled snow and slush with ease, yet they were the perfect size to slide into stirrups. The faux fur interior keept our tester warm and cozy (even w when she slid them on without socks to o run out to the barn). Because of th he thick and warm upper porrtion, they were difficult to gett as tight as she would haave preferred, and didn’t offer as much d aankle support as some of her other boots. BUY THEM: $49.95, OvationRiding.com

Ovation Lace-Up Blizzard Muckster

When pulling on the Ovation Lace Mucksters, the first words out of our tester’s mouth were “ooh, these are comfy.” If you’re looking for winter riding boots that will provide warmth and comfort, these are the ones to get! Although they were a little stiff for the tester’s first ride, it didn’t take too long for the boots to break in. The non-skid soles were great for riding; additionally, the boots offered a good amount of support for a full day of walking around the barn for this equestrian who suffers from plantar fasciitis. BUY THEM: $49.95, OvationRiding.com

This month’s products for review will be donated to the EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program.

Our testers:: This month, our Prepurchase Exam was conducted by: Kelly Ballou, Managing Editor; Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride, Executive Editor; Kathryn Selinga, News Editor; and d Jennifer Roberts, Social Editor.



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bits & pieces QUICK TIPS riding tips from top professionals

With some work, a horse can learn to carry himself and not root out of the bridle to find the rider’s hands for balance.

Saddle Seat Pointers With Cortney Schafer


When a horse pushes down or “roots” out of the bridle there are a few steps that can be taken to prevent this. I would start out in a snaffle and martingale to teach these steps and then transfer what has been taught to the full bridle. When a horse roots out of the bridle it is often not going forward into the bridle and is looking for the rider’s


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hands to balance on. To solve this, when the horse puts pressure down the rider should apply leg pressure to encourage him to move forward, and at the same time, move his or her hands smoothly but quickly back and forth so the horse doesn’t have a chance to take a hold of the rider’s hands. When the horse raises his head and softens off the rider’s hands, the rider should reward him by giving with his or her hands and release the pressure off the bridle. These steps should be repeated anytime the horse applies downward pressure to the bridle. The horse will learn to rise up and soften off the rider’s hands when the reins are moved and leg pressure is applied. The horse will then learn to carry himself and not root out of the bridle to find the rider’s hands for balance. You will need to repeat this exer-

cise over and over again as the horse learns what you are expecting. Consistency is key, so be patient and reassuring throughout the process. I wish you and your horse the best of luck going forward. Cortney Schafer has been involved with horses throughout her life. Mainly owning and showing Arabians and Half-Arabians, she has competed at the regional and national level since the age of 11. She has had experience with many other breeds of horses while schooling and competing in saddle seat, hunt seat, western, driving, and halter. She has worked beside many top trainers in the Arabian industry including Joel Kiesner, Shan Wilson, Rob Bick, Caralyn Schroter, and Dan Whitt. In 2012, Cortney worked as assistant trainer to Mike Wahl of Wahl International/Mike Wahl PerformanceHorses, training all of the English Morgans, Saddlebreds, and Hackney ponies.

Photo: Dave and Andy


My young English horse tends to bridle quite high and looks great. However, sometimes he dives down and braces low against the bit. What should I do when he does this? Is there a way to prevent it?

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Hunter/Jumper Pointers With Darragh Kenny of Oakland Ventures, LLC


How do I shorten my horse’s stride in lines while on course?

To help your horse shorten his stride, first work on the flat incorporating grandpoles.



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improving with the exercise. Remember that patience is key; you don’t want to force the issue. Take your time so that your mount understands the command and what exactly you are asking him to do. Later, when you use these same aids on course, your horse will know what you are asking and be able to respond appropriately. But before this can happen, you need to take the time, and have the patience, to educate him so that he can be adjustable and shorten his stride when you ask. After I’m comfortable with this, I add in a third pole, again five strides away from the last. Again I start by doing the normal strides so both horse and rider get the right idea and pace. Then I will start to add in the first line and do the normal amount of strides in the second part of the line, as this is usually easier. Next, I try to add one stride in both the first and second part of the exercise. Once we have done this, I then do the normal amount of strides in the first

part and add a stride in the second part. By the end, I try to do one less in the first line and carry a bigger pace in. If my horse is very adjustable and listening, then I add two strides in the second part of the exercise. By this stage, the horse usually understands what you’re looking for. Most of the time, I will then repeat this over small jumps. If the horses are not getting too stressed out, then it’s like everything else—practice makes perfect. Darragh Kenny started competing on ponies when he was 10 in his hometown, County Offaly, Ireland. He moved on to ride at the Junior European Championships and the Young Rider European Championships. He won a training bursary at the RDS Dublin Horse Show in 2007, earning him the right to come to the U.S. and work for Missy Clark and John Brennan at North Run Stables in Warren, VT. Now a highly successful grand prix rider, Kenny operates out of Oakland Ventures, LLC in Wellington, FL.

Photo: Shawn Hamilton/clixphoto.com

A lot of people have this problem with horses, and there are a lot of ways to fix it. It happens with all ages of horses, some are young and don’t have the education or understanding to know how to shorten their stride and others are older but have never been taught properly. With all of them, it is best to be very patient. I have figured out, as I’m sure others have too, that fighting with a horse gets you nowhere. I generally start by just working on the flat and teaching them how to move forward and slow down, sometimes doing transitions from different gaits. Try doing both downward and upward transitions until your horse understands what you’re trying to achieve. The next step for me is to add ground poles to the exercise. I think they are a great training aid and the horses get the feel of what you are expecting over jumps without making them nervous or tense. This is key. In my opinion, if most of the top riders in the world do it this way, it can’t be to wrong! I usually start with just two poles on the ground set in a line, maybe five strides apart. This gives you enough room so that you may gradually teach them to shorten. As one of my best trainers told me, “Rome was not built in a day, and neither is training horses done in a day.” I always start by doing the normal amount of strides set at the normal 12-foot stride and set at a regular distance. This way both you and the horse get in the right rhythm. Then I gradually start trying to add one more stride between the two poles. I try to carry the normal pace to the first pole; this is very important as you will be able to get a realistic idea of how the horse is

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bits & pieces ASK THE VET your horse health questions answered



A friend has told me that my horse is developing proud flesh on a wound. What is proud flesh? How should I treat it? Can I prevent it in the future?


There are several wound management strategies that may help to prevent the formation of proud flesh. Your veterinarian should always be consulted for deep or extensive wounds, those over joints or tendons, and if proud flesh has already started to develop. Continued inflammation or infection in a wound is an important factor in the development of proud flesh. To understand what proud flesh Wounds should be closely examined is, it is helpful to first know how for pieces of foreign material like the normal healing process works after an wood or metal, bony fragments, or injury to the skin. Normal wound healing necrotic (dead) tissue, which could involves a delicate balance of processes, result in a persistently infected wound. with the ultimate goal being healthy skin. Bandaging of wounds should be on One key step in wound healing is called a case-by-case basis. Bandaging will help to reduce contamination and granulation, where cell replication fills the wound bed with tissue, which is later infection. However, some studies have covered by skin. Unfortunately, certain shown that bandaging may encourage steps in the healing process may go the development of proud flesh. The unchecked, which can lead to abnormal effect of bandages on the prevention wound healing and proud flesh. of proud flesh may depend more on the dressing directly applied on the Proud flesh occurs when the granuProud flesh occurs most commonly on the lower wound. Silicone gel dressings are lation step of wound repair is not limbs where the skin is under high tension and properly limited, and the granulation tissue becoming more commonly used, and prone to contamination. becomes excessive. The result is a nonyour veterinarian can instruct you healing wound that appears as a red, fleshy on the use of them. Several over-themass. It may be a single smooth area of counter ointments and salves are also sound to check for any foreign bodies excessive tissue in the original wound, or available that are advertised as proud or bony fragments. If there is no infecmay be multiple mass-like areas. Horses flesh preventatives. Consult with your tion, some veterinarians may treat the are more prone to proud flesh than other veterinarian before using a product you area topically with steroids to reduce the species, and it occurs most commonly are not familiar with. inflammatory response. In many cases, on the lower limbs (below the knee or the most effective way to deal with the hock). The skin is under high tension excess granulation tissue is to surgically Treatment in these areas, and movement results in remove it. Since the granulation tissue Proud flesh is often treated most effectively and efficiently by your veterinarian. fissures forming in the granulation tissue, does not have any nerve supply, this is which causes chronic inflammation. These a basically pain-free procedure and can Generally the first step in managing these areas are also particularly prone to being cases is determining whether there is any be done without any anesthesia to the contaminated, which can lead to infection infectious or inflammatory component. area. In some cases, when the wound is This may involve radiographs or an ultraso large that the skin cannot grow over and more inflammation. the area, skin grafts may be used. The ultimate goal of surgical intervention is to health hints SURGICAL ALTERNATIVES remove the excessive, non-viable granulaMODERATE TO SEVERE PROUD FLESH MAY REQUIRE SURGERY TO REMOVE THE EXCESSIVE tion tissue and reduce the inflammatory response. This allows the wound to fill in tissue. The surgery often is performed with the horse standing, since the granulation tissue with normal granulation tissue and cover has no nerve supply. Following surgery of severe granulating large wounds, a splint or a cast with normal, healthy skin. Proper wound may be necessary to prevent the granulating tissue from regrowing and to enable the skin edges to completely cover the wound. A skin graft can cover large wounds in some cases, management and early treatment when which speeds healing and reduces scar formation. Laser surgery may also be used. proud flesh does occur are key in efficient and successful wound repair.




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Why the USHJA and USEF Are Turning to Microchipping Sport Horses

MicroManagement BY ANDREA REYNES


MERICAN HUNTERS, JUMPERS, AND EQUITATION horses will have microchips implanted in their necks next year if the proposed United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) ruling, “all horses receiving a new USEF Horse Recording or a new USHJA Horse Registration must have an implanted microchip ID,” is accepted by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).

Additionally, all horses competing in classes restricted by the horse’s age, experience, or other classifications, will need a microchip ID to compete, starting December 1, 2014; and all horses recorded with USEF and/or registered with USHJA will be required to have an implanted microchip in order to compete, starting December 1, 2015. If these rules are passed, the device will have to be approved by USEF; no substitute microchip will be permitted. A listing of Federation approved microchips can be found at usef.org.



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The importance of the microchip lies in the fact that the glass-encased bead of computer chip information will enable show personnel, veterinarians, and potential horse buyers to precisely determine a horse’s identity, age, parentage, owner, and show performance history. In order for microchipping to be an effective tool, as much detailed information about the horse as possible should be provided, entered on a database, and linked to the chip. The horse can then be scanned for a thorough identification, not just on details that could be duplicated, like names or markings. USHJA is hoping to achieve this development by next year as the recommendation moves from the Conduct Committee to the USHJA and Federation Annual Meetings. The requirement would be for the Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation section only. The sport needs “transparency,” explains Armand Leone, chairman of the USHJA Conduct Committee. Horse showing professionals have raised concern that competitors can change a horse’s identification registration, exhibiting him in a different performance, age, or other restriction than otherwise eligible for in high money classes. According to Leone, “In the interest of fairness to all competitors and owners, the re-registration problem needs to be addressed. The practice makes for unfair competition and uncertainty in the marketplace.” For example, a horse today could be shipped to the East Coast from the West Coast, undergo a name change, and be marketed as a completely new horse. “A microchip identification requirement would eliminate this problem,” explains Leone. Horse owners and showing professionals have raised concern that some horses undergo “identity changes” by being registered under a different name when being imported or when recorded with the USEF, explains Leone. This allows a horse’s past identity and performance to be hidden, and allows horses that are otherwise ineligible to improperly show in age or experience restricted classes. December 2013


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A USEF member can file a complaint about a horse believed to be misidentified or ineligible for a class. The guideline for making a general grievance is in the USEF Rule Book, GR6, Subchapter 6-A, Filing and Contents of Protests, Charges and Athlete Grievances, on GR602, Contents, Etc. A member can also file a request for a rule change, such as instating a microchip requirement to register a horse in USEF. The process is described in the GR151 Rule Change Procedure in the USEF Rule Book, 2013.



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A microchip is a glass-encased computer chip injected into the nuchal ligament on the neck that can hold a horse’s identity, age, parentage, owner, and show performance history.

“We’re hearing from all different perspectives and constituents,” say USHJA Bill Moroney, regarding the need to require the 15-digit chip as identification. One is from USEF staff who have to verify a horse’s performance record for reinstatements and eligibility inquiries. Currently, without identity verification, it takes considerable resources to search performance records, explains Moroney. Based on the number of horses currently registered within USHJA, the proposal could affect over 8,500 horses. “USHJA is allowing time in the process for discussion by all involved,” explains Moroney, noting that the negatives and myths that can come up with a proposed change tend to hurt a thorough discussion. “This process will happen in stages,” he explains.

MISREPRESENTATION “Breeders really want to promote the breeding of horses—to do so they need to have a way of tracking them,” explains DiAnn Langer, a breeder who is on the USHJA Young Jumper Task Force. The art and science of breeding can take generations to fine tune, she explains. “If breeders aren’t taking care of it, (i.e. being able to identify where the horses go in their life) there aren’t horses for the amateurs and professionals who show. So our sport suffers,” observes Langer. Jean Yves Tola, a breeder, president of North American Studbook, director of the Selle Francais Studbook in North America and creator of The Young Horse Show Series concept, suggests a system like Europe, which has what is termed a Universal Equine Life Number (UELN). The UELN is a lifetime number for the horse. Such a system could be undermined if clerical precision wasn’t maintained. According to Tola, however, the Europeans have been able to maintain the accuracy of recording the numbers and control the identity of the horses. Most horses in this country that have breed registry papers are already well identified. But a horse doesn’t have to be a registered breed to be eligible to compete in many of the USEF competitions, to apply for a USEF Horse ID, or to record a horse in USEF, says Kathy Meyers, SVP of Marketing and Communications at the USEF. Meyers indicates that it is not uncommon to not know where a horse came from. Papers get lost. Some horses get sold multiple times, making such an occurrence more likely. Since 2006, there have been four official complaints regarding misidentification, all in the hunter/jumper divisions. Two were deemed intentional and resulted in significant penalties, according to the USEF Director of Regulation Department, Emily


■ A microchip is a small radio frequency device that has a permanent identification number in it. ■ The glass encased computer chip is injected into the nuchal ligament on the neck. The internationally recognized site for it is the mid third of the left side, midway between ears and withers, approximately 2½ to 3½ centimeters below the top of the neck. ■ When the chip is scanned, the information on the 15-digit chip appears. ■ Modern microchips do not migrate within the horse. ■ They can’t be removed without general anesthesia and invasive surgery into dense tissue, which leaves a mark. ■ Microchips confirm that the horse on the registration paperwork is the same horse in real life. The number can be linked by the scanner to a central database that has all the relevant information about the horse.

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Pratt. One person was said to have continued lying to the Hearing Committee and was fined a $4,000 penalty and suspension. One person received a suspension and $3,000 penalty. Two were charged as unintentional/no intent to cheat. They received censures and fines of $1,000/$1,200 for the fact that they were trainers and could have caught the errors during competition, stated Pratt. “Today, cases that are truly misrepresentations usually get sorted out in the “Administrative Penalty” procedures within the Hearing Process without filing formal charges,” explains Meyers. For instance, recently there was evidence shown that a horse in the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive division at the Kentucky Horse Park had jumped higher than 3'6" in Europe and was therefore, allegedly ineligible to compete in that division. As a result of the controversy, clarification in the rules is being sought to address what show records in Europe will be used to evaluate eligibility to compete in the United States (information on this is scheduled to be posted on the USEF website at press time). The violators settled the matter, accepting an Administrative Penalty, with agreement that the horse was not eligible to compete as a Green Hunter, according to Pratt. Julie Fershtman, Esq., of the law firm Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith, Attorneys in Farmington Hills, MI, advises purchasers to be careful at the time of sale to help prevent identity confusion later on. Fershtman, who specializes in equine law, says to specifically identify the horse being sold in writing with a Today, a horse could be shipped to the East Coast from the West Coast, ungood description of the horse that also matches dergo a name change, and be marketed as a completely new horse, which is the description found on his breed registration why the USHJA is working toward making microchips mandatory. papers, if he is registered. The buyer also should compare the horse to the papers. “Microchipping is a nice way to prevent stolen horses or a change of identity,” says Leone. The sport needs have received calls about the device. “transparency” to be sustainable, “ because transparency speaks The cost of a microchip that is installed by someone other to the integrity of the sport,” he says. than a veterinarian is approximately $34, says Wade. If a customer wants it in bulk, it’s about $10. OTHER BENEFITS “The cost is less than putting on a pair of shoes, or a set of vaccinations,” says Leone. Requiring microchipping also aids in tracking the location of diseases, which has occurred with the equine herpes “Veterinarians installing the biocompatible microchip can vary in price according to location,” Wade adds, explaining that the outbreak in Florida. cost range is anywhere between $20 to $100. He says the higher While there has been discussion at USEF of requiring microchipping throughout all of the disciplines, Meyers said, quality kind has an anti-migration feature. There is also a myth such a ruling would probably meet with a lot of resistance. that the chip number could be changed, but this is not the case. She cited concerns by members that the injection is invasive, On January 1, 2013, the FEI introduced a ruling stating the veterinary requirements, and the expense. According to that all newly registered horses must be microchipped. When Meyers, the Jockey Club tried to instate the identification registering the horses at FEI events, the microchip number and was met with lukewarm response. must be supplied so the horse can be scanned at any time. The non-FEI levels of dressage and eventing don’t have a current proposal to require the microchip for registration. SAFETY AND COST The president of Microchip ID Equine, John Wade, DVM, is “Microchip identification is a safe, humane, and permanent one of the suppliers of the microchip type required for FEI way to avoid false registration of horses,” affirms Moroney. horses (ISO 134.2 KHZ ). He says he has had one call in 25 “The development isn’t a cure for every ill. With the increase in restricted classes and the prize money offered in them, the years where a complaint was made about an infection. Wade says he has had no one indicate a problem other than that. potential for misrepresentation of horses will only increase unless permanent identification of horses is required.” He explains that as a supplier and a veterinarian, he would

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magine riding a horse that’s simultaneously light and powerful, whose relaxed back is easy to sit with the neck rising in front of you out of the withers. Feel the carrying power of quarters that are engaged, center of gravity shifted toward the hind. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Your mind’s eye has conjured collection. In dressage, collection holds the heady placement at the pinnacle of the training scale [see graphic]. As with most things at the top, you don’t get there overnight, and while the road to collection is long, it’s also a rewarding one.


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By Natalie DeFee Mendik

USDF Gold Medalist Pati Pierucci Shares Advice for Introducing Collection at the Lower Levels

WHAT EXACTLY IS COLLECTION? On the United States Dressage Federation’s (USDF) training pyramid, collection is noted by “increased engagement, lightness of forehand, and self carriage.” The USDF’s definition goes on to include, “The horse shows collection when he lowers and engages his hindquarters—shortening and narrowing his base of support, resulting in lightness and mobility of the forehand. Because the center of mass is shifted backward, the forehand is lightened and elevated; the horse feels more ‘uphill.’ The horse’s neck is raised and arched and the whole topline is stretched. He shows shorter, but powerful, cadenced, steps and strides.”

DRESSAGE TRAINING PYRAMID The training scale is most often visually represented as a pyramid. Imagine building the foundation and refining as you progress upwards to the peak.
















A SQUARE TURN EXERCISE Start riding your exercise as a square box at the walk, later turning your box into a rectangle as you add more space down the long side. If the trot on the small figure is too challenging, ride it in the walk only. Move on to walk and trot on the larger figure.

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Start by establishing a rhythmic walk. Halt before starting your turn. Your horse should be square and attentive to the aids, stepping up behind when walking on.

Step By Step

Think Outside the Box

Exercises asking for collection are first introduced in competition at Second Level; collection is continually developed through Grand Prix, with the horse gradually being asked for greater collection. It is not a one size fits all endeavor: a horse at Second Level works in a lesser degree of collection than a Grand Prix horse. This increased ability to shift more weight to the hindquarters, enabling self-carriage and an uphill way of going, is the result of quality basics and gymnastics in the horse’s everyday training. As the horse develops over time, he learns to carry weight on his hind end, sit more, lower the croup, and grow more uphill. To understand collection, it helps to understand the training scale as a whole. Collection is possible when the foundation stones on the training scale have been properly laid, physically and mentally developing the horse. As the horse gains strength and experience, the basics of the training scale remain just as important. If, for example, your horse loses rhythm in collection, you lose the regularity and quality of the gaits. The first step of the training scale (rhythm) directly impacts the final step (collection): it all comes back to good basics.

Houston-based Grand Prix rider, instructor, and trainer, Pati Pierucci, describes one technique for introducing collection to horses and riders working at Training and First Levels involving a simple exercise that breaks the mechanics down into manageable pieces. You’re going to think outside the box: literally, with a “square turn” exercise that sets the horse and rider up for success. To begin, make sure you are sitting correctly. “Being crooked in the body is a common problem for riders,” remarks Pierucci, noting this can set a cascade of problems into place. To ensure you are square in the saddle, in the halt with your feet in the stirrups, bring your legs from the hip out and away from the saddle. Relax your pelvis into the saddle and feel your seat bones. Next, walk on, feeling each seat bone as the horse’s stride lifts it up. “This very gently warms up the lower back, pelvis, and hip flexors, allowing you to better engage the core,” explains Pierucci. Along with this, Pierucci notes the correct distribution of weight in the seat bones is critical. “Have an honest assessment of your position. If you’re riding twisted, the horse can’t be straight. You can’t have



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At the halt, bring your legs away from the horse. Feel both of your seat bones “plugged in,” even and balanced in the saddle. Let your leg drop down toward the heel and slightly back. This will give you the feeling of your seat bones underneath you without your thigh or knee gripping.

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The square corner is essentially a quarter-turn on the haunches. Bend your horse around your inside leg, while maintaining your outside leg on the horse, behind the girth. The inside rein keeps the bend as the outside rein controls the shoulders, bringing them around on the turn. This play of aids helps your horse stay balanced so he doesn’t fall in. “Here you can see the rider moving the shoulders from the square turn and asking the horse to come up from the inside hind leg to the outside rein,” notes Pierucci. The lateral steps in the turn also have a suppling effect. After your turn, straighten and ride to the next corner.

collection without straightness. This is the doorway to understanding collection.”

Think Small, Go Big! You’ll begin the exercise on a square that runs quarterline to quarterline starting at the letters in the corner and going to the next letter. For example, if you are at C tracking right, you’ll make your first turn on the quarterline at M. You’ll turn again to the right at R, then again on the quarterline at S, with a final turn on the quarterline at the corner letter H. Start in the walk going toward the first letter at which you’ll turn, half-halt, and halt just before your square’s corner. Keep the horse straight into the half-halt and halt. Walk on and turn, feeling the control your outside aids provide. After a few turns, the horse will stop anticipating the turn and start thinking about the halt. Feel how this exercise encourages the horse’s back to come up, the hind legs to walk up first in the upward transition, and an improved connection from inside leg to outside rein. Once you have mastered this at the walk, try at the trot. The canter comes much later in the horse’s training, however, as it sets up for more advanced work, such as canter pirouettes.

On the larger rectangle, ride the shoulder-fore in the walk on the quarter-line, making walk-haltwalk transitions in the shoulder-fore position. “You can see the horse is nicely centered, coming from the hindquarters to the outside hand,” explains Pierucci. This addition to the exercise enforces your control of the horse’s shoulders.

After successfully riding the square turns, think about increasing the size of your box by riding down the long side. In shoulder-fore position on the long side, ride walk to halt transitions, maintaining the inside bending aids and the outside controlling aids. If your walk-halt-walk transitions are good, move on to trot-walk-trot and then trot-halt-trot transitions. Staying on the quarterline prevents the horse from gravitating with the shoulder toward the wall, swinging the haunches in.

Set Yourself Up for Success These simple exercises don’t overwhelm the horse and rider, while still establishing connection and encouraging the horse to lower the haunches and put more weight behind. “Any transition with the outside rein controlling shoulders helps introduce or add collection,” says Pierucci. Who wouldn’t want to experience majestic movement? Build your foundation daily, and strength, grace, and ease in a package of contained power can be yours. Special thanks to our photo models, USDF Silver Medalist and “L” Graduate Robin Birk with her seven-year-old homebred Hanoverian, Westin Moon.

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Turn the Chilliest Time of Year into Your Favorite Season While Skijoring BY NANCY HUMPHREY CASE



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“One of the nicest benefits is your horse has a job and is kept in shape over the winter. And the more you can expose your horse to, the better it is for him. My horse has become more sure-footed, confident, and bombproof since we started skijoring.”

–Geoff Smith


f you live in snow country and don’t like the long wait until spring for doing fun things with your horse, check out equestrian skijoring—a little-known sport in which a horse pulls a skier over a timed course in competition or over backyard pastures just for fun.

Derived from Scandanavia, where people once used reindeer for winter travel on skis, this sport began in the U.S. in the early 1900s. Newport, NH, and Hanover, NH, inhabited partly by Scandanavian immigrants, held skijoring races down their main streets. Teams lined up for a mass start, and skiers drove their riderless horses through town to the finish line. After WWII, another version of the sport was born in Colorado, crossroads of alpine skiing and ranching. Joe Manly of Leadville, CO, recalls that one weekend several guys were gathered over coffee and a rancher complained that while the skiers were going out to have fun, the ranchers had to go feed their horses. A skier suggested doing something fun with those horses— like barrel racing on snow. “He said he could ski behind a horse full speed around barrels,” Manly says. The ranchers set up a course in a meadow, and the fun they all had that day evolved into the western style of the sport. The North American Ski Joring Association was formed in 1999 and holds several races throughout the West each year. Instead of barrel racing, though, riders race their horses through straight courses with skiers in tow navigating gates and flying over jumps, sometimes spearing rings along the way, jousting-style.

typically involving skiing fathers and sons with horse-loving mothers and daughters. Equines that come to the races in New England range from Thoroughbreds and Appendix Quarter Horses to draft horses and Haflingers. “Any horse that likes to run fast and is sure-footed can do it,” Smith says. Riders also come from diverse backgrounds, including eventing, gymkhana, and reenactment shooters, for example. “One of the nicest benefits is your horse has a job and is kept in shape over the winter,” Smith remarks. “And the more you can expose your horse to, the better it is for him. My horse has become more sure-footed, confident, and bombproof since we started skijoring.” So what kind of people are equestrian skijorers? “You definitely have to be aggressive,” Smith says, “but it’s safe and fun.” He adds that the relatively small group that frequent the Northeast Ski Joring Association (NESJA) races are very friendly and go home feeling like family to each other. The organization welcomes newcomers and will hold a clinic in Rochester, NH, on January 11. Skiers should be confident, have a good pair of racing skis, and be able to carve turns. Western or Australian saddles are recommended because they transfer the skier’s weight over a larger area through working gear rings. Borium cleats are a good idea for the horses but are not absolutely necessary. The clinic will teach safe techniques to both skiers and riders. “We’ll start indoors on sand, then go out to the course, start out slowly, then get faster and faster,” Smith says.

Newcomers Welcome

A Quieter Version

“It’s exciting to watch and exciting to do,” says Geoff Smith of New London, NH. Having been an alpine ski racer and coach all his life, Smith and his wife Brooke brought the sport to the northeastern United States in 2005 after he competed in a skijoring race in Leadville. He says it’s a great family sport,

Nate Bowers of Fort Collins, CO, put his own spin on the sport as a 16-year-old. Finding himself bored one winter day, he went out and put a breast strap and traces on his driving horse and tied two 12' lead ropes to the traces. Stepping into a pair of skis, he drove his horse with his right hand and

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held onto the lead ropes with his left. Today he drives horses over snow-covered pastures for pure enjoyment, and finds the added challenge of skiing and driving at the same time makes it all the more fun. A YouTube video shows him criss-crossing a hillside at a walk, trot, and canter while skillfully maneuvering both skis and horse to keep the proper angles between the two. So is this something horse owners can do safely in their backyards? “If you set it up so a horse will be good at it, yes,” Bowers says. “If not, it could be wild.” Setting it up for the horse means familiarizing him with long In skijoring, riders race their horses lining—groundwork that prepares through straight courses with skiers in tow a horse for driving. Bowers gives navigating gates and flying over jumps. driving clinics around the world and has just put out a DVD in partnership with Pat Parelli titled Preparation for Driving, which Learning a new skill such as long lining or skijoring may he recommends for would-be skijorers. “If a horse can long be just the diversion your horse wants to stay mentally and line, skijoring would be pretty easy for him,” Bowers says. physically fit and connected to you over those long months of waiting for spring. The biggest safety precaution is not to tie yourself to the traces. “Then if something goes wrong, you can just let go,” Bowers says. He recommends starting in an enclosed area, For more information about NATE BOWERS, please visit bowersfarm.com. where the horse doesn’t tend to want to go fast. For a schedule of NESJA A races, visit nesja.com.



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Shine in the Ring Get ready for the holidays with the perfect show shirt, belts, and bows—all in amazingly fun patterns to choose from to express your personality. Also for some added bling in the show ring, Kathryn Lily is the first to offer Swarovski Crystal monogramming. So don’t be shy—mix it, match it, or bling it—“because riding is, after all, serious fun!” Kathryn Lily Equestrian Piggies (show bows) $20 are offered in signature lines with multiple colors to choose from. Made of high quality ribbon and clips to securely fasten, any young rider will feel dressed to impress! From bright fun patterns to classic colors, Piggies complete the winning look! To order these and their other great products, visit KathrynLily.com.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Dressage Master Trainer, Douglas Puterbaugh, uses a touch of humor while offering sound advice in the musthave book, The Seven Deadly Sins of Dressage: How to Overcome Human Nature and Become a More Just, Generous Riding Partner for Your Horse. The book explores the roles that emotion and attitude play in a rider’s education and development. The book states, “It is difficult to realize your true potential if you don’t know that you’re unwittingly sabotaging your own abilities.” This guide comes complete with practical exercises, enlightening photographs, and useful information for becoming a better rider. Order your copy online at puterbaughdressage.com.

JR Equestrian Bag by B.I.T.S. Back In The Saddle: This elegantly modern leather bag is beautifully designed with clean lines and lots of space. It is handcrafted in the U.S. and made out of Dakota skin. It also features the B.I.T.S. logo and leather tassel, and is finished with a distinctive bridle stitching on the strap. This bag is the perfect gift for you or a loved onegreat for the barn and everyday life. You can purchase this bag online at backinthesaddle.biz.

Three Tier Ribbon Display This 20"-wide personalized full-color display holds up to 10 rosette ribbons per tier and is further expandable (so it can even reach from ceiling to floor), costing $124.85 for three tiers as shown, with firsttier pricing from $49.95. A smaller 10"-wide display on a beaded chain is ideal for taking to shows (hanging on a stall or trailer) and starts at $34.95, while a larger 33"-wide holds up to 15 ribbons per tier and starts at $74.95. They are also available as awards and nameplates. Check them out at EquinePrints.com; facebook.com/ EquinePrints; 1-877-N1-Horse. December 2013





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HITS Ocala is one of the many elite equestrian event venues the town has to offer.

➜ Ocala, Florida

TUCKED AWAY IN CENTRAL FLORIDA, miles away from the shrill sounds and flashing lights of overcrowded theme parks, Ocala is a must-visit for those looking for a relaxing, nature-inspired experience splashed with a variety of entertainment options, history, and culture for all ages. And for equine enthusiasts of any sort, the town and surrounding Marion County have also been dubbed as the “Horse Capital of the World,” offering everything from international competitions in multiple disciplines to guided trail rides and even accommodations at the BG Equestrian Resort. The racing industry is prominent in Ocala, starting with the construction of the first Thoroughbred farm in Florida in the 1940s and never looking back. There are now 600 Thoroughbred farms in Ocala, which have produced many champions, including six Kentucky Derby winners. And 1978 Triple Crown winner, Affirmed, was bred and raised in Marion County. The prestigious competitions that take place in Ocala are abundant, including the HITS (Horse Shows in the Sun) Ocala winter jumping series; Live Oak International, featuring combined driving and show jumping contests; and the Ocala Horse Properties winter eventing series, held at the Florida Horse Park. With most of the big events taking place January through April, Ocala is the perfect destination for a mid-winter break for northerners. The 500-acre Florida Horse Park is also home to many other equestrian competitions and events throughout the year, 64


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[ABOVE] Historic Downtown Ocala has an old Florida charm that is sure to enchant its visitors. [LEFT] Kayakers get ready to head out at Silver Springs State Park as the famed glass-bottom boats wait to be boarded. [BELOW] Marion Theatre takes movie-goers back in time.

is home to one of the largest artesian spring formations in the world, outputting upwards of 550 million gallons of crystal-clear water per day. Concerts and other fun-filled events are offered on the premises as well. silversprings.com kinds of birds around…so we’re planning on hosting a lot of weddings, 5ks, different races; we had a big Mustang car show with 2,200 cars, and we have a laser and light show coming up [this month] that will have two shows per night that are 15 minutes long.” There is also hiking, biking, fishing, birdwatching, zip lining and more offered throughout Ocala’s vast terrain.

Things to Do Silver Springs State Park Glass-bottom boat tours, kayaking, and hiking through the breathtaking park awaits visitors and families. Silver Springs

Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours Guests are treated to views of massive canyon walls as they zip across nine different lines, traversing three different rope and adventure bridges, and ending with a thrilling rappel. zipthecanyons.com

Marion Theatre Step back in time at historic Marion Theatre, Ocala’s movie theater that’s been in existence for over 70 years. mariontheatre.org

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing Home to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame and honoring Don Garlits, the father of drag racing, the museum offers a unique collection of classic cars and automobile memorabilia. garlits.com


winners and have trophies and accolades, they’re creating an exhibition so not only can they house some of the horses, but they’ll be able to show and talk about the history and the culture in the horse’s lives—they’ll be launching it early next year,” says Loretta Shaffer, executive director of the Ocala/ Marion County Visitors & Convention Bureau. After a day of horsing around, downtown Ocala is the place to be, with its oldfashioned charm and many Victorian-style buildings that are occupied by businesses. Visitors can go back in time and enjoy strolling through the area’s historic Downtown Square, exploring the Appleton Museum, or hitting up the many one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. “Downtown Ocala has really made a great investment in trying to have more of a cosmopolitan feel to it with that unique shopping experience. It’s also getting more vibrancy at night for people who are looking for that kind of experience as well,” says Shaffer. The town’s natural beauty and attractions should not be overlooked, either. At Silver Springs State Park, sightseers can enjoy a famed glassbottom boat tour or kayak its crystal-clear waters. “We’re also realizing that it’s a beautiful event venue,” says Joel Wiessner of What’s Up Ocala Media and Silver Springs Management, LLC. “You’re right in with nature—there are turkeys and deer, an occasional bear, and all

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The alluring Seven Sisters Inn features themed rooms, like Cairo, that take guests to another land.

Where to Eat The Ivy House The old Victorian structure offers a restaurant, The Ivy House, downstairs, and upstairs is a salon and spa called Face the Day. With an old-time Ocala feel, residents say it has the best steaks and shrimp you can imagine. ivyhousefl.com

Mojo Grill and Catering Company A local preference, this establishment started downtown as a small sandwich shop. Now in its third location due to growth, it’s one of the busier restaurants in town. A crowd favorite? The Carolina BBQ—a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw on top. mojogrillandcatering.com

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Located atop the Holiday Inn, this restaurant is unique and features great décor. A Golden Spoon Award winner in 2010, 2011, and 2012, Sky offers one of the better dining experiences, locals say. ocalasky.com

like—from just a sample to a full glass. Seasonal dishes created with fresh ingredients complement each sip. cuveewineocala.com

Where to Stay Seven Sisters Inn This bed and breakfast has designed every room with a different style and theme, from Madagascar to Egypt. Seven Sisters even offers murder mysteries and more for additional entertainment. sevensistersinn.org

BG Equestrian Resort Located next to the Florida Horse Park, this is an ideal venue for the equestrian traveler. There are huge oak trees, six cottages, and a house that sleeps 25+ guests. It backs up to the greenway properties and has 30 mountain bikes available. It also features a water park, covered arena, and a train. bgequestrianresort.com

Holiday Inn Cuvée Wine & Bistro Diners get a prepaid wine card with a dollar amount of their choice, then select from over 100 wines offered and how much they would

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Something Extra

For the Horse Lover Who Has Everything

Gifting, like riding, is in the art of connection: a great gift says as much about the giver as the receiver. Consider these ideas from slightly outside the (gift) box, offering the horse person who has everything a little “something extra.” BY L.A. POMEROY, EQUINISTA MUST HAVE: Satin Stock

Tie with Crystal Cluster, Exclusively for ShowChic ($65) A little bling is just the thing and comes pre-tied with a button closure, in washable satin. It’s so show chic. Need we say more? showchicdressage.com LUST HAVE: Equine By

Lauren Designs, ($120) Thereby hangs a horsetail for jewelry or what-nots. In addition to original handcrafted décor, Equine By Lauren curates one-of-akind vintage designer and eq-inspired accessories. myworld.ebay.com/ equinebylauren MUST HAVE: Equine Drink Coasters, ($18 for set of 4) Coast into good cheer with a swanky set of four vintage horse heads from Seven Barks Stationery. seven-barks-fine-goods. myshopify.com LUST HAVE: The Circus Collection

Beaded Place Mats, ($65 each) Reminiscent of the meme, “This is what my friends think I do,” add whimsy to equi-table settings with Thomas Fuchs Creative beaded place mats. Found at Barney’s and Current Home (New York), these are great to use as part of your table setting both within your home or at your barn party. tfc-nyc.com

MUST HAVE: Rosette

Business Card Holder, ($45) Start the New Year with a great first impression. A leather Rosette Card Holder by Rebecca Ray American Couture, available in colors ranging from cool black to foxhunting red, shows potential clients that its owner means business. rebecca-ray-designs.myshopify.com LUST HAVE: The Trapper Kit, ($65)

Style isn’t left out in the cold when Rebecca Ray American Couture turns a Hudson’s Bay blanket into an oh-so-cosmo clutch. Rugged good looks (no two alike), natural duck lining, and bridle-worthy craftsmanship create a clutch worth holding onto. rebecca-ray-designs. myshopify.com


Platinum Palomino Bit Bracelet, ($85) And because the spirit of charity should be one size fits all...please consider gifts that not only celebrate horses, but help them, too. Ten dollars from each purchase of this holiday limited edition of Rebecca Ray American Couture’s signature Bit Bracelet will benefit CANTER USA, the nonprofit organization dedicated to providing retiring racehorses with opportunities for new careers after the finish line. rebecca-ray-designs.myshopify.com, canterusa.org

Equinista (fashionista + equestrienne) L.A. Pomeroy delivers award-winning coverage of equestrian art, life, and style. Learn more at lapomeroy.com and share your stylish suggestions by emailing PomeroyLA@aol.com.



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equestrian lifestyle COLLECTING THOUGHTS The Trainer Who Influenced Me the Most: I have been blessed to have trained with some amazing people—Herbert Rehbein, Sigfreid Pielicke, Hans Rueben, and Hubertus Schmidt. Every one of them has influenced me greatly in different stages of my life.

Favorite Horse: That is hard, as I have had so many favorites. Cinbad was so special, as he gave me my start in the United States; he just passed away. He kept showing successfully into his 20s, and in his career, he helped not only me, but several different young riders after me. He was a special one.

Lucky Charm: I travel with a rosary. Worst Fall: I try not to think about those. Probably the worst was when I got bucked off a stallion at Dressage at Devon. Thankfully, no one got hurt!

Guilty Pleasure: Ice cream. When I’m Not with My Horses, I Like To: Enjoy time with family and friends; go shopping.

Best Piece of Riding Advice: Ride every stride and enjoy it!

Why I Ride: I love it. Horses are such amazing creatures. I love the feeling a horse gives you when it really understands what you want; when it starts working on your side, it is so special. I love the challenge and the mental aspect of the sport.

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: I

Cesar Parra On Enjoying the Ride and Learning Life Lessons

believe that life is about constant learning, and I try to be open to life’s lessons. Some of those are: to keep perspective on things; tell the ones you love that you love them, and tell them that often; avoid distractions; keep positive thoughts; put your head on the pillow every night knowing that you did your best, and leave the rest to God.

Favorite Quote or Phrase: “Failure to plan is planning to fail.” - Alan Lakein

The Last Book I Read Was: The Power of the Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy.

If My Horse Were a Person: He is like Farm Affiliation: Piaffe Performance Farm Background: Riding was a hobby for me in Colombia and Germany before I moved to the United States in 1999.



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a genius—very special, very gifted. He would be one of those people that is fascinating to talk to, as his brain is constantly working. He would be a leader of a big company, probably developing something very creative.


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Deb D b Clamor Cl turned t d to t horses h for help in a time of distress.

World Champions Emerge At AMHA Show THE AMERICAN MINIATURE Horse Association (AMHA) World Championship Show in Fort Worth, TX, September 26 – October 5 was a great success, with entries up and nearly 700 horses participating. JSW Redis Imperial Showkayce, the 2008 Supreme Halter Horse, returned to the show ring to claim

both Grand Champion Amateur Senior Stallion and Grand Champion Senior Stallion. His son, JSW Show Kayces Little Manipulator, was named Grand Champion Junior Gelding. A historymaking moment for the AMHA, the duo then competed against each other for the title of Supreme Champion.

DEB CLAMOR REMINDS EVERYONE of the importance of programs that support war veterans and the affects of equine-assisted therapy. Upon her return from war, Deb discovered she suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, often isolating herself. An equestrian prior to deployment, she eventually returned to Phoenix Rising Horse Farm in North Smithfield, RI, to begin her own healing process. Deb credits her new horse, Holly; trainer, Kris Thomson; and barn owner, Deb McManus, for playing a major role in her re-adaptation to civilian life. She also notes the Wounded Warrior Project’s collaboration with PATH International as one of those great programs that helps heal veterans, mentally and physically.

Pure Talent The yearling PRE (Pura Raza Española) colt, Celadus ESF, already has a long list of accolades to his name. At the International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) Nationals, held October 15-19, he claimed the National Champion Spanish Colts 2 and Under and Reserve Grand National Champion Colts 2 and Under titles, as well as Best Movement in his class for trainer/handler Sharon Knight and « Celadus ESF at IALHA Nationals. owner Melanie Olajos. Well done! 74


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First Responders Converge At Equine Emergency Training Seminar Article and photos By Kathryn Selinga

Emergency vehicles surrounded the Becker College Equestrian Center in Paxton, MA, on October 21, but there was no urgent call for help from the facility that day. Rather, the college’s equestrian program called upon first responders to take part in an equine emergency training seminar that would better equip participants with the knowledge and skill they would need to keep all parties safe in a real incident involving horses. Equestrian Facility Director, Trina Baker, teamed up with Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) Equine Rescue and Training Manager, Roger Lauze, to provide this training opportunity and allow first responders to experience what real-life rescue scenarios would be like and how to properly and safely use equipment. Participants worked with live horses, learning how to handle them in a barn fire, then practiced with “Lucky,” a life-sized equine mannequin, to simulate situations including extrication of a down animal from a trailer in an accident or stall, and rescue of both horse and rider after falling in a ditch. “This training is so important to first responders because they are the first ones called in almost any kind of emergency. In the case of a barn fire I want them to be able to rescue horses without putting themselves in positions of danger. The trainings stress safety for the rescuers, whether it is a barn fire, trailer accident, or a down horse; the techniques they learn will help keep them safe while performing these rescues,” explained Lauze. While some clinic attendees—which consisted of firefighters, EMTs, police officers, animal control officers, and more from local, rural towns to as far away as Cape Cod—had horse experience, many had never come into contact with one. They worked with Becker Equine Program students in the morning session on haltering, leading, and moving the animals in and out of paddocks and stalls. Stephanie Melanson, a firefighter with 20 years of horse experience, made the

trek out from West Barnstable, MA, for the training. “Coming from a station that has a lot of barns around it, it’s definitely good to know how to take care of a horse in an emergency situation, because it’s not like taking a dog out of a car or a cat out of a car—it’s good to know how to deal with a horse that’s going to panic and what to do with them,” she said. Though those at the clinic got to experience the training first hand, Baker, who also works in the game department at the college, hopes to make a simulated version available in the future. “It

takes a dummy horse to practice right now, but one of the things we can do in a game that we can’t with a dummy is add smoke and confusion. One of my students is working on an oculus rift (a virtual reality headset for 3-D gaming), where first responders could put on the goggles and experience what the horses’ real reactions would be,” she said. “If the first responder goes to the wrong area they’ll get kicked or bitten.” Baker and her students are aiming to have a proof of concept, or pilot, ready after the spring semester to apply for a further grant to complete the project. “If we can get this done and we can get the grant for it, it would be the first of its kind, and Roger could use it in all of his training seminars.” MSPCA will be hosting another equine emergency training clinic for first responders December 14-15 in Methuen, MA. For more information, visit mspca.org.

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Strides For Breast Cancer Horse Show Donates Proceeds to Locals BY MICHELLE CRAMER BATSON

IN 2012, FAIRWAY FARM SHOW Facility owner and home care provider, Julie Young, decided, after a case that hit close to home, to hold a horse show from which the proceeds would be given directly to a local person fighting breast cancer. Word spread the first year, and the day of the show, there was a stream of horse trailers lined up down the road as far as the eye could see. Organizers never expected the number of amazing people—patient, friendly, jovial, caring, and dressed from head to toe in pink— that would show up that afternoon. Better prepared this past September, the second annual Strides For Breast Cancer Horse Show was held at Fairway Farms in Westmoreland, NY. Everything that was donated for class prizes or raffles was done so by local businesses and families. Many dona-

tions were made on behalf of someone dear to them that had undergone a breast cancer diagnosis. The event was a fun, Competitors line up at the Strides For Breast Cancer bright day full of laughter Horse Show. and pink love, but its cause was never far from anyone’s heart. This letters were received—all for the same year there were several survivors in three amazing ladies currently battling attendance at the event. Some were in breast cancer. The plan was to review the recovery stage, while another was the nominations and ask a survivor of battling yet another heart breaking diag- the disease to draw a name out of a hat. After counting the money raised nosis. They came to the event in awe of the way horses and riders were decked and reading the letters, the committee out in pink rather than the normal horse decided instead to split the money show attire. Horses were painted with between the three women. “love,” “hope,” and pink ribbons; riders Fairway Farm is already planning were in big pink tutus! next year’s event, and thanks the equestrian community and its generous During the event, nominations were accepted for the donation recipient to local friends and neighbors for all of be. Several beautifully written, heartfelt their support.

Piscataqua q Hounds Fall Hunter Pace Offers New Trails to Riders BY CHERYL BUCKLIN NILES

THE HOUSTON FAMILY HOSTED THE Fall Piscataqua Hounds Hunter Pace on September 29, 2013 at the Houston Horse Farm in North Berwick, ME. Three divisions were offered: Field, which ran at a fast pace; Hilltop, running at a moderate pace; and Non-Competitive, where riders were there to just have fun. Departures went from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. and a stirrup cup, snack, and light lunch were provided. The Houston family takes great pride in opening up new trails, and this year had some great ones. A wonderful, varied landscape was offered and there were new places to explore on either side of Bauneg Beg Hill Road. The new “Skinny” trail was especially beautiful below an esker and next to wetlands. Anna Houston Airey and Elizabeth Davis served a delicious stirrup cup to thirsty riders and fed carrots to eager 76


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mounts. The teams then crossed the sandpit and forded the stream to climb up and over Estes Hill. All of the jumps were passable, and the goal was to simulate the paces participants would be riding to hounds. All gaits were included, plus there were checks for the foxhounds. Following the ride, the Houstons invited everyone into their restored farmhouse for tea. Lots of tradi-

tional dishes and goodies also awaited the group. There, much visiting and recounts of the day’s fun ensued, and ribbons were awarded at the end. The winners of the Field division were Robin Susi on Chase, Miriam Hampton on Achilles, and Fiona Rioux on Cash. And, the victors in the Hilltop division included Patricia Ashworth on Shadow and Debbie Shade on Dixie. For more information, email piscataquahounds@comcast.net.

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New York Upper Connecticut Region of Pony Clubs Members Enjoy Late Season Camp SUBMITTED BY BARBARA KIL


FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES, Columbus Day weekend has meant October camp to pony clubbers all over the New York Upper Connecticut (NYUC) Region. Thirty years ago the Glastonbury Pony Club began coming to the Hartford County 4-H camp on South Road in Marlborough for a three-day camp with its members. This wonderful horse camp has five riding rings, stalls and run-in stalls for over 50 horses, cabins that sleep over 50 campers, and a dining hall with a fabulous kitchen where the parents get together and cook all the meals for the campers. Glastonbury Pony Club began to invite other clubs to join them over 20 years ago. At first, members from Mystic Pony Club joined them, then Shetucket Valley Pony Club, and this past weekend saw members not only from other NYUC clubs, but the Southern New England and Metro regions as well. Friday afternoon trailers begin to arrive, loaded with horses and ponies, all the tack—hopefully, hay and grain, pitchforks, and muck buckets! This camp is sometimes the only opportunity that the riders actually get to do all the horse care themselves. Many horses don’t live at home, but at boarding barns. Many parents and horsemasters take advantage of this opportunity and bring along their horses, too. With five rings and instructors teaching morning and afternoon, everyone can have two lessons a day. Pony clubbers ride in a small group of three or four riders by rating level. Jumping lessons are offered, riding over fences in the open, and mounted games and polocrosse are some of the options. As is, of course, just plain old hanging out with your friends and making new friends. Everyone feeds his or her horse at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. Barns close at 9:00 p.m. The older members do a night check before bed. While it’s not run like a rally, there are tack room and equipment checks to be

sure that everything is tidy and horses are being properly cared for. The weather cooperated again this year, with prime time foliage, crisp, sunny days and lots of opportunities for the kids to ride their bikes around the 170-acre facility. Downstairs in the dining hall is the recreation area with arts and crafts projects—everyone goes home with some Pony Clubbers enjoy the four-day camp. memento of that year’s camp. There is a ping-pong table and volunteers picks up the grounds, cleans the kitchen, and tries to leave everything huge fireplaces for toasting marshmallows. Upstairs, several 1,000-piece “better than we found it,” because we jigsaw puzzles are assembled. want to be invited back next year. Monday morning, everyone has one If you are interested in pony club, last lesson then begins to pack up the please visit our website, ponyclub.org. If sleeping bags, clean up the cabins, eat up you are interested in learning about the the all the leftovers for lunch, strip their 4-H riding camps in the summer, visit stall, and load up their horse. An army of hartfordcounty4hcamp.org.


Tri-State Horsemen’s Association Wraps Up a Successful Year SUBMITTED BY BETH STONE

HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO ALL! Even as we turn our thoughts to the holidays ahead, there is much to report from Tri-State Horsemen’s Association (TSHA). The past month has been a busy one—with annual elections and the awards banquet helping to round out a successful year for TSHA. The Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI,

was the scene of the biggest evening of the TSHA year—the annual awards banquet—on Saturday, November 2. Year-end awards for the open show and dressage shows were presented, along with several surprise superlative awards. Add to that a great meal, a fun raffle, and the opportunity to

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Maine Horse Association Reviews its Show Season SUBMITTED BY SYLVIA CORBETT

I HAVE RECENTLY VISITED THE American Saddlebred Association of Maine (ASAM) Summer Spectacular and the 50th anniversary of the Highview show. It was hot and muggy for both shows but the sun was shining and each had a nice, refreshing breeze. Could you ask for better? The ASAM show was held on the Fourth of July weekend, and right outside the arena on the Fourth were some beautiful fireworks. Of course it was too close for some of the horses. Their performance the next day after everything quieted down was wonderful and many blues were awarded. The thrill of the show was the five-gaited horses. Outside the show ring on Saturday evening, a pink party took place with a silent and live auction. Look for the details of this show in the ASAM column. The 50th anniversary of the Highview show was wonderful. It is the longest running of the Maine Horse Association (MHA) shows. The exhibitors received a beautiful anniversary booklet with lots of photos of the history of the show. Part of the event is a double-pointed pleasure show in a beautiful ring at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. The other section is a grand hunter show on the level grassy area of the fairgrounds. Jennifer Bradley does an excellent job in designing the hunter course. This show is the home of the $300 Highview Handy Hunter Stake and the Nancy M. Cray Memorial $1,500 Modified Hunter Derby.

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Both are exciting classes for those of us who just watch. These hunters each gave us a great show and each horse and rider was well deserving of their rewards. The winner of the Handy Hunter Stake was Play My Song with Kaitlin Dyer up. The winner of the $1,500 Nancy M. Cray Memorial was Robin Hood with Lexi Whisenant in the irons. The awards for the show were beautiful large totes, insulated bags full of stuff and travel blankets, all with the 50th anniversary Highview logo on the front. The Highview show began its history at the Ridgecrest Stable in Sanford, ME, and had three- and five-gaited classes as well as the hunter ring. It then moved to the Acton Fairgrounds and was there for several years to gain more room. A few years ago it moved to the new ring at the Cumberland Fairgrounds, where there was again more and flatter areas for the two hunter rings. Many of us have shown at all three venues. It has always been hot but always been a great show and a great time of the summer. Chris Cassenti of Rowley, MA, and Paulette Brim of Gorham, ME, did a great job of judging the pleasure ring with Sue Arthur announcing. Peggy Drummey and Dollie Hutchins did an amazing job as secretaries for both rings. Jeff Nowak of Topsfield, MA, and Larrisa Pratt of Scarborough, ME, were the judges for both hunter rings with Emily Hayes announcing. The last show of July was on the 28th at Hollis Equestrian Park. Each year, some-

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Trinity Church in Brooklyn, CT. A complete report will be included in next month’s article. As the year draws to a close, please remember to renew your TSHA membership. There is an early renewal incentive—a $10 discount if you join or renew by December 31. Applications have been mailed to all current members and are available on the website. If you are not currently a TSHA member, please consider joining in 2014. We

thing that needs mending at the park is chosen by the show to be fixed. This year, the show was met with cloudy, slightly rainy weather. However, nobody seemed to mind and the classes ran smoothly. The Black Dog cafe was back and the homemade mac n’ cheese was superb. What a great week it was leading up to the Pine Tree Sizzler Horse Show, with sun and warm weather on the day of the show, August 18, 2013. The classes were full. The in-hand horses were extra polished and the handlers beautifully dressed. This was the 13th year for the Sizzler and the only show held in August. Along with MHA, it is also affiliated with New England Horsemen’s Council (NEHC), Tri-State American Saddlebred Association (TSASA), Arabian Horse Association of Maine (AHAME), ASAM, Yankee Walkers Gaited Horses of New England, and Maine Quarter Horse Association (MEQHA). The Leadline class was one of the largest of the season. Judge Lillian Gilpin was doing a great job and kept the classes running smoothly. Jesse Greene joined the center ring as a learner judge and Bonnie Weeman did the honors as ring mistress. It was great to see Madeline McLucas back in the ring as award presenter. Jo Hight manages the Pine Tree Sizzler and does a great job. Each year, the show donates the proceeds to a charity and this year the proceeds will go to a Maine animal rescue program. The show offers classes for many breeds of horse and ponies, pleasure horses, equitation and three NEHC medal classes. There were numerous beautiful trophies offered, many designed by Irene’s Signet Co. Also offered are two very special championship challenge awards. The Natalie B.

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have a full schedule of fun events, whether your interest is showing, dressage, or pleasure riding—we’d love to have you join us. Check out our website, tristatehorsemen.com, and get all of the most current news of interest to TSHA members. Members can also choose to receive e-newsletters containing important “breaking news.” May you all enjoy the holidays with family and friends (two- and four-legged) as we look forward to a wonderful year in 2014.

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN everyone is counting their blessings. We at the Wentworth Hunt are thankful for so many things this 2013 season. We have had a wonderful Fall Hunting Season, hunting beautiful territories with great friends, both old and new. September 28 marked the beginning of our Formal Season. Forty-two riders in their best hunt attire turned out to Yorkfield Farm in Kensington, NH, on their beautifully braided mounts. On horseback, the Reverend Shipley Allinson, and her beloved horse Liesel, officiated a blessing for the hunt, the animals, and the land—a tradition that foxhunters have observed for many, many years. Judy Carey serenaded us on the bagpipes, as the fields circled the polo field and headed out. The highlight of the hunt for the first field riders is the large hedge in a line of jumps as we come through the Yorkfield property. The riders in first field all cleared the 3'8" hedge with ease, and huge grins on their faces. Both jumping fields enjoyed the territory’s many obstacles, including stairs, and inviting coops, and logs. The day included a trot through the Wakeda Campground, with camping spectators,

some in their pajamas, quite surprised and delighted to see the hunt pass through. We were welcomed to stirrup cup by the bagpipes of Judy Carey, after a gallop around the Tonry Christmas Tree Farm in Hampton Falls, NH. We are very pleased to welcome seven new members this year (as of the writing of this article). It is so rewarding to introduce friends to the wonderful sport of foxhunting, and to see them and their horses find a real passion for the sport. Wentworth Hunt sent six people to represent the club at the New England Hunter Trials in Shoreham, VT. A special thanks to our hosts at Green Mountain Hounds (greenmountainhounds.com) for a fabulous event with awesome courses, friendly people, and unbelievable foliage views! Wentworth had a fine showing, with Kami Wolk, MFH, bringing back the Heard Cup and two other trophies for a great performance over 4' jumps; also with Board Steward Marilyn Mariano and Sue Levy, MFH, claiming third and fourth place in the 3'6" Qualified, including Marilyn’s trophy for highest scoring Lady Rider in the Qualified. Field Master and club treasurer, Kelly Perkins placed first in the Flat class and second in the

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AHAME’s Autumnfest had many large classes. The show had a new format this year. It began on Friday evening with 21 classes, ending the evening with the beautiful Arabian Native Costume class. Autumnfest is managed by the capable Lee Cheever. The judge was Charles Ethier, the steward was Jo Hight, and Alicia Lambert of Bangor, ME, did an excellent job as ringperson. Regan Grant filled in as secretary. Thanks to all who worked in the office to help out. Wow! What a Leadline division. The Leadline Equitation class had six riders and the Leadline Pleasure class had eight riders. I believe this was the largest of the season. It is also nice to see how many Quarter Horses are competing in the open shows this year. All the pleasure classes were well filled at Autumnfest and the Ladies Open Pleasure class had 12 entries. The stake classes were filled

continued from page 80 Libby Memorial Challenge Trophy was given to the winner of the American Saddlebred Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship. The winner this year is Emma Ouelette and her horse Jean Pool. The other challenge trophy is the Pine Tree Sizzler Pleasure Horse Challenge, Open, won by Isabella Rhiannon and Holly Tumiel for the third time. The Sizzler show is the fifth in the series of the Hollis Summer Series Challenge. Others shows in the series are: the Longhorn Fun Festival, the Friesian Events Association (FEA) Benefit, the ASAM Hollis Equestrian Park Benefit, the Dunegrass Living Double Judged Show, and the FEA Fall Finale. The Maine Horse Association recognized another great show this season. The

Member Liz Tewksbury enjoying the jumps at the Opening Day Hunt.

Open Novice. For the Team Jumping, Wentworth placed third with Kami, Sue, and Marilyn. Also congratulations to Debbie Beck and Indy Tevanian for a nice job representing Wentworth in the Qualified Novice and the Team Jumping. Over Columbus Day weekend, we hosted our Fall Foliage Hunter Pace, the third in our annual series. It was hosted by Cody Cramer and Wentworth Hunt Secretary Dana Zulager at their beautiful Fine Nest Farm in Raymond, NH, over

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and the prizes were gorgeous neck sashes donated by Mountainview Arabians. Autumnfest offers some fun entertainment. Before the start of the show, exhibitors, owners, and staff can enjoy a pizza fest. On Saturday, everyone can enjoy some great ice cream and toppings and Saturday night after the last class is the now famous Pickle Throwdown, put on by John and Holly Tumiel featuring all those wonderful homemade pickles dips and treats. There were several special awards given out during the later part of the show. The Morgan Association awarded a special high point award to a Morgan. The winner was Emily Hawkins and Taproot Molly Stark. The Junior Exhibitor high point awards and sportsmanship awards, sponsored by Sylvia Corbett, were won by Bayley Shaw and Emily Dill, respectively. December 2013

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Beautiful silver perpetual trophies were awarded at our Hunt Ball for most points in the entire series in each division. Our Hunt Ball this year was Saturday, November 23, at the Governor’s Inn in Rochester, NH, with a fun, black tie masquerade theme. Our final scheduled hunt for the season was the perennial Die-Hard Hunt, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving— November 27, at Garrison House Farm in Durham, NH.

We are grateful to our wonderful hounds, which, under the training of Kami Wolk, MFH and Huntsman, have provided great sport. We have several puppies hunting this year, and it has been great fun to watch their progress as they catch on and begin to really love their jobs and take their place in the pack. It’s always sad to end the season, but it has left us great memories to savor as we look forward to more hunting in 2014!

a track with trails through woodland areas that cover hundreds of acres of conservancy land along the Stingy River near Pawtuckaway State Park. Land is conserved through Bear-Paw Regional Greenways and Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire. The course is wellplanned throughout, with an eventer’s enthusiastic eye. We enjoy riding the perimeter of several hay fields at the neighboring Black Stove Farm, a former dairy farm in Epping, NH. Over 130 riders, from serious foxhunters to trail riders out for a fun day with their horses and friends, have enjoyed our pace series this year. Ribbons are awarded at each pace for six places in Field and Hilltop divisions, for the teams closest to [LEFT] Member Linda Fernald jumping with Fohr Wheel Drive. [RIGHT] Sue Levy, MFH, leads the field up the the “ideal course time.” steps at Yorkfield Farm.



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Norfolk Hunt Club Hunts And Events Excite Riders And Spectators SUBMITTED BY D.A. HAYDEN; PHOTOS BY KATHIE DAVENPORT

THE NORFOLK HUNT CLUB LAUNCHED its formal foxhunting season on Saturday, September 28, with an opening meet fixture at beautiful Charlescote Farm in Sherborn, MA. To the music of a single bagpiper, spectators viewed a large field of horses—braided and impeccably groomed for the event—ridden by Norfolk members and guests. The meet began with a warm introduction from Tom Lewis, MFH, who welcomed riders, the joint Masters— Owen Hughes, MFH and Ruth Lawler, MFH—field masters and staff for the day. Lewis expressed the Hunt’s tremendous gratitude to Norfolk member Dudley Willis and his wife Sally for hosting the traditional opening meet at Charlescote, as they have done for more than a decade. With the remarks drawing to a conclusion, Lewis introduced Rev. Peter DiSantos of Grace Church in Dover, who offered a traditional blessing of the hounds. Rev. DiSantos then blessed riders, horses and the land the Hunt is fortunate to travel. And then, they were off! Four fields of riders—first flight, pick and choose, flats and hilltoppers—followed the hounds into the fields and woods of Charlescote and other beautiful hunt country in Sherborn, Dover and Medfield, MA. The opening meet marked the beginning of the formal season, which this year extends into the first week of December for the first time. The formal October hunt fixtures included a joint meet with Old North Bridge Hounds and Tanheath Hunt at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, where horses and riders enjoyed long gallops across open fields, providing great viewing of the Norfolk hounds at work. An extra-special Columbus Day fixture, hosted by Norfolk member Jean Vinios, at her gorgeous Twinfields Farm in Dover, drew a huge field of horses and riders, ranging from ages nine to 80 years old! No one wanted to leave the spectacular scenery and warm hospitality Jean and her family extended to the Hunt.

On October 26, Norfolk cast the hounds from the Onarato Farm in Sherborn, which afforded the opportunity to ride through the beautiful Barber Reservation and along the edges of open fields along Western Avenue. A special stirrup cup, hosted by Norfolk member Jonathan HodsonWalker and his wife Lisa, brought over 100 Sherborn residents to welcome the Hunt to Silverwood Farm. Children could meet and greet the hounds while riders and horses enjoyed a respite from the rigors of the morning’s sport before moving out again. Always a favorite, the Barney’s Joy fixture, in South Dartmouth, which is organized by Norfolk member Vickie Cunningham, provided tremendous sport as riders and their mounts followed the hounds through the woods and private farms which are open to the Hunt only once each fall. The spectacular day concluded with a romp through the ocean, or on the beach, which delighted horses and riders alike. Other October fixtures included hunts from Boggastow Farm, which was hosted by Norfolk member George Fiske and from Pinecroft Farm in Medfield, which is owned by Norfolk members Lynn and Steve Browne, both of whom are former Norfolk Masters of Foxhounds. The large fields of riders, beautiful routes, strong work by the hounds and the camaraderie of Norfolk members combined to make October a fantastic month for riders and spectators alike.

Westport Hunter Pace— A Big Wow Rain, wind, and muddy conditions caused

SHOW RESULTS Jumpers Division (optimum time 2:13) 1) Jessica Soares and Zola’s Flying Angel, Callie O’Connell and Jiminy Cricket, Nicki Tolppa and Bullet. 2) Wyn Maling and Stellar, Lauren Pope and Otto, Sarah Morton and Branston. 3) Julie Froelich and Killian, Shelia Wiese and Grey. 4) Heidi Howell and Henry, Sadie Hutchings and Torino. 5) Briana Gosselin and Tucker, Caitlin Beachell and Friday. 6) Lindsay Domijan and Handsome, Jessie Capnoli and Boston, Kelly Rockwood and Clyde. 7) Tara Audette and Gurtie, Andrew Cowe and Theodore. 8) Samantha Gordon and Hilo, Maureen Ryan and Mason, Paige Mather and Flutter. 9) Shannon McCann and Chase, Justine Kuhnle and Dressy, Robin Gibbs and Meo. 10) Jackie Wheeler and Patch of Heaven, Julie Wheeler and Sailfin. Flats Division (optimum time 2:37). 1) Mary Sante Moria and Ruby, Rachel Picardi and Summer’s Honey Bee, Dave O’Shea and D.J. 2) Jackie Herbowy and Phoenix, Jamie Sylvester and Obee, Lexi Learner and Cadence. 3) Madeline Beatson and Spirit of a Great Heart, Sarah Curtin and Payday, Katey Enman and Lady Guinevere. 4) Crystal Cortellessa and Grammercy Park, Annie Coleman and Enchanting, Rachel Broncy and Maya. 5) Sharon O’Neil and Osh Kosh, Chelsea Francis and Cypress. 6) Danielle Gauvin and Charming Charlie, Brianna Sanchez and Peppe, Shauna Lears and Amazing Grace. 7) Frank Federico and Chance, Samantha Federico and Logan. 8) Hilary Harty and Peaches, Lee Gregory and Crysty. 9) Anne Beale and Spooky, Barbara Burak and Charlie. 10) Jill Swift and Winston, Katie Quick and Millie.

the Westport Hunter Pace to postpone the event to the rain date of Sunday, September 29. The change of date certainly did nothing to deter riders, as the Pace broke attendance records with nearly 200 horses and riders participating. Norfolk members and event chairs Gaelen Canning, Tom Lewis, MFH, and Lisa Lewis did a spectacular job organizing the pace and accommodating the large crowd. Temperatures in the high sixties, a light ocean breeze and sunny skies provided the perfect backdrop for the 10-mile pace, which went through gorgeous private farms, open fields with water views and trails along the Westport River. The “oohs” and “aahhs” from riders who crossed the finish line validated one competitor’s claim that the Westport Hunter Pace is the most beautiful pace in New England.

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When the vet recommended that Dresden Castle, a 25-year-old Czechoslovakian Thoroughbred mare, be taken out of retirement, trainer Fred Blecher put her back in the show ring to keep her healthy. Little did he know, “Ronnie” would once again become a super star. Since coming out of retirement, the mare has gone on to not only compete—and do well—at the Northeast Benefit Horse Show, but she also more recently went on to compete at the Zone 1 Finals at the Big E Horse Show, where she placed first in the Jumper Classic with Victoria Arruda in the stirrups. Fred, who is the owner of Old Lyme Show Stables in Lyme, CT, also reports that Victoria began riding at the facility when she was six years old, the same year that his wife, Susan Becher, purchased Ronnie alongside Jane Seder, and brought her to the stable.

MOUNT HOLYOKE MAYHEM Members of the Mount Holyoke Equestrian Team have been doing great since the start of the competition season in

September. After their first show at Smith College, the team took home the awards for high point and reserve high point riders, and was named the high point team. The following weekend, on October 12, they reclaimed victory—this time on their home turf—as the high point college, with team member Samantha Stone claiming Overall High Point Rider, and Felicia Harrsch earning Reserve High Point Rider. Stay tuned for more news from MHC in the coming season!

Holyoke on October 14, the team moved up to fourth place after Paige earned second place in Open Flat and Stephanie claimed second in Intermediate Flat, qualifying her for regionals. Stephanie was also High Point Intermediate Rider at the competition.


Sarah’s other early season ribbons include earning second place and fifth place finishes at the Rhode Island Finals. GFF’s own Emma Fletcher was the Mini Medal Champion at Rhode Island Finals and Mini Medal Reserve Champion at the MHJ Finals. Emma also placed in the Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter Finals with Anne Holman’s Always Formal. Additionally, Anna Zygadio, who is new to the GFF family, was second at the New England Summer Classic and third at the South East Hunter Association (SEHA) Finals.

STARS OF SEHA In other news from SEHA, kudos goes to Heyden Stewart, who earned second in the Junior Medal; Julie Barry, who was the fifth place recipient in the Adult Medal; and Erica Heffernan, coached by Ashleigh Henderson Stewart, who earned eighth place in the Junior Medal.


Grazing Fields Farm (GFF) in Buzzards Bay, MA, kicked off the finals season with a flourish as Sarah Kieran, coached by Julie Chandler Kelly, rode Mike Fletcher’s Paraduxx to the Junior Championship at the New England Summer Classic.

In news from Westfield State University, the school’s equestrian team is back at it in 2013, riding under the direction of Fran Cross and Beth Lapine of King Oak Farm in Southampton, MA. Competing against several teams at the Smith College show on October 5, the Westfield team finished in fifth place with rider Paige Hendrickson earning first place in Open Flat, Stephanie Pelletier placing second in Intermediate Flat, and Kayla Boudreau finishing fourth in Intermediate Flat. While competing at Mount

The Mount Holyoke Equestrian Team celebrating their win after a full day of competition at Smith College.

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Kent Farrington and Blue Angel Victorious in $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix CSI 3*-W at Washington International Horse Show

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were victorious in the $7,500 Senator’s Cup Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Venezuela’s Leopoldo Palacios set the course for the week’s show jumping competition at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. Palacios set a challenging course for the grand prix, which featured 25 international horses and riders. Just two entries were able to clear the first round course without fault to advance to the jump-off, and both cleared the short course in a race against the clock. Brianne Goutal and Nice de Prissey were first to jump off and stopped the timers in 32.23 seconds to finish second overall. Kent Farrington and Blue

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Mazzola, and Allegra Valberg were all seen enjoying team sorting at Chip Away Stables in Acushnet, MA.

propose following a long discussion with his great friend, Artisan Farms owner, Carlene Ziegler, who encouraged him to follow his heart. While wedding plans are still underway, Eric is looking forward to the future.



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Eric Lamaze surprised longtime girlfriend Alexis Stein by finally popping the question. The 2008 Canadian Olympic Champion got down on bended knee and proposed on Sunday, October 20, in Wellington, FL, with only their beloved Pomeranian dog, Gigi, as a witness. Alexis, a 24-year-old musician and equestrian from New York City, said “yes!” Eric made the decision to

Love and Honor, also known as MooMoo, won the Marshall & Sterling League Adult Hunter Championship at the Finals in Saugerties, NY. The 10-year-old Thoroughbred mare, trained by Lauren Mueller, scored an outstanding 91 in the Stake class to earn the win on September 13. The previous day, she was second in Under Saddle and third in Over Fences with a score of 84.5. And in the Hudson Medal class, Mueller rode MooMoo to victory, to reserve honors in the Adult Medal Final, and to the Adult Medal Year-End High Point Award. Mueller was also named the Farnam Best Eric Lamaze with fiancé, Alexis Stein. Adult Rider. 88


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$125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix CSI 3* winners Kent Farrington and Blue Angel.

According to MooMoo’s owner, Lisa Beebe, the horse has come a long way from where she first found the mare: in a pasture in Tampa, FL, where she was 400 pounds underweight, with a large puncture wound in her left shoulder, a ruptured abscess in her right Olympic show jumping gold medalist Peter Wylde with Olympic eventing gold medalist foot, and cracks in her hooves that went Tad Coffin. halfway up. Lisa has just gone to prove that by giving understand how to fit and pad a horse a little love, they can the saddles properly. We hear it someday work hard enough to was amazing to watch these two gain honor and recognition for collaborate—Peter rode for Tad the hard work put into them. and then they rode together!



Olympic Show Jumping Gold Medalist Peter Wylde was recently visited at his farm in Millbrook, NY, by his sponsor and Olympic Eventing Gold Medalist, Tad Coffin. The two got together so Tad could talk about his saddle development philosophy, bring Peter a saddle with the newest technology, and help Peter and his staff

We were sad to hear about the passing of former Boston University Equestrian Team member, Lawrence “Rooster” Yacubian. Rooster was known to friends as being a great horseman, a true American, and a friend to everyone who grew up in Massachusetts on his parents’ farm. Our thoughts are with Roo’s friends and family.


KENT FARRINGTON AND ROBIN Parsky’s Blue Angel beat out Brianne Goutal and Remarkable Farms’ Nice de Prissey in an exciting one-on-one jump-off for victory in the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix CSI 3*-W presented by Events DC, held at the 55th Annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) on Saturday, October 26. The FEI World Cup qualifying grand prix was a highlight event of the week. Earlier that same day, Meredith Darst won the 2013 Hermès WIHS Equitation Finals. Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 triumphed in the $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHOF) Ambassador’s Cup High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, and Heather Hooker and Perle

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THE FIVE-DAY FORMAT FOR THE prestigious 2013 New England Equitation Championship (NEEC) Medal Finals, now in its 38th year, enjoyed another great competition. Co-chairs Amy Eidson and Cookie DeSimone, coordinator Kelley Small, and the NEEC Committee, along with an army of staff and volunteers, plus a tremendous list of sponsors, contributed to the successful event, held October 16-20 in West Springfield, MA. The NEEC is the original innovator of the Volo Farm sponsored Horsemanship Challenge class that has become the format used nationally for this test of written, practicum, and riding skills to determine the top All Around Horseman. This year’s winner of the

Katie Battison Horsemanship Award was Abby Bertelson; she also won the Open Equitation 15-17, in the Written, Over Fences, and Overall awards. Caroline Johnson won the Practicum phase. Judges this year were Hope Glynn of Penngrove, CA; Jimmy Lee of Keswick, VA; Brian Lenehan of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Streett Moore of Owings Mills, MD; Melanie Smith-Taylor of Memphis, TN; and Geoff Teall of Wellington, FL, who was also the course designer. Geoff’s inviting courses offered multiple lines bending across the ring, verticals set across the center, and single approach oxers to test the rider’s eye. In the Adult 23-45 Medal Championships, Kristina Lyons-Kwon rode flawlessly to win

2013 NEEC Junior Medal and Junior Individual High Score Award recipient John Porter.

the Final Medal round undefeated. Reserve was awarded to Elysse Ruschmeyer. Laura Kadane won the Adult Over 46 Medal. Robin Harkins was reserve. Thursday saw the 69 Younger Adults compete in Open Equitation and the Medal. The 2013 Adult 18-22 Medal was awarded to Kelly Lively. Reserve went to Melissa Groher. Interspersed throughout the show were the special NEEC annual awards: the Adult Older Sportsmanship Award went to Kim Miller, scholarships were awarded to Adult Jesse Fortier and

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Angel followed and shaved off almost two seconds for the win in 30.81 seconds. For their victory, Farrington and Blue Angel were presented with the President of the United States Perpetual Cup. As Leading Jumper Rider, an award sponsored by Robin Parsky, Farrington was also presented with the Margaret Chovnick Memorial Trophy and awarded a Rolex luxury timepiece from Tiny Jewel Box. Parsky then received a special award as the Leading Jumper Owner, sponsored by The Reid Family. In the jump-off, Farrington and Blue Angel had the benefit of going second, and the 11-year-old Anglo European mare (Luidam x Ascendant) put in a great effort on course. Nice de Prissey also finished second in this class in 2011 and Goutal explained that he jumps well in the venue. “I am very surprised actually how well he jumps here,” she said. “He really likes the nation’s capital I guess.” Third place honors went to Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo for the fastest four-fault round in 62.39 seconds in round one. Lauren Tisbo

Brianne Goutal and Nice de Prissey earned second place in the grand prix.

and Tequestrian Farms’ La Centa placed fourth with four faults in 62.50 seconds. Palacios explained that he would have preferred to see at least four riders make it to the jump-off, but was OK with just the two. Farrington knew that the course would be difficult and it worked out well for his mare. Other awards were also presented following the grand prix. Ireland’s Darragh Kenny was named the Leading International Rider for the week. Conor Swail accepted a special award for his mount, Ariana, owned by Susan Grange. She earned a $5,000 SHF Enterprises,

2013 Hermès WIHS Equitation Finals winner Meredith Darst.

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Dominates Final Week at HITS Culpeper TRACY FENNEY GAVE NEW MEANING to the phrase “on a roll” the weekend of October 2 at HITS (Horse Shows in the Sun) Culpeper. With her string of horses from MTM Farm, she claimed impressive honors, including the $40,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis—the first qualifier for the 2014 Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix as part of the HITS Championship in Saugerties, NY. Just a few weeks after riding in the coveted 2013 event, Fenney and MTM Farm’s MTM Timon kicked off qualifying for next year’s edition, as well as jump started the excitement surrounding the 2014 HITS Triple Crown of show jumping. “It’s great to be back on the road to the Zoetis Million,” said Fenney. “We work so hard at qualifying for the class all year long and it’s nice to have this beginning to an exciting year.” Fenney and Timon were one of five pairs who rode clear to advance to the jump-off over a course designed by Wendy Chapot-Nunn of Florham Park, NJ. Thirteen obstacles and 17 jumping efforts

contained most of the faults to the middle of the track, which included three combinations—two doubles and one triple. With three mounts crossing the start flags throughout the class, Fenney was first to conquer the course with MTM Farm’s MTM Centano, staging a familiar duel between her two geldings. She was later joined by Callan Solem of Glenmoore, PA, and Horseshow Trail Farm, LLC’s VDL Wizard; Leann Kelly of Valatie, NY, aboard Honorway Farm, LLC’s Leander; and Kama Godek of Fairfax Station, VA, in the irons of her own Air Force One. Fenney was kept from the jump-off with her third mount, Leviticus, by one time fault in the first round. After Fenney picked up four faults in the jump-off with MTM Centano, Solem set the Great American Time to Beat with a clear round in 39.46 seconds. One trip later, Fenney answered with MTM Timon and shaved two seconds off her time, crossing the timers in 37.35 seconds. Godek was the final ride and had the speed, but clipped a heartbreaking rail at

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for the crowd favorite performance of the NEEC Challenge of the States. Connecticut Team 3 produced consistently high scores from McKayla Langmeier, Rebekah Chenelle, Jack Morgan, Stephanie Moscove, Heather Flynn, and Wendy Collins, to take the gold, with Team Massachusetts 1 claiming silver, and Vermont 1 winning bronze. Sunday was the day of the 2013 New England Horsemen’s Council (NEHC) Junior Medal, calling back the top 30-plus riders and testing the top four. John Porter took top honors in Open Equitation, before claiming the 2013 NEHC Junior Medal undefeated, and capping it off with the Junior Individual High Score Award. Reserve went to Ali Tritschler. For full results, please visit NewEnglandEquitation.com.

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the final fence of the course to collect four faults in a time of 36.54 seconds. Solem finished second, Godek third, and Fenney fourth with MTM Centano; Kelly settled for capping the top five after eight faults in the jump-off. Just two days before riding to her grand prix win, Fenney and MTM Timon kicked off the circuit by riding to the blue in the $15,000 Brook Ledge Open Jumper Prix. She was also second with MTM Farm’s Leviticus. Culpeper local, Brooke Kemper, was third on her own Classified, and Solem was fourth with VDL Wizard. Fenney and MTM Centano made it a book-end performance capping the top five.

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Pennsylvania y National Horse Show Names Conor Swail as Winner of $85,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix IT WAS A THRILLING FINALE ON THE last night of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show as many of the world’s top riders competed in the $85,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix de Penn National. You could hear the crowd collectively hold its breath as each horse sped around the course, but it was Irish rider Conor Swail and Game Ready who pulled out all the stops to clinch the win. Twenty-four competitors attempted course designer Alan Wade’s big track, set at 1.60 meters with 13 obstacles and a time allowed of 78 seconds. There were various jumps where riders had issues, but the combinations seemed to be the most influential. Only three riders made it to the jump-off round, and it was Swail who set the pace with a clear round in 35.20 seconds. The Grand Prix de Penn National is

one of the few that McLain Ward has never won, and for a moment it seemed as though he may have finally done it. However, his fractionally slower time of 35.48 seconds on Rothchild once again relegated him to second place—for the fifth time. Last year’s winners, Kent Farrington and Uceko, were up on the clock halfway around the course but unfortunately had a rail down, dropping them to third place. Farrington was attempting a record fourth win as he and Beezie Madden are tied with three grand prix victories apiece. “That would have been nice,” said Farrington. “With [Swail and Ward]

it’s hard to do. Maybe next year.” Swail also won the Leading Jumper Rider Award, while his groom Anne Sophie (Annso) Canut of France won the Caretaker Award. Brianne Goutal won the Leading Lady Jumper Rider Award. This is the first time Swail has traveled to Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, and he made it a memorable one. In addition to the grand prix win, he also clinched the $40,000 Pennsylvania “Big Jump,” and took second in the $33,000 Keystone Classic. “I had a wonderful show. To top it off, winning tonight is great,” said Swail. Proceeds from the event benefit community equine and youth programs. Since its inception in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation has donated over $1.5 million to charitable entities.

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Zone 6,, Region g 1 IHSA Show Season Kicks Off with Many Wins for Lake Erie College ARTICLE AND PHOTO BY TAYLOR M. GRAHAM

The first intercollegiate English horse show of the season for Zone 6, Region 1, was hosted by the University of Findlay on the weekend of October 26 and 27, 2013. The two-day show was filled with many exciting events featuring the battle of Lake Erie College and the University of Findlay. Both mornings started off with Chelsie Stair of Lake Erie College winning the Open Over Fences class. From there, Findlay and Lake Erie continued to compete back and forth to keep the lead. Lake Erie College seemed to dominate in the flat classes with eight consecutive blue ribbons. In the end, the University of Findlay came out on top with 36 points on Saturday and 37 points on Sunday. Lake Erie College took reserve both days with 31 points on Saturday and 33 points on Sunday. Bowling Green

State University, Kent State University, and Tiffin College also managed to stay close behind. Bob Cacchione, the founder of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), was present for the weekend’s competition. High Point rider, Alexis Barter of Lake Erie College, had the chance to meet with Cacchione as well as the whole winning team of the Findlay Oilers. The U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF)/Cacchione Cup received its name in honor of Bob Cacchione. “The Cacchione Cup rider is an Open rider with the most points collectively in jumping and the flat,” said Stair. “I plan on being this year’s Cacchione Cup rider. That would be pretty cool.” In addition to being champion of the Open Over Fences classes both days, Stair received second and

third in Open Flat. But she isn’t the only one with high hopes this show season. The University of Findlay starts the year with a new coach, Russ Walther. Walther has been to IHSA Nationals for four years and plans to take his team to victory this year as well. If the first competition of the Zone 6, Region 1 season is any indication, the University of Findlay Oilers and the Lake Erie College Storm will be the two teams to watch this year.

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Eventing news

A GREAT, BIG CONGRATULATIONS GOES OUT to Devyn Merritt (second from left) for being the well-deserving winner of the Gillian and Hart Perry Sportsmanship Award at the Kent School October Horse Trials! The award is given in honor of Gillian Perry, who was the organizer of the horse trials for many years and is still participating, and her late husband Hart. It is sponsored by Michael and Margaret Korder. Devyn is pictured with Gillian Perry, her horse Slew Gin Fizz, Ray Denis, and Margaret Korder.




In its second year, the Event at Rebecca Farm’s Halt Cancer at X program raised $71,000 to donate to breast cancer research. Announcing the recipients in late October, the bulk of the funds will be going toward research at the University of Utah, and $15,000 is going to Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s Winkley Coach mobile clinic, to provide screening mammography covered by the Affordable Care Act. $13,000 was raised through contributions collected from a $5 spectator-parking donation during The Event at Rebecca Farm. Another $58,000 was raised through pledges collected by competitors, including going door-to-door, and other donations directly to the fund.

Delaney Stables of West Windsor, VT, would like to congratulate Kristine Brassard of Sanford Maine on her purchase of Amazing Grace. We wish them both the best of everything.

LENDING A HELPING HAND Producer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI) made financial contributions of almost $20,000 this year to support several Deb Rosen and The Alchemyst galloped to their first CIC3* win at Woodside. »

ch harities that serve the Co ommonwealth of Kentucky an nd local equine interests. A contribution of $10,000 to o Kentucky Children’s Hospital makes this the 15th H yeear EEI has contributed to th he hospital. The donation will result in a new patient w ro oom named in honor of EEI. “Central Kentucky has E ssupported our event for 35 yyears and it’s important to us tto give back to our community,” said EEI President n Darren Ripley. “Our relaD ttionship with the Kentucky Children’s Hospital has been C wonderfully reciprocal. Over the last 15 years Kentucky Children’s Hospital employees have given countless volunteer hours to the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and the Reining Cup. It’s a great example of how organizations can work together.” EEI also made contributions to Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, Midway College, the University of Kentucky Equestrian Team, Georgetown College Equine Scholars, and the Equine Land Conservation Resource.

IT’S GO TIME The U.S. Eventing Association is gearing up for its Annual Meeting and Convention, to

be held this December 4-8 in Cincinnati, OH. As always, there will be year-end awards handed out, educational seminars, workshops, and a whole lot of fun to be had with eventers from around the country. Back by popular demand, the Richard Jeffery Show Jumping Seminar will once again be offered, on Wednesday, December 4. The day will begin at 8:00 a.m. with practicals, horses, and show jumps at a location off site. The afternoon will include discussion about designing show jumping courses with special emphasis on the lower levels.

POWERFUL WIN Three cheers for Debbie Rosen and The Alchemyst, who claimed their first CIC3* at the Woodside International Horse Trials October 4-6 in Woodside, CA. The victory was worth $3,000, but it meant more than the prize money. “Without crying, I don’t know if I can say what this means” said Rosen, 52. “It means just don’t give up. When everybody else tells you that you can do it, and you’re the only one who thinks you can’t, get your head right.” She’s owned The Alchemyst for eight years and has been competing him at the three-star level since 2008, but this is their first three-star win. In addition, Rosen had cancer surgery in late 2009. “Honestly, this means the world to me…I wanted to work on my skills, and I wanted to be brave— those are the only things I wanted to do. I can’t even get my head around that we’ve won,” she said, moments after dismounting.

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Wraps Up 2013 Season Series THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE (UNH) Equine Program wrapped up its 2013 eventing season with its fall event, held at its Durham campus on September 28-29. Just in excess of 120 horse and rider teams competed over the weekend, coming from all over New England, New York, and eastern Canada. Nearly flawless blue skies highlighted many stunning performances during Saturday’s dressage phase, with one competitor even earning a “10” on a movement. President of the Ground Jury Ann Marie Gregoire and judge Rick Pearson, both of Massachusetts, presided over the arenas and commented

on their happiness to reward high quality riding with good scores. The jumping phases were held on Sunday, with competitors proceeding directly from the show jumping ring to the cross-country start. Three separate show jumping courses were judged by Pearson. Competition manager and chair of the organizing committee Christina Keim designed courses to suit the needs of competitors at each level. Preliminary and Training Level courses required accurate riding in related distances and turning questions, while Novice and Beginner Novice horses tackled longer approaches to single fences and more generous turns. Beautiful fall weather and autumn themed décor including mums, cornstalks, and pumpkins grown on UNH’s own Woodman Horticultural Farm highlighted crosscountry courses designed and built by Dr. James Gornall of Massachusetts. Students were given the opportunity to work directly with [ABOVE] Tracie Sales and Champ were winners in the Novice diviGornall to help sion. [BELOW] Amelia Cutler piloted Casco Bay to first place in a repair and resurdivision of Beginner Novice. face the base of the water jump, which had become quite overgrown during the course of the summer. “It was a great deal of hard, physical work for them,” says Keim. “I think it was quite eye opening for them in terms of just how much effort it takes to maintain this one obstacle.” All three phases of UNH’s horse trials are coordinated by students involved in the university’s equine program. 104 EQUINE


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

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Division winners for the weekend included Paige Crotty and Bantry Bay’s Winston at Preliminary; this team also won the Best Scoring Connemara Award, sponsored by the American Connemara Pony Society. Katherine Lambert and Dragonfly took home the blue at Preliminary-Training, as well as the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) Award for Training Level. Training divisions were won by Mike Rodden and Miss Kate, and Andy Cook and Big John. Novice blue ribbon winners included Tracie Sales and Champ, Melinda Marston and Out of Nowhere, and Isabella Bernardino and Saratoga Flag, who also won the TIP Award for Novice. Beginner Novice division winners were Amelia Cutler and Casco Bay, Jean Detert and Fernhill Casper, and Magdalene Meek and Otto. Special awards were presented to Jennifer Catalano and Validation, whose 35.2 in Beginner Novice B earned them the Best Scoring UNH Student or Alumni Award, and to Samantha Baer and Elevation and Andy Cook and Big John, who were the best and second best scoring Pony Clubbers, respectively. Elevation and Baer also won the TIP Award at the Beginner Novice Level. Additional TIP Award winners were Darling Harbour and Kathleen E. Fenn at the Preliminary Level. For more information about the UNH Equine Program and its horse trials, visit equine.unh.edu.

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Course Brook Farm Horse Trials Offers New Cross-Country and Dressage Features BY CASY CALVER, PHOTOS BY AMANDA SYLVIA PHOTOGRAPHY

THE ANNUAL COURSE BROOK FARM (CBF) USEA-recognized horse trials continues to grow and 2013 saw many upgrades and improvements to the facility. This year’s event on October 12 hosted a record 110 riders competing in Beginner Novice through Training Level divisions. The event featured a new water complex designed and built by John Williams and Eric Bull, and many new cross-country jumps at all levels. CBF also offered three dressage arenas with all-weather footing, the largest of which will be dedicated to one of the farm’s greatest friends and colleagues, Renate Lansburgh, who continues to be a beloved member of the community. The cross-country course was designed by Jim Grinnell and the stadium course was designed by Course Brook Farm co-resident instructor Erika (Hawkes) Hendricks. The dressage judges were Keith Angstadt, Ann Marie Gregoire, and Nancy Guyotte. In Training-A, Jeanie Clarke on Summer Solstice led the field from start to finish, winning on their dressage score of 32.3. Lindsay Shafer riding Eli Forrest added only one time penalty in stadium to finish in second place on a score of 37.8. In Training-B, Course Brook’s own Allison Kohlberg and Clover Hill added 4.4 cross-country time penalties to win the division on a score of 34. Alexis Baker and Apache’s Mountain Storm took second place on their dressage score of 37.3.

Novice-A was won by Kathryn Hurley and Ichabod, who jumped from seventh place after dressage to first, thanks to clean stadium and cross-country rounds, finishing on a score of 40. Julia Rowse and Winner’s Dream moved up from ninth place after dressage to second, finishing on their dressage score of 42.5. In the Novice-B division, Dana Stanton and Daydreamin pulled one rail to win on a score of 36.5. Second place went to Suzanne Rost and Diamond in the Rough, who also pulled one rail to score a 43. Kim McIntyre and Paris Tonight scored a 38.5 to win Novice-C, going clean in stadium [ABOVE] Training-A Champions Jeanie Clarke and Summer and cross-country. Jessica Solstice. [BELOW] Dana Stanton and Daydreamin were Halliday and Grey Street victorious in Novice-B. finished in a close second on a score of 39. In Beginner Novice-A, Amelia Cutler and Casco Bay led the division from wire to wire, finishing on a score of 23 after adding just two stadium time penalties to their dressage score. Second place went to Emma Wilson and Siberian Frost, who added no penalties to their dressage score of 40. In

Kent School Fall Horse Trials Draws Record Number of Competitors BY RAY DENIS

KENT SCHOOL IN KENT, CT, HOSTED its annual fall horse trials to an entry larger than ever before, with 140 competitors. Beautiful fall weather preceded the event on Saturday, October 5 as horses and riders began to arrive to pick

Beginner Novice-B, Isabel Carey riding Prescott won the division on their dressage score of 32.9. The red ribbon went to Maddie Lichten and Womble with a score of 36.2. Top honors in Beginner Novice-C went to Stefanie Neumann and Ginger Crisp, who scored a 28.1. Michelle Fotev and Urioso finished in second place on a 34.8. Wrapping up the event, Marianne Reardon and Go Go Boots won Beginner Novice-D on a score of 36.7. Rosemarie Albrizio and Evan GS came in second, scoring 37.5. For more information, visit coursebrookfarm.com.

up their packets of information, walk the cross-country course and stadium courses, and to enjoy our officials, competitors, and volunteers welcome party hosted by Kent School’s, Kent Alley of the Development Department.

Unfortunately, the beautiful, sun filled, blue sky turned to dark gray on Sunday morning, October 6, prior to the start of competition, replaced by a heavy rain cloud that clung to the Skiff Mountain historic Kent Stables event site. Faithful volunteers arrived, were briefed, and managed their assigned tasks with enthusiasm as the rain continued to pour down without any chance that it would cease. All horses and riders managed to make their way through the dressage rings and the footing in the stadium ring held up well

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Plays Host to Fall Horse Trials and Area II Championships BY LAURA DOYLE, PHOTOS BY GRC PHOTOGRAPHY

MORVEN PARK IN LEESBURG, VA was pleased to host the U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Area II Championships along with their recognized Fall Horse Trials, October 4-6, for a second year in a row. More than 380 entries competed in Beginner Novice through Advanced, including Olympic veterans who used the event to prepare for Pau, a CCI4* three-day event in France, as well as the CCI3* at Fair Hill International in Maryland, both of which took place later in October. Championship divisions ran over two days, beginning with the Advanced and Intermediate divisions on Friday. Two show jumping arenas were used this fall—one on the grass of the former steeplechase course and the other in the indoor arena. In spite of the drought, the cross-country footing was well prepared, and riders handled the unexpected October heat wave with extra attention to hydration. Mother Nature delivered a bit of variety that weekend, as heavy fog required a short delay to

cross-country on Sunday morning. Entries were well attended in every division, as Kate Samuels took the Advanced Championships on Nyls Du Terroir, with a dressage score of 37.00, with the second and third places going to Doug Payne on Crown Talisman and Allison Springer on Copycat Chloe, respectively. Kristin Bachman finished first on Serendipity in the Novice Championship, and the Junior/ Young Rider Novice Championship went to Molly Sherman aboard Karoo. Kelly Prather took home two ribbons in the Preliminary Championships as Flagmount’s Nightcap finished first with a dressage score of 29.10, and she took fifth place on Truly Wiley. The best dressage score of the day was earned by Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Sebastian, who had an impressive 20.00 to win the Open Novice division. Junior riders Emma The Area II Advanced Champions Kate Samuels and Green and Sofie Agren captured Nyls Du Terroir.

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made by President of the Ground Jury Lisa Cox, Technical Delegate Jim Gornall, and Organizer Ray Denis, was the best decision. The results are as follows: In Beginner Novice divisions, Harry Trotter and Kelly Stuck, Improper Bostonian and Diane Thompson, TC Take Two and Kaitlyn Schultz, and My Little Fortune and Alice von Staden were champions. Certified Chip and Cooper Madden-Hennessey, Star Quality and Corinne Gagnon, and

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Good Deeds and Carla Sharp won the Novice divisions. Back In Boston Again was victorious at Training Level with Diane Thompson up, while Steal The Sky claimed the Preliminary/Training division with Kate Hornbecker in the irons. The 2014 dates for the Kent School Spring and Fall Horse Trials have been confirmed for May 18 and October 5 with fingers crossed for good clear weather. For more information, visit kent-school.edu.

enough so that everyone could have the opportunity to test their skill over the Linda Smith designed courses. The Ronan Maloney designed crosscounty course did not fare as well. Once the deep footing caused by continuous rain made it impossible to get safety staff and vehicles out on the course for any potential falls of horse or rider, that phase of the competition was canceled. In light of this, the show was scored as a two-phase event, consisting of dressage and stadium jumping only. Despite the disappointment of competitors, everyone agreed that the decision made to stop in the [LEFT] Marietta DeJulio rode Salt and Pepper in the Beginner Novice division. [RIGHT] Kaitlyn Schultz and TC Take interest of safety, Two were winners at the Beginner Novice Level. 106 EQUINE


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first place in the Junior/Young Rider Training and Junior Rider Novice divisions, respectively, while Boyd Martin took top honors for his rides on Callisto in Open Preliminary-B, and Pancho Villa in Open Intermediate-A. Special thanks go out to the many volunteers who made this event possible, especially the Virginia Region Pony Club and Loudoun Hunt Pony Club families. Morven Park is looking forward to the Spring Horse Trials, and the FEI CIC one-, two-, and three-stars in the fall. For a full list of results, visit morvenpark.org.

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Dressage news

Aikens of Petoskey, MI, Emme Johnston of Snow Camp, NC, Bonnie Walker of San Diego, CA, Crystal Taylor of Greenville, RI, and Denise Laigle of Harrah, OK.

popular in the dressage world and, with feathers w fllying, made their way into the winner’s circle more than once in the 2013 Dressage at o Devon Breed Show. Jupiter D IS SF (Maeije 440 x Cleo van het Binnenveld), bred by Iron h Spring Farm was reserve S cchampion in the Devon Colt/ Gelding Championship. G He also placed third in the H Great American/USDF Colt G FFinal, and second in the TTwo-Year-Old Colt/Gelding cclass. Nynke Ris and Yfke fan FFjildsicht, also bred by Iron Spring, held their own with S tthe more popular warmbloods, getting fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Four-Year-Old and Older Broodmare class. The Iron Spring Horses didn’t stop there. Izara ISF and Isadora ISF were first and second place winners in Fillies of 2013 class. They were also champion and reserve champion in both the Devon Foal Championship and Great American/USDF Foal Final. Izara and Isadora are full sisters, born in the same year through embryo transfer.



Over the past few years, Friesians have become more

Congratulations to Anna Muserallo and Benjamin Crosby, of Marlow, NH, on the birth of their son Wesley on October 5, 2013. Wesley weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

VELVET GREEN STABLES OF PEMBROKE, NH, is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of their 2012 Friesian filly, A’Laydia Von Velvet Green, who earned the New Hampshire Horse and Trail Association 2013 English Horse In Hand Grand Champion and 2013 Colts and Filly Yearlings Grand Champion. “Isabel” is out of the Friesian stallion, Zesus, from Zeigler Farm in Galion, OH.

NOW CERTIFIED The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce and congratulate its new USDF Certified Instructors at Training through First Level. They are Jennifer Kaiser of Lafayette, IN, Corinna SchellerFleming of Falls Village, CT, Kim


USDF Certified Instructor Training through Fourth Level and bronze, silver, and gold medalist, Suzanne Markham, is proud to announce the opening of her own farm, “Divinity Dressage,” a state-of-the « Jupiter ISF was reserve champion in the Devon Colt/Gelding Championship.

art, full-service, training and boarding center dedicated to providing the highest quality environment for discriminating riders and their horses. Centrally located in western Massachusetts, this premier equestrian facility boasts 14 stalls with run outs, an indoor arena complete with new GGT footing, and a heated viewing and tack room. Suzanne trains horses and riders from Training Level through Grand Prix and has helped many of her students earn their USDF medals. She currently competes her horse Donarlicht at Grand Prix.

EMERGING TALENT Dressage4Kids and the Emerging Dressage Athlete Program (EDAP) congratulate the riders accepted to participate in the Atlanta EDAP Clinic that was held on October 18-19, 2013: Claire Coman, Madison Deaton, Caroline Garren, Juliet Hess, Jordan Lockwood, Leah Marks, Rebekah Mingari, Kelsey Neely, Emma Sevriens, and Nick Skillen.

POULIN PLAYS BIG Congratulations to the Poulin Dressage Team at the Region 3 Championships, the final championship for the Poulin team this year. It was their largest group going to a show this season with 18 horses who came home with three championship ribbons, two reserve championships, and 14 top ten placings in the championship classes!

YOUNG CHAMPION Alix Szepesi’s three-year-old, Sir Sebastian (Sir GregoryRubinstein-Almeo x NeaState III), was Grand Champion at the New England Dressage Association (NEDA) Fall Festival Breed Show in Saugerties, NY. Sir Sebastian

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[ABOVE] Alix Szepesi’s three-year-old, Sir Sebastian, was Grand Champion at the New England Dressage Association Fall Festival Breed Show. [BELOW] Lisa Hyslop showing at Dressage at Devon.

was also awarded Young Horse Champion and Colt/Gelding Champion. “I couldn’t be more happy with Sir Sebastian,” said Alix, of Morris, CT. “I wanted him to experience a big show and he behaved perfectly. It’s a great competition and I look forward to returning next year.” Alix bought Sir Sebastian as a four-month-old in Germany. “I vividly remember picking him out of a group of foals in a field in Germany,” she said. “He handled himself so well in the group, and I could see the distinctive lift in his stride as well as his quality gaits.”

qualities we were looking for as a breeding stallion and a future competition horse.” Sternlicht has already had great success in-hand. In 2011 he won his Yearling Colts class at Dressage at Devon with a score of 85%. He earned multiple championships as a two-year-old and reserve champion for USDF Horse of the Year honors and champion for all-breeds awards with a median score over 82%.


Congratulations to Gwyneth McPherson and Eskandar of Pineland Farm in New Gloucester, ME, for winning the Region 8 Training Level Championship at the NEDA Fall Festival and USDF Region 8 Dressage Championships, on September 19-22, 2013.

Thank you to the 50 attendees who came to Pineland Farm in New Gloucester, ME, for the first Seminar for Professionals. Each New England state plus New York was represented in the group of professionals who spent the day discussing theory, watching films, and judging live riders from Training through Fourth Level. Christoph Hess once again proved himself to be an articulate educator. Closing out the day was a presentation on acupuncture stimulated stem cell therapy given by Dr. Maria Grant.



Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm are excited to announce their purchase of the recently licensed, three-year-old Hanoverian, Sternlicht GGF. The charismatic black stallion was bred by Rachel Ehrlich of Massachusetts and is the second stallion from her well-established breeding program to be approved by the American Hanoverian Society. “It was important to us to find another top U.S.-bred prospect for us to develop,” says MacElree. “Sternlicht has all the

Congratulations to Donarweiss GGF and Genay Vaughn on winning the 2013 USDF Region 7 Intermediaire II Young Rider Championships!


“S”UPER! USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist and judge, Lisa Hyslop, can now add “S” designation by the USEF to her credentials, having achieved Senior Dressage Judge status, the highest-possible national license a dressage

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Dressage contact listings Casa Lusitana (tsl), Tyngsboro, MA, 978-649-5300, gbriels@msn.com, casalusitana.com Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods (bs), 1209 South St., Coventry, CT 06238, 860-742-6486, crossenarabians.com Pinehaven Farm (tsl), Linda Parmenter, 91 Lombard Road, Hubbardston, MA, 978-928-5492, pinehaven@charter.net, parmenterdressage.com

French Light Dressage (tsl), Dave Donnelly, 236A Waters Rd., East Greenbush, NY, 12061, 949-697-6797, fullpass1@hotmail.com, Frenchlightdressage.com Team Hannigan (tsl), 6 Myrick Lane, Harvard, MA, 978-270-0919, teamhannigan@hotmail.com, teamhannigan.com

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[LEFT] Arne Wolze riding under the guidance of Christoph Hess during the NEDA Fall Symposium. [RIGHT] Ayline Corapcioglue, riding Alexia, with Christoph Hess.

NEDA Fall Symposium Features Christoph Hess and Fine Riders THE 2013 NEW ENGLAND DRESSAGE Association (NEDA) Fall Symposium returned to the Equestrian Center at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, ME, the weekend of September 27-29, 2013. This year’s symposium featured Christoph Hess, who hails from Germany. Hess boasts a long list of credentials, which includes being an FEI 4* judge who heads the department of education at the German National Federation, as well as being a panelist of the 2013 Global Forum, N.A. A Dressage Professionals’ Training Seminar led by Hess kicked off the

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weekend on Friday, September 27. This seminar was open to professionals only (riders, trainers, judges, and breeders), and featured discussions on common language used in and out of the competitive arena; test and training objectives, starting with Grand Prix and working back to Training Level; and an open panel about ethics. Following Friday’s seminar, oneon-one clinics with Hess were held over the course of the weekend. All participating riders were handpicked by Hess himself. Featured equestrians included Pineland Farms’ resident trainer, Gwyneth McPherson riding Eskandar;

Brendan Curtis of Hof Mendnenhall riding two horses—Doneghall KF and Fuerst Dancer MF; the mother-son team of Jutta Lee and Arne Wolze, out of Lee’s Appledore Farm, riding Glorious Feeling and Nandalino; Ayline Corapcioglue riding Alexia; Jerry Stone riding Fabiola; and Laura Noyes riding Galveston. The equestrians riding under Hess’ guidance came from different backgrounds, with their abilities ranging from Training Level to Grand Prix. Although Hess addressed a number of different training techniques throughout the weekend, it was apparent to both participants and auditors that he is a horseman who truly puts equines first. “Overall, I was really kind of inspired by Christoph’s love of the horses,” said

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OVER THE POND Lisa Wilcox and Pikko del Cerro HU began their first European training and competition tour together at the CDN Hagen. Wilcox and Pikko del Cerro HU bested the international field in both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special, winning impressively with scores over 110 EQUINE


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70%. The 2013 CDN Hagen was the first time Wilcox has contested a Grand Prix on German soil in six years, and the very first time for the 10-year-old, American-bred Hanoverian stallion. Winning both days aboard Horses Unlimited’s Pikko del Cerro HU was not the only accomplishment for Wilcox during her return to the German horse show scene. She also received excellent placings on her second mount Denzello. The freshman Grand Prix gelding, owned by Canadian Betty Wells, placed third in Saturday’s Grand Prix and fourth in the Grand Prix Special.

LIVING LARGE Suzanne Leblanc’s Largo di Molto, ridden by Littleton, MA-based trainer Jane Hannigan, competed at Devon for the first time this past September, placing in every class entered with a fifth place in Fourth Level Test of Choice, fourth place in Fourth Level Test 2, and winning Fourth Level Test 3 on Sunday. The win Sunday was especially meaningful as Axel Steiner was one of the judges and it was his last show judging.


judge can earn. “I decided to pursue this as a logical progression to my judging edification. I truly enjoy judging. This license provides an opportunity to judge through the highest levels nationwide,” said Hyslop, of Loxahatchee, FL.

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NEDA Fall Symposium continued from page 110 Noyes. “You could tell he really cared about the horses. Everything he did was for the benefit of the horses.” Additionally, transitions were a common theme addressed to the attendees throughout the weekend. “[Galveston] was schooling at the Grand Prix Level, and we worked [mostly] on Grand Prix stuff,” said Noyes. “I really liked Hess’ way of thinking about riding into your downward transitions. One thing he mentioned was, ‘you don’t stop the trot, you start the walk.’ It was a very good visual to have in your ride.” Lee was also enthusiastic about the weekend featuring Hess. “I did get quite a lot for my teaching,” she said, “especially [learning] to be patient and let my students develop a feel for the horse. I am doing that already, but sometimes think I have to let them get up the levels faster than their feeling for the basics come along.” Overall, riders, professionals, and auditors alike enjoyed hearing Hess’ critiques, as well as his charming demeanor. For more information on upcoming events held by NEDA, visit neda.org.


Baroque Equestrian Games Institute Discusses the Gift of the Horse SUBMITTED BY TINA CRISTIANI VEDER

THE BAROQUE EQUESTRIAN GAMES Institute’s (BEGI) horses bring us priceless treasures that enrich our lives and feed our souls. In this special season, let us rejoice and be thankful for all they give, which includes: Generosity of spirit—they show us how to give fully of ourselves, using our heart, mind, body, and soul; being in-the-moment—they teach us to be present in the now, enjoying the art of living, the art of clarity, the art of harmony, and the art of being; friendship—they help us discover the deepest joy of simple togetherness; and trust—they place themselves in our hands and inspire us to embrace our

highest self. This coming year, let our goal be to become worthy of all the gifts our horses give us.

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the dressage ring, we were looking at a wet dressage ring and fields. Our judge, Leanne Schroeder, and our loyal volunteer crew were there and the riders arrived with their horses—the show went on as scheduled. Riders and horses made the best of the day. The show started with the combined test. Classes ranged from Walk-Trot Over Cross-Rails to Training Level. The Best Score in the Junior Member category was Heather Mann riding William with a final score of 28.7. The Best Score in the Non-Member category was Olivia Payne riding Scooter with a final score of 33.0. The CDCTA Adult Member with the Best Score was Tracey Woods riding Dynamic Lisa with a score of 26.0. Our dressage classes ranged from Introductory Level tests to Fourth

[ABOVE] Heather Busch riding Kipling. [LEFT] Olivia Payne riding Scooter.

Level. Though there were some scratches, we were very pleased to see that many classes were completed. Our High Point Rider in the Junior Member category was Amy Macha riding Shareholder Dues with a score of 74.35. In the Non-Member category, the High Point Rider was Heather Busch riding Kipling with a score of 71.07. The CDCTA Adult Member High Point Rider was Trisha Panico riding Hampton with a score of 71.87. Congratulations to all our High Point and Best Score winners! Visit CDCTAOnline.com for more details. CDCTA would like to thank Cindy Arendt, our show photographer, for sharing her pictures with us.

CDCTA Events The CDCTA Calendar is beginning to fill up for 2014. On January 26, CDCTA will hold its Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon at the First and Last Tavern in Middletown, CT. We are planning a Freestyle Clinic in March at Foxhill Farm with Ann Guptil. Other possible clinics taking shape are a cross-country clinic at King Oak Farm in Massachusetts and possibly another dressage clinic. We are planning to hold a series of three schooling shows again in 2014. These have been well-attended in 2013. We are also planning for the return of our USEF/USDF recognized dressage show in 2014 at a new site. Stay tuned in future editions of the Equine Journal for more details on events. Also, visit CDCTAonline.com for our events calendar for dates, registration forms, and directions. See you in 2014! It should be a great year.


AS WE PREPARED FOR THE Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association (CDCTA) Schooling Show at Glastonbury Hunt Club, it was a warm sunny day and we looked forward to the same for our show. Sunday, October 6, the weather had totally changed and we were faced with pouring rain. Instead of the beautiful vista of sun shining on the lovely green fields beyond

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Driving news

FAMILY FUN Sue Fryer reports that the New York Driving Club brought 12 of its finest coaches and horse teams to Hamilton, MA, in October for a spectacular procession, driving the roads and visiting the home of General George Patton along with a luncheon in the lovely Bradley Palmer State Forest. She said the horses were beautiful and the drivers and passengers were dressed stunningly—it was such a treat to watch them as they drove down the streets. The event was hosted by the Myopia Driving Club and coordinated by the president, Marc Johnson, of Hamilton. Sue sent in a photo of her husband holding up the Equine Journal in front of one of the fabulous coaches.

ALL HAIL THE CROWN Three cheers for Gail Aumiller, whose 2005 Tsjerk mare, Sjaantje Sport, won the driving IBOP class at the Friesian Horse Association of North America’s Lexington, VA, Keuring on October 1. Sjaantje’s 81.5 IBOP score was the highest driving score among all the KFPS North American keuring sites and set 114 EQUINE


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the stage for later that day, as she earned an in-hand first premium rating and was then awarded the coveted “Kroon” or “Crown” title. The Crown predicate is a title to which exterior and sport-aptitude requirements apply and may be given to mares that were awarded an inspection first premium. The requirements for consideration for the preliminary Crown predicate are a minimum age of three years old, and for permanent Crown status the mare must complete an IBOP test with a minimum score of 77.0 points and an average of 7 for walk and trot, and have a minimum height of 1.58m/15.2 hands.

NATURAL BEAUTY The Granite State Carriage Association’s (GSCA) spectacular drive through the towns of Shelburne and Charlotte, VT, in late September featured gorgeous weather with lovely views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains of New York in the distance. Carriages drawn by driving horses trotted along, offering nature at her best during an equine social occasion. Despite being a mid-week drive, it drew people and horses

from near and far. Four of the turnouts made the trek up the Hudson Valley from eastern New York State. Rick Vanderploeg not only managed everything at Shelburne Farms but also put together, for the second year, a bonus drive in nearby Charlotte. The atmosphere of the four days was best captured in Boo Martin’s comments: “The drive at Shelburne Farms, including the special day driving in Charlotte, VT, make the word ‘magnificent’ come to life. With the backdrop of the majestic mountains, the glorious lake, the foliage, the pristine grounds of the farm and terrific driving folk, the time was simply unbeatable. GSCA President Connie and husband Rick led the way with safety, common sense, a beautifully trained pair and a solid, lovely vehicle…It was the highlight of my driving year!”

KEEPING BUSY The Northampton Driving Society, Inc. (NDS), out of western New York, had a great year. They started out in January with their annual dinner and auction, providing a winter outing for carriage friends to get together and socialize. In February there

PERFECT 10 Congratulations are in order for four-in-hand combined driver Chester Weber, who made American four-in-hand driving history at the Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Event (CDE), October 4-6, at Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park. Team Weber set a new milestone for the sport by winning an unprecedented 10th national championship.


[LEFT] John Fryer holding his copy of Equine Journal. [RIGHT] Gail Aumiller is all smiles as her Friesian mare, Sjaantje Sport, wears her KFPS/FHANA first premium ribbon and Crown Mare neck sash after their class at the inspection in Lexington, VA, on October 1.

was an outing to Kelkenberg Farm of Clarence, NY, and March welcomed Lynne Belluscio of the Jell-O Museum in Le Roy, NY, to talk to the group. For their April meeting, past NDS president Ted Jenney of Kateland Farm Miniature Horses of Holley, NY, came to talk, while May brought a visit to Davis Trailer World in York, NY. The club’s 27th Annual Horse & Carriage Competition was held Sunday, June 2 at Northampton Park in Spencerport, NY. Also in June, NDS partnered with the Pittsford Carriage Association to hold a clinic with Muffy Seaton from Williston, SC. Over the summer there was a delightful presentation by world-renowned carriage driver Gloria Austin. David Saunders came and talked to the group in September. David was formerly head coachman to The Duke of Edinburgh, Royal Mews, Windsor Castle, England. He shared many stories from his time as a coachman. Kateland Farm hosted the club’s annual Fun Day in September, which featured cones courses to participate in and a poker run through the trails. The farm also offered lessons with their Miniature horses for new drivers. Those that drove had a great time and all enjoyed a potluck lunch and great company. The club looks forward to its annual dinner in January 2014 and having another successful year.

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[LEFT] Nancy Dimick took first place with her Preliminary Pony, Randallane Narnia. [RIGHT] Glenn Van Oort and his granddaughter, Sarah Cerone, as navigator, driving St. Gertrude.

Saratoga Driving Assoc. Holds Annual Driving Trial SUBMITTED BY CAROL FRANK


DURING THE FIRST WEEKEND IN October, the Saratoga Driving Association (SDA) held its annual horse driving trial (HDT) at Akers Acres in Valatie, NY. The HDT has been the traditional end to the competition season for many drivers in the region, and this year we were blessed with a record number of entries from New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. All of the divisions, from Very Small Equine (VSE) to Multiples, were well-filled. Due to a bit of creative scheduling on the part of organizer Jeff Morse and the can-do attitude of our wonderful competitors, we were able to accommodate a whopping 30 turnouts this year. The weekend began with the competitors’ briefing and introduction of the officials. Anne Council of Pennsylvania was president of the jury, and Erika Matulich was technical delegate. Erika was unknown to us; although highly recommended, we didn’t know what to expect when this dynamo flew in from Florida. She was great, made friends with everybody, and has been invited back for next year—we loved her. She was well worth the airfare. Marc Johnson once again demonstrated the importance of great course design. He made the obstacles challenging, but fun to drive for all levels. Due to the lack of frost this year, we were unable to use the cornfield across the street, which added 3 kilometers to the course. After initial panic, we rethought the layout in the course, and

Marc made significant changes to the route. This resulted in more traffic in the area where spectators and other drivers could see each other, but have plenty of room to not cause any interference. So as one left Silva’s field you could see the next competitor entering and know how far behind you they were coming. On open stretches you could see one competitor at the start, another finishing the final obstacle, one entering the first, and one leaving the last. It was wide open with plenty of space to pass, but exciting to see other horses and drivers underway. Barbara Akers did a fabulous job laying out and marking the course through the woods. It was exhilarating to drive, with great drainage despite the intermittent showers, and absolutely the loveliest driving course. At 4:00 p.m., six very helpful entrants

cut short their course walks to drive their dressage tests one day early. This allowed the show to accommodate the large number of competitors, give the officials a break, and ensure enough time to brief and transport the volunteers to their stations for the marathon portion on Sunday. After the course walks and early dressage tests were completed, everyone gathered in the barn area for another annual SDA HDT tradition: the potluck dinner. After a week of perfect warm weather, there was rain on Saturday and Sunday. Luckily, the heaviest rain did not last long, although the sky was overcast all day. The footing remained firm, with only a few muddy spots in the woods, and by the start of the marathon at 1:00 p.m., we put away our rain gear. After all 30 competitors returned safely from the marathon and all equines were cooled out and rubbed down, everyone returned to the barn area for some hot food and beverages while the final results were tabulated. Ribbons and awards were soon passed

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Western Reserve Carriage Association Has Large Turnout for National Drive SUBMITTED BY MARY THOMAS

PERFECT WEATHER GREETED Western Reserve Carriage Association (WRCA) members attending The National Drive on October 8-13 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Six days of driving-related activities included a trace pace, Carriage Dog class, daily seminars, and the Mimosa Drive to a lovely mansion. WRCA member Stacey Giere was one of the featured clinicians offering hourlong programs and private lessons. Each day, newly marked trails were available along with two new cones courses. After morning coffee, doughnuts, fruit, and yogurt were provided by Driving Digest, drivers could follow the outlined paths or strike out on their own routes. Nearly all 1,200-plus acres of the park were open for driving. Part of the fun was the opportunity to shop in the vendor areas, which included WRCA member Jacob Bowman displaying Bowman Leather harness and bits. Bob Franks was busy at his booth, showing and selling his Foxlane Mini and pony carts. Pics Of You photographers were on hand to capture memorable shots of drivers and their equines. Each day ended with a party in the big tent, allowing participants

to network, share experiences, and socialize. The only bad part of the National Drive is that it is over too soon, and it is a long time until October 7-12, 2014, which will mark the tenth consecutive National Drive. Congratulations are in order for longtime WRCA member Donna Crookston and her Morgan RG Cowboy’s Black Cadillac. The pair earned the USEF Reserve National Singles Championship during the Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Event, October 3-6 at the Kentucky Horse Park. At the same show, Bev Patrick garnered second place in Preliminary Pair Horses, Nancy Roemer took third place in Preliminary Pair Ponies, and Stacey Giere finished third in the Intermediate Single Horse division. For their annual Coonhunters Drive along the historic Sandusky River near Tiffin, OH, on September 26, Susan

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volunteers, or competitors and get everyone back on the road before it was too late. Jeff sent out a request in advance to competitors to see if they would drive their dressage test on Saturday. Surprisingly many folks stepped up and as a result, we are exploring the option of more dressage on Saturday for those interested. Stabling at Akers Acres is always limited. Although we have found other sites in the area to accommodate out of town guests, we decided to explore temporary stabling in the future. Jeff sent a questionnaire to this year’s competitors to see if some proposed changes would work for them in increasing the number. Would VSEs like a 30 x 60-meter dressage ring? Is there interest in an Intermediate division? This event is at a central point where

out and most people were on their way home before dark. Many, many thanks go to Jeff Morse and Barbara Akers for all their hard work before, during, and after the show to ensure a smoothly run, first-class event. Thanks to Chris Akers for the annual use of his farm and beautiful forest trails, and thanks to our awesome group of volunteers, without whom this driving trial would not be possible.

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RESULTS BY DIVISION: TRAINING VSE: Black Knight, Linda Peterson. Single Pony: Winterlake Portia, Lorraine Potter. Singe Horse: Sidehill Ranger, Sabrina Cameron. Multiples: Cruiser/Thunder’s Elaine, Sue Brennan. PRELIMINARY VSE: Samson’s Moonshadow - Elizabeth Rieselman. Single Pony: Randallane Narnia - Nancy Dimick. Single Horse: George, Sarah Bates. Multiples: Bodacious/Mordiky 3 Finger Brown, Peter Bravmann.

the New York State Thruway and Mass Pike cross. Our intention is to grow a little and continue to have a well-run event that is easily accessible for many drivers. We have grown over the years with the support of American Driving Society officials and the SDA Board and officers and hope that everyone will put October 5, 2014 on their calendar.


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and Roger Murray ordered an absolutely gorgeous day. Joining WRCA for a sumptuous potluck lunch and the drive were members from the Black Swamp Driving Club. Nine turnouts set off on either the 4.5-mile or 6.5-mile route. As in the past, the Murrays’ good friend, Frank Bugner, arrived in yet another of his “horseless” antique cars to the delight of members and guests. Quickly approaching is the annual Holiday Dinner slated for December 8 at the Oaks Lakeside Restaurant in Chippewa Lake, OH. Although this is an auction year, the auction will be held in January at Fieldstone Farm in Chagrin Falls, OH. Members should be looking for the perfect item that will have bidders wildly competing and spending money for exceptional offerings. This is the main fundraising opportunity for our club, so that we can continue to have educational offerings for our members and future drivers as well as continually support safe driving.

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Southern New England Carriage Driving Assoc. American Scurry Challenge a Success Despite Dreary Weather THE THREAT OF RAIN DIDN’T KEEP nine competitors from coming out for the Southern New England Carriage Driving Association (SNECDA) American Scurry Challenge on September 22 in Weston, MA. After only an hour of showers, we ended up having a gorgeous, sunny fall day. Drivers competed in a variety of cones courses, including the new Pick Your Own Route course and our longtime favorite, the Marathon Course. Many of the Gambler’s Choice obstacles were changed from last year, giving our repeat competitors new challenges. Overall Champion in the Horse/ Pony division was Henry Tarryk and his wonderful Morgan Horse, King. The Very Small Equine (VSE) Champion was Rhea Brown with Kandy for the second year in a row. Reserve Champion Horse/ Pony went to Dottie Bisson and her pony, Jake; and the VSE Reserve was Cindy Baehr and Farthing. We had many first-time Scurry competitors this year, including Heidi Sardina, Lorna Palmer, and Debbie Chieppa. We welcome them and hope to see them again next year. Many thanks to our volunteers: Carlene Crummett, Emily Pesek, Lisa Terrell,

and Ginny Halfpenny. Their experience and hard work always makes for a well-run event. Our luck with the weather held out for the SNEDCA Pleasure Driving Show, held on October 13, at Celtic Cross Farm in Dudley, MA. It was a cool, cloudy day, perfect for the 26 entries competing in six divisions, the largest being the Novice Horse. John Bennett driving Thorn Hill

Koochibar, a Gypsy Vanner, took the championship ribbon in the Novice Horse division with Mary Washburn as reserve champion. She was driving her Suffolk Punch/Percheron cross, Amber Bambi. Tracy Higgins driving Over Der was Novice Pony Champion and Leona Anastasi driving Kosmopoltian earned reserve. Robin Groves was the Open Horse Champion driving Thor’s Toy Truck, with reserve going to Wilson Groves and Derawanda Ricardo. Open Pony Champion was Glenn VanOort, driving Saint Gertrude. The Multiple Championship went to Janice Meszoely and her Haflingers, Cassandra Rose and Oliver Sudden. Reserve went to Adrienne

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Scenes from the SNECDA Carriage Days Pleasure Driving Show. December 2013

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Colonial Carriage g and Driving Society

New England Region/ Carriage Association of America

To Celebrate 25th Anniversary in 2014 SUBMITTED BY LAURIE DANAHER

COLONIAL CARRIAGE AND DRIVING Society (CCDS) members enjoyed a long and lovely fall, beginning with the 22nd Annual Lenox Tub Parade held on September 21, 2013. Though the forecast did not appear promising, Mother Nature did not rain on our parade. Eighteen entries decorated with flowers and fall bounty circled downtown Lenox, MA, with equines varying in stature from single Miniatures pulling two-wheeled carts to the stately four in-hand team of warmbloods pulling an antique park drag. The beautiful grounds of Shakespeare and Company was the site for refreshments and a demonstration of timed cones following the parade, during which club members were happy to answer questions of the curious spectators. Cones and Scones took place October 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. this year. As always, it was an appreciated opportunity for members to gather informally at Orleton Farm to practice cones courses in the show ring, as well as enjoy the lovely driving roads of the farm. The ambitious also had the chance to drive the obstacles set along the course. Cider and scones were enjoyed in the Coach Barn. Everyone loves a sleigh rally! Perhaps Mother Nature will continue to smile upon us and provide us with

Southern New England continued from page 117 St. Cyr with Flor and Jester. In our VSE division, Joan McMahon was the winner driving Woodson’s Lady Raven; followed by Pat Musser driving her pair, Ink and Smudge. I want to thank all of the wonderful volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the day. We couldn’t have run the show without your help. Thanks also go to our sponsors for their generous support. Putting on a show is an expensive 118 EQUINE


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just enough of a blanket of snow this year: visit our website at colonialcarriage.org for the forecast. Please remember that membership renewals are due by January 1, 2014. New members are always welcome— join us at our Holiday Open House December 8, 2013 for current and prospective members. Annual dues are $25, $16 for current members of the Saratoga Driving Association. CCDS members should take note that an extra $16 gets you membership with Saratoga Driving Association. Applications for membership can be found on our website and sent to Kay Konove at P.O. Box 1593, Stockbridge, MA 01262. Member perks include participation in the Summer Fun Day, Cones and Scones, clinics, and the Tub Parade. The New Year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Colonial Carriage and Driving Society. Many special events will be planned throughout the year, including the Annual Meeting and Banquet to be held January 25, 2014 at the Lenox Club, the Spring Seminar on April 12, 2014, the Orleton Farm Combined Test and Pleasure Driving Show June 13 through June 15, 2014, and the 23rd Annual Lenox Tub Parade, which will be on September 13, 2014. Be sure to visit our website for more details.

undertaking and your support makes it possible. The Green Valley 4-H Club did a great job feeding everyone. Your cheeseburgers were the best! In other club news, we will be having a SNECDA meeting at Janice Meszoely’s house, on January 4 at 6:00 p.m., with a potluck and Dutch auction following the meeting. This is an important meeting where we will be voting on officers. Please save the date and plan to attend. It is always a good time!

Anticipates Upcoming Annual Meeting and Learning Weekend SUBMITTED BY CAROL VAN SCHAIK

THE NEW ENGLAND REGION/CARRIAGE Association of America has scheduled its annual meeting and learning weekend for Friday through Sunday, January 31 – February 2, 2014 in Shelburne, VT. There will be a choice of activities for Friday: A bus tour to Paul Bienvenu’s very large collection of carriages and sleighs in Bromont, Quebec, or a tour of the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge, VT, and a visit to the Morgan Horse Museum in Middlebury, VT. Attendees who tour the Bienvenu collection will have the opportunity to visit the Morgan Horse Farm and Museum on Sunday afternoon. It is essential that all people who enroll for the Bromont trip bring a current U.S. passport. On Saturday morning, there will be three speakers followed by lunch. In the afternoon, there will be guided tours of the Shelburne Farm Coach House, Breeding Barn, and The Brick House. The Brick House was the home of Electra Havemeyer Webb, the founder of the Shelburne Museum. Webb was an avid collector of American Folk Art and her house is a treasure trove of her collections. Following the tours, we will return to our host hotel, the Comfort Suites, and prepare for the evening: A social hour combined with a silent auction, dinner, and a short talk by Paul Bienvenu on aspects of his collection. On Sunday morning, we will visit the Shelburne Museum Round Barn to view some representative horse-drawn vehicles guided by Ken Wheeling. We will return to the hotel to hear a speaker on carriage conservation from the Shelburne Museum. Lunch will be served, followed by a short members’ meeting. There will be another opportunity to visit Weybridge and Middlebury or the Museum Shop. For additional information or a registration form, please call Carol van Schaik, program chair, at 802-226-7364.

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Western news w works together to help those that aare fighting a major battle.

YAY FOR YATES! Y K Kelly Yates, a resident of Pueblo, CO, and World Champion Barrel C Racer, and her horses Fiesta Del R Rey and Fiestas Cash, finished R sseventh and eighth, respectively, iin The American qualifying races held October 11-13, 2013 in the h LLincoln Nebraska Barrel Bash, one of five of The American o Rodeo qualifying events sancR ttioned by Better Barrel Racers.


THE NATIONAL REINING HORSE ASSOCIATION (NRHA) and Corporate Partner Downunder Horsemanship is excited to announce that Clinton Anderson will be presenting his Colt Starting Demonstration at the 2013 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship in Oklahoma City, OK, on Saturday, December 7, 2013.




Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) is proud to announce Breed Alliance Partnerships with the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) and United States Lipizzan Federation (USLF). Whether western dressage is the ultimate discipline of choice or a training tool on the road to other western riding pursuits, the WDAA is excited for the educational and competitive opportunities that will exist for members of these associations to explore additional chances to learn, grow, and train to the maximum benefit of the horse and rider partnership.

Congratulations to Jessica and Kyle Fielder of Berwyn, PA, on the birth of their son Colin on October 14, 2013. We hear that their daughter Hayley couldn’t be more excited to be a big sister!

THE NUMBERS ARE IN The Tough Enough To Wear Pink Horse Show (TETWP) thanks everyone who came out to support the event. Because of everyone’s generosity, TETWP will be presenting $65,000 to The Stefanie Spielman Patient Assistance Fund! Next year’s event, September 19-21 2014, will be even more fun as everyone

O condolences go out to the Our ffriends and family of Ashley Marie Huntington. Ashley, a M 20-year-old American Paint 2 Horse Association (APHA) H member, passed away on m Monday, October 14, 2013. M Alongside her family, Ashley A was active in the Paint Horse w ccommunity with a long list of admirable accomplishments to her name. All who crossed her path will forever remember her kindness, love, and compassion toward others and the American Paint Horse. The Green Country Paint Horse Club has begun a Memorial Scholarship Endowment in her honor.

DON’S DISPERSAL Competitive bidding and strong prices for well-bred two-year-olds and yearlings were hallmarks of Don Horton’s Strawn Valley Ranch Dispersal on September 25, in Weatherford, TX. Produced by Western Bloodstock LTD, the sale featured offspring of The Smart Look, the number one leading, living producer of National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) money earners, including 17 sons and daughters of her sons and daughters. The dispersal grossed $1,085,200 on 40 lots, with an

average of $27,130. The top five sellers averaged $94,800 and included one two-year-old; one yearling; and one four-year-old show horse.

LONE STAR STARS The tie-down event packed The Lone Star Arena in Stephenville, TX, with standing room only. The first place finisher, 16-year-old Westyn Hughes, had an average time of 28.63 seconds and won $3,692.71 combined for average and fastest times. Other top finishers include: Trevor Thiel (29.44) who won $3,006.88 in all, Marty Yates (30.03) who won $2,146.16, Scott Meeks (30.23) who won $1,325.63, Blane Cox (30.28) who won $1,451.88, Adam Gray (30.32), Ace Sloan (30.47), Ricky Canton (31.01), Hunter Herrin (31.23), and Will Howell (31.42). Paige Conrado was the top qualifier in barrel racing, winning $2,137.50, in the D.R. Horton Classic held in Loveland, CO, with a time of 16.035 seconds. However, 14-year-old Sydney Surin is a competitor to watch as well, finishing ninth with a time of 16.409 seconds. Competitors’ ages ranged from 14-45. Other barrel racing qualifiers include: Toni Hardin (16.288) winning $1,781.25, Ronnie Will (16.304) winning $1,425, Shali Lord (16.325) winning $1,068.75, Kelly Koeppen (16.341) winning $712.50, Shelly Anzick (16.353), Christine Laughlin (16.365), Becki Mask (16.366), and Gretchen Benbenek (16.425).

WEDDING BELLS Congratulations to Caitlyn Wilkinson and David Leblanc of Lewiston, ME, who tied the knot on October 5, 2013! The leaves were at their peak and it was a truly beautiful wedding!

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CMSA Northeast Regional Championship Crowns Overall Winners ARTICLE BY DINA BARATTA, PHOTOS BY JEANNE LEWIS IMAGES

THE COWBOY MOUNTED SHOOTING Association (CMSA) Northeast Regional Championship was hosted by the Northeast Six Shooters on September 28-29 at the Meadbrook Equestrian Center

in Jaffrey, NH. Cowboy mounted shooting competitors traveled from Tennessee, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire to see who would be the 2013

Overall Northeast Champion. It was a beautiful fall weekend at the Meadbrook Equestrian Center. We started the competition off with a flag ceremony representing the states competitors traveled from. Grace Brogan held the United States of America flag as Cara Peters sang the National Anthem beautifully. After this ceremony the competition was in full swing. There were four courses to run that day followed by two courses on Sunday to determine the champions. The compe-

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[LEFT] Allison Forsyth, on KC, won Overall Cowgirl. [RIGHT] Wendy Gibbons, on Woody, won Reserve Overall Cowgirl.

Western News LOSING LIDESTER Jack B. Lidester, age 80, a well-known horseman from Wingate, IN, died Saturday, October 5, 2013. His passion was horses and he was involved in NRHA open events from coast-to-coast and internationally. He was an accomplished competitor, judge, and horse trainer. Jack bred, raised, trained, and showed many different breeds of horses successfully in reining, cutting, western pleasure, working cow horse, and other disciplines. Jack officiated at the American Livestock Show, NRHA Reining Classic, Canadian Pleasure futurities, as well as the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Jack was a tough instructor, but he made winners out of his many students over the years. 120 EQUINE


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The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales results are in! Congratulations to the 2013 Sale Incentive Winners: Camilla The Cat, shown by Jake Telford for owner Newt White, won the $19,600 Two-Year-Old Incentive check. The Futurity Open Champion, Time For The Diamond, shown by Nick Dowers for his family’s Triple D Ranches, won the $10,500 Judson College Western Team members (front row, L-R) Caitlin Autrey, Yearling Incentive. And Brianne Culp, Rylee Parnell; (back row, L-R) Shelby Crews, Mary Kilpatrick, the Futurity Non Pro Cristina Duke, Jana Davenport, Lindsay Tubbs, and Taylor Chambers. Champion, SDP Got Fancy Genes, shown by Tammy Jo Hays, banked the $8,400 2013-2014 show season. AL; senior Christina Duke of Non Pro Two-Year-Old Incentive Returning members of the Vestavia, AL; sophomore Mary western team include sophomoney. Kilpatrick of Dothan, AL; and more Caitlin Autrey of Selma, junior Rylee Parnell of Tibbie, AL. AL; senior Shelby Crews of MAKING THE CUT Taylor Chambers of Hanceville, Greenville, AL; junior Brianne The Judson College Equestrian AL, and Lindsay Tubbs of Brent, Team has announced its new Culp of Bruinswick, OH; senior AL, both freshmen, are new to slate of team members for the Jana Davenport of Jemison, the team this year.



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CSA Northeast Regional Championship Hosted by the Connecticut Renegades SUBMITTED BY ALLISON FORSYTH, PHOTOS BY JEANNE LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY

THE CONNECTICUT RENEGADES Cowboy Mounted Shooting club held their first Cowboy Sports Association (CSA) Northeast Regional Championship on October 5-6. The event included several shooting stages, a Halloween Costume Contest, and a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of one of our members. The Connecticut Renegades awarded a buckle and gun rig to the Overall Cowboy, Bill Riel of Mechanicville, NY, on Blue. Paige Whitt of Norfolk, MA, on Jammer, took the Overall Cowgirl spot, gaining her own buckle and gun rig. Each full class winner also took home a buckle, including Limited division: Bill Riel and Blue; Amateur division: Sherrie van Tassel and Trigger; Novice division: Rich Onorato and Zip; and Apprentice:

CMSA Northeast Regional continued from page 120 tition did not disappoint. Spectators cheered as each competitor completed their course, urging them to run faster and shoot clean. By the end of the first day there was a true race for the championship with no clear-cut front-runner. On Saturday night there was a dinner by caterer Pamela Royce of Jaffrey, NH, followed by line and square dancing. There was also a surprise visit by a Friesian horse and rider dressed in a beautiful costume, dancing to “Cotton-Eyed Joe.” On Sunday, spectators came to cheer participants on again. The sun was shining and country music was playing as the competitors did their best to win. Rob Baratta and Tango

[ABOVE] Sher van Tassel, of Great Barrington, MA, won her Amateur division with Trigger. [LEFT] Abby Jenner, of New Hartford, CT, and Pippi won the Apprentice division and the Halloween Costume Contest.

Abby Jenner and Pippi. The main matches were followed by two stages of rifle. Shooters are required to shoot five targets with their pistol, and then five with their rifle. Roger Dinsmore and Booger of Granby,

CT, and Paige Whitt ran hard and fast, but Roger took the lead with his two clean runs. The Renegades finished up a great day with a catered barbecue dinner,

of Londonderry, NH, captured the top spot, beating all other competitors by eight seconds! Allison Forsyth and KC of Granby, CT, captured the Overall Cowgirl title. Rob and Allison were each awarded a Montana Silversmiths custom buckle and over $400 in cash for their wins. Shad Smith and Lacey of Mason, NH, were Reserve Cowboy and Wendy Gibbons and Woody of Massachusetts were Reserve Cowgirl; each took home over $200 in cash. Other class winners who took home cash prizes and a custom Montana

Silversmiths buckle included: Cara Peters, Sabrina Fecteau, Ken Forcier, Coltin Omasta, and Allison Forsyth. This was an outstanding weekend hosted by the Northeast Six Shooters. Thanks go to all the people who helped organize this event and all of the competitors who traveled to compete. Visit masixshooters.com for more information and keep checking the website for spring cowboy mounted shooting clinics and get started in this fastest growing equine sport.

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CSA Northeast Regional continued from page 121 bonfire, and music. Campers woke to the pounding of rain on Sunday morning, but there were some die-hard cowboys and cowgirls who

ran two Jackpot stages in the rain. Roger and Sherrie took the wins in that event. And if that wasn’t hard enough, the Shotgun riders still competed as well. Kowboy Ken and Red of Oxford, CT, beat out Joan Davis and Cherokee of West Granby, CT, taking the win for the Shotgun class. The overall winner of the Halloween Costume Contest was the Apprentice class leader, Abby Jenner and Pippi of New Hartford, CT. Their poodle costume was very creative and fun to admire. « “Kowboy” Ken Forcier of Oxford, CT, won the Shotgun stage on Red.



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[LEFT] Left to right: Chris and Joanne Podles and Bill and Agnita Knott at the Mt. Jefferson Conservation Area Ride. [RIGHT] Left to right: Ann Sellew, Leah Kennedy, Pattie Letourneau, and Meghan Letourneau at the Tornado Alley Ride in Brimfield, MA.

Bay y State Trail Riders Association Members Enjoy New Rides SUBMITTED BY LISA GRIGAITIS

FALL IS MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR and I am always amazed at how fast it goes by—it seems like I blink my eye and it’s over. We had some great new rides added to our calendar this year, which is always very exciting. I had the pleasure of riding at Mount Jefferson Conservation Area in Hubbardston, MA. What a great trail system with nice footing and permanently marked trails. It’s unfortunate that we had a rainy day for this ride, but all but three riders showed up to enjoy these lovely trails. Thank you to Jassy and Tom Bratko for hosting this ride.

The Gates family owned the conservation area and Horatio Gates was born and raised on this property. Gates was a great thinker; he invented things when he was quite young, eventually including the economical machine that puts labels on bottles. The home had three floors and nine rooms. They raised 100 head of cattle, 300 pigs, hens, and chickens…and a Collie dog named Prince. It has been quite a few years since we have been able to hold the annual pleasure ride with the Scantic Valley Riders in the Brimfield State Forest. This year’s ride was titled the Tornado Alley Ride. There has been a lot of work done in

this forest to open the trails back up for recreational use. There is not a lot of good that comes out of a tornado, but if you need to find something positive to say about it, it did open up some land to give us a beautiful view of the mountains, which you were never able to see before…the mountains were just beautiful and the sun was hitting this one mountain valley just right as we were overlooking it. It makes you realize how beautiful and lucky we are to have these trails to ride. It is always fun to share the trails with the members of Scantic Valley. They do a wonderful job marking the trails and they always provide us with a delicious meal afterwards. Please save the date for our Annual General Meeting and Awards Banquet on February 1, 2014. It will be an exciting night as we will be drawing the raffle tickets for the BSTRA 40th Anniversary Raffle. Please contact Lynn Paresky at 508-476-7094 or lynnparesky@aol.com if you would like to purchase tickets.



Vermont Equine q Ridingg and Driving Association Holds 30-Mile Ride and Drive SUBMITTED BY ANNE TRACY

A FAMILIAR PAIR EARNED GRAND Champion honors in the fall Vermont Equine Riding and Driving Association

(VERDA) 30-Mile Ride and Drive, starting and ending at Rojeks’ Smoke Rise Farm in South Woodstock, VT,

September 21. Rhonda Batchelder and her 20-year-old Morgan gelding, Ashmoro Billy Alan, trotting steadily along and alone, second in the field of 24, showed the same competitive élan that put them in a three-way tie for Sweepstakes Grand Champion in 200l and earned them Grand Champion of the 2010 60-Mile at Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA). Lameness nearly put an end to his competitive trail career, but after a year off, “Levi”

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[TOP] Robin Groves and UVM Worthy took first in the 30-mile drive. [ABOVE] Wendy Bejarano on Bie-Kin and Gail Monte on Shadow Dancer at the VERDA 30-mile ride. [RIGHT] Deb Fisk on Nick of Tyme at the VERDA 30-mile ride.

through sixth. There were four drive entries. To no one’s surprise, Robin Groves was Grand Champion with UVM Worthy, her 22-year-old Morgan gelding, with Clark Tharrett and his Morgan gelding, Toplands Gorgeous Royale, in reserve. Wilson Groves was next with Beta B Lady Santana. The drivers started out ahead of the riders of the 30-mile with a few detours off the mapped route to accommodate wheeled vehicles, and mingled with the 30-milers on the second loop. It must have taken a lot of courage for Christina Phillips to get back in the saddle after she and fellow rider

Ann-Marie Savino were struck by a car and badly injured earlier this year, but not only is she back riding, she placed first in the l5-mile section of the VERDA ride on a Shagya mare, Bromley SHG, seconded by Hallie Goetz on another Shagya mare, Neddora SHG. Sarah MacDonald on Dioner was third. There were 10 entries in the l5-mile ride and 24 in the 30-mile ride.


came back and hasn’t looked back. Levi is very competitive and Rhonda tries to start out near the front so he won’t be trying to catch up to other horses the entire ride. They’ve done a lot of rides but he still looks fresh and eager. The route went through the woods via Cady Brook Trail toward GMHA and left over the top of Morgan Hill and onto Rush Meadow Road before turning back to Smoke Rise for the mid-ride halt; then starting out toward Sheddsville along Rush Meadow and turning onto an old trail connecting with scenic Bible Hill Road, turning onto Cow Shed, then Silver Hill, and back to Smoke Rise. On the first loop, the 30- and l5-milers traveled almost an hour apart on the same roads and trails, while the 30-milers were alone on the second afternoon loop. A dreary weather forecast turned into a perfect fall day with only a few sprinkles during the judging after the ride. Walter Bradeen managed his first event with his wife Alice, who also rode, as secretary. Regulars Dr. Joan Hiltz and Linda Glock were judges. Local veterinarian Heather Hoyns on her grey Anglo-Arabian mare, Wileaway Farah’s Comet, were judged reserve champions. Heather and her grey Arabian, Zainal, have been placing well in spring and summer rides this season, now it’s the mare’s turn to score. Asked how she managed to keep two horses competitively fit, Heather laughed and said she rides one and ponies one, but added she also campaigns Just Bill as well. Farah’s Comet does mostly endurance. The mare is a tomboy who resides harmoniously with five geldings. She and Heather travel the roads and trails in early morning and after dark, before and after her day job as a veterinarian. Heather said, “I’m going to do this until they pry the reins out of my hands at about age 86!” Connie Walker and her l6-year-old Anglo-Arabian stallion Otis—who events as well as does competitive rides—was next placed, accompanied by top Junior, l3-year-old Sydney Meeker, on Connie’s Anglo-Arabian mare, Hermione Granger. Deb Fisk and her l7-year-old grey Arabian Nick of Tyme next, then Wendy Bejarano on Bie-Kin shepherding the other Junior, Gail Morse, on Shadow Dancer. Monica McKenna on her Morgan, Cathy Demick on her Appaloosa/Arabian cross, and Alice Bradeen on her Morgan were fourth

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Ohio Arabian and AllWest Breed Trail Riding Society Greenwich Presents Results from Oak Openings Horseman’s Association SUBMITTED BY MICKIE NEWMAN

IT’S BEEN A BUSY MONTH SINCE I last wrote; and a bit of a wet one, unfortunately, at least as far as rides go. At Cracked OAATS (Ohio Arabian and All-Breed Trail Riding Society) Crunch it rained from about 2:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday (though it was gorgeous the rest of the time). At Oak Openings on Saturday, October 5 it rained off and on all weekend, including a cell that parked over the campground overnight Friday into Saturday. We managed to have fun anyway—we always do—but it was definitely a bit soggy. I do remember Shannon Loomis offering Maureen $100 to call her horse lame after the first loop, however; even Oak Openings was muddy after that much rain! Unfortunately for Shannon, Maureen just laughed so she had to finish the ride. For some reason I haven’t managed to remember to get the results for Crunch yet (hopefully we will get them up on the website at some point), but I do have the results from Oak Openings. It’s sadly the last year for that ride. We unfortunately had one pull for it, which was junior rider, Thomas Shipley. A note from Cathy McClure: The Van Wert County Ohio Horseman’s Council (OHC) would like to take this time to thank everyone for coming to the ride throughout the years. The ride has

Announces Hunter Pace Year-End Award Winners SUBMITTED BY TAMMY LAMPHERE

Celeste Phares and Teddy.

been going on for 36 years. This was our last ride that the OHC group will put on. We’ve had lots of fun doing the ride. Good luck to all of the riders as they go to the other rides. We’ll miss seeing all of you. -Van Wert County OHC Cathy McClure; Bob Evans; Rachael, Kelly, Bryon, Dani, and Sydney Hofmann; Shelly Evans; Gayle Noggle; and Kay Sluterbeck. That’s it for this month. Here’s hoping for a good winter for riding, and happy holidays!


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25-MILE Grand Champion: Theresa Hager. Reserve Champion: Lorelei Heineman.

50-MILE ELEVATOR Grand Champion: Alex Uspenski. Reserve Champion: Mollie Krumlaw Smith.

Lightweight Division 1. Lorelei Heineman.

Light Weight Division 1. Teresa Searcy.

Middleweight Division 1. Theresa Hager; 2. Rachel Collins; 3. Kim Andrea; 4. Shannon Loomis.

Middle Weight Division 1. Denise Tudor Hayes.

Heavy Weight Division 1. Denise Connelly; 2. Janet Kirkpatrick.


Junior Division 1. Mackenzie Carper. Best Arabian: Denise Connelly. Best Part Arabian: Kim Andrea. Best of the Rest: Theresa Hager.

Heavy Weight Division 1. Alex Uspenski; 2. Mollie Krumlaw Smith. Junior Division Kay Rothermund. Best Arabian: Mollie Krumlaw Smith. Best Part Arabian: Teresa Searcy. Best of the Rest: Alex Uspenski. Miles Only: Patty DeMott; Becky McCarty.

Recreational Riders Carolyn Sullivan; Celeste Phares; Molly Eastwood.

THIS SEASON IS FLYING by and we have been gifted with some incredible riding weather. West Greenwich Horseman’s Association (WGHA) still has a few events planned; we will have random soup rides throughout the winter months, but they are usually posted just a few days before the ride due to weather restrictions. Please check in on our website, orgsites/ri/wgha, to get the latest infomation. Sandy Andrews, our club secretary, writes: Once again, Ida put on a great Fall Fest! There were lots of dishes to try. There were so many people we were running out of food—I think this might be a first! We had the contest for Best Entrée, Best Side Dish, Best Vegetarian Dish, and Best Dessert. Congratulations to our winners: Marilyn Graf won Best Entrée with her barbecue chicken ribs; Linda Krul won Best Side Dish with her broccoli salad; Tammy Lamphere won Best Vegetarian Dish with her macaroni and cheese; and

Novice Ride 1. Lorelei Heineman.

HUNTER PACE YEAR-END RESULTS Hunter division 1. Linda Krul/Celeste Santos-Rivera; 2. Phyllis Alexander/Cathy Mestimaker-Harris; 3. Jim Hallam; 4T. Mary Palumbo; 4T. Loree Osowski. Hilltopper division 1. Karen Unsworth; 2. Denise Anthony/Marcia Stewart; 3. Tammy Lamphere. Trailblazer division 1. Meredith Johnson; 2. Melissa Winsor; 3T. Jane Samuels; 3T. Jaclyn Snow. Junior division 1. Mackenzie Coffey/Alexandra Coffey; 2. Amanda Osowski; 3. Riane Anderson.

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Meghan Andrews.

Photos: (left) Sandy Andrews; (right) David Porter Photography

I won Best Dessert with an apple caramel cheesecake. For our carved pumpkin/vegetable contest Linda Krul won with her haunted pumpkin, second was Caroline, and third was Celeste Boucher. There were lots of raffle prizes that were won, as well as plenty of door prizes. The big draw of the night was the Hunter Pace Year-End Awards. There were a few surprises this year! On September 13, 2013, WGHA held its annual

Charlie’s Fun Show. I did not get to go this year but everyone had a great time. Included with the fun show was a trail ride of 6/12/18 miles that counted toward WGHA and New England Horse and Trail miles. The show had a great list of fun classes!

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Morgan news « Compass Rose had a great start to her promising show career at the New York Regional Morgan Show.


MENOMIN MADE TO ANSWER ACCEPTING HER western dressage awards at the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show.


SPORT HORSE IN THE MAKING Stilwell Caisson, a Morgan yearling colt owned and bred by ALB Morgans and Andy Brown of Stilwell, KS, showed

he possesses the temperament, type, and quality to be competitive among the elite warmbloods entered in the Yearling division at Dressage at Devon. He placed in the

t ten of a very competitive, top large group of warmbloods in his first trip off the farm. Caisson is under the watchful C eeye of trainer Suzy Stafford and residing in Coatesville, PA. “I met Andy and was introduced to his ALB Morgan d breeding program a year ago. He inquired about my services and wanted to breed and develop international caliber Morgans for the dressage, jumping, combined driving, and reining disciplines. I took one look at Stilwell Caisson as a weanling and knew he had all the attributes of a future champion,” Stafford said. “I think people are gravitating to the Morgan due to their trainability, soundness, and manageable size. As a whole the Morgan is a versatile, kind breed with a work ethic any trainer would want in their barn. I am excited to watch Caisson develop to his full potential. The judges’ remarks were positive, noting his great character and exceptional suspension and ground cover.” « Stilwell Caisson under the watchful eye of trainer Suzy Stafford winning top ten in the Open Yearling class at 2013 Dressage At Devon.

Joe and Marion Gaigal of Creekside Morgans in Avoca, NY, are happy to announce that they recently sold Compass Rose (Stand And Deliver x Carlyle Mary Rose). The filly was presented by Travis Niedlinger of Lingering Hills Stable in Afton, NY, at the New York Regional Championship Morgan Horse Show. She was the Grand New York Futurity Weanling Champion and NYSSA Reserve Weanling Sweepstakes Champion. She was purchased by Mary Kuhn, and will remain in training with Lingering Hills.

NEW HOMES Mike and Liz Murphy recently had several sales from their Legacy Stable in Mendon, MA. They sold KJM Pure of Heart (MEM Heart And Soul x Whitmorr Wild Irish Rose) for James Giorgio of Broad Brook Group LLC in Broad Brook, CT. The six-year-old bay gelding was purchased by Susan Garrity. They sold JW Sporting Victory (CKH Spirited Gift x Noble Airess) for Equus Novus LLC of Monson, MA. The chestnut gelding was purchased by Wendy Teran, who has him in training with Barbara Irvine. The Murphys also sold Pembroke Buster Brown (CN The Commanding Touch x Stonecroft Bella Donna). The seven-year-old gelding was owned by Emily Iovanna of Mendon, MA, and was purchased by the Bayston family

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TALK SHOW FUN This past August, Morgan owner Denise James of Harvest Bell Farm got a call from producers at the radio station 101.3 The Jockey, a local radio station in Saratoga County, NY, to do a talk show about animals. “Let’s Talk Animals” is the name of her show. “It was a dream come true to get the word out as so many people just don’t really take care of their animals, and I give tips each week on different subjects concerning animals,” Denise said. “The response has been wonderful.” Denise’s show airs every Sunday morning at 10:40 and 11:40 during the Walt Adams Jazz Show. If you don’t live in the area and want to listen to the

show, go to 1013thejockey.com and click on the word “LIVE” to hear the live stream.

PRESERVING A HERITAGE The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has added “Traditional Morgans” to their 2013 Conservation Priority List (CPL). Traditional Morgans (those whose pedigrees are free of outcrosses since 1930) will be added to the Study category. Thanks go to Ina Ish, Byran Childress, and Pam McDermott for facilitating this, and to all who made this partnership a reality.

[ABOVE] (L-R) Trainer Melissa Morrell of Moreland Farm with Skylar Robinson, Grace Devlin, Jillian Marks, and Gail-Camara-Marks at the Morgan Grand National. [BELOW] Morgan owner Denise James now has a radio show, “Let’s Talk Animals.”

A GRAND SALE Melissa Morrell of Moreland Farm in West Brookfield, MA, has been busy with sales. At the Grand National, she sold MEM Main Street (Nobility x Star Lake Elissa). The 2012 Reserve World Open Hunter Pleasure Champion was owned by Ken, Kaye, and Skylar Robsinson of Woodbridge, CT, and was purchased by Abby Lorenz of Wisconsin.


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[LEFT] Brad, Dawn, and Jaden Fire celebrate Harlan’s Star Material’s World English Pleasure Junior Exhibitor 13 and Under Championship with trainers Kristen Tramposh and Phil Fountain. [RIGHT] Jim, Harry, and Carolyn Sebring with CBMF Crown Prince, the 2013 world champion in Park Harness. [BELOW] Elaine Olsen with SYP High Definition, the World Champion Park Harness Amateur Masters winner, and Austin Eversman and Eric Antman.

At the Grand National and World Championships in Oklahoma City THE BEST OF THE BEST IN THE Morgan breed was celebrated in Oklahoma City for the 2014 edition of the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show, October 12-19. Since 1973, this show has represented the pinnacle of achievement in the Morgan horse world. More than 1,000 of the world’s finest Morgans from across the United States, Canada, and Europe met in Oklahoma City, OK, to compete in over 300 classes for over $400,000 in prize money. Matt Kwapich of Bernalillo, NM, was the show’s manager for the first year, and Sherry Cole of Sheridan, IN, served in the capacity of show chairman. Kwapich, along with a dedicated and hard-working show committee and staff, joined an impressive list of sponsors, officials, and volunteers to make this year’s show the best ever. The Youth of the Year Contest had six competitors. Mackenzie Meier of Lenexa, KS, was crowned the winner of this prestigious competition. Meier, 17, received a unique, custom-designed prize package valued at $2,500. This award is generously sponsored by the Cynthia Elaine Epperson Trust. Earning reserve honors in the contest was Sydney Cheong of Los Angeles, CA, who also earned a custom-designed prize. David and Cindy Vogels had a lot to celebrate Sunday evening when their homebred AMHF I’ve Got A Secret won 130 EQUINE


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both the World Champion Senior Gelding and World Champion Gelding honors with trainer Robert Kellert for the second year in a row. The yearling Merriehill Dark Knight was the World Champion Junior Gelding with Mark Bodnar showing for Trotwood Stables. The reigning World Champion Mare, Causing Chaos, returned to the ring to defend her title and emerged successful, winning both the Open title and World Champion Senior Mare with John Hufferd showing for Tim and Carol Selinsky. Diana Flaire was shown by Whitney Bodnar for Karen Hansen to take the Junior Champion Mare title. For the stallions, ECP Anchor Man left the ring as the World Champion Senior and World Champion Stallion, with David Rand leading for Dan and Leslie Kelley. Lynn Peeples showed Ledyard’s Lucky Lucas to the World Junior Champion Stallion title for William Haynes. In the performance divisions, amateur Dawn Fire rode her Graycliff Tony GCH to claim the World English Pleasure Championship. Jill Yerger rode Whispering Incognito GCH to top honors as the World Hunter Pleasure Champion for Terry Diane King. CBMF Crown Prince, with trainer Harry Sebring in the buggy, claimed the World Park Harness Championship

for Copper Beech LLC. Garn Walker rode MLB Capo Di’Capo to the World Western Pleasure Championship for Dianne Lents. Gerry Rushton took Tom and Teri Brisco’s World Amateur Pleasure Driving Champion, The Noblest, back into the Open world championship for the win. Jenny Taylor rode PLS High Pine Picasso to win the very competitive World Park Saddle Championship for Joy Scala for the second year in a row. Peggy Alderman returned to the ring to win the World Roadster to Bike Championship with Flairetation for the third year in a row. Alderman is the most winning roadster driver in Morgan history, driving to the world championship nine times. The Grand National joined forces with Horse Show Wire and Richfield Video to bring the show to online viewers for free. The video feed had an incredible viewership response. Plans already are underway for next year’s show, which will take place October 11-18 in, of course, Oklahoma City. Georgie Green of Morgan Mill, TX, will be the show chairman. For more information and updates on the Morgan Grand National, go to morgangrandnational.com.


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Arabian news Maares In Hand Amateur to Haandle (ATH). Drue McNeil’s Kh harasell++/ was also top ten in the HA Sport Horse Mares In Hand ATH. Rachel Lagasse’s BIII Psyrengeti was ridden to a to op ten in the large PB Sport Ho orse Under Saddle Amateur to o Ride (ATR) class! Last, but ceertainly not least, Chesney was awarded top ten honors w in n the PB Sport Horse Under Saddle Junior Horse, PB Hunter Hack Adult AmateurH Owner to Ride (AAOTR), O aand PB Hunter Hack Junior Horse. Well done! H


CONGRATULATIONS TO MADISON THELL AND Szavana Fire QIV, who were named top ten in the competitive Purebred Hunter Hack Amateur to Ride class at Sport Horse Nationals.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD Congratulations to Kristen Yager and Ben Williamson of Woodstock, CT, on the birth of their son, James Daniel Williamson, on October 3, 2013 at 2:17 p.m.



The Arabian Reining Horse Association (ARHA) announces the addition of an exciting new opportunity for young riders to compete at the 11th Annual Arabian and Half-Arabian Reining Horse Futurities February 13-23, 2014 in the Wells Fargo Arena at West World of Scottsdale, AZ. For the first time the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) has approved the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)-based Youth 10 & Under Short Stirrup class and added it to the class schedule. Short Stirrup classes provide an especially designed riding pattern for young riders who

might still be too small for safe and comfortable managing of traditional reining patterns. The Short Stirrup NRHA Pattern #11 eliminates speed and flying lead changes and keeps the event safer and easier. This is an ideal event for youth to compete on Arabian Horsemanship horses or by riding older, semi-retired reiners. Riders in this class are not required to own their own horses and the class does not count for NRHA Top Ten standings.

SUCCESSFUL SPORT HORSE The final results for Sport Horse Nationals are in for Dwyer Equine, LLC of Foster, RI! Anne Cardoza’s Savoy Shamon V was top ten in the Purebred (PB) Hunter Hack Junior Horse with Kevin Dwyer in the irons. Barbara Foster’s Baltic Star+++/ was top ten in the Half-Arabian (HA) Sport Horse Mares In Hand Open and the HA Sport Horse

H Half-Arabian Aelfleah Magicou (Cinemagical x M Hanks Pata Nell) placed H second in the Single Pony Training Level at Longview Lake Combined Driving Event with her owner, Edna Oakley. The pony was bred by Tamara Woodcock.

BIG WIN Congratulations to the Arabian world’s queen of equitation, Alexandria Desiderio, for her ninth place finish at the Pessoa/U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals in Harrisburg, PA. There were 229 riders that competed in the preliminary round. Now that is a top ten that means something!

GOING THE DISTANCE One hundred miles—it’s the ultimate goal for aspiring distance riders. The American Endurance Ride Conference recently honored 55 equines that finished their first 100-mile ride. An additional 22 equines completed their third 100-mile ride. Earning the highest honor was TR Notablymishaah, owned and ridden by Debbie Schultz of Harleysville, PA, a 12-year-old Arabian gelding who has

completed 20 100-mile rides. With 15 100-mile rides were Hot Desert Knight, a 13-year-old Arabian owned and ridden by Farzad Faryadi of Oakboro, NC, and Fourmiles Kuna, an 18-year-old Arabian/Appaloosa gelding owned and ridden by 19-year-old Meghan Delp of Westminster, MD. Three other equines made the gold level with 10 100s: Jumpin’ Jax, owned by Ruth Anne Everett of North Carolina, Theatric, owned by Tom Hutchinson of Maine, and Tiki Chaps Ku, owned by Gabrielle Mann of Northern California. Two other Northern Californians had horses reaching the silver level, with seven 100s: Nicole Chappell’s Golden Knight and Robert Ribley’s Sacajawea.

FLYING HIGH The Arabian/Quarter Horse gelding Fly Me To The Moon and rider Julia Davis had a great course at the North American League Pony Jumper Finals. They ended up in seventh place overall. This pair helped their zone team to a fourth place finish at Pony Finals and won one of the individual jumper phases out of 44! In May, they placed fifth at Devon out of 19.

TRULY A MASTER Thomas Crossen Jr. received notification from U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF) that he has earned the 2013 Master’s Challenge Award (MCA) in both Training and First levels. The MCA award is to recognize riders age 60 and over. These awards span each level, Training through FEI.

SPEED DEMONS Brenna Cantrell and her purebred Zakiyya de Farwa outdid themselves at the 2013 4-H Virginia

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continued from page 133 State Championship. They placed first in poles, first in barrels, and third in the stakes race to be named the Gymkhana Large Pony Champions. She also had the fastest poles time for the second year in a row in her division!

SHE SAID YES Congratulations to Rebekah Wassung of Saint Petersburg, FL, on her recent engagement to James Morris! Bekah previously worked at Double A Arabians in Somers, CT.

CONGRATS, CRESCENDO! Crescendo Training Centre, LLC outdid themselves again this year at the Arabian and HalfArabian Sport Horse Nationals held in Lexington, VA, on September 18-22, 2013. CA Backdraft+// shown by his amateur-owner, Maren Pearson of Arlington, VA, was the standout for Crescendo this year, bringing home a national championship in Carriage Pleasure Driving Scurry, a reserve national championship in Carriage Pleasure Driving Timed Obstacles, and five top tens in Arabian/Half-Arabian Pleasure Carriage Driving—Working, Turnout, Reinsmanship, Pick Your Route Obstacles, and Gamblers Choice. Buster Bey+//, owned by

Radene Gordon-Beck, was ridden by Kriss Phelps to a reserve national championship in Arabian/Half-Arabian Dressage Intermediate I and a top ten in Half-Arabian Sport Horse Show Hack Open. Nite Wings ESF+//, owned and shown by Kriss Phelps, earned three top tens in Arabian/Half-Arabian Dressage Prix St. Georges Open, Intermediate I, and Arabian Sport Horse Show Hack.

NO FUNNY BUSINESS Congratulations to Arabian/ Welsh gelding Silly Putty and Skyler Fields who competed in the Medium Pony Hunters at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. He finished ninth in the Handy Hunter, 11th in the Under Saddle, and 16th Over Fences.

A STANDING “ORATION” The Arabian-Bred Hunter/ Jumper Association (ABHJA) again sponsored an Overall High Point Hunter/Jumper Horse Award at Sport Horse National Championships. The top winner for this honor was the French Arabian stallion Oration (Dormane x Ortie), shown by both Michael and Alexandria Desiderio. Oration won national championships in four classes: Arabian Working Hunter Open and Amateur plus Arabian Hunter Hack Open and Amateur. Oration

JUST IN: THE ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION recently informed Thomas Crossen Jr., of Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods, that he qualified for the Rider of Supreme Honor Champion in the Amateur Achievement Awards Program!

is owned by Ricci and Stephanie Desiderio of Tranquillity Farm in Chester, NJ.

HE DUNIT WELL At the Camelot Classic Horse Show, Half-Arabian EVG Allon Dunit (Saladins Allon x Jundunit) and Kristin Hardin won the $1,500 .95m Jumper Speed Stake class against 18 entries of all breeds. They also won the 1.0m Jumper class. Dunit is owned by Elaine Enick.


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Ashley Wren’s Anglo-Arabian Galileo (Alota Gator Bait x Beaus Star Ruler) showed at the New Mexico Hunter/Jumper Association Fall Classic, earning reserve champion in Low Hunter, champion in .80m/.90m Jumper and also was named the three-series champion in the .80m/.90m Jumpers.

THREE-DAY STARS At the Woodside International Horse Trials, Half-Arabian Tzar TZ (Ta’Ez x Fairchild) competed in the Novice Horse division. Owned and bred by Carol DiMaggio and ridden by Alanna Regan, Tzar was fifth after dressage, then had just four faults each in cross-country and stadium to finish in fourth place overall. Also at Woodside, HalfArabian Jumping Joe Bailey (Joeledojack x Ima Ryatt), owned by Michelle Abma and ridden by Lexie Barrow, finished in sixth place in Junior Beginner Novice out of 23 entries. Lexie also placed fifth on him at Copper Meadow in September. His owner has also been eventing him at Training Level, earning a sixth at Coconino and an 11th at Galway Downs.

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U.S. National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show October 18-16, 2013 Tulsa, Oklahoma


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[1] Papa Rhazi and Beth Jupp won the HalfArabian/Anglo-Arabian (HA/AA) Pleasure Driving Championship for the Adult Amateur Owner to Drive. [2] Joseph Alberti and Magnus Z won the HA/AA Geldings Stock/Hunter Type for the third year in a row. [3] John Galladay on EF Viva La Vegaz. [4] Katherine Kirby on CP Chenanigan. [5] Jamie Peters on TR Zee Megafire. « Rococo Arabesque and Kristi George.

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The 4 13 Ranch would like to congratulate Rococo Arabesque, “Bess,” a 2013 Arabian/Friesian filly (Jan x SpringOrchidMeldy). Bess was shown at the Tulsa State Fair by Kristi George, Amateur to Handle. The pair won Champion Half-Arabian Filly, Green County Arabian Horse Association (GCAHA) Stallion Service Auction Futurity, and Reserve Champion Half-Arabian Filly GCAHA Buy-In Futurity. Congratulations to Kathy Towery who will be taking this filly home to Rococo Sport Horses in New Mexico when she is weaned.

TAYLOR ROCKS IT Anglo-Arabian Rock With Bach (Family Star x MR Family) and Taylor Blasey placed second at the Middle Tennessee Pony Club Horse Trials in the Junior Training division.

These difficult courses and muddy footing took their toll, as only 62 horses completed. A Russian, Igor Atrohov, and his Anglo-Arabian Indigo Pyreneen finished in 46th.


ANGLOS AT BOEKELO Mathieu Lemoine and AngloArabian Quickness finished the Military Boekelo CCIO3* in 11th place out of 104 entries. This pair was in 13th place after dressage, in fifth place after cross-country with just .4 time faults, and had 12 faults in stadium jumping.

At the Central States Dressage and Eventing Association Dressage Festival and Championship Show, Mimi Stanley of Prairie Rose Training Center competed her 23-year-old Arabian EA Cygnus (Hayel Orion x Coranette) in his 75th Grand Prix test. They scored a 61.915% to place second. Mimi rode her test in a snaffle! Mimi also showed Half-

Arabian PR Captain Hook (R O Dameon x PR Tarzana), owned by Sally Henry, to the Prix St. Georges Championship in a class of 11 competitors. Hook earned the FEI High Score of the Show with a 66% on his Intermediaire I test and placed third in the Intermediaire/Grand Prix Championship class. Arabian KS Fadl Phoenix (Fadl Attrak-Shun x LLA Latisha), owned and ridden by Melissa Lund, was reserve champion in the Intermediaire/ Grand Prix Championship class with a 64.432% Amy Kellen and her homebred Half-Arabian Fahrenheit By Furioso (Fascination x Hal Gemini) placed fifth in the Prix St. Georges Championship class. Sally Henry’s Half-Arabian Wolkenzorro (Wolkenzauber x Midnight Lace HA) earned a bunch of ribbons with Mimi Stanley in Training and First Level classes.

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The five-year-old mare AM Token Chick+++// (Bremervale Andronicus x Queen Christine), owned and bred by Jerry Hamilton of Tucson, AZ, was also named to the top five. She did so by earning two national championships in Open and Amateur Sport Horse Mares In Hand and two top tens in Training Level Dressage Junior Horse and Sport Horse Under Saddle Junior Horse. She was shown by Jerry, Brooke Fuchs, and Wendy Davis. Anglo-Arabians accounted for a total of five national championships, six reserve national championships, and 42 top tens. Points awarded are weighted differently for upper and lower level classes. NAAAHA is a non-profit organization offering awards, education and promotion of AngloArabian breeders and owners in North America. For more information, visit naaaha.com.

[ABOVE] The Supreme Champion was Khemos Khopi+++//, owned by John Albright and Heather Rudd. [BELOW] Jerry Hamilton’s AM Token Chick+++// was named to the top five for her achievements in-hand and under saddle.

Arabian contact listings Arabian Origins Marketing, DeEtta Houts Owner/Designer, 218-296-1927, arabianorigins@gmail. com, arabianoriginsmarketing.com.

Monastiri Arabians (bs), Jennifer Stine, 67 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA, 617-359-5623, jkstine@yahoo.com, frsarabians.com.

Baldwin Stables (tsl), 108 Cedar Lake Road, Deep River, CT, 860-526-5989, kbwins@comcast.net.

Quarry Hill Farm (tbs), 345 Sharon Road, Lakeville, CT 06039, 860-435-2571, quarryhillfarm.com.

Double A Arabians (tsl), 279 Watchaug Road, Somers, CT 06071, 860-749-4797, doubleaarabians.com, lddeadder@yahoo.com.

Winchester Stables (tsl), Bevin O’Reilly Dugan, 336 River Road, Newfane, VT 05345, 802-365-9434, winchesterstables.com.

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THE NORTH AMERICAN ANGLOArabian Horse Association (NAAAHA) recognized the most talented AngloArabians competing at Sport Horse National Championships again in 2013. NAAAHA has rewarded the top performers since 2007 by presenting the top five horses and riders with embroidered dress sheets, ribbons, and trophies. At the show, held in Lexington, VA, in September, there were 26 Anglos competing for these top honors. The Supreme Champion was the seven-year-old gelding Khemos Khopi+++// (Kharbon Khopi x Do Yourself Proud), owned by John Albright and Heather Rudd of Winamac, IN, and bred by John Albright. He earned two national championships in Adult Amateur Owner First Level Dressage and Amateur Second Level Dressage, two reserve national championships in Amateur First Level Dressage and Amateur Sport Horse Show Hack, and a top ten title in Adult Amateur Owner Second Level Dressage, all ridden by Heather. Eleven-year-old Galileo+// (Alota Gator Bait x Beaus Star Ruler), owned by Ashley Wren of Billings, MT, earned Reserve Supreme Champion honors thanks to winning five top ten titles in Open, Green, and Amateur Working Hunter, Open Jumper, and Open Hunter Hack. He rode to these titles with his owner Ashley Doyle. Top five awards were earned by Beyond The Seaz+/ (Al Marah Seazar x Glenna Bay), owned by Kristi and Denny Herbst of Farmington, MO, and ridden by Kaylan Herbst. This horse earned a national championship in Adult Amateur Owner Hunter Hack and three top ten titles in Open, Amateur, and Adult Amateur Working Hunter. With a reserve national championship in Open Working Hunter and three top ten titles in Adult Amateur Owner and Amateur Working Hunter, plus Amateur Sport Horse Geldings In Hand, the nine-year-old gelding One More Round++++// (Al Jassur Laddin x Winifred) earned himself a place in the top five. He is owned, bred, and shown by Bill and Alexis Doughty of Cape Charles, VA.

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Quarter Horse news enttry and at the time of the 201 14 Zoetis Cattle Novice Championship.

WE EDDING BELLS Co ongratulations to Kelsey MccKay and Rourke Day of An ndover, NJ, who had a beautifful wedding on October 4, 20 013, at Lake Lenape. We wish the happy couple a lifetim me of love and happiness!


CONGRATULATIONS TO BETHANY VINCELETTE and Brian Leblanc of Burlington, VT, on their recent wedding!

SOLD! Kathy Tobin of Scottsdale, AZ, recently purchased the Congress 2011 Junior Trail champion, RA Undisputed (Chips Hot Chocolate x Are You Zipped). He was bred by Joe and Suzy Jeane of Valley View, TX. Kathy purchased “Coco” from Diana Davidson who trained with Chad Evans of Elizabeth, CO.

GET ‘ER DUN Kudos to Andrea Fappani for winning the All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Futurity on ARC Walla Dun Did It, owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA!

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fence-turning their way to an inaugural AQHA Novice Championship title come April. The very first Zoetis AQHA Cattle Novice Championship Show is on the books for April 17-19, 2014, in Oklahoma City, OK. With the entry deadline of February 28 not too far around the corner, the association is taking the burden out of qualifying for this inaugural event. What that means is that any competitor looking to attend the first Zoetis Cattle Novice Championship must be Noviceeligible from January 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014. All an exhibitor needs to do is be Novice-eligible in the class they wish to enter and be an AQHA member at the time of

W are sad to announce the We lo oss of GPF Legal Version, “C Curley,” to complications associated with colic surgery on October 5, 2013. Curley o had a memorable show h ccareer, with over 1,580 points and a world champ pionship in 2008 at the p Select World Championship S Show in Showmanship with S Maggie Bellville. Curley was M owned by Dan Henson and o the Dan Henson Trust.

for the new season. At least $15,000 in added money will be in the pot for each of the six AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges, up from the two challenges that the program began with in 2012. Part of the entry fees will be jackpotted, as well, with even more fun classes added to provide opportunities for a wider group of exhibitors. To date, AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges have included a working ranch horse class. For 2014, the challenges will include the working ranch horse competition for Open Four-Year-Olds and Limited Open Four-Year-Olds. In the Cowboy, Amateur, and Novice Amateur classes of working ranch horse competition, horses can be four years old and up.


MassQHA congratulates Kayleigh McDonnell on her fourth place finish in the Congress Queen Horsemanship class! And congrats to Team Massachusetts on their tenth place Congress National Youth Activity Team Tournament (NYATT) finish!

Three cheers for the 2013 Congress Queen Meghan Murphy of the Michigan Quarter Horse Association! The First Runner-Up was Carly Kidner of the Tri-State Quarter Horse Association, while the Second Runner-Up was Haley McKeehan of the Southern Ohio Quarter Horse Association. Danielle Plourd of the North Carolina Quarter Horse Association was named Miss Congeniality.



Angela Wade of New York, NY, purchased the 2012 National Snaffle Bit Association Horse of the Year, Huntin Big Dreams (Huntin for Chocolate x Ima Bodacious Dream), from Pamela Bilek of Chino Hills, CA.

Congratulations to Formally Yours and Makayla Flowers for their success at the American Quarter Horse Congress! Under the guidance of White Birch Farm and Amy Rader, they placed 11th in Youth Performance Mares, 12th in the 15-18 Novice Equitation, and eighth in the National Snaffle Bit Association 15-18 Novice Equitation. They were also awarded finalist ribbons in Novice Youth 14-18


UP FOR GRABS At least $90,000 in added money will be up for grabs at AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges for 2014—and that’s just one of the changes in store

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THE 2013 NUTRENA AQHA EAST NOVICE Championship Show was held October 1-6 in Murfreesboro, TN. The classes were large and competitive. For results, visit AQHA.com. Karli Knapp and MRQH Dandy Hustles.

Horsemanship, Novice Youth 14-18 Showmanship, and NYATT Horsemanship.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN Select Amateur Susie Johns of Paradise Valley, AZ, is proud to announce that her beautiful daughter-in-law landed a role in ABC’s Nashville. Brittany Shaw plays Olivia Wentworth, and can be seen in episodes 3, 6, 7, and 8.

IT’S A SIGN Congratulations to The Best Sign Yet, owned by Alexandra Chavez, winner of the Congress $10,000 Maturity Limited Western Pleasure with Katie Green on board. This gorgeous gelding is sired by RL Best Of Sudden.

A FAIRYTALE Karli Knapp sent us this great piece about her and her horse:

“Last September I was one of 13 AQHA youth members who won a Ranching Heritage bred colt from the AQHA Young Horse Development Program. I have been training my colt, MRQH Dandy Hustles, since he arrived here in Vermont at the age of four months. He came from South Dakota where a ranch called Moreau River Quarter Horses donated him to this program. ‘Gunner’ and I have worked very hard together. When he came to me he wasn’t even halter broke. Nine months later, I brought him to the Region 6 Quarter Horse Show and won two belt buckles with him, one in Youth Yearling Halter and one in Open Yearling Halter. Gunner and I have gone to many local shows and clinics just to give him some experience. Through this program I am required to ride Gunner in an AQHA pleasure class at the age

of two. Just recently I have been lunging him with the saddle on and practicing getting on and off his back. We have been working very hard so we will be ready to ride at next year’s AQHA show! I am very thankful for this program

because it has given me many great opportunities. Gunner and I make such a great team, and I look forward to the many years ahead. My future goal is to use Gunner for reining and cow work.”


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Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club Reviews Virginia Classic Andalusian/Lusitano Region 6 Championship Breed Show Submitted by Carol Stockton

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Scenes from the ERAHC Virginia Classic Andalusian/Lusitano Region 6 Championship Breed Show.

were a few prodigals who returned for last year’s anniversary and found they missed us so much they came back again this year. Add these to the hardcore ERAHC-ians, and the result was a terrific show where time in the ring alternated with time to socialize and catch up with friends. Saturday evening kicked off with our traditional flag ceremony, followed by a Parade of Traditional Tack and Attire, which included some fine displays of horsemanship. We were again treated to a display of la garrocha by Jesus Morales aboard jaca Cordobes, courtesy of Karen Lewis. I doubt there is another organization in the U.S. that has had the privilege to be visited

by “the master” so many times over the years. Then we had a demonstration by—no, it wasn’t actually Clint Eastwood, it was Alfonso Doce—that included how to light a cheroot during a canter pirouette! Jane Creagh on Solar, in truly correct Portuguese turnout (no small feat in itself), also demonstrated some fine horsemanship. And a beautiful pas de deux by Karen Rock and Katie Berger on the P.R.E. stallion Heroe MAC and the Half-Andalusian mare Diva G displayed feria-style attire for both astride and amazona (sidesaddle). The evening’s costume classes provided the usual eye candy, including Rosalie Wenckoski’s riotous offering of “Gangnam Style” (music by South Korean pop musician Psy). The final show day included Dressage Sport Horse Breeding classes followed by phases two (Obstacles) and three (Speed) of Working Equitation. It was an interesting conjunction of events. Lots and lots of special awards wrapped up a memorable 2013 ERAHC Virginia Classic. Hope to see you all next year!

Photos: top) Paco Rey; (bottom) Dr. Alan Dacre

This year’s Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club (ERAHC) Virginia Classic Andalusian/ Lusitano Region 6 Championship Breed Show was a resounding success, demonstrating that last year’s exceptional turnout for ERAHC’s 20th anniversary was not an anomaly! This year’s turnout exceeded last year’s, with 66 horses in 109 classes (now you know why it takes three days). And, we were again privileged to have three excellent judges: Wayne Hipsley from the U.S., Mercedes Gonzalez Cort of Spain, and João Ralão Duarte of Portugal. The open dressage show was also loaded, with both rings running from 8:00 a.m. to almost 5:00 p.m. The government may have been shut down, but ERAHC was open for business! The dressage show had a very fine list of entries, with several scores in the 70s and a sizeable number of Andalusians, Lusitanos, and Half-Andalusians, with many up-andcoming young riders. In fact, youth seemed to be the theme of this year’s breed show too. It has been many years since I’ve seen such a large turnout of young riders and handlers. There were some who returned from the last few years, and it has been a delight to see them grow into seasoned (and taller!) handlers. But there were also quite a few at the show for their first time—including one for whom the show was her inaugural outing. A number of more mature riders and handlers attended the show for the first time too, and it’s always a pleasure to see our ranks grow. And there


[ EQUINE JOURNAL AFFILIATE ] « Dr. Ariel Martinez and family receive the trophy for Junior Champion Mare at National Celebration 2013, Favorita CCLLII.

The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse Presents Ultimate P.R.E. Challenge Winner SUBMITTED BY BARB CLARK


THERE WAS ONLY ONE ULTIMATE P.R.E. Challenge Winner for 2013, Favorita CCLII, owned and bred by Ariel Martinez of Rancho El Encanto. Favorita was the only horse to win a major category at both The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse 2013 National Celebration Show held in Santa Barbara, CA, and the Feria del Caballo Español, held the following weekend at City of Industry, CA. This magnificent, grey, P.R.E. filly caught the eyes of four judges to win her title. Congratulations to Ariel Martinez for producing such a spectacular horse that is American bred! Exhibitors came to Santa Barbara, CA, from all over the U.S. to participate in The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse National Celebration 2013 show. People brought their horses from Oregon, Ilinois, and even Wyoming. The performance division highlighted the talent the P.R.E. horse has for versatility with classes in Carriage Driving, Western Riding, Western Equitation, Prix Caprilli, Ranch Pleasure, Dressage Suitability, Fantasy Costume, Doma Vaquera, and Native Tack and Attire. There was even a full-blown, triple-rated Dressage and Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Show judged by the famous Hilda Gurney.

The In-Hand (morphology) competition had spectacular horses representing the breed. The Champion Stallion award was won by Ciclon IX, a magnificent, dark colored P.R.E. horse, bred in Spain and owned by Rancho El Encanto. The Champion Mare was Hilandera II, also owned by Rancho El Encanto. Are you

sensing a trend? Rancho El Encanto also won the coveted Best Exhibitor award because of the quality of horses Dr. Martinez brought to the show. The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse would like to congratulate him for his unwavering dedication to produce excellent examples of the breed. It is this type of commitment and attention to detail that improves the breed. Our congratulations also go to Ami McHugh of Jackass Mountain Ranch, whose horses were also well represented in the awards arena. Her horse, Denali AK, won the coveted prize of Absolute Champion of Functionality and also Reserve Champion Stallion. Her colt, Kilimanjaro AK, won Champion Colt and Adult Champion of Movement (three-year-old stallions compete in the Adult Movement category) and then went on to win Absolute Champion of Movement In-Hand. Junior Champion of Movement In-Hand and the Get of Stallion awards went to two more Jackass Mountain Ranch horses, Kalypso AK and Kianto, respectively. Congratulations, Ami MacHugh and Jackass Mountain Ranch! To view all the winners at National Celebration 2013, visit prehorse.org/Horse_Shows/ results.lasso.

Justin Morgan competes a P.R.E. in Western Riding at National Celebration 2013. » December 2013

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International Friesian Show Horse Assoc. Has Spectacular World and Grand National Championship Show SUBMITTED BY GARETH A. SELWOOD

THE 2013 INTERNATIONAL FRIESIAN Show Horse Association (IFSHA) Friesian World and Grand National Championship Horse Show was held from October 2-6 in Lexington, VA. This was the 10th year that IFSHA has held a U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Championship Finals event for the Friesian. Sponsors also showed incredible support of both the association and our charities. A full list of sponsors is available on our websites, IFSHAworld.com and Friesianshowhorse.org. This year’s dressage day also included western dressage. Guy and Karen HomerBrown were on hand from the Western Dressage Association of America to observe and help us with this new division for the future. Debbie Rodriguez of Williamsburg, VA, expertly judged. Wednesday evening brought Ridden and In-Hand Trail to the main arena with Dr. Walter de la Brosse of Los Angeles officiating a large group of talented exhibitors. In addition to Dr. de la Brosse, our national panel included Joanne Crockett 144 EQUINE


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of Aubrey, TX, and Gayle Lampe of Fulton, MO. Audrey Bostwick of Perkasie, PA, was our American Driving Society (ADS) driving judge. Doug Shane was again master of ceremonies, and for the first time, William G. “Billy” Whitley was ringmaster. Cecile Hetzel-Dunn was our tireless USEF Steward who patiently answered rule questions all week. For nine of our 10 years, Nancy Nathanson has been our mainstay in the show office and has accomplished for IFSHA the work of 10 people every year. Along the journey of this championship horse show, Nancy has helped win the USEF Favorite Breed Competition for IFSHA three times, been named Top Ten Secretary, and received the USEF Medal of Honor. Nancy has agreed to stay on as executive secretary of IFSHA but will be retiring as show secretary. Please join me in thanking her for so many years of service to the national show and continued support of IFSHA and the membership. Although the show was a success, a great deal is still left to accomplish. Our

show schedule needs a complete overhaul and we have a brand new board and officers to accomplish this: our new president, Sandy Jacob; vice president, Bruce Griffin; treasurer, Gail Aumiller; and secretary, Dorothy (DJ) Brown. Xena Vimercati, Jannie Giles, Cindy Deering, Chrissy Fohr, Leslie Burkhammer, and myself make up your board for 2014. Horses traveled all the way from California this year, and among the big winners in 2013 was the 2011 USEF Horse of the Year, Sjoerd, who continued to be undefeated at Halter, winning all three of his classes and being named High Point Halter Horse of the show. A new entry for Lorick stables, shown by Steven Stiller, was Arja LSI. She was the first recipient of the beautiful Bronze Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Karen Aneiro, to honor the memory of her beloved mare, Angela M., for being named World Champion Junior Friesian Mare. In the Amateur Handler Friesian Mare class, she tied for first, shown by Dale Pitcock, with her old stablemate, Hendrica LSI, shown by Janae Griffin. The call judge went with the older mare and younger handler and so ended her winning streak to another great mare and handler. Hendrica LSI went on to win an amazing two world titles, three reserve world championships, three national titles, and four top fives for Little River Plantation Holdings and shown by Griffin Sport Horses.

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[LEFT] A Van Guard Friesians entry won the Fantasy Costume class. [RIGHT] Annika Bruggeworth won the Yellow Ribbon Fund class.

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Northeast Friesian Horse Club Has Successful IInspection i SUBMITTED BY KELSEY EVANS

THIS YEAR’S NORTHEAST KFPS Inspection was held on September 19 at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA. The weather was perfect, with plenty of sun but a nice temperature to keep the horses fresh in the ring! Eighteen Friesians strutted their stuff for premiums and predicates from the KFPS judges, Jenny Veenstra and Jan Hellinx. Although the inspection process exists as a way to rate a Friesian’s quality for the purposes of future breeding, and is not a competition per se, every inspection awards grand champion and reserve champion

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A young Stallion from Holland via Florida, owned by the Alvarez family and shown by Bruce Griffin, made quite an impression all week. Eike van de Terp started on Tuesday by being named a Ster Stallion at the Keuring and then World Junior Champion Stallion, World Champion Baroque Junior Stallion, National Champion Friesian Country English Pleasure Junior Horse, and reserve championships in Dressage Suitability and World Country English Pleasure Junior Horse! Co fan S, another entry of Little River Plantation, won an amazing five world championships, from Halter to Park and Driving showing the great versatility of Friesian geldings. Beth and Jim Kornegay definitely got their exercise traveling to center ring for win pictures with Rick Osteen as their World Champion Geldings; Ellis G.V. and Griffin G.V. went home with two world championships, one reserve, four national titles, two reserves, and one top five for the week with Griffin Sport Horses. In the part-bred classes, two black and white pintos took home more tri-colors than the rest; they were Bizkit with Terry Tatman for Gwendolyn Schmidt

[LEFT] Second premie Champion Colt Rocky LSF out of Star Mare Jaike Anne, by Wander 352. He is owned by Caren Polillio and William Piazza of Lazy Stallion Friesians of West Bridgewater, MA. [RIGHT] First premie Star Crown mare Elbrich fan de ‘Kromme Jelte’ (Sierk 326 x Tsjerk 328) owned by Andrew Sullivan, competing in the ridden IBOP with rider Julie Kent.

ribbons to the top horses in each category of judging, as well as champions of the day. Spectators were lucky to witness a trot-off between the two first premie mares competing for Keuring Champion: Geartsje Van de Noeste Hoeve (Norbert 444 x Jasper 366) and Elbrich fan de ‘Kromme Jelte’

(Sierk 326 x Tsjerk 328). These two stunning mares put on quite a performance, with the younger Geartsje sneaking by with the title of grand champion and Elbrich taking reserve, but that was not the end of their accomplishments for the day! As

and the Vimercati Team with TDR Zivah the Diva. A young part-bred with a great future ahead of her is the half-Saddlebred filly, PK Georgian on my Mind, who was undefeated all week, winning three Halter divisions and the Liberty Mares class for owner-handler Amberly Kathleen Pitts. The great Model mare, Godiva, rarely gets beat and this year was no exception, as she won six world championships with Terry Tatman for Dream Gait Friesians in Halter, Liberty, Park, Fine Harness, and Ride and Drive. On Friday night we were able to raise $1,300 in entries that we have sent to the very deserving Fenway Foundation, which continues to do excellent research on behalf of the Friesian horse. The class was beautifully won by Annika Bruggeworth on Brend V. Brend V. stayed undefeated all week and not only won the Baroque Senior Gelding class but was also world champion out of 21 horses in the Yellow Ribbon Fund Championship. Annika, flanked by her good friend Carson Kressley, immediately matched the $2,100 raised for our cause, bringing our donation to $4,200. Barry and Shawnda Smoker were in the audience and they, too, matched our donation, bringing the total raised to $6,300. The week was full of talented horsemen and women riding the Friesian and its part-

bred progeny. From Pan American riders like Julio Mendoza; world caliber carriage driving whips like Suzy Stafford; and great American trainers like Bruce Griffin, Jannie Giles, Terry Tatman, Danielle Barrasso, Steven Stiller, Jodi van Sprang, Rebecca Eccard, Greg Peak, Kelly Bauer, Cheryl Baird, and so many more just starting to make an impact on the show Friesian, we have much to look forward to. A few of our incredible amateurs need also to be mentioned: the very generous Annika Bruggeworth and our very own celebrity, Carson Kressley, bring a sense of glamour and excitement to the show. Longtime breeders Rick Butts and Lorie Washuta are helping to develop the American-bred Friesian, along with other great amateurs like Beth and Jim Kornegay and Gwendolyn Schmidt of Dream Gait Friesians. The Little River Plantation of Florida is fast becoming one of our best supporters, along with Van Guard Friesians, who continue to amaze us all with their incredible costumes and beautifully turned out Horses. Karen Waldron of Bent Tree Farms, Ltd, Dale and Becky Pitcock, Gail Aumiller, the entire Dream Gait and Griffin Sport Horse teams, as well as so many others volunteered their time to make 2013 a show to be remembered.

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Northeast Friesian Horse Club continued from page 145 a result of Elbrich’s high scores earlier in the IBOP (Individual Equine Utility Exam) performance test, she was awarded the prestigious title of Crown, while Geartsje, who has not yet completed a performance test was awarded Provisional Crown. This great achievement for both mares was the icing on the cake for a wonderful day full of beautiful Friesians and their loving owners. The judges made a point in complimenting our region for its fine horses, so congratulations to all participants! You and your horses did great and it was wonderful to see each and every one of your black beauties looking their very best. For more information on the NEFHC, please visit our website, nefhc.com, or find us on Facebook.


Veltje C.C.F. (Goffert 369 x Anton 343), owned by Dana Beauchamp, trots for the judges.

COLTS FOR FOAL BOOK Champion Coltt - Rocky LSF (Wander 352 x Sibald 380), 2nd premie, owned by William Piazza & Caren Polillio; Reserve Champion Coltt - Pyke (Fridse 423 x Teade 392), 3rd premie, owned by Cody Bisignano; Paladin F.T. (Mintse 384 x Ouke 313), 3rd premie, owned by Melanie Olajos. FILLIES FOR FOAL BOOK Champion Filly y - Rosalind F.T. (Sape 381 x Wander 352), 1st premie, owned by Melanie Olajos; Reserve Champion Filly y - Quin (Teade 392 x Abe 346), 2nd premie, owned by John Yale & Ann Willey; Ravina Kupala (Lolke 371 x Frans 289), 3rd premie, owned by Suzanne Koerner-Rabatoy.

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MARES FOR STUDBOOK & STAR Champion Mare e - Geartsje Van de Noeste Hoeve (Norbert 444 x Jasper 366), 1st premie Star & Provisional Crown, owned by Susan Ryan; Reserve Champion Mare e - Elbrich fan de ‘Kromme Jelte’ (Sierk 326 x Tsjerk 328), 1st premie Star & Crown, owned by Andrew Sullivan; Veltje C.C.F. (Goffert 369 x Anton 343), Studbook, owned by Dana Beauchamp; Elanor Mae (Goffert 369 x Erik 351), 3rd premie, owned by Adrienne Fitzpatrick-St. Cyr; Elevation’s Divine Love (Anne 340 x Krist 358), 3rd premie, owned by Michelle Kelley; Francisca B. (Ulbert 390 x Feitse 293), 2nd premie Star, owned by Charmaine Brown DVM; Francisca W.W.F. (Fridse 423 x Jurjen 303), Foalbook, owned by Melanie Olajos. GELDINGS FOR STUDBOOK & STAR Champion Gelding g - Dominick B. (Nanning 274 x Reitse 272), 2nd premie Star, owned by Charmaine Brown DVM; Reserve Champion Gelding - Daniel B. (Nanning 374 x Jochem 259), 3rd premie, owned by Charmaine Brown DVM.

IBOPS Champion of IBOPss - Elbrich fan de ‘Kromme Jelte’ (Sierke 326 x Tsjerk 328) owned by Andrew Sullivan: Walk - 7, Trot - 7, Canter - 6.5, Carriage & Balance - 7.5, Agility - 7, Transitions - 7, Impulsion - 7.5, Total Score: 77.5 (ridden test); Reserve Champion of IBOPs - Shanna van de Benninger (Tsjerk 328 x Lute 304) owned by Jan J. de Boer: Walk - 6, Trot - 7, Canter - 7, Carriage & Balance - 6, Agility - 5.5, Transitions - 6.5, Impulsion - 7, Total Score: 71 (ridden test); Mendy van de Vicarien (Lolke 371 x Jurjen 303) owned by Alexandra Cayot: Walk - 7, Trot - 6, Canter - 5.5, Carriage & Balance - 6, Agility - 7, Transitions - 6, Impulsion - 6.5, Total Score: 68.5 (riddent test); Francisca W.W.F. (Fridse 423 x Jurjen 303) owned by Melanie Olajos: Walk - 6, Trot - 6, Carriage & Balance - 6, Agility - 5, Transitions - 6, Impulsion - 6, Total Score: 65 (driven test).



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STALLIONS FOR STUDBOOK & STAR Heiner fr Middlebrook Friesian (Sipke 450 x Folkert 353), Foalbook, owned by Jan J de Boer.

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[LEFT] Marion Hurrman de Roos will be hosting the 44th Annual ABCR Convention in Kentucky. [ABOVE] Our Lakota and Brianna Glascox shared their trail pattern freestyle. [BELOW] Fun was had by all at the 2013 convention.

American Bashkir Curly Registry Hosts 43rd Annual Convention SUBMITTED BY ANGIE GAINES AND SUE DAVIS

WE WERE SO EXCITED TO SHARE our golden Curly Horses and Mustangs with friends from around the world on October 3-6. We had 17 American Bashkir Curly Registry (ABCR) members, breeders, and friends attend. The convention started out Thursday evening with an educational update on the progress made in finding the curly gene with Dr. Gus Cothran, DVM, of Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. We are making progress but it seems the gene is a bit more elusive than originally thought and there is still more research needed to find it. When asked specifically for what his definition of a breed is, Cothran stated that “…it is a closed group of individuals that are being bred specifically for a trait or traits…” thus agreeing with us that the closed book full

Curlies do indeed qualify as a breed. On Friday, the weather was perfect and we had a full day of riding demonstrations and presentations, including lots of ABCR-registered Curly Horses and Curly Mustangs. Adena Warner and Cody Killingsworth shared the history of roping and western sidesaddle riding with their stallion, Warrior Seek Justice and Shaw Mead. Our Lakota and student, Brianna Glascox, shared the trail pattern freestyle, and our stallion, Chester, was quite content to lend a great body for a chiropractic demonstration with Dr. Joe Parrish. Golden Curls Ranch veterinarian, Dr. Brian Ator, shared updates with us about the do’s and don’ts about equine vaccinations; and our Curly Mustang, Copper D’s Golden Red, was

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great in a natural barefoot trimming demonstration with new member Natalie LaBelle. The grand finale of our ranch day presentations was our BLM (Bureau of Land Management)-gathering Curly Mustang stallion, ABCR #CM-1, O’Sparky, and our in-house trainer, Frank Wilder, sharing gentle partnering with Curly Mustangs. True to Texas-style fun, we had great boot scootin’ music while munching on lots of slowed-smoked barbecue and fixings. Saturday and Sunday we had our general and post board meetings. We had a wonderful time sharing ideas and suggestions. There was some discussion of breeding and how to improve membership, philosophies, as well as possible future name changes. We discussed how to improve the registration procedures and office responses. For more in-depth information on the meeting, the minutes can be found on the ABCR website. Some new board members were inducted and the executive board was named. The new district directors named were Lyndsey Dubbelde to District 4, Marion Hurman de Roos to District 6, and Caren Schuman, who will now head up Canada as well as Europe. The new executive board is Joan

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Longtime WCMHR members, Rick Bise and Debbie Bise (seated) and their daughter, Lindsey Bise of NahMoo Farm in Cleveland, TN, wish everyone happy holidays.

World Class Miniature Horse Registry Looks Forward to 2014 SUBMITTED BY KEN GARNETT

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL! THE NEW Year will be bringing many improvements in the Miniature horse industry. A major advantage for members of the World Class Miniature Horse Registry (WCMHR) will be that they can not only process their Miniature horse applica-

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tions online, they will also be able to receive the new e-certificate within three business days of placing their order at the online service center at wcmhr.org. The owner can still receive the original certificate delivered by the Postal Service. There will be an additional

titles, Donna LaRoux’s horse WWW Proud Prince received the National Versatility title, and Diane Mitchell received the National Frequent Rider Award. They all received beautiful embroidered jackets for their efforts. We also announced winners of our photo contest whose submissions reached over 80 entries this year. The Sunday following the board meeting we enjoyed breakfast, took pictures, and said our farewells until next year. We are so excited that our new board member, Marion Hurrman de Roos, will be hosting the 44th Annual ABCR Convention in Kentucky and hope to see all of our Curly friends soon.

fee of $20 per horse for the e-certificate. Members will also have an opportunity to elect to receive just the e-certificate for one low introductory fee of $15, regardless of the horse’s age. This service is particularly suitable for members in Canada and all foreign countries where the postal mail from the U.S. can be extremely slow. The convenience of having your horse’s registration certificate readily available on your computer and available to print or add to a mobile device for shows, special events, sales, or to show to a prospective buyer or breeder will be useful. The e-certificate will have Registry information printed at the bottom for verification. Photos for these certificates can be submitted online. The Certificate of Registration will contain all pertinent information about the horse on one side of the certificate as well as information that was formerly on the back of the certificate, including the update to permanent status for horses that have reached their third birthday and are ready to be registered permanently by the owner filling in the height and signing the certificate. Also included on the front of the certificate will be the transfer section and membership renewal or new membership if applicable with the transfer. Stallion Reports are available at wcmhr.com for filing the 2013 breeding reports. Stallion Reports are optional for 2013, but they will be a requirement in 2014. Members have until March 15 to submit their year-end show results for WCMHR or open shows details at wcmhr.com. A champion and reserve is designated for the highest points received and awards are mailed. There are no fees required for filing high points for 2013. The champion and reserve for the 2013 Fuzzy Foal Contest will be announced in the February 2014 newsletter. The deadline for online entries is December 31, 2013. The foal must have been born in 2013 and one photo showing the foal in the natural fuzzy coat may be entered. The entire body should be shown from one side, or the front. The champion will receive $100 and the reserve $50. There will also be more online classes offered in 2014 to accommodate WCMHR members all over the world.

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Connecticut Color Breed Association Announces Year-End Winners SUBMITTED BY NICOLE SOUZA

THE CONNECTICUT COLOR BREED ASSOCIATION (CCBA) HAS ended its 2013 horse show season. We had an amazing, successful show year. We held fundraiser pleasure classes at our shows and raised a total of $900 for the following organizations: American Red Cross, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, ASPCA, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. I would like to congratulate our CCBA Second Annual Pageant winner, Michelle Hunting, whereby she was crowned the 2014 Ms. Connecticut Color Breed Queen. I would also like to congratulate Michelle Hunting and Bonanza Dot Com on winning 2013 CCBA Champion High Point Exhibitor and Horse of the Year. Our 2013 CCBA Reserve Champion High Point Exhibitor was Liesl Dalpe and Reserve Horse of the Year went to her mount, PC Henry’s Bird Hunter. Our 2013 CCBA Champion High Point Halter Horse of the Year was Jackson of Dungaravan, owned by Melanie Olajos and shown by Amanda Roberto, and our 2013 CCBA Reserve Champion Halter Horse of the Year was Diaman H Anteup Rose, owned and shown by Nicole Souza. Full point standings can be viewed on Facebook. We look forward to having our awards banquet in January! [TOP] 2013 CCBA Reserve Champion Halter Horse of the Year Diaman H Anteup Rose, owned and shown by Nicole Souza. [BOTTOM] 2014 Ms. Connecticut Color Breed Queen Michelle Hunting, pictured with her two horses Bonanza Dot Com and Rabidash, along with Nicole Souza and Kelli Wainscott. »



ASTOUNDING. THAT IS THE WORD I will use to describe the different ways in which I have seen the Haflinger breed being showcased within the past few months—not counting the National Show held in Hilliard, OH, or the inspections that were also held in the same location. No, what I am thinking of is the hunter paces that Haflingers are participating in, and showing the general public that the Haflinger breed is so much more than a “pulling pony.” I am also thinking of an open horse show, where Haflingers stepped out into the spotlight and enjoyed their long-deserved awards. What an exciting time to be involved with this breed that centers so tightly around the belief of being the

I will finish listing the final five placings. As I mentioned in the beginning of the article, Haflingers are starting to get the credit they deserve!

YEAR-END RESULTS family horse that can (and will) do it all! I cannot wait to see what the 2014 year has in store for the Haflinger breed! In October, the American Haflinger Registry held its annual fall meeting and horse auction at the Ashland County Fairgrounds. As in past years, the Ohio Haflinger Association (OHA) also had an awards banquet honoring the top five placings in each division. Jacque Woodward went above and beyond everyone’s wildest expectations in regards to the awards given out to each honoree. The OHA would like to thank Jacque for her time and effort in finding unique ideas to showcase excellence. The final standings for the Halter division will follow. For next month’s article,

FILLY/MARE SENIOR 1. Mandolyn RVRW of Woodward Performance Haflingers; 2. Rhoda Mae DTA of Hendershot Haflingers; 3. LaDot’s Dazzle of Hendershot Haflingers; 4. Bonita Rox of Showme Haflingers; 5. Gen owned by Abby Bradshaw. FILLY/MARE JUNIOR 1. Lady Stelaka of Hendershot Haflingers; 2. Lily O’Brien of Showme by Showme Haflingers; 3. Anemone’s Accomplice YES owned by Liz Case Murphy; 4. Millenium’s Easter Treasure owned by Kassie McCarn; 5. Zihna II GGHF of Dreamfield Manor Farm. COLT/GELDING/STALLION SENIOR 1. New Level of Hendershot Haflingers; 2. All American Ladd of Walnut Ridge Farm; 3. Arneigh MBM of Walnut Ridge Farm; 4. Arlen NHH of Walnut Ridge Farm; 5. New York TMA of Walnut Ridge Farm. COLT/GELDING/STALLION JUNIOR 1. Nadal New of Showme by Showme Haflingers; 2. Nando’s North Star of Hendershot Haflingers; 3. Akanak of M&N of Walnut Ridge Farm; 4. Nazareth New of Showme by Showme Haflingers; 5. Nostalgic DFM of Dreamfield Manor Farm.

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Yankee Walkers: Gaited Horses of New England

worked for Attorney Ralph Austin of the Law Office of Woodman, Edmunds, Danlyk, and Austin for over 20 years. As a professional paralegal, Peggy was instrumental in setting up the Yankee Walkers Club and for creating and maintaining the bylaws for Yankee Walkers. She served on the Regulations and By Laws Committee for many years, advising the club lessly fighting on legal issues and helping and beating this mediate concerns. Peggy also served on the Publication ultimately debilitating illness. Committee, writing informaWe all admired tive, fun, and entertaining her greatly for articles for the Yankee Walkers newsletter, Horsemen’s Yankee her bravery, Pedlar, and Equine Journal. strength, and Pedlar positive outlook Readers enjoyed Peggy’s sense on life. of wit and humor in her story Peggy Whitaker enjoys the telling. Peggy was also a voice Born in 1955, Peggy grew up in Yankee Walker Annual Banquet. of reason, calmness, and unity within the club with the respect the Brattleboro, of all of the members. For new particiVT, area and attended Brattleboro Union pants to the Yankee Walkers’ Club, Peggy High School where she met her husband, was also a great encourager and an avid Dave. She then attended Elms College in fan of New England Pleasure Horse Shows Chicopee, MA. After marrying, Dave and and the Massachusetts Equine Affaire. Peggy moved to Saco, MA, where they The gaited horse enthusiasts could always settled and raised their son, Erik. Peggy count on Peggy’s joyful face and cheering voice on the rails at the shows and at breed demonstrations. For years long defying her condition, Peggy rode her wonderful horse, Buddy, together with her husband, Dave, on his Tennessee Walking Horse, Maugy. This devoted and loving couple and their talented horses blessed the Yankee Walkers’ club on trail rides, in horse shows, and at clinics. Buddy, a beautiful bay Morgan, was dubbed an honorary member of the gaited horse club, trotting along with us all as we gaited along. Peggy and Buddy displayed an amazing partnership based in love and trust. Buddy always took great care of Peggy on the trails as a steady companion, often correcting for any balance issues and going at the speed necessary for Peggy’s safety. The two were inseparable friends around the barn with Buddy encouraging and inspiring Peggy and her doting on Buddy, showering him with gifts of equine treats and always the best care. Peggy will always be remembered for her perseverance, kindness, unconditional love to her friends and family, and for her abiding love of all animals. In memory of Peggy Whitaker, contributions can be made to her favorite charity: Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center, P.O. Box 1928, Windham, ME, 04062.


WE HAVE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS our grief at the passing of our beloved friend, riding companion, and founding member of Yankee Walkers. Peggy Whitaker was truly a wonderful, intelligent, gifted, kind, and beautiful woman. We can only express our love and condolences to her husband of 37 years, Dave Whitaker, and to their honorable son, Erik Whitaker, Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy. Peggy also leaves her daughter-in-law Sherri, who she loved like a daughter, and three beautiful and vivacious grandchildren, Kyle, 12, Savannah, 6 and Corrine, 4, who were the light of her life. Peggy Whitaker died on October 20, 2013 after courageously battling Multiple Sclerosis. She defied the odds and her doctors’ predictions for decades daunt-



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THE WOMAN WHO answered the phone introduced herself as a zoning enforcement officer. I was calling to get information on the “horses per acre” rule in town. We were considering the purchase of a few acres and didn’t want to make a costly mistake. “Well,” she said, “According to our zoning rules, you’ll need two acres for the first horse, and then one half-acre per horse thereafter.” She paused as I worked that out in my head. The property we were considering boasted close to seven acres and we have three horses. That would work. “But, I will tell you,” she said quietly, “we want to keep our town rural. There are no horse police and we won’t bother you so long as you manage your property responsibly.” Fortunately, we fell within the zoning limitations, but her comment on “managing a property responsibly” got me to thinking. I know of at least one property owner who keeps a large amount of horses on a small acreage. Her farm is extraordinary. Manure is

removed weekly, all horses have rotational grass turnout, and she even has a riding arena that she keeps watered so the dust won’t bother her neighbors. She’s made friends with her neighbors and educated them on horse and human safety. On the flip side, I’ve also encountered farms that were mismanaged, sometimes ending up in court battles with neighbors who file nuisance claims. Obviously, most of us who read this magazine care about keeping our horses healthy and that means running a clean farm. Our stalls are cleaned daily and we make good efforts to manage our manure heap in a way that is environmentally friendly. But, sometimes neighbors still make their objections known. What then? The nuisance claim is usually filed by a neighbor who for one reason or another has decided your horse farm is spoiling his enjoyment of his own property. The most common objections are offensive odors, noise, flies, or uncleanliness. It’s obvious that as horse

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Real Estate Tip continued from page 151 owners, we need to take a proactive approach when it comes to making friends with our neighbors. That includes addressing the issues our neighbors might find objectionable before they become a problem. Manure should be properly composted or hauled away. Flies must be kept to a minimum. Runoff and erosion can be controlled by planting shrubs and vegetation alongside pastures and paddocks. Fences and structures should



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Advertisers INDEX 3D Belt Company................................................62 A And B Lumber..................................................... 9 Achille Agway..................................................... 140 Ag Structure/Barn Store of NE................... 128 Andis Company Inc......................................55, 60 Aubuchon Hardware..........................................67 B.I.T.S.-Back In The Saddle...............................55 Back Bay Farm................................................... 102 Back On Track........................................ 11, 72, 73 Bedard Farms.................................................... 129 Belle Equestrian...........................................84, 85 Blue Meadow Farm.......................................... 100 Blue Seal Feeds.............................................20, 21 Bridgewater Supply......................................... 150 Center Hill Barns.................................................69 Cheshire Horse.....................................................86 Chrislar Farm...................................................... 131 Circle B Barns........................................................65 Classic Equine Equipment...............................25 Clearspan.................................................................. 3 Colorful Manes ....................................................57 Corner Stone Morgan Club..............................38 Cornerstone Farm...............................................89 Crossen Arabian................................................ 137 Dover Saddlery....................................................... 4 Eartec.......................................................................57 Eberly Barns..........................................................71 EJ Murphy Realty.............................................. 154 Eleanor’s Arabian............................................. 137 English Riding ...................................... 19, 31, 58 Equestrian Outfitters.........................................54 Equine Colic Relief........................................... 141 Equine Homes Realty..................................... 155 Equine Innovations/Hoofjack.........................62 Equine Properties............................................ 152 Essex County Trail Association................... 126 Evenstride........................................................... 102 Fairfield Farm.................................................... 112 Farm Credit......................................................... 151 Farms And Barns.............................................. 153 Farnam Companies.............................................17 Graphic Trends ...................................................55 Grazing Fields.......................................................91 Holly Hill Farm......................................................92 Horse Shows in The Sun...................................99 Horse World Expo...............................................77 I Love My Horses.................................................67 JM Saddler..............................................................69 Kathleen Crosby Dressage............................ 113 Kathryn Lily Equestrain....................................55 Kent Nutrition ....................................Back Cover King Oak Farm......................................................41 Kingston Trailers.............................................. 113 KL Select................................................................... 2 Lock, Stock & Barrel...........................................56 Lubrisyn.................................................................... 1 Lucerne Farms......................................................39 174 equine


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Lucky’s Trailer.................................................... 128 Mh Eby Trailers....................................................14 Myhre Equine Clinic............................................35 NEDA.......................................................46, 47, 111 New England Horse Labs.............................. 150 New England Regional Carriage Associate.... 115 New York Upper Connecticut ........................78 Norfolk Power E...................................................13 North Woods Animal Treats...........................71 NRHA........................................................................63 Nutrena..................................................................... 5 Oak Meadow Farm..............................................94 Old Town Barns...................................................... 7 On The Road...................................................... 100 On The Road...................................................... 129 Orchard Trailers.................................Inside Back P Jolicoeur Collections.......................................59 Paul Congelosi Trailer ......................................15 Performance Edg............................................. 102 PhotoArt By Jill.....................................................43 Polysols Inc./Winsor Farm Sales....................22 PolysolsInc/IGK Equestrian.............................33 Poulin Grain....................................................50, 51 Priefert Ranch .....................................................29 Prudential Ct Realty........................................ 154 Purina Animal N...................................................10 Puterbaugh Dressage........................................55 Quarterline Dressage...................................... 113 Reeves Internat....................................................61 RSD Horse Auction.............................................83 Shuck Fence..........................................................86 Smartpak................................................................16 Snuggy Hoods Ltd..............................................57 Springfield Fence............................................. 126 Standardbred Retirement...............................71 Strain Family Horse......................................... 120 Sweet PDZ..............................................................83 T J Holmes........................................................... 145 The Saddle Shed............................................... 131 Tom Balding Bit & Spurs............................... 120 Tooher-Ferraris Insurance............................. 132 Top Gun Stables...................................................27 Tredstep Ireland..................................................60 Triple Crown Feed............................Inside Front Victory Stables.....................................................90 Volo Farm...............................................................86 Warren-Mcmullin Enterprise........................ 109 We Cover Structures ...................................... 100 Wetherbee Farm ............................................. 152 Winsor Farm Sales........................................... 101 Woodridge Farm..................................................95 Yered Trailer..........................................................35

Clinics, Seminars, Symposiums 14 | Keg Shoe Modification Class, Fourke, AR. CONTACT: info@bwfa.net. 14 | Keg Shoe Modification Class, Cimarron, KS. CONTACT: info@bwfa.net. 14 | Keg Shoe Modification Class, Wichita, KS. CONTACT: info@bwfa.net. 14 | Keg Shoe Modification Class, Zanesville, OH CONTACT: info@bwfa.net. 14 | Keg Shoe Modification Class, Bethlehem, PA. CONTACT: info@bwfa.net. 14 | Keg Shoe Modification Class, Corpus Christi, TX. CONTACT: info@bwfa.net. 14 | BWFA Chapter Meeting and Practice, Danville, VA. CONTACT: Tugglefarm@gmail.com. 21 | Keg Shoe Modification Class, LaFayette, GA. CONTACT: info@bwfa.net.

Dressage and Eventing 14-15 | Wellington Classic Dressage Holiday Challenge, Palm Beach, FL. CONTACT: 561-227-1570, nosullivan@wellingtonclassicdressage.com, ihspb.com.

Driving 08 | Colonial Carriage & Driving Society Holiday Open House, Stockbridge, MA. CONTACT: Kay Konove, kkfjords3@gmail.com.

Horse Shows 01 | Hunter’s Isle December, Manorville, NY. CONTACT: James Rice, 516-322-0533, idltrainer@ aol.com, jcricehorseshows.com. 07-08 | Lakeside Arena, Versailles, KY. CONTACT: Bruce Brown, 859-873-9155, lakesidearena@ gmail.com, lakesidearena.org. 10 | 2013 Challenge of the Americas, Wellington, FL. CONTACT: Mary Ross, 561-433-0988, ChallengeoftheAmericas.com. 11-13 | Mount Holyoke Equestrian Talent Search Show, South Hadley, MA. CONTACT: 413-538-3036, mhcriding.com. 12-15 | Gardnertown Farms December, Newburgh, NY. CONTACT: Patricia Dencker, 845-5646658, tdencker1@aol.com, gardnertownfarm.com.

Miscellaneous 06-08 | Touchstone Farm Mother Daughter Get Away Weekend 1, Temple, NH. CONTACT: 603-654-6308, kyoung@touchstonefarm.org, touchstone-farm.org. 13-15 | Touchstone Farm Mother Daughter Get Away Weekend 2, Temple, NH. CONTACT: 603-654-6308, kyoung@touchstonefarm.org, touchstone-farm.org.

Western Events 7-8 | CMSA Cowboy Christmas Shootout, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Charlie Otto, acotto@shentel.net. 16 | Pepperell Horse Owner’s Associa-

tion Versatility Challenge, Pepperell, MA. CONTACT: phoa.info.






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GENERICO II (LEBRERO XXXII X GENOVESA VI) 2009 16H IMPORTED PURE SPANISH STALLION Imported from Malaga, Spain Rare double pearl and double cream gene. Excellent movement, conformation and temperment.

CASPIAN (FEIKE X FRANS) 2008 17H FPS STER FRIESIAN STALLION 2011 World Champion at the IFSHA World & National show. 2011 overall Champion of the Keuring. Excellent semen. Tons of hair; exceptional movement, conformation and temperment.

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Ainsley is a Watson stallion, 1/2 brother to the Lion King. He stands 15’2, loaded with hair, gentle, correct and fantastic under saddle. He throws his temperament and size on his babies.



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LEXINGTON a.k.a. Boho’s Cold Fusion Lexington is known as a “tight cob” having a short back and exceptionally good topline and rear. He is gentle and intelligent with a kind eye.

2007 Black Silver Dapple Black EE Silver Zz Produces Silver 50% of the time Grandson of The Business Great Grandson of The Boss Booking select number of mares in 2013. Shipped Semen Only 309.224.2774 lcccpa7@frontiernet.net

AINSLEY Gypsy Warlock booking for 2013. Live coverage for select mares. AI & shipped semen available. Discounts for multiple breedings. ON THE HILL GYPSY HORSES 580-656-2475 www.on-the-hill.net Gypsy Mares, Yearings, Foals Available

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December 2013



Why Santa Uses Reindeer ONCE UPON A TIME, A LONG TIME ago, Santa’s sleigh wasn’t pulled by reindeer. Nope, he used the world’s best-known draft animal…the horse. That’s right, instead of eight ethereal reindeer, Santa had a big herd of hairy horses to pick a team from. And every Christmastime, Santa called his wrangler elves and his groom elves together to start planning the trip. “Ho-ho-hokay, guys, let’s figure out which horses we’re hitching this year. I’ve picked out Belvedere, Jolly, Cocoa, and Snowball.” (Four horses were all Santa needed—after all, four horses can outpull eight reindeer, right?) “No can do on Belvey and the Jollster, Big Guy,” answered the Head Wrangler Elf. “Belvey bowed a tendon a few weeks ago and is on stall rest. And Jolly threw a shoe.” “Threw a shoe?” asked Santa. “We can’t get a shoe back on him in time?” “Sorry, Boss. He’s in those corrective flying shoes, remember, and this is the time of year his farrier goes to Florida.” “Darn those south-for-the-winter hunter/jumpers,” muttered Santa. “They can always out-spend me on farriers. OK, let’s use Icicle and Cookie then.” “Ooooh, I wish we could. But Icicle’s hocks are acting up and we just can’t put any stress on them. And Cookie’s gained so much weight, I don’t think she can fit in the traces anymore. We’ve had her on a diet but she broke down her stall door and raided the grain bin. Sorry again, Mr. S.” “Hmmm.” Santa tugged on his snowy beard. “Those are the only two horses Cocoa and Snowball will pull with. I guess we’d better start over. How about this team: Better Watch Out and Better Not Cry as the leaders with Better Not Pout and Tellin You Why as the wheelers?” The newest groom elf steps forward timidly. “I’m really sorry, Mr Claus, sir, but…” “What’s that, young man? Speak up, I’m getting a little hard of hearing.” “Uh…uh…uh,” stutters the young elf. “I’m sorry, but…uh…uh…Better Not 176 EQUINE


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Cry is in heat.” “Yes, so?” The groom elf turns just the color of Santa’s hat. “Well, uh…mmm…because Tellin’ You Why is a suh-suh-suh….a suhsuhsuhsuh…” “Come now, young fella, I’m not the Grinch, you can talk to me.” “Tellin’ You Why is a s-s-stallion, sir.” “WHAT?” Santa turns to his Head Wrangler. “I thought we got all the stallions cut after that unfortunate…incidentt last year. We almost didn’t get to finish the Newfoundland run that night.” “Yessir, Big Fella, we did, all except Tellin’ You Why. He’s just a bit too old and he’s our best stallion. He’s very prepotent and his get make great wheelers. We thought we’d just retire him to stud.” “Oh, dear-o- dear,” sighs Santa. “And we can’t give the mare something to shut that down?” “So sorry again, Santa-san, but she had a bad reaction to it last time. We could use Jingle Bells instead.” “But she’s Mrs. Claus’s favorite riding mare. She’ll kill me if I take her on another flight. No, it won’t do. Maybe we should go at it this way. Who’s sound, healthy, not in heat and/or has been gelded?” The Wrangler leads the way over to the whiteboard. “Here’s who’s on the disabled list, Bossman. Aside from the ones we just talked about, Ribbons N Bows is pregnant, Snow Angel is recovering from a cold, Candy Cane is out in the back, Frosty cut himself on the gate yesterday.”

“Hmmm, that doesn’t leave us many options. How about that three-year-old, Jack In The Box?” “Sorry, sir, he’s a bit of a slow learner. His training’s not actually finished yet.” “Well, then, what about Dashing Through The Snow?” “Let’s put it this way….he isn’t.” “I don’t understand,” Santa says glumly. “We’ve got all these horses and we can’t put together a four-in-hand?” “’Fraid it’s going to be tough, Fearless Leader. We could go with three this year…” “Absolutely not. With all the new toys on the market, this year’s load will be heavier than ever. We’ve got to have four.” “Well, there’s the mules. They’re stubborn but they’ll pull a lot, and they’re smart.” “Oh, for heaven’s sake. Hitch up the mules, then, but by next year, I want something lighter, faster, and with better grain mileage. Fifteen horses, none of them working but all them still eating, ho-ho-ho yessiree.” “OK, Santa, I’ll get right on that. Shall I put the herd up for sale then?” “WHAT?! Of course not. Mrs. Claus would have a cow! Keep them as pasture ornaments. They’ve earned it!” Merry Christmas to you and your pasture ornaments, one and all. ANGE DICKSON FINN is an award-winning freelance writer, western pleasure competitor, and retired horse show mom who would never trade her horse for a reindeer. Visit her at ridewithoutfear.com, or email her at ange@ridewithoutfear.com.



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