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42 Holiday Gift Guide

Explore natural horsemanship in this Q&A with two renowned professionals.

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easons greetings, and welcome to our December issue! Our theme this month is holiday cheer, and by the

time you’ve finished reading this issue with the great articles and contests we have to offer, we bet you’ll be cheering us on for more! First off, in “The Debate That Won’t Go Away,” writer Lynndee Kemmet addresses the subject of

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world, and is now raising concern in the western arena as well. Although the FEI banned this training technique, which forces severe hyperflexion in a horse’s neck, there is still a lot of controversy regarding Next, catch up with Chris Cox and Karen Rohlf, two consummate professionals in the training industry, in “Keeping It Simple,” on page 36. In this Q&A, both Cox and Rohlf discuss what natural horsemanship means to them, and how every day equestrians can use it to better their training methods. In last month’s Gift Guide, we discussed items to buy for an equinista. In this issue, practical riders won’t go unhappy with the plethora of presents mentioned in part two of our Holiday Gift Guide. From water bucket cozies to warm winter wear, we’ve got

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Riders out on the Massabesic Trail System.


What you need to prepare: Several different trails and properties make up the Massabesic Trail System in New Hampshire. The areas owned by Manchester Water Works permit horses on the fire roads only. The site does not offer any bathrooms or parking areas, so plan accordingly. Depot Road in Auburn is the better option for access and parking. Horses are not allowed to drink from or go in the water, 14




so be sure to bring drinking water for you and your horse. Trail highlights: The gravel roads that circle the perimeter of Tower Hill Pond, Clark Pond, and Lake Massabesic, offering a visual treat for you and your horse. Several of the paths cross over different horse-safe bridges along the way. Riders can enjoy a tranquil experience in nature, traveling through lush wooded areas at one of the most beautiful spots in southern New Hampshire. Take note: Riders are required by Manchester


Water Works to help maintain the cleanliness of the area. All riders using the trails must pick up any waste left behind by their horse. Also, be aware that the trails can get congested with bicyclists and pedestrians. Riders are not encouraged to use the trails during the winter as there are often snowmobiles and sled dogs in the area. For more information about riding on the trails, contact the Derry Trail Riders Association or the Granite State Carriage Association, who use them frequently. ~Brittany Champa Send us photos of you and your horse out on the trail and you could win! If your photos are featured in next month’s Rave Rides, you’ll receive a free Mane ‘n Tail gift set! Please email high resolution photos (minimum 300 dpi, at least 4x6 inches) of yourself riding at your favorite state or national park, free access land, or beach, along with why you love riding there, to

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By Kate Naito BOOK

My Horses, My Healers by Shelley R. Rosenberg with Beck Andros. 220 pages, paperback, AuthorHouse (www.authorhouse. com), 2006, $20.00. While the first book shows you how to practice a healing touch on your horse, this one shows how horses have the amazing ability to heal us. This is the true story of Shelley Rosenberg, who has become an accomplished dressage instructor, USDF “L” judge, and renowned therapeutic riding instructor. But long before her numerous successes, she was a child victim of sexual abuse. Rosenberg openly shares the trauma she suffered, and clearly shows how these horrifying experiences have affected every aspect of her life. For Rosenberg, the scars of abuse ran so deep that she turned to horses rather than humans for strength and companionship. As her skills with horses developed, so did her ability to connect with them on a deep level, seeing how mistreated horses reacted the same ways as mistreated humans. As she helped equines (and riders) find comfort in their surroundings, she also found strength within herself. Throughout the book, which has moments of tragedy and moments of inspiration, we see that neither horse nor human can be quickly “fixed,” but that we are all a work in progress. Survivors of abuse will likely relate to her lifelong struggles, and even those who can’t personally relate will be able to appreciate her approach to working and communicating with horses. BOTTOM LINE: A painfully honest story of tragedy and triumph.


hardcover, Trafalgar Square Books (, 2011, $14.95. While many adults have

practiced Linda TellingtonJones’ TTouch methods, this book is one of the few resources for kids. Bibi Degn is an ideal person to take on this task, as she learned everything she knows directly from TellingtonJones, and she heads the organization that teaches the Tellington Method in Germany. This instructional book follows the story of young Maria and a shy horse named Joram, as they learn the method together (with the help of the cartoon “guardian angel,” Angie). Maria, with Angie’s assistance, learns how to approach, handle, and ride Joram in a way that makes him feel comfortable. Through the

encounters of these two friends, kids can learn to read a horse’s body language and to apply very specific techniques for handling a horse based on the Tellington Method. Whether it is grooming, groundwork, or under saddle, each step includes numerous photos and clear descriptions. In fact, 64 color photos are packed into a book of only 32 pages. BOTTOM LINE: A clear, cute, and fun way to teach kids TTouch. BOOK PEGASUS: A NOVEL, by Marilyn Holdsworth. 175 pages, paperback, AuthorHouse (, 2011, $14.95.

Author Marilyn Holdsworth has brought us a fictional novel that takes on some real-life issues, namely the fight to save wild horses from abuse and slaughter. It’s a story that weaves together elements of mystery, adventure, and romance, and all of it with horses at the very center. The book revolves around a journalist and renowned animal rights advocate named Hannah Bradley. Together with her romantic interest, Winston, Hannah rescues a horse in terrible condition. The more investigation Hannah does about the horse’s background, the more dark secrets of the horse industry become unveiled. The story develops and moves along at a nice pace, and readers can appreciate the efforts of a very realistic and strong female character trying to rescue mistreated horses and take on the “bad guy,” no matter how risky. BOTTOM LINE: Relevant animal welfare issues wrapped in a fictional story.

GAME THE SIMS 3: PETS Although this video game is not limited to equines—it allows you to choose between owning a horse, dog, or cat—animal enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy picking out their pet, and learning how to properly care for and train it. The equine aspect of the game is not limiting, either: horses can go over jumps and other obstacles, compete in races, and even give birth to foals. BOTTOM LINE: Those who don’t have the time or money for a pet of their own can now enjoy the cyber counterpart.




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Let There Be Light Dim barn lighting can make it impossible to properly pick your horse’s hooves. The Illuminated Hoof Pick from mJ equine Tools sheds light on the problem, with a battery-powered LeD light on the tip of the high quality stainless steel pick. The hoof pick, with a stiff nylon brush, makes the toughest work simple, has an easy grip handle, and is even water resistant. (

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Take the Bite out of Bits Do cold bits cause your horse discomfort? New Hampshire-based company bit blanket, Inc.’s electric bit warmer quickly and conveniently warms bits to be compatible with a horse’s normal body temperature. The warmer plugs into any standard outlet and runs on only 4 watts of energy. Simply wrap the bit blanket around the cold bit, plug it in, and let it warm up while you’re grooming. (

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Happy Holidays A heartfelt thank you to all friends and family for your love and support over the past 35 years. As the year comes to a close, let us reflect on our good fortune and pray for peace and prosperity in 2012. Since 1976 “A happy horse rides in a Yered Trailer”


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Sharon Jordan, Becky Kalagher, and Kathy Richards, pictured with Brian McDougal prepare for a trail ride through the Shirley, Mass., conservation lands.

Hit the Trails In September 2011, the Shirley conservation commission acquired a 15-acre parcel of land in Shirley, mass., which now connects the five miles of contiguous trails on conservation lands in Shirley and neighboring Lunenburg. Given the name the Old Town Line conservation Area, these trails are often used by equestrians. Now, 150 acres of conservation land in Lunenburg and 520 acres in Shirley will forever be protected, connected, and open to horses.

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Nunn Finer and Outback Trading company are proud to announce the addition of three more riders, melissa mcmaster, calvin ramsay, and Jennie brannigan, to their sponsored riding


team. Nunn Finer recognized mcmaster as an up-and-coming rider who has the drive and determination to reach her goal of obtaining a spot on the United States equestrian Team in the future. At only 14 years old, ramsay is the youngest on the Nunn Finer team and shows great promise to be a strong competitor for the future of eventing. Named on the 2010 Top 10 rider List by the USeA, brannigan has been and will continue to be sponsored by Nunn Finer. Nunn Finer is extraordinarily proud to have these three talented riders on board. (

Keeping You Post-ed Post University in Waterbury, conn., has welcomed a new dressage team coach, Liz Doering, a National chief Horse management Judge as well as a National examiner up to the b level for the U.S. Pony clubs. She is a PATH International registered Instructor and has competed through Training Level eventing and Second Level dressage. Along with a new coach, Post’s dressage team now calls Oakendale Farm in bristol home. (

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2010 Tournament of Champions Medal winner Crystal Threlfall with Jim Arrigon.

Tournament Turns Twenty celebrating 20 years of competition, the Holiday Tournament of champions collegiate show will take place on December 3, hosted by centenary college in Long Valley, N.J. In the tournament, 24 top college equestrian teams will compete in a team format—one rider in each division, for a group of eight riders. There will also be a medal class, as well as an equestrian Talent Search medal class for high school riders. (

Ho Ho Horses Take the kids to Uconn’s Horsebarn Hill Arena for some holiday fun on December 3! From 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., the Holiday Horse event will feature photos with Uconn’s handsome horses buckey and Fiona, all dolled up in Santa hats and snowflakes. There will also be arts and crafts, plus Santa and his elves. The $10 admission includes a photo cD and all crafts, with profits going straight to the equine club. (

World Traveler World equestrian brands, LLc, the United States distributor of Amerigo, Vespucci, e.A. mattes, and equilibrium products, is proud to endorse dressage rider Allison brock. brock is currently in england training with Kyra Kyrklund and richard White, having won the 2011 UK Six-Year-Old International championships aboard Schumacher. When she’s not abroad, brock divides her time between Wellington, Fla., and Keswick, Va. (




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Combating Colic  By Sue Perry

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olic is a scary word for horse owners as it is a common cause of illness and death in horses. Thus, understanding the ailment is essential for both owners and barn staff.

Types of Colic

The term “colic” simply refers to abdominal pain in any species. The problem with colic in horses is that they can’t tell us how severe the pain is, what part of their belly hurts, or what might have caused the problem. Colic itself is not a disease; rather it is a collection of symptoms that indicate pain and some sort of trouble in the abdominal cavity. Dr. Meredith Boulay is an equine ambulatory veterinarian with Backstretch Veterinary in Norfolk, Massachusetts. I asked her what 22

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the most common types of colic that she sees are. “A very common problem in adult colicky horses is a large colon (pelvic flexure) impaction. This can usually be diagnosed during a rectal exam, as the impaction sits at the entrance to the pelvis and the veterinarian can feel it through the wall of the rectum. The impaction itself is 20 feet of intestines away from my hand. The impaction is a dehydrated mass of food that is blocking the normal flow through the large colon. “Another common kind of colic is spasmodic colic, sometimes referred to as gas colic, although this is somewhat of a misnomer. Abnormal motility of the small intestine (spasms) activates pain receptors and the horse experiences episodic periods of colic. Spasmodic colic can come on very suddenly,

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but it is generally mild and quickly resolves with pain management and gentle walking.” Most horse owners have heard of gastric (stomach) ulcers. They are not uncommon in performance horses, in horses that are fasted (either intentionally or unintentionally) and in horses that have received excessive amounts of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Dr. Boulay says, “Gastric ulcers are a common and problematic cause of mild, repetitive colic; often the horse only has intermittent episodes of inappetance or appears anxious at feeding times. Ulcers require gastroscopy to fully diagnose (usually only available at large equine clinics) and to grade (mild to severe). Ulcers can cause a wide array of symptoms in individual horses, from typical colic signs to poor performance. “Large colon displacements round out the top four types of colic that we see in our practice. The large colon is the anatomic analog of our ascending colon, except that in a horse it is 10-12 feet long and highly mobile within the abdomen. If an impaction or gas build-up alters its size or normal mobility, it can get stuck in all sorts of places and can even twist on itself (the dreaded ‘torsion’). “Luckily, we tend to see the less severe ‘left dorsal displacement’ and ‘right dorsal displacement.’ Both types of displacements cause colic signs that range from very mild to very severe, depending upon the distension of the large colon.” There are numerous other causes of colic, such as enteroliths (intestinal stones) and intestinal parasites, but space limitations prevent describing all of them here.

Preventing Colic

While colic isn’t 100% preventable, Dr. Boulay offers several tips to keep the GI tract happy. “Make sure that your horse has access to clean, fresh water at all times. This sounds simple, but can be challenging in the winter. Since impactions are an instigating factor in many types of colic, keeping the GI contents soft is priority #1. “Feed smaller meals more frequently, rather than large volumes once or twice a day, especially if your horse is a Hoover vacuum. The less time that a horse spends with an empty stomach, the better. Wetting hay or offering







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Take Immediate Action

Listening to a horse’s abdomen with a stethoscope will help you detect digestive sounds.

mashes can help during periods of particularly hot or cold weather. The goal, again, is to get more water into the GI tract. “Keep your horse’s exercise routine consistent, both work and turnout. We often see a spike in the number of colics during inclement weather when horses get stuck in their stalls. Remember, when the legs move, the GI tract is happy and everything inside keeps moving along.” In between grain meals, make sure that your horse has access to high-quality hay or pasture. The equine GI tract is designed to be continually processing forage. Make any changes to the diet, either grain or forage, gradually over five to seven days. Avoid feeding on the ground in sandy soils to minimize the ingestion of sand. Set up a regular parasite control program with the help of your veterinarian, using fecal examinations to determine its effectiveness. Make sure that your horse has a dental exam and floating once or twice a year.

Recognizing Colic

Horses show signs of abdominal pain in a wide variety of ways. Some signs, such as curling the upper lip, are subtle and easily overlooked, whereas other signs, such as repeated rolling or violent thrashing, are hard to mistake. Among the more common signs of colic are the following: • Turning the head towards the flank • Pawing • Kicking or biting at the belly • Stretching out to urinate, without actually doing so 24

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• Repeatedly lying down and getting up, or attempting to do so • Frequent rolling, often with grunting sounds • Holding the head in an unusual position • Leaving food or being completely uninterested in food • Putting the head down towards water but not drinking • Lack of bowel movements or less manure than normal • Change in intestinal sounds—either very noisy or unusually quiet • Inappropriate sweating (i.e. unrelated to hot weather or exercise) • Rapid breathing and/or flared nostrils • Elevated heart rate (greater than 40 beats per minute) • Lip curling unrelated to sexual interest Usually a horse shows only a few of these signs during an episode of colic. However, seeing any of these signs should prompt you to take a closer look, checking all of his vital signs and keeping a watchful eye on him as you call your veterinarian. This information will enable the veterinarian to advise you on the appropriate course of action and determine if or when he will come to examine your horse. Do not administer any drugs to your horse unless specifically directed to do so by the veterinarian. If you do administer medication, such as Banamine paste, give only the amount prescribed by the veterinarian. Do not give additional doses until your horse has actually been examined. While you wait for the veterinarian to arrive, remove all food from the horse’s stall/

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While some cases of colic resolve without medical care, a significant percentage of horses with colic require medical treatment. Time is perhaps the most critical factor if colic is to be successfully treated, particularly if the horse has a condition that requires surgery. If you notice your horse exhibiting a few of the clinical signs of colic, call your veterinarian to alert him to the problem. When you call, be prepared to provide the following information: • Specific signs of colic and their severity • Temperature • Heart rate (pulse) • respiratory rate • capillary refill time, color and moistness of the gums • Type of digestive sounds heard with a stethoscope in all four quadrants of the abdomen • recent meals, water consumption • bowel movements—amount, color, consistency, frequency • Any recent changes in management, feeding, or exercise • medical history including deworming, past episodes of colic, breeding history • Insurance status of the horse, insurance company telephone numbers

paddock; water may remain. Move your horse to a sheltered area (stall, run-in shed) if he is outdoors. The veterinarian will need good light in the area. Allow the sick horse to rest if he simply wants to stand or lie quietly. Walk the horse in hand if he is continually rolling or in danger of hurting himself, but do not tire him with relentless walking.


The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is a great resource for educating horse owners about veterinary problems, diagnoses, and treatments. The AAEP has a very helpful at website www. Their colic information includes descriptions of what the veterinarian will do when he arrives at your farm: • Review the horse’s medical history, your observations, and your evaluation of the horse’s behavior • Perform a complete physical exam • Rectal palpation, looking for evidence of intestinal blockage (impaction), distention, displacement, or other abnormalities • Pass a naosgastric (stomach) tube to identify the presence of excess gas or fluid in

the stomach (and to relieve the pressure if the stomach is distended) • Collection of fluid from the abdominal cavity (peritoneal or belly tap) and analysis of the fluid for abnormalities that might indicate death of the bowel or infection • Blood tests, looking for evidence of dehydration, electrolyte or metabolic abnormalities or infection • Evaluation of the response to treatment, either performed by the owner pre-visit or the vet at that time The AAEP explains to owners, “All of these examination techniques may not be performed in every case of a colicky horse. For example, the veterinarian may decide that some are unnecessary in a case of mild colic, or that one or more is unsafe in a particular situation.”


The treatment of colic depends upon its severity and its likely cause. The AAEP summary of treatment options includes the following: • Pain relievers (analgesics, such as Banamine) or sedatives to relieve pain while intestinal function returns to normal or further treatment is instituted • Fluid therapy, either by nasogastric tube or

intravenous infusion, to correct dehydration and soften dry, firm intestinal contents • Laxatives, such as mineral oil, to help re-establish normal intestinal function • Enema for young foals with a blockage (impaction) caused by retained meconium (the first manure produced by a newborn foal) • Referral to an equine hospital for surgery under general anesthesia to correct a problem that has not resolved with medical treatment Please note that if your horse is insured, you will need to contact the insurance company both when he initially becomes colicky and again if surgery seems likely or if euthanasia is a possibility. Once the veterinarian leaves the farm, continue to monitor your horse carefully and follow his instructions concerning feed, medications, and exercise. Call him with updates, both positive and negative. Colic is a serious problem, but with good horsemanship you will help ensure that your horse beats the odds. Sue Perry is a Certified Veterinary Technician and equine massage therapist. She lives in Upton, Mass., and runs “Muscle Magic,” an equine massage service.






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Ask The Vet


It is important to determine the health of your foal after it’s born.

I have a 5-year-old Thoroughbred mare that is due to have her first foal around the middle of January. This is the first time we have ever had a foal born on our property. What should we expect and when should we call the vet if there is a problem?

First of all, congratulations on your new expected little addition to the herd! Preparing for a newborn foal is an exciting and potentially nerve-racking time, especially as the due date draws nearer. Preparing for the delivery of a healthy foal really begins shortly after conception, with regular veterinary examinations of the mare to evaluate the health of the pregnancy, make sure that there is only one embryo (Thoroughbreds have a higher incidence of double ovulating, and therefore having twin pregnancies which usually result in abortions), make sure the fetus is developing/growing properly, fetal sexing (if desired by the owner), and making sure the mare is vaccinated with Pneumobort-K (herpes vaccine) during months three, five,

seven, and nine. Herpes is the number one cause of infectious abortions in late term pregnant mares (months five through 11). Preparing for a foal begins in earnest about one month before it is born. Approximately at that time, your mare will need to be boostered on her vaccines. This will help ensure that the colostrum (first milk) will be high in protective immunoglobulins (antibodies), which is the foal’s only form of defense against harmful bacteria and viruses during its first few months of life. Along the same line of thought, if you are considering moving your mare to another facility to foal, she should ideally be moved one month before her due date, so she will be exposed to and produce antibodies against the bugs in her new environment, which will then be available in the milk to protect the foal. The mare should wax up (form a waxy secretion to plug the end of her teat canal) approximately 48 hours before foaling and her udder, or bag, should swell with milk (colostrum) about a week prior to foaling, although some horses will “bag up” (start producing milk) several weeks ahead of time and may end up leaking all of their colostrum. Other mares may not bag up or show any signs of milk production at all prior to foaling, a condition called agalactia. This should be addressed by having your veterinarian come out and first confirm that your mare is still carrying a normal, healthy pregnancy, and if so your veterinarian may choose to place your mare on a course of Domperadone,

a dopamine antagonizing drug which will make your mare start producing milk. This condition of agalactia is much more common in mares that have been grazing on fescue grass or infected hay, as it commonly contains an endophyte which produces a toxin that inhibits milk production. During the 24 hours prior to foaling, the muscles over your mare’s croup will soften to the point where they will feel almost like jelly. Short of buying a specialized kit which will measure hormones in her blood or calcium levels in her milk, watching for the softening of these muscles is one of the most reliable signs that parturition (labor) is eminent. Prior to foaling, you may notice some behavior changes, lack of appetite, loss of interest in other horses, nesting behavior, and laying down and getting up frequently. This restless behavior characterizes the first stage of parturition as the foal is moving around in the uterus and positioning itself for delivery, and can last for several hours. During this time, the mare’s hind end and udder should be washed (the udder may need to be washed again before the foal nurses) and the tail wrapped out of the way. The mare should be placed in a clean, dry area, either a large stall or small paddock with fresh clean straw bedding to foal on. This first stage of pregnancy ends as the amniotic sac breaks, or when the water breaks. The second stage of parturition begins when the water breaks and ends when the foal is delivered. This stage should take less than 30 minutes, and any deliveries that last more than 70 minutes often result in either a dead foal or one with severe hypoxic damage. In a normal delivery, the foal will be present in the “Superman” position with both front feet first (one slightly behind the other) and then the nose at or in front of the carpus or knee. If the foal is not in this position, it will have a very difficult time passing through the birth canal, and may represent a dystocia or malpresentation leading to a difficult birth. Any delivery that takes longer than 30

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.




minutes or where a foal does not present with its two front feet and nose first should immediately raise concern and merits a call to your local veterinarian. Once the foal hits the ground, the third stage of parturition begins, during which time the placenta is expelled from the uterus. The foal should be checked to make sure its airways are clear of fluid or fetal membranes, the umbilical stump should be dipped in an antiseptic solution (dilute betadine, iodine, or chlorhexidine), and an enema should be administered (the Fleet enemas are very convenient) to facilitate passage of meconium (the dark, tar-like, first poop). Now begins the one, two, three’s of foaling. The foal should stand within one hour of being born, should nurse and begin passing meconium within two hours, and the mare should pass the placenta within three hours of giving birth. Once the placenta has been expelled, it

should be collected and saved for the veterinarian to evaluate. It is very important that the placenta is expelled intact, or else your mare could develop an endometritis (inflammation of the uterus) which could be life threatening if not treated early with prompt and appropriate veterinary care. Provided all of the healthy foaling landmarks have been reached accordingly, a new foal exam should be performed by a veterinarian 8-12 hours after the foal is born. At this time, the veterinarian can make sure the foal is healthly, has not sustained injury from the birthing process, and that there was adequate passive transfer of immunity from the mare to the foal (that the colostrum was of good quality and was absorbed appropriately by the foal) by measuring the immunoglobulins in the foal’s blood. -Grant D. Myhre, B.S., D.V.M -Christine Lopp, D.V.M

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Canine Corner

Find the Perfect Gift for Fido By Charlene Arsenault


there are rawhide options that are shaped like candy canes, and other holiday-themed bakery goods. Google away, and the options are plentiful online. In the pet stores, the selection isn’t quite as vast, but it surely grows come October throughout the season. There are all the popular brand names, and then some. A flashing, blinking ball, toys with holes with which to stuff food, shaking “nervous” toys—they’re all out there. Just like with humans, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with the gift of food. Dog owner Heather Del Belso loves to buy cookies for Bear, her Leonberger/ Shepherd mix. “Bear definitely knows what they are,” she says. A bag of meaty treats, some little nibbles, or a cookie will be much appreciated. Give ’em something they don’t get the rest of the year. Canned food, perhaps? “Every single year, we go to the butcher on Christmas week and ask for a bone with some ‘extra’ on it,” says Barbara Bouchard, owner of






eople are cuckoo for their pets (for good reason) and like to put something under the tree for Fido along with all the other presents. The delight, really, is for us. For dogs, chew toys, rawhide, and bonelike chomp things are always a hit. Truly, it doesn’t matter if it’s in the shape of a candy cane, a shoe, or your mother-in-law. But it’s still fun to pick out the different options. And they are plentiful. No matter where you look,




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a 4-year-old Sheltie named Henry and an 18-month-old Boxer mix named Daisy. “One for each dog. Then Christmas morning, we walk them and give them their special bone to gnaw on while we open presents.” Dogs also love to roam free. Have you ever considered new fencing for your yard as a gift? Now that would please the whole family, all year round. Kara Miller, who’s got Doberman Pinschers in her family, fills a shoe box with all sorts of treats every holiday: chew toys, cow hooves, stuffed animals. “It gets wrapped and then they sniff it out and get to ‘open’ it on Christmas morning,” said Miller. “I just take the top off and let them choose as much as they want. I let them go crazy for about a half-hour and then pick everything up.” Stephanie Champa, owner of a very active Malti-Poo named Dexter, says the best gift her dog ever received was a ball tosser. “He loves to run around the yard chasing balls,” says Stephanie. “And he’s super fast! The ball tosser allows me to throw the ball a lot farther for him without straining my arm.” Ball tossers or launchers are also good gift ideas if you have back problems. The long handle allows you to scoop the ball off the ground without actually having to bend over to pick it up. This year Stephanie plans to get her pup a car seat for Christmas. “Dexter and I travel in the car a lot,” says Stephanie. “And like most dogs, he loves to look out the window. He’ll often climb on my shoulders to get a good view, which isn’t very safe for either of us.” Most doggy car seats strap into the seatbelt and boost the dog higher up for a better view. It is a much safer option for riding in the car with smaller dogs. Some car seats even allow you to strap your dog in. “It’s going to be the perfect gift for Dexter,” says Stephanie. “Now he’ll be able to see out the window without climbing all over me and distracting me from the road.” Doggy car seats come in all different sizes and can be found online or in some pet stores. You know your pet. Really, they don’t even know it’s a holiday. It’s all about you watching your pet feel happy. And again: they love meat. How about a whole, roasted rotisserie chicken from the supermarket? Or a big steak? These are some treats that you’ll never need a gift receipt for.







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International Equestrian Federation (FEI) adopted guidelines aimed at limiting use of the rollkur technique, but in some ways the debate over it continues. This is partly because responsibility for enforcing those guidelines mostly rests with officials at dressage competitions. Earlier this year, the rollkur debate spilled out of the dressage world and into the reining world, when videos went up on the internet showing champion reiner Craig Schmersal using techniques in the warm-up that many likened to a western riding version of rollkur. The debate on use of rollkur among western riders and trainers raged throughout much of the summer of 2011, making it clear that the argument over the technique can quickly re-emerge at any moment. However, the rollkur debate originally began when the dressage world pushed the issue to the forefront and forced the FEI to address the subject two years ago. In the winter of 2010, the FEI held a conference attended by both rollkur opponents and proponents consisting of riders, judges, and trainers from multiple equestrian disciplines, as well as FEI officials and veterinarians. The meeting concluded with an FEI ban on the use of rollkur as a training technique due to the aggressive force used to accomplish hyperflexion. That decision, however, has not ended the debate, because the FEI also made the decision to distinguish between rollkur and another technique recognized as Low, Deep, and Round (LDR). LDR is still allowed. In a nutshell, rollkur, otherwise called hyperflexion, is a technique in which extreme flexion of a horse’s neck is achieved through force. LDR, on the other hand, also achieves flexion, but without force. The challenge for riders, trainers, judges, and particularly show stewards—who are asked to disqualify those who are practicing the technique—is what exactly constitutes ‘force’ and how one can tell from the ground if flexion seen is due to force or not? Sometimes it’s obvious, but very often it is not. Force can be as simple as driving a horse into a fixed, unyielding hand, or it can be as visible as pulling backward on the reins and strongly taking a horse’s neck side to side. Is any horse that is behind the vertical being ridden in hyperflexion or must a horse’s chin be nearly touching its chest for a clear case of hyperfexion to be made? DECEMBER 2011



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Horses will overflex on their own, but under saddle, this is sometimes in an effort to avoid the pressure of the bit. One could think of the rollkur technique as purposely making the pressure of the bit uncomfortable enough to force the horse to back off well behind the vertical. There are multiple reasons for why one would use this technique, one being that it is often effective in getting a horse to pay more attention to the rider. Advocates of the technique would argue that a horse who tends to grab the bit, stick out his nose and charge off can be brought under more control through rollkur. Proponents of rollkur have also argued that it is a valuable technique for stretching and suppling horses, especially in the back. Because

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some riders who use the technique have had tremendous competitive success using it, there are professionals that would argue that such flexion improves a horse’s way of going. Opponents have responded that not only is the technique mentally abusive by forcing submission, but it is also physically damaging and any acceptance of the bit is unwilling and false. They argue that hyperflexion, rather than stretching the back, actually compresses the vertebrae in the neck and back and true thoroughness and impulsion is blocked by a stiff back. Although most think of the rollkur issue as belonging to the discipline of dressage, it’s not just dressage riders who use it. Show jumpers have also long used the technique. The debate over rollkur is not just over whether it should be used at all, but also how long and by whom should it be allowed? Three questions still haunt the dressage world regarding rollkur: What exactly is the difference between rollkur and LDR (as in, what is extreme force and what is not)? What is an acceptable length of time for a horse to be ridden in a flexed position, whether forced or not? And, should officials distinguish between riders who are qualified to use such techniques—and should therefore be allowed to do so—and those who are not? These are hard questions to answer and partly explain why the debate will not go away. Dutch rider Anky van Grunsven and her husband/trainer Sjef Janssen have been accused of using the rollkur technique. However, they define their technique as the allowed LDR, not the banned rollkur. In relation to the questions posed previously, Janssen himself has pointed out that these are clearly challenging to answer. In comments, he has indicated that people must be careful about denying qualified trainers the right to develop and use effective techniques. “The trainers who use certain techniques and are successful are mainly very skilled people with a lot of experience, also in several different techniques, and they know exactly what they are doing. Otherwise, they would not be that good with horses. And most of the time, those horses become very old but are still sound.” The final event that mobilized the FEI to address the issue occurred when a videotape of Swedish rider Patrik Kittel riding the KWPN stallion Watermill Scandic in the warm-up ring in Denmark was broadcast all over the internet. In the video, Kittel is seen riding the horse in an overflexed position for long periods of time. The stallion’s tongue is hanging out and appears to be limp and blue. Kittel argued that Scandic

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had a habit of getting his tongue over the bit and hanging it out, stating that what is seen had nothing to do with flexion. He was investigated by the FEI, which opted to take no formal action, but issued a warning to Kittel. Because the FEI chose to distinguish between rollkur and LDR, the debate over flexion techniques continues. It has been left to stewards at dressage competitions to monitor warm-up rings and determine if riders are using the banned or the allowed technique. The real result seems to be much confusion among stewards, riders and even spectators—all of whom have their own opinion while viewing the warm-up ring on which technique riders are using. Show stewards often struggle with this question. But in an effort to share responsibility for making decisions on what is seen in the warmup, many show officials are resorting to the use of video cameras in warm-up rings. This way, footage of riders accused by stewards of using the illegal rollkur can be viewed by other show officials. A bit easier to monitor, because it involves tracking time, is a new FEI rule that prohibits Although some dressage riders have been scrutinized for using rollkur, the technique has been seen in other disciplines as well.

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riders from keeping a horse’s head and neck in a sustained, or fixed position, for more than 10 minutes at a time. The open rollkur debate is evident in the ongoing back and forth accusations between opponents of any technique resembling rollkur and those who claim to use LDR. Janssen and van Grunsven continue to defend their training techniques as LDR. Opponents charge that by creating the distinction of LDR and allowing its use, the FEI has left the door open to trainers and riders who use hyperflexion. Veterinarians have not been able to resolve the debate either. In fact, they are presenting conflicting research studies on whether or not hyperflexion is harmful to horses or not. Well-known German veterinarian Dr. Gerd Heuschman has been a leading opponent of rollkur and has produced volumes of Some veterinarians say that hyperflexion physically and mentally damages horses while others argue that it presents little to no risk. 34

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research supporting arguments that the technique is damaging both physically and mentally to horses. He helped mobilize the banning of rollkur by presenting a petition with 41,000 signatures to the FEI opposing use of the training method. Yet, other studies indicate that if properly used, rollkur presents no, or little, risk to horses. A study led by Dr. Marianne Sloet and others at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University and another study by Dr. E. van Breda of the Department of Movement Studies at the University of Maastricht, examined the impact of the technique on the physical stress of horses. Both studies indicated that horses ridden in the rollkur position actually had less acute stress after exercise than horses not ridden in that position. If veterinary research cannot clearly settle this issue, then it is highly likely that the debate over rollkur and hyperflexion will continue. Still open for debate are questions regarding whether or not hyperflexion is physically and/or mentally damaging to horses, whether or not some riders are skilled enough to use this method and should be allowed to practice it while others should not, and the question of whether or not a horse seen overflexed in a warm-up ring is because of force or not. The unsettled hyperflexion debate may seem discouraging to some. But the fact that it is taking place at all is a positive sign. It is only when a sport—any sport—is unwilling to discuss the hard issues, that one must truly be concerned.

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Keeping It

Simple Natural Horsemanship


can we define it? Some of us balk at the term. Good horsemanship is good horsemanship, we say. Calling it natural implies that everything else is ‘unnatural,’ thus alienating those of us who aren’t practicing it in an obvious way. But, observe anyone who rides a relaxed horse that brings a ‘can-do’ attitude to every ride and you’ve probably found someone who is a ‘natural’ with horses. Even if that’s not what they call it. The theories of natural horsemanship are not new. The Greek philosopher, Xenophon, penned The Art of Horsemanship in 350 BC. Our modern revolution began just 50 or so years ago with brothers Tom and Bill Dorrance. Tom and Bill ranched in Oregon in the ‘buckaroo or vaquero’ tradition, a style which emphasized a feel for the horse. The brothers are considered the founders of the modern natural horsemanship movement. Tom once summed it up this way: “The thing you are trying to help the horse do is to use his own mind. You are trying to present something and then let him figure out how to get there.” Developing that thinking mind in both horse and human became the cornerstone of the natural horsemanship revolution. Sharing that information with horse enthusiasts around the world, and perhaps most importantly, bringing it to





Clinics can be helpful in developing natural horsemanship skills, but riders must also understand the horse’s thought process.


Karen Rohlf is the founder of Dressage, Naturally, a program she designed to create a stronger partnership between horse and rider. Karen’s unique program blends the principles of natural horsemanship with the art of dressage to create harmony and lightness in both horse and rider. Karen trained over 20 years in dressage with Anne Gribbons (‘O’ dressage judge, International Grand Prix Trainer and competitor) and studied Parelli Natural Horsemanship directly with Pat and Linda Parelli. She has trained horses and students to the upper levels of dressage, represented the USA four times on the Young Riders Team, passed her USDF ‘L’ judge test with distinction, and was accepted into the USEF ‘R’ judge program. She now divides her time between traveling the world giving clinics and training at her home base of Temenos Fields in Ocala, Florida. Visit for more information on clinics, instructional materials, and an online classroom.


Chris Cox is the only three-time winner of Road to the Horse, the prestigious event known as the “world championship of colt-starting.” Chris shares his passion for horses and his effective training methods at his immensely popular Ride the Journey tour stops and clinics around the U.S. and abroad. He’s touched the lives of many a horse enthusiast and shown them there’s a straight-forward, practical way to gain a better relationship with their horses. But calling Chris a clinician just doesn’t cover it. He’s a horseman in every sense of the word. When he’s not helping horse owners, he’s training and competing at the highest levels of cutting horse competition, putting all of his theories into practice. That strategy seems to be paying off. He’s had numerous wins, including the prestigious PDL, a Reno Rodeo Invitational Team Roping Event that garnered him and his partner, $140,000 in prize money, plus buckles and saddles. You can find Chris Cox’s Ride the Journey horsemanship program at and on RFDTV (check schedules for times).


the competition arena, marks the difference between the clinician and the horseman…or woman, as the case may be. We asked two great horsemen, Chris Cox and Karen Rohlf, to share their thoughts on putting principles into practice. Pedlar: Traditionalists argue that most natural horsemanship programs offer cookiecutter answers to fit every horse and rider. Do you think they’re right? Is there a cookie-cutter mentality to natural horsemanship? CC: I haven’t heard that expression, but I can certainly see where it comes from. Whenever we learn something new there are always steps, a line of progression to be followed. All these techniques are good, but they won’t be any good without knowing how to apply them in every situation the horse presents. I try to teach horsemanship simple and basic, but I do think you have to get the methods down and then learn how to think like a horse, learn how a horse thinks and reacts. KR: Any training system needs to have some sort of guidelines to refer to, a basic road map, but most important is to know where you are on that road map and make good decisions. Dressage is a very systematic training process with a Training Scale and tests that move through levels, but any good trainer knows that these are references. In Parelli Natural Horsemanship, where I learned about ‘natural,’ there are also levels as well as assessment criteria. It is a very human thing to see a road map and want to put our head down and simply follow it, trusting that if we just ‘do it right,’ we’ll achieve our goals. So often our horse is starting from a different place. We need to

take our eyes off the map and notice where we are. When you’re driving on the highway and you see your one mile marker for the exit, you don’t stare at your odometer and turn exactly when you’ve traveled one mile. You’d end up in a ditch. You take that information as a guideline and turn when the moment is right. Pedlar: Tools are necessary to accomplish any job, but one of the criticisms of natural horsemanship has been the reliance on tools. How would you respond to that criticism? And how do you choose your tools? CC: I like to keep things simple, a halter and a lead rope to start. I find the less I rely on tools, the more natural I am and the more I start thinking. You can read books, attend clinics, and learn the methods, but those methods aren’t any good without understanding the thought process of the animal. And that instinct can be developed with the right information, the right tools, and the desire. KR: This could be a criticism of any discipline. Dressage riders are also criticized for using too much spur or whip or reins, but dressage doesn’t support using strong aids. Dressage says the horse must be light and accepting, but not everyone in every moment is in this magic place of lightness. We should be careful of judging the student when he or she is in the process of learning. We need to understand what is trying to be accomplished and not judge the system when it is not being done well. Pedlar: How has your horsemanship changed over the years? CC: I’ve been bucked off, kicked, dragged, and all the rest. I like to say that success is failure turned inside out. I know that people come to my clinics hoping they can get the


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information I’ve learned the hard way. These people are in their forties, fifties, or sixties and they don’t have the time or finances to get laid up or to take that long to achieve success. So, I show them. ‘This is why I hold the rein this way.’ ‘This is why I push the horse’s body this way.’ But, just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, you learn something new. You’ve got to keep an open mind. Keep the learning curve going both in your horse and in yourself. I’m a student of the horse. But my feel for the horse has changed. I used to have a quick feel and consequently got a quick reaction from the horse, but it wasn’t right. I want my horse softer than that, supple, not intimidated or overreacting. If a horse gives too quickly, it’s usually not a confident feel. I look at it this way—if you’ve got a guy working for you that is just there for a paycheck, he’ll never be as good as the guy who’d show up even if he wasn’t getting paid. You can bring that feeling out in a horse. But, I’m always learning. I’ll never be able to write the script. KR: I think I was ‘naturally’ natural with horses, but as I became a professional dressage trainer, I stopped doing some of the silly, but fun things I used to do with them. That was partly because of time and logistics, but also because it just wasn’t ‘professional.’ Natural horsemanship helped me remember that those games that seemed silly, were actually an important part of building a partnership and trust with a horse. It wasn’t until I started playing in a more natural way that I felt my horses offer things the way my first horses did. That got my attention. Pedlar: What inspires you most about the students who attend your clinics? CC: I love the changes I see in people— changes that are similar to what I see in the horse. It’s the excitement and anticipation these students bring to the clinic, what they learn about themselves, about changing habits. They develop a new level of honesty in the messages they send to the horse. KR: As a natural dressage trainer, I’m inspired by people who find me. I’m not ‘normal’ so they 40


probably haven’t signed up with anyone’s blessing. I know that in order to take a clinic with me they must be curious. Having this curiosity, confidence, and ability to trust their instincts is actually a great asset to their horsemanship. I love that they’ve made a decision to put their horse first. Pedlar: What makes a

great horseman? CC: I think a great horseman understands how a horse thinks, treats people the way they treat horses—with dignity and respect, and is well-rounded. He doesn’t specialize in one area. He has the ability to be equally effective on the ground as he is in the saddle. He can ride a horse in high energy for a fast paced event like cutting or reining and bring that horse’s level of energy down again with his own energy. A great horseman puts the horse first, before the audience. I figure it’s like bringing your wife to a dance. If your attention starts to wander off, she’ll walk out on you. You can’t blame the horse for doing the same. KR: A great horseman has a peaceful spirit, a humbleness…an ability to let go of ego. A great horseman has the ability to see things from another’s perspective, someone who has a destination in mind, but still remembers it’s about the journey. My horses like me best when I am at my best with these qualities. Techniques are just techniques…the way you apply them is the key. The old dressage masters dedicated all their attention to their art. Most people today squeeze their horse time in between all the other things they need to do, which sometimes produces a narrow focus. I try to keep a focus on the whole picture and have created a life as a trainer that puts a high priority on relationship, trust, and the whole of the horse’s experience, instead of needing to have an assembly line of horses to train. Pedlar: Where would you like to see natural horsemanship go in the future? CC: I think it was important to bring natural horsemanship to the people. I want to take this information and these methods to the fair, to the horse show, to the competition, and not be afraid to lose. I like to win,


but I’m not afraid to lose. I want my horse to be happy, sound-minded, and competitive. Me and my partner won a roping competition in Reno, Nevada, recently. I want people in the competition arena to look at what I’m doing and say…‘Hey, maybe I can do that. I can put the horse first and still win.’ KR: Like many disciplines, the more widely natural horsemanship is practiced, the more available it becomes, and the higher number of people practicing it or teaching it poorly. There will be many variations on the theme and unfortunately, people think it’s something they must choose to do or not do. That’s a shame because natural horsemanship isn’t a discipline. I think of it as a context within which I do everything else with my horse. It’s a bank of information. Dressage is actually very similar. Dressage, at some point, becomes a specialty, but it’s really a practice of healthy biomechanics, which are useful for all horses. I wish people didn’t think of natural horsemanship or dressage as separate disciplines. Horsemanship is horsemanship. We need to recognize the qualities of this no matter what the ‘discipline’ or what people call it. A number of years ago, this author spoke with Ray Hunt after a colt starting clinic. I was telling him about the troubles I was having with my own horse out on the trail. Ray listened patiently. Then he took my program and wrote the single word…think…on it. It took months and months for that word to settle in my mind. What did Ray mean by that? Couldn’t he have given me something more to go on? But, that one word reverberates throughout my horsemanship today. Ray was encouraging me to learn all I could from books and clinics, but to always think my way through every challenge, as opposed to looking for that cookie-cutter solution, which, in his mind, simply did not exist. Karen Baril writes from her home base, Pen-y-Bryn Farm in northwestern Connecticut, a paradise she shares with five horses, two dogs, a cat, seven chickens, and a husband who boasts a sense of humor. You can visit her at





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SO THE EQUESTRIAN ON YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING LIST isn’t an equinista? No problem—this month, Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar covers gifts for the practical horseperson. And fear not…in gift buying, practical doesn’t have to mean boring and it certainly doesn’t have to be something your loved one doesn’t want—so put that bathroom scale, bread maker, or vacuum back on the store shelf and equip yourself with some knowledge on what the rider in your life really wants this holiday season.


the outerwear, many thermals come in great prints. Being practical doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be frugal, either—the holidays are the perfect time to splurge on that expensive item you might not otherwise buy, such as a new helmet or winter boots. And speaking of helmets, with all of the new rules regarding headgear, there is no gift more practical than one that protects the noggin of your loved one. Whether they’re a western, trail, dressage, or new rider seeking their first helmet or they’re past the five-year helmet lifespan and looking for something different, there are options for everyone—from cowboy hat shaped helmets to rugged looking ones, sleek and sophisticated or all blinged out.

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For many equestrians, equipping their horse with new gear is more exciting than anything they could get for themselves. A new bridle, a luxurious sheepskin saddle pad or girth cover, or the holy grail of all tack a rider could receive—a new saddle. And rest-assured, anything purchased for a rider’s equine partner will always be put to good use.

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We talked to some A-Circuit hunter/ jumper riders to find out what’s at the top of their holiday wish lists. Here’s what they had to say: Daniela Stransky: Another horse just like Ikarus, my 17-year-old jumper, but maybe a little younger. Jimmy Torano: A Mercedes S 550. Sarah Ward: Moccasins. Julie Welles: A new pair of riding boots, no joke—I really need them. Angel Karolyi: I’d love an Aston Martin! ~Sydney Masters





Hardy winter-wear is something that every horseperson needs and wants, especially those that spend time mucking stalls and filling water buckets in the dead of winter. And they don’t even have to look like a Yetti doing it anymore—some of the most trusted names in cold-weather durability are now bringing that same winter warmth in feminine shapes, colors, and designs. Jackets, vests, overalls, hats, and scarves…you name it, the equestrian who spends time outdoors in the cold months requires this kind of outerwear. Though vests are key pieces for an equinista, they’re even more functional for keeping bodies warm—and what’s even better? They’re now making them heated. Especially useful for those who don’t have access to heated barns or indoors, some battery operated vests offer five settings between 86 and 150 degrees. Heated gloves are also great for those frigid winter months. And while outerwear is a necessity, thermal underwear is just as important in a horseperson’s world. This is the base-layer and essential to keeping equestrians warm and dry, whether riding or spending time at the barn. And just like


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If you like the idea of a saddle pad but don’t want to splurge on sheepskin, there are other ways to get something more exciting than the traditional quilted pads that are easier on your wallet. Choose an item with unique artwork, design, or detailing to add a special touch to this every day necessity for a horseback rider. Your biggest desire this holiday season may be to support local and American businesses, so what better way to do that than give the gift of training? This is something that every horse and rider can use, and nothing is more practical. Whether it’s cross-training in another discipline or continuing on and improving with their current instructor, all parties benefit.



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and troughs. Also, in an equestrian’s life, organization is key. On show day, grooming tools and other accessories must be readily available, which makes a hanging organizer incredibly useful. And riders who need to keep all of their tack impeccably clean will appreciate gear bags and totes. Get one to hold everything or separate bags for each piece of equipment—plus, they all have handles, allowing travel with ease. It’s the little things that make a difference, which is why having monograms or matching colors for each bag (think eventers in cross-country) makes these items really special. Hay bags are also a seldom thought of necessity, and though, again, they generally aren’t a particularly exciting piece of

What do barn workers want most while enduring sub-zero temps? No more ice. For those who prefer, for one reason or another, not to use plug-in electric water buckets in the winter but still want relief from smashing ice, there are also bucket cozies. And though this may not sound like a super exciting gift, anyone who has had the pleasure of having to break ice will likely jump for joy at the sight of an item like this, which comes in sizes for 5-gallon buckets, muck buckets,



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Maybe you’re not sure what to get? You can’t go wrong with a woman’s two favorite things—her horse and chocolate. And frankly, gifts like chocolate and useful, horse related home decor can be totally gender neutral. Stationary, calendars, you name it—are also great go-to items. You can even get cookbooks just for horse people— whether they are talented in the kitchen or maybe not so much, the recipes are tasty and easy, and this is an enjoyable, unique idea. Lastly, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Though they’re things everyone can use, horse people will find hand creams and lip balms especially useful for dry, cracked hands and lips in the winter months, and their small size makes the items great for stocking stuffers.

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Connecticut Ride for the Cure Supports the Local Fight Against Breast Cancer


n Sunday, October 2, Komen Connecticut held its 2011 Ride for the Cure at a breathtaking new venue, Twisted Tree Farm in Hampton, Conn. Now in its 11th year, the trail ride has raised over $674,140 in support of the local fight against breast cancer. More than 100 riders, many of them survivors, collected over $57,000 for the Connecticut Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Each rider was asked to raise $250 to participate, committing significant funds to the state’s fight against breast cancer. Many riders exceeded this amount, including the event’s top fundraiser, Cheryl Dauphinais, who garnered over $7,000 for the cause. The Ride held a special meaning for Dauphinais, a firsttime participant. “The Ride for the Cure is something I’ve wanted to do and never had the Top fundraiser chance, but this was the year. I Cheryl Dauphinais watched my grandmother suffer with family and fight this disease for over 10 members Arlene, years of my childhood. It was Paul, and Chris really important to me to raise Dauphinais. money for a good cause and do my part,” she said. Angela Savoie After the event, Dauphinais felt riding Prince an even stronger sense of commit- Charming. ment to the local fight against breast cancer. “It was an amazing event—my parents came up and were blown away. My friend, who is a 3-year survivor, was able to be there, and I rode in honor of her. It was so nice to see people happy and smiling. I continued on page 49 48



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MEET THE SPIRIT OF LONG ISLAND DRILL TEAM’S NEW COACH, KAYLA KRENICKY By Paula Rodenas THE SPIRIT OF LONG ISLAND Drill Team will begin 2012 with a new coach. Kayla Krenicky recently took over for Joanne Gould, who devoted 20 years to the job. “I stepped up to the plate,” said Krenicky. “Joanne is my mentor.” Krenicky, 21, is a college student majoring in physical therapy. She has been riding for more than 12 years and trained with the drill team for six. She has done English, western, and gymkhana with her buckskin Quarter Horse, “G,” and says she is leaning toward gymkhana. Last year she competed in only one Islip Horsemen’s Association (IHA) English show because she broke her ankle. According to Krenicky, the hardest part of coaching is dealing with 22 different horse and rider personalities. “There’s a lot to think about,” she said, explaining that she looks for everyone to be in their spot, paying attention to the ride, and knowing the routine and what comes next. “Each move requires

a straightforwardness and accountability that they respect. more importantly,� she added, “Kayla is a warm, caring, and intelligent young woman who represents her family, the team, and herself with love, laughter, and heart. We are better for having her as part of the family of the IHA drill team and as a friend.� Krenicky has an assistant, Alyssa Greco, who is presently away at school. Although Joanne no longer takes a hands-on role, she acts as an advisor. “I call her my guardian angel,� said Krenicky. The drill team’s final performance of 2011 was at a pumpkin festival October 2 in Yaphank, N.Y., where, under Krenicky’s guidance, they did well. The plans for the new year were not yet formulated when this issue went to press, but Krenicky has said she hopes the World of Horses at belmont Park will once again be on the calendar, as it was one of her favorite venues. The Spirit of Long Island Drill Team performed at belmont for many years, as well as at Saratoga racetrack, the macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Northport Veterans’ Hospital, the Suffolk county Fair, and numerous other places. It has also participated in local parades. Wherever they go, the drill team members bring their own fun and work together as a unit. As for Krenicky’s future, she hopes to become a physical therapist and continue riding. “I plan to school and ride my own horse and have fun riding with my friends,� she said.


something different,� Krenicky said. “I would like to try a couple of new moves this year. We’ll see how it goes.� “Kayla has demonstrated great attributes in her first year of coaching,� said Gould. “She has been able to be positive and enthusiastic in this very difficult position. She is responsible for not only the horses and riders on the team, but of the many other members that comprise the group as a whole.� Although the job can be overwhelming at times, Gould said that Krenicky has been able to keep her focus and continue moving forward with the drill team. She is younger than the majority of the riders, but has earned their respect. According to Gould, Krenicky has motivated the team with her eagerness and her desire to be the best that she can be. The drill team horses are well behaved, although new ones have to become accustomed to working in a large, tight group. The riders get along well together. “It’s one big family,� said Krenicky. “That’s why I stuck with it for so long.� The drill team is made up of a variety of horse breeds and riders of all ages whose interests include both english and western disciplines. “Kayla’s core strength is her organizational skills,� said Gould. “She comes prepared to every event and practice with a game plan, which allows her to communicate to the team with

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he MSPCA’s Horses Helping Horses Beach Ride at Salisbury Beach State Reservation, held on Sunday, October 16, raised $9,000 in much needed funds for the Equine Center at Nevins Farm. Over 80 riders participated in the sixth annual beach ride, along with a handful of participants walking their dogs along the 8-mile stretch of beach. Led by several alumni horses, previously adopted from the MSPCA, riders enjoyed a picture perfect day for the event. Photos of the ride were captured by equine photographer Carole MacDonald, who also serves as the Official Photographer for the New England Dressage Association. The event drew riders from multiple New England states to help horses in need, with many collecting pledges in advance to support the Equine Center. While most participants trailered their horses to the event, one participant rode his mount to Salisbury Beach from Haverhill, Mass., leaving his barn at 5:00 a.m. to join his family at the

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Third Annual Fun In The Forest Trail Ride benefits cancer survivors and fighters by stacey stearns


he Third Annual Fun In The Forest Trail Ride to benefit First Descents (www.firstdescents. org) was held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Silvermine Campground in Natchaug State Forest in Eastford, Conn. Thirty-four riders from across Connecticut gathered to ride trails in Natchaug and Goodwin State Forests. This year’s trail included dirt roads, woods trail, and airline trail. The Fun In The Forest Trail Ride also offered great prizes. Sponsors included Dover Saddlery, Absorbine, Horse Zens, Every Equine, BiSaddular, Knight Equestrian Books, Tamarack Hill Farm/ A group of riders coming off the trails for lunch. Denny Emerson, Barnmice, Herbsmith, Alltech, Nicole Cloutier, Live For The Ride, participated in their camps. All donations to Chaplin Farms, and Hosmer Mountain First Descents are tax deductible, and the money raised at the trail ride will be used by Bottling Company. The trail ride was a benefit for First Descents, First Descents to send a young adult cancer which provides whitewater kayaking and other survivor to camp. This ride raised over $500 outdoor adventure experiences to promote and the combined total of the benefit trail rides emotional, psychological, and physical healing is $3,900. Equestrians interested in joining the fun for young adults with cancer. Trail ride organizer Stacey Stearns of Mansfield, Conn., previously in 2012 can contact Stacey Stearns at

Marylou Millett riding Bullseye, Sylvie Napoli riding My Boy Jack, and Kathy Gallaer riding Missy.

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North East Ski Joring Association to hold clinic January 7


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NESJA offers peewee through advanced divisions. Clinic registration is $50 per person. Bring your horse at no charge for training or audit the clinic for $20 per person. As a skier, you will learn from a professional instructor how to effectively maneuver the course and handle your rope. As a rider, you and your horse will acquire the skills needed to assist your skier along with saddle rigging Blair McClay and her horse Nelly drag husband Matthew and rope handling, making you a along the race course at last year's event. team of three on the course. Space is limited, and pre-registration is and, or contact Trish required. All registrants should check in by 10:00 Sullivan at 603-335-4777 or email mectrish@ a.m. For more information visit

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he North East Ski Joring Association (NESJA) is holding a clinic at the Myhre Equine Complex in Rochester, N.H. Want to learn the sport of equestrian skijoring? Join the club on Saturday January 7, 2012 for a fun filled day of instruction on how to get down the course with your horse—skiers can learn how to maneuver the gates, rings, and jumps that will be set up on the course. If this sounds confusing or you’re just not sure about how your horse is going to react with a skier behind them, then this is a clinic you don’t want to miss. Whether for fun or to prepare for competition, this clinic will teach you all you need to know to get started in this exciting equestrian sport.

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nce again, the venerable Saratoga Race Course opened its gates for the multitude of fans who enjoy this historic setting for the Sport of Kings. Saratoga opened in 1864 and is the oldest continually running track in the United States. Annually, some of the best figures in Thoroughbred racing—be it the horses, the jockeys, the trainers or the owners—make the pilgrimage to this bucolic track set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. The racing season began on July 22, 2011 and ran through Labor Day. There are a multitude of exciting and top races run at the “Spa,” which is the moniker that Saratoga is known by in the racing world. Each year some of the best 2-year-olds make their debut at Saratoga and some of the best 3-year-olds return to the racing wars after their efforts in the Triple Crown. The opening weekend kicked off with the Jim Dandy Stakes for 3-year-olds and Stay Thirsty continued his quest to make a name for himself by winning the 1.12-mile race by an authoritative four lengths. He was coming off a second place finish in the Belmont Stakes. Stay Thirsty was overshadowed by his stablemate, Uncle Mo, in the Triple Crown frenzy during the spring, but since the Belmont Stakes he had asserted his authority in the sophomore division. Other grade I events during the opening weekend were the Diana Stakes at 1.12-mile for fillies and mares on the turf and the Ruffian Stakes at 1.12-mile on the dirt for fillies and mares. Zagora dominated her rivals, including the top notch Aruna, in winning the Diana by almost two lengths. Ask the Moon sprung an upset on her field when she went wire to wire to win by five lengths in the Ruffian. Saratoga has always been known as a favorite haunt of those in high society. One such family is the Whitney family and they are honored each year by a grade I stakes race named for them. Conducted on the second Saturday of the meet, the 1.12-mile race features the top handicap horses in the country—this year was no different. A stellar field assembled for the race including Flat Out, Giant Oak, Duke of Mischief, and Morning Line, among others. However, it was Tizway that asserted his authority with a dominating score over his field. Tizway took command on the far turn and cruised to a 3.5-length score. The victory earned the son of Tiznow millionaire status and 54

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stamped him as a favored candidate for Horse of the Year. Turbulent Descent made shambles of the field that assembled to face her in the seven furlong Test Stakes which was also contested on Whitney Weekend. The Test spotlights the talents of 3-year-old sprint fillies. Traditionally, it was designed as a prep for the 1.25-mile Alabama Stakes which was held later in the racing season. Turbulent Descent allowed her rivals to battle through the opening furlongs of the race as she stood mid-pack in the eight horse field. Approaching the final turn of the race, jockey David Flores (who had flown in from California to ride the filly) gave the daughter of Congrats the go ahead signal and she quickly inhaled her rivals en route to a 3.5-length victory. The Sword Dance Invitational Stakes is one of the showcase turf events of the Saratoga season. At the demanding distance of 1.5 miles, it usually draws a large and contentious field. This year was a bit different as only seven horses went to the starting gate. Favored Boisterous was unable to sustain his rally in the stretch run and was fifth in the race. Co-favored Winchester took advantage of the early pace and closed rapidly in the stretch to wear down Rahy’s Attorney in the shadow of the wire to score by three-quarters of a length. Winchester was making only his second start of the year as a 6-year-old but he continues to be a capable performer at the highest level since his 3-yearold year. The fourth weekend featured the Alabama for 3-year-old fillies. This year it would be a showdown for leadership honors in the age division as Mother Goose Stakes and Coaching Club American Oaks Stakes winner It’s Tricky tackled Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty and Royal Delta. Royal Delta had been defeated by It’s Tricky in the Coaching Club Oaks, but in the Alabama she was a different filly. Under jockey Jose Lezcano, Royal Delta exploded in mid-stretch to grab the lead from It’s Tricky as Plum Pretty faded to fourth. It was obvious that Royal Delta relished the classic distance of the Alabama Stakes, and having been sired by Empire Maker, it figured she would get better as the distances stretched out. The showcase event of the season was the Travers Stakes. Raced at 1.25 miles,

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it is called the mid-summer Derby because it usually brings together the top 3-year-old males in the aftermath of their exploits in the Triple Crown races. The Travers is run at the same distance as the Kentucky Derby, but Derby winner Animal Kingdom was unable to compete due to a hind leg injury. Shackleford, winner of the Preakness Stakes, and Ruler on Ice, winner of the Belmont Stakes were in the Travers field. Neither of them were able to take the race, however, as Jim Dandy winner Stay Thirsty took the lead along the backstretch and never looked back. It was a dominating performance as Rattlesnake Bridge made a futile effort to gain on his rival but could never get closer than 2.5 lengths to Stay Thirsty. Stay Thirsty recovered from his dismal performances in the Wood Memorial Stakes and Kentucky Derby and became a major force in his age division. Ruler on Ice managed to close to fourth while Shackleford turned in a poor effort to end up eighth. The final weekend of the meet featured the top 2-year-old races—the Spinaway Stakes for juvenile fillies and the Hopeful Stakes for juvenile males. However, the premier event would be the Woodward Stakes at 1.12 miles due to the fact that the top filly Havre de Grace would face off with older males. The results of Woodward would be a coronation for Havre de Grace as she toyed with her rivals. On cruise control for most of the race under jockey Ramon Dominguez, the daughter of Saint Liam drew off with ease in the stretch run to win, going away by over three lengths. The effort was reminiscent of Rachel Alexander who won the same race as a 3-year-old against older males. The race by Havre de Grace placed her squarely in contention for Horse of the Year honors with Tizway. The Spinaway Stakes gave Grace Avenue a chance to assert her authority in her division. She easily took the measure of her rivals to win, drawing off by almost four lengths. Her encounter with My Miss Aurelia was eagerly anticipated for superiority in the filly juvenile division. The Hopeful was contested under sloppy conditions and was won by Currency Swap after a stretch-long battle with longshot Trinneberg. Once again Saratoga proved a welcome racing venue in 2011. The ambiance of this longwithstanding establishment of racing and the top caliber nature of the Thoroughbreds continue to make it the “Summer Place to Be.” For more information on the Saratoga racing season, visit

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Big E Horse Show ShowcaSeS Top QualiTy compeTiTion acroSS all DiviSionS By Sarah Breigle


he Big E Horse Show returned to West Springfield, Mass., this past fall for an actionpacked event featuring everything from draft horse competition to top-notch hunter/jumper and equitation divisions. The show took place during the Big E Fair, and provided great exposure for equestrian sports to the large audiences that gathered throughout the three weeks.

to the winner’s circle. This fine team was expertly driven by Bud Miller. Wilderness Ridge Farm also took top honors in the Belgian Six-Horse Hitch competition. The team from Grandview Clydesdale dominated the Clydesdale/Shire Six-Horse Hitch, accepting top honors for owner Darryl Cobbs. Ross Honsberger drove the winning team in the Percheron Six-Horse Hitch class in one of the top classes of the show.

Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation

Saddlebreds, Morgans, and More

The hunter, jumper, and equitation classes lit up the main coliseum on September 14-18, featuring the USHJA Zone 1 Finals. Top honors in the 3' Pre-Green Hunter Championship went to Silouette and Kirsten Malacarne. Claudio was the winning entry in the Green Working Hunter Championship with Hannah Kavin riding. Paula Foohey was the big winner in the Adult Equitation Championship riding Wentworth. In the Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Years Championship, Anucci and Alexa Bayko collected the tricolor award. Mozart and Eliza Downing topped the Children’s Hunter Horse Championship. A Chance Encounter and Thea Chafee were the team to beat in the Pony Hunter-Large Championship. Halo and Allison Tritschler topped the Hunter-Medium competition. Orchard Hills Double Take and Ava Stearns took the Pony HunterSmall Championship.

Draft Horse Highlights

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The Saddlebred, Morgan, Hackney, Arabian, and Friesian classes were held September 22-25. Elaine Gregory guided Ventura’s Stella Bella to the winner’s circle in the $1,000 Open FiveGaited Championship. Luman Wadhams topped the Open Three-Gaited Championship with Thunderboomer. Designed For Success and Judy Motley won the Open Fine Harness Championship. Bernard Parker drove the winning entry, CVH Celtic Command, to the winner’s circle in the Open Park Harness Championship. Top honors in the English Pleasure Championship went to MPA Legacy Lives On and Nicolas Villa. CVH Celtic Challenger topped the Amateur Championship with Melissa Carpenter driving. Highlights of the Friesian division included Annika Bruggeworth’s winning ride on Ykmar Fan De Visscherwel in the Open Championship. Dr. Scott Bruggeworth and Gooitzen Fan Teakesyl earned the Friesian Pleasure Driving Championship. The Big E Horse Show was once again filled with quality entries across all divisions. If you haven’t attended this show before, consider adding it to your show schedule in 2012.

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Connecticut Horse Shows Association eLectS twO New bOard memberS Submitted by cyNthia JeNSeN


wo gentlemen have been named to the Connecticut Horse Shows Association (CHSA) Board of Directors. Mark Rarick is the Head Trainer at Oak Meadow Farm in East Windsor, Conn. He is a graduate of Delaware Valley College (DVC) in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Equine Science. While a student there, Mark was selected to take part in a study abroad program at Hartpury College in Glouchester, England, and had the opportunity to compete internationally in jumping and dressage. In his senior year at DVC Mark was chosen to return to England to compete in the International Intercollegiate Competition, finishing third overall. Peter Mann of Danielson, Conn., joins the CHSA Board with a wealth of experience,

having served as a volunteer on many committees and commissions including President of the Pomfret Lions Club, Chairman of the Killingly Republican Town Committee, as well as being Treasurer of the Tri-State Horsemen’s Association for a few years. Peter and his wife Barbara got into horses when their girls started to ride, and got hooked. He showed in the Modified Adult division and competed in the CHSA Finals in 2009. Over the past couple of years a broken collar bone and back injuries have sidelined him, but he is on the come-back trail, currently training with Brooke Ferro at ABF Equine.

2012 CHSA Finals Qualification Rules Updated Submitted by Larry Schwartz

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After reviewing the 2011 CHSA Finals survey results and hearing from our members and trainers, the Finals Committee has unanimously approved a change to the qualification process for the CHSA Finals. The qualifying period for all CHSA Finals divisions will now begin August 1, 2011 and end Sunday, July 29, 2012. Points will be retroactive to August 1, 2011, for all divisions. This includes all Medals, Pleasure, and Low Training Jumper divisions, and certain Hunter and Equitation divisions listed below. For more information, please visit www. For questions, email chsa@ Walk-Trot Hunt Seat Equitation Walk-Trot Hunt Seat Pleasure Beginner 11 and Over Equitation Long Stirrup Equitation Short Stirrup Hunter Pre-Children’s Hunter Long Stirrup Hunter Modified Adult Hunter Children’s Pleasure Pony Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Beginner 11 and Over Pleasure Adult English Pleasure

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Brynne Cummings competes in South Africa in 2009 aboard the country’s native breed, a Boerperd.

CHSA English Pleasure Hunter Pleasure Quarter Horse Hunter Under Saddle Color Breed Pleasure Short Stirrup Equitation Medal Pre-Children’s Equitation Medal Children’s Equitation Medal Modified Equitation Medal Low Training Jumper Hunt Seat Lead Rein (demonstration)

Updated Qualification For Chsa Finals

Riders qualify for the CHSA Finals by accumulating points in CHSA classes held at recognized CHSA shows during the qualifying period. In determining the date of a competition, the day the show begins is used. The top 20 riders/horses in permitted CHSA divisions qualify and are invited to the CHSA Finals. To be eligible, each division must have a minimum of 10 horse and rider teams, each having accumulated more than 25 points during the qualifying period (August 1, 2011 to Sunday, July 29, 2012). CHSA English Pleasure riders and horses will only need 12 points to qualify, but still must have a minimum of 10 horse and rider combinations with each having the needed 12 points by the qualifying deadline.

The Show Committee may, at its discretion, designate a lower minimum number of qualifying points for any given Year-End division. See the rules and regulations for the CHSA Medals at www.chsafinals. com/rules-and-regulations/ chsa-medals.

CHSA 2011 Scholarship Award submitted by RichaRd FReeman

CHSA is pleased to announce the awarding of a $2,000 scholarship to Brynne Cummings, who is completing her senior year at the University of Connecticut. Brynne is a Dean’s List student at the University of Connecticut, and is a candidate for medical school. There, she plans on focusing on her life dream of a career in medicine. She is a member of the UConn Pre-Med Society, is actively involved as a volunteer with Horizons for Homeless Children in Massachusetts, is a Migrant Farm Worker Clinic volunteer, and has been involved in fundraising activities for the Dana Farber Foundation as well as a number of other volunteer activities. Brynne has been showing Morgan horses in Saddle Seat Equitation on the CHSA circuit for a number of years, retiring the CHSA Bailey Freeman Junior Saddle Seat Equitation Challenge Trophy in 2005. She has also shown on the national level, at the Grand National Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma, as well as on the international level. In 2008, Brynne had the incredible opportunity of being chosen as a member of Team Morgan competing against the South African World Cup Team in Springfield, Mass. She

was again chosen and appointed co-captain of Team Morgan in 2009 with the opportunity to travel with six other Americans from across the country to South Africa to represent the United States. The teams showed off their horsemanship riding Saddlebreds and Boerperds, a breed native to South Africa. After two days of intense competition Brynne won the title of Overall Individual Champion. CHSA congratulates this year’s deserving scholarship winner and wishes her continued success in all her academic and outside endeavors.

The Good Sportsmaship Award submitted by KRisten GuadaGnino

Each year the directors vote on a nominee for The Good Sportsmanship Award. This award is given to a CHSA member each year based on conduct, cheerfulness, and character demonstrated during the show season. It is given at the annual Awards Banquet. Nominees are proposed by the members of CHSA. It is not necessary that this nominee be a competitor. It can be a trainer, instructor, groom, or anyone at all who is a CHSA member. Key things to keep in mind are conduct and interaction of the nominee with trainers, parents, show personnel, and other participants. The way a person handles success or defeat following a performance is a good indication of sportsmanship. Integrity, honesty, and adherence to the rules are also prime considerations. Nominations, along with a brief description of why you are making the recommendation, should be sent to Kristen Guadagnino, Chairman of the Sportsmanship Award Committee, 195 Hillstown Road, Manchester, CT 06040 or emailed to Nominations are due by February 6, 2012. December 2011



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MFH Owen Hughes leads the field during Norfolk’s opening meet at historic Charlescote Farm.

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patiently in center field as children ages four to 14 were invited to come meet and pet the hounds before the polo match resumed. Elaborate tailgates lined the playing field and competed for prizes. Norfolk member Lee McCloskey teamed with Associate Master Ruth Lawler to judge tailgate competitors for creativity, presentation, enthusiasm, and menu. Gourmet food, smoking grills, sushi bars, elaborate décor and furniture, a “Pretty in Pink” themed dollhouse and cupcake display, an Oktoberfest, and a rodeo themed tailgate were among the highlights of the contest. Local horseman and polo player Ted Eayrs called the match and regaled the audience with polo anecdotes, while Norfolk member Gil Rodgers provided local color and commentary. At the end of the last chukker, despite Norfolk’s solid

Norfolk Hunt Club Fall Hunt SeaSon BeginS SuBmitted By gaelen Canning and d.a. Hayden


he Norfolk Hunt Club’s informal hunting (cubbing) season started at the Trustee’s of Reservations Powissett Farm on September 3, with hounds, horses, and riders ready to roll. The event marked the 116th year of drag fox hunting for Norfolk. It also marked the start of a massive clean-up effort, as Hurricane Irene had left her footprint on New England the week before, with miles of trails in the Charles River watershed requiring a legion of Norfolk volunteers and professionals to remove downed trees and repair damage to the trail systems Norfolk hunts. Each year, the club contributes to the maintenance of 200 miles of trails and the care and upkeep of over 300 jumps, used by both the Hunt and the equestrian community at large. The early fall season continued with hunts starting at the beautiful Pinecroft Farm in Medfield, Green Hills Farm in Sherborn, Adams Farm in Walpole, and a joint meet with Tanheath Hunt starting from the Steeplechase Course in Medfield, among others. As September continued, more and more riders joined the field, in preparation for formal hunting season. Continuing a treasured tradition, Opening Meet of the formal season took place on October 1 at Charlescote Farm in Sherborn, Mass. Before the hunt began, Rev. Peter Disanto, the


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pastor of Grace Church in Dover, Mass., delivered a “blessing of the hounds” and continued by blessing horses and riders, wishing safety in the field for all. The hunt was ably planned by Norfolk’s Masters of Foxhounds, Owen Hughes, Carol Mansfield, and Associate Master Ruth Lawler.

Dedham Wins at Polo in the Country

Norfolk member Greg Sandomirsky, who manages a large group of volunteers to present the event, chaired Polo in the Country for the ninth year in a row. Attended by over 1,100 spectators, Polo in the Country is Norfolk’s opportunity to share the Steeplechase Course in Medfield, Mass., with the surrounding community. Attendees cheered exhibition Mary Hughes riding Benjamin at Norfolk’s Columbus polo, brought picnics, took children on Day Hunt. pony rides, had their faces painted, and effort, the Dedham team won the match 10-9. competed in the tailgate competition. The Barnstable Barn Burners Precision Equestrian Drill Team captured everyone’s Westport Hunter Pace Attracts attention during their dazzling half-time show. Over 150 Riders Next, the audience watched, enthralled, as By 7:30 a.m. on September 25, horses and the parade of Norfolk Hounds, guided by riders were arriving at Norfolk’s third annual Norfolk Huntsman John Elliott and Norfolk Westport Hunter Pace in beautiful Westport, Master of Foxhounds Owen Hughes took the Mass. Although weather forecasters had field. Following the parade, the hounds waited continued on page 62

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Meet Steve tillotSon, Yankee Walker adventurer in the Saddle and on the Sea SubMitted bY Julie dillon



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teve Tillotson is a native of Michigan, who moved to Maine in 1996 to pursue his dream of boatbuilding. Steve inherited his love of the water from his father who would frequently pack up the entire family and spend days sailing on a 25' “pocket yacht.” Now a boat designer and builder for 14 years, Steve also crews for a racing boat called the Voodoo and serves as the sailing team tactician, which is the person that plots the fastest way around the race course. In 2002, Steve discovered a second passion and bought his first horse, a young Saddlebred named Sport. Then in 2006 he began Steve Tillotson riding Ellie at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds showing his wife Kelly’s in Maine. Tennessee Walking Horse and fell in love with the breed. A year later, Steve won her first class and was Champion of the bought his own Walking Horse Ellie, aka Day in the Plantation Pleasure 3-Gait division Million Dollar Ruby. Her sire was A Strong and hasn’t looked back since. By the end of the Dollar, a Reserve World Grand Champion and 2010 show season, in her first year of competia National Champion. Her dam, Star Sapphire, tion, Ellie won 12 out of 15 first place ribbons was bred and born in Tennessee, making the and High Point Year-End, beating out the stiff move up to Maine in 2006 while she was in competition of multiple breeds from all over New England. foal with Ellie. In 2011, Ellie has once again won Born in Raymond, Maine, in February of 2007, Ellie has six World Grand championships in Youth classes, 3-Gait Champions in her bloodlines. Steve first saw Plantation Pleasure and 2-Gait, with her when she was two weeks old and knew different riders in each division. She also received she was something special. When she was third in an Open Pleasure class. Steve feels that five months old, Steve started working with Ellie is truly a “Million Dollar” filly and one her, and from the beginning, she was a of the most talented and intelligent horses he bossy little lady with an attitude to match. has ever worked with. It is clear that she is a Ellie showed everyone that she was something wonderful horse and companion and brings a special too when, at only 14 months old, new light into Steve’s life, the show ring, and she displayed all of the distinctive Tennessee his barn. Steve and his wife Kelly live in Limerick, Walking Horse show gaits: the flat walk, running walk, and canter. Shortly thereafter, Maine, and he enjoys sharing his talents as Steve had her excelling at ground driving before a trainer and invites horses into his barn for training on a selective basis. her second birthday. For more information on Yankee Walkers, Steve started her under saddle as a 2-year-old and as a 3-year-old, Ellie made her show debut Gaited Horses of New England, please visit at Bob-Lyn Stables in Amesbury, Mass. She

predicted another dreary day, spirits were far from gloomy and the enthusiasm only increased as the day progressed and the sunshine reigned. The course covered about eight miles of varied terrain—wooded trails, large hay fields, and miles of paths along the scenic Westport River. Gallops around large cornfields bordering the river were especially spectacular. The jumpers enjoyed many inviting stonewalls, as well as other obstacles along the course. Chaired by Norfolk members Gaelen Canning and Tom Lewis, the pace was planned to provide the opportunity for equestrians to ride over some beautiful countryside along the river and ocean. This year’s event attracted over 150 riders. Proceeds from the event support both the Norfolk Hunt Club’s efforts to preserve and protect land for equestrian recreational use and the land conservation programs of the Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT), which to date has protected over 3,700 acres of farmland and open space in Westport. Riders quickly realized how lucky they were to be able to enjoy the fruits of the WLCT’s efforts to safeguard the scenic vistas and working farms, at a time when development is consuming so much of the landscape. As with all Norfolk events, the success of the Westport Hunter Pace was due to the commitment and hard work of many people. Twenty landowners willingly opened their property to the large number of riders and many club members traveled to join the many WLCT supporters who gave their time to assist. The success of the day was thus assured by hard working volunteers—who organized and oversaw registration, the start and finish, the check, street crossings, parking, and much more. Enthusiastic riders and their gallant mounts were overheard discussing plans to mark calendars and come early to the Westport Hunter Pace next year! show Results

The following are the results from the Westport Hunter Pace, held September 25, 2011: Fences Division: 1. Fanny Lee, Paddy; Ann Geoghegan, marigold; 2. Jen mulstay, raleigh; sue Levy, Hannah; Linda saba, Axle; 3. ralph Williams, Thunder; Joe sandulli, simi. FLATs Division: 1. cindy ostrowski, rosie; carrie cichocki, sparkle; 2. Patrice Anderson, Guinness; Lisa Kane, Hamilton; 3. Linda Haynes, rhapsody; Francoise marlenola, Diablo. ●

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Connecticut Trail Riders Association reviews fall trail rides submitted by Kim dore


ell…its mid-October as I write this, we’ve been drowning in rain again, temps are going down, horses are getting fuzzy, the wooly bear caterpillars are here and our leaves are pretty much gone. By the time you read this, we will have had our banquet and elections and the holidays will have started…we hope that all who attended the banquet had a good time, everyone found some great bargains at Equine Affaire, and that your turkeys tasted wonderful on Thanksgiving. During our annual Spaghetti Supper on Labor Day weekend, there was a short meeting to discuss the pavilion roof and its need for some repair. A vote was taken and it was decided that a separate fund would be created for members to donate to, to help offset the club’s costs to either repair or replace the roof, with a decision on which will be done, to be

made in the spring of 2012. Anyway, in September I traveled to New Jersey to start setting up the new Connecticut Trail Riders Association (CTRA) website with help from my friend Mike Yodice. Boy, does 2:00 a.m. come quickly when you’re immersed in computer stuff! By now the website should be pretty well done and updated with our election results. Visit it at www., and let us know what other information you would like to see posted. On the second weekend in October, I traveled to Lorton, Va., to another BLM adoption, mainly to pick up displays for the BLM booth at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts. But the best thing I picked up was a beautiful, 2-year-old mustang gelding, who is copper colored with a blond mane and tail, for fellow CTRA member Heidi Finch, who was horseless this riding season. With luck and hard work, Heidi will be starting to take him out on the

trails in 2012. I received a short note from the Strains, reporting that their trail ride was well attended in September. There were a few CTRA members who weren’t able to travel to Granby, Conn., for that ride, but managed to get together and enjoy a leisurely stroll in White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, Conn., that weekend. There were a few other rides that were scheduled for September, but I am not sure whether they were well attended or not…weather was an issue for a few of the dates and I haven’t received any information from ride hosts to date. Since I have no more news to share, I will make this short…I wish all my fellow CTRA members a safe, happy and healthy holiday season in 2011 and I am looking forward to a wonderful year for 2012, filled with rides, events and gatherings, and good food and great friends. P.S. Expect to see Sckootch the camping pooch out riding with his mom on the trails in 2012 in his neon green mesh backpack…no more sitting in the camper howling and moping…he’s planning on hanging out and having a good time riding, too. Can’t let that Johwye horse have all of mom’s attention!

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Tri-State Horsemen’s Association wishes happy holidays to its members submitted by beth stone


oliday greetings to all! Even as we turn our thoughts to the holidays ahead, there is much to report from Tri-State Horsemen’s Association (TSHA). The past month has been busy with annual elections and the awards banquet, and already we have big news about a change for next year’s events! Elections for officers and directors for 2012 were held at the annual meeting on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at Classic Pizza in Brooklyn, Conn. In addition to the important task of electing the guiding force for TSHA in 2012, our guest speaker was Deb Crane from Equine Sports Therapies, who presented a lively discussion on “Alternative Equine Therapies.” The new officers were introduced at the awards banquet, and appreciation gifts were presented

to all outgoing officers and directors. The annual awards banquet took place on Saturday, November 5, at the Port ‘n’ Starboard Restaurant at Ocean Beach, New London, Conn. The banquet committee had chosen the theme, “A Red Carpet Event,” and they pulled out all of the stops to make sure it was that. Thanks to chairwoman Alicia Cugini and her committee for presenting such a special night for all. Year-end awards for open show and the dressage shows were presented, along with several surprise superlative awards. Add to that a great meal, a fun raffle, and the opportunity to visit with fellow exhibitors while not sitting on a horse—and it truly was an enjoyable evening. Congratulations to all of the year-end awards winners! There will be a full report of winners and photos of the

evening in the next issue. Our big news concerns the location of the TSHA dressage shows next season. There will be a change in venue to Wild Aire Farm in Southbridge, Mass., for all three dressage shows in 2012. Hopefully this will prove to be a convenient and comfortable location for all of our dressage exhibitors. Show dates will be announced as soon as they are confirmed. As the year draws to a close, please remember to renew your TSHA membership. There is an early renewal incentive, a $5 discount if you renew by December 31, 2011. Applications have been mailed to all current members with the banquet reservation form, and are available in this publication and on the website. If you are not currently a TSHA member, please consider joining in 2012. We have a full schedule of fun events, whether your interest is competing at our open shows, dressage shows, or just pleasure riding—and we’d love to have you join us! Visit our website at or look for us on Facebook. We look forward to a wonderful year in 2012! December 2011



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ide time has gotten shorter and soon the snow will be piled up. It’s a good time to clean tack and read some old Pedlar articles. West Greenwich Horseman’s Association (WGHA) co-sponsored a great ride in Franklin, Conn. Ninety-five riders came to the Sprague Nature Preserve where $2,400 was generated and donated to the Sprague Open Space Fund. This fund was started to help purchase land that borders the Preserve. We need to thank many volunteers who made that ride a huge success. Celeste Santos, Phyllis Alexander, Linda Krul, Loree Osowski, Gale Miller, the Connecticut Horse Council, and residents of Franklin all get a huge thank you. Be sure to check the ride list for WGHA 2012 at for the date of next year’s Sprague ride! In nearby Connecticut there are 230 acres of the former Mukluk Gun Club in the town of Sprague. The town has turned this into a multi-use open land area. This territory borders another 270 acres of land at the Watson

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Heritage Farm. The town and the committee are currently raising funds for this new purchase. We, horseback riders, are encouraged to come and enjoy the paths and dirt roads that run along the Shetucket River. Learn about the project at www. cter Website/pdfs/Sprague_ MuklukProperty_615.pdf. In other club news, on October 9, 2011, WGHA members Charlie Martineau and Vicky Richardson sponsored their annual show. Charlie’s Fun Show and Trail Ride was held at Goddard Park in East Greenwich, R.I., and the weather was perfect. You could ride in the show then head out for a six- or twelve-mile trail or come early to do that in reverse. Over $350 in prize money was given out. There were fun competitions like the egg toss, water balance, pole bending, barrel racing, and the famous Doughnut Bite. Next year, WGHA will provide a lunch to make the day just a bit more inviting! For more information visit www.orgsites. com/ri/wgha.


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Step, a group of international riders who work to raise funds and awareness for the international children’s charity Step by Step Foundation. He is a Junior ambassador for the nonprofit and is reaching out to other young riders internationally, encouraging them to show their support and donate earnings from the show ring to the worthwhile cause. This is not Andrade’s first philanthropic endeavor; he was a member of the winning three-rider relay team, along with Luis Fernando Larrazabal and Pablo Barrios, that won the 2011 FTI Great Charity Challenge during the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival.


OUR THOUGHTS GO OUT TO CANADIAN RIDER ERIC LAMAZE, who recently lost his equine partner Hickstead. After completing the fourth leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup in Verona, Italy, the reigning Olympic Champion sadly collapsed in the arena and passed away. Veterinarians performed an autopsy and found that an acute aortic rupture was the cause of death.

Emanuel Andrade competing in Ecuador. CONGRATULATIONS TO SOPHIE COPPEDGE and Brian Walker, who we hear are engaged! ALEXA BAYKO RODE GEOFF TEALL and Monica Hunt’s new import Anucci to the High Adult Hunter at the Zone 1 Finals, by winning both the championship in the Younger Adult Hunter division and the Zone 1 Championship. She was also Reserve High Point Equitation Rider. ALSO AT THE ZONE FINALS (which continues to be a trainer and exhibitor favorite earning high praise from several professionals), Hannah Lavin was the High Point Professional Rider, Jordan Stiller was the High Point Equitation Rider, Abigail Brayman was the High Point Children’s Pony Rider, and Ava Stearns was the High Point Pony Rider.

THREE CHEERS FOR JAY MERRIAM and all the amazing work he continues to do for Project Samana, now in its 19th year. Jay recently



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LIZ BENNEY recently returned from a trip to her homeland of New Zealand for the launch of her third book, The Last Jump. The book follows Liz on her many adventures on her horse farm in Upton, Mass., her world travels, and also explores issues of riding (and life!) at an advanced age. G AND D FARM of Douglas, Mass., and trainer Peggy A. McNamara would like to congratulate their team of riders who attended the September competition of the Central Mass. Horse Show series. Brittany Tedford Riley on Royal Sugar Pop took home Day-End Champion and Hunt Seat Senior. Kristen Gildea with Drifter had a great performance in the Green Hunters at Drifter’s first show and Samantha Goldstein rode in her very first show, coming home with a win. STRANSKY MISSION FARM’S EMANUEL ANDRADE recently became a member of Team Step by



KAREN QUIRK-JOHNSON trained Shana Johnson of Foster, R.I., to a clean sweep in the Adult Mini Medals at all the local finals! Shana won at the Massachusetts Hunter/Jumper Finals, Rhode Island Equitation Championships, and Southeast Hunter Association Finals! Shana sends special thanks to Karen and Katherine Scheuerman at Hidden View Farm in Warwick, R.I.

returned from the Dominican Republic where his team did a huge spay/neuter clinic and helped launch several local humane organizations and population control efforts. Jay and the team he leads all pay their own way, plus they donate many thousands of dollars in medications and supplies. Learn more at jgmerriam.

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NEEC Adult Amateur 23-40 Champion Julia Gildea riding Ghandi.

NEEC Adult Amateur 41 and Over Champion Meredith Lipke aboard Accomplice.

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bending lines, a one stride in-and-out across the diagonal, a two stride on the side line, and what proved to be the bogey fence of a skinny single set on the short side, riders were presented with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their ability to ride off their ‘eye’ on course. The 2011 NEEC Adult Medal 23-40 Champion was Julia Gildea aboard Gandhi, who rides with Patricia Harnios of Holly Hill. Reserve champion went to Wynatte Chu on Leonardo, from the Fairfield Hunt Club with trainer Jenny Martin-Rudaz. In the Older Adults competition, 42 exhibitors entered the ring to complete the same course with 14 returning for the second round. The challenging course of tight rollback turns with several inside turn options allowed the cream of the crop to raise to the top. The 2011 NEEC Adult Over 41 Championship was won by Meredith Lipke and Accomplice. Lipke trains with Kristy McCormack of Oasis Inc. Reserve champion was awarded to crowd favorite Sean Rogers aboard Lido, who trains at Woodridge Farm with Greg Prince and Cookie DeSimone. Friday was the Younger Adults’ day to shine with a total of 98 showing. The Open classes were split into three sections of 30-plus riders, each providing intense competition. The Younger Adult Medal first round course rode well with two combinations and two jumps set across the middle line of the arena—the second of which, approached off a right lead circle at the end of the course, proved NEEC Adult Amateur 18-22 Champion Samantha Smith. eld October 20-23 in West Springfield, Mass., and celebrating its 35th year, the New England Equitation Championships (NEEC) is considered one of the finest shows in the country. Co-Chairs Cookie DeSimone and Amy Eidson organized an exceptional four-day finals experience with Kelly Small and Manager Bob Crawford along with the help of 12 other committee members and a tireless group of horsemen. The six judge panel of Scott Alder, Rob Bielefeld, Joe Darby, Jean Marie Miller, Steve Wall, and Jim Zulia ensured an educated choice of champions from among the over 400 contestants. Thursday was a busy day with two sections each of Middle and Older Adults competing over a flowing course of inviting fences. Forty-one riders showed in the 23-40 Adult Medal, with 12 being called back for the second round over the course designed by Scott Alder of Chelsea, Mich. Consisting of multiple


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to be one of the difficult efforts to get to correctly. A total of 29 riders were called back for the second round course that removed one of the combinations creating a number of single jumping efforts presenting exhibitors several approach options to demonstrate their riding skills. The 2011 New England Adult 18-22 Medal Champion went to Samantha Smith and trainer Sachine Belle of Belle Equestrian and the reserve championship was awarded to Amanda Groher riding with Linda Langmeier of Kelianda. Friday night was the Junior Celebration dinner held at the Marriot with a wonderful video presentation, sponsored by Oliynyk Show Stables and put together by the show committee, depicting the past year’s trials and tribulations, interviews, and most memorable moments of the Junior riders. Saturday brought a full day of competition with 78 Juniors showing in the Open Equitation Under 15 and 147 to ride in the Open 15-18 division. The course flowed throughout the ring with an oxer set on the middle line to the final jump also set across the middle line, both of which claimed a fair share of missed distances. Also on the schedule was the ever popular Stepping Stone Farm sponsored Challenge of the States. Teams rode after the Open classes, and the practicum phase of the Horsemanship Challenge also took place for the top 12 scorers out of the 114 Juniors that took the written phase on Friday night, an examination comprised of 100 questions testing their knowledge of the rule book, veterinary care, current events, and horsemanship. The practicum is judged each year by a panel consisting of a veterinarian, a judge, and a previous winner, and requires the contestants to answer two questions posed by the judges by giving a hands-on demonstration of horsemanship ability. This type of challenge, which originated at the NEEC, was judged this year by Dr. Kate Chope, Ellen Raidt, and Ruth Drumm. The winner, determined by a combination of the written test, the practicum score, and the first round score of the finals ride, continued on page 72

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was Elizabeth Kenny. The hotly contested Challenge of the States saw 13 teams from Vermont to Florida. This fun, favorite class is run sans trainers—who are relegated to the grandstand and provided with dinner sponsored by JT Farms—while each team is responsible for its own preparations and costumes. The lowest score of each team after four rounds over a NEEC Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Cathy and shortened equitation course is discarded Mitch Steege. and the remaining team members’ scores are averaged together to arrive at the final The second round course also contained the score and determine a winning team. Winning ‘pen’ jump at the end of the round. Five riders the 2011 Challenge of States Gold Medal was were called back to complete a test consisting Rhode Island’s team of Jessica Donatelli, Madison of backing out of line, cantering three jumps, Brayman, Margret Magee, Lauren Henry, Caitlyn counter cantering the fourth jump, and hand galloping back to the line. Doerr, and Victoria Perrotti. Congratulations to the 2011 New England Sunday started at 7:00 a.m. with the NEEC Junior Medal sponsored by Woodridge Farm Equitation Junior Champion Elizabeth Kenny with 222 exhibitors, plus the second round and trainer David Oliynyk. Elizabeth certainly call back of 20. The competition was intense had a weekend to remember, also receiving the with no room for mistakes over a testing course Junior High Score Award, the Horsemanship of multiple jumps set on the middle line and Challenge Award, and her horse Bravo van de a natural rails and straw bales ‘pen’ combina- Kwakkelhoek received the Judges Choice Award. Reserve champion in the Junior Medal was tion that was a two stride off a short approach by the ingate followed by a rollback left to awarded to Katie Tyler, also riding with Sachine jump through the bounce side of the ‘pen.’ Belle, who made an impressive move up from 18th

NEEC Junior Medal Champion Elizabeth Kenny.

in the call back order to place second overall. Also taking place at this year’s championships was the presentation of the NEEC Lifetime Achievement Award, given to a professional horseperson that has a positive affect on the New England horse community. This year’s recipients were Cathy and Mitch Steege. All and all, the New England Equitation Championships is truly a memorable event for all who qualified and competed and deserves to be considered one of the best finals in the country. For more information on the NEEC, please visit


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Pony of the Year Award recipient Partly Cloudy.

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


he prestigious 2011 Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council (MHC) Days of Champions Medal Finals held September 30 through October 2 at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, Mass., was the 30th anniversary of the Junior Medal and the 19th for the Adult and Mini Medal Finals. Show Manager Debby Tate and Chairman Felicia Knowles instituted some new changes this year, moving the exhibitor buffet to the indoor arena after the Adult Medal. Catered by Spoleto Restaurant of Northampton, the food was excellent and plentiful. Also new this year was a four judge format, sitting in two locations around the ring with scores being averaged. Leo Conroy, Scott Fitton, Jim Giblin, and Rob Gage officiated the event. All exhibitors were entered into a free drawing each day, with one Older and one Younger Adult receiving a free stall. One Junior also received a $300 gift certificate from Dover Saddlery each day. All who competed were given an MHC emblem keepsake box. The first to go in each class received a bracelet from Show Stable Artisans. The 2011 MHC Sportsmanship Award went to Nicole Stamn. The Pony of the Year was awarded to Partly Cloudy of Stoneymead Farm in Concord, Mass. The 2011 Person of the Year Award went to Katie Schaaf. Three brand new permanent barns

located adjacent to the indoor arena entrance and built to house 300 stalls kept horses dry throughout the show. A new addition to the fairground this year, the beautiful 100' x 200' red metal buildings with 100 stalls each were light and airy offering built-in stall mats, roomy canvas over aluminum pipe frame box stalls, outside paved wash racks, and plenty of electrical outlets. All agreed, it was a vast improvement and made for a pleasurable and convenient showing experience. Entries were comparable to last year’s show with 96 people competing in the Adults—37 in Older and 59 in Younger, 133 Juniors, and 90 Mini Medal finalists. There were two sections each of Older and Younger Open Adult Equitation, along with the two Adult Medals held on Friday. Saturday brought two sections of 14 and Under, three sections of 15 - 17 Open Equitation and the Junior Medal, two sections

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of 11 and Under, and two of the 12 to 14 Open Equitation. Trainer Jacqueline White pulled a hat trick when daughters Emily and Haley White won reserve champion in the Younger Adults and the Junior Championship, respectively. In the Older Adult Open Equitation-A, the winner was Anne C. Roberts riding Cha-Ching with Karen Salon aboard Scholar placing second. The Older Adult Open-B winner was Melissa G. Hamlet riding Wiltord D and Laura Kadane riding Upper Ten placed second. The 2011 MHC Amateur Adult Hunt Seat Medal Champion 30 Years And Over was awarded to Carolyn Lackey riding Oke Tag. Reserve champion went to Deborah E. Marx riding Billy Ruffian. Completing the day, in Younger Adult Open Equitation, first place went to Haleigh Landrigan on Kennebec and second went to Tess Renker on Bob Marley. In Younger Adult Open-B, top honors went to Quinn M. Traendly riding Carickan Shore. Anna R. Pavlovt took second place aboard Fade to Black. The 2011 MHC Amateur Adult 18 30 Years Hunt Seat Medal Championship went to Abby Cook aboard USA. Reserve honors went to Emily R. White riding Centolys Z. Saturday brought the hotly contested Junior Medal over a challenging course with multiple rollbacks and bending lines requiring a good rider’s eye and the ability to shorten and lengthen their horse’s stride. A one stride in-and-out, approached off a short diagonal rollback turn and set on the short side and spanning the ingate, proved to be the nemesis continued on page 76

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of many riders. In Open Under 14-B, first place went to Addison Gierkink and second to Colby Wood. In Open Equitation 15 to 17-A Michael Janson went home with the blue ribbon, and Holly French took second place. Open Equitation 15-17-B was won by Haley White, followed by Rebecca Clawson in second. The victor in Open Equitation 15-17-C was Alexandra Carlton, while Sydney Smith earned reserve honors. With a final round score of 89.12 and making it a clean sweep, the 2011 MHC Junior Hunt Seat Medal Championship went to Haley White riding Patriot and MHC Amateur Adult 18-30 Years Champion Abby MHC Hunt Seat Mini Medal Champion Kendra reserve went to Devon Wood aboard Cook riding USA. Gierkink. Carson 7. Sunday was again a full day with 90 young the ingate. The winning riders kept their horse’s reserve honors. In Open Equitation 9 -14 Years-B, the winner riders competing over a flowing course of minds on the job and demonstrated a good eye was Samantha Hawley riding Wish Upon A bending lines, rollback turns, options to take the to find their fences. Open Equitation 11 Years and Under-A Star, followed by Kelly O`brien on Ivar. inside cut, and a jump set up across the center The 2011 MHC Hunt Seat Mini Medal line. Two sections each of Open Equitation was won by Madeline Stowell riding Foxcroft 11 and Under and 9 to 14 years preceded the Veronsky. Second place went to Jordan Stiller Champion was Kendra Gierkink riding Limerick. Jordan Stiller was named reserve and Blue Highway. MHC Mini Medal Final. In Open Equitation 9-14 Years-A Michelle champion aboard Blue Highway. The Medal second round course consisted For more information on the MHC Days of of six individual jumping efforts to a sideline Robidoux was the victor riding Oasis. Anna ending with a jump on the short side next to Zygadlo on Southern Gentleman took Champions, visit

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USEF Talent Search Finals winner Samantha Schaefer aboard Pioneer.

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Uriam, Raposa’s mount Gentle R, owned by Heritage Farm, Schaefer’s mount Pioneer, and Barnhill’s mount Asparagus, owned by Cayla Richards. Uriam was presented with The “Grappa” Trophy, donated by Sarah Willeman, as the best horse of the competition. For her victory, Schaefer was presented with the prestigious French Leave Perpetual Trophy, donated by the family of Gerald A. Nielsen. Following the awards ceremony, Schaefer was thrilled and explained how she came back fighting after letting the lead slip through her hands in last year’s competition. “Last year I came and I definitely gave it away in the final four. I rode too soft and I had time faults, and kind of gave up,” she recalled. “My goal this year was to not have time faults and to really fight to the last horse.” The Talent Search Finals are often known as a springboard for future show jumping stars, and Schaefer acknowledged the significance of the win, noting, “For me this is really important because it is leading into the jumper side of things, and that is where I want to go.” Schaefer had a substantial lead over the other top finishers. Murphy, of Apopka, Fla., scored 88, 84, 81, and 93 to total 346 for second place; Raposa, from Clinton, N.Y., scored 83, 80, 83, and 87 for a 333 total to take third; and Barnhill, of Collierville, Tenn., finished fourth with a score of 315 with individual rounds of 95, 82, 85, and 53. Andre Dignelli was the trainer of the day, with multiple horses and riders in the top ten, including the champion and second and third place finishers. Murphy trains with Ivan Rakowsky along with Dignelli. Barnhill is trained by Missy Clark, John Brennan, and Tom Wright. Not only has Dignelli trained many of the top finishers, but he was a Talent Search Champion back in 1985. He remarked on the importance of this weekend’s success, stating, “This was the best day of my training career. “I knew coming here that I probably had my best group of horses and riders put together ever,” he continued. “I just came here ready and confident and with these two gentlemen judging I knew what to expect. I knew the water was going to be a real issue. “I think Sam won today because last year she gave it away. She didn’t understand the importance of the time allowed and I thought today she was confident. She has always been a great

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he 2011 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search FinalsEast concluded on Sunday, October 7, 2011 with an exciting victory for 18-year-old Samantha Schaefer of Westminster, Md. Showing over two beautiful autumn days at the United States Equestrian Team Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, N.J., 84 hopefuls came out to show in the 30th annual competition. Schaefer earned the win with high scores across the board in a head-to-head final four jump-off. Judges Jimmy Lee and George Morris scored riders through three phases of competition, including flat work, gymnastics, and jumping. Riders’ cumulative scores were totaled through each phase and the top four were then brought back for a final ride-off, competing on their own horses as well as the three other competitors’ mounts. Riders then returned for the final round with a clean slate, earning new scores for each individual ride. At the conclusion of the flat and gymnastics phases, rider Lillie Keenan held the lead coming into the final day of competition, followed closely by Hayley Barnhill, Samantha Schaefer, and Schaefer Raposa. Keenan had a disappointing score in the jumping round however, and dropped out of the top four. Michael Murphy, on the other hand, performed consistently in both phases I and II and excelled in the jumping round to secure a position in the final ride-off. Barnhill, Schaefer, Raposa, and Murphy were the elite four to compete in the last phase of competition. Schaefer finished on top with scores of 94, 89, 91, and 96 to total 370. She trains with Andre Dignelli and rode Heritage Farm’s Pioneer through the weekend. The horse rotation included Murphy’s mount

rider, but I have given her style.” The jumping course was a challenging one. Set as a replica of this year’s Nations Cup at Hickstead, the course included a water jump, sharp rollback turns and a tight time allowed in the final round. It was a big test for the young riders and no doubt gave them all an idea of what is to come should they move on to compete at the international level. George Morris spoke about the course and the judging of the rounds, stating, “The sport has gotten very sophisticated and detailed. It is not the sport of years ago with blood and guts; it is very specific. We were very hard in between the fences and on the rideability. It boiled down to details, like it should.” In addition to the day’s Finals, the USEF Talent Search Medals were presented for the 2010/2011 season. Medals are awarded in recognition of wins in Talent Search classes. Five wins qualify the rider for a bronze, 10 for a silver, and 20 for the coveted USEF Gold Medal. In the 30-year history of the program, only 87 gold medals have been awarded. This year had two more to add, with both Hayley Barnhill and 18-year-old Chase Boggio of Canton, Ga., earning gold. Barnhill had high scores going into the final round but saw heartbreak as she let her nerves get the best of her. Barnhill’s trainer, Missy Clark, summed up her thoughts on the competition, stating, “I knew coming here with George and Jimmy as our judges that it was going to be done beautifully. I knew the courses would be great and I knew it would be demanding in the best of ways. I just can’t say enough about how wonderful it was for all of us to be able to experience their knowledge and expertise. They are two icons in the business and I have nothing but the utmost respect for both of them. I think everyone leaves this event riding better no matter what level they come in at. We really enjoy it and the great venue and thank you to everyone.” The Platinum Performance/USEF Show continued on page 82

Wishes to Congratulate

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Laura Hinsdale 6th Place in the Katie Battison Horsemanship competition

Holly Hill Farm would like to congratulate all our clients for another outstanding year. We look forward to 2012 starting off with our 33rd year of competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Accepting clients at our four locations and at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Holly Hill Marstons Mills, MA Holly Hill Georgetown, MA

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Washington International Horse Show ConCludes after six days of Competition


Jumper Results: Wednesday to Saturday

Victoria Colvin, winner of the $10,000 Ambassador’s Cup High Junior/AmateurOwner Jumper Classic, Grand Junior Hunter Championship, and Best Child Rider Award.

In international jumpers, Laura Kraut and Teirra were able to find the fastest clear path to victory in the $10,000 Children’s Defense Fund Open Jumper speed class. Second place went to Emilie Martinsen and her own Gucci, jumping clear in 57.206 seconds. The $10,000 Children’s Jumper Championship had 29 entries and saw Ryan Goodman and Pulsatilla W as the victors over Katherine Strauss and Fardela, finishing in second. In the $10,000 Adult Jumper Championship, Kaley Pratt and Shane earned top honors.

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Jumping Talent Search Program seeks to educate and test participants by encouraging Juniors and Young Riders to develop show jumping skills, thus laying the groundwork for future international successes. With Finals held each year on the East and West Coasts, this program has produced some of the country’s top jumping riders including McLain Ward, Richard Spooner, Lauren Hough, and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum. 2011 Champion Samantha Schaefer has proven her talent and now joins the list of prestigious winners. For more information, visit www. 82

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he 53rd Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) hosted the best hunter, jumper, and equitation riders in the nation competing for top prizes at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. Nick Skelton took home the largest purse at WIHS with Carlo 273 in the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix CSI 3*-W. Brianne Goutal and Nice de Prissey, a 10-year-old Selle Francais stallion had an unfortunate rail for four faults in 43.00 seconds, but that would hold up for second place. For their victory, Skelton and Carlo 273 were presented with the President of the United States Perpetual Cup. As Leading Jumper Rider, he also won the Margaret Chovnick Memorial Trophy. Skelton was named the Leading International Rider as well.

$100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix CSI3*-W winners Nick Skelton and Carlo 273.

Katherine Edgell and Miss Kitty finished in a close second. The $31,000 International Open Jumper jump-off class was won by Sarah Tredennick and Vigaro. Nick Skelton rode Carlo 273 to second place. The $20,000 Gambler’s Choice Costume class is always a crowd favorite at WIHS. Garnering the most points in the class was Todd Minikus riding Sweetheart. “Avatar” Saer Coulter finished second with Julia Des Brumes in the irons. In the $25,000 Puissance, Skelton and Unique were crowned the winners. Andrew Kocher on Donnatello and Minikus on Sweetheart tied for second place. In addition to their Puissance victory, Skelton and Unique won the $10,000 International Open Jumper 1.40m Faults Converted class. Mark Leone and Annie 66 finished in second place. Reed Kessler rode Ligist to victory in the $31,000 International Open Jumper 1.50m class. Nick Dello Joio and Geledimar Z took second place. In the $10,000 Ambassador’s Cup High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Victoria Colvin came away with the win on Waminka. Olinda and Genevieve Zock were second. Colvin also won the Grand Junior Hunter Championship and was named Best Child Rider on a Horse. The High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Champion was Banana d’Ive Z, ridden by Meagan Nusz. Waminka and Colvin were reserve champions. The Shalanno Style of Riding Award was given to Samantha Schaefer.

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The Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Champion was Red Hot, ridden by Michael Hughes. Schaefer and Sugar Ray were the reserve champions.

Hunter Results: Tuesday to Sunday

In the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship, the winner was Double Down, ridden by 14-year-old Elizabeth Adelson. Second place went to On Star, ridden by Rachel Okun. In the $10,000 WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Championship, Practical, ridden and owned by Elise Ledsinger, came out on top. Second place went to My Sweet Daniel, ridden and owned by Whitney Blanchard. Scott Stewart rode Garfield to the Grand Hunter Championship. Stewart was also named the Leading Hunter Rider, the High Performance Hunter Champion, and captured the Grand Hunter Championship honors. The reserve champion in the High Performance Hunters was Summer Place, ridden by Maggie Jayne. Stewart’s second championship of the day came in the Green Conformation Hunters with Touchdown. The reserve champion was Moshi, ridden by Sandy Ferrell. The third time was another charm for Stewart who won his third championship of the day in the First Year Green Working Hunters on Reality. The reserve champion was Holden, ridden by Chris Payne. The Regular Conformation Hunters had a new champion this year in Casallo, ridden by Elizabeth Boyd. The reserve championship went to Small Affair, ridden by John French. continued on page 84



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mations but we didn’t know how he would go inside so we put him in the first years [at Capital Challenge],” Tosh pointed out. “We did both divisions and he was fabulous. He tried to win every class he went in.” In addition to his success with Cold Harbor, Tosh was also champion in the High Performance Hunters with Dr. Betsee Parker’s Rosalynn.

Saturday and Sunday - Equitation Results

The highlight of Saturday’s competition was the North American Flat Equitation Championship, in which 16-year-old Morgan Geller rode Fabricio to an exciting win. The reserve champion was Katie Tyler of North Kingstown, R.I., riding her horse Galliard. The 15-Year-Old Equitation Championship honors went to Geoffrey Hesslink of Shelburne, Vt., riding Adonis. The reserve championship was presented to Anna Cardelfe riding Logan. The 13 & 14-Year-Old Equitation


he 2011 Capital Challenge Horse Show concluded on October 9, 2011 honoring some of the best horses and riders in the country. In its 18th year, the event set itself apart with a distinct and unique focus on outstanding hunter competition. One of the most successful horses of the week was the Grand Hunter Champion, Cold Harbor, ridden by Hunt Tosh and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler. Cold Harbor won the championship in the First Year Green Working Hunters Section A. He also won the reserve championship in the Green Conformation Hunters. Tosh and Cold Harbor were also awarded the Grand First Year Green Hunter Championship. Their top points gave them the Grand Green Hunter Championship as well. The pair earned the highest cumulative numerical point total in a single professional division. “We usually just show him in the confor-

Ariat National Adult Medal Finals winners Kristi Siam and Krosus.

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The Second Year Green Working Hunter Championship was awarded to Summer Place, ridden by Maggie Jayne. The reserve champion was Premier, ridden by Scott Stewart. Summer Place and Reality tied for the Grand Green Working Hunter Championship. Victoria Colvin and Sanzibar, owned by Karen Long Dwight, were awarded the Grand Junior Hunter Championship after earning the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under tricolor. Colvin also received honors as Best Child Rider on a Horse. Lillie Keenan and Don Stewart’s Confidential were reserve. The Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under completed their division with a championship win for Keenan and C Coast Z. Colvin piloted Touchdown to the reserve championship. The Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division awarded championship honors to Olivia Esse and Clooney. Reserve honors went to Tenerife, owned and ridden by Noel Fauntleroy. The Large Junior Hunter 16-17 awarded championship honors to Meg O’Mara and Walk the Line. Heather Hooker guided Castlekeep to the reserve tricolor. For The Laughter won the Large Pony Hunter Championship for the second year in a row and earned the coveted Grand Pony Hunter Champion Award with Meredith Darst in the irons. Daisy Farish and All The Best finished in reserve with two second place ribbons.

Small Pony Hunter Champions Madeline Schaefer with Cardiff Mardi Gras and Hi Lite.

Darst also guided Enchanted Forest to the championship in the Medium Pony Hunters. Laugh Out Loud, ridden by Martha Ingram, secured the reserve championship. Madeline Schaefer dominated the Small Pony Hunters, earning the championship aboard Hi Lite and the reserve championship with Cardiff Mardi Gras. In addition to the championship, Schaefer was the High Scoring Junior Hunter Rider on a Pony and Best Child Rider on a Pony. In the WIHS Regional Pony Hunter Grand Championship, David Pawlak was the victor riding Liseter Clever Star. Reserve went to Sarah Boston riding Blackberry. The WIHS Regional Hunter Horse Finals immediately followed with a grand championship win for Molly Cole riding Newport. Reserve went to Mary Claire


WIHS Equitation Classic Finals winners Chase Boggio and Massimo.

Medeiros riding Olivia.

Equitation Results: Saturday and Sunday

The 2011 WIHS Equitation Classic Finals concluded with a significant win for 18-year-old Chase Boggio riding Massimo. Boggio earned the victory over Hayley Barnhill riding Elizabeth MacWilliam’s Camora. Massimo was awarded The Lugano Memorial Trophy as the winning horse of the night. In the WIHS Pony Equitation Classic Finals, 13-year-old Ali Tritschler rode Hallelujah to the win. Tritschler earned the high score of 85 over fences and came out on top after a final work-off. For full results and more information, please visit

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Capital Challenge Horse Show continued from page 84

Young rider T.J. O’Mara earned the 12 & Under division championship riding World Cup Van Het Lindehof. The reserve championship was awarded to Delaney Hamill riding Nelson. Hayley Barnhill earned an exciting victory aboard Asparagus as she topped the Capital Challenge North American Equitation Championships. Morgan Geller rode her gelding Fabricio to second place. Barnhill and trainer Tom Wright were also presented with the George H. Morris Equitation Championship Trophy. Victoria Colvin earned the award for EMO Equitation Trip of the show, sponsored by EMO Insurance Services, for the highest scoring round of 88.5. Adrienne Dixon piloted Nat King Cole to top honors in the North American Amateur Equitation Championships, followed by Samantha Senft who rode Lord Loxley to reserve.

Monday to Wednesday Professional Hunters

Sandy Ferrell and Showman, a 9-year-old Westphalian gelding, won the Second Year Green Hunter Championship. The reserve championship went to Taken, ridden by Kelley Farmer. In the Performance Hunters 3'6", the championship went to Rumba, ridden by Tara Metzner. The reserve champion was Winner, ridden by Jimmy Torano. She’s Cool, ridden and owned by Scott Stewart, won the Future Hunter Mares division. Reserve champion was Small Celebration, ridden by John French. The Grand Champion Future Working Hunter was Bacardi, ridden and owned by Havens Schatt. The reserve champion tricolor went to Enjoy and Scott Stewart. 86

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The winner of the $25,000 Added Future Hunter North American Championship was She’s Cool, ridden and owned by Stewart. The Regular Conformation Hunter Champion was Sambalino, ridden by Ken Berkley. The reserve champion was Ostentacious, ridden by Kelley Farmer. Sandy Ferrell picked up her second championship of the week in the Green Conformation Hunters with Moshi. The winners of the Senior World Champion Hunter Under Saddle class and the Hollywood Challenge Trophy were Mamba and Jenny Karazissis. Tara Metzner won the $5,000 WCHR Emerging Pro Challenge riding Rumba. Second place went to Jamie Taylor on Weatherly.

Thursday through Sunday - Hunter and Equitation Results

Jazz Johnson Merton won the Grand AmateurOwner Hunter Championship aboard Kingston. Johnson Merton and Kingston were champions in the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters. The reserve champion was Thoughtful, ridden and owned by Keri Guanciale. The Amateur-Owner 36 & Over Hunter division championship went to Rock Steady, ridden by Katie Robinson. Ellen Toon and Invincible took reserve honors. Toon and Invincible also picked up the win in the $2,500 WCHR Amateur-Owner 3'6" Challenge. Victory in the $2,500 WCHR AmateurOwner 3'3" Challenge went to Daryl Portela and Winner. Wind Dancer, ridden by Laura Lee Montross, was second. Lindsey Evans Thomas rode Krista Weisman’s Music Street to the championship in the 36-50 Adult Amateur division. She also earned Grand Champion honors and the Leading Rider Award. The reserve champion in the division was Tripoli, ridden by Robin Swinderman. Kristi Siam came away with the win in

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the Ariat National Adult Medal Finals aboard Krosus after a three-round battle with Mahala Rummel on Papillon 136. Dawn Fogel was victorious in the WCHR Adult Amateur Finals on her horse Royal Oak. Paris North and Chiara Parlagreco finished second. The Grand Pony Hunter Championship was awarded to Meredith Darst and Dr. Betsee Parker’s For the Laughter, who picked up the championship in the Large Pony Hunters. The reserve championship went to West Side and Barbara Ann Merryman. Darst was also named the Best Pony Rider and won the EMO Trip of the Show with a score of 89.5. The Small Pony Hunter Champion was Shine, ridden by Daisy Farish for Lanes End Farm. The reserve champion was Rolling Stone, ridden by Isabel Ryan for Sophie Michaels. The Medium Pony Hunter Championship went to Sassafras Creek, ridden by Ashton Alexander for Bibby Farmer-Hill. The reserve champion was Happily Ever After, ridden by McKayla Langmeier for Kristina Muse. Olivia Esse swept the championships in the Junior Hunter 16-17 divisions. She rode Clooney to the championship in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunters. On Small Affair, owned by Iwasaki & Reilly, she was champion in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters. Esse and Clooney were also named the High Point Junior Hunter 16-17 and the Small Junior 16-17 Hunter Champions. The winner of the $5,000 WCHR Handy Hunter Challenge was Stars Go Blue, ridden by Shawn Casady. Hope Glynn and Avery Hellman’s Roccoco were second. Victoria Colvin swept the junior hunter awards on Sunday by winning all four tricolors. She and Scott Stewart’s Ovation were awarded the Grand Junior Hunter Championship, while the Grand Children’s Hunter Championship went to Rosebud and Audrey Layman. Colvin and Ovation also won the High Point Junior Hunter 15 & Under. She also swept the Small Junior Working Hunter 15 & Under division and won the $2,500 WCHR Junior Challenge aboard Way Cool.

Thursday through SaturdayJumper Results

The winner of the $10,000 Children’s/ Adult Jumper Challenge was Kaley Pratt with Shane. Katherine Edgell and Miss Kitty finished second. During Round 1 of the North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Challenge Cup, Kaitlin Campbell sped to victory. Victoria Colvin and Waminka were second. In the $10,000 North American Junior/ Amateur-Owner Challenge Cup Final Round, Campbell and Rocky W jumped to the win. Colvin rode Waminka to reserve. For full results, please visit

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twice with one drop score permitted from each round. The Zone 2 team finished on top in the first round scoring only four faults. Teams from Zone 5 and Zone 7 each finished with an overall score of 20 faults requiring a jump-off for the silver medal. In the end, Zone 5 received the silver medal while Zone 7 finished with the bronze. Elizabeth Adelson captured the championship title in the $10,000 NAL Children’s Hunter Final with a combined score of 172.500 points. Adelson, 14, received a score of 90 points in the first round of competition, the highest of the 29 qualifiers in the class. After the first round, 12 competitors came back for a second phase and the pressure was on for Adelson, as the second and third place competitors each received a score of 86. Adelson’s score of 82.5 for the second round captured the win by a half a point. Meg O’Mara captured the gold riding Sinatra IV in the $7,500 Randolph College/ USEF National Junior Jumper Individual Championship. Only one time fault incurred in phase I of the championship kept the 17-yearold rider from achieving perfection. “It was very special,” beamed O’Mara. “It was so special to stand on the podium as the gold medalist. It was such a great opportunity on such an amazing horse.” Kelly Champion rode her horse All In to victory in the $10,000 NAL Adult Hunter Finals. This is her second win in the Adult Hunter Finals. Champion received a combined score of 173 points. With the highest score of 88 points, out of 29 riders in the first round, she was one of 12 who came back for the second round. A challenging course designed by Blake Alder separated the top riders for the final round. Champion earned an 85.00 in the second round, giving her the winning score of 173.00. In the $10,000 NAL Adult Jumper Finals with the fastest time of 28.143 seconds, Patricia Hennessy captured the championship title. Hennessy competed against 29 other riders. The course proved to be a challenge for many of them. Thirteen returned for the jump-off, with only five double clear rounds in all. Hennessy watched the first three riders go in the jump-off, so she knew the times she had to beat. She was the second to last rider to go, and made an impressive round with the winning time of 28.143 seconds. Sarah Van Der Walde won the $10,000 NAL Children’s Jumper Finals with a time of 31.114. A fraction of a second between her and the second place finisher was more than enough to

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he 66th Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show, which took place October 13-22 in Harrisburg, Pa., showcased a wealth of equestrian talent ranging from pony hunters to grand prix competitors. This year’s event featured the best-of-the-best in hunter/jumper competition, from the first junior rider to step into the arena at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Exhibition Center until Margie Engle crossed the timers to win the $75,000 Grand Prix de Penn National on the horse show’s closing night. Engle and Indigo won the $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix de Penn National with a clean jump-off round and a time of 36.74 seconds. With 196 Grand Prix career wins, this is the first time Engle ever won this class. A course created by Steve Stephens proved to be too much of a challenge for the majority of riders. Only three of 28 starters went clean in the first round, bringing them back for the jump-off—Olympic veterans Beezie Madden, Mario Deslauriers, and Margie Engle. Only one second separated Engle and Deslauriers, the second place finisher. “It’s great winning here. This one has always eluded me,” said Engle. “I’ve been second five or six times and third a bunch, but this is the first time I won this one. It’s really nice to be able to do well here.” Schaefer Raposa triumphed in the Pessoa/ USEF Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals presented by Randolph College. Brittany Hurst, 18, finished second. Raposa had competed in the Finals five times and was emotional about her medal winning performance. “This means so much to me to win. It means so much to my parents, especially my dad,” she said. “I have never even gotten a ribbon before in the class, so to win is just amazing.” Noah Buehler took top honors in the North American League (NAL) $5,000 Pony Jumper Finals with a time of 70.145 seconds. Buehler was the only rider out of the field of 16 that negotiated a clear round to win the class. He was thrilled with his victory, aboard his 12-year-old Quarter Horse mare named Porsche. “It’s really great to win this class,” said Buehler. “Especially since this is my first time at Harrisburg and my first time competing in the NAL Finals. It means a lot to win here.” Zone 2 defended their title as National Junior Jumper Champions, winning the $15,000 Randolph College/USEF Prix de States Team Championship. Following a modified Nation’s Cup format, the teams jumped the same course

$75,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix de Penn National winners Margie Engle and Indigo.

NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Finals winners Sarah Van Der Walde and Vigo.

claim the championship title. Van Der Walde, 15, rode Vigo, a 9-year-old bay gelding owned by Thinkslikeahorse and Aaron Vale. Kelsey Thatcher won the $5,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Finals on Klotaire Du Moulin. Out of the 26 qualifiers in the class, only six made it to the jump-off. Last to go in the jump-off, Thatcher knew she would have to pour on the speed and go clear to win. When she cleared the second to last jump with 26 seconds on the clock, the crowd began to cheer her on as she crossed the timers with the winning time of 33.022. Jennifer Alfano left with numerous victories, including the championship win aboard Jersey Boy in the High Performance Working Hunter division after winning two first place ribbons and a second place ribbon over fences, as well as completing a beautiful round in the High Performance Working Hunter Handy class. For more details on the 66th Pennsylvania National Horse Show, please visit



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breeds, one of whom was 2005 USDF Hall of Fame inductee Seldom Seen, a 14.2 hand Americanbred Thoroughbred/ Connemara pony. As a teacher and instructor, Lendon has provided an array of educational and competitive opportunities for youth through Dressage4Kids, which is her nonprofit organization that provides educational and competitive opportunities for youth riders and the adults who support them. To that end, Lendon, A REALLY BIG CONGRATULATIONS GOES TO through Dressage4Kids, LENDON GRAY. The longtime Northeast resident operates the Youth has earned the well-deserved honor of being Kyra Kyrklund was the lead clinician at this year’s Global Dressage Festival, inducted into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Dressage Forum. weekend educational Hall of Fame during this year’s USDF Annual HASEOTES for winning the Everglades Adult programs, pony-only clinics, the East Coast Convention, to be held in San Diego, Calif., in Amateur High Score Award at the Wellington Dressage Pony Cup, and offers scholarships and early December. The honor is given to horses and Classic Dressage Autumn Challenge Show in individuals that have made outstanding contribu- professional development programs. Gray has Florida in October. He earned the score with the been actively involved in numerous committions to the sport of dressage in the U.S. help of the 6-year-old Oldenburg Sarotti during tees within USDF, the United States Equestrian In giving the award, the USDF stated that Second Level competition. The pair’s score was Federation and the United States Equestrian Lendon “has made a significant impact through 63.142. The award was sponsored by Everglades Team. Through her dedication and devoted enermany facets of the sport. As an international gies in improving all riders and horses, Lendon has Dressage and Bethany Peslar. Vasilios has owned rider, she has represented the U.S. in the Alternate and continues to provide numerous opportunities Sarotti for three years. Olympic Games of 1980, the Seoul Olympics in for others to learn and improve.” Congratulations 1988, and the 1991 World Cup in Paris. Nationally, THE DRESSAGE FOUNDATION AND AUSTIN Lendon. You have certainly earned this honor. Lendon has won five gold medals at U.S. Olympic DRESSAGE UNLIMITED joined forces for a Festivals on five different horses of varying matching fund drive in honor of Lowell Boomer’s JUST BEFORE ZIPPING TO THE 100th birthday on October 12, 2011. The fund NORTHEAST to head the New England will benefit the Violet M. Hopkins Fund, which Dressage Association’s Fall Symposium, provides financial assistance to USDF Group Kyra Kyrklund served as a lead clinician Member Organizations (GMOs) to run educational at this year’s Global Dressage Forum, clinics and seminars for dressage riders. Austin held October 30-31 in Hooge Mierde in Dressage Unlimited kicked off the fundraiser the Netherlands. Joining her was one with an initial $500 donation and is now calling of her students, the Danish Princess on all USDF GMOs, or any other equestrian Nathalie. For several years, Nathalie group, to follow with their own donations. For lived at the Swedish National Flyinge additional information, please contact Austin Center, where she was trained by Kyra. Dressage Unlimited or Dennis Riddlemoser at More recently, she’s been trained by Kyra’s partner Richard White. Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein is the youngest AND SPEAKING OF THE DRESSAGE FOUNDATION, daughter of HRH Princess Benedikte the organization has launched an educational of Denmark and HH Prince Richard zu program aimed at teaching equestrians the tricks Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and a to raising money. During the past two years, niece of Queen Elizabeth II. the Foundation has been planning, developing, and focus group-testing a program to help AND CONGRATULATIONS TO Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame Inductee MASSACHUSETT’S RIDER VASILIOS Lendon Gray. continued on page 94 THE PEDLAR CONGRATULATES THE U.S. DRESSAGE TEAM for taking the team gold medal at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, and also for taking all three medals in the individual dressage competition. It was the first time the U.S. completed this feat. The team consisted of Steffen Peters with Weltino’s Magic, Heather Blitz with Paragon, Marisa Festerling with Big Tyme and Cesar Parra with Grandioso. The individual gold medal went to Peters and Weltino’s Magic. They pulled in a top score of 82.690% in Intermediaire II along with their score of 78.079% in the Intermediaire I competition. The silver medal went to Blitz and Paragon. They earned a score of 81.917% in the Intermediaire II. And taking the bronze medal was Festerling and Big Tyme. Read more about the Pan Am Games on page 136.


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he fifth annual Children of the Americas Dressage Invitational (CADI) took place at Bear Spot Farm in Concord, Mass., earlier this season. After two days of training, the participants, representing eight countries, finished their week with a USDF and USEF rated show offering the FEI Children’s Preliminary Test and a Children’s Freestyle. CADI offers two divisions. Division A represents children on borrowed horses and division B represents children riding their own horses. Each horse and rider combination are provided with a top dressage trainer for the duration of the week. The following trainers generously donated their time and talent to CADI 2011: Nancy Later Lavoie, Colleen O’Connor Dzik, Melanie Cerny, Sue Williams, Mica Mabragana, Kim Latwinczak, and Gerrit Claes Bierenbroodspot.

“[I’m] not sure where to start! The whole experience for all of us (not just the kids) has been totally amazing. The idyllic setting, the talented coaches, the amazing horses, the delightful and committed volunteers and the terribly generous horse owners were almost too much to comprehend. My daughter Polly (a competitor) has had the best time of her life and I cannot tell you how sad she is that it is all over. “I take my hat off to all of you who commit to make the event so perfect. I’m not sure how you do it—hosting a one day event in the Cayman Islands leaves me exhausted. Thanks for all your assistance before, during, and after the event. I think you are all magical and I hope we meet again,” said Milly Serpell of the Cayman Islands. For more information on the Children of the Americas Dressage Invitational, visit

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This fall, The inTernaTional equesTrian federaTion (fei) announced some changes to its 2011 equine Prohibited Substance List that will go into effect on January 1, 2012. In case you missed it, here is a summary of the changes put out by the FeI: There are two additions to the Prohibited List—magnesium Sulphate injections and any use of AcTH; 17-Alpha-Hydroxy Progesterone is also being named on the list given similar biological effects to substances already on it;. and valerenic acid has been moved from the banned Substance category to the controlled medications category. For more information, visit the FeI website at www. Send your dressage news to

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reen Mountain Horse Association’s Fall Dressage Show took place on October 1-2, 2011. Faced with much adversity, the show did go on. Threatened with cancellation after Hurricane Irene’s destruction, organizers decided to hold a smaller show in the Upwey Ring, which was repaired just days before the event. The association was rewarded for their efforts with more rain during the competition, which was filled to the brim with entries despite the uncertainty. GMHA congratulates their High Score Members: Joy Congdon based on her performance in the Open division; Arne Woltz for his performance in the Junior division; and Janet Wells, who competed in the Adult Amateur division. Please visit www.gmhainc. org to see the full results. Many competitors enjoyed a great evening of fun at the benefit Pasta Dinner and Auction, held on Saturday evening, October 1, with many taking FEI Fourth Level winners Joy Congdon and Wixen FFH. home prizes from the Silent and Live Auctions. GMHA thanks all of the competi- or GMDC, was a year-end awards program for tors for their support and understanding—they riders competing in Vermont’s USEF/USDF look forward to seeing this and the other shows recognized dressage shows. back in full force in 2012. The goal of the program was to promote dressage competition at all levels in the state of Vermont, and to provide riders with a season-long Dressage Championships GMHA and Vermont Dressage Days are excited goal, attainable within the local area. GMDC to announce the results of an inaugural program shows for 2011 included GMHA’s: June Dressage for New England dressage riders. New in 2011, Show, held June 17-19; 40th Annual Dressage the Green Mountain Dressage Championship, Days, held July 22-24; Fall Dressage Show, held October 1-2; and the Vermont Dressage Days, held August 13-14. Any horse and rider combination was eligible to participate in the program. This year’s participants declared a level of competition at the beginning of the season. Once declared, the high score from each competition counted towards the GMDC. The best three out of four scores at the declared level were averaged to determine the winner of the program. Riders were encouraged to participate in all four shows, in which case the lowest of the four scores was dropped. Once enrolled in the program, riders did not have to submit scores—all administrative work was done by GMHA. Scores have been tallied for the season, and the association is pleased FEI Prix St. Georges winners Jutta Lee and Glorious to announce the results of the inaugural Feeling.

ellington Classic Dressage kicked off its 2012 winter season with the Autumn Challenge Show, held in October at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. One Northeast-based rider was already in the South for the season and rode away with the Everglades Adult Amateur High Score during the show. Vasilios Haseotes earned the award with his 6-year-old Oldenburg Sarotti. The pair scored a 63.142% in Second Level Test 1 for the win, which was sponsored by Everglades Dressage and Bethany Peslar. “I really want to thank Bethany and Rose Peslar for sponsoring this award. It is great that they are recognizing the Adult Amateurs,” said Haseotes. When not continued on page 97

Green Mountain Dressage Championship. Big thanks to Stillpoint Dressage and the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar for supporting this year’s series. Ribbons were awarded from first through sixth place at each level. The winner earned a Green Mountain Championship cooler, and second place recipients were given a GMDC saddle pad. Congratulations to all of the winners! GMHA and Vermont Dressage Days would like to thank everyone who participated in the Green Mountain Championship this year. Plans are already in the works for the 2012 season—stay tuned. Full results from the Green Mountain Dressage Championships are now available at show results

The following are the first through third place recipients from the Green Mountain Dressage Championships: FeI Fourth LeveL: 1. Joy congdon, Wixen FFh; 2. Jutta Lee, Glorious Feeling; 3. Angie morin, Kongo. thIrD LeveL: 1. Leanne b Smith, Westernhagen; 2. Lisa curry mair, thomas equinas; 3. Suzanne Fraser, Pantanal. SeconD LeveL: 1. Jutta Lee, capriol; 2. Julia mcIntyre, coast; 3. Deborah ogden, milou. FIrSt LeveL: 1 Arne Wolz, nandalino; 2. barbara Zonay, What’s up rh; 3. Kimberly brown edelmann, Piper Warrior. trAInInG LeveL: 1. Donna LaFleur, Solex; 2. elise Ames, Wilkinson; 3. michelle Schwartz, nibrika a mourne view mist. ●


really are the backbone of the dressage world and I am honored to be part of an award that puts them in the spotlight.” The overall high score of the show was earned by Nancy Later, who rode Glorious to a score of 72.414% in First Level competition. Glorious is a 4-year-old Dutch Warmblood by Gameboy. Later also earned the Sportsmanship Award sponsored by Premier Equestrian. She earned the award for having such a positive attitude despite some errors in her ride as she competed in Fourth Level with Navarre D, Adult Amateur High Score rider Vasilios Haseotes with his Overall High Score rider Nancy Later with Navarre D. an Andalusian owned by a Oldenburg, Sarotti. “My goal for Sarotti is to train him through the client in Texas. “He did fantastic in his trot FEI levels. He is a really good boy and I enjoy work and most of his canter. We did have a Wellington Classic Dressage him, but we will definitely take it one day at couple of little mistakes though,” she said. The continued from page 96 award came with a $100 gift certificate from a time.” The high score award came with an Premier Equestrian. riding, he works in the real estate business. The next show in the Wellington Classic Haseotes has had a lifelong passion for horses. embroidered saddle pad and a certificate for He grew up on a farm and rode hunters and a training session at Peslar’s farm. In giving Dressage series is the Holiday Challenge, schedjumpers as a kid before turning to dressage 20 him the award, Peslar, a dressage rider and uled for December 8-9. More information years ago. He has owned Sarotti since the horse trainer, said, “I think it is important that can be found at www.wellingtonclassic was three and has brought him along himself. we recognize the Adult Amateur riders. They

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NEDA Fall Symposium Draws Largest CrowD ever with 500 speCtators By LynnDee Kemmet


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fter being one of the main acts at this year’s Global Dressage Forum in the Netherlands, Kyra Kyrklund zipped across the Atlantic days later to lead the 2011 New England Dressage Association’s (NEDA) Fall Symposium. Kyrklund was a hit and drew one of NEDA’s largest crowds ever—an estimated 500 spectators. The symposium was held November 5-6 at the University of Massachusetts’ Hadley Farm. Nearly 70 riders applied for the opportunity to work with Kyrklund, and on the Friday before the symposium, Kyrklund watched a group of semi-finalists from which she chose 10 to work with, including adult amateur Robin Simpson from the lower levels. Simpson scored a hit with Kyrklund who, initially a bit concerned that an adult amateur at that level might be “too basic,” later cited her as a perfect pick. Kyrklund, one of the world’s foremost competitors and trainers, is in high demand for her coaching and most of her students are already successful at the national and international levels. She has trained more than a dozen horses to international Grand Prix success. She was Finnish National Champion 10 times and has competed in every type of major international equestrian event, including five Olympic Games and four World Equestrian Games. She is also the current head of the International Dressage Judges and Trainers Club. She was head trainer of the prestigious Flyinge Stud in Sweden before moving to the United Kingdom in 1998, where she is still based today. Kyrklund’s own system of training combines what she learned from years of study in Sweden and Germany. It was clear throughout the symposium that Kyrklund believes very much in the importance of the basics. Problems with upper level movements can be traced back to poor fundamentals. For example, she said, “if you have a problem with the pirouette, the problem is not the pirouette. It’s much earlier than that.” More likely, the pirouette issue can be traced to a canter problem. The same is true of piaffe. The transition from trot to walk is the start of piaffe, Kryklund said. If the quality of that transition is poor, the future piaffe will be complicated. If riders teach their horses advanced movements before the basics leading to that movement are correct, then riders are “teaching the horse a problem.” Kyrklund said that every equestrian should ask why successful riders are successful. Her own answer is that “they don’t give up on the basics problems. Everybody hits problems in the training but the successful ones try to get it as

Kyra Kyrklund riding Brenna Kucinski’s Regent at the NEDA Fall Symposium. Robin Simpson riding Laura’s Lil Star Secret.

right as possible. Others don’t know if they are right or wrong or how to go forward so they jump past the basic things and then those problems always come up later on. You have to be a bit fanatic about the basics.” She hoped that during the symposium she would be able to show how the Grand Prix work connects to basic work and vice versa so that people would have the courage to stay with the fundamentals and build a proper foundation. “Everybody says they are working on the basics, but they don’t really know what the basics are so they jump them. This is an opportunity to show them what the basics are,” Kyrklund said. A problem with lower level riders, she said, is that they often can’t see themselves as Grand Prix riders, and yet she hoped that during the symposium these riders came to understand that even if they don’t have a Grand Prix mount, they can still get that feeling of a horse working correctly over the back. The joy of the right feeling is the same at all levels and lower level riders need to understand that their success at that level is what can one day take them to Grand Prix. Kyrklund rode throughout much of the symposium in order to demonstrate her points. And as always, she emphasized straightness, relaxation, and self-carriage. There is, she said, much confusion over what self-carriage and collection are. “Being on the vertical is not the same as selfcarriage,” she said. When she rode, she frequently released the rein to test the self-carriage of horses. Kyrklund said if the rider releases the rein and the horse rushes forward, it is clearly not carrying itself. Collection is the height of self-carriage. “When you have a horse really collected, you can let go of the rein,” she said. Hands, legs, seat—riders often overuse many of these aids as they attempt to get more from horses than they are often ready to give. The key to successful training, Kyrklund said, is to build a solid foundation of basics so that more advanced movements are easy. “The easier you can make

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things for a horse, the more happy he is to do it for you.” NEDA’s annual awards banquet was held in conjunction with the symposium on Saturday evening, November 5. And at that event, Kyrklund gave a short talk on her Olympic experiences and what she learned. “At the end of the day you have to take responsibility for your horse, [it’s] not your trainer or your federation [that has to]. So, listen to yourself,” she advised the audience. As a rider, what must always be considered is what is in the best interest of the horse and nothing more. This belief in rider responsibility is behind Kyrklund’s recently expressed concern that federations, both national ones and in particular the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), are seemingly indifferent to the concerns of riders. She strongly believes that there needs to be close dialogue between riders, judges, and dressage officials. Riders, trainers, and judges all have different perspectives and need to discuss them. “It is difficult to work together if there isn’t communication,” she said. At the end of the day, however, Kyrklund said she was optimistic about the future of dressage. The sport is growing and she feels the demand for good horses, riders, and trainers continues to grow. Of her own career, Kyrklund, who is a professor of dressage in Sweden, is focusing much more on education, particularly in helping to educate future teachers and also in working with researchers who are using science to better understand the biomechanics of horses and riders working together. Kyrklund is hopeful such research will shed more insight for trainers and riders. Sharing what she has learned is becoming increasingly important to her. “I feel it’s my obligation to give to the next generation.” For more information on NEDA, visit www.

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successfully in Grand Prix. Mo said, “John Lee Amber and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this grant. It will make a dream possible. Hopefully, the success of John Lee and Shakespeare RSF can serve to inspire other U.S. breeders of dressage horses and to create excitement for riders to own and John Lee Amber and Shakespeare RSF. compete on American-bred dressage horses. I am hopeful that Shakespeare Johnson, Administrative Director of The Dressage RSF’s short time in Florida can show what kind Foundation. “This grant fits well with the goals of the Michael Poulin Fund, in that it supports of quality is being produced in the U.S.” The Michael Poulin Dressage Fund was a program that encompasses all of the compoestablished at The Dressage Foundation in nent disciplines—riding, competing, training, 2003 by Michael’s friends, family, and admirers. instructing, and judging. It is wonderful to be able The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial to support a U.S. breeder, trainer, and horse.” For more information about the Michael support for programs and projects that enhance the quality of dressage in the U.S., through any Poulin Dressage Fund or The Dressage Foundation, contact Jenny Johnson at 402-434and all of its elements. “We are very pleased to award this grant to 8585, email, or Mo, John Lee, and Shakespeare RSF,” said Jenny visit

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he Dressage Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mo Swanson of Rolling Stone Farm in Slatington, Pa., has been awarded a $6,000 grant from the Michael Poulin Dressage Fund. The grant will be used to send the farm’s trainer, John Lee Amber, and their 7-year-old homebred Hanoverian stallion, Shakespeare RSF, to train and compete in Florida this winter. Shakespeare RSF is a fully licensed and approved stallion, and was the winner of the 2009 70-day stallion test. He was the 2010 Region 1 Champion at Second Level with John Lee as the rider and trainer. The pair was recently invited by Debbie McDonald to participate in the USEF Developing Young Dressage Horse Program, and they have also worked with Scott Hassler, Lauren Sammis, Michael Klimke, Jeanne McDonald, and Ulf Mueller. The intensive training in Florida will help both horse and rider continue to develop their talents, with the ultimate goal of competing

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Eventing news TOM DAVIS, ICP Instructor level 2, returned to Abenaki Farm in Campton, N.H., for a fall clinic recently, meeting expectations and beyond with returning and new students from southern New Hampshire and the Lakes Region, as well as from Maine. Clinic participants included Rebecca Borger, Dan Mattson, Kristen Buckley, Katie Ahern, Alex Berkowitz, Lauren Morrill, Patricia Rella, Jennifer Higgins, Kenzie Wrath, and Cassandra Bradford.

have expressed interest in developing a summer event series in New England to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and better footing that time of year. Plans are underway to create a fantastic, week long “Festival of Eventing” for the August 2012 Horse Trials and Novice/Training Three-Day Events at GMHA, where Intermediate will also once again be offered. The organization would also like to announce the winners of their barn fundraising contest. Because the race was so close, Upgrade Committee members decided to call it a draw and named both Pirouette Farm and Ledyard Farm the winners. Contributing members received saddle pads with the upgrade logo on it, donated by Dover Saddlery, and a private course walk with upgrade designer Tremaine Cooper. Thanks to the two barns and everyone else’s efforts, approximately $150,000 of the $200,000 needed to complete the project had been raised as of press time.

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JAN BRUBACHER would like to congratulate her team, the Galloping Gals, on winning the Beginner Novice Adult Team Challenge, which took place at the UNH Fall Horse Trials October 1-2. They bested three other teams for the top honors with a collective score of 100.7. The second placed team finished with a 104. APPLE KNOLL FARM in Millis, Mass., has been keeping busy this fall. They wrapped up their final Starter Horse Trials on October 23, which saw a great number of entries! Then Sinead Halpin conducted her third clinic of the year on the grounds November 19-20. On day one, participants worked on the flat and continued on into grid work. Day two focused on how to warm up at a horse show in order to get the best out of your jump course. Finally, if you’re bummed out that your favorite cross-country course is closed and you’ve got no shows scheduled for the rest of the season, head to Apple Knoll December 4 and 18 for their final jumper shows of the year! For more information visit

GREEN MOUNTAIN HORSE ASSOCIATION (GMHA) is making great progress in their cross-country upgrade project, even with the severe flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Irene. The focus in the early fall was the site work—throughout the season you could see bulldozers and dump trucks reshaping earth, trenching for drainage, and laying down footing. Trees and brush were being cleared to make new tracks. And piles of logs, boards, and stone were waiting to become brand new complexes. As the weather turns, the workers will now focus on building portables for all levels—something that can be done indoors. GMHA is also very excited about the attention that has been drawn from outside of Area I due to the project. The Professional Rider’s Organization (PRO) and some well-known, upper-level riders

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CONGRATULATIONS TO JAMES ALLISTON, who ran away with the competition at The Galway Downs International 3DE November 3-6. At the end of the event, he had won the CCI1* aboard Mojo, placed second in the CCI2* with Tivoli, and finished with a victory in the CCI3*, the last event on the PRO Tour Series, aboard Jumbo’s Jake, and also placed seventh with his own Parker II. Alliston received a winner’s check for $7,000, from a CCI3* purse of $21,000. THE USEA ANNUAL MEETING AND CONVENTION is fast approaching, set to take place December 7-11, 2011 in Nashville, Tenn. There will be a trade fair, along with the annual meeting and awards dinner, which will see Jim Wofford—who was recently at the Massachusetts Equine Affaire—as Master of Ceremonies. There will also be close to 20 seminars, including topics on rider strength and conditioning, equestrian sports psychology, and the latest in eventing safety. There is still time to register, so be sure to check out www. for more information. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, tickets for the 2012 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* went on sale starting November 1, and are still available. The event will kick off April 26. Returning this year by popular demand is ringside seating in the Patron Club. Visit www. to purchase tickets—don’t miss your chance to see some of the best event riders in the world compete at the Kentucky Horse Park! Send your news for future eventing columns to


Dansko Fair Hill International Boyd Martin naMed Victor of cci***



Jan Byyny finished third in the CCI*** aboard Inmidair.

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oyd Martin once again claimed the Dansko Fair Hill International CCI*** Three-Day Event and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National CCI*** Eventing Championship. Martin, of Cochranville, Pa., riding his own and Faye and Eliza Woolf’s Thoroughbred gelding Ying Yang Yo, jumped double clear rounds on a score of 52.0 to clinch the victory over Becky Holder of Fairburn, Ga., riding Can’t Fire Me (56.2), owned by Phil and Melissa Town and Tom Holder, who had one rail down. Overnight leader Jan Byyny of Purcellville, Va., riding Inmidair, had two rails down to finish in third place (59.2). Byyny, who was competing at the CCI*** level for the first time since a life-threatening injury in 2010, was also the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award. Martin also won the event in 2008 riding his own Neville Bardos. For his efforts, Martin went home with The Fair Hill Bronze, The Gladstone Trophy, and The Guy V. Henry Memorial Trophy. Dansko Fair Hill International CCI*** winner Boyd After the show jumping phase, Martin riding Ying Yang Yo. Martin said, “It was a typical Ying Yang Yo round where we bumped and thumped it’s up to the selectors and coaches to make sure a few rails and got away with a clear round. He’s these horses are delivered through the selection come second in a couple of three stars—Mel- process in the most positive way to present the bourne and Fair Hill—and it was very satisfying American team in the best way possible. The 2011 USEF National Under 25 to win one, but part of me is sad because I admire Jan’s comeback, so when she had a rail Eventing Championship went to Kelly Pugh down I didn’t know whether to be happy or sad; of Hollister, Calif., who finished in 28th place riding Copycat Chloe. part of me wanted her to win.” In the USEF National CCI** Eventing Byyny said, “I’m just really lucky I didn’t fall off because then I wouldn’t be here at all! He’s Championship, Kylie Lyman of West Hartford, a really great jumper and sometimes it works Vt., hung onto the lead riding the 7-year-old and sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve had a really good Irish gelding Trading Aces, owned by Jeff and support system in my parents, my boyfriend, Joanie Nicholl. The pair jumped a clear round and the girls helping me in the barn. I’m hoping with no time faults and ran away with their first to make it to the Olympics next year. I plan national championship on a score of 48.7. “I’m so happy, my horse didn’t put a foot to have two horses at [Rolex] Kentucky next year—I hope Syd Kent will be back. But really wrong all weekend,” said Lyman. “I tried to just let him do his job and he jumped great. I’m I’m taking it one day at a time.” Martin also said, “I think America all of a still in shock.” Colleen Rutledge and Dillon also jumped sudden has a good bit of depth for the London Olympics. If you take the horses from here, double clear to finish second with a score Blenheim, Boekelo, and Burghley, as well as of 53.9. “Dylan and I had a rough fall season, but the three-star at Galway Downs, I think we’ve got a really good group of quality horses and I’d he jumped great,” said Rutledge. “We were like to think we’re a lot stronger than we were supposed to do the three-star here but I dropped at the World Equestrian Games last year. Now him back down a level. The footing yesterday

Kylie Lyman took top honors in the CCI** riding Trading Aces.

was tough and he really felt it, but he came in today and just exploded around the course. I was thrilled with him.” Kendal Lehari of Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada, placed third riding her mother Gwen’s horse Totally Frank on a 54.7. Lehari also earned the Leading Foreign Rider award. Totally Frank is a 6-year-old off the track Thoroughbred and Lehari said, “I’m hoping he’ll be an awesome team horse someday. I’m trying not to push him too fast.” Forty horses started the show jumping in the CCI** division. Members of the United States Pony Clubs continued on page 104 December 2011




Plantation Field International Horse Trials

Plantation Field CIC*** winners Marilyn LittleMeredith and RF Rovano Rex.

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n only her 13th eventing CIC* winners competition, Marilyn Will Coleman Little-Meredith showed and Ole Boy. that she is coming on strong and a force to be reckoned with, by capturing her first CIC*** title with RF Rovano Rex at the Plantation Field International Horse Trials, a PRO Tour series event. Although Boyd Martin and Densey Juvonen’s Remington XXV led after dressage and were performing in front of their hometown crowd, Little-Meredith showed everyone how strong her dressage is getting by posting a 47.70% to sit just 5 points behind Martin and Remington after the first phase. A fast and efficient cross-country round adding 7.20 in time penalties had her overtake the hometown favorites on the leader board. Sunday’s show jumping round was picture perfect, which is no less than what anyone would expect from this grand prix show jumper and now event rider. Little-Meredith gave full credit to the enormous support she has received from her parents and her husband, show jumper Ben Meredith. She also recognized the dedication of both Karen and David O’Connor to helping her make a successful transition to eventing. “They have been so generous in sharing their time with me and they are such an asset,” said Little-Meredith. Buck Davidson rode Sherrie and Randy Martin’s The Apprentice to his first CIC** win and showed everyone that this mount is an exciting new addition to his string of horses for the future. Will Coleman came away with the CIC* win on Nancy Doubleday’s Ole Boy. West Grove local Amy Ruth Borun took advantage of the SSG “Go Low For The Dough” rollover bonus money by jumping a clear round on the final day, right on the optimum time allowed, while wearing her favorite pair of white SSG Digital gloves. She was nearly rendered speechless to win the $3,000 cash bonus award. “I am so excited and grateful to win this…I wish more companies would step up in the sport of eventing the way SSG has done.” Jennie Brannigan wowed the crowd with Elizabeth Stewart’s No Objection by clearing the 6'2'' puissance wall in the PRO Bareback

Buck Davidson and The Apprentice took the win in the CIC**.

Puissance, presented by Kevin Keane’s Sports Medicine Associates of Chester County. Sixteenyear-old Caroline Martin was also impressively brave with her own Nacho. Ashley Leith and Ryan Wood gave it their best and also had huge crowd support. Operation Homefront, the Official Charitable Partner of PRO, was the beneficiary of this fundraiser. Funds will be used to provide financial assistance to U.S. military members and their families in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Denis Glaccum was eloquent in his Tribute to Boyd Martin and Neville Bardos prior to the CIC*** show jumping. A moment of silence was held to honor all the horses lost in the barn fire at True Prospect Farm in May. Sinead Halpin, Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, Colleen Rutledge, Michael Pollard, and Will Coleman, all of whom were competing at Plantation Field, were also honored in front of the standing room-only crowd for competing at Burghley and Blenheim. Plantation Field International has turned into a destination event with huge local support, led by Katie and Cuyler Walker, Denis Glaccum, Evie and Phillip Dutton, Amy Ruth Borun, and Colby Saddington. The facilities are superb, the parties outstanding, and the attractions many. For more information, visit

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received their awards at the event for the USPC President’s Cup Invitational Games. During the Games, riders in teams of five competed in a variety of challenging and entertaining relay races. Several upperlevel event riders also took part in an entertaining pony race, with Will Faudree taking the win. The Dansko Fair Hill International Festival in the Country benefited 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 the 2012 Fair Hill, including how to purchase tickets, please call 410-398-2111 or visit


Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM Named 2011 adequaN uSea Gold Cup ChampioNS


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ith the conclusion of the Twin Rivers Horse Trials, the 2011 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series officially came to a close, and Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM joined the elite list of Gold Cup Champions. This was a big year for the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series—not only was it in its eighth year, but it was the first year that Adequan doubled the prize money to a whopping $20,000 for the year-end winner. Buck Davidson, partnering with Carl and Cassandra Segal’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Ballynoe Castle RM, competed in the Gold Cup divisions at four of the seven Adequan USEA Gold Cup designated events, earning an impressive 820 points—315 points over the reserve champions Barbara Crabo and Eveready II. The results that contributed to their win included a second place in the CIC*** at Rebecca Farm, a first place in the CIC*** at Richland Park, and a second place in the Advanced division at the Nutrena/USEA American Eventing Championships.

“At the beginning of the year the Gold Cup wasn’t really a goal,” explained Buck. “I like to

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UNH Horse Trials Celebrates 40 Years


begin until early on Sunday morning, but once it started, it was relentless. Organizer Christina Keim noted that the decision to suspend the crosscountry phase, while disappointing, was necessary to ensure Preliminary/Training horse and rider safety. winners Kara Riley-King “Conditions deteand Manta Ray. riorated rapidly,” she said. “We are fortunate to have excellent footing nearly everywhere on the course, but design seminar on Friday, September 30. In there was standing water in places where I addition to sharing many insights into the simply have never seen it before. Competitors theoretical and practical aspects of course design riding conservatively were still struggling to with participants, Jeffery provided three distinct courses for riders competing at Preliminary, stay balanced.” As it became clear that emergency teams Training, and Novice/Beginner Novice levels. “The idea behind having a different course would be unable to efficiently negotiate the course if needed, suspending cross-country for each level makes sense,” said UNH underwas the only choice available. “It seems ironic graduate Hilary Adler, who moved her horse that on the celebration of our 40th anniversary, Zap ‘Em All up to Training Level at this event. we have to mark the occasion with one of the “You don’t have the same dressage test or crossfirst combined tests in the event’s history,” said country test, so why should you have the same Keim. “I guess this is just another chapter in show jumping test?” Competitors at this fall’s event were treated this show’s story.” One phase which was run to its completion to a display of photographs showing riders for all competitors was show jumping, which at the UNH event in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and proved to be influential in today. In addition, winners were given a copy Open Beginner many divisions. Acclaimed of a commemorative booklet telling the story Novice A winners FEI course designer of the UNH Horse Trials. Limited copies of the Richard Jeffery conducted booklet remain available for sale for $5 each. Janine McClain “We were grateful to the competitors and a show jumping course and Proctor.

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back from all of their hard work and money they have put into educating Reggie and me. Reggie has had such a super year and it is really nice that he got a chance to earn such a great year-end prize.” The Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is comprised of destination events throughout the country. In 2011, the series had seven premier events, and at each competition the top division offered was the designated “Gold Cup” division, whether it was a CIC*** or Advanced. Horses and riders must achieve points together as a pair at the Gold Cup events, and both must be members of the USEA. First place winners take home 200 points for their win, and can also earn bonus points: 50 extra points for double-clear cross-country rounds, and 40 extra points for double-clear show

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he University of New Hampshire Equine Program officially celebrated 40 years of hosting United States Eventing Association (USEA) Horse Trials at its fall event, held on its Durham campus on October 1-2, 2011. In addition, the event hosted the Area I Adult Team Championships for the first time. Trying weather conditions throughout the day on Sunday caused the cancellation of the cross-country phase for riders in two sections of Novice and all divisions of Beginner Novice. Saturday’s dressage phases were efficiently run under grey skies with President of the Ground Jury Joan Fleser and judges Ann Marie Gregoire and Judy Lawless officiating. The rain did not

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to head down to the American Eventing Championships and win the whole thing. The rain in Atlanta and improved footing definitely contributed to my decision to head down to Chattahoochee Hills as it made sense to give Reggie a good run.” The $20,000 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Check will be presented to Ballynoe Castle RM’s owners, Carl and Cassandra Segal and rider Buck Davidson at the USEA Year-End Awards Ceremony at the Annual Meeting and Convention in Nashville, Tenn., on December 10. “The Segals have been such huge supports of me and the sport,” said Buck. “I am excited that they will get a chance to receive something 106

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jumping rounds. Winners of each of the seven Gold Cup events across the country took home a trailerload of prizes for their achievements. Winners received an Adequan USEA Gold Cup Trophy, $500 in prize money, a seven-dose box of Adequan, a three-month supply of SUCCEED, and a pair of Nunn Finer American Style open front boots. Second place finishers also took home a seven-dose box of Adequan, and a pair of Nunn Finer boots. Along with the $20,000, Davidson will receive seven doses of Adequan, a huge trophy, and an official Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion Mountain Horse Jacket at the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention. For more information on the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series, visit

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Hamlin’s Hellions team member Ashley Brunelle riding Snowford Bellman’s Clancy.


to Second level next year. She got a jump start by riding tests 1 and 3, placing first and second in a combined class. Her horse has an amazing story—the 14.1 hand Paddington was a failed lesson horse who was rescued by her husband and used for mounted archery. Hilary “borrowed” him as a dressage mount, and never gave him back. The pair looked great in the ring at their Second Level debut! Many thanks to Sue Yianakopolos at Oak Rise Farm for the generous use of her facilities. The show couldn’t have happened without our


spectators who helped us celebrate UNH as one of the longest running horse trials in the United States,” said Keim. “With their support, we are looking forward to another 40 years of eventing here in Durham.” In the Preliminary division, Megan Taylor and Cabana Boy took top honors. Kara RileyKing and Manta Ray were the winners in Preliminary/Training. In Open Training A, Jacqueline Gilbert and Sea Squall went home the victors; in Open Training B, it was Diane Thompson and Back In Boston Again who took top honors; Molly Tulley and Sudden Flirtation earned the win in Open Training C; and Ava Wehde and Watson’s Amirah were the winners in Open Training D. In Open Novice A, Wanda Rodden and Miss Kate claimed the win; Barbara Hill and Quintana Roo took first in Open Novice B; Polly Gilbert and Miss Manners went home with the blue ribbon in Open Novice C; Leyna Hoyt and Tuck Everlasting earned the win in Open Novice D; and Anna Loschiavo and Prince Renan earned first in Open Novice E. In Open Beginner Novice A, Janine McClain was victorious aboard Proctor; Molly Rich and Auger’s Lucky Magic won in Open Beginner Novice B; Sofie Van Olmen and Watson’s Waldo took top honors in Open Beginner Novice C; and Cheyenne Sullivan and Big Sky Montana went home with the blue ribbon in Open Beginner Novice D. The Town Hill Training team, comprised of Nancy Heininger riding Isaac; Mary Ann Fernandez aboard Delano; Anne Penfield on Silken Tom; and Dominic Bergen riding Free Agent took the win in the Area I Adult Team Challenge Training Level Championships. In Novice Level team competition, Hamlin’s Hellions, comprised of Leyna Hoyt aboard Tuck Everlasting; Robert Piro riding Waterview; Cristin Roby on Top-Spider; and Ashley Brunelle with Snowford Bellman’s Clancy were the victors. For more information about the UNH Equine Program and its horse trials, visit

outhern New Hampshire Dressage and Combined Training Association’s Fall Schooling Show, sponsored by Holistic Animal Healing Clinic in Exeter, N.H., was held on September 24 at Oak Rise Farm in Goffstown, N.H. Riders and their horses competed in over 90 tests, ranging from Intro to Second Level. A second ring was added to fit everyone’s rides in, and Yvonn Coleman-Larsen (L) stepped in to join Willette Brown (R) in judging. In addition to a ring and a judge, the club also added a class. By popular demand, an First Level Test Equitation class was 1 Adult winners added to the schedule, Dunja Hein and and four junior Diamond Girl. riders participated. Claire Durfee won on Santa Baby, with Jalin Marston, Audrey Bereneson, and Jenna Marston rounding out the class. “It was a really fun class, and a great way to get in the show ring before my tests,” said Durfee. High score for the day went to Marina Callahan and Gandolf, who won their Intro A test with 73.375%. The top score in Training Level and above was earned by Courtney Bolduc and Chamber with 69.116% in Training Level Test 1. Many riders who participated in the summer schooling show came back for the fall show, including Paul Sullivan and his Lippitt Morgan, Belmea Raise the Praise. After competing in-hand at Morgan shows, Paul is getting into dressage and got his feet wet this year riding Intro A and B. Paul commented, “this is a lot of fun, and everyone at the shows has been so friendly.” The show was also a good schooling opportunity for some riders who are getting ready to move up a level next year. Hilary Millet competes her Quarter Horse, Paddington, in rated shows at First Level, and plans to move

wonderful volunteers, including Lydia Neusch, Stefanie Rossetti, Lisa Smith, Karen O’Malley, Dorothy Komarek, Kim Sterl, Anne Burke, Debi Barka, Claire Durfee, Ashley Winning, Dylan Musgrave, Kat Villemaire, Julie Dillon, Elaine Rose, Samantha Wetherbee, and Erin Cosgrove. The club is busy planning next year’s events, and looks forward to seeing both old friends and new faces in 2012. Show RESultS

The following are some of the results from the SNHDCTA Fall Schooling Show: DreSSAGe eQUITATION: 1. claire Durfee, Santa baby; 2. Jalin marston, Poco; 3. Audrey K. berenson, boome.

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The following are some results from the October 9 show:

USeF TrAINING LeVeL TeST 1: 1. Lauren Simon, Zodan. USeF TrAINING TeST LeVeL 2: 1. Dee Loveless, Lambada 224; 2. Hope ropke, bay rhythm; 3. Jordan rothman, brentana. USeF TrAINING LeVeL TeST 3: 1. Dee Loveless, Lambada 224; 2. barbara Filippelli, IO; 3. Tara manion, breanna. USeF FIrST LeVeL TeST 1: 1. melissa Tindall, Patryce; 2. barbara Filippelli, IO; 3. Artea beirn, Sampson. USeF FIrST LeVeL TeST 2: 1. melissa Tindall, Patryce; 2. Sherri Pasquale, Zalani; 3. Artea beirn, Sampson. USeF FIrST LeVeL TeST 3: 1. Jennifer czechowski, Weringa; 2. Asia Ondaatje rupert, SSP Shazam; 3. Karen Norton, red baron. USeF SecOND LeVeL TeST 1: 1. Jennifer czechowski, Weringa; 2. Deborah moynihan,



n Sunday, October 9, Connecticut Dressage and Combined Training Association held its annual USEF/ USDF recognized dressage show at the lovely Carbery Fields Farm in Lebanon, Conn. The weather was perfect for a day of horse showing! Classes were offered from Training Level through Grand Prix and were judged by Ida Anderson Norris, “S.” Thank you to all the CDCTA volunteers who helped make this show a success. Special thanks to show manager Elizabeth McCosh-Lilie, show secretary Chris Curcio, technical delegate Fran Cross, and to Carbery Fields Farm for hosting this show. Photos from the event can be found at www. Congratulations to all riders and horses!

High Point Adult Amateur rider Melissa Tindall aboard Patryce. Fearghus; 3. cheryl reeve, Limited edition. USeF SecOND LeVeL TeST 2: 1. Sylvia Schafer, carousel’s Killian; 2. Deborah moynihan, Fearghus; 3. Victoria Kahn-Sinclair, Donner Luttje. USeF SecOND LeVeL TeST 3: 1. Sylvia Schafer, carousel’s Killian; 2. Jennifer Ault, Zeta capella; 3. cheryl reeve, Limited edition. USeF THIrD LeVeL TeST 1: 1. michaela malloy rattenbury, Anasazi; 2. maryann Gile, Phoenix; 3. Jennifer czechowski, ravenna W 2. USeF THIrD LeVeL TeST 3: 1. maryann Gile, Phoenix; 2. Donna Dunbar, enchanted Paladin. USeF FOUrTH LeVeL TeST 1: 1. Kari Allen, Ossborne. USeF FOUrTH LeVeL TeST 3: 1. elizabeth caron, Tagus corona. FeI PrIX ST. GeOrGeS: 1. rachael chowanec, embrujado; 2. elizabeth braverman, Gucci; 3. Ann Guptill, T mad Hatter. FeI TeST OF cHOIce: 1. corinne Ashton, Dobbin; 2. Fern Feldman, Fidelio III. ●

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Returning rider Paul Sullivan took fourth place in Intro Test A Adults with Belmea Raise the Praise.

SNHDCTA Fall Show continued from page 107 GAITeD TeST OF cHOIce: 1. Julie Dillon, Prince Jesters request (TrAINING TeST 1 GAITeD); 2. Jennifer A. Johns, ranger (INTrO TeST b GAITeD); 3. Jennifer A. Johns, ranger (INTrO TeST A GAITeD). INTrO TeST A mAIDeN YOUNG rIDerS: 1. Jessica m. Kessey, Ali Shazzm; 2. Alyssa e. millett, Flitz boss Lady; 3. Dylan musgrave, Amerdansk First Waltz. INTrO TeST A YOUNG rIDerS: 1. marina callahan, Gandolf; 2. Hanna G. burk-mccoy, chamber; 3. Taylor Santosuosso, Assets rising muffin; 4. Olivia calderwood, bugsy; 5. Abbigayle Fantasia, The Only requirement; 6. Tess Jarek, breakfast at Tiffanys; 7. Abigail colburn, Just my Luck; 8. Abigail Kuzma, Trinity. INTrO TeST A ADULTS: 1. Tracey Turner, Khan; 2. Katrina Villemaire, rio; 3. Gale Hepfinger, black Diamond Nikita; 4. Paul Sullivan, belmea raise the Praise. INTrO TeST b YOUNG rIDerS: 1. Hanna G. burk-mccoy, chamber; 2. marina callahan, Gandolf; 3. Tess Jarek, breakfast at Tiffanys; 4. Jessica m. Kessey, Ali Shazzm; 5. Olivia calderwood, bugsy; 6. Taylor Santosuosso, Assets rising muffin; 7. Dylan musgrave, Amerdansk First Waltz; 8. Abbigayle Fantasia, The Only requirement; 9. Torey Neusch, ruslan. INTrO TeST b ADULTS: 1. Gale Hepfinger, Devin; 2. Linda Lamarche, Sassy; 3. madison A. Ayers, monet’s Impression. INTrO TeST c YOUNG rIDerS: 1. Audrey K. berenson, boomer; 2. Ashlyn e. Kimball, moe Debit; 3. Taylor Santosuosso, Assets rising muffin. INTrO TeST c ADULTS: Gale Hepfinger, Devin; 2. Linda Lamarche, Sassy; 3. Tracey Turner, Khan. TrAINING TeST 1 mAIDeN: 1. madison A. Ayers, monet’s Impression. TrAINING LeVeL TeST 1 YOUNG rIDerS: 1. courtney bolduc, chamber; 2. emma Schick, montblanc; 3. Leah L. Lemay, Dusty Image; 4. Ashlyn e. Kimball, moe Debit; 5. Jenna marston, Vinnie; 6. Jalin marston, Poco. TrAINING LeVeL TeST 1 ADULTS: 1. Linda Lamarche, Sassy; 2. elizabeth Howell Woodbury, canadream Ferari-rollsroyce; 3. Anne marie Paquin, expecto Patronum; 4. bethany Tarbell, Steinbeck; 5. carolyn colburn, Kit cat; 6. Suzann Locke, brody. TrAINING LeVeL TeST 2 YOUNG rIDerS: 1. Irena Kuzma, Trinity; 2. morgan mackie, Just my Luck; 3. brianna A. brand, my Lasting Illusion; 4. Leah L. Lemay, Dusty Image; 5. Tiana calderwood, Dusty; 6. emma Schick, montblanc; 7. Torey Neusch, ruslan; 8. Jalin marston, Poco; 9. Jenna marston, Vinnie. TrAINING LeVeL TeST 2 ADULTS: 1. bethany Tarbell, Steinbeck; 2. elizabeth Howell Woodbury, canadream Ferari-rollsroyce; 3. Anne marie Paquin, expecto Patronum. TrAINING LeVeL TeST 3 YOUNG rIDerS: 1. Irena Kuzma, Trinity; 2. claire Durfee, Santa baby; 3. Tiana calderwood, Dusty; 4. morgan mackie, Just my Luck. FIrST LeVeL TeST 1 ADULTS: 1. Dunja Hein, Diamond Girl; 2. Aagje caron, my Sleriegs beau; 3. Janice ritter, bentley. FIrST LeVeL TeST 2 & 3 ADULTS: 1. Deborah S. Deburgo, Konic; 2. Dawn marier, cinder; 3. Aagje caron, my Sleriegs beau. FIrST LeVeL TeST 3: 1. Annie b chatel, buffalo Soldier; 2. Deborah S. Deburgo, Konic. SecOND LeVeL TeST 1 & 3 ADULTS: 1. Hilary millett, Paddington; 2. Hilary millett, Paddington; 3. Annie b chatel, buffalo Soldier. ●

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AS OF THIS OCTOBER, WIMPYS LITTLE STEP has officially become an NHRA Three Million Dollar Sire, and the youngest sire in NRHA history to reach this impressive milestone. It was just last May that his offspring reached the two million dollar mark in earnings. Wimpys Little Step offspring crossed that three million dollar mark in part with their notable earnings at the High Roller Reining Classic. Wimp Daddy and Show Me the Buckles earned more than $11,600 and $6,200 respectively. The 12-year-old stallion by Nu Chex To Cash and out of Leolita Step boasts his own achievements, including earning over $185,000 in just three NRHA competitions with rider Shawn Flarida. Wimpys Little Step is owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC based in Purcell, Okla., where he currently stands. Another NRHA stallion, Rowdy Yankee, has recently been named NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Sire with current offspring earnings of $1,000,382. With rider Keith Crawford, Rowdy Yankee won the Non Pro Championships at the 1997 NRHA Futurity and the 1998 National Reining Breeders Classic. The 17-year-old stallion by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Smart Chic Olena and out of Nita Chex was recently purchased by Rowdy Partners.

Sabrina Fecteau earned a class buckle riding Blue at the recent Connecticut State Championship. Dinsmore, Bruce Tolhurst, Joan Davis, and Stephanie Shaw. For more information on the Connecticut Renegades Cowboy Mounted Shooters, visit ROYAL BLUE BOON, THE BLUE ROAN QUARTER HORSE mare that made headlines in 2006 as the first ever commercially cloned horse, died at the age of 31. The mare’s owner, Elaine Hall, said that the mare’s death was due to “complications from being 31 years old.” Royal Blue Boon earned more than $300,000 in cutting competitions and her foals have earned more than $2.6 million. After the mare’s breeding career, which also included embryo transfer foals, Hall utilized the newest technology available to clone the 26-year-old mare. “When commercial cloning was introduced to the horse industry, I cloned [Royal Blue Boon] because I felt ‘the top mare in the industry’ deserves the honor of having her genes preserved,” Hall commented on her website. Royal Blue Boon’s clone, the filly Royal Blueboon Too, still resides on Hall’s farm. ON OCTOBER 9-15, THE NRHA OF GERMANY BREEDER’S FUTURITY and Snaffle Bit Futurity was held in Kreuth, Germany. One of Europe’s premier reining events, the futurity featured nearly 1,000 entries. Bernard Fonck rode Time To Mark Big, owned by Manuel Bonzano, to win the Level 4 Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship title with a final score of 224. The Level 2 Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship went to Franco Bertolani and Gunna Be Majestic, owned by Quarter Dream of Italy. Andrea Stillo, also from Italy, rode the gelding Spin N Wimp to score an impressive 217.5 in the final to take the Level 4 and Level 2 Non Pro Championships.

Whizasunnysailor BB and Emanuel Ernst of Germany took the 2011 NRHA of Germany Breeder’s Futurity Level 4 Open Championship. The stallion, owned by Rüdiger Diedenhofen, marked a score of 226 to claim the title. The Level 2 Open Championship went to Belgian Cira Baeck riding Wimpys Short Step BB, owned by Alissa Leloux. The 2011 NRHA of Germany’s Futurity Champion in the Level 4 and Level 2 Non Pro divisions was Manuel Bonzano and Ninja Kid from Italy with their score of 218. Bonzano bred the 3-year-old palomino stallion, and they won the 2011 Austrian Futurity Non Pro Championship just a few weeks before the show. NANCY KITCHEN OF LAKEVILLE, MASS., recently hosted a versatility clinic featuring renowned horseman, Bob Burrelli at her Holloway Brook Farm. Eighteen riders participated on Saturday,

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AT THE RECENT CONNECTICUT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP hosted by the Connecticut Renegades Cowboy Mounted Shooters, 26 competitors gathered at Round Tuit Ranch in Enfield, Conn. Two riders earned class buckles— Sabrina Fecteau (L1) and Stephanie Shaw (L2). The Renegades also awarded the first ever rifle buckle to class winner Roger Dinsmore. The top ten riders of the day were as follows: Joe Lauzon, Dina Baratta, Dick Moody, Bill Riel, Richard Karp, Roger



Top Ten rider Dina Barratta aboard Arrow.

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Southwest Reining Horse Association Crowns Dell HenDriCks anD JorDan larson Billingsley ForD open Futurity Co-CHampions

Heads Up continued from page 109 October 15 and 10 riders rode on Sunday. everyone had a great time. both the riders and the horses participating performed exceptionally. riders had to maneuver around and through bridges, tarps, mazes, balloons, and other obstacles. burelli and his TeAm—Genevieve, christine, and bob Jr.—did not disappoint. burelli was a consummate gentleman and very much in favor of all participants, equine and human alike. A fun competition was held at the end of each day. Jim monroe won the blue ribbon riding his Quarter Horse on Saturday, and Paul Wakem earned the blue ribbon aboard a Paso Fino owned by Irene Lipetsker on Sunday. Julie Faria and Ann Gredler entertained the crowds on Sunday with a grand finale game of tag on horseback. burelli thanks everyone for making this event such a success, and a special thanks goes to the host. check out bob burrelli’s website at Send your western sports news to


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NRHA Lawson trophy, and Anderson Bean boots. Larson has ridden Tinseltown, by Wimpys Little Step out of Downtown Tinseltown, for almost a year. “Kyle Shaw rode her as a 2-year-old and did a really good job. Her owner, Ron McRorie, sent her to me on Garth Browns’ recommendation,” he explained. Larson gave credit for his Co-Champions success to his wife, Taylor. Dell Hendricks “She does everything—I (above) and just show up and ride. She’s (at right) awesome. I also thank the rest Jordan Larson. of my family and my help. I got a couple new employees and they’ve been great,” he said. When James Crews charged Hendricks with finding a “really good horse,” the ensuing search took several months. “I’ve had other horses with Dell and he does a great job. I’m really excited about this horse and feel very fortunate to own him,” said Crews. Hendricks said, “There’s something special when you sit on a good horse. When I rode this one I only rode him about three strides and knew we had to have him. He might just be the best one I’ve ever ridden.” Hendricks has only shown “Bird” twice. “Every time I’ve made a run he’s scored high. Tonight he was good—he was better than I was. I let him down a couple places, but I’ll make it up to him. We’ll keep doing what we’re doing,” he said. “I still haven’t asked him for his life. He won the go-round with a 226.5, and I knew he had more. Even after tonight, I think there’s more there.”



pectators of the Southwest Reining Horse Association (SWRHA) Futurity and Show, held October 8-23, 2011, enjoyed a spectacular display of horsemanship and skill during the Billingsley Ford Open Futurity Finals on Saturday, October 22. The show, billed as “Where the Finest Go First,” lived up to its moniker, as several high scores were posted. When announcer Wayne Wise declared that two-time SWRHA Futurity Champion Dell Hendricks had piloted Cache Of Jewels to a 229, the cheers could be heard well outside of the Hardy Murphy Coliseum. But just three horses later, 2010 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Champion Jordan Larson and Tinseltown Wimpy also marked a 229. While the riders had the option of a run-off, the two agreed to be Co-Champions. Each received a check for $15,418, and flipped for prizes which included a custom SWRHA Golf Cart, an

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Breanna Van Der Schaaf won not one, but two titles during the SWRHA and Show. She and her horse Hes At Bat topped the NRHA Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro ancillary classes with a 148. Van Der Schaaf won $1,500, a Bob’s Custom Saddle, an NRHA Lawson Trophy, an NRHA Morrison Trophy, and two Montana Silversmiths buckles. “He was good. I don’t think I showed as well as I normally do, but he stopped really well. He’s real honest in the show pen—I can always count on him,” Van Der Schaaf said of the gelding, nicknamed “Jeter.”

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NRHA Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Champion Breanna Van Der Schaaf aboard He’s At Bat.

Van Der Schaaf has ridden with Steve Archer for about 15 years. “I thank Steve and Andrea Archer for all their help, as well as my mom Brenda,” she said. Earning reserve honors in the Non Pro was Daniele Whitney. Whitney rode Dun Its Chico to a score of 147.5, winning $700. Dun Its Chico, owned by Daniel Whitney of continued on page 111

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NRCHA Derby Wade Reaney and KicKbacK nic named WinneRs in TWo Rein championship


Benny Guitron two years ago. “He’s a very sensitive horse. We kept it low key and he really came through for me,” she said. Russo’s background is in jumping, so “Chicody’s” sensitivity is very familiar. “He’s hot like a Thoroughbred is.” The Gilroy, Calif., Non Pro made the switch to cow horses about eight years ago, after her son,

Michael Sposito, began showing. “I hated going to shows and just sitting on the sidelines,” she said. Now, her daughter Maya Guzman is also competing in NRCHA events. “It’s a family thing. It’s nice that we can all show together.” Russo added, “I thank Justin, the Wards, my family, and my horse. I also thank Benny for selling him to me, Sharon Wright, and all of the

Non Pros that are so supportive.” Taking reserve was John Showalter and Tangys Classy Chick, by Tangys Classy Peppy out of Crimson Sassychick, with a 420. Showalter received a check for $380. For information and complete results from the National Reined Cow Horse Association, call 580-759-4949 or visit

SWRHA Ford Open Futurity

Honeycutt won $139, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, and an NRHA trophy. The Crossett, Ark., Non Pro purchased A Bueno Chic, nicknamed Scooter, only a month before the event through Casey Deary, after her other horse was sidelined by an injury. “I was actually driving to pick him up from the vet, and I was almost there when they called and said he wasn’t ready to come home. It’s an eight hour trip, so I didn’t know what to do,” she said. Her next call was to Deary, who had coached her at Rookie Day, to see if he had any horses for sale. “This horse was a gift from God. He was not even for sale before I got there. That day his

previous owner called Casey and said she had to sell him. I got there and tried him and fell in love. He was the most wonderful thing I had ever ridden.” Elaine Latimer of Marietta, Okla., won the Limited Non Pro Reserve Championship with a 70 on Electric Getaway. Along with a check for $95, she received a Kyle Tack saddle pad. Electric Getaway is by Jacs Electric Spark out of Getaway Lark. For more information and results from the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, or to inquire about the SWRHA, call 580-7592929, or visit

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Northfield, Mass., is by Hollywood Dun It and out of Smart Chinas Chic. Tray Higginbottom of College Station, Texas, and Starbucks Sassy Sara won the Intermediate Non Pro Reserve Championship with a 146, collecting $480. Starbucks Sassy Sara is by Smart Starbuck out of Sara Goes Hollywood. The final championship of the SWRHA Futurity and Show went to Debbie Honeycutt, who piloted her horse, A Bueno Chic, to the championship of the NRHA Limited Non Pro.

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he National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Derby kicked off on October 27, 2011 and ran for four straight days at the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek, Ariz., offering exciting competition for spectators and exhibitors alike. Winning the Open Two Rein Championship of the National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby was Wade Reaney on Kickback Nic with a total score of 441. Reaney and Kickback Nic, by Nic It In The Bud out of Desire A Chic, earned $1,500. Reaney rode Kickback Nic, owned by John Prudden, to mark 218.5 in the rein work and 222.5 in the cow work. The New Plymouth, Idaho, trainer has ridden the mare her entire career. They qualified for the Open finals at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, and later went on to win the Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association Futurity. The pair also won the Open Two Rein at the NRCHA Stakes and Hackamore Classic. The reserve title and $1,250 were earned by Lyn Anderson and Meet Rippen Diamonds. Anderson and Meet Rippen Diamonds, by Like A Diamond out of Cee Bars Rip, marked 216 in the rein work and 221 in the cow work for a 437 total. Meet Rippen Diamonds is owned by Dick Hershan. With a score of 424.5, Donna Russo and Chicody Leo took top honors in the Derby Non Pro Two Rein. The win netted a check for $570, as well as an NRCHA trophy. “My horse was great. My trainer Justin Wright rode him in the Open Two Rein right before my class and schooled him. He came back for me and was really good,” she said. Russo purchased Chicody Leo, by Smart Chic Olena out of Miss Topsail Okie, from

Open Two Rein Champions Wade Reaney and Kickback Nic.

Non Pro Two Rein Champions Donna Russo and Chicody Leo.

Lyn Anderson and Meet Rippen Diamonds took reserve in the Open division.

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his year the NEHC Western/ (Clockwise from top) NEHC Reining Seat Medal Finals Junior Medal Champion were held at the Eastern States Rebecca Ardman; NEHC Exposition Center during Reserve Adult Medal the Twin State Saddlebred Association’s Champion Lisa Ann 2011 Octoberfest Horse Show. During Larson; and NEHC Reserve the 2011 show season, 14 junior Junior Medal Champion riders and 10 adult riders qualified in Alyssa Freitas. Western Medal classes and advanced to the Finals. On Saturday, October 29, Phase I of the Western Medal began with 10 juniors and four 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 Sherrye Johnston Trafton from Brunswick, Maine, and Kathleen Peeples from Oxford, N.J. In Junior Medal Finals competition, Rebecca Ardman went away with the championship, followed by Alyssa All Junior and Adult Medal riders received a Freitas. Gabrielle Brassard, Taylor Wyman, Alexander Reppucci, Kelsey Tremblay, Alyssa bit warmer from Jamie Sturgess, President of Bit Marzilli, Samantha Hill, Anne Collins, and Blanket Inc., a blanket throw, a gift card from Micaela Sargent earned third through tenth Smith Brothers, and a copy of the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar. place, respectively. The Owen and Laffey families were pleased Ardman received a $2,000 scholarship to William Woods University presented by Katie to be able to honor the memory of their Glatz, a belt buckle, an NEHC crystal trophy outstanding horse, Intimidator Nick, with the presented by NEHC President Joan Travers, a NEHC Junior Medal Rider Award to the high Bling gift card for western attire, and a saddle point Quarter Horse. This year the winner pad from Smith Brothers. Last year’s cham- was Alyssa Freitas from East Hartford, Conn., pion, Whitney Joy, presented a gift to the new riding She’s A Major Asset. The Pepin Lumber Company and Pepin champion. Freitas was awarded a Montana family honored the memory of Soper’s Sorrel Silversmiths statue and director’s chair. Buck with a Challenge Trophy. This horse won several year-end awards for NEHC in Western Equitation and the Appaloosa Pleasure classes. This award was won by Rebecca Ardman, riding I Will Impress You. The Sportmanship Award was given to Samantha Hill. The NEHC $500 Scholarship was awarded to Alexander Reppucci.

In NEHC Western/Reining Adult Medal Finals competition, Brittany Mayer was crowned champion, and Lisa Ann Larson earned reserve honors. Janice Reppucci and Chesley Chmura earned third and fourth place, respectively. Mayer was awarded a belt buckle, an NEHC crystal trophy presented by NEHC President Joan Travers, a Bling gift card, and an Allie’s Tack & Feed gift card for her win. The committee was honored to have the following people in attendance: Katie Glatz, 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 consists of Camille W. Pepin of Rhode Island, Kathleen Keefe of New Hampshire, Anne Messina of Massachusetts, Ginny Kavanagh of Massachusetts, and Jim Mullaly of Massachusetts. A special thank you goes to Marilyn Child of Vermont and Sally Hill of Massachusetts, as well as NEHC office manager Cindy Travers, show manager Sue Arthur, and the entire staff of the Octoberfest Horse Show. NEHC appreciates the support of the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar and all of its sponsors. For more information on the NEHC Western Medal Finals, visit

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and the Powder Brook Farm team took home more than 600 points. Powder Brook Farm is the home of Gene Spagnola and Gretchen Mathes, located in Harwinton, Conn. At the September event, their show team circuit winners included Dan Carlson and Are You Charlie in Amateur Showmanship, Amateur Horsemanship, Amateur Trail, Amateur Western Riding, and Amateur Performance Halter Mares; Gretchen Ingersoll and The One To Chase in Amateur Equitation; Keith Labrie and The Party Starts Now in Amateur Western Pleasure; Tianna Powers and Bring It On Big Boy in Novice Amateur Trail; Jody Boles and Fourteen Carat Art in Select Equitation; Gene Spagnola and Ben’s Chocolate Chip in Green Trail; Gretchen Mathes and Fantastic Invitation in Open Performance Halter Mares; and Courtney Scannell and BD Johnny in Amateur Hunter Under Saddle and Novice Amateur Hunter Hack.


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CINCH FREESTYLE REINING WINNERS at the 45th Annual All-American Quarter Horse Congress. Stacy Westfall made a terrific comeback as Congress Freestyle Reining winner. She and TSW Can Can Vaquero amazed the crowd with a bridleless routine to Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie Titanic. The bridleless routine set a new scoring record at the Congress, when the pair scored a 238, setting a bar that proved unbeatable for Heather Johnson, who rode the reserve champion DoubleKnotYourReeboks to a 230 with her moving tribute to 9/11. Both of these accomplished horsewomen are New England natives—Stacy grew up in Maine, and Heather grew up in Connecticut. CREEKSIDE REINING HORSES, located in Ringgold, Ga., would like to congratulate Kyle Johnson and Jeans N Reeboks, Heather Johnson won the Ladies who were named the Congress Limited Reining Championship with Non Pro Reining Stakes class winner. DoubleKnotYourReeboks. Jeans N Reeboks is the first foal of DoubleKnotYourReeboks. “Twister” recipients and NRHA Limited Non Pro Reining (DoubleKnotYourReeboks), along with earning a fourth place recipients Custom Who Dun It reserve championship in the Freestyle Reining, and Marissa Beane of Wincherdon Springs, was also awarded a championship in the Ladies Mass.; Cinch Non Pro Freestyle Reining fourth Reining with Heather Johnson for the fifth year place recipients Tiger Lily and Scott Doner of in a row. Montpelier, Vt.; NRHA Intermediate Non Pro Reining eighth place recipients Jerry Lee Dun It MORE TOP TEN WINNERS IN THE REINING and Dawn Castillo of Eliot, Maine; NRHA Limited EVENTS at the 2011 Congress from New England Open Reining ninth place recipients Custom included NRHA Youth Reining (14 - 18) third place Whiz and Rachael Young of Castleton, Vt.; NRHA Non Congress Limited Pro Reining tenth place Non Pro Reining recipients Chromes Lil Stakes winners Pine and Anja Kuhlmann Kyle Johnson and of Bolton, Conn.; Novice Jeans N Reeboks. Amateur Reining tenth place recipients Madera O Lena and Brenna J Colleary of Vermont, Conn.; and Congress Non Pro Reining Stakes Primetime tenth place recipients Super Whizzie and Chris Allen of Groton, Mass. THE TOTALS ARE IN FROM THE EMPIRE STATE QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION FALL SHOW,




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POWDER BROOK FARM extends their congratulations to their 2011 AQHA World Show Qualifiers: Jen Rosciti and Absolute or Scotch in Amateur Geldings and Horsemanship; Dan Carlson and Are You Charlie in Amateur Performance Mares, Horsemanship, Showmanship, Amateur Trail, and Western Riding (All Around Contender); Holly Spagnola and Ima Phenomenon in Amateur Working Hunter and Equitation Over Fences; Gretchen Ingersoll and The One To Chase in Amateur Equitation, Showmanship, and Hunter Hack; Courtney Scannell and BD Johnny in Senior and Amateur Hunter Under Saddle; Sarah Yaglowski and Zip It By Me in Amateur Trail and Amateur Western Riding; Sue Kaplow and Quality Art in Junior and Amateur Hunter Under Saddle; Johnna Letchworth and Izzy A Jack Bar in Amateur Horsemanship; Keith Labrie and The Party Starts Now in Amateur Pleasure and Amateur and Open Performance Mares; Lisa Mazurka and Pine Chexed in Amateur and Open Performance Geldings, Horsemanship, Showmanship, and Trail; Bryan Ambrosey and Willys So Good in Amateur Horsemanship and Junior Trail; Maggie Fortune and Fantastic Invitation in Senior and Amateur Trail, Open and Amateur Performance Mares, Horsemanship, and Showmanship (All-Around Contender); David Connors and On Record in Senior Working Hunter and Senior Hunter Hack; Tianna Powers and Bring It On Big Boy in Amateur Performance Geldings; Carol Heberlin and Cool Debutante in Open and Amateur 3 Year Old Mares; and James Morrison and Zippos Good Slipper in Open Performance Mares.

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2011 All-American Quarter Horse Congress Announces All-Around Winners By TrAcy BidWell

least three different categories of events, as determined by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Each horse then received points, based on how they placed in each class. This year’s Congress Open AllAround Champion was an extremely close race, with three different horses tied at 21 points after all were finished competing. Show management then had to calculate the number of horses each contender beat, to determine the


Reg. Q Horse 15.3H chestnut mare, 6-year-old, dressage, trail horse


Reg. Q Horse 15.2 sorrel gelding, 10-year-old, can do it all, reining training, English, jumps, neat all around horse to do it all


Reg. Q Horse 16H chestnut gelding, 6-year-old, likes to jump, good mover


Reg. Q Horse 15.3H sorrel Mare, 6-year-old well bred western pleasure, big body


Reg. Q Horse 15.1H brown gelding, 6-year-old reining or western pleasure


Reg. Q Horse 15.2H sorrel gelding 1998 with 43 points in different division


Reg. Q Horse 15.2H chestnut gelding, 10-year-old Incentive Fund, always in the ribbons

13. Reg Paint red/white tobiano gelding 6-year-old, 16.2H 50/50 color points in western pleasure, horsemanship, huntseat equitation. 14. Reg Paint black/white gelding 10-year-old, 50/50 color great on trails 15.2H showing 4H, nice horse to ride and own. 15. Reg Paint Reg Pinto sorrel/overo mare, 8-year-old 14.3H real quite, ride and show 16. Reg Paint red/white 7-year-old great great family horse to ride and trail ride, really great mind 17. Reg Paint brown/white 16H 8-year-old likes to jump 18. Reg Paint black/white 50/50 color gelding, 6-year-show rings or trails, one good horse 19. Reg App Quarter Horse, 16H Bay Mare, 1998 English, jumps, always in the ribbons, schoolmaster, great family horse, good mover

Reg. Q Horse 16H sorrel gelding, 8-year-old, english or western, trailers nice

20. Reg App Quarter Horse, jet black mare 2004, show ring, trails, nice horse


9. Warmblood cross bay mare, 8-years-old, great all around horse, shows

21. 5 T-Bred x QH crosses, 5-10 years-old, 15.3 - 16.2H lots of quality

10. Warmblood cross bay mare 16H, 9-year-old, events, trails, jumping

22. 3 T-Bred home raised never raced 15.3 - 16.1H, good moving, jump 5/7/8 years, good minds

11. Warmblood cross dapple grey mare 16H, 5 has a jump, movement, always in the ribbons, nice horse.

23. Branded Hanoverian, 8-year-old, 16.2H, Gelding, Dressage, Jumping, good mover

12. Warmblood cross chestnut gelding, 6-year-old show ring, trails, jumps


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he All-American Quarter Horse Congress, held October 7-30 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, showcased some of the best horse and rider combinations in the world. Throughout its three-week duration, exhibitors competed in a wide variety of events, from Hunter Under Saddle and Western Pleasure to Barrel Racing and Pole Bending. Some of the most prestigious awards highlighted the versatility of the American Quarter Horse, and its ability to successfully compete in many different types of classes. They include six All-Around awards, one each for Open, Amateur, Youth, Youth aged 15-18, Youth aged 12-14, and Youth aged 11 and Under, as well as four High Point awards, one each for Amateur Select, Novice Amateur, Novice Youth aged 14-18, and Novice Youth aged 13 and Under. In order to be eligible for an All-Around Award, the horse must have competed in at

Congress Amateur All-Around Champions Jessica Baird and Cool movin Lady. Congress Youth All-Around Champions flashy Attraction and Taylor searles.

final placings. When all was said and done, it was Vital Signs Are Good, owned by Joe and Karen Moran of Laguna Hills, Calif., that took home the Congress Open All-Around Award. It took three different riders to secure the win for this 11-yearold mare by Zippos Mr Good Bar. Charlie Cole of Highpoint Performance Horses piloted “Lucy” to a

third in Senior Trail, as well as a third in Senior Western Pleasure. In Senior Western Riding, Jason Martin took the reins and came up with a Reserve Congress Championship. Finally, Ted Turner placed tenth in Performance Halter Mares, to secure the win for Lucy and the Moran family. The Reserve Congress Open All-Around Award went to Must Be A Detail, owned by Highview Ranch Quarter Horses, Inc. out

Heads Up continued from page 114 AQHA LeAders from Powder Brook fArm send their congratulations to Dan carlson and Are You charlie, currently standing second in the nation in Amateur All-Around and leading the nation in Amateur Horsemanship, and Willys So Good, ridden by Gene Spagnola,

continued on page 117 who was second in the nation in Green Trail as of October 7. congratulations to “rocky” and the Ambrosey family. Be sure to send your news stories and photos for publication. 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.

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n October 15 and 16 the Maine Trail Riders Association and Maine Quarter Horse Association (MeQHA) teamed up for a trail ride in Parkman, Maine. It was cool and windy, but a great weekend for a ride. A big thank you goes to landowners Dusty and Patti Dowse, who allowed riders to park and camp in their field overnight. The clubs rode over mostly gravel and tote

roads. Saturday’s ride was four hours long and had 11 riders and one pony cart participate. Lunch was held in Sam Brown’s field. On Saturday evening, there was a make your own pizza party at the Dowse’s with Dusty’s homemade pizza dough and sauce cooked in a brick oven. Everyone brought their favorite toppings, desserts, and drinks. Sunday’s ride was 3½ hours long and the riders stopped at Lynda Hummer’s camp

for lunch. Participants included 13 riders, two walkers, and one cart. After lunch, ride host Donna Tripp showed off the versatility of the Quarter Horse breed by harnessing up her gelding Josh, bringing the number of carts up to three. There were horses of multiple breeds including Quarter Horses, a Morgan, a Standardbred, Paints, Appaloosas, a Belgian, a Mini/Morgan cross, a Pony of the Americas, and a Halflinger/Morgan cross. Everyone seemed to have an excellent time. Donna has hosted this ride for several years now and will be doing it again next year. To get on the mailing list for future MeQHA events, please email Donna at jshdjt97@ or call 207-582-5532.

Riders trek up Bridge Road in Parkman during the trail ride.

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Participants gather for a lunch break at Sam Brown’s field.

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of Rapid City, S.D. Placing sixth in Senior Hunter Under Saddle with Beth Case in the irons, second in Pleasure Driving with Charlie Cole and first in Hunter Hack with Ryan Paint, this 9-year-old gelding by Last Detail received the Don Bell All American bronze trophy and a $500 gift certificate to Pard’s Western Shop. Deserving an honorable mention is A Chance For Romance, who placed a close third in the standings. Accumulating the same number of points with a sixth in Performance Halter Stallions, fourth in Junior Pleasure Driving, third in Junior Working Hunter and second in Junior Hack with Sandra Vaughn showing for owner Amy Brosch of Sorrento, Fla., this 5-year-old stallion certainly deserves recognition for his efforts. Taking home the Congress Amateur All-Around Championship was Cool Movin Lady, owned and shown by Jessica Baird of Rockville, Ind. Cool Assets, owned and shown by Emily Cramer of Dallas, Texas, went away

with reserve honors. This year’s Congress Youth All-Around Champion was Flashy Attraction, owned and shown by Taylor Searles of Scottsdale, Ariz. Following in reserve was Hez My Valentino, owned by Chad and Molly Cherry and shown by Gentry Cherry of Guthrie, Okla. Im A Natural Detail, owned and shown by Samantha Chiodo of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., was victorious in Congress Youth 15-18 All-Around, followed by Lethals Hot Weapon, owned and shown by Ty Paris of Tipp City, Ohio. Earning the championship in Congress Youth 12-14 All-Around was Zip To Open, owned by Becky Harris and shown by Samantha Harris of Westchester, Ohio. Taking home reserve was Chex By Wrangler, owned by John Briggs and shown by Bryce Briggs of Pilot Point, Texas. In Congress Youth 11 and Under All-Around, it was Flashy Attraction and Searles who were again crowned champions. Hez My Valentino and Gentry Cherry were second place recipients. Flashy Attraction and Searles earned yet

another All-Around title—Congress High Point Novice Youth 13 and Under Champion. Zippos Tiger Bar, owned by Jim McKillips and shown by Aubrey Alderman of Beloit, Wis., was named Congress High Point Novice Youth 13 and Under Reserve Champion. Also earning high point honors was Remarkable Can, owned and shown by Rachel Kolb of Lebanon, Ohio, in Congress Novice Youth 14-18. My Ace Is Hot, owned and shown by Keaton Crawford of Golden, Colo., went home with reserve high point. The Congress High Point Novice Amateur Champion was You Don’t Know Jacks, owned and shown by Maria Salazar of Portland, Ore. Following in reserve was Skippers Moondance, owned and shown by Wallace Battles of New Castle, Pa. Knowtorious, owned and shown by Susan Wilson went back to Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., as the Congress High Point Amateur Select Champion. Skippers Moondance and Battles took reserve. For more information and full results from the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, visit www. December 2011



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results for the new candidates in the next issue for 2012. A new class added at the September show was the Groom’s class. It’s a specially dedicated class for all the people that support the riders and exhibitors (friends, wives, husbands, etc.). We put them on a horse and they got to go around the ring at a trot and exhibit for the judges. This was also a fundraiser class at $5 a person. We had 33 participants—it was a major hit! The winner was Jared Bein riding Skip Away Bandit, owned by prestigious Pinto member Ruth Rawding Protz. This great horse had a wonderful day at the show. Not only did he win the fundraiser, but he also claimed victory in the costume class out of 11 people

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he New England Pinto Horse Association could not have asked for a nicer day for its last show and the close of the 2011 season. We were honored with the presence of three esteemed judges: Rick Warne of New York, Lori Gingrinch of Ohio, and Shannon Ketcheson Baker of Virginia. As of press time, we still did not have all results in or results of year-end high point divisions. They will be published as soon as possible, and you can also keep checking our website at We continue to stress that membership dues need to be in by the end of this calendar year, so you have voting privileges that count for elections next fall for 2013. If your dues are in after January 1, you will not have the power to run or be elected for following year. We will have

with Ruth’s 2 ½-year-old granddaughter, Gwen Protz. Bandit was dressed as a giant sheep and Gwen was Little Bo Beep! A lot of imagination, determination, and plain old elbow grease was continued on page 120





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he Annual Convention and Membership Meeting of the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) concluded in Vancouver, Wash., where leaders of the Association met to select the group’s executive committee, decide on rule change proposals, and work within committees to continue to advance the popular breed registry and membership association. Attending the threeday event were members of the Association’s Executive Committee, 98 national directors, and other involved members from 35 U.S. states, two Canadian provinces, and the United Kingdom. APHA’s 2011-2012 Executive Committee now includes: President Scott Jackson of Stephenville, Texas; President-elect Gregg

Reisinger of Eldora, Iowa; Vice President Mary Parrott of Ruston, La.; Senior Committee Member Ron Shelly of Georgetown, Texas; Fifth Committee Member Susie Shaw of Parsons, Tenn.; Sixth Committee Member George Ready of Hernando, Miss.; and Immediate Past President Dr. Travis Titlow of Lincoln, Calif. Jackson was sworn in during the Presidential Inauguration Dinner, with entertainment provided by Pete Kreb’s Trio. The newest member to the Executive Committee, George Ready is an attorney with more than 30 years experience. He has been involved with APHA since 1985 as a Paint horse owner, breeder, and exhibitor, along with serving as a national director since 2004, a continued on page 120

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standing committee member, and an APHA show manager. In other action, APHA Directors passed legislation regarding rule changes. Some of the changes included: If a horse advances from the Solid PaintBred Registry to the Regular Registry and has earned points and awards, they will transfer with the horse to the new registry. The horse will be eligible for any awards to be given in the Regular Registry as of December 31. Cowboy mounted shooting will now be recognized as a special event, eligible for APHA points and awards. All APHA Youth and Amateur program rules regarding eligibility and ownership apply. All other general show and contest rules also apply. Dressage will now be recognized as a special event, eligible for APHA points and awards. All APHA Youth and Amateur program rules regarding eligibility and ownership apply. All other general show and contest rules also apply. To be eligible for stakes races, foals born after January 1, 2013 must have at least one APHA Regular Registry Paint Horse in the first generation of a Regular Registry Horse. If the horse is a Solid Paint-Bred, it must meet that requirement as well as having one APHA Regular

Registry Paint Horse in the second generation. For more information on these and other rule changes, visit During the convention, APHA took time to recognize several exemplary APHA regional clubs, awarding “Gold Star” and “Clubs of Distinction” titles. Gold Star clubs excel in their service to members by hosting fundraising activities, benefits, social gatherings, youth activities, and special promotions. They are also involved in community service. This year’s award-winning Gold Star club recipients included the Alberta Paint Horse Club, Central Virginia Paint Horse Club, France Paint Horse Association, Inland Northwest Paint Horse Club, New Mexico Paint Horse Club, Ohio Paint Horse Club, Pennsylvania Paint Horse Club, Rainier Paint Horse Club, San Joaquin Paint Horse Club, and Southwest Washington Paint Horse Club. Clubs of Distinction honors were awarded to five organizations selected from among new and existing Gold Star clubs. Clubs of Distinction award winners were Arizona Paint Horse Club, Gulf Coast Paint Horse Club, Ohio Paint Horse Club, New Mexico Paint Horse Club, and Washington State Paint Horse Club. Honorable mention clubs included Central Virginia Paint Horse Club, Inland Northwest Paint Horse Club, and New England Paint Horse Club. Also, during the convention, the Youth

Leadership Conference was held. Youth members participated in membership meetings, Youth Committee meetings, and problem solving sessions. They worked on marketing ideas for youth and regional clubs, and gave input on new program development and events throughout the year. In their down time, the participants had the opportunity to climb a rock wall, have a pizza party, and take a water conservation tour. The next Youth Leadership Conference will coincide with the 2012 Workshop. APHA’s 2012 Annual Convention will be held October 4-6, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information on the American Paint Horse Association, visit

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put into that ensemble. They definitely earned their awards! Again, in the winter issues, we will have results and information from the 2011 year-end banquet, to be held in December in Hyannis, Mass. Check the website for dates and times, and be sure to send your news to ericci@hotmail. com. Enjoy the holidays!


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Morgan/Saddlebred news MARY KUHN OF WOODHILL in Monson, Mass., recently sold Faloria (On Line x Quabbin Bell Cortina). She was purchased by Nick Fitzgerald and his daughter, Maddie, of Norman, Okla. Maddie shows the mare in hunt seat equitation under the direction of Mary Shappee and Gert Schuckhart of Majic Stables in Norman. SCOTT TRAVERS OF DRIFTWAY MEADOWS in Westport, Mass., was the agent for Paul Simard and Jon Turati of Forging Venture on the sale of National Treasure (Suite After x Stonecroft Chantelle). She was purchased by Fiona Foster of Troy, Ohio, who will show her in Junior Exhibitor Equitation and Pleasure under the direction of Kathryn Swartz. Scott was also the agent on the sale of Sarde’s Sublime (Favorite Son x Stonecroft Bewitched). The 4-year-old gelding was owned by Roxanne Sardelli Greenway and was purchased by Kelli Monroe in New Hampshire. His training will continue under the direction of Josh Merritt. ANNE BENSON OF ANNE BENSON STABLES in Portsmouth, R.I., was the agent for Nancy Desrosiers of Westport, Mass., on the sale of Key Motion (Key Biscayne x Up Hyre Bobbi Sue), a 7-year-old gelding. CHRIS AND LARRY CASSENTI of Chrislar Farm in Rowley, Mass., sold EV Santa Fe’s Grandee (Santa Fe Renegade x BMM Raven Of Suisun Bay). The 5-year-old gelding was purchased by Jenn and Chris Ruggerio and their family in Chester, N.H. THE AMERICAN RANCH HORSE ASSOCIATION (ARHA) is excited to introduce its Competition Program (ARHC) for the 2012 show season. While the Morgan is not a recognized breed with ARHA, this new program will be open to any and all Morgan competitors who would like to participate. Open, Amateur, and Youth exhibitors residing in areas where there are ARHA-approved shows may participate in the program. Points earned will be recorded in the horse’s permanent show record and will be eligible for ARHC awards. All owners and exhibitors must be either ARHA or ARHC members. American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) Open Competition participants can also compete at ARHA events to earn year-end points! For more information on ARHA’s Competition Program, contact, 606-2712963, or visit LAST MARCH, THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION (USEF) announced it would assume

responsibility for fielding and supporting future U.S. Saddle Seat Equitation Teams who will represent the United States at the Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup. In July, USEF hosted a luncheon during the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show to celebrate the efforts of the 2010 U.S. World Cup Team and to begin fundraising efforts to support the team who will travel to Parys, South Africa, in December of 2012. To maintain steady momentum, USEF continues to seek support for team Shelly Temple with her husband Fran Doto as navigator efforts. The USA Equestrian and Cooper at the 2011 FEI World Pony Driving Championships. Trust committed $25,000 to the USEF website by visiting www.saddleseataid the 2012 team. This grant money allows USEF Applications for consideration to cut the athlete participation fee in half from to participate in the Trials are due to USEF by $5,000 in previous years to $2,500. In addition, December 15, 2011. the United Professional Horseman’s Association The World Cup is a biannual competition that (UPHA), a staple in the foundation of the Saddle originated in the early 1980s with an informal Seat World Cup program and in years since, has exchange of saddle seat riders in the United confirmed a generous $10,000 donation. States and South Africa, and was named the Learn more about contributing to the 2012 Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup in 1992. team efforts, by downloading this brochure: Originally, a three-gaited saddle seat equitation SS_Team_Sponsorship.pdf, or contact Lori Nelson, showcase, it has expanded to include a fivegaited component as well. Teams from as many USEF Assistant Executive Director, National as five nations now compete for the coveted Affiliates, at World Cup titles. The 2012 U.S. Saddle Seat Equitation Team Selection Trials will be held at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., on March 31, 2012. A riders’ ROCHELLE “SHELLY” TEMPLE recently represented the United States at the 2011 FEI World Pony meeting/draw will be held the evening of Friday, Driving Championships with her Morgan, LR Ami March 30, and the Selection Trials will take place on B-Line in Lipica, Slovenia. The duo helped the U.S. Saturday, March 31, with team member announcements that evening. The shortened schedule allows secure a team bronze. Making the United States team had been a athletes to travel earlier on Sunday. year-long process for “Cooper,” Shelly, and her While the USEF World Cup Committee kept navigator/husband, Fran Doto. Prior to the World much of the selection process and team requirePony Driving Championships, Shelly had been ments the same for 2012, a few changes to competing and training under the tutelage of U.S. previous years’ procedures have been mandated. driving coach, Michael Freund. In August, she was The first change affects the application process. fifth at the German National Championship in Athletes are encouraged to use an online appliMinden, where she won the dressage and cones cation portal they can access through their My classes for single ponies. USEF Account. This is an effort to save on shipShelly acknowledges the team aspect of ping costs and shorten the paper trail. Hard copy combined driving: “I am thankful for the USEF’s applications will still be accepted. support and the training and instruction from For team preparation, two mandatory pracMichael Freund over the past year,” she said. tices will be conducted in 2012. This is a change “Michael’s coaching has been instrumental at from previous years when only one mandatory improving all aspects of my driving. I also apprepractice took place. These and other details may be found at the “How to Participate” tab on continued on page 122 DECEMBER 2011




Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show New eNglaNders aNd their MorgaNs Capture the world by suzy luCiNe



The first horse to bring a championship title back to the New England region was Cedar Creek Danseur, presented by Jaisen von

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Ballmoos of Fairview Stables. Danseur was the Grand National Five Year & Older Gelding Champion. Driving Kinzu Miss Molly, von Ballmoos won the Grand National Two-Year-Old Pleasure Driving Mare Championship. Brooke Perlee was in the winner’s circle several times, riding She’s My Calendar Girl to the Grand National Walk-Trot Hunter Pleasure 10 Championship, Grand National Walk-Trot Hunter Seat Equitation 10 Championship, and then winning the World Walk-Trot Hunter Pleasure 11 & Under Championship. Peggy Alderman of Salem Farm captured both the qualifier and world title in the Roadster to Bike division with her mare, Flairetation. Alderman rode Bada Bing back in the Open finals to win the World English Pleasure Championship for the fourth consecutive year. This was the horse’s fifth Open world title overall. After a great show season with her gifted horse, Get Busy, Kathy Gutting brought two titles back to northern Vermont, Reserve Grand National Amateur Masters Park Harness Championship and the World Amateur Masters Park Harness Championship title. Vermont-based trainer Luman Wadhams also had a good show. He rode SSLLC Vantage Point to the World Futurity ThreeYear-Old Park Saddle Championship title.

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he 39th Annual Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show was held at the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Okla., October 8-15. “Every year, Morgan enthusiasts from across the country look forward to these two weeks in Oklahoma City as a time to celebrate their love for this wonderful breed and this year was no exception,” said Tony Lee, Show Committee Chairman. For the fifth year in a row, Fred Nava of Kingston, Mass., was the show’s manager. There was a great group of staff members helping him and show secretary Peggy Hatfield. “It is with great excitement that I come to Oklahoma each year as the manager of the Grand National,” said Fred. “This horse show is where the best of the best in the Morgan breed compete and world champions are crowned.” Thanks to the sponsorship of Marsha de Arriaga, Hawk Multimedia, Markel, and RaDon, competition in all three rings could be viewed for free on the internet. The show was also simulcast on the USEF network, and received more viewers than any other of the Federation’s events this year. Highlights of the wins by horses and owners representing the New England Region follow. For complete results visit

World English Pleasure Champions Bada Bing and Peggy Alderman.

World Junior Exhibitor Pleasure 14-15 Champions

The Gove family of Taylor River Farm MEM Mr. Boston and Emily Tarr. and their clients had a great show. Sarah Gove had a unanimous win with Cartier in on to win the World Amateur Western Pleasure the Grand National English Pleasure Stallion Championship. Michelle Quinlisk won the Grand National Championship. Sarah’s husband, Jared, won the Grand Junior Exhibitor Hunter Pleasure 12 National Amateur Gentlemens Pleasure Driving Championship with MEM Once Again. Trainer Richard Boule rode Simple Elegance Finals with FRF Seattle Reign. Emily Tarr won the Grand National Junior to the Grand National Four-Year-Old Western Exhibitor Hunter Pleasure 15 Championship Pleasure Mare Championship. with her mother’s MEM Mr. Boston. This duo went on to a unanimous win in the Maine World Junior Exhibitor Hunter Pleasure 14-15 David Rand and his assistant, Adam Sherman, Championship. With Sarah in the saddle, brought lots of title contenders from Rand. MEM Mr. Boston won the Grand National They went home with many championships to Ladies Hunter Pleasure Gelding and World add to their achievements. Ladies Hunter Pleasure Championship titles. LPS The Boogie Man won the Grand Shane Darnell had a great show with his National Five-Year and Older Champion Tracemark Top Shelf. They won the Amateur Stallion, handled by Rand. Gentlemens Western Pleasure Finals and went continued on page 124

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Grace also drove Ledgefield La Mia Stella to the Grand National Three-Year-Old & Under Classic Pleasure Driving Championship. Rand led Ledgefield Leonidas to the Reserve Grand National Yearling Colt Championship for Jill and Steve Tassinari. The son of BKC Valiant Star also won the World Futurity In-Hand Yearling Colt Championship. Riding under the Rand stable banner, Casey World Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Driving 13 & Under Champions Fox McDonald Douglass of Hollow Talk About Me and Hannah Kelley. Firewind Morgans rode Intrepid On Parade to the Grand National Morgan Grand National Ladies Park Saddle Gelding Championship. continued from page 122 The Kelley family of Victory Lane Farm Kelsey Ramsey rode Miyake to the Grand achieved several visits to the winner’s circle. National Youth Classic Pleasure Saddle Finals Dan Kelley won the Grand National Amateur Pleasure Driving Gelding Championship with Championship. Grace Steere drove her 10-year-old, Intrepid Dragonsmeade Carnegie Hall. The duo went Dynasty, to the Grand National Amateur on to win the World Amateur Pleasure Driving Roadster to Bike Championship. This duo Championship. Dan’s wife, Leslie, won the Grand National went on to win the World Roadster to Bike Ladies Classic Pleasure Saddle Geldings with Championship.

IGF Coeur Et Ame. Their daughter, Hannah, drove Fox Hollow Talk About Me to the Grand National Junior Exhibitor 12 & 13 Championship. Later in the show, Hannah drove the 7-year-old son of Whispering Whammunition to the World Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Driving 13 & Under Championship. Rand also won the Grand National FourYear-Old Park Saddle Stallion Championship. George Liberty with Briar Oaks Pep In My Step captured the World Junior Exhibitor 14-17 Western Pleasure Championship. Rand rode Dantree Farm’s Merriehill Home Stretch to the Grand National Park Saddle Stallion Championship. Riding RCV Patent Pending, he won the Grand National FourYear-Old English Pleasure Stallion & Gelding Championship and World Four-Year-Old English Pleasure Championship. Tim Roesink rode Dragonsmeade Varvatos to the World Four-Year-Old Park Saddle Championship. Ariella Silber and Minion Starlette won the World Walk-Trot Classic Pleasure Saddle 11 & Under Championship.


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World Open Park Harness Champions Springmill Superstition and Nikki Rae Woodworth.

Grand National English Pleasure Gelding Championship. Michael Scanlon of Hyland Morgan Farm won the Grand National Four-Year-Old Pleasure Driving Stallion class with M-U-R Delorean. Melissa Morrell of Moreland Farm won the Grand National Ladies Pleasure Driving Gelding Championship with Can’t You See MEM. Breaking records in the Morgan world, Nikki Rae Woodworth became the

youngest professional to win the World Open Park Harness Championshiptitle.With this achievement, she also became the third woman to win this title. She was driving Springmill Superstition, who qualified for the Open World Championship by winning the World Futurity ThreeYear-Old Park Harness Championship. He also became the third 3year-old in Morgan history to take the Open world title.


Kathleen Peeples rode SpringMill Tea Party to the Grand National Four-Year-Old Hunter Pleasure Mare Championship. Sasha Klein drove MEM Ultimate Star to a unanimous win in the Grand National Ladies Park Harness Gelding Championship. Lauren Santoro rode HyLee’s The Devil I M to a unanimous win in the Grand National Walk-Trot Hunter Pleasure 9 Championship. Scott Neidlinger had a good show with

horses from Misty Meadows. Neidlinger drove MEM How Bizarre to the Grand National Four-Year-Old Pleasure Driving Mare Championship. Danielle Paufve drove the Neimeths’ Miles of Fortune to the Grand National Three-Year-Old Pleasure Driving Championship. CBMF Ricochet, driven by Sadie Ray, won the Grand National Junior Exhibitor Classic Pleasure Driving 13 & Under Championship.

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Sarde’s Insatiable, owned by Roxanne Sardelli Greenway, was the Reserve Grand National Three-Year-Old Pleasure Driving Mare Champion. The daughter of Minion Millennium and Joan Rose was driven by Anne Benson of Anne Benson Stables for the late Rick Stevens of Stonegate Farm. Anne also coached Elaine Olsen driving SYP High Definition, who won the Grand National Amateur Park Harness Stallion Championship and the Reserve World Amateur Park Harness Championship. It was just two years ago that Rick Stevens drove this son of HVK Vibrance to the World Open Park Harness Championship for then owner Heidi Kunkel. For more information on the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show, please visit



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Kate Foy wins AMHA Youth of the Year by Suzy Lucine

Foy is the vice president of the western riding team at University of Louisville, and she was the founding president of its intercollegiate saddle seat team. She is also active in Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. She took part in Youth of the Year contests from ages of 8-16, then took a break and didn’t participate until the Maine competition earlier this year. “I competed in them because I thought they were fun!” Foy said. “They also taught me a lot. Learning how to take a timed test at that age is really useful, so is being able to craft and deliver a speech. Youth contests are probably the most intense situation for those two things that you will have at that age, so then doing those things in school is no big deal.” As winner of the 2011 AMHA Youth of the Year, Foy is the lucky recipient of a $2,500 custom designed awards package, generously sponsored by the Cynthia Elaine Epperson Trust Fund. Fifteen youth from across the country

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competed in this year’s contest, organized by Taylor Royals, the AMHA Youth Director. Representing the Vermont Spring Classic, Alexandra Glover of Newfane, Vt., finished fifth. Rowan Winters represented the New England Morgan Horse Show and finished sixth overall. Representing the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show, Lauren Horlbogen of Plainville, Mass., finished seventh, and Lauren Marshall of Coventry, Conn., finished eighth representing the Connecticut Morgan Horse Show.


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wenty-one-year-old Kate Foy of Kingston, N.H., won the coveted title of the AMHA Youth of the Year, held during the Morgan Grand National in Oklahoma City, Okla. Foy qualified for the national competition by winning the Youth of the Year contest at the Maine Morgan Horse Show earlier this year. A senior at the University of Louisville, Foy is majoring in equine administration. She plans to continue her education and obtain an MBA. Riding Morgans for the past 16 years, Foy borrowed her mother’s park horse, Key Biscayne, in the riding portion of the contest. Foy’s horses are B Special Attraction and Queens Nightwatch. Foy is the past president of the AMHA Youth Council, and is currently the senior Morgan representative to the USEF Young Equestrians, and serves on the USEF Morgan Rules Committee. Last fall, she was an intern at the USEF headquarters in Lexington, Ky.


The Morgan Community Mourns the Loss of three Men Who have IMpacted the Breed


western New England, with offices in five states and nearly 200 employees at its peak. At the time of Murray’s retirement in 1988, Russell Gibson von Dohlen was considered to be in the top tier of architectural firms in the nation. Murray also enjoyed raising and showing Morgan horses. He achieved notable success in the show ring with his many-time champion Weatherwell Celsius, under the direction of Murray Gibson Murray O’Brien Gibson, 88, of New Hartford, Peggy Alderman. They won countless titles in Conn., passed away peacefully on August 23, the Pleasure Driving division and the 1991 surrounded by his children and his wife Nancy Grand National Amateur Roadster to Bike Marshall Gibson, the love of his life for 25 Finals Championship title. Murray shared many civic duties with his years. Born in 1923 in Newcastle, Ontario, Canada, Murray emigrated as a boy with his wife Nancy, including serving the New Hartford parents and five siblings to the United States Historical Society, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and a new home in Cortland, N.Y. He served in and the Beekley Public Library. He was proud World War II in the U.S. Army’s 103rd infantry to receive the Lifetime Service Award from the Hartford Boys and Girls Club. He deeded 25 division for three years. Murray graduated from Cornell University acres to the New Hartford Land Trust and served with an architecture degree in 1949, and two terms on the New Hartford Planning and in 1954 founded an architecture firm in Zoning Commission. Murray enjoyed working Connecticut with college classmates. Initially on his beautifully landscaped property, as well building its reputation on the design of schools as golf, croquet, fishing, walking the beach, and and churches, Russell Gibson von Dohlen grew attending cultural events, always with Nancy and to become one of the most successful firms in often with his many children, grandchildren, and friends. In addition to his wife, Murray is survived by his first wife, one brother, a along with its annual essay to help meet their equestrian sister, two sons, three daughcontest. First, at each winter goals. In addition, there will ters, and 15 grandchildren. tournament from November be one grand prize winner, through March, every rider who will receive their choice entered in the tournament of a Shively 2000 saddle or a Bradford Beaton that day will be included in a gift certificate for a custom Bradford Taylor Beaton, 69, drawing to win $100 towards riding suit. of Sutton, Mass., passed away Winners of the essay contest their equestrian goals. There peacefully with his family will be two $100 scholarship will be announced at the at his side this past August. drawings at all five tourna- UPHA-14 Winter Tournament Brad was born in Worcester, ments—there’s even a prize for Finals held at the UPHA Spring Mass., and spent his life in trainers and instructors as well. Premiere Horse Show in 2012. Sutton. He attended Sutton Trainers that have entered This event is a wonderful way High School and Clark riders will have their name in a to end the season and enjoy University in Worcester. drawing for a special apprecia- one of the most elite horse Brad fell in love with Kari tion prize at each tournament! shows in the region. Wolk after meeting her at Another huge thank you Also, the annual essay a dance in 1968, and they contest has begun. Applicants goes out to the hosting barns, wed in 1970. The pair spent must participate in at least two the trainers and instructors their early years raising their regular UPHA-14 Winter that support this wonderful children, Jon and Kate, Tournaments, fill out the appli- program, and of course, the on Lake Singletary before cation, and write an essay on participants in the tournasettling at their homestead, this year’s topic. Applications ments. This program has Hillock Farm. Brad’s energy can be found at www.upha-14 grown and expanded with all and vision were evident or of your help and support. in all of his endeavors. He For more information on the from your instructor. There will owned and operated New be three division winners of a UPHA-14 Winter Tournament England Newspaper Supply $500 scholarship check to be Series, visit www.upha-14 Company for 45 years. used at their training stable Brad had a passion for hree men who have greatly influenced the Morgan community—Murray Gibson, Bradford Beaton, and Rick Stevens—recently passed away. Although their deaths have left the community at a loss, they are remembered for the impact they have made on others.

breeding Morgan horses, farming, his backhoe, haying, and chopping wood. He will always be remembered for his dry wit, sparkling smile, enthusiasm for spirited political debate, and the deep love he had for his wife and family. The Beatons became well-known in the Morgan world when they purchased Waseeka’s Showtime in 1983 from John Lydon. They registered almost 50 Morgans with the Hillock prefix. Hillock Showson (Waseeka’s Showtime x Rumbrook Magic Miss) took their breeding program into the winner’s circle at the Morgan Grand National when he won the World Champion Stallion title in 1992 and 1993, when owned by Trebles Morgan Manor. For years, Brad and Kari operated Hillock Stallion Station, a pioneering business in promoting transportation of semen and stallions at stud. They stood several prominent breeding stallions of that era. Brad is survived by his wife, Kari; his children, Jon Beaton and Kate Mazzini; three grandchildren, and a sister.

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On October 8, 2011, Charles Richard ‘Rick’ Stevens, 52, surrounded by family and dear friends, lost his heroic battle with cancer at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Center in Providence, R.I. Rick graduated from Grafton High School in 1977 and resided in Newport, R.I., for the last 16 years. Rick is survived by his sister and his stepmother. He was proceeded in death by his father, Charles R. (Dick) Stevens, who passed away in 2008; and his mother, Lucy (Marsello) Stevens, who passed away in 2004. He also leaves several cousins and many close friends, including the “Three Musketeers.” Rick showed and trained many world, national and regional champions for his amateur riders, including HVK Courageous Flaire, Stonecroft Byzantine, Stonecroft Shalimar, Shakers Pedro, Royal Crown Cavalier, Stonecroft Trilogy, Man About Town LPS, and SYP High Definition. He bred, raised, and showed Joan Rose to a world in-hand title. He instructed several top equitation riders, including Chelsea Bailey, Kyla Rose Maher, Bianca Tonnetti, and Lindsey Gama. His passion and dedication to horses created his outstanding career as a Morgan horse trainer. Throughout his career, he has received an uncountable number of awards as well as the honor of the cover photograph and feature article in The Morgan Horse magazine. A moment of silence was held in Rick’s memory during the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City the week after Rick’s death. A celebration of Rick’s life was held at the First Congregational Church in Bristol, R.I., on October 23. December 2011



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clouds overhead. CVDC had a total of seven turnouts, including six carriages out on the paths and one using the opportunity to “play” in the field. “The folks we met on Meg’s Path seemed pleased to see us, and people, dogs, and horses all got along well,” reported Erica Robb. “On our return, some of us practiced dressage in the big grassy parking area while others practiced cones, driving around the picnic tables in the campground. Our horses knew the game really well! We had lots of fun!”


Sixty people made quite the spectacle at Edgewood Farm’s annual Open-Fire Breakfast and Wagon Train.

THE GREEN MOUNTAIN HORSE ASSOCIATION plans to re-open again for competition for

the 2012 season. Events will include sleighing combined tests (January 7 and 21); a sleigh rally (January 22); a “Mud Ride & Drive” (April 28); and numerous other driving events. Efforts to raise the estimated $200,000 it will take to completely restore the grounds include the sale of a poster illustrated by artist Lisa Mair, and the sale of raffle tickets for the chance at winning a riding safari in Kenya. For more information about the Green Mountain Horse Association, its tentative calendar of events for 2012, and ways to help in its recovery from the storm, visit EDGEWOOD FARM held its annual Open Fire Breakfast and Wagon Train in Hope Valley, R.I., Sunday, October 23. Organized by owner Diane Rockwell, approximately 60 people, nine carriage teams, and numerous outriders took to the 12-mile loop of country back roads and scenic woodland dirt trails of Rhode Island state forest after a very hearty breakfast. Participants returned to the farm afterwards for an equally hearty potluck dinner. Included in the drive were members belonging to the Eastern Connecticut Draft Horse Association, Connecticut Valley Driving Club, and Eastern Draft Horse Association. THE CONNECTICUT VALLEY DRIVING CLUB (CVDC) held a drive at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Conn., on October 22. It took place on one of the most beautiful days of the year—60 degrees, blue skies with light puffy fair weather

CONGRATULATIONS TO SCOTT MONROE of Sharon, Conn., and his black Morgan gelding, Bethesda After Dark, who won the USEF National Single Horse Championship at Katydid with a score of 132.9. The duo started off the event with a lead after the marathon phase, and after the final day’s cone phase, they were determined the winners. Send your driving news to cedarknollfarm@


BETH PODHAJECKI of the Litchfield Hills Driving Club (LHDC) reported on a couple of the club’s annual fall picnic drives. On September 25, the first picnic drive kicked off from her Loon Meadow Farm in Norfolk, Conn., taking a scenic 5-mile ride through historic northwest Connecticut. The second ride, held at the Wethersfield Estate in beautiful Armenia, N.Y., was “absolutely spectacular,” said Beth. “The panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains from this estate are just beautiful.” The drive, which included LHDC members from Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts, “used only eight miles of trails,” she said, “but we crossed over countless trails that traverse this estate, passing marble statues dotting the property and fields set up with cross-country jumps.” Wethersfield Estate is comprised of 1,200 acres, and was the country estate of philanthropist Chauncey Devereaux Stillman. It was left to the Homeland Foundation, a nonprofit originally organized by Stillman in 1938. After his death in 1989, the estate was opened to the public, and includes a carriage house, the house museum, gardens, and a farm. Mr. Stillman, a very dedicated carriage horse enthusiast, acquired and had completely restored 22 horse drawn conveyances during his lifetime, including some rare pieces by Brewster, Flandrau, and Barker & Co. of London. To learn more about this extraordinary property, including a calendar of equine events, visit

FRIESIANS OF MAJESTY took home grand national titles in driving at the 2011 International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) World & Grand National Championships, held October 5-9 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va. Diederik, a Ster Friesian gelding driven by champion driver and owner Robert Labrie, was awarded the Anita Mellott Memorial Driving High Point Perpetual Trophy, an award given to the driving horse who accumulates the highest number of points throughout the four-day national show. Diederik and Labrie also won the national champion title for the Friesian Obstacle Driving team, a timed course that requires precision driving.

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Garden State Combined Driving Event a SucceSS at HorSe Park of New JerSey



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weather prevailed throughout the weekend, making an already terrific event even more enjoyable. The weekend also included a lovely reception and briefing on Friday night, and a festive competitor’s party on Saturday Kim Stover and Bruce Wayne splash through the marathon course to win night at the nearby the Intermediate Championship. Clarksburg Inn. Bill Long, a top driver who competed at the World Equestrian Games in 2010, took over the reins this year as course designer for both cones and marathon. Long, with the help of Dwayne Pash, put together wonderful courses that were enjoyed by drivers at all levels, as well as by officials Ken and Sue Mott, Marcie Quist, and Mary Wark. At the Intermediate II level, Vermont resident Robin Groves and Thor’s Toy Truck took home the championship ribbon. Close behind was Mary Mott-Kocsis and her pony, Stanhope Express, claiming Top Preliminary competitors Tina Sully and Deer reserve. Superhero Park Phoenix tackle the water hazard. horses and ponies bested the competi- Donovan and Black Lake Esmeralda led the tion at the Intermediate Preliminary Single Pony class, but it was Sully level. Kim Stover and Brosius who were vying for the championdrove Bruce Wayne ship ribbon. After a very close race, Sully won the to the Intermediate day to take home the top tricolor, with Brosius Single Horse win, claiming reserve. In the Training division, local and the Intermediate driver Liz Kwasnik and her Bella Luna came out Championship. Stacie on top winning the Single Horse class. She and Hoffman and LBF Bella also claimed the Training Championship, Spiderman topped the closely followed by Linda Kahlman, up from Intermediate Ponies, Viriginia, driving Hidden Y’s Fancy That. The event could not have taken place which earned her the without the collaborative efforts of the new reserve champion title. In the large organizing committee: Liz Kwasnik, Dwayne Preliminary Single Pash, Robynlee Reichard, Barbara and Tricia Horse class, Tina Sully Haertlein, Karey Manner, Judy Canavan, and her flashy black and and Joanna Bligh. The committee would like white Paint, Deer Park to thank all of the volunteers, officials, and Express took home the competitors for a truly wonderful weekend. The Horse Park is pleased to announce that blue. Newt Brosius and his pair, Rowdy and plans are already in the works for next season. Stevie, were the winners Drivers, mark your calendars for September of the Preliminary 29-30, 2012. For more information please visit Multiples class. Deborah

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he Horse Park of New Jersey is pleased to announce that the 2011 Garden State Combined Driving Event (CDE) was a success, earning rave reviews from competitors. The event was held on October 8-9 at the grounds of the Horse Park in Allentown, N.J. The CDE was faced with an uncertain future after its former organizer retired following the 2010 event. An enthusiastic group of local drivers made it their mission to continue holding events at this beautiful venue, and their efforts were rewarded with a great weekend of combined driving competition. The Garden State CDE offered three phases of competition for drivers at the Training, Preliminary, Intermediate, and Intermediate II levels. Although this year’s event did not offer the Advanced division, the Intermediate II class drew many top drivers. Forty-one competitors entered the event from across the mid-Atlantic and New England, and a large contingent came from Canada. Drivers participated in dressage and cones competition on Saturday, and marathon on Sunday. Beautiful, warm



Jackson’s talk touched on the architectural influence on certain homes, carried over from the English countryside and Scottish Castles. He mentioned the well-known estate, Namkeag, built in 1886 for prominent attorney Joseph Dick Jackson speaking about houses Choate. Choate’s daughter, Mabel, designed of the Berkshires. magnificent gardens on the property, and was the century was also marked by coaching, and a member of the Garden Club. His talk also included some history on members of the New York Coaching Club who Shadowbrook, the largest country home in the lived in the Berkshires included Harris Fahnestock, nation, an English-style mansion owned by who owned Eastover, and Frank K. Sturgis. Following the presentation, club members Anson Phelps Stokes, built in 1894. Stokes was had the opportunity to view the video of the the great-grandfather of Mary Stokes Waller. Other noted homes mentioned by Jackson recent Tub Parade, filmed by Chet Sinclair. The were Belle Fontaine, now known as Canyon DVD is now available to order for $20. To learn Ranch, which was built in 1897 and featured more, visit Upcoming events to be held by CCDS include the French European design of the Louis XIV period, and The Mount, the English-style home a Holiday Party at the home of Ron and Kay of Edith Wharton, where the butler would have Konove on December 4 and our annual Banquet Meeting at Chrissey Farms Restaurant in Great a say in who would be allowed upstairs. The period of the Gilded Age at the turn of Barrington, Mass., on February 11, 2012.






inter seemed suddenly not that far away, as fall descended again over the Housatonic Valley of the Berkshires, bringing with it cool weather temperatures. On the evening of October 19, Colonial Carriage & Driving Society members found a cozy meeting place in the coach barn at Orleton Farm in Stockbridge, Mass., where they gathered to hear featured speaker Richard “Dick” Jackson of Stockbridge, Mass., give a presentation on historic homes or “cottages” of the region. He is the author of the recently revised book, Houses of the Berkshires 1870-1930 (2006), written along with Lenox resident Cornelia Brook Gilder about the grand country homes in the area. Jackson showed slides as he spoke about the early history of these homes beginning around 1870, when trains ran regularly from New York, etc., and people traveled from one resort to another, but liked to enjoy the fall foliage in the Berkshires.

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14th year. This was the first year competitors saw rain for the morning dressage tests, which began with the Training Level Very Small Equines. By mid-morning the rain had subsided and our judge, Dana Bright from Pennsylvania, was able to come out of the truck cab to judge from the back of the open truck without the threat of getting wet. Marc Johnson was the technical delegate and came out two days beforehand to put the final touches on the marathon course. Barbara Akers organized the event and designed the cones course. Jeff Morse entered the scores efficiently and timely into the computer, and was assisted by Gina Handy. A crew of volunteers is always needed for this type of event to be successful and this year was no exception. Beth Corteville organized the volunteers. Each year, Dennis Coleman has orchestrated the running of the cones people, which has become a very smooth operation under his guidance. Once volunteering as our EMT when the show first began, Dennis moved into the “master conehead” position and has served in that capacity ever since. Our other cones volunteers were Steve Cavagnaro, Amy Austin, Amanda Shultis, Susan Hayes, Renee O’Donnell, Andrew

Kennedy, Laura Zimmerman, Morgan Knott, and Angie and William Proper. A big thank you goes to all our other volunteers who measured wheels, timed obstacles, stopped traffic on the road, ran scores, opened gates, Single Pony Training Champions Gail Williamson and Telishan etc. The list goes on and on. Santiam with Carleen Crummett as navigator. Without all these people, the event would never have happened and if I listed second place recipient. Marsha Chavin was the champion of the you all by name, I’m sure I would leave someone Single Horse class, while Kathleen Haak took out who gave their time so unselfishly. At the end of the marathon, each competitor home reserve honors. In Multiples, Pat Messer took home the was asked how things went and if there were any problems. The one thing said repeatedly blue ribbon. Carrie Wind was the Overall Training was that it was a great course and each of the 23 competitors said they had a wonderful time. Champion and Linda Peterson was the Overall This makes it all worthwhile for the days spent Training Reserve Champion. In the Preliminary division, Sabrina organizing the event, even in the rain. A special award was donated by Sue and Scheilding-Cameron won the Single Pony class, Dan Mallery for Best Dressage Score. An apron followed by second place recipient Phil Hodge. Cicily Hajek earned the championship title made by Saratoga Driving Association Board Member, Kathleen Conklin, was presented in the Single Horse class, while Deanna White to Carrie Wind for accomplishing this feat. was crowned reserve champion. Lastly, the Overall Preliminary Championship Congratulations to Carrie for doing her best in went to Sabrina Scheilding-Cameron. The the rain to win this award! Carrie Wind was victorious in the Training Overall Preliminary Reserve Champion was Level Very Small Equines class, with Linda Phil Hodge. For more information on the Saratoga Peterson following in reserve. In the Single Pony class, Gail Williamson Driving Association, please visit www.saratogawon first place, and Deb Manasse was the

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he Granite State Carriage Association’s Hancock Ride and Drive, held from September 30 - October 2, was pretty much a washout. Besides Karen Desroches and myself, the only other brave souls that came out were Bob and Carolyn Townsend, and Becky Greenan. Club members set up camp on Friday afternoon hoping for the best. Unfortunately, Bob was only able to drop the luxury camper off on Friday for Carolyn and Becky without staying, as he had another commitment. The group managed to get a good ride in before the rain came. The newly renovated field is really beautiful and there are even better views of 132

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the ponds. There was a nice campfire going and participants stayed relatively dry that night. On Saturday morning, it poured but there was a respite from the rain and everyone saddled up for a ride. Karen, Carolyn, Becky, and I took a lovely— albeit soaking wet—ride on the red loop, which is a 9-mile trek through some very pretty woods and over the historical Kings Highway. There was no shortage of water on the trails. Before the ride was halfway through, the skies opened up and it started pouring. Everyone decided to just have a good time and forget about wet saddles, clothes, and horses. The railroad bed, which in previous years had been overgrown and barely passable, had

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been cleared by loggers, which offered the group a new route to take. One end offered some challenges but everyone got through safely. Even in the rain the trails were really very lovely. On Saturday evening we managed another nice campfire to warm up with. Carolyn and Becky invited Karen and I to dine in the luxury camper which, by all accounts, is just like home! It was nice to enjoy the company and not think about the driving rain. Sunday was much of the same, and not expecting anyone to come out for the day, we decided to pack up our wet soggy horses and go home. The real irony is that this event was held one week earlier than the normal Columbus Day weekend. This was only the second time the club got rained out since the inception of the Hancock Ride and Drive. Needless to say, Columbus Day weekend was picture perfect! For more information about Granite State Carriage Association, visit

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Heads Up By Lauren Bousquet

Arabian news


THE CRANBERRY KNOLL ARABIANS & SPORT HORSES CREW, based out of Perry Paquette Farm in Fairhaven, Mass., ventured down to The Kentucky Horse Park for the 2011 U.S. Arabian Sport Horse Nationals in late September to bring home some national awards. Congratulations to CPF Winsome Dreamer (aka Ellis) who went National Top Ten in the Purebred Sport Horse Under Saddle class for the Junior Horses with Trainer Cheryl Lane-Caron aboard. Ellis is proudly owned by Maggie Kroenke Top Ten Purebred Sport Horse Under Saddle Junior Horse CPF and Rebecca Duclos of Winsome Dreamer with rider Cheryl Lane Caron, and owners Cathedral Pines Farm in Maggie Kroenke and Rebecca Duclos . Maine and has only been under saddle for 11 months with Cheryl and accomplished this major feat in his first year of showing. Wonderful things are still to come for this talented horse!

REGION 16 OF THE ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION held its 50-mile Regional Endurance Championship Ride on Sunday, September 11. The ride was held at the LeGrand G. Reynolds Horsemen’s Camping Area in Escoheag, R.I. Tom Hutchins aboard Tektonic took top honors in both the Region 16 Championship Ride and the NEATO Open Endurance Ride. Deborah Reich and her mount DJB Juniper took reserve in the Region 16 Championship Ride and eighth place in the NEATO Open Endurance Ride. Congratulations

DANIELLE LAUDANO AND HER MARE HEIRIANNA represented the Arabian breed at this year’s Eastern States Exposition in September. In the Open Hunter class, the pair won fourth place and in the New England Horsemen’s Council Open Pleasure class, with all breeds and disciplines, the team won fifth out of 12 entries. The competition proved to be a great experience, especially showing fair goers what the Arabian breed is all about. Spectators loved giving Heirianna attention in the bathing area, asking questions about her, taking pictures with her, and learning what type of horse she is. A highlight of the pair’s experience was when a young quadriplegic boy was all smiles when Heirianna was nuzzling up to him after one of their classes. It was a heartwarming sight for all parties involved.


STABLE BUDDY MOONSHINE MALACHI captured National Top Ten in the ever-competitive Open Sport Horse Show Hack for the Half-Arabians in his first year competing in show hack with owner, breeder, and trainer, Cheryl! Other Cranberry Knoll competitors showing for their first time at a national competition were Lynne Ferreira aboard Malachi and Jesselyn Dugas with Pinebrook Jack Frost. Both had wonderful rides in the very competitive Half-Arabian divisions. Special thanks from Cranberry Knoll goes out to Julie Dugas and grand-show-parents, Sharon and Jimmy Stewart. Julie handles everything behind the scenes and will be up on a horse in the shows in 2012. Sharon and Jimmy are the best videographers and supporters the crew could ask for. The whole Cranberry Knoll national crew are ready for 2012.

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BRYTEFIRE, owned by Jennifer Sullivan of Scituate, Mass., also showed at the Eastern States Exposition this year, representing the Arabian horse breed. Amy Heath navigated Bryte through the Arabian Country English Pleasure Open qualifier class and took home the blue ribbon. Bryte is a new horse for Jenn after the devastating loss of her Arabian gelding, JAS Safire Bey (Jazzy), last year. Jenn is looking forward to showing Bryte in driving at the show for years to come.

ANOTHER REGION 16 RIDER competed at Sport Horse Nationals in Jenn Roberts and CA Cartier pose with their champion and Lexington, Ky. Jennifer Roberts of Keene, N.H., and her new gelding, CA reserve champion roses. Cartier+/ (CA Dillon x Cor D’Elise) bred by Crossen Arabians in Coventry, Conn., took to everyone on their success. home quite a few awards. The pair won the national championship in Half-Arabian Green THE ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION OF Working Hunter, and reserve national champion MASSACHUSETTS announces their Annual in Half-Arabian Hunter Hack Junior Horse. They Meeting/Awards Banquet on January 29, 2012. also garnered Top Tens in Half-Arabian Hunter Visit for more details Hack, Half-Arabian Working Hunter AAOTR, when the time gets closer. Hunter Hack AAOTR, Half-Arabian Working Hunter ATR, and Half-Arabian Hunter Hack ATR. THE CONNECTICUT RIVER ARABIAN ASSOCIATION Congratulations! (CRAA) is looking for people who are interested in being a part of the show committee and are willing to learn about the behind-the-scenes and Send your Arabian news to Lauren at leb92884@ planning of the 2012 CRAA Spring Derby Premiere DECEMBER 2011




Arabian Breeder Finals


he inaugural Arabian Breeder Finals wowed the crowds with beautiful horses representing the breed at WestWorld of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Ariz., from October 12-15. Breeders and trainers proudly brought out their handpicked best, totaling 164 horses, which were entered into 32 classes. The show had a relaxed celebratory feel. Interestingly, the event took cues from Europeanstyle horse shows and offered a new experience

for equine enthusiasts. This included the very first Arabian Weanling class to be held in North America; a class that stole the show with its exquisite 4-month-old filly champion RAH Rosalia. Attendees were thrilled to be presented with the beautiful new babies of 2011, which also included the stunning colt champion Sultan ORA. Sultan’s new owners had Arabian Weanling class winner RAH Rosalia. flown in from Uruguay and were just one well-attended. In all, this event was an excellent example of the many foreign visitors at this global show. venue for showcasing the ‘noble breed.’ At WestWorld, the newly named Tony Another treat for visitors happened Nelssen Equidome was decorated beautifully; before show hours; breeders and trainers sponsored embellished, breeders and tented seating areas, while select vendors lined trainers scheduled the south aisle. The glamour of the Champion open houses at Senior Mare and Stallion classes completed what local farms, which was unquestionably an amazing and exciting proved to be event for the Arabian horse industry. Thanks to the hard work of the Arabian popular and were Horse Association of Arizona, Scottsdale continues to prove itself to be a vital center for Senior Stallion the industry. For more information on the Gold Champion Arabian Breeders Finals, visit www.scotts Jiuliusz De Wiec.

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Natural Leaders Get your tickets now for the 2012 International road to the Horse World championship on march 9, during which three teams of top natural horsemen will test their incredible colt starting skills. representing Team USA will be the combined efforts of craig cameron and Pat Parelli. Their competition will be Team Australia (Guy mcLean and Dan James) and Team canada

Seven Days in Utopia, a recent movie starring robert Duvall, featured a new star—a 2001 American Quarter Horse buckskin stallion, Wild card Dun It. rather than choosing a professionally trained horse, Wild card was selected by Duvall while he was staying on the ranch of Louis A. Waters of Utopia. During that time, Duvall got to know this remarkable stallion, and fell for Wild card’s gentle nature and ability to pick up a lope from a standstill. (

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Magical Mustang Mares The 116th annual Fort Worth Stock Show and rodeo, January 19-21, has invited top mustang trainers to compete in an “extreme mustang makeover” event called mustang magic. The horses, all stunning 4- and 5-year-old mares, have been working with their trainers since September. The group,

Southern Hospitality “Let the good times roll” is the theme for the United States Pony club’s 2012 Annual meeting in historic New Orleans, January 25-29. This year’s meeting will introduce the new equine education Symposium with 30-plus workshops and seminars each day. Topics range from equine nutrition to introducing your horse to polo. (

All-In-One Entertainment Amerequine is a new mega-event, encompassing equine educational events with top-tier concerts, equine experts, and more. Amerequine’s first Festival of the Horse will be in Fort Worth, June 1–3. It will showcase numerous top professionals, including clinician craig cameron, rider Tim mcQuay, and cavalia performer Sylvia Zerbini. Amerequine will also simultaneously present concerts by popular entertainers at affordable prices, such as emmylou Harris and Don edwards. (

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Clinician and TV host Julie Goodnight has released her 2012 Clinic Tour Schedule—with 12 opportunities to meet her in person and ask your horsemanship questions. Julie’s “Up-Close-And-Personal” events are fun and intimate; you can ask her about your horse and ride with her to get specific feedback. She’ll be in Grafton, Mass., June 9-10, and in Putnam Valley, N.Y., June 23-24. (

which includes pintos, roans, duns, and palominos, have already generated quite a buzz on the internet. (www.

Julie Goodnight’s “Up-Close-andPersonal” Tour will kick off on March 9 in Denver, Colo.

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never before achieved in a team eventing championship. After winning the dressage, they jumped five spectacular clear rounds on the cross-country course for the first time in anyone’s memory, and then sealed the victory at Club

The Games kicked off with dressage and the U.S. team stealing the gold. They started off confidently, and with each ride, USEF Sports Program’s Executive Director the margin improved. James Wolf with U.S. Dressage Team Gold The U.S. Dressage Team Medalists Cesar Parra, Heather Blitz, Marisa stormed to victory and Festerling, and Steffen Peters. won their fourth consecumedals. Canadian Jessica Phoenix held onto her tive Pan American Games dressage lead, adding nothing to her winning Team Gold Medal—a score of 43.9 with Pavarotti. She had the first in the sport of dresAmericans chasing her all weekend, and after sage. Their combined the last fence was jumped, she shared the average score of 74.421% medal podium with two of them. Hannah left them well clear of the Burnett of The Plains, Va., and Harbour Pilot Canadians who won silver won silver and Davidson on Absolute Liberty with a combined average won bronze. of 70.413%. Colombia put in a valiant late effort to surge into the top three Individual dressage winners Steffen Peters and Weltino’s Magic. Show Jumping with 69.632%. The U.S. Jumping Team completed the equesLed by Olympic veteran Steffen Peters of San Hippica with double-clear show jumping. trian sweep of team gold at the finish of the Diego, Calif., on Weltino’s Magic—the only “Five people finishing on their dressage Games. Everything was at stake for the American combination to score over 80%—the U.S. team score—that’s never been done before in the show jumping team, including qualification for put on an exhibition. Peters’ score of 80.132% history of our sport,” became a Pan American Games record. “It said Chef d’Equipe was one of the best tests this horse has done,” Mark Phillips. said Peters. Buck Davidson of Heather Blitz of Wellington, Fla., on Paragon Ocala, Fla., who led the earned a score of 75.105%. It was a personal way on Absolute Liberty best for Blitz with this horse. “It was really as the pathfinder for the the best I’ve ever had him, and to say that in a U.S., set a standard that championship like this—I’m really patting him the entire team mainand myself on the back, too,” said Blitz. tained for three days. It Marisa Festerling of Moorpark, Calif., was a truly phenomenal finished fourth individually behind Costanza effort and all of them Jaramillo on Wakana from Colombia. She rode finished within eight Big Tyme in their Games debut and looked like points of each other. a seasoned veteran in the process. Cesar Parra of “We have really good Whitehouse Station, N.J., was consistent and horses, we were wellaccurate, setting the mark high on Grandioso coached, we have a great and ending the day with 10th place. staff, and we came here with that mission—to put in personal bests,” Eventing The U.S. Eventing Team surged to gold in classic said Davidson. Immaculate jumping Eventing Team Gold Medalists Shannon Lilley, Michael Pollard, style. All five team members added nothing to their dressage scores, to finish on 138.6—a feat won individual eventing Hannah Sue Burnett, Buck Davidson, and Lynn Symansky.

t the 2011 XVI Pan American Games, held in Guadalajara, Mexico, the U.S. was victorious, sweeping the competition for the first time since 1975 with team wins in dressage, eventing, and show jumping. Additionally, many U.S. riders took top honors in the individual medals.

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Show Jumping Team Gold Medalists Kent Farrington, Christine McCrea, Beezie Madden, and Mclain Ward.

the 2012 Olympic Games. They faced the pressure and delivered the United States eight clear jumping rounds in the Nations Cup. Their score of 2.90 from the first speed class didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change and they led Brazil, who finished with a score of 11.58, and Mexico, finishing with a 13.24 in the medal ceremony. By the time Beezie Madden of Cazenovia,

N.Y., went in the ring as the last to jump, she was competing for herself because the U.S. had already won based on the clear rounds of her teammates. But she rode another beautiful clear round on Coral Reef Via Volo to defend her position and add to Team USAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s momentum. Right behind her was Christine McCrea of Windsor, Conn., on a score of .88 with Romantovich Take One. The 11-year-old KWPN gelding bounded effortlessly around the track twice, making the entire event look simple. This was McCreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first team appearance at a championship and she capitalized on the opportunity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just really, really proud of us as a team,â&#x20AC;? said McCrea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really came together. We came here with a goal and we achieved it, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just really proud.â&#x20AC;? Right behind McCrea was the lead-off rider for the team, McLain Ward, hailing from

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Brewster, N.Y. Ward has won two Olympic Gold Medals, but even he felt the pressure of the event when he entered the ring on the 11-year-old Wurttemberger gelding Antares F. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to be honest, it was a lot of stress, this Olympic qualification,â&#x20AC;? said Ward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it was obviously a fantastic event and I think this is a great team. We came here with a very serious plan to not only try and win but obviously to try to qualify for the Olympic Games.â&#x20AC;? Rounding out the U.S. effort was the youngest member of the team, Kent Farrington of Chicago, Ill. He rode impeccably on Uceko, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, jumping the round that clinched the gold for the team. In individual competition, where the top 25 riders went head to head, Madden was again last to goâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;she had to ride her fifth clear round of the Games to hold on to gold. It came down to the wire, but Madden finished less than a second over the time allowed, leaving her with one time fault and catapulting teammate McCrea to the top spot. Brazilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bernardo Alves capitalized on Wardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downed rail in the final round to be the only non-American to claim an individual medal in show jumping that day. Because only three riders from each country were allowed to compete for an individual medal, Farrington did not participate.

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Tim Bray | Chad Kimerer Seaport Real Estate Group 860.245.9200 |

Sporting Estate at Falls Creek Farm Connecticut / $5,750,000

The Sporting Estate at Falls Creek Farm offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for an outdoor enthusiast to explore hundreds of natural horse riding trails, a world class equestrian facility, and hundreds of acres used for sporting, recreation and cultivation. This property is so beautiful, private and sublime, that you will never want to leave, and so complete, you won’t have to. Centrally located between Boston and New York City, and surrounded on three sides by Connecticut’s Pachaug State Forest, Falls Creek Farm is wrapped in a tapestry of New England charm that must be experienced. Overview: 350± acres, three large ponds and a stream, an equestrian center, both vegetable and perennial growing fields, 9-hole private golf course, beautiful main residence, indoor/outdoor entertainment area and conservatory, wine cellars, stone walled English Garden, newly renovated guest lodge, a chapel, greenhouses, maintenance and storage buildings, with an additional apartment, duplex, and two elegant homes to accommodate guests or staff.

Equestrian Center: Falls Creek Farm is an equestrian enthusiasts dream. This renowned facility features a 26,000 sq ft indoor arena, which includes 100 horse stalls, lounge/restaurant, bleachers, announcer booth, tack room, shower stall for horses, two storage rooms, and a concession stand. The 15,855 sq ft main stable includes three sections; a heated section with 17 stalls, tack room and wash stall, 12 additional stalls blocked off by folding doors, and a 60 foot indoor round pen, dock and feed loft. Additional amenities to the center include 140 wood framed stalls, two outdoor arenas, multiple paddocks and several buildings for equipment and storage. Main Residence: With 8,939 sq ft of exceptional living space, this impressive structure offers a spectacular indoor/outdoor entertainment area highlighted by a 15 x 40 foot vanishing edge pool, full bar, conservatory and 1,200 sq ft patio overlooking a stonewalled English Garden. Additional features include a luxurious master suite opening to a rose garden, three exceptional guest suites, multiple fireplaces, expansive great room, vaulted ceilings and a gourmet kitchen. Throughout the home, careful attention to detail and extraordinary design finishes exemplify quality and elegance at its best. For a 20+ page Marketing Brochure or to learn more about this incredible opportunity: Contact Chad Kimerer or Tim Bray at 860-245-9200.


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National Reining Horse Association . . . . . 39,53,115

Cheshire Horse, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

NEDA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94

Natural Nutrients . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

New England Horsemen’s Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113


St Lawrence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Stoneleigh-Burnham School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

bArns/ArenA construction

phArmAceuticAl serVices

A & B Lumber & Barns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

Prescription Specialties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Center Hill Barns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Circle B, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 ClearSpan Fabric Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Hill View Mini Barns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

FArm equipment Norfolk Power Equipment, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51


Lester Building Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

Kent Feeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156

Morton Buildings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Nutrena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4


Purina Mills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

August Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Belle Equestrian, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68, 69 Blue Meadow Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Chrislar Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Cornerstone Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Evenstride Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 Fairfield Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Far Meadow Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Foster Meadow Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Grazing Fields Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75

Horsetech Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

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educAtion & schools

Hodges Badge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51

Blue Chip Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49

pest control

Fencing Ez On Vinyl LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Springfield Fence Co ., Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29


Equine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Farms & Barns Real Estate, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Redstone Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Seaport Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

sports psychology Performance Edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91

stAble supplies Achille Agway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Aubuchon Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Bedard Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Wild Angel Cozy Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

tAck & equipment Cheshire Horse, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Chicks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

Attwood Equestrian Surfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 IGK Equestrian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Clothes Horse, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Crop & Carrot Tack Shop, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

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Dick Farrell Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

A Little Pet Vet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

Dover Saddlery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Heritage Equestrian Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92

Animals To Wear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

Driving Essentials, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Holly Hill Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79

Bit Blanket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

Inner Circle Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99

Eartech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

Crawford, Janet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

Kent School, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91

Equine Gems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47

King Oak Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Graphic Trends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47

Mandeville Equestrian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35

Hitch Saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

Nancy Later Dressage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35, 97

Just For Ponies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

Strafford Saddlery Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Newbury Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77

Paddock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47

Tack Shack, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64

Oak Meadow Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80

Tack House, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

Oasis, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81

heAlth products

Ox Ridge Hunt Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73

Equestrian Outfitters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Schneider’s Saddlery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Smith-Worthington Saddlery Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49

trAiler sAles & Accessories

Equilite Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51

Chipaway Stables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154

Natural Nutrients . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Lucky’s Trailer Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Smartpak Equine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17, 56, 119

Paul Congelosi Trailer Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

Stepping Stone Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90

horse shows & eVents

Trailer Depot, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

Strain Family Horse Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

BHC Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73

Yered Trailers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

Victory Stables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83

Champlain Valley Exposition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

Warren Mcmullin Enterprises, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99

Chris Cox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41

Woodridge Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85

Equestrian Promotions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9


Essex County Trail Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64

Hilltop Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

Horse Shows In The Sun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89

Heartland Veterinary Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Hindsight Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

The Bear Spot Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Tufts University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

Rising Star Equestrian Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 River Wind Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Saddle Rowe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

Vet centers & serVices Fairfield Equine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

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Dear Mouth, I hope you can shed some light on a subject that is being debated at our boarding barn. Two geldings here were inseparable since they were rescued over 12 years ago. Recently, one passed away. The surviving horse has demonstrated behavior that lead many of us to believe he is grieving. When turned out, he becomes agitated, running the fence line and vocalizing in what seems to be desperation. In his stall, he has a far away look in his eyes with his head hung low. He has lost weight and muscle tone and has become sluggish when ridden. I believe the horse is grieving the loss of his friend. Others here say no, he is just experiencing separation anxiety and the best thing to do is get him another buddy asap. I said I would write to you because you would know the real answer. I hope you do. Griping About Grieving in Grantham, NH

Dear Griping, As I am a horse, I could simply give you the short answer (yes, he is grieving), as I know what goes on inside our heads and hearts, but I suspect you need something more to resolve this issue. I offer my condolences on the loss of the buddy of the horse under discussion. But now I want to ask a question: Why would a horse not grieve over such a loss? Humans accept that apes, elephants, and cetaceans grieve. Scientific papers, indeed, entire books have been written about dogs who grieve. So I ask

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again: Why not a horse? It is interesting that when you turn the question around the answer comes less quickly and without great assurance. Humans express grief in words and in tears. But they also express it in behavior. They become listless, unfocused, disorganized, agitated, stop eating and/or sleeping or they eat and/or sleep too much. When such behavior is observed in a human following the death of a loved one, the cause is not questioned. It is grief. Horses neither speak words nor cry tears. We express our thoughts and feelings with body language and behavior. If you observe behavior similar to human grieving in a horse following the loss of a companion (equine or human), why would you jump to the conclusion that it is not an expression of grief? Why, for example, would you think a horse in that situation who is not eating needs to be wormed instead of being distracted and comforted? It is interesting to note that horses allowed to view and examine the body of a deceased companion return much more quickly to normal behavior. The purpose of a wake and a funeral in the human world is to help the survivors accept that a death has occurred, mourn it, and move on. It is similar for us. As for separation anxiety, it is itself a form of grief and providing a new companion may or may not ease it. It all depends on the individual horse. You’ve Heard It Straight From The Horse’s Mouth

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