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36 A Look at Clinic

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Julie Goodnight shares her insight on three fundamental skills every rider should master.

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New England Horsemen’s Council


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easons greetings, and welcome to our December issue! For those of you who are still completing some

last minute shopping, be sure to check out our “Holiday Shopping Guide” Corner” on page 28 to find some fun and unique gift ideas.

Select the Best gives you the nutritional supplements to fit your horses requirements and fit your feeding program. Scientifically formulated based on sound research so you can expect the best for your horse! • Select I (Alfalfa Rations) & Select II (Grass Hay Rations) a comprehensive supplement of Vitamin/Mineral, Amino Acids, Pro-Biotic and Omega Fatty acids, pelleted for ease of feeding, freshness and potency. • Vit-E-Sel Optimal Vitamin E and Selenium in a easy to feed dried molasses base to keep your horse healthy and performing at its best. • Stress-Pak Maintaining the balance of electrolytes will directly effect the health and performance of you horse. Stress-Pak replaces those key nutrients lost during stress, activity and training. Supplied as a everyday powder and 2 dose Syringe for ease of administration on the go!

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November 11-14. It was great to catch up with many of our readers and hear your feedback on the magazine! Two lucky people were the winners of our raffle, which included a Smith Worthington saddle, along with a girth, stirrup leathers, and stirrup irons. Congratulations to Rita Bellinger of Norwich, Connecticut, and Cynthia Hayden of Wallingford, Connecticut. Both ladies were given the choice of an all-purpose, close contact, or dressage saddle. Dressage enthusiasts will enjoy Lynndee Kemmet’s article, “A Look at Clinic Auditing: The Affordable Education for Riders.” For those of you that may not be able to afford riding in a clinic with some of the world’s top dressage trainers, clinic auditing gives riders of all levels the opportunity to learn from the best. For tips on how to benefit from attending a clinic, turn to page 36.

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ment (even a herd of two would work), he may develop behaviors that are comparable to a nervous breakdown in humans. Stable vices such as stall walking, weaving and cribbing may be evidence that your horse is stressed and is craving socialization and physical activity with his peers.

Dear Santa, Please Bring Me A Friend  By Sue Perry

horses are social, herd animals. having at least  one companion around makes a horse feel relaxed and safe. read on to gain insight on what  animals make great companions for horses, and  how to properly care for them. Q: My horse seems OK by himself. Why does he need a companion? A: In the protected environment of your backyard, there are no predators that would threaten your horse’s life as they would in a feral environment (although your horse does not know that). Your horse will survive alone, but you’re right in that he’ll only be “OK.” Horses are social by nature, constantly interacting with their friends. Watch a group of horses in a pasture. Each one is always aware of where the other ones are, even when one is at the water tub, one is at the hay rack and one is dozing in the sun. In a little while, they’ll all amble (or race!) to one area and then graze as a group. 14

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Companionship is important because it makes each horse feel safe. There is always at least one other set of eyes and ears on the lookout for danger; horses have survived all these centuries by detecting danger and then running away. Solo horses are therefore more likely to always feel a little nervous and on edge, even if they don’t overtly act this way. Solitary horses may not eat well. They don’t have a “herd leader” to tell them where and when to eat, not to mention the subtle nervousness. Eventually, the stress of being alone could even weaken the horse’s immune system, thus making him more susceptible to disease. If a horse is not in a natural herd environ-

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Q: What makes a good companion for my horse? A: The choice for an equine companion tends to fall into one of two categories—equine or farm animal. Equines include: horses, ponies, Miniature horses, donkeys, and mules. Farm animals include: goats, sheep, llamas, and alpacas. Each type of companion will help your solo horse feel safe and happy in his new little herd of two. There are many advantages to filling the void with another equine. You have a farm that is set up for horses and know how to take care of them. You won’t have to buy any other types of feed. You can use the veterinarian that you already have. Your horse will probably adjust to an equine companion in a few days since they talk the same language, both verbal and non-verbal. Horses understand other horses. Ann Firestone runs Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue in South Acworth, New Hampshire. She has six to twelve donkeys and mules on her farm at any given time. “Horses, mules, and donkeys are herd animals, needing mental and social stimulation. They always do better with at least one buddy. Otherwise, they don’t eat well and seem depressed and unhappy. We always isolate new arrivals at our farm (for health reasons) and they don’t really adjust until they join the others.” “I find that horses and donkeys do recognize each other as equine, making the compatibility a plus if you are adopting a donkey. Donkeys eat less than a horse and as a rule don’t need grain. They generally do well on grass hay and a salt block. Mules might need grain if they are working in harness or under saddle.” Ann finds that most donkeys are outgoing and comical. “They have a puppy dog personality and make really nice pets.” Donkeys and mules require the same veterinary care (vaccinations, de-worming) and farrier care that horses do. They are known for having pretty tough hooves and may not require shoes—just regular hoof trimming. Adopting a small farm animal as a companion for your horse also has some advantages over getting a second horse. They are less expensive to keep and generally take less time to take care of on a daily basis.

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We all have a best friend Who makes us smile and helps us get through the tough times. horses are the same Way— they also need a friend to spend time With. Q: Where do I find a companion for my horse? A: The best place to look for a companion of any species is at an equine or animal rescue farm. These facilities are overflowing with wonderful horses, ponies and farm animals that need a good home. Most are available for a small adoption fee. Ann says that the donkeys and mules at Long Ear Rescue must go to a home with another equine. Adoption fees are $500-750 per animal. She requires two personal references, a veterinary reference, and a farrier reference. “I also try to make a site visit to do a farm check of the adopter’s property. As a minimum if the farm is far away, I ask the adopters to send several photographs.” Ashley Arseneau is the Livestock Liason at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. The farm for their livestock branch is in Dedham, Massachusetts, and offers sheep, goats, and llamas for adoption. Two elderly horses who had been in residence there for several years had recently been adopted by a happy new owner. “We have negotiable adoption fees—we ask clients to donate what they feel is appropriate and what they can afford. It’s usually $50-1,000. Sometimes we’ve had people give us useful items in lieu of a fee. “Clients initially fill out an adoption application and come to visit the animals at our farm. We want them to spend some time with the animal that they choose. Then we ask for three different references, including a veterinarian and someone who can reliably attest to the ability of the client to care for the animal (such as a trainer). “Next we do a site visit to check the safety of the farm, including suitable fencing and shelter. We always provide transportation for the animal to the new farm, which gives us a second farm check.”

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Melissa Ghareeb is the Manager of the Equine and Farm Animal Center at the MSPCA Nevins Farm in Methuen, Massachusetts. “Goats are less expensive to maintain than horses and they are very fun and affectionate. Be sure to introduce the goat to your horse carefully and gradually. They will understand most of each other’s behavioral cues, but one is much larger than the other, so keep an eye on them in the beginning.” Eventually, the horse becomes very conscious of where his little friend is. Goats will need the basic necessities— good forage, clean water, and shelter. They must be fed grain made specifically for them (called caprine feed). Their veterinary care is a bit different from horses, other than annual rabies and tetanus vaccinations, so you will need to have a veterinarian that treats farm animals. Sheep like the company of other sheep but they also get along well with horses. They have excellent eyesight and sense of smell, so they can detect those potential predators. Sheep are docile and non-aggressive, making them a great choice for an equine companion. Like goats, sheep have their own specific type of feed (ovine) and need veterinary care from a farm animal specialist. Dietary mineral requirements for horses are very different from that of small ruminants like goats and sheep. They should not share trace mineral blocks—it’s easier and safer to put mineral supplement powder in with the caprine/ovine grain. Never let a sheep eat any equine grain feeds. The copper levels are too high and would cause a serious toxic reaction in the sheep. Llamas and alpacas make good companions as well. Like horses, they crave the safety of a herd environment. Lisa Olinger owns Hickory Grove Farm in Upton, Massachusetts, where she has alpacas and Nigerian dwarf dairy goats. “I have found that both the alpacas and the goats make great equine companions. If you choose an alpaca, I would recommend that you have two of them. For the goats, a single castrated male (wether) will work just fine.” The llamas and alpacas also require different nutrients, minerals, and veterinary care than horses do. It can be a bit hard to find a veterinarian who can provide care for these animals, so make sure that you get this arranged prior to adopting one (or more). Lisa also tells potential alpaca owners, “These animals need to be shorn once a year, whether or not you plan to spin the alpaca fiber into yarn.”

Goats make great companions for horses and are often less expensive to care for.

Ashley says that the ARL also has a fosterto-adopt program. The client provides a foster home for the horse/farm animal for a specified period of time (example—three months). This gives everyone a chance to build a relationship with each other to see if it will work out and that a permanent adoption is a good idea. Melissa at the MSPCA Nevins Farm has a wide variety of animals available for adoption. “Horses that come to us having lived as ‘only’ horses at their previous home tend to be very attached to people. As they spend time in our program, their animal social skills improve (back to where they should be!) and they then become very attached to the other animals. “We do ask adopters for a tax-deductible donation to help us offset the expenses incurred while the animal was at Nevins. The price varies with the animal, with companion animals going for a lower fee than sound horses suitable for riding. We require three references, one of which must be from a veterinarian. The latter must be a farm animal vet if that is what you are adopting. We do a site visit to check for suitable fencing and enough space, including shelter, for the animal. We also peek at the other animals on the farm to see if they look healthy.” Melissa says that the hardest animals for her to place in adoptive homes are the fullsize, non-ridable horses. “That’s the hardest

part of this job. We have some wonderful horses here that need a good home. They are very sweet-tempered but just can’t be ridden anymore.” Another source for finding an equine companion is through lesson programs. Large stables and schools often have sound horses that are no longer up to the rigors of the lesson program. These horses and ponies are usually tolerant, sane, and well-mannered animals that need to retire to a less-strenuous career as a companion or “light work” mount. They are often purchased for a nominal fee with references required. If you are looking for a donkey or farm animal as a companion for your horse, you could also contact breeders in your area to see what they have for sale. Your best source for contact information is veterinarians (equine, farm animal) and feed/farm supply stores. Q: If my horse has a constant companion, won’t he go crazy if I have to separate them? A: Yes, separation anxiety can be a big problem. The key is to not let the problem develop. Horses are creatures of habit—they are most relaxed when things go according to plan day after day. As an example, you

put your horses out at the same time every morning, and in the same order, and no one makes a fuss. You need to establish “separation” as part of your routine. When you introduce a new companion (of any species), make sure that both animals learn that they spend time together and that they spend time apart every day. Take your horse out to the arena for a ride while his buddy stays in the barn. Later, take the buddy out for a handwalk and hand-graze (or ride, if you plan to do this with the new buddy) so that the buddy is out of sight of your horse. Stay out for 20 minutes, then return. The horse and buddy will learn that they take turns leaving and coming back. If you occasionally do this for longer intervals, taking your horse away for the day to a show should be no problem. We all have a best friend who makes us smile and helps us get through the tough times. Horses are the same way—they also need a friend to spend time with. Sue Perry is a Certified Veterinary Technician and equine massage therapist. She lives in Upton, Mass., with three event horses and runs “Muscle Magic”, an equine massage service.

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the health and happiness of the horse. She also demystifies some common mistakes that riders make about bits, including which ones are the kindest and most appropriate for different disciplines. And of course, Esterson identifies a number of bits, with excellent information on the materials that bits are made of, how to assess and care for bits, and how each one works. The appearance of the book is appealing, with clear organization, large-sized print, and a fabulous assortment of big, clear, and extremely useful photos alongside the text. BOTTOM LINE: This book lives up to its name, and at a reasonable price!

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By Dr. Grant D. Myhre, B.S., D.V.M. Vets performing an arthroscopic surgery.

is commonly bilateral, surgery may need to be performed on more than one limb. If surgery is not an option, Falcor’s athletic performance in the future is likely guarded. Post-operative care includes bandaging and stall rest. Decreasing carbohydrate intake to prevent further OCD lesions in young horses is indicated. Good luck with Falcor—we wish you both much success in your future show career. COURTESY OF MYHRE EQUINE CLINIC

My friend says my four-month-old foal has a club foot. What does this mean and what can we do about it?

I have a two-year-old Hanoverian gelding named Falcor that I have owned since he was a weanling. Recently I have noticed swelling over his right hock. The swelling has not gone down and appears to be getting bigger. I do not feel any heat in the area and he is not lame. I have tried topical treatments and Bute but nothing brings down the swelling. My friend who has owned horses her whole life said that Falcor may have OCD. What is OCD? Will this limit his performance as a show horse in the future? What can I do to cure OCD?

OCD or osteochondrosis dissecans, is the failure of normal endochondral ossification, which results in thickening and retention of the hypertrophic zone of the growth cartilage. Simply put, there is a defect in the cartilage of the joint. Osteochondrosis and OCD are different in that there is a cartilage flap present with OCD. The cause is unknown, but genetics are thought to play a role in it. We believe that OCD is heritable and most commonly occurs in large, fast

growing breeds such as Warmbloods, Thoroughbreds, and Standardbreds. Other factors such as diet (high carbohydrate intake) and trauma may lead to OCD. OCD is generally seen in young horses from less than a year old up to three years of age. OCD is frequently bilateral, meaning that this condition can occur in both limbs. The sites of OCD occur most commonly in the hock followed by stifle, fetlock, and rarely the shoulder. Depending on the location there may or may not be lameness associated with swelling (effusion) of the area. A lameness evaluation and radiographs should be performed to diagnose a horse suspected of having OCD. We cannot say if Falcor has OCD without radiographic (x-rays) examination. Unfortunately, there is no ‘cure’ for OCD other than surgery. Prognosis depends on the location of the lesion with shoulder OCD having the least favorable prognosis. Surgical treatment is necessary to remove the defect and, if present, the associated fragment. Since this condition

A club foot is an imbalance in the foot that results in a short toe and high heel. In foals this is usually the result of a shortening (contraction) of the deep digital flexor muscle which results in excess tension on the coffin bone (where this tendon attaches), thus pulling the heel off of the ground, resulting in excess heel growth. Usually just one foot is affected, but it can occur in both feet, usually the forelimbs. A club foot is usually noticed in foals prior to six months of age. Club feet are often divided into four grades and treatment can vary between grades. A grade 1 club foot results in a foot with a hoof angle three to five degrees greater than the normal foot. A normal front hoof angle should be approximately 48-50 degrees. A grade 2 club foot is five to eight degrees greater than a normal foot. When trimmed normally, the heel will not contact the ground. In a grade 3 club foot, the heel is growing twice as fast as the toe, which is dished in appearance. Also, the coronary band will protrude over the toe, and the coffin bone will be radiographically affected. In a grade 4 club foot the hoof wall angle is greater than 80 degrees and is extremely dished. The coronary band is as high at the heel as it is at the toe, while the sole is below the ground surface of the wall. The sole of the hoof will bear the

About the Author After graduating from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Grant D. Myhre, B.S., D.V.M. completed his Large Animal/ Surgery internship at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Colorado and a two-year residency at Cornell University. He launched his career as a surgeon (and later, hospital director), leading the Rochester Equine Clinic to the forefront of veterinary medicine. With the expansion of its Sports and Nuclear Medicine department, the state-of-the-art hospital now carries the rightful name Myhre Equine Clinic (MEC) and offers the most experienced veterinary surgeons, diagnosticians, and highly educated staff. The clinic, located in Rochester, N.H., offers advanced imaging services including computer assisted tomography (CAT) and is the only nuclear medicine center in Northern New England. Dr. Myhre has been instrumental in the continued success of MEC and the equine complex as a whole, and continues as the facility’s senior surgeon and hospital director. A Wentworth Hunt member, he is an avid equestrian and enjoys fox hunting, hunter pacing and trail riding.




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majority of the weight and there are extensive radiographic changes to the coffin bone, which will appear rotated. Several treatment options are available and are best decided through the collaboration of your veterinarian and farrier. Treatment options include nutritional and exercise recommendations, toe extensions, pain medication, and surgical management. Surgical management involves cutting the inferior accessory (check) ligament of the deep digital flexor tendon. This is a relatively simple procedure and combined with a toe extension placed by your farrier is a very effective procedure. Often immediate correction is seen, but it

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Dogs Don’t care if it’s christmas, or hanukah, or monDay…or saturDay, really. if Barkley can catch a scrap of cheese that falls off the party platter, it is just as meaningful as a gift from santa.

“We always buy our dog Kayli treats for the holidays. Of course, she can sniff them out right through the wrapping paper. It’s so cute to watch her tear the paper off. When she’s finished unwrapping the gift we always give her a treat.” - Nikki Welch, Senior Designer


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owever, people adore their pets. They want to show them some love on the holidays, too. And the pet product companies are in no short supply of toys of the squeaky, crunchy, comfy, cute or utilitarian variety, to satisfy that desire. Here are a few ideas we found while perusing the stores and asking fellow dog lovers their opinions. Pets who travel deserve a comfortable, safe ride, and within the past few years, a plethora of travel seats have been developed for the vacationing pooch in the family. The backseat hammocks, for instance, give Buddy not only comfort, but reduce the fur that’s left on the back seat. There are also plenty of styles of seat


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covers and travel beds, as well as travel bowls… even sunglasses for the summer trips. Chew toys are great gifts for dogs. But some are picky—do they prefer a plush toy to rip apart, one that squeaks, or a durable rubber disc that can endure months of chewing? They are all out there. If you’ve got a strong, chewy canine on your hands, be sure to pay the extra bucks for the stronger lines of hefty chew toys that are out there. Dogs also seem to enjoy droolworthy toys that allow space for cheese or peanut butter in the middle. Other gift options can be more “educational.” Take, for example, the interactive puzzles that are available, where dogs are challenged to move pegs around in search of their reward, which is, you guessed it—treats.

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“I love that water filled dog ball,” says dog lover Meghan Lawrence. “It’s really fun for hot days, and outside of course. It fills with water and the water seeps out when it’s really squeezed and it’s pretty bouncy. I’ve only seen large dogs use it, however. I bought a wooden ball chucker, too, which is great for the ecofriendly family.” Some holiday-themed gifts include cute outfits and accessories, such as reindeer ears, a Santa or Mrs. Claus outfit, sunglasses, charms, shiny hair clips and studded necklaces, and collars that say “Princess.” Also, dogs love to sleep. The choices for dog beds are endless, with different patterns, thickness, sides, no sides…there’s an option for your Great Dane, Pomeranian or Yorkie. There are eco-friendly versions available, which means they’re “made green” and better for the environment. There are also heating and cooling beds on the market; these are particularly good for pets with joint pain. Of course many stores and sites offer personalized dog beds, in the event that your dog mixes his or hers up at school, and doesn’t know which one to climb into. And if all else fails, choose a package of bones as a present for your pooch. You wouldn’t even have to bother with a gift receipt for that one.

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Natural HORSEMANSHIP Basics For Every Discipline By Sarah Wynne Jackson


ulie Goodnight explains why natural horsemanship creates a solid foundation for any horse, regardless of discipline. Although the values of natural horsemanship have probably been in use in various forms as long as horses have been domesticated, this method of training has experienced a recent boom. Its popularity stems in part from its pertinence to any horse in any job from reining and cutting, to dressage and eventing, to driving and trail riding. Meet world renowned natural horsemanship trainer Julie Goodnight, who shares her thoughts on basic skills every horse in every discipline should have. She also explains how to teach those skills and why all training comes down to the relationship between horse and handler.

A Natural Approach

Goodnight formed her own training style and techniques after years of riding many types of horses and with countless mentors. She calls 30


herself a self-taught trainer; not a product of another trainer’s coursework. By riding many types of horses and working with many different trainers in the industry, she learned the similarities in all the disciplines. This gives her the ability to communicate clearly with horses and riders in any discipline and at any level. Her diverse experiences allowed Goodnight to learn firsthand what works and what doesn’t; she saw how horses responded to fair training methods and witnessed what happened with alternative techniques. Over time, she gained an ever greater appreciation for the horse and became determined to teach all horse owners how to interact as their horses’ kind leaders. When asked to describe her training philosophy, Goodnight responds, “To me, natural horsemanship simply means knowing and understanding the horse’s natural behavior, his instincts, motivations, communication,


social structure, how he learns, and using that information to train him in a way that is clear and easy for the horse to understand. By focusing on the horse’s desires and motivations and their instinctive herd behaviors, you can get awesome results and a very willing and compliant partner.” What makes Goodnight’s approach unique from other natural horsemanship trainers? “Two things: my research into horse behavior (in addition to 50 years of observations) and my focus on the rider and handler. Without question, the more horses you work with, the better you get at training horses; the more hands-on experience you get, the more you learn. “For me, the experience and observation of literally thousands of horses wasn’t enough,” she says. “I had to validate what I thought I knew about horses by studying the academic research of horse and animal behavior and the science of training animals (and humans).” Goodnight says that equine science degrees were not available then, so her research was a self guided study. She feels this was an important step to strengthening her understanding and rounding out her experience.

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pline, is to stand still for mounting. “They should never for a second consider moving or walking off without a directive. This precedent can be well engrained in the horse’s early training by demanding and expecting this from the very first day he is mounted by a rider and it should be reinforced throughout his riding career,” she says. Start by teaching your horse to stand still in a variety of situations, a skill that can be taught long before a saddle and mounting block are introduced. Being bathed, groomed, haltered, and worked on by a vet or farrier are all occasions to teach a horse to stand still. When you begin teaching the horse to stand still for mounting, make sure he is standing square to prevent excessive torque being placed on the back and withers. Without a foot at all four corners, it’s difficult for a horse to stand still when the rider mounts. Another way to One of the most basic skills all riders should teach their reward standing still is by asking horse is how to stand still for mounting. for an immobile halt at the end of your ride. Your dismount is the horse’s reward. passive, non-authoritative rider. Gradually ask for immobility for longer and “Once it dawns on a horse that he has a voice longer periods of time to ingrain it as a habit. in where he goes and what he does, he may start making his own decisions and eventually there will be some decisions you don’t agree with,” Go Where You Say Another essential skill every horse should know she explains. “This is a precedent I establish is to move exactly on the path and direction that within moments of any horse I get on—green the rider dictates. Goodnight says, “No arguing, or finished. Once this is established, you should no compromising, no discussion. Again, this have an obedient and willing partner that does precedent is easy to set early on in a horse’s not question your authority.” Some obvious examples of a horse choosing training. But it only takes moments to undo it in an experienced and well-trained horse by a his own path in disobedience to the rider’s cues

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Go the Speed You Say

Regardless of their discipline, whether a pleasure horse or a show mount, every horse

should go exactly the speed the rider decides and maintain that speed until cued otherwise. “The horse should not slow down or speed up because he’s lazy or energetic or nervous, or because you are going toward the barn or away from it or because he just feels like it,” says Goodnight. “As with these other training points, when this kind of precedent is set early on, it’s not so hard. But when a horse has a history of being able to make impulsive decisions about where he goes or how fast/ slow he gets there, he gets it in his mind that he has control and authority,” she says. To slow down a fast horse, resorting to a harsher bit or pulling constantly on the reins will only exacerbate the problem. First, make sure the rider is sitting in a balanced fashion, not leaning forward or back. Also, verify that pain is not the cause of the horse’s nervousness. Then find ways to help the horse relax in each gait. Goodnight feels that changing direction in a teardrop shaped circle is helpful because the turn naturally slows the horse. Using a mild bit such as a snaffle, she recommends riding with a reasonably loose rein. Changing direction in a teardrop shaped circle helps to In slow motion, move both hands naturally slow a horse. in the direction you want to turn so that the inside rein is a leading rein and the capable of doing as you ask and not limited by outside rein is a neck rein. Move your hands age or lameness. Begin with clear, concise aids as a unit as if they were connected, with no and good timing of those aids. When he begins traveling at the speed and gait you want for backward pull. Every time the horse gets too fast, change several strides, reward him with rest. Each time, direction in this manner. Make your turns expect one or two more strides at your chosen random; left, right, quarter turn, half turn, etc. speed and gait until he circles the entire arena As long as the horse continues at the speed you without slowing down. This method gradually want, allow him to go straight. He’ll soon learn builds his fitness for what you want him to do while preventing you from asking for too much that when he speeds up, you turn him. Before you teach a slow horse to go the too soon. speed you want, be sure he is physically

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Goodnight stresses that the basis for all training is the horse/handler relationship with the handler as the fair, consistent leader and the horse as follower. She explains why this relationship is so vital, “Many people, particularly novices, think that horses are motivated by food, bribery, indulgence, and pampering. But what horses want, above all else in life, is the security and comfort that comes from being a member of a herd with a strong and benevolent leader.” Natural horsemanship is an effective way to develop that type of relationship with our horses, whether we jump, spin, pirouette, or stroll leisurely down a few bridle paths.

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are those that are sour: barn sour, buddy sour (herd-bound), and gate sour. Horses that refuse to walk through water or on different footing are also breaking this rule. Such horses lack trust in and respect for the rider as herd leader. To correct such behavior, the rider must first have a good understanding of how horses recognize and respond to leaders and followers. Then, to establish the correct leader/follower relationship with your horse, begin with ground work. Done correctly, ground work establishes your authority as herd leader as well as your horse’s trust in you as the dominant member of the horse/handler team. Ground work done incorrectly can cause more problems, such as a defensive or even aggressive horse, so it’s important to learn how to do it right by working in person with a knowledgeable coach. When you mount up, maintain that leader/ follower relationship. Every moment you’re with your horse, you’re training, whether you know it or not. That means that you are always telling the horse what he can do and what he can’t do by your response. Without realizing it, many people allow their authority with their horse to erode by letting the horse make decisions they shouldn’t be allowed to make. Walking off without being cued to walk, cutting corners in the arena, and walking off when being mounted are all ways a horse takes the leadership role away from the rider. Anytime you ride any horse, it’s important that you choose the path he travels on at all times. Being persistent and particular in the beginning and insisting that he walk exactly where you say (not approximately) will put him in line in such a way that obedience to your cues becomes a habit, so disobedience doesn’t occur to him. But to do that, you need to ride correctly and give clear, consistent signals to the horse; not pulling on both reins when you want him to turn or pulling back on the reins when you want him to move forward.

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A Look at Clinic Auditing The AffordAble educATion for riders By Lynndee Kemmet


ith winter finally upon us, the focus of many riders has shifted from competition to education. Books and videos are one way to advance one’s knowledge of riding and training, but nothing quite beats the personal touch of a live clinic. The NorTheasT is one of america’s riding hubs. and because many of the country’s top riders are based in the region, the Northeast is also a popular stopping place for many of the world’s best-known clinicians. The popularity of clinics in the region is evident by the fact that it’s not unheard of for two or more clinics to be running on any given weekend—and all of them filled with riders and auditors. Clearly, the opportunity to ride with a worldclass trainer is one of the big benefits of clinics for riders. however, despite the fact that riding in a clinic with some of these trainers is a great educational benefit, it’s not always an option. “Not everyone is able to actually ride in an organized clinic,” notes Linda Powers, who has helped organize clinics at Ten Broeck Farm in Pepperell, Massachusetts. “often they are closed or a select few are chosen or perhaps riding in


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public is just not for you.” But, as she notes, there is an alternative—auditing. and auditing certainly has its benefits. For one, it’s a more affordable option. riding in clinics can be a bit pricey—generally, anywhere from $100 to $250. still, that can be cheaper than transporting yourself and your horse to a clinician based far away. riding with a european-based or West Coast-based clinician is a financial impossibility for most riders. and for many others, paying for a ride with one of these clinicians when they travel to the Northeast is still beyond the budget. That makes auditing the most affordable route to go. The cost of auditing a clinic can be as low as $20. aside from the obvious cost benefit, auditing can also provide riders with a chance to get a sense of a clinician’s teaching style before making the decision to put out the money to be a clinic rider. Watching is one

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way to see how a clinician works with riders and handles different types of horses. “We all struggle with whatever discipline we choose and often relate to what we see in clinics. All horses are not created equal, and if you do not own a magnificent mover or exceptional jumper you will see how most improve by the end of the clinic and can bring that home to your own training,” Powers said. Liz Braverman, a Connecticut-based rider and trainer, agrees that the improvement one can witness through the course of the clinic is clearly a benefit that auditors can gain without having to be a clinic rider. “The benefit to auditing a clinic is being able to observe the learning process of both horse and rider from start to finish,” she said. “You get to see the struggles and successes. When there is an amazing clinician one watches ‘the light bulb moment’ and everything begins to make sense to the rider. I live for those moments in my own riding and teaching.” Having said that, Braverman also suggests that an auditor watch the whole clinic and not

just those parts that work with horses at the auditor’s level. This gives auditors a big picture view of the whole training process, which is quite valuable if auditors intend to advance themselves and their horses up the levels. Very often, clinicians will work with the same horse and rider pairs over the course of several days, which gives auditors the chance to see progress over days rather than just in the course of one lesson. One thing that auditors do need to keep in mind is that it’s not always the case that great trainers are great clinicians for the auditors. There are a good many who focus on the rider

in the ring and forget about the riders sitting around the ring. Sometimes this is by accident and sometimes on purpose. So the first thing to ask when considering attending a clinic is whether auditors are simply being “allowed” to watch lessons or being “invited” to participate and learn. If auditors are openly courted, odds are more likely that the format of the clinic is designed to provide education to auditors as well as to the clinic riders. The New England Dressage Association, which hosts two large events each year—one in the spring and one in the fall—makes clear that there is a difference in approach by distin-

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guishing between “clinic” and “symposium.” NEDA refers to its events as a symposium rather than clinic. According to NEDA’s Jennifer Dillon, a symposium is clearly geared toward the auditor. “At a clinic, the clinician is there primarily to teach a lesson. People should ask the organizer ahead of time if questions are permitted. If questions are allowed, then asking about ‘why’ and ‘how’ are great ways to learn about what was going on in the ring. Find out if the riders in the ring are regular students of the clinician or if this is the first time the horse and rider are learning from the clinician. This can be Bettina Drummond a big factor in what working with goes on in the ring, Lisa Hyslop and including what the Rolling Stone at the teacher’s expectations 2010 NEDA Spring are of the rider and Symposium. horse. At an appro-

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priate time, ask the clinician to explain their overall training philosophy.” Unlike a clinic, in NEDA’s view a symposium is designed to focus on the auditor and the riders are used as examples to help teach auditors. NEDA generally creates a symposium with education of the auditor in mind and the goal is to present an idea, training concept, and/or problem solving technique. “Since a symposium is geared toward educating the auditor, I would recommend that auditors read and understand the symposium topic and then consider what they are seeing and hearing in the ring in relation to that topic. Ask questions and participate in the discussion. But keep questions focused on the specifics of what is going on. Questions about your horse at home are not fair or helpful, even though it is understandable why people ask. So many horse and training situations are dependent on the specifics of a situation that a clinician simply cannot answer a hypothetical without knowing the rider and the horse,” Dillon said. Fern Feldman, a Connecticut-based rider who has attended many clinics agrees. “If you get to ask a question—for the sake of everyone else—try to make it generic enough so that it can be helpful to everyone rather than just specific to you.” The point here is that auditors can be quite sure that a symposium will focus on educating them and not just those who were selected to ride in the event. But with a clinic, it’s possible that the riders who paid for the lesson will be the focus. If the intention of the clinic is to help riders, then auditors need to accept their backseat position. It doesn’t hurt to ask clinic

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organizers ahead of time who will be the focus—riders, auditors or both equally. Sometimes it doesn’t matter much as there are clinicians quite skilled at reaching out to both riders and auditors simultaneously. The ability to connect with auditors while working with the riders in the ring is one thing that sets good clinicians apart and provides auditors with the greatest benefit. According to Deb DeBurgo, a New Hampshire rider who attended a Mette Rosencrantz clinic in October at Ten Broeck Farm, that’s what made being an auditor well worth her time. “Mette was a wonderful clinician. She took time to explain to the auditors what she saw in each horse/rider combination and explained how the exercise she had them do would help them,” DeBurgo said. 40

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What also helps, is a clinician’s ability to impart information in a way that can be understood by a variety of people of different levels. “Mette had some great analogies,” said DeBurgo, who is also a riding instructor. “A good teacher will have many ways to express what they are teaching so they can adapt to each individual. A student can’t perform a task they don’t understand and analogies allow students to visualize a concept or go for a feel making them less mechanical. I find students perform better if I give them something to visualize instead of just verbal commands. Mette provided some great exercises and great analogies and I am sure every student and every auditor went home with something useful from the lessons.” The key tools of the auditing trade are pen and notebook. If the clinician is good, he or she will share useful training exercises that auditors can see implemented first-hand and then try at home. “I always bring a notebook and a pen,” DeBurgo said. “You can

California based rider Mette Rosencrantz at a clinic at Ten Broeck Farm.

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get some great training ideas and exercises to use in lessons for your own students.” Feldman agreed on the need for these essential auditor tools. “Bring your notebook so you can take notes. I have a file folder at home called ‘Clinic notes/ Important Articles.’ If I really feel the clinic was important and/ or helpful to me, I keep those notes for future reference. It’s very interesting to go back to them periodically (especially if I recall that—for example—trot half-passes were demonstrated and explained especially well, and I’m working on some aspect of them) to re-read. Someone else’s turn-of-phrase, other than that of your usual instructor, often rings a bell and can be particularly helpful,” she said. Always be sure to ask clinic organizers if cameras and videos are allowed. Tape recorders, on the other hand, are often allowed. And some auditors do use them, which gives a more accurate account of what was actually said by the

clinician in the course of training sessions. For all these reasons, auditing a clinic really can be a valuable experience. There is one other benefit to auditing clinics, Powers said. “Auditing can be a fun, bonding experience. You will often catch up with friends and acquaintances that you have not seen for a while. So…for what is usually little money, auditing is the next best thing to an actual training session!”


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Holiday Shopping Guide Discipline specific gifts the horse lovers on your list actually want BY CHELSEA CLARK


o you have a horsey friend, family member, or significant other that you still haven’t checked off your holiday shopping list? Are you simply at a loss for what to buy them? Show them that you support their horse addiction by giving these gifts selected specifically for western riders, hunter/jumper riders, for horses, and for the allaround horse lover.


Western riders generally have one thing in common—they are all about the bling. The more silver, crystals, and shine, the better. And if they’re not into the bling, they’re into neon colors (or both). Here are some unique accessories that are sure to make any western rider stand out in the ring or at the rodeo. Equestrian belts come in an array of colors and styles, but the one to go for is a belt with some attitude. Take note of the colors in the rest of a rider’s tack set. For example, if your horsey friend barrel races in all neon green tack, then go for a bright green alligator print belt with silver and crystal detailing. In the show ring, a slightly more understated black belt with some embellishments is the perfect fit. Speaking of the perfect fit, measure a belt that your horse crazed friend or family member already wears to ensure that they won’t have to return your gift for a different size. Another way to add some sparkle to the wardrobe is with engraved spurs. Check out what style of rowel they already use and try to get something 42


similar. Spurs can come in a variety of styles from antique to modern and can include copper, silver, gold, or iron detailing. Add in a pair of nicely tooled spur straps to make a perfect holiday gift for any western rider. Western pleasure and equitation riders know that their competition number often gets in the way and necessitates the use of unsightly pins that put holes in their expensive show shirts. Magnetic number pins easily solve this problem and make a gorgeous and inexpensive gift. These round conchos or gems securely fasten the number card to the back of the shirt without bunching or putting holes in the fabric. For the rider who would rather compete with their number on their saddle pad, a lovely silver blanket bar will add that finishing touch. If you’re looking for a small, inexpensive gift for a seasoned show rider, a ponytail clip is the perfect present to buy. These fasten over the ponytail for an added bit of sparkle. Be sure to get one that matches the rest of their typical show ring jewelry.



When it comes to gifts for hunter, jumper, or equitation riders, it may seem like a daunting task to find them something that they don’t already have. However, there are a few items that can help keep them organized and looking put together this upcoming show season. One item that can be useful for the busy rider is a combination hat and boot bag. There’s room for a pair of tall boots, helmet or hat, crop, gloves, and more. Everything is within reach in one easy place, eliminating the need to carry an armful of bags. They also come on wheels, making transport even easier! A garment bag is another item that any hunter or jumper rider who attends shows will find extremely helpful. These bags keep all their shirts and jackets clean and free of dirt, horse hair, and hay until they enter the ring. You can also have them personalized with the rider’s initials so that they’ll never get mixed up with someone else’s attire. Another item that can be personalized for a specific rider or horse is a dress sheet. You can find these in a variety of colors and trims with added embellishments such as a tail cord. They can be customized with embroidery of either the horse’s show name or the rider’s initials. It’s a good idea to embroider the rider’s initials if they show multiple horses. This is a classic gift that you can find in a generous price range that, if well-made, will last for many show seasons. Add a little sparkle and a touch of personal style to a show outfit by buying engraved stirrups or spurs, or ones that have small Swarovski crystals set in them. A belt is another way to inject some personality into a hunter or jumper wardrobe. Belts designed specifically for riders can come with fancy stitching, brass nameplates, snaffle bit accents, studs, rhinestones, and more.

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n a brisk Sunday morning this October, 13 riders from Blackhorse Equestrian Center joined 103 other riders from all over the Northeast—and even farther—for Connecticut’s 10th annual Komen Ride for the Cure. The event raised a record total of $110,000 to fight breast cancer. Each rider had a purpose, and each rider carried a pink ribbon embossed with the name of the person they honored— or remembered—with their ride. Melissa Pogwizd of Bethany’s Blackhorse Equestrian Center led her Members of riders in their second year the Blackhorse of team participation. Pam Equestrian Team. Townsend, who started Komen’s Ride for the Cure Sasha Cabin and 10 years ago, spoke admir- Olivia Monroe. ingly of Melissa’s group, stating, “They wrote the book on organizing as a team.” Melissa explains her purpose. “Riding itself can be healing,” she says. “The Ride for the Cure is a fun way to bring people together to raise awareness of advances in breast cancer treatment and prevention as well as to raise the money needed for research and education. By bringing young riders to participate as part of the team, we raise their awareness so they can take charge of their

MAKING A TRANSITION FROM A HOT SUMMER TO A LONG WINTER is easy for the Muttontown Horsemen’s Association and the Nassau Suffolk Horsemen’s Association. This year’s annual picnic and Open House, held on September 26 at the Muttontown Park Preserve offered cool autumn weather and drew a large turnout. Guests enjoyed sandwiches and beverages while watching exhibitions on the spacious grounds. Members of the Rough Riders and the Nassau County mounted unit started off the festivities by presenting the colors in an opening ceremony. They were followed by the Islip Horsemen’s Association’s popular Spirit of Long Island drill team. A new movement called the cyclone was added to the drill team’s routine, which includes the four-spoke wheel, swinging gate, zipper, echelon, the much-loved pinwheel and other intricate maneuvers ridden to upbeat American music. Although the riders made it look easy, the audience was

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own health. But they also learn that they can do something about it, they can take action. Having a team builds relationships among the riders—and being part of a team helps people to raise donations.” The team spirit is evident among the Blackhorse riders. Melissa carefully matched riders with horses, even arranging for a replacement when a horse was unfit for the rigors of the 8.5-mile ride on the wooded trails and rolling hills of Tyrone Farm in Pomfret, Conn., where the Ride was held. Melissa also divided the riders into small groups, knowing that trying to keep over a dozen riders together would be too stressful. Knowing each horse and rider, Melissa assigned groups based on experience and gave each rider a job within their group. In one group, younger but more experienced riders watched out for one of the older riders, while the older one reminded the younger that some terrain was truly unfit for a spirited gallop—but some of it was perfect! Melissa also arranged for low-cost transport from Gunnar Chapman of Cheshire, Conn., another member of the extended Blackhorse family. Gunnar drove his 15-horse trailer for the Blackhorse team as one of several non-riding team members who provided welcome support. The team approach worked well for Blackhorse; last year they raised $8,000 and this year, over $11,800, with eight of the riders each raising over $500 in donations. Melissa credits the organizational skills and inspiration of Pam Korsmeyer as the driving force behind the Blackhorse Team. Pam has been associated with the Ride for the Cure since 2003, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She joined the Ride Committee shortly thereafter and rode the course for several years. After resigning from the board in 2008, she has helped organize the Blackhorse Equestrian Center Team participation in the Ride. Many of the Blackhorse riders rode in her honor. “The enthusiasm and hard work of everyone,

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especially team captain Melissa Pogwizd, has been thrilling and humbling to me,” Pam stated in an interview after accepting the Top Team Award at the luncheon following the Ride on behalf of Blackhorse. “It has helped immeasurably to keep my spirits up as I continue to play this hand I’ve been dealt, grateful for the wonders of science and medicine, yet accepting the limits imposed on all of us by human mortality and the inexorable realities of this disease.” These realities are now being changed through research and education funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Connecticut Susan G. Komen Ride for the Cure has contributed more than $700,000 to Komen for the Cure. The Ride in Connecticut has attracted riders from throughout New England and beyond, and has inspired eight other Rides nationally, with others in the planning stages. For more information, visit www.KomenCT. org or call 860-728-4955.






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he second Annual Fun in the Forest Trail Ride was held on October 16, 2010 at the Silvermine Horse Campground in Natchaug State Forest in Eastford, Conn. Nineteen riders raised $810 for First Descents on a very windy Connecticut morning. The optional scavenger hunt that was added this year was a lot of fun

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n October 17, a beautiful fall Sunday, participants, former and current board members, volunteers, family, and friends gathered in the arena at High Hopes for the 36th Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration. This yearly event provides an opportunity to recognize the many people whose time and efforts contribute to the organization’s success as one of the country’s premier therapeutic riding centers. During the 2009-2010 fiscal year, almost 600 volunteers devoted more than 34,400 hours of service in such diverse capacities as horse leaders, barn buddies, special events planning, board membership, office duties, and facility maintenance. Cheryl Heffernan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, opened the meeting by welcoming

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the audience and thanking outgoing Trustees Pauline Knoll, Koko Gildersleeve and Kel Tyler for their many years of extraordinary dedication and service. She then welcomed new board members Jonathan Jewett and Seymour Smith, who were officially voted into office by


the membership. During the meeting, Executive Director Kitty Stalsburg presented a review of the year’s activities. One of the highlights of the afternoon was a program demonstration by the High Hopes Integrated Drill Team. The members of the Drill Team are Danielle Olsen and Skylar Thompson, riding program participants, and High Hopes instructors Sarah Carlson and Karen Pfeil. The demonstration was choreo-

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been volunteering in the program since 2005; much of that time with her good friend Nancy. Barbara’s dedication to her role and High Hopes participants is inspiring. The Janie Davison Youth Service Award, presented to the youth volunteer that demonstrates a willingness to go above and beyond, went to Julia Kenny. Julia demonstrates her commitment to High Hopes’ mission. She began volunteering in the fall of 2008, helping her mother in the barn. In the past several years, with her desire to work hard and learn new things, she has progressed to sidewalker, horse leader, summer camp volunteer and

most recently, longe liner. Always willing to lend a hand whenever and wherever needed, Julia’s positive nature and support is always appreciated. The Horse of the Year Award is traditionally selected by ballots submitted by participants and volunteers with the name of the winner a closely guarded secret until the announcement at the meeting. This year’s award went to Nifty. Born in 1988, Nifty is a dun Quarter Horse gelding who has performed as a show horse in English, western, and reining competition. He has a playful personality and is a reliable and stalwart member of the High Hopes herd. The following Annual Awards were presented at the award ceremony following the annual meeting. Presented annually to the rider who has shown the most progress during the past year, the Paul Burkarth Rider of the Year Award was established in memory of Paul Burkarth in 1985. This year, Alexa Agostine was the recipient. The Patrick Moreno Sportsmanship Award, continued on page 58

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established in memory of Patrick Moreno in 1993 by Sis Gould, was awarded to Tina Avery. This annual award is given to the rider who shows outstanding sportsmanship, consideration of others, and encouragement to his or her fellow riders, exemplifying Patrick’s way of helping others, never giving in to adversity. The Lytt Gould Leadership Award, established in 2006 by the High Hopes Board of Trustees, went to Kel Tyler. This award was initiated in recognition of Lytt Gould’s extraordinary and exemplary leadership throughout High Hopes’ history, and is now given annually to a person, who like Lytt, has demonstrated leadership, vision, and commitment to the sustainability and future growth of High Hopes. In 1998, Sculptor Stever Aubrey established the Sally H. Aubrey Award in honor of his wife. In doing so, he donated his artisan’s work of a remarkable bronze sculpture of a mare and foal that is displayed in our entrance way. This year, the award was given to Penny Nelson. The board and staff elected Penny as the recipient, as she exemplifies the true spirit of High Hopes through commitment, dedication 58

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and compassion. This year the Volunteer Awards were presented at a separate ice cream social and volunteer celebration held in August. Any Bodelin was the recipient of the Barn Volunteer of the Year Award. This award is chosen by the barn staff and given to a volunteer who has demonstrated reliable and consistent volunteer support for the horses in the barn. Any has been volunteering since March 2009 with just over 1,000 hours. But it’s more than the hours that she’s given. It’s her hard work, dedication, and commitment to High Hopes and the herd that have made her an outstanding barn volunteer. The Office Volunteer of the Year Award, chosen by the office staff and given to a special volunteer who provides administrative support, went to Jacki Mildren. Since May 2006, Jackie has generously given over 375 hours to help out in the program office. Every Friday morning, she is ready to take on whatever jobs are presented, quietly going about her tasks to help make sure the administrative needs of the program are met. Her hard work and commitment are recognized and greatly appreciated. For more information on High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center, please visit www.

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xhibitors from New England and beyond gathered in West Springfield, Mass., for the Eastern States Exposition Horse Show this past fall. For those used to attending horse shows while little else is going on at the Big E show grounds, this event offers something different, with the Big E Fair taking place for the duration of the horse shows, which are held over the course of three weeks. In addition to the full schedule of classes, attendees enjoyed exhibits, rides, games, vendors, and food outlets in addition to concerts, variety shows, and demonstrations. This event offers great exposure for equestrian sports to the general public by hosting classes for a variety of breeds and disciplines including Hunters, Jumpers, Saddlebred, Morgan, Friesians and Draft Horse divisions.

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The hunter, jumper and equitation classes, including the USHJA Zone 1 Finals, kicked off competition on September 15-19. James Zulia and Brian J. Flynn judged the classes in this division. Brian J. Flynn was also the course designer. Top honors in the Pre-Green Zone 1 Finals went to Brooke Degrazia and French Kiss. Lavin Hannah and Dolce And Gabbana were the team to beat in the Green/Regular Hunter Zone 1 Final. Emily Noble and Claudio turned in top quality performances, earning the championship in the Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Zone 1 Final. Sean Rogers and Holland Park were the team to beat in the 36+ competition. Catherine Kenny and Shakespeare earned the top award in the Children’s Hunter Horse division. Abigail Wagner and Sea Spray were the winners of the Children’s Large Hunter Pony competition. The championship in the Large Pony Hunter Zone 1 Final went to Hanaa Khan and Oakwood’s Beyond Glory. The Medium Pony Hunter winner was Allison Tritschler riding Clovermeade Bunny Side Up. Haley Iannotti and Simply Perfect emerged victorious in the Small Pony Hunter Zone 1 Final. Mackenzie Breen and Masquerade bested a field of top entries to win the Short Stirrup

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The draft horse entries took center stage September 23-26, including the highly anticipated $30,000 Big E Six-Horse Hitch Showdown. The entries exhibited in this division are truly a sight to behold and emerge as crowd favorites each year. Bruce Gardner of Madrid, Iowa, accepted the invitation to judge this year’s classes. Jason Honsberger drove the winning team from Hammersmith Belgians to the win in the $30,000 Big E Six-Horse Hitch Showdown. Proud owners Craig and Chris Hammersmith were thrilled with the win and the $5,000 prize. Jason Honsberger also earned the top award in the Belgian Six-Horse Hitch class. Chad Cold expertly guided the Trippcrest Farms’ owned entry to the win in the Percheron Six-Horse competition for owners Pete Tripp and Jane Grey. Shannon Cobbs and the team from Grandview Clydesdales were the lone entry in the Clydesdale/Shire Six-Horse Hitch, earning the win following a good class both ways of the ring.

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Horse show attendees were treated to Saddlebred, Morgan, Hackney, and Friesian classes held September 30-October 3. This popular event draws many top entries in these divisions each year. Steve Chadick and Gayle Lampe judged the classes from center ring. ESE Horse Show Coordinator Carol Keller kept the show running smoothly once again with help from the office staff. The eagerly anticipated ASHA New England Regional Championships were a part of the competition again this year, attracting numerous continued on page 60

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Pony Zone 1 Final. The Large Junior Working Hunter Zone 1 Final winner was Nicole Pizzi, riding Aikid’o. Abigail Wagner was the proud winner with Got That Right in the Children’s Small/Medium Hunter Pony Zone 1 Final.


n October 10, 2010 Ribbons for Linda hosted its third annual benefit horse show for pancreatic cancer awareness and research at the Cumberland Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maine. Ribbons for Linda is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 in memory of Linda Best, an avid horse woman and local Scenes from the 2010 Ribbons for Linda Bennefit Horse Show.

farrier, who after a valiant battle, succumbed to pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband and four children. Linda’s husband Paul and children are supporters and participants in the show. The benefit show was a great success. The event started off with all participants choosing to wear purple ribbons and stenciling their horses with Twinkle Glitter’s purple ribbons in support of pancreatic cancer. Both full size and Miniature horses participated in 28 classes with co-judges Cindy Moses and Linda CameronDavis offering their wealth of knowledge and relaxed approach to this amazing day. The highlights of the show were the fun Obstacle

classes and Marathon Madness. Each challenged the competitors to a myriad of fun tasks from ground tying while reading a book to balancing water-filled glasses from one table to another. Another class that had the crowd cheering was the barrel racing. You could feel the excitement in the crisp fall air. The entire show was captured by the very talented photographer, Vickie Gelinas, who did a fantastic job taking pictures for the event. The show classes were supported by many individual sponsors and vendors including Mini Horsefeathers who donated a percentage of their proceeds to the cause. Rich Hutchins, also known as “The Weiner Guy,” provided hot dogs, drinks, and sausages for all to enjoy and Reins in Maine 4-H club contributed the delicious baked goods and assisted in setting up the classes. Ribbons for Linda would also like to thank all exhibitors for their participation. There were three participants in continued on page 60 December 2010



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accomplished exhibitors. Among them was the $1,000 Five-Gaited Championship. Gerald Hutson rode Joe Fabulous to the win in this class for owner Annika Bruggeworth. The $1,000 Three-Gaited Championship went to the elegant team of Bugattis Pinata and Holli Esposito. Annika Bruggeworth drove her entry, Hoof Prince to the win in the Open Fine Harness Championship. Queens Newport Storm and Juli Baranello put in a polished performance in the Morgan Park Saddle Championship, earning the tricolor ribbon and championship award. CVH Celtic Command and show ring legend Bernard Parker brought down the house in the Park Harness Championship for owner Catherine Haynes. MPA Legacy Lives On and Nicolas Villa were the big winners in the English Pleasure Stake class. Bernard Parker was back in the winner’s circle in the Morgan Pleasure Driving Championship, guiding CVH Celtic Challenger to the title. Annika Bruggeworth turned in a polished performance with Brend V in the Friesian Under Saddle Championship. Frans Fan E Hurrdravers Dyk and Charmane Delisle put in an elegant performance for the win in the Friesian Pleasure Driving Championship. Once again, the Big E Horse Show hosted a great competition that filled the main coliseum at the Big E Fair with memorable performances. Exhibitors and horse show attendees had the chance to enjoy everything from Saddlebreds and Morgans to Draft Horse competition in a friendly, fun-filled atmosphere.

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particular that Ribbons for Linda would like to recognize for earning high point awards for this event. Congratulations to Brady Morin who won for Ages 7 and Under; Courtney Best, who won the Age 8-15 division; and Heidi Philips, who won Age 16 and Over. They were amazing exhibitors exemplifying what it truly means to be supporters for this

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he blustery winds of October 16 could not dampen enthusiasm present during the first City to Saddle Farm Day at Mesa Farm, in Rutland, Mass. City to Saddle (CTS), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization providing underserved, mostly urban children tuition and access to local equestrian programs throughout the Commonwealth, joined with Mesa Farm owners, Ann Tripp and Dale Perkins to organize the festival—a fall celebration reuniting many City to Saddle children and their families with staff, volunteers, and some of the wonderful horses involved in City to Saddle riding programs. Warmed by bright sun and high spirits, more than 40 children enjoyed horse-drawn hay rides to a neigh- Dale Perkins and his team wait for guests to fill the boring dairy farm, pony rides, and wagon for a horse drawn hayride. the company of friendly sheep, horses, and goats. Visitors made cider with The group performs across New England at a hand turned apple press, dug potatoes county fairs and other venues throughout from the field, and savored their harvested the season. Mesa Farm has served as a City to Saddle veggies including delicious French Fries and host equestrian facility for the past two sliced carrots. Pumpkins were awarded to equestrian years. In addition to CTS and other riding trivia game participants, and yarn making programs each summer, Mesa Farm is home was demonstrated by a local artisan spin- to therapeutic vaulting programs, draft horse ning fibers from her beautiful, long-coated workshops, a market garden, and other agricultural enterprises. Angora rabbit. City to Saddle Executive Director, Barbara Topping off the afternoon activities, guests were treated to a special performance by Zenker, hopes that City to Saddle Farm Day the Dale Perkins Horse Show. Dale and his will become an annual event—a festival open team of young riders and crew presented to the general public as well as City to Saddle an exceptional variety of mounted and families. To find out more about City to Saddle, or un-mounted acts with some of the farm’s 12 horses, including a chariot performance, make a tax deductible donation, visit www. Roman riding, vaulting, trick riding, and a bridle-less quadrille drill team performance.

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onnecticut Horse Shows Associaiton circuit, including the is pleased to announce the awarding Morgan Horse Show of three $1,000 scholarships. This in Oklahoma. Christen Scarpa has year was again very competitive with a number of impressive applicants. The schol- completed her junior year arship recipients for this year are Jenna Burns, at Quinnipiac University Brynne Cummings, and Christen Scarpa. Jenna Burns is a sophomore currently attending The University of Connecticut majoring in Nursing. In her freshman year, Burns joined the Student Nurse Association, and participated in the Relay for Life benefiting the American Cancer Society. Burns was also elected the 2010 Public Relations Chairperson providing tours of the School of CHSA Scholarship recipient Jenna Burns. Nursing and its campus in the Business Manchester, Conn., Sport for potential students, Program and is Hall of Fame Inducts Kristen and also became a looking forward Kuzmickas-Guadagnino Member of Colleges to completing Submitted by GeorGe JenSen Against Cancer, who her educa- CHSA member Kristen Kuzmickas-Guadagnino serves on the Breast tion this next will take her place among the champion athletes Cancer Awareness Day CHSA Scholarship recipient Brynne Cummings. academic year. for her equestrian accomplishments at the 31st Committee and the During her college career, Scarpa has been Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, to Relay for Life Survivorship Committee. Burns started showing the CHSA circuit in able to balance her time between studies and be held on November 6. 2003 and earned The Good Sportsmanship school obligations, and riding and showing. Guadagnino has ridden and owned horses Scarpa’s extracurricular activities have for over 20 years. She began competing in Award from CHSA in 2005. Brynne Cummings is a junior at The included The Programming Board, Marketing 1984. Her first national competition was University of Connecticut majoring in Club, Italian Heritage Club and The Year in 1991 where she finished in fourth and Biology. Cummings is a Dean’s list student Book 2011. eighth places. An accomplished flutist, horse show competand is planning to apply to medical school She won her first state championship in where she will pursue her interests in inter- itor, and volunteer, Scarpa has successfully 1993 and from 1992-2001 won 17 titles ventional radiology. She is a member of the competed in a number of Hunter/Jumper and in Connecticut Hunter/Jumper Association UCONN Pre-Med Society and intends to Equitation events in New England. She took and Connecticut Horse Shows Association become involved in research programs in over the helm of the Sponsorship Committee competitions. In Tri-State competition, she the near future. She currently is a volun- in 2009 for the Mystic Valley Hunt Club won a Championship Year-End Award each teer at V-E-T-S, an emergency veterinary Summer Festival, which benefits the Lawrence year from 1992-2001. She won Year-End care clinic. Cummings has been involved in & Memorial Hospital Neonatal Unit. She also Awards for the Arabian Horse Club of fundraising activities for the Dana Farber worked at the CHSA Summer 2009 Finals held Connecticut in 1992-1994 and in 2001. She Foundation and has participated in the Relay at the Westbrook Hunt Club. was named best adult rider at the Fidelco CHSA congratulates this year’s deserving Classic, held annually at Folly Farm in for Life. Cummings has been showing on the CHSA Scholarship winners and wishes them continued Simsbury, Conn. circuit and has also shown on the national success in their studies. Guadagnino is proud of her ability to select

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and train horses that can compete on the national level. She has traveled to Europe and selected horses to train for competition. They have won national jumping competitions and are still champions today. Guadagnino was named one of the top 10 achievers at Manchester High by the Manchester Board of Education. A graduate of Manchester High School in 1995, she attended the University of Connecticut with an MA in Education. She has worked at many equestrian training facilities across the state. Currently, she and her mother own Full Circle Farm which was featured in the September issue of the Pedlar. Guadagnino is presently a member of the Board of Directors and is secretary of the Connecticut Horse Shows Association.

CHSA Announces Change of Venue for 2010 Annual Awards Banquet Submittd by deb Krawitz

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Carlie Cichocki completing the drag brush obstacle, while mom, Cindy Ostrowski, looks on.

with a chance to see each other, socialize, and maybe go home with something from the raffle table. For more information on the Bay State Trail Riders Association, please visit www. show Results

The following are the results from the Sue Brainard Memorial Fall Hunter Pace: PHOTOS becKy KALAGHer

HUNTer DIVISION: 1. mike Germaine; 2. becky Kalagher; 3. Loretta Vincz; rebecca Varney; 4. betsey macDonald; Al Puerini; 5. Paul Laflamme; Joe LeVasser; 6. mary Haupt; Johanna Johnston. HILLTOP DIVISION: 1. Kathy Wicks; Sandy Wedge; 2. Pattie Letourneau; meghan Letourneau; 3. Kelly Shaw; 4. cindy Ostrowski; 5. Ann Sellew; Leah Kennedy; 6. Leslie Anderson; Venus Felix. JUNIOr DIVISION: 1. conner Shults; 2. carlie cichocki; 3. Kailyn Stephans; Kylie Fitzgerald; 4. maia Hibbett; Samantha chu; 5. Jaclyn mason.

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t will be December by the time you read this and our riding season will be wrapped up as far as organized rides go. For the hearty souls that don’t mind the cold—we will still have plenty of riding ahead. For the month of December, if you ride in areas that allow hunting, please limit your riding to Sundays. In Massachusetts, hunting on Sunday is not allowed, and we have thousands of acres of land under the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. This land has been preserved by sportsmen and women’s dollars. Horseback riding is allowed on these properties and it’s a fair enough trade to allow the hunters their short period of time in the woods to pursue their sport. If we share, it’s a win-win situation for all of us. Our Sue Brainard Memorial Fall Hunter Pace was held in September at the Douglas State Forest with its many miles of trails (and the usual fall ground bees). We would like to give many thanks to Kay Gee Sing & Graphics of Worcester, Mass., for sponsoring this ride and to Dover Saddlery for providing gift certificates for our first place winners. I actually counted the volunteers that helped run this ride. Did you realize that it took 30 people to put on this pace from 64

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start to finish? That’s a huge commitment from all those people. So next time you’re at a ride, make sure you thank all those volunteers. The next big ride we had was the Lea MacInnis Judged Pleasure Ride (with a few challenge obstacles thrown in), held at the Inman Hill Wildlife Jen Shults’ horse Boru checks out the “rabid” rabbit obstacle at the Lea Conservation Area MacInnis Judged Pleasure Ride. in Mendon, Mass., on October 3. This event was graciously TrAIL bLAZer DIVISION: 1. Suzanne Nicholas; mary mcmanus; 2. sponsored by Koopman Lumber & Hardware Heidi Lundblad; Patricia Hohl; 3. Dayna Thompson; rebekah boral; 4. Dru Davidson; Debbie Sandstrom; 5. bill Knott; Agnita Knott; 6. with stores in Uxbridge, Whitinsville, and Lisa Grigaitis; Darlene Falcone; Ann Adams. Grafton, Mass. Riders had 16 different obstacles or items that they were judged on plus a “quiz” on what The following are the high scoring are the average horse’s temperature, heart beat, riders from the Lea MacInnis Judged and respiration rates. Pleasure Ride: Hope to see you all at our Annual SeNIOr DIVISION: 1. maryLou mccarthy; 2. Dotty Santoro. DIVISION: 1. Andrea brackett; 2. Jane Luckner; 3. cindy General Meeting and Awards Banquet on ADULT Ostrowski; 4. Sheri bankert; 5. Darlene Falcone; 6. Lisa Grigaitis. February 5. It will be held at the Coachman’s JUNIOr DIVISION: 1. conner Shults; 2. carlie cichocki, 3. rowan Lodge in Bellingham, Mass. It’s a fun evening Hanson; 4. Samantha Palmer. ●

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ope all our members enjoyed the fall riding weather! Hopefully, winter will be kind so that we can stay in shape for the 2011 riding season. On September 5, Celeste Santos put together a pleasure ride at the Carolina Management Area. There was a great turn-out and the parking lot was packed with trailers!

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Still in the works are plans to re-grade and level the in and out entrance driveways to the horseman’s area. A discussion was had about unattended horses in the riding ring. Unattended horses make it difficult for others wanting to work their horse to do so safely. Please, be aware and don’t leave a horse loose in the ring. There is a sign with the rules posted at the north end of the ring. Over the summer it has been brought to my attention that campers and day users of the area are leaving their horse’s manure around the ring and campsites. There are two manure pits for dumping on the grounds. Please clean up after your horses! Also, please do not ride or graze your horse near the pavilion or within the circle of rocks. The Federation wants to keep this area free of horses and manure and only for the gathering of people.

The WGHA Miles Program

Denise Anthony sent a letter to the club requesting that the RISPCA Ride be eligible toward the WGHA Mile Program. A motion was made and accepted to include the RISPCA’s Ride in May to count toward the Program.

Judged Pleasure Ride

The third and last of the WGHA series’ Judged Pleasure Ride was held on September 12 in Arcadia Park. With the ride being so close to autumn, the theme for the obstacles had a Halloween flavor. About 35 riders started the course with a trot out in-hand. They also had to answer a couple of questions, open and close a cemetery gate, and trot around the gravestones. Other fun activities at the ride included bobbing for apples, pole bending at a trot, and crossing a bridge over snake-y waters, with a troll pinned underneath. Next, riders had to complete a hay bale jump without smashing the pumpkins that were on course. Last was the box where horses had to turn on their haunches. The trail portion of the ride was 10 miles, but riders had the chance

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onnecticut Trail Riders Association’s Camp Boardman Memorial Ride was held on September 25 at Camp Boardman in Goshen, Conn. The morning began with coffee and doughnuts provided by the ride’s hosts, Louis and Lisa Fox. The ride was led from camp by Louis Fox on Polly and Lisa Fox on Sterling starting at about 11:00 a.m., and lasting for about four hours, as the group returned back to camp around 3:00 p.m. The ride was attended by CTRA members Denise Clark, Lynn Gogolya, Tammy Brooks, Louis Casabona, Carrie Torsiello, Sue Tracy, and Louis and Lisa Fox. Granby Horse Council members Olga Agostini, Machenzie LaCroix, Kasey Antonucci, Gloria Ludwig, Heather Hruls, Dottie Grozzo, Ed Geigner, Chris Weatherhead, Cora Rane, and Patty Roy were also in attendance. The day was pleasant and everyone had a good time. Another CTRA sanctioned trail ride was hosted two weeks earlier by Bill and Sandy Strain on September 12. This was Bill and Sandy’s 29th trail ride for CTRA. The Connecticut Trail Riders Association’s 70th Annual Banquet and Election of the executive board officers was held on November 6, 2010. The results of this election will be announced in the January 2011 issue of the Pedlar. The annual banquet has become a special evening to enjoy those friends whom we may not get to see again until the spring arrives and we are trail riding once again. Thank you very much, Larry, Susan, and Ross Adkins, for all your hard work to bring about this good time and thank you to all who contributed to our evening fare. Dancing followed to DJ Mike German’s supply of great country music. As the weather turns colder, sometimes our riding slows down a bit. However, our riding really doesn’t have to. Be sure to dress both yourself and your horse for comfort and safety on the trails, take it slow and you will still be able to have a good time. We would all love to hear about your winter rides. Happy Holidays to all!

Al Puerini and Traveler try out bobbing for apples at the Judged Pleasure Ride.

to double it for 20. A huge thanks goes to all the volunteers for this series of rides. show Results

The following are the results from the WGHA judged Pleasure Ride:

SeniorS ADultS: 1. betsey macDonald; Angela Young; 2. Al Puerini; michel moynihan; 3. Debbie charette; Denise Anthony; 4. maryJayne Foster; loni Decelles; 5. bunny Joseph; Sheri bankert; 6. ray Austin; Jean morrison. leAD line: rachael Harris.

WGHA Holds Second Hunter Pace

Held in August, WGHA’s second hunter pace got off to a fast start with 40 riders participating in Arcadia. The course was set with 13 miles and took us along Break Heart Pond. show Results

The following are the results:

Hunter DiviSion: 1. Holly mason; 2. Jeff Gardener; 3. Paul laFlame; Joe levasser; 4. ron Walker; 5. Ann rapoza; laurie Grann; 6. meridith Johnson. HilltoPPer DiviSion: 1. Judy Hambelton; numi mitchell; 2. Jane Samuels; Kathy Wehrle; 3. Jennifer coffey; 4. Pamela DeSimone; 5. mary Palumbo; rob Palumbo; theresa Kennedy; 6. Denise Anthony. Junior DiviSion: 1. Anna masson; 2. Katherine Gardener; 3. mackenzie coffey; 4. Andrea reddick; 5. Katherine Stavens.

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Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England A Look At DressAge for the gAiteD Community submitteD by JuLie DiLLon AnD Loren stevens



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Walkers High Point Dressage Championship. The following year, Heir’s Evening Gold, aka Levi, a 20-year-old registered Tennessee Walking Horse, also owned and ridden by Dillon, won Cedar Brook Equestrian Center’s 2008 High Point Year-End Championship in Training Level. Both Ace and Levi await their year-end results for 2010. Another riding team to watch is The Spirit, also known as Maxx, and owner/rider Jennifer Wallace of Belle Mar Farm in Douglas, Mass. Last year, the black and white Sandralyn Molinari and Smoke. six-year-old registered Tennessee Walking Horse earned Yankee Walkers High was not listening to him.” Gaited horses are judged by the same stanPoint Year-End Dressage Championship. This year he and Wallace have submitted their dards and elements of the training scale as that points and are poised to earn High Point of trotting horses. The exception is that instead Year-End Gaited Champion at Azrael Acres of the two-beat trot called for in conventional and BVDCTA show series for Training Level 1. tests, the Intermediate Gait is the Flat Walk, a Wallace says of her talented young horse, “I am rhythmic four-beat gait that is the breed stanmost impressed with his 80% score earned at dard for the Walking Horse. At Training Level and higher levels, Walking Horses are required Training Level Test 2.” In 2011, USDF will releases their test changes, to perform a rhythmic three-beat canter just as and the National Walking Horse Association their non-gaited competitors. In order that nothing interfere with the (NWHA) gaited tests will follow suit. Gaited tack and bit requirements also follow USDF judge’s eye or pull the focus away from the movements of the horse and equitation of the approved guidelines. Today, a growing number of students dedi- rider, standard dressage grooming and turnout cated to dressage are riding their Tennessee protocol are adhered to strictly. Unlike the Walking Horses and other gaited breeds in colorful ribbons used in gaited saddle seat open dressage and combined training competi- classes, trailing ribbons are not worn for dressage tions in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. arena competition. Manes are braided allowing They are drawn to this discipline by the desire the judge an unobstructed view of both sides to learn to provide their horses increasingly of the neck and shoulders. Often the tails of educated aids in a considerate and appropriate gaited horses are banged above the ankles giving them a clean bottom edge to compliment their sequential order. Molinari has learned so much from studying braided manes in true dressage fashion. Gaited riders also don those (unforgiving) dressage. “We all know we have rider error when we ride, but it has never been more white breeches, elegant four-button black coats, obvious to me than now,” she says. “Once I polished tall boots, velvet helmets, and black started working at dressage I realized performing gloves. They look and dress the part sending a a perfectly balanced circle was much harder clear message that they are here to take part in than it looked, and my horse was really only the process of understanding the great masters responding to my incorrect cues when we kept of horsemanship. If only it were that easy! Thankfully, both USDF and USEF dresperforming oblongs. After a year of working at this, I have had to take two steps back and sage judges and non-gaited equestrians have relearn many things that I thought I was doing encouraged and acknowledged the efforts and right. My dear horse has been telling me all investment of these individuals from our gaited along I was giving him the wrong cues, but I continued on page 70

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aited Dressage” was once considered an unlikely phrase. Today, this wonderful sport and training process for gaited horses and their riders is spreading across the nation. This wave of enlightenment arrived in New England through the generous efforts of two ladies: Sue Yianakopolos, owner of Oak Rise Farm in Goffstown, N.H., and Jamie Greenebaum of Medway, Mass., show manager for Cedar Brook Equestrian Center’s Dressage Schooling Show. In New England gaited dressage history, 2007 was the first year that gaited horses competed in the dressage arena. The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) approved tests for our gaited horses that year, and these tests are now available for Intro Level A and B and up to Third Level. Gaited competitors participating in open dressage and combined training shows are progressing up the training scale and are well received by United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and USDF accredited judges. Starting her dressage career in 2008, Sandi Molinari, owner of He’s Pushin Smoke, a beautiful gray Tennessee Walking Horse says, “Owning Walking Horses are like owning sports cars with 4x4. Tennessee Walking Horses can be found galloping down the trails, showing off in the show ring, chasing the hounds at fox hunts or jumping logs at hunter paces. Their calmness and athleticism make them the ideal mount to try anything. I have tried the above and more, and loved it all with my Tennessee Walking Horses. So when a friend of mine said let’s try dressage, I said sure. Little did I know that it would hook me and teach me more about myself.” Molinari, of Grafton, Mass., and Smoke placed sixth in the nation for TWHBEA Versatility in Dressage in 2008. Molinari and Smoke have submitted their year-end points to TWHBEA for 2010 and are awaiting their versatility placing. They also won their Intro Level B tests at all three shows at the Blackstone Valley Dressage and Combined Training Association (BVDCTA). Other note-worthy New England gaited dressage competitors include Stash’s Hidden Ace, aka Ace, a 24-year-old, double registered Racking and Walking Horse cross owned and ridden by Julie Dillon, who won the 2007 Oak Rise Farm High Point, Year-End Championship Adult Intro Level in New Hampshire and Yankee

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Matt Staebner and his driving team providing hay rides at the Blue Slope Fall Festival.

Eastern Connecticut Draft Horse Association MeMbers ConduCt draft Horse deMonstration at tHe Hebron agriCultural fair subMitted by JaniCe telfer


n September 12, 2010 at the Hebron Agriculture Fair, the Eastern Connecticut Draft Horse Association, under the great leadership of Karl and Sue Lado, conducted one of the best draft horse demonstrations thus far. Their hard work and dedication made this show a huge success. The smiling faces of the spectators and the volunteers alike clearly expressed their gratitude. The stands were filled throughout the day and the question and answer part of the program with the horses brought right up to the fence line to meet Karl and Sue Lado and Emily leading their Clydesdales at the everyone was especially enjoyed. Blue Slope Fall Festival. Many people had a lot of questions and Karl made sure that every one of them would like to add their own heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers and participants who made was answered. A big thanks goes out to all the volunteers the Hebron Fair such a success. The Fall Festival at the Blue Slope Farm who worked throughout the day and to the ones who brought their horses, carriages, and all Museum held on October 2 and 3 was another the extra things that were required to show off success story with the help of volunteers your horses. The Draft Horse Demonstration from the ECDHA. Members were helping would not have been such a success without everywhere, from setting up and tearing everyone’s help and participation. The Lados down tents before and after the event, to


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community who boldly embark upon this often exclusive territory. Educators of classic dressage principles have also been supportive and made instruction specific to the smooth gaited breeds available. Internationally known Master Instructor Larry Whitesell has been promoting the use of classic dressage training for gaited horses for over a decade. Claudia Coombs offers gaited dressage clinics throughout New England. Many USDF, USEF, and Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) rated dressage instructors have generously included gaited horses and their riders into their program to lend continuity to the education process in the saddle and academically. Dressage is a sport that teaches the rider the art of team work. “Dressage has taught me to listen to my horse, recheck my cues and work together as a team in an amazing way. Some days are better than others but the good days are wonderful when we work as a team and perform that perfect circle,” Molinari concludes. For those of you planning to begin training in dressage, there has never been a better time to pursue the art of dressage on a gaited horse. If you are interested in learning more about gaited dressage in your area, please contact Julie Dillon at For more information on Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England, please visit driving teams for hay wagon rides and demonstrating the horse powered hay baler and the treadmill corn chopper and putting on another great Draft Horse Demonstration on Sunday. Miniature horses and donkey were walked through the crowds to meet and pose for pictures, while members were scooping ice cream and running the admission booth. We were a busy and diversified group of people who were only too happy to help Ernie and Sandy Staebner make a success of their weekend. Again, a big thanks goes out to all the volunteers who are willing to step up and help. ECDHA monthly meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month at Blue Slope Country Museum, 138 Blue Hill Road, Franklin, Conn. The club welcomes and encourages visitors to join our meetings. You need not own draft horses to join! Food and beverages are always served. Guest speakers are often scheduled. For directions, visit


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Colonial Miniature Horse Club a cLoser Look at sportsManship subMitteD by katie watson

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orthwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association members Karl Riva and Laura Freund took their yearly trek to Williamstown, Vt., with their horses, Doc and Bud. The horses stayed at the picturesque Martin Farm while Karl and Laura stayed at the Hollow Inn a few miles away. The first day out on the trail was absolutely gorgeous. They drove about seven miles over dirt roads with beautiful scenery and great company. The second day was the Martin Family potluck picnic with lots of great family dishes to indulge in. On the third day, they took in a The view upon returning to the farm after a long day out 10-mile drive in a different direc- on the trail. tion, which was just as beautiful. On NWCDHA holds its meetings the first Tuesday, August 3, they took part in the South Burlington Parade-National Night Out. This Thursday of every month starting at 7:15 p.m. was part of a national campaign to familiarize People interested in joining or with questions citizens with law enforcement people and the about any of the planned events may email ideals of a drug free and crime free world. The secretary Geraldine Devoid at squaw66@gmail. rest of the week was spent driving and enjoying com. For more information on the Northwest the wonderful Vermont countryside and the Connecticut Draft Horse Association, please visit hospitality of the Martin Family. 72

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he term sportsmanship is defined in Webster’s New World Dictionary as, “Qualities and behavior befitting a sportsman.” A sportsman is defined in the same dictionary as, “A person who can take loss or defeat without complaint, or victory without gloating, and who treats his opponents with fairness, generosity, courtesy, etc.” As another show season winds down, it is again time to decide CMHC’s Sportsmanship Award recipient. In deciding this award, it is a good time for everyone to reflect upon how well they stood up to these definitions. Just as important is how well the adults measured up to these definitions. As parents and grandparents, were you the best examples set for the children? When an exhibitor did not place as well as hoped, were they encouraged to congratulate the winner of the class? Was everyone careful to applaud all the exhibitors and not just their own child while ignoring the winning exhibitor because it was felt he or she was winning too much or just not deserving in their own opinion? Everyone wants the best for their children; when they win we are, of course, thrilled. Conversely, the losses can sometimes be difficult—especially if parents or other relatives voice displeasure over how the judging went. We all must remember that sometimes things are not as unfair as they seem. All exhibitors have good seasons and bad seasons—it is important that we all support each other—both during the good times as well as the bad times. We will all be better for it! I hope everyone had a great show season and will embark upon future seasons with enthusiasm! For more information on the Colonial Miniature Horse Club, please visit www.

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s we bundle up in heavier coats, it’s hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner, and the hustle and bustle will take us into a new year. As we all prepare for winter, Tri-State Horsemen’s Association members have been busy finishing 2010 events, and getting ready for the New Year! Reports from the annual Lobster Ride, held on October 2 at Easton’s Beach in Rhode Island, were very enthusiastic. Anyone who missed this ride missed not only a great ride, but also a great meal! Fifty riders participated and sixty people enjoyed the delicious lobster dinner afterwards. If you missed this ride, plan now to attend next year’s Lobster Ride to be held on October 3, 2011. The Annual Awards Banquet was held on November 6 at the Port ‘n’ Starboard Restaurant at Ocean Beach in New London, Conn., the culmination of the 2010 show season for open and dressage show exhibitors. Sharon


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Plante and her banquet committee did a tremendous job preparing a perfect evening. With a delicious dinner, the thoughtful gifts for our sponsors, the tables of awards and ribbons for year-end winners, and an opportunity to visit with friends and fellow exhibitors—everyone went home a winner! It was truly a special evening—watch for banquet pictures and complete year-end results in next month’s article. At the membership meeting held on November 3, Dr. Alice Ennis of BrooklynCanterbury Large Animal Clinic presented a very informative talk on Leptospirosis and other infectious diseases. Everyone went home better prepared to prevent these terrible diseases from affecting our horses, and TSHA wishes to thank Dr. Ennis for sharing this important information. Also at this meeting, elections were held to determine the officers and board of directors who will guide TSHA in 2011. Results will be published in next month’s article.

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The TSHA dressage program is in trouble. If you competed at the TSHA dressage shows and would like to see them continue, please volunteer to help. The TSHA dressage shows will not be held in 2011 if enough individuals don’t come forward to run the shows. If you would like to see the TSHA dressage shows continue and would like to help, please email before December 31. Remember, “many hands make light work.” If enough people come forward to help, continuing with these shows will not seem like such a daunting task. Remember, your TSHA membership will expire on December 31. If you have not renewed your membership, doing so now will keep you a member in good standing. For your convenience, a membership form is printed in this issue. And, for up-to-the-minute information about TSHA activities and events, check out our website at Be sure to visit the new classifieds section and browse through the photo gallery featuring pictures from many 2010 TSHA events. As we prepare for this busy holiday season, be sure to take a moment to give thanks for all of your friends, both human and horses. Happy Holidays from the Tri-State Horsemen’s Association!

Heads Up

Dressage news

By Lynndee Kemmet

Owner Marcia Franklin accepts the 2009 Adequan/ USDF First Level Horse of the Year Award for Montgomery at last year’s convention. THE PAST YEAR SAW TWO OF AMERICA’S TOP DRESSAGE RIDERS—Courtney King-Dye and Guenter Seidel—sidelined from competition due to injuries. Both are still recovering and making great strides and one just recently returned home to the U.S. Guenter was injured in June and suffered a fracture to his pelvis during a riding accident in Germany. He stayed there for months, first to have surgery and then for recovery. But he’s back home in California now and is continuing his therapy. There is yet no word yet on how much longer it will be before he can return to riding. Courtney, however, is already back in the saddle doing some therapeutic riding. HERE’S SOME GOOD NEWS FOR THE DRESSAGE WORLD that came out after the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games—the FEI announced that no prohibited substances were found in any of the horses tested. “Clean sport is one of the FEI’s major goals,” FEI President HRH Princess Haya said, “and it is wonderful news that all tests on our human and equine athletes at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were negative. MOST HAVE PROBABLY ALREADY HEARD THE NEWS but for those who haven’t, here it is. After



international competitions. The proposed changes went before the FEI general assembly during its meeting in Taipai in November. Stay tuned for the outcome. One thing is for sure, the changes could also add to competition costs, particularly the addition of two more judges to the panel.

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Edward Gal denied at the WEG that Moorlands Totilas had been sold, the truth emerged this week. The champion 10-year-old stallion was sold to Germany’s Paul Schockemohle by current owner Cees Visser of Moorlands Stables. Visser has said the interest in Totilas was just too high—which most certainly included offering bids—to pass on the opportunity to sell him. Totilas was bred by Jan and Anna Schuil who turned over the ride to Gal when the horse was five. The horse was then bought by Moorlands Stable. WITH THE 2010 WEG BEHIND US, some might be turning their minds to attending the dressage competition at the 2012 Olympics in London. Olympic organizers released proposed ticket prices for the event. The dressage final will cost about $436 in today’s dollars. AS OF THIS WRITING, THE FEI was considering some proposed changes to dressage judging developed by the FEI dressage committee. Proposals include going from five judges to seven and adding a supervisory panel to check for technical mistakes by judges. In addition, it’s been proposed that half marks be used in

MASSACHUSETTS’ RESIDENT RENEE ISLER’S DRESSAGE SUPPORT FUND is looking for young riders in need of financial support to further their dressage education. Renee set up the fund to help young riders get help for the costs of lessons, clinics or other educational opportunities. The fund particularly targets support to young riders who show not only success as riders, but who also show that they have a good work ethic, a volunteer record, and have earned the respect of their peers. The fund was originally created to help junior and young riders attend the USDF FEI Junior/Young Rider Clinic Series, but has since been expanded and now even provides support to adult riders for educational purposes. The fund is now under the management of The Dressage Foundation. Anyone interested in applying for funding can learn more at COMING UP SOON IS THE 2010 ADEQUAN/ USDF NATIONAL CONVENTION AND SYMPOSIUM. This year’s event runs from December 1-5 and is being held in Jacksonville, Fla. This year’s symposium will be held at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center and will feature Lilo Fore and Gary Rockwell. The two have paired up to give attendees an inside look at the dressage tests that go into effect on December 1. They’ll examine the tests from both an instructional and competitive perspective and will give insight into the judging of the new movements and collective marks. For more information, visit symposium.asp. Send your dressage news to Lynndee at DECEMBER 2010




NEDA Fall Symposium

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sessions, he said, is to focus on the connection, not on the movements. The key is not to give horses the chance to go against the hand and stiffen. And timing is everything, Shannon said. “It’s important to catch things at the right moment.” Shannon’s specialty is working with riders to improve their position, and her skills as a trainer and instructor were clearly evident during the NEDA Symposium. One of the most important things for riders— and for horses—is core strength. Riders need it to maintain balance and to develop a solid seat and horses need it to use their backs correctly. “The horse must use his core muscles to lift his back. The back doesn’t lift on its own,” Shannon said. “When the belly drops to the floor, nothing good can happen.” Shannon worked with riders to help them understand how their body type impacts their center of balance and how that then impacts the horse. “So much in riding is really about our balance,” she said. Auditors weren’t the only ones who got much out of the symposium. Riders gave their experience rave reviews. Allison Brock said she applied to ride with Shannon and Steffen because she

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had never ridden with them before. “I wanted the opportunity to be exposed to different training techniques.” She brought along her eight-year-old Hanoverian partner Roosevelt. “I gained some very useful techniques,” she said. In particular, she said a common theme in her ride and in the symposium overall, was the need to refine the aids and aim for precision. Connecticut-based rider Suzanne Markham brought her successful partner, Donarlicht GGF, to the symposium. She and the 10-yearold Hanoverian gelding have been partnered since he was 10 months old and they’ve had a long, successful road to the top. Donarlicht cleaned up in Devon competing in-hand and continued that success under saddle. He was the 2006 USDF Six-Year-Old Horse of the Year. He may be a star, but he’s not very demanding. “He lives outside in a shed. He’s much happier there,” she said. This was Markham’s second time riding with Steffen Peters and during the NEDA event, he got on Donarlicht and gave her the thumbs up. “He really liked him and is encouraging me to keep going with him.” Included in the symposium event was the annual awards banquet and Steffen served as featured speaker. He was still overcome by emotion when he began talking about his bronzemedal win at last month’s Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games. Tears came to his eyes Saturday evening when he spoke about his WEG experience at the New England Dressage Association’s annual awards banquet. “He was really there for me,” Steffen said of his Steffen on R0osevelt owned by Allison Brock.

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resh from his 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games Bronze-medal success, top U.S. dressage competitor Steffen Peters joined by his wife, Shannon, were the featured clinicians at this year’s New England Dressage Association Symposium, held October 29-31 at the University of Massachusetts’ Hadley Farm. The symposium attracted hundreds of auditors who came to learn from America’s dressage power couple as they preached a theme of lightness and self-carriage. Very often, to prove their point, they rode the horses to show it could be done. Said Steffen, “It’s so important that I teach the way I ride and that I ride the way I teach. I’m going to prove to you that it works.” Over and over, the duo emphasized that even in competition, it’s not about the movement. “We see way too many horses powering into the bridle,” Steffen said. “The real essence of the sport is to teach the horse to carry himself. Self-carriage is what it’s about, not riding the movements.” The rider’s real job during daily training


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Cathy Morelli and BeSe took the win in Grand Prix. Neve Myburgh and Accent Aigu FRH took the win in the Prix St. Georges competition.

Another big winner at the Autumn Challenge was Neve Myburgh, who took the win in Prix St. Georges competition with Accent Aigu FRH. The 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding had previously been the mount of Caroline Roffman and he took her all the way to the Young Rider National Championships in 2009. In young horse competition, Kelly Layne started off the winter season with a big win

in the FEI Six-Year-Old competition with Manolete and a score of 74.400. Layne is a native of Australia who represented her country at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Germany and is now based in Florida. Complete results from the show, as well as the schedule for the 2011 season, can be found at

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better horse management skills in their partnership with a base of knowledge that can put many farriers and veterinarians to shame. “There is no one better than Shannon,” Steffen said. “It’s amazing what I have learned from her and trust me, it’s also amazing what the shoers have learned from Shannon.” With his talented support team behind him, Steffen made it clear that his next big goal is the 2012 Olympics in London. One thing that has thus far eluded him is that perfect freestyle ride. “I’ve yet to have a freestyle that feels perfect. So far, it always feels like something still needs to be tweaked.” Perhaps the next Olympics will produce that perfect freestyle. This year’s Ann Villani Award, which recognizes individuals who have made a big contribution to the sport of dressage, had two winners—Tracie Richardson and Sue McKeown. Photographer Carole MacDonald earned a Silver Volunteer Award for giving more than 600 hours in volunteer time to NEDA.

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WEG partner, the 12-year-old KWPN gelding Ravel, owned by Akiko Yamazaki. “What he offered that day was unbelievable.” Steffen made it clear that his WEG success belonged not to him, but to Ravel and to Shannon. Failure to bring home a medal at the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong had hounded Steffen for two years because he believed that Ravel deserved the recognition of an international medal. “I wanted that medal for Ravel and it was hard not getting it.” The WEG finally gave Ravel what he had earned and Steffen said that success, which included the pair’s best Grand Prix Special score ever—a 78.542 percent—was due not only to Ravel’s talent but to an amazing support team. “There is no way to do well without an amazing support team and the leader of that team is Shannon,” he said, looking at his wife. Not only does she keep him on track during important competitions, but Steffen said she covers the home front when he must travel for training, which greatly reduces his worries and stress. He credits Shannon with having the

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he winter chill has begun to settle in the Northeast and that means the show season is gearing up in the south. Wellington Classic Dressage kicked it off in October with its Autumn Challenge, held October 24 in Loxahatchee, Fla., and the big winner in Grand Prix competition was a Northeastern-based rider. Cathy Morelli of New Jersey took the win in Grand Prix with BeSe and a score of 71.489 percent. It was another thrilling win for Morelli, who has been partnered with the 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood for more than 10 years. She actually took a break from competing with him for much of last year’s Florida winter season because she handed the reins over to young rider Kassie Barteau. Barteau is based in the Chicago area and has been one of America’s leading young riders for a number of years. She trains with Morelli, and last year Morelli handed over her grand prix partner to further Barteau’s education. Morelli said it was a good decision because, “Kassie has really learned a lot.” She took her ride back late last spring. Morelli and BeSe have qualified to compete in the U.S. National Dressage Championships several times and are starting off the Florida season on track to do it again.

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High Score riders Joy A. Congdon and Prime Time.

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iding Prime Time, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood/Thoroughbred cross gelding, Joy A. Congdon won the highest score of GMHA’s first Fall Dressage Show, held on October 2-3, with a 71.81 in Fourth Level Test 2 for the Open Championship. Susan Woodhouse bought Prime Time as a five-year-old who apparently lacked the scopey jumping ability for the eventing career he’d been headed. He was shown a little at Third and Fourth Levels, then had the last three years off for a number of issues, among them a bout with Lyme Disease. Joy took him on in June 2009 and started him out at Third Level; he did well at Third Level, and even better at Fourth. “He is very easy to move sideways and shows talent for half-pirouettes and pirouettes. He has a good canter and is very consistent, but he lacks suppleness, and we have to work at flying changes. I was happily surprised with our score and pleased with the fact that he got such good scores on his flying changes. I saw the video of our test later, and it was pretty much mistake-free.” Prime Time is out of a Thoroughbred mare, and is sired by Joshua (Roemer). Wilkinson, one of Joy’s trainees, earned the Adult Amateur High Score of the show for Training Level with his owner, Elise Ames, riding. Cheryl Barry on Harlequin’s Corner won high scores at both Second and Third Levels. 78

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He’d been shown at the Prix St. Georges Level in Germany, and Nora won the FEI Championsip with a PSG test. She has also brought him up to Intermediare 1, and he appears to have the talent—and the piaffe and passage—to go all the way. “He’s a friendly happy horse, but a lot of horse,” said Jeanie Hahn. On Bretone, a 15-year-old River House stallion, Nora earned the high score in the Grand Prix Special on Sunday, with a 63.22 and earned the reserve for Saturday’s Grand Prix with a 62.76. Nora has shown him at Intermediare and Grand Prix, as well as in Musical Kurs. She had him at college with her in Amherst, and he was the most popular horse in the college stable, “a good guy with a sweet disposition,” she says. He has lots of offspring in Germany, but his oldest in the U.S. is Four-Year-Old Brent RT, whom Nora rode in the two Young Horse four-year-old classes with a 74.80 on Saturday, October 2 and a 75.40 on Sunday, October 3. He is owned by Amy Bresky; Nora started him for her as a three-year-old but had only ridden him a few times before the GMHA show. Jeanie Hahn rode Wilde Card at Fourth Level to the Open Reserve Championship. “Wilbur” is a little tricky, and an over-achiever. He’s not a horse for an adult amateur. The environment doesn’t bother him, but he was distracted by horses and riders in the woods above the ring. Jeanie also rode seven-year-old Moleibi, and River House homebred by senior stallion, Maronjo. This was only his third show in his first year of showing but he was Open Reserve Champion at Third Level on both days of the GMHA Show. Verne and Jeanie breed their Hanoverians for good disposition and temperament. Another Maronjo baby with unbelievable temperament at the GMHA show was the 15-year-old grey mare, Maracha, owned by Lisa Samoylenko and

She received a 67.44 in Second Level Test 2 and a score of 67.17 in Third Level Test 1. The 10-year-old Irish/Selle Francaise gelding was imported from Ireland as a three-year-old, and Cheryl started working with him as a fiveyear-old. “He had early training issues before I got him, and we had to work through them, so we didn’t show a lot. Now he’s a lot stronger and zipping through the levels. He’s a fabulous jumper, but I don’t jump, even though he’d take care of me. He’s great out hacking and will go through water and woods—an all-around horse. The Third Level test was his first in public, so winning high score was pretty satisfying. He continued on page 79 missed his first change, otherwise our score would have been in the 70s.” Harlequin’s Corner is owned by Caroline Robbins. River House Hanoverians was well-represented by daughter and mother Nora Batchelder and Jeanie Hahn (Mrs. Verne Batchelder). Nora was Open FEI Champion riding Farleight with a tying score of 66.05 with Adult Amateur Kim Richmond on Katahvi and Reserve Open Champion on Bretone with a 63.22. Verne Batchelder imported Farleight for clients, but the Hanoverian gelding by Friendship proved to be too much horse for them. In May, Nora took him on. Reserve Open Champions Nora Batchelder and Bretone.

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ive teams competed at the third-annual Northeast Regional Adult Amateur Dressage Championship (NRADC) show, held during the Mystic Valley Hunt Club’s Fall Finale show on October 16-17, 2010 in Gales Ferry, Conn. The top three teams and the top 10 individual riders were awarded prizes to recognize their achievement in dressage. The CDCTA team, made up of Mary Beth Bain, Meredith Hoag, Tara Manion, and Karen Norton came in first place. In second place was Once Again Farm, made up of Judy Lieberman, Sandy Rabinowitz, Debra Reinhards, and Hope Ropke. In the individual standings, the top four riders were Michelle Sigfridson, Mary Beth Bain, Roxanne Bok, and Debra Reinhard. The NRADC is a unique event in that it includes a musical freestyle test at all levels for the team individual portion of the competition. Also unique to this event is the team competition, in which three or four horse and rider pairs compete together. The NRADC allows riders of different levels to compete on the same team, but each member of the team must ride the highest test of their level. During the event, the Connecticut Freestyle Championships were presented.The 2010 USDF

Championship went to Lara Ceppi and WEC Freedom, with reserve championship going to Susan Rainville and Tatto. In the FEI division, the championship went to The CDCTA team took the championship at the Northeast Regional Lloyd Webber and Dolnier. Adult Amateur Dressage Championships. The Connecticut Freestyle Championships are awarded at the end of the season to the riders with the highest average freestyle score from the participating shows in the series. Each year, the NRADC hosts a silent auction to benefit NARHA’s Horses for Heroes program. This year, the funds from the silent auction went to a local organization, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center in Old Lyme, Once Again Farm took reserve honors. Conn. High Hopes plans to use the $2,600 raised towards a scholarship show. Ann Guptill of Fox Ledge Farm and Lou fund for wounded veterans and soldiers who Denizard of Delante Equestrian Center have participate in equine-enabled therapies. An all- been strong supporters of the silent auction all volunteer staff from High Hopes organized and three years, and helped seek donations from ran the silent auction during the weekend their contacts to support the auction.

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Open with a 70.27 in First Level Test 2. He was imported last fall, and this was his first season showing with the GMHA July and Fall shows. “He’s a big mover, but he’s soft and relaxed in his body and quite easy going. He doesn’t like to be close to other horses, so I have to be careful in the warm-ups, but he’s not at all jumpy or spooky. He says, ‘Tell me what to do,’ and he does it.” Sara Smith and her four-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Galileo are just starting out at Training Level. They were the Senior Training Level Champions at the last CVDA show and tops at the GMHA Fall Show at Training Level in the Open division with a 70 in Training Level Test 2. “He’s as good as a four-

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ridden by 21-year-old Ashley Theodore, who trains with Samoylenko in Bedford, Mass., and has leased Maracha for the past few years. She had a foal last year, but won her second Third Level test at the GMHA show. She is schooled to Fourth Level, and Ashley is working halfpasses and bending, sneaking in an occasional “beautiful piaffe or passage.” Both Ashley and Maracha like to jump and even did a two-phase event in May, but Ashley prefers dressage and hopes to show the mare at Fourth Level next year. This is Ashley’s last show as a Young Rider; she needs only one more score for her Bronze Medal. She won Third Level Test 3 with a score of 64.41, earning the highest score in First through Fourth Levels as a Young Rider. Annemarie Arets-Heilbron and Joann McCarthy’s five-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Dr.Djik, received the high score at First Level

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year-old can be,” said Sara, who trains with Liz Julian-Tuiggle of Norwich, Vt. The judges at the GMHA Fall Dressage Show were Ida Anderson-Norris, Margaret Freeman, and Ann Forer with over 120 entries. For more information on the GMHA Fall Dressage Show, visit December 2010




Dressage Foundation’s Renee Isler Fund McKinley Harvey naMed recipient of $800 grant and feels that it will help her reach her future riding goals. The United States Dressage Federation conducts these educational FEI Jr/YR clinics annually. Since 2004, The Dressage Foundation has provided significant funding support. Participating Young Riders must apply to, and be accepted by USDF. For those who are chosen, these clinics provide group instruction, individual lessons, and much “up close and personal” education attention. Over the years, USDF has identified student McKinley Harvey with George Williams at the FEI applicants whose individual situations Junior/Young Rider Dressage Clinic. call out for financial assistance. When Renee Isler learned of this need, more and more to help talented committed, she created the Renee Isler Dressage Support deserving Young Riders who need a financial Fund to help with up to nine individual lift. We are so proud that Renee chose The grants annually of $800, one for each USDF Dressage Foundation as the home for her Fund—her goals and our mission ‘to cultivate geographic region. John Boomer, retired President and Chief and provide financial support for the advanceExecutive Officer of The Dressage Foundation ment of Dressage’ are right in sync.” For more information, visit www.dressage said, “Renee has infused us all with her energy, enthusiasm, and charitable spirit. She is doing

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hanks to Renee Isler of Massachusetts, a young equestrian from Colorado was able to participate in the FEI Junior/Young Rider Dressage Clinic held in Parker, Colo., on October 23-24, 2010. McKinley Harvey applied and was accepted to this United States Dressage Federation program, but needed a financial boost to make it happen. McKinley’s dream was fulfilled, because of Renee, who established a Dressage Support Fund in 2008 at The Dressage Foundation to provide financial help to young riders. McKinley received an $800 grant from the Isler Fund, to help her ride and learn from George Williams during this outstanding educational clinic. “I really believe in dressage and love everything about it. Dressage requires dedication on a level that people outside the horse world can never understand. I love the fact that even if you’re a great rider, there is always something new you can learn,” said McKinley, who took full advantage of this educational opportunity

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(S), Kathy Connelly (S), and Susanne Handler (R). The winners of the Section A FEI Children’s Preliminary Test and Freestyle Test for the 2010 Children of the Americas Dressage Invitational were Jessica Hainsworth (USA) and Rocky with a 69.904. The second through sixth place winners are as follows: Bebe Davis (USA) and Bobo, Section B winner Martina Falconi. Hannah Keohane (USA) riding Kenneth, Emily Smith (USA) aboard Augustus, and Withers $500 grant. Martina Falconi and Jessica Hainsworth Hope Cooper (USA) riding Summon, and won the Signature Gloves Award sponsored by Sophia Calve (USA) with Thor. In Section B, the winners were Martina Signature Leather. The Children of the Americas Dressage Falconi from Ecuador riding Majestik with a score of 72.218. The second through fifth place Invitational is a member of the Signature winners are as follows: Victoria Cherem (Mexico) Dressage Series. The CADI is hosted by the Bear Spot riding Norman, Daniella Gonzalez (Peru) and Pizzazz, Andrea Sesana (Colombia) with Jake, Foundation for Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Georgia West (Barbados) and No Way Jose. of Concord, Mass. For more informaton visit Jessica Hainsworth was awarded the Withers

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he Children of the Americas Dressage Invitational, which took place October 6-9 at Bear Spot Farm in Concord, Mass., is the only competition of its kind in the United States. This USDF and USEF recognized event is exclusively for children between the ages of 12 and 14. It features riders from South and Central America, The Islands, Mexico, Canada and The United States; all brought together for a week of training and international competition. In addition to coaching from top national and international trainers, Nancy Later-Lavoie, Sue Williams, Gerrit Claes Bierenbroodspot, Colleen O’Connor-Dzik, Cindi Rose-Wiley, Tanya Rennie, and Kim Litwinzik, CADI also featured a symposium on Warming Up and Cooling Down by Sarah J. Hamilton, the Director of the University of New Hampshire Equine Program and a training presentation by Vitor J. Silva of Sons of the Wind Lusitanos, Merrimac, Mass. The judges for the CADI were Sarah Geikie

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Eventing news

Ashley Kehoe competing with Mazetto in the Advanced division at The Fork Horse Trials.

Kristin Schmolze and Cavaldi. CONGRATULATIONS GOES OUT TO KRISTIN SCHMOLZE AND CAVALDI, also known as Joey, who placed third in the CCI*** at the Dansko Fair Hill International three-day event and Festival in the Country. “Joey was very classy,” commented Schmolze. “He was very fast and clever for a double clear; I felt like I rode exactly as it needed to be ridden and he rose to the challenge, he was great.” The pair is aiming to compete at the prestigious Badminton CCI**** in 2011.



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in riding and entrepreneurial spirit. She recently developed Rebound Hoof Pack, a hoof packing material, and competes with her advanced horse, Mazetto. The Board hopes that the grant will help Kehoe further her training.

IN THEIR FIRST OVERSEAS COMPETITION, Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister placed sixth at the Boekelo CCI*** held October 14-17. They were sixth after their dressage score of 46.2 and added 7.6 time faults from their cross-country run. However, a clear show jumping round cemented them in sixth place, the best finish of any U.S. rider at the event.

REINER NIEWISCH EQUESTRIAN SERVICES LLC has moved to a new location, Rein Maker Farm in Brewster, N.Y. Niewisch, the head trainer and manager, started his career with horses in Germany, running the farm owned by Klaus Wagner, a three-time Olympian in three-day eventing. Assistant Amanda Wise is originally from Connecticut, and handles most of the riding and showing.

ORCHARD HILL EQUESTRIAN CENTER in Berlin, Mass., held an eventing clinic with Kristin Bachman on October 9-10. Bachman competes regularly with her horse Gryffindor in CCI*** and CCI**** events. Bachman challenged participants with a stadium course meant to hone their timing skills and rhythm.

THE BOARD OF ESSEX TRUST recently announced their $5,000 Essex Grant recipient, Ashley Kehoe of Purcellville, Va. Out of 36 applicants, Kehoe was recognized both for her efforts

THE USEF NATIONAL CCI* CHAMPIONSHIPS were held October 20-24 in conjunction with the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event and Team Challenge. Kristen Rozycki and Full Circle claimed

the National CCI* Championship. The National CCI* Junior Championship went to Kelsey Hoiness and T.M. Ballingary. Devon Gaines rode Ginger Spice to the National CCI* Amateur Championship. Kristina Southern and Skyeler Icke’s Matus won the National CCI* 19-21 Championship.

THE FEI ANNOUNCED on October 13, 2010, the eventing teams that have qualified for the London 2010 Olympic Games. Eventing riders from the United States, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and Belgium will join the host nation in what promises to be a fierce, heartpounding competition. THE BLACKSTONE VALLEY DRESSAGE AND COMBINED TRAINING ASSOCIATION held a successful hunter pace on October 17 at Upton State Forest in Upton, Mass. There were five-mile and eight-mile divisions as well as a 4-H divison. Winners from the hunter pace as well as information about year-end hunter pace awards can be found at EVEN THOUGH THE WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES ARE OVER, you can still experience the thrilling cross-country course with local rider Peter Atkins and his horse HJ Hampton. Helmet cam footage from the Games can be viewed on their website, Facebook page, and on YouTube. Atkins divides his time between Reading, Vt., and Ocala, Fla. To see the exciting (and remarkably steady) helmet cam videos, visit www. Send your eventing news to DECEMBER 2010




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lantation Field International Horse Trials hosted its third International Horse Trials this past weekend, with spectators taking in the fierce competition, beautiful views, and exciting activities. “We were thrilled with the outpouring of community support and involvement in only our third year of holding this event,” said Denis Glaccum, director of Plantation Field International Horse Trials. “We are grateful to the Cheshire Land Preservation Fund for the use of newly acquired open land which allowed us to expand the layout of our venue. Even though we have had little rain, riders were happy with the footing, thanks in part to the use of the rubber/sand mixture at the base of fences and the machine aggraCIC*** Champions Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda. vated turf, which allowed for better galloping tracks.” Jennie Brannigan, a top rider from Lizzie Snow and Pop Star took top honors in California who now calls Chester the CIC**. County home, won the ultimate Held over three days in Unionville, prize of the weekend with her mount Cambalda, owned by locals Nina and Tim Pa., the Plantation Field International Gardner. In addition to her first place win in Horse Trials are one of only a the CIC***, Brannigan also finished second handful of prestigious three-day in both the Open Preliminary-A and Open events in the region. More than Preliminary-B divisions and fourth in both in 170 horse and rider pairs competed the CIC** and Open Preliminary-A divisions for more than $10,000 in prize money. Though Plantation Field as well. With the WEG taking a few of offers competition for riders of eventing’s world class riders out of the compe- all levels, the most prestigious tition, riders saw an opportunity to vie for division is the CIC***, which is a money and prizes in each division. Lizzie qualifier for the United States Snow on Pop Star and Nina Ligon on Chai Equestrian Federation’s year-end Thai won the CIC** and CIC* respectively, championships. Plantation Field is renowned for its with Kelly Sult and Hollywood wining the Advanced division; Sally Cousins and Troy breathtaking landscapes and sprawling winning the Open Intermediate division; courses. Contained within one vast Caitlin Silliman and Catch A Star winning the field off Route 82, Plantation’s courses Junior Young Rider Open Preliminary division; took several years to complete as William Ward and Foligno’s Legend earning organizers and developers strived to Nina Ligon and Chai Thai took the win in the CIC*. the win in Open Preliminary Section A; Jane maintain and restore the property. Jennings and Calvin taking top honors in Open Designed with conservation in mind, Plantation Pony races, kids-on-foot Grand Prix jumping Preliminary Section B; and Mardi Herman Field offers unobstructed vistas that incorporate competition, an expanded trade fair, and a “Kids’ Korner” with a moon bounce, face riding Zoe VIII to victory in the Preliminary natural elements found on the site. In addition to world-class competition, painting and more. Rider division. Proceeds from the event benefited The In addition, the event announced a new the Plantation Field International Horse perpetual CIC* trophy, called “The Volunteer Trials also featured several events for specta- Barn at Spring Brook Farm and The Cheshire Trophy,” donated by Denis and Bambi tors and families alike, including a ring-side Land Preservation Fund, an open space organiGlaccum, in order to acknowledge the contri- marquee for riders, owners and sponsors, a zation. For more information on Plantation bution of volunteers to the sport from all over parade of Mr. Stewarts Cheshire Foxhounds, Field International, please visit www.plantationcelebrity bareback high jumping, Shetland the U.S.


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with many divisional leaders scoring in the high twenties and low thirties. On Sunday, competitors were challenged by the technical show jumping course designed by Keim and judged by Sharyn Cataldo of Massachusetts. “Our officials were very excited to watch the show jumping course,” says Keim. “Because the course required a fairly technical ride, it was an excellent challenge for riders at Preliminary Champions Keith Robinson and Knight in a Jag. the end of their season.” Cross-country tracks designed by Dr. Jim opportunity for eventing to reach a wider audiGornall of Massachusetts featured a new skinny ence through educating our students,” says chevron for Training Level riders and a bounce Keim. “Many of them are inspired to try option on the beautiful Horticulture Farm for eventing for themselves after working as a volunteer at one of our trials. We really value Preliminary Level competitors. Secretary Liz Oertel says that entries were the opportunity to expose new people to the slightly lower than usual for this fall’s competi- sport and to support the local equine commution, but overall the show management was nity with our events.” For a listing of results from the University of happy with the number of competitors who entered. “We have been lucky to be one of the New Hampshire Fall Horse Trials, please visit few events that has seen a consistent compet- itor base show after show,” says Oertel. “We are especially happy to see that we $2.00 off Any Agway are having a steady Horse Feed when you increase in the number of riders at mention this ad at any Preliminary Level. We look forward Achille Agway store! to continuing to provide a variety of $2.00 OFF 50lb bag of Agway Agway Superior Horse Feeds courses and chalSuperior Senior Horse Feed lenges next season.” • in toProbiotics Yeast Culture (Must bring this ad any Achille Agway for& redemption. UNH is unique Beginner Novice Champions Jill Smith and M-S Not valid with any other discount or sale) • High Fat Formulas amongst many Royal Z. • Uniquely balanced for enhanced • Controlled calcium-phosphorous events in that it • Guaranteed Amino Acids digestibility and increased ratio also supports the reduction of is run entirely by bioavailabilty. stress that can result from excess students in the • Special nutrient-rich formula for mineral intake in older horses. university’s horseseniors with vegetable oils and • Contains organic minerals, yeast manship program. highly digestible fiber from beet culture and probiotics. pulp for enhanced body condition • Highly palatable complete feed that Many of the student and bloom. can be fed with or without hay. volunteers have never even heard of eventing prior to working at the show; they learn about Hillsboro, NH Keene, NH both the sport and 603-464-3755 603-357-5720 their job through Milford,NH NH 603-464-3755 Peterborough, NH NH Hillsboro, Peterborough, NHWalpole, 603-924-6801 lectures held at 603-673-1669 603-924-6801 603-756-9400 the university. Walpole, NH 603-756-9400 Milford, NH 603-673-1669 “Our horse trials Training Level Champions Linda Kipperman and Brattleboro, VT 802-254-8755 Keene, NH 603-357-5720 provide a great Gryphondor.

he University of New Hampshire Equine Program hosted its third and final U.S. Eventing Association sanctioned horse trials under mostly sunny skies the weekend of October 2-3. This fall’s smoothly run event was a testament to the efforts of university students under the guidance of organizer Christina Keim. “We are proud of the hard work that our students contributed to prepare our facility for this show,” says Keim. “Given the extreme weather we went through the week before, they really did an amazing job pulling it all together.” Heavy rain resulted in flooding and road closures throughout New England in the days before the event, but the wooded cross-country course remained relatively well drained and dressage and show jumping arenas provided solid footing throughout the weekend. President of the Ground Jury Cindy Mancini of New York and dressage judge Jeri Neider saw much to reward during the dressage phase,

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Junior/Young Rider High Point winners Mae Janiga and Reach for the Stars.

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here was a nip in the air and the horses were feeling it. The arena was groomed perfectly and the show ran without a hitch. Judge Dorita Peer (S) from Ontario, Canada, provided a welcoming atmosphere to all competitors. Put your hands together for Elizabeth McCosh-Lilie, show manager, and Christine Curcio, show secretary! The show drew competitors from a broad area of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. The level of dressage tests being ridden ranged from Training to FEI Prix St George. This was the first year that Freestyle was offered and we had five lovely rides. It was wonderful to see that we had both experienced upper level riders, and those who were moving into a recognized show

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for the first time. There were also several Junior/ Young Riders competing. There were four high point winners at the show. The CDCTA High Point winner was Mariko Williams on Oktane with a score of 68.42% riding First Level Test 4. The Adult Amateur High Point winner was Sylvia Schafer on Carosel’s Killian with a score of 68.95% riding First Level Test 4. The Junior/Young Rider High Point winner was Mae Janiga on Reach for the Stars with a score of 64.36% riding Third Level Test 1. The Open Category High Point winner was Elizabeth Caron on Zoey with a score of 76.05% riding First Level Test 4. Congratulations to the High Point winners! All CDCTA shows, including this Recognized Dressage Show, are run completely by volunteers. Without volunteers there would be no show, and so we wish to express our thanks to the volunteers who did a wonderful job organizing, setting up, and breaking down the arena, directing people, answering people’s questions, scoring, and providing a safe environment for all. Our thanks to Tom Sansome, our announcer, Ruth Beardsley, Sandra Brown, who is working on her “L” certification, Terry Buckley, Donna Legere, Laura Barbash, Selby Wajcs, Cheryl Matthewson, Mary Beth Bain, Augie Henriques, Jenny Berelson, Laura Benzinger, Stuart Lilie, and Abby Adams. CDCTA would also like to express their thanks to Liz Caron, Carbery Caron, and John Caron for letting us hold our Recognized Dressage

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Show at their beautiful Carbery Fields Farm. Show RESultS

The following are the results from the CDCTA USDF Recognized Show at Carbery Fields: USeF Training LeveL TeST 1: 1. Kodiak, elizabeth caron, 67.826%; 2. Ludwig, Lee Dunbar, 66.087%; 3. Perugia, gretchen geromin, 66.087%; 4. all the aczets, Sherri Pasquale, 65.652%; 5. aristotole, elizabeth caron, 59.565%. USeF Training LeveL TeST 2: 1. Perugia, gretchen geromin, 69.643%; 2. Kodiak, elizabeth caron, 68.214%; 3. all the aczets, Sherri Pasquale, 68.214%; 3. Jef O’Shamus, elizabeth braverman, 65.000%; 5. marcello, Jane Pemberton, 64.643%; 6. Paradox Pippin, Linda roache, 58.571%; 7. Wippoorwill Perseus, Debra Pereira, 57.500%. USeF Training LeveL TeST 3: 1. Jef O’Shamus, elizabeth braverman, 61.600%. USeF Training LeveL TeST 4: 1. marcello, Jane Pemberton, 67.200%; 2. Whippoorwill Perseus, Debra Pereira, 57.600%; 3. Paradox Pippin, Linda roache, 57.600%. USeF FirST LeveL TeST 1: 1. red baron, Karen norton, 65.667%; 2. Farweno Tarnko, Kara norton, 61.000%. USeF FirST LeveL TeST 2: 1. carousel’s Killian, Sylvia Schafer, 67.500%; 2. red baron, Karen norton, 61.389%. USeF FirST LeveL TeST 3: 1. Weringa, Jennifer a. czechowski, 68.571%; 2. anacapri, Tammy Paparella, 65.143%. USeF FirST LeveL TeST 4: 1. Zoey, elizabeth caron, 76.053%; 2. carousel’s Killian, Sylvia Schafer, 68.947%; 3. Oktane, mariko Williams, 68.421%; 4. anacapri, Tammy Paparella, 66.842%; 5. anacapri, Jennifer a. czechowski, 64.474%; 6. Farweno Tarnko, Kara norton, 62.895%. USeF SecOnD LeveL TeST 1: 1. PvF Power Factor, Heather Dostal, 61.579%; 2. Fearghus, Deborah moynihan, 60.000%; 3. HS Timmburrs King Kris , Tara manion, 58.421%. USeF SecOnD LeveL TeST 2: 1. HS Timmburrs King Kris, Tara manion, 62.703%; 2. PvF Power Factor, Heather Dostal, 62.162%; 3. Fergie, Samantha boutot, 53.784%. USeF SecOnD LeveL TeST 3: 1. rian, alix Skelton, 71.628%; 2. versace H, melissa bilodeau, 69.070%; 3. rawleigh, roberta carleton, 64.419%; 4. rhythm n blues, Wendy rigby, 61.860%. USeF SecOnD LeveL TeST 4: 1. rian, alix Skelton, 72.381%; 2. rhythm n blues, Wendy rigby, 67.143%; 3. rawleigh, roberta carleton, 65.238%; 4. Oktane, mariko Williams, 61.905%. USeF THirD LeveL TeST 1: reach for the Stars, mae Janiga, 64.359%; 2. Ossborne, Kari allen, 64.103%. USeF THirD LeveL TeST 2: 1. Ossborne, Kari allen, 66.154%. USeF THirD LeveL TeST 3: 1. versace H, melissa bilodeau, 65.349%; 2. reach for the Stars, mae Janiga, 62.093%; 3. enchanted Paladin, Donna L. Dunbar, 60.465%. USeF FOUrTH LeveL TeST 2: regalia, rochelle mcPherson, 63.864%. Fei Prix ST. geOrgeS: 1. eskadeur, Lainey Johnson, 62.368%; 2. Sipka, Patricia carter, 61.316%. Fei TeST OF cHOice i2: 1. Lentisco, elizabeth caron, 58.947%. FreeSTyeLe LeveL 1 anD UP: 1. Sovangs Lima, Jaana Lonnqvist Sheehan, 66.042%; 2. Dimensions, mary beth bain, 61.250%. Fei FreeSTyLe i-1: 1. espereaux, Laurie Sigfridson, 64.000%. ●

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USEF CCI*** Fall Eventing Champion Hannah Burnett riding St. Barths.

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ersistent autumn drizzle on opening day was not enough to dampen the spirit of competitors at this year’s 2010 Dansko Fair Hill International, which returned to the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in Fair Hill, Md., October 14-17. Despite dreary first-day conditions, which would transform to clear skies and sunshine later in the weekend, top-notch displays of competition were seen in the United States Equestrian Foundation (USEF) CCI*** and CCI** Fall Eventing Championships as well as the Spalding Labs/USEA Young Event Horse Championship. Hannah Burnett of Ocala, Fla., prevailed to win the USEF CCI*** Fall Eventing Championship in a nail-biting finish aboard St. Barths, owned by Richard Thompson. Burnett, who won last year’s CCI** at Fair Hill, was in second place following the dressage and crosscountry phases, and made the move up to first place following a flawless round in the final show jumping phase. “I’m really excited,” said Burnett of her win. “I have been building up to this event all year. My horse just keeps on getting better and better, so I feel like I’ve improved over the year and my horse has too.” Finishing second in the CCI*** was two-time Olympic team Gold Medalist and four-time Fair Hill Champion Phillip Dutton of West Grove, Pa., and Fernhill Eagle, owned by

featured young horses (ages four and five) competing in three sections: Conformation & Type, Dressage Test, and Jumping Test/ Gallop/General Impression. The Young Event Horse classes focus on the education and preparation of the event horse in a correct and progressive manner. Taking home top honors in the Spalding Labs/USEA Young Event Horse Championship for 5-Year-Olds was Lucia Strini’s Dutch Warmblood gelding Artesian, ridden by Will Coleman of Gordonsville, Va. “I think this program is wonderful,” said Coleman. “It is my first opportunity to compete in this format. The program aims to do the right thing and showcase young horses. With all young horses, it is the versatility of the program at home that produces results.” Winning the 4-Year-Old division of the Spalding Labs/USEA Young Event Horse Championship was Boateng, a Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Tyler Abell and Matt Flynn, and ridden by Matt Flynn of Gladstone, N.J. “He was imported in April, and has just done two Novice horse trials. He is part of a sales program of imported horses that I have. Bess and Tyler Abell have been great owners to ride for. They really enjoyed coming here and watching,” said Flynn. “This has been a good program for getting people interested.” This year’s Dansko Fair Hill International also welcomed the Professional Riders’ Organization (PRO), and was part of the 2010 PRO Tour Series. The Professional Riders’ Organization was founded in 2009 by event riders Phillip Dutton, Buck Davidson, Craig Thompson, Laura VanderVliet, and Allison Springer with the thought that professional event riders have a special obligation to promote and strengthen their sport. PRO is dedicated to improving the

Rebecca Broussard. Dutton’s appearance at Fair Hill came on the heels of the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky., where he competed as a member of the USEF Eventing Team. Finishing directly behind Dutton in third place was Kristin Schmolze of Califon, N.J., and Cavaldi, owned by Kristin and Janet Schmolze. In the USEF CCI** Fall Eventing Championship, it was Clark Montgomery of Chatsworth, Ga., and Loughan Glen, owned by Holly Becker and Kathryn Kraft, who continued on page 86 took home the win. Montgomery and Loughan Glen took the lead following the dressage phase, and maintained it following both the cross-county and stadium jumping phases. “It always feels fantastic to win,” said Montgomery. “It solidifies that you are on the right path with these horses and what you are doing is working.” Montgomery also finished in second place in the CCI** aboard Universe, owned by his wife Jessica. Rounding out the top three was Phillip Dutton and Why Not, owned by Jan Byyny. This year’s Dansko Fair Hill International was also host of the Spalding Labs/USEA Young Event USEF CCI** Fall Eventing Champion Clark Montgomery Horse Championship, which aboard Loughan Glen. December 2010




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ver 200 riders from across the country competed in eight elite events that comprised the 2010 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series. Although they didn’t win any of the individual events in 2010, consistent placings and double clear rounds made Jennifer Wooten-Dafoe and Daisy Tognazzini’s The Good Witch the winners of the 2010 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series and $10,000 richer. Wooten-Dafoe and the 14-year-old Irish Thoroughbred mare started out the season with a fourth place finish in the CIC*** at Galway Downs in Temecula, Calif. Double clears in both cross-country and show jumping gave them a boost with 90 bonus points. The pair’s next Gold Cup event was 2010 Adequan Gold Cup Series winners Jennifer at the CIC***-W at Rebecca Farm in Wooten-Dafoe and The Good Witch. Kalispell, Mont., where they finished a respectable seventh place out of 28 horses. Wooten-Dafoe and The Good Witch culminated their Gold Cup season at the Land Rover/USEA American Eventing Championships with an eighth in the Advanced class. “I am very excited to have won the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series this year,” Wooten-Dafoe said. “I think that it is a great program, very fun to participate in, and exciting to have such a large incentive to go for at the end of the year!” The Adequan USEA Gold Cup leaderboard shifted with each of the Gold Cup events this year, but in the end Karen O’Connor and Mandiba earned reserve honors. Wooten-Dafoe was victorious with 595 points—105 points over the reserve champions, Dafoe is hoping to travel to England with The Good Witch a month prior to Badminton to Karen O’Connor and Mandiba. “I did keep tabs on the points after each continue competing and training. In addition to her plans for Badminton, event,” said Wooten-Dafoe. “It was so exciting to see the final leaderboard posted and knowing Wooten-Dafoe is aiming both The Good I had won $10,000. I am aiming to compete at Witch and her other Advanced horse, Nabouco the Badminton CCI**** next year so plan on De Lessay, for the 2011 Adequan USEA Gold saving the funds to compete there. As my fellow Cup events, Galway Downs and The Event at competitors and I know, it is very expensive Rebecca Farm. She hopes to have a chance to be to compete, especially when aiming for events the Keeper of The Cup for two years running! As the overall Adequan USEA Gold Cup overseas. I am so grateful for all of the sponsors of the Gold Cup and am glad that they are winner, Wooten-Dafoe will receive a hefty check for $10,000 and a huge trophy at the USEA willing to help us out.” The Good Witch is taking a bit of a vacation Annual Meeting & Convention, which will be now and will be spending the winter competing held in Scottsdale, Ariz., this December. For more information on the Adequan USEA at dressage shows in an effort to come out next season and be even more competitive. Wooten- Gold Cup Series, visit

Artesian, ridden by Will Coleman, took the 5-Year-Old Championship.

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standards of competition and promoting safety while working to attract new fans, sponsors and participants to the sport of three-day eventing. In addition to the world-class equestrian action at the Dansko Fair Hill International, there were also plenty of fun activities for all to enjoy. Dansko Fair Hill International Festival In The Country favorites included Master Falconer Mike Dupuy who performed his show, The Art and Sport of Falconry With Live Birds of Prey, the United States Pony Club President’s Cup Invitational Games, The Kids’ Corner, Miniature horse performances, JoAnn Dawson’s musical production, “HorsePlay,” Jack Foreaker’s puppet show, and the popular Country Shops. New this year, a series of dog activities delighted the crowd of about 13,000 throughout the weekend. They included Jack Russell Terrier races, flyball and retriever demonstrations, and dog agility clinics that allowed members of the public to see whether their family pets have the speed, agility, and intelligence to compete in this increasingly popular sport. The Dansko Fair Hill International Festival in the Country benefits Union Hospital in Elkton, Md. The hospital, whose mission is to enhance the health and well-being of the residents of Cecil County and its neighboring communities, has been caring for area families and neighbors for more than 100 years. For more information on next year’s Fair Hill, including how to purchase tickets, call 410-398-2111 or visit www.fairhill

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Hunter/Jumper news

By Kim Ablon Whitney

the $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Challenge. Samantha, who trains at her family’s farm with Kristy McCormack, found Rocket Man through Rich Herrera and bought him from Jay Hayes. Samantha is an ‘A’ student at Farmington High School and volunteers at a therapeutic riding center.


HERRING BROOK FARM IN PEMBROKE, MASS., had three riders advance to the Taylor Harris National Children’s Medal at the Capital Challenge: Emily Simon, Madeleine Swem, and Anna Rea. Maddie placed second in the Taylor Harris National Children’s Medal flat phase. CONGRATULATIONS TO LAURA WORTHEN and her horse, Vera, of Hollis, N.H., on their win against entries in the Taylor Harris Insurance Classic at the Fidelity Jumper Classic. Laura rides and trains with Gretchen Anderson of Apple Knoll Farm in New Boston, N.H. Olivia van der Meer won the Cape Cod Hunter Junior Equitation Championship.

Laura Worthen and Vera. CONGRATULATIONS TO SAMANTHA SMITH on winning the Maclay Regionals at The Grand Fall Classic in Westbrook, Conn. Samantha also picked up the championship in the Zone 1 Medal Final along with the reserve championship in the Regional Junior Medal Final. Samantha rides with Sachine Belle of Belle Equestrian.

ELIZABETH FOSTER OF DOVER, MASS., and her pony, Highlands Bridget Jones, were the 2010 HITS/Saugerties Circuit Reserve Champion in the medium pony hunter division. Meanwhile, Lisa Foster’s horse, Castleguard, was the 2010 HITS/Saugerties Circuit Champion in the Older AOs. Lisa is taking a short break for shoulder surgery and a get-a-way trip with her hubbie and then will be back in the saddle! SAMANTHA SELLDORFF, OF FARMINGTON, CONN., earned a big win against 74 entries in


POND VIEW FARM OF MARTHA’S VINEYARD had four girls competing at the Pony Finals: Olivia Smith and her medium Grand All Over, Maggie Nixon with the small pony Lee Hill Gold Rumour, Kate Ross aboard her two mediums My Prince Charming and Champlain Treasure Me, and trainer Sara Doyle’s daughter, Ava Stearns, riding Blue on Blue and All Aboard. A week before Pony Finals Sara got the news that the pony Ava was riding in the Pony Medal was sick and wouldn’t be able to go. Sara and Ava were very generously offered a loan of the small pony All Aboard, owned by the Ross family. Since Ava had never ridden “Mikey,” she and both ponies headed to Kentucky a few days early without Sara to meet up with Sara’s friend and trainer, Val Renihan, to learn how to ride him. By the time Sara’s plane landed in Kentucky a few days later, Ava had won the pony medal class during the last week of Kentucky out of 34 and was rearing to go. At the Pony Finals, Ava won the 2010 Emerson Burr Horsemanship Award and Grant for the Eight-and-Under division on Saturday night and finished in the top 20 in USEF Pony Medal.

Two weeks later at the Fieldstone Summer Showcase Ava stayed on a roll, picking up the reserve championship in the Medium Ponies on Happy Medium, the reserve championship in the Small Ponies on Lee Hill Gold Rumour, and the win in the $2,500 Pony Derby with Blue on Blue. Ava had another disappointment when her pony for the MHC Finals fell through. This time Kathy Fletcher from Grazing Fields came to the rescue with Latin Lover, one of her great equitation horses. With some quick preparation and lots of help from Kathy, Ava marched into the ring on the only horse she had ever ridden and beautifully navigated the course (with some impressive caretaking from “Bobby”)!

ALSO, CONGRATULATIONS TO OLIVIA VAN DER MEER, who won the Cape Cod Hunter Junior Equitation Championship. FAR MEADOW FARM, LLC, a full-service boarding and training stable located in Morris, Conn., has announced the appointment of Katie Rocco as head trainer. Katie has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of horsemanship and has competed in equitation, hunters, jumpers, eventing, and dressage. Send your news for future columns to DECEMBER 2010



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Person of the Year Recognition Award winner Sean Rogers.

MHC Days of Champions Features First-Class Competition by melody taylor-sCott


he 29th anniversary of the Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council Days of Champions Junior Championship and 18th Adult Amateur and Mini Medal Finals was held on October 1-3, 2010 at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, Mass. Over 330 horses and riders competed at this well-respected three-day equitation only show with a three-judge panel of Carol Coleman, Paddy Downing-Nyegard, and Scott Alder. Show manager Deborah Tate and

Adult Amateur 18-30 Champions Devon Poeta and Losar.

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Chairman Felicia Knowles kept the show running smoothly and Equestrian Management Solutions jump crew set the courses quickly and kept the rails up. This year’s Special Award for Sportsmanship went to Haleigh Landrigan. My Hero was inducted into the Pony Hall of Fame, Sean Rogers was named the recipient of the Appreciation Award, and April Renzella was named the winner of the Vacation Trip Raffle. A total of 62 adults ranging from ages 18-30 and 48 adults aged 30 and older competed at this year’s event, negotiating a

challenging course designed by Scott Alder that included a bounce combination in the Open and the Medal classes. Besting the field of 32 in the Open Adult 18-30 Equitation A section was Emily Howe of Newport, Vt., riding With Mister Darcey. Second place went to Megan Piermarini of Sterling, Mass., riding Paradox. The win in Section B Open out of 30 entries went to Jessica Carr of Acton, Mass., riding Classico. Robert Lee of Old Saybrook, Conn., came in second riding Circus Boy. In the Adult Amateur 18-30 Medal Championship, 20% of the 62 competitors returned for the second round over the course that offered one option fence of either vertical set at slightly differing distances to test the rider’s eye and multiple roll back turns. The judges called back four to test over a shortened course with a trot fence and then to individually ride to the judges’ stand and answer a horsemanship question. The 2010 MHC Adult 18-30 Medal was awarded to Devon Poeta of Old Lyme, Conn., riding Losar with reserve honors going to Lauren Horth of Dalton, Mass., riding Cotillio Z. Repeating the effort over the same courses, 48 riders competed for the Amateur Adult Over 30 Medal. In Open Eq. Section A, Karen Salon of Hingham, Mass., was named the winner riding Ludo. Second place went to Melissa Hamlet of Whitman, Mass., riding Bronson. In Open Eq. Section B, the winner was Mindy Whitman of Alpharetta, Ga., riding Writtle. Gina Virga of Shrewsbury, Mass., earned second place riding Kiss N’ Tell. Besting the field of 48 riders in the 2010 MHC Adult Amateur Over 30 Medal Championship was Spencer Saltonstall of Cohasset, Mass., riding Amazing Grace. Reserve honors went to Nicole Nichelmann of Byfield, Mass., riding Avenue Q. Saturday, October 2 brought perfect weather with sunny skies for the 147 Junior Medal competitors. The challenging courses included the bounce, option fences, and roll back turns. In Open Eq. 14 & Under, the winner was Adeline Audette of Fall River, Mass., riding Barnabee. Second place went to Michael Janson of Berkley, Mass., aboard Fortune Cookie. In Open Eq Sec. B, Abby Bertelson of Weston, Mass., took the win on Eclypso, with second place going to Delaney Hamill of Buffalo, N.Y. The Open Eq. 15-17 division was split into three sections of approximately 37 entries in each group. Winning Section A was Danielle Reny of Boston, Mass., riding Scholar. Sydney Smith of Rockport, Mass., was awarded second place riding Calimero. In Section B, the winner was Hannah Piersiak of Needham, Mass., riding Bell Captain. Alexa Bayko of Salisbury, Mass., took second on Crespo. In Section C, the win went to Zoe Mcgee of Charlestown, Mass., riding Major.


Grafton, Mass., finished in second riding Best Kept Secret. In Open Equitation 11 & Under Section B, the winner was Kendra Gierkink of Lexington, Mass., riding Limerick with Emma Crate of Beverly, Mass., finishing in second on D. Donut. Katherine Johnson of Holliston, Mass., was named winner of Open Equitation 12-14 Section A riding Comedy Hour with Margaret Magee of East Greenwich, Conn., following in second on Just Calvin. In Open Equitation 12-14 Secion B, Samantha Valone of Wayland, Mass., took the win riding Opening Day. Alexandra Hilton of Tiverton, R.I., placed second aboard Remy Martin. Completing the 2010 Days of Champions, the 90 Mini Medal competitors returned to ride the Medal course with 30 returning for the second round and four called back to test. Katherine Johnson of Holliston, Mass., was named the champion riding Comedy Hour, with Hannah Janson of Berkley, Mass., following in reserve on Caprichoso Z. For more information on the MHC Days of Champions, please visit www.

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Lexie Lohrer of Carlisle, Mass., finished in second place aboard Upstart. One hundred-forty-seven juniors competed for the 2010 MHC Junior Medal Championship with 44 returning for the second round. The Junior Medal Test brought back six riders that were required to canter fences 7 and 5, halt, counter canter fence 9, canter fences 10 and 11, and answer a horsemanship question asked at the judges’ stand. Returning for the test were Katie Tyler, Madeline Stover, Lexie Lohrer, Danielle Reny, Rebecca Clawson, and Abby Bertelson, respectively. The 2010 Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council Days of Champions Junior Medal Championship was awarded to Danielle Reny of Boston, Mass., riding Scholar, with Lexie Lohrer of Carlisle, Mass., coming in reserve on Upstart. Third place went to Katie Tyler of Lyme, Conn., riding Cassani, and fourth place went to Rebecca Clawson of Plympton, Mass., aboard Kennebec. Sunday, October 3 again brought fair weather for the 90 competitors in the MHC Mini Medal Championship over a course requiring single approach fences and multiple rollback turns that tested a rider’s ability to ride their horses to fences with optional approaches. In Open Equitation 11 & Under Section A Elizabeth Ekberg of Westford, Mass., took first place riding Sports Page. Katie Eppinger of

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championship was awarded to Rosalynn, ridden by Kelley Farmer. Lone Star was the reserve champion, ridden by Hunt Tosh. French also won the Future Hunter 3'3'' championship with Small Collection, Kelley Farmer and Crown N Scepter were reserve champions. French also won the $15,000 WCHR Professional Challenge riding Small Affair. Scott Stewart won two divisions in the Future Hunters. He rode his horse Inclusive to the championship in the 6 & Over division, sponsored by Ruth and Hal Douglas/ Stonebrook, and his own Passionate to the top tricolor in the Mares division, sponsored by Penelope Ayres Nationals Children’s Medal winners Molly Peddicord and Ravens Wood Farm. and Loupino. In the $20,000 Added Future Hunter North American Championship, John French rode horses to the first two places. With Small Collection, he collected the first place ribbon and won the Beverly Brooks Solter Memorial Trophy. He finished second with Small Kiss. The Grand Future Hunter Championship, sponsored by Lochmoor Stables, Inc./Greg and Mindy Darst, went to Amadeo, ridden by Kelley Farmer and owned by Louise Graves. For their Grand win, they were awarded the “A Rare Diamond” Perpetual Trophy donated by “The Friends of Mickey.” The Grand Hunter Championship went to Listen, ridden by Kelley Farmer for Jane Gaston. Farmer was named the Best Hunter Rider of the show. Scott Stewart captured his fourth win this year in the WCHR Professional Finals, presented by the John R. Ingram Fund. Stewart persevered through four rounds against the five other best $15,000 WCHR Professional Challenge hunter riders in the nation to set the record Champions John French and Small Affair. number of wins in the 18-year history of the The champion in the $9,000 Amateur-Owner class. For his win, Stewart was presented with 18-35 Hunters was Sunny Moon, ridden and the All The Way Perpetual Trophy. In the $9,000 Amateur-Owner 36 & Over owned by Jaime Auletto of Blackwood, N.J. Hunters, sponsored by The Hallman Family and Tracy Scheriff Muser and Donovan were the MerryLegs South, Jane Gaston and Lumiere led reserve champions. The Grand Champion Adult Amateur Hunter the way to victory. Ellen Toon and Invincible was Music Street, ridden by Lindsey Evanswere the reserve champions. Thanks to their top ribbons, Gaston and Thomas of Annapolis, Md. They were awarded Lumiere were named the Grand Amateur- the Equus Entries Challenge Trophy, donated by Owner Hunter Champions, and were awarded Equus Entries and Sue and Ralph Caggiano. The Grand Pony Hunter Championship went the Dr. Harold M.S. Smith Trophy. Gaston was named the Best Amateur-Owner Rider. continued on page 94

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he 2010 Capital Challenge Horse Show has come to a conclusion, and show managers Oliver Kennedy and Billy Glass have deemed it a great success. In its 17th year, the Capital Challenge Horse Show sets itself apart with a distinct and unique focus on preeminent hunter competition. The hunter and equitation courses for the show were designed by Michael Rheinheimer of Willoughby, Ohio, and the jumper courses were designed by Philip DeVita of Apopka, Fla. In the North American Junior Flat Equitation Championships, Molly Braswell of Ocala, Fla., rode Tenacious to victory. She also picked up the reserve championship in the 16-Year-Old Equitation division. The champion in the 16-Year-Old division was Chase Boggio of Canton, Ga. Meg O’Mara, of Rumson, N.J., won the championship in the 15-Year-Old division riding War Eagle. The reserve champion was a tie between Hasbrouck Donovan and Schaefer Raposa. In the 17-Year-Old division, Samantha Harrison of La Canada, Calif., was the winner. There was another tie for reserve champion, with Kelsey Bernini and Amber Henter. The champion in the 13/14 Year Old division was Naomi Wierens, who won both over fences classes. Lauren Fabiano was the reserve champion and she received second over fences. Victoria Colvin was the 12-Year-Old champion after she swept the blue ribbons. Madelyn Keck, who picked up second place ribbons over fences and under saddle, won the reserve championship. Victoria Birdsall of Topsfield, Mass., beat 77 other competitors to win the 2010 North American Junior Equitation Championships. In the Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) National Children’s Medal Finals, Molly Peddicord of Malibu, Calif., took the victory with her horse Loupino. Second place went to Maggie Savoie on Danico. In the North American Adult Amateur Equitation Championships, Sara Green finished as the winner. Green of Sherborn, Mass., was second in the first round and moved up to first with a great second round score of 91. Adrienne Dixon and Vincenzo were just behind by 1.6 points, so the judges brought her and Green back for a workoff. Green excelled in the test for the win. The champion of the $9,000 Second Year Green Working Hunters was Small Affair, ridden by John French. The reserve champion was Way Cool, ridden by Scott Stewart. In the $10,000 Regular Working Hunters the

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to For the Laughter, ridden by 13-year-old Victoria Colvin and owned by Dr. Betsee Parker. The reserve champion in the division was Center Field, ridden and owned by Louise Graves. Colvin won the Best Pony Rider Award, and was presented with the Kitty Borisoff Memorial Trophy donated by her many friends. The Stewart Warner Cup for a pony rider went to Emma Kennedy, given in memory of Laurie Gilbert Stewart and Mary Warner Brown, by Donald E. Stewart, Jr. and Louise W. Serio. This award is given to up-and-coming junior riders who, in the opinion of the panel of judges, exhibit the best hunter style and show potential as a young hunter rider. It was a good week for 17-year-old Hannah Goodson-Cutt of Los Angeles, Calif. She and her horse Caretano swept the major awards in the junior hunters, and it was a vindication of their hard work. Their championship in the $9,000 Small Junior 16-17 Hunters, sponsored by Meridian Farm and Meridian Riding Club, helped them capture the Grand Junior 16-17 Hunter Championship, sponsored by The Clothes Horse, and the overall Grand Junior Hunter Championship. Goodson-Cutt was named the Best Junior Rider on a horse. The reserve champion in the division was Fern

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Gully, ridden by Taylor Ann Adams. For their Grand Junior Hunter Championship, Caretano and Goodson-Cutt were awarded The Spontaneous Perpetual Trophy. Goodson-Cutt was named the Best Junior Rider. In the $9,000 Small Junior 15 & Under Hunters, the championship went to Coffeetalk, ridden and owned by Whitney Downs. They placed first and second over fences. The reserve champion was Confidential, ridden by Hasbrouck Donovan. Coffeetalk and Downs tied for the Grand Younger Junior Hunter Championship with the winners of the Large Junior 15 & Under Hunter division, Walk the Line and Meg O’Mara. Way Cool and Victoria Colvin finished as reserve champions in their division. The Children’s Hunters Grand Championship went to Mactier, ridden and owned by Bella Cramer. Cramer was also named the Best Children’s Hunter Rider. The reserve champion was MTM Halo, ridden and owned by Micah Gentry. The Children’s Hunter Pony division finished on Saturday, and the champion was Crimson Sky, ridden and owned by Chelsea Cohn. The reserve champion was Ramblin’ N’ Gamblin’, ridden by Bernadette Louise Chungunco. The Stewart Warner Cup for Children went to 12-year-old Victoria Press of New York, N.Y., who also won WCHR Children’s Hunter Challenge on Notoriety. The Stewart Warner Cup for Juniors was awarded to Shawn Casady. The WCHR Pony Hunter Challenge winner was One More Time, ridden and owned by Anna Rossi, while Taylor Ann Adams and Rosalynn captured the WCHR Junior Hunter Challenge with a high score of 90.33. First place in the World Champion Junior Hunter Under

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Saddle went to Q, ridden by Kelli Cruciotti, who were also second in the WCHR Children’s Hunter Challenge. Seventeen-year-old Samantha Selldorf of Farmington, Conn., piloted Rocket Man, a seven-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, to a time of 27.100 seconds for the win in the $10,000 Children’s Adult Jumper Challenge. Close behind in second was Meredith Darst on Hidden Creek’s Kendall, who crossed the timers in 28.708 seconds. Selldorf won the Leading Children’s Jumper Rider Award. The Best Adult Amateur Jumper Rider Award went to Elizabeth Kirby. Kirby was presented with The Belfield Trophy. Meg O’Mara thought when she had a rail in the final round for the $15,000 North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Challenge Cup, that would be the end of her day. With a clear round in the second jump-off, O’Mara and Mianta sealed their victory. The winner of the $10,000 Final Round, sponsored by The Oken Family, was Hayley Barnhill on Scotch, owned by Boggs Hill. In the $5,000 First Round, Dobbs and Eso had the fastest speed round for the win. With that win and a fifth in the final round, Dobbs had 45 points, which tied her with O’Mara and Mianta, who finished third in the speed round and second in the final round. For her Time First Round victory on Saturday night, Barnhill was presented with the Remy Martin Perpetual Trophy. O’Mara won the Best Junior Jumper Rider Award along with the ARIAT Congressional Cup, while Dobbs was named the Best Amateur Jumper Rider. For more information on the Capital Challenge Horse Show, visit



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ith support from teacup auction featured an array of local sponsors fun items donated from more than a and donors, Folly dozen local retailers. This year’s dog Farm Stables, costume class was better than ever, LLC, proudly hosted the 18th with the addition of a title sponsor, Annual Folly Farm Classic Benefit Oak Meadow Farm, which provided Horse Show over the weekend of beautiful ribbons and prizes for the canine competitors. October 2-3, 2010. “The weekend was a definite This premier fundraising event raised over $23,000 to support success,” said Jen Volanski, event The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Chairperson. “Every few years the residential summer camps, and weather decides to grant us two year-round centers established by beautiful days of autumn sun. Paul Newman designed to serve The crowds were large and enthuchildren and families coping with siastic, the sponsors enjoyed their cancer and other serious illnesses ringside seating, and the riders and and conditions. continued on page 98 The Classic weekend featured top-notch equestrian competition—the riders and horses that garnered the highest point totals in their divisions at Folly Farm horse shows throughout the spring and summer season. The two-day event also included family-oriented activities including pony rides, hayrides around the farm’s 25 sprawling acres, and crafts like pumpkin Phyllis Belle and Ben in the Adult Hunter painting. The popular Classic.

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their horses had optimal conditions to compete. Everything came together in the best possible way. Everyone enjoyed the weekend while raising money and awareness for a great cause. The Classic continues to be a shining example of community spirit and solidarity. Many children will be able to experience the magic of Camp thanks to the support of so many—riders, sponsors, spectators, and especially the Horse Show Committee.” For more information contact Jen Volanski at 860-693-8885 or via email at johnandjenv@

he 65th annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show, which took place October 14-23 in Harrisburg, Pa., showcased a wealth of equestrian talent ranging from pony hunters to grand prix competitors. From the first junior rider to step into the arena at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Exhibition Center until Rodrigo Pessoa crossed the timers to win the $75,000 Grand Prix de Penn National on the horse show’s closing night, this year’s Pennsylvania National Horse $75,000 Grand Prix de Penn National Champion Rodrigo Pessoa. Show featured the best of the and World Champion, rode HH Ashley, the best in hunter/jumper competition. For the second year in a row Rodrigo Pessoa entry of Double H Farm, to victory against a of Brazil emerged as the champion of the starting field of 25 horse-and-rider combina$75,000 Grand Prix de Penn National, an FEI tions representing six countries. World Cup Qualifier. Pessoa, a former Olympic continued on page 100




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An incredibly challenging course by Steve Stephens proved to be the biggest adversary for the field of Grand Prix competitors. Following the first round of competition, seven horse-and-rider combinations qualified for the final jump-off round. Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo, owned by Coral Reef Ranch, who were fourth to go in the jump-off, pulled a rail at the second of nine obstacles, earning four faults and a time of 46.25, still enough to temporarily take the lead. Canada’s Ian Millar rode Star Power, owned by Team Works, to a clean jumping round. However, the pair incurred four time faults in 53.47 seconds, leaving them just behind Madden. The pair ultimately finished third. Pessoa was the final entry in the jump-off. “It’s always nice to go last. When I saw the draw I was relieved, but I still had to get Grand Champion Hunter Lone Star and Leading Pablo Barrios jumped to victory aboard G&C Quick through the first round. It was nice not to Hunter Rider Hunt Tosh. Star 11 in the $30,000 Penn National Big Jump. have to go crazy fast for my greener horse in the jump-off,” he said of his 10-year-old as being stylish. You could tell they’ve ridden a Venezuelan rider Pablo Barrios jumped to Hanoverian mare. “It was an advantage and I’m lot of different horses. Their experience really victory aboard G&C Quick Star 11, owned by Gustavo & Carolina Mirabel/G&C Farm, in showed today.” very happy with how she jumped.” Also highlighting the junior competi- the $30,000 Pennsylvania National Big Jump HH Ashley’s caretaker, Caroline Holmberg, was also awarded for her efforts with the tion at the Pennsylvania National was the sponsored by M&T Bank. Barrios bested an international field of 30 Caretaker of the Winning Grand Prix Horse Randolph College/USEF National Junior Award, a prize she won last year as well. Jumper Championships. The Championships top riders from Brazil, France, Ireland, and Additionally, Pessoa was named Leading Rider comprise the $7,500 Randolph College/USEF Canada, as well as the USA’s best, to gallop National Junior Jumper Individual Overall away with victory. for the Open Jumper division. In addition to the world-class equestrian Madden won the Leading Lady Rider Award Championship, which was won by New York’s for Open Jumpers and she and Coral Reef Via Karen Polle and Cachette Z, and the $15,000 competition, the Pennsylvania National Volo won the Open Jumper Championship. Randolph College/USEF Prix de States Team also featured a full schedule of exciting and Pessoa and HH Ashley were reserve champions. Championship, which was won by the Zone 2 entertaining events. Some of these fun events Earlier in the week, a total of 208 junior riders team of Polle, Katie Dinan, Reed Kessler, and included barrel racing, pole bending, and celebrity team penning demonstrations on came to Harrisburg with the hopes of winning Meg O’Mara. The victory marked the ninth win for a Zone 2 Western Night; tack room awards, a draft horse the prestigious national equitation championship, the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Equitation team (New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) obstacle course demonstration, and carriage since the Prix de States competition was first held racing on American Heroes Night; the “power” Medal Finals Presented by Randolph College. of a draft horse obstacle course demonstration It came down to a ride-off and exchange of at the Pennsylvania National in 1979. This year’s Hunt Night proved to be a night and “speed” of carriage racing on Power & horses between Hayley Barnhill of Collierville, Tenn., and Samantha Schaefer of Westminster, to remember for Jill Wilson of Louisa County, Speed Night. On Saturday, October 16, members of Va., as she swept the competition and claimed Md., that resulted in the win for Barnhill. Of the starting field of 208 entries, 28 riders blue ribbons in the hunters over fences, under various Pennsylvania area Girl Scout troops were called back for the second round and saddle, and team events. Wilson was also and 4-H groups attended the horse show and jumped in reverse order with Schaefer entering awarded the Leading Lady Rider Award for were given a special opportunity to participate the ring first and Barnhill following behind her overall performance riding Sally Lamb’s in fun activities that included taking educational classes, receiving a tour of the grounds, All Aboard. fourth in the order of go. The Hunt Night Championship was watching competition, seeing a horse ambuSeven riders then returned to hack off, and afterwards Barnhill and Schaefer were asked awarded to Keswick Hunt Club for the second lance, and attending an autograph session as to remain in the ring. Judges Julie Winkel and straight year. The team accumulated 37 points well as family events that included face painting George H. Morris tested the top two further throughout the evening’s events. In the horn and temporary tattoos. With dozens of vendors selling everything by asking them to dismount and remount on blowing competition, Huntsman Steve Farrin each other’s horse, then jump the second round won the North American Fox Hunting Horn from chic clothing and jewelry to the latest course they had jumped earlier. Neither girl had Blowing Championship after a tie-breaking ‘must have’ equestrian items, the shopping at round of competition during the Masters of the the Pennsylvania National was second to none. ridden the other’s horse before. For more information on the Pennsylvania “It was a tough decision—that’s why we had Foxhounds Association-sanctioned event. In another longtime favorite at the National Horse Show, visit www. them switch,” explained judge Winkel. “Both riders did a tremendous job executing, as well Pennsylvania National, fans watched as


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he inaugural College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show (CPI) will be held January 14-15, 2011, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) located in Wellington, Fla. The PBIEC is home to the prestigious FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), which runs from January 12 through April 3, 2011. This year, the management company of the FTI WEF, Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP), joined forces with the CPI to host the unique event, aimed at both young college-bound equestrians and their families. “We want to help the families that make so many sacrifices for their kids to ride at any level to know that there is a path to college and opportunities to connect with these colleges,” said Katherine Bellissimo, one of the founding partners of Wellington Equestrian Partners. “In addition, we will be able to provide a unique opportunity for riders who may not have the means to compete at WEF, by allowing them to compete and learn at the


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epicenter of winter equestrian competition and one of the nation’s top facilities,” said Jeanne Rouca-Conesa, co-founder and partner of the CPI. “The CPI will provide junior riders with resources, including scholarships and seminars, to help them create their future collegiate equestrian experience.” The CPI’s mission is to prepare and educate student-riders about the format of college equestrian competition, to encourage academic horsemanship, and to provide the riders with the resources to create their desired future equestrian experience. The invitational is intended to introduce young equestrians from grades 6-12 to the college-format competition as well as highlight participating colleges and universities. Last year there was $40 million available for equestrian scholarships, so the CPI would like to let students know that the opportunity for education with equestrian sport is available. With competition based on the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA)

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classifications, the invitational will also include seminars and Q&A sessions for riders and families alike. On Saturday, January 15, the competitors are expected to come dressed in their show clothes with their helmet, crop, and spurs in-hand. The riders will select their horses during a “live draw” at 8:15 a.m. and the show will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Run as a formal invitational, the CPI is accepting only 100 entries on a first-come, first-serve basis. The application deadline is December 3, 2010. In total, there will be four scholarships awarded to eligible CPI participants: CPI Horsemanship Test Award, CPI Highest Point Rider, CPI Essay Contest, and CPI Champion of Service Award. There is an entry deadline of December 3, 2010, for the Horsemanship Test Award as well as the essay contest. The Champion of Service Award’s entry deadline is December 17, 2010. “The CPI will expose many of the riders who regularly compete at WEF and their families to collegiate riding and the colleges and universities that have collegiate riding programs,” said Shelby French, director of riding at Sweet Briar College. Visit the CPI horse show’s website at www. for more information about the event, venue, scholarships, and much more.


Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals–East Brittany Hurst Earns Win riding Pindar By amy sErridgE


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or Brittany Hurst, the weekend of October 9-10 at the historic USET Headquarters in Gladstone, N.J., is a memory she’ll keep for a lifetime. Her consistency throughout all phases of the 2010 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-East earned her the win riding Pindar. The weekend began on Saturday, October 9, with a schooling class, followed by a reception hosted by the USET Foundation in the famous USET Headquarters Rotunda. Coffee and hot chocolate were flowing as the competition got underway on an unseasonably 2010 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent cold Sunday morning with Phase I Search Finals-East Champion Brittany Hurst. - Flat. After the Flat Phase, during which the judges Curcio, Emma Shauder, Brittany Hurst, and asked the starting field of 87 riders to demon- Samantha Schaefer were the top four with strate shoulders-in, turns on the haunches, and scores in the 80s. The second phase, gymnastics, proved to flying changes to the counter lead, Carolyn

be a test of the riders’ ability to negotiate trot jumps, jumps on the counter lead, cavalettis, and a hand gallop to a triple bar followed by a halt and an immediate trot jump. With the only score of the day in the 90s, Schaefer’s score of 92 led Hurst and Michael Hughes going into Phase Three - Jumping. Phase Three was filled with excitement as riders negotiated the course which included several related distances, an open water jump, and a triple combination. With only decimal points separating them, Schaefer, Hurst, Hughes and Laura Pfeiffer all secured their spot into the Final Four Ride-off. The four riders all began Phase IV with a clean slate of zero, and the action got underway as each rider rode their own horse over the shortened course and then each of the other competitor’s mounts in turn over the same course. After the tally of the judges’ scores, Brittany Hurst, trained by Emil Spadone, was victorious. Finishing second was Laura Pfeiffer aboard Catwoman, third was Michael Hughes aboard Shockwave, and fourth was Samantha Schaefer aboard Pioneer. The Grappa Trophy, donated by Sarah Willeman for Best Horse, went to Chase Boggio’s mount Massimo.








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NEHC Jr. Hunt Seat Medal Final Champion Sylvia DeToledo.

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he 34th Annual New England Equitation Championships were held at the Eastern States Exposition fair grounds in West Springfield, Mass., from October 21-24. Both tough competition and fun events are featured during the

championships. The NEEC boasts an array of medal classes for juniors and adults, including the Challenge of the States team competition, the Katie Battison Horsemanship Award, and several special awards. There are also four awards available where nominations are accepted. Everyone attending enjoyed the various social events held throughout the championships. The Friday night Junior Celebration at the Marriott Hotel honored those Junior riders who are in their last year. The Thursday night Adult Party had a casino theme, complete with gaming tables. The judges at the

NEHC 23-40 Medal Final Champion Karla Delaurentis.

NEEC were: Linda Andrisani, Jackson, Miss.; Leo Conroy, Wellington, Fla.; Ken Krome, Westminster, Md.; Peter Lombardo, Riverside, Calif.; and Ellen Raidt, Wellington, Fla. Dr. Ken Krome also designed the courses for the championship. Kate Chope and Meg McCallum served as the horsemanship judges. For more information on the NEEC, visit To view results from the event, visit

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NEHC 41 and Over Medal Final Champion Jenny Schwartz.

Heads Up By Tina Karlen


Sharon Hirsch and Ellie. CONGRATULATIONS TO SHARON HIRSH of New Haven, Conn., for achieving another award level in the AQHA Horseback Riding Program. Sharon and her 17-year-old mare have already earned the 5,000-hour silver buckle in 2009, and are on their way to earning another, reaching the 500-hour mark in September. Sharon bought Ellie as an unstarted two-yearold. They trail ride when possible and do dressage and trail type obstacles when they can’t. Ellie and Sharon provide “baby sitter” service on trails for a friend’s new horse, which has been something different for Ellie. Ellie was bred to be a halter horse, a granddaughter of Obvious Conclusion, but has only been shown in halter at a USDF dressage show, in a Sport-Horse In-Hand class. 2010 CONGRESS RESULTS ARE IN. So many New England exibitors were in the top 10 in many classes at the 2010 All American Quarter Horse Congress. Scott Jones of Showstring Farm in Oneco, Conn., and Cowboys R Hot were named Congress Champions in the limited division of the 3-year-old Hunter Under Saddle class. Daniel Carlson of Sheffield, Mass., and Are You Charlie were the Congress Champions in Amateur Trail, reserve Champions in Amateur Showmanship and placed fourth in Amateur Horsemanship. Ima Phenomenon, owned and shown by Holly Spagnola of Newtown, Conn., were reserve champions in Amateur Equitation over Fences and Amateur Working Hunter. Jessica Elliot riding Vice Versa Rap placed fifth in the Amateur Equitation Over Fences class. Jessica also placed seventh in Senior Hunter Hack. Lindsay

Humphrey of Torrington, Conn., rode IE Sumthing to a seventh place ribbon in Novice Amateur Equitation Over Fences. Linda also placed third in Amateur Hunter Hack and Amateur Working Hunter.

GRACE FORTUNE OF HARTFORD, CONN., placed fourth with Fantastic Invitation in Amateur Performance Halter Mares, and Keith Labrie of Southampton, Mass., placed sixth with The Party Starts Now. Sharon Fisk of Seekonk, Mass., placed eighth with JMK Amarillo High in Amateur Yearling Geldings. Michael McCallan of Shirley, Mass., led Jcg Whos Yer Fella to a tenth place win in the Non Pro Yearling Filly Halter Stakes. ANYA PODOLAK OF NORTH CHITLENDER, VT., placed ninth in Novice Amateur Horsemanship out of 101 entries riding Accountable Interest. Johnna Letchworth of Harwinton, Conn., rode Izzy A Jack Bar to win seventh place in Youth Horsemanship 15-18. Martin Doustou of Fort Kent, Maine, placed tenth in Novice Youth Western Pleasure 14–18 riding A Stylish Invitation, with 105 entries in the class. Placing seventh in Amateur Western Riding was Shes Hot Straw owned and shown by Dawn Marie Blake of Orange, Conn.

COWGIRLS N COCKTAILS, OWNED BY JULIE MARINO, was ridden by Alison R Coe of Middlefield, Conn., to ninth place in Junior Hunter Hack. Kelly Matson of Berlin, Conn., placed eighth

in Novice Amateur Hunter Hack, riding Allie Gator Pie. Dont Zipover Me, owned and shown by Kaitlyn Fraser of Franklin, Mass., placed ninth in Novice Youth Hunter Under Saddle 14–18 out of 108 entries. Kim Deane of Bernardston, Mass., and Imlookin Certifiable placed third in Novice Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation. In Novice Youth Hunt Seat Equitation 14–18, Kaitlyn Fraser was the fourth place winner, and Kelsie Annelli of Durham, Conn., placed eighth riding Sports Lounge. Swingn To The Blues, owned and shown by Stacy Cimochowski of Putnam, Conn., placed tenth in the English Longe Line class. JEFF KIRKBRIDE PHOTOGRAPHY


Amateur Trail Congress Champion Daniel Carlson.

THE NOVICE AMATEUR REINING CONGRESS CHAMPION IS SHINE BY THE CHEX, owned and shown by Nancy Moran of North Granby, Conn. Range To A Te owned by Isabel Scobie placed eighth in Junior Trail, shown by Lisa Farrell of Durham, Conn. Placing seventh in the same class was A Good Flash, owned by Rebecca Fazzina and shown by Tami Mcallister of Southbury, Conn. She Made It Happen, owned and shown by Beth Stanton of Cheshire, Conn., was the third place winner in Amateur Trail. In the Novice Amateur Trail class, Real Impulsive owned and shown by Jennifer Smith of Niantic, Conn., placed ninth. Allegra Walters of Randolph Center, Vt., placed sixth in Novice Youth Trail 14–18 riding Bens Chocolate Chip. CONGRATULATIONS TO EMILY, ASHLEY, PHIL, AND KATHY SUTTON of Hebron, Conn., on their purchase of Oh What A Shock. He was purchased at the Congress Super Sale and is a welcome addition to their family. Share your news. If you have any Quarter Horse news to share, please email Tina Karlen at or via USPS at 1150 NW 165th Street, Citra, FL 32113. DECEMBER 2010



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with the reserve championship going to Kristen Hinchey. The third through ninth place recipients were Rebecca Ardman, NEHC Western/Reining Seat Junior Medal Champion and Challenge Trophy Alex Reppucci, recipient Whitney Roy. Erica Hathaway, David Wise, Micaela Sargent, Alyssa Kennett, Buck with a Challenge Trophy. This award was won by Whitney Joy riding My Kinda Cowboy. and Anne Collins, respectively. The Owen and Laffey Families are pleased This horse won several year-end awards for to be able to honor the memory of their NEHC in western equitation and the Appaloosa outstanding horse, Intimidator Nick, with the pleasure classes. The NEHC Western/Reining Seat Adult NEHC Junior Medal Rider Award to the high point Quarter Horse. This year the winner was Medal Final Champion was Kim M. Bergeron, Micaela Sargent from Scarborough, Maine, with the reserve championship awarded to Brittany Mayer. The third through tenth place riding It’s A Principle Thing. The Pepin Lumber Company and Pepin recipients were Amberly Ondria, Heather Family honored the memory of Soper’s Sorrel continued on page 108

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his year, the NEHC Western/Reining Seat Medal Finals were held at the Eastern States Exposition Center during the Twin State Saddlebred Association’s 2010 Octoberfest Horse Show. During the 2010 show season, 13 junior riders and 21 adults qualified in the western medal classes, the largest ever that was held in the six New England States. On Saturday, October 30, Phase I of the Western Medal began with nine juniors and 15 adult riders participating in the competition. Each participant performed rail work and then rode a pattern. Later in the day, riders returned to the coliseum to ride another pattern in Phase II. The judges for the Western Medal were Jennifer Moshier from Delaware, Ohio, and Todd Trushel from Fairview, Pa. The NEHC Western/Reining Seat Junior Medal Final Champion was Whitney Roy

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TV pilot and included many twists and turns. “We are honored to have so many great horsemen and so many amazing horses competing in Project Cowboy and give notice Crowns Mike Major and blaCk Hope stik as winners to the industry that it’s time for equine competitions to step into the 21st century while also remembering the cowboy code of the past,” ort Worth, Texas, was says co-producer Patti Colbert. “I think we have rocking October 8-10, started a movement by combining so many as more than 165 elements from the equine world including a contestants competed clinic atmosphere while testing show arena for the Project Cowboy title skills and on-camera appeal without forgetting and a $10,000 paycheck. our audience. We are very encouraged about Dressed as Frank Sinatra and the future of the horse industry after seeing riding his American Quarter so many talented people compete in Project Horse Black Hope Stik without Cowboy and the number of fans that came out a bridle doing cow work, flying to support this inaugural event.” lead changes and sliding stops, “My mind is still trying to grasp it all,” said Mike Major of Fawler, Colo., Major. “It was an overwhelming experience. I wowed the crowd and the am so happy to have this opportunity, and I still judges and won the inaugural haven’t grasped it all.” Project Cowboy. Ben Baldus of Project Cowboy is the most unique equineElectra, Texas, finished second, Mike Major and Black Hope Stik showcase their working cow related talent search to ever be held. Never before and Mozaun McKibben of horse skills without a bridle during the Freestyle Finals. have horsemen and women Whitesboro, Texas, was third. from different riding disciMajor emerged as the star after enduring plines been able to showcase three days of grueling competition that tested their talents in this way and horsemanship ability, readiness to be in front display their training ability of a camera, general horse knowledge while with their own horse and under fire, and livestock handling skills. with unknown horses while Major received $10,000 in cash, a Martin competing for more than trophy saddle, and a Gist trophy buckle. He $10,000 in cash and prizes. also received an invitation to appear at the Project Cowboy is sponsored 2011 Road To The Horse Legends World by the American Quarter Championship and a 2011 Extreme Mustang Horse Association, Western Makeover event, as well as other major equine Horseman, Gist Silversmiths, events and expos as a clinician. and Martin Saddlery. Jointly produced by Tootie Bland Productions, For more information on creator of the popular Road to the Horse the Project Cowboy Talent competitions, and Patti Colbert Enterprises, Search, visit www.projectproducer of the Extreme Mustang Makeover L-R: Third place recipient Ben Baldus, second place recipient events, Project Cowboy was filmed as a reality Mozaun McKibben, and Project Cowboy winner Mike Major.

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representing William Woods University, NEHC President Joan Travers, First Vice President Sue Arthur, and Second Vice President Jo Hight. The NEHC Western/ Reining Seat Committee consisted of Camille W. Pepin of Rhode Island, Kathleen Keefe of New Hampshire, Anne Messina of Massachusetts, Ginny Kavanagh of Massachusetts, and Jim Mullaly, also of Massachusetts. A special thank you to Marilyn Child from Vermont and Sally Hill from Massachusetts.

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Chmura, Janice Reppucci, Brittany Banda, Brenna Audette, Danielle McDermott, Lauren Hinchey, and Lindsy Danforth, respectively. Champions received a Belt Buckle, NEHC silver plate, and a western saddle carry-bag. The top ten riders in each division received muck buckets and tote bags, and a gift certificate from Smith Brothers. Junior riders also received shirts from Wild Horsefeathers. The 2009 Junior Champion, Melanie Cormier, gave a gift to all of the junior riders. Adult riders received product samples from Cowboy Magic. Other sponsors included Straight Arrow, Allie’s Tack and Feed, Merial Products, Farnam, and the Tack Shack. The committee was honored to have the following people in attendance: Katie Glatz

NEHC Western/Reining Seat Adult Medal Champion Kim M. Bergeron.

The committee would like to extend thanks to Cindy Travers (NEHC office), show manager Sue Arthur, and the entire staff of the Octoberfest Horse Show. We appreciate the support of the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar and all of our sponsors.




Open Futurity Champions Jordan Larson and Mr Jerry Lee Surpriz. Intermediate and Limited Open Futurity Champions Brett Stone and Smoking Whiz.

The Reserve Championship in the Intermediate Open division went to Nathan Piper and Thechexkeepmestylin, owned by Mark Bradford. Piper and Thechexkeepmestylin, by Nu Chex To Cash out of UB Stylin With Me, marked a 225 in the finals, collecting $4,761 for the Intermediate Open and an additional $7,221 for a third place finish in the Open division. He also received a pair of Anderson Bean boots, a Dennards winter blanket, and a SmartPak gift certificate. Ann Salmon and her horse Dunit A Lil Ruf, by Lil Ruf Peppy out of A Bueno Poco Dunit, marked a 221.5 to take the Limited Open Reserve title. Salmon took home a pair of Anderson Bean boots and a check for $1,688. It was only his first time to show Shiney Chic N, by Twice As Shiny and out of Chics Little Pistol, but Nick Valentine not only made the Intermediate Open and Limited Open Finals, he also won the Level 1 Open Championship. The win garnered a check for $434, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, and a C.R. Morrison trophy. Valentine and Shiney Chic N, owned by John and Diana Royer of Tioga, Texas, won


he Southwest Reining Horse Association hosts one of the largest futurities preceding the National Reining Horse Association Futurity in December, so it’s no surprise that the competition brings some of the toughest entries to the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Okla. The Southwest Reining Horse Association Billingsley Ford Open Futurity Finals were held the evening of October 30—and the competition provided more thrills than any haunted house. The scored runs in the Open Finals averaged a 220—with a 225.5 from Brett Stone and Smoking Whiz setting the pace as draw three. It looked like no other entry could surpass that score until Jordan Larson and Mr Jerry Lee Surpriz, owned by Heritage Farms of Ogden, Utah, entered the arena as draw 17. With great precision, the Whitesboro, Texas, trainer piloted the Jerry Lees Surprise gelding through a picturesque reining pattern—one that was rewarded handsomely by the judges with a score of 228.5. “It’s funny how runs like that just come together. I truly had no preconceived idea of winning—I was just happy to make the finals on him,” noted Larson. Throughout the big circles the crowd could hear Larson urging his horse to go faster—and on the stops, the slack never left the reins. “He makes me feel confident in my circles and stops. He just focused and did his job tonight.” For the Championship, Larson was presented with the signature golf cart from the SWRHA, an NRHA Lawson bronze, and a check for $15,817. “As a trainer you want the horse to compete in the arena, and that’s what he did tonight,” said Larson. Former National Reining Horse Association Futurity Champion Brett Stone not only finished as the Open Reserve Champion on Smoking Whiz, by Topsail Whiz out of Glendas A Smokingun—he also won top honors in the Intermediate Open and Limited Open Futurity, taking home $20,223. His bevy of prizes also included a pair of Anderson Bean boots, two Bob’s Custom saddles, and two NRHA Lawson bronzes.

$2,967 in the other Open divisions. “He surprised me that he was as quiet and confident as he was because of it being the first time I showed him.” Riding Ms Hollywood Whiz, and Khristina Chic Olena, Mathieu Buton tied himself for the reserve championship with scores of 217. Each of his entries received a check for $231, with one earning a $100 Dennards gift certificate and the other taking home a $100 Purina gift certificate. Ms Hollywood Whiz is owned by Buton and Angela Rybar, while Khristina Chic Olena is owned by Arizona Reinmakers. Mandy McCutcheon, of Aubrey, Texas, had a 1-2-3 finish in the WinStar World Casino Non Pro Futurity. All of her entries were mares by her parents—Tim and Colleen McQuay—headline stallion Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner). McCutcheon won the WinStar World Casino Non Pro Championship on Always Gotyer continued on page 110

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Gunsup, owned by McQuay Stables and out of Always A Dunit, with a score of 225.5. “I thought she was lost for a second when we first came into the pen—but then she decided she knew what we were doing and she never stuttered again!” McCutcheon finished the Futurity with a bevy of prizes, including a Golf Cart from the SWRHA and $5,229 for the Championship. 110

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The large amount of added money for the SWRHA Futurity is made possible by the generous owners who donate breedings to their stallions to the SWRHA Online Stallion Auction. That’s why the SWRHA recognizes the owner of the sire of the highest placing offspring in the WinStar World Casino Non Pro Futurity with their very own SWRHA Golf Cart. That meant that Tim and Colleen McQuay also received their own motorized trophy. The McQuays received an additional $1,000 for the Non Pro Mare Bonus. McCutcheon piloted My Gunner Enterprise, owned by Tim McQuay and out of My Royal Enterprise, to a score of 223. The Reserve Championship garnered $3,183, and a pair of Anderson Bean Boots. With a 219.5, Tami Wagman of Talala, Okla., won the Intermediate and Limited Non Pro Futurity, and also finished fifth in the Non Pro Futurity on Spooked Up, by Smart Spook. That resulted in a big paycheck of $5,157. Wagman also took home two Bob’s Custom Saddles from the SWRHA. The Reserve Championship of the Intermediate Non Pro was a four-way tie between Quincy Cahill Allen and High Kaliber Pistol; Sally Broten and Rio Grande Whiz; Lindsey McCutcheon and The Rio Deal; and Kelsey Huffman and Chicks Command It All. Each marked a 219 and

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USTRC President Kirk Bray (R) presents the U.S. Open Tour $10,000 bonus check to Gabe Hildebrand (L).

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hrough five rounds of competition, three teams continued to stand out in the Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping U.S. Open Championships held October 24 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Father and son team David and Ryan Motes, of Tolar and Weatherford, Tex., respectively, were remarkably consistent throughout the day, while another Texas duo, Luke Brown of Morgan Mill U.S. Open Champions Chad Masters and Jake Corkill. and Martin of Stephenville Knowing how tight the race was, kept the competition constantly looking over Masters admitted that the energy of the their cantle. But it was former World Champion Chad event and the depth of the field could Masters of Clarksville, Tenn., and partner Jake be distracting, even to accomplished Corkill of Lipan, Texas, who brought the heat ropers like themselves. “It sure is easy to get caught up in in the short round to capture the US Open Championship and the top check of $71,600 how good the ropers are who are here, but today we both had the same game for the team.

plan and that was to catch six steers,” he said. Motes and Motes roped in a time of 45.14 to take total earnings of $29,800 while the team of Brown and Lucero roped in a time of 45.65 to earn $25,300. Gabe Hildebrand, a youthful 20-year-old from Bartlett, Kansas, captured the U.S. Open Tour bonus check of $10,000 as the High Point Header. For more information on the Cinch UTRC National Finals, visit or call 254-968-0002.

received a check for $917. Huffman and Chicks Command It All were the solo reserve finishers in the Limited Non Pro, collecting an additional $794. Frank Ordner and Rubys Hollywood Lady earned the reserve championship with a 214.5, collecting $125. Rubys Hollywood Lady is owned by David Silva, Sr. Marietta, Okla., Non Pro Flis Carey Sassella won the Non Pro Prime Time on Shiny Whiz with a score of 218, pocketing $660 and taking home a Montana Silversmiths buckle. Sassella thanked Shelly Ries for her help during the Futurity, but gave almost all of the credit for her success to her husband Rich. “He did all the training on this horse as a two-yearold, and I only began riding him in June. Rich did all the hard stuff and let me do the fun part, so I really appreciate everything he has done.” James Morgan and Conquestadordaydream were the reserve champions of the Non Pro Prime Time with a score of 217.5. Morgan and Conquestadordaydream, by Conquistador Whiz and out of Custom Dreamer, received a check for $454 along with a pair of Anderson Bean boots. For more information on the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, or to inquire about the SWRHA, please call 580-7592572, or visit

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Top riders in arena sorting at the 62nd Berlin Fair rodeo.

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ur members came out in full force to have fun and support Terry Martin at his 62nd rodeo at the Berlin Fair. Pictured are the top riders of the day in the arena sorting. The cattle were tricky but a few teams managed to sort the whole herd in order. The first place team was Tom McCarthy, Beth Brooks, and Tom McGrath. The second place team of Samantha Schabels, Sherri Van Tassel, and Tom McCarthy was two seconds behind. Third and fourth place teams were Angela Spaulding, Ron Markeveys, and Eric Heggland, followed by Dan Randall, Melanie Stoddard, and Carol Slade. Terry and his grandson Cody Martin

entertained the crowd during a break in the competition with a trick horse and rope act. We all participated in a traditional patriotic grand entry naming Jessica Haggerty and Pete Fontano as rodeo queen and king. Connecticut Ranch Horse Association members are planning a horseshoe pitching tournament in November as a fundraising

activity. We hope to make this an annual event. Let’s see if we can throw shoes as well as we can ride them. I’m sure there will be a few ringers in the crowd! The 2010 year’s events will end in December and we are planning a year-end awards banquet in February. Awards will be plentiful with five divisions. Connecticut Ranch Horse Association is always ready to welcome new members. Please visit the CRHA website at for information.

1. Registered Quarter Horse, “Barons Crystal Doll,” 2003 palomino mare, 15.1h, show ring or trails 2. Registered Quarter Horse, “JPZ IM Z Coolest,” 1997 bay gelding, 15.2h, games, team penning or trails 3. Registered Quarter Horse, “A Chocolate Temptation,” 2001 bay gelding, 15.3h, fancy show horse, good mover 4. Registered Quarter Horse, “Good Bars Investment,” sorrel gelding, 15.2h, great all around family horse 5. Registered Quarter Horse, “Hit Me A Homer,” 2000 buckskin mare, 15.2h, great color, family trail, show ring 6. Registered Appendix Quarter Horse, “EBG Lasting Detail,” 1999 brown gelding, 15.3h, incentive fund, trails, traffic 7. Registered Quarter Horse, “Ima Classical Skip,” 2002 buckskin gelding, 15.2h, dark color, all around horse 8. Registered Quarter Horse, “Sheza Zipalong Doc,” 2002 buckskin mare, 15.2h, trails, nice horse 9. Registered Quarter Horse, “Legends Chippastar,” 2000 chestnut gelding, 15.2h, trails, show ring, good mover 10. Register Quarter Horse, “Passin the Chips,” 1998 bay mare, 15.3h, English or Western, well bred 11. Registered Paint, “Parrs Reality Check,” 2000 black/white, 15.3h, 60/40 color, trails, show ring 12. Registered Paint, “Splash of Peponita,” 1999 gray solid gelding, 15.1h, big body, trails, games 13. Registered Paint, “Synchronized,” brown/black gelding, 15.3h, jumps, trails, good mover 14. Registered Paint, “Docs Roxie” 1998 red/white tobiano mare, 15.2h, trail ridden all over the west and east, 60/40 color, neckreins, great alone or in a group, quiet

15. Thoroughbred gelding, 1998 bay 16.3h, show winner, very versatile, Hunters, Dressage, Equitation, quiet and easy to the fences, nice horse 16. Quarter Horse/TB cross, 2001 chestnut mare, 15.3h, very laid back, broke, great with a novice, rides English or Western, jumps and love trails 17. Hanoverian/TB cross, 1997 black gelding, 16.3h, great mover, big bodied, loves to jump, Dressage, Equitation, Eventing, very versatile, always in the ribbons 18. Warmblood cross, 1999 bay gelding, 16.2h, big stride, scopey jump, very broke and easy to ride, the judges love him 19. Hanoverian/TB cross, 2001 chestnut gelding, lots of chrome, great trotter, quiet and willing to the fences, loves trails, very versatile 20. Warmblood cross, 1999, grey and white mare, 16.1h, great color, super quiet, 110% on trails and the show ring, loves to jump, hunter paced, don’t miss this one! 21. Hanoverian/TB cross, 2002 chestnut gelding, 16h, shown 4-H and pony club, very broke, quiet great for a novice rider, loves to jump and go down the trail 22. 3 Draft/Thoroughbred crosses, 15.3-16.2h, all geldings, 5-9 years old, big bodied, great minded, good movers 23. 3 ponies 13-14.2h, quiet and cute, 4-H and open shows, great for the family, 1 paint, 1 chestnut, 1 black, very cute, broke, great with kids

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he recent release of the movie Secretariat was a reminder that the first foal this legend sired was an Appaloosa. For those who might not know the story… an article in Sports Illustrated in 1973 talked about Secretariat’s problems in the breeding shed. His sperm had been tested a half dozen times and the results were similar each time, with ‘immature sperm in differing amounts.’ Claiborne Farm staff decided to test breed Secretariat. They chose a nurse mare named Leola, an Appaloosa. She was owned by Bill Taylor, manager of Claiborne. This breeding proved the Triple Crown winner could be a winner in the breeding shed too. John and Lynn Nankivil of Sahaptin Farm in Winona, Minn., were just two of the many people interested in buying this bred mare and her unborn foal. The Nankivils reportedly made an offer in the $25,000 range and eventually purchased Leola with visions of an Appaloosa colt in their future. In order to not leave everything to Lady Luck, Nankivil sold lifetime breeding rights to the unborn foal to five other breeders for $2,500 each. By the time the foal arrived he had sold a total of 15 of these lifetime breedings to others at the same cost. Leola’s foal arrived on the cold Minnesota night of November 15, 1974, shortly after midnight. Cameras from both CBS and NBC were in attendance for this historic event, at a safe distance from Leola. The colt was a blanketed Appaloosa clone of his superstar dad and was named First Secretary. First Secretary grew to be 17 hands tall, a full inch taller than his sire! He shared the same rich red coat, a blaze and three white socks. Nankivil quickly sold five more lifetime breeding shares to the horse for $15,000 each and paid off the mortage on his property. Initially the colt was only registered with the Canadian Appaloosa Horse Club because they allowed him to list Leola as the dam and Secretariat as the sire. The ApHC would not allow Secretariat to be listed as sire without a breeder’s certificate, in spite of all the publicity surrounding the story. Claiborne refused to issue the certificate. Eventually, with the combining of the Canadian and American Appaloosa clubs and the recognition of each other’s standards, First Secretary’s foals became eligible for registration in the ApHC. The November birthday made First Secretary’s owner decide against racing him so they kept him strictly for breeding purposes. It was not until he was later owned by Randy Floyd, then in Northwood, N.H., that the stallion was actually broken to saddle. It seemed previous owners felt he was too valuable as a breeding animal to risk

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Brian Amerine and Amy Kocher are donating a service from their stallion Sky Hi Cowboy for the 2010 Appaloosa Raffle.

injury in training or transport to races or competition. First Secretary had remained at stud in Minnesota until Jack Nankivil offered to sell him to Floyd. The stallion moved to New Hampshire in January of 1988 and stood for a stud fee of $1,000. During his lifetime, First Secretary sired 247 foals, including 39 race starters and 33 point earners, as well as many outstanding stallions in their own right. He passed away in 1993 after suffering from colic. One of his best known sons is the local stallion Jetta Rue, who is owned and was widely shown by Kim Devers of Jettset EnDevers Show Horses in Norwell, Mass. Other winning horses that he sired included Something’s Sweet, Helen Wheels, Nanny Brow, Suite as Sugar, Azucar, Secret Ingredient, Ms Secretary and many more. First Secretary’s bloodline is still highly sought after by breeders of Appaloosas.

2010 Appaloosa Museum Raffle News

The Museum’s 2010 Appaloosa Raffle, a donated colt from Bill and Jeanette Cook, from their Appaloosa stallion Secret Admirer, was awarded in October. The lucky winners were Brian Amerine and Amy Kocher of Sycamore Run Appaloosas, in Delaware, Ohio. The Museum is now holding two stallion service raffles for 2011. Both Sycamore Run Appaloosas and Smith Show Horses are donating a stallion service in support of the Appaloosa Museum. Brian Amerine and Amy Kocher are donating a service from their Appaloosa stallion Sky Hi Cowboy. Cowboy is a 2006 black fewspot leopard (HYP N/N) and Reserve National FPD Halter Champion. Mark and Gail Smith, of Smith Show Horses

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in West Fargo, N.D., are donating a service from their classic bay with a blanket stallion, Indelible Image. Image is a 2008 stallion. This stallion will not stand to the public, but will be syndicated, so this may be your only chance for a breeding. Ticket sales end on January 31, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. PST. For more information, visit www.

Appy Reading

Rose McClimon, a native of rural Fillmore, Minn., has written Gus, a book about her love for an Appaloosa gelding that came into her family’s life when she was five. Rose’s dad brought the horse home as a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife, only to discover he was not a very nice horse. He was full of fear and found it hard to trust any human. His kicking and biting was dangerous and he managed to buck off most of his riders. Although he couldn’t be trusted, slowly, as the years went by, Rose and Gus came to love each other and share a strong bond that changed both their lives forever. Gus went from being a terror to pulling the kids on sleds in the winter and allowing dives off his rump into the swimming hole. His fear came to be replaced by always wanting to be petted and even attending local shows with his family. Rose was 25 in January of 2009 when Gus passed away. Now married and with children of her own, she wrote Gus to celebrate both his passing and the passing of her childhood. This book is an adventurous story of learning to love, give, and ultimately, say goodbye. Appy Holidays!

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winning the High Point Miniature division for the year. She also placed first in the driving division. Her fouryear-old black and white tobiano mare that also won consecutive first places in the color classes for the year, was bred by Sandy Croote of Esperance, N.Y. In other news, the National Pinto Horse Association is now offering a Sharon Macari and Propose To Me. money pay back incentive program, but you must register and follow a few simple rules. and through the PTHA office at Nomination fees must be paid by December 405-491-0111. Don’t forget, our 2010 Awards Banquet is 1, 2010. $10,000 has been added. It’s simple to participate in, and is an annual enrollment. slated for February 12 at the Ashleigh By The Sea Eligible classes are Horse, Pony, Miniature, Resort in Portsmouth, N.H. More information Breeding Stock and Amateur. All participants regarding the awards banquet can be obtained at that earn at least one ROM point will also receive One quick note, thanks to Kim Gonder for a pay back. Just imagine putting cash in your pocket while showing your Pinto! Enrollment being so thoughtful and donating gifts to the forms and information may be obtained at leadline children this year! Happy holidays!

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he 2010 show season has come to an end, but we do have news of New England Pinto Horse Association member Sharon Macari and her fancy ride, Propose To Me, also known as Mia or Yellow Bus, earning a World Champion win. This talented mare is a six-year-old double registered Paint/Pinto Palomino Overo, and is out of Impressive Proposal, with one world win and two Reserve World Championships at the 2010 Pinto World Championship Show held in Oklahoma this past June. Propose To Me resides with the Macari family at home in Deansboro, N.Y. Sharon also won the year-end award rough out saddle for highest point amateur for the show season. Eileen Ricci of Plainfield, Conn., earned four more Registers of Merit (ROM) in trail, driving, hunter, and jumper with her world champion Miniature mare, DPS Ima Star, along with

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SKYLINE FARM’S CARRIAGE MUSEUM is currently presenting “Homegrown,” a Fine Art Exhibition and Silent Auction Fundraiser, which runs through December 4. All proceeds will go directly to the Museum, a nonprofit organization, with the mission of promoting understanding and appreciation of horse drawn transportation through the collection, preservation, and exhibition of horse drawn vehicles typically used in New England. For more information, email





NOW IN ITS FOURTH YEAR, THE NORTHEAST ANIMAL Artist Kathi Peters’ painting titled Driving With a Friend POWERED FIELD DAYS’ is one of the many works of art currently featured at ANNUAL EVENT was held in Skyline Farm’s Carriage Museum. Tunbridge, Vt., on October the competition, attendees enjoyed a 15 - 17. The event, which is the very ambitious potluck lunch next to a burning fire. brainchild of organic dairy farmer Lisa McCrory and her horse-logger husband, Carl Russell, Four-time World Champion Ijsbrand Chardon will be FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE has an increasing abundance of working draft competing at the 2011 FEI Driving World Cup. ALLTECH FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN animal demonstrations and workshops. Lisa GAMES IN KENTUCKY, the driving world can Breda, third at the CAIO in Vecsés and third in McCrory says, “this year, an emphasis was placed expect more thrilling competition as the sport Nebanice (CZE), which put him third in the on teaching the green horse, as well as green moves indoors for the tenth season of the FEI standings, together with Dutch driver Koos horseman, how to drive.” Bekah Bailey of Fair World Cup Driving. de Ronde. Wind Farms in Brattleboro, Vt., held the very Ten top class drivers, including eight from the The fourth World Champion on the list is the popular beginner driving workshops. Nearly 40 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, will battle 1990 and 2000 World four-in-hand Champion well-known teamsters were also there—Andre for the Driving World Cup title in seven competiThomas Keriksson from Sweden. Eriksson won Palmer, who “pulls moose” with his horses for tions. For the first time ever, all three FEI World the CAI-A in Altenfelden (AUT) and came fourth in hunters in the New Haven, Vt., area; Sam Rich of Cup Finals—the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping; Nebanice, Lähden and Breda. Abington, Conn., famed for his winnings in both the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage; and the Newly-crowned World Champion, double national and international plowing competitions; FEI World Cup Driving—will be staged together in World Cup winner and title holder Boyd Excell and Megan Johnson of Sterling, Conn., who has one venue, at Leipzig in Germany. (AUS) won the CAIO in Aachen and the internabecome a celebrity with her “driving cow,” Miss The qualification season consisted of 14 tional competition in Windsor (GBR). He also Daisy, as well as other experts in the fields of competitions throughout Europe and no less finished second in Lähden to secure his starting horse farming, driving, ox droving, horse logging, than five World Champions have qualified for the place in the 2010-2011 World Cup season. and general animal husbandry. 2010-2011 season. To learn more about this nonprofit organization, visit the North East Animal Power Field Days THE FEI WORLD CUP DRIVING SERIES consists of at seven competitions in Germany, Sweden, THE “FABULOUS FIVE” INCLUDE Zoltan Lázár Switzerland, Hungary, Belgium, and France. Five (HUN) who finished at the top of the World Cup drivers from the Top 10 will compete at each standings. With top performances at the CAIO in THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF THREE ADTs held at Vecsés (HUN) and at the CAIO in Aachen (GER), Lázár event and organizers may give wild cards. The top the Mary Gray Driving Center wrapped up on six drivers in the standings after Bordeaux on qualified for his fifth indoor World Cup season. October 24, 2010, with John Greenall judging. The February 5, 2011 will qualify for the Final in Four-time World Champion IJsbrand Chardon event drew 17 competitors, and the weather held Leipzig, April 27 through May 1, 2011. Visit www. (NED) won the international competitions in off until everyone completed the competition. for more information. Zelhem (NED), Saumur (FRA) and Lähden (GER) Congratulations goes to Gale Hepfinger, winner and came in second at the CAIO in Aachen. of the Training division; Nancy Slombo, winner Werner Ulrich (SUI), the 2008 World Four-inof the Preliminary division; and Sue Lathrop, Send your driving news to Elaine Joseph at cedarHand Champion, came in second at the CAIO in winner of the Intermediate division. Following


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Best Dressage Test Award winner Pat Hastings with Green Mt Jilly and Green Mt Flo.

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arriage driving competitors from around the Northeast gathered on Columbus Day weekend at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds to compete in the third annual Tunbridge Horse Driving Trial. This event benefitted the Hooved Animal Sanctuary of Chelsea, Vt. The competition is sanctioned by the American Driving Society and attracted competitors from all across the Northeast. Ann Tomlinson of Aiken, S.C., was president of the jury and Marsha Himler served as the second dressage judge. Margot Clark judged the cones phase, and Terry Bruno served as technical delegate. Dressage day was a bit windy, but the sun shone and the day went off smoothly. In the evening, competitors gathered for dinner at the Tunbridge Town Hall. On Sunday,

Sarah St. Peter, recipient of the first Clydascope â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spirit of Tunbridgeâ&#x20AC;? Award.

October 10, the air was crisp, but the sun allowed for a glorious Vermont fall day, making the marathon course quite spectacular. This year, competitors were treated to a new pastoral route with a memorable view and lovely woods road. Event organizer Cheryl Rivers reported that the event was a financial success clearing almost continued on page 116

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Training Champions Marsha Chavin and Rosie.

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nce again we were blessed with a beautiful autumn day for the Saratoga Driving Association’s Annual Driving Trial, held on October 3, 2010. The torrential rains that came down the two days before the Driving Trial made putting up the signs and setting up the course and the cones very difficult. Fortunately, the ground was so dry that as soon as the rains stopped, everything dried Bill Broe took second in Preliminary Single Horse with up quickly. Our plans to use Rosevale Leggo. the water crossing didn’t work because the streams were full and the water his pony Ebay’s Thunder Storm, and Deborah Manasse took third with Jesse James. In Training would have been too deep to use safely. Larry Poulin did an excellent job as judge Single Horse, Mary Washburn took first place. and Marc Johnson helped us in the summer Joanne Podles Rebellion placed second with Al to design the course and was the technical Gerelli, and DJJ Midnight’s Apollo took third. delegate. Marsha Himmler filled in as cones Karen Wilkin was the Training Multiple chamjudge. As always we had an excellent core pion with her pair of Friesian mares. In Preliminary Single Horse, Leigh Semilof of volunteers which is always the backbone of the competition. The Valatie EMT squad took top honors with her Morgan Randallane spent the day with us, and Dr. Steve Naile was Beaubrook. Bill Broe placed second with his Morgan stallion Rosevale Leggo. Third our veterinarian. In the Training division, the champions were place went to Cicily Hajek. Lynn Howard Marsha Chavin and Rosie, and Mary Washburn earned fourth place, and Judith Shaw took took reserve with her horse Without a Doubt. fifth place. In Preliminary Single Pony, first place went In the Preliminary division, Sue Mallery was the champion with her Haflinger Sweet Desire to Sue Mallery, second went to Carol Frank, VVHF. Carol Frank was reserve champion with and Ashley Proper, an up and coming young driver who turned out beautifully, took third. her Morgan pony Kiva Enchanter. For more information, visit www.saratogaIn Training Single Pony, first place went to Marsha Chavin. Phil Hodge placed second with 116

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Preliminary Champions Sue Mallery and Sweet Desire VVHF.

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$8,000 for the Hooved Animal Sanctuary. Generous sponsorships and community support helped overcome the conflict with the World Equestrian Games which had slightly reduced the number of entries. Special thanks goes to Deborah Hamilton, Pat Hastings, Jack Merritt, and Karen Chandor for lending both financial and logistical support to the event. The spectacular marathon course was made possible by local land owners Rob Howe and Jessie Tucker. The community support, and the special venue of Tunbridge makes this one of the premier driving events of its kind, allowing it to flourish despite the cancellation of events across the country. This year marked the presentation of the first Clydascope “Spirit of Tunbridge Award” which went to Sarah St. Peter and Trotter. Unfortunately Clydascope, owned by Linda and Eric Wilking of Epping, N.H., died of colic a few weeks prior to the event. He is remembered fondly by many. This award will be given annually to the horse and driver team who share the best of times together.

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Tristan Aldrich driving Sascha Rockefeller’s reproduction, “Shooting Break.”

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at the Lenox Club, while the grooms and staff danced the night away at Orleton Farm. Linda Barnes and her crew did an outstanding job throughout the weekend, with delicious food presented with class. The Coach Barn was decorated each day with beautiful floral arrangements by Maureen Gamelli. Wire sculptures created by Susan Treat added a new artistic dimen- The Road Coach “Old Times” parked behind Edith sion to the inside and outside of the barn. Wharton’s Estate, The Mount. Many thanks to the Colonial Carriage & Driving Society members who contributed their or 413-298-3119. Memberships must be renewed by December time and enthusiasm to the drive: Jeannette and Ralph Rotondo, Kay and Ron Konove, 31 to stay current with your subscription John and Sue Frost, Maureen Gamelli, Rikke and club newsletter. All dues postmarked by Borge, Marc Johnson, Chris Viola, Ray and December 31, 2010 will be entered into a Kelly Casella, Stanley DeRuggiero, Pat Musser, drawing for a $25 gift certificate from Country Marilee Wagner, Carl Dudash, Ruth Osgood, Tack. Please visit for Janet Cazavelan, Jim and Maryann Chevalier, the application form or contact Kay Konove at Roberta and Fred Trzcinka, Ron Mason, Roger 413-298-3810 or and Linda Vasas, Jim Leahey, Susan Treat, and Laura Riva. The Orleton Farm staff— 2011 Colonial Carriage Events Steve Holm, Glen, Rick, and Clint—were also Winter classic Sleigh rally Sunday, January instrumental in preparing for the event and 9 (no snow date, January 16) at Orleton Farm, remaining on schedule. Stockbridge, Mass. Calendars for 2011 featuring all the coaches annual meeting & Banquet Saturday, will be available for sale in December. To February 5 at Crissey Farm, Great Barrington, reserve a copy, please contact Harvey Waller at Mass. December 2010



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en in top hats, bowlers, and morning coats; elegant ladies wearing wide-brimmed millinery; the rhythm of four-in-hand teams trotting down the road; gleaming harness brass and colorful livery; and orange, yellow, and red foliage are just a few of the memorable images from the fourth Coaching Weekend in the Berkshires hosted by Harvey and Mary Stokes Waller on October 1-3, 2010 in Stockbridge, Mass. The pageantry of the 2010 Coaching Weekend in the Berkshires preserves this century old tradition of horsemanship and elegance. Accomplished whips (drivers of the coaches) arrived from New England, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Colorado to participate in the drive. Their vehicles included beautifully restored Park Drags, Road Coaches, and Roof-Seat Breaks. Whips were Harvey Waller, Mary Stokes Waller, Louis Piancone, Frolic Weymouth, John White, John Hunt, Timothy Butterfield, Howard Fafard, Erik Jensen, Paul Martin, Claire Reid, and Tristan Aldrich. Completing the finery of the turnouts was the formal attire for whips, grooms, and passengers, and the horses were groomed to perfection. Although the trip to Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony, was rained out on Friday, the weather for the rest of the weekend helped to showcase the Berkshires at its best. The Norman Rockwell Museum provided a perfect setting on Saturday for the coach presentation by John Richards from Great Britain and a coach horn competition. Harley Waller joined the other “tootlers” in entertaining the visitors to the museum. On Sunday, the coaches traveled through Lenox to The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Estate and Gardens. Spectators could get a closer look at the horses and vehicles at each site while the whips and their guests enjoyed a formal lunch before heading back to Orleton Farm. Whips and their guests joined CCDS volunteers for a lovely evening at the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Friday, October 1. A “Tribute to the Whips” Dinner Dance was held Saturday, October 2

Whip Mary Stokes Waller leads off the 12 coaches on the first drive out of the 2010 Berkshire Coaching Weekend.

Heads Up By Suzy Lucine

Morgan news Lauren Santoro and Nicole Bobbi had fun at the Connecticut Summer Finale Horse Show.

Conn. In his show ring debut, he was Reserve Champion In-Hand at the Saint Peter’s Charity Horse Show. CMHA members Burnham Thompson III and Megan Thompson were both spotted riding in the GMHA 25-Mile Competitive Trail Ride this past June. To kick off the 2011 membership year, the club hosted a Turkey Trot and Trail Ride on November 20 at Bluff Point in Groton, Conn. Save the date for the Annual Awards Banquet, March 12, 2011 at the Nutmeg in East Windsor, Conn. More details can be found at

Thanks to Johnna Chenail and her committee the show was a great success. The Connecticut Summer Finale Horse Show was also a big hit. Eileen Hunter and a cast of volunteers did a superb job organizing the show. The club awarded three 2010 academic scholarships. The recipients were Kelly Lynch, Nicole Cloutier, and Michele Shemkovitz. CMHA member Cathryn Gunther and her family were pleased to welcome Murciélago Royale (Lamborghini In Black x Royalwood Heiress) to their family. He was foaled July 5, at Hunter’s Glen Morgan Farm in Cheshire,

GRACE STEERE OF BRISTOL, CONN., PURCHASED DMH BACK IN BLACK this past October, at the Morgan Grand National. The seven-year-old black gelding was owned by Kathleen Kabel and shown under the direction of Black Ridge. His show career will continue under the direction of David Rand of Rand Stable. THE NEW YORK MORGAN STALLION SERVICE AUCTION COMMITTEE announced that their annual Stallion Service Auction will be held on January 29, 2011 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The stallions whose services who have been donated at press time include: Astronomicallee, HVK Man About Town, Hylee’s Galaxy Seven, Hylee Rare Flaire, Illegal Motion, Immortal Command, Man In Motion, Middlemist Midnight Magic, Stonecroft Byzantine, Sunny Acres Magic Man, Town Assets, UVM stallion of choice, Whispering In The Wind, Stand And Deliver, JDS Paladin Pazazz, Treble’s Tanqueray, GKB Coal Magic, Ultras Special Agent, Issues ‘N Answers, Equinox Challenge, and Roberto Cavelli. All offspring of these resulting services will be eligible for the Weanling Sweepstakes at the 2012 New York State Morgan Horse Society Regional Show. An additional $5,000 will be added to the sweepstakes prize money. Other items donated to this auction, to date, include a full page color ad in The International Morgan Connection; one month board and training at Fairview Stables in Manchester Center, Vt.; six months advertising on Above Level’s website; and a big basket of chocolate. For updates and bidding information, check

Megan Thompson on UC Minuet at the GMHA 25-mile Competitive Trail Ride. CONGRATULATIONS TO KAREN AND NENA MARLIN, AND JUDY CHAMBERLAIN of Brunswick, Maine, on the purchase of Springmill Superstition (Nostradamus x Treble’s Unchained Melody), a two-year-old bay stallion. The World Futurity Two-Year-Old Park Harness Champion will be shown in junior park harness and saddle under the direction of Nikki Rae Woodworth at KGA Morgans in Mendon, Mass. MELISSA MORRELL OF MORELAND FARM in West Brookfield, Mass., welcomed Hallie Elizabeth Blaine into the world on October 20. She weighed in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces. Kevin Blaine is the proud father, and Tim and Jane Morrell are the proud grandparents.





THE CONNECTICUT MORGAN HORSE ASSOCIATION (CMHA) had a productive 2010 membership season. It celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Connecticut Morgan Horse Show.

SUZANNE HASELKORN OF RINDGE, N.H., became a Morgan horse owner in an unusual way. As a child, she always bugged her father to get her a horse or pony. That never happened,


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Judy nason and suzanne Haselkorn after suzanne’s Reserve World Championship win. and throughout her life, she had trail ridden a horse about ten times. After moving to Rindge, N.H., in 2006, Suzanne’s husband bought her a gift certificate for one riding lesson with Judy Nason of Belleweather Farm in Ashby, Mass. Suzanne took this gift lesson around Thanksgiving of 2006. While at the barn, she fell in love with Wellspring Immortal Starr, fondly known as Fancy. Judy told her this mare was for sale, but Suzanne didn’t see herself showing and wasn’t sure if she wanted to make the commitment of owning a horse. At the start of the following show season, Judy was taking a string of horses to the UPHA Chapter 14 Spring Premiere, including Fancy. Suzanne begged Judy not to sell Fancy. Between this show and the Vermont Spring Classic, Fancy won every western pleasure class in which Judy showed her. In May of 2007, Suzanne bought Fancy. This past season, Suzanne rode Fancy to the Reserve Amateur Western Pleasure Championship at

the Vermont Spring Classic, and was second in Amateur Masters Western Pleasure at New England and second in Ladies Amateur Western Pleasure at Mass Morgan. Then it was on to the Morgan Grand National where they were Reserve Grand National Amateur Masters Western Pleasure Champions. It’s been an amazing journey for Suzanne Haselkorn and Wellspring Immortal Starr, and there will be more stories to share in the future. Jon Kaufman of mendon, mass., is the proud new owner of Lucky-U (born to boogie x UVm Unity), a five-year-old brown gelding. Formerly owned by Steven Handy of marlboro, mass., the 2008 World Junior classic Pleasure Driving champion and 2007 reserve World Junior champion Gelding will be shown under the direction of Nikki rae Woodworth of KGA morgans in mendon, mass. Send your Morgan news to Suzy Lucine at

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the winner’s circle with Briar Oaks Pep In My Step when they captured the Grand National Junior Exhibitor Western Pleasure 14 & 15 Championship title for the second year in a row. VVM By Design and Jessica McGoldrick won the Grand National Junior Exhibitor English Pleasure 12 & 13 Championship. The youngest member of the Kelley family, Hannah, had a very exciting show. She rode Cherrydale Acapello to the Grand National Junior Exhibitor Classic Pleasure Saddle 12 & 13 Championship, and then went on to win the World Junior Exhibitor Classic Pleasure Saddle Championship. Riding her many-time champion, Lamborghini In Black, Hannah was the World Junior Exhibitor Park Saddle Champion. David Rand then took the gelding back in the last class of the show to win the World Open Park Saddle Championship for the second time. In her first class with her new horse, Fox Hollow Talk


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he 37th Annual World Ladies Amateur Grand National & English Pleasure Champions World Championship TTMF French Enchantress Morgan Horse Show and Sandy Hendrick. was held October 9-16 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. With “A Salute to Oklahoma City” as its theme, this year’s show attracted more than 1,000 horses from the United States, Austria, Canada, and England. Judging the eight-day event were: Harold Angell, Renee Baker, Stephen Davis, Cecil Hetzel Dunn, Lewis Eckard, Kim Meadors Hall, Janet Hannon, Billie Hill, Coby Holowacz, Anne Judd, Patty Kent, Gayle Lampe, Sue Malone-Casey, William Moroney, Kathryn Swartz, Flis Sassella, Bill Waller, Lisa Cunningham Waller, and John Whalen. Fred Nava was the show Finals Championship. manager and Fred Dills, the show chairman. A He was ridden by great staff and a dedicated group of volunteers Richard Boule. Another New assisted them. Bringing home the first title to the New Hampshire resident, England States was SCH Cheyenne and Darlene Kay, rode her trainer Shawn Amazeen of Amazeen Stables MEM Triple Sec to the in Deerfield, N.H. He led the daughter of World Ladies Amateur Pleasure Aljaks Double Whammy to the Reserve Grand Hunter National Four-Year-Old Mare Championship Championship. Caitlin Harrison for owner Margaret Foley. Another New Hampshire-based stable, Taylor showed her SMC River Farm, had a successful show under the Clear Shot to win the Grand National First direction of Richard Boule and Sara Gove. Sara Heffernan rode her MEM Gentlemen Year Green Reining Jack to the Grand National Amateur Hunter Championship. David Rand had a Pleasure Stallions and Geldings Championship title. They went on to win the World Amateur very good show with World Junior Exhibitor 14-17 Pleasure Driving Champions MCS Bandini Hunter Pleasure Championship. The son of the his horses, amateurs and Julia Strier. two-time World Hunter Pleasure Champion, and junior exhibitors MEM Bailamos, is shown under the direction showing under the Rand stable banner. His About Me, Hannah guided him to the Grand first trip to the winner’s circle was with Take National Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Driving 12 of Richard Boule and Sara Gove. Also showing under the Taylor River Cover as the Grand National Yearling Colt & 13 Championship. The duo went on to win Farm banner, L’Cima Exclusive and owner Champion. Later in the week, David led him the World Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Driving 13 Terri Travers won the Grand National Classic to the championship title in the World Futurity & Under Championship. Hannah’s mother, Leslie Kelley, was Pleasure Driving Championship. They Yearling Colt class. Max Liberty rode Gamepiece to the Reserve the Reserve World Classic Pleasure Saddle went on to win the World Classic Pleasure Grand National Junior Exhibitor English Champion riding her IGF Coeur Et Ame. Driving Championship. Hannah’s father, Dan Kelley, drove Armada Chelsey Abate’s Grand Cru Valentino won the Pleasure 12 & 13 Championship. George Liberty was back in the saddle and Line Drive to the World Futurity Three-Year-Old Grand National Gentlemens Hunter Pleasure


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World English Pleasure Champions Bada Bing and Peggy Alderman.

Classic Pleasure Driving Championship tricolor. With Dragonsmeade Carnegie Hall, he won the Grand National Amateur Pleasure Driving Geldings Championship and the World Amateur Pleasure Driving Championship for the second year in a row. David also rode the Kelleys’ stallion, Cherished Assets, to the Grand National English Pleasure Stallions Championship. Sandy Hendrick of Queens River Farm rode her mare, TTMF French Enchantress, to the Grand National Ladies Amateur English Pleasure Mares Championship. The daughter of Futurity French Command went on to win the World Ladies Amateur English Pleasure Championship. Pauline Dube’s Miyake won the Grand National Masters Classic Pleasure Driving Championship. Grace Steere drove the fiveyear-old son of Mizrahi. Pauline’s daughter, Moniqua, rode their chestnut gelding, Lookaway’s Hot Ticket, to the World Junior Exhibitor Classic Pleasure Saddle 14-17 Championship. Kira Gendjar continued her winning season with Rand by trotting into the winner’s circle as the Grand National Walk-Trot Classic Pleasure Saddle 9 & Under Champion with SBS Powerplay. Jean Stewart and Kathryn Aldinger were thrilled when Stacy Hennessy drove their Abalone to the Grand National Two-Year-Old Stallions and Geldings Pleasure Driving Championship. Kathleen Vaughan of Char-Mar LLC rode her

Pembroke Annabella to the Grand National Amateur Hunter Pleasure Mares and the Grand National Ladies Amateur Hunter Pleasure Mare Championship tricolors. Showing under the Sebring Stables banner, Patsy Lloyd drove her NDT French Impressionist to the Grand National Ladies Park Harness Gelding Championship. She went on to win the Grand National Amateur Masters Park Harness Championship. Culminating a successful show season, Hayley Porter won the Grand National Saddle Seat Classic Equitation 14-17 Championship riding Versailles. They also won the Grand National Junior Exhibitor Classic Pleasure Saddle Championship. Nicole Kaufman won the Grand National Walk-Trot Saddle Seat Equitation 9 & Under Championship aboard Maggie Hood’s MEM Feel The Heat. The Grand National Hunter

Junior Exhibitor Dressage First Level Test 1 Reserve Champions Erika Wolff and TNP Rob Roy.

Seat on the Flat Equitation 11 & Under Champion was Michelle Quinlisk. She was riding Manchester In Demand. Michelle shows under the direction of Christine Nava of Timber Hill Stables. Melanie Small’s Pondview Park Avenue and Judy Nason won the Grand National Western Pleasure Geldings Championship. Cynthia Fawcett and her mare, Uppercase Innovation, were the Grand National Amateur Masters English Pleasure Champions.

With trainer Kathleen Peeples of Waterford Farm aboard, the son of A Beat Goes On won the Grand National Ladies English Pleasure Championship. Capes Yankee Clipper and Michael Banach won the Grand National Gentlemens Classic Pleasure Driving Championship. The sevenyear-old gelding is owned and trained by Michael Scanlon of Hyland Morgans. Also showing under Hyland Morgans, Laura Spangler drove her Whispering Magnum Opus to the Grand National Three-Year-Old Classic Pleasure Driving Championship. Julia Strier won the Grand National Saddle Seat Equitation 16 & 17 Championship riding George Schott’s MEM Star Power. Julia presented MCS Bandini to the Grand National Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Driving 16 & 17 Championship. The five-year-old son of Liberation First Star is owned by Robert and Loek Neimeth of Misty Meadows Farm. They went on to capture the World Junior Exhibitor 14-17 Pleasure Driving Championship title. She’s My Calendar Girl took two sisters, Brooke and Hailey Perlee, into the winner’s circle for six championship awards during the eight-day show. The Perlees show under the direction of Bonnie and Keely Sogoloff of Cedar Spring Farm. Keely Sogoloff rode Tony Humphreys’ UVM Odyssey to the Reserve Grand National Four-Year-Old English Pleasure Stallions & Geldings Championship. For the second year in a row, Keely showed MEM Bailamos to the Grand National Hunter Pleasure Stallions & Geldings Championship as well as the World Hunter Pleasure Championship. The ten-year-old son of Futurity French Command is owned by Jerry Nau of Nau Is The Time LLC. Peggy Alderman of Salem Farm drove her mare, Flairtation, to the Grand National Roadster to Bike Championship. With her home bred and raised gelding, Bada Bing, Peggy broke a record by winning the World English Pleasure Championship for the fourth time. Earlier in the week, they captured the Grand National English Pleasure Gelding Championship. Treble’s Tanqueray and owner Carol Fleck won the Grand National Amateur Western Pleasure Stallions Championship. They also won the World Amateur Western Pleasure Championship for the second time in the bay stallion’s illustrious show career. Riding Street Smart, Luman Wadhams won the Grand National Park Saddle Mares and Geldings Championship. This offspring of DBA Street Talk is owned by Maile/McLellan. Mark your calendars for next year’s Morgan Grand National & World Championships Horse Show, to be held October 6-13, 2011. December 2010



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Saddlebred news ELAINE GREGORY OF BROOKFIELD, VT., has been busy with sales. Kim Blaker of Seldom Seen Farm in Waynesburg, Pa., purchased the successful pleasure entries It’s Something Sweet and Something About Mary. These mares will join stablemates Who’s Your Daddy and A Step Above, who were purchased earlier this season. Mandy Blaker is the receiving trainer and Luman Wadhams is the former trainer.





SANDY RABINOWITZ reports that her Saddlebred, Mojo, made Sandy Rabinowitz and her Saddlebred MoJo won the it through his first show recently Saddlebred IBC class at NEDA with a score of 75.9. at the NEDA Fall Festival, held September 14-19 in Saugerties, N.Y. She writes: nity by encouraging breed enthusiasts to share “It was very exciting for the boy who has mostly stories and photos. Other features will include videos of the breed from YouTube and listings been trail ridden all summer…all in all, I was pleased with the show. We were showing with for Saddlebred clubs, breeders, and rescue some very fancy horses and I feel that with groups. Check it out at some miles we will fit right in. Mojo was calm in HorseDetail/American-Saddlebred. the stables and became gradually more relaxed throughout our stay.” Keep an eye out for this THE GORGEOUS PALOMINO FILLY LADY’S promising new team. FOXY GOLD (a.k.a. Hope) was the featured “Photo of the Month” on the My Horse University’s online e-Tips Newsletter. Owner LOG ON TO RIGHT PET, the ultimate online Lynn Harrington submitted the photo along resource for animal lovers, to show your with Hope’s story: “She is my $10 rescue. Hope Saddlbred pride! As host of the Saddlebred Link is a registered American Saddlebred that was on Right Pet, Marge Mullen of NESA is creating and expanding the online Saddlebred commucontinued on page 123 HORSE ME N’ S Y A NKEE PED L AR


Kim Blaker recently purchased It’s Something Sweet.

THE NEW ENGLAND SADDLEBRED ASSOCIATION (NESA) is busy supporting area shows. The group sponsored the Junior Exhibitor Country English Pleasure class at the Eastern States Exposition Horse Show held in West Springfield, Mass. NESA also sponsored the Beginner Walk/Trot/Canter class at the Homes For Our Troops Benefit Horse Show held October 17 at the Washburn Park in Marion, Mass.


TSASA Octoberfest Horse Show

By Sarah Breigle

he Octoberfest Horse Show sponsored by the Twin State American Saddlebred Association (TSASA) was held on October 28-31 at the Eastern States Coliseum in West Springfield, Mass. The judges were Mike Tunstal from Finchville, Ky., Todd Trushel of Fairview, Pa., and Jennifer Moshier from Delaware, Ohio. Last year’s show was held a week later and with the success in numbers, the show committee decided to push the dates back even further in hopes of gaining more entries from farms that had gone to the Morgan Grand Nationals earlier in October. Another change to the show was the addition of the NEHC Saddle Seat Medal Finals. This year, the show fell on Halloween day, enticing exhibitors to display their haunted happenings. Farms big and small lined the aisle way with ghosts, goblins, and plenty of candy. The winner of the costume contest went to Hidden Spring and second place went to Phoenix Stables. High Tail Acres took the tri-colors for the best stall decorations in the theme of The Wizard of Oz. Costumes were not only seen in the aisle way, but also in the show ring. Taylor River Farm’s Sarah Gove was dressed as Jackie Onassis, heading Terry Travers, dressed as Marilyn Monroe, as they drove MEM Just Alike to the Morgan Pleasure Driving Championship. The hospitality committee offered exhibitors coffee and doughnuts every morning, a Wednesday night set-up pizza party sponsored by Phoenix Stable, a Thursday night wine and cheese party sponsored by China Pointe and Allyson Ladden, Friday night party pies and apple crisp, Saturday afternoon between sessions “trick or treating” and costume contest, and the Saturday night progressive aisle party complete with DJ. Candy was not the only treat given away, Rhode Island Tack raffled off a brand new jog cart that was won by Kim Ann Timmons from the After Thought Farm. The Saddlebreds chose to represent themselves at this horse show with class, style, and quality. Sue Me and Annika Bruggeworth swept the Three Gaited Park Horse division continued on page 123



morgan hunter pleasure champions Kristina Vine and mem naughty But nice.

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with reserve going to Avadonis and Marcia Allen. CH Candle Dan and Jayne M. Romano took the Show Pleasure Driving Championship with Callaway’s Steer Me Right and Linda Taylor following in a close reserve. The deep Three Gaited Show Pleasure for the Amateurs championship spot went to Stocco and Amanda Murchison with

gentlemen’s pleasure winners cV color commander and Jc compagna.

heads up continued from page 122 rescued by Horse Forever, a rescue based out of colorado. Hope lives with our other Saddlebreds on our farm in Denmark, maine. She is currently being trained to drive.” Keep an eye out for this talented filly next year.

Kierson Farm in Flemington, n.J., closed out the summer by hosting a Fun Show on September 19. Twenty-nine participants across all age groups and skill levels gathered to compete in both the Academy and show horse classes. Following the classes, exhibitors enjoyed a chili cookout before heading out for the day. In other news from Kierson Farm, five horses and riders were selected from the farm by the ASHA to represent the American Saddlebred at the Alltech FeI World equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky. The horses and riders who traveled south included: Amandari and Sarah madison Hecht (equitation),

cH callaway’s coraleen and Joanna ricci (Junior exhibitor equitation), Fox Grape’s Forever Yours and elizabeth Ververeli (Junior exhibitor Park), cH Titleist right Tonight and Allyson ehle (Five-Gaited Pleasure), and Heartland Victory maker and Alex Ververeli (Junior exhibitor roadster Pony).

the all american cup (AAc) is the largest paying event in the history of the American Saddlebred horse. In 2010, $156,000 was paid out in the All American Three Year Old cup, with $48,000 going to the champion. In the All American Weanling cup, $125,830 was paid out, with $38,040 going to the champion. There are now over 600 horses eligible to compete in the AAc. For a complete list, visit mark your calendar now to attend the All American cup Stallion review and Auction, scheduled for January 22, 2011. Send your Saddlebred news to Suzy Lucine at

reserve honors going to CH Sightline and Holly Esposito. The Three Gaited Show Pleasure for the Junior Exhibitors Under 14 Championship went to CH New York Entertainer and Stephanie Shoubash with Jama Day and Rachel Sargent taking reserve. The Five Gaited Amateur Championship stayed consistent in the pinning with A Dream In Color and Kate Codeanne as the champions. The always popular Worthy’s World To Know and Careen DuBuc came in reserve. In a large ASB Hunter Country Pleasure Championship, Tasha Belle and Nicole McLaine Solitaires took the trip down victory lane as the blue ribbon winners with Paula Holowacz-Decker and Vision following in reserve. The Friesians were also filling their divisions with quality talent. Jorrit and Ethel Nye were the Friesian Open Pleasure Champions with Teake S and Kristen DeGroot taking reserve honors. In the Friesian Open Driving Championship, Frans Fan’e Hurdranderdysk and Charmane Delisle drove continued on page 124

The Garone’s of Fairfield South Would like to Congratulate

“Fairfield South wishes to congratulate their riders on another successful show season! We celebrated World and National Championships, a NEHC Saddleseat Medal Finals win, regional victories, and new combinations.” Gary and Marsha Garone: Owners/Trainers Devon Garone: Instructor, Kyle Gagnon: Assistant Trainer

LET US HELP YOU PREPARE FOR 2011! Fairfield South is conveniently located just 30 minutes from Keene, NH, Brattlebroro, VT Greenfield, MA and Jaffery, NH!

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down victory lane with reserve going to Hattie and Jeff Doyle. The Morgans came to play in the haunted happenings at Octoberfest. Key Biscayne and Sarah Foy trotted high to victory in the Morgan Park Saddle Championship with the new kid on the block Cedar Creek Dubonnet and Kristin Farley close behind for reserve honors. The Morgan English Pleasure Champion went to the lovely Lynn Plourde and Dantree After Hours with reserve going to Westmore Premonition and Lisa Gold. MEM Just Alike and Terri Travers took the pass down victory lane in the Morgan Pleasure Driving Championship, with Westmore Premonition and Heidi Bell taking another reserve spot. The Morgan Hunter Pleasure division soared with high numbers. Cosmic Girl and Kimberly Gilmore won the qualifier out of 22 entries, however in the Championship MEM Naughty But Nice and Kristina Vine took the tri-colors with reserve honors going to Burkland’s Suite Design and Rebecca Fish. Equitation riders kept their poise and position through the weekend. The Hunt/ Western Walk-Trot Under 10 riders brought some stiff competition. Jenna Curley proved to be the number one rider with Emily Wise just behind. The NEHC Walk Trot Saddle Seat Finals had several up and coming equitation stars. In the end it went to the talented Scotty Bruggeworth with reserve honors going to Carly Lettre. The senior riders rode their hearts out after and then patiently waited for all 15 entries to strut their stuff for the judges. After a nerve-racking wait, the NEHC Saddle Seat Medal Final Champion ship went to Kailin Elizabeth Baechle and reserve was awarded to Alexis Pearson. The Academy divisions were filled with talent that will soon put the seasoned Equitation riders at risk for their number one spots. Shannon Lambert caught the judge’s eye to proudly win the Walk-Trot Equitation Under 17 division in Section A. The Section B Championship went to Julia Nicol. Another hot contender was Lisa Cote who rode to victory in the Adult Walk/Trot/Canter Equitation division. Special Collection and Jen Turchman took the blue ribbon in the Adult Walk/ Trot/Canter Pleasure division. For the Lead-Liners, Audrey Griffin took the championship and reserve went to a very proud Melissa Mirabile. For more information on the Twin State Saddlebred Association, please visit or email Sue Arthur at


he UPHA Chapter 14 Convention Committee has been meeting for several months, laying the groundwork for the 2011 United Professional Horsemen’s Association Convention. The Boston Park Plaza will be the host hotel. It is located in the Theater District and is close to many great restaurants and bars. On Wednesday evening, January 5, the Boston Celtics play the San Antonio Spurs, and UPHA Chapter 14 has a section of lower arena seats. The schedule will get underway on Thursday morning, January 6 with UPHA and AHHS Board of Directors meetings and an Equitation Committee meeting. The afternoon will be open for sightseeing. A complete list of museums, sports venues, restaurants, and other local attractions will be provided to UPHA members well in advance of the convention. Chapter 14 will have a “Concierge” available to help with plans. That evening everyone will gather for a reception. Following the reception, attendees can enjoy the Broadway hit Jersey Boys, different “points of interest” across the city, with planned stops to the first bar and first restaurant in America, the bar that inspired the hit TV series Cheers, the top of the Prudential Center, and much more. Friday, January 7, will begin with registration and a continental breakfast in the vendor’s area. A strong committee was formed to help attract equine-related companies and services that we know for the vendor area, as well as trying to bring in local businesses. Forums will be held throughout the morning and a luncheon open to all will be held after the meetings. This convention will really stress the unity of the three breeds (Saddlebred, Morgan, Hackney) and how it benefits us as a whole to work together as a show horse industry. Friday evening’s planning includes having an “Oscar Night” for the UPHA Horse and Pony Of The Year Awards. This event will be held away from the hotel at the worldrenowned New England Aquarium and IMAX Theater. This will be a show unlike anything that has been done before with the “walking of the red carpet” and much, much more. Convention-goers will be bused to the Aquarium where there will be a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres prior to the awards ceremony. They will walk the red carpet into the IMAX Theater for the presentation of 124

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the evening’s awards and then return to the Aquarium for dinner. Saturday, January 8 will again begin with a Continental Breakfast in the Vendors’ area, followed by forums throughout the morning. In the afternoon there will be a luncheon featuring a motivational speaker, the Ribbons Of Service presentation, recognition of the 2010 UPHA Challenge Cup Champions, UPHA Classic Grand Champions, and a few National Awards. Following the luncheon, the afternoon would be open for free time or any additional meetings that would be needed. A cocktail reception will start off the final evening. During the finals, the $1,000 UPHA Trivia Challenge will be held. The Overall Horse Of The Year Awards will be presented in addition to the normal Hall of Fame, Instructor, and Trainer of the Year Awards. Another highlight of Saturday evening will be the historic offering of three stallion services, one each from the Saddlebred, Morgan, and Hackney worlds. None of theses services are available to the public so this auction will be a rare opportunity to acquire this blood. Callaway Hills has graciously donated a service to World Champion Callaway’s Blue Norther, the sire of numerous World Champions including World Grand Champion Five-Gaited CH Callaway’s Forecaster and World Champion Of Champions Ladies Amateur Three-Gaited CH Callaway’s Sugarplum. Kohler Stables has provided the UPHA with a service to the legendary Park Harness and In-Hand World Champion Noble Flaire, who has sired countless world champions including three Park Harness World Champions: HVK Bell Flaire, Queen’s Vanity Flaire and HVK Vibrance, in addition to two World Park Saddle Champions, HVK Courageous Flaire and HVK Bell Flaire. Heartland Hackney Farm is giving the winning bidder on the pony stud fee a choice of three from which to choose: Heartland Head Of The Class is a sire of world champions including this year’s Hackney Pony World Grand Champion Heartland Fortune Maker; Heartland Code Of Honor is the sire of this year’s thrilling Junior Road Pony World Champion Of Champions Heartland Dressed To Impress; and Heartland Top Gun is a four-year-old stallion whose oldest foals were sensational winning several Midwest Hackney Futurity titles. For more information on the UPHA Convention, please visit

December 2010

Heads Up By Lauren Bousquet

Arabian news Jennifer Roberts and Little Red Khorvette at the Sport Horse Nationals.



HISTORY WAS MADE WHEN KB JULL FAHIM+// AND SIRE KB OMEGA FAHIM+++// swept the FEI Open Dressage division at this year’s Sport Horse Nationals. This is the first time a father and daughter have dominated the entire open FEI dressage competition at this show. KB Omega Fahim+++// won Grand Prix and Intermediate II, while KB Jull Fahim+//, captured Intermediate I and Prix St. Georges. Both horses were bred by Elaine Chelsey Sibley on KB Jull Fahim +// and Elaine Kerrigan of Kerrigan Bloodstock Kerrigan on KM Omega Fahim +++// at the in Eureka, Calif. Kerrigan is the Sport Horse Nationals. proud owner of KB Omega Fahim+++// and Chris Bailey, also of Eureka, Calif., LYNNE DEADDER AND DOUBLE A ARABIANS is the owner of KB Jull Fahim+//. in Somers, Conn., had a great show year and Lynne and Sarah Tasker-Jackson are working on the Year-End Awards Banquet. Lynne is now Send your Arabian news to Lauren at leb92884@ focusing her attention on the Year-End Awards and Annual Meeting in February 2011, along with the rest of the AHANE Club Board. Last year’s meeting was such fun and this year’s AFFILIATE NEWS promises to be great too. The meeting will be held at the Sturbridge Inn in Sturbridge, Mass., which seems to be a central location for most members. Watch for an email about the time HOLDS EQUINE MASSAGE and date. In the meantime, send in those late award winning classes, so that everyone gets DEMONSTRATION their ribbons and award prizes, door prizes, a great meal, and time to meet and greet horsey BY JENNIFER LAPORTE friends too.

WEDDING BELLS ARE IN THE FUTURE for Jennifer Roberts and her fiancé Ted Keating of Keene, N.H. They got engaged in September 2010. You may know Jenn and her horse, Little Red Khorvette. Jenn shows competitively on the “A” circuit as well as nationally and does very well. Congratulations! Jenn also recently competed at Sport Horse Nationals with Little Red Khorvette and garnered several championships. They received National Championships in the Working Hunter ATR, Hunter Hack ATR, and the Hunter Hack AAOTR divisions. They were Reserve National Champions also in Hunter Hack and the Open Working Hunters. The duo also received a Top Ten in Sport Horse Geldings ATH. Little Red Khorvette (or Lance as he is known) was awarded 2010 High Point Hunter Jumper at the Sport Horse Nationals. MOST OF THE AHANE CLUB MEMBERS have been busy both in and out of the show ring. Donna Conklin has been living in Cambodia for two and a half months and really enjoys it. As this issue goes to press, Don Dawson and his friend Jack Lapointe are returning from the Arabian Nationals. President Trisha Davis also attended Nationals. Treasurer Mary Kay Newton attended the World Equestrian Games and had a super time watching the dressage riders. Board Member Rick Thell was busy with nine Open Hunter Jumper shows at Greenfield Farm. Rick is also heading out to the Addis Arabian Auction in Ohio. AHANE Secretary Diane Vayda and husband John are off to France for their 25th anniversary. And last but not least, Tom Crossen has been sprucing up Crossen Arabians in Coventry, Conn., for Coventry’s First Fall Horse Tour.


THE CONNECTICUT RIVER ARABIAN ASSOCIATION has been hard at work planning their 2011 Spring Derby Arabian and Half-Arabian Sport Horse and Friesian Region 1 Championship Show. The event will be held in Northampton, Mass., at the Three County Fairgrounds in April 2011. This will be the second year this show will be held and it looks to be a promising one. From the feedback received at last year’s show, everyone went wild for the Bareback Equitation Challenge class. It is definitely an event not to be missed! THE ARABIAN HORSE CLUB OF CONNECTICUT held another successful schooling show at Hayes Equestrian Center in Plantsville, Conn., on October 17, 2010. The weather was great, as was the judging. Exhibitors had a great time showing in the crisp fall air. The club sends its thanks to everyone who participated and those who volunteered.


he Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association held their September meeting on September 28, at Black Forest Farms in Forester, R.I. The evening started at 7:00 p.m. with an equine massage demonstration presented by Samantha Bouthillette. Samantha Bouthillette owns “Just In Time Equine Massage.” She is a graduate of the Certification Program in Equine Massage at the Bancroft School of Massage. Some of the main benefits include decreases in soreness, stiffness, and pain, improvements in athleticism, and reduction in recovery time from an injury. Bouthillete used a 12-year-old former reining Quarter Horse for the demonstration. The horse was much more relaxed after the massage and showed a better range of motion. For more information on the Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association, please visit www. DECEMBER 2010



News In The Nation auctioned off, running until the Kentucky Derby in 2011. (

The Equus Projects will soon be expanding to Seattle, central Florida, Montana, and the Dallas/Fortworth area.

Advice from Downunder Starting January 2, get ready to invite worldrenowned horseman clinton Anderson into your home, with his new weekly training show, Downunder Horsemanship on Fox Sports Network. In each episode, Anderson works with a “problem” horse, and then shows the owners how they can become natural and competent leaders. clinton’s quick wit, practical knowledge, and horse sense will push him through neverending challenges. (


A Natural Choice

Shall We Dance? The Equus Projects, a New York City based dance company, has received a $15,000 Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists award to expand its innovative work to Seattle, central Florida, Montana, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The Equus Project partners professional dancers with horses and their riders to create site-specific performances that merge the artistry of dance with the athletics of equestrianism. The harmony the dancers and horses achieve in their performances creates a powerful experience for audiences. (

congratulations to robert N. clay, owner of Three chimneys Farm in Kentucky, who was named the recipient of equine Land conservation resource’s 2010 Anson W. Taylor, Jr. Award for Leadership in equine Land conservation. clay is a founder of bluegrass Tomorrow and the bluegrass conservancy, two groups dedicated to conserving land in central Kentucky. On top of that, he placed portions of his eco-friendly Three chimneys Farm under easement. (

Thinking Big This semester, the University of Louisville college of business began building a much anticipated new equine center wing. The two-story, environmentally-friendly 7,245 sq. ft. addition will cost $3.38 million and will include a green roof and sky garden. Those in the UofL equine Industry Program are thrilled for the new offices, resource center, computer lab, reception area, and conference room which will be made just for them. (

Sally Faith Steinmann’s “Gulch hat” honors the 1988 Breeders Cup Sprint Champion.

Hats Off to Horses The second annual charity event, entitled “Hats Off to the Horses: The road to the Derby,” is already underway. This unique Derby hat fundraiser features one-of-a-kind couture Derby hats created by maggie mae Designs to benefit Old Friends, a facility for retired racehorses. each month a new Derby hat will be


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Steffen Peters and Ravel took the Bronze in Individual Dressage.

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he first U.S.-based World Equestrian Games are behind us. The numbers are in and the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games sold 411,023 tickets and the U.S. clinched eight medals. WEG officials say that 507,022 people attended the event, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Those numbers, however, included volunteers, media, staff, and children under 12. Spectators came from 63 different countries and all 50 U.S. states. In reining competition, American riders were clear leaders. The team Gold Medal went to the American team of Tim McQuay and Hollywoodstinseltown, Craig Schmersal and Mister Montana Nic, Tom McCutcheon and Gunners Special Nite, and Shawn Flarida with RC Fancy Step. The U.S. followed up the Tom McCutcheon and Gunners Special Nite earned team victory with the Gold and Silver in the Gold in Individual Reining. individual reining competition. The Gold went to McCutcheon of Aubrey, special to have a horse that old come to this Texas, and Gunners Special Nite, a six-year-old arena and have him come through for me like AQHA stallion by Colonels Smoking Gun. he did.” The American dressage team wasn’t quite so Their final winning score was 228, which put them ahead of the Silver Medal winners lucky and left with only one medal—the indiSchmersal and Mister Montana Nic with a vidual Bronze Medal won by Steffen Peters and Ravel. The team also consisted of Tina Konyot score of 223. “For me, to start a pattern on that, to run in on Calecto V, Katherine Bateson-Chandler on and get that first stop, it starts everything off Nartan, and Todd Flettrich with Otto. In team right. He stopped really strong, and I knew he competition, the Americans finished just out of felt hooked up, so I let him drop the hammer the medals in fourth place. But, that finish was and go. Everything that I wanted him to do, good enough to qualify the U.S. for a spot in he was there. He felt like he got stronger and the 2012 Olympics in London. Peters and Ravel, a 12-year-old KWPN stronger. I was really happy with him today,” McCutcheon said of Gunners Special Nite gelding, earned Bronze in both the Grand Prix Special and in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Their after his Gold Medal win. Schmersal, of Overbrook, Okla., also had the Special score of 78.542 was a career high. It was distinction of competing with one of the oldest the first medal earned by a U.S. dressage rider reining horses, the 12-year-old Mister Montana in any WEG and the accomplishment brought Nic, an AQHA stallion by Reminic. “I’m pretty tears to Peters’ eyes both on the awards podium thrilled with my horse today,” Schmersal said and again in the press conference. “I have to be honest, I can tell you how many after his Silver Medal ride. “He was so good out there, to go out and show as pure as he did. years, days, and hours it’s been since Hong That’s what it’s about. I don’t think he had a Kong and I missed the bronze medal,” Peters weak point. He stopped, he turned, he circled said after his success in the Special. “My wife true. I asked for 110% and he delivered. He’s knows how tough that was. I never admitted been a part of my family for 10 years. It was that and I tried to control myself afterwards.

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The British team (L to R): Nicola Wilson, Kristina Cook, William Fox-Pitt, and Mary King took top honors in eventing.

That it finally happened today was huge. I had to wipe away tears on the podium. I can’t believe how lucky I am that Akiko (Yamazaki) and Jerry (Yang) allow me to ride this horse. What he did was unbelievable.” Peters and Ravel followed their Grand Prix Special performance with another super performance in the popular Grand Prix Freestyle in which they earned another Bronze Medal. Their ride was super, but it was hard to beat the clear leaders in dressage competition—Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas. That pair took Gold in team competition, in the Special and in the Freestyle. Taking the Silver in the Special and Freestyle was Laura Bechtolsheimer riding Mistral Hojris. Peters dedicated his Freestyle ride continued on page 128 December 2010



News In The Nation Dr. Larry Bramlage delivered the 2009 Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture on the topic of orthopedic surgery.

AAEP Annual Convention EquinE VEtErinarians to BroadEn ExpErtisE will be presented by leading veterinarians and farriers on December 8. Business workshops are scheduled throughout the program, with a new Business Education Interactive Workshop for practitioners wanting to improve their practice’s profitability on Tuesday, December 7. A new special session, to be held December 8, will educate veterinarians on policies, perceptions, and facts surrounding America’s unwanted horses, medication abuse in

competition, the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses and other timely welfare issues. Students are invited to learn, network, and prepare for a bright future as an equine veterinarian during Annual Convention

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he American Association of Equine Practitioners will strengthen the equine veterinarian’s ability to serve the horse through applicable science, effective business tactics and welfare advocacy during its 56th Annual Convention, to be held December 4 - 8 in Baltimore, Md. Features scheduled for this year’s meeting include a keynote speech by Dr. Thomas R. Lenz, titled “The Equine Welfare Wars: When Emotion and Fact Collide,” on Sunday, December 5. The presentation will feature a close look at the pressing issue of the unwanted horse. Practitioners and farriers will sharpen their skills in equine hoof and foot care with the return of the AAEP Farrier Program. A full day of lectures

student programs. Located in the Northeast for the first time since 1998, the Convention will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center. Registration and housing are now available online at www.aaep. org/convention.htm.

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to his 2008 Olympic teammate Courtney King-Dye, who is still recovering from a brain injury sustained in a fall from a young horse last winter. Peters even wore a helmet during the awards ceremony, but not in competition. He has worn the same top hat and tails since WEG Combined Driving World Champion Boyd Excell driving he started competing four-in-hand. and superstition makes In the eventing team competition, the it hard for him to give up the top hat. The WEG appears to be Gal’s last major Americans also finished just out of the medals competition with Totilas, a 10-year-old KWPN in fourth place. All did not go well for the U.S. stallion. The horse was sold soon after the eventers. Courageous Comet, ridden by Becky WEG event after Gal denied rumors of a Holder, was withdrawn at a vet inspection sale during the WEG. Gal said he came with station. The horse had lost a shoe on the crosshopes of winning three Gold Medals. “When country course and wasn’t quite right afterward. The WEG was even less kind to American I came here, I knew I could do it,” he said. “But, it also has to happen. It’s quite difficult, show jumpers who finished well out of the and there was a lot of pressure on me...I don’t medals in tenth place in team competition know what to say because it’s just sinking behind the Gold medal German team, the in a little bit. I did it with Totilas, and that’s Silver medal French team and the Belgians with the Bronze. The clear leading American was just amazing.” In Para Dressage competition, the British McLain Ward riding Sapphire, a 15-year-old dominated. They took the team Gold and all Belgian Warmblood, to a seventh-place finish three individual medals in the Grade Ia divi- in individual competition. The show jumping team might not have sion, as well as the individual gold and silver in grade Ib. Winning the Gold in the indi- done well, but U.S. vaulters did great by taking vidual freestyle competition was Sophie Wells the team Gold Medal. The team consisted of Devon Maitozo, Blake Dahlgren, Mary riding Pinocchio.

The United States Vaulting Team came back from a fall to capture the team gold.

Garrett, Emily Hogye, Mari Inouye, Rosalind Ross, and Annalise VanVranken. Their horse, Palatine, a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding, was lunged by Carolyn Bland. Americans also fared well in the Combined Driving Championships. The U.S. earned the team Silver Medal and Tucker Johnson earned the individual Bronze. The individual Gold went to Boyd Exell of Australia. For more information on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, please visit www.

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MINIATURE DONKEYS OAK TREE “WAY OF THE CROSS” FARM, is now offering discounts on the purchase of two or more of our registered miniature donkeys. They are gentle souls, trusting, friendly, and very people oriented. Both young and old can enjoy them. For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact: or 806-663-2510.

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     

 

   

            

             

                                                                                                                                     

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16 Brixham Road Eliot, ME 03903

Amenities: • Fireplace • Hardwood floors • Vaulted Ceilings • Granite Countertops • Stained-glass summer/ entertainment room • Study with built-in shelves • Large windows – all south facing for natural solar heat Too many more to list here…

Total Seclusion in 20+ acres of mowed meadows, rock walls, hardwood forests and acres left for wildlife, this south facing, 3500+ sq. ft. home is on the market for the first time by the residing family. The Property has been lovingly developed and enjoyed by the owners and their 2 boys for 30 years. Blueberries and apples are in abundance! A small, natural appearing waterfall-pond feature was built by Crary Waterfalls of Center Barnstead, NH. The land is not visible from the road, but the paved driveway lies 200 feet from Highway 101 leading to both Portsmouth and Dover, with a 10 minutes drive in either direction. There are no restrictions on this land.

Contact Marty Smith at Keller Williams at 603-610-8500 or 603-610-8580 • Email:

December 2010



AffiliAtes Southern New Hampshire Dressage and Combined Training Association, Inc.

Colonial Miniature Horse Club Membership Application ❒ Individual: 1 adult, youth, all mailings, 1 vote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ❒ Farm 1: 2 adults, all mailings, youth, 2 votes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ❒ Farm 2: 3 adults (same address), youth, all mailings, 3 votes . . . . . . ❒ Single Youth: 1 youth, all mailings, no vote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ❒ I wish to sponsor a class(es) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ❒ I wish to sponsor a championship class(es) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Name:

I hereby apply for membership to SNHDCTA and enclose payment of $_________. Membership includes affiliate membership to USDF, USEA & The Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar, newsletters, and reduced clinic, lecture and SNHDCTA show entry fees. Membership year is December 1 - November 30th. For a full list of benefits visit our website:

$25.00 $30.00 $35.00 $10.00 $30.00 per class $50.00 per class Total $________

Name ____________________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________________ City _____________________________________ State ________________ Zip ________________ Phone ____________________________ Jr. Rider (under 18) D.O.B. ____________________________

Farm Name:

Email ____________________________________________________________________________





Youth Name:

Date of Birth:

Youth Name:

Date of Birth:

Youth Name:

Date of Birth:

❒ Farm name and address posted on club website

Connecticut Morgan Horse Membership Application CONNECTICUT MORGAN HORSE ASSOCIATION President: William Filosi, 664 Pendleton Hill Rd., N. Stonington, CT 06359, 860-599-1274,Vice President: Debbie Hargraves, 105 Russellville Rd., Southampton, MA 01073; 413-568-0706, Secretary: Debra Becroft, 67 Hanover St., Yalesville, CT 06492; Treasurer: Lisa Cocco, 71 Old Farms Road, Cheshire, CT 06410; 203-699-8447; Membership: Shannon Santoro, 52 Breezy Hill Rd., Harwinton, CT 06791; 860-485-0314. Last Name

Please provide your email so we can provide you with up to date information

Make checks payable to CMHC. Mail to: Karen Nass 184 Old Richmond Road Swanzey, NH 03446


Please Make Checks Payable to: S.N.H.D.C.T.A, Inc. ❏ $35 Membership ❏ Main Interest Dressage ❏ Main Interest Combined Training ❏ Check here if you are willing to volunteer at club events. ❏ Check here if you are already a USDF “Participating” member.

This organization is a USDF Group Member Organization; and its members are automatically USDF Group Members and USEA Affiliate members. Mail your check to Membership Secretary: Karin Denhard, P.O. Box 144, Barrington, NH 03825. Your contributions are tax deductible.

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Telephone Youth Membership ($20.00)

Family Membership ($40.00)

Individual Membership ($30.00)

Horse Nominations ($25.00 per horse)

Where Beginners Can Be Winners

(please list children under 18 with birthdays and name of horse nominated on separate piece of paper.)

Children under 18


For more information and a downloadable membership form visit or call 706-722-7223

Horse(s) Nominated for Year End Awards Please make check payable to CMHA, Inc. and mail with application to: Shannon Santoro, 52 Breezy Hill Rd., Harwinton, CT 06791

Connecticut Trail Rides Association, Inc. Membership Application

Charles River Dressage Association Membership Application January 1 through December 31, 2010

CHARLES RIVER DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION, President: Linda Currie, 617-974-4441, l.currie@comcast. net; Vice President: Kate Champa, 401-351-1683,; Membership Director: Carol Burkhart, 508-359-9961, ____Junior (DOB__/__/__) ____Adult Amateur ____ Professional _____ Vintage (50-59) _____Masters (60+)

Name: Address:

❒ Individual Membership (Must be 18 years old) ..................................................................................... $20.00 ❒ Family Membership (Includes children under 18 years old) .............................................................. $25.00 ❒ Lifetime Membership .................................................................................................................................... $255.00 ❒ Lot Dues ................................................................................................................................................................ $40.00 ❒ Stall Dues ($5.00 per stall) ................................................................................................................................ $5.00 ❒ New Members one time charge .................................................................................................................... $5.00 • New Members only: Before paying for a camp site, you must contact the camp director: Larry Adkins at 860-482-6445. • Your name will be put on the lot list in the order they are received. You cannot hold a lot unless you have a horse.


Amount Enclosed $



I would be interested in helping with (check any that are applicable): ❒ Monthly Meetings ❒ Volunteering at shows/clinics

❒ Public Relations/Advertising ❒ Quarterly Newsletters

❒ Managing shows/clinics ❒ Fund Raising

Street: ❒ Other (specify)

City, State:

Zip Code:

The Charles River Dressage Association is a GMO (Group Member Organization) of the United States Dressage Federation. Annual Dues: Individual $55, Business $100. Add $12 for each additional family member. Please make your check payable to: Charles River Dressage Association, 4 Jade Walk, Medfield, MA 02052 For more information, call Linda Currie at 617-974-4441.

Make checks payable to CTRA and mail application to: Sally Doyle, 164 Town Hill Rd., Warren, CT 06754, email • Dues must be paid by March 1st in order to receive your yearly subscription of the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar and to hold your lots.

Maine Horse Association, Inc. Membership Application 2010

New England Pinto Association Membership Application

Each membership is entitled to a membership card and subscription to the MHA official publication (January 1 – December 31). Return to MHA Treasurer: Penny Cote, 11 Canyon Way, Windham, ME 04062. Type of Membership Requested:

❏ Family: $35.00 / $25.00 if received before March 1st (Includes husband, wife and all children aged 17 & under listed below.) Adult: ____________ Youth:____________ Age 17 & under. Date of birth required below. ❏ Individual: $30.00 / $20.00 if received before March 1st

❏ Individual Life: $250.00


NEW ENGLAND PINTO HORSE ASSOC, President: Karen Benson; Vice President: Mike Favaloro; Treasurer: Ann DiGiovani; Secretary: Jac Cunningham.

Send to: Kate Hair, 31 South Road, Oakham, MA 01068. Memberships run from 1/1/10 through 12/31/10. I hereby apply for and enclose payment for the following type of membership:

New ❑ Renewal ❑



$31. per year

Phone No. (____)_____________________________

Youth (18 and under) Birth Date:

$29. per year

Names and birthdates of all children 17 & under:


City_________________________________________________State__________________Zip Code__________

1. _________________________________________ 2. ________________________________________ 3. _________________________________________ 4. ________________________________________


Please enclose a check made out to the Maine Horse Association for the following: Membership Fee $________ Total $________



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$34. per year

Children’s Name:

E-mail Address:

Date of Birth: Address: State:



AffiliAtes Connecticut Horse Shows Association, Inc. 2010 Membership Application

The Rhode Island Driving Club, Inc. THE RHODE ISLAND DRIVING CLUB, INC., President: Sara Norris, 508-697-7557, ext. 20. Vice President: Maguerite Tumany; Treasurer: Bonnie Jean; Secretary: Sue Ito. Name

❏ New Member ❏ Renewal Type of membership desired: Individual/Junior $30.00 (Please attach name and date of birth of each junior member on a separate sheet) ❏ * Family $45.00 ❏ Corporate, Business or Farm $50.00 ❏ Horse/Pony $15.00

Name Address



Zip Code





New Membership ($25.00)


Horse/Pony ($15.00 each): (if pony, indicate size‑—‑S, M ,L)

TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED $________________ INTERESTS: ❏ Hunter ❏ Jumper ❏ Breed ❏ Western ❏ Pleasure ❏ Dressage Do you wish to receive the Pedlar from CHSA? ❏ Yes ❏ No ❏ We agreed to abide by the rules set forth by CHSA, if applicable, I declare that I am an Amateur in accordance with “USEF Article

Renewal ($25.00)

Send membership applications to: Bonnie Jean 100 Monson Rd. Wales, MA 01081


The Rhode Island Driving Club, Inc.

West Greenwich Horseman’s Association Membership Form WEST GREENWICH HORSEMAN’S ASSOCIATION, INC. OF RHODE ISLAND, President: LuAnn Carpenter-Grafe, 382 Weaver Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI 02817; Vice President: Mike Grafe, 382 Weaver Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI 02817; Treasurer: James R. Hallam, 979 Victory Highway, Greene, RI 02827; Secretary: Celeste Santos, 964 Ekonk Hill Road, Voluntown, CT 06384. Membership: $20.00.

GR808 Amateur Status.” SIGNATURE ______________________________ (If junior, parent or guardian must sign) DATE ______________ * A Family is a married couple or parent(s) and all children under 18. If showing Walk/Trot or Jog Divisions, please identify (S)addle, (W)estern or (H)unt seat. Show entries must be made using registered name or points will not count. Make checks payable to CHSA and mail to: CHSA Membership, c/o G. Jensen, 195 Wildwood Drive, Cheshire, CT 06410. Points accrue immediately upon receipt of application and dues by Show/Steward at a CHSA Member Show or the postmark date of an application and dues by the Membership Chairman.

Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England Lynn McLaughlin, President: or 603-523-4943 Rob Morin, First Vice President of ME & NH: or 207-832-7900 Jennifer Johns, Secretary/Treasurer: or 603-608-9240

Membership runs 1/1 - 12/31 Name:________________________________________________________________________________




Phone: ___________________________________

Address: City/Town:

Zip Code:

Email: ____________________________________

Year End Award Nominations: Name of Horse: _______________________________________________

Membership includes subscription to the Pedlar $20

Nomination: $12/horse and/or $6/rider x ______________(# of horses and/or riders) = ______________

List people in family:

TWHBEA Reg.#: _________________ Individual or Youth membership $20.00_______________ Family membership $25.00______________

Do you get the Pedlar from another club?

Please make check to: Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England Mail to: Jennifer Johns, 180 Mitchell Rd, Nottingham NH 03290

Make checks payable to West Greenwich Horseman’s Assoc. Mail to: Celeste Santos, 964 Ekonk Hill Rd., Voluntown, CT 06384

Connecticut Ranch Horse Association Membership Form Mail form and a check made out to CT Ranch Horse Association to: Andrea Hills, 772 Brooks Rd., Middletown, CT 06457. Name: ____________________________________________________

Membership: $25.00/person; $15.00 for each additional family member

❏ New ❏ Renewal

Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association, Inc. We are a USDF Group Member Organization and a USEA affiliate. Dues: ❒ $40 Individual (18+ years) ❒ $35 Junior (under 18) ❒ $55 Family (includes 2 members) ❒ $17* USDF fee for each additional family member Membership year is December 1st–November 30th/EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Sign up before Jan. 31, 2009 & get a $10.00 discount.

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________

Is this application for: ❒ a new membership ❒ a renewal? Name: ______________________________________________ Date: ________________________________

City: ________________________________ State:____________________ Zip:____________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________

Phone: ___________________________ Email: ______________________________________________

City: ______________________________________ State:____________________ Zip:____________________

Tell us about yourself and your experience: Team Penning and Roping: Prior and/or current rating: Team Penning: _________ Roping: __________

Day Phone: _________________________________ Evening Phone: __________________________________

Ranch Horse Experience: ______________________________________________________ Additional Family Members (please add age for members under 18 yrs): Name: ______________________________________ Experience: _______________________________ Name: ______________________________________ Experience: _______________________________ Signature: ______________________________________________________Date: __________________

Colonial Carriage and Driving Society Membership Application Form YES, I’d like to be a member for $25

Email: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Family Memberships Only: List the additional names and dates of birth (for Juniors only). To help us to plan activities, please answer the following questions: My primary interest is in: ❒ Dressage Will you volunteer? ❒ yes ❒ no

❒ Combined Training

❒ Other________________

visit our website: email us:

Please make checks payable to: CDCTA and mail completed application and check to: CDCTA Membership c/o Shelby Wajcs • 18 Charlie Circle, South Windsor, CT 06074

Eastern Connecticut Draft Horse Association If you are interested in becoming involved with Draft Horses and their promotion, you are welcome to join this association. Complete the application and send it to: Membership Application, Mary Washburn, ECDHA Treasurer, 281 Parish Hill Road, Chaplin, CT, 06235. Membership fee must accompany this application to be considered for your membership. Name: ________________________________________________Phone: _______________________________________

Name _______________________________________________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Farm Name __________________________________________________________________________

City: ______________________________________________ State:____________________ Zip:____________________

Address _____________________________________________________________________________

Email: __________________________________________ Receipt of Newsletter by email saves postage: Yes ___ No ___

City _________________________________________ State ____________________ Zip __________

Single Membership $25.00 (1 vote): Any individual (single) person who has reached his/her 18th birthday must purchase an individual membership.

Telephone ___________________________________________________________________________ We Own ________________________________________________________________Horses/Ponies

Family Membership $40.00 (2 votes): Married person’s and parents with children under 18 years of age. Please list name and birth dates of each child under 18 years of age.

My/our driving interests are: ( ) Pleasure ( ) Educational Seminars ( ) Carriage Horse ( ) Competition ( ) Draft Horse

As a member of the Eastern Connecticut Draft Horse Association, I agree that when participating or assisting at club sponsored functions that I will not hold any property owner(s), individual member(s), or officers of the club responsible for any accident or damages incurred by me or an equine or vehicle under my charge, ownership or control. I agree to abide by the rules of said Eastern Connecticut Draft Horse Association as set forth in the Constitution.

Make check payable to: and mail to:


) Pony

Colonial Carriage and Driving Society Kay Konove, P.O. Box 1593, Stockbridge, MA 01262



Adult family membership applicants must both sign.

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AFFILIATES Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. Membership Form Memberships are from January 1 through December 31 and include a free subscription to the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar and Massachusetts Horse Type of Membership: ❏ New

❏ Renewal ❏ Single $20 ❏ Family $30 ❏ Individual Lifetime Membership $350

Name________________________________________________ If you would like to be active in a local

chapter with more programs and events available, please check.


❏ HERD South Eastern MA Chapter

Town__________________________________________________I would like to Help State____________ Zip___________ Phone_________________

❏ by volunteering for trail work days ❏ by holding a ride

Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association Membership Application The Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association was formed in 1989 by a group of men (the first night about 40 men showed up, later joined by many females) interested in learning more about and promoting the draft horse. The mission of the group was to inform and educate the general public about the history and use of the draft horse. The public events sponsored by the club and the many informative programs at club meetings accomplished this mission. The horse owners were happy to get their horses and old-time equipment in front of the public at the many events they sponsored---a Fall Field Day, now named after two of our charter members who were so instrumental in the early success of the day, Bucky Ballard and Frank Colburn. Sleigh riding always paints such a nostalgic picture and they sponsored many sleigh rallies at both the Goshen and Harwinton Fairgrounds. Now the June “Dust--Off” is added to the list of sponsored events. The ownership of a horse is not necessary to join the club, just the interest in the draft horse, a desire to make new friends who are also interested in draft horses and a willingness to help out at our events. The annual dues are $25 for single membership and $45 for family membership, due each January 1. Members have one vote on any issues before the club, you receive a newsletter each month, refreshments and a program at each meeting. We also try to hold events for members and guests only at no cost. We have a good time together and draft horse people are friendly and helpful. To become a member of the NWCDHA send your check to Treasurer Donna Marciano, 47 Stoneridge Drive, Torrington, CT 06790. We hope you consider joining. We are sure you will enjoy being a member of our club.

Email ________________________________________________ ❏ by helping on a ride

❏ I want to receive the Bugle online

❏ with other projects that might be needed


❏ I do not want my name released on any mailing lists

❏ with________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________

❏ I do not want to receive the Yankee Pedlar or MA Horse

Mail this form along with your check made payable to BSTRA to: Rose Zariczny, Secretary, 216 Grand Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895; For more information call 401-762-4805.

The Tri-State Horsemen’s Association Membership Application Name___________________________________________Date of Birth__________________________________ Address____________________________________________________________________________________ City___________________________________________State_______________Zip Code___________________ Phone No. (_________)______________________________________________Date: _______________________ Email Address________________________________________________________________________________ ATTENTION: Annual membership valid January 1 to December 31. INDIVIDUAL: $30 Anyone under age 18 who is applying for Individual Membership must also list their date of birth below. FAMILY: $35 If applying for Family Membership, please list the names of all persons to be included in the family. This can include a spouse and children under age 18 on January 1. Any children age 18 and over as of January 1 must have their own adult individual membership.

Family Member’s First/Last Name:

City: __________________________________________ State _______________ Zip ______________ Phone Number: _______________________________________________________________________ Do you own a horse?____________________________ Breed_________________________________

Pedlar Affiliation

Date of birth (mandatory):

___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Signature: ____________________________________________________________________________________

Is a Winning Combination!

Please mail this form and payment to: TSHA Membership, Cristina Daigneault, PO Box 59, E. Killingly, CT 06243 Telephone: (860) 779-0438, Email:, Web Site:

Affiliation Includes:

Saratoga Driving Association Membership Form Dues: Still only $25.00 per year, payable to SDA

❏ New Membership (welcome!)

❏ Renewal


• Free editorial space • Free display advertising


Phone (H)


• Sponsorship opportunities


• Free membership coupon


Please mail this form with check to: Joanne Cholakis, Treasurer, 23 Beacon Ave, Albany, NY 12203

Northeast Miniature Horse Club Membership Application Welcome! Our club is proud to offer three levels of membership. All members are listed on the club’s website and receive our electronic newsletter, which includes periodic updates on our rescue/emergency activities and any rescue horses available for adoption. Dues are assessed on a calendar year basis. * All memberships include the entire household; adults and children, and one vote is allotted to each household for meeting and election purposes.

• Free subscription to the Pedlar • A free 20-word classified ad AND MUCH MORE!

❑ Blue Ribbon ~ $25 ~ includes all adults and children in the household; ❑

Supreme Champion ~ $75 ~ Receives all the benefits of Grand Champion membership plus a $25 donation made to our Grand Champion ~ $50 ~ Receives all the membership benefits club’s Rescue/Emergency Fund. plus advertising space on our website’s Sponsorship Page (photo or ❑ Donation ~ Please accept the enclosed donation to the business card) and a link to member’s web site. club’s Rescue/Emergency Fund. receipt of our electronic newsletter; and one vote in club elections.

Membership Information

Name: _____________________________________ Email: ____________________________________ Address: ___________________________________ Website: __________________________________ City/State/Zip:_______________________________ Phone: ___________________________________

❑ I do not wish to have my email published on the club’s website Names of Adult Members: ________________________________________________________________ Youth Members (with ages): ______________________________________________________________

We Hope You’ll Join Us! Total Enclosed $______ Checks should be made payable to Northeast Miniature Horse Club. Send with this form to Melanie Greenwood, 739 Hurricane Rd., Keene, NH 03431




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Strafford Saddlery Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Center Hill Barns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

Kneaded Touch, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Strain Family Horse Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

Cheshire Horse Of Keene, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3, 29

Laurel Hill Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Tack Shack, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Chick’s Harness & Supply Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Laurentian Wood Shavings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Tufts University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Chrislar Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Little B Barn, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19, 49

Vaquero Training Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Clothes Horse, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41, 49

Lucky’s Trailer Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Wade Plantation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Corinthian Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Lynch Horse Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Warren Mcmullin Enterprises, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Crazy Horse Tack & Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Martha Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

Wild Angel Cozy Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Crop & Carrot Tack Shop, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Melissa Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Willowdale Trailers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Daniel J Flynn & Co, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

Merry Go Round Pens, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Woodridge Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Desiato Sand & Gravel Corp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Morton Buildings, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Woody Pet Products, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Diamond Delight Clothing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Muscle Magic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Yered Trailers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Driving Essentials, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

NEDA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Zanadoo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 December 2010



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Dear Mouth, My husband has threatened to divorce me because (he says) I spend too much time with my horse. I feed my horse in the morning before going to work, and I feed him and muck out his stall in the evening. In the summer I can get in an evening ride, but in the winter I have to wait until the weekend. Do you think my husband is right? Do I spend too much time with my horse? Or is he just spoiled, wanting me to dote on him? I need advice. Badly! Feeling Threatened, Thetford, VT

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Dear Threatened, I suspect the reason you wrote to me is that I’m a horse and as a horse my answer to the questions you posed at the end of your letter are: No, No and Yes. I know a really good lawyer. He is not, unfortunately, a horse, but he is the next best thing. Happy trails! You’ve Heard It Straight From The Horse’s Mouth






Dear Mouth, What is the difference between a “riggy” horse and a “rig” and where does the word come from in relation to horses? Nutty for Knowledge, Newtown, CT

Dear Nutty, The word “rig” when applied to a horse describes a horse who has technically been gelded, but still has an undescended testicle. Although he may not be fertile, as the testicle would be too warm to produce sperm, he would still have hormones in his system and would behave like a stallion. A “riggy” horse, on the other hand, is a true gelding who still behaves like a stallion. A horse can be “riggy” for lots of reasons, the most common being gelding at an advanced age...say four years old and beyond. As to the etymology of the word, the best I can come up with is “fake” or “fraud.” A “rig” would be a fake gelding; a “riggy” horse would be a fake stallion. You’ve Heard It Straight From The Horse’s Mouth


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